Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events: September 2015

La Festa Italiana

The annual La Festa Italiana will take place over Labor Day weekend, Sept,  4-7,  on Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton. The event will feature more than 80 vendors offering great Italian food, and continuous live entertainment.  On Friday the festival will begin at 4 p.m. and will feature The Duprees at 7 p.m. For the remaining days of the festival, activities will begin at 11 a.m. The Bronx Wanderers will perform at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

For more information, please visit: www.lafestaitaliana.org

Columbus Day 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.

Boy Scout Fall Registration

Boy Scout Troop 57, chartered by the Mary Mother of God Parish, Holy Rosary Church in Scranton, is gearing up for its fall registration. The Troops meets on Thursdays at the Holy Rosary Center, West Market Street, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Meetings will begin after Labor Day, Sept. 10.

Led by Scoutmaster Eric Meyers, the troop welcomes all boys ages 11-17, beginning in the fifth grade, to visit the troop and see all that scouting has to offer. Enjoying camping, hiking, boating, first aid, participating in community functions and many other activities, each scout can work on badges and rank at their own pace. The troop spends a week each July at Goose Pond Boy Scout Reservation.

Cub Pack 21 Fall Registration

Dickson City Cub Scout Pack 21 will hold their fall registration starting at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 10. Open house will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 24.. Boys can visit any Thursday after those dates.  The Open house promises an event full of fun, games and Scout skills. Families are invited to participate. The Cubs have a variety of activities planned this year such the Rain Gutter Regatta, Pinewood Derby and three summer camping options.

Financial aid is available for uniforms and camping, through the Northeastern Boy Scout of America, located on Montage Mountain. Cub Pack 21 holds individual fundraising accounts to benefit Scout activities.

Cub Pack 21 is chartered by Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church and meets at LaSalle Dickson City Campus on Thursdays. All boys in grades one through five are encouraged to join.  

More information on Cub Pack 21 can be found by logging onto http://www.cubpack21.org/.

Ladies Auxiliary Meeting

A Ladies Auxiliary meeting with be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11 at Post 3474 Dunmore.

Cancer Survivors Day

Cancer survivors, patients, caregivers, oncology medical professionals and healthcare professionals are invited to connect and reunite at the 23rd Annual Cancer Survivors Day hosted by the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute.

This year participants can choose between two locations/dates for the event. Cancer Survivors Day will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre and from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 26, at McDade Park in Scranton.

Each event will include the Circle of Survivors, an activity where those in attendance will be able to share a thought or inspirational message about their experience with cancer. Additionally, there will be a survivor’s banner, which all attendees can sign, survivor and caregiver ribbons and pins, autograph books/programs and light refreshments.

To register, please call the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute at (1-800) 424-6724 or visit www.cancernepa.org.

Rummage Sale

Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church of Olyphant will host its fifth  annual Rummage Sale on Sept. 18-20 at a new location: the St. Cyril’s Grade School Gym, at 133 River St., Olyphant. The sale will begin at 8 a.m. each day.  There will be a raffle with donations from local restaurants, retail stores at the event.

For information regarding donations from yard sales, rummage sale, estate sales etc., contact Lauren Telep at (570) 383-0319 or Father Nestor Iwasiw at (570) 489-2271.

Build Your Influence Summit

Build Your Influence Summit is a two-day conference is geared towards bloggers and entrepreneurs looking to grow their influence by developing skills needed to cultivate relationships with brands and other entrepreneurs. With sessions geared towards improving photography to learning more about SEO and social networking strategies, there is sure to be something for influencers at any level. The conference will be held on Sept. 26-27 at the Aquatopia Resort at Camelback Resort.

The Build Your Influence Summit is the brainchild of two bloggers, Jenna Urban of Bucktown Bargains and Megan Galko of NEPAMom.com, who realized that their Influence is more powerful when they work together.

For information contact Jenna Urban at  byisummit@gmail.com or (570) 499-7690 or by visiting http://buildyourinfluencesummit.com.

Classic Movie Night

Join The Lackawanna Historical Society at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at the Circle Drive-In Theatre in Dickson City for a tribute to Scranton native and legendary film star Lizabeth Scott.

The event will be featuring the 1947 film “Dead Reckoning” with Humphrey Bogart and the 1957 film “Loving You”, in which Scott appeared with Elvis in his first starring role. LHS Trustee Richard Leonori will offer a short introduction about the life of Lizabeth Scott. Tickets will be $8 per person and will be sold at the event. More information can be found on the event page on Facebook titled: “Classic Movie Night Liz Scott Film Festival.”

Annual Dunmore Cemetery Tour

The Dearly Departed Players will present the annual Dunmore Cemetery Tour on October 4 and 11 at 2 p.m.

The 2015 Dunmore Cemetery tour will take place on Sunday, Oct. 4 and Sunday, Oct. 11.  Tours will begin at the cemetery gate, located at 400 Church Street in Dunmore at 2 p.m. The tour this year will take approximately two hours, and comfortable walking shoes are suggested for audience participants. The event is free to the public.

This year’s tour is entitled “Criminal Intent.”  The Dearly Departed Players will present twenty costumed stops throughout the cemetery—each one dealing in some way with crime.

Julie Esty, the Historian/Artistic Director for the Dunmore Cemetery Tour, said that the group is covering many a topic including murder, national and local terrorism, prohibition, prostitution, political corruption, con artists, shoplifting, gambling and domestic abuse.

“Those are some very weighty subjects,” said Esty, “ but the [Departed] Players do manage to get some good laughs in to lighten things up.”

Students from Act Out Theater and the University of Scranton theater groups, the Ezra Griffin Camp and Sons of Union Veterans will also be present at the event. William L. Courtright, mayor of Scranton, will be issuing a proclamation in honor of a long ago Scranton Chief of Police.

Additionally, Kuhn’s Classic Memories from Williamsport, Pennsylvania will be in the cemetery with a Victorian hearse, undertakers, and horses on both Sundays.

The Dunmore Cemetery Tour was voted the Best History Centered Event for 2014 by Happenings Magazine readers and now draws in well over 1,500 tour attendees from all over the East Coast.

“It’s such a joy to see so many people coming from so many different places,” said Esty, “and they come back year after year.”

The tour is presented by the Dearly Departed Players, who have been voluntarily performing together for many years, and they will perform under Etsy’s direction. Among their ranks are historical interpreters, local history authors, musicians, dancers and theater technicians.

Attendees are advised to arrive early to view exhibits. More information can be found on Facebook under the page entitled: “The Dunmore Cemetery Tour.”

Donato Entering Northeastern Chapter of Hall of Fame

By Steve Svetovich

Anthony Donato is among a group of 10 individuals being inducted to the Northeastern chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

The elite 10 will be inducted during the 33rd annual Induction Ceremonial Sunday, Oct. 4, at 5 p.m. in the DeNaples Center at the University of Scranton. Donato is being inducted as a football and track coach.

At Dunmore High School, Donato was a UPI All-State wide-receiver in 1971. He was a Scranton Times All-Regional and All-Scholastic wide receiver. He was the Scranton Times athlete of the week for track and was the conference scoring champion in 1972. He earned a PA Conference championship at East Stroudsburg and was inducted into the East Stroudsburg University Hall of Fame in 2014.

He spent five years as an assistant football coach at Dunmore High School and 13 years at North Pocono High School. He led Abington Heights to its first Big 11 football title during his two years there as head coach. In his six years at North Pocono, he won both the Lackawanna League and Eastern Conference football titles.

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The other inductees include Ed Bugno, James Burock, Wayne Lydon, Heather Gallagher Raley, Kathleen Klein Prindle, Cal Urso, Greg Legg and Bob Gilbride. Scranton Times sports writer Marty Myers will receive the Service Award.

Ed Bugno is being inducted for football. The West Scranton graduate received the James “Hookey” Reap award twice. He was an All-Scholastic wide receiver in 1975 and was the first receiver in NEPA to be named first-team All-State receiver by the UPI and AP in 1975. Bungo was first-team All-Scholastic in football, baseball and basketball. He was PSAC All-Conference second-team in 1976 and 1977 and first-team in 1978 and 1979 as a wide receiver at Bloomsburg.

James Burock is going in for baseball. He was undefeated for three years with 21-0 record as a pitcher for Valley View High School. He was first-team All-State and All-Conference and Regional Player of the Year in 2000 and All Regional in 2000 and 2001. Burock was a Heisman finalist and four-year starter at Old Dominion where he was All-Conference 2002-05. He was ESPN Academic All-American, All-State Academic and was drafted by both the Cleveland Indians and Colorado Rockies.

Cal Urso is receiving the honor for his performance as a baseball coach. He played basketball for Throop High School where he was the Northern Division leading scorer in 1969. He was an All-Regional selection. Urso was baseball coach for 32 years at Mid Valley High a School where he recorded 321 wins and won three Lackawanna League titles, 10 Northern Division titles and three District 2 AA baseball titles.

Wayne Lydon is being recognized for his performance as a baseball, track and football star. He is one of the fastest athletes to ever come out of this area. He was All-State and All Regional and a defensive player of the year as a defensive back for Valley View High School in 1998. He was a district track winner in the 100 and 200 meters and state qualifier in the 200 meters. Lydon was drafted by the New York Mets in the ninth round in 1999. He made five all-star teams from A to AAA ball to the Independent League. He batted .263 and stole 595 bases in his 13-year minor league career. He was a part of three league title teams in the minors for the Mets. He was on the Mets 40-man roster two years and was called up once. His time with the Mets lasted one day as he was sent down when Cliff Floyd came off the disabled list. He stole 87 bases in 2002. That was one short of leading the entire minor leagues. Lydon was named Baseball America’s best base runner three times.

Greg Legg is going in for baseball. Legg played six years with the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Red Barons. He is the only player to have his number retired. He played parts of two seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies compiling a .409 batting average during his short stays. He has been in the Phillies organization for 33 years, 13 as a player and 20 as a coach or manager. Legg has coached or managed at Lakewood, Reading and Allentown and currently manages the Clearwater Threshers. He holds a fundraising dinner each year in NEPA to raise scholarship funds for local athletes.

Heather Gallagher Raley earned her spot in the Hall of Fame for swimming. She was a record holder in seven of 10 events. She was a two-time district champion in the 100-meter freestyle and in 1999 won the District 2 title in the 100-meter butterfly. She earned a spot the PIAA states in 1998 and 1999. At Gettysburg, she was an All-American in 2001 and 2002. She holds the record in the 100 free and 400-meter medley relay and was captain as a senior. Raley was twice Academic All-American, six times Conference Centennial Academic Honor Roll and eight times Conference Centennial All-American selection.

Kathleen Klein Prindle will enter the hall as a coach and swimmer. She was a four-year letterman at Scranton Prep and was inspired by her grandmother Julie Holleran Igoe, a 1983 Hall inductee. She trained elite swimmers in 17 countries for the Olympic Games, USA Senior/Junior Nationals, Commonwealth Games and multiple International championships. She was three times a US Olympics Trials coach preparing eight athletes in 2008 Beijing games resulting in two Olympic winners. Prindle founded Learn-to-Swim programs in NEPA, Florida and New Jersey and made 11 straight state championship appearances as a South Florida high school swimming coach.

The late Bob Gilbride is being honored as a coach. He won 168 games, including five division titles and one Diocesan title, as basketball coach at Holy Rosary High School. He was five Lackawanna League Southern Division titles and 14 Lackawanna League divisional titles as basketball coach at Scranton Central High School where he compiled 481 wins. Gilbride won five Lackawanna League titles, nine Southern Division titles, 11 Class AA titles and two district titles as the baseball coach at Scranton Central. He won titles in parts of four decades from the 60’s through the 90’s.

Finally, Marty Myers spent 10 years as a sports reporter and editor for the Wayne Independent in Honesdale. He has been a sports reporter for the Scranton Times for over 20 years. He was inducted into the Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. He received the PIAA District 2 McGladric Award for contributions to high school sports through journalism.

Tickets for the event are $40. Contact Bob Walsh  at (570) 346-2228, Jerry Valonis at (570) 498-9461, or Alice Foley  at (570) 346-5796. For advertisements, contact Tom Dougherty (570) 346-9991.