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The end of summer can be a very difficult time. Nobody wants to go back to school, it gets dark earlier and the days get a little bit cooler. But the good folks at the West Pittston Library are taking the edge off of the end of summer and giving us all something to look forward to with its board game night from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28.

Registration for this event must be done in advance and can be done in person or by calling 570-654-9847. The library does not take registrations through Facebook.

Instead of stressing over if you forgot any back to school supplies, you could be spending a relaxing evening at the library trying out a selection of board and table-top games. Find a new favorite like Exploding Kittens or dive deep into a nostalgic game of Sorry! This event promises fun for all ages so drop by for a quick, friendly game.

Heres 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. 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.

Corpus Christi Parish is doing the community a great service as it does at the start of every school year. The goal is to help equip local students with the tools needed to have a successful school year. It’s designed to help take some of the financial burden off of families in need by supplying their children with backpacks filled with school supplies that they will need for school. They also will include a bag filled with personal hygiene products for children and a food gift box filled with non perishable foods. To request some back to school help you can call the rectory at 570-654-2753 or email Joyce at jcecconi50@gmail.com

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 2019-2020 year will be mailed to the families of children who attended classes last year.

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 jcecconi50@gmail.com.

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 jbubul@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.