Calendar of Events: June 2017

flagsFlag Day Ceremony

On Saturday, June 10th at 10:00 a.m., a Flag Day ceremony will be held at Sherwood Park in Dunmore. The service will be presented by members of the Boy Scout Troop 66, sponsored by the Dunmore Presbyterian Church, and the Sherwood Youth Association. The public is invited to attend.

Scranton Shakespeare Festival Tony Awards Party

Members of the Scranton Shakespeare Festival Tony Party planning committee finalized plans for the second annual celebration to be held on Sunday, June 11, 7:30 p.m. at the SSF Tony Awards PartyScranton Club.

Guests are welcome to walk the red carpet during “A Night at the Tonys.” Cost is $35 for guests and $50 for patrons who will be recognized during the event. Price includes live entertainment, light fare and cocktails. Tickets are available at the door or by visiting For more details, visit the website or Scranton Shakespeare Festival on Facebook.

SS. Anthony and Rocco’s Annual Italian Festival

SS. Anthony & Rocco Parish Italian Festival will be held Aug. 11, 12, and 13, 2017 at St. Rocco’s Church Grounds, 122 Kurtz St., 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:
Friday: DHS Marching Units & Cheerleaders and Picture Perfect;
Saturday: The Jeffrey James Band;
Sunday: Feast Day Mass & Procession at 12 Noon followed by The Luongo Brothers Band, Take Three, and fireworks at 9 p.m.

bucksDunmore High School Class Reunion

The Dunmore High School Class of 1962 is planning its 55th reunion on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Arcaro & Genell Restaurant in Old Forge. If interested, contact Cathy Ross Desmarais at (570)347-1246.


Dunmore Summer Farmers Market

Plenty of arts, crafts, fruits and veggies will soon be available at the Dunmore Farmers Market. The market will open for the season at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 24th, and will run through Labor Day, September 2. Vendors will be set up in the empty lot along the 200 block of East Drinker Street in the Dunmore Corners..

Fruits and Vegetables (1)Borough Councilman Thomas Hallinan and Dunmore Historical Society President Karl Wegford first organized the market last June. It’s believed to be the first of its kind in the borough.

Diocese of Scranton Movie Night

The Diocese of Scranton is hosting an outdoor family movie night experience for all to enjoy this summer while raising funds for the Diocesan Catholic School System. Disney-Pixar’s new film, “CARS 3”, will be presented by the Diocese at the Circle Drive-In, Dickson City on Wednesday, June 21, with gates opening at 7 p.m. and showtime at 8:45 p.m. (or dusk). This second annual Catholic Schools Movie Night is open to the public. The cost is $10 per car. Each child will receive a free popcorn. The event is rain or shine, unless there is thunder or lightning. All proceeds benefit the Diocese of Scranton Tuition Assistance Program. For more information call John Farkas at 570-702-5523.

Marywood University Hosts “Camp Crescendo”

Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will host Camp Crescendo, a two-week dynamic musical experience for instrumental and vocal students in grades 7-12. One- and two-week options are available. Day or overnight options for Camp Crescendo are available during week one only, which features band, orchestra, and choir and will run from July 2-8, 2017.  Week two, which features jazz and improvisation, will run as a day-only option from July 24-28, 2017.

To register or for additional information about Marywood University’s Camp Crescendo, please go online, email or call (570) 348-6268.

0_0_0_0_250_127_csupload_69747526_large“Forbidden Broadway”

Phoenix Theatrics will present “Forbidden Broadway,” a music revue mocking popular shows such as “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Wicked,” “Les Miserables,” Spamalot,” “Rent” and “A Chorus Line” and featuring a 22-person cast on Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, June 25, at 2 and 7 p.m. at Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main Street, Duryea. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door, by calling (570) 457-3589, or prepaid premium seats are available at:

Volunteer Fire Company Picnic

Elmhurst-Roaring Brook Volunteer Fire Company will hold its annual picnic on June 21, 22, 23 and 24 at the picnic grounds located off Route 435 in Elmhurst. Grounds will open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m., and Saturday at 5 p.m. Homemade food will be available. Featured on June 21 will be a car show with DJ Paul; June 22, parade at 6d6b949456d6763fc98013ebb9562b6c7 p.m. and music by Take 3; June 23, music by Hell Yo, and June 24, music by Old Friends. Proceeds will help fund fire/rescue services.

Motorcycle Ride to Benefit Griffin Pond

The sixth annual Griffin Pond Animal Shelter  Motorcycle Ride fundraiser, in conjunction with the Dickson City Train Station and Legends Saloon, will be held on  Sunday, June 11, at Legends Saloon, 750 Boulevard Ave., Dickson City.  All money raised will be used exclusively to fund the Griffin Pond Shelter Veterinarian  Care  account for sick and injured animals at the shelter.

The Griffin Pond Animal Shelter at 967 Griffin Pond Rd, South Abington Township, PA 18411 is not funded by any state or federal funds. Donations will be accepted at Legends Saloon for Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

All licensed  motorcycle riders are invited. Registration is $20 per motorcycle rider and $15 per  motorcycle  passenger. Registration will be from 9 to 11 a.m..  with the motorcucles departing promptly at 11 a.m. from Legends Saloon.  The  escorted motorcycle ride will proceed to Arlo’s Tavern, 10340 Rte 171, Uniondale, PA.

Motorcycle Riders are asked to return back  to Legends Saloon, Dickson City no later than 3:00 p.m. for food and music.  The public is invited to attend.

GRACELow Cost Vaccination Clinic

In Pursuit of Grace, Dunmore,  is partnering with Bunker Hill Vet Hospital for its annual Low Cost Vaccination Clinic on Saturday June 10, from 9am to 11 a.m. at 1702 Cedar Ave., Scranton. Vaccination costs are $6 for rabies; $14 for distemper, and nail clippings, $5. Flea and tick medication will be available for purchase. All dogs must be on a leash or in a carrier. All cats must be in a carrier; one cat per carrier. No appointment is necessary.

Boy Scouts Participate in Annual Living Stations Production

Boy Scout Troop 66 pic

Five Boy Scouts from Troop 66, sponsored by the Dunmore Presbyterian Church, recently played out five characters of the Living Stations of the Cross. The production was presented by the Dunmore Catholic High School Youth Group at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church on Chestnut Street.

Shown from left are Bobby McMynne, Robert Klemens, Matt Culkin,  Jack Culkin, and Zac Pyeron at Living Stations of the Cross.


Boy Scouts Plan Pasta Fagioli Fundraiser


Boy Scouts in Troop 66, Dunmore, have made plans for the troop’s annual Pasta Fagioli dinner to take place on Friday, April 7, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at Dunmore Presbyterian Church, 137 Chestnut Street. Tickets are $8 and will be available at the door. Takeout dinners will be available.

Kneeling, from left: Evan Rade and Zachary Eynon. Standing, same order: A.J. Smith, Jeff Pizzuto, James Lamberti, Robert Troy, Ryan Wozniak, Bobby McMynne, Nathaniel Rade, Paris Alunni and Andrew Durkin.

Dunmore Twins Earn Eagle Scout Honors

culkin-twins-scouts-2By Emily Fedor

According to Scout Law, a scout must possess twelve traits.

“A scout is trustworthy,” Jack began.
“Loyal and helpful,” Matt piped in. Then both boys were quiet.
“You gonna say the rest?” Jack joked.
With a smirk, Matt finished it off: “Obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent, man!

Matt and Jack Culkin joined the Boy Scouts of America when they were just seven years old as Cub Scouts — both as members of Dunmore Troop 66.

Over the years, they moved up the ranks from Cub Scouts, to Webelos, to Boy Scouts. Now, the twin brothers are months away from turning 17 and have achieved the highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve Eagle Scout.

When asked where their interest in scouting first began, the boys smiled and pointed at their father, Billy. Billy is an Eagle Scout himself. He earned the honor back in 1977 as a member of Troop 43, sponsored by the Nativity of Our Lord in South Scranton.

Billy signed his sons up all those years ago, and he’s kept them focused and committed ever since. And between schoolwork, drama club rehearsals, marching band practices and youth group meetings among other things taking up so much of their time, staying focused on scouting was no easy feat.

“You can look at an old picture from when we first joined with all the kids that are still there and all the kids that left,” said Jack.

Unlike many of the kids who quit along the way, Matt and Jack made it through it all the courts of honor, the countless nights at Goose Pond, trips to Gettysburg, Washington and beyond. They grew into leaders in their troop — Matt earning the title of Quartermaster and Jack the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. Now as Eagle Scouts, they’re leaders in the community as well.

To qualify for Eagle Scout, a scout must earn 21 merit badges, including 11 required badges. Among those are First Aid, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Personal Fitness, Personal Management and Family Life.

d81c45b1abbc975f0dbce7478fc58330The twins exceeded that number with 25 each. Jack said one of the hardest badges for him to earn was his Citizenship in the World badge.

Jack admits he saw the badge as “a pain” at first, but when he had to take Civics class in high school, he was grateful for the knowledge already under his belt.

“What I learned from Boy Scouts, I was able to take take that knowledge into high school with me,” said Jack. “And it really helped with my grades.”

Matt, on the other hand, had to work hard for his Communications badge.

Billy and his wife Lesly, found out Matt was autistic when he was around three years old. They noticed he wasn’t talking as much as he should have been among other things. And growing up, they remember Matt was a quiet kid. That is, until he joined scouting.

“Matt did his first speech as part of his Communications merit badge,” Lesly said proudly.

Matt had help along the way, but he had all the same experiences and met all the same requirements as his brother and the rest of his troop, including earning that Communications badge.

communicationsmeritbadgeAnd earning that badge led Matt to be interested in the communications field. He now aspires to become a writer, just like his favorite author — the man behind Goosebumps, R.L. Stine.

Matt and Jack also had to complete service projects to qualify for the honor of Eagle Scout. The project only had one real guideline: It had to benefit the community at large.

Jack, inspired by his passion for baseball, decided to reconstruct backstop and restore the base paths of the baseball field at Sherwood Park in Dunmore. Matt, on the other hand, learned from DPW officials that they were in need of a new flag pole. So under Matt’s leadership, members of Troop 66 worked to make that happen.

“All my life I’ve wanted to be a leader,” said Matt.

And the final step in becoming an Eagle Scout is passing the board of review. Both Matt and Jack were interviewed by their Scoutmaster, Dominic Pace, and three other scouting officials. They focus on a scout’s successes and other experiences. And you may have guessed it — both boys passed.

Eagle_Scout_medal_(Boy_Scouts_of_America).pngBecoming Eagle Scouts was a big milestone for not only the twins, but also for their Scoutmaster. Matt is Pace’s 49th Eagle Scout, and Jack his 50th.

The boys joke that it’s appropriate Matt earned the honor first because he’s the big brother — even if it’s only by a difference of 90 minutes.

And of course, it was a proud moment for their parents.

“You don’t know what to do,” said their mom, Lesly. “You don’t know whether to cry or be happy.”

“It was surreal,” their dad said. “You wait for the day for all these years, and the day comes and they did it. I’m very proud of them.”

The twins will have their Eagle Court of Honor later this month at the Dunmore Presbyterian Church in Dunmore. And although they have reached the top of the scouting ladder, they still plan to stay involved with the organization that taught them so much.

“For how long we’ve been doing this,” said Jack, “this was a nice final hurdle that we’ve passed.”