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WAC students make egg hunt treat bags Students from Wyoming Area Catholic School created 450 goody bags for the annual Dupont Lions Club’s Easter egg hunt. This is the sixth year the students have collaborated with the Lions on this project. The hunt will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Dupont Little League field. First row, from left, are Michael Casey, Vincent Contardi, Benecio Carpentier, Stephen Renfer, Shane Cegelka, Jaden Exter and Kody Olejnik. Second row: Liliauna Bubblo, Carissa Lombardo, Melanie Moran, Valerie Werhun, Alexis Romanowski, Nicole Yencha, Olivia Latoski, Talia Lasota, Marissa Miller and Kendall Hadley.

Play ball. Dupont Youth Baseball Organization will hold Opening Day festivities Saturday, April 7. Ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. with player introduction and national anthem. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., each team will play a single inning game.

There will be free burgers and hot dogs for all players and coaches. “Champ,” the RailRiders mascot, will stop by for a visit with the kids. A balloon artist will make balloon animals for all the kids and a themed basket raffle will be held.

Lions egg hunt

Dupont Lions Club’s Easter egg hunt will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Dupont Little League Field. The hunt is open to community children 10 and younger. The ages will be divided into three groups: 0-3; 4-7 and 8-10. Six bikes will be awarded in the three designated age groups. The concession stand will be open with food and refreshments.

Church schedules

Holy Mother of Sorrows and Sacred Heart of Jesus Church announced their Easter Week schedules:

Holy Mother of Sorrows: March 31, Holy Saturday, blessing of fire, water, candle, exhortations, renewal of baptismal promises, 10 a.m. April 1, Easter Sunday, Masses at 8 and 10:30 a.m.

Sacred Heart of Jesus: March 31, Holy Saturday, morning prayer, 9 a.m.; Easter Vigil Mass, 8 p.m.; April 1, Easter Sunday, Mass, 7:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

The tradition of blessing Easter food also will be held at both parishes. Holy Mother of Sorrows will have blessing of Easter baskets at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Holy Saturday in the parish hall. Sacred Heart will offer blessing of Easter baskets at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Holy Saturday in the parish hall.

Recycling meeting

The first meeting of the Recycling Center Committee will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the Dupont Municipal office.

VFW meeting

Dupont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909’s monthly meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 9, at the post home. Commander Mark Roney will preside and the Home Association meeting will follow. Refreshments will be served after both meetings.

Refuse payment reminder

Dupont Borough has received a number of mailed-in refuse payments. If you have mailed your payment, please stop by the office to pick up your bags and window stickers.

Non-paying accounts will be forwarded to the magistrate beginning April 4. If you have not paid your recycling/refuse payments, please contact the borough office as soon as possible.

Complaint calls

Residents are notified to call the borough office directly to report any issues needing attention. All calls will be kept confidential. A complaint form will be given to the proper department, whether it be council, Department of Public Works, code enforcement or building inspection, to follow up and report any measures taken to correct the issue.

All suspicious activity should be reported by calling 911.

The borough office has been receiving complaints of residents not picking up after their pets. Please note Dupont has an ordinance which includes a fine for anyone not in compliance. Please be considerate and clean up after your pets.

Electronics collection

Dupont Borough will hold an electronics recycling from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at the Dupont Municipal Building.

Items that can be recycled free of charge are desktop and laptop computers, keyboards and mice, printers and fax machines; cables/cords, cell phones and telephones, laptop batteries and UPS battery backups, calculators and adding machines, toner and ink cartridges, audio visual equipment, DVD and VCR players, gaming systems, string Christmas lights, microwaves and small appliances, metal items, small exercise equipment, car batteries (sealed lead acid), bed frames and rain spouting and filing cabinets.

Additional items that can be recycled for a fee include: washers and dryers, $20; dishwashers, $20; CRT monitors, $15 (tube type) ; LCD monitors, $10; televisions under 40 inches, $35; TVs in wooden cabinets, projection and over 40 inches, $55; air conditioners, $25; dehumidifiers, $25; refrigerators, $30; ranges/stoves, $20; floor copiers, $20; console stereos, in cabinet, $35.

Tax reminder

Joy Adelstein, tax collector, reminds residents office hours during the discount period, which ends Wednesday, April 11, are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Dupont Municipal Building. The office will be open additional hours, from 4 to 6 p.m. April 2, 4 and 11.

The office will be closed April 16 to April 30, and June 12 to July 22. Mail will be processed during office closure.

Residents who are unable to pay their taxes at the municipal building can mail their payment to: Joy Tetlak-Adelstein, tax collector Dupont Municipal Building, 600 Chestnut St., Dupont, PA  18641.

To obtain a receipt, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and the entire bill with your payment. The taxpayer copy of the bill will be returned to you. If you do not wish to obtain a receipt, please include the tax collector copy of the bill with your payment.

During the face period, beginning April 12, residents may pay their taxes from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays at the Dupont Municipal Building. Last day to pay taxes at the face amount is Monday, June 11.  

Sacred Heart news

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church held a meeting recently to determine the fate of its annual picnic. A call went out for a need to replace parishioners who have retired or are soon to retire from their chairmanships. Sacred Heart Church gladly announces that the 71st annual parish picnic is a go. More than 100 interested parishioners attended the meeting and the younger generation stood up and has volunteered to fill the vacant chairs. In addition to the new leadership, many attending will assist in various areas, as needed. A list of chairpersons and volunteers will soon be announced. To continue with the picnic energy and get additional input from those who were unable to attend the initial meeting, all are invited to attend the next picnic meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in the church hall. Come meet the chairpersons, new and old!

So yes, you will have your homemade pierogies, pigges, haluski and of course potato pancakes. Mark your calendars, the Picnic of Picnics will be held Aug. 2-4.

Sacred Heart will hold a flea market Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6, in the church hall. Collection of gently used items that are in good condition can be dropped off in the church hall beginning Tuesday, April 3. The church hall will be open for drop off from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, 3 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sundays. Items accepted include household items, kitchen items, toys, holiday decorations, books, jewelry and furniture.

Electronics and clothing will not be accepted.

Last day to drop off items will be Wednesday, May 3.

All proceeds benefit the parish building fund.

The Second Sunday of Easter, April 8, is also known as the Solemnity of Divine Mercy. Sacred Heart will celebrate a holy hour of Eucharistic Adoration on Divine Mercy Sunday at 3 p.m. in church. At this time, special prayers will be said and confessions also will be heard.

The Rev. Thomas Petro and members of the Pastoral Outreach Apostolate of Sacred Heart Parish will begin to visit the homebound members of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish and will administer confession, anointing of the sick and Holy Communion. If you have a loved one homebound and would like to be added to the monthly home visitation list, call the parish office at your earliest convenience.

Want a church pew? Sacred Heart will remove the old pews Monday, May 21, to make way for interior renovations. Perhaps you would like the pew where you and your family have sat for decades. If interested, please contact Kathy at the parish office during regular business hours as soon as possible at 570-64-3713. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to noon Fridays. You can make a request for a specific pew or even a number of pews, on a first come, first served basis. Pews will be available and must be picked up Monday, May 21.

Sacred Heart’s Holy Name Society week four winners of the 300 Club raffle are: first award, Alice Jones, $100; second award, Joe Cronick, $50; third award, Matthew Renfer, $25, and fourth award, Barbara Lis, $25.

Annmarie Paddock writes about Dupont every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To include an item in her column, contact her at or call 570-301-2176 by Monday.