With the election just around the corner, I’ve received some inquiries regarding polling places, mail-in and absentee ballots and other questions about voting.
Duryea’s voting locations by ward for the election on Tuesday, Nov. 3, are: first ward residents, Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St.; second ward, Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave., and third ward, Sacred Heart of Jesus Church Hall, 529 Stephenson St. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you are in line when the polls close, you are entitled to vote.
You also can vote in person before Election Day, but no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, by requesting, receiving, marking and casting a mail-in or absentee ballot all in one visit to Luzerne County’s County Election Office, 20 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Wilkes-Barre. You need a current, valid Pennsylvania driver’s license or a PennDOT photo ID card. If you don’t have either of these, you can include the last 4 digits of your Social Security number on your absentee or mail-in ballot form. If you do not have a Social Security number, you can provide a photocopy of one of the following: current U.S. Passport, U.S. Military ID, employee photo identification issued by federal, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania county or Pennsylvania municipal government; photo identification issued by an accredited Pennsylvania public or private institution of higher learning, or photo ID issued by a Pennsylvania care facility including long-term care facilities, assisted living and personal care homes.
If you would prefer to vote by mail, registered voters may request a mail-in or absentee ballot application by downloading and completing a paper application from VotesPA.com/ApplyMailBallot. You also can request an application by contacting Luzerne County’s County Election Office at 570-825-1715 or email@example.com or the Department of State at 1-877-VOTESPA or firstname.lastname@example.org. All requests for mail-in ballot applications must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. Once you submit your application, you will receive your ballot in the mail. Follow the included instructions. Ballots must be postmarked by 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3. You also can return it in person by placing it in the designated ballot drop box at Luzerne County’s County Election Office, 20 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Wilkes-Barre, by 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you choose to vote in person on Election Day, but you already received your ballot in the mail, bring your ballot and the pre-addressed outer return envelope to your polling place to be voided. After you surrender your ballot and envelope and sign a declaration, you can then vote.
Drug take back
Duryea Police and Duryea Neighborhood Crime Watch will host the annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in front of the municipal building, 315 Main St. Anyone with unused or expired prescription medications can dispose of them. Needles will not be collected.
Duryea American Legion Brennan Regan Post 585 will have a Halloween fun night from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in the parking lot behind the Legion, 329 Main St. The Legion will sell hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, wimpies, porketta sandwiches, pizza, coffee and hot chocolate. All children, 12 and younger who wear a costume, will receive a free hot dog and treat bag while supplies last. Lou’s Concessions also will be selling funnel cakes, deep-fried Oreos, fresh-squeezed lemonade and red birch beer.
Duryea Street Department collection schedule for the week of Oct. 25 is as follows: garbage, Monday, Oct. 26 and Tuesday, Oct. 27; plastic and glass recycling, Wednesday, Oct. 28, and cardboard and paper recycling, Thursday, Oct. 29. Yard waste will be collected Friday, Oct. 30. For information, call the street department at 570-655-1299.
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, 492 Stephenson St. The public may bring flags to the event or drop them off in the collection container at the post. COVID prevention guidelines will be followed.
Brick U.M. Church spaghetti dinner
Brick 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. Dinner includes spaghetti with meatballs, salad and a roll. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased by calling the Rev. Sharon Dietz, pastor, at 570-561-3645. Dinners must be pre-ordered.
Tax Collector Martin Hanczyc will collect school tax payments at face value from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at 79 Main St. Duryea. 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. Use separate checks for borough/county and school taxes,. Call 570-457-2482 with questions.
Duryea Police Department, in association with the Duryea Borough Police Association and Duryea Crime Watch, is sponsoring a yard sign sale. Signs are $10 and can be ordered by sending a message to the Duryea PD Facebook page.
That’s about it for this week, my friends.
Thanks for reading, and have a great week!
Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Duryea. To list an item, email email@example.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.