The Dupont Lions Club will hang the holiday lights Sunday, Nov. 22. Lions Club members and volunteers will meet at the pavilion at the Little League at 8 a.m. to prepare the snowflake lights for display. Volunteers are welcome to meet at the pavilion.
The Dupont Lions will host a holiday dinner Monday, Dec. 14, with the District Gov. Thomas J. Mulhern Jr. as guest of honor. Also attending the dinner will be Lions Clubs from Avoca, Duryea and Hughestown. At this dinner meeting, the governor will present awards to the following Dupont Lion members: Stanley Golembeski, Chris Kalmonowicz, Ann Marie Paddock, Joy Adelstein, Joe Cotter, Dan Lello, Fred Lokuta, Linda Lokuta and Bob Price.
The next meeting of the Dupont Lions Club will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.
Dupont Crime Watch is selling “Dupont — We Stand United” signs to support the Dupont Police Department. Signs are available for purchase during the day at the borough building during regular business hours, and at the Crime Watch meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24. Signs are $10 each and all profits will support the Dupont Police Department.
Tree decorating and lighting event
Dupont Crime Watch will be decorating the Christmas tree at the borough building at noon Saturday, Dec. 5. Rain date is Sunday, Dec. 6. Everyone is welcome to help. You do not need to be a Crime Watch member to participate.
Crime Watch will then host a socially distanced tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the borough building. There will be no indoor activities, just some music, a brief ceremony outside and a drive-by from Santa on the fire engine. The public is welcome to attend, or park and watch from their car, or to just drive by and see the tree.
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, borough secretary, 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.
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 cookies
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.
Thanksgiving Day Mass will be held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 26.
Holy Mother of Sorrows will celebrate its Thanksgiving Eve Mass at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25.
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 medical 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, 570-237-5282, and Tara Strelish, 570-262-4675. They all can be contacted through Facebook messenger.
Delinquent notices for refuse and sewer accounts for 2020 will be mailed or emailed this week. Payment is due upon receipt.
Budget and fees
Dupont Borough’s 2021 budget is scheduled to be approved at a meeting Tuesday, Dec. 8.
The Dupont refuse costs will increase for 2021. New rates are: family/residential, $140; seniors, $110; commercial, $175.
Glass collection is an additional $100 for small businesses and $200 for large businesses.
Refuse bills will be mailed the week of Dec. 6.
There is no increase in sewer fees or taxes.
Dupont Public Works Department reminds residents that during snowfalls, recycling will not be picked up. The department will prioritize the clearing of roadways.
Thank you to Frank Ziobro for donating clocks, which will be hung in the borough office and council chambers after the remodeling.
Annmarie Paddock writes about Dupont every week. To list an item, email email@example.com or call 570-407-0231 by Monday.