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Welcome to December! While preparing for the holidays can be stressful, be sure to squeeze in some merriment at these upcoming events in Duryea next weekend!

The fifth annual Duryea Christmas Stroll will take place from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, on Main Street.

During this event, you and your loved ones will enjoy an old fashioned Christmas complete with a tree lighting in front of the municipal building, horse-drawn carriage rides, pictures with Santa, Christmas caroling, face painting, assorted vendors, food and much more. The Main Street merchants will be open late with special offers for patrons. And, guests also can vote for the People’s Choice Award for the business with the best decorated Christmas tree.

After a night of well-deserved rest, join your neighbors on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Nativity of Our Lord Parish’s Men’s Society’s fifth annual pre-Christmas breakfast. Breakfast will be served from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Hall, 529 Stephenson St. The menu includes scrambled eggs, home fries, kielbasa, ham, pancakes, danish, juice and coffee. Takeouts will be available, too.

Tickets, which are $9 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children age 4 and younger, can be purchased by contacting Jef at 570-881-6006 or jeffreyadambauman@gmail.com or Mike at 570-885-6267 or Viking803@aol.com.

CEO food distribution

The CEO food drive is held the second Monday of each month at Sacred Heart Hall, 527 Stephenson St. Anyone in need of food may call Lois Hanczyc at 570-457-2482 for an application.

Collections

Duryea Street Department collection schedule for the week of Dec. 1 is as follows: garbage, Monday, Dec. 1 and Tuesday, Dec. 2. There is not any recycling this week. Yard waste collections are complete for the year, but leaf pick up is available.

Leaves will not be collected if they are in bins or plastic bags. However, residents may place them in paper lawn and leaf bags for collection. Residents also can rake and pile leaves curbside to be picked up by the street department’s leaf vac truck. To schedule a leaf vac pickup, call 570-655-1299 or leave a message on the Duryea Street Department Facebook page. The leaf vac truck will make pickups until Friday, Dec. 20.

Holy Rosary news

Kudos to Holy Rosary School which recently held fundraisers to fight cancer.

In October, the students, families and the community raised $3,500 at the school’s haunted house fundraiser. All proceeds were donated to Holy Rosary graduate Charlie Vermac to defray medical expenses in his fight against Rhabdomyosarcoma of the oral cavity.

Earlier that month, Holy Rosary School student Matthew Lyons sold pink items to benefit Paint Pittston Pink’s cancer research fundraiser. Together, the Holy Rosary School family raised $1,300.

Great job Holy Rosary!

SAL beer and gift car raffle

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 is sponsoring its annual beer and gift card raffle. Tickets, which are two for $5, can be purchased from any member or at the Brennan Regan American Legion Post 585 home, 329 Main St. Prizes include gift cards to the following establishments: first prize, $300 Plaza Beverage; second prize, $200 Walmart; third prize, $100 Wine and Spirits Shop; fourth prize, $100 Weis Market; fifth prize, $50 Komensky’s Market; sixth prize, $50 Town Tavern, and seventh prize, $50 Bronz Buns. The drawing is at 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21.

Sewer authority meeting

Duryea Borough Sewer Authority will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public is invited.

Phoenix holiday show

Phoenix Performing Arts Center will present “A Christmas Story the Musical” at 7 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 6 and 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 8 and 15, at the theater, 409 Main St. On Saturday, Dec. 7, the cast will perform in the theater for the annual Duryea Christmas Stroll. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 570-457-3589. Please note if you need handicap seating.

Legion entertainment

American Legion Brennan Regan Post 585 will host the band, 2 For the Road, from 8 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Dec. 7, at the post home, 329 Main St. This event is open to the public. Food will be available. Smoking is prohibited.

Council meeting

Duryea Council will meet Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. Public work session is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7.

Excelsior’s Santa visit

Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 will help Santa deliver toys from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, on their firetruck to the homes of all of the good girls and boys throughout Duryea. At this time, families will be allowed to take photographs, with their own cameras, of the delivery, Santa and the truck.

If you would like to register your child to receive a gift, please drop off one small, wrapped present per child from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 12 or 19, at the fire department, 798 Foote Ave. All gifts should be labeled clearly with your child’s name and address. Participation fee is $20 per household. All proceeds will support the fire department. For information, call 570-457-2233.

Legion Christmas party

American Legion Brennan Regan Post 585, Auxiliary Unit 585 and Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 will host a Christmas party for adults from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the post home, 329 Main St.

DJ/Karaoke Master Tiffany will provide live entertainment from 8 p.m. to midnight. There also will be food, drink specials and Jello shots as well as an appearance by Santa Claus.

The SAL’s beer and gift card raffle drawing will take place at 10 p.m.

Al-Anon meetings

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.

That’s about it for this week, my friends.

Thanks for reading, and have a great week!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Duryea. To list an item, email jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.