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Duryea Mayor Keith Moss works on attaching one of the 35 veterans banners hung around town. The town plans a Veterans Day program at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, in front of the borough building to dedicate the banners. More orders for banners will begin being accepted in January for placement by Memorial Day. The project is overseen by the Duryea Lions and the Duryea Betterment Committee. Following the dedication, there will be a procession to the Veterans of Foreign Wars for the annual Veterans Day ceremony.

What better way to celebrate Veterans Day in town than to spend it at a ceremony honoring our very own hometown heroes.

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 VFW Post 1227 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.

Holy Rosary news

Holy Rosary School recently held its annual athletic association team Mass. The Rev. Phillip Sladicka, pastor of Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca, celebrated the liturgy with the athletes, coaches, faculty and families as they begin the athletic season.

Phoenix performance

Phoenix Performing Arts Center will present “We Will Rock You: A Queen Musical” at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturdays, Nov. 4 and 11, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 5 and 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.

Civil Service Commission vacancy

Duryea Borough is seeking candidates to fill one permanent and two alternate member vacancies on the Civil Service Commission.

Candidates should send a letter of interest to Borough Manager Carolyn Cantee, 315 Main St., Duryea PA 18642. All letters must be received by Thursday, Nov. 9.

SAL meeting

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.

Food distribution

The monthly distribution of non-perishable food items delivered from the food bank will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in the parish hall in the lower level of Holy Rosary Church of Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 125 Stephenson St. Anyone who cannot access the hall stairs or place items in their vehicles, can make advance arrangements for assistance. Deliveries are not available.

Individuals and households who meet the family size, household income and residency guidelines should contact Lois Hanczyc at 570-457-2482 to complete the necessary registration materials by Monday, Nov. 5. Anyone not interested in being enrolled any longer should contact Lois to be removed from the list.

The income guidelines, which include household size and annual, monthly and weekly income, are as follows: one person, $17,505 annually, $1,459 monthly and $337 weekly; two people, $23,595, $1,966 and $454; three people, $29,685, $2,474 and $571; four people, $35,775, $2,981 and $688. For each additional person add $6,090, $508 and $117.

In order to qualify for future distributions, individuals and households must register by the Monday prior to the distribution date. During the distribution time, the registered member of the household is required to bring a valid driver’s license or photo ID, as well as proof of residence, such as a bill, report card or official documentation for each member of the household. Failure to provide necessary documentation required by CEO Food Bank will result in no distribution at the time of pick up.

For information, contact organizers Jef Bauman at 570-881-6006 or jeffreyadambauman@gmail.com, Lois Hancyzc at 570-457-2482 or Ed Ameika at 570-212-1479. You also can contact the CEO Weinberg Northeast Regional Foodbank at 570-908-2222.

Free Thanksgiving dinner

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.

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.

Christmas Stroll

Save the date! The third annual Duryea Christmas Stroll down Main Street will take place 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 with an evening of fun, shopping, children’s activities, Christmas treats and more.

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.

Sewer Authority meeting

Duryea Borough Sewer Authority will meet at 6p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at the borough building.

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. 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 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 my cousin, Joe Wudarski, who celebrated his special day Nov. 1. I hope you had a great day! Happy birthday also to Amy Parente Ruth, on Nov. 5; Gyl Bartuska Mikovitch, on Nov. 6, and to my dear friend, Carla Moran, on Nov. 10.

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.