Christmas is finally here! Hopefully by now you’ve finished all your shopping and wrapping and are spending this weekend relaxing with friends and family who have traveled home for the holidays.
It feels like just yesterday that we were getting ready for Thanksgiving, and now we’re getting ready to celebrate what I hope to be a white Christmas.
While receiving gifts is a highlight for many of us, giving is important, too. Not everyone is as fortunate as we are to be surrounded by loved ones and receive gifts every year. I think it’s important not only to pause and give thanks for how fortunate we are, but also to work to help those in need whenever we can.
Volunteering for a charity or donating to an organization that supports something you’re passionate about is a great way to give back this season and year-round to those who need it. If you can’t quite shake the feeling that you forgot something this year, try donating to a charity or donating your time.
Enjoy the time you’re fortunate enough to spend with your family. Catch up, share a drink, exchange gifts and enjoy a good meal. Sometimes this is the only time of year we’re all together, so make the most of it.
From my family to yours, I wish you a very joyful Christmas together!
Lions Club news
Hughestown Lions Club President Steve Golya was nominated to receive the Melvin Jones Fellowship award. The award will be presented at an upcoming meeting.
The club announced the officers for 2018. They are: President Steve Golya, Vice President Fred Pierantoni III, Second Vice President Matthew Pierantoni, Treasurer Jason Chilipko, Secretary Denise Chilipko, Tail Twister Frank Tierney and Mary Golya, publicity.
Members of the Hughestown Lions Club made their annual visit to St. Joseph’s group home in the borough on Monday, Dec. 4. The club delivered Christmas gifts to all the residents and sang some Christmas carols for the group.
Lion President Steve Golya decorated the outside of the home during a previous visit. The Lions Club has been making this visit for many years and the event one of the club’s highlights of the year.
District Governor Dr. William McLaughlin and Vice District Governor Jeff Smith joined the Hughestown Lions Club for its annual Christmas party Dec. 4 at Bari Pizza. During the event, Hughestown Lions Club Vice President Fred Pierantoni was presented with the 30-year service award.
The Lions would like to thank all the residents and businesses for their generous donations to the annual fund drive and would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year!
Recycling will be delayed one day during the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s.
The collection for those weeks will be as follows: paper/cardboard will be collected Tuesday, co-mingles will be Wednesday and ashes on Thursday.
St. Peter’s news
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church will hold regular services Sunday, Dec. 24, at 10 a.m. Christmas Eve service is at 4 p.m.
Crime Watch news
The next Hughestown Crime Watch meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, at the Hughestown Hose Company.
The public is invited and new members are always welcome to attend Crime Watch meetings.
The past council meeting saw many residents in attendance, and council would like to thank the mayor and all involved in Hughestown for a very good year
The next council meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3.
The issue with sewer water running onto Rock and Grandview streets has finally been repaired. Progress is being made on Rock Street and the first phase of the sewer replacement will begin in spring. The borough will put out bids for the work in early 2018.
Thank you to Mayor Wayne Quick, all the Hughestown Council members, members of the street department, the Hughestown Hose Company, the Hughestown Lions Club, and all involved in making this a very progressive year for Hughestown!
A new riding lawn mower was purchased, as well as a snow blower and two new trucks for the borough this year. The monument has been cleared, and more work and improvements have been accomplished in the borough this year.
Now, here’s to 2018!
Merry Christmas, everyone!
Kayleigh DeMace writes about Hughestown every week. To include an item in her column, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-821-2004 by 5 p.m. Monday.