Anthracite Opera Company’s “Here’s to Love” Hits the Stage Nov. 5th


Dunmore native Cathy Strauch will take art in the Antracite Opera Company’s upcoming production of “Here’s to Love!”

Anthracite Opera Company presents Here’s to Love!, a show featuring classic love melodies from opera to Broadway, on Sunday, Nov. 5,  at 3 p.m.  Directed by Anthracite founder, Gary Richards, the musical performance will be presented at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, located at the corner of Ash Street and Taylor Avenue, Scranton.

The singers include professionals: Ann Marie Dupre’, Barbara Nowicki,  Liz Grohowski, Jan Clairmont,  Eric Sparks, and Gary Richards, Other fine talent includes: Dunmore native Cathy Rist Strauch, Jack Bernesky, Dennis Fanucci, Jillian Kemmerer, Leeann Lemperie, Don McKean, Matthew Merolla, Sheila O’Brien,  and Abigail Zieger. A poetry reading will be given by Don Thomas. Marty Ort is accompanist.

Cost for show only is $15, payable at the door.  A dinner is also planned for after the show at 6 p.m. at the Rossetti Estate for the Arts, 1005 Vine St., Scranton.  Cost for dinner and show is $30. Seating is limited. Dinner includes appetizers, main course, dessert, and entertainment.  Reservations are required for dinner and can be obtained by contacting Gary Richards at 570-335-7702.



Leadership Lackawanna’s New Board Members

Lackawanna Leadership board

Leadership Lackawanna, the region’s premier community leadership and development organization, recently installed several new board members. Incoming board members will serve a three-year term.

Front row, from left: Brian Loughney, The University of Scranton; Brad Kovaleski, Penn State Worthington Scranton, and Thomas DePietro, DePietro’s Pharmacy.

Back row: Robbie Risley, Leadership Lackawanna board chair; and Nicole Morristell, Leadership Lackawanna director.

Artist of the Month: Beverly Petrini

Artist of MonthBy Beverly A. Petrini

I started painting at the Dunmore Activity Hub in March of 2015. My family gave me art supplies for Christmas of 2014 and shortly after, Dolly Michalczyk invited me to join her in the oil painting class at the Hub. I was hesitant because I am not a skilled sketcher and I doubted my ability to draw or paint anything “free hand.”

Now, after two years, I jokingly say,  “ I may not be able to draw, but I can sure move the paint around the canvas to create my art.”

Painting at the Hub has been a wonderful experience for me and I have met some truly gifted artists who, I believe, “have left their egos at the door.” Jill Swersie, our talented instructor, has eternal patience and gives individual instruction each class. Everyone is friendly, eager to help or offer suggestions. Oil painting is a forgiving media and many times we artists repaint and repaint until the finished composition pleases the eye and the soul.

The process of choosing a composition for painting has been somewhat easy for me because I paint what speaks to me. I am drawn to vivid color and I love the contrasts in some compositions, for example, the Magnolia on Red Velvet (my favorite to date). The soft shadows of the flowers petals and the deep red of the velvet are what drew me to want to paint this piece.

Of my other featured paintings, Oliver was painted for my grandson; The Antique Door satisfied my love for old doors, and Red Gladiola reminded me of my childhood flower garden.

The Dunmore Activity Hub is a wonderful resource for the community and the diversity of the activities speak to the social, emotional, artistic, physical, and nutritional needs of those who choose to become involved. I can see myself continuing to hone my skills from year to year alongside the many friends I have made at the Hub.

Thank you, Dolly, for introducing me to this artistic journey and my fellow travelers.

Forever Sammi Foundation Co-Hosts “Knockout Addition” Event

Forever Sammi Pix

The Henehan Family established the “Forever Sammi” Foundation in honor of their daughter who lost her battle last year to drugs.  The goal of the organization is to raise awareness of chemical dependency and addiction and to assist those in recovery to rebuild their lives.

The organization is joining forces with Doug Long Productions in presenting “Knockout Addiction,” an evening of amateur boxing on Nov. 3 at Genetti Manor, Dickson City.  The proceeds will assist individuals transitioning from treatment centers to the community once again.

Shown from left: Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Stacy and Marty Henehan, Doug Long, boxing promoter; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.