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The Polish American Citizens Club of Dupont is offering three $500 scholarships to students who meet the following requirements:

The student must be a direct descendant (child or grandchild) of an active Polish American Citizens Club member. Students must be enrolled in their first year at a college or university for the 2017 school year and have a GPA of not less than 3.0 with supporting documentation. The student must submit a typed essay about how he or she intends to contribute to society as a citizen of a free country and must appear before the scholarship board to answer questions based on the submitted essay. An information sheet with more details is available at the Polish Club.

The essays and grades must arrive no later than July 4. They should be mailed or delivered to either PACC members Jack Kuligowski, 30 Walnut St., Dupont, PA 18641 or John Kulick, 106 Dobson Road, Sweet Valley, PA 18656. For more information, contact Jack at 570 655-8672 or John at 570 237-6039.

Lions food distribution

The monthly food distribution sponsored by the Dupont Lions Club will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at Holy Mother of Sorrows Church. All qualifying residents of Dupont and Suscon are eligible.

Softball tournament

The 11th annual Dupont Softball Tournament will he held Friday, July 21, to Sunday, July 23, at the Dupont Little League Field. Entry fee is $150 per team. The wooden bat tournament will be double elimination. All proceeds will benefit local charities. For information, contact Rob Lopata at 570-540-0772 or visit the Facebook page at the Dupont Youth Baseball Organization.

Holy Mother of Sorrows

chicken barbecue

Holy Mother of Sorrows will hold its 54th annual open pit chicken barbecue 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. Donation is $12.

Dupont Day at the RailRiders will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, July 7.

Mayor Dan Lello will throw out the first pitch prior to the game and Dupont will be honored for its centennial both before the game and during the game. There will be fireworks at the conclusion of the game.

Tickets will be available soon at the borough offices and online.

The Dupont Centennial Bar Crawl will be held Saturday, July 8.

Participating bars are: Andy’s Café, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909, The Brickhouse, Cebula’s, Polish American Citizens Club and Arturo’s. Membership in the Polish Club or the VFW is not needed on the day of the crawl.

Those who ordered T-shirts are reminded they will be available for pick up at the borough building about a week before the crawl.

Dupont Centennial 5K Run will be held Saturday, Aug. 26. Adult race will start at 9:45 a.m. and a 1-mile race for kids will start at 9 a.m. Both races start at the Dupont Polish American Citizens Club on Elm Street. The adult race is a run and walk event. Cost is $20 per adult runner without T-shirt and $25 with a T-shirt; $5 per child runner without a T-shirt and $10 with a T-shirt.

Registration can be completed online at runsignup.com/race/padupont/dupontcentennial5k. Join the event on Facebook for details.

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

AMVETS Auxiliary

kitchenware sale

AMVETS 189 Auxiliary is conducting a RADA cutlery fundraiser to benefit veterans’ projects. The American made cutlery includes kitchen utensils, gift sets, cookbooks and stoneware.

You can review products online at www.radacutlery.com. Catalogs are available at the Dupont Municipal Office during regular business hours or contact Mary Ann Vargo, fundraiser chairperson, at 570-212-2550.

Sock Hop

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.

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. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

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!

VFW meetings

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909 will hold its next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, at the post home. Many items of importance will be discussed and reports will be given. Nominations of post officers for the 2017-18 year will be accepted at the meeting. Commander Mark Roney will preside.

The Home Association meeting will follow.

Food and refreshments will be served after both meetings.

Dupont students

honored at WAC

Wyoming Area Catholic School, Exeter, inducted 23 sixth and seventh grade students into the National Junior Honor Society.  The National Junior Honor Society is the nation’s premier organizations established to recognize outstanding middle level students. More than just an honor roll, National Junior Honor Society serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship. Inductees are: Alivia Serkosky, Justice Shoats, Dylan Cassetori, Morgan Crake, Claire Cunningham, Hayden Foland, Julia Girman, Lauren Granteed, Isabel Grudzinski, Kayla Kovaleski, Sydney Kozde, John Wayne Kravitz, Grace Mangan, Caitlyn Maslar, Aiden Morgan, Ava Newman, Aiden O’Haire, Joyce Renfer, Coltin Rosencrance, Jayden Satkowski, Aryan Tolani, John Tondora and Paige Yastremski.

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