As we navigate the uncharted territory of surviving a pandemic, many of us have surmounted the sadness of not seeing friends and family very frequently by making new friends — so to speak. We’ve discovered new companions in the pages of books or perhaps in the movies and television shows we’ve been binge-watching in our living rooms. While these new “relationships” certainly are not a substitute for what we have been missing in our lives, the arts have certainly filled a void for us haven’t they? As we keep that point in mind, please consider giving back to the arts by supporting an important fundraiser taking place right now.
Phoenix Performing Arts Centre is hosting virtual Spin and Win raffles. The raffles, which will take place over several months, will include an attractive array of prizes including designer purses, power tools, household goods, electronics, gaming systems, gift cards and more.
To participate, entrants will make a set donation ranging from $3 to $10 for most raffles to secure their spot(s) of the 40 possible spots on the prize wheel. Once the wheel is spun and stops rotating, whichever entrant’s name appears at the pointer is the winner of the prize for that particular raffle.
Each raffle and its corresponding prize, along with the entrant list, will be posted on the Spin and Win for Phoenix 2020 Facebook page. Complete rules as well as payment information are also included on that page.
Phoenix Performing Arts Centre has a small game of chance license from the commonwealth for this raffle. All prizes will be shipped to the winners directly. Donations are tax-deductible.
All proceeds will benefit the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre.
Duryea American Legion will have an open face hot roast beef/turkey dinner from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at the post home, 329 Main St. The menu includes a choice of roast beef or turkey served on bread with gravy, mashed potatoes or fresh-cut fries, a vegetable and dessert.
Dinners are $8.50 each.
To order, please call Pete at 570-362-4170 or Nicole 570-604-2452 by noon Saturday, Sept. 12. This is a pre-order sale.
Delivery is available in Duryea and surrounding towns.
Duryea Street Department collection schedule for the week of Sept. 13 is as follows: garbage, Monday, Sept. 14, and Tuesday, Sept. 15; plastic and glass recycling, Wednesday, Sept. 16, and cardboard and paper recycling, Thursday, Sept. 17. Yard waste will be collected Friday, Sept. 18.
Yard waste is collected every Friday, except on holiday weeks. Grass and shrub clippings must be placed in containers or paper lawn bags not to exceed 30 pounds. All branches must be cut into 3-foot sections and placed together in bundles no larger than 3-inches in diameter. Yard waste placed in garbage bags, and dirt, rocks or animal waste will not be collected.
For information, please call the street department at 570-655-1299.
Duryea Borough’s Commission on Economic Opportunity food drive is held the second Monday of each month. Beginning Monday, Sept. 14, the food drive will take place monthly at a new location, 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.
Duryea Borough Sewer Authority will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public is invited to attend.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will host an end of summer concert and picnic with the Sperazza Band Saturday, Sept. 19, on the grounds of the post home, 492 Stephenson St. Takeout meals will be available from 3 to 5 p.m. Music and dinner is from 5 to 9 p.m. The menu includes hotdogs, hamburgers, sausage and peppers, corn on the cob, French fries and funnel cakes.
Admission is $10, which includes a $5 food credit.
Guests must be 21 or older to attend. Please note guests will be required to wear a mask to enter the event and practice social distancing. Guests also must wear masks when they are not seated at their table. Guests cannot bring chairs or tents.
Staff will have appropriate safety practices in place, including wearing face masks, gloves for ticket takers, face shields and other precautions, including extra cleaning of common areas and lavatories. Soap and hand sanitizer will be available, too.
This event will be limited to no more than 250 people at a time on a first come, first served basis, including staff.
Nativity calendar fundraiser
Nativity of Our Lord Parish is sponsoring a designer purse and accessory calendar fundraiser throughout October.
The prizes, which were donated for the summer picnic purse stand, include items from Coach, Michael Kors, Vera Bradly and other quality companies.
Participants will have 32 chances to win prizes —each day of October plus a bonus on Halloween — and winner’s entries will be returned for future drawings.
Tickets are $20. The calendar and entry form can be printed from nativityduryea.org. Forms also can be obtained by calling the rectory at 570-457-3502.
Germania wine fest
Germania Hose Company will host its fourth annual wine fest from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, on the hose company grounds, 430 Foote Ave.
The public is invited to stop by to sample local wineries, craft beers and food and shop at the craft vendor stands while enjoying live entertainment.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. To purchase advance tickets, see any member. Tickets also will be available online soon. All those attending must be 21 or older.
Tax Collector Martin Hanczyc will collect school tax payments from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. Payments also may be sent to Hanczyc at 79 Main St. Duryea, PA 18642.
If you need a receipt, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope and the entire bill with your payment. If you do not receive a bill, please call 570-457-2482. Please note payments must be paid by check or money order. Cash will not be accepted.
Best wishes to Carla and Ron Moran, who celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary Sept. 6.
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 for Greater Pittston Progress. To list an item, email email@example.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.