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It’s here, folks! The largest picnic to hit Duryea each summer kicks off this week on Foote Avenue.

Germania Hose Company will have its annual summer carnival from 6 p.m. to midnight July 24-28 on the company grounds, 430 Foote Ave.

Wednesday, July 24, there will be rides only. But from Thursday, July 25, through Sunday, July 28, there will be a large selection of food, games, live entertainment and amusement rides nightly. There will also be a firefighters parade at 7 p.m. Friday, July 27, on Foote Avenue, and a fireworks display at 10 p.m. Sunday, July 28.

The entertainment schedule features Riptide, 7 to 11 p.m., Thursday, July 25; Flaxy Morgan, 8 p.m. to midnight, Friday, July 26; The Sperazza Band, 8 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, July 27, and Dance Hall Devils, 6 to 10 p.m., Sunday, July 28.

VFW’s Bacon and BBQ

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will host “Bacon and BBQ - Smoked in the Valley” from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 20, 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.

Vacation Bible Camp

Nativity of Our Lord Parish, in partnership with Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca, and Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Dupont, will host Vacation Bible Camp from 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 6, through Friday, Aug. 10, at Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 127 Stephenson St.

Registration is available at www.nativityduryea.org/vacation-bible-camp-2019.html. Registration forms also can be downloaded on this site.

Registration is free, but donations will be accepted to defray the costs of the program.

For information, please call David Tighe at Nativity of Our Lord Rectory at 570-457-3502.

National Night Out

The Duryea and Dupont Neighborhood Crime Watch groups will host their 10th annual National Night Out from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Healey Playground, 300 Foote Ave.

The event includes various presentations and interaction with law enforcement and emergency first responders, which builds a greater sense of community among our neighbors. More details will be available soon.

Council meeting

Duryea Borough Council will meet Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public work session is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7.

Betterment committee

community yard sale

The Duryea Betterment Committee will sponsor the town-wide community yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.

Interested parties can participate in two different ways. On the day of the event, residents can have a yard sale at their residence. Or, if they would prefer not to have a sale at their home, residents may reserve a sales space at St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church, 200 Stephenson St., for $10. Please note, space at the church is limited. Please contact the church at 570-457-2291 to make a reservation.

Residents who choose to have the sale at their home must have a permit. Permits, which are free and will be mailed to you, can be obtained by calling Duryea Borough Manager Carolyn Santee at 570-655-2829 during regular business hours, from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Permits also can be obtained by calling Lois Hanczyc at 570-457-2482 or at the National Night Out on Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Healey Playground.

Maps of the sale locations will be available at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St., at various Duryea businesses and on the Duryea Betterment Committee Facebook page.

For yard sale updates, please check the Duryea Betterment Committee Facebook page.

‘Newsies’ at Phoenix

Phoenix Theatrics will present Disney’s “Newsies the Broadway Musical,” Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Aug. 2 through Aug. 11. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $12 at the door but reservations are strongly recommended by calling the box office at 570-457-3589.

Set in New York City at the turn of the century and based on a true story, Newsies is the tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies,’ who dreams of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike and take a stand for what’s right.

The cast of nearly 40 teens and adults is directed and choreographed by Lee LaChette with Jackie Legg as musical director.

Duryea High School,

Class of 1958, reunion

Duryea High School, Class of 1958, will celebrate its 61st reunion Saturday, Oct. 5. Details will be available soon.

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery will meet from 5:45 to 7 p.m. the first and third Monday of the month at Nativity of Our Lord Parish’s Sacred Heart Hall, 529 Stephenson St.

SMART Recovery’s four-point program, based on CBT, supports anyone seeking change.

For information call 570 457-3337 or visit www.smartrecovery.org and www.facebook.com/smartnepa on Facebook.

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.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday to Jack Sammon, who will celebrate his special day Sunday, July 21.

Happy birthday to my cousin, Richard Wudarski, who will celebrate his special day Friday, July 26.

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