Dupont Borough currently shares services with Duryea and Avoca ambulance, and jointly shares operating a yard waste facility with five other municipalities. Now, Dupont officials are looking to start another shared service with Pittston City: police services.
Dupont Borough Council unanimously approved a motion at last Tuesday's Council meeting to send a letter of intent with regard to forming a regional police department to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development requesting a feasibility study. A second motion was unanimously approved for the Borough Solicitor to meet with Pittston City Solicitor to begin discussion on shared services and an agreement for police coverage in 2013.
Council President Stan Knick said the borough could save approximately $40,000 a year in labor costs, vehicle maintenance, insurances plus utility cost in maintaining a police station.
Borough Council and the mayor have attended several meetings regarding shared services sponsored by State Representative Michael Carroll and Mayor Dan Lello announced that borough officials will be attending a third meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at Pittston City Hall.
At the Council meeting, Knick gave residents updates on a few borough projects: the OCD Road Paving Project has been completed on Lidy, Oak, Walnut streets; the new traffic lights project awarded to Kreiger Construction for Lackawanna/Main/Chestnut and Airport Road/Holden and Everhart is also done and the Leeward paving job at the Avoca/Dupont border has finally finished.
PP&L was scheduled to install electricity to the new borough garage but was delayed due to Super Storm Sandy and once that is done local contractor Kevin Krawczyk will look at installing the gas fill station. In the meantime he will contact Plains to see if the borough can fill up with them until the garage is up and running and the new truck can be put in service.
Knick also noted that the borough received 17 loads of milling from the OCD pave project and some of it went into the garage site to be spread as a base before paving and the balance was taken to the compost site.
Soon Borough officials will be preparing gaming grant applications including one for paving borough streets.
Borough Manager Patty McDonald gave an updated of the constant costs to file citations with the magistrate for delinquent sewer payments and how much was owed and paid as a result of those filings. She noted eight citations were filed. Court costs to file were $932.60; the eight accounts owed a total of $17,322.79; three accounts have not made any contact or payment and have been issued judgments. The other five paid payments totaling $4290.87 with two of those paying in full and others are making payment arrangements for the balance.
Borough Solicitor Eric Dingle, is working on the water shutoff paperwork that will go in effect in the spring for delinquent account.
Second reading of the proposed 2013 was presented and is on display for review to residents during regular municipal business hours. The final reading and adoption of the 2013 budget will take place at the Dec. 11 meeting.
Reservations are now being accepted for the Dupont Borough Annual Children's Christmas Party which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the VFW Post Home 4909 from 1 to 3 p.m. Reservations are required so please make your plans as soon as possible by calling Borough Manager Patty McDonald at 655-6216. Please provide the number of children with ages and names and the number of adult attending.
Borough residents and friends can join together in holiday song on Sunday, Dec. 2 as Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish invites everyone to go Christmas caroling through the streets of Dupont. All carolers will meet at the parish hall at 6 p.m. Afterwards all will return to the church hall to decorate and have some cookies and hot chocolate.
On Thursday, Nov. 29, the Wyoming Area Catholic School will hold a Book Fair at Barnes and Nobles Store at the Arena Hub Plaza is Wilkes-Barre from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. School staff members' and parent volunteers will be available all day long to wrap your purchases. Samples from the Café will be offered throughout the day.
At 6 p.m. the Wyoming Area Catholic School Choir along with student readers will present Olive the Other Reindeer through reading and song.
Vouchers to support WACS are available by contacting the school office at or simply tell the cashier at Barnes and Noble. Wyoming Area Catholic will receive credit for your purchases. If you cannot attend the Book Fair your purchases can be made on line from Nov. 29 to Dec. 4 by logging onto bn.com/bookfairs and using Book Fair ID 10905586.
The VFW Post 4909 will hold their next meeting on Monday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the post home. Commander Gary Carwardine will preside. The Home Association meeting will follow. Food, refreshments will be served after each meeting.
The January meeting of VFW Post 4909, Dupont, will be held on Jan. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the post home. Commander Gary Carwardine will preside. The Home Association meeting will follow.
Nominations will be accepted for the following home association offices will be entertained at the meeting: President, Vice-president, Secretary, Treasurer, One Year Director, Two Year Director and Three Year Director.
Food and refreshments will be served afterwards.
Here is Joey Jones' Eco-Tip of the week: If you are traveling for over the holiday season make sure your tires are inflated. This keeps your car running good and saves fuel.
The Dupont Volunteer Hose Company recently held election of officers. Elected to serve in 2013 are: President-Bernie Babonis; Vice-President-Judi Cocco; Treasurer-Gary Kaspriskie; Membership Secretary- Charles Tetlack and Secretary- Patty Golla. The Fire Chief is Don Hudzinski and Assistant Chief is John McArdle. Board of Directors: Julie Slezak, Bob Stoshick, Tom Titton, Ed Zielinski, Chris Wesolowski and Joe Karaffa. Relief: John McArdle, Judi Cocco and Gary Karaffa and Sergeant of Arms- Albert Mihalka.
Applications for gas service are available at the Dupont Municipal offices during regular business hours. UGI representative Mike Trussa stated that for the company to have program approval for placement of gas lines residents' applications must be filed with UGI.
For more information you can contact Mike at 829-8664.
The Dupont Crime Watch will meet Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Dupont Municipal Bldg. Guest speaker will be Detective Chaz Balogh from the District Attorney's Office. His topic will cover internet safety. Meetings are open to all community residents.
Some Dupont residents may qualify for the Weatherization Assistance and for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP. There are certain income guidelines and restrictions. Call Dupont Borough for more information.
The monthly food distribution sponsored by the Dupont Lions will take place on Thursday, Nov. 29, at Holy Mother of Sorrows Church from 4 to 5 p.m. All qualifying residents of Dupont and Suscon are eligible.
Dupont Borough is accepting applications for an experienced employee with a CDL license, experienced in snow plowing and heavy equipment operation. Applications are available at the borough office. Qualified applicants are asked to please contact the borough office as soon as possible.
The Pittston Area Leo's Club would like to thank Dupont Borough Council, Mark's Landscaping, Dupont Lions Club and State Representative Michael Carroll for their donation of time, equipment and supplies in helping with the Leo's Club tree planting project on Garden Drive on Saturday, Nov. 10. Thank you also to Sacred Heart Parish for their donation of two trees to the planting project. The environmentally conscious Leo's Club by partnering with Fibers of the Earth recycling Company, receives much needed funds for their tree planting projects.
The Women's Society of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church will hold their annual Wafer Dinner on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. in the church hall with Coopers of Scranton catering this year's event. Cost is $10 per person and reservations can be made by contacting Diane Skrzysowski at 654-6639 or Carolyn Klimek at 654-3713. Deadline for reservations will be Dec. 28. Payment can be deposited in the collection basket or you can drop off your reservation at the rectory office during business hours.
Tracey's Hope Hospice Care Program & Rescue for Domestic Animals, with the help of the local authorities have rescued four Weimaraners dogs from a home on Birney Ave. in Moosic and are currently under veterinary care and close observation. They are in dire need of funds for constant vet care for these emaciated dogs. If you can spare a few dollars to help defray the cost it would be greatly appreciated.
They have set up a bank account for their care and donations for Larry, Tomy, Jimy, and Michelle can be sent to: Tracey's Hope 4 Weimaraners c/o Pennstar Bank, 801 South Main Street Taylor, PA 18517 Denise D. Kumor, CEO Tracey's Hope Hospice Care Program & Rescue for Domestic Animals: A 501c3 non-profit organization
Holy Mother of Sorrows Appreciation Dinner for Dozynki workers will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. at the Dupont Hose Company. All who worked, donated money, prizes, baskets are welcome. Everyone must make reservation by Nov. 25 in order to attend. To make reservations please call Paul Kaspriskie 655-0981 or e mail him at Paul.Kaspriskie@wilkes.edu
Advent Potato Pancake & Clam Chowder Dinner will be held on Friday, Dec. 7, serving 3 to 7 p.m. at Holy Mother of Sorrows Parish Hall. Takeout's available from 1 p.m. Donation: $8. Menu includes: pancakes, soup, dessert & beverage.
William Elko, Tax Collector announces that the penalty value on all 2012 tax bills took effect on Wednesday, Nov. 21. For anyone using the installment plan, the 1st day for the 3rd installment payment will be Friday, Dec. 14. Office hours on Dec. 14 will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for anyone wishing to make payments on any of the 2012 county/municipal or 2012 school taxes. Tax Books will close on Dec. 31 and all unpaid taxes will be sent to the Luzerne County Tax Claim Office. If you have any questions, please contact the tax office at 655-6241.
The Dupont VFW Post 4909 Home Association will hold their annual Christmas Party on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the post home. Music will be provided by the Home Town Boyz. Dinner buffet will be served from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Bar open from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Donation is $28. For tickets and reservations see Bob Lopata at the post home or contact him at 654-9104. Deadline for tickets is Friday, Dec. 7. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
The Dupont V.F.W. Post 4909 Home Association will hold its annual New Year's Eve Party at the Post home on Monday, Dec. 31. A gala evening is planned with a delicious dinner buffet being served from 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. with a six-hour open bar available from 7:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.Musical entertainment will be provided by the Fabulous Home Town Boyz. Meat and cheese trays, snacks, coffee and donuts will be available before midnight. Hats, leis, noise makers, horns, balloons and streamers will be furnished to all to celebrate the New Year. Donation is only $38 per person and tickets and reservations may be made by seeing Bob at the VFW or calling Bob at 570-654-9104. This party is always a sell-out, so let's ring in the New Year together. Deadline for tickets is Sunday, Dec. 30. All PLCB regulations apply. No tickets will be sold at the door.
The VFW Post 4909 will hold a blood drive for the American Red Cross on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the post home on Main Street from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Sacred Heart of Jesus Church scheduled meetings: Women's Society will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the church hall. Holy Name Society Installation Dinner will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. in the church hall. If you did not sign up and wish to attend please contact Jerry Stanco at 589-1092. Officers to be installed are: President-Jerry Stanco; Vice- President- Patrick Dougherty; Treasurer- David Kaminski and Secretary-Greg Satkowski.
High Scratch Series Scores:
Men's Division: Don Whiting, 722; Chris Renfer, 704; John Colarusso, 644; Paul Chmiel, 633; Wally Zieminski, 627; Bill Pupa, 623; Francis Pupa, 623; Jeff Bogdanski, 606; Joe Jr. Wruble, 603; Joseph Chmiel, 597
Women's Division: Denise Gordon, 433. Mary Theresa Pupa, 370;
High Scratch Series Scores: Jerry Coggins, 765; Billy Jr. Elko, 719; David Titton, 709; Edward Collins, 662; Ryan O'Malley, 608; Peter Chodnicki, 585; William Elko, 582; Mike Gotcha, 578; Jim Lavelle,III, 569; Lowell Stoss, 561; Eric Pramick, 561.
High Scratch Series Scores: Jerry Coggins, 768; Edward Collins, 683; Mark Kulick, 681; Chris Yonki, 670; Lisa Menichini, 641; Anthony Ferretti, 638; Joe Burns, 631; Keith Weinschnek, 628; Allyn Jr. Ferretti, 588; Matt Felter, 580.
High Scratch Series Scores: Jack Casper, 696;Wally Moore, 696; Peter Chodnicki, 649; Joe Argenio, 624; Anthony Grieco, 624; Joe Dalessandro, 613; Rich Russian, 591; Joe Jr. Walsh, 586; Russ Stevens, 575; Frank Solano, 571.
High Scratch Series Scores: Ed Cologie, 738; Rich Eipper, 714; Ron Shaw, 702; Tom Clark, 661; Bill Casterline, 659.
High Scratch Series Scores: Scott Kowalczyk, 688; Jerry Coggins, 678; Mark Kulick, 652; Edward Collins, 646; Dave Kern, 617; Rich Kuligowski, 608; Al Jr. Cannarella, 605; Pete Laton, 595; Neal Elko, 594; Joe Girman, 590.
High Scratch Series Scores: Gracelynn Williamson, 507; MaryAnn Shugdinis, 477; Connie Berlinski, 476; Kim Kishel, 471; Mary Lou Fereck, 465; Donna Kasa, 459; Debbie Stevens, 458; Mary Theresa Pupa, 441; Helen Zapotoski, 429.
Sunday Night Mixed
High Scratch Series Scores:
Men's Division: Joe Argenio, 625; Francis Pupa, 581; Joe Sr. Wruble, 537; Vito Buzzetta, 526; Steve Vishinski, 498
Women's Division: Marytheresa Pupa, 433; Marianne Argenio, 405; Gracelynn Williamson, 400; Debbie Stevens, 373; Karen Umbra, 345.
Boys Division: Zachary McKitish, 650
Girls Division: Michelle Grossbauer, 351
Elko's Bantam/Prep Mixed
High Scratch Series Score:
Boys Division: Jacob Dobrowalski, 190; Aiden Hindmarsh, 172; Ryan Kane, 161; Matthew Mesaris, 160; Robert Davidon, 140; Alek Chilson, 128; Andrew Adonizio, 119; Ryan Peck, 118; Zachary Chilson, 113; Bobby Savakinas, 113.
Girls Division: Kacie Fisk, 133; Madison Mesaris, 129; Sophia Gronka, 40.
High Scratch Series Scores:
Boys Division: Justin Coyne, 506; Anthony Zimmerman, 476; Michael Elko, 463; Jesse Carlen, 426; Paul Greco, 411; Cody Beers, 367; Joey Jones, 342; Jimmy Dommes, 336; Bryan Shupp, 332; Evan Elko, 328.
Girls Division: Samanatha Piechota, 380; Piper Kane, 348; Morgan Mesaris, 280; Hannah Maruhnich, 267; Janelle Dudek, 241; Kiena Vest, 182; Alyssa Bulford, 162.
Elko's Junior/Senior Friday
High Scratch Series Scores:
Boy's Division: Conrad Osiecki, 596; Irene Magdon, 440; Erin Donnelly, 382; Katie Wynn, 378; Michelle Grossbauer, 355.
Girls' Division: Courtney Osiecki, 596; Irene Magdon, 440; Erin Donnelly, 382; Katie Wynn, 378; Michelle Grossbauer, 355.
Elko's Prep Boys
High Scratch Series Scores: Zachary Elko, 374; Joey Wruble, 332; Jeremy Lavelle, 326; Nicolas Aschenback, 306; Martin Kuna, 303; Connor Morris, 289; Marc Piechota, 285; Tyler Cegelka, 283; Ozzie Dobrowalski, 280; Charlie Boswell, 261.
Dupont Borough service schedule for the week of Nov. 25 is:
Monday, Nov. 26 – refuse
Tuesday, Nov. 27 - yard waste
Wednesday, Nov. 28 - mixed paper.