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Every second of the last bit of summer counts.

Unluckily for me I was robbed out of five nearly perfect late summer days while I was stuck in bed with the flu. I looked at the blue skies from my bedroom window before another Netflix episode started, wanting no more than to once more be a functional member of society.

As I write this I still have an extremely persistent cough that if I’m lucky will be gone by Thanksgiving, but for the most part I feel pretty good. A little cheated out of some quality late summer weather, but pretty good nonetheless.

I would feel very cheated if it weren’t for this coming weekend — Labor Day Weekend, what I have always considered the last real weekend of summer. After this long weekend the world kind of loses its sparkle that it has during those summer months. It retreats back to the greys of everyday life.

Whether you have a cookout with friends and family, you leave town for the long weekend, or you just spend a lazy weekend inside, I hope you all enjoy the long weekend.

Here’s what’s 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 the church at 570-655-1083.

Officer 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.

The cost is $100. Please contact the church office at 570-655-1083 to make reservations.

Corpus Christi news

Corpus Christi Parish has begun 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 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 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.

Religious education classes for the 2019-20 school year will begin in the parish Sunday, Sept. 8. Classes for boys and girls in kindergarten through seventh grade will be held Sunday mornings. Confirmation prep classes for students in grade eight will be held twice a month on Sunday evening. A letter and registration forms for the 2019-20 year was mailed to the families of children who attended classes last year.

Volunteer classroom aides are needed to periodically assist in the classrooms as aides to the teachers and/or to take over the class in the absence of the teacher. Grandparents, parents and teens who have been confirmed all welcome to help out with religious education. This is a great way for teens to earn service hours.

For information or to volunteer, please contact Joyce at 570-654-27583 or

Library news

West Pittston Library announces the following activities and events:

Beginners crochet — 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. Join Lena to learn the basics of crochet; beginning with a simple and quick project of creating a cool coaster. The class is $15 and includes all materials Registration for this event must be done in advance and can be done in person or by calling 570-654-9847. Registration through Facebook is not accepted.

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! Sept. 17 is M&Ms, Oct. 22 is popcorn and Nov. 19 is Doritos.

Registration for this free event must be done in advance and can be done in person or by calling 570-654-9847. Registrations are not accepted 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.

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