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Fire department Christmas tree sale underway

The Avoca Lions recently inducted two new members. Shown here, from left, are sponsor Lion Butch Regan, new members Kerry and Sandy VanLuvender, Lion Joe Regan and sponsor and past district governor Bob Milligan.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Avoca. There are so many homes decorated so beautifully as well as the decorations the Lions Club provides on Main Street.

Speaking of preparing for the holidays, the Avoca Fire Department is having its annual Christmas tree sale at the hose company, 740 Main St.

They offer an assortment of Douglas Fir trees. The price range is $35-45, and the department offers free trimming and delivery. Sale hours are Monday through Friday 6-8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In addition to the tree sale, the department is also selling raffle tickets for a 2011 Union Pacific Lionel Train. Other prizes include a Lionel holiday car and the 2011 Hess Truck and race car. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5. For more information, please call the department at 457-2894.

Post Office Drive

In order to keep the U.S. Post Office operating in Duryea, the Duryea V.F.W. Post 1227, which owns the building, needs to do major repairs at the facility. The roof has been replaced, and they have begun replacing and painting the ceiling tiles.

To help offset the cost of these repairs, the community can send donations to the Duryea Veterans Home Association Building Fund #2 c/o of Penn Security Bank, Main Street,Duryea,PA18642.

Junior Choir

Queen of the Apostles Parish is forming a junior choir. All children and teenagers of the parish are invited to participate. To join, come to the choir loft today before the 9:30 a.m. Mass.

Thank You Note

Queen of the Apostles Parish extends a special thank you to Joe Malosh of That Guy With The Dough for supporting their parish fundraiser. With this fundraiser, advertisers are invited to place their business’ flyer in the parish bulletin for a nominal fee.

For more information, please call the parish office at 457-3412.

Season for Giving

Residents are invited to consider making someone’s Christmas bright by participating in Queen of the Apostles Parish’s outreach programs. The community is invited to provide a specified gift to a person who is enrolled in the Giving Tree program or to a nursing home resident residing in the Little Sisters of the Poor’s Holy Family Residence. The parish is also accepting non-perishable food items.

For more information on how you can help, please call the parish office at 457-3412.

Concert Tonight

Queen of the Apostles Parish will host a concert by the Catholic Choral Society of Scranton tonight at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 715 Hawthorne St. The group will be directed by Ann Maganiello and accompanied by Jean Shields. The concert will also feature the Queen of the Apostles Parish Junior Choir directed by Debbie Brady and the Holy Rosary School/Nativity of Our Lord Parish Junior Choir of Duryea directed by David Tighe. The public is invited to attend.

Sanitary Authority

The Lower Lackawanna Valley Sanitary Authority (LLVSA) business office will reopen Monday, Dec. 5 at 8 a.m. at the Coxton Road location. For more information, please contact at 655-1665.

Yard Waste

Avoca Borough will have a yard waste collection Tuesday, Dec. 6 weather permitting. In addition to collecting grass clippings and leaves, the borough workers will also collect other yard waste including shrubs, hedge clippings, and tree limbs. Please note that grass clippings, leaves, and brush must be placed in separate containers.

The tree limbs should not exceed three feet in length and one-half inch in diameter. Please note that rocks, stones, dirt, and animal waste are not acceptable forms of yard waste and will not be collected. A maximum of three open containers, not exceeding 30 pounds, will be allowed per collection. Please do not put your collection items in plastic bags.

Collection items should be placed curbside by 8 a.m. on the collection date. Please note this is the final collection of the season.

Holy Day Masses

Queen of the Apostles Parish will have Masses for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, Thursday, Dec. 8 at 9 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 715 Hawthorne St. There will be a vigil Mass Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m.

Prior to the feast day, the parish will continue to pray the Miraculous Medal Novena following all Masses and conclude it on the feast day.

Santa Brunch

The congregation of the Langcliffe Presbyterian Church will have a Santa Brunch Saturday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. For more information and to make a reservation, please call 457-6587.

Christmas Party

The Queen of the Apostles Parish women’s guild will have its Christmas party Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. at Colarusso’s LaPalazzo, Moosic. Tickets are $25 per person. To make a reservation, please call Debbie Callahan at 457-8887, Chris Martin at 457-2963, or the rectory at 457-3412.

Crystal Band

The Crystal Band will have a Christmas concert Friday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Langcliffe Presbyterian Church, 1001 Main St. A free will offering will be taken. In addition to the offering, please support the local food pantry by bringing a non-perishable food item to this event.

VFW Party

The members of Avoca V.F.W. Post 8335 will have their annual children’s Christmas party Saturday, Dec. 17 from 1-3 p.m. at the post home, 915 Main St.

Stocking Stuffers

The parishioners of St. Mary’s Church are currently selling the stocking stuffer edition of their Pot of Gold Match the Daily Number raffle tickets, which are for January.

Tickets are $10 each. The winning number is based on the evening daily number of the Pennsylvania Lottery.

Anyone who has a specific ticket number they would like to purchase or to just simply purchase a ticket may call St. Mary’s Rectory at 457-3412. The ticket will be mailed to you.

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