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It’s no secret the coronavirus pandemic has caused all of us to make changes in our lives to stop the spread of this virus. To protect our health, the following changes have taken place within Duryea and its community groups:

Mayor Keith Moss has issued a state of emergency in Duryea. 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.

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 dropbox 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, please call Hanczyc at 570-457-2482.

Church schedules

Stations of the Cross at Nativity of Our Lord Parish and Lenten devotions at St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church, scheduled for Fridays during Lent, are canceled.

Four Boro Ministerium

services cancelled

The Four Boro Ministerium of Avoca, Duryea, Moosic and Old Forge has canceled its remaining weekly ecumenical Lenten services. The group’s Good Friday service at Langcliffe Presbyterian Church, Avoca, is scheduled to take place as planned.

Little League postponements

Greater Pittston Area Little League has adopted Little League International’s request to implement a temporary suspension of all league activities until no earlier than April 6.

Therefore, the Greater Pittston Area Little League’s monthly board meeting, which was scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 24, is canceled. The league’s Night at the Races on Friday, March 27, has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon.

Collection schedule

Duryea Street Department’s collection schedule for the week of March 22 is as follows: garbage, Monday, March 23, and Tuesday, March 24. There is no recycling collections this week. Ashes will be collected Friday, March 27.

Residents are reminded annual garbage stickers must be displayed in the window of resident’s homes and be visible to Duryea Street Department employees.

Also, green stickers must be placed on all bulk items and extra bags to be collected with the regular garbage.

To purchase the annual garbage sticker or green stickers, please call the municipal building at 570-655-2829.

Phoenix performances


The Phoenix Kids performance of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast the Musical” set for March 21-22 at the center, 411 Main St., is being postponed until further notice.

Also, Phoenix Performing Art Center’s upcoming production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” is postponed.

New dates have not been announced.

Visit the center’s website and the Phoenix PAC Facebook page for updates or call 570-457-3589 and leaving a message.

Kickin’ it for Kelly postponed

Duryea American Legion Brennan Regan Post 585, Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 and Auxiliary Unit 585’s Kickin’ it for Kelly slated for Sunday, March 22, has been postponed. A new date has not been set yet. Please check Duryea Sonsoftheamericanlegion on Facebook or call 570-451-4242 for updates.

Council meeting

Duryea Council will meet Tuesday, April 14, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The work session begins at 6:30 p.m. followed immediately by the council meeting.

Crime Watch

Duryea Neighborhood Crime Watch will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St.

Duryea at Dusk fundraiser

Duryea at Dusk will host a fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 1, at The Red Mill, 340 S. Main St., Pittston. All proceeds will benefit the Duryea at Dusk Corp., a non-profit organization, which helps those impacted by cancer.

The fourth annual Duryea at Dusk twilight 5K, fun walk and festival will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at the Duryea Community Park, Stephenson Street. The 5K will begin at 7 p.m.

For information and 5K registration, visit Duryea at Dusk on Facebook.

Ambulance membership

Avoca Ambulance Association has begun its annual 2020 subscription membership drive. Residents of Avoca and Dupont have been mailed a membership packet.

Duryea residents will receive their membership subscription at a later date.

The membership subscription protects the subscriber and family members from out of pocket expenses which insurance may not cover. The membership subscription price, which remains the same as last year, is $40 and $35 for senior citizens.

All proceeds are used for operating expenses and to maintain the viability of the Avoca Ambulance Association. The association provides coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week by paid, professional emergency medical providers on duty around the clock. Without the community’s support, this level of service would not be available. The association appreciates the community’s support and members pledge to do their best to serve people in their time of need.

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, can be purchased at the Brennan Regan Post, 329 Main St., or 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.

The guns are provided by Advanced Arms, Pittston Twp.

Winners are responsible for taxes and gun fees.

VFW egg hunt

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 has postponed its Easter egg hunt and visit from the Easter Bunny, which originally planned for Saturday, March 28, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St. The tentative new date is Sunday, April 5.

Since the VFW has closed, those planning on attending are asked to please make reservations through Facebook messenger. Visit Facebook or call 570-457-9946 for updates.

Germania Hose Company’s sportsman’s bingo

Germania Hose Company’s sportsman’s bingo scheduled for Sunday, March 29, has been postponed.

Tickets that have already been purchased will be honored for the new date.

For information, please send a message to the Germania Hose Company, Duryea, Pa Facebook page or contact Fire Chief Joe Korea at 570-499-2350 or Dive Captain Mike Shovlin at 570-332-4127.

All winners must redeem their prizes.

For all firearm winners, all local, state and federal laws apply.

All proceeds from the bingo benefit the Germania Hose Company.

Germania egg hunt

Germania Hose Company will host its annual community Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 11, at the hose company, 430 Foote Ave. Free registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the hunt at 11.

Children ages 12 and younger are invited to attend.

Please check the Germania Hose Company, Duryea, Pa Facebook page for updates and possible cancelations.

Al-Anon meetings

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

This group is an anonymous 12-step program of recovery for families and friends of addicts and alcoholics.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to John Haas who will celebrate his special day Tuesday, March 24.

Happy birthday to Gina Altieri who will celebrate Wednesday, March 25.

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.

Thanks for reading, and have a great week!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Duryea every week. To list an item, email or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.