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We’re in the home stretch of Christmas preparations now my friends! The big day is just over one week away!

If the notion of this makes you feel stressed and steals away some of your Christmas spirit, maybe you need to slow down a bit and revive your mind and heart. The Independent Bible Church of Duryea has the perfect event taking place this evening which can do just that and serve as a reminder of what this season is truly all about.

Beginning at 6 p.m., please join the congregation of the Independent Bible Church as its choir presents “The Greatest Gift” choral program Sunday, Dec. 17, at the church, 328 Main St.

This is always a beautiful program and such a gift to the community. Please make plans to stop by if you can.

Holy Rosary students busy

Our students at Holy Rosary School have certainly been busy with their science studies!

The second grade class recently learned about ecosystems. In this study series, students observed various living and non-living things and recorded their data to share with their classmates. Their teacher is Mrs. Dowd, and their student teacher is Miss Gilpin.

In upper classes, the sixth grade class recently studied ancient cuneiform writing.

With this project, students created their own cuneiform projects by using clay. Their teacher is Mrs. Jennifer Snyder.

The seventh and eighth grade students recently held their annual science fair.

These very same fair participants will also compete in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science in March. Their teacher is Mr. James Rose.

And rounding out the school’s activities, the student council filled stockings with toys for the patients at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, Danville.

The school community is grateful to the school families for their donations toward this wonderful service project.

Christmas tree sale

The 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.

Help light up Duryea

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.

Christmas cookie sale

Nativity of Our Lord Parish will have a Christmas cookie sale in the church hall, 127 Stephenson St., following the 4 p.m. Mass Saturday, Dec. 16, and the 8 and 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Masses Sunday, Dec. 17.

There will be a variety of homemade cookies available to buy that will not only support the parish, but also check off one item on your Christmas to-do list.

Chicken bites sale

Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 585, will have a chicken bites sale beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Brennan Regan post home, 329 Main St. The cost is $8 per order and includes blue cheese and celery. The bites are available in mild, hot, butter garlic, mild garlic, hot garlic and golden varieties. Takeouts will be available, too.

Christmas services

The Rev. John V. Polednak, V.E., Deacon André Kabacinski and the parishioners of Nativity of our Lord Parish will have Christmas Masses at the church, 127 Stephenson St.: 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, preceded by the singing of traditional Christmas carols at 3:45 p.m.; midnight, 9 and 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 25. Midnight Mass will be preceded by the singing of traditional Christmas carols at 11:45 p.m. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20.

The Rev. Dr. Al Cremard and the congregation of the Independent Bible Church will have a Christmas Eve service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, at the church, 328 Main St.

The Rev. Sharon Deitz and the congregation of the Brick United Methodist Church will have a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 11 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, at the Bethel United Methodist Church, 532 Main St., Avoca.

Hose company to deliver toys

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. 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 more information, call the department at 570-457-2233.

Story hour

Duryea’s My Little Library will hold a story hour at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St.

The January “celebrity” readers will be the students of Rothrock’s Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy, Duryea. The students also will give a short demonstration

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 up to and eighth-grade reading level.

Sewer bills mailed

Duryea Borough Sewer Authority invoices for June to December 2017 have been mailed. They are due by Jan. 17, 2018.

Anyone who did not receive an invoice should call 570-457-0122 Monday through Friday 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m.

Commission members sought

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.

SMART Recovery meeting

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 more information, visit or

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.

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to My Sister’s Kitchen’s very own Janet Altieri Russo who will celebrate her special day on Sunday, Dec. 17.

That’s about it for this week my friends. If you would like to send out a birthday, anniversary or get well wish or have your organization’s upcoming meetings, events or fundraisers listed in next week’s edition of the Duryea community news, please contact me by Monday at 5 p.m.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Duryea every week. To include an item in her column, email or call 570-301-2171.