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While we are all stuck inside there are so many great opportunities to do things on the internet. It seems like every musician is playing sets of music live from their living rooms. Church is pre-recorded and uploaded to the internet. Meetings are on Zoom. Things are different, but in their own weird ways, they are very much the same. Sure some adjusting is certainly in order. But still.

The staff at West Pittston Library is certainly not letting self isolation and the quarantine get them down. The library is offering a wide range of interactive online sessions in the coming weeks. Some of the things they have done include craft nights, an indoor scavenger hunt and even an online story time for the little ones. At 4 p.m. every Monday in May, there will be a “Virtual Crafternoon” Join the WPL at home doing crafts, how-tos and some art projects. Share any project that you are working on and get some inspiration. Also, let the library know if there are any neat crafts you want to see done online and the staff will work on making them part of the schedule this month.

The library is even finding a way to incorporate the West Pittston Walkers into its Facebook page. While they won’t be able to walk together for a little bit, they will share some free and fun workout videos and ideas every Friday in May. Post a picture of how you are staying fit, whether it is appropriately distanced walking or exercising with household equipment or a great video that you enjoyed.

I know that I’m not alone when I say that I personally can not wait until the library is able to open its doors again so I can see all of my friends and neighbors and participate in one of the truly great workshops that they always have to offer. But until then, an online video will have to do.

Here’s what else is happening around town:

Corpus Christi news

Corpus Christi Parish has cancelled or postponed the following events: the Holy Name breakfast will be rescheduled for a later date, and all tickets will be honored at that time. If you prefer a refund, call the rectory at 570-654-2753. Twilight Bingo also has been postponed. The bingo will be held at a later date, so anyone who sent in sponsorships and those who purchased tickets are advised tickets will be good for the new date and sponsorship money also will be rolled over for the new date. If you prefer a refund, please call the rectory 570-654-2753. Also cancelled are Heart Saver Class, religious education classes, confirmation classes, Soup & Scripture, First Eucharist retreat, Communion to the homebound and soup to the homebound.

In an effort for parishioners to stay connected to each other and to their faith, Deacon Jim will be offering a virtual Bible study using the Zoom application. The application can be used on smartphones or laptops. The group will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesdays for approximately one hour. Each Wednesday, participants will discuss the following Sunday’s readings. If you are interested, contact Deacon Jim at 570-239-2783 or deacon.meizanis@gmail.com. And since it is virtual, snacks are on your own!

Sunday Mass is now on the website corpuschristinepa.com and Facebook www.facebook.com/ corpuschristiparishpa.

Library news

The Office of Commonwealth Libraries and the Pennsylvania Department of Education have instructed libraries to extend their closures. Therefore, the West Pittston Library, along with all of the libraries in the Luzerne County Library System, will remain closed until further notice.

Books can be returned to the library book drop. No overdue fines will be charged on any checked out library materials during this time.

Keep checking back for updates.

Cherry Blossom Festival

cancelled

This was supposed to be West Pittston’s big weekend with the annual West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival planned for May 2-3. Unfortunately that was just one of the many things cancelled this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

In a message to the community, Lori DeAngelo, West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival president, stated:

“We are deeply disappointed that we cannot enjoy all of our crafters, performers, visitors, and our community this year.

We were so excited to welcome as our grand marshal, Randy Spencer, head coach of the state champion Wyoming Area Warriors football team as well as members of the team this year, it was truly something we were looking forward to this year. We hope to find a way to still honor the team as best we can from a socially safe distance.

We hope you all will join us next year for the 50th anniversary of our festival, which we plan to throw a huge celebration for.

Our community works for many hours and months prior to the festival to bring you this event each year, and we are saddened we will not get to see you all on the riverbank in 2020.

We hope you all stay safe and healthy and pray our nation heals and soon we will get back to a new normal that allows us to continue our great festival in 2021.

We thank you for your patience and time.

See you in May of 2021.”

Honor a veteran

If you or your family would like to purchase a banner for a friend or loved one who is a West Pittston veteran, past or present, you are encouraged to apply on West Pittston Tomorrow’s website, www.wptomorrow.com.

The banner is made of heavy vinyl and is 30 inches wide by 60 inches tall. The initial cost per banner is $200 and that cost includes the production, installation and removal and storage of the banner. Annual renewal fee of $25, which will go toward putting up and taking down the banners, also will be charged.

Plans are for the banners to be put up before Memorial Day and be taken down in November, to be stored until the next year.

To purchase a banner, fill out an application online.

Community garden spaces

Attention gardeners, West Pittston Tomorrow is accepting applications for its community garden. Three plot sizes are available, a small 4-by-4-foot plot for $10, a medium 4-by-8-foot plot for $20 and a large 6-by-12-foot plot for $40.

To participate, make a check payable to West Pittston Tomorrow and send it to 555 Exeter Ave., West Pittston, PA 18643.

John Bubul writes about West Pittston every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To list an item in his column, email jbubul@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.