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Dupont Borough Council made a few changes at its January meeting regarding the police department. After a seven-year absence, Dupont now has full-time police coverage. Council appointed Bryan Besecker and Mike Kowanick to full-time patrolmen, effective immediately. Dupont has not had full-time officers since the retirement of Police Chief Anthony DeMark back in 2011.

Reviewing other options, Dupont had been one of several municipalities that were members of a study group looking to consolidate under the Northeast Regional Police Department. Dupont chose to drop out of the study last year. Mayor Daniel Lello, a member of the study group for two years, announced back in October that Dupont Borough has opted out of the Regional Police Study Group, citing inequities in the project costs for Dupont. He commented at the time: “The project lacked cost justification for Dupont Borough to continue in the regionalization of the police department.” Mayor Lello also stated he and all council members will keep all options open and continue open dialogue with the study group.

Also, Richard Janesko, director of public safety for the past year, resigned his position effective Jan. 1, 2018. He has accepted a position in his hometown of Moosic. Council appointed Sean Doran as director of public safety. Attending his last meeting in Dupont, Richard thanked everyone he has worked with and was pleased to turn over the keys to Doran, a man he has known his entire life.

Next meeting of Dupont Council will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, in the James Cocco Council Chambers. Come and meet the new director of public safety.

Tax reminder

Tax Collector Joy Tetlak Adelstein announced the 2018 tax bills were issued Feb. 2. The discount period will be begin Feb. 12 and end April 11. Face value will end June 11 and penalty period ends Dec. 31. If you have not received your bill, please contact the tax collector as soon as possible.

Mardi Gras party

On the fun-filled weekend of Feb. 9-10, enjoy the Mardi Gras party hosted by Dupont Progress Committee from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at the Dupont Volunteer Fire Hall.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the Dupont Municipal Office during regular business hours. The buffet includes pork chops, sausage and peppers and chicken with a cash bar. Music will be provided by D.J. Nunsie.

VFW Valentine dinner dance

Then on Saturday, Feb. 10, continue the fun at Dupont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909 Home Association’s annual Valentine’s Day dinner dance. The dance will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. A dinner buffet will be served from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Music will be provided by Millennium from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The bar will be open from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Door prizes will be awarded throughout the evening.

Donation is $30 per person. Contact Bob Lopata at the VFW or at 570-654-9104. Deadline for reservations is Friday, Feb. 9. For information and the latest updates, visit www.vfw4909.com.

Progress Committee

meetings

Dupont Progress Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, in council chambers to finalize the Mardi Gras plans. The committee will be back to its regularly scheduled monthly meetings at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22.

T-ball/baseball registration

Dupont Youth Baseball Association will conduct registration and sign-ups for the upcoming 2018 T-ball/baseball season. Registration is open to boys and girls ages 3 through 7. There are no residential restrictions to play in Dupont, so all children from the area are welcome. Cost is $25 per player with no additional fundraisers required.

Sign-ups will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Dupont Borough Building. Coaches and volunteers are needed and welcome, as well. Please check the group’s Facebook page for additional information.

Holy Mother of

Sorrows fish fry

Holy Mother of Sorrows will sponsor its Lenten fish fry from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at the parish hall, Wyoming Avenue. The dinner includes two pieces of fish, fries, vegetable, coleslaw and roll.

Donation is $10. Tickets are available by calling the rectory office at 570-654-4262. Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event.

VFW news

Dupont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909 will hold its next monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at the post home. Many items of importance will be discussed and committee reports will be given. Commander Mark Roney will preside.

The Home Association meeting will follow.

Food and refreshments will be served after both meetings.

For information and the latest updates, visit www.vfw4909.com.

VFW social membership cards for 2018 are now available at the post home. Membership is $12 and is valid through Dec. 31, 2018.

Lions food distribution

volunteers needed

The monthly food distribution sponsored by the Dupont Lions is in need of volunteers who would help bag and sort food items and also help with truck delivery. Helpers are asked to start at 1 p.m. to prepare items for distribution from 4 to 5 p.m. Contact any Lions Club member for additional information.

The Dupont Lions Club’s next monthly food distribution will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church hall. All qualifying residents of Suscon and Dupont are eligible.

Sacred Heart pierogi making

Time to make the pierogies. Sacred Heart of Jesus Church’s annual Lenten Pierogi production will begin Feb. 8 and continue through Feb. 14. The Women’s Society is asking for help to make the 18,000 pre-ordered potato and cabbage pierogis. Food preparation is done in the church hall.

Contact the rectory office at 570-654-3713 for times and information.

Save the dates

Holy Mother of Sorrows will hold a Lenten potato pancake dinner Friday, March 16.

Dupont Progress Committee’s Bunny Bar Hop is Saturday, March 24.

Dupont Lions Club’s annual Easter egg hunt is Saturday, March 31.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish’s first annual flea market is Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6.

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.