An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at Sacred Heart of Jesus School on Lackawanna Avenue. Entrance will be at the front doors facing Lackawanna Avenue by approaching on the concrete sidewalk behind the former convent. Donors may park in the church lot near the alley behind the school. The Red Cross asks that all donors wear a mask. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you. To support social distancing, appointments are now required.
With thousands of blood drives cancelled during the COVID-19 pandemic, they are working hard to make this donation site successful. There is still time to make an appointment by visiting www.redcrossblood.org.
The Dupont Municipal Building is 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 Dupont Borough Building, 600 Chestnut St., Dupont, PA 18641 or drop off payments and other correspondence in the a lock box in the foyer of the borough building. The foyer will be open during regular business hours.
For emergencies, always call 911. Non-emergency police number is 570-654-9971.
Please refer to the borough website dupontpa.us for information and updates.
Patty McDonald, borough secretary, reminds residents all construction work requires permits. If work is being done without a permit and a complaint is filed, the permit fees are doubled and subject to additional fees.
This includes roofs, windows, driveways, fencing, pools, decks, additions, garages, plumbing, heating, new furnaces and other construction work, interior and exterior.
Sewer bill extension
The 2020 sewer bills will be mailed at the end of May, instead of in April as previously scheduled. 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.
The monthly food distribution sponsored by the Dupont Lions Club will be held at noon Thursday, May 28, at the Dupont Borough Building on Chestnut Street. All qualifying residents of Dupont and Suscon are eligible.
You can safely dispose of unused or expired medicine by dropping it in the prescription collection drop box located inside the Dupont Municipal Building during regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ring the bell in the building foyer and Patty McDonald will give you access to the collection drop box.
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 and clinics, and aerosol cans.
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 30.
The new deadline for Real ID is Oct. 1, 2021.
The new federal income tax filing deadline date is July 15.
Voting location change
The voting location for Dupont has been changed for this year’s primary. All residents in Ward 1 and 2 will vote at the Martin Mattei Middle School at 122 New St. in Pittston.
Thanks to Dupont’s fire and police departments, who have been busy helping to celebrate special occasions for community residents. The departments have been averaging about three events every week.
The Dupont Lions celebrated one of its own last week. Camaryn Lokuta, a member of the Dupont Lions Club, graduated from Penn State, but due to the restriction in place, there was no on-site graduation ceremony. The Lions Club, with the help of the police and fire departments and a procession of Lions Club members and family members, helped Camaryn celebrate her special day with a drive by her home this past weekend. Congratulations, Camaryn.
Sacred Heart news
The monthly picnic collections for the Sacred Heart Picnic for May is sports items/memorabilia. Donations for liquor, instant lottery, restaurant, supermarkets and business gift cards are still being accepted until the picnic.
Sacred Heart Picnic will be held July 30-Aug. 1.
The Mass and potluck dinner to celebrate the centennial of the church building will be held Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Details to follow.
Tickets for the Confraternity of Christian Mothers spring raffle have been mailed to all parishioners. Please make your returns by May 31. Cash prices of $500 to $100 will be drawn Tuesday, June 9, at the potluck dinner.
Hose company fundraiser
Dupont Volunteer Hose Company thanks members of the community who purchased Match the Lottery fundraiser tickets. And thanks to those who won for donating back to the fire company.
Annmarie Paddock writes about Dupont every week. To list an item, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-407-0231 by Monday.