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Dog Days


Which local park hosted a ’pet’nic to benefit animals at the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter? See Page 12 for details.

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Gerrity’s Supermarket has been participating in Rotary of the Abingtons Taste of the Abingtons since the first year, according to owner Joe Fasula. “What’s wonderful about this event is that it’s a win for everyone involved,” Fasula said of the event scheduled for Sept. 23 at Nichols Village Hotel and Spa. “The charitable organization gets to raise money, the guests get to try great food, and the businesses can sample food to people who may never think of going there. “Some people don’t realize the capabilities we have to cater events and make dinners. We have a chef at each grocery store.” This year’s featured food item from Gerrity’s will be chicken bruschetta, Fasula’s favorite dish. “My wife and I often serve it at our house for parties,” he said. Fasula also owns Fire and Ice Restaurant, Swoyersville, with his partner, executive chef Gary Edwards. That restaurant will also provide a signature dish for the event.


Gerrity’s Supermarket’s featured dish will be Chicken Bruschetta

Abigail Peck addresses the audience at the Countryside Conservancy’s The Trolley Trail Phase 1 Groundbreaking Ceremony Aug. 27.

Atty. Charles Wells, Chair of the Conservancy’s Trolley Trail Committee Describing the Trolley Trail Groundbreaking


Leading Countryside Conservancy’s The Trolley Trail Phase 1 Groundbreaking Ceremony August 27, from left: James Dougherty, Countryside Conservancy Board President; Fran Pantuso, Lackawanna County Outreach Manager; Richard Allan, Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; Abigail Peck; Cheryl Ellsworth, Trail Coordinator; and Charles Welles, Esquire, Chair of the Trolley Trail Committee.

Grant from Pennsylvania Dept. of Conservation and National Resources helped fund project

Trolley Trail breaks ground BY ELIZABETH BAUMEISTER

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ountryside Conservancy held a formal groundbreaking ceremony Aug. 27 for its Trolley Trail at an entrance on the grounds of the Church of the Epiphany, 25 Church Hill Road, Glenburn Twp. In attendance were a number of conservancy supporters, local government and civic representatives and community members. Brief remarks were given by Attorney Charles Wells, Chair of the Conservancy Trolley Trail Committee; James Dougherty, Country-

Special ceremony An old Torah will be used for the first time in at least 40 years Sept. 1

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“(An) important milestone of a project that started a long time ago.”


150-year old Torah, stored in a closet and only recently evaluated by an expert scribe, will be used for the first time in 40 years or more Sept. 1, during the Bat Mitzvah of Alaina Swartz, Clarks Summit, daughter of Rabbi Daniel Swartz and Roya Fahmy. Rabbi Swartz and his wife, Rabbi Marjorie Berman, will preside at the service. According to Rabbi Gedalia Druin, president of Sofer on Site, this more-than-150 year old scroll is probably Temple Hesed’s original Torah. The Torah is among the most sacred objects in a synagogue. It contains the text of the Five Books of Moses. Each Torah is copied by hand on animal skins that are sewn together. The congregation of Temple

Hesed recently celebrated its 150th anniversary. According to Swartz, there are reasons to believe this Torah may have been used by original members of the congregation. “It’s from the right part of Central Europe where our congregation came from,” he said. “It’s also in the right time frame to have been brought See Ceremony, Page 5

During her Bat Mitzvah, Alaina Swartz will read from a special Torah estimated to be more than 150 years old.

side Conservancy Board President; Fran Pantuso, Lackawanna County Outreach Manager; Richard Allan, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and Abigail Peck. Wells described the event as an “important milestone of a project that started a long time ago.” He thanked the many individuals and organizations who donated various resources to the project, especially Cheryl Ellsworth, Trail Coordinator, who he said keeps the project moving “on track,” and the Peck family, who he described as the “heart of the proSee Trolley, Page 7



Finish summer on a strong note

den for sachets to pack away with your summer clothes. Herbs commonly used for Folks, the clock is ticking. sachets are lavender, mint, You have until Sept. 22, at 10:49 a.m. to experience sum- rosemary, lemon balm, lilac, roses, scented geraniums and mer and all its glory, before thyme. You may have one or the Northern Hemisphere more in your garden, but if slips into the autumnal equinox. Yes, fall. Not that crinkly not, pay a visit to Greystone Gardens, 829 Old State Road, leaves are a bad thing, but well, it’s not summer. If you’re Clarks Summit, to see what’s at a loss for ways to spend the available this time of year. 2. Are you sufficiently final days of summer 2012, amused? read on. If not, there is always the 1. Get out and go.... or not. You have a choice: sleep in or prospect of one final trip to an amusement park. go, go go. Whatever you seAdmission and parking are lect, be sure to fill your day with leisurely treats you never free at Knoebel’s Amusement Resort, 391 Knoebel’s Boulemake the time for all year. vard, Elysburg, so you can Whip up a batch of muffins choose your thrill, one ride at and peruse the newspaper a time. The park is open daily (specifically, The Abington Journal you were too busy to until Labor Day, Sat. and Sun. pore over on Wednesday). See summer, Page 5 Harvest herbs from your garBY JOAN MEAD-MATSUI Abington Journal Correspondent

Football Fever Playbook 2012 previews the seasons for Abington Heights, Lackawanna Trail, Lakeland and Scranton Prep. INSIDE



Tower to be built in Glenburn BY CORY BURRELL Abington Journal Correspondent

GLENBURN TWP. – After months of discussions, Glenburn Township unanimously motioned to lift a stop-work order on a planned Canadian-Pacific Railroad communication tower at the Aug. 20 supervisors meeting, allowing construction of the tower near Waterford Road. The township initially issued the stop–work order on the proposed 150-foot tower in October because of safety concerns. Supervisor Michael Savitsky said the township met with the railroad for the past several months on the issue and suggested several alternatives, including build at a site in Dalton and using the existing Verizon tower. Savitsky said the railroad rejected all the alternate sites because none of the locations adequately met their needs. “We tried every option we could to prevent that tower from going up on Waterford Road,” Savitsky said. “We’ve done everything we could to try and move it to an alternate spot, but that just didn’t happen.” Savitsky said there should not be any safety issues, as the township reviewed the railroads’ plans and deemed everything in compliance. And, he said, CanadianPacific Railroad has never See tower, Page 5

Meet the President

Education FIRST BY KELLY MCDONOUGH Abington Journal Correspondent

“The mission of the Lackawanna Trail school board is to provide the very best education for these children,” said Board President Ned Clarke. Clarke likes to think he brings a different view to the job, as he is unmarried with no children. “Having children or not has no releClarke vance, and I’d like to actually think I’m bringing a different perspective to the table,” he said. Either way, Clarke feels a need to give back to the community. For him, it started as a member of the school board. Then, he served one year as acting vice president. As it would happen, a board member that died left a vacancy. Another board member asked Clarke if he’d like to serve a term as president. “They felt I would be impartial. I was honored. I didn’t have a lot of time to think about it, which is good. I put in my letter of intent and the rest is history,” Clarke said. See education, Page 7


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR REMINDERS Newton Recreation Center Summer Hours, to Aug.31: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and closed Sunday. Fall and Winter Hours (September 1 through May 31): Monday through Fridays 9 a.m. - noon and 3 - 8:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday noon - 5 p.m. Info: 586.7808. The Abington Area Community Classroom offers a variety of ongoing classes. For complete updated listings, visit or for other information, call 954.6650. Abington Senior Community Center Fall Classes, at 1151 Winola Road, Clarks Summit. Classes include: Oil Painting with Marylou Chibirka, Tuesdays from 1 - 2:30 p.m. and 2:35 - 4:05 p.m. (a 10-week session starting Sept. 4); Latin Language with Barry Phillips, Ph.D., Wednesdays from 1:30 2:30 p.m. (an 8-week session starting Sept. 12); and Watercolor Painting with Al Ondush, Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (a 10-week session starting Sept. 13). Costs vary. Info: 586.8996 or Abington Youth Field Hockey League, for girls from 3-6 grades. Info: 586.7952. DAILY EVENTS August 29: Memorial Blood Drive in Memory of Chas Dooley, at the Dalton Fire Hall, 109 S. Turnpike Road from 2 - 7 p.m. Facilitated by the American Red Cross. August 31: Full Moon Labyrinth Walk, at the Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center in Montrose at 7 p.m. An explanation of labyrinths and instructions for the walk will be provided for newcomers to the labyrinth experience. RSVP appreciated. Refreshments will be served. Info/RSVP: 278.9256, or Back to School Carnival, at Abington Heights High School from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Includes a variety of classic carnival games, live music and other activities. For all ages. Cost: Free. Food will be available for purchase.


Comm to host Gymboree art classes Gymboree Play and Music and the Waverly Community House are partnering to bring a Family Art Class for children five and under to the “Comm.” Gymboree’s Art Classes, which aims to promote creativity and confidence in children, will be offered for a 10-week session beginning Sept. 20 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The fee is $129 per child with an additional $25 material fee. There is a 10 percent discount for siblings. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to preregister, contact Maurita at 570.208.2908 or September 2: First Presbyterian Church Annual Jazz Communion Service, at First Presbyterian Church, 300 School Street, Clarks Summit at 9:45 a.m. This year’s event will celebrate the new release of a DVD called “Jazz Belongs in Church,” produced by Rev. Carter and his colleague Jeff Kellam. All are welcome, and visitors are advised to arrive early for a seat. Info: 586.6306 or website at

September 3: 43rd Annual Labor Day Bull Roast, at Waverly United Methodist Church, 105 Church St., Waverly, from 1 - 5 p.m. Menu: Open pit roasted beef, parsley potatoes, corn on the cob, baked beans, tomatoes, applesauce, rolls, dessert and beverage. 10 percent of proceeds benefit Missions. Cost: $12.50 for adults and $6 for Children under 10. Info/tickets: 586.6470. Tickets also available at the door. The Seventh Annual Cindy Collins Kearney Memorial Breakfast, at The Radisson September 1: Railfest, at Lackawanna Station Hotel, Steamtown National Historic 700 Lackawanna Ave., ScranSite, Scranton, beginning at 10 ton Benefits ovarian cancer a.m. and continuing Sept. 2. research. Includes a traditionThe annual event is a celeal breakfast, complimentary bration of railroading past, mimosa, various raffles and present and future with disprizes, and more. Cost: $30. plays, children’s programs and Info: cckbreakfast@comtrain rides. or www.cck4ovariAnnual Craft Fair, at the Beach Lake Firehall, Route The Scranton Chapter of 652, Beach Lake from 9 a.m. – UNICO’s 5K Run/Walk, be4 p.m. Cost: $1 per adult. Door fore the start of the annual prizes and food and beverages Italian Festival in downtown will be available for purchase. Scranton. Proceeds benefit Avondale Mining Disaster the V Foundation for cancer Remembrance, at Washburn research. Runners and walkStreet Cemetery, Scranton at ers can pre-register by mail2:30 p.m. A community obing a $20 check to Scranton servance of the 143rd anniUNICO 5K, PO Box 278, versary of the Avondale mine Dunmore, PA 18512. Regisdisaster. Light refreshments tration will be held on the provided. Cost: free. Info: linm- day of the race from 8 - 9:30

PennDOT urges caution As the new school year begins, PennDOT reminds drivers to be cautious of students and school buses. By law, motorists approaching from all directions are required to stop at least 10 feet from a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm extended. Motorists convicted of violating Pennsylvania’s school bus stopping law face a $250 fine, five points on their driving record and a 60-day license suspension. For more information on Pennsylvania’s school bus stopping law, school bus safety tips and programs, visit PennDOT’s highway safety website,, and select the “School Bus Safety” link under the Traffic Safety Information Center.


a.m. at the corner of N. Washington Ave. and Linden St. September 6: United Way Kick-off Clam Bake, at Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave, Scranton. Cost: $30. Reservations (deadline Aug. 31): September 7: “Drink To Pink,” at the Midtown Sports Bar and Grill, 28 Concord Dr., Dupont, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Cost: $5 minimum donation to benefit the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk (includes: $1.50 Draft Beer, $3 Mixed Drinks, $3 House Wines and 10 percent off food.) Info: Erin at September 8: Community Benefit and Chicken BBQ, at

Clarks Green Assembly of God Church, 204 S. Abington Rd. from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Hosted by Guided Men, the men’s ministry at Clarks Green Assembly of God Church. Includes: live music all day, face painting, bake sale and more. Cost: $9 for adults and $6 for children under 12. Info/tickets: 586.8286 or stop by the church. Komen NEPA Race for the Cure, at the Courthouse Square in Downtown Scranton at 8:30 a.m. (registration at 6 a.m.) rain or shine. Participants in this annual 5K coed run/walk and one mile fun walk must register and wear the race bibs. Register/ info: For additional community event listings, see

Editor: This letter is in regard to the vicious Presidential Democrat and Republican Committee and Super Pac ads that are appearing on TV stations across the entire United States more and more with fewer than 90 days left until Election Day in November 2012. It’s a shame that both parties have been engaged in the nasty gutter politics and rhetoric that aim to divide this country’s voting decisions for November. I’m an Independent who is not committed to vote for one party only and I

vote according to who I feel will hopefully be better than his or her opponent. Regardless of who we all may vote for in November, let’s vote intelligently, and let’s hope our choice was the correct one for this country’s future good and well -being for all of us American citizens. In my opinion, the 2012 Presidential Election is the most important election in this country’s history. I hope most people agree with that conclusion. John Hollenback Greenfield Twp.

CareGivers plans open house Clarks Summit based Home Healthcare Company, CareGivers America, will host an Open House Aug. 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to tour the new location at 718 South State Street in Clarks Summit. Guests will have the opportunity to meet staff members, learn about service offerings and enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The company will also offer free safety checks throughout the business day starting at 8 a.m. and at the Open House for all members of the community who would like to ensure that they are

using their medical supplies properly. “On behalf of our incredible staff at CareGivers America, I am so pleased and humbled to be able to announce our upcoming Open House which will introduce the public to our newly constructed corporate headquarters in Clarks Summit,” said Paul Bartoletti, President and CEO. “This exciting move has allowed us to continue to grow our multiple lines of health care related businesses and we are very much looking forward to seeing both new and familiar faces while enjoying light fare and drinks.”

SCA to recycle computers Summit Christian Academy, 660 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Twp., is partnering with a government authorized recycling company to collect obsolete, retired, offlease computer hardware. This service is provided free of charge and aims to help teach the students there responsible recycling of used equipment. The school will accept hubs, switches, routers, printers, keyboards, mice, servers, monitors, laptops,

fax machines, speakers, scanners, docking stations, VCRs, back up batteries, toner cartridges and cables. TVs are not accepted. The high school students will be available to help unload equipment drop-offs Sept. 28 from noon to 5 p.m. and Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information can obtained by calling the school at 587.1545.

Award applications sought Waverly UMC plans bull roast This year’s Labor Day Bull Roast at Waverly United Methodist Church will be held Sept. 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $6 for children under 10. The complete menu includes: Slow roasted beef, parsley potatoes, corn on the cob, homemade baked beans, fresh sliced tomatoes, applesauce, rolls, dessert and beverage. The first bull roast was started by the Men’s Group of the church in 1969. Now an effort of the whole church, it is a tradition expected and supported by the community. For more information, call 570.586.8166.



The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and MetroAction, the Chamber’s small business development arm, announced applications are being accepted for the third annual SAGE Awards (Scranton’s Awards for Growth and Excellence). With 20 categories, these awards celebrate the outstanding efforts of local business community and their talent, creativity and innovation. The

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C.G. elects council member

BY EMILY CULLEY Abington Journal Correspondent

CLARKS GREEN- The Clarks Green Borough Council passed two resolutions at the monthly meeting Aug. 8 at the borough building. Resolution 4 of 2012 accepted Council Member Jill Shanrock’s resignation; Resolution 5 of 2012 elected David Rinaldi to fill the vacancy on council. Rinaldi was voted in 5 to 1. Rinaldi, a lifelong resident, runs a law practice and has served as solicitor for South Abington Township. He said he wished to serve on council because he felt he “had some experience required for the challenges facing the borough.” He feels the most pressing issue facing Clarks Green is affordability. “The borough has to provide basic services to residents,” he explained. “We have an economic downturn and we should provide the most affordable service to residents.” Council Member Marnie Palmer thanked all candidates for submitting their resumes and encouraged them to run for council at the next election. “All of you would make excellent council choices,” she said. Council Member Victor Alberigi also mentioned that they could serve on boards or committees, such as the Shade Tree Commission. Present at the meeting was Michael Donohue, solicitor for the Abington Regional Wastewater Authority (ARWA). He informed council of Department of an Environmental Protection (DEP)mandated expansion to the sewer treatment plant. The expansion will remove nutrients from the water that are harmful to fish and other wildlife in the Chesapeake Bay at a cost of approximately $35 million. The Authority is applying for a PENNVEST (Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority) grant or loan. Donohue estimated the possible amount to be received from PENNVEST at $20 million. He said the Authority may seek a sewer revenue bond, which involves all member municipalities of the Authority, including Clarks Green. He called the bond “expensive undertaking to get together but we’ll get low interest rates.” Once the Authority collects the information necessary, they will send letters to the municipalities so they can make an informed decision.



Cindy’s wish Radisson hosts memorial breakfast BY DON MCGLYNN For the Abington Journal

Barry Kaplan poses with his wife Donna, sister of Molly Shook. Molly is the wife of ABINGTON JOURNAL PHOTOS/ALEXANDRA BATSON Doug Shook. From left, Barry Kaplan, Sandy Materna, Mary Shook, Doug Shook and Logan Shook at the family-run, family-sponsored event.

Laurie Lucey and husband, Flinton Callahan II, sold Tshirts with all profits going to Doug Shook and his family.

Michelle Cooper, who was selling scarves and jewelry for the event, chats with attendee, Cathy Moore.

Abington Heights girls basketball coach Vince Bucciarelli took a turn in the dunk tank.

Doug’s DAY BY ALEXANDRA BATSON Abington Journal Correspondent

Day for Doug was held Aug. 25 at the Dalton Carnival Grounds with more than 1,000 attending and 100 volunteering; the event was organized as a benefit for Doug Shook, who has lived in the Abingtons for more than 17 years, and his family. Shook recently underwent a liver transplant and removal of a malignant brain tumor and is currently being treated with chemotherapy for cancer. Shook has not been able to work since 2004, therefore the event and the more than $10,000 raised will help pay for medical bills and other expenses the family has encountered. According to Barry Kaplan, one of the event’s organizers and brother-inlaw of Doug Shook, “Day for Doug was a great suc-

were all able to come, and in fact, it turned out to be the biggest family reunion they’ve had in many years. They are deeply moved by the community support.” Other sponsors included Service Master by Griffin, Classic Properties, Atami Sushi, Banko North, Abington Heights Track and Field Booster Club, Patsel’s, Cooper’s Seafood, Citizen’s Saving Bank, and many more. Donations are still needed and can be made to The Doug Shook Fund c/o of Everything Natural, 426 S State St, Clarks Summit Pa 18411; or c/o Penn Security, 1100 Northern Blvd, S. Abington Pa 18411. “We are very grateful to the many sponsors and volunteers,” Kaplan added.

From left: Melanie Coles, Julia Sebastian, Emma Henzes and Sarah Sickler take a break from serving for Cooper’s Seafood. The owners of Cooper’s Seafood are sisters of Molly Shook and a sponsor of the Day for Doug.

cess….The Shook family

West Scranton resident Cindy Collins Kearney may be gone, but through the annual Cindy Collins Kearney Memorial Breakfast, scheduled for Labor Day, Sept. 3, her family and friends have found a way to keep her spirit and wishes alive. Kearney died June 5, 2005, after a five-year battle with ovarian cancer. During her battle, she went through two major operations. “Her friend, Barb King, called her prior to the (second) major operation and said, ‘Cindy, I just can’t believe this is happening to you. I don’t know why this is happening to you. This is just not fair,’ and Cindy said, ‘Maybe it’s happening to me so you don’t have to go through this,’ or anyone else,” said Kearney’s sister, Carolyn Collins Gratz. Kearney knew that her struggle could act as a warning to others about the importance of being educated and aware of the early warning signs of ovarian cancer. Gratz explained that her and Kearney’s mother, Jean Collins, is a breast cancer survivor, and as a result, the two were always diligent about looking for possible signs for that, but both were unaware there was a connection between breast and ovarian cancer. Kearney began feeling ill in the late1990s but wasn’t diagnosed until 2000. By that time the cancer was in stage 3. “It’s a disease that whispers. They call it the silent killer because it whispers, but also there are early warning signs,” said Gratz. Some symptoms of ovarian cancer include a feeling of being bloated; vague abdominal and pelvic discomfort; gastrointestinal symptoms such as gas, nausea, indigestion, constipation or diarrhea; back pain and fatigue; frequent and urgent urination; and menstrual disorders or pain during intercourse. “If it is caught early, in the initial operation she (Kearney) was in stage 3, (but) if it’s caught early, in stage1, it is highly treatable,” said Gratz. Following her passing in June of 2005, a small group of family and friends gathered together in September of that

year to celebrate Kearney’s life. “Cindy was really big into…if anyone passed away that was important to us, like our grandmother, she would say, ‘Let’s all get together on their birthday and celebrate her,’” said Gratz. During the gathering, the subject of carrying on Kearney’s wish to educate and create awareness of the disease was brought up, with a small group deciding they would fulfill Kearney’s wish. The group decided to host a memorial breakfast the following year on what would have been Kearney’s 50th birthday, Sept. 4, 2006, which happened to fall on Labor Day. The first breakfast, held at the Inn at Nicholas Village in Clarks Summit was so well attended the guests had to be split into two rooms. Realizing they needed a larger venue, the committee moved the event to the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel’s Grand Ballroom, where the event has taken place ever since. For the $30 admission fee, guests are treated to a breakfast of French toast, eggs, bacon and a complimentary mimosa, for those 21or older. A basket raffle is held, featuring prizes that include a weekend stay at a New York City hotel, golf packages, gift certificates to restaurants and more. Gratz and Collins said they have been lucky in finding people eager to donate to their event each year. All proceeds benefit ovarian cancer research and awareness through the Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry, which Kearney became a member of in 2002. To date, the breakfast has raised more than $73,000. In 2011, the Cindy Collins Kearney Memorial Breakfast committee put together a cookbook as another means to fulfill Kearney’s wishes. Through the sale, the group was able to raise an additional $5,000, for a total of more than $78,000 in donations made in Kearney’s name. For details on the breakfast or cookbook, available on eBooks only, visit or email For details on Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry, visit

Clarks Summit recycling reminders Single Stream recycling has begun in Clarks Summit. The recycling container may contain both paper and commingled, but a recycling sticker must on the container facing the street for pickup. “Residents don’t have to sort, they don’t have to worry about any schedule,” Council member and Chair of the Recycling Committee Patty Lawler said. “They can recycle each week.” Lawler added the program will save the borough money, as well as provide convenience. Plastics labeled one through seven can be recycled, as well as tin foil, colored computer paper, pie tins and other materials. The borough will receive $15 per ton of recyclable material collected, which will be applied to trash hauling costs, according to Borough Manager Virginia Kehoe.

Committee meets to plan final Antiques Show Members of the committee for the last Waverly Antiques Show and Sale at the Waverly Community House meet to plan the event scheduled for Sept. 15 and 16. Shown above, front row,


from are: Mary Price, Hayley Lenahan, Show CoChair Lisa Wahl, Diane Lenahan, Show Chair Patti Thomas, Tara Cesare and Sybil Keris. Back row: Amy Broadbent, Beth Baker, Dealer Chair Nora Fox,

Linda Bush and Vera Krewsun. Absent from photo: Judy DeSarro, Polly Metzger, Lisa Maus, Georgia Bass, Karen Saunders, Sandy Durbin, Val Calpin and Andrea Vaness.

Members of the Cindy Collins Kearney Memorial Breakfast committee, seated, from left, Denise McGowan, Kathleen Coleman, Carolyn Collins Gratz, Jean Collins, Sally Kearney, Karen Lotz, Kristen McGowan, standing, Linda Cadugan, Liz Graziano, Beth Graziano, Cathy Collins, Colleen Lutchko, Ashley Tesluk, Lindsay McGowan and Rose Ann McGlynn, have raised more than $78,000 to benefit ovarian cancer research and awareness.






Cub Scout signups begin in September The Quietmen, above, include, but are not limited to, Jamie Ratchford on guitar, vocals, harmonica and kazoo; Paddy Ratchford on keyboards, vocals and bodhran; Danny Ratchford on guitar, vocals, mandolin, and ukulele; Molly "Quietgirl" Malone on tin whistle.

Quietmen feature Irish flair In the iconic film “The Quiet Man,” actor John Wayne’s character returns to his roots in Ireland. In much the same way, The Quietmen return again and again to their musical home: traditional and contemporary Irish music. Their shows combine Irish and Celtic music, old-time folk tunes and popular acoustic songs from the 50s and 60s right up to the hits of today. The band will perform locally at The Hillside Harvest Moon Fest at The Abington Area Community Park Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Quietmen’s earliest musical influences include The Irish Rovers, The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and The Dubliners. The list

has grown over the years to include Great Big Sea, The Saw Doctors, Christy Moore, The Pogues, Jimmy Buffett, The Eagles, Simon & Garfunkel; Crosby, Stills & Nash; The Monkees and many, many more. Getting their start in Scranton, family members Jamie, Paddy and Danny Ratchford and Molly Malone have been playing at festivals, parties and pubs for more than a decade. Even though they are scattered from the New Jersey Shore, the Poconos, the Lehigh Valley and Northeastern Pennsylvania, the band family members still enjoy getting together to share their musical vision. The Quietmen love to play songs that people remember.

Boys, age 7, who have completed Kindergarten are welcome to join the Cub Scouts. Cub Scouting combines outdoor activities, sports and academics in a program that helps teach ideals such as honesty, good citizenship and respect. Sign-up nights are being held throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. * Pack 152, Sept. 6 and 10 Waverly Community House, 5:30-7:30 p.m., contact Ethan Cannella, 241.8120, * Pack 160, Sept. 12, Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 7 p.m., contact Steve Rich, 262.2807, * Pack 175, Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center, contact Brian Kanuik, 563.2901, * Pack 251, Sept. 12 and 19 Clarks Green United Methodist Church, 6 -7 p.m., contact Tom Sheakoski, 351.1763, If there is not a pack listed for your community, contact Mike LaPolla at or call 570.207.1227

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Dunkin’ donates $22,750 to St. Joseph’s Center

Restoring the slope After nearly one-year of effort and with the assistance of community partners and volunteers, the Restore the Slope team commemorated restoration of the Oil House structure in Archbald. On Aug. 23, the Leadership Lackawanna Restore the Slope team gathered at the former Gravity Slope Colliery site in Archbald to unveil the renovation and preservation work the group has accomplished since beginning their project Sep-

tember, 2011, at the start of the most recent Leadership Lackawanna class year. The Restore the Slope project teams include: Hemal P. Desai of Proctor & Gamble, Susan A. Micka of Prudential Retirement, Lisa A. Deal of Geisinger Health Systems, Lisa A. Konzelman of Baptist Bible College & Seminary, Becky J. Snyder of Allied Services, ABINGTON JOURNAL PHOTOS/DANIELLE ANTONELLO-SMOLLEY Restore the Slope project has been working toward completing the renovation on the Oil House Gerard M. Hetman and structure. Michael C. Baumhardt of The University of Scranton.

Above, Nicole Barber, Leadership Lackawanna, cuts the ceremonial ribbon for Restore the Slope project in Archbald.

Gerard Hetman of Leadership Lackawanna delivers a speech acknowledging everyone who contributed to the Restore the Slope project in Archbald. Inside the Oil House of Restore the Slope project.


Wicks said the township had to remove the stop-work order because the railroad is Continued from Page 1 allowed to construct the nechad any of its towers fall essary tower because of fedpreviously. Construction is eral laws. set to begin as early as this “Bottom line is that it’s week. federal jurisdiction,” Wicks The supervisors answered said. “If push came to shove, questions as to whether the we just don’t have the standrailroad will put additional equipment for potential com- ing to stop it.” Savitsky promised that the mercial interests, such as cell township “will watch them phone equipment, on the closely” and will speak to tower. Savitsky said Canadian-Pacific’s only intent is to solicitor Malcolm MacGregor, who was not present at put railroad equipment on tower. Supervisor Tom Wicks the supervisors meeting, about the possibility into added that he believes the getting a written guarantee railroad cannot legally put from the railroad that no additional equipment on the other equipment will be tower as plans currently placed on the tower. stand.


According to Rabbi Swartz, this Torah is difficult to read because it uses an entirely difContinued from Page 1 ferent alphabet with no vowels. over. Alaina Swartz will read and “We’re not certain, but there chant a section of the scroll is a good chance it may be the original Torah of our congrega- during the ceremony. Rabbi Swartz added that the tion.” Torah has deteriorated over the This scroll is unusual, not only because of its age, but also years and will need about $3,000 of repairs, although he because the original sofer (scribe) used special kabbalistic said it’s “fortunate” the part his daughter will read is “very (mystical) letters throughout clear.” the Torah.


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Through a regional in-store fundraiser and contributions from local franchise owners, Dunkin’ Donuts of Northeastern Pa. announced it has donated $22,750 to support St. Joseph’s Center in Scranton. It is Dunkin’ Donuts’ third consecutive year working with St. Joseph’s Center, donating in total more than $64,750 since their initial fundraising program in 2010. Dunkin’ Donuts shops across Northeastern, Pa. hosted a daylong fundraising event to raise money for St. Joseph’s Center. On July 18, all 58 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the region offered a free Medium Iced Coffee to customers who made a donation of $1 or more to support St. Joseph’s Center. Local owners representing regional Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants presented a check for $19,250 at St. Joseph’s Center Summer Festival and Telethon July 28, an achievement that they attribute to the support and loyalty of their Dunkin’ Donuts customers. Dunkin’ Donuts’ local Northeastern Pa. owners and franchisees donated an additional $3,500 earlier in the month to kick off Go Joe XV, WNEP’s Joe Snedeker’s annual fundraiser for St. Joseph’s Center. “St. Joseph’s Center is grateful to Dunkin’ Donuts and all of its franchisees and employees who made this large contribution possible,” said Sister Maryalice Jacquinot, I.H.M., President and Chief Executive of St. Joseph’s Center in Scranton.


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Recently the School Age Children of Treasure House Development Center hosted an “All American” luncheon for a group of high school Spanish exchange students. While attending English Classes at the Clarks Summit Methodist Church, the students engaged in sports, songs and dances of their heritage with the children attending the summer program at the center. The luncheon was a culmination of a three -week English program. The event was spearheaded by Treasure House teachers: Mary Ann Menichillo, Nancy Reese, Heather Cole, Megan Alles and Center Director Jessica Miller.

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Break out your dancing shoes Learn the art of Ballroom Dancing taught by Jill and Gehred Wetzel at the Abington Area Community Classroom. Beginner to advanced classes in the Cha-cha, Rumba, West Coast Swing and Foxtrot are offered. All classes will be held at the Clarks Green United Methodist Church for five Monday evenings. For more information about dance and other classes visit

right-of-way into a nonmotorized community recreational trail that would reContinued from Page 1 ject.” connect the small towns According to a press realong the former trolley lease from the conservancy, alignment.” “From 1908 to 1932, the Then, in December of last Northern Electric Street year, DCNR awarded a Railway operated trolley $566,000 grant to the conservice from Scranton servancy through the Comthrough the towns of Chinmunity Conservation Partchilla, Clarks Summit, Glen- nerships Program, to fund burn, Dalton, LaPlume, Fac- approximately 2.8 miles of toryville and the Lithia Val- trail from Clarks Summit to ley to the resort community the Dalton Borough line. of Lake Winola.” Wells and Pantuso both The release continued, spoke of Roz Peck’s vision “After the trolley line ceased for the project and the imoperations when the compa- portance of making it hapny filed for bankruptcy, pen. James K. Peck acquired the “Today…that vision beremaining right-of-way seg- comes a reality with the ments in 1945. His wife, Trolley Trail,” said Pantuso. Rosamond ‘Roz’ Peck, one Allan also spoke of the of the original founders of importance of the trail, Countryside Conservancy, “Recreation is a big thing became interested in the idea with us [DCNR].” He spoke of converting the former of the state’s parks and rec-


A rendering of the Countryside Conservancy’s The Trolley Trail Phase 1 is displayed at the Groundbreaking Ceremony Aug. 27.

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The first day of school for students in the Abington Heights School District is Sept. 5. Abington Heights teachers will participate in in-service sessions Aug. 31 and Sept. 4. According to the district, parents of afternoon kindergarten, first graders and students new to the district are encouraged to have their children wear tags indicating the child’s name, address, home telephone number, bus number and bus stop during the first week of school. In addition, parents and guardians are encouraged to accompany children as they await the arrival of school buses. Students and parents may access bus information and elementary enrollment boundary lines at from the Parent drop down menu using Web Query or on the transportation site, which allows parents or students to look up bus stops, bus times and eligibility at our elementary schools


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He has been serving as president since December 2011. The Dalton resident stressed that the board adheres to strict state and federal guidelines. Clarke insisted that Lackawanna Trail has a very diverse board. There are current and past educators, people in business and a wide range of other members. “They’re good people. It’s just a real good fit,” said Clarke. That “good fit” means operating through lengthy discussions, adherence to policies and differences of opinion being left in the board room. They also work on a consensus and majority rule vote. These are a few of the reasons why Clarke decided to be president. He views it as putting himself “in the rotation.” Another major focus of the board is achieving and continuing financial stability and trying to raise money to keep the school district solvent. “We are in the black right now. It’s an ongoing battle. We’re probably breaking even. It’s a battle year to year to maintain fund balance,” Clarke said. He also pointed out that the school district has received less in grants from the state and that it has a direct impact on how the board operates. The current economy also comes into play. Clarke added that it is an honor to serve on the board that he feels is trying to bring the school on the cutting edge of education. “Our goal is for the betterment of each and every student and, of course, their wellbeing.”

by inputting their home address. Applications for free and reduced meals may be downloaded from under District Information/Food Service Program. Visit to view an illustration designed to help make better food choices. Abington Heights students requiring any food or beverage substitutions, may download the form to be completed by a family physician and returned to Food Service Director Joanne Pesota, 222 Noble Road, Clarks Summit, prior to the opening of school in September. With questions, call Pesota at 585.5309 Dress Code Policy/Guidelines According to the Abington Heights School District, all upper body attire must cover from the collar bone to the base of the torso so as not to expose any midriff, cleavage or chest. Blouses, tops and shirts are to

Meet the President Interests And Hobbies: Coaching track & field and cross country, hunting, running, hiking, mountain biking, reading a good book Inspired by: My father Favorite Place In The World: Clew Bay in Galway, Ireland Favorite Book: “One on One “ by Coach John Wooden Greatest Achievement: Having completed 24 marathons. Perfect Sunday Afternoon: After a long run in the morning with my group from Keystone, I love to work around my house tinkering and gardening with no special job task. Can’t Leave Home Without: Unfortunately, my cell phone!

have a collar. All students must wear a traditional fold-down collar at all times; collar must be visible at all times; factory logos are allowed on shirts; sweatshirts, sweaters, and hoodies are acceptable outer attire; a traditional fold-down collared shirt must be worn and be visible underneath the above items Wording, phrases or other representations with the exception of Abington Heights -approved attire is not permitted on clothing. Manufacture insignias, such as a Nike swoosh on the chest or sleeves are acceptable. Names and numbers are permitted on Abington Heights approved clothing: sweatshirts/ sweaters; warm-up style jackets; sweatpants; collared shirts. Athletic jerseys are not permitted unless prior approval is granted by Principal. All lower body attire (pants, skirts, shorts, dresses, skorts, etc.) should be worn at the wais-

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Sampogne to represent Pa. in national pageant Nina Sampogne, 10, of Waverly has advanced to the National pageant of National American Miss to be held November 17-24 in Anaheim, Calif. Nina competed in the state pageant which was held August 9-11 in Harrisburg. She competed with 200 girls in her age group of Jr. PreTeen from all over the state of Pennsylvania. Nina was chosen a state finalist based on academic achievement, community involvement and extra-curricular activities. She will compete in the National Pageant with the top five contestants from every state. Nina is a fifth grade student in the Abington Heights Middle School. She resides in Waverly with her parents Vito and Laura Dargatis Sampogne, brother Michael and cat, Bacon.

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Two Abington area residents were among People to People students at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy, one of their stops on a European tour.



elping build a castle in Austria, observing wild bears in Switzerland and trying escargot in France aren’t items on the average teenager’s summer vacation bucket list. But for two Abington Heights High School incoming freshmen, these were just a few of the many highlights. Spencer Atkins, of North Abington and Mariana Winters, of Clarks Summit joined a group of 45 students and five adult leaders from across the state on a 19-day educational trip around Europe via the national program People To People. The first stop was in Italy, where the students said they did a lot of sight-seeing, took pictures of beautiful cathedrals and learned about glass blowing in Venice. Next, they went to Austria, which Atkins said was his favorite. There, they visited a wooden water mill, experienced a mediaeval town, helped chisel rocks and smooth walls for the Castle Project (construction which Atkins said is expected to take 30-40 years), and toured the former Mauthausen Concentration Camp. It was also in Austria where they said they had the privilege of meeting a Holocaust survivor. Winters said the man did not speak English, so they communicated through a translator. “He got very emotional with it,” she said, “and it was just a very moving experience.” She added that he wouldn’t allow them to ask any questions, but he told them his story, which was “very eye-opening.” The concentration camp also left an impression on both stu-

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dents. Atkins said it was interesting to see how the prisoners were forced to live. He described a part of the camp called “the death stairs” where prisoners were made to sprint down steep stone steps, heft a large boulder and carry it, running, back up the stairs. “They call them death stairs,” he said, “because if you fell or dropped that rock, and you tumbled, you’re dying, because the stairs are rock, you’re carrying a rock, knocking other people down who have rocks...” Next they made a more cheerful stop in Switzerland, where they went to Zurich and saw the Swiss Alps. Then came their three-day-long “home stays” with native families. Winters said she and another girl from the group stayed on the French-speaking side of Switzerland with a family of four who showed them around the city and shared with them their way of life. “It was very interesting to see how they live and how different they are,” she said. “They’re just such sweet people, and I miss them terribly.” Atkins said he stayed with another family of four inside the city of Bern. He enjoyed having his own room there with a desk, chair and bed and a private bathroom. He became good friends with one of the two sons in the

family, who speaks English, and “hung out” with him in the city. It was also in Bern where he visited the bear park and was able to watch five wild bears. The group’s final destination was France, where adventures included a visit to the European Council, a WWI memorial, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and a castle. “I really loved the food in Paris,” Winters said. “They had good food everywhere, though.” She and Atkins both said they enjoyed trying escargot. Winters and Atkins said in order to join the People To People group tour, students are first recommended by a teacher, coach or other adult. They are then required to go through an interview process, followed by an intake of information about the trip, travel planning meetings and fundraising (if the family isn’t paying the expenses out of pocket). They are also required to score 100 percent on tests taken via the internet before they leave and to keep a journal during the trip. Then at the end, each student is given a pass or fail grade, which may qualify for school credit. “This trip was a lot of fun,” Winters said, “but it was also work. You had to work for it.” Both said they would like to go again if given the chance, and would recommend the trip to their friends.

AH to host carnival C.S. resident in honor society at Sem Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School recently inducted 10 graduating students into the Cum Laude Society, the national academic honor society for college preparatory schools, during the 168th Commencement ceremonies. The new inductees are Ali Ahmed, Mountain Top; Emily Brecher, Mountain Top; Han-Ting Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.; Alex Kolessar, Shavertown; Olivia Levine, Simpson; Ashlyn Reiser, Shavertown; Hai Yen Trinh, Hanoi, Vietnam; Krysten Voelkner, Clarks Summit; Tuan Viet Vu, Hanoi, Vietnam; and Simon Zafrany, Wilkes-Barre. The goal of the Cum Laude Society is the encouragement and rewarding of academic excellence. Wyoming Seminary’s chapter of the society was established in 1930, and each year since then previous members of the organization elect new senior class members in both fall and spring. Membership in Cum Laude is extended to the top 20 percent of students in the senior class. Seen following Commencement exercises are, first row seated from left: Emily Brecher, Olivia Levine, Hai Yen Trinh, Krysten Voelkner and Ashlyn Reiser. Second row, from left: Han-Ting Cheng, Ali Ahmed, Alex Kolessar, Simon Zafrany and Tuan Viet Vu.

Abington Heights High School’s National Honor Society is hosting a back-to-school carnival Aug. 31 at the high school from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Admission to the carnival and all activities/games are free of charge; food will be available for purchase. All ages are welcome and there will be activities to suit each age group. Vendors will include the Curbside Grill, Kiki’s Creamery, Thick ’n’ Thin Pizza, and What the Fork Truck. Classic carnival activities planned include a dunk tank, face painting, beanbag toss, goldfish game, rubber ducks in a pool and mini golf. Families can also enjoy a haunted house, a hula-hoop contest, and a “freeze dance” with ethnic music. There will be live entertainment. The Robotics Club will provide a demonstration of their award-winning robot.


Graduation policy brought up at L.T. board meeting BY BEN FREDA Abington Journal Correspondent

FACTORYVILLE- At the Lackawanna Trail School Board meeting, Aug. 13, Cathy Strauch, wife of School Board member Joseph Strauch, mentioned to the board that a student, whose name was not mentioned, was not able to graduate with her class this past school year. “She does have her certificate now, thank you,” said Cathy Strauch, “but it bothered me immensely when I found out about this particular person.” Superintendent Matthew Rakauskas asked Strauch if this student was aware that Strauch was speaking on her behalf. Strauch assured the board members that the student knew . Strauch said she was there to make a point about the district’s school code policy 217, which states “All students who don’t fill all the requirements cannot be part of the graduation exercises.” Strauch asked the board why no one helped the student sooner. Board president Ned Clarke thanked Strauch for her concerns, and told her that he will look into the matter.

Superintendent Matthew Rakauskas announced that the students will return to classes Aug. 29. Rakauskas then introduced the newly hired special education director Stephanie Russell. Rakauskas mentioned that Professor Jim Hagan, professor of education at Keystone College, will speak about fundamentals and classroom management. Rakauskas discussed Adventurers & Explorers Program, in which Lackawanna Trail collaborated with Keystone College. He said that the program was successful in 2008 and 2010, and will run again in either late September or early October. Clarke welcomed Dr. Mark Murphy, the new assistant high school truancy officer for the district. Murphy said that he’s working on an anti-truancy program to address students who had a certain amount of absences last year. “We’re going to take a proactive approach to that, and try to encourage them to establish healthy and regular attendance habits at the high

school and also at the elementary school,” said Murphy. Elementary principal Dr. Tania Stoker announced that a new scoreboard was installed in the elementary center. High school principal John Rushefski thanked the board for supporting the assistant coach positions for all-girls’ basketball and football and for supporting extracurricular activities. “When student have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular sports and positive programs, it does improve academics,” said Rushefski. Christina Calautti was appointed as an assistant girls basketball coach by a 8-0 vote. Board member Carol Selwood made a motion that Ryan Laubach be approved as a volunteer girls and boys volleyball coach.The board agreed 8-0. Jeff Marx was appointed as National Honor Society Advisor by a vote of 8-0. Dr. Michael Mould was elected as Treasurer of the Lackawanna Trail School District for the 2012-2013 fiscal year by a vote of 8-0.



OBITUARY Lois Smith Bagley August 25, 2012

Lois Smith Bagley, 85, of Dalton, died Saturday afternoon, Aug. 25, at Regional Hospital in Scranton. She was the wife of former Abington Heights football and wrestling coach, the late Richard Warren Bagley Sr., who died in 1977. Born in Dalton, she was the daughter of the late Parker H. and Aurelia Baldwin Smith. She was a graduate of Dalton High School and Keystone College, and went on to earn her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in library science at Syracuse University. She was employed as a librarian at Harvard Law School and later as an assistant librarian at Keystone Jr. College. She was the Head Librarian at Lackawanna Trail High School from 1969 until her retirement in 1993. She was beloved by students and her fellow faculty members; the librarian’s office was a favorite gathering place for more than two decades. Lois was inducted into the Keystone College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011, for her excellence in both basketball and field hockey. An avid golfer and bridge player, she attained the level Regional Master in bridge and was playing several days a week until her recent hospitalization. Lois served on the Keystone Open Committee, Lithia Valley Co-op and the Dalton Library Board. She was a member of the Dalton United

Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir for many years. She was a huge fan of music, with eclectic tastes ranging from folk to rock and classical. She loved Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Tom Petty. Surviving are two sons, Richard W. Bagley Jr. and wife Christine, Middletown R.I.; and Parker H. Bagley, and wife Julie, New York, N. Y.; a daughter Lynn Berry, and husband Luther, New York, N.Y; seven grandchildren Richard W. Bagley III, James Joseph Bagley, William Dean Bagley, Stephanie Bagley, Kathryn Bagley, Parker T. Bagley, and Richard Hayes Bagley, two great- grandchildren, Anabelle and Sadie Bagley, a sister Lenore Cramer, and husband Raymond; Dalton, three nieces, two nephews and several great nieces and nephews. The loving care provided by Ray and Lenore and niece Lydia and her husband Michael allowed Lois to stay in her own home until the end. She was preceded in death by a sister Emily Trojan. A funeral service will be held Thursday, Aug. 30 at 11a.m. at the Dalton United Methodist Church, 125 S. Turnpike Rd. Dalton Pa. 18414, with services by Rev. Lori Robinson, Pastor. Friends may call Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St. Clarks Summit Pa, 18411. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dalton Community Library, 113 E. Main St. Dalton Pa. 18414.

Gethine Graves Baldwin August 26, 2012

Gethine Graves Baldwin ,of Waverly and Dalton, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, Aug. 26, at the Abington Manor Nursing Facility after a brief stay. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Baldwin. Born in 1918, she was the daughter of Iva Graves. She lived her entire life in the Dalton and Waverly areas. Gethine was an accomplished and lifelong tennis player and an avid skier. She was primarily a homemaker who also worked for years at Elk Mountain ski resort and the Waverly Community House. She is survived by her only grandson, Matt Baldwin and his

wife Michelle; two great -grandchildren, Lauren and Luke, all of Dalton, in whom she took great joy; and a granddaughter McClure Baldwin, California. She was also preceded in death by her son, Richard McClure Baldwin and a sister, Frances Slocum. Funeral service and interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State Street, Clarks Summit. Memorials may be made to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Rd. South Abington Twp. Pa 18411.

Juanita M. Hirt August 23, 2012

Juanita M. Hirt, 59, of Scranton, died Thursday, Aug. 23. She left behind her companion of more than 24 years, John Ward. Born in Coudersport, she was the daughter of the late Andrew Stoling and June Howard. Also surviving are her stepfather Martin Howard of Smithport; sons, Andrew (Ashley) Norton, Johnny

Ward; daughters, Tina Stoling (Rob) Lexington, N.C., Louise (Thomas) Dille Graham, N.C., Robyn Hirt, Scranton and Jamie (Travis), Cheatum; brothers Tony Stoling, William Stoling, Dan (Debbie) Howard, Frank Howard, Robert (Nancy) Howard, Shawn (Christine) Howard and a sister Linda Goodrich; eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by her brother Michael Batcha.

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Leon J. Ace August 21, 2012

Leon J. Ace, of Lake Winola, died Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 21, at the Allied Skilled Nursing Unit in Scranton. His wife, the former Caroline C. Craft, died in 2007. Born in Lake Winola, he was a lifelong resident and the son of the late Jacob and Angeline Smith Ace. He was a truck driver for Oneida Motor Freight for 25 years, during which time he was awarded the Mack 1 Million Mile Award. After retirement he continued to drive a school bus and for various charter bus companies in the area. He was a lifelong member of the Lake Winola Fire Company and The Lake Winola United Methodist Church. He was an active member of Lake Winola Lion’s Club, holding many offices including Past President, also a retired member of the Teamsters’ Union Local 707 and 229. He was a social member of the VFW 7069 for many years. Leon was an avid outdoorsman; he enjoyed hunting with his children, nephews and grandchildren. He enjoyed all aspects of Lake Winola, including boating,

Ann ‘Nan’ Pardue McCormick August 19, 2012

Ann “Nan” Pardue McCormick, 87, of Newton Twp., died Sunday, Aug. 19, in Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice of Northeast Pennsylvania at Regional Hospital of Scranton. She was the widow of Leo McCormick, who died Dec. 14, 1966; and her first husband, John W. Pardue, who died Nov. 4, 1956. Born June 14, 1925, in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late John Paul and Ann Taylor Dennebaum. Nan and her family moved to Fords Pond in 1962, having previously lived in the Green Ridge section of Scranton and Berwick. Nan was a graduate of Scranton Central High School, where she was class valedictorian. Nan worked for the Scranton Lace Co. and later assisted her daughter, Nancy, at White’s Country Floral. She was a member of Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Clarks Summit. She was a Daughter of the American Revolution and a charter member of the Colonial Dames. Nan was a loving and devoted mother who was widowed at the age of 30 and left to raise four young children. She persevered with her strong will to provide for her family. She was so very proud of their accomplishments and successes. Nan enjoyed the outdoors and especially the happy times with her family

fishing and ice skating. In his younger years he was a member of Lake Winola Ice Hockey team. Leon was a man who wore his heart on his sleeve for those he loved, and displayed his emotions freely and without shame; it is a quality about him that will be deeply missed. He was a listener and advisor who was wise, wonderful, compassionate, understanding, gentle, tough, fun -loving and the best daddy, grandpa and uncle ever. He will be forever in our blood and in our hearts. Surviving are four daughters, Patricia Pate, Philadelphia; Paula Pate Schloder, Lake Winola; Terri and husband Michael Lehnert, Lake Winola; Cheryl Rightor, Dalton and one son James and wife Sharon Pate, Browns Mills, N.J.; 14 grandchildren; and 5 greatgrandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He also was preceded in death by a sister Dorothy Hunt Quick, and brothers Charles and Lester Hunt Leon’s family would like to thank all those who gave him so much loving, compassionate care over the last few years especially VNA Hospice and Luzerne and Wyoming County Area on Aging. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to VNA Hospice and Home Health, 301 Delaware Ave, Olyphant Pa, 18447. at Fords Pond, where she liked to garden and grow flowers. A pet lover, Nan enjoyed her dogs so much that her grandchildren named her “Bow Wow Nana.” She was always seen with her favorite dog, Skeeter, on her lap. Nan was a smart, caring woman who shared her thoughts and playful sense of humor with those she met. Nan’s friendly smile and sharp wit will be sadly missed. She passed away surrounded by her loving family. The family would like to thank and express great appreciation to everyone at Commonwealth Hospice for the loving care they provided. Surviving are two sons, John W. Pardue and wife, Brenda, Clarks Summit; and William Pardue and wife, Mariah, Wayne; a daughter, Jane Ellen Pardue, Dalton; grandsons, Jeffrey White and wife, Stacey; John W. Pardue III and wife, Sarah; Timothy Pardue and wife, Amy; William Pardue Jr. and wife, Carlie; and Luke and Jacob Pardue; granddaughters, Jennifer White, Tami Pardue Garvey and husband, Brian; Maggie Pardue; Molly and Mariah Pardue; 10 greatgrandchildren; nieces and nephews. Nan was also preceded in death by a daughter, Ann “Nancy” White; a sonin-law, J. Robert White; two brothers, John Paul II and Paul John Dennebaum; and a sister, Kay O’Brien. Memorial contributions may be made to Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice of Northeast Pa., 746 Jefferson Ave., Scranton, PA 18510; or Our Lady of the Snows Building Fund, 301 S. State St., Clarks Summit, PA 18411.

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Margaret Taccki August 26, 2012

Margaret Taccki, 90, of Clarks Summit, died Sunday afternoon, Aug. 26, at Geisinger Community Medical Center Hospice Unit. She was the widow of the late Frank Taccki. Born May 6, 1922 in Newton Twp., she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Valeria Fisne. She was a graduate of Newton Ransom High School where she played on the girls basketball team. She had previously lived in Edison, N.J. where she worked for R.C.A. , moving back to Newton Twp. after her husband’s death. She loved to cook and had a large vegetable garden. She was a member of Our Lady of the Snows Church, Clarks Summit and attended St. Ann’s Novena for years. Surviving are her son, Joe Taccki, Edison, N.J.; two sisters, Catherine Falcone, S.D. and Ann Louise Paolucci, Clarks Summit; two brothers, Leo and wife Janet Fisne and Francis Fisne of Bordentown, N.J.; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Francis Taccki; a sister Mary Fisne, brothers, Nicholas, John, and George Fisne; and an infant brother, Joseph Fisne Jr. The family would like to thank all the nurses in the Hospice Unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center for their care, compassion and love. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Aug. 31 at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Church, 301 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Friends may call Aug. 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of the Snows Building Fund, or a charity of the donor’s choice.


Storm water plan discussed BY SUSAN REBENSKY Abington Journal Correspondent

FACTORYVILLE- At the recent meeting of the Factoryville Borough Council, the board discussed the proposed storm water plan for the Dixon Commercial property. Council noted that some issues remain unsettled in regard to the property, including the maintenance that may be required for the storm water system on site. It was noted that a bond could be provided to ensure the property is in compliance with routine maintenance. However, Attorney Paul Litwin said that the Dixon application was submitted prior to the storm water ordinance becoming effective. The ordinance has a provision to require a municipal storm water maintenance fund, and would be available for future developments, but not for the property in question. It was recommended that the council arrange a meeting with PennDOT because there are roads to be considered currently not on the road map. The readdressing changes also need to be registered with PennDOT to make them official with the state. Several blocks of Church Street need resurfacing before winter with a rough cost of $40,000, according to council. Council received a quote in the amount of $2,400 for black cinders from Brown Farm Enterprises. A property maintenance code was advertised and ready to be passed. Council approved payment of bills, a fee proposal from Reilly Associates to prepare a permit application for $4,500.


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Visual Arts/ Performing Arts Dalton Summer Sizzlin’ Concert, Doug Smith and “The Dixieland AllStars” Aug. 31 at Streamside Park Pavilion, Mill Street at 7 p.m. Cost: free (Dalton Business and Professional Association’s gift to the community). Info: 587.0505 or 563.1693.

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Steamtown Showcase, Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. at The Scranton Hardware Bar, Kildare’s, The Keys, The Banshee, New Visions Studio, Trax, Scranton JCC, The Backyard Alehouse and The Bog, all in Downtown Scranton. A community event to raise music awareness of local, regional and national talent. Partial proceeds benefit the funding of the revitalization of The Scranton Vintage Theater and the formation of a Steamtown Music Scholarship. Info:

Laurel Radzieski, Dietrich Theater Cultural Programming Assistant and Dietrich Children’s Theatre troupe actor, is enchanting as the fairy wife, Meaghan, shown.


First Presbyterian Church Annual Jazz Communion Service, Sept. 2 at First Presbyterian Church, 300 School Street, Clarks Summit at 9:45 a.m. This year’s event will celebrate the new release of a DVD called “Jazz Belongs in Church,” produced by Rev. Carter and his colleague Jeff Kellam. All are welcome, and visitors are advised to arrive early for a seat. Info: 586.6306 or website at


hrough the characters of a cow, a sheep, a farmer and a fairy, children and their families and friends will experience the ninth Dietrich Children’s Theatre play, this time traveling to Wales with the story of “The Fairy Wife of Llyn Y Fan Fach,” adapted for the stage by Jennifer Jenkins. Two free performances will be Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. and Sept.8 at 11 a.m. These performances are funded by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. In this play, a lonely farmer sees an enchanting fairy emerge from a small lake and is struck by love, so he convinces her to marry him. She has only one condition, that he must always be kind. This is an easy promise, though as his farm prospers from

Archbald Historical Society Casting Call for the orginal historical play “The Death of an Innocent Man,” Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Old Town Coffee Shop, 452 N. Main St., Archbald. All ages are welcome. Info: 346.6179.

Literary Arts

New Visions Studio and Gallery Presents July’s local Writers Showcase, hosted Brian Fanelli and Jason Lucarelli, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. Readings by Scott Thomas, Lauren Stahl, Lisbeth Herr Gelatt, Jennifer Matarese, Richard Aston and special guest Eugene Cross. Cost: free. Info: 878.3970 or

Arts, Crafts and More

Letter Press Workshop, at ArtWorks Gallery and Studio Sept. 1 from 12 - 2 p.m. For ages 16 and up. Samantha Urbanick of Hand Deliver Press, Clarks Summit, will facilitate this tabletop-platen press workshop. Participants will learn the ins and outs of the little cast-iron beast, the Chandler and Price Pilot while creating cards out of recycled paper. Each student will learn how to lock up type and/or an image in the press, ink it, and print his or her set of cards. Cost: $20 (includes all supplies). Info: 207.1815, or Letterpress info:

her good luck, he grows greedier and grumpier. But if he loses his temper, all of his good fortune - and his lovely fairy wife - will disappear forever. Laurel Radzieski, Dietrich Theater Cultural Programming Assistant and Dietrich Children’s Theatre troupe actor, is enchanting as the fairy wife, Meaghan. She is mischievous, a happy prankster and likes to rearrange things for her own amusement. Also in the cast is Rich Ryczak, who is an accomplished actor in the Dietrich Children’s Theatre troupe. In “The Fairy Wife” he will be the Cow, loyal to the farmer, and a joker who likes to make bad puns and surprise the sheep. Brenda Wenner, who played Nurse Ratched in “One Flew Over the

Cuckoo’s Nest,” will debut in the Dietrich Children’s Theatre and switch gears, now playing the role of the Sheep. In this role, she will be head of the barnyard, slightly narcoleptic, falling asleep on her feet quite often. But she is very loyal to the farmer. New and welcome to the Dietrich, is Josh Harris who will play the Farmer. Will he turn out to be kind, even though he is sometimes forgetful? Jenkins, Dietrich Theater Executive and Theater Arts Director, has adapted “The Fairy Wife” for the stage and is the director for the play. Reservations can be made by calling 570.996.1500. Tickets are available at the ticket booth.

Living art

Locals to display nature-themed scenes at Abington Area Community Park


walk around the lake at the Abington Area Community Park on a peaceful afternoon will often reveal a variety of wildlife such as White-tailed Deer or a Great Blue Heron. Those with fishing line and bait may even come in contact with a Rainbow Trout. These scenes will soon be portrayed by three local artists and displayed outdoors at the park in their habitat of inspiration. The participating artists include: Leela Baikadi, of Dalton, contributing a watercolor; Jennifer Brandon, of Waverly, with an oil-on-canvas piece and



Three local artists created scenes that will be on permanent display at Abington Area Community Park. Shown are, front, Jennifer Brandon; back, Leela Baikadi and Joan Matsui.

Joan Matsui, Clarks Summit, who created a Chigirie Japanese torn paper collage. Their art, which highlights local woodland, aviary and aquatic life, will be permanently displayed along the trail at the park. According to Diane Vietz, Abington Area Joint Recreation Board Vice Chair, the goal of the project, called Earth Art Trail, is to encourage community members to walk the trail by focusing on the wildlife seen along its route. “Having art at the park can encourage a family to take a walk together along the boardwalk,” Vietz said. “And while exploring the outdoors, they can learn more about the wonders in our local environment and be inspired to sketch or take a photo.” She pointed out the project isn’t just about arts—although that’s a big part of it—but about entertainment and recreation as well.

“The outdoors engage us all for different kinds of recreation, art being one form,” Vietz said. “Whether it is the picturesque vista of the sunset on a verdant hillside or the tranquil lake reflection, nature itself is living art. The Abington Park’s outdoors are a natural canvas for art to be displayed on signs along our lakeside Earth Art Trail.” The art will be unveiled at the Hillside Harvest Moon Fest Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. Vietz said the project was made possible by a Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Grant, a program of the Lackawanna County Commissioners and the Lackawanna County Council on Arts Culture and Education. And, she said, the Abington Park member groups, including The Dog Park, Community Garden, Community Classroom, Youth Soccer League, Girls Softball and the Abington Community LiSee Living, Page 11

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Master storyteller Fiona Powell mesmerized us all as she told tales from her native country of Wales last Wednesday night at the Tunkhannock Public Library. Sitting at her spinning wheel dressed in traditional Welsh garb, she spun tales of tylwyth tegs, which is Welsh for fairies. Through the art of storytelling she was able to capture the imaginations of all forty of us who were in attendance, from the very young to the more mature. Storytelling is an ancient art and Fiona is definitely gifted at it. I could have sat there for another hour listening to more tales from Wales. We would like to thank the Tunkhannock Public Library for presenting this event which is being held in conjunction with the Dietrich Children’s Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Fairy Wife of Llyn Y Fan Fach.” This Welsh folktale will be presented live on stage at the Dietrich Theater on Friday, Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. and Saturday, Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. Join us for this story about a farmer who sees an enchanting fairy emerge from a small lake. Struck by love, he convinces her to marry him. She has only one condition, that he must always be kind. This is an easy promise, though as his farm prospers from her good luck, he grows greedier and grumpier. But if he loses his temper, all of his good fortune – and his lovely fairy wife – will disappear forever. What will happen? Come to a show and find out. Admission to the production is free thanks to a grant from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Tickets can be picked up at the door or reserved by calling the Dietrich Theater at 570.996.1500. Fiona Powell and the cast will hold a short discussion about the play “The Fairy Wife of Llyn Y Fan Fach” after each showing so audience members can share their views about the story. She will also be back in October for another storytelling event at the Tunkhannock Public Library, Tales from Alaska. Stay tuned for more information. The Dietrich will also be hosting a historical radio play with music in September. On Sunday, Sept. 16 at 3 p.m., audience members will experience the historical retelling of the Lattimer Massacre of 1897, which occurred near Hazleton, PA through a radio drama and music. The radio drama is the result of nearly four years of research Bill Bachman has completed on the event, which pitted coal company owners, the sheriff of Luzerne County and striking miners again each other with See Dietrich, Page 12

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The Abington Community Library will be closed on Saturday, Sept.1, Sunday, Sept. 2 and Monday, Sept. 3 to observe the Labor Day holiday weekend. Regular hours (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.) will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Registration is now open for the Early Fall Series of Story Hours, scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Sept. 11 for pre-schoolers and Thursday, Sept. 13 for two and three-year-olds. Stop in the Children’s Room for a calendar listing dates and times. A new series of “1 – 2–3 Story and Playtimes” for toddlers age 12 months through three years old will begin Sept. 7 at 10:30 am. Registration is not required for this program. New Large Print Fiction “Creole Belle,” by James Lee Burke. Louisiana detective Dave Robicheaux, recuperating from a gunshot wound, isn’t sure if his visitor, Tee Jolie Melton, is flesh and blood or a spectral reminder of his youth. What he doesn’t know is that Tee Jolie, a beautiful young woman with a troubled past, disappeared weeks ago and no one believes she reappeared to comfort a man with a bullet wound. “Dream Lake,” by Lisa Kleypas. Gentle, romantic Zoe Hoffman dares not trust her heart to anyone, especially not Alex Nolan, the most haunted of all the

Nolan brothers. Zoe and Alex are extreme opposites but sometimes it takes only a glimmer of light to chase away the darkness. “Cop to Corpse,” by Peter Lovesey. Three policemen have been shot dead in less than twelve weeks, but not one detective on the Bath police force has been able to pin down the so-called Somerset Sniper who murdered them. They turn to Inspector Peter Diamond, for whom this might be the most dangerous investigation of his life. “Back Fire,” by Catherine Coulter. When the federal prosecutor goes missing and the judge gets shot in the back just as a highprofile murder trial gets underway, FBI agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich race to San Francisco to answer the question: why would anyone shoot the judge and why did they receive the ominous note, “For what you did you deserve this.” “The Age of Miracles,” by Karen Thompson Walker. They called it “the slowing,” when the rotation of the earth suddenly began to slow, the days and nights grew longer, gravity was affected, and the environment thrown into disarray. Julia and her family struggle to navigate an evershifting landscape while coping with the normal disasters of everyday life in their California suburb. The Abington Community Library is located at 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Visit our website, to register online for events or call the library at (570) 587-3440. Don’t have a library card? Register for one at libraryinfo/library_card_reg.asp.



Comedy to open season Actors Circle is opening its 31st season with the romantic and mystical comedy, “Bell, Book and Candle,” by John Van Druten, directed by Daivid Hunisch The comedy will be presented at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton Sept. 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12 for general, $8 for seniors and $6 for students. A special preview performance will be held Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. for which tickets are $8 for general and seniors and $6 for students. For more information or reservations, call 342.9707.


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brary’s Teen Leadership Committee, are to thank for the upcoming festival. “The only reason we’re able to have this kind of event,” she said, “is because of the synergy of those groups.” Aside from the unveiling of the artwork, the Hillside Harvest Moon Fest will include free crafts and activities, live entertainment by the Quietmen, a Pumpkin Chunkin’ demonstration and more. Vietz said of the connection between the local artists and the project, “It is important to develop creative and cultural programs and offerings for the health of a community. The art industry helps stimulate the local economy and improves overall quality of life in our communities.”

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Shoes to benefit Kenyans

Pollock said their goal is to collect upward of 500 pairs of shoes. “If the community joins us, I think we could get 500 (pairs Making a difference in the world is the of shoes). theme of “The Christmas Shoe Tree,” an Shoes may be dropped off at National outreach project at the Summit Baptist Running Center, 318 Davis Street, Clarks Bible Church by Katlyn Pollock, organizer, Summit, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to with assistance from Patrick Kelley and 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or at Elaine Boersma. the church, 232 Noble Road, South AbingThey are partnering with “Encourageton Twp., anytime the church is open. ment Inc” to help Kenyan children in need The project will culminate with a perof shoes through donations and are collectformance of “The Christmas Shoe Tree,” a ing shoes, any size, in good condition or production of the S.L.A.M.M. kids’ comgently worn, ranging from children to adult munity program during the first week of sizes, that will be sent to a Webuye, in East December, featuring acting and music. Kenya. Due to the tropical climate in Kenya, they are not looking for boots. For two Children grades Pre-K through seventh grade are invited to participate and no preand a half weeks this summer, Pollock, vious acting experience is required, said along with a friend, visited Kenya as part of Boersma, choir director. a mission program. She said, “We saw such Kelley explained the play is about a a need. While I was there, I saw a lady who Christmas tree farm. “We saw that the play didn’t have shoes, so I was able to give her showed giving, which I think really fits the my shoes. She was ecstatic and said it was Christmas spirit…it really tied in ” her first pair of shoes ever…It (shoes) is Boersma said, “It (music) is a way to help such a small thing to us, but it’s such a huge them (kids) incorporate God’s love and thing to them” who God is, and it’s a way to remember The trio, Pollock, Kelley and Boersma, that. I’m excited to teach these kids new are asking the community to help through songs they might not know and some old shoes or donations. Monetary donations ones that they do in a new way. Music is an will be used to defray the cost to ship the amazing way to be able to capture a child’s shoes. Donations should be labeled heart.” S.L.A.M.M. Christmas Shoe Tree. BY JOAN MEAD-MATSUI Abington Journal Correspondent


‘Salvage the Bones’ belongs on your ‘Must-Read’ list.

This week marks the 7th anniversary of the day Hurricane Katrina savaged the Gulf Coast states like an avenging Fury, leaving death and destruction in her wake. The history of Katrina is one not only of nature’s power, but also of human frailty, courage and survival. Jesmyn Ward lived through that storm, sheltering in a car when a white family refused hers refuge, and from her experience comes what is perhaps Katrina’s most positive legacy -- a novel that is both muscular and poetic, violent and tender – and one I will read again and again in years to come. In “Salvage the Bones,” which covers the 12-day period leading up to and culminating in the terrifying day Hurricane Katrina makes landfall, we see a story of loss, loyalty, love and survival through the eyes of Esch Batiste, a bright, insightful and newly pregnant 15year-old. Because her mother, Rose, died giving birth to Esch’s youngest brother seven years before the story begins, Esch, the only girl in a family of four children, has no woman to whom she can turn for guidance. Her father, a man of unpredictable anger fueled by the alcohol he uses to drown his grief, has little time or tenderness for his children. Lacking parental nurture, the older kids – Randall, 17; Skeetah, 16; and Esch – take care of each other and of their baby brother, Junior, who is 7, and seems...damaged. Esch is reading a book of Greek mythology, and finds many connections to the story of Medea in her own life, a theme that runs throughout the novel. At first, she sees herself as Medea and the father of her unborn child, 19-year-old Manny, as Jason. She is in love for the first time, but Manny, who is a thoroughly despicable young man with another girlfriend, just uses her for sex. Like Medea, Esch recognizes that her love for Manny is hopeless, but is powerless to resist it. She also sees Skeetah’s beloved pit bull, China, as Medea when the dog gives birth to her first litter on the first day of the story and later kills one of her puppies. She connects Skeetah, the brother she feels closest to, with Medea’s brother, but ultimately, she realizes that Hurricane Katrina is the epitome of Medea. Thinking about the storm, Esch says: “She was the murderous mother who cut us to the bone but left us alive, left us naked and bewildered as newborn babies, as blind puppies.…She left us a dark Gulf and saltburned land. She left us to learn to crawl. She left us to salvage. Katrina is the mother we will remember until the next mother, with large, merciless hands, committed to blood, comes.” Clearly, Esch is an exceptional young woman, and her creator is an exceptional young writer. Ms. Ward makes us root for Esch and her beleaguered family because she endows her characters with great dignity, passion and courage. The Batiste family lives a hardscrabble life near the fictional town of Bois Sauvage, La. The author paints a brilliant picture of their surroundings: a yard full of junked cars, scrap metal, old refrigerators and washing ma-

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chines, and dilapidated sheds, where feral chickens and the occasional pig scratch out what sustenance they can. The kids manage to survive on a diet that consists mainly of canned goods, hot dogs and Ramen Noodles. Junior is particularly fond of the latter, which he often eats uncooked, crunching the dry noodles after licking the contents of the flavoring packet. While Katrina plays a terrifying role in Ms. Ward’s novel, it is the unfolding stories of the children that engage and move the reader. Central to the tale is the story of love and loyalty found in the relationship between Skeetah and his beloved pit-bull, China, whose white coat glows with an unearthly light. The boy and his dog are fiercely protective of one another, and Skeetah spends most of his time in the shed where China gives birth to her mostly doomed litter. In a horrifically savage scene that marks the novel’s turning point, Skeetah decides to let China fight Kilo, the dog belonging to his enemy, even though she is weakened from giving birth. It is as if he sees China as an avenging angel who will right the wrongs done to his sister and brother. “Make them know,” he calls to her. “China hears….She is fire. China flings her head back into the air as if eating oxygen, gaining strength….She bears down, curling to him [Kilo], a loving flame….He roils beneath her. She chews. Fire evaporates water. ‘Make them know make them know make them know they can’t live without you,’ Skeetah says. China hears.” As you can see, Jesmyn Ward is a powerful, poetic writer. She has the gift of making the commonplace sublime, but at the same time, she never lets us forget that her characters are human beings. In their struggle to survive not only Hurricane Katrina, but also the loss of everything they have loved, the Batiste family’s tenacity, loyalty and devotion inspires and humbles the reader. We see these traits in Skeetah, as he waits for China, who has been separated from him in the storm, and in the eldest brother, Randall’s, constant care of little Junior. Even Esch discovers that she can count on her family and friends to give her what Manny would not. In a touching scene at the end of the book, Big Henry, one of Randall’s buddies, and a constant presence in the story, precipitates this discovery. When Esch tells him that her unborn baby has no daddy, Big Henry replies: “You wrong….This baby got plenty daddies….Don’t forget you always got me.” “Salvage the Bones” is one of the best books I’ve ever read, and is not to be missed. It reminds us that although we may be left with nothing but the clothes on our backs, if we have love, loyalty, and courage, we can survive; we can, literally, salvage the bones. Jane Julius Honchell, who resides in Glenburn Twp., is a well-known features writer and columnist. She is an associate professor at Keystone College, La Plume, where she serves as Director of Theater. "See Jane Read" appears monthly in The Abington Journal.


Front row, from left: Clark Defendorff, Alaina Smith, Eva Jacobs and Billy Mulligan. Middle row: Austin Boersma, Travis Smith, Brent Edlind, Tommy Michaels and Carys Williams. Back row: Katherine Boykin, Alexa Boersma, Zachary Boersma, Elaine Boersma, Katlyn Pollock and Patrick Kelley. The performance is open to children in the Abington community interested in being a part of the choir; a few acting parts in the performance are available. A parents’ meeting will be held Sept. 2 at 12:15, following church services and practices will begin Sept. 9, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Summit Baptist Bible Church. Details will be available at before Sept. 9. The performance is open to the public. For more information, email or call 570.586.3351.

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Kayla Barrett, with Teddy and Nadia Orr, with Stella hang out at the South Abington Community Park during Griffin Pond Animal Shelter’s ’Pet’nic fundraiser.

‘Pet’nic packs park

The Griffin Pond Animal Shelter held a family ‘Pet’nic Aug. 25 at South Abington Park to raise funds for emergency veterinary care for animals that arrive at its facilities. Local families and their dogs, animal enthusiasts and shelter supporters packed the park. Activities included a bounce house, carnival games, Zumba, face painting and food.


Continued from Page 10 deadly consequences. At the event Van Wagner, a Pennsylvania musician, will perform his original song “Lattimer Massacre.” After the presentation, Bill Bachman will lead a discussion on the Lattimer Massacre as it relates to the audience’s views of our civil liberties, human rights, the justice system and the treatment of immigrant laborers in the U.S. today. Admission is free thanks to support from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Tickets will be available at the door or they can be reserved by calling 570.996.1500. And don’t forget that the Dietrich’s annual Fall Film Festival is less than a month away. Purchase your tickets now for the Oktoberfest Opening Night Gala on Friday, Sept. 21 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy food, the films "The Intouchables" and Moonrise Kingdom, beer, wine, desserts and good fun. Tickets are $35 each and reserved seating is available. Call us at 570.996.1500 for more information or reservations. As you can see the Dietrich is so much more than the movies.

ABOVE: Susan, 3, and Olivia Murray have fun at the ’Pet’nic fundraiser for the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter. AT LEFT: Austin Lyons (right) topples the stack of cans with a ball as Diann Lyons (left) waits her turn.

Clarks Summit plays an important role in the fourth novel of RJ McDonnell’s Rock and Roll Mystery Series. Several important scenes, including the climax, portray the Abingtons in a favorable light. “The Classic Rockers Reunion with Death” is about the Luna Parkers, a Northeastern Pennsylvania rock band that almost made it to the national scene in the early1970s. As they prepare for a reunion concert at the Scranton Cultural Center, guitarist Louie Amanesco is murdered, and his ex-wife Rose, a Clarks Summit resident, is a top suspect. McDonnell is a Scranton resident whose second novel, “Rock and Roll Rip-Off “won 2010 Mystery/Thriller of the Year from Premier Book Awards. The first three novels in his series have ranked in the top five of Amazon Kindle’s Top 100 Hard-Boiled Mysteries List. All of his novels are whodunits with a bit of humor. The public is invited to his book launch party, at Library Express in Scranton’s Steamtown Mall Sept.1from1to 4 p.m. Local rock legend Robbie Walsh will provide the entertainment on acoustic guitar. “Mystery readers love when their protagonists have to overcome significant obstacles. In the new novel, my detective, Jason Duffy, makes a startling discovery as he drives through Chinchilla, that will put him at a huge disadvantage when he confronts the killer in Clarks Summit,” said McDonnell.

Jazz in worship

The sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church will be swinging at 10 a.m. Sept. 2, as the congregation welcomes a team of worldclass musicians to lead an annual Jazz Communion service. The tradition of a jazz worship service began in 1992 when the church sought a substitute organist for Labor Day weekend. The worship leaders turned to their pastor, Rev. Bill Carter, a seasoned jazz pianist. He invited other musicians to join him in leading the service. It has become a standing-room-only event, and has continued as an annual musical tradition on Labor Day weekend. Aisha Brooks-Lytle will be the special musical guest. She will be joined by the original members of Rev. Carter’s Presbybop Quartet: Al Hamme on saxo-

Shown, Al Hamme on saxophone.

phones, Tony Marino on bass and Tom Whaley on drums. The music will begin around 9:45 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 300 School Street, Clarks Summit. It is offered as a gift to the wider community and all are welcome to attend. Visitors are advised to come early if they wish to have a seat. For more information, contact the church at 570.586.6306 or the church’s website at



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Tom Racek won the fencing state championship for the U-20 division this past fall in Harrisburg during the Keystone State Games.

AT RIGHT: Shelby Croasdale prepares to receive a pass during field hockey practice.

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taking classes. I was really inspired by film.” The Abington Heights om Racek, 16, began fencing at the age of High School junior lists winning a state champion5 at the Fencing Exship and qualifying for change in Scranton. The Clarks Summit resi- national events as his greatest accomplishments dent relishes the mind games that are involved in in the sport. He won the state chamthe sport. “I enjoy that it is more of pionship for the U-20 divian intellectual game than a sion this past fall in Harrisburg during the Keystone physical game,” he said. State Games. “Strength and speed only According to Racek, it play a small factor. It’s very much cerebral, if you was difficult to concentrate at all times due to the speccan out-think your oppotacle of the event. nent.” “It was interesting,” he Racek was drawn to the said. “There were a lot of sport in an unusual way. outside events going on so “When we moved up you always heard the from Arkansas, I saw the screams from the judo and movie ‘Zorro,’ and I told wrestling matches. You had my mom that I wanted to do that,” he said. “We saw to maintain your focus. I that there was a fencing See Cerebral, Page 14 place nearby so I started BY ROBERT TOMKAVAGE


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he golf season is already underway at Lackawanna Trail Jr. /Sr. High School and the girls/boys soccer, football, girls volleyball and cross country seasons are set to begin shortly.

AT RIGHT: Colleen Brace prepares to hit a ball during a girls volleyball practice at Lackawanna Trail High School. BELOW: Lackawanna Trail sophomore tight end/linebacker Jared Phillips gets in a stance during practice.

AT LEFT: Ricky Kordish holds his follow -through after hitting a golf shot.


Race for the Cure set for Sept. 8 Registrations for The Northeastern Pennsylvania Race for the Cure are now being accepted. The annual 5k coed run/walk and one mile fun walk will be held Sept. 8 at the Courthouse Square in Downtown Scranton beginning at 8:30 a.m. Participants are reminded that all must register and race bibs must be worn. Registration for the race is online now or for those not able to run or walk in the race, there are a variety of other

options to choose from to help in the fight against breast cancer. To inquire about these options or to register for this year’s race, visit The race will occur rain or shine and a new T-shirt design will be featured. Only registered participants receive T-shirts. Race Day registration will begin at 6 a.m. and will remain open throughout the event. The 2012 Race is slated to start at 8:30 a.m.

Comets, Chiefs set soccer goals BY CHRISTINA CORDNER Abington Journal Correspondent

Members of the TCMC Golf Tournament Planning Committee gather with representatives from The Quandel Group, Inc. First row from left: David Tressler, Consultant for The Quandel Group Inc.; Nina C. Dei Tos, Amy Lingobardo, Dr. Robert Wright, TCMC Interim President and Dean. Second row: Dr. Gerald Tracy, Anne Green, Meghan Marsico, Mike Karcutskie, Vice President, The Quandel Group Inc. Third row: Brian Krause and Mark Montoro. Fourth row: John Kearney, Joe Ross, and Tanya Radocesky.

TCMC tourney Sept. 14

On Sept. 14, The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) will host its annual golf tournament at Huntsville Golf Club in

Shavertown. The Quandel Group, Inc. will serve as the tournament’s presenting sponsor for the fourth

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The Abington Heights Comets boys soccer team members are looking to reach the goal of winning their third district championship in only five years. “Our goal is to win the league championship again,” head coach Steve Klingman said. “We have some depth and we are pretty solid. Hopefully we will go on to districts.” He also believes that they will be one of the favorites in the league. The returning starters for the team this year are: senior center back Ryan Patrick, senior center mid fielder Matt Hoyt, senior forward Kevin

Elwell, as well as two junior defenders Justin Levy and Sante Romaldini. In total, the team has five seniors and 18 juniors this year, but Klingman is unsure of who else will start for the team. Six starters who recently graduated include: goalie Connor Pacyna, John Loboda, Tom Steinbach, Brian Mattern, Ian Williams and Seth Pinches. Coach Klingman added that they have a good number of juniors who have a lot of playing time. When asked about his other league favorites, Coach Klingman named Delaware Valley, who they defeated in overtime last season, Honesdale, Wal-


Abington Heights senior defender Ryan Patrick makes a run for the goal past Scranton Prep’s Alix Legrand and Evan Evanish in a game last season.

lenpaupack and “of course huge rival Scranton Prep.” Abington Heights will play its first game of the season Aug. 31 against their rival Scranton Prep at Scranton Prep. The Comets finished last season with 15 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie. They were Lackawanna League champions and District 2 champions for the second time in the four years that Klingman has led the team. In 2011, they were Dis-

trict 2 AAA champions and in 2009, District 2 AA champions. New alignment for Division III The Lakeland Chiefs boys soccer team will play the first game of the new alignment for 2012 Sept. 10 for Division III at home against Montrose. The league changed the alignment of who Lakeland will See soccer, Page 14


Royal 5K to support U of S sports Whether you’re an avid runner or walker, or just want to support University of Scranton athletics, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to exercise your Royal pride at the first Royals 5K Sept. 29, at Nay Aug Park in Scranton. The five-kilometer walk/run is open to all ages and will benefit University of Scranton athletics. The registration fee is $30, with $20 of that fee going directly to the athletics team of your choice. Participants who register by Sept. 15 will receive a T-shirt, and there will be trophies awarded to the top finishers in each age category. The course is relatively flat with a few rolling hills throughout Nay Aug Park at 400 Arthur Ave., Scranton. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. with the 5K beginning at 8 a.m. For more information or to register online, visit

NAJFL Jr. Football Northern Area Junior Football League scores are as follows: Week 1 Scores C Team Games Monroe 33 Western Wayne 6 North Scranton 13 Carbondale 6 West Side 33 Lackawanna Trail 0 Abington North 20 WilkesBarre 19 Abington South 19 Blue Ridge 0 Tunkhannock 32 Valley View 7 B Team Games Western Wayne 12 Monroe 0 Carbondale 34 North Scranton 13 West Side 25 Lackawanna Trail 19 Abington North 34 WilkesBarre 6 Abington South 2 Blue Ridge 0 (forfeit) Valley View 20 Tunkhannock 0 A Team Games Western Wayne 2 Monroe 0 (forfeit) Carbondale 12 North Scranton 6 West Side 36 Lackawanna Trail 8 Abington North 26 WilkesBarre 0 Blue Ridge 16 Abington South 0 Tunkhannock 2 Valley View 0 (forfeit)


Continued from Page 13 consecutive year. Proceeds will benefit the TCMC student scholarship fund. Registration and a continental breakfast begin at 9 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The captain and crew format is limited to 128 golfers. The cost is $300 per golfer; $1200 for a foursome and includes 18 holes of golf, golf shirt, breakfast, lunch, dinner and awards ceremony. Collared shirts, slacks or Bermuda shorts are required. Sponsorships are available. For more information, call 504.9619 or to register online, go to . If you’re unable to participate and would like to contribute to the student scholarship fund, please email Nina C. Dei Tos, Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at

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atelyn McManamon and John Weiss were double winners in the annual Scranton Tennis Club Championships. McManamon needed almost two hours to edge Suzanne Walsh 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) for the Women’s B Singles title. They then paired to take the B Doubles crown with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Scranton Prep HS teammates Sophia Rinaldi and Gina Yanni. To reach the final Walsh defeated Marala Mackarey 7-5, 6-1, while McManamon ousted Rinaldi 6-3, 6-4. Rinaldi and Yanni reached the doubles final with a narrow 7-5, 7-6 win over their teammates Dania El Ghazal and Marala Mackarey. Weiss, the defending champion, ended the exciting run of North Pocono HS senior Tom Meehan with a 6-1, 6-0 win for the Men’s A Singles title. He then teamed with Paul Pugliese to defeat Howard Conrad and James Linder 6-3, 6-1 in the Men’s A Doubles final. Earlier in the day Weiss and Pugliese blanked Joe Bailey and Terry Sweeney 6-0, 6-0 in one semifinal, while Conrad and Linder recovered from a 3-5 deficit in the second set to oust Joe McNulty and Mike Strong 6-3, 7-6 (11-9). In the singles semifinals Weiss was too tough for

Collier Parker, winning 6-0, 6-1. Meehan surprised Tim Lionetti in a close match, 6-0, 3-6, (10-4) in the other semifinal, not long after grinding out a tough 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) win over Tim Aikman in the quarterfinals. In the Women’s A Singles final, Joan MacDerment added another crown to her long list of tournament titles in defeating Marion Reese 6-3, 6-1. MacDerment recently returned from Forest Hills, N.Y. where she was runner-up in the consolations of a USTA national grass court tournament. In the A Doubles event teenagers Amber Jadus and Cierra Beck won two matches to reach the final against Kathleen McKenna and Marion Reese. Jadus and Beck came within a couple of points of capturing the doubles crown, but McKenna and Reese prevailed 7-5, 2-6, (10-8). In semifinal action Jadus and Beck eliminated Nidia Marchese and Karen Filipski 6-3, 6-4, while Reese and McKenna defeated Terri Hinton and Kelly Arp 6-4, 6-2. Jadus, a senior at Valley View HS, gave MacDerment all she could handle in a 6-3, 7-5 semifinal singles match, while Beck, an Abington Heights junior, nearly prevailed in a 3-6, 6-4, (10-8) loss to Reese in the other semifinal.

Singles finalists: Joan MacDerment, Women’s A Singles champion; Tom Meehan, Men’s A Singles finalist; Marion Reese, Women’s A Singles finalist and Women’s A Doubles champion; John Weiss, Men’s A Singles and Doubles champion.


Women’s B finalists: Sophia Rinaldi, Women’s B Doubles finalist; Gina Yanni, Women’s B Doubles finalist; Suzanne Walsh, Women’s B Doubles champion and Women’s B Singles finalist; Katelyn McManamon, Women’s B Singles and Doubles champion.

Women’s A Doubles finalists: Cierra Beck, Women’s A Doubles finalist; Amber Jadus, Women’s A Doubles finalist; Kathleen McKenna, Women’s A Doubles champion; Marion Reese, Women’s A Doubles champion and Women’s A Singles finalist

Men’s A Doubles finalists: James Linder, Men’s A Doubles finalist; Howard Conrad, Men’s A Doubles finalist; Paul Pugliese, Men’s A Doubles champion; John Weiss, Men’s A Singles and Doubles champion.


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lost one bout, but ended up facing that same person in the first direct elimination. It was partly about maintaining your mental state and figuring out how to beat that person. Once I defeated him, I was able to move forward.” Racek added that the sport is much more popular in parts of Europe than in the United States. “I think it (fencing) is very specific to people who are interested in history and the idea of old European culture,” he said. “Fencing very much shaped Europe and it still does. All fencers are either really involved in history or just enjoy the idea of swordplay.” Racek credited his coach, Tom Ciccarone, of Candlewood Fencing Center, in Danbury, Conn. for much of his improvement. “We make the hike up there once a week,” he said. “He’s really responsible for a lot of the progress that I’ve made. I’m very thankful for him. He taught me how to use footwork. Before I didn’t move, I was purely reliant on bladework. But he incorporated the feet with bladework. He also taught me new tactics and more moves to trick my opponents.” Even though Racek downplayed the importance of strength and endurance, his mom, Phyllis, said she thinks Tom’s strong work ethic has also played a key role in his success. “He’s been training physically very, very hard,” she said. “His speed and strength have intensified over the past two years and that very much plays a role in his fencing. The past two years, he’s been lifting, running, swimming and doing pull-ups/push-ups. He’s been religious about it and I really believe his physical conditioning has played a strong part in him accomplishing his goals. He’s stuck with it and has made some great gains.” Racek began attending the Wilkes Fencing Club in Wilkes-Barre, where he trains twice a week, after the Fencing Exchange closed. Racek of the son of Scott and Phyllis.


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compete against this year. “We are looking forward to playing new schools and being competitive this year,” Lakeland head coach Joe DePasquale said of the new divisions. Mountain View moves Blevins to Division III after playing in Division I last season. Holy Cross also moves to Division III after playing in Division II last season. For the 2012 season, the returning starters will be: James Blevins, Matt Morell, Casey Albino, Bradley Strong, Scotty Cortes, Michael Tomcykoski and Anthony Pawluck. As for the five players who have graduated they are: Jim Germain, Nate Wnuk, Colby Donahue, Dalton Larkin and Adam Wychowanec. When asked which league favorite the Chiefs are most looking forward to playing this year, DePasquale named Mountain View.



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HONOR ROLL Lackawanna Trail Jr./Sr. High School Principal John Rushefski announced the fourth quarter honor roll. Students obtaining honor roll status are: Twelfth Grade High Honors: Gabrielle Bellanco, Bruce Benko, Marissa Booth, Alyssa Buntz, Tori Carpenter, Collin Chermak, Brandi Chilson, Ashley Chuck, Anthony Colo, Joshua Cook and Laura Cox. Also listed were: Garrett CraigLucas, Trevr Fernald, Caitlin Joyce, Jennifer Keller, Peter Lengel, Erica Lewis, Matthew Lochen, Louanne Mack, Alyssa Mallory, Jesse Morvan and Jamie Reese. Matthew Rynkiewicz, Alexa Rzucidlo, Jacqueline Sharp, Megan Stec, Amanda Stone, Cecilia Strauch, Nicholas Sujkowski, Nicholas Thorne, Molly VanDuzer, Benjamin Williams and Graham Williams. Twelfth Grade Honors: Kristen Allen, Matthew Aten, Alicia Breita, David Button, Jeffrey Crass III, Mark Jenkins, Zachary Kongvold, Jason Konopka, Mahalia Mailey and Kimberly Martin. Also listed were: Kirsty Otto, Natasha Pacholec, Brian Palaskas, Mackenzie Rosiak, Stephanie Sheridan, Benjamin Siegrist, Abreonna Surridge, Christina Warren, Joseph Wilga, Courtney Wood and


Ruth Wyman. Eleventh Grade High Honors: Isaac Barbolish, Bridget Benko, Desiree Boylan, Colleen Brace, David Brown, Michael Chermak, Miranda Cobb, Kevin Crawford, Cameron Crock, Matthew Decker and Courtney Ditchey. Also listed were: Keirnan Dougherty, Victoria Ellsworth, Aliza Furneaux, Jeremy Greenley, Amanda Hirschler, Meredith Horwatt, Joseph Howard, Mason Lengel, Taryn Maleski, Molly Mattes and Benjamin McLaughlin. Dalton Mecke, Peter Murazzi, Ilyssa Myers, Mikaela Noble, Shannon O’Malley, Daniel Richards, Victor Rosa, Anna Sweppenheiser, Anthony Urban and Zachary Wetzel. Eleventh Grade Honors: Jessica Bowman, Dylan Harris, Kayley Kavetski, Bryce Kongvold, Olivia Pompey, Brianna Smarkusky and Jordan Wallen. Tenth Grade High Honors: Jacob Adcroft, David Beichler, Lindsay Bergey, Sarah Botscheller, Devon Clarke, Sara Cobb, Olivia Cooper, Kara Fernald, Matthew Flynn, Thomas Fricke and Maddie Giardina. Also listed were: Victoria Hegedty, Julianna Jarnagin, Shannon Jones, John Kwiatkowski, William Lee, Amanda Madans, Lindsey Price, Jessica Remick, Nicole Rosa and Katie Seigle. Frank Sheposh, Lauren Stanton, Janine Strauch, Christopher Stutz-

man, Morgan Telesk and David Wyman. Tenth Grade Honors: Alexa Backus, Trista Carpenter, Brianna Conger, Ryan Dill, Gage Doughty, Mackenzie Gardner, Timothy Griffin, Brandi Holland, Richard Kordish, Samantha Palmiter, Ashley Purdy, Emma Vasky and Dylan Walsh. Ninth Grade High Honors: Nathaniel Barbolish, Kasey Buck, Kerrigan Buck, Rachel Clark, Matthew Cole, Hunter Crook, Morgan Ditchey, Liam Dougherty, Matthew Farrell, Jacob Hayduk and Aidan Holmes. Also listed were: Kelsey Hopkins, Rachel Johnson, Shania Kane, Russell Lauzon, Daria Lewandowski, Lauryn Maleski, Victor Mallory, Nicole Marten, Taryn Matti, Nicholas Miller and Marissa Passaniti. Logan Phillips, Michael Pond, Cooper Rosiak, Tyler Rzucidlo, Evan Sandercock, Taylor Selwood, Amanda Stutzman, Deanna Warren, Mikaela Weisenfluh, Grace Wetzel and Seth Williams. Ninth Grade Honors: Andreia Ballard, Jonathan Bowman, Ross Fauquier, Michael Geerts, Neil Harvey, Kayla Thurston and Krystal Thurston. Eighth Grade High Honors: Robert Buck, Colt Clark, Jack DeBree, Jacob Furneaux, Breanna Halter, Eric Holmes, Carli Kalinoski, Anna Kane, Amanda Kinback and Evan Kongvold.


Also listed were: Jordan Laytos, Victoria Middleton, Bethany Mudge, Jonathan Nemeth, Trent Phillips, Wynn Phillips, Austin Pringle, Nicholas Rolka, Melissa Russell and Steven Scioscia. Alyssa Sohns, Cody Stuenzi, Damian Surridge and Brooke Telesk. Eighth Grade Honors: Courtney Carpenter, Samantha Cobb, Joshua Evancavich, Kathleen Fricke, Matthew Kwiatkowski, Philip Mattes, Emily Purdy, Ocean Roberts, Matthew Siegrist, Joannah Spadine, Cal Srebro and Gabriella Thurston. Seventh Grade High Honors: Travis Ankoff, Lauren Baldwin, Anthony Berrios, Cassandra Brown, Ashleigh Clarke, Mary Clough, Natalie Cocchini, Colin Domnick, Gregory Ellsworth and Grace Gallagher. Also listed were: Noah Hawthorne, Matthew Kinback, Joseph Kubilus, Madison Lee, John Maier, Nelson M. Lyn, Ethan Oswald, Mikayla Otto, Madisyn Peoples and Elizabeth Rodenbach. Rachael Rosengrant, Mackenzie Semken, Allison Strauch, John Thomas, Robert Titus, Brenden Tobin, Anna Torrence, Emily VanFleet and Sarah Weisenfluh. Seventh Grade Honors: Matthew Bergey, Kelly Bird, Ekaterina Grega, Evan Herron, Nicholas Pawlukovich, Danielle Pisanti and Sabrina vonAhrens.

HONOR ROLL Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center Principal Dr. Tania Stoker announced the fourth quarter honor roll for fifth and sixth grades. Students obtaining honor roll status are: Fifth Grade: Samantha Baltrusaitis, Rachael Beemer, Emma Boyle, Alyvia Cobb, Noah Coleman, Kaleb Cook, Catherine Cramer, Robert Davis, Ariana Drake, Jordan Edwards and Kali Fernald. Also listed were: Jakob Fusik, Madisyn Gillespie, Samantha Gregory, Kiana Grella, Emma Hawthorne, Emily Herron, Aidan Holzman, Sarah Kinback, Jared Klepadlo, Morgan Krzywicki and Melissa Madans. Morgan Madans, Gerald Newman, Benjamin Palaskas, Samuel Pieretti, Anastasia Rivenburg, Nathan Rolka, Joshua Rosengrant, Samantha Schur, Zachary Stec, Kevin Thorne and Gabrielle Wilhite.


Sixth Grade: Trent Ashley, Lauren Beemer, Joseph Bushta, Timothy Cole, Emma Collins, Karley Cresswell, Heidi Davis, Mark DeBree, Allison Decker and Lydia Dunckle. Also listed were: Courtney Dwyer, Andrew Faist, Marleah Filan, Jordan Flynn, Kaitlyn Harvey, Autumn Hendershot, Griffin Holmes, Owen Hyde, Alaina Jones and David Klinges. Thomas Kohinsky, Annika Kongvold, Alexandra Kwiatkowski, Brooke Lamberti, Carolyn Mack, Lili Martin, Allison Melnikoff, Ryan Mercer, Reid Miner and Samantha Morgan. Michael Otto, Laurelann Penn, Brianna Pensak, Danielle Petrilak, Kathleen Rodenbach, Christopher Rosiak, Ryan Schur, Samantha Sheridan, Ami Sohns and Mikayla Stuenzi. Charles Strickland, Nicholas VanFleet, Thomas Vokes, Benjamin Walker, Jacob Wescott and Breanna Wood.



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