Calendar of Events: November 2016

calendarJeanne Jugan Bus Trip

The Jeanne Jugan Associates, a lay group of the Little Sisters of the Poor, will sponsor a bus trip to the Sands Casino and Outlet Shopping complex, Bethlehem, on Saturday, Nov. 19. The bus, which will be provided by Martz Trailways, will leave the parking lot of Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave., Scranton, at 9:30 a.m. and return to the residence at 6:30 p.m. All bus ticket proceeds will be donated to the Little Sisters of the Poor to purchase Christmas gifts for the residents of Holy Family Residence.

Bus tickets are $35 which includes $20 of slot play, a $5 food voucher, an outlet store coupon book, and snacks for the bus ride.  For reservations, contact Mrs. Jackie Galvin, M.S., director of development and communications, at (570) 343-4065 ext. 3144 by Nov. 14. Attendees must be 21 or older to attend. Valid photo ID required.


Paint Brushes for the Dunmore High School Music Boosters

On Saturday, November 12, the Dunmore High School Music Boosters will host a painting fundraiser at the Dunmore VFW. The event will benefit the high school’s music programs.

Brushes will meet the canvas at 6:30 p.m., and a donation of $30.00 is asked of each participant. Bonnie Black-Edwards will be the featured instructor for the evening.

If you are interested in attending, contact Lesly Culkin at (570) 862-9528 or Lee Manning at (570) 309-9523. Seating is limited!

crimson-company-crucibleCrimson Company Presents “The Crucible”

The Dunmore High School Crimson Company Drama Club will present Arthur Miller’s award winning drama  “The Crucible”  

The Crimson Company is proud to present Miller’s masterpiece of drama, which is part of Dunmore’s curriculum. The show presents many opportunities for cross-curricular conversation and analysis of important events in both American literature and history.

This year’s fall play will run Nov. 16 through 19 in the DHS Auditorium. The curtain will rise at 7 p.m. each evening.

High School Sports Day at Marywood

Marywood University’s department of athletic training and exercise science will offer a high school open day on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, from 9 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., at the Center for Athletics and Wellness at the University. This event is free and open to high school students who are interested in studying athletic training, exercise science, or related academic programs, which include kinesiology, exercise physiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and nutrition. The high school open day will include a full day of fun, hands-on learning experiences; a tour of campus; the opportunity to meet with faculty and students about the programs offered, specific areas of study, and career opportunities. Lunch will be provided to students.

For additional information or to obtain a participation waiver, please contact Angela Hillman, Ph.D., EPC, assistant professor of athletic training and exercise science at Marywood University, at, or call (570) 340-6069.

Living Christmas Village

Grace Bible Church in Dunmore (located behind Sheetz gas station next to PSU Worthington) will host its eighth annual Living Christmas Village for the community. This free event for families will feature live-music from Dunmore High School Jazz Band and Choir, PSU Worthington Jazz Band and Choir, the Serenity Harpists, and other local artists. The walk-through village includes an interactive journey through Biblical times, games and crafts for children, puppets, a Live Nativity, hot cocoa & cookies and much more.

The event will run on Dec. 3 and 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. Everyone in the community is encouraged to stop by and walk through the Living Christmas Village. For more information please call Grace Bible Church at 570-342-5651 or visit the church website.

Marywood Graduate Open House

Marywood University will hold a graduate open house on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. until noon, for future graduate and doctoral students. The program will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. in the Fireplace Lounge at Nazareth Student Center on the university’s campus. The event will include an overview of Marywood, financial aid and scholarship sessions, as well as the opportunity to meet with academic departments. Optional tours of campus will be available. For more information, please call Marywood University’s graduate admissions office, at (570) 348-6234.

Friends of the Arc Auxiliary: Night at the Races

The Friends of the Arc Auxiliary will be presenting “A Night at the Races” fundraiser at St. Mary’s Center, 320 Mifflin Ave., Scranton, on Friday, Nov. 4,  beginning at 6 pm. There will be door prizes, basket raffles, 50/50, food/ soft drinks and a beer/wine cash bar until 10 pm. No BYOB. Donation is $10.. For information, contact Eileen Rempe at the ARC NEPA office 570-346-4010.

lrca-benefit-concert-adRock ‘n River Benefit Concert

The second Rock ‘N the River Benefit Concert for the Lackawanna River Conservation Association (LRCA) will be held on Friday, Nov. 4, in the Ballroom of the Hilton Scranton & Convention Center. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door (cash only).

Music will include The Dishonest Fiddlers, Jung Bergo, The Far Future, Mountain Sky Orchestra, and Mickey Spain. There will be a cash bar, food, raffles, and LRCA information.

GI Issues Seminar at Moses Taylor

Gastroenterologist Pardeep Bansal, M.D., will present a free seminar on GI issues at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, in the 2 West Conference Room, Moses Taylor Hospital. Dr. Bansal is affiliated with Commonwealth Health Physician Network and is on the medical staff of Moses Taylor Hospital and Regional Hospital of Scranton.

His seminar will include heartburn, acid reflux disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other related upper GI disorders. He will discuss common causes, ways to combat symptoms, testing and treatment, along with ways in which diet, lifestyle changes or minimally invasive surgery can achieve long-term relief for these issues.

Light refreshments will be served.

The seminar is open to the public free of charge though reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 570-552-7423.

Kids for Cash Screening at Marywood

Marywood University’s communication arts department, in collaboration with the electronic storytelling and documentary production class, will host a free screening of the award-winning documentary, Kids for Cash, on Thursday, Nov. 17,  at 7 p.m., in the Latour Room in the Nazareth Student Center. Director and producer of the documentary, Robert May, will be the special guest and will give a talk following the screening. Kids for Cash tells the story of a once-respected Luzerne County judge who received kickbacks for sending juvenile offenders to prison, despite committing only minor infractions of the law. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

Additionally, the documentary screening will be preceded by an open house of the new Center for Communication Arts, which is located on the terrace level of the Learning Commons. Doors will be open from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

For additional information, please contact Lindsey Wotanis, associate professor of communication arts at Marywood University, at (570) 348-6211, ext. 2576.

Pet Vaccination Clinic

In Pursuit of Grace will sponsor a low-cost vaccination clinic for cats and dogs on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Bunker Hill Veterinary Hospital.  Rabies vaccinations are $6; distemper vaccinations are $14, on a cash only basis. Flea prevention will also be available for purchase. Jennifer Critchley, In Pursuit of Grace’s executive director, will provide nail clipping for $5. Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in a proper carrier. No appointment is needed. For information, call (570) 468-6063.

animal-fundraiser-adIn Pursuit of Grace Animal Fundraiser

In Pursuit of Grace will host its fifth annual fundraiser event on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Waldorf Park Social Club. Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for kids ages 5-12, and children under five are free. This includes beer, soda, coffee and food, There will be entertainment, a basket raffle and fifty-fifty drawing, and a cash bar. The menu includes tossed salad, pasta with vodka sauce, wing bites, sandwiches, and desserts. All proceeds benefit programs such as Operation Mutt Fix, Operation Grace pet food pantry, low cost vaccination clinics, and TNR for feral cats. In Pursuit of Grace is a 501(c)3 non-profit animal based community outreach organization. For more information, call (570) 468-6063.

Marywood University Recycled Art Exhibit

Millions of pounds of “trash” are discarded around the world on a daily basis. Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art is a proactive response to the growing concern for human impact on the environment. This traveling exhibition opens on Thursday, Nov. 10, with a reception at 4 p.m.  in the Mahady Gallery, located in the Shields Center for Visual Arts, at Marywood University, and features work by artists who answered a challenge to reclaim rusted automobile hubcaps and transform them into their own statements. Not only are these metal scraps saved from the landfill, but they are repurposed to convey creative and political messages about consumption in American culture.

The gallery talk, Repurposing and Fine Art, a Conversation with Ken Marquis, curator and founder of Pennsylvania-based nonprofit Landfillart, Inc., will be Wednesday, Nov. 16,  at 3 p.m. The Mahady Gallery is located on the first floor of the Shields Center for Visual Arts. The gallery is open Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1– 4p.m. Additional information about the exhibition and the gallery can be found online.



Just a Thought

By Maureen Hart

November gives me several reasons to remember Abraham Lincoln.

For one thing, Abe was the president responsible for granting us the Thanksgiving holiday.

Back on November 28, 1861, he ordered government departments closed for a local day of thanksgiving.

Jim Getty photoThen, on September 28, 1863, Sarah Josepha Hale, the 74-year-old editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book, a popular magazine of the period, wrote a letter to President Lincoln urging him to proclaim “a day of our annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed Union Festival.”  Sarah pointed out that for some years there had been increasing interest to have a Thanksgiving held in all of the states on the same day, to become “an American custom and institution.”

Prior to this time, each state scheduled its own Thanksgiving holiday at different times, and it was particularly popular in New England and other Northern states. In fact, George Washington was the first president to proclaim a day of thanksgiving, 74 years before, on October 3, 1789.

Well, Lincoln responded immediately to Mrs. Hale’s request, and set apart the last Thursday of November “as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise.”

Amazingly enough, I am acquainted with Sarah Josepha Hale in the person of Philadelphian Carol Lieberman, whose husband, Jack, portrays Commodore Drayton in our Civil War living history organization, The Confederation of Union Generals (COUG).

I’m even acquainted with Lincoln’s own secretary, John Nicolay, who is portrayed by John Voris. Our mutual acquaintances include Generals Grant, Chamberlain, Meade, Hancock, and my husband, Winfield Scott. As living historians, we’ve even chatted civilly with Robert E. Lee numerous times.

It’s an unusual dual universe in which we all dwell, presenting and socializing with the likes of Louisa May Alcott, Dr. Mary Walker, and Lillie Devereux Blake on the distaff side, and with Generals Henry Jackson Hunt, George Thomas, Abner Doubleday, and even George Custer among the men.

They are all wonderful living historians, but the greatest of them all was the late James A. Getty, our President Lincoln, who passed away on September 28.

COUG likes to claim Jim Getty as a member of our esteemed organization, but in truth, we shared him with a wide range of admirers.

If you look at his website, it notes:

  • Jim Getty was commissioned to perform the voice recording of Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural Address, along with the Gettysburg Address, for playback at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C
  • Getty’s voice is that of President Lincoln at the “With Liberty and Justice for All” exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.Getty portrays President Lincoln in the Turner Network film, “The Ironclads”.
  • His voice is that of President Lincoln on A&E’s “Abraham Lincoln: A Biography” and “The Assassination of President Lincoln”.
  • Jim Getty has narrated Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra.

When it was the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, he was the obvious choice to deliver the speech at the National Cemetery, as he did every year. His rendition was the best I have ever heard. It was not bombastic or emotive. It was quiet and persuasive and respectful, a love poem to the Union and to the men who sacrificed to preserve it. It never failed to move me to tears.

Every Remembrance Day for the past eight or nine years, I have traveled to Gettysburg to join in the commemorations for that speech, on the Saturday closest to November 19, the original date of its delivery in 1863. Members of COUG, other living historians, hundreds of reenactors, lovers of history, and tourists gather in the picturesque little town (this year it will be on November 21 and you should really try to make it) to honor a speech that is composed of 268 words, easily delivered in two minutes. And of course, they are there to honor Abraham Lincoln the man and president, as well as all those who fought during the Civil War.

We normally begin our day laying wreaths at various monuments on the battlefield, ending with the at the George Meade equestrian statue (he led the Northern troops at Gettysburg) and at the Albert Woolsen monument, dedicated to the final living member of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Then we break for a bite to eat before marching in the parade, which is a sight to see. Bring the kids along to see both Union and Rebel troops, military bands, and more than one General Grant and General Lee throughout the afternoon.  Leading off the parade will be President Lincoln, but this year, he will not be portrayed by Jim Getty.

Instead, early that morning, some of us will gather at Jim’s gravesite in Evergreen Cemetery, situated about 300 feet from where Lincoln delivered his immortal address, to lay a wreath in his memory. Later, members of COUG and various townspeople and admirers will dress in mourning clothing and black arm bands to lead off the parade in Jim’s memory. There will be a riderless horse and a cushion holding Jim’s stovepipe hat. His family, including wife Joanne, and his sons and daughters will be on hand, because when the parade is over, COUG will be dedicating a monument, newly erected at the Gettysburg Train Museum, near the end of the parade route.

On this moment will be the words: James A. Getty—For His Untiring Efforts To Inculcate The Youth of America By His Portrayal Of Abraham Lincoln And For His Service As a Member of The Confederation Of Union Generals, Dedicated November 21, 2015.

What kind of man inspired this deep love and admiration from his fellow living historians, reenactors, and countless audiences throughout his 40 year career portraying Abraham Lincoln? Well, Jim was a man of consummate grace, scholarship, goodwill, and a strong determination to keep alive the memory of Lincoln by traveling wherever he was called to present to both adults and children.

It was impossible to stump Jim with a question about Lincoln’s life and policies. Jim knew everything about Lincoln, and always tailored his speech and answers to the audience at hand. If he spoke at Steamtown, it was about the role of Union railroads in the Civil War. If he spoke to high school students, it was about service to country and keeping history alive. If he spoke at a battle site, it was about the significance of that particular conflict. If it was to ladies only, he’d mention his beloved wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, and their children, and how it pained him to see other people’s children go to war. If a Southern sympathizer in the audience took Jim’s Lincoln to task about Northern aggression or the issue of states’ rights, Jim knew the answers, always keeping strictly within his persona as the 16th president.

Despite his gentleness, I felt in awe of Jim Getty, and I always felt that it was an enormous privilege to be in his presence– the closest any of his friends and acquaintances will ever get to meeting Lincoln himself.

But we also liked Jim for his down-to-earth personality in which he liked to cheer on his beloved Chicago Cubs (he’d be crushed over the recent playoffs), listen to music and sing (he was formerly a high school and college choral director), and even share a glass of beer on our patio here in Scranton.

I think all of us in COUG shed tears when Jim passed away from us, even those strong generals in uniform. Every one of us who could be there showed up for his funeral on October 2. Most of us will be there to honor him again on November 21.

I would urge you to make his acquaintance by looking online. You will find videos of Jim Getty delivering the Gettysburg Address, perhaps most memorably with Steven Spielberg and Doris Goodwin Kearns in attendance at the National Cemetery a few years ago. Spielberg had just released his movie called “Lincoln,” for which his leading actor, Daniel Day-Lewis, earned an Academy Award. But I’m sure the great director was at least equally impressed in the presence of the modest Jim Getty.

Finally, I will share with you now a private moment with the great man.  On September 28, my husband and I happened to be in Gettysburg for the wedding of two of our members, Tracie Pasold (she portrays Elizabeth Van Lew, a Union spy who resided in Richmond) and Thomas Moran (he plays General Benjamin Butler), both of Scranton.

After the Civil War period reception, we were told that Jim Getty was fading quickly, so John and I drove over the nursing home where he was suffering from his last illness.

It was about 7:30 in the evening when we arrived, and Jim happened to be alone in his room. He could barely speak, but he knew we were there, and we had the precious opportunity to tell Jim for one last time how much he was beloved by all of us. He was a religious man, so we said the Lord’s Prayer at his bedside to give him comfort. I leaned over the bed rail and told him again how much we loved him. Barely audible, he spoke his final words to us: “We must be a kinder, gentler people…”

How like Jim to be a teacher to the very end. He died around 11 o’clock that night. I am comforted that he knew for certain he was loved by his family and his hundreds of friends. And I am determined that I will share Jim’s last words with whoever will listen, in the hope we can spread the powerful sentiment: We must be a kinder, gentler people.

Cheryl’s Cuisine

By Cheryl Radkiewicz

November is a busy month for everyone.  Our thoughts usually turn to the upcoming holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.

However,  there’s one day in November that we rarely think aboutVeterans’ Day. This day honors men and women, both living and dead, who have served our country  in the armed forces.  Some of these veterans’ families have lived around the world and formed their own communities of Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force “families.”

My father was a World War II Army veteran, who spent years in the European Theater of Operations.  My niece is a Navy veteran who recently returned from a tour of duty in Italy.  My husband’s aunt and uncle lived throughout the United States and Europe during  his uncle’s career in the Air Force.  While we were growing up we didn’t experience many vacations due to workaholic parents.   

There were day trips either to West Point Military Academy or Gettysburg Battlefield.  Continuing this tradition, this summer we visited Annapolis Naval Academy in Maryland  for probably the fifth time. My first stop traditionally is the gift shop. So this month I’m sharing some favorite recipes from military families.

When you’re shopping for Thanksgiving, buy an extra can of whole berry cranberry sauce for this favorite from Marine Family and Friends:

Cranberry Horseradish Appetizer

1-16 oz. can whole berry cranberry sauce
1/3 cup fresh, minced onion
2 Tbsp. horseradish
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1- 8 oz. block cream cheese
Your favorite crackers

Stir together cranberry sauce, onions, horseradish, sugar and salt in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring often.  Simmer for five minutes. Remove from heat, cover and chill. Spoon sauce over cream cheese and serve with crackers.


Fig and Goat Cheese Spread

1 pkg. Black Mission figs
1/2 cup port wine
1-2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. crushed rosemary
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 pkg. goat cheese
Toasted baguette slices

Infuse figs with port wine until they are plump, adding more port, if necessary.  In small pan, add olive oil and saute’ the red onions until caramelized.  Add the figs with juice, rosemary and garlic.  Saute’ all until warmed through.  On toast, spread a bit of goat cheese and top with fig mixture.


Pork with Sauerkraut

Pork meats (roast, country ribs, kielbasa, franks, knockwurst or combination of meats)
1 bag sauerkraut
2 chopped apples
1 chopped onion
1/4 to 1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white wine
1/2 cup apple juice

Mix all ingredients well (except meat) and place in oven-proof dish.  Bake sauerkraut a total of four to six hours.  Keep covered for most of the baking time.  Add meats before sauerkraut is done accordingly:  Pork roast, two hours; country ribs, 1 1/2 hours, kielbasa, 1/2 hour knockwurst, 20 minutes; and franks, five to 10 minutes.


Now, from the Navy Lodge:

Burgundy Mushrooms

1/4 cup butter
1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. fresh minced garlic
1/3 cup beef broth
1 cup chopped green pepper
1 thinly sliced red onion
16 oz. fresh halved mushrooms

In skillet melt butter over medium heat.  Stir in flour, salt, pepper, mustard and garlic cooking until smooth and bubbly.  Stir in beef broth; add remaining ingredients.  Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are tender.


Broccoli Cornbread

4 eggs
1 onion, chopped
1 stick butter
6 oz. cottage cheese
1 tsp. salt
1 pkg. frozen broccoli, thawed and chopped\
1 pkg. Jiffy cornbread mix

Mix all ingredients adding cornbread mix last.  Bake in 400 degree preheated oven for 25 minutes.


Easy Chocolate Almond Pie

4 small Hershey’s with Almond candy bars
20 large marshmallows
3/4 cup milk
1/2 pt. whipping cream, whipped
1 baked pie crust

Melt candy, marshmallows and milk in saucepan.  Do not boil.  Refrigerate until set.  Pour into pie crust.  Chill until ready to serve.


From the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado:

Shrimp Appetizer

2 lbs. shrimp
2 Tbsp. Old Bay seasoning
1 cup vinegar
1 cup water
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup Progresso seasoned bread crumbs

Rinse shrimp in cold water.  In large saucepan, bring water, vinegar and Old Bay seasoning to a boil.  Add shrimp and stir.  Cover, boiling until bright pink, about 3 minutes.  Drain.  Peel and devein, if necessary.  Melt butter in large skillet until sizzling.  Add shrimp and saute’ briefly.  Put in baking dish.  Sprinkle breadcrumbs on top.  Bake five minutes at 350 degrees.  Serve with toothpicks.


 This dish from the Air Force Academy just screams “autumn”

Braised Red Cabbage with Cranberries

2 tsp. olive oil
1 small onion
1 small head red cabbage, cored and sliced thin
1 cup cranberries
1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 tsp. honey
1/2 cup orange juice
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/8 tsp. ground garlic

In skillet, heat olive oil and cook chopped onion until soft.  Mix in cabbage and cook about 10 minutes until cabbage is barely wilted.  Add remaining ingredients.  Cover and continue cooking until almost all liquid has evaporated and cabbage is completely wilted, about 15 minutes.  Remove and discard bay leaf.  Serves 4.