You may have noticed a new face at the West Pittston Library. It is none other than the library’s new director, David Bauman.
David came to West Pittston by way of the Priestly Forsyth Memorial Library in Northumberland, and, since 2015, the Plains Branch of the Osterhout Library. His introduction to the crew at the West Pittston Library came at a 2015 fundraiser and he remained in touch with them ever since. After Anne Bramblett left late last year for the Austin (Texas) library, David took the chance and applied. In his short time in West Pittston, David said he has been impressed with the love that the staff has for the library and for the community.
“The West Pittston Library is a tremendous asset to the community. With their summer reading program, the workshops they offer, and the movie nights, just to name a few things, it comforts me to know that the library is in capable hands,” he said.
Worry not. No changes to how things are done are on the radar. You can still expect the same great community events — and maybe even a few more fun ones. Please join me in wishing David heartfelt congratulations on his new position. Stop in and welcome him to our little town.
Here’s what else is happening this week.
Corpus Christi news
Corpus Christi Parish Youth Group will present Living Stations on Good Friday evening. Participation is open to boys and girls of all ages. There are both speaking and nonspeaking parts. If you are interested in participating in Living Stations, you must contact Jule Anne Klepadlo at 570-430-1470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Corpus Christi Parish is looking for donations of any non-perishable foods to fill the food pantry shelves for spring. Canned fruits, vegetables and beans are especially needed. Donations may be left in the vestibules of the churches.
During Lent, along with its food drive, the Social Concerns Committee conducts a drive seeking candy, treats and small toys suitable for filling Easter baskets for children. If you can help, all donations may be left in the sacristies of the churches or at the rectory. If you or a family you know is in need and would like help for Easter, please contact Joyce at email@example.com or 570-654-2753 or tell a member of Social Concerns.
Save the date! The parish will hold its annual car show Sunday, May 27. Rain date is Monday, May 28.
The parish will have daily Masses during Lent at 7:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church; 8:30 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Church and 5:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church. To serve in the daily Mass during Lent, lectors should contact Paula Panzitta at 570-388-6129 or firstname.lastname@example.org and EMs should contact Teresa Crossin at 570-357-3985 or email@example.com.
The public is invited to gather for Lenten Soup and Scripture programs as members of the parish enjoy a simple meal of soup and sandwiches provided by volunteers in various ministries of the parish. Each Tuesday at 6 p.m., the meal will be followed by Lenten reflections from a guest speaker. Please contact Joyce at 570-654-2753 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to participate.
Stations of the Cross will continue at 6 p.m. Friday, March 23, in Immaculate Conception Church. Families and/or individuals are welcome to participate in the Stations each week. If you wish to participate, contact Joyce at 570-654-2753 or email@example.com.
Trinity Episcopal Church news
Trinity Episcopal Church will hold noon prayer every Wednesday in the lower level chapel during winter months.
Breakfast with the Bunny and an egg hunt will be held Saturday, March 24, beginning at 10 a.m. The event is free and open to the community. RSVP at 570-654-3261.
West Pittston First United Methodist Church news
West Pittston First United Methodist Church holds Sunday worship at 10 a.m. Children and youth Sunday school is at 10:15 a.m.
West Pittston Library will offer the following programs:
The Science of Facial Perception — 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 12. The Everhart Museum is back again with another highly engaging “On the Road” session. Facial perception is an individual’s understanding and interpretation of the face. During this STEAM event, kids will investigate how the human brain processes proportion and expression to inform both social interaction and facial identity versus how technology can identify, process and analyze similar information. Optical illusions, facial recognition software, and found trash portraits will have kids asking for more. Space is limited. Appropriate for all ages.
Sewing 101 — 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays. March 19, making a utility apron, $10 registration includes all materials; March 26, bookmark cross stitch, $5 registration includes all materials.
Arm Knitting — 6 to 7:30 Tuesday, March 20. Create your own infinity scarf out of chunky yarn with just your arms. Summer Belles will teach all the skills needed to leave with a completed scarf. Bring 2-3 skeins of yarn, the chunkier, the better.
West Pittston Tax Collector George L. Miller wishes to inform property owners that the 2018 county and West Pittston Borough tax bills have been mailed. Rebate period will end April 11. Anyone not receiving a tax bill should call the office and a new bill will be sent. During the rebate period, office hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. For appointments, call 570-655-7782, ext. 232. When mailing and a receipt is requested, please send the complete tax bill and a self-addressed envelope.
It’s not too early to be thinking of spring. If you have any interest in having a spot in the West Pittston Community Garden, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Parks and Recreation events
West Pittston Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the borough building. New members are always welcome.
Upcoming events include: parks cleanup, April 21; 41st annual Anthracite Run, June 2; Fun Run, July 4; Movie in the Park, Aug. 25; senior citizen barbecue, Sept. 9; Halloween parade, Oct. 27, and tree lighting, Dec. 2.
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 recycling collection on Thursday morning.
See you around town.
John Bubul writes about West Pittston every week. To include an item in his column, email email@example.com or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.