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Five Folks Our reporter adopted a new cat and our photographer has a dog, which inspired us to ask:

"What kind of animal makes the best pet?" “A dog. We have a yellow lab, and she’s great with the baby.” Alison Drozdowski, 34, Wilkes-Barre

“A dog. They’re nice and friendly. My dog is a lap dog.” Alison Kodish, 31, Hanover Township

“I had a Siamese cat for 24 years and then two love birds. (All passed away.) Now I’m free and I can travel.” Ethel Long, 80, Wilkes-Barre

“A cheagle, half beagle and half Chihuahua. They’re friendly, they want to cuddle, and they don’t bark.” Stephanie Cibello, 29, Bear Creek Township

“Our cheagles.” (He showed photos on phone.) Curt Cibello, 29, Bear Creek Township



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and find adventure among the trees By SARA POKORNY


You need to watch your step as you make your way through unstable swing bridges in the TreeTop Adventure courses at Camelback.

IF YOU GO Camelback Mountain Adventures, 1 Camelback Road, Tannersville. 629-1661. Open seven days a week through Labor Day, then open weekends through November as weather permits Attractions: • Tree Top Adventure Course 9 years old and up: $49 Explorer course for ages 6 to 10: $29. • 4,000-foot Zip Flyer 8 years old and up: $29 • Mountain Coaster Driver: $14/single ride. Minimum 9 years old (to ride alone) and 52 inches tall Rider: $10/single ride. Minimum 3 years old and 36 inches tall. Must be driven by a guest at least 16 years of age. • Twin 1000-foot Ziplines Minimum weight 60 pounds; maximum weight 250 pounds: $15/ single ride or $20/two rides.

first are given a ground-level runthrough of what to expect and how to tackle certain obstacles properly. After that they are set free on a route of their choice, which ranges in difficulty among the Oak, Big Pocono, Pharaoh, Asp and Cliffhanger courses. Climbers are securely clipped into a safety cable throughout the entire course, so a slip means falling only as far as your cable is long. Obstacles include various ziplines, a climbing wall, barrels to conquer, swinging bridges and another of McAllister’s favorites, a “skateboard-like” apparatus on which you stand to coast down a hill. The TreeTop courses seem to call to those looking to get physical, but Camelback has other experiences that involve a little less action yet provide the same thrill. See GLORY, Page 4



ill Hill couldn’t help looking down as he put one foot in front of the other along a thin, taut cable suspended above the ground, clinging to another cord above his head. He inched his way from one side to the other, all the while thinking about Nik Wallenda, the tightrope walker who successfully trekked across Niagara Falls earlier this year. “I can’t imagine how he must have felt doing that, because I know I was getting a major adrenaline rush just being up in the trees, nowhere near as high as he was,” the 51-year-old Pittsgrove, N.J., resident said of his time working through the Treetop Adventure Course at CBK Mountain Adventures. “It was an absolute thrill.” As the summer winds down, many might still be seeking that last great adventure – the one that gets the heart racing, the blood pumping and might even deliver a hefty dose of coldblooded fear. CBK Mountain Adventures, in Tannersville, is one of the newest spots on the regional scene to offer daredevils their grab at glory. The Pocono Mountains operation associated with Camelback Mountain Resort has several opportunities for thrill-seekers, the biggest of which is a set of TreeTop Adventure courses. “It’s really challenging,” Vicki McAllister, 18, who took on the course with Hill, said. “One of the best parts was getting on the rope swing and swinging into a cargo net. Oh, and then there’s this pogo-stick-looking thing. And the zipline, of course.” It might be hard for anyone to nail down a favorite obstacle among any of the five courses Camelback offers. Participants



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• Above the Poconos Skydivers, 200 Old Airport Road, Hazleton. 788-2476. First tandem skydiving lesson and jump $224.

hile Camelback Resort offers some of the newest, most intriguing forms of mountaincentric adventure, there are plenty of other ways to get not only a rush but prove you still have it – or just got it – in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Just ask Ronnie Bucari, 51, of Old Forge, who finally had a chance to get behind the wheel of a racecar at the Pocono Raceway.

“You’re going 160-some miles an hour, which of course you don’t ever get a chance to do legally, and it’s just such a good time,” he said. “The speed, how the cars handle going through the turns. Pocono is a hard track to race, and to watch it on TV you just don’t realize that what these guys do is amazing. They do it for four hours. I did it for eight or nine laps, and I was sore the next day. The adrenaline gets you so pumped up.” The Pocono Raceway StockCar racing experience in Blakeslee gives race fans a chance to pilot an actual race car as well as just go along for the ride if they don’t wish to get behind the wheel. For those who don’t want to be grounded, plenty of up-in-the-air options beckon. Instead of getting behind the wheel of a car, adventure-seekers can control a plane, after taking flying lessons with Valley Aviation. “It’s a totally different feeling than being behind the wheel of a car, which everyone is accustomed to,” Rob Semyon, airport director of operations, said. “You’re limited to what you can see in a car, but when you’re in the

• Valley Aviation Flying Lessons, 2001 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. 288-3257. Introductory one-hour lesson is $100. Each lesson thereafter is in the range of $150. • Pocono Raceway StockCar Racing Experience, Blakeslee. 877-786-2522. Six- and three-lap ridealongs available starting at $139. Eight-lap drives available starting at $499. • Wilkes-Barre Climbing Gym, 102 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. 8247633. Three climbs for $25, $13 day pass, among several other rates.

Jeff Wittenbrader of Lake Ariel, right, sits in the cockpit of his Piper Cherokee airplane after landing with Valley Aviation chief flight instructor Rick Harowicz at the Wyoming Valley Airport in Forty Fort. Wittenbrader, already a pilot, is working on attaining his instrument rating.

• Gotcha Indoor Paintball, 257 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. 208-9001. Open play rates: Friday, $15 Admission includes one pod of balls, $25 admission includes one bag of balls, and $45 admission includes two bags of balls. Saturday, free admission and $10 pods of balls. Sunday, $25 admission and bring your own paint or $15 admission plus paintballs.

what’s called bouldering in the great outdoors. The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, on the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border, offers a seemingly endless list of courses, many with interesting names. Visit for details. True to its name, Gotcha! also is a hot spot for paintball, of course, which may sound akin to a day at the beach. Until you’ve tried. Let’s just say those who choose not to cover up here had better like the colors black and blue. And, finally, for those looking for perhaps the most of-the-moment outdoor adventuring,

there’s slacklining, a twist on tightrope-walking that’s all about agility and balance. Slacklining involves balancing on a narrow but flexible piece of webbing usually anchored between trees. It originated in the climbing world but has evolved into a backyard activity and competitive sport as well. It may have started out as somewhat extreme and obscure, but it’s become more well-known since it showed up in Madonna’s Super Bowl Halftime Show. This is an activity that need not be done in an official setting, and the curious can buy their own equipment. Visit for more information.


air you can see for miles. Everything is wide open.” Valley Aviation gives lessons daily, and an intro course costs $100. This includes a half hour of ground work, when wannabe flyers learn the controls, then half an hour of actually getting and controlling the plane in the air. Semyon said the best part about taking these lessons is that they can be done at the flyer’s pace, taken whenever he or she likes. Each lesson after the introductory costs about $150. Sky diving is another high-altitude option and can be done at Above the Poconos Skydivers in Hazleton. You’ll be in good hands with this organization, which has


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Loretta, 49, and Michele, 18, wife and daughter of Bill Hill, found their thrill on one straight, 4,000-foot shot. “Seriously, how awesome?” Loretta asked of her daughter when trying to explain what it was like to ride the Zip Flyer. “It’s incredible. It’s so high up, you can see

been around since 1961, making it the oldest continuously running, same-management, United States Parachute Association member skydiving center in the world. The center is run by Don Kellner, who holds the Guinness World Record for the most sport parachute jumps. Then there are the more earthbound thrills, which, nonetheless, require some guts. Take rock climbing. The Wilkes-Barre Climbing Gym on Main Street and Gotcha! Indoor Paintball, also on Main Street in Wilkes-Barre, are two places to test your scaling skills indoors. Those seeking a more natural experience might want to try

everything.” The Zip Flyer is one of the newest additions to Camelback and provides a different experience than a zipline, of which Camelback has a twin set of 1,000-footers. Ziplines harness riders in and allow them to move about, hanging whichever way they please. The Zip Flyer, however, has the rider seated in a swinglike apparatus for the entire ride so he or she can sit back and relax while careening over tree tops. Camelback’s starts all the way at the top

of the mountain, sending riders over trees, then the water park, only to land in an upper-level parking lot. “It’s breathtaking,” Michele Hill said. “It’s a little scary when you’re up there just waiting to go down, but you can’t beat that feeling once you finally start going down the mountain.” CBK also just opened its newest attraction, the Mountain Coaster, which traverses a 4,500-foot steel track that reaches 38 feet at its highest point. If that’s not

enough to get your heart racing, consider this: You’re in control of the speed. The two-seat ride lets gravity take over once the car hits the top of the first hill, then it’s up to the driver to control the speed and breaks as he or she flies around at speeds topping out at 30 miles per hour. Just another conduit for that coveted late-summer adrenaline. “Who wouldn’t want to spend a day in those trees, climbing around?” McAllister asked. “I would do it over and over again.”



T H I S W E E K : AU G. 17 TO 23, 2012

It’s all about the tomato this weekend at the 29th annual Pittston Tomato Festival, but there will be plenty to see, smell, touch, taste and feel besides the signature fruit. The festival offers live entertainment, a Festival Parade, a 5K run, games, rides, arts and crafts, bingo, Saturday Tomato Fights and the everpopular Sauce Wars. Find the fun on Main Street in downtown Pittston from 5 to 11 tonight, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. 655-2398.

Italian Festival, with Italian and American foods, games of chance, themed-basket raffle, children’s games, crafts and entertainment by DYN (tonight) and Joe Lastovica and Polka Punch (Saturday). Sponsored by the Church of St. Joseph at the Maria Assunta Grounds, 901 Monroe St., Berwick. 4 to 9 tonight; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday. 752-7000. Downtown Car Cruise, with raffles, food and lots of classic cars. Sponsored by the Villa Capri Cruisers Car Club. All vehicles welcome. The Mall at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 6 to 9 tonight. 344-2014. Mount Airy Fireworks, a free pyrotechnics show set to music. Mount Airy Casino Resort, 312 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono. 9 tonight. 243-5240. Living History and Civil War Weekend, with re-enactors, military encampments, small-arms and artillery demonstrations, skirmishes, living-history scenarios, period crafters, food and period music by Kent Courtney and David Matsinko. Also: a talk on old slave songs and a Patriotic Tea served at the Sharpe House. Eckley Miners Village, Highland Road, off Route 940, Eckley. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $6, $5.50 seniors, $4 children. 636-2070. Pioneer Day, the 20th annual

event with coal-mine tours, steamtrain rides, music by Memory Lane, an 80-vendor craft fair, petting zoo, historical displays, bingo and festival foods including a chickenbarbecue dinner. Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine, 19th and Oak streets, Ashland. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 875-3850. Heritage Explorer Train Excursion, the 7th annual train ride from Scranton to the Pioneer Nights

Ethnic Heritage Festival in Carbondale for special activities celebrating Eastern European Heritage Day along with live music, food, an art walk and children’s activities. Departs from Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton Saturday at 10 a.m. with arrival in Carbondale at 11:45 a.m. and a return to Scranton at 4 p.m. $5. Reservations: 348-3003. Emilio Ranieri Memorial Bike



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THE GUIDE Summer Film Series: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” the 1961 Oscar-winning classic with Audrey Hepburn as a young New York City socialite. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, WilkesBarre. 1 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. $6, $4 (matinee); $3 students. 826-1100.


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only. 474-5034. Downtown Scranton Walking Tour, highlighting classic architecture in the Gothic District. Sponsored by the Lackawanna Historical Society. Meet at Washington Avenue and Vine Street, Scranton. 11 a.m. Saturday. 344-3841. Cruise for the Cure, a fundraiser for cancer patient Joe (Butch) Long of Falls with muscle cars, street rods, classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Saturday with registration at 11 a.m. in the parking lot of Thomas’ Family Market, 420 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock ($10 drivers, $5 passengers). Cruise concludes at the Lake Winola Volunteer Fire Company on Route 307 with a party from 1 to 6 p.m. with food, refreshments, basket drawing, raffles and music by DJ Rayztoonz. $10 party only. 388-3930. Train Excursion, a round trip from Scranton to Moscow powered by a historic steam locomotive. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Saturdays through Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2 with a 12:30 p.m. departure and 2:30 p.m. return. $24, $22 seniors, $17 children. Reservations: 3405204. Hi-Lites Motor Club Car Cruise, with food, music and prizes. Twist & Shake, 1405 Route 29, Pikes Creek. 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday (Rain date: Sunday). 477-2477. Obon Lantern Ceremony, a traditional Buddhist evening of remembrance of loved ones who have passed on. With a vegetarian supper, lantern painting, meditation, calling of the names, procession and floating of lanterns in the night’s stream followed by a bonfire and refreshments. Endless Mountain Zendo, 104 Hollow Road, Stillwater. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday. 925-5077.


The Voices Project: Disability, a staged reading of memoirs on living with disabilities as seen

Nature in Your Neighborhood, a walk along the River Common to discover its plants and wildlife, led by Diane Madl of Nescopeck State Park. Meet at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, 40 W. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. Wednesday. Free. 823-2191.

Hop aboard the Heritage Explorer Train on Saturday for a trip to the Carbondale Pioneer Nights Ethnic Heritage Festival. through the eyes of disabled people, their parents and children. A project of Misericordia University’s psychology students. Sordoni Theater, WVIA Studios, off Old Boston Road, Pittston. 7 p.m. Saturday. Free but reservations required. 602-1150. Reunion Dance, with a reuniting of two popular local bands: Eddie Day & the Original Starfires and Joe Nardone & the Allstars. Irem Temple Country Club Pavilion, 397 Country Club Road, Dallas. 7:3011:30 p.m. Saturday. $25 includes refreshments and pizza. Tickets are available at all Gallery of Sound locations and at Dymond’s Farm Market & Bakery in Shavertown. 829-3603. Back Mountain Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show and Flea Market, the 29th annual event with trophies awarded in 30 classes. Luzerne County Fairgrounds, Route 118, Dallas. Sunday with registration at 8 a.m. and show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Breakfast and lunch available. Free admission; $12 per vehicle entry. Proceeds benefit the Lake-Lehman Band Sponsors. 477-3264. Forty Fort Meeting House Tours, guided walks through the historic 1807 church, the area’s oldest religious edifice, with box pews, elevated pulpit and hand-carved columns. 20 River St., in the Forty Fort Cemetery. 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 23. $2, $1 children.

287-5214. Denison House Tours, guided tours of the restored 1790 home of early settler Nathan Denison, 35 Denison St., Forty Fort. 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 30. $4, $2 children. 288-5531. Victorian Tea and Garden Party, an authentic event following the etiquette and manners of Victorian England. Presented by Queen Victoria’s Court at the Frederick Stegmaier Mansion, 304 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Reservations: 406-1435. Beach Party Open House, with complimentary refreshments, an ice-cream sundae bar, facility tours, meet and greet with staff and prize giveaways. Phoenix Rehabilitation, 685 Carey Ave., Wilkes-Barre. 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Clothing donations for children are welcome. Registration: 829-0539.

FUTURE Plymouth Kielbasa Festival, the ninth annual street festival with a Kielbasa Contest, two stages of entertainment, car show, Saturday parade, craft-and-food vendors and more. Main Street, Plymouth. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 24 and 25. Information at St. Stanislaus Block Party, with games, children’s amusements, basket raffles, beer tent, ethnic and American foods and entertainment by Jerry Sapphire (Friday and Saturday), Blush (Friday) and Crock Pot Abduction (Saturday). St. Stanislaus Polish National Catholic Church, East Elm Street and Pittston Avenue, Scranton. 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 24 and 25. 961-9231. St. Faustina’s Got Talent, a local talent show. St. Faustina Cultural Centre (formerly St. Stanislaus Church), 38 W. Church St., Nanticoke. 6 p.m. Aug. 24. $5, $3 youths. 735-4833.

Mount Airy Fireworks, a free pyrotechnics show set to music. Mount Airy Casino Resort, 312 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono. 9 p.m. Aug. 24 and Sept. 1. 243-5240. Bark for Life, a dog-walk event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society with activities for dogs and their owners. Nesbitt Memorial Park, Kingston. Aug. 25 with dog registration at 8 a.m. and event from 9 a.m. to noon. 562-9749. Car Cruise and Barbecue, sponsored by Motorheads of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Wegmans, 220 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 25. 825-4400. Ethnic Food Festival, with potato pancakes, halupki, pierogies, goulash, haluski, pagach, clam chowder and more. Also: theme baskets, crafts and children’s games. St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 93 Zerby Ave., Edwardsville. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 25. 824-4248. Downtown Scranton Walking Tour, highlighting the architecture of bank buildings, churches and businesses. Sponsored by the Lackawanna Historical Society. Meet at Lackawanna and Cedar avenues, Scranton. 11 a.m. Aug. 25. 344-3841. Jessup Summer Wine Festival. Quench your thirst with icy-cold summer wines and wine slushies along with the signature pig roast and other foods, live music, arts and crafts and more. Jessup Carnival Grounds, 333 Hill St., Jessup. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 25. $15 advance, $25 at the gate, $5 designated drivers. 836-5253.





ack in Victorian times, a lady might not come right out and say, “I want to dance the next waltz with you,” or “I need some air” or any other comment she wanted to get across to a gentleman at a fancy ball or party. Fortunately, there was another way to give signals. Using the fan she held in her hand, she might tilt it this way or that, fold it or flutter it all sorts of ways.

“It was presumed no one else understood what they were communicating to their beaux,” Victorian expert Carle Welter said. “But, probably, everyone did.” “The language of the fan” will be demonstrated Sunday afternoon at the Frederick Stegmaier Mansion in downtown WilkesBarre, as part of a Victorian Tea and Garden Party. Chef Jody Klocko is planning a menu of “fresh blueberry muffins and various creams and butters with salads and soup and tea sandwiches,” Welter said. “And, of course, he’s a pastry chef, so the dessert will be magnificent.” Welter, a retired teacher from Dallas, will be hostess for the event and has been sewing a new, early-1900s-style gown in honor of the occasion. “I’ve always been interested in history, and I started doing Civil War re-enactments with the 81st

You can expect lovely place settings when you visit the mansion.

IF YOU GO What: Victorian Tea and Garden Party Where: Frederick Stegmaier Mansion, 304 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre When: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday Reservations: (570) 406-1435 Tickets: $38.50

Pennsylvania regiment,” she said. “Then I fell in love with (the Frederick Stegmaier mansion), and now I have a whole new wardrobe.” Other guests at Sunday’s party needn’t make entire outfits from scratch, but to add to the atmosphere, Welter said, “We’re hoping ladies wear hats.” Plans call for guests to be greeted on the Stegmaier Mansion’s newly renovated porch with raspberry lemonade, and the meal will be served indoors. If the weather cooperates, everyone will be invited to try their hands at croquet, courtesy of John and Jennifer Ochman of West Pittston, who are bringing vintage mallets. Croquet may be considered a children’s game nowadays, Jennifer Ochman said, but it was a popular lawn game for adults during Victorian times.

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to eat more than we do today because they worked so hard,” If you want to see how sol- she said. “A typical breakfast diers lived during the Civil War might be meat leftover from – or how their families sur- the night before, oatmeal or vived back home – an encamp- porridge, bread and biscuits ment this weekend at Eckley with butter and cheeses.” A Civil War encampment is a Miners Village will offer some much more rustic setting than clues. Here you might see anything fancy-dress balls she has atfrom members of a Yankee re- tended as a re-enactor, Ochman said. Here giment cleaning you’re likely to see their guns to re-en- IF YOU GO lots of simple cotactors writing letters ton dresses rather with quill pens or What: Living than wide-skirted building a cooking History and Civil War Weekend gowns that could be fire. Where: Eckley dangerous near a “It’s not a sham,” Miners Village, said re-enactor Jen- Highland Road, off fire. “Fire was a probnifer Ochman of Route 940, Eckley lem for women in West Pittston. “What When: 10 a.m. to 5 the 1860s,” Ochman you see us cooking p.m. Saturday and said, hinting at the when you come is Sunday Reservations: tragedies that ocwhat we’ll be eating (570) 636-2070 for lunch or dinner.” Tickets: $6, $5.50 curred when someone got too close to Ochman will be seniors, $4 chila fireplace or outpart of a group repre- dren door cauldron. senting the work Re-enactments give visitors women did at home while the menfolk were away fighting for a hint of many dangers and the Union or the Confederacy. hardships of the past, she said. “I always think about wom“There will be tents, but I usually tell people to consider en’s issues when I go to these those tents to be brick-and- things. You can always see how mortar houses,” she said. difficult it was, how they had to “We’re representing a living- come together as a community. Today we’re very self-conhistory Main Street at home.” The re-enactor expects tained, but in those days, if you she’ll do some sewing and cro- didn’t get along with your cheting while other women neighbors and share you could find yourself in desperate will be cooking and baking. “People in those days tended shape.” By MARY THERESE BIEBEL



Carle Welter will be the hostess of a garden party at the Stegmaier Mansion this weekend.


Andrew and Christopher Ondish, Union Soldiers of the 81st Regiment, write with a quill during a previous encampment at Eckley Miners Village.


OUTDOORS T H I S W E E K : AU G. 17 TO 23, 2012

T H I S W E E K : AU G. 17 TO 23, 2012

Geo-Caching on the Back Mountain Trail. Meet at the Parry Street Trailhead in Luzerne. 9 a.m. Saturday. 696-5082.

Let’s Make a Music Video, release your inner rock star by creating your own video. For ages 8 to 14. Box of Light Studios, 203 W. Main St., Bloomsburg. 6 to 8 tonight. 764-2388.

Star Party, a star-gazing session with the Lackawanna Astronomical Society. Meet at Pavilion #3, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 9 p.m. Saturday. Not suitable for young children. 696-9105.

Dinosaurs and the Bible, a children’s program addressing the question “Does the Bible really talk about dinosaurs?� HoulihanMcLean Center, 342 Jefferson Ave., University of Scranton. 10 a.m. Saturday. 717-830-9855.

Ricketts Glen Hike, seven difficult miles on the Bulldozer Trail. Meet in the lower parking lot, Ricketts Glen State Park, Route 118, Sweet Valley. 12:45 p.m. Sunday. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 346-8010.

Back-to-School Kids Fun Fair, with free entertainment, interactive exhibits and games including a giant inflatable bounce house, magician John Graham, Kids Karaoke, juggler Rob Smith, hula-hoop contest, face painting, balloons, Gymboree play and music, a performance by KISS Theatre along with vendors offering products and services for children. Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 822-9944.

Keystone Active Zone Passport, a free program that encourages people to get outside and active at more than 30 local parks, trails and events in Luzerne County. Earn awards and prizes by exploring the county and logging your discoveries through Sept. 30. Join anytime by registering at or call 823-2191.

Who Lays Eggs? A session for ages 3 to 5 with stories, crafts and activities. Campground Amphitheater, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 3 p.m. Saturday. 696-9105.

FUTURE Hook O’Malley 5K Run and Walk Against Cancer, the 20th event. McDade Park, Scranton. Aug. 26 with registration 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. and race at 10 a.m. $20. 346-1828.

Scavenger Hunt, searching for natural items in the woods. Campground Amphitheater,

Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 5 p.m. Saturday. 6969105. Early Explorers, museum-based learning in literature, arts and natural sciences for ages 3 to 5. Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Nay Aug Park, Scranton. Mondays through Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. Free. 346-7186. Children’s Storytime, a reading of Todd Parr’s “The Underwear Book.� Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 421 Arena Hub Plaza, WilkesBarre Township. 10 a.m. Tuesday and 6:30 p.m. Thursday. 8294210. Glow in the Dark Night, with “glowing� crafts, activities and snacks. For ages 4 and older. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. 823-0156.

FUTURE Hyronomous A. Frog (The Frog Prince), about the inept and lonely frog who needs to be kissed to return to human form. Presented by Applause Theatre at Good Shepherd Church, 1780 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 7 p.m. Aug. 24-25; 3 p.m. Aug. 26. With light refreshments. $10, $8 children. 430-1149. The Fresh Beat Band, the teen troupe of popular Nickelodeon TV stars. Allentown Fair, 302 N. 17th St., Allentown. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1. $35, $20. 610-433-7541.


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The pool area of the Genetti Hotel in Wilkes-Barre will be decked out in island style tomorrow for a luau party to benefit the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Matchmaking, moneymaking team up for a good cause



t’s entirely possible that tomorrow night you can find your soulmate and aid a worthy charity in the process. “We hold social events for our members yearly so they can meet one another, but in the case of a fundraiser we like to open it to the public,” Francine Kanyok, office administrator at All About Singles in WilkesBarre, said. “We’re all about helping members of the community, and with this we want to make sure we give back.”

All About Singles has planned a Luau Party from 6 to 10 tomorrow night in the pool area at the Genetti Hotel on Market Street in Wilkes-Barre. More than half of the proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. All About Singles is no stranger to hosting fundraising events. Just last year one was organized for a member’s son who had leukemia. This year’s organization of choice hits close to home. “It’s a very special organization

to us because the father of our founder, Sharon Smith, has Alzheimer’s,” Kanyok said. Smith has often cited her father, Howard Gilcrease, as a source of inspiration and knowledge. His diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, an ailment estimated to affect as many as 5.1 million Americans, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, a separate entity from the Alzheimer’s Foundation, came recently. See LUAU, Page 11




Welcome to Tuna, TX



uite frankly, actor Bob Shlesinger said, he wouldn’t want to live in a place like Tuna, Texas. • “It’s too conservative,” he said, “and the Klan is still around.” • You might not want to stay there, either, but it could be interesting to visit the fictitious little town, courtesy of Scranton Public Theatre, this weekend.

all to the good, as far as the two male actors are conTuna is home to about 200 good ol’ boys and cerned. girls, about 10 percent of whom you’ll meet in the “Women playing guys aren’t funny,” Shlesinger two-man play “A Tuna Christmas.” said. “But guys playing women are.” “Tony (Santaniello) has about 10 characters, The script, “a rural redneck and I have about nine,” Shlesinger satire that paints a picture of the said. American Southwest,” calls for “They range from cantankerous IF YOU GO so many quick changes, he addold women to mothers to thugs to What: “A Tuna Christmas” stuck-up little teenage girls to radio Where: Olde Brick Theatre, rear ed. “The costume changes are almost a third character.” personalities to drunks. It’s a con- 128 W. Market St., Scranton When: 8:15 tonight and Saturday Among the story lines that glomeration.” Reservations: (570) 344-3656 weave their way through the dia“They’re all great characters,” Tickets: $15 logue are a “troubled production” Shlesinger said, offering as examof “A Christmas Carol” as well as ple Didi, the owner of a used-weapthe local radio station’s sponsorship of a Christmasons store whose motto is “If we can’t kill it, it’s decorating contest. People are wondering about the immortal.” “Christmas Phantom,” who is not content to leave Many of the Tuna residents whose storylines those yard displays alone. weave through the dialogue are women, which is

S TA G E THIS WEEK: AUG. 17 TO 23, 2012 Disney’s Cinderella Kids and Fame JR, two musicals performed by the Kirby Kidz, a summer theater program of the Harris Conservatory for the Arts. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 6 tonight and Saturday. $18. 718-0673. Legally Blonde, the Broadway musical about a quintessential Valley Girl who follows her ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School, where she realizes she has a lot more to offer than a pretty face. Presented by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts at the J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. Through Aug. 26: 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $16, $14 seniors and students, $10 children. Optional pre-show dinner available. 454-5451.


Madame Butterfly, Puccini’s romantic opera set in Japan after World War II, presented in Italian by the Pennsylvania Lyric Opera with a full orchestra. Notre Dame High School, 60 Spangenburg Ave., East Stroudsburg. 7:30 tonight; 3 p.m. Sunday. $20, $15 students and seniors, $5 children. 3285864 or Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot! The Joan Harris Centre’s annual summer show with more than 300 dancers performing rou-

tines to summertime themes. Knoebel’s Amusement Resort, Route 487, Elysburg. 4 and 7 p.m. Wednesday. Free. 287-7977.

FUTURE Through the Looking Glass, performed by Phoenix Kids at the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St., Duryea. 7 p.m. Aug. 24-25 and 31; 2 p.m. Aug. 26; 2 and 7 p.m. Sept. 1. $10. Reservations: 457-3589. A Disney Dance Party and Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, performed by students of the Summer Theatre Workshop. Music Box Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. 7 p.m. Aug. 24-25; 2 p.m. Aug. 26. $8. 283-2195. Hyronomous A. Frog (The Frog Prince), about the inept and lonely frog who needs to be kissed to return to human form. Presented by Applause Theatre at Good Shepherd Church, 1780 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 7 p.m. Aug. 24-25; 3 p.m. Aug. 26. With light refreshments. $10, $8 children. 430-1149.

ANNOUNCEMENTS Broadway Bus Trip, to see “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” starring Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier. Leaves from the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 8 a.m. Sept. 12 returning at approximately 11 p.m. $220 includes transportation, play and dinner at Carmine’s. Reservations: 996-1500.

EXHIBITS CLOSING SOON Summer Sonata: The Paintings of Sharon Cosgrove. Through Aug. 25 at ArtWorks Gallery & Studio, 503 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 2071815. Northeast Photography Club Show, a juried group exhibit along with ceramic works by Joe Kubic. Through Aug. 29 at New Visions Studio & Gallery, 201 Vine St., Scranton. 878-3970. The Many Expressions of Folk Art, old and new folk-art treasures including paintings, carvings, puppets, wall hangings and more. Through Aug. 31 at the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Open during movie screenings. 996-1500. Art Exhibit, 28 works in colored pencil, pastels and mixed media by Hunlock creek artist Charles “Woo-

Tony Santaniello and Bob Shlesinger star in the Scranton Public Theatre’s production of ‘A Tuna Christmas’ through tomorrow at the Olde Brick Theatre in North Scranton. dy” Woodworth. Through Aug. 31 at Berwick Hospital Center, 701 E. 16th St. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. 759-5000. BEEyond, bees as photographed by Rose-Lynn Fisher along with “Directing Sunbeams: Beekeeping in Northeast Pennsylvania.” Through Sept. 3 at the Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. $5. 346-7186. Watercolor Explorations, paintings of Italy along with landscapes and florals by area artist Linda Keck. Through Sept. 5 at Marquis Art & Frame, 515 Center St., Scranton. 344-3313. Pennsylvania Artisans Exhibit, including glass, pottery, sculpture, paintings, mixed media and drawings. Through Sept. 6 at the Schulman Gallery, Campus Center, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 740-0727. Two Travelers, paintings and pho-

tography of France by Mary Lou Steinberg and her niece Kate Senunas. Through Sept. 8 at Marquis Art & Frame, 122 S. Main St., WilkesBarre. 823-0518. Igor Khazanov: Beyond the Status Quo, powerful expressionist paintings by the Russian artist. Through Sept. 22 at the Pauly Friedman Gallery and the MacDonald Gallery, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 674-6250. A Bit of Britain, a photographic tour of Great Britain by Elizabeth Hoegg. Through Sept. 26 at the Fly on the Wall Art Gallery, Dragonfly Café, 9 E. Broad St., Hazleton. 4541214.

ANNOUNCEMENTS Call for Entries, for Camerawork Gallery’s September Cameraphone Show. Entry forms and rules available at Deadline: Aug. 31.

BEST BET A Thousand Words, the new fine-art gallery in Kingston, opened its second exhibit, “Kiln to Film, Pottery and Animation” spotlighting the decorative and functional ceramic art of Harleysville artist Ellen Mulvenna along with works by Gerry Stankiewicz of Wilkes-Barre whose drawing skills are specifically geared toward animation and character design. The gallery also is displaying art from the Studio on Salem, part of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program at NHS Human Services in Carbondale. Stop by at 253 Wyoming Ave. in Kingston from noon to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. 899-5578.


LUAU Continued from page 9

A $25 ticket provides attendees with a night full of entertainment, including music and games, as well as a tasty spread that includes a luau-style buffet and cash bar with tropical drinks. “This menu is just …” Kanyok trailed off when thinking about what the buffet line-up is. She then excitedly rattled off the items, which include battered coconut shrimp with or-

What: Luau Party When: 6 to 10 p.m. tomorrow Where: Outdoor pool cabana, Genetti Hotel, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre Tickets: $25, includes hors d’oeuvres, a luau-style buffet, cash bar with tropical drinks, dancing and games More info: Call All About Singles at (800) 611-3283.

ange marmalade dip, chicken tenders with sweet and sour sauce, sweet and sour meatballs, teriyaki beef skewers with grilled veggies, ham and pine-

apple skewers, a cheese-andcracker and fruit display and Hawaiian pizza, which has the traditional cheese and tomato pizza base but is topped with pineapple and ham. Couple this with the setting of the Genetti pool area, and you have the backdrop for love – or just a nice night out. All About Singles has had a chapter in the Wilkes-Barre area for nearly 25 years.

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There’s a friendly rivalry with this big Austrian dude who says Of course, “The Expendables 2” “I’ll be back.” Again. And there’s a Belgian-accented is all good fun and games and recycled catch phrases. Until someone heavy (Jean Claude Van Damme), all sunglasses and big knives and a gets hurt. Lots of someones. When you’re filling the screen high kick waiting to happen. His with every big-screen action star of name? Jean Vilain. That’s with one the past 25 years – except for Mel “L,” mon frere. These expendable mercenaries Gibson, Wesley Snipes and Steven Seagal – and every one of them – Stallone, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Randy Couneeds his own body ture, the redeemed count, you see the IF YOU GO Dolph Lundgren, the problem. You run absent (better things smack up against the What: “The Expendables 2” ★ 1/2 to do, he checks out Maximum Mayhem Starring: Sylvester early) Jet Li – avenge Threshold. Stallone, Jason theirown.Whensome“Expendables 2” is Statham, Bruce body in their ranks a sillier wallow in ex- Willis, Jean-Claude dies,Barney(Stallone) cess, a too-cute trip Van Damme, Arnold has three things to say down ’80s Action Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews about the bad guy who Film Lane with one Directed by: Simon did this: “Track ’em. expired action hero West Find ’em. Kill ’em.” too many. Running time: 102 Liam Hemsworth is It’s a “Road Run- minutes a sniper, “The Kid,” ner” cartoon for the Rated: R for strong who joins the crew. bloody-minded, a bloody violence Maggie (Nan Yu) is the wise-cracking caval- throughout Chinese “weaponscade of carnage that proficient” expert hurls bullet-proof heroes at the huddled masses of vil- brought along for the ride. The “Road Runner” analogy relains, defies physics and treats us to so much bloodshed it’s only natural ally works here, as director Simon West (“Con Air”) doesn’t bother some of it spatters on the lens. It holds together, more or less, with explaining how this or that rightuptothemomentChuckNor- character shows up, how boats and ris and his dyed beard make their planes magically appear and how a preposterous appearance. It’s a mo- plane crash into a mountain is supment that lowers the bar on stupid posedtobesurvivable.Bugs,Daffy, Elmer and the Coyote just get up, for the rest of the picture. Sly Stallone and his team bring dust off and hop back into action. Norris’ entrance is no sillier than their soldier-for-hire thing to Nepal, Albania and environs this time anything else in it, but his arrival, around. There’s a debt to be paid – an hour in, signals the moment tothespybossplayedbyBruceWil- when screenwriters, director, cast lis, one more assignment for “your and crew just threw up their hands, laughed and said “What the hey?’ ” little gang of psychotic mutts.”


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parkle” commands attention because it’s the last movie for Whitney Houston and the first for “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks. The film tells the story of three sisters who want to become the next Supremes over the protestations of their church-going single mom (Houston), a former R&B singer who got burned by the music biz.

No, this isn’t a redo of “Dreamgirls.” This is a makeover of 1976’s “Sparkle,” which starred “Flashdance” singer Irene Cara. Houston was 13 when it came out, and the film reportedly inspired her so much that she watched it over and over as a teenager and later secured the remake rights. Houston, who died three months after filming wrapped, holds her own, though she looks a bit out of it at times. The camera adores Sparks, though she is no Jennifer Hudson. The music and characterizations are strong. But what prevents “Sparkle” from shimmering is a predictable plot. In short: The oldest daughter and lead singer, Sister (the tough and sultry Carmen Ejogo), moves in with a highliving comedian (the pimpish Mike Epps). When Sister ends up

IF YOU GO What: “Sparkle” ★★ 1/2 Starring: Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Carmen Ejogo, Mike Epps Directed by: Salim Akil Running time: 116 minutes Rated: PG-13 for violence, drugs, domestic abuse and language

in jail for accidentally killing her abusive beau and the middle sister goes off to college, Sparkle (Sparks), a reluctant singer but gifted songwriter, steps up to the microphone solo. And – guess what? – Houston, the conflicted but proud mama, is clapping in the theater. “The Bodyguard” star gives a curious performance in her final role, which is a modest one. At See SPARKLE, Page 17

‘Timothy Green’ is just plain odd



ishefrom?Howcanheattendelementary school without a birth The seed of an idea from Ah- certificate or school records? The film is less a story about metZappathatgrewintothenew family film “The Odd Life of Tim- the power of hope and love and othy Green,” is rooted in good in- more of a cautionary tale of partentions and positive messages. enting. The Greens constantly are proSadly, it was not nurtured by director Peter Hedges, who co- fessing their lack of knowledge at wrote the script with Zappa, and being parents, a sentiment most real parents can understand. But the story wilted. The always-likable Jennifer the lamenting becomes too whiGarner and Joel Edgerton play ny as the movie goes along. Groundingthefilminrealityalthe personable Cindy and Jim Green. Their life in the sleepy lit- so takes some of the charm away from Timothy. His tle town of Stanleyodd approach to life ville, pencil capital of IF YOU GO would have seemed the world, is nearly magical in a more ficperfect. The only What: “The Odd tional world. As soon problem is that their Life Of Timothy Green” ★★ desperate desire to Starring: Jennifer as Hedges put the story in the real world, have a baby will not Garner, Joel EdTimothy’s quirks – happen. gerton, C.J. such as being drawn In a cathartic move, Adams, Odeya to the sun like a plant they write down all Rush the attributes their Directed by: Peter – come across as odd. The film is filled child would have had Hedges Running time: 125 with people, places and bury the list in the minutes and things that are ingarden. That night, Rated: PG for troduced but never 10-year-old Timothy language fully explained. Tim(CJ Adams) is born – othy and the girl of his or sprouted, or hatched, or conjured, or some- dreams (Odeya Rush) create an thing – and is taken in by the artistic area made from leaves, Greens. He’s a perfectly healthy twigs and branches. While it child except for the leaves that looks to have a mystical purpose, that’s never fully explored. Even a grow out of his ankles. “Odd Life” runs into problems character like Cindy’s persnickewhen Hedges stumbles between ty boss (Dianne Wiest) is never making this a pure fantasy and developed. With a little more TLC, “The grounding it in reality. If the director had wanted to Odd Life of Timothy Green” keep this a fantasy, he would have might have grown into a story as made Timothy more of an enig- strong as an oak and as sentimenma. Once everyone else in town tal as a weeping willow. But it can see the youngster, it opens up never gets past being little more a ton of questions, such as where than a chestnut of an idea. By RICK BENTLEY The Fresno Bee

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orman, the young hero of the animated delight “ParaNorman,” hears dead people. He sees them, too. So there’s no sense trying to comfort him because you think he’s missing his dead grandma too much. • “Grandma’s in a better place.” • “In the LIVING room?”

Because Norman has grown up in Blithe Hollow, a town with a rich history of witches and witch trials, it’s only natural that Norman is a little “ParaNorman.” But it gets him teased, and his creepy-crank of an uncle (voiced by John Goodman) won’t leave him alone. Norman has a destiny, his uncle says, a duty to lift the 300year-old curse that’s hung over the town since one infamous witch trial centuries before. The witches are coming back to haunt the town. Only “ParaNorman” can save it. “ParaNorman” is a stopmotion animated marvel from some of the same folks

IF YOU GO What: “Paranorman” ★★★ Starring: The voices of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, John Goodman, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Casey Affleck Directed by: Chris Butler and Sam Fell Running time: 93 minutes Rated: PG for scary action and images, thematic elements, rude humor and language

who gave us “Coraline” and “Corpse Bride,” and it wears its bloodlines with pride. It’s that rare kids’ movie with edge, a witchy, witty romp that could frighten the very youngest moviegoers and

makes parents blanch at some of the jokes. Norman, voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee of “The Road,” has a plump pal, Neil (Tucker Albrizzi). He has a shallow teen sister, Courtney (Anna Kendrick). And he has a nemesis, the kid who torments him at school and after school. That would be Alvin, voiced by Christopher MintzPlasse. But if Norman has a prayer of figuring out this curse and stopping the dead from taking over Blithe Hollow, he’ll need all their help – and that of Neil’s car-obSee PARANORMAN, Page 17

Cameron ‘CJ’ Adams and Odeya Rush make a quirky pair in ‘The Odd Life Of Timothy Green.’









‘Union Pacific’ DVD sold as part of a set Q. I am looking for a DVD of the movie “Union Pacific” with Barbara Stanwyck and Joel McCrea. I have seen VHS copies but no DVD. It came out in 1939. A. While I do not know of an authorized release of the Cecil B. DeMille epic as an individual DVD, it is included in a set called “The Cecil B. DeMille Collection” along with “Sign of the Cross” (1932), “Four Frightened People” (1934), the 1934 version of “Cleopatra” (with Claudette Colbert in the title role) and “The Crusades” (1935). If your local retailer cannot get it, online sellers include Turner Classic Movies’ website ( and Q. I was wondering if you know the real reason why “Wordy” from “Flashpoint” was essentially written off the show. Does he really have Parkinson’s or was that just part of the story?



A. According to TV Guide Canada, giving Wordy Parkinson’s was a creative decision by the show; I have not found any indication that Michael Cram, who played Wordy, actually has Parkinson’s. Mark Ellis, the show’s co-creator, told the publication that “we wanted to explore what happens when a team member can’t be perfect. What effect that has on his team. And the choices he has to make to do right by the two families he loves.” Do you have a question or comment for the mailbag? Write to me at or by regular mail to the Akron Beacon Journal, 44 E. Exchange St., Akron, OH 44309.



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paid for might not turn out as hoped. This is a live-and-learn situation. Part of what you learn is that your needs and tastes are so specific that you might be the best person to serve them. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Semantics influence perception. That’s why car dealers advertise “pre-owned vehicles” instead of “used cars.” You’ll soften your approach and use semantics to your advantage. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You’ll reveal a

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What’s happening is happening because you took responsibility or didn’t. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). There’s something you can do that will later make others look at you and say, “I wish I’d had that idea.” If you know what it is, act on it now. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Today is like an addition problem in which you already have the sum, but one addend is missing. What do you need to get to the other side of that equal sign? SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You may find this hard to believe, as you feel that you’re approachable, but some people see talking to you as a risk. They fear your rejection or judgment. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You may

as well scrutinize your spending; you can bet that someone else is. Invest only in the items that have a positive, justifiable effect on your overall picture. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The actions that were successful in the past might be less so now, but stick to the plan. Cycles happen. Everything will come around. Relax and ride out the one you’re in. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The thing everyone assumes to be beneficial has a few flaws. You may privately seek the truth. Should you expose the flaws to everyone? Not yet. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 17). Your genuine concern for others improves the world. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 16, 42, 39 and 2.

Crush on teacher troubles student who’s headed for college Dear Abby: I’m a male who has graduated from high school and is about to start college in another state. The only thing holding me back is a romantic attraction I have toward one of my high school teachers. He and I are best friends, but I love him more than as a friend. I have bought him many meals and gifts since he taught me, and I have found every opportunity available to be with

DEAR ABBY ADVICE him. I’m not sure if he’s aware of my feelings, although I wonder whether I unconsciously make myself obvious. I have never told anyone how I feel, and I know if I ever told him, it would destroy everything we have. He’s on my mind constantly. Having to leave him soon is killing me. Do you have any advice for me? — Dreading It in Louisiana

Dear Dreading It: Yes. Go away to college and open yourself to new experiences and relationships. Correspond with this special person, and when you return for school breaks, continue the friendship. Your feelings may or may not be reciprocated, but it is important that you let some time — years — elapse before trying to pursue anything closer with him. If you don’t wait, it could be damaging to his career. Dear Abby: What are you supposed to do when you are sit-


ting in a salon having your hair cut and styled, and the next appointment shows up early and engages your stylist in nonstop conversation? My wife says this happens often in beauty parlors and I should suck it up. I wanted the stylist’s full attention so I could get a good haircut. Am I right? What would you do? — Perplexed in California Dear Perplexed: For the stylist to carry on a conversation with the next customer was unpro-



fessional. If it happened to me, I would take my stylist aside and explain my feelings. For the next customer to monopolize the stylist’s attention was rude. The person should have been asked to sit somewhere and make him- or herself comfortable until you were finished. To receive a collection of Abby’s most memorable — and most frequently requested — poems and essays, send a business-sized, self-addressed envelope, plus check or money order for $3.95 ($4.50 in Canada) to: Dear Abby’s “Keepers,” P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Postage is included.)




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Survival is the theme of two new DVD releases this week: “THE RAID: REDEMPTION,” GRADE B: This ultra-violent story of a special tactical team’s illfated raid on a high-rise run by a crime boss is the best battle in a building since Bruce Willis blasted his way through “Die Hard.” Compare the violence in the two movies, and “Die Hard” comes across like an evening in a luxury suite. “DEXTER: THE SIXTH SEASON,” GRADE B-PLUS: The cable series starring Michael C. Hall gets better with each season because of brilliant writing and the convincing performance by Hall as a serial killer who works in a Miami police department. The cliffhanger at the end will make you want to subscribe to Showtime just to see what happens in the next season. ••• ALSO OUT ON DVD THIS WEEK:

“COMMUNITY: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON”: Bonus material includes “A Glee-ful Community Christmas” feature. “BREATHLESS”: Texas Gothic tale starring Gina Gershon and Kelli Giddish. “JAWS”: The Steven Spielberg film is now on Blu-ray. “DANCE MOMS: SEASON ONE”: Lifetime series looks at the pursuit of the ultimate National Dance title. “TITANIC: 100 YEARS IN 3D”: Combines 3-D imagery of the wreck with stories of passengers and crew. “AMERICAN PICKERS: VOLUME FOUR”: Two antique hunters dig through homes and barns. “PAWN STARS: SEASON FIVE”: Rick Harrison and crew deal with more buyers and sellers. “GLEE: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON”: Chris Colfer stars. “KILL LIST”: An ex-soldier becomes a contract killer. “JAY & SILENT BOB GET OLD”: Jay and Silent Bob go to England.

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sessed, muscle-bound brother (Casey Affleck). “ParaNorman,” written by Chris Butler, an artist who worked on “Corpse Bride” and “Coraline,” and co-directed by Butler and Sam Fell (“Flushed Away”), wears its anarchy well. They’ve made a genuinely spooky movie. But it’s a spooky picture with a morbid sense of humor.

The ghosts of those murdered by the town during its witch trials have more to fear from the armed, beer-swilling rubes they haunt than the town does from the ghosts. The odd faintly off-

color remark passes the locals’ lips – as you’d expect – when the dead return to life. Norman enlists friends, family and foes in his quest. He makes them take a vow keep it secret -

“Swear!” Equal parts scary, intense, emotional and humorous, “ParaNorman” also is a movie of messages, about what “scared, stupid people” are capable of (witch

trials), of misjudging the “different” and the consequences of intolerance. That makes “ParaNorman” almost paranormal in its kids-movie ambitions, and that’s a good thing.



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times, she looks to be in a glassyeyed haze, which doesn’t befit a rehabbed, Bible-teaching dressshop owner. Her lone vocal performance comes on “His Eye Is on the Sparrow,” an old spiritual, and her once-gorgeous, stratospheric voice sounds weathered and dulled. But she looks cleareyed and handsome when she shows up at Sparkle’s big concert. As the insecure, innocent ingenue, Sparks, 22, seems a bit tentative at first. But, like her character, she gains her footing. The scene in which she and Houston have the big argument about Sparkle moving out of the comfortable family home to pursue her musical dreams is so powerful that it doesn’t feel like acting. One disconnect throughout the movie, though, is Sparks’ hair, which is too long and luxe for a black woman of that era (the film is set in1968 Detroit); most of the other characters look more authentic. As a singer, Sparks shines. Her payoff tune is the R. Kelly-penned “One Wing,” which could be a female answer to his “I Believe I Can Fly.” Kelly wrote three new numbers for Sparks. The film also reprises some Curtis Mayfieldwritten selections from the original “Sparkle,” including “Something He Can Feel.” Sparks already has started shooting her second film, a music-free indie drama with former “Idol” finalist Hudson, who won a best supporting Oscar for her debut in “Dreamgirls.” If Sparks goes on to enjoy success on the screen, “Sparkle” will be remembered as her first film; otherwise it’s destined to be known only as Houston’s last role.



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Some years just start off better than others. For childhood friends Johnny Waering, Matt Zuk, Jon Bronson and Dave Oakley of Carbondale, 2012 couldn’t have begun any better. “We opened on Jan. 1 of this year,” Oakley said of 3 Guys and a Beer’d Brewing Company. “We like to refer to ourselves as home brewers that got a little out of control.” The setup the company has certainly backs that up. “The system we’re on is not much larger than your average home-brewing system,” Oakley said. “It’s the same exact concept, just with bigger pots.” The guys brew twice a week to keep up with demand. One of the current available beers is Ladder Dive Rye IPA. “It’s unique in that it’s a very wellbalanced IPA,” Oakley said. “It’s a very heavily hopped beer, coming in about 70 IBUs (or International Bittering Units). That bitterness is balanced out by a hefty amount of rye malt. It’s a nice, full-bodied, amber-colored rye IPA.” Oakley said 3 Guys is looking forward to putting out Soul Patch, the company’s pumpkin ale. “We use a hefty amount of base malt, and then we put pumpkin in the mash. At the end of the boil we throw in spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. When you smell this beer, you smell a pumpkin pie.” 3 Guys is just beginning its foray into bottling. “Once we get the labels for the bottles, which should be within the next week, we’ll be getting into cases and should be able to handle a much larger area,” Oakley said. The brewery’s beer is now in 24 bars from Honesdale to Scranton. One of the first places it’ll go once bottling gets under way is Wilkes-Barre. “We have had a lot of people asking us when we can supply them, and we’re really excited to be able to do that,” Oakley said. As for the “beer’d” portion of the company’s name? That belongs to Waering, who has a long, red patch of hair on his chin. “We were thinking of names and had about 100 on the table, but this one had to be it,” Oakley said. “It’s a beautiful beard.” ••• 3 GUYS AND A BEER’D 10 Enterprise Drive, Carbondale. 2802739. Beers are available with draft prices ranging from $3 to $7.50, depending on seller, at: • Backyard Alehouse, 523 Linden St., Scranton • Andy Gavin’s, 1392 N. Washington Ave., Scranton • V Spot, 906 Providence Road, Scranton • Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton • The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton


he advertisements hooked us. Ever eat at this Stan’s Café? one asked of another, pointing out that, if nothing else, the twopart print ads listing each week’s specials were particularly intriguing. I mean where else do you find piggies as a featured item besides maybe a bazaar or church dinner?

Pretty sure we’ve seen not only piggies but pasties, potpies and other hearty, homestyle fare advertised quite frequently, and all of it earned Stan’s a spot on our must-visit list. We happened to arrive on 15cent-clam night, and you can’t get much better than that really. I ordered a dozen and paid $1.80, and for that price also got three or four little cracker packets and a cup of butter, too. Most inexpensive dinner in the Wyoming Valley, I tell you, and the kind server on duty even offered a dozen more for free. That’s the kind of place this is: We have extra; anyone interested? No charge. You have to love that. But what about the clams themselves? Will we write home about them? Not necessarily, but these certainly were serviceable: meaty enough, clean enough, and I encountered not a single unopened shell. A nice start. What followed was a similar study in inexpensive, un-fancy fare that was hard to fault, really, especially at this price point. We shared two orders of most unusual wings for $5.90. (That’s 49 cents apiece, for the mathematically challenged.) Why unusual? Well, our sixpack of Old Bay Wings actually contained no evidence of sauce but still managed to taste quite delicious – delightfully crispy yet moist enough (and meaty) and especially well-seasoned with not only Old Bay, which would have been crazy-hot, but

IF YOU GO What: Stan’s Café Where: 107 Hillside St., WilkesBarre Call: (570) 829-9779 Credit cards? Yes Wheelchair accessible? Yes


Stan’s Café on Hillside Street in Wilkes-Barre is a no-frills neighborhood bar/restaurant dishing up inexpensive, homestyle fare.

a combination of other savory sprinklings. The selling point here is these were the most unmessy wings maybe ever. Another six-pack of mild wings also was odd – but in a good way. The sauce actually tasted like spaghetti sauce, but it worked. It wasn’t abundant, which was OK, and was on the thicker side with some texture, which at first troubled us. A couple of bites in, though, and a consensus built: Hey, you know, these aren’t bad at all. A pleasant surprise. Our other starter was an especially crispy-crunchy order of fried cauliflower ($3.95), served with ranch dipping sauce and done perfectly. Piping hot, too. Things were looking promising inside this small-but-tall, angular building that’s almost as hard to describe as the food. Atmosphere? Don’t expect much. The bar, with a separate entrance, at least on our visit, was more popular than the dining room, which lacks ambience but still manages to retain

a comfortable sort of throwback charm. Orange Formica tabletops with some booth seating and a few of those oldstyle, shorter-but-sturdy wooden chairs with C-shaped arms and backs had us feeling like we were dining in Nana’s 1970s kitchen. And that’s no complaint. The food might have been cooked by a 1970s Nana, too, for all we know. Again, homestyle is what it’s all about. No frills, no fuss – and no hefty bill either. The place might not have been updated in recent years, but everything was visibly clean, and we marveled that the vinyl on the booth seating didn’t seem to contain even a single tear. These types of observations only built our confidence in the kitchen, rightly or wrongly. The meals did hold up their end of the bargain. A ribeye steak sandwich, complete with mushrooms, cheese and onions, any of which you can skip, was only $4.25 and certainly tasty

enough. Maybe the steak wasn’t melt-in-your-mouth tender, but it sure did deliver bang for the buck. Same goes for a $3.95 BLT, which a collegian among us found quite enjoyable. Two adults ordered actual dinners, choosing from a menu that (surprisingly) included lobster tail and surf and turf. Highest price? About $25. We hit in the middle. A $9.95 plate of haddock with french fries (chosen over a baked potato) also came with coleslaw or applesauce and, again, hit the spot for the price. The haddock wasn’t gleaming white but did taste fresh and was a nice size and flaky enough. It even came with a butter cup, which wasn’t really needed because the fish itself was moist and juicy. An $8.95 stuffed chicken dish also made the grade, appearing hearty and tasting perfectly fine. This one was loaded with stuffing – probably the good old box kind, but that’s OK – and our server arrived with a teeming cup of extra gravy, noting that, to her eye, the initial offering looked a little scant. See what we mean about Nana’s house? Can’t you just imagine your own Nana doing this? Here, you need more gravy … Eat, eat! So eat we did – and took advantage of the extra gravy, which was not too thick, not too thin and – hey – not lumpy at all. At the end of it all, the question was posed: Would you come back? Would you? I mean, if you weren’t coming to critique, of course? A full round of yesses. What better testimony? Times Leader food critics remain anonymous.

T H I S W E E K : AU G. 17 TO 23, 2012 Grandma’s Attic Sale, with a bake sale and lunch menu. St. Ignatius Loyola Church, 339 N. Maple Ave., Kingston. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today; 8 a.m. to noon Saturday (Bag Day). 288-6446. Flea Market, with food available. Bloomingdale Grange Hall, Grange Hall Road, Bloomingdale. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. $5 per vendor table. 256-7610. Arts and Crafts Festival, an indoor and outdoor marketplace with bluegrass music, a slide for the kids, book sale, a blueberrypancake breakfast along with homemade blueberry pastries and lunch foods. Chinchilla United Methodist Church, 411 Layton Road, Chinchilla. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. $1. 587-5204. Back Mountain Farmers Market. Back Mountain Memorial Library, 96 Huntsville Road, Dallas. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 6. 675-1182.

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V E N D O R S WA N T E D Craft Fair ’n’ Flea Market. Saints Peter and Paul Church, 13 Hudson Road, Plains Township. Sept. 8. Vendors welcome at $10 plus an additional $5 for a table. Reserve space by Aug. 27 at 822-4016. Crafters Wanted for the annual Holiday Craft Show sponsored by the Wyoming Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 24 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 25 at the 109th Field Artillery Armory, 280 Market St., Wilkes-Barre. For application, call 823-7161, ext. 348.

READS THIS WEEK: AUG. 17 TO 23, 2012 Meet the Authors Event, with local authors Karen Morgan (“Morgan Update, Please Forward”) and Ruth Joy Capozzi (“With Tender Hand”). WRGN-FM, 2457 Route 118, Hunlock Creek. 7 tonight. Reservations: 800-245-3688. Book Discussion of “Fifty Shades Freed,” the final installment of E.L. James’ “Grey Trilogy.” Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave.,

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C O N C E RT S T H I S W E E K : AU G. 17 TO 23 Kingdom Come, the Christian-music quintet. Ekklesia Coffeehouse, River of Life Fellowship Church, 22 Outlet Road, Lehman Township. Tonight with food menu at 6, concert at 7 and open mic at 9. Free. 717-503-7363. Collin Raye, the country crooner in an “Under the Stars” concert at Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono. Tonight with gates at 7 and concert at 9. $30, $20. 866-468-7619. Comedy Night, a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association with standup comedians Emily Galati, Brian Scolaro and Yury. Wisecrackers Comedy Club, Clarion Hotel, 300 Meadow Ave., Scranton. Tonight with doors at 8 and show at 9. $15. 822-6919, ext. 104. The Intelligent Design, the Christian-music group from Selinsgrove. Wyoming Valley Rescue Mission, 290 Parkview Circle, Wilkes-Barre. 5 p.m. Saturday. 899-2264. William Doney, the national Christian recording artist. Two Marys Coffeehouse, Salvation Army, 17 S. Pennsylvania Blvd., Wilkes-Barre. 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. 301-3231. New Visions Concert, with local bands A Fire with Friends, Blinded Passenger and To Hell with This plus Philadelphia recording artist Leiana. New Visions Studio & Gallery, 201 Vine St., Scranton. Saturday with doors at 7:30 p.m. and See CONCERTS, Page 21



For those who like their rock mixed with blues, Mount Laurel’s Rock and Blues Fest is the place to be on Sunday. Five acts who rose to fame in the 1970s and continue to produce music and garner awards today will deliver a 3.5-hour show of freewheeling rock-and-blues favorites. On tap: Grammy Award-winner and Blues Foundation Hall of Famer Johnny Winter along with his equally impressive brother Edgar Winter, the innovative and influential Lesley West (who fronted the group Mountain), Rick Derringer of The McCoys and Savoy Brown’s Kim Simmonds (considered one of the architects of British blues). Gates open at 5 p.m. at the Mount Laurel Performing Arts Center in Tamiment with music on the smaller Festival Stage at 6 p.m. and the headliners taking the Main Stage at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75.50 (VIP), $57.50 and $45.50 and available at 588-2522. More details at

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Jazz from the heart



he Cinder Brothers are a bit of an oddity on the local scene, touting seven consistent members and two who make up a rotating horn section that plays blues and jazz. But the music is familiar and, to hear one member tell it, consistently appreciated.

“It was nice to see the amount of people that came up to us after a show to say, ‘I had that album’ or ‘I loved that song,’ ” guitarist and vocalist Steven Corcoran said, speaking about the band’s set list, which includes hits from the Beatles, BB King and Doobie Brothers. “People are surprised at how different we are from other bands, yet our music is very familiar.” The Cinder Brothers will bring their talents to Buca Del Vino in Pittston tonight. The group, founded by Corcoran, consists of guys in their 40s and 50s from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area. Other members are Frank Lotzi on drums and percussion, a bassist who goes by the name of Corky, Joe Libertucci on guitar and vocals, Ken Moden on keyboards and percussion, Jack Vitale on vocals and percussion and Chuck Smith on trombone, horn and percussion. Corcoran and Lotzi have played music together since the age of 15, though they fell out of that mode for a bit later in life. Corcoran wanted to start this project as a way for him to play with Lotzi again, and it’s been in the works for the past 10 years. “We’re a group that wants to play music and have fun,” Corcoran said. “We love music and doing what we do and want to continue to do that for as long as we can.” ••• The stage at The Mount Laurel Performing Arts Center is going to be overrun with various types and levels of talent this weekend. The weekend will kick off Saturday will the New Bushkill Inn and Conference Center “Poconos’ Got Talent” competition. The event runs along the lines of NBC’s hit competition show, “America’s Got Talent,” welcoming those who can not only sing and dance but who also are skilled when it comes to magic, theatrical readings, comedy or really any-


The Cinder Brothers, seen here at Buca Del Vino in Pittston, are a nine-piece group that’s just starting to collect more local gigs.


Nine forty- and fifty-somethings have formed the fun-loving, familiar-sounding Cinder Brothers.

thing for which they have a gift. A panel of “celebrity” locals will advise and judge contestants, and one lucky winner will take home a $500 prize. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m., and the first contestants will begin performing at noon. Ten finalists will be selected and announced at 7 p.m., with the final round of performances for competition beginning at 8. Entry is free. Sunday will bring about the Rock ’N’ Blues Fest, with Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Leslie West, Rick Derringer and Kim Simmonds, all artists who have been around since the 1960s. The Winters and West played the original Woodstock. Local music will begin at noon on the Festival Stage, and openers Steve Brosky and Jim Meyer will play at 5 p.m. The main show will begin at 7. ••• Grand Funk Railroad is rolling into Mount Airy Casino tomorrow night. The band, which originally formed in

What: The Cinder Brothers When: 8 to midnight tonight Where: Buca Del Vino, 1901 Highway 315, Pittston Cost: No cover ••• What: “Poconos’ Got Talent” competition When: Gates at 11:30 a.m., first performance at noon Where: The Mount Laurel Performing Arts Center, 1 Tamiment Road, Tamiment. 588-2522. Cost: free admission ••• What: Rock ’N’ Blues Fest When: Starts at noon Sunday Where: The Mount Laurel Performing Arts Center, 1 Tamiment Road, Tamiment Tickets: $45.50, $57.50, $75.50. Call 588-2522. ••• What: Grand Funk Railroad When: 9 p.m. tomorrow Where: Mount Airy Casino, 44 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono. Tickets: $25, $40. Call 877-682-4791.

1969 and then re-formed with the current members in 2000, was a force on the funk scene in the early 1970s, with hits such as “Loco-Motion” and “We’re An American Band.” The current line-up has original founding members Don Brewer on vocals and drums and Mel Schacher on bass. Joining them is Max Carl, formerly of 38 Special, lead guitarist Bruce Kulick, who played with KISS for 12 years, and keyboardist Tim Cashion, who has worked with Bob Seger and Robert Palmer.

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show at 8 p.m. $7. 878-3970. Poconos Got Talent, an “American Idol”-style competition and a top prize of $500. Bushkill Inn and Conference Center. Saturday with gates at 11:30 a.m. Finalists announced at 7 p.m. and final competition at 8 p.m. Free. Details at 588-2522 or An Evening with Vince Gill, the country artist. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Saturday. $54, $49. 866-605-7325. Grand Funk Railroad, the veteran hard-rock band in an “Under the Stars” concert at Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono. 9 p.m. Saturday. $40, $25. 866-468-7619. Summer Concerts in the Park, with the Mark Montella Quartet. Nay Aug Park Bandstand, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. 2 p.m. Sunday. Free. 348-4186. Summer Concerts at the Pavilion, with the Orpheus Choral Society. Irem Temple Country Club, 397 Country Club Road, Dallas. 7 p.m.

Sunday. Free. 675-4465. Celebrate America, old-time music at the Delaware Water Gap. In front of the Castle Inn, 49 Waring Drive. Monday with gates at 5 p.m. and concert at 6:30. Bring chairs/ blankets. $2. 424-1266.

award-winning hits at the Toyota Pavilion, Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24. $29-$108. 800-745-3000.

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Symphony Orchestra. Tunkhannock Baptist Church, Route 29 and Church Street, Tunkhannock. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. 289-1090. The Choral Society of Northeast-

ern Pennsylvania welcomes new members. Tuition of $75 includes three complimentary tickets. Rehearsals begin Aug. 27 and continue Mondays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Langcliffe Presbyterian Church in Avoca. 343-6707.



Party on the Patio, with Stayin Alive paying tribute to the music of the Bee Gees. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. 7 p.m. Thursday. Free. 888-946-4672.

FUTURE CONCERTS 38 Special, the southern rockers at Mount Laurel Performing Arts Center, Tamiment. Aug. 24 with gates at 5 p.m., an Outdoor Lawn Party with music and barbecue at 6 p.m. and main concert at 7 p.m. with headliner at 8:15 p.m. $72.50, $59.50, $42.50. 588-2522 or Ed Pall, the Shavertown singersongwriter. Voice of Hope Christian Coffeehouse, 231 E. State St., Nanticoke. 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 24. Broadcast live on 94.5 FM. 735-1760. Chicago and the Doobie Brothers, performing their chart-topping and


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