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Tis the season! This is my favorite time of year overall. There’s nothing like the holidays to bring family and friends together and put a smile on your face.

As the temperatures drop even more and we await the arrival of snow, be sure to set aside some time for yourself, as well. It’s the season for giving, but it’s really easy to overwork yourself and before you know it it’ll be the new year.

While you’re getting ready to host Thanksgiving and are getting a hold of your Christmas shopping, make time to read a book, watch a movie, or do some yoga. Being present in the now is just as important as getting everything on your to-do list checked off.

We all know how easy it is to forget about ourselves, but with everything that’s been in the news lately it’s important to separate ourselves from everything and just enjoy some time alone, or relaxing with family and friends.

Crime Watch

The Hughestown Neighborhood Crime Watch meeting was held Monday, Nov. 6. Luzerne County District Attorney Stephanie Salavantis and Chief Deceive Chaz Balogh spoke on the importance of a neighborhood watch. They stressed the value of working in conjunction with local law enforcement to reduce crime and make our community a safer and better place to live.

Bob Cunningham, a personal safety instructor, also presented a program, “Refuse to be a Victim.” This program focused on skills useful in reducing the risk of becoming a victim of a crime.

Crime Watch signs were distributed at this meeting and residents are asked to display them prominently.

The next Crime Watch meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, in the Hughestown Borough Building. All residents are encouraged to attend, and new members are welcome.

St. Peter’s poppy seed

and nut roll sale

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 100 Rock St., will hold its annual poppy seed and nut roll sale until Sunday, Nov. 12, which will be the last day to place orders.

Anyone who has placed an order can pick up the rolls from 10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20.

If interested, please call 570-313-2829 or 570-655-0043 to order.

Council news

The next Hughestown Council meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, in the borough building.

Mayor Wayne Quick will preside.

Hughestown’s craft and gift sale was very successful. Council thanks all who helped with the event, especially Mary Ann Quick and Mary Golya.

We can’t wait until next year!

New police officers will be appointed in the borough. More information to come.

Collection schedule

Hughestown Borough Council wants to bring attention to some problems that have been occurring with the garbage and recyclable collections.

When garbage is collected on Thursday, no recyclables can be put out at the same time. Recyclables are being left on the street until the following Tuesday as a result. This creates a problem for neighbors and the borough.

The days for collection are: Mondays, cardboard and newspapers; Tuesday, commingled glass and plastic, Wednesday, grass and ashes.

Council asks residents to please cooperate with this schedule. Complaints have been received from residents about this problem.

Council urges residents to break down oversize items before they are placed out for recycling.

Happy birthday

Council sends happy birthday wishes to Ross Kossuth, Nov. 11.

Kayleigh DeMace writes about Hughestown every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To include an item in her column, contact her at kdemace@pittstonprogress.com or 570-821-2004.