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As you prepare for the upcoming holidays, you’ll need to keep your strength up. One of the best ways to do that is to start each day with a good breakfast. What better place to enjoy one than at the Nativity of Our Lord Parish’s Men’s Society’s Christmas breakfast next Sunday?

The Men’s Society of Nativity of Our Lord Parish will host a Christmas breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Hall, 529 Stephenson St.

The menu includes scrambled eggs, home fries, kielbasa, ham, pancakes, danish, juice and coffee.

Tickets for the breakfast are $9 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Children 4 and younger will be admitted for free.

Takeouts will be available too. Delivery is available by contacting Jef at 570-881-6006 or jeffreyadambauman@gmail.com or Mike at 570-885-6267.

Germania trees

Germania Hose Company’s annual Christmas tree sale is underway.

Sale hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the hose company, 430 Foote Ave.

The trees are $40 each and range in size from 6 to 12 feet.

Delivery is available to the local surrounding area.

Holy Rosary news

The students at Holy Rosary School have certainly been busy lately!

Starting off a host of activities, the children honored their principal, Melissa Skutack, on Principal’s Day. The children marked the occasion by creating cards and banners, singing songs and visiting her office.

Next, the students started the holiday season by participating in service projects to help people in need. The student council helped serve the Duryea Police and Duryea Neighborhood Crimewatch co-sponsored Thanksgiving dinner at Germania Hose Company. The school families also donated coats, hats and gloves for the Family to Family Annual Coat Drive.

Following these events, the students celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday with a variety of holiday school traditions. The eighth grade students and their families enjoyed baking homemade pumpkin pies together, and the students in pre-school through third grade dressed as pilgrims and Native Americans, made butter and shared a moment together to give thanks for their family and friends.

In preparation of Christmas gift giving, the students and their families participated in the school’s annual Santa’s Workshop. At the workshop, participants purchased gifts to exchange at Christmas.

The school also hosted a Barnes and Noble Night. At the event, family and friends enjoyed a variety of activities which included holiday crafts, basket raffles, carols sung by the school’s choir, Christmas stories by second grade teacher Joan Dowd, forensics performances and routines from the school cheerleading squad, all while supporting their school as they began early Christmas shopping.

And finally, the Rotary Club of Northeastern Pennsylvania recently presented the third grade students with dictionaries.

Ministerium service

The 4-Boro Ministerium of Avoca, Duryea, Moosic and Old Forge will sponsor a service to mark the Frist Sunday of Advent at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church, 200 Stephenson St.

During the service, the Advent wreath will be blessed and the first candle will be lit. Vespers for the first evening of Advent also will be recited. The Rev. Alex Becker, pastor of Langcliffe Presbyterian Church, Avoca, will be the homilist. A collection will be taken up to support the Moosic United Methodist Church’s food pantry. Refreshments will be served following the service. All are welcome.

Sewer Authority meeting

Duryea Borough Sewer Authority meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public is invited to attend.

Lions Club children’s

Christmas party

Duryea Lions Club will host its annual children’s Christmas party from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave.

This event includes a visit from Santa, holiday music, refreshments, gifts and a raffle for 14 bicycles. The bicycle donations were made by Pat Verdine, in memory of deceased Lions Club members Scott Verdine and Andy Verdine; Skibitsky and Molino Law Firm; Rehoski’s Market; state rep. Michael Carroll; James Gilmartin; Bronzed Bunz; The Town Tavern, and several members of the Duryea Lions Club.

All children 10 years old and younger from Duryea are invited to attend.

Christmas lighting donations

The Duryea Lions Club has certainly made Main Street and other areas of town festive with its Christmas lighting and decoration program. In order to keep this program thriving, the Lions are seeking the help of the community. To make a donation to assist the Lions in purchasing replacement lights and maintaining the current supply, please send your gift to Duryea Lions Club, P.O. Box 2085, Duryea, PA 18642.

Story hour and Santa visit

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 and a special treat from the Nativity of Our Lord Parish’s Women’s Society. 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.

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

Join in kicking off the holiday season with your neighbors and friends as the Duryea Betterment Committee treats the community to its third annual Christmas Stroll down Main Street from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.

There will be shopping opportunities at Duryea’s Main Street businesses, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, children’s activities, treats, horse drawn carriage rides, live reindeer and therapy donkeys, live caroling and a nativity for all to enjoy. There also will be an appearance by St. Nicholas and his counterpart, Krampus, at the stroll and St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church to see who has been naughty or nice.

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 information, 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.

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 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

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 meeting

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.

Civil service vacancy

Duryea Borough is seeking candidates to fill alternate member vacancies on the civil service commission. Candidates should send a letter of interest to Borough Manager Carolyn Santee, 315 Main St., Duryea PA 18642.

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.