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One of the best things about the people of Duryea is that they rally when one of their own needs help. Well, my friends, one of our own is need of our help, and you can begin to assist him by attending an event in his honor next Saturday.

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 also will be a basket raffle and 50/50 drawings.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 5-18. Children under 5 years old 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 also can 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.

Thanks from Excelsior

I received the following note of thanks from the officers and members of Excelsior Hose Company No. 2:

“The Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 of Duryea would like to thank all of those who donated, participated and attended the fire department’s annual Night at the Races, which was held on March 24. We are truly humbled to see such public support from our surrounding towns and businesses as well as the businesses and people from Duryea. Thank you.”

Holy Rosary news

Congratulations to Holy Rosary School’s eighth grade class which recently portrayed the passion and death of Jesus Christ at a presentation of the Living Stations of the Cross. They are Hunter Acernese, Quinn Carden, Samantha Collins, Andrew Francis, Molly Houston, Abby Lazecki, Dana Mackin, Kalli Mahasky, Lidia Marranca, Meghan McDonnell, Jessica Nawrocki and Lauren O’Brien.

Nice job, kids!

Smoke detectors available

Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 and the 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 6 to 9 p.m., and Germania’s is 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.

SAL meeting, barbecue

and pasta dinner

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 will hold its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at the Brennan Regan Post, 329 Main St. Plans will be finalized for the upcoming chicken barbecue. All members are asked to attend.

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 will have a pasta and meatball dinner from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at the Brennan Regan Post. The cost is $6 per meal. Takeouts will be available, too.

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

The menu includes a half of a barbecued 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.

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 period 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 their payment or come to the municipal building to pay their taxes may call Hanczyc to have their taxes picked up.

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.

St. Mary’s yard sale

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will have its spring yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the church, 200 Stephenson St., rain or shine.

Vendors and crafters may rent an 8-by-2-foot selling space for $10. Sellers must bring their own table. Setup time is at 8 a.m.

For information or to reserve a table space, please call 570-457-2291.

VFW ’80s party

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 are bringing back the ’80s! Join in the fun at an ’80s themed 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.

VFW/Excelsior barbecue and poker run

Save the date! Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 and 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/.

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.

To register for the 5K or walk, donate or for information, visit www.runsignup.com/Race/PA/Duryea/DuryeaatDusk5k. Additional information is available at www.facebook.com/duryeaatdusk/.

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

All proceeds benefit the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute.

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.

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