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Happy holidays everybody! In just a few short days, jingle bells will be ringing and families big and small will be coming together to celebrate their traditions for the holidays. Many of the children in the area are hoping St. Nick will bring them everything they asked for on their Christmas lists. But, regardless of where you are or where you come from, the most important thing to remember is that Christmas is a time for giving and that no matter what the circumstances, always remember there is someone in the world who loves you.

I wish you all a happy holiday and i hope you get to enjoy it with your loved ones.

Ambulance drive

The Pittston Twp. Ambulance Association’s 2019 membership drive is now underway.

With generous financial assistance from the people of Pittston Twp., the ambulance association was able to place new vehicles in to service.

The annual membership is $35 per residence.

Any resident who did not receive a membership mailing, please call the office at 570-654-4717. Memberships may also be obtained between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the business office, 24 Bryden St., Pittston Twp.

Memberships include unlimited emergency care and local hospital emergency transports to everyone living in a member household, as well as your visiting guests. Membership also covers all out-of-pocket expenses incurred for ambulance services that are not reimbursed by an insurance provider. One donation covers everyone in the household for the entire 2019 calendar year.

Members receive a membership card and also have access to the Community Electronic Notification Service Program. The CENS program is for subscribing members who can be notified electronically of any community emergency or other important safety information via email. It is a way for members to stay informed of community hazards, changing travel and local weather and road conditions. This service comes free of charge to members only. To enroll, just enter an email address on the membership card or email the ambulance association directly at PTAAEMS@AOL.COM.

Jenkins refuse and recycling

The 2019 Jenkins Twp. stickers for refuse and recycling services through County Waste are now available for purchase.

Pricing remains the same as 2018. The sticker prices are based on the size of the bin the resident owns, a small bin, 35 gallons, is $120; medium bin, 65 gallons, is $240, and a large bin, 95 gallons, is $280. Bulk stickers also are available for purchase. Residents must purchase a full sheet of six stickers for $30.

Residents no longer have to schedule a pickup with County Waste for bulk items. Just place items out on Monday evening or by approximately 6 a.m. on Tuesday for bulk sticker items to be picked up. The following items are not accepted: tires, building materials, automobile parts and electronics.

All transactions must be complete by Jan. 31, 2019 or residents will face penalty fees.

There is a $40 discount for property owners who are 65 or older as of Dec. 31, 2018 or for anyone who can provide proof of a disability.

Jenkins Twp. now accepts Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover credit cards. If you choose to pay with a credit card, a consumer fee of 3 percent will be applied for each transaction.

A new payment plan is being offered. Residents who choose to make payments are advised the final payment must be made by the Jan. 31, 2019 deadline.

Any resident failing to pay in full by the deadline will face a $10 late fee, effective Feb. 1, 2019. A delinquent notice will be sent out to the resident and if payment is not made in full by May 1, 2019, another $10 late fee will be added. Anyone who hasn’t paid their 2019 fee at that time will be sent a final notice and may face legal action. June 1, 2019, all unpaid charges or balances will be sent to the Jenkins Twp. Police Department for enforcement and issuance of a citation and/or filing of a municipal lien for noncompliance of the Refuse and Recycling Ordinance.

Anyone who wishes to upgrade their service to the next size may do so by bringing proof of the current sticker for the bin size and a copy of the paid invoice to the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Office, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.

For information, please contact the township at 570-654-3315.

Landlord/tenant registration

Jenkins Twp. reminds landlords that 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 www.jenkinstownship.net. For information, call the municipal building at 570-654-3315 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Jenkins hat sale

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

Jenkins Crime Watch

The next Jenkins Twp. Crime Watch meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.

Jenkins meetings

The Jenkins Twp. Board of Supervisors meets at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman, at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9.

Pittston Twp. meeting

The monthly meeting of the Pittston Twp. Board of Supervisors will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the municipal building, 421 Broad St., Pittston Twp. For information, please call 570-654-0161.

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 face period for 2018 Pittston Area school tax bills has ended.

The tax office at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., will 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 also 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, 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

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 hose company at 570-655-5045 and leave your name and address.

Jenkins seniors

Jenkins Twp. Senior Citizens Organization meets the third Tuesday of each month, with some exceptions. The next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Jenkins Twp. Hose Company, 2 Second St. New members are welcome. For information, contact Jean Mudlock at 570-654-9710.

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.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday this week to: Christian Snowberger, Nathan Zondlo and Jessica Pisano, Dec. 24; Matthew Holmes, George Schirra and Joseph Wahl, Dec. 25; Tasha Hughes, Cassandra Esser, Jessica Esser and Angelia Sampino, Dec. 26; Sal Piccilo, Dec. 27; Michael Surridge, Jonathan Weidlich, Chris Petrikonis, Drew Popish, Christie Rogo and Pat O’Hara, Dec. 28; Justin Raymond, Shawn Zurla and Sean Rooney, Dec. 29; Timothy Hahn, Kyle Johns and Jim Stokes, Dec. 30. Make it a great one!

Wise Words of the Week

“A hug is like a boomerang — you get it back right away.” — Bil Keane

Nico Rossi writes about Jenkins Twp. and Pittston Twp. every week. To include an item in his column, email nrossi@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-348-9100, ext. 5202 by Monday.