I think our police department does a fantastic job via its Facebook page — Duryea PD — posting information about the incidents our officers face each day. It’s a wonderful source of information filled with details and updates regarding the department’s investigations.
While the Facebook page is undoubtedly an invaluable virtual resource, the upcoming annual National Night Out will provide us with an in-person opportunity to not only meet the officers behind the posts but also to interact with other local first responders and learn ways we can work together to support our community and keep it safe.
The Duryea and Dupont Neighborhood Crime Watch groups will host the 10th annual National Night Out from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Healey Playground, 300 Foote Ave.
The event includes various presentations and interaction with law enforcement, firefighters and emergency first responders, which builds a greater sense of community among our neighbors.
Monetary donations may be made payable to Duryea Neighborhood Crime Watch and sent to Duryea Police Chief Nick Lohman c/o Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St., Duryea, PA 18642.
Any local restaurants that want to donate food and beverages for the event or any business that wants to donate raffle baskets or paper products may contact Chief Lohman via the Duryea PD Facebook messenger application.
The Rev. Carmen Bolock, assistant scoutmaster of Troop 316, Avoca, and chaplain of the Germania Fire Department, would like to thank all of the Scouts who worked at Germania’s picnic last Friday. Father Bolock said the entire kitchen crew praised the children for doing such a good job!
Nice work, kids!
The Duryea Street Department collection schedule for the week of Aug. 4 is as follows: garbage, Monday, Aug. 5 and Tuesday, Aug. 6; plastic and glass recycling, Wednesday, Aug. 7; cardboard and paper recycling, Thursday, Aug. 8, and yard waste, Friday, Aug. 9.
Sewer authority meeting
Duryea Borough Sewer Authority will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St. The public is invited to attend.
Nativity of Our Lord Parish, in partnership with Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca, and Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Dupont, will host vacation Bible camp from 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 6, through Friday, Aug. 10, at Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 127 Stephenson St.
Registration is open to all children, from 4 years old to grade six. Youth and adult volunteers are welcome to help.
On the final day of camp, campers’ families are invited for a review of the week’s activities and a picnic lunch.
The camp is free, but donations will be accepted to defray the costs of the program.
To register, visit www.nativityduryea.org/vacation-bible-camp-2019.html. Registration can be completed on the site or forms can be downloaded and printed from it. Printed forms can be dropped off at the rectory or left in the collection basket during any Mass.
For information, please call David Tighe at Nativity of Our Lord Rectory at 570-457-3502.
'Newsies' at the Phoenix
Phoenix Performing Arts Center will present Disney’s “Newsies: The Musical,” at the center, 409 Main St. Performances will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, and Saturdays, Aug. 3 and 10. There also will be shows at 2 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 4 and 11.
Tickets are $12. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling the box office at 570-457-3589. Booster seats are available for children. Handicap seating is available, too.
1st. Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Golf Tournament
The 11th annual 1st. Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Sand Springs Golf Course, Drums.
Registration begins at 7 a.m. with a captain and crew tee-off at 8 a.m. Cost is $75 per golfer, which includes green fees, use of a cart, dinner and awards. Registration is available at www.deprimogolf.com.
All proceeds will benefit the 1st Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Fund of the Luzerne Foundation.
St. Mary's harvest blessing and yard sale
St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will host a blessing of the harvest at the 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Aug. 11, at the church, 200 Stephenson St. At this event, which is held in anticipation of the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, attendees may bring vegetables, flowers and herbs grown in their garden to give thanks to God. Anyone who does not have a garden may bring produce purchased at a market.
St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church also will host a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, on the church grounds, 200 Stephenson St.
Participants can rent an 8-by-2 foot space for $10, where they can place their own table to sell unwanted treasures. Vendors and crafters are welcome. There also will be food and beverages for sale, as well as a bake sale.
To reserve a table space, call 570-457-2291.
Duryea Borough Council will meet Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public work session is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7.
Wildcats car wash
and bake sale
Duryea Wildcats will have a car wash and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave. The car wash costs $5 per car or truck.
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.
Community yard sale
The Duryea Betterment Committee will sponsor a town-wide community yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.
Interested parties 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 reserve a sales space at St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church, 200 Stephenson St., for $10. Please note, space at the church is limited. Please contact the church at 570-457-2291 to make a reservation.
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 or at the National Night Out on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Healey Playground.
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.
For yard sale updates, please check the Duryea Betterment Committee Facebook page.
Legion, SAL and auxiliary officer induction
The 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 Brennan Regan Post 585, 329 Main St.
All officers that were elected must attend and wear their uniforms.
VFW beer fest
Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will host a classic craft beer fest from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St.
In addition to the craft beer selection, there also will be food trucks, vendors and live entertainment.
More details will be available soon.
Duryea High School,
Class of 1958, reunion
Duryea High School, Class of 1958, will celebrate its 61st reunion Saturday, Oct. 5. Details will be available soon.
SMART Recovery will meet from 5:45 to 7 p.m. the first and third Monday of the month at Sacred Heart Hall of Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 529 Stephenson St. SMART Recovery’s 4-point Program, based on CBT, supports anyone seeking change.
For information, call 570-457-3337 or visit www.smartrecovery.org and www.facebook.com/smartnepa on Facebook.
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 to Kimberly Cashmere, who will celebrate her special day Tuesday, Aug. 6.
Happy birthday to Joe Zbylicki, who will celebrate his special day Wednesday, Aug. 7.
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 for Greater Pittston Progress. To list an item, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.