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July offers a few food- and fun-filled events not to miss.

The most anticipated summer event opens this week. The 11th annual Dupont Softball Tournament opens Friday, July 21, and runs to Sunday, July 23, at the Dupont Little League Field.

The softball tournament will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, July 21, at the Dupont Little League Park on Elm Street, with three games, including the most anticipated game — the annual Dupont rivalry match-up of the Coal Crackers vs. The Big D. This rivalry game has been going on since the tournament began in 2007 and has become one of the most popular events of the tournament, aside from the hot dog eating contest. The Coal Crackers have taken charge of this rivalry, winning the last eight consecutive years and Big D has two wins. The Friday night opening will conclude with a firework display at 9 p.m.

The tournament continues Saturday, July 22, starting at 10 a.m. with 12 teams in action throughout the day. The hot dog eating contest takes place at 4 p.m. There is no entrance fee and anyone of any age can compete in the contest. Competitors can sign up on the day of the event. The fastest to eat five hotdogs and buns will be declared the winner.

The tournament concludes Sunday, opening at 11 a.m. with seven games scheduled, including the Champions Game.

Pittston Fuel has been on a winning streak, taking the title for four consecutive championships. Let’s see what the competition has in store for this year to take the tile from Pittston Fuel. This year’s teams are: Dupont Coal Crackers, host team; The Big D, McNasty’s, Liberty Tax Service, Hammer Time, Pizza Bella, The Squirrels, Doc’s, Andy Gavin’s, Pittston Fuel, The Bravest and Jezynowka.

All proceeds will benefit local charities. For more information, please contact Rob Lopata at 570-540-0772 or visit the Dupont Youth Baseball Organization Facebook page.

The Dupont Lions, once again, will run the concession food stand at the softball tournament. The stand will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and for a few hours starting at 11 a.m. Sunday

Lions Club members and friends are asked to help with this project. The Lions also are looking for homemade items to sell such as wimpies, piggies, haulski, etc.

Lion Jeff Roche is the project chairman and can be contacted at jeffr1028@yahoo.com or call at 570-239-5854.

Holy Mother of Sorrrows barbecue

If you are looking for the best barbecue, look no further: Holy Mother of Sorrows’ 54th annual open pit chicken barbecue is from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 15, on the parish grounds, 212 Wyoming Ave.

Dinner includes half a chicken, french fries, coleslaw, roll, dessert and beverage.

This event is sponsored by the YMS of R. Members start grilling on their custom open pits at 4:30 a.m.

Donation is $12. Tickets are available at the door the day of the event. Takeouts are available, as well throughout the day. Don’t miss out!

Hose company dance party

For another fun event in July, join the Dupont Volunteer Hose Company for the “Rocking Turbo Twang Dance Party” from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 21, at the Dupont Volunteer Hose Company home. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

The event is hosted by NEPA’s talented dance instructors Barbara Monroe, Darlene Thomas, Erin Welsh, Janet Cummings and Nancy Verbryck, who will teach participants the “Turbo Twang” line dance, with DJ music provided by Cowboy Boogie Productions. The first 100 people through the door will receive free promo merchandise from “Turbo Twang” songwriter Wayne Warner. Also, a video will be made at the event to submit to Nashville.

Cost is $5 per person.

Lions food distribution

Dupont Lions Club’s monthly food distribution will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at Holy Mother of Sorrows parish hall. All qualifying residents of Dupont and Suscon are eligible.

Centennial news

Planning is continuing for the Dupont Centennial 5k Run and Walk, which is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 26.  The kid’s 1-mile race will start at 9 a.m. and the 5K run/walk will begin at 9:45. Both races start at the Dupont Polish American Citizens Club on Elm Street. Awards will be given out after each race.  Organizers are planning race details, including the water stations, for which the Polish American Citizens’ Club has generously provided the water.  Local business sponsors have donated and will be prominently featured on the official race T-shirt.  Additional sponsors are always welcome. Donations of fruit for participants at the race finish line are needed. 

Most importantly, the race needs participants. Whether you are young or old, whether you prefer to run or walk, please sign up and take part in this day of fun and fitness to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Dupont’s founding. If you would like to sign up, do so online at runsignup.com or call Fred or Linda Lokuta at 570-451-1269. Also, call Fred or Linda if you would like to donate as a business sponsor or volunteer your time.

Cost is $20 per adult runner without T-shirt or $25 with T-shirt; $5 per child runner without T-shirt or $10 with T-shirt. Sign up online at runsignup.com/race/paDuPont/dupontcentennial5k and join the Facebook event for more details.

The Dupont Centennial 5K will begin on Elm Street between the Polish Club and the baseball field. The runners will then turn right onto Walnut Street, toward the Ben Franklin Kindergarten Center. Turning left onto Hemlock Street, the runners will proceed up the hill and down the other side onto Ash Street. At the bottom of Ash Street, the participants will turn left into the alleyway, Heidi Lane, and then turn right, back onto Walnut Street. Making the first right turn, the runners will return to Elm Street, run up to the end of the road, past the machine shop, and proceed down Hillside Avenue. Immediately making the first right onto Pine Street, the participants will go up a small hill and make another right turn onto Penn Avenue. As the runners descend the hill, they will reach the end of Penn Avenue and the beginning of Oak Street. The runners will remain on Oak Street until they reach the cemetery. Turning down Lackawanna Avenue, the race will split the two halves of the cemetery and turn right onto Pine Street, past the chapel and down another small hill. Making a left on to Everhart Street and another onto Spruce Street, the participants will cross town until they reach Penn Avenue. Turning right onto Penn Avenue and descending the hill, the runners will make another right onto Walnut Street, the beginning of the last mile. The race will proceed on Walnut Street, past Sacred Heart Church and then left onto Everhart Street. The next turn is left into the alleyway, New Street. Remaining in the alley, the runners will cross Wyoming Avenue, past the Polish National Church, and once again reach Penn Avenue. Turning left onto Penn Avenue, racers will then make an immediate right onto Walnut Street and, reaching the Polish Club parking lot, a left onto Hillside Avenue. Ascending a gradual hill, the race will proceed up Hillside Avenue until it reaches Ash Street. Turning right onto Ash and another immediate right onto Elm Street, the race will make its final descent down Elm, finishing where it started at the Polish American Citizens Club.

For information on how you can help celebrate, contact Bob Price, chairman of the Dupont Progress Committee, at bobsphone@verizon.net or at 570-883-0157.

VFW news

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909 will host a Sock Hop from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at the post.

The dinner buffet will be served from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. and open bar will be from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Musical entertainment will be provided by Millennium from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Donation is $30 per person.

The VFW will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, at the post home. Home Association meeting will follow. Food and refreshments will be served after both meetings.

Compost available

Dupont residents can pick up compost behind the Dupont Borough Building during regular business hours.

Costs for contractors for disposal of yard waste is $10 for pick-up vehicles, $25 for one-ton trucks, $45 for single axle and $75 for tri axle.

There is limited access to the compost facility. Normal hours for the facility are 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Please contact Dupont Borough for special arrangements for large amounts of yard waste.

Electronics recycling

Dupont Borough is conducting a survey to determine the need to hold an electronics recycling event. If residents have electronic items to be recycled, such as computers, televisions, small appliances, etc., please register with the borough office by calling 570-655-6216.

Dupont Borough will post the acceptable items list with prices in the newspaper and on the borough bulletin board and website, as well as on the Crime Watch Facebook page.

If enough residents register, the event will be held in August or September.

Sacred Heart of Jesus picnic

Theme basket donations are now being accepted to be raffled off at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church’s annual parish picnic. Baskets themed for babies, pets, entertainment, lottery trees, holiday, backyard and garden, tools, fitness, summertime fun, toys and an endless number of other theme possibilities are needed. Baskets can be dropped off in the church hall from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as before and after all weekend Masses.

Non-perishable foods and paper goods (no super-size items, please) also are being collected for the food baskets, including canned goods such as soup, vegetables, fruit, tuna, etc.; condiments, including ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce, etc.; peanut butter and jelly, gelatin and pudding, fruit snacks, pancake mix and syrup, cake and cookie mixes, pasta, rice mixes, coffee and tea, coffee creamers, tin foil, plastic wrap and baggies.

These donations also should be brought to the church hall during the hours listed. Thank you!

Annmarie Paddock writes about Dupont every week. To include an item in her column, email apaddock@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2176 by Monday.