Namedropper 11/10/2017

November 10, 2017

Presentation on local vet

Lackawanna Historical Society member James Dougher’s Veterans Day Battle of the Bulge lecture will focus on a local podiatrist who was trapped during a World War II battle.

Dougher will lecture on Dr. Joseph Schectman, whom he spent countless hours interviewing. Schectman was a member of the 3rd Battalion 424th Infantry Regiment 106th Infantry Division and was trapped during the deadly battle north of Bastogne. He was able to escape with the help of the 82nd Airborne Division.

Dougher’s research led U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-17, Moosic, to present nine medals honoring Schectman’s wartime service, including the Bronze Star of Valor for fearlessly running messages as the U.S. 106th Infantry Division was under massive assault by Nazi Panzer Divisions.

Schectman died on Oct. 18, 2016, and his wife, Harriet Schectman, donated some of his World War II collection to the historical society.

Dougher’s lecture is scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. at the society’s headquarters, the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. For more details or to make a reservation, contact the society at 570-344- 3841 or lackawannahistory@gmail.com.

High notes

Members of the Rotary Club of the Abingtons including: Laurie Stephens, president; Diane Calabro, drive co-chairwoman; Roger Mattes, district governor elect; and Gail Cicerini, drive co-chairwoman, will donate their time over the Christmas holiday to the Salvation Army.

Club members will help collect funds for those in need by volunteering as bell ringers outside of the Fine Wine & Good Spirits store on Northern Boulevard in South Abington Twp.

Members have donated 40 to 60 shifts per year for more than 30 years to assist the Salvation Army.

Super students

Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County culinary students faced off during Cup Cake Wars.

Noah Augustine, Mid Valley; Damien Humphry, Scranton; Zhaquara Grant, Carbondale Area; and Seana Stolz and Sommer Barucky, Forest City Regional, were victorious during the battle.

The competition, which mimicked the Food Network’s Cup Cake Wars television show, was Halloween themed and helped the students develop their baking and decorating skills and fostered creativity, said Mark McAndrew, culinary instructor.