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Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 is heating up these cold, winter Saturday nights once again by hosting live entertainment at the post home next weekend!

The VFW will host the Sperazza Band from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St. Members and non-members are invited to stop by and listen to some of the best musicians play a range of your favorites from the 1950s to today. It’s certainly going to be a great night in Duryea and a great way to support our veterans.

Holy Rosary news

Congratulations to the Holy Rosary School sixth through eighth grade students who recently competed in the school’s National History Day contest. The theme is “Triumph and Tragedy in History.” The students will advance to the regional level competition at the University of Scranton in April. Jennifer Snyder and Doris Brady are the moderators of this program at Holy Rosary School.

Tax reminder

Duryea Borough Tax Collector Martin Hanczyc announces the Luzerne County/Duryea Borough tax bills can be paid from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St.

If you are mailing your tax payment and need a receipt, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and the complete bill. Also, write your phone number on the bill in case Hanczyc needs to reach you.

If you did not receive your tax bill, please call 570-457-2482. Bills are sent directly to taxpayers by the county.

Germania breakfast

Germania Hose Company will have its annual all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday, Feb. 17, at the hose company, 430 Foote Ave. The menu includes sausage, ham, home fries, eggs, pancakes, rolls, desserts, coffee and juice.

Tickets, which are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and younger, can be purchased at the door.

SAL food sale

Duryea Sons of the American Legion Post 585 will have a boneless chicken bites sale from noon to 6 p.m., or until sold out, Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Brennan Regan Post, 329 Main St.

Orders, which are $8 each, are available in mild, hot, butter garlic, mild garlic, hot garlic and golden flavors and also include blue cheese and celery. Takeouts are available, too.

Holiday schedule

Duryea Borough Building and Street Department will be closed Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 18. Garbage and recycling collection will be delayed one day.

Greater Pittston Area Little League registration

The newly expanded Greater Pittston Area Little League will conduct its final in-person registration for the 2019 spring season from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Pittston City Little League field press box, Hillpark Avenue, Pittston. Online registration also is open at until Feb. 17.

Any child who lives or attends school in Avoca, Dupont, Duryea or Pittston City is eligible to play for the Greater Pittston Area Little League.

The fees for the newly formed league are: T-ball, ages 4-6, free; coach pitch, ages 6-9, $45; minors, ages 8-10, $75, and majors, ages 9-12, $75. There is a $110 family maximum.

All players will need to provide three forms of residency and a copy of their birth certificate. The types of forms are listed at

There will not be any ticket raffle requirement this year.

Polish National Union news

Polish National Union of America Branch 309 will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, in St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church hall, 200 Stephenson St.

Members will elect delegates from the branch to attend the upcoming convention in September. This year’s convention will be held at sea, traveling to the Western Caribbean. All interested branch members are encouraged to attend.

Phoenix performance

Phoenix Kids will present, “Willy Wonka — Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” at 7 p.m. Fridays, March 1 and 8, and Saturdays, March 2 and 9, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, March 3 and 10, at the Phoenix Performing Arts Center, 409 Main St. Tickets, which are $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 and younger, can be purchased at the door or by calling the box office at 570-457-3589 to make a reservation. Handicap seating and children’s booster seats are available.

St. Mary’s breakfast

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will have a pre-Lenten breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 3, in the parish hall, 200 Stephenson St. The menu will feature eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, rolls with butter, juice and a beverage. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Takeout meals will be available, too.

To order tickets, please call 570-457-2291. Please note, there will be a limited number of tickets available at the door.

Excelsior Night at the Races

Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 will host its annual Night at the Races on Saturday, March 30, at the Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the races begin at 7.

There will be plenty of food, refreshments and raffles.

The cost of a horse is $10. Admission is $3. Each attendee must purchase a minimum of one horse. You do not have to be present to win.

For information, contact the department at 570-457-2233 or send a message to the Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 Duryea Pa. on Facebook.

Police tip line

Duryea Police Department has established a tip line. This line allows individuals to anonymously provide the Duryea Police Department with information about a crime, criminal activity, drug activity or information related to open investigations. Callers are asked to leave as much detailed information as possible such as locations, dates, descriptions of person or vehicle and type of activity you are reporting. To make a report, call 1-833-373-8477 or 1-833-DPD-TIPS.

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery will meet from 5:45 to 7 p.m. weekly on Mondays at Nativity of Our Lord Parish Hall, (formerly Sacred Heart Hall), 529 Stephenson St. SMART Recovery’s 4-point Program, based on CBT, supports anyone seeking change.

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.

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

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

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