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Welcome to December! Did you know December used to be the tenth month of the year? “Decem” means 10 in Latin, and the month used to reflect its position on the Roman calendar.

That changed, however, when July and August were added to the calendar, named for Julius and Augustus Caesar. This pushed all the months off a little, so their meanings don’t match up with their spot on the calendar. Some records state that January and February weren’t part of this calendar system, leaving the winter months without names.

This month holds a special place in the hearts of many, filled with warm nights by the fire with loved ones. But, in light of this past week’s Giving Tuesday, remember to think of those less fortunate. Look for food donation drop-offs at local stores (and in your own neighborhood — more on that below!) and consider volunteering your time to those in need. It’s the season of giving after all, and there are plenty in need all around us.

After you’ve lent a helping hand, check out what’s going on in Hughestown this month.

Council news

A special council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in the borough building. During the meeting, the first reading of the 2019 budget will be held. A second reading will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, during the regular council session.

Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings.

Council has books from the April 20, 1979 Hughestown Olde Tyme fashion show. If you’re interested in a book, please call 570-654-2061. The books are $5 each.

Council sends get well wishes to those on the mend in the borough.

Council sends sympathy to the Daniels family and are sorry for their loss.

Council is searching for a part-time borough coordinator (four days a week) to do borough work. If interested, visit the borough building to learn more and apply, or call 570-654-2061.

Council made and passed a motion to obtain a $45,000 tax anticipation loan. More information is to come.

Residents needing bulk items stickers are asked to call the borough building at 570-654-2061 and leave a message. Stickers will be delivered on to homes on Fridays.

A meeting was held regarding the gas service in the borough. More details to come.

The borough will look into applying for grants to complete work on the Rock Street sewer project and some other projects in the borough. More information to come.

Breakfast with Santa

The Hughestown Breakfast with Santa will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Dec. 16. The last seating will be at noon.

Santa Claus will arrive around 9 a.m. to give gifts to the children at the breakfast. Following the gifts, children can take photos with Santa and participate in other activities throughout the breakfast.

Tickets are $10 and children under 5 are free. Tickets for the breakfast can be purchased by calling the Fire Station at 570-654-4188 or at the door during the event.

There also will be raffles during the breakfast.

Canned food drive

Right after Breakfast with Santa, the Hughestown Hose Company will be collecting canned goods from the residents and donating them to Meals on Wheels in Pittston.

The canned food drive will begin around noon and residents are asked to have their canned goods in a plastic or paper bag on their front porch no later than the noon start time.

All canned good donations are appreciated and Meals on Wheels of Pittston asked that canned fruit be donated when possible.

Remember, when you hear the siren on Dec. 16, bring your kids outside to see Santa Claus riding on the fire truck!

Crime Watch meeting

The next Hughestown Crime Watch meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at the Hughestown Hose Company. The Crime Watch meets the first Monday of the month. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Birthday and anniversary wishes

Council wishes a happy birthday to Dr. Ross Buchieri, Dec. 20 and to C.J. Gorey, Dec. 21.

Council also sends happy anniversary wishes to Carmen and Berniece Ambrosino, who celebrated their 47th anniversary Nov. 20.

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