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Time is an infinitely strange thing. It moves slow when you want it to move fast and moves fast when you want it to move slow. I’ve been reflecting recently on how this year I’ve been out of college for four years. I’ve been out for as long as I was in. And I find that a little bit spooky.

What’s scarier to me is that five years ago this coming June, I took the trip of a lifetime. I studied abroad in London for three weeks. The experience was completely indescribable. Even with all the eating and drinking and culture and art that I surrounded myself with I still found a little bit of time to get truly homesick. I saw a play called “The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Nighttime” based upon the book of the same title. It’s essentially about a boy with autism trying to make his way to his mother.

Even though I was around the world having the time of my life, my heart wasn’t in that theater. It wasn’t in the West End. It wasn’t even in London. My heart was thousands of miles away in that home by the river in West Pittston. I never missed my mother in my entire life more than I did that night.

I went back to my room and I emailed her. Even around the world I couldn’t forget the imprint that she left and continues to leave on my life every single day.

Whenever Mother’s Day rolls around I must stop and think how unbelievably lucky I am. There are so many mothers in the world. More than I would care to count, honestly. But I have confidence in knowing that mine is the best. She’s smart, she’s a great cook even though she can’t go two nights in a row without apologizing for what she made that night even though its delicious, she’s scathingly funny, and above all, is one of the most loving, understanding deeply empathetic people I’ve ever had the pleasure of having in my life. So many people are better off with her in their lives, and I know that I’m certainly much better off being truly blessed enough to call her mom.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there.

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

Corpus Christi Parish news

Corpus Christi Parish will host an adult education Bible study, “The Passion and Resurrection Narratives of Jesus,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays in the Immaculate Conception Church. The program began May 3. Sessions will run 75 to 90 minutes. This is a perfect time to learn more about the Lord’s Passion and Resurrection. The cost of this study will be paid for by the Holy Name Society and a few generous donors. To sign up for the program or for information, please contact Deacon Jim Meizanis at 570-239-2783 or or Donna Valenti at 570-885-5432 or Don’t miss out. Join the fun and learn more about your faith though the scriptures. Not to mention, there will snacks.

Corpus Christi Parish will hold its annual car show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 27, on the grounds of Holy Redeemer Church. Rain date is Monday, May 28. Food trucks, car corral and give-a-ways will be featured. Music will be featured all day. Antiques, classics, customs, street rods, low riders and motorcycles are welcome. Pre-registration is $10 prior to May 27 or $15 on the day of event. For information, contact Mike Flynn at 570-760-5704 or Carmen or Deb Altavilla at 570-574-4360 or

If you are spring cleaning or downsizing and have household items which are no longer of use to you, don’t discard them, save them for the parish’s flea market. Items may be dropped off at Immaculate Conception School from 6 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday and from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturdays. Remember, your junk is someone else’s treasure. Clothing, stuffed animals or exercise equipment will not be accepted.

The parish also is collecting Bountiful Basket donations for the basket stand at the parish bazaar June 22-24. Baskets containing gift cards are always a big hit. Gift card suggestions could include: grocery stores, drug stores, beer/wine stores, restaurants, spas, hair salons, nail salons, sporting goods stores, dog grooming spas, retail stores, etc.

First United Methodist Church news

West Pittston First United Methodist Church holds Sunday worship each week at 10 a.m.

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

West Pittston Library news

Birds, Bugs, Butterflies and More — 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22. Penn State Master Gardner Roberta Troy invites you to learn a little bit about birds, bugs and butterflies through a story narrated by her cats, Toby and Tabby! All ages are welcome, but the presentation is most appropriate for ages 5 to 10. 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.

Playtime with American Girl — 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15. You and your doll are invited to an evening celebration of girl-time fun! Pack up your doll, dress her in her coolest outfit and don’t forget her favorite accessories and playtime props! Enjoy excerpts from the latest Girl of the Year book, participate in games, and of course, free play together! It will be one all-American party you and your doll won’t want to miss! 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.

Parks and Recreation news

West Pittston Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board holds monthly meetings at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. Meetings are held at the borough building.

New members are always welcome.

The organization will host the 41st annual Anthracite Run on Saturday, June 2.


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

Curbside collection of recyclables remains 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.

Yard waste

The Public Works Department will pick up yard waste from Erie Street to Montgomery Avenue every Monday. Yard waste from Montgomery Avenue to Susquehanna Avenue will be picked up every Tuesday.

Please avoid using plastic bags. If needed, please use biodegradable paper bags.

See you around town.

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