Columbus Day Association Prepares for Annual Dinner

MaccioccoThe 109th annual dinner of the Columbus Day Association of Lackawanna County will be held on Sunday, Oct. 8, at Fiorelli’s in Peckville beginning at 5 p.m. with cocktails and dinner beginning at 6 o’clock.

The Columbus Association will honor Ross Macciocco and Ken Bianchi. Macciocco is a native of West Scranton and currently resides in Dunmore. He taught in the Dunmore School District for 35years. He coached for 28 years at Dunmore, six years at Scranton Prep, and one year at Marywood University.

Bianchi is a native of West Scranton and currently resides in Clarks Summit. He taught at Line Mountain School District, Cathedral High School, and the Scranton School District and coached at Line Mountain, Scranton Tech, West Scranton, and Abington Heights High Schools.  

James Colangelo is president of the organization.

Everyone is encouraged to attend the dinner, a highlight of the Columbus Day observance in Lackawanna County. Tickets for the dinner are $50 per person (tables of 8 to 10.) Please contact Joe Fazio at (570) 241-1691 for reservations

 

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Dearly Departed Players to Host 20th Anniversary Tour

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Members of the Dearly Departed Players prepare for their annual Dunmore Cemetery Tour to be held on Oct. 1 and 8. Shown from left are: Wendy Belaski, Silas Robert Powell, Christine McGeachie, Nelson Wood, Julie Esty and Megan Esty.

Julie Esty has announced that the 20th anniversary Dunmore Cemetery Tour will be held this year on Oct. 1 and 8.  It’s always a bit funky with publicity when we have that October 1 tour day.

The tour this year is the “Guest Appearance” tour.

Julie was the recipient of a Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Grant, so she opened up the cemetery — this year it is “Death’s Playhouse” and the Dearly Departed Players are welcoming people from the past from different area cemeteries.  

Two people on the tour are buried a bit further but played significant roles here in the valley.  This year’s program will include are Forest Hills, Cathedral, St. Mary’s German Catholic in South Side, the cemeteries of Minooka, Cathedral,  Pittston Avenue, and St. Catherine’s in Moscow.

“For more than 20 years I have accumulated a significant amount of information on people from the past buried in the cemeteries around here and it’s nice to be able to

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Shown at Dunmore Cemetery are Dearly Departed Players including, from left: Christine McGeachie, Wendy Belaski, Nelson Wood, Megan Esty, Tom Fritz, Laura Micelli, Jennifer Ochman, Julie Esty and James Patterson.

address those people,” Julie explains. “I also get asked a lot to be in other cemeteries and do tours, especially Forest Hills and Cathedral, but it’s not possible to take this sizable audience on the road.  This was the easiest way to incorporate people from other places.”

For the third year, Kuhn’s Classic Memories of Williamsport will participate with their team of horses and Victorian hearse. They will appear for both tours, weather permitting.  Their driver,Lance Ohnmeiss, is the conductor of the Northern Appalachin Wind Symphony and is also an award-winning bagpiper.  He is going to lend his musical talents to the tour this year.    

Also participating will be Scranton Reads, who book selection of  Gilead works very well with a cemetery theme.  Sons of Union Veterans/GAR Memorial Association will be on hand, as well as the Friends of the Forgotten Northeast Wing will be out there.

One of  the people presented on the tour, a firefighter who died almost 100 years ago, did something amazing for his fellow man.  Because of what he did — because of his kind works — the tour is also partnering with Feed-a-Friend in his memory. People attending are asked bring a nonperishable to the cemetery gates on tour days only.  That firefighter will also be receiving a proclamation from the Mayor of the Scranton.  

Traditionally, the tour draws at least 1,500 people over the two weekends, including people from all over the East Coast.  This year, upgrades to the sound system are planned. This year’s tour will be performed in memory of Dunmorean Karl Wegforth, president of the Dunmore Historical Society, who recently passed away.

The tours, which last two hours, begin at 2 p.m. at the Dunmore Cemetery gates at Warren and Church Street.  Arrive early to see exhibits.  Comfortable walking shoes are suggested.  Admission is free. No reservations are required.   For more information, please call 570-344-3819 or visit Dunmore Cemetery Tour on Facebook.

 

Commissioners to Host Cross Country Invitational

Cross Country Race

The annual Lackawanna County Commissioners Cross Country Invitational Race will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon at McDade Park, Scranton, featuring high school athletes from a tri-state area.  The top 25 finishers in the boys and girls junior high categories along with the girls and boys varsity divisions will also be recognized.

Winning teams in each of the race categories will also be honored. Information on the meet is available from the County’s Parks & Recreation Department at 570-963-6764.

Shown from left are: William Davis, the County’s Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation; Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, and Mark Dougher, the County’s Parks & Recreation’s Buildings & Grounds Manager.  

 

Calendar of Events: September 2017

“Dunmore Shoots vs. Dunmore Ladders”

The Dunmore Fire Department is challenging the Dunmore Police Department to a charity Softball Tournament on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 4:30 p.m. at Sherwood Park. Entitled the first annual Hot Shots Tournament, “Dunmore Shoots vs. Dunmore Ladders,”the two dunmoredepartments are going to raise money for charities by selling T-Shirts, basket raffles,50/50 drawings and pass the cap. All proceeds will be donated to Dunmore youth organizations.

Sponsors from local businesses and residents are being sought for baskets and donations. For any additional questions or information, call 570-840-1896.

Grief Workshop

We recognize that learning how to live without your loved one is difficult. How do you cope? Will you ever feel normal again?

vnaVNA Hospice, located at 301 Delaware Avenue in Olyphant, is holding workshops in September and October to help those who are grieving. The classes will answer all of your questions and offer ways to help you continue your life productively, even when it’s a “tough day.”

Feel free to bring family and friends. If you have any questions or if you would like to confirm your attendance, please call (570)383-5180.

DHS Class Reunion

Dunmore High School, Class of 1957, will celebrate a 60th anniversary reunion on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 4 to 9 p.m. at La Buona Vita, Reilly Street, Dunmore.

knightsKnights of Columbus Meeting

Knights of Columbus, Dunmore Council 3635, will hold their next regular meeting on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m,. at St. Rocco’s Church Hall, 122 Kurtz St, Dunmore. All members are encouraged to attend. The agenda includes the annual Halloween party for children and  football sweeps tickets.

 

Medicare Outreach Program

State Rep. Kevin Haggerty, (D) Lackawanna, has announced a new Medicare outreach program will be available every third Monday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at his district office, located at 1414 Monroe Avenue in Dunmore.

Haggerty said an APPRISE representative from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging will help constituents with questions about Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans, Medigap plans, Medicare drug plans, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage and various low-income assistance programs, such as the Medicare Savings Program and Extra Help.

The Lackawanna County representative is asking constituents to please call his office to make an appointment at 570-342-2710. The local APPRISE program is sponsored by the Voluntary Action Center and is funded by the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging.

laohLadies Ancient Order of Hibernians Casino Trip:

The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians will hold a bus trip to the Sands Casino & Outlets in Bethlehem on Saturday, Sept 30.  The bus will depart from St. Patrick’s Church, Jackson Street, West Scranton, at 10 a.m. and returns for home at 5 p.m.  The cost of the trip is $25 with a $20 slot rebate and $5 food voucher.  There are outlet shops to explore as well as the city of Bethlehem.  All proceeds benefit St. Patrick’s Food Pantry, St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen and various local charities.  Contact Maureen at 570-558-5263 or Michele at 570-343-7009.  Payment is due by Sept. 10.  Make checks payable to LAOH-DIV. 5 and mail to Michele McDade, 102 Ridgeview Drive, Scranton, 18504.

Cancer Survivors Day

Steven J. Scheinman, M.D., has been named chair for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s 25th Annual Cancer Survivors Day- Honoring, Remembering, Sharing. Cancer Survivors Day is a dual-location event set for Saturday, Sept. 23, at McDade Park in Scranton and Saturday, Sept. 30 at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre from 10am – noon and is free of charge although pre-registration is encouraged.

cancerThe events feature the Circle of Survivors, an activity during which every person in attendance has the opportunity to say a few words about their experience with cancer. Conversation and light refreshments provide an additional opportunity for connection and support. Cancer survivors, their families and friends, as well as caregivers and healthcare professionals are invited to attend.

For more information, go to www.cancernepa.org or call the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute at (570) 941-7984.

SS. Cyril and Methodius Rummage Sale

The seventh Annual Fund Raiser Rummage Sale for SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant, will be held on Sept. 22, 23, and 24 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m and Sunday until 2 p.m.  Free parking is available across from the school and the Parish Parking lot at 207 River St., Olyphant.

For more info. call 570-489-2271 or 646-241-9443. A raffle will be held on Sunday, Sept. 24, with items donated from local merchants, businesses and new items.  Food will be served starting at 8:30 in the morning.

Property Tax Meeting

State Rep. Kevin Haggerty, D-Lackawanna, will host a property tax elimination Town Hall from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 at his Olyphant Satellite Office, 530 E. Park St. Haggerty explained that since an Aug. 2 meeting in Scranton, his office has received daily phone calls from property owners who weren’t able to attend that meeting but want more information. For more information about the free Town Hall meeting, contact Haggerty’s office at (570) 342-2710.

marywoodPacers Club’s Surf & Turf Dinner

Marywood University’s athletics club, the Pacers Club, will host a Surf and Turf Dinner on Monday, Sept. 25, from 6-9 p.m., at Morganz Pub and Eatery, 315 Green Ridge St., Scranton, Pa. The cost of the dinner is $85. Proceeds from the event will assist with the cost of student-athletes’ equipment and their events and programs.

The Pacers Club Surf and Turf Dinner will also serve as an opportunity to welcome Marywood University’s newest executive officers, Susan Turell, Ph.D., provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, and Tammy McHale, vice president of business affairs and treasurer.

For additional information, please contact Eric Grundman, assistant director of athletics and recreation and head men’s and women’s golf coach, at grundman@marywood.edu, or call (570) 348-6211, ext. 2516.

“A Streetcar Named Desire” at Marywood University

Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will present its fall production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams’ classic American Drama, on Friday, Oct. 6, and Saturday, Oct.7. The performances will begin at 7:30 p.m., each day in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; and $5 for students.

This year is the 70th anniversary of Tennessee Williams’ classic, A Streetcar Named Desire. The play will be performed by a talented ensemble of Marywood students and members of the community. The American Drama tells the story of the tragic heroine Blanche Dubois, who is searching for kindness and beauty in post-World War II New Orleans, colliding with Stanley Kowalski, her ruthless, brutish brother-in-law, while her reality crumbles around her.

For additional information about Marywood University’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire, or to reserve tickets in advance, please visit www.marywood.edu/tickets, or call (570) 348-6211, ext. 6097.

remembrance walkCommunity Arts Show

Dunmore Activity Hub’s Community Arts Show will be held on  Oct 6 and 7. Show and activities will take place at 1414 Monroe Ave # B, Scranton.  For further information call: (570) 207-2662.

Senior Fair Hosted by Rep. Haggerty

State Rep. Kevin Haggerty, D-Lackawanna, will host a Senior Fair on Friday, Oct. 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Dunmore High School, 300 W. Warren St.

The event will feature nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies and others offering information and services geared toward older adults. Vendors and senior service providers interested in participating in the expo may contact Haggerty’s office at (570) 342-2710.

The 112th District includes Archbald/Eynon, Blakely/Peckville, Dunmore, Jessup, Olyphant, Throop and Scranton.

Strength Training and Nutrition Classes

Penn State Extension, in collaboration with The University of Scranton, will be offering strength training and nutrition classes to help men and women improve their muscle strength and bone density. The “Growing Stronger” 12-week strength training program is designed for adults 40 and older. Two classes are being offered.  One is on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10:30 am to 11:30 am at West Side Active Older Adult Community Center, 1004 Jackson St., Scranton, beginning Sept. 6.  The other one is on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1 pm to          2 p.m. at Abington Senior Center, 1151 Winola Road, South Abington Township, beginning Sept. 7. The cost is $115.  

For questions or to register, please call Penn State Extension in Lackawanna County at 570-963-6842 or go online.  Space is limited and registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

LRCA_LogoA orgLackawanna River Conservation Association’s 30th anniversary

The 30th Anniversary celebration of the Lackawanna River Conservation Association will include over 30 events and activities conducted during September and October at various locations throughout the Lackawanna Watershed. There will be large public events and smaller educational activities with schools, senior centers and community groups and LRCA members.     

The Anniversary celebration series will include a major kickoff event, a free cocktail party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, Sept. 7 at the Carbondale Grand Hotel.

The Celebration will conclude with a Community Recognition Awards Dinner and Gala to be held in the Ballroom of the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple  The Dinner /Gala will begin with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, Oct. 5. That is the anniversary of the actual date in 1987 when the LRCA filed its articles of incorporation.  In mid-September, the LRCA will announce the names of several individuals and organizations that will be recognized with awards at the dinner.

American Sign Language Classes

The Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children is offering various levels of classes for those wishing to learn or continue learning American Sign Language.

Level I, II and III classes are offered on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m., from September 20 to October 25. Cost is $65.00 per person.

If interested in registering, go online or contact Hannah Thebarge by phone at (570)585-1000 or by email at hthebarge@thescrantonschool.org.