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Pittston Mayor Michael Lombardo addresses the gathering on Main Street in front of the Christopher Columbus statue during a program celebrating Columbus as well as the areas Italian heritage. cv08columbus DAVE SCHERBENCO/CITIZENS VOICE

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the placement of the Columbus statue at Columbus Avenue and South Main Street, Pittston. To mark the anniversary, a parade, program at the statue and dinner will take place Sunday, Oct. 13. As much as the statue celebrates the journey of Columbus’ trek to America, it also celebrates the migration of hard-working Italians to America, especially to Pittston. A full day of celebration is scheduled, beginning with a parade on Main Street starting at 2 p.m. at William Street and traveling south to the statue. A rededication ceremony will be held at the conclusion of the parade. The Columbus Statue Committee has completed the final statue site development with lighting, flags and a commemorative 50th anniversary plaque. The day will culminate with a dinner and program at the hall of the Parish of St. Barbara, 28 Memorial St., Exeter, with cocktail hour from 4 to 5 p.m. followed by dinner. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased by contacting Mary Kroptavich at 570-885-2323 by Wednesday, Oct. 9. Tables of eight may be reserved at time of purchase. Above, Pittston Mayor Michael Lombardo addresses the crowd at last year’s Columbus Day program.