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During his farewell speech to the cadets of the U.S. Military Academy on May 12, 1962, U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur imparted his wisdom on what a soldier should be with three simple words and one simple phrase, “Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.”

The members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary in town appreciate those words and apply them to their plans as they develop ways to help our veterans. They have a meeting this week to finalize details for a local veterans event. Read on to see how you can help and instill duty, honor and country in your life.

Avoca VFW Auxiliary Post 8335 will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at the post home, 915 Main St.

President June Fitzgerald will preside over the meeting. Plans for the veterans bingo event will be finalized at this time.

The veterans bingo event will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Plains Twp. Members will leave the post home at 5 p.m., where transportation will be provided to the center.

New members are welcome to attend the meeting. For information or an application, please call 570-457-9604.

Youth award winners

Congratulations to the following members of Queen of the Apostles Parish who received the Diocese of Scranton’s Bishop’s Youth Award: eighth grade, Michael Allardyce, Ciaran Bilbow, Paris Doran, Rachael Inglima, Javien Kester, Abigail Miller and Johnny Sudol; 12th grade, Maille Allardyce and Angelina Penatzer.

Queen of the Apostles Parish announces the following meetings: youth group, 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, rectory; pastoral council, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, rectory; women’s guild, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, rectory; youth group board, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, rectory, and worship committee, 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, rectory.

Tax and trash payments

Avoca Tax Collector Therese Wrubel announced the Pittston Area school taxes have been distributed.

Residents can pay their bill from 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays and 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Avoca Municipal Building, 950 Main St., during the rebate period only. Residents also can pay their bill via mail by sending the entire bill and payment to Therese Wrubel, 129 Factory St., Avoca, PA 18641. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you need a receipt.

Anyone who did not receive a bill should call Wrubel at 570-457-4891.

Residents also are reminded they may only place three bags of garbage curbside for the weekly refuse collection. Additional bags require a sticker which is $3 and can be purchased from Wrubel anytime by calling 570-457-4891.

Farmers market

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

Little League meetings

Avoca/Dupont Little League will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Avoca Borough Municipal Building, 952 Main St.

The league officers for the 2019-20 season will be elected at this meeting. Following the election, there will be a discussion about the fall season, the continuing merger with the Greater Pittston Area Little League and regular league business. The public is invited to attend.

Greater Pittston Area Little League, consisting of Avoca/Dupont, Duryea and Pittston City, will have a general meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227, 492 Stephenson St., Duryea.

The upcoming merger of the three leagues will be discussed at this time. All officers from each league are required to attend. The meeting is open to the public and anyone interested in volunteering in any capacity.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 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.


The Avoca Community Committee will host an Oktoberfest bar hop throughout Avoca starting at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. The participating bars include Litzy’s Lounge, Ernie G.’s, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8335, Boozer’s Sports Bar, McAlpine Street Pub and Pizza and the West Side Social Club.

The cost is $25 per person, which includes a custom T-shirt, transportation around town, drink specials, giveaways and entertainment.

To register, please contact Colleen Velehoski, Holly Homschek or Kelly O’Brien via Facebook.

For details, visit the Avoca CC Facebook page.


logo contest

Avoca Borough’s 150th Anniversary Planning Committee will sponsor an art contest where participants will compete to design the borough’s official sesquicentennial logo.

There will be two divisions in the contest: adults, 18 and older, and children, 7 to 17.

Contest winners will have their hand-drawn logo become a part of the borough’s history as it is utilized not only for the sesquicentennial but also for years to come.

Contest applications and details are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Avoca Municipal Building, 752 Main St., or by sending an email to

Applications and logo designs for the contest are due by Friday, Nov. 1.

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 the sunroom entrance.

Well wishes

Happy anniversary to my husband, Jim. We will celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary Friday, Oct. 11. Jim, you truly are one of a kind, and I am so happy that you’re mine! I love you!

Congratulations and best wishes to Bernard and Rose Jacek, who will celebrate their 69th wedding anniversary Monday, Oct. 7. In addition to this happy occasion, the Jacek family also is looking forward to celebrating Rose’s 91st birthday Thursday, Oct. 10.

Happy birthday to Matthew Starzec, who celebrated his 33rd birthday Oct. 1.

Happy birthday to Carol Trzcinski, who will celebrate her special day Wednesday, Oct. 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 include an item in her column, email or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.