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They risk their lives to save ours. They volunteer their time to keep our community safe. Now, they need our help.

Due to recommendations of social distancing in the global fight against COVID-19, Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 and Germania Hose Company have canceled their major fundraisers. Since they are nonprofit volunteer organizations, fundraisers are essential to keep them operational.

To support both fire departments, Modern Gas, Union Craft House and Billy G’s are sponsoring a pizza and wing sale from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23, at the Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave. Orders can be picked up at Germania or delivered to Duryea, Avoca, Dupont, Hughestown or Old Forge.

Menu includes unbaked red or white pizza, $11 per tray; baked red or white pizza, $12 per tray; 10 hot or mild wings with blue cheese and celery for $10, and extra blue cheese for an additional $1. All orders should be pre-ordered at ghcpizzasale.company.site.

All volunteers will wear masks and gloves. All food preparation and service areas will be sanitized frequently.

VFW takeouts

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227’s kitchen is open again for takeout orders. Business hours are 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the post home, 492 Stephenson St. There are nightly features including wings on Thursday, pizza on Friday and wing bites on Saturday. There also are other side dishes.

To place an order, please call 570-457-4434.

Food distribution

Nativity of Our Lord Parish hosts a monthly supplemental food distribution program from 1:30 to 3 p.m. the second Monday of every month at Sacred Heart of Jesus Hall, 529 Stephenson St. Perishable and non-perishable food is distributed and delivered by the CEO Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank at 1 p.m. on the day of the event. Volunteers sort, pack and load the items into recipients’ cars as they arrive. New volunteers are welcome.

To qualify for the program, you must be a Duryea resident that meets the income requirements under the federal guidelines.

All applicants must register at least 10 days in advance of the distribution date by calling Lois Hancyzc at 570-457-2482.

Collection schedule

Duryea Street Department collection schedule for the week of May 17 is as follows: garbage, Monday, May 18, and Tuesday, May 19. Yard waste will be collected Friday, May 22. Recyclables will not be collected this week.

Yard waste is collected every Friday, except on holiday weeks. Grass and shrub clippings must be placed in containers or paper lawn bags not to exceed 30 pounds. All branches must be cut into 3-foot sections and placed together in bundles no larger than 3 inches in diameter. Any yard waste placed in garbage bags, dirt, rocks or animal waste will not be collected.

The street department has a new mattress and box spring disposal policy. Both items must be placed in mattress disposal bags or wrapped in plastic and have the appropriate number of green stickers on them to be collected. Disposal bags are available at hardware and big box stores.

For information, please call the street department at 570-655-1299.

SAL gun raffle

Duryea Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 members are selling tickets for the annual gun raffle.

Tickets, which are two for $5, are available from any member.

The prizes include first prize, Remington 700 ADL 300 win mag or $250 cash; second prize, Remington 870 Express 12-gauge shotgun or $175 cash; third prize, Ruger Security-9 9mm handgun or $150 cash; fourth prize, Ruger EC9S 9mm handgun or $125 cash; fifth prize, $50 gift card to Komensky’s Market, Duryea; sixth prize, $25 gift card to Marie’s Diner, Duryea, and seventh prize, $25 gift card to My Sister’s Kitchen, Duryea.

The guns are provided by Advanced Arms, Pittston Twp.

Winners are responsible for taxes and gun fees.

Duryea at Dunk postponed

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Duryea at Dusk has postponed its fourth annual twilight 5K, fun walk and festival which was scheduled for Saturday, June 13.

For information and updates, visit Duryea at Dusk on Facebook.

VFW’s Smokes in the Valley

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will host Bacon and BBQ: Smoked in the Valley from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 17, and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St.

This event will feature northeastern Pennsylvania’s best bacon and barbecue from numerous restaurants, vendors and food trucks, along with live entertainment all day long, including The Sperazza Band from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Anyone interested in becoming a vendor should contact Terry Deitz at 570-207-8561 or tdeitz@ShamrockNEPA.com.

This event is presented by Rock 107 and NEPA’s ESPN Radio. All proceeds will benefit the Duryea VFW.

State of emergency

Duryea Borough is still in a state of emergency. The declaration restricts public access to the Duryea Municipal Building and Duryea Street Department. It also states the Community Park and Healey Playground will be closed until further notice.

Anyone who needs to do business with the borough should call the municipal building at 570-655-2829 to make arrangements.

Tax payments

Residents cannot pay their Luzerne County and Duryea Borough tax bills at the Duryea Municipal Building until further notice. Residents may mail tax payments to or place them in the drop box outside of 79 Main St., Duryea, PA 18642 to the attention of Martin Hanczyc, tax collector. If you need a receipt, please include the complete bill and a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your payment. Please be sure all checks are dated correctly and signed.

For information, please call Hanczyc at 570-457-2482.

SPCA initiative

Duryea participates in an initiative with the Luzerne County SPCA to prevent feral animals in and around the borough. Stray animals can be safely trapped and taken to the SPCA to prevent overpopulation.

Please call Carolyn Santee, borough manager, at 570-655-2829 or the SPCA at 570-825-4111 for more information.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to Charlie Waters, Grand Isle, La., who celebrated his third birthday Saturday, May 16, from all of your family in Pennsylvania.

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 jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.