Library holds pop-up sale

If you’re looking for some new non-fiction reads, Valley Community Library in Peckville has you covered.

The library will hold a pop-up book sale focusing on history, travel, true crime, hobbies and other non-fiction topics. No cook books or fiction will be available. The sale will take place on June 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and June 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library, 739 River St., Peckville.

For more information, call the library at 570-489-1765.

Carbondale Area recognizes top grads

Carbondale Area Junior/Senior High School principal Joseph Farrell announced the Class of 2021’s top three students recently.

Bayley Grizzanti

Bayley Grizzanti

Bayley Grizzanti, 18, was named the class valedictorian. The son of Joanna and Michael Grizzanti, Bayley broke the pole vault school record as a member of the track & field team. He was also a member of the golf team, served as the student council treasurer and was a member of Future Business Leaders of America, ski club, physics club and the National Honor Society. He works in the data collection department at IRI Scanscap. Bayley plans to attend Penn State University Park through the Schreyer Honors College, majoring in engineering and minoring in business.

“Attaining this achievement took a lot of hard work and dedication, especially throughout the periods of online learning,” he said. “Seeing it finally all pay off has revealed to me the virtues of persistence and patience, which will benefit me greatly in my college career and adult life.

Avianna Pugliese

Avianna Pugliese

Avianna Pugliese, 18, will serve as the class salutatorian. The daughter of Lee Anne Pugliese and the late Sergeant First Class George Pugliese is a member of the soccer team, Prosper team, Spanish Club, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, physics club, watershed and yearbook staff. Avianna’s hobbies include playing video games, watching Marvel movies and playing with her dogs.

She plans to attend Penn State University to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering with intent to later work with prosthetics.

“I am extremely proud to be my class’s salutatorian,” Pugliese said. “I put a lot of hard work into accomplishing this, and it ultimately paid off.”

Sarah Tolerico

Sarah Tolerico

Coming in third in the class is Sarah Tolerico, 18. She’s the daughter of Sue and Mike Tolerico and a three-sport athlete, playing on the soccer, basketball, and track & field teams.

She served as vice president of Future Business Leaders of America and secretary of student council. She was also a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions, yearbook staff and prom committee. She is a certified lifeguard at the YMCA and has volunteered her time working with Rails to Trails, VNA Hospice, youth basketball camps, Steamtown Marathon, food drives and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast. Sarah’s hobbies include playing basketball, painting, fishing, and playing video games. She plans to attend Penn State University, University Park, to major in chemical engineering.

“Ever since I realized my potential to be in the top of class, I strived to be the best,” she said. “Throughout my high school experience, I always put school first in order to obtain this achievement. It is an honor to receive it, and I couldn’t be any more grateful.”

Dickson City gets rain garden grant

Pennsylvania American Water gives grant to Dickson City

Pennsylvania American Water recently awarded Dickson City a grant to develop a rain garden. From left, Rick Cesari, Dickson City council member; Susan Turcmanovich, external affairs manager, Pennsylvania American Water; Jack Horvath, Dickson City Borough council member.

Pennsylvania American Water awarded Dickson City a $7,000 grant to build a rain garden at the planned Riverfront Park.

The grant is one of 12 watershed-related projects across the commonwealth supported by the utility.

The recipients will receive a share of grant funds totaling more than $45,000 for their community-based projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds. A panel of judges selected the grant recipients from 50 applications, which were evaluated on environmental need, innovation, community engagement and sustainability.

“The number of programs, along with the quality of these initiatives proposed by local organizations to protect our resources is impressive,” Mike Doran, president of Pennsylvania American Water, said in a press release. “We’re proud to once again support these community programs that are leading the way with enhancing environmental sustainability.”