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Now that Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is almost here, both Jenkins and Pittston townships are looking forward to hosting their own Christmas parties.

Jenkins Twp. will host a children’s Christmas party, from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the hose company, 2 Second St. The party is free to all children who are invited to come and see Santa Claus, give him their Christmas list and even get a present from jolly old St. Nick.

Pittston Twp.’s board of supervisors and recreation board will also host a Christmas party for the children of the township from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the St. Joseph Marello Parish Center, 237 William St. There will be games, prizes, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus. Those attending are reminded to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the local food bank.

Pittston Twp. leaf pickup

Pittston Twp. is hosting a leaf waste collection. Monday, Nov. 19. Leaves will be collected in Upper and Lower Browntown, Cork Lane, including Tedrick and Market streets west of the bypass, Stauffer Heights, Center, Laurel, Doty and Mill streets, Horizon Estates and Stauffer Pointe. Tuesday, Nov. 20, collection will be in Butler Heights and Route 315, Suscon, Pocono Ridge Estates, Houston City, Glendale, Route 502 and Quail Hill. Call the municipal building for pick up at 570-654-0161, at least 24 hours prior to pick up, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Landlord/tenant registration

Jenkins Twp. reminds landlords tenant registration forms are now past due.

A new ordinance requires all landlords to file reports listing all rentable units, tenants or occupiers and any change requiring occupancy permits and inspections of all rental units prior to occupancy. The township sent out letters to explain the ordinance in detail. If you did not submit your registration form, second notices are being sent out.

Submit forms to the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Office or at For information, call the municipal building at 570-654-3315 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Jenkins Crime Watch

The next Jenkins Twp. Crime Watch meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.

Pittston Twp. snow removal

Pittston Twp. residents are reminded the placement of any portable basketball goals or stands on any township roadway is strictly prohibited between Nov. 1 and March 31. Township road maintenance trucks have been damaged during snow plowing operations due to collisions with these types of equipment on township-owned roadways.

Tax reminder

The 2018 Pittston Area school tax bills are in face value for payment until Nov. 30.

The tax office at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., will now be open from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Special arrangements may be made by calling Jenkins Twp. Tax Collector Jean Mudlock at 570-654-9710. Payments can be sent anytime in the mail or dropped off at 3 Laflin Road. The postmark will be accepted as payment date. If a receipt is required, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with payment.

Pittston Twp. Tax Collector Rita Timonte will now have office hours from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays at her home office, 12 E. Oak St. Appointments also may be made by calling 570-654-8807.

If you are a new property owner and have not yet received your bill or if you received a bill in error, please contact your tax collector.

Jenkins Twp. Hose

Company fund drive

The Jenkins Twp. Volunteer Hose Company is conducting its 2018 fundraising drive. Approximately 70 percent of the operating budget is supported by donations from Jenkins Twp. and Yatesville residents and businesses. It is through these donations that the volunteer fire department is able to continue operations. If you have not received a mailer, please contact the Jenkins Twp. Volunteer Hose Company at 570-655-5045 and leave your name and address.

Jenkins Twp. hat sale

Jenkins Twp. is now selling hats. They come in purple and yellow and for $10 you can own one. If you would like to purchase one, you may pick it up between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the municipal building 46½ Main St in Inkerman.

Jenkins notices

The township’s zoning and building department reminds anyone making improvements and additions that they must obtain proper permits. Call the municipal building at 570-654-3315 for information.

The township reminds all residents who have alarm systems that payments are due. If you did not receive a letter and you have an alarm system, please contact the township at 570-654-3315.

Jenkins yard waste

Jenkins Twp. yard waste is picked up every Thursday.

Yard waste bins are on sale for $11 each. 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. Filled 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 for manageable pickup.

For information, call 570-654-3315.

Jenkins seniors meeting

Jenkins Twp. Senior Citizens Organization meets the third Tuesday of each month, with some exceptions. The next meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Jenkins Twp. Hose Company, 2 Second St. New members are welcome. For information, contact Jean Mudlock at 570-654-9710.

Pittston Twp. refuse and

recycling reminders

Pittston Twp.’s refuse permit and garbage bag sale has concluded. Anyone who hasn’t purchased a permit should contact the municipal building at 570-654-0161.

Garbage collection days are Friday of each week for all of Pittston Twp.

Recycling days will continue to be Friday of alternating weeks.

Pittston Twp. wishes to remind its residents that no one, under any circumstances, may dispose of electronic devices or their components with their municipal solid waste. Electronics include desktop computers, laptop computers, video game consoles, microwave ovens and especially televisions.

For information, contact the municipal building at 570-654-0161.

Pittston Twp. sewer bills

Pittston Twp. Sewer Authority reminds residents the sewer bills can be paid by calling 877-830-0596.

Residents also are reminded they must obtain a sewer permit before starting to excavate for connection to the new sewer main. Furthermore, the $1,432 tap-in and connection fee must be paid in full. Office hours are 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Call 570-655-8747 for an appointment.

Pittston Twp. meeting

The monthly meeting of the Pittston Twp. Board of Supervisors will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at the municipal building, 421 Broad St. Call 570-654-0161 for information.

Jenkins Twp. meeting

Jenkins Twp. Board of Supervisors meets at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman, at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is Dec. 12.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday this week to: Alex Greg Heitzkey, John Anthony Josten, Kimberley Messina and Gina Beanland, Nov. 19; Ethan Michaels and Shelby Kersting, Nov. 20; Sara Koulavongsa, Josh Talarico, Marsalla Gubino, Kassandra Scarantino and Joseph Sharp, Nov. 21; Joe Sperrazza, Kaitlyn Yohey, Frank Twardowski, Erin Rodola and Abby LeClair, Nov. 22; Nicholas Blaise, Melissa Mae and Chynna Lynn Shea, Nov. 23; Jarvis Wright, Jacob Hayes and Steven Craig, Nov. 24; Sarah Joy Morreale, Nov. 25. Make it a great one!

Wise Words of the Week

“Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.” — Nelson Mandela

Nico Rossi writes about Jenkins Twp. and Pittston Twp. To include an item in his column, email or call 570-348-9100, ext. 5202 by Sunday, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.