Dunmore Lions Club Hosts Annual Benefit Magic Show

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Dunmore Lions Club held its annual benefit show featuring the “Magic of Damian,” Pennsylvania’s foremost magician, at Saint Mary of Mount Carmel, Dunmore. This marks the 24th consecutive year the Lions have featured Damian at Dunmore Elementary schools.

All proceeds this year will be utilized for scholarships to aid in college expenses for Dunmore and Holy Cross High Schools. The lions have been serving the community of Dunmore since 1952.

Shown standing, from left: Richard Green, Lions vice president; Kathy Sosnowski, principal, St Mary’s, Lisa Kinney, event chairperson, and Jim Aita, president Dunmore Lions. Kneeling is Damian The Magician.

Dunmorean of the Month: Andrew Fazio

Dunmorean of the Month - Andrew FazioBy Steve Svetovich

Andrew Fazio, owner and operator of Andy’s Service Center, was recently ordained as permanent deacon by the Scranton diocese. He is the first deacon to come out of Saint Mary’s of Mount Carmel parish, Dunmore.

Fazio, 63, has been a member of Saint Mary’s of Mount Carmel parish for the past 41 years. The 1972 Dunmore High School graduate is married for 40 years to the former Ann Marie Rinaldi. The couple has four children: Monica Marie, 38, Andrew, Jr., 35, Daniel Joseph, 25, and Alison Marie, 23.

Fazio attended the Diaconate program for four years and completed various college courses in theology before he was ordained as a permanent deacon by the Scranton diocese.

David Bohr is secretary of formation for the program. Fazio praised him for his help and support in the program. “He put the program together and plans the classes,” said Fazio.

“I had a calling for it and a draw to that program,” said Fazio. “It is a program of service. A deacon is ordained to service the people and the bishop.

Fazio Ordained as Deacon“That’s our ministry. Not to be served, but to serve.”

Fazio has been serving the Dunmore community for the past 38 years as owner and operator of Andy’s Service Center. He has been known to lend a helping hand to the elderly and others in need.

There are countless stories in the Dunmore borough about Fazio helping a senior citizen, a college student, or your ordinary Joe. Humble in nature, you won’t hear those stories from him.

“I got into it,” said Fazio, “because I like to help people solve their problems. I like to help make things easier for people and eliminate their stress.

“There is a lot of technology today. Too much technology is not a good thing.

“I get to know my customers well. I’ve had recent customers who I served both their fathers and grandfathers throughout the years. I get to know the whole family from the grandparents on down.

“Things can get expensive when they break and I try to ease the pain.”

Andy’s Service Station does body work, small engine repair, state inspections and various other repairs. A state inspection at Andy’s is only $19.95 and $29.95 for emissions.

“We do just about everything.”

Fazio said the Diaconate program was extensive and he had to put a lot of work into it.

“A big part of it is helping people. I get a lot of satisfaction out of helping people.

The feeling of accomplishing this is very rewarding. I really love it. It is a big part of my life. It’s something I’ve always wanted. It’s now a part of me.”

St. Mary’s Class of 1966 reunites after 50 years

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Eighth grade classmates of the Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Class of 1966 held their 50th reunion on June 11, 2016. The reunion activities started with 4 p.m. Mass at Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Church followed by a self-guided tour of the school.

During the tour, the classmates were able to visit the classrooms, library, cafeteria, and principal’s office. At one point, they took their seats in a classroom as they did 50 years ago. Conversations centered around how the high quality of education and discipline at St. Mary’s had a positive effect on their lives.

After the school tour, the classmates had a reception and dinner at La Una Banquet Hall on Drinker Street in Dunmore. Timothy McGurl played Beatles songs on his guitar as his classmates shared photographs, stories about their families and jobs, and their escapades at St. Mary’s.

One such story centered on Madelyn’s Penny Candy Store. This popular candy store was on Chestnut Street near the school during the 1950’s and 1960’s, but was off limits to the students. Students would attempt to sneak into Madelyn’s to buy candy by leaving the official school line on the way home. For just a few candy cigarettes or atomic fireballs, Robert Meehan (Rollo) and William Cicciotti (Wild Bill) recalled spending many hours standing in the classroom corner after getting caught by Sister Victoire.

While there were humorous stories, many classmates expressed that going to St. Mary’s not only provided an excellent education, but served as the basis for lasting friendships which can only happen in a place such as Dunmore. Perhaps, this was best stated by Ellen Burne in a letter expressing her disappointment for being unable to attend the reunion. She stated in part “Personally, my memories of living in Dunmore are among those most dear to me. We are all so fortunate to have been raised in such a loving, family oriented community where friends for life were made.”

The classmates wish to thank the Reunion Committee of Regina Kearney Garvey, Mary Alice Golden McCormick, and James McCormick for all their work in organizing this outstanding event. They also made a donation to the school in memory of two classmates, Susan Gilligan and Michael McDonald.

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Out of the original class of 58 students, over half (30) attended the reunion event including:

Robert Farrell, Robert Kelleher, Regina Kearney Garvey, Mary Alice Golden McCormick, Gerald Conway, Donald Loftus, Robert McDonald, Sharon Maus Pitoniak, Kathy Fennie Blythe, Marianne Kramer, James McCormick, Patrick Cuff, John Earley, Regina Garvey, Mary Katherine Kreis Curtis, William Ciccotti, Michelle Langan Rohulich, Eileen McLaine Mallas, Laurie Holmes Ekes, Linda Dougherty Borland, Maria Graci Ceccacci, Patricia Grady, James Vinard, Robert Meehan, Brian McAndrew, Timothy McGurl, Owen Dougherty and Lorraine Spangler Vitris.

(Photo credit: Michael Straub Photography).