Actors Circle to Present “The Man Who Came to Dinner”


Actors Circle presents “The Man Who Came to Dinner” by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday June 7, 8, 9 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 10, at 2 p.m. directed by Bob Spalletta with Katie VonBergen is stage manager, at Providence Playhouse.

Tickets are $12 general, $10 senior, and $8 student. For reservations call 570-342-9707, or email to  Visit Actors Circle’s Facebook page, or website.  All reservations are held 10 minutes to show time.

Cast members are, seated: Bruce Jordan.

Standing from left: Lisa Marie Chokola, Christopher Alu, Amanda Van Buskirk, Cathy Rist Strauch, Lorrie Loughney, Ashley A. Michaels, Kaylah Hodgins, Jane Foy, Dominick Azzarelli, Jeff Ginsberg, Darla Germeroth and Justin O’Hearn.

Not pictured: Eric Lutz, David Hunisch, Linda C. Griffiths and Liz Stanton.



Dunmore Class of 1976 Plans 60th Birthday Celebration

DHS class

Members of the Dunmore High School Class of 1976 who are planning a 60th birthday bash on May 26 include, from left: Paula Kernan Makosky, Ann Lacertoso Berardelli, Renee Ragnacci Sheluga and Diane Genett Olivetti.

By Steve Svetovich

The Dunmore High School Class of 1976 enjoyed its 40th reunion so much two years ago that the class is planning a 60th birthday celebration this May.

The big event will be held Saturday, May 26, at the Waldorf Tiki Bar from 5 to 9 p.m.

Tickets will be $35 per person and will include food and entertainment. There will be a cash bar.

“Everyone had such a great time at the 40th reunion two years ago,” said class member Ann Lacertoso Berardelli. “So we all said, ‘Why wait?’ That’s how it all started. So we planned a combined 60th birthday party for all the class members.”

Committee members for the “60th birthday bash” include Ann Lacertoso Berardelli, Patty Rafalko Copeland, Roseanne McDonough Fisne, John “Rocco” Mandarano, Paula Kernan Makosky, Bill McAndrew, Sherry Rubino Nicholas, Jamie Decker Sleboda, Diane Genett Olivetti, Mary Ferguson Woelkers, Leo Woelkers, Renee Ragnacci Sheluga, Betty Buck Rozelle, Ann Genett and Patty Manci.

“Most reunions are every five years,” said Berardelli. “We decided why should we wait five more years to get together. So it was very easy to decide on a 60th birthday bash.

“It’s a class where everyone got along so well. And many of us stayed in touch and remained friends throughout the years. We want everyone to come out and enjoy the fun. It’s a fun group.”

Checks should be mailed to: Patty (Rafalko) Copeland, 827 Throop St., Dunmore, PA 18512. Checks should be made payable to: DHS Class of 1976.

Berardelli said the next meeting for the event will be Wednesday, April 11, at 6 p.m. in Calabria Pizza, Drinker Street, Dunmore.

“All classmates are welcome,” said Berardelli. “To keep things fun, Bill McAndrew has invited a special guest. It’s a surprise. He is not telling us who it is. We are inviting everyone to come out and join the fun that night. It is not too late to RSVP.”

Beradelli said the Class of 1976 is hoping for a near 100 percent turnout at the “60th birthday bash” celebration.

“Some invitations have been returned to us, so we want to make sure everyone is aware of the event. Information is posted on our class Facebook page, Dunmore High School Class of 1976.”

Berardelli said most of the class members can’t wait for the ” 60th birthday bash” next month. “We can all celebrate our birthdays together.”

In the meantime, Berardelli urged as many class members as possible to attend the April 11 meeting. “Come join us and find out who the special guest is. It is all going to be a fun, great time.”


West Point Saxophonist to Perform at Marywood

Saxophonist Stacy Wilson,Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will host a Saxophone Recital and Master Class by principal saxophonist for the West Point Band, Stacy Wilson, and her accompanist, Yalin Chi, on Saturday, April 7. The recital will take place at 1 p.m., and the Master Class will take place at 3 p.m., in the Marian Chapel, at the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life on the University’s campus. The recital and master class are free and open to the public

Staff Sergeant Stacy Wilson is the principal saxophonist in the West Point Band. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, with recent concert appearances in Japan’s Izumi Concert Hall, Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw, and Mahidol University in Thailand.

Staff Sgt. Wilson was recently featured as a guest concerto soloist with the United States Army Band in Europe, giving concerts in Oftersheim and Eppelheim, Germany. Since joining the West Point Band in 2008, she has performed as a concerto soloist and was the logistical coordinator and organizer for the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference hosted by the band in 2011.

She has been a jury member for the NASA Young Artist competition, NASA Quartet Competition, and the Asia Pacific International Solo Competition. Staff Sgt. Wilson has been a featured guest artist at the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy in Bangkok, Thailand, and has taught at Indiana University and Montclair State University. She earned degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington, and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Sergeant First Class Yalin Chi joined the West Point Band in January of 2008. Originally from Beijing, China, she gave her debut with the Central Opera Symphony Orchestra in 1997. In the same year, she moved to the United States and studied with Victoria Mushkatkol at the Interlochen Arts Academy. She has performed in prestigious venues including: Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Gardner Museum in the United States, and Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, South Korea.

Sgt. First Class Chi attended the Aspen Music Festival in the summer of 2006 with an orchestral piano fellowship. She attended the Taos School of Music, the Music Academy of the West, the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and has performed in master classes for Arie Vardi, Richard Good, John O’Conor, and Boris Berman.

For additional information about the Marywood University’s free Saxophone Recital and Master Class, please contact Dr. F. David Romines, D.M.A., music, theatre, and dance department co-chair and associate professor of music education at Marywood University, at, or call (706) 255-9180.


UNICO Pig Roast Set for April 14th

Pig roast committee

The Keystone Chapter UNICO is presenting their annual Pig Roast Fundraiser at Fiorelli’s Banquet Hall on Saturday, April 14.  The Arc of Northeastern PA is this year’s primary beneficiary. This year’s theme is “An Evening In Venice.” Cost is $55 per person and reservations can be made by contacting Michele McDade at 570-343-7009.

Seated from left are Michele McDade, Lenore Latarewicz, Sandy Collins, chapter president Cathy Gerard, Nanine Gramigna and cochairman Bob Collins. Standing, same order: Mark McDade. Ed Latarewicz, Nancy Malone, Toni DiVizio, Marilyn Vitali, Bob Tagert, Nettie Wormuth, cochairman Frank Coviello, Val Riggi, Ann Summa, Mary Mack, Mary Ann Coviello, Gloria Rizzo, Mary Lou Karliak, Cesira Berardelli, Cathy Bianchi, Jim Mack, Sylvia Tagert and Ray Tropeano.