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This year’s Ice Festival celebrates all things Harry Potter By Josh McAuliffe

sPeciAl To The ABiNGToN suBuRBAN Two decades since he was first conjured by author J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter — and the fantastical world he inhabits — remains as beloved as ever by millions of kids and their parents. That across-the-board appeal should result in big crowds this weekend at the 14th annual Clarks Summit Festival of Ice, which will run Friday, Feb. 16, to Monday, Feb. 19. Titled “The Wizarding World of Ice,” the festival will feature its usual dazzling assortment of ice sculptures and family-friendly events taking place at numerous locations throughout the borough. As always, admission to the festival’s events is free, as is parking throughout the downtown. For a complete schedule of events and participating venues, visit facebook.com/csfestivalofice or the Abington Business & Professional Association’s website, theabingtons.org. A festival map is on page 5. “We’ve been getting a lot of excitement building around it,” said ABPA executive director and event coordinator Laura Ancherani.

“Harry Potter has been around for 20 years now, so you have all these fans with such an age range. Which is what the festival has, too. Harry Potter is for everyone, and so is the festival.” When Ancherani and her family visited Universal Orlando Resort’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in late 2016, she was completely smitten with the magical vibe of the place. “It gave me goosebumps being there. You really feel like you’re in that world,” she said. Cut to a few months later, to last year’s Festival of Ice. As Ancherani watched the festivities unfold, she had an epiphany of sorts. “I was just watching everybody and observing. It helps me to get ideas,” she said. “I had a vision. I saw everyone in their robes with their wands, and I could hear the music playing. And I thought, ‘Oh my god, Harry Potter, that’s our theme for next year.’” The festival’s partners quickly latched onto the idea, and excitement has been building throughout the community for months. The event typically draws between 25,000 and 35,000 people, but Ancherani wouldn’t be surprised if a record crowd turns out this year. As always, the festival will feature about 50 to 60 ice sculptures created by Sculpted Ice Works’ Mark Crouthamel and his team of carvers. And, they will be on hand doing live ice carvings Friday and Saturday. Potter-themed sculptures will include a Basilisk-themed ice slide, flying brooms, Hog-

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warts Castle and various characters, not just from the “Potter” series but also the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” prequel. In addition, there’s the annual Festival of Ice Parade, which will take place along South State Street on Friday beginning at 7:30 p.m. The parade will feature the Abington Heights marching band, as well as plenty of participants in costume, including Ancherani and her family. Participating festival venues include The Gathering Place, 303 S. State St., which will serve as the festival’s welcome center and the host of the Family Fun Faire, set for Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The event will include music by DJ Jack Martin, storyteller Chris Archangelo, children’s face painting by Happy Faces and juggler Rob Smith. First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit will host several events throughout the weekend, among them an art show organized by Elaine Tweedy, a juried photo exhibit by members of the Northeast Photography Club and a magic show by Eddy Ray. For more information, call the church at 570-586-6306 or visit fpccs.org. Other festival highlights include: a brass band playing music from the Potter films; trolley rides; horse and carriage rides; a birds of prey education station; a wine tasting hosted by Mucciolo Family Wines; Harry Potter selfie station and “Amortentia potion station” at NOTE Fragrances; outdoor wizard chess at State Street Grill; and “Hogwarts 101” create your own wand and potions workshops at Abington Community Library. Meanwhile, Abington Heights High School student artists will be Potterfying the windows of downtown businesses. “That’s always been part of our goal, to showcase what our downtown has to offer.

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Some of the decor that will be seen in Diagon Alley, created by Jeff D’Angelo, awaits placement.

And we’ve always felt our festival really showcases our downtown. So, we want to make it the best it can be,” Ancherani said. “Our goal this year was just to create the most magical atmosphere we could, because we know how much people love these stories. People love to get lost in this world. And that’s what we’re trying to bring to life.” If you go What: 14th annual Clarks Summit Festival of Ice When: Friday, Feb. 16, to Monday, Feb. 19 Where: downtown Clarks Summit, with the welcome center at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St. Details: Admission to all festival events is free. For a complete schedule of events and participating venues, visit facebook.com/csfestivalofice or the ABPA’s website, theabingtons.org.

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Trinity Early Learning Center at Trinity Lutheran Church is enrolling students for their 3-year-old, 4-year-old and kindergarten readiness programs for the 2018-’19 school year. The 3-year-old program meets on Tuesday and Thursday. The 4-year-old program meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and offers a morning or an afternoon class. The kindergarten readiness program is for children who will be 5 years old by Aug. 31 and are not going to kindergarten. The program offers 3-, 4- or 5-day options and meets from 8:45-11:45 a.m. For more information, call 570-5865590 or 570-587-1088.

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Abington Heights School District will conduct kindergarten registration for September 2018 at all four elementary schools during the second week of March. Children must be 5 years old by Aug. 31 to attend Kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year. At the time of registration, a birth certificate, proof of residency and current immunizations must be provided. Please contact the elementary school office within your area to pre-register and request a registration packet. Registration will be held on the following dates: • Monday, March 5, Clarks Summit Elementary School, 401 West Grove St., Clarks Summit. 570-585-7300. • Tuesday, March 6, Waverly Elementary School, 103 Waverly Road, Waverly, 570-585-6300; Newton Ransom Elemen-

• Sahas Chandragiri of Waverly Township has been named to the fall dean’s list at University of the Sciences. • Emily Sarno of Dalton was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Quinnipiac University. • The following students earned dean’s list honors for the fall semester at Saint Joseph’s University: Lauren Fick of Clarks Summit, Sarah Jonsson of South Abington Township and Michael Noto of Waverly Township. • Steven McKnight of South Abington Township was named to Susquehanna University’s dean’s list for the fall semester. • Tyler Zimmerman of Clarks Green has been named to the dean’s list at Liberty University.

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O and the Sax Maniacs with special guest, 14-year-old Edmond, Oklahoma-based singer Olivia Kay. The event will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17, at Hilton Scranton and Conference Center, 100 Adams Ave. in Scranton. “For nearly eight years, Marley’s Mission has continued to build hope for children who have experienced trauma — including emotional, sexual and physical trauma and secondary post-traumatic stress disorder. The Blue Ribbon Gala raises the funds needed to provide care free of charge to children and we are forever grateful to our gala chairs, planning committee, attendees and sponsors for their unwavering support,” said Attorney Gene Talerico, Marley’s Mission Board President. Tickets for the Gala are $125 and event proceeds will support the annual operations of Marley’s Mission, allowing all services to be provided to the children served by the organization. For more information about gala sponsorship opportunities, please email april@marleysmission.com or visit marleysmission.com/blue-ribbon-gala/.


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Rippon pushes past bullying, self doubt

Adam Rippon stood 4 feet tall when he was in the third and fourth grade in Clarks Green, making him an easy target for bullies. He started to skate when he was 10 and found a creative outlet for his energy, but he had no role models to show him how to act or talk or fight back when he was taunted. “Being a small gay kid from the middle of nowhere, Pennsylvania, is a hard way to grow up,” he said. Rippon tried to change his mannerisms to be “normal,” but he couldn’t pretend to be something he was not. Skating was his refuge. “I finally found something that was made for somebody like me and that I loved to do,” he said. Despondent and feeling depressed after he didn’t make the U.S. team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Rippon nearly quit the sport. “For a really long time I’d look in the mirror and I wouldn’t know who was looking back at me and I wouldn’t really like who was looking back at me, and it took me a really long time to own who I was,” he said. “And when I was able to own who I was, that’s when I had my most success.” Rippon, 28, came out publicly as gay in late 2015. He had already come out to his parents and five siblings, one at a time. “It was so liberating for me,” said Rippon, who won the U.S. championship in 2016, “and I saw that my skating could be something greater than just for me. That’s what reinvigorated my passion for doing what I love to do.” Rippon, who trains at The Rinks-Lakewood Ice in the Los Angeles area, is an artist in a sport that loves quadruple jumps and undervalues musicality and pure skating. That emphasis almost cost him one of three

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Fore cast: rai n G a rde n s In 1838, Hans Christian Anderson published a fairy tale called “The Steadfast Tin Soldier.” This tragic travelogue details the journey of a one-legged tin soldier through the stormwater management system of nineteenth century Denmark. We know that in nearly two centuries, nothing has changed in our tragic romantic imaginations, but has anything changed in our stormwater management systems? Even if the weather forecast calls for dry weather for the foreseeable future, we have a 100 percent chance for heavy rain eventually. We also know that there is a 100 percent chance that some of the heavy rain will end up in the “built” environment — rain gutters, then downspouts, street gutters, catch basins, storm drains, outfalls and finally rushing in a torrent into creeks and rivers. Every new roof, driveway, street or parking lot — all impervious materials — inevitably adds to the volume of water that is transferred to the next channel until the exponentially-accumulating water reaches the pond, lake, bay or ocean. Invariably, the more building upstream, the more capacity needed downstream. And while the new development up the hill doesn’t cause you much stress, road construction delays caused by the routing of the new water downhill does cause you months of stress. The link between the raindrop, the buildings and the road construction is unavoidable — unless by design a “natural” feature interrupts the flow of water downstream and redirects it through the natural filtration into underground rivers (aquafers) deep underground. These “natural” features are called rain gardens.

Since my forecast calls for heavy rain in the future, and more building upstream, and an effort to reduce the need for stormwater treatment construction downstream, I am also forecasting a 100 percent chance of more rain gardens in the future. Rain gardens interrupt the flow of water either at all extremes of stormwater management, from residential to municipal levels. At the residential level, rain gardens intercept downspout water before it reaches the street. At the municipal level, rain gardens intercept storm drain water before it reaches outfalls and creeks. While they differ in scale, the basic designs are the same. Builders create specially-designed dry ponds capable of catching and treating a prescribed volume of stormwater. When the prescribed volume is exceeded, excess water continues into the stormwater system as before. But the dry pond retains its water in a temporary swamplike environment. While the rain garden may appear to be a 12-inch deep pond for up to three days, the pond water moves into the amended soil beneath the surface, where it is absorbed by plants or percolates through the original subsoil and into groundwater. Because this amended soil stays wet, perennials, shrubs, and trees that compose the garden must tolerate wet roots and pollutants. So today, due to increased use of rain gardens, Anderson’s tin soldier might no longer end up in a fish’s belly. Reach me at josarhuap@aol.com. Joshua Arp is an ISA-certified municipal specialist, Clarks Summit’s municipal arborist and an operator of an organic lawn and landscape maintenance business.


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Marywood University music, theatre and dance department students recently participated in and received honors at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), which was held at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania. Tiffany Atkins, a senior theatre major, received an honorable mention from the regional design committee for her lighting design for Marywood University’s production of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Melina Barry of Clarks Summit, a sophomore theatre major, received a certificate of excellence for her audition for the national playwriting program staged reading auditions. She was the only student in the region to receive such recognition.

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From Helen’s Kitchen BY Lori KisheL

The Lenten season is quickly approaching, so meat-free meals are in order. Here are some of my favorites. Also, Valentine’s Day falls on Ash Wednesday this year… You will love these meatless meals for either occasion. Enjoy. TUNA CAKES WITH TOMATO AND DILL SAUCE 1 (12-1/2-oz.) can tuna in water, drained and finely flaked 3/4 cup soft bread crumbs 1/3 cup minced green onions 1/3 cup finely chopped green bell pepper 1 egg 1/2 cup low-fat milk 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons butter or margarine For sauce: 1-1/2 cups finely chopped fresh tomatoes 1-1/2 cups tomato sauce 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 tablespoon dill weed Combine all ingredients for tuna cakes, except butter. Mix until moistened. Shape mixture into eight (4-inch) patties. Melt butter in skillet; sauté patties until golden on each side. Gently heat all sauce ingredients; remove from heat. Pour sauce over each tuna cake. Yield: 4 servings. ONION-RICE CASSEROLE 3 cups water 1/2 teaspoon salt 1-1/2 cups short-grain rice 1/2 stick butter or margarine 1 cup fresh mushrooms 12 white boiling onions, peeled and halved 1 medium Vidalia or other sweet onion, cut into 8 wedges 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 (14-1/2-ounce) can vegetable broth 3/4 cup freshly shredded Romano or Parmesan cheese Combine water and salt in a medium saucepan; bring to boil. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in rice. Let stand, covered, 30 minutes. Rinse rice with cold water; drain well. Set aside. In a large skillet, melt butter or margarine. Cook one-third of the mushrooms in the hot butter until

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tender. Remove from skillet with a slotted spoon; set aside. Cook remaining mushrooms, boiling onions, Vidalia onion and garlic in remaining hot butter in skillet until mushrooms and onions are tender. Add rice. Cook and stir over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes more until rice is golden. Carefully stir vegetable broth into rice mixture. Bring to boil. Transfer rice and vegetable broth mixture to a 2-quart casserole. Bake at 325º for 25 to 30 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork. Stir in twothird cup of Romano or Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle remaining cheese and reserved mushrooms on top. Return to oven. Bake, uncovered, for 5 minutes until cheese melts and turns slightly golden. Yield: 6 to 8 side-dish servings. SHRIMP CREOLE (Requested by one of our readers.) 2 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper 1/4 cup onion, chopped 3 tablespoons cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon each: salt, paprika, chili powder and basil 1/8 teaspoon black pepper 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 (28-ounce) can tomatoes, undrained 1 lb. (4 cups) uncooked shrimp In a large skillet, sauté green pepper and onion in butter until tender. Stir in remaining ingredients; mix well. Heat to boiling. Simmer slowly, covered, 15 to 18 minutes or until shrimp are firm and pink, stirring occasionally. Yield: 4 servings. MACAROON-FILLED CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES 1 cup fat-free ricotta cheese 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided 3 egg whites, divided 1/3 cup flaked coconut 1 teaspoon coconut extract 1-1/4 cups flour 1/2 cup cocoa 1 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 cup buttermilk 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce 1 teaspoon vanilla Preheat oven to 350º. Coat 18 muffin cups with nonstick spray or use paper FEBRUARY 15, 2018 10:09 | CORNELLCHR

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into patties and fry in hot vegetable oil about 5 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with tartar sauce or the following cucumber sauce. For cucumber sauce: 1 unpeeled cucumber, shredded and drained 1/2 cup sour cream 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1 teaspoon grated onion 2 teaspoons lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon salt Dash of black pepper 1 teaspoon dried parsley Combine all ingredients, except drained cucumber. Then add mixture to the drained cucumber; mix well. Cover and chill. CHOCOLATE-CHIP ANGEL COOKIES 1 stick butter or margarine, room temperature 1/2 cup shortening 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cream of tartar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips 1 cup chopped nuts (pecans) additional sugar Mix butter or margarine in large mixing bowl of electric mixer. Add sugars; beat well at medium speed; add egg and vanilla; blend well. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; add to creamed mixture; mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350º for 12 to 15 minutes; cool on wire rack. Yield: 60 cookies. Any comments, questions or favorite recipes? Feel free to send your thoughts to helenskitchen@msn.com, and please write, “Helen’s Kitchen Request, ATTN: Lori” in the subject line to make sure I receive it. Thank you!

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room, 104 Shady Lane Road in Chinchilla. Flynn’s staff can help with PennDOT paperwork, LIHEAP winter heating assistance, unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation, PACE/PACENET teens FlY FishinG school: Fly fishing prescription-drug coverage, unclaimed classes for teens will be held Saturdays. property searches and any other stateFeb. 17 and 24 and March 3 and 10, 9 related matter. Call 570-342-4348 for a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Scott Townmore information. Blood drives: Winter storms and ship Municipal Building, 1038 Montdale the flu don’t just mean a lot of people are Road. Classes are for kids ages 14-18; no veterAn’s Bricks: The Scott Townmissing work and school, it also means experience or equipment necessary. Class ship Veterans Memorial Committee they can’t keep their American Red Cross routinely continues to take memorial blood and platelet donation appointments. qualifies for Boy Scout merit badge and Girl Scout Stream Girl patch. Call 570brick orders throughout the year. HowThe Red Cross is urging healthy donors of 954-5042 or email ffnepa@epix.net for ever, if anyone wishes to have a brick all blood types to roll up a sleeve to help more information. installed for Memorial Day, May 28, the maintain the blood supply for patients in bricks must be ordered by March 3. Since need. There are two blood drives scheduled BorouGh meetinG schedule: Clarks its dedication in 2013, 497 memorial in the area: Summit Borough’s schedule of meetings in bricks have been installed at the townSaturday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2018 is: ship’s veteran’s memorial. Brick order the Trinity Lutheran Church, 205 W. Grove Borough council: regular meetings will blanks are available from any committee St.; and Friday, Feb. 23, 2-7 p.m. at the be on the first Wednesday of each month; person, at the township building, or on Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, work sessions will be on the last Wednesday the township website: scotttownship.org. 505 Griffin Pond Road. Visit redcrossblood. of the month. Call 570-587-3120 or 570-254-6783 for org or call (800) RED CROSS. Zoning hearing board: regular meetfurther information. ings will be on the second Tuesday of each Art events At GAtherinG PlAce: The iPAd clinic: The Abington Senior CenGathering Place will hold an Art Market on month (as needed). Planning commission: regular meetings ter has an iPad clinic on Wednesdays from the second Saturday of the month (next 1-3 p.m. Anyone interested can call the market: March 10), 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. will be on the third Wednesday of each month (as needed). center at 570-586-8996. The Art Market is a venue in which artists Shade tree commission: regular meetand craftspeople of many genres can excruise PlAnned: Join Adele Bianchi & hibit and sell their creations in a nonjuried ings will be on the fourth Wednesday of Friends from the Abington Senior Center each month. forum. Last month’s market featured potPolice pension board: regular meetings ters, jewelry designers, purse and clothing will be on Wednesdays, May 16, Aug. 15 and creators and more. Area artisans who wish to take part can find more details at Gather- Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. Civil service commission: regular meetingPlaceCS.org. ings will be held as needed. In addition to the displayed works, Except as noted, all other meetings and each second Saturday will have a live demonstration. This month’s program will work sessions are held at 7 p.m. in council chambers on the second floor of the borfeature Emily Rancier’s presentation of ough building, 304 S. State St. Additional her felting skills. Masonry Chimney meetings/public hearings will be advertised. Cleanings Cancellations will be posted at the front ennYc triP: The Abington Senior ComOil - Gas - Propane trance to the borough building at the South munity Center is having a “day on your own SPECIAL $79.95 State Street entrance and on the borough’s in New York City” on April 21; cost is $40. FURNACE TUNE-UPS OIL • GAS • PROPANE Visit abingtonseniorcommunitycenter.com bulletin board on South State Street. for more day trips. CALL NOW 570-445-3264 stAte reP. outreAch: A staff member communitY BAnd: The Crystal Band from state Rep. Marty Flynn’s office will of Scranton invites you to play with them provide outreach assistance from 9 a.m. to noon on the third Wednesday of the for their 2018 season. Originated in Cabinets Touched-Up, Restored, Painted. 1879, the Crystal Band is an all-volunteer month, alternating between the Clarks STEEL, Fiberglass & Composite Green Borough Building, 104 N. Abingcommunity band composed of musicians DOORS Wood-Grained. ton Road and the South Abington Townranging from high school students to Columns: FAUX Marble or Granite retirees. No auditions required. Practices ship Building’s second-floor meeting Ph:570-815-8411 www.Wood-Grain.com are Monday nights, 7:30-9 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Abington, 100 Carbondale Road in Waverly. For more information, visit crystalband.com.

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rec center hours: The Newton Recreation Center, 1814 Newton Ransom Blvd., has begun fall and winter hours, which will continue through May, 2018: weekdays 9 a.m. to noon and 3-8:30 p.m. Saturdays 10 am to 5 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. communuitY sinGers: The Wally Gordon Community Singers invite you to sing with them for their 2017-18 season. Based in Clarks Summit, this group was founded 35 years ago to give local people an opportunity to pursue the love of choral music, regardless of training or ability. Membership is open to high school and adult singers. No auditions required. Two concerts per season: early December and early May. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church music room, 1310 Morgan Highway in Clarks Summit. For more information, call 570-561-6005 or visit their Facebook page. oPen jAm session: Mondays, 6-8 p.m. Bring an instrument and jump in to this weekly musical session. Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit. 570-586-1380.

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