FNCB Bank, locally-based for 110 years, recently presented a check for $480.70 to the Dunmore Historical Society raised through a bank wide “Jeans for a Cause” dress down day. The Dunmore Historical Society’s mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret the artifacts, archives, and bibliographic materials of the history of the Borough of Dunmore.
FNCB’s monthly fundraising effort encourages employees to make small donations in exchange for the opportunity to wear jeans to work. All employee donations are matched dollar for dollar by the bank.
Since launching the Jeans for a Cause program, FNCB employees have raised $55,144 for local non-profit organizations.
Shown from left are: Jerry Champi, FNCB Bank president and CEO; Michael Williams, president, Dunmore Historical Society; and Dan Schreffler, treasurer, Dunmore Historical Society.
Eighth grade students from Dunmore toured Dunmore Cemetery on Sept. 27. Members of the Dearly Departed Players, including Julie Esty, Colonel James Patterson, Wendy Belaski, and S. Robert Powell from the Carbondale Historical Society, presented background information.
Wendy Belaski enlightened students about cemetery art, symbolism, etiquette and customs. Afterwards, the students, numbering around 100, visited the Dunmore Historical Society.
Teachers participating included Kim Ahern, Celine Carlier, Sara Worozbyt, Ryan Ehnot, Nabiha Garraoui and Kim Deprimo Bochicchio.
There 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 email@example.com.