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I think that it’s fair to say that vacation season is officially upon us. Families are packing up all the necessities and leaving their troubles at home for a vacation full of relaxation.

It’s been at least five years since my last official family vacation. They all go to the Jersey Shore for a week. Some members of my family go for two weeks. It’s tradition. Not to knock sitting on the beach for extended periods of time, it could be very relaxing. The dinners are always sensational. That’s one aspect of vacation I miss. But as I get older, I find that there are better uses of precious vacation time than sitting on the beach for a week.

I tried out the winter vacation last year and fell in love with it. Maybe that will be my new tradition. I do miss seeing the ocean. There’s something so remarkable about just staring at the ocean. You feel like you’re part of something much bigger. You feel like you’re home.

I’ll be going back to the ocean in September for a music festival on the beach in Asbury Park. But until then the banks of the Susquehanna will do just fine.

Here’s what else is happening this week.

Corpus Christi news

Corpus Christi Parish’s Mass Intention Book for 2019 will open July 10. To request a Mass, please call Dorothy at the rectory at 570-654-2753. Beginning Tuesday, July 10, you can reach Dorothy 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, on 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 receive a ticket in the mail next week. If you do not receive your Pirate’s Treasure ticket and would like one, or if you would like additional tickets, stop by or call the rectory. This is your chance to become a lucky pirate!

The annual Senior Summer Picnic will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, in the Immaculate Conception Church hall. The church will supply the food, including hot dogs, hamburgers and salads. If you would like, you can bring along your favorite dessert to share. All are welcome!!

All members of the parish building and grounds committee are asked to attend a meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 12, in the rectory.

West Pittston First United Methodist 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.

West Pittston First United Methodist Church welcomed its new pastor, the Rev. Tenny Rupnick, on Sunday, July 1.

West Pittston Library news

West Pittston Library announces the following programs:

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 July 17, Aug. 7 and Aug. 21.

Social Media for Seniors: Interested in learning how to get started or better use different types of social media? Join Jen for a basic introduction; mobile devices optional. Space is limited, so please call the library at 570-654-9847 to register for each class you plan to attend. Classes start at 6:30 p.m. and are held Mondays. Schedule is: July 30, Twitter, and Aug. 13, Instagram.

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. The Trees of West Pittston is the focus of the walk July 13. Ruth Melberger will lead the walk and share information about native and exotic trees in the Garden Village.

Music CD Coasters: Do you have old CDs lying around, gathering dust? With the proper application of fabric, glue and elbow grease, you will go home with a lovely set of coasters just in time for your summer barbecues. The class is at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 12. Bring in your own CDs to repurpose or the library will have some on hand.

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 “Grease,” July 19; “Dirty Dancing,” Aug. 2, and “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.

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 always welcome.

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


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 every week. To include an item in his column, email or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.