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With October comes the changing of the leaves. Cooler nights. Sweater weather. The invasion of pumpkin spice. And, of course, Halloween.

There is no lack of fun Halloween activities around town this year. The West Pittston Parks and Rec. Board is planning its second annual Halloween carnival. More information will be announced on that event as it draws closer.

The annual Halloween Mass at Corpus Christi Parish will be followed by a party in the Immaculate Conception hall. The Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. At this Mass, the youth choir will sing and children of the parish are invited to take part as ushers, lectors, heavenly hosts and gift bearers. Everyone is invited to come in costume!

Monday, Oct. 30, the West Pittston Library will hold its last “slime session” by creating “blood slime” at 6:00 pm. The slime session will bring with it a whole Halloween celebration. Come as you are or in a simple festive get-up so nothing stands in the way of your Halloween fun. Pass the pumpkin, musical graves, and a candy walk will be featured. Everyone leaves with their own bag of homemade gooey blood. Participants must bring a medium and a large mixing bowl, a set of measuring spoons, baking sheet and 1-cup liquid measuring cup. Mark your calendars and start designing that Halloween costume.

Here’s what else is happening around town.

Corpus Christi news

In honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Wednesday, Oct. 4, a blessing of the animals will be held in the parish during the weekend of Oct. 7-8. At Holy Redeemer Church, the animals will be blessed at noon Saturday, Oct. 7. Animals will be blessed at Immaculate Conception Church at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8.

The Social Concerns Committee is conducting a fall food drive. The group will gladly accept all nonperishable food donations. Donations can be left in the vestibules of the churches. Some suggestions include: hot and cold cereals, breakfast bars, coffee, tea, fruit juices, canned fruits, stuffing, boxed or canned potatoes and yams, and canned or boxed gravy.

The next program offered in the parish’s Adult Education Series will be a study on sacred scripture and the mysteries of the rosary. This program, which began Oct. 5, will be held at 7 p.m. on five consecutive Thursdays. Each session will last for approximately 75 minutes and will be held in the Immaculate Conception Church. To sign up for the program or to find out more information, please contact Deacon Jim Meizanis at 570-239-2783 or deacon.meizanis@gmail.com or Donna Valenti at 570-885-5432 or d_romo251@hotmail.com.

The next communal baptism will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, in Immaculate Conception Church. Or, if you prefer, you may choose another date and time and have your child privately baptized. To schedule a baptism, please call the rectory at 570-654-2753.

First West Pittston United Methodist Church news

Worship is held at First West Pittston United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. Sundays.

West Pittston Library news

West Pittston Library announced the following upcoming programs:

Puzzling Program — from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9. With so many kinds of puzzles this STEM class is sure to be adventurous. Dive into Jenga, Rubik’s Cube, tangrams, mazes, Sudoku, riddles, crosswords, jigsaw puzzles, brain teasers and more.

Spy Academy — 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. The library will turn into a spy academy for one day only. Don your disguise and sneak into the library for this top secret undercover operation.

Your identity will remain anonymous with the use of a “spy code-name generator.” Your assignments — should you choose to accept them — will be to search for fingerprints, identify the missing clues, learn to handle dynamite, survive the laser maze, succeed in target practice, make it through the mine field, and crack the codes.

Author Study: Eric Carle — 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. Carle is best known for “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” Caterpillar and other Eric Carle friends will be featured.

Autumn Bunting Décor — 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16. Want to learn how to sew? Deciding whether to by a sewing machine? Haven’t sewn in years and want to try again? Learn how to make an autumn bunting. Spend an evening cutting fabric and stitching. Leave with a bunting to decorate your home just in time for Thanksgiving. The library will provide the sewing machines.

Crystal Jelly Slime — 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. If you’ve never seen slime that appears to be filled with sparkling crystals, it’s about time you did. Participants must bring a set of measuring spoons and a medium mixing bowl.

Local Author Sean Carroll’s Baseball Poetry — 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23. “Caught Looking” by West Pittston resident Sean Carroll offers a broad view of the human condition through the lens of our national pastime, baseball. Divided into the seasons in which baseball is played, the poems represent a gradual shift from early themes of innocence and nostalgia to the more realistic — and often disillusioning — facets of experience. Visit the library for an author’s reading of select poems as well as a book signing celebrating the intersection of art and sport.

Kindergarten readiness — Become a regular at this Friday afternoon early literacy program designed to introduce children to the library, get them interested in books and develop the skills needed for school. Spend some fun one-on-one time with your child or grandchild as you read books, sing songs, play games and make crafts centered around the weekly, kid-friendly theme. Learn pre-reading techniques that you can do at home to enhance their skills. Please register by Wednesday of each week.

Boy Scout spaghetti dinner

Boy Scout Troop 352 will sponsor a spaghetti dinner Monday, Oct. 9, at First United Methodist Church, 408 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston. Takeouts will be available from 4 to 5 p.m. and dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $8.

Shade Tree Commission meeting

West Pittston Shade Tree Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the borough building community room.

Leaf collection

Leaf collection began in began in the borough Oct. 2 and will continue for eight weeks on Mondays and Tuesdays. The last leaf and yard waste pickup will be Tuesday, Dec. 12 or until the first snowfall.

Residents are reminded they are responsible for leaves in front of their homes and are asked not to put leaves in gutters. Anyone placing leaves in gutters will be cited.

Yard waste

Yard waste is picked up Mondays from Erie to Montgomery Avenue and Tuesdays from Montgomery Avenue to Susquehanna Avenue.

The Public Works Department asks residents to please clean out the yard waste containers frequently to prevent the accumulation of mosquitoes and other bugs.

Recycling

The recycling containers located 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. To include an item in his column, email jbubul@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.