Tax collector Bill Elko stepping down after 28 years

June 27th, 2015 1:18 am

First Posted: 2/10/2013

Another Dupont fixture will soon take his leave, after a long career of public service. Billy Elko has finally made it official; he announced with a huge smile that he will not seek another term for the office of tax collector. He has held this position for 28 years and enjoyed every minute but he admits it's time to go. He will still collect taxes this year as his term doesn't expire until December 2013 so stop by and pay a visit and, of course, your taxes. Thanks, Billy and good luck.

For the last time, Billy Elko announces that the 2013 county and municipal taxes have been issued. If you have not received a tax bill, please contact the tax office at 655-6241. Rebate period will be in effect for 60 days from date of issue. Tax office hours are from 2 to 4 p.m. on Mondays and from 2 to 6 p.m. on Fridays during the rebate period and Mondays only after rebate period. Taxpayers with mortgages are asked to forward their tax bills to their bank or mortgage company.

Format change

This will be my last article. The Sunday Dispatch is changing its news format and has decided to do away with the Local Towns News as you know them and focus more on human interest and feature stories from the communities it serves.

After reporting your great events and countless meetings for nine years, the time has come to say goodbye to Dupont News. Thanks to everyone for all your help in making Dupont News; it truly has been a great experience.

The End by Jim Morrison -The Doors: This is the end, beautiful friend; this is the end, my only friend.

Elm St. Sportsmen

Elm St. Sportsmen's Club will meet at 7 p.m. tonight, Feb. 10 at the Polish American Citizens Club, Dupont. John Lizak will preside.

Final teeball/softball sign ups today

Today, Feb. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. is the last time for Dupont Softball/Teeball signups at the Dupont Municipal Office, 600 Chestnut St. The league is open to all children, no boundary or residency restrictions. Teeball for boys and girls ages 4 to 7 is $25 each player. Softball: girls only ages 7 to 17 is $50 per player with a family discount available for softball only. There are no mandatory fundraisers. Call Bob 881-8744 for more info.

Little League signups

Avoca/Dupont Little League will hold signups from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11 at the upper Avoca Little League field clubhouse. Registration fee is $60 per player and $75 for a family of two or more. Teener baseball fee is $60 each player. Fundraising fee must also be pre-paid at time of registration. Registration is open for the following divisions: tee-ball (4-6 years old), coach pitch (7-8), minor softball (8-10), major softball (10-12), minor baseball (8-10), major baseball (10-12), junior teener baseball (13-14) and senior teener baseball (15-16). Players need three proofs of residency and new players need a copy of their birth certificate.

Sanitary Authority rates

Lackawanna Valley Sanitary Authority 2013 rate schedule: Residential users per unit is $70; residential yearly rate per unit is $280; yearly rate paid by March 31 is $260; senior citizen discount of 10 percent is $63 per quarter; senior citizen yearly rate is $23 if paid by March 31.

Senior citizens are reminded that proof of age (photo ID or drivers license) is required with the first quarter bill submitted either through the mail or at the office on Coxton Road in Duryea. Anyone 62 years of age and older who own and reside in their home and accounts are paid in full to date qualifies for a 10 percent discount on their sewer bill. Businesses and tenant occupied units do not qualify for the senior citizens discount.

Hose Co #1 breakfast

The Dupont Volunteer Hose Co #1 will hold its 48th annual breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday, March 3 the hose company on Main Street. On the all you can eat menu are pancakes, eggs, sausage and coffee, tea and orange juice. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12 years. You can purchase tickets from any volunteer or at the door on the day of the event.

As part of this annual fundraiser, there will be a raffle, lottery tree and match the daily number tickets available at the breakfast. The Dupont Volunteer Hose Company holds its monthly meeting every second Wednesday of the month. The next regular monthly meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb.13 at at the company home.

Borough Basket Raffle

Dupont Borough is sponsoring a Valentine Theme Basket Raffle to raise funds for the Dupont Borough Children's Fund. All proceeds are used for the Children's Halloween and Christmas parties. The Theme Basket includes $50 in lottery tickets and is currently on display at the municipal office. Tickets are $1 each and are available at the municipal office. This week tickets are on sale at the Hub One where the Valentine basket will be on display. Drawing will be held on Valentine's Day, Feb.13.

Permit reminder

Dupont Borough zoning officer reminds residents that all types of remodeling projects require permits. Dupont is under the Luzerne County Zoning and building permits are issued through Penn Eastern Engineers, Wilkes Barre. UCC inspections are required on plumbing, heating, insulation, additions, new home construction, garages, in-ground pools etc. All commercial buildings also require permits from Penn Eastern. Minor permits for door replacement, window replacement; etc. can be obtained at the borough office. Cost is $25. Fines will be imposed for noncompliance of UCC code inspections.

Stickers past deadline

Borough Manager, Pat McDonald reports that the 2013 refuse program deadline has passed. Residents are required to belong to the program or show proof of contract with a refuse removal company. You can still purchase your 2013 refuse sticker and bags by contacting Borough Manager Patty McDonald.

Council meets Tuesday

Borough Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12 in the James Cocco Council Chambers.

Health Fair

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church will hold its annual Health Fair after 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday, April 20 and from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, April 21 in the parish hall. Get your blood pressure and hearing checked, speak with a nutritionist or Dr. Martin Moran and staff, enjoy healthy snacks made by Outreach Committee Member. Flexible Mobility will have select items to demonstrate.

The Pittston Area Leo's Club will be there to collect used prescription glasses for the Lions Club. These are just a few of the many health care professional and volunteers who will be there to help you on your road to a healthier lifestyle. The event is free of charge and all are welcome.

Easter Egg Hunt

Dupont Lions will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 20 at the Little League field on Elm Street.


Here is Joey's eco-tip of the week: Instead of turning up your heat and raising your heating bill, put on a sweater. This saves energy.

Polish Club meeting

The Polish American Citizens Club of Elm Street Dupont is meeting at 2 p.m. today, Feb.10 at the Club home. Refreshments will be served after the meeting.

Penguins fund raiser

Penguins Hockey Game Fundraiser for Tracy's Hope Animal Rescue will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Mohegan Sun Arena. Cost is $21 for Red Zone seating and price includes a hat. It is Military Appreciation Night so Penguins dogs tags will be given away to the first 5,000 fans. For tickets, contact Nicole at 466-7930 or email

VFW dinner dance

The Dupont VFW Post 4909 Home Association will hold its annual St Patrick's Day Dinner Dance on Saturday, March 16 at the post home. A dinner buffet will be served from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. and the bar will be open from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Music will be provided by the Millennium from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Door prizes will be chanced off during the evening.

Donation is $28 per person. For tickets and reservations, contact Bob Lopata or call the VFW at 654-9104 by Friday, March 15. For up-to-date VFW news, meeting dates and events, visit the post website at

Service schedule

Dupont Borough service schedule for the week of Feb. 10

Monday, Feb. 11 - Refuse

Tuesday, Feb 12 - Yard Waste

Wednesday, Feb.13 – Recycling, mixed papers.

Bowling results

Pittston Senior Center

High Scratch Series Scores:

Men's Division: Bob Wilson, 610; Bob Baldrica, 562; Jim Francioso, 487; John Lampman, 450; David Brodbeck, 447; Al Garrison, 438; Edward Zielinski, 432; Chet Geneczko, 400.

Women's Division: Nita Geneczko, 467; Cini DeGennari, 425; Betty Yedinak, 363; Jean Linskey, 354; Fay Perry, Elaine Horan, 309; Martina Wilson, 290; Amy Alpaugh, 278; Faye Kacsmar, 252; Audrey Kurz, 223.

Dupont Bowlerettes

High Scratch Series Scores: Debbie Stevens, 545; Ann Alfano, 511; Kim Kishel, 492, Donna Kasa, 477; Marytheresa Pupa, 476; MaryLou Fereck, 455; Helen Zapotoski, 448; Mary Magdon, 437; Lynn Langdon, 407.

Magic Circle

High Scratch Series Scores:

Men's Division: Kyle Wagner, 747; John Colarusso, 702; Don Whiting, 695; Wally Zieminski, 650; Chris Renfer, 649; Rich Wagner, 646; Matt Charney, 617; Greg Renfer, 616; Francis Pupa, 612; Joe Sr. Wruble, 593.

Women's Division: MaryTheresa Pupa, 479; Lisa Heck, 466; Courtney McKitish, 341; Ashley Fuller, 313.


High Scratch Series Scores: William Elko, 719; David titton, 694; Billy Jr. Elko, 669; Edward Collins, 660; Dale Reese, 640; Richard Arditi, 633; Raymond Silveri, 611; Nicholas Berlinski, 605; Eric McKitish, 593; Mike Gotcha, 571.

Pittston Twp VFW

High Scratch Series Scores: Lary Jr. O'Brien, 666; Rich Russian, 634; Peter Chodnicki, 633; John Blattner, 627; Joe Sr. Walsh, 615; Joe Jr. Walsh, 597; Joe Dalessandro, 594; Jim Francioso, 585; Russ Stevens, 577; Jody Marranca, 525.

Sunday Night Mixed

High Scratch Series Scores:

Men's Division: Jason R, 606; Ray Wasko, 590; Francis Pupa, 589; Joe Sr. Wruble, 581; Steve Vishinski, 563.

Women's Division: MaryLou Ferck, 481; Debbie Stevens, 423; Gracelynn Williamson, 384; MaryTheresa Pupa, 380; Marianne Argenio, 355;

Boys Division: Zachary McKitish, 643.

Girls Division: Michelle Grossbauer, 350.

Elko's Bantam/Prep Mixed

High Scratch Series Score:

Boys Division: Jacob Dobrowalski, 172; Zachary Chilson, 171; Matthew Mesaris, 166; Ryan Peck, 158; Andrew Adonizio, 142; Ryan Kane, 135; Aiden Hindmarsh, 130; Robert Davidson, 129; Alek Chilson, 129; Gary Vest 126; Nicholas Cook, 126.

Girls Division: Kacie Fisk, 162; Madison Mesaris, 148; Makenzie Kaminski, 112; Sophia Gronka, 27.

Elko's Mixed

High Scratch Series Scores:

Boys Division: Paul Greco, 521; Michael Elko, 504; Joey Jones, 487; Dominic Falzone, 459; Evan Elko, 452; Anthony Zimmerman, 438; Evan Esposito, 428; Dylan Kelly, 413; Zachary Garbarino, 409; Cody Beers, 328.

Girls Division: Samantha Piechota, 365; Hannah Maruhnich, 333; Loren Gronka, 314; Janelle Dudek, 305; Piper Kane, 290; Halle Gronka, 278; Gina Kirkpatrick, 255; Kiena Vest, 227; Alyssa Bulford, 169.

Elko's Junior/Senior Friday

High Scratch Series Scores:

Boys Division: Conrad Chapple, 686; Peter Kulick, 674; Michael Elko, 659; David Zydko, 601; Spencer Saxon, 600.

Girls Division: Irene Magdon, 434; Danielle Zydko, 415; Courtney Osiecki, 411; Katie Wynn, 408; Michelle Grossbauer, 377.

Elko's Prep Boys

High Scratch Series Scores: Zachary Elko, 483; Jeremy Lavelle, 357; Ozzie Dobrowalski, 352; Marc Piechota, 343; Nicolas Aschenback, 309; Connor Morris, 307; Shawn Kostak, 300; Joey Wruble, 293; Charlie Boswell, 291; Noah Donahue, 271.

Warehouse Mixed League

High Scratch Series Scores:

Men's Division: Rich Eipper, 761; John Borgia, 743; Jim Golden, 724; Bill Vasterline, 714; Edward Collins, 706; Ed Polons, 706.

Women's Division: Michelle Bukofski, 264.


High Scratch Series Scores: Bruce Rydzy, 746; Tom Spurlin, 730; John Grohowski, 665; Rich Kuligowski, 657; Mark Kulick, 652; Dave Kern, 649; Edward Collins, 638; Gary Sr. Magdon, 636; Pete Latona, 621; Al Jr. Cannarella, 620.


High Scratch Series Scores: Dale Reese, 773; John Pisano, 727; Mark kulick, 715; Matt Felter, 685; Allyn Jr. Ferretti, 681; John Kulick, 679; Anthony Ferretti, 678; Joe Burns, 650; Robert Lussi, 650; Edward Collins, 639.