Each year, Holy Rosary School kicks off Catholic Schools Week by inviting the community to an open house. It is here where families and potential students explore the school, meet teachers and learn about the school’s faith-based curriculum.

While the pandemic has shut down the in-person version of the open house for this year, it has not prevented the Holy Rosary School community from kicking off Catholic Schools Week in its accustomed style. Together, the teachers, students and staff have created a virtual open house that will introduce Holy Rosary School in a whole new way. Join in the fun, as Holy Rosary School launches its virtual open house Sunday, Jan. 31, at holyrosaryduryea.org. Just as you would see in person, the event will include virtual classroom tours, information about the teachers and classrooms, along with details about the school’s curriculum, activities and athletics. For information, call 570-457-2553.

St. Mary’s news

The Rev. Carmen Bolock, pastor of St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church and national chaplain of the Young Men’s Society of the Resurrection, extends his thanks to the community for supporting the society’s recent annual winter clothing drive. Thanks to the support of the community and several Polish National Catholic churches, the society collected 200 pounds of clothing.

Brick U.M. Church closed

Following the guidance of their bishop, the Brick United Methodist Church will not have services until further notice to slow the spread of COVID-19.

VFW membership

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 is accepting social members. Membership is $15. Please see the bartender at the post home, 492 Stephenson St., for an application.

Independent Bible Church retreat

Independent Bible Church will host a men’s retreat Friday, Feb. 5, through Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Ladore Conference Center, Waymart. The retreat, “Men Building Men,” will include devotion, activities and educational sessions.

The attendance fees are as follows: Friday only, $20; Saturday only with lunch, $35, and whole weekend including cabin, $48. All participants should bring a Bible, notebook, sleeping bag/bedding, toiletries, towels and indoor and outdoor activity clothing.

A non-refundable $20 registration fee is due by Wednesday, Jan. 27. To register, visit thebiblechurch.org or send the names of those attending and payment to IBC Men’s Retreat, P.O. Box 2093, Duryea, PA 18642. For information, please call 570-881-5026 or email acremard@thebiblechurch.org.

Municipal building closed

Due to a Duryea Borough employee testing positive for COVID-19, residents are informed the municipal building is closed indefinitely.

Until further notice, all transactions for borough business must be completed via the locked and secured drop box at the entrance of the building. Duryea Borough Council, Mayor Keith Moss and administration has not set a tentative date for return to limited hours or building access at this time.

For information, please call the borough during regular business hours at 570-655-2829.

The public can still purchase garbage placards by mailing or placing a check or money order in the lockbox at the municipal building made payable to Duryea Borough, 315 Main St., Duryea PA 18642. Residents should include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with payment to receive their placard and receipt.

Prices are: one bag per week, $100; two bags per week, $165; three bags per week, $205, and four bags per week, $245. Stickers for individual bags are $2.50 at the municipal building and $2.75 at Uni-Mart and Rehoski’s Market.

The deadline for new placards has been extended to Feb. 28. Residents must have the 2021 placard displayed in their windows to have their garbage collected. The number of bags placed curbside for collection must match the placard in the window. Extra bags will not be collected.

Collection schedule

Duryea Street Department collection schedule for the week of Jan. 24 is as follows: garbage, Monday, Jan. 25, and Tuesday, Jan. 26, and ashes, Friday, Jan. 29. Recyclables will not be collected this week. For information, call the street department at 570-655-1299.

King of the Wings

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 is participating in local radio station Rock 107’s NEPA King of the Wings contest through Jan. 31. For a $25 fee, you will receive a ballot with a list of 15 participating restaurants and bars throughout the area. At each location, you will sample three wings. Once you’re finished sampling, you will vote for your five favorites, return your ballot to one of the participating locations and receive a limited edition King of the Wings tour T-shirt.

Purchase a ballot online at rock107.com/king-of-the-wings or at any of the participating locations, including the Duryea VFW, 492 Stephenson St. The VFW is open 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Phoenix raffle

Phoenix Performing Arts Centre is hosting virtual Spin and Win raffles, which 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 rules and payment information.

CEO food distribution

Duryea Borough’s CEO food distribution takes place on 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.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday to Bob Zbylicki, who will celebrate Sunday, Jan. 24.

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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