Local youths honor veterans
The United Youth Association of the St. Stanislaus PNCC Cathedral parish, including Elizabeth Pfohl, president; Jacob Gerardi and Kaitlyn Gingerlowski, vice presidents; Brandon Reed, secretary; and Jacob Stankowski, treasurer, are making sure all veterans in St. Stanislaus Cathedral PNCC Cemetery are honored during National Wreaths Across America Day.
The ceremony will be held simultaneously across the country at more than 1,400 locations, including the Scranton cemetery on Kane Street, Saturday at noon.
The association’s goal is to place a live, balsam fir wreath at the headstone of every veteran buried there to spread patriotism and commemoration for the ultimate sacrifices they made for our country, according to the church.
“We are so grateful to the community of Scranton for participating in our mission to remember, honor and teach,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America.
Other youth association members volunteering Saturday include Matthew Pfohl, Olivia Pfohl, Celeste Gingerlowski, Brielle and Braelyn Reed, Jessica and Ryan Notari, Ethan, Austin and Lucas Stankowski.
Wreath sponsorship costs $15 — $5 that goes to the youth association to support the group’s community service projects. Donations will be accepted on the day of the ceremony.
For more details, visit www.WreathsAcrossAmeri
Nurse’s aide Karen Riefler was both happy and excited to be honored as Wayne Memorial
Hospital’s Employee of the Year for 2018
“I always think of my patients as family,” said Riefler. She received the honor at the hospital’s annual holiday party on Dec. 1 at Fiorelli’s in Peckville.
Riefler, who has worked at the hospital for 42 years, was born and raised in Wayne County. She graduated from Damascus High School.
Employees of the month from the previous year vote for employee of the year.
Her coworkers called her “an employee everyone can learn something from…hardworking, punctual and a true team member.”
CEO David Hoff said Riefler’s achievement is “well deserved.”
During the holiday party, all the employees of the months for 2018 were also honored, including: Beverly Whitby, environmental services; Lisa Freiermuth, dietary; Kimberly Hartzell, laboratory services; Mary Bunting, R.N.; Kevin Palan, materials management; Mirla Egan, dietary; Gail Reynolds, environmental services; Danielle Hazimof, nurse’s aide; Maria Diehl, public relations; Nicole Hartung, social services; and Tanya Miller, environmental services.
Hoff also acknowledged WMH/WMHS Board Chairman Dirk Mumford, who is ending his board tenure, and Chief Financial Officer Mike Clifford, who after 40 years, is retiring at the end of the year.
Riverside High School varsity football team players including Dan Nenish, Johnson Okoroji, Tyler Hoskins, Justin Tigue, Mikey Moran, Ryan Semyon, Jake Cuevas, Angel Escobar, Chase Orloski, Anthony Lima and Tim Lavelle, along with their coach, Harry Armstrong, assisted with the distribution of goods at the monthly Children’s Produce Market at Riverside Elementary East School.
The free produce market is through the Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank.