Phone Issues at Griffin Pond Animal Shelter

Recently, Griffin Pond Animal Shelter staff began to have difficulty placing phone calls. Some calls reached intended receivers and some could not be placed at all. Following a two-day wait for an assessment and solution to the problem, the phone system began working again—temporarily. 

The phone service quickly deteriorated from shoddy to not working at all. After a more thorough evaluation, engineers stated the shelter needs to not only buy new phones, but also replace all of the phone and computer wiring.

“We were hoping this update would not be necessary at this time since so many of our supporters are just starting to find their financial footing as life begins to become a bit more normal in regards to the pandemic,” explained Ashley L. Wolo, executive director of Griffin Pond Animal Shelter. “But, it’s something we need to do to operate the shelter efficiently. We hope that  businesses or community members can make donations to the shelter to support this urgent endeavor.”

In the meantime, shelter staff members have been voluntarily using their personal cell phones, as well as the shelter’s social media and email accounts, to keep the lines of communication open to the public.

 “We are so blessed to have such committed employees who truly put their hearts into their work and offered to use their own mobile devices to ensure all of our shelter pets continue to receive uninterrupted, continuous care. Once we get our phones working as well as our employees do, we’ll be set,” said Wolo.

Donations can be made online at www.griffinpondanimalshelter.com by clicking on the phone fund graphic. Donations also can be mailed to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Rd., Clarks Summit, PA 18411 ATTN: Phone Fund.

To contact the shelter regarding donations, email fundraising@griffinpondas.com; for adoptions, emailadoptions@griffinpondas.com; for cruelty cases, email Humane.Officer.GPAS@gmail.com. The public also may send a message to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter Facebook page.

Griffin Pond “Fur Kids’ Mother’s Day Photoshoot” Fundraiser

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter invites the community to register for its first-ever “Fur Kids’ Mother’s Day Photoshoot.” At this event, patrons will receive a professional photo session with their “fur kids” and family at Danni P. Photography, Moosic.

Danni P. Photography will host sessions from 12:30 to 6 p.m. on April 21 and 22, at her new studio in the Quinn Business Center, 210 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic, centrally located between Scranton and Wilkes-Barre just off of I-81.

Sessions are $35 each with 55 percent of the fee being donated to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

An animal lover herself, Danni P. is hosting this event to help us honor the special connection between Moms and their fur kids and to raise money for shelter pets.

To register, visit www.dannipphotography.com/book-a-session/ and click on “Griffin Pond Mother’s Day (4/21 – 4/22 only)”.

For more information, please contact Jackie Galvin, development and communications director for Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, at 570-586-3700 ext. 522 or jackie@griffinpondas.com.

Calendar of Events: Aug. 2016

Breastfeeding Week

Moses Taylor Hospital will participate World Breastfeeding Week which runs Aug. 1-7 by hosting events that promote and support breastfeeding. Activities are planned throughout the week and the public is invited to attend.

Scheduled events include:

  • Aug. 1: A presentation of “Milk” at the Regal Dickson City Stadium 14 & IMAX at 7:30 pm.
  • Aug. 2: A support group will meet on the Lackawanna County Courthouse lawn for a picnic to show solidarity and to bring awareness. Participants are asked to pack a lunch and meet in front of the water fountain.
  • Aug. 3: Lackawanna Recycling will present information related to “Saving the Earth” through breastfeeding from 5-7 pm in the 2 West conference center at Moses Taylor Hospital.
  • Aug. 5: A Breastfeeding Week Fair will be held in the 2 West conference center at Moses Taylor Hospital from 9 am–3 pm. Children’s activities and informational booths will be available.

For more information on these events, call Sarah Glenn, international board-certified lactation consultant at Moses Taylor Hospital at 570-770-5518.

Marywood Transfer Days

marywoodMarywood University will conduct on-campus Transfer Day programs for college students or former college students considering transferring to Marywood University. In a single visit on Wednesday, Aug. 3, and Tuesday, Aug. 16, between 2-6 p.m., visitors can complete an application for admission, discuss financial aid and scholarship options, and transfer credits. Transfer Day will be held at the Office of University Admissions in the Liberal Arts Center, on the University’s campus. Fall semester classes begin on Wednesday, Aug. 24. For more information,  call Marywood’s Office of University Admissions, at (570) 348-6234, or visit www.marywood.edu/admissions.

Wine in the Woods

Tickets are on sale now for a Wine in the Woods Event on Saturday, Aug. 6. The wine-tasting event will be held at the Elmhurst Roaring Brook Volunteer Fire Company Picnic Grounds from 3 to 8 p.m. Advance ticket price is $15 and day of the event is $20. Designated driver tickets are $5.  Everyone attending must be at least 21 years of age. There will be lite fare for purchase, live entertainment, and a bonfire.

Dunmore’s Angel Night

lanternThe Dunmore community will host “Dunmore’s Angel Night” on Friday, Aug. 12. This event took place last year and was known as “Lanterns for the Lost Princess.”

This paper lantern memorial fundraiser will support the #KelceyStrong and Carissa Dartt scholarship funds. Each lantern costs $5.00 and can be purchased from the Dartt and/or Hallinan families.

On Aug. 12th, all of the lanterns will be sent up into the night sky in memory of Kelcey Hallinan, Carissa Dartt and all of Dunmore’s lost angels.

Gathering places include Dunmore High School and Sherwood Park, but you are welcome to light a lantern from wherever you are.

Parish Italian Festival

Ss. Anthony & Rocco Parish Italian Festival will be held Aug. 12, 13, and 14 at  at St. Rocco’s Church Grounds, 122 Kurtz St., Dunmore, featuring food, games and live entertainment. The festival opens Friday and Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday following the Noon Mass and Procession.

Live Entertainment includes, Friday: DHS Marching Units & Cheerleaders and Picture Perfect; Saturday: The Jeffrey James Band; Sunday: Feast Day Mass & Procession at Noon followed by The Luongo Brothers Band, Take Three, and fireworks at 9 p.m.

DHS Class of 1971 Reunionbucks

Dunmore High School Class of 1971 will host its 45th class reunion on Aug. 13 at La Buona Vita, Dunmore. Committee members include Madelyn Muffullo Smith, Mary Ann Occulto Coviello, Beverly Tur Koval, Archie Parker, Jimmy Boccardo, Suzanne Flynn Santarsiero, Cathy Errico Mazur, and Gary Smith. For information, contact Mary Ann Occulto Coviello at (570) 344-3737.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Flea Market

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Peckville, will be holding its annual Summer Flea & Food Fest on August 13-15 in the air-conditioned parish auditorium.  Please come and enjoy the treasure hunt along with delicious homemade ethnic foods from the concession stand. Hours are  Saturday, 8am-6pm; Sunday and Monday, 8am-4pm.  A take-out pasta & meatball dinner will be served on Sunday from 11am to 3pm. Tickets are $10, purchased in advance only, by phone or visiting the parish office: 1101 Willow Street, Peckville, 570-383-3244 ext. 2.This fundraiser will also benefit other local charitable non-profit organizations.

Dunmore Summer Festival

SYAThe Sherwood Youth Association will sponsor the annual Dunmore Summer Festival at Sherwood Park in Dunmore. The event will be held from 5-11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday (August 18-19) and from 4-11 p.m. Saturday (August 20). 

This year’s bands, the Fabulous Fortunes, Picture Perfect and Blush, will take the stage at 7 p.m. each evening. Food selections will include everything from pizza fritta to pasta fagiole. Count on a night filled with great entertainment and music for the whole family!

“To Kill a Mockingbird” Auditions

Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will hold auditions for its fall production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” at the Black Box Theatre, located in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts, on Friday, Aug. 26, from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, from 1-5 p.m. Auditions are open to the public. The performance for “To Kill a Mockingbird” will take place in the Black Box Theatre, in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts on Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. For additional information, please contact Charles Gorden, M.F.A., associate professor and theatre program director at Marywood University, at (570) 961-4517, or email gorden@marywood.edu.

Northeast Music Center Guitar Raffle

gp001_logo_5colorNortheast Music Center Inc., Dickson City, a nationally known retailer for electric and acoustic guitars as well as other musical instruments, will raffle off a $4,200 USA made Carlos Santana model guitar in cooperation with Paul Reed Smith Guitar in Maryland. 

The guitar is signed by Santana. Tickets are $10 each or 12 for $100 and can be purchased online through Friday, Sept. 9. The drawing will be held Saturday, Sept. 10.

All proceeds will benefit the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, South Abington Township. The guitar has been hand-signed by Santana.

Questions can be sent to Jack Gretz at (570) 909-9216 or jgretz@nemusiccenter.com

Flapjack Fundraiser

The Keystone Chapter UNICO will conduct an Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser with “Equines For Freedom” being the primary beneficiary on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 8-10 a.m. at Applebee’s at the Viewmont Mall.  “Equines for Freedom” is located at Marley’s Mission and offers horse therapy for veterans who suffer from post traumatic stress disease.  Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children and  can be purchased by contacting Frank or Mary Ann Coviello at 570-344-3737 or any Keystone UNICO member.  

Rummage Sale in Olyphant

Parishioners of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant, met recently to plan the sixth annual rummage sale for September 23, 24 and 25 at St. Cyril’s Grade School, 133 River St., Olyphant. Contact Laurel Telep at (570) 383-0319 regarding raffle prizes or donations. Rev. Nestor Isawiw is pastor.

Marywood University Research Project

Marywood University’s Human Physiology Lab is looking for participants in a research study to determine the effects of chlorgenic acid (a component of green coffee beans) and guayusa (a plant-based tea extract) on blood sugar levels. For details and to see if you qualify to participate, contact Deanne Garver, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry at Marywood University, at 570.348.6211, ext. 2564, or email dgarver@marywood.edu, or contact Kathy Uhranowsky, R.N., Human Physiology Lab manager, at 570.340.6069, or email kuhranowsky@marywood.edu.