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One of my favorite things about Holy Rosary School is its commitment to teaching students the value of caring about the world around them. Whether they are collecting food to feed the needy, creating crafts for the sick or raising money to benefit a number of causes, Holy Rosary students are living the gospel message of caring for the least of their brethren.

Two weeks ago, the children continued their good works by participating in Earth Day projects. The projects included age-appropriate activities for each grade. Just a few of them included preschoolers learning about the importance of recycling and taking care of our planet along with other grades creating reuse and recycling projects. The upperclassmen capped off the festivities by cleaning up the Community Park and Holy Rosary Cemetery.

In other Holy Rosary School news, students recently participated in the Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18 K’Nex Building Competition at King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. At the event, Thermo Fisher Scientific asked team members for help developing a new environmentally friendly product for homes. Teams competing in the grades 6-8 division presented a project budget, a journal documenting their findings and a presentation of their product.

The school recently held its Spring Scholastic Book Fair. This year’s fair, “‘Paws’ to Read Every Day” featured many books for all ages. Librarian Jean Sowinski and Resource Teacher Yvonne Gordon organized the fair for students and parents to enjoy.

Finally and most importantly, in preparation for their upcoming reception of the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, the second-grade class visited St. Gabriel’s Convent and Monastery. During their visit, the children participated in a day of prayer, reflection and a tour of the altar bread department where the hosts and bread are made.

Yard sale success

I received the following note of thanks to the community from the Rev. Carmen Bolock, pastor of St. Mary’s Polish Natinal Catholic Church:

“Father Carmen Bolock and the parish family of St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church, Duryea, would like to thank everyone who patronized our yard sale last Saturday. It was wonderful you visited with us. We hope you found the things you were looking for. We hope to see you at our fall yard sale on Saturday, Aug. 25, and we invite you to come and worship with us. God bless you.”

Code enforcement

During May, the Duryea Borough Code Enforcement Officer will canvass the borough on foot looking for ordinance violations such as high grass, trash, abandoned vehicles, etc.

Residents are urged to remove any violations on their property at this time. Warnings will be issued, giving residents time to clean their properties.

Polish Falcons news

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

Shredding event

State Rep. Mike Carroll and state Sen. John Blake, in conjunction with the police departments and Crime Watch groups from Avoca, Duryea and Dupont will host a community shred day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Healey Memorial Playground, Foote Avenue and Wright Street.

Residents are invited to bring up to two boxes per household of old bills, bank statements, medical records, canceled checks, old tax returns or any other documents which need to be permanently destroyed. Shred-It Document Management will provide the shredding service.

All documents should be removed from binders and notebooks. Staples and paperclips do not need to be removed.

SAL news

Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 585, will hold its monthly meeting at noon Sunday, May 6, at the Brennan Regan post home, 329 Main St. Chicken barbecue dinner plans will be finalized at this time. All members are asked to attend.

Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 585, will have its sixth annual chicken barbeque and gun raffle at noon Saturday, May 19, at the Brennan Regan post home. Dinner tickets are $12, and raffle tickets are $3 each or two for $5.

The menu includes a half of a barbequed 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 open to the public.

Sewer authority meeting

Duryea Borough Sewer Authority will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, May 7, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public is invited.

Council meeting

Duryea Borough Council will meet Tuesday, May 8, 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, May 9, at the municipal building, 315 Main St.

Phoenix Performing Arts Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary and the grand opening of its newly renovated theatre with a three-weekend presentation of “FAME the Musical” at the theater, 409 Main St. The show times are at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12, 19 and 26, and Friday, May 18 and 25, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 13 and 20.

The renovations, which were made possible by Leadership Wilkes-Barre Phoenix Rising Team 2018, include more seating, a better view of the stage and a beautiful lobby.

Ticket prices have not increased and remain at $12. To purchase tickets, call 570-457-3589 or visit http://phoenixpac.vpweb.com. Handicap accessible seating is available.

This presentation will be led by Lee LaChette, director and choreographer; Jenn Johnson-Hamer and Jackie Legg, musical directors; Amanda Hunisch, assistant choreographer, and Ashlin Broody-Walega, dance captain.

St. Mary’s news

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will have its annual Mother’s Day celebration on Sunday, May 13, at the church, 200 Stephenson St. The day will begin with Holy Mass at 9:30 a.m. The names of the mothers from the parish who repose in heaven will be read during the Mass.

After the service, there will be a breakfast featuring eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, roll with butter, tea, coffee and juice.

To make a reservation for breakfast, please call 570-457-2291. All are welcome.

The Young Men’s Society of the Resurrection of the Polish National Catholic Church will host “The Making of A Godly Man” spiritual retreat Thursday, May 17 to Saturday, May 19, at the Bishop Hodur Retreat Center, Waymart.

The retreat is open to all men even if they are not a member of the Polish National Catholic Church. It will focus on building up the spirituality in men.

The cost is $100 per person to attend.

For information or to register, please call Father Bolock at 570-457-2291.

Wildcats football and cheer registration

The Duryea Wildcats 2018 season will start soon. Any child from age 5-14 living within the Pittston Area School District who is interested in becoming a football player or cheerleader, is invited to register.

There will be an early signup session from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at the Wildcats Field, Kramer Street. The registration fee is $70 per child or $100 per family. Fundraising will be available to help with this cost.

If you have any questions, please visit the DWC Duryea Wildcats Facebook page or email Ken Salvo, president, at KenSalvoJr@aol.com or Tara Hoover, vice-president, at mamalara9603@gmail.com.

For cheer questions, email Head Advisor Nicole Linker at nlinker9389@gmail.com. For football questions, email Head Coach Carmen Capitano at steelerscc@aol.com.

The Wildcats organization is also seeking donations from area business to offset the cost of updating equipment and other necessities. A gift of any size is appreciated. Businesses which would like to purchase a 4-foot by 4-foot plastic sign promoting their business may do so for $250. The signs will be posted on the filed fence throughout the season. The signs will be saved from season to season and can be reposted each year for a minimal fee.

For more information, please visit the DWC Duryea Wildcats Facebook page or contact Tara Hoover at 570-677-2037 or MamaLara9603@gmail.com.

Nativity book club

Nativity of Our Lord Parish’s book club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, in the rectory, 127 Stephenson St.

The group will finalize their discussion about “Glittering Vices” by Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung and choose their next book.

Duryea at Dusk

Duryea at Dusk will hold its second twilight 5K, fun walk and festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Duryea Community Park, Stephenson Street.

The festival will include food and drink from local businesses and organizations, basket raffles, craft vendors, kids’ games and activities, a face painter, a free yoga session, a DJ and more.

To register for the 5K or walk, donate or for more information, visit www.runsignup.com/Race/PA/Duryea/DuryeaatDusk5k. Additional information is available at www.facebook.com/duryeaatdusk/. To make arrangements for a donation via cash or check or for more information, contact duryeaatdusk@gmail.com.

Vendors who are interested in having a table at the festival should also email duryeaatdusk@gmail.com.

All proceeds will benefit the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute.

VFW, Excelsior motorcycle poker run

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 and Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 will co-host a motorcycle poker run and chicken barbeque Saturday, June 9, at the VFW post home, 492 Stephenson St.

Registration for the motorcycle poker run begins at 9 a.m. The final bike will leave on the 60-mile ride at 11 a.m., and the last bike will return at 3 p.m. The winner will be announced at 4 p.m.

During the ride, bikers will stop at various checkpoints to draw a random playing card. At the end of the event, the biker with the best poker hand and worst poker hand will win prizes. There also will be giveaways and prizes.

To register, visit www.station226.com or stop by the VFW post home for a registration form. Pre-registration is $20 per driver and $15 per passenger. On the day of the event, driver registration will be $25. Registration includes a chicken barbeque dinner.

During the poker run, there will be a chicken barbeque dinner at noon, which is open to everyone, not just poker run riders. The menu includes a half of a barbeque chicken and homemade side dishes and desserts. Takeouts will be available.

There will be beer for guests 21 and older, bands, a DJ, a 50/50 raffle and basket raffles.

Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased from any Excelsior Hose Company member or at the VFW. Only a limited number of tickets will be sold the day of the event.

For additional information, visit www.facebook.com/226bbq/.

SMART Recovery

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.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday to Duryea’s favorite theater leader, Lee LaChette, who will celebrate her special day on Friday, May 11.

Happy birthday to Ray Bernardi who will celebrate his special day on Friday, May 11.

Happy birthday to Jim McAndrew who will celebrate his special day on Saturday, May 12.

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.