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Mayor Daniel Lello, in concert with Dupont Council, has proclaimed Dupont will take part in “Bells Across Pennsylvania Day” on Sunday, May 3.

The threefold purpose of the initiative of the Pennsylvania State Mayors Association is to recognize and honor first responders, healthcare workers and employees of grocery stores, pharmacies and other life- sustaining businesses who have maintained essential services while at risk of infection from COVID-19. To show solidarity with elected officials and residents of municipalities across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, all whom are fighting COVID-19 on the frontline together, and to demonstrate a collective resolve that Pennsylvanians will prevail over COVID-19 and work tirelessly to ensure their businesses and civic life will thrive again.

Then at 7 p.m., all Pennsylvanians and churches will be encouraged to ring bells and bang pots for three minutes, one minute for each of the three purposes.

Youth baseball postponed

Dupont Youth Baseball Organization’s season opener set for May 2 has been postponed due to the crisis with no new date available at this time.

A new date for the start of the 2020 season will be announced in the coming weeks.

Memorial Day Parade

cancelled

Another causality to the pandemic is Dupont’s annual Memorial Day Parade, sponsored by AMVETS Post 189 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909. The posts have made the difficult decision to cancel the annual event honoring our veterans. Members of both posts will still place flags at Sacred Heart of Jesus and Holy Mother of Sorrows cemeteries on Wednesday, May 13. Rain date will be May 14. The crosses with the names of Dupont’s fallen heroes will again be placed on the fence adjacent to the VFW.

Online council meetings

Council will continue with its online audiovisual meetings at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12. Callers will again have the opportunity to comment and ask questions at the end of the meeting session. Check the borough website at dupontpa.us. for information to access the video conference.

State of emergency reminder

Dupont municipal offices are now closed. Dupont Borough government will continue normal operations, and those seeking to do public business may telephone the borough building at 570-655-6216, ext. 101 and may mail payments and correspondence to the borough building at 600 Chestnut St., Dupont, PA 18641.

A lock box has been placed at the entrance of the borough offices. Payments of taxes, sewer fee, etc., along with other correspondence can be left in the box. Please do not leave cash.

The non-emergency police number is 570-654-9971. For emergencies, always call 911.

Please refer to the borough website, dupontpa.us, for information and updates.

Sewer bill extension

The 2020 sewer bills scheduled for mail delivery at the end of April will be mailed at the end of May instead. Due date will be extended to July 31, instead of June 30. Payment will only be accepted by mail at this time, until otherwise announced. No penalty will be charged as long as sewer bills are paid by the new extended date.

Contact information update

Borough Manger Patty McDonald is trying to update computer files with residents’ email addresses. Some residents provided the information on the refuse billing cards, but most did not.

In order to email updates to residents about changes taking place now or in the future, McDonald is asking residents to email contact information to dupontboro@comcast.net under the subject: file update. The body of the email should include name, address and cell phone. Then the borough can send email updates to residents. Or, instead of emailing McDonald, residents can include a note with their email address and phone number with any correspondence or bills paid to the borough, such as the tax bill. Call the office for information.

Important date changes

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the change of dates for the following:

The state primary election has been changed to June 2.

Pennsylvania driver’s licenses expiring before April 30 now will expire May 31. The new deadline for Real ID is Oct. 1, 2021.

The new federal income tax filing deadline date is July 15.

Time to give thanks

Thanks to Judy Carter, who has been making homemade masks for anyone in need at no cost.

Thank you to Laurie Lindsey for making pasta dinners for essentials workers in the community.

Thank you to Dupont Borough residents who have been providing lunches for the office workers, police and public works crew.

Thank you to Herr’s Eastern Produce, U.S. Hydrations and Weinberg Food Bank for providing much-needed food for the Dupont Lions Club’s monthly food bank. And thanks to all the volunteers who helped package and distribute the food.

Sacred Heart news

Monthly picnic collections are still being sought. April’s collection is for restaurant, supermarket and business gift cards. Please mail them to the parish office. Donations of liquor are still being accepted until the picnic.

Save the date: The Mass and pot-luck dinner to celebrate the centennial of the church building will be held Tuesday, June 9. More details will be announced.

Tickets for the Confraternity of Christian Mothers Spring raffle have been mailed to all parishioners. Make your returns by May 31. Cash prices of $500 to $100 will be drawn on Tuesday, June 9, at the potluck dinner.

Medication disposal

You can safely dispose of unused or expired medicine by dropping it in the prescription collection drop box inside the Dupont Municipal Building during regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please remove personal information from all bottles.

Items accepted are: prescriptions, prescription patches and ointments, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, samples and medication for pets. Non-acceptable items include: thermometers, hydrogen peroxides, inhalers and needles, medications from businesses or clinical and aerosol cans.

Annmarie Paddock writes about Dupont every week. To list an item, email dupont.news@comcast.net or call 570-407-0231 by Monday.

Residents may mail tax and refuse payments to Tax Collector Therese Wrubel, 129 Factory St., Avoca, PA 18641 or place them in the envelope outside of her home office. For a receipt, include the complete bill and a self-addressed, stamped envelope with payment. Issue separate checks for tax and refuse payments. For information, call Wrubel at 570-457-4891.

Yard waste collections

The borough’s weekly Tuesday yard waste collections have started. Each property may place a maximum of three open containers, preferably with handles, not to exceed 30 pounds, containing leaves, grass clippings, small branches and shrubs. Yard waste in plastic bags, dirt, rocks or animal waste will not be collected.

Recycling is still suspended until further notice.

If trash is not collected, call J.P. Mascaro at 1-800-243-7575.

Sewer maintenance fee

Council has extended the April 5 due date and will honor the discounted rate of $40 up until Aug. 4 for the 2020 annual sewer maintenance fee invoice billed by Berkheimer Associates. After that, the fee will be $50 from Aug. 5 to Aug. 20, and $52.50 after Aug. 20. Berkheimer is aware of the extended dates. Payments should be mailed to them as outlined on the invoice. Call Berkheimer at 610-599-3145 with any questions.

Masks needed

Face masks for health care professionals can be dropped off in the sanitized lockbox next to the black bench at the entrance of the Avoca Municipal Building, 952 Main St.

Ambulance membership

Avoca Ambulance Association’s annual 2020 membership drive is under way. Residents have been mailed a membership packet. The membership subscription protects the subscriber and family members from out-of-pocket expenses which insurance may not cover. The membership subscription price, which remains the same as last year, is $40 and $35 for senior citizens.

Proceeds are used for operating expenses and to maintain the viability of the Avoca Ambulance Association.

That’s about it for this week, my friends. Thanks for reading, and have a great week!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Avoca. To list an item, email jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.