Looking for documentary materials…

Ross Cordaro walking pic

Ross Cordaro is shown walking out of Allied Services, after doctors told him he may never walk again after a wrestling accident.

A fellow Dunmorean is looking for some help.

Liz Naro is in the midst of creating a documentary about her cousin, Ross Cordaro. For those of you who don’t know his story:

Ross was injured on February 14, 1974 in a wrestling accident. His family was told to prepare for the worst and that he may never walk again. On Thanksgiving of 1974 at the Dunmore vs. West Scranton game, Ross walked center field in front of family, fans, friends and the community.

Local news outlets covered Ross’s story throughout 1974. Liz is looking for film footage, pictures, stories and possible people to interview for her documentary project.

If you have, or know someone who has, taped news coverage on home video or pictures, please contact Liz Naro via e-mail at lizabethnaro@gmail.com.


Catholic School’s Movie Night

Diocesan Catholic School Movie Night Photo # 1

The Diocese of Scranton celebrates the success of the first annual Catholic Schools Movie Night at The Circle Drive-In, Dickson City, hosted by Michael Delfino, proprietor, and featuring the movie “Finding Dory.”

More than 600 families attended the event with proceeds benefitting the Catholic Schools Tuition Assistance Program.

Diocese of Scranton and Circle Drive-In staff and volunteers greeting movie-goers include, standing, from left: Dave Castelli, Circle Drive-In General Manager; Jim Bebla, Diocesan Secretary for Development; Mr. Delfino, Monsignor David Tressler, Diocesan Secretary for Catholic Education and  Superintendent of Schools; and John A. Farkas, Jr., Manager of Development and Alumni Relations for Catholic Schools.

Kneeling in front are Holy Cross High School student volunteers, from left, Elizabeth Arbie, Lauren Palmiter, and Annabelle and Taylor Callis. 

St. Mary’s Class of 1966 reunites after 50 years

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Eighth grade classmates of the Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Class of 1966 held their 50th reunion on June 11, 2016. The reunion activities started with 4 p.m. Mass at Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Church followed by a self-guided tour of the school.

During the tour, the classmates were able to visit the classrooms, library, cafeteria, and principal’s office. At one point, they took their seats in a classroom as they did 50 years ago. Conversations centered around how the high quality of education and discipline at St. Mary’s had a positive effect on their lives.

After the school tour, the classmates had a reception and dinner at La Una Banquet Hall on Drinker Street in Dunmore. Timothy McGurl played Beatles songs on his guitar as his classmates shared photographs, stories about their families and jobs, and their escapades at St. Mary’s.

One such story centered on Madelyn’s Penny Candy Store. This popular candy store was on Chestnut Street near the school during the 1950’s and 1960’s, but was off limits to the students. Students would attempt to sneak into Madelyn’s to buy candy by leaving the official school line on the way home. For just a few candy cigarettes or atomic fireballs, Robert Meehan (Rollo) and William Cicciotti (Wild Bill) recalled spending many hours standing in the classroom corner after getting caught by Sister Victoire.

While there were humorous stories, many classmates expressed that going to St. Mary’s not only provided an excellent education, but served as the basis for lasting friendships which can only happen in a place such as Dunmore. Perhaps, this was best stated by Ellen Burne in a letter expressing her disappointment for being unable to attend the reunion. She stated in part “Personally, my memories of living in Dunmore are among those most dear to me. We are all so fortunate to have been raised in such a loving, family oriented community where friends for life were made.”

The classmates wish to thank the Reunion Committee of Regina Kearney Garvey, Mary Alice Golden McCormick, and James McCormick for all their work in organizing this outstanding event. They also made a donation to the school in memory of two classmates, Susan Gilligan and Michael McDonald.


Out of the original class of 58 students, over half (30) attended the reunion event including:

Robert Farrell, Robert Kelleher, Regina Kearney Garvey, Mary Alice Golden McCormick, Gerald Conway, Donald Loftus, Robert McDonald, Sharon Maus Pitoniak, Kathy Fennie Blythe, Marianne Kramer, James McCormick, Patrick Cuff, John Earley, Regina Garvey, Mary Katherine Kreis Curtis, William Ciccotti, Michelle Langan Rohulich, Eileen McLaine Mallas, Laurie Holmes Ekes, Linda Dougherty Borland, Maria Graci Ceccacci, Patricia Grady, James Vinard, Robert Meehan, Brian McAndrew, Timothy McGurl, Owen Dougherty and Lorraine Spangler Vitris.

(Photo credit: Michael Straub Photography).





Lantern send-off to remember Dunmore’s angels

Angel Night

By Emily Fedor

Kelcey Hallinan was 18 years old when she passed away on November 16, 2013 after fighting a courageous battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Her love for the Disney movie “Tangled” inspired last year’s “Lanterns for the Lost Princess” event.

“We thought it would be a nice tribute for the whole town to get involved because she was Dunmore’s child, and Dunmore was so supportive throughout her battle,” said Kelcey’s mother, Alicia.

Last summer, Alicia brought the fundraising memorial idea to the Dartt family, who also lost their daughter Carissa at a young age. They sold paper lanterns throughout Dunmore and beyond. Then on August 7, 2015, everyone lit up  the night sky—to remember and send love up to those two beautiful girls.

After last year’s impressive turnout, the Dartts and the Hallinans decided to host the event again.

The fundraiser has since been renamed “Dunmore’s Angel Night,” to include all of Dunmore’s lost loved ones in the event.

Dunmore’s Angel Night will take place on Friday, August 12. Even if you’re not in Dunmore that night, you can still be a part of this beautiful event and light a lantern from wherever you are.

One lantern costs five dollars. All proceeds from lantern sales will benefit the #KelceyStrong and Carissa Dartt scholarships.

To purchase lanterns, contact Tom or Alicia Hallinan via Facebook or phone at (570) 877-0201.