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MAILBAG Dear Happenings, I have enjoyed reading Happenings over the years since returning to the northeast but the July 2017 issue was especially delightful for me. Four out of the five CHS graduates you featured were students of mine. The biographies of the various veterans were well done and very interesting for an ex-teacher to read. Having spent time living near Fort Hood, TX after I retired from teaching, I understand the sacrifices that our military and their families often make. Thank you for featuring them. –Sincerely, –Helen E. Timms Dear Happenings, I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed reading the July edition of Happenings Magazine. I am the new pastor of St. Matthew's congregation (Scranton). I picked up a copy of Happenings at Wayne Bank. The format of the magazine, is so enticing, and between its articles, events and information about businesses and agencies in the area, I quickly came to realize just what NEPA has to offer! I was even able to draw some really good sermon illustrations for this Sunday’s sermon, and for a funeral for a Korean War Vet from Carbondale. So very helpful! I am so happy to be serving in Scranton. There are so many opportunities to serve people here, and so many dedicated people performing exemplary work to reach out and help others. Very impressive! Thanks for publishing such a wonderful magazine. –Pastor Mary Owens

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More Than Pink Meet a Forever Fighter and the family that keeps her going.



Head of the Class

Shalom! Take a look at the impact and accomplishments of Jewish culture in NEPA.



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Come On Get Happie! Vote for your favorite businesses, services, non-profits and events in the 4th Annual Happie Awards


Stunning September Things to do, where to go, everything you need to know.

Get Your Shop On Discover a treasure-trove of antiques and specialty shops.

September 2017

Road Trip! Plan a historic getaway to Valley Forge PA.

Ready or Not? Mark National Preparedness Month with ideas and tips for any emergency situation.

Love of a Lifetime Be inspired by stories of lasting love from couples that have been married more than 50 years!

Be schooled on NEPA’s top high school grads.


Rooted in NEPA, Branching Beyond Catch up with a former Scrantonian who’s making her mark on the West Coast.

Walking the Talk Get to know a survivor who goes the distance for a cure.



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September sunday







Cornstock Folk Festival, Lazybrook Park, Tunkhannock. Through Sun. 250-7464

3 Labor Day Weekend Picnic & Living History, No. 9 Mine Museum, Lansford. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 645-7074


Nicholson Bridge Day, Main St., Nicholson. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


Harvest Festival, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY.


Johnny Appleseed Festival, Roba Family Farms, Dalton. 563-2904.


Pennsylvania 400, Pocono Raceway, Long Pond. 1-4 p.m.




La Festa Italiana, Courthouse Square, Scranton.



Luzerne Co Fair, fairgrounds, Dallas. Through Sun.


Pocono Garlic Festival, Ski Shawnee, Shawneeon-Delaware. Through Sun.



Under the Tuscan Sun Osterhout Free Library Gala, Westmoreland Club, Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m.

32nd Annual Mushroom Festival, throughout Kennett Square. Through Sun.













Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah

Patriots Day

Fall Film Festival, Dietrich Theatre, Tunkhannock. 996-1500. Through Sept 30.


John Cleese Live on State, State Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m.


National It’s National Game & Dumpling Puzzle Week!Day

Rodin: Portraits of a Lifetime, Friedman Art Gallery, Misericordia University. Through Dec 9

Gene Dempsey Orchestra, Nay Aug Park, Scranton. 7 p.m. 348-4186


4th Annual Mix & Mingle for Meals on Wheels, Glen Oak Country Club, Clarks Summit.

Nathan Carter, Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 7 p.m. 344-1111.


Wyoming Co. Chamber of Commerce Fallfest Mixer, Shadowbrook Resort,Tunkhannock 5-9 p.m.

Southern Style Farm to Table Dinner, Everhart Museum, Scranton. 6 p.m. 346-7186.

PirateFest, Cooper’s Seafood House, Scranton. Through Sun.



Susan G. Komen NEPA Race for the Cure, 8 a.m., Courthouse Square, Scranton.

161st Bloomsburg Fair, fairgrounds Bloomsburg. Through Sept. 30

30 Hospice of the Sacred Heart Remembrance Walk, McDade Park, Scranton. 10 a.m. 706-2400. Yom Kippur

All American Breakfast Month National Bake and Decorate Month National Fruit and Veggie Month National Preparedness Month National Service Dog Month

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Dear Readers, e know you'll be inspired by our September stories. "There's so much living to do," says cover model Lisa Jones Kutra, who is living with metastatic breast cancer. "I walk because I can," says survivor Marilyn Fuller-Smith, who has made it her goal to complete all seven 3-Day, 60 mile walks sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Foundation this year. If you need any more inspiration to walk or run at the Susan G. Komen NEPA Race for the Cure, just keep reading all the heart-warming human interest stories contained in the following pages.


You'll also meet Scranton native Lisa Gibson and learn about her atypical journey to the top. Raised by a very young, loving, single mother addicted to heroin, Gibson now serves as Director of Environmental Planning for the San Francisco Planning Department. In light of September being a big back-toschool month, we spoke with eight area valedictorians who shared how they wish to change the world. “Save as many lives as possible,” said one. “Improve the level of kindness,” said another. One wants the world to “erase the stereotype that nerds and geeks are uncool. We are the driving force behind society and we often don’t get the recognition we deserve.” For the first time in our history we took an in-depth look at the Jewish culture in our region. We hope you learn as much as we did, as our writer Megan Kane explored many things Jewish in Northeast PA. We hope to expand on this feature in coming issues so we do invite your comments.


September is also National Preparedness Month. To quote Pennsylvanian Ben Franklin, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” While there is never time to prepare for an emergency, oh the difference it makes when we do. Read how experts in various fields help us prepare for the unexpected. In his song, September Morn, Singer Neil Diamond sings about “dancing until the night becomes a brand new day." We truly hope that this September will surely make you feel - that way.



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BE BOLD. BE FEARLESS. BE MORE. You can help us put an end to breast cancer forever by making a donation to the 27th Annual Komen NEPA Race for the Cure®!

Who We Are Susan G. Komen® is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $800 million in research and provided more than $1.6 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. For 27 years, Susan G. Komen Northeastern Pennsylvania Race for the Cure® has won the region’s heart and remains the area’s largest 5K event. Since its inception, more than 117,200 people have participated, raising over $3.7 million. Up to 75 percent of the proceeds stay in Northeast PA and 25 percent of funds benefit the Susan G. Komen National Research Grant Awards and Training Program.

All Participants Must Register and Wear your RACE BIB Adults (20 and older): Walkers $25, Runners $30 Youth (19 and under): Walkers $20, Runners $25 Survivors: Walkers $15, Runners $20 Virtual (t-shirt only) $20 EXTRA $10 SAVINGS FOR ONLINE ENTRIES ONLY IN THESE AGE GROUPS: Adults 60 and older, use Promo Code NEPA SENIOR Children 13 and younger, use Promo Code NEPAYOUTH Register & Bring a Friend! Help Us Reach Our Goal of $250,000 Register Today! 10

Your entry fee gets you to the starting line….your fundraising effort will help us find a cure! Take the challenge to fundraise and see the impact you can make.

Why support the Komen NEPA Race for the Cure®? • Breast cancer is the leading cause of death of women ages 40 to 59. • Prevention (know your personal risk) and early detection is the best known defense against breast cancer. • Approximately 95% of breast cancer cases occur in women with no known risk factors. • 5-7% may be linked to genetics or familial breast cancer, while the remaining cases may be attributed to environmental factors. • Susan G. Komen® NEPA funds local community grants to provide uninsured and underserved women and men much needed breast health education programs and breast cancer screening and treatment services throughout 19 counties of Northeastern & Central PA. In 2017, $191,105 was awarded to 8 non-profit institutions to help further the Komen mission. • A woman’s lifetime relative risk for developing breast cancer is 1 in 8. • About 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the U.S. in 2016 and 2,600 for men. • Approximately 11,300 women in Pennsylvania are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. • Last year, Susan G. Komen® NEPA Grant Awards served the breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment needs of 2,905 unduplicated individuals. • There are over 3 million women and men living in the U.S. who have been treated for breast cancer; this is the largest group of cancer survivors in the world.


Remember the Steps to Breast Health: 1. Know your risk 2. Get screened 3. Know what’s normal for you 4. Make healthy lifestyle choices

September 16, 2017 Courthouse Square, Scranton email inquiries to

e dedicate this 27th Race to you, our passionate supporters! Your investment into the Komen mission has turned donations into much needed breast health programs and services that, otherwise would go unfunded. Thank you for your generosity and support. continued on page 12 11

More Than Pink

Lisa Jones Kutra is an Inspiration for Those Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer


isa Jones Kutra, 46, is a single mother who lives in Moscow with her daughters, Cassie, 14 and Caroline, 11. She is a daughter, sister, teacher, friend and optimist. She is also the face of Happenings 2017 campaign for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Jones Kutra has lived in Moscow for 13 years and loves the North Pocono community and country setting. She grew up in Avoca and attended Pittston Area High School and Marywood University. Since 1996 she has been teaching in the Stroudsburg Area school district where she is a reading specialist. Her school, Hamilton Elementary in Sciota, PA encompasses grades kindergarten through four. “Everyday is a new adventure in elementary school,’ she said. In February 2012, Jones Kutra had her annual clear mammogram. “I had just started running as my new form of exercise,” she 12

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WHAT IS METASTATIC BREAST CANCER? Metastatic breast cancer is also classified as Stage 4 breast cancer. The cancer has spread to other parts of the body. This usually includes the lungs, liver, bones or brain.

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told Happenings, “And I felt great, never better actually.” She explained: “One day, I brushed my hand over the side of my left breast and felt something– a lump? I wasn’t sure, but I knew not to ignore it. I asked my incredible friend Dr. (Christine) Policare, my radiologist, how long a mammogram was good. I had in my mind that a clear mammogram in February certainly meant I could not develop a cancer in only two months. I was completely wrong. I soon learned that most of what I thought I knew about breast cancer was wrong, or at least inaccurate. So, I start-

and looked forward to the countdown to the end.” There is no history of breast cancer in her family, although she has suffered the loss of a brother from liver cancer and another brother from complications of cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle. After completing the treatments, she was advised to stay on Tamoxifen (an estrogen modulator that treats breast cancer) for 10 years. “I wasn’t too happy about staying on the drug for so long but I did exactly what the doctor told me. I eventually was able to

put cancer behind me– and as (ABC TV's “Good Morning America” host and cancer survivor) Robin Roberts said, “each day you think about it a little less until one day, you realize you didn’t think about it at all.” I like to call that healing,” she said. Jones Kutra’s exercise routine evolved into distance running. “Eventually, I had the opportunity to run the New York City marathon. I was selected to be on Ryan’s Run Team 6 supporting and fundraising for Allied Services. I began training for the marathon in the summer of Stan Warunek,

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“I had in my mind that a clear mammogram in February certainly meant I could not develop a cancer in only two months. I was completely wrong.” ed the long road of treatment to get rid of this cancer and was told that no doubt, I would be cured and that is what helped me get through the next year.” She was treated at Penn State Hershey and had radiation treatment at Northeast Radiation Oncology Center (NROC) in Dunmore with Dr. Christopher Peters. “I was diagnosed stage 2B, also called early breast cancer. I had surgery, eight chemotherapy treatments and 35 radiation treatments. I did quite well during the treatments September 2017

Lisa’s support system includ es: her parents, Ned and MaryKay Jones, and daughter s, Cassie and Caroline.



2015, three years after my initial diagnosis. I ran shorter distances during the week and then long runs on weekends. I also added a personal trainer into the mix to strengthen my core and muscles.I was doing great and ready

for the race in November.” In October, she developed a soreness in her shoulder. "It was the month before the race. I was sure it was from lifting weights or running. On race day, I was still bothered by the aching but I wore a sleeve to compress my right arm and figured after the marathon, I will be able to rest for a while and the pain would ease up.” The Marathon was the greatest experience of her life, she said. “Not only was I actually running the New York City marathon, but I was overcoming the obstacles life had thrown at me. It was so emotionally uplifting, words can't explain the feeling.” By Thanksgiving, the pain was still noticeable, but Jones Kutra knew that sports injuries could take quite a while to heal. Then, while away in

it must just be the injury and it has to work itself out. Ice it. Add heat. Use icy hot. It will heal.” At her six-month month follow up with her oncologist in Hershey, liver function tests showed numbers that were “out of whack.” An ultrasound revealed a liver mass and a CT scan confirmed multiple lesions in her liver and a few small spots on her bones. “So I immediately became a Stage IV metastatic breast cancer patient. A terminal illness requiring a lifetime of chemotherapy– or at least until you have exhausted all options. She has transferred her medical care to Dr. Angela DeMichele at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been on two different chemotherapies so far and has tolerated them quite well. “I know I am in good hands at Penn. It is such a busy facility, they see so much of a volume of Stage IV patients and it helps to know that,” she explains.

“We are honest about my health but we don’t let it guide our lives. There is so much living to do.” Philadelphia, she suddenly had an “attack” of pain and went to the hospital's emergency department. "They ran tests. They ran more tests. They found nothing," she explained. "They said it may be gallbladder. They sent me home to follow up with my doctor." She saw an orthopedic doctor who found nothing wrong. "So I went home thinking 14

Jones Kutra has a full life and lots of living to do.“I love working at Hamilton Elementary and have the most supportive co-workers. Their support this past year was incredible on so many levels– whether it was decorating my office, sending me funny videos of the staff, getting tshirts made for cancer awareness or having a dress down day to collect money, they were on it.” Most moving to Jones Kutra was a picture of the school staff in a prayer circle outside the school when she was ill and in the hospital. September 2017

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Keeping a positive attitude is necessary, she said. “It's a mental game you must consciously work on and it's easy to slip into a dark place. You have to have strategies to pull you out and keep you focused. I like to say that I am living and not dying. At the beginning of the diagnosis, I thought I was dying. Soon, I realized that was not helping me to live and enjoy life. So I completely turned those thoughts around.”

found that very few people know what metastatic breast cancer (MBC) was and I started to educate people so they would be able to understand and help women who get the Stage IV diagnosis.”

Her parents, Ned and MaryKay Jones who live in Avoca have been a tremendous support system for their daughter and granddaughters. “They have Komen has taken a large step been there every step of the in getting the spotlight on way on this cancer journey. MBC. Dolly Woody, executive They love spending time with director of Susan G. Komen the girls– vacationing, Northeast Pennsylvania, startRailriders games, Coal Mine ed the year-long process of Tour, Kalahari, playing pool, having a symposium on MBC. anything fun. My parents sent The first MBC symposium was us to Disney last year, after my held in April, 2017 in second diagnosis. Scranton. “We hope this It was so generous “I want everyone to know there is no is the first of many. It was and a wonderful cure for breast cancer. Many women an amazing step in starttrip. They are respond beautifully to treatment and ing to get the word out always available live long and wonderful lives. But for that ‘pink’ isn’t enough. for me– staying in We need more research, the hospital with 30 percent of those women, cancer me, driving me to reappears and it is twisted and ugly.” more education, and more awareness of the chemo and doctor true realities of breast appointments, cancer,” says Woody. staying at the house if I need Here’s what she does not do: help, providing meals when • I do not Google. I listen to Jones Kutra believes: necessary, basically anything my doctor. • There is a cure for MBC. they can do to help. We are • I do not get caught up in the • Knowledge is power and the so blessed to have them. It negative statistics (like avermore people who understand would be a very different age life expectancy is two to MBC, the faster the cure will journey without their presthree years) because I know be found. ence,”she said. many women who have lived • Together, we can make Jones Kutra loves her girls and much longer. a difference. everything about them. “I am “I don’t know what the future blessed to have them and Her goals are to hang on to will hold but I know I can’t everything I do is based on life and be here for when the control it so right now, I want what is in their best interest. I “true” breast cancer cure is to do as much living as I can. I love watching them grow up available. “During this time, I want everyone to know there and I love helping them and want to continue to educate is no cure for breast guiding them through these people on the realities of cancer. Yes, many women middle school/high school breast cancer and what we respond beautifully to treatyears. I feel lucky for each day can do to support patients ment and live long and wongiven to me to be there for and increase research. derful lives. But for 30 perthem. We are honest about cent of those women, cancer “I will be walking the race for my health but we don’t let it reappears and it is twisted the cure this year, she said. “I guide our lives. There is so and ugly. Many women I have am still recovering from my much living to do. I know they met through this journey are hospitalization in April but are surrounded by so many in their 30s and 40s and have I'm hoping I can run friends and family. They are small children. We need to in the future.” H loved and I see bright futures make this the next priority to –Christine Fanning for both of them.” breast cancer awareness. I 16

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We are so fortunate to have the level of health care we have here locally. I appreciate the talented and dedicated doctors and nurses who treated me then and continue to support and monitor my health today. “A HUGE thank you to my family and friends who helped me every step of the way. I am blessed and my heart is full”

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Racing On: Komen NEPA Race for the Cure


he Komen NEPA Race for the Cure returns to Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton Saturday, September 16. Participants can expect some of the most popular race day traditions as well as a few new additions to the organization’s largest fundraiser. Komen NEPA Executive Director Dolly Wood reminds participants of the event’s importance. “The Race is fun, but it enables everything that comes after,” explains Woody. “It’s more than just showing up, it’s raising funds and feeling empowered.”


“The Race is fun, but it enables everything that comes after.” Komen NEPA partnered with Scranton Running Company to improve the structure of this year’s race. In the last quarter mile, runners and walkers will split and complete the race at separate finish lines. Start lines will be gated and all participants must wear race bibs. Pink Hair on the Square will run from 7-8 a.m. before the race and again after the race from 9-10 a.m. By donating $1, visitors can add a streak of pink to their hair to show support and contribute to the cause. At the Selfie Photo Station participants can capture the race day excitement. The Survivor Breakfast at 7:15 a.m. is open to all registered survivors and one guest. The pre-race event is sponsored by the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center and features a special breakfast followed by a parade of local survivors to the starting line.

obstacle course and a craft area hosted by Wonderful Art Studio in Moscow are all part of the fun. There will also be a Post-Race Pink Party beginning at 10 a.m. The family-friendly event held under a tent on Linden Street offers beverages and food a la carte. There will be also be basket raffles and live entertainment throughout the day.

The expanded Kids Fun Zone opens at 9 a.m. There will be music as well as special guests, including Royal Party Princesses and Champ from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders. Games, an

Organizers anticipate a crowd of 4,000. The goal is to raise $200,000 dollars, which stays within the NEPA community. Visit H –Melissa Durante


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Meet the 2017 Race Co-Chairs Jill Eidenberg and Nikki Olsyzk are spearheading this year’s race. Eidenberg first got involved with Komen NEPA Race for the Cure in 2011. After a close friend and mother of two children was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 29, she realized the widespread impact of the disease. With a BA in Communication from The University of Scranton and nearly 20 years of hands-on experience working in marketing and public relations, Eidenberg came prepared to tackle the challenge of being a Race Chair. Responsibilities include overseeing all areas of the planning process– from sponsorship and fundraising to logistics, registration and marketing. Of race day, Eidenberg says, “I arrive at Courthouse Square at 5 a.m. when it's dark and empty and watch it transform over the next few hours into crowds of people and activity. There is a special energy and love in the air.”

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Nikki Olsyzk was a long-time participant in Komen NEPA’s Race for the Cure, but after watching many people in her life affected by breast cancer, she eventually decided she wanted to be even more involved. She became a part of the committee in 2016, her first year “behind the scenes.” Olsyzk brings her BA in Business Management from Bucknell University as well as years of experience in the management field to the Komen team. As co-chair she has worked along with Eidenberg to help the NEPA race continue to grow and evolve. This year the team launched a spring Ballroom Bazaar fundraising event that featured a boutique shopping experience at the Hilton Scranton Hotel and Conference Center. She says she continues to be inspired by, “Survivors, co-survivors and community members who come together to make a difference.” As a long-time racer, Olsyzk says that you can find her at the finish line with her camera on race day.


Cause a for Companies Local Organizations Organize Race Teams Organizer Alexandra Brax explains, “We try to make a difference in the lives of our fellow employees and the communities they serve.”


ach year, the Komen NEPA Race for the Cure welcomes a variety of race teams, old and new. Many companies and organizations return year after year to support the cause. Faithful participants include UPS, Gentex and Arley Wholesale.

UPS started its team in 2007. In 2016 the team had 104 runners and walkers. From 2010-2015, UPS was recognized as the “Largest Corporate Team” participating in the race. A group of employees volunteer to bring it all together each year, getting involved at each stage of the team-building process. In the past, they have been recognized for “Best TShirt” and “Tickle Me Pink” awards for best t-shirt design


Arley Warehouse’s team is among the newer participants. The company, started in 1935 in Scranton, has truly become a part of the community. Interested in giving back to the community, company executive Arlene Gevanthor and Vice President Bruce Gevanthor first proposed the idea of taking part in the Race for the Cure. Organized by a team of eight and best-decorated facility. Organizer Carolyn Thomas points out, “We have lost coworkers, friends, family, etc to breast cancer. Everyone knows someone affected.” UPS encourages its employees to really be a part of the community, and this event proves to be a great opportunity to not only work on team building and leadership, but to reach out to the community. The UPS team has a long day with a few members arriving at Courthouse Square as early as 5 a.m. for set up. 2017 marks the 19th year for the Gentex team’s participation in the NEPA Race for the Cure. The team is brought together by volunteers across the company. Each year, nearly 120 Gentex employees take part in the Race for the Cure— some are cancer survivors themselves.

employees and managers, Arley’s team will lace up for their second Race for the Cure this year. Last year’s team had 20 members, and they plan to bring an even bigger team this time out. A tight-knit, supportive community, organizers emphasize that employees get excited about the opportunity to come together to support this cause. Team Captain Christiana Gianzanti explains, “Race day for us is a very supportive and uplifting experience. Being in

Courthouse Square on Race Day and seeing so many survivors gives you the drive to overcome any obstacle that you encounter.” H –Melissa Durante

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Komen NEPA Names Honorary Chair


his year’s NEPA Komen Race for the Cure includes another key team member— Honorary Chair Willard Macleary. First diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, Macleary was no stranger to cancer. His mother passed away from pancreatic cancer and his siblings have been diagnosed with the disease as well. He points out though that his experiences have really allowed him to see how far we have come in terms of cancer treatments.

In 2012, Macleary’s cancer came back as stage four, metastasized. He’s undergone a variety of treatments since then to keep the cancer from spreading further. Despite his diagnosis, he remains positive. He points out, 22

“People aren’t scared like they used to be” thanks to modern treatments. He mentions that today, chemo can be taken orally; in other instances, shots may be administered every 21 days or so. Unlike in the past, patients are often dealing with fewer side effects from the chemo treatment. Recently, Macleary was treated for cancerous spots on his spine. After undergoing the radiation procedure, he was released from the hospital in seven days, and the tumors are gone at this time. Macleary is the first man to be named Honorary Chair of the Komen NEPA Race for the Cure. He says he was a little leery at first since not many men want to talk about their breast cancer. More often, he finds himself discussing it with the wives of other breast cancer patients. He is, however, very passionate about the cause and the part he plays in this year’s race

events. Macleary has been involved with the race for years, and has participated in a variety of events, such as the fashion show fundraiser. “I will do anything to help,” Macleary says. Aside from taking part in the celebration on race day, Macleary has several other duties as Honorary Chair, including the Railriders Game in Pink fundraiser where Macleary threw out the first ball. A long-time runner in the Race, Macleary hopes to be able to walk the course this year despite his healing spine. He believes Komen really helps make all the difference in terms of receiving treatment. He is passionate about the work the organization is doing, pointing out, “There are other things besides the cure they are finding.” H –Melissa Durante

Macleary is the first man to be named Honorary Chair of the Komen NEPA Race for the Cure.

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Meet Marilyn Fuller-Smith


arilyn FullerSmith counts herself among the lucky ones.

Seventeen-and-a-half years ago, the former Scrantonian was leading an active, fulfilling life when a routine doctor’s visit led to something deadly serious – a diagnosis of breast cancer.

Undaunted, she stopped the cancer in its tracks, and in turn made a full-fledged commitment to help her fellow survivors any way she could.

before – complete all seven scheduled for this year. Fuller-Smith is well on her way to raising $20,000 this year, which would bring her overall tally to nearly $50,000. Her online fundraising page can be found at:

“I’ve just had tremendous support,” said the 71-year-old retired Commonwealth of Pennsylvania employee, “One of the keys to the whole thing is that even who walked in last year’s though I’m doing this, none Komen NEPA Race for the of this is done alone.” Cure with longtime friend and fellow breast cancer In her case, that meant a longsurvivor Christine Gilroy. term investment in sneakers. Since 2011, Fuller-Smith, a resident of Camp Hill, has been raising money for Susan G. Komen via its series of 3-Day, 60-mile walks. She’s done nine 3-Days so far, and now plans to do something she’s never tried


“People ask me, ‘Why do you walk for Susan G. Komen?’ Because I can,” she added. Far from a walk in the park, Komen 3-Days are a true physical test that require participants to complete a 20-mile walk each

day of the event. This year’s walks will find Fuller-Smith crisscrossing the country, to Detroit, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Seattle, Atlanta, Dallas and, finally, San Diego. While grueling, the walks are also inspiring, given the camaraderie that exists amongst the participants, Fuller-Smith said. “It takes about six, seven hours to do each walk, because of all the people out on the course,” she said. “Because of that, nobody’s speed-walking, so you’re able to talk to the people you’re walking with and find out about their own experiences (with breast cancer). The more we can be with people who think the same way as we do, the more of that energy then goes out into the world.” A native of the Erie area, FullerSmith lived in Scranton for 14

years while raising her children, Dana and Keirstin, and working for a local accounting firm. In 1987, she left Scranton for Harrisburg upon taking a position on the staff of former Gov. Robert P. Casey. Other jobs with the state followed, and she eventually married Peter J. Smith, retired U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Life was good. But then came that fateful day in January 2000 when Fuller-Smith’s family physician found a lump during a routine breast exam. On the spot, he made an appointment for her to see a specialist. Less than a month later, she underwent a lumpectomy. Fortunately, the cancer was caught in its early stages and hadn’t spread. Following six months of radiation, Fuller-Smith was given a clean bill of help. She came out of the experience filled with gratitude and a deep empathy for breast cancer patients who don’t have the resources that she had. “I had great doctors, and I had insurance. I never paid a dime,” she said. “Every woman should have the experience I had. I can help make a difference for women without insurance or no place to go.” Six years ago, Fuller-Smith decided to make the 3-Days her vehicle for helping others. She did her first one in Philly with her friend Kathy Simpson. Admittedly, she didn’t quite know what she was getting into. “I didn’t think I was going to live,” she said with a laugh. “It was so exhausting.” However, she persevered, and went to Tampa in 2012 for another 3-Day. Since then, she’s done at least one per year. After turning 70 last year, Fuller-Smith made the commitment to go for all seven 2017 3-Days. When she informed her husband of her plans, he responded, “Are you out of your mind?” September 2017


Most weekends, she’s out doing 20-mile training runs, often with friends and family members. Besides the donations she receives, she holds regular fundraisers, including an annual yard sale.

Personal: Marilyn Fuller-Smith Age: 71 Residence: Camp Hill, formerly of Scranton Family: Husband, Peter J. Smith; son, Dana Howard; daughter, Keirstin Howard; two grandchildren, Dianne Howard and Ethan Lesperance

On her walks, she’s easy to spot in signature Komen pink, which also happens to be the color of her Mini Cooper. While proud of her accomplishments, Fuller-Smith is adamant about crediting the countless people who have helped her along her journey. “One of the keys to the whole thing is that even though I’m doing this, none of this is done alone,” she said. “My husband, my family and my friends all support me. It’s definitely a ‘we’ program.” H –Josh McAuliffe


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unds raised from the Komen NEPA Race for the Cure go toward a variety of community programs centered on fighting breast cancer. This past year, Komen awarded $191,105. To date, the organization has presented over $3.7 million to local organizations supporting those living with breast cancer as well as organizations dedicated to ending the disease.

Volunteers in Medicine is a local non-profit organization in Luzerne County devoted to providing free medical and dental services to working low-income families. The clinic provides free services for those who do not have access to health insurance or affordable health care. Clinical staff includes teams of gynecolo-


gists, psychologists, dermatologists, physical therapists, dentists, dieticians and clinical pharmacists who donate their time. The entire organization operates through donations, grants and fundraisers. Since 2009, Komen NEPA has supported this organization, providing funds for important testing services and comprehensive care. Supporting the women’s health program, Komen funds have helped provide many hard-working women without insurance access to gynecologist visits, mammograms, breast exams, biopsies and many other essential services at no charge. By being able to diagnose any breast abnormalities early, the clinic is able to take preventative measures against cancer.

Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg also received support from Komen NEPA. Through Komen funding, the organization has been able to provide 100-200 free mammograms to individuals who would have otherwise not had access to screenings. Through diagnostic tests, the hospital has been able to identify and treat over ten different cancers. Patients sometimes drive over two hours to reach the hospital and have access to appointments and preventative care they would have likely otherwise foregone. Based on the hospital’s success through Komen funding, further measures were developed to reach out to patients in need. Visit H –Melissa Durante

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ires, tubes and needles are generally not items found in a peaceful healing environment. For cancer patients having an extended stay in the hospital, respite from the sights, smells and noises of treatment is hard to achieve. Maryann Corey and her team of volunteers at Portable Playhouse take patients on creative trips without having to leave their hospital beds. The program focused on art therapy was developed 17 years ago with input from hospital staff and child life teams at pediatric hospitals, as well as nurse managers, RNs, and doctors in adult cancer centers. The goal was to bring hope and comfort to patients in an effective and helpful way. Since the program’s inception, Maryann and her 23 volunteers have given over 250,000 patients from Boston to Memphis a welcome, creative break.

even pets. The impact of these weekly visits is palpable. Corey shares the story of her visits with a nine-year-old patient with stomach cancer. “I visited her every week making accessories for her friends, toys, and dolls,” she recalled. “After one visit in particular, her mom walked me out and shared that for the duration of our time together, the little girl didn’t touch her morphine drip.” Corey notes that they can work with all patients. “If they can’t use their hands, we will pick out the components and direct the creation; we will be their hands,” she explains.

Portable Playhouse’s brand of art therapy has patients beading at their bedside, making bracelets, necklaces and earrings for themselves, parents, spouses, friends and


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25-mile radius but adds, “Sometimes the ladies stay in, drink wine, eat chocolate and laugh.”

Along with running Portable Playhouse, Corey owns two gift shops called BLOOM in Forest City and Honesdale. The shops are filled with colorful scarves, beads and artwork, and proceeds support the Portable Playhouse organization. The Forest City location also serves as the site of another program developed by Portable Playhouse: Lonakana, a free retreat for women battling cancer. Women who visit this retreat, located in suites on the top floor of the store, are greeted with cinnamon coffee cake and fresh flowers. During their stay, they can enjoy a week of restoration and relaxation with family and friends. Corey supplies them with a list of places to go and things to do within a

Currently, Corey is raising money to move Lonakana to a 64-acre campground. In its new location, the retreat center will offer yoga, pottery and jewelry-making classes, as well as the chance for visitors to connect with family and friends. “We see how disconnected families become when a child has terminal cancer,” she explains. “We wanted a place to come to make nice memories.” They have raised $28,000 of the $800,000 they need to create this amazing experience. Corey has dedicated this half of her life to making the lives of cancer patients better, one bead at a time. Visit or call 201-914-1404. H – Kieran O’Brien Kern

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Valedictorians of Northeast PA Many local high schools recognize a valedictorian, the highest-achieving student in the class. These students often have the top grades and have the opportunity to address their class during graduation. Recently, Happenings Magazine caught up with eight local Class of 2017 valedictorians to discuss plans after high school, favorite memories and challenges in schools today.

Ty Nichols

Change the world in one way: I'd make it rotate the other way as a prank.

Lakeland Jr.-Sr. High School

Favorite quote: "Don't Panic." Douglas Adams

Residence: Scott Township, PA Family: Parents-Jennifer and Thomas Nichols; Brother-Graeme Extracurricular activities: Scholastic Bowl, Soccer, Newspaper Club, NHS and Math Honor Society Favorite subject: Math Favorite memory: Game nights with friends. Fun fact about yourself: I was dropped on my head when I was little! Plans after graduation: Attend Northeastern University for Computer Science and Mathematics.

Biggest challenge of school today: Schools today are getting more focused on career development, which is fine and practical, but seeing education only as an opportunity for career prep detracts from the experience. Education can be a lot more fun when it's about learning for its own sake and encouraging curiosity and creativity. Biggest asset of your high school: Lakeland is somewhat small, so it has a more personal feel to it than a larger school would.

Proudest academic moment: Breezing through the AP Calculus test. Advice for younger kids: Be curious; ask questions about the world and look up the answers outside of school.


Parents Jennifer and Thomas Nichols, brother Graeme

Jane Miller Scranton High School Residence: Scranton, PA Family: Parents-William and Betty Miller Extracurricular activities: Orchestra tutoring, German Club, Library Club, PMEA District 9 Orchestra Favorite subject: Science Favorite memory: My friends and I took AP U.S. History. Because my school district was on strike for two and a half weeks last year, my class was severely behind in covering the required material before the national exam in May. To make up the time, we had night and Saturday classes for three to four hours at a time. When this year's class began their night classes, two of my friends and I decided to "crash" the night class! "We snuck into the school, hid in the back of the library and wove between the stacks in the back of the library until we were hiding behind the desk our teacher was sitting on. When he gave his students a break, we popped up from behind the desk and scared him. His face made the whole night worth it." Parents Betty and William Miller

Proudest academic moment: Receiving my chords for National Honor Society. They acted as the physical representation of everything I have worked so hard for over the last four years. Advice for younger kids: Keep trying. Never give up. Keep going, keep pushing and in the end, you will succeed. Change the world in one way: Erase the stereotype that "nerds" and "geeks" are uncool. We are the driving force behind society, and we often don't get the recognition we deserve. Favorite quote: "Once you have tasted flight, you will walk with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will long to return." Leonardo da Vinci

Fun fact about yourself: I am learning to fly hot air balloons. I am almost finished with my private pilot's license. Plans after graduation: Attend Arcadia University to study biology in the pre-forensic science track.

Biggest challenge of school today: Time management. Between multiple AP classes, orchestra, working and getting my pilot's license, time management has been an integral part of my high school career. Biggest asset of your high school: Our music, language and art departments. They allow students to break up their rigorous academic courses with creative, challenging classes that help make them more rounded individuals. 33

Emily Mazur Scranton Preparatory School improve your vocabulary and writing skills down the road, but the characters, stories and worlds you experience through literature will stay with you forever and will expose you to new ideas and perspectives.

Residence: Old Forge, PA Family: Parents-Jan and Mary Theresa Mazur; Sister-Stephanie Extracurricular activities: Student choir, mock trial team, Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS), National Honor Society (president in senior year) student tutor, violin and piano

Change the world in one way: I would ensure that every person has access to a quality education and the resources available to take full advantage of it. I firmly believe that education is the world's best chance for achieving international cooperation and prosperity. Favorite quote: “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.� -Thoreau

Favorite subject: English Favorite memory: My service to South Carolina to work with the Sea Island Habitat for Humanity. The work on the site was difficult, but both the knowledge that we were building someone's home and the friendship that grew among the group made the experience one of the most rewarding of my life. Fun fact about yourself: I am an enthusiastic birdwatcher! I can identify at least twenty different birds by sound alone. Plans after graduation: Attend Georgetown University majoring in Biology of Global Health. I also plan either to study a new language or continue learning German.

Parents Jan Mazur & Mary Theresa Mazur, sister Stephanie

Proudest academic moment: Earning two perfect scores on the National German Exam and the National Latin Exam, and two gold medals on the National Spanish Exam. I am especially proud of my scores on the German exam because I am self-taught in German. Advice for younger kids: Read as much as you can! Not only will reading help to

Biggest challenge of school today: Time management. Many students today are pulled in a multitude of different directions: academics, sports, extracurricular activities, part-time jobs and volunteer work. Biggest asset of your high school: The emphasis placed on community and social justice. continued on page 36


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Meghan Healey Holy Cross High School Residence: Scranton, PA Family: Parents-Chris and Maura Healey; Brothers-Andrew and Luke Extracurricular activities: Cross country, swimming, track and field, National Honor Society, student council, Pro-Life club, environmental club, Crusaders for Compassion Favorite subject: Latin Favorite memory: When I was a freshman, I was blessed with the opportunity to be a part of the Holy Cross Girls’ Cross-Country team. After many months of hard work, we won the Class A State Championship. I will never forget the moment when that medal was placed around my neck and I looked around at my teammates who were just as ecstatic. Fun fact about yourself: With the help of my best friend and training partner Julianne Hunt, I completed the 2017 Scranton Half Marathon in April.

pain of wishing you had shown more kindness to those around you. Never stop being there for those around you.

Plans after graduation: Attend Boston College to major in Political Science on a Pre-Law track.

Change the world in one way: I would make college education more accessible and affordable for all students.

Proudest academic moment: Receiving the Jamie Kotula academic award. It was such an honor to receive the award that helps to keep alive the memory of someone who is such an integral part of the Holy Cross family.

Favorite quote: “No one is ever lost, they are just in need of guidance.” – Carmel D’Angelo

Advice for younger kids: Never lose the kindness that exists while students are young. Having lost a classmate, I know the

Biggest challenge of school today: Balancing all elements of your life. It is extremely hard to manage school, sports, clubs, jobs, family, friends and having a healthy lifestyle. Students are expected to do so much and often have extremely high expectations of themselves. It is extremely challenging to maintain a healthy balance. Biggest asset of your high school: Its Catholic identity. It is truly a loving family that fosters growth, service and success. continued on page 38


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Madison Christine Lee Lackawanna Trail Residence: Jermyn, PA Family: Parents-William and Janine Lee; Brother-Billy Lee Extracurricular activities: Varsity field hockey and softball teams, senior class treasurer, president of student council, member of the National Honor Society and National French Honor Society and member of my school's state-qualifying Envirothon team. Favorite subject: Physics. Favorite memory: Winning the District Championship field hockey game with my team and being able to serve as co-captain. Fun fact about yourself: I know every single word to Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady" by heart. I once wrote down every word from memory on a single piece of paper. Plans after graduation: Attend Penn State University Park majoring in Biomedical Engineering. Proudest academic moment: Being named a Times Tribune 2017 Scholastic Superstar. I was honored to be chosen by local college officials among so many other driven, intelligent and well-rounded students in the area.

Advice for younger kids: Be involved within the school. You never know what you may end up enjoying, so I encourage younger students to try as much as they can until they find what they love and what they excel in. Change the world in one way: I would choose to improve the level of kindness in the world. My biggest hope for the world is that we can begin to be accepting and kind to all the new people we encounter, even if that requires a little extra effort. Favorite quote: Said by Jeff Bezos, the founder of, "Cleverness is a gift, kindness is a choice. Gifts are easy, they're given after all. Choices can be hard." Biggest challenge of school today: The social environment of a high school. Trying to focus on academic success while facing the struggles of being a teenager with an immense amount of insecurity is not an easy thing to do. Biggest asset of your high school: The small size. Attending a small high school made me feel comfortable, for all of my teachers knew my name and they truly cared about helping me be successful, as they did for all students. continued on page 40

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Nataliya Scarantino G. A. R. Memorial Junior/Senior High School Change the world in one way: Save as many lives as I can. Also, another goal of mine is to invent a surgical technique that would help raise the survival rate of surgeries. Favorite quote: "There is no journey gone so far, so far we cannot stop and change direction." -From the musical Children of Eden.

Residence: Wilkes Barre, PA Family: Parents-Louis and Linda Scarantino Extracurricular activities: Key Club, SADD Club, Drama Club, speech and debate, chorus, soccer, Class President and softball. Favorite subject: AP Calculus Favorite memory: This year when GAR defeated Meyers in the annual rival’s football game. It was down pouring, but all of our pit crew stayed to cheer on our boys.

Biggest challenge of school today: More expectations placed on us as far as academics. There's more competition today. The SATs are a main topic of discussion throughout high school because they're a main part of your resume. More and more AP classes are being introduced in schools because it is expected of students of higher caliber to take them. Biggest asset of your high school: Our teachers and faculty. They are there to offer inspiration and shape the young minds of today. I am grateful that I got to receive my education from them.

Fun fact about yourself: I was born in Ust Kamennogorsk, Kazakhstan. I was adopted when I was nine months old and have lived in Wilkes-Barre ever since. Plans after graduation: Attend Wilkes University as a neuroscience major to pursue a pre-medical degree. Proudest academic moment: Being named valedictorian. I have always dreamed on graduating top in my class and I am so happy to say that I accomplished my goal. Another fun fact is that my mom graduated as valedictorian from GAR in 1977. Advice to younger kids: Dream big. You can be anything you want to be, no matter who you are or where you are from. If you are willing to put in the work, you will be successful. 40

Parents Louis and Linda Scarantino

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Tony Zou North Pocono High School Residence: Madison Township, PA Family: Parents-Joe and Jessica Zou; Sister-Sammie Extracurricular activities: President/Founder of Mathletes Club, Vice President of Interact Club, Treasurer of National Honor Society, Varsity Tennis Team, Marching Band Favorite subject: Math Favorite memory: My first time doing the field show as a percussionist with the school marching band. Fun fact about yourself: I can cook an awesome General Tso's Chicken. Plans after graduation: Attend Johns Hopkins University as a biology major and hope to go to medical school. Proudest academic moment: When I officially founded the first math club at our school that will stay for years to come and foster student interest in math. Advice for younger kids: Listen to your teachers and parents because they're the ones helping you on the path to success. Also, learn cursive, because apparently the hardest section of the SAT is writing the agreement in cursive.

Change the world in one way: Make cancer nonexistent Favorite quote: "The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." - Martin Luther King, Jr. Biggest challenge of school today: To get students to learn things that aren't only taught in the classroom, such as teamwork from playing sports and charity from community service. Biggest asset of your high school: The many options I had to improve myself, such as the great band program that helped me grow as a musician, and the Interact Club, where doing things for others helped me grow as a person. continued on page 44

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Shane Patrick Cummings Abington Heights High School drinking water, achieving world peace, stopping global warming, curing death and all other disease, stopping racism, just stuff meant to help achieve utopian society. Then after I fixed everything, I'd probably be bored and watch a lot of TV. Favorite quote: "Work smart, not hard." Mr. Burke, my AP Human Geography teacher (Note: Mr. Burke is just advocating against needless energy spent performing tasks with methods that are not optimal). Residence: South Abington Township, PA Family: Parents- Alison and James Cummings; Siblings-Jeremy, Evan and Kaylee; Dog-Ruby Extracurricular activities: Captain of Varsity Swim Team, Abington Honors/Chamber Orchestras, Suzuki School for Strings, Classics Club, National Honors Society

Biggest challenges in school today: The ridiculous amount of pressure put on versatility, course load, and extracurricular engagement. Children should be allowed to grow and explore during their time in school, so that they may discover what they truly enjoy and want to do with their lives.

Favorite subject: Honors Orchestra Favorite memory: Becoming the Abington Heights 2017 Prom King Fun fact about yourself: My older brother, Jeremy, was the valedictorian of the senior class of 2014. Plans after graduation: Attend the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University Proudest academic moment: I suppose I'd pick the time I got a perfect score on Mr. DiPerri's Algebra II final. Advice for younger students: Don't be intimidated by people older than Brother Jeremy, sister Kaylee, brother, Evan you. A lot of the time, older people are even more scared of you than you Biggest asset of your school: The sense of comare of them. Just be confident and be yourself. munity fostered by the teachers, administration, Change the world in one way: I'd give myself and students. Our school environment does its the ability to change the world in multiple best to allow students a safe place to ways with limitless power (loopholes). Then learn, which is something I think is sorely I’d do the general stuff, y'know, curing poverty lacking in other academic institutions. H and hunger, providing everyone with clean –Bridget Gaylord


Congregation Beth Israel, Honesdale

Jewish Houses of Worship Around Northeast PA


ortheast PA’s vibrant Jewish community is spread across a richly diverse number of area synagogues and temples. Whether guests are seeking a traditional Orthodox gathering or wish to embrace the ideas of Reform Judaism, they will find a spiritual home in the area. Read below to learn more about some the many synagogues and temples founded in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and the Poconos.

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Congregation Beth Israel of Honesdale is the second oldest Reform Jewish congregation in America worshiping in its original synagogue. The early founders were part of the retail merchant community of rural America in the mid- and late- nineteenth century. There followed a small but creative and dynamic manufacturing community that found workers in the area prepared to support the developing Textile industry. Over time, the lure of a more rural life with its relaxing atmosphere and its security transformed the residents of these communities into fulltime, vibrant participants in the life of the greater Wayne and Pike Counties area. Congregation Beth Israel has benefited and flourished throughout its more than 165 years of history. This historic structure was dedicated September 10, 1856 and has been meticulously preserved for more than 160 years. Anchored in tradition, with a modern feel, Congregation Beth Israel is a Reform Jewish Congregation that values its history and embraces the diversity of modern times. They celebrate

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Shabbat twice per month in season and every three weeks in the winter. In addition to the services there are events, adult education, religious school and holiday celebrations throughout the year. Rabbi Elliot Kleinman explains, “At Congregation Beth Israel, 30-40 people come to a Shabbat service, not 300 or 500, so there’s a communitarian nature that’s extraordinary. When someone is sick, we’re all concerned. When someone celebrates, we’re all applauding. Whether you’re here every week, once a month, or one week a year, we all know and care for each other.” To learn more, visit

Congregation Ohav Zedek, Wilkes-Barre Congregation Ohav Zedek is a warm and vibrant Orthodox synagogue that has been serving the needs of the Jewish Community of the Wyoming Valley since 1892. Its current building, which is located on South Franklin Street in Wilkes-Barre, was dedicated on January 24, 1932. The synagogue building is a striking example of both solid architectural simplicity and elegance, and is considered to be one of the most beautiful synagogues in the United States. Ohav


Zedek currently has a membership of approximately 155 families and individuals. They hold traditional orthodox prayer services on Shabbat, weekends and Jewish Festivals. They offer continuing Jewish education opportunities through engaging weekly learning classes and programs. They bring to Wilkes-Barre world class speakers and events to inspire and educate the greater Jewish community. To learn more, visit

Ohev Zedek, Scranton Although this congregation’s synagogue was originally built as a church in 1901, it was sold to the Orthodox congregation two decades later when the area’s Jewish population flourished. Today the stately Victorian building welcomes members from the Scranton area. Rabbi Yehuda Itkin has led the synagogue since it became Chabad in 1986. To learn more, call 343-2717. 48

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Temple Hesed, Scranton Founded in 1860, Temple Hesed is the oldest synagogue in Lackawanna County. The temple, a member of the Union of Reform Judaism, has led the charge of progressive Judaism in the area by launching interfaith leadership program, appointing the first woman rabbi in Northeast PA and welcoming same-sex weddings. Designed by nationally recognized architect Percival Goodman, the synagogue was inspired by area coal breakers; yet, while coal breakers were dark and dreary, Goodman transformed the synagogue into a space of beauty and light. Today, the synagogue welcomes 120 family units to its weekly Friday night Shabbat services. All are invited to attend, regardless of faith background. To learn more, visit

Chabad Lubavitch of the Poconos Chabad of the Mountains is a branch of the greater Chabad-Lubavitch movement. Today, there are over 3,500 Chabad institutions located in more than 85 countries. In the Poconos, Chabad of the Mountains is dedicated to strengthening and enhancing Jewish values and identity to both locals and tourists throughout the Greater Pocono area regardless of background, philosophy or level of commitment. Not based out of a center, the Chabad travels throughout the Poconos, bringing Judaism to people in various locations through holiday programs, Teen programs, Challah Baking Groups, one on one learning sessions, its traveling Hebrew School Program and its Pocono Jewish Summer Festival at the end of the summer. To learn more, visit September 2017


Temple Israel, Wilkes-Barre Temple Israel of Wilkes Barre is the largest conservative synagogue in Northeast PA. Founded in 1922, the congregation is multi-generational and committed to upholding Jewish traditions and values. A worship service is held every day of the year in its synagogue, which is considered a historic building. Its beautiful stained-glass windows and magnificent dome in the center of its sanctuary welcome all members and guests. Those of all backgrounds are welcome, and the synagogue is involved in interfaith outreach and community programs. To learn more, visit


Temple Israel, Scranton Founded in the Photo: Iris Liebman early 1920s, Temple Israel serves as a gathering place for the Jewish community. Members are invited to come together and pray, hold social events, and learn more about Judaism. The temple holds daily prayer services, study sessions, and communal activities, including the celebration of holidays. Heavily invested in the community, the temple also visits the sick in hospitals, takes part in local events and provides for the poor. The temple’s classic, “cathedral-style” space seats 1,500 people, and it one of only five synagogue sanctuaries in the U.S. to have a dome. As the largest congregation in the area, Temple Israel serves the region spanning from Pittston to Lake Ariel and Stroudsburg. Rabbi Moshe Saks serves as the temple’s spiritual leader. To learn more, visit H

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The Key to a Safer, Better World Holocaust Education Resource Center Offers Valuable Life Lessons


hough the horrors of the Teen Symposium has brought Holocaust occurred more together teachers, students, liberthan 50 years ago, the ators and survivors for a program Holocaust Education of “living history.” Participants Resource Center translates traveled from 28 school districts the history into valuable leson May 9-10 to the Hilton sons for today’s students. As Scranton to learn about the causpart of the Jewish Federation es, development and conseof Northeast PA, the center pro- quences of the program. Brave vides classroom materials for survivors and liberators captivatteachers, hosts educational “...what the world was like workshops throughout the in a dark period of history.” area, and even features a small display of artifacts in its ed their audiences by relaying office. At the heart of its profirst-hand accounts of trauma, grams, the center strives to pain and the importance of treatcombat prejudice and antiing others with respect and digniSemitism through education. ty. Paul Beller shared his experience as a Jewish child rescued One of its largest endeavors along with 50 others by a is the Annual Teen Symposium. Philadelphia couple, while Lois For 29 years, the Flamholz described how she was separated from her family at Auschwitz and was later forced to join the “Death March” to BergenBelsen in Germany. Medic Walter Ganz and combat soldier Alan Moskin shared their experiences of liberating concentration camps. In total, around 15 individuals shared their stories. The symposium also featured workshop for teachers, and each teacher received books and kits to take home to the classroom. 52

Along with hosting educational activities, the center has a small display of artifacts in its office on Madison Avenue. Its four glass cases hold primarily books, along with a yellow star armband that Jews were forced to wear and rusty cutlery from a camp. Currently they also hold a Torah scroll rescued by a European agency that has loaned it to the center for display. Office Manager Dolores Gruber explains that the small display cannot be classified as a typical “museum,” but it is nonetheless powerful in its own way. These few items allow individuals to have a small glimpse of what the world was like in a dark period of history. In all that the center does, they believe that education is the key to building a safer, better world. Part of its mission reads, “Education is the first step towards understanding the complexity that is human diversity and creating social change. Holocaust education is of enduring significance to the world as a whole because there are infinite lessons to be learned from it regarding human rights.” To learn more, visit

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Boil noodles and drain well, place in separate bowl. Then beat eggs with cream cheese until light and fluffy. Melt butter. Put butter, sour cream and sugar in a bowl and beat until smooth and fluffy. Take sour cream mixture and mix in with noodles. Pour into 13 x 9 inch baking pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Top with cornflake crumbs. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour. If desired, add pineapple tidbits, maraschino cherries, cinnamon and raisins.

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This delicious noodle pudding is a traditional Jewish dish. Pronounced either kuh-gull or koo-gull, its Yiddish name originates from the German word for “sphere.� German Jews used to serve kugel steamed in a round clay pot, though today the noodle dish cooks in a pan. Today it is often served on holidays or festive occasions and can be adapted as a sweet or savory dish. Recipe Courtesy of Alma Shaffer


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Peel and cut apples into pieces. Sprinkle pieces with cinnamon and sugar until coated. Mix other ingredients and beat for about five minutes until smooth. Blend in apples or layer. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour & 15 minutes. This deliciously dense cake is a favorite for many in Pennsylvania. The cake is completely dairy-free, so those who follow kosher law – eating dairy and meat at separate meals--can enjoy this oilbased dessert at any time of their choosing! The apple cake is thought to have Pennsylvania Dutch origins as well.


Notable Jewish Figures in NEPA History


rom businessmen to cartoonists, the Northeast Pennsylvania Jewish community has produced a wide variety of notable and respectable leaders. Read on to learn more about a small sample of the many Jewish leaders who have impacted their community and the greater region.

I.E. Oppenheim — Proprietor, Scranton Dry Goods I.E. Oppenheim was one of the most influential businessmen in early 20th century Scranton, as well as a generous philanthropist and devout Orthodox Jew. In the early 20th century, Oppenheim began a small business on North Washington Avenue. While his original store was just one floor and held only a dozen employees, business soared after he purchased properties on Lackawanna and Wyoming Avenues in 1917. Known as Scranton Dry Goods, his department store was a pioneer in the area. He was the first to bring elevators to Northeast PA, and was the first in the region to offer a beauty salon, restaurant and off-street parking within his store. Oppenheim was also engaged in a variety of civic and religious causes. He helped to create the United Way of Lackawanna and Wyoming County and advocated for political refugees and the blind. In keeping with religious traditions, his store was closed on Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah. Oppenheim passed away in 1952 at the age of 72. Information provided by the Lackawanna County Historical Society and “Jews of Scranton” by Arnine Cumsky Weiss and Darlene Miller-Lanning.


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A.B. Cohen — Scranton Community Leader A.B. Cohen was born in Lithuania in 1973 and came to the U.S. in 1892. He was highly successful in the insurance business as a member of A.B. Cohen-Eli H. Albert Agency Inc, and devoted to community causes. As a founder of the Montefiore Talmud Torah (later known as the Central Talmud Torah) in 1894, A.B. Cohen was essential in shaping Jewish education in Scranton. A devout Conservative Jew, he also played a role as one of the founders of Temple Israel Scranton in 1921. Cohen also led the drive to procure the first municipal ambulance in Scranton, three decades later, and was also involved in founding the Jewish Community Center, city playgrounds and public library bookmobile. For many years, he recited Maftir Yonah on Yom Kippur and Temple Israel and was highly engaged in community affairs. A.B. Cohen passed away on June 8, 1962. Information provided by the Lackawanna County Historical Society and “Jews of Scranton” by Arnine Cumsky Weiss and Darlene Miller-Lanning.

Rabbi Henry Guterman — Scranton’s Chief Orthodox Rabbi From soon after arriving from Atlanta in 1909 until his death, Rabbi Henry Guterman served as the chief orthodox rabbi of Scranton. Although he was devoted to the Orthodox sect, Rabbi Guterman recognized the importance of reaching out to others in the Jewish community, and had good relations with those including Reform and Conservative rabbis. He also incorporated some of the new, “American Jewish” traditions into his practice, including late Friday night services. Guterman was a communityfocused leader and realized that his role required him to display love and respect for those outside of his religious beliefs. Rabbi Guterman passed away in 1966. Information provided by the Lackawanna County Historical Society and “Jews of Scranton” by Arnine Cumsky Weiss and Darlene Miller-Lanning.

Lester George Abeloff — War Hero and Community Leader Born in East Stroudsburg in 1917, Lester Abeloff grew up in Northeast PA and gave back to the community following his success. He enlisted in the United States Air Force on November 3, 1941, and traveled overseas to fly B-17 “Flying Fortress” heavy bombers as the chief navigator of his squadron. While in the Air Force, he received the Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross, and was designated a captain and then a Lieutenant Colonel upon retirement. Back at home, he settled down in Stroudsburg with his wife, Clementine, and became successful in the automobile business. He was highly invested in the community throughout his life and a member of Temple Israel. The Abeloff Center for the Performing Arts at East Stroudsburg University and the Clementine Abeloff Community Center at Pocono Medical Center are named in thanks to the generosity of Abeloff and his wife. Lester Abeloff passed away in 2013 at the age of 96. Information courtesy of the Monroe County Historical Society. December September 2016 2017


Max Rosenn — United States Federal Judge Judge Rosenn was born in Plains in 1910 and became an influential member of the Luzerne County legal community. Rosenn graduated from Cornell (1929), Penn (1932) and the University of Michigan (1944), and began his career by working for the PA Department of Justice and then as Assistant DA for Luzerne County. He also served during WWI as a commissioned officer. Rosenn was a founding member of the PA Supreme Court’s Criminal Procedural Rules Committee. Under governors Scranton and Shafer, he also served as the State Secretary of Public Welfare. He was a founding partner in the Rosenn, Jenkins and Greenwald Law Firm, and in 1970 President Nixon named Rosenn to the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. After the Agnes Flood, Judge Rosenn also chaired the Wyoming Valley Flood Recovery Task Force that rebuilt the area. In 1996, the

Wilkes-Barre Federal Building was renamed the Max Rosenn Federal Courthouse. Judge Max Rosenn passed away in 2006 at the age of 96. Information courtesy of the Luzerne County Historical Society.

Hammond “Ham” Fisher — Cartoonist Hammond Edward Fisher, or Ham Fisher for short, was an artist and newspaper man born in WilkesBarre in 1900. Fisher became a cartoonist, first for the Wilkes-Barre Record and Times-Leader, and then working with Al Capp on "Lil' Aber". After a brief stint with the New York Daily News, Fisher began writing Joe Palooka a comic about a boxer based off Wilkes-Barre Prizefighter Joe Hardy. The Joe Palooka Comic had a national run from 1930 until 1984, 29 years after Fisher's Death. The Joe Palooka character was honored many times including by the American Legion (with a distinguished service citation) and by the City of Wilkes-Barre (who renamed part of WilkesBarre Mountain after the character). Ham Fisher passed away in 1955 at the age of 55. Information courtesy of the Luzerne County Historical Society. H –Megan Kane


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repare to be amazed by The Evansons, a world-class mentalist duo coming to Scranton this fall. The Jewish Federation of Northeast PA will host The Evansons on Saturday, October 21. For one night only, the act will be showcased at the Scranton JCC’s Koppelman Auditorium. Tickets are on sale today! Jeff and Tessa Evanson are based in Toronto and Annapolis, and have been performing since 1983.

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They have appeared in Las Vegas and on NBC and the Discovery Channel. The Evansons’ considerable talents include ESP, intuition, prediction and second sight. Audiences will be amazed after watching the duo called out the names of strangers, recite social security numbers and guessing the names of family members, all while blindfolded onstage. Their performance is no ordi-

nary magic act; they do not use hidden wires, communication devices or staged assistants. Instead, The Evansons blend interactive demonstrations and comic relief to provide an unforgettable night of entertainment. Still skeptical that it’s all a hoax? Come and see for yourself! The Evansons even offer $100,000 to anyone who can prove it.

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The show is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Northeast PA, a non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of Jewish communities in Scranton, the Poconos, and the world beyond. The organization provides resources and access to Jewish events, activities and charitable works. They offer programs such as sponsored trips to Israel, Jewish education and training and many other programs to strengthen and support the community. Each year, its Holocaust Resource Education Center hosts a Teen Symposium, linking

local high school students with Holocaust survivors and liberators. They also provide access to a Jewish Film Library and Career Center.

Along with local outreach, the Federation is committed to working with organizations worldwide to reach out to Jews suffering from hardships including unemployment, poverty,

problems associated aging, disabilities, illness, domestic violence, and terrorism. Part of their mission reads, “The Federation is the preeminent philanthropic organization for taking care of problems that Jews face and for strengthening Jewish community and supporting the development of our future, as a vital, vibrant, self-sustaining people.” To learn more about the Jewish Federation and to purchase tickets for The Evansons, visit H –Megan Kane

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United in Faith: Denominations of Judaism


s the oldest Abrahamic faith in the world, Judaism has a wide variety of cultures and traditions. Though all Jews are united under basic beliefs, several denominations have emerged over the centuries. Today, many individuals in the Northeast PA region follow one of four main denominations of Judaism: Conservative, Reform, Orthodox and Reconstructionist. Rabbi Moshe Saks of Temple Israel of Scranton explains that although traditions and customs separate the four, “We all believe in the centrality of 62 62

Israel, the holiness of the Torah, and the commandment to help those in need.�

Orthodox Judaism holds that the Torah, laws given to Moses by Yahweh, is the ultimate Jewish law. They keep Kosher strictly, eating the clean foods listed in the book of Leviticus and using two sets of plates for dairy and meat. Orthodox Jews practice the weekly observance of the Sabbath, and halt all work during the day while worship services are held. They are strongly committed to Jewish tradition, while resisting modern culture and values.

Conservative Judaism shares elements of both Orthodox and Reform Judaism, as well as elements that distinguishes it from both sects. They are fully Egalitarian and have women rabbis, unlike Orthodox congregation. Conservative Jews keep kosher and believe the traditional Jewish law. They also follow the Rabbis of the Talmud and later history, learning from these leaders’ teachings of the Torah.

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practices and rejects laws they believe do not hold significance. They have strong ethical beliefs and are committed to social justice in the communities, while not emphasizing Jewish rituals such as keeping kosher.

Reconstructionist Judaism broke off from the Conservative congregation in the 1950s, and now has an eclectic philosophy. It is a modern, American form that has offered a variety of innovations in the Jewish world. This includes the belief that the child of a non-Jewish mother and Jewish father is considered to be Jewish if the child has been brought up in the faith and received a Jewish education. Additionally, the Reconstructionist branch has worked for the establishment of equality for women in divorce proceedings. To learn more about the Jewish faith, visit a local synagogue, Jewish Federation or Jewish Community Center. H –Megan Kane

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Jewish Holidays and Traditions

hroughout NEPA there are many people of different races, backgrounds and religions. Learning about other communities, faiths and cultures enables us to get a better understanding of one another. One prominent community in Northeast PA is that of the Jewish people. Jews connect to their heritage through faith, music, dance, literature, food, languages and celebrations. Their traditions have been kept alive for thousands of years and many are still practiced today. Weddings: While every wedding is different, Jewish weddings often share a number of significant tradi-


tions. For example, traditional Jewish weddings include a ketubah, a marriage contract outlining the responsibilities of a husband to his wife. This document is signed by two witnesses and read after the groom places the ring on the bride’s finger. Weddings often take place under a canopy, which symbolizes the home of the new couple, as well as a huppah, a ring owned by the groom that is given to the bride under the canopy. Often the couple breaks a napkinwrapped glass as well, commemorating the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago. The Rabbi blesses the new couple, wishing them years of happiness and holiness. Funerals: Jewish law forbids cremation, dictating that the body must be laid in the earth. A typical Jewish burial

does not include flowers. For seven days after the funeral, Jews sit Shiva, reflecting on their loss and celebrating the life of their loved ones. Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs: In the Hebrew language, nouns are feminine and masculine; as a result, there are two names for these comingof-age ceremonies. Bar mitzvah means “Son of the Commandments,” and Bat mitzvah means “Daughter of the Commandments.” According to Jewish law, when Jewish boys become thirteen years old, they become accountable for their actions and essentially become a man, or a bar mitzvah. Girls who follow the Orthodox or Conservative faith become a woman or bat mitzvah at the age of 12, and at the

age of 13 according to Reform Jews. During the ceremony, both boys and girls read from the Torah in Hebrew. Holidays: All Jewish holidays begin the evening before the date specified on most calendars. This is because a Jewish "day" begins and ends at sunset, rather than at midnight. The Jewish calendar is lunar, with each month beginning on the new moon. An old joke is that a Jewish holiday is never on time! Most holidays have similar obligations and restrictions to Shabbat; normal "work" is forbidden. Rosh Hashanah- Sep 21-22, 2017, The Jewish New Year. Apples and honey are typically eaten as a symbol of hope for sweet new year. Yom Kippur- Sep 30, 2017, The “Day of Atonement.” It is September 2017

celebrated only one day everywhere, because extending the holiday's severe restrictions for a second day would cause an undue hardship. It is a fasting holiday, where a big meal is eaten the day before and day after the holiday to break the fast. Sukkot- Oct 5-6, 2017-The Feast of the Feast of Tabernacles Shmini Atzeret- Oct 12, 2017-Eighth Day of Assembly Simchat TorahOct 13, 2017 -Day of Celebrating the Torah Hanukkah- Dec 13-20, 2017-The Festival of Lights. Beginning the evening of Tuesday December 12 and ends in the evening of Wednesday December 20. Hanukkah traditions include lighting the menorah, play-

ing the dreidel game, receiving gelt, which is money as well as chocolate coins, cooking and baking traditional Jewish foods and giving or receiving a gift each day. Purim- Mar 1, 2018- Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. Pesach- Mar 31-Apr 1, 2018Passover. Also known as the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the holiday begins at sundown on Friday March 30, 2018 and ends April 7, 2018 Shavuot- May 20-21, 2018Festival of Weeks. This holiday commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Tish’a B’Av-Jul 22, 2018The Ninth of Av. This fast commemorates the destruction of the two Temples. H – Bridget Gaynord


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ike most world cultures, the Jewish community has its own set of traditions, customs and beliefs. However, Jews are not only part of a deeply spiritual culture, but also a people who can trace their origins back to Abraham. In this way, Jewish culture and Jewish ethnicity are inextricably linked, creating a unique, richly vibrant community that has a strong presence in Northeast PA.

“Ethnicity is part of Jewish culture itself,” explains Rabbi Moshe Saks, who is the spiritual leader at Temple Israel of Scranton. “If you’re born to a Jewish mother, don’t keep kosher or follow the Torah or participate in the community in any way, you still have the right to be buried in a Jewish ceremony.” Though some members of the Jewish community simply join through conversion, others can follow their roots back through centuries. Why is the Jewish community distinct in this way? Rabbi Saks explains that Jewish heritage originates with Abraham, the first Hebrew, who lived in the Middle East. Judaism spread through Abraham’s descendants, who scattered far and wide over the next few centuries due to conquest and political turmoil. In this way, Judaism was split into two distinct groups: the Sephardic Jews and the Ashkenazic Jews. Those who settled in Babylonia after exile in 70 BCE lived amicably beside Arab neighbors in North Africa. These Jews took on customs of Arab culture and followed the Moors’ conquests in Spain and Portugal. Today, they are known as Sephardic Jews, a word that is derived from “Spain.” The Ashkenazic Jews, who instead traveled to Rome, became accustomed to European traditions. They settled largely in France, Eastern Europe and German, and their name can be translated to “Germany.” Today, the majority of Jews in the U.S. and Canada are Ashkenazi, including Rabbi Saks. The population in Israel is about half and half. 66

Both Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jews follow the same teachings, but their traditions and customs have been influenced by history and locale. For example, Ashkenazic Jews traditionally name their children after deceased relatives. However, Rabbi Saks says, “A Sephardic Jew would never name their child after a deceased relative; it would be seen as a bad omen.” Instead, Sephardic Jews name their children in honor of living relatives. Another key difference between the two groups is seen in the type of food they eat during Passover. While both groups do not eat chametz, grains such as barley and wheat, only Ashkenazic Jews abstain from eating kitniyot, or corn, millet and legumes. The differences in culture extend to worship as well. “In a Sephardic house of worship, all action takes place in the middle,” Rabbi Saks explains. “However, for the Ashkenazi, who were influenced by their European

neighbors, attention is directed towards the front of the room.” Of all these changes, Rabbi Saks adds, “There are not some ways that are better or worse. They’re just different.” Even within the two main groups of Judaism, there are many subcultures. The Jewish culture of North America is markedly different than that of Israel. Yemen customs are different than those in Morocco. Southern Russian Jews combine elements of both the Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jews. And Rabbi Saks adds that American Jews have assimilated as time goes by. All of these subsects and cultures serve to make the Jewish culture vibrant, diverse and ever-changing. Rabbi Saks says, “It is a culture that is always being regenerated and redefined.”

A Third Community: The Ethiopian Jews While the Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jews account for a large majority of the Jewish population, a third community has emerged within the past thirty years. When Ethiopian Jews applied to live in Israel to escape persecution, they stepped into the greater Jewish community for the first time. Until recently, they had been geographically isolated from others in the community. This caused a third, entirely different culture to develop. Ethiopian Jews follow the Torah, but did not have access to the writings September 2017

of the rabbis that others in the community took as law. For example, they kept kosher, as written in the Torah, but they also did animal sacrifices. After debating the validity of the Ethiopian’s claim as Jews, the Israelites decided to perform cosmetic conversions to transition them fully into the faith. Today, the Ethiopian Jews are more fully assimilated, but still maintain many of their original customs while living in Israel. H

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Tips from the American Red Cross

s part of National Preparedness Month, the American Red Cross is motivating all families to develop a game plan to deal with unexpected disasters. “We encourage everyone to be Red Cross ready,” says Dave Skutnik, director of communications in the Eastern Pennsylvania Region of the American Red Cross. “Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster.” The American Red Cross was founded in 1881 and its emergency kit has been changing ever since. “The kit is modified every few years, but the basic items and needs generally stay the same.” Basic Disaster Kits Should Include Water: one gallon per person for three days Food: three-day supply of non-perishable food Battery-powered or hard crank radio Flashlight and batteries First Aid kit Whistle Dust mask to filter contaminated air, plastic sheeting and duct tape to build a shelter Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and ties for personal sanitation Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities Local maps


Cell phone with chargers, inverter, or solar charger Medications (seven day supply) and medical items Multipurpose tool Copies of personal documents Family emergency contacts Additional Suggested Items: Medical supplies such as hearing aids, glasses, contacts, syringes, etc Baby supplies Games and activities for children Extra set of car and house keys Can opener To maintain emergency kits: keep food in a cool, dry place; store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers; throw out any foods that become swollen or corroded; use foods before they go bad and replace them with fresh supplies; place new items on back of storage shelf and old in front; change food and water supplies every six months; rethink needs annually. “In Northeast PA the two most common

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emergencies are house fires and floods”, explains Skutnik. “In a fire, it’s most important to get out and stay out. In a flood, you’ll have time to grab your emergency preparedness kit so that you have what you’ll need to help meet your family’s basic needs.” Throughout September the Northeast American Red Cross will have home visits to install,

check fire alarms and provide education of fire readiness. The Pillowcase Project, a preparedness event for youth sponsored by Disney, will be presented to 3rd-5th graders across the country. American Red Cross will also participate in America’s PreparedAthon!, an event that works with government establishments to create community safety. The Red Cross encourages children with phones to download the Red Cross Monster Guard app, which teaches preparedness through fun games. Skutnik and the American Red Cross

In Northeast PA the two most common emergencies are house fires and floods implore families to take this month seriously. “Different types of disasters and emergencies can happen, but there are key steps that every household can take to be better prepared for them,” comments Skutnik. “If you do nothing else in September, take time to create a disaster plan including a home fire escape plan.” H –Kyra Beckish

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Price Insurance Since 1928, Price Insurance has kept Northeast PA homeowners covered! The family-owned insurance business in Carbondale has companies that insure single- and multiple-family homes, vacant homes and homes under construction. Ellen Price encourages homeowners to be prepared for storms and search thoroughly for insurance so they are covered in the event of an emergency.

Keep property maintained– repair the roof promptly to prevent leaks and clean out the gutters According to Price, one of the most common mistakes people make when buying insurance is only looking at the cost, rather than considering what is covered under the policy. “When something happens and homeowners don’t have enough coverage, in the end saving the money on the insurance wasn’t the smart way to go,” says Price. At Price

Wayne Pisanchyn Plumbing and Heating, Inc. Heavy rains, extreme heat and quickly dropping temperatures can leave Northeast PA homeowners with a host of problems. Wayne Pisanchyn Plumbing and Heating, Inc. can help fulfill all plumbing, heating and air conditioning needs. The company has served the area for over 26 years. Common plumbing emergencies that include water leaking or dripping from the system. Owner Wayne Pisanchyn warns, “Even the smallest drips should not be ignored, as it has the potential to cause significant damage later.” In the event of a water emergency, he recommends that homeowners know where to locate the shutoff switches or valves for plumbing equipment in the house. By acting quickly to turn off switches, they will be able to minimize the damage. To Pisanchyn, the enemy of preparedness is ignorance. To prepare for emergencies, he recommends that homeowners check all emergency equipment to make sure it is operational. “Whether it be a water main shut-off valve, a generator or just a flashlight with batteries, they should be inspected, and even replaced, periodically,” he says. “A general rule for maintenance of plumbing and heating equipment is once every year.” Pisanchyn recommends homeowners install the most efficient equipment they can afford. Maintenance of these systems is equally as

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Low-E Since 2006, Low-E has offered solutions for problem areas in the home. The made-in-theUSA company manufactures insulation that addresses all three forms of heat transfer, keeping homeowners warm and dry. “Low-E provides a different level of comfort,” says Terri Benedict. Northeast PA temperature swings present unique problems for insulating the home. Moisture is a detriment to most insulation. Adding Low-E to mass insulation can help! Low-E holds no moisture, and can stop the heat movement so mass insulation can per-

Northeast PA temperature swings present unique problems for insulating the home. form at its peak levels. “What many think is a drafty home could be just heat movement through their walls,” explains Benedict, “Low-E (Emissivity) stops 97 per cent of radiant energy. If you have a crawl space, cold basement or bed room over an unheated garage, I would bet to say you have cold feet. Low-E can and if installed properly, redirect that heat where you want it.”

products, the company answers technical questions about building codes or problem areas in the home. “We educate how heat moves which is commonly misunderstood,” says Benedict. “Heat, which is radiant energy, moves in any direction to the cooler surface. With this increase in knowledge, this commonly changes the way a project is looked at.” Along with making products for the home, Low-E is used in automobiles, trucks, tractors, airplanes, armored vehicles, camping trailers and boats. They also make carpet pad, flooring underlayments, dog bed padding, duct wraps, hot water tank wraps, pipe wraps and garage door kits. “The uses are endless when it comes to Low-E,” says Benedict. To learn more, visit

Allstate Russett Insurance

Before disaster strikes, homeowners should ensure that they’re insured. Allstate Russett Insurance Agency is a family-owned and oriented company that provides quality service to customers in the Northeast PA region. The company was established by George Russett in 1963, and has been run by Georganne Purcell since 2006. In all they do, the company is committed to making sure all customers are “in good hands.” The agency recommends that homeowners have a plan in case of an emergency. Examine what the home is susceptible to, be it high winds, power outages or flooding, and then

Low-E offers Housewrap, which stops heat movement through the walls, along with roof underlayment that can lower attic temperatures up to 30 degrees. The company’s newest product, Attic Pulldown Jacket, works to stop the “chimney effect” seen in many drafty homes. Along with these continued on page 78

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Homeowners’ policies do not cover flooding; customers need to buy a separate policy offered through Allstate by FEMA. make preparations to combat these concerns. Additionally, homeowners should make sure the home has the proper coverage in the event of an emergency. One of the most common mistakes homeowners make when buying insurance is not reading over the coverages and policy. When buying insurance from Allstate, customers have the option to bundle with other policies such as auto insurance. They may also claim free discounts and add supplemental coverages such as water and sewer back-up policies. Purcell notes that homeowners’ policies do not cover flooding; customers need to buy a separate policy offered through Allstate by FEMA. Customers should typically review policies once a year, before renewed. Call 288-9338.

Friedman Electric

Since 1935, Friedman Electric has delivered exceptional products and services to commercial, residential and industrial customers. Today, there are16 locations throughout Northeast and Central PA, the Southern Tier and Central New York.

er or equipment failures are one of the most common electrical emergencies Northeast PA homeowners face. When disaster strikes, customers can call Friedman Electric’s 24hour hotline. One of Friedman Electric’s popular products is theGenerac Generators. Nichole Bardo, Friedman Electric’s generator specialist suggests that Generac generators be serviced and updated once a year by a certified Generac technician for both automatic standby and portable generators. These services include general maintenance such as oil changes, spark plug replacements and new air filters.

Power outages due to weather or equipment failures are one of the most common electrical emergencies Northeast PA homeowners face. Friedman Electric offers over 300,000-square foot warehouse distribution with over $30 million in accessible inventory for next day delivery. Customers can choose to purchase products through counter pickups with inside and outsides sales departments, or through the eCommerce site and mobile ordering app.


“The years of industry experience and product knowledge that our employees have is unmeasurable,” says Courtney Shatrowskas, marketing manager. “We have even developed many specialty departments that focus on meeting and exceeding customers’ needs such as generators, commercial lighting, energy solutions, vmi, tool, hardware and safety and voice and data Power outages due to weath78

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Spotlight on Jewish Family Services

ounded in 1915, Jewish Family Services has played an integral role in the Northeast PA community for over a century. The organization was founded to coordinate the relief activities provided by service organizations within the Jewish community, and built on the Jewish traditions of caring and compassion. Today, JFS serves the entire community through a variety of programs, including mental health counseling, older adult and guardianship services and a dental care


center. Jewish Family Services also provides services tailored to the Jewish community, such as Kosher Meals on Wheels, the Mae S. Gelb Food Pantry and the Holocaust Assistance program. Additionally, they collaborate with other community organizations and businesses and offer sliding scale fees based on family

size and income. As a United Way agency, their offices are located in Scranton alongside the Scranton Area Community Foundation and United Way. Overall, Coordinator of Marketing and Development Arthur Levandoski explains, “Those in need that come to JFS for help are not turned away.” To learn more, visit H –Megan Kane

L ook to the Past:

The History of Northeast PA’ Jewish Community


rom humble beginnings, the Jewish community has grown to play an important role in the Northeast PA community. Jewish immigrants began settling in Pennsylvania in the late 1600s, primarily landing in large cities such as Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Over the next two centuries, immigrants began to stake their claims to the east and west of these highly populated areas. It is estimated that Jews arrived in Scranton and Honesdale for the 1840s for the first time, and continued to settle in the rest of the region through the beginning of the 20th century. These early Jewish settlers came from many walks of life. For example, Scranton immigrants founded the first synagogue in Lackawanna County, known then as Chevra Rodef Shalom, in the 1840s. According to legend, members traveled by covered wagon to attend High Holy Day services, even at risk of peril. This first synagogue was eventually renamed and is now known as Temple Hesed. Other Jewish immigrants, many from Austria and Hungary, settled around Wilkes-Barre at the end of the 19th century. They met in private homes and to form minyanim, or the quorum of 82

Original Temple Israel , Brown Street

ten required to hold services. These Wilkes-Barre settlers eventually applied for a charter that created Congregation Ohav Zedek in Wilkes-Barre. Immigrants also gathered in Honesdale in the fall of 1849, less than 20 years after the community itself had been founded. “Like most synagogues of the day, they held their first meetings with a borrowed Torah in one of the member’s homes,” explains Rabbi Elliot Kleinman. “Congregation Beth Israel has benefited and flourished throughout its more than 165 years of history.” The Jewish congregation of Stroudsburg began a few decades later. In 1919, nine

men gathered for the first time at the home of Louis Nadelman to observe Yom Kippur. These men became known as the founding fathers of Temple Israel in the Poconos, which was established in 1925. More than a century later, the region’s Jewish community is thriving. Within Northeast PA there is not only a large number of synagogues, but also day schools, bakeries, delis, retirement centers, a Federation and community centers and organizations. To learn more about Jewish history in Northeast PA, visit your local historical society or synagogue. Jewish Community Center. H –Megan Kane September 201780

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tion, coal and wood stove safety, biosecurity, domestic animal disease control, water testing and addiction awareness. Participants can speak with representatives from the American Red Cross, Kids Peace, a master gardening group and HAM radio. Barbara Korteling, marketing director of Ladore Lodge, believes that information like this is great to hear in person from professionals. “The vendors are ready to inform us of the right moves to make in an emergency situation,” she says. “The chance to learn about all the different entities in one room is important and very helpful.”

Learn how to better protect yourself and your family. Korteling believes that when one has interest in “helping the fellow man, their heart is in the right place.” The free event will have light refreshments for sale. For information or to become a vendor, call 570-488-6129. H –Ann E. Moschorak

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TREASURE HUNTING Antiques on the Avenue- Customers call it, “a hidden gem!” An ever-changing inventory features vintage costume jewelry and sterling jewelry. Vintage ladies clothing, mens’ and women’s accessories– purses, wallets, hats. Kitchen items, Pyrex, glassware, small furniture. A small business, committed to customer satisfaction. Find us on Facebook. 1027 Prescott Ave, Scranton. (570) 604-0177.

Bridge Street Marketplace- Over 7,000 square feet of shopping encompasses a consignment area as well as a multi-vendor co-op. Antique, vintage, gently used, new, handcrafted and trash-to-treasure items. Credit cards accepted. Call for hours. Like us on Facebook. Bridge St. (Rte. 29), Tunkhannock. 570-836-4456.

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Lark Mountain MarketSee what everyone’s talking about at the area’s first co-op antique mall. Handicap accessible– climate controlled, we offer a wide variety of items: quality antiques, hard to find collectibles, furniture,


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Olde Barn Centre/Antiques & SuchAn 1860s Quaker Barn filled with antique furniture of all periods. 12 antique dealers with treasures & collectibles for your home. Credit cards and layaway welcome. 1605 Route 220 Highway, Pennsdale. Just off Exit 15 of PA I-180, on Route 220 North. Open daily 10-5, info 570-546-7493 or

The Shoppe Of Curious ThingsStep into WOW! Browse a variety of one-of-a-kind collectibles, quizzical oddities and curious artifacts from the 1900s to today. Housed in a 1940s era automobile repair shop/gas station. New merchandise weekly. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. Like us on Facebook. 9315 Route 706, Stevensville, PA. 570-746-3536

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FashionFlash with S t y l e M a g D a i l y ’s

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cranton native Maggie McGregor has almost a decade of experience styling some of fashion’s biggest events. McGregor started her career working for a backstage company at New York Fashion Week. She quickly gained a fashion internship at Blackbook magazine in New York City and soon after at the prestigious Town and Country Magazine. Her company Style Mag, LLC offers her style expertise to other creative services in Scranton, New York City, Philadelphia, and a lot of places in between. What does that mean? Follow Fashion Flash, a new Happenings monthly column to learn about the life of a fashion stylist, and for a dapper diary of fashion news and events. Below, Maggie shares her inspirations, her favorite styles, and her hopes for the column. What lead you to be a fashion stylist? It just fit. My dad would save the NYT style magazine for me and give me articles about designers that reminded him of me. I took a styling intensive class at the Fashion Institute of Technology the summer after my freshman year in 88

college. There were other things I was good at, but none that I was this excited about! Favorite style to design: I love designing costumes for the 20th century, because that’s the birth of all the major American design houses. Differences between working in NYC and Northeast PA? In NYC, artists are a dime a dozen, whereas is in NEPA it is rare to find someone who makes art for a living. The question I get most from people in NEPA when someone asks me what I do, is “How did you get into that?” Dream event to style for: The Met Gala, I’d style Lady Gaga! Personal/professional inspiration: My inspiration is always what surrounds me. When I sit down at my counter to write for my blog or do correspondence I select items from my apartment that I feel drawn to. I spread it all out and just think, and inspiration comes.

Family: Parents, Virginia and Bob McGregor; siblings, Grace and her husband Michael Kramer, Vivi, Bobby, Mary, and Will. I have a nephew Teddy and a niece Virginia. I grew up in Green Ridge amongst over 20 cousins. What do you hope readers take away from reading your upcoming column in Happenings? I hope that readers come away learning that fashion is relevant to everyone, not only because a multi-million-dollar industry depends on it, but because style and taste are how people thrive. Communities are brought together by art, and fashion is the same. I hope that people find the column fun and inspiring, and I hope that they take away exciting tips on how to dress! H Follow me: Facebook- Style Mag Daily Instagram- @stylemagdaily

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Wayne Bank Supports 2017 Komen NEPA Race For The Cure


or the third consecutive year, Wayne Bank employees will don their pink and take to the streets of Scranton in support of the Komen NEPA Race for the Cure on Saturday, September 16. “Wayne Bank is proud to participant again this year in the Komen NEPA Race for the Cure,” stated Wayne Bank’s Central Scranton Community Office Manager, Matt Swartz. “This is a wonderful opportunity for employees from all of our community offices to come together as a team and join the local community in support of the tremendous work of the Susan G. Komen Northeastern Pennsylvania organization.”

encouraged to stick around after the race for music, fun photo ops, food concessions, kids’ activities and Pink Hair on the Square. Interested participants are encouraged to register in advance; however, registration will also be open during the morning of the event. Visit Race proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Northeastern Pennsylvania organization, whose mission is to provide funding for breast health services, breast cancer education and outreach in a 19 county region. Komen NEPA invests 75 percent of the funds raised to support vital local breast health services and dedicates the remaining 25 percent to national research to find the cures.

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his marker along North Abington Road in Waverly, Lackawanna County, remembers one of the region’s pioneers and founding citizens. Elder John Miller braved the wilds of the “west” with his wife Polly in order to settle near his good friend Deacon Clark in the Abingtons, then known as Beech Woods. His journey to this untamed wilderness was not an easy one however. The couple set out in 1800 from their home in Plainfield, New York, with only a few possessions and their infant son in tow. A small raft carried the family down the Susquehanna River to Pittston, Pa where they would then make their way by foot along an untrodden path to the isolated Abington region, arriving in


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February of 1802. Out of this untamed wilderness Elder Miller helped carve out a community. A zealous minister and teacher, he is attributed with founding the First Baptist Church of Abington in a small nearby cabin. In 1804 Miller opened up his own home to the few children of the Abingtons, becoming the area’s first teacher and later first postmaster. He is also credited with driving the first wagon over the Mountain Notch into what is now Clarks Summit.

During his 50 year ministry Elder Miller conducted almost 2,000 baptisms, officiated at 1,800 funerals and united 457 couples in marriage. As the region grew and prospered Photo: Lisa Ragnacci so did his congregation. His word and deeds spanned an area from Tunkhannock to Northmore-land and Pittston to Carbondale. During his life the landscape of the region transformed dramatically. The desolate wilderness in which he settled as a young man was now on its way to becoming a burgeoning metropolis. Elder Miller’s contributions to this transformation are numerous and still remembered 140 years after his death. H

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Lisa Gibson’s Amazing Road to Success isa Gibson, 49 is a transplanted Scrantonian and director of environmental planning for the San Francisco Planning Department residing in Oakland California. She lived in NEPA from ages 11 to 19 and graduated from Scranton Central High School in 1986.


The story of her early life is inspirational and instructive on how one can transcend childhood difficulties and soar professionally and personally. But living the story of her youth was at once exciting, chaotic and anxietyfilled.

“When he swept my mom off her feet (and her senses), that began a tumultuous period in my life with my mother severing ties with my maternal grandfather, who figured prominently in my life up until that point.” Her mother’s drug abuse “ebbed and flowed over the years,” Gibson said. “And there were times when I deluded myself into thinking that she was done, that

Gibson was born in 1968 to a 16-year old mother who raised her on her own in towns in the North Jersey shore area and central New Jersey. Her father did not play a part in her life. At 11 she and her mother moved to this area where her maternal grandmother lived.

she was finally clean. But she would always relapse, and she never would agree to go into treatment. She was a strong-willed woman." Gibson agreed to talk to Happenings about her childhood with a mother caught up in the throes of addiction to help dispel the stigma around substance abuse and mental health issues. "Addiction, depression, and the like are not indications of poor moral character," she said. "They're diseases, and people who

“When we moved to Scranton, it was a big deal, because my mother finally broke up with her boyfriend of four years. He was the one that turned her on to shooting heroin when I was 7 years old,” Gibson said. Though the boyfriend was abusive to her mother, Gibson remembers him as being kind to her and the closest she ever had to a father figure. 94

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and dropping them off, while I riffed with the guys and did my Whiner and Valley Girl impressions. They even invited my mom and me to be guests on their TV special. We felt like celebrities.” The older she got and as her mother's addiction worsened, Gibson didn't feel the same about the party atmosphere.

suffer from them, along with their families, deserve sympathy and help." Jacqueline Gibson was intelligent and loving and had a great sense of humor. “Because my mom was so cool, my friends loved her. So, we would all hang out and have a lot of fun together telling stories, listening to music, going to concerts. A group of us even went with my mom to see the Grateful Dead at Hershey Park. And I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when we got to see the Jerry Garcia Band at Ghost Town at Rocky Glen.” Gibson remembers love and laughter at home in their “roughly 700-squarefoot, one-bedroom cottage during her first four years in Scranton. “Imagine me and my mom living there, at one point, with a German September 2017

shepherd, a dachshund, a Yorkshire terrier, a cat and 3 birds. I come from a family of animal lovers.”

After graduating from high school, she worked for a year for her friend’s father, Thomas Potter, a registered architect, on Pittston Avenue in South Side. “I took the year off to work and save money,” Gibson said. “Tom was a very positive and influential role model in my life, as was his wife, Sharon. Their family was a lifeline to me during a difficult period when my mom’s addiction worsened. Tom badgered me to make sure I got my college application in on time the fol-

Gibson and her mom also shared the same taste in music. “We would listen to Rock 107, including Daniels and Webster’s morning show. We would call in She took great delight in my successes to request and told me I could be anything I songs, try to win wanted to be. concert tickets, say goofy things and do silly impersonations. They startlowing year. Of course I ed to put us on the air waited until the last more and more, especially minute, but I got it done.” when we would do the Saturday Night Live characGibson left the area in ters, the Whiners. One time, 1987, at 19, to go to colafter I graduated high lege. She attended the school, they picked me up University of California at from home in a limousine Davis and the University of and drove me to work Nairobi, Kenya for a year in while broadcasting live. We a study abroad program. drove all around the area, While in college, she picking other people up


Because my mom was so cool, my worked odd jobs that became building blocks in life experience and that were helpful in her career. “For two summers, I worked as a forest firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service. I also worked as a hotel maid, a personal attendant for people with disabilities and a farmworker.” At graduation she was awarded a bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, with a citation for outstanding performance, in environmental analysis and planning with an emphasis in city planning. Her first big job was working in San Francisco for an environmental consulting firm as an analyst. Over seven years, she worked her way up to project manager and eventually became a senior manager. Then, in 2000, she worked with the City and County of San Francisco's planning department as an environmental planner. “I was

quickly promoted to a friends loved her. So, we would all mid-level manager hang out and have a lot of fun and in 2015 became together telling stories, listening deputy director of the to music, going to concerts. Environmental Planning Division. Finally, in 2017 I was Despite Jacqueline's addicmade division director tion, she helped her daughwhere I'm responsible for ter develop confidence. leading a team of 45 in “She took great delight in assessing the impacts of my successes and told me I proposed projects on the could be anything I wanted physical environment. We to be. She was incredibly look at 18 topic areas, strong and resilient, considincluding air quality, transering her own difficult portation, noise, historic childhood and the many resources, and shadows on challenges she faced as a public parks. We even teenage single mom,” assess impacts to archeoGibson said. “Mom’s greatlogical resources, including est strength was her sense Goldrush-era ships buried of humor and love of peounder San Francisco’s finanple. She always said that cial district. The most laughter was the best medstressful part of my job is icine and we loved to find defending our work on the humor in even the appeals before the board of darkest of situations.” supervisors. It’s like being “And she always believed in on trial. But I love the chalthe humanity of other peolenge and my incredibly ple. Even when someone talented colleagues.” was a real jerk to her, she Gibson has continued her would note that they probrelationships with the ably got that way because Potter children, some of they were having a bad whom live in the Oakland, day, or because they had a California vicinity, including tough life. For me, adopting Chris Potter, Kim Banksthat perspective helps me Gahl, Jason Banks to not always take personand Chael Banks. ally the negative things “A Central High that other people do, let it School classroll off my chest, or at least mate, Dave bounce back more quickly. Macarchick, Sadly, Jacqueline Gibson, who is a best died in 2010 at 58 of cirrhofriend, lives sis of the liver and sepsis. here too,” she said. “We “Addiction is a cunning dishave our ease, and it brought down own little the incredibly smart, witty, Scranton out caring, fun-loving and here in the Bay resilient person that was Area.” my mother. She died still continued on page 98


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under its influence.” Gibson has built a fulfilling life with family, friends, a rewarding career and sometimes heart-stopping adventure. She has skydived (one tandem and eight solo jumps in college), swam with dolphins, scuba-dived at night in Guam to a depth of 100 feet, climbed Mt. Kenya, became a whitewater rafting guide, ziplined upside down in Costa Rica and explored underground caves in Turkey.

London and Paris with my son on his maiden voyage to Europe. I took him to Mexico earlier in the year on spring break. While in Kenya, among my many adventures, I attended a threeday wedding ceremony of my Muslim Swahili tutor, traveled solo and went on safari in Tanzania for three weeks (and survived a bout

In 2002, Gibson married Gary Lucks. They met when they were both invited by mutual friends on a 10-day rafting trip on a wilderness stretch of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. “Each of us had been trained as whitewater rafting guides. I trained in ’96 when I volunteered with the Sierra Club’s Inner City Outings San Francisco Bay Area rafting secIn 2017 I was made division tion. We took folks out director where I'm responsible on the river who othfor leading a team of 45 in erwise wouldn’t get to experience the joys of assessing the impacts of the outdoors – mostly proposed projects on the young people from physical environment. urban communities, but also recovering addicts, abused women livof malaria) and crossed ing in shelters and even the Uganda into the former deaf. Though she and Lucks Zaire to go on a trek divorced in 2014, they are through the jungle to see a close, she said. “We are amifamily of mountain gorillas cably co-parenting our son in the wild. Dylan, 11, in whom we She has traveled all over delight and share custody the United States and visit50-50.” ed many European counShe is an inveterate traveltries. “On my honeymoon, I er. “I just got back from two spent four weeks in Turkey, and one-half weeks in a week in Greece and a 98

week in Paris," she said. On her bucket list is further travel to South America, New Zealand and Thailand. Also on her list is writing a memoir. “So many people have told me that my life would make a fascinating book, and I have to admit that I agree with them. I love writing, am an open book, and memoirs are my favorite genre to read. I would want my memoir to be first and foremost entertaining. But I would also love for it to help people who have struggled with family addiction and mental illness. To let them know that they are not alone, that help is available, and that it is possible to not just survive dysfunction and trauma, but to recover from it -and even to thrive.” H –Christine Fanning

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e love our dogs. Boy, do we! In the past five years alone, spending on pets has increased by 20 percent and from 2015 to 2016 spending rose by $2.5 BILLION! Surveys indicate that 96 percent of owners classify their dogs as “family members,” and for many they’re like surrogate children. The trending terms “Pet Parent” and “Fur Baby” reflect a significant attitude shift from eons of utilitarian focus. Can our dogs be both beloved family members and good canine citizens? There is a balance to be struck. There is no one-size-fits-all way to raise a pet. But overindulgence and excessive permissiveness rationalized as “love” can give dogs a superiority complex, which might be okay with you, but not so okay with guests if your pampered pooch behaves obnoxiously. Which begs the question: how should we express love, anyway? It’s not just warm feelings; it’s feelings and behaviors intended to benefit the loved one. So, can we lavish affection on our dogs, or will that create spoiled brats? Though dogs have distinct canine needs and are not furry humans, parenting pets overlaps parenting children because our job is to prepare them for life’s realities. Within the parameters of that responsibility, by all means, call your dog your Fur Baby, hug him, include him in family events. But give him boundaries, make expectations clear, reward polite behavior so that he respects authority and gains confidence of his own capabilities. Don’t infantilize him. If what


you’re really after is ego gratification from a co-dependent, need-based relationship, and expect the dog to plug the gaps of unsatisfying areas of your life, that’s not parenting, that’s not love. Dogs are companions like no other, whose company some of us prefer to that of most people. This unmatched bond arose from eons of co-evolution between our species, each dependent upon the other at biological levels. Ideal canine relationships are characterized by trust, empathy, support, friendship, loyalty…If that’s not love, I don’t know what is. Social animals function within a community. Evolutionary pressures of cooperative partnership have resulted in dogs being trustworthy, reliable companions. This equips them to live harmoniously in human society, giving us some leeway to spoil and pamper our dogs without fear they’ll eat us in our sleep; however wolfish instincts persist below the surface, and catering to a dog without earning respect and establishing rules leaves dogs feeling insecure and anxious. It can lead to setting the stage for neurotic or even dangerous behavior. Be the leader they crave and they’ll love you for it; in turn, they’ll relish the love you give. H – Beth Dillenbeck,

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A fun loving cuddle buddy– that’s how Brianna Cook describes her Bichapoo. She’s also smart & fearless– serving as gaurd dog in their Scranton home.

Sarah Haus says her pup is a true Beagle who likes to steal her daughter’s socks and hide them in their Factoryville home.



This friendly, outgoing pup loves people and dogs. Denise Price says he also has the sweetest personality. They live in Taylor.



Holly Stratton-Withee says her pet is very cheeky, loves treats and going to the office for visits. They reside in Clarks Summit.

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Favorite pastimes inclue cuddling up and watching Netflix on a cold rainy, day. He’s the man of the house he shares in Scranton with Gabrielle Quinn.

She’s a real character who loves being outside, playing fetch and hide and seek. Her favorite is catch me if you can. She makes her home in Dallas with Christine Marks.


“Roger ”

This Golden loves to be outside, rolling in the mud! He enjoys playing frisbee and fetch. Kelly Kelly of Covington Twp says he full of energy but very gentle, loving and caring.

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He loves to play in the snow, baths and chew toys but dislikes the family cat and often steals her food. He belongs to April Davey and lives in Throop.


Financial News Fidelity Bank’s

Back to School Bash at New Children’s Playhouse in the Park rea children can enjoy a new place to play thanks to a privatepublic partnership between Fidelity Bank and Lackawanna County Department of Parks and Recreation. Fidelity Bank recently donated and constructed a children’s playhouse adjacent to the “no boundaries” accessible playground at Aylesworth Park in Jermyn.


Through Fidelity Bank’s employee volunteer time off program, nearly 20 Fidelity Bankers donated their time and talent to build the Victorian style play structure. Lackawanna County also donated the manpower to prepare the site and lay the concrete foundation for the playhouse.

Bankers Rich Ainey, Mary McNichols and Joanne Pezzuti get to work on the playhouse.

Fidelity Bank will host the official reveal of the house at a “Back to School Bash & Ribbon Cutting” event planned on September 9th from noon until 2 p.m. at Aylesworth Park. A free, fun, family-friendly day is planned to show off the new playhouse. “We’ll have apple cider and donuts, games, giveaways and activities all geared to getting ready for the school year,” said Joann Marsili, Sr. Vice President, Marketing & Sales Director, Fidelity Bank.

nership with Lackawanna County. In 2013 Fidelity Bankers constructed a log cabin playhouse at McDade Park in Scranton. For more information visit H

The playhouse is close to restrooms and parking. A paved pathway leads to the wheelchair accessible door so that children of all abilities can enjoy the playhouse together. This is the second Playhouse in the Park Project Fidelity Bank has done in part-

Fidelity Bank has built a strong history as trusted advisors to the customers served, and is proud to be an active member of the community of Northeastern Pennsylvania. With 10 branches located throughout Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties and the Fidelity Bank Wealth Management Minersville Office, in Schuylkill County. Fidelity Bank offers full-service Trust & Investment Departments, a mortgage center and an array of personal and business banking products and services. The Bank provides 24 hours, 7 days, a week service to customers through branch offices, online at, and through the Customer Care Center at 800-388-4380.


Fidelity Bank Mortgage Consultants Patrick Boles, Carmen Caputo and Paul Arvay get to work on building a house for the kids to play.

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A small gathering of family and friends celebrated Jack and Joanne’s wedding on November 12, 1966. Joanne wore a white wool dress with a mink collar to Both native to the ceremony at Good Shepard Church Scranton, the in Green Ridge. She was given away by couple met at Jack’s grandfather since her own father Pat’s on the passed away when she was 17. corner of Oak Unfortunately, no photos exist of their Street and Brick wedding day, but the couple still has Avenue. many happy memories of the ceremoThroughout ny. They honeymooned in Niagara Falls high school, the following weekend and settled in they often Scranton. Jack and Joanne welcomed hung out at their daughter, Dorian, to the family in Pat’s to listen October of 1967. to the jukebox and dance. After graduating from Scranton Technical High School, Jack enlisted in the service. When he developed diabetes, and was discharged three and a half years later, the couple got back together and were engaged in 1963.


oanne Samoles McLain and John (Jack) McLain are celebrating over 50 years of marriage.

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Jack worked as building supervisor in Scranton School District for 35 years, and Joanne performed clerical work and maintenance for the district for 25 years. Always very family-oriented, the couple enjoys celebrating the holidays together. They serve three kinds of fish and communion on Christmas Eve, paying tribute to Joanne’s Polish heritage, and always gather the family for Thanksgiving. Along with their daughter and son-in-law, Jack and Joanne have two grandchildren—Meaghan, 23, who graduated from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University in 2016, and Daniel, 21, who is studying architecture at Wentworth. Over the years, Joanne and Jack have faced their challenges together, primarily health concerns. Their annual travels to Florida help Jack’s diabetes and neuropathy, as they are able to get away from the cold, snowy weather of Northeast PA winters. Now that they are retired, they travel, Jack golfs and Joanne belongs to a garden club. Their advice for a good marriage? Joanne

quotes an old saying: “Happy Wife, Happy Life!” as a joke, and believes in the importance of love and compromise. For their 50th anniversary, the couple celebrated with a family dinner, presents for each other and their trip to Florida for a few months of sun and relaxation in Cape Canaveral. In the future, they plan to take a couple more trips and enjoy each other’s company for many more years. H

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he 4th Annual Mix and Mingle for Meals on Wheels of NEPA will be held on Thursday September 14, 2017 from 5:30 pm-8 p.m. at Glen Oak Country Club. The mix and mingle event began as a way to celebrate Meals on Wheels of NEPA and its incredible impact on the community. The event will offer an open bar, gourmet light fare and delicious desserts. Chances to win a special wine at the Wine Pull will be available, as well as chances to win highend gift baskets. Music will be provided by the smooth sounds of jazz band The Mark Montella Trio. Not only is the event a great way to celebrate how special Meals on Wheels is, but also a way to recognize those who selflessly dedicate themselves to the community and to others. A special award is offered to those people. “Originating in 2016, the Meals on Wheels Community Services of NEPA Founder’s Award recognizes exceptional achievement in philanthropic spirit, leadership and dedication to the enrichment of our greater Northeastern Pennsylvania communities,” said Kristen L. Kosin, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels. “This year’s Annual Founder’s award recipients, to be presented at the 4th Annual Mix and Mingle, are the dedicated volunteers of Gentex Corporation.”


“The Meals on Wheels Community Services of NEPA’s Elaine F. Shepard Award for Exceptional Volunteerism was names after Elaine Shepard, a true champion and leader throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania and a tireless volunteer and advisor. We are proud to recognize an outstanding volunteer each year with this prestigious award!” Kosin added. The Second Annual Elaine F. Shepard Award for Exceptional Volunteerism will be awarded at the 4th Annual Mix and Mingle to Gail E. Rees, NBT Bank. The event is a truly special night to celebrate exceptional people and an incredible program. Meals on Wheels has long been serving the community, helping thou-

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sands and changing lives. “Founded in 1969, Meals on Wheels of Northeastern Pennsylvania, was one of the original agencies funded under the Older American Acts to provide nutritional services to home-bound older per-

on Wheels provides are nutrition and supportive services for the elderly and disabled residents across Lackawanna County, including Home Delivered Meals, daily wellness checks, pet food delivery and hospital to home meals. “Meals on Wheels relies on federal, state and local funding as well as the generous donations of individuals and the support of private and public foundations. It also relies on the

“The event is a truly special night to celebrate exceptional people and an incredible program.” sons. The Agency’s founder, and first director, alerted the nation to the unmet nutritional needs of the elderly during congressional hearings in the late 1960’s,” Kosin said.

generosity of its over 150 volunteers for daily meal delivery, as well as donations of new, unopened pet food and financial donations,” Kosin said.

Meals on Wheels of NEPA serves the most vulnerable residents across Lackawanna County, Monday through Friday. Other services Meals

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Learn the Early Signs of Hearing Loss Listen Up!


ccording to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), 4.5 million Americans ages 50-59 experience hearing loss, but only 4.3 percent of those individuals utilize hearing aids. To encourage hearing loss sufferers to visit an auditory specialist, Eric Plotnick, MD, an Otalaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat physician) at Geisinger Wilkes Barre, discusses the symptoms and seriousness of hearing loss.

Describe signs of hearing damage/loss: The first sign of hearing loss is subjective. Most people just feel that their hearing has changed, whether that be a slow progressive process or sudden onset. Turning up the TV volume or asking people to repeat things are two common symptoms of initial loss. Some people even start to withdraw because they do not want to admit that their hearing is fading. Patients may also experience ringing in the ears, called tinnitus. There are many descriptors people use to describe the sound they’re hearing which is being generated inside their head rather than being caused by an external environmental stimulus. Ringing, buzzing or chirping in the ears should always be examined by a physician as it could 110

where from $1,200-3,000 per hearing aid, so if someone needs two, that’s a heavy investment. Few insurance companies cover the cost, or cover very little of the cost. The Affordable Care Act currently does not have a provision that requires companies to cover the cost of hearing aids and there’s no movement that I’m aware of to include it.

also be caused by a benign tumor obstructing the ear canal. Describe the levels of hearing loss: Clinically, we categorize hearing loss based on the decibel level hearing threshold. A range of 20-40 represents a mild hearing loss, 41-60 represents pretty moderate, 61-80 is severe, and 81 or greater represents profound hearing loss. Describe effective forms of treatment: Hearing aids are used for hearing amplification and there are a plethora of hearing aids on the market. Hearing aids are very sophisticated and now just like cellphones and other technology, they are programmable. New versions come out every six months with new abilities and features. Some go into the ear and others sit outside. They offer equal amplification for hearing loss. The cost of hearing aids currently ranges

What tips/advice would like to offer? Prevention is the best way to avoid hearing loss. Avoid noisy hearing environments and when you are in a loud environment, wear hearing protection. There are a number of approved hearing protection devices. Denial is a big struggle with hearing loss. It is not uncommon for a patient to come in only because a spouse or another family member is dragging them. They may claim they are doing just fine even if the hearing test results are moderate to severe. The public just needs to look at hearing loss as another component of the maturation of the body through life. I’m hoping that when this younger generation eventually needs hearing amplification, the stigma of having a hearing aid may not be as great of an issue as it sometimes is today. H –Ashley Price

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laine (72) and Jimmy Green (79) recently celebrated 52 years of marriage. Both were born and raised in Scranton and went to Tech, but didn’t meet until a few years later. When Jimmy was 25 and Elaine was 18, they bumped into each other at a bar in Waldorf Park, where Elaine’s parents were stewards. They have been together ever since! A small gathering of family and friends celebrated the couple’s marriage on June 26,

1965, at Calvary Bible Fellowship on Taylor Avenue. Elaine and Jimmy hosted a reception at the Dietrich banquet hall and traveled to Atlantic City on their honeymoon. “Neither of us had ever been to the beach before, and we were young and in love!” Elaine explains. The couple returned to Scranton to raise their family. For 38 years, Jimmy worked for PA Gas and Water Company, while Elaine worked as a waitress and a florist. They have two children, Jimmy and Beth, and recently welcomed two grandchildren into the family, Vanessa and Victoria. Over the years, the family stayed close by spending time together and traveling. Every year, Elaine and Jimmy took the kids to the beach at Wildwood continued on page 114


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Crest, New Jersey. They recall one memorable trip to Disney World in 1976, when Epcot was still being built! Elaine and Jimmy moved to Clarks Summit in 1979 and are now retired. They enjoy having family get-togethers and going out with friends. Every Friday night is reserved for “date night,” where they go out to dinner together. Of course, they have faced challenges and loss of loved ones over the years. But throughout each season of life, they have been able to lean on each other through the hard times. As they recently approached a new stage of life—retirement—

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they learned to lend a hand to each other whenever needed. “Now that we’re older, we help each other out,” Elaine says. They advise new couples to compromise—sometimes a lot! Another key element to a strong marriage is to always make time to spend with each other. Elaine and Jimmy say that always talking to each other and being willing to compromise has helped their marriage stay healthy for over 50 years. Elaine and Jimmy celebrated their 50th anniversary by taking a cruise, and celebrated their most recent anniversary by sharing a meal together. In the future, they plan to enjoy each other’s company, spend time with their grandchildren and enjoy their golden years. H

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Robert Pinto, Bethany Village obert Pinto, 83, spent the early part of his life in government and politics and his later days as an ordained minister. Now a resident of Bethany Village Senior Living Community, he continues to spread God's Word with fellow residents by leading Bible studies at the center.


"He's great," said Nancy Gilbert, marketing director of Bethany Village. "He meets the spiritual needs of the staff and the residents. He is always willing to listen." Robert had a career in government and politics, while living in Kings County, Brooklyn, New York, where he was born and raised. He studied business for a few years at Brooklyn College and then worked in the National Guard for eight years. From 1964 to 1973, he worked many jobs for then New York Mayor John V. Lindsay. 116

He was a night mayor for New York on several occasions, worked for the transportation administration as an assistant commissioner of highways, deputy inspector and director of transportation operations. He worked as a troubleshooter making sure the street signs were in place and supervising the road workers in Kings County. "I was responsible for the whole county of Kings," he said. "I had an entertaining experience for eight years in government. It went from making sure the potholes were filled to ordering the arrest of a famous Congressman, who was a civil rights leader." Robert's favorite aspect of

his career was improving the city services. But God was calling him to serve him and â€œâ€ŚI eventually heard what He was saying," he said. Robert became an ordained minister of a United Methodist Church in upstate New York. Although he was raised Catholic, he was later baptized in the Lutheran church, and then a Dutch reformist, and ended up in the United Methodist faith. Today, he calls himself a Christian, who believes in Jesus. "I believe now that He is the answer to our difficult problems," he said. "The reason He found me is because I finally realize that education is wonderful, serving the community is wonderful, but the reality of His presence in my life changed my heart." When he was a minister, September 2017

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Robert visited many parishioners in nursing facilities. He believed that Bethany Village was the best, and has been a resident for three years. Robert was also a baseball coach for 44 years for high school teams and inde-

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pendent teams. He remembers once trying education is wonderful, serving the community out for the Brooklyn Dodgers and meeting is wonderful, but the Jackie Robinson. Robert reality of His presence and his late wife in my life changed Patricia had two children, Stephen and my heart." Barbara. Stephen played three years of Robert considers his fellow professional baseball and residents family as well. He now owns the Proloves teaching them about Prospects Sports Factory of Jesus through monthly Northeastern Pennsylvania, Bible studies. He believes located in White Mills, PA. that even if you are retired, Stephen and his wife Paige you never retire from the have three children church. Alexandria, Olivia, and "The best place to be in Stephen, Jr. Barbara was a this world is where God national correspondent for wants you," he said. ABC News in Chicago and "Once you say yes, you now teaches media to execexperience love to the utives. fullest." H –Ben Freda



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Get to Know the Abington’s Main Squeeze aturday, September 23 is the day over 1,000 loyal and new customers flock to a popular Clarks Summit retailer. Everything Natural’s highly anticipated annual open house runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This year’s event is called “Be Juiced,” featuring fresh juice, smoothies, food, music and more. Everything Natural will offer samples of its own smoothie and fresh juice recipes as a sneak peek of the store’s upcoming fresh Juice Bar. Visitors may sample staff-made fall favorite recipes and ice cream. Local artists, musicians and farmers contribute to the showcase. For 33 years, Everything Natural has been a health food hot spot. The store promotes a holistic lifestyle and nearly all merchandise is organic

or locally produced. From healthy snacks to locally grown produce, and USA-made gifts and clothing, the shop offers something for everyone looking to satisfy their unique and healthy cravings.

Everything Natural is geared toward creating a connection between consumers and their food. The goal is to show people how nutrient dense, high quality food can be affordable and lead to better health. The open houses is meant to be a fun way to introduce products, celebrate with friends and educate consumers about their own local farmers. This year the store has expanded the event to its lower level to include more space for activities, more samples and more vendors. Call 570-586-9684. H –Ann Moschorak



Amendola Deli-cious Salumeria-Gelateria-Café-

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Premier Italian deli specializing in authentic Italian sandwiches, antipasto and world renowned Bindi desserts. Choose from an assortment of authentic Italian meats and cheeses. Espresso and cappuccino made fresh to order. Family-owned and operated. Catering available. Tues-Fri. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.5:30 p.m. 999 Providence Road Scranton. 570-347-6007

served in this restaurant's warm and cozy atmosphere. Enjoy one of the daily specials, which include baked stuffed French toast, soup of the day, and a unique salad. Homemade baked goods available to eat in or take home. Try a chocolate fudge brownie, cake by the slice, a linzer tart or any of the other treats offered. Tuesday - Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturday 7a.m.- noon. 1124 Main St, Peckville.570-489-4000. Look for the house with the green awning!

Andy Gavin’s Eatery & PubNow offering an expanded menu with weekly specials. Open for lunch Sunday through Sunday starting at noon. 21 beers now on tap with a large microbrew bottle selection. Stop in and catch your favorite NFL game in high definition all season long. 1392 N. Washington Ave. Scranton. 570-346-8864

Angelo’s Italian RistoranteArt deco inspired restaurant. Specializing in Italian Cuisine in a relaxed, professional atmosphere. Nightly features include fresh seafood directly from the Fulton Fish Market perfectly paired with expansive wine and signature martini list. Serving dinner TueSat at 5 p.m. and lunch on Fridays from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. 570-880-7173

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boaters to park their boat and enjoy a meal. 205 Route 507, Hawley. 570-226-4388.

Failtes Steakhouse- Traditional Irish pub. Full service dining room. Spacious deck. Lunch and dinner served daily from 11 a.m. Sunday Brunch 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Daily happy hour; over 20 microbrew beers on draft. Weekend live entertainment. Dinner fare includes prime steaks, fresh seafood, salads, burgers and more! 1492 Route 739, Dingmans Ferry. 570-828-6505.

French Manor- See ad page 129 La Tonalteca- See ad page 131

A Scranton tradition since 1923. Taste the Texas Wieners and Texas Hamburgers that made us famous. Serving homemade soups, old-fashioned rice pudding and chili-con-carne. Enjoy our legendary chili sauce, created from a closely-guarded family recipe, eat in or take it out. Closed Monday. Tuesday - Sunday Open 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 515 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 570-961-9004.

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The Dock on Wallenpaupack- Lunch and dinner are served on the covered deck overlooking Lake Wallenpaupack. Live music accompanies dinner on Fridays all year long and Saturdays and Sundays seasonally. Dock and Dine is available, allowing

More than your foodly, friendly, Frenchly restaurant in NEPA. It's authentic French food with a touch of Paris, a touch of New York City and extra love. Located in a century-old building in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Join us for dinner & Sunday brunch. Private rooms available for large parties. 268 South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre. 570-706-9588 A fantastic small plate restaurant with a great drink selection. Friendly, attentive service, beautiful surroundings and a great patio! Open Wednesdays through Saturdays 4-10 p.m. with happy hour daily 4-6 p.m. Entertainment Thursdays and Saturdays. Find us on Facebook. 280 Main St., Dickson City. 570-382-8156.

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Stone Bridge Inn & Restaurant- Quaint European

variety of fresh homemade vegetarian and meat meals plus daily specials such as Koussa, Hashweh, Ahi Tuna kabobs, kibbee nayeh and more. Dine in or take out. 570-969-2666.

village nestled on a hilltop, surrounded by rolling countryside – discover Northeast PA’s best-kept secret! Excellent cuisine in a casual atmosphere, multi-level tavern & patio with entertainment. Weddings, private parties, reunions. Serving dinner Thurs.-Sun. I-81, Exit 206, Rt. 374 East two miles past Elk Mountain, Union Dale. 570-679-9500.

Settlers Inn- See ad page 7 Sibio's Restaurant- Serving Northeast PA since 1974. Casual fine dining specializing in veal, seafood, steaks and pasta. All of our desserts are made in house. Lunch Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Entrees starting at $7.95. Dinner Monday to Saturday 4:30-9:30 p.m. Entrees starting at $14.50. 1240 Quincy Ave., Dunmore. 570-346-3172.

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Stirna’s Restaurant & BarA Scranton tradition since 1908. Casual fine dining, friendly atmosphere and delicious food. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 4 p.m. On and off premise catering seven days a week. Exclusive caterer for La Buona Vita, Dunmore. 120 West Market Street, Scranton. 570-9619681.

Terra Preta Restaurant- Farm to table dining. Inspired seasonal menu. Fresh local food, homemade breads and desserts. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free options. Cold-pressed juices. Full service bar featuring craft cocktails. On and off site food and bar catering. Dinner Sun.-Thurs. 4-9:30 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 4-10:30 p.m. 222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. Free Parking. 570-871-4190. Tully's Restaurant See ad page 135

Twigs- See ad page 129 Vincenzo’s- Enjoy casual dining featuring New York style pizza, homemade pastas and a special monthly menu focusing on local ingredients & seasonal produce. Catering services on & off premises. Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday & Saturday 11a.m.-11 p.m. Closed Sunday. 131 North Main Ave., Scranton. (570) 347-1060.


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Ingredients: 3 eggs 1 cup mazola 1 tsp almond flavoring 1 cup sugar Juice of 1 large orange and of ½ lemon 1 tsp vanilla 3 1/2 cups flour sifted with 2 tsp baking powder 1 cup chopped almonds






Mix eggs, mazola, almond flavoring, fruit juice, sugar and vanilla well, but do not beat. Combine mixture with flour, baking powder and chopped almonds. Grease cookie sheet with Mazola and divide the dough in three parts, making long, thinnish loaves. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and slice. Then, turn slices on sides and return to oven for about 15 minutes at 375 degrees, or until brownish. Enjoy! This traditional Ashkenazi Jewish dish literally translates to “almond bread.” Though made with potato starch and matzo cake meal on Jewish holidays (when raised dough is not allowed), Mandel Bread is a favorite year-round for many as well. It has a light, crisp taste that is often sprinkled with chocolate chips, butter or dried fruit. Recipe Courtesy of Alma Shaffer

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outdoor dining guide Andy Gavin’s Pub & Eatery, Scranton Enjoy summer evenings on the outdoor porch and patio. Pets are allowed, and even offered water! Entertainment and special meals change weekly, and cocktails/draft beers change each night. 570-346-8864.

from every seat. The big outdoor patio also has a cozy fire pit. Halfmoon Veranda welcomes guests for outdoor dining at Edgars Steak-house. Reservations are recommended. Each Saturday night, a live band plays, and there are new steak features to try every time you attend. (315) 781-0201

Bailey's Rib & Steakhouse, Mt. Pocono Partially covered, large deck overlooking a grassy field offers large and small umbrella tables. Two large fire pits complete the cozy vibe for a day or night meal. Full menu available for outdoor diners. Drink menu includes 10 different beers on tap all available by the pitcher with frosted mugs. Deck accommodates up 75 people and is great for private parties. 570-839-9378.

Buck Hill Falls Company, Buck Hill Falls The full menu of soups, salads, signature burgers and other entrees is available on the patio overlooking the putting green. Order a beverage from the bar outdoors, and on Friday listen to live entertainment (schedule varies). Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday 570-595-7511.

The Beaumont Inn, Dallas Flagstone patio overlooking Beaumont Botanical Gardens and Leonard Creek. Serving dinner Tuesday-Thursday 5-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5-10 p.m. and Sunday 3-9 p.m. Lunch on the patio Saturday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sunday brunch 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. 570-675-7100. Belhurst Castle, Geneva, NY Stone Cutters, the upscale pub and bistro, overlooks the lake, promising a beautiful view 130

Camelot Restaurant and Inn, Waverly Beautiful patio deck bar overlooking five acres. Entertainment includes live music most Fridays, as well as corn hole, horseshoes and bocce ball. Dishes vary from comforting crispy chicken wings to upscale filet mignon. World Food nights on Mondays features international cuisine. Tuesday Tapas nights. Summer drink menu feature refreshing, beachy cocktails. 570-585-1430.

Carl VonLuger, Scranton Umbrella tables line Linden Street serving up steaks and seafood outdoors in the heart of downtown. 570- 955-5290. Cooper's Seafood House, Scranton and Pittston In Scranton, outdoor seating is available on the upper and lower decks. At Cooper's Waterfront in Pittston, sit on the outdoor cabana and enjoy river views. Live entertainment provided in both locations Wednesday to Sunday. 570346-6883. 570-654-6883 The Dock on Wallenpaupack, Hawley Lunch and dinner are served on the covered deck overlooking Lake Wallenpaupack.Live music accompanies dinner on Fridays all year long and Saturdays and Sundays seasonally. Dock and Dine is available, allowing boaters to park their boat and enjoy a meal. 570-226-4388. Failte Irish Pub, Dingmans Ferry Traditional Irish pub with a full service dining room and spacious deck. Lunch and dinner served daily from 11 a.m. Daily happy hour. Sunday brunch served 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Listen to live music every Sunday on the deck. Great burgers, steaks, fresh seafood, salads, sandwiches and more! 570-828-6505. September 2017

The French Manor, South Sterling Request a table on the terrace for wonderful views of the Pocono Mountains. Gourmet dinner menu features classical and nouvelle French cuisine. Resort casual attire required. Please note: Restaurant is not suitable for children under 12. 570-676-3244., Hawley Dinner is served Wednesday through Sunday on the deck overlooking the waterfall. Blues, Brews and Barbecue Sunday nights continue through Labor Day. 570-226-1337. Glen Motor Inn, Watkins Glen, NY Dinner is served on the veranda during warm weather months. Pub hours 2 to 4:30 p.m. 315-246-9667.

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La Tonalteca, Clarks Summit and Dickson City Choose from the full Mexican menu while dining on the covered patio in Dickson City or under umbrella shaded tables in Clarks Summit. 570586-1223. 570-969-0966. Mama Nina Foccacheria, Bethlehem Mama Nina’s is best known for their chef’s weekly specials. They promise to deliver new and exciting tastes each time. Their outdoor patio maintains the Italian atmosphere with classic music and heating lamps in case the weather turns a bit chilly mid-meal! (610) 867-9802. Nosh Restaurant and Bar, Dickson City Outdoor patio is the perfect place to try one of the restaurant and bar’s famous flavored mojitos or martinis. 570-382-8156.

The Settlers Inn, Hawley Weekend brunch and dinner are served on the terrace overlooking the garden. Wednesday evenings in July and August bring live jazz entertainment. 570-226-2993. Twigs Café, Tunkhannock Enjoy café-style dining on the sidewalk of the town’s historic district. During the summer season a garden blooms surrounding the patio. 570-836-0433. Stone Bridge Inn, Union Dale Dinner served Wednesday through Sunday on the outdoor patio showcasing scenic views of Elk Mountain. Live music Thursday 7 to 11 p.m. 570-679-9500. Vocelli Pizza, Mt Pocono & Tannersville Choose from tables and picnic tables on the outdoor deck. (570) 839-7437. (570) 620-9055.


Ya ’ ll Hungry?Farm to Table Dinner Sports Southern Style


riday, September 15 marks the 7th annual Farm to Table dinner at the Everhart Museum in Scranton, beginning at 6 p.m. The Farm to Table dinner premiered in September 2011 as a fundraising event. The event supports the growing “locavore” movement by offering foods grown and produced within a 100-mile radius. The dinner will educate patrons on the importance of eating “locally” to support


the area’s economy and agricultural heritage.

harvested fruits and vegetables. This year’s theme will have a Southern twist with menu items, drinks, live music and decor inspired by the Deep South. The resulting menu will feature the best in-season ingredients available and served with a “down home” southern style. Farm to Table at the Everhart is always a sell-out with a capacity of 280 people. It is held outdoors, rain or shine, under tents. The dress code is country casual.

A country-style arcade area features Co-chairs Ronda Beemer, Joyce games of chance, as well as a marLomma and ketplace of homemade preserves, Maggie Pettinato pickles, honey and other items. are working with Decor items with a “southern the museum staff and volunteers. They are continuing the flare” created by local artisans will also be available for event’s original vision of purchase at the marketplace sourcing all elements of the area. Music will be provided meal from regional farmers by the band Farmer’s and producers. Chef Cliff Daughter, who will play a mix Daniels of Epicurean Delight of southern and classic rock. Catering Company has created a menu of delicious dishes Funds raised from Farm to using foods grown and/or Table at the Everhart are used produced in Northeast PA. to support general programDesserts for the harvest celeming, exhibits, building and bration are provided by Truly operating expenses. Tickets Scrumptious Cake Studio. are $125 per person and include all food, beverage and Farm to Table at the entertainment. Attendees Everhart includes a country-style arcade area must be 21 or older. Tickets must be purchased in with games of chance, as advance. Call 570-346-7186 well as a marketplace of or visit www.everharthomemade preserves, H pickles, honey and other –Ann Moschorak items created from locally

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wide variety of Pennsylvania wineries will dot the banks of the Susquehanna River at the 13th Annual Wyalusing Wine Festival on September 16 from noon-5 p.m. "There are sixteen wineries scheduled to exhibit at the 2017 festival," says Wyalusing Valley Museum Curator Morgan Clinton. "All of the wineries participating in the festival are from Pennsylvania." The Museum along with the local Lions and Lionesses of Wyalusing partner to organize and operate the event, and both institutions give back to the community throughout the year in a variety of capacities thanks to the patronage of Festival visitors. "In addition to providing funding for community organizations, the festival also promotes Pennsylvania wineries," Clinton says. "The Wyalusing Valley Museum preserves the history of the ten townships contained within the Wyalusing Area School District and shares that history through our exhibits and programs." With everything from Native American artifacts to 20th Century printing machines, the Museum is a historical timeline for the area and reaches out to Wyalusing residents via outreach programs and community clubs.

The Festival's new location along with an evergrowing list of featured wineries makes this year's installment highly anticipated. "The location is just off Rt. 6 and provides a lovely view of rolling hills," describes Clinton. "Our new wineries this year are Kulpmont Winery and Staggering Unicorn Winery," with a full list of participants from all over the state available on the festival's website. The event also features entertainment by local band Infinity (who will "keep your toes tapping even if you aren’t on the dance floor") and the festivalfavorite Wyalusing Swing Choir, and food and craft vendors will also dot the landscape; beer and non-alcoholic drinks will also be available for sale. The Museum and festival hope to make the experience special for all guests and showcase what the local organizations and nearby vineyards have to offer. "Tasting ticket holders will get a commemorative glass to sample the wine," says Clinton. The festival will be held at 80 5th St. in Wyalusing.Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and can be purchased online at or at the Wyalusing Valley Musuem. Call 570-746-3979. H - Joey Letcher


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Celebrating 23 Years of Ethnic Food, Friends and Fun at the

Lebanese Heritage Festival


arishioners and volunteers of St. Ann Maronite Church will transform their church and surrounding area into a lively festival in its 23rd year, celebrating their unique Lebanese heritage. The festival takes place on September 17, 2017 at St Ann Maronite Church, on the corner of Price Street and N. Sumner Avenue in West Scranton from noon to 7 p.m. To begin the festivities, a Maronite Catholic Mass will be celebrated in the church, at 11 a.m. Guests may sample authentic dishes including kibbe, tabbouleh and hummus. This year’s festival also features a second tent for a Hookah lounge, allowing even more guests to enjoy the traditions of Lebanese culture. The Hookah addition allows guests to gather and relax while enjoying the fruity flavors of a Hookah (Argileh) water pipe while watching Middle Eastern and Lebanese music videos. Both traditional dining areas and “to-go” packages for all 136

homemade pastries and authentic foods will be set up for guests to utilize. Lebanese music played during the festival is sure to provide a traditional ambiance for all festival-goers. The gift and souvenir shop, auction gift baskets, instant bingo and two drawings for the $1000 raffle are returning this year as well.

laughter. We all come together for this occasion. You'll see a lot of people who have come from the very first festival until now”, one parishioner said. “If you don't get together during the year, you get together at the Lebanese Heritage Festival to catch up with family and friends in one place."

At the beginning of the 20th century, a large group of Lebanese people settled in West Scranton. Many still reside here today, and several generations of family members often work together, sharing celebrated traditions, to bring the church's largest fundraiser to life. "We have as many as four generations working for the church," one parishioner said.

Because of the abundance of Middle Eastern cuisine, the festival is recognized as one of the most outstanding annual events in the community. The Rev. Msgr. Father Marini, pastor of St. Ann Maronite Church, looks forward to the event because, "It gives us a chance to highlight our heritage, while acknowledging our spirituality."

It is the pride of the Lebanese people, their heritage and ancestry that keeps the festival going. In addition to promoting the event, volunteers roll grape leaves, make tabbouleh, prepare kibbee and bake Lebanese delicacies tirelessly.

For more information visit Rectory: (570) 344-2129. Church Hall: {570) 344-3921. H –Constantino Michael Siconolfi & Mary Ann Siconolfi

"It's a lot of hard work, but there's still time for fun and

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Celebrating 25 years, Woodloch’s spectacular 18-hole championship golf course winds its challenging way over 6,579 yards of fern-carpeted forests, lush wetlands and broad upland meadows. Four sets of tees on every hole so all levels can be accommodated. 4.5 STARS- Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play. Outside tee-times can be made up to four days in advance. 570-685-8102. COUNTRY CLUB OF SCRANTON-

NEPA’s premier country club– ranked No. 81 in the country in Golfweek magazine’s Classical Course Rankings and No. 8 in Pennsylvania.You can be part of something so special, the Club has membership categories to suite everyone. Inquire at 570-586-2311. 1001 Morgan Hwy., Clarks Summit. FERNWOOD GOLF COURSE–

An award-winning resort course offering challenging holes tucked into the rolling hills of the Pocono Mountains. Golf shop, club rentals and practice hole. Wintergreens Patio Grill offers a bar with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Golf outings with group leader specials. 888-FERNWOOD, press 3. HIDEAWAY HILLS GOLF CLUB-

18 hole, par 72, 6,933 yard course with lakes, spectacular elevation changes, 60 sand traps and signature Island Green. Take advantage of the 2-tiered turf driving range, putting and chipping greens. Stay and enjoy lunch in the The Grill Room. Rte. 209, Kresgeville. 610-681-6000. JACK FROST NATIONAL GOLF CLUB–

Since its inception in 2007 Jack Frost National has been recognized by many publications as one of the Northeast’s Finest Championship Courses. It is rated #14 by Golf Magazine for public courses in PA and most recently recognized by Golf Advisors as the #17 “TOP 50 COURSES in the US” you can play. 1 Clubhouse Dr., Blakeslee, PA. 570-443-2414 x2 /


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NEPA's best kept secret golfing destination! Family owned and operated for 50+ years. See new and exciting changes. $22 Wednesday Special-18 holes w/ cart 7 a.m.-noon. Summer Twighlight Rates $29 Fri-Sun after 3 p.m. Golf course & grill room available for family outings, business meetings, leagues and tournaments. 25 minutes north of Scranton. 570-222-3525 POCONO FARMS COUNTRY CLUB–

Be a member for the day! Great conditions, unmatched customer service, playability-it’s all here! We excel at hosting outings and charitable events. Enjoy lunch or dinner after your round in our Grill Room/Pub. So much, so close, so awesome. Promotional play only $40/pp. 182 Lake Rd., Tobyhanna. 570-225-0112 ext. 111 SCOTT GREENS GOLF CLUB–

Nicely maintained and challenging nine-hole golf & teaching facility in Scott Township. Home of "A Swing for Life" Golf Academy featuring Teaching Professional Scotty McAlarney a "Top 100" W.G.T.F. Instructor. We make golf "fun for the whole family"! Minutes from Clarks Summit, Rt. 81, Scranton and the valley area. Great membership level rates. 570-254-6979. SHADOWBROOK INN & RESORT–

18-hole, 6,000-yard golf course located in the heart of the Endless Mountains. Part of beautiful Shadowbrook Inn and Resort. The perfect place for all your events. Fundraising, wedding, banquet, meetings, etc. Check us out on Facebook today! Bogey’s Bar & Grill open year-round. 201 Resort Lane, Tunkhannock. 570-836-5417 SLEEPY HOLLOW GOLF COURSE–

Picturesque public "19" hole course. 5,189-yard course features a challenging back 10 holes. New additions annually. Dining area open to all for afternoon tea & food. Golf card accepted. Voted Best Public Golf Course in Times Tribune Readers Choice. Follow us on Facebook. Sandy Banks Rd., Greenfield Twp. 570-254-4653. SPLIT ROCK GOLF CLUB

Open to public. Beautiful 27 hole tree-lined course in Lake Harmony, PA. Golf Shop, practice facilities, restaurant/bar, Lockers. 18 holes: $40-$55 midweek and $55-$67 weekend including cart. Yearly memberships & weekly specials. Great Tournament and Outing Course. Also this yearFootgolf! Tee times/directions 570-722-9901.

Better Business Through Community Camaraderie Wyoming Co. Chamber of Commerce Fallfest Mixer The proverbial “all work and no play” mantra seems to suggest that the two must remain separate, but for the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, the intersection of work and play has proven highly fruitful. “The WyCCC Fallfest Mixer builds camaraderie and partnership within the community,” says Chamber President Gina Severcool Suydam. The Fallfest Mixer with presenting sponsor Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation will be held September 28, 2017 from 5-9 p.m.“Fallfest has become a celebration of the Chamber and the community in Wyoming County.” This unique event formed as a combination of


the previous Block Party and ing for local professionals from another gathering sponsored all areas of business. “The by Cabot Oil & Gas, and now Fallfest Mixer is attended by a the Fallfest Mixer enters its wide variety of people looking third installment while simulto grow their network and contaneously nect with celebrating friends,” says “The evening the Suydam. “The concludes with a Chamber’s event provides 25th fireworks show.” a casual Anniversary atmosphere this year. and beautiful “When the Fallfest Mixer setting to relax and network.” began, it was a way to bring Guests can expect culinary the Wyoming County comtreats from Main Entrée, McCain munity together with the Foodservice, Stonehedge Golf growing oil & gas industry,” Course, Tioga Bistro and explains Suydam. “Now that Yearbook Diner. Tom Riccabono, industry is very much intecomedian and musician, will grated with our business emcee the event. Attendees can community.” enjoy live music from Shane Fabiani and Friends, ice cream Located at Shadowbrook Inn provided by McCarthy Tire from & Resort in Tunkhannock, “a a vintage ice cream truck, a beautiful venue that has cigar bar provided by Cigars on been a landmark in Wyoming State and putting and hole-inCounty for decades,” the one contests with prizes such as event draws a diverse a side-by-side ATV. The evening crowd and provides concludes with a fireworks an evening of show provided and sponsored food, entertainin part by Fireworks by ment and Donnora. networkProceeds will benefit the chamber services that assist locals throughout the year. Tickets and sponsorships are available online at or by phone at (570) 836-7755.

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Autumn in the

Endless Mountains

of Northeastern PA!

Fri., Sept. 15 through Thursday, October 5

Gala Night

23 films in 21 days!

Friday, September 15 Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Call 570-996-1500 for reservations.

Bring your friends and enjoy food, 2 films, beer, wine, desserts and good fun. Gala Tickets $40 each Funded in part by the Wyoming County Room Tax Fund and Endless Mountain Visitors Bureau

Call 570-996-1500 for tickets or film festival info • 60 E. Tioga St. • Tunkhannock, PA • 800-769-8999

37th Sullivan County


Enjoy Lumberjacks & Carver Competitions, auctions, crafts, arts, quilts, pumpkin painting, free live entertainment & food.

October 14 & 15 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sullivan County Fairgrounds, Forksville Adults $7 - 12 years & under Free 570-482-4088 • • 800-769-8999

For a FREE Visitors Guide and Calendar of Events, call Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau 1-800-769-8999 •


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Packages starting at $99.00 • Seating up to 299 Guests Individually Planned Weddings for Formal Sit Down or Casual Cocktail Reception Open Air Space with Custom Clear Enclosure System that Includes Heat & Air Conditioning Flagstone Patios Overlooking Leonard’s Creek & Amazing Private Terrace with Fireplace for Private Ceremonies or Cocktail Hour

For Appointment & Tour Contact Sheila Humphrey Special Event Manager 570-709-6493

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Tight Knit Wyoming County Community Welcomes Fall tional arts and music to round out the festivities. This year’s event has a much more expanded focus on the related arts.

he Tunkhannock Business and Professional Association welcomes the change of seasons with a Hometown Fall Fest. Airing of the Quilts on Saturday, October 7 features a display of over 250 handmade quilts from local craftsmen. Visitors have the opportunity to walk along Tioga Street in Tunkhannock from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to enjoy the handiwork.

Established in 2001, Airing of the Quilts has grown to include four indoor venues and attract increasing numbers every year. In 2013, the event raised over $5,000 for area church organizations and volunteer activities. Quilts and needle art are the focus, but organizers are also adding addi-


Nancy Reddington Parlo, director of the Tunkhannock Business and Professional Association, says the goal is to create a fall event that will attract people from throughout the area to downtown businesses. The committee hopes to attract 1,000 people to Tunkhannock for the free event. Visitors may enjoy brunch or lunch at one of Tunkhannock’s restaurants. Visit airing-quilts/ H –Ann Moschorak

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Located on Kayutah (Little) Lake 9 miles to Watkins Glen, New York– the heart of the Finger Lakes. Seasonal and overnight camping, electric, water and sewer sites. Wooded tent area, cabins and one cottage. Fishing, swimming, boat launch, boat docks, hiking trails, camp store campfire wood. 607-594-3500 COOPERSTOWN SHADOW BROOK-

Highly rated family campground. Good Sam Park. Large RV sites and tent sites, cabins and rentals. Large stocked fishing pond with paddle boat rentals. Heated pool, playground, rec hall, arcade, sports area. Campground store, firewood, propane, laundry, WiFi. Full service, peaceful campground. www. 607-264-8431. DELAWARE WATER GAP POCONO MTN KOA CAMPGROUND-Enjoy the

Pocono’s finest in family camping year-round! Relax in a deluxe cabin or set up your tent or RV. Nearby tubing, rafting, skiing, hiking, fishing and shopping. Visit Bushkill Falls just 7 miles away. Free WiFi. Sewer hookup, pet friendly, pool, planned activities. Groups & Scouts welcome. 227 Hollow Road East Stroudsburg, PA. 570-223-8000 or visit

DON LAINE CAMPGROUND- Pool, playground, store, snack bar, game room, laundry, horeshoes, wagon rides, country and oldies bands & DJs, nature trails. Planned activities (weekends). Full hook-ups, wooded & open sites, dump station. Near Beltzville, 18 miles to Pocono International Raceway. Northeast extension of PA Turnpike, exit 74, Rte. 209 N. approx. nine miles. Follow signs. 800-635-0152 reservations only. 610-381-3381. KEEN LAKE CAMPING & COTTAGE RESORT– “One of the 10 Coolest Parks for RV Camping.” Trip Advisor Excellence Honoree and Country Living Magazine named one of the 12 Must See RV Friendly Parks in the nation. Familyfriendly and family owned for 63 years. Trailer Life Ratings 8.5/10*/10 155 Keen Lake Road, Waymart. 570-488-6161 800-443-0412 148

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Located on beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack. We offer seasonal and daily sites, seasonal and temporary boat slips, kayak rentals and have a camp store. We also have a boat launch and picnic area with view of the lake!. 153 Ledgedale Road, Greentown, PA phone 570-689-2181, PARADISE STREAM FAMILY CAMPGROUND-Nestled in the heart of beautiful

South Central Pennsylvania. Great activities and spacious RV, tenting sites and our cabin On-site activities include a six-acre lake for boating & fishing, mini-golf, in-ground pool, basketball, volleyball, pedal go-karts, hiking trails & playgrounds. Come find your own little piece of paradise! 693 Paradise Stream Rd, Loysville, PA. (717) 789-2117 PEACEFUL WOODLANDS FAMILY CAMPGROUND

Wooded camping catering to families. Cabins, Full hook up and tent sites. Heated pool. Clean bathrooms. Direct access to ATV trails. Two playgrounds. Music festivals. RV storage. 20 minutes from Jim Thorpe. 2 miles from Pocono Raceway. Close to Pocono attractions.114 WT Family Blvd., Blakeslee. Find us on Facebook! 570-646-9255. SHORE FOREST CAMPGROUND– Nestled in the beautiful Endless Mountains on a fiveacre lake. Heated Pool/spa, camp store, snack bar, game room, crafts, hayrides, weekend activities, and so much more! Cabins, Cable TV/Wi-Fi available.Camping at its best! Halfway between Scranton and Binghamton and only a half mile from Rt 11 in Hop Bottom. 570-289-4666 VALLEY VIEW FARM & CAMPGROUND–

Family campground with wooded sites situated in a pristine country setting. Convenient to stores and attractions. Amenities include swimming, playgrounds, sports fields, mini-golf, hay rides, cabins, trailers and mobile renters. Clean restrooms. Rte. 6 East from Scranton to Waymart then North on Rte. 296 for 8 miles. 570-448-2268. September 2017



teeped in history, the Valley Forge area is a favorite travel destination for many Northeast PA residents. Whether you wish to visit a historic battlefield, tour an art gallery or dine at an elegant restaurant, Valley Forge has the something for everyone.

75 hotels, 600+ restaurants and numerous area attractions. “Montgomery County truly has something for everyone,� says Chief Marketing Officer Edward Harris. One popular attraction for history buffs and nature-lovers is Valley Forge National Historic Park. Visitors to this site will be able to see the encampment where General George Washington and the Continental Army spent the winter of 1777 and 1778 during the Revolutionary War. Those who love history should also visit the Patriot Trails website, which has itineraries for one-day, two-day and long weekend visits. Art enthusiasts will enjoy the eclectic variety of museums in Montco,

Your Guide to Montgomery County Searching for attractions in Valley Forge? The Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board serves as the destination marketing organization for the area and all of Montgomery County. The board promotes patronage of its


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from the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove to The Stoogeum, the world’s first and only Three Stooges museum. Adventure seekers can choose from over 100 miles of running, biking, walking and horseback riding trails. For the best food in the area, Harris suggests visiting Crave Montco, the official online dining guide for the region. Harris says that the region can be described as eclectic and experiential. “Whether you’re an avid golfer, athlete, history buff, foodie, fashionista, adrenaline junkie or arts aficionado or just looking for some family fun, there’s truly something for everyone in Montgomery County,” he says. The tourism and convention board recently rolled out a new set of sub-brands dedicated to promoting the many activities in Valley Forge, including specialized websites for food, golf, shopping and weddings. As the third largest county in the state of Pennsylvania, Montgomery County welcomes more than 25 million visitors per year. Explore more at Remember Paoli! The year was 1777, and British forces were fighting to occupy the “rebel” capital of Philadelphia. To prevent this invasion, General George Washington sent troops to hide behind the British line and attack any soldiers

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attempting to cross the Schukykill River. Unfortunately, the British discovered the plan. They sent their best troops out on ambush, resulting in a bloody massacre of the rebel troops. From then on, the battle cry, “Remember Paoli” was a claim to American virtue—unlike the brutal methods of the British, rebel soldiers treated their enemies with dignity and respect. This iconic scene occured at the Paoli Battlefield, the second-oldest Revolutionary War monument in the nation. Located in the small borough of Malvern, the site includes two separate areas: the Paoli Memorial Grounds, which contains the original 1817 monument to the battle and monuments honoring military sacrifice in later wars, as well as the Paoli Battlefield Historic Park, a pristine, 40-acre section of fields and woodlands. Both sections are open to the public from sunrise to sunset and contain


pathways and interpretive signs. About 50,000 people visit the battlefield each year. Along with self-guided tours, the park offers arranged tours and special bus tours that drive along the scope of the battlefield. Don’t miss the 5th Annual Paoli Battlefield Heritage Day on September 23, complete with an evening reenactment of the Battle of Paoli. President of the Paoli Battlefield Restoration Fund says the battlefield symbolizes American values. “The values of independence, the rights of individuals and the right to religious freedom were the seeds that grew into our national consciousness and values,” he says. “The Battle of Paoli and its battle cry became symbols of our different ideals.” To learn more, visit

breakfast. The General Warren Restaurant features classics such as succulent Beef Wellington, Snapper Soup and creamy Bananas Foster made tableside each evening. Smaller plates and fine beverages are served in the rustic Warren Tavern, complemented by a crackling fire and elegant wooden furnishings. In the spring and summer, the beautiful outdoor Spring House Terrace features two tiers perfect for a casual meal, reception area or cocktail party. In close proximity to Valley Forge, Longwood Gardens, Brandywine Valley and historic downtown Philadelphia, the General Warren Inne welcomes all who wish to stay in the region. They are constantly embarking on new renovation projects to ensure that guests have the best possible experience. Renovations are done with local Pennsylvania artisans. What is the primary draw for guests?

Historic Hospitality Since 1745 Featuring world-class hospitality, fine dining and a rich heritage, General Warren Inne serves as a premier restaurant and bed and breakfast in Chester County. The facility first opened in 1795 as a restaurant and inn. Since then, it has since come full circle to offer the same 18th-century charm coupled with 21stcentury convenience. Those who visit the inn will enjoy the charming colonial structure nestled in the woods. Guests may stay in the inn’s historic suites, dine in the main restaurant or enjoy light fare in the Warren Tavern and the Spring House Terrace. Those who stay overnight can choose from eight charmingly authentic guest suites, complete with free WiFi and complimentary


Chief Owner and Operating Partner/Proprietor Patrick Byrne says, “Our consistent and world class hospitality, food and service.” To learn more, visit H

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On the Road to the Catskill Mountains! An exciting feature coming in our October issue will tell all you need to know to plan a trip to the scenic Catskill Mountains!

For more info call: 570-587-3532 or email

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Pocono Puppy Palooza


hawnee Mountain’s festival grounds will “Go to the Dogs” with this new family fun, dog friendly, educational outdoor Doggy Expo - the first of its kind in the Pocono Mountains. The event takes place on September 23 and 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine. Up to 1,000 people and 500 dogs per day are expected.

doggy treats for the four-legged friends.

"The event will feature classic festival foods and themed treats such as a special burger & chips served in a doggy bowl.

Event organizers Shawnee Mountain and Sit Stay & Play of Stroudsburg are planning to make the Pocono Puppy Palooza an annual Pocono event each September. They stress that the event is not just for dog lovers, but the whole family can be entertained while helping local shelters. Advance tickets are $8. for adults, $6.50 for children 12 and under, age 4 and under free. Leashed dogs are $1 at the gate. Visit

Entertainment includes canine training demos, a comical canine show, dog related vendors and a dock diving competition featuring the Keystone Dock Dogs. Appearances will be made by Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix, with demos and agility training by Sit, Stay and Play, K9 Proving Grounds, K9 JYM, Scentabilities Nose Work and SSNP. A portion of proceeds will benefit Kindred Spirits Animal Shelter, Pike County Humane Society and the Hope for Hannah Rescue.


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The Pocono Puppy Palooza is a dog friendly festival for the whole family including man’s best friend. Leashes are recommended, and clean up bags/stations will be provided. The event will feature classic festival foods and themed treats such as a special burger & chips served in a doggy bowl. Several vendors will be selling 156

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COSTA’S FAMILY FUN PARKOffering go-karts, water slides, laser tag, mini-golf, bumper boats, batting cages and more. Fun for the whole family! Our snack bar features family favorites and Hershey’s hand-dipped ice cream. Open daily mid-June–Labor Day and weekends Spring and Fall. Route 6 Hawley. 570-226-8585. THE DISCOVERY CENTER–

Hands-on children’s museum. 22,500 square feet of play and learn indoor exhibits and an award winning outdoor Story Garden where children’s imaginations soar with hands-on activities. Celebrating 33 years of family fun! In Ross Park next to the Binghamton Zoo! 60 Morgan Rd, Binghamton, NY. THE FUN STATION- Incredible arcade in the beautiful Poconos with over 65 video games, minigolf, bumper cars, Route 66 mini bowling, go-carts and two-story laser tag. Indoor soft air archery. Satisfy your appetite in our new restaurant, homemade hand-tossed pizza, Philly cheesesteaks and more.1171 Main Street, Gouldsboro 570-676-5580. MANNING FARM DAIRY

A small family-run farm bringing the freshest and best tasting homemade ice cream and milk to the people of Northeast PA. We grow the crops that our cows like to eat, since happy cows are productive cows. Milk is bottled and ice cream made on the farm and delivered to our stores daily. Manning Road, Dalton. 570-563-1702 SUSQUEHANNA CANOE & KAYAK–

Enjoy a relaxing day on the Susquehanna paddling, exploring and sightseeing. Centrally located along the river in Falls, PA– a close drive from Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties. Float along the most beautiful section of the Endless Mountains. Daily/Weekly rentals to other local waterways also available. Call 570-388-6107 158

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Take a scenic boat tour on one of our passenger pontoon boats or rent a pontoon boat, kayak or stand up paddle board (SUP). For rates, times and reservations visit our website. Open daily. Located at the Lake Wallenpaupack Observation Dike, 2487 Route 6, Hawley PA. Call 570-226-3293 or visit


Get on the Lehigh River and experience exhilarating whitewater rapids. Come for the day or stay for the night. Enjoy all of our outdoor adventure center activities: whitewater rafting, inflatable kayaking, rail-trail biking, paintball and more. It's the most fun you'll have all year! Book your trip today. 800-443-8554.

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BUTTERMILK FALLS INN Luxury lodgings on a 75-acre Hudson River Estate includes guest rooms with fireplaces, carriage and guest houses with pet and child-friendly options. Enjoy a country breakfast, Spa, Henry’s restaurant, trails and Buttermilk’s own Millstone Farm with an organic kitchen garden and orchard and Animal Rescue Sanctuary. Milton, NY. 845- 795-1310.

COLONIAL BRICK INN & SUITES Come and enjoy Pennsylvania hospitality at its finest. Call to reserve your special occasion package. Winter ski or summer golf packages, we will cater to guests all seasons of the year. New meeting room and free Internet in rooms. 25161 Route 11, Hallstead. 570-879-2162 or 1-800-290-3922 CRESCENT LODGE What luxury our “cabin in the woods” offers! Queen canopy bed, stone fireplace, jacuzzi for two, two TVs, private covered deck and full kitchen. Enjoy our Starting Post Cocktail Lounge and award-winning restaurant. Located two miles from Mt Airy Casino, 10 minutes from the Crossings and 15 minutes from Camelback Ski Area. Paradise Valley. Cresco, PA 800-392-9400 FOX INN BED & BREAKFAST Bring this page to get $10 off your stay! Start your Finger Lakes journey here. The Greek Revival mansion with antique decor will take you back in history to a quieter time. The B&B has been lovingly preserved for guests to enjoy. Gourmet breakfast included. Located in downtown historic district, Penn Yan, NY. 315-536-3101.


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THE JAMES MANNING HOUSE Welcome to a perfect alternative to traditional hotel lodging, this historic B&B offers all the comforts of home. Three well-appointed guest rooms, private baths, central AC, TV, WiFi, gardens and more. Enjoy a hearty home cooked breakfast, all with warm, friendly hospitality. Honesdale, PA 570-253-5573. KEUKA LAKESIDE INN Winner of the 2016 Tripadvisor Travelers Choice Award and located on the shores of Keuka Lake in the village of Hammondsport, this Inn offers 17 comfortable rooms and spectacular views with an on-site boat launch and docking available. Find us on Facebook. 24 Water St., Hammondsport, NY 14840. (607) 569-2600, THE LODGE AT SINGING WATERS Located in the heart of the Endless Mountains– the property boasts six waterfalls! Each room features its own balcony with spectacular views. Ideal for small, private destination weddings, leadership retreats or vacation getaways with friends and family. Call for rates and availability. 451 Creek Rd., Mehoopany. 570-833-5306. LYNN-LEE HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST Step into the past while savoring the convenience of today in our gracious, restored 1868 Victorian! Three beautifully appointed guest rooms with queen size bed & private bath. Antiques, period & traditional furnishings. Unwind by the fireplace after skiing, antiquing or sightseeing. Full gourmet breakfast served daily. 1036 Main Street, New Milford, PA. 570-465-3505

PERIWINKLE INN Come to our oceanfront inn in historic Cape May, NJ. Select from seven different types of renovated rooms with all of the amenities of home. Perfectly landscaped property, surrounded by our five-star outdoor heated pool. Experience beautiful beaches, amazing architecture and rich history. 609-884-9200, or visit

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1819 RED BRICK INN A warm welcome awaits you at our charming Federal style home. Centrally located between Keuka and Seneca Lakes. All five guest rooms feature queen size bed and private bath. The Tuttle Room has a working fireplace. Full breakfast. Complimentary refreshments. Credit cards accepted. Open year-round. 607-243-8844 •


ROSEMONT INN BED & BREAKFAST Enjoy the elegance of this 1859 renovated home in the Historic District of Montrose. Cozy get-aways, retreats, parties & reunions are made memorable here. 8 guest rooms with private baths. Lovely amenities. Within walking distance to downtown. 165 Lake Ave., Montrose, PA. (570) 278-7600.

STONE BRIDGE INN & RESTAURANT European-style inn, restaurant & tavern in a spectacular country setting. 13 charming rooms, with private baths, TV, A/C, several with fireplaces, free WI-FI. Continental breakfast, indoor pool/hot tub, horseback riding. Excellent dinner cuisine. Exit 206, Rt. 374 East two miles past Elk Mountain, Union Dale. 570-679-9200.

VINEHURST INN & SUITES Bring this page to get $10 off your stay! Start your adventure with our warm & relaxing hospitality at the family-owned Vinehurst Inn & Suites in beautiful Finger Lakes Wine Country. Enjoy rooms, whirlpool suites, family suites, Wi-Fi and continental breakfast. Only 1.5 miles from Hammondsport & Keuka Lake. Veteran-owned. 607-569-2300


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SEPTEMBER HAPPENINGS Area code 570 unless specified

Sep. 8-Oct. 6, Anthra-Sight A Sculptural Narrative of the Anthracite Industry of NE by Denis A. Yanashot, Brennan Hall & Hope Horn Gallery, University of Scranton. 9413279. Sep. 13-Dec. 9, Rodin: Portraits of a Lifetime, Friedman Art Gallery, Misericordia University.

Sep. 30, 9th Annual Touch a Truck, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Nay Aug Park, Scranton. 9618120.


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Sep. 1-3, Friends of the Scranton Public Library Book Sale, The Marketplace @ Steamtown, Scranton. 9918151.

Sep. 7, ABC Read with Me, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Library, Scranton. 207-0764.

Sep. 1, Coal Cracker Cruisers Car Club Cruise Night, 5-8 p.m., Advanced Auto Parts, Carbondale. 876-4034.

Sep. 10, River Critters, 2-3 p.m., Lackawanna Co Children's Library, Scranton. 348-3000 ext. 3015.

Sep. 3, Dog Days of Summer Bash, noon-4 p.m., Buddy's BBQ, Greentown. 290-5766.


Sep. 10, Cars & Coffee, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Waverly Community House, Waverly. Sep. 11, Social Justice Book Club, 6:30-8 p.m., Albright Memorial Library, Scranton. 348-3000 ext. 3041. Sep. 15-16, Harvest Moon Festival, Holy Name of Mary Parish Grounds, Montrose . 278-1504. Sep. 16, Fall Festival, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., The Hoyt Library, Kingston. 2872013.

Sep. 12, Away Wii Go, 4-5 p.m., Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Library, Scranton. 207-0764.

Sep. 6, Women's Resources of Monroe Co Butterfly Release for Peace, 5:30 p.m., Weiler Corp, Cresco. 424- 2093.

Sep. 17, 15th Annual Family Fun Fall Festival, 3-8 p.m., Waldorf Park, Scranton. 3464010.

Sep. 9, Used Book Sale & Historical Exhibits, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Soldier's Orphan School, Kingsley. 434-2681.

Sep. 18, Kids in the Kitchen, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Library, Scranton. 207-0764.

Sep. 9, Fall Arts & Crafts Fair, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Bingham park, Hawley. 226-3191.

Sep. 16, Welcoming Scranton, 3-6 p.m., Connor's Park, 515 Orchard St, Scranton. 346-6203.

Sep. 9, Sustainable & Preparedness Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Camp Ladore, Waymart, 18472. 488-6129.

Sep. 16, Free Community Picnic, 4-8 p.m., Delaware Highlands Conservancy, Bethel, NY. 226-3164.

Sep. 19, Singing in the Stacks, 4-5 p.m., Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Library, Scranton. 2070764. Sep. 26, D.I.Y. Crafting, 4-5 p.m., Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Library, Scranton. 207-0764. Sep. 29, Shopkins Live!, 6:30 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center , WilkesBarre. 826-1100.


Sep. 9, Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum Open House, noon-3 p.m., Civil War Museum, Scranton . 2394745. Sep. 9, Ladies Afternoon Tea, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Wayne Co Public Library, Honesdale. 2531220. Happenings Magazine

Sep. 16-17, Just Between Friends Kids' Consignment Sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Wyoming Valley Sports Dome, Wilkes-Barre. 630-4JBF. Sep. 16, Brazilian Food Festival, noon-3 p.m., New Covenant Fellowship, Taylor. 575-5597.

Sep. 17, Newton Ransom Elementary 5k and Fun Run, 8-11 a.m., Abington Heights Middle School, Clarks Summit. 498-4725. Sep. 17, Newton Ransom Elementary Vendor Fair, 9:30 a.m., Abington Heights Middle School, Clarks Summit. 498-4725.

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SEPTEMBER HAPPENINGS Sep. 17, All You Can Eat Pasta Dinner, noon-2 p.m., Sts. Peter & Paul Russian Orthodox Church, Scranton. 343-8128. Sep. 17, 15th Annual Family Fun Fall Festival, 3-8 p.m., Waldorf Park, Scranton. 346-4010. Sep. 22-24, 7th Annual Rummage Sale, St. Cyrils School Gym, Olyphant. 489-2271. Sep. 22, Serving Seniors Fall Harvest Cocktail Party, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., AV Restaurant & Lounge, Scranton. 344-3931. Sep. 23, Fall Festival, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., North Pocono Public Library, Moscow. 842-4700. Sep. 24, Buddy Walk, noon-4 p.m., Camp Speers YMCA, Dingmans Ferry. 346-4010.

Sep. 1, Sting World Tour, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY. 1-800-745-3000. Sep. 1, Satellite Ranch Music & Arts Festival, Mountain Sky, Jermyn. 396-1987. Sep. 1-30, Lakeside Live, Fri & Sat evenings, The Dock on Wallenpaupack Restaurant, Hawley. 226-2124. Sep. 1, Guitarist Gene Badwak, 7 p.m., Marketplace at Steamtown, Scranton. Sep. 3, Jimmy Simpson, 3-6 p.m., The Dock on Wallenpaupack, Hawley. 2262124. Sep. 16, My Sinatra Starring Cary Hoffman, 7 p.m., The Theater at North, Scranton. 8005020. Sep. 17, The Mahoney BrothersJuke Box Heroes, 4-6 p.m., September 2017

Woodloch Pines Resort Night Club, Hawley. 647-6427. Sep. 21, An Intimate Evening of Songs & Stories with Graham Nash, 8 p.m., Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg . 420-2808. Sep. 22, David Bromberg, 8 p.m., Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg. 420-2808. Sep. 23, Earth Wind & Fire Tribute, 8 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center, WIlkes-Barre. 826-1100. Sep. 27, Stephen Stills & Judy Collins, 7:30 p.m., .M. Kirby Center, WIlkes-Barre. 826-1100. Sep. 29-30, Carnival of Souls, 9 p.m., 2017 Scranton Fringe Festival, Scranton.

Sep. 16, In Search of Song Birds, 8-10 a.m., Lacawac Sanctuary Visitor Center, Ledgedale. 6899494. Sep. 16, Volunteer Work Day, 9 a.m., Nescopeck State Park, Drums. 403- 2006. Sep. 16, Moonlit Drumming, 6:30-9:30 p.m., PEEC, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319. Sep. 17, Park History Tour, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., PEEC, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319. Sep. 17, Introduction to Orienteering, 10 a.m.-noon, PEEC, Dingmans Ferry . 828-2319. Sep. 17, Mushroom Fair, 11 a.m.4 p.m., Nescopeck State Park, Drums. 403- 2006.

Sep. 30, "Back Home Again" A Tribute to John Denver, 7 p.m., The Theater at North, Scranton. 800-5020.

Sep. 21, Hiking Series: Bear Creek Preserve, 9 a.m., Bear Creek Preserve's Shade Creek Parcel, Bear Creek Twp. 403- 2006.

Sep. 30, Matthew West, 7 p.m., .M. Kirby Center, WIlkes-Barre. 826-1100.

Sep. 24, Fungus Among Us, 10 a.m.-noon, PEEC, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319.

Sep. 6, Full Moon Night Hike, 7:30-9 p.m., Endless Mtns Nature Center, Tunkhannock. 836-3835. Sep. 9, Volunteer Day, 9 a.m.12:30 p.m., PEEC, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319.

Sep. 30, Mushroom Hike, 10 a.m.-noon, Lacawac Sanctuary Visitor Center, Ledgedale. 6899494. Sep. 30, Nurture & Nourish: Sheep Sh’nugglin’, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Indraloka Animal Sanctuary, Mehoopany. 763-2908.

Sep. 9, Geology Hike, 10 a.m.noon, PEEC, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319. Sep. 10, Bridge the Gap: Day Paddle, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., PEEC, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319.

Sep. 1-18, Advanced Fly Tying Monday Sessions, Kettle Creek Environmental Ed Center, Stroudsburg. 396-4677.

Sep. 10, River Critters, 2-3 p.m., Lackawanna Co Children's Library, Scranton. 348-3000 ext. 3015.

Sep. 6, Lunch & Learn Begins, noon-1 p.m., Wayne Co Public Library, Honesdale. 253-1220.

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SEPTEMBER HAPPENINGS Sep. 6, Tai Chi for ArthritisÂŽ Sessions, 3-4 p.m., Irem Clubhouse, Dallas. 675-1866. Sep. 7, 2018 Community Project Grants Workshop, 5:30 p.m., Electric City Trolley Museum, Scranton. 963-6590. Sep. 8, Fall for HydraFacial Event, noon-4 p.m., MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center, Milford. 2964000. Sep. 9, Fish & Boat Commission Basic Boating Course, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Nescopeck State Park, Drums. 403- 2006.

Sep. 20, Get Smart About Credit: What It's All About?, 5:30 p.m., Wayne Co Public Library, Honesdale . 253-1220.

Sep. 2, Night Zipping at Pocono TreeVentures, 5-11 p.m., Pocono TreeVentures, East Stroudsburg. 800-446-0231.

Sep. 23, Beginner's Watercolor Workshop, 1-4 p.m., Lacawac Sanctuary Visitor Center, Ledgedale. 689-9494.

Sep. 2, Salt Springs Celebration, 11 a.m.-11:15 a.m., Salt Springs Park, Franklin Forks, Franklin Township, , . 967-7275.

Sep. 23, Demystifying the Mystic, 7 p.m., Eldred Twp. Community Center, Kunkletown. 610-381-4252 ext 2.

Sep. 2, Farm to Table Food Tasting Experience, 4:30-6 p.m., Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, Stroudsburg. 992-6161.

Sep. 25, Maker Monday Home Brewing, 7-8 p.m., Lackawanna Co Children's Library Community Room, Scranton. 348-3000.

Sep. 2, Treleaven's 3rd Annual Field Day, 1-10 p.m., Treleaven Wines, King Ferry. 315-364-5100.

Sep. 26, Emergency Preparedness: What to Do in a Disaster?, 5:30 p.m., Wayne Co Public Library, Honesdale. 253Sep. 10, Nature Photography, 9 1220. a.m.-5 p.m., PEEC, Dingmans Sep. 28, Unique Pathways Ferry. 828-2319. Program Series: Speakers Sep. 10, Lattimer Massacre, 2 Brian & Lisa Woods of Beach p.m., Catlin House, Scranton. Lake Bakery, 5:30 p.m., Hawley 344-3841. Public Library, Hawley. 226-4620.

Sep. 9, Create Your Own Walking Stick, 1-4 p.m., PEEC, Dingmans Ferry . 828-2319.

Sep. 14, Weekly Writers Retreat with Sandy Meagher, 10:30.-11:30 a.m., Wayne Co Public Library, Honesdale. 2531220. Sep. 14, Beginner Beekeeper Certificate, 6-8 p.m., Lackawanna College Environmental Ed Center, Moscow. 842-1506. Sep. 17, Create Your Own Walking Stick, 1-4 p.m., PEEC, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2139. Sep. 18, Self Defense Demonstration & Workshop, 7-8 p.m., Lackawanna Co Children's Library, Scranton. 3483000.


Sep. 1-3, 100th GDS Agricultural Fair, Fairgrounds, Newfoundland. Sep. 1-3, 2017 Cornstock Folk Festival, Lazybrook Park, Tunkhannock. 250-7464. Sep. 1-4, Wyoming Co Community Fair, Fairgrounds, Meshoppen. Sep. 1-4, 166th Sullivan County Fair, Fairgrounds, Forksville. Sep. 1-4, La Festa Italiana, Courthouse Square, Scranton.

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Sep. 2-3, Railfest 2017, Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton. 340-5204. Sep. 2-3, Pocono Garlic Festival, Ski Shawnee, Shawnee on Delaware. Sep. 2-3, Labor Day Weekend Picnic & Living History, 11 a.m.4 p.m., No. 9 Mine & Museum, Lansford. 645-7074. Sep. 2-3, Train Excursion to Moscow, 12:30-4 p.m., Steamtown NHS, Scranton. 3405204. Sep. 2-4, 2017 Kipona, Riverfront Park & City Island, Harrisburg. Sep. 6-10, 55th Annual Luzerne Co Fair, Fairgrounds, Dallas. Sep. 7, Train Excursion to East Stroudsburg, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Steamtown NHS, Scranton. 340-5204. Sep. 8, Under the Tuscan Sun Osterhout Free Library Gala, 6 p.m., Westmoreland Club, Wilkes-Barre.

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SEPTEMBER HAPPENINGS Sep. 9-10, 32nd Annual Mushroom Festival, downtown, Kennett Square.

Sep. 16, Susan G. Komen NE Race for the Cure, 8 a.m., Courthouse Square, Scranton.

Sep. 9-10, Endless Mtns Fiber Festival, Fairgrounds, Harford.

Sep. 16, 13th Annual Wyalusing Valley Wine Festival, noon-5 p.m., Tuscarora Wayne Campus, Wyalusing. 746-3979.

Sep. 9-10, Civil War Encampment, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Eckley Miners' Village, Weatherly. 636-2070. Sep. 10, Nicholson Bridge Day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Main St., Nicholson. 942-6747. Sep. 10, River Critters, 2-3 p.m., Lackawanna Co Children's Library, Scranton. 348-3000 ext. 3015. Sep. 14, 4th Annual Mix & Mingle for Meals on Wheels, Glen Oak Country Club, Clarks Summit. Sep. 15-30, Fall Film Festival, Dietrich Theatre, Tunkhannock. Sep. 15, Southern Style Farm to Table Dinner, 6 p.m., Everhart Museum, Scranton. 346-7186. Sep. 16, NE Beer Festival, Mohegan Sun Arena, WilkesBarre. 800-745-3000.

Sep. 17, Coal Cracker Cruisers Car Club 19th Annual Car Show, 9 a.m., Carbondale Area HS, Carbondale. 876-4034. Sep. 17, 15th Annual Family Fun Fall Festival, 3-8 p.m., Waldorf Park, Scranton. 346-4010. Sep. 23-30, 161st Bloomsburg Fair, Fairgrounds, Bloomsburg. Sep. 23-24, Pocono Puppy Palooza, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Ski Shawnee, Shawnee on Delaware. Sep. 24, The Taste of the Abingtons, 5-8 p.m., Ramada Hotel, Clarks Summit. 313-7788. Sep. 28, Wyoming Co. Chamber Fallfest Mixer, 5-9 p.m., Shadowbrook Resort, Tunkhannock.

Sep. 30-Oct. 1, Fall Festival & Pumpkintown, noon-5 p.m., Old Mill Village Museum, New Milford. 434-2303.

Sep. 7-17, The Diary of Anne Frank, Providence Playhouse, Scranton. 342-9707. Sep. 8-9, Dinner TheatreAgatha Christie's And Then There Were None, Fri. 6:30-9 p.m., Sat. 4:30-7 p.m., Christ Wesleyan Church, Milton. 7428987. Sep. 16-Oct. 1, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Fri-Sat. 6 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m., Music Box Dinner Playhouse, Swoyersville. 283-2195. F

Sep. 30, Fee-Free Day at Steamtown NHS, Steamtown NHS, Scranton. 241-8258.

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