Scranton Cultural Center Names New Director of Development

Betsy McGrath ArdizoniThe Board of Directors of the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple (SCC) and its executive director, Deborah Moran Peterson, are pleased to announce Betsy McGrath Ardizoni as the organization’s Director of Development.  Betsy joined the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple as its Development Director in January. 

“As the organization embarks on capital projects to preserve and renovate aspects of the building, a capital improvement plan is paramount for long term projects. Betsy’s past experience in fundraising, event planning and corporate marketing will help us move strategically in the direction needed,” said Deborah Moran Peterson, SCC Executive Director  “We are thrilled to have her as a member of the team at the SCC.”

Born and raised in Scranton, Betsy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Labor Studies and Employment Relations from The Pennsylvania State University, as well as an Executive Event Leadership Certificate from Temple University. Prior to joining the Scranton Cultural Center, Betsy worked in the Marketing Communications Department at The Wright Center for Community Health, and with Governor Ed Rendell during his time as Chairman of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Betsy is a graduate of the Leadership Lackawanna Core Program Class of 2020, and serves on the Board of Directors at the Greater Scranton YMCA. Betsy resides in Dunmore with her husband, Guy. 

Artist of the Month: Beverly Petrini

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Beverly Petrini shows three of her still life paintings, as well as two portraits.

By Beverly Petrini

I have been a member of Jill Swerzie’s painting class at the Dunmore Community Center for the past five years. Jill is a skilled artist who brings not only her talents to our group, but positive reinforcement, friendship, and endless patience. 

The paintings I am showcasing here reflect a few pieces of work I’ve completed in the past two years.  I have been attempting to paint subjects that I’ve been drawn to and that stretch my skills. 

Sometimes I’m drawn to a painting for the challenge, the perspective, or simply a color palette that peaks my interest. I am very proud of the three still life paintings showcased today. The two female paintings reflect my love of the arts and spirituality. I’ve also painted works for two of my seven grandchildren, as well as, for my four great grandchildren.

Being a member of this class has been a wonderful experience and I have gained so many new friends along the way. Everyone is working at different levels of experience, with different media such as: oil, acrylic, and watercolor. My fellow artists are quick to offer help if someone asks for assistance or simply needs a missing color of media. Only positive reinforcement exists within our group. Everyone appreciates the fellowship we share on our individual artistic journeys. 

Once again, I have to thank my fellow artist and dear friend Dolly Michalczyk for asking me, “Bev, why don’t you come to art class with me, it will be fun?” I’m so happy I accepted the challenge.   

YMCA Reopens After Shutdown, Gearing Up for 11th Annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

After closing its facility on March 17, the Greater Scranton YMCA will reopen to members on today (July 1) as part of phase one of the facility’s three phase reopening plan. To date, the Y has reopened the Early Learning Center, Summer Day Camp and Pool A. The facility will be limited to 50 percent capacity.

Beginning July 1, the Greater Scranton YMCA will operate on limited hours: Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (on July 4, the facility will open from 8 a.m. – noon.).  

Open areas will include: Cardio and strength areas with significant restrictions on capacity and activities, daily child care (separated from general membership), Pool A (lane reservations required), gym for individual workouts only and the Universal Locker Room (bathrooms will be accessible, showers in private rooms will be closed). Only no touch bottle filling will be available (water fountains closed).

Closed areas will include: Lobby areas (seating will be removed), all group exercise rooms and group activities, adult men’s and women’s locker rooms, steam rooms, saunas, whirlpools, child watch area for members and the racquetball courts. Towels and equipment usage (i.e. basketballs, racquets and balls, etc.) will not be provided.

The Greater Scranton YMCA will mandate rigid social/physical distancing practices and policies (equipment will be spaced to maintain appropriate social distance). Hand sanitizer will be placed throughout the building and the facility and equipment will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected daily (before opening, after closing each day and throughout the day). 

All staff is required to wear PPE (i.e. masks, gloves in certain areas) and members are required to wear a mask in the facility, unless otherwise posted. Staff, members and vendors temperatures will be checked upon entry. Any individual who displays any symptom of an illness may not enter the building. 

For additional information and important details about phase one of the Greater Scranton YMCA’s three phase reopening plan, please visit the Y’s website.

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The Greater Scranton YMCA will participate in the 11th annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, an event designed to build awareness and generate local and national press attention about the vital importance of teaching kids to swim to help prevent drowning. The event will be held on July 16 from 4:30 to 5 p.m. at its facility at 706 N. Blakely St., Dunmore.

To ensure for proper social distancing, the program is limited to the first 25 children who register. The program is free and open to Greater Scranton YMCA members and non-members ages 3-11. Registration will open on Wednesday, July 1. To register, visit www.greaterscrantonymca.org

Participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning among children ages 1-4 by up to 88 percent. Learning to swim is a life-saving skill that every person should learn no matter their age. 

Through participating in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, the Greater Scranton YMCA hopes to do its part in putting an end to drowning, the leading cause of accidental death for kids ages 1-4 worldwide, by spreading the word Swimming Lessons Save Lives™. 

For more information, contact Ken Brewster, Aquatics Director, Greater Scranton YMCA, at (570) 828-3112 or kbrewster@greaterscrantonymca.org.