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Birthdays are a special time of year to celebrate the people in our lives. This week, it’s my dad’s birthday!

Lately, Dad’s been doing a lot for me. And that says a lot, because my dad is always doing something and helping the family in one way or another. I appreciate him especially this year as he continues to help me grow — a job that’s truly never over for a parent.

Happy birthday, Dad! If you know him and you see him this week, give him a b-day hug.

And keep on reading to see who’s celebrating birthdays in Hughestown!

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

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

Bus stops and water run off in the borough were discussed at the Aug. 12 council meeting. Bus stops in the Heights sections were moved due to the poor conditions of hills in winter and the ground water from rain. Police Chief Jim Halford and concerned residents will explore options.

The water running down Rock Street to Searle Street was another issue discussed at the meeting. A camera will be set up to see if a broken pipe is causing some of the flooding, including the flooding of basements in the area.

Well wishes

Council wishes happy birthday to Ken Scialpi, Aug. 15; Russel Delia, Aug. 15, and Richard Griglock, Aug. 18.

Council wishes a happy anniversary to Sam and Theresa Valenti on Aug. 19.

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