Dupont Council recently purchased a new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado K3500 Pickup with plow and spreader for the Dupont Public Works Department. The purchase was made through the Liquid Fuels Funds. The truck is currently on display in front of the municipal building and will be put into service this fall. From left, are Council members Bob Price, Joseph Karkut, Stan Knick and Joseph Jones.

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

The student must be a direct descendant of an active PACC member, (i.e. son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter); must be enrolled in their first year at a college or university for the 2020 year and have a 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. Applicants will be contacted by the scholarship board to review and discuss their essay.

The essays and grades must arrive no later than Friday, Aug. 28. They should be mailed or delivered to PACC members Jack Kuligowski, 30 Walnut St., Dupont, PA 18641 or John Kulick, 106 Dobson Road, Sweet Valley, PA 18656. An information sheet with more details is available by contacting Jack Kuligowski at 570 655-8672 or John Kulick at 570 237-5039.

Don’t forget to stop by Dupont this weekend and support two local events — the Holy Mother of Sorrows chicken barbecue and the 14th annual Dupont Softball Tournament.

Holy Mother of Sorrows barbecue

On Saturday, July 18, Holy Mother of Sorrows Young Men’s Society of Resurrection will hold its annual open pit chicken barbecue on the parish grounds. Nick Kaznietz, event chairman, explained for the safety of everyone, there will be no ticket sales and pickup will be drive by only. The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. or until sold out; first come, first served. More than 600 dinners are usually sold during the event. Cost per dinner is $12 and includes half a barbecue chicken, cole slaw, fries and dessert.

Softball tournament

The 14th annual Dupont Softball Tournament will continue from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 18, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 19. There will be no fireworks or contests this year and there will be no concession stand. However, there will be food trucks at the field on both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday will be Tarnowski Bros. Kielbasi, serving pierogi, haluski, kielbasi and more. Sunday will be Snook’s Wings & Things, serving wings, hot dogs, hamburgers, cheesesteaks and more.

This fundraising event donates money to local charities. Last year, 12 local organizations received money from this tournament. The event also donates a $1,000 scholarship to a member of the Pittston Area graduating class. This will be the sixth year the Dupont Softball Tournament Scholarship is awarded.

Sacred Heart summer picnic food sale

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, noted for its homemade, delicious Polish foods, will hold a picnic takeout event Friday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 1, with food orders placed in advance. Parishioners received a letter with a menu and order form. Additional order forms are also available on the church’s website. Food must be ordered in advance and pre-paid by Monday, July 20. You can drop off your order in the church collection basket or mail it to Sacred Heart Church, 215 Lackawanna Ave., Dupont PA 18641.

You may pick up your food orders at any time from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 1, in the church hall at the Walnut Street entrance. Menu includes potato and cabbage pierogis, piggies, haluski and kielbasa. Also, Sacred Heart’s famous potato pancakes will be available both days on site, along with assorted desserts. Food tickets will not be used this year. Only cash will be accepted.

Lions food distribution

The monthly food drive sponsored by the Dupont Lions Club will be held starting at noon Thursday, July 23, at Holy Mother of Sorrows Church. All Dupont and Suscon qualifying residents are eligible.

Holy Mother of Sorrows harvest fest cancelledThe Parish Committee of Holy Mother of Sorrows Church made a decision on July 13 to cancel its annual giant flea market and Dozynki harvest festival in September due to COVID-19.

The Very Rev. Zbigniew Dawid, pastor, said the main concern is the safety of festival patrons as well as festival workers.

The church hopes to continue the annual event next year.

Paving project

Dupont Borough is submitting for funding to pave the following streets recently completed with gas line installations. In order to apply for funding, property surveys need to be completed by property owners within the proposed work area. These surveys will be mailed out to Gill, Hill and Highland street residents. Please complete and return at your earliest convenience to Dupont Borough, 600 Chestnut St. Dupont. Other areas include Bridge, Harding, Monroe, Liberty and Center streets.

Any property owners planning to hook up for gas service within these areas should try and do so prior to the paving.

Any questions, please contact Patty McDonald at 570-655-6216.

Collections reminder

Dupont residents are reminded to please put refuse, recyclables and yard waste out early. Summer hours for the Department of Public Works are 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Electronics and paper recycling

Electronic and paper shedding will be held at the borough building from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6. Check dupontpa.us for updates.

Church tours

The 15th annual tour of historic churches led by Jan Lokuta will take place Sunday, July 26, with tours of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church starting at 1 p.m., followed by a tour of Holy Mother of Sorrows Church at 2 p.m.

Tax reminder

Susan Gregory, tax collector, announces the tax collector office within the borough building is closed due to building restrictions. Payments will be accepted by mail only, or can be left in the drop box at the municipal building. Only checks or money orders will be accepted. No cash payments. In-person payment can be made by appointment only. Call 570-655-6216, ext. 107 or ext. 101.

Luzerne County Council adopted an ordinance that extends the deadline to pay county tax bills at face value from June 17 until Aug. 18.

Sewer bills

The 2020 sewer bills deadline is July 31. Only mail payments will be accepted, or you can place payment in the drop box located in the foyer of the municipal building.

Farmers market

Residents are reminded the Avoca Farmers Market is open at a new location. At 10 a.m. every Wednesday, local venders will set up at the parking lot of Queen of Apostles Parish Hall 742 Spring St.

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

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