Hughesville Locals 12.4
Autumn appears to have decamped long before its “last day” on Friday, Dec. 20. I hope that, despite an early arrival, winter does not decide to hang around after its astronomical end in March. We will be weary of the sort of mess we’ve had this week.
Christmas shopping season is well underway and the Greater Hughesville Business Association (GHBA) is in the final days of the “5 to Drive” campaign. There’s a lot to be found that will delight your family and friends, so be sure to “shop local” this week and turn in your “5 to Drive” card for the prize drawings on Sunday after the parade.
I need to go to the north end of Main Street and just stand still and look around. Driving, or riding past in the car, doesn’t give me enough time to absorb all the changes that have been made to the whole intersection and neighboring properties. It’s good to have these signs of improvement in the borough. Another improvement is the newly added parking area for patrons of the Silver Thorn Tavern on Main Street. Parking along the street can be tricky, especially once the snow gets plowed up onto the strip between curb and sidewalk, so a larger dedicated lot behind the business is safer and easier for all.
High school winter sports season has arrived, and the basketball, wrestling, swimming, and indoor track teams are beginning their competitive schedules. Pick up a copy of the schedule for all teams, or check the calendar online in the athletics section of the school district website, elsd.org. It’s a lot of fun to cheer for the Spartans!
Thursday, Dec. 5 and 12-“Wee Make Music” program at HAPL, for children ages 12 months and up and their caregivers, 10:30 a.m. Children will have a great time, marching, singing, dancing, and drumming. Registration is appreciated.
Thursday, Dec. 5-HHS Jr High Girls Basketball, 7th and 8th grade teams play at Home versus Williamsport at the Ashkar Elem. Gym. First game starts at 5:30 p.m. They’re also at Home on Dec 11 vs. Central Mountain. As of Nov. 25, the seventh-grade team was undefeated, with 14 wins! Go Spartans!
Friday, Dec. 6-Borough Christmas Tree Lighting sponsored by Hughesville Rotary, 6:15 p.m. at the gazebo at the corner of Main and Water Streets. Also, ELHS museum is open 3:30 to 8 p.m. and the Polar Express will run from 5-8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7-Christmas Ornament Making family activity at HAPL, 1 p.m. Bring your imagination and use the provided materials to make several different ornaments to decorate your home.
Saturday, Dec. 7 ELHS museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the Polar Express running from 1-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7-HHS Varsity and JV Girls Basketball teams play at Home vs. Milton, 1 and 2:30 p.m. They also play at home on Monday, Dec. 9 vs. Jersey Shore at 6 and 7:30 p.m., and on Thur sday, Dec. 12 vs. Line Mountain, 6 and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8-ELHS museum and Polar Express will be open from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8-Hughesville Christmas Parade at 1 p.m. on Main Street ending at the Hughesville Fire Hall, with Santa Claus in attendance and the GHBA “5 to Drive” prize drawings.
Monday, Dec. 9-“Wee Tales” program for children ages 12 months to 3 years and their caregivers at Hughesville Area Public Library (HAPL), 146 South Fifth Street, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Listen to stories, learn nursery rhymes, share books, and play with selected toys. Registration, by visiting or calling (570) 584-3762, is appreciated.
Tuesday, Dec. 10-“Wee Move” program at HAPL, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. This program is geared for very busy children ages 1 to 5 years old and their siblings. It is designed to get kids moving! There are mats, a soft balance beam, basketball hoops, a teeter-totter, and more.
Wednesday, Dec. 11-HHS Varsity and JV Boys Basketball teams play their first Home games vs. Northwest Area, 6 and 7:30 p.m.