While the coronavirus has caused many businesses and organizations to cancel their annual events, two Duryea organizations are not letting it ruin Thanksgiving dinner for families who count on their generosity each November.
After much consideration and discussion, the Duryea Police Department and Duryea Neighborhood Crime Watch has reversed its decision and will host its seventh annual community Thanksgiving dinner after all.
The dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave. While this year’s meal will include all of the traditional fixings that accompany this festive feast each year, it will include one change — its serving style.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event will be a drive-thru, takeout only dinner. To pick up a meal, guests will pull into the fire department’s parking lot and drive their vehicle around to the back of the firehouse. A representative will bring your meal to you.
The dinner is free and open to everyone, but you must pre-register by 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, by calling 570-457-6120, ext. 5. Please leave your name, phone number and the number of dinners needed.
Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 and Duryea Boy Scout Troop 375 will host a flag retirement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St.
The public may bring flags to be retired to the event or drop them off in the collection container at the post home.
COVID prevention guidelines will be followed.
For information, please visit the Duryea VFW 1227 Facebook page or call Ron Skamanich at 570-457-3983.
Duryea Street Department collection schedule for the week of Nov. 8 is as follows: garbage, Monday, Nov. 9, and Tuesday, Nov. 10; plastic and glass recycling, Wednesday, Nov. 11, and cardboard and paper recycling, Thursday, Nov. 12. Yard waste will be collected Friday, Nov. 13.
For information, please call the street department at 570-655-1299.
Sewer authority meetingDuryea Borough Sewer Authority will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public is invited to attend.
Legion hoagie sale
Duryea American Legion Brennan Regan Post 585 will have a hoagie sale from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the post home, 329 Main St.
The hoagie varieties and prices include Italian, $7; turkey and cheese, $6.50, and ham and cheese, $6. Each sandwich will be served on a 12-inch National Bakery hoagie bun with a choice of toppings: lettuce, tomatoes, onions, sweet or hot peppers.
Orders can be picked up at the rear exit of the building. Delivery is available within Duryea and to surrounding towns.
Orders must be pre-placed by Wednesday, Nov. 18, by calling Pete at 570-362-4170 or Nicole at 570-604-2452.
Brick U.M. Church dinnerBrick United Methodist Church will have a drive-thru spaghetti dinner and bake sale from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the church, 935 Foote Ave. The dinner includes spaghetti with meatballs, salad and a roll.
Tickets, which are $12, can be purchased by calling the Rev. Sharon Dietz, pastor, at 570-561-3645. All dinners must be pre-ordered.
Phoenix Performing Arts Centre is hosting virtual Spin and Win raffles. The raffles, which will take place over several months, will include an array of prizes including designer purses, power tools, household goods, electronics, gaming systems, gift cards and more.
Visit the Spin and Win for Phoenix 2020 Facebook page for details.
Tax Collector Martin Hanczyc will collect school tax payments at face value from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, at 79 Main St. Duryea, PA 18642.
Taxes also may be placed in the tax box on the front porch. Please enclose the entire bill and a self-addressed, stamped envelope when requesting a receipt. All taxes must be paid by check or money order. If paying borough, county and school taxes, please pay with separate checks.
Please call Hanczyc at 570-457-2482 with any questions.
CEO food distribution
Duryea Borough CEO 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.
Happy birthday to Amy Parente Ruth, who celebrated her special day Nov. 5.
Happy birthday to Gyl Bartuska Mikovitch, who celebrated her special day Nov. 6.
That’s about it for this week, my friends.
Thanks for reading, and have a great week!
Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Duryea every week. To list an item, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.