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Happy Easter, my friends! I hope you and your family have a day filled with friendship, family, love and the happiness of this holy day!

If you’re interested in celebrating Easter at a church, please feel free to drop by any of the following services.

The Rev. John V. Polednak, V.E., the Rev. Joseph Elston, Deacon André Kabacinski and the parishioners of Nativity of our Lord Parish will have Easter services at the church, 127 Stephenson St.: Holy Saturday, April 15, 2 and 4 p.m., blessing of Easter food at Holy Rosary School gym, 125 Stephenson St.; 8 p.m., Easter Vigil Mass; Easter Sunday, April 16, 7:30, 9 and 11:15 a.m. Masses.

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will have the following services for Easter at the church, 200 Stephenson St.: Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil, April 15, 10:30 a.m., blessing of fire, paschal candle, reading of the four lessons, blessing of water and blessing of Easter food; Easter Sunday, April 16, 9 a.m., solemn procession of resurrection (outdoors, weather permitting), Mass of resurrection and blessing of Easter food, breakfast for parishioners in the rectory following Mass, and Dingus Day, Monday, April 17, 7 p.m., Holy Mass.

The Rev. Dr. Al Cremard and the congregation of the Independent Bible Church will have Easter services at the church, 328 Main St., at 6 and 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 16.

Holy Rosary news

The Holy Rosary School sixth grade students recently celebrated an “irrationally” fun Pi Day 3.14.

The students prepared for the event for weeks in advance starting with a T-shirt design contest. The sixth graders, along with faculty and staff, celebrated the winning design created by Brielle Scheland, by sporting shirts bearing her work. The children also enjoyed contests centered around the non-terminating digit, pi. Students pinned the radius on the circle, decorated pi symbols and listened to Pi Day music.

Dino DiMauro and Brielle Scheland were chosen “King and Queen of Pi” for the day.

Nice job, kids!

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery meets from 5:45 to 7 p.m. Mondays at Nativity of Our Lord Parish hall (formerly Sacred Heart hall), 529 Stephenson St.

The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors, including substance or alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, prescription drug abuse, nicotine addiction, co-dependency, hoarding or any unwanted behavior.

For more information, visit facebook.com/smartnepa or www.smartrecovery.org.

Al-Anon meeting

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.

Crime Watch meeting

Duryea Crime Watch will have its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at the municipal building, 315 Main St.

The public is encouraged to attend.

Legion entertainment

Duryea American Legion Brennan Regan Post 585 will host the Sperazza Band from 8 p.m. until midnight Saturday, April 22, at the post home, 329 Main St. There is no cover charge for this event, and it is open to the public.

St. Mary’s yard sale

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will have a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the church, 200 Stephenson St.

Participants can rent an 8-by-2-foot space for $10, where they can place their own table to sell unwanted treasures. Vendors and crafters are welcome. There also will be food and beverages for sale, as well as a bake sale and door prize.

To reserve a table space, call 570-457-2291.

SAL events

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 will hold a special meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at the post home, 329 Main St. All members are urged to attend.

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 will hold its fifth annual chicken barbecue Saturday, May 20. Flatland Ruckus will provide live entertainment that night. More details will be announced in the future.

Members of Sons of the American Legion also are selling tickets for the annual gun raffle. Tickets are $3 each or two for $5. Drawing is at 11 p.m. May 20, following the chicken barbecue dinner.

The prizes include first prize, Howa/Hogue 6.5 Creedmoor 24” heavy barrel rifle; second prize, Ruger LC9 striker-fired compact 9mm; third prize, Hatfield SAS Semi-Automatic 12 gauge shotgun; fourth prize, a $50 Cabela’s gift card; fifth prize, $50 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card, and sixth prize, a $50 Komensky’s Market gift card.

Tickets can be purchased from any member, at the post home or by calling 570-457-4242.

Food distribution

Qualifying Duryea residents can register with the CEO Weinberg Food Bank and receive a monthly supplemental food distribution. The distribution of non-perishable food items will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on the second Monday of each month 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 necessary registration materials by Monday, May 1, to participate in the distribution on Monday, May 8. 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 will result in no distribution at the time of pick up.

For information, contact organizers and Duryea

residents Ed Ameika at 570-212-1479, Lois Hancyzc at 570-457-2482 or Jef Bauman at 570-881-6006 or jeffreyadambauman@gmail.com.

You can also contact the CEO Weinberg Northeast Regional Foodbank at 570-908-2222.

Kridlo Motorcycle Run

The Cpl. Dale Kridlo Memorial Motorcycle Run and Picnic will take place Saturday, May 13, at Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the first rider leaving at 11 a.m. The picnic begins at 2 p.m.

The cost is $20 per driver, $15 per passenger and $10 for the picnic alone.

During the ride, bikers will stop at various checkpoints, including Hammerjax Bar & Grill, the Newfoundland Hotel and the Y-Knot Pub & Eatery.

At the picnic, there will be food, prizes, basket raffles, 50/50 raffles, entertainment and much more.

All proceeds will benefit Holy Rosary School, Duryea.

For more information or to make a donation, contact event chairman Rich Craig at 570-466-0301.

Kridlo, who grew up in Duryea and was just 33 when he made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, was killed in action in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, on Nov. 7, 2010, when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.

A United States Army soldier supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, Cpl. Kridlo chose to be the point man of the patrol and died fighting to protect his platoon and fellow soldiers. His ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten by the soldiers of the 27th Engineer Battalion, his family, friends and the American people.

A true American hero, Cpl. Kridlo was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.

Patriotic essay and

poster contest

The Duryea Betterment Committee is sponsoring a Duryea Casualties of War essay and poster contest.

School age children who are residents of Duryea or go to school in Duryea are invited to select one name from the Duryea Casualties of War monument list located at fb.me/DuryeaCasualtiesofWar, and compose a 60-second essay reflection on the soldier, sailor, marine or airperson’s life. Elementary students may create a poster.

With either project, students should explore and note the service person’s history, where their division was engaged, where they were fatally wounded or killed in action and the battles their division fought.

Once a student completes their project, with a parent, guardian or teacher’s permission and assistance, record a video with a smartphone or computer of themselves reading or narrating their essay and then upload it onto the Facebook page fb.me/DuryeaCasualtiesofWar from their parent, guardian or teacher’s Facebook page. Students should include their first name with the posting. Poster entries should be photographed and uploaded to the page. Students can also take their picture or video to the Pittston Memorial Library, and they will upload your work onto the web page.

The community is invited to review the entries. The top three entries with the most “likes” will be asked to read their essay or display their poster at the dedication of the Casualties of War Memorial in front of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 on Memorial Day.

Duryea at Dusk

Duryea at Dusk will hold a 5K run, 1-mile walk and family oriented festival Saturday, June 3, at the Duryea Community Park, located behind the municipal building, 315 Main St. The festival begins at 5 p.m., followed by the race and walk at 7 p.m. Details about the festival will be available soon. In the meantime, to learn more about Duryea at Dusk, visit the group’s Facebook page at facebook.com/duryeaatdusk. To register for the race/walk or to make a donation, visit runsignup/duryea.com. All proceeds will benefit the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute (NRCI), Scranton.

A volunteer meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St. Anyone interested in assisting with the event is invited. Anyone who cannot attend can contact Allison at 570-881-3101 or email duryeaatdusk@gmail.com. Service hour approval will be given upon request.

Motorcycle poker run

Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 and Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will co-sponsor a motorcycle poker run and chicken dinner Saturday, June 10, at the VFW post home, 492 Stephenson St.

Registration for the motorcycle poker run begins at 9 a.m. The first bike will leave on the 60-mile ride at 10 a.m. and the final bike will leave at 11 a.m. The final bike will return at 3 p.m., and the winner will be announced at 4 p.m. During the ride, bikers will stop at various checkpoints — including the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall at the Swoyersville American Legion Post 644 — to draw a random playing card. At the end of the event, the bikers with the best poker hand and worst poker hand will win cash prizes. There also will be giveaways and prizes.

In addition to the ride, there will be motorcycle games, a food tent, vendors, bands, a DJ, a 50/50 raffle and basket raffles. All pre-registered drivers and passengers will receive a T-shirt. To register, visit www.station226.com or stop by the VFW post home for a registration form. Pre-registration is $20 per driver and $10 per passenger. On the day of the event, driver registration will be $25.

During the poker run, there will be a chicken barbecue dinner at noon, which is open to everyone, not just poker run riders. The menu includes half of a barbecue chicken and homemade side dishes and desserts. Takeouts will be available.

The tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased from any Excelsior Hose Company member or at the VFW. Only a limited number of tickets will be sold the day of the event.

That’s about it for this week, my friends. If you would like to send out a birthday, anniversary or get well wish or have your organization’s upcoming meetings, events or fundraisers listed in next week’s edition, please contact me.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Duryea every week. To include an item in her column, email jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.