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The Abington Journal♦Clarks Summit, PA



Clarks Summit Borough Spring Clean Up, from 12 - 3 p.m. The borough is seeking volunteers to pick up trash and debris along roadways, borough parks and streams. Free E-cycling event, at EvDAILY EVENTS erything Natural, 426 S. State St., Clarks Summit, from 8 a.m. April 25: The Lupus Founda- - noon. Items accepted at the tion Celebrity Dinner Bingo, at event include televisions and Genetti Manor in Dickson City. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner computer equipment, including begins at 6 p.m. Local celebrity monitors, laptops, CPUs, printFran Pantuso will be master of ers, scanners, speakers, battery ceremonies and local celebrity backups and cables, cell phones, VCRs, radios and sterbingo callers will be from eo equipment and most other WNEP. Cost: $30 (includes devices that plug in or operate chicken dinner and one tripleon batteries. First Baptist bingo card). Info: Church Rummage Sale, at 10 888.995.8787. Pledge for Parkinson’s, at the Church St., Factoryville, from Graf Community Room, Luger 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $2-a-bag sale at 2 p.m. Outpatient Center, Moffat French toast breakfast, at the Drive, Scranton. Fundraiser for therapist training and treatment Chinchilla United Methodist Church, 411 Layton Road, from for persons with Parkinson’s 7 a.m. - 11a.m. Breakfast inwith LSVT Big and Loud. “Prophetic Turning Points” cludes all-you-can-eat: french Weekly Wednesday Evening toast, sausage, fruit, orange Bible Study, at Country Allijuice and beverage. Cost: ance Church at 6 p.m., continAdults $6, Children under age uing for 12 weeks. Info: 12 $3, Children under age 3 587.2885 or 945.3641. free. Info: April 26: The Employment First Annual Wine Festival, at Expo 2012, at Mohegan Sun the Factoryville Sportsmen’s Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Club’s grounds from 11 a.m. - 5 Highland Park Blvd, Wilkesp.m. It will feature six wineries, Barre, from 11 a.m.- 4p.m. food vendors and merchandise The Jacob Institute of Chris- vendors. The band MOJO will tian Spiritual Formation Lecprovide entertainment. All ture Series, in the Ivy Room at proceeds will benefit the FactoThe Inn of the Abingtons, ryville Sportsmen’s Club scholRoute 524, Dalton, at 7 p.m. arship fund for area high school Speaker: Dr. Robert Mooreseniors. Tickets are $15 in adJumonville, LProfessor of The- vance, $20 at the door and $5 ology and Spiritual Formation for designated drivers. Info: at Spring Arbor University. or e-mail Cost: $5 at door. Info: 650.3784.


April 28: 20th Annual House, Garden and Gift Show, at the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Rd., Waverly, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., continuing April 29 from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Info: 586.8191, ext. 2 or “A Night for Nick” Benefit for Army Specialist Nick Staback, at the Adventure Zone (formerly the Ice Box Complex), On October 4, Nick was severely injured by an IED in Afghanistan, resulting in the loss of both legs and damage to his right arm. A variety of food and beverages will be served. Entertainment by the Hillbilly Deluxe, The Jeffrey James Band and Q-Balls. There will also be games, gift baskets, and large raffle items. Cost: $25. Info: anightfornick. Countryside Community Church Rummage Sale, at 14001 Church Hill Rd, Clarks Summit, from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Items for sale include clothing, toys, household goods, linens, books, baked goods, and more. Donations can be made at the church from April 23 to 26 between 9 and 2 p.m. Info: 587.3206 or Giant Yard Sale, at South Abington Community Park from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. to benefit the Abington Blaze youth baseball team. The team will be traveling to Cooperstown, N.Y. in August to play in a weeklong tournament. The sale will be held rain or shine. Info: Carol Jonsson at 947.3703 or Ellen Myers at 585.0390.


* In the April 18 story about The Pocono Snow Juniors Soccer Club 1993 (U18) it stated the “boys made it to the finals of the 2012 Spring MSSL College Showcase Tournament in Fort Dix, N.J.” The correct name for the event location is “Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst" formed by Fort Dix, NAES Lakehurst and McGuire AFB in accordance with the 2005 BRAC legislation. * In a story that appeared April 18 about blogger Ed Cole, his blog web address was listed incorrectly. To read Cole’s blog, visit\

April 29: Abington Heights High School Symphony Orchestra presents “A Suite of Mystical, Magical Melodies”, in the Abington Heights High School auditorium at 3 p.m. Cost: $2.

Michael, left, and Mike Wynn, South Abington Township, focus on raking debris and removing spent blooms from beds at the Great Abington Area Park Cleanup.

Spring cleanup

BY JOAN MEAD-MATSUI Abington Journal Correspondent

On April 21, approximately 50 volunteers arrived at the Abington Area Community Park to take part in the Great Abington Area Park Cleanup. Jennifer Wynn, Abington Area Park volunteer coordinator, said, “It (the cleanup) is part of the statewide cleaning and Earth Day is tomorrow. It needed to be done and it’s a good time of year to do it.” Crews raked and removed debris from existing flower beds, prepared a planting bed for perennials, painted, constructed, weeded, raked, and removed litter at the park. More than $500 worth of established perennials was donated by an anonymous donor, according to Diane Vietz, Abington Area Joint Recreation Board (AAJRB) vice chair and Clarks Green board representative. Clarks Summit resident, Diana Kelley, a cleanup day volunteer, said, “We live in Clarks Summit…It’s our community. We live here and we thought we would come down and be a part of it (the cleanup).” Her daughter, Allison Kelley worked alongside to fulfill service hours at her school, Summit Christian Academy. In upcoming weeks, local municipalities are planning their annual spring cleanups: Clarks Summit Borough will hold its cleanup April 28 from 12 a.m. - 3 p.m. The borough is seeking volunteers to pick up trash and debris, especially along roadways, borough parks and streams. Community organizations are encouraged to participate in the community event, which is sponsored by State Representative Sid Michaels Kavulich. Glenburn Township will hold its cleanup May 4 and 5. Residents are asked to place cleanup items curbside for pickup by 5 a.m. May 4. Items will be picked up either Friday or Saturday at the discretion of the contractor.


At the Great Abington Area Park Cleanup, Tim McCoy, front, with help from Bill Risse, Abington Area Joint Recreation Committee board chair , move earth and lumber to make way for a bridge they will build that will link portions of the “Walk the Lake” path. Metals must be kept separate from other items. Items that will not be picked up include:Regular household trash, recyclables, grass or leaves, non-compactable items such as brick, block and concrete, cast iron, auto parts, tires, batteries, motor oil or lubricants, paint (dried up paint cans are permitted), paint thinners or turpentine, pesticides, hazardous, noxious, caustic, or acid chemicals, asbestos, metal drums, propane tanks, oil or gas containing items, explosives of any type including gun loading materials and electronics. Refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners must be certified Freon free with a tag containing the technicians ID number and dated. Ransom Township will hold its cleanup May 4 from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. and May 5 from 7 a.m. - noon. No tires, batteries or closed paint cans. Free TV and computer recycling. Dumpsters in Milwaukee on Hickory Lane and Dumpster in Mount Dewey at same location. Identification may be required.

April 30: Abington Heights Aquatics Department’s Spring Learn-To-Swim Classes, at the High School pool, continuing through May 25. Beginner, advanced beginner, intermediate and advanced sessions are available. Details and registration forms can be found at: Info: 585.5300, ext. 5607, or Celebrity Bartending Night, at Anna Maria’s Restaurant, 984 Drinker St., Dunmore from 5:30 - 9 p.m. Music by the Rathskellers and special guests The Poets. Also includes 50/50 and basket raffles. Benefits Lung Cancer Alliance and Team Lung Love. Info: 586.0179. Business Card Exchange Fundraiser, at Barrett’s Pub 474 Main Street, Archbald, from 5 - 8 p.m. Proceeds to benefit the Womens Resource Center of Scranton. Info: 888.233.1522 or ChrisMusti@MainStreetChamber.Org. Mixologists 4 Miracles Celebrity Bartending Night, at the State Street Grill in Clarks Summit from 5:30 -8:30 p.m. Event features local celebrity bartenders making drinks and pouring brews for big tips. Benefits the Children’s Miracle Seated, from left: Carol Fine, Judith Weinberger and Ann Hawk. StandNetwork at Geisinger. Info: ing: John Cosgrove, John Cognetti, Atty. Jane Carlonas, Randy Palko 468.2765. and Tim Primerano.



Host for a day at Assisi St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen board members discuss the final days of the Host for a Day campaign, which is the primary means of financial support for the Kitchen’s mission to provide a free daily meal to area needy. The campaign will conclude with a reception on April 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. at St. Mary’s Center in Scranton.

COVERAGE AREA: The Abington Journal, a weekly community newspaper that is part of Impressions Media in Wilkes-Barre, PA, covers the “Abingtons” area of Lackawanna and Wyoming counties. This includes but is not limited to Clarks Summit, Clarks Green, South Abington, Newton, Ransom, Glenburn, Dalton, La Plume, Factoryville, Waverly, Tunkhannock and the Abington Heights, Lackawanna Trail and Lakeland school districts. Our circulation hovers between 2,000 and 3,000 readers. We try to get to as many events as possible, but staff and space limitations make it impossible to cover everything. If you have news about your family, town or organization, please send it to us and we’ll do our best to publish it. Photographs (with captions) are welcome. CORRECTIONS, clarifications: The Abington Journal will correct errors of fact or clarify any misunderstandings created by a story. Call 587-1148. Have a story idea? Please call. We’d like to hear about it. Letters: The Abington Journal prints all letters, which have local interest. Send letters to: Editor, The Abington Journal, 211 S. State St., Clarks Summit, PA 18411. All letters must be signed and include a phone number where we can reach the author. Editor reserves the right to edit or reject any item submitted. Deadline is noon, Friday prior to publication. Want a photo that has appeared? We can provide color prints of photos taken by our staff. Prices: 8x10 - $25; 5x7 - $12. Call, mail in, or stop by to order. CIRCULATION Orders for subscription received by Friday at noon will begin the following week. See box at right for subscription prices. Local subscriptions should arrive Wednesdays. Please inform us of damage or delay. Call 587-1148. The Abington Journal (USPS 542-460), 211 S. State St., PO Box 277, Clarks Summit, PA 18411. Published weekly by Wilkes Barre Publishing Company, 211 S. State St., Clarks Summit, PA, 18411. $20 per year, in Lackawanna and Wyoming counties (PA); $24 elsewhere in PA and additional offices. Periodicals postage paid at Clarks Summit, PA, 18411, and at additional offices.

Letter to the Editor Editor: The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania is pleased to announce that its 2011 Annual Report is now available on our website at ceBRFoundation.aspx. Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania established its private, non-profit Blue Ribbon Foundation in 2002 to invest in health and wellness initiatives throughout northeastern and north central Pennsylvania. In 2011, our Foundation awarded grants to 26 organizations for health and wellness projects that are serving thousands of regional residents. These projects - driven by grassroots organizations and executed with the help of Foundation funding - are producing real results. Last year, for example, in Lackawanna County, our partners included: Employment Opportunity and Training Center (EOTC), which will expand home-based parenting education to 75 additional at-risk families; Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, which will increase colon, breast and cervical cancer screenings for 500 un/ underinsured residents across three counties, including Lackawanna; The Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania, which is providing personal safety education to 100 at-risk children, ages 6 through 11; and United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, which will continue to provide much-needed health and human services programs to county residents. These partners and others recognize the value of preventing rather than treating disease, and are helping to turn the tide on many of today’s most pressing and most costly - health issues. We remain committed to our mission of helping people live healthier lives, and we’re privileged to support the work of so many dedicated organizations. Cynthia A. Yevich Executive Director The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania

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