Next week is Veterans Day. As we pause to remember and give thanks for the many brave men and women who have valiantly served this country, we should also take the time to thank them in person.
Luckily, there are two events taking place this week where you can not only thank them but also support them.
The V.F.W. Post 1227 will have its annual roast beef dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. on November 9 and 10 at the post home, 492 Stephenson St.
Tickets are $9 each. Take-outs will be available. Advanced orders are appreciated.
There will also be a raffle for more than 50 prizes.
Chances are $1 each and are on sale now at the post home. They will also be available at the dinner.
Call 457-9946, 457-9081 or 457-2990 for dinner tickets and chances.
The American Legion Brennan Reagan Post 585 will have its annual Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 at the V.F.W. Post 1227, 492 Stephenson St.
The members of the V.F.W. Post 1227, the Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 585 and the American Legion Auxiliary to Post 585 will also participate.
The regular monthly meeting of the Duryea Borough Sewer Authority will be held on Monday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at the municipal building.
The public is invited to attend.
In conjunction with WNEP-TV 16's Operation Save a Life program and Kiddie, Excelsior Hose Co. No. 2 will distribute free smoke detectors to Duryea residents.
Interested parties may contact the fire department at 457-2233 or at www.excelsiorladder96.com.
Detectors are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The limit is two per household.
Last year, Duryea Borough Council received a grant in the amount of $95,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development to demolish the old silk mill on Jones Street.
The blighted building was demolished at a cost of $31,130 and the site is ready to be sold.
The remainder of the funds will be used for engineering costs and the resurfacing of Jones Street.
The property has been divided into four residential lots. At the September council meeting, Duryea Borough Council voted to sell the lots by sealed bids submitted by interested buyers.
Anyone interested in bidding on the properties can pick up the bidding documents and instructions at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St. Duryea Borough Council will open all bids at the council meeting on Nov. 13.
The Sons of the American Legion (S.A.L.), Squadron 585, will have its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5 at the post home, 329 Main St.
Veterans Day and holiday activities will be discussed at this time.
S.A.L. is having a holiday fundraiser. First prize is a $500 gift certificate to Quality Beverage, Laflin; second prize is a $100 gift certificate to the Wine and Spirits store; third prize is a $50 gift certificate to Komensky's Market, Duryea. Chances are $3 each or two for $5. They can be purchased from any S.A.L. member or at the post home. The drawing will take place on Dec. 22.
The Duryea High School Class of 1957 will have its 55th anniversary class reunion on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Dupont Hose Company. Call Lois at 457-9401 for more information.
Holy Rosary School will sponsor its third annual Night at the Races on Friday, Nov. 16 at the school, 125 Stephenson St. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the races start at 7 p.m.
Rusty Fender, 98.5 FM KRZ radio personality, will be the guest emcee. Admission is $10 which includes food and beverage.
Contact Debbie Davis at 451-1762 to purchase advance tickets, horses or advertise as a race sponsor. Adults 21 and older are invited to attend.
All proceeds will benefit Holy Rosary School.
There will be a fundraiser in memory of Bernard Phillips Jr. from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18 at Memorable Occasions (formerly Y.M.S. of R Hall), Main Street. There will be basket and 50/50 raffles as well as other activities. All proceeds will be used to defray the cost of Phillips' funeral expenses.
Duryea Cub Scout Pack 285 will have Pack Night at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19 at Sacred Heart Hall, Stephenson Street. The Bear Scouts will host the meeting and perform a skit about Leave No Trace.
A guest speaker will also be in attendance to talk about nutrition.
The Bobcat badge ceremony will also take place for new Scouts. New Scouts must wear their full dress uniform and have a parent present.
For more information, call Ann Edwards at 457-8402.
The Polish Falcons, Nest 128, will have its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the nest, 631 Main St. Nominations for officers for 2013 will be held along with discussions of upcoming holiday plans.