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This month marked my two-year anniversary with the Progress, which I cannot believe! Time has flown and it’s been so great getting to work with and know you all.

I’ve been in touch with a number of people throughout the community and have met a few of you over time, and I want to thank you all for your help and continued support over the years.

There are many more to come, and I want to invite other members of the community and residents of Hughestown to reach out to me at any time with anything you’d like to see in this column. I’d love to meet and talk to more members of this great community.

My goal this year is to make sure that I’m getting every bit of news and information in this column as possible, and I couldn’t do that without the help of those I’m in touch with every week. I can’t wait to see what the next two years bring and to meet and work with more people in Hughestown!

Here’s what’s going on in the community:

Council news

Hughestown has adopted an ordinance regarding pave cuts. This ordinance states utility companies must patch roads from side to side.

A grant application will be submitted to the PA Department of Community and Economic Development and the Commonwealth Financing Authority, allowing Hughestown to join with members of the Land Bank Authority to apply for joint grants that will help with a solution for the issue of blighted properties in the borough.

Information on recycling and garbage collection will be available on the desk in the borough building. Residents needing information on either are encouraged to stop by the borough building.

Council will hold a discussion on issues with street parking during snow storms, specifically in Stauffer Heights and on Kenley Street.

Councilman Steve Golya is checking into roads with problems and bids will be given out for the project.

The rebate for the trash fee will be extended due to some residents not getting their mail on time. More information to come.

Council asks that residents call trash collector J.P. Mascaro if their trash was not picked up or if they have any issues with the service. Call them at 1-800-243-7575. Their business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Crime Watch news

Hughestown Crime Watch will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 5, at the Hughestown Hose Company. All residents are encouraged to attend and new members are always welcome.

Just over three weeks until spring — we can make it!

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