Keystone Community Resources, 55 Year Anniversary

Senator Blake presented a Citation for 55 year Anniversary to President and CEO of Keystone Community Resources (KCR) at Grand Opening-Ribbon Cutting Family Picnic Celebration.

KCR recently had a Grand Opening and Family Picnic at their newest Adult Day Program at 628 Genet Street in Scranton. Neighbors, community leaders, Senator Blake, along with KCR individuals they support and the families. KCR purchased the former St. Francis of Assisi Church and Rectory in 2016. Over the last few years, KCR has renovated this beautiful property while keeping the integrity of the building. KCR was excited to announce this expansion of Keystone as one of the many fully-licensed Day Program for individuals with Autism and Developmental Disabilities. At this specific location, we offer multiple sensory rooms, art, cooking classes, along with multiple other opportunities outside of the building such as community activities and volunteering. Programming is based on the individual’s choice and opportunities. Senator John Blake presented a citation for Keystone Community Resources 55 year Anniversary, to our President and CEO Laura Brown-Yadlosky at the KCR Genet Street Grand Opening. KCR is Celebrating 55 years of Caring, since 1964.

Pictured left to right: In attendance at the Ribbon Cutting was Brianna Florovito, Workforce & Entrepreneurial Development Specialist at the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce; MaryAnn Colbert, Director, Intellectual Disability Services Lackawanna-Susquehanna Counties BHIDEI Programs; Laura Brown-Yadlosky, KCR President and CEO; J. Jennifer Wolf, KCR Genet St. Program Coordinator; Dawn Loven, KCR Genet St. Program Manager; Donna Perechinsky, KCR Accounting Coordinator and Board Member of KCR; and Stan Chotkowski, Vice President of Programs and Services of KCR.

 

Keystone Community Resources First Friday Open Reception

 

First Friday Open Reception: Artists on Exhibit are Cathy Arvonio and Melissa Anowai

ArtWorks Gallery & Studio, 236 Penn Avenue, Scranton

November 1, 2019 – 6 to 9 p.m.

 

The exhibition entitled “Perspectives” features the works of two highly-accomplished artists who have chosen nature as subject matter yet differ in their styles, mediums, and vision – and, ultimately, perspective – which creates a dramatic juxtaposition generating dynamism to the collection’s presentation.

Cathy Arvonio showcases her dedication and love for oil painting, a highly-specialized and difficult medium, in which she has mastered and excels in the difficult artistic process. The minute detail Cathy achieves is her hallmark of style and expertise. Cathy’s genre is realism, primarily still life and landscapes. She brings a fresh importance to all that surround us – familiar scenes, places and objects – while basking in the light of beauty.

Cathy feels the importance of nature in our lives. “I always, always find beauty in everything I paint,” she says. “There’s beauty all around us and in every one of us, and it is a gift to ‘see’ it and to paint it. From that I take, and put it all onto my canvas. Throughout the years, I learned to be freer with my creations and have put more of myself into the painting, along with recreating the picture I see. One of my favorite artist’s quotes… ‘Art does not reproduce what we see. It makes us see.’ – Paul Klee.”

For Melissa Anowai, her expressionist style using acrylic medium, is rooted in the metaphysical, creating an incandescent beauty, which transcends the traditional depiction of Nature life subjects. She chooses to explore those creatures that elude us so often, both of the avian and entomological species. Melissa focuses on the cycles of life, the transitory and ephemeral precious seasons of the natural world suspending them in a timeless beauty revealing dignity and integrity, inherent in each of her subjects, imbued with honor and soulful light. Melissa brings forth an extraordinary vision of our world and asks questions of us through her art.

“As an artist,” states Melissa, “I have always felt compelled to depict all aspects of the natural world and view all life as beautiful and worthy of celebration. I also feel that the natural world should be cherished both in life and in solemnity of death. There is a reverence that I try to create in each piece, which is a reflection of my love and respect for nature.”

Keystone Community Resources, ArtWorks New Location

Keystone Community Resources (KCR) hosted the ArtWorks Gallery & Studios ribbon-cutting at 236 Penn Ave., Scranton on Sept. 6. Pictured, left to right, are Robert Durkin, Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce president; Tom Welby, chief of staff for State Rep. Marty Flynn; Laura Brown-Yadlosky, president and CEO of KCR, Jay Blakesberg, San Francisco-based photographer; Kaitlin Harrison, ArtWorks Program Coordinator; Mary Ann Colbert, director of Intellectual disability services of the Lackawanna-Susquehanna counties BHIDEI program; Donna Perchinsky, accounting coordinator and board member of KCR; Stan Chotkowski, KCR vice president of programs and services; State Rep. Kyle Mullins; and Chris Calvey, arts and culture department coordinator of Lackawanna County.

 

In September, the ArtWorks Gallery & Studio moved into a larger downtown Scranton location. The new building, located at 236 Penn Avenue, has three times the gallery space and features multiple studios for room to grow. The ArtWorks team is planning a new exclusive pottery studio that boasts a kiln for firing clay works to create one-of-a-kind pottery items. Planned new programs also include print making, silk screening, lynol cuts, digital studio, drawing, and painting.

A program of Keystone Community Resources, ArtWorks is an alternative to traditional day service for individuals with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. It is a creative environment with an individual based schedule suited to a person’s needs or skill level. We are looking to integrate community classes and eventually extend the hours of operation.

The ArtWorks Gallery & Studio also has new art classes at night for adults, teens and children. Call 570-207-1815 today about fees and registration.

 

Endless Mountains Heritage Region, Dennis Symposium

EMHR Director Serves as Keynote Speaker at Dennis Farm Event

By Rick Hiduk

 

Endless Mountains Heritage Region (EMHR) executive director Cain Chamberlin was the keynote speaker at the Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust (DFCLT) Symposium, which was held recently at Keystone College in La Plume. The Dennis Farm Historic Site, located in Brooklyn Township, Susquehanna County was home to a prominent free African-American family who made an indelible mark on local and national history.

Cain Chamberlin

DFCLT president Denise Dennis selected Chamberlin as the first “local” keynote speaker in the Symposium’s seven years, she explained, because of the early and ongoing relationship between the EMHR, which was founded in 1998 and the DFCLT, which was initiated in 2001. The EMHR’s facilitation of funding supplied by PA DCNR allowed for the development of a special purposes study and master site plan that have formally encapsulated the story and the Dennis family and their vision for the future of the property.

In 2016, Denise worked with the EMHR again for inclusion of the Dennis Farm on the revamped Susquehanna County Heritage Attractions sign and map. That project garnered the Dennis Farm its first street address – 7799 Creek Road, Kingsley – and a much-deserved position among the county’s other historic sites, few of which date as far back as the 1793 arrival and settlement of Revolutionary War veteran Prince Perkins, who would later marry into the Perkins family of Dimock.

This past year, the EMHR helped to fund the design, production and installation of 10 interpretive panels that have been situated upon the 153-acre spread. After the symposium, dozens of guests, many making the trip from the Philadelphia area for the first time, were shuttled to the farm for guided tours by Dennis family and DFCLT members and docents from Keystone College. The new signs and a monument were unveiled in the course of their visit.

Mountain View High School gifted teacher Charleene Martens presents a jar of syrup to Denise Dennis (center) that was produced from sap collected from centuries-old maple trees on the Dennis Farm by Mountain View students. Joining them are (from left) Dennis family member Lonnie Moore III, Mountain View superintendent Karen Voigt and special education teacher Brion Stone, Dennis family member Darryl Gore, Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust board member Wade Catts, and program emcee George Stark of Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation.

Seventeen years and $50,000 into their partnership, EMHR board members met the Dennis family in June for a tour of the site, delighting in Denise’s ability to recall such minute details of nine generations of Perkins and Dennis ancestors and relatives and their specific contributions to local history. “It’s easy to see how passionate they all are about their story,” Chamberlin remarked. “We are so fortunate to have places like the Dennis Farm in our region. It is a true gem of the Endless Mountains.”

“Having been asked by Denise to be the keynote speaker for the event was particularly humbling and a true highlight of my time with the Heritage Region thus far,” said Chamberlin. “Because of its agricultural connection. Fully documented family history, and association with early African American life and American conflicts dating back to the French and Indian War, the historical and cultural significance of the Dennis Farm is almost immeasurable.”

Chamberlin applauded the Dennis family’s passion for historical preservation and their desire to learn all they can about their lineage as truly inspiring and exemplary of what the EMHR looks for in a heritage partner.

The EMHR serves and promotes historical and agriculture initiatives in Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties.

Endless Mountains Heritage Region, Annual Meeting

Heritage Region Celebrates Year of Progress and Partnerships

Photos and Story by Rick Hiduk

Wyoming County commissioner Judy Mead (right) was thanked for her years of service to the EMHR board as the official government representative of the county. Mead helped with the formation in the organization in 1998. Leslie Cadden (left) presented Mead with a citation from Rep. Karen Boback.

Board members and staff of the Endless Mountains Heritage Region (EMHR) met on Oct. 4 at American Legion Post 510 in Black Walnut, Laceyville, where they were joined by associate members, project partners and other guests for their annual meeting.

EMHR executive director Cain Chamberlin thanked members of the Kitson Arts Alliance in attendance for helping to make the Bradford County Summer Parks series a success by coordinating entertainment. Other well-received endeavors in 2019 included the annual Youth Heritage Sojourn and the Rivers of Our Region presentations in Tunkhannock, Montrose and Dushore.

In addition to conducting a parks and trails series in Sullivan County in 2020, the EMHR will prepare a special purpose study and meet with farm bureaus in its four-county region. “A lot of our agricultural initiatives had fallen by the wayside,” Chamberlin remarked, “and we want to get back into that.”

Representatives of organizations that have benefited from the EMHR’s annual mini-grant program took turns providing updates on what they have accomplished with their respective funding, including Rail-Trail Council project manager Lynn Conrad; Elaine Poost of the Bradford County Regional Arts Council; Bradford County Historical Society Museum curator Matt Carl; Bill Brasington, director of interactive learning for the Troy Historical Society; Erica Rogler, executive director of the Wyoming County Cultural Center; Tunkhannock artist Bob Lizza; Keystone College grants director Liz Ratchford; and Candace Sturdevant of the PA Route 6 Alliance. PP Bliss Gospel Songwriters Museum board president Wendy Carrington sent a report on progress at their site in Orwell Township.

Speakers at the annual Endless Mountains Heritage Region members meeting and luncheon included (top, from left) Matt Carl of the Bradford County Historical Society, Liz Ratchford of Keystone College, Lynn Conrad of the Rail-Trails Council, Candace Sturdevant of PA Route 6 Alliance, Elaine Poost of the Bradford County Regional Arts Council, Erica Rogler of the Wyoming County Cultural Center, and Bill Brasington of the Troy Historical Society. Above, EMHR executive director Cain Chamberlin (center) thanks Melanie (left) and Wylie Norton of Sullivan County for their many years of service to organization as board members.

Poost shared her excitement about a new program series for preschool children that focuses on nature and the outdoors. Classes have begun at the Stohl Nature Center in Wysox and will branch out from there. EMHR funding will also be used to enhance the Wyalusing Community Core Trail Project with interpretive signage, she noted.

Rogler is overseeing Lizza’s production of 35 four-by-sixty-inch hand-painted panels depicting the Nicholson Bridge as it looked about 100 years ago that will be applied to the south exterior wall of the Wyoming County Cultural Center beginning late October.

Sturdevant was key speaker for the event, providing an update on the Route 6 Façade & Signage Program, for which her organization hopes to procure $133,000 from the PA DCNR specifically for Bradford and Wyoming counties.

In addition to business and property owners, municipal governments are also eligible for the $5,000 grants, which require a 100 percent match. The program was developed by the PA Route 6 Alliance for adaptive reuse of additional structures, bringing substandard buildings up to code, and simply giving others a face-lift to enhance commercial development and foster community pride.

New EMHR officers elected for 2020 include Kevin Abrams of Bradford County, who will serve as the new president; Rogler of Wyoming County, who will remain vice president; and Chris Brown, who replaces Joyce Kerrick as secretary/treasurer.

Interested readers may contact the Endless Mountains Heritage Region for more information on programs and grants at 570-265-1528 or log on to www.EMHeritage.org.