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the voice of the abingtons | february 8, 2018

An area church will hold its annual Shrove Tuesday supper |PAGE 2

A local resident has been honored by Penn State alumni |PAGE 4

High Schoolers will show off their ‘Our Town’ art exhibit |PAGE 10

REAd All About It Plenty to do in the winter months at the library By Linda Scott

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Abington Community Library, 1200 West Grove St., offers the opportunity to read books, magazines or newspapers. You can use a computer or attend an event. Children can listen to a story or join a club. The library’s winter challenge Bingo is ongoing until February 23. Pick up a Bingo sheet, complete five activities in a row to make a Bingo. For example, in prek to fourth grade, the children put their initials on an activity they have completed such as “go on a nature walk,” “read with a friend” or “do a science experiment.” Grades five to 12 could “try a new food,” “bake or cook something” or “listen to music.” For adults, it could be “read a book written the year you were born” or “bring someone new to the library and help them apply for a library card.” Bring the card back to the library for a prize packet and one ticket for a raffle. The annual Chips, Dips, ‘n Sips will

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From left: Ricki Kalp, Chaun Santoriello and Karis Naeher take part in last year’s Chips, Dips, ‘n Sips event.

take place Saturday, Feb. 24, 6 to 9 p.m. at the library. It is gathering of the Friends of the Abington Community Library. Admission is $10 or $15 per couple. Price includes a one-year membership in the Friends of the Abington Coummity Library. You must be at least 21 to attend the event. The event will feature wine tasting, chips and dips and live music by Mike Waskovich. “It is a fun evening out with friends,” said Nancy Burke, circulation and youth service assistant Abington Community Library. “While at the event, you can get an application if you’re a new member of the Friends of the Library.” There are many children’s events to choose from. Some of them include math and science club where they do science experiments or read blueprints. There is read to dogs, in which therapy dogs are brought to the library and children practice their reading to them. There is also a


Lego club and a chess club to name a few. “The children can build Legos at home but it is different here at the library,” said Laura Gardoski head of youth services Abington Community Library. “They are together with their friends and having fun at the library. There is lots going on here.” “Story times are for babies (ages 0-2), toddler (ages 2 and 3) and preschool (ages 3-5),” said Burke. “The songs, fingerplays, crafts and stories are all based on a theme. Some of the themes we have used are colors, being healthy, alphabet, seasons, numbers and transportation. The kids love it and can check out books after.” “The Kafflelatsch is being changed to the international melting pot,” said Sandy Longo, director of the Abington Community Library. “People meet people and socialize with those who have the same interests.”

“We will meet once a month at the library on the second Thursday, 7 to 8:30 p.m.,” said volunteer Ilona Pohl. “Every month will have a different nationality such as Indian and Hungarian. The speakers will share their culture and customs from their countries with others. We will be learning and sharing and having fun together.” The Always in Stitches quilting group, which meets at the library, donated a Ladies of the White House quilt. The quilt features blocks inspired by first ladies such as Martha Washington, Eleanor Roosevelt and Mary Todd Lincoln. Raffle tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. “It’s important to visit the library as it truly is a community hub,” said Longo. “There’s something for everyone: books (print, digital and audio), magazines, DVD’s, classes to learn something new or to meet with others that have a shared interest, book discussions, special events and so much more.”

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• DeSales University held its midyear commencement. Among the graduates were Genna R. Borowski who earned a master of business administration in accounting and Christina M. Krut, who earned a bachelor of science in nursing (magna cum laude). Both are from Clarks Summit.

Dean’s List

• Muhlenberg College students named to dean’s list for the fall semester include Claire Notarianni of Clarks Summit and Winter storms and the flu don’t just mean a lot of people are missing work and Samuel Arnold of Dalton. • South Abington Township native school, it also means they can’t keep their Tiana Yarns was named to the Ithaca ColAmerican Red Cross blood and platelet donation appointments. The Red Cross is lege dean’s list for the fall semester. • Murray S. Fallk, son of David and urging healthy donors of all blood types Rhonda Fallk of Clarks Summit, has been to roll up a sleeve to help maintain the named again to the dean’s list at Cornell blood supply for patients in need. There University for the fall semester. are two blood drives scheduled in the • Regina Volpe of Clarks Summit was area: Saturday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. named to the fall semester dean’s list at at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 205 W. Grove St. and Friday, Feb. 23, 2-7 p.m. at Hofstra University. • Ryan Sheffler of Waverly was the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day named to the fall semester dean’s list at Saints, 505 Griffin Pond Road. Visit or call (800) RED Marist College. CROSS.


ing members of the college community and local residents can pick the area’s top cupcakes and raise money to help fight cancer on the same evening. Students in Keystone’s hospitality and event planning program are conducting the fifth annual “Cupcake Challenge” on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6-8 p.m. in Evans Hall in Hibbard Campus Center. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Tickets cost $10 to sample six different cupcakes made by local bakeries and vote for your top choices. Raffle prizes will be awarded. Tickets for the event can be purchased at the door or in advance by emailing Participating bakers and bakeries in• Richard McDermott of Clarks clude: Allyssa Clarson; Alter House, Elisha Nolan; Billie Wech and Rachel Knowlton; Summit has earned a bachelor of science degree in geology from Kutztown Curlytop Cupcakery; Diane Brewster; University.

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President’s List

Clarks Summit resident Kayleigh Alexis Tokash has been named to the president’s list at James Madison University for the fall semester.

Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras) brings out the griddles and spatulas as the men of the Church of the Epiphany, 25 Church Hill in Glenburn Township, host their annual Shrove Tuesday pancake supper on Feb. 13, 5-7 p.m. A free will offering will be accepted to benefit the Abington Ecumenical Ministerium’s Emergency Assistance Fund and its food pantry at the Dalton United Methodist Church. For more information, visit Members of the public are encouraged to bring a friend. Epiphany is an Episcopal church that welcomes all to the supper and its services.



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Last week the abrasive sounds of shoveling and pouring gravel from a metal dump truck into a metal wheelbarrow filled our ears for an entire day. From time to time, I would look out and see the workers straining to push the laden barrow across the flat landscape to various locations, where they would labor to spread the load evenly among all the beds. The result still looks spectacular: The tan stones practically glow in the landscape. Even though I commend the look—the tan rocks are at least natural looking in contrast to the more common red mulch — I cannot applaud this job, either from the homeowner or the contractor’s perspective, in spite of my wife’s gentle protests. As we looked out the back of our house (we are only renting here temporarily), I pointed out an older, much-less-brilliant landscape. Like its tiled roof, stucco walls and concrete sidewalks, its formerly bright landscape stones were now muted with age. In our community, residents are required to have their tile roofs washed every two or three years. Cleaning is required to prevent the roof from becoming a forest. Yes, cleaning removes the algae that comes before the moss that comes before the grass that comes before the oak seedlings. Cleaning not only makes the roof look like new, it stops the inevitable forces of biological succession. But who wants to pressure wash every individual piece of landscape gravel? Unlike the roof, the beds will not get a renewed look every few years, and nature’s progress will continue unabated. The formerly bright

landscape stones will grow dimmer at an exponential rate. Furthermore, like your home’s carpet, the uneven surface of the gravel will collect debris, and the debris will accumulate unabated. (Unless, of course, you vacuum your beds when you vacuum your rugs.). This debris not only further dulls the appearance of the beds, it also begins to grow its own forest. And fighting the forest is the worst part. If you spray the weeds, you have not removed the debris in which they are growing. Besides, the dead weeds further add to the accumulation of the forest-nurturing debris. On the other hand, have your knees experienced the agony of hand-weeding a gravel bed? What about your plants? Do they prefer rooting in soil being fed by whatever mineral leaching is washing out of the gravel? Well, while weeds can grow in gravel, it is unlikely that gravel is the native soil for your specimen plants. So, eventually, the beds will need to be removed instead of renewed. And this is the ugliest part. As physically demanding as installing the gravel was, removing it is going to be worse: raking it up, shoveling it into the wheelbarrow, and lifting it into the dump truck. Today’s brilliance is tomorrow’s pain— or sizable landscaping bill. Reach me at 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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promoted to her current position as assistant construction manager with PennDOT. Included in her portfolio of projects are the widening on Kidder Street; restoration of Main Street (Plains to Jenkins Township) and the Pittston Bypass in Luzerne County; the realignment and construction of the new Mulberry Street Bridge; and the new Tigue Street interchange on the Lackawanna Valley Industrial Highway. During a brief tenure with the Right-of-Way Unit, Medura aided in the acquisition and negotiations of residential and business relocations for the design and construction of the western leg of the Tunkhannock Bypass. Some additional projects included work on the Davis Street interchange; replacement of the Shohola Bridge; construction of the one-way couplet on Main Street in Honesdale; a State Route 2001 reconstruction; the westbound reconstruction of I-84 from Milford to Matamoras; and numerous small bridges. Carla Medura of South Abington Active as a community volunteer, Township will be recognized as the Medura, along with her Labrador Penn State Worthington Scranton retrievers, Desi and Maddie (who are Alumni Society 2017 alumna of the registered therapy dogs), she reguyear at a reception in her honor on Wednesday, Jan. 31, on the Worthing- larly visits LIFE Geisinger, Dunmore Health, Riverview Ridge and The ton Scranton campus. Medura earned her associate degree Pines. Her love for DIY house projects and in architectural engineering in 1981 and her bachelor’s degree in structural helping others inspires her to serve as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity design & construction technology in of Luzerne County and as Habitat’s 1983 from Penn State Harrisburg. At Worthington Scranton, Medura volunteer contact person at PennDOT. Additionally she is active with Keep was a student athlete, excelling in America Beautiful, litter clean-up on three sports, volleyball, basketball Interstate 81 and Race for the Cure. and softball. She continues to mainMedura was selected as the Timestain a relationship with the campus Tribune December 2014 Northeast through involvement in alumni activities including serving as a mentor Woman and was the recipient of PennDOT’s Mattei Award, the top for students who participated in the recognition for District 4. alumni speed mentoring program. For more information about the anWorking in construction for most nual Penn State Worthington Scranof her 34 years with the Pennsylvaton Alumna/us of the Year Award or nia Department of Transportation the upcoming reception in honor of (PennDOT), Medura has overseen Carla Medura, call the campus Alumni upwards of 40-50 projects including Office at 570-963-2537. some major jobs in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties. In 2015 she was

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Bethel United Methodist, 2337 Falls Road, Dalton.

Sunday service, 9:30 a.m. Pastor is John Hardman-Zimmerman;

ChinChilla United Methodist, 411 Layton Road: Sunday Service 10 a.m. Sunday school/teen program during Sunday service. Pastor is Don Gilchrist. 570-587-2578. ChURCh oF the ePiPhanY, 25 Church Hill, Glenburn

Township/Dalton. Saturday 5 p.m.: spoken Holy Eucharist. Sunday: 9:15 a.m.: Sunday school. 11 a.m.: Holy Eucharist with music. 570-563-1564,; cote@ Rev. Lou Divis, priest-in-charge.

ClaRks GReen asseMBlY oF God, 204 S. Abington Road, Clarks Green. Sundays: worship services at 9 and 11 a.m., preschool church and childcare at 9 a.m., Rooted Kids, preschool church and childcare at 11 a.m. Mondays: Young adults, 7 p.m. Wednesdays: Rooted Youth, 6:30 p.m.; GriefShare, adult studies, Rooted Kids and childcare, 7 p.m. Senior pastor: Dan Miller; associate/children’s pastor: Brian Mascaro. 570-586-8286,, ClaRks GReen United Methodist, 119 Glenburn

Road. Sunday worship: 10 a.m., Sunday school during the service. Bible study: Thursdays at 7 p.m. Christian book study: Mondays at 7 p.m. 570-586-8946. Pastor is Rev. John Bondhus.

ClaRks sUMMit United Methodist, 1310 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit. Sunday services: 8 and 10 a.m. (nursery care available during the 10 a.m. service). Sunday school: 9 a.m. Youth group and Bible studies classes. Email Andy Weidner is pastor. 570-587-2571. CoUntRY allianCe, 14014 Orchard Dr. off NewtonRansom Blvd. Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; worship 10 a.m.; Wednesday Bible Study 6 p.m. 570-587-2885. Pastor is Glen Bayly. CoUntRYside CoMMUnitY, 14011 Orchard Drive in Clarks Summit. Sunday school 9 a.m. Worship service Sundays, 10 a.m. Mondays: Bible study, 10 a.m. Prayer Group, 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays: Choir, 7 p.m. Thursdays: Bible study, 10 a.m. Second Tuesday of month: Warm Hugs Outreach, 9 a.m. 570-587-3206. Rev. Mark Terwilliger is pastor. CRossRoads, 15924 Route 407 in Fleetville. Sunday service, 10 a.m. Nursery is available. Woman’s Bible study and prayer meeting, Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Men’s meeting last Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m. Jamie Overholser is lead pastor. 570-650-3784.

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Abington Township. Sunday services: Prayer, 8:30 a.m.; Sunday school and small groups, 9 a.m.; worship, 10:15 a.m. 570-586-5557. Website:

FiRst BaPtist oF aBinGton, 1216 N. Abington Road, Waverly. Sunday worship: 11 a.m. Adult or youth Sunday school: 10 a.m. Pastor is Don Hickey. 570-587-4492. FiRst PResBYteRian oF ClaRks sUMMit, 300 School Street, Clarks Summit. Worship service: Sunday at 10 a.m. Nursery is available. Wednesdays: 5:30 p.m. chapel choir (for young children); 6:15 p.m. The WAY Christian education program for adults and children; 7:15 p.m. teen and adult choir; 8:30 p.m. teen and adult bell choir. 570-586-6306;; Rev. William G. Carter is pastor. GRaCe BaPtist oF the aBinGtons, 11 Pine Tree Drive, Dalton. Sunday service 10:30 a.m. (nursery provided). Sunday school/Bible study for all ages, 9:30 a.m. Bible study and prayer meeting, Wednesday, 7 p.m. (Youth group and children’s program at the same time.) Pastor is Ben Rust. 570-563-2206. heRitaGe BaPtist ChURCh, 415 Venard Road, Clarks Summit. Sunday services 9 and 10:30 a.m. 570-587-2543. Glenn Amos is pastor. oUR ladY oF the aBinGtons, 207 Seminary Road, Dalton. Mass schedule: Saturday, 6 p.m. and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. Email: www.spolachurch.

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PaRkeR hill, 607 North Abington Road, Clarks Summit. Worship services Sundays, 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Lead pastor is Mark Stuenzi. 570-586-0646 st. GReGoRY PaRish, 330 N. Abington Road in Clarks Green. Weekday Mass: 7 a.m. Reconcilation 4-4:45 p.m. Saturday. Weekend Masses: 5 p.m. Saturday, 8 and 10 a.m. and noon Sunday. Rev. John M. Lapera is pastor. 570-587-4808. st. PatRiCk, 205 Main St. in Nicholson. Mass schedule: Saturday, 4 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. Email: spolachurch@ tRinitY lUtheRan, 205 W. Grove St. in Clarks Summit.

Fall worship schedule: Sunday worship services at 8:15 and 10:30. Sunday school at 9:15 a.m. Adult education at 9:30 a.m. Interim pastor is Rev. Jeffrey Bohan. office@TrinityLutheranCS. Church office: 570-587-1088. Preschool: 570586-5590.

dalton United Methodist, 125 S. Turnpike Road in

Dalton. Sunday school: 9:45 a.m. Sunday service: 11 a.m. The food cupboard serves the Abington area Mondays at 6 p.m. Donations of non-perishable foods are always welcome. 570-563-2789.

WaveRlY CoMMUnitY, 101 Carbondale Road. 10 a.m. Sundays: Badge of Honor, ages 2 to 12, to help children grow in their character, understanding of the Bible and relationship with Jesus Christ. 10 a.m. Sundays: Sunday school. 11 a.m. Sundays: worship service, 7 p.m. Wednesdays: House Church. Contact the church for the location. Pastor is the Rev. James Cohen. 570-587-2280.

east Benton United Methodist, 200 Jordan Hollow Road in Dalton. Sunday worship Service 9 a.m. Adult Sunday school immediately following. Pastor is Mark E. Obrzut Sr. 570-563-2370.

WaveRlY United Methodist, 105 Church St. in Waverly. Worship service Sunday at 9 a.m. Pastor is Rev. Michelle Whitlock. 570-586-8166;

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Spoil your Sweetheart with a tailor-made Valentine’S day This year, surprise your partner with a DIY Valentine’s Day celebration. The effort you’ll put into it definitely won’t go unnoticed. Just keep in mind that achieving that “wow” factor takes time. Bottom line: don’t start the night before. Good luck! A romantic atmosphere The success of your evening will largely depend on the atmosphere. Contact your florist to order a sizable amount of rose petals and fresh flowers, and use them to make a bouquet, a personalized card or a bundle of potpourri. If you have kids, get them involved in the decoration stage with a fun art project. For inspiration and supplies, head to your neighborhood craft store or hobby shop. Build a playlist with your favorite love songs, making sure to include

Va lent ine’s Day Celeb rate t h e sin gle life Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you haven’t yet found your soul mate, this is the perfect opportunity to pamper yourself with a special treat. Here are a few ways to show yourself some TLC.

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ZESTY LIME GUACAMOLE 3 Haas avocados, halved, seeded and peeled 1 lime, juiced 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon cayenne 1/2 medium onion, diced 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced 2 tomatoes, seeded and diced 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro 1 clove garlic, minced Place the scooped avocado pulp and lime juice in a large bowl, toss to coat. Drain, and reserve the lime juice, after all of the avocados have been coated. Next, add the salt, cumin, and cayenne and mash using a potato masher. Then fold in the onions, jalapeno, tomatoes, cilantro and garlic. Add 1 tablespoon of the reserved lime juice. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour and then serve with your favorite nacho flavored chips, crackers or veggies. Yield: about 3-1/2 cups.

1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded 1 small tomato, chopped 1/4 cup pitted ripe black olives, sliced In a large skillet, cook ground beef and onion until browned; drain fat. Stir in tomato sauce, water and taco seasoning mix into meat mixture; heat through. Remove from heat. Beat eggs; stir in milk. Add a small amount of the tomato sauce mixture to the egg mixture, stirring constantly. Return all to skillet. Stir in kidney beans, the 1-1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, and the crushed taco shells. Turn into a 12-inch-by-7-1/2-inch-by-2-inch baking dish. Bake in 350º oven for about 30 minutes. Top with lettuce, the 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, and black olives. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before cutting into squares. Yield: 6 servings.

CAJUN-SEASONED CHICKEN BURGERS 1/4 cup garbanzo beans, drained and mashed 1 egg, beaten 2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs TENDER CHICKEN BITES 3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning breasts 1/4 teaspoon salt For marinade: 1 pound ground raw chicken 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice 4 hamburger buns or Kaiser rolls, split 2 tablespoons dry sherry Chili sauce, taco sauce or ketchup Cajun Seasoning (recipe follows) 2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced Combine mashed garbanzo beans, beaten 2 teaspoons sesame oil egg, bread crumbs, Cajun seasoning and salt in 3 tablespoons light soy sauce a medium mixing bowl. Add ground chicken; 2 dried red chilies mix well. Shape mixture into four 3/4-inch1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds Combine all marinade ingredients; blend thick patties. Preheat oven broiler and place well and set aside. Cut chicken breasts into patties on ungreased, unheated rack of a broiler 2-inch cubes and set in marinade mixture for 2 pan. Broil 4 inches from heat for about 6 hours. Remove chicken cubes from marinade; minutes. Turn patties over; broil 7 to 8 minutes place on broiler rack. Broil 3 to 4 minutes per more until no longer pink in center. Toast buns, if desired. Serve patties in buns with lettuce side until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Serve chicken with toothpicks on platter decoratively leaves, slices of tomato, chili or taco sauce. Yield: 4 servings. lined with lettuce. Yield: 6 servings. To make Cajun seasoning: Combine 2 tablespoons salt, 1 tablespoon ground red SKILLET TACO CASSEROLE 1 pound lean ground beef pepper, 1 teaspoon ground white pepper, 1 1/2 cup onion, chopped teaspoon garlic powder and 1 teaspoon ground 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce black pepper in a container with a tight-fitting 1/3 cup water lid. Store, covered, at room temperature. Yield: 1 (1-1/4-ounce) envelope taco seasoning mix 1/4 cup seasoning. 2 eggs MEATBALL AND MOZZARELLA HOA1 cup milk GIES 1 (16-ounce) can red kidney beans, drained 1 pound ground beef 10 taco shells, coarsely crushed (about 1/2 pound ground pork sausage 2-1/2 cups) 1 cup lettuce, shredded 1 (14-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce

1 clove garlic, minced 6 Italian rolls, split 4 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese Mix ground beef and pork sausage; shape into 1-inch balls. Cook in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 10 minutes or until browned. Drain meatballs, discarding the drippings. Combine spaghetti sauce and garlic in skillet; add meatballs. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, about 12 to 14 minutes, or until done. Place roll halves, cut side up, on a baking sheet; broil 5 inches from heat (with electric oven door partially opened) 2 minutes or until rolls are slightly toasted. Spoon meatball mixture onto bottom halves of bread; sprinkle evenly with mozzarella cheese and top with remaining bread. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.


ITALIAN CHOCOLATE GLAZED BALLS 1 cup Crisco 1-1/4 cups sugar 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 3 eggs, slightly beaten 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 5 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon cloves 1/2 cup cocoa 1 cup milk 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1 (12-ounce) package miniature chocolate chips For glaze: 2 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons milk powdered sugar In an electric mixer, combine the first 4 ingredients; blend well. Gradually add flour and the next 6 ingredients. Mix, then stir in chopped walnuts and mini chips. Add a little more flour, if needed. Roll into balls using flour. Place balls on lightly greased cookie sheets and bake at 350 º for 15 to 18 minutes. Cool slightly and dip in glaze. To make glaze: Cream together butter and milk. Add enough powdered sugar until the glaze is consistent to your satisfaction.

SKILLET POTATO SALAD 8 thin slices bacon 2 tablespoons bacon drippings 1/2 cup chopped celery 1/2 cup chopped onion 3 tablespoons sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon celery seed Black pepper to taste 1/2 cup water 1/3 cup vinegar 4 to 5 cups potatoes, cooked and cubed Cook bacon until crisp; drain well on paper towel and crumble. Save 2 tablespoons bacon PUFFED RICE BALLS 1/2 cup molasses drippings. Add celery to reserved drippings in 3/4 cup granulated sugar skillet; cook until almost tender. Add onion; 1/2 cup water cook 2 to 3 minutes longer. Mix together sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt flour, salt, celery seed and pepper; stir into 2 tablespoons butter celery-onion mixture. Add water and vinegar, 5 cups puffed rice stirring until smooth. Bring to a boil. Add poCook molasses, sugar, water and salt until tatoes and bacon. Mix gently, but thoroughly, a hard ball forms when dropped in cold water. over heat. Serve hot. Yield: 6 servings. Remove from heat. Quickly stir in butter and CREAMY COLESLAW puffed rice. Shape into balls. Yield: approximately 2-1/2 dozen balls. 7 cups (1-1/4-pounds) cabbage, coarsely shredded 3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper 3/4 cup sliced green onions Any comments, questions or favorite recipes? 3/4 cup mayonnaise Feel free to send your thoughts to 2 tablespoons cider vinegar, and please write, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar “Helen’s Kitchen Request, ATTN: Lori” in the subject 3/4 teaspoon celery seeds line to make sure I receive it. Thank you! 3/4 teaspoon salt Find more recipes at 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well FEBRUARY 8, 2018

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blended. Cover and refrigerate up to 3 days. Serve chilled with slotted spoon. Yield: 8 servings.



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Countryside Conservancy has acquired its single largest property to date: the Gardner Spencer Preserve. After years of discussions, negotiations, grant writing and fundraising, the Conservancy was finally able to purchase the 82-acre property in December. Grant funding from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ recreation and conservation grant program helped with the purchase. Matching funds for the grant were provided by local foundations and more than 20 individual supporters of the Conservancy. Also integral to the acquisition was the strong commitment to conservation by the seller, Patricia Gardner, and her willingness to significantly discount the sales price. The preserve adjoins the Conservancy’s 34-acre Ziegler Preserve, as well as Lackawanna State Park. The property features mature hemlock groves and a small stream. Trails are currently under development. For more information and a map of the property, visit

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An opening night art reception, featuring works created by Abington Heights High School students, will take place on Friday, Feb. 9, at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St. in Clarks Summit. The public is invited to this event, the “Our Town” art exhibit, to enjoy the drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture, pottery and jewelry highlighting the talents of Abington Heights. The exhibit will include entries by All senior artists who plan to further their education in a creative field. These seniors will be eligible for a $1000 “Our Town” scholarship. This scholarship will be a one-time endowment by the Abington Business and Professional Association, made possible through the artistry of Shirley Eagen and work of Dorothy O’Connor. The funds for the scholarship came from the sale of hand-drawn cards painted by Shirley Eagen and sold by area businesses.


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Community Calendar tend. For more information, visit or Email your organization’s events to suburemail Have them in by noon on Friday to have them included in the coMMunity bAnD: The Crystal Band of following Thursday’s edition. Visit abingtonsuburScranton invites you to play with them for for the complete calendar listing.

their 2018 season. Originated in 1879, the Crystal Band is an all-volunteer community treasurer’s office will sell 2018 dog licenses at the band composed of musicians ranging from Clarks Green Borough building, 104 N. Abington high school students to retirees. No auditions required. Practices are Monday nights, 7:30-9 Road on Friday, Feb. 9, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. p.m. at First Baptist Church of Abington, 100 Art events At gAthering PLAce: The Gather- Carbondale Road in Waverly. For more inforing Place will hold an Art Market on the second mation, visit Saturday of the month (next market: Feb. 10), APPLicAtions for counciL: Clarks 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Art Market is a venue Green Borough Council is accepting letters of in which artists and craftspeople of many genres interest from qualified Clarks Green residents can exhibit and sell their creations in a nonjuried wishing to serve on council for a term ending forum. Last month’s market featured potters, jewelry designers, purse and clothing creators and Dec. 31, 2020. Letters will be accepted until 3 more. Area artisans who wish to take part can find p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the borough office, 104 N. Abington Road in Clarks Green. more details at In addition to the displayed works, each Mysteries book cLub: The next meetsecond Saturday will have a live demonstration. ing of the Mysteries and Detectives Book Club This month’s program will feature Emily Rancier’s will be on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7-8:30 p.m. at the presentation of her felting skills. Abington Community Library in Clarks Summit. The book selection for February is Martin MArDi grAs JAzz service: A Mardi Limon’s “Jade Lady Burning.” The author for Gras jazz service will be held on Sunday, Feb. March is Tess Gerritsen. 11, at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 300 School St. in Clarks Summit. It is open to teens fLy fishing schooL: Fly fishing the public. The festive worship celebration will classes for teens will be held Saturdays. Feb. make a joyful noise with New Orleans style jazz on the Sunday before the solemn season of 17 and 24 and March 3 and 10, 9 a.m. to 12:30 Lent, which starts on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14. p.m. at the Scott Township Municipal Building, “We are welcoming notable musicians from 1038 Montdale Road. Classes are for kids ages the area to chase away the blues of winter with 14-18; no experience or equipment necessary. lively music,” said Rev. Bill Carter, church pas- Class qualifies for Boy Scout merit badge and Girl Scout Stream Girl patch. Call 570-954-5042 or tor and pianist for the band. “It’s a gift to the email for more information. community, warming us at the coldest time of

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the year.” In addition to Carter on piano, the musicians include Jeff Leas on trumpet, Dr. Katie Morell on clarinet, Ron Leas on trombone, Tony Marino on bass and Tyler Dempsey on drums. Rev. Carter has named the band “the South Abington Stompers.” For more information, visit

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sewing cLub: The Glenburn 4-H Sewing Club is taking registrations for youth to sign up for 4-H textile science projects. In 4-H, members learn basic clothing construction skills to complete a garment of their choice, according to their experience and interest. All levels of experience from beginners to advanced including tailoring and formalwear are accepted. Both boys and girls, ages 8-19 years, are encouraged to register by calling 570-563-1369.

The Abington Heights Comets softball coaches borough Meeting scheDuLe: Clarks Summit and team members will host a pre-season Borough’s schedule of meetings in 2018 is: instructional clinic for girls ages 5-12 on Borough council: regular meetings will be on Sunday, Feb. 11, 1-4:30 p.m. Current players the first Wednesday of each month; work sessions and coaches will provide instruction in hitting, will be on the last Wednesday of the month. fielding, throwing, pitching and catching. Girls Zoning hearing board: regular meetings will be from any school district are welcome to aton the second Tuesday of each month (as needed).

Planning commission: regular meetings will be on the third Wednesday of each month (as needed). Shade tree commission: regular meetings will be on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Police pension board: regular meetings will be on Wednesdays, May 16, Aug. 15 and Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. Civil service commission: regular meetings will be held as needed. Except as noted, all other meetings and work sessions are held at 7 p.m. in council chambers on the second floor of the borough building, 304 S. State St. Additional meetings/public hearings will be advertised. Cancellations will be posted at the front entrance to the borough building at the South State Street entrance and on the borough’s bulletin board on South State Street.

nyc triP: The Abington Senior Community Center is having a “day on your own in New York City” on April 21; cost is $40. Visit for more day trips.

stAte reP. outreAch: A staff member from state Rep. Marty Flynn’s office will provide outreach assistance from 9 a.m. to noon on the third Wednesday of the month, alternating between the Clarks Green Borough Building, 104 N. Abington Road and the South Abington Township Building’s second-floor meeting 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 prescription-drug coverage, unclaimed property searches and any other state-related matter. Call 570-342-4348 for more information.

iPAD cLinic: The Abington Senior Center has an iPad clinic on Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. Anyone interested can call the center at 570-586-8996.


cruise PLAnneD: Join Adele Bianchi & Friends from the Abington Senior Center on the Anthem of the Seas for a five-night Bermuda Cruise Saturday May 12 to Thursday, May 17, 2018. Call 570348-2511 or 800-982-4306 for more information 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.


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veterAn’s bricks: The Scott Township Veterans Memorial Committee routinely continues to take memorial brick orders throughout the year. However, if anyone wishes to have a brick installed for Memorial Day, May 28, the bricks must be ordered by March 3. Since its dedication in 2013, 497 memorial bricks have been installed at the township’s veteran’s memorial. Brick order blanks are available from any committee person, at the township building, or on the township website: Call 570-587-3120 or 570-2546783 for further information.

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