The 74th annual parish picnic at Sacred Heart will be held for one day only, Saturday, July 31. The Rev. Thomas Petro and the parishioners invite everyone to attend the annual picnic from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the church grounds at 215 Lackawanna Ave. Food offerings include homemade pierogi, piggies, haluski, kielbasa, potato pancakes and funnel cakes. Enjoy games of chance, theme baskets and lively polka music.

Lions donation drive

Dupont Lions Club’s letter campaign asking for financial support is still underway. Due to the pandemic, the club’s annual fundraising events were canceled. All funds raised stay locally to support the maintenance of the holiday snowflake Christmas lights, the annual Easter egg hunt, Halloween safety stations and community donations. Now more than ever the Lions Club is in need of your financial support. You can send in your donation payable to Dupont Lions Club to Elaine Lello, 304 Penn Ave., Dupont PA 18641. Your monetary support is greatly needed and appreciated.

Gaming grants

Dupont Borough received local gaming grants in the amount of $842,954, with $347,588 being used for a garbage truck, a dump truck and asphalt roller; $317,058 for road and storm water improvements; $50,258 for the Greater Pittston Regional Compost Facility and $128, 050 for a wheel loader for the Greater Pittston Regional Compost Facility.

Funday Sundays

As communities continue its recovery from the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic, dozens of children and adults turned out for the first of four Funday Sundays sponsored by the Dupont Neighborhood Crime Watch at the park pavilion. The fun-filled events include games, food and music. The featured attraction was the whipped cream eating contest, as well as a scavenger hunt. Bob Price, Crime Watch president, said the group will add more events to the remaining Funday Sundays. August events will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 1, Aug. 15 and Aug. 29 at the borough park. Along with refreshments for sale and a theme basket raffle, the organization is selling custom “Partol Park” T-shirts. Kids’ sizes are $7; adults, $10, and XXL to 4XL, $12. T-shirts are available at the event or you can order them by contacting Ellen Price at 570-903-8194.

The Crime Watch’s focus is to raise money for security cameras for the borough park, as well as provide a safe and fun event for families to attend. They can only achieve these goals with the assistance of generous donations from members of the community and are asking for food items, such as individual packages of potato chips, Dorito’s or pretzels, ice pops or any frozen treat, soda and water. Also on the list is monetary contributions and donations for gift baskets. The Crime Watch will be happy to pick up your donation. Feel free to contact Ellen Price at 570-903-8194 to arrange a pickup or with any questions, concerns or a list of needed items.

Bowling leagues

Elko’s Bowling Lanes is preparing for the start of its bowling season.

Junior bowler registration is from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, and Sunday, Aug. 15, at the lanes.

Adult leagues for the 2021-22 bowling season begin the last week of August.

If anyone is interested in joining any one of the leagues, please call 570-655-6241 and leave a message.

School taxes

The 2021 school tax bills have been mailed. If you have not received your bill, contact Sue Gregory, tax collector, as soon as possible at 570-262-4100. Gregory will be collecting school taxes during the rebate period from 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the municipal building.

Electronics collection and paper shredding

Electronics collection and paper shredding events will be held at the Dupont Municipal Building from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12. Residents must stay in their cars and wear a mask.

Items that can be recycled free of charge are: desktop and laptop computers, keyboards and mice, printers/fax machines, cables and cords, cell phone and laptop batteries, calculators and adding machines, UPS battery backups, toner and ink cartridges, audio visual equipment, telephones and cell phones with batteries removed, DVD players and VCRs, gaming systems, string lights, microwaves and small appliances, metal items and water heaters, exercise equipment, car batteries (sealed lead acid), bed frames, rain spouts and filing cabinets.

Also recycled for a fee: washers/dryers, $20; dishwashers, $20; CRT monitors (tube type), $17; LCD monitors, $20; televisions under 42-inch, all types, $38; TVs in wooden cabinets and projection TVs over 42 inches, $55; TV tube only, $55; air conditioners, $25; dehumidifiers, $25; refrigerators, $35; floor freezers, $35; ranges/stoves, $20; floor copiers, $20; water coolers, $20; stereos in cabinet, $35; tires, $7; gallon cans of paint, $5. Destruction services for a fee: hard drive destruction off-site, $10 per drive, includes certificate of destruction; document destruction off-site, $10 per standard paper size box, includes certificate.

Payment is by cash or checks only. Please have exact change prepared; envelope preferred. Make checks payable to Responsible Recycling Services or RRS.

Cebula’s shocker

Shock waves hit the community of Dupont when it was announced last week that Cebula’s Bar and Pizza is for sale. The family-owned business has been serving their unique style of pizza for 80-plus years.

Cebula’s pizza has been a Friday night staple in my family for generations. I even have family from Michigan enjoying their pizza, not only when they come in to visit, but I have mailed frozen Cebula’s pizza to them as well. I haven’t told them of the pending sale, but I am sure once I do, I will be mailing a few trays. I always remember waiting for my order and being fascinated watching how the ready-to-make pizzas were transport from the basement by a hand-control conveyor to the ovens on the first floor. I hope the new owner maintains this tradition.

Annmarie Paddock writes about Dupont every week. To list an item, email Dupont or call 570-407-0231 by Monday.

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