Summer is a great time for children to attend day camps which nurture various aspects of their health. Some kids go to academic camps which strengthen their minds and emotions. Others participate in programs to improve their athletic skills, which builds their physical health. And, our local parishes are hosting a free camp in Duryea which will develop their spiritual health.
Nativity of Our Lord Parish, in partnership with Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca, and Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Dupont, will host Vacation Bible Camp from 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 6, through Friday, Aug. 10, at Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 127 Stephenson St.
Registration is open to all children, from 4 years old to grade six. Youth and adult volunteers are welcome to help.
On the final day of camp, campers’ families are invited for a review of the week’s activities and a picnic lunch.
The camp is free, but donations will be accepted to defray the costs of the program.
To register, visit www.nativityduryea.org/vacation-bible-camp-2019.html. Registration can be completed on the site or forms can be downloaded and printed from it. Printed forms can be dropped off at the rectory or left in the collection basket during any Mass.
For information, please call David Tighe at Nativity of Our Lord at 570-457-3502.
Duryea at Dusk
Congratulations to the Duryea at Dusk committee which raised $10,750 for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute at the third annual Duryea at Dusk 5K and Festival held in early June. The event featured a 5K run, a one-mile fun walk and a festival including food, games, basket raffles, local business vendors and a DJ. Proceeds from this event will help the Cancer Institute continue to ease the burden of cancer in northeastern Pennsylvania and support the local community through its programs and services.
Duryea Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 585, are reminded membership renewal fees are due this week. The $10 fee includes membership from Aug. 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020. Renewal forms are available at the Brennan Regan post 585, 329 Main St.
Germania Hose Company will conclude its annual summer carnival from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28, on the company grounds, 430 Foote Ave.
There will be a large selection of food, games, live entertainment and amusement rides nightly. There also will be a fireworks display at 10 p.m. Sunday, July 28.
The entertainment schedule features The Sperazza Band from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday and Dance Hall Devils from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday.
The Duryea Street Department collection schedule for the week of July 28 is as follows: garbage, Monday, July 29 and Tuesday, July 30, and yard waste, Friday, Aug. 3. There is no recycling pick up this week.
‘Newsies’ at the Phoenix
Phoenix Performing Art Center will present Disney’s “Newsies: The Musical,” at the center, 409 Main St. Performances will take place at 7 p.m. Fridays, Aug. 2 and 9, and Saturdays, Aug. 3 and 10. There also will be shows at 2 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 4 and 11.
Tickets are $12. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling the box office at 570-457-3589. Booster seats are available for children. Handicap seating is available, too.
DePrimo Golf Tournament
The 11th annual 1st. Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Saturday, Aug. 10, at Sand Springs Golf Course, Drums. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with a captain and crew tee-off at 8 a.m. Cost is $75 per golfer, which includes green fees, use of a cart, dinner and awards. Registration is available at www.deprimogolf.com.
All proceeds will benefit the 1st Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Fund of the Luzerne Foundation.
National Night Out
The Duryea and Dupont Neighborhood Crime Watch groups will host their 10th annual National Night Out from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Healey Playground, 300 Foote Ave.
The event includes various presentations and interaction with law enforcement, firefighters and emergency first responders, which builds a greater sense of community among our neighbors.
Monetary donations may be made payable to the Duryea Neighborhood Crime Watch and sent to Duryea Police Chief Nick Lohman c/o Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St., Duryea, PA 18642.
Any local restaurant that wants to donate food and beverages for the event or any business which wants to donate raffle baskets or paper products may contact Chief Lohman via the Duryea PD Facebook messenger application.
St. Mary’s news
St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will host a blessing of the harvest at the 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Aug. 11, at the church, 200 Stephenson St. At this event, which is held in anticipation of the Dormintion of the Blessed Virgin Mary, attendees may bring vegetables, flowers and herbs grown in their garden to give thanks to God. Anyone who does not have a garden may bring produce purchased at a market.
St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will host a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, on the church grounds, 200 Stephenson St.
Participants can rent an 8-by-2 foot space for $10, where they can place their own table to sell unwanted treasures. Vendors and crafters are welcome. There also will be food and beverages for sale, as well as a bake sale.
To reserve a table space, call 570-457-2291.
Duryea Borough Council will meet Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public work session is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7.
Community yard sale
The Duryea Betterment Committee will sponsor the town-wide Duryea Community Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.
Interested parties can participate in two different ways. On the day of the event, residents can have a yard sale at their residence. Or, if they would prefer not to have a sale at their home, residents may reserve a sales space at St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church, 200 Stephenson St., for $10. Please note, space at the church is limited. Please contact the church at 570-457-2291 to make a reservation.
Residents who choose to have the sale at their home must have a permit. Permits, which are free and will be mailed to you, can be obtained by calling Duryea Borough Manager Carolyn Santee at 570-655-2829 during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Permits also can be obtained by calling Lois Hanczyc at 570-457-2482 or at the National Night Out on Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Healey Playground.
Maps of the sale locations will be available at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St., at various Duryea businesses and on the Duryea Betterment Committee Facebook page.
For yard sale updates, please check the Duryea Betterment Committee Facebook page.
Legion, SAL and auxiliary officer induction
The Duryea American Legion, Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary officials will have swearing-in ceremonies at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Brennan Regan Post 585, 329 Main St.
Duryea High School,
Class of 1958, reunion
Duryea High School, Class of 1958, will celebrate its 61st reunion Saturday, Oct. 5. Details will be available soon.
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 www.smartrecovery.org and www.facebook.com/smartnepa on Facebook.
Al-Anon meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Brick United Methodist Church, 935 Foote Ave. This group is an anonymous 12-step program of recovery for families and friends of addicts and alcoholics.
Happy birthday to Bob Bejeski, who will celebrate his special day Aug. 1.
Happy birthday to Pam Miscavage, who will celebrate her special day Aug. 2.
That’s about it for this week, my friends.
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Thanks for reading and have a great week!
Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Duryea every week. To list an item, email email@example.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.