Voyager Video Earns American Advertising Award

Voyager Video (Lindsay Barrasse)

Lindsay Barrasse, a native of Dunmore and half of the husband-and-wife team of Voyager Video, is shown with the Silver award they earned at the American Advertising Awards.

Voyager Video, a husband and wife video production team located in Dunmore, took home Silver at The American Advertising Awards for their work for the 2017 ScrantonMade’s Arts On The Square internet marketing campaign.

Lindsay Barrasse of Voyager is a Dunmore native who has worked in film and video across the United States. Her husband Dave is the other half of the creative team.

The award-winning campaign focused on Arts On The Square economical impact it makes on the area, bringing vendors and shoppers from all over to our area. Arts On The Square is an annual arts festival held in in downtown Scranton, wrapping around the courthouse square with over 100 vendors, a stage of talented local musicians, performing arts as well as children’s activities. This year the event is scheduled for August 4, 2018 from noon to 8 p.m.

The American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition. With three stages of competition beginning at the local level, the American Advertising Awards recognize and rewards for outstanding creative in the art of advertising.

The American Advertising Awards select the most creative entries in each category which are determined by a scoring process in which a panel of judges evaluates all creative dimensions of every entry. This year judging took place in Rochester, NY. Five insightful creatives from the Rochester area gathered to determine the best of the best. From print to web to interactive media, the judges took their time discussing the creativity and direction of each piece, ultimately deciding on the winners.

This year there was no Gold awarded in that category of Internet Marketing Campaign.

Conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the local American Advertising Awards is the first of a three-tier, national competition. Concurrently, all across the country, local entrants vie for recognition as the very best in their markets. This year the AAF of NEPA held the awards at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel Saturday, March 3.


Dunmore Pharmacist Recognized for “Good Works”

DePietro's Pharmacy Good Works Pix

Tom DePietro and his pharmacy are community driven.  For his “Good Works” and charitable efforts, he was recognized by the NE Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  Mr. DePietro accomplished his dream of owning a pharmacy and serving customers with the latest technology.

Tom is also actively involved with insurance companies, helping them to stop drug abusers and thereby creating a safer environment for pharmacists, doctors and patients.

Shown from left: Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Tom DePietro, Eugenia DePietro, Sandy DePietro, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Danielle Cole, and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.


Dunmorean Named Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year


University of Scranton Director of Athletics Dave Martin has been named a 2017-18 recipient of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award.

The Under Armour AD of the Year Awards program was created to honor intercollegiate directors of athletics for their commitment and administrative excellence within a campus and/or college community environment over the course of the last year.

“Dave is an outstanding choice for this honor,” said Rev. Herbert B. Keller, S.J., interim president of the University. “His commitment to our mission as a Catholic and Jesuit university is reflected in the transformation of the Athletics Department that he has spearheaded during his tenure. Dave’s tireless work to help our student-athletes be successful in sports and in life has improved both the quality of our athletics teams and the University as a whole.”

Martin, who holds an undergraduate degree from Wilkes University and a master of education degree from Misericordia, and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Dunmore with their three daughters: Samantha, Maddie and Paige.

University_of_Scranton_sealMartin is one of 28 directors from across the country to receive the award for 2017-18, including four at the NCAA Division III level. He is the first recipient of the award from The University of Scranton and the second from the Landmark Conference, joining former Drew University Director of Athletics Jason Fein, who was honored in 2015-16.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to receive this award,” Martin said. “This award is a reflection of the hard work of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and the University community as a whole to improve the student-athlete experience. Our successes both inside and outside the competitive arena wouldn’t be possible without a dedicated team effort. I truly appreciate NACDA’s recognition of the excellent work that has taken place here at the University over the past year.”

Martin became the eighth director of athletics in University of Scranton history in August 2015 after an 11-year tenure as director of athletics at Misericordia University.

Since arriving at Scranton, Martin has overseen many major initiatives within the Athletics Department. He helped to lead the fundraising efforts for and the construction of the Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., Athletics Campus, a $14 million campus that includes synthetic turf baseball and softball stadiums, a multipurpose stadium, and fieldhouse. The campus is set to open this spring.

Since 2015, Martin managed the process of starting women’s golf, as well as men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field. He is the inaugural chair of the Landmark Conference Golf Committee, which is a new sport in the conference. In addition, he is responsible for coordinating the Landmark Championships for both men’s golf and baseball in 2018.

Most importantly during Martin’s tenure at Scranton, he led the development The Royal Way, a mission-based project that aims to ensure that Scranton student-athletes have a championship experience both on and off the playing field. The Royal Way directly supports Scranton’s mission as a Catholic and Jesuit school and it focuses on improving the student-athlete experience through evidence-based programing efforts.

Since Martin’s arrival in 2015, Scranton has had unprecedented success in competition, winning nine conference championships, and earning 10 trips to the NCAA tournament.


Senior Fair Proceeds go to Meals on Wheels

Meals On Wheels

The Lackawanna County Commissioners presented officials from Meals on Wheels of Northeastern Pennsylvania a $4,000 check, which represents a portion of the proceeds from the recent Senior Health Fair.

The funds will be used for operations and the preparation and delivery of meals to the home bound of our community.

Shown from left: Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Kristen Kosin, Meals on Wheels Executive Director; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.