Hospice Remembrance Walk Returns After Three-Year Hiatus

More than 1,200 walkers are expected to pause and remember their loved ones in a unique and special way at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart Remembrance Walk. The walk will take place on Saturday, October 7th at McDade Park in Scranton for the first time since 2019. The event did not take place in 2020, 2021, and 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Registration begins at 8:30 am and the walk will kick off at 10 am. The Wright Center is the presenting sponsor.

The one-mile walk around scenic McDade Park is wheelchair accessible and pet-friendly. The $25 registration fee ($30 after September 20th) includes lunch and a long-sleeve t-shirt with a customizable pin-on bib, so participants can walk in memory of a loved one. Teams of five or more are $20 each and children 12 and under are free. There will be a DJ, basket raffle, children’s activities, a ceremonial bell ringing and ice cream. Proceeds from the walk will help support Hospice of the Sacred Heart programs and services.

The event will begin with an opening prayer by Msgr. Thomas M. Muldowney, Pastor, Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Moscow and WNEP-TV anchor and reporter, Stacy Lange, will start the walk. Diane Baldi, Hospice of the Sacred Heart CEO, will be available for interviews.

Those wishing to participate individually or as a team can register online at www.HospiceSacredHeart.org, by calling 570-706-2400 or at McDade Park the day of the walk.

Inaugural Penguins 5k, a Success

Runners (and walkers) from around the area dodged the raindrops Sunday morning to take part in the inaugural Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 5K, presented by PNC Bank.

Eryn Milius paced the field of 87 participants with a time of 19:49.86 on the Back Mountain Trail course, taking home first overall honors among all participants.

Twenty-two seconds behind Milius was Nathan Wood, whose 20:11.45 time led all male runners.

Awards were presented to the top three overall performers for both men and women, as well as in the 19-and-under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60-plus divisions.

All participants received a Penguins’ 5K t-shirt, participation puck, and a voucher good for a Penguins game during the 2021-22 season.

Proceeds from the inaugural Penguins 5K, presented by PNC, go to the team’s GOALS Foundation, whose mission is to provide young people and families with the opportunity to experience the game of hockey firsthand. 

In addition to PNC Bank, the Keystone Mission, Brand Graphics and the Gregory Center also provided support to the inaugural race.

A full listing of finishing times for the Penguins 5K is available online via the Falcon Race Timing website.

The Recovery Bank Recovery Walk

On Sunday, September 12, 2021 at noon the local recovering community will observe National Recovery Month by participating in the Scranton Recovery Walk.

The Walk begins at noon at “The Hall,” 415 N. 8th Avenue, near the new Sheetz in Scranton, and ends with a brief outdoor program at The Recovery Bank, 120 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton. Registration is not required for this free, family-friendly event.

The Recovery Bank and the Clearbrook Foundation in collaboration with members of the recovering community and Geisinger-Marworth, Brookdale and the Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs will celebrate the power of recovery in our local community.

Scranton Recovery Walk coordinator Frank Bolock announced the theme of this year’s recovery month: Recovery Month is for Everyone, Every Person, Every Family, Every Community.

“The power of recovery is evident in the Scranton community. No one is alone in the journey through recovery; we are all in this together,” Bolock emphasized. “All of us in the Scranton community, our neighbors, friends and family members, throughout our lives have experienced peaks and valleys, both big and small. But with strength, support and hope from the people we love, we are resilient, and recovery in our community is strong and powerful.”

Start: “The Hall” 415 N. Eighth Ave. Scranton, PA 18503
Finish: The Recovery Bank – 120 Wyoming Ave. Scranton, PA 18503