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Its almost spring everyone! This weekend we change our clocks and spring ahead, and the season officially starts March 20. I hope you all enjoyed the winter months and all they entailed — starting with Christmas and New Year’s, all the way up to the St. Patrick’s Day parades. The days will start to get longer and the warm weather will slowly trickle in, and before you know it Easter will be here.

Jenkins meeting

Jenkins Twp. Board of Supervisors will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the municipal building, 46½ Main St. Inkerman.

Jenkins bulk collection

Jenkins Twp. reminds residents about information regarding bulk item pickup. If any resident has any large items that need to be disposed of, bulk stickers from the township need to be purchased. Bulk sticker come six on a sheet for $30. When you are ready to put the bulk item out for pickup, call County Waste at 1-800-832-1332 to schedule it.

Some examples of bulk items include: mattresses, box springs, furniture, stoves, refrigerators, etc.

If you have any questions, please call the municipality at 570-654-3315.

The 2018 refuse bills are now past due. If payment is not made by May 31, 2018, all delinquent accounts will be sent a citation. If you have any questions, please call the municipal building at 570-654-3315

Pittston Twp. sewer bills

The Pittston Twp. Sewer Authority reminds residents, the sewer authority bills can now be paid by calling: WVSA (877) 830-0596.

Residents are also reminded they must obtain a sewer permit before starting to excavate for connection to the new sewer main. Furthermore, the tap-in and connection fee must be paid in full in the amount of $1,432.

Office hours are 11 a.m. to noon. Monday through Friday. If this is an inconvenience, please call the sewer authority at 570-655-8747 for an appointment.

Pittston Twp. phone scam

Pittston Twp. Police are warning the public about phone scams involving persons posing as the Internal Revenue Service, PPL Electric, or family members in distress. The callers are demanding money and saying it must be paid through a pre-paid debit card, an i-Tunes card or through a wire transfer.

If the victim refuses to cooperate, the scammers, who claim to be agents of the IRS, PPL Electric or law enforcement, threaten the victims with arrest or loss of electrical service. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

The callers may know a lot about their targets and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS, PPL Electric or a law enforcement agency is calling. Callers use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers.

Residents should be suspicious of unsolicited telephone calls. The best protection is to just hang up the phone when called by someone requesting personal or financial details. Talk to a family member or call your local police department before giving up money or personal information. In all of these scams, it is very difficult to recuperate lost funds. In addition to calling your local police, IRS scams can be reported to the Treasury Inspector General at 1-800-366-4484.

Crime Watch run/walk

Jenkins Twp. and Yatesville Borough Crime Watch groups are hosting their inaugural 4-mile run.

Scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, May 5, the race will begin and end at the Pittston Area High School, 5 Stout St., Yatesville. There also is a 1-mile walk option at the high school.

The pre-registration fee is $15 until April 11. After this date, the registration fee is $20. The registration fee is non-refundable. A short sleeve T-shirt will be included for the first 50 registrants. Race day registration is $25 and will be accepted before the race, from 8 to 8:45 a.m.

The race will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 11.

Awards will be given to the overall male and female winners, as well as to the top three males and the top three females in the following divisions: 9 and younger, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70-plus.

Checks can be made payable to Jenkins Twp./Yatesville Borough Crime Watch. Proceeds from the race will be used to help rebuild the honor roll memorial on East Saylor Avenue in Jenkins Twp.

If you have any questions about the race or need any information, please contact Wendy at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building at 570-654-3315 or email

The next Jenkins Twp. Crime Watch meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at the municipal building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman. All members are encouraged to attend and new members are welcome. For information contact Chairman, Joe Sperrazza at 570-654-3315.

Church meetings

Pastor Stanley Oschman’s Plaid Community Church usually meets Thursdays at Original Italian Pizza near Heather Highlands from 6 to 8 p.m. for dinner and Bible study. The church also has “Church on the Road” with visits to homes and arenas to play music. One show is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 10, at the Mountain View nursing home.

The church has a fundraiser scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Heather Highlands community room, dedicated to the crisis group Pathway, a group for women in crisis. All proceeds from the dinner and show go to those women in need. Tickets are $25.


County and municipal taxes bills were issued Feb. 12.

Jenkins Twp. Tax Collector Jean Mudlock will be collecting taxes at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. She will not have evening hours.

Pittston Twp. Tax Collector Rita Timonte will have office hours from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at her home office, 12 E. Oak St., Pittston Twp., until the end of the discount period.

Discount period ends April 11. Face period ends June 11. Penalty phase ends Dec. 31.

For information, please contact Jenkins Twp. Tax Collector Jean Mudlock at 570-654-9710 or Pittston Twp. Tax Collector Rita Timonte at 570-654-8807.

Anyone who does not received a tax bill, please contact your tax collector.

Pittston Twp. meeting

Pittston Twp. Supervisors will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 19, at the municipal building, 421 Broad St.

For information, please call the Pittston Twp. municipal building at 570-654-0161.

Jenkins seniors

Jenkins Twp. Senior Citizens Organization usually schedules its meetings for the third Tuesday of each month, with some exceptions. The organization’s next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the Jenkins Twp. Hose Company, 2 Second St.

All seniors in the area are invited to attend and new members are always welcome. For information about the group, please contact Jean at 570-654-9710.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday this week to: Mike Capone, Alicia Kuna, Courtney Boyle and Crystal Fussner, March 13; Jason McDade, Cathy Natale, Bob Kroptavich, Erin Lynch Arduino, Marissa Chickeletti-Risko, Aj Mastruzzo and Krista Musinski, March 14; A.J. Leeds, John Callaio, Patrick Dean Ellis and Melissa Helmer, March 15; Timothy Black, Michael King, Mark Perrins and Alicia Mattioli, March 16; Jessica Talarico and Ryan Weidlich, March 17; Katie Dructor and Joseph Leyshon, March 18.

I hope it’s a great one!

Wise Words of the Week

“One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.”— Gilbert K. Chesterton.

Nico Rossi writes about Jenkins Twp. and Pittston Twp. every week. To include an item in his column, email or call 570-430-1800 or 570-821-2002 by Monday.