Calendar of Events: March 2020

Crimson Company Presents “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown”

“You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” will be presented by the Crimson Company of Dunmore High School opening on Thursday, March 19, and continuing Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21. Shows are at 7 p.m. each evening.

Lenten Concerts 

In a 70-year tradition of inspiring prayer and meditation through music, the Catholic Choral Society will present their annual Lenten Concerts in Wilkes Barre and Dickson City.

The first concert on Sunday, March 22, will be held at 3 p.m. at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, St. Aloysius Church, 143 Division St., Wilkes Barre. St. Robert Bellarmine Senior Choir will be featured performers. Pastor is  Rev. Richard J. Cirba. Snow date for the concert is Tuesday, March 24th at 7 p.m.

The second concert will be held on Sunday, March 29t at 3 p.m. at Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, St. Mary’s Church, 1090 Carmalt St., Dickson City. The concert will also feature St. Mary’s Visitation Choir. Pastor is Rev. Patrick J. Pratico. Snow date for the concert is Tuesday, March 31.

 The concerts are open to the public free of charge. There will be a goodwill offering. Dr. Thomas Rittenhouse and Brenda Grunza are co-presidents of the Catholic Choral Society. Ann Manganiello is music director of the chorus ; Jean Shields is accompanist. 

Further information may be obtained by calling 570-575-1040 and also at www.catholicchoralsociety.org.

High School Math Contest

Marywood University’s Math and Computer Science Club (iMACS, Integrated Math and Computer Science) will host its annual High School Math Contest on Saturday, March 28, from 10 to 11 a.m., in the Liberal Arts Center. The registration fee is $4 per student by March 24, $5 the day of the contest. 

Checks can be made payable to: Marywood University, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, Pa. 18509, Attn: Math Department Math Contest. The registration form can be found at www.marywood.edu/math/contest/, and can be emailed to Dhanapati Adhikari, Ph.D., associate professor in the Mathematics/Computer Science program, at dadhikari@marywood.edu.

The test consists of 40 problems of gradually increasing difficulty. There are two versions of the exam for the annual contest including: Level 1 – designed for 9thand 10thgrade students; the Level II test is more appropriate for 11thand 12thgrades. Registration begins at 9:15 a.m., and the test begins at 10 a.m. Students should arrive by 9:30 to allow time for registration and room assignment. The test will conclude at 11 a.m., and results will be announced the following week on Marywood University’s Math and Computer Science department website. 

For additional information, or to register for the High School Math Contest at Marywood University, please visit http://www.marywood.edu/math/contest/, or call (570) 348-6265.

UNICO Membership Drive

Keystone Chapter UNICO Dunmore is having its March Madness Membership Drive, on Wednesday, March 18 at 6 p.m. at Arcaro and Genell’s Restaurant, Old Forge. It features music by Frankie Gervasi, pizza, salads, antipasto and desserts, prizes and surprises. Anyone who is of Italian descent, or has a spouse of Italian descent,is welcome to attend the membership event free of charge. For reservations, call Mary Ann at 570-344-3737. 

Easter Egg Hunt

The Annual Elite Bunny Hunt sponsored by the Dunmore Lions Club, Dunmore Rotary,  Dunmore Police Department. Dunmore Fire Department will be held on Saturday, April 11 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Playground, Cooney and Hill Streets, Dunmore. The hunt is for children 11 years old and younger and will feature candy and prizes. The event will be held rain or shine. 

Wind Creek Bus Trip

The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians will host a bus trip to Wind Creek Bethlehem (formally The Sands) on Saturday, April 18.  The bus will depart from St. Patrick’s Church, Jackson Street, West Scranton, at 10 a.m. and return for home at 5 p.m. The cost of the trip is $25 with a $25 rebate.  This Complex includes multiple restaurants and outlet shops to explore. All proceeds benefit St. Patrick’s Food Pantry, St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen and various local charities.  Contact Maureen at 570-558-5263 or Michele at 570-343-7009. Your check is your reservation. No refunds. Payment is due by April 1. Make checks payable to LAOH-DIV. 5 and mail to Michele McDade, 102 Ridgeview Drive, Scranton, PA 18504. 

Pysansky Egg Workshop

Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant, will offer an Ukrainian Pysanky Egg Workshop for beginners. The tradition of the pysanky and passing on the knowledge is ongoing at St. Cyril’s, with over 10 years of classes. This event will held at St. Cyril’s Hall, 207 River St., Olyphant, on Sunday, March 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. This beginner class costs $20 per person, including all supplies. Space is limited and reservations are needed. Call Mrs. Sonia Maslar at 570-489-9608 or Tammy Maslar Budnovitch after 5 p.m. at 570-766-1919.

Meatless Lenten Meal

SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant, is sponsoring a Baked Haddock Fish dinner fundraiser as a “Meatless Meal for Lent” on Friday, April 3, at The Regal Room, 216 Lackawanna Ave. Olyphant. Eat-in or take-out will be from 5 to 7 p.m.   Pre-sold tickets are $13 each and will include baked haddock, potato, vegetable, roll, and dessert. For reservations call 570-383-9487 by the deadline of March 30. A limited amount of tickets will be sold at the door at $15 per ticket. 

On Golden Pond Play

Actors Circle will present “On Golden Pond” by Ernest Thompson, at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Rd., Scranton, on March 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 and 29, 2020. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12, general; $10 seniors, and $8 students. On Thursday, March 19, tickets will be $8 general and seniors; $6 students. For reservations, call 570-342-9707, or email to tickets@actorscircle.com. All reservations are held 10 minutes until show time. 

Anthracite Opera

Anthracite Opera Company will present Hodgepodge V, Mostly Classical on Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m.  The show features a musical variety program including classical, and some Broadway. Directed by Anthracite founder, Gary Richards, the musical performance will be presented at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, corner of Ash Street and Taylor Avenue,Scranton.  Tickets are $15 general admission; $12 seniors, students/children. For more information, contact Gary Richards at 570-335-7702.

Food Safety Course

The ServSafe Food Safety Manager Course, course conducted by Penn State Extension, will be held at Penn State Worthington SLC 29, 120 Ridgeview Drive, on March 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and March 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The certification exam will begin at 11 a.m. on March 31.

These in-person trainings, taught by our certified ServSafe instructors, will help participants learn how to prevent contamination of food by properly receiving, storing, preparing, cooking, cooling and serving the food, as well as proper methods of sanitizing foodservice facilities.

After completing the course and passing the multiple-choice exam with a 75 percent or higher score, participants will receive a ServSafe Food Protection Manager certificate. This certification is good for five years. 

The course fee of $185 covers the cost of the most recent edition of the ServSafe Manager book, exam, answer sheet and learning materials. To register, visit extension.psu.edu/servsafe or call 877-345-0691. 

Health Discovery Day

Marywood University will hold a Health and Wellness Discovery Day for high school students on Thursday, March 26. Registration begins at 8 a.m. in the Latour Room at the Nazareth Student Center. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., and is free and open to high school students, grades 9-12, who are interested in pursuing degrees in the Health and Wellness fields. To register, visit www.marywood.edu/hwday by March 16.

The event will include a meet and greet, admissions information, and an overview of professions, along with two break-out sessions, which will include hands-on activities with the departments of the participants’ choosing, including: Nursing, Pre-Physician Assistant, Art Therapy, Biology, Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Veterinary, Biotechnology, Music Therapy, Medical Laboratory Science, Social Work, Athletic Training, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Exercise Science, Health Services Administration, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Nutrition, Nutrition and Dietetics, Physician Assistant Studies, Psychology, Psychology/Clinical Practices, Respiratory Therapy, School Counseling, Speech-Language Pathology, Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Psy.D. 

Following the break-out sessions, lunch will be provided to all participants, and the program will conclude with a wrap-up session, where winners of the basket raffle will be announced.

For additional information about the Health and Wellness Discovery Day for high school students, please contact the Office of Admissions at Marywood University, at www.marywood.edu/admissions/, or call (570) 348-6234.  

Spring Craft Fair

The Riverside Promoting School-Community-University Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) team is hosting a spring vendor and craft fair on Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The planning committee is accepting applications for vendors to sell products or crafts.  The entry fee is $30 for a single space. Vendors can keep all of their profits from their booths, but they will be responsible for providing a door prize. 

Proceeds from the event will benefit PROSPER drug and alcohol prevention programs at Riverside Elementary East School. For information about the vendor craft fair or for an application, contact Karen Thomas at the Penn State Extension at 570-963-6842.

Invaders Reunion

The West Scranton High School Alumni Class of 1970 will hold its 50th 

Reunion on Saturday., June 5, at Colarusso’s LaPalazzo, 4500 

Birney Ave., Moosic, PA from 6 to 10 p.m. Featured will be appetizers, buffet dinner, cake and open bar. Jack Martin will be DJ.

Cost is $65 per person and checks or money orders can be sent to: Chris Mensky, 1348 Dartmouth St., Scranton, PA 18504, by May 27.  Make payment to: Invaders 1970 Reunion.

St. Joseph Breakfast

St. Joseph Melkite Catholic Church, 130 N. St. Frances Cabrini Ave., West Scranton, is sponsoring its annual St. Joseph Breakfast on Sunday, March 22, in the church hall. Cost for adults is $9, and $4.50 for children 6 to 10 years old. Children five and under are free.

St. Joseph bread will be available for sale in two-loaf packages. Breakfast will feature many styles of eggs, honey-baked ham, olives, hash browns, homemade pancakes, bread, juice and hot beverages served from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Takeouts will be available, and tickets will be sold at the door.

Easter pastry and flower sale order forms will also be available. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Contact melkite.scranton@gmail.com; melkitescranton.org or Facebook.

 

New Season, New Leaders for Dunmore High School Drama Club

Crimson Company Show PosterBy Emily Gerchman

The Dunmore High School Crimson Company will present the world premiere of “The Great Cell Phone Catastrophe,” an original play written by Michael Pavese, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 21 at the Dunmore High School Auditorium. Additional shows will take place on Friday, November 22, and Saturday, November 23.

This show marks not just a new season for these student actors and crew members, but a new era for the club as well.

This production is the very first directed by Celine Carlier and Dana Jackson. The two are filling the shoes of Brian and Dawn McGurl, who took their final bow last spring after leading the club for just shy of 15 years.

Carlier is an eighth grade English teacher in the Dunmore School District. Born and raised in Rhode Island, she is a 2015 graduate of Marywood University.

“I like Dunmore. I did my student teaching here. Then I observed here. Then I got hired,” said Carlier. “The school’s great. I’m happy that I was lucky enough to get in here.”

Over the years, Carlier has done work with community theatre groups, including Actor’s Circle ⁠— some on stage, some behind the scenes. Her peers knew that. So when word got out that the Crimson Company needed a new leader, more than a few people suggested Carlier for the job.

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Shown from left: Dana Jackson and Celine Carlier

“I’ve done…some stage management. Never in this capacity where it’s all us,” Carlier said. “It’s definitely new, but it’s a fun challenge.”

Luckily, it’s a challenge she doesn’t have to face alone.

Working alongside Carlier is Dana Jackson ⁠— the Crimson Company’s new assistant director. Jackson is a 2014 graduate of Dunmore High School and a proud Crimson Company alum.  She went on to study theatre at Marywood University.

“It’s really valuable to have someone like that. Being an alum of both the school and the program, she knows how it was. And she knows what it’s like also to direct,” Carlier said.

“It’s a little strange, “Jackson admitted, “but it’s still Dunmore. They’re sitting there doing their homework just like I used to, complaining about the same stuff I used to complain about. A lot of it is the same, a lot is different. Some it’s the same just through a different lens.”

“I hope we can continue the tradition of excellence that the Dunmore Crimson Company traditionally has had,” Jackson said, “but I think having fresh eyes is a good thing, and a fresh perspective.”

 “I think if they feel comfortable and feel like this is like another home where they can come laugh with their friends and work hard, that’s what I’m hoping for,” Carlier chimed in.

Leading the Crimson Company is a huge undertaking, both Carlier and Jackson can agree on that. But they have quite a team in their corner, ready and eager to help make this transition as smooth as possible.

“Everyone’s been really helpful, from parents to other teachers to the kids. I can’t really ask for much more just starting out,” said Carlier. “Even Brian and Dawn have helped too, if I need something. I couldn’t lock the door the one day so I called him. It’s really nice to know that’s there ⁠— that resource.”

“I’m hoping we’ll be able to last 15 years maybe. We’ll see.”

Dunmoreans of the Month: Brian and Dawn McGurl

Dunmoreans of the Month - CREDIT RICH BANICK

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By Emily Fedor

It’s show time once again for members of the Dunmore High School Crimson Company. In the coming days, the cast and crew will present the final showings of their spring production “Beehive: The 60’s Musical.”

On Saturday, the curtain will fall for one last time marking the end of not just another successful show and season for this drama club, but also the end of an era.

Brian and Dawn McGurl took over as drama club directors all the way back in 2005.

“Beehive” will be the 32nd show produced under their leadership, and it will be their last.

“We were back and forth with it, but it’s time,” Dawn said.

“When I started I was 45 years old. I’m 60 now,” Brian said with a chuckle. “Climbing up ten foot ladders and climbing on the catwalk, that’s not as much fun as it used to be.”

“And lugging costumes,” Dawn chimed in. “It’s a lot of work.”

The choice to step back from the drama club was sparked by another big decision.

Brian has taught seventh grade geography at the Dunmore Middle School for more than 30 years. He has decided to retire at the end of this school year.

The district would have allowed the McGurls to stay on with the Crimson Company, but Brian said he believes the club should be led by a teacher.

“The part of this that is the best part is that you’re extending the classroom,” he said.

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Brian and Dawn will look back on these years fondly, saying they’ve left everything they have to offer on the auditorium stage.

Over the last 14 years, the two have brought upon several big changes that have transformed this program into quite a showstopper.

When the McGurls first took over, the club only put on one play a year for only one week.

Now, each Crimson Company season features a straight play in the fall and a musical in the spring, and each production spans two weekends. Another big change to the schedule is the newly added Sunday matinee.

Brian and Dawn also helped secure funding to purchase new curtains, a new sound system, microphones and more. Their most recent project involved building a new sound booth in the back of the auditorium a major game changer for the club’s crew members.

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“This is a sports town, but in the time that we’ve been here, we’ve made great strides in pushing the arts to the fore and making it as important as sports,” Dawn said. “I think that’s one of the things we’re most proud of.”

While they are excited to spend more time with family and friends and enjoying other aspects of life, Brian and Dawn say they will miss their days in the auditorium and people they shared those days with the people who have become like a second family to them.

“One of the great parts of this is the friendships we develop,” Brian said with a smile. “As our students get older, we have all these friends now.”

“I’m going to miss seeing that freshman come out, and just seeing the growth by the time they’re a senior. It’s so rewarding,” Dawn said. “The impact that this can have on a person’s life is just awesome.”

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Of course, as one chapter comes to an end, another must begin.

During the next school year, the Crimson Company is set to present two shows — an original work in the fall and the Charles M. Schulz inspired musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” in the spring.

As far as who will fill the McGurls’ shoes, someone has expressed interest in taking charge of the Crimson Company.

But as far as who that someone is, the Dunmorean is sworn to secrecy until the school board gives its final approval.

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“Beehive: The 60’s Musical” continues this week with performances on April 3, 4, 5 and 6 at 7:00 p.m. each evening inside the DHS Auditorium. Tickets will be $10 for adults; $8 for students/seniors, and $5 for children under five.