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Another week of social distancing is in the books, and with its end there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel. Like so many of us, I have been looking for moments of positivity and relative calm since the stay-at-home order has been implemented. During the nice weather last week, I was able to clean up some old leaves and branches, while trimming some of my other plants and trees.

In a world where there so often seems to be pressure to move from one activity and one place to the next, I enjoyed the chance to work at my own pace and for enjoyment — not because I had to. I loved the opportunity to slow down and calmly work, rather than rush through my chores in order to move as quickly as possible onto other things. While I, along with many, can’t wait for life to start getting back to some form of normal, I hope that in our excitement to get out and get together, we don’t lose sight of the small things and lose the opportunity to take time to relax and care for ourselves.

Jenkins office closures

Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, although closed to the public, is still operating. Staff is present to return emails and phone messages.

If you need to drop off anything to the office that cannot be done by mail or email, there is a collection box inside the front door that is accessible to the public.

Items placed in this bin will be collected regularly and handled safely and properly, according to current guidelines.

Jenkins Twp. tax collection

County/municipal taxes can be dropped off at a drop box in the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building lobby or dropped off or mailed to the tax collector at 3 Laflin Road, Inkerman. If a receipt is required, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope with payment. The taxes are now in face period. For information, call 570-654-9710.

Jenkins yard waste

Jenkins Twp. yard waste will be collected every Thursday.

Please be aware the Jenkins Twp. truck is available to haul yard waste. Simply arrange a time for the truck to be left at your property. You are then free to fill the back of the truck with yard waste, which will be hauled away at an agreed upon time. This can be a much better alternative than loading up multiple bags to be left at the curb.

Pittston Twp. tax reminder

Rita Timonte, Pittston Twp. tax collector, announced tax payments are now only being accepted by mail. Use the window envelope that was included with the tax bills to mail payments.

Face period is through June 17 and penalty period is June 18 through Dec. 31. Postmark is accepted as payment date.

When requesting a paid receipt, include all copies of the bill along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. One check must be remitted for each parcel. For change of address, mark the bill or include a note with the new mailing address.

For information, call 570-654-8807.

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