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Abington The

APRIL 4, 2019



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Posing with a grand piano that will soon be refurbished thanks to a donation from the Rotary Club of the Abingtons are Abington Heights music faculty members, from left: Allison Kovell, chairperson of music department and orchestra director; Dana Cerminaro, choir director, and Rebecca Hetzel, band director.

Show to go on for grand piano BY CLAYTON OVER STAFF WRITER

SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — The grand piano in the auditorium at Abington Heights High School shows its age. Chips in the black paint mar its finish and some cracked white keys display naked wood underneath. Music staff at the high school believe the piano, produced by William Knabe & Co., has been there since the school opened to students in 1966, serving generations of students in the music and drama departments. Please see Key, Page 10


The worn keys of the grand piano at Abington Heights High School await repair.


Discovering talent A collection of farmland animals in all shapes and sizes flocked to the Abington Community Library last month. A pig peered out at visitors in the Ryon Room and a duckling greeted readers at the end of the fiction aisle. Brush strokes gave texture to feathers and fluff, life to eyes, and colorful backgrounds to animals usually found in a barn yard. Abington Community Library’s March artist of the month, Dorothy O’Connor, didn’t describe herself as a painter until a little more than four years ago. She learned to paint at the Deb Hamby Studio in Dalton. “I come from an artistic family,” O’Connor said. “My mom quilts, my sister is creative and crafty, and Dad is artistic too. My brother Paul can paint and is a great photographer. Paul can do anything.” It seems the artistic gene wasn’t lost on O’Connor either. On March 28, the Abington Community Library hosted “An Evening with the Artist” event that featured O’Connor’s work.

The evening was sponsored by Clarks Summit Senior Living Center. O’Connor chose pieces in a collection she titled “Farmland Friends and Playpen Posse.” O’Connor explained most of her paintings are done using a photograph as reference. The photographs are copyright free or used with permission. Other works in the collection are inspired by animals O’Connor has met in person and photographed herself. Chrissy Rimes of Clarks Summit made her way around the room attempting to guess which animals O’Connor had met in person and which she had seen only by way of photograph. “You can see the personality of this one,” Rimes said as she studied a painting of a horse. “It has something in its eyes.” As she studied another work by O’Connor, Rimes noted, “you can tell that she really attempted to capture the spirit of the animal. ... There is something about art. Something that portrays out and then pulls us in.” The smaller canvas pieces

The cracking sound piercing the air when a baseball connects with a wooden bat. The muffled clap of the same ball caught in a leather glove. These sounds can’t be easily spelled out in letters. Yet they can be summoned to a person’s memory and recalled, clear as day, effortlessly. I bet you just paused to test that theory. Or maybe you didn’t have to. If you have a vivid memory and imagination, perhaps you even took it a step further and can now smell the hotdogs and beer, feel the hard stadium seats and picture the scoreboards at your team’s stadium. Last week I wrote here about “Opening Day hits” – baseball movie recommendations. I concluded with an invitation to readers to contact me with their favorites that were missing from the list. Jeffrey Petrucci of South Abington Township, a baseball historian, wrote in with several: ■ “Bang The Drum Slowly” ■ “Sugar” ■ “Right Off The Bat” ■ “Everybody Wants Some!!” ■ “Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings” ■ “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” ■ “Fear Strikes Out” Mr. Petrucci also brought up something I hadn’t considered: baseball novels. And I’m glad he did. Because a good novel of any genre transports the reader into its setting as each chapter unfolds. Don’t get me wrong; I love watching movies. But it’s not the same as enjoying a good book. In a movie, the characters experience the story for you, while in a book, you experience the story for yourself. Like magic, the words on the pages transform into pictures inside your brain. You’re drawn into each scene as if you’re there, rather than watching it from the other side of a screen. In a movie, your imagination doesn’t have to do much work. In a book, your mind gets to do the work. It fills in the sounds of the game, the mixed smells of the concessions and the colorful sights of the stadium. Please see Seasons, Page 4

What’s inside Calendar ........................ 2 Court notes .................... 2 Contest .......................... 3 JULIE JEFFERy MAnWARREn / FOR ABIngTOn SUBURBAn

Artist Dorothy O’Connor with her husband, Sean at a meet the artist event held at the Abington Community Library. The event featured O’Connor’s collection “Farmland Friends and Playpen Posse.” The couple resides in Waverly Township. displayed by the stacks in the library gave observers an opportunity to view a collection of baby animals. These began as pieces for a nursery. “I began making these for my daughter when she was ex-

pecting our first grandchild,” O’Connor said. Varying hues of color could be seen in the faces of a lamb, bear and raccoon. Please see Talent, Page 10

Obituary ......................... 4 Churches ........................ 4 Libraries ..................... 5, 7 Just For Fun .................... 8 Sports ............................ 9

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR UPCOMING APRIL 6 Abington Christian Academy’s “Sprinter” Rummage Sale: Welcoming spring and kicking winter to the curb. Saturday, April 6, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the academy, which is housed in the Chinchilla United Methodist Church, 413 Layton Road, South Abington Township. Vendors are welcome as space is available. For more information, call ACA at 570586-5270 or send an email to APRIL 7 Finger Painting: Jazz of Herbie Hancock: Sunday, April 7, 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School St. Bill Carter and the Presbybop Sextet will perform. For more information, call 570-586-6306 or visit APRIL 9 Soil - How to Make it Better: Tuesday, April 9, 6:30 p.m. at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Penn State Master Gardeners will give info about easy, practical steps to make your soil better so your plants will be more flowerfun and fruitful. Cost: $5. For more information, visit Mysteries and Detectives Book Club meeting: Tuesday, April 9, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Abington Community Library. The selection for April is John Grisham’s “The Ltiagators.” The May author is Harper Lee. APRIL 10 Everything You Wanted to Know about Marijuana But were Afraid to Ask: Wednesday, April 10, 7 p.m. at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Joe Vinson will share the history of the marijuana plant, the botany and its effects on the body and brain. Learn statistics, laws and medical uses. Cost: $20.


uburban SSuburban THE VOICE OF THE ABINGTONS A publication of TimesShamrock Community Newspaper Group 149 Penn Ave Scranton, PA 18503 Phone: 570-348-9185 Fax: 570-207-3448 suburbanweekly@ Managing Editor Elizabeth Baumeister 570-348-9185, ext. 3492 ebaumeister Editor Christopher M. Cornell 570-348-9185, ext. 5414 Advertising Manager Alice Manley 570-348-9100, ext. 9285 amanley Advertising Account Executive Cali Nataloni 570-348-9100, ext. 5458 cnataloni Photographer Emma Black 570-348-9100, ext. 5447 Staff Writer Clayton Over 570-348-9100, ext. 5363 Contributors Joshua Arp Jennifer Familetti Teri Lyon Julie Jeffery Manwarren Linda Scott The Abington Suburban welcomes all photos and submissions. There is no charge for publication, but all photos and submissions run on a “space available” basis. The editor reserves the right to reject any or all submissions. Deadline for submissions is by noon the Friday before publication date. Opinions of independent columnists do not necessarily reflect those of the Abington Suburban staff.


For more information, visit APRIL 11 Metal Detecting: Thursday, April 11, 6:30 p.m. at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Explore a new hobby with Mike Gipson, a long-time metal detector enthusiast. Learn types of detectors, places and ways to search and groups that are involved in detecting. Detector not necessary. Cost: $15. For more information, visit Clarks Green Boy Scout Troop 251’s annual spaghetti supper fundraiser: Thursday, April 11, 5-7 p.m. at Clarks Green United Methodist Church, 119 Glenburn Road, Clarks Green. Dine in or take out. Requested donation: $10 for adults, $5 for children. Tickets available at door. For more information, call 570-587-1390 or send an email to scoutmaster@ APRIL 12 Ukranian Pysanky Eggs: Friday, April 12, 6 p.m. at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Join Tammy Budnovitch for this beginner’s class on the basic steps of creating a pysanky egg. This hands-on step-by-step instruction will help you decorate your own egg. Cost: $20 plus $15 supply fee. For more information, visit APRIL 12-14 “SONrise” Easter drama: Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 14 at 10 a.m. at Clarks Green Assembly of God, 204 S. Abington Road, Clarks Green. “SONrise” is a dramatic and musical re-telling of the story of Jesus, from his baptism to resurrection. For more information, call 570-586-8286 or visit APRIL 13 Pasta dinner: Saturday, April 13, 4 p.m. until sold out, at the Newton-Ransom Fire Hall, 1890 Newton Ransom Blvd. A benefit to help Amy Brown and her family in her fight with colon cancer. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under age 5. Tickets available at Ayers County Market, by calling Kristen at 440-823-9429 or at the door. The event will also feature a gift card pull and basket raffle. APRIL 15-MAY 13 Ballroom Dancing: Dance artists Jill and Gehred Wetzel will offer a Beginner class in Samba and an intermediate class in West coast Swing for five Mondays, April 15, 22 and 29 and May 6 and 13, with intermediate from 6-7 p.m. and beginner from 7-8 p.m. Class is run by The Gathering Place and will be held in the Clarks Green United Methodist Church. Cost: $55 per student. For more information, visit APRIL 17 Eat More Chocolate: Are You Kidding Me? Joe Vinson, Ph.D. will detail the history of chocolate, what makes us love it and the health benefits it provides. There will be a tasting. Wednesday, April 17, 7 p.m. at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Cost: $20. For more information, visit APRIL 18 Amphibian Adventure: Thursday, April 18, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Lackawanna State Park. An evening search for the park’s vernal pool inhabitants. Topics to be covered include an overview of some common local species and how to record finds in the PA Amphibian and Reptile Survey. This program will start indoors but will move outdoors, so dress for weather; rubber boots recommended. Register by calling 570-945-7110. Making a Cage Bead Bracelet: Thursdays, April 18 and 25, 6 p.m. at at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Artist Kristie McMahon returns to help you create a sterling silver linked bracelet. Form cage beads by manipulating wire into swirled shapes. Cost $40 plus $12 supply fee. For more information, visit Please see Calendar, Page 4


Metal detecting class offered CLARKS SUMMIT — A few months each winter, Mike Gipson can be spotted walking along a beach, swinging a pole-like tool in wide arcs. In other seasons, he can be seen doing the same in his hometown of Tunkhannock or surrounding areas. Gipson has been pursuing his favorite hobby, metal detecting, since 1981. He will share his expertise and stories about this pastime on Thursday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St. Gipson will talk about places to detect. He first tried detecting in Rhode Island and has expanded his territory to most states. According to him, every state has at least one detector club and usually a lot more. In Wilkes-Barre, there is the Black Diamond Club for anyone interested in finding out more about this hobby. Gipson served as president of the club for 10 years. He has had many good days “dirt hunting” in Pennsylvania. “There is a lot of history in the area, ghost towns, and you do have the chance of finding really old coins,” he said. In addition to private hunting, competitive hunts take place somewhere in


Mike Gipson hunts for lost treasure at a beach. the U.S. almost every weekend. Local clubs, magazines such as East/West Treasure and websites can direct people who are interested to these hunts. As for his finds, Gipson has returned dozens of lost rings, jewelry and more. His favorite find was on the grounds of a private school in Rhode Island, founded in 1800, where he dug up a medal a student was awarded in 1910. He turned the medal in

to the school and received detecting rights to the entire school grounds for two years. He also has stories of returning keepsakes to grateful owners, and he directs people to Ring Finders, a website that helps connect hunters to the owners of found valuables. This sport doesn’t have to break the budget, with detectors ranging from $39 to several thousand dollars. During the event, Gipson

will give advice on how to pick one that suits you and your budget. Through all this, Gipson has met many people and become lifelong friends with other detectorists. As he says, “the best part of detecting is the people you meet. Stuff is stuff, but meeting and making friends is priceless.” For more information, visit or call 570-881-7612.


Living well Last week I had the opportunity to attend part of a conference at The University of Scranton called “The Sacrifice of Teaching.” The session I attended included presenters from the University of Scranton, Misericordia University and Gregory the Great Academy. One common thread through their presentations was that the crisis in education can be attributed to the fact that for at least a century, mainstream education has been standing on its head: not only is the world of the student exchanged for the world as it is with the teacher as guide, but the end of education has become reduced to the world of the almighty dollar. So if the expertise of the teacher has any value, it is strictly in helping the student earn a living rather than helping

the student live well. Regardless of whether this assessment is true in education, I have been thinking about whether it is true in the world of the outdoors: Have the demands of Master Dollar driven us indoors to the point where we have forgotten that there is goodness to be experienced outside? I have been thinking about end games: Does our society’s vision of a good living include first-hand experience outdoors? In societal terms, “rich” people are able to buy fresh fruits and vegetables instead of growing them. “Rich” people can afford to live in neighborhoods with ordinances ensuring that their peace can be undisturbed by the crow of a “poor” neighbor’s rooster or the bray of a “poor” neighbor’s goat. So “rich” people’s children cannot know the

fulfillment of gathering and eating their own eggs, milk and meat. But the “rich” are able to send their own barking dogs out of the airconditioned quiet to disturb the neighbors from the confines of their invisibly fenced yards. As for the yards, “rich” people are able to afford to pay others to design, build, and maintain them. “Rich” people do not even need to know the names and characteristics of their plants, since as long as their plants adorn rather than abase their homes’ appearances in the eyes of the “Joneses” next door, the concern of the landscape can be left to the landscaper. But it’s not that “rich” people don’t appreciate natural beauty. No, they spend large sums of money to go on eco-tours in tropical or

Arctic regions. And they buy suntans to prove it. So as portrayed in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 “The Secret Garden,” the gardener occupies the lower strata of society. Yet, as Douglas Green writes, millennia ago, “Gardener” was one name for the king in Assyria. Further, “what appears to us as fairly unexciting activities—irrigation projects and the cultivation of a garden and a vineyard—were for the ancients clear evidence of royal greatness.” This spring, will you consider becoming rich by joining the gardener King outside? Joshua Arp is an ISA-certified municipal specialist, Clarks Summit’s municipal arborist and an operator of an organic lawn and landscape maintenance business. Reach him at

COURT NOTES PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS ■ Virginia M. Kehoe, individually; and Virginia Kehoe, executrix of the estate of Robert J. Kehoe; and Michael A. Curcerello, Clarks Summit, to Frank S. Shimkus and Caitlin M. Collins, Clarks Summit; a property at 204 Carnation Drive, Clarks Summit, for $174,160. ■ Nicholas A. and Nicole P. Costanzo, Clarks Green, to Demetria and Delton Trosky, Thorton, Colo.; a property at 208 Beynon Drive, Clarks Green, for $250,000. ■ R.D. Noto & Son Construction Inc., South Abington Twp., to Kenneth Raymond and Ellen Mae Stockwell Bonk, Limerick; a property in South Abington Twp. for $102,500. ■ Alice Keisling, Newton Twp., to Gerald J. and Valerie A. Calpin, Waverly; a property at 2381 Cherry Hill Road, Newton Twp., for $415,000. ■ David B. and Ilise W. Rubinow, South Abington Twp., to Gerald E. Luchansky, Olyphant; a property at 44 Parkland Drive, South Abington Twp., for $210,000. ■ Amy Sullivan Cannella and James Robert Sullivan Jr., co-executors of the estate of Sally B. Sullivan, North Abington Twp., to Barbara R. McNeish, Scranton; a property at 109 Sullivan Road, North Abington Twp., for $169,600. ■ R.D. Noto & Son Construction Inc., Waverly Twp., to Perih Group LLC, Covington Twp.; a property at Venard Road, South Abingotn Twp., for $94,500. DIVORCE SOUGHT ■ Amy S. Kazmierski,

Waverly, v. Daniel J. Kazmierski, Waverly; married Aug. 12, 1989, in Lackawanna County; Paul A. Kelly Jr., attorney. ESTATES FILED ■ Paulette Maggiolo, also known as Paulette Blanche Maggiolo, 213 Elan Gardens, Clarks Summit, letters testamentary to Antoinette Blanche Jadus, 22 Siniawa Drive, Archbald. ■ Marion Harding, also known as Marion F. Harding, 1160 Old Trail Road, Clarks Summit, letters testamentary to Kimberly A. Dennebaum, same address. ■ Helen S. Powell, 100 Edella Road, South Abington Twp., letters testamentary to Carol S. Florey, 1186 Winola Road, Clarks Summit. ■ Florence T. Jamison, 1702 Falls Road, Newton Twp., letters testamentary to Lynne Jamison Bour, 393 Ledgehill Drive, Falls Twp. LAWSUIT ■ Patricia Heil, 118 Linair Farm Road, Dalton, v. Sarah Mosier and Anthony C. Donnora, 190 Fire Works Lane, Forkston Twp., seeking an amount not in excess of the mandatory arbitrational jurisdictional limits of the honorable court, on two counts, for injuries suffered in an automobile accident Aug. 31, 2017, at approximately 1:10 p.m., on State Street in Clarks Summit; Dave W. Rothenberg, attorney. FEDERAL TAX LIENS ■ Diane Brechtel, 1859 Newton Ransom Blvd., Clarks Summit; $20,437.19. ■ Mark and Barbara J. Slocum, 1627 Falls Road, Clarks Summit; $3,169.46.

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Easter in the Abingtons

Every Easter Sunday, my kids, granddaughter, niece and nephews frantically run around my yard hoping to find the colorful, goody-filled plastic eggs that are well hidden by me. The amount of excitement and drama that this annual tradition brings is comparable to the Super Bowl. Even the big kids keep coming back for “The Hunt” year after year. It wouldn’t be Easter without it. This year, Easter Sunday is April 21, which is great because it gives us a little more time to thaw out from this crazy winter and think spring. And it gives families in the Abingtons more time for community fun leading up to the big day. Mari Olshefski, president of the South Abington Lions Club, said her organization is in enthusiastic planning mode for The Easter Egg Hunt/Candy Scramble that the Lions Club has co-sponsored with the Chinchilla Hose Company for the last 10 years. The event, for kids age 10 and younger, is scheduled for Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m. at South Abington Recreation Park. In case of inclement weather, the hunt will move inside the Chinchilla Hose Company building at 113 Shady Lane Road in South Abington Township. Participating children will get to hunt for candy, and the Easter Bunny will make an appearance. Two bicycles will be awarded as grand prizes. Olshefski said the event is an opportunity “for our organizations to give back to the community.” She said the amount of


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Area children hunt for treats at South Abington Recreation Park during a past Easter Egg Hunt/Candy Scramble, sponsored by The South Abington Lions Club and Chinchilla Hose Company. participants vary from year to year, usually depending on the weather. “We have had from 50 participants to several hundred,” she said. Here are some other Easter-related events in the Abingtons that your family might enjoy: Ukrainian Pysanky Eggs: Friday, April 12 from 6-7 p.m. at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State Street, Clarks Summit. Tammy Budnovitch will teach this beginner class on the basic steps on creating a Pysanky egg using a hands-on, stepby-step approach to help students decorate their own eggs. The class is sponsored by Oliver, Price & Rhodes, Attorneys at Law. Cost is $20, plus a $15 supply fee. All supply costs are to be paid to the instructor on the night of the class. Register by the end of today at The Comm Family Easter Party: Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at The Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road, Waverly Township. Participants can visit with the Easter Bunny, indulge in a pancake breakfast and bring their own baskets for

an egg-ceptional Easter egg hunt. Games and crafts will be available. Cost is $15 per person. Tickets are available online at or by visiting The Comm’s office. No tickets will be available at the door. Sensory Friendly Easter Party: Saturday, April 13 from 3-5 p.m. at The Waverly Community House. The Comm will host this event for all children with special needs and their families. Highlights will include photos with the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt, crafts and games. Cost is $5 per person or $20 for families of four or more. All proceeds will benefit The Comm Interactive Center. Easter Egg Hunt: Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m. at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. For kids in sixth grade or younger. Register by emailing with child’s full name, age and parent/guardian’s full name. Registration deadline is Wednesday, April 17.


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Teri Lyon is a mom, grandmom and freelance writer who lives in Glenburn Township with her cat.


Local talent to take the stage

Seniors can showcase their talents at United Neighborhoods Centers of NEPA’s Seniors Got Talent show on Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m. at People’s Security Bank Theatre at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton. The first half of the show will feature a scored competition and the second half will include professional performances of a few selections from the musical “Nunsense.” United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA’s Active Older Adult program was recognized this year by the National Council on Aging’s (NCOA) National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) with a 2018 programs of excellence award. Seniors Got Talent was recognized as a runner up in the fundraising category. It was one of 15 programs honored with the annual award from 80 applications throughout the United States. “The show was started and is still a means to honor and celebrate the many talents of the older adults in our community,” said Laurie Fleming, director of the Active Older Adult program. “It began to coincide with National Older Adult month that is celebrated in May, but due to many scheduling conflicts, we moved it to April in anticipation of Older Adult Month. “Many older adults have such wonderful talent, and are so passionate about their talents, that this gives them the opportunity to showcase their talents on a professional stage and in a professional manner for us to all enjoy.” Contestants are age 55 or older and live in Northeast Pennsylvania. Individuals or groups can participate with any talent including

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The contestants, judges and master of ceremony lined up on stage at last year’s Seniors Got Talent event. singing, dancing, comedy, dramatic readings, juggling, poetry reading, musical performances and more. The committee chooses 10 acts to compete for the cash prizes which include $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third. All are given participation medals and the top three also receive trophies. The audience members can vote for their favorites by paying a dollar for each vote and stuffing a box with dollar bills. The audience choice award is given two tickets to see a show from the Broadway Theatre League and dinner for two at the POSH at The Scranton Club. Clarks Summit native Justin Sochovka, who now resides in West Chester, will judge the show for the second year. He is an on-air guest specializing in consumer electronics for QVC, QVC2 and the Shopping Channel. “I was asked to be a judge last year and loved it,” Sochovka said. “I’m thrilled they asked me to come back. There is so much time and effort put into the show and getting to see it unfold the day of is really special. It’s never easy getting up on stage in front of a crowd of people at any age, so seeing the seniors get up there, give it their all and really have fun showing off their talent is a real treat.” Sochovka graduated from Abington Heights

High School in 2010. While there, he played the snare drum in the marching band, was on the mock trial team and worked with the football team to edit and create highlight tapes for the players to send to colleges for recruitment. He is a 2014 graduate of West Chester University with a degree in communications. Other judges for the event are Stacy Lange from WNEP and Frankie Warren of Magic 93. The producer is Tony Nicosia and emcee is Evie Raflako McNulty. Rose Broderick spearheads the committee. Tickets for the event can be purchased for $15 in advance by calling 570-346-0759 or online at or $20 at the door. “The show is one that can be enjoyed by those of all ages,” said Fleming. “The talent is timeless and can be appreciated by all. Ages have ranged from 60 years old to 95-year-olds and you would be hard pressed to pick out the 95-year-old.” “I’d encourage people to come to the show,” said Sochovka. “It’s a really great family-friendly event and a great way to spend the afternoon. I’m looking forward to coming back home to NEPA for the event.” Funds raised at the event will support the programs of the four facilities the United Neighborhood Centers operates and the opportunity to offer new programs.

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AREA CHURCH SERVICES Bethel United Methodist, 2337 Falls Road, Dalton. Sunday service, 9:30 a.m. Pastor is Janelle Moser. Chinchilla United Methodist, 411 Layton Road: Sunday Service 10 a.m. Sunday school/teen program during Sunday service. Pastor is Charles Consagra. 570587-2578. Church of the Epipha n y, 2 5 C h u r c h H i l l , G l e n b u r n Tow n s h i p / Dalton. quiet, no-music Communion service on Saturdays at 5 p.m. with a pot luck supper on the first Saturday of each month. Sunday morning Communion service is at 11 a.m. with hymns both o l d a n d n e w. S u n d ay School is at 9:30 a.m. 570563-1564,; Rev. Lou Divis, priest-incharge. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 505 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Township. Sunday sacrament meetings at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Bishop Brian Traweek presides. 570-903-3237; 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 Kids, preschool church and childcare at 11 a.m. Tuesdays: DivorceCare at 7 p.m. We d n e s d a y s : R o o t e d

Youth at 6:30 p.m. and GriefShare, adult studi e s, Ro o t e d K i d s a n d c h i l d c a r e a t 7 p. m . Senior pastor: Dan Miller. Associate/worship p a s t o r s : M i ch a e l a n d Denise Warner. 570-5868286, m, cg as Clarks Green United M e t h o d i s t , 119 Glenburn Road. Sunday worship: 10 a.m., Sunday school during the service. Prayer meeting: We d n e s d ay s , 1 0 a . m . Christian book study: Mondays at 7 p.m. 570586-8946. Pastor is Rev. John Bondhus. Clarks Summit United Methodist, 1310 Morg a n H i g h w ay. S u n d ay services: 8 and 10 a.m. with live streaming of the 10 a.m. service on the church’s Facebook page. Contact: 570-5872571; secretary1310@; Rev. Andy Weidner is pastor. Countryside Commun i t y, 1 4 0 1 1 O r c h a r d Drive in Clarks Summit. S u n d ay s ch o o l 9 a . m . Worship servi ce Sundays, 10 a.m. Mondays: B i b l e s t u d y, 1 0 a . m . Prayer Group, 11:30 a.m. Second Tuesdays: Warm Hugs Outreach, 9 a.m. We d n e s d ay s : C h o i r, 7 p.m. Thursdays: Bible study, 10 a.m. 570-5873206. countrysideoffice@ Rev. Mark Terwilliger is pastor. Crossroads, 15924

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Expenditures General Government Public Safety Health & Human Services Sanitation Highways Public Works & Recreation Benefits & Withholding Insurance Misc. Expenses Total Expenses Expenses & Open Bal. Equity Cash Balance December 31,2018 Total Cash & Expenses/Equity Minus 2017 Liabilities Remaining BalancingTotal

$37,069.00 $12,657.00 $200.00 $6,025.00 $80,975.00 $100.00 $2,153.00 $2,487.00 $500.00 $142,166.00 $142,166.00 $64,896.00 $94,896.00



$28,305.00 $28,305.00 $47,570.00 $47,570.00



$27,705.00 $600.00

Assessed Valuation : $2,806,253 Bank: Penna. Local Gov. Investment Trust 2018 Y/E General Funds Savings $92,512.00 Auditors: Jerry Aschenbrenner, Chairman Richard Shaver, Chairperson |Tammy VanFleet, Secretary

Route 407 in Fleetville. Sunday service, 10 a.m. N u r s e r y i s ava i l abl e. 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: 9:30 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 . A d u l t S u n d ay school at 8:15 a.m. Pastor is Mark E. Obrzut Sr. 570-563-2370. Evang elical Free Bible, 431 Carbondale Road, South Abington Township. Sunday services: Prayer, 8:30 a.m.; Sunday school and small groups, 9 a.m.; worship, 10:15 a.m. 570-586-5557. Website: First Baptist of A b i n g t o n , 1 2 1 6 N. Abington Road, Waverly. Sunday worship: 11 a.m. Adult or youth Sunday school: 10 a.m. Pastor is Don Hickey. 570-587-4492. First Presbyterian of Clarks Summit, 300 S ch o o l S t re e t , C l a rk s Summit. Worship service: Sunday at 10 a.m. N u r s e r y i s ava i l abl e. 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 c h o i r. 5 7 0 - 5 8 6 - 6 3 0 6 ;; fpccs. o r g . Re v. Wi l l i a m 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. Pastor is David Harris. 570-563-2206. Heritage Baptist, 415 Ve n a r d Ro a d , C l a rk s Summit. Sunday service 9 a.m. Heritage Kids

(babies - 4th g rade), 9-11:45 a.m. Adult and student classes, 10:45 a.m. Glenn Amos is pastor. 570-587-2543, info@, Hillside Haven Community Church, (Formerly Summit Baptist Bible Church) 232 Noble Road S. Abington Twp. Worship services Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Services: Student Ministries Grades 6-12; 6:30 p.m – 8:30 p.m. Lead Pastor is Don Roe. 570586-335. Website: Email: Our Lady of the Abingtons, 207 Seminary Road, Dalton. Mass s ch e d u l e : S at u rd ay, 6 p.m. and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. Email: Our Lady of the Snows Parish: Pastor: Msgr. Joseph G. Quinn. Email: info@olsparish. net. Website: olsparish. net. ■ Our Lady of the Snows Church, 301 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Weekday Mass at 12:10 p.m., Confessions a t 5 p. m . S a t u r d ay s . Weekend Masses: Saturday 5:30 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. ■ Church of St. Benedict, 1849 Newton Ransom Blvd., Newton Township, Confessions at 3:15 p.m. Saturdays. Weekend Masses: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m., 11 a.m. Parker Hill, 607 North Abington Road, Clarks Summit. Worship services Sundays, 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Lead pastor is Mark Stuenzi. 5 7 0 - 5 8 6 - 0 6 4 6 p a rke St. Gregory Parish, 3 3 0 N. A b i n g t o n Road in Clarks Green. Weekd ay M a s s : 7 a . m . Re c o n cilation 4-4:45 p.m. Saturday. We e k e n d Masses: 5 p.m. S a t u r d a y, 8 and 10 a.m. and noon Sunday. Rev. John M. Lapera is p a s t o r. 5 7 0 -

587-4808. St. Patrick, 205 Main St. in Nicholson. Mass s ch e d u l e : S at u rd ay, 4 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. E m a i l : s p o l a c h u rch @ spolachurch. Trinity Lutheran, 205 W. Grove St. in Clarks Summit. Sunday worship: 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School, 9:25 a.m. and Adult Education 9:30 a.m. Interim p a s t o r i s G e o r g e J. Mathews. 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 g row in their character, understanding of the Bible and relationship with Je s u s C h r i s t . 1 0 a . m . Sundays: Sunday school. 11 a.m. Sundays: wors h i p s e r v i c e , 7 p. m . We d n e s d ay s : H o u s e Church. Contact the church for the location. Pastor is the Rev. James Cohen. 570-587-2280. Wave rl y U n i t e d Methodist, 105 Church St. in Waverly. Worship service Sunday at 9 a.m. Pastor is Rev. Michelle Whitlock. 570-586-8166; w ave rl y u m c @ g m a i l . com. Send updates or additions about your Abington-area church to suburbanweekly@

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I’ve never read any baseball novels, but now I’m inspired to do so. Here’s Mr. Petrucci’s list: ■ “The Great American Novel” by Philip Roth ■ “The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop.” by Robert Coover ■ “The Iowa Baseball Confederacy” by W. P. Kinsella ■ “Shoeless Joe” by W. P. Kinsella ■ “The End of Baseball” by Peter Schilling Jr. ■ “Veracruz Blues” by Mark Winegarden ■ “Bang the Drum Slow-

ly” by Mark Harris ■ “The Southpaw” by Mark Harris ■ “The Celebrant” by Eric Rolfe Greenberg ■ “The Natural” by Bernard Malamud ■ “Hoopla” by Harry Stein ■ “Alibi Ike” by Ring Lardner ■ “A Day In The Bleachers” by Arnold Hano ■ “The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach Another sound that’s difficult to spell out with letters but easy to hear in your mind? The turning of a page in a book.


David Paul Wrobel March 27, 2019

On Wednesday, March 27, 2019, David Paul Wrobel, Clarks Summit, loving and selfless father of three children, passed away tragically at the age of 55. David was bor n on March 4, 1964, to Lois Sick Wrobel, and the late Frank A. Wrobel Jr. David was a 1982 graduate of Abington Heights High School, where he excelled in football and found some of his lifelong friends. David shared a strong bond with his loving family and community. His passions in life were being the best dad, love of family and God. He had a profound ability to care for and love others and always put them before himself. He regularly attended Parker Hill Church, where he displayed his love for God with his family. He instilled his strong faith in his children and demonstrated the way Jesus wanted us to live. David was loyal, motivating and would move mountains for those in need. He made an impact on every person he met and changed their lives for the better. He was known for his sense of humor and impressive ability to tease unmercifully with love and affection. David is survived by his three children, Casey, Courtney and David; siblings, Sandee Wrobel Phillips and husband, Jerry; Frank III and his wife, Stephanie; nieces, Silvia Phillips; and godchild, Leah Wrobel; nephew, Zyga Phillips. He was close to his many uncles, aunts and cousins and was loved by his friends who felt like family. David was also preceded in death by his nephews, Michael Straka Wrobel, and W. Adam Holley. David’s daughters would like to thank the first responders from Clarks Summit and Dalton who helped their dad and brother with care and understanding. They also have sincere gratitude to the countless people who reached out with food, prayers and monetary contributions. Funeral was Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Parker Hill Church, 607 N. Abington Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411, with services by Pastor Paul McGuinness. Friends were invited to call on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit.

CALENDAR: local events FROM PAGE 2

APRIL 28 Abington Area CROP Hunger Walk: Sunday, April 28. Sign in time is 1:30 p.m. and walk time is 2 p.m. The 3.5-mile walk will start and finish at the Dalton Fire Company, 109 S. Turnpike Road. There is no fee to participate, but each walker is encouraged to raise $100 or more. A portion of the funds raised will support the work of local food programs and the remaining money will go to Church World Service to alleviate hunger in poor communities throughout the world. For more information, visit crophungerwalk. org/clarkssummitpa.


The Chinchilla Hose

Company’s Annual Lenten Pizza Sale: Continuing each Friday through Good Friday, April 19. Orders must be made in advance from 3-7 p.m. by calling 570-586-5726. Square trays of red and white pizza cost $13 and broccolli pizza is $14. Abington Heights Class of 1969 reunion: The committee is seeking contact information including telephone, email and residential address, along with any other pertinent information, for those interested in a 50th reunion this year. Email your info or questions to: or call 570-881-3186. Bookmobile stops: The Lackawanna County Library System Bookmobile will

make two Clarks Summit stops at Cole Village Apartments, Williams Street, from 2:15-2:45 p.m. and Applewood Acres Apartments, 405 Hamilton Terrace from 3–4 p.m. on April 11 and May 9. For more information, call 570348-3000, ext. 3004. Open gym: every Thursday, from 6-8 p.m. at the Newton Recreation Center. The most popular activity during this time is basketball, which is open to all ages. Children 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 570-586-7808 or visit bit. ly/2UV6OjP or the center’s Facebook page. Reach the Suburban: 570-3489185; suburbanweekly@

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Keystone College April calendar of events

LA PLUME — Keystone College will host the following events in April. Observatory spring series: Wednesdays, April 10, 17 and 24 and Fridays, April 5, 12, 19 and 26, at 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Thomas G. Capillary ’60 Observatory, Fleetville. The spring series of public lectures and observing sessions. The programs are free and open to the public with no registration required. Observation depends on the weather. Contact Jo-Ann Kamichitis, Observatory Director at 570-945-8402 for more information. Book launch: Thursday, April 4, 7-9 p.m. in Evans Hall. Attend the book launch of “The Calculus of Imaginaries” by Gerard Grealish, published by Nightshade Press. Student exhibit: Friday, April 5, 6-9 p.m. at the AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave. in Scranton and ArtWorks Gallery and Studio, 503 Lackawanna Ave. in Scranton. Keystone College senior visual art majors will display their work in the upcoming group exhibition, “Reverie.” Artist talks will also be held at the same locations the following week on Saturday, April 13. The ArtWorks talk will begin at noon and the AFA talk will be held at 2 p.m. Both exhibits are free and the public is invited to attend. Spring glass sale: Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holman Design Studio. Keystone College Glass will sell a variety of items during its spring glass sale. Stop by the glass shop and


watch the talented artists create unique artwork and consider purchasing your own piece. Choose from colorful glass flowers, hearts, chicks, eggs and more. Prices range from $10-$50, with some specialty items costing more. Music and arts fair: Saturday, April 13, 3-6 p.m. at the Theatre in Brooks. Keystone College will host its annual Music and Arts Fair. Open to the public and free of charge, the event features many artists and musicians from the college and local community. The main concert will be at 5 p.m. Argentina presentation: Monday, April 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Join Keystone College Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant Mayra Agustina Munoz for “Let’s Talk Argentina.” A native of San Luis, Argentina, Mayra will share her Fulbright program experiences and offer insights on the differences between teaching in Argentina and the United States. Guests will also learn about the culture of Argentina through a slide show. Admission is free. Poetry reading: Thursday, April 18, 7-9 p.m. in Evans Hall. Keystone College will host a free poetry reading by Michael Montlack. Montlack is author of the poetry book “Cool Limbo” (NYQ Books) and editor of the Lambda Finalist essay anthology “My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them” (University of Wisconsin Press).

Blood drive: Tuesday, April 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. American Red Cross Blood Drive, Hibbard Campus Center, Evans Hall. The Center for Civic Engagement will host the American Red Cross Blood Drive. Lecture: Thursday, April 25, 7-9 p.m. Lecture by Keystone College Alumnus Arthur Magida ’65, Evans Hall. Attend a lecture by author, journalist and Keystone College alumnus Arthur Magida, ’65. Relay for Life: Friday, April 26, 5 p.m. to midnight Relay for Life, Athletic Field and Track Complex. Gather with the community to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society have an impact on cancer. Enjoy music, games, activities, food, prizes and more. Donations and team sign-ups are handled through the Keystone College Relay for Life website, keystonecollegepa. Open House: Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spring Open House in the Hibbard Campus Center, third floor. Learn about academic programs and the admissions process, enjoy lunch and tour the campus. You can even stay for a hike on the nature trails. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and the event concludes by 2 p.m. For more information, call the Office of Admissions at 570-945-8111. Spring concert: Sunday, April 28, 7-8 p.m. The Symphonic Band/ Vocal Ensembles Spring Concert will be held in the Theatre in Brooks. Admission is free.


Keystone observatory slates spring sessions LA PLUME — The Keystone College Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Astronomical Observatory is continuing its spring pro g ram each Wednesday and Friday through May 24. Open to the public free of charge, the spring sessions will be held regardless of sky conditions and

will be cancelled by the threat of severe weather. T h i s se a s on’s a s tronomical prog rams will feature an illustrated lecture and telescopic observations. The main objects planned for viewing include the moon; the planets Jupiter, Mars and Saturn and various double stars, star clusters,

nebulae and galaxies. Large groups such as school classes, scouts and community organizations interested in attending should contact Jo-Ann Kamichitis at 570-945-8402 or observatory@keystone. edu to schedule a session. For more information, visit


Books and baked goods

DALTON — It’s Spring Book and Bake Sale time at the Dalton Community Library. Come in on Saturday, April 27 to visit during our sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. As always, everything is organized and set up conveniently for easy browsing. Patrons will be able to look through labeled sections without shuffling through messy boxes or tables. There are many books that were bought in a store, read once and brought in for our sale. They’re practically brand new. There are lots of popular and modern titles. Another specific kind of book available at this sale is those that are collector’s items dating from as far back as the 1900s. They have been checked and in good condition. If you’re a book collector, make time to check these out. There are shelves of fiction and nonfiction books, biographies, mysteries, audio books, magazines and DVDs. We have had many donations over the past six months, and all these items are available for low prices. The Book and Bake Sale is cash only, with most items ranging as low as 25 cents to $1. Money raised during the book and bake sale helps support the library and our programs.

On this day, the bake sale is full of breads, brownies, cookies and treats that are a great way to satisfy anyone’s sweet craving. There will be donated items, too, from a few local vendors. Everyone is sure to see or smell something tempting on the baked goods table. Remember to mark your calendars and stop in. Patrons will not be disappointed with all that is offered and the smiling, friendly faces that will be here to greet everyone. Bring a friend.

Kid’s Crew The after school group, Kid’s Crew, had a great time gathering during an educational computer coding program that started at the beginning of March. The kids learned a lot and enjoyed their time doing. Thank you to Miss Terry for her time teaching our group. We hope to do it again in the future. Any children in elementary school interested in attending Kid’s Crew are welcome. Send an email to JFamiletti@albright. org for information.

story time The story time group had extra fun group

times during March, too, while our friend, Miss Bonnie, did special teddy bear story times. They watched her act out “The Three Little Bears” using props, dolls and puppets. She did crafts and songs with the children, too. What a special time. Thank you, Miss Bonnie, for sharing your stories and time with our group. We hope everyone is enjoying spring and remembers to come visit for our Spring Book and Bake Sale. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Dalton Community Library.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students Summit Christian Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. For additional information, contact Summit Christian Academy, 660 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Township, PA 18411.

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March 21 marked the 90th anniversary of the Rotary Club of the Abingtons. A historical talk was presented by Warren Watkins, a 50-year member and past district governor. President Ryan Campbell shared a cake and Champagne with everyone at the meeting. The club meets on Thursdays at 12:10 p.m. at the Ramada, 820 Northern Blvd., South Abington Township. For more information about the club, its events and membership, visit

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Plates and Palettes event held in Dalton emma black / STaFF PHOTOGRaPHeR

Artist Maryann Polanichka of Dalton, right, chats with Karen White of Factoryville.

People gathered at the Dalton Fire Company for Plates and Palettes, an event to view and buy vendor’s artwork and enjoy coffee and desserts. more photos from this event can be viewed online and are available for purchase from our photo store at

Artist Maryann Williams of Dalton, left, and Brenda Antoine of La Plume. Ed Antoine of Benton Twp., left, and Jim Cours of West Abington Twp.

From left, artists Christine Franck of South Abington Twp., Ann Ross of Nicholson and Diane Stizza of Nicholson.

Artist Estelle Kelly of South Abington Twp., left, and Marlene Cours of West Abington Twp.

Artist Judith Youshock of Elmhurst, left, and Dorothy Sedock of Throop.

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Kayla Wood of Dalton shops at the Friends of the Abington Community Library Spring Book Sale.

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Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee members, from left, Nooran Abughnia, Kaylin Wilbur and Maya Sullum sell baked goods at the Spring Book Sale.

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Hunter Evans, 5, right, and Russell Evans, 3, both of Clarks Summit, browse the children’s section of the Friends of the Abington Community Library Spring Book Sale Saturday, March 30 at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church.

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AH grad a big factor in Lady Royal’s success BY SCOTT WALSH STAFF WRITER

They were the most agonizing 1.7 seconds of Hannah Kowalski’s life. That’s how much time remained in regulation of the University of Scranton women’s basketball team’s NCAA Division III “Sweet 16” game against Christopher Newport University when Kowalski, a freshman and Abington Heights graduate, committed a foul chasing a rebound. The Lady Royals were leading by one, but Christopher Newport senior Zhara Tannor was headed to the foul line to shoot two free throws and a chance to win the game. Kowalski took a look around the John Long Center and everyone was stunned. “That might have been the most stressful moment of my life. Definitely of my basketball career, hands down,” Kowalski said. “I was beside myself. Scared. Re a dy t o b u r s t i n t o tears. I felt like I was going to throw up. I was in disbelief. I looked at the clock and realized the game was literally on the line. “I really thought she was going to make those free throws. She was their senior point guard. I thought she was going to knock them in without question.” Why wouldn’t she? To that point, Christopher Newport was 18 of 20 from the foul line. Yet somehow, Tanner missed both shots and the Lady Royals held on for a 57-56 victory. “When she missed the first one, I felt a lot of relief because I knew we had a chance if we had to play overtime,” Kowalski said. “Then she missed the second one and I’ve never been more relieved in my life.” Tanner was shooting at the basket in front of the Scranton student section. Kowalski credits them for getting loud and going crazy. “The fans really helped me out there,” Kowalski said. “I think that’s a big part of why she missed them.” After the game, Kowalski’s teammates consoled her and told her not to worry about it since the team had won. It was a good learning experience, though, one of many Kowalski had during a successful freshman campaign with the Lady Royals. “We didn’t need that r e b o u n d , ” Ko w a l s k i said. “I don’t know what happened, but clearly I wanted to get it. I learned to be more conscious of the time and score, the situation and be smarter with what I’m doing.”

Scranton wound up advancing to the Final Four for the 10th time in program history. The Lady Royals lost in the semifinals to eventual ch a m p i o n , u n b e at e n Thomas More University, to finish with a record of 29-3. Getting the chance to play for a program that annually competes for l e a g u e a n d n at i o n a l titles is the reason why Kowalski attended Scranton. She appeared in 32 games, all but one off the bench, and averaged 7.3 points and 2.5 rebounds. She also was second on the team with 75 assists. “Without her, we don’t have the season we had,” Lady Royals coach Trevor Woodruff said. “She was a big part of what we were able to do.” Probably the biggest adjustment Kowalski said she had to make going from high school to college was the speed of the game. “I didn’t realize how much faster it was going to be, so that took me a little bit to get used to,” she said. “The shot clock was another bit of an issue for me in the beginning. Being a point guard, you always have to be aware of the shot clock and in high school I never had one. But once I got used to those things, I was more prepared each game and I felt a lot JASoN FARMER / STAFF PHoToGRAPHER more comfortable.” The University of Scranton’s Hannah Kowalski drives and scores against New Her defense improved England College March 1. as the season went on, too. Woodruff said Kowalski’s biggest assets are her strength and explosiveness, which is a rare combination for someone at her position. “She’s got the strength of a power forward in a point guard’s frame,” Woodruff said. “Once she gets a step on the defender, they have a difficult time getting back in front of her. The fact that she can make the 3-point shot makes her e ve n m o r e d i f f i c u l t because you have to respect that part of her game. If you come out on her, that opens you up for the dribble penetration.” With everyone except Bridgette Mann back next season, the Lady Royals could very well find themselves making another run at the Final Four. Woodruff knows Kowalski will again be a big factor in the team’s success. “I think her future is incredibly bright,” he said. “She’s going to be a star player for us, even as early as next year. Really, the sky’s the limit.” Contact the writer: swalsh@timesshamrock. com; 570-348-9100 ext. 5109; @swalshTT on Twitter


The University of Scranton’s Hannah Kowalski moves the ball during the Landmark Conference women’s basketball championship game against Elizabethtown College on Sunday, Feb. 24.

Bodie LaCoe claims HS National Title BY JOBY FAWCETT STAFF WRITER

Abington Heights’ Bodie LaCoe earned the title at the USA Powerlifting High School National Championships on Friday in Alexandria, Louisiana. LaCoe, a 16-year-old sophomore for the Comets, won the High School Raw 53 kilogram (116 pound) weight class only days after winning a title at the Abington Heights Bench and Deadlift Championships. “This means quite a bit to me, coming down here and winning a national title, since I only had a couple of days off of rest,” LaCoe said. “And I am also trying to get over a cold.” He had a best squat of 147.5 kilograms (325 pounds), a bench press of 85 kilograms (187 pounds) and a deadlift of 217.5 kilograms

(480 pounds) for a championship total of 450 kilograms (992 pounds) and finished first in all three individual lifts. “I am pretty happy with my lifts,” LaCoe said. “I had my personal bests in the squat and deadlift, so I am really happy about that.” Two other members of the Abington Heights powerlifting team also had top three finishes at the national championships. Gianna Sabatini, 15, placed second in the High School Raw 52 kilogram class (115 pounds). The freshman lifted a total of 280 kilograms (616 pounds) with a best squat of 110 kilograms (242 pounds), bench press of 60 kilograms (132 pounds) and a deadlift of 110 kilograms (242 pounds). Her bench press was the best among the lifters in her

weight class. Lily Tran of Boston Latin School won the championship in the 52 kilogram division with a total lift of 300 kilograms (662 pounds). Rachel Klein, 16, who competed in the High School Raw 47 kilogram class (104 pounds), finished third overall with a threelift total of 227.5 kilograms (501 pounds). She had a squat of 80 kilograms (176 pounds), a bench press of 40 kilograms (88 pounds) and a deadlift of 107.5 kilograms (237 pounds). Kailey Brookshire of Calvary High School in Louisiana won the class with a total of 282.5 kilograms (623 pounds). Today Arla Davis, also of Abington Heights, will compete in the High School Raw 72 kilogram (158 pounds) d iv i s i o n , a n d N o r t h

Pocono’s Ricky Kryeski will compete Sunday in the High School Raw 105 kilogram class (232 pounds). LaCoe also earned outs t a n d i n g l i f t e r at t h e Abington Heights Bench and Deadlift Championship meet the weekend of March 23-24. The Abington Heights sophomore won the 123-pound weight class with a bench press of 195 pounds and a deadlift of 455 pounds for a total of 650. In addition to LaCoe, Abington Heights, which had 28 team points to finish third, and Klein won the girls 105-pound class with a bench press of 115 pounds and a deadlift of 190 pounds. Sarah Pineire had a bench press of 95 pounds and a deadlift of 240 to claim t h e t i t l e i n t h e g i rl s 132-pound class.

LACOE Arla Davis captured the title in the girls 165-pound class with a bench press of 120 pounds and a deadlift of 285 pounds for a total of 405. Contact the writer: jbfawcett@timesshamrock. com; 570-348-9125; @sportsTT on Twitter



30 years ago: At Abington Heights’ Winter Sports Night, Becki Howard was recognized for her career achievements of 1,275 points, 1,027 rebounds, 156 assists and 146 steals. 20 years ago: Amber Jacobs scored 35 points for Abington Heights in a 76-52 win over Cumberland Valley in the second round of the PIAA Class 4A playoffs. 10 years ago: Stephen Nicolosi had seven kills for Abington Heights in a 3-0 win over Wyoming Area in boys volleyball.


Banquet: Hunting Heritage banquet sponsored by the Lake Region Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will be April 6 at 5 p.m. at Genetti Manor, Dickson City. Additional information: bit. ly/2TKI7Kc. ■ Northeast Pennsylvania Friends of NRA will hold its 27th annual banquet April 13 at 4:30 p.m. at Genetti Manor, Dickson City. Additional information: 570-5872662 or Golf: Blue Ridge Trail Ladies Tuesday Evening Golf League season will begin April 9. New players are welcome. The league plays Tuesdays, 4-5:30 p.m., through Aug. 27. Cost is $35 plus green fees. Additional information: Shari Miller, 570-760-3872, or Tony Barletta, 570-868-4653. ■ Emanon Senior Golf League will meet April 10 at 10 a.m. at the clubhouse. Plans for the opening on April 17 will be discussed. New members are welcome. Additional information: Phil Amico, 570-362-1562. Scholarship shoot: Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club will host the annual Fred Loch Memorial Scholarship Shoot May 5 at 9 a.m. at its sporting clays course on Lake Winola Road. Shoot funds scholarships at Lackawanna Trail and Tunkhannock. Additional information: Carl Tylutki, 570-945-3137, Fred Rose, 570-903-5755, or Softball: Applications are being accepted for the 2019 Sunday men’s Leighton softball league. Games will be played Sunday mornings and afternoons beginning April 14. Deadline to register is April 7. To register: John Leighton, 570-430-8437. Trout program: Trout have returned to the Lackawanna River now that acid-mine drainage has lessened, and guide Adam Nidoh will present a slide show where to found them during a meeting of the Western Pocono Chapter of Trout Unlimited on April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Nescopeck State Park.

BOWLING SCORES The Alley Cats Bowling League scores from March 19 and 26 are as follows. Team Standings as of March 26: Wildcats - 69, Lynx - 63.5, Manx - 62.5, Tigers - 56, Bobcats - 56, Calicos - 52.5, Siamese - 50.5 and Panthers - 38. High Individual Game (March 19): Anna Aten 184, Judy Mahlstedt - 177 and Pat Chipak - 169. High Individual Game (March 26): Judy Szymanski - 191, Denise Wylie - 171 and Nancy Connors - 167. High Individual Series (March 19): Judi Mahlstedt - 492, Anna Aten - 455 and Carole Hamersly - 455. High Individual Series (March 26): Nancy Connors - 455, Judy Szymanski - 438 and Linda Sproul - 436. High Team Game (March 26): Calicos - 735, Panthers - 690 and Wildcats - 690. High Team Series (March 26): Panthers 1951, Calicos - 1945 and Wildcats - 1914.

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Key: Abington Heights High School piano to be refurbished FROM PAGE 1

These days, it sees use during choral and orchestral concerts. Guest artists have also sat at its keyboard, said Allison Covell, chair of the music department. The wear on the piano went deeper than cosmetic issues, as the years also affect the sound and way the piano plays. The keys require a heavier touch to elicit sound and the pedals no longer work properly. But soon enough, the

old instrument will get a full overhaul, thanks to a donation from The Rotary Club of the Abingtons. “It will be like a brand new piano,” said choir director Dana Cerminaro. The $3,000 donation the Rotarians made will cover the costs to refit the instrument inside and out. The retrofit process will begin when the school year ends and the piano is expected to return in time for use next school year.

The funds came from the Rotary’s charitable trust fund, club member John Hambrose said. The club tries to give from the fund to community projects each year. He described the donation as part of a cycle of giving in the community. The school district lets the club hold the annual Fourth of July fireworks display at the middle school grounds in Newton Township and some of the funds raised

“It will be like a brand new piano.” dana Cerminaro choir director

from that event goes into the trust fund, he said. “We were able to make a nice donation,” Hambrose said. “It’s a beneficial cycle.” Refurbishing the grand piano means cost savings for the district without sacrificing the quality sound and playability of a real piano. The music

department looked into replacing it with a newer one or an electronic alternative. However, a brand new Yamaha piano was priced at $25,000, Cerminaro said. A piano with hammers and strings offers more control, as a musician can control volume through the heaviness of touch on

the keys, band director Rebecca Hetzel said. Plus, there’s just something about playing a grand piano. The new look will be great for students. “It’s more of a privilege when something is really nice and brand new,” Cerminaro said. “It’s exciting to play. They want to play it.”

Contact the writer:; 570-348-9100 x5363; @ClaytonOver on Twitter

tAlent: Abington Community Library hosts local artist FROM PAGE 1

Some pieces take only days. Others, weeks. A large 4-foot-by-4-foot framed painting of a chicken, titled ‘Red Knight’ took only a few days. “I knew I wanted to paint him and it needed to be square. The large canvas was the only one I had on hand at the time, so that is what I used,” O’Connor said. Red Knight was a favorite for many who attended “An Evening with the Artist.” O’Connor is married to her high school sweetheart, Sean. The couple has four children and one grandchild. Active in the Abington community for more than 30 years, O’Connor and her husband owned Sole to Soul in Clarks Summit, which they closed in 2015. “I closed my store in December right before Christmas, to spend time with family,” O’Connor said. “By February my mother in law needed care. Everything that unfolded, unfolded for a reason.” “There was one painting I was working on for my husband. As I was painting it, I was really stuck. It was a painting of a storefront with a lot of things in the picture and a lot going on. I was having a really hard time with it. My teacher, Deb Hamby, gave me the best advice. She said, ‘take it and turn it upside down. Turn the reference photo upside down.’ So then I was

looking at shapes and not the thing anymore. Then I could see what I needed to do.” Being willing to look at her work – and her life – from a new perspective helps O’Connor whenever she is stuck. Last year, she found herself busy with two weddings in the family and then the birth of her granddaughter, Valentine. “I had a dry spell there for a few months and then was sick through the holidays,” she said. “I decided to do a painting a day in January and that got me out of it.” Artist and teacher, Deb Hamby, along with Jennifer Brandon, encourage their students to do a 30-day challenge, with 30 paintings in 30 days. One painting showed a pig with his snout raised in greeting. “He had put his nose through the fence at me,” O’Connor said laughing. “I didn’t paint the fence, but I wanted to capture his expression.” Discovering her talent and love for painting brings O’Connor joy, which she is happy to share. The artist’s work is available at Summit Frameworks. “I do it for the joy and the love of it,” O’Connor said. “It’s absolutely fun. ... Life is not always planned, but it’s a journey and I just roll with it.”



Cora Krug, age two, embraces Dorothy O’Connor. Many Artist Dorothy O’Connor greets Chrissy Rimes at the of O’Connor’s paintings were inspired by animals on Abington Community Library’s ‘An Evening with the Artist’ event on March 28. Fuller’s Overlook farm where Cora lives.


People mingle at ‘An Evening with the Artist,’ an event featuring the artwork of Waverly Township resident Dorothy O’Connor, at the Abington Community Library.

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