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.



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

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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.


Calendar of Events: November 2017

petrDHS Crimson Company Presents: “Peter and the Starcatcher”

Members of the Dunmore High School Crimson Company will present their fall play, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” November 15 through 18 at the Dunmore High School Auditorium.

“Peter and the Starcatcher” is the uproarious prequel to Peter Pan from Disney Theatrical Group. Based on the bestselling novels by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, this entertaining adventure tells the story of how Peter and the Lost Boys got to Neverland and playfully explores the bonds of friendship, duty and love.

Wednesday through Friday, there will be one performance beginning promptly at 7 p.m. each evening. On Saturday, November 18, there will be two shows a matinee at 1 p.m. and an evening performance at 7 p.m.

For children ages 5 and under, tickets cost $5.00. For students and seniors, the cost is $8.00, and for adults a tickets are $10.00 each.

For more information, visit the Dunmore High School Crimson Company Theatre Group’s Facebook page.

Home for the Holidays

The Dunmore Pride Committee announces the third annual “Home for the Holidays” on Sunday, Nov. 26, at Dunmore Corners.  This joyous community event will commence with a Santa Parade kick-off from the Carlucci Golden Desantis Funeral Home at 1 p.m., then proceed to the First National Community Bank where Santa will greet all with photo holidaysopportunities.

Christmas spirit will be spread by local retail businesses, vendors, and restauran filled with holiday cheer.  Holiday activities for children of all ages will be abound.  “Home for the Holidays” will conclude at 4:30 p.m. with a Christmas caroling at the tree lighting finale.

To provide a donation or inquire further about this event, then please reach out by e-mail to or visit the Dunmore Pride homepage on Facebook.

Designer Purse Bingo

Dunmore’s Keystone UNICO is sponsoring a “Designer Purse Bingo” with proceeds going to local scholarships and charities. The Bingo will be conducted at the Eagle McClure Hose Company, Old Forge on Sunday, Nov. 19, from 12-4 p.m.  Tickets are $20.  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.  No alcoholic beverages will be served.  Keystone UNICO is a 501c3 not for profit organization.  Tickets can be purchased from all Keystone Chapter Members or call Michele McDade at 570-343-7009 or Lenore Latarewicz at 570-878-4900.   

Spirited Art Party Fundraiser

spiritedThe Little Sisters of the Poor will host a Spirited Art party from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Holy Family Residence. Spirited Art, which is a very popular program for creative and non-creative types, provides individuals and friends an opportunity to create paintings while sampling beverages and snacks such as wine and cheese.

The cost is $35 per person and includes an instructor-led class, paints, smocks, brushes, easels and canvases. The Little Sisters also will provide snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Attendees are welcome to bring their own wine and snacks as well. Seating is limited.

Reservations are due by Monday, Nov. 13, by contacting Mrs. Jackie Galvin, M.S., director of development and communications, or Mrs. Lisa Blaker, director of activities and volunteer coordinator, at (570) 343-4065.

Marywood Open Houses

Marywood University will hold undergraduate and graduate open house events in November.

The Undergraduate Open House on Nov. 11 will begin with registration at 9 a.m., in the Fireplace Lounge in the Nazareth Student Center, on the University’s campus. These events are for high school students and their parents and will include conversations with representatives of academic departments, admissions counselors, financial aid, athletic coaches, and members of campus clubs and organizations. Additionally, campus tours, a continental breakfast, and a buffet lunch for all guests will be included.

The Graduate Open House on Nov. 4, will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m., in the Fireplace Lounge at the Nazareth Student Center, on the University’s campus. This event is for future graduate and doctoral students and will include an overview of Marywood University, conversations with admissions counselors, meetings with faculty, and a financial aid/scholarship session. Optional tours of campus will be available.

To register for either the undergraduate or graduate open houses, or for additional information, contact Marywood University’s office of admissions at (570) 348-6234 or visit

Seraph Brass concertSeraph Brass Quintet at Marywood

Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will host the Seraph Brass Quintet, America’s top female brass players, on Friday, Nov. 10,  from 7-8 p.m., in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts, on the University’s campus.

The performance is free and open to the public. Seraph Brass has toured throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe. They have performed multiple concerts at the Lieksa Brass Week in Finland, and they were the featured ensemble at the International Women’s Brass Conference.

For additional information, visit the music, theatre, and dance department at, or contact Michael Parker, instructor, at, or call (570) 348-6268.

Chamber Gala

Tickets are still available for the 2017 Chamber Gala, where The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce will announce the winners for the 2017 SAGE Awards (Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence), which honor outstanding local businesses for their talent, creativity, and innovation.

This year’s Gala will take place on Thursday, Nov. 2, at The Theater at North. Cocktails and cuisine will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the award presentations will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 and are available at

Money Matters Workshop at Marywood

Marywood University’s Accounting and Finance Club will be holding a program called Money Matters, at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania on marywoodNov. 9, at 3:45 p.m., at the Boys and Girls Club, 609 Ash Street.

During the workshop, Marywood Accounting and Finance Club student members will teach Boys and Girls Club members (ages 6-9) about the importance of financial savings and lead them in an arts and crafts project to create their own personal piggy bank. Additional sessions are planned for the spring semester, at which Marywood students will teach the Boys and Girls Club members (ages 10-14) about basic money management and finance skills such as how to write a check, understanding what a credit card is, and how to use a credit card appropriately.

Festival of Trees

The care-free times of the “Roaring Twenties” will be the theme of this year’s annual Festival of Trees exhibit and Toys for Tots reception fundraiser, which will be held at the Marketplace at Steamtown in the former Abercrombie & Fitch space on Friday, Dec. 8.

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department is currently seeking non-profit organizations, businesses, churches and schools to sponsor and decorate a tree. All funds raised from the trees will go directly to Toys for Tots.

The cost to sponsor a tree is $50 for non-profits, schools and small businesses (50 or under employees) and $100 for corporations (over 50 employees).  Participants must supply their own artificial tree.  All trees must be set-up and completely decorated for the December 8 reception.

To register a tree, send a check or money order, made payable to Toys for Tots, to Gerard Hetman, Festival of Trees, Lackawanna County Community Relations Department, 200 Adams Avenue, Sixth Floor, Scranton, PA 18503, along with your contact information.

The trees will be on display through Jan. 12.  

choral16th Generations Sing Concert

The Catholic Choral Society will present the 16th Generations Sing Concert on Sunday evening, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton. As in past years, this year’s celebration concert strives to celebrate both ecumenical diversity and multigenerational singers.

The Catholic Choral Society, marking its 69th season, is composed of more than 50 members from both Luzerne , Lackawanna, Wayne, Pike, Wyoming and Susquehanna Counties.

This year The Catholic Choral Society will both sing and host the following groups:

Elementary School:  “Moscow Melodies,”   directed by Michele Conaboy

Valley View 5th Grade Intermediate Chorus, directed by Stacey Whitaker

High School: Greater Nanticoke Area High School Chorus, directed by Ellen Rutkowski

College: King’s College:  “Cantores Christi Regis, ” directed by Rob Yenkowski

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

All are invited to attend; there is no admission charge, however, the opportunity for supporting the concert through a free will offering will be available.

For information about concerts and membership please call 570-575-1040 and see .

Calendar of Events: September 2017

“Dunmore Shoots vs. Dunmore Ladders”

The Dunmore Fire Department is challenging the Dunmore Police Department to a charity Softball Tournament on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 4:30 p.m. at Sherwood Park. Entitled the first annual Hot Shots Tournament, “Dunmore Shoots vs. Dunmore Ladders,”the two dunmoredepartments are going to raise money for charities by selling T-Shirts, basket raffles,50/50 drawings and pass the cap. All proceeds will be donated to Dunmore youth organizations.

Sponsors from local businesses and residents are being sought for baskets and donations. For any additional questions or information, call 570-840-1896.

Grief Workshop

We recognize that learning how to live without your loved one is difficult. How do you cope? Will you ever feel normal again?

vnaVNA Hospice, located at 301 Delaware Avenue in Olyphant, is holding workshops in September and October to help those who are grieving. The classes will answer all of your questions and offer ways to help you continue your life productively, even when it’s a “tough day.”

Feel free to bring family and friends. If you have any questions or if you would like to confirm your attendance, please call (570)383-5180.

DHS Class Reunion

Dunmore High School, Class of 1957, will celebrate a 60th anniversary reunion on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 4 to 9 p.m. at La Buona Vita, Reilly Street, Dunmore.

knightsKnights of Columbus Meeting

Knights of Columbus, Dunmore Council 3635, will hold their next regular meeting on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m,. at St. Rocco’s Church Hall, 122 Kurtz St, Dunmore. All members are encouraged to attend. The agenda includes the annual Halloween party for children and  football sweeps tickets.


Medicare Outreach Program

State Rep. Kevin Haggerty, (D) Lackawanna, has announced a new Medicare outreach program will be available every third Monday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at his district office, located at 1414 Monroe Avenue in Dunmore.

Haggerty said an APPRISE representative from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging will help constituents with questions about Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans, Medigap plans, Medicare drug plans, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage and various low-income assistance programs, such as the Medicare Savings Program and Extra Help.

The Lackawanna County representative is asking constituents to please call his office to make an appointment at 570-342-2710. The local APPRISE program is sponsored by the Voluntary Action Center and is funded by the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging.

laohLadies Ancient Order of Hibernians Casino Trip:

The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians will hold a bus trip to the Sands Casino & Outlets in Bethlehem on Saturday, Sept 30.  The bus will depart from St. Patrick’s Church, Jackson Street, West Scranton, at 10 a.m. and returns for home at 5 p.m.  The cost of the trip is $25 with a $20 slot rebate and $5 food voucher.  There are outlet shops to explore as well as the city of Bethlehem.  All proceeds benefit St. Patrick’s Food Pantry, St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen and various local charities.  Contact Maureen at 570-558-5263 or Michele at 570-343-7009.  Payment is due by Sept. 10.  Make checks payable to LAOH-DIV. 5 and mail to Michele McDade, 102 Ridgeview Drive, Scranton, 18504.

Cancer Survivors Day

Steven J. Scheinman, M.D., has been named chair for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s 25th Annual Cancer Survivors Day- Honoring, Remembering, Sharing. Cancer Survivors Day is a dual-location event set for Saturday, Sept. 23, at McDade Park in Scranton and Saturday, Sept. 30 at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre from 10am – noon and is free of charge although pre-registration is encouraged.

cancerThe events feature the Circle of Survivors, an activity during which every person in attendance has the opportunity to say a few words about their experience with cancer. Conversation and light refreshments provide an additional opportunity for connection and support. Cancer survivors, their families and friends, as well as caregivers and healthcare professionals are invited to attend.

For more information, go to or call the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute at (570) 941-7984.

SS. Cyril and Methodius Rummage Sale

The seventh Annual Fund Raiser Rummage Sale for SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant, will be held on Sept. 22, 23, and 24 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m and Sunday until 2 p.m.  Free parking is available across from the school and the Parish Parking lot at 207 River St., Olyphant.

For more info. call 570-489-2271 or 646-241-9443. A raffle will be held on Sunday, Sept. 24, with items donated from local merchants, businesses and new items.  Food will be served starting at 8:30 in the morning.

Property Tax Meeting

State Rep. Kevin Haggerty, D-Lackawanna, will host a property tax elimination Town Hall from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 at his Olyphant Satellite Office, 530 E. Park St. Haggerty explained that since an Aug. 2 meeting in Scranton, his office has received daily phone calls from property owners who weren’t able to attend that meeting but want more information. For more information about the free Town Hall meeting, contact Haggerty’s office at (570) 342-2710.

marywoodPacers Club’s Surf & Turf Dinner

Marywood University’s athletics club, the Pacers Club, will host a Surf and Turf Dinner on Monday, Sept. 25, from 6-9 p.m., at Morganz Pub and Eatery, 315 Green Ridge St., Scranton, Pa. The cost of the dinner is $85. Proceeds from the event will assist with the cost of student-athletes’ equipment and their events and programs.

The Pacers Club Surf and Turf Dinner will also serve as an opportunity to welcome Marywood University’s newest executive officers, Susan Turell, Ph.D., provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, and Tammy McHale, vice president of business affairs and treasurer.

For additional information, please contact Eric Grundman, assistant director of athletics and recreation and head men’s and women’s golf coach, at, or call (570) 348-6211, ext. 2516.

“A Streetcar Named Desire” at Marywood University

Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will present its fall production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams’ classic American Drama, on Friday, Oct. 6, and Saturday, Oct.7. The performances will begin at 7:30 p.m., each day in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; and $5 for students.

This year is the 70th anniversary of Tennessee Williams’ classic, A Streetcar Named Desire. The play will be performed by a talented ensemble of Marywood students and members of the community. The American Drama tells the story of the tragic heroine Blanche Dubois, who is searching for kindness and beauty in post-World War II New Orleans, colliding with Stanley Kowalski, her ruthless, brutish brother-in-law, while her reality crumbles around her.

For additional information about Marywood University’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire, or to reserve tickets in advance, please visit, or call (570) 348-6211, ext. 6097.

remembrance walkCommunity Arts Show

Dunmore Activity Hub’s Community Arts Show will be held on  Oct 6 and 7. Show and activities will take place at 1414 Monroe Ave # B, Scranton.  For further information call: (570) 207-2662.

Senior Fair Hosted by Rep. Haggerty

State 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.

Strength Training and Nutrition Classes

Penn State Extension, in collaboration with The University of Scranton, will be offering strength training and nutrition classes to help men and women improve their muscle strength and bone density. The “Growing Stronger” 12-week strength training program is designed for adults 40 and older. Two classes are being offered.  One is on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10:30 am to 11:30 am at West Side Active Older Adult Community Center, 1004 Jackson St., Scranton, beginning Sept. 6.  The other one is on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1 pm to          2 p.m. at Abington Senior Center, 1151 Winola Road, South Abington Township, beginning Sept. 7. The cost is $115.  

For questions or to register, please call Penn State Extension in Lackawanna County at 570-963-6842 or go online.  Space is limited and registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

LRCA_LogoA orgLackawanna River Conservation Association’s 30th anniversary

The 30th Anniversary celebration of the Lackawanna River Conservation Association will include over 30 events and activities conducted during September and October at various locations throughout the Lackawanna Watershed. There will be large public events and smaller educational activities with schools, senior centers and community groups and LRCA members.     

The Anniversary celebration series will include a major kickoff event, a free cocktail party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, Sept. 7 at the Carbondale Grand Hotel.

The Celebration will conclude with a Community Recognition Awards Dinner and Gala to be held in the Ballroom of the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple  The Dinner /Gala will begin with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, Oct. 5. That is the anniversary of the actual date in 1987 when the LRCA filed its articles of incorporation.  In mid-September, the LRCA will announce the names of several individuals and organizations that will be recognized with awards at the dinner.

American Sign Language Classes

The Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children is offering various levels of classes for those wishing to learn or continue learning American Sign Language.

Level I, II and III classes are offered on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m., from September 20 to October 25. Cost is $65.00 per person.

If interested in registering, go online or contact Hannah Thebarge by phone at (570)585-1000 or by email at