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Sacred Heart Parish Welcome Committee will conduct its second annual cookie walk for the Christmas holiday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Dec. 9. They will offer many different choices of homemade cookies, candies and fudge prepared and donated by fellow parishioners, from the standby favorites like chocolate chip and peanut butter, to the specialty cookies that you only get to enjoy around Christmas! Don’t forget about the candies and fudge! Buyers will pay by the pound for their selections. Price is $8 per pound.

The Welcome Committee is looking for volunteer bakers who are interested in helping them supply the goodies. They are asking for homemade, prepared goods. Please contact Heather Roche at 570-299-7702 or Tammy Satkowski at 570-457-3855 to register your type or types of cookies. Organizers are keeping a list to make sure they have a nice variety to offer.

Please be aware, this will not be a nut free environment. The Welcome Committee thanks everyone in advance for participating as a baker, buyer or both.

In other parish news, 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 at 570-654-3713 and requesting this service. This spiritual care is offered by the Pastoral Outreach Apostolate to any parishioner who, because of illness or advanced age, cannot leave their homes to attend Mass. Home visitation may be requested for a certain period of recovery time or for a more permanent basis. The sacraments of confession and anointing of the sick are offered to all home bound parishioners every Advent and Lent.

Tree lighting festival

Dupont Crime Watch will sponsor its annual Christmas tree lighting festival at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Dupont Municipal Memorial Park on Chestnut Street. There will be music, craft and games and the reading of “The Night Before Christmas.”

Crime Watch news

There will be no Crime Watch meeting in December.

Lions food distribution

The monthly food distribution sponsored by the Dupont Lions Club will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Sacred Heart of Jesus parish hall. All qualifying residents of Dupont and Suscon are eligible.

AMVETS Christmas party

AMVETS Post 189 will hold its annual Christmas party from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Dupont Hose Company on Main Street. Veterans from the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Gino Merli Veterans Center will be guests of honor. The party is open to the public and tickets are $20.

For information or to purchase tickets, please contact Bernie McDonald, commander of AMVETS Post 189 at 570-817-4858.

PA Marching Band’s

Breakfast with Santa

Pittston Area Marching Patriots will host Pancakes and Pajamas with Santa! Wear your favorite PJs for breakfast with Santa from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Hughestown Hose Company. Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children and includes all the pancakes and sausage you can eat, along with coffee, tea, juice and milk. For tickets, call Debbie Wruble at 570-237-6769. Proceeds benefit the marching band.

Reading Wonderland

Pittston Area, in partnership with Luzerne County Head Start Inc. and ABC Kidde Kampus, will present their annual Reading Wonderland for parents and children up to fourth grade. The event will be held at Pittston Area High School from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.

Join in for a day filled with fun literacy activities, crafts, a free picture with Santa and snacks. This holiday event is free to all children residing in the Pittston Area School District.

VFW parties

Dupont Veterans of Foreign War Post 4909 Home Association will hold its annual Christmas party at the post home Saturday, Dec. 8. Millennium will provide the musical entertainment from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. A dinner buffet will be served from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. The bar will be open from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. This party sells out every year, so please make reservations early by calling the VFW. Door prizes will be awarded through the evening. Tickets are $30 per person.

The Polka Sunday Christmas party will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the VFW Post. Joe Stanky and the Cadets will be the featured entertainment. Door prizes will be awarded. Polkas are held every Sunday from 2 to 6, unless otherwise specified. Admission is $15, which includes a meal.

Donations of a Christmas gift for veterans from the Gino Merli Center and Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center are greatly appreciated. Drop off your donations at the designated wrapped boxes at the VFW.

Dupont VFW Post 4909 Home Association will hold its annual New Year’s Eve party at the post home Monday, Dec. 31. 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.

Social memberships to VFW Post 4909 for 2019 are available at the post. They are valid through Dec. 31, 2019 at a cost of $12 per year.

Hose company news

Dupont Volunteer Hose Company recently held election of officers and the incoming elected administrators are: Bernie Babonis, president; Judi Coco, vice president; Gary Kaspriskie, treasurer; Charles Tetlack, membership secretary; Patty Golla, secretary; Don Huzinski, fire chief; John McArdle, assistant fire chief; Chris Yacovelli, chief driver; John Lizak and Joe Lokuta, board members; John McArdle, Gary Kaspriskie, Judi Cocco and Patty Golla, relief committee and Albert Mihalka, sargent-at-arms.

Dupont Volunteer Hose Company thanks the community for its generosity to its annual fundraiser. Again, the community stepped forward to support their local fire department.

Plans are underway for the hose company’s 54th annual all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, March 3.

The hose company also is working with Santa’s elves to schedule a visit in December. Members will drive Santa throughout the community giving out candy to all the good boys and girls. Watch for details.

The hose company is in need of new volunteers. Anyone 18 years of age and older is eligible to become a volunteer firefighter. Stop by the company home for information. The company is also is looking into starting a junior firefighter company.

The hose company meets every second Wednesday of the month. New members are welcome to come to the next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the hose company home, Main Street.

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