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Avoca Basketball League sign-ups today and Jan. 12

It’s time to hit the hardwood in Avoca!

The Avoca Basketball League (ABL) will have registration sessions today as well as January 12 and 16 from 7-8 p.m. at the Avoca Community Center, 800 Main St.

League play begins Saturday, Jan. 22.

Registration is open to boys and girls in kindergarten through sixth grade.

The ABL is sponsored by the Avoca Borough and the Avoca Jolly Boys. It is played in memory of Michael Joyce.

For more information, please e-mail stanwaleski@yahoo.com.

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to Theresa Ryzner who will celebrate her special day Thursday, Jan. 13.

Pot of Gold Winners

Congratulations to the winners of St. Mary’s Pot of Gold raffle for this past week: Vicky Febo, Mike Conflitti, and Bernadette Oschal.

Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scout Troop 3701 is selling Girl Scout cookies. To place an order, please contact Ali Quinn at 451-0898, 903-5422, or alieq012@yahoo.com.

Thank You Note

The parishioners of St. Mary’s/SS. Peter and Paul’s Churches extend a special thank you to Jhon’s Place, Old Forge, for supporting their parish discretionary fundraiser.

With this fundraiser, advertisers are invited to place their business information (menus, services, etc.) in the parish bulletin for a nominal fee. For more information, please call the parish office at 457-3412.

Wild Card Sunday

The parishioners of St. Mary’s/SS. Peter and Paul’s Churches will have a “Wild Card Sunday Smoker” today at 1 p.m. in the auditorium of SS. Peter and Paul’s Church, 1000 Main St.

Pastoral Council

St. Mary’s/SS. Peter and Paul’s Churches’ parish pastoral council will meet Monday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Rectory, 715 Hawthorne St.

Women’s Guild

St. Mary’s/SS. Peter and Paul’s Churches’ parish women’s guild will meet Monday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s School auditorium, 742 Spring St.

Lions Club

The Avoca Lions Club will meet Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the V.F.W. Post 8335, 915 Main St.

The Avoca Lions Club is seeking women and men to be part of their team. If you would like to become a member, please send a note to Avoca Lions Club, c/o President Francis Regan, 914 School Street, Duryea, PA 18642.

Implementation Team

St. Mary’s/SS. Peter and Paul’s Churches’ implementation team will meet Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Rectory, 715 Hawthorne St.

Recycling Reminder

Avoca residents are invited to recycle newspaper and commingled glass, plastic, and metal bottles, cans, and jars every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Moosic Recycling Truck at the Avoca Municipal Garage, 1106 Plane St.

Please note all lids should be removed and disposed of in your home trash.

Containers should be rinsed, plastics and metals should be flattened, and glass should not be broken.

Newspaper should not be placed in bags.

All recyclables should be placed in the appropriate compartments of the truck.

Wildcats Meeting

The Duryea Wildcats will meet Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Duryea Wildcats field, corner of Kramer and Shaft Streets, Duryea.

Anyone who is interested in a coaching or an advising position should attend this meeting. Please note this will be the final day to apply.

In other Wildcats news, parents are asked to return football and cheerleading uniforms during this meeting.

Also, any questions the public may have regarding the Wildcats program will be addressed at this time.

Council Session

The Avoca Borough Council will have their monthly work session and meeting Thursday, Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Avoca Municipal Building, 752 Main St. Council President Joseph Satkowski will preside over the meeting.

The public is invited to attend.

Finance Council

SS. Peter and Paul’s Church’s finance council will meet Thursday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Rectory, 715 Hawthorne St.

No CCD Classes

St. Mary’s/SS. Peter and Paul’s Churches will not have religious education classes January 16 or 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Worship Committee

St. Mary’s/SS. Peter and Paul’s Churches’ worship committee will meet Monday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Rectory, 715 Hawthorne St.

Social Concerns

St. Mary’s/SS. Peter and Paul’s Churches’ social concerns committee will meet Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Rectory, 715 Hawthorne St.

Summer Festival

St. Mary’s/SS. Peter and Paul’s Churches’ summer festival planning committee will meet Thursday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. in St. Mary’s Rectory, 715 Hawthorne St. Anyone who is interested in volunteering should attend.

For more information, please contact Tara at 945-2456 or dy725@aol.com.

Pro Wrestling

CPW Wrestling returns Saturday, Feb. 5 to St. Mary’s Center, 320 Mifflin Ave., Scranton, for fan appreciation night! Come out and see TNA star Robbie E, The Patriot, Mr. Saturday Night, Chrissy Johnson, The Westies, Rockin’ Rebel, Autumn Breeze, and many more!

The doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the bell sounds at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for the front row and $3 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 955-0936 or at the door.

For more information please visit www.cpwwrestlingonline.com. All proceeds benefit St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, Scranton.

Garbage Stickers

The 2011 Avoca Borough garbage stickers can be purchased from Therese Wrubel at the Avoca Municipal Building, 752 Main St., Tuesdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and Fridays from 6-7 p.m. beginning January 18.

The fee schedule for purchasing the window sticker in order to have up to three bags collected weekly is as follows: $155 if purchased by February 21; $160 if purchased between February 22 and March 22; $170 if purchased between March 23 and April 23; $180 if purchased between April 24 and May 24; and $190 if purchased between May 25 and June 25.

Please note delinquent accounts will be referred to district court after June 25, and all Avoca home owners and renters are obligated to purchase a garbage sticker.

Residents who are unable to stop by the municipal building to purchase a garbage sticker, can mail a check made payable to Avoca Borough and a self-addressed stamped envelope to Avoca Borough c/o Therese Wrubel, 129 Factory St., Avoca, PA 18641.

If you have any other questions please call Wrubel at 457-4891.

Clothing Drive

The members of St. Mary’s/SS. Peter and Paul’s Churches’ youth group are collecting children’s hats, scarves, and gloves throughout January. Items can be placed in the vestibule of each church.

Proceeds will benefit the Greater Pittston Kids Closet, which is located in the former Seton Catholic High School.

Until Next Time

That’s about it for this week!

If you would like something to appear in next Sunday’s edition of the Avoca News, please e-mail or call me with your information by Thursday at noon. You can e-mail me at avocahappenings@verizon.net or call me at 457-3351.

Please be sure to include your name and phone number with any correspondence in case I need to reach you. Have a great week!

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