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It’s last call for garbage fees! Avoca Tax Collector Therese Wrubel reminds homeowners and rental property tenants the final date to pay the 2017 garbage fee is Wednesday, June 21. After June 21, all unpaid bills will be turned over to the magistrate.

The fee schedule is $195 to have up to three bags collected weekly.

Residents can pay their garbage bills from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays in the Avoca Municipal Building, 950 Main St.

Residents can also pay their bill via mail by sending their payment made payable to Avoca Borough c/o Therese Wrubel, 129 Factory St., Avoca, PA 18641.

Fire dept. fundraiser

The Avoca Fire Department has rescheduled its second annual Touch a Truck Day. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 17, in the parking lot of the medical office building, 824 McAlpine St.

This family-friendly event allows children of all ages to view, explore, climb on and touch a variety of exciting vehicles. Similar to last year, there will be construction and emergency vehicles, school buses and a whole lot more. The event also will include participation from several community groups as well as food vendors and a bounce house.

Admission is $5 per person. Parking is free.

Farmers market

The Avoca Farmers Market will open Wednesday, June 21. Taking place from noon to 6 p.m. every Wednesday until mid-November on the grounds of 822 McAlpine St., the community is invited to stop by and enjoy the fresh food, drinks and crafts offered by local vendors. The vendors include J &A Farms, Rowlands Pennsylvania Produce, Purple Pepper Farms, Thirteen Olives, The Kimchi Dude, Wild Pennsylvania Beef Jerky, The Grounds Café, The Blakery, Wyldflower Farms, The Renegade Winery, Deep Roots Hard Cider, Tortilleria El Buen Amigo, Beta Bread, The Baklava Lady and The Good Hive.

Jubilee Balloons will offer balloon creations, and there will be a number of local artists and crafters selling handmade soaps, jewelry and paintings. Opening day will also feature the Peculiar Culinary Food Truck, The Sweep Lush Cupcake Camper and Murray’s Coffee Shack.

Wild for Salmon will join the market on June 28, and OHF Orchards will join in July. There also will be Lu La Roe pop up shops throughout the season.

Any interested vendors who want to participate may contact the borough office at 570-457- 4947 or email

Parish pig roast

Queen of the Apostles Parish will have its sixth annual all-you-can-eat pig roast from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 23, on the grounds of the parish hall, corner of Hawthorne and Spring streets.

Takeout dinners will be available all day. The event will take place under a tent and in the parish hall.

The menu includes roasted pig on the spit, wimpies, hot dogs, corn on the cob, salads, desserts, soda and water. There will also be a cash prize grand raffle, basket raffle, children’s games and a bake sale.

Tickets, which are $20 for adults, $10 for children 6-12, and free for children 5 and younger, are available in advance or at the event.

For information and advance tickets please call the parish office at 570-457- 3412 or visit “Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca, PA” on Facebook.

Support groups

Queen of the Apostles Parish’s community committee is forming a grief support team. The purpose of this team is to represent the parish and show support for families and friends who are having a hard time dealing with the loss of a loved one. The Diocese of Scranton will provide training on how to handle this type of situation. For information, contact Marie Payne at 570-299-9356 or call the parish office at 570-457-3412.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the basement of the Queen of the Apostles Parish rectory, 715 Hawthorne St. Please use the sunroom entrance.

Softball tournament

The Avoca Fire Department will have its annual softball tournament fundraiser July 28-30 at the Avoca Little League Field, 700 Mill St. The first game will start at 6 p.m. Friday, July 28. There will be 14-16 teams in the tournament playing in two brackets: fire department and competitive. The cost is $175 per team. For information, visit the Avoca Fire Department Facebook page.

Class reunion

The Pittston Area class of 1967 will celebrate their 50th reunion on Saturday, Sept. 9. The reunion committee is seeking addresses for the following classmates: William Athachonis, Anthony Basile, Pauline Dotter Hudack, Camile DeFelicia Marko, Catherine Ferrett, Mary Jo Frederick, Mary Ann Glowczewski, John Gordon, Mary Theresa Gross, Robert Hoban, Susan Howard, Diane Janoski Burock, Norman Jopling Conrad Joseph Leon, Stanley Klocko, Mary Beth Loftus Hummell, John Maziarz, Paricia Mazzeo Lombardi, Vivian Menichini Beiswenger, Allan Miglionico, Marilyn Mirro, Monica Moritz, Virginia Ochrieter, Marlene Orenich Kramer, Karen Qillard Colwell, Wayne Perrins, Kathy Rugletic Schallas, Anna Mae Schibik Seward, Joseph Smithonic, Stanley Sobolefski, Thomas Sperazza, Frank Wescott and John Zielinski.

Please contact Therese Timlin Wrubel at 570-457-4891 or Karen Hadley Sobeski at 570-457-3247 with any information.


Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Starzec who will celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary on June 18.

That’s about it for this week my friends. If you would like to send out a birthday, anniversary or get well wish or have your organization’s upcoming meetings, events or fundraisers listed in next week’s edition of the Avoca community news, please contact me by Monday at 5 p.m. Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Avoca every week. To include an item in her column, email or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.