Physician Assistant pinning ceremony at Marywood University

 

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Shown are students and administration at the 2016 Physician Assistant pinning ceremony at Marywood University.

Front row, from left: Sr. Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D., president of Marywood University; Abigail Davis, MPAS, PA-C, clinical coordinator; Natalie Piger, Bethlehem; Samantha Schramak, Allentown; Claire Werner, East Northport, N.Y.; Arianna Tatarczuk, Brentwood, N.H.; Mackenzie Goodwin, Madison, N.J.; Brynn Bertholf, Woodbourne, N.Y.; Natasha Breen, Erie.; Brook Bennett, Manhattan, Kan.; Shelby Johnson, Saylorsburg.; Ramona Carver, Kunkletown; Jeanne Russo, Farmingdale, N.J.; Jessica Pavlikowski, Old Forge; Kimberly Kelly, Old Forge.; Justine Samanas, MPAS, PA-C, clinical director.

Second row: Marie Bonavoglia, Ph.D., PA-C, clinical coordinator; Stanley Blondek, MD, DPM, FAAP, medial director; Lori Swanchak, Ph.D., PA-C, program director; Kierstin Kiser, Clarion; Caitlin Mesko, Dunmore.; Katrina Kincel, Jefferson Twp.; Natalie Launchi, Scranton.; Meredith Sellix, Lehighton.; Morgann Haduk, Taylor.; Heather Yohnke, Bloomsburg; Katie Wagner, Easton; Rachael Notchick, Honesdale; Gabrielle Long, Dunmore; Alexandra Conniff, Moscow.; Alyssa De Simone, Massapequa Park, N.Y.; Courtney Marcotte, Moriah, N.Y.; Kathryn Haller, Mentor, Ohio; Heather Walters, MPAS, PA-C, academic coordinator.

Third row: Stephen Gitkos, Scott Twp.; Vincent Tuzze, Mayfield.; Cory Crinella, Archbald.; Matthew Cummings, Scranton; Mark DeLeo, Peckville; Sean Welenc, Scranton; Andrew Lutz, Sterling Heights, Mich.; Richard Duong, Braintree, Mass.; Richard Kent Truslow, Charlotte, N.C.; Patrick Daley, Rochester, N.Y.; Christopher Cleveland, Cincinnati, Ohio; Andrew Mergel, Bethlehem; Marcus Zini, Eynon; Samip Patel, Scranton; Joshua Hulkonen, Nisula, Mich.; and Nathan Scinico, Pittsburgh.

 

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Photo credit: Rich Banick Photography

Dunmore High School’s band and marching units will participate in a Cavalcade of Bands on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 6:30 p.m. hosted by the North Pocono Trojan Band and Marching Units, with the assistance of the North Pocono Band Parents Association.

The event will be held at the North Pocono Stadium Complex, located behind the district’s middle school at 701 Church Street in Moscow. The event is free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted at the gates, which open at 5:30 p.m.

In addition to Dunmore and North Pocono, bands and marching units from Abington Heights, Carbondale, Honesdale, Lakeland, Mid-Valley, Valley View, and Western Wayne will participate. Each group will perform its halftime field show. Program books, featuring participating bands, will be distributed free of charge.

The Cavalcade of Bands is an exhibition-style performance, not a competition. Because of this, bands and marching units can perform their field shows without worrying about judging criteria, timing, and other restrictions. There will be refreshments provided for participants and limited concessions available for sale to audience members. Additionally, t-shirts and air-gram greetings will be sold at the event.

 

Dunmorean of the Month: John Errico

Author Picture - J Errico.jpgBy Steve Svetovich

If you hit the lottery and buy a baseball team, do you want your dad to be the manager?

Bernie Endino did.

Who is Bernie Endino? Why he is the fictional character in John Errico’s book, “Dad, Wanna Be Our Manager?”

Dunmore’s very own John Errico had his book published this past April by Raven Wood Publishers.

Errico, who is the financial controller for the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, came up with the idea for the book while out on a car ride with his teenage daughters, Maria, 19, and Abby, 15.

“We were talking about what we would do if we won the lottery,” Errico said. “We were talking about the lottery and baseball. And then talked about owning a baseball team. Then the thought came to my head. I think I got it. I have the story idea for a book.

“I can write about a guy who wins the lottery, buys a baseball team and hires his dad to manage it.

“My dad (Johnny Errico, now 73) managed a baseball team. He managed the Schautz Stadium VFW Teener League champions in Dunmore back in 1984. It was a great team and they were back-to-back Schautz Teener League champions.

“The story I wrote is based on my dad’s team and its players. It is based on the things I remember happened when he coached. The kids, five of them, are referenced in my book. I just use different names, but it is their personalities and their stories. There were some true characters with interesting personalities on that team.

“My dad really liked the book. He picked it up and read it in two days.”

Errico, a 1986 Dunmore High School graduate, received a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Scranton in 1990. He worked part-time for eight years with the RailRiders as an official scorer and keeping statistics on computers before taking on a full-time role this year as a financial controller.

He discussed the theme of his book.

“The story is about a guy who hits the lottery. He wants to buy a Triple-A baseball team and hire his dad as the manager. His dad says he will do it, but wants to bring in his own guys. So he does bring in his own guys and coaches. Five of those guys are based on players from my dad’s 1984 team. The stories are similar. In my book, this team goes on to win a championship.”

Errico said he enjoyed writing the book, which is selling, but it will probably be his first and last.

He thoroughly enjoyed the time he spent with the RailRiders this season.

“It was the perfect time to step in full time, with the team winning the Governors’ Cup and Triple-A National Title. It was an amazing season with the RailRiders with all of the call-ups. We just kept having new guys step in and contribute every time someone was lost or got called up. We knew there was no stopping us in the playoffs. I certainly walked into this at the right time.”

Errico certainly has a passion for baseball and writing. His book reflects that.

Errico is married to the former Elaine Danchak, a Scranton Central graduate. The couple’s daughter Maria is a Dunmore High School graduate and Temple University sophomore Spanish Education major. The couple’s younger daughter Abby is a Dunmore High School sophomore and member of the school’s marching band.

RailRiders win Governors’ Cup, first Triple-A national title

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By Steve Svetovich

The Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders captured the Governors’ Cup and its first ever Triple-A national title in convincing fashion last month.

The RailRiders, behind strong performances by four pitchers and a three-run first inning homer by veteran first baseman Chris Parmelee, beat the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Pacific Coast League Triple-A farm club of the San Diego Padres, 3-1, Tuesday, September 20, at AutoZone Park in Memphis, Tennessee to earn the Gilden Triple-A National Title.

It was the RailRiders first ever Triple-A National Crown.

Mark Payton and Clint Frazier both singled in the first inning before Parmelee delivered with his three-run shot off Walter Lockett to give the RailRiders a 3-0 first inning lead. Parmelee hit two homers in one game during a brief call up with the New York Yankees this season before an injury curtailed his time with the parent club.

Jordan Montgomery pitched five innings, giving up one run, to earn the win for the RailRiders.

Montgomery was lifted by manager Al Pedrique in the sixth inning after giving up three straight singles resulting in a run for El Paso.

However, Johnny Barbato came in for Montgomery and got the first three of 12 consecutive outs by Scranton Wilkes-Barre relievers.

Crafty veteran lefty Phil Coke, a member of the 2009 world champion New York Yankees, pitched a perfect seventh and eighth inning for the RailRiders. Coke has since been traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Giovanny Gallegos pitched a perfect ninth to gain the save and clinch the Triple-A National Title for the RailRiders.

The RailRiders won the Governors’ Cup by taking three of four games in a best of five series against the Gwinnett Braves.

The clincher came Friday, September 17, at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia, a 3-0 win for the franchise’s second Governors’ Cup championship.

It was the team’s second straight 3-0 win, fourth shutout in seven post-season games and 28th overall this season.

Jake Cave, the MVP of the series, hit a single, stole a key base and Cito Culver drew a two-out walk that led to RBI singles by Mark Payton and Clint Frazier to give the RailRiders a 2-0 lead in the top of the fifth.

Culver walked with two outs in the top of the seventh. Payton followed up with an RBI triple to give Scranton Wilkes-Barre a 3-0 lead.

Don Camarena, in his first Triple-A start, earned the win with five and one-third shutout innings. He struck out four, gave up five hits and one walk while inducing three double plays in the first four innings.

Three RailRider relievers then took over retiring the final 11 batters in succession.

Johnny Barbato got out of a sixth inning jam when Gwinnett had runners on second and third with one out. A strikeout and groundout kept Gwinnett from scoring.

Tyler Webb pitched a perfect seventh and eighth striking out two. Gallegos pitched a perfect ninth, striking out two, to earn the save and clinch the Governors’ Cup for the RailRiders.

Payton had three hits and two RBIs in the win. Frazier had two hits and an RBI.

Scranton Wilkes-Barre won its first Governors’ Cup in 2008.

The RailRiders swept the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs in three games to advance to the Governors’ Cup series. Coke pitched a fabulous game in the 7-0 game two win. He hurled a season-high seven shutout innings, striking out seven and retiring the last 13 batters he faced. He gave up no walks.

Crestwood graduate Matt Wotherspoon pitched a perfect eighth before Barbato finished off the win with a scoreless ninth for the RailRiders.

A total of 63 players, the most notable being catcher Gary Sanchez, suited up for the RailRiders this season. Sanchez, who hit 10 homers for Scranton Wilkes-Barre, became the quickest MLB player in the history of baseball to hit 19 homers since being called up to the parent Yankees in early August. He is a strong American League Rookie of the Year candidate.

Only three players – Parmelee, Donovan Solano and Peter Kozma – were in the RailRiders’ starting lineup on both opening day and for the Governors’ Cup title clincher. Solano has since been called up to the parent club after an injury to Yankees starting second baseman Starling Castro.

Other key players such as Aaron Judge and Chad Green, both since injured and out for the season, Rob Refsnyder, Luis Severino, Luis Cessa and Tyler Austin were called up to the parent club and not available for the playoffs.

Another key player throughout the season, center fielder Ben Gamel, the International League MVP, was traded to the Seattle Mariners August 31.

Former New York Yankees star Nick Swisher, a fan favorite and clubhouse leader, was on the RailRiders the first half of the season before leaving the team to be with his family after his wife had a baby.

Even the Yankees retiring first baseman Mark Teixeira, one of only four switch hitters in baseball history with over 400 homers, played a couple games with the RailRiders this season during a rehab stint.

It will be a season to remember for this resilient group of players. And all 63 of them and the entire coaching staff had a hand in it.

Congratulations to the 2016 national champion Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.