Mayor’s Message

By Mayor Max Conway

It was a busy October in the Borough! Our paving project was a massive success and I am happy to say that our roads are in much better shape than they were this time last year heading into the winter months.

Since taking office, I have been fortunate enough to talk with many of our business owners about the future of the Dunmore business landscape. We discussed the overall revitalization of Dunmore’s business community, how best to tap state money, upgrades to our streetscapes, and more. 

We also met with representatives from the state, including the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) director. In his words, if our business community wants to leverage its access to state money to secure potential grants and outside funding, a great step would be to launch the Dunmore Business Association (DBA). 

With the help of the association, DBA will be able to raise funds, grow local businesses, and beautify our community. If you are or know of any business owners that are not members, please feel free to email DunmoreBusinessAssociation@gmail.com. We are also on Facebook at “Dunmore Business Association” (this group is for business owners & affiliates only). 

As you all know, Dunmore is already a great place to live, work, and do business. We are hoping that the DBA can make it even better!

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Holy Cross Theatre Ensemble to present “Annie”

Holy Cross Theatre Ensemble will present the timeless classic musical “Annie” on Nov.18 and 19 in the school auditorium. Norah Kennedy, daughter of Brian and Lisa Kennedy, plays the title role. Norah is a varsity cheerleader for both the football and basketball teams. She studies at the Carmel Arduito School of Dance.

Another successful season for Dearly Departed Players

The Dearly Departed Players returned to the Dunmore Cemetery for another successful year of historical walking tours with almost 700 people in attendance for tours on Oct. 2 and 9.  

Under the direction of Julie Esty, The Dearly Departed Players relayed stories of some of the cemetery residents. The theme of the tour this year addressed some of the struggles experienced over the last two years due to the pandemic.  But, in usual Dearly Departed Player fashion, some lighthearted moments won the day and  the tours ended with messages of hope.  

The cemetery was decorated in a harvest theme thanks to the Dearly Departed Players, Lackawanna Historical Society, Space Time Mead and Cider, Carlucci Golden DeSantis Funeral Home, Gertrude Hawk, Scranton Films, CaPAA/Ritz Theater, and Kim Bochicchio.  

According to Esty, the harvest decor has expanded the reach of the two-day event. The harvest décor attracted visitors to drive through the cemetery in the week between the tours to view the décor.  A number of families were noted using  the décor for family photos.  

In 2019 The Dearly Departed Players assisted descendants of Merrill’s Marauder’s in obtaining a Congressional Gold Medal for the famed fighters who battled fearlessly in World War II. The Dunmore Cemetery is the final rest of Robert Nicholson, a member of the legendary group of soldiers. A high point of the tours this year was the attendance of Marauder Nicholson’s 76-year-old son, John Nicholson of Hopatcong, NJ.  His father’s service was recognized during the Oct. 2 tour. 

Esty stated that after two years of drive-through tours due to the pandemic,the Players were glad to be back in the cemetery and seeing their wonderful audience  in person once again.  

Tours for 2022 are over but the Dearly Departed Players will return to the Dunmore Cemetery next year on the first two Sundays in October for an all new tour.