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While I was at weekly Sunday dinner in between the raindrops I struck up a conversation with my little cousin. She’s not so little anymore. I remember her as the little girl I would eat freeze pops with while playing Candy Land. She’s going to be a sophomore in high school.

She isn’t very excited about starting school back up this week. It got me thinking that I never really minded going back to school that much. I’m the type of person who just really enjoys being busy. I’m at my best when I have something to do. My cousin enjoys lounging by the pool reading her books. I can only take so much lounging before it gets to me. Whether you like it or not.

School is getting closer. Whether you want to go back or not I would encourage you to not wish the time away or dread every second of the rest of your summer. Cherish each moment. Go for ice cream. Play a game of baseball. Throw a frisbee around. Maybe visit the beach or plan a quick get away. You could also do my favorite thing and go night swimming. Your possibilities are endless and you never know which one will be your last until we have another summer in the books.

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. 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.

The adult choir will be rehearsing on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in Immaculate Conception Church. Adults and teens, if you like to sing, you are welcome to join the adult choir.

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 was 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

Library news 

West Pittston Library announces the following activities and events:

Board Game Night — 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28. 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. 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! 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 accept registrations through Facebook.

Beginners crochet — 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. Join Lena to learn the basics of crochet; beginning with a simple and quick project of creating a cool coaster.

This class is $15 and includes all materials Registration for this event must be done in advance and can be done in person or by calling 570-654-9847. Registration through Facebook is not accepted.

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