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There are not one, but two must-attend events next weekend in town that you will not want to miss!

First up, 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.

Vendors and crafters may rent an 8-foot by 2-foot selling space for $10. Sellers must bring their own table. Setup time is at 8 a.m.

For information or to reserve a table space, please call 570-457-2291.

After you peruse all of the bargains at the yard sale, be sure to stop by the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St., for the Duryea Police Department and the Duryea Neighborhood Crime Watch’s drug take-back day.

The event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, will provide residents with a means to safely dispose of unused or expired medication. Please note needles will not be accepted.

Polish Falcons news

Polish Falcons Nest 128 is seeking bartenders for all shifts. Please see the bar manager at the post, 631 Main St., to fill out an application or call 570-457-5355.

Paper shredding

State Rep. Mike Carroll and state Sen. John Blake in conjunction with the police departments and Crimewatch 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.

Council meeting

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 news

Duryea Crime Watch will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at the municipal building, 315 Main St.

SAL barbecue and gun raffle

Sons of the 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.

The menu includes a half of a barbequed 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 or by calling 570-457-4242.

Following the dinner, Sonic Supper will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight.

All events are open to the public.

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.

To register for the 5K or walk, donate or for more information, visit Additional information is available at

Vendors who are interested in having a table at the festival should email

All proceeds benefit the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute.

Motorcycle poker run

and barbecue

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 and Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 will co-host a motorcycle poker run and chicken barbeque 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 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 barbeque dinner.

During the poker run, there will be a chicken barbeque dinner at noon, which is open to everyone, not just poker run riders. The menu includes a half of a barbeque 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 Hose Company member or at the VFW. Only a limited number of tickets will be sold the day of the event.

For additional information, visit

Recovery meetings

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’s 4-Point Program 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 or

Al-Anon meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the 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 birthday

Happy birthday to my dear friend, Charlene Giardina Krawchuk, who will celebrate her special day on Sunday, April 22.

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 or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.