ALERT: Scam Targeting Elderly

alertLackawanna County Area Agency on Aging is warning the elderly residents of our communities to be on alert for people posing as our Agency’s employees and asking for personal and/or financial records.

Please request the proper identification before allowing anyone into your home or giving any personal information. If you have questions, please call the Aging office at 570-963-6740.”

Athlete of the Month: Abby Sempa

athlete-of-the-month-abby-sempaBy Steve Svetovich

Abby Sempa is only a sophomore on the Holy Cross Lady Crusaders basketball team, but she fit in right away with her teammates.

And that is because she cares more about being a teammate than anything else.

Daughter of Fran and Mary Sempa, the sophomore starting shooting guard averages 8.3 points per game and adds an additional offensive threat to the team and the league’s leading scorer, teammate senior Abby Anderson. She was 50-61 from the free-throw line (82%) and made 27 three-point goals and a total of 58 field goals.

Abby, a two-year member of the Lady Crusaders, helped her team to a 15-5 record despite a 45-44 loss to Mid Valley in the first round of district playoffs.

The sophomore stalwart scored 10 points in the tough loss.

Abby, 16, is also a member of the cross country team at Holy Cross. She was a second-team all-star as a freshman cross country runner.

sempaA scholar-athlete, Abby has an impressive 3.8 academic average. Her best subject is math. She will be joining the environmental club this month.

Abby talked about what it takes to be a successful shooting guard. “You need a lot of focus and situational awareness. And be ready for the ball all the time.”

She talked about the success of the team during the regular season. “It’s all about teamwork and being close to each other as a team,” she said. “No one is selfish. We work as a team. We work hard. We cheer each other on. We are always there for each other on and off the court.”

Abby said she learned a lot from Holy Cross girls’ basketball coach Barry Fitzgerald. “He taught me how to play better defense and how to play in tough situations.”

And she has learned plenty from her parents. “My parents taught me how to be a better person, how to be respectful and about sportsmanship.”

Abby has a couple older sisters to look up to. Mary Grace played basketball and is a 2011 Holy Cross graduate. Eileen played basketball and is a 2007 Bishop Hannan graduate.

Abby talked about her future goals. “I want to try to excel on the basketball court and play for my teammates. I want to keep up on my grades and academic subjects. I want to go to a good college.”

The talented guard said she likes listening to music in her spare time and would like to see Maroon 5 in concert.

Abby has totally enjoyed her experience at Holy Cross thus far. “It has been a very good experience,” she said. “I like it here a lot, but sports has played a big part of it. I really enjoy keeping up on my grades too. The entire Catholic experience has been a major part of it for me.”

Artist of the Month: Dolores Noll

doloresDolores Dominick-Noll of Scott Township has been name Artist of the Month at the Dunmore Activity Hub.

Her featured painting is titled “Homestead,” and depicts the home where her children grew up. Her daughter and her family now reside in the home.

Dolores began painting about five or six years ago at the Dunmore Activity Center.

“I had never painted before and didn’t think I had any talent in that direction,” Dolores explains. “I’m still very much an amateur, but Jill Swerzie, our instructor, has prodded me along.”

Dolores says the other class member are very supportive and friendly. “It’s a joy to be there,” she

adds. “As well as having a wonderful teacher, I have learned a lot from my fellow students.”

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“Homestead” depicts Artist of the Month Dolores Noll’s childhood home.

As far as inspiration, the artists says her paintings are very personal. “I have painted the houses of several members of my family and friends, as well as landscapes,” she reveals. “But I still have not mastered faces.”

Mrs. Dominick-Noll finds the Hub welcoming and accommodating to everyone’s needs. “In addition to hosting our classes, the space is made available for our parties and exhibits, and there is plenty of parking,” she points out.

Dunmore Native Lands Deal on ABC’s “Shark Tank”

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A Dunmore native found herself making a business deal with a shark on Friday, Feb. 24. Abby Speicher, founder of the Jessup-based company “Dart Drones,” was featured on the ABC show “Shark Tank.”

Speicher landed a dream deal with Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban. The deal earned Cuban a 10 percent stake in “Dart Drones” for a whopping $300,000. “Dart Drones” is a company that trains hobbyists, government and commercial clients how to fly a drone.