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Happy Easter everyone! We have several Easter services taking place in town today that will fit into your schedule. I hope you and your families have a wonderful day.

Queen of Apostles Parish

The Rev. Phillip J. Sladicka and the parishioners of Queen of the Apostles Parish at St. Mary's Church, 715 Hawthorne St., invite the community to their Easter services today, April 8.

The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

St. John's Church

The Rev. Rich Rock and the congregation of St. John's Primitive Methodist Church, 314 Main St., invite the community to their Easter services.

A sunrise service will be held at 7 a.m. and a regularly scheduled service will be held at 10 a.m.

Langcliffe Presbyterian

The Rev. Joyce Warner and the congregation of the Langcliffe Presbyterian Church, 1001 Main St., invite the community to their Easter service at 11:15 a.m. today, April 8.

Youth collect gifts

The youth of Queen of the Apostles Parish are currently collecting baby shower gifts which will be donated to St. Joseph's Center's Mother Infant Program, Scranton. Donation boxes will be in the vestibule of St. Mary's Church, 715 Hawthorne St., April 15 through April 22.

No classes

In observance of Easter, Queen of the Apostles Parish will not have religious education classes today, April 8 or Monday, April 9. Classes will resume Sunday, April 15.

Women's guild

Queen of the Apostles Parish women's guild will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10 in St. Mary's Rectory.

Council meeting

The Avoca Borough Council will have its regular monthly meeting and work session at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 in the Avoca Municipal Building, 752 Main St. Council President Joseph Satkowski will preside.

Comedy show

The Avoca Fire Department will have its annual comedy show on Friday, April 13 at the West Side Social Club, 700 McAlpine St. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. The show will feature three stand-up comedians. Tickets, which are $20, can be purchased by calling John at 451-2681 or the fire department at 457-2894. The admission price includes beer, soda, chips and pretzels.

Choral Artists

Northeast Choral Society (chamber choir) Choral Artists will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 15 at the Langcliffe Presbyterian Church, 1001 Main St. The choir will perform favorite and enlightening hymns. A free will offering will be accepted.

Pastoral council

Queen of the Apostles Parish pastoral council will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 16 in St. Mary's Rectory.

Social concerns

Queen of the Apostles Parish social concerns committee will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 in St. Mary's Rectory.

Yard waste collection

Avoca Borough will have a yard waste collection on Tuesday, April 17, 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. Grass clippings and leaves can be placed in the same container; however, brush must be placed in a separate container.

Tree limbs should not exceed three feet in length and one-half inch in diameter. 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.

Night at the Races

The Avoca A.O.H. will have a "Night at the Races" on Saturday, April 21 at the West Side Social Club, 700 McAlpine St. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the races will begin at 7 p.m. Race sponsorships are $50 and horses are $10. The price includes admission, food and beverages.

Youth group

Queen of the Apostles Parish youth group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 in St. Mary's School auditorium, 742 Spring St. New members are always welcome. For more information, contact Lori Ostrowski at 457-8840.

Hospice for animals

Tracey's Hope Hospice Care Program and Rescue for Domestic Animals, Inc., Duryea, will have a pet hospice volunteer training class from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 in St. Benedict's Church basement, 155 Austin Ave., Wilkes-Barre. To register, call Denise at 457-1625.

Spaghetti dinner

Avoca V.F.W. Post 1227 will have a spaghetti and meatball dinner from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at the post home, 915 Main St. Takeouts will be available. Tickets are $7 each and can be purchased at the post or by calling 457-7673.

Finance council

Queen of the Apostles Parish finance council will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1 in St. Mary's Rectory.

Golf tournament

Queen of Apostles Parish will have the Fifth Annual St. Mary's Classic golf tournament at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 6 at Pine Hills Golf Course, Taylor. This year's tourney will be played in memory of Tom Bennie Sr. The cost, which is $80 per player, includes golf, food and prizes.

For more information, contact the parish office at 457-3412, Jimbo McMahon at jimmcmahon1@verizon.net or John Soy at johnsoy@comcast.net .

Garbage stickers

2012 Avoca Borough garbage stickers are still available. Stickers can be purchased from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and from 6 to 7 p.m. on Fridays at the Avoca Municipal Building, 752 Main St.

The fee schedule for purchasing the sticker in order to have up to three bags collected weekly is as follows: $170 if purchased by April 21, $180 if purchased between April 22 and May 21 and $190 if purchased between May 22 and June 21. Delinquent accounts will be referred to district court after June 21.

Residents 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. For additional information, call Wrubel at 457-4891.

Ash collection

Avoca Borough will have an ash collection every Wednesday.

Berkheimer Associates recently sent notices to all Avoca Borough residents who did not pay their 2011 sewer bills. Property owners are responsible for paying the bills. If the bills were not paid in full by December 31, 2011, they were turned over to Creditech.

All accounts delinquent $70 or more for more than one year will be placed on a water shutoff list. Property owners are also responsible for water shutoff and restoration fees which total $60.

For more information, call Creditech at 1-800-555-5695.

Recycling every Wednesday

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 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.

Avoca residents can also recycle corrugated cardboard from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month in the Moosic Recycling Truck at the Avoca Municipal Garage. Corrugated cardboard is cardboard with a ribbed section between two heavy layers of cardboard. All pieces should be collapsed and flattened. This collection does not include food contaminated non-corrugated or coated cardboard such as pizza, cereal or soda boxes.

The recycling area will be monitored and violators can be fined or banned from future recycling privileges.

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