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I’m always looking for ways to improve myself, whether it be trying meditation or taking a cooking class. And this month is perfect for that!

As the seasons change we can see that change reflected in our lives, so it is fitting that September is Self Improvement Month. It is situated perfectly in the calendar year.

With the self improvement market booming with books and activities to help us improve ourselves, there’s plenty of inspiration to draw from.

Self improvement isn’t necessarily about becoming a better person, if you ask me. Instead, it’s about becoming our best self.

We are all who we are, and our lives and paths have shaped us into the person we are today. And that includes the stress that we take in each day and the hardships we’re always faced with. Self improvement gives us the tools we need to deal with these trying situations.

About 10 years ago, I would have never picked up a self improvement book. Now, I have a shelf dedicated to them.

Listening to someone who has been through things we’re experiencing and who has come out stronger reassures us that we can overcome and arms us with the knowledge we need to do just that.

I’m not telling you to go out and buy a book, but take some time on the internet and read a few blog posts. Take a book out from the library. Borrow one from your best friend. Or just take some time to clear your mind.

Celebrate Self Improvement Month in a way that’s most meaningful to you.

Council news

Letters have been sent to homeowners regarding the upkeep and care of their properties. With summer coming to an end, council reminds residents to continue to maintain their properties.

Pothole repair has begun throughout the borough. Councilman Steve Golya is in charge of this much anticipated project.

Centennial Pavilion had its roof replaced and new eaves put on. The grass has also been cut in Robert Yaple Memorial Park as the borough gets ready for Stoners soccer season.

Council thanks PennDOT for clearing all the brush along roadways in the borough.

Center Street will soon be milled. More information to come.

Next year, Center Street also will have some work done, including the installation of a drain.

Crime watch

The next Crime Watch meeting will be held at the hose company at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, with Lynda Hoban presiding.

Fire truck fund drive

The fifth annual fire truck fund drive is officially underway in Hughestown.

Each year, the Hughestown Hose Company works tirelessly to raise funds to sustain the department and this fund drive is a major part of that effort.

To donate, fill out the donation stub you received in the mail and send it in by Sept. 30.

This year, donations collected during the truck fund drive will be used for the loan payment on the fire engine.

The fire department is on track this year to surpass more than 1,000 emergency calls, and drives like this one help them get the job done.

The department works tirelessly, undergoing regular training to ensure that you have the best emergency service possible. The funds raised at these seasonal fundraisers are what enable training, as well as allows for the department to pay utilities and other daily expenses required to provide you with fast and efficient emergency services.

The truck fund drive is a great way for you to give back to the hose company.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns, reach out to the hose company at 570-654-4188. You also can send them a message on Facebook or by email at

Kayleigh DeMace writes about Hughestown every week. To list an item, email or call 570-821-2004 by 5 p.m. Monday.