Greater Pittston organizations, churches preparing food sales for Lenten season


By Jimmy Fisher - jfisher@timesleader.com



Jeff Bauman, Duryea, and Mary Ann Kremitsky, Taylor, work together in preparing another batch of pierogies at Nativity of Our Lord Parish’s Lenten food sale in 2015.


Tony Callaio File Photos | For Sunday Dispatch

Mary Rugletic, Duryea, takes Joe Malecki’s food order at the Lenten food sale at Nativity of Our Lord Parish in 2015.


Tony Callaio File Photos | For Sunday Dispatch

Where to get food

The following community organizations will have food sales throughout the Lenten season:

Nativity of Our Lord Parish

529 Stephenson St., Duryea

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12- Featured item, potato pancakes

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 18 - Featured item, pierogies

Both Lenten sales will also include red clam chowder, seafood bisque, haluski, pizza, frozen pierogies (sold by the dozen), and a bake sale.

Germania Hose Co.

430 Foot Ave., Duryea

4 to 7 p.m. every Friday starting Feb. 12 - Lenten Pizza Sale

Red or white pizza $12 per tray. Call ahead to 570-451-3750 or stop in.

St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church

205 N. Main St., Pittston

Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10 and every Friday until March 18 - Pizza and Soup Sale

A tray of unbaked pizza is $10, baked pizza is $12 per tray, and cost is $1 extra for onions. Pre-orders will be taken by Linda Hando at 570-905-7387. There will be different soups every week. Deadline for orders is on Thursday, March 17. Pick up is from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays at the parish.

West Wyoming Hose Co. No. 1

926 Shoemaker Ave., West Wyoming

Fridays starting Feb. 12 - Lenten Pizza Sale

Baked pizza is $12, unbaked is $10. Other toppings are available by request. Call 570-693-1811 and leave a message to place an order. Pizza can be picked up on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the hose company banquet hall.

Hughestown Hose Company

30 Center St., Hughestown

4 p.m. Friday, March 25 - Good Friday Fish Fry

The last seating for the fish fry will be at 8 p.m. There will also be a basket raffle and a guest appearance by the Easter Bunny. Tickets are $8 for adults and children. Tickets for children aged 5 and under are free.

Exeter Hose Co. No. 1

1405 Susquehanna Ave., Exeter

3 to 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10 and every Friday during Lent

The hose company will hold the Seventh Annual Lenten food sale of potato pancakes, haluski and pierogies.

Holy Mother of Sorrows PNCC

A Lenten Fish Fry Dinner will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12 with a donation cost of $8.

Dinner includes fish, french fries, vegetables, coleslaw and a dinner roll.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, and Greater Pittston organizations are prepping food sales for those participating in the religious practice.

In the Catholic faith, participants refrain from eating meat on Fridays during Lent.

Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Duryea, which has been doing a food sale for over 50 years for Lent, is one place to get some Lenten grub this year.

Foods available for the parish’s sale include potato pancakes, pierogies, red clam chowder, seafood bisque, haluski, pizza, and a bake sale.

“We start about a month beforehand with preparing food and then whole week is spent cooking it,” said volunteer Dave Tighe. “This week, with the potato pancakes, we had to peel the potatoes and make the batter and you can’t do that too far in advance. There’s a lot of food prep work, so when it comes together everything is ready.”

Proceeds for the food sales go back into the parish.

With anywhere between 20 to 25 volunteers, Tighe said the most difficult task of preparing for the food sale is coordinating schedules.

Because of the conflicting schedules the church is only holding two sales — one on Friday, Feb. 12 and one on Friday, March 18.

“We have a gap because having people able to volunteer and coming out every week, it wouldn’t work,” he said. “People would use personal time getting off work or getting babysitters for children. It all has to do with people’s availability for volunteering.”

Tighe said a month-long wait in between food sales shouldn’t damper attendance as the parish usually serves over 400 customers each year.

“We look forward to happy customers, camaraderie and the community getting together,” he said. “I personally enjoy the intergenerational gap between students and senior citizens working together on the same project, and everybody in between. Also seeing people from Duryea and Greater Pittston come in, year after year, it gives a great sense of continuity in a crazy world.”

While churches are a great place to go for a Lenten food sale, fire companies are also great sources of meatless meals.

The Hughestown Hose Company No. 1 will hold its annual Good Friday Fish Fry on Friday, March 25 at the hose company.

Fire chief Jamie Merlino said the event went on in the ’70s and ’80s, but stopped in the ’90s due to poor attendance. He brought the tradition back in 2005 and it’s been an annual event ever since.

He said preparing the food is easy, and everything is homemade.

“The fries are fresh cut and we have a cutter in the back where we cut the potatoes,” Merlino said. “We buy the bread rolls, which are baked that morning, and the fish comes to us in a filet that we cut into portions. The fish comes from from B3Q Smokehouse in West Pittston. Every Friday during Lent they sell salmon, fish and cod and (they) get a good discount, so we kind of piggy back off them.”

With anywhere from 20 to 25 volunteers, mostly firemen, working the kitchen and serving over 200 dinners, Merlino said preparing and serving the food goes off without a hitch.

Cleaning up is a different story.

“We have a lot of great volunteers and some with experience as cooks,” he said. “The prepping isn’t so bad, and a lot of guys are kind of naturals at it and we’re fortunate for having them. The hardest part is cleaning up; that kitchen as oil everywhere and it gets kind of messy in there.”

Proceeds from the event go back into the fire company.

Although the annual event is not until the end of Lent, that does not diminish Merlino’s anticipation.

“My favorite part is seeing all of the guys working together and having a good time,” he said. “Any time the fire department can give back, it’s great. Any time we can give back, it makes us feel good. Plus the camaraderie with the guys providing service is great.”

Jeff Bauman, Duryea, and Mary Ann Kremitsky, Taylor, work together in preparing another batch of pierogies at Nativity of Our Lord Parish’s Lenten food sale in 2015.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_RGB_Nativity-Lenten-food-1-1.jpgJeff Bauman, Duryea, and Mary Ann Kremitsky, Taylor, work together in preparing another batch of pierogies at Nativity of Our Lord Parish’s Lenten food sale in 2015. Tony Callaio File Photos | For Sunday Dispatch

Mary Rugletic, Duryea, takes Joe Malecki’s food order at the Lenten food sale at Nativity of Our Lord Parish in 2015.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_RGB_Nativity-Lenten-food-4-1.jpgMary Rugletic, Duryea, takes Joe Malecki’s food order at the Lenten food sale at Nativity of Our Lord Parish in 2015. Tony Callaio File Photos | For Sunday Dispatch

By Jimmy Fisher

jfisher@timesleader.com

Where to get food

The following community organizations will have food sales throughout the Lenten season:

Nativity of Our Lord Parish

529 Stephenson St., Duryea

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12- Featured item, potato pancakes

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 18 – Featured item, pierogies

Both Lenten sales will also include red clam chowder, seafood bisque, haluski, pizza, frozen pierogies (sold by the dozen), and a bake sale.

Germania Hose Co.

430 Foot Ave., Duryea

4 to 7 p.m. every Friday starting Feb. 12 – Lenten Pizza Sale

Red or white pizza $12 per tray. Call ahead to 570-451-3750 or stop in.

St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church

205 N. Main St., Pittston

Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10 and every Friday until March 18 – Pizza and Soup Sale

A tray of unbaked pizza is $10, baked pizza is $12 per tray, and cost is $1 extra for onions. Pre-orders will be taken by Linda Hando at 570-905-7387. There will be different soups every week. Deadline for orders is on Thursday, March 17. Pick up is from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays at the parish.

West Wyoming Hose Co. No. 1

926 Shoemaker Ave., West Wyoming

Fridays starting Feb. 12 – Lenten Pizza Sale

Baked pizza is $12, unbaked is $10. Other toppings are available by request. Call 570-693-1811 and leave a message to place an order. Pizza can be picked up on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the hose company banquet hall.

Hughestown Hose Company

30 Center St., Hughestown

4 p.m. Friday, March 25 – Good Friday Fish Fry

The last seating for the fish fry will be at 8 p.m. There will also be a basket raffle and a guest appearance by the Easter Bunny. Tickets are $8 for adults and children. Tickets for children aged 5 and under are free.

Exeter Hose Co. No. 1

1405 Susquehanna Ave., Exeter

3 to 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10 and every Friday during Lent

The hose company will hold the Seventh Annual Lenten food sale of potato pancakes, haluski and pierogies.

Holy Mother of Sorrows PNCC

A Lenten Fish Fry Dinner will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12 with a donation cost of $8.

Dinner includes fish, french fries, vegetables, coleslaw and a dinner roll.

Reach Jimmy Fisher at 570-704-3972 or on Twitter @SD_JimmyFisher

Reach Jimmy Fisher at 570-704-3972 or on Twitter @SD_JimmyFisher

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