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Happy Easter, everyone! This is a very special time of year and I’m glad to be sharing it with you this weekend. Enjoy the time you’re spending with your loved ones, and take the children to the Hughestown Easter Egg Hunt!

The Hughestown Easter Egg Hunt starts at noon Saturday, March 31, at the Hughestown Hose Company, 30 Center St.

There will be activities for the kids, prizes and candy. Two bicycles also will be raffled off.

We hope to see you there!

If you’re looking to hold your own last-minute Easter egg hunt on Easter, it’s not too late! Run out and grab some plastic eggs, candy, and change for, say, a $20. Place $1 in a few of the eggs and candy in the rest. Have fun hiding them, and bring the fun had at the Hughestown Easter Egg Hunt to your home this year!

Here’s what’s going on in Hughestown:

Crime Watch news

The next Hughestown Crime Watch meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 2, at the Hughestown Hose Company.

All residents are encouraged to attend and new members are always welcome.

Park and Recreation news

Hughestown Park and Recreation Committee met March 19. The committee welcomed its newest members, Samantha Purdy and Brianna Smoke, as well as Kathy Golya and Fred Roughsedge.

The next meeting will be held 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

Mayor Wayne Quick and council wish everyone a happy and blessed Easter!

Council reminds Hughestown residents paper shredding will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 21.

More information to come.

Council sends its congratulations to Councilman Steve Goyla on his award from the Hughestown Lions Club.

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

Cleanup in the borough will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 14. Volunteers are needed to clean areas in the borough. If you are interested, contact the borough to learn more about getting involved.

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.

Birthday wishes

Council sends happy birthday wishes to Brandi Hindmarsh Jones, March 25, and Diane Gessic, March 30.

Happy Easter to you and your families!

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.