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As you prepare for fall and start moving your summer clothing into storage, you may discover old documents as you shuffle boxes around. Rather than place them in your trash cans, consider putting them in a shredding bin at the borough’s upcoming community paper shredding event.

Avoca has partnered with Paper Eaters of Wilkes-Barre to host a community paper shredding day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Avoca Municipal Garage, 1103 Plane St. This event will provide Avoca residents with a safe and secure way to dispose of old, unwanted documents. Residents will be asked to provide proof of residency by showing picture ID or drivers license.

Paper Eaters will assist residents with loading their paper into the containers, all of which will be lifted into the shredding truck. Paper with staples and/or standard paper clips will be accepted to shred along with standard file folders and envelopes. Larger binder clips, plastic protective covers or plastic of any kind is not permitted in the shredding truck. Magazines, newspapers, binders and cardboard are not allowed.

Please contact Kelly at 570-457-4947 with any questions.

Fire department fund drive

Avoca Fire Department’s annual fund drive is underway. Residents should have received their appeal letter in the mail. This project is the department’s major fundraiser of the year and supports all of its operating costs.

In addition to meeting their annual expenses, the department is hoping to receive enough financial support through the appeal to make necessary repairs to the shared Emergency Services Building, primarily replacing the leaking roof.

Donations of all amounts are welcome and can be made by following the instructions in the appeal letter or online via PayPal at

The members thank you in advance for your generosity.

VFW chicken barbecue

Avoca Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8335 will host its annual chicken barbecue dinner from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the post home, 915 Main St. Takeouts will be available too.

The menu includes chicken, baked potato, corn, cranberry sauce and dessert.

Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased at the door.

Little League news

Avoca-Dupont Little League will meet at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Avoca Borough Municipal Building, 950 Main St. League officers for the 2019-20 season will be elected. The agenda includes the fall season, continuation of the league’s combining with Pittston City and Duryea as well as regular business. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

The Luzerne County Council will honor the Greater Pittston Area Little League 8/9/10 and 10/11/12 All-Star teams, as well as the Pittston Area Junior Softball team for their accomplishments this year. The event will take place at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Luzerne County Courthouse.

9/11 Mass

Avoca Fire Department and Queen of the Apostles Parish will co-host their annual 9/11 Memorial Mass at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the church, 715 Hawthorne St. Prior to Mass, there will be a procession from the Avoca Fire Department, 740 Main St., to the church. Refreshments will be served in the parish hall following Mass.

Queen of the Apostles news

Queen of the Apostles Parish’s religious education classes, which are open to students entering kindergarten through seventh grade, will begin Sunday, Sept. 15, with class from 9 to 10:15 a.m. in the former St. Mary’s School, 742 Spring St. The confirmation class will meet every two weeks from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the rectory.

Registration forms have been mailed. Anyone who did not receive one or who wants to enroll their child in classes should call the parish office at 570-457-3412. Completed registration forms are due by Friday, Sept. 13.

Following the first day of class, the parish will celebrate its annual Back to School Mass at 10:30 a.m. at the church, 715 Hawthorne St.

The parish’s social concerns/respect life ministry will have a fall craft fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, in the parish hall, 742 Spring St. Along with a variety of beautiful crafts, there also will be other types of vendors on hand. In addition to the fair, there will be breakfast and lunch for sale and a raffle of prizes donated by vendors and committee members. Treats also will be available for children.

Anyone interested in reserving an 8-foot space for $25 or a 16-foot space for $40 may contact the parish at 570-457-3412 or Jane Maxwell at 570-335-8678. Spaces are limited.

The parish announces the following meetings in the rectory: social concerns/respect life, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12; worship committee, 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16; pastoral council, 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16; building and grounds, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, and finance committee, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will open at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Bethel United Methodist Church, 532 Main St. Food can be picked up in the rear entry of the building. Volunteers are needed to unload and distribute food at 1:30 p.m.

Bulk item collection

J.P. Mascaro and Sons will conduct a bulk item pickup Monday, Sept. 23, for Avoca residents who have paid their annual refuse fee. Residents may have up to three items per household collected. Please place items curbside the night before to ensure they are picked up. Regular weekly trash collection will take place the same day.

The following items will not be collected: Freon containing items, tires, paint, stains, pesticides, hazardous type waste, construction materials, brick, block, concrete, car parts, electronics, TVs, computers, laptops, DVD players, VCRs, batteries and recyclables.

Larger items should be broken down if possible. Mattresses will be accepted but must be wrapped in plastic. Carpeting must be rolled and tied, no wider than 4 feet.

Please call J.P. Mascaro directly at 1-800-243-7575 with any questions regarding specific items that will or will not be accepted.

Farmers market

Avoca Farmers Market is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays in the parking area of 824 McAlpine St.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the basement of Queen of the Apostles rectory, 715 Hawthorne St. Use sunroom entrance.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to Tammy Kubasko Urbanski, who will celebrate Sept. 9.

That’s about it for this week, my friends.

Thanks for reading, and have a great week!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Avoca every week. To list an item, email or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.