Namedropper, Jan. 18, 2019
‘Trim a Tree’
Representatives from local schools recently received plaques for top awards in the Lackawanna County Electric City Trolley Museum’s “Trim a Tree” Challenge.
All Saints Academy finished in first place in the challenge. Andrea Chase of All Saints Academy accepted the first-place award on behalf of Cathy Mineo.
Kimberly Savak from St. Mary of Mount Carmel in Dunmore accepted the second-place award on behalf of the school.
Roe Robertson accepted a plaque and prize for Northeast Intermediate School, and Peggy Yanul accepted an honorable mention for Our Lady of Peace School in Clarks Green.
Wayne Hiller, museum manager, presented the plaques.
Students from area school districts were involved in the decorating competition. Christmas trees were displayed over the holidays at the museum, where visitors judged and voted for their favorite one.
For her senior project, Western Wayne senior Taylor Smith helped organize a blood drive in honor of late beloved high school English teacher James Rebar.
Rebar, who for many years was also the football game announcer, lost a battle with cancer over the summer.
During training about event planning hosted by the American Red Cross, Taylor learned that drives can be dedicated.
“He was just awesome,” Taylor said of her former teacher. “He made everyone laugh all of the time, but he could also be strict. Mr. Rebar made sure all of his students were prepared
Taylor knew Rebar had lost blood due to his illness and thought his family would be happy that through the drive his students will help others fight illnesses.
Taylor is interested in studying nursing next year. Western Wayne seniors must complete service-based projects before graduation.
Stephanie Longo, a local author and historian, received a Gold Award in the history category in the Nonfiction Authors Association’s Nonfiction Book Awards.
She was awarded for her 2018 publication, “Italians of Lackawanna County,” published by Arcadia Publishing.
Longo is an expert on the Italian American history of Northeast Pennsylvania and has a mission to preserve the history that her ancestors brought to the United States from Guardia dei Lombardi, Italy.
She has authored several works on the subject, including “Italians of Northeastern Pennsylvania” and “Italians of Lackawanna County and Dunmore.”
Longo, of Dunmore, is a dual citizen of the United States and Italy and is a graduate of the University of Scranton and Regent University. She is the director of marketing and communications at the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, and the book reviews editor for Ovunque Siamo: New Italian-American Writing.