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Each year, I look forward to wishing my mom and all of the ladies in Duryea a very happy Mother’s Day. While I certainly do extend my best wishes for a nice and leisurely day to all of the moms, grandmothers, nanas, godmothers, aunts, sisters and terrific ladies in Duryea, I want to pause my greeting for just a moment for a very special reason.

Today, Duryea resident Regina Bernard is not only celebrating being a mom and grandmother, but she also is celebrating her 95th birthday! Regina, who was born on Mother’s Day in 1925, is one of nine children. Over the years, I am sure Regina’s mother received many wonderful Mother’s Day gifts, but nothing compared to welcoming Regina into her life on Mother’s Day. In fact, Regina’s mother often told her giving birth to her on Mother’s Day was the greatest Mother’s Day gift she ever received.

Although Regina’s party plans had to be put on hold, we can help Regina and her daughter, Pat Murman, and granddaughter, Khrista Murman, both of Duryea, and her granddaughter, Carla Reck, of North Carolina, celebrate Regina’s milestone birthday by following her advice for a long and happy life: eat healthy foods, get nine hours of sleep a night, attend church, say your prayers every day and keep a good sense of humor.

And while I’m extending special wishes, I would like to wish my mother Lorraine a very happy Mother’s Day! My mother is truly one of the strongest people I know, and I am so grateful to be her daughter. She has taught me so much about love, friendship, faith, compassion and care. These are gifts of immeasurable wealth, and I can only hope I can give them to J.J. just like she shares them with me each day. Thank you, Mom! I love you!

Collection reminders

Duryea Street Department collection schedule for the week of May 10 is as follows: garbage, Monday, May 11 and Tuesday, May 12; plastic and glass recycling, Wednesday, May 13, and cardboard and paper recycling, Thursday, May 14. Yard waste will be collected Friday, May 15.

Yard waste is collected every Friday, except on holiday weeks. Grass and shrub clippings must be placed in containers or paper lawn bags not to exceed 30 pounds. All branches must be cut into 3-foot sections and placed together in bundles no larger than 3-inches in diameter. Any yard waste placed in garbage bags, dirt, rocks or animal waste will not be collected.

The street department has a new mattress and box spring disposal policy. Both items must be placed in mattress disposal bags or wrapped in plastic and have the appropriate number of green stickers on them to be collected. Disposal bags are available at hardware and big box stores.

For information, please call the street department at 570-655-1299.

Excelsior and Germania

food sale fundraiser

Due to recommendations of social distancing in the global fight against COVID-19, Excelsior Hose Co. No. 2 and Germania Hose Company have canceled their major fundraisers. To support both fire departments, Modern Gas, Union Craft House and Billy G’s are sponsoring a pizza and wing sale from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23, at the Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave. Orders can be picked up at Germania or delivered to Duryea, Avoca, Dupont, Hughestown and Old Forge.

Menu includes unbaked red or white pizza, $11 per tray; baked red or white pizza, $12 per tray; 10 hot or mild wings with blue cheese and celery for $10, and extra blue cheese for an additional $1. All orders should be pre-ordered at ghcpizzasale.company.site.

All volunteers will wear masks and gloves. All food preparation and service areas will be sanitized frequently.

St. Mary’s yard sale

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church has canceled its spring yard sale. The parish apologizes for any convenience this may have caused, but they feel it is a way to keep people safe.

The fall yard sale will take place Saturday, Aug. 22.

SAL gun raffle

Duryea Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 members are selling tickets for the annual gun raffle.

Tickets, which are two for $5, are available from any member.

The prizes include first prize, Remington 700 ADL 300 win mag or $250 cash; second prize, Remington 870 Express 12-gauge shotgun or $175 cash; third prize, Ruger Security-9 9mm handgun or $150 cash; fourth prize, Ruger EC9S 9mm handgun or $125 cash; fifth prize, $50 gift card to Komensky’s Market, Duryea; sixth prize, $25 gift card to Marie’s Diner, Duryea, and seventh prize, $25 gift card to My Sister’s Kitchen, Duryea.

Guns are provided by Advanced Arms, Pittston Twp.

Winners are responsible for taxes and gun fees.

Duryea at Dusk postponed

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Duryea at Dusk has postponed its fourth annual twilight 5K, fun walk and festival, which was scheduled for Saturday, June 13. For information and updates, visit Duryea at Dusk on Facebook.

VFW Smoked in the Valley

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will host Bacon and BBQ: Smoked in the Valley from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 17, and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St.

This event will feature northeastern Pennsylvania’s best bacon and barbecue from numerous restaurants, vendors and food trucks along with live entertainment all day long including The Sperazza Band from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Anyone interested in becoming a vendor should contact Terry Deitz at 570-207-8561 or tdeitz@ShamrockNEPA.com.

This event is presented by Rock 107 and NEPA’s ESPN Radio. All proceeds will benefit the Duryea VFW.

State of emergency

Duryea Borough is still in a state of emergency. The declaration restricts public access to the Duryea Municipal Building and Duryea Street Department. It also states the Community Park and Healey Playground will be closed until further notice.

Anyone who needs to do business with the borough should call the municipal building at 570-655-2829.

Tax reminder

Residents cannot pay their Luzerne County and Duryea Borough tax bills at the Duryea Municipal Building until further notice. Residents may mail tax payments to or place them in the drop box outside of 79 Main St., Duryea, PA 18642 to the attention of Martin Hanczyc, tax collector. If you need a receipt, please include the complete bill and a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your payment. Please be sure all checks are dated correctly and signed. For information, call Hanczyc at 570-457-2482.

Stray animal initiative

Duryea participates in an initiative with the Luzerne County SPCA to prevent feral animals in and around the borough. Stray animals can be safely trapped and taken to the SPCA to prevent overpopulation. Please call Carolyn Santee, borough manager, at 570-655-2829 or the SPCA at 570-825-4111 for more information.

Ambulance membership

Avoca Ambulance Association’s annual 2020 membership drive is underway. Residents of Avoca and Dupont have been mailed a membership packet. Duryea residents will receive their membership subscription at a later date.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to my beautiful baby boy, J.J. — well he’s not a baby anymore because he will be 4 on May 11! We hope you have a great day. Daddy and I love you very much!

Also, happy birthday to Lee LaChette, who will celebrate her special day Monday, May 11, and to Jim McAndrew, who will celebrate Tuesday, May 12.

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