Carbondale honors

senior soccer stars

Carbondale’s Varsity Girls Soccer team held Senior-Parent Recognition Night on Oct. 17. Front row from left, Ashley Escott, Captain Audrey Cobb and Captain Madalyn Borders. Back row from left, Head Coach Thomas Mauro, David Escott, Heather Escott, Ray C...

Carbondale’s Varsity Girls Soccer team held Senior-Parent Recognition Night on Oct. 17. Front row from left, Ashley Escott, Captain Audrey Cobb and Captain Madalyn Borders. Back row from left, Head Coach Thomas Mauro, David Escott, Heather Escott, Ray Cobb, parent and Assistant Coach Monique Cobb, Lisa Borders, Craig Borders and Athletic Director and Acting High School Principal Lawrence Gabriel III.

The Carbondale Area Girls Soccer team honored its three seniors at its annual Senior-Parent Recognition Night ceremony last month prior to their game versus Forest City.

The three seniors honored were captains Madalyn Borders and Audrey Cobb, as well as Ashley Escott.

“I am so thankful for my time with the team and on the field,” said Captain Madalyn Borders. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

First-year head coach praised the seniors.

“It was an honor to work with these three seniors this year,” he said. “They provide solid leadership to the underclassmen that will have a positive impact on the team in the years to come.”

Marywood recognized for program

Marywood University’s Aviation Management program is ranked No. 5 among the 2023 Top Ten Flight Schools and Universities in Pennsylvania by Academic Ground, an online international scholarship finder service aimed at helping students find scholarships and grants.

The global portal includes school reviews, study-abroad programs and other information aimed at helping students grow professionally.

Marywood University is the only university in the region that offers a bachelor’s degree in aviation management with two tracks — including one for pilot/flight operations, for those who wish to become pilots, and one for airline management, for those whose interests are on the business side of airport operations and management.

Having a combination degree in both aviation management and business is a distinctive asset to students’ professional career advancement opportunities, Marywood officials wrote in a press release. Pilot ground instruction is provided on-campus, while flight operations are arranged through an exclusive contract with Wyoming Valley Airport, approximately a half hour from Marywood’s campus.

For additional information about Marywood University’s bachelor’s degree programs in aviation management, visit or

Local to lead national UNICO group

Peter Pettinato at the Columbus Day Parade in New York City.

Peter Pettinato at the Columbus Day Parade in New York City.

A Carbondale native and local veterinarian will lead UNICO National.

Dr. Peter Pettinato was installed as the UNICO National President at the UNICO National Convention in New Orleans earlier this year. Along with many family and friends, he was joined by hundreds of UNICO members from across the country. Pettinato is a 33-year member of the Carbondale Chapter of UNICO.

UNICO was founded in 1922 in Waterbury, Connecticut and has grown to become the largest Italian-American service organization in the United States. Pettinato attended UNICO’s centennial celebration in Waterbury in early October.

On Columbus Day, which occurred exactly on UNICO’s 100th birthday, Pettinato led the large UNICO contingent in the Columbus Day parade down 5th Avenue in New York City. Lynnette’s Twirlerettes added a colorful spark to the UNICO delegation as well.

Pettinato lives in Greenfield Twp. with his wife Maggie, their dogs, Louise and Melby, and their cat, Magellan.

Registered nurse recognized for service



A Blakely woman received an award for her stellar customer service as a registered nurse.

The Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers presented Kari Machelli, R.N., the associate vice president of Integrated Primary Health Services at The Wright Center for Community Healthy, with the Awards for Primary Care Excellence, known as APEX.

An APEX represents the pinnacle of service, quality, innovation and achievement in primary health care. The association bestows its awards in 10 categories to recognize the outstanding efforts of dedicated individuals and teams who work or volunteer for Pennsylvania’s community health centers.

Machelli received the award at the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers Annual Conference and Clinical Summit in Lancaster.

“Kari Machelli ranks as one of the most competent and patient- and family centered nurses I have ever encountered,” says Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak, president and CEO of The Wright Centers for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education. “She is most deserving of the APEX Customer Service Award, and our organization is privileged to have her on our team. My career continues to be tremendously enriched by the honor of working with Kari.”

In her executive leadership role, Machelli oversees the nurse care managers and community health workers across the organization who provide medical and socioeconomic support services for patients. She also supervises and supports the case managers and certified recovery specialists within The Wright Center’s Opioid Use Disorder Center of Excellence.

Machelli began her career at The Wright Center as an R.N. care manager and has been with the organization for more than 20 years. She earned her nursing degree from Penn State and remains passionately committed to providing high- quality, compassionate, whole-person care to each of her patients and their families. She and her husband, Anthony, have two daughters, Mia and Gianna.

To learn more about The Wright Center’s mission, and integrated health care services, call 570-230-0019 or visit

Donation supports C’dale program

The Dime Bank donated $10,000.00 to NeighborWorks Northeastern PA via the Neighborhood Assistance Program.

NeighborWorks rejuvenates neighborhoods and creates opportunities for individuals and families to improve their lives through quality housing and financial guidance. This donation supports the 2022 Carbondale Beautiful Blocks Program. The program provides matching grants of up to $1,000.00 per property to groups of five residents or more to help them make exterior home improvements.

“We are excited to partner with NeighborWorks to not only improve the appearance of neighborhoods but to build community connections between neighbors as they work together through this program,” The Dime Bank Vice President of Marketing Deborah Unflat said in a press release. “Being a community bank, The Dime Bank is honored to give back and help make our region a better place to live and work.”

Shane Powers, chief operations officer at NeighborWorks, said, “We are extremely grateful for The Dime Bank’s generous support of the Carbondale Beautiful Blocks Program. Their investment highlights the bank’s strong commitment to investing in our community in a tangible way that empowers our neighbors and brightens up our neighborhoods.”