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Dalton Library Delights with Mary Keenan Hart

It’s still summer at the library


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.

Never ask ‘What’s for dinner?’ again One chef delivers Grandma’s secret recipe at Masonic Temple

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.

The Abington Journal 08-08-2012  

The Abington Journal 08-08

The Abington Journal 08-08-2012  

The Abington Journal 08-08