While the Wyoming Valley may be known as “the valley with a heart,” Duryea is what makes it beat. I’ve been writing about my hometown in community newspapers for 14 years and in that time I have been continuously amazed to discover the generosity of the people who live and work here. Whether citizens are banding together to assist people who suffer from illness, natural disasters or a host of other problems, or if they are uniting to organize a fun and free social event, Duryea is a place where people can count on their neighbors. And, the upcoming community Thanksgiving dinner is a perfect example of just that.
Duryea Police Department and Duryea Neighborhood Crime Watch will host their fourth annual free community Thanksgiving dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave.
This will be a sit down dinner. Take outs will not be available.
In order to prepare enough food, patrons are asked to register by calling 570-457-6120 and select the extension for Mayor Keith Moss. Please leave your name, phone number and the number of people attending.
Veterans Day service
The Duryea Betterment Committee will host a dedication ceremony of the hometown heroes’ banners adorning our Main Street at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, in front of the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St. The American Legion Brennan Regan Post 585, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 and the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 also will participate.
Following the dedication ceremony, there will be a procession to the V.F.W. post home, 492 Stephenson St., for a Veterans Day program. After the program, a ziti luncheon will be served in the post home. Parking will be available at the post.
The public is invited to attend.
Phoenix Performing Arts Center will present “We Will Rock You: A Queen Musical” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at the center, 409 Main St.
Tickets, which are $12, can be purchased by calling the box office at 570-457-3589. Please note if anyone in your party needs handicap seating.
The production is led by Lee LaChette, director and choreographer, and Jackie Legg, musical director.
The Sperazza Band will make its Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 debut from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St.
Stop by for a night of music and friendship in support of our veterans.
Children’s story hour
Duryea’s My Little Library will hold a story hour at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St.
The December “celebrity” readers will be the Duryea Boy Scouts reading an original story along with working on a craft with the kids. Also, there will be a surprise visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Guests are invited to bring a camera for an impromptu picture with the Clauses before they leave for the North Pole. Children with up to an 8th grade reading level are invited to attend.
My Little Library can be found in front of the municipal building and in front of the Community Park, Stephenson Street. It is a “take a book, give a book” program for children.
The Duryea Betterment Committee will have its third annual Christmas Stroll down Main Street from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.
Join in kicking off the holiday season with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Duryea’s Main Street businesses at this fun-filled family event. There will be shopping opportunities at Duryea’s Main Street businesses, children’s activities, treats, horse drawn carriage rides, live reindeer and therapy donkeys, live caroling and a nativity.
There also will be a special raffle of a handmade English garden bench which was crafted right here in Duryea with wood acquired from the Duryea Lumber Company before it closed.
For weekly updates and information on becoming a vendor, visit the “2017 Duryea Christmas Stroll” Facebook event page.
Volunteers and donations also are welcome to make this event bigger and better than last year.
Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 will have its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at the post home, 329 Main St. All members are asked to attend.
SAL beer raffle
Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 585, is sponsoring its annual beer raffle.
Tickets, which are $3 each or two for $5, can be purchased from any member or at the post home.
The prizes include: first prize, $500 Quality Beverage gift card; second prize, $200 Wine & Spirits Shop gift card; third prize, $50 Komensky’s Market gift card, and fourth prize, $50 Arturo’s Restaurant gift card.
The drawing is at 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16.
Excelsior’s Santa delivery
Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 will help Santa deliver toys on Saturday, Dec. 23, on their fire engine to the homes of all of the good girls and boys throughout Duryea.
If you would like to register your child to receive a gift, please drop off one small, wrapped present per child from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 14 or 21, at the fire department, 798 Foote Ave. All gifts should be labeled clearly with your child’s name, age and address.
The participation fee is $25 per household. All proceeds will support the fire department’s general operating fund.
For information, call the department at 570-457-2233.
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. This includes 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 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 out 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 by Monday at 5 p.m.
Also, due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the deadline for the Sunday, Nov. 26, edition is Thursday, Nov. 16, at 5 p.m.
Thanks for reading and have a great week!
Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Duryea every week. To include an item in her column, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-301-2171.