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Dupont Borough was recently notified its application submitted under the Environmental Stewardship and Watershed Protection Grant has been selected to receive $326,366. Dupont Borough is proposing to implement streambank stabilization along with urban stream restoration.

The planned restoration would take place at Mill Creek and Lidy Creek. The primary intent at these two locations is to address the erosion that takes place through this stream corridor as well as to re-establish the stream’s natural path. The first project is located at the confluence of Lidy Creek and Mill Creek. The second location is at the intersection of New Street and an alley; from that intersection the corridor extends southwest and terminates at the box culvert that crosses under Route 315. 

The project also involves rerouting storm water runoff through a series of new inlets and pipes.

Hose company breakfast

Dupont Volunteer Hose Company’s 54th annual all-you-can-eat breakfast will be held from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday, March 3, at the hose company home on Main Street. Cost will be $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event.

Menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs and the hose company’s homemade sausage.

The volunteer hose company will be selling tickets for the Daily Number Lottery fundraiser and also will have theme lottery and money tree chances.

St. Patrick’s dinner dance

Dupont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909 Home Association will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner dance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Dinner buffet will be served from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. The bar will be open from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Music will be provided by Millennium from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the evening.

Donation is $30 per person. For tickets and reservations, please see Bob Lopata or call the VFW at 570-654-9104. Deadline for reservations is Friday, March 15.

VFW meeting

Dupont VFW Post 4909 will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 4, at the post home. Many items of importance will be discussed and reports given. Nominations of officers will be held at this meeting. Commander Bob Lopata will preside. The Home Association meeting will follow.

Tax collection change

Tax Collector Susan Gregory reminds residents there is a correction on the phone number listed on the tax bill. The correct number is 570-655-6216. Please do not use the number listed on the bill.

Tax office hours at the municipal building during the rebate period will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If there are cases where you can’t make it during these set hours and days, contact Susan at 570-655-6216 to make special arrangements.

Please contact the tax office if you have not received your 2019 tax bills.

Recycling changes

Dupont Borough Manager Patty McDonald announces recycling changes. For now, only cans, bottles and plastics with symbol numbers of 1, 2 and 3 will be collected. The original flyer given out had acceptable collectable numbers 1 to 7. The borough is waiting for a new brochure from the recycling center to update residents as new information is available.

No stryofoam, takeout containers, toys and plastic bags can be recycled.

Please follow your borough calendar for dates on recycling.

Also, save the date for paper shredding and electronic recycling, which will be held Thursday, Aug. 15, at the municipal building. Shredding will be held in front of the borough building and electronic recycling will be held in the rear of the building.

Refuse/recycling fee past due

The deadline for the refuse/recycling fees was Jan. 31. A 10 percent late fee has now been added to the payments.

Dupont T-ball registration

The Dupont Youth Baseball Organization will conduct registration for the upcoming 2019 T-ball/baseball season.

Registration is open to all boys and girls ages 3 through 7. There is no residential restrictions to play in Dupont, so all children from the area are welcome.

There is no registration fee this season and no additional fundraisers are required. This season, the league will operate based solely upon donations and fundraisers held locally by members of the DYBO volunteer group.

Sign-ups will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Dupont Borough Building.

Coaches and volunteers are needed and welcome.

Please check The Dupont Youth Baseball Organization Facebook page for additional information.

Snow ordinance

Dupont Public Works Department reminds residents of its snow removal plan. The department first plows the center of the roadway to open a lane of traffic. The second day or the day following the snow storm, the ordinance states that with a snowfall of 3 inches or more, by 7 a.m. it will be unlawful for anyone to park a vehicle on designated sides of streets. On the first day after the storm there will be no parking on the even side of the street to facilitate clearing of snow. The next day there will be no parking on the odd side of the street. Alleys are plowed after the main roads are cleared and opened.

Please park in driveways or follow the ordinance so the streets can be cleaned. Do not call the municipal office after the truck has passed and ask DPW to come back because you have moved your vehicle.

Please clean sidewalks within 48 hours following the end of the snowfall.

It is illegal for anyone to throw snow onto the roadway when cleaning driveways or sidewalks. Piling snow in intersections also is not permitted.

Sacred Heart news

Homebound parishioners of Sacred Heart are reminded that they may have Holy Communion brought to them on the First Friday of each month by calling the parish office and requesting this service. This spiritual care is offered by the Pastoral Outreach Apostolate to any parishioner who, because of illness or advanced age, cannot leave their homes or attend Mass.

Home visitation may be requested for a certain period of recovery time or for a more permanent basis. Confession and anointing of the sick are offered to all homebound parishioners every Advent and Lent.

Michael Ostrowski, an altar server at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, is conducting a benefit for Blue Chip Farms, a no-kill animal shelter. The effort is part of his Pittston Area National Honor Society Project. A donation box will be in the church vestibule the weekends of Feb. 16-17 and Feb. 23-24 to collect items such as paper towels, OdoBan cleaner, tall kitchen and 55-gallon garbage bags, leashes, collars and paper plates. See bcfanimalrefuge.org for a complete list of needed items. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Save the Date: Sacred Heart will hold a flea market in the church hall May 4-5. If you have items in good condition that you no longer want or need, you are kindly asked to hold on to them until April, at which time Sacred Heart will begin accepting donations in the church hall. Items that will be accepted include household items, kitchen items, toys, holiday decorations, books, jewelry, and furniture. Please note that electronics and clothing will not be accepted. All money raised will benefit the parish building fund.

Lions Club food distribution

Dupont Lions Club’s monthly food distribution will be held Thursday, Feb. 28, at Holy Mother of Sorrows Parish hall from 3 to 4 p.m. All qualifying residents of Dupont and Suscon are eligible.

Gas rebates

Residents who have converted to gas are reminded to check out the UGI website for rebate programs. Go to www.ugi.com/rebates.

Greater Pittston Little League registration

Greater Pittston Area Little League will conduct a final in-person registration for the 2019 spring season from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Pittston City Little League field press box. 

All players must provide three forms of residency and a copy of their birth certificate. The type of forms to be used are available online at gplittleleague.com.  Registration fees are: T-ball, ages 4-6, which is free to play; coach pitch, ages 6-9, $45; minors, ages 8-10, $45; majors, ages 9-12, $75. The family maximum is $110. Online registration is also open until Sunday, Feb. 17, at gplittleleague.com.

There will not be any ticket raffle requirement this year.  

Annmarie Paddock writes about Dupont every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To include an item in her column, email dupont.news@comcast.net or call 570-407-0231 by Monday.