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It’s a new year, and there are new leagues and new ways to have fun at Duryea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227. The VFW will host a cornhole league beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the post, 492 Stephenson St. To register, stop by the post any day between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.

The VFW also will host its winter pitch league beginning Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the post. The league, which will play weekly at 7:15 p.m. every Tuesday until May 1, will be capped off with a playoff party. Anyone who is interested should attend a meeting at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the post. Rules, fees, schedules and teams will be discussed at this time.

These are fun activities and a great way to support our veterans!

Trash stickers

Residents can purchase 2018 garbage stickers at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St., from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Although there are no longer evening hours at the municipal building, residents can receive their garbage sticker by mail by sending the payment and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the municipal building.

The cost is as follows: one bag per week, $100; two bags per week, $155; three bags per week, $195; and four bags per week, $235. New stickers must be purchased by Jan. 31.

Residents 65 and older have the option to pay 50-percent of the fee no later than Jan. 31, and the remaining 50-percent no later than July 31. Proof of age is required.

Residents must have the 2018 sticker displayed in their window to have their garbage collected.

Sewer Authority news

Duryea Borough Sewer Authority invoices for June to December 2017 have been mailed. They are due by Jan. 17. Anyone who did not receive an invoice should call 570-457-0122 Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m.

The authority will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at the borough building.

Story hour program

Duryea’s My Little Library will hold its monthly story hour at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St.

The February “celebrity” readers will be the students of The Phoenix Performing Arts Center, Duryea. Come and meet our local thespians as they read and entertain the little story hour guests. The story hour is open to all children up to an eighth grade reading level.

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.

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. This includes alcohol/drugs, prescription drugs, nicotine, co-dependency, compulsive overeating or any behavior change.

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Al-Anon meetings

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. To include an item in her column, email or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.