Leigh rewrites definition of retirement

Leigh D’Agostino has worked for nearly her whole life, including now in retirement. She was retail manager at the former Doyle-Knower and was tour manager at the F.X. Matt Brewing Co. She volunteers at the…


A few words about funerals, cremations

Because November is the month of All Souls, it may be of some value to consider the current trends in dealing with the commending, honoring and praying for those beloved among us who pass away….


World traveler knows he can come home again

Michael Wicks has traveled the four corners of the world during his time as a research scientist for the Air Force, as a professor teaching in foreign countries, and as a plain, ole tourist. But…


Anthony Ruggiero a natural-born leader

There is the old axiom that “there is no I in TEAM.” Anthony Ruggiero is a prime example of that. He loves sports, especially baseball, and works his hardest to make sure the TEAM comes…



Parents, parish play major roles in faith formation

Partnership. Collaboration. Cooperation. Choose whatever word you like and it describes what should be the relationship between the parish and parents in the religious guidance of their children in growing in the Catholic faith. Teaching…


At age 13, Alana has big ambitions

Alana Batson is an ambitious 13-year-old. She loves sports, especially basketball, is a musician, excels in school and volunteers in her parish. That’s just the beginning as she has set high goals for her life….


For Mario Scalzo, it all computes

Mario Scalzo has worn many hats in his life. He loves music, sings in the choir, plays many instruments and has been a member of several marching bands. Professionally, he might not be Bill Gates…


Who’s the boss? Joanne Gerace is

Joanne Gerace is the prototypical independent woman. She owns and operates her own restaurant, was a general manager of a minor league baseball team and has traveled the world. But she’s also devoted to her…


Elacqua cousins carry on family legacy

St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church is 120 years old. For much of that time, the Elacqua family has been a major contributor to the parish. For several generations, members of the family have volunteered,…


Rachel VanDeusen riding high in saddle

Rachel VanDeusen is a good student and altar server, loves playing sports and watching YouTube videos and enjoys spending time with her friends. But her real passion involves tall, four-legged creatures. Rachel is a lover…