Dunmorean of the Month: Marlena Pegula

marlenaBy Steve Svetovich

Marlena Pegula is busy with academics, sports and clubs, but her biggest honor came in the beginning of her senior year when she was named Miss Buck at Dunmore High School.

Daughter of Diane and Mark Pegula, Marlena is a four-year member of the volleyball and softball teams at Dunmore. She is a four-year manager of the girls’ basketball team.

She is a member of the Spanish Club, French Club, SADD (students against destructive decisions), TACT, National Honor Society, Health Careers Club, Earth Club, Drama Club, Art Club, Band, Chorus and Show Choir. She also helps with the costumes for school plays and has been a varsity basketball cheerleaders for two years And with all that extracurricular activity, Marlena still puts academics first. She has an impressive 93 academic average. Her favorite subject is Calculus.

A four-year starter on the softball team, she pitched, played outfield and third base for the Lady Bucks last season. She will concentrate more on pitching this year.

Humble in nature, Marlena takes her role as Miss Buck seriously.

“I am very honored and proud to represent my school in a very positive way,” she said. “My goal is to represent myself in a way that the younger students can look up to me. I want to help show the younger students to always do their best to succeed at what they want in school and in life.”

Marlena said she has learned how to balance her time with a busy schedule.

“I always find time for studies before anything else. Then I put the time in for sports and clubs.”

The scholar-athlete said her experience at Dunmore has been like no other. “It is an experience I will never forget. I have been very honored to go to Dunmore High School.”

The new Miss Buck said her parents have been huge mentors in her life.

“They always tell me to do my best at anything I attempt and to never give up on anything.”

Marlena said she enjoys listening to music in her spare time and the late Whitney Houston was always an inspiration. She would like to see Misterwives and The Lumineers in concert.

Her sister Marina, a sophomore softball player at Lackawanna College, played volleyball and softball for two years with Marlena at Dunmore. Marlena was also the basketball manager for two of the years her sister played on that team. “It was a lot of fun being with my sister,” she said.

Marlena would like to study pharmaceutical science at either the University of Sciences or Louisiana State University in college. She would also like to play softball in college.

“I want to become a pharmacist someday, work for a pharmacy and someday open my own pharmacy.”

In the meantime, Marlena will do her very best to represent all Dunmore students as Miss Buck. “I am just so very honored,” she said.


Successful Soccer Season for Lady Bucks Comes to an End


By Emily Fedor

Dunmore High School senior Gillian Coar and the rest of the Lady Bucks soccer team have scored one goal after another this year. Literally.

Over the course of her four-year soccer career, Coar — a striker — has scored more than 90 goals, slashing the previous school record of 41 goals set back in 2008. This season alone, she scored 34.

The Division MVP is also one of the soccer team’s four co-captains.

DHS Girl's Soccer - Gillian Coar

Senior striker Gillian Coar now holds the record for most career goals scored at Dunmore High School.

The Lady Bucks finished their regular season with a record of 9-2-2 — a stat that earned them the Division IV championship title. Coached under Dunmore High School graduates and former soccer starters Matt DeVivo and Megan Dempsey, the girls then went on to battle for the District 2 AA title.

This level of play was nothing new to the Lady Bucks. Last year, they were the PIAA District 2 runner-ups and advanced to the first round of state playoffs.

This year, the girls were ranked second going into district play, earning them an automatic spot in the quarterfinals.

That October 26th match against the Western Wayne Wildcats went into overtime, after neither team scored during the first two halves of regular play. But that overtime didn’t last very long. Less than a minute in, Coar shot and she scored, bringing home the ‘W’ for the Lady Bucks with a final score of 1-0.

Two days later on October 28th, the girls faced Montrose in a semi-final match-up. With a high-scoring machine in Coar, they had a good chance, no doubt. But the Lady Meteors had a weapon of their own in Maddy Gilhool. The Montrose junior striker scored once in each half of Saturday’s game — handing the Lady Bucks a heartbreaking 2-0 loss.


The Lady Bucks’ finished the 2017-2018 season with a record of 10-3-2. While all involved hoped the journey would last a little longer, ending the season as one of the top four teams in their district is not too shabby. Not too shabby at all.

Multiple members of the team have also been acknowledged by being named first and second team all-stars. Those players named first team all-stars include Gillian Coar, fellow seniors Lexi Fangio and Olivia Ortiz, junior Emma Coar and sophomore Mia Chiaro.

The second team picks include junior Tommi Jane Golden and freshman Olivia Leo.  

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 dunmorepride@gmail.com 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 www.marywood.edu/admissions.

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 www.marywood.edu/mtd/events/, or contact Michael Parker, instructor, at mfparker@marywood.edu, 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 www.scrantonchamber.com.

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 www.catholichoralsociety.org .

Bucks Remain Unbeaten and Capture Second Straight Division III Title

bucksBy Steve Svetovich

Gavin Darcy threw for 198 yards, fired three touchdown passes and ran for another leading the Dunmore Bucks to a 41-12 romp over Old Forge as the team earned its second straight Lackawanna Football Conference Division III title Friday, October 27.

Dunmore is now 10-0, including 9-0 in Division III.

Dunmore veteran coach Jack Henzes, who three years ago became the 16th high school coach in the country to achieve 400 career wins, will lead his team as the No. 1 seed in the District 3 Class 2A playoffs, where the Bucks will host Mid Valley.

The win was Dunmore’s 29th consecutive in the regular season and 43rd straight in the division. Darcy now has 21 touchdown passes for the season.

The loss was Old Forge’s first of the season. The Blue Devils will host defending champion Lackawanna Trail in the District 2 Class 1A final.

The Bucks only totaled three yards rushing in the first half, but held a commanding 27-6 lead mostly due to Darcy’s arm. He passed for 159 yards and threw all three of his touchdown passes in the first half. Darcy also scored on a one-yard plunge in the first half.


DHS Senior Nick Shoemaker is a tackle for the Dunmore Bucks.

Darcy’s first touchdown pass came on a 22-yard strike to Steve Borgia with 11:04 left in the first quarter.

The extra point kick by a Rinaldi made it 7-0.


Dunmore defensive stalwart Nick Shoemaker stopped the Blue Devils first scoring opportunity with a stop at the Dunmore seven-yard line with 8:31 left in the first quarter.

Still, Old Forge came right back when Tommy Souriyavong snared a seven-yard touchdown pass from freshman Dante Lucarelli with 3:39 left in the first quarter. The extra point try failed on a bad snap and Dunmore held a 7-6 lead.

The Bucks stopped an Old Forge drive on fourth down from the Dunmore 10 when Borgia swatted down a pass attempt.

Two plays later, Darcy connected with Nate Fangio on a 75-yard touchdown pass. Dunmore held a 13-6 lead with 9:41 left in the second quarter after the extra point kick failed.

The Blue Devils then moved the pigskin to the Bucks 38, but Greg McHale intercepted a pass and scampered 75 yards to the Old Forge one. Darcy then bolted in from the one for another tally. The Rinaldi extra point gave Dunmore a 20-6 lead with 3:33 left in the second quarter.

The hard-nosed Shoemaker and tough interior line stopped a fourth down quarterback sneak by Lucarelli at the Dunmore 45. Darcy then hit Borgia on a screen pass resulting in a 50-yard gain. He followed with another screen pass to Frank Damiano for a five-yard score with 15 seconds left in the second quarter. The Rinaldi extra point kick gave Dunmore a 27-6 lead.

Dunmore scored again on a 16-yard run by Damiano with 2:29 left in the third quarter. Rinaldi booted the extra point.

Dunmore’s Kyle Harrity romped up the middle for a 47-yard touchdown run with 10:46 left in the fourth quarter. Rinaldi kicked the extra point and Dunmore led 41-6.

Borgia, excelling on offense and defense, led Dunmore with three receptions for 102 yards, including his touchdown.

Harrity led the running game with 55 yards on just three carries, including his touchdown run.