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Girl Scout Troop 50811 set up collection boxes for shoes, coats and pet supplies at the Joe Terry Civic Center in Scott Twp.

Girl Scout Troop 50811 set up collection boxes for shoes, coats and pet supplies at the Joe Terry Civic Center in Scott Twp.

Girl Scout Troop 50811 will be collecting new and gently used shoes, coats and pet supplies as they work toward earning their Silver awards.

The scouts have set up collection bins in the Joe Terry Civic Center, 1038 Montdale Rd, Scott Twp. Drop offs can be made any time; the collection will end on Dec. 12.

Donated shoes will be sent to a fundraising group in Florida, who will send them on to Haiti. The group will pay the troop for donations, according to troop leader Amy Gretzula, and the troop will use the

money to buy gifts for homebound members of St. John Vianney Parish and others in our neighborhood.

Donated coats will be given to Friends of the Poor, Gretzula said.

And the scouts are also collecting pet supplies for Griffin Pond Animal Shelter. Among the items needed: canned food, dry food and puppy/kitten food, treats, toys, cat litter and cleaning supplies, including paper towels, dish and laundry detergent, bleach, sponges and latex or vinyl gloves.

For more information, call Gretzula at 570-702-9428.

Local student fights for bikes

Carter Stephens

Carter Stephens poses on one of the new bike racks at Mayfield Elementary.

Children are once again riding their bikes to and from school at Lakeland’s Mayfield Elementary thanks to third grader Carter Stephens.

Carter, 8, wrote a petition and with his classmates’ signatures, presented it to the Lakeland school board.

“He was pretty nervous having to speak at a public meeting,” says his mother, Savannah Stephens.

He asked the district to allow students to ride bicycles to school and the district agreed as long as students dismounted while on district sidewalks, wore helmets and stowed them safely. It was this last part that was almost a problem.

“We didn’t have a bike rack at school,” says Carter. “So we asked a few local businesses and they gave us enough money in just a few days.”

Carbondale students honor veterans

Carbondale Area High School students, staff, faculty and families honored veterans during a special assembly on Nov. 10.

The audience was welcomed by Josh Tierney, followed by the Posting of Colors by Joshua Berg and Jonathan Marder. The members of the school band played of “The Star-Spangled Banner” under the direction of Megan McDermott.

Students in Thomas Mauro’s AP History class presented information on the branches of the military. Kyle Perri presented information on the Army, Mia Perri presented information on the Navy, Ellie Higdon presented information on the Air Force, Mackenzie Spaid presented information on the Coast Guard and Jonathon Purvis presented information on the Marines. Sophia Calzola provided a recap of the events that took place on 9/11, Elizabeth Pantoja discussed prisoners of war and soldiers who are missing in action and Chloee Rumford spoke of The Tomb of the Unknown Solider.

Guest speaker Jacquelyn Molinaro Pierce, a former graduate of Carbondale Area, was introduced by Alyssa Cosklo. Pierce spoke about where her service with the military has taken her. She also spoke about the role the military had in shaping her into the person she is today.

Retired Sergeant First Class Eric Darling spoke of his role as a sergeant for 20 years. He made sure to note that, even though his service to the military has ended, he continues to serve others every day. This can be seen through his involvement as executive director of Valhalla Veterans Services.

Other veterans in attendance were Nicole Molinaro Balderas to E-4 U.S. Air Force (Vet), Sergeant 1st Class Johnathon Janes, Robert Molinaro, M/Sgt, U.S. Army (Ret), James Pierce CW2 U.S. Army (Vet), and faculty member Bruce Gordon.

Students in Teressa Dombrosky’s advanced composition class shared poems on their perspectives on what it means to be a veteran, including Jaden Fedorchak’s “What Makes a Hero,” Layla Gregory’s “I am Home,” and Alexis Price’s “Thank You Veterans.”

Rogemarie Navarrete serenaded the audience with “Hallelujah” and “Hero.” Other musical performances included “Travelin’ Solider” sung by Eliana Connolly, Hannah McCaffrey, and Abby Wall. As an added tribute, teacher Robert Barnett and students Guy Mushow and Josh Tierney sang “Chicken Fried.”

To bring the ceremony to a close, Keefer Wease played “Taps” during the Recess

of Colors.

Marywood club raises money for Alzheimer’s research

Members of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association — Marywood Chapter participated in the 2.5 mile Walk to End Alzheimer’s held on Oct. 16.

Team members walked throughout Marywood’s campus for the event. Locally, the walk raised $101,684. The Marywood NSSLHA Chapter, composed of 18 members, raised $1,500 for the event. Money raised will provide funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

The chapter also held a Trunk or Treat event for clients, siblings and friends. Students in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders from undergraduate to graduate level, along with faculty, participated in the event. In addition to decorating cars and handing out treats, many of the participants donned costumes.

Pediatrician joins Wright Center in Jermyn



The Wright Center for Community Health has named Dr. Manju Mary Thomas, a pediatrician, as medical director of Pediatrics and Community-Based Medical Home Services.

She is accepting infants, children and adolescents as new patients beginning Dec. 20 at the Mid Valley Practice, 5 S. Washington Ave., Jermyn.

Thomas, board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, will also be a pediatric physician faculty member for The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education. The Palmer Twp. resident completed her residency in pediatrics at Brookdale University Hospital, Brooklyn, New York.

She received training in a busy community-based hospital and gained experience in inpatient and outpatient settings, including the pediatric intensive care unit, neonatal ICU and general pediatric and adolescent care.

Prior to joining The Wright Center for Community Health, she was an attending pediatrician at Lehigh Valley Health Network. In addition, she was an attending faculty pediatrician at St. Luke’s Hospital – Sacred Heart Campus, Allentown, and chief faculty pediatrician of the family practice residency program at Sacred Heart Star Wellness, a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike similar to The Wright Center for Community Health.

She will provide primary and preventive care for pediatric and adolescent patients at The Wright Center for Community Health. Go to or call the Mid Valley Practice at 570- 230-0019 to schedule an appointment with her.

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