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The student council of Holy Rosary School, Duryea, recently donated homemade ornaments to the Meals on Wheels program. The Christmas ornaments were delivered along with holiday meals to spread Christmas cheer to those in need. First row, from left, are James Mattucci and Danilo Giordina, with Rich Korpusik, Louise Smith, Ed Ameika and Fran Ankenbrand, Meals on Wheels representatives, and Andrew Chase. Second row: Isabella Granteed, Sara Lyons, Abigail Miller, Paige Kroptavich, Ethan Licari, Andrew Francis, Kalli Mahasky, Carsyn Cole, Hailey Halagarda, Coran Twomey and Dino DiMauro. Third row: Allision Brudzinski, Margaret Kishbaugh, Yvonne Gordon and Debbie Brady, student council moderators.

Happy New Year, my friends! As you count down the hours to the start of 2018, be sure to also count all of the blessings you have in your life. While this may be a much easier task for some of you than for others, my hope is that it becomes an easy task for all of us as we begin this new year.

May 2018 be a year filled with love, good health and prosperity for all of us, and may it be a year of successful events and continued community collaboration for Duryea!


Holy Rosary news

Speaking of people who collaborate well, the Holy Rosary School student council recently donated homemade ornaments to the Meals on Wheels Program.

The ornaments will be delivered with holiday meals to spread Christmas cheer to people in need.

Nativity news

Nativity of our Lord Parish will have Mass for the feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 1, at the church, 127 Stephenson St. The vigil Mass will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31.

St. Mary’s news

The Rev. Carmen Bolock and the parishioners of St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will have Mass at 9:30 a.m. for the Solemnity of Humble Shepherds/Last Day of the Year on Sunday, Dec. 31, at the church, 200 Stephenson St. Wine will be distributed from St. John’s Day.

Mass for New Year’s Day and the Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord will take place at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 1, at the church.

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 Community Park, Stephenson Street. It is a “take a book, give a book” program for children up to an eighth-grade reading level.

VFW cornhole league

The Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 cornhole league begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the post home, 529 Stephenson St. This is a fun activity and a great way to support our veterans. The public is invited to attend.

Sewer invoices

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.

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 Church hall), 529 Stephenson St. Duryea.

SMART Recovery 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 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.

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.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Avoca every week. To include an item in her column, email or call 570-301-2171 by noon Sunday, Dec. 31.