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I was lucky enough to grow up with two older brothers. They exposed me to a lot over the years but something we always bonded over was our love of video games. When they come home for the holidays my mother still says, “Oh boy. Get Mario set up.”

The legend says in my house my oldest brother didn’t want to speak to my mother on the phone when my brother, Pat, was born because he was busy playing the original Mario. He would have the rest of his life to be a big brother. Right then, that princess needed saving. Over the years we spent many hours playing all of the Mario games. I think of my brothers frequently. But on Sunday, March 10, I will be thinking of them more than usual, as it is world Mario Day.

And our good friends at the West Pittston Library have the perfect way to prepare. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, don your mustache and get ready for an exciting Mario Kart Tournament! While you’re waiting to play, sew your very own felt star to take home. Winner of the tournament will receive a special prize. This is sure to be a fun event that you will not want to miss, so register in advance either by stopping by in person or by calling the library at 570-654-9847.

Here’s what else is happening around town this week:

Corpus Christi Parish news

Corpus Christi Parish will host a bingo Saturday, March 30, in Immaculate Conception Church hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo starts at 7. This exciting parish fundraiser will feature 14 free games and six specials. This is a BYOB event featuring a variety of foods and desserts for purchase. Try your luck at winning a variety of prizes, including an Amazon Echo, three-tier air fryer oven, 10-inch Amazon Fire tablet, a 55-inch Smart TV or one of the following cash prizes — $150, $200, $500, $750 or $1,000. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. They are available on a first come, first serve basis. To reserve your tickets in advance, call the rectory at 570-654-2753. Come on and spend a fun evening out. You may even end up having an awesome prize to show for it afterwards.

Corpus Christi Parish will host an Adult Education Bible Study, “Genesis — Part 1.” Classes will be held at 6 p.m. five consecutive Thursdays beginning Feb. 28. Classes will be held in Immaculate Conception Church. Each session will last for approximately 90 minutes. This is a brand new program designed by Little Rock Scripture Study. The group will study the first 25 chapters of the Book of Genesis, the first book in the Bible. Topics of discussion include the creation of the world, the creation of man and woman and the relationships between God and people. Please sign up as soon as possible so organizers can order materials. To register for the program or for information, please contact Deacon Jim Meizanis at 570-239-2783 or The cost for the study is $20 to cover books and study materials. If anyone is interested in the program but needs help with the cost, please contact Deacon Jim. Don’t miss out. Join the fun and learn more about your faith though the scriptures. Oh, and there will be snacks!

All students in grades seven through 12 and their friends are invited to a board game night from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Immaculate Conception Church hall. Pizza, snacks and drinks will be provided. Call JuelAnn Klepadlo at 570-430-1470 or email

All boys and girls from elementary through high school are invited to take part in the youth group’s annual production of the Living Stations. Practices are held at 7 p.m. the following Sundays, March 17 and 24 and April 7 and 14. Mandatory dress rehearsal is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, followed by a treat at Blue Ribbon. This is a great opportunity for confirmation students to earn service hours. If your son or daughter is interested in participating, contact JuelAnn Klepadlo.

Communal baptism will be held immediately following the 10:30 a.m. liturgy Sunday, Feb. 24, in Immaculate Conception Church. Members of the baptism ministry will be on hand to welcome the families and present gifts for the children from the Holy Name Society and St. Clare Sewing Ministry. Call the rectory to make arrangements to have your child baptized.

The parish bazaar will be held on the grounds of Immaculate Conception Church from Thursday, June 20, to Saturday, June 22. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

A planning meeting for the parish bazaar will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the rectory. All are welcome!

Trinity Episcopal Church news

Trinity Episcopal Church, 220 Montgomery Ave., has noon prayer every Wednesday.

West Pittston Library news

West Pittston Library announces the following upcoming activities:

Tea Cup Succulents/Movie Night — 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. The last plant class was so much fun that the library’s doing it again. This time, plant your roots in a sweet tea cup or coffee mug. Feel free to bring your own, but your $10 registration covers all materials. You also can enjoy a snack and watch the evening’s movie “Ghost Town,” with Ricky Gervais.

Registration fees for library programs are non-refundable. Please call the library at 570-654-9847, or stop by to sign up for programs.

Open Craft Night — 6 to 7:45 p.m. Monday, March 25. Bring any craft project to work on and chat with other crafters. Sewing machine, grid journal supplies, scrap booking and other limited supplies are available. Class is free but supplies are limited.


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

Curbside collection of recyclables is 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.


West Pittston Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board will hold its 42nd annual Anthracite Run on Saturday, June 1. The race begins at 9 a.m. with registration at 7:30 a.m. at the West Pittston Borough Building. The 1-mile walk begins at 8:30 a.m.

The run course is a 4-mile loop around the perimeter of West Pittston, which is relatively flat with some hills. Streets will be traffic controlled and miles will be marked. Both walking and running races begin and end at the borough building, 555 Exeter Ave., West Pittston.

The event will include an awards ceremony, with awards being presented for overall and age groups. Trophies and prizes will go to the top three male and female runners, with age group metals to categories 14 and under and five-year increments from 14 to 70. An awards party will follow the race. Pizza will be served.

Entry fee for runners and walkers is $20 with preregistration and $25 after May 20. Make checks payable to West Pittston Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board, 555 Exeter Ave.,West Pittston, PA 18643. The first 100 entrants will receive a T-shirt. For information, call the borough office at 570-655-7782

The board holds monthly meetings at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month in the West Pittston Brough Building. New members are welcome to attend a meeting.

Cherry Blossom meeting

West Pittston Cherry Blossom Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 4, at Corpus Christi’s former school building on Luzerne Avenue. All committee members are asked to attend and new members are welcome.

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.