February 2023 Happenings Magazine

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On the Cover: The rhythm is sure to get you, as Riverdance comes to the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple! Photo credit: Jack Hartin © Abhann Productions

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contents FEBRUARY 2023 10 25th Anniversary of Riverdance Feel the beat of the Rhythm of the Night 16 Heart Health “Be the Beat” and Help Save Lives 30 Dental Health Healthy Teeth, Healthy Body 38 Theatre Shania Twain or Shania’s Twin? 52 World Class Hair Styles Meet Mary Koczwara 56 African American Cultural Center August Wilson Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright 66 Women and Girls in Sports Girls got game! February 2023 HappeningsPA.com 5
National Pizza Day Long Day's Journey Into Night, Shawnee Playhouse, Feb, 17,18,19, 25 & 26 Winter Fest 2023 Begins, Dietrich Theater 1 21 20 14 25 24 Presidents' Day 19 26 10 17 22 13 18 Popovich, Comedy Pet Theater, Theater at North 28 7 8 Leadership Lackawanna Core Program Fundraiser, Texas Roadhouse 5 Valentine’s Day 27 6 9 16 Anthony Nunziata, Valentine
North 12 15 23 11 National Chili Day Create & Sip Beyond The Door Theatrical Event, August Wilson African American Cultural Center Groundhog Day february National Margarita Day 2 American Heart Month National Bird Feeding Month National Chocolate Lovers’ Month Responsible Pet Owners’ Month National Hot Breakfast Month Black History Month 6 sunday monday tuesday wednesday thursday friday saturday
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Dear Readers,

Just a few nights ago my husband and I were watching our wedding video that will be 20 years old this August.

At the end of our reception, guests were invited to share well wishes on video. Not hav ing watched the video for several years, we had, of course, forgotten the content of many of the messages. My eldest brother John, who just celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife Donna, (yes, they have 30 more years than my husband and I have) spoke about passion. “The same passion that I witnessed today is what will carry you through for many years; you must maintain passion for each other,” he said.

The word “passion” is defined as “strong and barely control lable emotion.” The organ most associat ed with passion all emotion, the heart, is given the national spotlight during the month of February. It has been said that music has the power to be felt within the heart. “When the beating of your heart echoes the beating of the drums, there is a life about to start when tomorrow comes,” state the lyrics of a popular broadway song. It is no wonder that the American Heart Association has provided a song playlist with which to accurately teach the correct rhythm for performing CPR. We quite literally can feel the beat within us.

My brother John and his wife Donna (in 1995), who recently celebrated 50 years of marriage.

Oscar Wilde expressed it this way: “Who, being loved, is poor?” Yet he was careful to describe the type of love one should seek: “Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.” Aiming for the extraordinary is a manifestation of passion.

February is a month devoted to passion, but it need not be just for lovers. Healthy living, artistic endeavors, athletic abilities, business excellence, God and spirituality are just a few examples of areas where passions take root.

Producing Happenings each month would not be possible if not for the sheer passion of the small team of individuals who creatively work their talents each month. For each one, I am eternally grateful.

Our cover article features the 25th Anniversary of Riverdance, celebrated the world over for its Grammy Award-winning score and passionate portrayal of Irish dance. Passion is deep within the Irish culture, a land that has bred the term, “The Fighting Irish,” perhaps by virtue of all that they have overcome. Irish poet and playwright,

Wishing you much love this month of February,

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Don’t miss the 25th Anniversary Show of Riverdance, as you’ve never seen it before! A powerful and stirring reinvention of this beloved favorite, celebrated the world over for its Grammy Award-winning score and the thrilling energy and passion of its Irish and international dance. Composer Bill Whelan has rerecorded his mesmerizing soundtrack while producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have completely reimagined the ground-breaking show with innovative and spectacular lighting, video, stage and costume designs.

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beat of dancing feet.

Riverdance comes to the Scranton Cultural Center March 17-19

The color red personifies a range of emotions both strong and contradictory. While red speeds up our heart rate, blood flow and body temperature, paradoxically, red means stop! Red also indicates vitality.

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Immerse

yourself in the extraordinary power and grace of its music and dance–beloved by fans of all ages. Fall in love with the magic of Riverdance all over again.

of the most entertaining shows you will ever see.”

Riverdance began its journey as the interval act in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, produced for television by Moya Doherty. This electrifying and innovative seven-minute dance piece was then developed into a full-length stage show by Producer Moya Doherty, Composer Bill Whelan and Director

John McColgan. With its fusion of Irish and International music and dance, the show broke all box office records during its world première run in Dublin in early 1995. Since its inception, Riverdance has packed theaters throughout North America, Oceania, Asia, Europe, South Africa and South America.

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Pride engulfs Ireland, a land of passions, poems and leprechauns.

Irish dancing provides physical benefits such as increased stamina, core strength, and general overall fitness.

It improves balance, posture and coordination and promotes flexibility and increased muscle strength. Mental benefits include learning to listen, follow directions and build memory.

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Green can give a feeling of peace, nature and new beginnings.

Local students learn the traditional Irish steps just like the dancers on Riverdance learn and perform. The dance is vigorous,” said Shannon Joyce Cerulli, director of the Joyce School of Dance. “You definitely get a work-out while you dance and practice, but at the same time, if you are trained and instructed properly, those feelings of heart racing and being out of breath are taught to be regulated. When you learn how to do those things the ‘intensity’ of the fun, fast paced dances become enjoyable to do. Still, Irish step dancing is defi nitely a cardio and full body workout. H –Christine Fanning

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Save Live s during American Heart Month

Learn Hands-Only CPR

The American Heart Association encourages the public to “Be the Beat” and act in cardiac emergencies to help save lives.

During February, American Heart Month, the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives for all, is urging at least one person in every household to commit to learning Hands-Only CPR. Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of the death in the United States. This year’s American Heart Month 2023 activities are designed to help motivate people to “Be the Beat” needed to keep someone alive by learning the two simple steps it takes to save a life: call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest.

According to American Heart Association data, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States each year. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double, or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival, which is key since about 90% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. And, because about 70% of cardiac arrests happen at home, odds are the person who needs CPR will be a family member or friend. Hands-Only CPR is quick and simple to learn and can be performed by any family member or bystanders.

“If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of a loved one: a spouse, a parent, grandparent, child or a friend,” said Meghan Gagorik, division director, American Heart

Association. “We encourage people to be prepared for a cardiac emergency by learning Hands-Only CPR to help save lives.”

Hands-Only CPR involves two simple steps, and anyone can learn it from a 60-second video available at heart.org/handsonlycpr.

Step 1: If a teen or adult in your home suddenly collapses, call 911 immediately.

Step 2: Place one hand on top of the other as shown in the video and push hard and fast on the victim’s chest.

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According to the American Heart Association, people feel more confident performing Hands-Only CPR and are more likely to remember the correct rate when trained to the beat of a familiar song. All songs in the ‘Don’t Drop the Beat’ playlist are between 100-120 beats per minute, the same rate at which rescuers should perform compressions when administering CPR. The beat of any of several songs including “Stayin’ Alive,” by the Bee Gees, “Crazy in Love,” by Beyoncé, featuring Jay-Z, “Hips Don’t Lie,” by Shakira or “Walk the Line,” by Johnny Cash can be the beat to save a life.

Visit heart.org/handsonlycpr to watch and share the Hands-Only CPR instructional video. Be the beat and help save a life!

The American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR campaign is nationally supported by the Elevance Health Foundation.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a leading force for a world of longer, healthier lives. With nearly a century of lifesaving work, the Dallasbased association is dedicated to ensuring equitable health for all. AHA is a trustworthy source empowering people to improve their heart health, brain health and wellbeing. It collaborates with numerous organizations and millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, advocate for stronger public health policies and share lifesaving resources and information.

Get involved and register for a local event!

2023 Heart Walk; heart.org/nepawalk

2023 Go Red for Women; heart.org/northeastpagored

Connect on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1 H

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All songs in the ‘Don’t Drop the Beat’ playlist are between 100-120 beats per minute, the same rate at which rescuers should perform compressions when administering CPR.

Heart Expressions

and Meanings

one has a big heart: said of someone kind and loving; after my own heart: said of someone with similar preferences or values; a heart of gold: a big heart; a heart of stone: said of someone without sympathy; all heart: a big heart; bare (one’s) heart: share one’s feelings or thoughts; bleeding heart: said of someone who is conspicuously or excessively generous; break (one’s) heart: cause someone emotional distress; by heart: from memory; capture/steal/win (one’s) heart: make someone fall in love with one; close/dear/near to (one’s) heart: loved or valued by someone; cross my heart: said as an oath to assert one’s honesty; didn’t have the heart: said when one cannot summon the will to do something hurtful; eat your heart out: said mockingly to someone expressing the desire for them to suffer; usually facetious; faint of heart: lacking courage; find a way into/to (one’s) heart: cause someone to fall in love with one; find it in (one’s) heart: have the compassion or courage to do something; follow (one’s) heart: do what one loves rather than what is expected of one; from the heart: with sincerity; gladden (one’s) heart: make someone happy or gratified; harden (one’s) heart: become callous; have (one’s) heart set on: be obsessed with obtaining; have (one’s) interests at heart: be doing something for someone else’s benefit; heart goes out to: said in regard to feeling sympathy for someone; heart is in the right place: said of someone well intentioned; heart of the matter: essence; heart’s desire: what one wishes deeply for; heart skips a beat: said of someone excited, frightened or surprised; heavy heart: sadness; from the bottom/depths of (one’s) heart: profoundly; in (one’s) heart of hearts: if one’s true feelings or thoughts were known; lose heart: become discouraged; melt (one’s) heart: cause someone to experience uncontrollable emotions; nearly gave (one) a heart attack: caused someone to feel anxiety or fear; (one’s) heart bleeds for: one is sympathetic; (one’s) heart is not in: one does not feel a commitment to or an interest in; out of the goodness/kindness of (one’s) heart: because of generosity or goodwill;

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put (one’s) heart into: do something with conviction or enthusiasm; sick at heart: discouraged; take heart: be encouraged; take (something) to heart: be affected by something; to (one’s) heart’s content: to the extent one desires; warm (one’s)/the cockles of (one’s) heart: cause someone to feel positive emotion; wear (one’s) heart on (one’s) sleeve: openly show one’s emotions; with a sinking heart: said of someone who becomes discouraged or hopeless; with all (one’s) heart: with great enthusiasm; young at heart: youthful

Matters of the Heart

How is it that this organ, the heart, became the symbol of love?

Philosophers have argued that this muscular organ (about the size of a closed fist) is linked to our strongest emotions. The familiar symbol of the heart representing love developed in the 15th century and became popular in Europe in the 16th Century.

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Think “Poconos” and envision mountain scenery, resorts, golf courses.

Think “world-class heart care” in the same region and think Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono. Tony Cadwalader of Unionville, Chester County, Pa. can vouch for that.

On Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, 58-year-old Cadwalader started the day playing in a mixed doubles tennis tournament in the private Tobyhanna Township community where he and his wife, Jennifer, have

a second home.

Finished with his match, he sat down in the shade on the bleachers to watch his wife playing tennis on a nearby court. Then his world went dark. He collapsed from a heart attack. His heart stopped beating.

Those at the tennis courts sprang into action nearly as fast as a Serena Williams serve. Someone ran to a nearby ballfield to get help from a young man with lifeguard training. The tennis pro retrieved an automated external defibrilla-

tor (AED) from the pro shop. After cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the AED was used, lifting Cadwalader off the bench where he lay. His eyes opened. He coughed. His heart was beating again. “My wife says it was just like in the movies,” he says.

A non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor, Cadwalader was lucid and answering questions and chose to be taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono for treatment after being told by responding emergency medical personnel about the quality heart care there as a full-service heart hospital.

The team at LVH–Pocono knew

World-

Cadwalader was coming and what had happened to him and made sure their STEMI team was there to greet him. STEMI is an acronym for ST-elevation myocardial infarction, which in layman’s terms means a severe heart attack.

Anil Gupta, MD, chief of cardiology at LVH–Pocono, was already working at the hospital when they got word Cadwalader was on his way. After an EKG confirmed his heart attack, Cadwalader was quickly taken to the heart

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catheterization lab, where Gupta found one of Cadwalader’s coronary arteries was fully blocked. He was able to clear the blockage and install a stent to keep the artery open.

Cadwalader says the caregivers at LVH–Pocono were “spectacular” and put him at ease. “They were so gracious, knowledgeable and friendly.” Cadwalader says.

Gupta says Cadwalader was fortunate to have had timely CPR and that an AED was available, adding the combination of those two things often can mean the difference between life and death for someone who

suffers cardiac arrest. “I was just really fortunate to be around such brave people willing to step up in an emergency,” Cadwalader says.

LVH–Pocono catheterization lab nurse Sue Leonard says she stayed with Cadwalader and his family in the ICU after the procedure to open Cadwalader’s artery and place the stent. “Stories like Tony’s aren’t rare here because we combine expertise with teamwork, dedication and compassionate care. It’s in our DNA,” she said.

The teamwork was not lost on Cadwalader. “There was a real kind of esprit de corps among all of them,” he says. “They’re really performing at the top

of their game.”

Cadwalader was in the intensive care unit for two days, then discharged. He continues his recuperation at home in Chester County, grateful for the intervention of Good Samaritans and the expert heart care at LVH–Pocono.

Cadwalader says as a cancer survivor he already didn’t take much for granted but noted his heart attack was another reminder to enjoy what every day brings. “I know what almost happened,” he says. “There are times when I reflect on it and it’s very emotional. The sun’s a little brighter, the birds are more chipper and colors are a little more brilliant.” H

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The Rose ”

Symbolic Significance That Transcends Time

Color Symbolism

Red: Love & Respect

White: Innocence & Secrecy

Yellow: Joy & Friendship

Coral: Desire

Light Pink: Grace & Joy Dark Pink: Thankfulness Lavender: Enchantment

Orange: Fascination

Historical Symbolism

The rose is a symbol of achievement, comple tion and perfection. The rose represents the attainment of inner harmo ny, union and happiness. The purity of the rose equalizes the bliss of paradise.

A red rose symbolizes love. It is attributed to femininity mythologically belonging to Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and lust.

The white rose symbolizes the pure, innocent and unselfish love of Mother Mary.

The red rose is regarded as a masculine, active principle whereas the white rose represents the feminine, receptive principle. The combination of white and red roses symbolizes unity. H

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Lori Jordan, CRNP, CHFN, Joins Wayne Memorial’s Cardiology Team

Wayne Memorial Hospital welcomes Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner Lori Jordan as the newest provider to join its cardiology team. Lori has been a nurse practitioner for 19 years focusing on treating patients suffering from heart disease. She sees patients for evaluation and treatment

Memorial’s Specialty Clinic.

“I’m pleased to bring my diverse cardiac experience to the Wayne Memorial family to contribute to the team and serve the lake region community,” Lori said.

Lori is a Certified Heart Failure Nurse (CHFN) and works under the supervision of Board-certified Interventional Cardiologists Walid Hassan, MD, MACP, FAHA, FACC, FCCP, FSCAI, FSVM, the Medical Director of the facility’s Heart & Vascular Center and Bradley Serwer, MD, as well as Board-certified General Cardiologist Joseph Laureti, DO.

After earning a master’s degree in nursing from Misericordia University, Lori worked as a nurse practitioner specializing in the areas of cardiology, internal medicine, dialysis and critical care. Her clinical experience includes general cardiology, Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD), Transcutaneous Aortic Value Replacement (TAVR) and pacemakers.

Appointments with Lori Jordan, CRNP, may be made by calling the Wayne Memorial Physician Specialty Clinic at 570-253-8601. Visit www.wmh.org. H

Family Honors Longtime Hospital Volunteer on WMH Giving Tree

The Giving Tree at Wayne Memorial Hospital has a new leaf, a symbolic tribute to Stephen Kaminsky, who volunteered at the hospital and passed away in June of 2022. Kaminsky’s wife, Keta, purchased the leaf in Steve’s honor, “because of his love, respect and devotion to Wayne Memorial Hospital.” Steve was a frontdesk greeter, a member and presidentelect of the hospital Auxiliary when he died, and perhaps most memorably: co-owner with Keta of pet-therapy dogs. The Lakeville couple spent hours with patients in the Inpatient Rehabilitation unit and the Infusion Clinic. Keta continues to carry on this mission of kindness. Before he retired, Steve, a U.S. Army veteran, was a police officer in New Jersey, where he helped organize a hostage squad and was a police instructor in the fields of explosives and hostage negotiations. He was the first certified bomb technician in Middlesex County. The Giving Tree honors or memorializes individuals through donations to the Wayne Memorial Health Foundation. Visit wmh.org or email wmhf@wmh.org. H

Photo, l. to r.: Steve’s nephews Bradley and Barry Rosenhouse, Keta Kaminsky, Jayne Kaminsky Rosenhouse, Jeffrey Rosenhouse.

Lori Jordan, CRNP, CHFN
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At some point, support from family, friends and local programs may not be enough for safe senior living. Those requiring help full-time might move to a residential facility that provides many or all of the longterm care services needed.

Facility-based long-term care services include: board and care homes, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and continuing care retirement communities.

Some facilities have only housing and housekeeping, but many also provide personal care and medical services. Many facilities offer special programs for people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Residential care facilities, or group

Safe Living in Senior Years

homes, are small private facilities, usually with 20 or fewer residents. Residents receive personal care and meals and have staff available around the clock.

Assisted living is for people who need help with daily care, but not as much help as a nursing home provides. Assisted living facilities range in size from as few as 25 residents to 120 or more. Typically, a few “levels of care” are offered, with residents paying more for higher levels of care.

Assisted living residents usually live in their own apartments or rooms and share common areas. They have access to many services, including meals, assistance with personal care, help with medications, housekeeping and laundry, 24-hour supervision, security/on-site staff and recreational activities.

Nursing homes, also called skilled nursing facilities, provide a wide range of health and personal care

services. Their services focus on medical care more than most assisted living facilities. These services typically include nursing care, 24-hour supervision, three meals a day and assistance with everyday activities. Rehabilitation services, such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, are also available.

Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), also called life care communities, offer different levels of service in one location. Many of them offer independent housing (houses or apartments), assisted living and skilled nursing care all on one campus. Health care services and recreation programs are also provided. In a CCRC, where you live depends on the level of service you need.

Remember that health and safety is the number one concern when considering when it is time to join a residential facility. H

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Good gums and teeth, healthy body

According to the American Dental Association (ADA) oral health touches every aspect of our lives but is often taken for granted. Your mouth is a window into the health of your body. Your teeth and gums can show signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection. Systemwide diseases may first become apparent because of mouth lesions or other oral problems.

Dentists tell us our mouths are brimming with bacteria — mostly harmless strains. However, your mouth is the entry point to your digestive and respiratory tracts, and some of these bacteria can cause disease.

Ordinarily, brushing and flossing keep bacteria at bay. But, without proper care, bacteria can lead to infections such as tooth decay and gum disease.

Also, medical treatments involving decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers, diuretics and antidepressants can reduce saliva flow. Saliva is important because it cleanses

and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth which help protect our bodies from microorganisms that propagate and lead to disease.

Studies suggest that oral bacteria and inflammation from periodontitis might play a role in some diseases. And diseases like diabetes and HIV/AIDS, can lower the body's resistance to infection which will make oral health problems more severe.

According to the Mayo Clinic, your oral health might contribute to various diseases and conditions, including:

Endocarditis. This infection of the inner lining of your heart chambers or valves (endocardium) typically occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to certain areas in your heart.

Cardiovascular disease. Although the connection is not fully understood, some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and

stroke might be linked to the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause.

Pregnancy and birth complications. Periodontitis has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.

Pneumonia. Certain bacteria in your mouth can be pulled into your lungs, causing pneumonia and other respiratory diseases.

Certain conditions also might affect your oral health, including:

Diabetes. By reducing the body's resistance to infection, diabetes puts your gums at risk. Gum disease appears to be more frequent and severe among people who have diabetes. Research shows that people who have gum disease have a harder time controlling their blood sugar levels. Regular periodontal care can improve diabetes control.

HIV/AIDS. Oral problems, such as painful mucosal lesions, are common in people who have HIV/AIDS.

Osteoporosis. This boneweakening disease is linked

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with periodontal bone loss and tooth loss. Certain drugs used to treat osteoporosis carry a small risk of damage to the bones of the jaw.

Alzheimer's disease. Worsening oral health is seen as Alzheimer's disease progresses.

Other conditions that might be linked to oral health include eating disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, certain cancers and an immune system disorder that causes dry mouth (Sjogren's syndrome).

Tell your dentist about the

medications you take and about changes in your overall health, especially if you've recently been ill or you have a chronic condition, such as diabetes.

How can I protect my oral health?

To protect your oral health, practice good oral hygiene daily.

• Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a softbristled brush using fluoride toothpaste.

• Floss daily.

• Use mouthwash to remove

food particles left after brushing and flossing.

• Eat a healthy diet and limit food with added sugars.

• Replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if bristles are splayed or worn.

• Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings.

• Avoid tobacco use.

Also, contact your dentist as soon as an oral health problem arises. Taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health. H

–Christine Fanning

The health of our teeth and gums offers a study into our overall health.
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The Shawnee Playhouse

The Shawnee Playhouse began in 1094 when C.C. Worthington built Worthington Hall, to provide entertainment and educational benefit to residents and visitors of Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania. The Shawnee Players, performed to enthusiastic audiences from 1904 to World War II. In 1943, Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians began to broadcast their famous radio programs from the Hall.

The Kirkwood Family worked to get the Hall placed on the National Registry of Historic Places and won the prestigious Phoenix Award, presented by the Society of American Travel Writers. Since 1978 The Shawnee Playhouse has produced many broadway quality shows ranging from musicals, plays, comedy and other variety shows.

The Playhouse will celebrate its 44th consecutive season with array of award winning productions from hit Golden Age Broadway Musicals such as Mame and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor to hit comedy Calendar Girls and the American classic drama Long Day’s Journey into Night.

Visit www.theshawneeplayhouse.com or call 570-421-5093 for more information on dates, group sales, summer camps and/or to purchase tickets. H

The Shawnee Playhouse

Long Day’s Journey Into Night Feb. 17, 18, 25 • 8 p.m. Feb. 18, 19, 26 • 2 p.m.

Presented by Rebel Stages

Alice in Wonderland (Children’s Ballet) April 1, 2 • 2 p.m. April 1 • 6 p.m.

Presented by C & K Dance Theater

A Night with Mr. Wonderful

(The Sammy Davis Jr. Tribute) April 29 • 8 p.m. April 28 • 2 p.m. (Friday Matinee) 29, 30

Presented by Rebel Stages

Calendar Girls May 13,20, 27 • 8 p.m. May 13,14 • 2 p.m. (Friday Matinee) 19, 20,21,27,28

Call us at 570-421-5093 theshawneeplayhouse.com

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Romancing the Stone

If you were born in February, your birthstone is amethyst – the purple variety of quartz that has captivated mankind for millennia. Because of its wine-like color, early Greek mythology associated the gem with Bacchus, the god of wine. Historically, royals have admired the deep purple hue of Amethyst since at least the days of Alexander the Great. Traditionally, only people of the highest social status wore amethysts because the color purple was associated with nobility. Amethyst can be found in the collections of royal families throughout Europe and Asia. Empress Catherine the Great of Russia had a penchant for the gem and decked herself in amethyst necklaces, earrings and other ornaments. Amethyst also has a place in England’s Crown Jewels, atop the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross.

In addition to regal appetite for

the gem, amethyst has strong connections to the month of February and love. According to legend, St. Valentine — whose day devoted to love we celebrate in February — wore an amethyst ring carved with Cupid’s likeness so that Roman soldiers could recognize him and ask for his help to marry them in secret. During the third century AD, the Roman Empire had outlawed marriage between young couples, for it was thought that unwed young men made better soldiers as they had no ties to a wife and children.

Valentine defied the government’s ban and married couples in secret which ultimately led to his martyrdom. This is probably why Valentine’s Day became so popular a day for marriage proposals as it traces back to the forbidden

marriages facilitated by Valentine. For matrimonial celebrations, Amethyst is the commemorative gem for sixth and seventeenth wedding anniversaries.

Browse Nye Jewelers collection of amethyst birthstone jewelry, ranging from rings and earrings to pendants and bracelets.

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The Theater at North

The Theater at North is located in the former North Scranton Junior High School building atop the hill where Green Ridge Street meets North Main Avenue in Scranton. This historic landmark was built between 1922 and 1924 in a late Gothic Revival style, featuring a four-story clock tower, and is on the National Register of historic places. In 2015, with Gerald T. Langan at the helm, Goodwill Industries of Northeastern Pennsylvania fully renovated this historic landmark into 58 seniorliving units. The building was aptly renamed, “Goodwill at North, Gerald T. Langan Apartments.” In the heart of the building lies the majestic Theater at North, a fully restored and renovated 800 seat performing arts theater, featuring state-ofthe-art sound and lighting, and equipped for movie screenings and live feeds to a projection screen.

Amenities include dressing rooms, a green room and a box office, along with a beautiful gallery and lobby. Throughout the year, the venue hosts touring shows and concerts, along with local recitals, graduations, lectures and community/social events. The Theater at North is owned by Goodwill Industries of NEPA which provides employment opportunities, education, training, socialization and housing for persons with disabilities, seniors and individuals with other needs to develop skills that enhance their lives. All proceeds from ticket sales and venue rentals go to Goodwill Industries to support individuals in NEPA who are intellectually and developmentally disabled.

Contact: lhouser@thetheateratnorth.org or (570) 460-4156

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Shania Twain or Shania’s Twin?

Oband at the Theater at North in Scranton.

Dubbed as “Shania’s Twin” Donna was mentioned by the star herself in her autobi ography. Donna has been recognized as one of the busiest acts for major fairs, festivals and exhibitions in North America and will be featured in an upcoming movie with Dolly Parton. She has appeared in nationwide CBC and TNN specials, and has been featured in countless articles in nation al and regional publications. She has entertained the Canadian troops overseas in Bosnia, Croatia and Dubai and has played the Calgary Stampede for three consecutive years.

Shania Twain herself commented (after seeing a poster of Donna) “I thought that was me! Donna is the best ‘Shania Twain Tribute out there.” Donna put in countless hours practicing to sing like Shania, watching her videos over and over, and emulating her moves and presentation style. Donna’s uncanny resemblance to Shania, one of country music’s most beautiful and successful women, has contributed to making her the most successful tribute act in Canada, throughout the United States and Europe.

Fresh Horses is a high energy show band that performs all the hits of Garth Brooks. Fresh Horses tours North America and has received excellent reviews and a great following of fans. Les Smith, the band leader, looks and sounds so much like Brooks that people say that they forget they are watching a tribute act.

Fresh Horses please crowds of all ages with their

music and entertaining show. All music lovers can enjoy the songs of Garth Brooks as the music crosses all barriers.

Don’t miss this unforgettable night, March 4, 2023. H

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Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley

That sentence is truly frightening. Luckily, regional families have a wonderful resource, the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley (PCFLV). PCFLV is a local non-profit providing free programs and services to local pediatric cancer patients and their families. PCFLV is there for families from diagno sis, during treatment and survivorship, and, in the event of a child’s passing, throughout bereavement.

PCFLV was founded in 2003 by a cancer mom who want ed to be able to support other Lehigh Valley pediatric cancer families. The service area for PCFLV is a 50-mile radius from the Allentown office.

In 2022, in the Lehigh Valley area, there were 29 children diagnosed with cancer, eight children relapsed and seven children passed away. There are currently over 375 families who are eligible for services from PCFLV.

“Our mission is simple,” explains Tracy Stauffer, Marketing, Community Relations and Development Coordinator for PCFLV. “We are here to help local pediatric cancer families. As a cancer mom myself, I know how much of an impact PCFLV has on each and every one of our families.”

PCFLV provides programs to assist families financially, socially and emotionally. The Foundation distributes thousands of dollars each year in gas/grocery/hospital cafeteria and EZPass gift cards, has a Family Assistance Fund to help pay for major bills, provides free sports and entertainment tickets, and offers an end-of-life stipend to bereaved families. PCFLV also holds support groups, offers college/trade school scholarships to cancer warriors and bereaved siblings, maintains a Birthday Club, and hosts Camp Smile (a week-long summer day camp.) Warrior meals (takeout meals delivered to the hospital when kids are in-patient), a one-time house-cleaning services, clinic visits and many other services are offered to PCFLV families. For a full list of PCFLV’s programs and services, visit pcflv.org.

PCFLV raises money through several in-house fundraisers like The Hearts of Gold Gala; the Ready, Set, GOLD 5k Walk/8k Run; and the Luau On The Links Golf Outing. Local companies and groups also host fundraising events to benefit PCFLV. Individuals can easily host a Facebook fundraiser to benefit the Foundation as well.

PCFLV also accepts donations throughout the year, and

donations can be made in memory of or in honor of a loved one. In addition, there are several volunteer opportunities currently available through PCFLV.

For more information about PCFLV, fundraising events and volunteer opportunities, visit pcflv.org, email info@pcflv.org or all 484-221-9294. H

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Imagine hearing these words... “Your child has cancer.”

PA Cyber Graduate Follows Blueprint to Architecture School P

A Cyber alumna Chloe Perko, 20, is a bright, curious person in her freshman year at Marywood University’s School of Architecture. After graduating from PA Cyber in 2021 in the top 1% of her class, she took a gap year to flex her entrepreneurial and creative skills. During that time, Chloe started a vintage clothing website and became an Instagram ambassador for multiple companies. Being a student at PA Cyber helped her understand her own work style and empowered her to teach herself anything she chooses.

Chloe has been awarded Marywood University’s Presidential Scholarship for all five years of architecture school. She first became interested in architecture when she and her parents were looking for a new home, and they chose a house designed by internationally recognized architect Peter Bohlin. “I’ve been focused on researching architecture because of this house. Now I’m obsessed with architecture and how

architecture and nature work together to create a masterpiece,” Chloe said.

In the summers of 2020 and 2021, Chloe attended a twoweek architecture summer program for high school students at Marywood University. She gained hands-on experience and made connections with other participants that she still maintains today. She has interviewed architects local to her home in Bear Creek Village to understand the different types of archi-

mother’s new job. She also remembers discussing with her parents that her brickand-mortar school didn’t feel safe, and the curriculum and schedule didn’t match the path she wanted. Becoming a student at PA Cyber meant that no matter where her family needed to move, Chloe could get an education without changing schools.

She loved the flexibility of being a cyber student. She was able to have experiences that she wouldn’t have had if she had attended a brick-andmortar school. She spoke fondly of being able to travel out of state to trade shows for her mom’s job.

tecture better and create a blueprint for her career path.

Chloe enrolled at PA Cyber for ninth grade in anticipation of moving for her

“You learn how to govern yourself and gain a sense of independence”
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Chloe Perko delivers her final critique at Marywood University’s summer architecture program in 2021.

Chloe feels that PA Cyber prepared her well for university. Being a cyber school student taught her how to manage time her time well. “You learn how to govern yourself and gain a sense of independence,” Chloe said. “PA Cyber prepared me for the many challenges and unique learning curves that I face in university. Now that I have completed multiple classes at Marywood, I can confidently reinforce my appreciation for the way PA Cyber is structured and their skillbuilding methods of teaching. Having exposure to critical thinking and gaining confidence in working independently, I have continued to achieve academic success at Marywood University.”

PA Cyber is proud to have been an integral part of Chloe’s education. With a solid foundation, she is ready to build her future, like the architecture she admires, with balance and integrity. H

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You’re Just “Write” For Me

In grade school we looked forward to the exchange of Valentine’s Day cards with each of our classmates. Boys and girls, both, received one. Some of us made and gave valentine cards to our mothers, fathers and grandparents. As adults, we expect to give and receive a card from our significant others because nothing expresses love and friendship better than a Valentine’s Day card.

Valentine’s Day traces its roots back to the ancient Roman fertility festival, Lupercalia, and to legends about St. Valentine, a third century priest executed for continuing to wed couples despite a prohibition on marriage.

Another possible Saint Valentine – of Terni – was also martyred. In centuries since then, lovers, friends and sometimes even foes have exchanged valentine cards on February 14 to express playful flirtation and humor in sometimes whimsical and biting prose.

According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually

sent the first valentine greeting to a young girl—possibly his jailor’s daughter—who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is questionable, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a romantic figure.

The oldest known Valentine's Day message in the English language was uncovered by the British Library. Written in Norfolk in 1470, the Valentine message celebrates the love of Margery Brews for her imprisoned fiancé, John Paston. A library spokesman said that, while the language used to word them may have

changed, the sentiments expressed in the message would find sympathy with many people living today.

“And if you command me to keep me true wherever I go, indeed I will do all my might you to love and never anyone else.

And if my friends say that I do amiss, they shall not stop me from doing so.

My heart me bids evermore to love you truly over all earthly things.”

In 1590, Sir Edmund Spenser is said to have coined a phrase which is used in many valentine cards today:

In the 18th century, the poem turned into a nursery rhyme:

“She bath’d with roses red and violets blue and all the sweetest flowers, that in the forrest grew.”
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blue, the honey’s sweet and so are you.”

If ancient Rome was the beginning of Valentine's Day, the English Victorians created the holiday we know today.

In 1840, with Great Britain’s introduction of the Uniform Penny Post, valentine cards could be mailed for just one penny, and the mass produced valentine card was born.

Initially, these were handmade. Lovers would decorate paper with romantic symbols including flowers and love knots, often including puzzles and lines of poetry. Those who were less inspired could buy books that offered the appropriate language and images to curry favor with their lovers. These cards were then slipped under a door or tied to a door knocker.

Some Victorians created special valentines from material purchased at a stationer’s shop: lace, bits of mirror, bows

and ribbons, seashells and seeds, gold and silver foil appliqués, silk flowers, and printed mottoes like “Be Mine” and “Constant and True.”

For those on not so good terms, or who wanted to fend off an unwanted suitor, “vinegar valentines” offered a stinging alternative.

“To My Valentine / ‘Tis a lemon that I hand you and bid you now ‘skidoo,’ Because I love another— there is no chance for you.”

Another depicts a woman dousing an unsuspecting man with a bucket of water. “Here’s a cool reception,” it warns, telling the “old fellow” that he “best stop away.”

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Americans probably began exchanging handmade valentines in the early 1700s.

In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Esther, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.”

valentines while the assembly group was responsible for carefully copying each card. Esther also hired women who worked from home to prepare a box with all the materials required. A week later, they would be picked up by a driver and turned over to Esther for their inspection. It's been said that her girls were paid "liberally" and that work was pleasant.” She also would inspect every card that was produced by her assistants. Her early cards contained short four line verses pasted inside much like earlier English valentines. This setup would eventually become standard for the valentine market. Although Valentine's Day cards had been available in America for more than half a century before Esther started her business, she was the first person to ever commercialize them in America.

printed cards were à la mode for many years. Today, the craze of handmade has cycled back around and cards of all shapes, sizes, colors and patterns are created, given, sold and purchased every year come the season of love. According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 145 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest cardsending holiday of the year –1.6 billion cards are sent at Christmas.

When Esther first began creating valentine cards, elaborate greeting cards were imported from Europe and not affordable to many Americans. Determined that she could make a better valen tine, she developed a thriving business in Worcester, Massachusetts, using an assembly line. Esther was in charge of cut ting the basic design for the individual

Valentine's Day cards have changed over time. With the invention of print

In addition to the United States and the United Kingdom, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico,

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Dating, or “Courting” Through the Years

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Happenings discusses the evolution of dating.

Dating or “courting,” as it was called in earlier history, involved a gentleman intentionally spending time with a young lady, usually both members of the same community. Some courtships were arranged by parents, often with financial status as a prerequisite. The young couple would simultaneously get to know each other and evaluate for marriage. The courting was often conducted in the young lady’s home with her family present.

In the 1930s and 40s, dating shifted to places like dance halls, restaurants and theaters. Dating activities also included going on picnics, seeing movies (especially at drive-in theaters), dancing, listening to live music, dining out and visiting bars. Couples met at school, work, weddings and through friends (haven’t we all heard,“My cousin/ friend/ coworker would

be great for you!”) The gentleman picked up the tab for any dating expenses.

Today couples connect on dating apps, such as Tinder and Bumble, that geographi cally match available candidates who are looking for love. Share a few fun facts and photos of yourself and you might find that your next Friday night drink is around the corner! Dating apps became even more popular with the pandemic when the only chance to meet someone was a fleeting encounter at the pharmacy or grocery store. The only way to tell if that attractive person in the vitamin aisle was smiling at you was to see if the eyes were crinkling above a mask. Meeting up for dinner or drinks in busy restaurants turned into having dinner or drinks on Zoom. Suddenly everyone knew what it felt like to be in a long distance relationship!

The way couples communicate certainly has changed a great deal also. In the past, with landline-only phones, privacy was limited! Gentlemen would “telephone” the lady’s home to ask for a minute to chat. No telling who might pick up on the other end while sweet nothings were being whispered. Today, text messaging, Instagram Direct Messages, FaceTime video calls and even Snapchat conversations are all forms of staying in touch with your crush without having anyone else know!

While women have become a great deal more comfortable exuding confidence, many still expect the man to initiate the first date. Decades ago, when a young lady returned from a first date, she would be expected to tell her parents how it went and if she anticipated a second call from the gentleman. Either candidate now can certainly take more initiative and that is a welcome sign of the times.

Now Happenings wants to hear from you. Share a fun dating experience and you just might be featured in a future issue! Email us at info@happeningspa.com H

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Should I contribute to my 401(k) plan at work?

Should I contribute to my 401(k) plan at work? The answer Unless you absolutely cannot afford to set aside any dollars whatsoever, you should contribute to your employer's 401(k) plan. A 401(k) plan is one of the most powerful tools you can use to save for your retirement. The first benefit is that your pre-tax contributions to a 401(k) plan are not taxed as current income. They come right off the top of your salary before taxes are withheld. This reduces your taxable income, allowing you to pay less in taxes each year. You'll eventually pay taxes on amounts contributed when you withdraw money from the plan, but you may be in a lower tax bracket by then. You may even qualify for a partial tax credit for amounts contributed.

Furthermore, money held in a 401(k) plan grows tax deferred. The investment earnings on plan assets are not taxed as long as they remain inside the plan. Only when you withdraw those earnings will you pay taxes on them (again, possibly at a lower rate). In the meantime, tax-deferred growth gives you the opportunity to build a substantial 401(k) balance over the long term, depending on investment performance.

If you're lucky, your employer will match your contributions up to a certain level (e.g., 50 cents on the dollar up to 6% of your salary). You typically become vested in your employer's contributions and related earnings through years of service (the details depend on the plan). Employer contributions are also pre-tax and are basically free money (once you're vested), so you should try to take full advantage of them. If you fail to make contributions and receive no match, you are actually walking away from money your employer is offering to you.

Finally, 401(k)s are a very convenient and reliable way to save. You decide what percentage of your salary to contribute, up to allowable limits. Your contributions are deducted automatically from your paycheck each pay period. Because the money never passes through your hands, there's no temptation to spend it or skip a contribution here and there. Most plans allow for contributions as small as 1% of your pay.

Note: Your employer may also allow you to make after-tax "Roth" contributions to your 401(k) plan. Because your Roth contributions are after tax, they don't reduce your current taxable income like pre-tax contributions. But because they're after-tax, your Roth contributions are always tax free when paid out to you. The main attraction of Roth 401(k) contributions is that the earnings on your contributions are

also tax free if your distribution is "qualified." In general, a distribution is qualified if it is made more than five years after the year you make your first Roth 401(k) contribution, and you are either 591⁄2 or disabled when you receive the payment. H

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When you engage in an advisory relationship, you will pay an asset-based fee which encompasses, among other things, a defined investment strategy, ongoing monitoring, and performance reporting. Your Financial Advisor will serve in a fiduciary capacity for your advisory accounts. For more information about Janney, please see Janney’s Relationship Summary (Form CRS) on www.janney.com/crs, which details all material facts about the scope and terms of our relationship with you and any potential conflicts of interest.

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Bringing world class hair styles to NEPa

Mary Koczwara has been a licensed cosmetologist for more than 25 years. In 2010 she opened her salon, Mary Koczwara Hair Studio at 318 Davis St. in Clarks Summit.

A resident of South Abington Township, Mary is married to John and is the mother of Alexis and Lauren.

Mary trained at Keystone Beauty School in Scranton where she learned the basics of the profession and earned her cosmetology license. After working at several hair salons, she made the decision to go on her own.

"Throughout my professional career, I focused on not only maintaining my

skills but continuing to evolve by keeping up with current trends. I have enhanced my skills by training in New York City and attending the training academy. I have also studied elsewhere in the United States including in California and internationally in Paris and London. I also meet with and exchange ideas with a network of stylists.”

“The key to success, she said, “is that you cannot become stale and keep performing the same cut as trends change so frequently in hair fashion."

Each day in her life is different. “I have built a relationship with local clientele and clients who make a long commute to utilize my services. I guess this is a result of my skill and desire

to bring world-class expertise to Northeast Pennsylvania. My parents provided me with a strong work ethic and I really don't think of my day as working but rather as an opportunity to express my artistic talents. Knowing that others have challenging lives due to family or professional commitments, I extend my day to provide service to my clients. I do get tired but my love of the profession drives me to keep going. However, when I get home, I love to enjoy a relaxing dinner with my husband and then spend time with our cocker spaniel 'Rosie.'"

Mary's fashion travels have provided her with the opportunity to see and experience changes before they migrate to our area. "I

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am a sponge of knowledge when I am training, not only witnessing these changes but continually developing my skills to give my clientele what they will eventually see on television, online or in a magazine. You need to realize that styles come and go but each time they are different."

She noted that there's really no specific style for long or short hair. "Each person is unique with individual facial features, hair length and texture which ties into how they personally want to look. I strive to offer my professional knowledge to each client to creatively match today's trends with their features to create the look they are seeking. Each year, colorization and styles are made popular by clothing or general fashion trends. People see certain styles on television, online or in a magazine that piques their personal interest. Frequently people will come to the salon with a photo on their cellphone and want to look that way. Sometimes it is easily done but there are also limitations to what their hair or features allow."

Mary said she truly loves her clientele and the opportunity to make someone feel good about themselves and walk out of the salon feeling better than when they arrived.

“Everyone I help has a different challenge in life. I love being able to allow my clients to leave their diffi-

culties at the door and enjoy a moment to themselves,” she said. Mary works independently to provide personalized service in an intimate and private setting where her clients can relax and feel pampered. “I have created a warm and soothing environment with big front windows that let in natural light. The ambience offers comforting background music, soft colors and fragrance that soothes the mind," she said.

Mary specializes in all aspects of hair design including hair treatments, cutting, coloring, foiling, highlighting and blowouts. "Rather than try to offer more services, I continually strive to be a master of my trade," she said.

"At the end of the day, I love going out to a nice dinner with my husband or with my Thursday night dinner group and having someone else provide me with exceptional service. My sister and I, along with our mother who passed away in February 2021, started a weekly dinner night

out every Thursday. Although my mom is no longer with us, we continue our tradition which has expanded since covid restrictions have eased.

There are four to six of us enjoying a girls night out at different local establishments. I love when my daughters are home and we can enjoy some time together."

In her spare time and to her husband’s consternation, she said, while laughing: “I love to shop for new clothing or household items."

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Leadership Lackawanna Fundraiser

Saddle up! Leadership Lackawanna’s Core Program Class of 2023 is holding a fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse in Dickson City on February 13 from 3-10 p.m. Support the group’s West Scranton Jr. Invaders Project. Texas Roadhouse is donating 10% of all food orders on that day to support the cause. (Mention the project when you dine.)

The project aims to raise funds to help revitalize the West Scranton Jr. Invaders Sports Complex. Renovations will include significant improvements to the team’s press box currently in need of structural and cosmetic updates to help provide a safe, accessible and attractive space. Businesses and individuals can also donate directly to the sports complex revitalization efforts.

www.leadershiplackawanna.com/donate

Leadership Lackawanna’s “West Scranton Junior Invaders” project team includes Ariana Argust, Allied Services; Kristin Bender, Gertrude Hawk Chocolates; Kelley Dougherty Laird, Fidelity Bank; Ted Kowalick, FNCB Bank; Carmelo Rivera, El Coqui Construction LLC; Patrick Ruane, Tobyhanna Army Depot; Gerard Walsh, The Azek Company.

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Organization - Providing opportunity for young players to develop, and maintain a healthy, active sports environment during the football season. Four levels of age/skill play. D to A teams.

Scranton Jr. Invaders Youth Football

ABOUT AUGUST WILSON

August Wilson was an American playwright best known for his extraordinary cycle of 10 plays that chronicle the 20th century African-American experience. All but one of Wilson’s masterful plays are set in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, the working-class neighborhood of his birth in 1945. Each play is set in a different decade and collectively became known as the American Century Cycle. “Put them all together,” Wilson once said, “and you have a history.” Following Wilson’s death in 2005, the Virginia Theatre in New York City’s Broadway Theater District was renamed the August Wilson Theatre. It is the first Broadway theatre to bear the name of an African-American.

February is Black History Month

Revisions, or standing where the deep waters of everything back up, blown glass, ceramic, oxygen, 19th- century photograph, 2018, Shikeith Part of the 2018 exhibition Familiar Boundaries: Infinite Possibilities curated by Kilolo Luckett Photo by Joey Kennedy

AugustWilson african american cultural center

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary arts center open to all. It celebrates the African American journey and presents its unique and extraordinary role in the creation of popular culture in America and beyond.

The non-profit August Wilson African American Cultural Center is one of the largest cultural organizations in the country focused exclusively on the African American experience, and through its mission is dedicated to sharing the African American experience and presenting artistic expression that reflects the prestige, authority and vision illuminated in the work of August Wilson. The Center also represents the rich history of his birthplace, Pittsburgh, and shares the unique perspective of its inhabitants. Through festivals, exhibitions and programs, the center aims to inspire all people to see Black creativity and innovation as an impetus for heartfelt human connection.

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center is located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh at 980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15222. awaacc.org

Photo: AWAACC The August Wilson African American Cultural Center Photo: AWAACC

Dancers from CIRCLES: Going in by Staycee Pearl and Soy Sos. At AWAACC, collaborations are at the core of the work.

Partnered with Kelly Strayhorn Theatre and PearlArts to debut this world premiere dance work.

The iconic Patti LaBelle headlining the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival (PIJF).This festival pays homage to Pittsburgh’s robust and historical jazz scene while connecting audiences to one of August Wilson’s principle inspirations, music.

Photo by Tara Geyer Photo by Joey Kennedy Shot of the audience at one of AWAACC’s numerous yearly events. Photo by Joey Kennedy

jessica Care moore per- forming at the annual Poetry Unplugged.This signature event is one that celebrates the impact of some of our richest black history, namely the life and legacy of Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.and Juneteenth.

Photo by Joey Kennedy

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Scranton native serves community by filling cavities –and gaps in dental workforce

To become a dentist, Dr. Caitlin McCarthy reluctantly left her family and native Northeast Pennsylvania community, devoting four years to a dental school in Philadelphia and one year to residency training in the Lehigh Valley.

Her heart, however, remained in Scranton.

Today the West Scranton High School alumna – who says she had been “inching back” to her hometown through a succession of early-career jobs – is finally in the place she wants to be, working for a Scranton-based nonprofit organization whose mission matches her personal philosophy of putting patients first: The Wright Center for Community Health.

“The mission connects to my core values,” says McCarthy, 33. “I’m able to give my patients the

care that I think they need, because with The Wright Center’s emphasis on access and affordability – and its sliding-fee discount program – we can make things happen for people. It’s not all about that bottom line.”

McCarthy joined The Wright Center in October 2019, jumping at the chance to help launch a dental clinic at its startup Scranton practice in the city’s South Side neighborhood. Today, the busy dental clinic serves a diverse patient population that appeals to McCarthy’s blue-collar sensibilities, including Medicaid users and individuals from traditionally underserved populations who often face challenges in getting routine oral care.

About 120 dental patients are seen each week at the Scranton practice. As is the case at many area dental offices, the wait for

an initial appointment can be weeks – an unfortunate circumstance caused by a shortage of dentists in Northeast Pennsylvania.

McCarthy can attest to how the situation frustrates patients who are left with few places to turn. “I’ve had a lot of patients come in because their dentist stopped taking their insurance,” she says. “I also have had a lot of patients come in because their dentist’s office closed when the COVID-19 pandemic began.”

To help meet the demand for affordable, high-quality care, The Wright Center operates two state-of-the-art dental clinics, in Scranton and Jermyn, and will soon open a third clinic at its Wilkes-Barre Practice at 169 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

The Wright Center also has

expanded its oral care services beyond basic cleanings and fillings and significantly increased its workforce, hiring skilled and compassionate dentists like McCarthy, as well as hygienists, assistants and support staff. Together, these professionals use a patient-centered approach to care. They will ask the individual’s treatment preferences in cases, for example, where the options are to pull a deteriorated tooth or preserve it. They will

also talk to a patient about the treatment’s expense and payment options.

Under Pennsylvania’s current system, Medicaid typically doesn’t cover crowns, root canals and other advanced procedures. The dental team will help the patient to explore other avenues of making the services affordable, including the organization’s sliding-fee discount program that is based on family size and income.

Bringing it home

Not surprisingly, McCarthy considered attending only dental schools near her hometown, so she could easily get home on weekends. She studied at The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, enticed there partly by what she could learn beyond the classroom walls. “I felt Penn had a lot of good outreach programs and community service requirements – things that

would get me out of the dental chair and into the community,” she says.

McCarthy earned her degree in 2015, then completed a general practice residency at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Muhlenberg Hospital. Now married and living in Jenkins Township, McCarthy looks forward to introducing her own daughter, who is 1, to the places and pastimes she experienced while growing up.

Meanwhile, she gets to help train and mentor the next generation of dentists.

She serves as the program director for an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency, offered locally through a partnership with NYU Langone Dental Medicine. Since 2021, The Wright Center has served as a Northeast Pennsylvania training site for NYU’s dental residents, welcoming about two each year into its Scranton-area clinics.

Call 570.230.0019 or visit TheWrightCenter.org/services for more information.H

Oh Boy!

Introducing Baby Terrence Finnegan Gallagher

Terrence Finnegan “Finn” Gallagher, son of Terry Gallagher and Casey Cunningham Gallagher of Scranton, was born three weeks early. He arrived August 19, 2022 weighing five pounds. According to his parents, he came into this world quietly… and smiling. Since many babies come out crying, the lack of noise made his mom and dad a bit nervous. Medical staff assured the con cerned, first-time parents that their son was perfectly healthy; he was just a very happy and content baby! Months later Finn is still the same pleasant baby who barely cries and smiles all the time.

Finn is the eighth grandchild on the Gallagher side and the sixth grandson. He is the fifth grandchild on the Cunningham side and became the tie breaker joining two grandsons and granddaughters.

Not only does Finn have the greatest smile that he enjoys sharing with anyone he meets, but he was also born with the cutest dimples. Finn’s dimples and blue eyes come from Mommy but most family members on both sides agree that Finn looks just like his Daddy did at that age especially with big, cheeks. He was born with a head full of dark hair but lost most of it,

although it is now growing back.

Finn is a very big fan of music and lights. Casey says that he used to dance a lot in her belly whenever music was playing and he now enjoys dancing when any type of music is played. He received a kickmat with lights and a piano for Christmas which is currently his favorite form of entertainment. Finn is also a very big fan of looking at himself in the mirror at tubby time. In fact mom says that if she let him, he would probably enjoy looking at himself in the mirror in the tub all day. Finn has mastered holding up his own head and has become a very chatty boy.

Holidays have been a big part of Finn’s life thus far. For Halloween he was the Grinch. He enjoyed spending time with extended family at Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve. He loves to stay up late and “visit”

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with family. He also loves to be on the move and in motion.

The very first person with whom Casey shared her pregnancy news was her Grandmother Madelyn, who passed away a month later.

Although they never officially met, Casey can’t help but think that she has been watching over Finn always, ensuring his safe arrival and happy disposition.

Terry and Casey are so excited to

see what the future holds for their delightful boy. They love to see him grow each and every day. “He truly is our greatest gift. We are thrilled to share our happy baby with Happenings’ readers.” H

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Bundle of Joy!

become the best of friends.

“Our biggest hope for our daughter in the future is for happiness and strength in whatever she decides to do or be. Our concerns about her growing up in this world is just making sure she’s secure in knowing her family will always be behind her no matter what obstacles present themselves.”

Perri Anna Granahan was a name that really stood out to her mom and dad before she was born. “We really loved the way it sounded,” the

Perri Anna Granahan was born May 3, 2022 to Anthony and Casey Granahan. Now at 8 months old she loves to clap, crawl, laugh and smile no matter what is going on around her. Perri loves her big sister Suzie Lee (age 5) and fol lows her around the house. She tries to play with her and engage in whatever big sis is doing. Perri’s favorite foods include mangos and peas. She is already pulling herself up onto the couch and trying her hardest to walk.

Perri’s mom, Casey, says that her baby daughter is “a determined and loving soul who constantly shines through in her personality. She is a people person for sure and loves when the family all gets together. Perri makes everyone around her smile and is the life of the party.”

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Introducing Baby Perri Granahan

parents said. Perri’s middle name is after her grandmother Deborah Anna Granahan.

Country Inns and B&Bs

KEUKA LAKESIDE INN

Hammondsport’s exclusive lakefront accommodations on the shores of Keuka Lake. This Inn offers 17 comfortable rooms and spectacular views with an on-site boat launch and docking available. Find us on Facebook and at 24 Water St., Hammondsport, NY 14840. (607) 569-2600, www.keukalakesideinn.com

Women and Girls in Sports

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All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

J.R.R. Tolkien 1892 -1973

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As the only womanowned ski shop in PA, Ski Shack has been serving adventure-loving NEPA families the best in gear, rentals and service for 40 years. Owner, Melissa Roberts, is on a mission to share her passion for nature and make outdoor activities accessible for everyone.

Located on Montage Mountain Road in Moosic, Ski Shack offers a family-focused service experience — including affordable

season rentals, junior trade-in program and a kid’s play area.

Ski Shack also organizes workshops, classes and meet-ups to help support the growing local outdoor community and bring people together in nature.

Ski Shack

About Melissa Roberts:

A proud NEPA native and lifelong outdoor explorer, Melissa Roberts grew up ski racing at Montage Mountain before switching to snowboarding in the 1990s. Her passion for the sport carried into her wedding, where she was married on her snowboard at a slopeside chapel in Stowe, Vermont.

As an entrepreneur and busy mother to two young boys, Roberts takes a personal, familyforward approach to business, and only offers carefully curated items that meet her rigorous standards for durability, performance, environmental sustainability and high style.

Q and A with Melissa Roberts

As early as possible! If you start while they are toddlers (a.k.a. still in diapers), you don’t need to rush to the bathroom and remove layers of gear every time.

Inexpensive ski/snowboard equipment designed for home use can introduce little ones to wearing clunky gear and therefore ease the process when you actually get to the mountain.

When is the best time to introduce kids to skiing or snowboarding?
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Fun fact: Roberts and her husband snowboarded to their wedding ceremony held slopeside in Stowe, Vermont.

How do you plan for a successful day on the slopes with kids?

Accommodate your child’s routine as much as possible. Plan your time on the mountain around their naptimes and mealtimes. Bring a favorite object or comfort toy to incorporate into the experience. Be proactive and stop for a break before a melt down starts. Prioritize a positive experience rather than specific, quantifiable goals.

What kid-friendly gear do you recommend for winter activities?

There are a variety of products that help young skiers expand their skills on the mountain, such as Edgie Wedgies, Chairlifter harnesses and Slope Ropes. We also carry outerwear with extendable seams that you can let out for a few extra inches when coats or pants become too short.

How do you get kids to actually wear their winter clothing?

Make sure to work around your kids’ interests and quirks regarding comfort and clothing. Let them pick out their gear, particularly the items that provide safety and warmth, such as gloves or a helmet. If they pick it out, they will be more likely to wear it.

What are some money-saving tips for the slopes?

Join a school or community ski club for discounted tickets. Take advantage of deeply discounted season passes offered by resorts at the beginning or end of each season. Kids under 5 years of age ski free at Montage, Elk Mountain and many other PA resorts. When it comes to ski and snowboard rentals, getting your gear from an off-mountain ski shop will often save you money. If you ski more than five times each winter, seasonal rentals offer a better value vs. renting each time, especially for growing kids. H

Life! (In the Bleak Midwinter)

*In the Bleak Midwinter is a poem by

published in 1872. In 1906,

Gustav Holst created the melody for the song we know today.

When we think about winter, images of hot cocoa, fireplaces and reading books while cuddled up on the couch come to mind. When cold months restrict our typical outdoor activities, it’s easy to forget that there are fun outdoor options, even in winter. We hope to inspire you to bundle up and get outside!

It is crucial to stay active in a time when people

are spending more time in their homes. We often overlook the benefits of interacting with nature, especially during winter when it’s tempting to reach for a cozy blanket!

It’s easy to get in our daily dose of fresh air in the summer, but it’s even more important in the wintertime when we are cooped up inside. The air in our homes is usually more polluted than we think, with household

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cleaners, chemicals and electronics contributing to indoor pollution. There are also higher levels of carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) indoors. Staying inside in the winter can be cozy, but it can also lead to sickness. Sharing unventilated space with others helps germs spread more easily and the dry air in our

homes can help bacteria live longer.

Not only does getting outside help us breathe easier, it exposes us to Vitamin D from the sun. The sun doesn’t always like to show its face in Northeast PA winters, but every bit of sunlight helps! Vitamin D can boost your mood and immune sys-

tem! Some research even suggests that Vitamin D can reduce cancer risk. In a time when seasonal depression can rear its ugly head, exposure to Vitamin D is important for mood stabilization.

Exercise is crucial in winter months, when people are walking less. Exercising outdoors in the winter can help boost metabolism, since our body works harder to stay warm. It can also reduce our risk of serious disease. Exercise not only helps us stay physically well, but it helps improve mental well-being, too. Taking a walk outside can boost endorphins, serotonin and dopamine, which are all chemicals in the brain that, when released, increase feelings of happiness and positivity.

Spending time outside in general, but especially in the winter, can reduce stress levels. Environmental psychologists have long pointed to nature as a remedy for the stresses of everyday life. Going for a simple hike is a sure way to reduce stress and stay healthy, both mentally and physically!

While it is important for everyone to get outdoors, it can be even more important for children, who may have a more difficult time staying indoors. Trekking outside with your kids is the perfect opportunity to connect with them without the distractions of work, school and technology. Studies show that children who spend more time outside display more versatile problem solving skills. Time in nature also encourages rich, imaginative creative thinking and play. Bundle up, grab your family and head outside!

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Winning

thletics plays an important role at Penn State Scranton, offering an array of opportunities in varsity, team, club and intramural sports for both men and women. The campus is also a member of the Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).

This past fall, two Penn State Scranton women earned top national honors at the 2022 USCAA Cross Country National Championship in Virginia Beach.

Assistant Director of Athletics, Intramurals and Recreation/Head Cross Country/Track and Field Coach Sara Rinkunas was named Men’s Coach of the Year, and nursing student Megan Lucey was named Female Student Athlete of the Year.

Rinkunas took over the cross country programs in 2019 with the goals of increasing numbers on campus while also raising awareness and interest throughout the PSUAC and USCAA conferences.

“I was able to serve on both PSUAC and USCAA Cross Country and Track and Field committees, which put me in a good spot for being able to advocate for runners and learn about other teams in the conferences, and build relationships with other coaches and learn and share ideas,” Rinkunas said.

One of the biggest hurdles she faced was not being able to have her teams participate in events year-round. However, a new campus Track and Field Club, which competed at the National USCAA in Spring 2022, made that possi-

ble and increased the team’s visibility.

“That opportunity, and year-round conditioning and activity through that programming, mixed with recruiting locally, has helped our men's team achieve the numbers and put in the work to improve,” Rinkunas said.

She and her assistant coach, Robert Murphy, focused on making the team a cohesive, successful squad who pushed each other every day, with the goal of earning the PSUAC title and placing in the top five at the national championships. Her next goal is to bring the women's team back into the game, build their numbers and develop individual and squad focus, in order to have two successful campus cross country programs next fall — complimented by track and field in the spring.

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“I was not expecting to get an award for this. However, I am honored; I put in a lot of work into not only trying to make our men's program better, but increasing interest, numbers and visibility for the entire conference cross country and track and field programs.”

A competitive runner since high school, Rinkunas continues to compete in local road races. Many times Penn State Scranton’s team join her. Some team members will be running with her in the Scranton HalfMarathon in April.

“I think still being a runner and engaging in practices and conditioning with them for race training puts me at an advantage to better understanding what they can handle and are going through both physically and mentally. My team motivates and helps me be a better person and runner every day. We coach each other over any hurdle,” Rinkunas said.

Megan Lucey – Female Athlete of the Year

Lucey, a captain for Penn State Scranton’s women’s cross country team, has not only medaled at many invitationals, finishing in the Top 10 of PSUAC runners for numerous seasons, but is also a standout student on campus, who is involved in everything from academic clubs and activities to making a difference in the health care field.

Lucey admits that she was never an athlete until joining the campus’ cross country team in 2019. “I decided to give it a try after meeting with Coach Rinkunas and talking to her about the sport. I let her know I wasn’t much of a runner, as I’d only run on a treadmill occasionally before joining the team, but she was very welcoming and said I

could give it a try.”

Lucey has been on the team ever since, improving her skills as a runner so much that it led to her national award. “This award isn’t something I was planning to achieve, although I am very grateful to have earned it.”

When she first started running, one of her only goals was to be able to finish a 6k race without needing to stop and walk. “I did achieve that goal and improved so much to have even earned a few medals from being a top finisher,” Lucey said. “To me, this award shows how far I have come as a student athlete and that you can get better at something if you keep practicing consistently.”

Having an abundance of coursework as a nursing student, Lucey makes sure to balance her academic and extracurricular activities by planning her schedule in advance. “It helps so that I can get my academic work done efficiently and also have time for extracurriculars,” she said.

She credits the support and encouragement she received from her teammates and Rinkunas with getting her to where she is today. “I am forever grateful that my coach believed in me and helped me improve a little bit every day at practice. She helped me grow from someone who could not run a 6k without walking, to being a national student athlete of the year!” she exclaimed. “Without Coach Sara and my team, I wouldn’t be a runner at all.”

In addition to her most recent award, Lucey is also a two-time PSUAC John Fritz Sportsmanship Award recipient, three-time USCAA National All-Academic, and fourtime PSUAC Academic AllConference recipient.

“It is my favorite sport and I enjoy that it motivates me to try to do better with each race and beat my previous time,” she said. Post-graduation, Lucey plans to continue running, although not competitively. H

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Rock N’ Roll Gymnastics Academy

n 2006, Lauren Dennis created a gymnastics program in the Back Mountain to raise money to go on a missionary trip for underprivileged in Managua, Nicaragua. What she thought would be a one-time program turned into a way of life. Her business grew and expanded three times. Currently Lauren owns and operates a full-size gymnastics studio in the Westmoreland Business Center, Shavertown. Gymnastics classes are offered to over 150 students on a weekly basis. Classes offered include: Mommy & Me, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Competition and Ninja Warrior Classes. Individual private lessons, birthday parties

and summer camps are also offered.

Rock N' Roll Gymnastic Academy is comprised of a team of dedicated coaches who enjoy investing their time into children’s lives. Rock N' Roll Gymnastic Academy is a member of American Gymnastics Leagues and two of their coaches are USA Gymnastics Certified. For Lauren one of her favorite aspects of owning her business is watching the impact that it has on so many people in the community. “I have watched countless friendships form, confidence develop in both students and coaches and children

thriving from belonging to a team. The philosophy at my studio is to empower the students to develop and excel by encouraging them to believe in themselves, practice diligently and to work together as a team. The spirit of the team is very encouraging and positive. It is very heartwarming to be a part of such a great group of individuals.”

A few of the coaches were former gymnasts that Lauren instructed when they were children. For Lauren it has been very fulfilling to watch them grow as

gymnasts, develop their own sense of responsibility and flourish into amazing coaches.

Lauren strongly believes in the value of education. In addition to owning the gymnastics studio, she has worked in the field

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of education for the past 13 years. She graduated from King’s College with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. She subsequently, earned professional certificates in fitness and exercise and small business management from Ashworth University. She is currently almost halfway finished with completing her PhD in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University. She worked as a physical education, Spanish, English as a second language and technology teacher and served as the President/Head of School at Rock Solid Academy for three years. For nearly 5

years, she has worked as the regional representative at PA Cyber Charter School where over 11,000 students across the state of Pennsylvania are served.

Her favorite part of life is spending time with her family and watching her girls grow

and develop interests of their own. “I am very fortunate to have a platform to speak into the lives of so many children. Many individuals need someone to encourage, inspire and believe in them and if I can impact just a few lives, then I know I am fulfilling my calling in life.” H

Contact Lauren: 570-592-8638 • Find us on Facebook! rocknrollgymnastics.com Group Classes Monday – Saturday Ages 18 months to 16-years-old Private Lessons Available Competition Team USA Gymnastics Certified Coaches Ask about Birthday Parties and Summer Camps! HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH 106 South Lehigh Street, Shavertown, PA COVID Safety Practices in Place February 2023 HappeningsPA.com 77

a Passion for

t is said that if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life. It is also said that if you love what you do and feel excited about it, you have a passion. You tackle each day with focus and find purpose in what you do. I have a passion for health and wellness and coaching a healthy lifestyle! I know first-hand the amazing benefits of eating clean (80/20) daily exercise and the healthy effect it has on my mind and body. I also have a passion for helping others learn how to plan, prepare and live a healthy lifestyle. I share this passion with everyone from my kids to my community. Love yourself enough to exercise, eat healthy and calm your mind. H

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Mix all together. Spread into 8x8 glass baking dish. Top with ½ cup shredded cheese (Mexican blend or mozzarella.) Bake 15 min at 350 degrees. Serve with carrot sticks, cucumber slices and peppers.

PERSONAL TRAINING SEMI PRIVATE TRAINING SMALL GROUP TRAINING NUTRITION COACHING GUIDED MEDITATION SMOOTHIE BAR Jackie Kerekes, Owner NASM CPT, NASM FNS 513 S. State St., Village Square Clarks Summit, PA trainingattheloft.com 570-332-8519 Healthy living Red Hot Buffalo Chicken Dip 16 oz plain greek yogurt 1 cup chopped celery 1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch dip ½ rotisserie chicken, shredded 8 oz bottle of wing sauce
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National Chili Day

We asked our readers who has their favorite chili. Here is what they said...

Moscow Elk Mountain Ski Resort, Union Dale H P. J. Scanlan’s, Scranton

12 oz smoked salmon 15 oz can of black beans - drained 4 T diced sweet onion 2 T fresh garlic - chopped finely 1 T vegetable oil 15 oz diced Roma tomatoes 15.25 oz sweet yellow corn - canned 1 t cayenne pepper - use more or less based on the level of heat desired 2 T ancho chili powder 1 T chipotle Sea salt and organic black pepper - to taste 1/2 cup 2 oz. low-fat Mexican cheese blend, shredded 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream 2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro - optional 1 ripe Haas Avocado - diced 1 small red onion - diced

Sauté onions over medium heat until softened and translucent. Sauté garlic over medium-low heat until just beginning to change color: do not allow it to burn. Add beans, corn, and tomato to saucepan; stir in salmon, cayenne, ancho chili powder, chipotle, onions, and garlic. Simmer on low for 15 to 20 minutes. Break salmon into chunks and add to pot. Cook until salmon is heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide chili among four bowls. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons cheese, 1 tablespoon sour cream, diced avocado, diced red onion and 1/2 tablespoon cilantro.

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Smoked Salmon Chili Compliments of Cooper’s Seafood House
Margarita Day ***************************************** Alter House, Spicy Margarita, Clarks Summit CK’s Cantina, Watermelon Margarita, Dallas Cooper’s Seafood House, Watermelon Margarita, Scranton The Flying Taco Mexican Grill, Towanda La Tolteca, Wilkes-Barre La Tonalteca, Scranton Rossi’s Ristorante, Archbald Tequila!, Scranton Zaleski’s Clubhouse, Scranton ***************************************** February 22 is We asked our readers which restaurant has their favorite Margarita. Here is what they said... February 2023 HappeningsPA.com 81

Everyone knows that chocolate is a classic on Valentine’s Day. Something about its smooth, decadent flavor makes it a bit sensual, especially when sharing it with someone special. Add strawberries for variation and it is a delicious no-bake dessert.

Chocolate

Preparation

To make cookie crust: Add Oreos to bowl of food processor and pulse until fine crumbs. Transfer crumbs to a medium bowl, add melted butter and mix until well combined. Press the mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of an 11-inch tart pan. Place crust in the refrigerator for one hour before adding filling.

To make ganache filling: Chop chocolate (if large pieces) and place in a heat-proof bowl with cream. Microwave and heat until cream boils. Whisk until smooth and chocolate is melted. Pour filling into prepared cookie crust. Place in refrigerator until set, about 4-6 hours or overnight. It is best to make tart ahead of time. When ganache is set, top chocolate tart with whipped cream or cool whip. Variations: Top tart with sliced strawberries and drizzle with chocolate. Substitute graham crackers for Oreo cookie crust if less chocolate flavor is preferred.

Chocolate Cookie Crust: 36 Oreos 1 stick unsalted butter, melted Ganache Filling: 12 oz. good quality bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate* 1 ½ cups cream (Light or Heavy) *Good quality (gourmet) chocolate is a must for this recipe!
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Fettuccine Alfredo is named after Alfredo di Lelio, who created it in Rome in 1907-1908 to help his wife regain her appetite after giving birth. He owned a restaurant, where Fettuccine Alfredo became a customer favorite and attracted many American celebrities. It was expected that the dish was prepared at the customers' table, right in front of them.

February 2023 HappeningsPA.com 83 NATIONAL FETTUCCINI ALFREDO DAY February 7 is MENDICINO’S PIZZA Covington Township OLIVE GARDEN Dickson City Preno's (back in the day) Arc angelo's or Russell's (today) RAGNACCI’S Dunmore Roma pizza Dickson City SIDEL’S Scranton VALENTI’S Exeter Arcaro and Genell Old Forge Armetta’s Clarks Summit CASA BELLA Scranton COLARUSSO’S Jessup Elegante Restaurant Forest City We asked our readers who makes their favorite Fettuccini Alfredo. Here is what they said...

Note! All hours are subject to change without notice. Call ahead, consult website and Facebook pages of each individual restaurant for updated information.

Abbiocco

Try our signature dishes, such as Chicken Abbiocco, manicotti or blackened salmon. BYOB. Text Abbiocco to 51660 to receive our texts every Wednesday or see weekly specials. Tues-Thurs. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., 639 N. Blvd., Clarks Summit. www.abbiocco.net 570-319-9633.

Coney Island Lunch

Try our Texas Wiener with mustard, onions and chili sauce! Tues.-Sun.11 a.m.-3 p.m. 515 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. www.Texas-wiener.com. Delivery by DoorDash! 570-961-9004.

Gresham's Chop House

Steaks, seafood, Italian specialties & more. Book your holiday parties now! Closed Sunday and Monday, Open Tuesday-Saturday at 4 p.m. 570-226-1500 greshamschophouse.com

Northern Light

Espresso

Bar and Café

Downtown Scranton’s original Espresso Bar. Celebrating 20 years! Enjoy locally roasted brewed coffee, Espresso, Tea and more. Grab and go for breakfast and lunch! Fresh baked goods daily! northernlightespresso.com M-F 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. S 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 536 Biden Street, Scranton (formerly Spruce St.)

Pettinato’s Restaurant

Try our grilled salmon in Asian sauce. Take out and delivery. Mon.-Sat. 4-8 p.m., Sun. 4-7 p.m. 78 Dundaff St., Carbondale. 570-282-5860.

Dining around the Region

Sibio’s Restaurant

Our fettuccine Alfredo is a customer favorite! Lunch and dinner regular hours, full menu with specials. 1240 Quincy Ave., Dunmore. Sibiosrestaurant.com 570-346-3172.

Savory Maza

Shish barak special on Wednesdays this season! Indulge in fresh, homemade vegetarian and meat meals, plus daily specials. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 200 N. Main St., Scranton. savorymaza.com 570-969-2666.

Stirna’s

Our Stirnaburger is full 1/4 lb. top choice ground beef with tomato, bacon and American or Swiss on a semi-hard roll. Wed.-Sat. 4 p.m.9 p.m. 120 W. Market St. Scranton. On/off premise catering daily. 570-961-9681. H

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Cooper’s Bisque of Maryland Crab Soup started being offered in the 1960’s as a Friday special. To satisfy popular demand, it was soon offered all the time. Cooper’s crab bisque remains a customer favorite and has even been published in national magazines and cookbooks. Founded in 1948, Cooper’s is a Scranton icon and has hosted many celebrities, including the Clintons, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Jamie Lee Curtis and the cast of "The Office."
The Blue Shutters Restaurant and Bar Modern Dining in a Historic Setting Private Event Specialists Modern American Cuisine We Have Excellent Taste! For reservations and private party availability call 570.842.9497 200 Memorial Drive • Elmhurst, PA • TheBlueShutters.com k k SINCE 1928

NATIONAL Clam Chowder DAY

base, while Manhattan clam chowder has a tomato broth base. Clam chowder is just one soup of several available every day at Cooper’s restaurant. Others served daily include French Onion and New Orleans Alligator Stew. “Our soups are our calling card. The best way to get your meal started is with a cup of soup,” says Jack Cooper, “but most of our soups and stews are hearty and can easily substitute for a meal. “ Jack’s personal favorite soup from childhood is Manhattan Clam Chowder, “because it was my father’s favorite and he created the recipe (that dates back to 1948) that we still use today.” 570-346-6883 www.coopers-seafood.com H

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February 2023 HappeningsPA.com 87 512 S Main Street Old Forge, PA • bellafaccias.com • 570-343-8777 Blissful, Decadent, Romantic Chocolate Covered Strawberries, 23K Dipped Chocolate Roses, Gourmet Chocolate Caramel Apples, Chocolate Gift Boxes, Gift Baskets, DaBomb Cocoa Balls and More... Milk Chocolate • Dark Chocolate White Chocolate • Chocolate Truffles

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Mix the sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla until creamy. Mix together the flour and baking powder. Add the flour mixture a little at a time. Mix into dough ball. Dough will roll out better when it is refrigerated for a few hours. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Roll out portions of the dough on a floured surface to about an 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into heart shapes. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for about 10-15 minutes or until done. Decorate cookies with candy sprinkles, tinted sugar, crushed candy canes or a glazed icing. To make the glazed icing, mix confectioner’s sugar and vanilla. Use enough lemon juice to make the glaze a smooth consistency.

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, peanut butter, sugar and vanilla; beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; stir into butter mixture alternately with milk. Pour into greased and floured pan. Bake at 350°F until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Cool in pan 15 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack. Drizzle cake with Peanut Butter Frosting. Yield: 12 servings (one slice per serving).

Peanut Butter Frosting- In saucepan over low heat, melt 1⁄2 cup each peanut butter and light corn syrup. Stir in 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla; mix until smooth. Makes 1 1⁄2 cups.

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Ingredients: 1 cup butter,softened 3⁄4 cup creamy peanut butter 3 cups sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla 5 eggs 3 cups flour 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder 1⁄2 teaspoon salt 1 cup milk
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At medium speed on mixer, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add flour and nuts. Beat until well blended. Chill the dough. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Using 1 tbsp. of dough, shape it around a chocolate kiss and roll to make a ball. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 12 minutes or until the cookies are set, but not browned. Cool slightly.

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Wayne Bank Supports the Wayne County YMCA

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Wayne Bank recently donated to the Wayne County YMCA. James O. Donnelly, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wayne Bank announced the donation that was made through the Neighborhood Assistance Program – Special Priorities Program (“NAPSPP”).

Representatives from the Wayne County YMCA’s Board of Trustees and Board of Directors accepted a check in the amount of $124,500 from Mr. Donnelly.

The gift was made possible as a result of the NAP-SPP Tax Credit Program offered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, acting through the Department of Community and Economic Development.

“Wayne Bank is so pleased to contribute to the Wayne

County YMCA’s construction project for their new facility,” stated Mr. Donnelly. “The YMCA offers valuable programs that promote healthy living and well-being to our local community, and we are proud to be able to support their mission.”

This contribution will benefit the Wayne County YMCA’s project to construct a brand-new facility, as they have outgrown their current historical building.

Wayne Bank’s commitment will enable the YMCA to complete phase I of the project, which includes the development and completion of engineering/design work including preliminary design, site development plans, development plans and approvals, sewage design and permitting, and PennDot/Township approvals for highway access. This initial phase of the project is critically important to set the stage for completion of the remaining phases of the project

to include final construction.

Wayne County YMCA is a nonprofit agency serving Wayne County for over 40 years. The YMCA offers programs not only at its current facility located on Park Street in Honesdale, but throughout Wayne County as well. The YMCA focuses on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility and programs are offered for all agesfrom preschool to senior citizens. Financial assistance is available to those in need.

Wayne Bank is a subsidiary of Norwood Financial Corp., Member FDIC, and is located in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The Bank has 29 Community Offices serving Wayne, Pike, Monroe, Lackawanna, and Luzerne Counties in Pennsylvania, along with Delaware, Sullivan, Otsego, Ontario, and Yates Counties in New York State, including those offices operating under the Bank of Cooperstown and Bank of the Finger Lakes brands. The stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol— NWFL. H

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LEFT RIGHT: Eric Linde, Paul Edwards, Dan Card, Alice O’Neill (YMCA Board of Trustees); James O. Donnelly, President and CEO, Wayne Bank; and Diane Zintel, Barbara Griggs-Pratt, and Kevin Kay (YMCA Board of Directors).

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McDade

Apartments have provided one-bedroom accommodations for disabled and elderly people over the age of 62 since opening in 1983. Its location in the middle of town, close to shops and churches, provides accessibility and convenience to its residents. Many of the tenants have lived

McDade Chichilla Apartments

in the apartments for over 20 years. “We are a very friendly high rise,” says manager Ruth Hannah. “The neighbors help and the working staff is awesome.” Amenities on-site include a laundry room and a large community room. For disabled tenants, accessibilities include pull cords, wheelchair-accessible elevators, and handrails in hallways. One of the most important values shared at McDade Chichilla is the relationship between the staff and residents. “We value the relationship with our residents,” Hannah says. “Most importantly we must treat each other nicely.” Call 570-489-4756 or email olyphantapts@verizon.net H –Matthew Jellock

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Wesley Village

esley Village offers residents a safe and secure community where they can have peace of mind knowing that… as their needs change, additional services are available right on the same campus. Wesley Village offers the full care continuum including numerous independent living options, both cottage style or apartments, as well as personal care, short term rehab and long term nursing care. Residents can live worryfree without the stress of home maintenance and upkeep. At Wesley Village, residents feel that sense of belonging and are a part of a community. They can be as social and involved as they choose. Residents have access to numerous amenities, dining options, activities and programs right on campus.

Small pets are allowed in the Brooks cottages and residences are able to walk them around the premises (provided they are leashed.)

Throughout the community, programs and activities allow residents to get to know each other. Residents are very friendly and welcoming. Neighbors are often witnessed checking on each other and developing friendships organically based on where they live in the community.

Activities for residents include art, music, exercise, yoga, wellness, social events, parties and community trips. Planned trips include shopping, theater, restaurant outings and ball games.

The community staff of all levels is fully vetted including background checks and clearances. Staff is fully trained and oriented, and ongoing support and education are provided. Wesley typically has staff above required minimums.

In terms of hiring staff, Wesley looks for individuals who are passionate about making a difference and contributing to a mission of providing excellent care with compassion. H

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Tim McGinley: Managing Future Coaches

Tim McGinley was recently inducted into the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame. For over 60 years, he has been involved in scholastic wrestling; 54 years included officiating as well.

Born in Pittston, Tim and his family moved to Kingston after his father's return from the Navy. He became interested in wrestling because of his elder brother Ned. Some of Tim’s elementary teachers were wrestling coaches.

When he was in 8th grade, Tim had a medical condition that prevented him from being on the wrestling team.

Coaches at Kingston High School requested that he become a manager so that he could still be involved in wrestling. "The coaches influenced me," Tim said. "They were excellent role models and very interested in keeping my interest in the sport."

Being a manager allowed Tim to still hang

out with team members, many of whom became close friends. After graduating from high school in1968, he attended Wilkes University. John Reese, the wrestling coach invited him to become a manager. His brother Ned was a starter on Wilkes' wrestling team at the time. Tim credits Reese for his many positive experiences at Wilkes University.

"I became very good friends with the team members and the experience provided many travel opportunities," said Tim. “We went to California, North Dakota, Ohio and several other states for wrestling competitions."

Tim was then appointed as the head wrestling coach at Meyers High School, where he taught his students the values of wrestling, specifically, confidence, self reliance and hard work. For six years, he led his team to both individual and team championships at district, regional and state levels. He garnered four District II Championships and five Wyoming Valley

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Conference Championships.

Some of his wrestlers, such as David Kuhl, Frank Castrignano and Jim Desiderio became coaches themselves.

"Meyers was a great experience," said Tim. "We had great wrestlers and their families. The success at Meyers was due to dedication, hard work and confidence. The team always wanted to win and be successful."

Since passing the PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) officials wrestling exam in 1968, Tim has served as an official. He

began officiating junior varsity and later graduated to varsity matches. He has officiated at over 40 District II Championships as well as several NE Regional

Northern Tier. "Tim officiates wrestling to this day. He has been blessed with a supportive family throughout his career, including his wife Mary, son Michael and daughter Erin.

Tim noted that it was very humbling and a great honor for him to become inducted into the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame.

Championships and PIAA State Wrestling Championships.

"Most of the time I officiated in Wyoming Valley," he said. "But I was invited to several key matches in the

"It was because of all the athletes and their families that were dedicated to the sport," he said. "The Meyers coaching experience was second to none." H

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"The success at Meyers was due to dedication, hard work and confidence. The team always wanted to win and be successful."

Who is the cutest of them all?

Amoreena John Bello

Amoreena lives with her grandparents in Clarks Summit. She likes listening to music from her namesake, Elton John. She's very active and is considered a petite tortoiseshell cat.

Bello loves walks, belly rubs and giving the best kisses and cuddles. He lives at the Hollenbeck residence in Carbondale.

Bourbon Bednar

Bourbon Bednar lives with the Bednar/Swinick family in Roaring Brook Township. They say that Bourbon is a professional treat scammer.

Darcy

The Norton family of Scranton say that Darcy is a Havanese that is a true cuddle bug. She spends her day being pampered and playing with her stuffed animal.

Dexter

Dexter lives in Carbondale with the Zaccone family. He is very affectionate and loves to snuggle.

Cadden family in Old Forge. Both girls love their humans and enjoy cheese as their favorite snack.

Ellie Mae and Tiana Marie
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your favorite February pet at

www.HappeningsMagazinePA.com!

The winner receives a Happenings bandana!

Fletcher is a happy pup who lives with the Capwell family in Old Forge. He loves playing fetch and giving his paw for treats.

Mojo

Mojo is a lap cat who loves to hide his toy mice in his mommy’s shoes (Ann Moschorak.) He loves to snuggle and look out the window of his Philadelphia home.

Gracie

Gracie lives in the Rizzo household in Jefferson Township. She loves to play with all of her toys and loves when Allie comes to visit.

Liberty is a rescued lab who lives with the Burkett family in Brackney. She is the best dog who is a constant loving companion.

Spike

The Visnofsky family of Old Forge say that Spike is an alarm clock. Every morn-ing he reaches up from the bed to wake up his family with his paw.

Zoey

Zoey is a little fluff ball, spunky and cuddly, who loves snuggling in bed in Scranton with the Phillips family

The votes are in... January’s Pet of the Month is Lucca Fiorello Congratulations!
for
Liberty Fletcher
February 2023
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