Anthracite Opera Company to Present “Mainly Classical” on May 6th


Anthracite Opera Company will present Mainly Classical, a show featuring classic pieces from opera, including Rigoletto and Madam Butterfly, as well as Broadway tunes, on Sunday, May 6 at 3 p.m..  Directed by Anthracite founder, Gary Richards, the musical performance will be presented at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

Anthracite Opera members performing for this show are: Erik Sparks, Ann Marie Dupre, Barbara Liberasky-Nowicki, Gary Richards, Jack Bernesky, Dennis  Fanucci, Jillian Kemmerer, Matthew Merolla, Leeann Lemperle, Cathy Rist Strauch, T.J. Worobey and Abigail Zieger. Dr. Lawrence Kauffman is accompanist. Cost for show only is $15, payable at the door.

A dinner is also planned for after the show at 5:30 p.m. at the Rossetti Estate & Trust for the Arts, located at 1005 Vine Street in Scranton.  Cost for dinner and show is $25. Dinner seating is limited.

Dinner includes: appetizers, main course, dessert, and entertainment featuring the barbershop quartet, Vocal Accord. Members are: Don Overdorff, Raleigh Bloch, Dane Bower and Lou Volpetti. Reservations are required for dinner, by contacting Gary Richards at 570-335-7702.


“Bowl for a Cause” Raises More than $2,000 for Coaches vs. Cancer

Bowl for a Cause

Commonwealth Health held its annual “Bowl for a Cause” fundraiser at South Side Bowl in Scranton.  Approximately 175 employees from Regional Hospital of Scranton, Moses Taylor Hospital and Commonwealth Health Emergency Medical Services (CHEMS) took part in the event.

Each employee who participated paid a fee to bowl two games with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer. More than $2,300 was raised for the charitable organization.  Prizes including highest and lowest team bowling score, best and worst individual score, best team name and best team spirit were handed out to participants.

Members from Commonwealth Health team “Cha-Chings” include, Kathy Martillotti, Michele Beck, Matthew Kalinchok, Nicole Yusinski, John Matlock, JoAnn Hanusich and Lynn Lucash.

Artist of the Month: Patricia Orr

Artist Pat Orr Pix

Patricia Orr is shown with her featured paintings entitled “Sarah.” She most enjoys painting portraits of her eight granddaughters.

Patricia Orr of Greentown has been named the Artist of the Month for May at the Dunmore Activity Hub. Mrs. Orr, who began painting while she was in high school, joined the painting group in February of 2016.

Her featured painting is entitled “Sarah,” and depicts her now six-year-old granddaughter when she was four years old. In fact, Mrs. Orr finds most of her inspiration for painting from her eight granddaughters.

“The oil painting class at Dunmore Senior Center has a wonderful, warm and friendly atmosphere,” Mrs. Orr explains. “That warmth encourages creativity.”

She adds that the center itself has much to offer to seniors, “Pretty much something for everyone.”

Dunmore Senior Looking Forward to Academic, Softball Future

Athlete of the Month - Mia Mandarano

By Steve Svetovich

Dunmore senior second baseman Mia Mandarano comes from a baseball-softball-academic family.

So it is not surprising that softball and college are in her immediate future.

Daughter of John and Rita Mandarano, Mia, 17, is enjoying her senior year at Dunmore to the fullest while she prepares for a future at Marywood University. She will play softball and major in Early Childhood Education at Marywood.

Two of her brothers, P.J., a junior pitcher, and John, a freshman shortstop, both Dunmore graduates, are currently at Marywood playing baseball.

Hmarywooder sister, Bella, plays with her as a junior center fielder on the Dunmore softball team.

Another brother, Joe, is a sophomore catcher on Dunmore’s baseball team taking after P.J. and John.

With a catcher, second baseman, shortstop, pitcher and center fielder in the family, the Mandarano family is very strong up the middle.

Mia talked about what it takes to be a solid second baseman in softball. “You need to know where the play is and tell the other players where to go. You need to be a leader in the infield.”

Mia has a 93 academic average. She is member of the tennis team. She is in several clubs, including SADD, TACT, the Spanish Club and the Earth Club.

She talked about her goals for the rest of her senior year. “I want to get my grades up even higher and finish strong. I want to help our softball team finish strong and win as many games as possible.”

And her future goals?

“I want to enjoy my time playing softball in college. I want to get my degree and become a teacher with elementary kids. Hopefully, I will get a job teaching at Dunmore. I would love that.”

Mia said she learned a lot from Dunmore softball coach Ryan Ferguson. “He taught me to always be confident on the field and have confidence in myself. He taught me to always keep your mind in the game. It’s a mental game and you should shake everything off in the end.”

And the scholar-athlete, humble in nature, credits her parents for much of her success. “My parents teach me to always stay positive. They tell me you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it. They really taught me everything in life.”

Mia enjoys listening to music in her spare time and particularly loves country music artist, Luke Bryan, who she saw a couple times in concert.

Mia, who hit two homers last season for Dunmore and has played softball most if her life,  has very good time management skills. “You need to always be prepared, organized and know what you are doing next. You need to understand everything you are doing.”

Appreciative and hard working, Mia is cherishing all the moments as she closes out her academic and athletic career at Dunmore.

“Dunmore High School has been great. I made so many great friends here. I will have these friends forever. The teachers were really great. They taught me so much. What they taught me will take me to the next level and the level after that.”