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Duryea is known for a lot of things — and having some of the best chicken bites in the area is just one of them. Stop by and feast on some this weekend at the Sons of the American Legion’s chicken bite sale.

The Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 585, will have a boneless chicken bites sale from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 18, at the American Legion Brennan Regan Post Home, 329 Main St.

The cost is $8 an order and includes blue cheese and celery. Mild, hot, garlic mild and garlic hot flavors will be available. Takeouts will be available, too.

Holy Rosary news

Holy Rosary School recently held its annual Muffins with Mom and Donuts with Dad celebrations. At this special event, students and parents breakfast together before a busy day at school and work. A variety of muffins, donuts, juices and coffee were served.

SAL officers

Congratulations to the following gentlemen who were elected officers of Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 for 2017-18: Jim Balchune Sr., commander; Vincent Yonushka, senior vice commander; Michael Andrews, junior vice commander; David Dehaba, finance officer; Peter Guitson, adjutant; Matthew Balchune, chaplain; Bruce Weitz, sergeant at arms, and Pete Burnham, historian. Leroy Webb and Peter Guitson are also District 12 deputy commanders. Installation will take place in September.

Musical mayhem

Phoenix Theatrics will present “Broadway Revue” at 7 p.m. Friday, June 23, and Saturday, June 24, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at Phoenix Performing Arts Center, 409 Main St.

The show is a cabaret revue sharply spoofing show tunes, characters and plots of contemporary and current Broadway musicals. It mocks popular shows like “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Wicked,” “Les Miserables,” “Spamalot,” “Rent” and “A Chorus Line,” just to name a few.

Tickets are $10 and can be reserved by calling 570-457-3589 or purchased at the door.

Church picnic

Nativity of Our Lord Parish will have its annual picnic Friday, July 7, through Sunday, July 9, on the parish picnic grounds, 529 Stephenson St.

Duryea Crime Watch

Duryea Crime Watch will have its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public is encouraged to attend.

VFW news

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will have its annual Christmas in July summer picnic from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St. Tickets, which are $25, include lunch, dinner, beer, entertainment and much more. To get tickets, stop by the post home and purchase them from the bartender.

Recovery meetings

SMART Recovery meets from 5:45 to 7 p.m. Mondays at Nativity of Our Lord Parish hall (formerly Sacred Heart hall), 529 Stephenson St.

The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors, including substance or alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, prescription drug abuse, nicotine addiction, co-dependency, hoarding or any unwanted behavior.

For information, visit or

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.

Class reunion

Pittston Area, Class of 1967, will celebrate its 50th reunion Saturday, Sept. 9. The reunion committee is seeking addresses for the following classmates: William Athachonis, Anthony Basile, Pauline Dotter Hudack, Camile DeFelicia Marko, Catherine Ferrett, Mary Jo Frederick, Mary Ann Glowczewski, John Gordon, Mary Theresa Gross, Robert Hoban, Susan Howard, Diane Janoski Burock, Norman Jopling, Conrad Joseph Leon, Stanley Klocko, Mary Beth Loftus Hummell, John Maziarz, Paricia Mazzeo Lombardi, Vivian Menichini Beiswenger, Allan Miglionico, Marilyn Mirro, Monica Moritz, Virginia Ochrieter, Marlene Orenich Kramer, Karen Qillard Colwell, Wayne Perrins, Kathy Rugletic Schallas, Anna Mae Schibik Seward, Joseph Smithonic, Stanley Sobolefski, Thomas Sperazza, Frank Wescott and John Zielinski.

Please contact Therese Timlin Wrubel at 570-457- 4891 or Karen Hadley Sobeski at 570-457-3247 with any information.

Hometown Hero banners

Duryea Lions Club, in conjunction with the Duryea Betterment Committee, is sponsoring the Hometown Hero banner program.

The program is designed to honor the active duty military, retirees and veterans of Duryea who honorably served and continue to serve our country.

The banners, which are $225 each, traditionally include a photo of the service person or a graphic such as a medal, badge or logo from his or her service branch, along with his or her name and the donor’s name. The finalized banners will be attached to utility poles in town.

If you are interested in honoring a Duryea Hometown Hero, send your name, address, phone number and honoree’s name to

Building permits

Residents are reminded any work being done at a home or place of business requires a building permit. Questions can be directed to Building Inspector Jeff Pisanchyn at 570-237-6686.

Park rentals

Any resident who is interested in renting the Healey Playground or Community Park for birthday parties should contact Borough Manager Carolyn Santee at 570-655- 2829, option 1.

There is a $50 non-refundable rental fee which covers trash removal after the party.

Mass schedules

Holy Mass on Sundays at St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will be celebrated at 9 a.m. for the summer months.

Due to exterior and interior renovations being done at Holy Rosary Church, Nativity of Our Lord Parish has adopted a new Mass schedule. Masses will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Saturdays and 8 and 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays in the Holy Rosary School Gymnasium, 125 Stephenson St.

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.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Duryea every week. To include an item in her column, email or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.