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West Pittston has it’s great moments each season of the year — the cherry blossoms in spring, the nip in the air to go along with the fall leaves — but Christmastime is hard to beat with each street decked out in sparkling lights, bows, greenery and, of course, a spattering of reindeer, sleighs and Santas. Be sure to take a walk or ride through town to get that extra jolt of the holiday spirit.

Joining in the spirit of the season, West Pittston Tomorrow has launched its third annual Christmas Decoration Contest to recognize all the hard work and creativity that goes into celebrating the season. The contest is open to all residents within the borough limits. Categories are traditional and whimsical. First and second prizes will be awarded in both categories.

No applications or fees are needed to enter. West Pittston Tomorrow members are combing the neighborhoods checking out the displays between 5:30 and 10:30 nightly. So, if you want to be considered, just have your display activated and lighted during those hours. The contest is for exterior decorations only. Judging will be done from the outside of the residence and will be based on “curb appeal.” The judges will not enter the property to view back or side yards.

Winners will be announced Wednesday, Jan. 3.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Here’s what else is happening around town.

Corpus Christi Parish news

Corpus Christi Parish announced the following Masses for Christmas and New Year’s: Sunday, Dec. 24, fourth Sunday of Advent, Holy Redeemer, 10:30 a.m.; Sunday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, Immaculate Conception, 4 and 10 p.m., with the adult choir at the later Mass; Monday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day, Immaculate Conception, 7:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Christmas wafers are available in the sacristy of each church. Donation is $2 for a pack of four wafers.

The parish has Christmas food gift boxes available for donations for Christmas meals. Preparing Thanksgiving food boxes for 75 families really wiped out the parish’s food supply. The church’s goal is to fill the shelves and 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.

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 will hold Christmas Eve services at 10 a.m. and 4 and 10 p.m.

Trinity Episcopal Church

Trinity Episcopal Church will offer two services Sunday, Dec. 24. Children’s service will be at 5 p.m. with blessing of the creche. A traditional candlelight service will be held at 9 p.m.

Library news

Movie Mania: “Despicable Me” — at 1 p.m. Saturdays in January. Spend those cold winter weekend afternoons at your cozy local library enjoying a movie. For 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.”

Cross Stitch Your Own Bookmark — 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8. Did you make a New Year’s resolution to read more books? Or to learn a new skill, create something new or promise to stop dog-earring pages of library books? Well, you can check all those off your list plus make new friends at this workshop. Kendra will walk you through how to hand-stitch a beautiful bookmark and you will leave the library feeling accomplished, confident and with a can-do attitude for the new year. Registration and pre-payment of $5 is required.

Arm Knitting — 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9. Create your own infinity scarf out of chunky yarn with just your arms. Summer Belles will teach you all the skills you need to leave with a completed scarf. Bring two or three skeins of yarn, the chunkier, the better. Registration required.

Recycling

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 jbubul@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.