Balloon Release Honors Skating Coach

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WILKES-BARRE -- Although some folks in one part of Luzerne County were out on the ice, the reason may warm your heart.

Stephanie "Coach Stevie" Capece Sciandra lived ice skating.

The Luzerne County native spent more than 20 years teaching people how to skate.

When she died in October after a battle with cancer her students came together to release balloons as a tribute to her life.

"She was a really, really great person to have around the rink. She was always helpful, and always really nice. Even when she was having a bad day, she would put that behind her and put her girls first," Nicole McNeal, Tresckow, said.


  • L

    WHY do folks do this..WHY do they voluntarily litter the Earth with their stupid events?? This is just as bad a burning down a forest for those Chinese Lantern Events.
    Keep your litter to yourself and STOP releasing balloons and Lanterns into the air just to fall in an unknown location.

  • Please stop!

    I’m sorry for your loss however please find a way to remember a loved soul other then releasing balloons! Six years ago next week I lost a beautiful baby horse after he ingested a released balloon!

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