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The Christmas shopping season is officially underway! Why not avoid some of the hustle and bustle of store shopping and stop by Holy Rosary School’s Toyland Bingo to see what presents you can win?

Holy Rosary School will have its annual Toyland Bingo on Friday, Dec. 7, in the school gymnasium, 125 Stephenson St. Doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6. Admission is $12 and includes one bingo packet with three tickets for each regular bingo game. There also will be prizes, raffle baskets and six bingo specials valued between $250 and $500.

Holy Rosary also will host its first gingerbread house contest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26. Cost to enter one gingerbread house is $21 and proceeds will benefit Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity, Holy Rosary students, and the National History Day competition. National History Day students will have raffle baskets and a bake sale. Please call 570-457-2553 or visit the Holy Rosary Facebook page for information.

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. Tuesday 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.

Leaf 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.

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

Crime Watch news

During the Duryea Crime Watch meeting on Nov. 14, the group discussed the incident reports and arrests which took place since the group’s October meeting. In that month-long period, Duryea Police handled 236 reportable incidents adding to the 1,982 reportable incidents which have occurred thus far in 2018. This number of incidents already surpassed the 2017 total by 15, with the remainder of November and the entire month of December left in 2018.

Following the incident report review, the Crime Watch also discussed the community Thanksgiving dinner at Germania Hose Company, the upcoming Christmas Stroll on Main Street and scheduled the annual appreciation party for Duryea’s police officers.

Please note, the Crime Watch will not meet during winter. The next meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. New members are welcome.

Cemetery monument meeting

The Mosier Cemetery Monument Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St. The group is planning to erect a permanent marker listing the names and corresponding dates of birth and death of the deceased who are buried in the cemetery. The current tombstones have deteriorated, are destroyed or missing.

According to the group’s Facebook page, the individuals interred in the Mosier Cemetery, formerly known as the Brown Cemetery, lived during the 1700s and 1800s. The deceased include veterans from the Revolutionary War, Civil War and Spanish-American War.

To contribute, visit www.gofundme.com/mosier-cemetery-monument.

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.

Sewer authority meeting

Duryea Borough Sewer Authority will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public is invited to attend.

Santa on a fire truck

Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 will help Santa deliver toys Saturday, Dec. 22. Santa will ride on Excelsior’s fire truck to the homes of all of the good girls and boys throughout Duryea.

If you would like to register your child to receive a gift, please drop off one small, wrapped present per child from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 6, 13 or 20, at the fire department, 798 Foote Ave. All gifts should be labeled clearly with your child’s name and address.

The participation fee is $20 per household. All proceeds will support the fire department.

For information, call the department at 570-457-2233.

Christmas Stroll

Duryea Betterment Committee will have its fourth annual Christmas Stroll down Main Street from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, on Main Street.

The theme for this year’s event is “Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child.”

Join in the festivities which will include visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, a live nativity, Christmas caroling, horse drawn carriage rides, crafters and other vendors, raffles and free children’s activities and gifts.

Many of Duryea’s businesses also will provide refreshments, fun and their decorated Christmas trees, with one receiving the coveted annual Mayor’s Choice Award.

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’s Christmas breakfast

Nativity of Our Lord Parish’s men’s society will host its fourth 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, potatoes, pancakes, Danish/pastry, 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 younger. For advance tickets, please contact Jef at 570-881-6006 or jeffreyadambauman@gmail.com or Mike at 570-885-6267 or Viking803@aol.com. Tickets also will be available at the door. Takeouts will be available, too. Delivery will be available. Call the rectory at 570-457-3502 to pre-place delivery orders.

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.

PA, Class of ’67, parties

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.

Independent Bible Church Christmas events

The choir of Independent Bible Church of Duryea will present “Lord of Glory” choral program at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the church, 328 Main St. Admission is free.

The church also will have its Christmas Eve service at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, at the church.

For information, please call 570-654-8051.

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 will meet 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. SMART Recovery’s 4-point Program, based on CBT, supports anyone seeking change. For information, please call 570-457-3337 or visit www.smartrecovery.org and their local Facebook page, www.facebook.com/smartnepa.

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. There are no dues or fees. Meetings last approximately one hour. The public is invited.

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