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On Jan. 28 in 1813, “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen was first published in the United Kingdom. This book has had a great impact on the literary world and is held near and dear to many readers’ hearts.

It also happens to be National Hot Tea Month, and I personally believe there’s nothing a cup of tea and a good book can’t fix!

Not only is tea just plain good, but it also contains many healing properties. No matter the change you’re looking to make this year, tea might be able to help. For example, studies show that drinking three cups of green tea each day can help your body burn more calories. Today, they make tea to help calm you before bed, help clear your mind, or help satisfy your sweet tooth.

And this time of year, who doesn’t love enjoying a hot cup of tea (or coffee? I understand ... you just need it sometimes)?

So sit down, make yourself a cuppa your favorite tea — or try a new one! — and open up your favorite book. Personally, I’ll be enjoying mine with a splash of milk and reading “Pride and Prejudice” before the month is out to enjoy a few of my own British-themed evenings.

But first, read on to see what’s oing on in Hughestown!

Council meeting

The next Hughestown Borough Council meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12. Mayor Wayne Quick will preside.

Council news

If you have been missed for trash pickup, you are asked to please call J. P. Mascaro at 1-800-243-7575. Their hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Any resident who needs a recycling bin is asked to call the borough building 570-654-2061 and leave a message. Also, anyone who didn’t receive a bill for trash collection is asked to call the borough building as well and leave a message.

Council sends a special thanks to PennDOT and Hughestown for cleanup after snowstorm. However, council asks that residents please refrain from throwing snow onto roads.

The 2018 budget is available for review in the borough building.

The borough will be working to get computers for Hughestown police vehicles. More details to come.

Council advises residents Landmark Bank Credit will collect overdue sewer bills.

Happy reading!

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