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There really is nothing more special during the holiday season than pictures with Santa. And luckily for the young ones — and even those who are young at heart — the man in the big red suit is making not one but two trips to West Pittston to take pictures with the little ones before the big night.

The first opportunity is at Ballyhoo from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. The event is free to attend. Bring your own camera.

If you can’t make it out to see the jolly old elf on the 9th then don’t worry. He’ll be making his way back to the Garden Village for a visit at Immaculate Conception Church from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. You can get a printed picture with St. Nick for $5. His only request is no pets.

Here’s what else is happening this week:

Corpus Christi Parish news

Corpus Christi Parish announced the following Masses for Christmas and New Year’s: Sunday, Dec. 24, 4, 5:30 and 10 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 25, 7:30, 9 and 10:30 a.m.; Sunday, Dec. 31, 4 and 5:30 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 1, 7:30, 9 and 10:30 a.m.

Altar servers, Eucharistic ministers and lectors are reminded the new ministry schedule will run from Dec. 3 through March 25. The new schedule will be available for pickup in the sacristies of the churches the weekend of Nov. 25-26 or view it on the parish website. Altar servers should contact Donna Mason at 570-903-9142 or; lectors, Donnie Minnick at 570-212-8774 or or Paula Panzitta at 570-388-6129 or; Eucharistic ministers, Teresa Crossin at 570-357-3985 or

In order to give everyone ample time to shop, the Social Concerns Committee will put up Giving Trees in the churches the weekend of Nov. 25-26, which is the last Sunday before Advent. All gifts must be placed under the Giving Trees no later than Sunday, Dec. 17.

The Social Concerns Committee is conducting a fall food drive. The committee will gladly accept all nonperishable food donations, which can be left in the vestibules of the churches. Some suggestions include: hot and cold cereals, breakfast bars, coffee, tea, fruit juices, canned fruits, stuffing, boxed or canned potatoes/yams, and canned or boxed gravy.

Preparing Thanksgiving food boxes for 75 families really wiped out the parish’s food supply. With a goal of filling the shelves and being able to feed the same 75 families for Christmas, food donations are greatly needed. If you can help, please leave donations of any nonperishable foods in the vestibules of the churches. Thank you!

The Adult Education Series on Sacred Scripture and the Mysteries of the Rosary is being held at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Each session will last for approximately 75 minutes and will be held in the Immaculate Conception Church. To sign up or for information, contact Deacon Jim Meizanis at 570-239-2783 or, or Donna Valenti at 570-885-5432 or

The youth group will be selling Christmas wreaths for $10 for a fresh wreath decorated with a red bow. To order a wreath, see any member of the youth group or call JuelAnne Klepadlo at 570-430-1470. You may pick out your own wreath at Ciampi’s Greenhouse on Tunkhannock Avenue using your prepaid ticket or you may have it delivered.

Sunday, Dec. 10, the adult choir and youth choir will hold a holiday concert at 6 p.m. in Immaculate Conception Church. Following the concert, a reception will be held in the church hall.


 Trinity Episcopal news

First Sunday of Advent will be observed and St. Nicholas will visit at the conclusion of the Eucharist on Sunday, Dec. 3. A holiday family movie and luncheon will follow in the lower level. RSVP to the church office.

Vestry meeting will be held immediately following the Eucharist on Sunday, Dec. 10.


First West Pittston United Methodist Church

Worship Time -- Sunday 10:00 AM

Library events

Library Barnes and Noble book fair — Friends of the West Pittston Library are sponsoring a book fair at Barnes and Noble on Saturday, Dec. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 3. The library receives a percentage of in-store purchases, including at the cafe on both days. Online purchases can be made until Friday, Dec. 8. Friends members will be offering free gift wrapping from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Please support this event, which helps the library purchase supplies used throughout the year.

DIY Christmas Gifts — Monday, Dec. 11, 6 to 8 p.m. Let the library help you finish your shopping list and add a little DIY to your holiday presents. Join Kendra in making stenciled coasters, coconut-lime

sugar scrub and an easy melt-and-pour soap. Class is $5. Registration required for this class.

Holiday Hoopla — Get your kids in their holiday jammies and head to the library to make homemade ornaments! These aren’t your every day salt clay and popsicle stick ornaments! We’ve got some fantastic ideas and the best part is we’ve even got versions for the grown-ups to make, as well! Add in some holiday stories with hot chocolate and treats and it’ll be a hullabaloo you won’t want to miss! All ages with parent assistance.

Registration for this free event must be done in advance and can be done in person or by calling 570-654-9847.

Leaf collection

The last leaf pickup will be Tuesday, Dec. 12, or until the first snowfall.

Residents are responsible for leaves in front of their homes and are asked not to put leaves in gutters. Anyone placing leaves in gutters will be cited.



Recycling containers at the Public Works Building on Delaware Avenue are open to the public Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon.

Curbside collection of recyclables remains the first and third Thursday of each month.

The Public Works Department asks that residents place their recyclables in front of their homes Wednesday evening prior to recycling collection on Thursday morning.

Yard waste

Yard waste is picked up Mondays from Erie Avenue to Montgomery Avenue and Tuesdays from Montgomery to Susquehanna Avenue.

The Public Works Department also asks residents to please clean out the yard waste containers frequently to prevent the accumulation of mosquitoes and bugs.


See you around town.

John Bubul writes about West Pittston every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To include an item in his column, email or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.