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Few things bring me as much joy as seeing that sign proudly proclaiming the annual West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival. It’s something of a big reunion. We see all of our friends and neighbors who may have shut themselves in for the winter months. But the weather is warm. The sun is shining. And it’s time once again to have a fun time celebrating with your friends and family (that is if you’re not all celebrated out from the West Pittston Tomorrow fundraiser at Sabatini’s last week. What a success that was!)

The Cherry Blossom Festival, now in its 47th year, will take place Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6. The annual parade will take place at noon Saturday. The parade will begin at Cenera Auto Parts and end at the festival grounds. Who doesn’t love a parade?

The two days on the riverbank will be filled with fun, family, entertainment, the beauty of our community, and of course the food. Come on out and take part of a real West Pittston tradition. See you there!

Parade lineup

Ralph Salerno of the Cherry Blossom Festival Committee announced the lineup for the parade. All participants are asked to be in place by 11:15 a.m.

Please note a change in the lineup process. All vehicles, except fire and ambulance units, are being staged on Ledgeview Drive, enter Wilkern Street (across from Wyoming Valley Beverage) and turn right onto Ledgeview Drive.

Division I (Cenera Auto Parts): West Pittston Police, Pennsylvania State Police, Honor Guard, American Legion 1st Lt. Jeffrey F. DePrimo Post 542, Grand Marshal Jim Manganiello Jr., Bayo’s Ice Truck with 2018 Little Miss Cherry Blossom contestants, Mila Schuler “Little Miss Pittston Leprechaun,” West Pittston Borough officials, Pittston City officials, state Rep. Aaron Kaufer, District Attorney Stephanie Salavantis, the Salvation Army, West Pittston Library, Luzerne County Transportation Authority and First Congregational Church.

Division II (Parking Lot across from Cenera Auto Parts): Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority, Meals on Wheels, West Pittston Little League, Moose Lodge 1207, West Pittston Girl Scouts and American Red Cross.

Divison III (Salem Street): All fire departments and ambulance units.

Any individuals or organizations interested in participating but who have not yet registered can contact Salerno by email at salerno602@gmail.com.

Here’s what else is happening this week.

Trinity Episcopal Church news

Trinity Episcopal Church its starting up its giant community yard sales once again.

The first sale will be held at the church from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5.

The church is now taking reservations for sellers. Spots are $10 per space. Call 570-654-3261 to reserve a spot.

Corpus Christi news

Corpus Christi Parish will celebrate the Sacrament of First Eucharist at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, in Immaculate Conception Church. There will be two mandatory practices for the children, at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 29, and Friday, May 4.

The parish will celebrate Make Your Own Sundae Sunday following the 10:30 a.m. Family Mass on Sunday, April 29. Ice cream will be served in the Immaculate Conception hall in celebration of the last day of religious education classes. All boys and girls are invited to gather in the church hall immediately following the 10:30 a.m. Mass.

Corpus Christi Parish will hold its annual car show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 27, on the grounds of Holy Redeemer Church. Rain date is Monday, May 28.

Food trucks, car corral and give-a-ways will be featured. Music will be featured all day. Antiques, classics, customs, street rods, low riders and motorcycles are welcome. Pre-registration is $10 prior to May 27 or $15 on the day of event. For information, contact Mike Flynn at 570-760-5704 or Carmen or Deb Altavilla at 570-574-4360 or nascargal.deb@gmail.com.

If you are spring cleaning or downsizing and have household items which are no longer of use to you, don’t discard them, save them for the parish’s flea market. Beginning Wednesday, May 2, items may be dropped off at Immaculate Conception School from 6 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday and from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturdays. Remember, your junk is someone else’s treasure. Clothing, stuffed animals or exercise equipment will not be accepted.

First United Methodist Church news

West Pittston First United Methodist Church holds Sunday worship each week at 10 a.m.

Children and youth Sunday school is at 10:15 a.m.

Women’s Club clothing sale

West Pittston Women’s Club will hold its annual women’s clothing sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at West Pittston Methodist Church, Wyoming Avenue.

Coats, jackets, dresses, ,jeans, tees, shoes and jewelry will be featured with nothing costing more than $5. Many name brands also will be available.

Profits from sales go toward the club’s two scholarships.

Library news

West Pittston Library list the following upcoming events:

Make your own glass terrarium — 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 7. Learn how to transform an empty glass jar into a living display. Just in time for a Mother’s Day gift! 

Birds, Bugs, Butterflies and More — 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22. Penn State Master Gardner Roberta Troy invites you to learn a little bit about birds, bugs and butterflies through a story narrated by her cats, Toby and Tabby! All ages are welcome, but the presentation is most appropriate for ages 5 to 10. Registration for this free event must be done in advance and can be done in person or by calling 570-654-9847. The library does not take registrations through Facebook.

Community garden

If you have any interest in having a spot in the West Pittston Community Garden, email westpittstontomorrow@gmail.com.

Parks and Recreation news

West Pittston Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board holds monthly meetings at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. Meetings are held at the borough building.

New members are always welcome.

The organization will host the 41st annual Anthracite Run on Saturday, June 2.

Recycling

The recycling containers located at the Public Works Building on Delaware Avenue are open to the public from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

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 collection Thursday morning.

Yard waste

The Public Works Department began picking up yard waste on April 2.

Yard waste will be picked up from Erie Street to Montgomery Avenue every Monday. Yard waste from Montgomery Avenue to Susquehanna Avenue will be picked up every Tuesday.

Please avoid using plastic bags and, if needed, please use biodegradable paper bags.

See you around town.

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