Mayor’s Message: May 2022

By Mayor Max Conway

For this month’s message, I want to touch on a service that is often overlooked and could be of value for the citizens of the Borough. The Nancy Kay Holmes Library of the Lackawanna County Library System provides traditional library services like lending of books and DVDs, while also providing additional services, events, and programs for children and adults of all ages. 

In addition to those services and events, library patrons can, if they wish, request items online to be picked up at the branch or even opt for home delivery! While the library is in Scranton (1032 Green Ridge St), it is free to use for all Dunmore residents. 

If you would like to learn more about the services they provide, visit them today or check out their Facebook page!  

In some personal news, I was fortunate enough to spend the first two weeks of April on my honeymoon with my wife, Ally.

We spent 12 wonderful days in Europe with six days in Ireland and six days in Germany. While in Ireland, we took a quick detour to a small town called…you guessed it…Dunmore! 

We stopped in for a pint at a local pub and ended up talking with some of the locals. When my wife mentioned I was the Mayor of Dunmore, PA, the man who was sitting across the bar said, “STAY RIGHT THERE! I WILL BE RIGHT BACK!”

When he returned twenty minutes later, he handed us his flag of the Dunmore, Ireland Rugby Club to bring home with us! It was truly a trip and an experience my wife and I will never forget. 

If you would like to keep up to date on other announcements and information, please follow me on Facebook at Mayor Max Conway!

Holy Cross Standout Shortstop Wants to Give Back

By Steve Svetovich

Holy Cross Lady Crusaders shortstop Carly Wywoda has excelled on the baseball diamond for a long time.

And eventually, when the time comes, she wants to give back.

As a freshman, she hit five homers for the Lady Crusaders. There was no softball season due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Carly’s sophomore year, but she came back to hit nine homers and then hit over .600 in her junior year.

This season, Carly has one homer and is batting .474 at press time.

Daughter of Pete and Georgeann Wywoda, the senior standout was named first team all-state, first-team All Regional and was a Lackawanna League Division III first-team all-star selection last season.

Carly has a highly impressive 4.18 academic average at Holy Cross. Her best subject is math.

She is a member of Student Council and the National Honor Society.

Well-spoken and polite, Carly talked about what it takes to excel as a shortstop in high school softball. “Well, for one thing,” she said, “it takes a great second baseman. I have that in Priscilla Grill. That is 100 percent, Priscilla. I can always rely on her and know where she is going to be. She has also been my best friend for a long time, so we work together extremely well. You also need a lot of mobility and you need to be a leader to play shortstop.”

Carly will attend Mansfield University where she will play softball and study math secondary education next year. Carly will attend Mansfield on both academic and athletic scholarships.

“I want to become a math teacher on the high school level,” she said. “I also want to get into coaching high school softball. I want to give back and teach kids what coaches taught me.”

The senior scholar-athlete said she enjoys listening to country music and has seen Kenny Chesney in concert twice.

She talked about lessons learned from Holy Cross veteran softball coach Joe Ross. “He always teaches us that no matter what happens on the softball field, it is all about the team. It is more about the team than the individual. You need to always be there for your teammates.”

The talented shortstop said her parents also taught her a lot. “My parents teach me to respect everyone, including kids, adults, senior citizens, teachers, school, and coaches. They tell me to show respect with everything I do. And always work towards a goal.”

Carly said she is looking forward to becoming a teacher and coach someday. “I want to inspire kids as a coach, just as my coaches inspired me. And I want to inspire my students in the classroom to be the best they can be.

“I want to be a secondary education teacher, but most of all would like to be a safe spot for kids to come to. I want students to be able to come to me with any issue or problem and feel safe about it.”

The articulate senior said she is looking forward to the rest of the Holy Cross softball season. “We started the season with a 4-2 record, so we are looking to play our remaining games at a very competitive level. We want to come out swinging and confident. We need to play well as a team and be aggressive.”

Carly said her experience at Holy Cross High School has been the best. “I made the best choice ever coming here,” she said. “The academics and softball here are the best. I would have no better opportunity. And I have made so many friends. The opportunities here are so great.”

Athlete of the Month: Emma Conte

By Steve Svetovich

Dunmore Lady Bucks senior shortstop Emma Conte is once again among the Lackawanna League Division III leaders in homers and batting average.

Emma, 18, at press time was leading Lackawanna League Division III hitters with six home runs. She was also among the league’s leading hitters with a .522 batting average.

And last season she hit a robust .550 with seven homers.

Daughter of Rich and Kim Conte, Emma is a three-year member of the Dunmore softball team. She is a two-year member of the Dunmore Lady Bucks volleyball team and is a member of the Spanish Club, French Club, SADD and TACT. Emma has a 91 grade point average at Dunmore.

A transfer from Riverside, where she played softball as a freshman, she was first team all-state, All Regional and a first-team Lackawanna League all-star last season.

Emma has not selected a college yet, but knows she wants to continue her softball career and study to become a physician’s assistant.

The slick fielding senior shortstop said her parents taught her a lot about the game. “They both played and were pretty good at it, so I learned a lot from them. They tell me to always be at my best and to be a leader. They tell me to get my teammates going. Keep them up.”

She talked about her future goals. “I want to continue playing softball in college and study to become a physician’s assistant. I want to work hard and get a good job.”

Emma, personable and hard working, said she enjoys listening to music in her spare time and would like to see Post Malone in concert.

The senior standout talked about what it takes to excel at the shortstop position in high school softball. “You need to be loud and call out the plays. You need to be a leader and keep your team up and positive. You need to be able to pick your team up when things aren’t going right.”

She has learned a lot from Dunmore Lady Bucks softball coach Ryan Ferguson. “He is a great coach,” Emma said. “I can’t begin to tell you how much I have learned from him. He teaches us we have to work as a team. He is very big on that. He tells me I have to be a leader. He is not just a coach, but a friend to all of us. We are a team under him.”

Well-spoken and always positive, Emma said she has thoroughly enjoyed her experience at Dunmore.

“We have great success here at Dunmore because of my teammates. We all get along so well. You are playing with your best friends.

“My teammates are my best friends on and off the field. We work as a close knit team.

“And that is one of the big reasons I love it here at Dunmore. I have the best friends and teammates all in one.”