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When we work together as people, we make one another better. When we work with our police department, we make our community better. To carry out both of those ideals, the Duryea Police Department has established a tip line.

This line allows individuals to anonymously provide the Duryea Police Department with information about a crime, criminal activity, drug activity or information related to open investigations. Callers are asked to leave as much detailed information as possible, such as locations, dates, descriptions of person or vehicle and type of activity you are reporting.

To make a report, call 1-833-373-8477 or 1-833-DPD-TIPS.

Holy Rosary news

Holy Rosary School’s student council recently sponsored a stocking collection event to benefit the children at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, Danville. Working together, the student body filled more than 75 stockings with toys and treats which were distributed to the children during the Christmas season.

In celebration of the Christmas season, Holy Rosary School fourth through eighth grade students recently enjoyed a Winter Wonderland dance filled with food, good friends and dancing.

VFW corn hole league,

social memberships

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will host a cornhole league beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the post, 492 Stephenson St. To register, stop by the post any day between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.

The VFW also has social membership applications available for 2019. The post hosts many great events throughout the year for members to enjoy, such as live entertainment, fundraising dinners and several different types of league play, including horseshoes, pitch and darts, to name a few. They also sponsor various community activities for children, including Halloween and Christmas parties and provide support for our veterans as well as the brave men and women serving our country today.

For information, call 570-457-9946 or stop by the post home, 492 Stephenson St. You also can visit Duryea VFW 1227 on Facebook and send a message.

SAL meeting

Duryea Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 will have its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Brennan Regan post home, 329 Main St. Beginning with this meeting, the SALs will meet on the third Sunday of the month. All members are asked to attend.

Blessing of homes

The Rev. Carmen Bolock, pastor of St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church, will be making Epiphany visitations for the blessing of homes during January. The visits are open to parishioners of St. Mary’s and anyone who would like to have their home blessed for the new year. You can make arrangements by phoning 570-457-2291. Visits are not available Thursday evenings.

Nativity piggie dinner

Nativity of Our Lord Parish’s Men’s Society is sponsoring its second annual homemade takeout piggie dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Sacred Heart Hall, 529 Stephenson St. The meal includes homemade piggies, mashed potatoes from scratch, green beans, a roll and a piece of cake.

The cost is $10 for a meal with two piggies and $12 for a three-piggie meal. Extra orders of 12 ounces of mashed potatoes are $2.50 each.

Orders can be delivered to locations in and around Duryea. When placing an order, please include a delivery address if choosing this option. Checks can be made payable to the Nativity of Our Lord Men’s Society.

To place an order, please call the rectory at 570-457-3502 by Sunday, Jan. 20. Please note there are a limited number of dinners available. All orders must be pre-placed.

Little League registration, Night at the Races

Online registration for The Greater Pittston Area Little League’s spring season is open. The league includes Avoca, Dupont, Duryea and Pittston City. Cost for each division is: tee-ball, $25; coach pitch, $45, and minors and majors, $75. The maximum family fee is $110. There will not be any ticket raffle this year. For information and to register, visit the Greater Pittston Area Little League Facebook page or Please sign up soon.

Greater Pittston Area Little League will have a Night at the Races on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the former Seton Catholic High School, 37 William St., Pittston. Doors open at 6 p.m. and races begin at 7. Admission is $5 at the door and includes food, soda and water. This is a BYOB event. Those attending must be 21 or older.

Super Bowl food sale

Nativity of Our Lord Parish’s Men’s Society is sponsoring its annual Super Bowl wings and pizza sale Sunday, Feb. 3. The pizza is homemade, and the wings are prepared using the same recipe the parish uses for its annual summer picnic.

The menu includes homemade red pizza, baked or unbaked, for $14 per tray. Pepperoni is available for an additional $1 per tray. The wings are $9 per dozen and are available in mild, hot or honey garlic style. Blue cheese and celery is $1 per pack. There also is a special available of two dozen wings and one tray of pizza for $29, $30 with pepperoni.

To place an order, please call the rectory at 570-457-3502 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday by Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Orders can be picked up from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 3, at Sacred Heart Hall, 529 Stephenson St. Orders can be delivered between 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. and 4:30 to 5 p.m. to locations in and around Duryea. When placing an order, please include a delivery address if choosing this option. Make checks payable to the Nativity of Our Lord Men’s Society.

Garbage stickers

Residents can purchase 2019 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. Residents also can receive their garbage sticker by mail by sending the payment and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the municipal building.

One bag per week is $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 2019 sticker displayed in their window to have their garbage collected.

Food bank relocation

Duryea Food Bank has moved to the Nativity of Our Lord Parish Hall, 527 Stephenson St. For information, please call Lois Hanczyc at 570-457-2482.

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery will meet 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.

SMART Recovery’s 4-point Program, based on CBT, supports anyone seeking change.

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.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to Michael Klink, who will celebrate his special day Jan. 6.

Happy birthday to my dear friend, Lori Charnogursky Rinehimer, who will celebrate her special day Jan. 10.

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