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Members of the Hughestown Lions Club during their holiday visit to St. Joseph’s home, from left, are Mary Golya, attorney Joanna Bryn Smith, Luzerne County Judge Fred Pierantoni, Matthew Pierantoni, Michael Harding, District Governor Jeff B. Smith, N. Caron Nelson, Lion President Steve Golya, Denise Chilipko, Jason Chilipko and Fred Pierantoni IV.

With the new year here, we can’t help but reflect on everything that happened in 2018. It’s been a great year, and one of the highlights was when the Hughestown Lions Club made its annual visit to St. Joseph’s home in the Hughestown. They visited Dec. 17, to sing Christmas carols to residents.

Joining the group this year was District Governor Jeff Smith and his family. The club delivered gifts to all the residents of the home and entertained them with Christmas carols. Afterward, the Lions Club held its annual Christmas gathering at Bari Pizza.

District Governor Jeff Smith addressed the group and acknowledged members for their years of service, presenting them with Milestone Chevron Awards. Award recipients were Jason Chilipko and Fred Pierantoni IV, 10 years; Mary Golya, 15 years and Frank Tierney, 35 years.

The Lions Club would like to thank the families and businesses that donated to the recent fund drive. Your support is greatly appreciated. The Lions Club wishes everyone a safe, happy and healthy new year!

We’re really looking forward to 2019 in the borough, and proud to look back on all that was accomplished in 2018. While this is a time of New Year’s resolutions and looking to the future, take time to reflect on the past and all the good that has happened in the past year.

Now, here’s what’s going on in Hughestown:

Council meetings

The next council work session will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10.

The regular meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14. Mayor Wayne Quick will preside.

Both meetings will be held in the borough building.

Council news

Council and Mayor Wayne Quick wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year! Much has been accomplished this past year and council is looking forward to another successful year in the borough.

Council sends special thanks to residents for decorating for the Christmas season. The tree at the borough building also looked beautiful and council thanks Hughestown Park and Recreation for a job well done.

Council sends get well wishes to those on the mend throughout the borough and extends sympathy to the Sarti, Butera and Donavan families for their losses.

A special meeting for the 2019 budget was held and all members were in agreement with the increase in taxes to 1.9 mills.

Interviews were held for the position of borough secretary. Four candidates were interviewed and the selection will be made at the Jan. 14 council meeting.

A second year of bulk item and trash service starts in 2019. Council reports residents have been happy with the services. More information is to come on garbage, recycling, garden debris and ashes to be picked up weekly.

Tree collection

Christmas trees will be picked up Thursdays and Fridays. Hughestown residents should set them out on the curb for pick up.

Crime watch

If you’d like to get involved with the Hughestown Neighborhood Crime Watch, the group meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of every month in the Hughestown Borough Building. The next meeting is Feb. 4,with guest speaker attorney Angela Sperrazza. No meeting will be held in January because of the holidays. All residents are encouraged to attend.

Birthday wishes

Council sends special happy birthday wishes to Joe Lizza, Jan. 9; Pat Lizza, Jan. 10; Dr. Chuck Gorey, Jan. 10, and Councilwoman Marie Griglock, Jan. 11!

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.