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Do the cold weather and cabin fever have you feeling down? Then get out of the house, warm up and enjoy classic rock music at the Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227!

The VFW will host Sugar Ray-Nemitz from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St. Stop by and enjoy your classic rock favorites as Sugar Ray plays them on his guitar. You’ll also be supporting our veterans.

Holy Rosary news

Kudos to the Holy Rosary School pre-kindergarten class which recently made vegetable soup to celebrate the letter V. Each student brought soup ingredients to school and together, they created a warm, delicious snack.

Sewer authority news

The Duryea Borough Sewer Authority office will now be open three times a week. Please call the office at 570-457-0012 to check the hours and days.

If the office is closed, bill payments can still be made. Payments should be placed in an envelope and put in the locked box on the office door.

Tax reminder

Duryea Borough Tax Collector Martin Hanczyc announces the Luzerne County/Duryea Borough taxes are scheduled to be sent for Feb. 4.

Tax bills can be paid from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St. Please note the office will not be open Feb. 4.

If you are mailing your tax payment and need a receipt, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and the complete bill. Also, write your phone number on the bill in case Hanczyc needs to reach you.

If you do not receive your tax bill, please call 570-457-2482. Bills are sent directly to taxpayers by the county.

Little League registration

Spring season online registration for Greater Pittston Area Little League, which includes Avoca, Dupont, Duryea and Pittston City, is now available through the Greater Pittston Area Little League Facebook page and T-ball registration is free; coach pitch is $45 and minors and majors are $75. The family maximum is $110. There will not be any ticket raffle this year.

Little League Night at the Races

Greater Pittston Area Little League will have a Night at the Races on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the former Seton Catholic High School, 37 William St., Pittston. Doors open at 6 p.m. and races begin at 7. Admission is $5 at the door and includes food and non-alcoholic beverages.

This is an adult only BYOB event. Children are not permitted. In addition to the horse racing, there will be a basket raffle and 50/50 drawing.

Trash stickers

Residents can purchase 2019 garbage stickers at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St., from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Residents also can receive their garbage sticker by mail by sending the payment and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the municipal building.

One bag per week is $100; two bags per week, $155; three bags per week, $195; and four bags per week, $235.

New stickers must be purchased by Jan. 31.

Residents 65 and older have the option to pay 50 percent of the fee no later than Jan. 31, and the remaining 50 percent no later than July 31. Proof of age is required.

Residents must have the 2019 sticker displayed in their window to have their garbage collected.

St. Mary’s news

In honor of the Presentation of our Lord, the Rev. Carmen Bolock will bless candles at the beginning of Holy Mass at 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church, 200 Stephenson St. In addition to blessing the candles for Holy Mass, parishioners and friends may also bring candles from home to use for prayer or on their dining room table.

Following Holy Mass, Father Bolock will bless attendees’ throats in honor of the Feast of St. Blaise.

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will have a pre-Lenten breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 3, in the parish hall, 200 Stephenson St. The menu will feature eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, rolls with butter, juice and a beverage. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Take out meals will be available, too.

To order tickets, please call 570-457-2291. Please note, there will be a limited number of tickets available at the door.

VFW pitch league, social memberships

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227’s winter pitch league will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St.

The VFW has social membership applications available for 2019. The post hosts many great events throughout the year for members to enjoy such as live entertainment, fundraising dinners and several different types of league play, including horseshoes, pitch and darts, to name a few. They also sponsor various community activities for children, including Halloween and Christmas parties, and provide support for our veterans as well as the brave men and women serving our country today.

For information, call 570-457-9946 or stop by the post home. You also can visit Duryea VFW 1227 on Facebook and send a message.

Phoenix fundraising cabaret

Phoenix Performing Arts Center will present “Let’s Go to the Movies,” a cabaret show, from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St., Avoca.

The show will include vocal, dance and instrumental performances along with acted scenes from various movies. Several acts are booked, but people of all ages are welcome to participate in the show. There is no auditions or participation fee, but performers do have to buy a ticket to the event.

Tickets, which are $20, include a full course meal and beverages. The buffet-style dinner includes salad, chicken, beef, pasta, potato, vegetable and dessert. This is a BYOB event for guests 21 and over.

To purchase tickets, please call or text Lee LaChette at 570-991-1817, by Thursday, Jan. 31. To register to perform in the show, contact LaChette by Saturday, Jan. 26. Performers must provide a back track or music they plan on performing. All music must come from the movie soundtrack.

All proceeds will benefit the Phoenix Performing Arts Center’s scholarship fund for children.

Germania breakfast

Germania Hose Company will have its annual all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday, Feb. 17, at the hose company, 430 Foote Ave. The menu includes sausage, ham, home fries, eggs, pancakes, rolls, desserts, coffee and juice.

Tickets, which are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and younger, can be purchased at the door or from any member.

Excelsior Night at the Races

Save the date! Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 will host its annual Night at the Races on Saturday, March 30, at the Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave.

Police tip line

Duryea Police Department has established a tip line. This line allows individuals to anonymously provide the Duryea Police Department with information about a crime, criminal activity, drug activity or information related to open investigations. Callers are asked to leave as much detailed information as possible such as locations, dates, descriptions of person or vehicle and type of activity you are reporting.

To make a report, call 1-833-373-8477 or 1-833-DPD-TIPS.

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery will meet from 5:45 to 7 p.m. weekly on Mondays at Nativity of Our Lord Parish Hall, (formerly Sacred Heart Hall), 529 Stephenson St. SMART Recovery’s 4-point Program, based on CBT, supports anyone seeking change.

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