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The Easter Bunny is coming to Dupont! He will make his appearance at the Dupont Lions Club’s Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 31. Along with the Easter Bunny, the Leo Club mascot, Leonardo, will pay a visit. The event starts at 2 p.m. at the Dupont Little League Field.

The hunt is open to community children 10 and younger. The ages will be divided into three groups: 0-3; 4-7 and 8-10.

More than 450 goodies bags will litter the field, decorated by the students of Wyoming Area Catholic School. Also, six bikes will be awarded in the three designated age groups. The concession stand will be open with food and refreshments.

Dupont Lions Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars to fill the goody bags for the Easter egg hunt. All members are asked to attend.

Holiday church schedules

Palm Sunday services will be held March 25 at Holy Mother of Sorrows and Sacred Heart.

Holy Mother of Sorrows Service will start with a procession from the parish hall with Mass starting at 9 a.m.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church will have solemn blessing and procession of palms prior to the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Palms will be blessed at the school followed by a procession to church with Mass service beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Mother of Sorrows and Sacred Heart of Jesus Church announced their Easter Week schedules:

Holy Mother of Sorrows: March 28, Stations of the Cross, 7 p.m.; March 29, Holy Thursday, Mass of the Last Supper, 7 p.m.; March 30, Good Friday, Solemn Vigil Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Death, 7 p.m.; March 31, Holy Saturday, blessing of fire, water, candle, exhortations, renewal of baptismal promises, 10 a.m. April 1, Easter Sunday, Masses at 8 and 10:30 a.m.

Sacred Heart of Jesus: March 29, Holy Thursday, evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7 p.m.; Eucharistic reposition and night prayer, 10 p.m.; March 30, Good Friday, liturgy, 3 p.m.; Stations of the Cross, 7 p.m.; March 31, Holy Saturday, morning prayer, 9 a.m.; Easter Vigil Mass, 8 p.m.; April 1, Easter Sunday, Mass, 7:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

The tradition of blessing Easter food also will be held at both parishes.

Holy Mother of Sorrows will have blessing of Easter baskets at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Holy Saturday in the parish hall.

Sacred Heart will offer blessing of Easter baskets at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Holy Saturday in the parish hall.

Sacred Heart home visits, raffle winners

The Rev. Thomas Petro and members of the Pastoral Outreach Apostolate of Sacred Heart Parish will begin to visit the home-bound members of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish and will administer confession, anointing of the sick and Holy Communion. If you have a loved one homebound and would like to be added to the monthly home visitation list, call the parish office at 570-654-3713.

Holy Name Society week three winners of the 300 Club raffle are: first award, $100, Patricia Kreczkevich; second award, $50, Francis Perrella; third award, $25, Nick Kaminski; fourth award, $25, Joseph and Betty Mihalka.

Bunny breakfast

Holy Mother of Sorrows Polish National Catholic Church will sponsor a Breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, March 25. The event features a full breakfast buffet including drinks. Cost is $8 for adults and free for children under 12 years of age who are accompanied by a paid adult.

The event is open to the public. A special visit from the Easter Bunny is planned, so plan on attending.

Baseball opening day

Dupont Youth Baseball Organization will hold Opening Day festivities Saturday, April 7. Ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. with player introduction and national anthem.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., each team will play a single inning game. There will be free burgers and hot dogs for all players and coaches. “Champ,” the Railraiders mascot, will stop by for a visit with the kids. A balloon artist will make balloon animals for all the kids and a themed basket raffle will be held.

Little League bingo

Avoca/Dupont Little League will hold its third annual cash bingo fundraiser Sunday, April 29, at Queen of Apostles Parish hall, 742 Spring St. Doors open at noon and games begin at 1 p.m.

There will be 15 regular games worth $100 each, three special games worth $150 each and a coverall game worth $250. There also will be basket raffles and food will be served.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. To purchase tickets, call Gary at 570-877-4361 or Denise at 570-589-1426. Tickets also are available at all league events.

Gaming grant

Congratulations! Dupont Borough is one of the many municipalities to receive a grant gaming award. The award is for $173,847. Money is earmarked for municipal building renovations, including updating the heating and air conditioning, and getting new floors, windows and garage doors.

Recycling meeting

The first meeting of the Recycling Center Committee will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the Dupont Municipal office.

Start cleaning up your yards if the weather ever decides to warm up. The borough will begin pickup of yard waste in mid-April.

Refuse bills due

Patty McDonald, borough manager, reminds residents the 2018 refuse bills are due by March 30. To avoid citation and additional court costs, please make payments as soon as possible.

Yard maintenance inspections

Property inspections for yard maintenance ordinance violations will begin April 1, weather permitting. Warning letters will be issued with a 10-day notice for those in violation of the code. Citations for non-compliance will follow if problems are not rectified.

Complaint calls

Residents are notified to call the borough office directly to report any issues needing attention. All calls will be kept confidential. A complaint form will be given to the proper department, whether it be council, Department of Public Works, code enforcement or building inspection, to follow up and report any measures taken to correct the issue.

All suspicious activity should be reported by calling 911.

Ambulance membership

Avoca Ambulance Association’s 2018 annual membership drive flyers have been mailed to Avoca and Dupont residents. Cost is $40 per household, $35 for senior citizens. Membership gives protection from costly co-payments, ambulance transport fees, insurance denials and deductibles.

Annmarie Paddock writes about Dupont every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To include an item in her column, contact her at apaddock@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2176 by Monday.