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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Many people skip over this prestigious holiday after Halloween and immediately start to plan and think of Christmas. But Thanksgiving is a very important holiday. Not only does it remind everybody of the early settlers who founded the nation, but it teaches us to be grateful for the food we are able to eat and the people we are able to eat it with.

Thanksgiving is a holiday that reminds everyone to be grateful and thankful for everything that you have. Some may even think they don’t have much, but there may be someone who has it worse. Please take time this holiday to remind whoever you are with that you’re thankful they are in your life. And, if someone is making you an amazing meal, simply thank them. Thanksgiving is all about being thankful, polite and grateful.

I hope you all enjoy the holiday with the ones you love and remember the ones who are no longer with us — some of them may have started the very traditions you are practicing today.

Jenkins Christmas party

Jenkins Twp. will host a children’s Christmas party, from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the hose company, 2 Second St. The party is free to all children who are invited to come and see Santa Claus, give him their Christmas list and even get a present from jolly old St. Nick.

Pittston Twp. Christmas party

Pittston Twp.’s board of supervisors and recreation board will host a Christmas party for the children of the township from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the St. Joseph Marello Parish Center, 237 William St. There will be games, prizes, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus. Those attending are reminded to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the local food bank.

Landlord/tenant registration

Jenkins Twp. reminds landlords tenant registration forms are now past due.

A new ordinance requires all landlords to file reports listing all rentable units, tenants or occupiers and any change requiring occupancy permits and inspections of all rental units prior to occupancy. The township sent out letters to explain the ordinance in detail. If you did not submit your registration form, second notices are being sent out.

Submit forms to the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Office or at For information, call the municipal building at 570-654-3315 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Jenkins Crime Watch

The next Jenkins Twp. Crime Watch meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.

Pittston Twp. snow removal

Pittston Twp. residents are reminded the placement of any portable basketball goals or stands on any township roadway is strictly prohibited between Nov. 1 and March 31. Township road maintenance trucks have been damaged during snow plowing operations due to collisions with these types of equipment on township-owned roadways.

Tax reminder

The 2018 Pittston Area school tax bills are in face value for payment until Nov. 30.

The tax office at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., will now be open from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Special arrangements may be made by calling Jenkins Twp. Tax Collector Jean Mudlock at 570-654-9710. Payments can be sent anytime in the mail or dropped off at 3 Laflin Road. The postmark will be accepted as payment date. If a receipt is required, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with payment.

Pittston Twp. Tax Collector Rita Timonte will now have office hours from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays at her home office, 12 E. Oak St. Appointments also may be made by calling 570-654-8807.

If you are a new property owner and have not yet received your bill or if you received a bill in error, please contact your tax collector.

Jenkins Twp. Hose

Company fund drive

The Jenkins Twp. Volunteer Hose Company is conducting its 2018 fundraising drive. Approximately 70 percent of the operating budget is supported by donations from Jenkins Twp. and Yatesville residents and businesses. It is through these donations that the volunteer fire department is able to continue operations. If you have not received a mailer, please contact the Jenkins Twp. Volunteer Hose Company at 570-655-5045 and leave your name and address.

Jenkins Twp. hat sale

Jenkins Twp. is now selling hats. They come in purple and yellow and for $10 you can own one. If you would like to purchase one, you may pick it up between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the municipal building 46½ Main St in Inkerman.

Jenkins notices

The township’s zoning and building department reminds anyone making improvements and additions that they must obtain proper permits. Call the municipal building at 570-654-3315 for information.

The township reminds all residents who have alarm systems that payments are due. If you did not receive a letter and you have an alarm system, please contact the township at 570-654-3315.

Jenkins yard waste

Jenkins Twp. yard waste is picked up every Thursday.

Yard waste bins are on sale for $11 each. Residents are reminded to put yard waste in the appropriate containers. Containers must have perforations on the bottom, handles on each side and cannot have a lid on top. They may not have rims on the top, wheels on the bottom, or exceed 20 gallons. Filled containers cannot weigh more than 30 pounds.

If there are branches in the container, they must not be more than 3 feet long, and they must be bundled and tied for manageable pickup.

For information, call 570-654-3315.

Pittston Twp. refuse and

recycling reminders

Pittston Twp.’s refuse permit and garbage bag sale has concluded. Anyone who hasn’t purchased a permit should contact the municipal building at 570-654-0161.

Garbage collection days are Friday of each week for all of Pittston Twp.

Recycling days will continue to be Friday of alternating weeks.

Pittston Twp. wishes to remind its residents that no one, under any circumstances, may dispose of electronic devices or their components with their municipal solid waste. Electronics include desktop computers, laptop computers, video game consoles, microwave ovens and especially televisions.

For information, contact the municipal building at 570-654-0161.

Pittston Twp. sewer bills

Pittston Twp. Sewer Authority reminds residents the sewer bills can be paid by calling 877-830-0596.

Residents also are reminded they must obtain a sewer permit before starting to excavate for connection to the new sewer main. Furthermore, the $1,432 tap-in and connection fee must be paid in full. Office hours are 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Call 570-655-8747 for an appointment.

Jenkins Twp. meeting

Jenkins Twp. Board of Supervisors meets at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman, at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday.

Wise Words of the Week

Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving. — Amy Grant

Nico Rossi writes about Jenkins Twp. and Pittston Twp. To include an item in his column, email or call 570-348-9100, ext. 5202 by Sunday, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.