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fond rEcollEctions Speaking with area vets about their time in the service

By Linda Scott

attained the rank of lieutenant. “I was sent to Japan to keep the peace there. SPEciaL to tHE aBinGton SUBURBan It was the thing to do to be patriotic.” “I was drafted right after high With Veterans Day this weekend, the school,” said Robert Mancabelli, a resiAbington Suburban visited with area veterans and asked about their time in dent of Elan Gardens. “I went to South Carolina for basic training and then the service. from there went to Texas. I was with Some of them were young and the Signal Corp where I’d set up radio drafted into service; others enlisted. communication between companies. I Some did not graduate from high also repaired any problems. I enjoyed it school. After basic training in the and learned how radios worked.” United States, some were shipped to “I was in the Public Health Service,” foreign countries, though the mostly said Leonard Albert, a resident of Elan World War II-era veterans we spoke to Gardens. “I was listening to the radio managed to avoid front-line fighting. when Pearl Harbor happened. I did not They were still far away from home, family and friends, but they were proud want to be drafted and wanted to be a dentist. The Army provided all the to serve their country. “I enlisted in the Air Force. I did not dental equipment. The program was want to be drafted,” said Sergeant John discontinued but the government alNafus, a resident of Clarks Summit Se- lowed me to finish the program. I was nior Living. “I went to basic training in at Temple University studying to be a Texas and then was sent to Oklahoma, dentist. I was lucky that I had no war where I went to school to be trained as experience.” Events are planned throughout the a firefighter. I then went to the PhilipAbingtons area to honor veterans: pines where I stayed for 18, months • On Friday, Nov. 10, a Veterans putting out fires in dumpsters, in the Day spaghetti dinner will be held at grass and two planes. It is something the Waverly Community House, 1115 you do not forget. It was the longest N. Abington Road in Waverly Townfour years of my life.” ship, 5 to 7 p.m. The event is free and “I volunteered for the Army Indonations will be accepted for the fantry,” said Fred Smith, a resident Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors. Musiof Clarks Summit Senior Living, who cal entertainment will be provided by Jenny Johnson and Pete Noto. • Abington Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7069 will hold its annual Veterans Day event at the post home, 402 Winola Road in Clarks TS_CNG/SUBURBAN/PAGES [S01] | 11/09/17


Robert Mancabelli (left) and Leonard Albert recalled their time in the service.

Summit. The event will start at 11 a.m. and is free and open to veterans and the public. There will be a presentation of colors and patriotic songs. A luncheon will follow the program. Dave Jones is the post commander. • At Elan Gardens, 465 Venard Road in South Abington Township, members of the Post No. 7069 will participate in a flag raising and 21-gun salute on Friday, Nov. 10. The event will be held outside, weather permitting, at 2 p.m. Veterans will be introduced at 2:15 p.m. Patrick Williams is the guest

speaker. He is a veteran of the Army and a member of the Clarks Summit borough council. At 2:30 p.m. there will be a patriotic sing-along, followed by a dessert reception at 3:30 p.m. • The owners of Eagle Cleaners, 531 S. State St., will donate all the money they receive in sales on Veteran’s Day directly to Equines for Freedom, a nonprofit organization treating active and former military personnel who are experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Purse Bingo

Students in the hospitality business management program at Keystone College will host a designer purse bingo on Friday, Nov. 17, at the Theatre in Brooks on the university’s campus. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and bingo will start at 6 p.m. Designer purse brands will include Dooney & Burke, Kate Spade, Vera Bradley, Michael Kors and Coach. There will be door prizes, gift basket raffles and consolation prizes. Participants 21 years and older may bring alcoholic beverages. The ticket fee is $20 prior to the event and $25 the door. Tickets can be purchased from hospitality business management students, by calling 570-9458334 or by emailing hospitalityevents@


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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 from The University of Scranton Occupational Therapy Graduate Program and the Alzheimer’s Association, and they

State Rep. Outreach

A staff member from state Rep. Marty Flynn’s office will provide outreach assistance from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Clarks Green Borough Building, 104 N. Abington Road. The monthly outreach visits on the third Wednesday of every month alternating between Clarks Green and South Abington Township. Next month’s visit will be held Wednesday, Dec. 20, in the South Abington Township Building’s second-floor meeting room, 104 Shady Lane Road in Chinchilla. Flynn’s staff can help with PennDOT paperwork, LIHEAP winter heating assistance, unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage, unclaimed property searches and any other state-related matter. Call 570-342-4348 for more information.


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The second performance in the current season of the Arts at First Presbyterian concert series will be held on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church (FPC), 300 School St. in Clarks Summit. This event will feature all the musical ensembles at the church, along with vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles. The FPC adult choir (pictured) will perform two movements of John Rutter’s “Requiem” and other selections. Other participants in the concert include the bell choir and the children’s choirs. This event is open to the public, free of charge, but a free-will offering will be taken. For more information or directions, call 570586-6306 or visit

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In the previous article, I discussed the appropriateness of matching street trees with the names of the streets. I picked the streets closest to where I live: Walnut, Poplar, Ash and Linden. In this article, I will pan out a few blocks — or miles — and discuss some other tree street names. Hemlock. Let’s make this quick. Evergreens — of which hemlocks are one of the most refined looking — should not be planted along streets. This recommendation is due to the pyramidal shape, so pin oaks should be avoided as well. Hemlock, the Pennsylvania state tree, is best used in forests, where it has room to grow, and this means it is not best used in your landscape to anchor your foundation plantings. Alas, hemlock, like ash, has recently come under attack from a predator, and is doomed if left untreated. However, the wooly adelgid can be defeated through regular non-chemical spraying. Maple. I cannot imagine a neighborhood apart from silver maples. But this is the direction urban forestry is headed. The biggest problem with these fast-growing giants is that they do not compartmentalize decay well. So, once they are mature, all pruning should be extremely conservative. Unfortunately, as we are finding out, utility pruning, such as is often necessary for street trees, is typically as gentle as a drill sergeant. So the trees become hollow and dangerous. Let’s care for the silver maples on our streets and plant more in our parks. And, let’s plant more durable maples on our streets. Cherry. If you find a cherry tree already planted, or if someone else plants a cherry tree, fine. Enjoy it. But you should never plant a cherry tree yourself. The wood is beautiful as lumber, and it is fun to split, and the fruit is excellent, and the flowers can hardly be topped. But the risk of disease or insect attack is too great to mess with this tree yourself. And, even if you are able to avoid cherry’s predators, you will find yourself pruning this tree continually, especially if it is a weeping version. Because of this, and the fruit and

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bloom mess notwithstanding, cherry is not a good street tree. By the way, if your neighbors plant a cute umbrellashaped cherry tree, tell them it is possible to prune it well, without resorting to hedge shears or endless interior dead wood. Locust. From what I have seen, locust is the best street tree. As a shade tree commission, we always order plenty of locusts, because we somewhat honestly tell homeowners that they will not have to rake the leaves. Even though the leaflets are tiny, some varieties of locust will provide dense shade to cool the street in summer. The branch structure is open, giving plenty of options for directional pruning, and the tough wood resists decay. 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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On Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18 and 19, the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road in Waverly Township, will host its 34th annual Artisans’ Marketplace, which showcases some of the area’s artisans and craftspeople and handmade, one-of-a-kind items. All submissions undergo a jury process in order to ensure fellow artisans and visitors a high quality of craftsmanship and presentation. The committee searches for applicants who display unique talent, originality and great skill and expertise in their medium. The committee also attempts to choose a variety of vendors to balance the overall show. All work is original and includes a variety of forms and mediums in photography, painting, ceramic, jewelry design, basketry, glass, sculpture, textiles, wood and more. Patrons of the show have a wonderful opportunity to view and purchase original, American-made art. This year’s show includes the following “returning” vendors: Duvall Leatherwork, The Barnwood Gallery, Deb Hamby Studio, Mimi’s Hooks, Distinctively Raisa, Noriko Iizuka Design, Little Red Hen Soap Factory, One of a Kind Baskets, Laurabee Studios, Second Season Mittens, Pure Suds Co., Saint’s Nicks, For the Love of Wood LLC, Angus & Oliver, Sew Happy, On & On, Handblown Glass by Kyle Lavery and Creekside Gardens. The following vendors are new to this year’s show: Rodgers’ Nursery, Fox Hill Farm, Cole Hastings, Colley Studio, Seven 810 Fixtures, Rustic Cotton Home, Spring Hills Farm, Pittston Popcorn, Wyldflower Farms, Sally Ann Design, Traditions by Linda, Stone Fawx Studios, j. Crane: Crafted in Metal, Chickadee Studio, Libby and Liam Jewelry and Wired & Fired Designs. In addition to the many items that will be available from the vendors, this year’s Hearth Booth will feature pottery, gnomes, ornaments, homemade dog treats, wreaths, cook books, reindeer hot chocolate mix, primitive wood houses, paper stars, handmade note cards, hand printed wrapping paper and coasters, straw ornament garland and wassail packets. The Small Works Gallery at The Comm will be open on that Saturday and Sunday

during regular show hours and will feature the winning submissions of local and regional artists. The theme of the exhibit of small works (less than 16” in any direction) is “Winter.” A luncheon, catered by Constantino’s Catering, will be offered in the Scout Room each day of the show from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu includes vegetable minestrone; spring mix salad with apple cider vinaigrette, glazed walnuts, craisins and crumbled blue cheese; chicken salad croissant sandwiches; turkey panini’s with sharp American, baby greens and honey mustard or cranberry mayo; and mini pulled pork sandwiches with cheddar cheese and carmelized onions. Homemade desserts will be available for purchase in the Comm Bake Shop. Hours for the Artisans’ Marketplace are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The ticket price is $5 per person and is good for admission to the show on both days. All proceeds benefit the Waverly Community House. For more information on the Marketplace, visit “Waverly Community House” on Facebook, visit the website: or call The Comm at 570-5868191, ext. 2.

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Zack Rundell, a freshman at Abington Heights High School, won the first place varsity title in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Cycling League mountain bike race series held recently. A member of the Keystone Composite Mountain Bike team, Zack had two first-place and two third-place finishes to accumulate the most points in the race series. Varsity riders were required to race a distance of 22 miles over rugged terrain on wooded trails which included rock beds, log-overs, roots, long hilly sections and creek crossings. On the podium with him is Aiden Brechbill (left) and Gavin Strauss (right).

aBiNGTON SuBurBaN WriTer Lackawanna Trail head football coach Steve Jervis recently reflected on his successful season, and recalled some of his team’s best moments. “As we look at our season in review, there were a few highlights that really stuck out,” Jervis said. “We played a fantastic first half defensively vs. Dunmore. That was the first time where we had Owen Hivner for us and he definitely made a difference.” The special teams were next on the honor list. ”Special teams-wise, our best performance was against Northwest in week four,” Jervis said. “Noah Coleman returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown, we blocked two field goal attempts and recovered a squib kick to begin the second half.” Jervis also had praise for the offense. “Offensively, we had a solid second half against Lakeland. We really began to execute our offense the way that I knew we could,” Jervis said. “Sophomore Jeffrey Resto ended up with 220 yards and four touchdowns on the night. “We also had a solid second half offensively against Carbondale, where we were really able to control the clock,” Jervis continued. “It was a tight game against a very good Carbondale team. We came out after halftime and held the ball almost the entire third quarter.” “We converted two fourth downs, including one on a fake punt on the drive that culminated with Resto scoring a 4-yard touchdown.” It added up to a number Jervis really liked. “Probably, our best overall stat for our team this season was first downs, finishing with around 180,” Jervis said. “That means that our offensive line and backs were able to control the line of scrimmage for the most part. With solid running backs, we had very few negative plays all season.” Led by Resto, Jervis has a group of candidates for best player, and a group means variety, versatility and, perhaps, victories. “There were some key newcomers that really had an impact on the success of our season,” Jervis said. “Resto showed that he

Lackawanna Trail's Jeffrey Resto runs the ball against Lakeland.


can be a dominant type of running back in our wing-T offense.” The coach said he has also received solid play from sophomore Richard Rodenbach and freshman Ray Melnikoff after playing key positions on the offense. “Rodenbach started every game at center and did a remarkable job,” Jervis said. “He continued to get better as the season went on, and we expect big things from Richard in the future.” “Melnikoff ran the ball physically from the fullback position when called upon and started the entire second half of the season at outside linebacker, making several key stops.” Senior Dillon Moyle, who played left guard and defensive end, brings a smile to Jervis’ face with how he played the game. “Some may look at him and think that he may be slightly undersized to be an effective lineman at the varsity level. Boy, would they be wrong,” Jervis said. “I loved to run our left side behind Dillon, Shawn Jones (left tackle) and Zac Cost (tight end). Dillon plays with great pad level and a tough mentality. As a wing-T guard, he is often leading our sweeps, traps and counter plays. On defense, his quickness makes him extremely difficult to block. One look at his scarred and chipped helmet lets you know exactly what kind of football player he is.”


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From Helen’s Kitchen BY Lori KisheL

Now that Halloween is over, it’s time to start planning a menu for your family’s Thanksgiving feast. Here are several of my choice recipes to get started. Enjoy.

4 to 5 hours until nicely browned. PORK CHOPS LIMAS Cut band of skin between legs after 3 AND TOMATOES hours. During the last 30 minutes of 6 pork chops, 3/4 inch thick roasting, uncover turkey and brush Salt and pepper to taste with maple glaze. Bake casserole of Flour, to coat the chops MAPLE-GLAZED TURKEY stuffing alongside turkey the last 40 Hot shortening WITH STUFFING to 45 minutes of cooking time. When 1 large package frozen lima beans (Our favorite) done, remove turkey from oven; cover. 1/4 cup chopped onion 2/3 cup maple syrup Let stand 20 minutes before carving. 1-1/2 cups crushed tomatoes 1/3 cup Dijon-style mustard Remove stuffing from turkey; transfer Scant teaspoon sugar Coat and season pork chops with flour, 2 tablespoons butter or margarine to serving dish. Carve turkey; serve salt and pepper. Brown on both sides in 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce warm. Yield: 12 to 14 servings. hot shortening. Place lima beans in casse10 cups dry bread cubes VEGETABLE CORNBREAD role dish; sprinkle with onion. Place chops 1 cup snipped parsley STUFFING on beans and top with tomatoes. Sprinkle 1/2 cup finely chopped onion Cornbread: with sugar. Bake, covered, at 325º for 4 teaspoons shredded orange peel 2-3/4 cups self-rising cornmeal mix 1-1/2- hours until chops are tender. Yield: 2 teaspoons marjoram, crushed 1-3/4 cups nonfat buttermilk 6 servings. 1 teaspoon thyme, crushed 1 large egg 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped CANDIED PECAN SWEET 2 tablespoons sugar 1/2 stick butter or margarine, melted POTATOES 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 eggs, slightly beaten 5 pounds sweet potatoes Vegetables: 1/3 cup orange juice 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1-1/4 cups celery, diced 1/2-inch 1 (12-14-pound) turkey 1 tablespoon butter or margarine 1 small red bell pepper, chopped Maple glaze: Combine maple syrup, 1/4 cup Irish cream liqueur, orange 3 strips turkey bacon, cooked Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons butter liqueur or milk 1-1/2 cups sliced scallions and Worcestershire sauce in a small 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, 3 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped saucepan. Cook and stir over medium softened 1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic heat until butter melts; set aside. 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves Stuffing: Combine bread cubes, 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 3/4 teaspoon each salt and black parsley, onion, orange peel, marjoram, pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt thyme, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt and Wash sweet potatoes and pierce several 1 (5-ounce) bag baby spinach leaves 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large mixing times with a fork. Bake at 350º on a foil1 (14-1/2-ounce) can no-fat, lowbowl; mix well. lined baking sheet about 1-1/4 hours or sodium chicken broth Stir together 1/2 stick melted butter, until tender. Cool slightly. Cornbread: Preheat oven to 350º; eggs, orange juice and water in a small Cook and stir pecans, granulated sugar grease 9-inch square baking pan. Whisk mixing bowl. Toss with bread mixture all ingredients in large bowl; spoon into and the 1 tablespoon butter in a small and if necessary, add more water for heavy skillet over medium heat 6 to 8 minpan. Bake 30 minutes, until wooden desired moistness. utes or until sugar melts and turns golden pick tests clean. Invert onto rack and Preheat oven to 325º. Season body cool. Cut into 3/4-inch diced pieces; brown. (Do not overcook.) Immediately cavity of turkey with salt and pepper. place in large clean bowl. Let dry over- remove from heat and spread nut mixture Spoon some stuffing into neck cavon a greased baking sheet or foil; separate night at room temperature. ity. Skewer neck skin to back. Spoon into clusters. Cool completely and chop Vegetables: Preheat oven to 350º. more stuffing loosely into body cavity. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet. Add into small pieces with a knife; set aside. (Do not pack stuffing too tight or it celery and bell pepper; cook 8 minutes. Scoop pulp from baked sweet potatoes will not get hot enough by the time into a mixing bowl, discarding peel. Mash Add chopped bacon; cook 2 minutes. the turkey is cooked.) Tuck drumAdd scallions, sage, garlic, thyme, salt, by hand or beat with an electric mixer on sticks under tail skin or tie to tail. medium speed until smooth. Stir in liqueur pepper; cook 4 minutes. Add spinach; Twist wing tips under back. Transfer or the milk, the 2 tablespoons butter, cook until wilted. Add to bread with any remaining stuffing to a casserole; brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and salt. broth; toss to moisten. Spoon into cover and chill in refrigerator. Place Beat until fluffy. Spread mixture in a lightly 2-1/2-quart baking dish; cover with turkey, breast side up, on rack in a greased 2-quart rectangular baking dish. aluminum foil. Bake 25 minutes. Reshallow roasting pan. Cover turkey move foil; bake 15 minutes until lightly Just before baking, sprinkle with candied loosely with foil. 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until heated through. Yield: 12 servings. FRIED SWEET POTATOES 6 medium-sized sweet potatoes 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon sage 2 teaspoons cayenne 2 teaspoons thyme Salt and pepper to taste About 1/2 cup milk Vegetable oil for frying Bake sweet potatoes at 400º for about 1 hour. Let cool. Cut each sweet potato into 6 wedges. Stir together flour, sage, cayenne, thyme, salt and pepper. Dip each sweet potato wedge into the milk and then dredge thoroughly in the seasoned flour mixture. Heat oil to 350º. Deep-fry wedges, without overcrowding, until crisp and golden. Drain on paper towels and serve. Yield: 8 servings. PUMPKIN FRUIT CAKE Mix together: 2 cups sugar 1-1/4 cups salad oil 4 eggs, beaten 2 cups canned pumpkin Blend well and add: 3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons cinnamon 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 cup cherries, cut up 1/2 cup raisins, cut up 1/2 cup chopped nuts Sift together dry ingredients; add to creamed pumpkin mixture, blending well. Add the cut-up fruits and gently fold into batter. Bake in lightly greased Bundt or angel food pan at 350º for about 1 hour or until tester inserted in cake comes out clean. Let stand on rack to cool for a short time; remove from pan and place on rack to cool completely. 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. 570-290-1799; Pastor is Sandy Tompkins.

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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.

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. 570-5874492.

ChURCh oF the ePiPhanY, 25 Church Hill, Glenburn Township/Dalton. Sunday 8 a.m.: spoken Holy Eucharist; 9:15 a.m. Sunday school; 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist with music. 570-563-1564; EpiphanyGlenburn. org; 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 Kid, preschool church and childcare at 11 a.m. Wednesdays: Rooted Youth, young adults, adult studies, childcare at 7 p.m. Rooted Kids Sports (grades one to six) at S. Abington Park 6:30-8 p.m., June 14 to Aug. 30. Senior pastor: Dan Miller; associate/children’s pastor: Brian Mascaro. 570-586-8286,, ClaRks GReen United Methodist, 119 Glen-

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

ClaRks sUMMit United Methodist, 1310 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit. Sunday services: 8 and 10 a.m. (nursery care available during the 10 a.m. service). Sunday school: 9 a.m. Youth group and Bible studies classes. Email Andy Weidner is pastor. 570587-2571. CoUntRYside CoMMUnitY,

14011 Orchard Drive in Clarks Summit. Sunday school 9 a.m. Worship service Sundays, 10 a.m. Mondays: Bible study, 10 a.m. Prayer Group, 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays: Choir, 7 p.m. Thursdays: Bible study, 10 a.m. Second Tuesday of month: Warm Hugs Outreach, 9 a.m. Family game night, 6:30 p.m.. 570-587-3206. Rev. Mark Terwilliger is pastor. . Common Ground, a coffeehouse worship setting, will be held on the third Thursday each month.

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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.

aRoU nd to Wn AuxiliAry DonAtio n The auxiliary of Abington Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7069 in Clarks Summit presented the post with a donation from money raised during a recent chicken barbecue. The funds will be used for the post’s scholarship program. From left: Donald Jones, post commander; Paula Thompson, auxiliary president; Wendy Mangan, auxiliary senior vice president and Michael G. McLane, post quartermaster/adjutant. The donation amount was $600.

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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;; 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. 570587-2543. 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: 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: 570-587-1088. 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; waverlyumc@gmail. com.

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The project will require approximately 400 volunteer hours, with a labor value of nearly $15,000. To complete the pier, volunteers will install the remaining floor joists, decking and a railing before opening it to public use. A completion date has not yet been set.

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Mystery Book CluB: The next meeting of the Mysteries and Detectives Book Club will be on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Abington Community Library in Clarks Summit. The book selection for November is Daphne duMaurier’s “Rebecca.” The author for December is Carolyn G. Hart. Fall leaF ColleCtion: South Abington

Township will provide residents 25 free bags for fall leaf collection. Pick up bags at the township building, 104 Shady Lane Road, weekdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Place filled bags curbside on the night before Saturday, Nov. 18. Call 570586-2111 for more information.

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

Gathering Place will hold an Art Market on the second Saturday of the month, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Art Market is a venue in which artists and craftspeople of many genres can exhibit and sell their creations in a nonjuried forum. Last month’s market featured potters, jewelry designers, purse and clothing creators, and more. Area artisans who wish to take part can find more details at In addition to the displayed works, each Second Saturday will have a live demonstration. This month’s program will feature Emily Rancier’s presentation of her felting skills.

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.

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mailings from your plan that you don’t understand. The APPRISE counselor will also screen Community Singers invite you to sing with them for their 2017-18 season. Based in Clarks beneficiaries to see if they may qualify for subsidy programs to help pay for Medicare costs. The sesSummit, this group was founded 35 years ago sions are free as a service to the community. to give local people an opportunity to pursue the love of choral music, regardless of training oPen jaM session: Mondays, 6-8 p.m. or ability. Membership is open to high school Bring an instrument and jump in to this weekand adult singers. No auditions required. Two ly musical session. Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. concerts per season: early December and early State St., Clarks Summit. 570-586-1380. May. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Clarks Summit United Methodist MahjonG: Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. National Church music room, 1310 Morgan Highway Mahjong League Inc. players. No experience in Clarks Summit. For more information, call necessary. Adults only. Abington Community 570-561-6005 or visit their Facebook page. Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit.

oBservatory hours ChanGe: The Thomas G. Cupillari astronomical observatory has begin its fall program on Wednesdays and Fridays through Friday, Nov. 17. The astronomical programs will feature an illustrated lecture and weather-permitted observation through telescopes. The main objects planned for observation include the moon, the planets, double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Open to the public and free of charge, the fall sessions at the Observatory will be held regardless of sky conditions and will be cancelled only by the threat of severe weather. Large groups such as school classes, scouts and community organizations interested in attending a session may call 570-945-8402 or email observatory@ to arrange a private appointment. The observatory is on Route 107, approximately two miles west of Interstate 81’s exit 202. For more information, visit keystone. edu/observatory.

FarMer’s Market: The Abington Farmer’s Market will run every Saturday until Oct. 29, at the former Rainbow Market location on Route 6/11 in South Abington Township. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. MediCare CounselinG: In partnership

with the Voluntary Action Center, the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road in Waverly Township, will host informational Medicare counseling sessions for area residents. An APPRISE counselor — from Pennsylvania’s State reC Center hours: The Newton Recreation Health Insurance Assistance Program, which is Center, 1814 Newton Ransom Blvd., has begun overseen by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging — will be available on Tuesday, Sept. 26, fall and winter hours, which will continue 1-3 p.m. The sessions will take place in the Mary through May, 2018: weekdays 9 a.m. to noon and 3-8:30 p.m. Saturdays 10 am to 5 p.m. and Benjamin Room in the Comm’s South Wing. The sessions are for those who are new to Medicare, Sundays noon to 5 p.m. contemplating retirement or if you have received

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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 facebook. com/zumba.diane. 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 sPiritual kinderGarten: a 12-step recovery Christian support group for every-


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. uPstairs thriFt: A nonprofit shop is at the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road in Waverly Township. It has upscale clothing for all, household items, childrens’ toys, books and games. It is open Wednesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit Upstairs Thrift on Facebook for more information. sewinG CluB: The Glenburn 4-H Sewing Club is taking registrations for youth to sign up for 4-H textile science projects. In 4-H, members learn basic clothing construction skills to complete a garment of their choice, according to their experience and interest. Leaders accept all levels of experience from beginners to advanced youngsters. Boys and girls, ages 8–19, are encouraged to register by calling 570-563- 1369.


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