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The Excelsior Hose Co. No. 2 will have its sixth annual Night at the Races on Saturday, March 24, at the Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the races begin at 7 p.m. The cost of a horse is $10 plus a $2 admission fee at the door. Horses can be purchased from any member. There will also be homemade food, desserts and beverages and a variety of games and raffles, including a basket of cheer. For more information, call 457-2233.

All Excelsior Hose Company members will meet at 12:30 p.m. today, March 18 at the hose company, 798 Foote Ave., to discuss this upcoming event.

Heroism award

Congratulations to Duryea Police Officer Michael Rosemellia who received an Act of Heroism Award from Duryea Mayor Keith Moss and the Duryea Borough Council on March 13. Officer Rosemellia received the award for going above and beyond the call of duty on January 4 when he entered a burning house on Stephenson Street to save a man and his dog.

Sons of the Legion

The Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 585, will have a clam sale beginning at 11 a.m. today, March 18 at the post home, 329 Main St. The cost of the clams are $6 per dozen. Takeouts will be available. To place order an order, call 457-4242.

Polish Lodge

Duryea Polish National Alliance Lodge 187 will not meet today, March 18. Members who would like to submit dues may contact the lodge secretary.

Crime watch

Duryea Neighborhood Crime Watch will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20 at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St. Guest speaker will be Joseph Lynch, an intragovernmental coordinator of the Luzerne County 911 Communication System, who will provide a complete overview of the 911 Center.

Ecumenical services

Several Protestant and Catholic churches in Avoca, Duryea, Old Forge and Moosic will celebrate ecumenical services at 7 p.m. Tuesdays throughout Lent. The next service is Tuesday, March 20 at the Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church, 174 Main St., Old Forge, where the Rev. Phil Sladicka, pastor of Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca, will be the speaker.

Scuba team pizza sale

The Germania Hose Company Scuba Team will have its Lenten pizza sale from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Friday during Lent at the hose company, 430 Foote Ave. Trays are $11 each and available in red or white. Orders can be placed in advance on sale days by calling 451-3750 or by stopping at the hose company.

Stations of the Cross

The parishioners of Nativity of our Lord Parish invite the community to pray the Stations of the Cross with them at 7 p.m. every Friday during Lent at Holy Rosary Church, 127 Stephenson St. There will also be Exposition and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Lenten devotions

The parishioners of St. Mary's Polish National Catholic Church invite the community to their Lenten devotions at 7 p.m. every Friday during Lent at the church, 200 Stephenson St.

Polish Falcons

The members of the Polish Falcons, Nest 128, will meet at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 at the club, 631 Main St.

Easter Bunny lunch

Holy Rosary School will have its annual Easter Bunny Lunch from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 25 in the school gymnasium, 125 Stephenson St. During the event, there will be activities, raffles, face painting and photos with the Easter Bunny. Tickets are $5 each and will be available at the door.

Lenten food sale

Nativity of Our Lord Parish will have its annual Lenten food sale from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 30 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Hall, 529 Stephenson St. The sale will feature Manhattan (red) clam chowder, homemade pierogi, haluski, pizza and baked goods.

Lenten fish dinner

St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church will have its 15th annual Lenten fish dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 30 at the church hall, 205 N. Main St., Pittston.

The menu includes baked haddock, potatoes, fresh carrots, cole slaw, haluski, cake and beverages.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $9 for adults and $7 for children 12 and younger. Takeouts will be available too.

Clam chowder and haluski takeouts will also be available. There will also be a cash raffle.

Bake sale

Big Lots and Holiday Hair will sponsor a pet adoption day and bake sale from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 in the Birney Plaza, Moosic, to benefit Tracey's Hope Hospice Care Program and Rescue for Domestic Animals, Inc., Duryea. There will also be raffles for a flat screen HDTV and four tickets to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom.

If you stop by Holiday Hair in Moosic for a service and mention you read this information in The Sunday Dispatch, they will donate $2 to Tracey's Hope. For more information call Denise at 457-1625.

Charity basketball

The Sixth Annual Guns ‘N' Hoses Charity Basketball Game will take place Saturday, April 21 at the Pittston Area High School gymnasium, 5 Stout St., Yatesville. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and tip-off time is 5 p.m. During this game, the area's police officers and firefighters will hit the hardwood to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. There will also be door prizes, entertainment and a food and refreshment stand catered by My Sister's Kitchen.

Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, are $5 for adults and $3 for students ages 5 to 18. Children under 4 years of age will be admitted free.

Businesses and individuals can send donations to Chief Nick Lohman, c/o Duryea Police Department, 315 Main St., Duryea, PA 18642. Make checks payable to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and in the memo area list "Guns ‘N' Hoses 2012." Be sure to include your name with your gift in order to have it included on the acknowledgement poster which will be displayed at the game. Businesses that would like to supply door prizes can mail or drop them off at the Duryea Police Department.

Pet hospice training

Tracey's Hope Hospice Care Program and Rescue for Domestic Animals, Inc., Duryea, will have a pet hospice volunteer training class from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 in St. Benedict's Church basement, 155 Austin Ave., Wilkes-Barre. To register, call Denise at 457-1625.

Pallet of beer raffle

The Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 585 is currently selling tickets for its "Win A Pallet of Beer" raffle. First prize is a gift certificate for $600 to B&G Beverage, Pittston. Second prize is a $100 gift certificate to a Wine & Spirits store. Third prize is a $50 gift card to Weis Markets. Tickets, which are $3 each or two for $5, can be purchased from any member or at the post home, 329 Main St. The drawing will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 25.

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