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And just like that, it’s December and we’ve made it through the chaos of Back Friday. Phew!

As we continue our holiday shopping over the next few weeks, we have the opportunity to remember those who aren’t as fortunate as us.

Toys for Tots is run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and started in 1947. Since then, they have been bringing toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts during the holiday.

You can help bring the joy of Christmas to children with your donations, right in your hometown. A Toys for Tots box will be in the Hughestown Borough Building until Sunday, Dec. 15, so you can help bring joy to children everywhere.

Add an extra child to your shopping list and bring your unwrapped toy or toys to be donated at the borough building this holiday season.

Lions Club holiday visit

The Hughestown Lions Club will be making its annual holiday visit to St. Joseph’s Home on Tuesday, Dec. 10. All members who are participating are asked to be at St. Joseph’s Home at 7 p.m. for the visit.

The group will distribute gifts and sing Christmas carols with the residents of the home.

Lions District Governor Willard Kresge will join the club for both the visit and the annual Christmas party afterwards at Bari Pizza.

All members are urged to attend.

Collections reminders

Residents are reminded the last day for yard waste pickup was Nov. 27.

Ashes will be picked up for the season beginning Wednesday, Dec. 4.

There is a 30-pound weight limit for ashes. Anything over 30 pounds will be left behind.

Also, cardboard must be broken down and bundled for recycling pickup.

Tax payment

The tax collector will be at borough building from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays only.

Council news

The second reading of the 2020 budget will be read at the council meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at the borough building.

Council reminds residents that winter will soon be here and snow must be removed from sidewalks within 24 hours.

Crime Watch news

Hughestown Crime Watch will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 , at the Hughestown Hose Company.

The December social will follow the meeting and all Hughestown residents are invited to attend.

Kayleigh DeMace writes about Hughestown for Greater Pittston Progress. To list a news item in her column, email kdemace@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-821-2004 by 5 p.m. Monday.