Artist of the Month: Jack Reilly

Artist of Month pic Reilly

John Reilly is shown with his featured painting entitled “Coal Train.”

Jack F. Reilly of Bangor, who is the September Artist of the Month at the Dunmore Activity Hub, worked on the railroad for 42 years.

“After retiring in 2003, I needed to do something constructive,” Jack explains.  “My wife encouraged me to go to oil painting class with her.  Although I’ve never painted before, it seemed like a good idea that we could do something together. In the six years I have painted pictures of each of my children’s houses along with mine, and a few still lifes.”

Because there are only a few men in the class, Jack says that the ladies, along with their teacher, Jill Swersie, have given him the confidence to continue.

“The Dunmore Activity Hub has offered me the opportunity to make everlasting friendships that I hold dear in my heart,” he relates.

Jack’s very talented wife was featured as the July Dunmorean Artist of the Month, and their equally talented Dunmore relative, Maria Ragnacci was featured in August.  They, along with friends and family, can be seen sampling local restaurants after art class on Monday evenings.


Upcoming:  Please plan to attend the Dunmore Activity HUB’s Community Arts Show, Oct 6 and 7. Show and activities will take place at 1414 Monroe Ave # B, Scranton, PA 18509.  For further information call: (570) 207-2662.



Dunmore Senior Center to Host Designer Purse Bingo Fundraiser


The Board of Directors of the Dunmore Senior Center are planning the second annual Designer Purse Bingo to benefit the participants of the Center.  The Bingo, which will be held at Dunmore Community Center, 1414 Monroe Ave., on Sunday, Oct. 1,  will feature 26 purses by designers, Coach, Dooney and Bourke, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, and Vera Bradley. Doors open at noon with the games beginning promptly at 1 p.m.

Anyone interested to donating to the event or purchasing tickets to the event should contact Program Director, Alison Boga at 570-207-2662 ext. 2, or board member, Brenda Colbert at 570-299-7909.

Shown from left are board members Gerald Skettino, Brenda Colbert, Esq.; Al Lawrence, Louis Paciotti, board president; Dr. Alice McDonnell, Jeanne Phillips and Todd Labelle.


Artist of the Month: Maria Ragnacci

Artist of the Month Maria Ragnacci,jpgMaria  E. Ragnacci, the Dunmore Activity Hub Artist of the Month for August,  is an accomplished artist, as her displayed works testify.

Regarding one of  her featured paintings, “The Lady in Red,” she says, “I loved the colors, subject and motion in this painting.”

“I first started painting 40 years ago, for a short period of time, then took a break when I began raising a family of my own.  When I retired six years ago, I started painting again at the Dunmore Activity Hub.”

Maria explains that most of her paintings are from photos she has taken, from places she’s been, or from the collection of pictures provided by her teacher, Jill Swersie.

“ Our class is as much about friendships as it is about learning and improving our painting skills,” Maria points out. “The center is a place that makes everyone feel welcome.  It is a real treasure in Dunmore. There are so many activities that are available to all.”

Maria’s paintings and those of her colleagues will be on display October 6 and 7 at an art show at The Dunmore Community Center.  The public is encouraged to attend.


Dunmore Senior Center Membership Dues Forms are Available

By Steve Svetovich

Alison Boga, executive director of the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe for Seniors, said the 2017/2018 membership dues forms are now available.

Individual membership is $10 or $15 for couples.

Membership can be used for discounts on fee based activities such as Yoga, Tai Chi, Ballroom Dancing and Oil Painting. It can also be used for upcoming bus trips and seminars.

Members pay $5 for $8 classes and $3 for $5 classes. Members also receive mailed newsletters and discounts on special activities, including bus trips.

All proceeds from membership dues are used for projects and expenditures approved by the Senior Site Council.

Members or the general public can visit for menus and activity calendars, or call the Center at 570-207-2662.

The Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe for Seniors celebrated National Safety Month this past June. Tips were provided for safe outdoor dining and how to recognize different heat related illnesses.

Boga said volunteers are needed at the Center. The volunteers are needed for clerical, kitchen duty and lunch. If interested in becoming a volunteer, said Boga, please stop by at the Center (1414 Monroe Ave., Dunmore) or call (570-207-2662).

“We want to hear from you,” said Boga. “We are always looking for ways to improve the programming provided. If there is a particular speaker or activity that someone would like to see offered at the Center please let us know.”

Boga said the Senior Garden is coming along very well. “The Headstart program children planted vegetables in the garden as well. The garden is funded by the Department of Aging. We owe a great debt and gratitude to the garden designer, Lydia Bagdonas, for her creativity and perseverance.”

A free event, “Eating Local and Organic,” was held last July 19 at the Center.

Other programs at the Dunmore Activity Hub include bingo, learn to knit, ballroom dancing, sketching and oil painting, gentle yoga for health, Tai Chi, pinochle, Stretching with Gretchen, silver flow yoga, walking club, VNA blood pressure screening, gardening club, essential oils with Mother Willow, eat right nutrition tips, site council meetings, gardening club meetings, nutrition days, farmer’s market voucher day, elder law seminars by Atty. Dan Lucas and Ronald McDonald House volunteer opportunities.

The Dunmore Activity Hub food menu is catered by Metz Food Service. A variety of nutritious lunch choices are provided five days a week.

Fred Battaglia is Site Council president for the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe for Seniors.