June 27th, 2015 1:34 am

First Posted: 2/3/2013

Have any of you ladies made a New Year's resolution to become more involved in helping others? If you have (or even if you haven't), there is a new women's group in town that is perfect for you.

The newly-formed Nativity Parish Women's Society is having a membership drive this month. The main mission of this group is to seek and assist individuals in need. Those people include the homebound, people living in retirement centers or nursing homes or any other person experiencing difficulty. As the group members assist these individuals, they also strive to make their day a little brighter and to let them know someone is thinking about them.

The society meets monthly, but it is not mandatory to attend the meetings. All members will be informed of the group's activities via the parish bulletin and bulletin board. Dues are $10 per year.

The society has recently conducted several successful community service projects, including assembling and distributing Thinking of You Christmas packages for needy individuals and a food drive for the local SPCA. The group is currently conducting a drive to purchase oxygen masks to be used on dogs and cats for local fire and rescue units. Because many fire departments lack these apparatus, they are unable to help pets if they become overcome by smoke due to a lack of oxygen. With these masks, which cost $68 each, pets will have an increased chance of survival.

Monetary donations can be made by placing them in the large containers in the back of Holy Rosary Church, 125 Stephenson St., or Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 529 Stephenson St. Donations can also be placed in the collection basket at any of the weekend Masses, mailed to Holy Rosary Church or placed in the collection containers at Main Street business' My Sister's Kitchen or the Family Prescription Counter.

For more information about this project or joining this new group, call Denise Decker, president at 457-5420 or 677-7820; Michelle Piontek, vice president at 498-9442; or Beverly Dulny, secretary/treasurer at 457-3158. Betty Minchak is the spiritual moderator for the group.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to Ruth Pernot who celebrated her special day on Jan. 29.

PNCC Candlemas Day

St. Mary's Polish National Catholic Church will celebrate Candlemas Day and the Feast of St. Blaise, the Catholic patron saint of illness, at 9:30 a.m. today, Feb. 3 at the church, 200 Stephenson St. In observance of Candlemas Day, which was Feb. 2, candles will be blessed at the beginning of Mass. Individuals are invited to bring candles which they can use for prayer or in their home. In deference to the Feast of St. Blaise, individuals may get their throats blessed at the end of Mass.

Pack 375 news

Duryea Cub Scout Pack 375 will have its annual Scouting for Food program today, Feb. 3 following Masses at Nativity of Our Lord Parish. In conjunction with this event, the Religious Medal Mass will take place at 9:30 a.m. today, Feb. 3 at Holy Rosary Church, 125 Stephenson St.

The Pack will participate in a guided tour of the Newswatch 16 weather station with the station's chief meteorologist Tom Clark on Thursday, Feb. 7. Scouts will meet at 6:30 p.m. under the blue awning at the TV station and must wear their full dress uniform.

Derby Day will take place on Sunday, Feb. 17 in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church hall. Registration is at 12:30 p.m. and the Pinewood and Regatta Races begin at 1 p.m.

Sewer Authority meeting

The Duryea Borough Sewer Authority will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4 at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St. Delinquent notices have been mailed. Any owner who has not paid their bill will be placed on the water shut off list. The deadline for payment is Feb. 12. For more information, call 457-0122 between 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Excelsior Hose Co.

The members of the Excelsior Hose Co. No. 2 will have their regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 at the hose company, 798 Foote Ave. The 2013 officers will be sworn in at this time.

Legion Sons pizza sale

While living next to the Pizza Capital of the World makes finding a delicious dinner quite easy, there is an even simpler way to find it on Saturday and it will help a community group right here in town, too.

The Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 585, (S.A.L.s) will have a pizza sale from 3 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Brennan Regan post home, 329 Main St.

The cost is $12 for a tray of red, $15 for a tray of tomato and garlic and $15 for a tray of broccoli. Extra toppings are available for the red pizza for a nominal fee. Pre-ordering is required. To place your order, call the post home at 457-4242 between 11 a.m. and midnight.

The S.A.L.s will have their monthly meeting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Brennan Regan post home, 329 Main St. Plans will be discussed for the upcoming boat raffle and chicken barbecue dinner.

Post 585 Auxiliary meeting

Members of the American Legion Auxiliary to Brennan Regan Post 585 will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the post home, 329 Main St.

The auxiliary will have its annual dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at Valenti's Restaurant, Exeter. Any member interested in attending may sign up at the post home by Feb. 12. This year the ladies are responsible for paying for their own meal and the auxiliary will provide the gratuity. Attendees will meet at the post home at 6:30 p.m. the day of the dinner.

The reservation is for 7 p.m.

Pancake breakfast

The Germania Hose Company will have its annual pancake breakfast buffet from 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Feb. 17 at the hose company, 430 Foote Ave. The menu includes homemade pancakes, sausage, ham, home fries, eggs, rolls, coffee and a choice of juice. Tickets, which can be purchased at the door or from any hose company member, are $9 for adults and $6 for children. All proceeds will benefit the hose company's building fund. For more information, call 457-4160.

Penguins fund raiser

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey team will have a fundraiser for Tracey's Hope Hospice Care Program and Rescue for Domestic Animals, Inc., Duryea, on Saturday, Feb. 23 when the Penguins faceoff against the Connecticut Whales at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Twp. Game time is at 7 p.m. The first 5,000 fans will receive Penguins dog tags in honor of Military Appreciation Night.

Tickets, which are $21 each, include seating in the red zone and a Penguins hat. They can be purchased by calling Nicole at 466-7930 or by e-mailing Miataniki@gmail.com. A portion of ticket purchases will be donated to Tracey's Hope.

Register events

Residents and organizations planning events in Duryea Borough are asked to register the date of the event with Mayor Keith Moss in order for it to be included on the borough's community calendar. To register, call 457-6120 ext. 4 and leave a message with details about the event.

Garbage stickers

The 2013 Duryea Borough garbage stickers are on sale now. The price of the stickers remains the same as last year. Stickers can be purchased from 7 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St. Stickers can also be purchased from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at the municipal building. Prices of the garbage stickers are one bag, $80; two bags, $135; three bags, $175; and four bags, $215.

Residents are asked to remove their old garbage sticker when they place their new one in the window.

Sanitary Authority

The Lackawanna Valley Sanitary Authority 2013 rate schedule is as follows: residential users per unit is $70 per quarter, residential yearly per unit is $280 and the yearly rate is $266 if paid by March 31.

With the 10 percent senior citizen discount, the quarterly rate is $63. The senior citizen yearly rate is $238 if paid by March 31.

Individuals applying for the senior citizen rate must present a copy of a valid photo ID or driver's license with their first quarter bill when they submit it either via mail or at the office, Coxton Road, Duryea.