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The heavens will surely be shining this weekend as the Knights of Columbus and Independent Bible Church of Duryea host special events for the community.

First, Knights of Columbus Council 5940 will lead a rosary crusade and rally at noon Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Healey Memorial Playground, 398 Foote Ave. This rally is one of 20,000 others taking place at the same time throughout the country as part of the “America Needs Fatima” movement.

Up next, Independent Bible Church of Duryea will host revival meetings with evangelist Barry Webb of Barry Webb Evangelistic Ministries at 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, and at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, through Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the church, 328 Main St.

Holy Rosary news

Kudos to Holy Rosary School’s kindergarten and first-grade students who recently honored their grandparents with a performance of songs and a luncheon.

Holy Rosary School is embarking on STREAM education. STREAM, which is an acronym for science, technology, religion, engineering, art and math, invites students to explore, analyze and create while making meaningful real-world connections.

Council candidate change

Jeffrey Fahey, a Republican candidate for Duryea Council, is no longer running for a council seat in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Fahey asked to have his name removed from the ballot, but the Luzerne County office responsible for it could not complete his request.

Fahey is grateful to the residents for their support; however, since the May primary election, he received a business opportunity outside of the commonwealth, which will keep him out of town at various times, making serving as an active councilman improbable.

Collection schedule

Duryea Street Department collection schedule for the week of Oct. 13 is: garbage, Monday, Oct. 14, and Tuesday, Oct. 15; plastic and glass recycling, Wednesday, Oct. 16; cardboard and paper recycling, Thursday, Oct. 17, and yard waste, Friday, Oct. 18.

The department reminds residents leaves will not be collected if they are in bins or bags. All leaves must be raked and piled curbside to be picked up by the borough’s leaf vac truck.

Christmas Stroll meeting

The Duryea Christmas Stroll Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St.

The fifth annual Duryea Christmas Stroll will take place from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, on Main Street.

During this event, the public is invited to celebrate an old fashioned Christmas complete with a tree lighting in front of the municipal building, horse-drawn carriage rides, pictures with Santa, caroling, face painting, vendors, food and more. Main Street merchants will be open late with special offers. And, guests also can vote for the People’s Choice Award for the business with the best decorated Christmas tree

Vendors interested in participating can find details or download an application from the Fifth Annual Duryea Christmas Stroll Facebook page. Vendor applications are due Saturday, Nov. 23.

Little League meeting

Greater Pittston Area Little League, consisting of Avoca/Dupont, Duryea and Pittston City, will have a general meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 492 Stephenson St.

The upcoming merger of the three leagues will be discussed at this time. All officers from each league are required to attend. The meeting is open to the public and anyone interested in volunteering in any capacity.

‘The Nightmare Before

Christmas’ at Phoenix

Youth of Phoenix Performing Arts Center will present a dance adaptation of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” at 7 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 18 and 25, and Saturdays, Oct. 19 ad 26, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 20 and 27, at the Phoenix Performing Arts Center, 409 Main St.

General admission is $10 and $5 for children 5 and younger. Please call 570-457-3589 for advance tickets or to make reservations for handicap seating. Tickets also will be available at the door at each performance.

VFW entertainment

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will host Chris Shrive and Ashley Marie from Flatland Ruckus at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St. They will play an acoustic set of your country favorites.

Community Halloween events

Duryea Borough will host its annual Trunk or Treat from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Church parking lot, 529 Stephenson St.

Also, Holy Rosary School’s eighth-grade class will host a haunted house from 7 to 9 p.m. in the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Rectory. Admission is $2. All proceeds will benefit St. Joseph’s Center, Scranton.

For event information or how you or your business can sponsor a trunk, please contact Leigh Ann Balchune at 570-954-9189 or or Stephanie Shupp at

SAL children’s Halloween costume party

Duryea Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will host a children’s Halloween costume party from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the VFW, 492 Stephenson St.

Children ages infant to 12 years old are invited to attend and will be treated to hot dogs, pizza, snacks, soft drinks and candy. There also will be a costume contest with prizes.

All guests must pre-register at the VFW or the American Legion, 329 Main St., by Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Legion Halloween party

Duryea American Legion Brennan Regan Post 585 will host a Halloween party for adults from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 26, at the post home, 329 Main St. There will be a costume contest with cash prizes and live entertainment by The Rock and Roll Guys.

Sportsmen’s bingo

at Germania

Germania Hose Company will host a sportsmen’s bingo on Sunday, Nov. 3, at Germania, 430 Foote Ave. The doors open at 11:30 a.m. and games start at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door, if available, which includes 16 regular games and a dabber. There also will be five specials at $10 per game. Each winner will receive a prize. In the event of multiple winners, a high ball will win the prize.

There also will be 50/50 raffles, pull tab bingos and a concession area for additional purchase.

The game prizes include a Ruger American Predator 22-.250, Sig Sauer P365 Compact 9mm, Henry Varminter Lever 17 HMR, Canik TP9SFX 9mm, Rock Island 1911 GI 45ACP, Remington 870 Express with Turkey Camo, Remington Model Seven .308 and Smith and Wesson Bodyguard with Laser .380, four Pig Hunts from North Mountain Outfitter’s and four $350 gift cards to Lonesome Road Archery. The five special games will include additional rifles, handguns and crossbows as prizes.

All winners must redeem their prize. All local, state and federal laws apply for all firearm winners.

For information and tickets, please contact Fire Chief Joe Korea at 570-499-2350 or Dive Captain Mike Shovlin 570-332-4127.

Council meeting

Duryea Council will meet Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public work session is at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting is at 7.

Recovery meetings

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. For information, call 570 457-3337 or visit and Smart Recovery NEPA 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

Happy birthday to Tammy Wilk-Silinskie, who will celebrate her special day Oct. 17.

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 an item, email or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.