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It’s officially been one week since we’ve set our clocks ahead and started to enjoy that extra hour of daylight.

Despite losing an hour of sleep, this is one of my favorite times of the year. It means that warmer weather, beach outings, and summer holidays are on their way - even though it doesn’t look like that now.

Almost two weeks after we gain an hour of sunlight in our days something called “Earth Hour” is celebrated. On March 25, the world bands together and enjoys one hour without using electricity.

It started in Australia in 2006 and has taken off since then with San Francisco being the second major city to hold a “Lights Out” event in 2007. Last year, it was celebrated by 170 countries and you can participate this year by turning your lights off between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. this coming Saturday.

Taking care of our planet is important if we want future generations to enjoy it the same way we have, so days like this give us all a chance to pitch in a little to help make that happen.

One hour might seem like nothing — you might be asking “What’s one hour going to do for the planet?” But it can lead to some lifestyle changes, if you let it. You might surprise yourself here.

To start, you can carry the idea over into your everyday life by making one simple conversion in your home - change your lightbulbs to ones that use less electricity.

You might even like your one hour without electronics so much that you continue the practice on your own. Try this: when you go for a walk or run, don’t take music. Take a friend and talk a little, or just listen to nature.

To me, that’s the point of this hour: to enjoy Earth as it was meant to be enjoyed for just one hour. Join the movement on your own this coming Saturday and visit earthhour.org to learn more. I bet you’ll find that one hour is going to fly by.

Hose company clam

chowder sale

Hughestown Hose Company is selling homemade Manhattan clam chowder every Friday during Lent. This is pick-up only from noon to 6 p.m.

The chowder can be purchased for a donation of $10.

The hose company also will hold a fish fry Good Friday. To order or for more information, call 570-654-4188.

Palm Sunday breakfast

Hughestown Council is planning a breakfast for Palm Sunday. The breakfast will be all-you-can-eat style for a $10 donation. Food will include eggs, sausage, potatoes, juice and coffee. More information to come.

Eagle Scout project

Local Eagle Scout Jerry Carlson will do some clean up work in the Robert Yaple Memorial Park as part of his Eagle project. He will replace some mulch in the park area, spruce up the park sign, do some leaf removal, and make some improvements to the veterans memorial sign by the borough building. Councilman Steve Golya and the Eagle Scouts will help out with this project, as well.

Council news

Council would like to remind Hughestown residents that any complaints or letters sent to the council must be signed.

Chief of Police Jeff Balut will swear in three new Hughestown police officers. The new officers are Brandon Bradshaw, Billy Knowles and Robert Johnson.

At the last council meeting, there was a motion to give $1,300 to the Hughestown Hose Company and $1,000 to Hughestown Park and Recreation. All council members were in agreement.

An advertisement for bids for three borough vehicles will be in the newspaper soon for interested parties. The new pickup truck and dump truck will be at the borough building shortly to replace them.

The 2017 Hughestown Clean Up will take place on April 22 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers will help with clean up on Rock St., Center St., Parsonage St., Laurel St., and the Robert Yaple Memorial Park. Anyone wishing to help out is asked to contact Marie Griglock at 570-655-2626.

Police reports

Hughestown Police Department reported 1 motor vehicle accident, 1 domestic dispute, no DUIs, 0 drug incidents, 2 alarms, 4 citations, 0 arrests, 2 criminal mischief incidents, and 43 total calls for February.

Hose company responses

Hughestown Hose Company reported 2 activated fire alarms, 1 aircraft incidents, 2 brush fires, 6 cancelled enroute, 24 EMS calls, 4 fire police call outs, 1 gas leak, 2 motor vehicle accidents, 2 public assists, 2 structure fires, 1 water rescue, and 47 total calls for February.

Cooley’s Anemia Foundation’s Care Walk

The fifth annual Cooley’s Anemia Foundation’s Care Walk fundraiser will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at St. Joseph Marello Parish.

The Care Walk will raise funds to fight thalassemia, a rare genetic blood disorder.

The event is organized annually by Kristy DeRome Gomberg, of Hughestown.

Donations can be made in the form of gift baskets, gift cards or money. There are different levels of donorship, and any donation will help make the event a success. The deadline for donations is Friday, April 21.

Anyone wishing to make donations or get involved in the care walk should contact Kristy at 570-510-2489 or email kgomberg@frontier.com.

Community Yard Sale

The Hughestown Park and Recreation Committee will once again hold its annual Community Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 3.

Families wishing to participate and sell can either join in at the borough building near the pavilion for $10 per space or at their homes for $5.

Contact Mary Ann Quick at 570-654-5763 or Mary Golya at 570-655-4552 to participate and let them know if you would like a sign. The yard sale is going to be here before you know it, so call and sign up now! The public is invited to participate. More information will follow on this event.

Picnic in the Park

Hughestown Picnic in the Park will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 15. There will be a lot of games for the children and delicious food for everyone, all at no cost!

Happy birthday

Council wishes happy birthday to Brandi Hindmarsh Jones on March 25 and Edna Buchieri on March 27.

Kayleigh DeMace writes about Hughestown every week. To include an item in her column, email kdemace@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-821-2004 by 5 p.m. Monday.