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An annual summer event and staple of the Pittston Twp. community will not be happening this year. According to Deputy Chief Allan Capozucca, of the Pittston Twp. Volunteer Fire Department, the Northeast Fair will be put on hiatus this year due to lack of volunteers and too little profit, Capozucca told The Citizens’ Voice.

The fair has been a tradition in Pittston Twp. for 30-40 years. It started out as a small fireman’s carnival that blossomed into an agricultural fair recognized by the state Department of Agriculture in 2003.

Being a part of the state system of agricultural fairs, the event must adhere to a certain set of rules. The state allows organizers to suspend the fair for a year, but the fair would have to return by June 2019 in order to retain the status as a recognized agricultural fair, Capozucca said.

“That’s what we’re doing this year until we can figure it out,” he said.

If the fair returns from hiatus within the deadline, they will still be eligible for grants and for some reimbursement for prizes given to agriculture contest award winners.

Hopefully the fair will return next year.

Jenkins Twp. grant award

Jenkins Twp. received an award of $170,000 from the Luzerne County Local Share Account Grant. With this grant money, the township purchased a 2019 Ford F-550 with an XL Chassis cab with up-fit and plow from New Holland, as well as a Skidsteer with attachments purchased from Medico.

These purchases are for the department of Public Works for assistance with road maintenance, such as pot hole patching.

For information, contact the municipal building at 570-654-3315.

Pittston Twp. Senior Party

Pittston Twp. Recreation Board is hosting its annual senior party. The event is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at St. Joseph Marello Parish Center, 237 William St., Pittston. The party is open to all senior citizen residents of the municipality. Music and food will be featured, as well as door prizes and gift certificates. For information, please contact the municipal building at 570-654-0161.

Jenkins breathalyzers

Jenkins Twp. Crime Watch has purchased new portable breathalyzer tests for the township police department, allowing officers to carry a more sophisticated portable breath test device as they patrol the community.

The new portable breathalyzer tests (PBT’s) will allow officers to immediately administer the test when they see fit, rather than waiting for another officer to bring one when it is needed. Police use these devices to build cases against individuals suspected of driving under the influence.

For information, attend the next Crime Watch meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at the municipal building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman, or contact Chairman Joe Sperrazza at 570-654-3315.

Jenkins, Class of 1958, reunion

Jenkins Twp. High School, Class of 1958, will celebrate its 60th class reunion at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Fox Hill Country Club, 454 Tunkhannock Ave., Exeter.

The reunion will be a restaurant style dinner where guests will order from the menu.

For information, please contact Joan Bobonis at 570-251-7892.

Pittston Twp. electronic


Pittston Twp. will sponsor an electronics recycling collection from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9, in the parking lot across from the municipal building, 421 Bryden St.

The electronics recycling will be free to all residents of the municipality with one exception. There are certain restrictions placed on cathode ray tube televisions, which is a vacuum tube type of television. There will be a $20 fee charged for these.

Tax reminder

A reminder to all residents of Jenkins and Pittston townships, the county municipal tax face period is about to end. The last day to pay county municipal taxes at face value is Monday, June 11, after which the penalty period will be from June 12 through Dec. 31.

For Pittston Twp., contact Rita Timonte, tax collector, at 570-654-8807. Her office hours are Mondays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. or by special appointment, at her home office, 12 E. Oak St.t, Pittston Twp.

For Jenkins Twp., contact Jean Mudlock, tax collector, at 570-654-9710. Mudlock will collect taxes at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46 ½ Main St., Inkerman, from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday.

If you are paying by mail a postmark of June 11, 2018 is acceptable. All others will be returned as late. When requesting a paid receipt, include all copies of the tax bill with a self addressed, stamped envelope.

Also as a reminder, please use one check for each tax bill. For a change of address, please mark the bill accordingly or include a note with the new mailing address.

Pittston Twp. All-Class reunion meeting

Pittston Twp. All-Class Reunion Committee met recently to formulate plans for the reunion, which will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at Anthony (Tony) Attardo Municipal Park on Bryden Street, Pittston Twp. The reunion is open to anyone who attended Pittston Twp. schools at any time or anyone who lives in Pittston Twp.

The next planning meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, June 18, at Savo’s Pizza. Meetings are open to anyone interested in planning the reunion.

For information, call planning committee members: Connie Toole, 570-655-3681; Ida Lafratte, 570-654-3209; Ruth Ann Dominick, 570-655-1870; Carol Casciani, 570-654-7735; Rose LaBrutto, 570-654-8030; Rosaria Aita, 570-655-3495; Elizabeth Cosgrove, 570-654-0955; Charles Valenti, 570-655-2162; Frances Marrinetti Price, 570-589-1104; Josephine Nesgota, 570-655-0765, Jean McCracken, 570-693-4655; Frances Musto, 570-655-5076; Anita Panzetta, 570-654-3426; Barbara Granahan, 570-654-6452, Kathleen Sabetta, 570-654-4507 or Joe Sperrazza, 570-654-2081.

Jenkins yard waste

Yard waste will be picked up in Jenkins Twp. 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 containers cannot weigh more than 30 pounds. If there are branches in the container, they must not be more than 3 inches long, and they must be bundled and tied together for manageable pickup.

If you have any questions or for information, please call the township at 570-654-3315.

Jenkins seniors

Jenkins Twp. Senior Citizens Organization usually schedules its meetings for the third Tuesday of each month, with some exceptions. This month’s meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at the Jenkins Twp. Hose Company, 2 Second St.

New members are always welcome.

For information, please contact Jean Mudlock at 570-654-9710.

Pittston Twp. refuse

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.

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

Jenkins Lions broom sale

Jenkins Twp. Lions Club is selling long-handle corn brooms for $10 each. Brooms can be picked up at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman, Monday through Friday during regular business hours.

For information, please call the municipal building at 570-654-3315.

Pittston Twp. sewer bills

Pittston Twp. Sewer Authority reminds residents the sewer bills can now 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 tap-in and connection fee must be paid in full in the amount of $1,432.

Office hours are 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. If these hours are an inconvenience, please call 570-655-8747 for an appointment.

Pittston Twp. meeting

The monthly meeting of the Pittston Twp. Board of Supervisors is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, June 18, at the municipal building, 421 Broad St.

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

Planning commision


Monthly planning commission meetings are held the third Thursday of every month. Therefore, the planning commission’s next meeting is Thursday, June 21. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the municipal building.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday this week to: Mike McGinley, Donnie Smith, Justin Lee Rogers and Marin Granteed, June 11; Jahsyer Keller, Jennifer Starr, Carissa Psolka, Tara Montini and Koni Bennett, June 12; John Romanuski, Andrew Heavener, Demetrius Burley, Tina Bird, John Volansky, Danielle Bartz, Katie Biscontini and Staci Ranieli-Giarrantano, June 13; Anthony Schwab, Dayne Swisher, Jonathan Healey, Adam Turoni, Brittany Noss, Bob Woodall and Jessica Lewis, June 14; Corey Smith, Timothy Carroll, Brittany Butler and Ray Musto, June 15; Kevin Stanford, Andrea Kocher, Stephen Young, Steven Sklanka and Mackenzie Ann Malone, June 16; Tara Turkos Craig and Michael McAndrew, June 17.

Make it a great one!

Wise Words of the Week

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” — Pablo Picasso

Nico Rossi writes about Jenkins Twp. and Pittston Twp. every week. To include an item in his column, e-mail or 570-821-2048 by Monday.