Calendar of Events

Oktoberfest at Buddy Clarke’s

Join Friends of Lackawanna for a fun night of food, beverages, raffles and great company on Thursday, Oct. 1 at Buddy Clarke’s Tavern, located at 1604 Clay Avenue in Dunmore. The event will run from 6:30-9 p.m.

Attendees are asked to make a $20 donation at the door, which will include lite fare.

Saints Anthony & Rocco Parish Spaghetti Supper

A spaghetti dinner will be held on Oct. 21 and 22 at the parish hall at St. Rocco’s Church, located at 122 Kurtz Street in Dunmore. Dinners will be served from 4-8 p.m. each evening and will include spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, bread, cake and coffee.

Tickets, available at the door, are $8 for adults and $4 for children age 10 and under. Additionally, take-outs are available and containers are provided.

Commonwealth Health opens Dunmore lab

Commonwealth Health has opened a new lab at 1000 Meade St., Suite 106 in Dunmore, adjacent to Advanced Imaging Specialists. The new location will offer blood draws from 6:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.

No appointment is necessary. For more information, call (570) 207-2842.

Back to Childhood Party

Come re-create childhood memories at an event with the Children’s Advocacy Center, planned for Oct. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel. The Back to Childhood event will feature grown up versions of childhood favorites with food, drink and décor. Tickets are $75 and may be obtained by calling (570) 969-7313 or online at http://www.cacnepa.org. The Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania is located at 1710 Mulberry St., Scranton.

Marywood Lecture Series

Marywood University is continuing to offer a Religious Experience Lecture Series. The second lecture, “The Purpose and Person-Relativity of Religious Argumentation,” will be presentedon Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. on the third floor of the campus Learning Commons by William J. Wainwright, Ph.D., professor of philosophy emeritus at the University of Wisonsin-Milwaukee. The Marywood University Interdisciplinary Religious Experience Cluster Group, funded through a grant provided by The Experience Project sponsors the Religious Experience Lecture Series.

For more information on the Religious Experience Lecture Series at Marywood University, please contact Melinda Krokus, M.A., assistant professor of religious studies, at krokus@marywood.edu; or John DePoe, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy, at jdepoe@marywood.edu.

Beginner Italian Classes

Keystone Chapter UNICO and The Dunmore Activity Hub for Seniors are partnering in the offering of a beginner Italian Class. The first class will be conducted from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Dunmore Community Center. There will be seven classes per session with subsequent sessions to follow. Each session will be $35 plus a work book purchase, good for the entire year. Maestra Pia Mazzarella will be the instructress.

Those interested in learning to speak Italian can register with either Jeanne at (570) 207-2662×2 or Mark at (570) 343-7009.

Columbus Day Bus Trip

Keystone UNICO will sponsor a Columbus Day Bus Trip to New York City on Monday, Oct. 12. Boarding will begin at 8:15 a.m. across from the Dunmore Community Center on Monroe Avenue. The bus will then leave to return to Dunmore at 7 p.m. The cost for this trip is $30 per person. To make reservations, call Ann Summa at (570) 842-9336.

On this day, the Columbus Day Association of NYC conducts the largest Columbus Day Parade to be seen. While in New York, trip participants will have the opportunity to see this magnificent and colorful parade that begins at noon and ends at 3 p.m. They can also go to lunch or shop their favorite stores. All will reboard the bus later in the day and head to Arthur Avenue, home to “The Little Italy of The Bronx,” for more shopping and dinner at one of the many Italian Ristoranti to be found in the area.

Honesdale Annual Barbershop Show

The Northeasters Honesdale Barbershop chorus of the Barbershop Harmony Society will present its 37th annual show, entitled “American Crossroads” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, at Honesdale High School. The show’s theme deals with travelling around the country and features some songs from the 50s and 60s as well as traditional barbershop songs.
Four chapter quartets will also perform; namely, Basses Loaded, Stourbridge Lion, What Four, and Northeast Spirit. The 24 man chorus of all ages and from all walks of life is directed by Mrs. Tamlyn Ebert. Ed Bloxham will be the narrator. The guest professional championship barbershop quartet will be “Up All Night”.

The $10 tickets may be purchased at the door or from any chorus member.

Catholic Choral concert

The Catholic Choral Society will open its 2015-16 season on Oct. 11 with a memorial concert honoring the late Norbert Betti who directed the group for 35 years before his death in 2001. It will be held at 3 p.,m. at Queen of Angels Parish at St. Michael’s Church, 322 First Ave., Jessup. For information, see http://www.catholicchoralsociety.org.

Lung Cancer Alliance Events

The Lung Cancer Alliance PA Chapter have planned events to be held during the month of November.  Kicking off the month with a flag garden, the group will once again cover the front lawn of the Lackawanna County Courthouse with flags, one to honor each lung cancer death in 2014. The garden will be planted on Sunday, Nov. 1, starting at 1 pm. The Annual Shine A Light event is to be held at the Courthouse Square in Scranton on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 5:30-7:30 pm. Registration is suggested and can be done through logging into www.lungcanceralliance.org.

This free event will highlight and honor those affected by lung cancer. Photos will be shown and lights will be given to those in attendance. Anyone attending is asked to gather at the tent in front of the courthouse. Anyone wishing to add a photo to the slide show can email their photo to karscott312@gmail.com.

Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of both men and women. Raising awareness about lung cancer, along with its risks and stigma, is as important to the group as helping those afflicted with and the loved ones of those dealing with the disease.

Trunk or Treat event

“Trunk or Treat” for Halloween 2015 will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Wargo Monsignor Hrynuck-Beckage Sports Complex, located in the 700 block of East Grant Street in Olyphant. Over 300 children attended the event in 2014. Volunteers are needed.

All kids invited to come in Halloween costumes. Decorate your trunks/vehicles for Halloween and hand out treats. The children will go car to car in a safe secure area on the baseball field.

To register your car, call David Krukovitz (570) 780-4446 or Paula Foley at (570) 351-8452. Only registered decorated vehicles will be allowed on the field. Car arrival is 11 a.m. with trunk and treating at 1 p.m. Child fingerprinting, hot dogs and hot chocolate will be at the Eureka Volunteer Fire Company (across from the baseball field) at 3 p.m.

UNCO Bocce Tournament

Bocce Tournament winners

Members of Team Walker Law pose with their first place trophies after taking first place in the Keystone Chapter UNICO Bocce Tournament held at Arcaro and Genell Bocce Courts, Old Forge.  From left are John Mecca, Keystone UNICO president; John Rettura, tournament official; John Caciamanni and Jack Stetz; Elizabeth Rettura Kosarev, tournament committee members; Donnie Stetz; Silvio Mele, tournament official; and Philip Bosha. Proceeds from this tournament benefited the Keystone UNICO local scholarship program. For information on UNICO, contact membership director Cathy Bianchi at (570) 489-3003.

Commissioners announce funding for Community Re-Invest Projects

Fifteen new projects, focusing on such areas as youth recreation, the environment, public safety, veterans, food preparation, and accessibility, were approved for funding by the Lackawanna County commissioners through their Community Re-Invest Program totaling $188,865.

Since the Community Re-Invest Program was established in July of 2013, the commissioners have approved grants for 86 projects totaling $1,294,475.  In all of the projects, the Community Re-Invest Program has provided the “last mile” funding to help complete the initiatives, which has allowed these valuable community projects to come to fruition.  The total amount of public-private investment in all of these ventures is $6,029,898.             

The funding for these projects once again highlights the commissioners’ commitment to the growth and enhancement of Lackawanna County’s communities and neighborhoods.  The funding helped to leverage new development in our cities, boroughs, townships and municipalities.         

“These projects represent our ongoing commitment to Lackawanna County’s quality of life.  A vital part of our economic development program is to improve our neighborhoods and recreational facilities, which are the core of our community.  These developments represent new progress and growth for our area,” said Commissioner Jim Wansacz.

“Once again, we are giving back.  This round of funding involves opportunities dealing with the environment, youth, accessibility and the projects of civic organizations, all key elements that form the foundation of Lackawanna County,” explained Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

“I am very impressed with the breadth of the projects funded by the Community Re-Invest Program.  It has served as a true partnership with the County, our communities and civic groups,” explained Commissioner Edward G. Staback.   

Among the projects that were approved during this round of funding, those happening in Dunmore include:

Applicant: Dunmore Senior Center
Project Description: Purchase an additional refrigerator in coordination with its “Healthier Meals” program, which is comprised of more fruits and vegetables and needs additional refrigeration.
Total Project Cost: $49,950
Amount from CRP Program: $2,350

Applicant: Vietnam Memorial Committee (Northeastern Detachment Marine Corps League)
Project Description: Engrave a blank granite panel on Courthouse Square with the names of Vietnam the service men and women from Lackawanna County who died in the war. A picture panel will also be incorporated into the project.   
Total Project Cost: $4,500
Amount from CRP Program: $1,500

Applicant: Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority
Project Description: Construct pavilions at the Green Ridge trailhead in Scranton at the Nay Aug Avenue play area and at the trail site along the river in Peckville to complete the corporate donation of a community bocce ball court.
Total Project Cost: $67,880
Amount from CRP Program: $20,000