Remembering Margaret Luchko

Margaret Luchko
June 11, 2020

Margaret Luchko, Dunmore, died Thursday night at home.  Her husband, the late Joseph Luchko, preceded her in 1970.

Born in McKees Rocks, PA, daughter of the late Adolph and Pauline Semonick Sauer, she was a gradute of Simpson High School, and was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Dunmore.  Prior to retirement, she had been employed in housekeeping at Marywood University.

Surviving is a son, Joseph, with whom she resided; and daughters Mary Lou Zaustowicz and husband Edward of Throop, and Karen Boland and husband Tim of Dunmore; grandchildren David and Tina Zauztowicz; nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Sauer.

A private funeral service will be held at the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., Dunmore, with interment to follow in St. John’s Cemetery in Throop.

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Cheryl’s Cuisine: June 2020

By Cheryl Radkiewicz 

We’re keeping our fingers crossed that this first week of June will bring us out of the “Red” into the “Yellow” of the Covid pandemic.  There aren’t that many  differences as far as eating out until we enter the “Green” phase, which can’t come fast enough for many of us, however, it’s a step in the right direction.

When our quarantine first started in March, the weather was cold.  Just a hop, skip and jump later we’re in the 80’s and 90’s.  Now it’s time to look forward to summer and eating cool.   The answer to my prayer this week has been watermelon.  

The fruit, so sweet, cold, and juicy, has been a welcome delight in our home.  Immediately after returning home from my weekly shopping trip, I place it in our refrigerator.  In a day or two, it’s time to cut it out of its rind into chunks….sweet, juicy chunks.

Watermelon isn’t as versatile as other summer melons as it is nearly all water. However, the advantage of this is that it’s wonderful just plain…doesn’t need any seasoning…and no, I don’t like salt on it…I savor the sweetness.   

 It’s the kind of fruit you can’t get enough of during its prime season, which is May through September.    So here are some drink and salad recipes highlighting this luscious summer fruit.

Frozen Watermelon Daiquiri:

1/2 seedless watermelon, cut into 1″ cubes then freeze in a freezer bag
1/2-1 cup rum (not spiced)
1 Tbsp. confectioners’ sugar
Handful of mint leaves, chopped

 Put frozen watermelon cubes in blender.  Add rum, confectioners’ sugar and mint leaves.  Blend.  Note: you may have to push watermelon down several times until smooth.  Pour into glass.  Makes 4-6 drinks.


Caribbean Cooler:

3 cups chopped, seeded watermelon, rind removed
2-4 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp. granulated sugar, plus more, to taste
1/2 cup ginger ale

 Place watermelon in single layer on rimmed baking sheet.  Cover and freeze until solid, at least 1 hour.  Remove from freezer and set aside at room temperature to soften slightly, about 5 minutes.  In a small bowl, combine 2 Tbsp. lime juice and sugar and stir until sugar dissolves. 

In blender, combine the lime-sugar mixture and ginger ale and, with motor running, add watermelon, a few cubes at a time, until mixture turns to slush. Taste and adjust amount of lime juice and sugar accordingly.  Serve immediately.  Serves 2.


Watermelon Fizz:

2 cups seedless watermelon chunks
6 oz. club soda
2 Tbsp. frozen limeade concentrate
10 ice cubes
3 oz. watermelon-flavored vodka, Smirnoff
1 Tbsp. sugar
Whole strawberries

In blender container, combine watermelon, club soda, limeade concentrate, ice, vodka and sugar.  Cover and blend until smooth.  Pour into chilled glasses.  Garnish with strawberries.   Serves 2.


Watermelon Spritzer:

4 cups watermelon, cut in chunks, seeds removed
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. lime juice
2 cups sparkling water, chilled

In blender, combine watermelon, sugar and lime juice.  Cover and process until smooth.  Strain into pitcher.  Top with sparkling water.  Pour into glasses and serve.  Serves 4.


Watermelon Salsa:

4 cups seeded, chopped watermelon
2 Tbsp. lime juice
1 Tbsp. finely chopped red onion
2 tsp. finely chopped jalapeno pepper
1 Tbsp. minced fresh cilantro or parsley
1/8 tsp. salt

In large bowl combine all ingredients.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.  Serve with slotted spoon.  Makes 4 cups salsa.


Watermelon Tomato Salad:

10 cups cubed seedless watermelon
2 pints grape or pear-shaped tomatoes
1 medium red onion, chopped
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
1/2 cup minced fresh basil
1/4 cup lime juice

In large bowl, combine watermelon, tomatoes and onion.  In small bowl, combine parsley, basil and lime juice.  Pour over watermelon mixture and toss to coat.  Refrigerate until serving.  Yield: 16 servings.


Watermelon Cucumber Medley:

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup lemon juice (or lime juice)
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
Dash pepper
6 cups watermelon, cubed
3 medium cucumbers, thinly sliced

In a jar with  tight-fitting lid, combine oil, lemon or lime juice, sugar, salt and pepper; shake until sugar is dissolved.  In a bowl, combine watermelon and cucumbers; drizzle with dressing.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.  Serves 10.


Watermelon Sherbet:

8 cups seeded chopped watermelon
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
2 cups milk
In a large bowl, combine watermelon, sugar and lemon juice.  Chill for 30 minutes; place half in blender.  Blend until smooth; pour into large bowl.  Repeat with other half and set aside.  In saucepan, cook and stir gelatin and water over low heat until gelatin dissolves.  Add to watermelon mixture; mix well.  Stir in milk and mix until well blended.  Freeze in an ice cream freezer according to manufacturer’s directions.  Serve immediately or freeze and allow to thaw about 20 minutes before serving.  Makes 1/2 gallon.    

Calendar of Events: February 2020

blood driveJackAttack Blood Drive

Jack Callahan was diagnosed with AML Leukemia two weeks after his first birthday. Throughout his 112 day stay at Janet Weis Hospital for treatment, he received four rounds of chemotherapy as well as many blood and platelet transfusions. Jack is now in remission and doing well.

Jack is just one of many brave kids who have battled cancer in our area. He and many other depend on blood donations from volunteer donors as part of their treatment.

A blood drive will be held in honor of Jack’s second birthday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 at the Dunmore Community Center.

Walk ins are welcome but there is a limit as to how many people can donate at this event. Anyone interested in encouraged to pre-register online.

UNICO Charity Ball

The Scranton Chapter of UNICO National, the largest Italian American Service Organization in the United States has announced that Diane Alberigi was named UNICAN of the Year for 2019, according to Jim Brogna, chapter president. The annual black tie optional UNICO charity ball will be held on Feb. 29 at Fiorelli’s Manor, Peckville. with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 570-499-1534.

“Race Under the Roof” Indoor Triathlon

Marywood University’s Pacers Aquatics Club will host “Race under the Roof” Indoor Triathlon on the University’s campus. The triathlon will take place on Saturday, February 22, 2020, from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. The cost of the event for participants is $25 for the general public and $10 for Marywood students, faculty, and staff. Spectators can enjoy the event at no cost. To register, please visit

 A race for all abilities, the triathlon offers a relay, swim/bike, and bike/run option, as well as a t-shirt for all participants, and group awards. The triathlon is a 10-minute swim, 25-minute bike, and 20-minute run, which all take place inside Marywood’s Center for Athletics and Wellness.  Participants’ performances will be based on time, making it ideal for all abilities from beginners of all ages to Ironman Triathlon finishers. 

 Marywood’s Pacers Aquatic Club is in its inaugural year. Team members range in age from 5-18 years, and there are more than 100 members on the team. Coached by Beth Cholish, alumna of Marywood University, the team practices at the University Monday through Friday from 5-7:30 p.m. each day. 

Snowball Roll

Marywood University’s campus ministry office will host its fourth annual “Snowball Roll” fundraiser, to benefit the alternative break service trip program, on Thursday, Feb. 6, . at 1 p.m., at University Avenue, on the University’s campus. This fundraiser is open to the public.  Participants can purchase “Snowballs” for $2 for a chance to win. Nearly 2,000 numbered balls will be rolled down University Avenue. The first 50 balls to cross the finish line will win prizes, which include cash, Apple Air Pods, themed baskets, and gift cards to numerous local restaurants and stores. 

To purchase “Snowballs,” visit, or purchase directly in the office of campus ministry. Participants do not need to be present to win.

For additional information, please contact Ann H. O’Brien, L.S.W., assistant director for service learning and community service, at (570) 961-4593, or email

Marywood Admitted Student Program

marywoodMarywood University will hold Admitted Student Day on Saturday, March 21, 2020, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Nazareth Student Center.. This event is for students who have been admitted to Marywood University. To attend, please register at

The program will begin with a 9 a.m. registration in the Fireplace Lounge at the Nazareth Student Center. The events will include department visits, information sessions with student leaders, admissions and financial aid representatives. Check out what it’s like to live on campus, with tours of our residence halls. Guests will enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch, and a Q&A session will be held for parents of admitted students. 

For additional information about Marywood University’s Admitted Student Day, visit, or call the office of admissions at Marywood University, at (570) 348-6234.


Marywood University will host TEDxScranton on Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., in the School of Architecture on the University’s campus. TED (technology, entertainment, and design) is a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” It will include TED talks, video, and speakers, including Matt Artz, Monica Simon, Jeremy Ciliberto, Suzanne Kapral, Cole Hastings Goldstein, Lisa Reynolds, Mason Crawford, Laurel Radzieski, Steve Gavin, Jourdan Cole, Jack Goddard, Glynis Johns, and Jamie Smith. For information about the TEDxScranton conference at Marywood University, visit For information about the speakers at the event or to purchase tickets, visit

West Scranton Reunion

West Scranton High School Alumni Class of 1970 will hold its 50th Class Reunion on Friday, June 5, at Colarusso’s LaPalazzo, Birney Avenue, Moosic, from 6 to 10 p.m.  The menu will include appetizers, buffet, and cake. There will be an open bar. Jack Martin will be DJ. Tickets are $65 per person.

Send a check or money order to:  Chris Mensky, 1348 Dartmouth St., Scranton, PA 18504 and make it payable to: INVADERS 1970 CLASS REUNION.  Final count must be made by May 27.

unicoChoral Competition

The Keystone Chapter of UNICO National is sponsoring its second annual High School Choral Competition with six choral groups competing on March 1 at Lackawanna College. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the program begins at 2.  Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and children five and younger are free. For tickets, contact Toni DiVizio at 570-344-2388 or any Keystone UNICO Member.  

Proceeds from this event will benefit local charities and scholarships. Dunmore High with Frank Jones Directing is participating. There will be monetary prizes awarded to the first place large group chorus and the first place small group chorus.  In addition, there will be a Peoples Choice award winner decided by the audience.