Calendar of Events: June 2017

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On Saturday, June 10th at 10:00 a.m., a Flag Day ceremony will be held at Sherwood Park in Dunmore. The service will be presented by members of the Boy Scout Troop 66, sponsored by the Dunmore Presbyterian Church, and the Sherwood Youth Association. The public is invited to attend.

Scranton Shakespeare Festival Tony Awards Party

Members of the Scranton Shakespeare Festival Tony Party planning committee finalized plans for the second annual celebration to be held on Sunday, June 11, 7:30 p.m. at the SSF Tony Awards PartyScranton Club.

Guests are welcome to walk the red carpet during “A Night at the Tonys.” Cost is $35 for guests and $50 for patrons who will be recognized during the event. Price includes live entertainment, light fare and cocktails. Tickets are available at the door or by visiting For more details, visit the website or Scranton Shakespeare Festival on Facebook.

SS. Anthony and Rocco’s Annual Italian Festival

SS. Anthony & Rocco Parish Italian Festival will be held Aug. 11, 12, and 13, 2017 at St. Rocco’s Church Grounds, 122 Kurtz St., Dunmore, featuring food, games and live entertainment. The Festival opens Friday and Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday Following the Noon Mass and Procession.

Live Entertainment:
Friday: DHS Marching Units & Cheerleaders and Picture Perfect;
Saturday: The Jeffrey James Band;
Sunday: Feast Day Mass & Procession at 12 Noon followed by The Luongo Brothers Band, Take Three, and fireworks at 9 p.m.

bucksDunmore High School Class Reunion

The Dunmore High School Class of 1962 is planning its 55th reunion on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Arcaro & Genell Restaurant in Old Forge. If interested, contact Cathy Ross Desmarais at (570)347-1246.


Dunmore Summer Farmers Market

Plenty of arts, crafts, fruits and veggies will soon be available at the Dunmore Farmers Market. The market will open for the season at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 24th, and will run through Labor Day, September 2. Vendors will be set up in the empty lot along the 200 block of East Drinker Street in the Dunmore Corners..

Fruits and Vegetables (1)Borough Councilman Thomas Hallinan and Dunmore Historical Society President Karl Wegford first organized the market last June. It’s believed to be the first of its kind in the borough.

Diocese of Scranton Movie Night

The Diocese of Scranton is hosting an outdoor family movie night experience for all to enjoy this summer while raising funds for the Diocesan Catholic School System. Disney-Pixar’s new film, “CARS 3”, will be presented by the Diocese at the Circle Drive-In, Dickson City on Wednesday, June 21, with gates opening at 7 p.m. and showtime at 8:45 p.m. (or dusk). This second annual Catholic Schools Movie Night is open to the public. The cost is $10 per car. Each child will receive a free popcorn. The event is rain or shine, unless there is thunder or lightning. All proceeds benefit the Diocese of Scranton Tuition Assistance Program. For more information call John Farkas at 570-702-5523.

Marywood University Hosts “Camp Crescendo”

Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will host Camp Crescendo, a two-week dynamic musical experience for instrumental and vocal students in grades 7-12. One- and two-week options are available. Day or overnight options for Camp Crescendo are available during week one only, which features band, orchestra, and choir and will run from July 2-8, 2017.  Week two, which features jazz and improvisation, will run as a day-only option from July 24-28, 2017.

To register or for additional information about Marywood University’s Camp Crescendo, please go online, email or call (570) 348-6268.

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Phoenix Theatrics will present “Forbidden Broadway,” a music revue mocking popular shows such as “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Wicked,” “Les Miserables,” Spamalot,” “Rent” and “A Chorus Line” and featuring a 22-person cast on Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, June 25, at 2 and 7 p.m. at Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main Street, Duryea. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door, by calling (570) 457-3589, or prepaid premium seats are available at:

Volunteer Fire Company Picnic

Elmhurst-Roaring Brook Volunteer Fire Company will hold its annual picnic on June 21, 22, 23 and 24 at the picnic grounds located off Route 435 in Elmhurst. Grounds will open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m., and Saturday at 5 p.m. Homemade food will be available. Featured on June 21 will be a car show with DJ Paul; June 22, parade at 6d6b949456d6763fc98013ebb9562b6c7 p.m. and music by Take 3; June 23, music by Hell Yo, and June 24, music by Old Friends. Proceeds will help fund fire/rescue services.

Motorcycle Ride to Benefit Griffin Pond

The sixth annual Griffin Pond Animal Shelter  Motorcycle Ride fundraiser, in conjunction with the Dickson City Train Station and Legends Saloon, will be held on  Sunday, June 11, at Legends Saloon, 750 Boulevard Ave., Dickson City.  All money raised will be used exclusively to fund the Griffin Pond Shelter Veterinarian  Care  account for sick and injured animals at the shelter.

The Griffin Pond Animal Shelter at 967 Griffin Pond Rd, South Abington Township, PA 18411 is not funded by any state or federal funds. Donations will be accepted at Legends Saloon for Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

All licensed  motorcycle riders are invited. Registration is $20 per motorcycle rider and $15 per  motorcycle  passenger. Registration will be from 9 to 11 a.m..  with the motorcucles departing promptly at 11 a.m. from Legends Saloon.  The  escorted motorcycle ride will proceed to Arlo’s Tavern, 10340 Rte 171, Uniondale, PA.

Motorcycle Riders are asked to return back  to Legends Saloon, Dickson City no later than 3:00 p.m. for food and music.  The public is invited to attend.

GRACELow Cost Vaccination Clinic

In Pursuit of Grace, Dunmore,  is partnering with Bunker Hill Vet Hospital for its annual Low Cost Vaccination Clinic on Saturday June 10, from 9am to 11 a.m. at 1702 Cedar Ave., Scranton. Vaccination costs are $6 for rabies; $14 for distemper, and nail clippings, $5. Flea and tick medication will be available for purchase. All dogs must be on a leash or in a carrier. All cats must be in a carrier; one cat per carrier. No appointment is necessary.

Dunmore Students Earn Dean’s List Honors at King’s College

KingsCollegeWilkesBarrePennsylvaniaLogo.pngDr. Joseph Evan, provost and vice president for academic affairs at King’s College, recently announced two students from Dunmore who have qualified for the Dean’s List for the 2017 Spring semester.

Both students, Jenna Kimmerle and Jillian Korgeski, are recent graduates of Dunmore High School.

Former DHS Shortstop Brings Positivity to Marywood

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Matt Higgins, left, a former shortstop for the Dunmore Bucks, now plays for Marywood University. He is shown here with his teammate, Vince Rebar.

By Steve Svetovich

Matt Higgins may not always be the biggest star on a baseball diamond, but he is the most positive.

The former Dunmore Bucks shortstop always looks at the bottle as half full.

And that positive outlook is a strong influence on his Marywood University teammates.

Short and somewhat stocky, he doesn’t look like a middle infielder, but he sure plays like one.

He has natural leadership skills that he fully enjoys bringing to the table.

His constant bantering comes both on and off the field. Even on a plane ride to Port Saint Lucie, Florida, when Higgins kept the positive vibe up with constant jabs, humor and banter towards his teammates. And he doesn’t leave any of them out.

Joking about a teammate who is an only child, he said, “Ok, the big question is are you in the family Christmas photo with your parents or by yourself? Oh, I know it’s just you and the dog.”

And it’s that kind of humor that brings his teammates together and has them cackling in laughter.

And he takes a busting or jab better than anyone.

When third base coach Jo Jo Diskin was hit by a foul line drive in Florida, there was complete silence until Higgins ran out and gave his coach a quick massage. Higgins has a unique way of making everything all good.

Son of Sean and Virginia Higgins, Matt, 21, is a 2014 graduate of Dunmore High School. He played four years of baseball at Dunmore and was the varsity starting shortstop his final two seasons.

He played basketball as a freshman and sophomore and soccer as a senior.

Not one to sit and do nothing, he was a member of almost every club at Dunmore and took a particular interest in the Mock Trial group.

He batted .270 and .250 in his junior and senior high school seasons, but his impact came more as a team leader, positive impact on younger players and overall team player.

Mark Finan was his coach. “He expects you to be a leader on and off the field,” the Marywood middle infielder said. “He taught us to play for each other.”

The junior spark plug said he gets both his positivity and humor from his parents.

“They taught me to drop the negatives and look at all the positives in life. They are positive people.

“It takes a man to put all the negatives aside and overcome adversity.

“You have to face your problems and adversity head on and then move on to the positive. I like to look at the positives in life. Enjoy the game of baseball. Enjoy life.”

And Higgins has no problem taking on the role of a leader. In fact, he revels in it. “I like to play the game. We play for each other. I take a positive approach to the game and life in general. I think you need to stay positive and be a good influence on the younger players on the team. They will follow your lead. I have no problem lighting a fire.”

Higgins did not get much playing time his first two seasons with Marywood, but he kept his positive outlook and cheered his teammates on from the dugout.

His playing time has increased this season and he is making the most of it. He played shortstop and second base in Marywood’s doubleheader sweep over Cairn University, 2-1 and 3-1, Saturday, March 25. He had two hits in the second game win.

“We did not open this season on a positive note, but we are playing as a team now. We backed our pitchers up. We will have a positive outlook from this point on. Our team feels we can get a good streak going.

“Our team in general is hitting better now. We are putting the ball in play. We could win a lot more games.

“The team is building character and we are having a lot more fun. We are more of a team now.”

Higgins talked about what it takes to be a solid middle infielder in college baseball.

“You need to put in a lot of time and hard work. You have to trust your hands. And you need to trust your teammates.”

Higgins, not surprisingly, sees a bright future. “We want to make a strong run at the playoffs and win. We want to be a part if something big here.”

He also looks forward to obtaining his degree in architecture, getting a good job and possibly attending graduate school.

In the meantime, he keeps the positive vibes and humor flowing on the baseball diamond at Marywood.

“You have to have fun playing baseball,” he said. “I love this game.”

Crusaders Win Intraborough Boys Basketball Champion Game



The Intraborough Boys Basketball Champion Game between the Dunmore Bucks and the Holy Cross Crusaders was recently held at Holy Cross High School. The event, sponsored by the Dunmore Lions Club to help defray the cost of their College Scholarships Programs, is well over 30 years old.

This year, the Holy Cross Boys defeated the Dunmore Boys by a score of 51-39.

Holy Cross players shown in the first row from left are: Joe Liuzzo, Anthony Fletcher, John Egan, Caleb Callejas, Carl Schuster, Kieran Burrier, Patrick Galvin, Matt Nelson and Jeremy Fick.

Shown in the second row, same order: Assistant. coaches Tim Callejas, Mike Zayac, Rich Larussa, and Rob Heyen; Players Jake Rasimovich, Justin Walker, Leahy O’Connor, Tom Montefour, Angelo Calciano, Nick Ferraro, Declan Tokash, Jake Wiercinski, Tyler Mozeleski, Malachi Phillips, Brendan Willsch, and Joe Degrazia; Coach Al Callejas, Lion Anthony DeSantis, Lion president Jim Aita, Lions Rich Green and Angelo Martarano.


Dunmore High School players and Lions Club members are pictured, first row, from left: Nate Fangio, Steve Borgia, Colin Holmes, and Michael Dougherty.

Second row, same order: Assistant Coach Mark Finan; Players Nick Maldonato, Chris Murray, Cory Lawless, John Mandarano, Rich Grippi, Jerry Longo, Conor Walsh, Tom Dougherty, Daniel Walsh; Coach Tony Lacertoso, Lion President Jim Aita, and club members Anthony DeSantis, Rich Green, and Angelo Martarano.