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There’s still a few days left to celebrate World Space Week! Since 1999, Oct. 4-10 has been a week where the world celebrates different themed aspects of space.

Why is the week celebrated from Oct. 4 through Oct. 10?

On Oct. 4, 1957, Sputnik 1, the first human-made Earth satellite, was launched.

And on Oct. 10, 1967, the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies was signed.

Each year, World Space Week is coordinated by both the United Nations and the World Space Week Association (WSWA). WSWA chooses a theme, and this year’s is “Exploring New Worlds in Space.” Last year, more than 80 countries participated in World Space Week, and they are hoping to surpass that number this year!

So, how can you celebrate? Here’s one simple way, aside from the organized events taking place around the world — take some time to see the stars!

Weather permitting, take a look up and teach some of your family members and friends a little about what you know about space.

Check out NASA’s website to learn more about what’s going on in the sky above you this month. Read some books, and look to see if there are any events going on in your area.

You never know ... you might just meet some new friends at an event who are out of this world.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church organ celebration

Some big things are happening in Hughestown this month!

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church is celebrating the 100th birthday of its church organ, which was rebuilt in 1994. A birthday celebration will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15.

At this birthday celebration, visiting organist Michael Sowa will play works by past and present composers of organ music.

Contributions to the organ fund will be accepted at this event as well. A reception will follow the program.

We hope to see you there!

Crime Watch

Hughestown recently started a Crime Watch. Crime Watch meetings will be held at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month in the borough building, 42 Center St.

Linda Hoban and Bob Price are chairing the effort.

Tire collection

A used tire collection will be held free of charge to Hughestown residents from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. Residents can drop tires off at the borough building.

Please do not drop off torn or dirty tires or tires on rims.

Accepted tires include auto, motorcycle, SUV and ATV tires.

Council news

State Rep. Michael Carroll has worked to help get a new sign on the borough building. FASTSIGNS completed the job and borough council members are very satisfied with the work.

Stone has been placed around the borough building, as well.

A report will be given at the next council meeting, taking place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, on the property maintenance being done in the borough. This includes a bid on branch trimming to be done at the Hughestown monument, which is currently not visible.

Work is being done to the area near the borough building, including removal of grass to be replaced with stone. Council thanks Jerry Lynch for his work on this project.

Holiday gift and craft fair

Hughestown Park and Recreation will hold its annual craft fair from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at the Pittston Area Primary Center, 210 Rock St., Hughestown.

Organizers are still looking for vendors and crafters for the event. If you are interested, a table space measuring approximately 10-by-10 is $35.

Please contact Mary Golya at 570-655-4552 or Mary Anne Quick at 570-654-5763 for information and to reserve table space.

Building permits

Residents are to contact Jeff Pisanchyn, the new code enforcement officer, at 570-237-6686 for building permits and remodeling inspections. Anyone looking to do remodeling or repair work must display this permit while doing any work to their home.

Filled out permits should be placed in the borough building mail slot. This will speed along the process so you can get to work on your projects!

Problem properties

Problems with properties have been addressed and improved through the issuing of citations. If you have complaints about a property, please call the borough building.

You also can call the hose company with any serious complaints at 570-654-1488.

Be sure to leave a message detailing the problem you are calling about.

Collection schedule

Recycling will be picked up Tuesdays. Newspaper and cardboard will be collected Mondays and grass will be collected Wednesdays.

Residents are reminded to place everything curbside on the respective collection days.

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

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.