Double “R” Twirlettes members perform with seven different high school bands at games, pep rallies and other events throughout the fall.
The twirlers include Meghan Murray, Miss Trojan at North Pocono High School; Autumn Major, captain of the North Pocono Twirling Team; Alexandra Taffera and Jordan Gioupis, also twirlers at North Pocono; Lindsey Kausmeyer, Miss Spartan at Mid Valley Secondary Center; Jocelyn Bringhurst, Madison Doyle, Sadie Solensky and Morgan Tullio, members of Mid Valley’s twirling team; Nina Sampogne,Miss Comet at Abington Heights High School; Eliyana Kubelis,majorette captain at Scranton High School; Sara Swavola,a member of Scranton’s twirling team; Lindsay Griffiths,a member of the Wyoming Valley West Drill Team; Natalie Nareski,a majorette at Old Forge High School; Madison Waltz twirls for Dunmore High School.
The twirlettes are students of Kathleen Y. Mercatili, the director of the Double “R” Twirlettes.
Lynita Vail of Rileyville was awarded the Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau Local Service to Agriculture Award.
Vail, the Women’s Committee co-chairwoman, has been a fixture in Wayne County agriculture for more than 50 years. She’s served on the dairy princess committee and as parade coordinator, provided her services to the Hickory Grange, ECID of Dairylea Cooperative and Cold Spring/Rileyville 4H. As committee co-chairwoman, she also attended many Farm Bureau state annual meetings in Hershey and traveled to Washington, D.C., with the legislative committee.
She also runs a business, Lynita’s Stitchery, and knits, embroiders, crochets and makes quilts and rugs to sell.
Vail’s father-in-law, Merritt Vail, began the Wayne County Farmers Association in 1951; and her husband, Milton, was a director in the organization along with running two milk routes and working their 10th-generation dairy farm.
Vail also received a proclamation from the Wayne County commissioners and state Rep. Jonathan Fritz, R-111, Honesdale.
Dunmore Elementary Center second-grade students, including Soleil Shrestha, Jude Stefanski, Madison Morgan, Isabella Stipp and Noah Rought, and Mary Grace Brooks, a second-grader, from St. Mary of Mount Carmel School in Dunmore, won the Keystone Chapter UNICO seventh annual Christopher Columbus Day coloring contest.
UNICO’s contest committee selected a winning entry from each class. The winners received a $25 gift card to Walmart and their art entries professionally framed. The second graders also attended a presentation on “Why We Celebrate Columbus Day.”