We all remember the flood that devastated our community in 2011. It was so sad to see the community we knew and loved in shambles. Some of our friends and neighbors never came back. For those of us who did, we pray that there won’t be another flood anytime soon. And if there is, we hope to be prepared for it this time.
Come out and join the conversation at a public meeting to discuss the West Pittston Levee Feasibility Study. There will be a presentation of the report at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the Wyoming Area Secondary Center auditorium. The meeting is designed to provide an opportunity for the public to ask questions and provide comments on the report regarding the proposed levee for West Pittston Borough.
Be sure to come out and make your voice heard in this very important meeting for our community.
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 570-655-1083.
Officers 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. Cost is $100. Please contact the office at 570-655-1083 for reservations.
Corpus Christi news
Corpus Christi Parish will host an Adult Education Bible Study: “Turning Point – A Study of the Gospel of John Part 1.” Classes will be held at 6 p.m. in Immaculate Conception Church on Thursdays, Oct. 10, 17, 24 and Nov. 7. Each session will last approximately 60 to 75 minutes. This is a new program designed by the Dynamic Catholic Institute. The group will study the Gospel of John and concentrate on eight encounters people had with Jesus.
Please sign up as soon as possible so the church can order materials. To sign up for the program or to find out more information, please contact Deacon Jim Meizanis at 570-239-2783 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 scriptures.
Corpus Christi Parish is 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 basket 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 parish’s Twilight Bingo will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, in Immaculate Conception Church hall. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, which includes 15 regular games where you can win $150 each. There will be five special games available at an additional cost of $5 each. The specials will have two $500 winners, one $750 winner and two $1,000 winners. A variety of homemade foods will be available for purchase. Feel free to BYOB. Reserved seating is available.
There are several ways to get tickets to what promises to be a very fun evening. Mail your payment to the church or drop it in the weekend collection basket and your ticket/tickets will be mailed to you. Please specify “bingo tickets” on the envelope. Or, you can stop by the rectory Monday through Friday to purchase your bingo tickets and request reserved seating.
Don’t miss out on a great evening out. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be a winner!
The adult choir will rehearse at 6:30 p.m. Mondays in Immaculate Conception Church. Adults and teens, if you like to sing, you are welcome to join the adult choir.
West Pittston Library announces the following events:
West Pittston Writers Workshop — 6 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month. Jamie Marino’s popular writing workshop continues through Nov. 21. 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.
Taste Test — 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. This might be the most delicious series the library has offered since the Year of Pizza! Test your taste buds each month and take a guess as to what tasty flavors of your favorite snacks the library has to offer. Then take on the task of rating the flavors according to your favorites! Oct. 22 is popcorn and Nov. 19 is Doritos.
Scary Stories Book Club — 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 10, 17 and 24. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a notorious book series containing frightening short stories based on urban legends. It’s recently been made into a movie, and now it’s a scary (but fun) book club! No need to read ahead of time. Each week the book club will read selections from each book together, talk about what makes them so scary, or not, complete some fun activities related to the series and enjoy some snacks. Registration for this free 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.
Blood Drive — Friday Oct. 11. There is nothing spooky or scary about donating blood! Stop in during the annual blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. and see how you can help the American Red Cross and our community.
Please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter WP Library to schedule an appointment. Use the Red Cross app to make the check-in quick and easy.
Kids in the Kitchen — Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Better come hungry to this program! Kids who are involved in the preparation of meals are more likely to eat what they prepare. The WPL, in conjunction with the Junior League of Wilkes-Barre, brings a program to introduce kids to the kitchen. In this program, kids of all ages will learn to measure, spread, slice and eat in a healthy way. The program will cover basic nutrition with a fun food group relay race and have books available to explore the topics further. Each child will make their own Hummus Monster appetizer with veggies and a healthy yogurt parfait! All ages are welcome, but little ones will need extra parental supervision. To participate in this program, each child will need to supply their own butter knife, cutting knife, cutting board, a set of measuring spoons, ¼ cup dry measuring cup and a metal spoon. Limited to the first 12 kids to register. Registration for this free 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.
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.
Printed guidelines can be picked up at the borough office.
See you around town.
John Bubul writes about West Pittston every week. To include an item in his column, email email@example.com or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.