While the class of 2020 certainly did not conclude their high school careers with the pomp and circumstance they had planned, Duryea officials are planning a celebration of their own to honor Duryea’s members of the Class of 2020.

On Sunday, June 28, at 2 p.m., Duryea Borough Council, Mayor Keith Moss, associates and local businesses will honor Duryea’s high school graduates of the Class of 2020 with a parade and ceremony to commemorate the completion of their school careers.

Students should line up at 1:15 p.m. in their cars in the parking lot across the street from the municipal building, 315 Main St. The procession will leave at 2 p.m. from the municipal building and proceed onto Stephenson Street to Foote Avenue and end on Wright Street. Following the parade, students will return to the hose company grounds, 430 Foote Ave., to celebrate with family members and borough officials. Rock 107’s Mark Hoover, a Duryea resident and Pittston Area graduate, will provide entertainment.

The community is invited to line up along the parade route while practicing social distancing guidelines.

Graduates must R.S.V.P. by Saturday, June 20, by contacting Carolyn Santee, borough manager, via text to 570-954-3191, calling 570-655-2829 ext. 1 or emailing carolyn.santee@duryeaborough.com. Businesses interested in donating also can contact Santee.

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads, uncles, grandfathers, papas, godfathers and good guys! I hope you all have a wonderful day! I’d like to extend a special Father’s Day greeting to my husband Jim. Thank you for being such a wonderful father to our son, J.J., and for teaching him how to grow into a gentleman. You are a wonderful husband, and J.J. and I are grateful to have you as the solid foundation of our family. We love you very much!

St. Mary’s news

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church has resumed public Masses. Mass is celebrated at 8 a.m. daily, 9 a.m. Sundays and 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on holy days. Mass will be celebrated according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and the bishops of the Polish National Catholic Church. For details, call 570-457-2291.

Collection schedule

Duryea Street Department collection schedule for the week of June 21 is as follows: garbage, Monday, June 22 and Tuesday, June 23; plastic and glass recycling, Wednesday, June 24, and cardboard and paper recycling, Thursday, June 25. Yard waste will be collected Friday, June 26.

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.

The street department has a new mattress and box spring disposal policy. Both items must be placed in mattress disposal bags or wrapped in plastic and have the appropriate number of green stickers on them to be collected. Disposal bags are available at hardware and big box stores.

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

Firemen’s barbecue

Germania and Excelsior Hose Companies will host a firemen’s barbecue from 4 p.m. until sellout Saturday, June 27, at the Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave.

The meal, prepared by Vito’s Family BBQ, will feature pulled pork, brisket, pulled chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, macaroni salad, cornbread and dessert.

Dinners are $16. Tickets can be purchased at the door or orders can be placed in advance at ghcbbq.company.site. Dinner will be served outside with socially distant seating. Adult beverages will be on sale, too. Takeouts and local delivery also will be available.

Legion Polish dinner

Duryea American Legion Brennan Regan Post 585 will host a homemade Polish platter dinner from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at the post home, 329 Main St. The dinners are $10 and include one piggie, three cheese and potato pierogies, haluski, kielbasa and Polish apple cake. There also will be additional items for sale: haluski, $4 per pint; piggies, $2.50 each and frozen pierogies, $7 per dozen.

All items must be pre-ordered by Friday, June 26. To place an order, call Nicole at 570-604-2452 or Pete 570-362-4170 or send a message to the Duryea Sons of the American Legion Post 585 Facebook page. Items can be picked up at the rear entrance to the post home or delivered in Duryea and surrounding towns.

Hometown Heroes banners

Duryea Lions Club is sponsoring a final opportunity to participate in its Duryea Hometown Heroes program. The cost of the banner is $225. For details or to order, please contact Mayor Keith Moss at 570-655-2829 by Tuesday, June 30.

SAL gun raffle

Duryea Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 members are selling tickets for the annual gun raffle.

Tickets, which are two for $5, are available from any member. The prizes include first prize, Remington 700 ADL 300 win mag or $250 cash; second prize, Remington 870 Express 12-gauge shotgun or $175 cash; third prize, Ruger Security-9 9mm handgun or $150 cash; fourth prize, Ruger EC9S 9mm handgun or $125 cash; fifth prize, $50 gift card to Komensky’s Market, Duryea; sixth prize, $25 gift card to Marie’s Diner, Duryea, and seventh prize, $25 gift card to My Sister’s Kitchen, Duryea. The guns are provided by Advanced Arms, Pittston Twp.

Winners are responsible for taxes and gun fees.

Drawing will take place Saturday, July 4, live on the Duryea Sons of the American Legion’s Facebook page, at a time to be announced.

VFW’s Smoked in the Valley

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will host Bacon and BBQ: Smoked in the Valley from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 17, and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St. This event will feature Northeastern Pennsylvania’s best bacon and barbecue from numerous restaurants, vendors and food trucks, along with live entertainment all day, including The Sperazza Band from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Interested vendors should contact Terry Deitz at 570-207-8561 or tdeitz@ShamrockNEPA.com.

This event is presented by Rock 107 and NEPA’s ESPN Radio. All proceeds will benefit the Duryea VFW.

Food distribution

Nativity of Our Lord Parish hosts a monthly supplemental food distribution program from 1:30 to 3 p.m. the second Monday of every month at Sacred Heart of Jesus Hall, 529 Stephenson St. Perishable and non-perishable food is distributed and delivered by the CEO Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank at 1 p.m. on the day of the event. Volunteers sort, pack and load the items into recipients’ cars as they arrive. Volunteers are welcome.

To qualify for the program, you must be a Duryea resident that meets the income requirements under the federal guidelines. All applicants must register at least 10 days in advance of the distribution date by calling Lois Hancyzc at 570-457-2482.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday to Tony Alu, who will celebrate his special day June 22.

Happy birthday to Donna Durkin, who will celebrate her special day June 25.

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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