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As summer approaches, I can’t help but think of church picnics and barbecues at friends’ homes. The best part of all of this is, of course, dessert. But you don’t have to wait! There’s a strawberry social at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8.

For just $5, you’ll get a strawberry shortcake and a drink. Other goodies, like wimpies, hot dogs, chili and baked beans will be available for sale, too.

If strawberry shortcake isn’t enough, there will also be a bake sale. It’s a great way to kick off the weekend, if you ask me!

Here’s what else is going on around town:

Paper shredding

Council will hold a paper shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 8. This service is free to all Hughestown residents and offers an opportunity to safely discard personal papers.

Vendor sale

A Vendor Blender Variety Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at the Hughestown Fire Hall at 30 Center St., Hughestown. The event will include 20 craft and direct sales vendors, a bake sale and basket raffles. Entry to the event is free and all proceeds from both the bake sale and basket raffle will be donated to Hughestown Fire Company.

Shop everything from clothing and jewelry to jellies and jams, all for a good cause. Help support those who risk their lives to save and help those in the community!

Vacation Bible School

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church is holding Vacation Bible School from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 16, through Thursday, June 20.

The closing program will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 21. Children as young as 3 and those through sixth grade are invited to attend.

Council news

Council sends their sympathy to the family of Marianne Acerno, who recently passed away.

Council announces Picnic in the Park will be postponed this year due to the work being done on Rock Street.

Council reminds residents they are allowed two garbage bags for collection each week. If you have bulk items, please contact Maureen Murphy at 570-654-2061. Do not leave bulk items curbside. Bulk item collection is a free service for Hughestown residents but they must call to make arrangements.

Anyone using the fields in Robert Yaple Memorial Park must contact Councilman Steve Goyla at 570-655-4552 or Councilwoman Marie Griglock at 570-655-2626. Proof of insurance and a schedule must be handed in.

Anyone wishing to use Centennial Pavilion should leave a message at the borough building, 570-654-2061.

Yard waste collection

Residents are reminded all containers containing yard waste may not exceed 30 pounds. All limbs from trees and bushes must be bundled and tied and cannot be longer than 3 inches or more than 2 inches in diameter. Anything heavier, longer or not bundled and tied as required will not be picked up. Council thanks you for your cooperation in making pickup safe for the street department crew.

Yard waste is collected every Wednesday.

Building permits

Spring remodeling is upon us! Council reminds residents to get a permit for any home renovation projects. You can obtain a building permit by contacting Jeff Pisanchyn at 570-237-6686. Permits also are available at the borough building during office hours, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Well wishes

Council sends happy birthday wishes to Tony Gorey, May 31; Vincent Gatto, June 1, and Sierra Gorey, June 3.

Council wishes happy anniversary to Paul and Claire Hindmarsh, June 1.

Kayleigh DeMace writes about Hughestown every week. To include an item in her column, email kdemace@pittstonprog­ or call 570-821-2004 by 5 p.m. Monday.