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Everybody loves a good block party. Last year, Valley Alliance Church held a great block party right here in West Pittston. All the money raised went to help out the fire department. The event was so successful that they’re coming back for even more this year.

This year’s event runs from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at 317 Luzerne Ave. This year the event will benefit the Pittston Area and Wyoming Area band parents associations. Festivities include food, games, raffles, and live music — all while supporting a good cause. So come join the fun!

Here’s what else is happening around town.

West Pittston First United Methodist Church news

West Pittston First United Methodist Church Pastor Tenny Rupnick announced the new time for Sunday service is 10:30 a.m. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to noon. For information, call the church at 570-655-1083.  

Officer and members of the church’s Class 18 are sponsoring a bus trip to

Hunterdon Hills Playhouse on Tuesday, Oct. 15, to see

“Barefoot in the Park.” The bus will leave the Pittston Plaza at 9 a.m.

The cost is $100 and a $50 deposit is required by Thursday, Aug. 15.

Please contact the church office at 570-655-1083 to make reservations.

Corpus Christi news

Corpus Christi Parish has begun taking Mass requests for 2020. The stipend for a Mass or candle is $10. To schedule Masses, call Dorothy at 570-654-2753 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Or, drop it in the collection with a note with the following information: who the Mass or candle is intended for, who it is requested by and a phone number to confirm the request.

Religious education classes for the 2019-20 school year will begin in the parish Sunday, Sept. 8. Classes for boys and girls in kindergarten through seventh grade will be held Sunday mornings. Confirmation prep classes for students in grade eight will be held twice a month on Sunday evening.

A letter and registration forms for the 2019-20 year will be mailed to the families of children who attended classes last year. For information, call the office.

Volunteer classroom aides are needed to periodically assist in the classrooms as aides to the teachers and/or to take over the class in the absence of the teacher. Grandparents, parents and teens who have been confirmed are all welcome to help out with religious education. This is a great way for teens to earn service hours.

For information or to volunteer, please contact Joyce at 570-654-27583 or

Library news

West Pittston Library announces the following upcoming programs and activities:

Beginner’s Crochet with Lena — 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, concludes Aug. 5. Join Lena to learn the basics of crochet, beginning with a simple project of creating a coaster. Class is $10 and includes all materials. Registration required.

West Pittston Writers Workshop — 6 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month. Jamie Marino’s popular writing workshop continues through Aug. 15. This free workshop is designed to challenge and inspire the poet or storyteller in you with writing exercises, coaching and community. The group meets in the reading room. Registration required.

A Universe of Stories: Woodstock Celebration Planet Bangle — 7 to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14. Relive the Summer of Love with a small celebration of Woodstock. The group will make a solar system bangle with a solid soundtrack to accompany participants as they work. Come wearing your tie dye and mini skirts! This class is $5, which covers all materials, and payment is needed to register. Call and pay over the phone or stop in during regular hours. Feel free to join in after hours following the craft project for a viewing of “Taking Woodstock,” a story of how the famous festival ended up in the now famous town of Bethel. This movie is rated R and is for adults only.

West Pittston Walkers — The final Friday walk of the summer season will be held at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 16. Each walk is unique as the group strolls around the Garden Village and talks about local trees, history and even birds. Call the library for information on this walk’s theme.

Registration is required for all these events and programs and must be done in advance, in person or by calling 570-654-9847. Registration is not accepted through Facebook.

Pool water advisory

West Pittston residents are advised when draining pools or hot tubs, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer guidelines must be followed.

No pool or hot tub water is allowed to flow into borough storm sewers. Anyone reported to be draining pool or hot tub water into storm sewers will be subject to being fined.

An alternative procedure to drain pool and hot tub water is to discharge water into private property, clean-out caps or sanitary sewer. However, before doing this, pool/hot tub water must sit for at least two weeks until chlorine has dissipated. Check chlorine levels with a chlorine test kit to make sure there are no detectable levels of chlorine.

If neither of these options is feasible, the chlorine-free water must be discharged onto a grassy area or hauled away to a treatment facility.

Pick up printed guidelines at the borough office.

See you around town

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