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Pittston Twp. Little League and Softball League will host a designer purse bingo Sunday, April 29, at the Swoyersville Hose Company, 299 Slocum St. Games begin at 1 p.m. and doors open at 11:30 a.m.

Tickets cost $25 in advance, and $30 at the door, and include admission for one to the event and 20 rounds of regular bingo. There also will be special bingo games, raffle baskets, and a 50/50 drawing. Refreshments and food will be available for purchase.

To purchase tickets, contact Joe Marranca at 570-840-6446, Debbie Marranca at 570-885-4412, Jeanna Mihalka at 570-237-0521 or Katie Noone at 570-899-8916.

Also, all parents and coaches are reminded volunteers are needed for a field cleanup Saturday, March 31. Meet at 11 a.m. to get the field ready for the season, which opens April 9. All volunteers are welcome and should bring rakes, and shovels to the field.

Blue & White bus trip

Jenkins Twp. Little League is sponsoring a bus trip to Penn State’s annual Blue & White football game. The game is schedule for 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Beaver Stadium at Penn State University. The Jenkins Twp. Little League is selling tickets on a first come, first serve basis. The cost per ticket is $40 and the bus will depart from the Jenkins Twp. Little League field, 2 May St., at 9 a.m. promptly. Spots will be filling up fast, so reserve your tickets by calling Jason Eike at 570-212-2347.

Pittston Twp. sewer bills

Pittston Twp. Sewer Authority reminds residents the sewer authority bills can now be paid by calling 877-830-0596.

Residents are also reminded they must obtain a sewer permit before starting to excavate for connection to the new sewer main. Furthermore, the tap-in and connection fee must be paid in full in the amount of $1,432.

Office hours are 11 a.m. to noon. Monday through Friday. If this is an inconvenience, please call the sewer authority at 570-655-8747 for an appointment.

Pittston Twp. phone scam

Pittston Twp. police are warning the public about phone scams involving persons posing as the Internal Revenue Service, PPL Electric, or family members in distress. The callers are demanding money and saying it must be paid through a pre-paid debit card, an i-Tunes card or through a wire transfer.

The callers may know a lot about their targets and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS, PPL Electric or a law enforcement agency is calling. Callers also use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers.

Residents should be suspicious of unsolicited telephone calls. The best protection is to just hang up the phone when called by someone requesting personal or financial details. Talk to a family member or call your local police department before giving up money or personal information. In all of these scams, it is very difficult to recuperate lost funds. In addition to calling local police, IRS scams can be reported to the Treasury Inspector General at 1-800-366-4484.

Crime Watch run/walk

Jenkins Twp. and Yatesville Borough Crime Watch groups are hosting their inaugural 4-mile run. Scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, May 5, the race will begin and end at the Pittston Area High School, 5 Stout St., Yatesville. There also is a 1-mile walk option at the high school.

Pre-registration fee is $15 until April 11. After this date, the registration fee is $20. The registration fee is non-refundable. A short sleeve T-shirt will be included for the first 50 registrants. Race day registration is $25 and will be accepted before the race, from 8 to 8:45 a.m.

The race will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 11.

Awards will be given to the overall male and female winners, as well as to the top three males and the top three females in the following divisions: 9 and younger, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70-plus.

Checks can be made payable to Jenkins Twp./Yatesville Borough Crime Watch. Proceeds from the race will be used to help rebuild the honor roll memorial on East Saylor Avenue, Jenkins Twp.

For information, please contact Wendy at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building at 570-654-3315 or email jenkinsbos@comcast.net.

The next Jenkins Twp. Crime Watch meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the municipal building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman. All members are encouraged to attend and new members are welcome. For information, contact Chairman Joe Sperrazza at 570-654-3315.

Church meetings

Pastor Stanley Oschman’s Plaid Community Church usually meets Thursdays at Original Italian Pizza near Heather Highlands from 6 to 8 p.m. for dinner and Bible study. The church also has “Church on the Road” with visits to homes and arenas to play music.

The church has a fundraiser scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Heather Highlands community room, dedicated to the group Pathway, a group for women in crisis. All proceeds from the dinner and show go to those women in need. Tickets are $25.

Taxes

County and municipal tax bills were issued Feb. 12.

Jenkins Twp. Tax Collector Jean Mudlock will be collecting taxes at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. She will not have evening hours.

Pittston Twp. Tax Collector Rita Timonte will have office hours from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at her home office, 12 E. Oak St., Pittston Twp., until the end of the discount period.

Discount period ends April 11. Face period ends June 11. Penalty phase ends Dec. 31.

For information, please contact Jenkins Twp. Tax Collector Jean Mudlock at 570-654-9710 or Pittston Twp. Tax Collector Rita Timonte at 570-654-8807.

Anyone who has not received a tax bill, please contact your tax collector.

Pittston Twp. meeting

The monthly meeting of the Pittston Twp. Supervisors is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, April 16, at the municipal building, 421 Broad St.

For information, please call the Pittston Twp. municipal building at 570-654-0161.

Jenkins refuse reminder

The 2018 refuse bills are now past due. If payment is not made by May 31, all delinquent accounts will be sent a citation. Please call the municipal building at 570-654-3315 for information.

Jenkins Twp. meetings

Jenkins Twp. Board of Supervisors will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at the municipal building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.

Monthly planning commission meetings are scheduled for the third Thursday of every month. Therefore, the planning commission’s next meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the municipal building.

Jenkins seniors

Jenkins Twp. Senior Citizens Organization usually schedules its meetings for the third Tuesday of each month, with some exceptions. The organization’s next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Jenkins Twp. Hose Company, 2 Second St.

All seniors in the area are invited to attend and new members are always welcome.

For information about the group, please contact Jean at 570-654-9710.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday this week to Alyssa Salerno, Daniel Avery, Mike Dompkosky, Bryan Thompson and Lauren Timek, April 2; Vince Esser and Laura LoBrutto Liuzzo, April 3; Terrance Vaughn, Michael Lombardo and Mark Makowski, April 4; Matt O’Donovan, Nicole Sciandra Wiltrout and Anthony Barge, April 5; Brenda Collins Pringle, Glenn Davis, Nicole Nocera, Jordan Pohutsky, Scott Sznyter and Maria Zarola, April 6; Riannon Walsh, Amanda Goach, Tanya Macareo, Andrew Depew and Amber Collins, April 7; Mario Palmieri, Bob Doman, Tyreek George and Nick Avery, April 8.

I hope it’s a great one!

Wise Words of the Week

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”— Aristotle

Nico Rossi writes about Jenkins Twp. and Pittston Twp. every week. To include an item in his column, email nrossi@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-430-1800 or 570-821-2002 by Monday.