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The arrival of October brings thoughts of pumpkins, scarecrows, hayrides, hot chocolate and making s’mores around backyard fire pits on crisp fall nights. While many of us will begin decorating our homes for fall and enjoying all of the activities the season brings, the Duryea Christmas Stroll Committee is already making plans for the winter wonderland it brings to Main Street annually.

Duryea Christmas Stroll Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St. The public is invited to attend.

This year’s stroll will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Vendor applications will be accepted very soon.

Holy Rosary news

Holy Rosary School students certainly are enjoying learning in the school’s new science lab. This lab was made possible through donations by parents, family and friends as well as profits from the school’s annual dodgeball tournament fundraiser.

In other Holy Rosary news, Mark J. Barbernitz of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council of the Boy Scouts of America, recently visited the school. During his visit, Barbernitz taught the students about the exciting opportunities involving family, fun, adventure and character building that scouting offers to boys and girls.

Germania wine fest

Germania Hose Company will host a wine fest from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, on the hose company grounds, 430 Foote Ave.

The public is invited to stop by to sample wines and craft beers, enjoy specialties from a variety of food trucks and shop at the craft vendor stands while listening to live music.

Tickets are $25 at the door. All those attending must be 21 or older. This event will take place rain or shine.

Duryea High School,

Class of 1958, reunion

Duryea High School, Class of 1958, will have its 60th class reunion Saturday, Oct. 6. The event will begin with Mass at 4 p.m. at Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 127 Stephenson St., which will be offered for the deceased members of the class, followed by dinner at Arcaro & Genell’s restaurant, 443 S. Main St., Old Forge.

The class also had a meet and greet. Friday, Oct. 5, at Arturo’s restaurant, 140 Main St., Dupont.

Thirty classmates and guests plan to attend from as far away as Arizona.

Polish Falcons news

Polish Falcons, Nest 128, is seeking bartenders for all shifts. Please see the bar manager in the post home, 631 Main St., to fill out an application or call 570-457-5355.

SAL news

Duryea Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 will have a sausage and peppers hoagie sale from noon to 6 p.m., or until sold out, Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Brennan Regan post home, 329 Main St. Hoagies are $6 each. Takeouts will be available.

The SAL will hold its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the post.

Halloween party

Duryea Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 585, and Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will host a children’s Halloween costume party from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Brennan Regan post home.

Children and grandchildren, up to 12 years old, of regular, social, auxiliary or sons members, are invited to attend. There will be a costume contest with prizes. There also will be food, beverages, snacks, candy and games.

Guests must register at the Legion or VFW by Sunday, Oct. 21. Registration is free.

Tire collection

Duryea Borough will have a tire collection Thursday, Oct. 11. Tires from cars, light trucks, motorcycles and quads should be placed curbside by 6 a.m. on the collection date.

All tires must be clean, off of the rims and should not contain tubes. Tractor trailer tires will not be accepted.

This collection is for Duryea residents only. Tires will not be accepted from any businesses.

Council meeting

Duryea Borough Council will meet Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public work session is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7.

Crime Watch meeting

Duryea Crime Watch will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the municipal building, 315 Main St.

Halloween movie in the park

Join in the fun for a free evening of family entertainment as guests gather to watch “Goosebumps” at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Healey Playground, 300 Foote Ave.

This Movie in the Park, which is the final one for the season, is sponsored by the Duryea Crime Watch and St. Mary’s Polish National Church. The event includes free refreshments and snacks, along with hot chocolate to celebrate the fall.

Trunk or treat

Duryea Borough will sponsor its second annual trunk or treat at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Church parking lot, 529 Stephenson St.

Anyone who is hosting a trunk for the event should arrive at 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot to prepare everything for the children. Also, hosts are responsible for providing treats to pass out. Last year, approximately 500 children attended.

For information, please contact Leigh Ann Balchune at 570-954-9189 or Stephanie Shupp at stephanie.shupp@gmail.com.

In conjunction with trunk or treat, the Holy Rosary School eighth grade class will host a haunted house from 7 to 9 p.m. in the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Rectory. Admission is $2.

All proceeds will benefit St. Joseph’s Center, Scranton.

Legion auxiliary soup

and chili sale

Duryea American Legion Auxiliary Unit 585 will host a soup, chili and bake sale from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., or until sold out, Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Brennan Regan post home, 329 Main St. Takeouts will be available, too. Containers will be provided. All soups and chili are homemade by members.

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 facebook.com/smartnepa or www.smartrecovery.org.

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 my cousin, Faith Wudarski, who will celebrate her special day Thursday, Oct. 11.

Happy anniversary

Happy anniversary to my husband, Jim! On Oct. 11, we will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.

It’s hard to believe 10 years have passed, but I guess that’s because we were having so much fun! On a more serious note, I am so grateful to not only have you as my husband but also as my friend. There is nobody on this entire Earth who is more suited to make this journey with me than you. I love you, and God bless you!

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 for Greater Pittston Progress. To include an item in her column, email jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.

The arrival of October brings thoughts of pumpkins, scarecrows, hayrides, hot chocolate and making s’mores around backyard fire pits on crisp fall nights. While many of us will begin decorating our homes for fall and enjoying all of the activities the season brings, the Duryea Christmas Stroll Committee is already making plans for the winter wonderland it brings to Main Street annually.

Duryea Christmas Stroll Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St. The public is invited to attend.

This year’s stroll will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Vendor applications will be accepted very soon.

Holy Rosary School students certainly are enjoying learning in the school’s new science lab. This lab was made possible through donations by Parents, family, and friends as well as the school’s annual dodgeball tournament fundraiser.

In other Holy Rosary news, Mark J. Barbernitz of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council of the Boy Scouts of America recently visited the school. During his visit, Barbernitz taught the students about the exciting opportunities involving family, fun, adventure and character building that scouting offers to boys and girls.

Polish Falcons, Nest 128, is seeking bartenders for all shifts. Please see the bar manager in the post home, 631 Main St., to fill out an application or call 570-457-5355.

Germania Hose Company will host a wine fest from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, on the hose company grounds, 430 Foote Ave.

The public is invited to stop by to sample wines and craft beers, enjoy specialties from a variety of food trucks and shop at the craft vendor stands while listening to live music.

Tickets are $25 at the door. All those attending must be 21 or older. This event will take place rain or shine.

Duryea High School class of 1958 will have its 60th class reunion Saturday, Oct. 6. The event will begin with Mass at 4 p.m. at Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 127 Stephenson St., which will be offered for the deceased members of the class, followed by dinner at Arcaro & Genell’s restaurant, 443 S. Main St., Old Forge.

The class also will have a meet and greet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Arturo’s restaurant, 140 Main St., Dupont.

Thirty classmates and guests plan to attend from as far away as Arizona.

Duryea Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 585, will have a sausage and peppers hoagie sale from noon to 6 p.m., or until sold out, Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Brennan Regan post home, 329 Main St. The hoagies are $6 each. Takeouts will be available, too.

Duryea Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 585, will hold its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the post home.

Duryea Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 585, and Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will host a children’s Halloween costume party from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Brennan Regan post home.

Children and grandchildren, up to 12 years old, of regular, social, auxiliary or sons members, are invited to attend. There will be a costume contest with prizes. There also will be food, beverages, snacks, candy and games.

Guests must register at the Legion or V.F.W. by Sunday, Oct. 21. Registration is free.

Duryea Borough Council will meet Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public work session is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7.

Duryea Crime Watch will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the municipal building, 315 Main St.

Duryea Borough will have a tire collection Thursday, Oct. 11. Tires from cars, light trucks, motorcycles and quads should be placed curbside by 6 a.m. on the collection date. All tires must be clean, off of the rims and should not contain tubes. Tractor trailer tires will not be accepted. This collection is for Duryea residents only. Tires will not be accepted from any businesses.



Join in the fun for a free evening of family entertainment as guests gather to watch “Goosebumps” at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Healey Playground, 300 Foote Ave.

This Movie in the Park, which is the final one for the season, is sponsored by the Duryea Crime Watch and St. Mary’s Polish National Church. The event includes free refreshments and snacks along with hot chocolate to celebrate the fall.

Duryea Borough will sponsor its second annual Trunk or Treat at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Church parking lot, 529 Stephenson St.

Anyone who is hosting a trunk for the event should arrive at 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot to prepare everything for the children. Also, hosts are responsible for providing treats to pass out. Last year, approximately 500 children attended.



For more information, please contact Leigh Ann Balchune at 570-954-9189 or Stephanie Shupp at stephanie.shupp@gmail.com.

In conjunction with Trunk or Treat, the Holy Rosary School eighth-grade class will host a Haunted House from 7 to 9 p.m. in the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Rectory. Admission is $2. All proceeds will benefit St. Joseph’s Center, Scranton.

Duryea American Legion Auxiliary Unit 585 will host a soup, chili and bake sale from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., or until sold out, Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Brennan Regan post home, 329 Main St. Takeouts will be available too. Containers will be provided. All soups and chili are homemade by members.

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 more information, visit facebook.com/smartnepa or www.smartrecovery.org.



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.

Happy birthday to my cousin, Faith Wudarski, who will celebrate her special day on Thursday, Oct. 11.

Happy anniversary to my husband, Jim! On Oct. 11, we will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. It’s hard to believe 10 years have passed, but I guess that’s because we were having so much fun! On a more serious note, I am so grateful to not only have you as my husband but also as my friend. There is nobody on this entire earth who is more suited to make this journey with me than you. I love you, and God bless you!

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 by Monday at 5 p.m.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!