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A new art class for kids is about to begin at the Comm |pAGe 4

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‘A Busy, HAppy plAce’

Abington Senior Center helps area residents stay active by Linda Scott

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Senior citizens are always encouraged to say active and one place where they can engage in all types of activities is at the Abington Senior Center, at 1151 Winola Road in Clarks Summit. According to “A Brief History of the Abington Senior Center,” written by Angeline “Angie” Kochis (who served as secretary of the center from 1991 to 1999), plans for opening a senior center in the Abingtons got started in 1989 when the Clarks Summit Borough Council approved the idea. The senior center at first conducted the programs at the Clarks Summit Presbyterian Church. After considering many locations, the Abington Joint Recreation Board leased more than an acre of land on Winola Road in August, 1992. Ground was broken for the new center on Oct. 23, 1993. An addition to the building, was added in 1999. The center is managed by Telespond and Senior Services Inc. and open to those 55 and older. Dues are $20 a year,

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which runs from July to June. Lunch is served daily through Meals on Wheels and costs $2 for members and $4.50 for guests. Currently there are 630 members. Programs such as exercise classes, bingo, needle craft, bridge and pinochle, discussion groups, yoga and oil painting are offered. Some activities charge a fee. There are blood pressure screenings the first Wednesday of every month. Speakers are brought in to discuss such topics as estate planning, Medicare, health issues and anything pertaining to senior citizens. Trips are held throughout the year, as well as parties and special events. “I teach knitting and crocheting classes,” member Bertha Baranowski said. “All the yarn and needles we use are donated. We make hats, scarves and mittens every year and then donate them to underprivileged children. We also do a raffle and raffle off afghans that we make. I have painted with oils before and now I am painting with watercolors. Everyone here welcomes you with open arms and love, which is the whole essence of the place. The location is very good and the center keeps you busy. The fellowship is wonderful and it is so important for a person to get out of the house.” “A site council is voted in June. People can come off the council and then go back on,” said site manager Debbie Molinaro.

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Showing off their art work are senior center members, from left, seated: Catherine Stemphoski, Cathy Rchowski, Victoria Dougherty and Diane Stryweski. Instructor Marylou Chibirka is on the floor. Back row: Dawn Brock, M.J. Igoe, Margie Brown, Alice Kman and Gennie Rosenkrans.

“The council helps to vote on anything to do with the senior center but Telespond gets the final say.” “The people at the center designated me as the hugger,” said member Colene Gleason. “I play cards, exercise, ride the exercise bike, use the treadmill and have lunch. The center is a family-friendly place and is a home away from home. The staff are very helpful. I come almost every day.” “This is a fabulous, busy and happy place,” said Molinaro. “When someone loses a spouse and they come here, it gives them a reason to live.” “The center has a great group of

people,” said Adele Bianchi assistant office manager. “They are interacting with each other and not just sitting at home watching television. It gets them out of the house. It is a social place where people talk to each other and have lunch together. A gentleman said to me that he lost his wife and started coming here. He told me the senior center saved his life.” The center is funded in part under contract with the PA Department of Aging and the Lackawanna County Board of Commissioners through the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging. Mary O’Donnell is the director of Telespond Senior Services.


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Keystone College will celebrate African-American History Month with an exhibition of posters that are part of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture (NMAAHC). The exhibition, “A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African-American History and Culture,” is a series of 20 unique and informative posters that are part of the Smithsonian’s Traveling Exhibition series. The posters will be exhibited on the main floor of Hibbard Campus Center throughout the month of February. The display is open to the campus community and the public free of charge. “A Place for All People” is a survey of the African-American community’s contributions to American history.

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AROU ND TOW N You can also make an appointment (if it is not already sold out) at the Abington Senior Center, 1151 Winola Road in Clarks Summit on Tuesday, March 21, 2-6 p.m. Visit uwlc.net or call 570-504-0614. • The Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging will provide assistance for qualifying senior citizens residing in Lackawanna County with their 2016 state property tax/rent rebate forms. To qualify for the rebate, Pennsylvanians must be age 65 and older (widows and widowers age 50 and older and people with disabilities age 18 and older). The income limit Clarks Summit Borough Council refor a homeowner is $35,000 and $15,000 cently voted to suspend meter parking for for renters. Rebates range from $250the duration of the annual Clarks Summit $650. The deadline for filing the form(s) Festival of Ice. Meter parking will not be is June 30. Telespond Senior Services will enforced on Friday, Saturday and Monbe visiting the Abington Senior Center, day, Feb. 17-20. 1151 Winola Road in Clarks Summit, 9-11 a.m. on the third Friday of the month. Call 570-290- 0578 or 570-961• Residents from Lackawanna County 1950 for more information. with household incomes of less than $54,000 in 2016 can receive free assistance completing their federal, state and local tax returns through the Volunteer • The following students earned dean’s Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. list honors for the fall semester at St. The free service is staffed by University of Joseph’s University: Katherine Lord of Scranton accounting students and numerDalton, Kylie Propsner of Clarks Summit, ous professional volunteers organized Francesca Toth of Clarks Summit, Chrisby the University and the United Way of tine Fitzpatrick of Dalton and Michael Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, with Noto of Waverly Township. the support of several local human ser• Alicia Lesneski of Clarks Summit has vice organizations. been named to Alvernia University’s dean’s Walk-in service without an appointlist for the fall semester. Lesneski is a ment is available in Brennan Hall on graduate of Abington Heights High School. the University’s campus Mondays and Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays noon to 5 p.m., and Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from through Wednesday, March Sarah Botscheller of Dalton, a junior at the College of the Arts, was named to its 8; and Monday, March 20, to Friday, fall president’s list. March 31. Residents are asked to bring: a valid photo ID, all W2 forms, all 1099 forms, real estate tax receipts for the rent/tax rebate, form 8332 for non-custodial parents; Social Security numbers or individual tax identification numbers (ITIN) for all taxpayers and dependents, W-7 forms if appropriate, information related to income and expenses, a personal banking account check if direct deposit is desired and any documentation related to health insurance for themselves and anyone on the tax return, such as Form 1095-A, -B or -C, or paperwork from the Healthcare Market Place. Last year’s tax returns are also requested. Summit Festival of Ice, First Presbyterian Church, 300 School St. in Clarks Summit, will host the Northeast Photography Club’s juried show, with judging on Thursday evening and show opening on Friday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Visit nephotoclub.org for more information. Times for the show are: Friday, Feb. 17, 6-8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m. to 4 pm; Sunday, Feb. 19, 9 a.m. to noon.

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Marian Pysh, seated center, a resident at Clarks Summit Senior Living, recently celebrated her 106th birthday. The milestone occasion was marked with a certificate of recognition from the Lackawanna County Commissioners. From left: commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Pysh and commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.


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ZESTY LIME GUACAMOLE 3 Haas avocados, halved, seeded and peeled 1 lime, juiced 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon cayenne 1/2 medium onion, diced 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced 2 tomatoes, seeded and diced 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro 1 clove garlic, minced Place the scooped avocado pulp and lime juice in a large bowl, toss to coat. Drain and reserve the lime juice, after all of the avocados have been coated. Next, add the salt, cumin, and cayenne and mash using a potato masher. Then fold in the onions, jalapeno, tomatoes, cilantro and garlic. Add 1 tablespoon of the reserved lime juice. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour and then serve with your favorite nacho flavored chips, crackers or veggies. Yield: about 3-1/2 cups.

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stantly. Return all to skillet. Stir in kidney beans, the 1-1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, and the crushed taco shells. Turn into a 12-by-7-1/2-by-2-inch baking dish. Bake in 350º oven for about 30 minutes. Top with lettuce, the 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, and black olives. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before cutting into squares. Yield: 6 servings. TENDER CHICKEN BITES 3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts For marinade: 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice 2 tablespoons dry sherry 2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced 2 teaspoons sesame oil 3 tablespoons light soy sauce 2 dried red chilies 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds Combine all marinade ingredients; blend well and set aside. Cut chicken breasts into 2-inch cubes and set in marinade mixture for 2 hours. Remove chicken cubes from marinade; place on broiler rack. Broil 3 to 4 minutes per side until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Serve chicken with toothpicks on platter decoratively lined with lettuce. Yield: 6 servings. CAJUN-SEASONED CHICKEN BURGERS 1/4 cup garbanzo beans, drained and mashed 1 egg, beaten 2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 pound ground raw chicken 4 hamburger buns or Kaiser rolls, split Chili sauce, taco sauce or ketchup Cajun Seasoning (recipe follows) Combine mashed garbanzo beans, beaten egg, bread crumbs, Cajun seasoning and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Add ground chicken; mix well. Shape mixture into four 3/4-inch-thick patties. Preheat oven broiler and place patties on ungreased, unheated rack of a broiler pan. Broil 4 inches from heat for about 6 minutes. Turn patties over; broil 7 to 8

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Sc hool new S Headed to Kut ztown Corey Justave recently signed his NLI (national letter of intent) and accepted a partial football scholarship to Kutztown University. From left, seated: Greg Justave (father/assistant coach), Corey Justave, Lisa Justave (mother). Standing: Andy Snyder (principal), Joe Repshis (head coach), Dave Holley (assistant coach) and Randy Hanyon (athletic director).

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Waverly Elementary School has named January’s students of the month. From left, front row: Mahi Patel, Kylea Brown, Alec Weinberger, Rhys McKnight, William Regan, Liam Whipple, Addison Marek. Back row: principal Bridget Frounfelker, Orion Grose, Eva Blaum, Carys Yale, Aiden Gardner and Layla Weeks.

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abiNGTON SuburbaN WriTer Don’t expect to hear any excuses about Abington Heights over the next few weeks. The challenge for the Comets’ boys basketball team is to keep building on the good wins and make certain that the lessons that are learned early in the season are remembered when the district and state playoffs begin in earnest in a few weeks. So says Comets senior guard Tommy Rothenberger, a first-year starter who has gotten off to a strong start this season. “Most of the games, I’d say yes,” Rothenberger said about playing to expectations. “We’ve had some trouble in some games, but we have to work out these kinks in practice, and hope to play well in the rest of our games and in the playoffs. The 5-foot-7 Rothenberger said he embraced the enhancements the Comets coaching staff wanted from him. “I think he wanted me to practice my shot and finish on the rim, because coming into the season, he trusted me with the ball-handling I had in the playoff games last year, that I handled that pressure,” Rothenberger said. “If added my shot to my game, then I could contribute on offense.” Making the move to starting point guard was high on his list of worries, but the senior has done a good job so far. “It was a tiny adjustment. I was in the eight-man rotation last year, so I got to play with these guys,” Rothenberger said. “I’ve been playing with Seth (Maxwell) all my life, with Jackson (Danzig) a lot, so once I developed that chemistry, it was an easy adjustment.” A tough schedule set the tone for the season: Snooze, you lose. “There is room for improvement. We need to start hitting our stride and start really playing well as a team over the next couple of games that because

soon it’s going to be one loss and you’re done,” Rothenberger said. “We’re trying to get better every day and be the best team we can be, because we know we can compete for that district (Class 5A) championship and possibly win it.” The Comets are no strangers to a tough schedule against big schools from around the state. “We played LaSalle College and Williamsport. As a team we played well, but we let one get away against Williamsport; we didn’t rebound that well,” Rothenberger said. “That was an early game, and we’ve improved since then. “Those early games were good games to let us know where we’re at. It’s good to be in a tight game. We played better against LaSalle College, handled the pressure and were able to win the game.” Losses sting Rothenberger, but he realizes what the big picture is. “I wouldn’t say it didn’t hurt as much, but we schedule those games for December so come February and March, we can be ready for the talent and the competition we don’t see during the regular-season,” Rothenberger said. “It’s good to schedule those games, but they don’t really mean anything if you don’t perform well. The goal is always to try to win those games and compete with the best teams out of the area.” At Abington Heights, a school whose sports programs have had teams this century reach the state semifinals in soccer, tennis, softball, and basketball, and won a state title in baseball – among its’ three semifinal teams – its athletes understand what it takes to do so well. “It applies to all sports; that once you get down, you learn to battle back,” Rothenberger said. “That translates to all sports, in all phases of the game. Working hard, and being able to play with new teammates in each sport, that is something that goes on to the next sport.” That’s the kind of spirit the likes of Rothenberger have for themselves, their teammates, coaches and fans.

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Bethel United Methodist, 2337 Falls Road, Dalton. Sunday service, 9:30 a.m. 570-290-1799; atompkinsa@susumc.org. Pastor is Sandy Tompkins. ChinChilla United Methodist, 411 Layton Road: Sunday Service 10 a.m. Sunday school/teen program during Sunday service. Pastor is Don Gilchrist. 570-587-2578. ChUrCh of the epiphany, 25 Church Hill, Glenburn Township/Dalton. Sunday services: 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday school/adult faith formation: 9:15 a.m. Wednesday service: 9:30 a.m. 570-563-1564. epiphanyglenburn.org. cote@epix.net. Rev. F. Graham Cliff is interim priest. Clarks Green asseMBly of God, 204 S. Abington Road in Clarks Green. Sunday services 9 and 11 a.m. Junior Bible quiz, teen Bible quiz, preschool church and childcare 9 a.m. Adult Bible application group 9:30 a.m. Junior and preschool church, childcare 11 a.m. Wednesdays: Girls club, Royal Rangers, Anchored Youth, Ladies’ and adult Bible Study. First Wednesday of the month: Rockin Kids 7 p.m. Dan Miller is senior pastor. Josh Roberts is associate/children’s pastor. 570-586-8286. cgagpa@epix.net. Clarks Green United Methodist, 119 Glenburn Road. Sunday worship: 10 a.m. 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 Sunday of the month: “Common Ground” alternative service in the fellowship hall in a coffee house setting, 6 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. east Benton United Methodist, 200 Jordan FEBRUARY 9, 2017

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Hollow Road in Dalton. Sunday worship 9:40 a.m.; adult Sunday school, 9 a.m.; children’s Sunday school, 11 a.m. Pastor is Mark E Obrzut Sr. 570-563-2370.

evanGeliCal free BiBle, 431 Carbondale Road, South Abington Township. Sunday services: Prayer, 8:30 a.m.; Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship, 10:15 a.m. Kids clubs (grades one to six): Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Youth group (grades seven-12): Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Women’s Bible study: Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon. Men’s group: Saturdays, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Pastor is Rev. Mike Measley. 570-586-5557. office@ efreebible.org. efreebible.org. first Baptist of aBinGton, 1216 N. Abington Road, Waverly. Sunday worship: 11 a.m. Adult or youth Sunday school: 10 a.m. Rev. Timothy Schwartz officiating. eldermiller.org. 570--587-4492. first presByterian of Clarks sUMMit,

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. 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. THE ABINGTON SUBURBAN

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Events at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St. in Clarks Summit. ALL AGES Kaffeeklatsch. Thursday, Feb. 9, 7-8:30 p.m. All are invited to join this German language conversation group. Practice speaking and listening; all levels wilkommen. ADULTS • Caring Hands, Mondays 1-3 p.m. Do you knit or crochet? Join this group that creates delightful things for the library and for the less fortunate. Yarn provided. • Always In Stitches, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon. Quilters and sewers and their many charitable endeavors or learn something new. • Mah Jongg, Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. No experience necessary. • Families Helping Families, Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Facilitators provide an educational series and support group for teens and their families affected by substance abuse. • Scrabble, Thursdays 1-3 p.m. No registration necessary. • Latin Language Club, Fridays 1-3 p.m. Discuss and study uses of classical Latin language using grammar, historical and everyday phrases of Latin. Beginners are welcome to the club. • Technology Scheduling Session, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6-7 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m. to noon. Do you need help in computer basics, email, iPad/ iPhone, Kindle/Nook, Facebook, Skype, Facetime, Basics of the Microsoft Suites (2007) or something else? Stop by and schedule a one-on-one meeting session • Quilting, Thursday, Feb. 9 and 23, 6-8 p.m. Bring your project or work on one of theirs. • Mystery/Detective Book Club, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 7-8:30 p.m. Selection from Sara Paretsky’s “Indemnity Only.” • Afternoon Book Club, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2-3 p.m. “Caleb’s Crossing” by Geraldine Brooks. • Papercrafting With Maria Pappa, Thursday, Feb. 16, 6-8 p.m. Theme: lots of luck. Materials cost: $10, paid to the instructor the day of the class. • All Crafting Day, Saturday, Feb. 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Do you knit, bead, make rugs, hand stitch or do any kind of handcraft? Come to share ideas, show off your work and get another crafter’s eye and

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perception. Chat and meet your neighbors while you work on your craft. Bring any project you’re working on, or come just to be inspired. All levels of experience welcome. • “Barrymore’s Ghost” dramatic reading by Robert Hughes, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2:30-3 p.m. Experience excerpts from the play “Barrymore’s Ghost,” performed by actor Robert Hughes. • Creative Writing with Carol King, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. to noon. This course is designed to guide students in creative writing through experience in three genres: short story, poetry and creative non-fiction. • Memoir and Genealogy with Carol King, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 1-3 p.m. This class is designed to enable students to transition from the research they have done or will do into their family’s history to creating works of fiction or nonfiction based on that research. • DIY To Go For Adults, Thursday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., while supplies last. Stop by the library to pick up your DIY To Go kit. CHILDREN • Storytimes For Children: Baby (ages birth-2): Friday, Feb. 10 at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.; Preschool (ages 3-5): Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. • Sanskrit Class, Fridays 4-5 p.m. Would you like to learn more about the classical Indian language of Sanskrit through reading, writing, and stories? No registration is required. Children in kindergarten throug grade six. • Violin Class, Fridays, 5-5:30 p.m. Learn the basics of violin through short weekly lessons. Attendees are required to bring their own violins. Children ages 4-12. • Recorder class, Fridays, Feb. 10, 17, and 24, 9:15-10 a.m. Homeschooled children are invited to take recorder lessons, including learning how to read music in the treble clef and appropriate music theory. Children ages six and older • Make-It, Take-It Craft Time, Monday, Feb. 13, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Drop in anytime during this hour to create two crafts. All materials will be provided. Children ages 2-12. Call 570-587.3440 to register as necessary for classes and events. Visit lclshome.org/abington, FEBRUARY 9, 2017 11:35 | CORNELLCHR

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Officials from Lackawanna County’s Judiciary and Commissioners Office gathered for the unveiling of the portrait of Judge Robert A. Mazzoni, who is on the bench in a senior judge capacity. He began his tenure in 2001 when he was elected to a 10-year term and was successfully retained in November, 2011. Mazzoni is active in several community, legal and non-profit organizations. From left: Lackawanna County Judge Thomas Munley, county commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Judge Mazzoni and his wife, Patricia.

SCh OOl NEWS livi ng with di abe tes Nicole Marianelli of Old Forge, a secondyear medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, recently was the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Abington chapter of the Insulin Pump Support Group. The support group is open to the public for those who are on any kind of insulin pump or are considering a pump. The meeting was held at the Abington Community Library in Clarks Summit. Nicole shared her insights and experiences as a person living with Type I diabetes and using an insulin pump. In addition to helping the support group, she is secretary of the Geisinger Commonwealth chapter of the American Medical Women’s Association, a member of the American Sign Language club and a co-chair for the school’s annual Turkey Trot. A native of Old Forge, Nicole plans to pursue either family medicine or pediatrics when she graduates in 2019.

From left: Paul Mackarey, a member of the clinical faculty at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth); Cindy Reynolds, president of the Insulin Pump Support Group; Marianelli; and Dr. Steven J. Scheinman, president and dean of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.


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BaseBall/softBall signups: Christy Mathewson Little League baseball and softball signups will be held — for players residing in Clinton Township, Dalton, Factoryville, Fleetville, LaPlume, Nicholson and West Abington — at the Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center, Factoryville, on Thursday, Feb. 9, 6-8 p.m. For more information, call 570-5630223. Players residing in Lake Winola, Falls Township and Overfield Twp. should sign up at the Lake Winola Fire Hall, the same dates and times. ‘terra nova’: Actors Circle will present the Northeast Pennsylvania premiere of the Obie Award-winning play, “Terra Nova” at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road in Scranton. Show dates are Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 9-11, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12; $10 for seniors; $8 for students. Call 570-342-9707, or email to tickets@actorscircle.com. Visit on facebook, or actorscircle.com. The play is the story of the first expeditions to the South Pole. valentine’s Workshop: The Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road in Waverly Township, will once again host its annual family Valentine’s open house workshop for children of all ages on Saturday, Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m. until noon in the Comm’s auditorium. The morning’s activities will include Valentine crafts, card making, games, cookie decorating and light refreshments. A donation of $5 per family will be accepted at the door to cover the cost of supplies. For more information, visit waverlycomm.org or visit us on Facebook.

Mystery Book CluB: The Mysteries and Detectives Book Club will meet on Tuesday Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St. in Clarks Summit. The selection for February is “Indemnity Only” by Sara Paretsky. The author for March is Rhys Bowen. reunion Meeting: The 1967 graduating classes of Olyphant High School and St.

Patrick’s High School of Olyphant, will hold a reunion meeting, open to all classmates, on Feb. 21, at the Italian-American Club, Burke Bypass and E. Scott Street in Olyphant, at 6 p.m. Call 570-677-6188 570-563-2480 for more information. The combined reunion will be on July 1, at the pavilion located at Jessup VFW Post. Members of other graduating classes from both schools are also invited to attend.

liBrary Challenge: The Lackawanna County Library System wants to help readers to add a little spice to their reading this year by asking them to pick books that they might otherwise overlook. This year it’s simply called the “2017 Book Challenge.” There are no complex rules just good books to read,” said Mary Garm, library system administrator. “We are asking people to step outside their reading comfort zone. People can stop at any of Lackawanna County’s 10 libraries and pick up a flyer that provides details of the challenge and offers reading ideas.” Stop by any library to learn more. sCott toWnship MeMorial: The Scott Township Veterans Memorial Committee continues to take memorial brick orders. However, if anyone wishes to have a brick installed for Memorial Day, (May 29), the bricks must be ordered by Wednesday, March 1. Brick order blanks are available from any committee person, at the township building, or at scotttownship.org. Call 570-587-3120 or 570-2546783 for more information. CoMMunity singers: The Wally Gordon Community Singers will accept new members for the 2017 spring season. Membership is open to high school and adult singers for $20 per semester, which includes the cost of musical scores. There are no auditions required. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 1310 Morgan Highway. For more information, call 570-561-6005 or visit the Facebook page. presChool registration: The Waverly Preschool, at the Waverly Community House, is accepting registrations for the 2017-18 school year. The programs are: a two-day program for 3-year-olds with classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays; a three-day program for 4-year-olds with classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and a five-day

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