UNICO Planning Golf Tournament in May

Scranton Chapter of UNICO National will reboot its annual golf tournament on Wednesday, May 26, at Mount Airy Resort. The tournament will feature sponsorship opportunities for events and holes, a silent auction and basket raffle.  Golfers wishing to play may contact any committee member.

Planning committee members include, seated from left: Jim Brogna, chairman, board of directors, and Vince Martino, tournament chairman.

Seated second row: Diane Alberigi, Karen Clifford, Gail Cicerini, chapter president, and Linda Stefursky. Third row: Jim Baress, Ann Genett, Diana Giovannini, Joanne Quattrone, Diane Calabro, Mary Marrara, Jim Sagona and Chris DiMattio.

Scranton to Host Inaugural Ice Festival

A small group of community-minded volunteers in partnership with First Friday Scranton, Scranton Tomorrow, the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, and the Scranton Area Community Foundation, have joined together to host the inaugural Scranton Ice Festival, which will be held on Friday, Feb. 5, through Sunday, Feb. 7, in Downtown Scranton. 

The Scranton Ice Festival will feature a number of ice sculptures in front of businesses in downtown Scranton including various businesses located on Adams Avenue, North Washington Avenue, Penn Avenue, Linden Street, and Wyoming Avenue. Family-friendly activities are also planned. Some of these activities include ice sculpting demonstrations, musical acts, and more. The event coincides with First Friday. The Scranton Ice Festival aims to bring people to downtown Scranton to support small businesses after a challenging year caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This free and largely outdoor festival will be an opportunity for the community to safely patronize local businesses and generate charitable support for the Scranton Small Business Relief Fund at the Scranton Area Community Foundation, which will help small business owners and employees experiencing hardship during the coronavirus pandemic. Any and all remaining proceeds from this nonprofit event and its sponsorships will go towards this charitable fund. Contributions will be tax-deductible. 

For questions about the Scranton Ice Festival, please email scrantonicefest@gmail.com.

Tomorrow’s Leaders Today Adjusts to New Normal

The 2020-2021 Leadership Lackawanna youth program, Tomorrow’s Leaders Today (TLT), recently met for its first virtual session, which included an orientation, leadership basics, and philanthropy. This year’s program is made possible by the support of its corporate sponsor, NBT Bank.

TLT is a seven-month program designed to develop the leadership, interpersonal, and managerial skills of high school juniors, while giving them an enhanced understanding of northeastern Pennsylvania. 

The program also gives them the opportunity to explore teamwork, collaborative decision making, different communication styles, and engage in problem solving techniques. The challenges and opportunities of northeastern Pennsylvania are discussed as participants meet with community leaders and other high school students.

Although COVID-19 has adjusted the program’s regular schedule, the virtual environment has created new learning opportunities for this year’s students.

“Thanks to the help and support of our volunteers, local organizations, and leaders, we have put together a high-quality program for our students in a virtual format,” said Dominick Mitchell, Leadership Lackawanna program coordinator. “I am impressed with the students and their enthusiasm for this year’s curriculum. A virtual setting is new for all of us, but their engagement in learning and with each other has been inspiring.”

The 2020-2021 Tomorrow’s Leaders Today participants from Dunmore High School is Jessica Trauger

Participants from Holy Cross High School include: Nora Betts, Laura Johnson, Sarah Lyons, Mariah Mancuso and Nathan McAndrew.

Leadership Lackawanna’s Tomorrow’s Leaders Today Program accepts applications from sophomores who attend high school in Lackawanna County or in the Lackawanna Trail and Western Wayne school districts.