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The Dupont Lions Club will sponsor Halloween Safety Stations from 6 to 8 p.m. Halloween, Tuesday, Halloween,Oct. 31.

Lions Club-sponsored safety station locations include: the Dupont Youth Baseball Organization safety station at the Dupont Little Park on Elm Street, where hot dogs, hot chocolate and candy will be served; Dupont Crime Watch station at Lukasik’s at 234 Smith St.; Kelly Alexander’s at 288 Main St., Pacoskys’ residence at 303 Penn Ave. and at Cycle Playground, 404 Main St. The safety stations will provide candy, hot chocolate and a safe place for the all the ghosts and goblins.

Centennial Halloween


Dupont Centennial Committee is planning a Halloween celebration. The party will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in the field behind the Ben Franklin Kindergarten Center. The date of the event has been changed due to predicted bad weather.

The festival will include a Halloween costume contest. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the following categories: prettiest, scariest, most creative, best pet, best family and best all round. There will be a costume parade for humans and their pets, fire pits to make s’mores, kids games, food, snacks, a haunted house in the old Ben Franklin School and a movie at dusk. Featured presentation will be “Hocus Pocus.”

There is no admissions fee. All residents are welcome.

Cemetery services

Cemetery Sunday devotions at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church will take place Sunday, Oct. 29. Services will begin at 1 p.m. in the church with the exposition of the blessed sacrament and names of parishioners who passed away this past year will be read aloud. After church benediction, there will be a procession to the cemetery where the Rev. Thomas Petro will bless and visit the graves of the faithful. The choir will sing traditional Polish, Latin and English songs.

Holy Mother of Sorrows All Souls Cemetery Service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at the parish cemetery. If there is inclement weather, the service will be held in the cemetery chapel.

Police regionalization

Mayor Daniel Lello recently announced Dupont Borough has opted out of the Regional Police Study Group. Mayor Dan Lello sited inequities in the project costs for Dupont.

“At this time the project lacked cost justification for Dupont Borough to continue in the regionalization of the police department,” he commented.

Mayor Lello also stated that he and all council members will continue to pursue what is best for all residents and keep all options open and continue open dialogue with the study group.

Lions lottery

The Lions Club’s annual Match the Daily Number fundraiser is underway and tickets are available from any member of the club. Tickets also are available at Hub One.

Cost per ticket is $10.

This campaign is the major fundraising project for the club and money raised supports the Christmas lights project, Halloween safety stations, Hometown Heros Banners and the Easter egg hunt.

Get Gas

UGI has started to place gas lines in Dupont. If you have not applied for natural gas you still can apply by going to the UGI website to “Get Gas” or you can contact UGI sales representative, Mike Trusa at 570-829-8664.

A map showing project locations can be viewed at the municipal building during regular business hours.

Arrangements are underway for a representative from UGI to be available at the municipal office in the near future for any questions or concerns from residents.

Centennial merchandise

Dupont Progress Committee still has T-shirts and license plates covers available. You can purchase these items at the Dupont Municipal Building during regular business hours.

VFW meetings

Dupont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909 will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at the post home. Commander Mark Roney will preside and many items of importance will be discussed. Reports also will be given.

The Home Association meeting will follow. Food and refreshments will be served after both meetings.

Veterans Day program

The Dupont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909 and the AMVETS Post 189 will conduct Veterans Day ceremonies at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Dupont VFW Post Home at the outdoor mural. The public is invited to honor all veterans on this special day.

Food and refreshments will be served immediately after the ceremony.

VFW Hose Association

anniversary dinner

Dupont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909 Home Association will hold its 72nd anniversary dinner dance Saturday, Nov. 4, at the post.

Dinner buffet will be from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. The bar will be open from 7:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. Millennium will provide the musical entertainment for your dancing and listening pleasure from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Donation is $30 per person. For tickets and reservations, see Bob at the VFW or call Bob at the VFW at 570-654-9104.

Deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, Nov. 3. Tickets cannot be sold at the door.

Sacred Heart bake sale

The annual pastoral outreach bake sale at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church will be held the weekend of Oct. 28-29 after the weekend Masses. A theme basket and 50/50 raffle also will be held during the bake sale.

Donations of baked goods can be dropped off in the church hall beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

Wrestling tournament

The Pittston Area Wrestling Team will sponsor a Tomato Town Tumble Top 100 Elementary Round Robin Wrestling Match on Sunday, Nov. 12, at Pittston Area High School Gym, 5 Stout St. The tournament is open to all wrestlers with a cap of 300 wrestlers. Entry fee is $27 per wrestler. There is a team rate for 10 or more wrestlers that is $22 per wrestler. Admission is $5 for adults and coaches and $3 for students.

Start time is 9 a.m. with a check-in time from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Divisions include: pee-wee, 5-6; bantam, 7-8; midget, 9-10, and junior, 11-12. Divisions are based on age as of Nov. 12. Weight class is based on Madison Bracketing. Each bracket will be made up of five to six wrestlers closest in age, weight and experience.

Registration must be completed online. No walk-in registration will be accepted. Online registration can be completed at now until midnight Friday, Nov. 10. Any question can be directed to or call 570-212-2347.

Clothing drive

A winter clothing drive sponsored by Y.M.S. of R. of Holy Mother of Sorrows Church will run from Nov. 1 to Jan. 10. 

Please bring usable and clean clothing for men, women and children only. You can drop off items in the parish hall.

Offices closed

The borough office will be closed Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7.

The Dupont Public Works Department will have regular scheduled pickup of yard waste that day.

Tenant registration

Tenant Registration Forms will be mailed to landlords to update the accounts prior to the 2018 refuse bills being mailed in December. Landlords are reminded to update tenant listing at the borough office as needed.

Budget reading

The Dupont Borough Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14, will include the second reading of the proposed 2018 borough budget. Following the second reading, there will be a 10-day public inspection period and final reading and adoption will take place at the December meeting.

Sanitary authority board position

Dupont Borough is accepting letters of interest for a board position for the Lower Lackawanna Valley Sanitary Authority. The borough will be accepting letters of interest from residents interested in being appointed to the five-year term.

Recreation committee

Dupont Borough is considering forming a Recreation Board to oversee the events in town, maintain the parks and recreational areas and handle pavilion rentals.

Those interested can send in a letter of interest to the borough building.

Ordinance reminders

Dupont residents are reminded the borough has several ordinances that govern behavior in the borough. Ordinances include dog leash/waste, snow removal, sidewalk maintenance, quality of life, noise and nuisance.

Copies of all ordinances are available for review at the borough office.

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