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The Dupont Lions Club will hold its annual Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m. Holy Saturday, April 20, at the Little League Field on Elm Street.

The hunt is open to children ages 0-10 and will be broken down into age groups: 0-3, 4-7 and 8-10. Each child will receive a ticket for a chance to win a bike. One girl’s bike and one boy’s bike will be award in each age group.

More than 500 goodie bags will litter the field and in each bag is an egg which identifies a prize which participants will choose from more than 500 Easter baskets, toys and plush animals. New this year will be the awarding of three large candy Easter baskets. There will be a golden egg placed in three of the 500 goodie bags, indicating the winners of the baskets.

The Dupont Youth Baseball Organization will have the concession stand open for the Easter egg hunt.

Also, all are welcome to have Breakfast with the Bunny at Holy Mother of Sorrows Church on Palm Sunday, April 14. Breakfast will be held in the Frank Bednash Memorial Parish Hall following the 9 a.m. Mass and procession. Donations is $5 for adults and children eat for free. This holiday happening is open to the public.

Easter church schedules

Easter schedule at Holy Mother of Sorrows: Palm Sunday, April 14, Mass at 9 a.m. with procession. Holy Thursday, April 18, Mass of the Last Supper, 7 p.m. Good Friday, April 19, Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, 7 p.m. Holy Saturday, April 20, Liturgy at 10 a.m. Easter, April 21, Mass at 7 a.m. with procession and at 10 a.m.

Easter schedule at Sacred Heart of Jesus: Palm Sunday, April 14, Mass at 10:30 a.m. with procession. Holy Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m. evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper and 10 p.m. Eucharistic reposition and night prayer. Good Friday, April 19, liturgy at 3 p.m. and Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. Holy Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m. morning prayers and 8 p.m. Easter Vigil Mass. Easter Sunday, April 21, Mass at 7:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

Easter basket blessings will be held Holy Saturday, April 20, at Holy Mother of Sorrows at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the parish hall, and at Sacred Heart of Jesus at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the parking lot behind the rectory. The times for Holy Mother of Sorrows were incorrect last week.

Lions Club news

The next meeting of the Dupont Lions will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, April 15, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. The collection of baskets for the Easter egg hunt will be sorted at this meeting and at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, more than 500 goody bags will be filled and decorated. All members are asked to come and help. Feel free to bring a friend.

Dupont Lions have sent letters to the community seeking financial help with this year’s projects. The Lions Club projects will be focused on the town’s park and playground area. Plans will include installing a new parent and toddler swing, refreshing the landscaping and making some needed repairs to the center field pavilion.

Another project is refurbishing the Christmas snowflakes that beautify our town during the holidays. They have shined brightly for many, many years but they have lost some of their luster. The Lion Club intends to replace thousands of bulbs and have the snowflakes serviced to bring back their brightness.

Community yard sale

There will be a town-wide yard sale in Dupont from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Residents will be setting up their items for sale on porches and in their front yards. Someone else’s junk may be your treasure. The sale will be held rain or shine. As of this edition, there are 50 residents who will take part in the yard sale. There will be balloons on the streets where there are people participating. Please email Marcia Roney with any questions at plaquebuster52@gmail.com.

Sacred Heart news

Sacred Heart will hold a flea market in the church hall Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5. You can drop off items in the church hall from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 3 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sundays. Collections will continue until April 21.

Items that will be accepted include household items, kitchen items, toys, holiday decorations, books, jewelry and furniture. Please note that electronics and clothing will not be accepted. All money raised will benefit the parish building fund.

The 72nd annual parish picnic of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church will be held Thursday, Aug. 1, through Saturday, Aug. 3. The first picnic meeting is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the Divine Mercy Room. All picnic chairpersons and interested parties are welcome to attend this planning session.

Congratulations to the third week winners of the Sacred Heart Holy Name Society 300 Club Raffle: first place, $100, Mar Bartosch; second place, $50, Donna Lazowski; third place, $25, Stanley Budzilek, and fourth place, $25, Dan Lello.

Crime Watch meeting

Dupont Crime Watch’s April meeting will feature several speakers on the opioid and drug problem in Luzerne County.  Scheduled to speak are County Councilman Matt Vogue, Judge Michael Vogue and District Attorney Stephanie Salavantis, among others. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the Dupont Municipal Building.

Recycling reminder

Dupont Borough reminds residents that recycled items must be rinsed and cleaned out before being placed in the recycling containers. They cannot contain liquid, food, mold or mildew, so as not to contaminate what is being collected. Any contaminated recyclables will go to the landfill, which will have an adverse effect on money collected for recycling.

Please contact Patty McDonald, borough manager, for information on what is always accepted, what is never accepted and proper ways to clean the items for recycling. Residents should remember the three “Rs” of recycling: read it, rinse it, recycle it!  

Get gas

Lucy Sassi is the sales/marketing representative for UGI. Dupont residents interested in converting to gas can contact her at 570-829-8664 or email at lsassi@ugi. She will explain the process and send an application for gas service and walk you through the process.

Elm Street Sportsmen’s meeting

Elm Street Sportsmen’s Club will meet at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the Polish American Citizens Club, Elm Street. John Lizak will preside.

DPW collection schedules

The Dupont Public Works Department reminds residents during the spring/summer months, the DPW workers start their day at 6 a.m. Please have all collection materials placed curbside the night before the scheduled pickup.

The collection schedule is: Monday, refuse; Tuesday, yard waste; Wednesday, recycling. Thursday and Friday will be for special projects being undertaken by the department, such as maintenance, pothole patching, signs, creek channel maintenance, parks and building upkeep, vehicle maintenance and grass cutting.

Residents are reminded yard waste includes leaves, branches and grass clippings. No yard waste with dirt or stones mixed in will be accepted.

Also, there is a 30-pound weight limit for all containers. Please note workers need to lift containers up and into dump trucks. Please do not overload.

Recycling bins will be available beginning June 5.

Electronic recycling

A borough-sponsored electronic recycling and paper shredding will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the municipal building.

Dupont Youth Baseball

The Dupont Youth Baseball Organization will hold its opening day festivities Saturday, April 27.

Player and team pictures will start at 9:45 a.m.

Teams will begin to line up around the field at 10:45 a.m. for the 11 a.m. opening ceremony, including player introductions and the national anthem. Each T-ball team will play between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The day’s festivities will include hamburgers and hot dogs for all children. Tux, the Penguins mascot will stop by to visit the players. A balloon artist will be onsite creating balloon animals for all the kids.. There also will be a basket raffle held to support the Dupont Youth Baseball Organization.

Little League

The April meeting of the Avoca/Dupont Little League will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the Avoca Borough Building. Items to be discussed will be opening day, the hit-a-thon fundraiser, continuation of the league’s combining with Pittston City and Duryea, as well as regular league business.

Greater Pittston Area Little League, consisting of Avoca, Dupont, Duryea and Pittston City, will hold its opening day ceremonies at the Duryea Little League field Saturday, April 27. The festivities will begin at noon with a parade from the Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Pist to the Little League field. Among the activities will be a hit-a-thon fundraiser and basket raffle.

Greater Pittston Area Little League will hold a cash bingo fundraiser Saturday, June 8, at the former Seton Catholic hall in Pittston. Doors open at 6 p.m. and games begin at 7. Admission is $25 in advance and includes 20 regular games of bingo. Each regular game is worth $100. Multiple winners share the prize. There also will be special games worth $150 and a coverall worth $250. These games are sold separately. In addition, there will be a basket raffle at the event. Food and beverages will be sold. To purchase tickets, contact Gary at 570-540-0649, Lori B. at 570-877-4361 or Sue S. at 570-407-2035.

Annmarie Paddock writes about Dupont every week. To include an item in her column, email dupont.news@comcast.­net or call 570-407-0231 by Monday.