Senior Center Plants Tree in Memory of Late Board Member

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Dunmore Senior Center recently planted a Serviceberry Tree in the Dunmore Senior Center Community Garden in memory and in honor of long time board member Santo “Sandy” Cancelleri who passed away in April.

Sandy’s family as well center board members participated in the planting. A tree marker made by Dunmore DPW was installed which in part reads: “… the Serviceberry tree will give to nature just as it was Sandy’s nature to give.”


Dunmore Fire Department History to Inspire New Book

fireThere have been 13 fire companies that have served the Borough of Dunmore since 1875. Over the last several years, Joseph Klapatch, a local fire department historian, has been researching the department’s history with a book due in the near future.

A number of local residents, as well as the Dunmore Historical Society, have assisted him in gathering the history. Over five three-inch binders of research have been compiled so far. As the project begins to wrap up, the author invites anybody that might have historical items that may be included in the history to contact him. Items that may be helpful include photos, articles, scrapbooks and any other memorabilia, as well as older issues of the Dunmorean newspaper and photos of past Dunmore fire chiefs.

The items would be copied, with originals staying with the owners, and those whose items are used will be credited in the book. The book is tentatively scheduled to be released by the end of this year or early 2019.

This will be Klapatch’s third book. Currently, his other books, “The History of the Carbondale, PA Fire Department 1843-2015” and “The Scranton Fire Department, 1854-Present, Including the Minooka Hose Company” are available.  Anyone can contact Joe at 570-702-5603 or email him at

Commission For Women Hosts Harassment Seminar

Women's Commission Health Seminar Pix

The Lackawanna County Commission for Women recently held a seminar on “Harassment in the Workplace” at the Scranton Cultural Center, featuring professionals from the legal, social services and human resources fields.

Shown, seated from left: Dr. Ada Rios-Rivera, Atty. Mary Walsh Dempsey and Atty. Robert Ufberg, Ufberg & Associates; Kim Wylam, Baker Tilly Vantagen; Judge Trish Corbett, and Annie Gebhardt, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR).  

Back row, same order: Amy Luyster and Peg Ruddy, Women’s Commission; Lackawanna County Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, and Laurie Cadden, the program’s mistress of ceremonies.


88 Graduate from Holy Cross High School

Holy Cross High School held its commencement ceremonies on Friday, June 1, featuring 88 graduates at Sette LaVerghetta Center for the Performing Arts, Marywood University. Benjamin D. Tolerico is principal. Commencement speaker was Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D.J.C.I., Bishop of Scranton.


Christina Shaffern is valedictorian of the Holy Cross Class of 2018.

A baccalaureate mass was held on Thursday, May 31, at Cathedral of St. Peter, celebrated by Rev. Cyril D. Edwards, Holy Cross High School chaplain.

Valedictorian of the 2018 graduating class as Christina Shaffern, daughter of Elizabeth and Robert Shaffern of Scranton.

Salutatorian was Allison McGee, daughter of Maria and Daniel McGee of Peckville.

A total of 83 class members will be attending college, while others are entering the Armed Services or entering employment or other post-secondary training. The total value of scholarships awarded to graduates is $16,606,918.

MCGEE ALLISON, salutatorian

Allison McGee is salutatorian of the Holy Cross Class of 2018.

Graduates include: Amanda Michelle Alfano, Neena Beggin, Rosalie Catherine Bennie, Christian Alexander Bloom, Anna Mary Boles, Thomas Logan Bright, Mollie Lynn Burda, Carson Anthony Cacioppo; Angela James Calciano, Matthew Thomas Cerep, Nicholas Charles Cerep, Nicholas Cicci, Christian Colaiezzi, Emma Rose Connelly, Brigit Coolican and Ashlynn Celia Cos.

Also, Cameron Kanani D’Andrea, Harleigh Christina Davis, Joseph James DeGrazia, Ryan Michael Dugan, Alexis Dutkevitch, Debbie Duverge, John Charles Egan, Hannah Helen Evans, Megan Rose Farrell, Nick Ferraro, Jaclyn Rachel Finnerty, Patrick Shane Galvin, Jennifer Ann Gillern, Kirsten Marie Gillern, Nicole Gillette, Anthony King Gilliotti, Griffin John Gilroy, Jared Emanuel Griffin, Alicia P. Griffiths, Sarah Lyndal Hankee, Quinn Harrison, Eric Earl Hartman, Kelsey Sueann Hartman, Brendan Eugene Herbert, Abigail Hoban, Bruce John Hughes.

Also, Juliana Seraphina Innocenti, Ronald James, Elisabeth Johnson, Casey Linda Bridget Joyce, Anysia Jurgiewica, Jason Edward Kopf, Karli Ruth Bernadette Kozel, Tyler Robert Kuchwara, Lindsey Marie Leppo, Alex Lopez, Isabel Lopez, Destiny Kay Marino, Angelica Marie Matthews, Allison Marie McGee, Michael David Minich, Aurora Moncelli, Conor Joseph Nealon, Madeline Nicoll Neville, Thomas Roland Niemiec, Juliana Alexander Nieto, Nicholas Joseph Novobilski, Megan Shalyne O’Brien.

Also, Kevin Michael Parchinski, Maura Ann Perri, Mariah Ann Elizabeth Petrucci, Carl Joseph Pettinato IV, David Pfoestl, Matthew John Piccoletti, Dominic Luciano Possanza, Ryanne Danielle Rocco, Emily Theresa Romanski, Morgan Ann Sewak, Christina L. Shaffern, Daniel P.F. Shields, Cassandra Lynn Sporko, Kayla Elziabeth Stelma, Daniel Aaron Stolten.

Also, Nathaniel Mark Talbot, Matthew James Troiani, Laurelai M. Vanston, Alexis Nicole Walsh, Jillian Marie Warabak, John Robert Warner, William Robert White, Soren Darby Yadlosky, and Karly Jean Zindle.