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The Rev. Zbigniew Dawid, pastor of Holy Mother of Sorrows, blesses the harvest wreath at last year’s festival.

The 43rd annual Polish Dozynki Festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. In keeping with tradition left by their Polish ancestors, Holy Mother of Sorrows conducts the Dozynki Festival or harvest festival every year. The word Dozynki derives from the Polish word meaning to cut down or reap, thus relating to the harvest.

This century-old custom is celebrated by farmers or farm folk dressed in their most impressive costumes around the Feast of the Assumption, Aug. 15. During the celebration, a huge wreath made of vegetables, fruits, grains, and nuts is blessed by the village priest. After the blessing, there would be a huge celebration of dancing and singing around the sheaf of wheat. This merrymaking would continue all night.

Holy Mother of Sorrows will bless the wreath at noon in the church. Live music will be featured from 2 to 6 p.m.

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

Polish foods, including pierogi, potato pancakes, haluski and golbki, will be available for purchase.

Liquor license review

A special public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, for review of a liquor license at 279 Main St., the former location of Chef’s Corner. The meeting will be held in the Dupont Municipal James Cocco Council Chambers.

The regular monthly council meeting will be held at 7 p.m., after the special meeting.

Calendar photo submissions

Photos for the borough calendar are due by Monday, Sept. 30. If your organization would like to have their photos in next year’s calendar, please send them to borough manager Pat McDonald.

Little League meeting

The September meeting of the Avoca/Dupont Little League will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Avoca Borough Building. At this meeting, league officers for the 2019-20 season will be elected. The beginning of the fall season, continuation of the league’s combining with Pittston City and Duryea, as well as all regular league business will be discussed. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

School taxes

Sue Gregory announces the 2019 school taxes have been mailed. She will have office hours from 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the municipal building. If you are in need of an appointment or have not received 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 to make reservations is Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Lions Club news

Dupont Lions Club will hold its first meeting of the new Lion year at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at the VFW in Dupont. 

The club will start off this new year with a review of upcoming events and plans. September events include:

Lions Eye Bank meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Plains Pavilion, Clarks Lane, Plains Twp. First Vice District Gov. Thomas Mulhern will speak about the Spot Camera and the Lions Sight Screening Program.

District Rally at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Plains Pavilion. Cost is $12 per person. Make reservations with Terry at 570-510-0728. 

The Dupont Lions Club will hold installation of officers for the new Lion year at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at the VFW post home. Officers to be installed are: President Jeff Roche, Vice President Tom Lello, Secretary Linda Zaneski and Treasurer Bart Bryk.

Pro-life baby shower

A pro-life baby shower sponsored by the Pastoral Outreach Apostolate of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church will be held the weekend of Sept. 14-15 to benefit the Wyoming Valley Chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life.

Beginning the weekend of Aug. 24, they will begin collecting new, unused baby items, such as sleepers, blankets/afghans, quilts, washcloths and towels, disposable diapers, etc. Clothing is needed in sizes newborn to 24 months. Donations can be dropped off before or after all Masses and can be placed in the play pen located in the church narthex. Monetary donations also will be gratefully accepted and can be placed in the collection basket or sent to the parish office in a marked envelope indicating a donation to the baby shower.

The Pastoral Outreach Apostolate invites the public to attend the mock baby shower in the church hall after the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Sept. 15.

Sacred Heart news

As Sacred Heart of Jesus prepares for the 2019-20 school year, it is in need of adult volunteer catechists and classroom aides. Please consider volunteering for this important apostolate. Anyone interested should contact Nancy Beccaloni, DRE, at 570-451-1903 or the parish office.

CCD registration will take place in the church hall from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, and 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Sept. 1. CCD registration forms are also available in the narthex and at Forms can be printed and mailed along with the registration fee to the parish office or dropped in the collection basket in a marked envelope.

The Women’s Society of Sacred Heart will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the parish hall. Refreshments will be served after the meeting.

The Rev. Thomas Petro invites all parishioners who volunteered to make the 72nd annual parish picnic such a success to an appreciation dinner. The dinner will be held Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Dupont Hose Company. A social will begin at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 5:30. To make a reservation, complete the form available in the weekly church bulletin and submit it no later than Sunday, Sept. 22. Place your form in the collection basket, mail it, or email it to the parish office. Please do not call the parish office to make reservations.

Several theme baskets from the parish festival remain unclaimed. If you know any of the following individuals, please let them know they won a theme basket: Nancy Wagner, Carolyn Kupchin, Joseph Rikowski, Remy Mondulick, Paulette Sklanka, Bobby Breyureien, Tony Dewit and Andrea Rogan. Anyone claiming a basket must verify the phone number on the winning ticket at the parish office.

Sacred Heart’s home bound parishioners are reminded they may have Holy Communion brought to them on the first Friday of each month by calling the parish office and requesting this service. Home visitation may be requested for a certain period of recovery time or for a permanent basis.

Compost available

Greater Pittston Regional Compost Facility in the Grimes Industrial Park, 67 Garden Road, Dupont, is 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 these 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, such as 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 is also available for residents to pick up behind the Dupont Borough Building.

Annmarie Paddock writes about Dupont every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To list an item, email or call 570-407-0231 by Monday.