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GREATER PITTSTON PROGRESS FILE The Avoca Farmers Market is held every Wednesday in the parking area of 824 McAlpine St.

Christmas will be a bit brighter for Dupont residents and people traveling through town thanks to the efforts of Adam Lazar.

On July 27, Lazar and his fellow Scouts from Avoca Troop 316 and Duryea Troop 285 joined together to refurbish Christmas lights for the Dupont Lions Club as part of Lazar’s Eagle Scout project. The project included replacing old lights, cleaning the fixtures and retaping areas in need of repair. Nice job, kids!

DePrimo memorial

golf tournament

The 11th annual 1st. Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Sand Springs Golf Course, Drums. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with a captain and crew tee-off at 8 a.m. Cost is $75 per golfer, which includes green fees, use of a cart, dinner and awards. Registration is available at All proceeds will benefit the 1st Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Fund of the Luzerne Foundation.

Food pantry open

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Bethel United Methodist Church, 532 Main St. Food can be picked up in the rear entry of the building. Volunteers are needed to unload and distribute food at 1:30 p.m.

Avoca vs. West Avoca


The Avoca Community Committee will host the “Battle of the Tracks: Avoca vs. West Avoca” tournament Friday, Aug. 16 through Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Avoca/Dupont Little League grounds and West Avoca Park, Mill Street.

This tournament includes friendly competitions between adults who lived or currently live in Avoca or West Avoca. The fun kicks off with kickball at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, cornhole at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, followed by a free throw shootout.

Registration, which is open to people 18 and older, is $5 per person and includes participation in each competition. If you do not have a team, you can be placed on one. In addition, there will be a hot dog-eating contest.

To register, please contact Kelly O’Brien, Holly Homschek, Brian Lyons, Sandy VanLuvender or Colleen Velehoski via Facebook.

Food and drinks will be on sale at the Avoca Dupont Little League stand throughout the tournament. All proceeds from the food sales will benefit the Little League.

Church picnic

Queen of the Apostles Parish will have its annual family picnic on Sunday, Aug. 18, at Mercatili-Seglia Park, 4046 Birney Ave., Moosic. Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. followed by a covered-dish meal, games and lots of family fun. For information, contact the parish office at 570-457-3412 or

Queen of the Apostles Parish announces the following meetings: pastoral council, 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 12, rectory; worship committee, 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 19, rectory, and word committee, 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 26, rectory.

Durkin memorial

golf tournament

Avoca Ancient Order of Hibernians will host its annual Thomas P. Durkin Memorial Avoca Open Saturday, Aug. 31, at Pine Hills Country Club, 140 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor. The format is captain and mate with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

The cost is $90 per golfer which includes green fees, use of a cart, cash prizes and a post-tournament luncheon at the West Side Social Club, 711 Main St.

Anyone who wants to register for this day of fun on the links with local golf enthusiasts may contact Jim at 570-417-8563 or Gene at 570-313-3079. Registration is available at the West Side

Social Club any Thursday evening.

All proceeds will benefit scholarships for local high school students and other community projects.

Farmers market

The Avoca Farmers Market is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays in the parking area of 824 McAlpine St.

Yard waste

Avoca Borough collects yard waste every Tuesday. A maximum of three standard-sized garbage cans, filled with yard waste not to exceed 30 pounds, will be allowed per collection.

Residents can place the following separated items in the containers: grass clippings and leaves, shrubs, hedge clippings and tree limbs which should not exceed 3 feet in length and ½ inch in diameter.

Rocks, stones, dirt and animal waste are not acceptable forms of yard waste. Also, please do not place yard waste in 55-gallon drums, large wheeled garbage cans, large plastic storage totes or plastic bags. Items in these containers will not be collected. Collection containers should be placed curbside by 7 a.m. on collection days. For more information, please call 570-451-0625.

AA meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the basement of the Queen of the Apostles rectory, 715 Hawthorne St. Use the sunroom entrance.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday to Bernard Jacek who celebrated his 95 birthday Tuesday, Aug. 6. Happy birthday to Joseph Babkowski who will celebrate his special day Sunday, Aug. 11. Happy birthday to Erin Linnen Berlew who will celebrate her special day Friday, Aug. 16.

That’s about it for this week, my friends. If you would like to send a birthday, anniversary or get well wish or have your organization’s upcoming meetings, events or fundraisers listed in next week’s edition of the Avoca community news, please contact me by Monday at 5 p.m. Thanks for reading and have a great week!

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