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the voice of the abingtons | april 12, 2018

This week’s library patron of the week is also a volunteer |PAGE 3

A Solid EducAtion

An Abington Heights student has been given a full scholarship |PAGE 4

to add that to my list to try. You can get creative with masonry. After high school, I might be doing masonry jobs during the day.” “I am a laborer,” said senior T.J. Lacey who will attend the University of Scranton after graduation to major in exercise science. “I set up the work station, mix the mortar and get the other through it. Masonry was the best one students the things that they need. I the school offered besides automotive SPEciaL to tHE abinGton SUbURban and woodworking. I work for Siekierka am interested in masonry and like it a Landscaping and use the skills I learned lot. It’s fun.” A mason uses tools of his trade — a The students do a series of projects here all the time in the summer worktrowel, grout and bricks — to make around the high school. They built ing for the landscape company.” sidewalks, fireplaces, patios and walls. a retaining wall by the field house to “I knew about woodshop and autoHigh school students who attend prevent dirt and water runoff. Abington Heights are learning the skills motive that the school offered,” said “Masonry is more hands on, “ said senior Tyler James. “Masonry was the needed to become a mason and are creating their own masterpieces, including one I knew the least about so I decided junior Austin Savaro. “You can use mafireplaces and walls. A student can become certified in the masonry field after they take a state practical, hands-on test, as well as a written test. “The class has to create something that has not been done before by another class,” said teacher Frank Summa, who is also the golf coach at Abington Heights. “One class made a spiral pier that is still in the work shop at the school. The students have to do the math, design the project, do the layout and build it. They have to figure it out themselves. I give them very little help.” “We made a fireplace with cultured stone and brick,” said senior Tyler Lesjack who will attend the University of Scranton as a business administration major. He will be taking the test in the next few weeks to become a certified mason. “The fireplace we made had a western style and had a river running

Abington Heights students learn the skills of a trade

by Linda Scott

sonry throughout your life. My dad is a carpenter. A carpenter is like a mason because both jobs are hands-on.” “Mr. Summa gives a blue print,” said senior Daniel Muller, who will attend West Chester University upon graduation to major in international business. “We have to lay out the fireplace using exact dimensions, have to know how many blocks to start with and then build from there. “Masonry is relaxing. I can use these skills later on in life if I plan to put an addition onto my house or build a patio.” “Masonry is a dying art,” said Summa. “This is a life skill that they will never forget. It is like riding a bike in that you don’t forget how to do it.”

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Clarks Summit will display Hometown Heroes banners |PAGE 5

Junior Football/Cheer


State Rep. Outreach

around the globe with the the Abington Area CROP Walk. Event sponsors include A staffer from state Rep. Marty Flynn’s Abington Ecumenical Ministerium, Allied Abington Junior Comets’ football and office will provide outreach assistance on Services, Abington Rotary, Lawrence cheer registration will be held Wednesday, Wednesday, April 18, 9 a.m. to noon in April 11, 6-8 p.m. in the Abington Heights E. Young Funeral Home, Eckel Farms, A PART OF TiMeS-SHAMROCk COMMuniTY neWSPAPeR GROuP the South Abington Township Building, High School cafeteria, and on Saturday, Scranton Label and Gerrity’s SupermarMay 19, 10 a.m. to noon in the Team Room second-floor meeting room, 104 Shady ket. Courtesy of the Countryside Con149 PENN AVENUE • SCRANTON, PA 18503 of the Abington Heights High School Field Lane Road, Chinchilla. servancy, the walk will take place on the PhONE: 570.348.9185 • FAX: 570.207.3448 House. New this year: a registration disFlynn’s staff can help with property Trolley Trail, beginning at Dalton United tax/rent rebate program applications, count for i-team only football and cheer. SUbURbANwEEkly@TimESShAmROCk.COm Methodist Church, 125 S. Turnpike Road PennDOT paperwork, unemployment in Dalton. Walk-day registration begins at AbiNgTONSUbURbAN.COm compensation, workers’ compensation, 1 p.m. Pre-registered walkers and teams PACE/PACENET prescription-drug cover- should check in at 1:30. The walk begins Waverly United Methodist Church will eDiTO R age, unclaimed property searches and any at 2 p.m. Pre-register your team, family host a free country chicken and biscuit other state-related matter. or individual walkers at crophungerwalk. CHRISTOPHER M. CORNELL dinner beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, April org/clarkssummitpa/ or email mwhit13. Although there is no cost to attend, all 570.348.9185, ext 5414 Walkers are welcome to donations from the evening will be used to participate in the full, six-mile walk, from The Dalton Ladies Auxiliary will hold support the Waverly Community Garden. end to end on the Trolley Trail and back The Garden is a project which benefits local a fundraising dinner Thursday, April 19, CNG MAN AG iNG eDiTOR food banks and shelters by providing free, 3-8 p.m., at the Glenburn Grill & Bakery, or for the half, three-mile walk, halfway freshly-harvested produce for distribution 1144 Lackawanna Trail in Clarks Summit. up the Trolley Trail and back. Individuals ELIzabETH bauMEISTER unable to walk along the Trolley Trail are Proceeds will benefit the Dalton Fire Co. or use in meal preparation. 570.348.9185, ext 3492 still welcome to register, donate and join The menu for the evening includes the festivities. chicken and biscuits, mashed potatoes, CNG ADv eRTis iNG M ANAGeR peas, beverage and dessert. No takeout The third part of the Open the Dialog orders will be available. aLICE MaNLEy series, “Journey Into Recovery: Let’s Be • Hannah Gaul of Clarks Summit was Open,” will be held Thursday, April 19, 570.348.9100, ext 9285 among the 77 University of Scranton stu7-8:30 p.m. at The Gathering Place, 304 S. dents inducted into Omega Beta Sigma, State St. in Clarks Summit. It is dedicated Abington Christian Academy will hold ADveRTisiNG ACCOUN T exe CUTive the women’s business honor society. to opening the dialogue concerning the a multi-family yard sale fundraiser on Induction is open to students who major drug epidemic. Saturday, April 14, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in CaSEy CuNNINgHaM or minor in business, have at least sophoThis forum will feature Gary Davis from the parking lot of the United Methodist 570.348.9100, ext 5458 more academic standing and have a grade Church, 413 Layton Road in South Abing- the Families Helping Families Program; ton Township. On sale will be educational Sharon Porey, a family counselor, Michael point average of 3.25 or higher. • Gabriella Puteri of Scott Township phOT OGRAp heR materials, school furniture, books, items Archangeletti, clinical director; Martin was among 31 University of Scranton Russo from the Wright Center; Katie from foreclosed homes, Christian and EMMa bLaCk home-school curricula and clothing for all Gross and Evan Glass. Register at gather- students inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society of or on Facebook at ages. Proceeds from the sale will be used to offset operational costs for the school. Gathering Place Clarks Summit. No admis- ing. For induction into the honor society, students must have completed one half CONT RiBUT ORs sion fee. Students 12 and older welcome. Call 570-586-5270. of the nursing curriculum, demonstrated JOSHua aRP, LORI kISHEL ability in nursing, have a grade point average of 3.0 and rank in the upper oneThe Dalton Community Library will South Abington Elementary will hold third of the class. The Abington Suburban welcomes all photos and hold its Book and Bake Sale on Saturday, its sixth annual ladies tea, raffle and submissions. There is no charge for publication, but all photos and submissions run on a “space available” basis. The editor silent auction on Sunday, April 15, 12:30- April 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Choose from a reserves the right to edit or reject any or all submissions. selection of adult and juvenile fiction and 3:30 p.m. at the Glen Oak Country Club. Two senior golfers needed to complete Deadline for submissions is the Friday prior to publication nonfiction, plus an unusual selection of at 5 P.M. a 36 man golf league. The league plays magazines, paperbacks, recordings and The Abington Suburban does not currently accept letters every Tuesday at 9 a.m. at Summit Hills some surprise items. We also have some “How to get a grip on your finances to the editor. Golf Course. League starts May 1. Call of the area’s best baked goods for sale. will be the focus of eight weeks of Dave Opinions of independent columnists of The Abington Call 570-563-2014 for more information. 570-702-3132 for more information. Suburban do not necessarily reflect those of the staff. Ramsey’s Financial Peace teachings at Clarks Green Assembly of God on Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. starting Monday Anyone interested in volunteering to /ThEAbiNgTONSUbURbAN April 16. More information is available On Sunday, April 22, Abington resihelp with the Waverly Community Garden dents will join communities across the at, by calling 570@ThEAbSUbURbAN United States to help end hunger one step should sign up on the Garden’s Facebook 586-8286, or stop by the office at 204 S. page: at a time, both around the corner and Abington Road in Clarks Green.

Church Dinner

Fundraising Dinner

Opiod ‘Dialog’

Yard Sale

Ladies Tea

Honor Societys

Book and Bake Sale

Seeking Golf League Members

Financial Peace

Hunger Walk


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Garden Help Sought

aroun d t o wn Patron of the Week Joanne Stetz, library patron and longtime volunteer 1) How long have you had a library card? For about 60 years. I walked with my mother to the library in the summertime when it was located on State Street. My mother was a big reader and I wanted to have my own card as a teenager. “ If you can read, you can learn.” -Joanne Stetz 2) Favorite genre to read? I read mysteries, but also push myself outside of my comfort zone and read fiction and biographies. 3) Why have you stayed a library volunteer for decades? I love the library. I think its a great place. The people are friendly. It’s important to volunteer in your community and give back.

Jennifer McGinley 570-585-0608

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Scho ol n ew S Zack Rundell, a student at Abington Heights High School, recently received a full sponsorship for mountain bike racing from Cannondale Bicycle Corp. through Sickler’s Bike Shop. During this year’s racing season, Zack will ride the F-SI, an award-winning crosscountry hardtail designed for the demands of modern crosscountry racing. Zack is a category 1-ranked junior, based on his finishes last season. He will be racing this spring throughout the northeast in preparation for the mountain bike racing nationals in Snowshoe, West Virginia in July. From left, Dave Temarantz, manager of Sickler’s, Rundell and Dave Kaplan, owner, Sickler’s.

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aro und tow n Home to wn He roes 2 018 B anner Prog ram Summit serviceman or woman and will include his or her picture, branch of service and era of service. Sponsors who may be friends, families or businesses will pay for the Hometown Heroes Banner. Sponsorship will be named on the banners. Banners will be displayed on the PPL poles around Clarks Summit Borough from Memorial Day, 2018, until Veteran’s Day, after which the banner will be returned to the sponsor. Dedication will take place on Memorial Day, May 28, 2018 following the parade, at the VFW on Winola Road in Clarks Summit. There will be a second opportunity to purchase a Hometown Hero Banner, to be hung for Flag Day, June 14. These flags will remain hung through Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11). The deadline for the second order of Hometown Hero Banners will be April 30.

The Hometown Heroes are coming. Visiting Angels of Lackawanna County has been working alongside the borough since September of 2017. The committee consists of Mayor Herman Johnson, Council President Gerrie Carey, Councilman Patrick Williams and Visiting Angels representative Cyndi Colman. The program serves as a tribute

to recognize past and fallen men and women from the Clark Summit Borough who have served the country in the armed forces. Heroes must have been a Clarks Summit resident for 25 years or more to participate in the program. The banners are 30 inches wide by 60 inches tall. Each individual banner will honor a specific Clarks

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For next year and further years to come, the plan is to increase the number of PPL poles to be used for the Hometown Heroes banners. At this time the Borough is only approved 22 poles this year. The cost of $250 for sponsorship from friends, families or businesses includes the banner, fixtures, shipping, handling, taxes and rental of a bucket truck. Please note the group can only accept the first 44 applications until April 30, and applications will only be processed with a fully completed application, photo, DD214 form and a check or money order made payable to: “Clarks Summit Borough Hometown Heroes.” Mail applications to: Clarks Summit Borough 304 S. State St. Clarks Summit, PA 18411



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the BeSt Re adeRS Recently, fourth-year medical students at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) learned their residency placements during the National Resident Matching Program’s “Match Day.” It is an event at which all fourth-year M.D. students around the country simultaneously open their envelopes to learn where they will spend the next three to seven years training in specialties. Residencies typically begin July 1. According to the National Resident Matching Program, the 2018 Match was the largest in history, with 37,103 total registrants competing for 33,167 positions. Among them were 18,818 fourth-year M.D. students who submitted their program preference lists, including the 97 from Geisinger Commonwealth. Students who matched include: Above: Peter Cognetti of Waverly, who matched at Drexel University/Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia for family medicine. Below: Jared Egbert of South Abington Twp., who matched at Madigan Army Medical Center in Washington State for a transitional year.


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There is a saying in sports that the most important ingredient in becoming a great coach is having great players. I do not know if there is a saying like that in journalism, but I have met several great readers of my column, and a reader I just met might be at the top of that list. To illustrate just how unique this reader is, first let me illustrate by drawing a caricature. Anyone who has lived in the Abingtons has seen how housing developments have begun to change the feel of the area. There is ample evidence of this along Fairview Road. When I was a child, there were hilly pastures surrounding the barns that still dot the edge of this avenue that travels through the heart of various decades of housing development. In fact, within a half mile on either side of this three-milelane, one could easily write an architectural history of development from 1960s ranches through the excesses of the 1970s and the “get-r-done” vinyl of the 1980s to the three decades of “McMansions” that take us right up to the present. And, in nearly every case, the new houses begin as lots for sale, with the only options being wooded or clear. Because builders do not adequately protect trees, after a few short years, most wooded lots end up in the same place as the cleared lots. Soil, pasture grass, brush and trees are taken out, the house and driveway are built, and then new soil, grass, and shrubs, and trees are put back in. The result is literally “out

with the old and in with the new,” not only on the lot itself, but also in the entire neighborhood. The reader I just met also built a house, but somewhere she found the beat of a different drum to follow: • “I made them pile all of the woodland soil around the property so that we could have at least the top foot of soil native. I want to keep even the soil the same as before I built.” • “I researched everything to try to find a permeable, permanent, plowable driveway. I hate it, but I had to go with blacktop.” • “None of this grass gets mowed, it is a fescue that grows to a maximum of 12 inches. It’s not a permanent lawn.” • “It’s okay if weeds grow in the grass — I don’t want a mono-culture anyway.” • “I don’t want bark mulch — the mulch of the forest is leaves.” When we parted, she said, “I hope you succeed in trying to change the world.” I said, “I think you should write a column.” The point is not whether mowing a lawn is right or wrong. The point is whether or not the “McEverything” style of landscape is the only choice. 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.

Community Calendar Email your organization’s events to Have them in by noon on Friday to have them included in the following Thursday’s edition. Visit for the complete calendar listing.

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borough meeting SChedule: Clarks

Summit Borough’s schedule of meetings in 2018 is: Borough council: regular meetings will obServatory ProgramS: Keystone be on the first Wednesday of each month; College’s Thomas G. Cupillari Astronomical work sessions will be on the last WednesObservatory will hold its spring programs on of the month. Seeking PlayerS: 14U/16U fastpitch travel Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m. through dayZoning hearing board: regular meetMay 25. Open to the public and free of charge, softball team is seeking a catcher and utility ings will be on the second Tuesday of each the spring sessions will be held regardless of player to finalize their team for this coming month (as needed). sky conditions, but will be cancelled by the summer. Contact 570-504-4808, 570-351Planning commission: regular meetings 5187 or 570-241-7030 for more information. threat of severe weather. will be on the third Wednesday of each This season’s astronomical programs will month (as needed). eSSay ConteSt: Area students in grades feature an illustrated lecture and telescopic Shade tree commission: regular meetseven to 12 can participate in The University observations. Large groups such as school ings will be on the fourth Wednesday of of Scranton’s Earth Day essay contest. This classes, scouts and community organizaeach month. year’s essay theme is “The Impact of Climate tions interested in attending should call Police pension board: regular meetings will Change.” Essay submissions must be post570-945-8402 or email observatory@ be on Wednesdays, May 16, Aug. 15 and Nov. marked on or before Tuesday, April 10, and to schedule a session. The 21 at 4 p.m. Civil service commission: regular can be sent to The University of Scranton, observatory is on Route 107, two miles east meetings will be held as needed. Provost Office, 800 Linden Street, Scranton, of Fleetville. For more information, visit Except as noted, all other meetings and PA 18510, Attn: Earth Day Essay Contest. work sessions are held at 7 p.m. in council Essay submissions will be showcased and chambers on the second floor of the borough art eventS at gathering PlaCe: The contest winners announced at the Earth Day building, 304 S. State St. Additional meetings/ Gathering Place will hold an Art Market on the Evening of Environmental Science event on public hearings will be advertised. Cancellasecond Saturday of the month (next market: Thursday, April 19, 6-8 p.m. in the Atrium of tions will be posted at the front entrance to April 14), 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Art Marthe Loyola Science Center. The event, which the borough building at the South State Street ket is a venue in which artists and craftspeople is free of charge and open to the public, will entrance and on the borough’s bulletin board of many genres can exhibit and sell their include refreshments and interactive science on South State Street. creations in a nonjuried forum. Last month’s experiments and displays presented by Unimarket featured potters, jewelry designers, versity students. State reP. outreaCh: A staff member purse and clothing creators and more. Area Visit the University’s website for submisfrom state Rep. Marty Flynn’s office will artisans who wish to take part can find more sion rules and details, or call 570-941-7520. provide outreach assistance from 9 a.m. to details at noon on the third Wednesday of the month CamP enrolling: Trinity Early Learning In addition to the displayed works, (next session: March 21), alternating between Center, 205 W. Grove St. in Clarks Summit, each second Saturday will have a live the Clarks Green Borough Building, 104 N. will host two one-week camps for 3- to 5-year- demonstration. This month’s program will Abington Road and the South Abington Townolds this summer. “Out of This World” will feature Emily Rancier’s presentation of ship Building’s second-floor meeting room, take place July 30 to Aug. 3, 9 a.m. to noon. her felting skills. 104 Shady Lane Road in Chinchilla. Flynn’s “Under The Sea” will be presented Aug. 13-17, staff can help with PennDOT paperwork, nyC triP: The Abington Senior Com9 a.m. to noon. Children will engage in daily LIHEAP winter heating assistance, unemploymunity Center is having a “day on your own play, crafts, a snack and activities revolving ment compensation, workers’ compensation, in New York City” on April 21; cost is $40. around a central theme each week. The cost PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage, Visit is $150 per week and all supplies and snacks unclaimed property searches and any other for more day trips. are included. Children must be bathroom-instate-related matter. Call 570-342-4348 for dependent. Now enrolling. For more informamore information. Community band: The Crystal Band of tion, call 570-587-1088. Scranton invites you to play with them for iPad CliniC: The Abington Senior Center Fly FiShing Summer CamP: Registration is their 2018 season. Originated in 1879, the has an iPad clinic on Wednesdays from 1-3 Crystal Band is an all-volunteer community now open for the Keystone/TUTeens Conp.m. Anyone interested can call the center at band composed of musicians ranging from servation Camp in LaPlume for teens 14-18, high school students to retirees. No auditions 570-586-8996. sponsored by Trout Unlimited and Keystone required. Practices are Monday nights, 7:30-9 College, June 17-23. Learn the art and the veteran’S briCkS: The Scott Township science of fly fishing and conservation. This is p.m. at First Baptist Church of Abington, 100 Veterans Memorial Committee routinely conCarbondale Road in Waverly. For more infora one-week stay-over camp on the campus of tinues to take memorial brick orders throughmation, visit Keystone College. Fee is $400 with financial out the year. However, if anyone wishes to

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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 570-254-6783 for further information.

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 570-348-2511 or 800-9824306 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. 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, 7:30-8:30 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. mahjong: Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. National Mahjong League Inc. players. No experience necessary. Adults only. Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. 570-587-3440 or SCrabble: Thursdays, 1 p.m. No registration necessary. Adults only. Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Call 570-587-3440 or visit THE ABINGTON SUBURBAN



Abington community library

Here are a some of the new audio books available at the library.

“The Recipe Box” by Viola Shipman Growing up in northern Michigan, Samantha Mullins felt trapped by her family’s apple farm, so she left with dreams of making her own mark in the world. Life as an overworked, undervalued sous chef at a reality star’s New York bakery is not what Sam dreamed. When the chef embarrasses Sam, she quits and returns home. Unemployed, single and defeated, she spends a summer working on her family’s orchard cooking and baking alongside the women in her life. One beloved, flour-flecked, ink-smeared recipe at a time, Sam begins to learn about and understand the women in her life, her family’s history and her passion for food through their treasured recipe box. As Sam discovers what matters most she opens her heart to a man she left behind, but who now might be the key to her happiness. “Ax to Grind” by Tonya Kappes Beryle Stone was a bestselling author and the most famous citizen to ever come out of Cottonwood, Kentucky. She knew everyone in town and they knew her. When she died, she put all her worldly possessions up for auction, all but one. She left behind a hidden tell-all about Cottonwood that’s got more gossip than a ladies’ luncheon. Since revenge is a dish best served cold, things turn ugly. Someone gets an ax to the back and the only witness gets put in a coma. Enter Sheriff Kenni Lowry. She knows someone in town will do anything to keep the manuscript from seeing the light of day. It’s her job to find out who. She starts uncovering as many secrets as there are suspects. Can Kenni sort through the secrets buried in Beryle’s books, or will this be her final chapter?


“By Invitation Only” by Dorothea Benton Frank The Lowcountry of South Carolina is where “By Invitation Only” begins at a barbecue engagement party thrown by Diane English Stiftel, her brother and parents to celebrate her son’s engagement. On this night, the bride’s father, Alejandro Cambria, discovers the limits and possibilities of cell phone range. While the mother of the bride, Susan Kennedy Cambria, learns about moonshine and dangerous liaisons. Zoom to Chicago, where the unraveling accelerates. Nearly a thousand miles away from her comfortable, familiar world, Diane is the antithesis of the bright lights and supersophisticated guests attending her son Fred’s second engagement party. Why a second party? Maybe it had been assumed that the first one wouldn’t be up to snuff? Fred is marrying Shelby Cambria, also an only child. The Cambrias’ dearest wish is for their daughter to be happy. If Shelby wants to marry Frederick, they will not stand in her way, although Susan does hope her friends won’t think her daughter is marrying more than a few degrees beneath her socially. At the same time, Diane worries that her son will be lost to her forever. “Claws for Concern” by Miranda James Charlie Harris is busy enjoying his new grandson when a mysterious man with a connection to Charlie’s family starts visiting the library, bringing with him troubling questions about an unsolved murder. Charlie may be a proud new grandfather, but he and Diesel still have work to do at Athena College and the small Mississippi town’s public library. He’s too busy to deal with true-crime writer Jack Pemberton, who wants Charlie as the subject of his latest book, and who won’t take no for an answer. A more appealing proposition for Charlie is spending time helping a kind, elderly man navigate the library’s genealogical database. But he’s shocked when he learns that the visitor’s search is focused on a member of his own family: his late aunt’s husband. Charlie befriends the man and considers inviting him to stay in his home, but he’s soon given reason to question that notion. Jack is certain that Charlie’s new houseguest was involved in a shocking homicide that took place years ago in a small town near Athena. As this cold case heats up, Charlie and Diesel have to uncover a killer who may already be too close to home. “The Coincidence Makers” by Yoav Blum What if the drink you just spilled, the train you just missed, or the lottery ticket you just found was not just a random occurrence? What if it’s all part of a bigger plan? What if

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there’s no such thing as a chance encounter? What if there are people we don’t know determining our destiny? And what if they are even planning the fate of the world? Enter the Coincidence Makers, Guy, Emily and Eric, three seemingly ordinary people who work for a secret organization devoted to creating and carrying out coincidences. What the rest of the world sees as random occurrences, are, in fact, carefully orchestrated events designed to spark significant changes in the lives of their targets. When an assignment of the highest level is slipped under Guy’s door one night, he knows it will be the most difficult and dangerous coincidence he’s ever had to fulfill. Not even a coincidence maker can see how this assignment is about to change all their lives and teach them the true nature of fate, free will, and the real meaning of love. “The Disappeared” by C.J. Box Wyoming’s new governor isn’t sure what to make of Joe Pickett, but he has a job for him that is extremely delicate. A prominent female British executive never came home from the high-end guest ranch she was visiting, and the British Embassy is pressing hard. Pickett knows that happens sometimes, these ranches are stocked with handsome young cowboys, and “ranch romances” aren’t uncommon. Now no sign of her months after she vanished that suggests something else. At the same time, his friend Nate Romanowski has asked Joe to intervene with the feds on behalf of falconers who can no longer hunt with eagles even though their permits are in order. Who is blocking the falconers and why? The more he investigates both cases, the more someone wants him to go away. Is it because of the missing woman or because he’s become Nate’s advocate? Or are they somehow connected? The answers, when they come, will be even worse than he’d imagined. “The Family Next Door” by Sally Hepworth From the outside, Essie’s life looks idyllic: a loving husband, a beautiful house in a good neighborhood and a nearby mother who dotes on her grandchildren. Few of Essie’s friends know her secret shame, that in a moment of maternal despair, she once walked away from her newborn, asleep in her carriage in a park. Disaster was avoided and Essie got better, but she still fears what lurks inside her, even as her daughter gets older and she has a second baby. When a new woman named Isabelle moves in next door to Essie, she is an immediate object of curiosity in the neighborhood. Why single, when everyone else is married with children? Why renting, when everyone else owns?

What mysterious job does she have? Why is she so fascinated with Essie? As the two women grow closer and Essie’s friends voice their disapproval, it starts to become clear that Isabelle’s choice of neighborhood was no accident and that her presence threatens to bring shocking secrets to light. “The Favorite Sister” by Jessica Knoll When five hyper-successful women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, the producers never expect the season will end in murder… Brett’s the fan favorite. Tattooed and only twenty-seven, the meteoric success of her spin studio—and her recent engagement to her girlfriend, has made her the object of jealousy and vitriol from her cast mates. Kelly, Brett’s older sister and business partner, is the most recent recruit, dismissed as a hanger-on by veteran cast. The golden child growing up, she defers to Brett now a role which requires her to protect their shocking secret. Stephanie, the first black cast member and the oldest, is a successful best-selling author of erotic novels. There have long been whispers about her hot, non-working actor-husband and his wandering eye, but this season the focus is on the rift that has opened between her and Brett, former best friends and resentment soon breeds contempt. “The Favorite Sister” explores the invisible barriers that prevent women from rising up the ranks in today’s America and the relentless pressure to stay young, relevant and salable. “The Female Persuasion” by Meg Wolitzer To be admired by someone we admire we all yearn for this the private, electrifying pleasure of being singled out by someone of esteem. Sometimes it can also mean entry to a new kind of life, a bigger world. Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer — madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can’t quite place — feels her inner world light up. And then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future she’d always imagined.

From Helen’s Kitchen BY Lori KisheL

into 1-inch pieces 2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced 1 medium turnip, peeled and cut up 1 medium parsnip, peeled and sliced 1 small onion, cut into wedges 1 tablespoon butter 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar 1 teaspoon cornstarch SHRIMP-STUFFED CHICKEN 1/4 cup water LEGS 1/2 teaspoon shredded lemon peel 1 pound medium-size shrimp 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1 green onion 1/2 teaspoon dried dillweed 1 tablespoon dry sherry Dash both salt and black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger to taste Salt 1 slice white bread Cook potatoes and rutabaga, cov6 medium-size chicken legs ered, in large saucepan, in boiling water for 10 minutes. Add carrots, turnip, 2 tablespoons butter or margarine parsnip and onion to saucepan with po2 medium-size zucchini (about 12 tatoes and rutabaga; return to boiling. ounces each) Reduce heat and cook, covered, for 8 2 tablespoons salad oil To prepare stuffing: Shell and minutes or until tender. Drain vegetadevein shrimp; mince shrimp. Mince bles and return to pan. green onion. In a small bowl, combine To prepare glaze: Melt margarine shrimp, green onion, sherry, ginger and in small saucepan. Blend in brown 1/2 teaspoon salt. Into shrimp mixture, sugar and cornstarch. Stir in water, lemon peel and juice, dillweed, salt and tear bread into small pieces; mix well. pepper to taste. Cook and stir until Preheat oven to 375º. Push fingers between skin and meat of each chicken leg thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 2 to form a pocket; place some stuffing in minutes more. Pour glaze over drained each pocket. Rub legs with 1/2 teaspoon vegetables in pan. Slowly cook and gensalt and place, stuffing-side up, in large tly stir 3 to 4 minutes until vegetables roasting pan. Cut margarine into small are thoroughly heated. Yield: 6 sidepieces; dot chicken with margarine. dish servings. Bake chicken legs 40 to 45 minutes POTATO CASSEROLE until browned and juices run clear when LINGUINE WITH HAM 1/2 stick butter or margarine, melted chicken is pierced with tip of knife, 4 large baking potatoes basting chicken occasionally with pan 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced drippings. (To prevent chicken from 2 cups milk Salt and black pepper, to taste sticking to pan, move chicken slightly salt and pepper, to taste 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme after first 5 to 10 minutes of baking.) 1 (10-ounce) package frozen peas, About 15 minutes before chicken thawed 1-1/2 cups Swiss cheese, grated 1 cup chicken broth 1/4 pound cooked ham, cut into thin is done, slice zucchini diagonally into 1/2-inch thick pieces. In 12-inch skillet, strips Peel and thinly slice potatoes. over medium heat, in hot salad oil, ar1/2 cup Swiss cheese, shredded Combine potatoes, parsley, garlic, salt, range zucchini slices in one layer, if pos- pepper and thyme in a large bowl and Cook linguine according to package gently toss. In a greased 1-1/2-quart sible; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. directions. Drain well and set aside. casserole dish, place a layer of potatoes, Cook until slices are lightly browned Sauté onion in butter or margarine in a layer of Swiss cheese, continuing in and tender-crisp. To serve, arrange a large skillet until golden and tender. chicken legs and zucchini on warm plat- layers, but end with a layer of potatoes Add flour; stir until blended. Cook 1 and reserve some cheese. Add chicken ter. Yield: 6 servings. minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk, cook over medium heat, stirbroth; cover with aluminum foil. Bake LEMON-GLAZED VEGETABLES ring constantly, until mixture is slightly at 350º for 30 to 35 minutes; remove 2 medium red-skinned potatoes, thickened and bubbly. Stir in salt and foil and bake 30 minutes more. Sprinkle quartered pepper. Add peas; cook over medium with reserved cheese and bake, uncovered until potatoes are tender, about 1 medium rutabaga, peeled and cut heat a few minutes until tender. Add

HAM AND CHEESE CHOWDER 2 cups baking potatoes, peeled and cubed 1/2 cup water 1 medium onion, chopped 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3 cups milk 1 (16-1/2-ounce) can cream-style corn 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese 1-1/2 cups chopped cooked ham 1/4 teaspoon black pepper Combine potatoes and water in medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes until tender. Drain, reserving liquid. Set potatoes aside. Add water to reserved liquid to equal 1 cup. Cook onion in butter or margarine in large saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until tender. Reduce heat to low and add flour, stirring until blended. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add reserved liquid and milk; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Add potatoes, corn and remaining ingredients. Cook until cheese melts; stirring constantly. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 cups chowder.

ham; cook until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat; add cheese, stirring until cheese melts. Place linguine and sauce in a large serving bowl; toss gently to combine. Serve at once. Yield: 6 servings.

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10 minutes. Sprinkle with additional parsley, if desired. Yield: 8 servings. LIGHT AND EASY POTATO KUGEL 6 large baking potatoes, peeled 1 large onion 2 large eggs or 1/2 cup egg substitute whites from 2 large eggs 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder black pepper Lightly oil 12 (6-ounce) custard cups or very large muffin cups with olive oil. With a medium-size hole of hand grater or shredding disc of food processor, grate peeled potatoes and onion. In a large bowl, beat eggs and egg whites with electric mixer until thick. Stir in potatoes, onion, flour, baking powder, garlic powder and pepper (a generous dash) until blended. Fill each custard cup with 1/2 packed cup potato mixture. Bake at 350º for 1 hour until kugels are brown and crisp. Yield: 6 servings (2 kugels) each. APPLE SQUARES 2 sticks butter, melted 2 cups sugar 2 eggs 6 medium cooking apples, peeled, cored, sliced thin 1 cup chopped walnuts 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking soda Combine melted butter, sugar and eggs; beat well. Stir in apples; add chopped walnuts. Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda; blend with apple mixture, mixing well. Pour mixture into lightly greased 9-inch square pan and bake at 350º for 35 to 40 minutes. Any comments, questions or favorite recipes? Feel free to send your thoughts to, 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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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. quiet, no-music Communion service on Saturdays at 5 p.m. with a pot luck supper on the first Saturday of each month. Sunday morning Communion service is at 11 a.m. with hymns both old and new. 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. 570586-8286,, 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.

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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. 570587-2571.

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Newton-Ransom Blvd. Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; worship 10 a.m.; Wednesday Bible Study 6 p.m. 570-587-2885. Pastor is Glen Bayly.

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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.

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. east Benton United Methodist, 200 Jordan Hollow Road in Dalton. Sunday worship Service 9 a.m. Adult Sunday school at 8:15 a.m. Pastor is Mark E. Obrzut Sr. 570-563-2370. evanGeliCal FRee BiBle, 431 Carbondale Road, South Abington Township. Sunday services: Prayer, 8:30 a.m.; Sunday school and small groups, 9 a.m.; worship, 10:15 a.m. 570-5865557. 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. Wor-

ship 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; office@fpccs. org; 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: spolachurch@ 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:

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: 570-5871088. Preschool: 570-586-5590. 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. 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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