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Something’s cooking in Duryea that will surely tempt your appetite and help our vets all with one bite — chicken bite that is.

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 will have a boneless chicken bites sale from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (or sold out) Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Brennan Regan Post 585 home, 329 Main St. Orders, which include blue cheese and celery, are $8 each and are available in mild, hot, butter and garlic, mild garlic, hot garlic and golden sauce. Takeouts will be available, too.

Holy Rosary news

Holy Rosary School students were seeing red and pink recently as they supported and raised awareness about two conditions that impact our society.

First up, the students held a dress down day to acknowledge Dyslexia Awareness. For this occasion, the students wore red as a symbol of support and recognition of various learning styles.

Next, the students held a “Pink Out” day to support and raise awareness of breast cancer. At the event, students, faculty and families donated monetary gifts and sold pink items to raise more than $1,000 for breast cancer research. Seventh grader Sarah Lyons also sold pink novelties to the students as part of her service to the Paint Pittston Pink Foundation.

Great job, kids!

Medication collection

In an effort to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs, the Duryea Police Department and Duryea Crime Watch will host our town’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St.

At this event, which is spearheaded by the United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, individuals can safely, conveniently and responsibly dispose of prescription drugs and learn about the potential for abuse of prescription medications. Please note, only pills or patches will be accepted. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps.

All Souls Day at St. Mary’s

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will have its annual All Souls Day Cemetery Visitation at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at the parish cemetery, Pettebone and Watts streets.

The parish will have Mass for All Saints Day, a holy day of obligation, at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the church, 200 Stephenson St.

Mass for All Souls Day is at 8 and 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at the church. During the evening Mass, there will be the prayers for the departed and the Reading of Remembrance.

Tax reminder

Duryea Borough Tax Collector Martin Hanczyc announces the school taxes are now at face value. The county and municipal taxes are at penalty value. The second installment payments are due Tuesday, Oct. 31. Taxes can be remitted from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at 79 Main St. or via mail to this address. When mailing tax bills and requesting a receipt, please send in the entire tax bill and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Taxes also can be collected by calling 570-457-2482 for anyone with a disability. For information or concerns pertaining to the tax bills, call Hanczyc.

Library story hour

Duryea’s My Little Library will hold a story hour at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St.

The November “celebrity” reader will be Duryea’s Mayor Keith Moss, who will be joined by members of the Frances Dorrance Chapter of the Society of Pennsylvania Archeology. The chapter will bring some hands-on artifacts and information about its dig site in Coxton. It will be great fun for the kids. Children with up to an eighth grade reading level are invited to attend.

My Little Library can be found in front of the municipal building and in front of the Community Park, Stephenson Street. It is a “take a book, give a book” program for children. Come and meet the mayor as he reads to the kids for the November Duryea My Little Library Story Hour and learn about our history as the local archeology chapter displays artifacts from our area’s beginnings.

Civil service commission

Duryea is seeking candidates to fill one permanent and two alternate member vacancies on the civil service commission. Candidates should send a letter of interest to Borough Manager Carolyn Cantee, 315 Main St., Duryea PA 18642. Letters must be received by Thursday, Nov. 9.

SAL meeting

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 will have its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at the post home, 329 Main St. All members are asked to attend

Food distribution

The monthly distribution of non-perishable food items will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in the parish hall in the lower level of Holy Rosary Church of Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 125 Stephenson St. Anyone who cannot access the hall stairs or place items in their vehicles can make advance arrangements for assistance. Deliveries are not available.

Individuals and households who meet the family size, household income and residency guidelines should contact Lois Hanczyc at 570-457-2482 to complete the registration materials by Monday, Nov. 5. Anyone not interested in being enrolled any longer should contact Lois to be removed from the list.

The income guidelines, which include household size and annual, monthly and weekly income, are as follows: one person, $17,505 annually, $1,459 monthly and $337 weekly; two people, $23,595, $1,966 and $454; three people, $29,685, $2,474 and $571; four people, $35,775, $2,981 and $688. For each additional person add $6,090, $508 and $117.

In order to qualify for future distributions, individuals and households must register by the Monday prior to the distribution date. During the distribution time, the registered member of the household is required to bring a valid driver’s license or photo ID, as well as proof of residence, such as a bill, report card or official documentation for each member of the household. Failure to provide necessary documentation required by CEO Food Bank will result in no distribution at the time of pickup.

For information, contact Jef Bauman at 570-881-6006 or, Lois Hancyzc at 570-457-2482 or Ed Ameika at 570-212-1479 or the CEO Weinberg Northeast Regional Foodbank at 570-908-2222.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to Jerry Grimm, who will celebrate his big 75th birthday on Saturday, Oct. 28. Best wishes for a great day and lots of love from his wife, Alice; daughter, Karen, and brother-in-law, Gene. Jerry is the sunshine of their lives. May he enjoy many more happy years in Duryea!

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