Ambulance company announces officers

Archbald Community Ambulance & Rescue Co. announced officers for the upcoming year.

Michelle Spataro, EMT, will serve as president. Jack Armstrong will serve as vice president; Jerry Trently, EMT, secretary; Michael Petronchak Jr, treasurer; Jason Mol, EMT, sergeant at arms; Mol and Mark Kline, EMT, equipment officers; Robert Getz, EMT, training officer; and Jerry Casey as publicity officer.

Mark Trently, EMT, will serve as the company’s captain; Jerry Trently, first lieutenant and Jonathon Coyne, EMT, second lieutenant.

Throop woman now director of Wright Center program

A Throop woman with more than 25 years of experience working with elderly patients and their caregivers now serves as director of The Wright Center for Community Health’s geriatric services program.

Registered nurse Nicole Lipinski will be at the helm of the program, which has been recognized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement as an Age-Friendly Health System Partner for providing a full spectrum of comprehensive, safety-net primary health and support services for seniors.

A key component of the geriatric program is the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Clinic, which provides comprehensive evaluation and testing and is accessible no matter who the patient’s primary care doctor is. The Wright Center is one of only eight health systems across the country selected as an adopter of the innovative Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program created at the University of California, Los Angeles.

“Our geriatric program was created to meet the need for specialized services that address the physical, mental and behavioral health challenges specific to seniors, especially as we experience an unprecedented growth rate in Pennsylvania’s aging population,” Lipinski said in a press release. “Countless families in Northeast Pennsylvania have benefited from this expert care already, which became even more critical as we navigated the challenges the pandemic presented for at-risk older adults, including isolation.”

Lipinski joined The Wright Center in July as the geriatric care manager, bringing decades of experience caring for patients with dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases to the role. She earned her nursing degree from Luzerne County Community College, and her bachelor’s degree in business and master’s degree in healthcare informatics from Misericordia University.

Marywood hosting MFA info session

Marywood University will hold a virtual Master of Fine Arts information session on April 1 at 4 p.m.

This information session is free and open to anyone who is interested in pursuing a low residency master of fine arts degree. To register, visit

Marywood’s “Get Your Master’s with the Masters” MFA program for designers and illustrators is designed for those who are working full time, but who are also interested in earning a terminal degree.

For additional information about information session, please contact Steven Brower, MFA, director of the “Get Your Master’s with the Masters” MFA program at Marywood University, at 570-348-6211, x 2569, or email

United Way seeking scholarship applicants

The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties is seeking applicants for the Mike Munchak Community Service Scholarship.

Entering its 10th year in existence, this scholarship named for NFL Hall of Famer and Scranton native Mike Munchak and funded by the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties is currently accepting applications from high school seniors within any Lackawanna and Wayne County school district. This one-time $6,300 award commemorates Munchak’s Hall of Fame Career as No. 63 for the Houston Oilers as their two-time, first team all-pro left guard.

“With the pandemic cancelling the 2020 Munchak Golf Classic, we were fortunate enough to still award the scholarship to a deserving student. We hope to be back on the links this June, but we are very excited to reward a bright, hard-working senior in these extremely challenging times regardless,” Gary Drapek, president and CEO of United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, said in a press release.

To be eligible, candidates must be show past or current involvement in community service programs funded by United Way, be accepted by an accredited university, college or trade school, in a two or four-year degree program track for the 2021-22 school year all while demonstrating a successful path of academic achievement. Each applicant must also submit a letter of recommendation from the nominating United Way funded program/agency.

Online applications can be found at and must be completed by March 31. Physical applications can be sent to the following address: United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, Attn: Community Service Scholarship Committee, PO Box 526, Scranton, PA 18501-0526.

The scholarship winner will be selected by April 30.

Foundation seeking scholarship applications

The Scranton Area Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2021 James F. Swift Scholarship, which provides local high school seniors graduating from a Lackawanna County high school $4,000 per year for each recipient for up to four years to assist with continuing education expenses.

Twenty area students will be selected for this scholarship.

Created in 2002 through a gift by James F. Swift to the Scranton Area Community Foundation, the fund has awarded over $2.9 million since 2008, benefiting over 220 local students to date.

The scholarship aims to provide an ongoing stream of matriculation at Lackawanna County colleges and universities. It is the goal of the Scranton Area Community Foundation to award 75% of the scholarships to students who plan to attend institutions of higher learning in the Lackawanna County region.

Scranton Area Community Foundation President & CEO Laura Ducceschi praised the generosity of James Swift, noting “he has left a permanent and enduring legacy for the young people of our region. His scholarship fund makes higher education more attainable for generations of students.”

The Scranton Area Community Foundation is a partner with Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency in their Partnership for Access to Higher Education Program to offer qualifying students additional financial aid. Through PHEAA, James F. Swift Scholarship recipients may be eligible for additional dollars toward their tuition.

Applications for the James F. Swift Scholarship will be accepted until 4 p.m. on March 15. Applicants must apply online at

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