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As I was thinking about Mother’s Day and developing alternate dinner plans to dining out for this year, I started wondering if Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for restaurants. It turns out, it is indeed. According to an article on, approximately 87 million Americans dined out for Mother’s Day in 2018.

Although I don’t know how many Duryea residents are counted into that figure, I do know we do not have to place our Mother’s Day dinner plans on the back burner this year thanks to our veterans.

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will host a Mother’s Day takeout roast beef dinner from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 10, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St. The dinners are $10 each and must be pre-ordered by calling or text messaging 570-550-5661. The order deadline is Friday, May 8.


Holy Rosary news

While classes are not taking place in the Holy Rosary School building, classes are definitely in session.

To celebrate Earth Day, Holy Rosary’s first-grade students created recycling projects via the school’s distance learning program. Students used items they would normally throw away to make something new. The students took pictures of their projects and sent them to their teacher, Lauren Gedrich, who shared them with their classmates using Google Classroom.

The projects included a doll house from household items, cardboard paper towel rolls as planters for seeds, old lumber used to make a cross, plastic and cardboard items used for planting a garden and bird feeders made from a plastic jug and tin cans.

Nice job, kids!


St. Mary’s news

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church has canceled its spring yard sale. The parish apologizes for any convenience this may have caused, but they feel it is the best way to keep people safe.

The parish’s fall yard sale will take place Saturday, Aug. 22.


Collection schedule

Duryea Street Department collection schedule for the week of May 3 is as follows: garbage, Monday, May 4 and Tuesday, May 5. Yard waste will be collected Friday, May 8.

Recyclables will not be collected this week.

Yard waste is collected every Friday, except on holiday weeks. Grass and shrub clippings must be placed in containers or paper lawn bags not to exceed 30 pounds.

All branches must be cut into 3-foot sections and placed together in bundles no larger than 3-inches in diameter.

Any yard waste placed in garbage bags, dirt, rocks or animal waste will not be collected.

The street department has a new mattress and box spring disposal policy. Both items must be placed in mattress disposal bags or wrapped in plastic and have the appropriate number of green stickers on them to be collected. Disposal bags are available at hardware and big box stores.

For information, please call the street department at 570-655-1299.


Sewer authority meeting

Duryea Borough Sewer Authority will host its monthly meeting virtually at 6 p.m. Monday, May 4.

The public may address any questions they may have to the Duryea Borough Sewer Authority office at 570-457-0122 by leaving a message either prior to the meeting time or during the week of May 4.


Duryea at Dusk

Duryea at Dusk will have its fourth annual twilight 5K, fun walk and festival on Saturday, June 13, at the Duryea Community Park, Stephenson Street.

For information and updates, visit Duryea at Dusk on Facebook.


State of emergency

Duryea Borough is still in a state of emergency. The declaration restricts public access to the Duryea Municipal Building and Duryea Street Department. It also states the Community Park and Healey Playground will be closed until further notice.

Anyone who needs to do business with the borough should call the municipal building at 570-655-2829.


Tax reminder

Residents cannot pay their Luzerne County and Duryea Borough tax bills at the Duryea Municipal Building until further notice.

Residents may mail tax payments to or place them in the drop box outside of 79 Main St., Duryea, PA 18642 to the attention of Martin Hanczyc, tax collector.

If you need a receipt, please include the complete bill and a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your payment.

Please be sure all checks are dated correctly and signed.

For information, please call Hanczyc at 570-457-2482.


Ambulance membership

Avoca Ambulance Association’s annual 2020 membership drive is underway. Residents of Avoca and Dupont have been mailed a membership packet.

Duryea residents will receive their membership subscription at a later date.

The membership subscription protects the subscriber and family members from out-of-pocket expenses which insurance may not cover. The membership subscription price, which remains the same as last year, is $40 and $35 for senior citizens.

All proceeds are used for operating expenses and to maintain the viability of the Avoca Ambulance Association. The association provides coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week by paid, professional emergency medical providers on duty around the clock. Without the community’s support, this level of service would not be available.

The association appreciates the community’s support and members pledge to do their best to serve people in their time of need.

SAL gun raffle

Duryea Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 members are selling tickets for the annual gun raffle.

Tickets, which are two for $5, are available from any member.

The prizes include first prize, Remington 700 ADL 300 win mag or $250 cash; second prize, Remington 870 Express 12-gauge shotgun or $175 cash; third prize, Ruger Security-9 9mm handgun or $150 cash; fourth prize, Ruger EC9S 9mm handgun or $125 cash; fifth prize, $50 gift card to Komensky’s Market, Duryea; sixth prize, $25 gift card to Marie’s Diner, Duryea, and seventh prize, $25 gift card to My Sister’s Kitchen, Duryea.

The guns are provided by Advanced Arms, Pittston Twp.

Winners are responsible for taxes and gun fees.


Happy birthday

Happy birthday to David Tighe, who will celebrate his special day Saturday, May 9.

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 in her column, email or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.