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January is always a fun month for me because it’s not only my birthday, but also my mother’s and my uncle’s.

At the start of a new year, we feel a lot of different things: excitement and nervousness, just being two.

This year, we all grow a year older, and with that extra year under our belts we grow a little wiser. We learn more as we experience more. We meet new people and we lose people close to us. With each new year comes something new, along with ups and downs.

I talked last week about attitude and positivity, and this comes into play here once more. With a new year comes, well, exactly what you make of it. You can look at it as another year gone or as a new year to try new things.

While I’m creeping closer to 30 years old now, I always try to look at things positively.

My motto this year will be “I may not be able to do this next year, so I’ll do it today.”

I hope you each set up an amazing year for yourselves, filled with positivity, excitement and joy. Welcome to 2018.

Crime Watch

The Hughestown Neighborhood Crime Watch meeting was held Jan. 2 at the Hughestown Hose Company.

Chief Jeff Balut was the principal speaker at this meeting, where he talked about what defines suspicious activity and home security. He also brought the crowd up-to-date on various phone scams and internet fraud. Officers also were elected for 2018.

The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at the Hughestown Hose Company. All residents are welcome and encouraged to attend and join the group.

Council news

The borough held its reorganization meeting Wednesday, Jan. 3.

Wayne Quick was sworn in as mayor while council members sworn in included Marie Griglock, Barbara Gatto and Robert Gable. All were re-elected to four-year terms.

Recycling/garbage collection

Recycling collection is back on regular schedule this week. Days for collection are: Mondays, cardboard and newspapers; Tuesdays, commingled glass and plastic, and Wednesdays, ashes.

Residential trash will be collected Mondays. Residents are asked to place refuse out for curbside pick up on Sunday evening to make sure that it is out on time.

Hughestown residents are reminded bills for trash collection will be mailed out shortly. The fee is $160 a year per household. If paid by Feb. 9, there is a discount and the fee is $155 per household.

Rental property owners, not the tenant, are responsible for payment. Vacant and uninhabited properties are not exempt from the fee.

Noncompliant residents who do not pay will be issued citations.

Stay warm out there!

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.