Kilian Palmiter’s Jersey Retired at Dunmore High School

Kilian Palmiter, a 2021 graduate of Dunmore High School, had the honor of having his No. 5 soccer jersey retired last month. Last year, during Kilian’s senior season playing with the Bucks, he was named to Pennsylvania’s All-State Team.

Shown at last month’s jersey retirement ceremony at Dunmore High School from left are: head soccer coach Tom Clark, Kilian Palmiter, Kilian’s mother Beth Kane, Jerry Melvin, and assistant soccer coach John Joseph.

Rabbi Keynote Speaker at Advocacy, Social Justice Day

Marywood University will hold Advocacy and Social Justice Day on Wednesday, November 10,, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., at various locations in the Nazareth Student Center and in the Center for Architectural Studies, to celebrate the advocacy and social justice work being done by the Marywood community and to empower people, including the community at large, to engage in advocacy and social justice work. 

All events are free and open to the public, including an artwork display, an advocacy and social justice fair, simulations about pressing social justice issues, service and advocacy presentations, a legislative advocacy workshop, and a social justice panel. 

Certain events will take place in person and be broadcast using Zoom. The Zoom option requires pre-registration, which can be accessed on the event website. Everyone attending events in person on the Marywood campus is required to wear a mask. Co-organizers of Advocacy and Social Justice Day are Lea Dougherty, Dr. Erin Sadlack, and Sister John Michele Southwick, IHM. 

Advocacy and Social Justice Day will culminate with a keynote address by Rabbi Daniel Swartz, Scranton, who will discuss his work in the fight against climate change. His talk is scheduled from 6-7 p.m. in the Upper Main Dining Room, Nazareth Student Center, with a Zoom option available. 

Since 2006, Rabbi Swartz has been the spiritual leader of Temple Hesed in Scranton, where he is dedicated to the task of Tikkun Olam, repairing our world. Under his guidance, Temple Hesed’s already active social action committee has continued to expand their programs, including work on “greening” the congregation, one of Rabbi Swartz’s deepest passions. 

Rabbi Swartz has also been working with the Vatican on an interfaith global declaration, calling people to fight against climate change. Pope Francis invited Rabbi Swartz to be one of just 50 people called to the Vatican to discuss the climate change crisis and to sign the declaration.

Times, locations, and the Zoom registration link for Advocacy and Social Justice Day events can be found at, or contact Sister John Michele Southwick, IHM, at or (570) 961-4723 for more information.

Drive-Through Dunmore Cemetery Tour Draws Huge Crowds

By Julie Etsy

The tour was an tremendous success.  At least 300 cars went through on Oct. 3 and significantly more went through on Oct. 11.  And – just like with the walking tours – they came from all over.  We could tell by the license plates, and we asked.  So, it’s significant tourism for Dunmore. 

The cemetery was decorated beautifully in a harvest theme.  The autumn adornment for the cemetery included pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks, banners, gold and silver pumpkin totems, wreaths, scarecrows. and ghosts.  

The Lackawanna Historical Society, Space Time, Scranton Films, CaPaa at the Ritz Theater, Dunmore High School Crimson Company, Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis, Miller Bean Funeral Home, Pour Boys Pub, and a number of private citizens sponsored graves and mausoleums and decorated them. Gertrude Hawk Chocolates contributed a coupon for a discount on a purchase.  

The Dearly Departed Players were stationed throughout the cemetery.  Everything moved along beautifully.  Cemetery tour and cemetery activity books were distributed to those in attendance. 

We even had a local nursing home bring a van filled with their residents who we were told enjoyed their trip through the cemetery.  We also had people let us know that they had to attend a funeral in the cemetery and the harvest decorations were a great comfort.  

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter was on hand collecting non-perishable items for the pet shelter and they did a terrific job.  They filled two vans — and those vans were really packed with pet supplies.

I was out in the cemetery days before the tour decorating the place on my own.  I got so much peace out of it, going from mausoleum to mausoleum, putting a wreath on every door.  The weather was beautiful, so it made for a nice day out.  It is rewarding  to hear how much the regular cemetery walkers and tour attendees enjoyed the decorations.

As you can see from our photographs, we really covered a lot of time periods this year! The whole atmosphere changes with the harvest decor.  We reached folks on so many different levels and really showcased the cemetery as an open air museum and community friendly space.