Dupont Borough recently held its reorganization meeting. Oath of office was administered by Magisterial District Judge Alexandra Kokura Kravitz to Dan Lello, mayor; Stan Knick, Mark Kowalczyk and Joseph Karkut, council members; Susan Gregory, tax collector, and John Lizak, constable. Council committee appointments are Bob Price, public relations; Mark Kowalczyk, police; Joe Jones, public works; Bob Price, recreation; Stan Knick and Joseph Karkut, finance.
All current employees remain in their present positions, including Police Chief Sean Doran, Corporal Bryan Besecker, Edward MacRae Jr., full-time officer, and Duane Saunders, Jennifer Polemitis, Christopher Fargione, Robert Avvisato, Jacob Palonis and Michael Sniscak, part-time officers. Dupont Borough secretary/treasurer is Patricia McDonald, part-time clerk is Ellen Price, and Patricia McDonald handles open records,. Other borough employees are driver/laborer/CDL Ed Yedesko, part-time driver/laborer Jerry Stefanowicz, laborer Joseph Goula and sewer enforcement officer Stanley Knick.
The first regular council meeting of the new year will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, in the James Cocco Council Chambers at the borough building. The meeting may be held virtually if COVID cases continue to increase. Contact the borough office for information.
Refuse and collections
The 2022 refuse bills have been mailed. The yearly fee will include a one-page calendar, window card and 60 labels. Residents will now purchase their own bags, 30-gallon, with a 35-pound maximum weight limit, and apply the labels prior to placing trash curbside. Only one sticker is needed per bag.
Residents can continue to use leftover bags until their supply is exhaust. The bags with Dupont’s name do not need stickers.
Residents will see a reduction of $15 from the rates billed in 2021. Residential/family will pay $125, seniors will pay $95, and commercial will pay $160, with glass disposal fees of $260 to $360.
Refuse/recycling payments can be made at the borough office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday; 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, as well as 9 to 11 a.m. Sundays through January. Payment also can be mailed to Dupont Borough at 600 Chestnut St.
Dupont will only collect paper and cardboard recycling on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Plastic and cans will no longer be recycled and should be placed out on Mondays with the regular trash.
Special recycling events will be held throughout the year. Dupont Borough partners with Luzerne County Solid Waste Management Office for yearly events, including the collection of electronics, paper shredding and tire recycling. Event dates will be announced and advertised throughout the year.
Also, an eye glass disposal box, prescription drop-off box and flag disposal box are available at the borough building.
Property owners are asked to assist with the snow cleanup around the fire hydrants. Clear an area of 3 feet around the hydrant and clear a path from the hydrant to street.
VFW Valentine’s dinner dance
Dupont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909 Home Association will hold its annual Valentine’s Day dinner dance Saturday, Feb. 12, at the post. Music for your listening and dancing pleasure will be provided by Millennium from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Cocktail hour will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Dinner buffet will be served from 7 to 8 p.m. and the cash bar will be open from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Door prizes will be awarded.
The cost is $23 per person. For tickets and reservations, please see Bob Lopata at the VFW or call Bob at the VFW at 570-654-9104 or Donny from Millennium at 570-383-7175. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Deadline for reservations is Wednesday, Feb. 9.
Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board regulations apply.
VFW party rentals
The VFW banquet rooms are available for all party needs and the VFW also caters weddings, brunches and breakfasts. Menus and brochures are available by calling head chef Gary Kaspriskie at 570-654-9104 or 570-510-2858.
Fundraisers for veteransBernie McDonald, Pennsylvania AMVETS and Greater Pittston AMVETS Post 189 commander, asks for your support for two fundraising projects.
The first project is Patriots Cove, a nonprofit organization founded by a military veteran to empower other veterans, first responders and their caregivers to heal and adapt to life after service. Patriots Cove provides restorative outdoor activities, environmental service projects and educational events and retreats for caregivers on its 18-acre refuge.
The second fundraiser helps the Greater Pittston AMVETS Post 189 with its yearly projects. The post is selling calendars for $20. Each calendar will have a three-digit number to match to the daily evening lottery number. The lottery calendar is good for the entire year.
Please contact McDonald at 570-817-4858 to make a Patriots Cove donation or for information. Contact any AMVET to purchase a calendar.
The monthly food distribution sponsored by the Dupont Lions Club will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at Holy Mother of Sorrows Parish Hall. All qualifying resident of Dupont and Suscon are eligible.
Lions Club meeting
Dupont Lions Club will hold its first meeting of the new year at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10, at VFW Post.
Elm Street Sportsmen’s
Elm Street Sportsmen’s Club has cancelled its meeting on Sunday, Jan. 9, due to rising COVID rates locally.
The Polish American Citizens Club will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, at the club, Elm Street. All active members are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will follow.
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