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The season of Lent will begin soon, offering Christians an opportunity to fast from certain foods, habits or actions. But, before the fasting starts, we have a chance to indulge our appetites at a fantastic breakfast which will not only satisfy our cravings but also help a local parish.

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will have a pre-Lenten breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 3, in the parish hall, 200 Stephenson St. The menu will feature eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, rolls with butter, juice and a beverage. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Takeout meals will be available, too.

To order tickets, please call 570-457-2291. Please note, there will be a limited number of tickets available at the door.

Tax reminder

Duryea Borough Tax Collector Martin Hanczyc announces the Luzerne County/Duryea Borough tax bills can be paid from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St.

If you are mailing your tax payment and need a receipt, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and the complete bill. Also, write your phone number on the bill in case Hanczyc needs to reach you.

If you did not receive your tax bill, please call 570-457-2482. Bills are sent directly to taxpayers by the county.

VFW entertainment

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will host the Sperazza Band from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St. Members and non-members are invited to stop by and listen to some of the best musicians play a range of favorites from the 1950s to today.

Phoenix performance

Phoenix Kids will present, “Willy Wonka — Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” at 7 p.m. Fridays, March 1 and 8, and Saturdays, March 2 and 9, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, March 3 and 10, at the Phoenix Performing Arts Center, 409 Main St.

Tickets, which are $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 and younger, can be purchased at the door or by calling the box office at 570-457-3589 to make a reservation. Handicap seating and children’s booster seats are available.

Council meeting

Duryea Borough Council will meet Tuesday, March 12, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public work session is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7.

Excelsior Night at the Races

Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 will host its annual Night at the Races on Saturday, March 30, 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, refreshments and raffles.

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 send a message to Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 Duryea, Pa. on Facebook.

Police tip line

Duryea Police Department has established a tip line.

This new line allows residents and other individuals to anonymously provide the Duryea Police Department with information about a crime, criminal activity, drug activity or information related to open investigations.

Callers are asked to leave as much detailed information as possible such as locations, dates, descriptions of person or vehicle and type of activity you are reporting.

To make a report, call 1-833-373-8477 or 1-833-DPD-TIPS.

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery will meet from 5:45 to 7 p.m. weekly on Mondays 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.

Al-Anon meetings

Al-Anon meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Brick United Methodist Church, 935 Foote Ave.

Al-Anon is an anonymous 12-step program of recovery for families and friends of addicts and alcoholics.

That’s about it for this week, my friends. If you would like to send a birthday, anniversary or get well wish or have your organization’s upcoming meetings, events or fundraisers listed in next week’s edition of the Duryea community news, please contact me by Monday at 5 p.m.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Duryea every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To list a news item in her column, email her at or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.