CMYK Who was BRIMMING with excitement? Catch a glimpse of the derbywear on attendees at the Run for the Roses. See Page 8. THE ABINGTON Classmates, family join in tribute to area teen JOURNAL Lackawanna Trail student creates memorial sculpture in friend’s memory. See Page 5. An edition of The Times Leader www.theabingtonjournal.com Wilkes-Barre, Clarks Summit, Pa. Pa. MAY 16 TO MAY 22, 2012 50¢ Cops: A.H. student threatens mom with gun BY ROBERT TOMKAVAGE email@example.com A Clarks Summit teen, truant from school, approached his mother with a gun after an argument, according to police. Mark Drutarovsky, 19, Clarks Summit was charged May 11with aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person. According to the police affidavit, Drutarovsky’s mother, Michelle Plunkett told South Abington Twp. police officer Leonard K. Harvey that her son has been “skipping school a lot lately.” Plunkett approached Officer Harvey at the intersection of Ransom Road and Skyline Drive after she fled the residence, 12002 Creek Road, where Plunkett said Drutarovsky was living with his grandparents. Plunkett told police she fled after her son grabbed a rifle from his room there, loaded a round into the chamber, pointed it at her and threatened to shoot her. She said they were involved in an argument. Police said they retrieved an unloaded shotgun and rifle, along with another shotgun, from the Creek Road residence after a search, but were unable to locate a pistol which Plunkett believed should also be at the residence. According to the affidavit, South Abington Twp. police officer Thomas Ksiazek was able to make contact with Drutarovsky who agreed to meet Ksiazek at a South Abington Twp. park. Ksiazek then took Drutarovsky into custody and transported him to police headquarters. Newton tables drilling decision MEET THE PRESIDENT Educating the community BY SUSAN REBENSKY Abington Journal Correspondent NEWTON TWP. - On May 8, the Newton Township Board of Supervisors, reviewed and compiled information in regard to upcoming gas drilling ordinance changes and after a brief discussion period decided to hold off on a final decision . The board held a public hearing in regard to the proposed resolution . Patrick Lavelle, an attorney who represented his client Keith W. Eckel, a resident of Newton Township, voiced concerns over the proposed change in ordinance. “I have reviewed the proposed amendment to the Zoning Ordinance, anddon’t feel that the ordinance is fair to everyone. It needs further review before approval. For example, using section See Newton, Page 4 INSIDE The Abington Journal Please enclose this label with any address changes, and mail to The Abington Journal, 211 S. State St,, Clarks Summit, PA, 18411 ArtsEtc. ..............................7 Calendar.............................2 Classified ...........................16 Crosswords ........................14 Obituaries .................9, 15, 24 School...........................5, 24 Sports ...............................10 Police reported that Drutarovsky admitted to them that he did approach his mother with a rifle, but that it was not loaded, although there are several bullets in a sleeve attached to the stock. Drutarovsky was transferred to the Lackawanna County Prison held on $50,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday. BY KELLY MCDONOUGH Abington Journal Correspondent ABINGTON JOURNAL/ BILL TARUTIS Juniors Celeste Neary, right, and Tony Mercuri, both of Clark Summit, arrive at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton for the Abington Heights prom. School style Abington Heights High School juniors and seniors danced to music by EJ the DJ at their Prom May 12 at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton. This year’s theme was the 1920s. Lackawanna Trail Jr./Sr. High School also held its Prom at the Radisson May 4. About 160 guests danced through the evening’s theme, “Moonlight Forest” to music by DJ Eric Peterson. See President, Page 5 Food for music Patsel’s to host fundraiser BY ELIZABETH BAUMEISTER firstname.lastname@example.org Ashley Mecca and Shea Myers at the Lackawanna Trail Prom. PHOTO COURTESY ALICE STUFFLE Color her surprised Three members of the Clarks Summit community were honored with awards at the May 10 Salvation Army annual dinner at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, Scranton. See Page 3 for photos and details of the honorees at the event. CLARKS SUMMIT- Mary Chuff,18, is on a mission to educate students and adults about SADD, or Students Against Destructive Decisions. As president of SADD at Abington Heights High School, she spreads the mission of encouraging students to avoid underage drinking and tries to offer ways for students to enjoy events such as prom without alcoholAccording to Chuff, SADD National comes up with a different theme or campaign every month. April was safe drivCHUFF ing month. There is also a safe prom campaign. “We encourage students not to drink; however, if they do make a mistake we want to get the message Clarks Summit resident Marge Black is surprised with an award May 10. ABINGTON JOURNAL/ ALEX SEELEY GLENBURN- Food for the body and music for the soul will be served at Patsel’s in Glenburn May 24. The restaurant is hosting a fundraiser, titled “Music is the Food of Love,” at 6 p.m. to benefit the Robert Dale Chorale, a local non-profit chamber choir. Bruce Sherbine, of Clarks Green, who is on the committee for the event, said various dinner stations will be set up at the restaurant. Throughout the evening, about 15 members of the Chorale will sing solos, duets and trios. “It’s going to be great music and great food,” Sherbine said. “And Patsel’s, in my opinion, has the best food around.” He said the Chorale has performed at Patsel’s in the Members of the committee for the Patsel’s fundraiser are, from left: Dr. Steven Thomas, musical director of the Robert Dale Chorale; Pat Atkins, owner of Patsel’s; Dr. Bruce K. Sherbine, event chairman and Donna Simpson, president of the Chorale. past during the holidays. The group is best known for its classical performances, such as the Bach Festival held each spring and the annual Messiah Sing-Along at Christmastime. The chorale’s mission, acSee Patsel’s, Page 4 C.G. native exploring the world BY JOAN MEAD-MATSUI Abington Journal Correspondent M aria Vietz has been back in town since mid-April, but who knows when the 20-year-old Clarks Green native will get the The trip to Beijing included surprises every day, according to student Maria Vietz, who ate her first cricket kabobs. bug to travel again. From January through April she traveled 26,000 miles, not including the time spent on buses, in a journey that took her to Buenos Aires, Argentina; Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic and Beijing, China. Vietz spent four months, or the equivalent of a full semester, enrolled in a study abroad program known as “Pitt MAP,” through the University of Pittsburgh, where she recently completed her junior year and is majoring in international studies and communications. The theme for this year’s trip was sustainable development and her classes and studies while away focused on writing, literature, economy, politics and ecology. “I’ve wanted to study abroad. I’ve wanted to travel and while I was looking at colleges, I would spend hours looking at study abroad pictures instead of the actual facts about the school. I didn’t know where I wanted to go,” said Vietz. Her first stop was Buenos Aires, where she took tango lessons and “awesome” tours of landmarks including the Casa Rosada, which Vietz noted is similar to our White House and also where Evita spoke. “…But two of my favorite weekends of the entire trip were spent outside the city- the weekend at Iguazú Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and at an estancia (an old gaucho ranch) outside the city, where we kayaked, rode horses, had home cooked meals, invented ‘bike polo’ and looked at thousands of stars on the dock at night,” said Vietz. In Prague, she attended an opera at the “Rudolfinum,” and warmed up with “a thick chocolate drink when we took a tour of the castle in one -degree weather.” Vietz said she enjoyed the side trips as well. “Especially to Slavonice, the little 1,000-yearold village on the border of Czech and Austria, where the Iron Curtain used to be. This is where we went to the Fireman’s ABINGTON JOURNAL/JOAN MEAD-MATSUI Clarks Green native Maria Vietz has traveled all over the world through the University of PittsSee Vietz, Page 8 burgh’s study abroad program.