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Little Eric’s Foundation will hold its second annual Little Eric’s Foundation Wiffle Ball Classic at the West Pittston Little League on Sunday, June 4. Little Eric’s Foundation raises money for pediatric cancer in honor of Eric Speicher Jr., of West Pittston, who died in December 2013 after a 2½-year battle with cancer. Little Eric Foundation members recently participated in the Cycle for Survival fundraising event at Equinox Sports Club in Manhattan. The foundation raised more than $25,000 to help fight pediatric brain cancer. At Cycle for Survival, first row, from left, are Olivia Bellanco, Kara Moscatelli and Rosalie Cullagh. Second row: Cristina Praefke, Avonlea Anastasia, Mary Jo Janssen, Tyler Bonita, Tina Thornton and Paula Jump. Third row: Kim Naylor, Nicole Spak, Abby Thornton, Nicole Baiera, Jessica Speicher, Jennifer Bonita and Dorothy Stella. For information about LEF, visit Facebook or littleericsfoundation.org.

It is the middle of April. Let’s hope old man winter is done and has no more tricks up his sleeve. I have spring fever, and I have it bad. Those lazy, hazy days of summer cannot come soon enough.

I am grateful every day for coming of age in the era before electronics took complete control. I would have missed those games of Monopoly with my cousins under the cabana at my grandparent’s home or giggling during thunderstorms playing Candy Crush.

Some of my fondest summer memories are of playing long games of Wiffle ball with my cousins. The rivalries were brutal. It was every man for himself and, while I may not have been the best at it, I sure had the time of my life.

Soon you can have a fun game of Wiffle ball and support a great cause at the same time, thanks to Little Eric’s Foundation, a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping find a solution to pediatric brain cancer. The foundation was formed to honor the memory of West Pittston resident Eric Speicher Jr., son of Jessica and Eric Speicher, who tragically passed away in December 2013 after a 2½ year battle with cancer.

Sunday, June 4, you can participate in the second annual Little Eric’s Foundation Wiffle Ball Classic at the West Pittston Little League. Sign-in begins at 8 a.m. and the games will begin promptly at 9 a.m. The cost to register a team is $50. You must register by May 21.

Teams will be limited to five players each and the tournament will be double elimination. Age brackets are: 7-9 years; 10-12 years; 13-15 years; and 16-adult. Bats and balls will be provided. No tournament bats will be allowed. For the registration form and information on how to donate to the foundation, visit www.littleericsfoundation.org.

Who knows, maybe I’ll get the team back together for one day. Be warned. We play to win.

Here’s what else is happening around town this week.

Trinity Episcopal Church news

Trinity Episcopal Church holds noon prayer every Wednesday at the church on Montgomery Avenue.

Corpus Christi Parish news

Easter baskets will be blessed at noon Saturday, April 15, in Holy Redeemer Church.

The parish’s annual Easter egg hunt, sponsored by the youth group, will be held on the grounds of Holy Redeemer Church at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, April 15. All are welcome

The parish will host its annual Mass and brunch honoring its high school graduates. Graduates will be honored at 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 7. Immediately following the liturgy, brunch for the graduates and their families will be served in the church hall. Invitations are being sent to high school graduates.

The parish bazaar will be held Thursday, June 22, through Sunday, June 24, on the Immaculate Conception Church grounds.

Beginning Wednesday, April 26, flea market items may be dropped off at the school, behind ICC, from 6 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Please remember the church cannot accept clothing, stuffed animals, pillows, stuffed furniture, large appliances and electronics. One or two volunteers are needed to help with publicity by placing advertisements and making phone calls. If you can help, contact Kim Rollman at 570-814-4745 or email RollmanKim@comcast.net. Help is needed to update signs and create new ones. Contact Debra Dirlam at 570-388-2874.

The annual car show will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 21, on the grounds of Holy Redeemer Church.

All altar servers, EMs and lectors are asked to notify the coordinators of any changes they wish to make for their Mass serving preference for the new schedule, which will be prepared before the end of April. Please remember to notify them of any changes to personal contact information, as well.

First West Pittston United Methodist Church news

West Pittston First United Methodist Church will hold Sunday service at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

The Rehoboth Welsh Choir will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22. The Rehoboth Welsh Choir is a concert choir in the tradition of the great performing choirs of the Welsh valleys. The choir sings music of the faith and culture of Wales and from the rich heritage of classical and modern choral repertoire. The choir, under its professional director, performs a variety of styles in Welsh and other languages.

Library news

West Pittston Library announced the following upcoming activities:

DIY: Reuse. Rearrange.Refresh — Wednesday, April 19, 6:30 p.m. A home facelift doesn’t always have to require new furniture, an expensive trip to the hardware store, a professional contractor or a huge budget. Join that popular faux HGTV duo (no, not Chip and Joanna but Anne and Maria) to gather ideas about how to style your space for an instant refresh by using what you have, what you can get for free or what you can find in the discount aisle.

DIY: So, You Want to Be a Self-Published Author — Monday, April 24, 6:30 p.m. The decision to become a self-published author is becoming more popular, but many writers go into it not

knowing what lies ahead. Author Paul Cwalina will help you explore the reasons to self-publish along with the advantages and disadvantages of doing so. Using his own experience, he’ll explain how and where to self-publish and give tips on how to market your book.

LuLaRoe Clothing Fundraiser — Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Known for quality, trendy prints and flattering styles, the LuLaRoe clothing line is for women, children and even men. Only a limited number of pieces are created in each print, so when you find that perfect, unique pattern, you need to snatch it up, as you may never find it again. The library will have an independent consultant with clothes available for you to try on, purchase and leave with. No waiting! And, best of all, part of the proceeds will benefit the library.

Check Out a Librarian — Are you in a book club and looking to shake things up? Have librarians Anne and Jen join you when you schedule your next book club meeting at the library. Jen will schedule your book club meeting and offer a list of current novels to get you talking. Contact the library for availability.

Kindergarten Readiness — Is your child ready for pre-k or kindergarten? Do they need structured time for socialization, learning letters, letter sounds, scissor skills and fine motor skills? Are there things you can do at home to prepare them for the classroom? Become a regular at this Friday afternoon early literacy program designed to introduce children to the library, get them interested in books and develop the skills needed for school. Spend some fun one-on-one time with your child or grandchild as you read books together, sing songs, play games and make crafts centered around the weekly, kid-friendly theme. Learn pre-reading techniques that you can do at home to enhance their skills. Please register by Wednesday of each week.

Breast cancer benefit

A bus trip to New York City is planned Saturday, April 22, to raise money for breast cancer research.

The bus will depart from the Pittston Park and Ride on Oak Street at 7:30 a.m. and will leave New York at 7 p.m. Participants may do as they please in the city.

A fundraising auction of donated items will be held en route to New York. Cost is $35 and reservations can be made by calling MaryAnn Zezza at 570-299-9379 or Carol Sabatini at 786-219-1459.

Council meeting

West Pittston Council will hold a work session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in the borough building.

Yard waste

Yard waste collection is now underway. Yard waste will be picked up Mondays from Erie Avenue to Montgomery Avenue and Tuesdays from Montgomery Avenue to Susquehanna Avenue.

Recycling reminder

Recycling containers located at the Public Works building on Delaware Avenue are locked and closed to the public every day, except Saturday mornings. The only time residents may drop off recyclable items at the Public Works Department building is 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 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 every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To include an item in his column, email jbubul@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.