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Namedropper 1/30/2019

January 30, 2019 GMT

Super students

Scranton Prep Student Council officers Mario Rotell, Mia Beviglia, Corey Henfling, Kate Franceschelli and Nicholas Gershey presented more than 300 teddy bears to Commonwealth Health Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock and the Catherine McAuley Center in Scranton to help put a smile on a child’s face in their time of need.

The teddy bears were collected during a recent basketball game.

Diana Petlock, director of human resources at Commonwealth Health, and Judy Ragukas, chief nursing officer, both at Tyler Memorial Hospital; and Jenny Blanchard, development coordinator at Catherine McAuley Center, accepted the donation.


Scranton Prep dean of students, Corey Henfling, assisted the students with the donations.

Presidential visit

Founding father Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Tom Pitz, will help observe Presidents Day at the Lackawanna Historical Society.

President Jefferson will hold an informal discussion about “Taverns and Revolution” and mingle with guests at the historical society on Presidents Day, which celebrates the birthday of George Washington, Sunday, Feb. 17.

The presentation is a partnership between the Lackawanna Historical Society, Scranton City Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and the Society for the Preservation of the Tripp Family Homestead.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the historic Tripp House, 1101 N. Main Ave., Scranton, with a wine and cheese reception.

The reception is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. For details, contact the historical society at 570-344-3841 or lackawannahistory@gmail.com.

Earlier in the day, the Stourbridge Line, operated by the Delaware Lackawaxen & Stourbridge Railroad Co. in Honesdale, will also host Jefferson for two family friendly excursions — at 1 and 3 p.m. Passengers will have the opportunity to interact with Jefferson.

Tickets for the 1 p.m. excursion are $20 for adults, $10 for juveniles ages 3-12; and tickets for the 3 p.m. ride are $25 for adults and $15 for juveniles; children under 3 are free. For details or tickets, contact the Stourbridge Line at 570-470-2697 or visit www.thestour


High notes

Members of the Steamtown Marathon committee, including Bill King, race director; Jack Marx, treasurer; Timothy Rowland, 2018 honorary race chairman; John McGovern, secretary; and Jim Cummings, assistant race director, donated $128,818 to St. Joseph’s Center in 2018.

“We are grateful to the Steamtown Marathon Committee, sponsors, volunteers and runners who continue to show their commitment to the people and mission of St. Joseph’s Center,” said Sister Maryalice Jacquinot, I.H.M., St. Joseph’s president and CEO. “Over these years, Steamtown Marathon has had a significant impact on this ministry.”

The marathon, going into its 24th year, has donated $1.86 million to the center.

The 2019 marathon will be held on Oct. 13. For more details, visit www.steam