Great news! Healey Memorial Playground and Community Park are open again!

Prior to reopening the parks, the borough worked with Jan-Pro commercial cleaning to apply a six-month sanitation and protection spray on all contact surfaces in the parks for our safety.

To continue that course of safety, all park guests age 2 or older must wear a mask and practice social distancing per Gov. Tom Wolf’s directives. Guests also must wash their hands at one of the free-standing handwashing stations located at the park entrances before they enter the park.

If a handwashing station needs supplies, please contact the borough’s building and grounds department at 570-655-2829 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday to have them replenished.

Excelsior fund drive

Excelsior Hose Company No. 2’s fund drive has been mailed to Duryea residents. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the department could not host its major fundraisers this year, which makes the success of this fund drive essential to operations. Any donation would be greatly appreciated.

Tax reminder

Tax Collector Martin Hanczyc announced the county and borough tax bills are now due at face value. The face value period was extended until Aug. 17.

School taxes will be sent to residents soon.

Taxes can be paid from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the municipal building, 315 Main St. Payments also may be sent to Hanczyc at 79 Main St., Duryea, PA 18642.

If you need a receipt, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope and the entire bill with your payment. If you do not receive a bill, please call 570-457-2482.

Collections schedule

Duryea Street Department collection schedule for the week of Aug. 2 is as follows: garbage, Monday, Aug. 3 and Tuesday, Aug. 4; plastic and glass recycling, Wednesday, Aug. 5, and cardboard and paper recycling, Thursday, Aug. 6. Yard waste will be collected Friday, Aug. 7.

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.

Sewer authority meeting

Duryea Borough Sewer Authority will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at the municipal building, 315 Main St.

The public is invited to attend.

Paper shredding

State Rep. Mike Carroll, state Sen. John Blake and the Duryea Police Department are sponsoring a community shred day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Healey Memorial Playground, Foote Avenue and Wright Street.

Greater Pittston residents may bring up to two boxes per household of old bills, bank statements, medical records, canceled checks, old tax returns or any other documents which need to be permanently destroyed. Purple Paper Eaters will provide the shredding service.

All documents should be removed from binders and notebooks. Staples and paperclips do not need to be removed.

All participants are required to wear a mask, maintain 6 feet of social distancing and follow other guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Germania sportsmen’s bingo

Germania Hose Company will have its sportsmen’s bingo Sunday, Aug. 9, at the hose company, 430 Foote Ave. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and games start at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door, if available. Admission includes 16 regular games and a dabber. There will be five special games at $10 per game. Each winner will receive a prize. In the event of multiple winners, a high ball will win the prize.

There also will be door raffles, 50/50s, pull-tab bingo and a concession area for food purchases.

All winners must redeem their prizes. All local, state and federal laws apply for all firearm winners.

All proceeds will benefit the hose company.

For information, please call Fire Chief Joe Korea at 570-499-2350 or Dive Captain Mike Shovlin at 570-332-4127.

Food distribution

The Duryea Borough Commission on Economic Opportunity Food Drive is held the second Monday of each month at Sacred Heart of Jesus Hall, 529 Stephenson St. 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.

The annual CEO applications are now due. Anyone who did not fill out an application must do so in August, or they will be taken off the list. To request a new application, please call Lois Hanczyc at 570-457-2482. To be eligible for the drive, financial guidelines that must be met.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to Pam Miscavage, who will celebrate her special day Sunday, Aug. 2.

Happy birthday to Kimberly Cashmere, who will celebrate her special day Thursday, Aug. 6.

Happy birthday to Joe Zbylicki, who will celebrate his special day Friday, Aug. 7.

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. To list an item, email jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.

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