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The Abington Journal♦Clarks Summit, PA

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.

The Abington Journal 08-08-2012  

The Abington Journal 08-08

The Abington Journal 08-08-2012  

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