Calendar of Events: October 2017

craftCraft Sale and Cafe:

Local crafters and vendors will gather at the Dunmore Presbyterian Church on Saturday October 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a craft and cafe sale.

Door prizes will also be available.

Half of the money raised at the event will benefit those down south who were affected by the recent hurricanes.

Free Concerts at Marywood:

Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will offer free performances on campus during the months of October and November.

On Sunday, Oct.22, . at 4 p.m., Marywood University will hold its faculty recital in the Marian Chapel, in the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life, on the University’s campus. This is a special opportunity to hear members of the music, theatre, and dance department perform a variety of works from the classical repertoire.

The Northeastern Youth Wind Ensemble will perform its fall concert on Sunday, Oct, 29, at 4 p.m., in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. Sponsored by Marywood University, Conn-Selmer, Inc., and American Youth Ensembles, the Northeastern Youth Wind Ensemble will present a free concert. Many of Pennsylvania’s top high school musicians will perform engaging works for concert band under the direction of Marywood University’s director of bands, F. David Romines, D.M.A.

marywoodMarywood University’s Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony will perform a free fall concert on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 4 p.m., in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts, on the main stage. The band program at Marywood presents their two major ensembles performing works from the classic band repertoire and works by proven contemporary composers. A special tribute is planned for recently deceased American composer, David Maslanka.

For additional information about the performances, please visit the music, theatre, and dance department at Marywood University online at, or call (570) 348-6268.

Depression Screenings at Marywood:

Marywood University’s Psychological Services Center (PSC) will offer free and confidential depression screenings as part of National Depression Screening Day on Thursday, Oct. 5,  from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Psychological Services Center, located in the McGowan Center for Professional Studies. No appointment is necessary, and the screenings are free and open to the public.

Held annually during Mental Illness Awareness Week in October, National Depression Screening Day (NDSD) raises awareness and screens people for depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. The screenings are anonymous and confidential, and no commitment is necessary.

Treatment options for depression will be offered. Please contact the Psychological Services Center with questions, at (570) 348-6269, or visit the Center’s web page, at

Town Hall Meeting with Rep. Haggerty:

Representative Kevin Haggerty will host a Town Hall meeting with the Pennsylvania Tax Coalition on Oct. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dunmore Community Center, 1414 Monroe Ave. The discussion will focus on the elimination of school property taxes and House Bill 76. Haggerty notes that the passage of this bill would bring $550 million new dollars to

our school districts in PA and it would ignite an economy in Pennsylvania that is currently ranks last throughout the United States for job growth.

equinesComedy Show to Benefit Equines for Freedom:

Equines For Freedom will host a comedy show on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Scranton Cultural Center featuring comedians are Keith Alberstadt and Emma Willmann.

Proceeds of this event will help fund Equines For Freedom’s free program for veterans.  EFF provides a non-riding equine therapy program for military service members dealing with complex trauma including post-traumatic stress.  

Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the show beginning at 8.   After the show, there will be a comedian meet-and -greet available to VIP ticket holders.  Cost is $25 for general admission and $40 VIP priority seating. Tickets are available online at, and

2017 Faculty Gallery Show at Marywood:

The 2017 Marywood Faculty Biennial exhibition will be held at Mahady Gallery, Shields Center for Visual Arts, from Oct. 7 to Nov. 19.  This multimedia exhibition of current work by Marywood University’s Department of Visual Arts faculty showcases a diverse range of styles, mediums, and techniques of more than 30 artists/educators. Opening reception is Oct. 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. A gallery talk will be presented on Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

LCLogoFUTURE1New Programs at Lackawanna College:

Beginning in Fall 2018, students at Lackawanna College can select from four new majors being offered by various departments across the College. Each of the new programs has been created in response to growing job markets and the needs of current and prospective students. Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting, Professional Studies, and Restaurant and Foodservice Management, and Associate degrees in Baking and Pastry have all been added to the College’s offerings. The College is also now offering online degrees, allowing students to complete their education in less than two years.For additional information, visit or contact the Admissions Office at (570) 961-7898.

Make-A-Wish Volunteers Needed:

Make-A-Wish is currently looking for new volunteers in Lackawanna County. To become a wish volunteer, individuals must be at least 21 years of age, pass a criminal background check and attend a training session this fall. For more information about how to become a volunteer, please contact Regional Wish Assistant Amy Konetski at 570.341.9474 or

Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia is a non-profit organization that grants wishes to children, aged 2 1⁄2 to 18, with life-threatening medical conditions. Currently, the local chapter is one of the most active in the country, having fulfilled more than 17,500 wishes. For more information, please call Make-A-Wish at (800) 676-9474 or visit its Web site at

Senior Expo hosted by Rep. Haggerty:

expoState Rep. Kevin Haggerty, D-Lackawanna, will host a Senior Fair on Friday, Oct. 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Dunmore High School, 300 W. Warren St.

The event will feature nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies and others offering information and services geared toward older adults.

Vendors and senior service providers interested in participating in the expo may contact Haggerty’s office at (570) 342-2710.

The 112th District includes Archbald/Eynon, Blakely/Peckville, Dunmore, Jessup, Olyphant, Throop and Scranton.

Brass Festival at Marywood:

Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will present “Octuba Brass Festival,” on Sunday Oct. 8. Free performances, workshops, and rehearsals will take place from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., which will be followed by a free concert at 1:30 p.m., Room 104, in the Sette La Verghetta Center for Performing Arts.

For additional information about the “Octuba Brass Festival,” please contact Michael Parker, lecturer in the music department at Marywood University, at (410) 499-0175, or email


Applications Available for SAGE Awards

SAGEApplications for the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce’s annual SAGE Awards (Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence) are now available on the Chamber’s website.

The awards are presented annually to members of the local business community who demonstrate strong and consistent efforts through their talent, creativity and innovation. Applicants must be current Chamber members in good standing.

This year’s SAGE award categories include Best Practices in Community Development, Best Practices in Customer Service, Best Practices in Marketing and Communications, Business of the Year, Excellence in Leadership, Hometown Star, New and Emerging Business of the Year, Non-Profit Organization of the Year, Small Business of the Year and Woman of Excellence.

In addition, there will be three “Pride and Progress” awards available for interior and exterior renovations and new construction.

All SAGE Award finalists will be entered into the People’s Choice Award category. The recipient of that award will be determined by an online community-wide popular vote.

The SAGE Awards will be presented at the Chamber’s Gala will be held on Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Theater at North, 1539 North Main Ave., Scranton.

The deadline for applications is Friday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. For more information, including applications, instructions and judging criteria, visit

Fidelity Bank Helps Construct New Children’s Playhouse

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Fidelity Bank Mortgage Team members Patrick boles, Carmen Caputo and Paul Arvay lend a hand to help build the Children’s Playhouse at Aylesworth Park.

Area children can enjoy a new place to play thanks to a private-public partnership between Fidelity Bank and Lackawanna County Department of Parks and Recreation. Fidelity Bank recently donated and constructed a children’s playhouse adjacent to the “no boundaries” accessible playground at Aylesworth Park in Jermyn. The playhouse is currently open for children and their families to enjoy.

Fidelity Bank will host the official reveal of the house at a “Back to School Bash & Ribbon Cutting” event scheduled for Sept. 9 from noon until 2 pm at Aylesworth Park. “A free, fun, family-friendly day is planned to show off our beautiful new playhouse. We’ll have apple cider and donuts, games, giveaways and activities all geared to getting ready for the school year,” said Joann Marsili, Sr. Vice President, Marketing & Sales Director, Fidelity Bank. “And of course our Fidelity Bank Green Team mascot, Sammy Saves-a-Lot, will be there to visit and entertain the kids,” she added.

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Rich Ainey, Mary McNichols and Joanne Pezzuti put the finishing touches on the Playhouse at Aylesworth Park.

Nearly 20 Fidelity Bankers donated their time, talent and sweat equity through Fidelity Bank’s employee volunteer time off program to build the adorable, 12’ by 20’, Victorian style play structure. In addition to the land, the County donated the manpower to prepare the site and lay the concrete foundation for the playhouse. The playhouse is close to restrooms and parking. It includes landscaping and other amenities and is near picnic tables and benches. A paved pathway leads to the wheelchair accessible door so that children of all abilities can enjoy the playhouse together.

Throughout the month of July, children were invited to help choose the playhouse design by visiting Fidelity Bank’s Branches to vote for one of 3 miniature designs: Victorian, Cape Cod or Carriage House. The charming Victorian house won by a close margin. During the week of July 31, the bankers built the house from floor to roof. Local construction partners, Mar-Paul Construction Company and Servpro Restoration Experts donated tools, expertise and guidance to help the banker’s to get the job done.

This is the second Playhouse in the Park Project Fidelity Bank has done in partnership with Lackawanna County. In 2013 Fidelity Bankers constructed a log cabin playhouse at McDade Park in Scranton. For more information on the ribbon cutting event or the playhouse please visit