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Years ago, when someone visited a local bar to enjoy a cold beer, their choices were limited. Today, the types of beer available not only at bars but also at numerous supermarkets is limitless thanks to the popularity of craft beers.

Available in a variety of aromas, bodies, flavors and finishes, the Brewers Association American craft beer trade group calculates craft beers accounted for $27.58 billion in retail sales in 2018. That figure accounts for nearly 25% of the $114.2 billion beer revenue streaming from taps, cans and bottles in the United States. With such a growing interest in craft beers, it’s easy to see why Rock 107 paired this new American favorite with some great American classic rock tunes to create an adults-only afternoon of fun benefitting two Duryea non-profit organizations.

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227, Excelsior Hose Company No. 2, Rock 107, Rock 107’s Hoover and NEPA’s ESPN Radio will host a Craft Beer and Classic Rock Festival on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St. The event sponsor is Krugel’s Georgetown Deli & Beer, Wilkes-Barre.

Doors open at 2 p.m. with unlimited sampling from more than 30 breweries from 3 to 6 p.m. Big King Moose will play all of your classic rock favorites live.

Tickets are $35 per person. VIP tickets are $50 and include an early sampling at 2 p.m. and access to five beers not available to general admission guests. Designated driver tickets are $10 and include soda and water.

Tickets are on sale at the following locations: Duryea VFW 1227; Krugel’s Georgetown Deli & Beer, Wilkes-Barre; Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill, Wilkes-Barre Twp.; Clause Beverage, Carbondale, and Slaters Café, Scranton. Tickets also are available from any member of Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 or online at rock107.com. Please note, tickets purchased online have an additional service fee. Tickets are limited and will not be sold at the door.

For a complete list of vendors, visit rock107.com.

Those attending must be 21 years old or older.

All proceeds will benefit VFW Post 1227 and Excelsior Hose Company No. 2.

Yard sale success

On behalf of the parish family of St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church, the Rev. Carmen Bolock would like to thank everyone who attended their fall yard sale Aug. 24. Thank you to the vendors who came, as well as those who shopped. Also, thank you to everyone who came to the Duryea Community Yard Sale.

St. Mary’s will hold its spring yard sale on Saturday, April 25.

Holiday collection schedule

Due to the Labor Day holiday, Duryea Street Department collection schedule has a few changes for the week of Sept. 1. Garbage will be collected Tuesday, Sept. 2, and Wednesday, Sept. 3. Plastic and glass recycling will be collected Thursday, Sept. 4, and cardboard and paper recycling will be collected Friday, Sept. 5. Yard waste will not be collected the week of Sept. 1.

Nativity news

Nativity of Our Lord Parish’s religious education classes will resume Sunday, Sept. 8. Classes will take place from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. for kindergarten through seventh grade and from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. for eighth grade.

Registration will take place from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Holy Rosary School, 125 Stephenson St.

Parish families have been mailed registration forms. The forms should be completed or updated and returned with the registration fee at the registration event.

SAL meatball hoagie sale

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 will have a meatball hoagie sale from noon to 6 p.m., or until sold out, Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Brennan Regan Post, 329 Main St. The hoagies will be served on 8-inch National Bakery hoagie rolls with or without cheese. The cost is $7. Guests can add fresh-cut fries to their order for $1.

Sewer authority meeting

Duryea Borough Sewer Authority will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St. The public is invited to attend. Please note, the meeting date was changed in observance of Labor Day.

Little League recognition

Luzerne County Council will honor the Greater Pittston Area Little League 8/9/10 and 10/11/12 All-Star teams, as well as the Pittston Area Junior Softball team for their accomplishments this year. The event will take place at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Luzerne County Courthouse.

VFW pitch league

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will have a pitch league at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, through Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St. Bring a partner and join in the fun.

Council meeting

Duryea Borough Council will meet Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public work session is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7.

Outdoor concert

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 and the Duryea American Legion Brennan Regan Post 585 will host a free summer concert featuring The Sperazza Band from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the VFW post home, 492 Stephenson St.

The American Legion’s finest cooks will be sizzling and selling all of your favorite foods, too!

Bring your blankets, chairs and your kiddos to enjoy a great evening outside under the stars.

Wine fest

Germania Hose Company will host its third annual wine fest from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, on the hose company grounds, 430 Foote Ave.

The public is invited to stop by to sample local wineries and craft beers, homemade foods and shop at the craft vendor stands while listening to live entertainment by The Sperazza Band and Axe Kickers NEPA.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. To purchase advance tickets, see any member or purchase online via the 2019 Germania Thurd Annual Winefest Facebook page.

All those attending must be 21 or older.

Class of 1958 reunion

Duryea High School, Class of 1958, will celebrate its 61st reunion the first weekend in October. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, with a meet and greet at Arturo’s Restaurant & Bar, 140 Main St., Dupont. The following day, the class will gather at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Nativity of Our Lord Parish at Holy Rosary Church, 127 Stephenson St., for Mass to honor their departed class members. After Mass, the classmates will gather at Arcaro & Genell’s restaurant, 443 S. Main St., Old Forge, for dinner.

Recovery meetings

SMART Recovery will meet from 5:45 to 7 p.m. the first and third Monday of the month at Sacred Heart Hall, Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 529 Stephenson St. SMART Recovery, based on C.B.T., supports anyone seeking change. For information call 570 457-3337 or visit www.smartrecovery.org or www.facebook.com/smartnepa.

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. To list an item, email jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.