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 marywood.edu/campmin/announcements.html, or contact Sister John Michele Southwick, IHM, at southwick@marywood.edu or (570) 961-4723 for more information.

Dunmorean of the Month: Tim McGrath

By Steve Svetovich

Tim McGrath, Dunmore, has been involved in politics and business his entire adult life, so he should have no problem shining in his new venture.

McGrath, 56, is the new Executive Director of COLTS Bus in the Lackawanna County Transit System.

He begins his duties Monday, Nov. 8.

Married 24 years to the former Heather Perrone, the couple resides with their three children on Jefferson Avenue, Dunmore. 

He worked for the past 20 years as General Manager of the Viewmont Mall, Dickson City. 

 “It should be an easy transition for me,” he said. “Retail is very challenging. Staffing is always challenging and especially during a pandemic. You have competition from online shoppers. But we overcame the challenges and strived even during tough times.

“I am very excited to get involved in the Lackawanna County transit system with COLTS at this critical time. Of course, we will have competition from the Ubers of the world, but we want to serve the people of this county in the best possible manner.”

McGrath is on the Board of Directors of both Goodwill Industries of NEPA and the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

He has also been on the Board of Directors of the Lackawanna County Convention and Visitors Bureau from 2002 to 2018.

He received a bachelor of science degree in communications from the University of Scranton in 1990. He also attended Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, from 1983 to 1985. McGrath was raised in Florida, graduating from Pompano Beach High School in 1983.

McGrath served as Assistant to the Chairman for President  Clinton’s Summit for America’s Future in 1997; as Events Coordinator for the Steamtown National Historic Site Grand Opening in August 1995; as Events Coordinator for Gov. Robert Casey’s Inaugural Committee in January 1991; as Field Coordinator for Pat Casey for Congress in 1998, and as Statewide Field Coordinator for Robert Casey for Auditor General in 1996 and 1997.

Dunmorean of the month Tim McGrath is shown with his family, including from left: wife Heather, daughter Mary Grace, and son Timothy. In front is son Robert.

The Dunmorean also campaigned for Bob Casey for Governor in 1985-86 and 1989-91, and for U.S. Senator Harris Wofford in 1991-95. 

Additionally, McGrath was Regional Officer for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of NEPA in 1997; Deputy Clerk for the Lackawanna County Recorder of Deeds Office in 1998, working under Evie McNulty, and was Community Development and Events Coordinator for the Springwood Group in 1995-96. McGrath was also director of the Lackawanna Trolley Museum for two years in the late 1990’s.

Most importantly to him, he is a family man who takes great pride in Dunmore and surrounding areas. 

He and his wife are proud parents. The couple’s son Timothy, 22, is a student studying sports management at Lackawanna College. A daughter Mary Grace, 20, is in the general studies program at Saint Joseph’s University and wants to become a forensic psychologist. Another son Robert, 13, is a student at Saint Paul’s Elementary School in Green Ridge. 

“Given the climate of retail,” he said, “I think we had great success during my 20 years at the Viewmont Mall in Dickson City. It was a great experience and a very fulfilling 20 years. It was very challenging at times. I am proud of the success we had as the premier shopping center in the region.

“I want to transfer that feeling of success and fulfillment to my new position at COLTS. There will be some similarities. I will be able to draw from my previous experience. I am very excited about this new opportunity to serve the public. I am very much looking forward to this new opportunity.”