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Abington The


SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

Snapshots from Our Lady of the Abingtons Fall Festival


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Miss Rachel from Lollipop Party Services adds color and sparkle to the face of Kendyl Dixon of Dalton. Lollipop Party Services was one of the many vendors at the Fleetville Fall Fair.


Benton Twp. fire company’s fall fair a success BENTON TWP. — The Abington community showed its support for the Fleetville Volunteer Fire Company at the inaugural Fleetville Fall Fair. Held Saturday, Sept. 7, the fair was organized to raise support for the fire company and awareness of its need for new members. A group of active and social members of the Fleetville Vollunteer Fire Company came together to form a planning committee. Michelle Ross led the way with help from the Hay family, Mike and Andreia Halmo, Vanessa and Dan Canfield, Lynn Bellas, Susanne Green and Dianna Varady. “Michelle Ross started planning a fall vendor fair. When I heard about it, I wanted to be a part of it and knew it was something I could really get behind. Then, it just grew,” Green

said. “We had 35 vendors, then there were 45, then 55 and it kept growing.” Word spread, the community rallied, and on Saturday, 95 different vendors, events and activities were available for the first Fleetville Fall Fair. Vendors sold crafts, honey, soaps, jewelry, antiques and more. Activities included junior fire fighter training, live animals, a bounce house, face painting and balloon sculpting. Events occurred all day with live music by Paul LaQuintano and the Zeiger Family, dog agility and flyball demonstrations, a pie competition and a flag retirement ceremony by VFW Post 7069 from Clarks Summit. “We used to have a carnival, but that was over three decades ago,” Ross said. “We haven’t done anything this large in over 30 years.”

The inaugural fair was held to raise funds toward the purchase of a new pumper tanker for the Fleetville Volunteer Fire Company. Benton Township doesn’t have fire hydrants and the fire company was always in need of water sources or had to bring along a separate tanker to have water to fight fires. That required more members to fight fires and special training to drive the vehicles. “The new pumper tanker is half pumper, half tanker. So now we can leave with one apparatus and report much faster to fires. It allows us to start right away,” Ross said.

it’s personal For Varady, the cause became personal just a few months ago when she lost her home and pets in a fire. It

was the house in which she was born. Chief Tony Saxton was one of the emergency responders who arrived to help deliver her. “Dianna had a kitchen fire in June,” Green shared. “Her house burned to the ground. She is okay, but she lost all of her animals. Dianna was the one behind getting the signs up for the fair. I don’t know how she is so strong. She didn’t become angry and bitter because she lost everything. Instead, she became active in her community and is making a difference.” Clarks Summit Fire Company partnered with the Fleetville Volunteer Fire Company and hosted a benefit for Varady. “I think when something like Please see Fair, Page 6

Taste of the Abingtons: ‘Heat and sweet’ by EmmA blAcK StAFF WRIteR

focus on my product and try to sell it. It’s better to do it with somebody S. ABINGTON TWP. — Friends, else, and more fun. There is less fun and the go-with-the-flow attipressure,” said Litz. tude are what Gene Litz and Chris Calvey featured his own product Calvey Jr. are most looking forward solo in past years at Taste of the to at Taste of the Abingtons, which Abingtons but looks forward to will be Sunday, Sept. 29 at the Rathe camaraderie and flavor palette mada from 5-8 p.m. working with Litz will bring. The annual event is the premier “It’s a hot sauce hybrid. It’s fundraiser for the Rotary Club of tomato-based made with all natuthe Abingtons. It features food and ral ingredients, spices; it’s a sweet/ drink vendors from in and around savory blend that is so versatile,” the Abington area serving sample- Calvey said of his tomato habasize portions of their seasonal and nero puree. “You can have it by feature dishes. There will also be itself with a chip or mix it and add live entertainment and a raffle. it to any sort of dish you like. One Tickets are $25 and are available of my favorite things is to mix it from any member of the Rotary with cream cheese and put it on a club and on Eventbrite. bagel.” Litz, owner and chef of Thirteen At Taste of the Abingtons, the Olives, and Calvey, chairperson of duo will serve smoked pulled pork the event and president-elect of the with Litz’s Caribbean rub, a tortilla Rotary Club of the Abingtons, will with Calvey’s tomato habanero pucombine their talents for the secree spread and a pineapple pico de ond straight year. The two worked gallo with balsamic. and served together last year and “With the spread, I wanted to enjoyed their experience so much, extenuate the spread, so that’s just they decided to collaborate again. going to be on it’s own on a tortilla “I feel like this event is a friendly and the pork is going to have the event, so it’s not like I have to just rub, but otherwise pretty much

plain. I’ll use a sweet balsamic with a salsa to cool it down a little so it will be heat and sweet at the same time,” Litz said. Calvey is excited about the chance to show locals the full potential of what food can be. “It’s such a fun event and just being able to open peoples’ eyes to the uses of our different products and mainly expanding their horizons, this really goes against the grain on a lot of things,” Calvey said. “Since we did it together, we got a lot of attention last year which was cool and good for both our businesses. We’re not seeking attention, but it did make it fun. This year the dish is going to be a lot simpler so we’ll be able to engage with the customers a lot more and talk to them about what we do,” Litz said. The two learned where they can improve and make the overall experience better for themselves and anyone who decides to try their dish this year. “[Last year] we were focused on preparing and cooking versus having it already assembled and being able to engage the customer,


Finding fall in flavors

Eleven days. That’s how long we have until the official first day of fall. In some ways, it’s already here. At least two local fall festivals were presented over the weekend (one at Our Lady of the Abingtons and the other at the Fleetville Volunteer Fire Company). Abington Heights students went back to school last week, and the high school football season began even before that. We’ve been sipping pumpkin lattes and snacking on apple cider doughnuts for a few weeks now. Thanksgiving and Halloween decorations started springing up in area retail stores at least a month ago. But in other ways, it’s still summer. Fleece jackets and fashion boots are buried in our closets behind sundresses and sandals. The grass and leaves are still lush green. Local ice cream shops such as Dairy Queen and Manning Farm Dairy are busy with customers looking to savor that last taste of summer. The sense of taste is a big part of what carries us from one season to another. I can think of several foods that signify the arrival of specific seasons. For example, whenever Mom prepares Dad’s grandmom’s beef pie, it invokes, for me, memories of raking leaves in my backyard and jumping in the piles with the neighbor kids. And most people would agree, the smell of gingerbread baking is a distinctly winter scent, associated especially with Christmas. Spring is a time for salads and greens, and summer is filled with the aroma of hot dogs, hamburgers and barbecue foods. In celebration of the upcoming season, here are two of my favorite family recipes that always help me in finding fall.

Grandmom’s beef pie (handed down by Aunt lettie Kell) 1 lb. stewing beef, cut into small pieces 4 raw carrots, sliced 1/2” thick 1 package frozen peas biscuit dough 4 c. water 1/2 to 3/4 stick butter 3 medium or 2 large potatoes, peeled and diced Place the water, beef, carrots and potatoes in a large pot and cook until well done. Add peas, then cook for five more minutes (about 40 minutes total). Pour into deep dish. Please see Flavors, Page 5

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Gene Litz, owner and chef of Thirteen Olives in Clarks Summit, left, and Chris Calvey Jr., hold a bottle of pineapple white balsamic vinegar and a jar of tomato habanero puree, respectively.

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watch them enjoy and explain the whole ensemble and get constructive feedback or praise from them,” Calvey said. “We can enjoy them enjoying. “Make sure you come out.”

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR UPCOMING SEPT. 13 Memory Cafe: Friday, Sept. 13, 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 share a cup of coffee and socialize with others. Explore art, music, play games or just enjoy being with others. Admission is free. For more information or to register, call 570-575-0384 or visit David Walsh art exhibit opening reception: The Waverly Small Works Gallery, located in the south wing of the Waverly Community House, will feature the works of 2018 F. Lammot Belin Arts Foundation Scholarship Recipient, David Walsh. The exhibit kicks off with an artist reception on Friday, Sept. 13, 5 p.m. in the gallery. A talk will be presented by the artist at 6:30 p.m. The exhibit is sponsored by PA Partners in Arts. There is no charge to attend. The works will be on display in the gallery through Sunday, Oct. 20. SEPT. 14 Car show: The Keystone College Armed Forces Club will host a car show Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lackawanna Trail High School in Factoryville. The show is open to daily drivers, motorcycles and classic and antique vehicles. There is a $10 fee to enter vehicles and the event is free of charge to visitors. There will be first-, second- and thirdplace prizes. The rain date is Sept. 15. For more information, contact Kylie Emerson at Dalton United Methodist Church Costa Rica Mission Team’s Chicken BBQ: Saturday, Sept. 14, 1-4 p.m. at the church, 125 S. Turnpike Road, Dalton. Drive-thru takeouts. Cost is $10 for adults; $5 for children ages 6-12. For tickets, call Ron at 570-406-8409. SEPT. 14 & 15 Hometown Heroes Weekend at Roba Family Farms: Free admission to Roba Family Farms, 230


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Decker Road, North Abington Township, for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, emergency responders and their immediate families; valid ID required. Flag raising ceremony at 11:30 a.m. National anthem performance by Tierney Joyce and Chloe Joyce. Features farm attractions and special events. For more information, visit SEPT. 15 Southern Indian Cooking: Sunday, Sept. 15, 4 p.m. at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St., Clarks summit. Lakshmi Mizin will prepare “Amruta”(divine) Southern Indian meal using spices to enhance food. She will prepare bajji as a starter, coconut rice, cauliflower curry and tomato dal. Cost is $35. For information or to register, visit SEPT. 16 The Comm Classic Centennial Golf Tournament: Monday, Sept. 16 at Glen Oak Country Club. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. with a noon shotgun start. The tournament is captain and crew format and features 18 holes of golf with cart, gross score prizes, raffle prizes, a $2,500 putting competition, a $10,000 hole-in-one prize, HIO prizes on all par 3’s, flight prizes, lunch, cocktail hour and a dinner buffet. The registration fee of $175 entitles each golfer to eligibility to win one of several major prizes. Friends and family may join the golfers afterward for cocktails and dinner at a cost of $50 per person. For more information on the tournament or to download the registration form, visit Registration forms are also available in the Waverly Community House lobby and office. SEPT. 17 Constitution Day: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 12:45-1:45 p.m. at Keystone College in Evans Hall. Constitution Day 2019 will feature “Sam Faddis Spycraft and the Constitution.” Faddis is a retired CIA operations officer, published author and national security commentator. SEPT. 18 ‘Visit Thirteen Olives’ class: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 6 p.m. at Thirteen Olives, 222 Northern Blvd., South Abington Township. Chef Gene Litz will prepare seasonal offerings utilizing premium olive oils and vinegars to enhance and compliment their taste in this Anbington Area Community Classroom session. Cost is $25. For more information or to register, visit SEPT. 18, 25; OCT. 2 Weaving on a Cardboard Loom: Weave a small purse or art piece on a cardboard loom. Bring some of your favorite yarns to use in your piece. Wednesdays, Sept. 18 and 25 and Oct. 2, 2 p.m. at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Cost is $30 plus a $10 supply fee. For more information or to register, visit 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 Betsy McGrath Ardizoni at 570-768-6118. SEPT. 21 Newton Rec Center Fall Festival: Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Newton Recreation Center. Touch-a-truck, kids’ activities, farmers market, indoor vendor fair, food trucks and more. SEPT. 22

Newton Ransom Elementary School PTO’s fourth annual 5k run/ walk and fun run: Sunday, Sept. 22 at the Abington Heights Middle School. Race day registration and packet pick up is from 8-8:45 a.m. The fun run (open to children in fourth grade and younger,) begins at 9 a.m. and the 5k walk/run at 9:30 a.m. New this year is an easier family-friendly 5k course. Faith Bennett of Faith’s Fun Faces will offer face painting. Pivot Physical Therapy will offer free post-race stretching on a first come, first served basis. An early registration deadline of Sept. 13 guarantees participants a T-shirt. The cost for 5k run/walk is $20; $10 for the fun run. Registration after Sept. 13 or on the day of the event is $25 for the 5k run/walk; $15 for the fun run. For more information, email or visit the Facebook event page at SEPT. 24 Story Time begins: The Dalton Community Library’s new session of Story Time will be held Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 24, at 11 a.m. Kids will hear stories, play games, listen to songs, get in some morning stretches and more. For more information, email Kid’s Crew begins: The Dalton Community Library’s after school program for children in elementary school, Kid’s Crew, will begin Tuesday, Sept. 24. The group builds, makes crafts, shares ideas and learns in exciting ways. A chance to wind down after a school day with other children. For more information, email Wally Gordon Community Singers rehearsals begin: The Wally Gordon Community Singers would like you to sing with them in 2019. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church music room, 1310 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit, and begin on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Concert theme: “NOEL – “Night of Everlasting Love.” Based in Clarks Summit, this group was founded 35 years ago to give local people opportunity to pursue the love of choral music, regardless of training or ability. Membership is open to high school and adult singers. No auditions required. Two concerts per season: early December and early May. For more information, call 570-561-6005 or visit the group’s Facebook page or website at SEPT. 24 - NOV.12 Italian for Everyone: Marzia Caporale, Ph.D. will offer an interactive class exploring the basics of Italian language and culture with new vocabulary and skills. Eight Tuesdays, Sept. 24 through Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Cost is $60. To register or for more info, visit SEPT. 26 American Red Cross blood drive: Thursday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Keystone College in Hibbard Campus Center. SEPT. 26 - OCT. 24 Assemblage Collage: A workshop covering techniques of batik, block printing, surface design then comingling found objects into a unique 16x20” art piece. Gwen Harleman will guide the class at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St., Clarks Summit, five Thursdays from Sept. 26 through Oct. 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $25 plus a $20 supply fee. For more info or to register, visit SEPT. 28 Saturday Spotlight book club meeting: Saturday, Sept. 28, 10:30 a.m. at Dalton Community Library. The book discussion will be on Michelle Obama’s book, “Becoming.” Please see Calendar, Page 3



Comm-Unity Club meets


From left: Barbara Segall, recording secretary; Janet dobson, president; Jane Turock, treasurer, and Fran LiVecchi, vice president. WAVERLY TWP. — The Comm-Unity Club recently held its executive board meeting at the home of Janet Dobson, incoming president. Plans for the coming year were discussed. The first meeting for the 2019-20 year will be held at the Waverly Community House on Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. A program on the history, manufacturing and health benefits of chocolate will be presented by Joseph Vinson,

Ph.D. Refreshments will be served. For more than 50 years, the Comm-Unity Club has offered women from the Abingtons and surrounding areas the opportunity to build new friendships and participate in various social activities such as bridge, mah jongg, pinochle, book club, arts and crafts, day tours and dining-out ventures. The club also contributes

donations to various charities in addition to its annual Holiday Giving Tree for needy children in the Abingtons, Halloween and Easter candy bags for the Boys & Girls Clubs, donations to local food pantries and financial and volunteer aid to the Ronald McDonald House in Scranton. Any woman interested in obtaining more information on the organization may contact Janet at 570-563-1887.

Equines for Freedom to hold open house N E W T O N T W P. — Equines for Freedom (EFF) will hold an informational event Saturday, Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Gary Johnson Arena on the campus of Marley’s Mission, 2150 Port Royal Road. An educational presentation by the EFF co-founders and treatment team will be

followed by an opportunity to meet with and speak to members of the EFF board of directors, treatment team and some graduates of the program willing to share their experiences. The mission of Equines for Freedom is to provide equine-assisted PTSD treatment to current and former

U.S. Service Members and first responders regardless of the source of their trauma or their characterization of service, at no charge to the service member. For more information, visit, follow the organization on social media or call 570-6652483.

COURT NOTES MARRIAGE LICENSES ■ Salvatore Paul Parlopiano III and Lindsey Marie Gorniak, both of South Abington Twp. ■ Rachel Ward and Brian Alan Dippel Jr., both of South Abington Twp. ■ Faith Anne Hawley, Clarks Green, and Michele Lyn Sakulich, Throop. PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS ■ Astima Inc., Scranton, to And Back LLC, Clarks Summit; two parcels in Scranton for $435,000. ■ Beverly Ann and Daniel Chermak, Clarks Green, Francesco Lepri, Luciano Paolo Lepri and Molly Lepri to NET Federal Credit Union, Scranton; a property at 900 Main St., Taylor, for $350,000. ■ Shannon L. Moran, now by marriage Shannon L. Fuller, and Timothy Fuller, to Michael R. and Alyson M. Wescott; a property at 133 Gumaer Road, Benton Twp., for $225,000. ■ Thomas J. Jr. and Sandra M. Malinchak, Lackawanna County, to Tommy G. and Kaylinn A. Stalford, Monroe County; a property in Benton Twp. for $378,000. ■ E. William Hampton and Jodie Miller, now by marriage Jodie Miller Hampton, Waverly Twp., to Gregory Schrad, Clarks Summit; a property at 709 Lilac Lane, Clarks Summit, for $233,200. ■ Two Cat Realty LLC, Clarks Summit, to Dennis and Amy Cooper, Scranton; a property at 337 N. Bromley Ave., Scranton, for $90,400. ■ Mari Hendershot, executrix of the estate of Susan Bond, Lackawanna County, to ELA Properties LLC, Clarks Summit; a property in West Abington Twp. for $87,500. ■ Sheila J. and Robert B. Ferraro, Scranton, to Warren and Lori Raker and Joseph and Diane Hughes, Glenburn Twp.; a property on Ransom Road in Ransom Twp., for $175,000. ■ Patricia Noldy and Janet Yetkowskas, co-executrices of the estate of Mildred Misura, South Abington Twp., to Howard Joseph and Rebecca Theresa Acla, South Abington Twp.; a property at 53 Abingtons Gardens, South Abington Twp., for $108,969. ■ Jean I. Brown, Clarks Summit, through attorney-in-fact, David K. Brown, to Mark and Lisa P. Kizzar, Huntington Beach, California; a property at 308 Primrose Drive, Clarks Summit, for $225,000. ■ Joseph F. and Carol A. Chermak, Dalton, to David J. Botscheller, t/a Botscheller Associates, Dalton; a property at Woodwind Hills Drive, Dalton, for $53,000. ■ Jerome P. Foley, Pocono Lake, to Chestnut Residential Group LLC, Scranton; a property at 205 Park Ave., Clarks

Summit, for $90,000. ■ JDF Property Management LLC, Clarks Summit, to Chestnut Residential Group LLC, Scranton; a property at 317 Lane St., Jessup, for $105,000. ■ Kevin and Jenna Kelly, Covington Twp., to Srishubham LLC, South Abington Twp.; a property on South Keyser Avenue in Scranton, for $116,000. ■ Neil John Bartholme, Newton Twp., to Mary Lynn Kristyniak, Newton Twp.; a property at Newton Center in Newton Twp., for $229,900. ■ Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Building Co., Scranton, to Seokoh Inc., Olyphant; a property at Life Science Drive, Scott Twp., for $1,828,500. ■ Edward B. and Brenda Lee Antoine, Benton Twp., to William Semon, Benton Twp.; a property at Newcomb Road, Benton Twp., for $100,000. LAwSuITS ■ Nicole Pasco, 412 Depew Ave., Mayfield, v. Kyle Evin Frederick, 13024 Maple Drive, Clarks Summit; Linda M. Pasco, 445 Third Ave., Scranton; and Kevin Michael Frederick, 13024 Maple Drive, Clarks Summit, seeking punitive damages in an amount in excess of $50,000 on three counts for injuries suffered

Sept. 5, 2017, in an automobile accident at Church Street and Newton Ransom Boulevard, South Abington Twp.; Matthew T. Comerford, attorney. ■ Linda Pasco, 445 Third Ave., Scranton, v. Kyle Evin Frederick and Kevin Michael Frederick, 13024 Maple Drive, Clarks Summit; seeking in excess of $50,000 for injuries suffered Sept. 5, 2017, in a car accident on Newton Ransom Boulevard in South Abington Twp.; Sandra M. Stepkovitch, attorney. FEdERAL TAx LIEN ■ Lackawanna Rental Corporation, P.O. Box 42, Chinchilla; $11,751.46. ESTATES FILEd ■ Joyce Holley, 1905 Newton Ransom Boulevard, Newton Twp., letters testamentary to William Holley, 38631 Burger Lane, Dade City, Florida, and Donna Holley Thomas, 10029 Valley View Drive, Clarks Summit. ■ Lucille Laskowski, 1620 South Irving Ave., Scranton, letters testamentary to Marie P. Eskra, 407 Storrs St., Taylor, and Howard Richard Powell, 2404 Red Oak Drive, Clarks Summit. ■ Mary Elizabeth Werner, 100 Edella Road, South Abington Twp., letters of administration to Barbara Fellows, 4307 Crestview Road, Harrisburg.

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Crisp and juicy September is one of my favorite months. One reason is the abundance of crisp, juicy apples harvested by Abington farmers. My family loves them because they are delicious on their own or in cider, pie or doughnuts. And parents love the health benefits as their children go back to school. According to Miller’s Orchards, apples in season in mid-to-late September include: MacIntosh. Slightly tart and juicy; best for snacking and applesauce. Cortland. Slightly tart with a white flesh and pink skin; excellent for snacking, baking and cooking. Empire. Sweet and crunchy; excellent for snacking, baking and applesauce. Macoun. Extremely crispy, slightly tart; excellent for snacking and baking. Gala. Juicy and sweet; excellent for snacking. Pippen. Firm, greenskinned, and very tart; excellent for baking. One of our favorite fall treats is Apple Cider Doughnuts. You can find them at area farm markets like Roba’s and Miller’s and sometimes, at local supermarkets. If you and the kids want to try baking your own, here is a great recipe from

ed sugar, milk and vanilla Apple Cider Doughnuts extract together. Pour into the dry ingredients, add the 1 1/2 cups apple cider reduced apple cider, and 2 cups all-purpose flour whisk everything together (spoon and leveled) until smooth and combined. 1 tsp. baking soda Batter will be slightly thick. 3/4 tsp. baking powder Spoon the batter into the 1 tsp. ground cinnamon doughnut cavities or cut a 1 tsp. apple pie spice corner off the bottom of a 1/4 tsp. salt large plastic food storage 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, bag and pipe the batter into melted each doughnut cup, filling 1 large egg, at room about halfway. temperature Bake for 10-11 minutes 1/2 cup packed light or or until the edges and tops dark brown sugar are lightly browned. To test, 1/2 cup granulated sugar poke your finger into the 1/2 cup milk, at room top of the doughnut. If the temperature doughnut bounces back, it’s 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract done. Cool doughnuts for Topping: two minutes, then transfer 1 cup granulated sugar to a wire rack. Re-grease 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon the pan and bake the re3/4 tsp. apple pie spice maining doughnut batter. 6 tbsp. unsalted butter, Combine the granulated melted sugar, cinnamon and apple Reduce the apple cider: pie spice together in a medistirring occasionally, simum bowl. Once cool enough mer the apple cider in a to handle, dunk both sides small saucepan over low of each doughnut in the heat until you’re left with melted butter, then generabout 1/2 cup. Start checkously in the apple spice ing at 10 minutes, 15 mintopping. utes, 20 minutes, etc. until Doughnuts are best you have 1/2 cup. Set aside served immediately. Leftto cool for 10 minutes. overs keep well covered Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray doughnut pan tightly at room temperature for up to two days. with non-stick spray. Set Make ahead instrucaside. tions: You can freeze the Whisk the flour, baking doughnuts, coated or not soda, baking powder, cincoated in the toppings, for namon, apple pie spice and salt together in a large up to two months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerabowl. Set aside. tor and warm up to your Whisk the melted butter, egg, brown sugar, granulat- liking in the microwave.


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Chicken barbecue: Abington Memorial VFW Post 7069 and Auxiliary will host its annual chicken barbecue Saturday, Sept. 28, from 2-6 p.m. or until sold out, at the VFW grounds, 402 Winola Road, Clarks Summit. The cost is $10 for adults; $4.50 for children. Tickets are available at the post or by calling 570-586-9821. SEPT. 29 Taste of the Abingtons: Sunday, Sept. 29, 5-8 p.m. at the Ramada. Tastings, live entertainment and a raffle with your friends and neigh-

bors. Tickets are $25 and are available from any Rotary Club of the Abingtons member and on Eventbrite. Sponsored by Rotary Club of the Abingtons and all proceeds benefit the community. OCT. 5 Rabies clinic: The Humane Society of Wyoming County will sponsor a lowcost rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats on Saturday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m. to noon at the Department of Agriculture Building, Route 92 South, Tunkhannock. Cost is $8 per shot (cash only). Dr. Colin Jeschke of the Abington Vet-

erinary Center will administer the vaccinations. For safety reasons, all pets must be either leashed or individually caged. Bring the pet’s most-recent rabies vaccination certificate, if available. The clinic is open to pets from all counties. For more information, call 570-836-4745. OCT. 19 Dalton Community Library’s Fall Book and Bake Sale: Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone wanting to make book donations must bring them to the library by the last day of September.

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Our Lady of the Abingtons celebrates fall EMMA BLACK / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Lisa Seechock, with her son, Michael, both of Dalton.

From left: Mary Ann Ketchur of Dalton, Eleanor Gruss of La Plume and Bonnie Flynn serve pulled pork at Our Lady of the Abingtons Fall Festival Saturday, Sept. 7.

Jacob Choplosky, 4, of Nicholson plays with a toy truck.

Diane Farnam of Kingsley and John Kiryluck of Nicholson prepare potato pancakes. It is their first year volunteering at Our Lady of the Abingtons Fall Festival.

Susan and Frank Chuff of Clarks Green.

Clockwise, from left: Darius Reynolds, Meg Jones and Margaret Jones, all of Factoryville.

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A communication collaboration CLARKS SUMMIT — King’s College mass communications students are teaming up with the Abington Community Library to get the word out about all the library has to offer. Last fall, students produced corporate videos for the library. The videos introduce people to the library and its services, volunteer opportunities, impact on the community and more. Last spring, the students produced short web videos which highlight elements of the library’s website and are useful for sharing on social media. Scott J. Weiland, associate professor and department chair of mass communications at King’s, also serves on the Abington Community Library’s board of trustees. “In this capacity, I have a great desire to see this organization, which is so important to the community, continue to thrive and grow,” Weiland said. “I pitched the idea of doing the corporate videos to the chair of the board, Carol Rubel and

the executive director of the Abington Community Library, Sandy Longo, and we worked together to arrive at concepts for the shows.” He added the partnership, which began last fall, was so successful, they decided to bring it back for this fall’s semester. The project is a graded assignment and a significant portion of the students’ overall grade. William Bolan is director of King’s College’s Shoval Center for Community Engagement and Learning, which coordinates volunteer opportunities such as this. He said it allows the students to “enhance and expand their academic studies by doing relevant hands-on work that benefits the community.” “Students can choose from 55 service-learning courses through their four years at King’s,” Bolan said. “Students can work in a soup kitchen or homeless shelter, help children with homework, volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, create a

website for a nonprofit or help residents at a nursing home. First-year students are required to do five hours of community service their first semester.” Weiland stressed the importance of the project for King’s College mass communications majors. “Their job is to understand their client’s needs and meet those needs through video production,” he said. “Students research this project by watching corporate videos and informercials. What makes them effective? How are visuals used and audio used? ... Students reflect on course concepts that they used in the service-learning project and reflect upon their personal growth as a result of the servicelearning project by writing entries in a reflection journal.” Renee Roberts, project manager at the library, explained she and some of the other library staff members met with the students at King’s. Some of the videos they created promoted online services

Keystone to host national security expert LA PLUME — Keystone Col- of that country. After serving legewillhostretiredCIAopera- abroad in the Middle East, tions officer, author and nation- South Asia and Europe, he al security commentator Sam served as head of the CIA’s Faddis at its annual Constitu- Counterterrorism Center’s tionDayProgramon Weapons of Mass Tuesday, Sept. 17 Destruction unit from 12:45-1:45 p.m. charged with purin Evans Hall in Hibsuing ter rorist bardCampusCenter. weapons of mass The lecture, destruction prowhich is free of grams worldwide. charge and open to He ran large orgaFADDIS the Keystone comnizations, worked munity and the pubacross the U.S. lic, is part of the Keystone’s Intelligence Community and Community Forum Series. the Department of Defense, Faddis will speak on “Spycraft and was involved in national and the Constitution.” security matters at the highIn addition to writing, est levels of government. He speaking and teaching, Fad- also ran covert action camdis, of Clifford, consults for paigns in the field. the United States military, Prior to joining CIA, Fadthe federal government and dis was a U.S. Army Armor private industry. and judge advocate general He led the first CIA team officer and then served as an into Iraq nine months in assistant attorney general advance of the 2003 invasion for the state of Washington.

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland Law School, Faddis is a frequent contributor for a variety of news organizations including NewsMax and The Hill and has appeared on major news networks including CNN, Fox News, Frontline and the History Channel as a national security and counter-terrorism expert. He is the author of “Beyond Repair: The Decline and Fall of The CIA” and “Willful Neglect: The Dangerous Illusion Of Homeland Security.” Keystone College political science professor, Jeff Brauer and Faddis recently completed a five-part podcast discussing government, national security and other issues on Keystone College radio station, WKCV103.5 FM. To listen to the podcasts, visit

SAGE Award applications now available SCRANTON — Applications for the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce’s a n n u a l S AG E Aw a r d s ( S c r a n t o n Aw a rd s f o r Growth and Excellence) are now available online at The awards are presented annually to members of the local business community who demonstrate strong and consistent efforts through their talent, creativity and innovation. Applicants must be current Chamber members in good standing. This year’s SAGE award categories include Best Prac-

tices in Community Development, Best Practices in Customer Service, Best Practices in Marketing and Communications, Business of the Year, Fastest Growing Company, Hometown Star, New and Emerging Business of the Year, Non-Profit Organization of the Year, Small Business of the Year and Woman of Excellence. In addition, there will be three “Pride and Progress” awards available for interior and exterior renovations and new construction. Beginning this year, previous award winners in the

Best Practices in Marketing and Communications, Hometown Star and Pride and Progress categories are invited to submit in these categories again, as long as the project is a new endeavor and notably different from your prior award achievement. All SAGE Award finalists will be entered into the People’s Choice Award category. The awards will be presented at the Chamber’s gala on Friday, Nov. 22. The deadline for applications is Friday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m. For more information, visit

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Scott Alexander Weiland, a talent in the videos, uses a computer in the children’s room at the Abington Community Library. such as and Libby, where a person can listen to books through their electronic tablets. “Community members tell us they did not know we offered these programs and they want to learn how to use these resources,” Roberts said. The videos can be found on the library’s Facebook page and Twitter account.

“It is important for the community to know we have these resources available to them,” Roberts said. Service learning is an important part of King’s College’s mission, according to Weiland. “Our students obtain critical experience for their careers while proving a meaningful service to a great


Grass-planting failure Over the years, I have heard too often, “I know— ‘The shoemaker’s children have no shoes . . . ’” I don’t like that to be true for me, but I also know that a clean garage might mean a mechanic with no business. Excuses or not, the short story is that we had to replace our sewer line last winter, and I failed at replanting the grass. I know why I failed, and you can learn from my failure. The first problem was that I did not use lime to condition the soil. I did not have any readily on hand, so I thought that I could always go back and add it later. I was feeling rushed and did not want to let an errand derail the project. For customers, I always use lime, both on the existing soil and on any soil I add. I do this because not only is it a safe assumption that our local soil tends toward clay, but also that clay requires an enormous amount of lime to be balanced. In normal soils, moving the soil 1 point on the pH scale requires 50 lbs. of lime per 1,000 sq. ft. For clay, more is required. So it’s hard to add too much. The second problem was that I did not install a temporary watering system. And, I was planting a westfacing slope. This is a recipe for burning new grass. To achieve germination, the

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The grass planted on a west-facing slope died without proper soil treatment and insufficient watering. seed must be kept moist. Once the seed germinates, the seedlings must be kept moist until their roots are mature. Regardless of rain or morning dew, even an established lawn will be quick to go dormant on a west-facing slope. And it almost never rains enough to grow grass in late spring or summer. And no one ever waters as much as a timer—every six hours on the dot. The third problem was that the watering we did was interrupted by some scheduled travel just at the time of summer’s heat. So even though when we left, our slope was so well-grown that we received compliments, it was brown when we returned, and it only had crabgrass and rye grass growing. A seed mix is im-

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portant to use because a disease won’t kill it all. But if you stop watering after only the rye grass germinates (as soon as five days) and don’t wait until the fescues and bluegrass germinate, you will have rye grass, and not a mixed grass lawn. And the quick-growing rye might be an annual type, so you won’t even have that next spring. So this fall I am going to have to aerate, over-seed and hope for the best. I should have installed and left a temporary watering system in place for months. In other words, practice what I preach. 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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this happens, you realize how much you need your fire department. You know they are there but you don’t realize the need for it or importance of it, until it happens to you,” Varady said. “When the house was burning, all these companies and the local volunteers came to fight the fire and try to save something. We take that for granted. But if the volunteer fire companies don’t get funding and members, they can’t be there for the community like they want to be. It’s all volunteers. They aren’t being paid. If they go out on a call at one in the morning, it’s because they care about their community. They are selfless. That’s a nice quality in this day and age, because it seems like everything is so self-involved. Since the fire, it just gave me a different perspective on things.”

Joe Thomas Construction. Canfield is an active member of the Fleetville Volunteer Fire Company and hoped that the event would attract interest from the community in signing up to be a volunteer firefighter. “Everyone is busy and so stretched nowadays. But volunteer fire companies like ours are hurting for members,” Ross said. “If there is a lack of membership and you don’t have people who are willing to fight fires or there is lack of funds, fire companies can be in danger of shutting down. People don’t realize that if your local fire companies close, their insurance will go up. We think our fire company is vital to our community and we are simply getting the word out that we need their support.”

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The cross-community event had beautiful fall Spreading the word weather on its side and an Vanessa Canfield planned estimated five to six thouthe junior fire fighter trainsand people attended. The ing activity. A little house chicken barbecue sold out, used for the training at the and Ross said they had to fair was built and donated by run out to buy more chick-

en. The chicken dinner featured rolls donated by Texas Roadhouse and a brand-new apple barbecue sauce from Booyah Burgers and Bites. Everything was donated. Ross shared that they exceeded the goal they had for the event. “It was amazing how everybody came out to help us and show their support,” she said. The Fleetville Fall Fair was sponsored in part by ECO Industrial/Northeast Penn Supplies, Joyce Electrical, Penn East Federal Credit Union and Joyce Carmody & Moran. Area residents, JULIE JEFFERY MANWARREN PHOTOS / FOR ABINGTON SUBURBAN businesses and neighboring Five-year-old Breyden Sevensky of Factoryville gets a close look at the Factoryville fire departments came from Fire Company ambulance that was on hand at the Fleetville Fall Fair on Saturday. Clarks Summit, Dalton and Factoryville to support the Fleetville Volunteer Fire Company. Dedicated committee members got the word out, planned the details and worked to make the day a success. It all came together, making a big difference for one little fire company. “I think that it shows that when everybody works together you can do anything,” Green said.

Steven Green of Dalton shows a young Fleetville Fall Fair attendee how apple cider was made years ago. Green is the proprietor of The Great Produce Experience Farm Stand in La Plume.

Brian and Kaitlin Erickson attended the Fleetville Fall Fair with their daughters, Reagan (center) and Maeve (right) and friend Claire Kirkpatrick (left).

The first Fleetville Fall Fair was organized by many active and social members of the Fleetville Volunteer Fire Company, some of whom are seen here with the plans for the fire company’s new pumper tanker truck. From left: Lynn Bellas, Dianna Varady, Vanessa Canfield, Michelle Ross, Mike Halmo and Andreia Halmo.

A variety of activities and vendors were available at the Fleetville Fall Fair on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Fleetville Volunteer Fire Company grounds in Benton Township. The event benefited the fire company. Clarks Summit residents came out to enjoy the Fleetville Fall Fair on Saturday. From left: Stacey McCormack holds Joey McCormack, Sean McCormack, Grace McCormack, Joe McCormack and Jake McCormack.

Conor McHugh of Fleetville introduces himself to the donkeys in the petting pen at the Fleetville Fall Fair.

Chris Tresch of Ransom Township shows what her border collie, Packer can do on the obstacle course at the Fleetville Fall Fair. The course was set up by For Paws and a Tail Agility Training in Newton Township and Dragonfly Dog Sports in Ransom Township.

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industrial arts. 2. In March, Clarks Green 1. Clarks Green Borough Borough council made has two vacant seats on the history. For the first time Planning Commission. As Council recognized March Chairwoman of the comas Women’s History Month. mission, I feel it is an interMarilyn Pryle and Abby Peck esting time to get involved. were recognized at the March Recently, the “start-up” Council meeting. Standing of the Scranton-Abington among Council members they Partnership Association has each received a proclamation evolved. Serving on the Plan- affirming their character, ning Commission would achievement and commitprovide you with a strong ment to community. Councilvoice as SAPA continues to man Rinaldi and I chaired the develop. The Planning Com- event. It was standing room mission meets at the pleaonly in Council Chambers. A sure of the chair. credit to our honorees. 2. The 2020 census is start3. Our Shade Tree Coming to mobilize in larger cit- mission was named a Tree ies. A Complete Count Com- City USA for the 11th year in mittee will form in Clarks a row. The Arbor Day FounGreen in the new year. dation makes the selection. Points to remember: In Clarks Green, the three ■ 2020 Census will be safer core members are diligent and easier; just go online. and work extremely hard ■ The population count during tree planting season. determines the disperseThis season is about to start ment of $675 billion dollars in our borough. Please call to local, state and federal 570-586-4446 if you could, just programs – some that effect for one day, help plant. the residents directly. Congratulations to Peter ■ Job opportunities are Germanski, Shade Tree available. Commission chair, and ■ For all information, acmembers who are planters, cess 2020 John Thomas and Ernie Keller. Awards and special New members are always moments welcome. Shade Tree Com1. The Mayor William mission meets at the pleaThorburn Scholarship: sure of the chair. This became official on Jan. 4. My very favorite part 26, when Ryan Campbell, of being a mayor is to have representing the Abington the opportunity to support Heights School District what you support, to meet Student Aid Fund accepted and greet and mix with you, a check from Maureen Thor- to be active in organizations burn and family. The scholthat help our communities, arship was made possible by our young families, our semonetary donations from niors. To be a role model as family, friends and Clarks a caring elected official. To Green residents. $1,300 represent you was an honor, will fund the annual $100 a privilege – one that I took Thorburn Scholarship. The seriously. We were one. I will award will go to a graduathold all of you in my heart ing senior who excelled in forever.

Thanks for the memories.

Mayor’s calendar recap Jan. 16: Council meeting Jan. 17: Lackawanna County Associations of Boroughs meeting Jan. 26: Scholarship reception Feb. 6: Council/work session Feb. 12 Parish Council, Our Lady of Snows Feb. 14: Guest reader for children at Abington Christian Academy Feb. 16: Pie for breakfast at Clarks Green Assembly of God Church Feb. 17: Legislative Brunch with Senator John Blake Feb. 22: An interview with Cub Scouts, Troop 251, Clarks Green March: Chips and Sips at Abington Community Library March 5: Pancake supper, Church of the Epiphany, Dalton March 6: Council/work session March 20: Council meeting March 23: Abington Heights Civic League, GFWC District Brunch March 28: Abington Community Library Book Sale April 3: Council meeting/ work session April 9: Parish Council, Our Lady of Snows April 12, 15 and 18: Sold raffle tickets for the Grocery Cart Give Away, a fundraiser sponsored by the auxiliary of the Clarks Summit Fire Co. No. 1 April 17: Council meeting April 20: Clarks Green borough Easter egg hunt. (Due to weather conditions, the hunt was canceled. Peter Rabbit did visit the Borough Building, however, leaving Easter baskets for children

Artistry of Brooke Wandall to be featured at The Gathering Place CLARKS SUMMIT — The work of artist Brooke Wandall will be featured for the next five weeks at The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St. A reception on Friday, Sept. 13, free to the public, will open the exhibit. Wandall is a graduate of Marywood University and lives outside Scranton with her two children. She draws inspiration from the natural setting of NEPA. “My artwork reflects the moods of the seasons that surround me in this beautiful area,” she says.

An American abstract artist, Wandall fills her paintings with color and joy. “I’m in love with the process,” she says. “Reworking and making a painting come together is a joy.” In addition to the Friday night opening, Wandall’s work will be on display at The Gathering Place each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. and Friday from noon to 2 p.m. For more information, visit gatheringplacecs. org or call 570-563-2402.

this past spring during the organization’s annual Unique Boutique. Members from the library par ticipated in ESTEEMtown, which is an i n t e r a c t ive e x p e r i e n c e focused on self-esteem and living a healthy life. With a positive response from both participants of ESTEEMtown and members of the library system, they hope to continue working with the library in the future. The Unique Boutique is an annual sale that takes place in the spring. All dresses and accessories are priced $10 and under. The proceeds from the annual sale go toward the Cinderella’s Closet Scholarship through the Scranton Area Community Foundation. Cinderella’s Closet of

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From left: Clarks Summit Mayor Herman Johnson, Clarks Green Mayor Patty Lawler, Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick O'Malley, Clarks Summit Councilman Frank Beaten, Clarks Summit Council President Gerrie Carey and Clarks Green Councilwoman M.J. Igoe. Green June 18: Parish Council, Our Lady of Snows July 10: Council/work session July 28: Spaghetti supper fundraiser for the Varaday Family Aug. 5: Attended Senior Appreciation Celebration at

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NEPA is an organization of community volunteers committed to fostering the selfesteem of young women and providing them with an opportunity to discover an affordable dress through a positive boutique experience. Cinderella’s Closet was a provisional project of the Junior League of Scranton. After 10 years of hosting the project, members identified a continuing need for the event in the community and decided to form a new organization. Cinderella’s Closet of NEPA continues the tradition set forth by the Junior League, but also opened it up for new community members to join. Anyone interested in becoming a board member may email CCofNEPA@gmail. com for more information.

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Libraries hold donation drive The Fairy Godmothers of Cinderella’s Closet of NEPA are getting ready for a dress donation drive. Cinderella’s Closet of NEPA is partnering with the Lackawanna County Library System to hold the drive on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Libraries participating include the Abington Community Library in Clarks Summit, Albright Memorial Library in Scranton, Taylor Community Library in Taylor and the Valley Community Library in Peckville. The purpose of bringing a dress drive to various locations around Lackawanna County is to allow the board members of Cinderella’s Closet of NEPA to get out into the community and share their message. It also allows those wishing to donate their dresses an easy drop off location right in their own backyard. It’s not just gently used and previously loved gowns they’re looking for; they’ll also accept donations of shoes, bag, wraps and other accessories. The organization is in need of gowns size 10 and up. Cinderella’s Closet of NEPA and the Lackawanna County Library System began their working relationship

who registered.) April 23: Reception, Progressive Women at Posh April 27: AHCL Wine Festival, South Abington Park April 30: Bus trip with the Abington Senior Center to Hunterdon Playhouse. May 1: Council/work session May 4: hosted an appreciation reception for Commissioner O’Malley at Duffy’s in Clarks Summit May 15: Council meeting May 16: Meeting, Lackawanna County Association of Boroughs May 21: Election Day May 22: Attended the DARE graduation at Our Lady of Peace School May 23: Hosted Senior Butterfly Painting Project at the Abington Senior Community Center. May 25: Worked on road clean-up sponsored by Abington Heights Civic League. May 26: Attended the 50th Anniversary Ceremony/Celebration at Heritage Baptist Church May 27: Marched in the Clarks Summit Annual Memorial Day Parade June 5: Council/work session June 14: Attended VFW Flag Day ceremony at the Veteran’s Park in Clarks

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Scranton Prep edges Abington Heights BY HERB SMITH STAFF WRITER

CLARKS SUMMIT — With Scranton Prep looking for a go-ahead score, it turned to Ryan McAndrew and the junior delivered. When the Cavaliers tried to ice the game, they again leaned on McAndrew, who responded and helped lead No. 4 Scranton Prep to a 17-10 win over Abington Heights in a Lackawanna Football Conference crossover game Saturday at Comets Stadium. McAndrew had eight yards rushing on three carries in the first half but, trailing, 10-7, at halftime, the Cavaliers (2-1) started to get him more involved in their offense in the second half. After a missed field goal midway through the third quarter, Scranton Prep took over at its 20. Paddy Grady completed four passes on the 11-play drive with three going to Robert Rossi. McAndrew had two carries on the drive, including a 13-yard touchdown run to give Scranton Prep a 14-10 lead with 24 seconds left in the third quarter. “That was huge; that was the momentum shifter of the game that really got us going and from there we just took off,” McAndrew said. “Tucker Johnson in front of me with a great block and I just went behind him and saw open field and touchdown.” Brendan Colleran blocked a punt on Abington Heights’ next drive to give Scranton Prep the ball at the Comets’ 47. McAndrew carried the ball four times on the sevenplay drive and Chase Stephens kicked a 23-yard field goal to push the lead to 17-10 with 8:46 left in the fourth quarter. After both teams punted, Abington Heights (0-3) took over with 5:07 left and drove down to Scranton Prep’s 32 but were stopped on fourth down. With 2:44 left, McAndrew carried the ball five straight times for 34 yards and picked up two first downs to run out the clock. “It was great,” McAndrew said. “My teammates were behind me, they were blocking for me, they were doing

Graduation hit the Abington Heights cross country team hard. Coach Mike Ludka said a class of 28 seniors was lost. So far this season, however, a pair of freshmen are helping to fill the void. Maia Arcangelo and Alex Duffy have emerged as the teams’ No. 2 runners. At the Moravian Academy Lions Invitational in Bethlehem, Arcangelo was the Lady Comets’ second runner across the finish line behind teammate Abby Marion and eighth overall. Then in the Lackawanna League opener against Honesdale, Western Wayne and Forest City, she again was behind Marion and fourth overall. Meanwhile, Duffy was behind teammate Gavin Ross and 25th overall at the Lions Invitational. He again followed Ross and was sixth overall in the Lackawanna League opener. “We knew there was going to be a lot of change in our top kids,” Ludka said. “So to have two freshmen step in, as inexperienced as they are, running second for us has


Abington Heights quarterback Michael Show throws a pass during a football game against Scranton Prep on Saturday, Sept. 7. great up front and Tucker Johnson right in front of me lead blocking for me every single play.” McAndrew finished with 99 yards on 15 carries. “We’re fortunate that we have kids like Ryan McAndrew that are willing to step in there and run really hard,” Scranton Prep coach Terry Gallagher said. “He’s a tough kid, he’s a really good athlete and he played a lot of football today.” Scranton Prep took a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter when Grady hit Carter Odell on screen pass. Odell broke a tackle and ran 65 yards for the score. Abington Heights was forced to punt on its next drive but the CHRISTOPHER DOlAN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER returner fumbled the ball and PT Cutrufello recovered Abington Heights quarterback Michael Show loses control of the ball as he is tackat the Cavaliers’ 25. But the led by Scranton Prep’s Tucker Johnson during a football game at Abington Heights Comets’ offense stalled and on Saturday, Sept. 7. Jimmy Lefchak hit a 36-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 7-3. On Scranton Prep’s next drive, Corey Perkins stepped in front of a pass along the right sideline for an interception and raced 65 yards for a score to give the Comets a 10-7 lead. “Abington Heights is a much improved team,” Gallagher said. “I thought our kids grinded it out and just gritted down and just played hard and played physical and we’re fortunate that we CHRISTOPHER DOlAN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER got the win.” Contact the writer:

Scranton Prep’s Brendan Colleran reaches to take down Abington Heights’ Chris Wickenheiser during a football game at Abington Heights on Saturday, Sept. 7.

been a huge help.” They didn’t come out of nowhere; Ludka knew the pair would be good. Last year, Duffy won the Vince Fedor Lackawanna League Junior High Championships boys race and Arcangelo took fourth in the girls race. What has surprised the coach, though, is how quickly they have made an impact. “It’s one thing to be second on the team,” Ludka said. “But they’re second on the team running against some great competition and holding their own. They’re up there with some of the best around.” Both runners are pleasantly surprised by their early success. “I worked hard over the summer, so I’m pretty excited about how I’m doing so far,” Arcangelo said. “I still have a lot to improve. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season.” Added Duffy: “I’ve tried to stick the kids above me who have more experience. I’ve been giving it my best effort. I trained all summer, put forth the miles and am doing the best I can.” Soccer was Arcangelo’s

original sport. She was a midfielder, so she did already a lot of running. Then she participated in “Girls On The Run,” a nonprofit organization that encourages preteen girls to develop healthy lifestyles through running. The program culminates in a 5K race, which Arcangelo won. “So I thought maybe I should pursue running,” she said. “I tried it in seventh grade and I did really well. So I kept building from there.” Duffy started running in fifth grade when he did his first 5K and has been going since. Perhaps the toughest adjustment they’ve had to make going from the junior high to the varsity level has been the additional miles. But both Arcangelo and Duffy said their veteran teammates have been helpful. “They’re helping me with the runs and if I have any questions about the course,” Duffy said. “They’re helping me strategize certain parts of the course. They’ve been great mentors.” Ludka said Arcangelo and Duffy are very disciplined for

Maia Arcangelo and Alex Duffy their age. “They run their miles, put a smile on their face about it, are happy to be at practice,” Ludka said. “They compete each day with everyone around them, won’t back down from anybody. But they’re respectful of the older kids and want to learn from them. They’re two great kids to have.” And, since they’re only freshmen, Abington Heights will have Arcangelo and

Duffy for the next four years, which bodes well for the future. “They will be kids to watch out for,” Ludka said. “They’re really confident in their future. Not to put pressure on them. But they want to be good and they’re working like they want to be good.” Contact the writer:; 570-348-9100 ext. 5109; @swalshTT on Twitter

Abington Heights High School sports roundup STAFF REPORT

Volleyball Adele Hollander had 12 aces and had 27 service points, Sophia Foster had five kills and Gianna Toth had 16 assists as Abington Heights swept three games over Susquehanna on Sept. 3 in a Lackawanna League match On Sept. 5, Hollander had eight digs, Toth had 10 assists and Brooke Sorenson had five points, but the Lady


30 years ago: Billy James ran for 130 yards for Abington Heights in a 48-15 loss to North Pocono. 20 years ago: Dave Darmofal ran for three touchdowns and threw for a score in Abington Heights’ 28-7 win over Wyoming Valley West. 10 years ago: Paul Gallagher ran for 191 yards and three touchdowns for Abington Heights in a 33-18 win over Hazleton Area.


Freshmen runners step up BY SCOTT WALSH STAFF WRITER


Comets fell to Wester n On Sept. 6 against WallenWayne, 3-0. paupack, Riley Mulherin scored five goals and had one Boys soccer assist to lead the Lady ComGray Paul Bossi had a goal ets to an 8-0 win. Stiles added and an assist to lead Abington a goal and two assists, while Heights over Wallenpaupack, Kayla Przekop chipped in 2-1, in a Lackawanna League two goals. match Sept. 5. Justin Williams Golf had seven saves for the Comets. Abington Heights defeated Girls soccer Wallenpaupack, 5½-3½, at Morghan Stiles had a hat trick Woodloch Springs front nine and Riley Mulherin had two on Sept. 4 in a Lackawanna goals as the Lady Comets defeat- League Division I match. ed Scranton, 6-1, on Sept. 4.

Dan Flickinger and Grant Hamilton secured the win with 2½ points in the last g roup. Will Brown and James Flickinger also had invidiual wins as the Comets stayed unbeaten. On the front nine at Glen Oak Country Club on Sept. 3, James Flickinger shot 1-under 35 with a birdie and Will Brown shot 36 with two birdies to lead Abington Heights. At Glen Oak front nine on Sept. 6, Flickinger had three

birdies and shot even-par 36, and Luke Morgan added a birdie on No. 5 hole in Abington Heights’ 9-0 win over West Scranton.

Tennis On Sept. 3 and Sept. 5, Bella Peters, Clare Della Valle and Lauren Koczwara won their singles matches in straight sets to lead the Lady Comets over Mid Valley, 5-0, and Valley View, 4-1, respectively.

Basketball: Keystone College men’s basketball program will hold a clinic and prospect camp on Sept. 2021. Additional information: Brad Cooper, brad.cooper@ or 570-9458235. Golf: The Waverly Community House will hold the Comm Classic Centennial Golf Tournament Sept. 16 at Glen Oak Country Club. Registration will be at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. Cost is $175 per golfer for the captain-and-crew format. Additional information: Registration forms are also available in the Community House lobby and office. ■ 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. ■ The University of Scranton baseball team will hold its annual golf tournament Oct. 6 at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club in Mountain Top. Registration and lunch will be at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. Cost is $110 per golfer or $440 per foursome in the captainand-crew event. To register: Lacrosse: The University of Scranton women’s lacrosse team will host an ID clinic Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Weiss Field for girls in grades 9-12. Cost is $75. Additional information: Chrissy Trescavage, Soccer: Wilkes University men’s soccer will host ID clinics Sept. 22 and Nov. 3, noon-3 p.m., at the Ralston Athletic Complex for players in grades 9-12. Cost is $60 for one clinic or $100 for both. Additional information: Michael Piranian, michael. or 570408-4023. ■ Keystone College women’s soccer Will host an I.D. clinic Nov. 16 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Turf Field complex. An admissions counselor will be available from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Additional information: Samantha Patterson, samantha. or 570-945-8248. Softball: The University of Scranton softball team will host an ID prospect camp Sept. 29 at Magis Field at the Quinn Athletics Campus for players graduating high school in 2020-24. Cost is $100. Additional information: Mia Collarini Wascura, 570-941-4439 or

BOWLING SCORES The Alley Cats Bowling League scores from Sept. 3 are as follows. Team standings: Tigers 3, Siamese - 3, Calicos - 2, Bobcats - 2, Lynx - 2, Manx 2, Wildcats - 1, Ghost - 1. High individual game: Judy Szymanski - 175, Barb Borek - 171, Mary Kay Nealon - 163. High individual series: Barb Borek - 451, Bette Connell - 432, Carole Hamersly 426. High team game: Calicos - 697, Tigers - 696, Siamese 667. High team series: Tigers - 1917, Wildcats - 1884, Calicos - 1868.

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Out & About at La Festa Italiana

Abington-area residents joined the crowds on Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton for the annual La Festa Italiana, a celebration of Italian culture and cuisine, on Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30 through Sept. 2. Emma Black / STaFF PHOTOGRaPHER

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Pat Pahoski of Clarks Summit and Bruce Holden of Newton Twp.

Damian the Magician performs on Courthouse Square Sunday at La Festa Italiana in downtown Scranton. Marie Kyllikki Mirza, left, and Annina Mirza, both of Clarks Summit

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