Back Mountain happenings

Misericordia University to hold 9/11 Flag Carrying Ceremony

DALLAS TWP. – Misericordia University will host the third annual 9/11 Constant Flag Carry Ceremony from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 11. The event will feature campus and community members carrying the United States flag around campus.

The event begins with a remembrance service at 8:45 a.m. in the Wells Fargo Amphitheater. The ceremony includes prayers and readings from students, faculty and staff. A special recognition will be observed at 8:46 a.m. to memorialize when the first of two terrorist planes hit the World Trade Center in New York City killing more than 2,600 people.

Renovation plans for Kunkle Park and Dallas Township Park meeting slated Sept. 13

DALLAS TWP. — Calling Dallas Township residents, here is your opportunity to help shape the future of Kunkle Park and Dallas Township Park. At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Dallas Township municipal building, Barry Isett and Associates will be presenting concept plans for Kunkle Park and a draft plan for Dallas Township Park. Residents are encouraged to attend to offer comment and input. Following this meeting, final plans will be prepared for township supervisors to adopt later this fall. These plans will be used to guide future capital expenditures and seek grant funding to improve each park for residents to enjoy.

Dallas Days Weekend and Harvest Festival

DALLAS TWP. — Dallas Township bicentennial celebrations will continue the weekend of Sept. 15 – 17 with a variety of events that include, the Best of Open Mic Night, Play for the Park and the return of the Dallas Harvest Festival.

The Best of Open Mic will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, in the Dallas High School auditorium, 2000 Conyngham Ave., Dallas Township. As in years past, local talent of all ages will vie for cash prizes and the opportunity to perform onstage during Sunday’s Festival.

On Saturday, Sept. 16, at 9 a.m. a special bicentennial event called ‘Play for the Park’ will fit into this year’s Dallas Days Weekend. The family fun event, which is a fundraiser for Dallas Township Park.

The Dallas Harvest Festival will open from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17 at the Dallas High School grounds.

The festival will welcome back featured local entertainment, crafter/retail and food vendors, Kid’s Corner, Farmers Market and a special Bicentennial History Exhibit. Visitors to this year’s Festival will be able to see the amazing miniature train display of early 1900’s Dallas and surrounding historical areas of interest, built especially for the bicentennial by the Back Mountain Railroad Club.

Hurricane Agnes exhibit to open on Sept. 15

WILKES-BARRE — The Luzerne County Historical Society’s museum will open a new exhibit named ‘This momentous and tragic day: Hurricane Agnes’ on Sept. 15.

The presentation uses photographs, documents and objects associated with the storm and its aftermath to explore what happened, how we recovered and asked, ‘Could it happen again?’

The Luzerne County Historical Society will host members opening on Thursday, Sept. 14.

The exhibit opens to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, and be open Tuesday through Saturday at the Luzerne County Museum, located at the rear of 69 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Admission is free for members; $5 for non-members and $3 for children.

Related programming includes a “Community Conversation” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct.12, and a panel discussion, “Could it happen again?” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, both in the museum.

For information, call 570-823-6244 ext. 3, email or visit The exhibition and programs are supported by the Historical & Land Preservation Fund and the Maslow Fund for the Arts of the Luzerne Foundation.

Additional shows available at the museum include: “Native Americans in the Wyoming Valley,” and “Points of View: Luzerne County Landscapes.”

‘For The Kidz’ 6K Fun Run and 2K Walk to be held Sept. 16

WYOMING — Community members can join in the fun for ‘Sheetz For The Kidz’ 6 K Fun Run and 2K Walk on Saturday, Sept. 16 at Frances Slocum State Park.

The event, sponsored by Sheetz, is an employee driven charitable organization to give children in need new clothes, toys and essentials for the holidays.

Event registration starts at 9 a.m., and the walk/run begins at 10 a.m at Francis Slocum State Park, 567 Mount Olivet Rd., Wyoming.

The cost is $25 the day of the race or $20 to pre register at

Those that pre-register will receive a T-shirt.

The family-friendly event will include a raffle and a 50/50 drawing.

Swetland Homestead benefit auction slated for Sept. 24

WYOMING — The Luzerne County Historical Society will hold a benefit auction and sale starting at noon on Sunday, Sept. 24 at the Swetland Homestead, 885 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming.

The auction will feature furniture and decorative accessories including a late federal period drop leaf table, a Wilkes-Barre Railway fare register, a veneered documents drawer, Victorian chest, Oriental rugs, Victorian sofa, vintage sleds and more.

There also will be tables with local history books from the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as food and art vendors.

Please note that these are NOT items from the Historical Society’s collection, but instead items that have been donated for sale to benefit the Society’s ongoing programs and collections care.

For more information, call 570-823-6244 ext. 1 or email

Misericordia University to host Digital Humanities and Pedagogy Symposium

DALLAS TWP. – Misericordia University and the newly formed Digital Humanities and Pedagogy Working Group will hold a Digital Humanities and Pedagogy Symposium for educators on Sept. 29 – 30.

The free two-day event will include technological workshops and pedagogical sessions, sponsored by the Soyka Fund for the Humanities at Misericordia University.

The symposium begins Sept. 29 with a welcome ceremony and a series of technology workshops for collegiate students, staff, faculty and area educators from 2:30–5:30 p.m. in the Huntzinger and Alden Trust Rooms 218-219 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall on the university’s campus, 301 Lake St., Dallas Township.

Session topics include:

• 7 p.m., Sept. 29, in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library keynote address, “Digital Humanities in the Classroom,” by Michelle Moravec, associate professor of history at Rosemont College in Philadelphia;

• a workshop on Scalar, a multi-media web platform, by Alicia Peaker, the digital scholarship specialist at Bryn Mawr College;

• “Getting Started with WordPress by Rachel Urbanowicz, assistant professor of mass communications and design at Misericordia University;

• “Introduction to Creating Digital Exhibits: An Omeka Lab,” by Charlotte Nunes, director of Digital Scholarship Services in Skillman Library at Lafayette College in Easton; and

• “Creating Maps & Timelines;” by Jennifer M. Black, assistant professor of History and Government at Misericordia University.

A series of teaching workshops for collegiate educators is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m.on Saturday, Sept. 30, in rooms 218-219 of Insalaco Hall. The schedule includes, “Course Integration,” by Moravec; “Tools for Pedagogy & Research,” by Nunes, and “Models for University Digital Humanities Programs,” by Peaker. Lunch will be provided. The concluding session, “Open Workshop with Symposium Leaders,” from 1-2:30 p.m., gives attendees an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the topics presented.

Reservations are required due to limited seating. To make a reservation, email Rita Molino at or contact Ryan Watson at, 570-674-6309.

Homemade Meatloaf Dinner

DALLAS — Gate of Heaven Parish will hold a Homemade Meatloaf Dinner and Basket Raffle on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Take outs will be available at 4 p.m. at the Spring Street entrance. A sit-down dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. Handicapped seating available.

The meal includes the famous Bishop Sheen meatloaf, homemade mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade applesauce, coleslaw, green beans, bread and various desserts.

Admission is $10 for adults. Children who are 10 years old and younger will be admitted for $6.

A limited number of tickets available. Call 570-675-2121.