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From left, are Jarryd Lokuta and son, Lennon, a father and son team of runners in last year’s Dupont Lions Club 5K race. This year’s race will be held Saturday, Aug. 24. The kids’ 1-mile run starts at 9 a.m. and the 5K race starts at 9:45 a.m. from the Polish American Citizens Club on Elm Street.

Dupont Lions Club will hold its annual 5K run/walk on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Little League Park on Elm Street.

The kids’ 1-mile run will start at 9 a.m. and the 5K run/walk will start at 9:45 a.m. The kids run is open to children 13 and younger.

Check in on race day will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Start and finish line will be in front of the Polish American Citizens Club on Elm Street.

For those running in the race or who want to cheer the runners along the route, the race will begin on Elm Street between the Polish Club and the baseball field. The runners will then turn right onto Walnut Street, toward the Ben Franklin Kindergarten Center. Turning left onto Hemlock Street, the runners will proceed up the hill and down the other side onto Ash Street. At the bottom of Ash Street, participants will turn left into the alleyway, Heidi Lane, and then turn right, back onto Walnut Street. Making the first right turn, the runners will return to Elm Street, run up to the end of the road, past the machine shop, and proceed down Hillside Avenue. Immediately making the first right onto Pine Street, the participants will go up a small hill and make another right turn onto Penn Avenue. As the runners descend the hill, they will reach the end of Penn Avenue and the beginning of Oak Street. The runners will remain on Oak Street until they reach the cemetery. Turning down Lackawanna Avenue, the race will split the two halves of the cemetery and turn right onto Pine Street, past the chapel and down another small hill. Making a left on to Everhart Street and another onto Spruce Street, the participants will cross town until they reach Penn Avenue. Turning right onto Penn Avenue and descending the hill, the runners will make another right onto Walnut Street, the beginning of the last mile. The race will proceed on Walnut Street, past Sacred Heart Church and then left onto Everhart Street. The next turn is left into the alleyway, New Street. Remaining in the alley, the runners will cross Wyoming Avenue, past the Polish National Church, and once again reach Penn Avenue. Turning left onto Penn Avenue, racers will then make an immediate right onto Walnut Street and, reaching the Polish Club parking lot, a left onto Hillside Avenue. Ascending a gradual hill, the race will proceed up Hillside Avenue until it reaches Ash Street. Turning right onto Ash and another immediate right onto Elm Street, the race will make its final descent down Elm, finishing where it started at the Polish American Citizens Club.

Immediately after the races the Dupont Crime Watch, in conjunction with the Dupont Lions Club, will be hosting an end of summer party at the pavilion starting at noon. Food will be by Chef’s Corner, and there will be music, games and a movie at dusk.

Outdoor movie

Dupont Youth Baseball Organization will host an outdoor movie night Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Dupont Little League Field. The movie, “The Secret Life of Pets,” will begin at 8 p.m.

This event is free to all children and adults. Bring your own chairs and blankets. Free popcorn will be available for all attendees. You can bring your own food and drinks. No alcohol is allowed.

Scouts fix Christmas

decorations

The Christmas lights in Dupont will shine bright this holiday season, thanks to Boy Scout Adam Lazar and Avoca Troop 316 and Duryea Troop 285. As part of his Eagle Scout Project, Adam and fellow his Scouts replaced old lights, cleaned the fixtures and repaired the holiday snowflakes. More than 20 Scouts took over the Ben Franklin School, replacing 5,000 bulbs in 50 snowflakes and 10 swags. Five stations were set up for the project. Old bulbs were removed at the first station, then the fixtures were cleaned and those needing attention were refurbished with new sockets, etc. New light bulbs were placed in the snowflakes and swags before the lights on the decorations were tested at the final station. Thank you, Adam. Job well done.

Outdoor flea market and Dozynki Festival

Holy Mother of Sorrows will hold an outdoor flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, under a large tent on the church grounds.

To reserve a table, call Lois McHugh at 570-603-9633. Table rentals are $15 each. Anyone needing an additional table can rent a second one for $10. Tables will be supplied by the church. Only 40 tables are available to rent on a first come basis. All reservations must be prepaid prior to the flea market with checks payable to Holy Mother of Sorrows and mailed to 212 Wyoming Ave., Dupont, PA 18641.

Polish foods, including pierogi, potato pancakes, haluski, golabki will be available.

The 43rd annual Dozynki Festival, a traditional Polish festival celebrating the harvest, will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Only one Mass will be celebrated on Dozynki day, at 10:30 a.m. Blessing of the wreath will be held in the church at noon. Live music will be featured from 2 to 6 p.m. The raffle drawing will be held at 6 p.m.

School taxes

Sue Gregory, tax collector, announces the 2019 school taxes will be mailed Aug. 19. Gregory will have office hours from 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Dupont Municipal Office. If you are need of an appointment or do not receive your tax bill, please contact Gregory at 570-262-4100.

VFW meetings

Dupont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909 will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at the post home. Many items of importance will be discussed and reports given. Commander Mike Hope will preside. The Home Association meeting will follow. Food and refreshments will be served after both meetings.

VFW Sock Hop dinner dance

The Dupont VFW Post 4909 Home Association will hold a Sock Hop dinner dance on Saturday, Sept. 14. Millennium will provide music 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.

The donation for a great night of fun is $30 per person. For tickets and reservations, see Bob at the VFW or call Bob at 570-65-9104. Deadline for reservations is Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Stray cats

Dupont Borough has received numerous complaints from residents from Hillside, Wyoming and Lackawanna avenues regarding residents feeding stray cats. The cats are causing damage, tearing up yards, damaging lawn furniture and leaving behind bad odors, keeping residents from enjoying their back yards. Residents are advised to please stop feeding the strays.

Lions Club food distribution

The Dupont Lions Club’s monthly food distribution will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Sacred Heart Parish Hall on Lackawanna Avenue. All qualifying residents of Dupont and Suscon are eligible.

The Dupont Lions are in need of volunteers to help unload the truck and set up. Delivery of food is at 1 p.m. If you can help, please contact Lion Dan Lello at 570-654-6819.

Sacred Heart news

The Rev. Thomas Petro and the Sacred Heart Picnic Committee wish to thank everyone who helped in any way to make the 72nd annual picnic successful. They are grateful to those who prepared, executed, cleaned up and patronized the picnic.

Mark your calendar for next year’s 73rd annual parish picnic, which will be held Thursday, July 30, through Saturday, Aug. 1.

The 2019 picnic raffle winners are: first prize, $1,000, Joseph Koza; second prize, $500, Donna Bryk; third prize, $250, Dorothy Ziobro; fourth prize, $250, Dan Tetlak, and 50/50 raffle winner Jeffrey Jemiola, who received $454.

After 40 years of dedicated service as coordinator to Sacred Heart CCD program, Elaine Starniski has step down as planner of the religious education program. For the past three years she has served as a substitute director of religious education in addition to teaching. She began her career teaching first grade and now teaches second grade students. She will remain as a second grade CCD teacher.

Father Petro has hired Nancy Beccaloni as the new director of religious education for the new academic year, which began Aug. 15.

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