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Cwikla honored at Holy Mother of Sorrows Holy Mother of Sorrows honored Jan Cwikla for his 50 years of services to Holy Mother of Sorrows Church, first as a choir member and eventually as organist. From left, are Paul Kaspriski, Jan Cwilka and the Rev. Zbigniew Dawid.

A public viewing party to show everyone the video submitted to HGTV for its “Home Town Takeover” contest will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Dupont Borough Building. Residents are invited to view the video that was created to show why the town should be showcased on the new show, “Home Town Takeover,” hosted by Ben and Erin Napier from the network’s current hit “Home Town.” The letter Councilman Bob Price wrote to accompany the entry also will be read at the event. Organizers hope Dupont will be one of six small towns that will be “taken over” by HGTV and receive Main Street refurbishments and improvements to some public spaces and private buildings through the television show. HGTV will notify the winning towns and begin filming and renovations later this year. The series will air in 2021, according to resident Nancy Rydzy-Wilson, who organized the nomination effort. Note, the time and location of the watch party have been changed since last week’s publication.

Little League meeting

and registration

Greater Pittston Area Little League will hold its February board meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the conference room at the Tipsy Turtle, near the airport. Player evaluations, minor and major division drafts, opening day, Night at the Races fundraiser, and all regular league business will be discussed. All parents and guardians are encouraged to attend. The meeting is open to the public.

Greater Pittston Area Little League will conduct in-person registration for the 2020 spring season from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Sky Zone Pittston. Any player who registers at the event will receive a free 30 jump session. Sky socks are required.

Dupont Youth Baseball


Dupont Youth Baseball Organization will conduct registration for the upcoming 2020 T-ball /baseball season.

Registration is open to all boys and girls ages of 3 through 7 and there are no residential restrictions to play in Dupont so all children from the area are welcome.

There is no registration fee and no additional fundraisers are required. This season the league will once again operate based solely upon donations and fundraisers held locally by members of the DYBO volunteer group.

Sign-ups will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Dupont Veterans of Foreign Wars in the upstairs hall, and from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Dupont Borough Building.

Coaches and volunteers are needed and welcome.

Please check the Dupont Youth Baseball Organization Facebook page for additional information.

Tax notice

Susan Gregory, tax collector, announces the 2020 county/municipal tax bills will be mailed Feb. 18.

Office hours will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesday during rebate period. Taxes will be collected at the Dupont Municipal Building. Anyone who wants to pay their taxes after hours can leave it in the drop box at the borough office, as mail will be collected daily. During face value, which starts June 18, office hours will be 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays only.

Borough remodeling project

Copies of bidding and contract documents for remodeling of the borough building can be obtained by contacting Kim Philips from Highland Associates at 570-586-4334. Cost is $35. Bids will be received until 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Crime Watch news

Dupont Crime Watch recently held elections. All officers will remain the same for the new year. They are Bob Price, president; Jesse Hindmarsh, vice president; Ellen Price, secretary, and Bill Lukasik, treasurer.

Council meeting

Dupont Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the borough building.

AMVETS meeting

AMVETS Post 189 of Greater Pittston will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Polish American Citizens Club.

Trash bills

Bills for refuse services now have a 10% penalty added. Cost is $104.50 for seniors, $137.50 for family/residential, and $176 for family/residential. A 20% will be added after March 3. Delinquent accounts will be forwarded to the magistrate April 1.

Price includes 52 blue drawstring bags, 2020 recycling event calendar and 2020 window sticker.

Clock engravings

The clock engraving orders are coming in. Since the remaining 25 spots were open, 16 new orders and payments have been received. Nine spots are still available. Contact Patty at the municipal office if interested.

Recreation grants

Grants for recreation projects are open through April 22. Any residents with ideas for recreational improvements can contact any borough official or call or stop by the borough office.

Hose company breakfast

Dupont Volunteer Hose Company No. 1 will hold its 55th annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday, March 1. Breakfast includes scramble eggs, homemade sausage and pancakes. Tickets are available from any member. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Tickets will be available at the door.

VFW Home Association news

The VFW Home Association recently held election of officers. The 2020 officers are: President Bob Lopata, 20th year; Vice President Joe Stefanowich, Secretary John Phillips, Treasurer Joe O’Hara and Directors Sam Guarnieri, John Milewski, Ed Zielinski Jr., Jack Heine and Ed Zielinski Sr.

Holy Mother of Sorrows news

Congratulations to Jan Cwikla for his 50 years of service to Holy Mother of Sorrows, having started as a choir member and eventual serving as organist. A celebration and presentation were held Jan. 26 in the church hall to honor Jan for his years of service.

Any nominations or resignations to the Holy Mother of Sorrows Parish Committee should be submitted to Rose Kazinetz at 570-604-2632 or Al Micka at 570-569-2510 by Friday, Feb. 14.

The annual meeting of Holy Mother of Sorrows Parish will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, in the parish hall. This meeting is open to all parishioners. On this day, only one Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m.

Elm Street Sportsmen’s

Club meeting

Elm Street Sportsmen’s Club will meet at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Polish American Citizens Club. John Lizak will preside.

Sacred Heart news

Sacred Heart Church will hold its annual flea market in the church hall the weekend of May 2-3. If you have items in good condition that you no longer want or need, you are kindly asked to hold onto them until April, at which time the church will begin accepting donations. Items that will be accepted include household items, toys and holiday decorations. Please note that electronics and clothing will not be accepted.

Raffle tickets for the Sacred Heart Holy Name Society 300 Club are available from any member. Deadline for ticket returns is March 1. Cost is $10 per ticket. Drawings will take place during Lent.

Phone orders for Sacred Heart of Jesus Confraternity of Christian Mothers’ Lenten pierogi sale are being taken by calling the rectory office during regular hours at 570-654-3713 through Feb. 12. Cost is $8 per dozen with your choice of potato or cabbage.

Sacred Heart’s 73rd annual parish picnic chairs Joe Petro, Jennifer Hadley and Joe LaFratte are currently making plans with the various chairpersons for this year’s picnic, which will be held Thursday, July 30, through Saturday, Aug. 1.

The next picnic meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the church hall. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

Liquor donations are sought for February. Please donate unopened bottles of liquor for the picnic bar raffle. Kindly deposit them in the designated basket in the back of the church, All kinds are accepted. Each month leading up to the picnic the church will be requesting donations for particular items that are needed for the picnic.

A Healing Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, in observance of the 28th World Day of the Sick. During the Mass, there will be a communal celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick for anyone acutely or chronically ill, anyone suffering a debilitating condition, anyone facing surgery and the elderly.

Annmarie Paddock writes about Dupont every week. To list an item, email or call 570-407-0231 by Monday.