Marywood Students Donate Books to McAuley Center


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Students in Marywood University’s organizational behavior class recently held a book drive for the Catherine McAuley Center, Scranton, which provides assistance to women and children in crisis.

An assignment for the class was to read a work of fiction, either a children’s or adult book, and to write a paper relating organizational behavior concepts to the book. The students then chose to donate their books once they completed the assignment, and they also collected additional books from family members and friends.

More than 200 books were collected and donated to the Catherine McAuley Center, which is a safe haven for homeless women and children. As a lifeline for those in need, the McAuley Center remains a vital resource for the greater community. Since its inception in 1984, the McAuley Center has grown dramatically, while its commitment to caring for homeless women and children remains as strong as ever.

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A student from Dunmore was among those in Marywood University’s organizational behavior class which recently held a book drive for the Catherine McAuley Center, Scranton, which provides assistance to women and children in crisis.

Seated from left are: Sara Pabon, Sarah Corbo, Alexandra Pavuk, Dimitri Thompson, Joni Host, and Amy Washo, instructor in the school of Business and Global Innovation at Marywood University.

Standing, same order: Brandon Sodani-Cardenas, Chandler Krause, Craig Serfass, Nicholas Grossi, Pasquale Mandarano, a junior from Dunmore; Craig Kalinoski,Nicholas Humphreys, and Shane Flannelly.


Artist of the Month: Phyllis Reinhardt

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Phyllis Reinhardt is shown with a selection of her paintings, including one of a winter scene featuring cardinals and a landscape.

Phyllis Reinhardt of Scranton is the January 2018 Artist of the Month at Dunmore Activity Hub.

She began painting in the winter of 2013, and has taken lessons at the Center ever since.

In that time, she has painted many pictures of family members, another of a bed-and-breakfast in Normandy, France, and other pictures that she just happened to like. One of her favorites is a picture of two cardinals, inspired by her wish to feature cardinals on a Christmas card.

Phyllis says, “Painting is a great hobby, but people in the painting class are the real joy! I’ve attended the classes for over four years, and my ability at the time I enrolled was drawing stick people.”

After instruction from Jill Swersie, Phyllis has moved beyond stick people, and her classmates find her to be quite accomplished.

The artist encourages other to join, noting, “The Center is always accommodating. They have provided a bright room and an atmosphere that is always welcoming.”

Code Blue Alert in Lackawanna County in Effect Through Monday

1_QG0KaoD7rK357jl7Jc0UlABased on current cold weather information, the Lackawanna County Commissioners are declaring a “Code Blue” frigid weather alert.

Utilizing forecasts from the National Weather Service at Binghamton, NY, and in consultation with the Lackawanna County Emergency Management Agency, a “Code Blue” will be declared for Lackawanna County, effective immediately,  and ending at noon on Monday, January 8.   

A “Code Blue” alert is issued when the forecasted temperature in Lackawanna County (including wind chills) is expected to reach 20 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. If necessary, based on weather conditions, an extension of the alert may be issued.  

The goal of this notification is to: make people aware of the extremely cold conditions; provide information related to health and wellness in the cold weather; and publicize the locations of emergency homeless shelters that are operated by area social service agencies.  

During a “Code Blue” alert, homeless individuals can access an emergency shelter at the following locations:

–        St. Anthony’s Haven, 409 Olive Street, Scranton (hours: 7:30 p.m. to 8 a.m.)

–        Community Intervention Center, 445 North 6th Avenue, Scranton (hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Information on personal health and safety during freezing weather can be found on the Lackawanna County homepage by visiting and clicking on the “Code Blue Alert” icon on the right side of the screen. Alerts will also be posted on the County’s social media outlets for the duration of the advisory period.  


Dunmoreans of the Year: 2017-2018 Dunmore Bucks Football Team


Photo Credit: Rich Banick Photography

By Steve Svetovich

Congratulations to the 2017 Dunmore Bucks football team, our Dunmoreans of the Year.

Dunmore, led by veteran head football coach Jack Henzes, won the Lackawanna Football Conference Division III title and fourth consecutive District 2 Class 2A crown.

Dunmore finished the season 14-1 after losing to eventual state champion Southern Columbia in the semifinals.

The 14 wins tied for the most in team history.

The 14-win season was the fourth in Dunmore’s history.

And the 14-win unbeaten streak was the longest in team’s history, beating the 1985 Eastern Conference team that finished 13-0.

Only the Valley View Cougars, which won 15 games in its state title run in 1992, won more games in a single season.

Jerry Longo and Michael Muracco are both members of four straight District 2 championship winning teams — a run that began in 2014 for the Bucks.

The icing on the cake came late last month when Shoemaker, a two-way starting lineman, was presented the prestigious Fiore Cesare Award and Scholarship. The Scranton Chapter of Football Officials and Peoples Bank Security presented the standout senior with the award at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel.

Shoemaker is the fourth Dunmore player to win the award, joining Brett Trichilo, Miller Holmes and Michael Perry.

Shoemaker also earned All Region honors and his second berth on the Class 2A all-state team. He will continue his playing career at Monmouth University.

Dunmore’s Jerry Longo, Shoemaker, Stevs Borgia, Darcy and Nate Fangio were all named to the Lackawanna Football Conference Division III Coaches’ All-Star first team offense.

Dunmore’s George Mesko, Luke Yanisko, Shoemaker, Fangio and Borgia made first team defense.

Cristian Buckley rushed for 140 yards on 17 carries in Dunmore’s 35-6 win over Newport in the first round of the PIAA Class 2A playoffs. Darcy fired a 59-yard touchdown pass to Fangio in the win.

Dunmore moved its record to 14-0, with a 23-20 win over Ligonier Valley in the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinal at Hershey. The win tied the school record for consecutive wins in a season.

Darcy completed 5-of-10 passes in the win. He tossed 22-yard touchdown pass to tight end Noah O’Malley.

Dunmore’s Kyle Harrity made the key play in the game when he blocked a punt for a safety giving the Bucks a 16-14 lead five minutes into the third quarter.

The Bucks then scored off the free kick, with Buckley cutting up the middle after a cut to the right for a 24-yard touchdown jaunt.

It was a football season the town of Dunmore will never forget.

The full team roster is as follows: Sean Pietruszkiewica, Mark Rinaldi, Luke Yanisko, Noah O’Malley, Thomas Lewis, Greg McDade, George Mesko, Caleb Kilmer, Steve Borgia, Gavin Darcy, Nate Fangio, Nick Stanco, Cristian Buckley, Joe Talutto, Charles Valvano, Billy Donvito, Kyle Harrity, Alex Reese, Frank Damiano, Jake Kalinowski, Tyler Summa, Anthony Santarsiero, Anthony Golden, Pat Donvito, Alec Yanisko, Louis LaCapra, Patrick Burke, Jake Sawka, Nick Shoemaker, Rocco LaCapro, Anthony Kashmer, Jerry Longo, Bobby McMynne, Seamus Cadden, Michael Muracco, Kris Patel, Mike Gianetta, Tyler Overholtz and Colby DeSando.