Jenkins Twp./Yatesville Borough Crime Watch will host its second annual 4-mile run/1-mile walk Saturday, May 4. Registration is $15 until Thursday, April 18, and $20 until race day. Race day registration is $25. Runners/walkers can register at runsignup.com or go to NEPArunner.com and click online registration. Paper registrations are available at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman. Checks can be made payable to Jenkins Twp. /Yatesville Borough Crime Watch and can be sent to 3 Laflin Road, Inkerman, PA 18640. The first 50 registrants will receive a free T-shirt.
The race will begin and end at Pittston Area High School, 5 Stout St., Yatesville. The 1-mile walk option will be held on the school track.
Those who participate in the event are eligible for awards. The overall male and female run winners will receive awards. Medals will be given to the top three males and top three female runners in the following age divisions: 0-9, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70-plus. The top three male and female walk winners will receive awards, as well.
This event benefits the Jenkins Twp./Yatesville Borough Crime Watch and the Jenkins Twp. Police Department.
For information, please contact Wendy at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building at 570-654-3315 or email email@example.com.
Lithuanian Club lottery
Lithuanian Independent Beneficial Club of Inkerman is hosting a calendar lottery sale in April. April calendars are $5 each and can be purchased from any member or at the club itself, 2 Winter St., Inkerman. Calendars are assigned numbers that will coincide with the Pennsylvania Lottery’s Pick 3 daily drawing. The numbers can be checked daily with the 7 p.m. daily drawing on television. If your number is picked, you win $25 daily or $50 on Sunday. Additionally, on April 11 and April 21, if your assigned number is chosen, there is a chance to win $5,000.
For information, please send a message to Jackie Vaxmonsky via the Lithuanian Independent Beneficial Club.
Jenkins yard waste
The Jenkins Twp. Board of Supervisors would like to remind its residents, since the spring season is upon us, yard waste pickup has begun. The red yard waste containers are available for sale for $11 each at the municipal building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.
Yard waste will be picked up in Jenkins Twp. every Thursday. Residents are reminded to put yard waste in the appropriate containers. Containers must have perforations on the bottom, handles on each side and cannot have a lid on top. They may not have rims on the top, wheels on the bottom or exceed 20 gallons.
The filled yard waste containers cannot weigh more than 30 pounds. If there are branches in the container, they must not be more than 3 feet long, and they must be bundled and tied together for a manageable pickup.
For information, please call 570-654-3315.
Jenkins Easter party, egg hunt
Jenkins Twp. will hold an Easter party from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Spadi Park, 471 S. Main St., Inkerman. This is a public event hosted by Jenkins Twp. and all children in Greater Pittston are welcome. The Easter Bunny will be there for pictures. An Easter egg hunt will take place and there are prizes to be won. For information, please call 570-654-3315.
Veterans memorial craft fair
Jenkins Twp. Veterans Memorial Committee will host a craft fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Queen of Apostles Parish Hall, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca. If anyone is interested in vendor space or hosting a booth, please contact the municipal building at 570-654-3315 for information.
Jenkins planning meeting
Jenkins Twp. Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the municipal building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.
Jenkins Twp. Crime
Jenkins Twp. Crime Watch will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the municipal building. Meetings are the third Wednesday of every month.
Residents are reminded to clean their recyclables before putting them out to be picked up. In single-stream recycling, all of the materials collected are separated at the material recovery facility. Because materials come into contact with one another in these streams, it’s more likely liquids and foods will spill onto paper products. This can contaminate paper and force the recycling facility to divert the product to the landfill. Rinsing out bottles and cans reduces the likelihood that your recycled materials will be sent to the trash.
Pittston Twp. meeting
Pittston Twp. Supervisors will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 15, at the municipal building, 421 Broad St. Board meetings are held the third Monday of every month.
The rebate period for county and township taxes ended April 3.
The tax office hours have changed for face period. Pittston Twp. Tax Collector Rita Timonte will have office hours from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday evening only at her home office, 12 E. Oak St., Pittston Twp. Jenkins Twp. Tax Collector Jean Mudlock will be at the tax office at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays only. Special arrangements may be made by calling Mudlock at 570-654-9710 or Timonte at 570-654-8807.
If paying by mail, postmark is acceptable. When requesting a paid receipt when paying by mail, include all copies of the tax bill with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. One check should be written out for each parcel.
To report a change of address, mark the bill accordingly or include a note with the new mailing address.
Face period for payment is until June 3. Penalty period is June 4 through Dec. 31.
Pittston Twp. refuse and recycling reminders
Pittston Twp.’s garbage collection days are Friday of each week for all of Pittston Twp.
Recycling days will continue to be Friday of alternating weeks. No electronics will be accepted. For information, call 570-654-0161.
Pittston Twp. residents are reminded that mattresses and box springs must be bagged and sealed in plastic mattress bags when placed curbside for collection by Mascaro & Sons.
Recent infestations of bed bugs have spread from mattresses to employees as they make curbside pickups, prompting this requirement.
You can find mattress disposal bags at most major retailers and home improvement stores.
Items may be set out on your regularly scheduled trash/bulk service day.
Ambulance association news
The Pittston Twp. Ambulance Association’s 2019 membership drive is underway. Annual membership is $35 per residence.
Any resident who did not receive a membership mailing, please call 570-654-4717. Memberships also may be obtained between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the business office, 24 Bryden St., Pittston Twp.
The Jenkins Twp. Senior Citizen Organization will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Jenkins Twp. Hose Co., 2 Second St.
The group normally meets the third Tuesday of every month, with some exceptions.
New members are welcome. For information, contact Jean Mudlock at 570-654-9710.
Jenkins refuse and recycling
Residents are advised payment for the 2019 Jenkins Twp. stickers for refuse and recycling services through County Waste is past due. As of Feb. 1, a $10 late fee has been added to the following listed fees.
If payment of the refuse fee is not made in full by May 1, another $10 late fee will be added. Anyone who hasn’t paid their 2019 fee at that time will be sent a final notice and may face legal action. June 1, all unpaid charges or balances will be sent to the Jenkins Twp. Police Department for enforcement and issuance of a citation and/or filing of a municipal lien for noncompliance to the township’s Refuse and Recycling Ordinance.
The sticker prices are based on the size of the bin the resident owns. A small bin, 35 gallons, is $120; medium bin, 65 gallons, is $240, and a large bin, 95 gallons, is $280. All prices have an additional $10 late fee. Bulk stickers also are available for purchase. Residents must purchase a full sheet of six stickers for $30.
Jenkins Twp. accepts payment by Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover credit cards. A consumer fee of 3%will be applied for each transaction.
Anyone who wishes to upgrade their service to the next size may do so by bringing proof of the current sticker for the bin size and a copy of the paid invoice to the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Office, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.
For information, contact the township at 570-654-3315.
Residents are advised they no longer have to schedule a pickup with County Waste for bulk items. Just place items out Monday evening or by approximately 6 a.m. Tuesday for bulk items to be picked up. Tires, building materials, automobile parts and electronics are not accepted. Mattresses and box springs must be wrapped in plastic.
For information, please contact the municipal building at 570-654-0161.
Happy birthday this week to Johnny Walanski, Ryan Canfield and John Willington, April 16; Samantha Zalepa and Dayna Ruhf, April 17; Mallory Renniger, Casey Thomas and Kimmie Sutkowski, April 18; Brooklynn Gilpin, Adam Ercolani, Jim Reeser, Edward Campana, Craig Miller, Tim Bergling, Lexi Coolbaugh and Ricky Missett, April 19; Shane Chandler, Andrew Dule, Rich Hartranft and Mark Maros, April 20; Jordyn Smith and Jessica Skoloda Frohman, April 21; Rocco Lombardo, April 22.
Make it one to remember, everyone!
Wise words of the week
“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” — Amelia Earhart
Nico Rossi writes about Jenkins Twp. and Pittston Twp. every week. To include an item in his column, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-348-9100, ext. 5202 by Monday.