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New police chief, officers sworn in Mayor Daniel Lello swore in newly-appointed Police Chief Sean Doran during the February meeting of Dupont Borough Council. Two full-time police officers, Bryan Besecker and Michael Kowanick, also were sworn in at the meeting. From left, Mayor Daniel Lello swears in Chief Sean Doran, Officer Bryan Besecker and Officer Michael Kowanick.

Dupont will have its very own March Madness with several organizations holding events and projects throughout the month.

The March events starts with ...

Hose company breakfast

Dupont Volunteer Hose Company will hold its 53rd annual all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday, March 4, at the company home on Main Street. This traditional breakfast includes their signature scrambled eggs, pancakes and sausage.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Raffles and theme baskets will be featured. Tickets are available from any member of the company and also will be available at the door on the day of the event.

VFW St. Patrick’s Day

dinner dance

Dupont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909 Home Association will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner dance on Saturday, March 17, at the post home.

Millennuim will provide the music for your dancing and listening pleasure from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. A dinner buffet will be available from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. with bar 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 or call the VFW at 570-654-9104. Deadline for reservations is Friday, March 16.

Progress Committee

Bunny Bar Hop

The Dupont Bunny Bar Hop sponsored by the Dupont Progress Committee will be held Saturday, March 24.

Commemorative T-shirts are available for $10 each. You can order your shirt at the Dupont Municipal Building during regular office hours. Deadline for shirt orders is Monday, Feb. 26.

What is the Bunny Bar Hop? You or a group of friends pick one or more local establishment to visit throughout the evening. It’s a great chance to meet friends and support local businesses. Come out and have a great night of fun.

Holy Mother of Sorrows Lenten dinners

Holy Mother of Sorrows will hold a Lenten potato pancake and clam chowder dinner from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 16, in the parish hall. Donation is $10. Take-outs are available. Menu includes pancakes, soup, dessert and beverage.

Holy Mother of Sorrows will hold its second Lenten fish fry dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 23. Dinner includes two pieces of fish, fries, vegetable, coleslaw, roll and beverage; Donation is $10. Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event.

Youth Baseball fish fry

Dupont Youth Baseball Organization will sponsor a fish fry Friday, March 23, at the Dupont Little League concession stand. The dinner is takeout only from 4 to 7 p.m. Menu includes hand battered haddock, french fries, cole slaw and roll. Cost per ticket is $10 and can be purchased by contacting Rob at 570-540-0772 or Mark at 570-709-0814.

Lions Club projects

Dupont Lions Club has a very busy schedule for March with the Hometown Banner Project, the upcoming park cleanup, the annual Easter egg hunt, new upgrades to the playground and renovations to the park pavilion and the snack shack.

Lion Jesse Tetlak, chairman for the pavilion and snack bar make overs will be working on new roofing for both locations and upgrades in the kitchen areas as soon as the weather permits. As always, volunteers are welcome to help out. Just contact Jesse or any other Lion.

One date that has been set is the annual park cleanup headed by Lion Mark Kowalczyk. Work begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 24. Again, volunteers are always welcome. Tasks include raking leaves, debris removal and planting of new evergreen trees.

The Lions Club recently purchased an Expression Swing, which allows infants and adults to ride together. Installation of the new swing will also be added once the weather permits. Target date for completion of all projects is March 24.

Dupont Lions Club is accepting applications for the Hometown Heroes Banner Program.

These street banners are designed to honor active duty military, retirees and veterans from Dupont who honorably served or continue to serve the United States of America. Banner dimensions are 30 inches wide by 60 inches high and will include a picture of the service member in uniform, their branch of service and their era of service. Family members must provide a photo, which may be black and white or color. For a visual example, please have a look at one of the existing banners currently on display in Dupont.

Lions and volunteers will install banners along the streets of Dupont, including Main, Chestnut and Ziegler streets and Pittston Avenue. All efforts will be made to have the banners hung prior to Memorial Day and they will remain up until its sponsor requests that it be taken down.

The sponsorship for each banner is $200, payable when submitting a sponsorship form. The sponsor’s name(s) will be displayed on the bottom of the banner. Sponsorship forms are available at the Dupont Borough Building, the Dupont Veterans of Foreign Wars or from any Dupont Lions Club member. Please return you application as soon as possible so the club can have them ready for display on Memorial Day.

The Dupont Lions Club extends its heartfelt thank you to all our military service men and women for their selfless service to our great country!

The monthly food distribution sponsored by the Dupont Lions is in need of volunteers who would help bag and sort food items. 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.

New chief in town

A swearing in ceremony took place at the February meeting of Dupont Borough Council of the newly appointed Police Chief Sean Doran and two full-time police officers, Bryan Besecker and Michael Kowanick.

Electronics recycling

and paper shredding

The borough will sponsor an electronic recycling drive and document shedding drive from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 7. Shedding will be held at the front entrance of the municipal building and the electronics drop off will be behind the municipal building.

There is no cost for document shedding but there will be fees for electronic recycling. Borough officials will post the recycling costs as soon as they are available.

Sacred Heart news

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church has begun renovations to the church sanctuary. Currently, Masses are still held in the church but the church will close for liturgies effective May 21 to accommodate the continued renovations which include new pews, new carpeting and placement of oak wood floors in the sanctuary. The church will hopefully open July 4. During the time the upper church will be closed for renovations, Masses will be celebrated in the church hall.

In parishes throughout the Scranton Diocese on Mondays during Lent, confessions will be heard from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Rev. Thomas Petro will be available at to hear confessions Feb. 26 and March 5, 12, 19 and 26.

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

Sacred Heart will sponsor a flea market on May 5-6 at the parish hall. Items that will be accepted include household items, kitchen items, toys, holiday decorations, books, jewelry and furniture. Please note that electronics and clothing will not be accepted. Donations will be accepted begin sometime April. Dates of collection will follow. All money raised from the flea market will benefit the Parish Building Fund.

Baseball registration

Dupont Youth Baseball Organization will hold signs-ups from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Dupont Municipal Building.

Crime Watch meeting

Dupont Crime Watch will hold its February meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the municipal building. After a brief meeting, the group will be touring the new state police helicopter facility at the Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport.

The meetings are open to everyone and new members are always welcome.

Annmarie Paddock writes about Dupont every week. To include an item in her column, contact her at or call 570-301-2176 by Monday.