Dunmoreans of the Month: Theo and Greg Zayac

Dunmoreans of monthBy Steve Svetovich

Theo and Greg Zayac are Dunmoreans who are truly out to save the world, or at least the tiniest part of it in the form of young infants.

Their ambition is fueled by a cruel tragedy — the death of their healthy three-month-old infant son Jude on July 23, 2014, as a result of S.I.D.S (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

While other parents might be destroyed by such a loss, the grieving young couple instead vowed to make sense out of the tragedy and to make a positive impact in the name of Jude.

When friends set up a Go Fund Me account in the days following Jude’s death, both Theo and Greg knew they did not want to use the money for themselves, but that they wanted to start a foundation in their son’s name. They spent the next six months learning about S.I.D.S and about which hospitals were in the forefront of research. They were saddened to discover that S.I.D.S. is the leading cause of  death in children under one year of age, amounting to approximately 4,000 deaths each year.

Known as the silent killer, since victims pass away in their sleep, S.I.D.S. strikes without notice. Not much is known about its causes, although a study at Boston Children’s Hospital in 2010 concluded that there may be a link between brainstem abnormalities and serotonin deficiencies and S.I.D.S.

“More studies like this need to be conducted to develop this theory and to find a way to detect S.I.D.S. before it kills more healthy babies, like our sweet Jude,” Theo says.

Greg and Theo  believe that Boston Children’s Hospital is the premiere research center for S.I.D.S., making the biggest breakthroughs to help understand and prevent the syndrome, and they decided to raise fund for that research..

Dunmorean of the Month - Jog-for-Jude-2016-52-of-268-768x512“This became a huge part of our coping process, especially for my husband,” explains Theo. “We found that we could put our energy into raising monies to find the causes of S.I.D.S and help other parents avoid a devastating loss like ours. It was a positive way to focus our energy and emotions It has become our mission.”

After doing the research and establishing the Jude Zayac Foundation, the couple settled on the idea of sponsoring a “Jog for Jude”. This simple idea has grown into an event that draws thousands from the community and far beyond to raise both funds and awareness for SIDS research. This year’s fourth annual event will be held on Sunday, April 22, at Dunmore Community Center, 1414 Monroe Ave., Dunmore.

Although the race is the signature event, the family pursues awareness events and fund-raising all year round, including the Blue and Pink Day held in March.

It is very much a family affair, spearheaded by Theo and Greg, with the wholehearted support of their parents, John and Florence Lawless and Ted and Kim Zayac, all of Dunmore. Even their older son, Gregory, now age 7, became involved from the beginning, as have the latest additions to the Zayac’s family–Matilda, 2, and Gus, 9 months.

Dunmorean of the Month - Jude ZayacAlso on board from the start were their siblings, aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and many family friends. For instance, Kevin Hayes is in charge of development; Matt Swartz, finance; Ted Zayac, logistics; Cara McCormick and Florence Lawless, entertainment; Mariclare Hayes and Steve Zayak, awareness; Shamus McCormick, race operations; Linda Speicher and Kim Zayac, volunteers, and Bryan Zayac, recognition.

Their efforts and those of volunteers (370 assisted with the last year’s  Jog for Jude), attracted 2,121 participants in 2017, with $108,496 raised. They expect even higher numbers this year.

Jog for Jude features the area’s only 5K race raising awareness and funds for S.I.D.S. research, as well as a 1 Mile Fun Walk. Pricing for participation is age-based, and various other activities including basket raffles and activities for children are featured.

For more information, visit  www.runsignup.com/Race/PA/Dunmore/JogforJude.


Baby Blankets Donated to Moses Taylor

Baby Blanket DonationVolunteer groups throughout Lackawanna County made and donated handmade blankets, hats and sweaters to babies and children at Commonwealth Health Moses Taylor Hospital.

Forty-six blankets, of all colors and sizes, along with several hats and sweaters were collected and delivered to the hospital in Scranton. Nurses at Moses Taylor distribute the blankets to newborns or young patients who have to spend time in the hospital due to sickness or injuries.

Shown from left: Andrea Kocher, nurse manager of mother-baby & pediatrics, Commonwealth Health Moses Taylor Hospital, and Mary Kluck, Simpson, volunteer.      


Lady Bucks Fall One Win Short of State Title Game

Lady BucksBy Steve Svetovich

The Dunmore Lady Bucks finished a fabulous season with a loss in the PIAA Class 3A semifinal ending the team’s state title hopes.

The Lady Bucks (28-2) lost to Neumann-Goretti, 66-42, at Freedom High School in Bethlehem Monday, March 19.

The previous season’s state player of the year Jabria Ingram scored eight of her 18 points in the third quarter and Tattana Jones scored seven of her 11 as the Saints (21-7) silenced a Dunmore rally.

The Lady Bucks were down 15 points early in the contest, but had closed to within five points, 29-24, at the half.

The Saints were up, 15-2, less than four minutes into the game.

Then Dunmore junior guard Lisa Tallo passed to Victoria Toomey for a lay-up and a 3-point play. Toomey, who scored 18 points, had all nine for Dunmore in the first quarter.

Tallo scored 10 points and added six assists in the contest.

Dunmore played solid basketball in the second quarter starting with Tallo hitting a long shot after her team was down, 27-12.

Toomey and Gianna Delfino, who scored 10 points and hauled down seven rebounds, each hit a baskets. Toomey hit a 3-pointer to get Dunmore back in the game.

However, the Lady Bucks were hurt by turnovers in the second half and the Saints took over the game.

Plenty of controversy surrounded the Neumann-Goretti team going into the contest.

Diamond Johnson, the team’s second leading scorer in the PIAA playoffs, left her team in Hampton, Virginia, after averaging 33 points per game in 19 games, to join Neumann-Goretti, for whom she had played three games, all in the playoffs. Her fourth game came against Dunmore.

That raised a very serious question about Neumann-Goretti recruiting.

And not for the first time.

The PIAA is in the midst of the approval process to an amendment in its constitution that would address in season transfers like Johnson’s.

To the shock of many, the District 12 committee felt it could not deny Johnson’s eligibility.

Johnson matched Ingram’s 18 points and was a major factor in the defeat over the Lady Bucks coached by the veteran Ben O’Brien.

Johnson came into the game averaging 15.0 points in the three previous playoff games for the three-time defending state champions.

Still, coach O’Brien and the Lady Bucks showed class, offering no excuses for the loss.

Dunmore defeated Imhotep Charter, 57-42, in the Class 3A quarterfinal Friday, March 16, at Freedom High School in Bethlehem. Toomey led the Lady Bucks with 28 points in the win.

Tallo scored 12 points and had five assists for Dunmore. Kelly Quinn scored 11 points. Delfino added five assists.

Dunmore defeated Mount Carmel, 52-47, in the PIAA Class 3A second round game at Hazleton Area High School Tuesday, March 13.

Quinn led the Lady Bucks with 20 points, including a huge 3-pointer in the third quarter, to,lead the team. Tallo added 11 points and Toomey scored 10.

Dunmore totally dominated Philadelphia Academy, 45-9, in the opening round of the PIAA Class 3A playoffs.

Toomey led the Lady Bucks with an average of 16.8 points per game this season. Quinn averaged over 11 points and Tallo averaged close to 10.

The Lady Bucks have a lot to be proud of in a spectacular season that ended with only two losses in 30 games.

Cheryl’s Cuisine: April 2018

By Cheryl Radkiewicz

Over the last few months I traveled back and forth to Rothman Institute and Thomas Jefferson Hospital with a family member. Fortunately, I was able to pick up a luscious collection of Philadelphia’s favorite recipes compiled by the Women’s Board of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  

While sitting in doctors’ offices and the surgical waiting room, I perused the book, tabbing the “must try” recipes for my next culinary adventure.

I’m sharing them with you today in hope that I’ve piqued your interest in trying some of these dishes:

Roasted Shrimp Benedict with Orange and Caper Sauce:

500x675_70412 large shrimp, peeled and uncooked
1 Tbsp. olive oil
Orange zest
1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
3 Tbsp. fresh orange juice
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. capers
1/4 cup dill, chopped
4 eggs, poached or soft-boiled
2 English muffins

Place shrimp on a roasting pan and coat with oil, salt and pepper.  Roast at 400 degrees until pink. In a mixing bowl, combine vinegar, mayonnaise, orange juice, orange zest, capers and dill. Whisk together. Poach or soft boil eggs.  Toast English muffins.

Assemble with 3 shrimp on each half of muffin, then 1 egg on each half and drizzle with sauce. Makes 4 servings.


Red Onion and Mandarin Orange Field Greens:

1/2 tsp. grated lime peel
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp. honey

1 package mixed field greens
11 oz. can Mandarin oranges, drained
1 small red onion, sliced thinly
2 oz. pkg. unsalted cashew nuts, toasted
1/3 cup golden raisins

Combine dressing ingredients. Arrange field greens on a serving platter.  Top greens with Mandarin oranges, onion slices, cashews and raisins.  Drizzle dressing over assembled salad. Garnish with sliced lime. Makes 6 servings.


Teriyaki Beef Roast:

1/2 cup dry sherry
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 Tbsp. dry onion soup mix
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 lbs. beef tenderloin ( or filet steaks)
2 Tbsp. water

Mix all ingredients together and marinate roast or steaks overnight.  When ready to cook, put 1/2 of marinade in saucepan to cook down for gravy and place roast in shallow baking pan and roast at 325 degrees until desired done-ness.  Slice thinly. (Can also broil steaks). 4-6 servings.


Portabella Mushroom Saute:

7021 1/2 lbs. portabella mushrooms
2 small shallots, peeled and chopped
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
Coarse salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
2 green onions, thinly sliced
Clean mushrooms, remove stems, halve and then cut into 1/4″ slices.  In large heavy 12″ skillet, cook shallots in butter over medium heat for about 1 minute, stirring.  Add mushrooms, salt and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until mushroom liquid evaporates, about 10 minutes.  

NOTE: Mushrooms may be prepared to this point 1 day ahead of time, covered and chilled.

In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, soy sauce and sugar.  Increase heat in skillet to medium-high and add vinegar mixture to mushrooms. Boil together 3 minutes until liquid is slightly reduced. Add green onions.  Serve immediately. Serves 4. Note: Delicious served over pasta or as a side-dish to grilled steaks.


South Broad Street Pulled Pork:

4 pork tenderloin fillets
1 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil, divided
Salt and pepper
2 medium onions, sliced fine
Spritz of balsamic vinegar
Hot pepper flakes
Kaiser rolls
Shredded sharp provolone

Have slow cooker ready to use.  In a frying pan, place thinly sliced onion with a few tablespoons of sizzling hot oil.  Cook onion until brown/caramelized. Place pork into slow cooker. Add water; sprinkle with salt and pepper ad red hot pepper flakes.  Add caramelized onions and a spritz of vinegar. Turn slow cooker to LOW for 4-6 hours. Check on meat every hour or so, and if the fluid dries up, add another half cup of water.  After 4-6 hours, the fluid should be rich and flavorful and the pork as tender as butter. Use two forks to shred the pork tenderloins. Serve on freshly baked Kaiser roll. Sprinkle shredded sharp provolone cheese onto sandwich.  Splash some of the natural juice onto the sandwich before serving. Makes 10-15 servings. Note: You can also top it with wilted spinach, which has been sauteed in olive oil and garlic.


Heavenly Hot Fudge Sauce:

1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Melt chocolate chips and butter together.  Add sugar and milk. Stir constantly; bring to boil and cook for 8 minutes.  Add vanilla and stir. This is fantastic served over vanilla ice cream or on a chocolate cake.  Makes 3 cups.


nutellaBrie and Nutella Baguettes:

1 wheel of Brie cheese
1 jar Nutella
1 Baguette loaf

Slice baguette in half and then down the middle vertically. Spread Nutella on both sides of baguette.  Layer slices of Brie on bread. In a 300 degree preheated oven, toast sandwiches until bread is warm and Brie begins to melt.  Watch closely as this can happen quickly! Cut and serve warm.