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For Christians around the world, Lent beings Wednesday, Feb. 14. This special time gives people an opportunity to become better individuals by seeking forgiveness for their mistakes and removing obstacles from their lives that cause them to be lesser people than they can be. It also offers Christians a chance to make sacrifices for self-improvement such as giving up bad habits.

One of the other acts some Christians make during Lent is to fast from eating anything with meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all of the other Fridays of Lent. To help make this aspect of Lent easier, Nativity of Our Lord Parish will have its annual Lenten food sales with many meatless options to choose from for you and your family. The sales are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., or until sold out, Friday, Feb. 16, and Friday, March 16, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Hall, 529 Stephenson St.

The Feb. 16 sale will feature potato pancakes, homemade Manhattan (red) clam chowder and seafood bisque, along with homemade haluski, frozen pierogi, pizza and baked goods.

The March 16 sale will include homemade Manhattan clam chowder, homemade pierogi (prepared or frozen), haluski, pizza (baked or unbaked) and a bake sale.

St. Mary’s news

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will host a pre-Lenten breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at the church, 200 Stephenson St. Menu includes eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, roll, juice and a beverage. Takeouts will be available, too.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 years old and younger. There will be limited tickets at the door.

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will have Ash Wednesday services Feb. 14, at the church.

Ashes will be blessed and distributed at 8 a.m. Mass. There will be Lenten devotions, distribution of Ashes and Benediction at 7 p.m.

The church will have Lenten devotions at 7 p.m. every Friday. All are welcome.

SAL meeting

Duryea Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 585, will have its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Brennan Regan Post home, 329 Main St. All members are urged to attend

VFW news

Veterans of Foreign Wars will host its winter pitch league beginning Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the post, 492 Stephenson St. The league, which will play weekly at 7:15 p.m. every Tuesday until May 1, will be capped off with a playoff party.

Come out for a night of good music with good friends when The Sperazza Band entertains the audience from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227, 492 Stephenson St.

Polish Falcons news

Polish Falcons Nest 128 will have an important meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at the post, 631 Main St. All regular members are urged to attend.

The post is also seeking bartenders for all shifts. Please see the bar manager at the post to fill out an application or call 570-457-5355.

Germania breakfast

Germania Hose Company will have its annual all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday, Feb. 18, at the hose company, 430 Foote Ave. Menu includes sausage, ham, home fries, eggs, pancakes, rolls, coffee and juice.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and younger and can be purchased at the door or from any member.

Little League registration

Online registration for the 2018 spring Little League season is available at http://tshq.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=1389224. The final online registration date is Monday, Feb. 19.

USA Baseball Bat Standard is in effect. For information and a complete list of approved bats, visit usabat.com.

Ministerium Lenten service

Four-Boro Ministerium of Avoca, Duryea, Moosic and Old Forge will have its weekly ecumenical Lenten service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Bethel United Methodist Church, 532 Main St., Avoca. The Rev. Phillip Sladicka, pastor of Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca, will be the guest preacher.

Softball registration

Softball registration for the spring Little League season is available at www.pallsoftball.com. All girls ages 7-14 living within the boundaries of the Pittston Area School District are eligible. Divisions are minors, majors and juniors. A senior division for girls ages 14-16 is tentative. The number of teams depends on the number of players registered.

Cost is $100 per child with a $150 maximum per family. This fee also includes one ticket per family to a future Pittston Twp. purse bingo fundraiser. Registration deadline is Thursday, March 1. For information, call 570-212-2347.

Crime Watch meeting

Crime Watch will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. Public is invited.

Legion soup and chili sale

American Legion Brennan Regan Post 585 Auxiliary will hold a soup, chili and bake sale from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at the post home, 329 Main St. Assorted homemade soups are $4.50 per container and chili is $5.50.

Schedule changes

Duryea Borough building will close at 3 p.m. daily the week of Feb. 12. Offices and street department also will be closed Monday, Feb. 19, Presidents Day. Garbage will be collected Tuesday and Wednesday, and recycling will be collected Thursday and Friday that week.

SAL pasta dinner

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 will host a pasta and meatball dinner from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Brennan Regan Post home, 329 Main St. The cost is $8 and includes pasta, meatballs, homemade sauce by chef KC Przywara, salad, bread and butter. Takeouts are available. Delivery available in Duryea. To purchase advance tickets, please stop by the post home.

Recovery meetings

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, 529 Stephenson St. SMART Recovery helps people recover from all types of substance use or any unwanted behaviors.

Al-Anon, an anonymous 12-step program for families and friends of addicts and alcoholics, meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Brick United Methodist Church, 935 Foote Ave.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday to Avoca Ambulance driver and technician and Duryea resident Joe Demich on Feb. 15. Thanks for taking care of us, Joe!

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 list a news item, email her at jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.