Greater Scranton YMCA announces Inaugural Teen Self-Help Fair

Teens today are facing issues that no other generation has ever faced before, and many are struggling to find ways to cope. The Greater Scranton YMCA’s Inaugural Teen Self-Help Fair will bring teens of all walks of life together to address some of these issues in a safe, nurturing environment.

We are inviting preteens and teens ages 12-17 throughout Lackawanna County to join us for an afternoon and evening where they can come together to hear speakers share their experience, strength and hope on issues such as: depression, bullying/cyber-bullying, self-harm/suicide, addiction, social media, issues at home and more.

The event will run from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Greater Scranton YMCA, located at 706 N. Blakely Street in Dunmore. A dinner and dance will then begin at 5 p.m. Music and entertainment will include EJ the DJ Karaoke and a photo booth. The event is free to attend.

For more information or to register, call Paula Scotchlas at (570) 342-8115 ext. 232. The registration deadline is Sept. 30.


The Y is one of the nation’s leading non-profits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.  or


Fidelity Bank Makes Donation Komen Gala for the Cure

Pictured from left are Mary Marrara, Mary Kay Warner; Daniel J. Santaniello, President & CEO, Fidelity Bank, and event co-chairs: Joann Marsili and Paula Mackarey.

Pictured from left are Mary Marrara, Mary Kay Warner; Daniel J. Santaniello, President & CEO, Fidelity Bank, and event co-chairs: Joann Marsili and Paula Mackarey.

Daniel J. Santaniello, President and CEO of Fidelity Bank, recently presented the committee members for the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s upcoming Gala for the Cure with a $5,000 donation.  The Gala for the Cure will be held on Friday, Oct. 9 at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

The gala is a celebration honoring the organization’s 25 years of the Northeast Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, one of the longest running affiliates in the nation.  Its goal is to raise funds to provide breast health education, breast cancer early detection screening and treatment services to 19 counties in Northeast PA. To date, nearly $4 million has been given locally for services.

“Komen NEPA helps fund services, education and treatment, to uninsured local women and men in need,” stated event co-chair Joann Marsili, Vice President, Director of Marketing and Sales at Fidelity Deposit and Discount Bank. “So many lives have been touched by this awful disease, I am very proud to be part of an organization like Fidelity Bank that realizes the importance and the great need that is fulfilled by Komen NEPA in our area and we so grateful to all of our other sponsors who have generously supported this cause.” added Marsili.

Fidelity Bank has built a strong history as trusted advisors to the customers served, and is proud to be an active member of the community of Northeastern Pennsylvania. With 11 branches located throughout Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties, Fidelity Bank offers full-service Trust & Investment Departments, a Mortgage center, and an array of personal and business banking products and services. The Bank provides 24 hour, seven day a week service to customers through branch offices, online at, and through the Customer Care Center at 800-388-4380.

Dunmore Seniors Activity Hub

By Steve Svetovich

Dunmore seniors are gearing up for upcoming fall activity programs at the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe for Seniors, located at 1414 Monroe Avenue in Dunmore.

“Fall is in the air and the kids are back in school, ” said Jeanne Hugenbruch, executive director of the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe. “It is time for us to add some new activities as well. A lot is happening and new programs are starting here at the Activity Hub and Cafe.”

Jim Masters was there and informed the Dunmore Activity Hub seniors about Pulmonary Fibrosis Wednesday, Sept. 2. Mahjong classes began at the Activity Hub at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3. Pinochle is now played every Tuesday after lunch. Beginner’s guitar and ukulele classes are held at 10 a.m. every Tuesday by appointment.

The Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe is in the process of getting a Chorus and Comedy Troupe together.

One of the more popular new groups is the Laughter is the Best Medicine Group which meets at 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday. “Keep the laughter going,” said Hugenbruch. “Bring in a few jokes to share and we can all exercise that funny bone.”

Traditional Home Health in Dunmore, came to the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe on Sept. 15, to talk about reading food labels.

A program on Medication Disposal was held Tuesday, Sept. 22. The program was sponsored by the Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs and Voluntary Action Center. Lunch was served and there were free giveaways and desserts. Dr. Shantanu Bishwal came to the Activity Hub on Friday, Sept. 25, to discuss Rheumatoid Arthritis.

The New-Celebration of Life series began last month.. Bill Frye was there for musical entertainment Wednesday, Sept. 30. Lunch was served with a choice of chicken salad or mock crab salad platter. The cost was $5 for seniors and $8 for friends.

Lottie Collins is site council president for the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe. Shirley Martinelli is reservationist. Carol Angerson is lead volunteer.

“Enjoy the fall weather and try to plan on joining us at the Hub,” said Hugenbruch.

For more information on upcoming fall programs or becoming a member, call (570) 207-2662.


The Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe for Seniors is a non-profit agency supported in part through the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging, the Dunmore borough and through the fundraising efforts of the Senior Site Council and the Board of Directors.

Dunmore native releases fourth book

"Key West Salvation" is the fourth book released by Bill Ciccotti.

“Key West Salvation” is the fourth book released by Bill Ciccotti.

“Key West Salvation”, the second book of the “Key West Pentagon,” by Dunmore native Bill Ciccotti is now available through Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

It is the story of misfits in the Florida Keys. Black op stone killers and X-Navy SEALS, biker gangs, serial killers, Cuban misadventures and mob wars. Throw in a shipwreck on a deserted island, the ghost of a pirate and the Ukrainian Mob, plus escapees from the nursing home, a trip to Baja Mexico with Elvis, yes the real Elvis and you’ve got one giant carnival of adventure. Oh yeah, throw in some hard drinking and tropical sunsets. Now you’ve got yourself a real page turner, jam-packed with untamed action and humor at every step of the way.

Bill Ciccotti lives in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He married his high school sweetheart, they have two children. Bill has written several other books, including “My Father’s Son,” “Reality Is Strange” and “Key West Redemption.”

“Key West Redemption” has also been released in hardcover copy. It will be available as an audiobook in September.


Bill is currently finishing up a Western novelette and is working on a third “Key West” adventure, “Key West Convergent,” unofficially slated to be released in this coming June. The new book is embellished truth but entirely fictitious.

Fourth and fifth “Key West” books have been signed up for, and the story lines for both have been approved. Look for the “Key West” adventures to continue with this wild gang of characters as they cause trouble all over the tropics and beyond.