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Avoca’s biggest summer party is coming up next weekend, and you’re all invited!

Queen of the Apostles Parish will have its sixth annual all-you-can-eat pig roast from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 23, on the grounds of the parish hall, Hawthorne and Spring streets.

Takeout dinners will be available all day. The event will take place under a tent and in the parish hall. Menu includes roasted pig on the spit, wimpies, hot dogs, corn on the cob, salads, desserts, soda and water. There will also be a cash prize grand raffle, basket raffle, children’s games and a bake sale.

Tickets, which are $20 for adults, $10 for children 6-12, and free for children 5 and younger, are available in advance or at the event. For information and advance tickets, call the parish office at 570-457-3412 or visit Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca, PA on Facebook.

In other parish news, the parish announces the following meetings: worship committee, Monday, July 17, 6:30 p.m., rectory; buildings and grounds committee, Monday, July 24, 6:30 p.m., rectory, and finance council, Tuesday, July 25, 7:30 p.m., rectory.

Shredding event

State Rep. Mike Carroll and state Sen. John Blake, in conjunction with Avoca, Duryea and Dupont police and Crime Watch groups are sponsoring a community shred day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at the Healey Playground, Foote Avenue and Wright Street, Duryea.

Residents are invited to bring two boxes of outdated documents such as old bills, bank statements, medical records, cancelled checks, old tax returns or any documents you want to have permanently destroyed. Staples and paperclips do not need to be removed, but items must be removed from binders. A representative from Shred-It Document Management will be on hand to securely destroy all of these sensitive materials.

Little League news

Avoca/Dupont Little League will host a community movie night at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at the Little League field, 700 Mill St. The movie is “The Sandlot.” Admission is free and the stand will be open for refreshments. Bring chairs and blankets.

Fall ball registration will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 30, at the Little League field. The season will begin at the end of August. Anyone who played coach pitch, minors or majors during the spring season is welcome to play. There will be a minor and a major league team. However, there will not be a coach pitch team in fall. Anyone between the ages of 7 to 11 who did not play during spring also is invited to sign up for fall. Cost is $25 per player. If interested, contact the league at 570-906-1033 or

The league will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, at the Avoca Municipal Building, 950 Main St. The agenda includes the beginning of fall ball and field improvements. Anyone wishing to coach or volunteer for the fall season, as well as anyone generally interested in the league, is welcome to attend.

Clifford reunion tickets

Tickets for the Clifford family reunion will be sold at the McAndrew residence, 507 McAlpine St., from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 16. For information, call Therese Wrubel at 570-457-4891.

PA, Class of 1967, reunion

Pittston Area, Class of 1967, will have a 50th reunion planning meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, at the home of Bernie Appel Wesolowski, 225 Hill St., Dupont. Call Bernie at 570-655-6053 if you will attend the meeting.

The committee is seeking addresses for: Anthony Basile, Ellen Gilroy Gilligan, Mary Ann Glowczewski, John Gordon, Susan Howard, Diane Janoski Burock, Morman Jopling, Mary Beth Loftus Hummell, Marilyn Mirro, Monica Moritz, Anna Mae Schibik Seward and Joseph Smithonic. Contact Therese Timlin Wrubel at 570-457-4891 with information.

Softball tournament

Avoca Fire Department will have its annual softball tournament fundraiser July 28 to 30 at the Avoca Little League Field, 700 Mill St. The first game will start at 6 p.m. Friday, July 28. There will be 14 to 16 teams in the tournament playing in two brackets: fire department and competitive. Cost is $175 per team. For information, visit the Avoca Fire Department Facebook page.

VFW summer gathering

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8335 Auxiliary will have its summer gathering and a short meeting from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 30, at the post home, 915 Main St. Members may call June Fitzgerald, auxiliary president, at 570-457-9604 for details.

Langcliffe Bible school

Langcliffe Presbyterian Church will have Vacation Bible School from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 31, to Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the church, 1001 Main St. Registration is free and open to anyone from preschool age up to those who have just completed sixth grade.

The theme for this year’s program, “VBS Hero Central,” uses music, science, crafts, recreation and Bible stories to help students and leaders discover their strength in God. To register, visit For information, contact the Rev. Alex Becker, pastor, at 570-457-4477 or

DePrimo Memorial Golf Tournament

The ninth annual 1st. Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Wilkes-Barre Golf Club.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. with a captain and crew tee off at 8 a.m.

Cost is $75 per golfer, which includes green fees, use of a cart, dinner and awards. Register early at to ensure proper shirt size.

All proceeds will benefit the 1st. Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Fund of the Luzerne Foundation.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the basement of the Queen of the Apostles Parish rectory, 715 Hawthorne St. Please use the sunroom entrance.

Farmers Market

The Avoca Farmers Market is open from noon to 6 p.m. every Wednesday until mid-November on the grounds of 822 McAlpine St.

The vendor list is growing continuously and includes J & A Farms, Rowlands Pennsylvania Produce, Purple Pepper Farms, Thirteen Olives, The Kimchi Dude, Wild Pennsylvania Beef Jerky & Cheese Shop, Wild for Salmon, The Grounds Café, The Blakery, Wyldflower Farms, The Renegade Winery, Deep Roots Hard Cider, Tortilleria El Buen Amigo, Beta Bread, The Baklava Lady, The Good Hive, OHF Orchards, Kimberly’s/It’s All in the Bag, TnT Paparazzi Boutique, Backwoods Brittle Company, Hoppy’s Produce, Manski Pearls, Jubilee Balloons and Carols Corner. There also will be LuLaRoe pop up shops throughout the season and a number of local artists and crafters will sell handmade soaps, jewelry and paintings.

Any interested vendors who want to participate may contact the borough office at 570-457-4947 or email

That’s about it for this week, my friends.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Avoca every week. To include an item in her column, email or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.