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It always makes me feel good when I see hard work recognized. This year, the Greater Pittston YMCA recognized a lot of hard work — in some cases decades worth — at its annual dinner and community awards ceremony on Nov. 8 at Mohegan Sun Pocono.

Susquehanna Brewing Company was honored with the Corporate Distinction Award, and West Pittston’s own Sidari Foundation was presented with the YMCA Spirit of Community Award.  

Recipients were all selected for their leadership and service to the community through volunteer activities that bring about positive social change throughout all of Northeast Pennsylvania, so I find it to be only fitting that the Lifetime Achievement award will be bestowed upon West Pittston’s own Clifford and Ruth Melberger.

If you are a resident of West Pittston or even a casual visitor, the Melberger name should not be unknown to you. They have both been involved in countless efforts and projects to better our community. Their character is held in high esteem throughout the entire town. The Melbergers have given and continue to give both their money, and their time to West Pittston in various capacities.

I personally cannot think of a better candidate for The Greater Pittston YMCA Lifetime Achievement award, and I warmly congratulate the Melbergers on this great accomplishment.

Here’s what else is happening around town.

Corpus Christi Parish news

The Social Concerns Committee of Corpus Christi Parish is conducting a fall food drive. The group will gladly accept all nonperishable food donations. Donations 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 and yams, and canned or boxed gravy.

The youth group will be selling Christmas wreaths. The cost is $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 by taking your prepaid ticket. If you would like your wreath delivered, let the church know.

Corpus Christi Parish is holding its annual big prize bingo on Sunday, Nov. 12. All are welcome to join for a fun afternoon and a chance at winning some great prizes including Dooney & Bourke, Kate Spade and Michael Koors handbags, Coach bracelet, 32-inch flat screen TV, Fitbit, cash prizes and more. Doors open at noon and the games start at 1 p.m. Come early, and join everyone for a delicious lunch. An assortment of homemade foods including Italian wedding soup, pulled pork, chicken salad on a croissant, broccoli and cavatappi, hamburgers, turkey burgers, hotdogs and desserts will be available for purchase.

Tickets will be available after all Masses. Tickets are $20 if purchased in advance. Tickets also will be available at the door for $25 on the day of the event.

Volunteers are asked to meet in the church hall at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, to set up the hall, organize prizes and do the cooking in the kitchen.

The parish’s annual Bereavement Mass will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Immaculate Conception Church. At this Mass, the parish will remember more than 70 friends and family members who died from Nov. 1, 2016 through Oct. 31, 2017.

Next of kin should have received an invitation to this liturgy in the mail. Anyone who did not receive an invitation should call the church. For a special presentation at this Mass, the church is asking for a picture of your deceased family member. Please mail or drop it off at the rectory or email to

Save the date! 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.

First West Pittston United Methodist Church

First West Pittston United Methodist Church has worship time at 10 a.m. every Sunday.

West Pittston Library news

West Pittston Library announces the following upcoming activities:

Maria’s Shabby Chic Workshop — 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15. Join the library’s own Maria Jiunta Heck as she showcases the various techniques you can easily employ to perk up your old furniture and knick knacks, including distressing furniture with wax and DIY milk paint, application of silver leafing, and other helpful hints to give any home décor a little facelift. Everyone gets a treat to take home. Registration is required. Call 570-654-9847 to register.

International Game Day — 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. The library is connecting the community around the educational, recreational and social value of all types of games: board, online, card and apps. Grab your friends and your favorite game and head to the library for some good ol’ fashioned fun! Giant floor checkers, Spot It, Guess Who, Uno, Twister and Giant Connect Four will be provided. Then participants will gather together for Hungry, Hungry Humans and take over the library as teams of three compete on scooters to collect the most plastic balls.

Registration for the free International Game Day must be done in advance and can be done in person or by calling 570-654-9847. Registration for International Game Day is not accepted through Facebook.

Leaf pickup

Leaf pickup is Mondays and Tuesdays.

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

Yard waste

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

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


The recycling containers located 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.

See you around town.

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