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Spring cleaning usually takes place in April and May, but why not put your polishing skills to the test this week for a profit? Shine up your unwanted treasures and sell them to the guests attending the Duryea Community Yard Sale.

Duryea Betterment Committee will sponsor the town-wide Duryea Community Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.

Interested sellers can participate in two different ways. On the day of the event, residents can have a yard sale at their residence. Or, if they would prefer not to have a sale at their home, residents may rent an 8-by-2 foot space at St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church, 200 Stephenson St., for $10. Vendors and crafters are welcome. Please note, space at the church is limited. There also will be food and beverages for sale, as well as a bake sale at the church. Please contact the church at 570-457-2291 to reserve a sales space.

Residents who choose to have the sale at their home must have a permit. Permits, which are free and will be mailed to you, can be obtained by calling Duryea Borough Manager Carolyn Santee at 570-655-2829 during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Permits also can be obtained by calling Lois Hanczyc at 570-457-2482.

Maps of the sale locations will be available at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St., at various Duryea businesses and on the Duryea Betterment Committee Facebook page.

American Legion news

Duryea American Legion Brennan Regan Post 585 is seeking bartenders to work nights/weekends at the post. Some experience is needed. Interested parties may apply from 1 to 6 p.m. daily at the post home, 329 Main St., or by calling 570-457-4242.

VFW flag retirement

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 and Duryea Scout Troop 375 will host a flag retirement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St.

Anyone who has a flag to retire may leave it in the collection container at the post home.

If the event is canceled due to rain, it will be rescheduled in the fall.

For information, please visit the Duryea VFW 1227 Facebook page or call Ron Skamanich at 570-457-3983.

Wildcats car wash

Duryea Wildcats will have a car wash and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave. The car wash costs $5 per car or truck.

SAL meeting

Duryea Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 will hold its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Brennan Regan Post, 329 Main St. Membership dues can be paid at this time. All new officers who will be sworn in must attend this meeting.

Collection schedule

Duryea Street Department collection schedule for the week of Aug. 18 is: garbage, Monday, Aug. 19 and Tuesday, Aug. 20; plastic and glass recycling, Wednesday, Aug. 21; cardboard and paper recycling, Thursday, Aug. 22, and yard waste, Friday, Aug. 23.

VFW Movie in the Park

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will host a Movie in the Park at dusk Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Healey Playground, 398 Foote Ave. The feature film is “Incredibles 2.” Free refreshments will be served.

American Legion groups swearing-in ceremony

Duryea American Legion, Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary officials will have swearing-in ceremonies at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Brennan Regan Post 585, 329 Main St. All officers that were elected must attend and wear their uniforms.

Craft beer and classic

rock festival

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227, Excelsior Hose Company No. 2, Rock 107, Rock 107’s Hoover and NEPA’s ESPN Radio will host a Craft Beer and Classic Rock Festival on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St. The event is sponsored by Krugel’s Georgetown Deli & Beer, Wilkes-Barre.

Doors open at 2 p.m. with unlimited sampling from 3 to 6 p.m. from more than 30 breweries.

Tickets are $35 per person. V.I.P. tickets are $50 and include early sampling at 2 p.m. and access to five beers not available to general admission guests.

To purchase tickets and for a complete list of vendors, visit

All proceeds will benefit the VFW Post 1227 and Excelsior Hose Company No. 2.

Those attending must be 21 years old or older.

VFW pitch league

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will have a pitch league at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, through Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the post, 492 Stephenson St. Bring a partner and join in the fun.

Council meeting

Duryea Borough Council will meet Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public work session is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7.

Free summer concert

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 and the Duryea American Legion Brennan Regan Post 585 will host a free summer concert featuring The Sperazza Band from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the VFW, 492 Stephenson St.

The American Legion’s finest cooks will be sizzling and selling all of your favorite foods, too!

Bring your blankets, chairs and your kiddos to enjoy a great evening outside under the stars.

Germania wine festival

Germania Hose Company will host its third annual wine fest from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, on the hose company grounds, 430 Foote Ave.

The public is invited to stop by to sample local wineries and craft beers, homemade foods and shop at the craft vendor stands while listening to live entertainment by The Sperazza Band and Axe Kickers NEPA.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. To purchase advance tickets, see any member or online via the 2019 Germania 3rd Annual Winefest Facebook page. All those attending must be 21 or older.

Duryea High School,

Class of 1958, reunion

Duryea High School, Class of 1958, will celebrate its 61st reunion the first weekend in October. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, with a meet and greet at Arturo’s, 140 Main St., Dupont. The following day, the class will gather at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Nativity of Our Lord Parish at Holy Rosary Church, 127 Stephenson St., for Mass to honor deceased class members. After Mass, the classmates will gather at Arcaro & Genell’s, 443 S. Main St., Old Forge, for dinner.

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’s Sacred Heart Hall, 529 Stephenson St. SMART Recovery’s 4-point Program, based on C.B.T., supports anyone seeking change. For information, call 570-457-3337 or visit and on Facebook.

Al-Anon meetings

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 my dear friend, Rabbi Emmanuel J. Goldstein of California and formerly of Duryea, who celebrated his special day Aug. 9. Mazel tov!

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