UNICO to Sponsor Designer Purse BINGO

Keystone Purse Purchases _1Dunmore’s Keystone UNICO is sponsoring a designer purse bingo on Sunday, Nov. 19, from noon to 4 p.m.,  with proceeds going to local scholarships and charities.  The event will be held at Eagle McClure Hose Company, Old Forge, with tickets at $20. Keystone UNICO is a 501c3 not for profit organization and is also the second largest UNICO National chapter in the United States.

There will be 20 designer purses, namely Michael Kors, Coach, Kate Spade, Dooney and Bourke, and Patricia Nash.  There will also be four special bingo prizes as well as a basket raffle.  Refreshments and baked goods will be available for purchase.

Tickets can be purchased from all Keystone Chapter Members or call Michele McDade at 570-343-7009 or Lenore Latarewicz at 570-878-4900.

Pictured are committee members with Macy’s representatives, in front from left: Marcia Fuller, Macy’s sales associate; Sylvia Tagert, Mary DePalma, Mary Ann Coviello and Toni DiVizio.  

Standing: Cathy Bianchi, Val Riggi, cochair Michele McDade; Ivar Iversen, Macy’s sales manager; cochair Lenore Latarewicz, Dot Mariani and Nancy Malone.


“Standing Room Only” Plans for First Reunion Event

Standing Room Only - Committee

Members of ‘Standing Room Only’ Community Theater ensemble will gather for their first reunion at La Buona Vita in Dunmore on Saturday, Oct. 28.  A cash Bar will open at 5:30 followed by a fabulous buffet dinner. The cost is $30.00 per person.

This popular group performed major musicals, dinner theater and children’s theater from 1979-1995 at various venues in Scranton.  

SRO was  truly a community theater effort with mostly all volunteers.  

Some of the major shows were Fiddler on The Roof, Bye Bye Birdie, Hello Dolly, Mame, West Side Story, George M, and The Pajama Game, to name just a few.  The troupe presented five Valentine’s Day dinner theater productions through the years.

Standing Room Only - Hello Dolly

“Hello, Dolly!” (1982)

SRO was also known for their original musicals and exceptional children’s theater presentations.

People from Dunmore and all areas of our community were a part of the troupe, from youngsters to senior.  SRO was the true meaning of the term ‘community theater’.

 The large musicals would drawn hundreds to each of the six performances.  Both the Dinner theater and children’s theater productions were “sell outs.”

Former members are sending out the call to anyone who worked with SRO over the years.  This includes performers, technicians, stage crews, musicians, costumers, props, lighting, sound personnel, carpenters, reservations and all other jobs associated with this successful theater group.

If you are reading this story and know of any SRO friends, please share the information.

A mailing list for invitations is being developed.  Please send all information to fplfjazz@gmail.com or call 570-585-6991 for information.


Committee members planning the first ever reunion of members of the Standing Room Only Players are shown above.

Seated from left: Debbie Jennings, Lisa Benedict and Gina Michaels.

Middle row, same order: Cindy Vettorel, Cathy Struch, Bunny Adams, Cindy Gowell, Theresa Kaplan, Pat Foresman, co-chairman; Joe Caputo and Matt Moyer.

Back row: Brad Morgan, Tom Adams, Mary Alice Fenwick and Chris Yevitz.

Not pictured is Tony Nicosia, co-chairman.


Calendar of Events: October 2017

craftCraft Sale and Cafe:

Local crafters and vendors will gather at the Dunmore Presbyterian Church on Saturday October 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a craft and cafe sale.

Door prizes will also be available.

Half of the money raised at the event will benefit those down south who were affected by the recent hurricanes.

Free Concerts at Marywood:

Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will offer free performances on campus during the months of October and November.

On Sunday, Oct.22, . at 4 p.m., Marywood University will hold its faculty recital in the Marian Chapel, in the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life, on the University’s campus. This is a special opportunity to hear members of the music, theatre, and dance department perform a variety of works from the classical repertoire.

The Northeastern Youth Wind Ensemble will perform its fall concert on Sunday, Oct, 29, at 4 p.m., in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. Sponsored by Marywood University, Conn-Selmer, Inc., and American Youth Ensembles, the Northeastern Youth Wind Ensemble will present a free concert. Many of Pennsylvania’s top high school musicians will perform engaging works for concert band under the direction of Marywood University’s director of bands, F. David Romines, D.M.A.

marywoodMarywood University’s Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony will perform a free fall concert on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 4 p.m., in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts, on the main stage. The band program at Marywood presents their two major ensembles performing works from the classic band repertoire and works by proven contemporary composers. A special tribute is planned for recently deceased American composer, David Maslanka.

For additional information about the performances, please visit the music, theatre, and dance department at Marywood University online at www.marywood.edu/mtd/index.html, or call (570) 348-6268.

Depression Screenings at Marywood:

Marywood University’s Psychological Services Center (PSC) will offer free and confidential depression screenings as part of National Depression Screening Day on Thursday, Oct. 5,  from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Psychological Services Center, located in the McGowan Center for Professional Studies. No appointment is necessary, and the screenings are free and open to the public.

Held annually during Mental Illness Awareness Week in October, National Depression Screening Day (NDSD) raises awareness and screens people for depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. The screenings are anonymous and confidential, and no commitment is necessary.

Treatment options for depression will be offered. Please contact the Psychological Services Center with questions, at (570) 348-6269, or visit the Center’s web page, at www.marywood.edu/psc.

Town Hall Meeting with Rep. Haggerty:

Representative Kevin Haggerty will host a Town Hall meeting with the Pennsylvania Tax Coalition on Oct. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dunmore Community Center, 1414 Monroe Ave. The discussion will focus on the elimination of school property taxes and House Bill 76. Haggerty notes that the passage of this bill would bring $550 million new dollars to

our school districts in PA and it would ignite an economy in Pennsylvania that is currently ranks last throughout the United States for job growth.

equinesComedy Show to Benefit Equines for Freedom:

Equines For Freedom will host a comedy show on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Scranton Cultural Center featuring comedians are Keith Alberstadt and Emma Willmann.

Proceeds of this event will help fund Equines For Freedom’s free program for veterans.  EFF provides a non-riding equine therapy program for military service members dealing with complex trauma including post-traumatic stress.  

Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the show beginning at 8.   After the show, there will be a comedian meet-and -greet available to VIP ticket holders.  Cost is $25 for general admission and $40 VIP priority seating. Tickets are available online at EquinesForFreedom.org,  ScrantonCulturalCenter.org and Ticketmaster.com.

2017 Faculty Gallery Show at Marywood:

The 2017 Marywood Faculty Biennial exhibition will be held at Mahady Gallery, Shields Center for Visual Arts, from Oct. 7 to Nov. 19.  This multimedia exhibition of current work by Marywood University’s Department of Visual Arts faculty showcases a diverse range of styles, mediums, and techniques of more than 30 artists/educators. Opening reception is Oct. 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. A gallery talk will be presented on Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

LCLogoFUTURE1New Programs at Lackawanna College:

Beginning in Fall 2018, students at Lackawanna College can select from four new majors being offered by various departments across the College. Each of the new programs has been created in response to growing job markets and the needs of current and prospective students. Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting, Professional Studies, and Restaurant and Foodservice Management, and Associate degrees in Baking and Pastry have all been added to the College’s offerings. The College is also now offering online degrees, allowing students to complete their education in less than two years.For additional information, visit www.lackawanna.edu or contact the Admissions Office at (570) 961-7898.

Make-A-Wish Volunteers Needed:

Make-A-Wish is currently looking for new volunteers in Lackawanna County. To become a wish volunteer, individuals must be at least 21 years of age, pass a criminal background check and attend a training session this fall. For more information about how to become a volunteer, please contact Regional Wish Assistant Amy Konetski at 570.341.9474 or akonetski@pawv.wish.org.

Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia is a non-profit organization that grants wishes to children, aged 2 1⁄2 to 18, with life-threatening medical conditions. Currently, the local chapter is one of the most active in the country, having fulfilled more than 17,500 wishes. For more information, please call Make-A-Wish at (800) 676-9474 or visit its Web site at greaterpawv.wish.org.

Senior Expo hosted by Rep. Haggerty:

expoState Rep. Kevin Haggerty, D-Lackawanna, will host a Senior Fair on Friday, Oct. 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Dunmore High School, 300 W. Warren St.

The event will feature nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies and others offering information and services geared toward older adults.

Vendors and senior service providers interested in participating in the expo may contact Haggerty’s office at (570) 342-2710.

The 112th District includes Archbald/Eynon, Blakely/Peckville, Dunmore, Jessup, Olyphant, Throop and Scranton.

Brass Festival at Marywood:

Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will present “Octuba Brass Festival,” on Sunday Oct. 8. Free performances, workshops, and rehearsals will take place from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., which will be followed by a free concert at 1:30 p.m., Room 104, in the Sette La Verghetta Center for Performing Arts.

For additional information about the “Octuba Brass Festival,” please contact Michael Parker, lecturer in the music department at Marywood University, at (410) 499-0175, or email mfparker@maryu.marywood.edu.


Little Sisters of the Poor to Host Annual Roast Beef Dinner

Little Sisters - Roast Beef Photo

The Little Sisters of the Poor will have their annual autumn roast beef dinner from 12 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, in the auditorium of Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave., located adjacent to Marywood University. All proceeds will be used to update electronic management systems to provide continuous and integrated quality care for the residents of Holy Family Residence.

The dinner, which will be catered courtesy of Stirna’s Restaurant, includes roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, carrots, rolls and butter, assorted pies and beverages. Takeouts will be available too. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 10 and younger. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (570) 343-4065, online at www.littlesistersofthepoorscranton.org or at the residence. They also will be available at the door.

In addition to the dinner, there will be a bake sale which will include the Sisters’ famous homemade scones and an assortment of other baked goods. There also will be raffles for gift baskets and gift certificates for area restaurants and businesses as well as a 50/50 raffle.

The Little Sisters also have numerous dinner sponsorship packages available which are great advertising vehicles for businesses as well as a way to honor or remember a loved one.

For advance ticket purchases and sponsorship information, please contact Mrs. Jackie Galvin, M.S., director of development and communications, at (570) 343-4065 ext. 3144 or scdevelopment@littlesistersofthepoor.org.


Committee members planning a roast beef dinner to benefit the Little Sisters of the Poor on Oct. 15 include, seated from left: Theresa Durkin, Mother Theresa Louisa, l.s.p., and Cathy Lavelle.

Standing: Janet Skibinski, Carole Paswinski, Karen Caruso, development assistant; Nancy Wilson, Joyce Tressler, MaryCarol Kanton, and Jackie Galvin, director of development and communications.

Also serving on the committee are Charlie Butler, Marlene Deily, Faith Foley, Cathy Gavin, Pete Kanton, Ann Kwak, Patrick O’Malley, head chef and kitchen supervisor; Anne Ruddy, Mary Sheils, Mary Jane Sheridan, David Tressle, Lisa Blaker, director of activities and volunteer coordinator, and Sister Marie Therese, l.s.p.