Holiday Auction Set for December 7th

Arc holiday auction picThe Rotary Club of Scranton Holiday Auction scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 7, will benefit The Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

For information regarding tickets, sponsorships and baskets, call Carol Trapper at (570) 346-6337.

Shown from left are: Don Broderick, Arc executive director; Eileen Rempe, Arc director of public relations and development; Gerard Hetman, Scranton Rotary president, and Tom Lynch, Scranton Rotary president-elect.



Calendar of Events: December 2017

Book signingBook Signing

Dunmore Historical Society will host a signing of “Images of America: Dunmore,” a book by Stephanie Longo, on Saturday, Dec. 16, from noon to 3 p.m. at the society, 126 Barton St., Dunmore.

Blessing of the Hands Ceremony

Marywood University’s nursing students will continue the tradition of participating in the annual Blessing of the Hands ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 20,  at 2:30 p.m., in the Marian Chapel, in the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life. This event is free and open to the public.

The Blessing of the Hands Ceremony at Marywood University is in its fourth year at the University. The ceremony is a recent tradition that honors sophomore nursing students who will begin to apply their classroom studies to direct applications in the field. Junior and senior nursing students will also participate in the ceremony.

O'Malley Christmas partyO’Malley Christmas Party

The 16th annual O’Malley free Christmas party will be held on Sunday, December 10, at the Keyser Valley Community Center from 1 to 3 p.m.  Children from preschool to fifth grade are welcome to meet Jolly Old St. Nick.  The party will consist of a picture with Santa Claus, Goodfella’s Pizza, orange drink, candy canes, McDonald’s cheeseburger and fries coupon from the Keyser Avenue location, a free Kids Meal from Texas Roadhouse, Utz potato chips, and a Krispy Kreme donut.

Reservations must be made by Thursday, Dec. 7, by calling 570-346-1828 to leave a message with number of children attending.

Holiday Trolley Excursions

Electric City Trolley Museum will hold a series of holiday season excursions, which will help to bring cheer to the less fortunate members of our community. The very popular “Santa on the Trolley” excursions are scheduled for December  9, 10, 16, 17 and 23.  Departure times are 10 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, and 3:30 pm. Reservations are required. The 10-mile ride goes to the Trolley Works Building at the PNC Field and back to the Museum.

For more information and reservations, contact the Museum at 570-963-6590.


treeMarywood Tree Lighting

Marywood University will gather with the community to kick off the start of the holiday season with its annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony today  at 4 p.m., in the Rotunda, which is located in the Liberal Arts Center on the University’s campus. This event is free and open to the public.

This annual tradition, which draws tremendous community support, is accompanied by prayer, ornament presentations, holiday choral entertainment, and light refreshments. Members of the general public are invited to join the entire Marywood community in the Rotunda each year to share this special, joyous tradition of the holiday season.

For addition information on the history of the Tree Lighting ceremony at Marywood University, please visit

Advent Concert

In a 69 year choral history of songs for the season, the Catholic Choral Society will present an Advent Concert on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Snows Church, 301 S. State Street,Clarks Summit. The group will sing sacred Advent and Christmas music as well other Christmas pieces and will be joined by the parish adult choir. Msgr. Joseph G. Quinn is pastor; music director is Dana Cerminaro The concert is open to the public free of charge.

Brenda Grunza is president of  the Catholic Choral Society while Dr. Thomas Rittenhouse is president emeritus. Jean Shields is accompanist and Ann Manganiello is music director of the group.


RotundaMarywood Concert Choir Performance at Rotunda

Marywood University’s Concert Choir will perform a concert in the acoustically stunning Rotunda, on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 10,  at 3 p.m.

The concerts are free and open to the public. The choir, which holds a concert in the Rotunda once every few years, will perform in a 360-degree circle on the second floor of the Rotunda, with the audience seated below.

For its concert, the Choir will perform Josef Rheinberger’s Cantus Missae for double chorus a cappella, along with unaccompanied motets, a vocal musical composition, by Victoria, Gabrieli, Howells, Charles Wood, Daniel Elder, and Frank La Rocca.


Cancer Institute to host Spirit of Hope Celebration on November 3rd

Spirit of Hope - Board of Ambassadors(1)

The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute and the Board of Ambassadors and Associate Board will host its sixth annual Spirit of Hope Celebration on Friday, Nov. 3, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Pocono in the Keystone Grand Ballroom. The event features cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, food stations, live music by Paul LaBelle and The Exact Change Band and a live and silent auction.

Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased by calling the Cancer Institute at (570) 941-7984 or online at The 2017 Tribute to Courage honorees are Paul and Sharon LaBelle.

Front row, from left: Amanda E. Marchegiani, Community Relations Coordinator of Northeast Regional Cancer Institute; Tom DePietro, Traci Fosnot, event chair; Angela Rempe Jones, Robin Long, Atty. Eugene D. Sperazza, Patrick Sicilio, Leo P. Vergnetti, Board of Ambassador chair, and Patty Vergnetti.

Back row: Brian McQuestion, Thomas P. Cummings III, Nick Colangelo, Atty. Tom P. Cummings Jr., Joe Van Wie, Roxanne Schulman, Karen M. Saunders, president of Northeast Regional Cancer Institute and Atty. Mark Conway.


Anthracite Opera Company’s “Here’s to Love” Hits the Stage Nov. 5th


Dunmore native Cathy Strauch will take art in the Antracite Opera Company’s upcoming production of “Here’s to Love!”

Anthracite Opera Company presents Here’s to Love!, a show featuring classic love melodies from opera to Broadway, on Sunday, Nov. 5,  at 3 p.m.  Directed by Anthracite founder, Gary Richards, the musical performance will be presented at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, located at the corner of Ash Street and Taylor Avenue, Scranton.

The singers include professionals: Ann Marie Dupre’, Barbara Nowicki,  Liz Grohowski, Jan Clairmont,  Eric Sparks, and Gary Richards, Other fine talent includes: Dunmore native Cathy Rist Strauch, Jack Bernesky, Dennis Fanucci, Jillian Kemmerer, Leeann Lemperie, Don McKean, Matthew Merolla, Sheila O’Brien,  and Abigail Zieger. A poetry reading will be given by Don Thomas. Marty Ort is accompanist.

Cost for show only is $15, payable at the door.  A dinner is also planned for after the show at 6 p.m. at the Rossetti Estate for the Arts, 1005 Vine St., Scranton.  Cost for dinner and show is $30. Seating is limited. Dinner includes appetizers, main course, dessert, and entertainment.  Reservations are required for dinner and can be obtained by contacting Gary Richards at 570-335-7702.