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Holy Rosary School, Duryea, is holding a collection for victims of Hurricane Harvey from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Among the items needed are baby formula, diapers, hand sanitizer and soaps, cleaning products, paper products, toiletries, bottled water, pet supplies and nonperishable food. First row, from left, are Kalli Mahasky, Abby Lazecki, Lidia Marranca and Meghan McDonnell. Second row: Melissa Skutack, principal; Molly Houston, Quinn Carden, Lauren O’Brien, Samantha Collins, Dana Mackin, Hunder Acernese and Debbie Brady, eighth grade teacher. Third row: Andrew Francis, Olivia Sennett and Jessica Nawrocki.

As Americans, we are blessed to live in a nation where we can voice our opinions about the state of our country without fear of punishment or imprisonment by our government leaders. While there are moments when those expressions cause division and it seems we will never solidify the chasm between our differences, when faced with real tragedy — such as the devastation of Hurricane Harvey — we find ourselves uniting and working together for the common good. It is these moments that demonstrate the true spirit of America.

The students at Holy Rosary School are illustrating a great example of that spirit by conducting a special service project to benefit the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Organized by the eighth grade students, the school will conduct a collection from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, in the school parking lot on Stephenson Street. The public is invited to drop off the following items: baby formula, diapers, hand sanitizer and soaps, nonperishable food, bottled water, toiletries, cleaning supplies, paper products and dog food.

Thanks, grandparents

Happy Grandparents Day! I hope all of the grandmothers, grandfathers, grandmas, grandpas, nanas and papas have a wonderful day! I’d like to extend a special Happy Grandparents Day to my mom, Lorraine. She certainly is a wonderful Nana to my J.J., and it is such a gift to me to watch them love and enjoy one another’s company. We love you!

Scouting news

Boy Scout Troop 285, Duryea, is accepting new members. Membership is open to boys at least 10 years old and have finished the fifth grade. The Scouts, who meet on Thursday evenings, participate in numerous activities including camping, hiking, leadership building exercises, physical fitness, community service and more. For information, contact the Rev. Fr. Carmen G. Bolock, Scoutmaster, at 570-457-2291.

SAL chicken bites sale

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 will have a chicken bites sale from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (or until sold out) Sunday, Sept. 10, at the Brennan Regan post home, 329 Main St. Orders are $8 and include mild, hot, butter and garlic, mild garlic and hot garlic flavors with blue cheese and celery.

Take outs will be available.

VFW news

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227’s fall pitch league will begin Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St. The league, which will play weekly at 7 p.m. into November, will be capped off with a playoff party at the post. Anyone who is interested should attend with a card partner. Cost is $10 per person, per week.

For information about either league, stop by or call the post at 570-457-9946.

Also, be sure to save the dates for these upcoming events at the VFW: band night with Outta the Blue, Saturday, Sept. 23; Halloween party with Midnight Rhythm Four Piece, Saturday, Oct. 28, and band night with Sperazza, Saturday, Nov. 18.

Duryea H.S. 60th reunion

Duryea High School, Class of 1957, will have its 60th reunion at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Fox Hill Country Club, Exeter. Any classmate who has any questions may call Lois Winn Balchune at 570-457-9401.

Softball tournament

Duryea’s fire departments will have their annual softball tournament Friday, Sept. 22, through Sunday, Sept. 24, at the Duryea Little League complex, 700 Foote Ave.

This wooden bat only tournament will be double elimination style with an emergency service bracket and a competitive bracket. Both brackets will receive trophies. All games will be seven innings and begin with a one-and-one count. The cost is $150 per team.

To enter, send a message to the Duryea Fire Department’s Annual Softball Tournament Facebook page.

All proceeds will benefit the Duryea fire departments.

Library story hour

Duryea’s My Little Library program will hold a story hour at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St. The event is free and open to children with up to an eighth grade reading level. Future story hours will take place on the first Wednesday of each month through April.

Each story hour will have a celebrity reader who will read an age appropriate book or excerpt and then give a brief show and tell. October’s celebrity reader is Duryea Police Chief Nick Lohman, who will read and then talk about safety.

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.

Germania wine fest

Germania Hose Company will host a wine fest from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, on the hose company grounds, 430 Foote Ave. The public is invited to stop by to sample wines from local wineries, enjoy homemade food and shop at the craft vendor stands while listening to live music. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased from any member. All those attending must be 21 or older.

Tax reminder

Martin Hanczyc, Duryea Borough tax collector, announces the school taxes are now being collected at discount value.

Office hours during the rebate period will be 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. Taxes also may be paid by appointment at 79 Main St. by calling 570-457-2482.

Taxes may also be mailed to 79 Main St., Duryea, PA 18642. Please include the entire tax bill and a stamped envelope if return receipt is requested.

Hanczyc also will pick up taxes for anyone with disabilities who calls to make arrangements.

If you haven’t received a tax bill, call 570-457-2482. All residents are responsible to make certain they receive their taxes.

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.

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.