Dupont's Bernie McDonald named AMVETS state commander

The first order of business for Bernie McDonald as the new AMVETS Pennsylvania Commander was an award presentation to AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary member Lois McHugh during the AMVETS convention in Reading.

Congratulations to Dupont son Bernie McDonald, who was elected AMVETS Department of Pennsylvania 2021-22 State Commander at the annual state convention held at the Radisson in Reading earlier this summer.

McDonald served in the United States Army from January 1980 to December 1986. He was a combat engineer, having trained at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. He became a paratrooper at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He became an armorer and a NBC-nuclear, biological and chemical specialist in his unit. McDonald’s specialist training sent him traveling to Hanau, Germany; Seoul, Korea, and the Panama Canal. He has been awarded the Army Accommodation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon. Presidential Citation, Expert Marksmanship Badge, Expert Grenade Badge, Wheel Vehicle Driver Badge, Recondo Badge and Airborne Wings.

McDonald served as Commander of Greater Pittston ANMVETS Post 189 for 13 years and was the Eastern Region Commander for two terms and elevated to the highest office in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

He and his wife, Patty, the Dupont Borough secretary, have been married for 38 years and are the proud parents of three sons and one granddaughter Lily Maria, 2.

Polka Sundays

Polka Sundays are back in full swing at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3909. September’s entertainment for Polka Sundays, held from 2 to 6 p.m. each week, will include Joe Stankey and Cadets on Sunday, Sept. 12; George Tarasek and Polka Partners on Sept. 19, and the Golden Tones on Sept. 26.

Harvest festival

Holy Mother of Sorrows’ 45th Dozynki Festival will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12. One Mass will be held that day, at 10 a.m., followed by blessing of the harvest wreath in the church.

Flu shots

The office of Dr. Martin Moran will be administering annual flu vaccinations at a drive-thru clinic on two dates in the upcoming weeks, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16. No appointments are necessary, simply pull into the parking lot and the vaccine will be given right at your vehicle. Remember to bring your current insurance card.

PACC meeting

The Polish American Citizens Club will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, at the club, Elm Street. All active members are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served after the meeting.

AMVETS meeting

AMVETS Post 189 of Greater Pittston will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Dupont Borough Building.

Elm Street Sportsmen’s Club meetingElm Street Sportsmen’s Club will meet at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, at the clubhouse in Suscon. John Lizak will preside.

Crime Watch meeting

Dupont Crime Watch will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, at the municipal building.

VFW meetings

Dupont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909 will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, at the post. Many items of importance will be discussed and reports given. Commander John Davis will preside. The Home Association meeting will follow. Food and refreshments will be served after both meetings.

Lions Club news

Dupont Lions Club will hold its installation dinner at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Officers for the new Lion year are: President Bob Price, First Vice President Dan Hyzinski, Second Vice President Tom Lello, Secretary Carol Thompson and Treasurer Bart Bryk.

The monthly food distribution sponsored by the Dupont Lions will be held at noon Thursday, Sept. 23, at Sacred Heart Parish Hall.

Baby shower benefit

A Pro-Life Baby Shower sponsored by Confraternity of Christian Mothers of Sacred Heart Church will be held the weekend of Sept. 18-19 to benefit the Wyoming Valley Chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life. New baby items, such as sleepers, blankets, afghans, quilts, washcloths and towels, disposable diapers, etc., for sizes newborn to 24 months, are needed Donations can be dropped off before or after all Masses and can be placed in the play pen located in the church narthex. Monetary donations also will be accepted and can be placed in the collection basket or sent to the parish office in a marked envelope indicating a donation to the “Baby Shower.” The CCM invites all to attend a mock baby shower in the church hall after the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Sept. 19.

Grant funding

Dupont Borough has been the recipient of several grants to help the community:

PA H20 Grant for Mill Creek Channel Repairs, $507,926; Growing Greener Grant for Stormwater Improvements and Bank Stabilization Everhart/Holden and Jackson/Almond, $326,000; Multimodal Grant for Quail Hill, $716,379; Multimodal Grant Stormwater Improvements and Paving Streets, including Liberty, Monroe, Harding, part of Center, Bridge, Hill, Gill, Highland streets, $763,218; Community Development Grant for ADA upgrades to borough building, $125,000; LSA Gaming Grant, Department of Public Works equipment, $347,558.64; LSA Gaming Grant, equipment, $317,000; LSA Gaming Grant, grinder maintenance at compost facility, $50,257.91; LSA Gaming Grant, wheel loaders for compost facility, $128,000. Grants closing out this year: borough building remodeling, $174,000; pump station/manhole replacement, $50,000, Luzerne County COVID Grant, $36,704.75; multi-modal Walnut Street culvert replacement by the park, $151,000; and flood control grant for upper channel of Mill Creek, $85,000. The borough also has received $140,413.25 first payment of the American Rescue Program Funding with the remaining to be received in 2022. Council will discussing uses for the funds.

Council news

Dupont Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, in the James Cocco Council Chambers in the municipal building. Council will discuss recreational needs for the community, including upgrades to basketball courts and the park, as well as helping the fire company complete roof upgrades and a new air conditioning system for the building.

The first reading of the 2022 borough budget will be done at the Oct. 12 meeting.

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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