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Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, Duryea has lots of spooky parties and frightening fun planned for next weekend that people of all ages can enjoy.

The wicked good times begin Friday, Oct. 27, at Duryea Borough’s trunk or treat at the Sacred Heart parking lot. The event is being held in conjunction with Holy Rosary School’s haunted house, which will take place at Sacred Heart Church Rectory, 529 Stephenson St.

Trunk or treat begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 (or until the candy runs out!), and the haunted house, which is sponsored by the school’s eighth grade class, will be open from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission to trunk or treat is free. Admission to the haunted house is $2. All proceeds will benefit St. Joseph’s Center, Scranton.

There also will be other fun activities and refreshments for everyone to enjoy. All Duryea residents 12 years old and younger are invited to attend. Please be sure to wear a Halloween costume and be prepared to vote for your favorite trunk.

Anyone who wants to decorate their car and provide candy to the children can register by contacting Leigh Ann Balchune at 570-954-9189. Participants must provide their name, phone number and license plate number. Participants also are responsible for providing their own candy and treats to distribute. The person the children vote for as having the best car trunk will receive a special treat.

SAL, Legion and VFW

Halloween parties

Next up on the list of bone-chilling events, the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 will hold its children’s Halloween costume party from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Brennan Regan Post 585 home, 329 Main St.

The party is open to children, grandchildren and step-children ages infant to 12 years old of SALs, regular, auxiliary and social members. Prizes will be awarded for best costume in each age category. The children will be treated to hot dogs, pizza, snacks, beverages and a candy goody bag.

All children must be registered by Thursday, Oct. 26. To register, call the Legion at 570-457-4242.

Once the sun sets and darkness falls across the borough, it will be time for the adults to have their fun courtesy of our veteran organizations.

American Legion Brennan Regan Post 585 will have its annual Halloween costume party and contest for adults from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 28, at the post home, 329 Main St. Prizes will be awarded. The kitchen will be open. Entertainment will be provided by Flatland Ruckus. The public is invited.

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will host a Halloween costume party at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St. Prizes will be awarded for costumes in various categories. Entertainment will be provided by the Midnight Rhythm Band.

Lions Club craft festival

Avoca and Duryea Lions Clubs will sponsor a fall festival craft and vendor fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave.

There will be more than 35 crafters and vendors, a large selection of raffles and basket items and food. Admission and parking are free. All proceeds will benefit Lions Club charitable causes.

Holy Rosary School news

Holy Rosary School students certainly have been putting their lessons into action.

At a recent presentation of The NED Show, Alex Eltzroth introduced the school assembly to NED. NED, a loveable cartoon character whose name is an acronym for Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best, uses humor, storytelling, audience participation and amazing object lessons, including yo-yo tricks, to teach children to create a culture of kindness and excellence.

Those values were certainly evident during the school’s recent dress down day and ice cream social to benefit the victims of Hurricane Irma. At the event, school families, students and teachers generously raised over $500 which will be donated to St. Paul’s Catholic School, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

In other Holy Rosary School news, the students recently participated in a prayer service and pet blessing to honor St. Francis of Assisi. The Very Rev. John Polednak, pastor of Nativity of Our Lord Parish, and the Very Rev. Jeffrey Walsh, Episcopal Vicar for Clergy of the Diocese of Scranton, led the students and faculty in prayer and blessed stuffed animals. Father Walsh also brought along his dog, Sam.

Legion soup and chili sale

American Legion Auxiliary Brennan Regan Post 585 will have a chili, soup and bake sale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at the post home, 329 Main St.

Chili is $5.50 and soup is $4.50. The chili and all soups are homemade with assorted varieties.

The bake sale will have assorted pastries.

Takeouts will be available, too.

Medication collection

In an effort to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs, the Duryea Police Department and Duryea Crime Watch will host our town’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St.

At this event, which is spearheaded by the United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, individuals can safely, conveniently and responsibly dispose of prescription drugs and learn about the potential for abuse of prescription medications. Please note, only pills or patches will be accepted. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps.

St. Mary’s services

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will have its annual All Souls Day Cemetery Visitation at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at the parish cemetery, Pettebone and Watts streets.

The parish will have Mass for All Saints Day, a holy day of obligation, at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the church, 200 Stephenson St.

The parish will have Mass for All Souls Day at 8 and 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at the church. During the evening Mass, there will be the prayers for the departed and the Reading of Remembrance.

Story hour

Duryea’s My Little Library will hold a story hour at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St.

The November “celebrity” reader will be Duryea’s Mayor Keith Moss, who will be joined by members of The Frances Dorrance Chapter of the Society of Pennsylvania Archeology. The chapter will bring some hands-on artifacts and information about their dig site in Coxton. It will be great fun for the kids. Children with up to an eighth grade reading level are invited to attend.

My Little Library can be found in front of the municipal building and in front of the Community Park, Stephenson Street. It is a “take a book, give a book” program for children. Come and meet the mayor as he reads to the kids for the November Duryea My Little Library Story Hour and learn about our history as the local archeology chapter displays artifacts from our area’s beginnings.

Civil service commission vacancy

Duryea Borough is seeking candidates to fill one permanent and two alternate member vacancies on the civil service commission.

Candidates should send a letter of interest to Borough Manager Carolyn Cantee, 315 Main St., Duryea PA 18642. All letters must be received by Thursday, Nov. 9.

Food assistance

The monthly distribution of non-perishable food items delivered from the food bank will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in the parish hall in the lower level of Holy Rosary Church of Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 125 Stephenson St. Anyone who cannot access the hall stairs or place items in their vehicles, can make advance arrangements for assistance. Deliveries are not available.

Individuals and households who meet the family size, household income and residency guidelines should contact Lois Hanczyc at 570-457-2482 to complete the necessary registration materials by Monday, Nov. 5. Anyone not interested in being enrolled any longer should contact Lois to be removed from the list.

The income guidelines, which include household size and annual, monthly and weekly income, are as follows: one person, $17,505 annually, $1,459 monthly and $337 weekly; two people, $23,595, $1,966 and $454; three people, $29,685, $2,474 and $571; four people, $35,775, $2,981 and $688. For each additional person add $6,090, $508 and $117.

In order to qualify for future distributions, individuals and households must register by the Monday prior to the distribution date. During the distribution time, the registered member of the household is required to bring a valid driver’s license or photo ID, as well as proof of residence, such as a bill, report card or official documentation for each member of the household. Failure to provide necessary documentation required by CEO Food Bank will result in no distribution at the time of pick up.

For information, contact organizers and Duryea residents, Jef Bauman at 570-881-6006 or, Lois Hancyzc at 570-457-2482 or Ed Ameika at 570-212-1479. You also can contact the CEO Weinberg Northeast Regional Foodbank at 570-908-2222.

SAL beer raffle

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

Tickets, which are $3 each or two for $5, can be purchased from any member or at the post home.

The prizes include: first prize, $500 Quality Beverage gift card; second prize, $200 Wine & Spirits Shop gift card; third prize, $50 Komensky’s Market gift card, and fourth prize, $50 Arturo’s Restaurant gift card.

The drawing is at 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16.

Christmas Stroll

Save the date! The third annual Duryea Christmas Stroll down Main Street will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Join in kicking off the holiday season with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Duryea’s Main Street businesses with an evening of fun, shopping, children’s activities, Christmas treats and more.

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery’s Bi-Weekly Support Group meets from 5:45 to 7 p.m. the first and third Monday of the month, at Nativity of Our Lord Parish Hall, (formerly Sacred Heart Hall), 529 Stephenson St. Duryea.

SMART Recovery’s 4-Point Program® helps people recover from all types of substance use disorders, or any unwanted behaviors. This includes alcohol/drugs, prescription drugs, nicotine, co-dependency, compulsive overeating, or any behavior change.

For information, visit or

Al-Anon meeting

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

My son, J.J., and I would like to wish the three most important people in our lives a very happy birthday!

Happy birthday to my husband, Jim, who will celebrate his special day, Sunday, Oct. 22; to my mom, Lorraine, who will celebrate her special day, Thursday, Oct. 26; and to my brother, Tom, who will celebrate his special day, Sunday, Oct. 29.

J.J. and I love you all very much! All of you make our lives complete.

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