Calendar of Events: June 2018

shutterstock_175824983Cooking Classes

Learn to make impressive meals for your friends and family with adult cooking classes offered at Lackawanna College through the Lackawanna College White Apron Academy. Lackawanna’s professional chef instructors will walk learners of all skill levels through the cooking process in a fun, relaxed environment. Along with learning how to cook a meal from scratch, chef instructors will provide trade secrets to food and wine pairing. All classes are BYOB and wine pairing suggestions will be offered for each class.

Adult cooking classes are non-credit and open to the community. Classes will be held at the Lackawanna College Healey Hall kitchen lab, 415 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Attendees will be standing, cooking, and working for most of the class and must wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and have long hair tied back.

For more information or to register for adult or kids summer camp classes, contact Susan C. Markovich, Special Programs Coordinator, Kiesendahl School of Hospitality and Tourism at or (570) 955-1488 or visit our website.

imagesIce Cream Social

Dunmore Presbyterian Church will hold an Ice Cream Social on Thursday, June 21, and Friday, June 22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for ice cream, homemade desserts, and beverage. Tickets are available at the door or by calling (570) 343-6807.


S.S. Anthony and Rocco Italian Festival

Anthony & Rocco Parish Italian Festival will be held Aug. 10, 11, and 12, at St. Rocco’s Church Grounds featuring food, games and live entertainment.

The Festival opens Friday and Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday following the noon mass and procession. Live entertainment will include:

Friday: DHS Marching Units & Cheerleaders and Picture Perfect.

Saturday: Holy Cross High School Cheerleaders, Prima Elite Academy of Dance and Popstar Drive.

Sunday: Feast Day Mass & Procession at Noon followed by The Luongo Brothers Band, Take Three, and fireworks at 9 p.m.

Commissioners’ Bocce Tournament

The 27th annual Lackawanna County Commissioners Bocce Tournament will be held on Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at McDade Park.  The event will feature 24 teams with over 96 players in men’s, women’s and mixed teams categories. For information, contact John Rettura at (570) 961-2335 or the McDade Park Office at (570) 963-6764.

Leadership Celebration

leadership lackawannaCelebration of Leadership, Leadership Lackawanna’s signature event, will be held on Thursday, June 14, at the Hilton Scranton, beginning at 11:45 a.m. Celebration of Leadership will honor its 35 year history of visionary leadership success in northeastern Pennsylvania.  It also highlights achievements from the past year and honors the participants in the Leadership Lackawanna Core Program Class of 2018, as well as participants in the Leadership Lackawanna Executive Program and Tomorrow’s Leaders Today.

In addition, state Sen. John Blake, Prudential and two other guests will be honored with awards.  The event includes business networking, raffles, a community service project showcase and the presentation of certificates to graduating participants.

Tickets are available at

St. Eulalia’s Summer Picnic

St. Eulalia’s Summer Picnic will be held Friday through Sunday, July 19, 20, and 21, with picnic grounds opening at 6 p.m. on July 19 and 20 and 5 p.m. on July 21. Parking is free. Featured will be a bake sale, homemade foods, tricky trays, Grandma’s Attic, games, 50-50 Summer Cash tickets, and nightly musical entertainment.

The church is located along Blue Shutters Road in Roaring Brook Township. Phone is 570-842-7656.

On Saturday, July 21, join the eighth annual 5K Run/Walk. If Interested in registering or sponsorship, contact info, visit or call Ryan at 570-499-3782.

picnicFire Company Picnic

Elmhurst/Roaring Brook Volunteer Fire Company’s annual picnic will be held June 27-30 in Elmhurst Township. Events include: Wednesday, Cruise Night with 300 vehicles; Thursday, parade at 7 p.m. and band “Take 3”; Friday, Sperazza Band; Saturday: Old Friends. Picnic grounds open Wednesday and Saturday at 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 6 p.m. Parking is free. Check the website at

Marywood Open House

Marywood University will hold an undergraduate open house on Saturday, July 14, for high school students and their parents. The program will begin with registration at 9 a.m., in the Fireplace Lounge in the Nazareth Student Center on the University’s campus. The event will include an informative tour of the campus, as well as the opportunity to meet with current Marywood students, faculty, and coaches. Information sessions with admissions and financial aid counselors will also be available. For additional information, call Marywood University’s undergraduate admissions office, at (570) 348-6234, or visit

bernie's runBernie’s Run

AllOne Charities will once again present the 35th annual Bernie’s Memorial 3 Mile Walk/Run on July 4 to benefit the Greater Carbondale, Greater Pittston, Greater Scranton, Wayne County and Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs. Start time is 8:30 a.m. at River Street, Wilkes-Barre. To register, visit

For information, email Lauranel Banks at Bernie’s Run is held in memory of Bernie Hargadon, a past YMCA director, prime athlete and originator of this race who passed away from an unforeseen genetic heart condition. Bernie’s dream was to create an achievable race for everyone.

LCEEC Environmental Course

The Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center is offering a three-credit Environmental Quality college course for students who have completed their sophomore year in high school. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., July 23 through 27 and July 30 through Aug. 3, at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center in Covington Township. The cost is $300, which includes textbooks and lab fees.

During this two-week course, students will assess the quality of our local environment to determine the extent and sources of pollution. Through lecture, laboratory activities, and hands-on experience students will review the biological, chemical, hydrological, and ecological aspects of ecosystems, and will explore the complexity of environmental problems. Successful completion of the course earns students three college credits, which can be applied towards a Lackawanna College degree or transferred to another institution.

For a registration form or more information, please contact Michelle Wheeler at (570) 842-1506.


Pittie Palooza Festival

pittieThe Pittie Palozza Festival will be held at Maiolatesi Winery in Scott Township on Saturday, June 9 from noon and 4 p.m.

This annual event is presented by and Treasure’s Hope, a 501c3 Animal Welfare Organization and volunteers, along with Maiolatesi Wine Cellars.

It is is NEPA’s only dog-friendly music and wine festival featuring Live Music by Blue London, over 37 wines by Maiolatesi Wine Cellars, rescues, animal welfare groups, vendors, artisans, food trucks and so much more. There will be many adoptable animals in attendance.

Each ticket entitles the bearer to a wine tasting, two glasses of wine, entry to the festival,and a souvenir wine glass for the first 100 people. Discounted tickets can be purchased in advance online. Tickets will be $25 at the gate. Designated driver tickets are available at a reduced rate.

Lawn chairs and blankets welcome. No outside foods or coolers please. Rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable. Must be 21 to drink. Children are not recommended to attend.

Camp Archbald Registration

Attention all girls ages 7 – 17! Resident camp registration is now open for Camp Archbald. Camp is scheduled for July 15 -19in Kingsley. Visit our website to sign up.

Questions about camp or want to volunteer? E-mail residentcampforsoca@gmail.comDeadline is June 15. Financial aid available.

Artist of the Month: Lucille Banick

Lucille Banick photoLucille Banick of Scranton is the June Artist of the Month at Dunmore Activity Hub. Lucille, who only began painting when she joined the group two years ago, finds her inspiration from the outdoors, since she enjoys fresh air and nature.

For one of her featured painting, Grazing Sheep, she painted trees and then decided she wanted to add animals and she thought of sheep.

She gets her ideas because this area has so many beautiful mountains and farmlands, and she enjoys looking at both the scenery and the animals.

Banick loves the painting class, noting, “We’re like a family and enjoy exchanging thoughts and ideas. Our instructor, Jill Sweirse, is wonderful and makes us aware of talent we never even knew we had!”

She goes on to say, “I enjoy going to painting class. It is so relaxing. Alison Boga, the director of the center, takes care of all things and informs us about other activities and events that are going on.”


Dunmorean of the Month: In Memory of Donald Michael Nemeth

Nemeth in uniformBy Steve Svetovich

The late Donald Michael Nemeth, Dunmore, is among 30 Pennsylvania war veterans being inducted into a Memory Program for Vietnam soldiers.

Nemeth, who went to Vietnam twice and earned the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, died August 14, 2011. He was only 62 and died due to lymphoma of the central nervous system. He contacted Agent Orange in the war and this led to further complications, resulting eventually in the lymphoma.

His daughter Nicole Reisinger, Kingston, said the Memory Program honors Vietnam veterans who died from causes due to the war. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund sponsors this program, she said, for the veterans who died from such causes related to the war.

Nemeth lived in Dunmore most of his life and graduated from Dunmore High School. Nemeth was born March 30, 1949, in Newark, N.J., and as a young boy, moved to Dunmore–the place he called home–with his mother, Marcella. While attending Dunmore High School, Donald participated in track and field, shotput, and varsity football. He also won the Junior Olympics for weightlifting, where he earned the nickname “Zeus.”

After graduated from DHS in 1967, he enlisted in the Army and did two tours in Vietnam as an infantryman and then as a platoon sergeant. He spent a total of 22 years in the service, earning the rank of first master sergeant. His military career took him to Korea, Germany, California, Washington State and Fort Dix, as well as Vietnam, and he was the first senior instructor of ROTC for Penn State Hazleton. After retiring from the Army, he worked various odd jobs and for the United States Postal Service.

Dunmorean of the Month - Don NemethAfter returning from his final tour of duty in Vietnam, Don, as he was known, met and eloped with Lucille Valentini, with whom he had two children, Nicole and Aaron,  and three grandchildren. The couple celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary together.

Don was known to have a caring heart, and he adored his family, friends, animals, and hiking with his best friend Ed. He liked planting tomatoes, picking apples, pears, raspberries and blueberries–all from his homegrown trees and shrubs.

He loved laughing to the antics of The Three Stooges, watching Western movies, and cheering for the Philadelphia Phillies and Penn State football.

The ceremony will be held Saturday, June 16, at the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C. Nemeth’s wife, daughter, grandson and granddaughter will attend the prestigious event and ceremony which will honor 345 Vietnam veterans, including the 30 from Pennsylvania. More than 2,000 attendees will attend the In Memory ceremony, during which each of the 2018 honorees will have their name read aloud. Master of ceremonies will be Captain Denis Faherty, USN (Ret).

“For many Vietnam veterans, coming home from Vietnam was just the beginning of a whole new fight,” says Jim Knotts, president and CEO of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF). “Many never fully recovered, either physically or emotionally, from their experiences. As these veterans pass, it is our duty and solemn promise to welcome them home to the place that our nation has set aside to remember our Vietnam veterans.”

The plaque that honores these veterans was dedicated as a part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site in 2004. It reads: “In Memory of the men and women who served in the Vietnam War and later died as a result of their service. We honor and remember their sacrifice.”

In Memory began in 1999 and has since honored more than 3,200 veterans. The In Memory Honor Roll has a remembrance page for each veteran and can be seen online at

“We found out about the Memory Program when we saw the ‘Wall that Heals’ in Swoyersville,” said his daughter. “We sent his biography and he was selected into the Memory Program. It is a sad thing, considering all the veterans who died due to the war. But at the same time it is an honor.

“My dad died from causes related to Agent Orange exposure contacted in Vietnam. It led to lymphoma of the central nervous system. He was in Vietnam twice.

“It feels sad because of all the men and women who died from being exposed to this. They were fighting for our country.

“My dad never talked about the war. He never mentioned even being there. And he spent 22 years in the service. He never talked anything related to the war. When we were older we heard only small bits and pieces from him. He may have mentioned it a little.”

Nemeth was proud of his Dunmore roots and grew up on Throop Street. After spending 22 years in the service, he retired in 1988. Not one to sit, he worked at various jobs until his passing.

“My dad used to say you have to leave work at work and when you are home you are home,” his daughter Nicole said. “He just wouldn’t talk about what he was doing or what he did in the service.

“He traveled from place to place with the military, but my mom stayed at home with us. My dad was a very quiet man. He was athletic. He received a lot of medals from the war, but never talked about that either.

“After he died, we found a bunch of clippings about him in newspapers he saved. We learned more about him by reading the news clippings. We learned on our own.

“When my dad was alive we went to the ‘ Wall that Heals’ at Nay Aug Park. Immediately, he saw a name on the Wall that he knew. It was an eerie feeling and that was it. He never talked about it.

“My dad was quiet and humble. He never boasted about himself.

“The ceremony will be nice with 345 honored this year. They do it every year, so a lot of Vietnam veterans have been honored. It will be an honor to be there for my dad.”

Vietnam medals and awards earned by Nemeth included: Bronze star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with silver star attachment, Republic of Vietnam campaign medal, Combat Infantryman badge, and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm unit citation.

Career medals and awards earned are these,  in order highest to lowest: Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster; Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, Good Conduct Medal with silver clasp one loop (six awards for good conduct); National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one silver star (silver star attachment for multiple campaigns); NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 4; Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 2; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Korea Defense Service Medal.

These are awards he earned during his service: Combat Infantryman Badge, Sharpshooter Badge with Auto Rifle bar and Grenade Bar; Drill Sergeant ID Badge, and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm unit citation.