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YMS of R Branch No. 2 of Holy Mother of Sorrows Polish National Catholic Church will sponsor its 55th annual open-pit chicken barbecue at the parish grounds Saturday, July 14. Menu will include half a barbecue chicken, coleslaw, french fries, roll and beverage. Serving will be from noon to 6 p.m.

Cost of dinner is $12 per person. Tickets are available from any member or will be available on the day of the event.

Benefit softball tournament

Dupont Youth Baseball Organization will sponsor its 12th annual Dupont Softball Tournament from Friday, July 20, through Sunday, July 22, at the ball field.

Opening night will feature a fireworks display at 9 p.m., after the final game. Saturday’s events will feature dizzy bat races and a hot dog eating contest. There will be prize raffles, 50/50 drawings and T-shirt sales throughout the three-day event.

There is a $150 entry fee per team for the double elimination, wooden bat tournament. All proceeds benefit local charities.

Contact Rob Lopata at 570-540-0772 or email rlopata@epix.net for entry forms or additional information.

Dupont Lions Club will run the food stand at the softball tournament.

Compost available

The Greater Pittston Regional Compost Facility, 67 Garden Road, Dupont, in the Grimes Industrial Park, is open from 8 a.m. to noon 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 accepted at the site. Also, please do not mix non-acceptable items, such as trash, recycling, dirt, stone, etc., within 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.

Trash, recycling and yard waste collections

Residents are reminded Dupont Public Works Department starts collections at 6 a.m. during the summer months. Please have your trash, recycling and yard waste out the night before or prior to 6 a.m. Otherwise, your items will not be picked up until the following week.

Centennial Clock

The Centennial Clock and engraved plaques have been delivered. The pavers are being engraved. The clock will be located in front of the borough building toward Elm Street, with a memorial brick walkway surrounding the clock base.

The brick walkway, the concrete clock base and the electrical work needs to be done before the clock installer can set a date to come out and place the clock on site. There is still one plaque available if anyone is interested in getting something engraved. Cost is $250.

A tentative date of Saturday, Sept. 1, is set for the ribbon cutting, the same date as the Dupont Party in the Park and 5K.

Sacred Heart picnic

The next Sacred Heart picnic meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, in the church hall. Volunteers are needed. Anyone wishing to help out in any area of the picnic is asked to contact Chairperson Sheryl Ziobro at 570-954-0267. All help is greatly appreciated.

Refreshment tickets for the upcoming picnic will be sorted at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 16, in the Divine Mercy Room located the rectory basement.

Theme basket donations are needed and can be dropped off in the church hall Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and before and after all weekend Masses. Nonperishable foods and paper products for the popular food basket stand and items for the women’s society stand and doll stand also are needed.

Sacred Heart Parish’s

homebound visits

Sacred Heart maintains a list of homebound parishioners who, because of illness or advanced age, are unable to attend Mass. A church member will visit them monthly on the first Friday of the month to offer prayers and distribute Holy Communion. If you are a homebound parishioner, or you know such a parishioner, and would like regular monthly visits, please contact the parish secretary, Kathy, at the parish office so your name can be added to the list. The Pastoral Outreach Apostolate will contact you once a visit can be arranged.

Chef’s Corner on the move

Chef Scott Barnes of Chef’s Corner, creator of many culinary delights, will be leaving us only to return shortly. Chef Scott has outgrown his current location on Main Street, where for two years, he served a variety of specialties, including chicken or shrimp tacos, freshly made hoagies, blackened chicken and lobster tail, satisfying every discriminating palate. He will soon announce his bigger and better location and will be offering even more unique delicacies. Thanks, Scott. See you soon!

Visit Chef’s Corner on Main on Facebook for updates.

VFW sock hop, meeting

Dupont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909 Home Association will hold a Sock Hop Dinner Dance on Saturday, Sept. 8, with Millennium as the featured entertainment 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 him at 570-654-9104. Reservation deadline is Friday, Sept. 7.

The Dupont VFW Post 4909 will hold its next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday Aug. 6, at the post home. Commander Mark Roney will preside.

The Home Association meeting will follow. Food and refreshments will be served after both meetings.

Free produce market

at Pittston Area

Pittston Area School District, 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 qualify is to have a child attending the Pittston Area School District.

Reservations are required and it is asked that you call the high school at 570-654-2415, ext. 2100, the Monday prior to the market to place your reservation.

Pickup during summer will continue to be at the middle school cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The dates of the summer market will be Monday, July 23, and Monday, Aug. 20.

Medication disposal

You can safely dispose of unused or expired medicine by dropping them in the prescription collection box inside the Dupont Municipal Building from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please remove personal information from bottles.

Accepted items are: prescriptions, prescription patches and ointments, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, samples and medication for pets.

Non-acceptable items include: thermometers, hydrogen peroxides, inhalers and needles, medications from businesses or clinical sand aerosol cans. For information on drop-off locations, visit geisinger.org/takeback.

 Annmarie Paddock writes about Dupont. To include an item in her column, email apaddock@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2176 by Monday.