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Sunday is National Secondhand Wardrobe Day, which I have never heard of before but am truthfully excited about.

We have a number of awesome vintage clothing shops around here, and with 80s-themed TV shows popping up, vintage/retro clothing is making a comeback. But did you know shopping second hand is also good for the environment?

Buying secondhand helps to minimize pollution. Every item of clothes bought second hand means one less new item produced. Synthetic materials require a lot of energy to produce, which impacts the environment. New clothing often travels a great distance before reaching a store, too. Buying second hand helps cut back on all of these environmental hazards.

Secondhand shopping used to have a bad rep, but that is definitely changing. With more people being mindful of the environment and their spending — and on the hunt for some awesome mom jeans — secondhand shopping is becoming more and more popular and more accepted than ever.

To take part in this movement, I’m going to be going through my clothes, donate what I haven’t worn in over a year, and shop at a local thrift shop for something fun and stylish.

Hose company report

Hughestown Hose Company reported 11 cancellations enroute, two code enforcements, 35 EMS calls, 31 fire police callouts, one investigation, one miscellaneous incident, two motor vehicle accidents, four public assists, four stand-bys, four structure fires and one vehicle fire for July.

Police report

Hughestown Police Department reported one motor vehicle accident, two domestic disputes, four drug cases, three alarms, two incidents of criminal mischief, 35 citations, seven criminal arrests and 18 assists from other departments for July.

Council news

Centennial Pavilion will have some repairs done. More information to come. If anyone is looking to use this facility for their events, the borough asks that you call 570-654-2061 for reservations.

Center Street soon will be milled. More information to come. Next year, Center Street will have some additional work done, including the installation of a drain.

Council reminds residents to place their garbage in the proper containers to ensure proper pickup.

The borough has ordered a new recycling truck.

Fire truck fund drive

The fifth annual fire truck fund drive is officially underway in Hughestown. Each year, the Hughestown Hose Company works tirelessly to raise funds to sustain the department.

To donate, fill out the donation stubs you received in the mail and send them in by Sept. 30.

This year, donations collected during the truck fund drive will be used for the loan payment on the fire engine. The fire company is on track this year to surpass more than 1,000 emergency calls, and drives like this one help them get the job done.

The department works tirelessly, undergoing regular training to ensure that you have the best emergency service possible. The funds raised at these seasonal fundraisers are what enable training, as well as allows for the department to pay utilities and other daily expenses required to provide you with fast and efficient emergency services.

The truck fund drive is a great way for you to give back to the hose company.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns, reach out to the hose company at 570-654-4188. You also can send them a message on Facebook or by email at station143@hughestownfiredept.us.

Well wishes

Council wishes happy belated birthday to Mary Golya, Aug. 21.

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.