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September is here. School is back in session. And this weekend begins the NFL football season. The eternal September through January struggle for television rights on Sundays, Monday nights, and sometimes Thursdays is back to rear its head.

While many people follow football, I am more of a casual observer.  The very late summer/early fall is, for me at least, about the simple things. Fall is, and most likely always will be, my favorite season. It’s about the leaves turning colors. It’s about sleeping comfortably. It’s about that final harvest. It’s about those crisp evenings spent walking through the neighborhood. Fall is a time for changes. We adjust our sleep schedules. We transfer our wardrobes. It gets dark earlier.

This fall is particularly exciting for me — and not just because the Minnesota Vikings look like they might actually have a half decent team this year. At the end of this month, your friendly neighborhood West Pittston columnist will add one more notch to his belt — friendly neighborhood playwright.  Writing has always been a passion of mine and in the summer of 2013, while I was studying in London, I decided to weld together two loves — writing and the theater. I began writing short, one act plays. Between you and me, most of them are garbage. They require extensive rewrites for me to even consider them a rough draft. But there is one piece I am proud of and, thanks to the third annual Scranton Fringe Festival, I get to showcase that piece for three performances at the end of this month.  Hopefully, with all that is happening at the Fringe Festival, I still have time to stop and admire the beauty of the changing of the seasons.

 

Here’s what else is happening around town.

Corpus Christi Parish news

Religious education classes for the 2017-18 school year will begin Sunday, Sept. 17. Classes for boys and girls in kindergarten through seventh grade will be held from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Sundays at Immaculate Conception school, hall and rectory. A letter, religious education calendar and registration forms will be mailed to families who had children in class last year. Parishioners who did not have a child in class last year, please call the rectory or email Joyce at jcecconi50@gmail.com with your child/children’s name, grade and address to receive the packet.

Anyone who is able to volunteer occasionally to help with classes, please call the rectory or email jcecconi50@gmail.com. All adults need the proper clearances before they are allowed to work with children in the Diocese of Scranton.

Practice for adult choir/cantors is held at 7 p.m. Mondays in Immaculate Conception Church. All teens and adults are welcome to become choir members and/or cantors. For information, contact Bill Baldauff, choir director, at 570-650-2807 or email Bill at isingbadly@verizon.net.

The youth choir, under the direction of Mary Supey, will begin rehearsals in September. Any kids who like to sing are encouraged to join the choir at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, for the season’s first practice, followed by a pizza party for the whole family in the church hall. For more information, please contact Mary at tsupey@hotmail.com or 570-237-2275.

Corpus Christi Parish is now offering communal baptism. The first communal baptism will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Immaculate Conception Church. During these celebrations, the sanctuary will be adorned with a balloon bouquet depicting “We Celebrate Life at Corpus Christi Parish” and after the ceremony the balloons will be given to all children present. The altar will be decorated with personalized candles and bibs for each of the children to be baptized. Members of the Baptism Ministry will welcome the child and family and at the end of each ceremony, they will give each child a beautiful baby afghan handmade by the parish’s St. Clare Sewing Ministry, “My Baptism Book,” a gift from the Holy Name Society, and a bib and candle.

Liturgical Ministry Cookout will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, in the Immaculate Conception Hall. All altar servers, extraordinary ministers of communion, lectors, heavenly hosts, ushers, choir members and cantors are welcome for an afternoon of good food and fellowship. In order for organizers to prepare enough food, please contact the coordinator of the ministry in which you serve to let them know if you are able to attend.

A Mass of Healing will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27. This Mass is for everyone seeking emotional, as well as physical healing, including those senior citizens who have reached an age at which the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick can provide strength. Following the liturgy, members of Social Concerns will host a reception in the church hall.

First West Pittston United Methodist Church news

First West Pittston United Methodist Church has worship at 10 a.m. Sundays.

First West Pittston United Methodist Church will hold its annual Apple Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. The event will include baked goods, a flea market, book sale, silent auction and lunch.

The church is holding a pizza sale Friday, Sept. 15. Call the office at 570-655-1083 with orders or stop in.

A pastie sale will be held Thursday, Oct. 5. Call 570-655-1083 by Tuesday, Oct. 3, to place an order.

Library news

Wine & Cheese Fundraiser — 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10.

Autumn Gardening — 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18.

“Game of Thrones” trivia — 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25.

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.

Yard waste

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

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

Recycling

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

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.