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Excelsior and Germania hose companies, Duryea, recently visited the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students of Holy Rosary School. Students learned the importance of fire safety and toured a fire truck. Top photo, first row, from left, are Jim Gromelski, Germania Hose Company; Melissa Skutack, principal; Tom Brody, Excelsior Hose Company; Lisa Simkulak, pre-kindergarten teacher, and pre-kindergarten students Nicholas Zbylicki, Joseph Gromelski, Aubrianna Scartelli, Aaron Traeger and Christian Pace and John Amico, Germania. Second row: pre-kindergarten students Roman Limongelli, Maya Latona, Emma Hadley, Luke Sciandra and Mia Concepcion with Gabby Slig, Alexis Viaduck, Jim Brody and Tyler Brody, Excelsior. Bottom photo, kneeling, is John Amico, Germania. First row, from left, are Tom Brody, Excelsior; kindergarten students Claire Carden, Elsie Capozucca, Paige Kaminsky, Marcus Williams, Michael Collins, Isabella Collins, Savannah Hennebaul and Madeline Menichini; Ashley Hembury, kindergarten teacher, and Alexis Viadock, Excelsior. Second row: Jim Gromelski, Germania; kindergarten students Francesca Isidori, J.J. Rupprecht, Amelia Cooley, Loveah Williams, Sophia Kapish and Cody Karboski, and Gabby Selig, Jim Brody and Tyler Brody, Excelsior. Holy Rosary had omitted Excelsior Hose Company’s participation in the event when these photos were published last week.

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Next weekend, our country will observe Veterans Day — a day to not only honor our veterans but also their sacrifices for our freedoms. In keeping with this important tradition, the members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 have two special events planned.

First, the members of the VFW will host their annual roast beef dinner from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St. Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased at the post home. Takeouts will be available, too.

While the volunteers will certainly be busy serving this meal, they, along with the community, will pause to honor veterans during the post’s Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the monument in front of the post home.

Be sure to stop by to honor our veterans and support the VFW!

Nativity of Our Lord


Congratulations to the following students from Nativity of Our Lord Parish who received the sacrament of confirmation Oct. 17 from the Most Rev. John M. Dougherty, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus, Diocese of Scranton: Katie Albrecht, Kaitlin Avvisato, Emily Bryan, Sydney Chrobak, Tyler Copp, Kayleen Dolan, Emily Dunn, Andrew Francis, Kobe Groom, Matthew Jasienski, John Jacob Kravitz, Kaylee Kravitz, Mia Marriggi, Justin McDonnell, Meghan McDonnell, Connor Mulhern, Jessica Nawrocki, Olivia Peet, Jillian Rachko, Gianna Slodysko and Lars Thomas.

Excelsior truck dedication

Congratulations to the members of Excelsior Hose Company No. 2, who officially dedicated their new 2018 Ferrara ladder truck Oct. 13. It was the first time in the department’s history the members designed a truck for their own company’s use. State Rep. Mike Carroll, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright and state Sen. John Blake presented the company with a $150,000 casino grant toward the purchase. The Very Rev. Gary J. Mensinger, pastor of St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church, officiated at the blessing of the truck.

Nativity food drive

Nativity of Our Lord Parish’s service committee is conducting a food drive to benefit the residents of the Little Sisters of the Poor’s Holy Family Residence, Scranton. New, non-expired, non-perishable food items can be dropped off in the containers in the church vestibule after all daily and weekend Masses through the Thanksgiving Eve Mass.

Tax reminder

Duryea Borough Tax Collector Martin Hanczyc states school taxes are now at face value. Taxes can be paid from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at 79 Main St., or by appointment.When mailing in tax bills and requesting a receipt, please send in the entire tax bill and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Also, please include your phone number on the back of the bill. And, if you are making copies of your taxes, mail in the original copy. For information, call Hanczyc at 570-457-2482.

Germania cornhole


Germania Hose Company will have a cornhole tournament Saturday, Nov. 3, at the hose company, 430 Foote Ave. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the tournament begins at noon.

The format is double-elimination. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. Food and beverages will be sold. College football games also will be broadcast all day. Registration is $40 per team of two players. To register, call or text message Joe Korea at 570-499-2350, Will Bradley at 570-234-7199 or send a message to the Germania Hose Company, Duryea, Pa Facebook page.

Legion Auxiliary soup

and chili sale

Duryea American Legion Auxiliary Unit 585 will host a soup, chili and bake sale from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., or until sold out, Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Brennan Regan Post, 329 Main St. Takeouts will be available, too. Containers will be provided.

All soups and chili are homemade by members.

Sewer authority meeting

Duryea Borough Sewer Authority will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public is invited.

Pesotine cancer benefit

Bust a Move for Bryan, a benefit for Bryan Pesotine, of Duryea, and a member of the maintenance department at Pittston Area, will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave.

The event will feature food, beverages, live entertainment, basket raffles and a 50/50 drawing. Admission is $10. All proceeds will assist Pesotine in his battle against cancer. For information, call Patti Baumes at 570-947-4218.

Council meeting

Duryea Borough Council will meet Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public work session is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7.

PA, Class of 1967, activities

Pittston Area, Class of 1967, will have a Christmas party at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909, 401 Main St., Dupont.

There will be a party planning meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Bernie Appel Wesolowski’s home, 225 Hill St. Dupont. Anyone planning to attend the meeting should call Wesolowski at 570-655-6053.

For information regarding the Christmas party, please call Karen Hadley Sobeski at 570-457-3247.

Also, the class is planning a 70th birthday party for members of the graduating class. The party will tentatively take place sometime in September 2019. More information will be available in the future.

Free community

Thanksgiving dinner

Duryea Police Department and Duryea Crime Watch will host their fifth annual free community Thanksgiving dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave.

This will be a sit-down dinner. Takeouts will not be available.

Anyone interested in donating may mail a check to the Duryea Crime Watch c/o the Duryea Police Department, Chief Nick Lohman, 315 Main St. Duryea, PA 18642. Please note the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner in the memo area of the check. This dinner is free to the public. Registration will be available soon.

Ministerium service

The 4-Boro Ministerium of Avoca, Duryea, Moosic and Old Forge, will have its annual community Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Nativity of Lord Parish, 127 Stephenson St.

All attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or monetary gift to support the Moosic United Methodist Church food pantry.

Crime Watch meeting

Duryea Crime Watch will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the municipal building, 315 Main St.

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery’s support group will meet from 5:45 to 7 p.m. weekly at Nativity of Our Lord Parish Hall, (formerly Sacred Heart Hall), 529 Stephenson St.

SMART Recovery’s 4-Point Program helps people recover from all types of substance use disorders or any unwanted behaviors. These include alcohol/drugs, prescription drugs, nicotine, co-dependency, compulsive overeating or any behavior change.

For information, visit or

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. There are no dues or fees. Meetings last approximately one hour. The public is invited.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday to Amy Parente Ruth, who will celebrate her special day Nov. 5.

Happy birthday to my dear friend, Carla Moran, who will celebrate her special day Nov. 10.

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. To list a news item in her column, email her at or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.