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I’ve never looked into the history of Father’s Day, but some brief research found that it may have been started by a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd.

In 1910—as the story goes—Sonora was listening to a Mother’s Day sermon at Mass and thought that it was a bit unfair that mothers got all the appreciation. While they deserve it, so do dads!

Sonora’s father was a widower who raised six children on his own after his wife’s passing, so Sonora wanted to honor him, which led to Father’s Day being held on the third Sunday of June.

It’s a rather recent holiday, with the Nixon administration officially recognizing it as a national holiday in 1972.

This Father’s Day, I ask all dads out there to take the day off and enjoy some time with your family (talking to you, Dad!). We watch you work hard every single day, and you deserve some time off. Why not on Father’s Day?

Happy Father’s Day to all the awesome dads out there.

Picnic in the park

Hughestown Picnic in the Park will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 15. There will be a lot of games for the children and delicious food for everyone, all at no cost.

Council has reached out to organize the moonwalk, dunk tank, pony rides, and a DJ. There are many other events to come.

Council thanks the Hughestown Fire Department for their help with the event so far.

This is an eventful day for the borough with Carmen Ambrosino running events for children and Frankie Ardo chairing as chef.


Council announces that the recycling bins are in. Please pick them up from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 17. Bring proof of residency and your old bin.

Council sends thanks to all who participated in the

free tire pick up. A total of 40 tires were picked up in the borough.

This July, council is looking to have a company bring a shredder truck to shred personal paperwork and documents for Hughestown residents. More details to come.

New lighting

New lighting also will be discussed for the borough building through a special program offered by PPL. More information to come.

Council meeting notes

Councilman Dave Stefanoski gave a report on area roads and road paving that will begin in the borough.

It has been noticed that some residents have been shooting M-80s in the borough. There is an ordinance regarding that.

Trash bids

The borough will be advertising for bids on trash pick up. More information to come.

Permit officer

The borough will be looking into appointing a permit officer. They are seeking 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. Citations are being sent out to residents on Rock, Drake and Parsonage streets.

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

Pavilion rentals

Anyone wishing to use the Centennial Pavilion is asked to leave a message at 570-654-2061. There is no fee but it is asked that you make a donation for using the pavilion.

Sympathies sent

Council sends its deepest sympathy to Charlie Parente’s family on his passing. He will be missed by everyone. He was active with the park and recreation events and helped out with the borough. A very sad time for Charlie’s family, but he is at peace.

Recycling collection

Recycling items in the borough must be cleaned and placed curbside. Items that have been left behind were not picked up for that reason, as containers must be rinsed out prior to arriving at the recycling center.

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

Recycling will be picked up Tuesdays. Newspaper and cardboard will be collected Mondays and grass will be collected Wednesdays. Grass and yard waste must be no heavier than 30 pounds or it will not be picked up

Place everything curbside to be collected on the respective days.

Happy birthday

Council sends happy birthday wishes to Sam Valenti, June 11.

Kayleigh DeMace writes about Hughestown every week. To include an item in her column, email or call 570-821-2004 by 5 p.m. Monday.