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Happy Thanksgiving! It’s the time of year where sit down with family, friends, and loved ones and reflect on the things we’re thankful for.

It’s hard sometimes to narrow it down, don’t you think? We may not stop to think about it often, but there is so much to be thankful about. From our coworkers to our pets, we’re surrounded by people who love us and encourage us to be the best person we can be.

This holiday, take time to thank someone for being a part of your life. Every single person we surround ourselves with has an influence on us, on who we are. Without them, we may not have grown into the person we are today.

So show your thanks! Share a hug and a piece of grandma’s homemade pie and give thanks this holiday season.

With the holidays right around the corner, events are picking up in Hughestown! Here’s what’s coming up and going on in town:

Breakfast with Santa

The Hughestown Breakfast with Santa will be held Sunday, Dec. 16. The breakfast begins at 8 a.m. and 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. There also will be raffles during the breakfast.

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

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 the truck!

Thanks from the Lions

Hughestown Lions Club President Steve Golya, along with all Lions Club officers and members, would like to thank the residents and businesses who donated to the Lions Club’s annual fund drive. The money collected is used to support community activities held throughout the year for children and families to enjoy.

These activities include the annual Easter egg hunt, the scholarship program for Pittston Area students who reside in Hughestown, the annual Halloween parade and party, and the annual Christmas visit to St. Joseph’s Center in Hughestown to decorate the home and deliver gifts for the residents.

These events would not be possible without the generosity of everyone involved. The Lions Club thanks everyone for their donations and wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Council news

Council assures residents the Hughestown fire trucks have been maintained to fit in every street in the borough. The fire company service 13 municipalities and the airport. The Hughestown Fire Company has a full staff on board 24 hours a day. Firefighters also help with code enforcement.

Many residents have had a chance to meet the new police chief, Jim Halford. He reminds residents to stop at stop signs and to be careful when driving in areas of school bus traffic. Citations will be given out, according to officer Rudy Navarro.

Council recently had a meeting regarding gas service in the borough. More details are 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 is to come.

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.

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. Sunday, a day early due to Thanksgiving.