Happy Easter, my friends! I absolutely love this holiday. It’s been my favorite since I was a little girl. And why wouldn’t it be — the flowers are blooming, you see pastel colors everywhere, and the world seems to be coming to life again. Everything is new once again. When you think about it, isn’t that one of the messages we get from Easter? No matter how many mistakes we make, we can always start over. We, too, can be new once again!

My family and I wish you a blessed Easter!

Nativity of Our Lord

Nativity of our Lord Parish will have several Easter services at the church, 127 Stephenson St.: Holy Saturday, April 3, 8 a.m., morning prayer, 2 and 4 p.m., blessing of Easter baskets, outdoors weather permitting otherwise in the church, 8 p.m., Easter Vigil Mass, with the church open for private prayer during the day; Easter Sunday, April 4, 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Masses, 6 p.m., evening prayer. There will not be a 7 p.m. Mass on Easter.

All events will be live-streamed on the parish’s Facebook page. Due to COVID restrictions, seating will be limited at all Masses. Call 570-457-3502 to make a reservation. Reservations are not needed for morning and night prayer or basket blessings.

St. Mary’s

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will have Easter services at the church, 200 Stephenson St.: Holy Saturday, April 3, 6 p.m., blessing of fire, paschal candle, reading of the four lessons, blessing of water and blessing of Easter food; Easter Sunday, April 4, 9 a.m., solemn procession of Resurrection, Holy Mass of Resurrection and blessing of Easter food; and Dingus Day/Holy Day, Monday, April 5, 7 p.m., Holy Mass.

Brick U.M. Church

Brick United Methodist Church will have its Easter service at 9:45 a.m. April 4, at the church, 935 Foote Ave. The service will be broadcast live on the Brick United Methodist Church Facebook page.

Independent Bible Church

Independent Bible Church will have Easter Sunday services on April 4 at the church, 328 Main St.: 6 a.m. sunrise service, 10:30 a.m. worship service and a 6 p.m. service.

Holiday schedule

The borough building is closed Monday, April 5, for Easter. Also, garbage will be collected one day late this week, on Tuesday and Wednesday. Yard waste will be collected Friday, There is no recyclables collection.

Sewer meeting

Duryea Borough Sewer Authority will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, April 5, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St. The public is invited to attend via Zoom by contacting the sewer authority office at 570-457-0122 by noon on the meeting date.

VFW horseshoe league

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will begin its spring horseshoe league at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, at the post, 492 Stephenson St. The team sign-up sheet is posted in the bar area. Anyone who is interested in playing and is not a member of the VFW is welcome to become a social member. For details, please call the post at 570-457-9946.

Council meeting

Duryea Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public can attend via the Zoom online platform. Access instructions and the meeting agenda will be posted on www.duryeaborough.com/index.htm. The public will be permitted to comment on agenda items prior to the start of the meeting and make comments at the conclusion. They also can submit questions during the meeting via email and the CHAT function.

Food distribution

Duryea’s CEO food distribution 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 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 the food.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday to Duryea Council President Jef Bauman, who will celebrate Thursday, April 8.

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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