Dupont is festive for the Christmas season, thanks to the Dupont Lions. Members hung 42 snowflakes and blinking holiday swags last weekend.
Lions who helped to make the holiday bright were: Tom Lello, Dan Lello, Bob Price, Jess Tetlak, Chris Kalmowicz, Bart Bryk, Dan Hyzenski and Jeffrey Roche. Dupont Lions send a thank you to volunteers George Jendrey and Scott Barnak, who also volunteered their time to help with the lights. Also a huge thanks goes to Kuharchik Construction for the use of their vehicle.
Pearl Harbor ceremony
Dupont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909 and Greater Pittston AMVETS Post 189 will hold Pearl Harbor ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the VFW Post Home 4909. The public is invited to the ceremony. Food and refreshments will be served to everyone at the VFW after the presentation.
VFW vote on smoking
Dupont VFW Post 4909 will hold its next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at the post home. Many items of importance will be discussed and reports given.
The main item on the agenda will be the vote by all regular members to make the VFW a no smoking establishment or to keep it a smoking establishment. All regular members are encouraged to show up for this vote.
The Home Association meeting will follow.
Food and refreshment will be served after both meetings.
VFW Christmas party
Dupont VFW Post 4909 Home Association will hold its annual Christmas party at the post home Saturday, Dec. 14.
Millennium will provide musical entertainment from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. A dinner buffet will be from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. and the bar will be open from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Door prizes will be awarded.
This party sells out every year, so please make your reservations early. Donation is $30 per person. For tickets and reservations, see Bob at the VFW at 570-654-9104. Deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday, Dec. 11. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
VFW holiday gift collections
Dupont VFW Post 4909 will again be a drop-off point for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation Campaign.
In addition, the VFW is collecting gifts for men and women at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center the and Gino Merli Veterans Center. Some of the items on the wish list are white socks, clothing items, toiletries, and recreational items, such as puzzle books and playing cards. Monetary gifts also are accepted and greatly appreciated. A list of all items the veterans need is available at Dupont VFW Post 4909.
Dupont Lions Club’s monthly food distribution will be held Tuesday, Dec. 19, beginning at 4 p.m. at Sacred Heart Parish Hall All qualifying residents of Dupont and Suscon are eligible.
Lions Club news
Tickets for Dupont Lions Club’s annual fundraiser to match the daily number are available from any Lion or at Hub One. The cost is $10. The contest began Nov. 24 and continues to Dec. 21. All proceeds from the fundraiser go to fund the Easter egg hunt, Christmas lights, Halloween safety stations and the playground upgrades.
The Lions will hold a Diabetes Awareness Program at their monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at the Dupont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. This meeting will be open to all interested residents of Dupont.
Holy Mother of Sorrows
Holy Mother of Sorrows will host a St. Nicholas Brunch for all parishioners on Sunday, Dec. 8, in the Frank Bednash Memorial Hall. There will only be one Mass that day, held at 9 a.m. with the brunch immediately following. Everyone is encouraged to attend. The brunch is free of charge but those attending are asked to sign the list in the church vestibule so there is an accurate count of who will attend.
Church members will be making pierogies for Christmas Eve supper at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Help is needed.
Sacred Heart news
Sacred Heart Church’s third annual Christmas cookie walk, sponsored by the Welcome Committee, will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Dec. 8, in the church hall.
A large variety of homemade cookies, candies and fudge, prepared and donated by parishioners and friends, will be featured, from stand-by favorites like chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies, to specialty cookies that you only get to enjoy around Christmas. Cost is $8 per pound.
The Welcome Committee is looking for volunteer bakers. They are asking for homemade Christmas goodies. If interested in showing off your baking talents, you can sign up in the church vestibule or contact Heather Roche at 570-299-7702 or Tammy Satkowski at 570-457-3855 to register the types of cookies you plan on baking. You can deliver your homemade holiday delights to the church hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, or from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.
Thank you in advance for participating as a baker, buyer or both.
Sacred Heart CCD classes will be canceled Sunday, Dec. 1, for Thanksgiving break. Classes resume Sunday, Dec. 8. On Dec. 8, fifth grade students will serve at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. All CCD students are required to attend.
The oplatki, the traditional Eastern European Christmas Eve wafers, will be blessed during the 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Nov. 30. As is custom, the oplatki and the calendars will be distributed in the church hall immediately following each Mass that weekend to mark the start of Advent.
The Rev. Thomas Petro will visit all homebound parishioners for the sacraments of confession and anointing of the sick for Advent on Thursday, Dec. 5, and Friday, Dec. 6.
Upcoming meetings include: Sunday, Dec. 1, 1:30 p.m., women’s society meeting, church hall; Monday, Dec. 2, 6:30 p.m., pastoral council meeting, Divine Mercy room.
Wyoming Valley Chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life announced the Baby Bottle Campaign collected $944.72 from the parish. The volunteers at the pro-life center wish to express their gratitude to everyone who supported this project.
Elko’s Turkey Shoot
Elko’s recently held its annual Junior Bowler Turkey Shoot. Winners were Bekly Vanness, Nicholas Collins, Michaela Kaminski, Matt Mesaris, Eva Grzech and Marc Piechota. Patches also were awarded for double strikes, turkey strikes and hambone strikes.
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