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How is this new normal feeling for you all? We’re coming up on nearly two months of living this new way, and for some of us, it’s starting to feel normal.

If it isn’t feeling normal for you, that’s ok. Because this isn’t permanent. This isn’t the new way that we’ll live our lives forever. Sure, we’ll feel the effects of this for quite some time and who knows how long. But remember that this will end and things will get back to normal.

You’ll be able to hug your grandkids again and host a birthday party for your brother. You’ll celebrate weddings with the people you love. You’ll take your partner out for a fancy dinner, or your friend for coffee to celebrate a new job.

No matter how hard it gets, remember that you’re doing your part in keeping this virus from spreading to your family, friends and neighbors. By staying home and only going out when needed, you’re making a real difference.

Take it one day at a time and know that every day, we’re one day closer to the end of this.

Take care of yourself, get some fresh air and movement and stay in touch with the people who are important to you.

Borough hours

The borough office may reopen May 8, per the governor’s news release. Check back here for updates.

Residents can call the borough at 570-654-2061 and leave a message for anything of importance and borough officials will reply in a timely manner.

Call the police department at 570-654-2082 or in an emergency at 911.

Paper shredding

Hughestown Borough’s annual paper shredding is tentatively scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, June 6. Check back here for updates.

Burning ordinance

Residents are reminded there is a no burning ordinance in place in Hughestown. Do not burn paper or paper products, twigs or wood.

Using fire pits for entertainment purposes is allowed.

Residents should note, the Hughestown Volunteer Fire Department is allowed burning within the borough for instructional and/or educational purposes.

Yard waste and recycling

Lawn waste collection has begun for the season.

Branches must be bundled and are to be no more than 3 inches in diameter and 3 feet in length. Also, no logs are to be put out for collection.

There is a 30-pound limit on all bins and all branches must be bundled.

Residents are reminded to break down boxes for recycling. No boxes will be picked up with recycling that are not broken down.

Remember to rinse containers before recycling.

Council thanks residents for sticking to these guidelines.

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