Dunmore Groups Nominated for SAGE Awards

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for the 2021 SAGE Awards, the Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence, which honor outstanding local businesses for their talent, creativity, and innovation. 

Among the finalists from Dunmore are Fidelity Bank, FNCB Bank, DePietro’s Pharmacy, Dearly Departed Players at Dunmore Cemetery, and Space Time Mead & Cider Works.

The winners will be announced on Friday, March 19, at the Chamber Gala, a hybrid event held at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center and live via Zoom.

This year’s SAGE Awards have been enhanced to honor and recognize the innovation our local businesses employed due to COVID-19. In addition, the new IMPACT Award for 2021 iincludes three categories: Community Outreach, People and Culture, and Products and Services. 

Close to 100 applications were received for this year’s awards and nearly 40 community leaders and professionals volunteered to review applications and select finalists. The finalists, in each category, are: Best Practices in Community Involvement, Coal Creative, Scranton Area Community Foundation, Valhalla Veterans Services; Best Practices in Customer Service, Center City Print, Maternal and Family Health Services, Tech42 LLC.

Best Practices in Marketing and Communications,m Horizon Dental Care, Inspired Studio, Posture Interactive; Business of the Year, Benco Dental, Fidelity Bank, Horizon Dental Care; Hometown Star, Dearly Departed Players at Dunmore Cemetery, Scranton Memorial Park at Scranton High School; Food for All Campaign at The Settlers Inn.

Impact: Community Outreach, Center City Print, DePietro’s Pharmacy, FNCB Bank; Impact: People and Culture, DePietro’s Pharmacy, Golden Technologies, Penn Foster, Impact: Products and Services, DePietro’s Pharmacy, Hemotology & Oncology Associates of NEPA, Woodloch Resort.

New and Emerging Business of the Year: Birdhouse Outdoor, Scholars in Training Preschool, Space Time Mead & Cider Works;  Non-Profit Organization of the Year, Camp Freedom, Inc., Keystone Mission, Maternal & Family Health Services; Small Business of the Year, Center City Print, PennWood Financial Group, United Sports Academy.

In addition, all award finalists can also win the People’s Choice Award, where the winner will be chosen by a community wide online vote, available on www.scrantonchamber.com from Monday, March 1 through Friday, March 5.

Scranton Cultural Center to Present Virtual Variety Show

The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple has announced a new fundraising initiative in collaboration with Posture Interactive.  Bright Side: A Virtual Variety Show will be live-streamed on March 11 at 7 p.m. and is presented by Montage Mountain Resorts.

“A top notch variety show with lighthearted, family-friendly entertainment is just the dose of optimism we can all use right now,” said Deborah Moran Peterson, SCC Executive Director.  “The concept was conceived by the SCC staff, is professionally produced by Posture Interactive, and will showcase the talents of local performers and artists.”

Camille Reinecke of Dunmore will serve as an emcee for the virtual variety show.

The hour-long production will feature performances from the Scranton Fringe Festival, Scranton Shakespeare Festival, New Vintage Ensemble, Newave Studios, Flashmilk Productions, Michele Conaboy McGrath, Stephen Murphy, Erin Malloy and Friends, Mike Miz, Roy Williams, Mariah Hawley and the Scranton Cultural Center Youth Theatre Program.  

Chris Bohinski, of WBRE’s PA Live!, and Camille Reinecke of Dunmore, SCC Youth Theatre Program Director, will serve as the evening’s emcees.

While the production aims to shine a spotlight on local talent, it also hopes to support local businesses.

 “Throughout the evening, gift cards to local restaurants and businesses, as well as other prizes, will be raffled off to event attendees,” explains Peterson.  “The event will not only support the SCC, but will do its best to build up our community.  It’s a win, win!”

Audience members will have a chance to virtually mix and mingle with each other during a pre-show Happy Hour sponsored by PNC Bank and hosted by the SCC’s Board President, John Murray, along with Celebrity Bartender, Conor McGuigan.

Bright Side: A Virtual Variety Show is presented by Montage Mountain Resorts.  The pre-show Happy Hour is sponsored by PNC Bank.  Additional sponsors include Geisinger, Truist Bank, WBRE/WYOU, Lamar Advertising, Fidelity Bank, Century Dental Associates, FNCB Bank, Honesdale National Bank, NET Credit Union, Fellerman and Ciarimboli, and Entercom Pennsylvania.

Tickets are $25 for general viewership and $60 for patron viewership, which includes admission to the pre-show Happy Hour at 6 p.m. as well as additional entries into the evening’s free giveaways. They are available for purchase at ScrantonBrightSide.com.  

“Finan” a Way to Make it Happen

By Zach Albert
Dunmorean Intern            

As we continue through the 2020-2021 academic and athletic seasons, we are highlighting the time and effort put in by Dunmore Athletic Director Mark Finan and his teams. 

The completion and success of the 2020 football and 2020 volleyball seasons are examples of accepting the responsibilities involved in keeping everyone as safe as possible while setting a foundation for the winter and spring sports seasons.

With a similar diligence to remaining safe in preparation, the basketball teams are continuing their seasons and are approaching the playoffs. 

When asked about preparation for these athletic and academic seasons, Finan explains: “Summertime is the start; scheduling the junior high and seven varsity sports for the upcoming fall seasons with the unknowns still present was a challenge. We actively communicate with the PIAA and LIAA and take this as seriously as anything you can plan for. 

“Scheduling challenges include ensuring officials, workers, security are all available for the scrimmages, exhibitions before the regular seasons begin. We are thankful the fall seasons went through as smoothly as they did.” 

Following up on that response, we asked about how he responded to the positive COVID-19 result of a member of the boys’ basketball program, and we thank his candidness in his response: 

“First action was to reach out to the member of the program who tested positive, checking on his status. The next was communicating with the COVID-19 Coordinator, and then all staff within the program. Continuing to follow all protocols and advice from the health and sporting organizations as we play the postponed games is key to ensuring we qualify for a league title as safely as we can.” 

We then asked Finan if there were differences in preparation per sport, and his response prompted his questions of how mask mandates will be applied in baseball and softball. 

“For a sport like basketball, where glasses are less likely to fog up with the indoor-controlled conditions, the mask mandate was easier to adjust to. In a sport like baseball or softball, with the ball as dangerous to the human body as it is, it is not as simple to mandate the mask, as it can cause glasses to fog up and compromise the safety of our student athletes, he explains.

“ I am looking forward to having discussions with all entities involved in getting a solution, potentially the Gaiter mask, which is becoming more popular, in place for all to safely enjoy these sports.” 

We then asked about any learning points through the pandemic able to be used moving forward, and before explaining further, he emphatically says “Absolutely.” 

 “The Return to Safe Play Plan continues to be reviewed as we continue towards normalcy. We’ve created great services to the community through a multitude of platforms. First, with the help of Rich Banick, we have launched DHSTV.net, which uses YouTube to host the videos, where we are broadcasting each home game live. 

“We thank Nick Mack of NPF for basketball play-by-play, and statistician Robert (RG4) Grady for streaming our swim team coverage. Social media outlets like Twitter are also used for those not yet familiar with our video streaming service.” 

We asked if there are any other announcements, comments, and Finan did have one: 

 “We are bringing back the Golden Age Pass for all Dunmore citizens 62 years or older, as we want our long-term Bucks at the events and knowing they are appreciated for attending!”