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Holy Rosary eigth-graders as the people they portrayed in the Wax Museum, first row, from left, are Kalli Mahasky as Audrey Hepburn, Meghan McDonnell as Bethany Hamilton and Abby Lazecki as Misty Copeland. Second row: Lauren O’Brien as Amelia Earhart, Dana Mackin as Princess Diana, Lidia Marranca as Shaun White, Samantha Collins as Pocahontas and Andrew Francis as Johhny Cash. Third row: Jessica Nawrocki as Steve Irwin, Hunter Acernese as Robert Kardashian Sr., Quinn Carden as Anne Frank and Molly Houston as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers, grandmothers, nanas, godmothers, aunts and special ladies in your life that give you a reason to celebrate this special day.

I want to extend a special Mother’s Day greeting to my mom, Lorraine Borthwick: Mom, you have been the best mother any person could ever have, and Tom and I are so blessed to have you in our lives. I always knew how much you loved me and appreciated all of the sacrifices you made to make our lives better. But after I became a mother myself, I realized on a much deeper level just how deep that love runs. It is a love that thinks nothing of doing without so your child can have more. It is a love that will always give without condition. It is a love that is patient. It is a love that is strong and always present. It is a love that gives without limit. It is the love between a mother and her child. It is the love I have for J.J., and I now know so very well it is the love I am lucky to have from you.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! I love you!

Holy Rosary news

Kudos to Holy Rosary School’s eighth-grade class, which recently presented a mock wax museum at the school. With this project, the students not only portrayed historical and influential people throughout history but also provided the other students with an opportunity to learn important facts about each figure.

The eighth-grade students and the person they portrayed were: Hunter Acernese as Robert Kardashian Sr., Quinn Carden as Anne Frank, Samantha Collins as Pocahontas, Andrew Francis as Johnny Cash, Molly Houston as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Abby Lazecki as Misty Copeland, Dana Mackin as Princess Diana, Kalli Mahasky as Audrey Hepburn, Lidia Marranca as Shaun White, Meghan McDonnell as Bethany Hamilton, Jessica Nawrocki as Steve Irwin and Lauren O’Brien as Amelia Earhart.

Also, congratulations to the following Holy Rosary School students who recently won awards at the Regional National History Day Competition at Misericordia University, Dallas: Andrew Francis, second place individual performance; Molly Houston, second place exhibit category; Angelina Corridoni, James Mattucci, Abigail Miller and Paul Stevenson, second place group performance, and Danilo Giordina, third place exhibit category. The students advance to the state competition in Carlisle this weekend.

Jennifer Snyder and Doris Brady are group moderators.

Code enforcement

During May, the Duryea Borough Code Enforcement Officer will canvass the borough on foot looking for ordinance violations such as high grass, trash, abandoned vehicles, etc. Residents are urged to correct any violations on their property at this time. Warnings will be issued, giving residents time to clean their properties.

Germania open house

Germania Hose Company will have an open house and truck dedication from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the hose company, 430 Foote Ave.

The event will include fire station and truck tours, question and answer sessions, water safety demonstrations, opportunities to spray a fire hose and try on fire gear and light refreshments.

The new E-One engine dedication begins at 3 p.m.

St. Mary’s news

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will have its annual Mother’s Day celebration Sunday, May 13, at the church, 200 Stephenson St. The day will begin with Holy Mass at 9:30 a.m. The names of the mothers from the parish who repose in heaven will be read during the Mass. After the service, there will be a breakfast featuring eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, roll with butter, tea, coffee and juice. To make a reservation for breakfast, please call 570-457-2291. All are welcome.

The Young Men’s Society of the Resurrection of the Polish National Catholic Church will host “The Making of A Godly Man” spiritual retreat Thursday, May 17, to Saturday, May 19, at the Bishop Hodur Retreat Center, Waymart. The retreat is open to all men even if they are not a member of the Polish National Catholic Church. It will focus on building up the spirituality in men. The cost is $100 per person to attend. For information or to register, please call the Rev, Carmen Bolock at 570-457-2291.

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will have its Memorial Day Mass at 9 a.m. Monday, May 28, in the chapel at St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Cemetery, Pettebone Street. Local veterans organizations will have a service before the Mass at 8:45 a.m.

Fame at Phoenix

Phoenix Performing Arts Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary and the grand opening of its newly renovated theater with a three-weekend presentation of “FAME the Musical” at the theater, 409 Main St. The show times are at 8 p.m. Fridays, May 18 and 25, and Saturdays, May 19 and 26, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, May 13 and 20.

Ticket prices remain at $12. To purchase tickets, call 570-457-3589 or visit Handicap accessible seating is available.

This presentation will be led by Lee LaChette, director and choreographer; Jenn Johnson-Hamer and Jackie Legg, musical directors; Amanda Hunisch, assistant choreographer, and Ashlin Broody-Walega, dance captain.

Wildcats registration

The Duryea Wildcats 2018 season will start soon. Any child from age 5-14 living within the Pittston Area School District who is interested in becoming a football player or cheerleader is invited to register.

There will be an early signup session from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at the Wildcats Field, Kramer Street. The registration fee is $70 per child or $100 per family. Fundraising will be available to help with this cost.

If you have any questions, please visit the DWC Duryea Wildcats Facebook page or email Ken Salvo, president, at or Tara Hoover, vice-president, at

For cheer questions, email Head Advisor Nicole Linker at For football questions, email Head Coach Carmen Capitano at

The Wildcats organization is also seeking donations from area business to offset the cost of updating equipment and other necessities. A gift of any size is appreciated. Businesses that would like to purchase a 4-foot by 4-foot plastic sign promoting their business may do so for $250. The signs will be posted on the field fence throughout the season. The signs will be saved from season to season and can be reposted each year for a minimal fee.

For information, please visit the DWC Duryea Wildcats Facebook page or contact Tara Hoover at 570-677-2037 or

Polish Falcons news

Polish Falcons Nest 128 will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at the post, 631 Main St. All regular members are urged to attend this important meeting.

SAL barbecue and gun raffle

Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 585, will have its sixth annual chicken barbecue and gun raffle at noon Saturday, May 19, at the Brennan Regan post home, 329 Main St. Dinner tickets are $12, and raffle tickets are $3 each or two for $5.

The menu includes half of a barbecue chicken, seasoned baked potato, corn on the cob, homemade baked beans, homemade coleslaw, pasta salad, roll with butter and dessert. The prizes for the gun raffle, courtesy of Advanced Arms, Pittston Twp., are first prize, Remington 783 rifle with a scope or comparable calibers; second prize, Remington 12-gauge shotgun; third prize, Ruger 9E 9mm; fourth prize, Ruger LCP 1st Gen 380 and fifth prize, a $50 Komensky’s Market gift card.

Tickets can be purchased from any member, at the post or by calling 570-457-4242.

Following the dinner, Sonic Supper will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight.

All events open to the public.

Nativity book club

Nativity of Our Lord Parish’s book club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, in the rectory, 127 Stephenson St. Members will finalize their discussion of “Glittering Vices” by Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung and choose their next book.

Duryea at Dusk

Duryea at Dusk will hold its second twilight 5K, fun walk and festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 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, a DJ 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 of cash or by check or for information, contact

Vendors who are interested in having a table at the festival also should email

All proceeds will benefit the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute.

VFW, Excelsior poker run

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 9, at the VFW post home, 492 Stephenson St.

Registration for the motorcycle poker run begins at 9 a.m. The final bike will leave on the 60-mile ride at 11 a.m., and the last bike will return at 3 p.m. The winner will be announced at 4 p.m.

During the ride, bikers will stop at various checkpoints to draw a random playing card. At the end of the event, the biker with the best poker hand and worst poker hand will win prizes. There also will be giveaways and prizes.

To register, visit or stop by the VFW post home for a registration form. Pre-registration is $20 per driver and $15 per passenger. On the day of the event, driver registration will be $25. Registration includes a chicken barbecue dinner.

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 and homemade side dishes and desserts. Takeouts will be available. There will be beer for guests 21 and older, bands, a DJ, a 50/50 raffle and basket raffles.

Tickets for the barbecue are $10 per person and can be purchased from any Excelsior Hose Company member or at the VFW. Only a limited number of tickets will be sold the day of the event.

For information, visit

Council meeting

Duryea Borough Council will meet Tuesday, June 12, 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 13, at the municipal building, 315 Main St.

SMART Recovery meetings

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 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 or

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.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to Katelyn Durkin, who will celebrate her special day Saturday, May 12.

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 a news item in her column, email her at or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.