Marywood Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association Earns HonorsN

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Marywood University Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) was informed by the National NSSLHA Executive Council that the chapter earned Gold Chapter Honors for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Officers include, front row, from left: Kristen Meyer, secretary, and Rachel Panick, president.

Back row: Nicole Coombs, treasurer, and Zachary Lowe, vice president. Chapters who earn Gold Honors are credited for “increasing awareness of communication disorders among state and federal legislators; supporting clients, students, and organizations in their community; creating vibrant online conversations in the NSSLHA Community; providing monetary donations to support scholarships for students in CSD programs by contributing to the ASHFoundation NSSLHA Scholarship; and by providing monetary donations which will provide resources to those who are served by CommunicAID+Nation (the NSSLHA Loves 2016–17 recipient).

 

Dunmore Farmers Market Now Open for Second Season

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By Emily Fedor

Last summer, the lot that has sat empty and barren for years along the 200 block of East Drinker Street was given new purpose, filled with new life and stocked with lots of fresh produce. Now, the Dunmore Farmers Market is back open and ready for a successful second season.

The idea of a farmers market in the town of the Bucks was batted around for years. Then in June of 2016, that idea blossomed into a reality with a bit of a push from Borough Councilman Tom Hallinan and the late Karl Wegforth.

“We finally just said ‘Let’s run with it,’” said Hallinan. “I asked Karl if he wanted to participate, and he was more than willing. He adopted it like it was his son and was there every Saturday. He’s a big part of it that’s going to be missing this year.”

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Karl Wegforth of Dunmore passed away on January 22, 2017 at the age of 63.

Wegforth passed away in January at the age of 63. He was a graduate of Dunmore High School, a former animal control officer for the borough and owner of the old Weggy’s Bar. But many knew him as president of the Dunmore Historical Society.

Last year, he and Hallinan worked together to round up a number of area vendors to set up shop every Saturday during the summer.

A major purpose of the market is to offer shoppers the opportunity to buy locally made products. Borough Business Administrator Vito Ruggiero says it also serves as a way to highlight the restaurants and shops based in the borough of Dunmore.

“The borough is invested in our business district and our town,” said Ruggiero. “So to try and create a one stop shop for all of our residents and get the businesses involved is what we’re trying to do. We’re hoping that the buzz gets out there.”

This year, the farmers market will feature several returning vendors as well as plenty of newcomers, who will be selling everything from sunflowers and fresh baked goods to lipsticks and hairbows.

sunflowerHallinan says the market is also welcoming non-profit groups to set up shop this year. They simply have to contact the borough to reserve a spot.

Helene Hopkins, owner of the Scranton-based Mulberry Bush, is bringing fresh produce and flowers to the farmers market for the second year. She says participating in the farmers market has brought new customers to her business.

“It’s always good to get out in the community and let people know what you have,” said Hopkins. “It sounds funny, but a lot of people from Dunmore have said ‘Oh, we had no idea you were there!’”

Jena Romanini, owner of Savvy Home on Blakely Street, is also a returning vendor. This year, her stand will feature a number of products including soy candles and goat milk soaps, as well as some urban-farm style home decor.

As her business is relatively new, Romanini said the market has really helped get her get the word out. She says she’s also enjoyed seeing people come out to enjoy everything the borough has to offer.

“When you drive through Dunmore anymore, it’s not like it used to be on Saturdays,”  said Romanini. “When the farmers market’s going on, It’s nice to see people walking through and cars parked everywhere.”  

Securing a spot each Saturday comes at no cost to vendors. Hallinan emphasizes the goal of the farmers market is not necessarily to make money, but to highlight the Bucktown business district.

historical societyThat being said, at the end of this season, vendors have been asked to make a donation to the Dunmore Historical Society in the name of the market’s co-founder, Karl Wegforth.

“Karl was the type of guy who liked getting involved in things that brought people together,” said Ruggiero. “He’s smiling because he sees [the market] is continuing and that more people are getting involved.”

This year, there are more vendors involved than the last, and the hope is that this trend will continue. And when that hopefully happens, Hallinan and Ruggiero say the parking lot adjacent to the VFW building on Chestnut Street could also become home to some market vendors.

The Dunmore Farmers Market is open for business on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. now until September 2.

 

Winners Named in “Greensylvania” Competition

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The Lackawanna County Commissioners and staff recognized first and second place winners in the 10th annual Greensylvania paper recycling competition conducted at area schools.

Holy Cross High School in Dunmore finished first in the high school division with 2,943 lbs. of recycled paper. Carbondale High School was second with 4,651 lbs. recycled, but at a lower per capita rate.   John Whittier Elementary School in Scranton, first place, recycled 8,195 lbs. of paper.  South Scranton Intermediate School finished first with 5,821 lbs. of paper recycled.

Shown from left: Dan Gilroy, South Scranton Intermediate principal; Mike Potomic, Walmart, sponsor; Barbara Giovagnoli, Lackawanna County Department of Environmental Sustainability; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley; Jeana Gatelli, Luann Lord and Nick Bradley, John Whittier Elementary School; Commissioner Jerry Notarianni; Emily Schultz and Kimberly Mecir, Holy Cross High School; Scott Michalek, Carbondale Area High School; Justine Tone, Holy Cross High School; and Mike Wincovitch, Diamond K Inc., sponsor.

 

Dunmoreans Earn Degrees from Lackawanna College

LCLogoFUTURE1Lackawanna College awarded more than 370 associate degrees and certificates to students from 15 states during its 123rd commencement on May 20 in the College’s Student Union in downtown Scranton.

The following Dunmore students earned degrees and certificates: Pasquale Joseph Mandarano, Associate in Applied Science, Accounting; Thomas Swinick, Business Studies; Lin Zhu, Cardiac Sonography; Sardar Shahzeb Khan, Computer Information Systems; Kaitlin Rose Gardier, Criminal Justice-Counseling; Brandon Michael Kukawski and Robert J. Seprish, Criminal Justice-Police; Kaitlin Rose Gardier, Human Services; Al Husayn Al Mukhtar Abu Bakr, Elisabeth Jamison Padula, and Shannon Margaret Regan, Liberal Studies; Laurel Nicole Leppo, Sport Management.

Lackawanna College is a private, accredited two-year college serving the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

With a main campus situated in downtown Scranton, Lackawanna’s expanding footprint also includes satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, Sunbury, and Towanda.