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In the dark period of my employment history that I don’t care to talk about much, I was a stock associate at Kmart (R.I.P.) I worked Saturday nights and Sunday mornings. People would rush in on both days to pick up some odds and ends, always in a rush.

I remember one particular Saturday night I worked — Feb. 13, the night before Valentine’s Day. We were packed to the gills with frantic shoppers ravaging the aisles for a last minute gift for their sweetheart. I don’t think of my job there often but whenever Valentine’s Day rolls around I chuckle thinking about all of those procrastinators cramming the aisles.

The West Pittston Fire Department is coming to the rescue of all of us procrastinators as they do every Valentine’s Day. You could get some flowers for your sweetheart and also know that it is part of a fundraiser for the fire department. They will be in the parking lot of Driscoll’s on Boston Avenue on Tuesday, Feb. 12, through Thursday, Feb. 14, selling two dozen roses for $25 and up, while supplies last.

Come on out and support a great cause.

Here’s what else is happening around town:

Corpus Christi news

Corpus Christi Parish will hold a Twilight Bingo on Saturday, March 30, at Immaculate Conception Church hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo starts at 7. This parish fundraiser will feature 14 free games and six specials. This is a BYOB event featuring a variety of foods and desserts for purchase. Try your luck at winning an Amazon Echo, three-tier air/fryer oven, 10-inch Amazon Fire tablet, a 55-inch Smart TV or a cash prize of $150, $200, $500, $750, or $1,000. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Tickets will be available in February and are first come, first serve. To reserve tickets in advance, call the rectory at 570 -654-2753.

Youth group members, their friends and families are welcome to join the parish on a snow tubing trip from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Montage Mountain. The group rate is $24 per person for a three-hour session. For information or to attend, call JuelAnn Klepadlo at 570-430-1470 or e-mail jaklepadlo@comcast.ne

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

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. the following Sundays, March 17, 24, April 7 and 14. Mandatory dress rehearsal is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, followed by a treat at Blue Ribbon. This is a great opportunity for confirmation students to earn service hours. If your son or daughter is interested in participating, contact JuelAnn Klepadlo.

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 nascargal.deb@gmail.com.

Communal baptism will be held immediately following the 10:30 a.m. liturgy Sunday, Feb. 24, 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.

First U.M. Church news

First United Methodist Church, 408 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston, will hold three special events in February: Souper Bowl Sunday, a pastie sale and a pizza sale.

Parishioners and guests are invited to Souper Bowl Sunday, which will be held during the 10 a.m. service Feb. 3. Bring cans of soup to cast as votes for your favorite NFL team. The soup will be used in the church’s food pantry.

A pastie sale will take place the first full week of February. Orders are due by Tuesday, Feb. 5, and must be picked up Thursday, Feb. 7. Church members hand make the meat- and vegetable-filled hand pies using authentic family recipes. Choices include beef with or without onion, sausage and pepper, and vegetable, and includes a small container of gravy. Pasties are $6 each.

A pizza sale will be held Friday, Feb. 15. Pizzas can be ordered baked or unbaked. A regular tray of pizza, with or without onions, is $11. Walk-ins are welcome.

To order pasties and/or pizza or for information, call the church at 570-655-1083.

Library news

West Pittston Library announces the following upcoming activities:

Maker Monday — Feb. 18, Presidents Day Perler Party

Those small, plastic, colorful beads with a hollow center are the guests 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!

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 also can enjoy a snack and watch the evening’s movie “Ghost Town,” with Ricky Gervais.

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

Cherry Blossom meeting

West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Corpus Christi Parish’s school building on Luzerne Avenue in West Pittston.

All committee members must attend and new members are welcome.

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

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 every week. To include an item in his column, email jbubul@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.