Crimson Company to Hold “Pirate and Princess Tea”

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Dunmore High School Crimson Company will present Disney’s The Little Mermaid for two weekends in March at the High School Auditorium. Leading up to the production, the Crimson Company will host a “Princess and Pirate Tea Under the Sea.”

This fundraiser, which will benefit the Crimson Company and its future endeavors, will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 24th in the Dunmore High School Cafeteria.

All young pirates, princes and princesses from surrounding kingdoms are invited for a morning filled with fun activities, games and prizes. Dressing up as your favorite prince, princess or storybook character is encouraged.

Rich Banick will also be on hand to take professional photos of the children with Ariel, Prince Eric and some of your other favorite Disney characters.

There will be awesome baskets to take a chance on. Every patron will receive a free raffle ticket to enter in a “Little Mermaid” basket, which includes free tickets to the Crimson Company’s upcoming production of the Disney classic.

Admission is $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Advanced reservations can be made by sending an email to

Crimson Company Officers


The 2017-2018 Crimson Company officers are shown from left: Luke Gratkowski. treasurer; Will Meade,  secretary; Lauren Brown, president; Matthew Valunas, public relations; and Jack Culkin, vice president.

Missing from photo: Joe Ferguson, vice president.


Athlete of the Month: Nate Fangio


By Steve Svetovich

Dunmore senior Nate Fangio has excelled at three sports for four years and right now is busy honing his skills on the hardwood.

Son of Cory and Rebekah Fangio, Dunmore, the senior small forward is averaging 12.0 points per game for a Bucks team off to a 9-6 start at press time.

He scored 14 points, including two 3-pointers, in Dunmore’s recent 57-33 win over Old Forge to start the second half of season play. Dunmore senior Richie Grippi led the Bucks with 15 points. Daniel Walsh added 13 points.

Fangio, Grippi and Walsh are serving as a potent 1-2-3 punch for Dunmore this season.

As good as Nate is in basketball, his best sport is football.

bucksA four-year member of the Dunmore Bucks football team as a wide receiver-cornerback, he was named to the All-League teams both offensively and defensively.

He will become a four-year member of Dunmore’s track and field team where he earned all-star status in his junior year for the triple jump. He is the school record holder for the 4 by 400 relay. He also performs the long jump.

Well versed and obviously talented in many areas, Nate has a 96 academic average and is a member of the National Honor Society. He is a member of the Spanish Club, French Club, Earth Club, Health Careers Club and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). His favorite academic subject is history.

The senior stalwart said he will major in business at Penn Stats University next year.

“We have a pretty good basketball team that is coming along well so far,” he said. “We have a few younger guys playing key roles as well as a group of seniors who are leading the way and showing how to play together as a team.”

Nate, a four-year member of the Dunmore basketball team, said he has learned a lot from coach Tony Lacertoso. “Coach Lacertoso teaches us how to be a good guy not only on the basketball court, but off the court. He teaches us how to win and how to lose. You can be a good winner, but you should also be a good loser. He teaches us how to carry yourself on and off the court.”

The scholar-athlete said his parents are excellent role models. “They teach me to always work hard and be respectful. They teach me to always keep my goals in mind and work hard to achieve them.”

Nate talked about what it takes to be a good small forward in high school basketball. “You need to demonstrate very good athleticism and do a nice job guarding opposing forwards. And you have to be able to make a shot and score from anywhere on the court.”

Nate said he likes listening to hip hop music in his spare time. His favorite musical artist is Post Malone.

And while Nate excels at both basketball and track and field, he knows there is football in his blood. His uncle is Vic Fangio, the highest paid defensive coordinator in the NFL as part of the Chicago Bears coaching staff.

Nate said he wants to be a part of a championship basketball team this season. He was a key member of a 15-1 Dunmore Bucks football team that went to the state championship earlier this school year.

And then he wants to win districts and become an all-star in track and field.

Those are his immediate goals before he ventures off to Penn State.

“Dunmore High School has been great to me,” Nate said. “It’s been a great experience, the best four years of my life. I’ve made a lot of great friends. I’ve met a lot of great people at school.

“Dunmore is a very tight community and there is great support here.”

Dunmorean of the Month: Andrew Fazio

Dunmorean of the Month - Andrew FazioBy Steve Svetovich

Andrew Fazio, owner and operator of Andy’s Service Center, was recently ordained as permanent deacon by the Scranton diocese. He is the first deacon to come out of Saint Mary’s of Mount Carmel parish, Dunmore.

Fazio, 63, has been a member of Saint Mary’s of Mount Carmel parish for the past 41 years. The 1972 Dunmore High School graduate is married for 40 years to the former Ann Marie Rinaldi. The couple has four children: Monica Marie, 38, Andrew, Jr., 35, Daniel Joseph, 25, and Alison Marie, 23.

Fazio attended the Diaconate program for four years and completed various college courses in theology before he was ordained as a permanent deacon by the Scranton diocese.

David Bohr is secretary of formation for the program. Fazio praised him for his help and support in the program. “He put the program together and plans the classes,” said Fazio.

“I had a calling for it and a draw to that program,” said Fazio. “It is a program of service. A deacon is ordained to service the people and the bishop.

Fazio Ordained as Deacon“That’s our ministry. Not to be served, but to serve.”

Fazio has been serving the Dunmore community for the past 38 years as owner and operator of Andy’s Service Center. He has been known to lend a helping hand to the elderly and others in need.

There are countless stories in the Dunmore borough about Fazio helping a senior citizen, a college student, or your ordinary Joe. Humble in nature, you won’t hear those stories from him.

“I got into it,” said Fazio, “because I like to help people solve their problems. I like to help make things easier for people and eliminate their stress.

“There is a lot of technology today. Too much technology is not a good thing.

“I get to know my customers well. I’ve had recent customers who I served both their fathers and grandfathers throughout the years. I get to know the whole family from the grandparents on down.

“Things can get expensive when they break and I try to ease the pain.”

Andy’s Service Station does body work, small engine repair, state inspections and various other repairs. A state inspection at Andy’s is only $19.95 and $29.95 for emissions.

“We do just about everything.”

Fazio said the Diaconate program was extensive and he had to put a lot of work into it.

“A big part of it is helping people. I get a lot of satisfaction out of helping people.

The feeling of accomplishing this is very rewarding. I really love it. It is a big part of my life. It’s something I’ve always wanted. It’s now a part of me.”

Mike Munchak Community Services Scholarship

united wayThe United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties is pleased to announce the availability of the 2018 Mike Munchak Community Services Scholarship to assist high school seniors from Lackawanna or Wayne Counties, PA who plan to continue their education at an accredited university, college, or trade school in a two or four year degree program.

If selected, the 2018 recipient will receive a one-year award of $6,300 to commemorate Mike’s #63, retired by the Houston Oilers. Funding for the award comes from proceeds of the Mike Munchak Charity Golf Classic and will be presented at this year’s 23rd annual tournament, slated for June at the Country Club of Scranton.

A 2001 enshrinee in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Mr. Munchak’s career has earned him accolades as both a player and a coach, currently serving as the offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Yet, it is his work off the field that led to a scholarship program being established by the United Way to honor his long-standing commitment to his hometown of Scranton and the people of the area.

Munchak-1“Wherever Mike’s football career has taken him – from Scranton to State College to Houston, Nashville, Canton and Pittsburgh – he has remained committed to the people of our community,” said Gary Drapek, president of the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties.

To be eligible for the scholarship, candidates must be actively involved in community service activities within programs/agencies receiving funds from the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, be full-time residents and/or students of a school district within Lackawanna or Wayne Counties, and be accepted by an accredited university, college or trade school, in a two or four year degree program track, for the 2018/19 school year.

 Additional requirements include academic achievement, agency recommendation and a track record of community service.

Last year’s recipient was Nori Zaccheo, a 2017 graduate of West Scranton High School. Ms. Zaccheo has been an active volunteer with numerous clubs and organizations including the American Red Cross and is currently studying Forensic Science and Chemistry at Syracuse University. Past recipients of this scholarship include Collin Cooper, a graduate of Lakeland Jr/Sr High School and volunteer with Meals on Wheels; Alison Barrett, a graduate of Scranton High School and volunteer with St. Joseph’s Center and the United Way’s Youth Day of Caring; Joseph M. Gigliotti and Philip Mosolino, both graduates of Carbondale Area High School and active volunteers with the Greater Carbondale YMCA and Sarah Wagner, a graduate of Holy Cross High School and volunteer with United Cerebral Palsy of NEPA.

To be considered, completed applications must be postmarked or submitted online no later than March 31, 2018. A complete listing of eligibility requirements and the application are available for download or online submission at or by calling Frank Kincel at the United Way (570) 343-1267 x233.