Jimmy Lopata, a lifelong Dupont resident and current resident of the Gardens at East Mountain, recently was designated Honorary Mayor for a Day by Dupont Mayor Daniel Lello. Jimmy, 66 years young, was presented with a shirt to go along with his title.

Dupont Volunteer Hose Company recently held its election of officers. The incoming officers are President Judi Cocco, Vice President Bernie Babonis, Treasurer Gary Kaspriski, Membership Secretary Bob Stoshick, Secretary Patty Golla and Fire Chief Don Hudzinski. Relief board members are Judi Cocco, Gary Kaspriski, John McCardle and Patty Golla. Board of directors are John Lizak, Joe Lokuta, Tom Titton, Chris Yacovelli, David Bojnowski and Rob Collins.

Dupont Volunteer Hose Company’s 2021 fund drive is now underway. Letters have been mailed to all residents of Dupont. Due to the pandemic, the hose company has been forced to cancel or modify many of its fundraising activities. Proceeds from these events are what the hose company normally relies on to cover its operating expenses. Once again the volunteers will be relying primarily on donations from the residents and businesses in the community. If you have not received a letter, you can mail your donation to Dupont Volunteer Hose Company No. 1, 308 Main St., Dupont, PA 18641.

As always, the Dupont Volunteer Hose Company members thank you in advance for your donation and assistance in making this year’s fund drive a success.

The next meeting of the Dupont Volunteer Hose Company will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the hose company.

Santa visit

Members of the Dupont Volunteer Hose Company just received a call from their friends at the North Pole, informing them that Santa will be coming to Dupont on the afternoon of Sunday, Dec. 19. Santa will be chauffeured throughout town aboard a Dupont fire engine. Look and listen for Santa and his firefighter friends as they spread Christmas cheer all throughout town!

VFW Christmas parties

Dupont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909 Home Association will hold its annual Christmas parties at the post home on Saturdays, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11. Cocktail hour is 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dinner and dessert buffet is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Millennium will provide musical entertainment from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Cash bar will be open from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Early reservations are recommended. Door prizes will be awarded. Donation is $22.50 per person and tickets and reservations can be obtained by seeing Bob at the VFW or calling Bob at the VFW at 570-654-9014 or Donny from Millennium at 570-383-7175. All PLCB regulations apply.

PACC scholarships

The Polish American Citizens Club of Dupont is offering three $500 scholarships to students who meet the following requirements:

Applicants must be a direct descendant of an active PACC member (son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter). Students must be enrolled in their first year at a college or university for the 2021 year and have a high school GPA of not less than 3.0 with supporting documentation. The student must submit a typed essay on how he or she intends to contribute to society as a citizen of a free country. Students will be contacted by the scholarship board to discuss their essay.

An information sheet is available by contacting one of the members listed. Additional information also is posted at the club.

Essays and grades must arrive by Dec. 4, mailed or delivered to PACC members Jack Kuligowski, 30 Walnut St., Dupont, PA 18641 or John Kulick, 106 Dobson Road, Sweet Valley, PA 18656. For information, contact Jack at 570 655-8672 or John at 570 237-5039.

Breakfast with St. Nick

Holy Mother of Sorrows Parish will hold a Breakfast with St. Nicolas at 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 5. St. Nicolas will provide treats for all the good boys and girls of the parish. Breakfast is free of charge for all parishioners.

Sacred Heart news

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish’s homebound parishioners are reminded they may have Holy Communion brought to them on the first Friday of each month by calling the parish office and requesting this service. This spiritual care is offered to any parishioner who, because of illness or advanced age, cannot leave their homes to attend Mass. Home visitation may be requested for a certain period of recovery time or for a more permanent basis. The sacraments of confession and anointing of the sick are offered to all homebound parishioners every Advent and Lent. The Rev. Thomas Petro will visit the homebound Thursday, Dec. 2.

Sacred Heart’s children’s choir will soon resume in the parish, and is open to all children 6 and older. The choir will sing Christmas carols at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Christmas Day. If your child is interested, please send his or her name and age and your email address and phone number to Nancy Beccaloni at sacredheartccd@comcast.net.

VFW gift collections

Officers of Dupont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909 are asking for your help to make it a happy holiday for veterans and children.

Please bring wrapped or un-wrapped presents for veterans and place them in the decorated boxes at the VFW by Sunday, Dec. 12. Please help in making it a merry Christmas for the veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Plains Twp. and the Gino Merli Center in Scranton. Some items needed are: sweat suits, pajamas, dusters for women, diabetic socks, and recreational items such as DVDs, craft kits and word search puzzles, to name a few. For a detailed list, please contact the VFW at 570-654-9104.

Also, VFW Post 4909 has started its campaign for Toys for Tots. Your unwrapped toy donation can be dropped off at the post in the decorated boxes from noon to 9 p.m. by Sunday, Dec. 12.

Table returns to VFW

The VFW is seeking the return of three borrowed tables, including two small brown tables and one 6-foot table. The tables have been out for several months and are needed for the many social events held at the VFW. Please contact the VFW at 570-654-9104 as soon as possible.

Trash/recycling changesCouncil rejected bids received for 2022 refuse bags. Instead, council voted to make the following changes for 2022: Residents will pay the yearly fee and see a reduction of $15 from the rates billed in 2021. Residential/family will pay $125, seniors will pay $95, commercial will pay $160, and commercial with glass disposal included will pay $260. The yearly fee will include a one-page calendar, window sticker and 60 labels. Residents will now purchase their own bags, 30 gallon, 35 lb. maximum weight limit, and apply the labels prior to placing bags curbside for collection.

Another change is with recycling. The borough will only collect paper and cardboard the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Plastic and cans will go out Mondays with the regular household trash collection.

Budget reading

Final reading and adoption of the 2022 budget is set for Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the 7 p.m. council meeting at the borough building.

Get Gas

Applications for gas service through UGI can be picked up at the borough building. Anyone with questions can call Lucy Sassi at UGI. Her cell number is available at the borough building. Once individual hookups are done, the borough will plan paving projects in those areas.

Senior housing

Applications are being accepted for the new senior housing complex on Walnut Street at the former kindergarten site. Call 570-287-9661 or view information posted on the front door of the municipal building. The borough office will assist with the computer application if needed for those who do not have access to a computer.

Tenant registration

Landlords with property in Dupont are reminded to call or email the borough office at 570-655-6216 or dupontboro@comcast.net to update the tenant listing for their apartment buildings.

The borough also is looking into rental unit inspections for rental properties.

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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