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Coming home from work last week, I was put face to face with a very harsh reality. My home was completely de-decorated. Winter isn’t fun and festive anymore. We’ve entered into that long slog between now and the first few warm days of spring.

The telltale sign that all of that fun is over is when I come home and find on the mantle above my fireplace not my mother’s collection of Santa figurines but her less extensive (but also admittedly impressive) snowman collection. As devastating as it is to see the Santa figurines being put away, there’s something beautiful about it. If an item or decoration sticks around too long it starts to become commonplace. Once that happens, the beauty of it is taken right away. You become blind to it and it just becomes another thing you pass every day.

The snowmen, although they don’t offer up the same childlike wonder I get while perusing my mother’s Santa collection, offer up a change of pace. In their own unique way they are beautiful. While these days in the depths of winter are short and the nights are cold I try to look for the beauty. There’s a beauty in a winter sunset, seeing smoke rise from the chimneys of families that are safe and warm in their homes. There’s something beautiful about a hearty winter meal. And there’s definitely something beautiful about looking out your window at a fresh blanket of snow on the roads and sidewalks — if you’re home and don’t have anywhere you have to go. I want to focus more on trying to find that beauty that comes along with the winter.

Here’s what’s happening around town:

Corpus Christi news

Save the date! Sunday, May 19, Corpus Christi Parish will host a car corral on the grounds of Holy Redeemer Church. The event will feature food trucks, vendors and cars. For information, please contact Carmen or Deb Altavilla at 570-574-4360 or

Social Concerns will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the rectory. At this meeting, the group will discuss and recap Christmas projects and will begin to implement spring planning. Anyone interested in learning more is welcome to attend.

There are two upcoming communal baptisms scheduled, Sunday, Jan. 20, and Sunday, Feb. 24. Both baptisms will take place immediately following the 10:30 a.m. liturgy in Immaculate Conception Church. Members of the baptism ministry will be on hand to welcome the families and present gifts for the children from the Holy Name Society and St. Clare Sewing Ministry. Call the rectory to make arrangements to have your child baptized.

The first planning meeting for Corpus Christi Bazaar 2019 will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the rectory. All former chairpersons, as well as anyone interested in helping plan this bazaar, are encouraged to attend.

Trinity Episcopal news

Trinity Episcopal Church offers noon prayer every Wednesday.

Coffee hour will be held at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 20.

Library news

West Pittston Library announces the following upcoming activities:

Maker Monday — Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Circle Weaving. Remember the woven pot-holder kits of days gone by? The library is bringing that simple over-under process back in a fun, new way. This Maker Monday will have kids weaving round and round till their hearts’ content and leaving with a handmade project ready to show off.

Maker Monday — Feb. 4, Wyoming Area Act 80 half day, Cardboard and Newspaper Construction. Easy to use tools transform simple cardboard into building fun! With the help of reusable rivets, hinges, saws and more, kids will free-build with cardboard scraps and turn rolled up newspapers into building materials with special connectors to create incredible geometric sculptures! Of course, the library’s vast collection of building toys also will be on hand to keep the kids entertained for hours.

Maker Monday — Feb. 18, Presidents Day Perler Party

Those small, plastic, colorful beads with a hollow center are the guest of honor at this Maker Monday party! Arrange them in a pattern to create your own design, using the provided pegboards and Miss Summer will fuse the beads together with an iron so you can take your project home!

Teen String Art — 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. String art is a fun way to create colorful artwork with dimension and texture. The library has modified the technique from the traditional wood and nails to something simpler but just as dynamic. Design your art for a custom piece worthy to hang on any wall! Those attending the teen art program are invited to come early and join the Teen Advisory Board. The group’s meeting begins at 6 p.m.

New Year’s Junk Journal/Movie Night — 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. Start journaling for 2019 with this class designed to introduce you to a less formal version of scrapbooking. While you are here, watch the movie, “Julie and Julia,” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to get a little inspiration and motivation. The $10 registration covers supplies and materials.

Tea Cup Succulents/ Movie Night — 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. The last plant class was so much fun that the library’s doing it again. This time, plant your roots in a sweet tea cup or coffee mug. Feel free to bring your own, but your $10 registration covers all materials. You can also enjoy a snack and watch the evening’s movie “Ghost Town,” with Ricky Gervais.

Registration fees are non-refundable contributions. Please call the library at 570-654-9847, or stop by to sign up for programs.

Fort Jenkins Bridge Construction Historical Program — 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20. When the bridge construction was completed in 1926, the bridge was considered a work of art and a major historical accomplishment for the Pittston area. This presentation will feature original bridge construction photos taken by the contractor during the two-year project. John Panzitta is presenter for this program. The program is free to the public.

Parks and recreation news

West Pittston Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board holds monthly meetings at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month in the borough building. New members are welcome.


Recycling containers at the Public Works Building on Delaware Avenue are open to the public from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

Curbside collection of recyclables is the first and third Thursday of each month.

The Public Works Department asks that residents place their recyclables in front of their homes Wednesday evening prior to collection Thursday morning.

See you around town.

John Bubul writes about West Pittston. To include an item in his column, email or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.