Artist of the Month: Bill Graziano

Artist Bill Graziano

Graziano is trying to continue his artwork at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. This work in progress is called “The Artist.”

By Bill Graziano

After the Dunmore Senior Center had to close due to the pandemic, I found it necessary to seek other diversions to fill my time. It made me realize how much I missed the comaraderie of my fellow painters in Jill Swersie’s art class.

Having been a member of her class for over three years, its members have become like an extended family to me.

To fill the downtime, I began to work on overdue chores, such as downsizing basement storage. Upon completion of that task, I asked myself, “Now what can I do to fill the empty hours of confinement?” So, I decided to venture on a painting working from home.

I began by sketching my subject with chalk, then called upon my memory to aid me with all of Jill’s previous instructions. I have entitled it “The Artist,” and as you can see, it is still a work in progress.

The temporary closing of the Dunmore Senior Center has reminded me and fellow members how important its services are to the local seniors, and how it fulfills a void in our lives.

Hopefully, it will soon be able to open again!

Dunmore Senior Center Starts Walking Club

By Steve Svetovich

Get your walking sneakers or shoes on.

The Dunmore Senior Center begins a walking club this month.

Alison Boga, executive director of the Dunmore Senior Center, 1414 Monroe Ave., Dunmore, said the walkers will start at 9 a.m., but members can walk any time between 9 a.m. and noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Dunmore Senior Center.

With the new walking club, said Boga, the walkers can enjoy the benefits of having a gymnasium right in the Dunmore Senior Center. Nine laps around equals a half mile. Boga said you can walk at your own pace, walk with someone, or walk alone.

Boga said there will be a “Love Your Feet” presentation by Dr. Baldassari Tuesday, March 17, at 11 a.m. It will be followed by a pizza party afterwards. Those interested, can sign up at the front desk or call the Dunmore Senior Center at 570-207-2662 to make reservations.

The Dunmote Senior Center Gardening Group starts back up Tuesday, March 24. Those who wish to be involved in deciding what will be planted this year should attend at 10:30 a.m., said Boga.

The CEO Weinberg Nutrition Program will be held every Wednesday in March, said Boga. Classes begin at 10:30 a.m. and will have a different theme each time. Boga said those wishing to attend should sign up at the front desk or call the Center. There is limited seating, she added.

The Dunmore Senior Center, which has a new look to it, congratulated the Cold Cash Lottery winners who include Sharon McCormick, Sophie Chylak, Mary Vellela, Madilyn Randall, Martha McAndrew and Dorothy Black.

“We congratulate everyone and thank everyone for supporting the Senior Center,” said Boga.

The Dunmore Senior Center, said Boga, is looking for volunteers. Kitchen help is needed daily from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If interested, please call or stop by at the Center. 

“If there is a particular speaker or activity that anyone would like to see offered at the Center,” said Boga, “please let us know.”

There will be a Lenten Fish Dinner Friday, March 27, from 3 to 6 p.m., at the Dunmore Senior Center. Limited tickets are available at a cost of $12. Look for your ticket in the mail in the first week of March, said Boga.

Design Hearing Instruments, Inc., will be conducting a Free Hearing Screening at the Center Friday, March 27, from 10 a.m. to noon.

A representative will be on hand to conduct the hearing evaluations. Residents are encouraged to bring in older hearing instruments for free repair estimates. Questions will be answered regarding insurance and/or pricing. Residents should bring their insurance cards.

A two-part Mock Faberge Egg Decorating class will be held Thursday, March 12 and Thursday, March 19. Those interested, said Boga, can sign up at the front desk or by calling the Center. There is a nominal fee of $5 for both classes, added Boga.

The annual Pasta Dinner at the Center will be held Thursday, April 23. The cost is $10.

The Center will be closed Thursday, April 2, for the Volunteer Recognition Dinner, Friday, April 10, in observance of Good Friday, Thursday, April 23, for the Pasta Dinner and Tuesday, April 28 for Election Day.

The Dunmore Senior Center is changing its lunch schedule from now until July 1.

The Center will be open for its normal activities five days a week, Monday through Friday.

However, beginning this month members will only be served on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 

The change is necessary, said Boga, because of the Center’s success. “We are in danger of exceeding our allotted meals under our County contract,” said Boga. “Therefore, we need to reduce our weekly meal count. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our particants. We are interested in hearing alternative solutions if this change affects your nutritional needs. “

Carl Yanowski is Site Council President of the Dunmore Senior Center. Carol Angerson is Vice President. Marial Loughney is secretary. Carl Gammaitoni is treasurer. Kay Harris is Sunshine reporter.

Boga reminds everyone to turn their clocks ahead one hour Sunday, March 8.


Artist of the Month: Joyce Davis Harrington

Artist of Month

Joyce Harrington is shown with her watercolor painting of a loon, one of her favorite subjects.

Joyce Davis Harrington has been chosen as the October Artist of the Month at the Dunmore Activity Hub. 

Mrs. Harrington, who has been painting at the facility for five years, finds herself inspired by birds and ducks, and especially by the New England loon.

She enjoys being involved in a positive environment. Joyce notes that most of the participants are oil painters, and that she among three water colorists.

“Our wonderful artist and dedicated teacher, Jill Swersie, has vast experience,” Mrs. Harrington points out.
She motivates all of her students.”

Joyce also admires Allison Boga, the executive director of the Dunmore Senior Center on Monroe Avenue.

“She is devoted to seniors and always supportive,” she explains.

As for where she finds her subjects, Joyce peruses art books and magazines, as well as Birds & Blooms magazine for her ideas.

“Painting is fun and relaxing,” she says, as far as why she pursues the hobby.