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Porches are full of Halloween decorations, skeletons, pumpkins and mums. It’s officially that time of year. Some of us are putting together our Halloween costumes and others are planning their menu for the first Thanksgiving dinner they’ll be hosting at their new home. Still, others are focused on what’s coming a little sooner — a trip to see the fall foliage changing.

Our area has some amazing places where you can see the beauty of this time of year, and they’re just a short drive away. For me, it’s the drive to Honesdale. When the leaves are at their peak change, the highway into Honesdale gives some of the most beautiful views. And so does Frances Slocum State Park.

We’re so fortunate to be able to drive just a few minutes to an hour or two away to see some amazing sights. So, whatever you’re planning for, take some time to get out there and see a little of what Mother Nature has in store for us this month. It’s likely to take your breath away.

Tire drop off

Council reminds residents that there will be a tire collection Thursday, Oct. 10, and Friday, Oct. 11, at the borough building. Tires may be dropped off between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. No tires can be left at the borough building while it is dark. Tires for the collection must be off rims.

Tax reminder

Pittston Area taxes have been mailed. Residents can pay their bill at the borough building from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the rebate period. After the rebate period, taxes can be paid from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays only.

Lions Club meeting

Hughestown Lions Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at Bari Pizza, 26 Laurel St. President Steve Golya will preside. The Halloween parade and party will be discussed. All members are urged to attend.

Holiday craft fair

Hughestown Park and Recreation Committee is planning its annual holiday gift and craft fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Pittston Area Primary Center, 210 Rock St., Hughestown.

A variety of vendors will be on hand with many new and exciting gifts for your holiday gift giving.

Anyone wishing to participate as a vendor to help in any way can contact Mary Golya at 570-655-4552.

Crime Watch meeting

The next Hughestown Crime Watching meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at the Hughestown Hose Company. Domestic violence will be the topic of the meeting and the guest speaker will be Luzerne County Judge Tina Gartley. October is National Domestic Violence Month. Domestic violence affects millions of both women and men in every race, religion, culture and economic status. The public is invited. New members are welcome.

Happy anniversary

Council wishes a happy anniversary to Steve and Mary Golya, who are celebrating their 40th anniversary Sunday, Oct. 6.

Expression of sympathy

Council sends sympathy to the Kishel, Galli and Biscotti families.

Kayleigh DeMace writes about Hughestown. To list a news item, email kdemace@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-821-2004 by 5 p.m. Monday.