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During the last leg of winter it’s easy to let the weather get you down. As I write this, I’m looking out the window of my living room to a fresh couple of inches of snow. I’m sick of it. After a while that winter wonderland becomes something of an endless nightmare.

The best way I’ve found to get through is to focus on the warm days that are coming up just around the bend. We all cope in different ways. Some take a vacation to a warmer climate. Some like myself focus on summer concert season (I’m already fairly booked), while others still yearn to get those green thumbs of theirs out of their mittens and start to dig in the dirt and begin their gardens.

My father is one of those people. An avid gardener, he is happiest when he is, as he likes to say, “playing in the dirt.” While the weather is still too cold to begin planting outside, he has been working in the basement making sure everything is ready to go when the day comes that it’s time to transplant his seedlings.

The West Pittston Library also fully acknowledges that there are a lot of green thumbs just dying to get to work as evidenced by their sold out tea-cup succulents class at the end of February. The class filled up so fast and had so many people still interested that they’re doing it again. Plant your roots in a sweet tea cup or coffee mug. Feel free to bring your own. A $10 registration covers all materials. Registration fees are non-refundable contributions. Call the library at 570-654-9847 or stop by to sign up.


Corpus Christi Parish news

Corpus Christi Parish will host a bingo at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 30, in Immaculate Conception Church hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. The fundraiser will feature 14 free games and six specials. This is a BYOB event featuring a variety of foods and desserts for purchase. Prizes include an Amazon Echo, three-tier air fryer oven, 10-inch Amazon Fire tablet, a 55-inch Smart TV or one of the following cash prizes — $150, $200, $500, $750 or $1,000. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. To reserve your tickets in advance, call the rectory at 570-654-2753.

Students in grades seven through 12 and their friends are invited to a board game night from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Immaculate Conception Church hall. Pizza, snacks and drinks will be provided. Call JuelAnn Klepadlo at 570-430-1470 or email

All boys and girls from elementary through high school are invited to take part in the youth group’s annual production of the living stations. Practices are held at 7 p.m. March 17 and 24 and April 7 and 14. Mandatory dress rehearsal is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, followed by a treat at Blue Ribbon. If your son or daughter is interested in participating, contact JuelAnn Klepadlo.

Save the date: The parish bazaar will be held on the grounds of Immaculate Conception Church from Thursday, June 20, to Saturday, June 22. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday.


Trinity Episcopal Church news

Trinity Episcopal Church, 220 Montgomery Ave., has noon prayer every Wednesday.


West Pittston Library news

West Pittston Library announces the following upcoming activities:

Everybody has a favorite book. What the library wants to know is how does it rate when up against other peoples favorites? You are encouraged to cast your vote each week in-house or on the library Facebook page to determine which book moves on to the next round.

Open Craft Night: 6 to 7:45 p.m. Monday, March 25. Bring any craft project to work on and chat with other crafters. Sewing machine, grid journal supplies, scrap booking and other limited supplies are available. Class is free but supplies are limited.

Tech Help Open House: 10 a.m. Saturdays, March 16, April 13 and May 11. To help patrons learn basic computer skills, the library is offering computer classes and labs in the adult computer area. Library staff will help steer you on the road to success by answering your technical questions and coaching you on basic computer skills. Registration for this event must be done in advance and can be done in person or by calling 570-654-9847. Registrations are not accepted through Facebook. Sign ups are for each class, not for all three sessions. Seats are very limited, so call the library to register.


Anthracite Run

West Pittston Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board will hold its 42nd annual Anthracite Run on Saturday, June 1. The race begins at 9 a.m. with registration at 7:30 a.m. at the West Pittston Borough Building. The 1-mile walk begins at 8:30 a.m.

The run course is a 4-mile loop around the perimeter of West Pittston, which is relatively flat with some hills. Streets will be traffic controlled and miles will be marked. Both walking and running races begin and end at the borough building, 555 Exeter Ave., West Pittston.

The event will include an awards ceremony, with awards being presented for overall and age groups. Trophies and prizes will go to the top three male and female runners, with age group medals to categories 14 and under and in five-year increments from 14 to 70. An awards party will follow the race. Pizza will be served.

Entry fee for runners and walkers is $20 with preregistration and $25 after May 20. Make checks payable to West Pittston Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board, 555 Exeter Ave.,West Pittston, PA 18643. The first 100 entrants will receive a T-shirt. For information, call the borough office at 570-655-7782.


Parks and recreation news

West Pittston Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 11, in the West Pittston Library.



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.