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Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish’s 72nd annual picnic opens this coming weekend starting Thursday, Aug. 1, and continuing through Saturday, Aug. 3, opening at 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and right after 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday. John Stevens Polka Band will be featured musical entertainment Thursday and Friday and Joe Stanky and the Cadets will play Saturday.

The parish is renowned for its homemade Polish dishes, including pierogis, fresh, not frozen; haluski, piggies, kiebaski and of course the famous potato pancakes. Other menu items include sausage and peppers, pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers and fries.

There also will be games and family fun for all ages.

Holy Mother of Sorrows news

Holy Mother of Sorrows Parish thanks all who supported the recent chicken barbecue dinner. Noted for its open pit recipe, the church served more than 600 dinners. Raffle winners were: first prize, $100, Peggy Grassi; second prize, $50, Jack Wall Jr., and third prize, $25, J. Cocco.

Lions Club 5K

Dupont Lions Club will hold its annual 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Little League Park on Elm Street. Registration forms are available at runsignup.com/Race/PA/Dupont/DupontLionsClub5K and also available at the Dupont Municipal Building or by contacting any Lion. Registration for adult runners is $25 with shirt or $20 without shirt. Children’s registration is $10 with shirt and $5 without shirt. Registration will end Friday, Aug. 23.

The 1-mile run for kids will start at 9 a.m. The 5K run/walk will start at 9:45 a.m. The kids run is open to young adults 13 and younger. Check-in on race day will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

The Lions Club also is seeking sponsors for the run. There is a Gold Level with a donation of $100 and Silver Level with a donation of $50. Gold sponsors will have their business logo printed on the back of the race T-shirts and silver sponsors will have large print name on the race T-shirts. Sponsorship forms are available at the Dupont Municipal Building or by contacting Camryn Lokuta, chairwoman, at 570-540-6954. Sponsorship forms are due by Friday, Aug. 2.

Proceeds from the 5K will benefit the Dupont Hose Company and the Pittston Area Leo Club Scholarship Fund. All checks are payable to Dupont Lions 5K.

Paper shredding and

electronics collection

Paper shredding and electronic recycling will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Dupont Municipal Building. Shredding will be held in front of the borough building and electronic recycling will be held in the rear.

Items that can be recycled free of charge include: desktop and laptop computers, keyboards and mouses, printers and fax machines, cables and cords, cell phone and laptop batteries, calculators and adding machines, ups battery backups, toner and ink cartridges, audio visual equipment, telephones and cell phones with cell phone batteries removed, DVD players and VCRs, gaming systems, string Christmas lights, microwaves and small appliances, metal items and water heaters, exercise equipment, car batteries (sealed lead acid) bed rims, rain spouting and filing cabinets.

Additional items that can be recycled for a fee: washers and dryers, $20; dishwashers, $20; tube type CRT monitors, $15; LCD monitors, $10; televisions under 40 inches, $35 all types; TVs in wooden cabinet, projections over 40 inches, $55; TV tube only, $55; air conditioners, $25; dehumidifiers, $25; refrigerators, $30; floor freezers, $30; ranges/stoves, $20; floor copiers and water coolers, $20; console stereos in cabinet, $35. TVs must be complete. No broken TVs will be accepted.

Destruction services for a fee: hard drive destruction, offsite, $10 per drive, includes a certificate of destruction; document destruction, offsite, $10 per standard paper size box, includes a certificate of destruction.

Payment may be made by cash or checks only. Make checks payable to Responsible Recycling Services or RRS.

Get gas

UGI’s Get Gas Project in Dupont began Phase 2 of construction on July 15 in the areas of Hill Street, Gill Street, 200 block of Holden Street and Walnut Street from Gill Street to Lolli Lane. Paving began in early July on First, Front, Second and Wilson streets.

Anyone interested in gas service should submit their application as soon as possible. Applications are available at the municipal office during regular business hours or contact Lucy Sassi, sales/marketing representative for UGI. Dupont residents interested in converting to gas can contact her at 570-829-8664 and/or email at lsassi@ugi.com. She will explain the process and send an application for gas service and walk you through the process.

Residents who have converted to gas or those looking into gas service are reminded UGI offers a variety of rebates and incentives to help customers lower their energy bills through the use of high efficiency equipment.

Rebates are available for customers who install qualifying residential and commercial heating and water heating equipment between Jan. 1, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2021. Visit www.ugi.com/rebates for the current allowances offered by UGI and rebate applications.

Medication disposal

You can safely dispose of unused or expired medicine by dropping them 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. 

Please remove personal information from all bottles. 

Items accepted are: prescriptions, prescription patches and ointments, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, sample and medication for pets.

Non-acceptable items include: thermometers, hydrogen peroxides, inhalers and needles, medications from businesses or clinical sand aerosol cans. 

For information on drop off locations, visit geisinger.org/takeback.  

VFW meeting

Dupont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3909 will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, at the post home. Many items will be discussed and reports will be given by committee members. Commander Mike Hope will preside. Home Association meeting will follow. Food and refreshments will follow after both meetings.

VFW Sock Hop

Dupont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909 Home Association will hold a Sock Hop dinner dance Saturday, Sept. 14.

Featured entertainment will be Millennium, playing for your listening and dancing pleasure from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. A dinner buffet will be served from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. and the bar will be open from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Tickets are $30 per person. For tickets, reservations and information, see Bob at the VFW or call Bob at 570-654-9104. Deadline for reservations is Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Recycling collections

Dupont Borough collects plastics numbers 1, 2 and 3 only and cans on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Newsprint and papers are collected the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. There is no recycling the fifth Wednesday.

The next collections will begin in August.

Refer to the Dupont Borough event calendar for the monthly recycling schedules.

Compost center open

Greater Pittston Regional Compost Facility, located in the Grimes Industrial Park, 67 Garden Road, Dupont, is open from 8 a.m. to noon Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Yard waste accepted at the site includes grass, leaves and branches no wider than 6 inches. Stumps are not acceptable at the site. Also, please do not mix non-acceptable items such as trash, recycling, dirt, stone, etc. in the loads as it will cause problems for the machinery.

For information, contact your municipal office. Contractor compost prices are: pickup, $10; 1-ton truck, $25; single axle, $45; tri-axle, $75.

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