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As we gather around our dining room tables this Thursday, we will give thanks to God for the many blessings in our lives. While so many of us have so much to be grateful for, there are others who do not share in these blessings.

Understanding the need so many of our poor face each day, Nativity of Our Lord Parish’s service committee is conducting a food drive to benefit the residents of the Little Sisters of the Poor’s Holy Family Residence, Scranton. The community is invited to drop off new, non-expired, non-perishable food items in the containers in the church vestibule after all daily and weekend masses through the Thanksgiving Eve Family Mass at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at the church, 127 Stephenson St., where the parish will present the collection to the sisters.

Holy Rosary news

Congratulations to the Holy Rosary School forensics team, which recently competed in the regional and diocesan finals forensic competitions: Anna Pietrowski, Jameson Sciandra, Taylor Skibitsky and Paul Stevenson, regional competition, third place and diocesan finals competition, second place; Paige Kroptavich, Evan Licari, Matthew Lyons and Hailey Sebastian, regional competition, second place and diocesan finals competition, second place; Sarah Lyons and Brielle Scheland, regional competition, fourth place.

Joan Dowd and Lauren Gedrich are the moderators.

Great job, kids!

PNCC news

During the 25th general synod of the Polish National Catholic Church, held in Belleville, Illinois, the Most Rev. Anthony A. Mikovsky was re-elected prime bishop of the Polish National Catholic Church. St. Mary’s is the Polish National Catholic Church in Duryea.

Tax reminder

Duryea Borough Tax Collector Martin Hanczyc states school taxes are now at face value. Taxes can be paid from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at 79 Main St., or by appointment.

When mailing in tax bills and requesting a receipt, please send in the entire tax bill and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Also, please include your phone number on the back of the bill. And, if you are making copies of your taxes, mail in the original copy.

For information, call Hanczyc at 570-457-2482.

VFW entertainment

The Sperazza Band will perform from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227, 492 Stephenson St.

Stop by for a night of music and friendship in support of our veterans.

Phoenix performance

Phoenix Theatrics will present the rock musical, “Starlight Express,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Phoenix Performing Arts Center, 409 Main St. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door or by calling the box office at 570-457-3589 to make a reservation.

This family-friendly show is the story of a 9-year-old boy’s dream where toy trains come to life for a spectacular race across America. The competition between steam, electric and diesel engines is fast and fierce with entries from Russia, Great Britain, Germany, Japan and the United States. In the end, the underdog, Rusty, a small steam engine with a heart of gold, wins the race and the girl.

The actors perform this show completely on Heelys, and the train races take place on a track that runs around the theater. In fact, some seats are right in the middle of the action!

SAL meeting

Duryea Sons of the American Legion Brennan Regan Post 585 will have its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the post home, 329 Main St.

Ministerium Thanksgiving service

The Four-Boro Ministerium of Avoca, Duryea, Moosic and Old Forge will have its annual community Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Nativity of Lord Parish, 127 Stephenson St. The Rev. Carmen Bolock, pastor of St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church, will be the homilist.

All attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or monetary gift to support the Moosic United Methodist Church food pantry.

Leaf and yard waste collection

Duryea Street Department is utilizing a leaf truck vacuum to collect leaves. Residents with large amounts of leaves should rake and pile their leaves curbside to be vacuumed. Leaves will not be collected if they are in bins or bags. Leaf collections will continue into the second week of December, weather permitting.

The final yard waste collection for the season will be Friday, Nov. 23.

Residents also can call 570-655-1299 to request a leaf collection.

VFW dart league

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227’s dart league will begin Thursday, Nov. 29, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St. Rules and the sign-up sheet are available at the post.

Christmas Stroll

Duryea Betterment Committee will have its fourth annual Christmas Stroll down Main Street from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Details about the stroll will be available soon.

Vendor space will be available throughout the Duryea Municipal Building, Phoenix Theatre and the Brennan Regan American Legion Post 585 on a first come, first served basis. Vendor space is $10 and a donation of a raffle basket. Please note, spots cannot be guaranteed without payment. Also, vendors are responsible for setting up and tearing down their sales area.

For information, comment on the 2018 Duryea Christmas Stroll Facebook event page.

Nativity of Our Lord

men’s breakfast

Nativity of Our Lord Parish’s men’s society will host its third annual Christmas breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Sacred Heart Hall, 529 Stephenson St. The menu includes scrambled eggs, ham, fresh and smoked kielbasa, hash browns, pancakes, Danish, pastries, coffee, milk and juice. There also will be a visit from Santa and a Christmas Pennsylvania instant lottery ticket raffle.

Tickets are $9 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children 4 and under and can be purchased at the door. Takeouts will be available, too. Delivery will be available. Call the rectory at 570-457-3502 to place an order.

Council meeting

Duryea Borough Council will meet Tuesday, Dec. 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, Dec. 12, at the municipal building, 315 Main St.

PA, Class of 1967, events

Pittston Area, Class of 1967, will have a Christmas party at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909, 401 Main St., Dupont. For information, please call Karen Hadley Sobeski at 570-457-3247.

Also, the class is planning a 70th birthday party for members of the graduating class. The party will tentatively take place sometime in September 2019. More information will be available in the future.

SAL beer raffle

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 is sponsoring its annual great beer raffle.

Tickets, which are $3 each, can be purchased from any member or at the Brennan Regan American Legion Post 585, 329 Main St.

The prizes include: first prize, $500 Laflin Beverage gift card; second prize, $200 Wine & Spirits Shop gift card; third prize, $50 Komensky’s Market gift card; fourth prize, $50 Town Tavern gift card, and fifth prize, $50 Family Prescription Counter.

The drawing is at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.

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, Jonelle Wudarski, who will celebrate her special day Nov. 23.

Happy birthday to Danny Stella, who also will celebrate his special day Nov. 23.

That’s about it for this week, my friends. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday and compressed press times, I have an early deadline for the Nov. 25 edition. 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 it, please contact me by Sunday at 5 p.m.

Thanks for reading and have a great Thanksgiving!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Duryea every week. To list a news item in her column, email her at jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Sunday.