Swim team scores big at meet

From left, 8 and under girls team members Liesel Gabriel, Ellie Siciliano, Siona Cawthern and Talia Fediw display the team plaque for having the most overall points for the 2021/2022 League Season.

From left, 8 and under girls team members Liesel Gabriel, Ellie Siciliano, Siona Cawthern and Talia Fediw display the team plaque for having the most overall points for the 2021/2022 League Season.

The Greater Scranton YMCA’s Swim Team scored big at the YMCA Penn-Del Monroe Division Championship Meet earlier this month.

In addition to many of swimmers achieving their personal best times, the 8 and under girls were awarded a team plaque for having the most overall points for the 2021/2022 League Season.

Other winners include:

  • Ben Arneil, 7: First Place, 25 M Butterfly.
  • Siona Cawthorne, 8: Second Place,
  • 25 M Backstroke.
  • Talia Fediw, 8: First Place,
  • 25 M Freestyle; First Place, 25 M
  • Backstroke; First Place, 50 M Freestyle.
  • Avery Franey, 11: Second Place,
  • 50 M Butterfly.
  • Brayden Franey, 10: Second Place,
  • 50 M Backstroke.
  • Jeffrey Gabriel, 9: Second Place,
  • 50 M Freestyle; Second Place,
  • 50 M Breaststroke; Second Place,
  • 100 M IM. He also qualified to compete at YMCA Central PA Districts in one event.
  • Ben Kessler, 12: First Place, 200 M Freestyle; First Place; 50 M Backstroke; Second Place; 50 M Freestyle. He also qualified to complete at central districts in four events.
  • Ryan McMynne, 12: Second Place, 100 M Breaststroke; Third Place, 50 M Butterfly.
  • Carsen Miller, 10: Third Place, 100 M IM.
  • Ellie Siciliano, 8: Third Place,
  • 25 M Breaststroke.

Additionally, Della Noon, 16, has qualified in two events at the YMCA Central PA District meet but will be unable to attend the meet due to SAT exams on the same date.

The Greater Scranton YMCA’s Swim Team Head Coach is Natalie Wasilchak. She grew up on the swim team and has been working at the Greater Scranton YMCA since she was 15. Assistant coaches are Liz Filachek and Jasmiry Romaldini.

Fire companies awarded grants

Local fire companies and emergency medical services will share in more than $353,000 in state grants.

“Our first responders have continued to answer the call each and every time we’ve needed them,” said state Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-114, Waverly Twp. “Sadly, operational costs have continued to rise while the ability to conduct community-wide fundraising has gotten all the more challenging. These funding dollars are going to aid our brave men and women with continuing to provide the vital services we need in our communities.”

Grants were awarded to:

  • Carbondale Fire Department, $15,000.
  • Columbia Hose Co. No. 5, Carbondale, $11,990.
  • Cottage Hose Ambulance Corps Inc., Carbondale, $15,000.
  • Cottage Hose Co. No. 2, Carbondale, $15,000.
  • Crystal Fire Co. No. 1, Jermyn, $15,000.
  • Eagle Hose Co. No. 1, Dickson City, $14,640.
  • Grattan Singer Hose Co. No. 1, Simpson, $15,000.
  • Greenfield Township Volunteer Fire Co. EMS, $8,325.
  • Greenfield Township Volunteer Fire Co., $15,000.
  • Mayfield Hose Co. Engine No. 1, Mayfield, $15,000.
  • Meredith Hose Co., Childs, $15,000.
  • Scott Township Hose Co., $15,000.
  • Scott Township Hose Co. EMS, $8,325.
  • Whites Crossing Volunteer Firemen and Rescue Co., Carbondale, $15,000.
  • Whitmore Hose Co., Mayfield, $15,000.
  • William Walker Hose Co. EMS, Jermyn, $8,325.
  • William Walker Hose Co., Jermyn, $15,000.

Heritage Valley seeks grant applications

Lackawanna Heritage Valley has announced the start of a new spring cycle of partnership grant funding, open for application through noon March 11.

The program is open to members of nonprofit and civic organizations, municipal and governmental agencies and educational institutions with proposals for projects designed to enhance the quality of life within the Lackawanna Heritage Valley.

Successful grant applicants will receive up to $5,000 each to conserve, preserve and educate the public about Northeastern Pennsylvania’s historic, cultural, economic and natural resources.

Lackawanna Heritage Valley, designated as both a national and state heritage area, has provided more than $3 million in funding assistance to community organizations through its Partnership Grants Program since its inception. Given the dire funding constraints and lack of community programming brought on by the ongoing health crisis, the organization feels this round of grants is perhaps one of its most crucial.

Justin Topa, community engagement and programs manager, hopes that Lackawanna Heritage Valley’s spring grant program will continue the organization’s work toward stimulating the region’s economy, enhancing tourism initiatives, strengthening community organizations and increasing the quality of life for area residents.

“We are proud to support our creative local partners who help us to tell the region’s story and to preserve and conserve our natural resources,” Topa said. “With each successful grant cycle, we invest in our history, our resources and the families in our communities. In a year that presents unique challenges, we hope that this year’s applicants will find creative ways to showcase our region’s story of perseverance and the strength in working together.”

For general information about the heritage area or for grant program guidelines and applications, visit www.LHVA.org or call Lackawanna Heritage Valley’s office

at 570-963-6730.

Marywood professor leads board



Lindsay A. Phillips, Psy.D., ABPP, associate professor of psychology/counseling at Marywood University, recently began her term as president of American Board of Clinical Psychology.

Phillips teaches undergraduate through graduate students and she also is a core clinical faculty member for Marywood’s Psy.D. program in clinical psychology.

Emphasizing the national importance of the role, as well as Phillips’s demonstrated professional expertise, credentials and leadership qualities, her colleague, Robert Shaw, Psy.D., ABPP, director of Marywood’s Counseling and Student Development Center, stated. “The board and the membership of the American Board of Clinical Psychology elected her to serve as president of the board, representing and serving the field of clinical psychology and, in doing so, carrying the standard of Marywood University at the zenith of the discipline.”

The American Board of Clinical Psychology is a member specialty board of the American Board of Professional Psychology. The ABCP is responsible for establishing criteria related to the definition, education, training, competencies and the examination leading to certification as a specialist in clinical psychology.

Marywood University offers psychology degree programs from undergraduate through doctoral levels.

For more information, go to marywood.edu/psychology or visit marywood.edu/admissions. To connect with an admissions counselor, call 570-348-6234 or email YourFuture@marywood.edu for undergraduate programs; for graduate programs, call 570-340-6002 or email gograd@marywood.edu.

Contest celebrates Clean Water Act

Calling all photographers! The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation’s annual Thru the Seasons photo contest is now open.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act and in recognition of the importance of forests for water quality, the theme of this year’s photo contest is Clean Water and Forested Ecosystems.

Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests are home to over 7,100 miles of streams and 154 lakes, both natural and manmade, enjoyed for a wide variety of recreation. Not only do we need healthy waterways for swimming, fishing and boating, clean water is essential to all living things and we have forests to thank for naturally purifying our water supply.

PPFF is calling on photographers, both amateur and professional, to share their artistic view on the value of clean water and the role forests play in watershed health by submitting to the following categories:

  • Water is Life
  • Caught in the Rain
  • Raindrop to River
  • Reflections
  • Forests
  • Young Photographers (ages 12 to 17)

All photos must be taken in a Pennsylvania state park or forest. The submission deadline is Sept. 30. For full contest details, visit paparksandforests.org.