50 Years Later: DHS Class of ’67

DHS Class 1967

The Dunmore High School Class of 1967 recently held its 50th class reunion celebration at La Buona Vita in Dunmore.


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


Coffee Company Brings Jobs to Lackawanna County

socafeState Rep. Kevin Haggerty (D) Lackawanna is pleased with news that a New Jersey-based coffee manufacturer and distributor will call Dunmore home, bringing 130 jobs to Lackawanna County.

“I’m extremely excited to welcome Socafe to Dunmore,” Haggerty said. “This announcement is an example of the commitment from our local and state officials to create opportunities for companies to become part of our community.”

Haggerty said Socafe has been in business for 30 years and is purchasing an existing 116,000-square-foot building in Dunmore, relocating both its headquarters and manufacturing operations from Newark, N.J. The third-generation, family-owned business offers private label manufacturing for large national retailers, in addition to distribution of its own branded coffee.

“Socafe has committed to investing at least $2,472,000 into this move and generating 130 jobs over the next three years,” Haggerty said. “It’s a great day for the residents of Lackawanna County and Dunmore.”

Socafe received a funding proposal from the state Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $130,000 Pennsylvania First grant, an $18,000 WEDnet grant for employee training and $130,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be issued after the jobs are created.


From Marywood Students to Physician Assistants

PA pinning ceremony photo

Nearly 40 Marywood University students, including one from Dunmore recently graduated from the Physician Assistant program. Sr. Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D., president of Marywood University, welcomed the students at a special pinning ceremony to commemorate their achievements.

Pictured first row, from left: Alicia Edwards, Kimberly Vogan, Catherine Notchick, Dunmore.; Cassandra Nuzzarello, Carlie Craven, Whitney Butler, and Sr. Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D., president of Marywood.

Second row: Justine Samanas, MPAS, PA-C, clinical director; Zeena Attia, Andrea Chamberlain, Melissa Kaminski, Amanda Kilgus, Casey VanFleet, Cassandra Erdman, Alissa Dongilli, Renae Keiper, Emily Ketz, and Bianca Noel.

Third row: Jessica Frawley, MPAS, PA-C, clinical coordinator; Rachel DeStefano, Noel Bricker, Valerie Golembeski, Taylor Schroeder, Kaukauna, Wis.; Sierra Bellenzeni, Katie Shager, Jessica Wadeson, Danielle Higgins, Michele Myszka, Amy Kester, Molly Feeney, and Jessica Nalepka.

Fourth row: Lori Swanchak, Ph.D., PA-C, PA program director; Davis Young, Alex Latham, Paul Hashagen, Tyler Longstreet, Keaton Bennett, Kyle Viola, Andrew Andrle, George Ritz, Kam Mueller, Adam Yngelmo, and Abigail Davis, MPAS, PA-C, PA academic director.