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Nothing warms you up on a cold day quite like a hot bowl of homemade soup. If that sounds good to you, be sure to check out the American Legion Auxiliary’s soup and more sale this weekend.

Duryea American Legion Brennan Regan Post 585 Auxiliary will hold a soup, chili and bake sale from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at the post home, 329 Main St. Assorted flavors of homemade soups are $4.50 per container and chili is $5.50.

Holy Rosary news

Holy Rosary School recently held its annual Catholic School’s Week Talent Show, the “Royal Revue.” During the show, the students performed a variety of acts including singing, dancing and playing musical instruments.

Nice job, kids!

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.

Nativity of Our Lord news

Nativity of Our Lord Parish is hosting a weekly study series, Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible, at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m. Tuesdays. For registration and meeting information, call the rectory at 570-457-3502. The public is invited to attend.

The parish will have Stations of the Cross with Adoration and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament at 7 p.m. Fridays during Lent at the church, 127 Stephenson St.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays during Lent, as part of the Diocese of Scranton’s The Light is On for You program. Eucharistic Adoration will also take place during this time of prayer. The sacrament is also available from 6:40 to 6:55 a.m. Monday’s through Fridays and from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. Saturdays at the church.

The monthly distribution of non-perishable food items delivered from the food bank will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, March 12, in the parish hall in the lower level of the church. Anyone who cannot access the hall stairs or place items in their vehicles, can make advance arrangements for assistance. Deliveries are not available.

Individuals and households who meet the family size, household income and residency guidelines should contact Lois Hanczyc at 570-457-2482 to complete the necessary registration materials by Monday, March 5. Anyone not interested in being enrolled any longer should contact Lois to be removed from the list.

The income guidelines, which include household size and annual, monthly and weekly income, are as follows: one person, $17,505 annually, $1,459 monthly and $337 weekly; two people, $23,595, $1,966 and $454; three people, $29,685, $2,474 and $571; four people, $35,775, $2,981 and $688. For each additional person, add $6,090, $508 and $117.

In order to qualify for future distributions, individuals and households must register by the Monday prior to the distribution date. During the distribution time, the registered member of the household is required to bring a valid driver’s license or photo ID, as well as proof of residence, such as a bill, report card or official documentation for each member of the household. Failure to provide necessary documentation required by CEO Food Bank will result in no distribution at the time of pick up.

For more information, contact organizers and Duryea residents, Jef Bauman at 570-881-6006 or, Lois Hancyzc at 570-457-2482 or Ed Ameika at 570-212-1479. You also can contact the CEO Weinberg Northeast Regional Foodbank at 570-908-2222.

The parish will have a Lenten food sale from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., or until sold out, Friday, March 16, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Hall, 529 Stephenson St.

The sale will include homemade Manhattan (red) clam chowder along with homemade pierogi (prepared or frozen), haluski, pizza (baked or unbaked) and a bake sale.

Garbage stickers

Residents can purchase 2018 garbage stickers at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St., from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Although there are no longer evening hours at the municipal building, residents can receive their garbage sticker by mail by mailing a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the municipal building.

The cost, with the additional $10 late fee, is as follows: one bag per week, $110; two bags per week, $165; three bags per week, $205; and four bags per week, $245.

Garbage will not be picked up without a 2018 sticker displayed in the window.

VFW entertainment

Come out for a night of good music with good friends when The Sperazza Band entertains the audience from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227, 492 Stephenson St.

Four-Borough Ministerium service

The Four-Boro Ministerium of Avoca, Duryea, Moosic and Old Forge will have its weekly ecumenical Lenten service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church, 174 N. Main St., Old Forge. The Rev. Alex Becker, pastor of Langcliffe Presbyterian Church, Avoca, will be the guest preacher. A collection will be taken to support the food pantry at the Moosic United Methodist Church.

SAL pasta dinner

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 will host a pasta and meatball dinner from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Brennan Regan Post home, 329 Main St. The cost is $8 and includes pasta, meatballs, homemade sauce by chef KC Przywara, salad, bread and butter. Takeouts are available. Delivery available in Duryea. To purchase advance tickets, please stop by the post home.

Council meeting

Duryea Borough Council will meet Tuesday, March 13, 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, March 14, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public is encouraged to attend.

Phoenix performance

Phoenix Performing Arts Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary and the grand opening of its newly renovated theater with the opening night presentation of “Jekyll & Hyde” at 8 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the theater, 409 Main St. Prior to the performance, the theater group will cut the ribbon and unveil the new space. The other show times include 8 p.m. Friday, March 23, and Saturdays, March 17 and 24, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18 and 25.

Renovations, which were made possible by Leadership Wilkes-Barre, 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 Handicap accessible seating is available.

Excelsior Night at the Races

Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 will have its annual Night at the Races on Saturday, March 24, at the Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the races begin at 7.

There will be plenty of food and refreshments.

The cost of a horse is $10. Admission is $3. Each attendee must purchase a minimum of one horse. You do not have to be present to win.

For information, contact the department at 570-457-2233, or Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 Duryea Pa. on Facebook.

SMART Recovery

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

Duryea at Dusk

Save the date! Duryea at Dusk will hold its second annual 5K run, 1-mile walk and family festival Saturday, June 2, at the Duryea Community Park, located behind the municipal building, 315 Main St. The festival begins at 5 p.m. followed by the race and walk at 7. For additional information, visit

Al-Anon meeting

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 list a news item, email her at or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.