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Happy February! This month marks my three years here at the Progress, and it’s been a great three years. It’s gone by extremely fast and I look forward to writing for you all for more years to come.

In my family, three has always been somewhat of a lucky number. I had a feeling this year is going to be a good one. With spring right around the corner and love in the air, it’s hard not to like the month of February.

No matter what season you are in life, know that good things are coming. Spring will be here before we know it, bringing beautiful flowers, warm breezes, and longer days. I don’t know about you but I am sure ready for all of these things.

But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves. Here’s what’s going on in Hughestown:

Eye Bank meeting

Hughestown Lions Club will host the Upper Valley Eye Bank meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Hughestown Fire Deptment’s banquet room, 30 Center St. Please bring collected eye glasses (no cases). All Lions are welcome.

Paper shredding

Council will hold a paper shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon June 8. This is free to all Hughestown residents and a great opportunity to safely discard of personal papers.

Council news

Council applauds Jerry Lynch and the street committee for picking up recyclables, newspapers and cardboard throughout the bad weather. Council also thanks Jerry Lynch and the hose company volunteers for helping with snow removal throughout the borough.

Problems with tires on properties will be discussed at an upcoming council meeting.

Chief Jim Halford will move to the office upstairs in the borough building. Signs directing visitors will be placed in the building.

New borough operations manager Maureen Murphy began work Feb. 1. She will work with Angie Acierno during the transition and will be located in an office on the main floor of the borough building. Her hours will be made available soon.

Council asks residents to please cooperate with the garbage fee, which is the same price as last year. Council will go through names and make sure everyone is sent a bill. The borough has service from Mascaro, including one free bulk item a month collected. Call the borough building at 570-654-2061 with questions or missed collections.

Collection of recyclables and garbage is Monday and Wednesday is ashes or yard waste collection.

All mattresses/box springs must be placed in plastic.

Crime watch

Crime Watch meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month in the borough building. Next meeting is Feb. 4. Lynda Hoban will preside. Attorney Angela Sperrazza, borough solicitor, will speak.

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