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Superheroes for Nathan benefit set

Superheroes for Nathan will take place from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 492 Stephenson St. Proceeds benefit 7-year-old Nathan Gray, who is fighting Wilm’s kidney cancer. The event will include live music, basket raffles, 50/50, horseshoe tournament, cornhole tournament, and a car and bike show. Organizers are seeking baskets for the raffle and donations for the event. For information or to have a donation picked up, contact committee members Alok Sarin at 570-878-7759, Brian Kucharski at 570-589-5077 or Joe Osiecki at 570-241-2102 or email aloksarin@76@hotmail.com.

The fabulous Sunday dinners just keep on coming from the American Legion’s kitchen. Let’s see what they have cooking for us next weekend.

Duryea American Legion Brennan Regan Post 585 will serve your choice of two dinner entrees, chicken scampi or shrimp alfredo, from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at the post home, 329 Main St.

The dinners include chicken scampi or shrimp alfredo over linguine, salad, bread with butter and dessert. The chicken scampi dinner is $8.50 and the shrimp alfredo is $9.50.

There also is a kid’s meal of chicken nuggets, fries and a snack for $3.

This is a pre-order sale. To order, please call Pete at 570-362-4170 or Nicole at 570-604-2452 by noon Saturday, Sept. 26.

Delivery is available within Duryea and to surrounding towns.

Collections schedule

Duryea Street Department collection schedule for the week of Sept. 20 is as follows: garbage, Monday, Sept. 21, and Tuesday, Sept. 22; yard waste, Friday, Sept. 25. Recyclables will not be collected this week.

Yard waste is collected every Friday, except on holiday weeks. Grass and shrub clippings must be placed in containers or paper lawn bags not to exceed 30 pounds. All branches must be cut into 3-foot sections and placed together in bundles no larger than 3 inches in diameter. Yard waste placed in garbage bags, and dirt, rocks or animal waste will not be collected.

For information, please call the street department at 570-655-1299.

Softball tournament

Duryea fire departments will host their annual softball tournament Sept. 25 to 27. The entry fee is $150. There is only one bracket this year. There will not be an emergency services bracket, but those teams are welcome to play in the regular bracket.

For information, including field location, or to register a team, please send a message to either the Excelsior Hose Company 2 Duryea Pa. or Germania Hose Company, Duryea, Pa. Facebook page.

Church fundraiser

Nativity of Our Lord Parish is sponsoring a designer purse and accessory calendar fundraiser throughout October. The prizes, which were donated for the summer picnic purse stand, include items from Coach, Michael Kors, Vera Bradly and other quality companies.

Participants will have 32 chances to win prizes — each day of October plus a bonus on Halloween — and winners’ entries will be returned for future drawings.

Tickets are $20. The calendar and entry form can be printed from nativityduryea.org. Forms also can be obtained by calling the rectory at 570-457-3502.

Germania wine fest

Germania Hose Company will host its fourth annual wine fest from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the hose company, 430 Foote Ave.

The public is invited to stop by to sample local wineries, craft beers and foods and shop at the craft vendor stands while enjoying live entertainment.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. To purchase advance tickets, see any member or purchase them at events.ticketprinting.com/event/Germania-Wine-Fest-2020-44702. Only 250 people will be admitted to the event at a time. All guests must be 21 or older and follow all CDC guidelines, including wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.

Food distribution

Duryea Borough’s Commission on Economic Opportunity food drive is held the second Monday of each month at Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave. Set up is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Food can be picked up from 2 to 3 p.m. Volunteers are always welcome.

Clothing drive

Greater Pittston Santa Squad is hosting a fall and winter clothing drive until Monday, Oct. 12. Anyone who wants to donate new or gently used clothing for newborns through young adults may place it in the collection box outside of participating fire departments, including the Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave. All items should be placed in clear or white bags so volunteers can see the contents in the bags. For information, contact Rosemarie at 570-237-0305, Pat at 949-547-5775 or Tony at 570-299-0086. All proceeds will benefit the Care and Concern Clothes Closet, Luzerne County Children and Youth and local shelters for women and children.

Phoenix raffle

Phoenix Performing Arts Centre is hosting virtual Spin and Win raffles. The raffles, which will take place over several months, will include an attractive array of prizes including designer purses, power tools, household goods, electronics, gaming systems, gift cards and more.

To participate, entrants will make a set donation ranging from $3 to $10 for most raffles to secure their spot of the 40 possible spots on the prize wheel. Once the wheel is spun and stops rotating, whichever entrant’s name appears at the pointer is the winner of the prize for that particular raffle.

Each raffle and its corresponding prize along with the entrant list will be posted on the Spin and Win for Phoenix 2020 Facebook page. Complete rules as well as payment information are also included on that webpage.

Phoenix Performing Arts Centre has a small game of chance license for this raffle. All prizes will be shipped to the winners directly. Donations are tax deductible.

All proceeds will benefit the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre.

Marking holy days

Happy Rosh Hashanah to our friends of the Jewish faith who are celebrating this holy time this weekend until sundown on Sept. 20. I also want to extend these same friends a blessed Yom Kippur, which begins before sundown Sept. 27, and ends after nightfall Sept. 28.

This is a sacred time in the Jewish faith, and I am thankful to Duryea resident Debbie Goldstein for teaching me more about it. I hope the entire Goldstein family, headed by the late Lillian and Samuel Goldstein, and now living from coast to coast, enjoys this special time of the year.

That’s about it for this week, my friends.

If you would like to send a birthday, anniversary or get well wish or have your organization’s upcoming meetings, events or fundraisers listed in next week’s edition of the Duryea community news, please contact me.

Thanks for reading, and have a great week!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Duryea every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To list an item, email jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.

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