Dunmore Class of 1976 Plans 60th Birthday Celebration

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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.”



Bucks Beat Crusaders in Intraborough Champion Game

The Intraborough Boys Basketball Champion Game between the Dunmore Bucks and the Holy Cross Crusaders was recently held at Dunmore High School  sponsored by the Dunmore Lions Club.  The event aiming to help defray the cost of its College Scholarships programs is in its 35th year.

This year the Holy Cross boys defeated the Dunmore boys by a score of 62-47.


Pictured above from Dunmore High School are, front row, kneeling from left: Daniel Walsh, Owen Haggerty, Frank Ruggiero and Rich Grippi.

Standing, same order: Mark Rinaldi, Noah Mihal, Jerry Longo, Nate Fangio, Head Coach Tony Lacertoso, Mike Aronica, Lion president  Jim Aita, Jared Argust, Steve Borgia, Tom Dougherty, Lion Richard Green, Mark Finan, Christopher Murray, Joe Schmidt, Assistant Coach Gino Tempesta, and Lion Angelo Martarano.



The photo above shows  members of the Holy Cross team, from left: Andrew Craven, Anthony Fletcher, Tyler  Mozeleski, T J Liuzzo, Angelo Calciano, Joey Liuzzo, Pat Gavin, Decian Tokash, Caleb Callejas, Jake Rasimovich, Carl Shuster, Leahy O’Connor, John Hartridge, Jeremy Fick, Jake Wiercinski, Justin Walker, John Egan, Tommy Montefour, Nick Ferraro, Dan Dougherty, Kieran Burrier, Joe DeGrazia, Brenden Willsch, Sang Nuyeng Asst. Coaches; Tim Callejas, Mike Zayac, Rich Larussa, Rob Heyen, Head Coach Al Callejas, and Lion Members; Jim Aita,  Richard Green and Angelo Martarano.

Athlete of the Month: Nate Fangio


By Steve Svetovich

Dunmore senior Nate Fangio has excelled at three sports for four years and right now is busy honing his skills on the hardwood.

Son of Cory and Rebekah Fangio, Dunmore, the senior small forward is averaging 12.0 points per game for a Bucks team off to a 9-6 start at press time.

He scored 14 points, including two 3-pointers, in Dunmore’s recent 57-33 win over Old Forge to start the second half of season play. Dunmore senior Richie Grippi led the Bucks with 15 points. Daniel Walsh added 13 points.

Fangio, Grippi and Walsh are serving as a potent 1-2-3 punch for Dunmore this season.

As good as Nate is in basketball, his best sport is football.

bucksA four-year member of the Dunmore Bucks football team as a wide receiver-cornerback, he was named to the All-League teams both offensively and defensively.

He will become a four-year member of Dunmore’s track and field team where he earned all-star status in his junior year for the triple jump. He is the school record holder for the 4 by 400 relay. He also performs the long jump.

Well versed and obviously talented in many areas, Nate has a 96 academic average and is a member of the National Honor Society. He is a member of the Spanish Club, French Club, Earth Club, Health Careers Club and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). His favorite academic subject is history.

The senior stalwart said he will major in business at Penn Stats University next year.

“We have a pretty good basketball team that is coming along well so far,” he said. “We have a few younger guys playing key roles as well as a group of seniors who are leading the way and showing how to play together as a team.”

Nate, a four-year member of the Dunmore basketball team, said he has learned a lot from coach Tony Lacertoso. “Coach Lacertoso teaches us how to be a good guy not only on the basketball court, but off the court. He teaches us how to win and how to lose. You can be a good winner, but you should also be a good loser. He teaches us how to carry yourself on and off the court.”

The scholar-athlete said his parents are excellent role models. “They teach me to always work hard and be respectful. They teach me to always keep my goals in mind and work hard to achieve them.”

Nate talked about what it takes to be a good small forward in high school basketball. “You need to demonstrate very good athleticism and do a nice job guarding opposing forwards. And you have to be able to make a shot and score from anywhere on the court.”

Nate said he likes listening to hip hop music in his spare time. His favorite musical artist is Post Malone.

And while Nate excels at both basketball and track and field, he knows there is football in his blood. His uncle is Vic Fangio, the highest paid defensive coordinator in the NFL as part of the Chicago Bears coaching staff.

Nate said he wants to be a part of a championship basketball team this season. He was a key member of a 15-1 Dunmore Bucks football team that went to the state championship earlier this school year.

And then he wants to win districts and become an all-star in track and field.

Those are his immediate goals before he ventures off to Penn State.

“Dunmore High School has been great to me,” Nate said. “It’s been a great experience, the best four years of my life. I’ve made a lot of great friends. I’ve met a lot of great people at school.

“Dunmore is a very tight community and there is great support here.”

Dunmoreans of the Year: 2017-2018 Dunmore Bucks Football Team


Photo Credit: Rich Banick Photography

By Steve Svetovich

Congratulations to the 2017 Dunmore Bucks football team, our Dunmoreans of the Year.

Dunmore, led by veteran head football coach Jack Henzes, won the Lackawanna Football Conference Division III title and fourth consecutive District 2 Class 2A crown.

Dunmore finished the season 14-1 after losing to eventual state champion Southern Columbia in the semifinals.

The 14 wins tied for the most in team history.

The 14-win season was the fourth in Dunmore’s history.

And the 14-win unbeaten streak was the longest in team’s history, beating the 1985 Eastern Conference team that finished 13-0.

Only the Valley View Cougars, which won 15 games in its state title run in 1992, won more games in a single season.

Jerry Longo and Michael Muracco are both members of four straight District 2 championship winning teams — a run that began in 2014 for the Bucks.

The icing on the cake came late last month when Shoemaker, a two-way starting lineman, was presented the prestigious Fiore Cesare Award and Scholarship. The Scranton Chapter of Football Officials and Peoples Bank Security presented the standout senior with the award at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel.

Shoemaker is the fourth Dunmore player to win the award, joining Brett Trichilo, Miller Holmes and Michael Perry.

Shoemaker also earned All Region honors and his second berth on the Class 2A all-state team. He will continue his playing career at Monmouth University.

Dunmore’s Jerry Longo, Shoemaker, Stevs Borgia, Darcy and Nate Fangio were all named to the Lackawanna Football Conference Division III Coaches’ All-Star first team offense.

Dunmore’s George Mesko, Luke Yanisko, Shoemaker, Fangio and Borgia made first team defense.

Cristian Buckley rushed for 140 yards on 17 carries in Dunmore’s 35-6 win over Newport in the first round of the PIAA Class 2A playoffs. Darcy fired a 59-yard touchdown pass to Fangio in the win.

Dunmore moved its record to 14-0, with a 23-20 win over Ligonier Valley in the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinal at Hershey. The win tied the school record for consecutive wins in a season.

Darcy completed 5-of-10 passes in the win. He tossed 22-yard touchdown pass to tight end Noah O’Malley.

Dunmore’s Kyle Harrity made the key play in the game when he blocked a punt for a safety giving the Bucks a 16-14 lead five minutes into the third quarter.

The Bucks then scored off the free kick, with Buckley cutting up the middle after a cut to the right for a 24-yard touchdown jaunt.

It was a football season the town of Dunmore will never forget.

The full team roster is as follows: Sean Pietruszkiewica, Mark Rinaldi, Luke Yanisko, Noah O’Malley, Thomas Lewis, Greg McDade, George Mesko, Caleb Kilmer, Steve Borgia, Gavin Darcy, Nate Fangio, Nick Stanco, Cristian Buckley, Joe Talutto, Charles Valvano, Billy Donvito, Kyle Harrity, Alex Reese, Frank Damiano, Jake Kalinowski, Tyler Summa, Anthony Santarsiero, Anthony Golden, Pat Donvito, Alec Yanisko, Louis LaCapra, Patrick Burke, Jake Sawka, Nick Shoemaker, Rocco LaCapro, Anthony Kashmer, Jerry Longo, Bobby McMynne, Seamus Cadden, Michael Muracco, Kris Patel, Mike Gianetta, Tyler Overholtz and Colby DeSando.