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Summer reading was always a joy for me as a youngster, and it continues to be a joy as an adult. As kids we all need a push sometimes to read. The West Pittston Library Summer Reading Program was always a staple of my childhood. I would be a frequent inhabitant of the library on those long hot summer days, and as the summer began to wind down, I would savor all the fun of reading for enjoyment before reading became work during the school year.

August is here now. There is no escaping the last days of summer, but it’s not over yet. No summer is complete without one last party! And our friends at The West Pittston Library deliver on what is sure to be a great time with their summer reading program wrap up party.

The library is rounding out the first year of its adult summer reading program with a bang! The party kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31. There will be music, games, snacks and much more. The raffle winners also will be drawn. Every summer reading participant walks away with a gift.

Come and enjoy one last summer night out with friends and family, all while supporting the West Pittston Library, an asset that our community would truly not be the same without.

Here’s what else is happening around town.

Trinity Episcopal news

Trinity Episcopal Church offers noon prayer every Wednesday.

Corpus Christi news

Preparing for a new school year can be very stressful and not all families have the means to make the transition from summer to a new school year a smooth one.

If you or someone you know needs help getting their children ready to go back to school, please have them call the rectory office at Corpus Christi Parish or email Joyce at jcecconi50@gmail.com.

The church is looking for donations, as well. Some of the items being collected include backpacks, No. 2 pencils, simple calculators, scientific calculators, rulers, glue sticks, colored pencils, crayons, markers, pens, ear buds, flash drives, wide and college ruled paper, binders, notebooks, pencil pouches for three-ring binders and folders. They also are looking for gently used clothing donations and food donations, including peanut butter, jelly, pasta, rice, macaroni and cheese, tuna, canned meats, etc., and especially fun lunch size packs of cookies, crackers, puddings, etc. — everything kids like to pack for school. If you can donate even a little bit, please consider supporting this great cause.

Classes for the 2018-19 school year will begin in the parish Sunday, Sept. 23. Classes for boys and girls in kindergarten through seventh grade will be held from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Sunday mornings. Classes for children in grades kindergarten through four will be held in the school, grades five and six will have classes in the church hall and grade seven will have classes in the rectory. In the next couple of weeks, a letter and registration forms will be mailed to the families of children who attended classes here last year.

Confirmation classes for students who will be in eighth grade this fall will be held in the school twice a month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Parents/guardians of students who will be in eighth grade this fall are asked to attend a meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, in the Immaculate Conception hall.

The Mass intention book for 2019 is open. To request a Mass, please call Dorothy at the rectory at 570-654- 2753, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Or, you can mail or drop a note in the collection basket with the following information: who the Mass is intended for, who it is requested by and a phone number the office can call to confirm the request. The stipend for a Mass is $10.

Sail the high seas with the parish’s new lottery, Pirate’s Treasure. Just match the evening drawing of the three-digit daily number and on Sundays in September you could win a treasure of $1,000. Sept. 19, you could win a captain’s treasure of $600, and all other days during September, you could win $100.

This lottery will run from Sept. 1-30. Parishioners should have received a ticket in the mail. If you do not receive yours, or if you would like additional tickets, stop by or call the rectory. This is your chance to become a lucky pirate!

First U. M. Church news

West Pittston First United Methodist Church holds Sunday worship at 10 a.m.

Children and youth Sunday school is at 10:15 a.m.

Library news

West Pittston Library announces the following events:

Writing Workshop: Calling all writers and aspiring writers! Spend the summer honing your skills with this new workshop, led by Jamie Marino, a recent English honors graduate of King’s College, where his focus was on creative writing. This free workshop is designed to challenge and inspire and will include exercises related to the summer reading program’s theme, “Libraries Rock.” The workshop will explore sound, rhythm and even “The Sound of Silence.” The program is held at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of every month with classes continuing Aug. 7 and Aug. 21.

Social Media for Seniors: The senior computer classes will conclude with a class on Instagram at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13. Mobile devices optional. Space is limited, so please call the library at 570-654-9847 to register.

West Pittston Walkers: The West Pittston Walkers meet at the library at 9 a.m. Fridays for exercise and camaraderie. Take a stroll around the Garden Village with this new group and explore the neighborhood and nearby communities. Take in some fresh air, local history, architecture and nature, and even do a little bird watching. Also enjoy some coffee and good conversation.

Adult movie night: Join the West Pittston Library at an adult movie night as part of the library’s Adult Summer Reading Program. The event is open to all patrons, but raffle credits are given to those registered for the library’s Summer Reading Program. Movies will be shown at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, with “La La Land,” Aug. 16.

Faux Cactus Garden: With a little bit of paint and creativity, convert your everyday garden rocks to a trendy potted cactus garden. Class is at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9. A $5 fee covers materials.

Kindness Rocks: Nearing the end of the library’s rockin’ summer, this group will paint rocks at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, with mandala-like designs and heart-felt messages to leave around town and as gifts to others.

Tortally Tortoises: Looking to welcome a tortoise into your home or just want to learn more about reptiles? Curious about what makes a turtle different than a tortoise? Join reptile enthusiast, Greg, as he introduces you to the slow moving world of the tortoise! From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27. This free program is for adults and children alike.

 

DePrimo golf benefit

The 10th annual 1st. Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Wilkes-Barre Golf Club.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. with a captain and crew tee-off at 8. Cost is $75 per golfer, which includes green fees, use of a cart, dinner and awards. Register early at www.deprimogolf.com to ensure proper shirt size.

All proceeds will benefit the 1st. Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Fund of the Luzerne Foundation.

Parks and Recreation news

West Pittston Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board holds monthly meetings at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month in the borough building. New members are welcome.

The group will show a movie in the park Saturday, Aug. 25.

Recycling

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

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 collection Thursday morning.

Yard waste

The Public Works Department will collect yard waste from Erie Street to Montgomery Avenue every Monday. Yard waste from Montgomery Avenue to Susquehanna Avenue will be picked up every Tuesday.

Please avoid using plastic bags. If needed, use biodegradable paper bags.

See you around town.

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