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We’ve successfully navigated another week of social distancing efforts. For me, this week seemed to bring with it something much more promising and positive than the anxiety and stress associated with this pandemic. These past weeks, we have been hearing about so many things being cancelled, postponed, and amended. Even though change is around us and nothing seems “normal,” there are always things that will never change.

Spring can’t be cancelled. The weather will warm, the sun will shine, and perhaps most notably, flowers will begin to bloom. As I write this, the sun is shining and the weather truly seems different. Spring feels like it is here, and hopefully here to stay. I’m getting excited about taking advantage of the relatively warm air to clean up my yard and neaten up my flowers. My favorites, by far, are the hydrangea plants that dot my landscape. I love the light blue and deep purple of these plants, something beautiful that I’ve come to associate with spring and happy times.

Appreciating the weather and flowers today helps me realize that these bad times will pass, and sometime soon we will find our new normal.

Jenkins Twp. senior meetings

The Jenkins Twp. Senior Citizen organization meeting for Tuesday, April 21, has been canceled.

All meetings are now on hold until the governor approves social gatherings again.

If you have any questions, please call Jean at 570 654-9710.

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.

For information, call the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building at 570-654-3315.

The Jenkins Twp. Police Department also is closed to visitors. The police department will continue to address all calls. Any questions or requests can be made by calling 570-654-3315.

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

For all police and fire emergencies, call 911.

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 that 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.

Jenkins Lions Club news

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

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 new mailing address.

For information, call 570-654-8807.

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