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Deep-fried controversy at Chick-fil-A


CLARKS SUMMIT- Attorney Greg Pascale attended the Borough of Clarks Summit Council meeting Aug. 1 representing Tech 78, a company planning a townhouse development on Winola Road. He first approached Council regarding the development at its June 13 meeting when he requested a sewer pass-through agreement with South Abington Township. At that time, he was told no new connections would be made with South Abington until the Borough’s issues with the township regarding pass-throughs and direct connects are resolved. He then returned to the July 11 council meeting requesting “fairness to [his] client,” who was still trapped in the middle of the dispute between the two municipalities. The issue, however, was again tabled. At the Aug.1 meeting, after discussion, Councilman David Jenkins suggested tabling the issue again until necessary approval of the plans is given by the DEP. Pascale responded, “The DEP can’t approve it, because we haven’t submitted the paperwork. South Abington has asked us to get an agreement for the passthrough from [Clarks Summit] before we submit the paperwork to the sewer authority, which would then go


mercy on our generation that has such a prideful arrogant attitude to think that we would have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is all about.” The comments sparked protest from LGBT rights activists, debate within religious groups and reports of politicians boyBY ELIZABETH BAUMEISTER cotting the restaurant from opening locations in their towns. In response to these responses, SCRANTON- A national Mike Huckabee, former govercontroversy involving chicken nor of Arkansas, initiated a sandwiches, gay rights and Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, traditional biblical family values encouraging the chain’s supportmade its way to Northeastern ers to eat at its various locations Pa. last week when more than August 1. 100 people showed up for a The local event at The UniChick-fil-A Appreciation day versity of Scranton was orgaAug. 1 at The University of nized by Charlie Spano, a Scranton’s DeNaples Food Scranton resident who said he Court, 900 Mulberry Street, got the word out mostly through Scranton. his personal contacts, e-mail list The Christian-owned fast and social media. food restaurant chain, known Spano said it would be exmainly for its “Eat more chicktremely difficult to calculate en” ad campaign and its policy exact figures on how many to close on Sundays, captured people showed up and how the attention of the lesbian, gay, much money they spent. He said bisexual and transgender he did, however, collect enough (LGBT) community and supreceipts from people who were porters last month when its there specifically for the apprePresident Dan Cathy publicly ciation day to verify at least 130 confirmed his beliefs on marpeople spent at least $750. riage and family—first in a “But, I missed a lot of peoBaptist Press interview, then on ple,” he said, adding that he The Ken Coleman Show. thinks to make a safe estimate, The Baptist Press quoted one could add another 50 perCathy as confirming the compacent to those numbers, or a total ny is “guilty as charged” in its of 195 people who spent $1,125. “support of the traditional fam“It was huge,” Spano said. ily.” “The lines were unbelievable.” Cathy then took it a step furHe said the Chick-fil-A workther on The Ken Coleman Show ers did a great job taking care of stating, “I think we’re inviting the crowd , especially considGod’s judgment on our nation ering it isn’t a regular -sized when we shake our fists at Him facility, but an express, which and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.’ And I pray God’s See CHICK-FIL-A, Page 6

Scranton woman addresses company’s freedom of expression. Statewide LGBT group takes issue with company’s funding of “anti-gay” organizations.


Clarks Summit craftsman, Barbara Jamison, will feature a selection of cast stone stepping stones, statuary and bird feeders available for purchase at Sole to Soul during the Clarks Summit Second Friday Art Walk. For additional photos of her work, see Page 10.

LOVE landmarks

Waverly woman’s photography illustrates romantic aspects of Paris, Rome

BY JOAN MEAD-MATSUI Abington Journal Correspondent


atie Montella’s photography speaks the language of love. The 21-year-old Waverly resident will serve as featured artist at the upcoming Clarks Summit Second Friday Art Walk Aug. 10, where the monthly theme is romance. Her photography, which will be exhibited at Sole to Soul, 535 South State St., Clarks Summit, reflects the romantic aspects of the cities of Paris and Rome, as well as her passion for travel photography. “The main reason my photography ties in with the theme… is because both Paris and Rome are cities of romance and love. Also I created images that are scenes of romance, landscapes that show beauty, as well as land-

Katie Montella will be the featured artist during the Clarks Summit Second Friday Art Walk Aug. 10.

marks that represent love for these countries. These include the Eiffel Tower and Trevi Fountain,” said Montella. “The photos seek to show the romantic aspects of these countries of love. ” Approximately 20 to 30 of her images in frames will be displayed throughout the shop in sizes from 5 by 7 inches to 20 by 16inch canvas wrapped photos. “They are original photos and the first ones

of this bigger size I have printed,” said Montella. She will graduate from Penn State University in December with a degree in Graphic Design and Photography. Montella’s work will help set the stage for an atmosphere of romance at Sole to Soul. Eventgoers could expect to find a garden setup outside, with concrete creations disSee Art, Page 6

Don’t want to miss a moment of the Art and Wine Festival? See full schedule on Page 6.

Catch a glimpse of C.S. history BY ROBERT TOMKAVAGE


Arts Council of the Abingtons President Charles Charlesworth is preparing for the Second Annual Clarks Summit Arts & Wine Festival..

Back for a second sip BY JOAN MEAD-MATSUI Abington Journal Correspondent

CLARKS SUMMIT- The Second Annual Clarks Summit Art & Wine Festival is around the corner on Aug. 11, beginning at 11 a.m., but according to Charlie Charlesworth, wine festival event chair, the launch to a weekend of wine, art, crafts and food will get underway Aug.10 with the Second Friday Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m. See Sip, Page 6

CLARKS SUMMIT History buffs who also enjoy a glass a fine wine or antique paintings may want to visit Clarks Summit Saturday. The Grand Opening of the Clark’s Summit Museum in Loughney Hall (second floor of the borough building) will be held at 1 p.m. August 11. “One of the last things the Clark’s Summit Centennial Planning Committee did was allocate surplus funds to

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Steamtown NHS names Railfest Grand Marshal

COMMUNITY CALENDAR DAILY EVENTS August 8: General Chapter Meeting of the Greater Scranton Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, in the Sherbine Lounge on the Penn State Worthington Scranton Campus at 7 p.m. August 9: Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce Presents: Department of Transportation Meeting, at the Tunkhannock Area Middle School Auditorium, 200 Franklin Ave., Tunkhannock, from 9 -11 a.m. Information will be presented on the following: posted and bonded road program, new determination of local traffic (Act 13), weight enforcemnet and federal motor carrier safety regulations. Open to all business owners, operators. Info: Nature Treasure Hunt, at the Endless Mountains Nature Center at 6 p.m. Participants will follow clues and take challenges to find nature’s treasures along the river, in the forest and throughout the Nature Center campus. The hunt will conclude at a campfire in the woods with marshmallows and s’mores. Cost: $8 for EMNC Stewards, $10 for all others. Register (required): or mail contact information and check to Endless Mountains Nature Center, PO Box 536, Tunkhannock, PA 18657. August 10: Christy Mathewson Days, continuing August 11. Schedule includes: Christy Mathewson Collection open August 10 from noon – 10 p.m. and August 11 from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. at Keystone College, Gambal Gymnasium; “The Three Mathewsons” lecture and book signing with author Bob Gaines at 8 p.m. at Keystone College, Gambal Gymnasium; Ice Cream Social, at 9:30 p.m. in the Gambal Gymnasium lobby; “The Big 6K Run/ Walk,” beginning with registration at 7:30 a.m. on the Keystone College Green; Christy Mathewson Adult Softball Tournament at Christy Mathewson Park from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (for more information, call 903.1821); Musical introduction clinic for participants of the evening musical showcase, at Christy Mathewson Park from noon-2 p.m.; Christy Mathewson Day Parade, starting at 5 p.m. at Keystone College (setup at 4:30 p.m.) and ending at 6 p.m. at Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center, Christy Mathewson Park. Evening events at Christy Mathewson Park after the parade including: games, food, raffles, two shows by Mr. Jay the 11-year-old magician, instant bingo, refreshments, dunk tank, bountiful baskets, music and more. Info: 945.8169.

UNICO seeks runners The Scranton Chapter of UNICO, the largest Italian American service organization in the United States will sponsor a 5K run/walk Sept. 3 before the start of the annual Italian Festival in downtown Scranton. Proceeds will benefit the V Foundation for cancer research. Runners and walkers can pre-register by mailing a $20 check to Scranton UNICO 5K, PO Box 278, Dunmore, PA, 18512. Registration will be held the day of the race from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the corner of North Washington Ave. and Linden Street.


Church uses dolls to encourage, amuse “Life is full of blessings and disappointments” is the reasoning behind “The Doll,” a project which began in March by the ladies of The Waverly United Methodist Church Gathering. The tags on each doll suggest several ways to deal with life’s ups and downs. These unique creations are amusing people all over the area and as far away as Virginia, Tennessee and California. To experience the project, the community is invited to visit the Chinchilla United Methodist Church craft show Aug. 18, where the one-of-a-kind creations will be for sale for $5 to $7.50. Proceeds from the sale of the dolls benefit the mission and outreach and general funds of the Waverly United Methodist Church. Donations of material and yarn (the brighter and wilder, the better), buttons (the bigger, the better) and stuffing to make the dolls will also be accepted. More info can be obtained by calling Kathy Craven at 586.9167. From left: Cindy Hricko, Holly Gilpin, Pastor Barbara Snyder, Kathy Craven, Tona Whitford. August 11: West Scranton 11th Annual Lebanese-American Food Festival, at St. Joseph Melkite Greek-Catholic Church, 130 N. St. Francis Cabrini Ave., from 4 - 11 p.m. and continuing August 12 from noon - 7 p.m. Includes Middle Eastern food and pastries, local picnic favorites, games, used book sale, basket raffle and more. Info: 343.6092 or Favorite Pie Baking Contest and Auction, during Christy Mathewson Days at Christy Mathewson Park, College Avenue, Factoryville, from 6 to 8 p.m. Deliveries should be made to Ray’s Market before 4 p.m. or bring to booth until 6 p.m. Benefits Trail Rotary Club’s annual scholarship program. Enteries are eligible to win a cash prize, ribbon and “bragging rights.” Public will sample, cast votes for favorite pies. Cost: $5 (entry fee includes two pies). Info: contact Martin Reynolds at 335.2554 or Staunchy Abington Heights Class of 1982 30th Reunion, at Camelot Restaurant and Inn from 5 11p.m. During the reunion, the class hold a fundraiser to benefit Liberty Reins Ranch, an Equestrian Center and co-educational program that provides services for disabled veterans and their immediate family members living in Pa. The ranch, which operates solely on donations was founded by Deborah Basalyga, a 1982 AHHS graduate who currently serves as its executive director. Cost: $35. Info: Art Fest for Kids, at the Abington Art Studio, 115 Colburn Avenue, Clarks Summit from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Includes wooden crafts, face painting, a bake sale and more. Info:

313.0527. The Heinz Rehab Hospital Auxiliary Craft Fair and Flea, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the Rose Brader Dining Room, 150 Mundy Street, Wilkes-Barre Twp. Volunteers will sell handmade crafts from their gift shop, as well as gently used items donated by Hospital staff. Abington Wildcats 16 and UnderFast-pitch Travel Team Tryouts at Abington Heights High School from 1 to 3 p.m., continuing at the same time Aug. 12, 18 and 19. Info: 351.5187 or August 12: “Here’s a Bright Idea” Vacation Bible School, at Trinity Baptist Church, 1546 Monsey Ave., Scranton, continuing through August 16 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. each evening. Info: 346.1383.

DePietro, D.C., and Mark Rowan, P.T., D.P.T. Reservations: 1.888.REHAB.PA. The Misericordia University Open House for Adult Learners, in Huntzinger Room 218 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall located on the upper campus, from 4 - 7 p.m. Open to adults interested in obtaining more information about Misericordia University’s undergraduate and graduate programs and those who have general questions about entering or returning to college. Info: 674.6791 or Knights of Columbus BINGO Night, in the Gathering Room of Our Lady of Snows Church at 7 p.m. All welcome. Cost: no cover charge, cards are $.50 each or three for $1. Info: 587.1390.

August 15: Chicken-nBiscuit or Ham Dinner, at Clifford United Methodist Church, Main Street, Clifford, from 4 – 6 p.m. Take August 14: Mommy and Me Naturally, at the Endless Moun- out or Dine in. Includes dinner, dessert and drink. Cost: tains Nature Center at 10 a.m. $7.95. and 6 p.m. The program, Nature Ramble with Rebecthemed “Go Squirrelly,” allows ca Lesko, at 6 p.m. at Endless young children and their parMountain Nature Center ents to explore, role-play and (EMNC). EMNC’s Director discover nature together. Deand Naturalist will wander signed for 2½- to 4-year-old the forest looking for animal children along with a favorite adult. Naturalist Rebecca Lesko signs and at the health of the plants, and search the trees will lead the session, which includes a walk, free play time along the river for bald eagles and refreshments. Cost: $4 per and other birds. Recomended for adults and children first child for for EMNC Stewards grade and above accompaand $7 per child for others. nied by an adult. Participants Children under 2 years old are are invited to bring binocfree. ulars. Cost: $5 or free for "Back Pain" Presentation, in EMNC Stewards. the Rose Brader Dining Room at Heinz Rehab Hospital, 150 For additional communiMundy Street, Wilkes-Barre ty event listings, see Twp. at 6 p.m. Presenters are: Amit Dholakia, D.O., Anthony August 13: Dalton Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary Bingo, in the Dalton Fire Hall at 6:30 p.m.



Railfest 2012 at Steamtown National Historic Site, downtown Scranton, is an annual celebration of railroading past, present and future, held Labor Day weekend. This year’s event takes place September 1 and 2, with an opening ceremony Saturday at 10 a.m. The park announced Al Boscov, Chairman of Boscov’s Department Stores, was named Grand Marshal for Railfest 2012. Boscov is a successful merchant, showman and benefactor of numerous community organizations, as well as a long-time supporter and partner with Steamtown NHS. He began his merchandising career in 1954 when he returned from serving in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and joined his father, Solomon and brother-inlaw Edwin Lakin, in the operation of their small neighborhood dry goods store. In 1962, the Boscov’s expansion program began with the opening of Boscov’s West, a contemporary, full-service, full-scale department store in suburban Reading. Before long, the department store expansion program moved beyond Berks

County, and now consists of 40 major department stores reaching across five states in the Mid Atlantic region of the country, including the multi-story anchor store at the Mall at Steamtown. Boscov is also known for his community-focused philanthropic enterprises; in addition to building the Mall at Steamtown, he also restored the former Oppenheim’s and Samter’s Department Stores in downtown Scranton into first-class office space. In neighboring downtown Wilkes-Barre, he was responsible for purchasing the former Comerford/Paramount movie theater and spearheading a $3 million fund drive to convert the building into the1,800 –seat Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Public Square. Boscov attended the Drexel Institute of Technology, and holds honorary degrees awarded by Albright College, Reading, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre and Kutztown University. As Railfest 2012 Grand Marshal, Boscov will join with Steamtown Superintendent Kip Hagen in welcoming visitors to this year’s celebration of railroading in Scranton.

‘Day For Doug’ event to benefit cancer patient The Day For Doug fundraiser will be held Aug. 25 from noon to 10 p.m. at the Dalton Carnival Grounds to raise money for Doug Shook’s medical bills. Admission is free but donations will be accepted. Shook, 51, of Glenburn, recently received a long -awaited liver transplant and subsequent removal of a malignant brain tumor. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy for cancer found in four other places. The event will consist of a

chicken barbecue, clam bake, music, games, Chinese raffles and more. It is sponsored by Doug’s family and friends, Everything Natural, ServiceMaster by Griffing and Coopers Seafood. The event proceeds are intended to ease the strain placed on his family. Donations can be mailed or delivered to Penn Security, 1100 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit, PA, 18411 or Everything Natural, 426 S. State St., Clarks Summit, PA, 18411.

Willowbrook to host party Genesis Healthcare at The Willowbrook Community, 150 Edella Road, Clarks Summit will sponsor its 17th Annual Summer Cocktail Party Aug. 17 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Guests will sample hors d’oeuvres and music by EJ the DJ. The cost is $35 per person. Tickets can be purchased by calling 570.344.3931 or at the door. Proceeds to benefit programs at Serving Seniors, Inc. Members of the planning committee, from left: Christopher Murray- Executive Director at The Willowbrook, Katie Bartel- Activities Director at The Willowbrook, Heidi George- Reisdent Care Director at the Willowbrook, and Mary Ann Maloney-Evans- Executive Director at Serving Seniors, Inc.

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AT LEFT: Catherine and Joseph Janichko wed Aug. 9, 1947 at the former St. John’s Church, North Main Avenue, Scranton

One step at a time By Kristie Grier Ceruti Abington Journal Editor


light brown Studebaker, their first car together, transported Catherine and Joseph Janichko to a honeymoon destination in Atlantic City, N.J. 65 years ago this month. But their relationship was set in motion three years prior at a Keyser Valley square dance where they met in1944. Joseph, 87, said his parting words that evening to the daughter of Edward and Catherine Schimelfenig were “I’ll see you at the next dance.” They met at the square dance every week that followed. “We kept going steady then,” he said, of he and Catherine, who grew up in Hyde Park, Scranton. And although they waited until she turned 21and he 22 to wed, “She more or less knew she liked me and I liked her.” Since then, the two have traveled a path from their dairy farm in Waverly to destinations of shared heritages. Joseph, who speaks Slovak, Russian, Lithuanian and fluent German, said they once spent a month visiting Europe. Most recently they marked 65 years together with a venture to Mackinac Island, Mich. in July. And on the docket for October is a trip to New Orleans, La. In earlier years they enjoyed the pleasures of camping vacations. He recalled treks to Canada, New York andMassachusetts . “We first started out with a tent. We had an awful lot of rain. I though that would be the end of her, but she stayed right with it,” he said of his bride. Life members of the Scott Township Dive Rescue, they have spent 28 years assisting on rescue missions, Joseph underwater and Catherine on land. Joseph said his wife knows when rescuers should not make another dive attempt. “She can tell by complexion.” And there’s no slowing down for the Janichkos. This summer they met with area diving groups and Joseph took a spin on a speed jet. Fully clothed, “I got dumped,” he joked. “I had to get a new camera and cell phone.” Annually around Labor Day they head to the Wyoming County Fair just north of Meshoppen. “I run the antique farm barn. My wife works the area with the quilts, honey and photos. She judges the quilts. ” Catherine, 86, spent years employed in a garment factory and later at Wool-

worth’s store. Her husband said she loves to sew and favors creating quilts by hand, rather than machine. “I used to be the needle threader,” said Joseph on his wife’s expert quilting skills. “She knows how to quilt.” For14 years they shared their home with two pets: Puffy, a dog who enjoyed Catherine’s homemade doughnut holes and Morris, a cat who entertained the couples’ friends and especially visiting quilters. “He always sat at the table with his high chair.” Though their housemates have since passed, the Janichkos care for other larger pets. “We had two calves born in April a few days apart, April and Little Billy. We have seven (cows),” he said. The two seem perfectly matched in their interests. Both are master judges of antique cars. Along with friend Bill Smith, they formed the first Scranton Antique Car Club. Joseph still has a1917 World War I ambulance complete with a helmet, stretchers, uniforms, blankets and gas siren. The automobile, one of four GM models in the U.S., arrived in pieces that he assembled. During a 37-year career in a machine shop he eagerly took on any new task. “I liked the machine shop because I was all over,” he said. The Waverly High School graduate reminisced about assembling a machine using blueprints from Germany. “It was all stainless steel. Gertrude Hawk is still using one machine I built for them.” From age18 he worked on his father’s farm in the Abington area, where his parents John and Mary Janichko moved in1920. Even years later as a machinist, he would come home from his

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day job and work on the farm at night. “I still have cows and four tractors.” Although the Janichkos seem to pair seamlessly, no marriage can be without a difference of opinion. “She used to bake, but not much anymore,” said Joseph. And Catherine, whose favorite is rhubarb pie, does not abide strawberries in the recipe, he added. “She hates strawberries. And I love them.” The Waverly gardener, who just picked his first three tomatoes of the season, said the two enjoy the fruits of their harvest: pumpkins, tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, sweet peppers. “I like our homegrown stuff, that’s the best.” He attributed their longevity to just that. “That’s why we’re both in good health, we don’t eat any junk.” Well, that and dancing. “Polkas, slow dances,” said Joseph. They never stop dancing.

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ABOVE: A horse drawn wagon carried Catherine and Joseph Janichko, shown in the fourth row of passengers, at Mackinac Island, Mich., when they visited in July for an anniversary trip.


A sushi platter donated by Misaru, Dickson City, will be among the menu offerings at the Aug. 19 event.

Wine party benefits library A wine tasting party to benefit the Dalton Community Library will be held at Maiolatesi Wine Cellars, August 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. The cost is a $20 donation. For details, visit the library at 113 East Main Street, Dalton or call 570.563.2014. Among food donations will be a sushi platter donated by Misaru, Dickson City and appetizers courtesy of New Century in Abington Shopping Center, Clarks Summit.

Shown is Dalton Community Library Director Shu Qiu with one food donor, New Century restaurant owner Liya Chen.


Shopping for the animals

Quinn’s Shur Save Market in Archbald held a fundraiser for the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter July 10 through 14, donating a total of $2,000 as well as a large amount of pet supplies, food and essentials. The market’s Third Annual Come ’Sale’ Away fundraiser was a huge success, according to Rich Hayes, Director of Promotions at Quinn’s and Warren Reed, Executive Director of the shelter. It included a variety of activities, such as a “Peddling 4 Paws” 25-mile bike run completed for the second year in a row by Hayes, a “Bagging for Paws” day with guest celebrity grocery baggers, a pierogi eating contest, and more. Hayes said the first fundraiser began three years ago when the shelter was in desperate need of funding. He said he and others at the market who have a desire to do something to give back to the community heard about the need, and decided to help. Since then, the event continues to grow each year, and already they’re planning ways to make it even better in 2013. Reed said he, the rest of the shelter staff and volunteers and the animals all greatly appreciate the donations. “We count on events like this for supplies for the animals,” he said. Shown: Rich Hayes, Director of Promotions at Quinn’s Shur Save Market, Archbald presents the check from the fundraiser to Warren Reed, Executive Director of the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

RANSOM TWP. The Ransom Township Board of Supervisors announced at its meeting Aug. 6 the cost of the ongoing forensic audit of township finances reached its initial limit of $7,500. The amount was set at a special meeting May 16 when the supervisors adopted a resolution to enter into an agreement with Marx Accounting and Forensic Services in Scranton, to perform a forensic accounting investigation of the township books, records and other information from the past five years. Supervisor David Bird said township Solicitor Edmund Scacchitti will set up a meeting with the firm to determine the additional cost of the audit. “We’re at that $7,500 mark now,” Bird said. “For him [the auditor] to go deeper—which, there are some issues—we need a dollar amount to see where we’re at and give them the go ahead.” When Ransom Township resident Kathy Rowinski asked what those “issues” are, Supervisor Dennis Macheska explained the audit will now be expanding to cover Earned Income Tax. The forensic audit, requested by Pa. State Police, follows the resignation of former township secretary-treasurer Kathy Zielinski, which was accepted at an emergency meeting March 19 after irregularities were found during an audit of the township finances, according to Scacchitti. Several residents in attendance at the meeting inquired as to whether the investigation is in the hands of the State Police and if so, asked if they should pay the bill. Supervisors explained the State Police do control the investigation, but are not able to move forward until the forensic audit is complete. A State Police report dated July 18 stated an arrest is expected in conjunction with the continuing investigation which revealed “several thousand dollars were misappropriated by a former township See Ransom, Page 11






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Church to host bazaar Aug. 9-11 The Parish Community of Saint John the Evangelist, Pittston, will hold its 13th Annual Bazaar from August 9 to 11, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. It will be held, rain or shine, under tents on the corner of Broad and Church Streets, Pittston as well as in Seton Catholic Auditorium. Featured will be delicious foods as well as entertainment, variety booths, a giant flea market, jewelry sales, books and DVDs, baked goods, raffles, children’s games, Bingo and more.

Dalton resident named orientation assistant Dustin Frisbie, of Dalton, class of 2015, is one of 43 orientation assistants at The University of Scranton. Orientation assistants help assimilate incoming students to college life during ses-

sions held for freshmen and their families during the summer. Frisbie graduated from Tunkhannock Area High School and is a physics major at the Jesuit university.

Name: Zef Age: Adult Sex: Male Breed: Pit bull/husky mix About me: I’m fun, affectionate and easy to train. I walk relatively well on a leash. I wouldn’t be appropriate in a home with children under12. I’m not compatible with cats, but may be compatible with dogs. Remember to contact the Griffin Pond Animal

The Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Rd., Clarks Summit, is open for the adoption of pets from noon to 4:30 p.m., daily. Wish list items are always appreciated, especially cat litter and paper towels.

Adopt a cage at the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter for one month and your $20 donation will go toward care and feeding of the animal in that cage for the month you choose. A card will be placed on the cage identifying the sponsor for that month. Send the following Adopt-aCage information, including name, address, city, state and zip, phone number, sponsor month, choice of dog, cat or small animal cage and how you would like your sponsor card to appear, along with $20 for each cage to The Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Rd., Clarks Summit, PA 1841 1.




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Rotary to offer local flavors SAVE THE DATE: TASTE thinking. Instead of trying to change others, we recognize OF THE ABINGTONS that everyone and everything The Rotary Club of the has something to teach us. Abingtons is pleased to anThrough service, we become nounce that it will host the 7th more tolerant of our differences Annual Taste of the Abingtons and more grateful for the peoSunday, Sept. 23, at the Nichols ple in our lives. Our sense of Village Hotel & Spa from 5 to gratitude drives us to under8 p.m. Dozens of local restaustand others better and to see rants and eateries will be prothe good in everyone. Through viding specialty food items of better understanding, we learn their choice under one roof to respect others. With mutual from savory appetizers and respect, we live with others in exquisite entrees, to scrumppeace. And so I ask you all to tious desserts and specialty put Peace coffees. Through The event Service at offers the the foreopportufront of nity to your Rosample tary work great this year, food, and to enjoy commit to entertaina Rotary ment, goal of a and minmore gle with family Rotarians present a check from their pasta peaceful dinner to Abington Little League. From left: world.” and Ian Anderson, Bob Vielee, Jamie Kresge, Locally, friends, Bob Horvath and Joe Pagnani. recent knowing speakers the prohave included Scranton Mayceeds will be benefiting nuor Chris Doherty, Tunkmerous Rotary projects both hannock Rotarian Harry locally and internationally. Tickets are only $25 per person Sharpe and University of and may be obtained from any Pittsburgh student Maria Vietz who presented on her Rotary Club of the Abingtons studies and international travmember or by calling the chair, els. To find out how YOU can Bob Vielee at 570.586.3135. get more involved, attend a FIREWORKS WRAPUP Rotary Club of the Abingtons Rotary President John Hammeeting, held every Thursday brose thanks the public for at 12:10 p.m. at the Inn at Ni‘stepping up’ to support the chols Village, Clarks Summit. Annual Fireworks Display sponsored by Rotary held at the Leah Ducato Rudolph is the publicity Abington Heights Middle chairman of the Rotary Club of The School. See Page 22 for a full Abingtons. She may be reached at ad of details. Participants this 570.587.3440 or year enjoyed a new variety of food items, a terrific show and a beautiful evening, made possible by donors like you. Due to the community’s strong support the club plans to present the show again in 2013. It’s not too late to make a personal or business contribution toward this annual event. Send a check to Rotary Club of the Abingtons, PO Box 392, Clarks Summit 18411, memo FIREWORKS. EXCHANGE STUDENTS HOME Both Gabby Shefski and Noni Murithi are back in the U.S. Gabby has presented, and Noni will soon, on their time overseas as Rotary Exchange Students. Both women said it was a life-changing experience and were grateful to have had the opportunity. Unfortunately, we will not be sponsoring an incoming exchange student this year. ST. JOSEPH’S CENTER FESTIVAL Chair Gail Cicerini was grateful for the outpouring of Rotary support at the Festival in Scranton this year to man the “Big Six” wheel and for the cooperative weather. The Sunday of the event was a great day and many people took advantage of it to visit the Festival. It was reported St. Joseph’s exceeded their goal. PEACE THROUGH SERVICE In his letter to all Rotarians, new Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka of Japan writes: “In the 2012-13 Rotary year, peace will be our focus and our goal, and I will ask all Rotarians to actively work for Peace Through Service. A belief in the power of service lies at the very heart of Rotary. By making service our priority, we put the needs of others above our own. We empathize more deeply with the difficulties of other people; we become more generous with our time and resources, and more open to new ways of


Vacation Bible School soars SKY HIGH Clarks Summit United Methodist Church hosted its annual vacation bible school from July 23 to 27. This year’s theme was “Sky.” Children learned about trusting God through crafts and games based on flying. Through watching a reenactment of the Bible story about the rise of Lazarus, they were instructed that the sky is the limit for those Children make hot air balloons out of paper plates at the craft station. who believe in the Lord.

ABOVE: Children shake a parachute. ABOVE RIGHT: Aiden Krahel, left, and Nathan Dixon, both from Clarks Summit, shake a parachute.

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friend and co-worker, Karen Hoyt, Lackawanna Valley Dermatology Associates would like to announce the establishment of a college fund for her children, Jordan, Lauren, and Matt.

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Area non-profit organizations and community groups are invited to submit proposals to Leadership Lackawanna for community service projects. The Leadership Lackawanna board will select three projects for the incoming class to work on throughout the program year. Past projects have included: A fundraising event and membership drive for the Buy Fresh Buy Local Northeast Region Chapter, renovations to the Electric City Trolley Museum Association’s Bay 4, a “Hunger for the Arts” event for Meal on Wheels of NEPA, the creation of a pre-teen/teen room at the Nancy K. Holmes Public Library and a “Waffles & Wishes” breakfast, for the Make-A-Wish-Foundation. Each year, as part of the program curriculum, participants are required to work on community service projects that impact the community and help area non-profits. Group projects build teamwork skills, develop resourcefulness, and engender a sense of accomplishment. Participants of Leadership Lackawanna develop their leadership skills and gain an understanding of the issues and topics relevant to the greater Scranton area. For more information on submitting a proposal to Leadership Lackawanna, contact Leadership Lackawanna administrator, Nicole A. Barber at or visit


CHICK-FIL-A Continued from Page 1 signifies a limited staff and menu. The Chick-fil-A restaurant is part of the university’s food court, run by ARAMARK, a third party subcontractor. The food court also includes a Starbucks Coffee shop and a Quiznos Sub shop. Ted Zayac, ARAMARK manager and overseer at the food court, gave an estimate from the day which lined up close to Spano’s. He said he thinks approximately 150 additional customers above the usual crowd showed up to eat at Chick-fil-A. Not all of the feelings directed toward the restaurant that day were of appreciation. Zayac said he noticed three or four students who stood outside the food court holding signs in “a very silent protest” against

SIP Continued from Page 1 An “After Art Walk” street party will be held between Sole to Soul, 535 South State St. and Mama Mia’s, 507 South State St., Clarks Summit beginning at 9 p.m., and the public is invited. “The best part of the festival is how much it has grown,” said Charlesworth, who noted some changes to the venue. “This year…we’re going to incorporate the entire downtown area, including all of State Street up to Grove St. and Depot and Spring streets.” Another addition to the festival: a pizza contest. “We’ve invited all of the pizzerias to submit a small pizza sliced into party cuts that they can bring to the second floor of the Clarks Summit Borough Hall at 7 p.m. Aug. 10,” said Charlesworth. “We’re going to have a panel of six to eight judges who will taste the pizzas and declare the pizza champion of Clarks Summit.” Pizza judging will be Friday night with the winner announced and the results posted on the outside of borough hall. He added, “All of the stores

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Chick-fil-A. He said he did not see the messages written on the signs. Others simply chose not to show up, directing their energy and money elsewhere. Adrian Shanker, president of Equality PA, a statewide advocate organization for LGBT rights, said the group encouraged its supporters to show their appreciation to it by donating to its cause the amount of money they would spend on a chicken sandwich. He said many people did so throughout the week. He explained that Equality PA’s issue with Chick-fil-A isn’t so much about the company’s statements and viewpoints on marriage as it is about the company’s alleged funding of “antigay” organizations, such as Exodus International. That group, according to its website, provides “hope and help to people seeking freedom over their homosexual impulses and behaviors.”

themselves.” She said some people do not understand that, however, and one man approached her at the event saying, “You are a hater! A hater!” She said she also saw a young woman holding a sign, “We love more than you hate.” “It’s not about preventing people from loving each other,” she said. Despite the strong feelings PHOTO COURTESY CHARLIE SPANO and differing viewpoints surCustomers at The University of Scranton’s ARAMARK food court Aug. 1 rounding the controversy that during a Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. sparked the event, according to Spano and Haas, it remained civil and non-violent. said the issue at hand is not “It’s an issue about if we’re Haas said, “The people were about taking away people’s going to be conscious about rights or discriminating against all pleasant and one where we put our money,” he had an axe to grind.” homosexuals. She said if anysaid. She even spoke highly of the “If Chick-fil-A wants to take one was discriminated against, four young women she met who it was Chick-fil-A with the our country back a few decbacklash the company received were holding signs advocating ades,” he later added, “so be it. when Cathy publicly expressed LGBT rights, describing them But we will work to advance as “sweet and pleasant...truly his beliefs. equal rights.” believing what they were say“It’s not about hate,” the Mary Ann Haas, a friend of ing.” Spano, who helped him spread Scranton resident said, “It’s Although the Chick-fil-A about standing up for the opporthe word about the event, exAppreciation day is over, the tunity for people to express pressed a different view. She

samples from six vineyards. Tasters must be 21 and older. Featured at the festival will be six Pennsylvania wineries: Maiolatesi, Cherry Valley, Ferrone Family Vineyards, Capra Collini, Bartolai, and Laddsburg; 40 vendors; musical entertainment and street performers to entertain crowds on the streets of downtown Clarks Summit. Live music will be provided by The “Magics” sponsored by Highland Associates, “Velveteen,” sponsored by Rock Church Morgan Highway; Mike Waskovich sponsored by Trout Unlimited and Mike Lewis of WNEP Channel 16 sponsored by Penn Security Bank. The wine tasting will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Vendor locations will feature a variety of ethnic foods from Brazil to Italy to Poland. in the downtown area are “At 1:30 p.m., the music going to participate by having their wares outside. Peo- starts and will run until dusk,” said Charlesworth. ple will be able to tour the Eventgoers should also entire town and look at the art at the 15 venues through- plan to attend the grand out Clarks Summit… All the opening of the Clark’s Summit Museum at 1 p.m. Satstores are treating this like a urday. “The wine festival was big downtown party…” There is no charge to visit the brainchild of the (Clarks Summit) Centennial Comthe Second Friday Art Walk or to partake in entertainment mittee, so we’re also going to be celebrating the grand at the Art & Wine Festival. However, a $10 cost for wine opening of the Clarks Sumtasting Saturday will include mit museum,” said Charlesworth. a collectible wine glass and Friday, August 10 5 to 9 p.m. - Second Friday Art Walk 7 p.m. – Pizza contest 9 p.m. – “After Art Walk” Street Party located between Sole to Soul, 535 South State St. and Mama Mia’s, 507 South State St, Clarks Summit. Saturday, August 11 11 a.m. - Second Annual Clarks Summit Art & Wine Festival 2012 opens noon– Wine tasting begins 1 p.m. Clark’s Summit Museum Grand Opening 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – Mike Waskovich, sponsored by Trout Unlimited3 to 4 p.m. - The Magics, sponsored by Highland Associates 4:30 to 5:40 p.m.- Mike Lewis, of WNEP 16, sponsor Penn Security 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. – Velveteen sponsored by Rock Church Morgan Highway


2007. “Misguided” is her fifth book with a novella due out sometime in September. Continued from Page 1 Gallagher said of her novels, “I write romance because played, seats available for people to enjoy the peaceful they always have a happy setting, according to Dorothy ending. It’s a rule in romance (novels) – it has to have a O’Connor, proprietor. She said, “Nestled amongst happy ending. You want to the greenery will be the pre- get away from your real life. It may not be the ending you cious images of angels and expect, but it’s a happy endbirds painstakingly molded ing.” from concrete (by Barbara Jamison began working Jamison), while Brenda (Ferwith cast stone following a nandez) playing keyboard trip to Maine and her love for entertains us with her delightful keyboard and sooth- gardening has provided her ing voice. Step inside Sole to with impetus to create statuary and other garden art. “I Soul for a little romantic stroll through Paris and Italy like working with my hands,” as shone through the eyes of said Jamison. At Sole to Katie Montella in a fabulous Soul, Jamison will feature a little bit of everything, inarray of photography.” Also on the artists’ roster at Sole to Soul are romance novelist, Tina Gallagher, Scranton, author of five romance novels, including her most recent book, “Misguided,” and Clarks Summit craftsman, Barbara Jamison, who will have a selection of cast stone stepping stones, statuary and bird feeders. “Ideas are everywhere,” HANDMADE LOVELIES said Gallagher, who has been writing from the time she POTTERY•JEWELRY could pick up a pen and paper. She began writing for ACCESSORIES•HANDBAGS publication 10 years ago and published her first book in WIRE SCULPTURES SILK SCARVES

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cluding smaller garden items, miniature and larger bird baths, cupids and angels. She said, “As a working -class person, a lot of times you go to garden centers and you can’t afford these types of things, so I’ve tried very hard to make things and make them affordable…” As part of the Second Annual Clarks Summit Art & Wine Festival 2012, art will be exhibited at venues Aug. 10 and 11. For more information regarding the Art Walk, call 570.585.0439.


million dollars.” But now, he said the problem returned and the creek again needs cleanContinued from Page 1 ing. He said he requested it to the DEP. So if you’re going be taken care of last year, but nothing came of the request, to table it, we can’t submit and now the sediment is built the paperwork and we’re up even more and the grass stuck in a Catch 22 situagrows “taller than [him].” tion.” “We need to protect that He suggested Council give million dollars,” he said. conditional approval pending Council President Gerry the DEP approval and final Carey said Council will “put approval from South Abingtheir heads together” to find a ton Twp. solution. Councilman Herman JohnAlso discussed was correson recommended Council spondence from PPL Electric move forward with the condiUtilities informing the bortional approval. ough of its plans to trim trees Councilman Pat Williams and tall vegetation under the disagreed, saying he feels power lines, as well as apply Council should “stick with the plan.” He said he refuses herbicides to those areas. to vote for it until after meet- Johnson and Carey both exing with South Abington and pressed the need to keep an resolving the issues with the eye on that process, as they felt last year a lot of the trees township. were unnecessarily “butchPascale said his client has a ered.” small window of time to Councilwoman Patty Lawwork with, and that he can ler gave the recycling report return to next month’s meetand explained the proposed ing, but will need to push for Resolution 2012-19, which approval at the time, as coninvolves a promotion among struction plans are negatively the small businesses in town affected the longer the wait to encourage them to recycle continues. more. The resolution was Council agreed to discuss the matter further at the Sep- then passed 6-0. tember meeting. Another topic of discussion was Hemlock Creek, introduced by Victor Alfano, of Lansdowne Ave. Alfano said the issue began 24 years ago when the creek was redirected and the land built up around it to accommodate surrounding development. He said he feels the Council at that time “made a big boo-boo” in approving that. He complained that garbage gets thrown into the creek, which runs through his backyard, and weeds and trash collect around the rocks at the edge. He said after the initial work was done, the creek was later dredged and cleaned and boulders and stones were put in, all at the cost of “almost a

controversy and discussion linger. But it remains to be seen until the student body returns for the fall semester what courses of action—if any—that debate will result in at the Scranton campus. One student group engaged in discussion on its Facebook page is Scranton Inclusion, which exists to “build a stronger community by creating a more welcoming and comfortable environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (GLBTQ) students within The University of Scranton.” Zayac said he does not foresee any major changes occurring in the food court once the semester begins, but he pointed out, “the students aren’t here yet.” He said ultimately, ARAMARK exists at the university to “serve at the pleasure of the university,” and decisions are based on the desires of the students. Lawler made note that the borough has made the transition to single-stream recycling and information cards are available at the Borough Building for residents who did not receive them in the mail. Council made note at the meeting as a reminder to the public that the borough has an ordinance which states any swimming pools with 18 inches or more of water must be surrounded by a fence for safety purposes and require a permit. Other items discussed included: upcoming local events which are listed on the borough’s website; an arts grant and the different possibilities of how to use it; the Towerco flag maintenance agreement, which Council voted to ratify; the finance committee, which will meet soon to discuss sewer billing; the lease for the new police car, which Council voted in favor of; the personnel committee’s need to find more police help and the police chief vacancy; and work being completed by the DPWs, including picking up brush and blacktopping.




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Trail grad receives scholarship Amanda M. Stone, Factoryville, has been selected to receive the Richard E. Blouse Jr. and Elaine N. Blouse Scholarship for the Study of Business. Stone, a Lackawanna Trail graduate, will attend Millersville University to study business marketing. Stone pursued a college preparatory load of courses in high school including honors algebra I and II, trigonometry, pre-calculus, English, Spanish III, environmental science, biology, chemistry and world history. She was a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society and the Interact Club throughout high school. Through her involvement in the Interact Club, a part of the Wyoming County Rotary Club, she helped with charitable drives and fundraisers including Purple Pinky for Polio, Adopt a Family and yearly food drives at Thanksgiving.


teacher is absolutely a money loser.” CLARKS SUMMIT- The Mahon added that the district Abington Heights School also recently had a middle Board accepted the registration school math teacher announce of Director of Special Educaresignation. According to Mation, Kim Stevens, effective hon, the administration plans to July 19, by a vote of 8-0. The move a teacher from the high board also voted, 8-0, to apschool to fill the spot. This point David Jagger as the new move will result in a reduction Director of Special Education of the math clinic at the high at $80,000. Board member school, a program that offers Louise Brzuchalski was absent students math help during free from the meeting. periods. Abington Heights SuperinIf the teacher is not replaced, tendent of Schools Dr. Michael it will be the district’s 23rd Mahon announced at the Aug. 1 teaching position lost through meeting that the district was attrition in the last three years. able to reduce funds spent on “We are very uncomfortable overtime pay from $62,507 in with the elementary school 2010-11 to $20,725 in 2011-12 cuts,” Mahon said. “We have with five fewer full-time custo- class sizes that are too big, but dians and one fewer part-time had we not made the cuts we custodian. would be in a desperate posi“Through the work of our tion.” human resources directors and Board member Frank Santodirector of maintenance, we riello said he thinks not replaclooked at it in a different way ing the math teacher would be a and found overtime was being detriment to the students. paid by and large on Satur“We are in the business of days,” Mahon said. “We decid- education and now we are started to use a rotating schedule ing to get to the tipping point where individuals who worked where our expenses are overfive days a week would take off shadowing our educational one night during the week and value,” he said. “I can’t support come in on Saturday.” not replacing this one position. Mahon announced that the I think this would be a teacher administration is in the process salary well spent.” of interviews for a vacancy in Mahon explained the adminspecial education. The district istration’s rationale for all perneeds a teacher for its autistic sonnel decision. support class. “We approach every decision “The class is well subscribed, with what is of the least impact we even get students from out- (to the district),” he said. “We side the school district,” Mahon continually try to minimize the said. “For us not to have this impact.”



A.H. club holds car wash at Moe’s

The Abington Heights High School Ecology Club hosted a car wash fundraiser July 28 at Moe’s in Clarks Summit to raise money for the upcoming school year. The group was filled with old and new members and graduates. Shown, in no particular order, are: Kristen Neuhausel, Mikayla Spott, Kayla Thorpe, Brandon Ostrowski, Faith Purdy, Catherine Simakaski, Rishi Mulloth, Noah Shapiro, Sean Salmon, Holly Beppler, Raeva Mulloth, Brian Mattern, Taya Black, Rachel Ownens, Ryan Kresge, Kyle Kocsis, Maddie Belknap, Natalie Belknap, Michael Freidlin.

Church partners with its community Summit Baptist Bible Church, Clarks Summit, is reaching out to orphans in Kenya and is seeking the local community involvement. The church’s children’s ministry plans to present a play this Christmas to help provide shoes for orphans in Kenya. The Christmas program, called “The Christmas Shoe Tree,” is partnering with Encouragement Inc. to collect the shoes.. The church is seeking students ages 4-13 from the community. Students will have the opportunity to act, sing and learn more about God each The cast and crew of a previous children’s production at Summit Baptist Bible Church gather on stage. night as they prepare for their performance. Rehearsals will begin Sept. 9, from 5:30 to performance. and donations will be collect- pating in the program is asked 7:30 p.m., and will be held The performance will be ed for the Kenyan orphans. to send an e-mail to summiteach Sunday evening until the free to the community. Shoes Anyone interested in partici-

A.H. taxes mailed The 2012 School Real Estate Tax Bills for Abington Heights School District have been mailed to Clarks Green, Clarks Summit, Glenburn, Newtown, North Abington, Ransom, South Abington and Waverly property owners. Taxpayers are entitled to a two percent discount if theirbill is paid by Sept. 30. Full

payment is due Nov.30. After that date, a 10 percent penalty is imposed. All bills not paid in full by Dec. 31, will be referred to Portnoff Law Associates, Ltd., Norristown, Pa . For taxpayers choosing to pay in three installments, the deadlines are Sept. 15, Oct. 31 and Nov. 30.

Trail Rotary co-hosts conference Trail Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of The Stroudsburgs co-chaired the annual RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference) at Keystone College. Five students from Lackawanna Trail High School were invited to attend. Shown, from left: Trail Rotary president, Don Demarest, Devon Clarke, David Brown, Lindsay Bergey, Madeline Giardina SUBMITTED PHOTO/LISA LOGAN CLOUGH and Trail Rotary’s Barbara Petty on graduation day, July 12. Katie Seigle is absent from photo.


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Clarks Green attorney recognized Attorney James J. Gillotti, a partner in the law firm of Oliver, Price and Rhodes, has been designated by The National Elder Law Foundation as a Certified Elder Law Attorney. The foundation is the only organization approved by the American Bar Association to certify attorneys in the area of Elder Law. Also, certification by the foundation is the only authorized certification in Elder Law for attorneys in Pennsylvania. Certification by the foundation occurs only after meeting several requirements, including James Gillotti achieving a successful outcome on a daylong written examination that covers approximately 15 subjects of Elder Law. Gillotti passed the Spring 2012 exam, which was passed by less than 40 percent of the lawyers who sat for the test that day. Certification also requires demonstrating to the foundation that during the last three years, the attorney has: worked on at least 60 Elder Law matters and attended 45 hours of continuing legal education seminars on Elder Law. Finally, the attorney must obtain favorable evaluations from five other lawyers, including three Elder Law specialists. There are currently just 42 certified Elder Law attorneys in Pa. and less than 500 in the United States. A native of Carbondale, Gillotti is a graduate of The University of Scranton and the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle. He has practiced law in Lackawanna County since 1980 and has been with the law firm of Oliver Price and Rhodes for 22 years. His practice is concentrated in Estate Planning (including the preparation of wills, trusts and powers of attorney), assisting families with asset protection and Medicaid eligibility to deal with nursing home costs, the administration of estates and trusts, Special Needs Planning, Real Estate and Business Law. He and his wife Cindy are residents of Clarks Green. Oliver, Price and Rhodes maintains its offices at 1212 South Abington Road in Clarks Summit.

C.S. realtor earns industry achievement Terri Ames of Coldwell Banker Town & Country Properties in Clarks Summit was reTerri Ames cently accepted as a Member of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network®, a prestigious industry achievement. The Top 5 in Real Estate Network helps consumers identify the most professional real estate agents in North America. To qualify, each member must first meet a set of criteria, based upon performance, as well as educational and professional skills and service to the consumer. The Top 5 Network is selected and managed by RISMedia, which has provided the real estate industry with objective, unbiased news for nearly 30 years, and Pinnacle Quest Consulting, RISMedia’s Top 5 management partner.

AT LEFT: Bob Reed with his granddaughters, Claire, right, and Natalie Reed, left, Clarks Summit.

ABOVE: Lee Strubeck, ‘The Piano Man,’ entertains the crowd with popular tunes and singalongs.


FAMILY matters BY JOAN MEAD-MATSUI Abington Journal Correspondent


n July 29, in the village of Milwaukee in Ransom Township, the Borek-Pendrak family gathered for their biennial family reunion. Reunions are traditions that have continued since 1945, when the family gathered together to honor and welcome beloved veterans returning home from World War II, and are traditionally held the last Sunday of July on even-numbered years. Roman Borek, Pasadena, Calif., reunion committee member, noted 130 family and extended family registered in the guest book and 65 prizes were raffled. Family members from 17 states traveled to Milwaukee to attend the festivities, which featured homemade food including pierogies, pigs in the blanket, chicken strips and other family favorites; musical entertainment by Lee Strubeck, “The Piano Man,” with accompaniment by his wife, Sonia Strubeck; a singalong; games of horseshoes and volleyball and presentations. This year, a special bronze commemorative medallion was unveiled, blessed by Rev. Jason Soltysiak, Polish National Catholic Church and distributed to family and friends who attended. Inscribed on the medallion: “Borek-Pendrak, Since

Kate Korgeski of Scranton plays a game of horseshoes with her father.

1898, We Are Family,” reflecting the family’s rich heritage and created with the hope that future Borek and Pendrak generations will carry on the torch . At the reunion, Ed Borek said of his family’s day together, “It (the reunion) is spectacular. The weather is fine and we have a very good turnout with representatives from 17 different states. It includes family, extended family, friends and invited guests and neighbors. We are very happy.” Among the other commemorative items presented were Certificates of Commendation observing the 50th Anniversary of the end of World War II presented to family veterans in July 1996; a comprehensive 190-page The Borek-Pendrak Family History in March 2000 to usher in the new millennium; and in July 2000, “We

Ed Borek with Rev. Jason Soltysiak, Polish National Catholic Church. Rev. Soltysiak blessed the meal and the bronze commemorative medallion. Helen and Roger Doty, Ransom Township, celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary Aug. 4.

were made available to those attending the reunion. Said Ed Borek, “The medallion is one of several commemorative items that represent the family’s rich tradition.” Family members worked with representatives from Maxwell Medals and Awards, Industries in Traverse City, Mich., in the production of the medallion. Ed Borek said, “They worked with us diligently through seven versions…it arrived here less than 10 days ago. We’re fortunate and happy it came for this reunion and hope everybody will keep it …the local pastor blessed it. We hope everyone will remember the past, present and future generations, perhaps with an evening prayer of 10 or 15 seconds, just to remember all generations of family members.” Helen and Roger Doty, Ransom Township, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 4, attended the reunion. Helen Doty said, “There are a lot of people that have children and grandchildren who live out of state that we don’t really get to see. It’s just wonderful to see family.”

John Korgeski of Scranton enjoys a game of horseshoes by the creek.

Kim Korgeski, mother, with daughter, Ashley Korgeski, of Scranton.

A.H. grad off to West Point Sarah Martin, graduate of Abington Heights High School, has accepted a threeyear appointment as an Assistant Professor of Languages (Portuguese) at the United States Military Academy at West Point. She starts there later this month. Sarah Martin is the daughter of Sharleen and Dennis Martin of Clarks Summit. She started kindergarten in the old Grove Street

Shown, from left: Dennis, Scott, Sharleen and Sarah Martin.

Elementary School in 1986, was in one of the last classes to have her high school years spent in two buildings and graduated in 1999, winning the Sousa Award for her work in the band where she played clarinet. She then attended and graduated from The University of Scranton magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in Romance Languages in 2003. Following graduation from the University, she attended the Portuguese Language School at Middlebury, Vt. The Director there was from the University of Georgia and invited her back to Middlebury as the Bilingual Assistant for the next four years. Martin enrolled at the University of Georgia and received her Master of Art Degree in Romance Languages in 2006 and her Doctorate in Romance Languages (Portuguese) in 2011. After serving on the faculty of UGA for the last year, she applied for and received the appointment to West Point.


Scouting Scene With Tyler VanGorder

Boy scouts go to camp July is the highlight of the Boy Scout season. After a long year of meetings, we are treated to summer camp, a weeklong camping trip held at Goose Pond Boy Scout Reservation that is a lot of fun. Troop 160 came to camp July 7 and stayed until the next Saturday. We set up camp in the pioneer campsite. This campsite is above the main camp and has been used by Troop 160 for a long time. The first day, we unpacked all of our gear and set up the entire campsite. This involved setting up tents, preparing our cooking stations and unloading our trailer. A lot of work was done on this day and afterward the scouts ate a chicken and steak dinner with potatoes and corn. Sunday was when camp really began. A lot had to be done. We got a group picture taken in our class A uniforms in front of the Goose Pond entrance. Then, we had to quickly go back to our campsite and change into our bathing suits to take our swim test. We walked down to camp and got our entire troop registered. About a dozen Troops stay at Goose Pond each week. Later, we completed a simple swimming test. This decided where the scouts are allowed to swim for the week. Now that we were registered, we were free to wander the camp or return to the campsite. Every morning, we woke up at 7 a.m. and fell into our patrols for the morning flag ceremony. There were five patrols with seven or eight scouts each. Their names were the Combat Bats, Wall Floors, Alliance, Bananas and Fire Heads. This year was special because we had a troop bugler. A tune was played for waking up, falling in, raising the flag, lowering the flag and going to bed. After the American flag was raised, the patrols cooked their breakfast. After they ate and cleaned up, they went to their merit badge classes. From Monday to Friday, scouts took one-hour merit badge classes. Each day, we took four classes and one lunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. From 2 to 3 p.m., patrols partook in patrol programming. These are very fun activities designed to encourage teamwork and communication within a patrol. Activities included flag making, fire building, extreme camouflage, greased watermelon and much more. Patrols must do this at least four times throughout the week to get the Green Bar Patrol award. Free time was 3 to 5 p.m. Scouts had the opportunity to do whatever they please. They were able to swim, go boating, do COPE courses, explore the nature lodge or practice shooting sports. Everyday at Goose Pond was special. Monday was sports night. Scouts from all the Troops

came together and played a variety of sports including soccer, ultimate Frisbee and volleyball. Tuesday was outpost night. Several outposts took place late at night. There was an astronomy outpost, camping outpost and a wilderness survival outpost. Wednesday was parent’s night. Parents were invited to see their sons and tour the camp. Troop 160 held a special party for the parents. A feast of hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, fruit and a lot of desserts was served. A bonfire ceremony took place soon after. Skits and songs were performed by scouts and announcements were made. Thursday was dedicated to the Order of the Arrow. Members of the honor camping society showed their spirit by wearing the organizations clothing. That night was also the adventure race. This is a race that takes place all over camp. It requires a whole troop to compete. Several events occur and troops try to get the best time. Events vary from diving, kayaking, identifying trees, tying knots, running, and much more. A whole troop with varied skills is required to win this race. This year, Troop 160 finished the race in 21 minutes and won the adventure race. Friday was the closing campfire. Skits were performed by troops and awards given out. Troop 160 managed to win several awards. One was the Green Beaver award. This requires scouts to bring in 10 species of animals and identify them. They also had to become educated in leave no trace principles. Another was the Davy Crockett Man Scout award. This was a new award which required troops to show their manliness by proving their scout craft skills. We had several scouts complete the polar bear swim. This required scouts to wake up early and go swimming in the frigid Goose Pond waters. To get a certificate, we had to go on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Finally, we received the troop honor camping award. This had a lot of requirements. Saturday was a sad but relieving day. Scouts were sad that they had to pack up and leave but they will remember all of the fun things that they did. They should be hopeful of the great times that they will have next year. Summer camp is a great and memorable experience. It is remembered and loved by all those who participate in it. It’s a time to have a lot of fun and cement friendships. Remember a scout is friendly.

Tyler VanGorder has the rank of Eagle in Boy Scout Troop 160 from Clarks Summit. He is a student at Abington Heights High School. For more information, visit


Members of Clarks Summit Boy Scout Troop 160 recently attended Summer Camp at the Goose Pond Boy Scout Reservation, near Lake Wallenpaupack.





Lackawanna Trail 2012-2013 School Bus schedule For additional information or concerns regarding the Lackawanna Trail 2012-2013 School Bus Schedule, contact Lackawanna Trail Transportation Director, Richard Kordish at 945.5510. BUS #2 A.M. – HIGH SCHOOL Owner, James Nichols Stop 1 - 6:40 a.m. Tunnel Hill Rd. Stop 2 - 6:42 a.m. Tunnel Hill Rd. Stop 3 - 6:43 a.m. Tunnel Hill Rd. Stop 4 - 6:44 a.m. Tunnel Hill Rd. Stop 5 - 6:45 a.m. Tunnel Hill Rd. Stop 6 - 6:48 a.m. Tunnel Hill Rd. Stop 7 - 6:49 a.m. Tunnel Hill Rd. Stop 8 - 6:50 a.m. Clark Rd. Stop 9 - 6:51 a.m. Clark Rd. Stop 10 - 6:54 a.m. Archer Rd. Stop 11 -7:02 a.m. Savage Rd. Stop 12 - 7:03 a.m. Savage Rd. Stop 13 - 7:04 a.m. Savage Rd. Stop 14 - 7:05 a.m. Savage Rd. Stop 15 - 7:09 a.m. Bunker Hill Dev. Stop 16 - 7:11 a.m. Bunker Hill Dev. Stop 17 - 7:13 a.m. Bunker Hill Dev. Stop 18 - 7:15 a.m. Rt. 6 Stop 19 - 7:16 a.m. Rt. 6 Stop 20 - 7:17 a.m. Rt. 6 Stop 21 - 7:20 a.m. Rt. 6 Stop 22 - 7:26 a.m. Creek Rd Stop 23 - 7:27 a.m. Creek Rd. BUS #2 A.M. – ELEM. Owner – James Nichols Stop 1 - 7:53 a.m. Tunnel Hill Rd Stop 2 - 7:55 a.m. Corby Rd. Stop 3 - 7:56 a.m. Tunnel Hill Rd. Stop 4 - 7:57 a.m. Tunnel Hill Rd. Stop 5 - 7:58 a.m. Stapleton Est. Stop 6 - 8:00 a.m. Clark Rd./Kohn Rd. Stop 7 - 8:01 a.m. Clark Rd. Stop 8 - 8:03 a.m. Clark Rd Stop 9 - 8:04 a.m. Clark Rd Stop 10 - 8:05 a.m. Clark Rd Stop 11 - 8:06 a.m. Clark Rd. Stop 12 - 8:07 a.m. Bunker Hill Rd. Before Corby Rd. Stop 13 - 8:11 a.m. Savage Rd. Stop 14 - 8:13 a.m. Savage Rd. Stop 15 - 8:21 a.m. Bunker Hill Dev. 1st House Stop 16 - 8:22 a.m. Bunker Hill & Pond Stop 17 - 8:23 a.m. Bunker Hill/ Concord & Ridge Stop 18 - 8:24 a.m. Rt. 6 Stop 19 - 8:25 a.m. Rt. 6 Stop 20 - 8:26 a.m. Rt. 6 Stop 21 - 8:27 a.m. Rt. 6 Stop 22 - 8:33 a.m. Rt. 6 Stop 23 - 8:35 a.m. Creek Rd. BUS #4 A.M. - HIGH SCHOOL Owner - Robert Padula Stop 1 - 6:40 A.M. Marshall Squire Rd. Stop 2 - 6:41 A.M. Marshall Sqr. Rd. Stop 3 - 6:42 a.m. Marshall Sqr. Rd. Stop 4 - 6:43 a.m. Marshall Sqr. Rd. Stop 5 - 6:55 a.m. Squire Rd. Stop 6 - 6:57 a.m. Squire Rd. Stop 7 - 6:58 a.m. Croasdale Rd. Stop 8 - 6:59 a.m. Croasdale Rd. Stop 9 - 7:02 a.m. Marshall Sqr. Rd. Stop 10 - 7:04 a.m. Fieldsbrook Rd. Stop 11 - 7:06 a.m. Fieldsbrook Rd. Stop 12 - 7:08 a.m. Fieldsbrook Rd. Stop 13 - 7:09 a.m. Fieldsbrook Rd. & Rt. 92 Stop 14 - 7:11 a.m. Rt. 92 North Stop 15 - 7:15 a.m. Rt. 92 North Stop 16 - 7:21 a.m. Main St. A&J Pizza Stop 17 - 7:24 a.m. High Street BUS #4 A.M. – ELEM. Owner, Robert Padula

Stop 1 - 7:49 a.m. Marshall Sqr. Rd. Stop 2 - 7:51 a.m. Marshall Sqr. Rd. Stop 3 - 7:52 a.m. Marshall Sqr. Rd. Stop 4 - 7:53 a.m. Marshall Sqr. Rd. Stop 5 - 7:54 a.m. Squire Hill Rd. Stop 6 - 8:03 a.m. Squire Hill Rd. Stop 7 - 8:04 a.m. Squire Hill Rd. Stop 8 - 8:05 a.m. Croasdale Rd. Stop 9 - 8:08 a.m. Fieldbrook Rd. Stop 10 - 8:10 a.m. Fieldbrook Rd. Stop 11 - 8:11 a.m. Fieldbrook Rd. Stop 12 - 8:12 a.m. Fieldbrook Rd. Stop 13 - 8:13 a.m. Fieldsbrook Rd & Rt. 92 Stop 14 - 8:15 a.m. Rt. 92 State St. Stop 15 - 8:17 a.m. Fieldsbrook & Rt. 92 North Stop 16 - 8:18 a.m. Rt. 92 Nicholson Bridge Stop 17 - 8:20 a.m. Rt. 92 North Stop 18 - 8:22 a.m. Rt. 92 North Parry Trucking Stop 19 - 8:25 a.m. Rt. 92 North Stop 20 - 8:33 a.m. Main St. A&J Pizza BUS #5 A.M. HIGH SCHOOL Owner - James Nichols Stop 1 - 7:17 a.m. Lake Winola/Lithia Farm Stop 2 - 7:18 a.m. Lithia Valley & Kehrli Stop 3 - 7:19 a.m. Kehrli Rd. Stop 4 - 7:20 a.m. Kehrli Rd Stop 5 - 7:21 a.m. Kehrli Rd Stop 6 - 7:22 a.m. Lithia Valley Rd., Silvermark Dr. Stop 7 - 7:23 a.m. Lithia Valley Rd. Stop 8 - 7:24 a.m. Carpenter Rd. Stop 9 - 7:25 a.m. Lithia Valley Rd./ Sportsman Rd. Stop 10 - 7:26 a.m. Lithia Valley Rd. Stop 11 - 7:27 a.m. Valley View Drive Stop 12 - 7:28 a.m. Lithia Rd. Stop 13 - 7:29 a.m. Lithia Rd./Schneider Rd. Stop 14 - 7:30 a.m. Highland & Church Stop 15 –7:31 a.m. Riverside & Masonic Hall BUS #5 A.M. ELEM. Owner, James Nichols Stop 1 - 8:00 a.m. Matthewson Terrace Stop 2 - 8:01 a.m. Matthewson Terrace Stop 3 - 8:03 a.m. Reynolds Rd. Stop 4 - 8:04 a.m. Watkins Ave. Stop 5 - 8:05 a.m. Watkins Ave. Stop 6 - 8:06 a.m. Watkins Ave. Stop 7 - 8:08 a.m. Watkins Ave. Stop 8 - 8:09 a.m. Watkins Ave. Stop 9 - 8:11 a.m. Lake Winola Rd. Stop 10 - 8:13 a.m. Lake Winola Rd. Stop 11 - 8:14 a.m. Kraus Rd. Stop 12 - 8:19 a.m. Lithia Valley Rd Stop 13 - 8:22 a.m. Kehrlie Rd Stop 14 - 8:23 a.m. Kehrlie Rd Stop 15 - 8:24 a.m. Kehrlie Rd Stop 16 - 8:24 a.m. Carpenter Rd. Stop 17 - 8:25 a.m. Carpenter Rd. Stop 18 - 8:26 a.m. Carpenter Rd. Stop 19 - 8:27 a.m. Carpenter Rd. Stop 20 - 8:28 a.m. Lithia Valley Rd. Stop 20 - 8:29 a.m. Lithia Valley Rd/Sportsman Rd. Stop 21 - 8:30 a.m. Valley View Dr. Stop 22 - 8:33 a.m. Highland Ave. Stop 23 - 8:35 a.m. Riverside & Masonic Lodge BUS #7 A.M. HIGH SCHOOL Owner, James Nichols Stop 1 - 6:37 a.m. Amasa Rd. Stop 2 - 6:47 a.m. Brundage Rd.

Stop 3 - 6:50 a.m. Worth Church Rd. Stop 4 - 6:51 a.m. Worth Church Rd. Stop 5 - 6:52 a.m. Worth Church Rd. Stop 6 - 6:53 a.m. Worth Church /Rt. 107 Stop 7 - 6:58 a.m. Rt. 107 Stop 8 - 6:59 a.m. Rt. 107 Stop 9 - 7:00 a.m. Hack Rd. Stop 10 - 7:02 a.m. Hack Rd. Stop 11 - 7:08 a.m. Marshbrook Rd. Stop 12 - 7:10 a.m. Marshbrook Rd. Stop 13 - 7:11 a.m. Marshbrook Rd. Stop 14 - 7:13 a.m. Rt. 107 Stop 15 - 7:14 a.m. Rt. 107 & Basset Lk .Rd Stop 16 - 7:15 a.m. Fleetville Corners Stop 17 - 7:16 a.m. Rt. 107 Stop 18 - 7:17 a.m. Rt. 107 Stop 19 - 7:18 a.m. Rt. 107 Golf Course BUS #7 A.M. ELEM. Owner, James Nichols Stop 1 - 7:56 a.m. Brundage Rd. Stop 2 - 7:57 a.m. Brundage Rd. Stop 3 - 7:58 a.m. Amasa Rd. Stop 4 - 8:03 a.m. Worth Church Rd. Stop 5 - 8:04 a.m. Worth Church Rd. Stop 6 - 8:06 a.m. Worth Church Rd Stop7 - 8:07 a.m. Worth Church Rd. Stop 8 - 8:08 a.m. Worth Church Rd./Rt. 107 Stop 9 - 8:10 a.m. Gritman Rd. Stop 10 - 8:12 a.m. Wescott Stop 11 - 8:13 a.m. Hack Rd. Stop 12 - 8:18 a.m. Marshbrook Rd. Stop 13 - 8:20 a.m. Rt. 107 Stop 14 - 8:22 a.m. Fleetville Corners Stop 15 - 8:25 a.m. Rt. 107 Stop 16 - 8:30 a.m. Rt. 107 BUS #8 A.M. HIGH SCHOOL Owner – James Schirg Stop 1 - 6:40 a.m. Rt. 438 Stop 2 - 6:41 a.m. Pensak Tire Stop 3 - 6:45 a.m. Benton Hills Stop 4 - 6:50 a.m. Stanton Rd. Stop 5 - 6:53 a.m. Stanton Rd. Stop 6 - 6:56 a.m. Clarkston Rd. Stop 7 - 7:03 a.m. Rt. 438 Stop 8 - 7:04 a.m. Rt. 438 Stop 9 - 7:05 a.m. Rt. 438 Stop 10 - 7:09 a.m. Rt. 438 Stop 11 - 7:10 a.m. Rt. 438 Stop 12 - 7:11 a.m. S.R. 4003 Stop 13 - 7:15 a.m. S.R. 4003 & Colvin Rd. Stop 14 - 7:18 a.m. S.R. 4003 BUS # 8 A.M. ELEM. Owner – James Schirg Stop 1 - 8:00 a.m. Rt. 438 Stop 2 - 8:02 a.m. Pensak Tire Stop 3 - 8:04 a.m. Benton Hills Trailer Park Stop 4 - 8:07 a.m. Davison St. Stop 5 - 8:09 a.m. Stanton Rd. Stop 6 - 8:14 a.m. Rt. 438 Stop 7 - 8:17 a.m. Rt. 438 Stop 8 - 8:18 a.m. Rt. 438 Stop 9 - 8:21 a.m. Rt. 438 Stop 10 - 8:22 a.m. SR 438 Stop 11 - 8:23 a.m. SR 438 Stop 12 - 8:25 a.m. SR 438 Stop 13 - 8:26 a.m. E. Benton Service Master Stop 14 - 8:31 a.m. SR 4003 Stop 15 - 8:32 a.m. SR 4003 & Colvin Rd. Stop 16 - 8:34 a.m. SR 4003 BUS #11 – A.M. HIGH SCHOOL Owner –Mary Smarkusky Stop 1 - 6:45 a.m. Hickory Ridge Stop 2 - 6:46 a.m. Hickory Ridge Stop 3 - 6:48 a.m. W. LaPlume Rd.

Gene Talerico, Esq., First Assistant District Attorney for Lackawanna County and President of Marley’s Mission was nominated by April Loposky, Founder of Marley’s Mission.

‘Prosecutor with a Purpose’ moves on to National stage On July 31, StayClassy announced Gene Talerico, Esq., First Assistant District Attorney for Lackawanna County and President of Marley’s Mission, as “Volunteer of the Year” for the East Coast Region in the CLASSY Awards. April Loposky, Founder and Program Director of Marley’s Missionsubmitted her nomination entitled ‘Prosecutor with a Purpose: On a Mission of Hope to Heal Children Impacted by Trauma.’ This honor complements the 2011award Marley’s Mission received as the Nation’s “Best New Charity” by StayClassy. StayClassy is a leader in social fundraising for nonprofits. This year StayClassy received more than 2,500 nominations for nonprofits and volunteers.

Birth Announcement Clayton and Kara Hinkley of Harford welcomed daughter Kayla July 19. She was born at Moses Taylor Hospital.

A few weeks ago, StayClassy announced that Talerico succeeded in becoming one of the Top 4 Regional Finalists in the CLASSY Award category of Volunteer of the Year. After a short period of public voting and a review of his nomination by a group of Past Classy Award winners and a video interview with the voting team, Talerico was notified he won. He is now eligible to win the National award.

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Stop 4 - 6:50 a.m. Rt. 632 E Stop 5 - 6:54 a.m. Rt. 632 E Stop 6 - 6:57 a.m. Huntington Est. Stop 7 - 7:00 a.m. Lilly Lake Rd. Stop 8 - 7:13 a.m. Maple Ave. Stop 9 - 7:15 a.m. Maple Ave. Stop 10 - 7:16 a.m. Maple Ave. Stop 11 - 7:17 a.m. N. Tpk Rd. Stop 12 - 7:18 a.m. N. Tpk Rd. Stop 13 - 7:20 a.m. Tall Timbers Stop 14 - 7:24 a.m. Rt. 6 & 11 BUS #11 – A.M. ELEM. Owner – Mary Smarkusky Stop 1 - 8:01 a.m. Hickory Ridge Rd. Stop 2 - 8:02 a.m. Hickory Ridge Rd. Stop 3 - 8:03 a.m. Hickory Ridge Rd. Stop 4 - 8:05 a.m. W. LaPlume Rd. Stop 5 - 8:06 a.m. W. LaPlume Rd. Stop 6 - 8:09 a.m. College Ave. Stop 7 - 8:10 a.m. College Ave. Stop 8 - 8:11 a.m. College Ave. Stop 9 - 8:12 a.m. Rt. 6 & 11 Cherry St. Stop 10 - 8:14 a.m. Old Trail Rd Stop 11 - 8:17 a.m. Rt. 6 & 438 Stop 12 - 8:18 a.m. Maple Rd. Stop 13 - 8:21 a.m. Maple Rd. Stop 14 - 8:22 a.m. Maple Rd. Stop 15 - 8:24 a.m. North Turnpike Rd. Stop 16 - 8:25 a.m. North Turnpike Rd. Stop 17 - 8:26 a.m. North Turnpike Rd Stop 18 - 8:28 a.m. Rt. 6 After Dalton Carpet Stop 19- 8:30 a.m. Tall Timbers


Owner Robert Padula Stop 1 - 6:48 a.m. W. Nicholson Rd. Stop 2 - 6:51 a.m. W. Nicholson Rd. Stop 3 - 6:54 a.m. W. Nicholson Rd. Stop 4 - 6:56 a.m. W. Nicholson Rd. Stop 5 - 6:57 a.m. W. Nicholson Rd. Stop 6 - 6:58 a.m. Rt. 92S Stop 7 - 7:02 a.m. Rt. 92S Stop 8 - 7:04 a.m. Brecht Hill Stop 9 - 7:07 a.m. Brecht Hill Stop 10 - 7:10 a.m. S.R. 1017 Quarry Rd Stop 11 - 7:11 a.m. S.R. 1017 Quarry Rd Stop 12 - 7:12 a.m. S.R. 1017 Quarry Rd Stop 13 - 7:15 a.m. Brecht Hill Stop 14 - 7:18 a.m. Maple Ave. Stop 15 - 7:20 a.m. Oak St. BUS # 12 A.M. – ELEM. Owner – Robert Padula Stop 1 - 7:45 a.m. Padula Rd. Stop 2 - 7:47 a.m. Carey Hill Stop 3 - 7:49 a.m. Carey Hill & Henry Holod Rd. Stop 4 - 7:50 a.m. West Nicholson Rd. Stop 5 - 7:51 a.m. Carey Hill & Henry Holod Rd. Stop 6 - 7:52 a.m. Carey Hill & Henry Holod Rd. Stop 7 - 8:05 a.m. West Nicholson Rd. Stop 8 - 8:06 a.m. Rt. 92 S Stop 9 - 8:07 a.m. Rt. 92 S Stop 10 - 8:10 a.m. Rt. 92 S Stop 11 - 8:11 a.m. Rt. 92S. Stop 12 - 8:12 a.m. Rt. 92 S Stop 13 - 8:14 a.m. Rt. 92 S Stop 14 - 8:15 a.m. Rt. 92 S/Sunrise Lake Stop 15 - 8:16 a.m. Rt. 92 S Stop 16 - 8:17 a.m. Quarry Rd. Stop 17 - 8:19 a.m. Quarry Rd. Stop 18 - 8:28 a.m. Brecht Hill Stop 19 - 8:29 a.m. Brecht Hill Stop 20 - 8:30 a.m. Brecht Hill Stop 21 - 8:31 a.m. Brecht Hill Stop 22 - 8:34 a.m. Maple Ave. Stop 23 - 8:35 a.m. Oak St. Stop 24 - 8:42 a.m. Vail Rd. Stop 25 - 8:44 a.m. Vail Rd. Stop 26 - 8:45 a.m. Vail Rd.


Station Hill SCHOOL BUS #14 A.M. HIGH Stop 11 - 7:15 a.m. Carr Rd. Owner – James Schirg SCHOOL Stop 12 - 7:16 a.m. Station Hill Stop 1 - 7:05 a.m. Wilbur Hill Owner – James Vasky Stop 13 - 7:17 a.m. Station Hill Stop 2 - 7:17 a.m. W. Main St. Stop 1 - 7:05 a.m. Rt. 407 Stop 14 - 7:20 a.m. Rt. 11N Stop 3 - 7:18 a.m. W. Main St. Stop 2 - 7:08 a.m. Rt. 407 Stop 15 - 7:21 a.m. Rt. 11N Stop 4 - 7:20 a.m. W. Main St. Stop 3 - 7:09 a.m. Rt. 407 Stop 16 - 7:23 a.m. Bacontown Rd. Stop 5 - 7:21 a.m. W. Main St. Stop 4 - 7:10 a.m. Rt. 407 Stop 15 - 7:25 a.m. Rt. 11 S Stop 6 - 7:22 a.m. W. Main St. Stop 5 - 7:11 a.m. Rt. 407 BUS #17 A.M. ELEM. Stop 7 - 7:23 a.m. Bank & Miles Stop 6 - 7:12 a.m. Rt. 407 Owner – James Schirg Stop 8 - 7:25 a.m. Bank & Weatherby Stop 7 - 7:13 a.m. Rt. 407 Stop 1 - 7:54 a.m. Lengel Rd. Stop 9 - 7:27 a.m. N. Tpk. Rd. & Stop 8 - 7:14 a.m. Rt. 407 Stop 2 - 7:57 a.m. Rt. 11N Church Stop 9 - 7:16 a.m. Baylor’s Lk Rd. Stop 3 - 8:04 a.m. Vic’s Lane Stop 10 - 7:29 a.m. N. Tpk. Rd. & Stop 10 - 7:18 a.m. Baylor’s Lk Rd. Stop 4 - 8:05 a.m. Vic’s Lane Orchard Stop 11 - 7:19 a.m. Baylor’s Lk Rd. Stop 5 - 8:06 a.m. Vic’s Lane Stop 11 - 7:31 a.m. N. Tpk. Rd & Fuller Stop 12 - 7:21. a.m. Spencer Hill Rd. Stop 6 - 8:10 a.m. Station Hill Stop 12 - 7:32 a.m. N. Tpk. Rd. Stop 13 - 7:24 a.m. Pedrick & Lk Stop 7 - 8:11 a.m. Station Hill BUS #20 A.M. – ELEM. Sheridan Rd. Stop 8 - 8:12 a.m. Station Hill Owner – James Schirg Stop 14 - 7:26 a.m. Lk Sheridan Rd. Stop 9 - 8:13 a.m. Station Hill Stop 1 - 8:20 a.m. Lilly Lake Rd. & E. Stop 15 - 7:28 a.m. Lk Sheridan Rd Stop 10 - 8:14 a.m. Station Hill Main St. Stop 16 - 7:30 a.m. Lk Sheridan Rd. Stop 11 - 8:15 a.m. Station Hill Stop 2 - 8:21 a.m. E. Main St. Stop 17 - 7:31 a.m. Lk Sheridan Rd. Stop 12 - 8:16 a.m. Rt. 11 N Stop 3 - 8:22 a.m. E. Main St. Stop 18 - 7:32 a.m. Lk Sheridan Rd. Stop 13 - 8:17 a.m. Rt. 11 N Stop 4 - 8:23 a.m. E. Main Stop 19 - 7:33 a.m. College Ave. Ext. Stop 14 - 8:18 a.m. Rt. 92 & Pine St Stop 5 - 8:24 a.m. Armstrong Stop 20 - 7:34 a.m. College Ave. Ext. Stop 15 - 8:19 a.m. High St. Stop 6 - 8:26 a.m. Lilly Lake & 1st BUS #14 A.M. ELEM. Stop 16 - 8:21 a.m. High St. Stop 7 - 8:27 a.m. Tpk. & Church Owner – James Vasky Stop 17 - 8:26 a.m. Bacontown Rd. Stop 8 - 8:28 a.m. Tpk. & Orchard Stop 1 - 8:02 a.m. Rt. 407 & Amasa Stop 18 - 8:27 a.m. Bacontown Rd. Stop 9 - 8:29 a.m. Tpk. & Fuller Rd. Stop 19 - 8:33 a.m. Rt. 11S after Stop 10 - 8:30 a.m. N. Turnpike Rd. Stop 2 - 8:03 a.m. Rt. 407 Rivenburg BUS #37 A.M. – HIGH Stop 3 - 8:05 a.m. Rt. 407 BUS #18 A.M. HIGH SCHOOL Stop 4 - 8:07 a.m. Rt. 407 SCHOOL Owner-James Nichols Stop 5 - 8:08 a.m. Rt. 407 Owner, James Schirg Stop 1 - 6:40 a.m. Rt. 407 Stop 6 - 8:09 a.m. Rt. 407 Stop 1 - 6:41 a.m. Wilbur Hill Stop 2 - 6:41 a.m. Rt. 407 Stop 7 - 8:10 a.m. Rt. 407 Stop 2 - 6:43 a.m. Wilbur Hill Stop 3 - 6:42 a.m. Rt. 407 Stop 8 - 8:13 a.m. Baylors Lake Rd. Stop 3 - 6:44 a.m. Wilbur Hill Stop 4 - 6:45 a.m. Rt. 407 Stop 9 - 8:14 a.m. Baylors Lake Rd.. Stop 4 - 6:49 a.m. Lower Mill City Rd. Stop 5 - 6:50 a.m. Corduroy Rd. Stop 10 - 8:15 a.m. Baylors Lake Rd. Stop 5 - 6:50 a.m. Lower Mill City Rd. Stop 6 - 6:51 a.m. Amasa Rd. Stop 11 - 8:17 a.m. Spencer Hill Stop 6 - 6:51a.m. Lower Mill City Rd. Stop 7 - 6:54 a.m. Rt. 407 Stop 12 - 8:20 a.m. Spencer Hill Stop 7 - 6:53 a.m. Locust Stop 8 - 6:57 a.m. Baylor’s Lake Rd. Stop 13 - 8:22 a.m. Pedrick/Lk SheriStop 8 - 6:55 a.m. Orchard Stop 9 - 7:03 a.m. Seamans Rd. dan Stop 10 - 7:05 a.m. Seamans Rd./ Stop 14 - 8:24 a.m. Lk Sheridan Rd./Rt Stop 9 - 6:57 a.m. Stanton Town Rd. Stop 10 - 7:00 a.m. Lake Winola Rd. Clarkson Rd. 1016 Stop 11 - 7:06 a.m. Mathewson Terrace Stop 15 - 8:25 a.m. Lk Sheridan Rd./Rt Stop 11 - 7:13 a.m. S. Turnpike Rd. Stop 12 - 7:14 a.m. S. Turnpike Rd. Stop 12 - 7:11 a.m. Reynolds Rd. 1016 Stop 13 - 7:13 a.m. Reynolds Stop 16 - 8:30 a.m. Lk Sheridan Rd./Rt Stop 13 - 7:15 a.m. Dalton Fire Hall BUS # 18 A.M. ELEM. Stop 14 - 7:14 a.m. Reynolds 1016 Stop 15 - 7:16 a.m. Reynolds Stop 17 - 8:33 a.m. Lk Sheridan Rd./Rt Owner, James Schirg Stop 1 - 7:43 a.m. W. Main St. & Stop 16 - 7:20 a.m. Mathewson 1014 Terrace/Watkins Stop 18 - 8:35 a.m. Lk Sheridan Rd./Rt Brookside Stop 2 - 7:44 a.m. W. Main St. & Stop 17 - 7:22 a.m. Mathewson 1014 Terrace Stop 19 - 8:37 a.m. Lk Sheridan Rd./Rt Brookside Stop 3 - 7:45 a.m. W. Main St. & BUS #37 A.M. – ELEM. 1014 Brookside Owner-James Nichols Stop 20 - 8:38 a.m. College Ave. Stop 4 - 7:47 a.m. W. Main St. Stop 1 - 7:56 a.m. Rt. 407 Ext/Rt. 1017 Stop 5 - 7:48 a.m. W. Main St. Stop 2 - 7:57 a.m. Rt. 407 Stop 21 - 8:39 a.m. College Ave. Stop 6 - 7:49 a.m. W. Main St. Stop 3 - 7:58 a.m. Rt. 407 Ext/Rt. 1017 Stop 7 - 7:55 a.m. Northrup Hill Stop 4 - 7:59 a.m. Rt. 407 Stop 22 - 8:44 a.m. College Ave. Stop 8 - 7:56 a.m. Northrup Hill Stop 5 - 8:00 a.m. Rt. 407 Ext/Rt. 1017 Stop 9 - 8:03 a.m. Wilbur Hill Stop 6 - 8:05 a.m. Marshbrook BUS #15 A.M.- HIGH Stop 10 - 8:05 a.m. Lower Mill City Rd. Stop 7 - 8:06 a.m. Marshbrook SCHOOL Stop 11 - 8:08 a.m. Locust Rd. Stop 8 - 8:13 a.m. Rt. 407 Owner – Jim Schirg Stop 12 - 8:10 a.m. Stanton Town Rd. Stop 9 - 8:14 a.m. Rt. 407 Stop 1 - 7:07 a.m. College Ave. Post Stop 13 - 8:20 a.m. Bank St. Stop 10 - 8:15 a.m. Rt. 407 Office Stop 14 - 8:21 a.m. Bank St. Stop 11 - 8:19 a.m. Rt. 407/Little Red Stop 2 - 7:12 a.m. College Ave. Elem. Stop 15 - 8:23 a.m. Bank St. Caboose Center Stop 16 - 8:24 a.m. Bank & Miles Sts. Stop 12 - 8:21 a.m. Rt. 407 BUS #17 A.M. – HIGH Stop 17 - 8:26 a.m. Bank & Weatherby Stop 13 - 8:29 a.m. Seamans Rd. & SCHOOL Sts. 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Visual Arts/ Performing Arts The Many Expressions of Folk Art, At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock, through August, during scheduled movie times or by appointment. For all ages. In this exhibit, collector Patrick Robinson will display old and new folk art treasures, an eclectic mix including carvings and works for children. Cost: Free. Info: 996.1500. Dyonisia Festival Auditions, at The Olde Brick Theatre in Scranton, Aug. 8 at 6:30 p.m. The Jason Miller Playwrights’ Project at Scranton Public Theatre will hold auditions for its second annual Dyonisia festival. Parts are available for experienced male and female actors age 20 and older. Those auditioning may prepare a 1-2 minute monologue or give a cold reading from a side provided by the JMPP. Info: or 591.1378.

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Clarks Summit Arts and Wine Festival, Aug. 11from 11 a.m. to dusk on Depot Street. Includes wine, art, crafts and food. Participating will be six wineries, five live bands and various street performers. Lacawac Concert Series Presents: Classical Guitar and the Theremin, Aug. 11 at 5 p.m. at Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. concert and dinner featuring the classical guitar of Jay Steveskey accompanied by Jason Smeltzer playing the Theremin. Info: or 689.9494. Gathering of Singers and Songwriters 11, Aug. 12 at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock at 3 p.m. Admission by donation. A celebration of live folk music. Info: 996.1500. Glenburn Township 8th Annual Art Show and Sale Call for Local Artists Entries, Opening Reception will be held Oct. 7 from 3 - 5 p.m. at Glenburn Township Building, 54 Waterford Road, Dalton. Show and reception are free and open to the public Oct.7 through Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Thursdays or by appointment. This year’s theme is “Inspirations.”Artists from Lackawanna and surrounding counties are invited to participate. Entry forms must be received by Sept. 24. Info:, 563.1951 or 954.1489.

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Writers Group, for ages 18 and up, at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock, Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m., ongoing. All genres and levels of writing welcome. Cost: Free. Info: 996.1500.

During the Aug. 10 Second Friday Art Walk in Clarks Summit, Barbara Jamison will feature smaller garden items, miniature and larger bird baths, cupids and angels.

arbara Jamison began working with cast stone following a trip to Maine. Her love for gardening has provided impetus to create a variety of statuary and other garden art. “I like working with my hands,” said Jamison. At Sole to Soul, on South State Street, during the Second Friday Art Walk Aug. 10 in Clarks Summit, Jamison will feature a little bit of everything. She said, “As a working -class person, a lot of times you go to garden centers and you can’t afford these types of things, so I’ve tried very hard to make things and make them affordable…” As part of the Second Annual Clarks Summit Art & Wine Festival 2012, art will be exhibited at venues Aug. 10 and 11. For more information regarding the art walk, call 570.585.0439.

STACKS Writing Group, the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at The Banshee, 320 Penn Ave., Scranton. Info: Book Signing for Historical Book "Green Ridge" by Margo L. Azzarelli, Aug.17 at the Fidelity Bank, corner of 1610 Nay Aug Ave. and Green Ridge Street from 1 to 3 p.m. Info: 346.6179.

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Abington Art Studio’s Art Fest for Kids, Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Includes a Tie Dye workshop and other crafts for kids. Cost: $15 (includes t-shirt). The Heinz Rehab Hospital Auxiliary Craft Fair and Flea Market, Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the Rose Brader Dining Room, 150 Mundy Street, WilkesBarre Twp. Volunteers will sell handmade crafts from their gift shop, as well as gently used items donated by Hospital staff. Kathleen Barrett’s Summer Children’s Art Camp , “Fashion Illustration,” August 20 – 24. Info: 687.2133. For additional event listings, visit


Thirteen-year-old Abington Heights Middle School student Alyssa Lazar sings the National Anthem before the Dream Game in Scranton August 1.

Encore performance must have also struck a chord with the organizers of the Little League World lyssa Lazar, 13, has Series. been singing since After performing the she was about three years old. It didn’t take long National Anthem at Lamade Stadium in South before her mother, Maureen, realized her daughter Williamsport as an 11-yearold, she was asked to return had a special talent. to sing this year. She will “The first time she sang sing before the 4 p.m. game publicly was in kindergarAug. 20, once again at Laten,” Maureen Lazar said. made Stadium. “She opened up her ballet The Clarks Summit resirecital for the Devine School of Dance by singing dent is looking forward to the big spotlight of per“Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” That’s where we forming in front of people started seeing a lot (of promise).” Alyssa ’s singing voice See Encore, Page 11




Alyssa Lazar will sing the National Anthem before a game at the Little League World Series in Williamsport.

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Kudos to all of you who made River Day better than ever. From the music to the activities and displays, to the river float, to the vendors, to the attendees, it was a truly a wonderful event in our region. In fact, we can’t wait to start planning next year’s festivities. Of course, River Day would not be possible without a sponsor. Therefore, we would like to extend our thanks the Overlook Estate Foundation for sponsoring the event and the Riverside Park Commission for hosting it. The park is truly beautiful and we are lucky to have that resource right in Tunkhannock. Our next big event at the Dietrich, the Gathering of Singers and Songwriters, is just days away. Round up your friends and family and join us Sunday, August 12 at 3 p.m. for an afternoon of some of the best folk music around. The concert’s featured musicians include Jason O, Kris Kehr, Tom Flannery and Lorne Clarke. Lorne has been organizing these annual concerts for us for the past 11 years and has never let us down. The musicians’ talent, stories and fun banter in between songs always delight us. Admission is by donation. Tickets are available the day of the show or by calling 570.996.1500 for a reservation. We hope to see you there. The day after the Gathering, Monday, August 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. the Dietrich will offer a jewelry making workshop for adults with the theater’s own Esther Harmatz. In Easy Beads: Create in Clay, students will learn to create original handmade clay beads. Esther will show participants how to experiment with different designs and layers of clay to fabricate colorful and fun beads. By the end of the class, students will have fashioned a bracelet and a pair of earrings. No experience is required. Admission is $45, including the cost of materials. Call the Dietrich at 570.996.1500 to register. Near the end of August, the Dietrich Theater and the Tunkhannock Public Library will be presenting a special story hour for kids at the Tunkhannock Public Library. Children, families, and friends are invited to experience stories from Wales, told by master storyteller, Fiona Powell on Thursday, August 23 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fiona is a See Dietrich, Page 11

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Four new additions to the Adult Fiction collection at the Abington Community Library are guaranteed to keep readers in suspense, according to reviewers. Look for: “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn. On her 5th wedding anniversary, Amy Dunne, Nick Dunne’s clever and beautiful wife, disappears from their home on the Mississippi River, leaving behind a diary that reveals her pursuit of perfection could have put anyone dangerously on edge. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence, but if he didn’t kill her, where is his enigmatic, missing wife? “What Comes Next?” by John Katzenbach. A retired, terminally ill university professor witnesses a pretty young girl being kidnapped off the street. He realizes that if he doesn’t act fast, the girl may never be found alive. Meanwhile, Jennifer Riggins, the kidnapped girl, is being held prisoner by a depraved couple who run a Web site on which viewers can watch the horrors inflicted on their victims. With thousands tuning in for every episode, Jennifer is at the mercy of the pair, unaware of the fact that her own young life may depend on a man whose life is nearing its end. “Beautiful Sacrifice,” by Elizabeth Lowell. Archaeologist Lina Taylor has devoted her life to studying ancient Maya artifacts, but her structured academic life is about to spin out of control when some extremely valuable and important Maya artifacts go missing. Finding the missing artifacts is the beginning of a mystery that plunges Lina and Hunter Johnston, a former immigration and customs enforcement officer, into adventure, romance, and danger. “The Hypnotist’s Love Story,” by Liane Moriarty. Ellen O’Farrell is a hypnotherapist. When she meets Patrick, a man she likes, and the attraction seems to be mutual, she is optimistic about finally sustaining a long-term relationship. Then Patrick confides that his old girlfriend is stalking him but, unknown to him, also masquerading as one of Ellen’s clients. Three lives are set to collide in ways they never could have predicted as the plot evolves with wit and plenty of suspense. REMINDER: Children who completed the requirements of the Summer Reading Club are reminded to pick up their Certificates (until August 15) in the Children’s Room during regular library hours. The Abington Community Library is located at 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Visit our website, to register online for events or call the library at 570.587.3440. Don’t have a library card? Register for one at libraryinfo/library_card_reg.asp.



‘The Menu’ host Laurie Cadden and Chef Joe Caputo prepare at Zuppa Del Giorno for the Scranton Cultural Center’s first installment in October.

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mans will present various topical culinary creations. “This series morphed from last year. Everything BY STEPHANIE ELKO in September and hopes to made here is something Abington Journal Correspondent start a second book in Italy that people want to eat and where his inspiration came make. The presentation is nyone bored with from in his grandmother’s impressive but it’s somethe same tried and thing that anyone can do,” kitchen. true recipes or said Laurie Cadden, host “Please come. You’ll be wanting to gain skills in of the series. edu-tained,” Caputo said. the kitchen can attend All the proceeds from Audience members are Scranton Cultural Center’s the show will benefit the new program, “The Menu” encouraged to ask quesScranton Cultural Center. tions during and after the and be “edu-tained,” acAccording to Cadden, the show. Attendees will have cording to local Chef Joe series is unique because the opportunity to taste the Caputo. . food and will receive reci- the Cultural Center works The chef, who has preso closely with local caterpes. Admission is $7. pared meals in Paris and ers. The show, presented by Italy and on various cruise “This makes it possible ships will present the art of Entercom Communicafor them to work together tions, will continue into soup making for the first and create a show and installment in a series Oct. spring and will provide lends itself perfectly to be viewers with seasonal and 8 at 7 p.m. And future on stage: culinary arts and festive cuisine topics such months will feature culiperforming arts makes a as cookies in December, nary selections from seanew cooking program beer and chicken wings sonal cookies to chicken interesting,” Cadden said. with L.T. Verrastro and wings. Tickets can be purchased Cadden Brothers Beer When not traveling, at the Scranton Cultural Caputo teaches a cooking Distributors in January. Center’s box office located class at his restaurant Zup- Then Chef Gary from Fire at 420 N. Washington Ave. and Ice will preview fare pa Del Giorno, 517 Ash or by calling Ticketmaster from the 13th Annual EveStreet, Scranton. Caputo 1.800.745.3000 or visit ning of Fine Food and wrote his own cookbook that will be on the shelves Wine in April and Weg-



the beautiful Welsh countryside, who sees an enchanting fairy emerge Continued from Page 10 from a small lake. rostered artist by the Pennsylvania Council on Struck by love, he convinces her to marry him. the Arts, and a host on WVIA FM. She special- She has only one condition, that he must always izes in tales from her native Wales, tales peo- be kind. This is an easy promise, though as his ple have “gifted” her over the years. We invite farm prospers from her you to come and discov- good luck, he grows er the warmth of an hour greedier and grumpier. spent with laughter, and But if he loses his temmaybe a few tears in the per, all of his good fortune – and his lovely ancient tradition of stofairy wife – will disrytelling! Admission is appear forever. Join us free. This story hour ties in for one of these shows to find out what happens. with the Dietrich ChilAdmission is free. Tickdren’s Theatre production of “The Fairy Wife ets are available by calling the Dietrich Theater of Llyn Y Fan Fach” which will be performed at 570.996.1500 or at the Dietrich Theater ticket at the Dietrich Friday, booth. September 7 at 10 a.m. As you can see the and Saturday, September Dietrich is so much 8 at 11 a.m. This staged more than the movies. folktale from Wales is about a lonely farmer, in

Club 78th Annual Dream Game. She has never taken a singContinued from Page 10 ing lesson, but has studied under piano teacher Cathy from all around the world. “It’s a really big crowd,” she Shefski at The Music Studio since second grade and guitar said. “Getting on the field teacher Conway Rowe at Galand standing in front of the lucci Music since the begincrowd is the really fun part.” ning of this year. Alyssa anxiously awaits her “She has helped me out a next opportunity to perform lot on the piano,” Alyssa said on the diamond. of Shefski. “I really like to “Just getting to go under learn by ear piano, and she the field and then getting helps me read the notes. I ready to go on stage, I feel also really like that she lets like a superstar.” The Abington Heights Mid- me have input in the lessons, and play the songs that I like dle School student also recently sang the National An- to play.” She added that Rowe has them at the Scranton Lions

also played a big role in her development. “He has helped a lot, too,” Alyssa said. “I learned pretty much all the chords of the guitar that I need to play. He knows just about every song. He pulls up a song on his iPad and makes it really easy to learn.” Alyssa left no doubt when asked which artist inspires her singing. “Taylor Swift,” she said with a big smile. “I think it’s so great that she writes all of her own music and is such a hard worker. She puts all her emotions into her songs and performances. She’s also a


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employee for personal use.” According to State Police Trooper Connie Devens, no charges will be filed in the investigation until the results of the forensic audit are received. The Supervisors introduced the new township secretary-treasurer Sarah Griggs, originally from Dalton and now residing in Newton Township, whose first day was August 6. The supervisors said she was hired part-time to work 30 hours per week at $16 an hour, and she will generally work from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The next supervisors meeting will be held Tuesday, September 4, as the first Monday of the month falls on a holiday.

good influence. She’s never done anything bad and is just a really good person.” “I was hoping you would ask that,” Maureen Lazar added. “She’s an (Taylor Swift) addict.” Although she will just be entering eighth grade, the rising star is setting her sights high. “I hope to go on my own tour someday and inspire people as much as Taylor Swift inspires me.” After winning a singing contest at the Stagecoach Inn in Drums, she received three hours of recording studio time at Full Tilt Recording

Oh, those back to school TV and newspaper ads...they have never been welcome in my house. They tell me that summer is fast approaching its end. The gloryof no schedules and the joy of letting a day choose its own pace will soon be gone. Even in the days with seven kids at home for summer and the inevitable chaos that could bring, I never wanted to focus on school bus schedules or the ensuing shopping trips; I just wanted more picnics, sleep outs in the back yard and the next camping trip. Fortunately for me (and I hope many of my readers), our library has not jump started September. In fact, these August days at the library are full of the reminder that it is still summer. The library board will host its second annual Wine Tasting Party at Maiolatesi Wine Cellar on Sunday, August 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. In addition to the chance to sample one of the wines carefully crafted by Sal Maiolatesi, you’ll see a beautiful cherry bar made by Sal’s father and a wide selection of wine glasses, wine racks, cheese boards and gift baskets available in the retail section. But the best part of the afternoon is that a chance to see old friends, chat, sample the wine and wonderful hor d’oeuvres donated by local businesses and library patrons, listen to keyboard selections performed by Susan Sheerin and take in a spectacular view from the deck. Inside seating is also available. What could a more pleasant way to spend a late Sunday afternoon? Please join us; you’ll be helping our library as this is the board’s main fundraiser for the year and the proceeds will be used for general maintenance and improvement of our library building. Tickets, $20 per person, are available at the library or from any one of the board members. If you’d like to read more about the Maiolatesi Wine Cellar before Aug. 19, check out its web site at Last year’s event was a great success; let’s make this year’s event even better. See you on the 19th. More summer events continue at the library. The Summer Reading program is scheduled for its last event, Animals of the Night Sky presented by the Everhart Museum at the Streamside Park on Tues., August 7 at 11 a.m. This grand finale will also feature a pizza party and prizes for all participants. The Junior Battle of the Books is a challenging summer reading program for 4-6 graders. The young people have read and discussed five highly acclaimed books and the contest to challenge their knowledge of these books will take place Thursday,

Aug. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Mall at Steamtown. And the following week, students in grades 7-9 will match wits with other Lackawanna County students at the Senior Battle of the Books. This battle will occur Thursday, Aug.16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Mall at Steamtown. Over the course of the summer, these 7-9 graders have also read and discussed many outstanding and demanding books. Both groups have been most fortunate as they’ve had two wonderful facilitators, Janet Geeza and Celeste Cali. Good luck to our Dalton teams ; we’re cheering for you. Activities for adults have continued – and will continue – throughout the summer months. If you’ve never tried you hand at MahJong (Mondays at 10:15 a.m.), or bridge ( Tuesdays at 10:15), why not consider either or both? And if you love exchanging ideas about complex subjects and commonplace ones, too, why not join our Conscious Conversation group on Tuesday afternoons at 5 p.m.? Although these events won’t take place until late September and October, they are worth mentioning. The first meeting of Saturday Spotlight, Sept. 24, will feature a book suggested by Nancy Santore. “Hamlet’s Dresser” is the memoir of Bob Smith whose life was “saved” through literature and art, specifically Shakespeare and the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Conn. where he became Hamlet’s dresser. There are a few copies of this book in the library system and it’s also available at online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. As we move into October, our readers will join the Scranton Reads project when we read another memoir, “Bless Me, Ultima” by Rudolfo Anaya. The work, by the father of Chicano literature translated into English is the coming of age story of a young boy, Antonia Mares, living in the Hispanic community in New Mexico in the 1940s. His aunt Ultimo, a coriander (one who heals), comes to live with the family and helps young Antonio come to terms with all the conflicts he finds in his life. There will be 20 copies of the book available for those who want to participate in the discussion here in Dalton. Contact Janet Geezer to sign up for a copy and for further details. And while I have already had to acknowledge that time forces us to think ahead, parents (and kids, too) might want to check the library’s web site for the initial meetings of Creative Kids (grades 3-6) and the preschool story hour. That information should be available within a week.

Mary Keenan Hart is chairperson of the Friends of the Dalton Community Library. Reach her or the library staff with questions at 570.563.2014 or visit

Studios in Harrisburg where her CD, featuring country pop music, her favorite genre to sing, is being pressed. “It’s surprisingly really tiring, but it was so fun,” Lazar said of recording the album. “I really enjoyed it.” The teen will perform at a Jamboree hosted by WOLVFM Radio Sept. 29 in the Harrisburg area. The concert is for new and up- and -coming artists. A member of Our Lady of Snows Youth Choir, Lazar also cantors there. She is a member of the chorus and Student Activities Council at Abington Heights.

All the songs on her CD were written, composed and performed only by Lazar. And she had a lot of material, since she has been writing songs since age eight. Most were composed on piano, two on guitar. She began her National Anthem singing career before Abington Junior Comets games when she was eight. “That’s where she really got her start,” Maureen Lazar said. Alyssa is the daughter of Mark and Maureen Lazar. She has a brother, Mark, who attends Abington Heights High School.


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Kris Kehr brings folk music to Tunkhannock’s Dietrich Theater for the 11th annual Gathering of Singers and Songwriters concert.

Above: ’Capital Building’ photograph by Vaibhav Bhosale. Below: ’Inner Soul’ by Joe Kubic

On display at New Visions New Visions Studio & Gallery will present The Northeast Photography Club juried group show and ceramic works by Joe Kubic now through Aug. 29.


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establish a museum in the borough building,” co-chair of the museum and Secretary of the Centennial Planning Committee Dennis Martin said. The event will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony and members of the Centennial Planning Committee will have a Meet and Greet with the public. According to Martin, the museum can be accessed during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. “There are a lot of large pictures on the wall, including a map from the 1920s,” Martin said. “A large museum


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don’t work, catch a flick at the Circle Drive-In in Eynon from now until October. Visit for a schedule. Cost is $7 per person for two movies, ages 12 and up; $3 for ages 5 to 11 and free for the 4 and under crowd. 2. Take in an outdoor concert. Dalton Streamside Park is one spot to find music outdoors, during the free Summer Concert Series hosted by the Dalton Business and Professional Association. The next concert will be Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. featuring Doug Smith and the Dixieland All-Stars. Other opportunities: upcoming music events at Nay Aug Park Aug.12, 19 and 26. 3. Step outside under the stars. View the annual Perseid meteor shower, which is active from July 23 through Aug. 22. The showers typically peak August 11 and 12. For viewing times, visit Or plan to visit the Keystone College Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Observatory for a late summer astronomy program. A series of public lectures and viewing ses-

case, which contains artifacts and memorabilia related to Clarks Summit history, has also been re-shelved. Martin added that artifacts, including vintage adding machines and typewriters, along with a lot of old bills from Citizens Savings Bank, will be rotated over time. “We would love to get more stuff and expand,” he added. The event coincides with the 2nd Annual Clarks Summit Arts and Wine Festival, which is partly supported by a grant from the Centennial Planning Committee. “We’ve funded some activities of the Arts Council of the Abingtons and think they are a nice legacy of our Centennial,” Martin said.

Technology, folk unite onstage folk music and musicians Tom Flannery and Lorne What makes the Gath- Clarke as co-hosts, and two newcomers Jason O and ering of Singers and Kris Kehr. Songwriters concert “You really feel close to different than others, the musicians. It’s not just a according to Erica Roconcert but it focuses on gler from the Dietrich songwriting as well,” Rogler Theater, is that it’s held in said. an informal setting. All The music, entirely origimusicians are on stage nal, will be presented by a at once. They share range of artists. Jason O banter in between brings technology into his songs and talk about music by looping the sounds the genesis of their of instruments such as the songs as well as guitar, bass, vocals, harmotheir nies, percussion, piano, original mean- harmonica, ukulele and trumpet. His style adds funk ing. to the folk music by recordThe ing a segment live and playDietrich Theater in ing it continuously, while Tunkhannock will preadding other overlapping sent its 11th annual sounds. Kehr brings blueGathering of Singers grass to his music, whereas and Songwriters ConFlannery and Clarke focus cert Aug. 12 at 3 p.m. primarily on folk music. The concert features

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Abington Journal Staff contributed to this story. Next week: Revisit summers of your childhood.

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The William Walker Hose Company in Mayfield held its 16th annual Corn and Clam Slam July 18 to 22. Food (especially corn and clams), games, rides, live music and a parade attracted attendees . Live music was performed each night and the musicians included Jigsaw Johnny, The Jeffrey James Band and Graces Downfall. A parade on July 21 filled the ABOVE: Fire chiefs from the Artistreet with fire engines from san Fire Co. in Jermyn drive the antique fire truck in the parade. local companies.

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GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVAL Camp Create receives Wells Fargo grant The Waverly Community House has announced the receipt of a $1,500 grant from Wells Fargo Bank for its art and theatre camp for children with special needs, C ¯ amp Create. The grant will be used to further the mission of Camp Create which is designed to engage children with special needs. Camp Create will be offered the week of Aug.13. To learn more, visit or call the Comm office at 570.586.8191, extension 2. Shown from left: Patricia Blahnik, District Manager and Vice President of Wells Fargo Bank; Maria Wilson, Executive Director of the Waverly Community House; Patrick McAndrew, Manager of Clarks Summit Branch of Wells Fargo Bank and Michael Poremba, Brokerage Associate with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.





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“I just wanted to thank the Dietrich Theater for the tremendous and Lorne Clarke unusual effort they put into this show every year. These people have been supporting us through Jason O their generosity and devotion. They make this small splash on the art scene possible and are the top leaders of the arts in Wyoming County,” Clarke said. Admission is by donation and is meant for people of all ages. Reservations are not necessary but appreciated. Call for details at 996.1500.

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Be sure to stop and catch up with a porchdwelling neighbor about his fragrant flower bed or summer vacation. sions will be conducted every Wednesday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 5. Visit for directions. 4. Schedule a sunset ride. Hop in the car for a scenic drive through the countryside. Don’t forget to open the windows and sunroof. When you find a scenic vista, safely pull off to the side and take photos as a reminder of summer’s balmy evenings. 5. Before dusk, take an evening stroll. Get to know your home turf on foot. Be sure to stop and catch up with a porchdwelling neighbor about his fragrant flower bed or summer vacation. It might be so much fun you decide to set up a tent and camp in the backyard when you return home. Don’t forget to roast marshmallows and spur a singalong.




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Abington Wildcats to hold tryouts

Annual event in Factoryville celebrates a local legend

The NEPA/Abington Wildcats 16 & Under Fastpitch Travel softball organization will host tryouts for fall 2012/ summer 2013 teams. The team will attend several college showcases. Tryouts will be held August 11 from 1 to 3 p.m., August 12 from 1 to 3 p.m., August 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. and August 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Abington Heights High School. For more information or to schedule a private tryout, contact Vic Thomas at 570.351.5187, Mike Thomas at 570.241.7030, John Kelly at 570.504.4808, or by email at

The 17th Annual Christy Mathewson Days will be held August 10 and 11 in Factoryville. Mathewson, who was born and raised in Factoryville, was one of the five original inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. There will be several events held at Keystone College, one of Mathewson’s alma maters, over the weekend. The Christy Mathewson Collection will be open Aug. 10 from noon to 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. August 11. Bob Gaines, author of “The Three Mathewsons,” will hold a lecture and book signing at 8 p.m. Aug. 10, an ice cream social will follow in the Gambal Gymnasium lobby at 9:30 p.m. The events of Aug. 11 will start with “The Big Six Run/Walk.” Registration begins on the College Green at 7:30 a.m. A breakfast, courtesy of Keystone College, will be served to all participants following the race. The Christy Mathewson Adult Softball Tournament will take place at Christy Mathewson Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Christy Mathewson Day Parade, which starts at 5 p.m. at Keystone College and ends at Lackawanna Trail Elementary School at 6 p.m. The festivities will conclude with evening events at Christy Mathewson Park, including games, food, raffles, two shows by Mr. J and the 11-year-old magician, refreshments, a dunk tank, a music showcase with local talent followed by live music by Chris Hludzik. A musical introduction clinic for participants of the evening musical showcase will be organized by Devon Clarke for his Eagle Scout Project from noon to 2 p.m. at Christy Mathewson Park.

Sports group may construct complex in Plains Twp. Ultimate Sports Group, a development group, has been exploring the possibilities of constructing a year-round indoor/outdoor sports, services and events complex on the 120 acres of land behind Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Plains Township in phases through 2013-14. The NEPA Miners Football & Family Entertainment Organization is one group entering into a conditional relationship with Ultimate Sports. The Ultimate Sports master plan includes three domes, two of which would provide fully-turfed fields for baseball, softball, field hockey, soccer, football, lacrosse, track and field, and more; the third would enclose hard courts to support indoor field hockey, basketball, volleyball, dodge ball, Dek hockey and more, as well as a mixed martial arts (MMA) training center. Also planned is a fullyturfed outdoor baseball clover of four 90-foot baseball fields with clay mounds and four 60-foot softball/little league fields. These fields would include concession and retail areas, seating and parking. The Field House concept would include climbing walls that would have challenges for pre-school aged children to adults. Included would be more concessions, party and corporate event rooms, retail, a first aid room, locker rooms and storage. Ultimate Sports is welcoming on-site conceptrelated businesses such as sports medicine and rehab, child care and playground services and more. On site lodging would be within the compound. Ultimate Sports has commenced entering into conditional relationships with the following sports organizations that will represent the USG Sports Academies: Pro Staff Baseball and Softball Enterprises, Inc. with professional players Ron Chiavacci and Rich Revta; The Moosic Mets Elite Baseball Travel Team, Harry Nelson and Bill Nelson; Marilyn Pasqualichio’s Precision 4 Sports for indoor and outdoor field hockey and the NEPA Miners Football & Family Entertainment Organization [a 501 (c) 3 non profit] with Jason Muskey (President), Dan LaMagna (V.P.) and TJ. Finley (Treasurer).

A prospective luge athlete participates in a Luge Slider Search event.



he USA Luge Slider Search, aimed at boys and girls ages 9 to 13, will attempt to get children to try “an unknown.” The Search will visit Scranton August 18 and 19. The event will be held in the main parking lot of the Toyota Pavilion located at 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton. Clinics will take place each day


Children who show the most promise at luge clinics are invited to train in Lake Placid, N.Y. at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. Participants can register for the one clinic of their choice on either day. All clinics are free and participants will also receive a USA-Luge Tshirt. According to USA Luge Manager and Recruitment Director Fred Zimny, interest in the sport has been dwindling in recent years because of the popularity of other sports. He is hoping the organizations first trip to Scranton will bring out a big group of children. “As we’ve gone through the years, there seems to be a little more of a struggle to get the number of kids out to the events that we

would like,” he said. “There are more sports being offered and when you start talking about the traditional sports (baseball, football, hockey) it’s hard to talk the kids into trying luge, it’s an unknown. “The nice thing is that about nine out of 10 kids who try it end up loving it.” During a USA Luge Slider Search clinic, USA Luge coaches and athletes teach youngsters the basics of riding a luge sled, including position, steering and stopping. Armed with the basics, the young athletes make several runs down a paved street on wheeled sleds. Finally, the youngsters measure their physical skills through a battery of fitness See Fast , Page 14

The USA Luge Slider Search, aimed at boys and girls ages 9 to 13, will be in Scranton Aug. 18 and 19.

Pacyna paces County in Dream Game loss BY TOM ROBINSON For The Abington Journal

SCRANTON – Brandon Pacyna kicked two field goals and Abington Heights teammate Joe Dolan joined Lackawanna Trail’s Marvess Rosiak among the defensive leaders for the County when it dropped a 41-20 decision to the City Aug. 1 in the Dream Game. The Scranton Lions Clubsponsored game, which raises money for blindness prevention programs, drew a paid crowd of 6,746 to Memorial Stadium. The City jumped to a 13-0 lead in less than six minutes and the County was unable to recover. Pacyna kicked a 28-yard field goal with 40 seconds left in the first quarter to open the County scoring and connected again from 38 yards with 7:01 remaining. He also kicked two extra points and made a tackle. Abington Heights and

21 yards and made a tackle. Laytos carried three times for 14 yards and assisted on a tackle. Alex Filarsky, J.J. Rojenches and Kurt Burns played from Lakeland while Ryan Nichols missed the game with an injury. Filarsky was one of the captains. He caught a pass for 14 yards and returned two kickoffs for 25 yards. Rojenches alternated at quarterback. He completed ABINGTON JOURNAL/JASON RIEDMILLER eight of 12 passes for 58 Abington Heights’ grad Joe Dolan is introduced as a member of the yards and was intercepted County team. Dolan finished the game with three tackles. once. He also carried five times for 12 yards. Pat Fricke, a Scranton Prep Rosiak tied for the County Lackawanna Trail each had player from Factoryville, was lead with four tackles, infive players on the County part of the City roster. cluding one for a loss. roster while Lakeland had Wallenpaupack’s Pat Ingulli Caleb Darling, Matt Aten, four. Eric Laytos and Ben Lehman ran for 58 yards and scored Dolan had three tackles, three touchdowns for the City. were the other Lackawanna including one for a loss, and North Pocono’s J.P. Gething one assist. He also rushed the Trail players. Darling served as one of the carried 12 times for 89 yards passer into an incompletion. and two touchdowns. Casey Quinn had two tack- County captains. He had a Dunmore’s Jordan Demples and Matt Riggi one. Dylan tackle and an assist and broke up a pass. Berardelli was also repreAten caught two passes for sented the Comets. See Dream , Page 14

Rollin Thunder softball tryouts Aug. 18, 19 The Rollin Thunder 18Under softball team will hold tryouts Aug. 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to noon on both days. Tryouts will be held at the Jessup Youth sports Complex. Check-in will start at 9 a.m. For more information or to pre register, call Mark at 687.4735 or email

LL Scores Recent Little League scores include the following: North Pocono 5 Abington National 4 WP: Cory Wall 5 1/3 innings 2B: Ben Cruciani (NP), Demarco Maglio (NP), Carlin (AN) Abington National awarded the win when North Pocono was forced to forfeit because of an ineligible player. They were defeated by Lakeland, 12-2, in the next game.


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sey hit Susquehanna’s Austin Cowperthwait with a 61-yard touchdown pass with 15 seconds left in the half for a 2717 lead. Old Forge quarterback Colin Carey led the County offense. He was 8-for-15 for 147 yards, including an 84-yard touchdown pass to teammate David Argust. He also carried six times for 51 yards. Lou Febbo, also from Old Forge, ran 11 yards for the other County touchdown.

tests. Those who show the most promise at the clinics are invited to train in Lake Placid, N.Y. at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and will be considered for selection to the U.S. Junior Development Luge Team. “We’re trying to identify future athletes, but the number one thing for the kids is that it’s just plain fun,” Zimny said. “They have the opportunity to learn a new sport and slide down a big hill on an actual luge sled with inline rollerblade wheels.” Another reason Zimny believes kids should come to the event is the potential for an Olympic career. “A kid with an Olympic dream has a lot of opportunities available,” he said. “Luge is a relatively small sport in the United States. If kids have talent there is an endless amount of possibilities.” The Search produced reigning women’s World Champion Erin Hamlin, along with eight members of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Luge Team. For complete information and to register for the USA Luge Slider Search, call 1.800.USA LUGE ext 105 or visit

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Lackawanna Trail grad Marvess Rosiak makes a tackle in the 78th Annual Dream Game.

Miners sign two players The NEPA Miners signed 2009 West Virginia University graduate Anthony Wood, an All-conference football player for Coach Mark Duda at Lackawanna College as part of the 10-0 North East Conference Championship team. Wood played cornerback with three interceptions, two forced fumbles and 22 tackles before getting a scholarship to play at West Virginia for Rich Rodriguez and eventually the late Bill Stewart. The Miners also signed former Scranton and Lackawanna College quarterback A.J. McKenna. Fresh off of the indoor football season with the Erie Explosion, McKenna is looking forward to playing outdoor football and the opportunity to play at home. McKenna is coming off of aseason with the Erie Explosion of the United Indoor Football League. He led the team to a 9-4 record and a Northern Division Championship. He set the tone to start the season with a 20-32 passing performance for 282 yards and 10 total touchdowns, six passing and four rushing. He led the Explosion in passing yardage per game, total passing and passing efficiency. Prior to his time with the explosion, McKenna played for the Reading Express in 2011 after a NFL Rookie Camp with the New Orleans Saints in 2010 signing as a free agent after the NFL draft. McKenna, a graduate from Scranton High School, finished 7-4 his senior season before starting his collegiate career at Lackawanna College.

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Abington 12U girls win softball tournament The Abington Girls 12U All-Stars recently took home the championship at the Dickson City Tournament. Members of the Abington Girls 12U All-Stars are, in front from left: Maddie Brown, Emily Mahoney, Anna VanWert. Second row: Samantha Petty, Nadia Solan, Cassidy Bartkowski and Paige Morgan. Third row: Ashlynn Fitzgerald, Allison Fiorillo, Allison Kane, Emily Scarfo and Nina Kozar. In back: Coaches Jim Brown, Pat Scarfo, TJ Bartkowski and Rich Solan.


Current athletes from Pennsylvania include 2012 Youth Olympic gold medalist Summer Britcher of Glen Rock, World Cup medal winner Jayson Terdiman of Berwick and Overall Youth World Cup silver medalist Theresa Buckley of Allentown. The connection to luge in the Keystone State does not stop there. In the winter months, Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton, features a small, unrefrigerated luge track, the only such facility in the Northeast. USA Luge uses the Slider Search, now in its 27th season, as its primary means of athlete recruitment. U.S. Luge athletes have captured more than 560 international medals since 1994. Included in that total are silver and bronze medals during the 1998 and 2002 Olympic Winter Games, 25 World Cup victories, four overall World Cup doubles crowns, 18 Junior World Championship titles and 12 Senior World Championship medals. According to Zimny, the Slider Search hosts events in four to six cities each year and chooses the most talented athletes from the overall pool for training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center on ice.

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Twirlettes host baton clinic The Double R Twirlettes recently hosted an annual baton twirling clinic. Lindsay Frank, back row, center, who is feature twirler at Miami University, twirling ambassador to Peru, and national baton twirling champion, was the guest instructor. For details on the Twirlettes or to register for lessons held at the Waverly Community House, call 489.1935 or visit

Abington softball team wins tournament The Abington Girls 12U Softball Team captured the Tripp Park girls softball tournament July 28. The girls were undefeated in the tournament. This is the third All-Star tournament win for the team this season. Shown in front, from

left: Nadia Solan and Emily Mahoney. Second row: Emily Scarfo, Allison Fiorillo, Paige Morgan, Cassidy Bartkowski, Anna VanWert, Maddie Brown, Ashlynn Fitzgerald and Samantha Petty. Coaches in back: Pat Scarfo, TJ Bartkowski, Rich Solan and Jim Brown.


Cedar BMX Park, Clarks Summit “Olympic Day” (June 23) Moto 1 - 26-30 Cruiser: 1st - RJ Vargo, 2nd - Donald Brennan, 3rd - Brandon Hoover Moto 2 - 36-40 Cruiser: 1st Chris Roth, 2nd - Frank Black, 3rd - Chris Gerlach Moto 3 - 26-30 Girls Cruiser: 1st - Jessy Vargo, 2nd - Becky DePrato, 3rd - Laura Basara Moto 4 - 5 & Under Novice: 1st Kasey Turner, 2nd - Jackson Drake, 3rd - Miss Delaney Steele Moto 5 - 7 Novice: 1st - Jacob Byers, 2nd - Billy Gentile, 3rd Eric Nemeth Moto 6 - 8 Novice: 1st - Gabriella DeCesare, 2nd - Nicholas Swift, 3rd - Selena Hoover Moto 7 - 9 Novice: 1st - Caleb Seamans, 2nd - Ryan Boub, 3rd Patrick Landers , 4th - Emma Wagner Moto 8 - 10 Novice: 1st - Jessica Stangline, 2nd - Mark Strenkoski, 3rd - David Kuzmick, 4th - David Morgan, 5th - Joseph Bootz Moto 9 - 12 Novice: 1st - Rich Drummond, 2nd - Austin Basara, 3rd - Krista Martin, 4th - Brandon Strenkoski, 5th - Jacob Urban, 6th - Steven Yordy Moto 10 - 13 Novice: 1st - Christian Harris, 2nd - Bailee Jones, 3rd - Shawna Bootz Moto 11 - 15 Novice: 1st - Chris Taylor, 2nd - Brad Bortree, 3rd Matt Stangline, 4th - Brandon Hoover, 5th - Austin Harris, 6th Josh Dougherty Moto 12 - 19-27 Novice: 1st Dennis Condusta, 2nd - Tristan Halliday, 3rd - Christopher Terhune Moto 13 - 28-35 Novice: 1st - Jay Williams, 2nd - Randy Willauer, 3rd - Joe Speicher, 4th - Nick Dicton Moto 14 - 41 & Over Novice: 1st John Lee, 2nd - Clint Nichols, 3rd - Dave Stangline, 4th - Ray DeCesare Moto 15 - 6 Inter: 1st - Ben Byers, 2nd - Max Roth, 3rd - Kenneth Payne Moto 16 - 8 Inter: 1st - Nathan Smith, 2nd - Jake Gentile, 3rd - Ty Martin, 4th - Christian Black, 5th Ray DeCesare Moto 17 - 9 Inter: 1st – Gavin Drake, 2nd - Pat Murphy, 3rd Tim Karlavige Moto 18 - 10 Inter: 1st - Gavin Bruno, 2nd - Tyler Wagner, 3rd David DePrato Moto 19 - 12 Inter: 1st – Brandon Bolish, 2nd – Nate Proleika, 3rd – Seth Drake Moto 20 - 15 Inter: 1st - Cale Wary, 2nd - Dylan Turner, 3rd Lake Serafin Moto 21 - 28-35 Inter: 1st – Mason Byers, 2nd - Mike Butry, 3rd Shawn Martin, 4th - DJ DeCosmo Moto 22 - 12 Expert: 1st - Dan Uhranowsky, 2nd - Brett Butler, 3rd - Garrett Harris Moto 23 - 13 Expert: 1st - Colin Domnick, 2nd - Jacob Gerlach, 3rd - Devin Stickles Moto 24 - 19-27 Expert: 1st - RJ Vargo, 2nd - Brad Northup, 3rd Frank Regal

From left: Matt O’Malley, Mary Theresa O’Malley Ruddy, Patrick Mark O’Malley II and Patrick O’Malley.

Annual race honors community- minded man The 20th Annual Hook O’Malley 5K Run/Walk against Cancer will be held Aug. 26 at McDade Park, Scranton. The race will be held in memory of area resident Hook O’Malley, who believed in the spiritual, emotional and physical health of the youth in his community. Registration will be from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. and the race will start promptly at 10 a.m. Pre-registration cost will be $15 until Aug.23, and the race day price will be $20. For pre-registration information call 570.346.1828. There will be awards given in various age groups and T-shirts to the first 50 registrants. The race will be held regardless of the weather. The race is held in memory of Hook O’Malley, who believed in the spiritual, emotional, and physical health of the youth in his community.


NASCAR Truck Series driver Todd Bodine, left, tees off as Paul Chilek, Dexter Loeble, Mike Trudnak, Rob Crain and Mike Hales look on at the third annual ’Onion Slice’ charity golf tournament.

Golf tourney breaks record

More than 224 golfers participated in the sold-out, third annual “Onion Slice Open,” hosted by Todd and Janet Bodine at the Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club in Mountaintop Aug. 2. The event was the largest golf tournament in the state of Pennsylvania and the largest fundraising golf tournament in Blue Ridge Trail history. The proceeds of $105,000 will be invested in services to help pediatric patients treated for brain injuries and other

neurological impairments at Allied Services Heinz Rehab Hospital. The grand total raised by the Onion Slice Opens since 2010 is over $279,000. This year’s tournament was presented by Northeastern Pennsylvania Toyota Dealers and Jack Williams Tire. Additional sponsors included Tootsie Roll, the Tambur Family, many NASCAR drivers and friends of Todd “the Onion” Bodine.

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ABOVE: Jerry Pikus, far left, helps run one of the game stands while at right, front to back, Mikey Malone, Robby Horvath, Johnny Silel and Tony Dalasio play the game.

Milestone moments The 20th Annual Our Lady of the Snows Country Bazaar was a milestone for the parish and its volunteers August 2 and 3 on the grounds of the Church of St. Benedict, Newton Ransom Blvd.

ABOVE: ’Yes, you can carry this tree on the bus.’ Mickey Mastriani, left, and Peggy LaCoe at the plant stand inform everyone that plants purchased can be shuttled to the parking area by bus. AT LEFT: Natalie Lepry runs the Frog Hopper game at Our Lady of the Snows Country Bazaar on Saturday August 4.


ABOVE: From left, Chris Schmidt, Jenn Schmidt and Dylan Asay run the pierogi and halushki stand.

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