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Photo: ALESKY MEDINA, License: N/A, Created: 2020:04:18 11:14:04

Photo: G Smith, License: N/A, Created: 2020:04:18 13:09:06

Officer Christopher Fargione leaves a present on the sidewalk for Jack Hogan’s birthday on April 18. At right, Jack watches the parade of fire trucks and other borough vehicles who stopped by to help with him a happy ninth birthday.

Another causality to the pandemic is Dupont’s annual Memorial Day Parade. AMVETS Post 189 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909, which sponsor the parade, have made the difficult decision to cancel the annual event honoring our veterans.

Members of both posts will continue with the flag placements at Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery and Holy Mother of Sorrows Cemetery on Wednesday, May 13. The crosses with the names of Dupont’s fallen heroes will again be placed on the fence adjacent to the VFW.

Council news

Dupont Borough found a new way to do business and keep the borough running. With the help of Bob Price and Jesse Hindmarsh, an audiovisual meeting was set up co council was able to hold its April meeting.

Residents also were able to take part in the teleconference. Callers had the opportunity to comment and ask questions at the end of the session. The virtual meeting was effective and council will continue this format until such time the restrictions are relaxed.

Residents can view the minutes of the April meeting on the borough website at dupontpa.us, under government.

With the closure of the borough offices, council approved the purchase of a lock box for mail and other business items, to be placed at the entrance of the borough offices.

At the end of business, each council member expressed thanks to the borough’s Public Works Department, fire department and police for the outstanding job with cleaning up damaged caused by storms on April 13. The wind uprooted a 40-foot pine tree, blocking Main Sreet and Lidy’s Road. There also was damage to roofs, carports, garages and vehicles, keeping the departments busy with cleanup for days.

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 also will be installed for collection of items.

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.

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.

Delinquent accounts related to garbage collection will still be addressed, but services will continue through at least April 30 for properties with delinquent accounts.

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.

Sacred Heart news

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church has postponed its annual flea market originally scheduled for the weekend of May 2-3. A new date hasn’t been set yet.

An American Red Cross Blood Drive will tentatively be held in the church hall Tuesday, May 19. Sacred Heart will be in communication with the Red Cross, should the need to reschedule the blood drive occur.

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.

Lions virtual meeting

Dupont Lions Club will hold a Zoom meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 27. Members have been contacted with information to access the video meeting.

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 is July 15.

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