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It has been a hot summer so far and I got to experience one of the joys of summer a week or so ago. My brother was in town and after eating dinner, he asked if I wanted to go for ice cream. He was buying. And as one of my personal commandments is “Thou Shalt Never Turn Down Free Ice Cream,” I went for a walk. It was a gorgeous evening and we stopped by Ballyhoo. Walking home we reminisced about all the times we would walk home from getting ice cream as kids. It was a nice evening and a great way to rekindle some old memories.

We’ve still got some summer left to enjoy. Rekindle those old memories and maybe create some new ones and go out and grab some ice cream. We have a whole lot in the neighborhood to choose from: Blue Ribbon if you want an ice cream sandwich that can’t be beat. Ballyhoo for the best cookies and cream in town. And the new kid on the block, Boozy B’s for a little buzz with your ice cream.

Corpus Christi news

Corpus Christi Parish has begun taking Mass requests for 2020. To schedule Masses, call Dorothy at 570-654-2753 from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Library news

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 and quick project of creating a coaster. This 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 this summer 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: PSU Friedman Observatory Series — concludes 6 p.m. Monday, July 22. Enjoy endless trivia about backyard astronomy, the solar system and the stars beyond. There will be a presentation, followed by questions and discussion. This is a family-friendly program so bring everyone! Currently assisting at the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Friedman Observatory, Jon Belanger, who will host the program, is an amateur astronomer who has been working in information technology and cyber security since receiving a master’s degree in information technology from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2006, and has been a member of the Lackawanna Astronomical Society since 2015. Registration required.

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

Lt. DePrimo Memorial Fund Golf Tournament

First Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Fund Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, at Sand Springs Golf Club, Drums. For details, visit

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/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. To list an item, email jbubul@pittstonprogr­­­ or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.