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Now that the kids are back in school and fall activities are underway, who has time to cook? As luck would have it, our friends at the American Legion are planning to take that burden off of our minds this weekend and have an assortment of chicken bites for sale that will surely tantalize the most discriminating taste buds.

Duryea Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 will host a boneless chicken bites sale from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Brennan Regan Post, 329 Main St. The bites are available in mild, hot, barbecue, butter and garlic, mild garlic, hot garlic and golden flavors. Takeouts will be available, too.

The cost is $8 and includes blue cheese and celery.

In other American Legion news, the SAL will hold its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at the post home. Membership renewals will be collected at this time.

Congratulations to the following individuals who were installed as officers of the Duryea American Legion Post 585, Auxiliary Unit 585 and Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 on Saturday, Aug. 25:

Post officers are Bob Johnson, commander; John Galuska, senior vice commander; Dave Radle, junior vice commander; Paul Dehaba, adjutant; Ed Ameika, finance officer; Al Echalk, chaplain, and Ron Zaykowski, sergeant at arm.

Auxiliary officers are Dorothy Collins, president; Michelle Debasi, vice president; Monica O’Brien, secretary; Nicole Viavada, finance officer; Ann Edwards, chaplain; Joyce Shields, historian; Darlene Thomas, sergeant at arms, and Susan Tucker, publicist.

Squadron officers are Peter Guitson, commander; Michael Andrews, senior vice commander; Vincent Yonushka, junior vice commander; Casey Przywara, finance officer; Gerald Lucas, adjutant; George Zayac, chaplain; Peter Burnham, historian, and Bruce Weitz, sergeant at arms.

Tax reminder

Duryea Borough Tax Collector Martin Hanczyc announces the Pittston Area school taxes are now at the rebate period.

Hanczyc will collect taxes from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St.

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

All taxes must be paid individually as Duryea Borough/Luzerne County taxes and Pittston Area school taxes are two different bills.

If you did not receive your school tax bill or have any questions regarding it, please call Hanczyc at 570-457-2482.

If you are disabled or unable to mail your payment, please call Hanczyc to have your payment picked up.

Polish Falcons news

Polish Falcons Nest 128 is seeking bartenders for all shifts. Please see the bar manager in the post home, 631 Main St., to fill out an application or call 570-457-5355.

Cub Scout registration

Duryea Cub Scout Pack 375 has weekly pack meetings from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Sacred Heart of Jesus Hall of Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 529 Stephenson St.

Membership is open to girls and boys, ages 5-11, grades kindergarten to fifth. Please stop by any meeting to sign up. Any new Scout who registers by Thursday, Sept. 13, will receive a free rocket to build and launch at an event in the fall.

A pro-rated membership is $11. Additional fees will be explained at registration.

For information, please contact Mike at 570-709-7005 or

Sewer authority news

Duryea Borough Sewer Authority will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St. The public is invited to attend.

Residents are reminded the final notice for sewer bills are past due. Water shutoff will began last week.

The sewer authority is open from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m. Please note, payments are not accepted over the phone.

Council meeting

Duryea Borough Council will meet Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public work session is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7.

VFW pitch league

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 is having sign-ups for its fall pitch league. The league will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St., and plays every Tuesday evening into November. It will be capped off with a playoff party at the post. Anyone who is interested should attend with a card partner by 7 p.m. on the first night of play. Cost is $10 per person, per week.

Crime Watch meeting

Duryea Crime Watch will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the municipal building, 315 Main St.

Christmas Stroll meeting

Duryea Christmas Stroll Committee will have its first planning meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St. All businesses, past committee members and volunteers, along with anyone else who is interested in volunteering are invited to attend.

Mosier Cemetery

monument meeting

There will be a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St., to discuss the possibility of placing a monument in the Mosier Cemetery to honor the dead buried there.

The cemetery, located on Foote Avenue just before the Duryea-Hughestown border, is the final resting place for several individuals whose deaths date back to 1769 through the 1800s. Due to the tombstones’ age, many of them are deteriorating and will eventually become completely unreadable. The new monument would include the names of everyone buried in the cemetery.

Anyone interested in preserving history is welcome to attend this meeting. For information, call Lois Komensky at 570-457-3486.

‘Little Mermaid’ at Phoenix

Phoenix Performing Arts Center, Phoenix Kids program, will present “The Little Mermaid” at 7 p.m. Fridays, Sept. 21 and 28, and Saturdays, Sept. 22 and 29, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 23 and 30, at the center, 409 Main St.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 and younger. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 570-991-1817 or at the door. Please mention if you need handicap seating. Children’s booster seats are available at the box office.

The Phoenix Kids will perform the show on Heelys on the extended stage. The lighting and special effects will make this a must see for the entire family.

Fire department softball tournament

The Duryea Fire Department’s softball tournament will take place Sept. 21-23 at the Duryea Little League Complex, 700 Foote Ave.

This wooden bat only tournament will be double elimination style with an emergency service bracket and a competitive bracket. Both brackets will receive trophies. All games will be seven innings and begin with a one-and-one count. The cost is $150 per team.

To enter, send a message to the Duryea Fire Department’s Annual Softball Tournament Facebook page.

All proceeds will benefit the Duryea Fire Department.

Germania wine fest

Germania Hose Company will host a wine fest from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, on the hose company grounds, 430 Foote Ave.

The public is invited to stop by to sample wines and craft beers, enjoy specialties from a variety of food trucks and shop at the craft vendor stands while listening to live music.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. To purchase advance tickets, see any member or visit All those attending must be 21 or older. This event will take place rain or shine.

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery’s support group will meet from 5:45 to 7 p.m. weekly at Nativity of Our Lord Parish Hall, (formerly Sacred Heart Hall), 529 Stephenson St.

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 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.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday to Pauline Reedy, who will celebrate her special day Sept. 9.

Happy birthday to Chrysta Rohland, who will celebrate her special day Sept. 12.

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