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TEnnis, AnyonE?

Scranton Tennis Club accepting new members By Linda Scott

Individual, family and junior club memberships are available at the open SPEciaL to tHE aBinGton SUBURBan house which include no court fee; no reseverstations are required. The members Whether you’re veteran of the courts or are just considering taking it up, tennis will have access to six Har-Tru outdoor can be a lot of fun and a great way to get, clay courts, clubhouse facilities and or stay, in shape. But, of course, you need leagues, tournaments, clinics, mixers and play groups for all levels. to play. The open house offers prospective One popular choice in this area is the members a chance to play, meet memScranton Tennis Club (STC), 1029 Morbers, sign-up at a discounted new memgan Highway in Clarks Summit, a nonbership rate and enjoy complimentary profit, seasonal, outdoor, membershiprefreshments, officials said. based tennis club that is now accepting “I played football and baseball in high member applications for the 2017 season. school,” said McNulty. “As an adult, I tried If you’d like to check it out, the club will hold its annual open house on Satur- racquetball and golf. I started playing tenday, May 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (rain date: nis when I was 27.” He is retired from the Scranton School Sunday, May 21). The club is open to all ages and all skill District, where he worked as a physical levels. The youngest junior players start at education teacher. He has been the coach for the Scranton School District boys’ tenage 4, and there are active senior memnis team for 37 years and the girls’ coach bers, some in their 90s. since 2007. STC will host a free tennis clinic with “Golf wasn’t physical enough for me tennis pro Joe McNulty at noon. The drill and I found out I was more active with clinic is open to members and non-memtennis. I went with some other guys to bers. Players will enjoy free court play Weston Field to hit some tennis balls, following the clinic. and I enjoyed it,” he said. “Marywood got a bubble over their tennis courts and I would go after work every day. In 1979, I started teaching clinics at Double Tier in Scranton. I started at the Scranton Tennis

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Club in 1985 and I teach clinics, private and semi-private lessons and camps.” “I have enjoyed tennis as a child, high school student and an adult,” said Diana Shields, a member of the club and board of directors overseeing marketing communications. “I love tennis because it offers ongoing opportunities to play and improve. I was delighted to join the tennis club last year because it gave me an opportunity to play a game I love in a beautiful outdoor setting amongst a

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The tournament is captain-and-crew and features gross score prizes, raffle prizes, a $2,500 putting competition, a $10,000 hole-in-one prize, lunch, cocktail hour, a dinner buffet, gift raffle and live auction. The registration fee of $175 entitles each golfer to eligibility to win one of several major prizes. Registration and lunch begin at 11 a.m. with a noon shotgun start. Friends and family may join the golfers afterward for cocktails and dinner at a cost of $50 per person. All proceeds benefit community programming at the Waverly Community House. Call 570-586-8191, ext. 2, for sponsorship and registration information or visit waverlycomm.org.

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Cub Scout Pack No. 251, sponsored by Clarks Green United Methodist Church, 119 Glenburn Road, will hold its inaugural rummage sale on Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No early birds.

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The Scranton Region Antique & Collector Car Club will host a free car cruise and free vendor space on Sunday, May 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Allied Services/Met Life Abington Executive Business Park on Morgan Highway in South Abington Township. Food and refreshment vendors will be on site. All proceeds will go to Allied Services. Reservations are required. Call 570-347-8567 or email Mikejpassero@gmail.com.

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Michael Moletsky of South Abington Township was inducted to Delta Mu Delta. This is a business honor society that recognizes and encourages academic excellence of students.

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Connor Kelleher of Clarks Summit had his first career hole-in-one during the IMG Junior Golf Tour’s Northeast Tour Championship at Crystal Springs Golf Club in Hamburg, N.J. Kelleher’s hole-in-one came on the 165-yard hole 13. Kelleher is a member of the class of 2019 at Abington Heights High School.

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On Saturday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. The Devine School of Dance will perform its 41st annual recital titled “Opening Night, from the Screen to the Stage” at Abington Heights High School (AHHS) in Clarks Summit, featuring the AHHS honors orchestra or choir. Tickets will be available at the door. For additional details, call 570-6042398. There will also be a dance performance by students on Sunday, May 21, at 2 p.m. Performers will range in age from 3 years old to fourth grade. The theme is also “Opening Night, from the Screen to the Stage.” This performance does not include an appearance by the AHHS honors orchestra or choir.

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Clarks Green United Methodist, 119 Glenburn Road. Sunday worship: 10 a.m., Sunday school during the service. Bible study: Sundays at 7 p.m.; Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Christian book study: Mondays at 7 p.m. 570-586-8946. Pastor is Brent Stouffer. 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 secretary1310@comcast. net. clarkssummitumc.com. Andy Weidner is pastor. 570-587-2571. CoUntryside CoMMUnity, 14011 Orchard Drive in Clarks Summit. Worship service: Sundays, 10 a.m. Adult/children Sunday school: 9 a.m. Youth group Sundays. Mondays: Bible study, 10 a.m. Prayer Group, 11:30 a.m. Third Tuesday of the momth: Warm Hugs outreach, 9 a.m. Wednesdays: Choir, 7 p.m. Thursdays: Bible study, 10 a.m. Second and fourth Tuesday of the month: “Common Ground” alternative service in the fellowship hall in a coffee house setting, 6:30 p.m. Second Friday of the month: family game night, 6:30 p.m. 570-587-3206. countrysideoffice@yahoo.com. countryside-church.org. Rev. Mark Terwilliger is pastor. Crossroads, 312 S. State St., Clarks Summit. 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. crossroadschurchnepa.com. 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.

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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; office@ fpccs.org; 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. info@wearehbc.com. wearehbc.com. oUr lady of the aBinGtons, 207 Seminary Road, Dalton. Mass schedule: Saturday, 6 p.m. and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. Email: spolachurch@gmail.com www.spolachurch.weebly.com. 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. churchofstgreg@ gmail.com. st. patriCk, 205 Main St. in Nicholson. Mass schedule: Saturday, 4 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. Email: spolachurch@gmail.com. spolachurch.weebly.com. trinity lUtheran, 205 W. Grove St. in Clarks Summit. Services: Saturday, 5 p.m. and Sunday, 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday school 9:15; Adult Education 9:30. 570-587-1088. office@TrinityLutheranCS. TrinityLutheranCS.com. 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. james@waverlycommunitychurch.org. Waverly United Methodist, 105 Church St. in Waverly. Worship service Sunday at 9 a.m. Pastor is Rev. Michelle Whitlock. 570-586-8166; waverlyumc@gmail.com.


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abiNGTON SuburbaN WriTer Bailey Harris became the latest in the long line of championship tennis players at Abington Heights when the senior claimed the District 2 Class 3A title at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre last Friday. Losing just seven games in eight sets over the two days of the tournament was a large display of Harris’ talent on the tennis court. What made the title all the more impressive for the senior was that a year ago at this time, Harris had other athletic goals on his mind. Instead of tennis, his mindset had been on a different track ... literally, as Harris was preparing for the Spagna Championships and the district meet at this time a year ago, as a member of the Comets boys’ track and field team. Instead of backhands and aces, Harris had opted to compete for district medals in the long and triple jumps, the pole vault and the javelin. “I had run track in junior high, my seventh and eighth grades here, and I wasn’t too bad at it,” Harris said. “I wanted to see what I could do at a high school level. “It was a really hard decision to leave tennis for that one year. I don’t regret the decision at all, but there were times, seeing my tennis teammates having so much fun. The track team, there were like 100 kids, and the tennis team was 17 or so, and it was much more close like a family. There were some regrets, but overall, I’m glad I tried my hand at track.” Getting back to the tennis team, Harris took a look back at his time in track and tried to see if there was something he could incorporate into his tennis efforts. “Track has a different work ethic, it’s like, do it until you die,” Harris said. “It’s definitely different, and it was a good perspective to have going into my senior year.” Getting back on the tennis court felt like home to Harris, and that may have made Harris a better player for his senior season on the court. Building upon each victory in the regular season, the senior

got into the district championships as prepared as he possibly could be. That was evident at districts, where he played two matches and lost just one game to reach the semifinals, where he lost just two games before meeting teammate Timmy Christman in the final. “I had to reach a new level when I played Timmy, because he was my teammate,” Harris said. “I had a lot of respect for him; it was a tough match emotionally.” Christman battled Harris deep into the first set, winning four games off his teammate, but once Harris claimed that set, 6-4, he found the killer instinct to shut out Christman in the second set to win the gold medal. “I played pretty consistent all season, but I still have to prove myself in the state tournament next weekend,” Harris said. “My serve and my net game have been my best assets. “I get my serve from my coaches constantly telling me that the serve is the most important part of tennis, so I’ve put countless hours practicing it, and I get my net game from my past doubles career from two years ago. Doubles really trains your volleys and overheads to be spot on.” Finding his way to the top of the Class 3A tennis players despite missing his entire junior season to his foray into track and field shows the width of Harris’ talents.

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OVERNIGHT EGG AND SAUSAGE BRUNCH 1/2 pound sweet or hot Italian sausage, casings removed 2 teaspoons olive oil 2 cups red pepper strips 2 medium onions, thinly sliced 1 teaspoon salt, divided 5 cups milk 4 large eggs 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1 loaf Italian bread (1-pound) sliced 1/2-inch thick, quartered 1 cup (4-ounces) Fontina cheese, shredded Heat large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 1 minute. Brown sausage, breaking up pieces with slotted spoon. Transfer to paper towels. Discard drippings. Heat oil in same skillet over medium heat. Add peppers, onions and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook until mixture is lightly browned, 15 minutes. Beat milk, eggs, remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt and pepper in bowl. Place enough bread pieces to cover bottom of a 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking dish. Spread half the peppers and onions over bread; sprinkle on half of cheese and sausage. Pour half milk mixture over bread. Repeat with remaining bread, peppers, onions, cheese, sausage and milk mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Next morning, remove from refrigerator 1 hour before baking. Heat oven to 350º. Uncover plastic wrap and replace with aluminum foil. Bake for 30 minutes; uncover and bake an additional 25 to 30 minutes until lightly browned and set in center. Yield: 8 servings.

about 1 minute. Add tomatoes and rosemary; simmer for 5 minutes, mashing tomatoes with a fork or potato masher. Pour in beef broth and 2 cups water; bring to a simmer over medium heat. In a small bowl, mash 1 cup of chickpeas with a fork or potato masher. Stir the mashed chickpeas into the tomato-beef broth mixture along with macaroni and pepper. Simmer, uncovered, until macaroni is tender, about 12 to 14 minutes. Stir in remaining whole chickpeas and heat through. Serve soup with a sprinkling of grated cheese. Yield: 6 servings. YOGURT BEAN SALAD 2-ounces plain yogurt 2 tablespoons wine vinegar 2 tablespoons mustard ½ teaspoon salt 1 (1-pound) can French Style Wax Beans, drained 1 (1-pound) can French Style Green Beans, drained 1 small Bermuda onion, chopped 2 tablespoons green pepper, chopped In a medium-sized bowl, mix yogurt, wine vinegar, mustard and salt. Combine remaining ingredients and add to yogurt mixture. Make sure to mix well. Allow to stand at least one hour before serving. Yield: 10 to 12 servings.

ITALIAN POT ROAST 3 cups low-sodium beef broth, divided 1-ounce dried porcini mushrooms 1 (3-pound) chuck roast 1 tablespoon chopped pancetta (Italian bacon) or ham 1 onion, finely chopped 1 carrot, finely chopped PASTA AND CHICKPEA SOUP 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 celery stalk, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 (14-ounce) can plum tomatoes, drained Coarsely ground black pepper 1-1/2 teaspoons crushed dried rosemary leaves 1 bay leaf 2 (14-1/2-ounce) cans beef broth, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage defatted 1/4 cup chopped parsley 2 (19-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained 3 tablespoons tomato paste 3 cups dry red wine and rinsed 1 (15-ounce) can whole tomatoes, 6-ounces whole-wheat elbow macaroni drained and crushed Black pepper, to taste Heat 1 cup beef broth; add mushrooms 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese and soak until softened. Heat a large Heat oil in large pot over low heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring until golden, Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add

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meat and cook until brown on all sides. Transfer meat to a plate. Add pancetta, onion, carrot and celery. Cook, stirring, until golden. Next, add garlic and cook 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Add bay leaf, sage, parsley, tomato paste and wine. Simmer until reduced by half, about 20 minutes. Add meat, tomatoes, porcini mushrooms, mushroom liquid and 2 cups beef broth. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until meat is tender. Turn meat over halfway through cooking time. Transfer meat to a cutting board. Let meat stand 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with vegetables and juice. Yield: 8 servings. BASIL-CREAMED MASHED POTATOES 1-1/2 pounds russet (baking) potatoes 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature 1/3 cup milk, half-and-half, or light cream, warmed 1/3 cup dairy sour cream 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil Peel potatoes, leaving about half the skin on each potato. Cut potatoes into large chunks; place in large saucepan. Add cold water to cover, along with half of the salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and cook, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Drain. Add butter, pepper, and remaining salt to potatoes in saucepan. Using a potato masher, mash potatoes slightly, leaving some lumps. Gently mash in milk, about half at a time; then mash in the sour cream. Switch to a wooden spoon, so as not to overmash the potatoes. Add basil; stir until potatoes are evenly mixed. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper; serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.

ter until particles are size of small peas. Sprinkle with water and vanilla. Quickly work with hands to make a smooth dough. Chill 30 minutes. Stir together honey with 1/4 cup nuts; set aside. With lightly floured hands, shape dough in 16 tablespoon-size balls. Press small indentation in center with thumb; fill with about 1/2 teaspoon honey-nut mixture. Pinch dough around filling and roll in remaining 1/2 cup nuts to coat cookie. Put on greased cookie sheet and bake in preheated 350º oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on rack. These cookies can be stored airtight in cool place for 10 days; can be frozen up to 8 weeks. Yield: 16 cookies.

CARAMEL APPLE CUPCAKES 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1-1/2 cups apple butter 3/4 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup sugar 2/3 cup butter, melted 1/2 cup sour cream 2 eggs Preheat oven to 350º. Prepare muffin cups with paper liners. Sift flour, baking soda and salt in bowl; set aside. In large mixing bowl beat apple butter, brown sugar, sugar, melted butter, sour cream and eggs on low speed until well blended and smooth. Add dry ingredients just until moist. Pour batter into prepared cups 2/3 full and bake 25 minutes, or until done. Transfer to wire rack and cool. For caramel frosting: 40 caramel candies 6 tablespoons heavy cream Heat caramels and heavy cream in heavy saucepan over low heat until melted, stir frequently. Cool just a little, but still warm and sticky, spread over top HONEY-PECAN COOKIES of cupcake. If frosting hardens, reheat . (The kids will love to bake these easy cookies, with supervision, of course.) Yield: 24 cupcakes. 1 cup flour Any comments, questions or favorite recipes? 2 teaspoons sugar Feel free to send your thoughts to 1 stick butter helenskitchen@msn.com, and please write, 2 tablespoons ice water “Helen’s Kitchen Request, ATTN: Lori” in the subject 1/2 teaspoon vanilla line to make sure I receive it. Thank you! 1 tablespoon honey Find more recipes at 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans abingtonsuburban.com Combine flour and sugar. Cut in but-


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Football reGiStration: The Abington Junior Comets football and cheerleading will registration Saturday, May 20, noon to Herb FeStival: The Friends of the Dalton hold 2 p.m. in the team room of the high school Library’s Herb and Perennial Festival will be held field house; Saturday, June 10, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m. to noon at the Dalton at the Forever Young Fishing Derby held at Fire Hall, 109 S. Turnpike Road, featuring a Hillside Park. variety of herbs and perennials, gardening books For the first time, teams will accept 6-yearand refreshments available for a donation. Penn olds into the cheer program. For more inforState Master Gardeners will be on hand to promation, visit abingtonjuniorcomets.com. vide information and answer questions. GolF tournament: The 21st annual

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USGA Girls Golf of Scranton Pocono will hold its summer clinic for girls and boys ages 5-18 on Wednesday or Thursday mornings at Lakeland Golf Club in Fleetville. The clinic runs weekly from June through August at a cost of $75 per child. Registration runs through May 31. For more information or to register visit nepajuniorgolf.weebly.com or email jcb290upper@gmail.com or terry.wise825@gmail.com.

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