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Happy New Year!

The new recycling schedule will take effect in the New Year and is as follows:

The first and third Wednesdays recycling collection will be for plastic, cans and bottles only. Please use the new 32 gallon containers for cans, bottles and other recycable plastics.

The regular rectangular containers will be used the second and fourth Wednesdays for paper collection only.

The 2019 Refuse Bags are now available for purchase: Costs: $95.00 for seniors; $125.00 for individual/family and $160.00 for commercial. There will be additional billing to large commercial for glass disposal. Glass disposal for residential properties is included in their cost.

Each resident with their 2019 refuse payment will receive a 32 gallon recycling container and lid. Residents will be asked to sign for the 32 gallon containers and also can update their phone numbers and email addresses for the borough files. Residents are reminded of the weight limit.. The 2019 fee includes 52 refuse bags, recycling pick-up and yard waste collection. Large yard waste disposal projects, such as tree cutting or bushes removed will be at a fee of $15.00 for small items and $25.00 for large items.

Special collection dates will be set during 2019 for electronics and tires.

VFW New Year’s Eve party

Ring in the new year at the Dupont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909 Home Association New Year’s Eve party at the post home Monday, Dec. 31. Millennium will be the featured music entertainment. A gala evening is planned with a dinner buffet served from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The bar will be open from 7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Meat and cheese trays, snacks, coffee and donuts will be available throughout the evening until midnight.

Donation is $40 per person. Reservations may be made by seeing Bob at the VFW or calling 570-654-9104. Deadline for tickets is Dec. 30. No tickets will be sold at the door. This party will sell out, so make your reservations early and ring in the new year together.

Home blessings

Holy Mother of Sorrows will hold koleda/home blessing and visitation beginning in the new year. Koleda is upon request and invitation only.

If you want your home to be blessed, fill out the request form found in the church bulletin and drop it in the box in the church vestibule.

Those who filled out the request form will be notified about the day of the visit. For the purpose of planning and scheduling Koleda, it is important to please sign up by Sunday, Dec. 30.

Parishioners of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish can find forms for kolenda home blessings in the church bulletin. Return forms to the parish office by the Feast of the Holy Family, Sunday, Dec. 30, either by placing it in the collection basket or mailing it to the parish office. Please indicate your day and time preference. This will be considered when the visitation schedule is being made. Kathy Vojta, the parish secretary, will call you to confirm the date and time of the visit.

Sacred Heart wafer dinner

Sacred Heart Women’s Society will have its annual wafer dinner from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at Arturo’s Restaurant, Dupont. This year’s dinner will consist of a buffet style menu. All members are invited. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for a guest, payable with reservation. Reservations may be made by contacting Mary Ann at 570-654-3239. Deadline for reservation is Friday, Dec. 28. Checks are payable to the Women Society and may be deposited in the collection basket in an envelope marked “Women’s Society Dinner” or they can be mailed to the parish office.

VFW meeting

The Veterans of Foreign Wars post will hold its January meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at the post home. Commander Bob Lopata will preside. The VFW Home Association meeting will follow. Nominations will be accepted for the following: president, vice president, secretary, three-year director, two-year director and one-year director.

Refreshments will follow after both meetings.

Children’s swim clinic

Pittston Area’s varsity swim team and coaches will host a Makin’ Waves swim clinic for boys and girls in grades five through eight from all schools.

This is a great opportunity to be introduced to the sport of swimming. No prior swim team experience is required. The clinic will cover basic stroke techniques, starts and turns. There also will be swim games, snacks, music and a gift.

The clinic will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Pittston Area pool located at the high school. Swim team members will be at the gym entrance to check you in and show you to the pool. Please bring a bathing suit, towel and goggles.

Cost is $25 per person. Send payment no later than Wednesday, Jan. 2. Make check payable to Pittston Area Swim Team Parents Club, c/o Susan Connors, 111 Huckleberry Lane, Duryea, PA 18642. For information, contact Susan Connors at 570-954-6870.

Medication disposal

You can safely dispose of unused or expired medicine by dropping them in the prescription collection drop box located inside the Dupont Municipal Building during regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Please remove personal information from all bottles.

Items accepted are: prescriptions, prescription patches and ointments, over the counter medications, vitamins, sample 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.

UGI reminder

Residents who have converted to gas or those looking into gas service are reminded UGI offers a variety of rebates and incentives to help customers lower their energy bills through the use of high efficiency equipment. Rebates are available for customers who install qualifying residential and commercial heating and water heating equipment between Jan. 1, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2021. Visit www.ugi.com/rebates for the current allowances offered by UGI and rebate applications.

Church flea market

Save the date: Sacred Heart of Jesus will hold its second annual flea market Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5. If you have items in good condition that you no longer want or need, you are kindly asked to hold onto to them until April, at which time the church will begin accepting donations. Items that will be collected are household items, toys, holiday decorations and more. Please note electronics and clothing will not be accepted.

Annmarie Paddock writes about Dupont. To include an item in her column, email dupont.news@comcast.net or call 570-407-0231 by Monday.