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It’s never too early to plan for a fun outing.

The annual West Pittston Fun Run, sponsored by the West Pittston Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board, will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 4.

This year, the annual event will be in memory of Marc Minichello. The Fourth of July Fun Run is a popular and loved tradition in West Pittston. As the board puts the finishing touches on the event, this year will be no different. Every year, youngsters aged 14 and under run in non-competitive races that are designed for every child to be a winner and to have fun.

Brochures, which include an entry form, are being distributed through Wyoming Area School District. Brochures are also available at the borough building.

Early registration closes on June 19. The perk of registering early is that you get a T-shirt along with a goody bag with the $10 pre-registration fee. Checks can be made payable to the West Pittston Parks, Recreation, and Beautification Board. But don’t worry, you can also sign up on race day for $5 and pay $10 if you want a T-shirt. Those who pre-register are guaranteed a T-shirt, but if you wait until race day, they could run out of shirts. Every runner gets a goody bag and every finisher gets a medal or a ribbon. The race will be held at the Wyoming Area Jake Sobieski Stadium and, as usual, will be broken up into different categories: two miles, one mile, ½ mile, ¼ mile, 1/8 mile, and 1/8 mile with a stroller.

The races are open to ages 2 to 14. Two- and three-year olds will compete in the 1/8 mile, ages four and five will compete in the ¼ mile, and ages six to eight will be in the ½ mile. Ages nine to twelve will compete in the one mile, and ages twelve to fourteen will have a two-mile run.

The annual Fun Run is a great way for the family to start the holiday.

Here’s what else is happening around town:

Trinity Episcopal

Church news

Trinity Episcopal Church holds a prayer service at noon every Wednesday at the church on Montgomery Avenue.

First West Pittston United Methodist Church news

First West Pittston United Methodist Church will hold Sunday service at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

Corpus Christi Parish news

Corpus Christi Parish is gearing up for the annual parish bazaar, which will be held on the grounds of Immaculate Conception Church from Thursday, June 22, through Saturday, June 24. Thursday and Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday hours are 4:30 to 10 p.m. Each year, Corpus Christi Parish reaches out to businesses and individuals in the parish and local community to become sponsors for the parish bazaar. You can become a sponsor to advertise your business, in honor or memory of a loved one or simply to show support for the parish. If interested, stop by or call the rectory.

There are plastic buckets in the vestibules of the churches. You can help support the festival children’s games by taking one home and filling it with a variety of items suitable for prizes for the children’s games at the bazaar, such as bubbles, sidewalk chalk, balloons, water toys and sandbox toys, all of which can be found in the dollar stores. Filled buckets can be returned to the vestibules of the churches.

The parish also is accepting gift baskets to be raffled at the bazaar. Although they are called “gift baskets,” remember, everything does not have to be in a basket. Be creative with a bike, a wagon or perhaps a grill, or sports items geared to kids or adults, Penn State, Yankees, etc. The bazaar committee also will gladly accept monetary donations and gift cards which will be used as prizes. The parish cannot accept bottles of liquor, wine or beer, but can use gift certificates from businesses selling these items. For information, contact Rosalie Cullagh at or 570-655-5422.

Parishioners who registered for the Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Celebration are reminded the Most Rev. Bishop Joseph C. Bambera will celebrate the annual Mass on Sunday, June 11. The event includes a 2:30 p.m. Mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral followed by a reception.

Library news

Check out a librarian: Are you in a book club and looking to “shake things up?”  Have librarians, Anne and Jen, join you when you schedule your next book club meeting at the library. Jen will schedule your book club and offer a listing of current novels to get you talking.

Kindergarten readiness: Become a regular at this early-literacy enhanced program designed to introduce children to the library, get them interested in books and develop the skills needed for school. Spend some fun one-on- one time with your child or grandchild as we read books together, sing songs, play games and make crafts centered on the weekly, kid-friendly theme. Learn pre-reading techniques that you can do at home to enhance their skills. Please register by Wednesday of each week.

Summer reading: West Pittston Library has been working hard to build a terrific summer reading program. This year, the theme will be “Build a Better Tomorrow.” Youngsters age 3 to 6 will discuss building homes, discovering nature in their back yards, and understanding different personalities through the clothes we wear. They will also learn about all kinds of celebrations around the world and reimagining everyday items and transforming them into something else. If I wasn’t twenty years too old, I would be joining them. Ages 7 to 11 will discuss the Seven Wonders of the World. They will also learn how to be more earth friendly, all while playing games, doing fun activities, and most importantly, reading and learning. Don’t let your little ones be left out of this special summer program. Registration takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 23 at the library.

Garden news

The West Pittston Tomorrow Community Garden site at 225 Race St. is being prepped for planting. There are still unclaimed plots. Anyone interested in helping or doing some planting of their own, contact the garden committee at

Summer excursion

A bus trip to Hyde Park, New York, will be held on July 19. The Culinary Institute of America and the Franklin Roosevelt Historic Site will be visited. The cost is $40 per person and all proceeds will be given to a breast cancer research center. An en route auction of donated items will be held. Contact Mary Ann Zezza at 570-654-9814 or 570-299-9379, or Carol Sabatini at 570-696-1410 or 570-239-8042 for information.

Yard waste collection

Yard waste will be picked up Mondays from Erie Avenue to Montgomery Avenue and Tuesdays from Montgomery Avenue to Susquehanna Avenue.

The Public Works Department asks residents to please clean out the yard waste containers frequently to prevent the accumulation of mosquitoes and bugs.

Recycling reminder

Recycling containers at the public works building on Delaware Avenue are locked and closed to the public every day, except Saturday mornings. The only time residents may drop off recyclables at the public works department is from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

Curbside collection of recyclables is the first and third Thursday of each month. Residents should place recyclables in front of their homes Wednesday evening prior to collection Thursday morning.

John Bubul writes about West Pittston every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To include an item in his column, email or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.