56th Annual Commencement, Lake-Lehman Class Of 2014


JULY 201456th Annual Commencement, Lake-Lehman Class of 2014Shown above class officers for the Lake-Lehman graduating class of 2014, from left are: Rene Rismondo, Treasurer; Anna James, Vice President; Brittany Faux, Presidentand Alexander Hoyt, Secretary.Above in photo are: Lake-Lehman2014 Salutatorian, Nicholas Egan andValedictorian, Lindsay Williams.Lake-Lehman Class of 2014 - page 3.Dallas High School Class of 2014 - Lock In PartyBy MB GilliganBack MountainCommunityNews CorrespondentThe graduates of Dallas High School class of2014 were treated to anall-night Lock In Partyfeaturing fun, food,games and a hypnotist.The Lock In Committee co-chaired by DonnaKon and Trudy McAndrew worked at fundraising all year to be able toprovide a safe night forthe graduates who eachreceived special presentsand prizes throughoutthe night.CommercialProperty For RentThe top three academic students in the Dallas class of 2014 are pictured atthe Lock In Party. From left are Salutatorian Samuel Reinert who will attend Williams College, Gelso Award winner Michelle Thompson who willattend Columbia University, and Valedictorian Deklan Cerza who is goingto attend the University of Pennsylvania. Dallas Graduation Lock In page 8.Prime LocationMemorial Highway, Dallas2500 Sq. Ft. Retail SpaceFor details call Bob 570-690-1338

Community News July 2014 Page 2Dallas Gridiron Men’s Breakfast Ham DinnerGroup meets atFamily StyleGolf ClassicSweet Valley Volunteer FireIremplannedCompany,Sweet Valley, willThe Back Mountain Men’sThe Annual Dallas GridironGolf Classic will be held on Friday, July 11, 2014 at Mill RaceGolf Club. Shot gun start at 1 pmwith a Captain and Crew format.The entry fee is 80.00 pergolfer which includes cart andgreen fees, awards dinner, refreshments, gifts and prizes.Various level of sponsorships areavailable. All the proceeds fromthis event benefit the Dallas Football Team.For more information email usat dallasgridiron@yahoo.com.Dallas BoroughLawn CareReminderTelephone: 570-674-7772Deadline: Wednesday, July 23, 2014Next Publication Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014Dallas Borough propertyowners are reminded of the Borough Ordinance requiring theappropriate maintenance of theirlawns. Grass is to be cut andweeds to be removed from private property in compliance withthe Property Maintenance Code.Please be a good neighborand help keep our communitybeautiful!Please refer any questionspertaining to the enforcement ofProperty Maintenance regulations to the Dallas Borough CodeEnforcement Official at 570-6751389.Traffic changesimplementedduring LibraryAuctionDallas Borough Council announces the following roads willbe marked as one way directionalfor traffic on July 10th, 11th, 12thand 13th in the best interest ofpublic safety in association withthe 68th Annual Back MountainMemorial Library Auction:Franklin Street – One Waydirectional traffic from Huntsville Road toward Main Street.Lehman Avenue – One Waydirectional traffic from MachellAvenue toward Huntsville Road.Norton Avenue – One Waydirectional traffic from Huntsville Road to Machell Avenue.Please forward any questionsand/or comments to the BoroughManager’s Office 570-675-1389.Ecumenical Group meets atthe Irem Country Club for theirweekly breakfast meetings at8:00 a.m. on Tuesdays. All menare welcome to join the group asthey share fun, fellowship andfaith.serve a ham dinner on Saturday,July 26. Dinner served 4:30 to6:30. Take-outs begin at 4:00.Adults 9.00, children under 12are 5.00 and children under 6eat free. Call 477-5121 for moreinformation.Dallas Borough Summer Recreationprogram plannedThe 2014 Dallas Borough Summer Recreation Program will be heldthrough August 15, 2014. The program is open to Dallas Borough resident children between the ages of 6 and up to and including 12 years ofage at time of registration. Up to 100 Dallas Township resident childrenbetween the above referenced ages will be admitted in consideration of apledged contribution from the Dallas Township Board of Supervisors.The Recreation Director and Counselors will have many activitiesplanned for the children on a daily basis including organized sports,games, art and crafts.For information visit the Dallas Borough Administration Office located at 25 Main Street, Dallas or visit the Borough website at www.dallasborough.org or contact the Dallas Borough Administration Office at570-675-1389 for program details, times and activity fees.

Community News July 2014 Page 3The 56th Annual Commencement Ceremony for the Lake-Lehman Class of 2014The 56th Annual Commencement Ceremony for theLake-Lehman Class of 2014 washeld at 6:00 pm on June 6, 2014.The Ceremony was held inthe Edward H. Edwards Stadiumon the grounds of Lake-LehmanHigh School. The Lake-LehmanSchool district awarded highschool diplomas to 110 graduates.During the ceremony commencement speeches were givenby the class President BrittanyFaux, Student Council PresidentAlyssa Talacka, ValedictorianLindsay Williams and Salutatorian Nicholas Egan.Class Officers for the Class of2014 - Rene Rismondo, Treasurer; Anna James, Vice President;Brittany Faux, President and Alexander Hoyt, Secretary.Above Lake-Lehman Class of 2014 - first row from left are: Alexis Harry, Shoshana Mahoney, Michelle Ash, Ashley Rood, AlyssaTalacka, Amy Williams, Brittany Faux, Alex Hoyt, Nick Egan, Lindsay Williams, Anna James, Rene Rismondo, Jessica Eddy, RachelAnthony, Tracy Snyder, Lily Romanowski, and Emily Malak. Second row from left are: Austin Harry, Vinnie Williamson, BradyButler, Anthony Shaffer, Gregg Ciravolo, Joseph Noon, Joey Tranell, Calvin Karnes, Zebulon Harrison, Mike Doolin, John Erdman,Jordan Lindley, Ryan Coletti, and Connor McCue. Third row from left are: Lacey Miller, Kahli Kotulski, Maria Chinikaylo, AdelineHannigan, Lacy Lawson, Brittany Acevedo, August Headley, Brinley Williams, Emily Anglovich, Emily Sutton, Megan Sorber, KellySweeney, Christina Solomon, Amber Kelley and Jacey Moore. Fourth row from left are: Justin Winters, Dustin Jones, Bobby Wright,Joshua Winters, Adam Dizbon, Christopher Herrick, Kyle Romanofski, Tyler Bonner, Ben Attanasio, Scott Bean, Joe Wojcik, Jake Pelton, and James Mohl. Fifth row from left are: Stephanie Konek,Emily Barber, Victoria DeCesaris, Sarah Setzer, Meghan Maccarone, Courtney Thomas, MirandaSayre, Taylor Spencer, Cassia Cole, Megan Spencer, Courtney McMonagle, Kaylee Hillard, Symantha Sharon, and Jennifer Spera. Sixth row from left are: Douglas Albertson, Timothy Marchakitus,Robert Hamilton, Peter Borum, Cody Paraschak, Joshua Bevan, Dylan Pudimott, Brandon Fowler,Dale Cunningham, Jason Patterson, Aaron Traver, Bryar Boice, and Ty Shaw. Seventh row from leftare: Lara Shirey, Kate Pelton, Megan Osiecki, Kaitlyn Rushton, Kaitlyn Mitchell, Britney Meeker,Brooke O’Brien, Danielle Belcher, Victoria Nichols, Maryann Hunter, Olivia Kojadinovich, and Desirae David. Eighth row from left are: Brenten Pannell, James Galasso, Zack Jayne, MatthewCovert, Peter Groblewski, Chris Covert, Alex Scott, Grant Calkins, Robert Nichols, Daniel Stefanowicz, and Jason Lewis.

Community News July 2014 Page 4Memories filled the air at the old Westmoreland Elementary School in TrucksvilleBy MB GilliganBack Mountain CommunityNews CorrespondentThe joy of former colleaguesreuniting was clearly evident asteachers and administrators wereinvited back to the old Westmoreland Elementary School inTrucksville for lunch and a tourof the facilities. Memories filledthe air as the group wandered thehalls and stairwells.“My room is completelygone,” said Tom Shaver whotaught fourth grade in the school.His classroom once occupiedsome of the wide open entrancearea of what is now called theWestmoreland Business Centerand is owned by Scott Ciravolo.“Look at this,” “Look at that,”“Do you believe it?” and “This isamazing,” were frequently heardcomments from the guests whowere invited by Mark DiPippa.“Our long term goal is to purchase the building. It has a greatsecurity system and internetPictured during a tour of the former Westmoreland Elementary School, from left, are: Samuel Barbose, principal, Mary Grace Jones,third grade, Carole Williams, secretary, Mayclaire McCarthy, third, Cleda Shelby, gym teacher, Thomas Shaver, fourth, Anna MarieWalker, first, Mary Ann Gelso, third, Linda Burd, nurse, Harold Hoover, music, Rhoda Tillman, guidance, Philip Zachary, fourth,Valeria Rothrock, third, Marsha Paczewski, second, Betsy Balonis, substitute, Rita Mundy, reading specialist, Ann Camp, librarian,Paula Scott, first, second, fourth and fifth, Ruth Tetschner, principal, Elaine Moran, kindergarten and first, Raelene Daring, art, andMark DiPippa.capability put in by the formertenant, Solid Cactus.”The second floor gymnasiumhas changed very little and it is tobe named The Alumni Gym.“It’s to honor and recognizethose who were here before,”said DiPippa.The former teachers and administrators enjoyed lunch courtesy of Olive Garden and WeisMarket. They shared thoughtsand memories while looking overold yearbooks.Pastor’s Food Pantry in Noxen awarded a grantfrom the Mercy FoundationThe Pastor’s Food Pantry in Noxen was awarded a 10,000 grant from the Mercy Foundation at thesecond annual Mercy Foundation Grant Awards Ceremony and Luncheon at Mercy Center, Dallas, inorder to purchase equipment for the soon-to-be expanded pantry.The Pastor’s Food Pantry is located in the basement of the Methodist Church in the middle of Noxen.It provides food and educational opportunities for children, adults and seniors in the Tunkhannock,Lake-Lehman and Dallas school districts. About 12 percent of the population in the region fall belowthe minimum poverty guidelines used to qualify for assistance, according to the 2010 census. Undersized and flooded twice since 2006, the Noxen Neighborhood Center Corp., board has proposed building an 11,000-square foot building in the center of the community on six-acres of land that was donatedto the community organization. One-quarter of the space for the proposed Noxen Neighborhood Center will be set aside for a larger food pantry. The building will also include meeting room space for thesemi-annual classes sponsored by the pantry on topics such as food stamp eligibility, healthy eating andcoupon clipping. In 2013, the Pastor’s Pantry distributed 14,318 pounds of food. Thanks to the grant,the pantry will be able to provide about 25,000 pounds of food, including more fresh vegetables andfruits to more than 200 families – an increase of about 60 families.Participating in the program, from left, are: Belinda Yanchick, Leslie Bullock, Pearl Race, Sister MaryAnn Dillon, RSM, Mercy Foundation board of directors, and Rev. Linda Bryan.

Vacation BibleSchool plannedGrace Community Churchwill be holding VBS the week ofJuly 21-25 from 6:30 - 8:15 pmfor boys and girls ages 5-12 yearsold.There will be Bible lessons,songs, games, crafts, missionarystories and great snacks! The lessons are being taught by CEF ofLuzerne County. Grace Community Church is located on Memorial Highway, Route 415, acrossfrom the Chapel Lawn Cemetery;or off Route 118 to the right, justoff Route 415. For informationcall 570-675-3723.Community News July 2014 Page 5Kunkle Fire Company announces St. Paul’s Lutheran Church,annual golf tournamentannounces Annual SummerfestThe Kunkle Volunteer Fire Company will host their annual golftournament on Thursday, July 24 at the Irem Country Club, CountryClub Road, Dallas. Registration begins at 12 noon with a shotgunstart at 1:00 p.m. The cost is 75 per person and includes entry intoall events, 18 holes of golf, riding cart, dinner, door prizes and variousawards. Golf attire is required. You can pre-register by contacting theKunkle Volunteer Fire Company at 3943 Route 309 Highway, Dallas,PA 18612. Call (570) 675-3334. Registration is requested by July 14.Orange United Methodist Churchplans Vacation Bible SchoolJoin us on June 22nd to the 26th starting at 5:45 to 8:00 pm forWe are doing “Everywhere Fun Fair” for ages 3-12 years. Fun filledopening and closing programs, Bible stories, music, dancing, crafts,snacks, and games!Benefit ride forRae plannedSweet little girl Rae is 2 yearsold and she lives with a lifethreatening disease called CysticFibrosis. She is among approximately 30,000 Amiercans livingwith the disease.A fund raising benefit ride willbe held at the Idetown VolunteerFire Department, near HarveysLake, on Saturday, July 5th.Doors open at 11 am. Adults 25, 5-12 years of age 10. Costincludes entertainment, food,desserts and beverages. BasketRaffles, 50/50 and door prizes.Top Gunners LE MC Ridespecial 25 and passenger 15- includes admission to the benefit.St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 474 Yalick Road, (Rt. 118), Dallas,will host its Annual Summerfest on Saturday, July 26th. Numerous events and activities will be held throughout the day. A blooddrive will be coordinated by Geisinger Wyoming Valley BloodCenter starting at 9am in honor of all cancer patients. A cancerwalk, “Laps for Love”, will be held to benefit the patients of theHenry Cancer Center; registration to begin at 9:45am.The Hi-Lites Motor Club will have classic cars on display from1pm – 4pm. The Luzerne Co. SPCA will be on-site with animalsavailable for adoption and members of the Franklin Twp. Fire Department will set up their “Smoke House” to demonstrate to children how to escape from a house fire. The Dallas Township PoliceDepartment will also be participating in this community event.Those attending will have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction for themed baskets and to enjoy treats from a bakesale and picnic style food. To make an appointment for the blooddrive, please call 1-866-996-5100 or go to www.geisingerbloodcenter.org and click on Make an Appointment – walk-ins are also welcome. Come, enjoy the day while helping others.Read the Back Mountain Community News free of chargeanytime online at:www.communitynewsonline.netTo advertise call Lisa (570) 674-7772GrandparentsRai

games and a hypnotist. The Lock In Commit-tee co-chaired by Donna Kon and Trudy McAn-drew worked at fundrais- ing all year to be able to provide a safe night for the graduates who each received special presents and prizes throughout the night. Community News July 2014 Page 2 Deadline: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Next Publication Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Telephone: 570-674