March Calendar of Events

UNICO Pig Roast

The Keystone Chapter of UNICO National is sponsoring a Charity Pig Roast as a community fundraiser, with the Voluntary Action Center as the primary beneficiary, on Saturday, April 9, at Fiorelli’s Banquet Facilities, Peckville. Tickets are available for $50 each, and the event is open to the public. This year’s theme is “Denim and Diamonds”.  A suggested choice of attire can be Blue Jeans to Black Tie.  This event will run from 6-10:30 p.m. and will feature a two-hour open bar with hors d’oeuvres during the first hour, and a sumptuous Italian Pig Roast buffet during the second hour. also featured will be raffles, a photo booth; a dance presentation, and entertainment by “E.J. the D.J.” for the entire evening.  Tax deductible sponsorships are available at $100, $50 and $25.  Reservations must be made by April 1, by calling Jim Mack at 570- 342-7975.  For sponsorships, contact Mark McDade at 570-343-7009.

Crimson Company’s Circus McGurkus

Put on your hat, your socks and your shoes or come any-which-way that you choose and join the Dunmore High School Crimson Company for the Circus McGurkus Carnival.

You may come dressed up as your favorite Dr. Seuss or storybook character.

Dr. Seuss storybook characters will be there to greet you. A continental breakfast of assorted pastries, fruit, yogurt, granola, milk, and coffee is included in your admission along with lots of fun activites for boys and girls! There will be a story corner, coloring and sticker activity, face painting, goodie bags, crafts, games, basket raffles, and a “Green Eggs” hunt to name just a few of the fun activities we have planned. We will also have a “selfie station” and each attendee will have a FREE professional picture taken by Mr. Rich Banick with our “Seussical” characters!

We hope you can join us on Saturday March 5, 2016 from 10 a.m. until noon  at the Dunmore High School Cafeteria. Admission is $10.00 per person.  

Lenten Concerts

In a 67-year tradition of inspiring prayer and meditation through music, the Catholic Choral Society will present two Lenten concerts. The first concert on Sunday, March 6, will be held at SS.. Peter and Paul Parish Church, 13 Hudson Road, Plains, at 3 p.m. Pastor is Rev. John C. Lambert. The second concert will be presented at St. Paul’s Church, 1510 Penn Ave., Scranton, on Sunday, March 13 at 3 p.m. Pastor is Msgr. Neil Van Loon.

Both concerts are open to the public free of charge. Dr. Thomas Rittenhouse and Brenda Grunza are co-presidents of  the Catholic Choral Society. Ann Manganiello is music director of this group while Jean Shields is accompanist. Information may be obtained by calling 570-575-1040 and also at

Knee Surgery Seminar

Orthopedic surgeon John Doherty, M.D., will present a free seminar on knee replacement surgery. on Wednesday, March 1, at 5 p.m. at the McGowan Large Conference Room at Regional Hospital, 746 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. Dr. Doherty, a member of the Regional Hospital medical staff, will discuss techniques to help prevent, diagnose and treat arthritis in the knees.

Free parking will be offered in the hospital parkade. Reservations may be made by calling 570-348-7370.

Meatless Meal for Lent

Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant, will host a “Meatless Meal for Lent” featuring a baked haddock fish dinner on Friday, March 18, at the Regal Room 216 Lackawanna Ave., Olyphant, from 5- 7 p.m. Sit down or take out is available. Call 580-383-9487 for reservations. Pre-sold dinners are $13 per ticket.  Web site is  Rev. Nestor Iwasiw is pastor.

Wind Band Concert

Marywood University’s department of music, theatre, and dance will present the Marywood University Senior Wind Band Celebration on Saturday, March 5, at 7 p.m., in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. This event is free and open to the public.

Selected high school musicians from throughout the region will meet at Marywood University for two days of instruction from internationally recognized band conductors and clinicians. David Kish, D.M.A., director of bands and associate professor of music at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Michael Knight, D.M.A., assistant professor of music at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., will lead participants in the Grand Finale Concert.

For information, call F. David Romines, D.M.A., music, theatre, and dance department co-chair at Marywood, at (570) 348-6268, or visit

Marywood Painting Exhibition

Marywood University is presenting a painting exhibition, Narratives Seen,  in the Mahady Gallery, on the first floor of the Shields Center for Visual Arts through April 3, 2016. The exhibition, are free and open to the public.

Calendar of Events: February 2016

Pizza Fritta Sale

An Ash Wednesday Pizza Fritta sale will be held on Feb. 10 by SS. Anthony and Rocco Parish in the parish hall at St. Rocco’s Church, 122 Kurtz St. Cost is $1.25 each for five for $5. Pre-orders will be taken until Feb. 8 by calling Nancy Magnotta at 570-343-4978. Pre-order pick-up times are noon to 3:30 p.m. Pre-orders are recommended. Walk-ins are welcome, but quantities are limited.

UNICO Valentine Social

Keystone UNICO will sponsor a Valentine Social on Thursday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. at La Buona Vita. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m. Cost is $20 per person. Dinner will be Cathy Gavin’s popular dinner buffet and entertainment will be provided by Skip Monday. A cash bar will be available. Deadline for reservations is Monday, Feb. 8. Pre-paid reservations are required by sending a check made payable to  Keystone UNICO and mailed to Mark McDade, 102 Ridgeview Drive, Scranton, PA, , 18504.

Inaugural lecture at Marywood

Marywood University’s department of campus ministry, the science department, and the theology department will sponsor a lecture series on Pope Francis’s Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si (Praised Be You): A Conversation on the Care of “Our Common Home.”  The Inaugural lecture will be given by Rabbi Daniel Swartz of Temple Hesed on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 6 p.m., at the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life, Room A. This event is free and open to the public.

Marywood’s Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center presents art exhibit

EREZIN and KURDISTAN – A Journey will be on exhibit in the Suraci Gallery through Feb. 28, as the inaugural presentation of Marywood University’s Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center. Designed as virtual construct, the Center will serve as an educational force, primarily reaching high school and college age audiences. A gallery talk, given by Dr. Michael Mirabito, will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. in the Suraci Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.

DHS Crimson Company’s “Circus McGurkus” Carnival

Put on your hat, your socks and your shoes or come any-which -way that you choose and join us on March 5, 2012 from 10:00am – NOON for the Circus McGurkus Carnival!! Admission is $10.00 per person.

You may come dressed up as your favorite Dr. Seuss or storybook character.All of the Dr. Seuss storybook characters will be there to greet you. We have many fun activities planned for boys and girls! There will be a story corner, plant your own Truffle Tree, coloring and sticker activity, face painting, goodie bags, crafts, games, basket raffles, and a “Green Eggs” hunt to name just a few of the fun activities we have planned. Delicious refreshments will be served. Rich Banick will also be there to take professional photos with our “Seussical” characters!

We hope you can join us on Saturday March 5th, 2016 – from 10:00am – NOON  at the Dunmore High School Cafeteria – Admission $10.00 per person

Beth Haas Lecture at Marywood

Marywood University’s science department will host guest lecturer, Beth Haas, Ph.D., who will present “Random walks in virtual places: Modeling molecular diffusion on bacterial membranes,” at the local meeting of the American Chemical Society, which is sponsored by Marywood University. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m., in the Center for Natural and Health Sciences, Room 203.

Pocono Mt. Bible Conference Youth Retreat

Pocono Mountain Bible Conference will be hosting its annual winter youth retreat, Make or Break: American Idols during the of Feb. 5-7. Registration begins at 4:30 pm on Friday, Feb. 5. This event is open to all teenagers, 13-18 years of age. The cost is $50 per camper. The weekend offers speakers, music, games, contests and more. With music provided by the Cross Creek Community Church, Shavertown, on Friday evening, the mood will be set for fun and worship. Saturday entertainment will be Cristabelle Braden and Illijam, with their Reanimate Tour.

Speakers for the weekend will be Dave Weiss, Jimmy Lee and Matt Macking.

Registration, information on the camp and directions to the camp can be found by logging on to or at Phone calls can be directed to Camp Director Matt Macking (570) 328-1648.

Cancer Institute raises awareness for colon cancer

Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s 13th Annual C.A.S.U.A.L. (Colon Cancer Awareness Saves Unlimited Adult Lives) Day is set for Thursday, March 31. C.A.S.U.A.L. Day is a dress down day to raise awareness for colorectal cancer in Northeast Pennsylvania.  Participants dress “casual” while wearing a specially designed pin and/or t-shirt.  All proceeds from the event stay in NEPA and go towards the Cancer Institute efforts to raise awareness and support colorectal cancer screenings for low income, un/underinsured individuals through their Patient Navigation Program.For more information about C.A.S.U.A.L. Day, and how you can participate, please call the Cancer Institute at 1-800-424-6724 or visit


New look for La Cucina’s

La Cucina Restaurant, 600 South Blakely St., Dunmore, has been favorite local dining spot for 35 years and counting.

And now the popular Dunmore restaurant has a whole new look to go with its traditional Italian-American menu.

Anne Lepri and her sons Paulo and Francesco Lepri are the owners of the long-time establishment which began in 1980 on Mortimer Street in Dunmore.

The late Luciano Lepri, who died in 2006, was the original owner along with his wife Anne. Anne and her sons have continued with the business since Luciano’s passing.

The establishment was located on Mortimer Street from 1980 through 1993 before moving to the Scranton-Carbondale Highway from 1994 through 1998. La Cucina has been at its current Dunmore location since 1999 after the old Gallagher’s Bar and Restaurant was sold to the Lepri family.

La Cucina is open for lunch Monday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is open for supper Tuesday through Saturday, from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

“We feature an Italian-American menu, but mostly Italian,” said Paul Lepri. “We have all kinds of salads and pasta and appetizers. Our lunch menu is mostly salads, sandwiches and soups. We have a nice bar area with top shelf liquor and six rotating draft beers. We have a nice outdoor patio area in the summer.”


The new dining room at La Cucina boasts a sleeker and more modern style.


Besides the great menu, La Cucina now has a more appealing, modern look which catches the customer’s eyes. “We did a total renovation here,” said Lepri. “It’s a total transformation. We gutted the place and put in all new stairs,carpeting and a brand new bar. The back section is the restaurant now.The brand new bar is in the dining area. Everything is new.”

La Cucina, with its salads, appetizers, chicken, pork chops and home made pasta dishe, has been known for its class and hospitality for years, but now it has a totally different look.

“There are now several high top tables in the new bar area. The wall separates the dining room from the bar area. We still have two private dining rooms which are updated. It’s a totally new look. We felt after all these years it was time for a change.

“The bar sink is the only item we brought in from the old bar. Everything else in the bar is brand new, even the glasses.

“We are also branching out to bottling our in house salad dressings. Customers can purchase the bottles here at La Cucina or at several local markets.” Those markets include Domaand Riccardo’s in Dunmore, the two local Quinn’s Markets in Archbald and Peckville, and three of the local Gerrity’s Markets.

The prices are modest for the great food. Lunch prices range from $7 to $10. Supper ranges from $17 to $28.

So the menu and prices have not changed. Only the look.

There are all brand new tables and chairs and a solid oak bar. There is a brand new draft system with the six rotating beers. Peroni, Coors Light and Lager are the standards. There is seasonal Sam Adams and currently Stella Artoris and New Belgium Flat Tire.

“There are new floors, carpeting, chairs, and even paint. It’s a complete turn around. It’s a semi modern, updated family atmosphere. It’s the same menu with a new look.”

Some customers have gone as far as to call it “New York style.”

At any rate, it is quite appealing, a great place for a date or to take the whole family, and still a staple in Dunmore.”Also, our outdoor patio was much busier this past summer. We have a full outdoor bar at the patio area,”Lepri added.

The delicious Italian dishes are well known throughout the region.

And there is at least one guarantee.

You will not go home with an empty pallet.

Satisfaction guaranteed.