While many of us will gather with family and friends for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, others may not have the means to prepare dinner this year or may not have anyone to share it with.

The Duryea Police Department and the Duryea Crime Watch are working together to erase these hardships once again and invite the community to its ninth annual community Thanksgiving dinner.

The police and the crime watch will host their ninth annual community Thanksgiving dinner from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave. The meal is free. Meals will be served as takeouts only and can be picked up in the back of the building. Please do not arrive early.

Collections schedule

Duryea Street Department’s trash and recycling schedule for the week of Nov. 13, is as follows: garbage, Monday, Nov. 14, and Tuesday, Nov. 15; paper and cardboard, Wednesday, Nov. 16, and Thursday, Nov. 17, and yard waste, Friday, Nov. 18.

For information, call the street department at 570-655-1299. Changes or updates will be posted to the Duryea DPW Facebook page.

Legion Auxiliary soup and chili sale

Duryea American Legion Auxiliary Unit 585 will host a soup, chili and bake sale from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Duryea American Legion Brennan Regan Post 585, 329 Main St. The menu will include homemade chili, a variety of homemade soups and an assortment of baked goods. Takeouts will be available, too. Containers will be provided.

Nativity of Our Lord newsNativity of Our Lord Parish will have its next grief support meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the rectory meeting room, 127 Stephenson St. Anyone who is suffering from a loss or helping someone who has is welcome to attend.

Nativity of Our Lord Parish’s women’s society is seeking names of veterans and parishioners who are homebound or in nursing homes to include on the society’s card lists.

Names can be submitted by contacting the rectory at 570-457-3502 or rectory@nativityduryea.org.

Anyone who would like to donate cards to the society may drop them off at the rectory.

Nativity of Our Lord Parish will have Masses for the Thanksgiving holiday at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, and at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 24, at the church, 127 Stephenson St.

Council meeting

Duryea Borough Council will have its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public work session will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by the monthly meeting. The public is invited to attend.

The meeting agenda and minutes from past meetings are available under the documents tab at duryeaborough.com.

Tracey’s Hope sponsoring pasta dinnerTracey’s Hope Rescue, Duryea, and the Moosic Youth Center will host a pasta dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Moosic Youth Center, 606 Main St., Moosic.

The menu includes pasta and meatballs, bread, salad and dessert. There also will be a basket raffle, a 50/50 and music by DJ Karen Houman.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased by calling Denise from Tracey’s Hope at 570-457-1625, George from the Moosic Youth Canter at 570-351-3970 or the Moosic Police Department at 570-589-2282.

All proceeds will help defray the cost of a Moosic Police Department K9 Unit.

Germania cash raffle

Germania Hose Company will have a Christmas cash raffle. The prizes include a grand prize of $500, second prize, $250, and third prize, $100. Entries are $5 each or three for $10.

Entries are accepted by Venmo @germaniahoseco. You also can see a department member for an entry.

The drawing will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, live on the Germania Hose Company Facebook page.

You must be 18 years old or older to play.

Breakfast with Santa at Brick UMC

Brick United Methodist Church will host a breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the church, 935 Foote Ave.

The buffet will include scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage links, home fries and beverages. An adult, 18 or older, must accompany all children.

Tickets are $6 for children and $10 for adults and can be purchased by calling Debbie Parente at 570-878-8020 by Dec. 3.

SAL gift card raffle

The Duryea Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Squadron 585 is hosting its annual gift card raffle. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from any SAL member or at the post home, 329 Main St. The prizes are first prize, $100 Walmart gift card; second prize, $100 Wine and Spirits gift card; third prize, $100 Weis Market gift card; fourth prize, $100 ShopRite gift card; fifth prize, $100 Gerrity’s gift card; sixth prize, $100 Redner’s gift card; seventh prize, $100 Plaza Beverage gift card; eighth prize, $50 My Sister’s Kitchen gift card; ninth prize, $50 Marie’s Diner gift card; 10th prize, $50 McAlpine Street Pub gift card; 11th prize, $50 Town Tavern gift card, and 12th prize, $50 Colarusso’s 2.0 gift card.

Entrants can win multiple prizes.

The drawing is at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, and will be presented live on the SAL’s Facebook page.

Plastics collection

The Duryea Betterment Committee and the eighth-grade class at Holy Rosary School have joined resources to reduce plastics in landfills and oceans. To participate, please place the following items in the collection bins at Komensky’s Market, 412 Main St., or the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St.: grocery bags, bread bags, bubble wrap, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, ice bags, plastic shipping envelopes, resealable food storage bags, cereal bags, case overwrap, salt bags, pallet wrap, wood pellet bags and produce bags. Please note, all plastic must be clean, dry and free of food residue. Holy Rosary students and their families may bring their items to the school.

Donations will be accepted until April 1. Once the town collects at least 500 pounds of plastic, NexTrex, an initiative by the Trex company, will turn the plastic film into a bench to be placed in town.

CEO food distribution

Duryea Borough’s CEO food drive takes place 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 distribution is from 2 to 3 p.m. Volunteers are always welcome.

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 jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 6 p.m. Sunday.

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