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Pastor Stanley Oschman retired in 2016 after 37 years of working in finance to do one thing: “To plant and grow a church in the Pittston Area,” he explained.

He and his wife formed the Plaid Community Church in April 2016. The church usually meets at Original Italian Pizza near Heather Highlands from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays for dinner and Bible study.

The church has 16 core members and 40 to 45 members who reach out, volunteer and do what they call “Church on the Road.” This simply means they go around to homes and arenas and play music for older folks. One such show is scheduled at the Mountain View nursing home from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 10.

The church also has a fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, April 21, dedicated to Pathway, a group for women in crisis. All proceeds from the show will go to these women in need. The show will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Heather Highlands community room. Cost is $25 per ticket for this dinner and show.

The group also will meet for Bible study from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Highland Park Senior Living. Additional regular meetings will be held at 9 a.m. Fridays at the Perkins on Route 315. Bible study will follow a meal.

According to Oschman, the church groups are called life groups because they are meeting and doing life together. To this church, L.I.F.E means Love Is For Everyone, so everyone is welcome at this church.

“Love God, love people, share the gospel,” he said.

For information, please contact Oschman at Shoschman@gmail.com or by phone at 570-991-7028.

Jenkins Twp. Little League registration

It’s almost time for Jenkins Twp. Little League registration for 2018. So, to get a running start, here is what you need to know. Children, ages 4-12 who reside within Jenkins, Inkerman, Yatesville and surrounding territories, are eligible to join. Sign-ups are from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, and Sunday, Feb. 18, at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman. Online registrations also are being accepted at jenkinstwplittleleague.com, until March 1.

Cost for majors, minors and coach pitch registration is $80, and $50 for tee ball.

There will be a free giveaway for all registrants.

New registrants must provide a birth certificate and proof of residence or school attendance. Also, boys and girls signing up must turn 4 before Sept. 1, 2018.

For information, please contact info@jenkinstwplittleleague.com.

Christmas tree pickup

Pittston Twp. residents may schedule a tree pickup by calling the municipal building at 570-654-0161, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

In Jenkins, trees will be collected Thursday in January.

Jenkins Twp. Crime Watch

Jenkins Twp. Crime Watch meetings returned this month. New members are always welcome to join. For information, please contact Chairman, Joe Sperrazza at 570-654-3315.

Taxes

County and municipal taxes bills will be issued Feb. 12.

Jenkins Twp. Tax Collector Jean Mudlock will collect payments at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. She will not have evening hours.

Discount period ends April 11, face period ends June 11, and the penalty phase ends Dec. 31. For information, please contact Mudlock at 570-654-9710.

Pittston Twp.’s hours are yet to be announced.

PA baseball/softball

purse bingo

Pittston Area’s baseball and softball teams are raising money by hosting a designer purse bingo. The event is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 28, at Eagle McLure Hose Company, 375 Milwaukee Ave., Old Forge. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and bingo games being at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $25 each and are available at Joyce Insurance, 9 N. Main St., Pittston. You also may call Kristy Rosiak at 570-479-0031.

There will be special games, a basket raffle, a bake sale, food and refreshments.

Greater Pittston Ambulance

Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance Association has mailed letters for its 2018 membership drive. The ambulance association wishes to thank all for the support during previous drives.

For information, please contact the Greater Pittston Ambulance at 570-654-1202.

Pittston Twp. Crime Watch

Pittston Twp. Crime Watch Group will no longer hold meetings on a monthly basis.

However, the Pittston Twp. Crime Watch Facebook page has 345 people following it. Therefore, Frank Sciabacucchi is going to try to expand on the group’s social media efforts. He also spoke with Crime Watch officials from neighboring towns and is trying to form a Crime Watch Alliance.

A Pittston Twp. Crime Watch meeting may be held at any time, just no longer on a monthly basis. The frequency of the meetings is still unknown.

Registration will remain open to anyone who wishes to join.

For information, please contact Sciabacucchi at 570-954-0092.

Pittston Twp. snow

removal advisory

Pittston Twp. wishes to remind its residents the placement of any portable basketball hoops, sports goals or stands on any township-owned roadway is prohibited between Nov. 1 and March 31.

Township road maintenance trucks have been damaged during snow plowing operations due to collisions with these objects.

If you have any of these objects on a township road, please remove it as soon as possible.

For information about this regulation, please contact the municipal building at 570-654-0161.

Jenkins refuse and recycling

The 2018 Jenkins Twp. refuse payments are due by Jan. 31. After Feb. 1, a $10 late fee will be added. If payment is not made by May 31, all delinquent accounts will be sent a citation.

If you have any questions, please call the municipal building at 570-654-3315.

Jenkins Twp. meetings

The Jenkins Twp. Board of Supervisors will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the municipal building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.

The monthly planning commission meetings are scheduled for the third Thursday of every month in 2018.

Jenkins seniors

Jenkins Twp. Senior Citizens Organization usually schedules its meetings for the third Tuesday of each month, with some exceptions.

The organization will not meet in January or February. Therefore, the next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, 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, please contact Jean at 570-654-9710.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday this week to: Erin Dougherty, Sami Lynn Amico-Stem, Meghan Limongelli, Zac Fetch and Josh Renfer, Jan. 22; Greg Morgan, Nick Kaminski, Alyssa Almodovar, Colin Horvick and Katie Wiesel, Jan. 23; Cathy Richards and Eddie Rudnesky, Jan. 24; Mike Hodak, Jaron Fissler, Taylor Nicole Trombly and Aaron “Buck” Joyce, Jan. 25; Kate Logan, Pat O’Malley, Britney McDermott and Kristy Rosiak, Jan. 26; Chris Tonte, Jan. 27; Lauren Janoski, Shauna Newhart and Kat Patchoski, Jan. 28. Have fun and make it a good one!

Wise Words of the Week

“A happy life is one spent learning, earning and yearning.”— Lillian Gish, American entertainer (1896 -1993).

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.