Happy Mother’s Day!
Dupont Youth Baseball Organization will hold its fourth annual chicken barbecue fundraiser from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the center field pavilion at the baseball field. Cost is $10 per dinner and includes half a barbecued chicken, coleslaw, corn on the cob, roll and dessert. The dinner is eat in or take out. Check the DYBO Facebook page for details.
Tickets are available at the Little League Park during the T-ball games at the concession stand or at the Dupont Municipal Office during regular business hours. All proceeds benefit the Dupont Youth Baseball Organization. This event is usually a sellout so get your tickets early.
Memorial Day changes
Due to renovations at the Dupont Municipal Memorial Park, the location of the service and parade route will change for this year’s Memorial Day events. The Memorial Day services will be held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Parking area on Main Street after the parade. The parade route will continue past the municipal building and turn right on Bear Creek Road then back to Main Street to the VFW where the parade started.
The annual Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 27. VFW Post 4909 will sponsor this year’s Memorial Day activities along with the cooperation of AMVETS Post 189. Grand marshal will be Edward Zielinski and principal speaker will be Luzerne County Judge Fred Pierantoni III.
Holy Mother of Sorrows Polish National Catholic Church will honor all veterans Sunday, May 26, in front of the church at the veterans monument. Service with the reading of the names of all veterans will follow the Holy Mass at 9 a.m. The Very Rev. Zbigniew Dawid will celebrate Holy Mass at the parish cemetery at 9 a.m. on Memorial Day.
The Rev. Thomas Petro will celebrate Mass for peace and justice at the cemetery chapel at 9 a.m. on Memorial Day.
VFW Post 4909 and AMVETS Post 189 are in the midst of one of their busiest months as they prepare for the upcoming Memorial Day celebrations. This week, the posts, with the help of local Boy Scout troops, will being removing old flags from the Holy Mother of Sorrows and Sacred Heart of Jesus cemeteries. Post members will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Holy Mother of Sorrows Cemetery to begin removal of all the old flags. Immediately after, they will travel to Sacred Heart Cemetery to remove the flags there. Post members will be selling poppies at Holy Mother of Sorrows and Sacred Heart after all Masses the weekend of May 25-26.
Sacred Heart news
The women’s Society of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church will hold its annual springtime bale sale and raffle Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26, at the parish hall. Society members request your support by making homemade baked goods or a monetary donation for the bake sale. The raffle drawing will take place after the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 26. Tickets are available from any member of the Women’s Society or can be purchased at the bake sale the weekend of the event.
The annual Women’s Society Mass and luncheon will be held Sunday, May 19. Rosary will be prayed prior to the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Following Mass, a luncheon will be held at 12:15 p.m. at the Iron Skillet, Dupont. Cost is $10 for current members of the society and $15 for each guest. Reservations are required and can be made by dropping off the form from the bulletin and payment in the collection basket or at the parish office by Sunday, May 12. If you have any questions, contact Marty Matthews at 570-883-0122.
Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish’s 72nd annual picnic will be held Aug. 1-3. John Stevens Polka Band will be featured musical entertainment Thursday, Aug. 1, and Friday, Aug. 2. Joe Stanky & His Cadets will be featured Saturday, Aug. 3.
Lions Club news
Dupont Lions have sent a letter to the community requesting financial help with this year’s projects.
The Lions Club projects will be focused on the park and playground area. Plans include a new parent and toddler swing, refreshing the landscaping and some well-needed repairs to the center field pavilion.
Another Lions Club project is the Christmas snowflakes that beautify the town during the holidays. They need to be refurbished. They have shined brightly for many, many years but they have lost some of their luster. The Lions intend to replace thousands of bulbs and have the snowflakes serviced to bring back their brightness.
Dupont Lions will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 13, at the VFW. Election of officers will top the agenda.
This past March, Dupont Borough received a multimodal grant in the amount of $151,236 to replace the bridge on Walnut Street between Elm and Hemlock streets. The bridge is located near the Little League Filed. The new bridge will be wider than the current bridge.
Dupont Borough-sponsored paper shredding and electronic recycling will be held Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Dupont Municipal Building. Shredding will be held in front of the borough building and electronic recycling will be collected in the rear.
Dupont Borough reminds residents that recycled items must be rinsed and cleaned out before being placed in the recycling containers for collection. They cannot contain liquid, food, mold or mildew, so as not to contaminate what is being collected. Any contaminated recyclables will go to the landfill, which will have an adverse effect on money collected for recycling.
Contact Patty McDonald, borough manager, for information on what is always accepted, what is never accepted and proper ways to clean the items for recycling. Residents are advised to remember the three “Rs” of recycling: read it, rinse it, recycle it!
Lucy Sassi is the sales/marketing representative for UGI. Dupont residents interested in converting to gas can call her at 570-829-8664 or email lsassi@ugi. She will explain the process and send an application for gas service and walk you through the process.
Holy Mother of Sorrows news
Holy Mother of Sorrows Church will hold its chicken barbecue Saturday, July 20.
The Dozynski Festival is Sunday, Sept. 8, with the flea market being held Saturday, Sept. 7.
Little League news
The May meeting of the Avoca/Dupont Little League will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Avoca Borough Building. The recently completed opening day and the hit-a-thon fundraiser, continuation of the league’s combining with Pittston City and Duryea, as well as all regular league business will be discussed. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
Greater Pittston Area Little League, which includes leagues from Avoca and Dupont, will hold a cash bingo fundraiser Saturday, June 8, at the former Seton Catholic Hall in Pittston. Doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo begins at 7. Admission is $25 in advance and includes 20 regular games of bingo. Each regular game is worth $100. Multiple winners will share the prize money. There will be special games worth $150 and a coverall worth $250. There also will be a basket raffle and food and beverages will be sold.
For tickets, contact Gary at 570-540-0649, Lori B at 570-877-4361 or Sue S. at 570-407-2035.
Northeast class reunion
Northeast High School Class of 1965 will hold a class get-together at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Colarusso’s in Avoca. All class members and guests are invited. No reservations are necessary. The event includes an open menu and cash bar.
USS Independence reunion
Dick White of Pittston announces the USS Independence CVA-62’s 30th reunion will be held in Dayton, Ohio Sept. 25-29. All Navy, Marine or Air Squadron personnel who served on the Independence and their families are welcome. For information, please contact: USS Independence CVA-62, 65 Pioneer Ridge Rd., Canton, N.C. 28716, call 828-648-7379 or email email@example.com.
VFW Post 4909 will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 3, at the post home. Many items of importance will be discussed and reports given. Commander Bob Lopata will preside. The Home Association meeting will follow. Food and refreshments will be served after both meetings.
Happy birthday to my favorite sister Mary Ann!
Annmarie Paddock writes about Dupont every week. To include an item in her column, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-407-0231 by Monday.