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Holy Mother of Sorrows plans harvest festival this weekend Holy Mother of Sorrows will hold its annual flea market and Dozynki (Harvest) Festival on Saturday, Sept. 8, and Sunday, Sept. 9, on the parish grounds on Wyoming Avenue. Flea market is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Sunday’s festivities begin with the Mass at 10:30 a.m. and blessing of the harvest wreath at noon, followed by food and live entertainment from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. and raffle drawings at 6 p.m. Above, the Very Rev. Zbigniew Dawid, pastor of Holy Mother of Sorrows Church, leads the congregation in the blessing of the harvest wreath during a previous festival.

Kickin’ It for Krissy Benefit Poker Run will be held Saturday, Sept. 29. The all-day event will feature games at the Little League field, food, refreshments and music. Registration for the bike run is from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at the Polish American Citizens Club, 111 Elm St., Dupont.

Tickets are $15 for riders and passengers, which includes T-shirt, food and refreshments. A $10 donation at the door for non-riders includes a wristband, beverages and food. Bike run starts at 11 a.m. and the road trip stops include Hammerjax Bar & Grill, Gouldsboro; Y-Knot Pub & Eatery, Elmhurst, and Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, Olyphant. Contact Harry Delia at 570-855-3420 for information about the bike run.

At the Little League park, there will be basket raffles, 50/50s and games for the entire family to enjoy. There will be a kickball tournament with sign-ups at 11:30 a.m. at the Little League field. Entry fee is $15 per player, which includes a T-shirt. Games begin at noon. Other featured games are dizzy bat race, cornhole competitions and much more.

Contact Rob Lopata at 570-540-0772 or Bobby Breymeier at 570-905-5458 for information.

All donations go to medical expenses for Krissy Schatzel.

Holy Mother of Sorrows Dozynki

Holy Mother of Sorrows will hold its annual flea market and Dozynki (Harvest) Festival on Saturday, Sept. 8, and Sunday, Sept. 9, on the parish grounds on Wyoming Avenue.

The giant outdoor flea market will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8

The 42nd annual Polish Harvest “Dozynki” Festival will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. The Dozynki Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the parish church. Blessing of the harvest wreath will be held in the Dozynki tent at noon. Live music will be featured from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Raffle drawings will be held at 6 p.m. Various Polish foods, including pierogi, potato pancakes, haluski and golombki will be available for purchase during this event. There are no admission fees and all are welcome to celebrate this enduring tradition.

Hose company fund drive

The 2018 annual fund drive for Dupont Volunteer Hose Company No. 1 is underway. It is that time of year again that the hose company asks for your generous support for our local volunteer fire department.

As always, the Dupont Volunteer Hose Company is looking for motivated volunteers interested in making a difference in the community. They accept applications for both firefighting and non-firefighting roles. If you are one of those individuals, call 570-654-4222 or stop by the station for an application. You also can follow and message the Dupont Volunteer Fire Departmenton Facebook page.

Once again, the hose company thanks you for your continued support and generosity to make the annual drive a success.

Lions Club news

Dupont Lions recently elected officers for the upcoming year. They are Jeffrey Roche, president; Elaine Lello, first vice president; Roseanne Linko, secretary; Bart Bryk, treasurer, and Dan Lello, zone chair.

The Lions Club will hold its first meeting of the Lion year at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. New members, as always, are welcome to attend.

The Dupont Lions Club thanks all the volunteers and sponsors who supported the second annual 5K run/walk. Your generosity helped make for another successful event. Proceeds from the 5K run will benefit the Dupont Police Department and the Dupont Lions Scholarship Fund.

Thanks and a Lion roar to all the sponsors of this year’s event. Gold sponsors: Lokuta’s Fuel Service, J&M Autobody Inc., Evergreen Garden Center, Planet Fitness, Dupont Volunteer Hose Company No. 1, Dupont Tool and Machine Company, The Gregory Center, Boyle Fireplace, John P. Konicki, DDS, PNC Bank, Cebula’s Bar and Lounge, State Rep. Michael Carroll and Polish American Citizens Club. Silver sponsors: Elko and Son Bowling and Dupont Monument Shop.

Dupont Lions Club is looking for volunteers to repair the roof at the Little league Park Pavilion. The club is asking for experienced roofers or general labors for one day in October to help with the repairs. Please contact Jesse Tetlack at 570-5750681 or Jeff Roche at 570-239-5854 to volunteer or for information.

VFW meetings

Dupont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909 will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at the post home. Many items of importance will be discussed and reports give. Commander Mark Roney will preside.

The Home Association meeting will follow.

Food and refreshments will be served after both meetings.

Website and calendar


Pictures and articles for the website or the 2019 borough calendar are now being accepted by Borough Manager Patty McDonald at the municipal office.

For information, contact Patty at 570-654-6216.

Flue shots

The office of Dr. Martin Moran, 217 Lackawanna Ave., Dupont, will administer flu vaccinations from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. 

No appointments are necessary, but please bring your current insurance card with you to the office.

USS Independence reunion

Dick White, of Pittston, announces the USS Independence CVA-62 29th reunion will be held in Biloxi, Mississippi from Dec. 3-7.

Navy, Marine and Air Squadron personnel who served on the Independence and their families are welcome. For information, please contact USS Independence CVA-62, 65 Pioneer Ridge Road, Canton, N.C., 28716, call 828-648-7379 or email

Sacred Heart news

Sacred Heart of Jesus Holy Name Society’s 20th annual pasta and meatball dinner will be held Saturday, Sept. 15. Take-outs will be from 3 to 5 p.m. and eat-in dinners will be served from 4 to 6 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased from members of the Holy Name Society, as well as at the parish office. Cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children under 12.

A pro-life “baby shower” sponsored by the Sacred Heart Pastoral Outreach Apostolate will be held the weekend of Sept. 22-23 to benefit the Wyoming Valley Chapter of Pennsylvania for Human Life. The outreach committee has begun collecting items that can be dropped off before or after the weekend Masses in the play pen located in the church vestibule. The Pastoral Outreach group will be collecting new baby items, such as sleepers, blankets/afghans, quilts, wash cloths and towels, baby clothing sizes newborn to 12 months and disposable diapers. No used items, please.

Monetary donations also will be gratefully accepted and can be placed in the collection basket or sent to the parish office in a marked envelope indicating a donation to the baby shower. The Pastoral Outreach Apostolate invites all to attend a mock baby shower to be held in the church hall after the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Sept. 23.

Sacred Heart CCD classes will begin at 9:20 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. All students will meet in the church on the first day. The Back to School Blessing of students and catechists will take place on Catechetical Sunday, Sept. 16, during the 10:30 Mass.

Elm Street Sportsmen’s

Club meeting

Elm Street Sportsmen’s Club will meet at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at the clubhouse in Suscon. John Lizak will preside.

Jamie Baker Memorial

The sixth annual Jamie Baker Memorial Scholarship fundraiser will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish Hall, 237 William St., Pittston.

The evening includes a pasta dinner, soft drinks, theme basket raffle, a 50/50 raffle and music. Guests are welcome to bring alcoholic beverages.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the door. To purchase tickets or to make a donation, please call Jennifer Baker at 570-815-6474 or Caroline Rabender at 570-430-1372. For information, visit the sixth annual Jamie Baker Memorial page on Facebook.

All proceeds will benefit a scholarship in loving memory of Jamie Baker, which is offered every June to a graduating senior from Pittston Area.

Annmarie Paddock writes about Dupont every week. To include an item in her column, email or call 570-301-2176 by Monday.