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While Duryea certainly has more streets than avenues, for one weekend only, our Main Street will become an avenue — Avenue Q, that is.

Phoenix Performing Arts Center will present “Avenue Q the Musical” at 8 p.m. Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at the center, 409 Main St.

The members of the Phoenix Theatrics Teen Intensive four-week summer camp will present this show which promises to have the audience laughing in the aisles with the show’s catchy songs, cute dances and comedic story line.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased by calling 570-457-3589.

Parents are advised some of the material in the show may not be appropriate for children.

Lee LaChette is director and choreographer for this show, and Jenn Johnson-Hamer is musical director.

Holy Rosary news

Congratulations to the following eighth grade students who graduated from Holy Rosary School: Hunter Acernese, Quinn Carden, Samantha Collins, Andrew Francis, Molly Houston, Abby Lazecki, Dana Mackin, Kalli Mahasky, Lidia Marranca, Meghan McDonnell, Jessica Nawrocki and Lauren O’Brien.

The graduation ceremony took place as part of a Commencement Liturgy celebrated by the Rev. John Polednak.

Melissa Skutack is school principal, and Debbie Brady is eighth grade teacher.

Polish Falcons news

Polish Falcons Nest 128 is seeking bartenders for all shifts. Please see the bar manager at the post, 631 Main St., to fill out an application or call 570-457-5355.

Yard sale permits

Residents are reminded they need to obtain a permit to have a yard sale in town. To obtain a permit, stop by the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St., between 8 a.m. and noon and 1 and 4 p.m.

The permits are free and include a list of regulations to follow while conducting a yard sale.

For information, please contact Borough Manager Carolyn Santee at 570-655-2829.

Nativity picnic

Nativity of Our Lord Parish will have the final two nights of its annual picnic July 7-8 on the Sacred Heart picnic grounds, 529 Stephenson St.

Saturday, July 7, the picnic will begin at 5 p.m., with entertainment by The Sperazza Band from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, July 8, the picnic will begin at 5 p.m., with entertainment by Double Shot the Band from 6 to 10 p.m.

There also will be a giant indoor flea market, cash raffle, indoor bingo, baskets, kids’ games, games of chance, a variety of stands, homemade ethnic and picnic foods including homemade potato pancakes, wings, hand-dipped ice cream and a bake sale, as well as expanded undercover seating.

For information, visit or Nativity of Our Lord Parish on Facebook.

Council meeting

Duryea Borough Council will meet Tuesday, July 10, at the municipal building, 315 Main St.

The public work session is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7.

Crime Watch meeting

Duryea Crime Watch will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, at the municipal building, 315 Main St.

National Night Out

Duryea Crime Watch will participate in the National Night Out, along with Avoca Crime Watch and Dupont Crime Watch.

The event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Healey Park in Duryea.

Sewer bills

Duryea Borough Sewer Authority invoices have been mailed. Anyone who did not receive one should call 570-457-0122.

Payment is due July 17. Finance charges will be applied after this date. Payment also can be made online at Please note, there is a fee to use this option.

Germania carnival

Germania Hose Company will host its annual summer carnival from 6 p.m. to midnight July 25-29 on the company grounds, 430 Foote Ave.

Wednesday, July 25, there will be rides only. But from Thursday, July 26 through Sunday, July 29, there will be a large selection of food, games, live entertainment and amusement rides nightly.

There also will be a firefighter’s parade at 7 p.m. Friday, July 27, on Foote Avenue, and a fireworks display at 9 p.m. Sunday, July 29.

In conjunction with the carnival, Germania Hose Company will have a T-shirt sale. The shirts are available in the following styles, sizes and colors: premium unisex, sizes extra small through 3XL, colors: navy, orange or royal; women’s slim fit, sizes small through 2XL, colors: navy, orange, royal and red; youth unisex, sizes extra small through XL, colors: gold, navy, royal and grey.

To purchase a Germania T-shit, visit

All proceeds will benefit the department’s building renovation fund.

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery support group will meet from 5:45 to 7 p.m. weekly at Nativity of Our Lord Parish Hall, (formerly Sacred Heart hall), 529 Stephenson St.

SMART Recovery’s 4-Point Program helps people recover from all types of substance use disorders or any unwanted behaviors. These include alcohol/drugs, prescription drugs, nicotine, co-dependency, compulsive overeating or any behavior change.

For information, visit or

Al-Anon meeting

Al-Anon meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Brick United Methodist Church, 935 Foote Ave.

This is an anonymous 12-step program of recovery for families and friends of addicts and alcoholics. There are no dues or fees. Meetings last approximately one hour. The public is invited.

That’s about it for this week, my friends.

If you would like to send a birthday, anniversary or get well wish or have your organization’s upcoming meetings, events or fundraisers listed in next week’s edition of the Duryea community news, please contact me by Monday at 5 p.m.

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Duryea every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To include a news item in her column, email her at or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.