The Duryea Betterment Committee’s Facebook page has certainly been busy with new content, conversations and suggestions from the community lately. Normally, the page contains information about Duryea events and betterment committee programs. Recently, however, residents have used the platform to strongly voice their concerns and frustrations about the poor conditions of some properties in town — particularly along Main Street — and what borough leaders should do to improve them to attract more businesses to town.

While the solutions to these issues are complicated and difficult to solve in Facebook postings and replies, the interaction between residents demonstrates citizens care about our town and want to make it a better place. To keep the conversation flowing on these topics and more, why not meet with like-minded citizens and pull your ideas together at the upcoming Duryea Betterment Committee meeting this week?

Duryea Betterment Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St. All are welcome to attend.

American Legion reopens

Duryea American Legion Brennan Regan Post 585 has reopened. Business hours are 3 p.m. to close Thursday and Friday and noon to close Saturday and Sunday.

Social memberships are available for $15.

Nativity of Our Lord picnic

Nativity of Our Lord Parish will have its annual summer picnic Friday, July 9, and Saturday, July 10. The picnic is moving to the Holy Rosary playground and rear parking lot at the bottom of Stephenson Street. The Impastas will perform Friday and The John Stevens Polka Band will perform Saturday. There will be no flea market this year.

Germania Hose Company carnival

Germania Hose Company will have its annual carnival from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, July 23, to Sunday, July 25, at the hose company, 430 Foote Ave. There will be food, including potato pancakes, refreshments and live entertainment each night.

There will not be any rides this year, but there will be a special craft fair and car show as well as the annual firefighters parade.

The special events schedule is as follows: Friday, July 23, 7 p.m., firefighters parade, followed by Flaxy Morgan from 8 p.m. to midnight. Saturday, July 24, 10 a.m., craft fair, free admission; 2 p.m., car show featuring classics, muscle cars and trucks, $5 entry fee, and The Sperazza Band from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, July 25, Tori V. & The Karma from 6 to 10 p.m.; fireworks, 10 p.m.

Sons of American Legion poker run

Duryea Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 is hosting its inaugural Poker Run on Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227, 492 Stephenson St. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and kickstands go up at 11.

The cost is $15 per driver and $10 per rider. The stops will include Hammerjax Bar & Grill, Dutchman Tavern, Renegades, and Y Knot Pub & Eatery and returns to the Duryea VFW.

There will be cash prizes for the best and worst poker hands. After the ride, dinner will be served. Curtain Street will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. There also will be beverages, raffles and a 50/50 raffle.

All proceeds will benefit the Sons of the American Legion Scholarship Fund.

For information, please call 570-362-4170.

CEO food distribution

Duryea Borough’s CEO food drive takes place the second Monday of each month at Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave. Setup is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Food distribution is from 2 to 3 p.m.

Volunteers are always welcome.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday to Linda Wruble, who will celebrate her special day Saturday, July 3.

Happy birthday to Deborah Goldstein, who will celebrate her special day Tuesday, June 29.

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 5 p.m. Monday.

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