Dunmore Police “Cram the Cruiser” to Help Youngsters in Need

Cram the cruiserThe Dunmore Police Department will team up with the local community in an attempt to provide toys to local children for the holiday season. The “Cram the Cruiser” toy drive kicked off Nov. 11 and will run through Dec. 16 at a community holiday party hosted by the department.

Individuals interested in participating in the toy drive may drop off a new, unwrapped toy at the Dunmore Police Station, any Fidelity Bank location, or at the holiday party.

The goal of this event is to promote both Law Enforcement and Community involvement in combating crime. The purpose is to build community spirit and inform citizens of assistance available to them by law enforcement. It is the involvement and continued support of the members of our community that make the streets of Dunmore a safer place for us to live and raise our families.

The holiday party will take place on Dec. 16 at Dunmore High School and will include various activities for the entire family including live music by DJ Ten Four, professional photographs with Santa and his elves by Storyteller Photography, face painting, balloon artist, children’s crafts, refreshments, and more. All proceeds collected at the event will be used to purchase new toys for children in our local community.

Dunmore Police Officer Thomas Richardson states, “We continue to do events like this to develop a bond between our department and our community. These events allow community members to meet and talk to officers as well as to work towards a common goal of keeping Dunmore a safe place to live and work.”

Learn more about the toy drive or holiday party on Facebook at Dunmore Police National Night Out.

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Lackawanna County Winter Market Set for December 7th Through 9th

The Lackawanna County Commissioners, the Arts & Culture Department and the Lackawanna County Convention & Visitors Bureau have teamed up to sponsor a magical holiday weekend of fun for all ages along with showcasing the renovations of the historic Globe Store that will consolidate, in the not too distant future, all County offices in the new Lackawanna County Government Center.

marketThe event, scheduled for Dec. 7, 8 and 9,  is modeled after medieval European winter markets that began in Vienna in 1296 when Emperor Albrecht 1 granted shopkeepers the right to set up extra days in early winter the so that townspeople could stock up on provisions for the winter months.

The markets gradually led to the more festive “Christkindlemarkts,” Christmas Markets, in Germany at which vendors would sell more holiday related items such as woodcarvings, roasted nuts, gingerbread.

These markets also featured entertainment, food and hot mulled wine.  Christmas markets are still in operation throughout Europe and are taking a foothold in many cities in the United States.

The Lackawanna County Winter Market will be in a large, industrial tent with heat and electricity to keep everyone warm and dry. The market will feature 60 vendors, a lounge area with food by The Backyard Ale House, and music by a variety of performers.  

Santa will be on hand with children’s activities. The Junior League and Scranton Tomorrow will be assembling a historic Globe Store display as well as promoting the downtown businesses that people can also visit during the weekend.   

“The Winter Market is a great family activity.  Along with that, it will pay homage to the iconic Globe Store, where many people have fond memories of shopping and visiting Santa,” said Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.   

Local artists will paint the front windows following a Winter Wonderland theme.  The event will kick off as part of First Friday Scranton at 5 p.m. with the lighting of the Globe Store, featuring holiday music by the Scranton and Valley View High Schools’ choirs, and hot chocolate and cookies by the Scranton Chapter of UNICO and La Festa Italiana of Lackawanna County. Horse and carriage rides by Brook Valley Farms will be available free of charge.  

On Saturday, Dec. 8, the first 1,000 shoppers though the door will receive a reusable Winter Market tote bag. There will be wide variety of musical entertainment throughout the weekend ranging from Arcadia Chorale and students from the Northeastern, Pennsylvania Philharmonic Mentoring Program to solo acts and jazz trios.

Hours of the Lackawanna Winter Market at The Globe are, Friday, Dec. 7, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.                                       

The Music Schedule includes: Friday, Dec. 7, Arcadia Chorale, 5:30 p.m.; Dani-elle Kleha, 6:45 p.m.; J.P. Biondo & Friends, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 8, NativityMiguel School Choir, 11 a.m.; Jacob Cole & Mark Woodyatt, 11:30 a.m.; Little Star Tun, 12:45 p.m.; Mariah Hawley, 3:15 p.m.; NEPA Philharmonic Mentoring Program, 4:30 p.m.; Justin Padro Jazz Trio, 5:45 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 9, Jill Cullen & Jack Bordo, 11 a.m.; NEPA Philharmonic Mentoring Program, 12:15 p.m.; Malloy/Waltich/Smith Christmas Jazz Trio, 1:30 p.m.; Patrick McGlynn, 2:45 p.m.                             

Vendors include:  A Day to Remember, Airmidian Natural Remedies, AOS Metals, Art by Sam Kuchwara /Allison LaRussa, Backyard Ale House, Bank Street Pottery, Bootlegger Bo’s Gem Mine, Boutique Libertina, Can Tees, Carmella’s Italian Deli & Pastries, and Country Girl Kettle Corn, Dale B. Craft, Debra J. Colarossi Salon, Dots and Dashes Jewelry, E Boutique Bows, Earth and Wears, Embroidery4U, Fly Me Home, From Drab to Fab, Gravity Line Forge, and Gypsy Cottage.

Also, JMS Photography, K & D Creations, K.K.’s Crochet Corner /Nick D.’s Video Game Vault, Kathy’s Crochet, Katie’s Kreations, Krafts BY Konopka, Lamberton Designs, Little Gems by Em, Lk’s Wreaths & Accessories, and Lola French Macarons.

Also, Lucchi Family Wine Cellars, Maiolatesi Wine Cellars, Mark Ciocca Illustrations, Nelstra Gallery,Newkirk Honey, Not Your Grandma’s Cross Stitch, NOTE Fragrances, On&On, Pittston Popcorn, Pratt Woodcraft, Pure Suds Co., Reclamation Industrial Furnishings, Rynkiewicz Dips and Mixes,Sam’s Wreaths and More, Shpoppy Shawn’s Shmoked Cheese, LLC, Stone Fawx Studios, Sugar Plum Chocolates, Tammy’s Stained Glass Treasures, Tarnowski Brothers Kielbasi, and The Baklava Lady.  

Also, The Soap Box, The Sweet Lush Cupcakery, The Wandering Brew, Tig & Cooney’s,Valerie Kiser Design, Vikki’s Nut House, Wilbur’s Barkery, LLC, Woodland Way, and Yo Adrienne.   

Annual Cancer Walk Raises $2,285 for American Cancer Society

Cancer check presentationThe 26th annual Hook O’Malley Run/Walk Against Cancer presented a check for $2,285 to the American Cancer Society on behalf of the late Paul “Hook” O’Malley, who succumbed to cancer 26 years ago.

Paul “Hook” O’Malley was a boxing coach, mentor, and father to the youth of our community, and is fondly remembered and deeply missed.

The O’Malley Family has been raising funds for cancer research for the past 26 years.

Shown from left: Vincent O’Malley, Patrick O’Malley II, Matthew O’Malley, Mary Beth Valvano, Representative of the American Cancer Society, and Patrick O’Malley.

Small Business Spotlight: Bellissimo Children’s Hair Salon

Bellissimo Salon & Spa Small Business Spotlight PixBellissimo Children’s Hair Salon & Spa was the small business spotlighted at the November Lackawanna County Commissioners Meeting.

Established in Dunmore in 2018, Bellissmo’s goal is to take the “nightmare” out of children’s haircuts.

Owner LeeAnn Perry created an atmosphere where youngsters can dress up in costumes, sit in car or fly a helicopter while getting “spruced” up.

The salon has a boutique that is stocked with clothes and accessories and also sells a line of bath products. Bellissimo also offers a wide array of grooming and manicure services.

Shown from left: Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, Mia Viera, Bellissimo manager, and LeeAnn Perry, Bellissimo owner; and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.