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When I was a child I had so many more different gadgets than I have today. My prized possession was my Nintendo 64 and of course our VCR because I loved watching movies so much. In my house, we’re all movie buffs so naturally we had many VHS tapes, which slowly but surely turned into DVDs. Now that there are streaming services, the DVD seems obsolete as well.

To help you get rid of your old devices, Jenkins Twp. is hosting this year’s electronics recycling event. The recycling will take place Saturday, Aug. 3, through Friday Aug. 16, at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., in Inkerman. Items can be dropped off from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is only one Saturday recycling day, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3.

Jenkins Twp. residents will be charged $5 and seniors 65 and older can recycle their items for free. Also, any resident who requires assistance due to an ailment must call the township to make arrangements for the Department of Public Works to come and pick up your items for a fee. Please call 570-654-3315, to schedule an appointment. Non-residents of Jenkins Twp. will be charged $10 per item, and must pre-register by calling 570-654-3315 or email Stickers must be purchased prior to the event.

Deadline to register is Thursday, Aug. 1. All proceeds will be donated to the Pittston Memorial Library, the Care & Concern Free Health Clinic at St. John the Evangelist and the Greater Pittston Food Pantry.

Items that will be accepted are as follows: desktop and laptop computers, keyboards and mouses, printers, cables and cords, calculators, speakers, radios, audio/visual equipment, DVD players and VCRs, gaming systems, speakers, televisions (no projection TVs), fax machines, stereos, telephones or cell phones and scanners.

Anyone caught on camera placing items without a sticker will be prosecuted by the Jenkins Twp. Police Department.

For information, please call 570-654-3315.

PTAA Smile fundraiser

Pittston Twp. Ambulance Association is hosting a fundraiser that is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face. The PTAA is hosting a fundraiser through the AmazonSmile Foundation website. is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same selection of products as, the only difference is that when you shop at, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates a small percentage of your purchase price on eligible items to a charitable organization such as the PTAA.

To participate, go to, log in with your Amazon username and password, in the search bar type in Pittston Twp. Ambulance Association, the name will appear and the year it started, 1977. Once you’ve selected it, the website will redirect you to where you go about your normal shopping.

The Ambulance Association also is hosting a “What to do in an emergency” public training course. It will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at the ambulance station, 24 Bryden St., Pittston Twp. The session will run for approximately one hour and is open to the public. Topics will be discussed such as how to identify an emergency, personal safety, when to call 911, basic first aid, hands only CPR instruction and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator or AED. This is a non-certification training course and is free of charge for anyone to attend, but pre-registration is required as class size is limited. Register by calling the PTAA at 570-654-4717 or by email:

DePrimo Golf Tournament

The 1st Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Fund of the Luzerne Foundation will host its 11th annual golf tournament. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 10, at San Spring Golf Course in Drums. Registration is at 7 a.m. with shotgun start at 8. Cost is $75, which includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, dinner and prizes.

Please visit for information and to pre-register.

Jenkins zoning information

Jenkins Twp. Zoning Officer JoElle Dougherty reminds residents that work being done on your property may require permits, such as additions, decks, pools, sidewalks and driveways. Building permits are required for these as well as roof, window, plumbing and electrical work. For information, call JoElle at 570-654-3315.

Notice also is given to all businesses in the township that signs cannot be placed on poles or in the ground anywhere in Jenkins Twp. Doing so is considered a violation and is subject to fines.

Lions Club Scholarship

Applications for the Jenkins Twp. Lions Club’s scholarship are due by Wednesday, July 31. Applications may be obtained from any Lion, picked up at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman, printed from the Jenkins Twp. Facebook page or by calling Tom Ruskey at 570-654-2554.

The club will award $500 to the first place winner, $300 to the second place winner and $200 to the third place winner, with selection made by lottery.

Applicants must be a Jenkins Twp. resident for a period of one year prior to July 1, 2019, be a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited college or university and must have completed at least one year at that institution. The applicant also must have a cumulative grade point average or GPA of 2.5 or higher and must provide proof of their GPA. The applicant must complete the application and secure a signature of a Jenkins Twp. Lions Club member who will confirm the accuracy and validity of the application.

Applications may be dropped off at the municipal building. For information, call 570-654-3315.

Pittston Twp. yard waste

and bulk collections

Yard waste will be picked up the first and third Tuesday of the month in the areas of Browntown, Cork Lane, Tedrick and Market streets, west of the bypass, Stauffer Heights, Center Street, Laurel Street, Doly Street, Mill Street, Horizon Estates and Stauffer Pointe. The second and fourth Tuesday of the month, yard waste will be picked up in the areas of Butler Heights and Route 315, Suscon Road, Pocono Ridge Estates, Houston City, Glendale, Route 502 and Quail Hill.

Yard waste must be in open containers or paper bags. The following items cannot be picked up: rocks, concrete, stone, tree stumps, lumber, plastics, plastic bags and ashes. To schedule a collection, contact the municipal building at 570-654-0161 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. the day before.

Jenkins Twp. yard waste

Jenkins Twp.’s 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 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.

Notice is being given to any resident caught dumping yard waste in any vacant lot or any municipal property. This is a violation and you will be subject to fines.

Pittston Twp. residents are reminded bulk item collection is limited to 12 per year with a yellow sticker. Bulk item pickup is allowed one per month per residence.

Recent infestations of bed bugs have spread from mattresses to employees as they make curbside pickups. Therefore, mattresses and box springs must be bagged and sealed in plastic mattress bags when placed curbside.

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

Call 570-654-3315 for details.

Jenkins trash fee

Jenkins Twp. reminds residents payment of the 2019 refuse and recycling sticker is past due. The names of anyone with unpaid balances will be sent to the police department for enforcement.

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., in Inkerman.

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

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, 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, Aug. 14. The board of supervisors normally meets the second Wednesday of every month.

Jenkins Twp. Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. 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, please call 570-654-3315.

Jenkins Crime Watch

Jenkins Twp. Crime Watch will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St. in Inkerman. The Jenkins Twp. Crime Watch’s meeting schedule has changed and meetings are now held the first Wednesday of every month.

Pittston Twp. meeting

Pittston Twp. Supervisors will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at the municipal building, 421 Broad St., Meetings are normally held the third Monday of the month.

Jenkins seniors

Jenkins Twp. Senior Citizen Organization’s next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Jenkins Twp. Hose Company, 2 Second St. The group normally meets the third Tuesday of every month. New members are welcome. For information, contact Jean Mudlock at 570-654-9710.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to Austyn Lepore, July 29; David J. Bolduc, Walt Luke, Sarah Donahue, Missy Yevonishon, Joseph Wilde, Lauren Alexander and Danielle Zurek, July 30; Danielle Walsh, Josh Schleppy, Hill Lyn, Ryan Rutherford, Stephanie Williams, Sydney Shelley and Scott Sklanka, July 31; AJ Race, Brian Gyle, Nick Garino and Samantha Williams, Aug. 1; Jenn Ferrett Marino, Olivia Klush, Brendan McCabe, Kiralin Francis and Art Stoss, Aug. 2; Nathan Piccotti, Adria Gaughan, Justin Williams, Tommy Stair, Megan Bartuska, Amber Bombar Marino and Wayne Hadley, Aug. 4; Brittany Garrett, Ian Gragan, Brian Weitz and Vito Angrisano, Aug. 5. Make it one to remember!

Wise words of the week

“We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.” — Charlotte Whitton

Nico Rossi writes about Jenkins Twp. and Pittston Twp. To list an item, email or call 570-348-9100, ext. 5202 by Monday.