Dunmore Fire Department History to Inspire New Book

fireThere have been 13 fire companies that have served the Borough of Dunmore since 1875. Over the last several years, Joseph Klapatch, a local fire department historian, has been researching the department’s history with a book due in the near future.

A number of local residents, as well as the Dunmore Historical Society, have assisted him in gathering the history. Over five three-inch binders of research have been compiled so far. As the project begins to wrap up, the author invites anybody that might have historical items that may be included in the history to contact him. Items that may be helpful include photos, articles, scrapbooks and any other memorabilia, as well as older issues of the Dunmorean newspaper and photos of past Dunmore fire chiefs.

The items would be copied, with originals staying with the owners, and those whose items are used will be credited in the book. The book is tentatively scheduled to be released by the end of this year or early 2019.

This will be Klapatch’s third book. Currently, his other books, “The History of the Carbondale, PA Fire Department 1843-2015” and “The Scranton Fire Department, 1854-Present, Including the Minooka Hose Company” are available.  Anyone can contact Joe at 570-702-5603 or email him at sendem39@aol.com.

Fire Chief Offers Holiday Safety Tips

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By Christopher P. DeNaples
Fire Chief, Dunmore Fire Department

Every year there are house fires and injuries reported, as a result of improper set up of indoor and out door Christmas decorations. The following tips can prevent some of this incidents. The last thing we should worry about during the holiday season is a fire or injury, that can be prevented by just having some situational awareness.

When decorating outdoors some items to keep in mind are:

  1. Use extension cords and decorations that are recommenced for outdoor use by the manufacturer.
  2. Make sure all outdoor extension cords and decorations are plugged into a receptacles that is protected by Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI’s)
  3. Check all new/reused decorations and extension cords for damage before plugging in.
  4. Keep all decorations, lights and extension cords free of standing water or snow.
  5. Keep all spotlights and any decoration that produces heat clear of flammable items and in well ventilated areas.
  6. Use fiberglass ladders that are in good condition when decorating outdoors, metal ladders conduct electricity.
  7. Use the proper size ladder for the height you need.
  8. Keep yourself and any equipment you are using to decorate at least 10 feet from any power lines.
  9. Do not mount/secure decorations or extension cords in a manner that will cause damage to the cord or decoration.

When picking a Christmas tree and indoor decorations keep in mind:

  1. Purchase lights and decorations that require electricity from a reputable retailer.
  2. When possible use LED lights, which use less energy and run cooler than traditional incandescent lights.
  3. Do not overload any receptacles/circuits, per-plan before placing decorations in accordance with the number and locations or receptacles.
  4. Always follow the manufacturers use and care instructions for all electrical decorations and extension cords.
  5. Make sure that extension cords are not pinched in doors, windows or are under furniture or heavy objects; this can cause damage to the cords.
  6. Do not mount or secure decorations or power cords in a manner that will cause damage to the cord or decoration.

When choosing, decorating and caring for a real Christmas tree:

  1. Choose a tree with fresh green needles that do not fall off when touched.
  2. Make sure the tree is a least three feet away from any heat source.
  3. Place tree in an area that it is not blocking an exit.
  4. Add water to the tree stand daily.
  5. Use lights that are inspected and make sure all bulbs are tight.

Any indoor/outdoor electrical decorations, as well as extension cords should not be used if they are not Underwriter Laboratories (UL) listed, which can be found on the tag or label. There has been some fraudulent labeling, if you have any doubt that your item may be incorrectly labeled (UL) you can send an email with a photo of the label to UL at Market.Surveillance@UL.com.

Both indoor/outdoor decorations should be turned off before going to bed or leaving your home. Many of the safety recommendations listed in the article are based off literature from the National Fire Protection Assocation (NFPA), which are meant to prevent fire and injuries that are found to cause most incidents regarding Christmas decorations nationally.  

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Calendar of Events: September 2017

“Dunmore Shoots vs. Dunmore Ladders”

The Dunmore Fire Department is challenging the Dunmore Police Department to a charity Softball Tournament on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 4:30 p.m. at Sherwood Park. Entitled the first annual Hot Shots Tournament, “Dunmore Shoots vs. Dunmore Ladders,”the two dunmoredepartments are going to raise money for charities by selling T-Shirts, basket raffles,50/50 drawings and pass the cap. All proceeds will be donated to Dunmore youth organizations.

Sponsors from local businesses and residents are being sought for baskets and donations. For any additional questions or information, call 570-840-1896.

Grief Workshop

We recognize that learning how to live without your loved one is difficult. How do you cope? Will you ever feel normal again?

vnaVNA Hospice, located at 301 Delaware Avenue in Olyphant, is holding workshops in September and October to help those who are grieving. The classes will answer all of your questions and offer ways to help you continue your life productively, even when it’s a “tough day.”

Feel free to bring family and friends. If you have any questions or if you would like to confirm your attendance, please call (570)383-5180.

DHS Class Reunion

Dunmore High School, Class of 1957, will celebrate a 60th anniversary reunion on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 4 to 9 p.m. at La Buona Vita, Reilly Street, Dunmore.

knightsKnights of Columbus Meeting

Knights of Columbus, Dunmore Council 3635, will hold their next regular meeting on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m,. at St. Rocco’s Church Hall, 122 Kurtz St, Dunmore. All members are encouraged to attend. The agenda includes the annual Halloween party for children and  football sweeps tickets.

 

Medicare Outreach Program

State Rep. Kevin Haggerty, (D) Lackawanna, has announced a new Medicare outreach program will be available every third Monday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at his district office, located at 1414 Monroe Avenue in Dunmore.

Haggerty said an APPRISE representative from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging will help constituents with questions about Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans, Medigap plans, Medicare drug plans, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage and various low-income assistance programs, such as the Medicare Savings Program and Extra Help.

The Lackawanna County representative is asking constituents to please call his office to make an appointment at 570-342-2710. The local APPRISE program is sponsored by the Voluntary Action Center and is funded by the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging.

laohLadies Ancient Order of Hibernians Casino Trip:

The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians will hold a bus trip to the Sands Casino & Outlets in Bethlehem on Saturday, Sept 30.  The bus will depart from St. Patrick’s Church, Jackson Street, West Scranton, at 10 a.m. and returns for home at 5 p.m.  The cost of the trip is $25 with a $20 slot rebate and $5 food voucher.  There are outlet shops to explore as well as the city of Bethlehem.  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.  Payment is due by Sept. 10.  Make checks payable to LAOH-DIV. 5 and mail to Michele McDade, 102 Ridgeview Drive, Scranton, 18504.

Cancer Survivors Day

Steven J. Scheinman, M.D., has been named chair for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s 25th Annual Cancer Survivors Day- Honoring, Remembering, Sharing. Cancer Survivors Day is a dual-location event set for Saturday, Sept. 23, at McDade Park in Scranton and Saturday, Sept. 30 at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre from 10am – noon and is free of charge although pre-registration is encouraged.

cancerThe events feature the Circle of Survivors, an activity during which every person in attendance has the opportunity to say a few words about their experience with cancer. Conversation and light refreshments provide an additional opportunity for connection and support. Cancer survivors, their families and friends, as well as caregivers and healthcare professionals are invited to attend.

For more information, go to www.cancernepa.org or call the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute at (570) 941-7984.

SS. Cyril and Methodius Rummage Sale

The seventh Annual Fund Raiser Rummage Sale for SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant, will be held on Sept. 22, 23, and 24 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m and Sunday until 2 p.m.  Free parking is available across from the school and the Parish Parking lot at 207 River St., Olyphant.

For more info. call 570-489-2271 or 646-241-9443. A raffle will be held on Sunday, Sept. 24, with items donated from local merchants, businesses and new items.  Food will be served starting at 8:30 in the morning.

Property Tax Meeting

State Rep. Kevin Haggerty, D-Lackawanna, will host a property tax elimination Town Hall from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 at his Olyphant Satellite Office, 530 E. Park St. Haggerty explained that since an Aug. 2 meeting in Scranton, his office has received daily phone calls from property owners who weren’t able to attend that meeting but want more information. For more information about the free Town Hall meeting, contact Haggerty’s office at (570) 342-2710.

marywoodPacers Club’s Surf & Turf Dinner

Marywood University’s athletics club, the Pacers Club, will host a Surf and Turf Dinner on Monday, Sept. 25, from 6-9 p.m., at Morganz Pub and Eatery, 315 Green Ridge St., Scranton, Pa. The cost of the dinner is $85. Proceeds from the event will assist with the cost of student-athletes’ equipment and their events and programs.

The Pacers Club Surf and Turf Dinner will also serve as an opportunity to welcome Marywood University’s newest executive officers, Susan Turell, Ph.D., provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, and Tammy McHale, vice president of business affairs and treasurer.

For additional information, please contact Eric Grundman, assistant director of athletics and recreation and head men’s and women’s golf coach, at grundman@marywood.edu, or call (570) 348-6211, ext. 2516.

“A Streetcar Named Desire” at Marywood University

Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will present its fall production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams’ classic American Drama, on Friday, Oct. 6, and Saturday, Oct.7. The performances will begin at 7:30 p.m., each day in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; and $5 for students.

This year is the 70th anniversary of Tennessee Williams’ classic, A Streetcar Named Desire. The play will be performed by a talented ensemble of Marywood students and members of the community. The American Drama tells the story of the tragic heroine Blanche Dubois, who is searching for kindness and beauty in post-World War II New Orleans, colliding with Stanley Kowalski, her ruthless, brutish brother-in-law, while her reality crumbles around her.

For additional information about Marywood University’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire, or to reserve tickets in advance, please visit www.marywood.edu/tickets, or call (570) 348-6211, ext. 6097.

remembrance walkCommunity Arts Show

Dunmore Activity Hub’s Community Arts Show will be held on  Oct 6 and 7. Show and activities will take place at 1414 Monroe Ave # B, Scranton.  For further information call: (570) 207-2662.

Senior Fair Hosted by Rep. Haggerty

State 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.

Strength Training and Nutrition Classes

Penn State Extension, in collaboration with The University of Scranton, will be offering strength training and nutrition classes to help men and women improve their muscle strength and bone density. The “Growing Stronger” 12-week strength training program is designed for adults 40 and older. Two classes are being offered.  One is on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10:30 am to 11:30 am at West Side Active Older Adult Community Center, 1004 Jackson St., Scranton, beginning Sept. 6.  The other one is on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1 pm to          2 p.m. at Abington Senior Center, 1151 Winola Road, South Abington Township, beginning Sept. 7. The cost is $115.  

For questions or to register, please call Penn State Extension in Lackawanna County at 570-963-6842 or go online.  Space is limited and registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

LRCA_LogoA orgLackawanna River Conservation Association’s 30th anniversary

The 30th Anniversary celebration of the Lackawanna River Conservation Association will include over 30 events and activities conducted during September and October at various locations throughout the Lackawanna Watershed. There will be large public events and smaller educational activities with schools, senior centers and community groups and LRCA members.     

The Anniversary celebration series will include a major kickoff event, a free cocktail party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, Sept. 7 at the Carbondale Grand Hotel.

The Celebration will conclude with a Community Recognition Awards Dinner and Gala to be held in the Ballroom of the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple  The Dinner /Gala will begin with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, Oct. 5. That is the anniversary of the actual date in 1987 when the LRCA filed its articles of incorporation.  In mid-September, the LRCA will announce the names of several individuals and organizations that will be recognized with awards at the dinner.

American Sign Language Classes

The Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children is offering various levels of classes for those wishing to learn or continue learning American Sign Language.

Level I, II and III classes are offered on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m., from September 20 to October 25. Cost is $65.00 per person.

If interested in registering, go online or contact Hannah Thebarge by phone at (570)585-1000 or by email at hthebarge@thescrantonschool.org.