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Welcome to Holy Week, my friends! There are numerous services taking place in town this week to mark this holiest time on the Christian calendar. I wish a very blessed conclusion to the Lenten season to those individuals and families observing these holy days. And, I would also like to extend a Happy Passover greeting to anyone who will observe that holy season beginning at sundown Friday, April 19.

Nativity of Our Lord

The Rev. John V. Polednak, V.E., Deacon André Kabacinski and the parishioners of Nativity of our Lord Parish will have Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter services at the church, 127 Stephenson St.: Palm Sunday, April 14, 8 and 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Masses; Holy Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m., Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Church will remain open for adoration until 10 p.m. when night prayer begins; Good Friday, April 19, 2 p.m., commemoration of the Lord’s Passion, and 7 p.m., Stations of the Cross; Holy Saturday, April 20, noon and 4 p.m., blessing of Easter baskets at Holy Rosary School gym, 125 Stephenson St., and 8 p.m., Easter Vigil Mass; and Easter Sunday, April 21, 8 and 11 a.m. Masses. There will not be a 7 p.m. Mass on Easter.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Good Friday, April 19.

St. Mary’s

The Rev. Carmen Bolock and the parishioners of St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will have the following services for Holy Week and Easter at the church, 200 Stephenson St.: Palm Sunday, April 14, 9 a.m., solemn blessing and distribution of palms, procession outdoors (weather permitting) Holy Mass and the reading of the Passion; Wednesday, April 17, 8 a.m., Holy Mass; Holy Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m., Mass of the Lord’s Supper, procession to the repository, stripping of the altar. The church will remain open until 10:30 p.m. for private prayer; Good Friday, April 19, day of fast and abstinence, 3 p.m., church will open for private prayer; 7 p.m., Good Friday Service, reading of the Passion, veneration of the cross, liturgy of the pre-sanctified, burial of the Lord, church will remain open until 10 p.m.; Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil, April 20, 10:30 a.m., blessing of fire, paschal candle, reading of the four lessons, blessing of water and blessing of Easter food; Easter Sunday, April 21, 9 a.m., solemn procession of Resurrection (outdoors, weather permitting), Mass of Resurrection and blessing of Easter food, and Dingus Day, Monday, April 22, 7 p.m., Holy Mass.

Germania egg hunt

Germania Hose Company will host a community Easter egg hunt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the hose company, 430 Foote Ave. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Children ages 12 and under are welcome.

For updates, please check Germania Hose Company, Duryea, Pa on Facebook.

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

at Phoenix

Phoenix Performing Arts Center will present “Jesus Christ Superstar,” the rock musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, at 8 p.m. Saturdays, April 13 and 27, and Friday, April 26, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, April 14 and April 28, at the center, 409 Main St.

Tickets for the show, which will feature an all-female cast of teens and adults, are $12. Please call the box office at 570-457-3589 to make a reservation. If nobody is available, leave a message with your name and the number of people in your party. You can pay for the tickets on the night of the performance you are attending. You also can purchase your tickets online at phoenixpac.vpweb.com, but you still need to make the reservation.

Handicap seating is available. The center is wheelchair accessible.

St. Mary’s yard sale

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will have its spring yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the church, 200 Stephenson St., rain or shine.

Vendors and crafters may rent an 8-by-2-foot selling space for $10. Sellers must bring their own table. Setup time is at 8 a.m.

For information or to reserve a table space, please call 570-457-2291.

Greater Pittston Little League news

Greater Pittston Area Little League, consisting of leagues from Avoca-Dupont, Duryea and Pittston City, will hold its opening day ceremonies Saturday, April 27, at the Duryea Little League field, 700 Foote Ave. The festivities begin at noon with a parade from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227, 492 Stephenson St., to the Little League field. The other activities include a hit-a-thon fundraiser and a basket raffle.

Greater Pittston Area Little League will have its annual cash bingo fundraiser Saturday, June 8, at the former Seton Catholic High School Hall, 37 William St., Pittston. Doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo begins 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. Additionally, there will be a basket raffle at the event and food and beverages for sale.

Cornhole benefit

There will be a Cornhole for a Cause cornhole tournament Saturday, April 27, at the Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave. Registration, which is $40 per team, begins at noon and the tournament begins at 1 p.m. with social and competitive divisions. There will be cash prizes for the top three teams in each division. There also will be a 50/50 raffle, raffle baskets and food.

All proceeds will benefit Patty (Capitano) Kachinsky, who was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. Currently, she cannot work or support her elderly mother who lives with her.

Prescription drug collection

The Duryea Police Department and the Duryea Neighborhood Crime Watch will participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St.

The event will provide residents with a means to safely dispose of unused or expired medication. Please note, needles will not be accepted.

SAL pasta dinner and raffle

Duryea Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 will hold its annual pasta dinner from 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at the Brennan Regan post home, 329 Main St.

The menu includes penne pasta, meatballs, homemade sauce by chef Casey Przywara, a roll and butter.

Takeouts will be available, too. Delivery is available in Duryea. Tickets are $8 and available at the post, from any member or at the door.

After dinner, Mark Maros will provide live entertainment from at 8 p.m. to midnight.

Following Maros’ performance, the winning tickets for the SAL post’s annual gun raffle will be drawn at 10 p.m.

Tickets for the raffle are $3 and are available at the post or from any member. The prizes include: first prize, Savage Arms rifle with an Axis II scope package; second prize, Mossberg 500 Persuader 12-gauge shotgun; third prize, Smith & Wesson 9 mm or .40 caliber handgun; fourth prize, Ruger LCP .380 handgun; fifth prize, $50 gift card to Komensky’s Market, Duryea, and sixth prize, $50 gift card to Weis Market. There is no cash value on the prizes.

The raffle is sponsored by Advance Arms, Pittston Twp., and Balchune Construction, Duryea.

Recycling changes

Duryea Borough’s recycling program has made some changes. Residential recycling still will be picked up every other week according to the annual schedule. However, two separate bins are required for dual-stream recycling. Bin one should contain mixed types of paper, and bin two should contain all other recyclable materials.

The acceptable items for the mixed types of paper bin include cardboard (boxes must be flattened), poster board, manila folders, newspapers, phone books, junk mail, brown paper bags, white paper, colored paper, business cards, magazines and catalogs.

Bin two may include metal, plastic and glass items such as aluminum and other metal cans and glass/plastic bottles and jars. All items must be rinsed.

The following items are not recyclable and should be disposed of in the trash: styrofoam food containers, bubble wrap, spray bottle pumps, napkins, three-ring binders, deli/salad containers, plastic plates/cups, disposable silverware, pizza boxes, CDs and video tapes.

Council meeting

Duryea Borough Council will meet Tuesday, May 14, at the municipal building, 315 Main St. The public work session is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7.

Crime Watch news

Duryea Crime Watch will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, in the municipal building, 315 Main St.

Residents are encouraged to attend, speak and share issues taking place in your neighborhood. By sharing information, residents and law enforcement can work together to solve crimes and pinpoint the areas where incidents are taking place.

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery will meet from 5:45 to 7 p.m. weekly on Mondays at Nativity of Our Lord Parish Hall, (formerly Sacred Heart Hall), 529 Stephenson St. SMART Recovery’s 4-point Program, based on CBT, supports anyone seeking change.

Tax reminder

Duryea Borough Tax Collector Martin Hanczyc announces the Luzerne County/Duryea Borough tax bills can be paid from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St.

If you are mailing your tax payment and require a receipt, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and the complete bill. Also, write your phone number on the bill in case Hanczyc needs to reach you.

If you did not receive your tax bill, please call 570-457-2482. Bills are sent directly to taxpayers by the county.

Al-Anon meetings

Al-Anon meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Brick United Methodist Church, 935 Foote Ave.

This is an anonymous 12-step program of recovery for families and friends of addicts and alcoholics.

That’s about it for this week, my friends. If you would like to send 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 Duryea every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To list an item, email her at jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.