West Pittston’s borough building will be entering 2018 with a facelift. With help of a small grant the walls have been painted — with a little extra detailing in the council chambers — and new carpeting laid down. It is the first makeover since the building was constructed in the 1970s.
To go along with the new look, the council would like to line the main hallway with historic prints of West Pittston.
The plan is to gather between 10 and 12 photographs of West Pittston since it was founded in 1857. They will be enlarged and double matted in identical gray frames with a small plaque identifying the scene.
A sample was displayed at last week’s council meeting.
The council hopes West Pittston residents will participate in two ways.
First, if you have an iconic photograph of West Pittston that could be part of the collection, please consider loaning it to the project.
The West Pittston Historical Society has photos from the early part of the 20th century, but doesn’t have very much to choose from after the 1950s.
Anyone have a great photo of the West Pittston High School band on the school steps after a football game? A Little League game? Second, each framed photo will cost $240 each.
Residents and businesses can sponsor a photo or donate one in memory of or in honor of someone (a great Christmas present for that hard-to-buy-for person)
For information, to submit a photo (which will be returned to you), or buy a photo, call borough Secretary Ellen Riddle at 570-655-7782.
You can see an example of one historic photo on an easel in the window of Marquis Art & Frame shop on South Main Street in Wilkes-Barre.
Here’s what else is happening this week:
Corpus Christi Parish news
Christmas stockings are located in the vestibules of the churches. If you can help, please take a stocking and fill it with Christmas candy, treats or Dollar Store trinkets for children.
These stockings will be given to the children of the families the church is helping for Christmas.
Please return filled stockings to the rectory or leave them under the Giving Trees on or before Sunday, Dec. 17.
Christmas wafers are available in the sacristy of each church.
Donation is $2 for a pack of four wafers.
Corpus Christi Parish announced the following Masses for Christmas and New Year’s: Sunday, Dec. 24, 4, 5:30 and 10 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 25, 7:30, 9 and 10:30 a.m.; Sunday, Dec. 31, 4 and 5:30 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 1, 7:30, 9 and 10:30 a.m.
Altar servers, Eucharistic ministers and lectors are reminded the new ministry schedule will run from Dec. 3 through March 25.
Preparing Thanksgiving food boxes for 75 families really wiped out the parish’s food supply.
The goal is to fill the shelves and to be able to feed the same 75 families for Christmas.
If you can help, please leave donations of any nonperishable foods in the vestibules of the churches.
The youth group will be selling Christmas wreaths for $10 for a fresh wreath decorated with a red bow. To order a wreath, see any member of the youth group or call JuelAnne Klepadlo at 570-430-1470. You may pick out your own wreath at Ciampi’s Greenhouse on Tunkhannock Avenue using your prepaid ticket or you may have it delivered.
Corpus Christi Parish will celebrate the Sacrament of First Reconciliation at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in Holy Redeemer Church.
The Sacrament of First Eucharist will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, in Immaculate Conception Church.
All boys and girls in second grade and older who are students in a Catholic school or who are attending religious education classes in the parish are eligible to receive these sacraments.
First West Pittston United Methodist Church
First West Pittston United Methodist Church has worship at 10 a.m. Sundays.
West Pittston Library
West Pittston Library announces the following events:
Holiday Hoopla — Get your kids in their holiday jammies and head to the library to make homemade ornaments!
These aren’t your every day salt clay and popsicle stick ornaments! We’ve got some fantastic ideas and the best part is we’ve even got versions for the grown-ups to make, as well!
Add in some holiday stories with hot chocolate and treats and it’ll be a hullabaloo you won’t want to miss! All ages with parent assistance.
Registration for this free event must be done in advance and can be done in person or by calling 570-654-9847.
Movie Mania: “Despicable Me” — at 1 p.m. Saturdays. Spend those cold winter weekend afternoons at your cozy local library enjoying a movie. For the month of January, the feature is the “Despicable Me” series. There will be popcorn for the whole family to enjoy. Jan. 6 is “Despicable Me;” Jan. 13 is “Despicable Me 2,” and Jan. 20 is “Despicable Me 3.”
Borough council news
West Pittston Council will hold a work session and public meeting to adopt the 2018 budget at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, at the borough building.
Yard waste is picked up Mondays from Erie to Montgomery Avenues and Tuesdays from Montgomery to Susquehanna Avenues.
The Public Works Department also asks residents to please clean out the yard waste containers frequently to prevent the accumulation of mosquitoes and bugs.
Recycling containers at the Public Works Building on Delaware Avenue are open to the public Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon.
Curbside collection of recyclables remains the first and third Thursday of each month.
The Public Works Department asks that residents place their recyclables in front of their homes Wednesday evening prior to recycling collection on Thursday morning.
See you around town.
John Bubul writes about West Pittston every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To include an item in his column, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.