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Happy Mother’s Day! Enjoy your day!

May is a busy month for our local Veterans of Foreign Wars and AMVETS posts.

Together with the Boy Scouts and volunteers, the VFW and AMVETS will begin the removal of the old flags from both the Sacred Heart and Holy Mother of Sorrows cemeteries starting at 6 p.m. Monday, May 14. Then at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, placement of the new flags will take place at both cemeteries. All volunteers are asked to meet at the VFW Post before heading out to the cemeteries.

At 5 p.m. Friday, May 25, the AMVETS will place more than 100 white wooden crosses on the memorial lawn next to the municipal building. Anyone who would like to volunteer can contact any AMVETS member.

The weekend of May 26-27, VFW Post 4909 will conduct its annual poppy drive outside of Sacred Heart Church after all the weekend Masses.

And the biggest event of the month, the annual Memorial Day Parade sponsored by VFW Post 4909 and the AMVETS will be held Monday, May 28. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. beginning at Main Street and turning onto Chestnut Street and ending at the Dupont Memorial grounds adjacent to the municipal building, where services immediately follow the parade.

Holy Mother of Sorrows also will hold a Memorial Day observation to honor the parish’s veterans who served in World War I, World War II, The Korean War, Vietnam and The Gulf Wars. A solemn ceremony will be held Sunday, May 27, immediately following the 9 a.m. Sunday Mass at the flagpole in front of the church.

The names on the monument, along with anyone else not listed who served our country in these wars, will be read aloud. If you or a family member of the parish who served in these conflicts would like their name added, please contact Paul Kaspriskie at 570-655-0981 or Paul.Kaspriskie@wilkes.edu. 

VFW meetings

The monthly meeting of VFW Post 4909 will be held at the post home at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 4. Commander Mark Roney will preside.

The Home Association meeting will follow.

Refreshments will be served after both meetings.

Dupont Youth Baseball news

Dupont Youth Baseball Organization will hold its third annual chicken barbecue fundraiser from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Dupont Youth Baseball Field Centerfield Pavilion. Eat-in dinners and takeouts are available. Donation is $10. Tickets are available at the Dupont baseball field from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday or at the Dupont Municipal Office during business hours. Menu includes half a barbecue chicken, coleslaw, corn on the cob, roll and dessert.

Purchase your tickets early, as last year’s event was an early sellout.

Dupont Youth Baseball’s photo day for all teams/players will take place Saturday, May 12, during the T-ball schedule.

Dupont Youth Baseball’s T-ball schedule has expanded to include weekly Wednesday night games in addition to the regularly scheduled games every Saturday morning.

May T-ball schedule:

Saturday, May 12: 10 a.m., Dupont Monument vs. Arena Trucking; 11:15 a.m., Marek’s vs. Darbenzo’s; 12:30 p.m., Dupont VFW vs. PACC.

Saturday, May 19: 10 a.m., Darbenzio’s vs. Arena Trucking; 11:15 a.m., Marek’s vs. Dupont VFW; 12:30 p.m., Dupont Monument vs. PACC.

Sacred Heart news

Sacred Heart will remove the old pews Monday, May 21, to make way for the interior renovations work. Perhaps you would like the pew where you and your family have sat for decades. If interested, please contact Kathy at the parish office during regular business hours as soon as possible at 570-654-3713. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to noon Fridays. You can make a request for a specific pew or even a number of pews. Pews are offered on a first come, first served basis. Pews will be available and must be picked up Monday, May 21.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Women’s Society would like to thank everyone who baked, donated or helped in any way to make the recent bake sale and raffle successful. Congratulations to the raffle winners: first prize, Anthony Ferretti; second prize, Mary Kolis; third prize, Daniel Nyzio, and fourth prize, Daniel Tetlak.

The annual Women’s Society Mass and luncheon will be held Sunday, May 20. Members will attend the 10:30 a.m. Mass followed by a luncheon at 12:15 p.m. at Arturo’s Restaurant in Dupont.

Cost is $10 for current members of the society and $15 for each guest. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the parish office at 570-654-3713. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Ann Smithonic at 570-654-3239.

May Crowning of the statue of the Blessed Mother will be celebrated Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, at Sacred Heart during the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Children from the First Communion class will participate in the crowning ceremony.

Sacred Heart Parish picnic meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, in the church hall. Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to attend. New ideas are welcome.

Electronics recycling

Dupont will hold an electronics recycling from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at the Dupont Municipal Building.

Items that can be recycled free of charge are desktop and laptop computers, keyboards and mice, printers and fax machines; cables/cords, cell phones and telephones, laptop batteries and UPS battery backups, calculators and adding machines, toner and ink cartridges, audio visual equipment, telephones and cell phones (please remove cell phone batteries); DVD and VCR players, gaming systems, string Christmas lights, microwaves and small appliances, metal items, small exercise equipment, bed frames and rain spouting and filing cabinets. Please note, car batteries (sealed lead acid) have been removed from the acceptable list of items.

Additional items that can be recycled for a fee include: washers and dryers, $20; dishwashers, $20; CRT monitors, $15 (tube type) ; LCD monitors, $10; televisions under 40 inches, $35; TVs in wooden cabinets, projection and over 40 inches, $55; air conditioners, $25; dehumidifiers, $25; refrigerators, $30; ranges/stoves, $20; floor copiers, $20; console stereos, in cabinet, $35.

Lions Club news

Dupont Lions Club’s monthly food distribution will be held at the parish hall of Holy Mother of Sorrows Church from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 24. All qualifying residents of Dupont and Suscon are eligible.

Dupont Lions will hold their monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 14, at the VFW Post Home.

Borough website

Dupont Borough has a newly designed website that is available to residents at dupontpa.us. Any group or organizations having events they would like posted on the new site can email the information to dupontboro@comcast.net or send it directly to the new website. The site also includes a list of businesses and emergency numbers.

Elm Street Sportsmen’s

Club meeting

Elm Street Sportsmen’s Club will meet at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at the Polish American Citizens Club. John Lizak will preside.

Get gas

Residents who need to apply for gas can do so by going online to ugi.com/getgas or call UGI representative Mike Trusa at 570-829-8664.

Medication disposal

You can safely dispose of unused or expired medicine by dropping them in the prescription collection box inside the Dupont Municipal Building from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please remove personal information from all bottles.

Accepted items are: prescriptions, prescription patches and ointments, over the counter medications, vitamins, samples and medication for pets.

Non-acceptable items include: thermometers, hydrogen peroxides, inhalers and needles, medications from businesses or clinical sand aerosol cans. For information of drop-off locations visit: geisinger.org/takeback.

Election Day reminders

Tuesday, May 15, is Election Day. Municipal offices will be closed for business but DPW will be working.

Voting for all wards will take place at the municipal building, Chestnut Street. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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.