Calendar of Events: March 2019

beehiveCrimson Company Presents “BEEHIVE: The 60’s Musical”

The 1960’s come alive on stage as the Dunmore High School Crimson Company Drama Club presents “BEEHIVE: The 60’s Musical.”

Performances will be on March 28, 29, and 30, as well as April 3, 4 5 and 6. The curtain will rise at 7:00 each evening at the Dunmore High School Auditorium. The cast and crew will also take the stage for a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 31.

See accompanying story in this month’s edition of the Dunmorean for ticket information.

Spring Yard Sale

Camp Ladore will again be the venue for the Early Spring Yard Sale, on Saturday, March  9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hosted annually by The Salvation Army in the Performing Arts & Recreation Center (PARC) at its 287 Owego Turnpike location, the indoor venue promises to have something for everyone, no matter the weather. Barb Korteling is director of sales for Ladore. More than 70 vendors will be on hand to help chase the winter blues away. For more information, call Camp Ladore at (570) 488-6129.

AARP Pasta Dinner

A pasta dinner and basket raffle will be hosted by AARP Chapter 3731 of North East Pennsylvania on Sunday, April 7, at Dunmore Senior Center from 1 to 3 p.m. with take outs at noon. Cost is $10 for adults; $6 for children. Guests are encouraged to wear green for this chapter fundraiser.

UNICO Membership Drive

Keystone Chapter UNICO will host a March Madness Membership Drive featuring a great evening at Arcaro & Genell’s, Old Forge, featuring entertainment by Frankie Gervasi, pizza, salads and dessert, door prizes and much more. If you or your spouse is of Italian descent, you are welcome to attend. To reserve your seat as our guest contact Mary Ann Coviello at #570-344-3737 or

dunmore schoolDHS 1969 Class Reunion

The Dunmore High School Class of 1969 is in the process planning its 50th reunion with details to follow. We have been reaching out to all members, but have not yet been able to locate several members.  

If anyone from the class has not been contacted, call Kathy McNamara Hughes 570-801-6131, or Maggie Bewick Ferraro 570-814-5756.

Choral Competition

Keystone Chapter UNICO is Presenting a Lackawanna County High School Choral Competition on March 24th at Lackawanna College.  All county high schools have been invited to participate. The cost for admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and children five and under are free.  Tickets can be obtained by calling Toni DiVizio at 570-344-2388 or by asking any Keystone UNICO member.

Trivia/Happy Hour

The Leadership Lackawanna Core Program Class Team “Puttin’ on the Ritz” will host a Trivia/Happy Hour to benefit their class project of installing the Poli Historic Gallery at the Ritz Theater in downtown Scranton. The event will be held on Sunday, March 31, beginning at 1 p.m. at Cooper’s Seafood House, 701. N. Washington Ave. Tickets are $30 and include free select drinks and appetizers, trivia play, access to raffles and more. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Stephanie Longo at 570-815-7401 or email

little sistersLittle Sisters Sale

The Little Sisters of the Poor will extend its “This, That, and the Other Thing” sale through Saturday, April 27, at Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Avenue in Scranton.

Sale hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The sale includes small furniture, desks, beds, lockers, decorations and much more. There will be different items every week. All remaining items from the convent must go.

All items must be taken on the day they are purchased. Delivery is not available. For more information, please call 570-343-4065.

Vendor/Craft Fair

The Riverside Promoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) team is hosting a Spring vendor and craft fair on Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Riverside Elementary East School. Vendor space is available for $30 for a single space, and all exhibitors are asked to provide a door prize.

Proceeds will benefit PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) drug and alcohol prevention programs at Riverside Elementary East School.

For more information or a vendor application, please call the Penn State Extension at 570-963-6842.

Rummage Sale

Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant, will hold a special first time-spring cleaning “Freeze” rummage sale as a fundraiser on Saturday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to 5:30  p.m. at St Cyril’s School gym,133 River Street Olyphant.

Special prices will be applied and the “spring cleaning” sale will include half off all furniture currently in the school gym, and 25 cents on all other items such as holidays decorations, dishes, glasses, household items, handbags, with a few exceptions.

Dress warm, as the gym is chilling. Hot chocolate will be available.  For information, contact the St. Cyril’s Rectory at 570-291-4451.

green fairNEPA Green Fair

On Saturday, April 27th, the NEPA Green Fair & 5K Run / Walk will be held at Nay Aug Park in Scranton, on Saturday, April 27, celebrating all things “green.” This all-day, family-friendly festival will feature educational programs and demonstrations, children’s activities, earth friendly vendors, live music, hiking, free yoga classes, and delicious healthy food vendors.

Sponsors and vendors can participate by e-mailing or calling Allison Petryk at 973-271-8535 . Follow NEPA Green Fair on Facebook or at for updates.

The NEPA Green Fair is co-produced by The Greenhouse Project of Scranton and SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support).

Migration Art Exhibit at Marywood

Marywood University’s Art Galleries is hosting an exhibit, “MIGRATION,” by Betsy Kleinsasser, bachelor of fine arts student, through Friday, March 8, in the Suraci Gallery.   “MIGRATION” is an installation of more than 300 ceramic birds in steel trees. For information about the exhibit, contact the Art Galleries at Marywood University, at (570) 348-6278, or email

lackawanna collegeLackawanna College Financial Aid Days

Lackawanna College’s Office of Financial Aid will hold free financial aid days on Feb. 27, Mar. 27 and Apr. 24 in room 209 of Angeli Hall, 501 Vine St., from 1-3 p.m. Parents, guardians and students seeking to attend any college or university are invited to attend.

Participants attending the event will have an opportunity to work with representatives from the Lackawanna College Office of Financial Aid to get assistance with completing the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Attendees should arrive at the event prepared with a 2017 completed tax return and any documents that show income for 2017. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For questions, contact the Office of Financial Aid at (570) 961-7859.

Catholic Choral Society’s Lenten Concert Series

In a 69-year tradition of inspiring prayer and meditation through music, the Catholic Choral Society will present its annual Lenten Concerts in Scranton and Harford.

The first concert on Sunday, March 24, will be held at 3 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church,1403 Jackson St., Scranton.The Chapel Singera, under the direction of Sheila O’Brien, will be guest performers. Pastor is Rev. Richard E Fox and senior priest is Rev. John C Ruth.

The second concert will be held on Sunday, March 31stat 3 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Harford, UCC. The Mountainview Chimettes, under the direction of Molly Love-Birosak, will be guest performers. Pastor is Will Hagenbuch.

The concerts are open to the public free of charge. There will be a goodwill offering. Dr. Thomas Rittenhouse and Brenda Grunza are co-presidents of the Catholic Choral Society. Ann Manganiello is music director, while Jean Shields is accompanist.

The group, marking its 69thseason, is composed of 50 members from Luzerne, Lackawanna, Wayne,Susquehanna and Wyoming counties who will perform inspirational music in the Lenten tradition at the March concerts.

Further information may be obtained by calling 570-575-1040 and also at

Little Sisters Secure Grant for Ambulatory Preservation Program

Little Sisters grant

The Little Sisters of the Poor received a $7,000 grant from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation to support its Ambulatory Preservation Program.

The funding was used to purchase three Broda chairs for the nursing units and a shampoo chair and bowl package for the on-site hair salon.

The Broda chairs provide stability and comfort for residents suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and others forms of dementia as well as those at risk for falls.

Shown seated, from left:  Mother Theresa Louisa, l.s.p. and resident Betty Renda. Standing: Sister Marie Therese, l.s.p. and Carolyn Conniff, R.N.

Little Sisters of the Poor to Leave Holy Family Residence

Little Sisters of the Poor have announced with sadness, that they will be withdrawing from the Holy Family Residence. Prior to the public announcement, the Sisters met with the residents, their families, lay associates, staff and volunteers sharing their decision.

The Little Sisters have served in the Diocese of Scranton continuously since 1908 when they began their ministry at the Maloney Home, the first Catholic Home dedicated to the care of the elderly poor of Scranton. In September, 1976, Holy Family Residence, built on the same property, replaced the Maloney Home.

In making the announcement, Mother Alice Marie, the Little Sisters’ provincial superior, explained: “As part of a strategic plan aimed at strengthening our ministry and bolstering the quality of our religious and community life, we Little Sisters of the Poor have recognized the need to withdraw from a certain number of homes in the United States, while at the same time dedicating our resources to much needed upgrades and reconstruction projects in several others.”

The Little Sisters of the Poor are actively seeking a buyer for the Home with the hope of finding another mission-driven sponsor.  They announced that they will provide periodic updates as the transition process proceeds.

In letters to the Residents and their family members, Mother Theresa Louisa, Superior of Holy Family Residence, also offered the Residents the possibility of moving to another Home sponsored by the Little Sister of the Poor. “Know that if you wish to go to any of our other Homes so that you can continue to be part of the Little Sisters’ family, you will be welcomed with open arms.”

Mother Alice Marie concluded the announcement by thanking all those who have supported Holy Family Residence and the Little Sisters of the Poor for so many years. In a special way she thanked the Diocese of Scranton for its leadership in promoting and supporting the mission of the Little Sisters of the Poor for the last 110 years.  She assured everyone of the Sisters’ prayers and support throughout the transition period.

Bishop Joseph C. Bambera issued the following statement regarding the decision of the Little Sisters of the Poor to withdraw from Holy Family Residence:

“For more than 100 years, the Little Sisters of the Poor have provided compassionate, loving care to countless numbers of elderly and infirmed residents from throughout the Diocese of Scranton.

Although Holy Family Residence is not a Diocesan facility, the Little Sisters have tirelessly fulfilled the mission of the Church by providing for those in need of their care with a particular commitment to serving the poor in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and love.

While there is sadness that the Sisters will no longer be able to continue their ministry in the Diocese of Scranton, we give thanks for their witness and dedicated service to the people of our region.”