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Did you know that Avoca is part of the “Pierogi Pocket” of America? It’s true.

According to information provided by pierogi manufacturer Mrs. T’s Pierogies on, the Pierogi Pocket extends north to Boston, south to Washington, D.C., east to New York City and west to Detroit and Chicago.

According to this site, Pittsburgh has the highest pierogi consumption rate, but I would venture to guess the guests attending the Polish dinner hosted by Queen of the Apostles Women’s Guild on Saturday may just pass Pittsburgh!

Join in the fun as the Women’s Guild hosts its fourth annual Polish dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, in the parish hall in the former St. Mary’s School, 742 Spring St., Avoca. The menu includes kielbasa, piggies, haluski, pierogi, cabbage and red beet salad, coffee and tea. You are also invited to bring your own alcoholic beverages.

Tickets, which are limited to 175 sit-down dinners, are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and younger. One hundred takeout dinners will be available, too, for $10 each.

For tickets, call the parish office at 570-457-3412, 570-457-7804 or 570-457-3759.

Please note, tickets will be limited at the door.

In other parish news, every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Queen of the Apostles Parish has Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the church, 715 Hawthorne St. At the present time, the parish is in need of a Eucharistic Adorer for the 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. hours. Anyone who can commit to one of these hours should call Ann Jake at 570-457-3521 or the parish office.

The parish will have Masses for All Saints Day, a holy day of obligation, at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the church. The vigil Mass will take place at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.

The parish will have Masses for All Souls Day at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at the church. The 7 p.m. service will be a special Memorial Mass for all of the parishioners who have passed away since Nov. 1, 2016.

The crosses on the resurrection wall in the vestibule of the church will be returned to the families of the deceased at this time. A candle representing each person being remembered that evening also will be placed on the altar.

The families of these parishioners and all of the faithful are encouraged to attend.

The parish announces the following meetings: social concerns/Respect Life, 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 2, rectory; women’s guild, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7, rectory; pastoral council, 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 13, rectory; word committee, 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 20, rectory; worship committee, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 20, rectory; buildings and grounds committee, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 27, rectory, and finance committee, 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 28, rectory.

Tax reminder

Avoca Tax Collector Therese Wrubel reminds residents the second installment of the school tax payment is due by Tuesday, Oct. 31. Payments can be made from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, in the Avoca Borough Municipal Building, 952 Main St. Payments also can be made via mail by sending them to Wrubel at 129 Factory St., Avoca, PA 18641.

West Side Social Club

officer nominations

The Avoca West Side Social Club will hold its annual nomination of officers at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the club, 700 McAlpine St.

The nomination of club president, club manager and three board of directors positions will be available. Each position will be for a two-year term. Any regular member in good standing will be eligible to serve.

Langcliffe game and

movie nights

Langcliffe Presbyterian Church will host its monthly game night from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at the church, 1001 Main St. From chess to Uno, Parcheesi to Settlers of Catan, they’ll have an assortment of fun games to play. Stop by to learn a new game or play an old favorite. All ages are welcome.

The church will host its monthly movie night from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at the church. This fun and free night includes a family-friendly movie children and adults will enjoy while snacking on popcorn watching the movie on a giant screen.

Little League meeting

Avoca/Dupont Little League will meet at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Little League clubhouse, 700 Mill St. The agenda includes the end of the fall ball season, projects and fundraising for the upcoming spring season and registration.

Anyone interested in becoming a coach or volunteer as well as anyone generally interested in the league is welcome to attend.

Farmers market

Open from noon to 6 p.m. every Wednesday until mid-November on the grounds of 822 McAlpine St., the Avoca Farmers Market is a great place to purchase fresh food, drinks and crafts all offered by local vendors. For information, visit the Avoca Farmer’s Market page Facebook.

Boy Scout Troop 316 is accepting new members. The troop meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Queen of the Apostles Parish hall, 742 Spring St.

The troop participates in various types of activities.

For information, call Scoutmaster Matt Fino at 570-905-4001.

Alcoholics Anonymous


Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the basement of the Queen of the Apostles Parish rectory, 715 Hawthorne St. Please use the sunroom entrance.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday to Lisa Jones Kutra, who will celebrate her special day Thursday, Nov. 3.

Happy birthday to Linda Bartuska Cortes, who will celebrate her special day Saturday, Nov. 5.

That’s about it for this week, my friends. If you would like to send out a birthday, anniversary or get well wish or have your organization’s upcoming meetings, events or fundraisers listed in next week’s edition of the Avoca community news, please contact me.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Avoca every week. To include an item in her column, email or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.