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As an active part of the community arts scene, both on stage and behind, it always makes me feel good inside when local artists get exposure. And the West Pittston Library is giving local artists a platform to promote their work.

The local artist and author series began Wednesday, Oct. 3, when debut novelist Lauren Stahl read from and talked about her mystery/thriller novel “The Devil’s Song,” which is described as a chilling Pennsylvania story of suspense and murder.

The fun continues at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8,when local photographer and filmmaker Jon YonKondy will have a visual presentation showcasing “Light in the Dark,” a collection of a “year in photos” taken in northeastern Pennsylvania. The beauty and scope of the photography in this book make it hard to believe that all of Jon’s photos were taken with his iPhone 6.

Join your friends at the library for an enlightening presentation featuring local areas of historical and natural interest, exposing the beauty right next door. The series concludes Monday, Oct. 17, with a one man play written by Clarks Summit-based playwright Robert Hughes, titled “John Mitchell, an American Hero.” It is described as a story of coal miners and courage.

As you can see, there is a whole lot to keep us busy in our little town. Heres what else is happening:

Corpus Christi Parish news

Religious education classes for the 2018-19 school year have begun in Corpus Christi Parish. 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.

The parish’s religious education program is in need of volunteers. Teachers are needed for grades three and seven. Because of the class sizes, the parish would like to have assistants in every classroom this year. For information or to volunteer, please contact Joyce at 570-654-27583 or

The church’s fall adult education Bible study “Spirituality of Paul” is underway. These sessions, which are approximately 90 minutes long and run for eight weeks, began Sept. 20. Classes are held at 6 p.m. Thursdays in Immaculate Conception Church. For information, contact Deacon Jim Meizanis at 570-239-2783 or Assistance is available to help with the $20 fee to cover materials.

Youth choir, under the direction of Mary Supey, will soon begin its fall session. All boys and girls who can read are invited to join the youth choir. The group sings at the 10:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Family Masses and on Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday. This year, youth choir sign-ups, practice and a pizza party will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. The children will have a brief practice in the church followed by a pizza party in the rectory. At this time, the children will receive a schedule of the Masses they will be singing at and their practice dates.

Corpus Christi will hold a big prize bingo Sunday, Nov. 4, in Immaculate Conception Church hall. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and bingo starts at 1 p.m. All are welcome to attend for a fun afternoon of lunch followed by bingo with the chance to win some great prizes. To date, the church has received three beautiful Kate Spade handbags which will be awarded as prizes. Parishioners will receive a bingo mailing containing a letter and a donation request form. The next planning meeting as at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the rectory.

Trinity Episcopal Church news

Trinity Episcopal Church offers noon prayer every Wednesday.

The church hosts giant community yard sales the first Saturday of each month through October. The last sale is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.

West Pittston First United Methodist Church news

West Pittston First United Methodist Church has Sunday worship at 10 a.m. Children and youth Sunday school is at 10:15 a.m.

The church’s women’s association will hold its annual rummage sale Saturday, Oct. 6, at The Institute, Wyoming Avenue and Institute Street, Wyoming. The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with bag day starting at 1 p.m. Coffee and cake will be available at the snack bar.

West Pittston Library news

West Pittston Library announces the following programs:

West Pittston Writer’s Workshop: Kings College graduate Jamie Marino’s popular writing workshop moves to Thursdays for the fall season. This free workshop is designed to challenge and inspire the poet or storyteller in you with writing exercises, coaching and community. The workshop is held in the reading room at 6 p.m. and continues Thursdays, Oct. 18 and Nov. 1 and 15. Call the library at 570-654-9847 to sign up.

West Pittston Walkers: Morning walks are held at 9 a.m. the first and third Fridays of each month with walks continuing Oct. 19 and Nov. 2 and 16. Evening walks will be held at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of each month with walks slated Oct. 11 and 25. Please call the library at 570-654-9847 to put your name on the roster and get information about each week’s walk.

Computer Lab Saturdays:

Course will be held from 10 a.m. to noon the first and third Saturday of each month. To help patrons learn basic computer skills, the library is offering computer classes and labs in the Adult Computer Area two Saturdays per month throughout the fall. Library friend and neighbor Angelo Blades will lead a more structured class on the first Saturday and an open computer lab on the third Saturday. Seats are very limited, so call the library to register. Classes continue Oct. 6 and 20 and Nov. 3 and 17.

The Great American Read: PBS is hosting an eight-part series designed to get the country reading and talking about books. Visit the library from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, for a viewing of one of the episodes, along with discussion of the books and what would be on your Top 100 Books list. Call the library at 570-654-9847 to register.

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.


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 or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.