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MAY 9, 2019



Derby day in the Summit See page 7.



Paving the path

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A runner makes his way along a trail near Lackawanna Lake on Friday, May 3 at Lackawanna State Park in North Abington Township.

Lackawanna State Park receives $7,500 grant By Clayton over Staff Writer

Lackawanna State Park Manager Rob Barrese sees many of the same people daily — seniors, dog walkers and others — strolling the paved path that runs by the lake, pool and picnic areas of the park. Walking that path will become a bit easier thanks to a $7,500 grant from the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation and the Scranton Area Community Foundation. The funds will cover a repaving project of the blacktop way, which has become warped and worn in spots over the years, Barrese said. “It’s time for it to get a little TLC,” Barrese said.

“Walking is the most popular form of outdoor recreation and is available without the need to purchase any special equipment, Research has shown that walking can help to reduce the risk of lifestyle related diseases, such as diabetes.” Marci Mowery

President, Pennsylvania Parks and forests foundation

The path, which begins at a parking lot just inside the Route 407 entrance to the park on the lake’s north shore, is one of the most popular in the park. While the park boasts trails aplenty for hikers, runners, bikers and more seasoned fitness enthusiasts to use, the paved path is relatively flat and is attractive to senior citizens and other casual walkers, Barrese said. Repaving it will ensure it remains safe and accessible. The project also includes the installation of two educational wayside panels to serve as a self-guided environmental education tour to showcase different habitats at the park. “Walking is the most popular form of outdoor recreation and is available without the need to purchase any special equipment,” Marci Mowery, president of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, said in a statement. “Research has shown that walking can help to reduce the risk of lifestyle-related diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease and can ease the pain of arthritis. We are excited to work with the park and the Scranton Area Community Foundation to make this project a reality.” Work on the path isn’t expected to begin until late summer or fall, after the parks busiest and most visited time of the year through the summer, Barrese said. Once completed, it will be a great positive for both the park and the people

Jake Danna StevenS / Staff PhOtOGraPher

Wayne and Joyce Wescott of Nicholson walk with their dog Sandy along a trail that will be replaced in Lackawanna State Park in North Abington Township. who frequent it, Barrese said. “This will maintain the inclusiveness that people have come to expect at the park,” Barrese said. “For a lot of the senior population, this is their daily exercise and this is a guaranteed location where people know they can come and walk.” Contact the writer:; 570-348-9100 x5363; @ClaytonOver on twitter

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Born fast This Mother’s Day is special for the Gutierrez family who is thankful for the safe arrival of Keziah Joy on April 22. Born in a surprise delivery at their Scott Township home, Keziah came faster than first responders could get there. Lauren Gutierrez and her husband Pablo had no idea the birth of their third child would happen so quickly. “I told my doctor, ‘I don’t think I should wait an hour when I start having contractions because I feel like she could come really fast.’ My friend Arlee went into labor and didn’t make it to the hospital. She and I have the same doctor and I joked with him that I didn’t want what happened to her to happen to me and end up having the baby at home,” Gutierrez said. “I did think it could be fast, but I never imagined that Pablo and I would deliver the baby in our dining room.” Gutierrez was 40 weeks pregnant when she woke in the middle of the night on April 22.

“I didn’t even feel contractions at first,” she said. “It was so weird, I couldn’t tell if the pressure I was feeling was actual labor. But at 3 a.m. I got out the contraction timer and knew the baby was coming. I told Pablo, ‘We need to go.’” The couple called Gutierrez’ parents who were 20 minutes away, to watch their two older children. Then they called the doctor’s office and got ready to go to the hospital. “I walked from the bedroom to the bathroom to get my makeup on and pack my bag when everything started coming really fast, and I knew we weren’t going to make it,” Gutierrez remembered. Gutierrez called 911 and had just given the dispatcher her address when her water broke. Seconds later, the baby was coming out. Gutierrez’ husband Pablo threw towels on the ground and caught his daughter, Keziah Joy, as she came into the world in their dining room. “Pablo was right with me,” Gutierrez said. “He stayed calm and he


Lyme life Everyone can look back and realize how different life would be if one minor detail changed. Sometimes it’s as dramatic as when another vehicle pulls into your lane and comes within an inch of crashing into you. Or it might be as simple as a decision to attend a social function where you end up meeting your future spouse. These “what would have happened if...” experiences have a knack for keeping us awake at night. One such moment that comes to mind began about 11 years ago in the back room of an area retail store where I worked after high school and during my first year of college. I hadn’t been feeling well all day, and my flu-like symptoms worsened as I worked. Eventually I grew too fatigued to continue, and I went home early. The mysterious illness persisted over the next few days, undiagnosed until a telltale rash developed. It was shaped like a “bulls eye” with rings surrounding a center dot. A visit to my doctor’s office confirmed my suspicion: Lyme disease. A couple weeks and a round of antibiotics later, I was fine. Even though I no longer have Lyme disease, I am acutely aware of what might have been, had the rash not appeared and the infection continued, undiagnosed, into the next stage. Many people are not so fortunate. May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and I’d like to introduce someone who has “been there, done that.” This is a question and answer interview I conducted via email with Beka Waters, 22, of Clarks Summit. The responses are her own, but due to cognitive dysfunction (a symptom of the disease), she had some help forming the sentences. It is my desire (and hers) that her story will bring awareness to people who know little or nothing about Lyme disease and hope to those who may be on the same or similar paths in life. Can you tell a little about your journey with Lyme disease, how it first started and when it was diagnosed? My journey with Lyme disease began in the summer of 2010, when I was thirteen years old. My symptoms started as a high fever that left me bedridden for a week. Then in the weeks and months that followed, I developed more than 20 symptoms as it Please see Lyme, Page 11

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Lauren Gutierrez looks forward to celebrating Mother’s Day with her children, Misael, Briel and Keziah. grabbed her. It was a little scary but the lady on the phone said ‘as long as she is crying, she should be OK.’ Pablo put the baby on me, and we kept her warm. The dispatcher was great, and stayed with me on

the phone until the ambulance got here.” Mom and baby were transported safely to the hospital where they were checked out. Please see Fast, Page 11

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Call for artists

The Gathering Place to host ‘Flowers, Wild and Still’ exhibit CLARKS SUMMIT — Art entries are being accepted for the latest gallery exhibit at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State Street. The theme of the show is “Flowers, Wild and Still.” It is open to all artists who live and work in Northeast Pennsylvania. Entries will be judged by a panel on the basis of excellence of execution and relevance to theme. There is no entry fee, but there is a $20 hanging fee for the first accepted entry and $5 for an additional piece. No more than two entries per

artist will be accepted. The gallery exhibit will open on Friday, May 31 with a reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The “Flowers, Wild and Still” show will be featured in the gallery for the next five weeks for the public to come in and enjoy. To submit art, email a digital image of your work to GatheringPlaceCS@gmail. com. Include the title, medium, sale price and size. For more information, visit The Gathering Place on Facebook or at





Thankful for Mom

May has always been my mother’s month. With her birthday on May 5 and Mother’s Day on the following Sunday, we have had plenty of May celebrations in her honor through the years. Now that my sisters and I are moms, and more recently, my daughter is, too, Mother’s Day is a nice day out for all of us. But among the mothers in our family, “Mom-Mom” is still the queen. Growing up as Mary Ann Dubill in Simpson, my mother met and married my father, Charles Kalaha, COMMUNITY CALENDAR and they raised their own of toys. Learn about the UPCOMING family of three girls – me Slinky and its history in MAY 9 and my sisters Lisa and AnPennsylvania. Check out Bookmobile stops: The drea – in Dickson City. I was other nostalgic and environLackawanna County her first baby. mentally-friendly toys from Library System Bookmobile When I was a little girl days gone by. will make two Clarks Sumafraid of the mosquito in my See a juggling demonstramit stops on May 9 from 2:15bedroom, Mom would play tion, too. 2:45 p.m. at Cole Village games with me until I got For more information, call Apartments, Williams tired and fell back to sleep. 570-587-3440. Street, and from 3–4 p.m. at She showed up at my grade Craft & Chat: Thursday, Applewood Acres Apartschool with a forgotten May 9, 23, 6-8 p.m. at Abingments, 405 Hamilton Terlunch or an umbrella for the ton Community Library, race. For more information, unexpected rain. 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks call 570-348-3000, ext. 3004. My sister, Lisa, speaks Summit. Bring your project Food Gone Wild - Danfor all of us when she says, to work on. No registration delions: Thursday, May 9 at “No matter what happened, required. For more infor6:30 p.m. at The Gathering Mommy always knew exmation, call 570-587-3440. Place, 304 S. State St., Clarks actly what to say to make MAY 11 Summit. Get a fresh outlook me feel that everything was Pet adoption day: Saturon those flowers that everygoing to be alright.” day, May 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. one battles as Susan Vinkof“My family is my life, my at Abington Community ski teaches what a powerwhole world,” Mom says. Library, 1200 W. Grove St., house of nutrition they are. “They mean everything to Clarks Summit. Griffin Pond Make and sample several me. There are no words to Animal Shelter staff will be dishes and learn how useful describe how much I love on hand with a few of their the flowers are in home furry friends to discuss the remedies. adoption process and answer Cost is $20 plus a $5 supany questions you have. ply fee. For more informaTeen Art Workshop tion, visit GatheringWith Travis Prince: day, May 11, 2-4 p.m. at AbingThe Slinky and Other WAVERLY TWP. — The ton Community Library, 1200 Toys: Thursday, May 9, 4-5 Waverly Community House W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. p.m. at Abington Communi(Comm), 1115 North AbingThis class will focus on the ty Library, 1200 W. Grove St., ton Road, will hold its annuelements of art, understandClarks Summit. Bob Swaim al Waverly Waddle 5K Run/ ing color value and the crepresents a special afternoon Walk, rain or shine, on Satative process, while also disurday, May 11. This Mother’s cussing different genres and Day Race honors mothers artists. and caregivers. For students in grades Registration includes tim7-12. ing by Kirby Race Timing. For more information, call T-shirts will be provided to 570-587-3440. the first 100 registered parMusical entertainTHE VOICE OF ticipants. ment of “Marilyn KenTHE ABINGTONS The race will begin at 9 nedy”: Saturday, May 11, 8 a.m. Check-in is from 8-8:45 p.m. at Abington Memorial a.m. on the back lawn of theA publication of TimesVFW Post 7069, 402 Winola Comm. For those who regisShamrock Community Road. For more info, call ter by Thursday, May 9, the Newspaper Group 570-587-5663. 149 Penn Ave fees are $20 for adults and Astronomy Day: SaturScranton, PA 18503 $12 for participants 12 years day, May 11, 7:30-10 p.m. at Phone: 570-348-9185 and under. On race day, regKeystone College’s Thomas Fax: 570-207-3448 istration fees are $25 for G. Capillary ’60 Observatory, suburbanweekly@ adults and $15 for particiFleetville. The Lackawanna pants 12 and under. A family Astronomical Society will rate (three or more particihost Astronomy Day. Society pants) is available for $35 in members will be on hand to Managing Editor advance registration or $40 answer questions about their Elizabeth Baumeister on race day. All proceeds 570-348-9185, ext. 3492 telescopes and observing the benefit recreation programs ebaumeister night sky. at the Comm. Reservations are not A Junior Waddle for chilrequired and admission is dren age 10 and under will Editor free. Free refreshments will take place immediately folChristopher M. Cornell also be available. Guests 570-348-9185, ext. 5414 should bring a jacket or sweater since most viewing will take place outdoors. Advertising Manager For directions to the obserAlice Manley MARRIAGE LICENSES vatory, visit 570-348-9100, ext. 9285 ■ Anthony Paolucci Jr. and observatory . amanley Tara Rose McCormick, both of MAY 11 & 18 Clarks Summit. Community art project: ■ Michael Joseph King and The public is invited to a two- Crystal Jasmine Camacho, both Advertising Account part community art project of Scott Twp. Executive sponsored by the Overlook PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS Cali Nataloni Estate Foundation. Learn ■ Susan M. Henry, executrix 570-348-9100, ext. 5458 of the estate of Joan Marie about the trees of NEPA, cnataloni then help create hand-crafter Ofalt, also known as Joan M. Ofalt, to Giuseppe Sparacio, tiles to be displayed as part Scranton; a property at 507 Photographer of a backsplash in the servEdella Road, South Abington Emma Black ing area at The Gathering Twp., for $174,000. Place. ■ Lisa and Genaro Calciano, 570-348-9100, ext. 5447 On Saturday, May 11 from Peter A. Jr. and Margherita 2-3:30 p.m., Kelly Stewart will Sabia, Dunmore, to Keith Goldovich, Waverly Twp.; two Staff Writer present an information sesparcels in Jessup for $183,500. Clayton Over sion on indigenous tees and ■ Audrey Eisenstat Kaufman, their importance to NEPA’s per her attorney in fact, Debra 570-348-9100, ext. 5363 ecosystem. Eisenstat, Lackawanna County, In the second class on Sat- to Joseph Demko, San Contributors Francisco; a property at 121 urday, May 18 at 2 p.m., Joshua Arp Oakford Glen, Unit 38, Waverly Diana Lombardi of AbingTeri Lyon Twp., for $290,000. ton Art Studio will teach Julie Jeffery Manwarren ■ Newrez LLC, attorney-in-fact how to imprint native leaves for Bank of New York Mellon, to Linda Scott onto the tiles for permanent Silesia Property Group LLC; a property at 122 Carol Drive, pieces of tile art. The Abington Suburban Clarks Summit, for Admission is free. For welcomes all photos and $104,661.90. more information, visit submissions. There is no ■ Joann Peterson, Clarks charge for publication, but Summit, to James Johnson Sr., all photos and submissions Dickson City; a property at 452 run on a “space available” Please see Calendar, Page 4 Morgan St., Dickson City, for basis. The editor reserves $59,039.04. ■ Albert Joseph and Ruthane the right to reject any or all Conmy Solomon, South submissions. CORRECTION Abington Twp., to Joseph R. Deadline for submissions is In a column that appeared Ferrerio, Clifford Twp.; a property by noon the Friday before at 19 Wyoming St., Carbondale, on page 3 of the May 2 edipublication date. for $54,000. Opinions of independent tion of The Abington Subur■ Carole Jean Roche, Clarks columnists do not ban, “Closet Werks” was Summit, to Andrew A. Beaudry, necessarily reflect those of misspelled. Bridgewater, N.J.; two parcels at the Abington Suburban staff. 208 Edwards Ave., Glenburn We regret the error.

every one of them.” Like anyone’s, Mom’s life has been filled with victories and hardships. The difficult times include losses of those dearest to her. Mom’s father, my grandfather, died when she was a baby. In later years when Lisa and I were toddlers, she developed Toxemia while pregnant with my twin brothers, gave birth to them prematurely and lost both within three days of their births. We were so thankful to welcome my sister, Andrea, to our family the following year. Then, in my senior year of high school, my father passed away. This was a time when a family had to grieve, but for us, grief had to be coupled with redoing financial aid forms for college, making house repairs and learning how to drive (both Mom and me at the same time). Mom grew up in an era where little girls were told they would marry a prince who would take care of them forever. But here she was on her own. She was scared, but she was brave and determined. She put us through college, gave us beautiful weddings and christening parties for our kids and grand holiday celebrations. She was Santa’s right hand, too. We were not wealthy, but Mom always made us feel


Four generations, clockwise from left: Rachel hitchcock, Jessica hitchcock, Teri Lyon and Mary Ann Kalaha. important – and loved. And to this day, at every special occasion, she says grace and makes a toast reminding us of all we have to be thankful for. Today, our family not only includes her grateful daughters but her six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Without her, none of us would be here, and without her, “here” wouldn’t have had as much meaning, or have been as much fun. This Mother’s Day, and every day, we are thankful for you, Mom. We are thankful that you are still here for us,

with your sense of humor, your kindness and your love. And your famous words of wisdom, of course, that we have heard our entire lives. Here are some of our favorites: “Patience is a virtue.” “Scars of the tongue are never healed.” “Everything happens for a reason.” “If it was meant to be, it’s meant to be.” Happy Mother’s Day to all the great moms out there. Teri Lyon is a mom, grandmom and freelance writer who lives in Glenburn Township with her cat.

Waverly Waddle coming up Saturday, May 11




Runners line up for the start of the 2018 Waverly Waddle 5K Walk/Run at the Waverly Community house. lowing the Waddle. There is no registration fee for the Junior Waddle and all participants will receive an award. Medals will be given in the following categories: first, second and third place runners in age groups: 50-plus, 30-49, 16-29 and 15 and under. Gift cards from the National Running Center will be presented to the first overall

male and female runners and medals will be awarded to the first overall male and female walkers. Major sponsors for the race are: Anders P. Nelson, M.D.; Karam Orthodontics; Constantino’s Catering and Events; Dell’Aglio Automotive Services; Quinn, Mariotti & Abod and Toyota of Scranton. Additional spon-

sors include: Walker & Walker, P.C.; Elk Mountain Ski Resort; Allied Glass Industries, Inc.; Roba Family Farms; Peoples Security Bank, P.C.; Nat E. Levinson, M.D. and ProActive Family Chiropractic. For more information and registration forms, visit or call the 570-586-8191, ext. 2.

COURT NOTES Twp., for $146,000. ■ Malcolm and Barbara Barletta, Ransom Twp., to Timothy Harris, Clarks Summit; a property at 2694 Ransom Road, Ransom Twp., for $42,000. ■ William H. and Ashley L. Yelland, Waverly Twp., to Jason A. Gornowicz and Lucy C. Vanhorn, Olyphant; two parcels in Waverly Twp. for $155,000. ■ Marc Berardinelli, Allentown, to Salvatore Bruno, Blakely; a property at 93 Abington Gardens, South Abington Twp., for $100,000. ■ David Rothrock, now known as Zoë Florence Rothrock, Clarks Summit, to Richard A. Washner, Scranton; a property at 226 Butternut Lane, South Abington Twp., for $149,300. STATE TAx LIENS ■ Puppy Paradise Corp., 15035 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit; $16,055.50. ■ Schultzville Sheet Metal LLC, 1303 Winola Road, Clarks Summit; $1,015.35. FEDERAL TAx LIEN ■ Paul and Mari C. LaBelle, 112 Greenbrier Drive, Clarks Green; $9,489.63. ARD The following defendant was admitted to the ARD program: ■ Angelo Joseph Cestone, 24, 2204 Sunset Mobile Home Park, Clarks Summit, arrested July 6 by Taylor police for DUI, use/possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. DIvORCES SOuGhT ■ Sheri Ann Rozaieski, Olyphant, v. Paul A. Rozaieski,

Scott Twp.; married Aug. 6, 1983, in Lackawanna County; John D. Lalley, attorney. ■ Susan Menichiello, South Abington Twp., v. Michael Menichiello, South Abington Twp.; married July 25, 2003, in Pennsylvania; John R. Williams Jr., attorney. ESTATES FILED ■ Ronald W. Graff, 510 Hilltop Lane, South Abington Twp., letters testamentary to Bernice K. Graff, same address. ■ Eva R. Ferrario, also known as Eva Ruth Ferrario, 23 Skyline Drive, Covington Twp., letters of administration to Raymond W. Ferrario, 210 Abbey Drive, South Abington Twp. ■ Kathleen McHale Vivian, 102

Laurel Lane, Clarks Summit, letters of administration to Mariah Vivian, same address. ■ Helen K. Tates, 1000 Forest Road, Jefferson Twp., letters testamentary to Charles Kumpas, 103 Grandview St., Clarks Summit. ■ Anna A. Francisco, 2057 N. Turnpike Road, Dalton, letters testamentary to Neil Montgomery, 54 Church Road, Tunkhannock. ■ Grace L. Lezinski, also known as Grace Louise Lezinski, 514 Justus Blvd., Scott Twp., letters of administration to Stephen T. Lezinski, 3615 Commodore Joshua Barney Drive N.E., Washington, D.C., and Aimee G. Sweeney, 14 Grandview Drive, Duncannon.

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Abington Community Library Patron of the Month Amanda Schwenk What brought you to the library today? “I take my boys to story time every week. They love hearing all the new books, and learning rhymes and songs and having fun with the other children.” Are there any other library programs you or your children attend? “We often come to block party – the kids love building and playing with Legos and it’s fun to do it with the other children as well.” Is there anything you are currently reading? “I’m enjoying Anna Karenina at the moment. I’m trying to read more classics, and I find I’m enjoying them much more now than I did when I was younger.” How often do you come to the library? “At least once a week, if not more – we definitely come every week for story

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CALENDAR: Abington-area event listings FROM PAGE 2

MAY 13 “Appetizers!” class: Chef Assunta Meloni will share her skills and recipes for appetizers including Insalta Russo, asparagus flan and cauliflower meatballs at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St., Clarks Summit on Monday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $35. To register or for more information, visit Elder law clinic: Monday, May 13, 1-4:30 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Sponsored by Lackawanna Pro Bono. For more information, call 570-587-3440. Community Garden Class - Growing Vegetables: Monday, May 13, 6:307:30 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Join a Penn State Master Gardener and learn how to grow vegetables. No registration required. For more information, call 570587-3440. MAY 14 Mysteries and Detectives Book Club meeting: The next meeting of the Mysteries and Detectives Book Club will be held Tuesday, May 14, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Abington Community Library in Clarks Summit. The selection for May is Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The author for June is Josephine Tey. Silent Library: Friday, May 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Can you complete a variety of challenges and keep quiet at the same time? Join in this Abington’s version of the TV show. Snacks provided. For students in grades 5-8. For more information, call 570-587-3440. MAY 18 Herb sale: The Friends of the Dalton Community Library Herb Sale will be held Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Dalton

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Fire Hall. Penn State Master Gardeners will be there with information and perennials. All Day Craft & Chat: Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. 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 craft-er’s eye and 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. For more information, call 570587-3440. MAY 19 16th Annual Dalton Children’s Fishing Derby: Sunday, May 19, noon to 2 p.m. at Dalton’s Streamside Park. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Open to children up to age 15. Includes trophies, prizes, food and drink. Classical music concert: Sunday, May 19, 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School St. Classical Music with John Michael Vaida and the NEPA Chamber Music Society. For more information, call 570-586-6306 or visit “Game of Thrones: The Finale”: Sunday, May 19, 7:30-11 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Join in at the Abington Community Library for the series finale of “Game of Thrones.” Come early to participate in activi-ties, share fan theories and enjoy cocktails and refreshments. Pre-party 7:30-9 p.m.; show time 9 p.m. For adults. For more information, call 570-587-3440. MAY 20 Painting class: Monday, May 20, 6-8 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Join painting instructor Sharon McArdle and paint a spring-themed tile. Materials fee of $10 is due at time of class. For more information, call 570-587-3440. MAY 21 Crafters’ Club: Tuesday, May 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. All materials will be provided. Come and craft with friends. For children in grades 3-5. For more information, call 570587-3440. Lackawanna Backyard Beekeepers meeting: Tuesday, May 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. The Lackawanna Backyard Beekeepers is a beekeeping group in (but not limited to) Lackawanna County. Its mission is to foster interest in backyard beekeeping and provide a forum for discussion among local beekeepers. Beekeeping and honey bee information is exchanged in an informal and friendly

environment to help keep honeybees (and other pollinators) healthy and thriving. Families welcome. MAY 22 ABPA Lunch & Learn Series: Powered by Lackawanna County: Wednesday, May 22, noon at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Powered by Lackawanna County introduces attendees to a range of business development tools including loan programs, tax incentives, business plan support, educational resources, venture capital, technical support, networking opportunities and more in Lackawanna County. Presented by Martina Soden, head of reference at Albright Memorial Library. Lunch will be provided by Caravia. Cost for ABPA members in $10 with lunch; free without lunch. To register, call 570-587-3440. After School Stories Running: Wednesday, May 22, 4:15-5 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Get ready for the Patriot Mile on Saturday, May 25 with a special After School Stories: Running edition. Hear stories about running, learn about famous runners and participate in activities. For students in grades K-4. For more information, call 570-587-3440. MAY 23 Block Party: Thursday, May 23, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Join in the free play with blocks, vehicles, animals and people. There are only two ground rules: no throwing blocks, and no knocking someone else’s building down. Come ready to play. No registration required. Open to children ages 2-7. For more information, call 570-587-3440. Patriot Mile Make-aSign: Thursday, May 23, 4-6 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Drop in during these two hours and make a sign to hold to cheer on your favorite athlete or athletes during the inaugural Patriot Mile on May 25. Let the library know if you’re coming so they have enough materials; posterboard and markers will be provided. For more information, call 570587-3440. Diamond Painting Class for Teens: Thursday, May 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. This project is much like a paint by number, but no brushes are needed. Use a drill to press “diamonds” onto a graph. For the first hour of class you’ll learn the basics of diamond painting, view some samples and start your own small project. For the second hour, you are invited to stay and work on your project so you can develop your technique. Limited to 12 students in

grades 5-12. For more information, call 570-587-3440. MAY 24 Teen Reading Lounge: Friday, May 24, 4:15- 5 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Join in for a book discussion, art project and snacks. This month’s selection is “(Dont’) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health,” edited by Kelly Jensen. The specific eassy the group will discuss is: “I’m Over Staying Silent about Depression” by Kristen Bell, (pg 144). For students in grades 5-12. For more information, call 570-587-3440. MAY 25 Clarks Summit Patriot Mile Run/Walk: Saturday, May 25, 10-11 a.m. Presented by the National Running Center, this quick mile run/ walk will raise funds for the Abington Community Library. Registration is $15 and the race will begin and end at the National Running Center. For more information, call 570-587-3440. MAY 27 Memorial Day parade: Sponsored by Abington Memorial VFW Post 7069, Clarks Summit, the parade will be held on May 27. The line of march will form at the Clarks Summit Elementary School on West Grove Street, with the parade starting at 11 a.m. Any groups or individuals who want to participate in the parade must register by calling the post at 570-5869821, daily after 1 p.m. Memorial Day services: In addition to the parade, Abington Memorial VFW Post 7069 will hold Memorial Day services and activities at the following times and locations. ■ 8:30 a.m. Abington Hills Cemetery ■ 9 a.m. South Abington Memorial (at the tank) ■ 9:30 a.m. Clarks Green Cemetery ■ 10 a.m. Hickory Grove Cemetery ■ After the parade, at approximately 1 p.m., a service will be conducted at the VFW. This will be followed by entertainmentd by Wand’ring Aloud, a band playing music of the 60s-80s. MAY 28 Abington Community Library Teen Leadership Committee meeting: Tuesday, May 28, 4-5 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. A group of tweens and teens focused on giving a voice to all young adults for programming, book selections and more. Come and share your thoughts and ideas. Open to

students in grades 5-12. For more information, call 570587-3440. Literary New England Information Session: Tuesday, May 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Learn about an upcoming bus trip the library is taking next year to literary New England. Get information about the destinations, time frame and costs of this trip. For more information, call 570587-3440. MAY 30 Homeschoolers at the Library: Thursday, May 30, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Attention home schooling parents: Bring your children to an educational program to enrich their home learning experience. They will participate in hands-on projects, stories, short videos and more. For students in grades K-6. For more information, call 570-587-3440. Quiet Your Mind: Thursday, May 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. May is Mental Health Month. In an effort to promote positive mental health, the library is hosting a special event. Drop in during this pro-gram to complete a calming art project, meditate on your own, create a ‘zine, or plant a flower to take home. Each person will leave with a packet full of resources and information about mental health. For more information, call 570-587-3440. JUNE 1 Designer purse bingo to benefit Abington Christian Academy: June 1 at the Clarks Summit Fire Hall. Doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo begins at 6 p.m. Benefit tickets are $25 each for 12 rounds of bingo with designer bag prizes. Snack bar items, specials, extra game sheets and raffle basket and 50/50 chances will be available for purchase. For more information, call 570586-5270 or visit JUNE 17 Summer Days: ACA Summer Days begin Monday, June 17 at Abington Christian Academy on Layton Road in South Abington Township. The academy offers activities from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, with flexible enrollment available. For more information call 570586-5270 or visit DEC. 1-8 Cruise to the Bahamas: The Abington Senior Center

is sponsoring a cruise to the Bahamas Dec. 1-8. Call Adele at 570-586-8996 for details.


Abington Heights Class of 1969 reunion: The committee is seeking contact information including telephone, e-mail 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. Call for Strawberry Festival vendors: The fifth annual Strawberry 5K and Festival will be held in Clarks Summit on June 22. The 5K Race will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the Kids’ Fun Run right after the 5K. The Festival and Kids Games will run from 9-11:30 a.m. on Spring and Davis streets. Anyone interested in being a vendor at the open market booths for the festival should email or call 570-881-7612. The vendor fee is $25 and deadline to register is June 7. Shopping spree raffle: Clarks Summit Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a grocery shopping spree raffle at Gerrity’s Supermarket in Clarks Summit. First prize is three minutes to fill as many carts as you can, second prize is a $100 gift card and third prize is a $50 gift card. Raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $25. A reception will be held Monday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. the fire hall, with the drawing taking place at 7 p.m. Winner need not be present to qualify. The shopping spree will be held Wednesday, May 22 at 6 a.m. at Gerrity’s Supermarket. The winner must agree to the guidelines available at For tickets or more info, call 570-586-9656, ext. 4. Storytimes for children: at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Baby (ages 0-2): Fridays, May 10, 17 and 24 at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; Toddler (ages 2-3): Wednesdays, May 15 and 22 at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; Preschool (ages 3-5): Tuesdays, May 14 and 21 at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For more in-formation, call 570587-3440. Spring astronomy series: Fridays, May 10, 17 and 24 and Wednesdays, May 15 and 22 at 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Keystone College’s Thomas G. Capillary ’60 Observatory, Fleetville. Observation depends on the weather. For directions to the observatory, visit

Robert J. Habeeb Sr. April 30, 2019

Robert J. Habeeb Sr., 92, of South Abington Twp., passed away Tuesday morning at The Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania. His beloved wife of 55 years, Shirley Ann (Pfurr) Habeeb, preceded him in death on Nov. 21, 2013. Born on Oct. 15, 1926, Robert was the son of the late Abraham and Mary Mansour Habeeb. A United States Navy veteran, he proudly served during WWII before receiving his honorable discharge. Bob worked in the automobile business for 50 years and enjoyed a second career as the courtroom assistant to Lackawanna County Judge Carmen Minora. A lifelong resident of South Abington, he was deeply rooted in its community and was a selfless volunteer. Robert was a founding member and past president of the Chinchilla Hose Company and Gateway Lion’s Club. He held numerous positions, including postmaster, township auditor and, ultimately, chair man of the South Abington Board of Supervisors, where he was instrumental in creating the township police department. He also served as a school director for Abington Heights. The township honored him

by naming a portion of the gateway to Chinchilla as “Habeeb’s Notch.” A devout catholic who never missed Mass, he was a member of St. Ann Maronite Church, Scranton, and Our Lady of Snows Parish, Clarks Summit, where he was an usher for 65 years. He is also survived by his five loving children, Robert H a b e e b J r. a n d w i f e, Michelle, of Chicago, Ill.; Timothy Habeeb and wife, Diane, of Clarks Summit; Jody Ferdyn and husband, Allan, of Clarks Summit; John Habeeb and wife, Jenifer, of Apex, N.C.; and Paulette Habeeb-Farry, of Clarks Summit; nine grandchildren, R.J., Marlo, Hailey, Timmy, Danny, John Paul and Katie Habeeb; Mickey and Amelia Farry; and many nieces and nephews. Robert was the youngest and last surviving of 11 sib-

lings. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Fred and Joseph Habeeb; sisters, Maronita Adele, Mamie Habeeb, Clara Anthony, Nellie Iyoob, Alice MacDonald, Josie Ferris, Freda Dileo and Olga Joseph. His family would like to express its appreciation to Dr. Thomas Minora, along with Robert’s caregivers, who provided nothing but amazing care, comfort and kindness throughout the years. Funeral services were Saturday at 9:15 a.m. from the Kevin K. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 125 N. Main Ave., Scranton, with a 10 a.m. Funeral Liturgy at St. Ann Maronite Church, celebrated by Monsignor Francis J. Marini, pastor. Burial with military honors followed at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Relatives and friends were invited to pay their respects on Friday between 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Incense services were conducted at 6:30. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Robert’s name to the Chinchilla Hose Company c/o 113 Shady Lane Road, Chinchilla, PA 18410. Please visit the funeral home’s website for directions or to leave an online condolence.

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Abington Heights High School honor roll S. ABINGTON TWP. — Abington Heights High School’s third quarter honor roll for the 2018-19 school year is as follows.

Ninth grade

Howard J. Acla Christopher A. Albright Isabella Allen Margaret Armstrong Rida Ashraf Anabella A. Begley Julia Bereznak Cameryn Berry Jamison C. Bessoir Quentin A. Birch Tyler Bowen Hudson Brown Cole Caprari Norah M. Carey Alina Chopko Chris Clauss Connor M. Clearwater Colleen V. Cole Samantha M. Conover Chloe Conway Tawni L. Coronel Colin Cremard Aidan Crum Griffin P. Curtin Paul T. Cutrufello Karen M. Daly Allison M. Dammer Xander Davis Nicholas P. Deremer Kyla M. Dixon Danylo Dmytryshyn Steven Dong Julie C. Dzikowski Claire Evans Alicia Farrell Avery Fiorillo James Flickinger Bryce Florey Sophia E. Foster Elizabeth Franchetti Molly F. Gaffney Cinthia K. Garcia Christopher T. Gardner Giovanni Giacometti Phoebe A. Glidewell Jordyn Glover Andrew W. Greene Sarah Z. Griver Kevin Guditus Charlotte Haggerty Alexandra D. Hansen Emily M. Hansen Megan Heard Adrian Heffley Stephanie Hicks Hunter Hildebrand Lydia Hodge Shannon Horgan Emma E. Hughes Heidi Hughes Collin Jenkins Elina Joshi Bo J. Judson Annie J. Kazmierski Elizabeth Keisling Trever P. Keller Alexander M. Keris Luke A. Klamp Gianna Kubic Zachary A. Kusma Christopher R. LaCoe Gavin LaCoe Lauren Lefchak Kayleigh Leonard Christian Lezinski Bryn E. Lindsay Kayla M. Locker Baylor Lounsbery Leah Ludwikowski Hutchison Lynott Justin Mabie Kendall Madera Shameena Maharaj Nicholas F. Maletta Megan E. Malone Julia I. Manning Michael S. Marion Isabella C. Martin Braeden Mathers Yoshihiko Matsui Marian Mensah Helena Mokhtari Falina Mucovic Gavin Myers Kathleen Nealon Katherine O’Brien Noah R. O’Malley Quinn O’Malley Buse Z. Onat Marc Pacyna Joshua Parfrey Jay Patel Marni L. Pentasuglio Isabella Peters Nicholas Peters Mark J. Pettinato Margrette G. Phillips Dominic Potis Griffin Price Jordan E. Radle Thomas J. Radle Kalyssa M. Reilly Donald Rosenkrans Gavin Ross Gianna Sabatini Ryan J. Salony Eleanor Saunders Salvatore B. Schiavone II Benjamin Schneider David F. Schuster Anna Scoblick Margaret M. Seechock Dominic Selvenis Thomas J. Sheeran Wajeeh Siddiqui

Eric J. Simakaski Avery J. Smith Elliana X. Smith Aiden J. Snyder Shelby Sobolewski Allen T. Stankiewicz Michael Stanton Morgyn P. Steenback Nathan Steenback Jakob W. Stevens Avynne L. Storey James Strain Maya Sullum Elana Supanek Andrew K. Sutton Adam Tinkelman Robert Tricarico Meghan Van Wert Camden Vaughn Troy Venesky Cole C. Vida Paige A. Watt Jared P. White Kaylin E. Wilbur Peter Winowich Audrey Wynn Eleanor Yale

10th grade

Corey Abel Joseph Adams Maria Adonizio Olivia Albright Jacob S. Anderson John Arcangelo Olivia Arcuri Kylie M. Augis Zachery L. Bator Isabelle Bernard Emma S. Blakiewicz Seth T. Blakiewicz Zachary Boersma Russell Booth Jhilik Bose Gray-Paul Bossi Claire E. Boyle Julia Braatz Abigail Brock James W. Brown III Reilly Brown Samantha Brown Emily Burke Haley C. Callahan Sofia G. Capozzi Isabella Cappellano-Sarver Maggie K. Carper Rachael V. Chastain Nicholas Clark Casey Cleary Seth Colan Jules S. Colombo Evan J. Cummings Mariel G. Curra Sahil Dalsania Bryn Daniels Haddy G. Davis John A. Deibert Connor Dempsey Rachel Dempsey Zoe Detter Joseph Dougherty Hailey P. Driesbaugh Kevin Duong Noah Durkin Noelle K. Fantanarosa Amelia J. Farry Emily Fick Ally Fink Luke Gardiner Scott Gilbert Jordin Giovagnoli Delaney Greenish Talya Grimaldi Brandon F. Grogan Ashley Hamilton Sydney A. Hauk Lauren Heine Isabella M. Hewitt Benjamin Hoban Isabel R. Holland Adin Hopkins Shaine Hughes Nia Ivanov Angel S. Jefferson Harry D. Johnson III Liam Jordan Derek Justave Delaney J. Kaeb Hayley Kane Iwo Kasperkowicz Makayla Keoonela Jadd Khalil Bennett L. Kubic Michael Kulick Clarke Kupinski Cara LaBelle Julia LaCoe Morgan Langan Ava M. Leach Ethan Levine Kohl H. Lindaman Erin Lipkus Kristin Lipkus Maxmillian C. Loiacono Lauren A. Lombardo Nicholas Lowe Madeline J. Lucas Avery Maciak Abigail Marion Mary C. Marion Gianna Marturano Willow McDonald Mattie McGuinness Luciano Medico Alexis Minich Rahique Mirza Jolene E. Morais Victoria J. Morris Emily Mott Jaina Mucovic Kyle Nealon John Nzasi Mark Nzasi

Mary V. O’Brien Richard J. Padula David Paramo Arnav J. Patel Dilan Patel Jordan A. Patrick Tyler Petty Grace M. Phillips Noelle Prisco Gavin T. Pryle Kayla Przekop Liam Raino Joseph J. Rama Kyra Reese Elyse Rehder Conal W. Richards Camille Rillstone Michael Rodyushkin Colin T. Rooney Frank Rosenski Joshua Schneider Zane Schubert Kylie Schultz Eric Schuster Kaitlyn C. Seechock Sabriya Seid Elle Seyer Jainil Shah Sarah Siddiqui Elyse Simakaski Roy S. Slavin Brooke Sorensen Abigayle Steenback Jacob Stevens Sadie Stevens William Stevens Jason C. Thiel Trevor Thomas Zachary Thomas Ryan I. Tinkelman Sydney N. Vachino Adam Vale Emma R. Wagner Lily Wagner Charles D. Warholak Erin Wasko Samuel Weis Bailey L. White Hanna R. White Chris Wickenheiser Sean Wilkerson Justin B. Williams Isabella T. Wisenburn

11th grade

Erin Albright Zachary Allen Makenzie M. Allred Nihal S. Arslan Miriam Barren Lauren Berry Jillian Bird Julia Brown William Brown Brady Brust Tristan P. Burns Samuel Casimir Dillon P. Clearwater Anna Cole Nicholas Colombo Emily Conway Charlie Cornell George J. Cottell Julianna M. Crandle Michael Crowley Daniel E. Cummins Spencer Dana Dominick DeSeta Clare Della Valle Frances Donahoe Alivia Dreyer Lucy Earl Kyler Epstein Amelia E. Fan Harrison Fedor Daniel Flickinger Madison Fox Samantha Gaidula Emma Gibson Alison Gilmore Grace Gilmore Kayleigh Glennon Luke A. Glidewell Alyssa Green Yehoshua Griver Peyton A. Gualtieri Mara Hamm James Hankee Jacob Hansen Kirsten Hardy Christopher Harris Emily Harris Rory M. Harris Alexes Harvey Sadie H. Henzes Adele Hollander Robert M. Horvath Sidney E. Horvath Joseph Houlihan Rachel Hunter Varun Iyengar Corinne M. Jacoby Matthew Kelleher Caroline Kelly Thomas J. Kerrigan Keane Kiat Seungeon Kim Andrew B. Kirtley Rachel E. Klein Emily Knoepfel Shaelyn L. Kobrynich Lauren Koczwara Kenneth Kovaleski Catherine Anne Kupinski Isabel Lam Kylie Loughney Brian P. Lynott Anna Marchetta Olivia Marchetta Zoe McGlynn Anne McHale Santino R. Medico Paige Moletsky

Matthew L. Molnar Grace M. Munley Tova R. Myers Angela Natale Louis Natale Faatihah Nayeem Allison Nealon Ryan P. O’Malley Jarred Ocwieja Elif Z. Onat Tayler Osterhout Disha Patel Himani Patel Jenna Patel Audrey E. Phillips Julia Poulson-Houser Charles Puksta Michael Pusateri Jakob R. Quanbeck Christian Ragnacci Andrew Rama Zachary A. Roditski Holly Ross Nina S. Sampogne Jenna Scarfo Natalie Schoen Abigail E. Schrader Gordon A. Segall Jack Slusser Carson J. Smith Lucy E. Specht Morghan Stiles Benjamin Storey Sean Sullivan Clare M. Sykes Aeddon Targett Alexandra Thornton Makenna Thorpe Corey Tokash Gianna E. Toth Sam Traweek Stephan L. Tserovski Maria H. Tully William Tung Andrea Walcott Zachary M. Walter Hanwen Wang Jacob Weinberg Zachary Wheeland Ty H. Wilmot

12th grade

Justin R. Altieri Caroline G. Ames Emma K. Arbuckle Rachel Asante Samuel Babushko Madison Badalamente Joseph Barcia Bryan Barlow Natalie Bartels Sarah N. Bath Danielle Beamish Brandon Beck

Breyana Beemer Akshat R. Bharadwaj Alexa Boersma Elizabeth Bonczek Anna E. Bonsick Tyler R. Bormann Noah Braid Suzanna Brock Mikaila Brown Emily Cacioppo Matthew Calvey William S. Cardone William P. Carlin III Marina Castellano Ashley Chrysler Vincent Crandle Amia N. Cuellar Robert Curran Aiden P. Curry Brynn Dana Arla G. Davis Clayton Davis Shawn DeFazio Alison Fiorillo Ryan Flynn John Frantz Richard Fried George Frietto Marco Gabriel Oliviah M. Gearhart Jacob Gerardi Caleb Gercken Jacob Gerega Benjamin M. Gibson Abigail M. Greskovic Stephen Haggerty Megan A. Healey Danielle F. Heine Sophia Hlavac Emma Holbrook Keena Jackson Kathleen D. Jordan Bridget C. Jubon Linley Keisling Connor Kelleher Daniel T. Kelleher Andrew Keris Olivia R. Kerrigan Zachary J. Kierzkowski Rachel N. Klien-Hart Trey A. Koehler Mikayla Kohanski Nina E. Kozar Conor R. Kryeski Michaelene Kulig Amber L. Kusma Anthony M. Lionetti Joseph W. Lisk Nicolas A. Lombardi Masen J. Lounsbery Emily L. Lozinger Lauren Ludwikowski Carlee N. MacPherson Meghan E. Marion

Camille Marquardt Calista Marzolino Jane Mecca Jessica Mendo Andrew Miller Eryn J. Miller Caleb Molitoris Destiny Moon Aidan Mullen James Myers Jacob Naholnik Connor Napierala Andrew J. Nealon Jack Nealon Gerron L. Niemann Nicholas Notari Molly O’Malley Tyler J. Opeil Modupe V. Osuntokun Emily Parry Leia M. Parry Heet Patel Mahir Patel Jordan Patterson Alexandra M. Perfilio Cameron Pettinato Jacob R. Petty Sadie Petty Emily Phillips Liam P. Pitchford Aidan Price Elizabeth J. Pronitis Joshua Przekop Sara J. Regni Ashley Reiner Elizabeth Rembecki Sawyer J. Rippon Kailey Rothenberger Sydney N. Rothka Jessica Ruehle Kaylee S. Salony Austin M. Savaro Noah Shields Ryan Siebecker Kyra Sladicki Carter W. Smith Julia Spindler Jessica Stafursky Isabella Stanton Olivia Stuenzi Greg Sweeney Madelyn R. Sykes Tamane Takehara Brennan Tates Joshua M. Thal Connor Thorpe George P. Tinsley Madison Tricarico Collin Tully Nathan D. Van Fleet Taryn C. Wells Jacob Wescott Katerina J. Williams

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A world heading NEWTON TWP. — A team of fifth graders from Abington Heights Middle School will travel to Michigan State University May 22-26 for the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. The team took first place in the state Odyssey of the Mind competition in which the top two teams continue to the world level. According to its website, Odyssey of the Mind is “an international educational program whose mission is to provide creative problemsolving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Through solving open-ended problems, students develop creative-thinking skills that can be applied to real-life situations.” Each team chooses one of five problems to solve, some of which are more technical in nature, while others are performance-oriented. The Abington Heights champions selected a performance-oriented track. “We started in September and we had five problems to choose from,” said Jackson Wickenheiser. “We are a funny group and chose ‘Opposites Distract.’” Although he is a part of the team, Jackson does not plan to attend the world championship, because he

will be at his brother’s college graduation. In the “Opposites Distract” problem, according to the website, disagreements can distract groups from seeing the bigger picture. Teams create and present a humorous performance about a sneaky character that distracts others while trying to take control of anything the team wishes. In the performance, it will lure others into silly arguments and be successful two times. The arguments will be presented using different dramatic styles and will include attention-getting effects. In the end, the groups will learn that they have been intentionally distracted and will catch the sneaky character before it takes control. Jackson plays the part of Spacey in the pop star band. Molly Rooney and Finn Goldberg are also pop stars. Zach Magnotta and Chris Begley play the part of aliens who have fun with quantum physics. They will both have birthdays while in Michigan. “I want to win worlds and have fun,” said Magnotta. “There are two groups who fight against each other over the silliest things,” said Julia Schuster, who plays the character Dee. V. uss. “They

fight over if the end of a Q should be curly or straight or if red apples are better than green ones.” The team had $125 to spend and had to make their own props and costumes. They learned how to use power tools. They had to write the script themselves without help from the coach. The skit had to be eight minutes long. “I used plastic table clothes and table runners to make my Snow White costume,” said Macey Ramsey, who also is the reporter. “Since Snow White’s shoulders are big, I used baseball caps to make mine big, and I had a wig.” The team is looking forward to meeting other students from throughout the United States and other countries including Canada, Germany, China, India, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, South Korea and Switzerland and trading pins with them. The middle school team will also be taking wizard hats with them. “It will be cool to see what other teams from around the world come up with and their ideas,” said Schuster. “I want to meet the team from Portugal.” “I want to meet the team

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Missing urban understory

As I write this column, I am sitting in a sixth floor room of a hotel in Plymouth Meeting. When I was a child, Plymouth Meeting was still something of a strange crossroads between the two legs of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the still-future Blue Route. Since the infrastructure was not completely filled out, commercial development had not yet reached its zenith. So there were open areas, and the area still had evidence of the time when the two miles from the Philadelphia border might have been 200. Now that the infrastructure is complete, and commercial development has followed, Plymouth Meeting is something of a storefront, parking lot and highway paradise, if anyone can call asphalt and concrete paradise. But in its development, thankfully, even though every square inch of space is managed, green has not been forgotten. As far as the eye can see, there are parking lot islands planted with trees that not only soften the scene, they intercept rainwater, screen pollution, cool both the air around them and the pavement beneath, and soften the ceaseless drone of traffic. This is the urban for-

est hard at work. But is it the urban forest at its best? To find out what could be the urban forest at its best, we have to look at its natural counterpart. Here, the unmanaged forest comprises not just every square inch but every cubic inch as well. In other words, here in Plymouth Meeting, there is a “forest” floor, built of lawn or ornamented mulch. There is also a uniform canopy, which includes the crowns of the trees planted in the islands reserved from the reaches of the asphalt sea. But the cubic inches between the top of the grass or mulch and the bottom of the tree canopy are forgotten. Now let’s dream about replacing the forest in these islands. In forest ecology, the area beneath the shade trees is called the understory. Because it is shaded by the taller trees, its plants bud earlier, and its leaves drop later than the canopy. And it is a crowded, sometimes impenetrable thicket full of plant and animal species. Think of the maintenance requirements of this reestablished forest: no grass to mow, curbs to edge, mulch to replace annually. Instead, the leaves must still be raked, but only on the pavement, because the rest will recycle

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most important aspects of the Odyssey of the Mind program are the creative problem solving and the no outside assistance rule,” Adelman said. The Abington Heights Educational Improvement Organization provided financial support for the team.


Parking lot islands in Plymouth Meeting. on the “forest” floor. Periodically, litter must be removed, and the reach of the shrubbery must be restrained annually with loppers. Otherwise, this reestablished ecosystem that filters light, water, wind, noise, traffic and sights will be inexpensively self-sustaining and perpetually variable. Could such a “wonder” be brought home to the right-ofway in our front yards from the corporate park and hotel? Perhaps with discretion, and the genius of being the planet’s cultivators is that we get to choose. 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

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CC of Scranton hosts Kentucky Derby party

CLARKS SUMMIT — The Voluntary Action Center of NEPA hosted its largest fundraiser of the year, a Kentucky Derby party, Saturday, May 4 at the Country Club of Scranton. The event featured a buffet dinner, open bar, live music and games of chance as people donned their best Kentucky Derby outifits.

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From left, Sarah Cremer of Clarks Green, Maggie Farley of Waverly Twp., Mary Curra of Clarks Summit and Jill Newton of Clarks Summit.

From left, Debbie Valenti of Clarks Summit, Jerry Frank of Clarks Summit, Marta Gomes of Blakely and Tim Doherty of Scranton.

From left, Tim and Melissa Kirtley and David and Laura Pease, all of Waverly Twp.

From left, Liz Verrastro, Garrett Swartz, Victoria Verrastro and Katie Swartz, all of Moscow.

From left, Susan Burke of Clarks Summit and Garth and Christie Estadt of Scott Twp.

From left, Nicole Pettinato of Old Forge, Loriann Ribiello of Archbald, Shannon Roche Cusick of Scranton and Amy PaciejWoodruff of Tunkhannock

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Lady Comets storm to third straight Jordan Relays crown STAFF REPORT

Western Wayne’s Annie Skirpan sported just the slightest grin as she closed in on the finish line in the 1,600 relay, the marquee and final race of the 64th Jordan Relays on May 2 at Scranton Memorial Stadium. Just behind her, Abington Heights freshman Gianna Sabatini came charging, closing the gap. They came across with Skirpan first and Sabatini second. Both earned gold medals as Western Wayne won the Class 2A race and Abington Heights the Class 3A. It was a fitting way to end the event as both teams also won their respective classifications’ team titles for the third straight season. Abington Heights scored 50 points for the Class 3A crown. Pittston Area finished second with 29 points and Wallenpaupack was third with 26. Wester n Wayne won the 2A title. “When I was in junior high, I really looked up to the girls on this team,” Sabatini said. “To even be a part of this team and to do well in the relays is really amazing.” Abington Heights stormed to the team championship by winning the final four Class 3A races. Hannah Hughes, Dani Beamish, Mariel Curra and Sabatini won the 1,200 medley in 2:55.18. Abigail Marion, Elyse Simakaski, Modupe Osuntokun and Hughes won the 3,200 relay in CHRiSTOPHER DOLAn / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER 9:58.44. Anna Scoblick, Abington Heights’ Antonio Maletta, right, celebrates with teammate Robbie Horvath after the 1200 sprint Megan Malone, Allison Dammedley relay during the Jordan Relays at Scranton Memorial Stadium on Thursday, May 2. mer and Sabatini won the 1,600 medley in 4:26.73. Beamish, Anna Marchetta, Hughes and Sabatini came in at 4:09.21 in the 1,600 relay. “It’s amazing, because we won four of the six and that shows how much depth this team has,” Beamish said. “My freshman year, we didn’t win this, and it was because I missed an exchange zone and I learned a lot from that. “This is really great to be a part of this and continue the legacy.” On the boys side, Abington Heights’ team of Shervin Mokhtari, Sam Kalmanowicz, Rob Horvath and Antonio Maletta won the 1,200 medley in Class 3A in 2:30.47.

Comets boys win LTC title Abington Heights needed a jolt. Luke Abdalla provided one. His spark in the 400-meter run unleashed a three-event barrage of points that catapulted the Comets to an 87-63 win over Scranton on April 29 in a clash of undefeated Lackawanna Track Conference Division I boys track and field teams. Abington Heights captured its first championship since 2014 and ended the Knights’ reign after four seasons. In a tight battle, Abdalla used a fast start and a strong finish to cross the finish line first in the 400 in 54.4 seconds and was followed closely by teammate Damon Martin for an 8-1 advantage. “We all knew this was a very important meet,” said Abdalla, who is in his first varsity season with the Comets. “We have Antonio (Maletta), and a bunch of guys who supported me and just told me to dial in and run my race and it would all work out in the end. “This means a lot. Besides the 400, I just thought we all did everything we could as a team to win this championship.” That 1-2 finish gave Abington Heights a lift. Then, Maletta and Shervin Mokhtari finished first and second in the 300 hurdles for another 8-1 scoring edge in the event. Ethan Mattox, Conor Kryeski and Noah Bolus capped the onslaught with a 1-2-3 finish in the 800 to sweep nine points that gave the Com-



Baseball: Keystone College will hold a prospect camp June 1 at 10 a.m. at Christy Mathewson Field for ages 1520. Cost is $75 and preregistration is required. More information: Jamie Shevchik, 570-877-2544 or jamie. ■ Registration is open for Senior Babe Ruth baseball (ages 16-19). Cost is $100. To register, visit the Lackawanna Babe Ruth Facebook page. Additional information: Rich, 570-5750685. Golf: The Abington Heights Comets Football Fan Club will sponsor a golf tournament May 11 at Pine Hills Country Club in Taylor. Registration starts at noon with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $90 per golfer. ■ Lackawanna Blind Association will hold the 33rd annual William J. Jordon M.D. Memorial Swing for Sight Golf Tournament on June 17 at Glen Oak Country Club in Clarks Summit. Jake Olson, a blind golfer and motivational speaker, will be a guest at the event. For reservations or additional information: 570-342-7613. ■ Keystone College will hold its 29th annual golf tournament July 1 at Glen Oak Country Club in Clarks Summit. Lunch and registration begin at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $200 per person and proceeds benefit the Keystone College Alumni Association Scholarship and Engagement Fund. To register or for more information, visit or 570-945-8168. Hike: Susquehanna Trailers will do a moderate nine-mile hike at Lackawanna State Park on June 16. Meet 9:45 a.m. at the Park & Ride on Route 315 and bring lunch and water. Additional information: Al Chapacharis, 570-806-1754. Softball: A men’s slow-pitch Friday night softball league is looking for teams. Games will be played at Derenick Park in Taylor. Cost is $200. Additional information: 570-5913359.

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Abington Heights’ Gianna Sabatini runs in the 1600 Abington Heights’ Hannah Hughes runs in the 1200 meter medley relay during the Jordan Relays at sprint medley relay during the Jordan Relays at Scranton Memorial Stadium on Thursday, May 2. Scranton Memorial Stadium on Thursday, May 2. ets a commanding 25-2 edge in those three events, a margin too daunting to overcome. It reversed a 19-18 Scranton lead and put Abington Heights in control, 43-21. “We knew that Scranton would be a huge meet, it always is,” said Mattox, who won in a time of 2:06.1. “From the 3,200 relay all the way down, we just had guys leaving it all out there on the track. “We always practice together in the 800 and we always push each other in practice and it showed in the meet.” In addition to his 39.1 effort in the 300 hurdles, which was a season-best in the conference, Maletta added wins in the 110 hurdles and triple jump, which he captured on his third and final attempt with a mark of 41 feet, 2 inches. Ryan Flynn added wins in the shot put and discus, and Nicholas Klapatch won the pole vault for the Comets. “Winning a championship after a drought, and I remember the caliber of runners we had the last time we won, and

even last year we had a lot of great guys, is really important to us,” Maletta said. “We really pushed that team mentality and we had everyone giving their all in practice and developing rivalries within our team on the track. “This proves that it can lead to something amazing.” Josh Christianson had wins in the 1,600, edging Abington Heights’ Stephen Haggerty with a late sprint, and the 3,200, to lead Scranton.

Lady Comets win LTC again Abington Heights rolled to its 78th straight dual-meet win and 13th straight LTC Division I championship with a 109-36 win over Scranton. Dani Heine, a senior who is headed to the University of New Hampshire, had wins in the pole vault and long jump, while Calista Marzolino, a senior who is going to Lehigh University, won the 100 hurdles, the high jump and triple jump to lead the Lady Comets. “It is sad to leave and this

being our last dual meet, but we have such a great group of girls here who will continue this legacy,” Heine said. “It feels great to win the pole vault, and also contribute to the championship in the long and triple jumps all season. “It was nice to see everything come together for everybody and we all want to keep that momentum heading into the postseason.”

Boys volleyball Chance VanSickle had six aces and eight digs to lead Abington Heights over Elk Lake, 3-0. James McGrail had seven kills for the Comets and Matt Pacyna had six kills and 14 assists.

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Leia Parry, Erin Albright and Allison Murray each had a goal for Abington Heights, Boys tennis which fell to Delaware Valley, The top-seeded Comets 11-4, in a Wyoming Valley rolled past North Pocono in Conference match. the quarterfinals of the DisBaseball trict 2 -4 Class 3A tournaScott Gilbert threw a comment, 5-0. Rory Harris returned from plete game with eight strikeinjury and led a sweep in the outs to lead the Comets past singles matches for Abington Scranton, 6-1. Joey Barcia had two hits, Heights. Varun Inyengar and S a m We i s a l s o p o s te d including a home run. straight-sets wins for the Softball unbeaten Comets. On April 30, Iyengar won Bailey White slammed a at No. 1 singles and Abing- three-run home run in the ton Heights swept the dou- fifth and Catherine Anne bles matches to finish off a Kupinski added a solo blast perfect regular season and to lead the unbeaten Lady w i n t h e L a c k aw a n n a Comets past Scranton, 9-1. League boys tennis champiNina Kozar scored three onship with a 3-2 victory and drove in two for Abingover West Scranton. ton Heights.

30 years ago: Tina Rosencrance had three triples for Abington Heights in a 16-7 win over West Scranton. 20 years ago: Jen Kwiatkowski hit a three-run home run in Abington Heights’ 5-3 win over Honesdale. 10 years ago: Sinea Gallagher homered and drove in two for Abington Heights in a 3-1 win over West Scranton.

SoCCer TryouTS Abington Youth Soccer club will hold travel team tryouts for the 2019-2020 season for girls and boys born in years 2011-2003. Registration is required to tryout. To register go to abingtonyouthsoccer. org/tryouts. All tryouts will take place at Hillside Park. Tryouts for girls born in 2010-2011: May 13, 15; 5-6:30 p.m. 2008-2009: May 14, 16; 5-6:30 p.m. 2006-2007: May 13, 15 6:30-8 p.m. 2004-2005: May 14, 16; 6:30-8 p.m. and 20022003: May 13, 15, 20 and 22. Tryouts for boys born in 2010-2011: May 20, 22; 5-6:30 p.m. 2008-2009: May 21, 23; 5-6:30 p.m. 2006-2007: May 20, 22; 6:30-8 p.m. 2004-2005: May 21, 23 6:30-8 p.m. 2002-2003: May 14, 16, 21, 23; 8-9:30 p.m.

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Michele Davis of Lake Wionla buys baked goods from Emma Zook, owner of Sunny Hill Bakery in Winfield.

Gail Scaramuzzo, owner of Canned Classics in Clarks Summit, displays pickled beets.

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FROM PAGE 1 insurance, many leading and invaded multiple long-term treatments body systems. I was for Lyme disease are seen by my pediatrinot covered. My parcian many times, ents have struggled referred for testing to pay the many and scans, and sent thousands of dollars to specialists and needed for my care. children’s hospitals. I Because there is no received four differuniversal cure, it has ent diagnoses, based been difficult for us waters on some of my sympto find a treatment toms, but the rest were not course with a promising overaddressed and the root cause all success rate. not sought. What has helped you After much prayer, the in your journey with prompting of caring people Lyme? looking in and our own My family has been presresearch, we were pointed to ent and borne alongside me the possibility that this could every minute, hour, day, be Lyme disease. I was seen month and year that has by a local Lyme literate phy- passed during which I’ve sician, more than a year lived with this debilitating after the onset of my illness, illness. and I was clinically diagI could have never gotten nosed with Lyme disease, this far without them. Babesia and Bartonella. My faith has grown closer Blood tests were done, and I to God, as I’ve witnessed began treatment. A year lat- Him see my needs and meet er, my Lyme physician sent me in some very dark and me for a second opinion and trying times. His strength confirmation of treatment has provided the hope and course, which I received courage I’ve so often needed. from a leading specialist in A friend started writing the field. me letters when I could no How has Lyme changed longer get out. Relatives visyour life? ited from out of state when I Right now it’s too hard could no longer travel to see for me to share what my them. People – both whom I existence looked like durknew and didn’t know – ing the years living on a began faithfully praying for couch in constant and conme and started sending me tinual illness. little notes of love and care. What I can say is I was Wonderful new friends unable to graduate high entered my life after periods school (even with modified of desperate loneliness. home education), unable to Christian music artists learn to drive and get my released songs that spoke license, unable to get a job or comfort, truth and life to my go to college, unable to see spirit. Friendships developed my sister graduate in the with other Lyme patients in Marine Corps. which it was easy relating to I missed out on being a one another’s struggles. And teenager in nearly every I have been encouraged aspect. I’ve missed out on through the times I’ve been vacations and family gathable to go out. erings, unable to travel In all these ways and oththese past nine years. I ers, I’ve been so blessed. missed so many opportuniWhat do you wish more ties to develop relationships people understood about and have fun times with Lyme disease? friends and my sister. I wish every person knew There are many things I that anybody can get Lyme can’t do; and the things I disease and other tick-borne can do, take a lot of time, illnesses, because ticks can effort and courage. Somebe found in most any outtimes I reach out for more, door environment. only to find I must settle for Not everyone notices the less – whether it be just for tick or gets a rash. The tests the particular day or for are not always accurate this time in my life. since they are based on the What are some strugimmune system’s antibody gles you’ve had to deal response, and tick borne illwith in association with nesses often interrupt this the disease? response. Living with and treating Lyme disease is often chronic Lyme disease has misdiagnosed, and the use been a challenging process of steroids can cause furfor us. ther damage. Due to the fact that many Lyme disease can be seriwho contract Lyme disease ous and debilitating in both are easily treated, those who its acute and chronic stages. don’t get well from short Some people die from this term treatment are often disease. It can affect multimisunderstood and don’t ple systems of the body. It receive the support and help has been proven to cause they need. mental illness. There are multiple tickNot all cases of Lyme look borne illnesses that are often the same. referred to under the Because the Lyme bacteumbrella term of “Lyme dis- ria in its chronic stages can ease,” and, as with my case, exist in three different they greatly complicate treat- forms, morphing from one ment and recovery. The lack form to another to escape of education among many in treatments, it is difficult to the medical field regarding eradicate. tick-borne illness was and My experience has opened continues to be an obstacle my eyes to the pain and sufmy family and I face. fering of so many people Although my family has who have been affected by

“Everything was fine,” Gutierrez said with a smile. Later she realized that the shirt her husband was wearing had the slogan ‘Born Fast’ on it. It was appropriate for the occasion of Keziah’s lightning-fast delivery. “Pablo was so great through the whole ordeal. He’s not even a person who is super adventurous,” Gutierrez said with a laugh. “But he was great through this and stayed calm when the baby came. “We were both like, ‘What just happened?’ I didn’t have time to be nervous or scared or anything. It feels like it was a dream.” The couple met in Argentina while Lauren was studying abroad after high school. In addition to Keziah, they are the parents of Briel, age 7 and Misael, age 4. The daughter of Frank and Kim Passetti, Lauren Gutierrez grew up in South Abington Township and is a graduate of Summit Christian Academy.

After marrying, the couple lived in Argentina for seven years before relocating to the U.S. They currently work with the Spanish ministry at Steamtown Church in Scranton. One of the reasons for the Gutierrez’ move from Argentina was to be close to family. This Mother’s Day will be special as they enjoy being together and celebrate the arrival of Keziah. “You begin to appreciate your mom when you’re far away, and especially when you become a mom yourself,” Gutierrez said. “Just saying goodbye to my mom and leaving her was so hard. Not having her for that long period of time we lived in Argentina was difficult. “It’s super nice to be back in the area and have her close. She’s literally the most selfless person. She never has an excuse or complaint. She is super positive and always has a great attitude. I never want to take advantage of her, but I’m so thankful for her. She is encourag-

ing and a great example to me. She loves us so selflessly. “She would do anything for her kids and grandkids.” Gutierrez credits her mom and her faith for guiding her as she mothers her own three children. “My kids need to come before me. To be a good mom, I have to put off any selfishness. It’s a huge responsibility to teach them as they develop. It’s not something I take lightly. It’s a blessing for me to be able to be at home with them, but it’s also a scary responsibility. “I’m the one who’s influencing them, more than anyone else. They see the good and the bad. They see who I really am, truly. I want to honor God in the way I parent. How am I reflecting Jesus in the way that I am talking, acting and the way I treat them? ... These kids are the most important job I will have.” The Gutierrez family may venture out for dinner, but plans to celebrate Mother’s Day at home, where there is never a dull moment.

what is Lyme disease? Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by a spiral-shaped bacterium (spirochete) called borrelia burgdorferi. there are roughly two dozen species in the borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato complex, not all are human pathogens. the worldwide distribution of the various species is not uniform. in the united States, almost all reported cases of Lyme disease appear to be the result of borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto (bbss) infections. in europe, 3 species - b. garinii, b. afzelii, and bbss, are responsible for most cases of Lyme disease. the various species are further divided into strains and there are hundreds of strains worldwide. in its early stages, Lyme disease commonly results in a rash, joint pain and headaches. Later-stage Lyme disease is characterized by arthritic pain, cognitive difficulties, fatigue and other symptoms that can have an enormous effect on a patient’s life. the centers for disease control estimates that more than 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease occur each year in the uS. —

signs and symptoms of Lyme disease

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Lauren Gutierrez welcomed daughter Keziah Joy to the world on April 22.

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Keziah Joy Gutierrez made a lightningfast arrival on April 22. The sweet little bundle weighed 8 lbs 9 oz and was 21 inches long.

Lauren and Pablo Gutierrez celebrate the safe arrival of daughter Keziah after they delivered their baby at home. Labor came too fast for them to make it to the hospital in time.

common symptoms of early Lyme disease include: ■ rash - most are solid pink to red; uncommon: “bull’s-eye” or other appearance ■ fever ■ headache ■ fatigue ■ muscle and joint pain ■ the non-rash symptoms are often described as a “summertime flu.” Some people may notice areas of numbness or tingling. once the infection spreads beyond the skin, it can affect any system of the body, causing many symptoms including: ■ debilitating fatigue ■ headaches ■ muscle pain ■ Arthritis ■ numbness ■ tingling ■ nerve pain and weakness ■ heart problems ■ Psychiatric symptoms: anxiety, depression, irritability, psychosis and more ■ difficulty with thinking, memory, language and math skills ■ Sleep disturbance ■ Problems with vision and hearing. — this disease. I hope that this story is seen as being more than just about my journey, but that it is a voice for all those who suffer. To those who are fighting, I hope that you press on until you find your cure.

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Proud father, Pablo Gutierrez, of Scott Twp. holds his daughter, Keziah who he helped deliver.

Photo courteSy of Jen Kochmer

Lauren Gutierrez with her children and her mother, Kim Passetti formerly of South Abington Township.

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Rev. Bill Carter, jazz pianist.


A Sensory Friendly Concert

WAVERLY TWP. — The Waverly Community House (Comm), 1115 N. Abington Road, will host its first Sensory Friendly Concert Saturday, May 11, at 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Admission is free and donations will be accepted at the door. The concert will feature jazz pianist, Reverend Bill

Carter and the Unisong Ensemble, and all-abilities performing ensemble for middle and high school students ages 13-21 with instructor Cheryl Mozdian of Summit Music Therapy LLC. Noise reducing headphones will be available and movement, singing and dancing are encour-

aged. Families are invited to come early and explore The Comm from 2:30 p.m. until the concert begins. There will be an instrument petting zoo and the official “open house” of the Comm Kids Interactive Learning Center. For more information, visit

rotary Club of the Abingtons supports Children’s Advocacy Center

The Rotary Club of the Abingtons recently supported the Children's Advocacy Center of NEPA with a donation as a club, and several Rotarians personally supported the event, "Cocktails by Moonlight" as well. The center marked 21 years of service with the fundraiser, held at Posh in Scranton, with more than 300 people turning out for the event to raise money to provide services to children and families affected by abuse. Rotarians in attendance are, from left, first row: Sandra Lamanna, Lauren Calvey and Leah Rudolph. Second row: Chris Calvey, Ryan Campbell, Clarence Lamanna and Bruce Valentine.

Chamber music to close series

CLARKS SUMMIT — The final event of the Arts at First Presbyterian concert series will take place Sunday, May 19 at 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 School St. John Michael Vaida, violinist and violist, and members of the NEPA Chamber Music Society perform an afternoon of chamber music. This event will highlight the double-bass and cello in a concert featuring the Duo Cello e Basso. Cofounders of Duo Cello e Basso are the husband and wife team, Pascale DelacheFeldman, double-bass, and Emmanuel Feldman, cello. The afternoon will be filled with rarely performed works for double-bass and cello, including the Vaughn-Williams Piano Quintet, a relatively early work by Ralph Vaughn-

Williams for piano, violin, viola, cello and double-bass. The duo will be joined by Hwaen Ch’uqi, piano; Amy Iwazumi, violin; and John Michael Vaida, viola for this selection. Admission is free, and a free-will offering will be collected. These activities are part of the Arts at First Presbyterian concert series at the church. This program receives support from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Program (administered by the Pocono Arts Council), a Lackawanna County Arts & Cultural Grant and numerous individual donors. For more information or directions, please call the church at 570-586-6306 or visit


toyota of scranton sponsors waverly Community house events SUBMITTED PHOTO

The cofounders of Duo Cello e Basso are the husband and wife team, Emmanuel Feldman (cello) and Pascale DelacheFeldman (double-bass).

The Waverly Community House announced Toyota of Scranton pledged to sponsor all of its major special events, including the House and Garden Show, which took place Sunday, April 28, and the Artisans’ Marketplace, which is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23 and 24. Toyota also sponsored the Friday Evening Gala to kick off the NEPA Film Festival, held March 22-24. The business will sponsor the Waverly Waddle 5K Walk/Run on May 11 and seasonal family events throughout the year. From left: Donna Pietrolaj, Dorothy Wallace, Jill Place and Devin Abbott, all of Toyota of Scranton, and Maria Wilson, of the Waverly Community House.



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