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While our local firefighters face uncertain and serious situations every day, once in a while they are called upon to help pets instead of people. This was the case April 15, around noon when the members of Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 were called upon to rescue a cat stuck inside the wall of a Foote Avenue home.

According to a report on the Excelsior Hose Company Facebook page, the cat found itself in this compromising position by crawling into the floor behind the bathtub of the residence. To track the frisky feline, crews used thermal imaging cameras and cellphone cameras to discover the purring perpetrator positioned inside of a wall on the opposite side of the building. Crews successfully rescued the cat and placed it back into its paw parent’s hands.

Being an animal lover myself, this story warmed my heart. I am proud to live in an area where people — and their pets — can count on our volunteer firefighters to always come to our rescue. Great job gang!

Collection schedule

Duryea Street Department collection schedule for the week of April 26 is as follows: garbage, Monday, April 27 and Tuesday, April 28; plastic and glass recycling, Wednesday, April 29, and cardboard and paper recycling, Thursday, April 30. Yard waste will be collected Friday, May 1.

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.

Duryea at Dusk

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Duryea at Dusk has canceled its fundraiser which was scheduled to take place Friday, May 1, at The Red Mill, Pittston.

At this point, Duryea at Dusk has not canceled its fourth annual twilight 5K, fun walk and festival on Saturday, June 13, at the Duryea Community Park.

For information and updates, visit Duryea at Dusk on Facebook.

State of emergency notices

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 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.

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.

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, 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.

The guns are provided by Advanced Arms, Pittston Twp.

Winners are responsible for taxes and gun fees.

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 in her column, email jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.