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Photo: Michel Vitiello, License: N/A, Created: 2016:12:04 19:05:40

Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance at the West Pittston Tree Lighting and Parade on Sunday, Dec. 3. The parade begins at 5 p.m. at Erie and Washington avenues, followed by the tree lighting at Delaware and Wyoming avenues. At left, Santa makes his way down Wyoming Avenue during an earlier parade in West Pittston.

Every year with Thanksgiving under my belt, I always treasure the moments of decorating my home for Christmas, my room in particular. I place the ornaments on my tiny tree the same way that I have done since I was very young.

When I’m finished, I always listen to the Charlie Brown Christmas album with the lights in my room off and the string of lights cascading around my tree on. Its one of those rare calm moments of the holidays that really make the whole thing worth it. The decorating in my room is not the only decorating I’m looking forward to this year though.

Sunday, Dec. 3, is the lighting of the West Pittston Christmas Tree.

The Christmas parade will begin at Erie and Washington avenues at 5 p.m. and the evening will culminate in the lighting of the Christmas tree at Delaware and Wyoming avenues. Word around town is that Santa and Mrs. Claus will be arriving with gifts for the first 200 children to arrive. Hot cocoa, coffee and cookies also will be served.

Come on out and start the holidays right.

Here’s what else is happening in town:

Library Barnes and Noble book fair

The Friends of the West Pittston Library are sponsoring a book fair at Barnes and Noble on Saturday, Dec. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 3. The library receives a percentage of in-store purchases, including at the cafe on both days. Online purchases can be made until Friday, Dec. 8. Friends members will be offering free gift wrapping from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Please support this event, which helps the library purchase supplies used throughout the year.

Corpus Christi Parish news

Altar servers, Eucharistic ministers and lectors are reminded the new ministry schedule will run from Dec. 3 through March 25. The new schedule will be available for pickup in the sacristies of the churches the weekend of Nov. 25-26 or view it on the parish website. Altar servers should contact Donna Mason at 570-903-9142 or mmason8589@aol.com; lectors, Donnie Minnick at 570-212-8774 or sokach-minnick@verizon.net or Paula Panzitta at 570-388-6129 or ppanzitta@msn.com; Eucharistic ministers, Teresa Crossin at 570-357-3985 or tacross5@comcast.net.

In order to give everyone ample time to shop, the Social Concerns Committee will put up Giving Trees in the churches the weekend of Nov. 25-26, which is the last Sunday before Advent. All gifts must be placed under the Giving Trees no later than Sunday, Dec. 17.

The Social Concerns Committee is conducting a fall food drive. The committee will gladly accept all nonperishable food donations, which can be left in the vestibules of the churches. Some suggestions include: hot and cold cereals, breakfast bars, coffee, tea, fruit juices, canned fruits, stuffing, boxed or canned potatoes/yams, and canned or boxed gravy.

The Adult Education Series on Sacred Scripture and the Mysteries of the Rosary is being held at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Each session will last for approximately 75 minutes and will be held in the Immaculate Conception Church. To sign up or for information, contact Deacon Jim Meizanis at 570-239-2783 or deacon.meizanis@gmail.com, or Donna Valenti at 570-885-5432 or d_romo251@hotmail.com.

The youth group will be selling Christmas wreaths for $10 for a fresh wreath decorated with a red bow. To order a wreath, see any member of the youth group or call JuelAnne Klepadlo at 570-430-1470. You may pick out your own wreath at Ciampi’s Greenhouse on Tunkhannock Avenue using your prepaid ticket or you may have it delivered.

Sunday, Dec. 10, the adult choir and youth choir will hold a holiday concert at 6 p.m. in Immaculate Conception Church. Following the concert, a reception will be held in the church hall.

 Trinity Episcopal news

Greening of the church will be held immediately after the Eucharist on Sunday, Nov. 26.

First Sunday of Advent will be observed and St. Nicholas will visit at the conclusion of the Eucharist on Sunday, Dec. 3. A holiday family movie and luncheon will follow in the lower level. RSVP to the church office.

Vestry meeting will be held immediately following the Eucharist on Sunday, Dec. 10.

Leaf, yard waste and

recycling collections

The last leaf pickup will be Tuesday, Dec. 12, or until the first snowfall. Residents are responsible for leaves in front of their homes and are asked not to put leaves in gutters. Anyone placing leaves in gutters will be cited.

Yard waste is picked up Mondays from Erie Avenue to Montgomery Avenue and Tuesdays from Montgomery to Susquehanna Avenue.

The Public Works Department asks residents to please clean out the yard waste containers frequently to prevent attracting bugs.

Recycling containers at the Public Works Building on Delaware Avenue are open to the public Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon. 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 recycling collection on Thursday morning.

See you around town.

John Bubul writes about West Pittston. To include an item in his column, email jbubul@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.