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Family business plans Memorial Day fundraiser by JuLIE JEFFERy MANWARREN FOR THE ABINGTON SuBuRBAN

Pat Williams were instrumental in planning this. We greatly appreciate their communityminded support.” Salsa, fruit spreads, cobblers and more will be available for $10 a jar with 50% of the proceeds going to the VFW Memorial Park fund. “Having the drive-through fundraiser on the day of the parade, I’m hoping people will stop by and get some of our great products and support the VFW,” Jamison said.

“It will be OK; you’ll be fine,” Florence Jamison told her children as her health was failing. At 96, she had lived a long, full life. Growing up on a farm in Newton Township, Florence worked alongside her parents, often cooking meals to feed farm hands who came during the great depression looking for Love at first sight work. Later she studied to be a nurse during World War II, and graduated in 1947 with the “My mom met my father nursing corps at Hahnemann Hospital in when he showed up as a Scranton, now Geishired farm hand in inger CMC. Newton Township “She wanted to do A drive-through in 1936,” Jamison said. her part,” said her fundraiser “They were smitten. It son, Lee Jamison. was love at first sight. But Annie’s Country Kitchen will Jamison shared they didn’t get married until hold a drive-through fundraiser that he came from a 1950 after my father got back for the VFW Memorial Park family who modeled fund Monday, May 27, from 8 from the war.” what love of country a.m. to 5 p.m. at First NationLester Jamison signed and patriotism was al Bank, 125 N. State Street up for the Army Air corps about. His father, in Clarks Summit. Salsa, fruit in 1942 after the bombing Lester Jamison, and spreads, cobblers and more of Pearl Harbor. Jamison two uncles served will be available for $10 a jar shared that his father in World War with 50% of the proceeds trained on the radio but II. Jamison’s going to the cause. was disappointed when he brother served learned he wouldn’t see in Vietnam. combat behind the lines. Having so many Later, on an Army Air Corps base, Lester family members and his friend, ‘Spike’ O’Hara, spotted a rewho served during cruitment poster looking for paratroopers. war time left an impression on Lee Jamison, The pay was more than double what they who created a living memorial by organizing were making and they were guaranteed to a drive-through fundraiser to be held during see combat. They volunteered to transfer to the Clarks Summit Memorial Day parade on the paratrooper division. Monday, May 27, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at First “It turned out to be the 101st Airborne DiNational Bank, 125 N. State Street. vision,” Jamison said. “They got their trainA variety of products will be available ing and then shipped overseas. My dad made for sale at car windows of those who drive his first combat jump on D-day.” through to purchase a taste of his family This year marks the 75th anniversary of business, Annie’s Country Kitchen. World War II’s D-day. Learning the things “First National Bank was generous in his father experienced astounded Jamison. providing an ideal place to hold our event,” Lester rarely wanted to talk about the war Jamison said. “(Clarks Summit Borough) Mayor Herman Johnson and Councilman Please see Living, Page 12


Top left: Pvt Lester L. Jamison served in the Army Air Corps in WWII in both the European and Pacific Theatres. Jamison returned safely in 1946 and married his sweetheart, Florence Thompson. The couple settled in Newton Twp. and raised four children. Jamison passed away in 1985. Top right: Florence Thompson in her Nursing Corps Uniform in 1947. Florence was a lifetime resident of Newton Twp., where she lived with her husband Lester Jamison and four children. Florence Thompson Jamison died on Feb. 13.

VFW Post 7069 Memorial Day ceremonies Abington Memorial, VFW Post 7069, 402 Winola Road, Clarks Summit, will sponsor a Memorial Day parade on May 27, starting at 11 a.m. The line of march will form at the Clarks Summit Elementary Center on Grove Street at 10 a.m. From Grove Street, the parade will turn left on State Street to Winola Road and conclude at the post home where a memorial service will be conducted. To be included in the parade, participants must register by calling the post at 570-586-9821, daily after 1 p.m. Post 7069 will also hold services on Memorial day at the following locations: Abington Hills Cemetery, 8:30 a.m.; South Abington Park at the tank, 9 a.m.; Clarks Green Cemetery, 9:30 a.m., and Hickory Grove Cemetery, Miller Road, Waverly, at 10 a.m.


A shiny red tribute The late Robert J. Habeeb Sr., one of the founding members and a past president of the Chinchilla Hose Company, enjoyed volunteering and being involved in the Abington-area community. “South Abington Township did not have a fire company. It was a farming community that was turning into a residential community,” said Habeeb’s son, Timothy Habeeb of Clarks Summit. “My dad went to New Jersey to buy a used fire truck.

He and others put up their houses for colleterial.” Habeeb added his father drove the truck up the Burcher Street Hill as a test to see if it would make it up. Habeeb Sr. owned a store called Bob’s Cut Rate. “My dad put a sign-up sheet on the counter for anyone who wanted to be a firefighter,” Habeeb said. “Everyone who came in the store signed up. The year was 1956, and that was the year the Chinchilla Hose

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Company was charted. “My mother, the late Shirley Habeeb did not know about the fire truck or the house being used as colleterial until she went to the fire house for a celebration for the new fire truck.” The first fire station in South Abington Township was at a cinder block factory which was later torn down. The present fire station on Shady Lane Road was then built. Please see Tribute, Page 12

While eating lunch with some coworkers in the breakroom, one of them pointed out the meal I’d packed for myself was the epitome of an elementary school lunch. I could hardly disagree after looking up from my peanut butter and jelly sandwich, bag of Doritos, yogurt, Capri Sun juice pack and oatmeal cream cookie. But there were differences between this and the lunches I ate almost every day in kindergarten through fifth grade: 1. this one wasn’t packed in a Disney princess lunchbox; 2. in elementary school, the Doritos would’ve been pretzels (I only liked those and regular salted potato chips); 3. the strawberry “J” in the PB&J would’ve been grape (the only flavor I’d eat back then). I was a picky eater as a child. Some might say I still am, but not to the same extreme. I prefer the term, “selective palate.” I was in high school before I’d eat any pizza topping other than plain cheese. I still don’t like pepperoni, but I now crave bacon and/or ham and pineapple on my pizza (don’t judge, pineapple haters). I’ve always loved pasta, but there was a phase in which I refused to even touch spaghetti because the noodles reminded me of worms. And those PB&J sandwiches? They had to be cut in symmetric halves (down the center from top to bottom), not diagonally (from corner to corner). And the crust? I did not consider it edible until I reached middle school. Potlucks, large family dinners and summer barbecues are especially difficult for us people with selective palates. Church ladies used to tell me I “don’t eat enough to keep a bird alive” because I’d go through the long food line in the fellowship hall and sit down with only cheese and crackers on my plate. It wasn’t that I wasn’t hungry; I just didn’t like casseroles. And at cookouts I lived mostly off potato chips, occasionally nibbling on a hamburger (ketchup only, no cheese and definitely no mustard), because I didn’t – and still don’t – like hot dogs. Hamburgers were never a favorite, but eating one was better than going hungry. My culinary repertoire did eventually expand. Some foods took more tries than others (Brussels sprouts, for example),

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Around the towns

THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2019

Community CAlendAr

Clarks summit actor in ‘tuesdays with morrie’


Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Join MAY 23 in for a book discussion, Block Party: Thursday, art project and snacks. May 23, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at This month’s selection is Abington Community “(Dont’) Call Me Crazy: Library, 1200 W. Grove St., 33 Voices Start the ConClarks Summit. Join in the versation about Mental free play with blocks, vehiHealth,” edited by Kelly cles, animals and people. Jensen. The specific easThere are only two ground sy the group will discuss rules: no throwing blocks, is: “I’m Over Staying and no knocking someone Silent about Depression” else’s building down. Come by Kristen Bell, (pg 144). ready to play. No registration For students in grades required. Open to children 5-12. For more inforages 2-7. For more informamation, call 570-587-3440. tion, call 570-587-3440. MAY 25 Patriot Mile Make-AClarks Summit PatriSign: Thursday, May 23, 4-6 ot Mile Run/Walk: Satp.m. at Abington Commuurday, May 25, 10-11 a.m. nity Library, 1200 W. Grove Presented by the NationSt., Clarks Summit. Drop al Running Center, this in during these two hours quick mile run/walk will and make a sign to hold to raise funds for the Abingcheer on your favorite athton Community Library. lete or athletes during the Registration is $15 and inaugural Patriot Mile on the race will begin and May 25. Let the library end at the National Runknow if you’re coming so ning Center. For more they have enough materiinformation, call 570-587als; posterboard and mark3440. ers will be provided. For MAY 27 more information, call 570Memorial Day 587-3440. parade: Sponsored by Diamond Painting Abington Memorial Class For Teens: ThursVFW Post 7069, Clarks day, May 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Summit, the parade will at Abington Community be held on May 27. The Library, 1200 W. Grove St., line of march will form Clarks Summit. This projat the Clarks Summit ect is much like a paint by Elementary School on number, but no brushes West Grove Street, with are needed. Use a drill to the parade starting at 11 press “diamonds” onto a a.m. Any groups or indigraph. For the first hour of viduals who want to parclass you’ll learn the ticipate in the parade basics of diamond paintmust register by calling ing, view some samples the post at 570-586-9821, and start your own small daily after 1 p.m. project. For the second The Abington Heights hour, you are invited to High School TV Studio stay and work on your will be live streaming project so you can develop the parade on its Youyour technique. Limited to Tube channel at youtube. 12 students in grades 5-12. com/ahhsnews. For more information, call Memorial Day ser570-587-3440. vices: In addition to the MAY 24 parade, Abington MemoTeen Reading Lounge: rial VFW Post 7069 will Friday, May 24, 4:15- 5 p.m. hold Memorial Day serat Abington Community vices and activities at the following times and locations. ■ 8:30 a.m. Abington hills cemetery ■ 9 a.m. South Abington Memorial (at the tank) THE VOICE OF ■ 9:30 a.m. Clarks THE ABINGTONS green Cemetery ■ 10 a.m. Hickory Grove Cemetery A publication of TimesShamrock Community ■ After the parade, at Newspaper Group approximately 1 p.m., a 149 Penn Ave service will be conducted Scranton, PA 18503 at the VFW. This will be Phone: 570-348-9185 followed by entertainFax: 570-207-3448 ment by Wand’ring suburbanweekly@ Aloud, a band playing music of the 60s-80s. MAY 28 Abington CommuniManaging Editor ty Library Teen LeadElizabeth Baumeister ership Committee 570-348-9185, ext. 3492 meeting: Tuesday, May ebaumeister 28, 4-5 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Editor Summit. A group of Christopher M. Cornell tweens and teens focused 570-348-9185, ext. 5414 on giving a voice to all young adults for proAdvertising Manager gramming, book selecAlice Manley tions and more. Come 570-348-9100, ext. 9285 and share your thoughts amanley and ideas. Open to dents in grades 5-12. For more information, call Advertising Account 570-587-3440. Executive Literary New EngCali Nataloni land Information Ses570-348-9100, ext. 5458 sion: Tuesday, May 28, cnataloni 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Photographer Summit. Learn about an Emma Black upcoming bus trip the library is taking next 570-348-9100, ext. 5447 year to literary New England. Get information Staff Writer about the destinations, Clayton Over time frame and costs of 570-348-9100, ext. 5363 this trip. For more information, call 570-587-3440. Contributors MAY 30 Joshua Arp Homeschoolers at Teri Lyon the Library: Thursday, Julie Jeffery Manwarren May 30, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Linda Scott at Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove The Abington Suburban welSt., Clarks Summit. comes all photos and subAttention home schoolmissions. There is no charge ing parents: Bring your for publication, but all photos and submissions run on children to an educational program to enrich a “space available” basis. The editor reserves the right their home learning experience. They will to reject any or all submisparticipate in hands-on sions. Deadline for submissions is projects, stories, short videos and more. For stuby noon the Friday before dents in grades K-6. For publication date. Opinions of independent more information, call columnists do not neces570-587-3440. sarily reflect those of the Please see Calendar, Page 4 Abington Suburban staff.




Actors Circle will present ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom, based on the book by Mitch Albom, May 30-June 2 and June 6-9. The cast includes Bob Taylor of Clarks Summit, right, and Scott Rave of Plains Township. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors, $8 for students; admission to the May 30 show is discounted at $8 for general and senior tickets and $6 for students. The show, directed by Kaylah Hodgins and Kate Hurley, will be presented at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road in Scranton. For reservations, call 570-342-9707 or email:


Clarks Green umC plans 40th annual chicken barbecue The Clarks Green United Methodist Church will hold its 40th annual Feast of the Chicken Barbecue Saturday, June 1, noon to 6 p.m. at 119 Glenburn Road in Clarks Green. Tickets are $10; $5 for children 12 and under. Dinners can be eaten in or taken out with tickets available at the door or purchased in advance. Proceeds support programing and operational expenses of the church and its mission. Michael Pacyna is the chairman of the event. From left: John Crounse, Pacyna, Mark Purcell, Pastor John Bondhus, Pat Kinney, Warren Watkins, Jim Corselius and Jim Davis.

Sporting clays shoot benefits FSC youth team The Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club (FSC) youth shooting team will host a sporting clays shoot Sunday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The proceeds are to offset the cost of shells and registration for the upcoming state shoot at the Lawrence County Sportsmen’s Association on June 15. The FSC Clay Busters are part of the SCTP (Scholastic Clay Target Program) which teaches youth shooters proper gun handling, sportsmanship and team work. The cost of the shoot is $30 for the 100-bird course or $15 the 50-bird course. The benefit will feature raffles, a poker shoot and a white bird event. The kitchen will be open for breakfast and lunch. For more information, contact Fred Rose at 570-9035755 or

Court notes MARRIAGE LICENSES ■ Nicole Marie O’Malley and Aaron John Shapiro, both of South Abington Twp. ■ Kathleen Marie Noone and Reid Douglas Holcomb, both of Dalton. ■ Matthew Richard Jones, South Abington Twp., and Lindsey Courtright, Scranton. ■ Samuel J. Prisco and Tara Kathleen Donnelly, both of Clarks Summit. ■ John P. O’Boyle, Dunmore, and Mary Jo Walsh, Clarks Summit. ■ Albert T. Valashinas, Clarks Summit, and Debra A. Barborek, Pittston. ■ Andrew Layton Krowiak, Clarks Green, and Gabrielle Anina Giombetti, Scranton. ■ Jeffrey Michael Costanzo and Erin Elizabeth Walker, both of Clarks Summit. ■ Robert John Hopkins III and Molly Anne Pfeiffer, both of Dalton. DIVORCE SOUGHT ■ Lisa Akulonis, West Abington Twp., v. George P. Akulonis, West Abington Twp.; married Oct. 13, 1984, in Lackawanna County; Paul A. Kelly Jr., attorney. PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS ■ Margaret A. and Michael J. Vazquez, Clarks Summit, to Jacqueline Emlaw, Old Forge; a property at 127 Third St., Old Forge, for $82,000. ■ Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas, as trustee for

Residential Accredit Loans Inc., West Palm Beach, Fla., to Silesia Property Group LLC, Clarks Summit; a property at 915 W. Elm St., Scranton, for $40,500. ■ Robert F. Brembs, executor of the estate of Rosemarie Moriarity, Scott Twp., to Wayne Hassel, Scranton; a property in Scott Twp. for $153,000. ■ Gene E. and Barbara Goldenziel, Naples, Fla., to Ankur Shah and Tejal Mehta, Covington Twp.; a property at 1012 Victoria Lane, Waverly Twp., for $457,500. ■ Margaret S. Mitchell, Clarks Summit, to Carissa Boisey and Michele Luongo, Scranton; a property at 113 Roberts Way, South Abington Twp., for $237,000. ■ Patrick Frank Pasqualichio, South Abington Twp., to Carissa K. Wrightson, South Abington Twp.; a property at 38 Waterford Road, South Abington Twp., for $165,240. ■ Susan M. and Robert A. Segarra, Clarks Summit, as joint tenants with rights of survivorship, to Jingham Cai, Scranton; a property at 107 Junction Ave., Clarks Summit, for $159,900. ■ Cloverleaf Developers LLC, Archbald, to Anne Gallagher, South Abington Twp.; a property at 129 Forest Drive, Archbald, for $249,000. ■ James R. and Cynthia A. Colman, Clarks Summit, to Fenton Properties LLC, Clarks Summit; a property at 1033

Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit, for $131,000. ■ Sahell T. Bagheri and Maryam Afshar, South Abington Twp., to Hawk Enterprise LLC, Clarks Green; a property at 21 Briarwood Way, South Abington Twp., for $133,000. ■ ECAL Associates LP, Waverly Twp., to George W. III and Sheryl Edwards, Greenfield Twp.; a property in Scott Twp. for $123,900. ■ John Smargiassi Jr., Scott Twp., to Jeremy Greco, Scott Twp.; a property in Scott Twp. for $45,000. ■ Charles R. Kleckler, Lackawanna County, to Hampton Street Holdings LLC, Clarks Summit; a property at 728 Hampton St., Scranton, for $25,000. ESTATES FILED ■ Seymour J. Weissberger, 201 N. Main St., Taylor, letters

testamentary to Stephen J. Weissberger, 510 Old Colony Road, Clarks Summit. ■ Jeanne Gardier, 1660 Falls Road, Newton Twp., letters testamentary to Michael Beck, 1617 Davinci Lane, Clarks Summit. ■ Wesley J. Dion, also known as Wesley Jerome Dion, 2309 Stafford Ave., Scranton, letters testamentary to Marcia Dion Loughman, 201 Marcaby Lane, South Abington Twp. LAWSUIT ■ Wilma and Arlin Demming, 23 Demming Drive, Scott Twp., v. Evelyn Thurston, 109 Kodish Mountain Lane, Nicholson, seeking in excess of $50,000 on two counts, for injuries suffered June 20, 2017, in an automobile accident on Business Route 6, Dickson City; Bruce S. Zero, attorney.

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THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2019


Literary lighting

Abington Community Library obtains four SAD lamps BY CLAYTON OVER STAff WrITEr

sunny days,” Roberts said, alluding to the rainy, dreaCLARKS SUMMIT — ry days that overcast much With the flick of a switch of the first two weeks of and a flash of light, guests May this year. at the Abington Seasonal Affective DisCommunity Library can order can cause feelings of now chase away fouldepression, low energy, weather doldrums. sleep problems and other Staff at the library symptoms. Light therapy recently purchased four — spending time around special lamps designed to devices like the lamps at combat seathe library sonal affec— is one tive disorder, treatment Quiet Your Mind a type of doctors can obtaining the lamps in depression recommay is timely because linked to mend to may is mental health changes in counteract Awareness month, the seasons the disorroberts said. The and one that der. Two of library will hold a worsens durthe lamps special program, called ing the bleak are posted “Quiet Your mind,” on Thursday, may 30 from winter in the 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. months. library, one Drop in during this Library staff in a readprogram to complete a decided on ing room calming art project, obtaining there and meditate on your own, some of the another in create a ‘zine, or plant a lights, the main flower to take home. dubbed “SAD library Each person will leave lamps,” after area, for with a packet full of learning guests to resources and about libraruse when information about ies in the they stop mental health. for more Pacific by. There information or to Northwest are two register for the event, and Michiadditional call 570-587-3440. gan keeping lamps peosome on ple can hand to counteract rainy take out using their and frigid climes, library library cards and take Project Manager Renee home to use, Roberts said. Roberts said. Library staff purchased The potential for use in the SAD lamps with money Northeast Pennsylvania raised as part of a yearwasn’t lost on Roberts, long fundraiser ahead of who noted winter seemed the library’s 60th to overstay its welcome anniversary in January here over the last few 2020. So far, they’ve raised years and rainy periods about $750 through patrons lingered in the summers dropping dollars and change into a box at the that followed. “We have a lot of winter library help desk and here. Especially in the last online. Obtaining the few years, there’s been less lamps was the first goal of

the fundraiser. Raising money for furniture to use in the children’s area of the library is the next goal, Roberts said. Furniture purchased will be for middle-school age children to use during visits to the library, said Laura Gardoski, head of youth services at the library. To donate to the Abington Community Library as part of its 60th Anniversary drive, visit the library, 1200 W. Grove St., or donate online at by clicking the donate tab and chrISToPhEr DolAN / STAff PhoTogrAPhEr choosing the Abington A small portable light therapy lamp is displayed at the Community Library from Abington Community Library in Clarks Summit. The the menu or visit the library raised money as part of its 60th anniversary library’s Facebook page. Contact the writer:; 570-348-9100 x5363; @claytonover on Twitter

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Abington Community Library project manager Renee Roberts of Clarks Summit sits in front of a light therapy lamp at the library.


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About seasonal affective disorder (SAD) Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer. In most cases, seasonal affective disorder symptoms appear during late fall or early winter and go away during the sunnier days of spring and summer. less commonly, people with the opposite pattern have symptoms that begin in spring or summer. In either case, symptoms may start out mild and become more severe as the season progresses. Signs and symptoms of SAD may include: ■ feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day ■ losing interest in activities you once enjoyed ■ low energy ■ Problems sleeping ■ changes in your appetite or weight ■ feeling sluggish or agitated ■ Difficulty concentrating ■ feeling hopeless, worthless or guilty ■ frequent thoughts of death or suicide — MAYO CLINIC

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Howard George Miller May 14, 2019

Howard George Miller, 87, for merly of Clarks Summit, died Tuesday in Ellicott City, Md., where he currently resided. His wife was the late Marion Harris Miller, who died in 1999. Bor n in Scranton, the son of the late George P. and Elsie Squance M i ll e r, h e w a s a graduate of Bullard-Havens Technical High School, in Bridgeport, Conn., and earned his bachelor’s de g ree from Penn State University. He was a proud United States Navy veteran, serving during the Korean War, and, before retirement, worked as an electrical engineer at t h e To by h a n n a A r m y Depot. He was a for mer member of the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit and the American Legion Post # 1276, Syracuse, N.Y. He enjoyed photography and volunteered at the Steamtown National Historic Site and the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg. Surviving are a daughter, Lynn Sargent and her hus-

band, Gary, Woodstock, Md.; five nieces; and a nephew. In addition to his wife, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Miller Gilpin. A funeral service was held on Monday at 11 a.m. f ro m t h e L aw re n c e E . Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Interment followed in Dunmore Cemetery. T h e f a m i ly re c e ive d friends on Monday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School St., Clarks Summit, PA 18411.

John R. Hatton May 17, 2019

John R. Hatton, 74, South Abington Twp., died Friday m o r n i n g at G e i s i n g e r Community Medical Center in Scranton. His widow is Brenda Nafzinger Hatton, and they have been married for the past 19 years. Born in Pittsburgh, and raised in Scranton, the son of the late Harold and Minerva Berger Hatton, before retirement, he was a teacher for the West Shore School District, in New C u m b e rl a n d . H e w a s presently employed as a school van driver for the Abington Heights School District. John was a member of the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church as well as their choir. He was an organist f o r o ve r 3 5 ye a r s f o r various churches. He received his bachelor’s d e g re e at B l o o m s bu r g University and earned his master’s degree from Penn State University. John enjoyed international travel with Brenda and friends, and they took many adventures together each year. They also enjoyed attending local basketball games and RailRiders baseball games. John had an interest in genealogy and often spent time researching his family tree. In addition, he was an avid reader, especially in the area of U.S.


THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2019

Class of 1969 plans reunion


Reunion Committee members are, from left, Denise Girello-Reinhart; Brit Roth, class president; Karl Vauter and Ken Heron, class vice president. CLARKS SUMMIT — Members of the Abington Heights High School Class of 1969 met recently to plan their 50th anniversary class reunion. The reunion weekend events include an informal “get reacquainted” gathering on Friday, Sept. 20 at State Street Grill, and a more formal evening of dinner and dancing is planned for Saturday, Sept. 21 at

Glen Oak Country Club. Invitations will be mailed shortly. In the meantime, the members of the reunion committee need help in locating the following classmates: Pamela S Banfield, Faye Banks, Gail Beckwith, James D Creamer, Margaret Davis, Felipe Egas, Faye Ellis, Harry J. Fiegelman, Donna Fusco, Leland Greene, Sarah Griffiths, Edward J Jones, Gail Kent,

Sylvia LaCoe, Edith Lowe, R i c h a r d C Marshall,Michael J M c G u i r e, D av i d N McQuade, Maria S Medina, Steven D Michalek, Robert A Murphy, Susan O’Malley, Jean M Peters, Beate Rausch, Jacqueline Rice, Albert Rosenberg, Charles D Schmidt, Ginger Scott, Bradley K. Smith, David Stanton,Yvonne Thall, Barry W Thomas, Cynthia

Susan Ward, Donna Wells, Anne White, Alice Williams and Noelle Young. Anyone with information is asked to contact one of the committee members: Brit Roth at bgrbroth@, Ken Heron at, Karl Vauter at khick07 or Denise G i re l l o - Re i n ha r t at denisegirello@hotmail. com.

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History. Also surviving are two daughters, Jennifer Hatton, Parkesburg; and Jenny Shapiro and her husband, Eric, Ambler; brothers, James Hatton and his wife, Linda, Clarks Summit; and Harold Hatton and his wife, Ruth, Warner Robins, Ga.; grandchildren, John M. Hatton; Maddie and Sam Shapiro; many nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit, with service by the Rev. Andrew Weidner, pastor. Interment is in Clarks Green Cemetery. Friends were invited to call on Tuesday from 5 p.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be made to the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 1310 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.

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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 program 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. MAY 31 Art gallery reception: A new art exhibit, “FlowersWild and Still” will open at The Gathering Place, 304 St. Street, Clarks Summit, with a reception Friday, May 31, 6:30-8 p.m. The community is invited to come meet the artists and view the new exhibit. For more information, visit 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

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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 570-586-5270 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 JUNE 23-29 Fly Fishing Summer Camp: The deadline for registration has been extended until June 15 for the Fly Fishing Summer Camp at Keystone College, sponsored by Trout Unlimited. The camp is available for teens all over Northeast Pennsylvania and runs from June 23-29. It is a sleep-over camp with campers staying in the college dorms. They will be taught environmental conservation and the art and sciences of trout fishing. Cost is $450 with some scholarship money available. Boy Scouts can get their fly fishing merit badge and Girl Scouts can get their stream girl patch. For more information,call 570-954-5042 or email To register, visit JUNE 26-28 Mini Earth Camp: Indraloka Animal Sanctuary is offering a three-day summer Mini Earth Camp, June 26-28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ages 6-16. The price of the camp is based on a sliding scale in order to meet the needs of every family wishing to participate. Campers will have a chance to interact with rescued farm animals, go on educational nature walks and participate in art and music activities games and more. Lunch is provided, and the camp takes place at both the Mehoopany and Falls Township facilities. Carpooling is encouraged. To register or sponsor a camper, visit For more information, email or call 570-763-2908.

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.


Memory Cafe: Held every second and fourth Friday (coming up May 24) at 10 a.m. at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St., Clarks Summit. A place where people with memory loss and their care companions can socialize with others, join in with art, music, gentle yoga or just visit in a relaxed setting. Free admission. For more information, visit Adult volleyball nights: every Monday, from 6-8 p.m. at the Newton Recreation Center. Players of all skill levels are welcome. The cost is $2. For more information, call 570-586-7808 or visit bit. ly/2UV6OjP or the center’s Facebook page. Pickleball: every Tuesday, from 4-6 p.m. and Saturdays, from 3-5 p.m. at the Newton Recreation Center. The sport of pickleball has elements of tennis, table tennis and badminton, with players using a racket and ball. Players of all skill levels are welcome. The cost is $2. For more information, call 570-586-7808 or visit bit. ly/2UV6OjP or the center’s Facebook page. 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 or the center’s Facebook page. State Rep. Outreach: A staff member from state Rep. Marty Flynn’s office will provide outreach assistance from 9 a.m. to noon on the third Wednesday of the month, alternating between the Clarks Green Borough Building, 104 N. Abington Road and the South Abington Township Building’s second-floor meeting room, 104 Shady Lane Road in Chinchilla. Flynn’s staff can help with PennDOT paperwork, LIHEAP winter heating assistance, unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation, PACE/ PACENET prescriptiondrug coverage, unclaimed property searches and any other state-related matter. Call 570-342-4348 for more information.

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: khick07@ or call 570-8813186. 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 GatheringPlaceCS@gmail. org or call 570-881-7612. The vendor fee is $25 and deadline to register is June 7. Community garden volunteers sought: This season’s Waverly Community Garden continues to share fresh produce with local food pantries and other programs. Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the garden can sign up on the its Facebook page at bit. ly/2KzuhBi. Storytimes for children: at AbingtonCommunityLibrary, 1200W.GroveSt.,ClarksSummit.Baby(ages0-2):Fridays, May17and24at10:30a.m.and 11:30a.m.;Toddler(ages2-3): Wednesdas,May22at10:30a.m. and11:30a.m.;Preschool(ages 3-5):Tuesday,May21at10:30 a.m.,11:30a.m.and1:30p.m.For moreinformation,call570-5873440. Spring astronomy series: Wednesday, May 22 and Friday, May 24 at 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Keystone College’s 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. For directions to the observatory, visit keystone. edu/observatory. Contact Jo-Ann Kamichitis, Reach the Suburban: 570observatory director at 570-945- 348-9185; suburbanweekly@ 8402 for more information.

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CSU celebrates 87th commencement S. ABINGTON TWP. — Clarks Summit University celebrated its 87th commencement on Saturday, May 11 in the Recreation Center on campus. More than 200 graduates were recognized, including 116 with undergraduate degrees, 43 with master’s degrees and 42 with degrees at the master’s or doctoral level from Baptist Bible Seminary.

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Members of the graduating class of 2019 also addressed the audience. Jessica Eddy, of Worthington, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications, reminded fellow graduates, “our lives each tell a unique story. ... For us, CSU is a ceremony highlights chapter of that story. My challenge to you is this: go. Matt Colderón, chairman Go out and experience this of the Board of Trustees, beautifully diverse world. gave the invocation. Pursue your career. Raise Paul Golden, executive di- a family. Travel to a foreign rector of alumni and develland. Do it with passion and opment read from Proverbs conviction. Let each chapter 4, which implores a son to of your story reflect posiremember the wisdom and tively on the one who has instruction he has learned. penned the beginning and Dr. Kezia Curry is a mem- the ending.” ber of the university’s Board Eddy has accepted correof Trustees and president spondent positions with both and CEO of Global Kaleia newspaper and magazine doscope, LLC-Educational in southern Rhode Island. Consulting. She performed Jesse King, of Newburgh, a vocal solo of her original New York, also earned his song “The One.” The congre- Bachelor of Arts in commugation joined to sing “The nications. Power of the Cross” and the “CSU offered me great college hymn “Holding Fast leadership among its faculty, the Faithful Word.” and my biblical education The Concert Choir peris something I can cherish formed “Battle of Jericho,” throughout my whole life and and the men’s choir sang in any career path,” he says. “Rise Up Oh Man of God,” In his address to the audiunder the direction of Asence, he explained, “Four sistant Professor Adam years at CSU taught me Schwamb, accompanied by about myself, by teaching Professor David Harris. me about who God is and Dr. Bill Higley, vice what Christ has done for me. president of academics, Each CSU student has been presented the candidates for placed here for a specific graduation. purpose, ordained by our Heavenly Father.” commencement King will begin as a paspeaker tient service representative This year’s in Philadelphia following commencement address graduation. was given by Roddy Carleigh Smith of Clarks Hannah, associate pastor Summit plans to teach secof adult ministries at ondary English with her Cocalico Community newly earned Master of Church. Hannah, a former Arts in literature. Clarks Summit resident, “I appreciate that my degraduated from CSU in gree has coupled a challeng2007 with a master’s degree ing academic curriculum in counseling. He was a with a concern for each stupart of the CSU family for dent’s personal and profesmany years, serving in sional growth,” she says. positions from maintenance A Master of Divinity grad-


Clarks Summit University’s 10th president, Dr. Jim Lytle addressed the audience at Commencement. uate from Pittsboro, Indiana, Paul Cummings emphasized God’s gracious and faithful provision. “It’s evident that it was God who sustained me,” he says. “So as I come to this end, my hope and my faith has grown in the Lord, and I pray this would be a reminder that God was with you the whole way. ... So you can say with me, ‘to God be all the glory.’” Cummings especially values the hands-on internship experience he completed through seminary. John Altizer of Peterstown, West Virginia, represented doctoral students of Baptist Bible Seminary. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in systematic theology, graduating Summa Cum Laude. “This school has changed my life,” he said in his address. “One of the great things about this school is the professors. ... They love academics. ... They love their students. ... They shared their life with us as we got to know them. I’m so Carleigh Smith of Clarks Summit addressed the audience after receiving her thankful for their personal Master of Arts in literature from Clarks Summit University. involvement.”

Roddy Hannah, former Clarks Summit resident and current associate pastor of adult ministries at Cocalico Community Church, was CSU’s 2019 commencement keynote speaker.

The Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce is seeking an energetic team player to lead our events eff fforts. f The Events Coordinator is responsible for all Chamber events including, but not limited to logistics, marketing, and facilities relations. Candidates must have proven leadership abilities, strong written and verbal communication skills, be highly organized, deadline and detail oriented, personable, friendly and a team player, as well as have experience in the use of common computer programs and the internet including social media. Background in any of the following areas will prove beneficial: event coordination, coordinating volunteers, fundraising, public relations/marketing, experience in budget management and customer service.

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is responsible for organizing important Chamber events from conception through completion. Domingo Rodriguez, an intercultural youth ministries major from Clarks Summit, receives his diploma from Dr. Jim Lytle, Clarks Summit University president.

Clarks Summit resident Jenna Hanna, an early childhood/elementary, pre-K-4 major, graduated with highest honors from CSU.

Responsibilities: • Coordinate all event activities and volunteers • Market all events to members • Meet event attendance & financial goals • Maintain regular communication with members • Calculate and propose budgets for planned events • Research and identify successful event opportunities • Assist in day to day operations of Chamber

Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, general business or related field or equivalent experience • Previous experience in event planning or other related fields • Strong project managing skills • Deadline and detail-oriented • Ability to work well in teams

Qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter including salary requirements to Gina Suydam at or Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce Attn: Gina Suydam, PO Box 568, Tunkhannock, PA 18657

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THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2019

Our Lady of Peace hosts student art show Emma Black / STaFF PHOTOGRaPHER

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Art teacher Peggy Yanul, front, points out art work to Leah Kane, of Waverly. The Our Lady of Peace student art show on Friday, May 17 featured original artwork including drawings, sculpture, newspaper sculptures and more. There was also live music, refreshments and a live auction featuring artwork and furniture items painted collectively by different art classes, as well as artwork donated by OLP alumni. Dave Rusak of Dalton admires student art work.

OLP alumnae Aleni and Marala Mackarey performed live music.

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THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2019


Mediterranean watermelon salad Ingredients For the honey vinaigrette: 4 tbsp honey 4 tbsp lime juice 2 tbsp olive oil pinch of salt (x2) For the watermelon salad: 2 5-lb. watermelons, peeled, cut into cubes 2 English (or Hot House) cucumbers, cubed (about 4 cupfuls of cubed cucumbers) 30 fresh mint leaves, torn 30 fresh basil leaves, torn 1 cup crumbled feta cheese, more to your liking Instructions In a small bowl, whisk


This Mediterranean watermelon salad will be a crowd pleaser at your covered-dish party. together the honey, lime juice, olive oil and pinch of salt. Set aside for a moment. In a large bowl or serving platter with sides, combine the watermelon, cucumbers, and fresh herbs. Top the watermelon salad with the honey vinaigrette and gently toss to combine. Top with the feta cheese and serve.

easy pasta salad for kids If you are worried what the kids will eat, this simple vegetable pasta salad will put you at ease. It’s a perfect side dish for burgers and dogs or as a main dish on its own. Here is the recipe from Ingredients: 250g / 9oz pasta (any shape) 150g / 1 & 1/2 cups chopped frozen vegetables 50g / 1/3 cup tinned corn 1/2 red pepper, chopped 1.5 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp honey 1/2 tsp dried mixed herbs (or oregano) 1/4 tsp french mustard Instructions: Add the pasta shapes to a pan of boiling water and cook according to the package instructions. Four minutes before the end of cooking time add the frozen vegetables to the pan. Drain the pasta and vegetables and run under cold water for 30 seconds and then add to a large bowl. Mix in the corn and red pepper. In a small jar add the olive oil, honey, dried herbs and french mustard. Put the lid on and give it a good shake. Pour the dressing over the pasta salad and mix well. Serve immediately or keep in the fridge for up to 48 hours. (Serves 4 large or 6 small portions.) Teri Lyon is a mom, grandmom and freelance writer who lives in Glenburn Township with her cat.


Alfred Dunner landscapes

Last month would have been my grandmother’s 100th birthday. My grandmother was not only an artist, she was a “depression baby.” So not only did every material thing have material value, every material thing had aesthetic potential. Consequently, although I do not feel qualified to make a judgment, there was a sense among my sisters that she was less than well-dressed. Regardless of whether this was true, there is an entertaining legend that my grandmother claimed the great feature of Alfred Dunner clothing is that all separates always match. Even though there is no Alfred Dunner children’s line, it seems that my grandmother’s Dunner sensibility has come down to some of my children when they dress themselves. So due to the ongoing life of the Dunner legend, my wife recently asked me with tongue in cheek, “Is there an Alfred Dunner principle of landscape design? In other words, does every plant go with every other plant in the garden?” Even though my wife thought she was spoofing, this is a real question. While doing

some unrelated research, I came across a perfectly titled article, “Conquering Collector’s Chaos.” And, you can read articles on both sides of the notion of “Hodge Podge” in landscape design. The application of the term “Hodge Podge” to landscape design goes back at least to a 1981 article in the New York Times. The negative connotation is that your gardening choices should be more thematic than the smorgasbord at Old Country Buffet. At least that buffet puts the ice milk bar at the end of the dessert table. But the point is that there should be thematic organization in your garden choices. But this type of “shouldness” begs the question that landscaping is cultivation. And cultivation begs the question that some plants are more preferable than others. In other words, sometimes we spin landscaping and gardening as “natural” activities. However, the reality is that they are human-centered activities using natural products. The “perfect” garden is nothing more than a master painting. But

whereas an oil painting is relatively easy to preserve, in the garden painting, the paints are alive, trying to supplant the others and take over the entire painting. Apart from cultivation, what type of “painting” would exist around your home? Well, in restaurant terms, the menu would be less of a smorgasbord and more thematic. Certainly, there would not be flowers blooming in neat succession throughout the year, neatly arranged so that taller plants frame a vision of the shorter plants. And this logical arrangement of plants is what keeps your garden’s separates matching. But the great part is that regardless of arrangement, the aesthetic components of the “painting” play a beneficial ecological role. So, the Alfred Dunner question of matching plants is not really a natural or ecological question but a human one. 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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The Rotary Club of the Abingtons cleaned a two-mile stretch of Routes 6&11 in Glenburn Township Saturday morning, April 27. From left: Dave Griffin, Chris Selige, Lauren Calvey, Steve Selige, Jackie Mattes, Ryan Campbell, Chris Calvey Jr. and Roger Mattes.

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Clarks summit resident celebrates one-year anniversary of restaurant

Clarks Summit resident Vinny Lian and his wife, Katie Yu celebrate the one-year anniversary of Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse, Hibachi and Sushi restaurant at 500 Commerce Blvd., Dickson City. Owner of the restaurant, Vinny Lian brings 15-plus years of experience in the industry to the business.



Summer salads Memorial Day is the kickoff for summer party season in my Glenburn Township neighborhood. After staying inside for the winter and most of spring, my neighbors and I are tired of dealing with inclement weather and the woes that go along with it. We are looking forward to the chance to open our doors, say hello and visit for a while. We don’t come empty handed. Like a lot of gatherings at this time of year, ours are covered-dish events. This way, the host’s burden is lessened and the guests have a chance to share their latest creations. Last summer I started making a delicious Mediterranean Watermelon Salad that was a big hit because it is flavorful, light and refreshing on a warm day. I plan on making it again this year. I pretty much followed the original recipe from but substituted goat cheese for the feta cheese in the recipe. Even fresh mozzarella would work. You can use any soft cheese that isn’t too sharp in taste. Mint, basic and a honey vinaigrette add a special touch to this dish, where watermelon and cucumber are the stars. Here is the recipe, courtesy of









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THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2019


Lady Comets win fourth straight district championship BY JOBY FAWCETT STAFF WRITER

SCRANTON — Two familiar faces again paraded to the top step of the medal stand to lead the Abington Heights girls track and field team in their swan song. The program that hasn’t lost a dual meet in 13 years, however, also got a glimpse into the future with contributions from underclassmen. Getting their usual performances from the gold-medal combination of Calista Marzolino and Danielle Heine, and one from freshman Gianna Sabatini, the Lady Comets scored 108.83 points for their fourth straight championship at the District 2 Class 3A Championships on Thursday night at Scranton Memorial Stadium. “It was really nice to get out there and set some new personal records,” Marzolino said. “And to know I made it to states four straight years is pretty cool.” Wallenpaupack had two athletes — Mackenzie Turner and Anastasia Ioppolo — set meet records to also highlight the meet. The Lady Buckhorns finished second with 74 team points, while Delaware Valley was third with 55. For the second straight season, Marzolino, who is headed to Lehigh University, won the 100 hurdles and the high jump. She darted away from the field for a time of 15.35 seconds in the hurdles, and cleared a spring seasonbest 5-5 in the high jump. “I carried the momentum of the hurdles into the high jump,” said Marzolino, who also finished second to Ioppolo in the long jump at 17-7½ and added a third in the triple jump. “And then it even carried into the long jump where I hit a personal best.” In the pole vault, Heine, who is going to the University of New Hampshire, cleared 11-6 to win the event for the first time after backto-back third-place finishes. She will head to the state meet for the fourth straight season. Last spring, Heine finished with a fifth-place medal. “There is something to be said about qualifying for states all for years, but there is really something special about winning the gold,” said Heine, who also placed fourth in the long jump at her final district meet. “I never expected to get the title. The competition in this dist ri c t h a s a lw ay s b ee n

stacked. “Winning is the icing on top.” And Sabatini, who just started running the 800 at mid-season, built a big lead on the first leg of the race and stayed strong on her way to a time of 2:17.58. The newcomer also ran as part of the 3,200 relay with freshman Allison Dammer, sophomore Elyse Simakaski and senior Hannah Hughes. The group opened the meet with a gold medal in a time of 9:48.62. “It was really exciting for me and for the whole team,” Sabatini said. “To see everything come together and all the work pay off at the district meet is pretty good.”


ABINGTON HEIGHTS DISTRICT 2 RESULTS GIRLS 3200 Relay: Abington Heights, firs t (Alli son D amme r, E lyse Simakaski, Gianna Sabatini, Hannah Hughes) 9:48.62; Triple: Third, Calista Marzolino (AH) 36-0.25; Pole: First, Danielle Heine (AH) 11-6; 100 Hurdles: First, Calista Marzolino (AH) 15.35; Sixth, Mariel Curra (AH) 17.19; High: First, Calista Marzolino (AH) 5-5; T-eighth, Anna Scoblick (AH) 4-9; 400 Relay: Third, Abington Heights 51.85; 300 Hurdles: T-fourth, Anna Scoblick (AH) 49.24; sixth, Anna Marchetta (AH) 49.49; 800: First, Gianna Sabatini (AH) 2:17.58; Fifth, Hannah Hughes (AH) 2:25.01; Seventh, Elyse Simakaski (AH) 2:26.89; Long: Second, Calista Marzolino (AH) 17-7.5; Fourth, Danielle Heine (AH) 17-5.75; 3200: Third, Abigail Marion (AH) 11:58.66; Seventh, Modupe Osuntokun (AH) 12:20.82; Shot: Fifth, Adele Hollander (AH) 33-0; 1600 Relay: Third, Abington Heights 4:07.48; BOYS 3200 Relay: Second, Abington Heights 8:29.84; Discus: Second, Ryan Flynn (AH) 146-8; 110 Hurdles: Second, Antonio Maletta (AH) 14.54; 1600: Third, Stephen Haggerty (AH) 4:33.20; 300 Hurdles: First, Antonio Maletta (AH) 39.34; Third, Shervin Mokhtari (AH) 40.75; Pole: Seventh, Nick Klapatch (AH) 11-6; 800: Fourth, Ethan Mattox (AH) 2:02.79; 3200: Third, Stephen Haggerty (AH) 10:10.31; 1600 Relay: Second, Abington Heights 3:30.24



Abington Heights’ Dani Heine clears 11’6” in the pole vault during the PIAA District 2 Class 3A track and field championships at Scranton Memorial Stadium on Thursday, May 16.

Abington Heights’ Gianna Sabatini runs in the 800 meter run during the PIAA District 2 Class 3A track and field championships at Scranton Memorial Stadium on Thursday, May 16.

George Tinsley named to all-state team

STAFF REPORT points per game, and continGeorge Tinsley was named ued to build on his reputato the Pennsylvania Sports tion as a player willing to do Writers All-State boys bas- the little things for the team’s ketball team for the third success. He also straight season. ave r a g e d 8 . 0 Tinsley was r e b o u n d s, 3 . 1 named first-team assists and 2.1 in Class 5A for blocked shots per the second game. straight season During the after being secstate playoffs, as ond team as a the Comets sophomore. defended their A year after state title, he was leading Abington at his best. TinsTINSLEY Heights to the ley scored 73 PIAA Class 5A points and had 31 championship which landed rebounds, nine blocked shots him on the all-state first and 13 assists in four games. team, Tinsley, a 6-foot-5, A Binghamton University senior forward, turned in commit, he finished his another masterful season. “Obviously, it’s an amaz- career having led the proing honor,” Tinsley said. “It’s gram to a 101-13 record with incredible to be a part of this four District 2 championselect group. I couldn’t have ships and 1,565 points to rank done any of this without my third on the team’s all-time teammates and the great list. “Coming in as a freshman, coaches. I know we came up a little short of the ultimate I just tried to learn as much goal, but it was an unbeliev- as I could from the leaders from that team,” Tinsley ably successful year.” He was the overwhelming said. “I worked on things and player of the year in the that improved me to where I Lackawanna League Divi- could start for the next three sion I after leading the Com- seasons. That changed things ets to a championship, then for me. I became a better added a District 2 Class 5A leader. “I am never going to forget title and a trip to the state those times and all of the semifinals. In his fourth and final sea- memories from all four son, Tinsley averaged 19.4 years.”

Abington Heights sports roundup BY JOBY FAWCETT STAFF WRITER

S. ABINGTON TWP. — Sam Weis came through in the clutch before to help preserve Abington Heights’ unbeaten season and a Lackawanna League championship. This time, in his last team match, he secured a District 2 championship that maintained the Comets’ longrunning dynasty. Playing a tight, back-andforth, match at No. 3 singles against Scranton’s Mit Patel, Weis earned the Comets’ match-clinching win in a 4-1 victory in the District 2 Class 3A final May 14 at Birchwood Tennis & Fitness Center. Abington Heights (17-1) won its seventh straight team title. “I was really happy having given my full effort because this was one of my toughest matches of the year,” said Weis, who also helped the Comets defeat Valley View and Scranton Prep, clinching both of those victories in the regular season. “I went in there and played my best and it all worked out for me and the team.” In his match against Mit Patel, Weis earned a 6-4 win in the first set, then staved off a comeback in the second, eventually turning


30 years ago: Clay Yeager had two wins for Abington Heights in a 4-3 win over Scranton Prep as the Comets captured the Northeast Pennsylvania Tennis League Central Division championship. 20 years ago: Ajay Singh, Dave Brogan and Josh Herlands were two-time winners as Abington Heights captured its second straight Northeast Pennsylvania Boys Tennis League Eastern Division title with a 5-2 win over Scranton Prep. 10 years ago: Tony Castellano had a single, a double and two RBIs for Abington Heights in a 5-1 win over Delaware Valley.


Abington Heights senior Antonio Maletta split the hurdles races in his showdown with Meyers’ Nazir Dunell. Meyers moved up from 2A CHRISTOPHER DOLAN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER to 3A this season, and Dunell, Abington Heights’ Calista Marzolino wins the 100 last season’s PIAA champion meter hurdles during the PIAA District 2 Class 3A in the 110 hurdles answered track and field championships at Scranton Memorial the challenge from Maletta Stadium on Thursday, May 16. with a gold-medal time of 14.39 seconds. Maletta was second in a personal-best time of 14.54 and both are headed to the state meet. Then, in the 300 hurdles, Maletta evened it up by edging Dunell at the finish despite stumbling in after a collision with the final barrier. “Obviously, I came in and wanted to do my best competing against an amazing hurdler,” said Maletta, who clocked in at 39.34, just ahead of Dunell’s 39.80. “Me and him, just competed. He had PR’s (personal records) in his events, and I had a PR in the 110 hurdles. Both guys got something out of this, and CHRISTOPHER DOLAN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER that is why I like track. “It’s going to be great hav- Abington Heights’ Antonio Maletta pulls ahead of Meyers’ Nazir Dunell to win the ing two athletes representing 300 hurdles during the PIAA District 2 Class 3A track and field championships District 2 in both hurdles at Scranton Memorial Stadium on Thursday, May 16. events.”

back his opponent by breaking a serve and then putting the match away with a series of smashing serves of his own for another 6-4 win. Abington Heights seized a quick 2-0 lead overall and put Weis in position to clinch the title. Rory Har ris topped Scranton’s Camus Howie, 6-1, 6-3. “Scranton is a very difficult team to play, because they know how to make shots,” Harris said. “This means a lot to us, because last year, we weren’t able to win the league, but we won districts. This year, we won the league and also districts, so it feels good to have both titles, again.” The No. 1 double teams for Abington Heights, Adam Vale-Jake Rosenstein, posted a win over Pujan Patel-Tirth Patel, 6-4, 6-4. Abington Heights earned a final win at No. 2 doubles. Charlie Puksta-Nadav Griver defeated Maulin PatelSneh Desai, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 10-8 for the fourth team point.

matchMay15. Matt Pacyna had 28 assists and five kills for the Comets, who dropped the first two sets but then won three straight to advance to the semifinals. Nate Steenback added 22 assists and eight kills for the winners.

Baseball Joey Barcia had a two-run triple as part of a five-run fifth inning to lead Abington Heights to a 9-7 win over Valley View on May 17 in the Lackawanna League Division I championship game at the University of Scranton’s VolpeField. John Deibert and Connor Newman each singled and scored two runs for the Comets.

Softball At Connell Park, Catherine Anne Kupinski had a double and a home run and three RBIstoleadAbingtonHeights to a Division I win over ScrantonPrep,8-0. Caroline Kelly also had a double and a homer for the Lady Comets and Mara Hamm threw a three-hitter withsixstrikeouts.


Girls lacrosse

James McGrail had 20 kills and nine digs as Abington Heights rallied for a 3-2 win over Blue Ridge in a District 1-2-11 Class 2A subregional boys volleyball quarterfinal

Morghan Styles and BrennaTateseachscoredtwogoals as Abington Heights fell to Scranton Prep, 10-5, in a District 2 Class 2A quarterfinal match.


Baseball: Baseball U PA will hold tryouts May 31, 7-9 p.m., and June 3, 6-8 p.m., at Volpe Field for ages 8-12 (13U fall). Cost is $10 and players must attend one session. Additional information:, Joe Fisch,, or Leon Frailey, leonfrailey@ ■ Keystone College will hold a prospect camp June 1 at 10 a.m. at Christy Mathewson Field for ages 15-20. Cost is $75 and preregistration is required. More information: Jamie Shevchik, 570877-2544 or email jamie. ■ The Sandlot will hold fall ball travel tryouts June 5 and 6 at Schautz Stadium in Dunmore. Ages 6-11 will be from 6-7:30 p.m. and ages 12-18 will be from 7:30-9 p.m. Players must only attend one session. Cost is $10. To register: 570-445-1155 or ■ 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, 570-575-0685. Basketball: The Holy Cross Crusaders boys basketball camp June 24-28, 8:30 a.m. to noon, at Holy Cross High School. Additional information: 570-650-9858 or ■ The Girls Basketball Offensive Skills Clinic will be June 24-27, 9 a.m.-noon, at Abington Heights High School for girls entering grades 2-9. A $25 deposit is required when registering. For an application, email Golf: Lackawanna Pro Bono will hold its 13th annual golf tournament June 10 at Elmhurst Country Club. Registration will be at noon with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $150 per player for the captain-and-crew format. Additional information: or 570-961-2714. ■ 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 Waverly Township. 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 Waverly Township. 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 keystoneopen or 570-9458168. 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 slowpitch Friday night softball league is looking for teams. Games will be played at Derenick Park in Taylor. Cost is $200. Additional information: 570591-3359.

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THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2019

SCHOOL BRIEFS Dean’s lists Emerson College Eliza Andrews of South Abington Township was named to the Emerson College dean’s list for the spring semester. Andrews is majoring in writing, literature and publishing. The requirement to make Emerson’s dean’s list is a grade point average of 3.7 or higher. Kutztown University of Pennsylvania The following Abingtonarea residents are among the 1,750 students named to the spring 2019 dean’s list at Kutztown University: Andrew K Barren of Dalton Sara Crowley of South Abington Township Elijah Aaron Leightcap of South Abington Township Erin Schumacher of South Abington Township Maria Rose Sunick of South Abington Township To be eligible for the dean’s list, an undergraduate student must be registered for at least 12 credits and have a minimum grade point average of 3.60. West Chester Univeristy Brenna Phillips, daughter of Rose and Corey Phillips of South Abington Township, was named to the dean’s list at West Chester Univeristy.

Graduations Emerson College Eliza Andrews from South Abington Township graduated from Emerson College, receiving a BA degree in writing, literature and publishing on Sunday, May 12. Emerson College awarded more than 970 undergraduate degrees and nearly 300 graduate degrees on Saturday, May 11, during the College’s Commencement ceremonies. Lebanon Valley College Nicole Martin of Clarks Summit is one of nearly 470 students who celebrated their academic success and

achievements during Lebanon Valley College’s 150th commencement Saturday, May 11, in Louis A. Sorrentino Gymnasium. Martin, a graduate of Lackawanna Trail High School, graduated with the honor of Magna Cum Laude and received a bachelor of science in early childhood education and special education. Wilkes University Wilkes University awarded 797 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at its 72nd spring commencement ceremonies on May 18. Clayton Basalyga of Clarks Summit received a Bachelor of Arts in communications studies. Kaitlin Besko of Dalton received a Doctor of Education in educational leadership/curriculum and instruction. Jenna Castellani of Clarks Summit received a Master of Science in education. Sean Gilhooley of Clarks Summit received a Bachelor of Science in biology. Michael Hofmann of South Abington Township received a Master of Science in education. Kelly Kwolek of Clarks Summit received a Bachelor of Science in nursing. Nicole Olver of Clarks Summit received a Bachelor of Arts in elementary and early childhood education. Sean Reese of Dalton received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. Colleen Shimko of Clarks Summit received a Master of Science in education.

Honor societies University of Scranton ■ Three Abington-area residents were among the 58 University of Scranton students inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honor society: Zoe Haggerty of South Abington Township, a junior pursuing a biochemistry, cell and molecular biology


Misericordia University students enrolled in the weekday occupational therapy master’s degree program received their pins and presented their capstone group research projects at the annual Graduate Research Presentation Conference in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. degree. Brittany DuMont of Clarks Summit, a senior pursuing a neuroscience degree. Maaz Siddiqui of South Abington Township, a senior pursuing a biology degree. Alpha Sigma Nu is the only honor society open to students and faculty in all disciplines of the university. Juniors, seniors and graduate students, including students in doctoral level degree programs, who have distinguished themselves in scholarship, loyalty and service are eligible for membership. Appointments are made by the president of the university on the recommendation of the moderator and chapter members of the society, and no more than four percent of the junior and senior class may be admitted each year. The Scranton chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu was established in 1943 and is the oldest honor society at the university. ■ Akash Tailor of South Abington Township was among the University of Scranton students inducted into Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the only existing international honor society in the comput-

ing and information disciplines. Undergraduate requirements for induction into the honor society include junior academic standing, completion of 18 credits in computing sciences and a grade point average of 3.2 or higher. Graduate requirements for induction include completion of 15 credits in software engineering courses and a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. The university’s chapter of the honor society was established in 1985. Tailor is a graduate student pursing a software engineering degree at the Jesuit university.

Research presentations Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Jeanne Cadman of South Abington Township was among students from the Bloomsburg University College of Science and Technology (COST) who presented their research to an audience of students, faculty and alumni on April 26 during the COST Research Day at Bloomsburg University.

More than 80 students from 11 fields of study showcased with their work in the Andruss Library throughout the day on a wide range of topics. Cadman presented a research project titled “What is the Ideal Number of Postoperative Opioids Following Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy?” Research Day began in the morning with candidates for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) exhibiting their work, and continued with a poster session in the Harvey A. Andruss Library where 58 students presented their research and were judged by a panel of alumni and faculty. Duane Greenly, ‘72, of Stella Point Capital gave the keynote address The Importance of Search in Research, where he highlighted the importance of curiosity in research and experiences that lie outside the classroom. Misericordia University Samantha Gregorowicz of South Abington Township was among the Misericordia University students enrolled in the weekday and weekend occupational therapy master’s degree program who

recently received their pins and presented their capstone group research projects at the annual Graduate Research Presentation Conference in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. Mentored closely by faculty advisors, the collaborative research projects are a requirement of the occupational therapy master’s degree curriculum. Students began their projects more than 18 months ago. Students received permission to conduct their scholarly studies from the Misericordia University Institutional Review Board and then wrote the research proposals, collected and analyzed data, and wrote the final reports. Each student research group had a faculty research committee chair and faculty reader. Research topics were chosen based on student interest, with approval of the Misericordia University Faculty Research Committee chairpersons. Students presented their findings by delivering 20-minute presentations on their research topics by using either a poster or podium format.








Students in AHMS Tech Crew after school activity, from left, first row: Nicola Pugliese, Sienna Wilson, Scott 'Gizmo' Davis and Eric 'E-Bass' Moran. Second row: Ari O'Hora, Mario Piersimoni, Anna Pasternak and Ben Magnotta. Third row: Lindsey Bartell, Paige Moran, Allison Cardonick, Trinity Carpenter, David Traweek and Joey Scandale. Fourth row: Ella Wilson.

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NEWTON TWP. — The Abington Heights Middle School Tech Crew recently received donations from two organizations: a new lighting control board courtesy of the Abington Heights Educational Improvement Organization (AEIO) and four new headsets and four walkie talkies courtesy of The Abington Heights Middle School PTA. The new lighting control board is computerized and goes with the lighting that the AEIO provided three years ago. AEIO is a state-approved Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) and a non-profit organization. It exists to gather community support and resources to help supplement and enhance the educational environment and programs within the Abington Heights Schools District. AEIO helps fund programs and initiatives that support the specialized needs and interests and talents of students at all grade levels. AEIO prog rams are


Abington Heights Middle School students participate in a Tech Crew after school activity. Pictured are Nicola Pugliese, Sienna Wilson, Scott 'Gizmo' Davis, Eric 'E-Bass' Moran, Ari O'Hora, Mario Piersimoni, Anna Pasternak, Ben Magnotta, Lindsey Bartell, Paige Moran, Allison Cardonick, Trinity Carpenter, David Traweek, Joey Scandale and Ella Wilson. designed to challenge Abington Heights students in a wide array of topics within the arts and sciences and traditionally fall outside the regular school curriculum. The new walkie talkies from the PTA allow the students to communicate with each other during performances without disturbing

the audience. The Abington Heights Middle School PTA supports approximately 1,200 students in fifth through eighth grades. Its mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

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THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2019




Local Hindu community honors educators S. ABINGTON TWP. — Hindu families from the Abingtons and Scranton area honored 21 educators at a teacher’s appreciation week event Friday evening, May 10 at the Ramada. Among those honored were the superintendent of Abington Heights School District (AHSD), vice principal of Abington Heights Middle School and principal of Waverly and Clarks Summit elementary schools. One of the guiding principles of Hindu culture is that a teacher is a person of reverence. The Hindu children attending various Abington Heights School District schools and area pre-schools, took printed invitations to their teachers, inviting them for “Guru Vandana” which translates, “reverence for the teacher.” The event started with a poster exhibition on the ancient and rich Indian culture, followed by a light homemade Indian dinner. The ceremony began with lighting of the lamp, which signifies ushering in the auspiciousness. The Sanskrit word “Guru” means “one who removes ignorance and shines the light of knowledge inside others.” Rudra Upadhyaya explained that in the Hindu culture, parents give birth

and teach values and behavior, but the teacher gives life to a child. He also remarked that the entire human race can move forward because of the teacher-student system also known as Guru-shishya in Sanskrit. A short cultural presentation gave a glimpse of classical Indian vocal music, yoga, Indian folk dance and the diverse culture. About 35 students then paid respect in a Hindu way by standing in front of the teachers applying tilak (red powder on forehead), bowing on their feet and offering gifts. The AHSD superintendent, Michael Mahon presented a speech, in which he remarked that the success of an education system is incomplete without great teachers and support of parents. He was happy to witness the important role the Hindu parents play in supporting the learning process of their children. All the teachers thanked the Hindu community and students for not only sharing a part of the culture but also for always being respectful and displaying eagerness to learn. The event was organized by the non-profit socio-cultural organization, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, USA. Students apply tilak (red powder) to teacher Dorothy Leach’s forehead, an act of respect in Hindu culture.

During the event, students paid respect in a Hindu way by standing in front of the Abington Heights School District Superintendent Michael Mahon speaks at the teachers, applying tilak (red powder on the forehead), bowing on their feet and offering gifts. teacher’s appreciation week event.

April students of the month


Abington Heights Middle School students of the month for April are, from left, first row: Rosie Culkin and Halle Morris. Second row: Seamus Kelly and Jackson Ray. Third row: Abhi Prajapati, Nicholas Slusser, Jayden Patel and Brendan Dougherty.


Abington Heights High School masonry students helped put the finishing touches on the fire station in Chinchilla.

Hands-on learning S. ABINGTON TWP. — The Abington Heights NOCTI Masonry students are putting the finishing touches on the Chinchilla Hose Company station. The students are completing the culture stone veneer on the front of the garage. The class is lead by seniors Austin Savaro and Will Cardone. Also on the project are Evan Dempsey, Nicky Colombo, Ryan Gabura, Shea Parry, Tristin Piazza and Bradley The students look over their work. Warner.


Skills in Scranton hosts meeting with Pennsylvania Department of Education


Representatives from Skills in Scranton, the workforce development affiliate of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, recently met with Laura Fridirici, a career readiness advisor with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. During her visit, Fridirici met with participants in the healthcare cohort of the Educators in the Workplace program. She also had the opportunity to discuss various programs and initiatives of Skills in Scranton including the Educators in the Workplace program, the Small Business Internship Fund and industry partnerships. From left, first row: Mike Mahon, superintendent, Abington Heights School District; Laura Fridirici, career readiness advisor, Pennsylvania Department of Education; and Virginia Turano, executive director, Lackawanna County Workforce Development Board. Second row: Amy Luyster, vice president, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce; Jerry Musheno, board chair, Skills In Scranton; and Bob Durkin, president, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

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THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2019

tribute: Remembering Robert Habeeb

picky: Recipes

Habeeb died on April 30 at the age of 92. The fire truck he helped purchase is still at the fire station, a tribute to his lifetime of community contributions. It was used to carry his casket from the Kevin K. Kearney Funeral home in Scranton to Saint Ann Maronite Church and Scared Heart Cemetery. Members of the Chinchilla Hose Company served as pall bearers. He was a member of the Gateway Lions Club. His positions with South Abington Township were numerous including postmaster, tax collector, auditor and member of the board of supervisors. He also served on the Abington Heights School Board and was a member of the Harrisburg professional license board.

but there are some recipes I fell in love with at first bite. Here are a few of my favorite family recipes that are great for summer cookouts, especially for people with selective palates.


“My dad held every position he could with the township,” said his daughter, Paulette Habeeb-Farry of Clarks Summit. The township honored him by naming part of the notch by Chinchilla “Habeeb Notch.” Habeeb worked in car sales for many years and loaned the then-new police department a “car of the day,” according to Habeeb Farry. “My dad would lend Officer Fetzer a car from the lot to be the police car everyday,” she said. “It was whatever car Fetzer wanted that day, which was usually a convertible.” Habeeb also worked on Lackawanna County Judge Carmen Minora’s campaign and then worked as the judge’s courtroom assistant.

Habeeb was a veteran of the United States Navy during World War ll. He was an usher at Our Lady of Snows for 65 years. “My husband, John Connolly owned a smoke shop in Chinchilla,” said Beryl Connolly who was a friend of the Habeeb’s. “He first rented from Bob and then bought the building that contained the smoke shop in 1966. “Bob was a great guy and extremely friendly. He’d do anything for you. We became friends when we rented from him.” “Bob was one of my favorite people,” said Ted Zielinki, a member of the Chinchilla Hose Company. “This firehouse is because of him. Clarks Summit covered South Abington Township back then. He had the foresight that South

Abington needed a fire and police station and he got it off the ground.” He was the youngest of 11 children of the late Abraham and Mary Mosour Habeeb, and his siblings all proceeded him in death. Robert Habeeb Sr. and his late wife Shirley Habeeb were married in Our Lady of Snows Church in Clarks Summit. At the time of her death on Nov. 21, 2013 they were married 55 years. He was also the father to Robert Habeeb Jr. of Chicago Illinois, Jody Ferdyn of Clarks Summit and John Habeeb of Apex North Carolina and grandfather to R.J., Marlo, Hailey, Timmy, Danny, John Paul, Katie Habeeb and Mickey and Amelia Farry.

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but on a rare occasion he shared what that first jump was like. “He said when they started shooting at the airplanes with anti-aircraft guns, the pilots were so scared they started weaving back and forth. Some were colliding in midair. They were too low and going way too fast,” Jamison said. “My dad said, ‘When I jumped out it almost took my boots right off. I still don’t know if I hit the ground first and then my shoot opened or the other way around.’ When he landed he slid into a muddy, flooded ditch. The Germans had flooded much of the countryside and he almost drowned right then and there.” He also shared a memory of when the American troops were going through France. “An old woman came out of one of the villages. She kept saying ‘Merci, merci!’ and ‘Vive America!’ and kissed the flag on my dad’s shoulder,” Jamison shared.

home and back again When Lester returned, he

had more than enough service, but his younger brother James was still in the Pacific fighting. Lester said “I’m not going home with him over there.” He went back and signed up with the 303rd Infantry Regiment 97th Infantry Division and was sent to the Pacific. He was honorably discharged, and sent home in 1946 after contracting malaria. “For the most part, my Dad came through the war without a scratch, but he had survivor’s guilt,” Jamison said. “My mom said he was a different person when he returned. It really affected him his whole life. He rarely talked about the war. When I got older and I started researching, I said ‘Dad, you were part of some pretty significant historical events.’ I couldn’t believe everything he did. But he said ‘Maybe you think it’s a great thing all the things I saw over there, but I’m trying to forget them.’” When Lester Jamison returned, he lived in Philadelphia for a time to care for his friend and brother-in-arms, ‘Spike’ O’Hara, who lost both



Lee Jamison, with his mother, Florence Jamison (right) and his aunt, Annie Thompson (left). legs from an explosion. “That’s the kind of guy my dad was,” Jamison said. In 1950, Lester and Florence married and settled on the farm in Newton Township. They raised four children: Larry, Lee, James and Lynn. Lester died in 1985.

A hobby with potential Florence held the family together, stayed active in the community and loved spending time with her kids and grandkids. In the early 1990s, she started helping her brother Warren and his wife Annie can salsa and other food items.

“It was a hobby for them,” Jamison said. “But they developed quite a following. They named their venture ‘Annie’s Country Kitchen’ after Jamison’s aunt. After I was hurt on the job, I needed to find something else to do, so I got involved.” Jamison saw potential with the recipes his aunt Annie developed. Jamison grew Annie’s Country Kitchen into a business, selling a variety of canned products. Jamison’s mother, Florence died on Feb. 13, the week Annie’s Country Kitchen opened in its new location on Zimmerman Street in Clarks Summit.


Mom’s coleslaw No one makes coleslaw like my mom, Dawn Baumeister. And for a while, hers was the only recipe I would eat. Even the church potluck ladies agreed: her coleslaw was the best. And it was thanks to one secret ingredient. Sugar. Although she never followed a recipe, mixing it from memory instead, Mom graciously typed out the approximate ingredients and instructions for me to share with readers: ■ Cut a head of cabbage in chunks and peel and cut 5-6 carrots for chopping in food processor to desired coarseness. (Sometimes Mom also adds a tiny amount of onion and green peppers.) Set aside in large bowl. ■ For the dressing, in a smaller bowl, combine several tablespoons of Miracle Whip salad dressing, enough milk for desired consistency (start with about ¼ cup), 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar and 1-2 teaspoons sugar. Whisk until smooth and creamy. ■ Pour the dressing over the cabbage and carrot mixture and stir well. Make more dressing if needed. Taste, and add more sweet or sour as desired.

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce Makes enough for three chicken quarters. Pour the sauce over the meat and grill or cover and bake until sauce is cooked down (uncover during the final 15 minutes).

ultimate twice-grilled potatoes

This one’s my own, a combination of a few recipes I found online and in a book. I’ve been working on perfecting it for a few years. Ingredients: 4 large baking potatoes 4 tablespoons butter 1cupshreddedCheddarcheese 1 cup sour cream 1/4 cup milk salt & pepper 6-8 green onions, sliced (or chives) 6 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled (or bacon bits) You can also add jalapenos if desired, but I wouldn’t -yuck. (To each their own.) Instructions: ■ Fire up the grill or preheat oven to 400 and bake the potatoes until soft (I check them after about 50 minutes). You can also cheat on this step and speed things up with the microwave (about 3 minutes per potato. Don’t forget to poke holes in the potatoes first, so they don’t explode.) ■ Allow potatoes to cool for about 10 minutes, then slice them in half lengthwise and scoop the flesh into a large bowl, leaving about 1/4 inch so the skins maintain their shape. ■ Add the butter, 1/2 of Aunt thelma’s easy the cheese, sour cream and barbecue sauce salt and pepper to taste. Mom’s aunt, Thelma Pool Mash or mix with hand mixpassed this recipe along to us er until creamy. ■ Spoon the mixture into many years ago. It was the the skins and top with the first barbecue sauce I tried remaining cheese, bacon and that I liked. Mix and cook for five min- onions or chives, along with jalapenos, if so inclined. utes on low heat: ¼ cup onion (Mom added Throw them back on the grill (or in the oven) until the this to the recipe. Take it or cheese is melted (about 15-20 leave it.) minutes). ¼ cup brown sugar Of course, no dish is going 1/8 tsp. black pepper to please everyone, especially (optional) at large gatherings. ¼ cup ketchup But hey, if something goes 2-3 Tbsp. vinegar (Aunt wrong, you can always pull Thelma says Heinz is stronger than other brands; use 2.) out the PB&J.

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