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If you’re interested in purchasing a Duryea Hometown Heroes banner to display in town to honor your loved one’s military service, I have good news for you. The Duryea Lions Club is sponsoring an additional opportunity to participate in this special project. The cost of the banner is $225. Although there are limited posting spaces available on Main Street, there is space available on Foote Avenue.

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

Holy Rosary news

Congratulations to the second graders of Holy Rosary School, who recently received their First Holy Communion: Marco Agolino, Hannah Cooley, Sam Davitt, Ryan Donelan, Benjamin Faulent, Haley Karboski, Isabella Kroski, Covington Lehman, Ainsley Lear, Eli Licari, Reagan Martin, Nora McNamara, Lily Peet, Ava Policare, Jack Quinn, Lilly Sammon and C.J. Stevenson. Students participated in the liturgy, which was celebrated by Monsignor John Sempa. A reception followed for family and friends.

Joan Dowd is second grade teacher at Holy Rosary and Melissa Skutack is principal.

Holy Rosary School’s first grade class recently concluded its lesson on the importance of 911 and summer safety with a presentation from Christopher Matys, Deirdre Matys and the Hughestown Emergency Service Team.

During the presentation, students received a tour of an emergency medical vehicle and discussed boat, pool and bicycle safety.

Nativity picnic

Save the dates! Nativity of Our Lord Parish will have its annual parish picnic July 12-14. As part of their preparations, the parishioners are seeking items for the flea market. Items can be dropped off 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Please bring items to the upper hall. Computers, electronics, clothes, shoes and plush animals will not be accepted.

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.

Shredding event

There will be a community shredding day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Healey Playground, 300 Foote Ave., for residents of the Greater Pittston Area.

This event, which is sponsored by state Rep. Mike Carroll and state Sen. John Blake in conjunction with the Duryea Police Department and Crime Watch, is open to all residents of Greater Pittston. Shredding will take place on site by Purple Paper Eaters.

For information, visit the Duryea PD Facebook page.

Germania beer raffle

Germania Hose Company is sponsoring its inaugural Father’s Day Beer for a Year/$1,000 cash raffle.

The winner will receive 52 $25 gift certificates from Plaza Beverage, Pittston, valued at $1,300, or $1,000 cash. The gift certificates can be used to purchase a case of beer each week for an entire year or other products available at Plaza Beverage. Winner must be 21 years or older to redeem the beer prize.

Tickets are $10 each. For ticket information, please see any member of the department or visit the Germania Hose Company, Duryea, Pa Facebook page.

The drawing is at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 16.

Vacation Bible school

Independent Bible Church will host Vacation Bible School from 6:45 to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 23, through Thursday, June 27, at the church, 328 Main St. The theme for this year’s program is Giddy Up Junction: Taking God’s Love to New Frontiers. The event is open to children of all ages and will include Bible stories, music, puppets, skits, crafts, snacks, games, prizes and more. Admission is free. For information, please call 570-881-5026.

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery will meet from 5:45 to 7 p.m. the first and third Monday of the month at Sacred Heart Hall of Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 529 Stephenson St. SMART Recovery’s 4-point Program, based on CBT, supports anyone seeking change. For information, call 570-457-3337 or visit and on Facebook.

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.

That’s about it for this week, my friends.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Duryea. To list an item, email jborthwickgalvin@pit­ or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.