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While many patrons of the Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will surely enjoy some “spirits” on Saturday as they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the daylight hours will belong to Duryea’s kids as they enjoy a hippity hoppity good time at the post’s Easter party.

Join in the fun at the VFW’s Easter party at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at the post home, 492 Stephenson St.

Lunch and refreshments will be served for children up to age 12. They will also have face painting, balloon animals and the Easter Bunny will be stopping by.

In other VFW news, the members of the post are bringing back the ’80s! Join in the fun at an ’80s theme party from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the post home.

Tickets are $15 each which includes a buffet and entertainment by a DJ playing all of your favorites from the decade ruled by big hair and heavy metal. There will also be a cash bar. Tickets can be purchased at the post home until Sunday, April 22.

Holy Rosary news

Holy Rosary School’s kindergarten through third-grade students recently held their very own Olympic games. The students competed in several categories, including skipping, hopping, running and sliding. Through this event, the students learned the importance of respecting our country, teamwork and physical fitness.

Great job to both the students and staff for hosting a not only fun but also important exercise in character development.

Tax reminder

Duryea Borough Tax Collector Martin Hanczyc announces the 2018 Luzerne County/Duryea Borough taxes have been sent out and are now due. The rebate ends Wednesday, April 11.

Taxes may be paid during the rebate period 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. If you are paying via mail and requesting a receipt, please send in your entire tax bill and a self- addressed stamped envelope. Also, please include your phone number in case of any mistakes.

If you did not receive your bill, please call Hanczyc at 570-457-2482.

Anyone who is disabled and unable to mail or come to the municipal building to pay their taxes, may call Hanczyc to have their taxes picked up.

St. Mary’s news

The Scranton Seniorate of the Central Diocese of the Polish National Catholic Church (PNCC) will hold a Lenten Retreat Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church, 200 Stephenson St.

The event will feature a series of presentations by the Most Rev. Anthony A. Mikovsky, prime bishop of the PNCC, and local clergy of the PNCC. Along with the Sacrament of Penance, there will be a light lunch. The day will end with Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.

In other St. Mary’s news, the parish has Lenten devotions at 7 p.m. every Friday during Lent at the church. All are welcome.

Council meeting

Duryea Borough Council will meet Tuesday, March 13, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public work session is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7.

Four-Boro Ministerium news

Four-Boro Ministerium of Avoca, Duryea, Moosic and Old Forge will have its weekly ecumenical Lenten service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church, 200 Stephenson St. The Rev. Sharon Dietz, pastor of the Brick United Methodist Church, Duryea, and the Bethel United Methodist Church, Avoca, will be the guest preacher. A collection will be taken to support the food pantry at the Moosic United Methodist Church.

Crime Watch meeting

Duryea Crime Watch will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the municipal building, 315 Main St.

Polish Falcons news

Polish Falcons Nest 128 will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the nest, 631 Main St. All regular members are urged to attend this important meeting.

The nest is seeking bartenders for all shifts. Please see the bar manager at the post to fill out an application or call 570-457-5355.

Phoenix performance

and ribbon cutting

Phoenix Performing Arts Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary and the grand opening of its newly renovated theater with the opening night presentation of “Jekyll & Hyde” at 8 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the theater, 409 Main St. Prior to the performance, the theater group will cut the ribbon and unveil the new space. The other show times include 8 p.m. Saturday, March 17; Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18 and 25.

Renovations, which were made possible by Leadership Wilkes-Barre, include more seating, a better view of the stage and a beautiful lobby.

Ticket prices have not increased and remain at $12. To purchase tickets, call 570-457-3589 or visit Handicap accessible seating is available.

Nativity of Our Lord news

Nativity of Our Lord Parish will have Stations of the Cross with Adoration and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament at 7 p.m. Fridays during Lent at the church, 127 Stephenson St.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays during Lent, as part of the Diocese of Scranton’s The Light is On for You program. Eucharistic Adoration will also take place during this time of prayer. The sacrament is also available from 6:40 to 6:55 a.m. Monday through Friday and from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. Saturdays at the church.

The parish will have a Lenten food sale from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., or until sold out, Friday, March 16, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Hall, 529 Stephenson St.

The sale will include homemade Manhattan (red) clam chowder along with homemade pierogi (prepared or frozen), haluski, pizza (baked or unbaked) and a bake sale.

Excelsior news

Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 will have its annual Night at the Races on Saturday, March 24, at the Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the races begin at 7.

There will be plenty of food and refreshments.

The cost of a horse is $10. Admission is $3. Each attendee must purchase a minimum of one horse. You do not have to be present to win.

For information, contact the department at 570-457-2233, or Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 Duryea Pa. on Facebook.

Save the date! The Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 and the Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will co-sponsor their annual chicken barbeque and motorcycle poker run Saturday, June 9. For additional information, visit

Garbage stickers

Residents can purchase 2018 garbage stickers at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St., from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Although there are no longer evening hours at the municipal building, residents can receive their garbage sticker by mail by mailing a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the municipal building.

The cost, with the additional $20 late fee, is as follows: one bag per week, $120; two bags per week, $175; three bags per week, $215; and four bags per week, $255.

Garbage will not be picked up without a 2018 sticker displayed in the window.

Independent Bible

Church Easter show

Independent Bible Church will present its Easter choral program “I Saw the Lord” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 30, at the church, 328 Main St.

Shotwell benefit

There will be a pasta dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in the Queen of the Apostles Parish hall, 742 Spring St., Avoca, to benefit Duryea business owner and Avoca resident Patrick Shotwell Sr., who is fighting stage 4 metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Menu includes pasta with meatballs, salad, roll, dessert, beer (for patrons 21 and older) and other beverages. There will be entertainment by the Luongo Brothers — famed members of The Poets. There will also be a basket raffle and 50/50 drawings.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 5-18. Children under 5-years-old will be admitted for free. Takeouts for children and adults are $10. Takeouts do not include beverages.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from Pat Shotwell’s Auto Repair, 860 Main St., Duryea; Queen of the Apostles Parish, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca, or from a Shotwell family member. Tickets can also be purchased online via the Pasta Dinner Benefit for Patrick Shotwell Sr. Facebook event page.

Monetary or raffle donations can be made by calling Ryanne Ziobro at 570-237-6123.

Duryea at Dusk

Save the date! Duryea at Dusk will hold its second annual 5K run, 1-mile walk and family festival Saturday, June 2, at the Duryea Community Park, located behind the municipal building, 315 Main St. The festival begins at 5 p.m. followed by the race and walk at 7. For additional information, visit

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. These include alcohol/drugs, prescription drugs, nicotine, co-dependency, compulsive overeating or any behavior change.

For information, visit or

Al-Anon meetings

Al-Anon meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Brick United Methodist Church, 935 Foote Ave. This anonymous 12-step program of recovery for families and friends of addicts and alcoholics has no dues or fees. Meetings last approximately one hour.

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 a news item in her column, email her at or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.