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I’ve met several people in my life that I’ve truly admired. Some of them were great teachers, others were great bosses. But, the people who I most admire are those who fought back from their darkest hours and made it back into the light. Regardless of how difficult or how insurmountable the challenges seemed, they overcame them with a perseverance that can only be found in one place — your soul — where life is at its purest.

Former Duryea resident Cathy Ryzner is a person who has deep perseverance. While I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Cathy personally, I am sure she has experienced some very dark hours in her life when she was held prisoner by the shackles of addiction. And, I also know she overcame them. You can learn just how she did it and more as Cathy shares her story, as well as information about her career as a certified recovery specialist at this week’s Duryea Neighborhood Crime Watch meeting.

The Duryea Police Department and Duryea Neighborhood Crime Watch invite the community to this special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, in the council chambers of the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St.

In addition to Cathy sharing her life story of addiction and work with recovering addicts at Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Services, the organization’s Chief Executive Officer Jason Harlen and Prevention Specialist Cammie Anderson will discuss available resources and how people can help with drug and alcohol problems plaguing our communities today.

SAL news

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 is accepting dues for 2017-18.

The membership period begins Aug. 1, 2017 and ends July 31, 2018. The cost is $10.

Shredding day

State Rep. Mike Carroll and state Sen. John Blake, in conjunction with the Avoca, Duryea and Dupont police departments and local Crime Watch groups are sponsoring a community shred day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at the Healey Playground, Foote Avenue and Wright Street.

Residents are invited to bring two boxes of outdated documents such as old bills, bank statements, medical records, cancelled checks, old tax returns or any documents you want to have permanently destroyed. Staples and paperclips do not need to be removed, but items must be removed from binders.

A representative from Shred-It Document Management will be on hand to securely destroy all of these sensitive materials.

Sewer bills

The Duryea Borough Sewer Authority reminds residents the sewer bills were mailed. Payment is due by Monday, July 17. Anyone who did not receive a bill should call the office at 570-457-0122.

The authority will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St.

Germania Bazaar

Germania Hose Company will host its 90th annual summer bazaar from 6 p.m. to midnight Wednesday, July 19, through Sunday, July 23, on the company grounds, 430 Foote Ave.

In addition to a large selection of food and games, there also will be live entertainment and amusement rides.

The entertainment and special activities schedule is as follows: Wednesday, July 19, rides only and limited food menu; Thursday, July 20, Pair of Mikes will perform from 6 to 10 p.m.; Friday, July 21, firefighter’s parade at 7 p.m. on Foote Avenue, followed by Flaxy Morgan from 8 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, July 22, The Tommy Guns Band will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight, and Sunday, July 23, The Sperazza Band will perform from 6 to 10 p.m., followed by a fireworks display.

PA, Class of 1967, reunion

Pittston Area, Class of 1967, will have a 50th reunion planning meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, at the home of Bernie Appel Wesolowski, 225 Hill St., Dupont. Call Bernie at 570-655-6053 if you plan to attend the meeting.

The reunion committee is seeking addresses for the following classmates: Anthony Basile, Ellen Gilroy Gilligan, Mary Ann Glowczewski, John Gordon, Susan Howard, Diane Janoski Burock, Morman Jopling, Mary Beth Loftus Hummell, Marilyn Mirro, Monica Moritz, Anna Mae Schibik Seward and Joseph Smithonic.

Contact Therese Timlin Wrubel at 570-457-4891 with any information.

Legion entertainment

American Legion Brennan Regan Post 585 will host the band Sonic Supper from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at the post home, 329 Main St. Saturday, Aug. 26, they will host DJ White Night with karaoke.

Both of these events are open to the public.

Little League World Series bus trip

American Legion Brennan Regan Post 585, in conjunction with Auxiliary 585 and the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585, is hosting its seventh annual bus trip to the Little League World Series on Thursday, Aug. 24, in Williamsport.

The trip is free and open to the public. Children ages 7-17 must have a signed permission slip from a parent or guardian. The slips are available at the post home, 329 Main St.

Refreshments, hoagies and snacks will be served. To register, call 570-457-4242 by Sunday, Aug. 20.

DePrimo Memorial Golf Tournament

The ninth annual 1st. Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Wilkes-Barre Golf Club.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. with a captain and crew tee-off at 8 a.m.

Cost is $75 per golfer, which includes green fees, use of a cart, dinner and awards. Register early at deprimogolf.com to ensure proper shirt size.

All proceeds will benefit the 1st. Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Fund of the Luzerne Foundation.

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery meets from 5:45 to 7 p.m. Mondays at Nativity of Our Lord Parish hall (formerly Sacred Heart hall), 529 Stephenson St.

The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors, including substance or alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, prescription drug abuse, nicotine addiction, co-dependency, hoarding or any unwanted behavior.

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

Al-Anon meeting

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.

Park, playground rentals

Any resident who is interested in renting the Healey Playground or Community Park for birthday parties should contact Borough Manager Carolyn Santee at 570-655-2829, option 1.

There is a $50 non-refundable rental fee which covers trash removal after the party.

Paving survey

Duryea Borough will soon be conducting a door-to-door survey on a small number of streets that could be paved through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

Residents’ cooperation with this survey will be greatly appreciated, as this is necessary to obtain funding through this program.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to Noreen Collins, who celebrated her special day Thursday, July 13, and to her husband, who will celebrate his birthday on Monday, July 17.

That’s about it for this week, my friends.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

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