Olympic medalist’s mom to speak at library

The mother of local Olympic medalist Adam Rippon will speak at a special event organized by the Carbondale Public Library later this month.

Kelly Rippon is the author of “Parent Up: Inspire Your Child to be Their Best Self.” Her parenting style has helped her raise six amazing children, including Adam Rippon, who rose to fame during the 2018 Winter Olympics, where he won a bronze medal as part of a figure skating team event. He also won the 2008 and 2009 World Junior Championships, the 2007–08 Junior Grand Prix Final, and the 2008 U.S junior national title and participating in the reality show Dancing with the Stars in 2018.

Kelly Rippon has worked as a college instructor and a corporate trainer and has spoken at colleges and universities across the country, the U.S. Air Force and Team USA.

The library’s lunch with Kelly Rippon will be held at noon on May 24 at the Anthracite Hotel Ball Room, 25 S. Main St., Carbondale. Tickets,, which are $20 each or $35 with a copy of the book, can be purchased at the library. All tickets include a box lunch.

Mid Valley students present “Annie Jr.”

The show must go on at Mid Valley Elementary Center, with a little twist because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Mid Valley Elementary Center Drama Club will present “ Annie Jr. “ virtually.

Directed by: Michele Mazak-Wilson and Renee Tomcho, the cast of 17 students have been working hard over Zoom rehearsals to make sure everything is perfect.

Virtual performances will be streamed May 20, 21 and 22. Tickets are $15 per household. To purchase tickets, visit www.showtix4u.com/event-details/52381. Tickets can be purchased before or on the day of the shows.

Valley Community starts seed library

The Valley Community Library wants to plant a few seeds, literally.

The library at 739 River St. launched

a seed library, which will allow patrons access to a variety of seeds and start growing their own garden at no cost. Patrons are able to “borrow” three

packets of seeds. Each packet contains about 10-15 seeds, enough to grow three to five plants.

To keep the seed library and each patron’s garden growing, organizers hope patrons are able to save some seeds at the end of the season so the seed library can continue. They are asking patrons to share gardening tips and tricks that they have learned for the growing season if they cannot turn in saved seeds.

CA students win awards at state competition

Carbondale Area students in the Future Business Leaders of America club won big at a virtual state leadership competition.

Under the direction of Licia Olivetti, junior Emily Kelly placed first in Networking Infrastructures. Sophomore Julia Gorel placed fifth in Introduction to Business, and senior Deana Mancuso placed seventh in Help Desk.

Deana Mancuso

Deana Mancuso

Julia Gorel

Julia Gorel

Emily was honored at the April’s school board meeting for her accomplishment. She has also qualified to attend the National Leadership Conference in end of June.

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Emily Kelly is honored at the Carbondale Area’s School Board Meeting for her first place finish at FBLA state competition. She is flanked by her advisor, Licia Olivetti, and School Board Treasurer David Osborne.

“Achieving a first place at the state FBLA competition was very exciting,” Emily said. “Miss Olivetti threw a watch party in the cafeteria to watch the state live stream. This made the competition special, since it was otherwise virtual.”

YMCA fundraiser coming up

The golf portion of the Greater Scranton YMCA’s fundraiser honoring a longtime member and education advocate might be sold out, but dinner tickets are still available.

The Second Annual Harry P. McGrath Memorial Golf Tournament & Dinner Celebration will take place on May 21 st at Glen Oak Country Club. The dinner is open to everyone — not just golfers — and dinner tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Following the completion of the golf tournament, the evening celebration will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. and the dinner/program at 7:30 p.m.

Harry McGrath was a proud member of the Greater Scranton YMCA. He

specialized in education law, advocating for the rights of all students, particularly those with special needs. It became his passion to improve the quality of education for children living in Northeast Pennsylvania. Proceeds from the tournament will support the Y’s Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program, a six-week program serving rising first- and second-grade students who are struggling with reading and are attending the Dunmore and Mid Valley school districts.

“Our dad worked tirelessly so that children in this area had the necessary tools to succeed in school,” said Betsy McGrath Ardizoni, event coordinator and Greater Scranton YMCA board member. “The Summer Learning Loss Prevention program is consistent with his goal of using his legal career to positively impact the lives of the children he was privileged to represent, and our family is humbled and grateful to honor his legacy through a program he would undoubtedly support.”