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March has certainly come in like a lion and I, for one, hope it goes out like a lamb.

I remember learning that phrase for the first time in preschool. We made little lamb and lion heads, coloring them in and bringing them home for mom and dad to proudly display on the refrigerator.

You all know me and my origins and histories, and I couldn’t help but wonder about the origin of this popular saying. It turns out there isn’t anything that pinpoints it to one specific origin, so I’m choosing my favorite to tell you about today, which is a more recent theory.

At the beginning of March, we’re still under the astrological sign of Leo, and while we’re moving into April, we’ve moved into the sign of Aries. As you know, the symbol of a Leo is a lion, while the symbol of Aries is a ram. You can see these if you look to the eastern horizon at sunset, where the constellations of Leo and Aries are visible at the beginning (Leo) and end (Aries) of the month. Some people believe that this was adapted into the phrase and that “ram” was changed to “lamb.”

Whatever the case, I’d say the phrase held true for the beginning of the month this year.

Park and Recreation meeting

Hughestown Park and Recreation Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 19, at the borough building, 42 Center St. Anyone wishing to volunteer or join the committee is invited to attend.

Lions Club meeting

Hughestown Lions Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at Bari Pizza. Plans for the upcoming Easter egg hunt in the borough are on the agenda. President Steve Golya will preside and all members are urged to attend.

Crime Watch meeting

Help support your local Crime Watch by attending monthly meetings, which are held the first Monday of the month at the Hughestown Hose Company. The Crime Watch is a great source to find out what is going on in your neighborhood.

According to Police Chief Jeffrey Balut, one issue occurring frequently is domestic violence, which does not discriminate. Anyone can be a victim, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background and education level. By publicly speaking out against it together, we can challenge attitudes toward violence.

Tammy Rodgers, who is the education coordinator of the Domestic Violence Service Center, was the principal speaker at the last Hughestown Crime Watch meeting. She offered valuable insight into resources available to victims. Some of the choice she presented included hotlines, shelters, support groups, counseling and more. One can file a civil petition under the Protection From Abuse Act.

For information on PFA and other legal issues, please call the DVSC hotline at 570-823-7312. Remember you are not alone.

Council news

Council reminds residents to open up any boxes to be picked up for recycling. No large boxes will be picked up if they are not broken down.

A free bulk item can be collected every month. If interested, please call the borough building at 570-654-2061 and leave your name and address.

Information on recycling and garbage collection is available on the desk in the borough building. Residents needing information on either are encouraged to stop by the municipal building.

Council reminds residents that spring is a time to clean up our properties! Letters will be sent to those not doing their part. Anyone with properties not in compliance will receive a letter. Anyone with information on unkempt properties is asked to call the borough building and leave a message with the information.

Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 12. Mayor Wayne Quick will preside.

Cross your fingers for a lamb at the end of the month!

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