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If you’ve been reading the local newspapers and watching the local television news, chances are you’re aware that our town has had some serious crimes take place in it lately. But, did you know there is another source where you can read about these crimes and find out what you can do to help stop them? To learn more, you’ll want to follow these steps.

Step 1: On Facebook, visit the Duryea Police department’s page, Duryea PD, at On it, you will discover a police blotter chronicling the crimes and perpetrators the police officers face each day as well as other important information.

Step 2: Attend the upcoming Duryea Crime Watch meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the municipal building, 315 Main St.

By working together, we cannot stop every crime, but we can be vigilant in making sure any would-be criminals learn that Duryea is a place where citizens watch out and help one another by staying alert and reporting illegal activity to the proper authorities.

Holy Rosary news

The students and staff of Holy Rosary School recently celebrated Catholic Schools Week with a variety of fun events everyone enjoyed. They included Mass, open house, Lego Day, Student Appreciation Day, Pajama Day, Gym Day and Soup Day.

Polish Falcons news

Polish Falcons Nest 128 is seeking bartenders for all shifts. Please see the bar manager at the post, 631 Main St., to fill out an application or call 570-457-5355.

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.

SAL pasta dinner

Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 585, will host a pasta and meatball dinner from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Brennan Regan post home, 329 Main St. The cost is $8 and includes pasta, meatballs, homemade sauce by chef KC Przywara, salad, bread and butter. Takeouts are available. Delivery available in Duryea.

Sewer authority meeting

Duryea Borough Sewer Authority will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, March 5, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. Residents are reminded sewer bills are past due. Finance charges have been applied.

Nativity 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.

Food distribution

The monthly distribution of non-perishable food items delivered from the food bank will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, March 12, in the Nativity of Our Lord Parish hall in the lower level of the church. Anyone who cannot access the hall stairs or place items in their vehicles can make advance arrangements for assistance. Deliveries are not available.

Individuals and households who meet the family size, household income and residency guidelines should contact Lois Hanczyc at 570-457-2482 to complete the necessary registration materials by Monday, March 5. Anyone not interested in being enrolled any longer should contact Lois to be removed from the list.

The income guidelines, which include household size and annual, monthly and weekly income, are as follows: one person, $17,505 annually, $1,459 monthly and $337 weekly; two people, $23,595, $1,966 and $454; three people, $29,685, $2,474 and $571; four people, $35,775, $2,981 and $688. For each additional person add $6,090, $508 and $117.

In order to qualify for future distributions, individuals and households must register by the Monday prior to the distribution date. During the distribution time, the registered member of the household is required to bring a valid driver’s license or photo ID, as well as proof of residence, such as a bill, report card or official documentation for each member of the household. Failure to provide necessary documentation required by CEO Food Bank will result in no distribution at the time of pick up.

For information, contact organizers and Duryea residents, Jef Bauman at 570-881-6006 or, Lois Hancyzc at 570-457-2482 or Ed Ameika at 570-212-1479. You also can contact the CEO Weinberg Northeast Regional Foodbank at 570-908-2222.

Four-Boro Ministerium service

The Four-Boro Ministerium of Avoca, Duryea, Moosic and Old Forge will have their weekly ecumenical Lenten service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the Moosic Presbyterian Church, 625 Main St., Moosic. The Rev. Sharon Tellban will be the guest preacher. A collection will be taken to support the food pantry at the Moosic United Methodist Church.

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.

To register, please call the Rev. Carmen Bolock, pastor of St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church, at 570-457-2291.

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.

Phoenix performance

Phoenix Performing Arts Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary and the grand opening of its newly renovated theatre 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. Friday, March 23, and Saturdays, March 17 and 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.

VFW news

Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will host a children’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.

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 Co. #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

Queen of the Apostles news

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.

The 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 office, 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 on 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 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.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Duryea every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To include a news item in her column, email her at or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.