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It’s officially ice cream season and, I don’t know about you, but I am thrilled! Nothing says summer is close more than the opening of your favorite, local ice cream shop.

Also, it’s a new month! It’s finally May (sung to the tune of a favorite boy band song).

Did you know that May used to be the third month of the year? It’s true! This is all before January and February were added to the calendar

May is named after Maia, a Greek goddess. She is a Goddess of Fertility, Spring, and growth, which just makes sense this month. May is a time when flowers are in bloom and new life begins to blossom.

Fun facts, right?

So, while you’re enjoying your seasonal ice creams, go into the month with some extra knowledge to share with friends, and check out what’s new in Hughestown.

Crime Watch news

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

All residents are encouraged to attend and are welcome. Please consider joining and helping to make a difference in your neighborhood!

Council news

A water main leak at Rock and Grandview streets has been repaired.

Plenty of debris was picked up on both ends of Center Street. Rock, Parsonage and Laurel streets are next.

Council reminds residents to call the police at 570-654-2061 to report any suspicious activity. If you can, be sure to get and report a license plate number.

One bulk item can be picked up at no charge each week. If you’re interested in this service, call the borough building and leave a message with your name, address, and phone number

The Salvation Army of Hanover Twp., located on the San Souci Parkway, 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.

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

Yard waste

Yard waste collection began for the season in the borough on Wednesday, May 2.

Those having an overabundance of yard waste may drop it off from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the compost center in Suscon.

Birthday wishes

Council sends happy birthday wishes to Brooke Gorey, April 28; Justin Dougherty, May 1, and John Vercerkauskas, May 3.

Anniversary wishes

Council sends Happy Anniversary wishes to Mayor Wayne and Mary Ann Quick, April 27.

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.