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Have you tried anything new lately? I know we’ve all been cooking and baking more, but what about starting a new habit?

I finally started journaling. It’s something I’ve been trying to do for years, but I never could. It took a pandemic to get me to sit down for a few minutes each morning and write a little — just a half a page to set the tone of the day.

It’s still a struggle, but they say practice makes perfect. The more you stick to something, the sooner it becomes second nature. It takes just 21 days to form a habit — that’s three weeks. Think about that. Just three weeks from now, you can be a new version of yourself. A version with a habit of doing something you have always wanted to do.

Starting today, try doing just that. Set a new habit in stone that’ll carry you through the end of this quarantine period and beyond.

Council news

Council urges residents to complete the 2020 census. You can either fill the survey out online or on paper and send it through the mail. Whatever you choose, this is your chance to participate in a survey that only takes a few minutes but will impact your life for the next 10 years.

Council reminds residents to fill out an application for an absentee ballot through the county for the June 2 state primary election.

Council reminds residents that deadline to pay unpaid trash bills from 2019 and current trash bills for 2020 is May 20.

Borough hours

The borough office remains closed. Check back here for updates.

Residents can call the borough at 570-654-2061 and leave a message for anything of importance and borough officials will reply in a timely manner.

Call the police department at 570-654-2082. In an emergency, call 911.

Paper shredding

Hughestown Borough’s annual paper shredding is tentatively scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, June 6. Check back here for updates.

Burning ordinance

Residents are reminded all burning of paper, paper products, trash and construction materials is prohibited, including in instances when it was previously authorized on private property. Use of fire pits for cooking and entertainment is allowed and the fire department can burn materials for instructional purposes. Anyone who violates this ordinance is subject to a $50-$300 fine.

Yard waste and recycling

Lawn waste collection has begun for the season.

Branches must be bundled and are to be no more than 3 inches in diameter and 3 feet in length. Also, no logs are to be put out for collection.

There is a 30-pound limit on all bins and all branches must be bundled.

Residents are reminded to break down boxes for recycling. No boxes will be picked up with recycling that are not broken down. Newspapers go in a brown bag or in a bin to be picked up.

Remember to rinse containers before recycling.

Council thanks residents for following these guidelines.

Kayleigh DeMace writes about Hughestown every week. To list an item in her column, email kdemace@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-821-2004 by 5 p.m. Monday.