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Dig out your leg warmers, jean jackets, Swatch watches, Air Jordans and off-the-shoulder sweatshirts because the Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 is bringing back the 80s for one night only! Join in the fun at an 1980s theme party from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St.

Tickets are $15 each, which includes a buffet and entertainment by a DJ playing all of your favorite music from the decade ruled by big hair and even bigger shoulder pads. There will also be a cash bar. Tickets can be purchased at the post home until Sunday, April 22.

Busy time at Holy Rosary

The students at Holy Rosary School have certainly been busy!

In preparation for Holy Week, pre-kindergarten students learned about the Stations of the Cross in a lesson entitled “The Road to Calvary.” To gain an understanding of this essential element of Christianity on an age-appropriate level, the children colored pictures of the stations and created booklets with the pictures about Jesus’ death and resurrection.

In celebration of the Easter season, the pre-kindergarten through third-grade students participated in the school’s annual Easter egg hunt. After the students collected and opened the brightly colored eggs, they were pleasantly surprised to find “bunny money” inside which they could trade in for prizes at a stand operated by the older students.

Understanding the value of the arts in education, the school community welcomed nationally recognized children’s singer and songwriter Jack Hartmann to perform for the pre-kindergarten through third-grade students. Hartmann, who is also an author, keynote presenter and workshop leader, has written and recorded more than 500 songs for children on 25 albums.

In other areas of their academic studies, the children have been learning about computer science and participating in various competitions.

Under the direction of computer teacher Allison Brudzinski, first- and seventh-grade students worked together on a binary coding project to turn letters into numbers and created initial Easter beaded keychains.

In addition to learning about computers in the classroom, several of the students carried their love for technology with them to the Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18 Regional Computer Fair. At the competition, the students received first- and third-place awards in the digital movie category. The first-place team members, who will compete in the state competition next month, are Samantha Collins, Abby Lazecki and Kalli Mahasky. The third-place team members are Lidia Marranca and Meghan McDonnell.

While we are on the subject of competitions, several other students recently competed in the Spring Diocesan Forensics Competition. The students competed in the regional and diocesan divisions presenting group plays in the junior varsity and varsity categories. The team members included Natalia DeSena, Olivia DeSena, Gisele Falzone, Elli Faulent, Danilo Giordina, Brenley Harashinski, Molly Houston, Paige Kroptavich, Abby Lazecki, Sarah Lyons, Anna Pietrowski, Hailey Sebastian, Jameson Sciandra, Taylor Skibitsky, Paige Skibitsky and Paul Stevenson.

Team members Danilo Giordina and Paul Stevenson received second place in the regional competition and fourth place in the diocesan finals. Team members Paige Kroptavich, Sarah Lyons and Paige Skibitsky also earned second place in the regional competition and fourth place in the diocesan finals.

And rounding out our academic honors this week, a big congratulations is extended to Holy Rosary School student Dana Mackin, who was recently named a Scranton Preparatory Ignatian Scholar. Mackin received this designation by Scranton Preparatory School based on her superior achievement on the school’s 2017 entrance exam.

Way to go kids!

Queen of the Apostles

pasta dinner

There will be a pasta dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in the Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St., Avoca, to benefit Duryea business owner and Avoca resident Patrick Shotwell Sr., who is fighting stage 4 metastatic pancreatic cancer.

The menu includes pasta with meatballs, salad, roll, dessert, beer (for patrons 21 and older) and other beverages. There will be entertainment by the Luongo Brothers – famed members of The Poets. There will also be a basket raffle and 50/50 drawings.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 5-18. Children under 5 years old will be admitted for free. Takeouts for children and adults are $10. Takeouts do not include beverages.

Sons of American Legion

pasta and meatball dinner

Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 585, will have a pasta and meatball dinner from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at the Brennan Regan post hone, 329 Main St. The cost is $6 per meal. Takeouts will be available too.

Designer purse bingo

There will be a designer purse bingo on Sunday, April 15, at the Eagle McClure Fire Company, 375 Milwaukee Ave, Old Forge, to benefit Tracey’s Hope Hospice Care Program and Rescue for Domestic Animals, Inc., Duryea. The doors will open at 11 a.m. and bingo will begin at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $25 at the door. Tickets include 20 games of bingo for 20 purses from designers Prada, Dooney & Bourke, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Hermes, Vera Bradley and more.

There will also be a huge basket auction; 50/50 raffle, which will include a Kate Spade purse; four special games, which will include a six-piece patio set with four chairs, a glass top table and a table umbrella and a fire pit with a s’mores kit valued at $400, an American Girl Doll with complete wardrobe with an approximate $600 value, a Hermes silk scarf and a Prada unisex leather purse valued at $1,700. The grand prize will be an overnight stay at Mohegan Sun Pocono, free slot play, dinner for two at Rustic Kitchen, a massage for two, eyelash extensions by Char & Company, a Vera Bradley luggage set and two bottles of champagne with two wine glasses valued at $1,800.

Book club meets

Nativity of Our Lord Parish’s book club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in the rectory, 127 Stephenson St. The group will discuss “Glittering Vices” by Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung.

Polish Falcons

Polish Falcons Nest 128 will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the post, 631 Main St. All regular members are urged to attend.

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

Spring yard sale

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will have its spring yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the church, 200 Stephenson St., rain or shine.

Vendors and crafters may rent an 8-foot by 2-foot selling space for $10. Sellers must bring their own tables. Setup time is at 8 a.m.

For more information or to reserve a table space, please call 570-457-2291.

Borough council meeting

Duryea Borough Council will meet Tuesday, May 8, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public work session is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

Crime Watch meeting

Duryea Crime Watch will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at the municipal building, 315 Main St.

Chicken Barbecue

Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 585, will have its sixth annual chicken barbecue and gun raffle at noon Saturday, May 19, at the Brennan Regan post home, 329 Main St. Dinner tickets are $12, and raffle tickets are $3 each or two for $5.

The menu includes a half of a barbecued chicken, seasoned baked potato, corn on the cob, homemade baked beans, homemade coleslaw, pasta salad, roll with butter and dessert. The prizes for the gun raffle, courtesy of Advanced Arms, Pittston Twp., are first prize, Remington 783 rifle with a scope or comparable calibers; second prize, Remington 12-gauge shotgun; third prize, Ruger 9E 9mm; fourth prize, Ruger LCP 1st Gen 380 and fifth prize, a $50 Komensky’s Market gift card.

Tickets can be purchased from any member, at the post home or by calling 570-457-4242.

Following the dinner, Sonic Supper will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight.

All events open to the public.

Duryea at Dusk

Duryea at Dusk will hold its second twilight 5K, fun walk and festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Duryea Community Park, Stephenson Street.

To register for the 5K or walk, donate or for more information, visit Additional information is available at

Vendors who are interested in having a table at the festival should email

All proceeds benefit the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute.

Motorcycle poker run

and chicken barbecue

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 and Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 will co-host a motorcycle poker run and chicken barbecue Saturday, June 9, at the VFW post home, 492 Stephenson St.

Registration for the motorcycle poker run begins 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.

During the ride, bikers will stop at various checkpoints to draw a random playing card. At the end of the event, the biker with the best poker hand and worst poker hand will win prizes. There also will be giveaways and prizes.

To register, visit or stop by the VFW post home for a registration form. Pre-registration is $20 per driver and $15 per passenger. On the day of the event, driver registration will be $25. Registration includes a chicken barbecue dinner.

During the poker run, there will be a chicken barbecue dinner at noon, which is open to everyone, not just poker run riders. The menu includes a half of a barbecue chicken and homemade side dishes and desserts. Takeouts will be available.

There will be beer for guests 21 and older, bands, a DJ, a 50/50 raffle and basket raffles.

Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased from any Excelsior Hose Company member or at the VFW. Only a limited number of tickets will be sold the day of the event.

For additional information, visit

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 more information, visit or

Al-Anon meetings

Al-Anon meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the 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 by Monday at 5 p.m.

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.