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The coronavirus outbreak has put a halt on many activities and events in our area. Because of social distancing efforts and other state mandates, many of us will be spending extra time at home in the coming days and weeks as we wait to settle back into our normal routines. Many of us will be looking for things to do while we are home.

I suggest making some spring resolutions, which is something of a tradition of mine. While most people usually make New Year’s resolutions, using the new year as a time for a fresh start, I’ve always made my resolutions at the start of spring. For me, the beginning of spring feels like a more natural time to commit to new and better things. I always attributed this to the fresh air and blooming flowers of the season.

This spring, my resolution is to play piano and practice more often in order to get better technically so that I will be able to play some classical pieces. Of course, spring cleaning also is creeping high on my to-do list.

I encourage you to use these next days and weeks to make your own spring resolutions. It can be a great time to start a new hobby, or catch up on some that you haven’t had the chance to work on in awhile. Hopefully, we can all pass the time productively so as spring blooms, we will all be ready to embrace life and embrace the newness of springtime.

In whatever you decide to do, I hope that everyone stays safe, smart, and healthy in these trying times.

Jenkins Twp. state

of emergency

Jenkins Twp. Board of Supervisors held an emergency management meeting March 16 to discuss the proper course of action to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus among township residents and employees.

In attendance were Fire Chief Dan Kosisky and Chief Engineer Don Sartin, representing the Jenkins Twp. Fire Department; Joe Lewis, Jenkins Road Department foreman; Captain Emmett Thomas, Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance; Jack Lasky, Emergency Management coordinator, Police Chief Frank Mudlock, and Robby Linskey, Joey Sperrazza and Stan Rovinski, Jenkins Twp. Jenkins Twp. supervisors.

Police Chief Frank Mudlock has secured the building and the public will not be admitted.

The police department will continue to address all calls. Any questions or requests can be made by calling the township at 570-654-3315.

The Jenkins Twp. Fire Department is on a lockdown and no visitors are allowed.

All emergency calls will be answered.

Emergency Management advised residents not to panic. If residents have questions, a COVID-19 virus hotline is available at 570-284-3657, staffed by Geisinger Health.

Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance is prepared and “geared up” to handle calls, according to Captain Thomas. He advised the committee that all emergency vehicles have been disinfected and the paramedics and EMTs are properly equipped to handle all cases safely.

Tax Collector Jean Mudlock advises residents that the township office is closed. Payments of taxes can be made by check and dropped off at her residence, 3 Laflin Road, Jenkins Twp.

All township transactions will be made by phone or mail until further notice. Any questions will be answered by calling the township building at 570-654-3315.

Joey Sperrazza, COVID-19, co-coordinator reiterates that Jenkins Twp. is committed to keeping all residents safe and healthy and will take every measure to prevent the spread of the virus. Furthermore; if any resident needs assistance the township will help by any means it can. Any resident who is homebound, disabled or unable to get out, call the township at 570-654-3315 for help.

Pittston Twp. Easter

party cancelled

The Pittston Twp. children’s party scheduled for Saturday, March 28, has been cancelled. This also includes the Easter egg hunt at Tony Attardo Park that was scheduled to follow the event.

Pittston Twp. Crime Watch meeting postponed

The reorganization meeting of the Pittston Twp. Crime Watch Association scheduled for March 19 has been postponed. The new date will be announced in the coming weeks. Once scheduled, the meeting will be held at the Pittston Twp. Municipal Building, 421 Broad St., Pittston Twp.

A Neighborhood Crime Watch is a very effective program which helps to reduce neighborhood crimes such as burglaries, home invasion, vandalism and drug dealing. This program can help ensure the safety of you, your loved ones and your neighbors.

The association urges all residents to attend the Crime Watch meetings once they begin again. The meetings give residents an opportunity to meet the new police chief, Lena Angelella, and Michael Savokinas, head of the Crime Watch.

Jenkins Twp.

Lions Club news

Jenkins Twp. Lions Club meetings are cancelled until further notice.

Pittston Twp. tax notice

Rita Timonte, Pittston Twp. tax collector, announced tax payments are now only being accepted by mail.

Taxpayers should use the window envelope that was included with their tax bills to mail their payments.

When requesting a paid receipt, please include all copies of the bill along with a self addressed stamped envelope.

If paying by mail, postmark is acceptable.

One check must be remitted for each parcel to be paid.

Face period is April 18 through June 17 and penalty period is June 18 through Dec. 31.

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

For information, please call 570-654-8807.

Pittston Twp. Ambulance Association news

Pittston Twp. Ambulance Association is seeking additional EMS providers.

Necessary certifications for these positions are EMT, EMR and EVO. Various schedule openings are available in order to best fit your personal lifestyle.

There is also currently a full-time position open.

Applicants may apply for these positions online at www.ptaa-ems.com, or by calling 570-654-4717 to arrange an interview.

PTAA continues its fundraiser through the AmazonSmile Foundation Website. A small percentage of proceeds on purchases of eligible items on Amazon can be gifted to a charitable organization of your choice, which includes the PTAA. To take part, visit Smile.Amazon.com, log in with your Amazon username and password, and when prompted, use the search bar to type Pittston Twp. Ambulance Association. The name will appear along with the year of its founding, 1977. Once you’ve selected the organization, you will be redirected to Amazon.com, where you will complete your online shopping as usual.

Jenkins Fire fund drive

Jenkins Twp. Volunteer Hose Company is holding its 2020 fund drive. The hose company is grateful to the residents of Jenkins Twp. for their generosity, as approximately 70% of the company’s operating budget is supported by donations from local businesses and residents of Jenkins Twp. and Yatesville. According to the hose company, these donations are essential for the company to provide the vital service of firefighting. Donations can be mailed to or dropped off at the Jenkins Twp. Hose Company, 2 Second St., Pittston. If you haven’t received a mailer, please call 570-655-5045.

Brandon Jopling writes about Jenkins Twp. and Pittston Twp. every week. To list an item, email bjopling@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2175 by 5 p.m. Monday.