Finally! It’s 2021! Whoo-hoo!

While this change on the calendar is very welcome, it also reminds us to set our self-improvement goals for the new year. Whether it’s to lose weight, quit smoking or change something else about yourself which will add quality to your life, now is the time to do it! But remember, in your quest, set attainable goals. For instance, if you want to lose weight, begin with a small goal such as losing five pounds. Five pounds is an attainable goal. And, when you lose those five pounds, it will keep you motivated to lose another five, and then another five until you reach your ultimate goal. As the adage goes, slow and steady wins the race.

Whatever you set out to achieve, I wish you the best of luck in attaining it. Happy New Year, my friends, and let’s make 2021 the best year yet!

St. Mary’s news

The Rev. Carmen Bolock and the parishioners of St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will have the following special holiday Masses at the church, 200 Stephenson St.: Solemnity of the Holy Name of Jesus, 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, and Solemnity of the Holy Name Family, 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 3.

Brick U.M. church news

Due to the increase of COVID cases, the Brick United Methodist Church will not have services until Jan. 3, under the advisement of the United Methodist Church’s Susquehanna Conference.

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 or any of the participating locations.

Sewer meeting

Duryea Borough Sewer Authority will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public can attend via Zoom. To register, email the office at by noon on the meeting date.

Phoenix raffle

Phoenix Performing Arts Centre is hosting virtual Spin and Win raffles. The raffles, which will take place over several months, 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 information.

CEO 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 can be picked up from 2 to 3 p.m. Volunteers are always welcome.

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

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