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Mayor Wayne Quick, at right, swears in Rudy Navarro as the borough’s newest police officer, as Chief Jeffrey Balut looks on.

Everyone is starting to decorate for Christmas, holiday music is on the radio, and hot chocolate is on constant flow — it’s Christmastime!

I love driving through Christmas light displays, visiting Christmas villages, and attending tree-lighting events with my family and friends. Tree-lightings specifically have been there for some really important times of my life. I always connect them to college, because I loved going to tree lightings, then out for coffee with friends before everyone went home for the holidays.

This year, whether you’re home for the holidays or are just looking to kick the season off right, the Hughestown Park and Recreation Committee is sponsoring a tree lighting event right in our backyard.

Sunday, Dec. 3, at 5 p.m., the Hughestown Park and Recreation Committee is hosting a special tree lighting event at the borough building on Center Street.

The community is invited to attend and everyone is encouraged to bring an ornament to place on the tree for the Christmas season!

Children from the Pittston Area Primary Center will be making ornaments to hang on the tree, as well. Hot drinks will be served afterward in the pavilion and there will be a special visit from a friend who lives at the North Pole!

This is the perfect way for you and your family to kick off the month and enjoy some quality time together.

Hope to see you there!

Crime Watch meeting

The next Crime Watch meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, in the Hughestown Borough Building.

All residents are encouraged to attend. New members are welcome to join the newly-formed Crime Watch.

Breakfast with Santa

Hughestown Hose Company’s annual Breakfast with Santa will be held Sunday, Dec. 17 at the fire station banquet hall, 30 Center St. The breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. and the last seating will be at noon.

Santa Claus will arrive at 9 a.m. to give gifts to all the children attending the event. Santa also will take photos with the children. Two bicycles will be raffled off during the breakfast. There also will be a number of activities for children to take part in throughout the breakfast.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 570-654-4188 or at the door the day of the event. Tickets are $10. Children $5 and younger are free.

Hose company food drive

After Breakfast with Santa, Hughestown Hose Company will be collecting canned goods from residents.

Members of the hose company ask that residents have their canned goods in a plastic or paper bag on their front porch no later than the noon start time Sunday, Dec. 17.

When you hear the fire truck siren, bring your little ones outside to see Santa Claus!

Council news

Council sends its congratulations to Rudy Navarro, Hughestown’s new fulltime police officer. A ceremony was held in the borough building with many officers from the surrounding area attending to welcome him. His term will begin Monday, Dec. 11.

A final reading of the 2018 budget will be at held at the regular council meeting, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11. Mayor Wayne Quick will report on the new budget.

Council sends its sympathy to the family and friends of Jerome Kutchkus.

Councilwoman Marie Griglock noted a Mass will be held in memory of her son, Ross Kossuth, at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at St. John Marello Parish in Pittston. Ross died four years ago.

Trash and recycling

Mascaro and Sons will start trash collections in the borough in 2018. Bills will be sent by Berkheimer for this regular garbage collection. There will be no stickers.

Borough residents will receive information in the mail regarding the new trash hauler this coming week.

An ordinance was passed to have one company handle all residential trash services. J. P. Mascaro was awarded the contract. All residents must pay for the trash collection.

Bulk items will be collected monthly at no extra charge, if needed.

Hughestown Borough will continue to pick up recyclables.

Council asks residents to take note of the correct collection days to avoid having items sitting outside for long periods of time.

Council also reminds residents there is a borough ordinance regarding this issue.

Complaints have been received from residents about this problem.

Council asks residents to please cooperate with this schedule. The days for collection are: Mondays, cardboard and newspapers; Tuesdays, commingled glass and plastic, and Wednesday, ashes.

No more yard waste will be collected until next season.

Council urges residents to break down oversize items before they are placed out for recycling and to only leave items in front of homes on the designated pickup day.

Police and fire reports

Hughestown Police Department announced its incidents report for October. There was one motor vehicle accident, four domestic disputes, two drug-related incidents, five alarms, 49 citations, six arrests and 43 total calls.

Hughestown Hose Company had one activated fire alarm, nine cancellations en route, three code enforcement incidents, 25 EMS calls, one fire police call out, one investigation, three motor vehicle accidents, seven public assists, four standbys, three structure fires and 57 total calls.

Lions Club’s St. Joseph’s visit

Hughestown Lions Club will make its annual visit to St. Joseph’s Group Home in Hughestown at 6:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4.

The Lions will bring Christmas gifts for the residents and also will sing carols with the group. District Governor Dr. William McLaughin will be in attendance.

The Lions Club also decorated St. Joseph’s for the holidays.

This event was started many years ago by the original members of the Lions Club and has been an annual tradition that current members are proud to continue.

After the visit, the Lions will gather at Bari’s Pizza for the club’s annual Christmas party.

St. Peter’s news

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church is taking orders for its poppy seed and nut roll sale until Monday, Dec. 11. Pickup is from 10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21.

Rolls are $9 each and you can order yours by calling 570-313-2829 or 570-655-0043.

The Sunday school Christmas program will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17.

Sunday, Dec. 24, regular service is at 10 a.m. and Christmas Eve service is at 4 p.m.

Anniversary wishes

Council sends happy anniversary wishes to Councilwoman Barbara Gatto and her husband Vince Gatto, Dec. 7.

Happy holidays, and enjoy the tree lighting!

Kayleigh DeMace writes about Hughestown every week. To include an item in her column, email or call 570-821-2004.