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While school is back in session, bringing numerous activities to children’s schedules, one of the programs we are lucky to have in Duryea year-round is the Phoenix Kids program at the Phoenix Performing Arts Center.

Teaching children about the arts and developing their creativity, the center’s artistic director, Lee LaChette, and her staff have a fantastic show planned for next weekend showcasing the Phoenix Kids program.

Phoenix Kids will present “Through the Looking Glass” at 7 p.m. Fridays, Sept. 13 and Sept. 20, and Saturdays, Sept. 14 and Sept. 21, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 15 and Sept. 22, at the Phoenix Performing Arts Center, 409 Main St.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 and younger.

The play is an adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s novel, “Through the Looking Glass,” a sequel to “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”

In “Through the Looking Glass,” Alice returns to Wonderland, where she becomes a chess piece in a living chess game with characters who guide her on her rite of passage into adulthood. Well-known characters like Humpty Dumpty, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, the Red Queen make a return in the story.

The show is suitable for all ages

For information or to make a reservation, please call the box office at 570-457-3589. Reservations are recommended.

Handicap seating is available.

SAL, Legion Auxiliary officers

Congratulations to the following gentlemen who were sworn in as officers of Duryea Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 585, for 2019-20: Peter Guitson, commander; Michael Andrews, senior vice commander; Robert Galuska, junior vice commander; Jerry Lucas, adjutant; Casey Przywara, finance; Scott Gable, chaplain; Vincent Yonushka, historian, and Bruce Weitz, sergeant at arms.

Congratulations to the following ladies who were sworn in as officers of the Duryea American Legion Auxiliary for 2019-20: Dorothy Collins, president; Michelle Diebasi, vice president; Nicole Viavada, treasurer; Rebecca Sapolis, secretary; Ann Edwards, chaplain; Joyce Shields, historian, and Darlene Thomas, sergeant at arms.

Collection schedule

Duryea Street Department collection schedule for the week of Sept. 8 is as follows: garbage, Monday, Sept. 9, and Tuesday, Sept. 10, and yard waste, Friday, Sept. 13.

There is no recycling collection this week.

Nativity of Our Lord religious education classes

Nativity of Our Lord Parish’s religious education classes will resume Sunday, Sept. 8. Classes will take place from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. for kindergarten through seventh grade and from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. for eighth grade.

SAL meatball hoagie sale

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 will have a meatball hoagie sale from noon to 6 p.m., or sold out, Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Brennan Regan Post, 329 Main St.

The hoagies will be served on 8-inch hoagie rolls with or without mozzarella cheese.

The cost is $7. Guests can add fresh-cut fries to their order for $1. Takeouts will be available, too.

Sewer authority meeting

Duryea Borough Sewer Authority will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St.

The public is invited to attend.

Please note, the meeting date was changed in observance of Labor Day.

Little League ceremony

Luzerne County Council will honor the Greater Pittston Area Little League 8/9/10 and 10/11/12 All-Star teams, as well as the Pittston Area Junior Softball team for their accomplishments this past season.

The event will take place at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Luzerne County Courthouse, North River Street, Wilkes-Barre.

VFW pitch league

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227’s pitch league will return for a new season at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, through Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St. Bring a partner and join in the fun.

Council meeting

Duryea Borough Council will meet Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the municipal building, 315 Main St.

The public work session is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7.

VFW summer concert

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 and the Duryea American Legion Brennan Regan Post 585 will host a free outdoor summer concert featuring The Sperazza Band from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the VFW Post, 492 Stephenson St.

The American Legion’s finest cooks will be sizzling and selling all of your favorite foods, too.

Bring your blankets, chairs and your kiddos to enjoy a great evening outside under the stars.

Substance Abuse

Awareness Forum

Luzerne County Councilman Matt Vough and the Duryea Crime Watch team will host a Substance Abuse Awareness Forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St.

Germania Wine Fest

Germania Hose Company will host its third annual wine fest from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, on the hose company grounds, 430 Foote Ave.

The public is invited to stop by to sample local wineries and craft beers. There also will be homemade foods and an opportunity to shop at the craft vendor stands while listening to live entertainment by The Sperazza Band. Axe Kickers NEPA also will be on hand.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. To purchase advance tickets, see any member or purchase online through the 2019 Germania 3rd Annual Winefest Facebook page.

All those attending the wine festival must be 21 or older.

Duryea High School,

Class of 1968, reunion

Duryea High School, Class of 1958, will celebrate its 61st reunion first weekend in October.

The festivities begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, with a meet and greet at Arturo’s Restaurant & Bar, 140 Main St., Dupont.

The following day, the class will gather at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Nativity of Our Lord Parish at Holy Rosary Church, 127 Stephenson St., for Mass to honor departed class members. After Mass, the classmates will gather at Arcaro & Genell’s restaurant, 443 S. Main St., Old Forge, for dinner.

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery meets from 5:45 to 7 p.m. every Monday at Sacred Heart Hall of Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 529 Stephenson St. SMART Recovery’s 4-point Program, based on C.B.T., supports anyone seeking change.

For information, call 570 457-3337 or visit and on Facebook.

Al-Anon meetings

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.

Birthday wishes

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

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.

Thanks for reading, and have a great week!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Duryea every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To list an item, email or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.