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In honor of local veterans, Jenkins Twp. Veterans Memorial Committee is hosting a craft and vendor show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11. Admission is free. The show will be held at Queen of Apostles Parish Hall, 715 Hawthorne St., in Avoca. Vendors include wood crafts, Scentsy candles, Paparazzi jewelry, Bits & Buttons, Canvas & Wreaths, LuLaRoe clothing, Perfect Posh, custom woodwork and furniture, personalized hats, towels and stuffed animals and much more.

Refreshments will be made available, including beverages and desserts. The benefit also will have a 50/50 drawing and a basket raffle. For information, please contact the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building at 570-654-3315.

Proceeds from the event will go toward efforts to erect a monument to veterans in the township.

Pittston Twp. trash bags

Pittston Twp.’s 2019 refuse permit and garbage bag sale has concluded. A $10 late fee may be imposed on any resident who did not yet purchase their permits and bags. Permits and bags are good for the fiscal year June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020.

Contact the township to purchase permits and bags.

Pittston Twp. paper shredding

Pittston Twp. will sponsor a paper shredding event at no cost to township residents from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 22, in the parking lot on Bryden Street, across from the municipal building. For information, please contact the municipal building at 570-654-0161.

Jenkins yard waste

The Jenkins Twp. Board of Supervisors reminds residents yard waste pickup has begun. The red yard waste containers are available for sale for $11 each at the municipal building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.

Yard waste will be picked up in Jenkins Twp. every Thursday. 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.

The filled yard waste 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 together for a manageable pickup.

For information, please call 570-654-3315.

Jenkins meetings

Jenkins Twp. lists the following upcoming meetings:

Jenkins Twp. Board of Supervisors will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12. The board of supervisors normally meets the second Wednesday of every month.

Jenkins Twp. Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16. The planning commission normally meets the third Thursday of every month.

All meetings will be held at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.

For information on the meeting schedule, please call 570-654-3315.

Jenkins Crime Watch

Jenkins Twp. Crime Watch will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.

Jenkins Twp. Crime Watch’s meeting schedule has changed and Crime Watch meetings now are held the first Wednesday of every month.

Recycling reminder

Residents of both Jenkins Twp. and Pittston Twp. are reminded to clean their recyclables before putting them out to be picked up.

In single-stream recycling, all of the materials collected are separated at the material recovery facility.

Because materials come into contact with one another in these streams, it’s more likely liquids and foods will spill onto paper products. This can contaminate paper and force the recycling facility to divert the product to the landfill.

Rinsing out bottles and cans reduces the likelihood that your recycled materials will be sent to the trash.

Pittston Twp. meeting

Pittston Twp. Supervisors will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 17, at the municipal building, 421 Broad St., Pittston Twp. Board meetings are normally held the third Monday of every month.

Tax reminder

The rebate period for county and township taxes ended April 3.

During face period, Pittston Twp. Tax Collector Rita Timonte will have office hours from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday evening only at her home office, 12 E. Oak St., Pittston Twp.

Jenkins Twp. Tax Collector Jean Mudlock will be at the tax office at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays only.

Special arrangements may be made by calling Mudlock at 570-654-9710 or Timonte at 570-654-8807.

If paying by mail, postmark is acceptable. When requesting a paid receipt when paying by mail, include all copies of the tax bill with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. One check should be written out for each parcel.

To report a change of address, mark the bill accordingly or include a note with the new mailing address.

Face period for payment is until June 3. Penalty period is June 4 through Dec. 31.

Pittston Twp. refuse and recycling reminders

Pittston Twp.’s garbage collection is Friday of each week for all of the township.

Recycling days will continue to be Friday of alternating weeks. No electronics will be accepted. For information, call 570-654-0161.

Pittston Twp. residents are reminded that mattresses and box springs must be bagged and sealed in plastic mattress bags when placed curbside for collection by Mascaro & Sons.

Recent infestations of bed bugs have spread from mattresses to employees as they make curbside pickups, prompting this requirement.

You can find mattress disposal bags at most major retailers and home improvement stores.

Items may be set out on your regularly scheduled trash/bulk service day.

Ambulance Association membership

Pittston Twp. Ambulance Association’s 2019 membership drive is underway. Annual membership is $35 per residence.

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

Jenkins seniors

Jenkins Twp. Senior Citizen Organization has changed its May meeting to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, due to Election Day. The meeting will be held at the Jenkins Twp. Hose Company, 2 Second St.

The group normally meets the third Tuesday of every month. The June meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18. New members are welcome. For information, contact Jean Mudlock at 570-654-9710.

Jenkins refuse and recycling

Residents are advised payment for the 2019 Jenkins Twp. stickers for refuse and recycling services through County Waste is past due. A $20 late fee is now being added to the following listed fees. 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.

Anyone who has not yet paid the fee is being sent a final notice and may face legal action. June 1, 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 to the township’s refuse and recycling ordinance.

Bulk stickers also are available for purchase. Residents must purchase a full sheet of six stickers for $30.

Jenkins Twp. accepts payment by Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover credit cards. A consumer fee of 3%will be applied for each transaction.

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, contact the township at 570-654-3315.

Residents are advised they no longer have to schedule a pickup with County Waste for bulk items. Just place items out Monday evening or by approximately 6 a.m. Tuesday for bulk items to be picked up. Tires, building materials, automobile parts and electronics are not accepted. Mattresses and box springs must be wrapped in plastic.

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

Happy birthday

Happy birthday this week to Corey Psolka, Matt Marriggi and Jessica Goodlavage, May 14; Ryan Cavanaugh, Bob Bogdon and Vincent Marcario, May 15; Jon Kozlosky, Brandon Galli, Frank Bonomo, Dave Angelella, Sonya Burke and Jeff Grabosky, May 16; Peter Chaney, Shannon Keller Wisneski, Janet Tomasak, Logan Czajkowski, Jeremy Richardson, Dayna Kiwak and Katy Sulla, May 17; Frank McDade, May 18; Miguel Cepeda, Dave Scherbenco, Jim Flannely, Adrianna D’Amico Rogers and Eddie Pearson, May 19, and Joseph Graziano, May 20.

Make it one to remember, everyone!

Wise words of the week

“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” — Earl Nightingale

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.