Dupont Lions Club and Dupont Youth Baseball Organization will operate Halloween safety stations on Halloween night, Sunday, Oct. 31.

Dupont Youth Baseball will serve free hot chocolate and candy to all children at its safety station at the Dupont Little League field from 5 to 7 p.m. In conjunction with the Greater Pittston Santa Squad, the DYBO also will be collecting donations of new toys.

Dupont Lions will sponsor safety stations and hand out candy from 5 to 8 p.m. on Penn Avenue, and Main, Elm and Lincoln streets.

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 Wednesdays each month. Plastic and cans will go out Mondays with the regular household trash collection.

Budget reading

Second reading of the budget will be Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the 7 p.m. council meeting at the borough building. Final reading and adoption is set for Tuesday, Dec. 14.

The first reading did not include tax or sewer fee increases.

Hose company fund driveDupont Volunteer Hose Company’s 2021 fund drive is underway. Letters have been mailed to all residents of Dupont. The hose company has been forced to cancel or modify many of its fundraising activities due to COVID. Proceeds from these events are what the company normally relies on to cover operating expenses. Once again the volunteers will be relying primarily upon 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 at 308 Main St., Dupont. 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.

First responders and veterans dinner

A Thanksgiving appreciation dinner for first responders and veterans from Dupont, Avoca, Hughestown and Pittston Twp. and their families will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at Frank Bednash Memorial Hall, 212 Wyoming Ave. The free dinner is sponsored by Holy Mother of Sorrows Polish National Catholic Church. Reservations are required by calling Lois at 570-603-9633.

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. Please bring wrapped or un-wrapped presents and place them in the decorated boxes at the Dupont 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 of the items needed are: sweat suits, pajamas, dusters for women, diabetic socks, 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.

The Lions Club is selling aprons as a fundraiser for the club. Cost is $20. Aprons are available for purchase from any club member.

Church services

The 13th community Thanksgiving prayer service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, at Holy Mother of Sorrows, 212 Wyoming Ave., Dupont. Parishioners from Holy Mother of Sorrows, Sacred Heart of Jesus and all who live in Dupont and surrounding areas are welcome. Refreshments will be served afterward in the parish hall.

Choir rehearsals for the prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 10 and 17, at Holy Mother of Sorrows Church. Choir members from Holy Mother of Sorrows and Sacred Heart of Jesus churches are invited.

Holy Mother of Sorrows will observe Solemnity of All Saints Day, Monday, Nov. 1, with Mass at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. All Saints Day is a holy day of obligation. Commemoration of All Souls Day, Tuesday, Nov. 2, will be observed with a 9 a.m. Mass with memorial readings.

Cemetery Sunday devotions will take place beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. The program begins with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and praying of the Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary. The names of parishioners who died and were buried from the church since last year’s devotions will be read aloud. After solemn benediction and reposition, a procession will form to the cemetery while the faithful sing the Litany of the Saints. Those who cannot walk in the procession may drive to the cemetery. The Rev. Thomas Petro will bless the cemetery and visitation of the graves will follow. Traditional Polish, Latin and English hymns will be sung. The public is invited to join in praying for the peaceful repose of the souls of all the faithful departed.

Sacred Heart lottery

Sacred Heart’s Holy Name Society’s Match the Daily Number raffle tickets are available for $5 and will give you 10 chances to win by matching your numbers to the Pennsylvania Lottery Evening Pick 3. The winner with an exact match, excluding the wild ball, will win $250. Tickets can be purchased from any society member.

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

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