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Breaking records demonstrates strength, commitment and sharp focus. It takes great determination to strive to be the best. Yet, there are other records we hope will remain intact, but get broke. Sadly, the number of drug-related deaths in Luzerne County in 2018 not only shattered the 2017 record but also shattered the lives of the families and friends of these unfortunate victims.

To raise community awareness about substance abuse, the Duryea Crime Watch and Luzerne County Councilman Matt Vough have teamed up to host an enlightening event about the local impact of this national epidemic.

The Substance Abuse Awareness Forum will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St.

The featured speakers include Luzerne County Judge Michael Vough, members of the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office, Magisterial District Judge Alexandra Kokura Kravitz, Councilman Vough, a representative from U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright’s office and Cammie Anderson from Robinson Counseling Center.

Legion shuffle board league

Duryea American Legion Post 585 is forming a shuffleboard league. Games will take place at 6:15 p.m. Fridays beginning at the end of September.

Registration is $10 per person and $5 per week to play.

Collection schedule

Duryea Street Department collection schedule for the week of Sept. 15 is as follows: garbage, Monday, Sept. 16 and Tuesday, Sept. 17; plastic and glass recycling, Wednesday, Sept. 18; cardboard and paper recycling, Thursday, Sept. 19, and yard waste, Friday, Sept. 20.

VFW 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 post home, 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.

‘Through the Looking Glass’ at Phoenix kids

Phoenix Kids will present “Through the Looking Glass” at 7 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 14 and 21, and Friday, Sept. 20, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 15 and 22, at the Phoenix Performing Arts Center, 409 Main St.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 and younger.

The play is an adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s novel, “Through the Looking Glass,” a sequel to “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”

In “Through the Looking Glass,” Alice returns to Wonderland, where she becomes a chess piece in a living chess game with characters who guide her on her rite of passage into adulthood. Well-known characters like Humpty Dumpty, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, the Red Queen make a return in the story.

The show is suitable for all ages

For information or to make a reservation, please call the box office at 570-457-3589. Reservations are recommended. Handicap seating is available.

Germania Wine Fest

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. Axe Kickers NEPA also will be on hand at the festival.

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 1968, 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 Restaurant & Bar, 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 their departed class members. After Mass, the classmates will gather at Arcaro & Genell’s restaurant, 443 S. Main St., Old Forge, for dinner.

Council meeting

Duryea Borough Council will meet Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the municipal building, 315 Main St.

The public work session is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7.

Evangelist at Independent Bible Church

Independent Bible Church of Duryea will host revival meetings with evangelist Barry Webb of Barry Webb Evangelistic Ministries at 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. and at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13; and at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, through Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the church, 328 Main St.

The public is invited to attend.

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery meets from 5:45 to 7 p.m. every Monday at Sacred Heart Hall of Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 529 Stephenson St.

For information, call 570-457-3337 or visit and Smart Recovery NEPA on Facebook.

Al-Anon meeting

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 Syd Bauman, who will celebrate her special day Tuesday, Sept. 17.

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.

Thanks for reading, and have a great week!

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