Catherine Bianchi Named First Female UNICO District Governor

Catherine Bianchi

Upon her installation as a PA District Governor, Catherine Bianchi received her District Governor pin and congratulations from UNICO National President Lee Norelli of Philadelphia.

At the 97th Annual UNICO National Convention held this summer in Nashville, TN, Catherine Bianchi was installed as a PA District Governor by UNICO National President Lee Norelli, at left, of Philadelphia. 

Catherine is the first woman to become a District Governor, not only for District PA II but also for the state of Pennsylvania.  District PA II includes the Carbondale, Keystone, Sayre and Binghamton, NY Chapters of UNICO National.  

A native of Scranton and current resident of Olyphant, Catherine is the wife of Carl Bianchi and the daughter of Anthony Marrone and the late Louise Caterino Marrone.  She is a graduate of West Scranton High School and Lackawanna Junior College where she earned her associates degree in criminal justice as well as her Act 120 Municipal Police Officers Certification. 

During her tenure in law enforcement, she has served as a deputy sheriff for the Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Department, a police woman for the Dunmore Police Department, a detective for the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office, and most recently, she has retired from the PA Office of Attorney General, Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and Drug Control as a narcotics agent after 25 years of service. 

Catherine is a charter member of Dunmore’s Keystone Chapter UNICO National where she has served in many leadership capacities, including chapter president and chairman of the board of directors

Mid Valley Student Nicholas Ferretti Receives Brian Piccolo Award

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Nicholas Ferretti is the winner of this year’s Brian Piccolo Award, which he received at Dunmore’s Keystone UNICO Awards Dinner at La Buona Vita.  The award includes the Brian Piccolo Plaque and $1,000.

Nicholas resides in Olyphant and attends Mid Valley High School where he attained a 4.0 GPA.  He actively competed in baseball, basketball, lacrosse and soccer. Nicholas has chosen Penn State Main for his higher education, where he will major in engineering.

Shown in the front row, from left: Heather Ferretti, mother; Brian Piccolo awardee Nicholas Ferretti, and Rudy Ferretti, father.

Back row, same order: Brian Piccolo committee member Mark McDade; Ann Summa, president; Nanine Gramigna and Brian Piccolo Award chairman Marilyn Vitali.

Frank Coviello Installed as Keystone Chapter UNICO President

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Dunmore’s Keystone Chapter of UNICO National recently conducted its installation dinner at Al Mia Amore when Dunmorean Frank Coviello was installed as president.

Additional officers and directors who were installed at the Presidents’ Dinner include Cathy Bianchi and Cathy Gerard, directors; MarycAnn Coviello, first vice president; Nancy Malone, director; Nanine Gramigna, board chairman, and Sandy Collins, director; Mark McDade, corresponding secretary; Louise Ligi, Ray Tropeano, Tom Carlucci and Marilyn Vitali, directors; Valerie Riggi, treasurer; Michele McDade, director; Bob Tagert, sergeant at arms; Marguerite Ruggiero, director; Sylvia Tagert, second vice president; Jim Mack, Mary Mack and Ann Summa, directors; Frank Muto, financial secretary, and Bob Collins, director.  

Katherine Barnansky, Joany Bonczek, Chris DiPietro, John Rettura, Ellen Sartori and Cathy Van Nort were also inducted as new members at the Presidents’ dinner.