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Judicial sale generates thousands for local communities
The totals from the February 2013 judicial sale have been ﬁnalized and the effects will be felt in a very positive way with the injection of more than $365,000 into the operations of local boroughs, cities, townships and authorities, while also returning properties to the tax rolls for future revenue generation. Lackawanna County Commissioners Corey D. O’Brien, Jim Wansacz and Patrick M. O’Malley have reported that $367,351.28 will be distributed to area communities in addition to 121 properties being put back on the tax rolls, creating annual cash ﬂow. A breakdown of the distribution to Abington area townships, municipalities, boroughs, school districts, authorities and special trusts are as follows: Abington Heights School District $426.88; Benton Township $386.61; Benton Township ﬁre company $113.72; Clarks Summit Borough $5,159.46; Jessup Borough for garbage and general funds $1,655.28; Lackawanna River Basin Authority $5,769.62; Lackawanna Trail School District $8,206.77; Lakeland School District $4,510.60; Portnoff Law (Collections for Mid Valley, North Pocono and Abington Heights School Districts) $45,234.30; South Abington Township for operations and ﬁre department $582.06; and Newton Township $487.40. Ron Koldjeski, director of the county’s tax claim bureau, provided a breakdown of the distributions that were made to the county and its ofﬁces through the sale, which also generated more revenue for the municipalities, school districts and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. • Recorder of Deeds (recording fees) $8,700.00 • Recorder of Deeds (Transfer Tax) $146,867.30 (The State, school districts and various boroughs get a distribution from the transfer tax amount, not the county.) • Lackawanna County Commissions $68,539.33 • Lackawanna County Sale Fees $214,176.09 • Lackawanna County General Fund $78,571.55 • Lackawanna County Library Fund $5,576.91 The costs involved in doing the sale were as follows: • Total to County in commissions, fees and taxes $367,351.28 • Total costs, legal fees, title searches, sheriff services, etc. $351,479.14 • Total positive cash flow to county $15,872.14 With regard to the Hotel Tax Collections and Delinquent Tax Collections for 2013 the Commissioners also noted the Tax Claim Bureau has collected $457,384 more in 2013 in delinquent taxes than for the same period in 2012. The Commissioners also noted that the Hotel Tax collection is up for 2013 over 2012 by 91%, partially due to the State granting the County a percentage increase of Hotel Room Rental Tax from 4% to 7%. The County is on schedule to collect $ 2.5 million in Hotel Tax in 2013 compared to $1.4 million in 2012. Finally, the Commissioners noted that the 2013 Repository Property List has been posted on line on the Tax Claim site. The Repository properties are those that went through the Judicial Sale process and were not sold. The Commissioners direct anyone interested in purchasing a Repository property to go to www.lackawannacounty. org, Tax Claim and scroll to Repository List 2009-2013.
Turnpike toll to jump in 2014
Shown, from left, are Vincent O’Malley, Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick O’Malley, Patrick Mark O’Malley II, Matt O’Malley, Leo Ruddy, and Mary Theresa O’Malley Ruddy.
Hook O’Malley memorial race set for Aug.25 The 21st Annual Hook O’Malley 5K Run/Walk Against Cancer, in memory of Paul “Hook” O’Malley, who believed in the spiritual, emotional and physical health of the youth in his community, will be held Sunday, Aug. 25, at McDade Park
in Scranton. Registration will be from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. and the race will start promptly at 10 a.m. Pre-registration cost will be $15 until Thursday, Aug. 22. The race-day price will be $20. The ﬁrst 50 registrants
will receive a T-shirt. For pre-registration information, call (570) 346-1828. There will be refreshments served after the race and awards given in various age groups. The race will be held regardless of the weather.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has approved a 2014 toll-rate increase of 2% for E-ZPass customers and 12% for cash customers. The increase is largely needed to allow the PTC to meet its funding obligation to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under a 2007 state law known as Act 44. New revenues from the increase will also help fund the Turnpike’s capital-improvement plan, which is focused mostly on completely rebuilding the 73-yearold toll road and widening it from four to six lanes. The increase, approved by the ﬁve-member Turnpike Commission at its July 15 public meeting, will take effect Jan. 5, 2014. The PTC charges E-ZPass customers less because of the lower costs of collecting tolls electronically. On average, E-ZPass costs about ﬁve to 10 times less per transaction than processing a cash toll. This increase will be the 11th rate hike in the history of the PTC — and the sixth yearly toll increase implemented after the passage of Act 44. Act 44 directs the commission to make annual payments to PennDOT for offTurnpike investment in the state’s ground-transportation network. Here is the effect the 2014 increase is expected to have on common Pennsylvania Turnpike commuters: • A commuter trip for Class-1 vehicles will increase from $1.02 to $1.04 for E-ZPass customers and from $1.40 to $1.60 for cash-paying travelers. An example of popular short trips is Harrisburg East (#247) to Harrisburg West (#242). • A mid-length trip for Class-1 vehicles will increase from $2.71 to $2.77 for E-ZPass customers and from $3.55 to $4 for cashpaying travelers. An example of a popular medium trip is Lehigh Valley (#56) to Pocono (#95). • A regional trip for Class-1 vehicles will increase from $7.10 to $7.25 for E-ZPass customers and from $9.10 to $10.20 for cashpaying travelers. An example of a regional trip is Mid-County (#20) to Wyoming Valley (#115).
COMMUNITY CALENDAR REUNIONS Abington Heights Class of 1973 40th Reunion, Oct. 12, 2013. Activities are also scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 11 - 13. The committee is asking for help from family and friends to notify members of the Class of ’73 about the upcoming event. Info: www. abingtonheights73.com. Abington Heights High School Class of 1988 25 Year Reunion, Nov. 30, 2013 at the Inne of the Abingtons, 239 Kennedy Creek Rd., North Abington Twp. from 6 - 11 p.m. Info / tickets: http:// www.abingtonheights88.com. DAILY EVENTS Aug. 7: Lung Cancer Alliance Pennsylvania Chapter Monthly Support Group, at the Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care, 5 Morgan Hwy., Scranton, at 6:30 p.m. Info: www.lungcancertalliance.org. Aug. 9: Christy Mathewson Days Second Annual Co-ed Softball Tournament, continuing through Aug. 11. Teams will play at the Factoryville Park. Cost: $15 per person or
$150 per team. All proceeds to beneﬁt the Factoryville Little League. Info: call Ed at 851.9115 or Jackie at 903.1821. Cocktails for the Courts, at the Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Includes “fabulous food and drink.” Must be 21 to attend. Info: 586.8191. Aug. 9-10: Christy Matthewson Days, at Keystone College, La Plume, Pa. Festivities include a one-man play, ice cream social, walk/run, parade and celebration at Christy Matthewson Park. The Christy Matthewson Collection opens at noon on Friday and 7 a.m. on Saturday. The Big 6k Walk/ Run begins with registration at 7:30 a.m. Saturday on the Keystone College Green. The parade begins at 5 p.m. Saturday at Keystone College. The celebration at Christy Matthewson Park begins at 6 p.m. Info: www.keystone.edu or Liz Ratchford at 954.6755.
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Aug. 10: Justus Volunteer Fire Company’s Night Out, at the station, 159 Fieldstone Dr., Scott Twp., from 7-10:30 p.m. The night will include food, a tour of the ﬁrehouse and ﬁreworks at 9:15 p.m. Hamburgers, hot dogs and refreshments are available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Info: www.jfc28ﬁre.com. Endless Mountains Model Railrad Club All-Day Work Session, at the club building, 7837 Rt. 29, Dimock. The work session will begin at 12 p.m. New members and visitors are always welcome. Info: http://emmrcc.wix.com/trains. Filipino Cultural Day, at New Life Community Church, 301 Delaney Street, Hanover Twp. This three-part event includes a Filipino Dinner at 4:30 p.m., cultural dances and children’s games at 6 p.m. and a concert by Eddie Mesa, former Filipino movie star, at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required for the dinner. Cost: $8 for adults, $4 for children,
and free for children under 4; Dances and games are free; and a free-will offering will be collected for the concert. Info/ dinner reservations: (570) 836-3422 or (570) 639-5433. Aug. 10-11: NEPA/Abington Wildcast Fastpitch Travel Softball Tryouts, at Abington Heights High School. Tryouts will run from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Tryouts are for the 16U and 18U fall 2013/summer 2014 teams. For more information or to schedule a private tryout, contact Vic Thomas at 351.5187, Mike Thomas at 241.7030, John Kelly at 504.4808 or email email@example.com. Aug. 11: Comm Classic Car Show, at the Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road at 4 p.m. rain or shine. Info: 586.8191. Aug. 12: Emergency Medical Technician Course, at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton. This program begins August 12 and will be conducted every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
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evenings from 7- 10 p.m. and will last approximately 20 weeks. Upon completion of the course, students will be eligible to sit for the state certiﬁcation exams. Students who pass the exams will be awarded Pennsylvania State Certiﬁcation as an EMT. Participants must have good oral and written command of the English language and be 16 years of age at the time of certiﬁcation. Cost: $345 (includes all instructional materials and supplies). Info: EMSNP at 655.6818 or 800.427.1911 or www.emsnp.org. Astronomy Club Public Observation Night of Perseid Meteor Shower, at Loyola Science Center atrium (Ridge Row) at University of Scranton at 8:30 p.m. Rain date is Aug. 14. Cost: Free. Info: 941.7401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Dalton Fire Co. Ladies Auxillary Bingo, at the Dalton Fire Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. and games begin at 6:45 p.m. Info: (570) 563-1268. See CALENDAR | 20
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On the go with Abi and Jo!
Local children, teens and adults of all ages took “My Edition” mascots Abi and Jo on summer adventures. Shown, Lilly-Jane Haggerty, 8, and Charlotte Haggerty, 9, take My Edition Mascot ‘Flat Abi’ on a visit to the Colosseum in Rome, Italy June 29.
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Trail grad models for Seventeen Magazine
Fashionable Victoria Ellsworth still ﬁnds a way to embrace her creative side, studies. ARIELLE KOVALICH Abington Journal Correspondent
Seventeen Magazine has taken on a local twist as a small town student made her way into the pages of the national publication. Eighteen-year-old Victoria Ellsworth, of Benton, graduated from Lackawanna Trail High School in June. Along with her high school degree, Ellsworth accomplished another noteworthy event within her senior year. During her junior year, Ellsworth started a portfolio as a hair model, modeling for various brands such as L’Anza Hair Color and SEXY HAIR. When Seventeen put out an open call for models, Ellsworth decided to submit her portfolio. “I honestly never expected a call back,” she said. Only days after receiving acceptance into her dream school, Cornell University, where she will attend class this fall, Ellsworth received news from Seventeen that she had been chosen to be featured in the August issue. “I was completely ecstatic,” Ellsworth said. By April 18, Ellsworth found herself in Manhattan at Seventeen’s headquarters preparing for her shoot. Along with the opportunity to model, Ellsworth was able to meet many new people and take in the views of the busy city streets and skyline at her makeup station. “I had the opportunity to meet world-renowned photographers and stylists and got to work with big time models from agencies like Wilhelmina NY, IMG, and New York Models,” said Ellsworth. Michael Duenas, renowned stylist for popular celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Beyonce, was also among some the people that Ellsworth was able to meet and work with. After talking with other models her age, Ellsworth found that her lifestyle differed in some aspects than some of the other models. “They were all shocked to learn that I attended school full-time, especially one as small and rural as Trail, hold a part-time job in addition to modeling, and even balanced extracurricular activities and college classes,” she said. After the experience, Ellsworth also gained some perspective about the modeling world, and balancing her own life in general. “You have to learn to not let the pressure get to you; between the pressure from popular culture and the pressure from your surrounding environment, at times, it can be hard to deal with.” Ellsworth’s love for fashion did not start with her modeling career, but rather in elementary school when she began making jewelry. She still makes jewelry with her best friend and currently features and sells
Victoria Ellsworth holds the August issue of Seventeen Magazine, in which she appeared as a model. them at local shops in the Clarks Summit area. Ellsworth stretched her interest in fashion even further by making some of her own clothing, including a dress for her winter semi-formal. “I’m a creative person, and I love expressing myself through what I make,” she said. Although Ellsworth has been embracing her creative side in addition to her modeling opportunities, she admits that the gig will remain parttime as she keeps her main focus on her schooling, including courses in human biology, health, and society. “Hopefully, I will get the chance to model for Seventeen again before the summer is over,” Ellsworth said. “Once the fall hits, my top priority will be my studies.”
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Bullying can be a major problem in schools, but it doesn’t have to be. According to Abington Heights Middle School Assistant Principal Eduardo Antonetti, there are plenty of actions both victims and bystanders can do to stop it. Antonetti’s biggest piece of advice to kids who are bullied is, “don’t be a passive target,” but be ready with a strategy to “stand up for yourself safely and affectively.” For example, he said if someone is being bullied verbally, meaning a person is calling him or her names or saying mean things to him or her, the victim should not remain silent, but say something back, even if it’s something simple, such as “yeah, whatever,” or “that’s not true.” It’s not only the responsibility of bullying victims to stand up for themselves. It’s also up to bystanders, people who see or hear the bullying when it happens. “It takes courage to stand up to a bully,” Antonetti said, “but it’s important to do something if you’re a bystander, and say something. Bystanders have a very powerful influence.” Often when a person is bullied or sees someone else being bullied, he or she doesn’t know what to do about it. This is part of the reason Abington Heights Middle School developed its school-wide comprehensive anti-bullying program, according to Antonetti. Through the program, students are educated on what bullying is, how to identify it, and what to do about it. An anonymous reporting system is in place, in which students, teachers and community members can fill out a form online. Once the form is filled out, the information goes to Antonetti’s e-mail inbox, which he checks frequently, and an investigation is started. “Because of the serious affects of bullying, reporting is something we welcome,” Antonetti said. “If we know about it, we can address it. If not, we can’t.” He pointed out that not every case of bullying is the same, so there is not one solution that will work every time. Staying silent, not reporting it and allowing it to continue, however, is never the answer. More information about bullying and how to stop and prevent it can be found online at ahsd.org or stopbullying.gov.
MY BOOKMARK MARY ANN MCGRATH Abington Community Library children’s librarian
Are you ready for school to start? It’s right around the corner, so gear up for the excitement with these book and movie recomendations from Mary Ann McGrath, Abington Community Library children’s librarian: Getting Ready for Kindergarten: “Kindergarten Kids: Riddles, Rebuses, Wiggles, Giggles, and More!” rhymes by Stephanie Calmenson “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” by Nancy Carlson “Getting Ready for Kindergarten: Letters, Counting, Colors, Shapes, Tying Shoes & More” DVD “Kindergarten Success: Helping Children Excel Right from the Start” by Jill Frankel Hauser “First Day of School” and “Welcome to Kindergarten” by Anne Rockwell “I Love School” by Philemon Sturges “Hands Off, Harry!” and “Miracle Melts Down” Kindergators series and “My Kindergarten” by Rosemary Wells School Stories in Series (ages 8 – 11): “Cam Jansen” Series by David Adler “Zig Zag Kids” Series by Patricia Reilly Giff “My Weird School” Series by Dan Gutman “Horrible Harry” Series by Suzy Kline “Big Nate” Series by Lincoln Pierce School Stories individual titles (ages 8 – 11) “Spring Trip” by Sara Pennypacker “Sideways Stories from Wayside School” by Louis Sachar “Third Grade Angels” by Jerry Spinelli Recommended author of school stories for this age group: Andrew Clements, “Lunch Money,” “Lost and Found,” “Extra Credit,” “No Talking,” “Report Card,” “Frindle,” and many more Non-Fiction for Middle Grades: “How to be School Smart: Super Study Skills” by Elizabeth James & Carol Barkin “Language Arts Explorer Junior Writing Series” Cecilia Minden and Kate Roth (6 titles – book reports, e-mails, interviews, journals, letters and poems) For a list of teen picks from Sandy Longo, Abington Community Library Young Adult librarian, visit theabingtonjournal.com.
MY OPINION Mariah Mancuso My Edition Teen Columnist
Student shares thoughts, advice on bullying Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal Abington Heights Middle School Assistant Principal Eduardo Antonetti is in charge of a school-wide comprehensive anti-bullying program, in which everyone in the school is involved—from bus drivers and teachers to parents and students.
What is bullying?
A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions by one or more people. Students are sometimes bullied because of their appearance, national origin, interests, academic achievements or economic status, among countless other reasons.
Types of bullying:
Physical bullying- hitting, kicking, or any other physical aggression. Verbal bullying- teasing, name calling, put downs, or other behavior that would deliberately hurt others’ feelings or make them feel bad. Emotional or exclusion bullying- starting rumors, telling others not to be friends with someone or other actions that would cause someone to be without friends. Cyber bullying- Using electronics such as computers, cell phones, or other devices to bully others through methods such as posting comments, statements, or pictures on blogs or websites, text messaging, instant messaging, and email. Source: www.ahsd.org
School is around the corner. There are so many up-sides to school, but there is one thing I don’t look forward to — seeing people bullied. Bullying is just one person being mean to another. The person who does the bullying sometimes does it to feel important. The victim ends up feeling depressed. In my school, St. Mary’s of Mount Carmel, we had an anti-bullying program called “Just Do More.” In “Just Do More” all of the students got together and were rewarded for random acts of kindness. Students nominated each other, and the committee of students picked a monthly winner. It is a great program and I love it. It was fun to see all of the great things my classmates were doing. If someone tries to bully you, just remember this: 1. Tell an adult or teacher 2. Ignore the bully 3. Stick up for yourself Mariah Mancuso is going into fourth grade at St. Mary’s School and looks forward to seeing her friends when school starts.
alician: Aprender. Book- Danish: Bog Filipino: Aklat Finnish: Kirja French: Réserver Galician: Libro. Teacher- Danish: Lærer Filipino: Guro Finnish: Opettaja French: Enseignant Galician: Profesor. Clothing- Danish: tøj Filipino: pananamit Finnish: vaatteet French: vêtements Galician: vestiario. Fashion-
n: uniforme. Store- Danish: opbevare Filipino: mag-imbak Finnish: tallentaa French: stocker Galician: almacenar. You can learn more words with Mango, by visiting http://www.lclshome.org/abington/ and clicking the icon for Mango on the left side of the page. You will need a library card to register.
Danish: fashion Filipino: moda Finnish: muoti French: manière Galician: moda. Uniform- Danish: uniform Filipino: pare-pareho Finnish: yhdenmukainen French: uniforme Galicia
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MY LOL Do you like to make people laugh? You could win cool prizes just by telling a joke! This month’s winner: Maggie Walko, 7, of Clarks Summit
Winning joke: What kind of cheese do teachers put on their pizza? Graded cheese!
Back-to-school recycled fashion Alexa Longcor displays pieces of an outﬁt she found at Plato’s Closet in Dickson City.
Abington Heights dress code basics
To enter: Send your favorite joke, along with your name, age, hometown and preferred T-shirt size to: firstname.lastname@example.org or The Abington Journal My Edition, 211 South State Street, Clarks Summit, PA, 18411. If your joke is selected and appears on an upcoming My Edition page, you’ll receive a limited edition “My Edition” T-shirt.
MY CONTEST Textbooks, school supplies and homework are right around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll decorate your book covers. Why not get a head start on the project, for a chance to win a free T-shirt? Send us a photo of you with your best textbook cover, made from craft supplies or recycled materials laying around the house. One winner will be chosen at random to win a special “My Edition” T-shirt, and his or her photo will appear in the September 4 edition of “The Abington Journal.” How to enter: Send your photo, along with your name, grade, school and preferred T-shirt size to: myedition@ theabingtonjournal.com or The Abington Journal My Edition, 211 South State Street, Clarks Summit, PA, 18411.
You could win this T-shirt by designing your own book cover!
Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal Mary Jane Weiss, 12, of Clarks Summit, displays her drawing of her favorite Fourth of July activity at the Rotary Club of the Abingtons’ ﬁreworks display July 3 at the Abington Heights Middle School. Mary Jane is the winner of the July “My Edition” drawing contest, and will receive a limited edition T-shirt.
Joan Mead-Matsui photos | For The Abington Journal
Back-to-school shoppers Alexa Longcor, left, Cassidy Bartkowski, second from left, and Emily Mahoney, right, search for unique outﬁts ahead of the school year with help from The Avenue consignment shoppe Manager Abigail Pisanchyn. sweat pants, other times I wear leggings, and other times patterned leggings.” Ask 13-year-old, eighth grade “I like when my shoes match,” Abington Heights Middle School she added. “If I have a gray shirt students Alexa Longcor, Cassidy with jeans I would wear gray shoes Bartkowski, and Emily Mahoney to match.” to describe their individual fashion Mahoney said she “is dressy on styles and their answers are colcertain days.” lectively, “in,” meaning decidedly “I play soccer, so sometimes “in-style.” with sports my outfit can be shorts “Up-to-date and modern…,” and T-shirts, but other they added, while on a days I dress up if I recent mission to coorwant to look nice. If dinate some examples I’m tired I wear sweat of fall back-to-school pants.” fashion trends at two For weekend wear, local consignment they like to get away stores, Plato’s Closet, from the collared shirts 1029 Commerce Blvd., that are part of their Dickson City and school’s dress code, The Avenue Consignand that means flowy ment Shoppe, 1106 tops worn with TLackawanna Trail Rd., shirts, tank tops, jeans, 13-year-old, Alexa Longcor, Clarks Summit. and leggings. eighth grade student at The teens stay in “Graphic t-shirts are touch with the fashion Abington Heights Middle School really in,” Mahoney world and get many said. of their ideas from watching what If you are still wondering movie stars, celebrities, and their what to wear when school opens, friends are sporting. Avenue Consignment Shoppe Longcor often chooses sheer Manager Abigail Pisanchyn sugshirts worn over tank tops or gests leggings, sheer tops, cutouts camisoles. in shirts, a “girly” look with lace, “I typically wear jeans or lega “cute little dress,” and “denim on gings. I prefer a lot of patterns denim” should keep you and your and colors,” she added. One of her friends in line with current fashion favorite colors is purple, which she trends. pairs with other shades of purple If you’re not sure about footand blue. wear, Pisanchyn suggested military Bartkowski said her choice of type combat boots, which are outfits is usually dictated by how available in a variety of styles, patshe feels. terns, and colors. “If I’m tired, I will dress down At Plato’s Closet, Manager Kawith sweat pants. If I’m not tired tie Tracy said shoppers will find “a and I want to dress nice, then I’ll huge selection of trendy, designer dress nice. I don’t really wear jeans styles as well as those every day that much, so sometimes I wear basics you can’t live without - all
JOAN MEAD-MATSUI Abington Journal correspondent
“I typically wear jeans or leggings. I prefer a lot of patterns and colors.”
A world of online learning MY OPINION
Katie Dammer My Edition Teen Columnist
Katie Dammer is going into eighth grade at Abington Heights, where she participates in track and soccer. She enjoys sports, reading and writing.
Do you want to get a jump on things you’ll be learning in school this year? Are you having trouble with that algebra homework, but your parents don’t get it either? Look online. With an internet connection, you can access lots of educational websites. One of them is Khan Academy (www. khanacademy.org). In 2006, Sal Khan started Khan Academy, and later expanded it with a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Now, the website contains 4,300 great videos you can watch for free. The topics include math, computer science, art history, cosmology, and SAT prep. On Khan Academy, you can create a profile and avatar where you keep track of your progress, practice your math skills, and score points. Or, if you need help with your homework, you could search by keyword or subject to find your
• All upper body attire should 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 have a collar. • Wording, phrases or other representations with the exception of Abington Heights approved attire, are not permitted on clothing. Manufacturers’ insignias, such as a Nike swoosh, are acceptable. • All lower body attire should be worn at the waistline and extend to at least the knee. • Exposed underwear of any kind, as well as tears in clothing, are not permitted. • Shoes that are appropriate and safe for school activities must be worn at all times. Consult the student handbook for further details.
answer. Then, there’s the world of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). With a MOOC, you are immersed in the collegelevel course without leaving your own home. There are video lectures with a college professor, group chats, reading lists, quizzes, and more. It’s like taking a college course, but without the time and cost commitment. More than 700,000 teens in the U.S. are taking one or more online courses. Find a list of the web’s best MOOCs at www.mooc-list.com. One popular MOOC program is Coursera (www.coursera.org). Three million people all over the world have taken Couserea courses, with topics ranging from foreign language and engineering to art and law. It might seem unfamiliar or nerdy now, but look into the world of online learning. You might surprise yourself.
Cassidy Bartkowski conducts some of her back-to-school shopping at Plato’s Closet. at up to 70 percent off mall retail prices.” “Our store buys and sell girls sizes 0/1 to 15/16 and guys size 28 to 40 and tops adult XS to XL,” she said. “The gently used clothing and accessories that we buy are topname brands, cool, hip, trendy, clean, and in good condition. Typically we buy items that have been in the retail stores within the past 12 to 18 months and are current teen and young adult styles still seen in the mall.” Before heading out to buy clothes, students and parents should refer to their school’s dress code policy.
Make your own back-to-school bookmark JENNIFER FAMILETTI Special to The Abington Journal
Making your own bookmark easy, and can be fun to use at school or home. It also can be given as a special gift. What you will need: A piece of white paper or construction paper, a pencil, scissors, hole punch, ribbon or string and decorating supplies such as markers, crayons, paint, glitter, glue, stickers, cut out magazine pictures and/or contact paper.) Instructions: To start, take your paper and cut it into a strip or shape that you’d like your bookmark to be. Once the shape is cut out, you can start decorating it using whatever items and supplies you choose. Be creative and have fun. While decorating, keep in mind that you will be punching a hole an inch down from the top and centering it later on. When you are certain you
are finished decorating, cover your bookmark with contact paper (optional). By doing this, it will keep your bookmark wrinkle free and water resistant. You may need an adult’s help using contact paper. Use your hole punch to make the hole mentioned in step three. Punch it centered, an inch down from the top. Then, use a small piece of ribbon or string to make a “tail” or bow by tying it through the hole. The tail or bow will hang outside the book, keeping your place. Jennifer Familetti is the Dalton Community Library program coordinator.
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Our Lady of the Snows Country Bazaar Patrons enjoyed hayrides, great food, and more during the annual bazaar. Heather Paradise photos | For The Abington Journal
Albert Ondush, 86, of Clarks Summit, a former Abington Heights art teacher, presents a caricature he worked on during the bazaar.
Mickey Mastriani,73 and Peggy Lacoe,53, both of Clarks Summit are co-chairs at the Plant Booth for Our Lady of the Snows Bazaar. Peggy has been running the stand for five years, and Mickey has been donating, collecting, and selling plants for ten years. Other donators are the Flower Tent, Spring House Gardens, and Parishioners.
From left, 13-year-olds Maeve Seymour, Kelly Seechock, and Phoebe Sebring of Clarks Summit volunteered at children’s games at Our Lady of the Snows Bazaar
Selfless Lions Club member honored VICTORIA SEAMANS
Abington Journal correspondent
Abingtons Lions Club member, Richard Kubick, 53, of Clarks Summit, is a recipient of the 2013 Pennsylvania Chancellors Distinguished Service Award. Club President Ed Borek, 73, of Clarks Summit, said there are more than 1,000 members in the 35 Lions Clubs of District 14-H which includes Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming counties. Kubick was one of two Lions in this district to receive the award in 2013. “I was very surprised,” Kubick said. “I never knew there was such an award.” There are several reasons why Borek nominated Kubick for the award. Most importantly, Borek said, “He carries the Abingtons in his heart. He serves selflessly with the hopes of a better Abingtons.” “I think everybody should do something to help their community,” Kubick said. He said there are many likeminded people in his community working together. Kubick is modest about the recognition he has received from the Lions and all that he does as a
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Abington Lions Club member Richard Kubick, of Clarks Summit, was the recent recipient of the 2013 Pennsylvania Chancellors Distinguished Service Award.
member of the Lions club. “You do what you can, when you can,” he said. “When there is a project, I like to be involved.” According to Borek, Kubick goes above and beyond expectations when it comes to service to the community in the many projects he is involved in. For 15 years, the Abington Lions Club has
been active in the Adopta-Highway program, and Kubick is one of the original members to participate in the program. Four times a year, the Abington Lions clean the roadside between the Ramada Inn in Clarks Summit and Wellingtons on the other side of town. Borek said, at Kubick’s insistence, the club not only picks up trash, but they now separate the recyclables which Kubick collects and takes to the recycling pick up point. “In a silent way, he wants the Abingtons to remain beautiful,” Borek said. See LIONS CLUB | 10
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Senator lends support, vocals to Lakeside series As the Lakeside Concert Series at Hillside Park enters its ﬁnal weeks, the event is still gathering community support and recognition. Tonight’s concert marks week seven of the 10 -week event. The concert series, which is sponsored by the Abington Area Joint Recreation Board, is the ﬁrst event of its kind at the park. Diane Vietz, the Abington Area Joint Recreation Board member, is the series architect and has coordinated a dedicated team of volunteers and board members who ensure the series runs smoothly. As in previous weeks, a community group will be provide food and refreshments for sale to concertgoers, speciﬁcally The Rotary Club of the Abingtons tonight. The Rotarians provided food for last week’s concert, and tonight is the ﬁnal night for the group. Next week and the remaining weeks of the series, the Masons will assume this role. Tonight’s concert is being sponsored by Senator Blake and Friends. John Blake serves as a Democrat in the Pennsylvania State Senate. Blake represents District 22, which serves Lackawanna County and parts of Monroe and Luzerne counties. Blake has been a continued presence in the Abington area community and a supporter of many local programs, including several projects at Hillside Park, said Jim Davis, an Abington Area Joint Recreation Board member. Davis, the recreation board member coordinating tonight’s event, said of the concert series, “I think it’s amazing.” Davis said he supported the concerts because events such as the series “bring the community together.” He added that the series “builds commu-
nity character.” Davis said his involvement extends “professionally and personally with Senator Blake.” Besides being a board member, Davis is a lobbyist in Harrisburg and has met Blake several times. “As much as he (Blake) supports community development and economic development, he is a true representative…” in more than simply title, Davis said. He said Blake visits all parts of his district to fully represent his constituents. Davis added that Blake’s support of the concert series is only a “small piece” that is “indicative of his support of communities like the Abingtons throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.” Blake is not only lending support to the event. He is also lending his vocals. Senator Blake and Friends is the band headlining tonight’s concert. Blake said the band is comprised of friends from his college years at Villanova University. He added that the friends have been playing with each other for many years. In previous weeks, the bands at the concert series have hailed from the Abingtons or its surrounding areas. But tonight’s performers are traveling a little further to play at Hillside Park. Blake said his friends and fellow musicians are traveling from Tampa, Fla., Boston and Staten Island. Blake said the “impetus” behind the performance came when Vietz contacted him and asked him to perform to raise funds for the concert. Blake added that he recently returned from Tampa, where he performed at the graduation party of the son of his fellow band member and close friend. See LAKESIDE | 10
LAKESIDE CONCERT SCHEDULE Aug. 7 - Senator John Blake and Friends Aug. 14 - The Wannabees Duo Aug. 21 - Two Minute Warning Aug. 28 - The Fab Three
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Shown performing at a family function are Senator John Blake and Friends: Nick Setteducato on guitar, Pete Puleo on bass and Johnny Simonelli on drums. The band members will visit from Tampa, Boston and NYC to join Blake, shown second from right, for the performance.
Coal Town Rounders had some fans on their feet during last week’s performance.
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Local author to sign books at Glenburn Grill Alan and Linda Norsen, owners of the Glenburn Grill and Bakery, 1144 Lackawanna Trail Rd., are hosting a book signing with local author Ed Murphy on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Copies of “A Pennsylvania Deer Hunter” as well as Murphy’s most recent release, “Life and Basketball,” will be available for purchase.
Shown, from left, are author Ed Murphy and Glenburn Grill and Bakery coowner Linda Norsen.
Rankings list University of Scranton for Value of Education Two just-published rankings recognized The University of Scranton among America’s and Pennsylvania’s best values in higher education based on student outcomes. Forbes magazine’s online listing of “America’s Best Colleges” ranked the University No. 290 among only 650 universities in the nation selected based on data about “output” — or “return on investment.” The ranking, compiled for Forbes by The Center for College Affordability and Productivity, is based on a dozen factors that seek to evaluate schools’ effectiveness in ﬁve general areas: post-graduate success; student satisfaction; student debt; four-year graduation rate; and competitive awards won by students, such as prestigious scholarships and fellowships like the Rhodes, Marshall and Fulbright. The University also ranked No. 27 among just 81 colleges in Pennsylvania recognized in a new listing by AffordableCollegesOnline.org as providing the greatest lifetime return on investment. According to AC Online, graduates of the schools selected enjoy the largest earnings gap between non-degree holders over 30 years, and earn more on average than graduates from other Pennsylvania schools. AC Online analyzed 402 colleges in Pennsylvania for its selection of “High ROI Colleges,” which published on July 29. The Forbes ranking became public July 25. This is the sixth year Forbes ranked the University among “America’s Best Colleges.” Forbes does not categorize schools by size or institution type in its overall ranking, but does provide separate rankings of public and private colleges and geographic regions. Scranton ranked No. 205 in Forbes list of the “Best Private Colleges in America,” and No. 109 among the “Best Colleges in the Northeast.” As of publication of this release, Forbes incorrectly lists the University’s acceptance rate. The University’s actual acceptance rate for 2012 is 68.8 percent.
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Schultzville Animal Hospital open for business
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Until recently, Abbey Jones, VMD, was a veterinarian on the go. Building renovations at her new clinic, the Schultzville Animal Hospital, 1310 Winola Rd., Clarks Summit, had the vet making house calls. Most of her visits were centered on preventative care and assessments, as well as caring for sick animals. The remodeled Schultzville Animal Hospital is a structurally sound former church built in 1940, with approximately 3,000 square feet of space, concrete walls and stained glass windows. “For me, this building, besides getting started, is something I can build on,” said Jones, who grew up surrounded by animals on a farm in Bradford County. “I’ve loved animals my whole life.” The focus at her clinic will be primary preventative care, including vaccinations, general surgeries, spaying and neutering, dental procedures with dental radiograph equipment, digital body radiograph equipment, and diagnostic services for dogs and cats. Her practice will also have a full in-house lab to enable Jones to do all blood work on-site, and she will continue to offer her patients at-home euthanasia. “My primary interest is dogs and cats. I like to be able to ﬁnd out what’s wrong with them and I like to be able to treat them…using advanced diagnostics. I feel
I can do that more with a small animal.” The bottom line, she said, is “the better you take care of your pet, likely the longer they will live with a better quality of life.” Her vision for her practice is “to have outstanding customer service – a family atmosphere feeling… I’d like to be part of their family… They can call me if they need something and I’ll be there for their pet,” she said. “Our biggest thing is I want to be part of the community. I don’t want to separate myself from the community,” she added. Jones graduated from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 and always wanted to have her own practice. “I got to the point where I was working for somebody else and I wanted more,” she said. Prior to opening Schultzville Animal Hospital, she worked for other veterinary clinics, including the Northeast Veterinary Emergency Referral Hospital in Plains. For more information, call (570) 586-9373 or visit schultzvilleanimalhospital. com
Abbey Jones said a grand opening at the Schultzville Animal Hospital will be scheduled in the near future.
Board working to improve Frisbee golf course BRITTNEY PIERCE
Abington Journal Correspondent
WAVERLY — The Waverly Township Supervisors during their July 29 meeting made plans to cut back shrubs and brush to decrease Frisbee golf disc loss. The “back nine” of the Frisbee golf course is now more “playable.” A Frisbee golf expert was called to the township to suggest changes to the course to prevent players from losing their discs. The community is welcome to give feedback regarding the Frisbee golf course located on the recreational ﬁeld adjacent to the township municipal ofﬁce on Lake Henry Drive. There is still no solution for the mailing address problem. Township manager Bill White has been in contact with a representative from Harrisburg who believes he may be able to offer some assistance. White plans to send a letter, along with all the previous letters stating the address problem, and a brief explanation of “what they need and why they need it.” The township sought ﬁrst in 2009 to propose a change the addressing system which would allow the last line of each mailing address to reﬂect the name of the municipality- Waverly Township. Throughout 2010, the township sent a letter to all residents requesting them to start using Waverly Township instead of Clarks Summit or Dalton as the last address line. Contracts for the sewer project were signed last week by the supervisors, and a pre-construction meeting will be held next week. A concern from public works director Thomas James is the start time for construction. James voiced his concern about being put on the “back burner” and would prefer not to have any concrete poured
the winter months. Following a discussion with Supervisor Tom Durbin, alarm systems for the pump stations in the wastewater treatment facility were researched. There are currently alarms installed that are connected to the township’s phone lines. If there is a pump failure or high water volume, an alarm is “tripped.” The data from the pumps must be recorded and registered daily, including on the weekends, according to the township permit. Two options for alarms are either an alarm via online or through a cell phone. Durbin’s objective in ﬁnding an alarm system is to eliminate the overtime of the public works departments . Bids have been submitted for Upland Terrace, and paving has been scheduled in the township.
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Tyler Jones, of Clarks Summit, kayaks to the finish line, winning first place in a boat race at Harmony Heart Camp’s Day Camp Aug. 1.
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6:30 p.m. at the camp. “While there is certainly a great deal of sadness and a sense of mourning, we celebrate the great things God has done through the ministry of Harmony Heart Camp,” an announcement on the camp’s website reads. The theme for this summer’s program was “The Story of God,” taking campers and staff through a summary of the entire Bible each week. Day Camp included a variety of children’s activities, such as swimming, soccer, archery, boating, basketball, crafts, Charlie Puksta, of Waverly, speeds down the water slide during free ﬁshing, volleyball, nature study, and more. time at Harmony Heart Camp’s Day Camp Aug. 1.
Harmony Heart Camp, 1557 Heart Lake Rd., Jermyn, held its ﬁnal Day Camp under the operation of World Impact from July 29 to Aug. 3. At the end of last year, the organization listed the property for sale and announced its plan to run the regular summer programs and close at the end of the season. Director Brian Luke said it is still uncertain what will come next for the property. Luke said the community is invited to a closing celebration event on August 11 at
Cyclist makes another run for Griffin Pond VICTORIA L. SEAMANS
Abington Journal Correspondent
The fourth annual Come “Sale” Away scheduled for Aug. 13-17 will take Pleasant Mount resident Rich Hayes across portions of New York and northeastern Pennsylvania. “Come ‘Sale’ Away is a week-long campaign in support of Grifﬁn Pond Animal Shelter,” Rich Hayes, 31, said. “It brings in much needed funds and supplies.” According to Hayes, he originally started the Come “Sale” Away event to support independent ShurSave grocers. Early on, Hayes decided that funds collected during the event would be donated to a charitable cause. “I chose the animal shelter because everyone shows compassion towards animals, and I am an animal lover myself,” Hayes said. According to Beverly Bright, development coordinator at the Grifﬁn Pond Animal Shelter, Hayes reached his $3,000 goal last year. Funds helped provide food, veterinary care, and shelter for the animals at the shelter. Hayes’ target for this year’s event is $5,000. This year, Come “Sale” Away is a ﬁveday event based at Zazzera’s ShurSave
from WNEP, and Warren Reed, executive director of the Grifﬁn Pond Animal Shelter. On Aug. 14 and 15, Hayes will be Ped4ling for Paws. He will be the only cyclist to travel from Binghamton, N.Y., south to Pittston and north again to Forest City. Area businesses sponsor Hayes’ ride in support of Grifﬁn Pond Animal Shelter. The two-day ride will start at Ross Park Zoo in Binghamton, N.Y. on Aug. 14. From there, Hayes will travel Route 11 to Ray’s ShurSave Market, 138 College Ave., Factoryville, then to State Street Grill, 114 S. State St., Clarks Summit, and on to Courtesy photo Quinn’s ShurSave Market Rich Hayes, left, will embark on another bike ride to aid the Griffin in Pittston. Pond Animal Shelter on Aug. 14. The ride raised $3,000 last year.
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On Aug.15, Hayes will leave Pittston and travel to Zazzera’s, making stops at Ray’s ShurSave Market in Old Forge and both Quinn’s ShurSave Markets in Peckville and Archbald. Other scheduled activities at Zazzera’s, during the Come “Sale” Away event include: a cooking demonstration by Chef Kate Gabriele Thursday, Aug. 15, at 3:30 p.m.; a 2-3 hour presentation by the Ross Park Zoomobile and a performance by Jude’s Polka Jets on Friday, Aug. 16; and a pierogi eating contest on Saturday, Aug. 17. For more information visit the Come “Sale” Away Facebook page at tinyurl. com/ComeSaleAway
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Anne Elizabeth Bullwinkel wed Jason Kenneth Williams on Feb. 2, 2013. The wedding and reception took place at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House in Fredericksburg, Va. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Bullwinkel, of Clarks Summit, and the granddaughter of Mrs. Millicent Erickson, of Clarks Summit. She graduated from Abington Heights High School and received a BS degree in Music Education at Marywood University. She served 10 years in the US Army Band. She then graduated from Western Iowa Technical College with a certiﬁcate in band instrument repair. She is currently employed at Robersons Music Store in Fredericksburg, Va. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Williams of Skegness, Lincolnshire, UK. He graduated from St. Mary’s College, Rhos-on-Sea, Wales. He was employed by Morton’s Media Group, Ltd., Lincolnshire, UK. He plans to settle in the United States. The ceremony was performed by Virginia Chilton, marriage commissioner. Mrs. Jennifer Kuntz served as matron of honor for her sister. Ms. Deborah Levin, a friend of the bride, was a bridesmaid. Mr. Matthew Palguta, friend of the groom, served as best man. Mr. Kenneth Williams, father of the
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Anne Elizabeth Bullwinkel wed Jason Kenneth Williams Feb. 2.
groom, was an usher. Valkyrie, a Harris hawk, handled by Mr. Robert Aanonsen, was ring bearer. The couple took a trip to the Florida Keys for their honeymoon. They reside in Fredericksburg, Va.
DONALD STANLEY NAGLAK August 3, 2013
Donald Stanley Naglak, 88 of Clarks Summit died Saturday morning, August 3, at the Commonwealth Hospice in the Regional Hospital in Scranton. His wife is the former Delores Basalaga. Born in Dickson City, he was the son of the late John and Cecelia Rash Naglak. He was the owner operator of Don’s Market in Clarks Summit for 49 years. He was a proud Army veteran serving in
World War II. He was a member of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Scranton. Also surviving are a brother, John; several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Carol Naglak and a brother Ted Naglak. Interment at Abington Hills Cemetery followed funeral services held Aug. 6. To send an online condolence, visit www.lawrenceeyoungfuneralhome.biz
HELEN MCVAY August 3, 2013
Helen Irene McVay died Saturday evening, August 3 at Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton. Born July 8, 1924, in Clearﬁeld, she was raised in Ehrenﬁeld, by Richard and Margaret Smith Holdsworth. She married W. Norman McVay on August 31, 1945. They were married more than 50 years until his death in 1996. Helen and Norman moved to Clarks Summit in 1957 where they raised six daughters, Ann Craig, Lydia McVay and Norma (Jeanie) McVay, Clarks Summit, Gaye Elder, Falls, Anita Jordan and Karen Butch, Savannah, Ga. and their foster son, Roger Gardner, Clarks Summit. As an active member of the community, Helen helped start the Abington Library and served as a volunteer librarian for many years. She was a member of the Volunteer Fire Company’s Ladies Auxiliary and she delivered Meals on Wheels for 25 years. As a member of Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, Helen
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taught Sunday School 17 years, led Senior MYF, attended Couples Class and was a member of the “Kitchen Band.” In her free time, Helen camped, hiked, ﬁshed and traveled with her family all over the U.S. and Canada. Helen’s hobbies included rock and shell collecting, bowling and crocheting. She crocheted hundreds of afghans and baby blankets in her own distinctive pattern, in every color imaginable. Helen was a warm-hearted, generous soul and a mother to
multitudes. She opened her heart and home to all. She was also strong willed and let you know what was on her mind. She was funny and fun to be around. She will be missed. As Helen lived her active faith ﬁlled life, she welcomed eight grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren into the world. The last “great” was born just four days before Helen’s death. All of them will truly miss “Gramma Bay.” She is also survived by her sister Marie Fish, Houtzdale. A funeral Service will be held Wednesday, August 6, at 6 p.m. at Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 1310 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family in Fairview Cemetery, Elmhurst. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home & Cremation Svc., 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit, PA. To leave an online condolence visit www.lawrenceeyoungfuneralhome.biz.
Throughout the year, ofﬁcers and directors of the Rotary Club of the Abingtons steer the club to complete our mission. New ofﬁcers and directors are inducted in the club in the beginning of summer. Those who have been in successive positions move up to lead with wisdom. Our Rotary club puts forth these leadership changes at the same time that other Rotary clubs throughout the world do. Continuity of mission and programs remain steady as ofﬁcers change. In our 85th year as a club, Bob Vielee succeeds John Hambrose as president. Bob is owner of Home Instead, a Clarks Summit business serving elderly area residents in need. Other ofﬁcers include: President-Elect T’Shaiya Gibbons, Vice President John Rugula, Treasurer Stephanie Westington, Secretary Mary Tuthill, Sergeantat-Arms Norbert Mayr, Immediate Past President John Hambrose, and Past President and Director Roger Mattes. Directors include Theresa Collins, Deborah Kennedy, Joe Pagnani, and Bruce Valentine. The Fourth on the third Our new year started with a big bang as the Fourth of July ﬁreworks blasted away on the third of July. Comments like, “best ever,” “lasted so long,” “such bright colors,” “spectacular,” and “awesome,” were heard throughout the night. Many viewers stopped Vielee to thank Rotarians for this gift to the community for 25 years. In this effort, we change from our daily lives of lawyers, educators, bankers, business people and become grunt workers to raise funds, park cars, sell light ropes, set up booths and, ﬁnally, clean it all up on the following day. Led by Chairman Ed Nuzzaci, Rotarians came out on that joyful night to freely give time, money, and enormous effort so that our small town community had big town excitement. We hope to do all of that in 2014 and would welcome your support. Send donations to the Rotary Club of the Abingtons, P.O. Box 392,
Dr. Ken Rudolph, second from left, is honored with the Paul Harris Fellow Award. Shown with Rudolph are, from left, Rotarians Leah Rudolph, Gus Vlassis, and Warren Watkins.
Clarks Summit, PA. 18411. Baseball fun While Rotarians are very serious about our world-wide mission to end polio and we work feverishly on projects like road clean-up and Salvation Army bell ringing, we also like to have fun. When Alex Rodriguez homered in the third inning at the PNC stadium recently, the Rotary Club of the Abingtons was there. In the newly renovated stadium at Montage Mountain, the RailRiders have welcomed star New York Yankees players as they recover from injuries. A-Rod made his debut in our hometown by drilling a 1-2 fastball from the Louisville Bats righthander Chad Reineke over the right center ﬁeld wall for a two-run homer in the third. This fun night at the ball park had the best of a summer night’s entertainment — hot dogs and burgers, old friends greeting new friends, and Rotary families cheering the team — as we all became kids again for a night of baseball. Paul Harris Fellows The Rotary Club of the Abingtons supports the Rotary Foundation
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Thomas Michael Holmes, 63, of Scranton, died Friday, July 26. Born in Scranton on March 7, 1950, he was the son of June Lewis Holmes and the late Thomas M. Holmes Jr. Tom attended Scranton public schools, graduating from Scranton Central High School in 1968. He graduated from the University of Scranton in 1972 and from Temple University Law School in 1975. He was admitted to the bar in 1975. Tom was a gentleman lawyer, who practiced in the way of Abraham Lincoln (who he often cited as his contemporary in solo practice): smart, fair, honest and with the highest ethics. Tom was one of the founders, longtime organizers and driving force behind the Lackawanna Bar Association’s Bench Bar Conference, a yearly gathering of Lackawanna County’s distinguished judges and hundreds of members of the Bar. He was the only two-time recipient of the Lackawanna Bar Association’s most prestigious honor, its President’s Award, bestowed upon an attorney for their selﬂess dedication to the bar association. Tom was recognized for a career of distinguished service, ranging from his stellar efforts in organizing the LBA Bench Bar Conference and his tireless volunteer service as a Pro Bono Attorney Volunteer. He served as president and counsel for the Crystal Lake Private Park for 23 years. Tom’s quick wit and encyclopedic knowledge of all local sporting events enabled him to ﬂatter colleagues, clients, friends and family on their and their children’s accomplishments. He was an avid runner, having competed in more than 300 road races, frequently winning awards in his age group. He will be remembered as a loving and devoted son, brother and friend who gave freely of himself every day of his life. His presence will be greatly missed in downtown Scranton, in particular in
his reserved seats at Scanlon’s and Stirna’s restaurants. He is survived by his mother, June Lewis Holmes, Clarks Summit; sister, Joyce and husband, William Ziegler, Clarks Summit; brother, David, Annapolis Md.; and sister, Anne and partner, Frouke de Quillettes, Shavertown; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. The family requests that in lieu of ﬂowers that donations be made to the Scranton Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Mall at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton, PA 18503 and the M. Patricia
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Frederick Russell Lishman, 79, of Clarks Summit, died Saturday morning, August 3, at his home. He was the husband of the late Mary Louise Singer, who died in 2004. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Earl and E. Mildred Ulmer Lishman. Prior to retirement, he was employed with Bell Atlantic Telephone Co. He was a member of the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, Philadelphia Masonic Lodge 81 F&AM and the Tall Cedars. He was a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean Conﬂict. Surviving are his children, Carol Crandell and husband, Larry, Elmira, N.Y.; Barbara Hicks and husband, Gary, Falls; Joanne Krasner, Ransom; Robert Lishman and his wife, Jackie, Scranton; and Janet Bracuto and husband, Andrew, S. Plainﬁeld, N.J.; grandchildren, Adrian and Aaron Smith, Jennifer and Richard Read III, Jayme Longo, Seth Krasner, Frederick and Justine Lishman; brother-in-law, Charles Weimar, Carroll Fund, Lawyers Concerned Wellsboro; several great-grandchilfor Lawyers, 1635 Market St., 7th dren; nieces and nephews. Floor Philadelphia, PA 19103. He was preceded in death by
with contributions in honor of persons who exemplify Rotary ideals in service to the community. Such individuals become “Paul Harris Fellows,” named for the Rotary’s founder. The foundation grants scholarships, makes grants for community projects, funds youth study exchange programs, and undertakes worldwide efforts such as Polio Plus, the goal of which is to eradicate polio in the world. Recently two outstanding men received this prestigious award: Dr. Kenneth Rudolph and Norbert Mayr. Big wheel at St. Joe’s Did you catch any of the many Rotarians who manned the big wheel at St. Joseph’s Festival? As St. Joseph’s is one of our many charities, Rotarians were there helping to raise funds. All beneﬁts go to assist the development of St. Joseph’s Center, Dunmore. Taste of the Abingtons coming up Mark your calendars for a fun, food-ﬁlled night at Nichols Village Hotel and Spa as our community tastes the best that local restaurants have to offer on Sunday, Sept. 29. Tickets can be purchased from any Rotarian.
a brother, Donald Lishman and his wife, Mary; a sister, Elsie May Weimar and two nieces, Cindy Youngs and Alice Margaret Rarick. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, August 7, at 10 a.m. from the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 1310 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit, PA 18411, with services by Rev. Judy Adams, pastor. Interment with military honors will follow at Hickory Grove Cemetery in Waverly. Memorials may be made to the Traditional Home Health and Hospice, 113 West Drinker St., Dunmore, PA 18512.
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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR VISUAL ARTS/ PERFORMING ARTS Lakeside Wednesday Concerts, Wednesdays through Aug. 28 at Hillside Park on Winola Road from 6 p.m. - dusk. There will be food and free music. Every week, a different band will perform. “Folk Art at the Library,” Aug. 9 at the Abington Community Library. In celebration of Downtown Go Around, from 5-9 p.m. Library quilts will decorate area businesses and there will be food, music and sidewalk vendors throughout Clarks Summit. The library will be kicking off its handmade quilt rafﬂe. The quilt and pillow shams have been created and donated by Always in Stitches. Tickets: $2 or three for $5. Drawing set for Nov. 9 at the library. The library will also be featuring art from Karen Reid and Joan Matsui. Author Ed Murphy book signing, Aug. 10, at Glenburn Grill and Bakery, 1144 Lackawanna Trail Rd., 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Filipino Cultural Day, Aug. 10, at New Life Community Church, 301 Delaney Street, Hanover Twp. This three-part event includes a Filipino Dinner at 4:30 p.m., cultural dances and children’s games at 6 p.m. and a concert by Eddie Mesa, former Filipino movie star, at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required for the dinner. Cost: Dinner is $8 for adults, $4 for children, and free for children under 4; Dances and games are free; and a free-will offering will be collected for the concert. Info / dinner reservations: (570) 836-3422 or (570) 639-5433. 12th Annual Gathering of Singers and Songwriters, Aug. 21 at the Dietrich Theater. Celebrate live folk music. Singers and songwriters include Tom Flannery, Eddie Appnel, Hannah Bingman and Lorne Clarke. Info: 996.1500. Music on the Lawn,Aug. 22 at the Waverly Community House. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. with entertainment by Music for Models. Rain date is Aug. 29. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or a blanket. Cost: Free. Info: 586.8191 ext. 2. Open Mic Night, Aug. 23 at the Dietrich Theater at 7 p.m. with feature Breaking Ground Poets at 8:15. Doors open for sign-ups at 6:30. Breaking Ground Poets, a group of Tunkhannock-based youths will take the stage and musicians, poets, storytellers, comedians, playwrights and other performers are invited to share their talents. Breaking Ground Poets will be appear on the Dietrich stage shortly after their trip to the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, the largest youth poetry competition in the world Cost: Free. Info: 996.1500. LITERARY ARTS Writers Group, for ages 18 and up, at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock, Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m., ongoing. All genres and levels of writing welcome. Cost: Free. Info: 996.1500. STACKS Writing Group, at The Vintage/Morning Glory Cafe, 326 Spruce St., Scranton, every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Info: emailstackswritinggroup@gmail. com. ARTS, CRAFTS AND MORE “Yoga for You,” Dietrich Theater 60 E. Tioga St. Tunkhannock, Wednesdays 10 - 11 a.m. Yoga Instructor: Melissa Russo. This class will teach or reinforce the basic yoga poses (asanas) which gently stretch and strengthen the body. Attention will be given to breathing and alignment in postures. Bring a mat or beach towel. Cost: $10 per class. Info: 996.1500 or visit www.dietrichtheater.com.
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Jennifer Forgione is shown with her portrait titled “Geniuses.” Forgione is the featured artist at the Clarks Summit Second Friday Art Walk on Aug. 9.
Moscow artist Jennifer Forgione’s work ranges from the realistic to the ridiculous JOAN MEAD-MATSUI
Abington Journal Correspondent
Moscow resident Jennifer Forgione makes her living painting portraits of people and animals, and she donates a percentage to an animal rescue organization. “I have worked with several charitable organizations, most recently, the Delaware Valley Siberian Husky Rescue (DVSHR) and the Concrete Angel Pitt Bull Rescue,” said Forgione, who also paints “these crazy cartoons of random ridiculous characters.” “I’m always happy to help a good cause, especially dogs, because I have such a fondness for them personally.” Forgione is the featured artist at the Clarks Summit Second Friday Art Walk and will exhibit at Sonia’s Contemporary Clothing, 320 South State St., Clarks Summit, on Aug. 9. At the art walk, she will exhibit a portrait or two “to show my realistic art work and a few of my huge originals along with lots of greeting cards,” she said. “I’m very excited about this.” Her medium of choice is acrylics on canvas because she is drawn to the bright colors and textures of acrylic paint. “I do like that acrylic paint allows me to paint roughly when called for, and that it dries
Jennifer Forgione is shown with “Bar Crowd,” one of her unique original paintings.
quickly,” she said. Forgione is a self-taught artist and her work has evolved through a constant practice of technique and by teaching herself to study colors and lighting on real-life subjects “whether they know I’m studying them or
not.” Her cartoons are mostly crowds of character that offer more than meets the eye on ﬁrst glance. “I like to hide crazy things in every crowd, like a Santa sipping a martini… something to make it fun to look at over and
over again,” she said. “I love to coax the characters out of my head and onto paper. It’s cathartic watching them come to life on the page. Painting them on a large scale canvas makes it See PORTRAITS | 12
Some fine folk during Downtown-Go-Around JOAN MEAD-MATSUI
Abington Journal Correspondent
All things “Folk Art” is what you will ﬁnd in Clarks Summit during the DowntownGo-Around on Aug. 9 beginning at 5 p.m. The Clarks Summit Arts Committee, a non-proﬁt arts organization formed under the Abington Business and Professional Association, organizes the monthly event. Downtown-Go-Around is offered to the community as an addition to the Clarks Summit Second Friday Art Walk. “It’s going to be grand,” said Leah Ducato Rudolph, Abington Community Library director. “The library quilters, ‘Always in Stitches,’ will have handmade quilts on display throughout the town and will be kicking off a rafﬂe for a handmade queen-size quilt with matching shams that evening in the old ﬁre station.” Meanwhile, in downtown Clarks Summit there will be food, including a
clambake with clams, corn and lobster rolls provided by Boston Seafood Direct, 5:30 to 9 p.m., and sidewalk vendors in front of the borough building. Live musicians are scheduled to perform from 5 to 7 p.m. Entertainment this month includes Celtic harpists, “Serenity.” The group includes musicians from Clarks Summit, Mountain Top, Montrose, Greentown, and Scranton, and consists primarily of Celtic harpists with the occasional addition of a cello, oboe, or violin, according to Hilary Steinberg, committee member. The NEPA Folklore Society, a group of “die-hard folk music enthusiasts who gather once a month for the sole purpose of enjoying old time folk music and fellowship” will gather for a sing-a-long at 7 p.m. The band “Keep Coming Back,” an allgirl group will also perform in the parking lot at Sole to Soul. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/ downtowngoaround.
Karen Reid’s “Seed Quilt,” which is made of cast optic crystal and stainless steel wire, will be on display at the Abington Community Library during DowntownGo-Around on Aug. 9. Courtesy photo
This week’s question: Who are the two leading men in “2 Guns”?
This summer has truly ﬂown by. I can’t believe we are already into August. This month we will be hosting a couple of workshops and concerts in addition to our ongoing classes. If you have always wanted to try yoga, the Dietrich will be presenting “Introduction to Yoga” for adults with Erica Donna Fetzko Rogler on Wednesdays, Contributing Aug. 14 and Columnist 28 at 10 a.m. During these sessions, you will have the opportunity to explore the beneﬁts of yoga including stress reduction, improvement of heart and lung function and increased ﬂexibility and balance. Students are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing; bring a yoga mat, towel, or blanket; water; and be ready to experience what yoga can do for you. Did I mention that admission is free? You can’t beat that! Call the Dietrich at (570) 996-1500 for more information or to sign up. The theater will also be offering “Jewelry Making: Multi-Strand Bracelets” for adults and students ages 16 and up on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. In this workshop instructed by Sarah Sidorek, attendees will fashion a multistrand bracelet of your own design using a variety of beads. They will also learn how to attach clasps to ﬁnish their unique pieces of jewelry. This class is great for beginners and all materials are provided. Admission is $30. The Dietrich will also be bringing acoustic music to the community to enjoy this month. Join us on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m. for the 12th annual Gathering of Singers and Songwriters. Organized by Lorne Clarke, this concert brings together some of the ﬁnest folk musicians this region has to offer. Joining Lorne on stage will be Tom Flannery, Eddie Appnel, and Hannah Bingman. In addition to great acoustic music, concertgoers will be entertained by the fun and witty banner between musicians on stage. According to Lorne, “The Dietrich Theater’s annual Gathering of Singers and Songwriters just keeps getting better and better. For years the show has featured some of the ﬁnest musical talent in the northeast in a very intimate setting… a setting that allows the audience to learn what really is behind the music and gain some insight into what makes the artists tick!” Admission to the Gathering of Singers and Songwriters is free, and donations are accepted. Then on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 3 p.m., Hickory Project will take the Dietrich stage for a live concert. Don’t miss their hard-driving acoustic music, deeply rooted in bluegrass. Band members include Steve Belcher on bass, Craig Vance on guitar, Dave Cavage on banjo, and National Mandolin Champion, Anthony Hannigan. Hickory Project is globally acclaimed, having performed throughout Europe, the United States, See MOVIES | 12
Last week’s answer: Roland Emmerich
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Impact Panthers set tryout dates
Comets return wealth of experience
The Impact Panthers fast-pitch travel softball team will be holding tryouts (16U and 18U college showcase teams) for the 2013-14 season on Aug. 7-8 and Aug. 12-13, from 6 to 7 p.m. and Aug. 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Abington Community Park Fields on Winola Road, Clarks Summit. Pre-register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some changes at Race for the Cure Susan G. Komen Northeastern Pennsylvania has announced several changes being implemented for their 2013 Race for the Cure. Perhaps the largest change is the date. The race has typically been held on the Saturday after Labor Day for the last several years. This year, in consideration for friends in the Jewish community and their holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, they have moved Race Day to Saturday, Sept. 21 in downtown Scranton. Race participants will receive a discount when they register online at www.komennepa.org. Instead of picking up race materials, participants can have them shipped directly to their home (shipping and handling costs apply). Race T-shirts and bibs may still be picked up, although the pickup location will be a retail space located at 131 North Washington Ave., Scranton, instead of the Mall at Steamtown. Komen NePA will utilize Hermes Sports & events to manage the event. Timing chips are available to competitive runners and competitive walkers for a nominal fee. On race day, registration will also be located in the retail space at 131 North Washington Ave. The pre-race festivities will be centered around the William J. Nealon Federal Building on North Washington Avenue.
Abington Wildcats set tryout dates The NePA/Abington Wildcats Fastpitch travel softball organization will be hosting 16U and 18U tryouts for their fall 2013/ summer 2014 teams. Team members will attend several college showcases. Tryouts will be Aug. 10 and 11 from 1 to 3 p.m., and Aug. 17 and 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Abington Heights High School. For details, call Vic Thomas at (570) 351-5187, Mike Thomas at (570) 241-7030, John Kelly at (570) 504-4808, or by email at AbingtonWildcats@yahoo.com
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Lakeland’s Tyler Brady (40) rushes the passer. Scranton’s Brandon Navoczynski (89) holds off another player.
City dreams big,downs County for fourth straight year Tom Robinson
Abington Journal Correspondent
SCRANTON – Football teams often hope to be able to execute a play as well in game conditions as they did in a controlled practice setting. The biggest play of the 79th annual Dream Game turned out much better in front of a paid crowd of 6,897 July 31 at Memorial Stadium than it did during practice leading up to the game. The City connected on a 60-yard, hookand-lateral play for the go-ahead touchdown midway through the third quarter of a 35-28 victory over the County. “Going into the game, I wasn’t sure how it was going to work,” said Scranton Prep quarterback Griff DiBileo, who used the play for one of his three touchdown passes for the City. “It didn’t really work that well in practice. “The game was really back-and-forth, then that just opened everything up for us.” The play was one of three straight touchdowns the City produced after trailing for nearly 20 minutes in the ﬁrst
Scranton Prep’s Griff DiBileo looks for an open receiver.
half. Scranton’s Karlon Quiller, the game’s leading receiver, caught a short pass and ﬂipped the ball to Dunmore’s Austin Seamon. Seamon, who also ran 50 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown, went the ﬁnal 58 yards down the left sideline. The play was the biggest reason the City was able to overcome a County team that got major contributions from Abington Heights, Lakeland, and
Lackawanna Trail players. The County had statistical advantages of 21-17 in ﬁrst downs, 239-168 in rushing yards and 366-339 in total offense. No team in Dream Game history had produced more points in a losing effort. Abington Heights linebacker Jerry Langan led an otherwise struggling County defense in the Scranton Lions Club-sponsored all-star game, which matches recent graduates from Lackawanna Football Conference teams. Langan made nine tackles and assisted on three others. “It was tough because they were balancing inside and outside,” Langan said. “They had really quick athletes. They were a good team. “They had a lot of good players and they got us on that trick play.” Langan also started at fullback and carried eight times for 27 yards and a touchdown. “I loved the Dream Game,” Langan said. “I always looked up to the older guys playing in it. I grew up watching them play in it. See DReAM GAMe | 14
The Abington Heights boys soccer team ﬁnished last season with a 15-5 overall record with three of the losses coming to Delaware Valley, including in the District 2 Class AAA title game. The Comets ﬁnished in ﬁrst place in Division 1 with a 12-1 record. According to Abington Heights head coach Steve Klingman, the team suffered two key injuries toward the end of the season that hampered their chances of making a long postseason run. Defender Caleb Overholser suffered a torn ACL in the last game of the regular season and Chris Ferrario broke his leg one week before the district title game. The Comets must replace four senior starters — forward Kevin elwell, defender/forward Ryan Patrick, midﬁelder Matt Hoyt and Overholser. According to Klingman, 40 of the team’s 54 goals last season were scored by seniors. The Comets two returning leading goal scores netted just four goals each. “I anticipate matches being closer this year,” Klingman said. “Last year, we scored over two goals in eight matches.” Another concern for Klingman is the physical size of his team. “We’re a small team,” he said. “Our average height is probably around 5’7.” That will create some problems with defending set pieces and balls in the air. “I think we’re pretty good technically. The key will be to maintain possession and hopefully create some good opportunities for our offense. Klingman is excited about the pool of talent that is coming back. The Comets have 17 seniors returning that have played signiﬁcant minutes in the past. “We’re a senior-dominated team with a lot of experience, and we have a lot of kids back that started,” he said. “We’re hoping that depth will be a plus for us.” Klingman believes that midﬁeld will be the team’s biggest strength. “There will be some really good competition for the starting spots,” he said. See COMeTS | 14
Annual DBPA tournament raises scholarship funds The Dalton Business & Professional Association hosted their 12th Annual Open at the Scranton Canoe Club on July 27. It was a captain and crew golf tournament with cash prizes, awards, and rafﬂes. Proceeds beneﬁted the Lackawanna Trail High School Scholarship Fund. Abington Journal photos | Ben Freda
Competitors included, from left, Helen Smetana, Lorraine Daniels, Alfred Kathryn Bekanich, Pat Jolley, Vicki Miller, and Mary Nicosia pause during the Henningsen, and Jimmy Jones. annual golf tournament. Virginia Illuzzi Belson, left, guest of the 12th Annual DBPA Open, and Dolores Eberle.
Winners from the July 27 tournament included Jake Maris and Joe McGrath, Jr. Absent from photo are Bob Perry and John Stevens.
Golfers and participating DBPA members included, from left, Mary Hart, Mary Ann Ketchur, Gail Rees, Pauline Cassaro, Sue La Bar, Terry Purcell, and Karen Riviello.
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THE ABINGTON JOURNAL
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 PAGE 19
Crossword Answers From page 6
Pieces of the Abingtons
How well do you know the streets where you live? The Abington Journal puts your powers of observation to the test with our “Pieces of the Abingtons” contest. Every other week within the paper, we’ll feature a photograph of a landmark, architectural structure or other local item in public view in the Abingtons. We’ll ask you to submit a guess as to where the photo was taken and what is featured in the photo. Then we’ll enter each correct answer in a drawing to win a $10 gift certiﬁcate from Lynn’s Hallmark in Clarks Summit. We’ll notify you if you win and we’ll print the winning contestant and answer in an upcoming edition of The Abington Journal with the next contest photo. Answer # 150: Sheetz, Clarks Summit
UCP of NEPA to celebrate Pennsylvania Senator John Blake will be among the honorees at United Cerebral Palsy of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s 60th Anniversary Celebration Dinner. The event will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Scranton Aug. 28 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Senator, a former board member of UCP of NEPA, is being recognized for his work on behalf of people with disabilities and the organizations which provide them services. Additional award recipients are Don Surace, owner of Andy Gavin’s Pub & Eatery, who organizes the Green Ridge Mile race each year over Thanksgiving weekend, donating the proceeds to UCP; and Mike Marcinek, owner of the NEPA Fit Club which conducts FitStock: For a Cause and for the past several years has chosen UCP as the cause. The evening will begin with a half-hour cocktail reception followed by dinner and the presentation of awards. A special program book is also being prepared in which the agency is selling advertising space. For information about the dinner or the program book, contact United Cerebral Palsy at 570.347.3357 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winner # 150: Lisa Imbriaco, of Clarks Summit “Pieces of the Abingtons” Contest Rules 1. Identify the correct location of Photo #151, shown, above. 2. Submit your entry by Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. 3. Entry must include the correct location and/or description of the “Pieces of the Abingtons” featured in the current week’s photo. 4. Entry should include your name, address, contact number (not for publication) and the correct answer. Entries should be sent to: The Abington Journal, 211 S. State St., Clarks Summit, PA 18411 or email@example.com 5. Contestants can only win once in a 90-day period.
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