Dunmore’s Historical Society Closing

The Dunmore Historical Board voted on a plan on March 15 to sell the building and disband the Dunmore Historical Society in accordance with its bylaws.

Over the past five years, the society has experienced a loss of volunteers and board members. 

Additionally, the increasing financial difficulties of maintaining and repairing damage incurred by storms and natural deterioration of the building, has become too much to continue. More and more time and money is being spent in an attempt to maintain an old building, taking resources from research and preservation of our history.

Recent estimates to repair and maintain the building for the next five years are between $300,000-$500,000. All attempts for assistance through grants, membership drives and pleas for volunteer assistance have been exhausted, and therefore, the board has begun to explore options to preserve the collection for the long term.

A meeting was held with members of the Lackawanna County Historical Society to discuss the preservation of the Dunmore holdings. It was agreed that they would be willing to preserve our “holdings of historical value.” Any proceeds from the sale of the building, and any other monetary assets would be given to the Lackawanna County Historical Society, per the bylaws. While the Dunmore Historical Society is coming to an end, the mission of researching and preserving Dunmore’s history would continue as part of the Lackawanna Historical Society.

Considering this decision, the board is reaching out to members asking them to contact the office to reclaim all artifacts you may have on loan to Dunmore Historical Society by calling 570- 558-1060 to arrange a date to come in to view and reclaim or sign a waiver that will enable the Dunmore Historical Society to transfer or dispose of them.

The board will continue to keep our doors open until June 1, 2022, before closing for good. Current paid-up members of the Dunmore Historical Society would become Lackawanna Historical Society members for the duration of your membership. The board would like to thank everyone for years of support, without you; we would not have had this wonderful opportunity to preserve our town’s history.

Executive committee members are: Michael Williams, president; Phil Sardo, vice president; Cassandra Morelli-Kolatis, secretary, and Dan Schreffler, treasurer.

Mayor’s Message: May 2022

By Mayor Max Conway

For this month’s message, I want to touch on a service that is often overlooked and could be of value for the citizens of the Borough. The Nancy Kay Holmes Library of the Lackawanna County Library System provides traditional library services like lending of books and DVDs, while also providing additional services, events, and programs for children and adults of all ages. 

In addition to those services and events, library patrons can, if they wish, request items online to be picked up at the branch or even opt for home delivery! While the library is in Scranton (1032 Green Ridge St), it is free to use for all Dunmore residents. 

If you would like to learn more about the services they provide, visit them today or check out their Facebook page!  

In some personal news, I was fortunate enough to spend the first two weeks of April on my honeymoon with my wife, Ally.

We spent 12 wonderful days in Europe with six days in Ireland and six days in Germany. While in Ireland, we took a quick detour to a small town called…you guessed it…Dunmore! 

We stopped in for a pint at a local pub and ended up talking with some of the locals. When my wife mentioned I was the Mayor of Dunmore, PA, the man who was sitting across the bar said, “STAY RIGHT THERE! I WILL BE RIGHT BACK!”

When he returned twenty minutes later, he handed us his flag of the Dunmore, Ireland Rugby Club to bring home with us! It was truly a trip and an experience my wife and I will never forget. 

If you would like to keep up to date on other announcements and information, please follow me on Facebook at Mayor Max Conway!

$20,000 Donation to Help West Side Career and Technology Center

FNCB Bank presents a $20,000 donation to the West Side Career and Technology Center that will be used to fund equipment for the metals lab, cosmetology kits and competition field trips.

From left: Richard Rava, West Side CTC Assistant Director/Principal; Larry Schuler, Joint Operating Committee President; Kelley Zionce, FNCB Bank Assistant Vice President; Kayla Mazur, West Side CTC Cosmetology; Nicole Kmetz, West Side CTC Computer Information Technology; and Michael Galanda, West Side CTC Machining.