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Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms, grandmothers, nanas, aunts, sisters, godmothers and terrific ladies of Duryea! I hope you all have a wonderful day and celebrate it with the people who mean the most to you.

I want to extend a special Happy Mother’s Day greeting to my mom, Lorraine. Thank you, Mom, for all of the love, support and guidance you have shown to me throughout my life. You’ve taught me how to live, and I hope I do it well and have made you proud.

I now have the pleasure of watching you enjoy being Nana to your little main man, J.J., and applying everything you taught me as I raise him. As you know, he’s quite a character already at 3-years-old, and I know I’m going to need even more of your advice to keep up with him! And, you know what? I will gladly accept it because, in my book, you’re the greatest!

St. Mary’s yard sale

On behalf of the parish family of St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church, the Rev. Carmen Bolock wishes to thank everyone who attended and participated in the church’s recent yard sale. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate, but nonetheless Father Bolock said the parishioners were grateful to the people who stopped by. Be sure to stop by their next yard sale in August.


Just a few weeks ago, Americans celebrated Earth Day. On this date, we recommit ourselves to projects and endeavors which will enhance and protect our planet. One of the most significant ways we can make an impact on preserving the environment is through recycling. Recycling not only reduces the amount of garbage that is dumped into landfills and the ocean but also conserves natural resources which are already limited.

Duryea is certainly doing its part to “go green,” and in an effort to maintain its recycling program, the borough has made some changes to it.

Residential recycling, which is picked up every other week curbside at our homes, now requires residents to separate their recyclable items into two separate bins.

Bin one may include metal, plastic and glass, items such as aluminum and other metal cans and glass/plastic bottles and jars. All items must be rinsed. These items will be collected every other Wednesday.

The acceptable items for the mixed types of paper bin include cardboard (boxes must be flattened), poster board, manila folders, newspapers, phone books, junk mail, brown paper bags, white paper, colored paper, business cards, magazines and catalogs. These will be collected every other Thursday.

The following items are not recyclable and should be disposed of in the trash: styrofoam food containers, bubble wrap, spray bottle pumps, napkins, three-ring binders, deli/salad containers, plastic plates/cups, disposable silverware, pizza boxes, CDs and video tapes.

If you are unsure if an item is eligible for collection, please visit the Duryea Street Department Facebook page. On it, you can post your question and also review the department’s responses to other people’s recycling questions —which may answer other questions you may have.

Holy Rosary news

Congratulations to Holy Rosary School students who recently performed their annual spring concert and Resurrection play under the direction of music teacher Jackson Fiore and seventh grade teacher Jennifer Snyder.

Students in grades four, five and six sang a variety of folk music selections during the concert, and the seventh grade class performed a play depicting the story of Jesus’ resurrection.

Feral animals

As a reminder, Duryea Borough participates in an initiative with the Luzerne County SPCA to prevent feral animals in and around the borough. Stray animals can be humanely trapped and taken to the SPCA to prevent overpopulation.

Residents are urged to utilize this program. Please call Carolyn at the Duryea Municipal Building at 570-655-2829 or the Luzerne County SPCA at 570-825-4111 for information.

SAL pasta dinner

Duryea Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 will hold its annual pasta dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Brennan Regan Post, 329 Main St.

The menu includes penne pasta, meatballs, homemade sauce by chef Casey Przywara, a roll and butter.

Takeouts will be available, too. Delivery will be available in Duryea.

Tickets are $8 and available at the door.

After dinner, Mark Maros will provide live entertainment from 8 p.m. to midnight. The winning tickets for the post’s annual gun raffle will be drawn at 10 p.m.

VFW enertainment

Stop by for live entertainment by Chris Shrive and Ashley Marie of Flatland Ruckus as they play your favorite acoustic country music from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227, 492 Stephenson St.

Phoenix performance

Phoenix Teens will present “13 the Musical” at 7 p.m. Fridays, May 17 and 24, and Saturdays, May 18 and 25, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St.

Tickets, which are $10, are available at the door or by calling the box office at 570-457-3589.

Duryea at Dusk

The third annual Duryea at Dusk twilight 5K fun walk and festival will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Duryea Community Park, Stephenson Street.

The festival will include food and drink from local businesses and organizations, basket raffles, craft vendors, kids’ games and activities, a face painter and more.

To register for the 5K or walk, to donate or for information, visit Additional information is available at To make arrangements for a donation via cash or check or for information, contact

All proceeds will benefit the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute.

VFW poker run and barbecue

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 and Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 will co-host a motorcycle poker run and chicken barbecue Saturday, June 8, at the VFW, 492 Stephenson St.

Registration for the motorcycle poker run begins at 9 a.m., kick-stands up at 11 a.m. and the last bike will return at 5 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best hand and the worst hand.

During the poker run, there will be a chicken barbecue dinner at noon, which is open to everyone, not just poker run riders. The menu includes a half of a barbecue chicken, side dishes and homemade desserts. Take outs will be available. Only a limited number of tickets will be sold the day of the event.

At the event, there will be bands, a DJ, a 50/50 raffle and basket raffles throughout the day.

Pre-registration for the poker run is $25 per driver and $10 per passenger. Registration includes a chicken barbecue dinner. Chicken barbecue dinner tickets are $10 each.

To register for the poker run or to purchase a chicken barbecue ticket, please send a message via the Duryea VFW 1227 Facebook page, call 570-457-2233, contact any VFW or hose company member or stop by the VFW post home.

To cap off the event, the public is invited to a free outdoor concert by the Sperazza Band from 6 to 10 p.m. on the VFW grounds. Bring your chairs and blankets to listen to classic rock under the stars and kickoff the summer season!

Little League bingo

Greater Pittston Area Little League, consisting of leagues from Avoca-Dupont, Duryea and Pittston City, will have its annual cash bingo fundraiser Saturday, June 8, at the former Seton Catholic High School Hall, 37 William St., Pittston. Doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo begins at 7.

The cost is $25 for three cards for 20 regular games. Also, there will be three special games worth $150 each and a final coverall worth $250. The special and coverall games are sold separately at the event. There also will be a basket raffle and food and beverages sold. Only 300 tickets will be sold for the event.

To purchase tickets, call Gary at 570-540-0649, Lori B. at 570-877-4361 or Sue S. at 570-407-2035.

Council meeting

Duryea Borough Council will meet Tuesday, June 11, 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, June 12, in the municipal building, 315 Main St.

Residents are encouraged to attend, speak and share issues taking place in your neighborhood. By sharing information, residents and law enforcement can work together to solve crimes and pinpoint the areas where incidents are taking place.

Hometown Hero Banners

The Duryea Lions Club will sponsor the 2019 round of the Duryea Hometown Heroes Banner project. The cost of a banner is $225. Limited posting spaces remain on Main Street, and additional banners will be posted on Foote Avenue.

For details or to place an order, please contact Anissa Akulonis at 570-457-2606. The order deadline is Saturday, June 15.

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery will meet from 5:45 to 7 p.m. weekly on Mondays at Nativity of Our Lord Parish’s Sacred Heart Hall, 529 Stephenson St.

SMART Recovery’s 4-point Program, based on CBT, supports anyone seeking change.

Al-Anon meetings

Al-Anon meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Brick United Methodist Church, 935 Foote Ave. This is an anonymous 12-step program of recovery for families and friends of addicts and alcoholics.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to my little boy, J.J., who celebrated his third birthday Saturday, May 11. Mommy and Daddy love you very much, honey!

Happy birthday to Jim McAndrew, who will celebrate his special day Sunday, May 12.

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, email her at or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.