I love this town. I know all of its streets and alleys. They know me. It’s the only home I’ve ever known.
When you love something so dearly you naturally at some point begin to worry.
Not often. But sometimes I’ll be walking around town and look at the river and think, “Boy. I hope this town doesn’t flood again.”
I’m not alone in that thought. I don’t want to experience the feelings I had in September 2011 all over again. And I certainly don’t want to experience the fear I had during this year’s ice jam.
And on April 3, our friends, family, and neighbors crowded into a standing room only borough council meeting united by a common love of the community.
A common understanding that we don’t want the town to be vulnerable should the river waters once again rise. Everyone in attendance at the meeting heard a brief presentation from Adam Wagner, CEO of Flood Block Corp. based out of New York, which prides itself as “the next generation of flood protection.”
West Pittston was presented with an alternative to building a concrete dam. An alternative that could be far less costly.
Floodblock specializes in inflatable dams that can be easily stored until they are needed. When the going gets tough the inflatable dam can be set up in one day. There are varying sizes, and the largest one can protect up to eight feet, but you are also able to sandbag on top of the dam for a little more protection. The alternative was brought to the borough’s attention by West Pittston resident Bob Trusavage. Everyone at the meeting was there for a common goal. For a love of our town.
Here’s what else is happening around town this week:
Trinity Episcopal Church news
A giant community yard sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 5. Reservations for sellers are now being taken at $10 per space. Call 570-654-3261 to reserve.
Corpus Christi Parish news
The church will celebrate the Sacrament of First Eucharist at 10 a.m. May 5 in Immaculate Conception Church.
There will be two mandatory practices for the children at 6 p.m. April 29 and 6 p.m. May 4.
A Father/Child breakfast will be held following the 10:30 a.m. Mass in the church hall. Donation is $10 for adults and $5 for children from ages 5 to 10. Children under 5 are free.
Tickets may be obtained from the ushers at all weekend Masses or call the rectory to reserve your tickets 570-654- 2753. The speaker this year will be Monsignor Sempa.
A sundae event for children will be held April 29 after the 10:30 a.m. Mass.
If you are spring cleaning or downsizing and you have household items which are no longer of use, don’t discard them; save them for the flea market.
Beginning Wednesday, May 2, items may be dropped off at Immaculate Conception school every Wednesday between 6 and 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
Remember, your junk is someone else’s treasure. The church does not accept clothing, stuffed animals, or exercise equipment.
West Pittston First United
Methodist Church news
West Pittston First United Methodist Church holds Sunday worship at 10 a.m. Children and youth Sunday school is at 10:15 a.m.
Canvas and Cocktails will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 23. Lisa Reynolds, of the Wilkes University Art Department, will help you unleash your inner artist. Enjoy an evening of painting, light snacks and wine. The event is open to beginners and pros alike. Bring your own smock. Register early as this class fills up fast. Participants must be 21 or older. The $25 fee includes materials, lessons, light snacks and beverages. Registrations must be made in person at the library. The library cannot take registrations via Facebook.
It’s not too early to be thinking of spring. If you have any interest in having a spot in the West Pittston Community Garden, email email@example.com.
Parks and Recreation news
West Pittston Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board will meet at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the borough building. New members are always welcome. The 2018 calendar includes: April 21, park cleanup, and June 2, 41st annual Anthracite Run.
West Pittston Tomorrow
West Pittston Tomorrow will hold a fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 19. Join your friends and neighbors at Sabatini’s Bottleshop and Bar. A $20 ticket includes all-you-can-eat pizza and three draft beers.
You must be 21 to attend. Entertainment will be provided by Frankie G and Deb Switzer. All proceeds will go to benefit West Pittston Tomorrow’s flood recovery projects.
West Pittston Tax Collector George L. Miller wishes to inform property owners the 2018 county and West Pittston Borough tax bills have been mailed. Anyone not receiving a tax bill should call the office and a new bill will be sent.
During the rebate period, office hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
For appointments, call 570-655-7782, ext. 232. When mailing and a receipt is requested, please send the complete tax bill and a self-addressed envelope.
The recycling containers located 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 collection Thursday morning.
See you around town.
John Bubul writes about West Pittston every week. To include an item in his column, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.