Dunmore Lion’s Club Sets June Celebration

The Dunmore Lion’s Club will hold it’s annual summer celebration on Saturday June 20th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Park in Dunmore.

Michael Hayes, President of the Dunmore Lion’s Club said they are very excited to have outside food vendor’s this year and that its open to the public.

“We will have vendor’s of all types selling their goods this year to the public,” said Hayes. “From Nardozzi’s Pizza to the Sweet Lush Cupcakery even Goodwill Industries will have clothing donation bins set up for that day. We really hope the community will come out to support the event.”

The Dunmore Lion’s Club often does work behind the scenes to help with those in need in the community, from donating wheelchairs and eye glasses to giving out Scholarships to students from Holy Cross and Dunmore Highschool.

“This is a great opportunity for people in our community to come out and learn about their local Lion’s Club, all while frequenting some of our supporting vendors from the area.”

The Dunmore Lion’s Club has also donated tasers to the Dunmore Police Department and infrared cameras to the Dunmore Fire Department. Along with supporting White Cane, the Club’s mission is to continue to help those in need in the community, especially those who are hard of seeing and hearing.

“We are still accepting vendors for the event,” said Hayes. “The $100 donation goes to the clubs operating costs and all vendor sale proceeds go straight to the vendors to keep.”

Vendors that may be interested should contact the Dunmore Lion’s Club President, Michael Hayes at michaelhayes2008@gmail.com or via Facebook.

Dunmore Activity Hub for Seniors

By Steve Svetovich

State Representative Frank Farina hosted a Senior Fair at the Dunmore Community Center last month. The event was held Thursday, May 21, from 10:00 a.m. To 2:00 p.m.

There were a variety of topics discussed at the successful four-hour event. The topics included rehabilitation therapy, blood pressure screenings, chiropractic care, insurance information, diabetes care, assisted living programs, health screenings and other areas of interest pertinent to senior citizens.

May was a very busy month at the Dunmore Activity Hub for Seniors, 1414 Monroe Ave., Dunmore. A Chicken and Biscuit Dinner was held Thursday, May 14. The dinner was held from 5-7:00 p.m., with takeouts beginning at 4:00 p.m. The cost was only $8.50 for adults and $4 for kids.

All proceeds from the dinner went to the Dunmore Activity Hub for Seniors to benefit various programs offered.

There was an Intercultural Dance Program presentation held Friday, May 15. Light refreshments were served in the Community Room followed by the presentation in the gym.

“It was the winter without end,” said Jeanne Hugenbruch, executive director of the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe for Seniors. “April went out like a lamb, which should have been March’s job. We have no complaints though, as the flowers are blooming and the days are now lovely.

“Even the rainy days, this is spring’s way.”

Hugenbruch said the Alternative Meal Option is back. It is a little different, she said, but every day in May there was a choice of three entrees, a Special of the Day, a Vegetarian Special and an Alternative option.

“No other center provides so many choices.”

Other interesting new programs include Red Hat Ladies, Learn to play Pinochle, Pinochle Group, Learn to play Mahjong, Beginners Ukulele and Guitar, Making Brandies and Flavored Vinegars and Summer Supper Seminars which included topics of interest with a nutritious and tasty light supper.

Other activities at the Dunmore Activity Hub for seniors include bingo, chair exercises, Wordless Wednesday Games, dance with Vince Brust, Bible Study, Tai, Chi, speakers, blood pressure alternate Thursdays, volunteer time, sketching, ballroom dancing, oil painting, Stretchin’ with Gretchen and yoga.

Toni Powell is kitchen coordinator at the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe for Seniors. Shirley Martinelli is reservationist. Lottie Collins is site council president. Carol Angerson is lead volunteer.

For more information on the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe and its programs, call 570-207-2662. Their web site is dunmoreseniorcenter@yahoo.com.
The fax number is 570-207-2640.

RailRider Faces Surgery After Short Moment in the Sun

By Steve Svetovich

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Chase Whitley of the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders faces surgery after unexpected injury. (Credit: MiLB.com)

Chase Whitley began the season with the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders before a successful call up to the parent New York Yankees April 27.

However, his moment in the sun lasted less than three weeks. After pitching through sudden elbow pain, the 6-3, 217-pound right hander exited a May 14 start in the second inning.

The diagnosis was a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament of the right elbow. He had Tommy John surgery just eight days later and is not expected to return until the middle of the 2016 season.

Whitley, 25, was impressive in his first starting assignment of the year with the Yankees this past April 28. He was in the regular rotation pitching 19 and one-third innings. He was 1-2 with a 4.19 ERA. He allowed 20 hits, struck out 10 and walked only five batters.

Whitley was 4-3, with a 5.23 ERA after a call up to the Yankees last season. He pitched 75 and two-thirds innings, striking out 60 and walking 18.

He made his major league debut May 15, 2014 against the New York Mets at Citi Field. It was a day to remember with 2014 National League Rookie of the Year Jacob de Grom also making his major league debut. Whitley finished the game with a no decision, but the Yankees won the game, 1-0.

It was the first time since 1908 that both starters in a New York Yankees game were making their major league debut. Whitley pitched four and two-thirds innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out four and yielding no runs.

Whitley is a 2007 graduate of Ranburne High School in Ranburne, Alabama. He attended Southern University Community College before transferring to Troy University. He was drafted out of Troy in the 15th round of the 2010 major league draft.

He made his professional debut in 2010 as a relief pitcher for the Staten Island Yankees of the Class A Short Season in the New York-Penn League. He shined there as a closer with 15 saves and a sparkling 1.31 ERA. He was selected as a mid season all-star.

In 2011, he pitched for the Tampa Bay Yankees in the Class A Advanced Florida State League and for the Trenton Thunder in the Class AA Eastern League. He pitched 75 innings of relief in 42 games.

In 2012, he pitched middle relief for the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Triple-A club. In 2013, he was back in Scranton Wilkes-Barre. He pitched in 29 games, including five as a starter. His first start came in an emergency role. Soon after, the club began stretching out Whitley’s outings as a starter.

He started the 2014 season as a starter with the RailRiders before making his major league debut May 15, 2014. Besides pitching four and two-thirds scoreless innings in his debut, he also hit a single for his first major league hit.

Whitley earned his first big league win June 6, 2014 at Kansas City after limiting the AL pennant winning Royals to just two runs over seven innings.

Whitley has certainly seen his career take its share of twists and turns.
He was known more as a dangerous hitter and third baseman while playing for the University of Troy, but it was his performance on the mound that earned the Alabama native his first call to the Big Leagues.

Now the Yankees must wait until the middle of the 2016 season to see what twist or turn the promising career of Chase Whitley takes as he slowly recovers from Tommy John surgery.