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Happy Easter, everyone! I hope those who celebrate have a wonderful day with family and friends.

Also, don’t forget this is the last week to order pasties from the Jenkins Township Lions Club. The pastie sale is scheduled for Wednesday, April 26, at the Jenkins Township Hose Company, 2 Second St., Jenkins.

The final day to order is Tuesday, April 18. The pasties are sold with or without onions and come with a side of gravy at a cost of $6. Orders can be placed with Steve Vitek at 570-655-5307.

Orders may be picked up between 4 and 5:30 p.m. April 26.

Regional ambulance drive

Last year, the Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance Association was awarded the American Heart Association’s Gold Award in recognition of excellence in rapid treatment of cardiac and stroke patients. Now it is time once again for the Greater Pittston Ambulance Association’s annual membership drive.

The ambulance association is currently conducting the drive and wishes to thank those who have already contributed.

If you wish to contribute or have not yet received your membership mailing, please contact the ambulance association at 570-654-1202.

Jenkins Twp. Little League

Jenkins Township Little League’s opening day is scheduled for Sunday, April 23, with a rain date of Sunday, April 30.

The annual bus trip to the Blue & White Penn State football game is coming up, as well. The day of the game is Saturday, April 22. Prices are $40 per person. There will be two buses going to the game. Attendees will leave the Jenkins Township Little League, 2 May St., Jenkins Township, at 8 a.m. and arrive at Penn State around 10:30 a.m. The game will begin at 3 p.m.

There will be an array of activities and sporting events to catch that day. In addition to the football game, which is free to enter, the university softball team is playing Rutgers University at 5 p.m. and the baseball team is playing Northwestern at 6 p.m.

The buses will leave State College by 8 p.m.

For information, visit www.jenkinstwplittleleague.com or email at info@jenkinstwplittleleague.com.

Jenkins taxes

The 2017 county and Jenkins Township tax bills have been mailed to property owners on record. The discount property tax rate ended April 7.

Office hours are from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at the Jenkins Township Municipal Building at 46½ Main St. Inkerman.

There will be no evening hours. Appointments can be scheduled by calling Tax Collector Jean Mudlock at 570-654-9710, if these hours are not convenient.

Payments can be sent anytime in the mail. Postmark will be accepted as payment date. If a receipt is required, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope, with payment. If you are a new property owner and have not received your bill or if you received a bill in error, please contact the tax collector at 570-654-9710.

Pittston Twp. taxes

Pittston Township Tax Collector Rita Timonte reminds residents the county and municipal tax bills were mailed. Office hours for collections are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the home office, 12 E. Oak St., Pittston Township.

Payments may be mailed to the same address. If a receipt is requested, please remit all copies of the tax bill along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope and payment.

Anyone who has not received a tax bill may call Rita at 570-654-8807.

If a change of address is needed, please mark the bill accordingly.

Also, residents who have not yet received a tax bill or are handicapped and in need of assistance are asked to please call the same number.

Police regionalization

Greater Pittston Police Regionalization Study Group is making headway and has a target date of July 1.

The only municipalities involved are Jenkins Township, Pittston Township and Dupont Borough.

All three municipalities have passed their ordinances and are moving forward. Now there are sub-groups running numbers and looking at readjusting staffing levels to meet the needs of the residents.

Proponents of regionalization say it will provide more efficient service to all participating communities.

“None of the towns will be without service,” said Girard Mecadon, solicitor.

Also, the Department of Community and Economic Development has given its recommendation that a regionalized force could work in this area.

The next meeting has not been scheduled yet.

For information, call Chairman Bob Linskey at the Jenkins Township Municipal Building at 570-654-3315.

Jenkins Crime Watch

The next Jenkins Township Crime Watch meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at the municipal building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.

For information, please contact Chairman, Joe Sperrazza, at 570-654-3315.

Jenkins board meeting

The Jenkins Township Board of Supervisors will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at the municipal building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.

Jenkins website

Jenkinstownship.net, is a website for the township with new features that include an interactive calendar, a contact us section, and a mobile-friendly layout.

Be sure to check it out.

Pittston Twp. board meeting

Pittston Township Supervisors will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 17, at the municipal building, 421 Broad St.

Pittston Twp. Crime Watch

The next Pittston Township Crime Watch meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at the Pittston Township Municipal Building, 421 Broad St., Pittston Township.

Assistant District Attorney Jarrett Ferentino will be the guest speaker at this meeting.

Registration for the Crime Watch is always free and ongoing.

For more information about the organization, please contact Crime Watch President Frank Sciabacucchi at 570-954-0092.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday this week to Samantha Zalepa, April 17; Casey Thomas and Kimmie Sutkowski, April 18; Tim Bergling, Craig Miller, Ricky Missett, Edward Campana and Brooklynn Gilpin, April 19; Rich Hartranft, Mark Maros, Joseph Moran and Brittany Dunn, April 20; April Taroli, Jessica Skoloda Frohmman and Jordyn Smith, April 21; Rocco Lombardo, Jon Melucci and Rich Hudzinski, April 22; Jonathon Sheaffer, Samantha Greskovic, Paul Gattuso, Mike Dixon, Tiffany Piazza, and my cousin, Jason Anderson, April 23.

I wish, you all a very special happy birthday! Make it count!

Wise Words of the Week

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” — Winston Churchill (English statesman, 1874-1965.)

Nico Rossi writes about Jenkins Township and Pittston Township every week. To include an item in his column, email nrossi@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-430-1800 or 570-821-2002 by Monday.