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The Boy Scouts are known for helping others in need. Why don’t we give them a hand next weekend by supporting their pasta dinner fundraiser!

Boy Scout Troop 375, a newly formed Troop in Duryea, is holding its inaugural pasta dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 26, in Nativity of Our Lord Parish Hall (formerly Sacred Heart Hall), 529 Stephenson St.

The menu includes salad, bread, pasta with meatballs, beverage and dessert. Takeouts will be available, too.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. They can be purchased in advance at the hall from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays or by contacting Mary Starr at 570-851-7253 or They also can be purchased at the door. Each ticket includes a door prize chance.

All proceeds will be used for rank advancement projects, purchasing camping equipment and troop activities.

Holy Rosary news

Holy Rosary has certainly been busy making learning fun!

Holy Rosary School prepared for the Lenten season with a Mardi Gras celebration and a “Bury The Alleluia” ceremony. Students are entering the season of Lent by making sacrifices, praying and dedicating themselves to service.

And in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, the students enjoyed a variety of activities in honor of the beloved author. Students participated in reading and writing about their favorite Dr. Seuss stories, created art projects and took part in physical education games themed around Dr. Seuss stories.

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery meets from 5:45 to 7 p.m. Mondays at Nativity of Our Lord Parish Hall (formerly Sacred Heart Hall), 529 Stephenson St.

The SMART Recovery Four-Point Program helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors including substance or alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, prescription drug abuse, nicotine addiction, co-dependency, hoarding or any unwanted behavior.

For more information, visit or national website,

Al-Anon meetings

Al-Anon meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Brick United Methodist Church, 935 Foote Ave. This is an anonymous 12-step program of recovery for families and friends of addicts and alcoholics.

There are no dues or fees. Meetings last approximately one hour. The public is invited.

St. Mary’s news

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will have Lenten devotions at 7 p.m. every Friday during Lent at the church, 200 Stephenson St. All are welcome.

Council meeting

Due to last week’s snow storm, the Duryea Borough Council will have its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at the municipal building, 315 Main St.

Four-Boro Ministerium

The Four-Boro Ministerium of Avoca, Duryea, Moosic and Old Forge will have its weekly ecumenical Lenten service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at the Brick United Methodist Church, 935 Foote Ave.

The Rev. David O’Brien will be the guest preacher.

A social will follow the service. A weekly collection will be taken to support the food pantry at the Moosic United Methodist Church.

In the event of inclement weather, the service will not take place that week.

Excelsior Night at the Races

Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 will have its annual Night at the Races on Saturday, March 25, at the Germania Hose Co. hall, 430 Foote Ave. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the races begin at 7.

There will be plenty of food, beverages and desserts. There will also be raffles and more.

The cost of a horse is $10. Admission is $3. Horses can be purchased from any Excelsior Hose Co. member or at the door.

For information, contact the department at 570-457-2233 or

Nativity food sales

Nativity of Our Lord Parish will have a Lenten food sale from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., or until sold out, Friday, March 31, at Sacred Heart Hall, 529 Stephenson St.

The sale will include homemade Manhattan (red) clam chowder, along with homemade pierogi (prepared or frozen), haluski, pizza (baked or unbaked) and a bake sale.

Get Moving Duryea Day

Get Moving Duryea Day will host a town-wide physical fitness event from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 2. At the event, various organizations and businesses throughout Duryea will sponsor activities people of all ages can enjoy.

Note, some of the activity locations may be subject to a participation fee.

The activity schedule is as follows: 1 p.m., Duryea Cub Scouts Pack 375, Gutter Regatta, Community Park, Stephenson Street; 1 p.m., Duryea Wildcats, Punt, Pass and Kick fundraiser, Duryea Sports Complex Wildcats Football Field, 700 Foote Ave; 1 to 3 p.m., CrossFit Blarney Stone, introductory Cross-Fit class, 77 Foote Ave.; 1 p.m. Rothrock’s Kung Fu, free introduction to Tai Chi at Crossin Towers, Brown Street, senior citizens are encouraged to attend to improve their balance and mobility; 2 p.m., Holy Rosary School Basketball Shooting Contest, Healey Park, Foote Avenue, (in case of rain it will be held at the school, 125 Stephenson St.); 3 p.m., Aura Oum Yoga, yoga class, Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St., $5, bring a mat; 3 p.m., Rothrock’s Kung Fu, demonstration, Community Park and 3 p.m., Teeners and Little League, Homerun Derby fundraiser, Duryea Sports Complex Teeners Field, 700 Foote Ave.

All the events are open to the public and are being planned in conjunction with the Duryea Betterment Committee.

Tax payments

Duryea Borough Tax Collector Martin Hanczyc announces the Luzerne County and Duryea Borough taxes are being collected at the discount value until Friday, April 7.

Office hours during the rebate period are 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St.

Taxes also may be paid by appointment at 79 Main St., Duryea, by calling 570-457-2482. Taxes may also be mailed to this address. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if a return receipt is requested.

Hanczyc also will pick up taxes for anyone with disabilities. Call him at 570-457-2482 to make arrangements.

Anyone who did not receive a tax bill should call Hanczyc as soon as possible.

SAL events

Save the date! Duryea Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 will hold its fifth annual chicken barbecue on Saturday, May 20. Flatland Ruckus will provide live entertainment that night. More details will be announced in the future.

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 is selling tickets for its annual gun raffle. Tickets are $3 each or two for $5. Drawing is at 11 p.m. May 20, following the chicken barbecue dinner. The prizes include first prize, Howa/Hogue 6.5 Creedmoor 24” heavy barrel rifle; second prize, Ruger LC9 striker-fired compact 9mm; third prize, Hatfield SAS Semi-Automatic 12 gauge shotgun; fourth prize, a $50 Cabela’s gift card; fifth prize, $50 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card, and sixth prize, a $50 Komensky’s Market gift card. Tickets can be purchased from any member, at the post home, or by calling 570-457-4242.

Crime Watch meeting

Duryea Crime Watch will have its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public is encouraged to attend.

Essay/poster contest

The Duryea Betterment Committee is sponsoring a Duryea Casualties of War essay and poster contest.

School age children who are residents of Duryea or go to school in Duryea are invited to select one name from the Duryea Casualties of War monument list located at, and compose a 60 to 90 second essay reflection on the soldier, sailor, marine or airperson’s life. Elementary students may create a poster.

With either project, students should explore and note the service person’s history, where their division was engaged, where they were fatally wounded or killed in action and the battles their division fought.

Once a student completes their project, with a parent, guardian or teacher’s permission and assistance, record a video of themselves reading or narrating their essay and then upload it onto the Facebook page from their parent, guardian or teacher’s Facebook page. Students should include their first name with the posting. Poster entries should be photographed and uploaded to the page. Students also can take their picture or video to the Pittston Library, and they will upload your work onto the web page.

The community is invited to review the entries. The top three entries with the most “likes” will be asked to read their essay or display their poster at the dedication of the Casualties of War Memorial in front of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 on Memorial Day.

5K cancer benefit

Save the date! Duryea at Dusk will hold a 5K run, 1-mile walk and family oriented festival Saturday, June 3, at the Duryea Community Park, located behind the municipal building, 315 Main St. The festival begins at 5 p.m., followed by the race and walk at 7 p.m. Details about the festival will be available soon. In the meantime, to learn more about Duryea at Dusk, visit the group’s Facebook page at To register for the race/walk or to make a donation, visit runsignup/ All proceeds will benefit the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute (NRCI), Scranton.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday to my dear friend, Amy (Stasik) Perrins, who will celebrate her special day March 23.

That’s about it for this week, my friends.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Duryea every week. To include an item in her column, email or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.