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Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers! I hope everyone is doing well and doing their best to enjoy their day in these strange times. Mother’s Day will surely be special and unique this time, not only because of the circumstances surrounding the day, but for how most of us will celebrate.

Mother’s Day in my family wasn’t observed by going out to restaurants or other stereotypical activities. It typically marked the beginning of our celebrations, which lasted longer than just one day. Often, the holiday would fall on my brother’s birthday, and if not, a few days before. On top of that, my brother, sister, and mother all have birthdays that all fall within one week of each other. For us, Mother’s Day signalled the start of so many reasons to celebrate and appreciate happy times together. This day would lead to birthdays, Memorial Day, the end of school and the start of summer.

As social distancing restrictions are beginning to ease and change, it seems the holiday, once again, brings with it renewed excitement, hope and a fresh start. Happy birthday to you three, and again, happy Mother’s Day!

Market Street road closure

Due to road work, Market Street in Jenkins Twp. will be closed from River Road to Wood Way from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, through Friday, May 15. If you have any questions, contact the municipal building at 570-654-3315. The township thanks motorists for their cooperation.

Jenkins meeting

Jenkins Twp. Supervisors will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 13. The meeting will be streamed through Facebook due to social distancing restrictions. The live video will be available at the webpage Because of this format, they ask that any questions, concerns, or potential items for the meeting agenda be emailed to Barbara Fairchild at by 3 p.m. Monday, May 11.

Jenkins yard waste

Yard waste will be collected in Jenkins Twp. every Thursday. Please be aware the township 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.

Tax collection

In Jenkins Twp., 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. For information, call 570-654-9710.

In Pittston Twp., Tax Collector Rita Timonte, Pittston Twp. announced tax payments are now only being accepted by mail. Use the window envelope that was included with the tax bills to mail payments. 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 or call 570-301-2175 by 5 p.m. Monday.