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School might be out for summer soon, but classes will be back in session at Independent Bible Church’s upcoming Vacation Bible School.

Join in the fun as the Independent Bible Church hosts a Vacation Bible School program from 6:45 to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 24, through Thursday, June 28, at the church, 328 Main St. Children of all ages are invited to attend this free event.

The year’s program, “Camp Moose on the Loose: Discovering God’s Forever Forgiveness,” includes Bible stories, music, puppets, skits, games, crafts, snacks, prizes and more.

For information or to register, please call 570-881-5026.

Holy Rosary news

Congratulations to the following eighth-grade students from Holy Rosary School who received the Bishop’s Youth Award for service to church and community. The Most Rev. Joseph Bambera, bishop of the Diocese of Scranton, presented the award at a Mass held at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton: Andrew Francis, Molly Houston, Abby Lazecki, Dana Mackin, Kalli Mahasky, Meghan McDonnell and Lauren O’Brien.

Congratulations are also extended to the following students who recently participated in the exhibit and performance categories of the National History Day State Competition in Carlisle: Angelina Corridoni, Jordyn Dutko, Andrew Francis, Danilo Giordina, Molly Houston, Abby Jones, James Mattucci, Abigail Miller and Paul Stevenson.

A special thank you is extended to Holy Rosary School Principal Melissa Skutack and teacher Allison Brudzinski for being such good sports at the school’s recent pie in the face fundraiser. At the event, students purchased chances to throw pies at these ladies all in an effort to raise funds to benefit the students who participated in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science at Penn State University, State College.

Nice job, everyone!

St. Mary’s summer schedule

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will celebrate its Sunday Mass at 9 a.m. until the first Sunday in September.

Polish Falcons news

Polish Falcons is seeking bartenders for all shifts. Please see the bar manager at the post, 631 Main St., to fill out an application, or call 570-457-5355.

Motorcycle poker run

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 and Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 will have their motorcycle poker run and chicken barbeque Saturday, June 9, at the VFW post home, 492 Stephenson St.

Registration for the motorcycle poker run is 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. Registration is $25 and includes a chicken barbecue dinner.

While the bikers make their trek, non-bikers can begin feasting on the chicken dinner and enjoying an afternoon of activities beginning at noon. The menu includes a half of a barbecue chicken and homemade side dishes and desserts. Takeouts will be available, too. There also will be beer for guests 21 and older, bands, a DJ, a 50/50 raffle and basket raffles.

Tickets are $10 per person. Only a limited number of tickets will be sold the day of the event.

SAL election

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 will hold its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at the Brennan Regan Post home, 329 Main St.

The election of officers will take place at this time. Anyone planning to run for an officer position must attend.

Tax reminder

Duryea Borough Tax Collector Martin Hanczyc states the face value of the county borough taxes ends Monday, June 11. Any payments made after this date must be made at penalty value.

Office hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at 79 Main St., or by appointment, by calling 570-457-2482.

When sending in tax bills and requesting a receipt, please send in your entire tax bill with your phone number on the back and a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

If you are disabled and unable to mail your payment, please call Hanczyc and your payment will be picked up.

If you did not get a bill, it is your responsibility to notify Hanczyc. All tax bills are sent out by the county.

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.

Legion election

American Legion Brennan Regan Post 585 will have an election of officers at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the post home, 329 Main St.

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. These include 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 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.

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