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When you are a kid, summer is a time for adventures. It’s a time for epic games of hide and seek. Walks through nature. Riding your bike. Staying out until the street lights come on — or if your parents are in a good mood, a little bit later. It is a magical time when bedtimes are less part of your regiment and more of a loose guideline.

One of my favorite parts of summer always was reading. I’ll freely admit that I didn’t do it quite as much during the school year. You read for work five days a week during the school year, so reading for fun was not usually in the cards. But in the summer? Oh brother, all bets were off. I would regularly be transported to worlds of goblins and ghouls, wizards and witches, heroic knights and damsels in distress. These fascinating stories offered me an escape that a video game or a movie never could.

It’s really remarkable if you think about it. The fact that ink on pieces of paper has the power to transport us through time, through dimensions. In books, nothing is impossible. There were dragons holding mountains of gold captive from dwarves. There was a young boy who flew around the world and had adventures riding on a giant peach. And along for the ride every time was an awestruck young boy from West Pittston who marveled at every single page turn.

Many nights I would lie in a room illuminated only by the light of a tiny reading lamp and go on amazing adventures.

Luckily for youngsters in West Pittston, that ship of adventure has not quite set sail just yet. Enrollment for the West Pittston Library’s enormously popular Summer Reading Program is still open until Saturday, July 22. Don’t miss the boat on this one. A world of fantasy awaits you.

Here’s what else is happening around town.

Corpus Christi Parish news

Corpus Christi is offering an adult Bible study, “The Gospel According to Matthew,” for nine consecutive Thursdays beginning at 7 p.m. July 13. Each session will last 60 to 75 minutes. The program, designed by Little Rock Scripture Study, is an informative and fun-filled scripture study.

To sign up or for information, please contact Deacon Jim Meizanis at 239-2783 or deacon.meizanis@gmail.com or Donna Valenti at 570- 885-5432 or d_romo251@hotmail.com.

Check out Deacon Jim’s blog at www.deaconmeizanis.wordpress.com.

The new ministry schedule will run from Aug. 5 through Nov. 26. To make changes to your Mass preferences for the new schedule, please contact your coordinator no later than July 15. Lectors: Donnie Minnick, 570-212-8774 or sokach minnick@verizon.net or Paula Panzitta 570-388-6129 or ppanzitta@msn.com. EM’s: Teresa Crossin, 570-357-3985 or tacross5@comcast.net. Altar servers: Donna Mason, 570-903-9142 or mmason8589@aol.com.

Details on altar serving training dates are coming soon. All boys and girls who have received First Holy Communion are eligible to become altar servers. This training is for new servers as well as those wanting a refresher course.

Social Concerns will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, in the rectory. The group will begin planning the fall calendar, including a Healing Mass, Bereavement Mass, Back to School Drive, etc. All are welcome to attend the meeting.

First West Pittston United Methodist Church news

First West Pittston United Methodist Church will hold Sunday service at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

Nothing goes together like Friday and pizza. It’s a proven fact. And First United Methodist Church is capitalizing on this match made in heaven once again by offering pizza sales the first Friday of every month. Contact the church for information.

Library news

West Pittston Library lists the following programs:

Check Out a Librarian — Are you in a book club and looking to shake things up? Have librarians Anne and Jen join you when you schedule your next book club meeting at the library. Jen will schedule your book club and offer a list of current novels to get you talking. Contact the library for availability.

Kindergarten readiness — Is your child ready for pre-k or kindergarten? Do they need structured time for socialization, learning letters, letter sounds, scissor skills and fine motor skills? Are there things you can do at home to prepare them for the classroom? Become a regular at this Friday afternoon early literacy program designed to introduce children to the library, get them interested in books and develop the skills needed for school. Spend some fun one-on-one time with your child or grandchild as you read books, sing songs, play games and make crafts centered around the weekly, kid-friendly theme. Learn pre-reading techniques that you can do at home to enhance their skills. Please register by Wednesday of each week.

Local Author Sean Carroll’s baseball poetry reading and book signing — Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m. “Caught Looking” by West Pittston resident Sean Carroll offers a broad view of the human condition through the lens of our national pastime — baseball. Divided into the seasons in which baseball is played, the poems represent a gradual shift from early themes of innocence and nostalgia to the more realistic — and often disillusioning — facets of experience. The author will sign books and read select poems. Registration suggested. Call 570-654-9847

Garden plots

West Pittston Tomorrow Community Garden at 225 Race St. is now ready for planting! There are still a few plots not spoken for.

Since the garden got a late start this year, the garden fee will secure a plot for 2017 and 2018.

Anyone interested in helping or doing some planting of their own, contact the garden committee at wptomorrowgarden@gmail.com.

Council meeting

West Pittston Borough Council will hold a work session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, in the borough building.

Yard waste collections

Yard waste is picked up Mondays from Erie Avenue to Montgomery Avenue and Tuesdays from Montgomery Avenue to Susquehanna Avenue.

The Public Works Department also asks residents to please clean out the yard waste containers frequently to prevent the accumulation of mosquitoes and bugs.

Recycling reminder

The recycling containers at the Public Works Building on Delaware Avenue are open to the public from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

Curbside collection of recyclables remains the first and third Thursday of each month. The Public Works Department asks that residents place their recyclables in front of their homes Wednesday evening prior to recycling collection on Thursday morning.

See you around town.

John Bubul writes about West Pittston every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To include an item in his column, email jbubul@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.