Volleyball Tournament Raises Funds for Cancer Institute

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Pictured from left are members of the 2015 Nancy McCormick Volleyball Tournament committee: Ann Tomasello; Karen Saunders, president of the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute; Margy Rainey; Frank Rainey; Jan Needham; Shamus McCormick; Calin Ann Jude McCormick and Erin Kreis.

Committee members from the 9th Annual Nancy McCormick Volleyball Tournament recently presented a check for $3,500 to the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute.

The tournament is hosted each year at Dunmore High School during Memorial Day Weekend by a group of family and friends of the late Nancy McCormick.  Nancy was a teacher, loving wife and mother of five who died from colon cancer.

A portion of proceeds from the tournament supports the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s Patient Navigation Program. The Patient Navigation Program helps low income, uninsured and underinsured individuals in northeast Pennsylvania receive necessary breast, cervical and colon cancer screenings.

To date, the tournament has raised approximately $30,500 for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute.  The Cancer Institute invests 100% of its resources locally.

Cheryl’s Cuisine

By Cheryl Radkiewicz

Among the many things I love about summer, the Scranton Farmers’ Market rates toward the top of the list. Now, in its 76th year, the market is open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until Thanksgiving, and each year the market keeps growing with new and exciting items. Pleasures of the market include walking from stand to stand, sitting at the outdoor tables  enjoying lunch and meeting friends, some of whom you haven’t seen in years.

I remember my mother taking us when we were children. It was a day we always looked forward to  I remember every farm stand selling corn. (In those days corn had all yellow kernels. As we grew into young adults, corn advanced to yellow and white.) Either way, I have wonderful memories of the market and look forward to it each year.

In recognition of the anniversary of the market,  the Women’s Auxiliary of the Co-Operative Farmers’ Market published a cookbook with some of their favorite family recipes. It can offer some great ideas for vegetables you are not so familiar with and new ideas for old favorites. Here are some of the recipes I’ve chosen from the book:

Kale Chips:

1 bunch Kale
1/2 cup Olive Oil
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Pepper
1 1/2 tsp. Cumin or Paprika

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat two baking sheets with cooking spray. Mix oil with salt, pepper and cumin or paprika. Divide between two one-gallon Zip-Lock bags. Wash and dry kale, tear into bite-size pieces, discarding stems. Place in bag and let marinate. When ready to cook, divide leaves between the two baking sheets in a single layer. Bake for 25-30 minutes until kale is crisp but not brown. Transfer to rack and let cool.

– Patricia Hopkins Williams, Clarks Summit.


Marinated Brussel Sprouts and Mushrooms:

3/4 lb. Brussels Sprouts
1 lb. Mushrooms
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/2 cup Lemon Juice
1 cup Water
1 tsp. Salt 1/4 tsp. freshly ground Pepper
2 cloves Garlic
1 Bay Leaf
1/2 tsp. Oregano
1/2 tsp. Basil
1/2 tsp. Thyme
1 Tbsp. chopped Parsley

Trim and wash sprouts and steam or blanch until just barely tender. Cool slightly, then cut off the tip of each sprout so that the marinade will penetrate down into the innermost part of the sprouts. Place them in a bowl. Wipe mushrooms clean, stem (save stems for another use), and place caps in bowl with sprouts. Bring remaining ingredients to a boil in  a saucepan. Pour over sprouts and mushrooms. Once the marinade has slightly cooled, refrigerate for at least two hours.  Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving to take off the chill.  Makes five to six cups.

Optional:  Tie herbs and garlic in a bouquet garni and remove when serving.  Use larger sprouts and cut then in half.  Substitute cauliflower for sprouts or just add some cauliflower florets to the sprouts.

– Marylee Schirg, Jim’s Produce, West Abington Twp.


Turnip and Parsnip Casserole:

1 lb. Parsnips, peeled
1 lb. Turnips, peeled
6 Tbsp. Butter
1/2 tsp. Pepper
1/2 tsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Salt
1/3 cup Bread Crumbs
1 cup Heavy Cream

Grate parsnips and turnips.  Heat four Tbsp. butter and saute’ parsnips and turnips.  Add sugar, salt and pepper, cook until tender.  Transfer to casserole dish.  Add heavy cream and sprinkle with bread crumbs on top.  Dot  with two Tbsp. butter.  Bake at 375 degree for 45-50 minutes, until golden and crispy.

– Ron Retchko, Dickson City.


Lemon, Dill and Garlic Roast Chicken:

1 roasting chicken, 3-4 lbs.
Dill florets
1 Lemon
1 clove Garlic

Rinse chicken with cold water. Remove florets from dill. Roll lemon on hard surface to soften and release juices, poke several times with fork. Place lemon in the cavity of the chicken, add one clove of garlic and fill cavity with dill florets. Cavity should be packed full. Top with remaining dill. Cook in oven at 325 degrees for two and a half to three hours or until fork turns easily.  You can also cook in crockpot four to five hours on medium to high.

– Ruth Griggs,  Mountain Road Farm Fresh Meats.


Apple Bread:

3 Eggs
2 cups Sugar
1 cup Vegetable Oil
2 cups grated Apples
3 tsp. Vanilla
3 cups Flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Salt
3 tsp. Cinnamon

Beat eggs until light and foamy. Add sugar, oil, apples and vanilla.  Mix lightly but well. Combine the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Add to egg and apple mixture. Blend and pour into two greased loaf pans, 9″x5″x3″.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for one hour.

– Linda Mancenella, Brace’s Orchard, Dallas.


Lemon Meltaway Cookies:

1 1/4 cups Flour
3/4 cup Butter, softened
1 Tbsp. Lemon juice
1 tsp. grated Lemon Peel
1/2 cup Cornstarch
1/2 cup Powdered Sugar

Combine all ingredients. Divide dough into two pieces. Shape into two rolls. When chilled, but into 1/4 inch slices. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for  eight to 12 minutes. Once cooled, frost with the following frosting.

3/4 cup Powdered Sugar
1/4 cup Butter
1 tsp. Lemon Juice
1 tsp. Lemon Peel, grated

Mix all ingredients together.  Ice cookies.

– Suzanna Drumsta, Food Booth, Clarks Summit.

Note: These cookies freeze well.

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.”