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Nov. 11 marks the day we, as Americans, honor our veterans. Nov. 11 also marks the day we, as Duryea residents, can stand with our veterans and honor them at their annual Veterans Day ceremony. Prior to the ceremony, there are three great weekend fundraisers taking place at veterans’ organizations that not only support the vets but also provide us and the needy with some great meals.

Veterans Day ceremony

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will have its Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St.

Prior to the ceremony, the VFW will host its annual roast beef dinner at the post home. The serving dates and times are 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, and Sunday, Nov. 10, and noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the post home. Takeouts will be available, too.

Legion food sale

and coin drop

Duryea American Legion Auxiliary Unit 585 will hold its semi-annual clam chowder, chili, soup and bake sale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Brennan Regan Post, 329 Main St. The clam chowder, chili and soups will be homemade. The bake sale will have a large variety of items available. Takeouts will be available, too.

On the sale date, the auxiliary will have a coin drop from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Main and Stephenson streets. All coin drop proceeds will benefit the auxiliary’s Feed the Needy fund.

Food drive

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.

School taxes

Duryea Borough Tax Collector Martin Hanczyc announced school taxes are now being collected at face value. Taxes may be paid during Mr. Hanczyc’s office hours from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at 79 Main St. or by calling 570-457-2482 for an appointment. Any disabled person who needs their taxes picked up also can call Hanczyc.

Anyone paying taxes by mail should mail separate payments for county, borough and school taxes. If you need a receipt, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with the entire bill and your phone number. It also is important that you write the same name that appears on the tax bill.

Collection schedule

Duryea Street Department collection schedule for the week of Nov. 3 is as follows: garbage, Monday, Nov. 4, and Tuesday, Nov. 5; yard waste, Friday, Nov. 8. There is no recycling this week.

The department reminds residents leaves will not be collected if they are in bins or bags. All leaves must be raked and piled curbside to be picked up by the borough’s leaf vac truck.

Germania sportsmen’s bingo

Germania Hose Company will host a sportsman’s bingo Sunday, Nov. 3, at the hose company, 430 Foote Ave. The doors open at 11:30 a.m. and games start at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $60 at the door which includes 16 regular games and a dabber. There also will be five specials at $10 per game. Each winner will receive a prize. In the event of multiple winners, a high ball will win the prize.

There also will be 50/50 raffles, pull tab bingos and a concession area for additional purchase.

The game prizes include a Ruger American Predator 22-.250, Sig Sauer P365 Compact 9mm, Henry Varminter Lever 17 HMR, Canik TP9SFX 9mm, Rock Island 1911 GI 45ACP, Remington 870 Express with Turkey Camo, Remington Model Seven .308 and Smith and Wesson Bodyguard with Laser .380, four Pig Hunts from North Mountain Outfitter’s and four $350 gift cards to Lonesome Road Archery. The five special games will include additional rifles, handguns and crossbows as prizes.

All winners must redeem their prize. All local, state and federal laws apply for all firearm winners.

Sewer authority meeting

Duryea Borough Sewer Authority will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov 4, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St. The public is invited to attend.

Council meeting

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

Duryea at Dusk Penguins’ hockey benefit

Duryea at Dusk will participate in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ Hockey Fights Cancer Night at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre, Twp., when the Penguins face off against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Tickets are $18.25, $21.25 and $23.25 each. Four dollars from each ticket purchased via Penguins Fan Services Representative Nicholas Tanacredi at 570-970-3626 or ntanacredi@wbspenguins.com will be donated to Duryea at Dusk.

Christmas Stroll

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, the public is invited to celebrate 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.

Any vendors interested in participating in the stroll can find details or download an application from the 5th Annual Duryea Christmas Stroll Facebook page. Vendor applications are due Saturday, Nov. 23.

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 www.smartrecovery.org and Smart Recovery NEPA on Facebook.

Al-Anon meetings

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.

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. To list an item, email jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.