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Second-grade students held a food drive for an area pantry |PAGE 4

An area senior living facility celebrated a milestone |PAGE 6

A high school senior had had a standout volleyball season |PAGE 8

Music of thE sEAson

Holiday concerts are scheduled all over the area by Linda Scott

Conaboy director of vocal music at Keystone College. “I knew Megan was getting SPEciaL to tHE abinGton SUbURban married and moving to South Carolina. The season changes from fall to winter She spoke highly of the music programs at the college and knew there’d be an and the calendar from November to Deopening once she left. These students do cember. Area churches and colleges offer not get a grade, and the community mema wide range of holiday music programs. bers do not get paid but they love doing Take a break from the business of the this. They are different age groups but season to enjoy the holiday music. this shows their dedication and passion “The Keystone College Department for the music program. I am learning a lot of Performance music started in 2014,” and enjoying the new experience.” said Jeff Tylutki, director of bands and The event will include an appearance performance music. “It started with instrumental ensembles only. Today, the by holiday characters and a chance for some young audience members to receive music program features 11 vocal and presents and holiday-themed surprises. instrumental ensembles and a staff of Audience members can donate to six seven. There are more than 115 musicians who participate. While the majority of the local charities which benefit the elderly, environment, local animal shelter and musicians are Keystone students, we are more. proud to involve community musicians, The event is free and open to the pubalumni and high school upperclassmen in lic. There will be cookies, coffee and hot our ranks. There is no tuition, auditions chocolate. or fees.” Upcoming concerts at Keystone ColThe Keystone College program “Of Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All” will take lege: • Jazz ensemble/ Spring concert preplace Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. “I knew Megan Horwatt the former di- view Sunday, March 25, at 7 p.m. • Music and Arts Fair Sunday, April 22, rector of vocal music at Keystone College 2-6 p.m. doing community plays,” said Michele • A spring concert will be held Sunday, April 29, at 7 p.m. Clarks Summit University Christmas concert will be held Friday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 16, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Murphy Memorial Library. TS_CNG/SUBURBAN/PAGES [S01] | 11/29/17


The Wally Gordon singers will perform at the Clarks Summit Methodist Church on Friday, Dec. 9.

Tickets are $8 and available at the college. The college’s choirs, vocal soloists and instrumentalists will present a wide selection of music and genres. The audience will be invited to sing Christmas carols. The concert will be conducted by Adam Schwamb and Dr. David Harris. “We will be hanging of the greens such as wreaths, garland and candles throughout the church on Dec. 3” said Nancy Owens of the First Presbyterian Church Clarks Summit. “It will take place right after worship and then a soup luncheon will follow. We will then be making wreaths and reservations are needed. It is a fun event for families.” Call the church at 570-586-6306 to make reservations for the wreath making.

Heritage Baptist Church in Clarks Summit will hold a holiday program Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2, beginning at 7 p.m.. Doors open at 6:30. The event will begin with dessert. “This is our major outreach to the community,” said pastor Paul Osborn. “It is our opportunity to reach out to those in the community and get to know them. This is our gift to the community.” Call 570-586-2235 to purchase a ticket. Wally Gordon singers will perform at the Clarks Summit Methodist Church on Friday, Dec. 9. The event begins at 6 p.m. The Celestial and Chapel choirs of the church will also perform. A free will offering will be taken up. After the program, refreshments will be available.

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AROU ND T O W N toast, potatoes and sausage. Tickets are $8; Clarks Summit, will hold a turkey, ham and holiday gifts spin on Saturday, Dec. 9, 4-6 p.m. $4 for children 12 and younger. Tickets will ba available at the door. The public is invited to attend.

Abington Heights Civic League will hold its Christmas Tea on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. at the clubhouse, 115 Colburn Ave. in Clarks A PArT of TiMeS-SHAMroCk CoMMuNiTy NewSPAPer GrouP Summit. Entertainment will be by Abington The next meeting of the Mysteries and The Catholic Choral Society will present an Heights High School Choir. New members 149 PENN AVENUE • SCRANTON, PA 18503 will be installed and will be our guests for the Advent Concert on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m. Detectives Book Club will be on Tuesday, Dec. at Our Lady of Snows Church, 301 S. State St. 12, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Abington Community PhONE: 570.348.9185 • FAX: 570.207.3448 evening. For more information, call 570-587 Library in Clarks Summit. The book selection in Clarks Summit. The group will be singing 3101. SUbURbANwEEkly@TimESShAmROCk.COm for December is Carolyn G. Hart’s “Sugarsacred Advent and Christmas music as well AbiNgTONSUbURbAN.COm plum Dead.” The author for January is Sarah other Christmas pieces and will be joined by Strohmeyer. the parish adult choir. The concert is open to The Crystal Band of Scranton will perform the public free of charge. eDiTO R a Christmas concert on Sunday, Sun, Dec. 3, at CHRISTOPHER M. CORNELL 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Abington Performances of The Live Nativity of the in Waverly. Admission is free. 570.348.9185, ext 5414 Abingtons are coming to Clarks Green AsOn Sunday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove sembly of God chruch on Friday, Dec. 8, at 6 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, at 6 and 7:30 St. in Clarks Summit, friends and families CNG MAN AG iNG eDiTOR Upcoming Gathering Place events: p.m., and once on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. of those who have lost children, family or • It’s a Wonderful Life on Dec. 6, 4 p.m. The production will feature new music and friends, along with various members of the TOM gRaHaM Mary Beth Voda will talk about Wyalusing performers. There will also be a post perforlocal clergy, will light candles to honor and 570.348.9185, ext 3492 native Philip Van Doren Stern, the author who remember all who have died, of any age and mance celebration in the church lobby and wrote the story that inspired the movie. The Fellowship Hall, featuring live entertainment, from any cause, at any time in the past. This CNG ADv eRTis iNG M ANAGeR movie will be shown and soup will be served. free, community-wide celebration is part of a complimentary refreshments and a fire in the Register by calling 570-575-0384. worldwide event which creates a 24-hour wave hearth. Everyone is invited. This year you can aLICE MaNLEy • Memory Café on Dec. 8, 10-11:30 a.m. also register to win in the Abingtons Christof light across the globe to give all bereaved 570.348.9100, ext 9285 Are you living with or do you know someone mas giveaway. See LiveNativityOfTheAbingfamilies and friends everywhere the opporwho is living with memory loss? Join this for gifts and details. Or contact the tunity to remember those who are no longer ADveRTisiNG ACCOUN T exe CUTive s group for coffee and friendship. church office at 570-586-8286. with us, so that their light may shine always. • Art Market on Dec. 9, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 CaSEy CuNNINgHaM p.m. Local artisans, vendors selling fiber art, 570.348.9100, ext 5458 other crafts and more. At this market, there The Abington Lions will be a Yarn Swap & Shop. Bring your yarn, phOT OGRAp heR trade it or sell it. If you are interested, call 570- Club will sponsor. its annual Santa Claus visit for 954-6650. EMMa bLaCk Abington area children • Community Game Night on Dec. 13, 6 through second grade. On p.m. Release your inner competitor. All ages Dec. 12-14, Santa will visit welcome. CONT RiBUT ORs homes in Clarks Summit, Clarks Green, Chinchilla, JOSHua aRP, LORI kISHEL, Waverly, Glenburn, Dalton, DavE LauRIHa Tickets are now on sale for the Waverly and Newton areas and presCommunity House’s annual family holiday ent children, whose names party and breakfast with Santa on Saturday, have been submitted, with a The Abington Suburban welcomes all photos and Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. in the Comm auditorium. submissions. There is no charge for publication, but all photos special gift. For more inforand submissions run on a “space available” basis. The editor Guests will be served a pancake breakfast, plus mation, visit abingtonlions. reserves the right to edit or reject any or all submissions. games, crafts and a visit from Santa. Tickorg. You can also signup for Deadline for submissions is the Friday prior to publication ets are $12, and on sale at the Comm office When Waverly Elementary School named its students the Santa visit on the webat 5 P.M. of the month for October, the name of a student and during regular business hours. Kids 1 year site. All forms due Dec. 8 The Abington Suburban does not currently accept letters the name of the principal were misspelled. Here is the old and younger will be admitted free. Call to the editor. list again. 570-586-8191 for further details. Advance Opinions of independent columnists of The Abington purchase required; tickets will not be sold at Suburban do not necessarily reflect those of the staff. From left, front row: Lauren Lesniak, Akim ud Doula, St.Patrick’s Church. the door. The Waverly Community House is at Addison Stark and Paige Smith. Back row: Paige Moon Main Street in Nichol1115 N. Abington Road in Waverly. roski, Samiah Fabian, Jackson Karam, George Lynett, son, will host a Knights of /ThEAbiNgTONSUbURbAN Joseph Arcuri, Abygail Ralston, Orion Grose, Caleb Columbus all-you-can-eat Connell, Domnick Pasqualichio, Ethan Ciavarella and breakfast on Sunday, Dec. principal Bridget Frounfelker. @ThEAbSUbURbAN Abington Memorial, Veterans of Foreign 10, 9 a.m. to noon, featurRowan Barth-Gris was also honored. Wars Post No. 7069, 402 Winola Road in ing scrambled eggs, French

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Many of us imagine the Pilgrim settlers arriving to an ecological museum, with the aboriginals serving as curators. In reality, they may have encountered a Miss-Havisham-museum of sorts, simply because the locals had been decimated by a plague. But we may need another reality check when it comes to the ecology museum about which the aboriginal curators tiptoed. In controlling Lymedisease-causing deer tick population, these curators were actually exemplary for ecological management practices. Thomas Morton, author of “New English Canaan,” arrived in Massachusetts in 1624, a few short years after the Pilgrims held the feast that serves as the model for our annual Thanksgiving holiday. We might call Morton one of the early North American travel journalists, and he was not unbiased. In describing the flora and fauna of his new home, it seems that he prefers every North American animal and plant to its (often domesticated) counterpart in England. We get a surprising glimpse of native ecology, when we read the list of New World trees. Although he says that there is an abundance of cedar, its location is confined: “If any man be desirous to find out in what part of the country the best cedars are, he must get into the bottom grounds, and in valleys that are wet at the spring of the year, where the moisture preserves them from the fire in spring time...” Likewise, when describing the vines of native grapes, Morton writes that “the country is so apt for vines that, but


for the fire at the spring of the year, the vines would so overspread the land that one should not be able to pass for them.” What is the “fire at the spring of the year”? Earlier, Morton had explained that “The Salvages (sic) are accustomed to set fire of the country in all places where they come; and to burn it twice a year ... The reason that moves them to do so is because it would otherwise be so overgrown with underweed, that it would be all a coppice wood, and the people would not be able in any wise to pass through the country out of a beaten path.” With no fire hydrants around, there were only two controls on the semiannual fire, “snow water” in the low spots, and “showers” that extinguished the fire. Within a few short years of that first Thanksgiving, laws began to reverse the practice, and Morton’s prediction came true: the woods became relatively unpassable. Centuries later, there emerged an additional consequence of reversing the burning: exploding tick populations, and eventually Lyme disease. Deer ticks have a two-year life cycle, and recent studies show that untended leaf litter is essential for winter survival of ticks. Maybe we should try to give the old curators their jobs back. 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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Florida International University,” Baker said with a laugh. “I also applied to some aBiNgtoN SuBurBaN Writer schools on the west coast. Baker has left her mark on area volleyEmma Baker had a stellar year for Abington Heights volleyball, but was not ball courts this fall, comfortable with the fact that the only school in the Lackasure if she had done enough to convince wanna League that the Lady Comets the league’s coaches that she should didn’t sweep was Dunmore, or that it was receive their support. Nanticoke that delivered the blows that She shouldn’t have worried. knocked out the Lady Comets, in chase of Baker, a senior middle hitter for the Lady Comets, was named the Lackawanna a state playoff berth. Katie Dammer League’s most valuable player, and she Although it was too late to rewrite the did have an impressive season. history books, Abington Heights senior The middle hitter had 156 kills, Katie Dammer made a nice recovery in showed her versatility with 32 aces and her first cross country race since placing 37 blocks, and even hustled her way to 18 digs to complete a remarkable season. fourth in the state meet nearly a month ago. Baker was modest about her year, which Last weekend, Dammer placed third in ended one playoff win shy of qualifying the Nike Cross Northeast Regional held at for the state playoffs. Her respect for her teammates and for Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, New York, timed in 18 minutes, 36.1 seconds. her opponents showed when asked if it Dammer qualified to run in the Nike was a surprise to win the league’s MVP Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon. honor. Dammer, who has committed to run “It is. There are a lot of amazing playfor Georgetown University, got out of the ers in the league,” Baker said. “So that chute quickly and near the leaders, and makes it kind of unexpected.” A tryout for a travel team had seemed was able to stay with them for the entire race in the field of 295 runners. to go off without a hitch, and Baker was selected for the team. What happened next could have ruined lesser athletes, but Baker turned it into a positive experience. “I played for AVA, the travel team,” Baker said about the Anthracite Volleyball Academy. “And they pretty much picked me apart for everything, like my serving, my hitting, they had me reconstruct everything from scratch. Making the team, I assumed I was doing pretty well, but the minute we started practicing, they told me different things I needed to do to improve,” Baker said. Many athletes of Baker’s ability might take exception to revising the way they do things to that degree, but it worked out for her. All the questions about her just seemed to make her tougher. She is going around to visit colleges to see how well she fits in. She already has a favorite in mind. Emma Baker, Abington Heights “If I had it my way, I’d probably go to PHOTO COURTESY OF THE TIMES-TRIBUNE

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Loosen skin bouillon 1-1/2 sticks unsalted butter in breast area and spread 6 tablespoons 3/4 teaspoon thyme, crumbled 2-1/2 cups each diced onions, carrots butter under skin. Stuff neck cavity loose1 bay leaf and celery ly with stuffing and close with skewer. 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon each chopped garlic, Stuff body cavity; cover opening of cavity 1/2 cup milk fresh thyme and sage leaves with aluminum foil. Tie legs together; 1 small rutabaga (1-pound), cubed 1/2 teaspoon black pepper tuck wings under and rub remaining 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1-1/2 cups chicken broth butter over turkey. Place turkey, breast 1-1/2 pounds cooked turkey meat, Preheat oven to 350º. Place bread side up, in a large roasting pan. (Some cubed in 2 shallow roasting pans. Bake 20readers place turkey, breast side down, Combine turkey carcass, water, 2 of 25 minutes, tossing a few times until and instead, find breast meat juicier.) the carrots, 1 cup of the celery, onion, toasted. 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Use enough to To prepare pan gravy: jar with tight-fitting lid; shake to comstuff turkey; place remaining stuffing in 2 cups chicken broth bine. Pour stock into soup pot; bring to greased baking dish. Drizzle with remain2 cups cold water simmering. Strain flour mixture through ing 1 cup broth. Cover with foil and bake Turkey neck and giblets; do not use sieve into stock, stirring constantly. Add at 325º for 35 minutes, uncovering after rutabaga, pepper, ½ cup celery and sliced liver 20 minutes of baking. Yield: 12 servings. 1 medium onion, chopped carrots. Simmer 25 minutes or until 2 ribs celery, chopped vegetables are tender. Add turkey pieces, CRANBERRY-TANGERINE RELISH 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped cook 5 minutes until heated through. (Prepare two days ahead.) Pan drippings from turkey roasting Serve with Dumplings. Yield: 8 servings 3 medium tangerines or 2 large navel pan To prepare dumplings: oranges 2 tablespoons flour 1/2 cup parsley, stemmed 1 (12-ounce) bag fresh or frozen cran1 cup apple-cranberry cider 2 slices (2-ounces) whole wheat or berries Salt and black pepper, to taste white bread, quartered 1-1/2 cups sugar Combine broth, water, neck and giblets 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour Peel tangerines; reserve half of the to boil in medium saucepan. Skim foam 1 teaspoon baking powder peel. If using oranges, remove thick white off top and add onion, celery and garlic. Dash of salt Reduce heat, simmer covered, for 1 hour. pith from peel. Remove white membrane 1/2 cup milk and seeds and discard. Coarsely chop Strain into 1-quart bowl; discard solids. 1/2 stick butter, melted tangerines. Wash and drain cranberries in Combine parsley and bread in blender You will need 3 cups for gravy. Strain colander; remove any stems. 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PoP-uP ShoP: NOTE Fragrances, a perfumery and custom perfume studio in downtown Scranton, is expanding its reach by “popping up” in Clarks Summit this holiday season. While Danielle Fleming, founder and CEO of NOTE, considers the Pop-Up Shop to pay homage to her Clarks Summit roots, she is also bringing along a selection of local makers and artisans to join her. “I opened my first retail store, Danielle and Company, in Clarks Summit in 2004, and Clarks Summit is my hometown,” She said. “It has always had a place in my heart and I am excited to go back and show everyone all of the wonderful things NOTE has to offer.” The store opens on Black Friday and will stay open until the end of January. The list of local makers includes: AOS Metals, Valerie Kiser Design, Newkirk Honey, The Post Home and Body, Ambiance Floral Design, Duvall Leatherworks, Sutton Family Skin Care and Nibbles and Bits. The store will be at 312 S. State St. in Clarks Summit, next to Duffy’s Coffee Co. Appointments are highly recommended for the custom perfume studio and reservations are required for private perfume parties. They can be made by calling 570-343-2100. For more information, visit

MeMory Cafe: Are you or is someone you love concerned about losing or misplacing items, getting lost in familiar places and/ or having difficulty with memory-related tasks? The Gathering Place for Community, Arts and Education, 304 S. State St. in Clarks Summit, is offering a Memory Café for people with early stage Alzheimer’s disease or people concerned that they are experiencing memory loss, and their caregivers. The Memory Café is a place where people with memory loss and their care companions can share a cup of coffee and socialize with others. They can explore art, music, play games or just enjoy being with others. Memory loss is an isolating condition, and the Memory Café is designed to provide social opportunities. Organizers have partnered with students

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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 secondfloor meeting room, 104 Shady Lane Road in Chinchilla. The next month’s visit will be held Wednesday, Dec. 20, in the South Abington Township Building. 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.

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ZuMba fitneSS: Zumba fitness classes are held at The Clarks Summit Fire Hall, 321 Bedford St. Diane Hibble, a licensed Zumba fitness Instructor for five years, leads this 60-minute, calorie-burning workout. Admission is $5 per class, and a portion of that goes to support the local fire company. Call 570-878-8212 for the most complete schedule or see it at 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 alZheiMer’S aSSoCiation: The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Pennsylvania hosts a support group meeting at Elan Gardens, 465 Venard Road, Clarks Summit, on the last Tuesday of the month from 7-8 p.m. For reservations, call 570-585-8099.

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