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When law enforcement officers begin their careers, they take an oath to protect and serve the community. As officers, that promise can bring them into any number of situations on a daily basis. For instance, a simple traffic stop can quickly escalate into a dangerous drug bust, a call about a domestic dispute can reveal a history of years of spousal abuse, and an investigation of a home with code violations can lead to the discovery of a person in desperate need of help.

While these examples of situations officers face as they protect and serve us need to be handled by law enforcement officials alone due to their danger and unpredictability, there are ways we can work with officers to reduce criminal activity and assist our neighbors in need.

To learn more about these opportunities, get to know our law enforcement team and build camaraderie within our town, stop by the upcoming Duryea, Avoca and Dupont National Night Out next weekend.

The Duryea, Avoca and Dupont National Night Out will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Healey Memorial Park, 300 Foote Ave. This event, which is free to attend, will include activities for children and adults, along with games, food, music and refreshments.

Just a few of the festivities guests will experience at this year’s night out are climbing the National Guard’s rock climbing wall, a demonstration from the Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol, examining the Pennsylvania State Police and Geisinger Life Flight helicopters, learning about escaping your home during a fire via the Pittston Fire Department’s smoke and safety house, scaling the Sir Bounce-A-Lot’s inflatable obstacle course, watching fire and police demonstrations, including a live taser demonstration; listening to guest speakers and much more.

Naturally, there are costs involved to present a program of this magnitude. To help defray those costs, monetary donations can be made payable to the Duryea Crime Watch and sent or dropped off at the Duryea Police Department, 315 Main St. Duryea PA 18642, attention Chief Nick Lohman. Please list “National Night Out” in the memo area on the check.

For information, please contact Trina at 570-604-0637, Chief Lohman at 570-457-1721, ext. 2 or via messenger to the Duryea PD Facebook page. You can also contact any member of the Duryea, Avoca or Dupont Crime Watch groups.

Tax reminder

Duryea Borough Tax Collector Martin Hanczyc announces the Pittston Area school taxes are now at the rebate period.

Hanczyc will collect taxes from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St.

When sending in tax bills and requesting a receipt, please send in your entire tax bill and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Also, please put your phone number on the back of the bill.

All taxes must be paid individually as Duryea Borough/Luzerne County taxes and Pittston Area school taxes are two different bills.

If you did not receive your school tax bill or have any questions regarding it, please call Mr. Hanczyc at 570-457-2482.

If you are disabled or unable to mail your payment, please call Mr. Hanczyc to have your payment picked up.

Civil Service Commission vacancy

Duryea Borough is seeking candidates to fill an alternate member vacancy on the Civil Service Commission.

Candidates should send a letter of interest to Borough Manager Carolyn Santee, 315 Main St., Duryea PA 18642.

Polish Falcons news

Polish Falcons Nest 128, will host a district VII meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at the post home, 631 Main St.

All regular members in good standing with their national dues paid and all officers are urged to attend.

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

Sewer Authority meeting

Duryea Borough Sewer Authority will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St. The public is invited to attend.

‘Dracula’ at Phoenix

Phoenix Performing Arts Center will present “Dracula The Musical ” at 8 p.m. Fridays, Aug. 10 and 17, and Saturdays, Aug. 11 and 18, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 12 and 19, at the center, 409 Main St.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased in advance by calling the theater at 570-457-3589 or online at

Tickets also will be available at the door.

Please call the theater if you need handicap seating.

A terrifying and passionate musical based on the world-famous novel by Bram Stoker, “Dracula the Musical,” is a thrilling drama of suspense and a Gothic romance of dreamlike temptation.

Set in Europe, the story follows the famed vampire as he looks for new blood. Jonathan Harker and Mina Murray fall victim to Dracula’s unnatural charm and, along with Doctor Van Helsing, must fight Dracula’s supernatural powers.

Dracula will enthrall audiences with its powerful score bringing the undead to life in this haunting musical of unrequited love.

DePrimo Golf Tournament

The 10th annual 1st. Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Wilkes-Barre Golf Club.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. with a captain and crew tee-off at 8. Cost is $75 per golfer, which includes green fees, use of a cart, dinner and awards. Register early at to ensure proper shirt size.

All proceeds will benefit the 1st. Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Fund of the Luzerne Foundation.

Council meeting

Duryea Borough Council will meet Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public work session is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7.

Wildcats fundraiser

The Duryea Wildcats Football organization is having a gun raffle. The prizes from Advanced Arms, LLC, Pittston Twp., are as follows: first prize, Glock Generation 5 – 9 mm or a $535 gift certificate; second prize, Remington 870 Tac 14 or a $385 gift certificate; third prize, Remington 783 scoped rifle 30-06 Springfield or a $320 gift certificate, and fourth prize, Ruger EC9s or a $245 gift certificate.

Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at the concession stand at the football field, Foote Avenue, or from any member of the Wildcats organization. The drawing is Sunday, Aug. 19, at the organization’s first home game following the C level game. Only 250 tickets will be sold.

VFW’s Little League

World Series trip

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227, in conjunction with the Betsy Bauman Memorial Committee, is hosting its inaugural Betsy Bauman Memorial Little League World Series bus trip on Thursday, Aug. 23, to Williamsport.

The bus departs at 12:30 p.m. from the V.F.W., 492 Stephenson St., and returns to it at 11 p.m. During the trip, guests will be treated to drinks, hoagies, snacks and transportation for free.

This trip is open to Duryea and non-Duryea residents. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

To register, please sign up on the registration sheet at the post home. On the sheet, please include cell phone numbers for all guests, including children, just in case a child and his or her chaperone should become separated on the day of the trip. Cell phone numbers will only be available to group leaders to ensure guests’ privacy.

For information, please call John Bauman at 570-954-7521.

St. Mary’s yard sale

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will have a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the church, 200 Stephenson St.

Participants can rent an 8-by-2 foot space for $10, where they can place their own table to sell unwanted treasures. Vendors and crafters are welcome. There also will be food and beverages for sale, as well as a bake sale. To reserve a table space, call 570-457-2291.

SAL officers

Duryea Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 585, will have its swearing in ceremony at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Brennan Regan post home, 329 Main St.

The gentlemen who will be sworn in include Peter Guitson, commander; Michael Andrews, senior vice commander; Vincent Yonushka, junior vice commander; Gerald Lucas, adjutant; Casey Przyware, finance officer; George Zayac, chaplain; Peter Burnham, historian, and Bruce Weitz, sergeant-at-arms.

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery’s 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 meetings

Al-Anon meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the 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.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday to Kelly Rava, who will celebrate her special day Aug. 9.

Happy birthday to my dear friend, Gail Dvornicky, who will celebrate her special day Aug. 11.

Happy anniversary

Happy belated 50th wedding anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Petrokonis who celebrated July 18.

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

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