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We’re in the final month of summer, in my eyes. After this month, things start to cool down, the leaves will be changing before we know it, and it’ll be Halloween!

But I’m getting a little ahead of myself. We need to let August shine this year and soak up as much sun as we can get and are given.

August is our last chance to get in our summer vacations, and while some of us might already be planning our yearly, spooky trip to Salem and building out our Halloween Costume Pinterest board, we’ve gotta stop and enjoy the now.

Our beaching, hiking, boating and fishing season is going to be over before we know it.

So wrap up those home improvement projects and get away for a while. You can always finish them up once the temperature cools down a bit. Just make sure you have your building permit!

Building permits and

problem properties

For building permits and remodeling inspections, residents are only to contact Jeff Pisanchyn, the new code enforcement officer, at 570-237-6686.

Anyone looking to do remodeling or repair work must display this permit while doing any work to their home.

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

Complaints about unkept properties, high grass and junk vehicles are being handled by the Hughestown fire department.

You can also call the Hughestown Hose Company with any serious complaints at 570-654-1488. Be sure to leave a message detailing your problem.

Council news

Council is looking into one company to collect garbage in the borough and to appoint a new police officer in the borough. More details to come as progress is made.

Thursday, Aug. 10, the borough engineer will attend the council work session to answer any questions residents may have concerning the upcoming sewer project on Rock Street. This session will be held at 7 p.m.

Council has adopted another ordinance to join the Wyoming Valley Sanitary storm water mitigation project. More information to come.

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, your name, address and phone number. A number will be on your bin, so you can identify yours when you retrieve it.

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.

Happy birthday

Council sends happy belated birthday wishes to Mathew Gavlick, July 29.

Kayleigh DeMace writes about Hughestown every week. To include an item in her column, email her at kdemace@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-821-2004.