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Happy Easter, my friends! I hope you have a wonderful holiday filled with God’s blessings! If you’re looking for a place to celebrate, please be sure to attend any of these services. I know the pastors and parishioners would be happy to see you!

The Rev. Dr. Al Cremard and the congregation of Independent Bible Church will have Easter services Sunday, April 1, at the church, 328 Main St. The service times are at 6 a.m. (sunrise service), 10:30 a.m. and a 6 p.m. evening service and Truth Trackers for children. There also will be Sunday School at 9:15 a.m.

The Rev. John V. Polednak, V.E., Deacon André Kabacinski and the parishioners of Nativity of our Lord Parish will have Easter services at the church, 127 Stephenson St.: Holy Saturday, March 31, 2 and 4 p.m., blessing of Easter baskets at Holy Rosary School gym, 125 Stephenson St., 8 p.m., Easter Vigil Mass, and Easter Sunday, April 1, 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Masses. There will not be a 7 p.m. Mass on Easter.

The Rev. Carmen Bolock and the parishioners of St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will have the following Easter services at the church, 200 Stephenson St.: Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil, March 31, 10:30 a.m., blessing of fire, paschal candle, reading of the four lessons, blessing of water and blessing of Easter food; Easter Sunday, April 1, 9 a.m., solemn procession of Resurrection (outdoors, weather permitting), Mass of Resurrection and blessing of Easter food, and Dingus Day, Monday, April 2, 7 p.m., Holy Mass.

Holy Rosary news

Holy Rosary School’s sixth-grade students and student council helped make the Easter season special by collecting donations to assemble 115 Easter baskets. The baskets were donated to Friends of the Poor, Scranton. The school community extends its thanks to everyone who donated to this annual project.

The students also enjoyed learning about meteorology and the weather during a recent visit by WBRE TV-28’s Meteorologist Stefano DiPietro.

Smoke detector giveaway

Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 and Germania Hose Company are participating in WNEP-TV 16’s Operation Save A Life program. Any Duryea resident in need of a smoke detector may obtain one at either fire department on Thursday evenings. Excelsior’s pickup time is from 6 to 9 p.m., and Germania’s is at 7 p.m. Please bring proper identification to confirm your residency in Duryea. Detectors are available on a first come, first served basis. Supplies are limited.

Polish Falcons news

Polish Falcons Nest 128 is seeking bartenders for all shifts. Please see the bar manager at the post, 631 Main St., to fill out an application or call 570-457-5355.

Holiday collection schedules

In observance of Easter, the Duryea Borough office and street department will be closed Monday, April 2. Garbage will be picked up one day late. Yard waste will not be picked up the week of April 2.

Sewer authority meeting

Duryea Borough Sewer Authority will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, April 2, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. Residents are reminded 2017 bills are past due. Water turnoffs will begin Monday, April 16. Please call 570-457-0122 with any questions.

Betterment meeting

Duryea Betterment Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 9, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. Please join the group and bring your ideas for future projects.

Council meeting

Duryea Borough Council will meet Tuesday, April 10, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public work session is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7.

Crime Watch meeting

Duryea Crime Watch will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at the municipal building, 315 Main St.

Tax reminder

Duryea Borough Tax Collector Martin Hanczyc announces the 2018 Luzerne County/Duryea Borough taxes have been sent out and are now due. The rebate ends Wednesday, April 11.

Taxes may be paid during the rebate period from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St.

If you are paying via mail and requesting a receipt, please send in your entire tax bill and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Also, please include your phone number in case of any mistakes.

If you did not receive your bill, please call Hanczyc at 570-457-2482.

Anyone who is disabled and unable to mail in their payment or come to the municipal building to pay their taxes may call Hanczyc to have their taxes picked up.

Shotwell benefit

There will be a pasta dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in the Queen of the Apostles Parish hall, 742 Spring St., Avoca, to benefit Duryea business owner and Avoca resident Patrick Shotwell Sr., who is fighting stage 4 metastatic pancreatic cancer.

The menu includes pasta with meatballs, salad, roll, dessert, beer (for patrons 21 and older) and other beverages. There will be entertainment by the Luongo Brothers — famed members of The Poets. There will also be a basket raffle and 50/50 drawings.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 5-18. Children under 5 will be admitted for free. Takeouts for children and adults are $10. Takeouts do not include beverages.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from Pat Shotwell’s Auto Repair, 860 Main St., Duryea, Queen of the Apostles Parish office, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca, or from a Shotwell family member.

Tickets can also be purchased online via the “Pasta Dinner Benefit for Patrick Shotwell Sr.” Facebook event page.

Monetary or raffle donations can be made by calling Ryanne Ziobro at 570-237-6123.

Nativity book club

Nativity of Our Lord Parish’s book club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in the rectory, 127 Stephenson St. The group will discuss “Glittering Vices” by Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung.

VFW ’80s party

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 are bringing back the ’80s! Join in the fun at an ’80s theme party from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the post home.

Tickets are $15 each, which includes a buffet and entertainment by a DJ playing all of your favorites from the decade ruled by big hair and heavy metal. There also will be a cash bar. Tickets can be purchased at the post home until Sunday, April 22.

SAL barbecue and gun raffle

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 will have its sixth annual chicken barbecue and gun raffle at noon Saturday, May 19, at the Brennan Regan post home, 329 Main St.

Dinner tickets are $12 and raffle tickets are $3 each or two for $5.

The menu includes a half of a barbecue chicken, seasoned baked potato, corn on the cob, homemade baked beans, homemade coleslaw, pasta salad, roll with butter and dessert. The prizes for the gun raffle, courtesy of Advanced Arms, Pittston Twp., are first prize, Remington 783 rifle with a scope or comparable calibers; second prize, Remington 12-gauge shotgun; third prize, Ruger 9E 9mm; fourth prize, Ruger LCP 1st Gen 380, and fifth prize, a $50 Komensky’s Market gift card.

Tickets can be purchased from any member, at the post home or by calling 570-457-4242.

Following the dinner, Sonic Supper will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight.

All events are open to the public.

Duryea at Dusk

Save the date! Duryea at Dusk will hold its second annual 5K run, 1-mile walk and family festival Saturday, June 2, at the Duryea Community Park, located behind the municipal building, 315 Main St. The festival begins at 5 p.m., followed by the race and walk at 7 p.m.

For information, visit www.facebook.com/duryeaatdusk/.

Poker run and barbecue

Save the date! Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 and the Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will co-sponsor their annual chicken barbecue and motorcycle poker run Saturday, June 9. For information, visit www.facebook.com/226bbq/.

SMARTRecovery

SMART Recovery’s Bi-Weekly Support Group meets from 5:45 to 7 p.m. the first and third Monday of the month, at Nativity of Our Lord Parish hall, (formerly Sacred Heart hall), 529 Stephenson St. Duryea.

SMART Recovery’s 4-Point Program helps people recover from all types of substance use disorders or any unwanted behaviors. These include alcohol/drugs, prescription drugs, nicotine, co-dependency, compulsive overeating or any behavior change.

For information, visit facebook.com/smartnepa or www.smartrecovery.org.

Al-Anon meetings

Al-Anon meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Brick United Methodist Church, 935 Foote Ave.

This is an anonymous 12-step program of recovery for families and friends of addicts and alcoholics. There are no dues or fees. Meetings last approximately one hour. The public is invited.

That’s about it for this week, my friends. If you would like to send a birthday, anniversary or get well wish or have your organization’s upcoming meetings, events or fundraisers listed in next week’s edition of the Duryea community news, please contact me.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Duryea every week. To include a news item in her column, email her at jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.