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the voice of the abingtons abingtonsuburban.com | Dec. 1, 2016

Ebenezer Scrooge will be the guest of honor at a church dinner |PAGE 2

Girl Scouts, in costume, visited Clark Summit Senior Living |PAGE 3

PTA members have planned a festive Christmas bazaar |PAGE 4

BElls ArE rinGinG Rotary volunteers collect for the Salvation Army By Linda Scott

SPEciaL to tHE aBinGton SUBURBan The Rotary Club of the Abingtons performs acts of kindness throughout the year. But during the holiday season, they join the army — the Salvation Army, that is. Rotary members participate in the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Drive, helping those that are less fortunate. Bell ringers can be found at the Wine and Spirits Store at 222 Northern Boulevard in Clarks Summit starting this weekend. Volunteers will work in two-hour shifts starting at 11 a.m. and continuing until 7 p.m. They will solicit donations Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout December and also during the week of Dec. 18 to 24. The Rotary Club of the Abingtons got its start in 1927. The club provides services locally in the community, the district and internationally. Members participate in the “end polio now” campaign, distribute dictionaries to school children in the Abington Heights School District, take part in the Taste of the Town event and

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Rotary president Bruce Valentine, rotarian Howard Hyde, who has rung the bell for almost 50 years, rotarian co-chair Diane Calabro, Salvation Army Capt. Lawrence Shurtleff and rotarian co-chair Gail Cicerini.

the annual fireworks display on July 4th, sponsor Boy Scout Troop No. 160, and more. “The Rotary has been helping with the bell ringing for quite some time. It brings about community awareness,” said Salvation Army Captain Lawrence Shurtleff. “The donations are used year round for social services including rent and utilities. It makes people feel good by giving and people need the help.” Shurtleff has been involved with the Salvation Army his whole life. He and his wife Jen have been with the Scranton Salvation Army for three years. They relocated to the area from Dover Delaware. “In the beginning, when we started the bell ringing, we would be in three or four places. We used to be in the middle of the road but the police stopped us, saying it was too risky,” explained Howard

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Hyde, a Rotary member, past president and a former bell ringer. “It is fun to meet people who are very kind and you even meet your friends. I will be 98 by Christmas and can’t ring the bell anymore.” “We used to be in the road where Sliver Spoon is now,” said Gail Cicerini Rotary member, past president and chair of the bell ringers. “We have been at the Wine and Spirit Store for the last couple of years. It can be very cold but people are nice to us. The Rotary club is always looking to add places to ring the bell.” Diane Calabro, a Rotary member, past president and bell ringer, is also a cochair of the bell ringers. “I have been collecting money for the Salvation Army for 14 years. I enjoy meeting and greeting the people,” said Rotary member Dominic Scott. “They place something in the kettle to purchase

something for someone less fortunate then they are.” In the past, the Rotary members, family and friends would ring the bell on street corners, other stores and the Clarks Summit Post Office. “We are able to give the Salvation Army between $8,000 and $10,000 every year,” Scott said. “They indicate that as a club we collect more money for them than any other groups.” “We have individuals and groups help out as bell ringers. There are 29 bell stands in Lackawanna County,” said Steve Oaten, a Salvation Army employee and the bell ringer coordinator. “About half of our volunteers have come to the Salvation Army at one time or another for help. This could be for material things or spiritual because we are a church. It is their way of giving back by being bell ringers.”


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Lackawanna State Park’s Environmental Learning Center, 1839 Abington Road in North Abington Township, will present “Home Made for the Holidays,” on Saturday, Dec. 3 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees will create a homemade holiday ornament using natural materials. A variety of items like pine cones, milk weed pods and teasel will be available. Bring along a small container to carry home your creation. Examples will be on display to inspire you. Materials will be supplied. Call 570-945- 7110 with questions.

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Candle Lighting

The Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St. in Clarks Summit, will host a candle lighting Sunday, Dec. 11, for friends and families of those who have lost children, family or friends of any age and from any cause, at any time in the past. This free, community-wide celebration is part of a worldwide event. The program will include music, interfaith prayers and a table of remembrance. The event will begin Countryside Community Church, with registration of the names of those 14011 Orchard Drive in Clarks Summit, who were lost at 6:30 p.m., with the lightwill hold a “Common Ground” service ing of the ceremonial candle at 7 p.m. EvSunday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. A coffeeeryone is asked to bring a flameless candle house-style service featuring an interac- or glo stick, if possible, to participate. After tive, casual setting will include songs of the candle lighting program there will be praise, prayer and discussion of thought time for fellowship and remembrance. provoking videos. Light refreshments You are also invited to bring pictures will be served. Call 570-587-3206 for for the table of remembrance. The names more information. of those registered will be read aloud.

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From Helen’s Kitchen BY Lori KisheL

TURKEY SOUP WITH DUMPLINGS 1 (4-5 pound) turkey carcass, sectioned 12 cups water 5 carrots, cut in chunks 1 1/2 cups celery, coarsely chopped 1 large onion, quartered 2 teaspoons salt 1 (1/4-ounce) package instant beef bouillon 3/4 teaspoon thyme, crumbled 1 bay leaf 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/2 cup milk 1 small rutabaga (1-pound), cubed 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1-1/2 pounds cooked turkey meat, cubed Combine turkey carcass, water, 2 of the carrots, 1 cup of the celery, onion, salt, bouillon, thyme and bay leaf in large 4-quart soup pot or Dutch oven. Bring to boiling. Lower heat and simmer, covered, for 1-1/2 hours. Strain stock; discard solids; remove and pick meat off the bones when cooled; reserve. Slice remaining 3 carrots. Combine flour and milk in jar with tight-fitting lid; shake to combine. Pour stock into soup pot; bring to simmering. Strain flour mixture through sieve into stock, stirring constantly. Add rutabaga, pepper, 1/2 cup celery and sliced carrots. Simmer 25 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add turkey pieces, cook 5 minutes until heated through. Serve with Dumplings. Yield: 8 servings To make dumplings: 1/2 cup parsley, stemmed 2 slices (2-ounces) whole wheat or white bread, quartered 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder Dash of salt 1/2 cup milk 1/2 stick butter, melted Combine parsley and bread in blender or food processor and whirl until medium-size crumbs. Add flour, baking powder and salt; process until combined. Add milk and butter; process on-off pulses just until blended. Drop heaping tablespoons of mixture into simmering Turkey soup. Cook, covered, 12-14 minutes or until dumplings are dry in the center.

1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper Combine water, broth, neck, giblets, celery and chopped onion in saucepan. ROAST TURKEY WITH TRADIBring to boil over high heat. Reduce TIONAL PAN GRAVY heat; simmer, covered, 1 hour. Strain (A holiday favorite.) broth, through sieve, into 4-cup measure. 15-pound turkey, thawed Discard solids. Strain roasting pan juices 1/2 teaspoon salt from turkey into broth in measure. Skim 1/4 teaspoon black pepper fat, reserving 6 tablespoons. Add onion 1 stick unsalted butter, room from turkey roasting pan to broth in temperature 1 large onion, cut into 1/2-inch wedges measure. Add enough water to measure 4 cups. Place roasting pan over 2 stove-top 1 (13 3/4 ounce) can chicken broth burners; add reserved fat. Over medium Olive Oil (enough to lightly heat, whisk in flour; cook, stirring until coat turkey) smooth and bubbly. Whisk in broth Rich pan gravy (recipe below) Remove giblets and neck from turkey; mixture, scraping up any brown bits from set aside. Remove and discard excess fat. bottom. Add any accumulated juices from Sprinkle body cavity with 1/4 teaspoon of turkey on platter. Bring to boil, stirring. Simmer, whisking until thickened, about the salt and dash of the pepper. Loosen 5 minutes. Stir in pepper. skin on each side of breast with your fingers, leaving intact along bone. With OLD-FASHION TURKEY STUFFING your fingers, spread 7 tablespoons of Turkey giblets and neck butter under skin. Fill neck cavity loosely 1 pound pork sausage with the stuffing. Fold skin over; secure 1/2 teaspoon salt with poultry pins. Fill body cavity with 1 cup chopped onion stuffing. Using poultry pins, join skin; tie 2 cups chopped celery with kitchen string, bootlace-style. Tie 3 whole cloves legs together. Rub Olive oil over breast; 3 whole allspice sprinkle with remaining salt and pepper. 2 cups cooked, mashed potatoes Preheat oven to 325°. Put onion and 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning broth in large roasting pan. Place roasting 15 slices dry bread rack in pan and place turkey, breast side Cook giblets and neck with cloves, up, on rack. Cover loosely with aluminum foil. Roast 4 to 5 hours; (remove foil dur- allspice and salt until meat falls from bone. Reserve broth; add water to make ing last 1/2-hour of roasting) until meat 3 cups liquid. Chop giblets and neck. thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh, but not touching bone registers Brown sausage; drain fat. Brown celery and onions together. Combine giblets, 170° after first hour of roasting. Baste neck meat, browned sausage, onions and turkey every 1/2-hour with pan juices, rotating roasting pan each time. Remove celery. Add mashed potatoes and poultry from oven; transfer to platter and remove seasoning; mix well. Soak bread in broth. Add to other mixture; blend well. Enough stuffing to serving bowl. Tent turkey stuffing for a 12-pound turkey. loosely with foil. Let rest 20 to 25 minutes before carving. Serve with stuffing STUFFED BUTTERNUT SQUASH and gravy. Yield: 16 servings. (Can also be made using acorn squash.) To make rich pan gravy: 1 medium butternut (or 2 acorn) 2 cups water squash 1 cup chicken broth 1/2 cup water Turkey neck and giblets from turkey, 1 cup finely chopped unpeeled apple not including liver 1/4 cup chopped onion 1 celery stalk, coarsely chopped 2 teaspoons butter, melted 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup cottage cheese Pan juices and roasted onion from 1/4 teaspoon salt roast turkey Serve immediately with soup. Yield: 4 servings.

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1/8 teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ginger 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice Cut squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Place halves, cut side down, in a 12-by-8-by-2-inch baking dish. Pour water around squash and bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until squash is tender. Sauté apple and onion in margarine in a large skillet until onion is tender. Stir in cottage cheese, salt, cinnamon, ginger and pepper. Set aside. Carefully scoop out squash pulp, leaving shells intact. Chop pulp. Add chopped squash pulp to apple mixture in skillet, stirring well. Spoon mixture into squash shells and sprinkle with apple pie spice. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Yield: about 8 servings. HARVEST VEGETABLE MIX (A great side to serve with your Thanksgiving feast.) 2 pints pearl onions, root ends trimmed 1/2 stick unsalted butter 3/4 pound each carrots, parsnips and small beets, peeled and julienned 3/4 teaspoon each salt, pepper and dried thyme 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley Preheat oven to 350°. In saucepan with boiling water, place pearl onions; cook 2 minutes; drain. Rinse with cold water; peel. In large shallow roasting pan, place butter and heat in oven to melt. Add onions, carrots, parsnips, beets, salt, pepper and thyme. In small glass measure, mix broth and tomato paste. Add to vegetable mixture; toss to coat vegetables. Bake 1 hour or until vegetables are tender and liquid evaporates, stirring 4 times during cooking. Sprinkle with parsley. Yields: 8 servings. Any comments, questions or favorite recipes? Feel free to send your thoughts to helenskitchen@msn.com, and please write, “Helen’s Kitchen Request, ATTN: Lori” in the subject line to make sure I receive it. Thank you!

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The Lackawanna County Commissioners presented a proclamation to Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre RailRiders executive Jeremy Ruby in recognition of his leadership during the team’s championship 2016 season. The club tied the franchise record for wins, won the Governors Cup and captured the Triple A National Championship game. From left, Lackawanna County Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Ruby, commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley and commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.

Coun Ty VeTer ans offiC e GeTs awa rd The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs once again recognized the Lackawanna County Veterans Affairs staff with a service award for six consecutive years of outstanding recovery of veterans’ benefits claims processing. The office is ranked in the top 10 in the state.

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project received a Joy Score of 9.6 or higher.” In the same report, a standard lawn fertilizing package returned 303 percent on investment: In the report, an average $330 investment on fertilizer and weed control, returned $1,000. (The $330 was for a 5,000-square-foot lawn, but the majority of lawns in the Abingtons are at least 50 percent larger than that). The report also stated the results of an “overall landscape upgrade,” which included the following: “Install a front walkway of natural flagstone three feet wide and 30 feet long. Add two stone planters six feet long and two feet wide. Install five flowering shrubs and one deciduous 15-foot-tall tree. Mulch with landscaping bark.” This project returned 105 percent on investment. But how about the penny spent? For homeowners themselves, the landscape upgrade meant that they had a “greater desire to be home” (75 percent) and “an increased sense of enjoyment when they are at home” (65 percent). What do these numbers indicate for those who sense a need for the upgrade? Do they have a reduced sense of enjoyment at home or a reduced desire to be home? For most of us, how do you put a price tag on “home”? So in some cases, it truly is possible for “a penny spent to be a penny earned.” Reach me at josarhuap@aol.com. Joshua Arp is an ISA-certified municipal specialist, Clarks Summit’s municipal arborist and an operator of an organic lawn and landscape maintenance business.


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When the PIAA decided to realign from four to six classes for its biggest sports, many of the remaining sports also saw increases, including field hockey. Lackawanna Trail took advantage of a third class, choosing to go into the Class 3A, which put the Lady Lions in a threeteam field that included Delaware Valley and Hazleton Area. It turned out to be a wise decision, as the Lady Lions drew a bye into the final, then beat Hazleton Area for the District 2 Class 3A championship. “I’m not really sure what happened, but it worked out for the best for us,” Lady Lions coach Sandy Spott said in an e-mail. “By moving up to AAA we played in Division 1, playing all of the tough teams. Playing better teams made us a better team.” They also were a confident group, hitting the ground running from the start of the season. “We won nine of our first 10 games, losing only to Wyoming Seminary, and it was a great way to start the season,” Spott said. “We beat some strong teams early on, such as Wyoming Area, Wyoming Valley West and Coughlin. We hit a little bit of a slump in the middle of our season, losing to Dallas, (Holy) Redeemer and Crestwood, but we were able to turn it around and finish strong.” The fast start and a couple of key wins cemented Spott’s feelings about her team. “I knew we were capable of winning the district title the first day of summer practice,” Spott said. “We just had to believe in our strengths and abilities. Beating Coughlin and Wyoming Valley West helped to raise the confidence level of the team.” One of the key things about this edition of the Lady Lions was that they were able to play to their capabilities without feeling the pressure to do so. “I think the entire team met my expectations. I knew that they had the potential to be great, and they proved me right,” Spott said. “Every girl on the team is a standout. We only have 22 players and they all want to play and work hard.” A balanced attack keyed the Lady Lions run to the district title, led by scoring leader Courtney Dwyer.

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OperatiOn Friendship: Operation Friendship is a holiday project coordinated through the Visitation Program of Serving Seniors. The main purpose of the program is to bring holiday cheer and greetings to residents of nursing and assisted living/ personal care homes in Lackawanna County who may not receive a Christmas card this holiday season. Serving Seniors is seeking individuals and groups of all ages to write and send/ hand deliver personalized Christmas cards to area nursing and assisted living/personal care home residents. Serving Seniors has a list of more than 3,500 residents of longterm care facilities throughout Lackawanna County who would benefit from a holiday greeting. If you or your group are interested in participating, call 570-344-3931.

Learners will have a bus trip on Saturday, Dec. 10, to the Mt. Hope Mansion & Winery for a Christmas Show in the Mansion. The trip includes lunch, wine tasting, a visit to the Mansion to enjoy some of your favorite classic holiday stories. There will also be a stop at Hershey’s Chocolate World. The bus will leave from Marywood at 8 a.m. The cost is $99. For reservations call 570-383-0544.

Fall hOurs FOr OBserVatOry: The Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Astronomical Observatory will continue each Wednesday and Friday evening through Friday, Nov. 18. The astronomical programs will feature an illustrated lecture and weather-permitted observation through telescopes. Open to the public and free, the fall sessions at the observatory will be held regardless of sky conditions and will be canceled only by the threat of severe weather. Large groups such as school classes, scouts and community organizations interested in attending a session may call 570945-8402 or email observatory@keystone. edu to arrange a private appointment. The observatory is located on Route 107, apVFW Meeting: Members of Abington Me- proximately two miles west of Interstate 81, morial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. exit 202, and approximately two miles east 7069, 402 Winola Road in Clarks Summit, of Fleetville. For more information, visit will meet Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. keystone.edu/observatory. hOliday CraFt sale: Abington Christian Academy will hold a holiday craft sale on Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the academy, which is located at the United Methodist Church of Chinchilla, 413 Layton Road, South Abington Township. All types of crafts will be for sale. Vendors are welcome for a fee of $15 per table. Holiday treats and refreshments will also be on sale. The event is a high school entrepreneurial project, and all proceeds benefit the high school field trip fund. For more information about the event or to request to be vendor, call 570-586- 5270. Bus trips: The Abington Senior Center, 1151 Winola Road in Clarks Summit, is planning a bus trip to Mount Airy Casino Resort, Monday, Dec. 5, dinner and show (’50s and ’60s music/Drifters); $60 for members/$65 for non-members. Call 570586-8996 for details. Bus trip: The Marywood Life Long

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Fitness Classes at the COMM: Highintensity interval training (HIIT) classes are being offered in the gym at Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road in Waverly Township. Classes are offered on several days and time slots: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30-8:15 a.m.; Wednesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:15 p.m.; and Saturdays, 8:30-9:15 a.m. Email jackiek724@gmail.com

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