Crusaders Come Out on Top in Greensylvania Competition

Holy Cross recycling

Holy Cross High school in Dunmore took first place in the 2018 high school division of the 11th annual Greensylvania paper recycling competition conducted in May at area schools countywide. Holy Cross students recycled 10.42 lbs. of paper per person to win the competition.

Principals at the award ceremony were, from left: Barbara Giovagnoli, Lackawanna County Recycling Coordinator; Kim Mecir and Colleen Gatrone, Holy Cross staff; and Cathy Chiumento, Holy Cross vice principal.



Cheryl’s Cuisine: July 2018

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By Cheryl Radkiewicz

I’ve always lived by the belief that if you don’t learn something new every day, it’s a wasted day.   

The recent Lehigh Valley Food and Wine Festival offered a wealth of knowledge. As Pennsylvanians, do you know who John Clemens was?  I didn’t until I was introduced to the Clemens Food Group, a sixth generation family -owned pork producer based in Hatfield, PA.

lvfoodwine-logoNow I’ve heard of Hatfield hams and pork products. In the early 1900’s John Clemens began what has become one of the largest purveyors of pork products in the industry. In 2010, the Clemens Food Group now includes branches dedicated to farming, transportation and  distribution of quality pork products.

I spent part of the festival chatting with Drew and Christy Cashman, a husband and wife team, who represent Hatfield pork products.  They were displaying replicas of all parts of the pig and explained how each part is used. There were loin cuts, pork belly, pork shoulder, Boston butt, spare ribs, baby back ribs, ham hocks, feet, brains, kidneys, etc.  The biggest seller of the entire pig is, yes, you guessed it: BACON!

Parts not used as much in the United States such as feet, brains, glands and kidneys are shipped to Asian and South American countries, where they are popular.

Do you know how many products are for sale in our stores from Hatfield?  The company is making it easier and easier for busy families to use their products.  Here is just a sampling of what Hatfield offers:

Hot Italian Ground Sausage, Sweet Italian Ground Sausage, Ground Pork, Chorizo Ground Sausage, Sage Ground Sausage, Country Ground Sausage, Tex-Mex Pork Strips, Simply Pork Strips, Ham Steaks, Bone-In Hams, Boneless Hams, Pork Roll, Sauerkraut, Scrapple, Bologna, Bacon, P&P Loaf, Liverwurst, Tavern Ham, Sausage Patties, Rope Sausage Links, Seasoned or Plain Pork Loin Fillets, Tenderloins, Premium Pork Roasts, St. Louis Ribs  and Frankfurters.

As a matter of fact, Clemens Group has been chosen to make the franks for the Philadelphia Phillies.

So here are a few recipes from the Clemens group to add to your repertoire:

Bacon and Cheese Dip:

bacon8 slices Hatfield Classic Bacon
1-8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 cups sour cream
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1 bunch green onions, chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a large skillet, cook bacon on medium-high heat until crisp.  Remove from pan and place on paper towel to drain. Once cool, crumble bacon and set aside.  Combine ingredients in a bowl. Place the mixture in a 1 quart baking dish. Cover and heat for 25-35 minutes or until hot all the way through.  


Country Sausage Strata:

2 lbs. Hatfield Recipe Essentials Country Ground Sausage, crumbled
3 cups onion and garlic croutons
1 green pepper, finely chopped
18 eggs
3 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 cups milk
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. paprika

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  In large skillet over medium heat, cook sausage, using a spoon to break up into pieces.  In a greased 13x9x2″ baking dish, place cooked sausage and croutons. In large bowl, beat eggs.  Stir in cheese, mustard, milk, salt and paprika. Pour mixture into baking dish.

Bake uncovered for 40-45 minutes or until knife inserted  near the center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Serves 10.

*** Sausage Fettuccine:

1 lb. Hatfield Recipe Essentials Sweet or Hot Ground Sausage
3/4 lb. fettuccine
1/4 cup olive oil
8 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
2 Tbsp. fresh basil, finely chopped
1/4 tsp. dried crushed red pepper
8 oz. fresh kale, torn into pieces
1 cup shaved Asiago cheese

Cook pasta in large pot of boiling water until just tender, stirring occasionally.  In a large saute’ pan over medium heat, add 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Add garlic slices and saute’ until light golden brown, approximately 45 seconds.  Using a slotted spoon, transfer garlic to a bowl. In the same saute’ pan, add kale and cook until just wilting. Remove and transfer to bowl.

Using the same pan, increase heat to medium-high, add sausage and cook, stirring and breaking up with a spoon. Cook until sausage is fully browned, about 10 minutes.  Drain pasta; add remaining olive oil to large pot.

Using tongs, toss pasta, kale and sausage. Add salt, pepper and crushed red pepper. Transfer pasta to a large bowl or platter. Top with crispy garlic and shaved Asiago cheese. Serves 4.


Caribbean Roast Pork:

4-5 lb. Hatfield Tuscan Herb Pork Roast
roast1 medium  onion, sliced thickly
1 head garlic, peeled
2 Tbsp. oregano
2 tsp. cumin seeds
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black peppercorns
2 bay leaves
1 Tbsp. lard or oil
Zest and juice of 1 orange, grated
Zest and juice of 1 lemon, grated
Juice of 1 bitter orange

Make several shallow cuts, about 1/2″ deep, in pork.   Spread onion slices on bottom of a glass or ceramic roasting pan.  Place remaining ingredients in food processor or blender to make a pasta.  

Rub the pork with the mixture on all sides, making sure it goes into the cuts.  Place pork on top of the onions. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 4 hours, turning once, leaving the fat side up for cooking.

 Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place pork on middle oven rack. After 30 minutes, turn down temperature to 325 degrees and cook 2 hours, basting every 30 minutes.  Cook 30 minutes per pound, or until an internal temperature of 160 degrees is reached. Remove pork from oven and let rest 15 minutes before carving. Makes 8 servings.

Young Dunmorean Serves up Lemonade to Help Those in Need

Madison Lutz Good Works Pix

Madison Lutz, center, of Dunmore cares about other children.  So much so, that she did a “Good Work” by opening a lemonade stand at her home to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House, which provides help and care for children who are ill and their families.

Shown from left: Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Richard Bradshaw, Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House; Diane Ross, grandmother; Elizabeth Lutz, mom, with Christian Weldon, brother; Halo Weldon, sister; Madison Lutz, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Eric Lutz, uncle; Jim Ross, grandfather, and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.  

Calendar of Events: July 2018

SYADunmore Summer Festival at Sherwood Park

The 6th annual Dunmore Summer Festival at Sherwood Park will soon be upon us. This year’s festivities will take place from 5 to 11 p.m. on August 16, 17 and 18.

There will be live entertainment each night and lots and lots of food. Selections will include everything from pizza fritta to pasta fagiole.

This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the Sherwood Youth Association.

Scranton Shakespeare Festival

The Scranton Shakespeare Festival  is presenting its seventh season — an ambitious program featuring two Shakespeare comedies, two musicals, a new devised work, and its annual Youth Theatre Lab piece.

shakesAudiences will have the opportunity to catch all the shows in repertory during the festival’s signature last weekend, July 27 – 29.

Randolph Curtis Rand returns to the festival to direct an abridged, four-person version of Shakespeare’s “Tempest,” double-billed with Brenna Geffers’ devised work “Sycorax,” specially commissioned by the festival and inspired by a character briefly mentioned in “Tempest.” “Tempest/Sycorax” will go on July 6 through July 8, and July 28 at Scranton Prep.

“As You Like It,” directed by festival newcomer Emma Rosa Went, will go up the following weekend, July 13 through July 15, as well as July 29, at Scranton Prep.

The festival’s second musical, “Footloose,” directed by Artistic Director Michael Bradshaw Flynn, will perform July 19 through July 22, and July 29, at Scranton Prep.

The Youth Theatre Lab is set to perform its original adaptation of “Hansel & Gretel” July 7, 14 and 21, at Scranton Prep.

Under the direction of Bobby Temple, SSF will also present “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” on July 27 at The Marketplace at Steamtown.

S.S. Anthony and Rocco Italian Festival

Anthony & Rocco Parish Italian Festival will be held Aug. 10, 11, and 12, at St. Rocco’s Church Grounds in Dunmore, featuring food, games and live entertainment. The Festival opens Friday and Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday following the noon mass and procession. Live entertainment will include:

Friday: DHS Marching Units & Cheerleaders and Picture Perfect

Saturday: Holy Cross High School Cheerleaders, Prima Elite Academy of Dance and Popstar Drive

Sunday: Feast Day Mass & Procession at Noon followed by The Luongo Brothers Band, Take Three, and fireworks at 9 p.m.

St. Eulalia’s Summer Picnic

St. Eulalia’s Summer Picnic will be held Friday through Sunday, July 19, 20, and 21, with picnic grounds opening at 6 p.m. on July 19 and 20 and 5 p.m. on July 21. Parking is free.

125252h_8th annual 5k logoFeatured will be a bake sale, homemade foods, tricky trays, Grandma’s Attic, games, 50-50 Summer Cash tickets, and nightly musical entertainment. For more information, please call (570)842-7656.

On Saturday, July 21, join the eighth annual 5K Run/Walk. If Interested in registering or sponsorship, contact info www.steulalia5k.comor call Ryan at (570)499-3782.

Music on the Lawn

Lake Winola United Methodist Church will host its 10th annual Music on the Lawn and Craft Fair / Yard Sale on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 1 to 10 p.m.. This event will have craft and yard sale vendors throughout the afternoon along with four live Christian musical groups starting at 2 p.m. There will be a chicken BBQ and campfire in the evening, featuring a Christian video over the campfire while roasting marshmallows. To buy tickets for the Chicken BBQ or to be a vendor, call Mark at 570-351-7365. See Web Page:

marywoodMarywood Open House

Marywood University will hold an undergraduate open house on Saturday, July 14, for high school students and their parents. The program will begin with registration at 9 a.m., in the Fireplace Lounge in the Nazareth Student Center on the University’s campus.

The event will include an informative tour of the campus, as well as the opportunity to meet with current Marywood students, faculty, and coaches. Information sessions with admissions and financial aid counselors will also be available.

For additional information, call Marywood University’s undergraduate admissions office, at (570) 348-6234, or visit

Camp Archbald Fundraiser

Save the date! On Aug. 11, at 9 a.m. Kayak for a Camp,will help raise money for Camp Archbald at West Falls boat launch. Call 570-388-6107 to register.

Scranton Jazz Festival

Former New York Yankee great Bernie Williams with The Bernie Williams Collective, along with NEA jazz master Delfeayo Marsalis of the legendary Marsalis family, and the multi-Grammy nominated band Special EFX will headline the 14th annual Scranton Jazz Festival on August 3, 4, and 5 at the Historic Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel and numerous downtown Scranton venues.

jazzFriday, Aug. 3, kicks off this year’s festival with Special EFX, a multi-Grammy nominated band, featuring some of the biggest names in contemporary jazz.

On Saturday Aug. 4, four-time World Series MLB Champion Bernie Williams of the New York Yankee’s will take the stage with The Bernie Williams Collective. 

Sunday Aug. 5, will feature New Orleans born jazz trombone master Delfeayo Marsalis performing with the Scranton Jazz Festival Big Band. 

Tickets range from $20 to $40 and are on sale online. For tickets, sponsorships, and more information visit

Tickets may also be purchased at all Gallery of Sound locations or through our box office by calling (570)575-5282

Hearing Aid Drive

Marywood University’s Audiology Clinic is accepting used hearing aids at its clinic for those in need. Donations can be dropped off at the Audiology Clinic, in the McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, on the University’s campus. Marywood University’s Audiology Clinic will partner with Hearing Aid Charities of America to ship used hearing aid donations at no cost.

All donations are tax deductible through Hearing Aid Charities of America (HACA), and a letter of acknowledgement from HACA will be sent upon receipt. HACA will begin the process of recycling and remanufacturing hearing aids for those in need.

For information about making a used hearing aid donation at Marywood University’s Audiology Clinic, call (570) 348-6299.



protect and defend 5kProtect & Defend Event

Lackawanna College Police Academy will hold the Protect and Defend 5K Run/Walk in memory of the late Scranton Ptlm. John J. Wilding on Sunday, July 22. The race will begin and end at Courthouse Square, Scranton, with proceeds benefiting the Ptlm. John J Wilding Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Pre-registration costs $25 and day-of registration will cost $30. Participants can pre-register online for the event at Registration will be at 8 a.m. on July 22, and the race will begin at 9:30 a.m.

There will also be a Children’s Fun Run for children under age 12, led by Officer Wilding’s nine-year-old daughter Lola. Additionally, a Pre-Race Day Happy Hour at Backyard Alehouse will be held on Friday, July 20, from 5–7 p.m. Admission for the event is $20, which includes a limited open bar and food.


SS. Cyril & Methodius Rummage Sale

The eighth annual rummage sale will be held in the grade school gym of  SS. Cyril & Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, 133 River St., Olyphant, on Sept. 21, 22 and 23. Friday and Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, contact Lauren Telep at (470) 383-0319 or (646 )241-9443 or Very Rev. Father Nestor Iwasis at (570) 489-2271.

Summer Concerts at Marywood

Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department announces summer concerts and performances at the Calabro Delfino Amphitheatre at the Learning Commons. All performances are free and open to the public.

masksOn Sunday, Aug. 12, . at 6:30 p.m., vocalist Nicole Rasmus, accompanied by Marty Ort on piano, will perform a concert featuring a wide range of genres including: standards, jazz, Motown, Broadway, and country music.  In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the Fireplace Lounge in the Nazareth Student Center.

Vocalist Chris DiMattio, along with Bill Weber, retired music faculty member at Marywood University, will salute Sinatra on Sunday, Aug. 19, at 6:30 p.m. DiMattio and Weber return to the stage with a jazz band to recreate their signature performance of A Tribute to Frank Sinatra. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held on the main stage of the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts.

A solo guitar performance will be held on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. Mike Mizwinski, “MiZ,” is a soulful, Rock-Americana artist from Northeast Pennsylvania, who is a well-rounded master of both acoustic and electric guitar. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be held in the Fireplace Lounge in the Nazareth Student Center.

For additional information about the free summer concerts at Marywood University, visit or call (570) 348-6268.