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The Abington Journal♦Clarks Summit, PA


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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