Dunmore Center Fielder Nico Ruggiero is Big Hitter

By Steve Svetovich

Swing and hit.

That’s the approach Dunmore junior center fielder Nico Ruggiero takes on the baseball diamond.

Son of Vito and Christine Ruggiero of Dunmore, Nico, 17, was one of the Lackawanna League Division III leading hitters this season with an impressive .500 batting average.

An aggressive hitter at the plate, Nico added a homer, five doubles and 25 RBIs to his season totals.

A three-year member of the Dunmore baseball team under coach Sid Hallinan, he batted .333 last season.

A left-handed hitter, Nico is also a southpaw pitcher for the Bucks. He picked up two wins this season.

Well versed and multi-talented, Nico is a three-sport athlete and has a 94 academic average at Dunmore. His best academic subject is history.

He is a three-year member of the Dunmore football and basketball teams.

The scholar-athlete is a running back on the football team. He rushed for 525 yards and six touchdowns last season. He received honorable mention for football.

Nico is a talented point guard on the Dunmore basketball team.

Dunmore lost in the first round of the district playoffs to Nanticoke, 6-1.

“It was a bittersweet ending to the baseball season,” he said. “We had a nice season and were in the playoffs, but we lost the game. I am going to really miss the seniors on the team. I’m going to play summer baseball for the Sandlot Academy and will start concentrating on football.”

The talented junior said his parents taught him some good lessons. “The main thing they teach me is to always be humble. And to stay humble.”

Confident and hard working, Nico said Coach Hallinan taught him how to be a good leader.

“He’s a great baseball coach and taught us a lot.”

The heavy hitter said he wants to play baseball in college and possibly major in criminal justice.

“My goal is to play college baseball and get a degree. I want to get a good job after college. I want to continue with sports as long as possible.”

Nico said he likes listening to music in his spare time and would like to see Little Baby, a rap artist, in concert.

With a strong academic average and as a starter in three sports, Nico said he has it all down when it comes to balancing his time. “I go to my practices and then I come home and keep studying until all the material is learned.”

And with all of that consuming his time, Nico is making the best of his experience at Dunmore High School.

His strong work ethic makes it all worthwhile.

“It’s a lot of fun,” he said. “It’s fun being here at Dunmore.”

Dunmore Lions Club Members Honored at NEPA District 14-H Convention

Richard Green of the Dunmore Lions Club was awarded the prestigious Carl Shoemaker fellowship medal at a recent NEPA Lion District 14-H Convention held at the Radisson, Scranton.

The medal is presented to the Lion who shares the spirit of volunteerism and drive that was exemplified by Lion Carl Shoemaker. Mr. Shoemaker was the founder of Pa. Lion’s Beacon Lodge Camp located in Mount Union Pennsylvania. Lion Carl’s lifelong work was to help blind and special needs children and adults to improve their lives through the camping experiences that the Beacon Lodge has provided since 1948.

Presenting the award to Mr. Green are International Director Gary Brown and District Governor Cathy Metschulat.


Sam Sebastianelli Sr. of the Dunmore Lions Club was presented with the Melvin Jones Fellow Award. Melvin Jones was the founder of Lions Clubs International, the largest service organization in the world.  

The award is the highest honor that Lions Clubs worldwide bestows on an individual who embodies humanitarian ideas and efforts consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism.

The recipient of this award has exhibited exemplary service to the Club and the Community for which he serves.

The award is not granted each year. It is instead granted only if there is a Lion who has earned it. Shown presenting the award to Mr. Sebastianelli is Past District Governor Fran Stepkovitch. 


Sebastianelli was also presented with the International President’s Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of distinguished achievements in fulfilling the mission of Lions Clubs International.

The award was presented to him by International Director Gary Brown and District Governor Cathy Metschulat.

Scranton Shakespeare Festival Returns This Month

Another decade of free, professional theater is coming to Northeastern Pennsylvania as Scranton Shakespeare Festival is busy gearing up for Season 11. This summer, SSF’s repertory of Shakespearean plays and musicals will transport audiences to worlds both known and unknown, futuristic and nostalgic.⁠

The 2022 season will open with a musical originally planned for Summer 2020. “We Will Rock You,” the Queen jukebox musical set in a not-far off Orwellian world, will be followed by one of William Shakespeare’s earliest romantic comedies, “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” which is evocative of all your favorite 90s romance movies.

Then, Scranton Shakes presents the decadent and highly-stylized musical “Sweet Charity,” based on a Federico Fellini film, written for the stage by Neil Simon, and directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse.

The season will conclude with SSF’s Youth Ensemble’s second inaugural production with the dark and daring cult classic “Heathers the Musical.”⁠

All shows will be performed at Lackawanna College Theater and at a renovated, intimate venue at The Marketplace at Steamtown.

⁠Box office opens June 23. Performances begin June 30.