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Abington The

JUNE 6, 2019


Art exhibit opens at The Gathering Place


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A pocket pastime

Sean MCKeaG / Staff PhOtOGraPher

Shannon Brown of Clarks Summit moves some plants in the Abington Community Garden in South Abington Twp. on Friday, May 31. Brown, on the garden committee, has had damage to his own plot from the recent storms.

Weather causes issues for community garden By Clayton over Staff Writer

SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — Gray clouds loomed overhead as Bob Dillon knelt at his plot at the Abington Community Garden last week and picked some leafy green spinach. The plan was to pick the plants before any rain fell, Dillon, of Clarks Summit, said. While the especially rainy spring hadn’t caused any adverse affects for his plants — the green tops of garlic and scallions poked thickly from the ground nearby — hail that hit the area as part of the same storm that caused a tornado touchdown in neighboring Newton Twp. had shredded the spinach, he explained. Still, there was enough to make something delicious. “There’s enough here to make a wilted bacon spinach salad,” Dillon said. The wild weather recently has provided some issues for the garden and those who tend crops there, said Carolyn Crowley, the garden’s coordinator. Heavier rainfall has caused some soil erosion and even washed away seeds from some plots, she said. Happily, most of the gardeners there are resilient and knowledgeable enough to overcome setbacks the weather might throw at them, Crowley said. “Every year presents a chal-

Sleeping, walking the dog, rocking the baby and going around the world. Those were some of my favorite pastimes as a kid. Those, if you’re not familiar, are yo-yo tricks. I hadn’t thought about yoyoing in years. Not until I learned today is National YoYo Day. When I was in fourth or fifth grade and swept up in the ‘90s yo-yo craze, I thought about it almost all day, every day. I coveted the fancy Yomega Fireballs and Brains some of my friends carried in their pockets. But I was still proud of the tricks I could perform with the lessexpensive Duncan Butterfly in my own pocket. I brought it everywhere I went. Speaking of pockets, you could tell someone was a dedicated yo-yoer if a pocket of his or her jeans had the outline of a yo-yo worn into it. When we were banned from playing with yo-yos on the school bus, my friends and I were indignant, but we complied. Still, I played with my yoyo so much, that even when I put it down for the day, I could feel a ghost string wrapped around my finger. I was sitting on my parents’ porch on Saturday, trying to remember that feeling, so I could describe it in this column, when Mom stepped out on her way to the store. She asked if I needed anything there, and I paused for a moment, then asked if I could tag along. At the store, I beelined for the toy isle. There was only one yo-yo option there: a cheap off-brand. It was neonorange and instantly reminded me of my childhood. Please see Pastime, Page 12

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Spinach sustained hail damage from a recent storm in the Abington Community Garden off of Winola Road in South Abington Twp. on Friday, May 31. lenge,” Crowley said. “This year, the challenge is a wet spring.” It’s not too late for anyone interested in gardening at the Abington Community Garden, located on Winola Road across from Hillside Park, to get in on some planting, Crowley said. The garden has two sizes of plots — 20 feet by 20 feet and 20 feet by 10 feet — available for interested gardeners.

The larger size is available for $68 a year and the smaller for $36 a year. Fees help cover public water costs for the garden, plus the cost of wood chips to line the paths there and composting, Crowley said. For more information on the Abington Community Garden and how to obtain a plot, visit, the garden’s Facebook page or email

Dillon has had a plot at the garden since it opened for planting just more than a decade ago. The garden is a good way to get to know other people, he said. Sometimes gardeners have get togethers at the site, he said. “You get to meet some of your neighbors,” Dillon said. Contact the writer:; 570-348-9100 x5363; @ClaytonOver on twitter

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Going organic CLARKS GREEN — David Slade, a certified traditional naturopath, will present the Summer Natural Health Seminar Saturday, June 8 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Clarks Green Assembly of God, 204 South Abington Road. This free seminar will cover the benefits of organic nutrition and the latest information on detoxification, probiotics, organic superfoods and gut health. “There’s a great deal of intestinal damage in our culture,” Slade said. “Whether it’s bloating, leaky gut, IBS, diarrhea or constipation, in our culture, that’s accepted as normal. That’s our typical working class citizen. Where is that coming

from? I believe we need to look at our foods. What are you eating? How are you preparing and eating your foods? How much raw, organic food are you eating in a weekly period?” A former adjunct instructor at Keystone College, Slade has developed and taught extensively on the subjects of chronic Lyme disease, the immune system and organic gardening. “With natural health, a lot of it has to do with prevention,” he said. “It’s important to avoid foods that carry toxins that accumulate Please see Organic, Page 12

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David Slade, a certified traditional naturopath and natural health professional, will present a free natural health seminar Saturday, June 8 at Clarks Green Assembly of God.

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Church thanks community Many of you are aware that a tornado swept through Newton Township on Tuesday evening, May 28. A significant amount of damage was done to properties and businesses, including the building that is home to Countryside Community Church – a United Methodist Fellowship. Members of the church

are very grateful for the many expressions of concern and support from area churches and residents. Thank you for your kindness and for being such amazing neighbors. Mark Terwilliger Pastor Donna Urbaniak trustees Chair

COMMUNITY CALENDAR UPCOMING JUNE 8 Forever Young Kids Fishing Derby: Saturday, June 8, at Lake Eston Wilson at Hillside Park. Advance registration can be completed at the Abington Community Library by 6 p.m. Friday, June 7. Registration the day of the event begins at 8 a.m. The derby starts at 9 a.m. and ends at noon, when the judges will compile the results while the kids eat lunch. Awards will be presented from 12:1512:30 p.m. Event includes awards and prizes, free lunch for the kids (by lunch ticket), refreshments available for purchase and a bake sale sponsored by the Abington Heights Civic League. For more information visit Everything Natural presents Summer Festival 2019: Saturday, June 8, 12-3 p.m. Celebrates Hemp History Week. The centerpiece for our event will be sampling Sai Botannical, Everything Natural’s newest, high quality CBD oil. The shop will offer tastes of the oil on its own as well as CBD infused foods like smoothies, salad dressings, baked goods and more. Brenda Fernandes, songwriter and performing artist, will sing her original songs. Chair Massage and reflexology will be offered by Body and


uburban SSuburban THE VOICE OF THE ABINGTONS A publication of TimesShamrock Community Newspaper Group 149 Penn Ave Scranton, PA 18503 Phone: 570-348-9185 Fax: 570-207-3448 suburbanweekly@ Managing Editor Elizabeth Baumeister 570-348-9185, ext. 3492 ebaumeister Editor Christopher M. Cornell 570-348-9185, ext. 5414 Advertising Manager Alice Manley 570-348-9100, ext. 9285 amanley Advertising Account Executive Cali Nataloni 570-348-9100, ext. 5458 cnataloni Photographer Emma Black 570-348-9100, ext. 5447 Staff Writer Clayton Over 570-348-9100, ext. 5363 Contributors Joshua Arp Jennifer Familetti Teri Lyon Julie Jeffery Manwarren Linda Scott

Soul. A demo of an acupressure facial massage will take place at 2 p.m. downstairs in the yoga studio, free of charge to anyone who buys a CBD cream or salve or any facial cream. JUNE 11 Mysteries and Detectives Book Club meeting: Tuesday, June 11, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Abington Community Library. The June selection is a reader’s choice of any Josephine Tey novel. The author for July is G.M. Malliet. Flag Day ceremony: The Abington Memorial Post 7069, Clarks Summit will hold a Flag Day ceremony Friday, June 14 at noon at Veterans Park (located on North State Street by the Summit Cigar Lounge & Bar). JUNE 15 Keystone College Saturday visit: Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Perspective students’ visit will include an information session, followed by a campus tour and the opportunity to meet oneon-one with an admissions counselor. Instant decisions are available upon request. For more information, call the admissions office at 570945-8111 or send an email to 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 19 Lyme Disease and Tick Awareness event: Wednesday, June 19 at 7 p.m. at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Michele Cassetori of the Pennsylvania Lyme Resource Network will do a presentation on ticks, their habitats, life cycles and behaviors, prevention strategies and what to do if bitten. Cost is $10. For more information, call 570-881-7612. To register, visit JUNE 22 Fifth annual Strawberry Day 5K and Festival: Saturday, June 22, 9-11 a.m. on Spring and Davis streets in Clarks Summit. Features a 5K race, a kids’ fun run, games for kids, food booths and vendors. For race information, contact National Running Center. For vendor or game information, contact GatheringPlaceCS@ 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 Friday, June 7. JUNE 27 American Red Cross blood drive: Thursday, June 27, 1-6 p.m. at Elan Gardens, 465 Venard Road in South Abington Township. In memory of Barbara Maiman. Donors will receive free basket raffle chances and refreshments. Appointments are appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome. Call 570-585-4400 or email

The Abington Suburban welcomes all photos and submissions. There is no charge for publication, but all DAY CAMPS, photos and submissions run SPORTS CAMPS & on a “space available” VACATION BIBLE basis. The editor reserves SCHOOLS the right to reject any or all submissions. JUNE 23-29 Deadline for submissions is Fly Fishing Summer by noon the Friday before Camp: The deadline for regpublication date. istration has been extended Opinions of independent until June 15 for the Fly columnists do not necessarily reflect those of the Please see Calendar, Page 12 Abington Suburban staff.


Chinchilla Hardware and Variety in South Abington Township will permanently close on Monday, July 1.


Saying good-bye Longtime South Abington Twp. landmark to close when owner retires next month SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — People looking for flowers and plants to spruce up their yards have shopped at Chinchilla Hardware and Variety for decades. The business offers a vast array of flowers, plants and vegetables in the store and its two greenhouses out back. That will change, however, when John Berry, owner of 48 years, retires and permanently closes the shop’s doors on Monday, July 1. Berry’s parents, Elmer and Grace Berry opened the store in 1954 and their son took over in 1971. The family lived upstairs in an apartment above the store. John Berry remembers sweeping the store floors when he was young. His sister, Nancy Dellert worked at the store for many

years until she moved out of the area. John Berry has three sons, Jason, Joshua and Nathan Berry, and three grandchildren, Cameryn, Chace and Lauren Berry. In the early days, the store sold clothes, shoes, kitchen supplies, candy, hardware, electronics, glassware and holiday items. Many of these same items are still sold today. “Flowers and vegetable plants are our best sellers,” said Berry. Today, you can walk through the aisles and still find electronic and hardware items but there is much more. The store sells holiday items, garden supplies, knick-knacks, bird feeders, paint supplies and more. “Everyone is always

happy when winter is over and they can come to the store and buy flowers to beautify their yards. That is a happy thing,” said John Berry’s wife, Aileen, whose son, Michael Clementi also worked at the store. “The customers say they will miss us terribly.” “I’d drive my grandmother here from Scranton when I was younger,” said one customer, Dan Wigley of Clarks Summit. “She liked the flowers and shrubs. The old-fashioned stores such as this are going away. Some things you can only get here and not in other stores. I like the service in an old-fashioned store and the people are very nice.” “I did not know they were closing, but I only come here once a year,” said another customer, Sharon Toman of

Scranton. “I like their flowers and geraniums.” Blue wagons line up at the side of the store waiting for customers to fill them. People in vehicles traveling on Northern Boulevard would see “Patrick the Pumpkin” during the fall season. “Kids loved him,” said Aileen Berry. The pumpkin will find a new home at Darling and Sons Farms and Greenhouses in Dallas Township. “I have mixed emotions (about closing) but it is time,” said Berry. “I haven’t decided yet what I will do when I retire, but I will find something. We have had a good following over the years and the people of the Abingtons have been good to us.”



VFw holds poppy drive

Abington Memorial VFW Post 7069 recently held a poppy drive at Gerrity's Supermarket in Clark's Summit. From left: Pat Williams, post chaplin; Jace Biglin, Williams' grandson; and John Arre Jr., post vice commander.

MArriAGE LiCENSES ■ Kevin Fitzgerald McCormick and Emilia Emilova Raynova, both of Clarks Summit. ■ Steven Henry Bosworth and Norma Elizabeth Galaise, both of Clarks Summit. PrOPErTy TrANSACTiONS ■ Robert Guzzi, as executor of the estate of Josephine Guzzi, Dalton, to Christopher Oyede; a property at 107 Stone Crest Circle, South Abington Twp., for $310,000. ■ Denise E. Rader, South Abington Twp., to Kathleen L. Mussari, South Abington Twp.; a property at 51 Parkland Drive, South Abington Twp., for $222,000. ■ Adolf and Norca R. Riedl, Greentown, to William T. Jones II, South Abington Twp.; a property at 4014-4016 Pondview Drive, South Abington Twp., for $256,250. ■ Erin L. Haas, executrix of the estate of Catherine M. Loughney, Waverly Twp., to Laureen H. Sheypuk, Scranton; a property at 123 Park Drive, Waverly Twp., for $310,000. ■ R.D. Noto & Son

Rotary club hears from Sandvik president

russ Jones, president of Sandvic Materials Technology, LLC, gave a presentation at the May 23 weekly meeting of the rotary Club of the Abingtons. He spoke about the company's local, 44-acre site that produces tubing. Worldwide, Sandvic employs 46,000 people in 160 countries with an annual revenue of 11 billion dollars.


Construction Inc., South Abington Twp., to Thomas Gregory and Grace Doherty Hillebrand, Clarks Summit; a property in South Abington Twp. for $102,500. ■ Bertha, Daniel H. and Mary J. Baranowski; Sandra A. and Joseph J. Pagnani; Susan L. and F. Craig Baptist to Timothy Radzelovage and Paula Yunko, Old Forge; a property at State Route 4013, West Abington Twp., for $165,000. ■ Samuel P. II and Kimberly B. Dennison, Florida, to Matthew E. Heimlich; a property at 41 Abington Gardens, South Abington Twp., for $108,500. ■ Barbara L. McGee to Frank and Theresa Marciano, Waverly Twp.; a property at 224 N. Abington Road, Clarks Green, for $68,000. ■ Eric J. and Tara Lyn Wallace, Newton Twp., to Sarah D. and Adam Stella, Plains Twp.; two parcels in Newton Twp. for $282,500. ■ James B. and Linda A. Henkelman, Clarks Summit, to Kenneth H. and Jennifer T. Tomczyk, Mountain Top; a property at 1118 Oakmont Road, Clarks Summit,

for $372,500. ■ Miguel A. Gabriel, Lackawanna County, to Jason and Chelsea Mathews, Lackawanna County; a property at 304 Gordon Drive, Clarks Green, for $160,000. ■ Alec J. Sewatsky, Roaring Brook Twp., to Patrick William Egan, Clarks Summit; a property at 1116 Green Ridge St., Scranton, for $66,500. STATE TAX LiENS ■ Thomas P. Comerford and Rebecca A. Robbins, 12 Overlook Road, Clarks Summit;

$7,616.22. ■ Roy J. Decresenza, 7 Country Club Road, Scott Twp.; $1,670.14. ■ OK Services Inc., 621 S. State St., Clarks Summit; $3.486.14. BENCH WArrANT Judge Thomas Munley has issued the following bench warrant for failure to appear on fines and costs: ■ Brandon Lee Heaton, 1157 Old Trail Road, Apt. C, Clarks Summit; $3,442.50.

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VFW June calendar of events CLARKS SUMMIT — The Abington Memorial VFW Post 7069, 402 Winola Road, will host, participate in or observe the following events this month: VFW house committee meeting, Thursday, June 6, 6:30 p.m., followed by the VFW monthly meeting at 7 p.m. 75th anniversary of D-Day (June 6, 1944), Thurs-

day, June 6. Musical entertainment of “Marilyn Kennedy,” Saturday, June 8, 8 p.m. Flag Day ceremony, Friday, June 14, noon, at Veterans Park on North State Street in Clarks Summit (across from Summit Cigar Lounge & Bar.) Happy birthday U.S. Army, Friday, June 14 (244

years old). Lake Winola Firemen’s Parade, Thursday, June 27, 7 p.m. Lead by Abington Memorial VFW Post 7069 Color Guard.

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SCHOOL BRIEFS Award University of Vermont The University of Vermont Fraternity & Sorority Life honored Jonathan Rickwood of Clarks Summit during the annual UVM Fraternity & Sorority Life awards for contributions to the University of Vermont community. Each year the University of Vermont Fraternity & Sorority Life Awards Night celebrates and honors the accomplishments of individual members of the fraternity and sorority communities at UVM, as well as chapters that exemplified commitment to the pillars of citizenship, friendship, leadership, lifelong learning and justice. A member of Phi Mu Delta Fraternity, Jonathan was presented with the Barbara Merrill Outstanding New Member Award which recognizes a new member who shows extreme motivation and dedication to the chapter, displays leadership qualities, and is involved in activities outside of the chapter.

Conference Abigale Sutton of Clarks Summit was among the 15 University of Scranton students who planned and hosted high school students and regional business professionals for the inaugural University of Scranton Social and Digital Media Conference held on campus in the spring semester. This innovative conference successfully brought together more than 110 students and industry professionals to learn from leading experts in the social media industry about the importance of social media and how it can best be used to bolster both personal and professional brands. The conference was organized by students in the events management course offered through the Department of Communication. The class is part of the College of Arts & Sciences’ focus on creating experiential learning classes to better prepare students for the careers of tomorrow. Students designed each panel to address specific topics of interest and handpicked speakers that would be most knowledgeable on those subjects. Sutton planned and facilitated the social media and marketing panel discussion and aided in conference logistics. Sutton is a strategic communication at the Jesuit university.

Dean’s lists & honor rolls Cedarville University Madeleine Mosher of Clarks Summit was named to the dean’s honor list for the spring

semester at Cedarville field, court, track and University. course with their selecTo qualify, students tion to the Centennial must maintain at 3.75 Conference Academic minimum GPA while Honor Roll for the spring carrying at least 12 cred- 2019 season. it hours. Samuel Arnold of DalClarion University of ton was one of the Pennsylvania Muhlenberg stuTwo Dalton dents named to residents were the spring Acanamed to the demic Honor spring dean’s list Roll. Each stuat Clarion Unident-athlete must versity of Pennbe a sophomore sylvania: John or higher in class Walsh and Jessistanding and ca Waugh. carry at least a ARNOLD To earn place3.40 cumulative ment on the grade-point averdean’s list, students must age. be enrolled in at least 12 Northeastern credits and earn a 3.5 University grade point average. Jack A. Leightcap of College of William South Abington Township & Mary was named to the spring Jacob Ross of South dean’s list at NortheastAbington Township and ern University. Leightcap Emily Peairs of Waverly is majoring in electrical Township were named to engineering/physics. the dean’s list at the ColTo achieve the dean’s lege of William & Mary list distinction, students for the spring semester. must carry a full proIn order to achieve gram of at least four dean’s list status, a fullcourses, have a quality time degree seeking point average of 3.5 or undergraduate student greater out of a possible must take at least 12 cred- 4.0 and carry no single it hours and earn a 3.6 grade lower than a Cquality point average dur- during the course of ing the semester. their college career. Each Lebanon Valley student receives a letter College of commendation and More than 650 students congratulation from their were named to the dean’s college dean. list for the spring semesSlippery Rock Univerter at Lebanon Valley Col- sity of Pennsylvania lege. Dean’s list students Local students were must maintain a GPA of named to Slippery Rock at least 3.4 out of 4.0. University’s dean’s list Local students include: for the spring semester. Nicole Martin of Clarks They are: Samantha Summit, who received a Machler of South AbingBachelor of Science in ear- ton Township and ly childhood education and Ashleigh Solomon of special education. Martin Waverly Township. is a graduate of LackawanThe dean’s list consists na Trail High School. of undergraduate students Nichole Spencer of who earned an adjusted South Abington Townsemester grade-point avership, who is pursuing a age of 3.5 or higher, based bachelor of science in on a schedule of at least 12 communication sciences newly attempted and and disorders. Spencer is earned credits. a graduate of Abington Susquehanna Heights High School. University Lehigh University Steven McKnight of The following Abington- South Abington Townarea residents attained ship was named to dean’s list in the spring Susquehanna Universisemester at Lehigh Univer- ty’s dean’s list for the sity. This status is granted spring semester. to students who earned a The dean’s list recogscholastic average of 3.6 or nizes students who better while carrying at achieve a grade point least 12 hours of regularly average of 3.4 or higher graded courses. out of a possible 4.0 for Ryan Burke of Clarks the semester. To qualify, Summit students must complete a Kyle Burke of Clarks minimum of 12 semester Summit hours. Carolyn Lyon of Clarks McKnight is a theatre Summit and creative writing Carina Salerno of major in the Class of Clarks Summit 2020. He is a 2016 graduMichael Sullivan of ate of Commonwealth South Abington Connections Academy Township High School. Mount St. Mary’s Temple University University Evan Phillips, son of Kayla Agentowicz of Rose and Corey Phillips Clarks Summit earned of South Abington Towndean’s list honors for the ship, made the spring spring semester at Mount dean’s list at Temple UniSt. Mary’s University. versity. Muhlenberg College University of Sixty-seven MuhlenVermont berg College student-athIsabel MacGregor of letes were recognized for North Abington Towntheir performance in the ship was named to the classroom and on the dean’s list for the spring

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A scene from the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine commencement ceremonies held Sunday, May 5 at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre. May 19 in the college’s Student Union in downtown Scranton. Abington-area students who earned degrees and certificates include: Garett Mackenzie Button of Clarks Green, Bachelor in Science, business. Jake Gordon Arnold of Dalton, Associate in Science in business administration. Zachary Perry Karabin Graduations of North Abington TownBucknell University ship, Associate in SciRuhani Aulakh of ence in business adminNorth Abington Townistration. ship graduated from Brianna Catherine HeffBucknell University on ley of South Abington May 19. Township, Associate in Aulakh also earned The Science in human servicHerbert Goodman Bares. rows Prize prior to the Alexander Scott Yahn, commencement ceremony. South Abington TownDeSales University ship, Associate in Science Nicole E. Kozar of in liberal studies. Clarks Summit received a Kevin Quinn of WaverMaster of Science in phy- ly Township, Associate in sician assistant studies Science in petroleum and (MSPAS) during DeSales natural gas technology. University’s spring comSpencer Todd Zimmermencement Saturday, man of Clarks Green, May 18, on the mall of the Associate in Science in Center Valley campus. sport management. During the ceremony, Rev. Beth Ann Lockhart of James Greenfield, OSFS Dalton, Associate in Sci‘84, Ed.D., university pres- ence in vascular technoloident, conferred degrees gy. upon 463 graduating stuUniversity of dents, including bacheScranton lor’s, master’s and doctor■ The following local al degrees. residents were among College of William more than 850 bachelor’s & Mary and associate’s degree Jacob Ross of South recipients at The UniverAbington Township grad- sity of Scranton’s underuated from the College of graduate commencement William & Mary with a on May 26 at the MoheBachelor of Arts degree. gan Sun Arena at Casey Geisinger Plaza in Wilkes-Barre. Commonwealth School Graduates receiving of Medicine degrees at the ceremony Geisinger Commoninclude those who comwealth School of Medipleted their program cine (GCSOM) conferred requirements in August 99 Doctor of Medicine and December of 2018, as (MD) degrees during com- well as January and May mencement ceremonies of 2019. Sunday, May 5 at the F.M. Amanda L. Colombo of Kirby Center in WilkesClarks Summit earned a Barre. Bachelor of Arts degree Abington-area in strategic comgraduates who munication. received thier Liam S. DoughMD degrees are erty of Dalton Brendan earned a Bachelor Bormes of of Arts degree in Clarks Summit strategic commuand Megan Lomnication. bardi of Dalton. Matthew J. BORMES Hamilton McDonald of College Clarks Summit Mary Lundin earned a Bachelor of Clarks Sumof Arts degree in mit received a history. bachelor of arts Christabel G. degree from Newman of Hamilton ColWaverly Townlege on Sunday, ship earned a May 26, at the Bachelor of Arts LOMBARDI commencement degree in history. ceremony conPaula Y. Awuku cluding the college’s of South Abington Town207th year. ship earned a Bachelor of A biology major at Science degree in politiHamilton, Lundin gradu- cal science. ated with departmental Matthew R. Barrett of honors in biology. Clarks Summit earned a King’s College Bachelor of Science King’s College held its degree in neuroscience. 70th commencement exerMallory Brayer of cises on May 19. AbingClarks Summit earned a ton-area residents who Bachelor of Science received their degrees degree in biochemistry, include: Victor T. Mallory, cell, molecular biology. III of Dalton and Julie Aaron C. Deak of North Costello of Dalton. Abington Township Lackawanna College earned a Bachelor of SciLackawanna College ence degree in computer awarded more than 330 science. associate degrees and cerVanessa A. Duboski tificates along with more of Clarks Summit than 50 of its first-ever earned a Bachelor of bachelor’s degrees to stuScience degree in biodents from 11 states and mathematics. countries including DomiSarah A. Mensah of nica during its 125th com- South Abington Townmencement on Sunday, ship earned a Bachelor of

semester at the University of Vermont. MacGregor, Class of 2022, is majoring in global studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school.

Science degree in biology. Samuel J. Morano of Clarks Summit earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Michelle J. Pacyna of South Abington Township earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Elizabeth A. Pattara of South Abington Township earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Matthew S. Strein of South Abington Township earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Adam M. Sunday of South Abington Township earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Madalyne A. Sunday of South Abington Township earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Mariah F. Hawley of Clarks Green earned a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy. Nathan R. Langan of South Abington Township earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health administration. David A. Boyle of Clarks Summit earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. ■ The following local residents were among more than 625 master’s and doctoral degree recipients at The University of Scranton’s graduate commencement ceremony on May 25 in the Byron Recreation Complex. Graduates recognized at the ceremony include those who completed their degree requirements in August and December of 2018, as well as January and May of 2019. Akash Y. Tailor of South Abington Township earned a Master of Science with a major in software engineering. Salomey O. Mensah of South Abington Township earned a Master of Health Administration. Jacqueline R. Bailey of Waverly Township earned a Master of Science with a major in school counseling. Melissa A. Colarossi of Clarks Summit earned a Master of Science in Nursing with a major in family nurse practitioner. Ryan T. Pickett of South Abington Township earned a Master of Science in Nursing with a major in nurse anesthesia. David W. Smith of South Abington Township earned a Master of Science in Nursing with a major in nurse anesthesia. Christian S. Adonizio of Clarks Summit earned a Master of Business Administration with a major in healthcare management. Andre L. Camayd of Clarks Green earned a Master of Business Administration with a major in marketing. Andrew Ellis Ferguson of South Abington Township earned a Master of Business Administration with a major in international business. Richard Rogalewicz of Clarks Green earned a Master of Business Administration with a major in healthcare management. Jeffrey R. Seymour of Clarks Summit earned a Please see School, Page 5

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Students in The University of Scranton’s Department of Communication and Media hosted the inaugural Social and Digital Media Conference on campus. From left, first row, are conference speakers: Dorien Russell from Barneys, New York; Christina Hitchcock from It is a Keeper Blog; Jon Silver from Golin, New York; Henry Grant from Tierney, Philadelphia; Scranton alumnus Eddie Ravert from Tierney, Philadelphia; and Scranton alumnus Peter McManus from The Door, New York. Standing, from left, are university students: Brian Lavin, Babylon, New York; Jillian Wall, Oxford, New Jersey; Julia Gantz, Havertown; Anna Pucci, Wilton, Connecticut; Jaqueline Brunner, Verona, New Jersey; Lauren Gallagher, Mahwah, New Jersey; Sabrina Olivo, Long Pond; Laura Riemer, Landsdale; Gabriella Basile, Oceanside, New York; Bri Baran, Hatboro; Victoria Pennington, West Wyoming; and Abigale Sutton, Clarks Summit; and Sufyan Mohammed, Ph.D., associate professor of communication. Ryan Leckey, WNEP, and Kevin Teel, Pocono Raceways, also spoke at the conference.

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The scholarly presentation outlined the physiological impact of the various phases of the menstrual cycle and how it can affect strength and athletic honor societies performance in women University of Scranton throughout the cycle. FurTwo South Abington ther, it provided suggesTownship residents were tions for care of female among the 70 University athletes training for sport of Scranton students and performance, based inducted into Upsilon Phi on phase of cycle. Delta, the national honor The WCPT Congress is society for graduate and the profession’s largest undergraduate students international congress in healthcare administra- bringing together world tion programs: Nathan experts in physical theraLangan, a senior health py and leaders in the field administration major, to share the latest findamd Megan Cerco, a grad- ings in research and theruate student health apies from around of the administration major. world, including advancStudents must have a es in education, practice, minimum overall grade research and policy. point average of 3.5 for The research team also induction. The university’s presented at the annual chapter of the honor sociStudent Research Poster ety was established in 2002. Day on campus in the spring. The event featured Research scholarly presentations Megan Gibbons of highlighting the research Clarks Summit was among and work of 204 student the Misericordia Universi- researchers in the College ty students in the Doctor of of Health Sciences and Physical Therapy (DPT) Education and the College Program who recently pre- of Arts and Sciences. Unisented their scholarly versity President Thomas research at the World Con- J. Botzman, attended the federation of Physical event along with students, Therapy (WCPT) Congress faculty, staff and deans of in Geneva, Switzerland. the colleges. Master of Business Administration with a major in general business administration.


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Michael Giallorenzi of Clarks Summit, a senior at Wyoming Seminary received the Gold Award in the Upper School's Most Valuable Player Awards. The wrestler is son of Mark and Jeanne Giallorenzi of Clarks Summit. Athletes who earned four varsity letters or three varsity and one junior varsity letters in their sport receive Gold Awards.


skills in scranton hosts final Educators in the Workplace cohort

Skills in Scranton, the workforce development affiliate of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, recently hosted the final cohort of its Educators in the Workplace program. This cohort, focusing on business, finance and information technology, welcomed 14 educators from eight school districts, including Abington Heights, Dunmore, Lakeland, Riverside, Scranton and Valley View. Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit (NEIU) 19 also participated. The educators were hosted by the following businesses: Admiral Management Services, Highland Associates, Honesdale National Bank, NET Credit Union, Penn East Federal Credit Union, Universal Printing, Viewmont Mall, Pennsylvania American Water and Prudential. From left, front row: Amy Shingler, Lakeland School District; Michelle Getts, Riverside School District; and Lisa Ross, Skills in Scranton. Middle row: Elizabeth Kelly, NEIU 19; Lauren Pace, North Pocono School District; Michelle Sledzinski, Lakeland School District; Jeanne DeSantis, Dunmore School District; and Brianna Florovito, workforce and entrepreneurial development specialist, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. Back row: Renne Ruthkosky, Riverside School District; Shelby Chase, Abington Heights School District; Rick Sember, Dunmore School District; Connie McCormack, Scranton School District; Rachael Laboranti, Mid Valley School District; Lisa Paone, Valley View School District; and Nathan Jones, North Pocono School District.

The following local residents were among the 60 University of Scranton students who studied abroad during the spring semester. Andre Camayd of Clarks Green, a marketing major, participated in the university travel course, “Special Topics: Study Abroad in Cuba” in Havana, Cuba. Clare Domenico of Clarks Green, a history major, participated in the university travel course, “Britain: Past and Present” in London, United Kingdom. Matthew Domenico of Clarks Green, an undeclared major, participated in the university travel course, “Britain: Past and Present” in London, United Kingdom. Alexa Graham of Clarks Summit, a biology major, participated in the university travel course, “Britain: Past and Present” in London, United Kingdom. Christabel Newman of Waverly Township, a history major, participated in the university travel course, “Britain: Past and Present” in London, United Kingdom.


Misericordia University students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program recently presented their scholarly research at the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress in Geneva, Switzerland. From left, front row: Haley Zelinka of Wilkes-Barre and Nicole Giampietro of Hudson. Second row: Arielle Kneller of Wyalusing, Megan Gibbons of Clarks Summit and Kaitlin Fulton of Larksville, with faculty advisor Amy Tremback-Ball, professor of physical therapy.


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The Abington Heights Middle School students of the month for May are, from left, first row: Mark Lynott, Gia Newman, Nicholas Marturano and Riley Mullin. Second row: Paige Walsh, Cassia Wilson, Shawn Theodore amd Jack Farrell.

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Art at the Woods exhibit to open

SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — Artists from the EmanuelTeitsworth Studio will exhibit new paintings at Woods & Company, 639 Northern Blvd. The opening reception will be held June 7 from 6-8 p.m. with additional hours on Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibit will feature watercolor and acrylic paintings by Elizabeth Beh, Tim But-


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Kids and storms Comforting a frightened child in a thunderstorm isn’t as easy as Julie Andrews singing “My Favorite Things” in The Sound of Music. With an unusual number of severe storms hitting the Abingtons recently, including a tornado last week in Newton Township, local parents have had to spend a lot of time soothing their little ones. Clarks Summit Licensed Professional Counselor Gena Patackas can help them put their children at ease during any storms to come. Patackas noted that it is fairly common for children to be afraid of storms. “Fear of thunderstorms is common, normal and usually temporary in young children,” she said. “Very young children may respond to their caregiver’s actions and seek nurturing and comfort from them,” said Patackas. “Children ages 4-6 can imagine and pretend; however, they may not be able to tell what is real and what is not. Young children may be afraid of loud noises, like thunder. Older children ages 7-12 often have fears that reflect real life circumstances that may happen to them, such as severe storms.” According to Patackas, thunderstorms often contain unpredictable noises that can leave children feeling helpless and out of control. “The sound of booming thunder combined with flashes of lightning can be startling. As children grow older, they may also become more aware of the danger of extreme weather, such as tornadoes and floods. A severe thunderstorm can trigger the fear that something bad might happen,” she said. The therapist said children react to storms in different ways. “Children may become emotional, withdrawn, or appear hyper, depending on how they cope with fear and uncertainty,” she said.


Recent storms knocked down trees that have lined the Lyon backyard for more than the 22 years than the family has lived on the property in Glenburn Township. “Children may develop fear and anxiety of alerts and notifications, weather forecasts, storm clouds and even the sight of an oncoming storm.” Patackas stressed that it is important for parents to remain calm during a storm. “Parents are in a position to model healthy ways to respond to the events that might occur,” she said. “It can be helpful to begin by validating your child’s feelings while reminding your child that he or she is safe. It is important to note that dismissing or minimizing your child’s fear does not help. “Talk through safety precautions you have in place as you are waiting out the storm. Ask your child what might make him or her feel better. A favorite comfort object might help. Noise cancelling headphones can provide some relief. It can help your child to know that you have prepared and planned for the storm. “Distraction can be a useful tool. Playing board games or making a fort can create positive associations for children. A storm might be an opportunity to transform your child’s fear into some quality family time. Playing games with the storm (for example, see who can best imitate the sounds of the storm, or count the seconds

between lightning and thunder) has potential to transform fear into excitement.” Patackas said parents can provide children with opportunities to learn about thunderstorms. “There are age-appropriate books about thunderstorms designed for children,” she said. “If the storm is calm enough, your child may be open to watching the storm and learning more about it. Teach children how to stay safe during a thunderstorm. Dispel unhelpful myths that may be contributing to unrealistic fear about thunderstorms. For example, a child might hear ‘the eye of the storm’ and literally think that the storm has an eye and is watching him or her. Keep children away from constant news updates and media coverage about destruction caused by thunderstorms.” Seek a therapist’s help if the child’s anxiety surrounding storms continues for a long time, appears to disrupt his or her daily behavior – such as appetite changes, sleep concerns and difficulty concentrating in school – or has experienced a storm-related traumatic experience, Patackas said. Teri Lyon is a mom, grandmom and freelance writer who lives in Glenburn Township with her cat.


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When we bought our house about three years ago, we bought a landscaper’s dream and nightmare rolled into one. And just like it is possible to see a snail’s movement over a three year period, over these three years, we have moved the ball slightly downfield. Of course, when this past January we had to dig up our front lawn and flower bed, it set the snail back like a holding penalty. But my wife saw opportunity, and her eye turned to edible landscaping. After a recent plant purchase, I asked her how her Mother’s Day budget was coming. Her only reply was, “I think we are into Father’s Day with this one.” When the plants arrived, so did a generic guide with care instructions. I enjoy reading these things, because I can always learn something new, so I leafed through the pamphlet. What I read about pruning lilacs stopped me in my tracks: “Do not prune lilacs heavily,” read the first part. In the photo, you can see that I had just done this very thing for a customer. So I kept reading: “Prune at the ‘Y’ just beneath the spent bloom.” My inclination was to think these instructions were mixing the proverbial apples and oranges, so I thought I should confirm with some online research. When I searched “renovate lilacs,” I was comforted to find I had been nearly correct in all of my past lilac prunings. (As with all prunings, I rarely get calls for anything but renova-


Near the base, the difference between old and young lilac sprouts is striking. Old bark is gray, and is already peeling away from the stem in thin strips, while young bark is a dark tan, well attached to the stem, and cannot be peeled away. tions: “Honey, call the arborist, because I cannot find our garage anymore.”). With overgrown lilacs, I have had success in the past by removing the oldest, tallest stems, and cutting others back to younger, shorter sprouts. (Near the base, the difference between old and young lilac sprouts is striking. Old bark is gray, and is already peeling away from the stem in thin strips, while young bark is a dark tan, well attached to the stem, and cannot be peeled away). My online research recommends removing all sprouts to the ground, except in the case of obvious grafting, in which a portion of each stem must remain above the graft so that the grafted plant can re-sprout. In the case of grafts, all ground sprouts must also

regularly be removed, or the rootstock will replace the graft. The logic of complete removal is to force the mature roots to produce new shoots, which will happen unbelievably quickly. If possible, I like my hybrid approach better, since some of the plant still remains. On the other hand, the generic guide was discussing pruning to produce not a better plant but better blooms. Back to my house. All of our lilacs are leggy, and their blooms diminished. Now, if I could just get the courage (and permission) to bring the chainsaw home. 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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Local lifters have success at World Bench Press Championships BY JOBY FAWCETT STAFF WRITER

Three Abington-area powerlifters recently earned medals at world championship events in Tokyo, Japan. Steve Mann earned a silver medal and placed seventh in his two competitions, while his son, Jacob, finished third in his weight class to earn a bronze medal at the International Powerlifting Federation World Men’s Equipped Bench Press Championships. Meanwhile, Claude Welcome, the powerlifting coach at Abington Heights High School, placed fourth overall in his division at the World Men’s Classic Bench Press Championships. Welcome, 68, won the Masters III division (60-69 years of age) at the 105 kilogram (231 pounds) class with a best lift of 145 kilograms (320 pounds). Stanislaw Mentel from Poland, successfully pressed 192.5 kilograms (424 pounds) and won the gold medal at the world championships. Welcome’s lift established the Pennsylvania State Raw record, breaking the old mark of 142.5 kilograms (314 pounds) set in 2018 by Jim McKenna. It was a successful trip for the longtime lifter, who moved up a weight class at the meet. He finished second at the Bench Press National Championships in September with a lift of 142.5 kilograms (314 pounds) in the 93 kilogram class. In Tokyo, he filled a void in the United States lineup at 105 kilograms while weighing in at 94.42 kilog rams (208 pounds). Welcome was the lightest competitor in the class with Mental, the winner, weighing in at 220 pounds. “I knew going up in weight class that I had to get a break and get a little lucky to finish in third place,” Welcome said. “I can’t be disappointed with fourth place being up a weight class. “You are giving up 20-30 pounds to guys, so I knew I didn’t have a legitimate shot at the gold. I did a little research and I thought I had a shot at third.” Welcome founded and has c o a ch e d t h e A b i n g t o n Heights powerlifting program since 1989. He has introduced and guided lifters Steve Mann, Dalton LaCoe and Bodie LaCoe, who are all world champions, and numerous other established


Clarks Summit’s Steve Mann and his son Jacob, both qualified to represent the United States at the International Powerlifting Federation Bench Press World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. athletes in the sport, including his daughter Amy Welcome Devine, who is now an assistant coach. This spring, Welcome had three Comets powerlifters finish in the top three of their respective divisions and weight classes. Bodie LaCoe won a title, Gianna Sabatini, 15, placed second in the 52 kilogram class and Rachel Klein, 16, who competed in the 47 kilogram class (104 pounds), finished third overall at the USA Powerlifting High School National Championships in Alexandria, Louisiana. In the early 1970s, Welcome took up powerlifting while a student at Marietta College and was a national champion at 198 pounds. He has continued to compete, and in his 60s, was the goldmedal lifter in the Masters III Division at the World Men’s Raw Bench Press Championships at Potchefstroom, South Africa in 2016. “It’s something I have a love for,” Welcome said about the sport. “It keeps me in tune with what the kids are going through. You know what they feel as a competitor and, sometimes, some coaches lose contact with what is going through a kid’s mind. “I love lifting. I have done it through college and I still do it and will keep doing it as

long as I can.” Competing in the Masters I division and the 120 kilogram (264 pounds) class, Steve Mann finished second in the event. The 43-year-old national champion from Ransom Twp., pressed 297.5 kilograms (656 pounds) in the first of his two competitions at the event. It came on his second attempt, and his third, at a weight of 312.5 kilograms (689 pounds) failed, but would have won the competition. Ruslan Pavlikov, from Russia, pressed 310.0 kilograms (683 pounds) on his first try and that held up against Mann. He failed on two straight attempts at 317.5 kilograms (700 pounds), which would have challenged his mark of 705 pounds he hit at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic in March. “I didn’t have the day I wanted or was hoping for,” Mann said in a Facebook message from Japan. “I pride myself on consistency, but this was far from that. Even so, I was near lockout on my third attempt for gold over (Pavlikov).” Mann also competed in the Open Division in the Super Heavyweight class (+264 pounds) and finished seventh overall. He pressed 300 kilograms (661 pounds) on his final attempt. American Jonathan Leo,

Claude Welcome of South Dakota, won the class with a lift of 385 kilograms (849 pounds). Jacob Mann, 15, a junior high student at Abington Heights, finished third in the Sub-Juniors 66 kilogram (145 pounds) class and had successful lifts on all three attempts, pressing 67.5 kilograms (149 pounds), 75 kilograms (165 pounds) and finally 80 kilograms (176 pounds). That eclipsed his national championship lift of 60 kilograms (132 pounds).

Vladislav Morozov, of Kazakhstan, won the gold with a lift of 160 kilograms (353 pounds). Mansur Rassulov, also from Kazakhstan, was second at 145 kilograms (320 pounds). “I was really happy about hitting all three lifts, which gave me a 20 kilogram personal record,” Jacob said. “This experience on the trip overall was amazing.” Contact the writer:; 570-348-9125

Lady Comets fall in title game BY MARTY MYERS STAFF WRITER

SCRANTON — Dominant. From start to finish. Pittston Area’s Alexa McHugh had a brief firstinning moment where she didn’t look like she was in charge. Catherine Anne Kupinski beat out a tapper down the third-base line, and Nina Kozar followed with a single through the right side. After that, the senior righthander mowed down Abington Heights hitters, and was pretty impressive with her bat, too. The result was a 5-0, 11-strikeout shutout for McHugh and her Lady Patriots teammates, and a second straight District 2 Class 5A championship. The first inning was the best shot for the Lady Comets (18-2), the only time they got a

runner past first on McHugh. “We had our chances but we couldn’t get that one hit, Abington Heights coach John Kelly said. “She did a great job on the mound for them. “We knew coming in she was good, probably the best pitcher we’ve seen this year, and we’d have to play our best game. Unfortunately, we just didn’t hit.” Abington Heights scratched out just two singles and a walk over the final 6⅓ innings as McHugh retired 19 of the last 22 she faced. “They did what they had to do,” Kelly said. “They got some runners in scoring position. We were in good position with 0-2 counts and we put balls where they could put it in play. “They’re a good-hitting team and hats off to them.”


Pittston Area’s Gabriella Para is safe at second as Abington Heights pitcher Mara Hamm throws to Maria Tully to try to get an out during the PIAA District 2 Class 5A softball championship at the University of Scranton’s Magis Field on Thursday, May 30.

Abington Heights boys volleyball team defeated in playoffs BY JOBY FAWCETT STAFF WRITER

Abington Heights’ late season surge in boys volleyball ended May 28 in the first round of the state playoffs. Academy of Palumbo, the second-place team from District 12, defeated the Comets, 3-1 (26-24, 25-23, 20-25, 25-18) in the PIAA Class 2A playoffs at Lincoln High School. Abington Heights, the third-place team from District 2, ends the season 11-7.

Will Brown and James McGrail each had 10 kills, while Nate Steenback had 17 assists and Matt Pacyna added 16 assists, and Chance Vansickle had nine digs for the Comets. “We did do a lot of things well, and I do think if we did some other things a little bit better, we certainly could have won,” Abington Heights coach Jamie Spangler said. “We certainly weren’t in a situation where we were out-

rageously overmatched. It is always good to see the resolve that we showed and that we never gave up. “We showed a lot of the things that we used here at the end of the season, good communication and leadership, and I was happy to see that.” Abington Heights, which won seven of its last eight matches to qualify for the state tournament, jumped out to leads of 16-9 and 18-10 in the first game, but couldn’t

weather a comeback by Palumbo, which finished on a 9-3 run to win the first game. “We got a little bit surprised how easily things came early in the match, and then they really cleaned things up, and we didn’t respond well after they fixed a lot of their issues,” Spangler said. Down 2-0 and facing elimination, Abington Heights built a 10-7 lead and posted a 25-20 win in the third game to stay alive. “That is a positive to take

forward,” Spangler said. “That has kind of been our motto here at the end of the season, that never say die approach, and we played hard until the very end.” The Griffins took the third game, 25-18, preventing Abington Heights from advancing in the state tournament for the first time in program history. McGrail finished the season with 204 kills and Pacyna had 321 assists.



Baseball: The Sandlot will hold fall ball travel tryouts June 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. Cost is $10. To register: 570-445-1155 or ■ Electric City Baseball & Softball Academy will host the 10th annual summer slam baseball camp on July 22-25, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at PNC Field. Cost is $160. To register: or 570-955-0471. Basketball: The Holy Cross Crusaders boys basketball camp June 24-28, 8:30 a.m. to noon, at Holy Cross High School. Additional information: 570650-9858 or ac31078@ ■ 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 Deanna.klingman@ 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 captainand-crew format. Additional information: or 570-961-2714. ■ Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine will host its 11th annual golf classic on June 10 at Glenmaura National Golf Club. Registration will be at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10. Cost is $300 per player and $1,200 per team for the captain-andcrew format. The field is limited to 128 players. Proceeds benefit the school’s scholarship fund. Additional information: 570-5049065. To register: ■ 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 or 570-945-8168. ■ The Diocese of Scranton will host the 10th annual Vocations Golf Classic on July 8 at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club. Registration will be at 11 a.m. with a noon start. Cost is $250 for the captain-and-crew format and proceeds fund programs for men considering entering the priesthood. Additional information: or 570-207-2250. 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: Electric City Baseball & Softball Academy will host its annual summer softball camp on July 22-25, 9 a.m.-noon, at Tripp Park. Cost is $99. To register: electriccitybaseball. com or 570-955-0471.


30 years ago: Billy James of Abington Heights finished first in the 110 and 300 hurdles at the Lackawanna Track Conference championships. 20 years ago: Brook Coyer of Abington Heights finished fourth in the 100-meter dash at the PIAA Class 3A championships. 10 years ago: Cory Spangenberg hit a two-run home run and picked up the save as Abington Heights beat Crestwood, 4-2, to win the District 2 Class 3A title.

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Schedules for summer Hello, June. We’re so happy you’ve arrived. It’s time for summer weather, school vacation, relaxed schedules and library activities for the kids to enjoy. I’ve received emails at the Dalton Community Library requesting specific summer activities, and your requests been granted. The Summer Quest theme is “A Universe of Stories.” This year at the library, we’ll give you game time, a cell phone safety program, library hunts, STEM building, school-age first aid and crafting. We’ll have art programs, computer coding and a special program called “communications” that we will talk about sign language, braille and other languages. We’ll also have a special magic show everyone is invited to the afternoon of July 9. There is so much to be ex-

cited about, and we’re happy to begin all the activities in June. Registration for this year’s Summer Quest begins Monday, June 17. Stop in the Dalton Community Library to register, or if you’ve registered in the past, email to say hello and get information as it becomes available. We’re looking forward to seeing all our summer families and providing another fun-filled schedule. We’d like to thank everyone who visited last month’s herb festival, held by the Friends of the Dalton Community Library. It was one of the most beautiful days. So many people visited and bought different kinds of herbs. The Friends of the Dalton Community Library were delighted to see everyone enjoying their time and taking advantage of their sale. The library will be open

during its regular schedule everyday during June, and following regular hours which are: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and closed on Sundays and Wednesdays. The libraries of Lackawanna County are collecting small items to donate to the Lackawanna County Prison. During June, collections will be taken to donate for Christmas in July next month. A specific, helpful item asked for donation for men is wrapped candy. Specifics for women’s items are socks, candy, toothpaste, soap, VO5 shampoo (without conditioner) and Suave shampoo. Patrons may drop off their Christmas in July item this month at any Lackawanna County Library. Enjoy June and the beginning of summer!

Chase Yarns, center, was recently recognized by the Lackawanna County Commissioners with a Good Works presentation. He is a survivor and role model to others, overcoming depersonalization disorder. This malady makes people feel disconnected and numb to the reality around them. The subject of a 2018 book, Yarns serves as a resource, model and inspiration to those with the same affliction. From left: Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Amy Yarns, Chase Yarns, Chris Yarns, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.


Abington teen wins mountain bike race Zack Rundell, 18, of South Abington Township, crosses the finish line in first place, winning the Category 1 Men’s Mountain Bike race ‘On the Rocks at French Creek’ in Elverson. The 24-mile course had three eight-mile laps over some of the most challenging terrain in the Mid-Atlantic Super Series. Rundell was trailing the leader by three minutes after the second lap but was able to pick up his pace on the last lap, pass the leader and win by 40 seconds. Rundell is a senior at Abington Heights High School.


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County Commissioners recognize #Buildup campaign The legacy of the late Rebecca Haggerty was to ‘build people up, don’t tear down.’ Using the power of a written note with kind sentiments to elicit joy, #BuildUp is focused on changing, in a positive manner, the overall atmosphere on social media, in schools and in the community-at-large. The organization hosts monthly events and is focused on having young people spend more time on activities or gatherings that stress face-to-face connection. From left, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Judy Detter and Zoe Haggerty of #BuildUp; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.

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Fishing at the park Emma Black / STaFF PHOTOGRaPHER

The winners of largest fish caught in all age groups show off the prizes and new fishing gear they won at the 69th annual Lackawanna State Park Kids Fishing Derby, held Saturday, June 1 at the park.

The Mendola siblings, of Scranton, from left: Nathan, 5, Gavin, 7, and Emma, 11.

Philip Walsh, 14, and Liberty Walsh, 11, both of Forkstown.

Members of the DiMichele family, from left: Nicholas, 13, Terri, and Norah, 6.

McKenna Peters, 6, of Clarks Summit, collects a prize for largest fish caught in the 4-6 age group.

Carl Dunda of Dunmore, with his son, Sawyer, 4.

Timothy John Staples, 7, with his dad, Tim, of Clarks Summit

Taking a break to cool off, from left: Terell Simko, 8, of Scranton, Kevin Simko, 13, of Scranton and Matthew Hoffman, 9, of Carbondale.

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Gavin Mendola, 7, of Scranton, collects the overall first-place prize of the 69th annual Lackawanna State Park Kids Fishing Derby.


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in the body. These toxins FROM PAGE 1 include everything from I bought it, along with heavy metals, chlorine and some junk food I didn’t need. pesticides.” (Never go shopping when According to the National you’re hungry. But I digress.) Center for Biotechnology I took the yo-yo out of its Information and the United packaging and tested it in States Environmental Prothe store parking lot. I was a tection Agency, more than little disappointed when it one billion pounds of peswouldn’t sleep (spin at the ticides are used in the U.S. end of the string), but what each year. Slade warns that did I expect for $1? a large portion of these are I figured I’d play with it for sprayed on fruits, vegetables a bit to get the yo-yo urge out and nuts – the very foods we of my system, and that have been told are healthy would be the end of it. for us. Slade encourages his Not so. clients to eat organic. The more I guided the toy “Pesticides are sprayed up and down its string, the directly on our food in the more I wanted to attempt United States,” he said. some tricks. And before I “When you look at these knew what was happening, a chemicals, they bioaccuBrain and Fireball two-pack mulate in everything we was in my eat. They get into our blood shopping cart. I snapped out stream. By simply eating of the trance (that neonorganic, you can reduce that orange circle going up and a great deal.” down must have hypnotized Slade said people suffering me), when the order confirmation email came through. Did I have a yo-yo string around my finger, or was it the yo-yo that had me FROM PAGE 2 wrapped up? Fishing Summer Camp at What is it about such a simple toy that’s so enraptur- Keystone College, sponsored by Trout Unlimited. The ing? camp is available for teens Maybe it’s that simple. all over Northeast PennsylThe popularity of the yovania and runs from June yo has gone up and down over the years, and manufac- 23-29. It is a sleep-over camp turers have added new spins with campers staying in the to the toy, but it remains fun- college dorms. They will be taught environmental condamentally fun. servation and the art and So, to my fellow past and sciences of trout fishing. present yo-yoers, happy Cost is $450 with some scholNational Yo-Yo Day. arship money available. Boy May the centripetal force Scouts can get their fly fishbe with you. ing merit badge and Girl Scouts can get their stream girl patch. For more information,call 570-954-5042 or email To register, visit JUNE 24-27 Abington Area Youth Field Hockey Camp: Monday, June 24 through Thursday, June 27, 8 a.m. to noon at South Abington Park. For girls entering third through eighth grades. Field Hockey sticks available to use. To register, contact Michelle

with chronic Lyme disease and other parasites see benefits with proper diet. He educates clients on basic nutrition and then builds a diet plan from there, helping them address chronic issues such as inflammation and gut problems. Slade recommends superfoods. When foods like turmeric, kale or moringa are introduced into an organic diet, he said most people see a huge impact in just a couple weeks. “These are foods carrying a tremendous amount of minerals and natural nutrition,” he said. “The rest of the world is studying and using this knowledge,” Slade said of organic nutrition and superfoods. “Over here in America it is different. We don’t know, we haven’t been told or we’re not interested. We’re addicted to donuts and sugar, and simply can’t

break our unhealthy patterns, or aren’t willing to do the work, and educate ourselves on how to care for our bodies. What I know is that this is what worked for me.” Slade said he experienced firsthand the benefits of organic nutrition as a line of defense against disease. He battled chronic Lyme disease, chronic fatigue, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and severe digestive issues. Daily seizures confined him to a wheel chair. After seven years, numerous tests, and medical treatments Slade said he realized that nutrition was key. His wife suggested they go organic. Slade didn’t know about pesticides at that time, but was willing to change his diet to be completely organic. Everything – even herbs to season food – and anything he put into his mouthwas organic. He saw what

he described as “remarkable change” within three weeks. Slade said that people who have Lyme disease, chronic auto immune disease and gut issues can see improvement through proper nutrition, and by eliminating toxins in their body. Slade has two doctorates, including a Ph.D. in Natural Medicine. His passion now is to educate and help others. His seminar on Saturday will cover a wide range of topics, and he hopes people who are suffering will be open to learn about the benefits of natural health and organic nutrition. “We try to present this stuff in a way that people can understand it,” he said. “It’s fun and it’s free. It’s a way to bring the community together. We will talk about nutrition. These seminars are about encouraging people in their nutrition, and showing them the seri-

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LaCoe at 570-851-9492. JUNE 24-28 Our Lady of the Snows & Church of St. Gregory’s VBS: “Roar! Life is Wild, God is Good” is the theme of this year’s Vacation Bible School, Monday through Friday, June 24-28, 9 a.m. to noon at Our Lady of Peace School., 410 N. Abington Road, Clarks Green. For information, visit olsparish. net or call 570-586-1741 or 570-587-4808. Dalton United Methodist Church VBS: “Roar! Life is Wild, God is Good” is the theme of this year’s Vacation Bible School, Monday through Friday, June 24-28 (time to be announced) at Dalton United Methodist Church, 125 Turnpike Road, Dalton. For more information, search for the church on Facebook or call 570-563-1619. 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 indraloka. org/mini-earth-camp. For more information, email or call 570-763-2908. Clarks Green Assembly of God VBS: “Going Fishing” is the theme of this year’s Vacation Bible School, Wednesday through Friday, June 26-28, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Clarks Green Assembly of God, 204 S. Abington Road, Clarks Green. For more info, call 570-586-8286 or visit

JULY 8-12 First Presbyterian Church VBS: “Athens: Paul’s Dangerous Journey” is the theme of this year’s Vacation Bible School, Monday through Friday, July 8-12, 9 a.m. to noon at the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School Street. For more information, visit or call 570-586-6306. Lake Winola United Methodist Church VBS: “Mars and Beyond” is the theme of this year’s Vacation Bible School, Monday through Friday, July 8-12, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lake Winola United Methodist Church, 326 Maple Drive, Lake Winola. For more information, call 570-3782806. Countryside Community Church VBS: “Roar! Life is Wild, God is Good” is the theme of this year’s Vacation Bible School, Monday through Friday, July 8-12, 5:30-8 p.m. at Countryside Community Church, 14011

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ousness of it. We talk about why nutrition matters, and what you may be missing in your diet. “Everyone’s needs are different. We look at this holistically. There is no onesize-fits-all. It’s just good old fashioned hard work. It’s eating your vegetables, like your grandmother said. Turns out she was right. But most likely your grandmother was an organic gardener.” To register for the free Natural Health Seminar, call 570-647-4622 or visit bit. ly/2QFZ6Zl.

Register To register for the free Natural Health Seminar, scheduled for Saturday, June 8 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Clarks Green Assembly of God, call 570-6474622 or visit bit. ly/2QFZ6Zl.

Orchard Drive, Newton Township. For more information, visit or call 570-5873206. JULY 15-19 Clarks Summit United Methodist Church VBS: “Roar! Life is Wild, God is Good” is the theme of this year’s Vacation Bible School, Monday through Friday, July 15-19, 5:45-8:15 p.m. at Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 1310 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit. For more information, visit or call 570-587-2571. JULY 22-26 Clarks Green United Methodist Church VBS: “Rolling River Rampage” is the theme of this year’s Vacation Bible School, Monday through Friday, July 22-26 at Clarks Green United Methodist Church, 119 Glenburn Road, Clarks Green. For more information, visit or call 570-586-8946.

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