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Dupont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909 and AMVETS Post 189 will conduct Veterans Day ceremonies at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the outdoor mural at the Dupont VFW Post Home. The public is invited to honor all veterans on this special day.

Food and refreshments will be served immediately after the ceremony.

VFW news

Dupont VFW Post 4909 will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at the post home. Commander Mark Roney will preside and may items of importance will be discussed. Reports will also be given.

The Home Association meeting will follow. Food and refreshments will be served after both meetings.

VFW Post 4909 social memberships for 2018 are now available at the post home. They are valid through December 31st, 2018. Membership is $12 per year.

VFW Post 4909, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, will conduct a blood drive at the post home from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14.

Thanksgiving church service

A community Thanksgiving prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Holy Mother of Sorrows Church. Parishioners from Holy Mother of Sorrows and Sacred Heart of Jesus are invited. Both parish choirs will join voices to celebrate this Thanksgiving service.

During the service, a collection will be taken for those in need in the Greater Pittston Area. Refreshments and fellowship will follow in Frank Bednash Memorial Hall.   

Winter clothing drive

A winter clothing drive sponsored by Y.M.S. of R. of Holy Mother of Sorrows Church will run through Jan. 10.  Please bring usable and clean clothing for men, women and children. You can drop off items in the parish hall.

Benefit craft fair

A holiday craft and gift show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Oblates of St. Joseph, Rt. 315. Forty vendors will offer a variety of crafts, gifts and decorations. There also will be basket auctions, a bake sale and a food stand. Proceeds benefit “Cancertacular.”

Lions lottery

The Lions Club’s annual Match the Daily Number fundraiser is underway and tickets are available from any member of the club or at Hub One. Cost per ticket is $10. This campaign is the major fundraising project for the club. Proceeds support the Christmas lights, Halloween safety stations, Hometown Hero Banners and the Easter egg hunt.

Dupont Lions Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, at the VFW post.

Sacred Heart news

The Welcoming Committee of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church is holding a cookie walk for the Christmas holiday on Sunday, Dec. 10, in the parish hall.There will be table displays of homemade cookies, fudge and candies prepared and donated by fellow parishioners which you will purchase by the pound. Containers will be provided and volunteers will be on hand to help you decide what kind and how many cookies you wish to buy. Scales also will be available for weighing your selections The price per pound is $7.

There also will be coffee, tea and hot chocolate available for purchase.

The welcoming committee is looking for people who are interested in helping supply the baked goods. We are asking for homemade, prepared goods. Bakers are asked to bake a double or triple batch of your best kind(s) of cookie. Remember, not everyone can do chocolate chip. Please contact Heather Roche at 570-299-7702 or Tammy Satkowski at 570-457-3855 to register your types of cookies. They are keeping a list to make sure there is a nice variety to offer. Those purchasing cookies are advised many varieties may contain nuts.

The welcome committee thanks you in advance for participating as a baker, buyer or both in their inaugural cookie walk. The money raised from the cookie walk will help fund future events sponsored by the committee for the benefit of the parish and its parishioners.

The Outreach Committee of Sacred Heart thanks all who helped, baked or donated to the annual bake sale. Money raised will benefit homebound parishioners.

Winners of the theme baskets were: Cross and flower arrangement, Rose Dougherty; food basket, Renee; Halloween harvest, Mary Ann Paddock-Kaminski, and Christmas stocking, Jack (Pulaski) Kuligowski. Michele Lokuta was the 50/50 winner.

Get Gas

UGI has started to place gas lines in Dupont. If you have not applied for natural gas you still can apply by going to the UGI website to “Get Gas” or you can contact UGI sales representative, Mike Trusa at 570-829-8664.

A map showing project locations can be viewed at the municipal building during regular business hours.

Arrangements are underway for a representative from UGI to be available at the municipal office in the near future for any questions or concerns from residents.

Wrestling tournament

The Pittston Area Wrestling Team will sponsor a Tomato Town Tumble Top 100 Elementary Round Robin Wrestling Match on Sunday, Nov. 12, at Pittston Area High School Gym, 5 Stout St. The tournament is open to all wrestlers with a cap of 300 wrestlers. Entry fee is $27 per wrestler. There is a team rate for 10 or more wrestlers that is $22 per wrestler. Admission is $5 for adults and coaches and $3 for students.

Start time is 9 a.m. with a check-in time from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Divisions include: pee-wee, 5-6; bantam, 7-8; midget, 9-10, and junior, 11-12. Divisions are based on age as of Nov. 12. Weight class is based on Madison Bracketing. Each bracket will be made up of five to six wrestlers closest in age, weight and experience.

Registration must be completed online. No walk-in registration will be accepted. Online registration can be completed at now until midnight Friday, Nov. 10. Any question can be directed to or call 570-212-2347.

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