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With the Super Bowl firmly behind us, it’s time to look forward to the next big thing. It’s time to replace that smell of chicken wing dip with the smell of peanuts and Cracker Jacks.

As we trudge through the remainder of this winter it’s important to stay focused on the light at the end of the tunnel. For many that light is baseball. It is, after all, the great American pastime.

Some of the fondest memories of my childhood involved playing wiffleball with my cousins in the field at my grandparent’s house. And now the youngsters of West Pittston can create great memories all of their own.

Little League registration will be held in the board room of the West Pittston Little League from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 10, and from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. Please bring three proofs of residence dated between Feb. 1, 2017 and Feb. 1, 2018. The registration fee is $75 for the first child, $30 for the second and $25 for each additional child.

Come on out and show us what you’ve got!

Here’s what else is happening around town this week.

Corpus Christi Parish news

Corpus Christi Parish will celebrate the Sacrament of First Reconciliation at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in Holy Redeemer Church. The Sacrament of First Eucharist will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, in Immaculate Conception Church.

All boys and girls in second grade and older who are students in a Catholic school or are attending religious education classes in the parish are eligible to receive these sacraments.

The parish youth group presents Living Stations on Good Friday evening. Participation is open to boys and girls of all ages. There are both speaking and nonspeaking parts. If you are interested in participating in Living Stations, you must contact Jule Anne Klepadlo at 570-430-1470 or

The 2018 parish calendars can be found in the vestibules of the churches.

A Taking Part in the Mass Youth Workshop will be offered at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. It is important for children to understand the parts of the Mass and learn how they can become involved. During parish family Masses, children have an opportunity to take part as lectors, gift bearers, ushers and more. Preparing them for these roles is important because it gives them confidence and reinforces their sense of service. This weekend’s program at Immaculate Conception Church is the first of monthly workshops for children. These workshops will give children the opportunity to learn the parts of the Mass and practice these roles. Parishioners are asked to consider having their children attend. The following religious education teachers will be working with the children at these workshops: Lisa Falzone, 570-237-2739 or; Sara Konopka, 570-498-9304 or or MaryAnn Oliveri, 570-357-1778 or

Corpus Christi Church is looking for donations of any non-perishable foods to fill the food pantry shelves for the spring. Canned fruits, vegetables and beans are especially needed. Donations may be left in the vestibules of the churches.

Saturday, Feb. 10, church volunteers will be delivering soup to parishioners who are homebound and those residing in nursing homes. If you can help deliver, please contact Joyce at 570-654-2753 or If you know of an elderly person who no longer gets out, please call the rectory so the church can see if they would like to be on the parish’s First Friday list to receive communion, the monthly homemade soup list and the holiday gift list.

Save the date for these two upcoming events:

Social Concerns Committee is planning a homemade pasta dinner, “A Taste of Italy,” on Saturday, March 10, in Immaculate Conception Church hall.

The parish will hold its annual car show Sunday, May 27. Rain date is Monday, May 28.

West Pittston First United Methodist Church news

West Pittston First United Methodist Church will hold Sunday worship at 10 a.m.

Children and youth Sunday school is at 10:15 a.m.

Trinity Episcopal news

Trinity Episcopal Church will hold noon prayer every Wednesday in the lower level chapel during winter.

Shrove Tuesday pancake supper will be held from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13. See any parishioner or call the church office at 570-654-3261 for tickets.

Library news

West Pittston Library is hosting Movie Mania from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays. “The Lego Movie” will be featured Saturday, Feb. 17, and “Lego Batman” will be shown Saturday, Feb. 24.


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

Curbside collection of recyclables remains the first and third Thursday of each month. The Public Works Department asks residents to place recyclables in front of their homes Wednesday evening prior to recycling collection Thursday morning.

See you around town.

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