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Santa Claus is coming to town in a big way this week in Duryea!

Santa’s first stop is at the Duryea Lions Club’s annual children’s Christmas party from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave. All children from Duryea, 10-years-old and younger, are invited.

This event includes a visit from Santa, holiday music, refreshments, gifts and a raffle of 14 bicycles. The bikes were donated by Pat Verdine in memory of Scott Verdine and Andy Verdine who are deceased members of the Lions Club; Skibitsky and Molino Law Firm; Rehoski’s Market; James Gilmartin; Bronzed Bunz; The Town Tavern, and several members of the Duryea Lions Club.

After the party, Santa will head back to the North Pole for a quick rest, to check on toy production and then head back to town with Mrs. Claus for the Duryea Betterment Committee’s fourth annual Christmas Stroll. The stroll, which is themed “Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child,” will take place from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, down Main Street.

Be sure to join in the festivities which will include a live nativity, Christmas caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides, crafters and other vendors, raffles, free children’s activities and gifts, and of course, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Many of Duryea’s businesses also will provide refreshments, fun and their decorated Christmas trees with one receiving the coveted annual Mayor’s Choice Award.

Nativity’s Christmas


Since Santa will be in town on Saturday, one of his elves told me he is planning to stay overnight and enjoy a good, hearty breakfast the next morning at the Nativity of Our Lord Parish’s men’s society’s fourth annual Christmas breakfast.

Breakfast will be served from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Sacred Heart Hall, 529 Stephenson St. The menu includes scrambled eggs, ham, fresh and smoked kielbasa, potatoes, pancakes, danish/pastry, coffee, milk and juice. There also will be a visit from Santa and a Christmas Pennsylvania instant lottery ticket raffle.

Tickets are $9 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children 4 and younger. For advance tickets, please contact Jef at 570-881-6006 or or Mike at 570-885-6267 or Tickets also will be available at the door. Takeouts will be available too. Delivery will be available. Call the rectory at 570-457-3502 to pre-place delivery orders.

Lions Christmas lights appeal

Speaking of Christmas, the Duryea Lions Club has certainly made Main Street and other areas of town festive with its new LED Christmas lighting and decoration program.

To keep this program thriving, the Lions Club is seeking the help of the community. To donate to assist the Lions in maintaining this project, please send a monetary gift to the Duryea Lions Club. The donation information is included in the club’s recent mailer.

Holy Rosary news

Congratulations to Holy Rosary School’s Mission Club, which recently celebrated a liturgy with the Rev. Brian Clarke, director of pontifical mission societies of the Diocese of Scranton.

Germania Christmas tree sale

The Germania Hose Company’s annual Christmas tree sale is underway. Sale hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the hose company, 430 Foote Ave. The trees are $40 each and range in size from 6 to 12 feet. Delivery is available to the local surrounding area.

Tax reminder

Duryea Borough Tax Collector Martin Hanczyc states school taxes are now at face value. Taxes can be paid from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at 79 Main St., or by appointment.

When mailing in tax bills and requesting a receipt, please send in the entire tax bill and a self- addressed stamped envelope. Also, please include your phone number on the back of the bill. And, if you are making copies of your taxes, mail in the original copy.

For information call Hanczyc at 570-457-2482.

Moiser Cemetery monument

The Mosier Cemetery Monument Group is planning to erect a permanent marker listing the names and corresponding dates of birth and death of the deceased who are buried in the cemetery. The current tombstones have deteriorated, are destroyed or missing.

According to the group’s Facebook page, the individuals interred in the Mosier Cemetery, formerly known as the Brown Cemetery, lived in the 1700s and 1800s. The deceased include veterans from the Revolutionary, Civil and Spanish-American Wars.

To contribute, visit

Phoenix holiday performance

Phoenix Performing Arts Center will present “The Lost Christmas Eve” dance and narrated story to the music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the center, 409 Main St. This show includes beautiful and exciting dancing, singers and so much more just in time for the holidays.

Tickets are $10 for adults and children over 5. Tickets for children 5 and younger are $5. Discounts are available for groups of eight or more people. For more information or to make a reservation, call 570-457-3589.

Sewer Authority meeting

Duryea Borough Sewer Authority will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public is invited to attend.

Santa on Excelsior’s fire truck

Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 will help Santa deliver toys on Saturday, Dec. 22, on their firetruck to the homes of all of the good girls and boys throughout Duryea.

If you would like to register your child to receive a gift, please drop off one small, wrapped present per child from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 13 or 20, at the fire department, 798 Foote Ave. All gifts should be labeled clearly with your child’s name and address.

The participation fee is $20 per household. All proceeds will support the fire department. For information, call the department at 570-457-2233.

Toyland Bingo at Holy Rosary

Holy Rosary School will have its annual Toyland Bingo Friday, Dec. 7, in the Holy Rosary School gymnasium, 125 Stephenson St. Doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. Admission is $12 and includes one bingo packet with three tickets for each regular bingo game. There also will be prizes, raffle baskets and six bingo specials valued between $250 and $500.

Council meeting

Duryea Borough Council will meet Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public work session is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7.

VFW meeting

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St. New members are invited.

PA, Class of 1967, parties

Pittston Area class of 1967 will have a Christmas party at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909, 401 Main St., Dupont. For information, please call Karen Hadley Sobeski at 570-457-3247.

Also, the class is planning a 70th birthday party for members of the graduating class. The party will tentatively take place sometime in September 2019. More information will be available in the future.

Nativity Christmas cookie sale

Nativity of Our Lord Parish will have a Christmas cookie sale in the church rectory, 127 Stephenson St., before and following the 4 p.m. Mass Saturday, Dec. 15, and the 8 and 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Masses Sunday, Dec. 16.

There will be a variety of homemade cookies available to buy that will not only support the parish, but also check off baking on your Christmas to-do list.

Independent Bible Church’s holiday choir concert

Independent Bible Church of Duryea’s choir will present “Lord of Glory” choral program at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the church, 328 Main St. Admission is free.

The church also will have its Christmas Eve service at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, at the church.

For information, please call 570-654-8051.

SAL beer raffle

Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 585, is sponsoring its annual great beer raffle.

Tickets, which are $3 each, can be purchased from any member or at the Brennan Regan American Legion Post 585, 329 Main St.

The prizes include: first prize, $500 Laflin Beverage gift card; second prize, $200 Wine & Spirits Shop gift card; third prize, $50 Komensky’s Market gift card; fourth prize, $50 Town Tavern gift card, and fifth prize, $50 Family Prescription Counter.

The drawing is at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.

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.

For information, please call 570 457-3337 or visit and their local Facebook page,

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. There are no dues or fees. Meetings last approximately one hour. The public is invited.

Happy Hanukkah

Happy Hanukkah to Debbie Goldstein and everyone of the Jewish faith celebrating these eight special days which begin at sundown Sunday, Dec. 2.

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.