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Any show business performer or patron knows regardless of what’s happening to or around them, “the show must go on.” Thanks to the Phoenix Performing Arts Center’s honor of that sentiment, the show — or in this case, Duryea’s My Little Library story hour program — will go on.

Formerly held in the Duryea Municipal Building, Duryea’s My Little Library will debut its monthly story hour at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at its new location, the Phoenix Performing Arts Center, 411 Main St.

The February “celebrity” readers will be the students of the center. Come and meet our local performers as they read and entertain the little story hour guests. The story hour is open to all children who have up to and eighth-grade reading level.

My Little Library is in front of the municipal building and at Community Park, Stephenson Street. It is a “take a book, give a book” program for children.

Polish Falcons news

Polish Falcons Nest 128 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.

Garbage stickers

Residents can purchase 2018 garbage stickers at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St., from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Although there are no longer evening hours at the municipal building, residents can receive their garbage sticker by mail by sending the payment and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the municipal building.

The cost is as follows: one bag per week, $100; two bags per week, $155; three bags per week, $195; and four bags per week, $235.

New stickers must be purchased by Jan. 31.

Residents 65 and older have the option to pay 50-percent of the fee no later than Jan. 31, and the remaining 50-percent no later than July 31. Proof of age is required.

Residents must have the 2018 sticker displayed in their window to have their garbage collected.

St. Mary’s news

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will observe the Presentation of Our Lord and the Feast of St. Blaise during the 9:30 a.m. Holy Mass on Sunday, Feb. 4, at the church, 200 Stephenson St. The Mass will begin with the blessing of the candles used in church for Mass and votive lights. The public is encouraged to bring their candles that they use for prayer and on their dining room table. The blessing of throats will take place at the end of Mass.

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will host a pre-Lenten breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at the church, 200 Stephenson St. The menu includes eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, roll with butter, juice and a beverage. Takeouts will be available, too.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 years old and younger. There will be limited tickets at the door. For advance tickets, please call 570-457-2291.

VFW pitch league

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will host its winter pitch league beginning Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the post, 492 Stephenson St. The league, which will play weekly at 7:15 p.m. every Tuesday until May 1, will be capped off with a playoff party.

Anyone who is interested should attend the meeting at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the post. Rules, fees, schedules and teams will be discussed at this time.

Germania breakfast

Germania Hose Company will have its annual all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday, Feb. 18, at the hose company, 430 Foote Ave. The menu includes sausage, ham, home fries, eggs, pancakes, rolls, coffee and juice.

Tickets, which are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and younger, can be purchased at the door or from any member.

Little League registration

Online registration for the 2018 spring Duryea Little League season is currently available at the league website, The final online registration date is Monday, Feb. 19.

As of Jan. 1, the USA Baseball Bat Standard is in effect. For information and a complete list of approved bats, visit

Softball registration

Softball registration for the spring Little League season is available at All girls ages 7-14 within the boundaries of the Pittston Area School District are eligible to play. The divisions are minors, majors and juniors. A senior division for girls ages 14-16 is tentative. The number of teams depends on the number of players registered.

The cost is $100 per child with a $150 maximum per family. This fee also includes one ticket per family to a future Pittston Twp. purse bingo fundraiser.

Registration deadline is Thursday, March 1.

For information, call 570-212-2347.

Crime Watch meeting

Duryea Crime Watch will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public is encouraged to attend.

SAL pasta dinner

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 will host a pasta and meatball dinner from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Brennan Regan post home, 329 Main St. Cost is $8 and includes pasta, meatballs, homemade sauce by chef KC Przywara, salad, bread and butter. Takeouts are available. Delivery available in Duryea. To purchase advance tickets, please stop by the post home.

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