Ten years ago, Cindy McDonough, manager of Valley Bowling Lanes and Champions Lounge, was able to give back to just four children in the Jermyn and Mayfield area.
This year, McDon-ough raised enough donations that she was able to help out 20 kids living in the region this Christmas season.
“It has been such an important part of most of my adult life to be thankful for what I have and strive to use our family business as a mode in which to help others around us have a magical Christmas morning. Every child should believe in the magic of Christmas,” said McDonough.
Through the fundraiser, children receive winter coats, hats, gloves, full stockings, pajamas, outfits and toys that match their Christmas wishes.
“All of this could simply not be possible without the support of my family, from the planning, to the shopping and the wrapping, which my mother, Kathy McDonough, tirelessly helps with each year,” said McDonough.
Contributors to the fundraiser include Valley Bowling Lanes, Champions Lounge, NEP Telephone, Kathleen McCuigan, Geico Insurance; G.I.R.T., Lakeland High School FCCLA Club, the Lamp Lighters and participating bowlers in all leagues at Valley Bowling Lanes as well as patrons of Champions Lounge.
Next season, McDonough hopes to be able to donate to 22 children on Christmas.
...Johnson College Carpentry & Cabinetmaking Technology students built four storefronts for the Factoryville Christmas Market.
The freshman students, including Carl Frey, Waymart; David Kosch, Scott Twp.; Derek Peters, Covington Twp.; Josh Shaver, Throop; Sam Pelka, Tunkhannock; Zach Laub, Carbondale; Jacob Pasake, Waymart; Kory Klatt, Dunmore; Eli Fuentes, Taylor; and David Vaquero, Scranton, created wooden structures that will be used for years to come.
Factoryville Borough Councilman Greg Yanko arranged the project with Todd Campbell, Carpentry & Cabinetmaking Technology instructor.
The “students learned different types of joinery as well as teamwork and project organization,” said Campbell.
Peters, Fuentes and Kosch led the building of the storefronts. The market was held on Dec. 8 and 9
First-grade Riverside Elementary teacher Shannon Malamud was awarded an educational mini-grant from the Lackawanna Heritage Valley.
With the grant, Malamud will provide students with a “LHV experience” with a learning expo in April at the Steamtown National Historic Site.
The students will rotate in groups and learn about the Lackawanna Valley’s heritage through representatives from local sites, including Anthracite Heritage Museum and Scranton Iron Furnaces, Albright Memorial Library, Lackawanna Historical Society and the Lackawanna Heritage Valley. The students will also enjoy lunch and a train ride.