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This month is the 48th anniversary of Earth Month! With spring, as we’ve talked about before, comes the need/want/tradition of spring cleaning. This month, let’s making cleaning up the planet our goal.

Sure, cleaning up the entire planet alone can be tough, but cleaning up our community is a great way to do your part! A cleanup in the borough will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 14, so lets start there. Meet at the parking lot between the borough building and the fire department.

Volunteers are need to clean up areas in the borough. If you are interested, contact the borough to learn more about getting involved. Consider this a great way to participate in Earth Month and do some great work in your community.

Here’s what’s going on in your neighborhood:

Park and Recreation news

Hughestown Park and Recreation will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in the borough building.

Plans for upcoming events such as the community yard sale, Picnic in the Park and the holiday gift and craft fair will be discussed, as will some new ideas for events in the community.

More information to come on these upcoming events.

Anyone interested in becoming a member is welcome to attend the meeting.

Council news

Hughestown Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 9, with Mayor Wayne Quick presiding.

Council said the borough is making headway with the J.P. Mascaro garbage system. Residents are using the bulk pickup service and things are going well. If you have any questions or would like to be included in bulk pickup, be sure to call J.P. Mascaro at 1-800-243-7575. Their business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Letters will be sent to residents with problems on their properties. More information to come.

Council reminds residents that paper shredding will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 21. More information to come.

Also, The Salvation Army of Hanover Twp., San Souci Highway, is collecting TVs. No broken or damaged televisions will accepted. You can drop yours off in the rear of the Hanover Twp. Salvation Army building.

Opioid Fact Forum

An Opioid Fact Forum will be held at the Pittston Memorial Library from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 19

The program is presented by heritage Knights of Columbus John F. Kennedy 372, Council 948 Assembly and Jacquelines Assembly. Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided.

Here’s what you can expect at the forum. Moderator is Carmen Ambrosino, a 45-year addiction professional. Carol Coolbaugh, a community prevention and education advocate, will share a personal story about the loss of her son. Judge Michael Vough, of the Luzerne County Court, will walk through his day during the opioid crisis. William Lisman, Luzerne County coroner, will discuss the opioid epidemic in Luzerne County and the record breaking overdose deaths.

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