Keystone UNICO Members Take Part in Dunmore Summer Festival

Dunmore’s Keystone UNICO was present with its tent at the recent Sherwood Park Summer Festival. The festival raises funds for the Sherwood Youth Association, which keeps the park pristine and gives Dunmore’s youth a safe place to play throughout the year.

Carl Yanowski, Mary Lou Karliak, Elaine Ruchak, Cathy Van Nort and Louise Passarella worked the Instant Bingo Tent.

Working the Basket Raffle on Thursday were Tom Carlucci, Val Riggi, Michele McDade, Katherine Barnansky and Marie Burke.

Mary Lou Karliak, Nancy Angeloni, Cathy Bianchi, Cathy Gerard, Tom Carlucci and Val Riggi took the reigns on Friday.

Kevin Cicci, Beverly Shea, Ann Summa, Gloria Rizzo, Sandy Graziano and Mark McDade, Ed Faatz, Dee Dee Faatz, Louise Ligi, Sharon Gombita, and Frank Cicci were also involved in the weekend’s festivities.


7th Annual Dunmore Summer Festival Kicks off August 15th


Members of the Sherwood Youth Association invite the community to attend the 7th  annual Dunmore Summer Festival. It runs August 15 16 and 17 from 5 to 11 p.m. each evening.

By Emily Fedor 

Get ready for some great food, a whole lot of fun and (fingers crossed) some beautiful weather. The Dunmore Summer Festival at Sherwood Park is set for next Thursday August 15 through Saturday August 17. It will run from 5 to 11 p.m. each evening.

2019 marks the seventh year for the popular summer event, hosted by members of the Sherwood Youth Association.

“We have been working diligently for months to make this year’s event a success, just like it has been in years past,” said Sherwood Youth Association President Matt Fedor.

Many people come out to summer festivals such as this one for one of two reasons. The first is to score some delicious food.

This year’s menu is jam packed with tons of delicious options including porketta, halushki, sausage and peppers, clams, wing bites and, last but not least, potato pancakes – the best seller by a mile.

And when you’re ready to grab some dessert, there will be a freshly fried pizza frita smothered in sugar ready with your name on it.

The second main reason folks flock to the summer festival at Sherwood Park is to enjoy some quality entertainment.

Cheerleaders from Holy Cross High School will kick things off Thursday night.

On Friday, the Wanna Bees are set to perform. Cheerleaders and marching units from Dunmore High School will also be on hand, and Mariana Leo is expected to make one of her first public appearances as the 2019-2020 Miss Buck.

Gymnasts from the United Sports Academy and the Ron Morgan Band will close out the festival Saturday night.

And with everything on tap from face painting to bounce houses — there will be plenty of fun in store for the kiddos.

As always, any money brought in from the annual event will go towards maintaining and up-keeping the park.

“The Sherwood Youth Association appreciates the continued support from the community,” said Fedor.  “It helps us to further improve our grounds and facilities and, most importantly, help keep the children playing.”

Calendar of Events: August 2019

St. Rocco's procession

The Feast Day Mass and Procession for SS. Anthony and Rocco Parish Italian Festival will take place on Sunday, Aug. 11, at noon.

SS. Anthony & Rocco Italian Festival

SS. Anthony & Rocco Parish Italian Festival will be held Aug. 9, 10, and 11, at St. Rocco’s Church Grounds, 122 Kurtz St., Dunmore, featuring food, games and live entertainment. The Festival opens Friday and Saturday at 5 p.m. and on Sunday following the noon Mass and Procession.

Live entertainment includes:  Friday, DHS Marching Units & Cheerleaders and Picture Perfect; Saturday, Holy Cross High School Cheerleaders and Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots; Sunday, Feast Day Mass & Procession at Noon followed by The Luongo Brothers Band, Take Three, and fireworks following at 9 p.m.

Lebanese-American Food Festival

The 18th annual Lebanese-American Food Festival will be held at St. Joseph Melkite Greek-Catholic Church, 130 N. St. Frances Cabrini Ave., West Scranton, this weekend. Times are 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9; 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, and noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11. 

Featured will be Middle Eastern food and pastries, picnic food favorites, games, raffles, used book sale, baskets, clams, beer, and a deejay. For more information, contact, visit our website or follow us on Facebook.


The 4th annual Hospice of the Sacred Heart Remembrance Walk is Saturday, Sept. 28, at McDade Park in Scranton. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the Walk begins at 10 a.m. The 2018 event attracted more than 900 walkers. Please consider joining us as a walker, a member of a walk team or sponsor of this high profile event, which advances our mission of providing comfort, care, hope and choice to patients and their families while guiding them through the end of life journey. Register now at by clicking here.

Indoor Yard Sale in Jermyn

Saint Michael’s Orthodox Church, Jermyn, is holding an Indoor Yard Sale, at St. Michael’s Hall,  403 Delaware St., Jermyn, on Friday, Aug. 9 and Saturday, Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This will benefit Saint Michael’s  Scholarship Fund for Continuing Education for their own parishioners. Many new items and raffles will be available. For information, contact Pro-Deacon, Father Gabriel Petorak at 570-876-1241.


Dunmore Summer Festival at Sherwood Park

The 7th annual Dunmore Summer Festival at Sherwood Park is set for Thursday August 15 through Saturday August 17. It will run from 5 to 11 p.m. each evening.

There will be plenty of homemade food as well as great entertainment.

Cheerleaders from Holy Cross High School will kick things off Thursday night.

On Friday, the Wanna Bees are set to perform. Cheerleaders and marching units from Dunmore High School will also be on hand, as well as the 2019-2020 Miss Buck.

And on Saturday, gymnasts from the United Sports Academy and the Ron Morgan Band will perform.

Island Dinner-Dance

Wear your Summer Caribbean outfits on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Island Dream dinner dance event held at St. Eulalia’s Parish, 214 Blue Shutters Road, Roaring Brook Township, from 6 to 10 p.m. 

You must be 21 years of age or older since you will receive one margarita or one glass of wine with dinner. Cash bar is available but no BYOB. Tickets can be purchased by calling 570-842-4785. Deadline is Sunday, Aug 18. 

Tickets will also be on sale at the church breakfast on Sunday, Aug. 18.

Camp Healing Hearts

Hospice of the Sacred Heart will present Camp Healing Hearts, a five-day camp experience to provide grief education to children ages 8-14 who have experienced the death of a loved one. 

The camp will be held Aug. 12-16 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hospice of the Sacred Heart Center for Education, 340 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic.

CAMP HEALING HEARTSChildren will work with trained bereavement counselors and members of our arts community to help them progress towards acceptance of the loss and use the arts as a means of self-expression. 

 This five-day camp begins and ends with the same activities every day to provide a sense of routine, consistency and ultimately closure for the entire process. Younger campers are “buddy-ed” up with older campers to facilitate teamwork and understanding. Each session utilizes a different theme explored through the arts. “In addition to delivering outstanding hospice care, this is one of the most impactful and sacred programs we offer,” said Diane Baldi, Chief Executive Officer, Hospice of the Sacred Heart.  

 Community volunteers lend their time and talents to campers with artistic projects culminating in a Memorial Service designed and presented by the campers at the camp’s completion. This performance and exhibit will be held at the Scranton Cultural Center Friday, August 16 at 3:30 pm. 

Jennifer Seechock serves as  Hospice of the Sacred Heart Director of Counseling Services.

Golf-Ball-on-TeeCamp Healing Hearts is presented by New York Life and receives generous grant support from Lackawanna County and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In-kind sponsors include Mansour’s Market Café, Fidelity Bank and Simrell Media.

Golf Tournament

St. Mary’s Villa will sponsor its 13th annual golf tournament on Monday, Aug. 12, at Glen Oak Country Club. For information, call 570-842-5274.