Tinsel Trail to return to Carbondale

A sure sign of Santa’s impending arrival will return to Carbondale this winter — and the Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce is looking for a little help to make it magical.

Chamber officials are looking for businesses, groups, churches and families to sponsor and decorate live Christmas trees featured in the annual Tinsel Trail, which winds through Memorial Park along Main Street in the city from Dec. 1 to Jan 6. Sponsoring a tree starts at $100 and includes a sign with the sponsor and decorators’ names. Trees may be decorated to match the sponsor’s mission. All ornaments should be weather proof and secured to tree branches with zip ties or other sturdy materials to guard against wind and weather. LED lights are required and outdoor extension cords must be used.

“When you sponsor a tree, most of the funds generated are donated to a local charity in need within the community,” officials said in a press release. “As the Tinsel Trail has grown over the years, we have a limited amount of trees for sponsorship.”

All sponsorship applications mustbe submitted to the chamber by 5 p.m. on Nov. 5.

For more information, visit www.carbondalechamber.org or call 570-282-1690.

VV student earns academic honors

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Valley View senior Katelyn Ainey was honored by the College Board for academic excellence. From left, Superintendent Michael Boccella, Danielle Ainey, Katelyn Ainey, Rich Ainey, Principal Brian Durkin and Assistant Principal Larry Pegula.

Valley View senior Katelyn Ainey is one of 32,000 students from across the country to earn academic honors from the College Board’s National Recognition Programs.

These National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students with academic honors that can be included on the college and scholarship application and connect students with universities across the country, helping them stand out during the admissions process, according to information from the school.

Students earn this recognition by excelling on their PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10 or AP Exams and in their classrooms. Students who may be eligible have a GPA of 3.5 or high and have excelled on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP exams; and are Black, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, and/or attend school in a rural area or small town. Eligible students are invited to apply during their sophomore or junior year, and are awarded at the beginning of the next school year.

Colleges and scholarship programs use these honors to identify students from underrepresented groups through College Board’s Student Search Service.

Katelyn is a member of the LEO club, chorus, Girl Scouts and the Carmel Ardito School of Dance.

Car club continues support for scholarship

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The Villa Capri Cruisers Car Club Inc. awarded $1,000 scholarship to be given to a Johnson College Automotive Technology student. Front row from left: Karen Baker, senior director of college advancement; Villa Capri President Joe Carra; Dr. Katie Leonard, Johnson College president and CEO; and Mike Macedonia. Back row, from left: Dave Thomas, Patty Valvano, Frank Valvano, Nick Tielli, Mike Greenstein and Charlie Leavesley.

The Villa Capri Cruisers Car Club Inc. awarded a $1,000 scholarship to be given

to a Johnson College Automotive Technology student.

This year marks the 11th year for the scholarship by the club, which raises funds through donations, volunteer work, sponsorships and annual calendar sales.

Johnson College’s two-year automotive technology associates degree program

prepares students as entry-level technicians in the automobile and diesel industries. Graduates can work for employers

in the automotive career fields of automotive, truck, farm and earthmoving equipment dealerships; truck, power generation and construction companies; automotive service centers; engine repair/machine shops; automotive equipment distributors; independent service garages; automotive parts manufacturers; sales representation; and auto insurance companies.

Carbondale Area students decorate plow

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Carbondale Area Art students stand by the PennDOT plow they decorated with a Charger Pride theme for the “Paint the Plow” program.

When the snow starts this season, Carbondale Area’s school spirit will take to the road.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation invites schools across the state to decorate plow blades as a way to increase awareness about safe winter driving.

This year’s theme invited the students to come up with a creative design that embodies their school’s unique characters and school spirit as well as incorporating parts of the school they take pride in.

The efforts were led by CA’s new high school art teacher, Ms. Alyssa Pezzuti.

“All of my Advanced Art 1,2, & 3 students were thrilled to hear that we were participating in PennDOT’s Paint The Plow Program,” Pezutti said. “At first the students were a little confused as to how we were actually going to paint a real snowplow but once I explained that we needed a special protective paint they understood and were excited to get started.”

She added that the students’ enthusiasm and ideas “blew me away.”

Sophomore Anthony Byfield echoed his art teacher’s sentiments about doing something positive for the community. “

It was an honor to really be a part of something where we are giving back to the community,” he said. “It makes us students feel empowered to make a piece of art work that symbolized greatness.”

Faculty, students face off on golf course

After honoring Carbondale Area senior golf team members Kyle Perri and Ashton Arthur at Panorama Golf Course at a senior night ceremony, teams consisting of two faculty members and two student each faced off in the 2021 Faculty/Student Open Golf Championship.

The team consisting of students Matthew Totsky and Jacob Berg and faculty members Robert Barnett and Carm Perri won with a score of 1 under par. The team of students Megan Cosklo and Brycen Kelly and faculty members Chris Lasavage and Coach Jimmy Kielar came in second.

“I enjoyed participating in a great CA tradition and am very pleased with the job of our coach over the year,” Kyle said.

Health insurance help available

If choosing the right health insurance feels nearly impossible, a local health care group can help.

The Wright Center for Community Health is offering “assisters” to help people find the right coverage, no matter their situation.

Open enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace’s online exchange for Pennsylvania, known as Pennie, begins Nov. 1 and ends Jan. 15. Enrollment assisters at The Wright Center’s primary care practices in Northeast Pennsylvania, as well as at other health centers and medical facilities, are trained to help people identify and enroll in affordable coverage options, providing them with a financial safety net and greater access to care.

Assisters can also help with in enrolling in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Also, people 65 and older can talk with the team about the Medicare Low Income Subsidy program, which helps certain people with Medicare pay for prescription drugs.

Contact the enrollment assisters with your questions at 570-591-5253 or email twc-insurance-enrollment@thewrightcenter.org with your full name, phone number and the municipality where you reside.