Calendar of Events: September 2021

Dunmore Blood Drive

The Northeast Chapter of the American Red Cross will conduct a blood drive on Friday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dunmore Community Center, 1414 Monroe Ave., Dunmore. The day is being called “Roll Up Your Sleeve for the Red Cross. Day in Dunmore.”

The COVID 19 pandemic has caused blood supplies to become critically low, according to Red Cross officials. 

The Red Cross has been helping people since 1881 and now the 140-year-old organization finds itself needing help. Download the Red Cross App for more information on the Red Cross. Regular blood donors can save time at the donation site by using the App’s Rapid Pass. 

Craft Fair

A Craft Fair will be held at Nay Aug Park on Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to benefit a special needs playground for all to enjoy. There will be over 100 vendors, raffle baskets, food, and more.

Cancer Survivors Day

Cancer Survivors Day is a dual-location event set for Saturday, Sept. 18, at McDade Park in Scranton and Saturday, Sept. 25 at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre. The events run from 10 a.m. – noon and are free of charge although pre-registration is encouraged. 

The events feature the Circle of Survivors, an activity during which every person in attendance can say a few words about their experience with cancer. Conversation and light refreshments provide an additional opportunity for connection and support. Cancer survivors, their families, and friends, as well as caregivers and healthcare professionals are invited to attend. For more information, go to www.cancernepa.orgor call the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute at (570) 904-8808.

Sewing Classes

​​Area youth from ages 8 to 18 who are interested in learning to sew can take advantage of the opportunity to join a 4-H Sewing Club to learn.  An organizational meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. at the White Sewing Center, 735 Oak St., Scranton.  Parents should accompany their child to this meeting to assist in finding the appropriate project and meeting time.

For more information, contact Sandi Graham at 570-963-6842 or e-mail  at saa224@psu.edu.

SCC Outdoor Concert

The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple will host the final show in its free outdoor summer concert series on Sept. 10 with alternative rock/punk band Blind Choice.  The show will take place outside the Scranton Cultural Center at 420 N. Washington Avenue.

 All current CDC Guidelines will be followed, with any updates being shared via social media.  Patrons are requested to wear face coverings while inside the building.  The performance will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; a cash bar with light fare will open at 6 o’clock prior to the show.  In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors.  To learn more about the Scranton Cultural Center and its upcoming events, visit SCCMT.org.

Pet Parade

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter will host its inaugural Wag-O-Ween 5K and Pet Costume Parade on Saturday, Oct. 16, at McDade Park, pavilion 1, at 1 Bald Mountain Rd., Scranton. Registration and check-in are from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., and the race begins at 10.

Runners are invited to wear their favorite Halloween costume or running gear as they dash through a 5K course designed by Scranton Running Company. The top male and female runners in each age category will receive a medal. The runners who compete in costume also will vie for the scariest, funniest, best superhero, and most unique costume prizes. All runners will receive a complimentary Griffin Pond Animal Shelter Wag-O-Ween 5K and Pet Costume Parade t-shirt. Registration is $35 and can be completed at www.runsignup.com/griffinpond.

Following the race at approximately 11:30 a.m., Griffin Pond will host a Halloween pet costume parade. Parade participants should check in at 11 a.m. at pavilion 1. During the event, pet owners will escort their pets as they contend for the funniest, cutest, most creative, and most unique costume prizes. Parade registration is $15. The shelter also has numerous sponsorship options available which are great advertising vehicles for businesses or a way to honor someone. To register for the parade or as a sponsor, visitwww.griffinpondanimalshelter.com.

All proceeds will benefit the shelter’s canine and feline enrichment program.

Brother’s Revivial

The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple will present “A Brother’s Revival” on Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in its Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Theatre.  “A Brother’s Revival” features David Goldflies, who was a member of the Allman Brothers Band from 1978-1982 as well as Mike Kach from Dickey Betts Great Southern.

Tickets for “A Brother’s Revival” are on sale ranging from $28.25 – $48.25 (includes fees) and are available for purchase at the Fidelity Bank Box Office at the SCC in person or by calling (570) 344-1111, or via Ticketmaster. For more information or to view a full schedule of events, visit SCCMT.org.

Fall Festival

Our Lady of the Abingtons hosts its Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, September 11 5PM -11PM, and Sunday, September12, noon – 6PM at the OLA Church Grounds on 700 West Main St. In Dalton, PA.

Featured on Saturday will be a BBQ Pig Roast, and on Sunday, a Chicken BBQ.

There is free parking and no admission. Also available will be delicious food, pizza, potato pancakes, clam chowder, homemade baked goods, bountiful baskets, silent auction, white elephant, children’s games (on Sunday). Saturday night entertainment features Andy Bower and Peak Evolution; Sunday entertainment is The Quietmen and Vocal Accord Barbershop Quartet. Rev. Arbogaste Satoun is pastor. For more information call  570-351-6842.

Gala Arts Event

The Rossetti Foundation for the Arts and Culture (RFAC) is hosting a Grand Gala Celebration of Art and Music at the Rossetti Estate, 1005 Vine St., Scranton, featuring a festive reception with live music and performances from local talents. This is a formal attire event (Black Tie Optional), and will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 6 to 9:30 p.m.. Enjoy a glass of wine with hors d’oeuvres during the evening. Also available will be mixed media art for sale.  The ticket price is $50 single, $75 for a couple. For tickets, go to Rossettigala2021.planningpod.com, or call 917-520-1686.

Those performing are: Opera singers Anne Marie Dupre (soprano) and Becka Govinashvili; Charles Truit  (Spanish guitarist); Gogita Gogidze (Multilinguistic performer); Dawn Tyrell (Classic pianist); Katsuhiro Kita (clarinetist); Denise Knox (pianist); and singers Ben Knox and Avynne Storey. Cathy Rist Strauch is Master of Ceremonies.  

For more on the Rossetti Foundation for the Arts and Culture, visit our Facebook page, or our website at: Rossettiarts.org. This is supported by the Scranton Area Community Foundation.

SKILLS 2021 Workforce Summit & Career Fair

Skills in Scranton, the workforce development affiliate of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, is hosting SKILLS 2021 Workforce Summit & Career Fair on Thursday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Viewmont Mall. 

Employer booth and sponsorship applications are now open. Multiple levels of sponsorship are available for businesses.

This event, which is free to the public, is not your typical job fair. It will connect local employers and job seekers, as well as host engaging and educational presentations. The theme is Bridging the Gap: Employers & Employees in a Post-COVID World. Speaker topics will include apprenticeships, veteran employment, and best practices for job searching and recruitment.

Attendees can also learn about career opportunities with local employers from a variety of industries. In addition, free assistance with resumes and interviewing will be available for job seekers. An on-site COVID-19 vaccine clinic will also be offered, administered by DePietro’s Pharmacy.

To register or for more information, visit www.scrantonchamber.com/skills-2021-workforce-summit-and-career-fair/.

Vigil Planned at Everhart Museum to Mark 20th Anniversary of 9/11

The 9/11 Memorial Committee of Lackawanna County will host a special observation of the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, with an evening vigil on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m. in front of the Everhart Museum at Nay Aug Park. The public is invited.

The ceremony will include prayers, songs, a rifle salute by the Northeast Detachment Marine Corps League and the lighting of 297 tea candles (1 for every 10 victims) to symbolize the 2977 innocents and heroes who died that day. Mayor Paige Cognetti and Congressman. Matt Cartwright are scheduled to give remarks.

Shown from left: Thomas Munley, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas; Rev. Richard E. Fox, St. Patrick’s, Scranton; Mayor Paige Gebhart Cognetti, Capt. Dennis Lukasewicz, Scranton Police; Vince Carden and Jim Rosar, Marine, NE Detachment, Marine Corps League; Charlie Spano, chair of the 9/11 Committee; Jim Casella, NE Detachment of the Marine Corps League; Chief Len Namiotka, Scranton Police; Chief Richard Kane, NE Detachment Marine Corps League; Joe DeAntona, 9/11 Committee; US Rep Matt Cartwright, and Patrick O’Malley, vice chair of the 9/11 Committee.

Doin’ Dumore: Remembering a Hero of 9/11

By Steve Svetovich

The late Stephen Siller is a hero in every sense of the word.,

And Dunmore will acknowledge this Saturday, Sept. 11. 

The late New York City firefighter who tried to rescue others but died at The Twin Towers Sept. 11, 2001, will be recognized on the outside grounds of Dunmore High School,at Dunmore Veterans Memorial Stadium Saturday, Sept. 11, at 8 a.m, 

Stephen Gerard Siller was the youngest of seven children born to Mae and George Siller. At age eight, he lost his father, and a year-and-a-half later his mother passed away, leaving him an orphan to be raised by older siblings.

Despite a period of struggles, but thanks to the love of his siblings, he grew up to be a dedicated firefighter.

On Sept. 11, 2001, Stephen, age 35, who was assigned to Brooklyn’s Squad 1, had just finished his shift and was on his way to play golf with his brothers when he got word over his scanner of a plane hitting the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Upon hearing the news, Stephen called his wife Sally and asked her to tell his brothers he would catch up with them later. He returned to Squad 1 to get his gear. 

The veteran firefighter drove his truck to the entrance of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but it had already been closed for security purposes. Determined to carry out his duty, he strapped 60 pounds of gear to his back, and raced on foot through the tunnel to the Twin Towers, where he gave up his life while saving others.

Stephen had everything to live for. He had a wonderful wife, five beautiful children, a devoted extended family and friends. His life and heroic death serve as a reminder to us all to live life to the fullest and to spend our time here on earth doing good deeds. That is his legacy.

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation honors the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others. It also honors our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country.

Ty Holmes

Ty Holmes, 52, from Summit, N.J., is bringing an event to honor Siller and fellow 9-11 first responders to Dunmore on Saturday, Sept. 11. His wife, the former Margie Piepoli, a 1993 Dunmore High School graduate, was instrumental in making the arrangements along with John Marichak, superintendent of Dunmore schools, and the Dunmore School Board.,

“This event is always held in New York City around the Twin Towers each Sept. 11,” said Holmes. “However, it has been tempered down due to COVID, so we asked to have the event in Dunmore to remember Stephen Siller and all of those who died that terrible day.”

Holmes is a 25-year retired military man, having served 15 years in the U.S. Army and 10 years in the U.S. Navy earning the rank of master sergeant. 

Holmes said Siller’s final words,as he was running up the tower to save anyone he could, were, “My brothers are in there,” a reference to his fellow firefighters. 

“In the midst of tragedy,” said Holmes, “heroes emerge. We cannot let 20 years go by without acknowledging that.”

Holmes said in New York City to commemorate the event “we go to the exact path Stephen walked.”

At 8:46 a.m. taps is performed to honor Siller and the others who bravely died that day. The significance of 8:46 is the exact time the Twin Towers were first struck. 

“We are extremely grateful to Dunmore to host this event for us. The event in New York City was modified due to COVID, so Dunmore was receptive. We are requesting Dunmore and Scranton police and firefighters to attend. We will have speakers who will discuss how 9-11 affected them, where they were at the time and how life has changed for them since then. A firefighter from New York City will speak.” 

Holmes said taps will be played in Dunmore at 8:46 a.m. The tradition is also to walk 14 laps, the same distance Siller ran from his car to the Twin Towers. A total of 2,997 flags will be placed around Dunmore Veterans Memorial Stadium to honor and represent each victim from the Sept. 11, 2001 tragedy.

The 13 United States soldiers who were tragically killed in Afghanistan will be remembered through a Mission Man Table. “This will honor those no longer with us. We will have a memorial for our fallen soldiers.”

The Bell football game will follow at 2 p.m. 

“It tells you a lot about the Dunmore School District who went above and beyond for us. The school superintendent, John Marichak, has been extremely helpful. This is a Veteran’s Visions event. It is also open to the public. We begin at 8 a.m.”