Local Gymnasts Take Home Awards at Bethlehem Competition

Dunmore gymnasts

Two of the level 8 team gymnasts who train 20 hours a week at United Sports Academy, Dunmore, were honored in December at the Christmas City Classic held at Moravian College in Bethlehem.

Camryn Thomas, an eighth grade honor roll student at Howard Gardner, took firsts in All Around, Vault and Bars and third in the Floor Exercise.

Her teammate, Maura Michalczyk, placed third in the All Around and Vault. Maura is an eighth grade student at Dunmore.

Both gymnasts helped lead their team to a 2nd place finish. They are coached by Silvia Topalova and Omar Egas.

Shown from left with their teammate Addison Daniels, at left, are Camryn Thomas, Center, and Maura Michalczyk.

Dunmore Based Businesses Take Home SAGE Awards


Businesses based in Dunmore were among the winners of the 2019 SAGE Awards (Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence) announced publicly by The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce at its Chamber Gala at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center. The awards honor outstanding local businesses for their talent, creativity, and innovation. 

The Borough of Dunmore won the Pride and Progress: Exterior Renovations award for the renovation of Schautz Stadium; Penn State Scranton won the Pride and Progress: Interior Renovations award, and FNCB Bank tied with AAA North Penn for the Pride and Progress: New Construction award.

United Sports Academy took home the People’s Choice Award.

More than 100 applications were received. A group of volunteer community leaders and professionals teamed up to review applications and select finalists. The Chamber is proud to honor businesses that are making valuable contributions to the region and contributing to our overall quality of life.  

The other winners, in each category, are: Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates, Best Practices in Community Involvement; Penn Foster, Best Practices in Customer Service; Posture Interactive, Best Practices in Marketing and Communications; Woodloch Resort, Business of the Year; Bedrock Technology, Fastest Growing Company.

Also, Scranton Fringe Festival “Big Gay StorySlam,” Hometown Star; CaPAA of NEPA, LLC, New and Emerging Business of the Year; Discovery MI Preschool, Non-Profit Organization of the Year, and Lavish Body and Home, Small Business of the Year.


7th Annual Dunmore Summer Festival Kicks off August 15th


Members of the Sherwood Youth Association invite the community to attend the 7th  annual Dunmore Summer Festival. It runs August 15 16 and 17 from 5 to 11 p.m. each evening.

By Emily Fedor 

Get ready for some great food, a whole lot of fun and (fingers crossed) some beautiful weather. The Dunmore Summer Festival at Sherwood Park is set for next Thursday August 15 through Saturday August 17. It will run from 5 to 11 p.m. each evening.

2019 marks the seventh year for the popular summer event, hosted by members of the Sherwood Youth Association.

“We have been working diligently for months to make this year’s event a success, just like it has been in years past,” said Sherwood Youth Association President Matt Fedor.

Many people come out to summer festivals such as this one for one of two reasons. The first is to score some delicious food.

This year’s menu is jam packed with tons of delicious options including porketta, halushki, sausage and peppers, clams, wing bites and, last but not least, potato pancakes – the best seller by a mile.

And when you’re ready to grab some dessert, there will be a freshly fried pizza frita smothered in sugar ready with your name on it.

The second main reason folks flock to the summer festival at Sherwood Park is to enjoy some quality entertainment.

Cheerleaders from Holy Cross High School will kick things off Thursday night.

On Friday, the Wanna Bees are set to perform. Cheerleaders and marching units from Dunmore High School will also be on hand, and Mariana Leo is expected to make one of her first public appearances as the 2019-2020 Miss Buck.

Gymnasts from the United Sports Academy and the Ron Morgan Band will close out the festival Saturday night.

And with everything on tap from face painting to bounce houses — there will be plenty of fun in store for the kiddos.

As always, any money brought in from the annual event will go towards maintaining and up-keeping the park.

“The Sherwood Youth Association appreciates the continued support from the community,” said Fedor.  “It helps us to further improve our grounds and facilities and, most importantly, help keep the children playing.”