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Welcome to February! This month’s flower of the month is one of my favorites: the violet. While it’s still cold outside, we can dream a little of spring flowers soon to come and learn a little about this beautiful bud.

Fun fact: violets are said to have nutritional value. Some people cook with them and others, myself included, enjoy violet mints and liquor. Violet in particular has more vitamin C than many vegetables.

There are about 500 different species of violets in the world, blue violets being the most common. These flowers can adapt quite well to any environment and have been around since Ancient Greek times. In fact, they were so loved and used that they became the symbol of Athens.

No matter your favorite flower, I bet you can’t help but dream of the season’s first blooms after the bits of warm(er) weather we had over the past week.

Plus, with Valentine’s Day coming up, you might be looking for some floral inspiration. Why not treat your special someone to a bouquet of violets? You’re now armed with a little knowledge about the flowers so you’re sure to impress them.

While we can’t start planting anything yet, we can get ready for some upcoming meetings in the borough.

Here’s what’s coming up in Hughestown.

Overdue sewer bill correction

Council advises residents Credit Tech collects overdue sewer bills, not Landmark Bank Credit. Sorry for any confusion this may have caused.

Crime Watch meeting

The next Hughestown Crime Watch meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at the Hughestown Hose Company.

Guest speaker will be Assistant District Attorney Angela Sperrazza. All residents are welcome and encouraged to attend and join the Crime Watch.

Council news

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

Several instances of unlocked vehicles being entered have been reported in the borough. Some cars were only ransacked while others reported that change, sunglasses and a GPS system were stolen.

Hughestown police advise residents to lock their vehicles and report any suspicious activity to 911. Anyone with information that may assist police in identifying the suspect is asked to call 570-654-2082.

Any resident who didn’t receive a bill for trash collection is asked to call the borough building at 570-654-2061 and leave a message.

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.

Hang in there as you dream of flowers. Spring is just around the corner!

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