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David Porter of Clarks Summit is the artist behind The Pillar Art Collection which now hangs on the pillars in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, Clarks Summit.


Local artist creates collection for church CLARKS SUMMIT — A church in the Abingtons recently added art to its sanctuary. A long-time supporter of the arts, First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit secured artwork for the pillars that flank either side of the auditorium. A member of the church, David Porter, offered to create 10 pieces that would represent themes important to the congregation. Porter has worked in art and design ever since graduating from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and Architecture in 1977. He’s been an art director, designer and an artist for newspapers and magazines across the United States. He is a professor in the visual arts department at Keystone College. He recently produced a documentary. He and Donna, his wife of 43 years, live in Clarks Summit. They have a son, Jacob and daughter, Kaitlin. In 2018, the Music and Wor-

ship Committee of First Presbyterian Church was granted funds to decorate the pillars between the stained-glass windows of the sanctuary. Porter volunteered to donate original works of art. He was awarded the Chamberlain Chair for distinguished faculty service at Keystone College in May 2018. The school gave him a sabbatical, so he had the time to devote to finishing the pieces. “Everything kind of aligned at that time and I felt confident I could complete this project,” Porter said. Concepts for the project were solicited from the congregation of First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit. Porter used images to create collages. Each of the 10 pieces focuses on a theme that is important to the members of the church. Though the mixed media artwork is simplistic in theme, the pieces are also complex with layers of images, numerous scenes and various colors.

The images’ relations to and interactions with each other create a variety of concepts. Some pieces have a contrast of black and white art alongside colorful images. In the work titled “Women,” the black and white images show the struggle of women and things women have had to overcome. The piece also has colorful images of women as they rise to leadership and empowerment. Faith is a thread that appeared in many of Porter’s pieces. The work titled “Prayer” has the words to “The Lord’s Prayer” on it. At the top is a large ear which Porter said signifies the ear of God listening to the prayers of his children. “Creation” shows a collage of creatures from many species, scenes of nature and a beam of light signifying the beginning of time, reaching out from a center point. Porter explained he hoped this piece Please see Artist, Page 12

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David Porter, professor of visual arts at Keystone College in La Plume, hangs his artwork in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit. The pieces are mixed media collages that took a year to complete. Porter presented the church with 10 pieces all focusing on themes important to the congregation.

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and often held a second job during tax season. The long hours often S. ABINGTON TWP. led to frozen dinners and — Jason Burke, an adfast food. vanced placement (AP) “I can’t imagine what human geography teachit would have been like to er at Abington Heights have to have our own garHigh School, was inden,” he said. “I want to spired when he learned give families the opportuabout Gardens for Single nities that we didn’t have.” Moms, a volunteer projIn relation to the secect that builds gardens tion on agriculture in AP bURkE for single mothers in OrHuman Geography, Burke lando, Florida. So much gives his students their so that he decided to create his own own seedlings to grow on the first program. day of class. The students can keep For Burke, the project hits close the seedlings or transfer the plants to home. After all, he was raised by to the school’s gardens. a single mother. As a child, he witCoincidentally, during the same nessed the challenges his mother, time Burke was teaching the agAlice Manley faced, in order to pro- riculture section this year, he was vide him with the best life possible. asked by his mother to read a post “My mother worked hard to put she found on Facebook: a story food on the table,” said Burke. “We about a grassroots organization always had dinner, she never let us called “Gardens for Single Moms.” go hungry.” With the help of volunteers, the orBurke’s mother worked full-time ganization builds gardens for single


Destination staycation, part two Two weeks ago, I wrote about my favorite staycation destinations – day trips within a two-hour drive from Clarks Summit. I mentioned stops in Ithaca, New York (the Ithaca Farmers Market and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology); the sprawling Hickory Run State Park in Carbon County and Knoebels Amusement Resort near Elysburg. I asked readers to write in with their own recommendations, which resulted in several more trips to add to my staycation bucket list. ■ Readers, Joanne Stetz and Rich Winslow, both mentioned Jim Thorpe. I kicked myself – mentally – for not thinking of it myself. This charming town is “consistently ranked on national media ‘best’ lists and recognized among the most fun, most beautiful, most romantic and best adventure towns to visit,” according to the Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency’s website, It’s a one-hour drive (56 miles) from Clarks Summit via the Pennsylvania Turnpike. “Nestled in the breathtaking Lehigh Gorge, this Victorian town is teeming with history, romance and family fun,” the website continues. “You’ll enjoy the walkable downtown’s accommodations, shops, restaurants, pubs, wine-tasting and live entertainment, as well as all the outdoor adventure you’d expect in the Pocono Mountains.” Winslow described Jim Thorpe as “a quaint town which offers nice restaurants, a nice train ride and an old jailhouse that once held the famous Molly Maguires.” He added it’s especially beautiful in the fall. Stetz said it’s “always a fun place to go. “A few years ago, our two Cocker Spaniels were up in years, so we decided to stay home from your usual shore vacation,” Stetz wrote. “It certainly was a nice week.” ■ Another of her destinations that week was the Delaware Water Gap, where she took the trolley tour of the area, followed by a nice lunch. Information about this tour can be found online Please see Staycation, Page 12

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Jason Burke’s geography club students at Abington Heights built and planted 8-by-4-foot raised garden beds for single-parent homes. They also planted deck boxes for African migrants living in Scranton. The gardens include watermelons, tomatoes, broccoli, pumpkins and green bell peppers. mothers. The women are taught how to maintain the garden so they can grow food for their children in the future.

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COMMUNIty CAleNdAr UPCOMING AUG. 8 Fishers: Weasels of the Wild: Thursday, Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m. at Lackawanna State Park. The Pennsylvania Game Commission will present a program on the fisher as part of its summer wildlife educational series. Information and Education Supervisor William Williams will describe the recovery of fisher populations in Pennsylvania and explain the ecology, behavior and management of this secretive predator. Admission is free. Registration is required and can be made by calling 570-9457110. AUG. 9 Memory Cafe: Friday, Aug. 9, 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 enjoy coffee and treats and socialize with others. Free. For more information, visit or call 570-575-0384. AUG. 10 Countryside Community Church Chicken Barbecue: Saturday, Aug. 10, 3-6 p.m. at the church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Newton Twp. Take out or eat in. Limited walk-in dinners available. Cost is $11. Musical entertainment at the VFW: Saturday, Aug. 10, 8 p.m. at the Abington Memorial VFW Post 7069. Enjoy the music of “Marilyn Kennedy.” AUG. 13 & 20 Bus Trips to Glimmerglass Opera: Two bus trips to Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, New York will



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take place in August. Tuesday, Aug. 13 will feature ‘La Traviata’ and Tuesday, Aug. 20 will present ‘Showboat.’ The trips are sponsored by Jean and Gene Starke. Fee of $95 will include bus transportation, lunch, opera tickets and a meeting with the show’s artistic director. For more information, call 570-881-7612, visit or email Sean at to make reservations. AUG. 16 - SEPT. 10 Abington Art Studio exhibit: The work of Abington Art Studio students is the focus of a gallery exhibit running from Aug. 16 to Sept. 10 at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St., Clarks Summit. A gallery opening Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. will be followed by open gallery hours Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 4 p.m. for the remainder of the exhibit. For more information, visit gatheringplacecs. org. AUG. 24 Step Into the Light: Saturday, Aug. 24, 6 p.m. at Clarks Green Assembly of God, 204 S. Abington Road. Suicide, addiction and mental illness will be discussed in this free event. Mike Gillern will share the personal story of the loss of his son, Jake Gillern, and what sustains him through this fresh experience. Refreshments will follow. For more information, call Mike at 570-677-4039 or Pastor Dan Miller at 570-5868286. AUG. 31 Musical entertainment at the VFW: Saturday, Aug. 31, 8 p.m. at Abington Memorial VFW Post 7069. FullCircle will play feel good favorites of the 1950s-’80s. SEPT. 7 Inaugural Fleetville Fall Fair: Saturday, Sept. 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fleetville Volunteer Fire Company of Benton Twp. station and grounds, 58 Firehouse Lane. Features a variety of vendors. Funds raised will go toward a new tanker. Also includes games for the kids and opportunities to get up close and personal with the firefighters and apparatus, a farm animal petting pen, pet rescue and agility demonstration, American flag retirement ceremony, balloon artist and face painting and more. Smoke detectors available while supplies last. For updates and more information, follow the Facebook event page at or visit SEPT. 10 Casino trip: Tuesday, Sept. 10. Clarks Summit Fire Company J.W. Hall Auxiliary bus trip to Tioga Downs Casino. $20 includes $30 in free play and $10 food voucher. Leaves Clarks Summit at 9 a.m. and returns by 6:30 p.m. Call 570-5869656, ext. 4 for reservations and further details. SEPT. 20 Harry McGrath Memorial Golf Tournament & Dinner Celebration: The Greater Scranton YMCA will host the Inaugural Harry McGrath Memorial Golf Tournament and Dinner Celebration Friday, Sept. 20, 1:30 p.m. at Glen Oak Country Club, 250 Oakford Road, Clarks Summit. Registration begins at 10 a.m. A dinner celebration will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Black Tie Stereo. For more info or to register, visit conta. cc/2OvkDTO or contact Please see Calendar, Page 12


libraries partner for lego, American Girl bingo

The Abington Communtity Library and Taylor Community Library will hold a joint American Girl and Lego bingo event Sunday, Aug. 18, 1-4 p.m. Doors open at noon. There will be bingo games, specials, raffle baskets, a 50/50 raffle, food and more. Tickets are on sale at both libraries for $20 pre-sale and $25 at the door. The bingo games will be held at the Greenwood Hose Co. in Moosic. Pictured are Renee Roberts, left, project manager at the Abington Community Library, and Jeanie Sluck, director of the Taylor Community Library.

Leadership Lackawanna Fundraiser benefits now accepting project recreation programs applications SCRANTON — Area nonprofit organizations are invited to submit a Request For Proposal (RFP) to Leadership Lackawanna for implementation as a class community service project. The Leadership Lackawanna organization will select multiple projects for the incoming class to work on throughout the program year (October 2019 through Ju n e 2 0 2 0 ) . T h i s ye a r marks the 37th year of the Leadership Lackawanna organization. For nonprofit organizations and community groups, this invitation to submit an RFP presents an opportunity to use the services of a talented team of professionals. The group can help with a project an organization’s leadership has had in mind but lacked the human resources to accomplish. At the same time, the organization can expose a group of established and emerging leaders to its mission and goals. This is a mutually beneficial experience for t h e a g e n cy a n d t h e s e

emerging professionals. P a s t p r o j e c t s h av e included: renovations to the Pavilion at Nay Aug Park, the Electric City Trolley Museum Association’s “Bay 4,” the creation of a pre-teen/teenager ro o m at t h e N a n cy K . Holmes Public Library, the restoration of Hanlon’s Grove inside Nay Aug Park, the creation of a web game for the Lackawanna Historical Society and an online database of historic buildings for the City of Scranton. Projects must have a reasonable scope and budget and cannot include capital campaigns, rebranding/ branding/marketing campaigns or raising large sums of money. For more information or to download a proposal, visit Questions may be directed to Leadership Lackawanna Executive Director Nicole Morristell at or 570-3427711. The deadline to submit is Friday, Aug. 23.

MARRIAGE LICENSES ■ Thomas John Phillips and Kathy Ann Cardillo, both of Clarks Summit. ■ Parker James Reinecker and hannah Jean Surace, both of Scott Twp. ■ Eugene Paul Fitzpatrick and Angela Farrell, both of Clarks Summit. DIVORCES SOUGHT ■ David Wanchisen, Clarks Summit, v. Palmer Wanchisen, Clarks Summit; married Sept. 21, 2012, in Lackawanna County; John R. Williams Jr., attorney. ■ Melissa Jones, boulder, Colo., v. Vance Jones, Clarks Green; married Dec. 27, 1987; Marjorie DeSanto barlow, attorney. PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS ■ S&M Partners, Dalton, to Sorel LLC, Clarks Green; a property in Scott Twp. for $70,000. ■ Kenneth and Linda Powell, Scott Twp., to Christopher J. bianchi and Jessica L. Toro, South Abington Twp.; a property at 196 beckett Drive, South Abington Twp., for $546,766. ■ Joseph Soliman and Nabil Nasre to Waverly 197-2 LLC; a property in Scott Twp. for $750,000. ■ Robert A. and Denise R. Kern, South Abington Twp., to Monica Raquel Nasella, barbara Dondero and Russell Nasella; a property at 1003 bernard Place, South Abington Twp., for $262,000. ■ Shelley R,. Kresge, Lake Winola, to Robert A. Lantka ii; a property at 4017-4019 Pondview Drive, South Abington Twp., for $312,000. ■ Kevin P. and Natalie Kearney to Jeffrey M. and Erin Walker Costanzo; a property at 7 Country Club Place, South Abington Twp., for $130,000. ■ Mark V. and Susan D. Lombardi, Dalton, to Lance Sherrey and Tessa M. bucciarelli, Tunkhannock; two parcels in Dalton for $205,000. ■ brent E. and Laura C. Smith, Newton Twp., to Jordan and Emily Guse, Scranton; a property at 1020 Newton Road, Newton Twp., for $219,900. ■ Gina Cost and Mike Kersavage, Clarks Summit, to

Jeffrey S. Stanavitch and James G. Stanavitch, as tenants by the entireties, Lackawanna County; a property at 101 Sunset Drive, North Abington Twp., for $163,893. ■ Gravel LLC, Clarks Green, to Florey Lumber Co. inc., Clarks Summit; a property in South Abington Twp. for $85,000. ■ brendan Wayne and Rebekah Sue Arbuckle, Waverly Twp., to Faraaz and Mariam Siddiqui, South Abington Twp.; a property at 1207 Longview Terrace, Waverly Twp., for $485,000. ■ Gregory T. and Jodi S. Armstrong, South Abington Twp., to Victor L. iii and Stacy L. Cognetti, Scranton; a property at 300 Jefferson St., South Abington Twp., for $236,900. ■ Jane and Robert becchetti, bradenton, Fla., to Michael and Mary Lazar, benton Twp.; a property at 9 Colvin Road, benton Twp., for $115,000. ■ Surestone investments LLC to George and Diane Shibley, Clarks Summit; a property at 199 Johnson Road, Scott Twp., for $222,500. ■ Mary Ellen D. Conaboy, agent for Josephine M. Mahon, Clarks Summit, to Melissa LeStrange, Jefferson Twp.; a property at 211 harvard Ave., Clarks Summit, for $325,000. ■ Rosemarie and Leo hugh Yaeger, Sandra Jean and Theodore Seymour, Ann Marie Taylor, and Frances A. Evans, life tenant, by her agent, Sandra Jean Seymour, Scranton, to bozhidar Neshkov and holly LaCapra, Clarks Summit, as joint tenants with rights of survivorship; a property at 607 Stafford Ave., Scranton, for $99,500. ■ uSA huD to John R. Thompson, Clarks Summit; a property at 207 Midway Ave., Clarks Summit, for $85,000. ■ William F. Jr. and Mary E. Dingler, Clarks Summit, to Sean E. bannon, Milford; a property at 1017 Woodland Way, Clarks Summit, for $299,900. ■ Lawrence F. Costa Family Trust to Joseph Michael and Viviana Katrina Kugler; a property in North Abington Twp. for $235,000.

WAVERLY TWP. — The d’oeuvres will be prepared Wav e r l y C o m m u n i t y by area establishments H o u s e ( C o m m ) , 1 1 1 5 including Basilico’s, The North Abington Road, Black Box Café, Caravia, will host its annual sum- Constantino’s, Cuppa m e r t i m e f u n d r a i s e r, C a ke C a f é , G l e n O a k Cocktails for the Courts Country Club, Jessie’s Friday, Aug. 16 from 6-8 Place, Jumbo, New City Café at Greystone Garp.m., rain or shine. The event was original- dens, Nina’s, POSH, State ly conceived to raise mon- Street Grill, Waverly Deli ey for the improvement and more. Music is provided by and maintenance of the tennis courts. Proceeds The Von Storch Trio. Two exhibits will be on from this year’s Cocktails for the Courts will benefit display that evening: an all community recreation art exhibit by recipients programs at the Comm, of the Belin Arts Scholarfurthering its mission to ship (in the Waverly Small provide a safe place for Works Gallery) and a t h e c o m m u n i t y a n d George M. D. Lewis exhibit (in the beyond library) on to play. loan from O n e the Lackadoesn’t wanna Historhave to be ical Society. a tennis playCocktails for the e r t o at t e n d , Courts is sponsored just someone who by Classic Properties wants to support recwith media sponsorship reation for all ages and by Lamar Advertising. abilities while samTickets are $25 and are pling spirits and tasty available at the door or in bites from local eateradvance at the Comm ies. Signature cockoffice or online at tails will be served along One must be 21 with wine and b e e r . H o r s GETTY FREEDOM iMAGES or older to attend.

COUrt NOtes ■ John Farrell, also known as John A. Farrell, by agent, Robert bodine, Clarks Summit, to Teri butts, Lackawanna County; a property at 506 harwood Ave., Clarks Summit, for $124,500. ■ Kathy and William McDonough, Dunmore; George and Ann bragan, Clarks Summit; and John G. Sacco Jr., Springfield, Va.; to Jean Carlos Torres Lopez; a property at 2109 Dorothy St., Scranton, for $72,900. ■ Joseph J. and Donna M. holmes, Clarks Summit, to LPO holdings LLC, Throop; two parcels at 1601 Electric St., Dunmore, for $74,000. ■ R.D. Noto & Son Construction inc., South Abington Twp., to Vincent and Rachel Giannotti, Palmyra; a property in South Abington Twp. for $96,500. ■ Christopher i. and Karen S. Davis, Altoona, to Timothy D. and Dawn C. huber, South Abington Twp.; a property at 212 Sunnyside Ave., South Abington Twp., for $170,000. ■ Ashley L. brenneman and Robert J. Tompkins Jr., Lackawanna County, to Casey

N. Morgan, Lackawanna County; a property at 128 Gravel Pond Road, South Abington Twp., for $249,900. ■ William E. and Nancy L. Tighe to Kaitlin O’Sullivan and James Spangler, as joint tenants with rights of survivorship; a property at 1710 Falls Road, Newton Twp., for $200,000. ESTATES FILED ■ Mary Catherine Addis, 425 Clark Ave., Clarks Summit, letters of administration to Ronald L. Addis, same address. ■ John R. hatton, 547 Deerfield Road, South Abington Twp., letters of administration to brenda hatton, same address. STATE TAX LIEN ■ Northeast Title & Tag inc., 215 S. State St., Clarks Summit; $2,780.15. BENCH WARRANT Judge Thomas Munley has issued the following bench warrant for failure to appear on fines and costs: ■ Kevin Zawadzki, 108 benton Road, Dalton; $3,132.

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Open mic in Dalton a great opportunity to get those experiences and help build confidence in performing music or sharing your stories, poetry or jokes with family and friends.” Palaskas said he and Brent Tripp, fire company lieutenant, “kicked the idea around” back in May, then ran it by Justin Sturdevant, president. “We all agreed the project would benefit the community,” Palaskas said. “We officially presented the idea for the event at the fire company board meeting in June to get feedback from the rest of the board members. It was a unanimous decision and they agreed to sponsor the event providing the location and support.” Palaskas added he’s hosted and performed in open mics in the area off and on for the past 20 years. He plays a variety of instruments with a focus on percussion. For this event, he is serving as organizer and sound man. He

will also provide equipment and musical instruments at the event. McGrath’s Pub will donate food for the event. “There are so many talented people in our area,” said Palaskas. “The local schools have great music programs with a lot of talented students. ... Not to mention the huge amount of local bands and artists who have been performing in our area for years.” “We encourage all musicians, poets, comedians, storytellers and performers of all kinds to come take the stage, and we encourage the rest of you to come support these talented people as our audience, have some food and some fun,” Palaskas said. “If we get enough interest, we will continue this event every month.” For additional information or to volunteer for the event, call 570-280-0292 or visit the Facebook event page at





DALTON — Poets, comedians, storytellers, musicians and dancers are welcome to participate in the Dalton Community Open Mic Night set for Thursday, Aug. 22 from 5-8 p.m. at Baily Hollow Hall in the Dalton Fire Company Station 5, 109 S. Turnpike Road. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. to allow performers to sign up and prepare for the show. Admission is free and the event is open to all ages. “Open mics are rewarding,” said event organizer, Greg Palaskas. “I have been a music teacher giving private lessons for about 15 years, and I love to work with new students. It is so rewarding to watch them grow and obtain the next skill level. At that stage, we switch focus from learning to read, write and practice music to working with other musicians in bands and performing in front of audiences. “Open mics like this are


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Church to address suicide effects, prevention CLARKS GREEN — Clarks Green Assembly of God, 204 S. Abington Road, will host Step Into the Light on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. The event is an evening of sharing about the pain inflicted on friends and family by suicide, but more so the hope that is available to all. Mike Gillern will share the personal story of the loss of his son, Jake Gillern, and what sustains him through this fresh experience. Suicide, addiction and mental illness will be discussed in this free event. Refreshments will follow. For more information, call Mike at 570-677-4039 or Pastor Dan Miller at 570-586-8286.

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husband. She loved to bake and cook; her specialties were her meatballs and sauce and also cupcakes. Maureen was a wonderful mother and wife; anyone who was in her presence was touched by her loving and caring heart. One of her favorite sayings was, “If you don’t have something nice to say about someone, don’t say it at all.” Also surviving are her son, Paul; and her daught e r, M a r i s s a , b o t h at



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Maureen Bernardi, 61, of South Abington Twp., peacefully passed away Thursday surrounded by her loving family at the Wilkes-Bar re General Hospital following a lengthy illness. She is survived by her loving husband, Paul Bernardi. Maureen and Paul were mar ried 28 years and were together for over 45 years. She was born in Scranton, daughter of the late Enrico and Alice Cavanaugh Bonifanti. She attended the Scranton School District and was a graduate of the Lackawanna County Vocational Nursing Program. Following graduation, she spent years caring for the elderly. Maureen enjoyed going fishing on the boat with h e r f a m i l y, s h o p p i n g with her daughter, road trips with her son and pizza on Friday with her


home; two sisters, Luann Bonifanti, Plymouth Meeting; Liz Reviello and her husband, Glenn, Scranton; nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a brother, William Bonifanti. The funeral was conducted on Monday from the Guido-Fiorillo Funeral Home, 120 S. Main Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Lucy’s Church, 949 Scranton St. Inter ment followed in the Cathedral Cemetery. Friends were invited to call Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. M e m o r i a l c o n t r i bu tions can be made in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Please visit the funeral home website to leave an online condolence.

August adventures

Here we are at the beginning of August, and I can’t believe how quickly summer is passing. I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful season. Spending time with family, going on vacations and getting plenty of sunshine is my wish for all. We’ve been enjoying many summer activities at the Dalton Community Library with the children and their families. What fun we’ve had watching a magic show, doing yoga classes, being creative with art, providing safety programs and sharing time to build and learn together. The activities we’ve had have been both educational and fun. Although during August our Summer Quest will come to an end, there’s still time to enjoy the last few weeks for anyone interested.

During August, the libraries in Lackawanna County are accepting donations for the Ronald McDonald House in Scranton. With your donations, the Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home for families with seriously ill or injured children in area hospitals. Donated items needed are: ■ Paper plates ■ Paper cereal bowls ■ Freezer bags ■ Plastic silverware ■ Dish detergent ■ Pot scrubbers ■ Trash bags ■ Window cleaner ■ Febreeze disinfectant spray ■ Furniture polish ■ Mr. Clean Magic Eraser ■ Fabric softeners ■ OxiClean ■ Laundry detergent

■ Lint rollers ■ Stain remover Donations can be dropped off at any Lackawanna County Library System location. In preparation for the September Saturday Spotlight book club, we’d like to spread the word that the group has chosen the book, “Becoming,” by Michelle Obama for its monthly selection. We hope everyone takes time to read this book and joins the group at the end of next month on Sept. 28 at 10:30 a.m. The more, the merrier. Best wishes to all of the children in our area beginning a new school year this month. Take a deep breath, do the best you can, and remember to take time out to have fun.

Antonio Crisostomo July 31, 2019

Antonio Crisostomo, 13, of Clarks Summit, and formerly of Kissimmee, Fla., died Wednesday. Born in Philadelphia, son of Ambiorix and Amanda Crisostomo Jr., he was a strong and courageous boy who battled hypoplastic left heart syndrome since birth. Antonio, who received a heart transplant in 2011, was full of life and loved his family. He had an infectious smile sisters, Gracy and Lilyanand enjoyed motorcycles. na; grandparents, AmbiAlso surviving are two orix and Victoria Crisosto-

mo; and David and Cheryl Slevenski; godparents, Joseph and Lois Vidra; aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by g reat-g randmothers, Edith Slevenski and Aura Sanchez. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Ann’s Basilica. Friends were invited to call Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Eagen-Hughes Funeral Home, 2908 Birney Ave., Scranton.


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Music on the Lawn Craft Fair & Yard Sale August 24th

On the grounds of the Lake Winola United Methodist Church Live Christian Music Mike Lewis from Nashville, TN 2:00 – 3:00 Mill City Assembly of God Praise Band from Mill City, PA 3:30 – 4:30 The Cedar Routes from Allentown, PA 5:00 – 6:00 Stephen Perillo and the Followers from Shavertown, PA 6:30 – 7:30 Movie: “God Bless the Broken Road” by the Campfire 8:00 – 10:00 A free will offering will be taken to offset band expenses. The Balloon Lady from 3:00 – 6:00 making free balloon creations for the kids Model “A” Club of Northeast PA from 1:00 – dusk Dunk the Pastor – Dunk pastors from around the area.

Craft Fair / Yard Sale starting at 1:00 Chicken BBQ 4:00 - 7:00 Presale Tickets available Tickets are $10.00 presale / $12.00 day of (for full dinner) Call Mark at 570-351-7365 for tickets. (Chicken, Potato, Coleslaw, Roll, Baked Beans, Drink, Dessert)

Tickets for Chicken Halves only will also be available the day of event for $5.00 each.

Craft / Yard Sale Vendors WANTED Please call Mark at 570-351-7365 This is a Smoke Free / Alcohol Free Event. This is a Rain or Shine Event. No pets please.

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Farm to Fork feast

SCRANTON — The fifth annual Farm to Fork dinner, presented by United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania (UNC), will return to the scenic grounds of Stone Meadow Gardens in Newton Township on Aug. 17, from 6-9 p.m. The menu for the evening will feature locally g rown, fresh ingredients from the farms that participate i n U N C ’s S o u t h S i d e Farmers Market and will b e p re p a re d by S t at e Street Grill. The benefits of the evening’s healthy feast won’t just nourish the attendees who consume them. All proceeds from the event will help the individuals and families who receive services at UNC’s Community Health Department. Located at 425 Alder Street in Scranton, UNC’s Community

Health Department provides low-income, uninsured and underinsured individuals with muchneeded health care services such as transportation assistance, medication management, health screenings, chronic disease management, care coordination, h e a l t h e d u c at i on a n d social support. Since its inception in 2014, UNC’s Community Health team of nurses, licensed social workers and public health professionals has helped more than 1,000 people who need assistance accessing and navigating health care services. Farm to Fork typically raises more than $10,000 for the agency. Dinner will be served in the historic bar n at Stone Meadow Gardens, which was built in 1928 and renovated by current

owners Bob and Helen McMinn into a modern, industrial event space. The evening will include wine from Lucchi Family Wine Cellars, raffle prizes and live music by guitarist Matthew Stopper. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased online at far m-to-fork or by contacting Jill Eidenberg at 570-346-0759, ext. 114. Major sponsors of the eve nt i nclude Grimm Construction, WNEP-TV, Lamar Advertising, Geisinger, PNC Bank, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Toyota of Scranton, Mitsubishi Chemical A dv a n c e d M a t e r i a l s , American Janitor & Paper Supply, Community Bank, N.A., AmeriHealth Caritas Northeast, Stone Meadow Gardens and Lucchi Family Wine Cellars.

Local residents among new board members, officers at Marywood University SCRANTON — Waverly Karam is a managing Township resident Flora member of Dark Waters Keating Karam is among the Project, LLC, a real estate six new members recently renovation and rental manelected to Maryagement company. wood University’s S h e p rev i o u s ly Board of Trustees. worked in retail Clarks Green resisales and managedent Susan Cognetment, clothing ti was named secremanufacturing and tary of the board. customer service/ Other new board account managemembers include: ment. KEATING Karam’s commuSister Mary Elaine KARAM n i t y a c t iv i t i e s Anderson, IHM, include past leaderScranton; Michael ship roles as board E. Bugno, New chair for Scranton York City; Robert J. Preparatory School, (Bobby) Lynett, the Everhart MuseScranton; Sister um, First Night Kathleen LunScranton and Scransmann, IHM, ton Community Washington, D.C., Concerts, as well as and Sister Kelly past board member Quinn, IHM, COGNETTI of Lackawanna HerManhasset, New itage Valley PartYork. The slate of board officers ners, Women’s Resource Cenfor 2019-2020 also includes: ter, Keystone College, MarkLisa A. Lori, Esq., Philadel- ing the Millennium (Scranton phia, board chair; Pia Fer- Tomorrow), and the Lucan rario, New York City, vice Center for the Arts. A graduate of Scranton chair, and James G. Gavin, M.S.W., Scranton, treasurer. Preparatory School, Karam Officers are elected for a holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and finance from three-year term.

Simmons College in Boston. Cognetti serves as a paralegal and office manager at Cognetti & Cimini. Since beginning her service as a Marywood trustee in 2014, Cognetti has served as chair of the Committee on Trustees and as a member of the Enrollment Services and Student Success Committee and the Executive Committee. She has been the secretary of the board since 2016. Cognetti serves as Eucharistic Minister at St. Gregory’s Parish, where she was also Parish Coordinator for First Penance and First Communion for more than 25 years. Upon graduation from St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset, New York, she was a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist and a New York State Regent Scholarship recipient. A graduate of Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, where she majored in psychology and was certified to teach Elementary Education, K-8, Cognetti later earned her Paralegal Certification from the Pennsylvania State University in State College.

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SUPPORT: Growing gardens FROM PAGE 1

is an environmental activist and is the creator of The Food Waste Fiasco, a campaign that strives to end food waste and hunger in the U.S. Burke introduced the project to the members of the geography club at Abington Heights. The students loved the garden project and used the same idea for their own final club project. They made a brochure and presented it as a community outreach project at the Abington Heights Volunteers Fair. The club members chose two Abington Heights students who live in single-parent homes. They then built 8-by-4-foot raised beds for those families to grow their own gardens. “The kids did all of the work,” Burke explained. “They loaded the soil, planted the plants, put the cages over the tomatoes and wheelbarrowed all of the bags of

soil to the gardens. The kids were really into it.” The club also planted five deck boxes, designed specifically for apartment living, for a group of African migrants living in Scranton. The gardens include watermelons, tomatoes, broccoli, pumpkins and green bell peppers. Alicon Environmental in Dalton donated 24 bags of soil, Chinchilla Hardware and Garden Center donated garden boxes and the Kakareka family donated plants. “My plan is to build 100 gardens by the time I’m through,” explained Burke. “I’m thinking about building gardens for the local nursing homes. We can build the gardens higher, so people won’t have to bend over or get out of their wheelchairs. That’s the plan.” Donations for the gardens are accepted. Contact Burke at for more information.

Drawing the lines burke also teaches political geography. his students made pennsylvania electoral maps and voluntarily submitted them to the draw the Lines pA contest. the students won first and second place and three honorable mentions in the east region. the honorary mappers are invited to the announcement of the statewide winners at the state capital building on Sept. 24. burke will also be honored at that time. his Ap human geography class turned in the most map entries in the state. burke was also asked to create a unit lesson plan for other teachers to use.

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Abington Lions present scholarship

The Abington Lions Club recently presented a scholarship to Abington Heights senior, Amber Kusma at the school’s Senior Reflections Awards Program held at the Montdale Country Club. Kusma received the scholarship for her academic and community service achievements. She finished in the top percent of her graduating class and for the 2018-2019 term Kusma served as president of the Abington Lions Club. She plans to attend Syracuse University in the fall. From left: Rich Winslow, Abington Lions Club scholarship committee chairperson and Kusma.

SCHOOL BRIEFS Dean’s lists Albright College Christian Orlando of Clarks Summit was named to the spring dean’s list at Albright College. A graduate of Abington Heights High School, Orlando studied political science during the spring semester. To be eligible for the dean’s list, Albright students must earn a GPA of 3.75 or better while taking a minimum of three graded courses during a semester. Loyola University Maryland Loyola University Maryland announced the members of its spring dean’s list. In order to qualify, a student must achieve a minimum QPA of at least 3.5 for the term, provided that, in the term they have successfully completed courses totaling a minimum of 15 credits. The following local students were named: Cecilia Donahoe of North Abington Township Emily Marquardt of Waverly Township Jaclyn Morgan of Clarks Summit

Degrees earned Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Two Abington-area residents are among the nearly 1,300 students who received their academic degrees from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania on May 11: Jeanne Marie Cadman of South Abington Township graduated with a degree in Nursing Practice DNP. Brittany Harris of Clarks Summit graduated cum laude with a degree in Middle Level Ed (4-8) BSEd. The overall grade point average necessary for thehonors distinction of cum laude is 3.5-3.74. Hofstra University Regina Volpe of Clarks Summit graduated from Hofstra University in May, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English. Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown University conferred degrees for nearly 1,300 students for the spring semester. The school announces degree conferment twice a year, once in the winter and once in the summer. Commencement exercises are held in May and December; however, students finish the requirements for graduation throughout the entire year. The following local students were awarded degrees following the spring semester. Andrew K Barren of Dalton, Bachelor of Science in cinema, television and

media production Maria Rose Sunick of South Abington Township, Bachelor of Science in art education, magna cum laude. The cumulative grade point average necessary for the honors distinction of magna cum laude is 3.60. Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester Institute of Technology conferred 4,200 degrees this academic year at all its campuses including those in Croatia, Dubai, Kosovo and China. The university held its 134th annual commencement celebration in May. The following local residents received degrees: Sara Cobb of Dalton, Bachelor of Science in packaging science Spenser Lionetti of Clarks Summit, Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering technology U.S. Coast Guard Academy Scott R. Salmon of Clarks Summit graduated with honors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London Connecticut. Salmon received a bachelor’s degree in management with an accounting concentration and a commission as an ensign in the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard Academy offers a four-year educational program designed to provide cadets with the knowledge and experience essential to become leaders of character. As one of five federal service academies, it offers a higher education experience that emphasizes leadership, physical fitness and professional development. Cadets are required to devote themselves to an honor concept and after graduation go directly into positions of leadership in service to others. Salmon was assigned as a deck watch officer on the multi-mission, medium endurance cutter Harriet Lane. An honors graduate of Abington Heights High School and Marion Military Academy, Salmon is one of five children of Patrick and Kristin Salmon of Clarks Summit, grandson of the late Joe and Olga Fox of Clarks Summit and Jim and Jane Salmon of Moosic. Widener University Amy Balko of Dalton received a doctoral degree from Widener University. The school conferred degrees to more than 1,100 students in a ceremony Friday, May 17 at The Mann Center for the Peforming Arts, including 24 who earned a doctor of psycholo-

gy in clinical psychology through the university’s School of Human Service Professions. While these students took part in the May commencement ceremony, their studies officially concluded at the end of June, with the close of their academic internships.

Projects/research Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine Amelia Mackarey of Clarks Summit, a member of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s (GCSOM) MD Class of 2020, was selected to present a poster at the 2019 Gold Humanism Summit describing their work creating, developing and publishing the newsletter, Grateful at Geisinger. Grateful at Geisinger is a monthly student-run publication celebrating acts of kindness and encouragement that occur within the GCSOM community. Students, faculty and staff may submit “grateful” messages that are shared in the newsletter to promote camaraderie and positivity. The purpose of the newsletter is to help students battle burnout. Wilkes University Marissa Lewis of Dalton conducted summer research at Wilkes University. Ajay Bommareddy, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, worked with students in investigating the role of alpha-santalol, a derivative of sandalwood oil, in causing autophagy, a cell recycling process, in human prostate cancer cells. It is thought that autophagy may help suppress the development of cancer. The students were involved in culturing prostate cancer cells, treating the cells with various concentrations of alpha-santalol and processing the cells for protein analysis. Lewis is a pharmacy major.

Scholar-athletes Bloomsburg University Emily Clauss of Clarks Summit is among 164 Bloomsburg University student-athletes recognized as Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) ScholarAthletes for the 2018-19 academic year. The 164 Huskies join a PSAC-record 3,117 student-athletes from the league’s 17 institutions named to the list. In order to earn PSAC Scholar-Athlete recognition, each student-athlete must have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.25 throughout the year.

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Orchestra by the lake

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The Lakeside Wednesday Concerts will continue every Wednesday through Aug. 28 from 6-8 p.m. at Hillside Park. Admission is free; donations are accepted for the Dalton Food Pantry. The remaining schedule includes: Aug. 14: Presbybop Quintet Aug. 21 (Kids Night): The Wanabees Aug. 28: Friends of the Gypsy with Senator John Blake


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Chris DiMattio performs with Ken McGraw’s Brass & Ivory Orchestra for the July 31 installment of the Lakeside Wednesday Concerts series at Hillside Park.

Jamie Abda, 10, of South Abington Twp., displays his catch at the lake at Hillside Park during the July 31 Lakeside Wednesday Concert.

From left: Kayleigh Leonard, Leo, 7 months, and Megan Both the music and the kids were swinging at Hillside Park for the July 31 Lakeside Wednesday Concert by Boettcher, all of Clarks Summit, take in the music from Chris DiMattio and Ken McGraw’s Brass and Ivory Orchestra. From left: Matthew Demuth, 8; Norah DiMichele, the bench swing at Hillside Park. 6; Zoe Zymblosky, 4, and Zander Zymblosky, 9.

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Fair day at the Comm ElizabEth baumEistEr / staff Photos

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Sam Walker of Waverly Twp. and Melissa Walker of Dalton serve in the hot sun behind the sizzling grill dur- Murphy Lyle, 5, of Clarks Summit gets his face painted at the Waverly Community House during the annual ing the Comm Square Fair. Comm Square Fair.

Charlie Russini, 6, of Waverly Twp. aims for the dunk tank button just before dunking a Comm Camp counCaricaturist Ky Betts draws Autumn Mascia, 7, of South Abington Twp. at the Comm Square Fair Friday, July 26. selor at the Waverly Community House’s Square Fair.

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Sabatini places second at CrossFit Games Gigi Sabatini, 15, of Dalton, took second place in her age division at the Reebok Crossfit Games in Madison, Wisconsin on Sunday, Aug. 4. She is an incoming sophomore at Abington Heights High School.


Abington Heights High School sophomore Gigi Sabatini of Dalton, left, took second place for her age division at the international Reebok CrossFit Games held in Madison Wisconsin Aug. 1-4. In first place was Emma Cary of Missouri and in third place, Emma Lawson of Ontario, Canada.

Gigi Sabatini, 15, weighs only 109 lbs but was able to lift 180 in a two-rep overhead squat during competition. Sabatini competed in six workouts over three days at the international Reebok Crossfit Games and took second place for her age division.

Abington Area Lacrosse Camp snapshots More photos from this event can be viewed online and are available for purchase from our photo store at


Abington Area Lacrosse Camp was held Monday through Wednesday, July 15-17 at Hillside Park. The three-day camp received 50 campers between ages 6-14.


Maggie Henderson, left, defends as Naomi Rude cradles the ball.

CLIPBOARD Baseball/softball: Joe Ross will conduct a baseball/softball clinic Aug. 17, 10 a.m.-noon, and Aug. 18, noon-2 p.m., at the Sandlot Baseball Academy for players ages 7-16. Instruction will focus on infield/outfield play and offensive drills. Additional information or to register: Mike, 570969-1861. Basketball: The University of Scranton women’s basketball team will host an ID Clinic Aug. 17 from noon to 4 p.m. at the John Long Center for players entering grades 9-12. Cost is $75. Additional information: Nick DiPillo, 570941-7440 or Clay shoot: The fifth annual Jack Mehaffey Shootout is Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. at Rock Mountain Sporting Clays in Springville Twp. Cost is $55 for adults and $35 for students with proceeds benefitting scholastic and Olympic shooting teams. Pre-registration with a $20 deposit is due by Aug. 5. Additional information: rockmountain@ or 570-9657625. Field hockey: Registration is open for the Abington Youth Field Hockey Rec. League for girls entering grades 3-6. To register or for more information: Michelle LaCoe, 570-851-9492. Golf: Newton Recreation Center Annual Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, Aug. 17 at Stone Hedge Golf Course in Tunkhannock Township. Noon shotgun start. Lunch on course. Dinner and prizes at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $80 per player through July 20; $90 per player after July 20. To sign up or for more info, email or call 570-586-7808. The tournament benefits building maintenance and programs at Newton Recreation Center. ■ The sixth annual Mark McAfee Golf Tournament will be Aug. 23 at Stonehedge Golf Course. Registration will be at 10 a.m. with an 11 a.m. start. Cost is $100 per golfer or $400 per team and proceeds benefit Fight4Vets. Additional information: Kelly McAfee, 570-3092512 or markmcafeegolf@ ■ The University of Scranton men’s basketball team will hold its 18th annual Golf Classic on Sept. 6 at Glen Oak Country Club. Registration will be at 9:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10:30. Cost is $150 per player. Additional information: Carl Danzig, 570-941-7478 or; or Ryan Van Zelst, 570941-7252 or ■ The Greater Scranton YMCA will host the Inaugural Harry McGrath Memorial Golf Tournament and Dinner Celebration Friday, Sept. 20, 1:30 p.m. at Glen Oak Country Club, 250 Oakford Road, Clarks Summit. Registration begins at 10 a.m. A dinner celebration will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Black Tie Stereo. For more info or to register, visit or contact Betsy McGrath Ardizoni at 570-768-6118. Softball: Applications are available for Leighton Sunday Morning Fall softball league which will begin Aug. 18. Deadline to register is Aug. 11. Additional information: John Leighton, 570-430-8437.



Addison Waters looks to make a pass.


McKenna Toolan, left, and Olivia Kim battle for a loose ball.


30 years ago: Greg Sariti went 4 for 4 for Abington in a 4-3 loss to Forest City in Northeast Pennsylvania Senior Babe Ruth baseball. 20 years ago: Joe Pasqualichio had three hits for Abington American in an 8-7 win over West Scranton in District 17 Little League baseball. 10 years ago: Joel Rosencrance had a double, a home run and four RBIs for Abington in an 18-5 win over Moscow in American Legion baseball.

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Keystone College, Factoryville celebrate Christy Mathewson Day LA PLUME — Keystone College and the Factoryville community will come together to celebrate Christy Mathewson Day on Saturday, Aug. 10. This will be the 24th consecutive year the two communities have celebrated the life and accomplishments of the Baseball Hall of Fame legend, Key-

stone graduate and Factoryville native. Activities will feature several events, including a community parade, a car show, and a football clinic at Keystone College. This year’s schedule is as follows. ■ 9-11 a.m. – Keystone College Youth Football Clinic at the Athletic Field and

Track Complex. Advance registration is recommended. E-mail: keystonegiants@ ■ Noon – Community Parade. Lineup begins at Regina Way on the Keystone campus. The parade will continue along College Avenue through Factoryville and end at Creekside Park.

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Christy Mathewson’s family scrapbook on display at the Theatre in Brooks at Keystone College during last year’s Christy Mathewson Day.

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■ 5 p.m. – One -Mile Fun Run at Creekside Park. Regi s t e r i n a dva n c e at ■ 6 p.m. – Ninja course operated by the United Sports Academy at Creekside Park. ■ Dusk – Fireworks sponsored by the Factoryville Men’s Civic Club. For more information on the day’s activities, call 570945-7484.

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■ 1-4 p.m. – Car Show at Creekside Park, sponsored by PS Bank. ■ 1 p.m. – Vendor Show at Creekside Park. ■ 1 p.m. – Boy Scouts Chicken BBQ (until sold out) at Creekside Park. ■ 2 p.m. – Keystone Kids Zone featuring the Keystone College Athletics staff at Creekside Park. Includes field games and a bounce house.

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When taking care of our loved ones, we can’t forget our senior family members. This is especially true when temperatures are extremely cold or hot in winter or summer, like the recent heat wave where outdoor thermometers in the Abingtons registered 90 degrees plus for several days, but residents felt like temperatures were over 100. And summer isn’t over yet. Older people are especially sensitive to the heat. Many are living with medical conditions and take prescription medicines that affect the way their bodies handle the stress of extreme temperature. But even seniors who are in good health and have an active lifestyle can suffer the consequences of the heat, from general weakness and dizziness to dehydration and severe cases of heat stroke. Personally, I know of two people who ended up in the hospital this summer due to the heat. And I know there are more. Some of our senior parents, grandparents and other older family members can manage well on their own, but most need our help when it is blistering outside. If they are living with us, it is easier to look after them, but if they are still in their own home, we should make it a point to check in on them.

Hopefully there will be nothing to worry about. Even if they are well, it is better for them – and us – to have peace of mind. But if they need our help or medical care we can get it for them as soon as possible. When we’re looking in on our elderly loved ones, however, it is important to remember their pride. Chances are, they value their independence and don’t want to feel like they are being babied. Treat them with respect as you care for them. Preventative medicine is always the best medicine. As with you and your younger family members, your senior family members should stay inside and avoid strenuous activity during extreme heat. Here are some great tips for seniors to stay cool at home from ■ Drink plenty of cool water throughout the day (don’t wait until they feel thirsty) and avoid alcohol and caffeine. ■ Eat cooling snacks like homemade popsicles (use a cupcake liner to catch drips), frozen peas, or slightly frozen grapes. ■ Eat light, cold meals like chicken or pasta salad instead of heavy, hot dishes like pot roast. ■ Place a cool washcloth

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Intense summer heat can be dangerous for our senior family members. on the back of the neck and a pan of cool water close by to periodically recool the towel. ■ Sit with feet in a pan of cool (but not too cold) water. ■ Keep the house as cool as possible by keeping shades closed during the hottest part of the day and using inexpensive solar curtains. ■ Wear layers of lightweight clothing in lightcolored cotton so it’s easy to adjust to the temperature throughout the day by removing or adding layers. ■ Take a cool shower, bath or washcloth wipe-down. For maximum cooling, keep the water just below body temperature. ■ Cover up with a flexible ice blanket – always use a towel to protect fragile senior skin from direct contact with the ice. Teri lyon is a mom, grandmom and freelance writer who lives in Glenburn Township with her cat.

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A hedge under repair due to electrical work. At the surface, “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost seems to attack the neighborliness of wall-building. Yet the interplay of Frost’s opinion, his narrator’s opinion, and his neighbor’s opinion results in a poem that is shotthrough with ambiguity: Walls are both a good and a bad thing. Outside the manuscript in Frost’s own experience, however, the need for a legal protection of private property became real. For at least seven years, Frost was engaged in an international legal battle to determine the ownership rights of his earliest publications, including “Mending Wall.” So he never intended his intellectual property to be kept un-fenced. As a municipal arborist, I recognize that one of the benefits of plants is to provide beautiful separation. Even in tight, downtown locations, street trees visually and psychologically separate the public of the street from the private of the building. Hedges are a beautiful way to provide physical separation of one property from another.

But even after good hedges are cultivated, problems can develop. Here, in contrast to a wood fence or a brick wall, most hedges can heal. But it will take time and patient care. The most obvious problem with hedges is broken branches. These are usually a signal that the hedge is properly placed. In other words, it was by stopping some unwanted type of traffic that the hedge was damaged. Repairing broken branches is not difficult. First, cut away all of the broken or damaged wood using appropriate pruning techniques. Next, find some close undamaged branches or leaves and prune them. Yes, it is necessary to cut the plant to encourage more growth. The more cuts you make, the faster the hole can be filled. A different problem that develops is with the shape of the hedge. Suddenly it seems when you need to trim a certain part, there is a thick branch that is growing just a little bit too far out, and it is in the way. This is a problem with success: Your hedge

is growing well. Although the branch has always been there, just like the rest of the hedge, it gets a little thicker each year. To dial this hedge back, you are going to have to bite your lip and cut the troublesome stem out. Then treat the hole as if you removed a broken branch. Weeds may introduce themselves into the hedge. If the hedge is merely functional, weeds can be considered simply part of the fence. But weed shrubs, trees or vines that intermingle certainly disrupt the uniformity of a formal hedge. These “volunteers” should be cut or pulled at the base. If the hedge overgrows its space, it can likely be renovated, which essentially means starting over. But unlike a new hedge, an old hedge has an established root system that can support rapid regrowth. 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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Comm kicks off centennial celebrations Emma Black / Staff PhotograPhEr

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Waverly resident, William Bryon speaks to the crowd.

Dave Fraaza of Hudsonville, Michigan and Ellen Mesko of Dunmore, who grew up in Waverly and was a Comm Camp participant 45 years ago.

Isabella Jones, a Comm Camp participant 10 years ago, returned to the Waverly Comm to open Waverly Comm Camp kids Jack Webber and Autumn Mascia perform in a skit a time capsule. titled ‘Margaretta’s Gift.’

Abington Memorial VFW Post 7069 member Nick Shushuk raises Comm Camp kids recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the open- Jim Vipond of Waverly, left, and the flag as other members salute during the opening ceremony of the Waverly Community House centennial celebration. ing ceremony of the Comm’s Centennial celebration. Warren Breig Jr. of Dalton

Comm Camp counselor Lauren Durante and camper Piper Breig open a time capsule from 10 years ago.

Waverly Comm Camp kids Gavin Ferge, left, and Wade Nelson perform in a skit Comm Camp kids line up on the front lawn of the Waverly Community House and prepare for the Centennial Opening ceremony. called ‘Margaretta’s Gift.’


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ARTIST: Pillar Art


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Porter’s passions for would challenge people equality, social justice and the environment, to be diligent guardians along with depictions of of creation and have the dichotomy between respect for the environment. good and evil and themes His piece “God of All” of faith and humanity are pictures the four eleseen throughout his work. ments of earth and the The entire process – spirit of God. Porter befrom initial concepts to gan to explain the hands when The Pillar Art Coland feet that appear in lection was completed a single column in the and presented to the center of the piece, but church – was about a stopped himself. year, Porter said. “Now, I’m starting to His process is as cominterpret my piece, and plex as his art. Porter that’s not my intent,” he uses a Wacom tablet, said. “My intent is that computer and various when someone looks at digital tools and editing it, they will find their software to create his own meaning. That is art. Some images that my hope for each one of Porter uses are graphthese pieces.” ics and images he edited Porter explained that and enhanced. Others viewers will bring their are original pen and ink experience and interpre- drawings. Everything tation to his work. comes together as a “I suppose it’s art that mixed media collage with I don’t necessarily have digital output. complete control over,” he The Pillar Art Colsaid. “It’s one of the dilection by Porter was lemmas that an artist has. printed on archival white Do they make it somepaper and laminated to thing where the viewer ultraviolet resistant plexihas no choice, or do they glass. The 10 pieces were make it something where placed in custom wood they can have a choice frames that were stained and form their own inter- to match the interior pretation?” woodwork of the church.

Carpenter Ross Taylor crafted the frames. The pieces in The Pillar Art Collection each have a diamond grid pattern within the collage that mimics the windows in the church. Some images are inside the “window” and some are outside. Using the diamond grid pattern to reveal depth, Porter explained he made the pieces as elaborate as possible so they wouldn’t be one-dimensional. “I desire to produce deep and meaningful things – more complex works of art that can have many meanings,” he said. Porter’s work is intended to provoke thought as it engages the viewer. The mindfulness Porter took is evident, from themes that reflect what is important to church members, as well as the design and presentation that compliments the interior of the building. His work can be seen whenever First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit is open or at upcoming church events such as the Arts Concert Series, beginning Oct. 20. Visit for more


e-mail and residential address, along with any other pertinent information, for those interested ONGOING/ in a 50th reunion this REMINDERS year. Email your info or Lakeside Wednesday questions to: khick07@ Concerts series: Free, or call 570outdoor concerts will be 881-3186. presented every WednesCommunity garden day through August, 6-8 volunteers sought: p.m. at Hillside Park. This season’s Waverly The remaining lineup is Community Garden conas follows: Aug. 14: Pres- tinues to share fresh probybop Quintet; Aug. 21 duce with local food pan(Kids’ Night): The Wana- tries and other probees; Aug. 28: Friends of grams. Anyone the Gypsy with Senator interested in volunteerJohn Blake. For more ing to help with the garinformation, visit hillden can sign up on the or the Hill- its Facebook page at bit. side Park Facebook page. ly/2KzuhBi. Abington Heights State Rep. Outreach: Class of 1969 reunion: A staff member from The committee is seekstate Rep. Marty Flynn’s ing contact information office will provide outincluding telephone, reach assistance from 9 Betsy McGrath Ardizoni at 570-768-6118.

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 prescription-drug coverage, unclaimed property searches and any other state-related matter. Call 570-342-4348 for more information. Reach the Suburban: 570348-9185; suburbanweekly@


at There is also plenty to do at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. “Once touted as a scenic wonder of the world, the Delaware Water Gap is a mile-long stretch of the Middle Delaware River that slices through two mountains,” according to “The park includes the river and 67,000 pristine forested acres where visitors can enjoy hiking, camping, fishing and water sports in one of the cleanest rivers in the country.” The Delaware Water Gap is a 55-minute (54mile) drive from Clarks Summit via interstates 380 and 80. ■ Stetz also mentioned the Allentown Art Museum, which she described as a “hidden treasure” with plenty of interesting places to enjoy lunch JULIE JEFFERY MANWARREN / FOR ABINGTON SUBURBAN or dinner nearby. The museum offers David Porter’s ‘Music’, a piece from The Pillar Art Collection, hangs near the piano “tremendous variety and organ at First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit.

and quality” in its collections and exhibitions, programs and events, according to A one-hour and 27-minute (85-mile) drive from Clarks Summit by way of the turnpike, it serves more than 100,000 visitors annually, and its collection of more than 19,000 works of art offers the opportunity to experience nearly 2,000 years of cultural heritage. For more information, visit the website. ■ Winslow recommended several stops in the Hudson Valley. About 120 miles from Clarks Summit, the drive there exceeds my two-hour limit by about 15 minutes, but it's still worth mentioning. Winslow's recommendations in the Hudson Valley include: Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site (for information, visit nps. gov/hofr.), Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic

Site (see, Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site ( and the Walkway over the Hudson State Historic Park in Poughkeepsie, New York (visit parks/178 and walkway. org.) ■ Winslow also recommended visiting the United States Military Academy West Point, a "very scenic and historical place to visit." "Even if you aren’t a football fan, the pageantry of a fall football game at West Point is fantastic," Winslow wrote. "What a view from the stadium! The parade of the Corps of Cadets before a game is outstanding. The spirit of the Cadets at the game is also something to observe." For information, visit Contact the writer: 570-348-9185, ext. 3492; ebaumeister@




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