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Did you know that December is Read a New Book Month?

It’s no secret that I’m a big reader, but lately, reading a new book has been slow going for me, and this is just the reason why I love these national months.

They remind us to do something we love more often than not.

I’ve let my reading slip a bit this year overall, but this is giving me a nice push to do some before the year is out.

There are essentially just a few days left of the year, and that last thing I want to do is end on a subpar note.

Over the next few days I’ll be — other than finishing up my shopping — pausing to read something new.

Maybe I’ll get in two books before the end of the year.

There’s no better way to escape the chaos of the holidays than curling up with a good book and a cuppa tea, so take this into consideration if you’re finding that you need an escape from the hustle and bustle.

Visit the local library, rent something new, and enjoy.

Maybe take that book for a walk to a local coffee shop and take a friend with you for a night out with your favorite book! You’ll love it—I promise.

Now, what’s going on in the borough during these last few weeks of 2017?

Lions Club visit group home

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 is one of the club’s highlights of the year.

Lions’ 30-Year Award

District Gov. Dr. William McLaughlin and Vice District Gov. Jeff Smith joined the Hughestown Lions Club for their annual Christmas party on Dec. 4 at Bari Pizza.

During the event, Hughestown Lions Club Vice President Fred Pierantoni was presented with the 30-year service award.

Council news

Council sends a special thanks to the Hughestown Lions Club for visiting a special home on Griffith Street.

Gifts were given to residents and the home was decorated for the Christmas holidays.

Their work is greatly appreciated and truly shows the Christmas spirit!

Council thanks the Park and Recreations committee for the great job they did with the Hughestown Christmas Tree.

Get in the spirit and stop by to see it if you haven’t yet!

The water problem on Rock and Grandview Street. is leading to water freezing and is posing a hazardous situation.

The issue is being looked into and will be handled by the borough.

Residents are reminded that permits are needed for construction and remodeling on their properties.

Anyone found without a permit will be charged double the permit fee.

Applications for a permit can be pick up at the borough building.

Recycling and

trash changes

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 Tuesday, co-mingles will be Wednesday and ashes on Thursday.

Breakfast with Santa

Hughestown Hose Company’s annual Breakfast with Santa will be held Sunday, Dec. 17, at the fire station banquet hall, 30 Center St. The breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. and the last seating will be at noon.

Santa Claus will arrive at 9 a.m. to give gifts to all the children attending the event.

Santa also will take photos with the children. Mrs. Claus will lead a story time.

Two bicycles will be raffled off during the breakfast.

There also will be a number of activities for children to take part in throughout the breakfast.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 570-654-4188 or at the door the day of the event.

Tickets are $10. Children 5 and younger are free.

Hose company food drive

After Breakfast with Santa, Hughestown Hose Company will be collecting canned goods from residents Sunday, Dec. 17.

Members of the hose company ask that residents have their canned goods in a plastic or paper bag on their front porch no later than noon.

Collections will be made from 1 to approximately 4 p.m.

Items collected through the drive are donated to the Pittston Food Pantry to help feed local families in need during this holiday season.

When you hear the fire truck siren, bring your little ones outside to see Santa Claus!

St Peter’s News

The Sunday school Christmas program will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17.

Sunday, Dec. 24, regular service is at 10 a.m. and Christmas Eve service is at 4 p.m.

Just over one week ‘til Christmas! Happy Holidays!

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