If you have never visited www.duryeapa.com, you need to soon. The site, founded and moderated by Bernie Stiroh and Mike Lizonitz, offers thousands of photos, documents and sources of information from pre-1960 Duryea.

As Stiroh and Lizonitz prepare to mark the 14th anniversary of the site’s inception, the creators are offering the public the opportunity to have their Duryea-related black and white photos colorized for free. The criteria to participate is as follows: the photos must be from 1960 or earlier and focus on stores, saloons, farms, fire companies, police officers, the Lackawanna River and bridges, street scenes, schools, coal mines, miners, sporting events, churches, church picnics, carnivals, parades, etc. Family photos also may be submitted if nearby Duryea streets or houses are in the background.

The black and white photos should be scanned and saved as jpeg files and then emailed to duryeacolorphotos@gmail.com. Upon receipt, they will be colorized and returned to the sender. Stiroh also will conduct free genealogical research for past and present Duryea families. He has access to countless databases and research tools, including census records, birth, marriage and death records, and newspaper articles dating back to the late 1800s.

St. Mary’s news

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will have devotions at 7 p.m. each Friday during Lent at the church, 200 Stephenson St.

Collection schedule

The street department collection schedule for the week of Feb. 21 is: garbage, Monday, and Tuesday; ashes, Friday. Recyclables will not be collected this week.

Germania breakfast

Germania Hose Company will have a drive-thru breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Feb. 21, at the hose company, 430 Foote Ave. Menu includes ham, sausage, home fries, eggs, pancakes, rolls and dessert. Tickets are $10 at www.ghcbreakfast.company.site.

Nativity food sale

Nativity of Our Lord will have takeout only Lenten food sales from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, March 12, at Holy Rosary Hall, 127 Stephenson St. Those who pre-ordered for the Feb. 26 sale also are reminded to pick up orders at the hall.

Food will be prepped and ready to heat at home. The sale will feature frozen pierogi and potato pancake batter. Pierogi are $8 per dozen, limit two. Potato pancake batter is $14 per quart. This is a pre-order sale. Orders can be placed by calling 570-457-3502 by Wednesday, March 3.

Offices closed

The Duryea Municipal Building is closed to the public. Until further notice, all transactions for borough business must be completed via the locked and secured drop box at the entrance of the building. For information, please call 570-655-2829 during regular business hours at.

Garbage stickers

The deadline to purchase the 2021 garbage placards has been extended to Feb. 28. To purchase, please mail or place 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 also include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with their payment to receive their placard and receipt. The 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.

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.

Taxes mailed

Tax Collector Martin Hanczyc reminds residents taxes are now due at the rebate amount. Office hours during the rebate period are 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays. Taxes also can be mailed to or dropped off at 79 Main St. in the tax collection container. Anyone who needs a receipt should include the complete bill and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Payments must be made by check or money order. For information, call Hanczyc at 570-457-2482.

Brick U.M. Church newsBrick United Methodist Church, 935 Foote Ave., has resumed its weekly 9:45 a.m. Sunday service.

Food distribution

Duryea Borough’s CEO food distribution 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.

Any regular recipient who has not picked up food in the last two months has been purged from the list and must reapply. To reapply, please call Lois Hanczyc at 570-457-2482 and leave a message with your name and phone number. Recipients must complete an application before receiving food.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to Annemarie Zongilla, who will celebrate her special day Feb. 23.

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Duryea. To list an item, email jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.

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