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Pittston Area Leo Club names Leo of the Year Nathaniel Wesnak was chosen as Leo of the Year at Pittston Area High School. Presentation was made at the annual Leo Picnic at the Leo Club Courtyard at the school. Dupont Lions Club sponsors the Leo Club at Pittston Area. Nathaniel is the son of Susan and Bruce Wesnak, of Pittston Twp. He will be attending the University of West Virginia in the fall to study physics. From left, are Lions District Governor Jeff Smith, Leo of the Year Nathaniel Wesnak and Pittston Area Superintendent Kevin Booth.

The Greater Pittston Regional Compost Facility, located within the Grimes Industrial Park, 67 Garden Road, Dupont, is now open from 8 a.m. to noon Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Municipal members include: Avoca Borough, Dupont Borough, Duryea Borough, Hughestown Borough, Jenkins Twp., Pittston City and Pittston Twp.

Compost is available to residents of the member municipalities at no cost other than a fee of $10 to load compost by the bucket. 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, including trash, recycling, dirt, stone etc. with 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 and Tri_Axle, $75.

Compost also is available for residents to pick up behind the Dupont Borough Building.

Free produce markets

Pittston Area, along with the Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank, will continue to offer families free produce throughout the summer. There is no income guideline, all you need to quality is to have a child attending the Pittston Area School District.

Reservations are required by calling the high school at 570-654-2415, ext. 2100 the Monday prior to the market to place your reservation.

The program will continue to be at the middle school cafeteria during the summer hours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The next children’s produce summer market will be held Monday, June 24.

USS Independence reunion

Dick White, of Pittston, announces the USS Independence CVA-62’s 30th reunion will be held in Dayton, Ohio, from 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

Medication disposal

You can safely dispose of unused or expired medicine by dropping them in the prescription collection drop box in 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 medications for pets.

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

For information on drop-off locations, visit­ck. 

Paper shredding and

electronics recycling

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.

Holy Mother of Sorrows events

Holy Mother of Sorrows will hold its annual chicken barbecue Saturday, July 20.

The parish will hold its annual Dozynski Festival on Sunday, Sept. 8, with the flea market Saturday, Sept. 7.

Gas rebates

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 for the current allowances offered by UGI and rebate applications.

Lucy Sassi is the 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. She will explain the process and send an application for gas service and walk you through the process.

Sacred Heart Women’s

Society thank you

Members of the Women’s Society of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church would like to express their gratitude to everyone who baked, donated or helped in any way to make their recent bake sale and raffle successful. Raffle winners are: first place, $500, Denise Skrzysowski; second place, $250, Jessica Twardowski; third place, $125, Sandy and Delphine Mattei, and fourth place, $100, Joseph O’Hara.

Sacred Heart picnic

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.

Donations for theme baskets and non-perishable foods and paper products are now being accepted. Please drop off all donations in the church hall. Doors will be open from 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday to Friday and before and after all weekend Masses.

Theme basket suggestions include baby themed, pet, entertainment, lottery trees, holiday, backyard and garden, to name a few.

Food and paper items requested include: canned goods, i.e. soups, vegetables, tuna, etc.; condiments like ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce, peanut butter and jelly; gelatin/pudding, fruit snacks, pancake mix, syrup, cake/cookie mixes, pasta, rice mixes, coffee/tea, coffee mate, tin foil, plastic wrap and baggies.

Donations also are needed for the variety and doll stands.

Farmers market

Avoca Farmers Market will open for the season Wednesday, June 19. The market will take place at 824 McAlpine St., but will have new operating hours. The new hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Recycling reminder

Dupont Borough’s recycling schedule is as follows:

The first and third Wednesdays of the month, plastics numbered 1, 2 and 3 only and cans will be collected.

On the second and fourth Wednesdays, newsprint and papers will be collected.

There is no recycling on the fifth Wednesday of the month.

The remaining June recycling schedule is: June 12, papers; June 19, plastics and cans; June 26, papers. Refer to the Dupont Borough event calendar for the monthly recycling schedules.

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!

Annmarie Paddock writes about Dupont every week To include an item in her column, email­­net or call 570-407-0231 by Monday.