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Three residents won bicycles during the Hughestown Lions Club annual Easter Egg Hunt. From left, first row, are Andrea Collins, Kayleigh Collins, Gwen Keezer and Nathan Loux; second row, members of the Hughestown Lions Club, Fred Pierantoni IV, Matt Pierantoni, Michael Twomey, Coram Twomey, Jason Chilipko, Mary Golya, Frank Tierney, Steve Golya and Fred Pierantoni III. Also participating was Denise Chilipko.

If you’re reading this paper on Saturday, April 14, I have some good news for you—it’s National Gardening Day! The weather today is supposed to be beautiful so why not take advantage of it and get everything in order for your garden?

Gardening is, in my opinion, a great way to clean up your neighborhood, too. Take the time to pull weeds and clean up your lawn to get everything ready for your garden! Summer is just around the corner, so get ahead and plant all the veggies you’ll need to make salads and grilled side dishes.

If you’re not sure exactly what you can plant now or how to get started, visit your local garden center or do a little research online to get started. You’ll be glad that you did, and you’ll love the peace and calmness of gardening (if you don’t already).

Before you get outside and enjoy the weather, here’s what’s going on in Hughestown:

Bicycle winners

The Hughestown Lions Club held their annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 31. It was a beautiful day in the borough and the Lions would like to thank the families that came out to enjoy the festivities.

The Lions would like to congratulate the winners of the bicycles that were raffled off during the event!

Crime watch news

The Hughestown Neighborhood Crime Watch meeting was held on Monday, April 2 at the Hose Company. Four new members were welcomed into the association.

The guest speaker at this meeting was Hughestown Fire Chief Jamie Merlion. He gave a very insightful view of the workings of the fire department, including the role they play with the emergency service and code enforcement.

Merlion informed the group about the Save a Life program, which works in conjunction with WNEP-TV to provide free smoke alarms to Hughestown residents in need. His presentation was very informative and he reminded the group that they can contact him at any time with any questions regarding fire safety or code issues.

The next Hughestown Crime Watch meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, May 7 at the Hughestown Hose Company. All residents are encouraged to attend and are welcome. Please consider joining and helping to make a difference in your neighborhood.

Opioid fact forum

An Opioid Fact Forum will be held at the Pittston Memorial Library from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 19.

The program is presented by heritage Knights of Columbus John F. Kennedy 372, Council 948 Assembly and Jacquelines Assembly. Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided.

Here’s what you can expect at the forum. Moderator is Carmen Ambrosino, a 45-year addiction professional. Carol Coolbaugh, a community prevention and education advocate, will share a personal story about the loss of her son.

Judge Michael Vough, of the Luzerne County Court, will walk through his day during the opioid crisis. William Lisman, Luzerne County coroner, will discuss the opioid epidemic in Luzerne County and the record breaking overdose deaths.

Park and Recreation news

The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in the borough building.

Plans for upcoming events such as the community yard sale, Picnic in the Park and the holiday gift and craft fair will be discussed, as will some new ideas for events in the community.

More information to come on these upcoming events.

Anyone interested in becoming a member is welcome to attend the meeting.

Council news

Council reminds Hughestown residents that paper shredding will take place on July 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. More information to come.

Old televisions collected

The Salvation Army of Hanover Twp., located on the San Souci Highway, will be collecting televisions. No broken or damaged televisions will accepted. You can drop yours off in the rear of the Hanover Twp. Salvation Army building.

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.