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I don’t know about you, but this time of year is all about grilling for me. And that makes sense, because it’s National Grilling Month!

There’s no better way to cook at home, in my opinion. From grilled meats to grilled fruits, there’s just something about the grill that my beloved oven cannot do.

It’s a great way to get healthy for the summer, too. I’m all about knowing where your food comes from, and when you’re making it yourself you have so much more control over what goes into it. Total control, in fact. Plus, the food tastes great. It’s a win-win for everyone.

So, get out there and grill! Invite your favorite people over and don’t be afraid to try something new. Have your attendees bring their own side dish. It makes for great conversation, and you’ll be able to focus on the grill and celebrate the month properly.

Council news

Hughestown Borough has adopted an ordinance to advertise for a single trash hauler to pick up household trash. More details to come.

They also adopted an ordinance to join the Wyoming Valley Sanitary storm water mitigation project.

Council appointed Jeff Pisanchyn to a term as the borough’s building inspector for the remainder of 2017.

Paper shredding

Paper shredding will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 19, at the borough building, 42 Center St. The event is free for Hughestown residents.

This is a great opportunity to safely get rid of old financial papers!

Recycling news

If you did not get to pick up your new recyclable bin, please call 570-654-2061 and be sure to leave a message. You can pick up your bin from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 15. Alicia Lynch will be at borough building to distribute bins.

Be sure to bring proof of residency and your old bin in order to receive a new bin.

Recycling will be picked up Tuesdays. Newspaper and cardboard will be collected Mondays and grass will be collected Wednesdays. Place everything curbside to be collected on the respective days.

Council urges residents to break down oversize items before they are picked up for recycling.

Building permits and

problem properties

Building permits are available in the borough building. Anyone looking to do remodeling or repair work must display this permit while doing any work to their home.

Filled out permits should be places in the borough building mail slot. This will speed along the process so you can get to work on your projects!

The borough is looking into appointing a permit officer to conduct a lot of work throughout the borough. This includes handling permits and inspections to make sure work is up to compliance. The inspector also will be looking for unkept properties and overgrown grass.

Residents will be receiving letters of citation for overgrown grass, high hedges and other maintenance problems. Council also will get in touch with parties about abandoned properties. Citations are being sent out to residents on Rock, Drake and Parsonage streets.

Council sends its thanks to those who have acted and responded by cleaning up their properties.

Happy birthday

Council sends happy birthday wishes to Rich Kossuth, July 9; Jay Delaney, July 15, and Sue Banos, July 16.

Kayleigh DeMace writes about Hughestown every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To include a news item in her column, email her at kdemace@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-821-2004.