With the new year here, it’s time for us to purchase our annual garbage placards. While talking about the importance of waste management may seem like rubbish, it plays a vital role in protecting our environment and the health of the population. It’s also vital to our borough’s recycling programs. Not every town offers curbside recycling as part of its annual refuse fee, but our borough does — and that’s a good thing. By offering curbside pickup, residents can easily participate in recycling, help the environment and minimize the amount of garbage placed in landfills.

That said, here is the information about purchasing 2021 garbage placards.

Residents can purchase 2021 garbage placards at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St., beginning Thursday, Jan. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, through Jan. 31. Residents may pay with cash, check or credit/debit card.

Placards also can be purchased by mailing or placing a check or money order in a 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 as follows: one bag per week is $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.

New placards must be purchased by Jan. 31. Residents must have the 2021 placard displayed in their window 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.

St. Mary’s news

The Rev. Carmen Bolock, pastor of St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church, Duryea, and national chaplain of the United Young Men’s Society of the Resurrection of the Polish National Catholic Church, extends his thanks to the community for its generous support of the church’s winter clothing drive. The clothing will be distributed to the needy in our area.

SAL news

Due to the pandemic, the officers of the Duryea Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 will remain the same for 2021: Peter Guitson, commander; Michael Andrews Jr., senior vice commander; Robert Galuska, vice commander; Jerry Lucas, adjutant; K.C. Przywara, finance officer; Scott Gable, chaplain; Vincent Yonushka, historian, and Gary Collins Sr., sergeant-at-arms. Leroy Webb and Peter Guitson also are the District 12 deputy commanders.

Collections schedule

Duryea Street Department will collect garbage Monday, Jan. 11, and Tuesday, Jan. 12. Ashes will be collected Friday, Jan. 15. Recyclables will not be collected this week. For information, call the street department at 570-655-1299.

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.

You can purchase a ballot online at rock107.com/king-of-the-wings or at any of the participating locations, including the Duryea VFW, 492 Stephenson St. The VFW is open 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Phoenix raffle

Phoenix Performing Arts Centre is hosting virtual Spin and Win raffles. Visit the Spin and Win for Phoenix 2020 Facebook page for complete rules and payment information.

CEO food distribution

Duryea’s CEO food drive 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 welcome.

Birthday greetings

Happy birthday to Theresa Ryzner, who will celebrate her special day Jan. 13.

That’s about it for this week, my friends.

Thanks for reading, and have a great day.

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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