Holy Cross High School Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Holy Cross anniversary photo

Holy Cross High School, Dunmore, a Diocese of Scranton Catholic School named in 2007, will celebrate its 10th anniversary in Catholic education on Saturday, Aug. 12, with a Mass at 5:30 p.m. at the high school followed by a reception at The Colonnade. Principal celebrant for the Mass will be the Rev. Monsignor David L. Tressler, Diocesan secretary for catholic education and superintendent of schools.

The reception at The Colonnade will be held from 7:30-9:30 p.m. and will include passed hors d’oeuvres and age appropriate beverages. Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased prior to the event. The celebration will include basket raffles with tickets available for purchase at the event.

The celebration is open to all friends, family and alumni of Holy Cross High School and Diocesan Catholic Schools.  For more information, or to make your reservation, please call Holy Cross High School, 570-346-7541. Tickets may be purchased with cash, check, or credit card.


Committee members show in photo above include, from left: Katie VonBergen , administrative staff; Ben Tolerico, Holy Cross High School principal; Jennifer Stonikinis, English faculty; Kristina Toolan, art faculty;  Jillian Rojek, music and science faculty;  and John Anthony Farkas, Jr., manager of development and alumni relations for Diocesan Catholic schools.

The committee also includes Laura Hudak, English faculty.



McDade Park Celebrates 40 Years

McDade-pondLackawanna County marked the 40th anniversary of McDade Park in Scranton on July 30. To celebrate the milestone, the Lackawanna County Commissioners, former Commissioners and other dignitaries celebrated the park’s anniversary on Sunday, July 30, at 11 a.m., the exact same date in 1977 that it was dedicated as The Joseph M. McDade Recreational Park.  The facility has become the “Crown Jewel” of the County’s park network.

“This is truly a great day for Lackawanna County as we recognize the 40th anniversary of McDade Park.  It is a gem of an operation, giving residents and visitors an opportunity to relax, get together, or enjoy the natural vistas of the park,” said Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

“Today celebrates our history,” explained Commissioner Jerry Notarianni.  “Our past leaders are to be congratulated for being innovative and taking a chance on enhancing our quality of life for everyone to enjoy.”

“Today’s anniversary of the park is a testimony to the foresight of our community’s leadership.  McDade Park is a beautiful facility that families and groups can utilize for any occasion,” noted Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.

The development of Keyser Park, as it was originally known, began when then Congressman McDade secured $2 million for use by the Bureau of Mines for the restoration of mine reclamation areas.

A badly-scarred 126-acre tract of land owned by the County was selected for the project.  The funding was used for site rehabilitation and top soil seeding.  The work gained national attention.

Additional Federal and State grants were secured during the park’s start-up to further enhance its development.  The resources were used for roadways, a sanitary sewer system, electric service, support buildings, athletic fields, sports courts, and a children’s playground.

The U.S. Forestry Service planted trees and special shrubs, and the State participated in the park’s growth with the construction of the Pennsylvania Anthracite Museum along with other enhancements.

McDade Park has, over the years, witnessed tremendous growth and expansion.  Every administration, since the park’s initial development, has invested significant dollars into the facility.

Since its inception, over $5 million in lease-hold improvements have been made.  They include: the Coal Mine Tour attraction, which has gained national acclaim for the park and area; a Coal Mine Building; pavilions; boundless playground; stocked fishing area; trails; swim complex; bathhouses; Cancer and 911 Memorials; street lighting; Coal Miner statue; and a maintenance building.     The anniversary program featured the Pledge of Allegiance followed by remarks from Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, comments by William Davis, the County’s Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation; and brief statements from other invited guests.     


Lackawanna College Police Academy Celebrates 40 Years

Police Academy

The Lackawanna College Police Academy will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a special event on Wednesday, April 12, from 6-9 p.m. at La Buona Vita, 200 Reilly St., Dunmore. Tickets are $75, and proceeds will become part of the fundraising campaign that will allow the Academy to continue to deliver state-of-the-art training to its cadets and active law enforcement agencies.

The event will include remarks from special guest Kris “Tanto” Paronto, a former Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and private security contractor. Paronto was part of the CIA annex security team that responded to the terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012. His story has been chronicled in the book “13 Hours” that also became a major motion picture in 2016.

As part of the event, the Academy is seeking nominations of alumni who exemplify their creed of “Mission and Service Before Self.” Officers who have a positive impact on the relationship between their departments and the communities they serve should be considered for nomination. Any officer in a supervisory position in their department or any president or vice president of a police union or police benevolent association may nominate a fellow officer. All nominees must be Lackawanna College Police Academy graduates.

Sponsors for the event include Toyota of Scranton, premier sponsor; DePietro Pharmacy, gold sponsor; Mazzoni Karam Petorak & Valvano, PC, and Starr Uniform, silver sponsors; Atty. Rick Fanucci; Atty. Corey J. Kolcharno; Atty. Gene Talerico; Boyle Trucking; DHD I, LLC; Matiolli Foundation/Pocono Raceway; Northeastern Eye Institute; Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, LLP; Scranton Running Co.; and the Wilkes-Barre City Police Benevolent Association, “Back the Blue” sponsors. Other sponsorship opportunities are still available.

The Academy was originally certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission in Harrisburg, Pa., on April 21, 1977. Lackawanna College is the first and continues to be the only private college in Northeastern Pennsylvania authorized to provide ACT 120 training. Thousands of Academy alumni actively serve as police officers throughout Pennsylvania, and as chiefs of police, attorneys, sheriffs, and as agents of state and federal agencies.

Tickets for the “Celebrating Our Legacy” event may be purchased by contacting Denise Boyle, Police Academy Administrative Assistant, at boyled@lackawanna.edu. More information about the event and sponsorship opportunities are available at www.lackawanna.edu/policeacademy.


20th Anniversary of Ph.D. Program at Marywood University


Committee members for the 20th anniversary celebration of the Ph.D. Program at Marywood University are shown gathered together at the social held October 1 at The Colonnade in Scranton.

Standing in front: Sr. Gail Cabral, IHM, founding director of the Ph.D. Program and honorary chairman for the event.

Back row, from left: Dr. Janet Melnick, Maureen Hart, Dr. Elizabeth McGill of Dunmore; Dr. Maria Montoro Edwards, Dr. Lori Swanchak, and Dr. Deborah Hokien, program director.