Dunmorean of the Month: Brian Loughney

By Steve Svetovich

Dunmore’s Brian Loughney had a mission, and he accomplished it big time.

Son of John and Frannie Loughney, Dunmore, Brian’s dad was diagnosed with leukemia in December 2018. Since then he has gone through treatments and is doing well.

However, Brian, 37, wanted to do something to help not only his dad, but others afflicted with leukemia.

In November of 2021, Brian, who is married for two years to the former Holly Zeshonski, was nominated to start a campaign for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

The fund-raiser campaign lasted 10 weeks. There were five other candidates nominated.

Loughney, a 2003 Dunmore graduate, raised $109,181 of the total $191,780 raised.

“We raised funds from mid-May to mid-March, All six candidates raised funds.”

And for this accomplishment, he was named Man of the Year by the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

He was honored at a gala at the Hilton in Scranton this past May 19.

Shown at the Man of the Year Gala are, from left: Pamela Formica, Jana Boyer, Brian Loughney, and Valerie Case

Loughney said the money was raised with a group of team members that included family and friends.

“Our team did a fantastic job,” he said. “It was a grassroots campaign through letters, phone calls, texts, social media, and word of mouth.

“I really wanted to get involved.

“I’m extremely honored and blessed to have team members who were as engaged as I was in this effort, with my father and two fellow Dunmoreans in mind.”

Loughney said the fund-raising efforts were also done in honor of Jack Callahan, 4. son of Molly and Dan Callahan, Dunmore, and in memory of the late Kelcey Hallinan, late daughter of Alicia and Tom Hallinan, who passed away a few years ago at 18.

“They were the driving force,” he said.

“We focused on this campaign with my dad, Jack, and Kelcey primarily in mind, but others afflicted with leukemia as well.

“This was truly a team effort by family members and friends who were fully onboard with this campaign.”

Team Loughney team members are: Brian Loughneyk, Holly Loughney, Fran Loughney, Matthew Loughney, Katie Loughney, Katie Horan, PJ Horan, Rebecca Loughney, Patrick Ehnot, Tom Sohns, Patrick McLane, Jack Corcoran, Nibs Loughney, Donna Loughney and Kathy Hughes.

Holly Loughney, John Loughney, and Brian Loughney are shown in a family photo.

Brian also offers a special thank you to the AllOne Foundation for the grant opportunity,

The humble and well-spoken Loughney is a 2007 graduate of the University of Scranton where he received a bachelor of science degree in political science.. He received an master of science degree in human resources administration in 2009 from the University of Scranton.

He has been human resources manager at the University of Scranton for the past five years.

Loughney played four years of baseball, basketball and soccer while a student at Dunmore High School.

He is the nephew of former Dunmore Mayor Patrick “Nibs” Loughney.

Mayor’s Message: July 2022

Now that summer is officially here, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very happy and healthy month of July! 

Don’t forget, the Splash Pad at Sherwood Park is now open! It’s the perfect way to cool off on these hot days. After, grab some ice cream at Padula’s or a gelati from Rita’s. 

If you plan to stay close to home this month and are entertaining friends and family, celebrate safely with fireworks. Be mindful of your neighbors and how late you are setting them off. Also, be sure to wear gloves and protective eyewear to prevent burns. Never try to re-light a firework that didn’t go off the first time, douse it in water instead.

 If you are headed on vacation this month, I hope you have a very safe trip and a wonderful time. My family just got home from our annual Jersey Shore trip; as always it was a little Dunmore reunion. It was so great seeing so many familiar faces at the beach! 

There are three Bucktown Music Fest dates this month. Stop by the Dunmore Corners on July 9th , 17th and 24th at 5 p.m. for what always promises to be a wonderful night of music, food and friends. 

Stay cool and stay safe this summer!

Athlete of the Month: Mia Galella

By Steve Svetovich

Holy Cross first baseman-outfielder Mia Galella just finished a stalwart freshman year, but is already honing her softball skills in a travel league throughout the country.

Daughter of Tom and Michelle Galella, Mia, 15, plays travel softball for the Virginia Glory National Mertz Bronowicz league.

She was playing in a tournament in Colorado when contacted for this interview.

Mia will also travel to Georgia, California, and Virginia to play in softball tournaments this summer.

“It’s nice,” she said. “You get to meet a lot of people, travel, and see a lot of things while playing softball. My parents drive me around and get to see me play.”

Mia noted that the Colorado high altitude makes breathing initially more difficult, but the softball travels a bit further when she connects.

Mia has been playing in travel softball leagues since she was eight.

Mia batted .544, with nine homers, a .606 on base percentage, seven stolen bases, 24 runs, 31 hits, 38 RBIs, five doubles and a 1.105 slugging percentage. She did not make an error in the field.

The talented scholar-athlete has a 4.0 academic average. Her best academic subject is math. Mia is a member of the TRU Club and will be a sophomore student council representative next school year at Holy Cross.

She is thinking about studying early childhood education and wants to play Division I softball in college.

“I am thinking about becoming a teacher.”

With an impressive nine homers as a freshman, she talked about her power. “I was born naturally strong, so that helps,” she said. “I do a lot of training work. I try to build up my lower legs to generate more power.”

Mia talked about what it takes to be a good first baseman. “You need to be able to stop the ball from getting away from you. And you need to be able to tell your teammates where they need to be after a hit ball.”

Mia has learned a lot from her parents. “They teach me to be humble and not take anything for granted. They tell me to keep working hard, because someone can be right there to take your spot.”

Holy Cross veteran softball coach Joe Ross is also a strong mentor and influence. “He tells us not to let the moment get to you. Stay in the moment. Live in the moment.”

Named to the first-team all-district team, Mia said she likes listening to music and would like to see pop artist Dua Lipa in concert.

She talked about her future goals. “I want to continue my years here at Holy Cross, play Division I softball in college and then pursue my dream job. Right now I just love playing softball.”