Now that the deadline to file our tax returns has passed, it’s time to dispose of old returns to make room in our files for more current documents. One of the easiest — not to mention safest — ways to carry out this task is to attend shred day next weekend.
State Rep. Mike Carroll and state Sen. John Blake, in conjunction with the police departments and Crime Watch groups from Avoca, Duryea and Dupont, will host a community shred day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Healey Memorial Playground, Foote Avenue and Wright Street.
Residents are invited to bring up to two boxes per household of old bills, bank statements, medical records, canceled checks, old tax returns or any other documents which need to be permanently destroyed. Shred-It Document Management will provide the shredding service.
All documents should be removed from binders and notebooks. Staples and paperclips do not need to be removed.
Holy Rosary news
Congratulations to the following Holy Rosary School seventh-grade students for their stellar performance of “The Resurrection Play,” the story of the days following Jesus’ resurrection leading to his ascension into heaven.
The following students took part: Ashley Abplanalp, Andrew Bender, Carsyn Cole, Olivia DeSena, Adina DeStefano, Dino DiMauro, Gisele Falzone, Hailey Halagarda, Paige Kroptavich, Ethan Licari, Louis Lussi, Sarah Lyons, Karli Mahasky, Jessica Ostrowski, Henry Rosen, Brielle Scheland, Hailey Sebastian, Paige Skibitsky, Kyle Skutack and Gloria Tabone.
In other school news, Holy Rosary hosted a star-filled night at its annual father-daughter dance. This year’s dance, which was held under the theme, “Hollywood,” complete with a red carpet arrival for all of the guests, provided a memorable night for all of the young ladies from the school and their dads and grandfathers.
Polish Falcons news
Polish Falcons Nest 128 is seeking bartenders for all shifts. Please see the bar manager at the post, 631Main St., to fill out an application or call 570-457-5355.
St. Mary’s PNC news
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.
The Young Men’s Society of the Resurrection of the Polish National Catholic Church will host “The Making of A Godly Man” spiritual retreat Thursday, May 17, to Saturday, May 19, at the Bishop Hodur Retreat Center, Waymart.
The retreat is open to all men, even if they are not a member of the Polish National Catholic Church. It will focus on building up the spirituality in men.
According to the Rev. Carmen G. Bolock, pastor of St. May’s Polish National Catholic Church, Duryea, and national chaplain of the Y.M.S. of R., it can be difficult for men to express their faith in Jesus. He continues, “It is very manly to stand for what we believe in our work, play and social circles. By doing that, we show our families how to stand for Christ.”
The cost is $100 per person to attend.
For information or to register, please call Rev. Bolock at 570-457-2291.
Duryea Police Department and the Duryea Neighborhood Crime Watch will have a drug take-back day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St.
The event will provide residents with a means to safely dispose of unused or expired medication. Please note, needles will not be accepted.
There will be a fundraiser for Dupont native and Duryea resident Sally Ozark from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at Lucca’s Restaurant, 802 S. Main St., Taylor.
During the event, the restaurant will donate 25-percent of the total cost of each patron’s bill of in-house menu items. There also will be a basket auction and a 50/50 raffle.
All proceeds will be used to offset Ozark’s rising medical costs from expensive chemotherapy. For information or to donate a monetary gift or raffle item, please call Denise at 570-457-1625.
SAL meeting, barbecue
and gun raffle
Sons of American Legion Squadron 585 will hold its monthly meeting at noon Sunday, May 6, at the Brennan Regan post home, 329 Main St. Chicken barbecue dinner plans will be finalized at this time. All members are asked to attend.
Sons of 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.
Menu includes 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 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.
Crime Watch meeting
Duryea Crime Watch will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at the municipal building, 315 Main St.
Phoenix Performing Arts Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary and the grand opening of its newly renovated theater with a three-weekend presentation of “Fame the Musical” at the theater, 409 Main St. Show times are at 8 p.m. Saturdays, May 12, 19 and 26, and Fridays, May 18 and 25, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, May 13 and 20.
The renovations, which were made possible by Leadership Wilkes-Barre Phoenix Rising Team 2018, include more seating, a better view of the stage and a beautiful lobby.
Ticket prices have not increased and remain at $12. To purchase tickets, call 570-457-3589 or visit phoenixpac.vpweb.com. Handicap accessible seating is available.
This presentation will be led by Lee LaChette, director and choreographer; Jenn Johnson-Hamer and Jackie Legg, musical directors; Amanda Hunisch, assistant choreographer, and Ashlin Broody-Walega, dance captain.
“Fame the Musical” is based on the 1980s film and has been adapted for the stage with almost a completely new score. It tells the story of several students who attend the High School of Performing Arts, among them fame-obsessed Carmen, ambitious actress Serena, wisecracking comedian/bad boy Joe, quiet violinist Schlomo, talented but dyslexic dancer Tyrone, determined actor Nick, overweight dancer Mabel and poor dancer Iris. The show is jammed pack with song and dance with a great story of success and life learning experiences.
Parental discretion is advised as some of the show has mature themes.
“Fame the Musical” is presented and licensed through MTI (Music Theatre International)
St. Mary’s Mother’s Day
Mass and breakfast
St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will have its annual Mother’s Day celebration Sunday, May 13, at the church, 200 Stephenson St.
The day will begin with Holy Mass at 9:30 a.m. The names of the mothers from the parish who repose in heaven will be read during the Mass.
After the service, there will be a breakfast featuring eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, roll with butter, tea, coffee and juice.
To make a reservation for breakfast, please call 570-457-2291. All are welcome.
Nativity book club
Nativity of Our Lord Parish’s book club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, in the rectory, 127 Stephenson St.
The group will finalize their discussion about “Glittering Vices” by Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung and choose their next book.
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.
The festival will include food and drink from local businesses and organizations, basket raffles, craft vendors, kids’ games and activities, a face painter, a free yoga session, a DJ and more.
To register for the 5K or walk, to donate or for information, visit www.runsignup.com/Race/PA/Duryea/DuryeaatDusk5k. Additional information is available at www.facebook.com/duryeaatdusk/. To make arrangements for a donation via cash or check or for information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vendors who are interested in having a table should email email@example.com.
All proceeds will benefit the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute.
Excelsior/VFW poker run
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 www.station226.com 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 member or at the VFW. Only a limited number of tickets will be sold the day of the event.
For information, visit www.facebook.com/226bbq.
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 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 information, visit facebook.com/smartnepa or www.smartrecovery.org.
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. There are no dues or fees. Meetings last approximately one hour. The public is invited.
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 include a news item in her column, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.