“Operation Peaceful Warrior” Program Planned for Saturday April 6th

Veterans resource center_0507Marywood University’s Student Veteran Alliance will present “Operation Peaceful Warrior,” a day-long exercise program to benefit Warrior Strong on Saturday, April, 6, from noon to 5 p.m., at the Veterans Resource Center, 2236 North Washington Avenue.

This event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome, but not required.

Warrior Strong is a free fitness organization that offers veterans and their families the opportunity to improve their physical and mental health within a training facility that builds camaraderie. Marywood’s Student Veteran Alliance is assisting with raising money for Warrior Strong in an effort to secure a building that supports local veterans and their families with physical and mental wellbeing.

This day-long event will be filled with yoga, Muay Thai, and boot camp competitions that will be judged by Steamtown Crossfit. Local vendors, raffles and prizes, and more will be offered at the event.

For information, email the Student Veteran Alliance at SVA@m.marywood.edu, or call Marywood University’s Veterans Resource Center at (570) 961-4551.

Dunmoreans of the Month: Brian and Dawn McGurl

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By Emily Fedor

It’s show time once again for members of the Dunmore High School Crimson Company. In the coming days, the cast and crew will present the final showings of their spring production “Beehive: The 60’s Musical.”

On Saturday, the curtain will fall for one last time marking the end of not just another successful show and season for this drama club, but also the end of an era.

Brian and Dawn McGurl took over as drama club directors all the way back in 2005.

“Beehive” will be the 32nd show produced under their leadership, and it will be their last.

“We were back and forth with it, but it’s time,” Dawn said.

“When I started I was 45 years old. I’m 60 now,” Brian said with a chuckle. “Climbing up ten foot ladders and climbing on the catwalk, that’s not as much fun as it used to be.”

“And lugging costumes,” Dawn chimed in. “It’s a lot of work.”

The choice to step back from the drama club was sparked by another big decision.

Brian has taught seventh grade geography at the Dunmore Middle School for more than 30 years. He has decided to retire at the end of this school year.

The district would have allowed the McGurls to stay on with the Crimson Company, but Brian said he believes the club should be led by a teacher.

“The part of this that is the best part is that you’re extending the classroom,” he said.

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Brian and Dawn will look back on these years fondly, saying they’ve left everything they have to offer on the auditorium stage.

Over the last 14 years, the two have brought upon several big changes that have transformed this program into quite a showstopper.

When the McGurls first took over, the club only put on one play a year for only one week.

Now, each Crimson Company season features a straight play in the fall and a musical in the spring, and each production spans two weekends. Another big change to the schedule is the newly added Sunday matinee.

Brian and Dawn also helped secure funding to purchase new curtains, a new sound system, microphones and more. Their most recent project involved building a new sound booth in the back of the auditorium a major game changer for the club’s crew members.

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“This is a sports town, but in the time that we’ve been here, we’ve made great strides in pushing the arts to the fore and making it as important as sports,” Dawn said. “I think that’s one of the things we’re most proud of.”

While they are excited to spend more time with family and friends and enjoying other aspects of life, Brian and Dawn say they will miss their days in the auditorium and people they shared those days with the people who have become like a second family to them.

“One of the great parts of this is the friendships we develop,” Brian said with a smile. “As our students get older, we have all these friends now.”

“I’m going to miss seeing that freshman come out, and just seeing the growth by the time they’re a senior. It’s so rewarding,” Dawn said. “The impact that this can have on a person’s life is just awesome.”

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Of course, as one chapter comes to an end, another must begin.

During the next school year, the Crimson Company is set to present two shows — an original work in the fall and the Charles M. Schulz inspired musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” in the spring.

As far as who will fill the McGurls’ shoes, someone has expressed interest in taking charge of the Crimson Company.

But as far as who that someone is, the Dunmorean is sworn to secrecy until the school board gives its final approval.

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“Beehive: The 60’s Musical” continues this week with performances on April 3, 4, 5 and 6 at 7:00 p.m. each evening inside the DHS Auditorium. Tickets will be $10 for adults; $8 for students/seniors, and $5 for children under five.

Dunmore Police Install Wheelchair Lift for Young Student

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Cayden Orr, in front, is shown with members of the Dunmore Police Department and Moreland Collective. From left: Mike Igoe, Dunmore Police Department; Nicole Sullivan, Moreland Collective, Cayden’s father, James Orr; Tom Richardson, Dunmore Police Department; Mayor Tim Burke of Dunmore; Meghan Lennox Gagorik and Melissa Lennox, both of Moreland Collective.

Throughout the month of December, the Dunmore Police Department, with the assistance of local marketing agency Moreland Collective, hosted a fundraising event for local children in an effort to provide a merry holiday to all.

During the fundraising efforts, it was brought to the attention of the department that a wheelchair-bound student at Dunmore School District was living without a much-needed chairlift at home. After a very successful month, the department raised enough funds to install the lift and called upon various local businesses to help with the installation.

Edwards Concrete Company, DPW workers, and AmeriGlide teamed up with Dunmore Borough Council, Mayor Tim Burke, and Borough Manager Vito Ruggerio to install the lift, each one playing an integral role in the installation process. Monetary donations from area sponsors Keystone Sanitary Landfill, DePietro’s Pharmacy, and Fidelity Bank helped fund the project.

James Orr, father of Cayden Orr, who required a lift, says, “ I would like to thank the Dunmore Borough and their departments, especially the Police Department and Captain Tom Richardson for all their work, generosity and help with getting my son, Cayden, his lift.

“You have no clue how appreciative my family is for the lift. It has helped greatly getting Cayden to his school van and my vehicle. We would not have been able to afford such a lift, or even get it approved by insurance.”

Mr. Orr, adds, “The borough has come up extremely big for my family. I extend my sincere gratitude to all who helped.”

Dunmore Police Officer Thomas Richardson states, “It was brought to our attention by the school district that this student’s father was carrying him to and from the vehicle each day while also caring for his other children. Our officers unanimously agreed that this was a project we wanted to take on knowing that ultimately, we would be giving a child more freedom. I don’t believe there is any better feeling than that.”