The 12th annual community Thanksgiving prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Dupont. The Very Rev. Zbigniew Dawid, of Holy Mother of Sorrows Polish National Catholic Church, will preach the homily at the liturgy. During the service, a collection will be taken for those in need in the Greater Pittston area. Everyone who attends the service will be required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no choir performance or a social afterward.

Holiday decorating

Dupont Lions Club will hang the holiday lights Sunday, Nov. 22. Lion members and volunteers will meet at the pavilion at the Little League field at 8 a.m. to prepare the snowflake lights for display. Volunteers are welcome to join by meeting up at the pavilion.

Lions food distribution

Dupont Lions Club’s monthly food distribution will be held at noon Thursday, Nov. 19, at Holy Mother of Sorrows Parish Hall, 212 Wyoming Ave. All qualifying residents of Dupont and Suscon are eligible.

Crime Watch news

A Dupont Crime Watch fundraiser to help support the Dupont Police Department is underway. Crime Watch is selling signs supporting the police. Signs can be purchased at the municipal building from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Signs are $10 each and all profits will support the police.

Let’s show our support for the police!

The next meeting of the Dupont Crime Watch will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the municipal building. Plans for the tree lighting event in December will top the agenda.

Tax reminder

Tax Collector Sue Gregory will have office hours from 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays at the municipal building. If the times are inconvenient, special arrangements can be made by calling Susan at 570-262-4100. Tax payments can be mailed or placed in the foyer of the borough building. No cash payments will be accepted.

Clothing drive

A winter clothing drive sponsored by the Young Men’s Society of the Resurrection of Holy Mother of Sorrows Parish is being held through Dec. 31. Please bring clean, gently used clothing for men, women and children. You can drop off items in the parish hall from 7:30 a.m. to noon Sundays.

Municipal building renovations

Renovations to the municipal building began earlier this month. Access to the building during construction will be restricted.

Anyone with special needs will have to call ahead to make arrangements since the handicap ramp will be blocked during construction. A door bell will be added at the side door nearest the flagpoles, as a temporary entrance during construction.

Patty McDonald, borough secretary, and Susan Gregory, tax collector, are working out of council chambers during construction. Municipal offices will maintain regular hours. Tax office hours will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays.

Photos, volunteers needed

Patty McDonald is looking for volunteers to go through hundreds of rolls of maps and zoning plans. They need to be sorted, labeled then boxed for storage.

McDonald also is looking for pictures for next year’s municipal calendar. Any community organization that would like to have their pictures placed in the calendar can email them to her.

Medication disposal

You can still safely dispose of unused or expired medicine by dropping it in the prescription collection drop box now located the council chambers inside the Dupont Municipal Building during regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Sacred Heart news

The Sacred Heart Welcoming Committee will have its annual Christmas cookie sale Sunday, Dec. 13. In order to keep with social distancing guidelines, cookies must be pre-ordered by Tuesday, Dec. 1, and will be available for pickup in the church hall from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 13. All cookies will be prepackaged with an assortment of the sale’s most popular cookies for $8 per pound. No special orders will be accepted.

To order cookies, call Tammy Satkowski at 570-457-3855. Please leave your name, phone number and how many pounds you would like to order. Welcome Committee members will also be in the church hall before and after Masses the weekend of Nov. 21-22 to take orders.

A Thanksgiving food drive is being sponsored by the fourth and fifth grade CCD students of Sacred Heart Church. All are invited to bring food to the church and place it in the bin located in the rear vestibule during weekend Masses. All donations support Knights of Columbus Council 372 food pantry in Pittston.

Thanksgiving Day Mass will be held at Sacred Heart at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 26.

Holy Mother of Sorrows news

Thanksgiving Eve Mass for Holy Mother of Sorrows congregation and friends will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Holy Mother of Sorrows Church.

Rockin’ for Ronnie

Rockin’ for Ronnie will be held for Ronnie Strelish on Saturday, Dec. 5, at Speakeasy West, 502 Pittston Ave./ Route 11 Dupont. Entrance is located right at the Avoca Bridge at the very beginning of the Pittston Bypass in Dupont. Signs will be posted at the entrance.

Strelish, 45, has been diagnosed with a debilitating condition.

Loved ones and friends of Ronnie would greatly appreciate any baskets to be donated to the benefit. Please drop off all baskets to Jean Marie Scott by Friday, Dec. 4, at 69 Mill St., Pittston.

Let’s rock it for Ronnie!

Contact the following individuals for additional information: Jean Marie Scott, Jenny Morreale, Kris Nagoda; Mark Kowalczyk at 570-237-5282, and Tara Strelish, 570-262-4675. They all can be contacted through Facebook messenger.

Annmarie Paddock writes about Dupont every week. To list an item, email dupont.news@comcast.net or call 570-407-0231 by Monday.

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