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Coverage Area The Abington Journal is a weekly community newspaper and part of the Wilkes-Barre Publishing Company in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., covering the “Abingtons” area of Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties, including but not limited to Clarks Summit, Clarks Green, South Abington, Newton, Ransom, Glenburn, Dalton, La Plume, Factoryville, and Waverly and the Abington Heights, Lackawanna Trail and Lakeland School Districts. Circulation Published by Wilkes-Barre Publishing Company. Orders for subscriptions received by Friday at noon will begin the following week. COPYRIGHT 2011: Entire contents copyrighted. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced by any means without the expressed written consent of the publisher. To order a subscription, complete and mail in this form or call 570-587-1148. Name __________________________________ Mailing address _______________________ City ____________________________________ State ____________ Zip __________________ Phone _________________________________ Rates 1 year, 2 year for Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties: $20, $35 Other PA, NY or NJ: $24, $42 All other states: $27, $48 Return completed form with payment to: The Abington Journal, 211 South State Street Clarks Summit, PA 18411


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ART GALLERY (tie) Winner: Skylake Gallery, Route 407, Fleetville, 570.945.7000, Skylakegallery-

.com. The Skylake Gallery, a converted former Methodist church, owned by William and Lauri Chickillo, has earned a loyal following of clients in the last decade, boasting a mailing list of close to 700 people. William credited the gallery itself, which won the award in 2010, as well as the work displayed with the success. “The space is created to look at art...it really is a professional gallery, geared for professional work,” said William. (tie) Winner: Angels Galeria, 208 Depot St, Clarks Summit,

Winner (tie), Art Gallery: Angels Galeria. Shown at left, Rosangela DeFreitas, owner.

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570.586.3363. Since opening its doors in September, Angels Galeria has become a destination for art lovers in the area. In addition to showcasing the works of owner Rosangela De Freitas and other artists during the week, the gallery also started Second Fridays, which expanded to 13 locations this month. “I think it’s not just me, but everyone who has been displayed at Second Fridays,” De Freitas said, as to why the gallery has earned so much success so quickly. ARTIST/PAINTER/ SCULPTOR Winner: Valerie Kiser, www.valeriekiser.com. Winning this award for the third year in a row, Kiser said she has seen an outpouring of support from the community over the years when it comes to her work. That support helped give her the opportunity to launch Valerie Kiser Design earlier this year, which specializes in handmade, sustainable apparel, home décor and accessories, and will be going nationwide this year. “This area is really great, they’ve always been very supportive,” said Kiser.

Runner up: Nan Burti, RR4 Box 4136, Dalton, 570.945.5139. PHOTOGRAPHER Winner: Amanda Grace, 570.780.4050, amandagraceimages.com. Last year’s runner up, Amanda Grace Images, specializes in modern, colorful children’s lifestyle photography and photojournalistic weddings. Grace said she had always been interested in photography, but her passion grew 10 years ago after the birth of her first nephew, who she loved to photograph. She went back to school for photography and began her business in 2007. “I take pride in delivering highly artistic and nostalgic images,” said Grace. Runner up: Guy Cali, 1176 Winola Rd, Clarks Summit, 570.586.2500. THEATER GROUP Winner: Electric Theatre Company, 326 Spruce St. 2nd floor, Scranton, 570.558.1515, http:// electrictheatre.org/. A repeat winner, the company offers the public100 performances yearly of professional quality theater. “We

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offer a consistent level of quality and a variety of work, and we serve the community with educational programs,” said artistic director David Zarko. The theater will close its season May 8 with a staging of “At Wit’s End,” May 4 to 8. Runner up: Abington Youth Theatre, 222 Noble Rd, Clarks Summit, 570.585.5300 See FLAVOR, Page 5

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BAND Winner: Mace In Dickson, www.maceindickson.com. Performing in one form or another for close to 20 years, the band, made up of Dave Maciak, Brian Sarafinko, Dan Williams, Bill Baracaia, Carl Breese and Sarah J. Williams, credited a loyal area fan base with their longevity. “The Abington community has always been great about coming out to see us,” said Sarafinko. As a way of repaying the community, Sarafinko said the band tries to do 15 to 20 benefit shows each year. For a list of upcoming performances visit the band’s website. Runner up: Abington Heights Marching Band, 222 Noble Rd,

Clarks Summit, 570.585.5300. SOLO MUSICIAN Winner: Barbara Cohen, laughingheart@verizon.net. Cohen began playing guitar at age 14. Originally interested in folk music, she eventually moved on to blues and rock and roll, and then jazz standards. She studied jazz vocal technique with Sheila Jordan and Nancy Morano, and guitar with Bill Washer, and credited her teachers, as well as the musicians who join her on stage for performances, with winning this award. “I always surround myself with the best players I can for any gig that I do,” said Cohen. Runner up: Marko Marcinko, Scranton. POLITICIAN Winner: State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, 802 S. Main St, Taylor, 570.562.2350; 1038 Mont-

dale Rd., Scott Township, 570.254.9672, http://www.pahouse.com/Kavulich/index.asp. Currently serving his first term as state representative of the 114th District, Kavulich said he is honored to be given this award. “I’m here for the people, and for the people to show their trust and support in me is an honor,” said Kavulich. “And, now it’s time to repay that trust, and to do what I was elected to do and that’s serve the people of the 114th District and Pennsylvania.”

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Runner up: Clarks Summit Borough Council President Gerrie Carey, 304 S. State St. Clarks Summit.

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Winner, Band: Mace in Dickson. Shown, from left: Dave Maciack, Dan Williams, Brian Sarafinko, Bill Baracaia and Sarah J. Williams.

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Winner, (tie) High School Female Athelete: Abington Heights’ Maggie Fruehan, left, shoots over Wyoming Valley West’s Tara Zdancewicz in a District 2 Girls 4A semifinal game at Scranton High School. PHOTO COURTESY BETH MILLER

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Winner, Teacher: Jacqui Verano, Clarks Summit Elementary School.

Winner, (tie) High School Female Athlete: Abington Heights’ Joetta Hashem, center, shoots between Wyoming Valley West defenders Kate Smicherko, left, and Tara Zdancewicz in a District 2 Girls 4A semifinal game at Scranton High School.


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570.585.5300. Winning the Class AAA championship in 2009, and making it to the second round of the district playoffs in 2010, the baseball team has experienced a lot of success over the past few years. Head coach Bill Zalewski credited it all to his team’s work ethic. “The coach only does so much, it’s the players that really dictate what the program is going to do, and what direction it’s going to go,” said Zalewski. “I’m extremely proud of every player….it’s a great honor.” Runner up: Abington Heights Comets Football Team, 222 Noble Rd, Clarks Summit, 570.585.5300. HIGH SCHOOL COACH Winner: Bill Zalewski, Abington Heights High School Baseball Coach, 222 Noble Rd, Clarks Summit, 570.585.5300. Entering his fourth season as head coach, Zalewski, a former pitching coach for Lackawanna College, Keystone College and Pittston Area, has helped turn the Comets into Class AAA champions in 2009, and a serious contender each year. Upon taking over the team, Zalewski said he tried to create a sense of unity among the players, which he feels has led to their success. “I guess we just tried to make it a family, and learn to trust each other, believe in each other and play baseball,” said Zalewski. Runner up: Ken Bianchi, Abington Heights High School

Boys Basketball Coach, 222 Noble Rd. Clarks Summit, 570.585.5300 HIGH SCHOOL MALE ATHLETE Winner: Justin Klingman, Abington Heights High School Basketball, 222 Noble Rd. Clarks Summit, 570.585.5300. Klingman has had a lot of success on Abington Heights High School’s basketball, soccer and baseball teams. While he said his favorite sport is always the one currently in season, his proudest moment has been being a part of the Class AAA 2009 championship baseball team. “I was a sophomore, and I got to be around a lot of good players who were great leaders,” said Klingman. Runner up: James Fruehan, Abington Heights High School Wrestling, 222 Noble Rd. Clarks Summit, 570.585.5300. A three -sport varsity athlete since his freshmen year at Abington Heights High School, Fruehan credited his success to his involvement in football, wrestling and track and field. “Each one of them complements the other, and each one helps you get ready for the other, both mentally and physically,” said Freuhan. HIGH SCHOOL FEMALE ATHLETE (tie) Winner: Maggie Fruehan, Abington Heights High School Girls Basketball, 222 Noble Rd. Clarks Summit, 570.585.5300. Fruehan said natural talent helped her get on the Abington Heights High School volleyball, basketball and track and field teams, but dedication has helped her succeed. “I put in a lot of time

and hard work to be successful,” said Fruehan. The senior said her proudest achievement has been winning districts in all three sports, at least once, during her career.

Winner, High School Male Athlete: Justin Klingman, Abington Heights Basketball, Baseball and Soccer.

(Tie) Winner: Joetta Hashem, Abington Heights High School Girls Basketball, 222 Noble Rd. Clarks Summit, 570.585.5300. A member of the basketball, volleyball and softball teams for Abington Heights High School, Hashem said she was “surprised and honored” to be receiving this award. She credits a passion for her sports, and strong work ethic with helping her become successful in all three. COLLEGE CAMPUS Winner: Keystone College, 1 College Green, La Plume, 570.696.9511, www.keystone.edu. Keystone Academy was originally chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1868, with instruction beginning the following year in the local Baptist church in Factoryville. In 1870, ground was broken on the current site for the Academy’s first building, Harris Hall, named after John Howard Harris, first president of Keystone. Harris Hall continues to serve Keystone College today. Currently, the College offers 19 bachelor’s degrees,13 associate degrees and enrolls a diverse student body from throughout the U.S. and more than 10 countries. The College also participates in Division III athletics, fielding 15 men’s and women’s teams. Runner up: Baptist Bible College, 538 Venard Rd, Clarks Summit, 570.586.5517.

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Winner, (tie) College Professor: Cathy Kanaley, Keystone College.

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Above, Winner, Seasonal Event: Clarks Summit Festival of Ice. Shown, a crowd gathers Feb. 18 as Sculpted Ice Works Mark Crouthamel, begins carving a sculpture of the former Northern Electirc Railway Trolley at the Frontier Communications, 108 N. State St., Clarks Summit. The seventh annual Clarks Summit Festival of Ice featured the theme "A Moment Frozen in Time: Clarks Summit Centennial 1911-2011."

Above, Winner, Bazaar: Our Lady of the Snows/Church of St. Benedict Country Bazaar. Shown, Anna Mae Pritchyk of Clarks Summit prepares a sandwich. Above, Winner, Gym: Brown’s Gym.

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COLLEGE PROFESSOR (tie) Winner: Cathy Kanaley, Keystone College, 1 College Green, La Plume, 570.945.8000, www.keystone.edu, Cathy.kanaley@keystone.edu. Cathy Kanaley is a Student Pennsylvania State Education Association Advisor and Instructor of the Education Division. Kanaley has a bachelor’s degree from SUNY – Oswego and a Master of Education from Syracuse University. (tie) Winner: Jeff Brauer, Keystone College, 1 College Green, La Plume, 570.945.8000, Jeff.brauer@keystone.edu, Associate Professor of History at Keystone College. Jeff Brauer works in the division of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He has a bachelor’s degree from The University of Scranton; and a Master’s from The College of St. Rose TEACHER Winner: Jacqui Verano, Clarks Summit Elementary, 401 West Grove St., Clarks Summit, 570.585.7300. Currently teaching third grade at Clarks Summit Elementary, Verano said her favorite part of her job is being able to watch the children grow from the beginning of the year to the end. She said she is grateful that she has been able to do it in the Abington Heights School Dis-

trict for the past 20 years. “Abington Heights is a great school district and we have wonderful parents and children and it makes me feel fortunate to be able to teach here ,” said Verano. Runner up: Marissa Cottell, Clarks Summit Elementary, 401 West Grove St. Clarks Summit. LIBRARIAN (tie) Winner: Leah Ducato Rudolph, Abington Community Library, 1200 West Grove St. Clarks Summit, 570.587.3440, http:// www.lclshome.org/abington/index.php. This is the third time Rudolph has won this award since taking over as library director in 2005. She credited everyone involved with the Abington Community Library with her winning the award. “This is really a team award,” said Rudolph. “All the credit goes to the staff, and the board. I accept this on behalf of everyone involved with the library.” (tie)Winner: Sandy Longo, Abington Community Library, 1200 West Grove St, Clarks Summit, 570.587.3400, http:// www.lclshome.org/abington/index.php. The young adult librarian, Longo has had the opportunity to work with library users of all ages. As advisor to three youth groups she’s had the chance to guide a number of young minds. These include the Anime Club, Teen Leadership Committee and Story Time for Teens, which was founded by Amanda Pallo and

which Longo advises with Laura Garoski. “They have a really unique take on life, and they’re willing to share it,” Longo said of the teens. “I’ve learned a lot from them, much more than they’ve learned from me.” CHILD-CENTERED ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITY Winner: Abington Community Library, 1200 West Grove St. Clarks Summit, 570.587.3440, http://www.lclshome.org/ abington/index.php. With a number of activities, including weekly story hours, summer and winter reading groups, craft activities, and guest speakers, the Abington Community Library can often be found packed with children ages 18 months old and up. “It’s very rewarding to know that people consider us a childfriendly place,” said Mary Ann McGrath, head of children’s services. Runner up: Comm Camp, Waverly Community House, PO Box 142, Waverly, 570.586.8191, www.waverlycomm.org, FITNESS INSTRUCTOR Winner: Sharee Marciano, Body Dynamic, 115 E. Grove St, Clarks Summit, 570.586.1188, http://bodydynamic.biz/. Owner Julie Tinkelman said she was proud of Marciano, who recently moved to Philadelphia, for winning this award for the second year in a row. Marciano had been a pilates instructor at Body Dynamics since the business

opened two years ago. “Sharee was a great instructor, her clients definitely miss her,” said Tinkleman. Runner-Up: Sarah Epp, Body Dynamic, 115 E. Grove, St, Clarks Summit, GYM Winner: Brown’s Gym, 1000 S. State St, Clarks Summit,

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DANCE SCHOOL Winner: Devine School of Dance, 1115 N. Abington Rd, Waverly, 570.587.0807.A winner of this award in 2008 and again in 2010, the Devine School of Dance has been teaching classical ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical dance at the Waverly Community House for the past 35 years. “I guess they (the community) have respect,

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Winner, Dance School: Devine School of Dance. Shown, first row, from left: Julia Farrell, Kendall Madera, Marni Pentasuglio, Olivia Graves. Second row: Riley Mulherin, Anna Kosierowski, Zoie Snyder, Megan Malone, Maddie Lucas. Third row: Annie Kasmierski, Julia Braatz, Ashley Hamilton, Claire Evans, Bryn Lindsay .

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of the school are invited back for this performance. Cost ranges from $7 to $15. Runner up: Abington Heights Civic League Dance Academy, P.O. Box 461, Clarks Summit, 570.587.3101 MARTIAL ARTS Winner: UTA Dalton Karate, 113 N. Turnpike Rd, Dalton, 570.563.1695, http://utadalton.com/. Since 1993, UTA Dalton Karate has been offering Tang Soo Do, Tai Chi, Qigong and Korean Sword to students, ages three years old to 70, offering individual and family classes. “We’re a friendly school,” said owner Bruce Steele. “The purpose of a master is to serve his students, and that’s our philosophy. Everybody helps everybody else.” Runner up: James Simrell Mixed Martial Arts, 3 West Olive St. Suite 210, Scranton, http:// www.jamessimrell.com/Simrell.aspx BAZAAR Winner: Our Lady of the Snows/ St. Benedict’s Country Bazaar, 301. S. State St, Clarks Summit. olssb.com, 570.586.1741. A weekend of live entertainment, games, food and other special events, the bazaar has become an anticipated yearly event for the community since its inception 19 years ago. “The food is good, and the atmosphere is family friendly…everyone seems to have a good time,” said Monsignor James McGarry. This year’s bazaar is scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 4 to 6.

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Runner up: Dalton Carnival hosted by Dalton Fire Company, PO Box 684, Dalton. SEASONAL EVENT Winner: Clarks Summit Festival of Ice, PO Box 98, Clarks Summit. 570.587.9045. Abington Business and Professional Association’s executive director Laura Ancherani, credited the festival’s diverse entertainment with its success. “I think that it encom-

passes all ages from small children to senior citizens,” said Ancherani of the festival which is gearing up for its eighth year. Ancherani added that the association is already thinking about next year and has decided all the ice sculptures will be based on London, the summer and winter Olympic Games, in honor of the 2012 Olympics. Runner up: Our Lady of the Snows/ St. Benedict’s Country Bazaar, 301 S. State St, Clarks Summit. GOLF COURSE Winner: Glen Oak Country Club, PO Box 514, Clarks Summit, glenoakcc.com, 570.587.4024. Founded in 1951, Glen Oak Country Club is an 18hole championship golf course. A full -service driving range and short- game practice center are the golf services Glen Oak Country Club offers its members. “I think this shows that people appreciate the course, and all the hard work we put into it,” said club manager Jeff Spagna. Runner Up: Country Club of Scranton, 1001 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit, 570.586.2311 SKI RESORT Winner: Elk Mountain, 344 Elk Mountain Rd, Uniondale, elkskier.com, 570.679.4400. Elk Mountain Vice President Gregg Confer credited “consistent, quality snow,” from early December to April with the resort’s success. A repeat winner of this award, Confer said “We appreciate this award, and all the business from the Abington and Scranton area, and we hope people continue to ski with us.” The mountain features 27 slopes and trails and six chairlifts, Runner Up: Sno Mountain, 1000 Montage Mountain Rd, Scranton, 570.969.7669 CHILDREN’S PARK Winner: South Abington Community Park, 104 Shady Lane Rd, Chinchilla, 570.586.5726. The South Abington Community Park is more than just a walking trail and swing sets. “I think we have the most to offer,” said Mark Dougherty about the activities at the park. Dougherty is on the Board of Supervisors for South Abington Township and one of his roles is working with parks

and recreations. He said the splash fountains on the property are one unique aspect of the park. Runner Up: Waverly Community House Playground, P.O. Box 142, Waverly, 570.586.8191 PARK/TRAIL FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES Winner: South Abington Community Park, 104 Shady Lane Rd, Chinchilla, 570.586.5726 Runner Up: Lackawanna State Park, RR 1 Box 230, Dalton. HOTEL Winner: Nichols Village Hotel and Spa, 1101 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit. 570.587.1135, www.nicholsvillage.com/. A five-time winner of the of this award, Nichols Village could have rested on its reputation, but instead the owners and staff have tried to challenge themselves, continuing to improve the business and add new features, like the recent addition of the Rejuven Essence Wellness Spa. The one thing that hasn’t changed over the years is their attention to the customers’ needs. “I feel we try and give the best customer service possible,” said general manager Bob Jones.

ing Waverly Community House, the Waverly Woman’s Club, Artisans’ Market Place, the Salvation Army Advisory Board, and Joyce Tressler’s Jolly Volunteers. “I’m very honored,” Black said of the award. “I love people and enjoy working with people and helping them get involved, too.” Runner up: John and Rachel Baildon, Clarks Summit.

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PRODUCT MADE LOCALLY Winner: Spring Hills Farms Hulls Maple Syrup, RR1, Box 225, Dalton, 570.563.1871, http://springhillsfarm.org/ homepage.html. Founded by Bob and Louise Hull in 1947, this third generation, family-run farm began making syrup as a secondary business a little over 15 years ago. “It really started as a hobby,” said Jamie Constantine. “But, sometimes a business can grow without you realizing it’s happening.” The maple syrup uses only sugar maples and nothing is added to it. It is available for purchase at Everything Natural, and through the farm’s website. Runner up: Manning Farm Dairy Ice Cream, RR1, Box 202, Dalton. 570.563.1702

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Runner up: Ramada, 820 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit. 570.586.2730 LOCAL NON-PROFIT PROJECT Winner: Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Rd. South Abington, 570-586-3700, http://www.griffinpondanimalshelter.com/ Originally the Humane Society of Lackawanna County, the shelter offers a number of services for animals, including providing shelter for homeless, unwanted and abused animals. While the staff and those involved with the shelter love taking the animals in, they love seeing them leave even more. “The main thing is adoption,” said board member Joe Perfilio. “We’re trying to find them homes.”

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S State Street, Clarks Summit, 570.586.9446 AUTO SALES Winner: Prestige Motors, P.O. Box 305, Chinchilla, 570.585.3000. Richard O’Malley, owner, said Prestige Motors has been in business 11 years and this is the third year they were voted as winner for Auto Sales. “We sell good cars at reasonable prices,” he said. CUSTOMER SERVICE Winner: Sole to Soul, 535 South State Street, Clarks Summit. “I think that’s fun. I think it’s great. That’s what we pride ourselves on, customer service,” said owner Dorothy O’Connor about being selected. Sole to Soul has been in business for eight years and was previously located at 406 South State Street, Clarks Summit. O’Connor said the store is constantly changing to accommodate the customer’s needs. Runner Up: Everything Natural, 426 S. State Street, Clarks Summit, www.everythingnaturalpa.com 570.586.9684 NEW BUSINESS Winner: Beta Bread Bakery, 404 South State Street, Clarks Summit. The Business, which turned one-year-old in April, offers freshly baked breads that contain no preservatives according to Chief Baking Officer Michael Bonczar. “It’s exciting to be appreciated and to get that attention…,” Bonczar said about the award. Runner Up: Ace Hardware, 306

Runner Up: Joseph Chermak Inc, P.O. Box 250, Clarks Summit, www.chermaksaab.com 570.586.6676 FRIENDLIEST SERVICE STATION Winner: Butler’s Sunoco Service Station, 539 South State Street, Clarks Summit. The service station has been in business and at the same location for 40 years. One of the owners, Bill Butler, attributes Butler’s Sunoco being voted Friendliest service station to “basically just my father and the way we were raised and the people up here. “ Runner Up: VaVa Fuel Express, 801 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit. SMOKE SHOP Winner: Summit Cigar and Cigarette, 200 N. State Street, Clarks Summit. The store has been in business for 15 years and offers a “familytype atmosphere” said owner Frank Emmett. “…We’re friendly and know all of our customers and joke around a lot and have a lot of fun with them and perhaps

that’s what brings them back.” Runner Up: Connolly’s Smoke Shop, 501 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit, 570.587.3751 STORE FOR UNIQUE GIFTS Winner: Everything Natural, 426 S. State Street, Clarks Summit, www.everythingnaturalpa.com 570.586.9684. “When we’re out looking for what to carry in the store we want to make sure it’s something that people aren’t going to see everywhere,” coowner Barry Kaplan said about the unique items the store carries. “I’m grateful that people respond in a way that they voted for us for that.” Runner Up: Treat, 998 S State Street, Clarks Summit. PLACE TO BUY A GREETING CARD Winner: Lynn’s Hallmark, 1000 S State Street, Clarks Summit.“I’m glad that it’s the place people think of for a greeting card. We do have a great selection of cards,” said owner Lynn Matterer. She added that they recently updated and expanded their collection. Matterer said that in addition to their cards, the store also has other gifts as well.

of our workers. They care about their jobs and customers, and they do good work for the customers,” said Bill Briganti, Store Manager. Other awards: Runner up, best produce Runner Up: Gerrity’s, 950 North/South Road, Scranton. BEST PRODUCE Winner: Caravia Fresh Foods, 1151 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit, www.caraviafreshfoods.com, 570.586.6113. Joe Cognetti, Waverly, co-owner, said he attributed the votes for the produce to quality and freshness and fair prices and a large organic section. “We strive to have quality, healthy, fresh foods is what our mantra is…” See GOODS, Page 21

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Winner, Store for Unique Gifts: Everything Natural. Barry Kaplan, owner, stands with a display of Buddha Boards: a drawing slate that can be painted on with water. As the water evaporates, the drawing disappears.

Runner Up: Everything Natural, 426 S. State Street, Clarks Summit, www.everythingnaturalpa.com 570.586.9684 GROCERY STORE Winner: Weis Market, 1020 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit, 570.587.2781, www.weismarkets.com “We are successful because

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Winner, Place to Buy a Greeting Card: Lynn’s Hallmark. Front row, from left: Nicole Rosar and Lynn Hiza. Back row: Lynn Matterer, Marcia Zabawa and Ginny James.

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Winner, Women’s Clothing Store: Talbots. Shown, from left: Joan Kane and Kathy Praschak.

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Winner, Consignment Shop: Kids Quality Consignment.

Winner, Customer Service: Sole to Soul. Dorothy O’Connor in front of her inventory of spring and summer shoes for girls.


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Winner, Travel Agency: Abington Travel. Employees of Abington Travel, from left: Jill Refice, Lisa Lochen, Officer Manager Debbie Pratt, Cindy Kausmeyer, Pat Cemblest, Absent: Elaine Quinn and Tracy Schraner.

Winner, Hardware Store: Bunnell Hardware. Right, shown: Susan and Julie Bunnell in Bunnell Hardware.

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Winner, Store for Home Decor. Winner, Furniture: Woods & company Seated, Nettie Goldstein and standing, Val Langan, co-owners of Woods & Company.

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Runner Up: Weis Market, 1020 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit. WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE Winner: Talbots, 501 S State Street, Clarks Summit, www.talbots.com 570.586.6208. Manager Gina Van Wie said she was pleased that Talbots won for women’s clothing. “We do have such a loyal base of customers and we’re also looking for new customers. So with that loyal base, they bring in a lot of new people by word of mouth. And with the company doing a lot of new promotions it’s really increased traffic.” Runner Up: Lees Denim Diner, 324 South State Street, Clarks Summit. CHILDREN’S CLOTHING

Winner: Luna Bleu, 513 S. State Street, Clarks Summit, 570.586.5463. Owner Lisa Lucke said this is the third year Luna Bleu received this award. “It’s exciting. Third year in a row, so that’s nice. It’s nice that local people and people from all over come to the store.” Lucke said the store, which she has owned since 2002, carries specialty clothing and designer brands. Runner Up: Kidazzle, 120 S State Street, Clarks Summit, 570.586.9792 PLACE FOR ACCESSORIES Winner: Treat, 998 S State Street, Clarks Summit. Owner Nikole Capozzi attributed winning the award to several reasons. “I think the right product, keeping it fun, interesting, trendy yet traditional and having loyal customers, of course.” The store has been in business for three years and this is the third year it was voted as the winner for Place for Accessories.

Runner Up: Everything Natural, 426 S. State Street, Clarks Summit, www.everythingnaturalpa.com 570.586.9684 SEASONAL STORE Winner: Greystone Garden, 829 Old State Rd, Clarks Summit.Greystone Garden has been in business 19 years. The store is open from spring until around Christmas, according to owner Paul Epsom. “We have some unusual statues. Some unusual, unique things…,” he said about the selection. “We kept to things that work in people’s yards, ” Epsom said. Runner Up: Corkys Garden Path, 729 Justus Blvd, Scott Township, 570.586.9563. GARDEN SHOP Winner: Corkys Garden Path, 729 Justus Blvd, Scott Township, 570.586.9563. Trevor Kashuba of Corky’s Garden Path, which has

been in business since 1972, said they are “happy to provide the public with quality plant material and quality gift materials.” Kashuba said thank you to all of the readers who voted and added, “We look forward to seeing you this spring.” Runner Up: Agway, 1148 Old Trail Rd, Clarks Summit, 570.586.6006. NATURAL FOODS Winner: Everything Natural, 426 S. State Street, Clarks Summit, www.everythingnaturalpa.com, 570.586.9684.Co-owner Barry Kaplan said they don’t take the fact for granted that they were voted for Natural Foods. “There are other places that people can shop. We are still very happy that people think to give us their recognition of being the best place to go.” Runner Up: Abington Farmers Market, South Abington Park,

Chinchilla, 570.587.9054 TOYS Winner: Everything Natural, 426 S. State Street, Clarks Summit, www.everythingnaturalpa.com, 570.586.9684. “Toys are an extension and part of our gifts. We look for things that are fun; we look for things that are unusual…” said co-owner Barry Kaplan about the toys in the store. Runner Up: Kids Quality Consignment, 126 Depot Street, Clarks Summit, 570.586.9684.

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HARDWARE STORE Winner: Bunnell Hardware, 306 S State Street, Clarks Summit. www.bunnellhardware.com, 870.586.9446. Bunnell Hardware has been in business for about 100 years. It’s been passed down for generations. Susan Bunnell is the current owner since her husband, George “Chip” Bunnell, See GOODS, Page 24

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Winner, Place for Accessories: Treat.

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Winner, Day Spa: Utopia. Shown, Michael J. Buranich

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Winner, Children’s Clothing: Luna Bleu. Shown, Lisa Lucke, owner.

Winner, Smoke Shop: Summit Cigar. Shown, owners Tammy, center, and Frank Emmett Jr., right, stand with Frank’s retired father the late Frank Emmett Sr., left, outside the store’s location at 200 N. State Street.

Winner, Auto Sales: Prestige Motors.

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passed away in June, 2010. Their daughter, Julie, manages the store. Susan explained, “I think the devotion my husband had to the community and his family played a big part in why we won.” Runner Up: Justus Hardware, P.O. Box 337, Clarks Summit. 570.587.3052 ANTIQUE STORE Winner: Carriage Barn, 1494 Fairview Road, Clarks Summit.

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Runner Up: Attic Shop, 1115 N Abington Road, Waverly, 570.563.3056 STORE FOR HOME DECOR Winner: Woods and Company, 639 Northern Blvd, South Abington.. www.woodsandcompany.com, 570.585.5685. Other awards: Winner, Furniture.

Winner, Antique Shop: Carriage Barn. Winner, Hair Salon, women: Sanderson State Street Salon. Shown at right, staff at Sanderson State Street Salon.

Runner Up: Ambience Wall Covering, 400 S State Street #8, Clarks Summit. 570.587.0944

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CONSIGNMENT SHOP Winner: Kids Quality Consignment, 126 Depot Street, Clarks Summit. 570.586.9684. Kids Quality won in Best of the Abingtons in prior years. Their mission is “to provide quality goods at reasonable prices to our community and to supply a means for consignors to profit by recycling valued goods.” Becky Bruner has been the owner of the shop since it started ten years ago. She explained why she thinks the voters voted for her, “We provide high quality clothing at affordable prices saving the earth and saving our customers money.” Runner Up: Attic Shop, 1115 N Abington Road, Waverly. 570.563.3056

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Winner, Hair Stylist: Maura Staback, Sanderson State Street Salon. Shown, from left JoAnn Cummings, owner and Maura Staback.

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Winner, Nail Salon: T.L.C. Hair & Nail Studio. Shown, Christine Verdetto, owner.

FURNITURE Winner: Woods & Company, 639 Northern Blvd, South Abington, www.woodsandcompany.com, 570.585.5685. This is the third year that Woods & Company won for furniture. It was started in 2003 by sisters Val SerineLangan and Nettie Goldstein. They have a lot of hand- painted furniture, and most of their furniture is American manufactured.

Serine-Langan said “We really love our customers and what we do. What’s helped us survive is giving back to the community we live in by donating to a lot of great causes.” Runner Up: Carriage Barn, 1494 Fairview Road, Clarks Summit. TRAVEL AGENCY Winner: Abington Travel, 317 Davis Street, Clarks Summit. Jim Verano is the owner of Abington Travel and Debbie Pratt is the Office Manager. Verano has owned the company for about 11 years. Pratt has been with the company for 17 years. Pratt said, “I really appreciate the community voting for us and having so much confidence in us. Stop by and check us out, we have a lot of great deals.” Runner Up: AAA Travel Agency,18 South Main St, Carbondale. 570.282.1390 BANK Winner: PNC Bank, 1100 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit. PNC Bank is a first- time winner in Best of the Abingtons. Branch Manager Sandra Koldjeski said she is thrilled. She has been with PNC for 27 years and in the Clarks Summit location for six. She believes the bank won because of the exceptional service they provide to their customers. She said, “We make it easy for customers to achieve their financial goals.” Ed Kozmor, spokesman for corporate PNC explained, “I think the reason PNC won has something to do with the ease, comfort, and care we give to our customers. We build and maintain relationships with them. The credit goes to Sandy and her team.” Runner Up: PennStar Bank, 927 South State Street, Clarks Summit. FLORIST Winner: White’s Country Floral, 515 S State Street, Clarks Summit. www.whitescountryfloral.com 570.586.2505. White’s Country Floral was started in 1977 by Bob and Nancy White. Now, their daughter, Jennifer owns it and has helped it to win this award many times in the past. Jennifer said, “I’m so thankful and happy that customers keep voting for us. It’s such an See GOODS, Page 25


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honor. I think the friendly service here and the quality of work we do is what keeps us on top Runner Up: McCarthy Flowers, P.O. Box 464, Chinchilla, www.mccarthyflorist.com 570.587.8787 JEWELER Winner: James Simrell, 112 Colburn Ave, Clarks Summit. Owner James Simrell, 50, said he has “great customers in the Clarks Summit area and Scranton area also. I have a great following.” Simrell, who first started designing jewelry after college, also thanked his staff, his wife Kathleen and son Shamus. Runner Up: Jewelry Room, 336 S State Street, Clarks Summit. 570.586.9009. PHARMACY Winner: CVS Pharmacy, 100 South Abington Road, Clarks Summit. 570.587.1205. CVS won

in Best of the Abingtons the past two years. Lindsey Myers is the General Manager. She has been with CVS for two years, but only in this location for about a month. The employees are very excited and honored that their pharmacy was chosen as best pharmacy. Runner Up: Rite Aid, 1127 Northern Blvd., South Abington. SENIOR/ASSISTED LIVING CENTER Winner: Elan Gardens, 465 Venard Road, South Abington. Elan Gardens is a first -time winner this year. They have been open since 1996 and have had no changes in ownership or leadership. Ilise Rubinow is the administrator. Ann Milles is the Director of Social Services and Marketing. She said, “We are the only non-profit facility in the community which allows us to really strive to serve people. Also, all our units are private apartment suites.” Runner Up: Clarks Summit Senior Living, 950 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit. 570.586.8080 REHABILITATION CENTER Winner: Body Dynamic, 115 E

Grove St, Clarks Summit, www.bodydynamic.biz, 570. 586.1188. Winning this award for the second year in a row, Body Dynamics is a traditional physical therapy office that specializes in pilates-based rehabilitation . The business does not use aides or support staff, all physical therapy is done by a physical therapist. “The patients are getting quality, hands-on care,” said owner Julie Tinkelman. Runner Up: Allied Rehabilitation Center, 100 Abington Executive Park, Clarks Summit. www.allied-services.org 570.348.2200

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Winner, Seasonal Store: Greystone Gardens. Shown, owner Paul Epsom.

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Winner, Senior/Assisted Living Center: Elan Gardens

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DAY SPA Winner: Utopia Spa and Wellness Inc., 115 N State Street, Clarks Summit. Utopia has been in business for almost 12 years. Michael J. Buranich owns it, and he is a massage therapist there. This will be their third year in a row winning best Day Spa. Buranich explained why he thinks people voted for Utopia. “We hope that with each passing year we ABINGTON JOURNAL/T’SHAIYA STEPHENSON

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Winner: Fresh Produce. Winner: Restaurant for Vegetarian Food. Shown, from left: Guelebaldo Martinez, Marcia Aponte and Joe Cognetti.

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continue to give our clients the very best in services, techniques and care. We pride ourselves on the individual attention each person receives and strive to make each person feel as if they are our only client.” He also wanted to thank all the people of the Abingtons. Runner Up: Lava Day Spa, 320 S State Street #4, Clarks Summit. NAIL SALON Winner: T.L.C. Hair and Nail Studio, 203 Greenwood Avenue, Clarks Summit. T.L.C has been in business since 2000 with Christine Verdetto as owner the entire time. They have won in the past. Verdetto said, “I think people vote for us because we do a great job on nails, and we have a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. The personality in here makes it special.” Runner Up: Sanderson State Street Salon, 509 S State Street, Clarks Summit. www.sanderson-

statestreet.com, 570.586.0592. WOMEN’S HAIR SALON Winner: Sanderson State Street Salon, 509 South State Street, Clarks Summit, sandersonstatestreet.com, 570.586.0592. The salon has been around for 20 years. Owner JoAnn Cummings said, “We do our best to keep up-to-date styles and provide a friendly atmosphere. We’re a full -service salon, and our goal is to please.” She added, “We strive to give our customers the best experience possible.” Along with styling hair, Sanderson Street also features nail care. (tie) Runner Up: Contemporary Hair, 661 Northern Blvd, South Abington, 570.587.1919. (tie) Runner Up: Studio RD, 415 South State Street, Clarks Summit. PLACE FOR MEN’S HAIRCUT Winner: Sports Page,105 South State Street, Clarks Summit. Sports Page has been in Clarks Summit since 2003. However there are six total Sports Page locations in Northeast Pa. The first

one was opened in 1994 by Stephen Salburggio who is still the owner. He wants to give all the credit to the Master Stylist, Ashley Kolodgie. “She’s such a great hair stylist. She makes everyone feel welcome and at home while giving them a great haircut,” said Salburggio. Kolodgie said, “This is a great place for men and boys to get their hair cut. We have so much sports stuff in here.” Runner Up: Jakes Barber Shop, 401 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit. 570.587.5795

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HAIR STYLIST Winner: Maura Staback, Sanderson State Street Salon, 333 Celli Drive, Archbald. Maura Staback has been styling hair at Sanderson State Street Salon for nine years. She loves it because she really loves people. “I think they voted for me because I’m very personable and I understand what their needs are. I think they appreciate that.” Maura added that she is very grateful for the support of her customers. ABINGTON JOURNAL/CHRISTY CLARKE

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RESTAURANT ATMOSPHERE/DECOR Winner: Patsel’s, P.O. Box 509, Waverly. Lackawanna Trail, Clarks Summit, 570.563-2000 www.patsels.com. “We’re very unusual and colorful. It’s something very personal, it’s all colors that I love and everything that I like. Our consistency in terms of the high quality food and staff has made successful. We’ve been a four- diamond restaurant since we inquired 10 years ago, two years after opening. We’ve kept the same staff and key people over our 12 years of business,” said Pat Atkins, owner. Other awards: Runner up: formal dining, breakfast/brunch Runner Up: State Street Grill, 114 S. State Street, Clarks Summit. ICE CREAM Winner: Manning Farm Dairy, 420 State St, Clarks Summit, 570. 563.1702, www.manningfarm.com. “I know we do not compromise our quality ever. We use the least ingredients needed, and the best ingredients. Also, we start with milk from our own cows. The cream is in control from the beginning,” Said Jean Manning, co-owner of Manning Farm Dairy

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Runner Up: Kiki’s Kreamery, 715 N. State Street, Clarks Summit, 570.585.2988 DONUTS Winner: Dunkin Donuts, 927 South State St., Clarks Summit, 570.587, 0103, www.dunkindonuts.com. Dunkin Donuts has been under new ownership since December 2010, when Eric May and Heather Bower took over. Manager Connie Long believes that their establishment won due to their “high standards” and also because the shop has fresh donuts twice a day. Additionally, Long said that their staff “is the

CUP OF COFFEE Winner: Starbucks, 1131 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit. 570.587.5750, www.starbucks.com. This Starbucks has been in business for about five years. Manager Kevin Snow said, “Our customer following and our customers in general are the best part of the job here. We love our customers. It’s a great company and I love what it stands for. We are going green most of the time and we truly care about the community.” Runner Up: Dunkin Donuts, 927. S State Street, Clarks Summit, www.dunkindonuts.com 570.587.0103 BAKERY Winner: Creative Cakes, 323 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit. Runner Up: Bet’a Bread Bakery, 404 South State Street, Clarks Summit. SANDWICH/SUB SHOP Winner: Nickie’s Fabulous Hoagies, 611 South State Street, Clarks Summit, 570.586.2407. Nickie’s, which has been owned by Tom and Ann Parry since January 2010, also won last year. Parry’s son, Eric, accepted the award on behalf of the family business. “I believe we have the most reasonably priced and besttasting menu you can find in the area,” said Parry. Parry added that he loves interacting with the local community daily.

Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit. DINER Winner: The Summit Diner, 108 S. State Street, Clarks Summit, 570.587.4677 Runner Up: The Gourmet, 645 Northern Blvd., Chinchilla, 570.587.0250 PIZZA Winner: Basilico’s, 100 Highland Avenue, Clarks Summit, 570.586.5517 Basilico’s is currently in its second year in the Abington area. Owner Peter Montana said the sauce used on Basilico’s pizza is made daily. “We’re your typical New York Style Pizzeria,” he said about the restaurant. Runner Up: Armetta’s, 329 Northern Blvd., Chinchilla, 570.586.5492 FORMAL DINING Winner: Amici, 1300 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit, 570.586.3000. Amici Restaurant, owned by Sean Scanlon, Mark Massetti, Woody Wilson and Alice and John Vanston, is a repeat ABINGTON JOURNAL/CHRISTY CLARKE

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Winner, Bakery: Creative Cakes.

Runner Up: Caravia Fresh Foods, 1151 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit. www.caraviafreshfoods.com 570.586.6113 HAMBURGER Winner: Summit Diner, 108 S. State Street, Clarks Summit. “All of our burgers are handmade here,” said Steve Seamon, owner of Summit Diner. Other awards: Diner Runner Up: McDonald’s, 1127

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Winner, Donut: Dunkin Donuts. Shown above, front row: Amanda Applegate, Assistant Manager and Amy Heskell, Crew Member. Back row: Connie Long, General Manager; Luis R. Rosario, Regional Manager and Jenny Adragna, Crew Member.


Jazz; Runner Up: Wine List.

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winner of this award. Massetti credited “consistency of our food and service,” as well as “the atmosphere of formal dining in a casual setting,” with the restaurant’s success. Other awards: Winner: Place for a first date, Seafood, Place for

ASIAN RESTAURANT Winner: Kyoto, 1000 S State St # 5, Clarks Summit, 570. 587.3236. Kyoto, which is owned by Vinny Lam, has been in business for the past 15 years. Lam credited the restaurant’s customer service and consistent, fresh

ingredients with their success. “We try to offer the best quality of food. We always want our customers to be happy,” said Lam. Other awards: Runner up: Seafood. Runner Up: Atami, 100 Old Lackawanna Trail #13, Clarks Summit, 570.587.3236 ITALIAN RESTAURANT Winner: Bazil Restaurant Italiano, 1101 Northern Blvd, Clarks

Summit, www.allaboutbazil.com, 570.586.5517. Owner Peter Montana said having Bazil voted as best Italian restaurant is “pretty exciting.” Bazil has been in business for four years and Montana described the food as authentic Italian. “It’s the real deal.” He said the food is cooked to order and described their wine list as “amazing.” Runner Up: Colarusso’s, 100 East Grove Street, Clarks Sum-

mit, 570.586.0608 MEXICAN RESTAURANT Winner: Moe’s, 929 South State St., Clarks Summit, 570.585.6637, www.gotomoes.com/ Moe’s has been around for nearly three years, under the ownership of Scott Searles and Larry Wilson. General Manager Steve Shackelton attributed their success to “fresh inSee DINING, Page 30

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Winner, Sandwich/Sub Shop: Nickie’s Hoagies. Left: Shown, Eric Parry, co-owner.

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Winner, Diner: Summit Diner. Stephen Seamon, owner.

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Winner, Cup of coffee: Starbucks. Shown above, front row: Jenna Bernard, Barista. Back row: Kevin Snow, General Manager; Doug Witzgall, Shift Supervisor; Adam Frisbie, Barista.

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Winner, Breakfast/Brunch: Glenburn Grill. Shown above, front row: Kaci Hubbs, 8 and Alison Norsen, 2. Back row: Lexi Hubbs, 12; Linda Norsen, owner; Jess Hubbs and Dawne Frisbie. Absent from photo: Alan Norsen, co-owner.


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gredients and great customer service.” Shackelton also said that Moe’s has “a fun atmosphere and the customers are what make it so great.” Runner Up: Taco Bell, Route 6&11 and Sumner Ave, Clarks Summit, 570.586.5788 RESTAURANT FOR VEGETARIANS Winner: Caravia Fresh Foods, 1151 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit, www.caraviafreshfoods.com 570.586.6113 Runner Up: Everything Natural, 426 S. State Street, Clarks Summit, www.everythingnaturalpa.com 570.586.9684 SEAFOOD Winner: Amici, 1300 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit, 570.587.3236. Winning this

rant’s product. “We get everything fresh three days a week, and it’s all top quality,” said Masetti. Runner Up: Kyoto, 1000 S. State Street, Clarks Summit, 570.587.3236 STEAK Winner: Great Uncle Peter’s, 1582 Newton Ransom Blvd., Clarks Summit, 570.586.6858. After more than eight years of business, Great Uncle Peter’s recently shut its doors, but not before they were voted Best Steak. Owner Robert Dickert believes that Great Uncle Peter’s was “a great and quaint neighborhood restaurant.” Dickert is now focusing on his new restaurant, Carl Von Luger Steakhouse, located at 301 N. Washington Ave., Scranton, which opened at the beginning of the month. “We will have more space and a more moderate-

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Winner, Formal Dining. Winner, Seafood: Amici. Shown, Woody Wilson, owner; Mark Massetti, owner and Chris Tomlinson, chef.

ly-priced menu. We’ll still have our steaks, but other options are available as well,” he said. Runner Up: Damon’s, 820 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit, 570.587.3737

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WINGS Winner: Armetta’s, 329 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit, 570.586.5492. Armetta’s has been a local favorite for some time, having been in business for

more than 23 years. Owner Lisa Armetta believes that their secret sauce is what makes their wings so popular. “I love working here and being a part of the communiSee DINING, Page 31


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ty,” she added. Other awards: Runner up, Pizza. Runner Up: Damon’s, 820 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit, 570.586.3737

“All of our food is homemade and fresh to order. It’s a family-run business so everyone is familiar. The customers are very friendly, and we have a wide variety of everything. It’s not monotonous here.” Runner Up: Patsel’s, P.O. Box 509, Waverly. www.patsels.com 570.563.2000

RIBS Winner: Damon’s, 820 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit. Other awards: Winner, Chain restaurant. Runner up: Steak.

CHAIN RESTAURANT Winner: Damon’s, 820 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit, 570.586.3737. Other awards: Winner, Ribs; Runner up: Steak.

Runner Up: JJ Bridges, 920 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit, 570.586.8833

Runner Up: McDonald’s, 1127 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit.

BREAKFAST/BRUNCH Winner: Glenburn Grill, 1144 Lackawanna Trail, Clarks Summit, 570. 585.8777. Having been in business nearly two years, the Glenburn Grill is owned by Alan and Linda Norsen, and also won this award last year. Their daughter, manager Jessica Hubbs, said,

NEW RESTAURANT Winner: Akita, 900 Northern Route 6 & 11 Blvd., Clarks Summit, 570.586.8988. Akita was opened in September 2010 by Qin and Jolin Chen, who also own Atami Sushi. “We opened ABINGTON JOURNAL/CHRISTY CLARKE

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Winner, Italian Restaurant: Bazil. Shown, Peter Montana, owner.

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Winner, New Restaurant: Akita. Shown above from left, Qin Chen, owner and Ming Chen, Chef, behind the Sushi bar.

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Winner, Pizza: Basilico’s. Shown above, Peter Montana , owner.

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Winner, Atmosphere/Decor: Patsel’s. Shown above, Pat Atkins, owner of Patsel’s.


Winner, Wings: Armetta’s. Shown, Lisa Armetta, owner.

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Winner, Steak: Great Uncle Peter’s. After more than eight years of business, Great Uncle Peter’s recently shut its doors, but not before they were voted Best Steak. Owner Robert Dickert is focusing on his new restaurant, Carl Von Luger Steakhouse, located at 301 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Below, Winner, Ribs. Winner, Chain Restaurant: Damon’s.

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Winner, Mexican Restaurant: Moe’s. Shown, from left: Selena Shackelton; Steve Shackelton, General Manager; Beth Wyman and Dan Veater.

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Winner, Asian Restaurant: Kyoto. Shown above, Michelle and Vinny Lam, owners.

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Atami and only did sushi, so we decided to do something with more food choices, and more fine dining,â€? said Qin Chen. “We keep our ingredients fresh and we try to have the best service that we can,â€? he added. Runner Up: Terrace Garden CafĂŠ, 829 Old State Road, Clarks Summit. PLACE FOR A FIRST DATE Winner: Amici, 1300 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit, 570.587.3236.Co-owner Mark Massetti credited the restaurant’s atmosphere with winning the award for the second year in a row. “It’s a picturesque setting, with live music every Wednesday and Saturday.â€? Runner Up: State Street Grill, 114 S State Street, Clarks Summit, 570.585.5590

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HAPPY HOUR Winner: State Street Grill,114 S. State Street, Clarks Summit. 570.585.5590, www.thestatestreetgrill.com. “We take pride in what we do. We’re also willing to adapt and try new things as we go. We have a great staff, a great clientele, and we’re in a great community, plus we have a little bit of luck,” said owner Tom Hill. Other awards: Winner: Martini bar, Wine list; Runner up: Restaurant atmosphere/décor, place for a first date, place for jazz Runner Up: Belissimo, 223 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit. BARTENDER/SERVER Winner: Erica Kosh, State Street Grill, 114 S. State Street, Clarks Summit. 570.585.5590. For the last four years, Erica Kosh has been providing service with a smile at State Street Grill. "I always have a smile on my face," said Kosh. "It’s a fun job, and I want everyone there to have fun." Runner Up: Frank Bucelli, Damon’s. 820 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit. IRISH BAR Winner: McGrath’s Pub and Eat-

ery, 112 East Main St, Dalton. 570. 563.2668. McGrath’s has been at its current location for 11 years after they moved from West Scranton. The pub and eatery is owned by Joe and Jimmy McGrath. “It’s just the area, it’s great up here. It’s a different mentality from our old location,” said Jimmy McGrath, coowner as to why he feels McGrath’s is a local favorite. Other awards: Winner, Corner Bar, Place to see a band Runner Up: Wellingtons, 926 Lackawanna Trail, Clarks Summit. CORNER BAR Winner: McGrath’s Pub and Eatery, 112 East Main St, Dalton. 570. 563.2668 Runner Up: Own Lee Place, Depot Street, Clarks Summit. MARTINI BAR Winner: State Street Grill,114 S. State Street, Clarks Summit. Runner Up: Bazil,1101Northern

Blvd, South Abington. WINE LIST Winner: State Street Grill,114 S. State Street, Clarks Summit. Runner Up: Amici,1300 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit. 586.3000 PLACE TO SEE JAZZ Winner: Amici, 1300 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit. 586.3000. Every Wednesday, Amici hosts the Marko Marcinko Jazz Quartet. “The musicians play all over the country, and they’re very talented,” said Amici co-owner Mark Massetti. Runner Up: State Street Grill, 114 S. State Street, Clarks Summit. PLACE TO SEE A BAND Winner: McGraths Pub and Eatery, 112 East Main St, Dalton. 570. 563.2668

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Winner, Wine List: State Street Grill. Shown is a selection of wines from State Street Grill’s wine list.

Runner Up: JJ Bridges, 920 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit. 570.586.8833

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Winner, Place for Jazz: Amici. Shown, from left: Tom Hamilton, saxophone; John Carlucci, violin; Bill Washer, guitar; Marko Marcinko, drums and Paul Rostock, bass.

Winner, Place to See a Band. Winner, Corner Bar. Winner, Irish Bar: McGrath’s Pub and Eatery. Shown, from left: Jimmy McGrath, Eric Stanley and Joe McGrath Jr.

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Winner, Happy Hour: State Street Grill. Christine Horton and Julie Cordaro partake of appetizers and cocktails at happy hour.

Winner, Martini: State Street Grill. Shown, ’Walk of Shame’ martini with a chocolate Christian Louboutin shoe.

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ACCOUNTANT Winner: Richard Lochen, Lochen & Chase Firm, P.O. Box 327, Nicholson.570. 942.4578. Runner up: James Verano, 315 Davis Street, Clarks Summit. 570.587.8165. CHIROPRACTER Winner: Dr. Jennifer Finn, 203 Greenwood Ave. Unit 2, Clarks Summit.570.586.3440. Dr. Jennifer Finn has been running her Chiropractic business since 1999. Dr. Finn and her staff take pride in providing chiropractic care to their patients of all ages. Her care and services are very family-oriented. “I love what I do. I treat each patient as if they were my own family.” Dr. Finn’s practice moved to a new location January 1, 2011. She said the location provides a relaxing atmosphere and

DENTIST Winner: Dr. William MacNamara, 210 N. State St., Clarks Summit. 570.587.0326. “We are so pleased to have been voted “Best Dentist” once again this year,” said Dr. William MacNamara. “Our office philosophy continues to be centered on individualized care, a relaxed, comfortable treatment atmosphere and prompt, excellent dental services. We provide a complete range of services

and participate with many dental insurance plans. We are accepting new patients, so join us and see why this wonderful community has given us this accolade.” Runner up: Dr. Aldan J. Lori, 108 Cook St., Clarks Green. 570.587.3828. DOCTOR Winner: Dr. Sheela S. Prahalad. With more than 20 years in practice, Dr. Prahalad still takes enjoyment in seeing her patients. In a previous interview she noted, “The patient is our first and only priority.” Runner up: Dr. Stephen Sorokanich Jr.

INSURANCE AGENT Winner: Tom Florey, Florey Insurance Agency, Inc., 1186 Winola Road, Clarks Summit. 570.587.2615. Tom Florey has been in the Insurance business since 1965 and running his own business, Florey Insurance, since 1970. They work with more than 20 companies, specializing in personal lines of auto, home, life, health, Medicare and annuities and commercial liability, among others. “We match our customers with companies very well. We make sure we give our customers what they want.” Runner up: Tim Franklin, Biondi-Franklin Insurance Agency,

Inc.,790 Northern Blvd. Suite F, S. Abington Twp. 570.587.2840,qualityinsurance.com LAWYER Winner: Patrick J. Lavelle, Esq., 1000 S. State St., Clarks Summit. 570.586.7730. Patrick Lavelle has been in business for 39 years and specializes in real estate conveyances for residential, commercial and industrial properties. Other specialties include eminent domains, zoning, planning and subdivision work. Since in business, Patrick has completed more than 20,000 conveyances in the greater Abington area. See PROFESSIONALS, Page 37

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Winner, Dentist: Dr. William MacNamara. Shown, from left: Heidi Johnson, Kim Kasey, Jane Holgate, Jane Norton and Dr. William MacNamara.

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Winner, Accountant: Rick Lochen, CPA, partner at Lochen and Chase, P.C.

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Winner, Doctor: Dr. Sheela S. Prahalad

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He does the majority of the work himself and attributed his success to the personal relationships he builds with his clients. Runner up: Robert Browning, Oliver, Price and Rhodes,1212 S. Abington Rd. P.O. Box 240, Clarks Summit. 570.585.1200, www.oprlaw.com. MECHANIC Winner: George Suprick, First Aid Automotive, 2122 Newton Ransom Blvd., Clarks Summit. 570.587.1933. George Suprick has been operating First Aid Automotive since 1986. He related his business as having a small country garage atmosphere. Suprick attributed his success to the personal relationships with his customers, but more importantly, to his very knowledgeable tech, Bill Mitchell. Suprick feels that his strength comes from having good people, like Bill, behind him. Runner up: Tom Krut, Northeast Imports, 1173 Winola Rd., Clarks Summit. 570.586.9353, www.neimportsinc.com. FINANCIAL SERVICES Winner: Mark J. Lynn, 400 Davis St., Clarks Summit, 570.587.7534. Mark Lynn has been a Financial Advisor for 26 years and currently represents Axa-Advisors. He credits Charlene Durdan, Assistant and Lenora Cunningham, Associate for much of their success.” I believe the service we

provide and the integrity we have is what sets us apart. Bottom line, I love what I do.” Runner up: Jamie Kresge, Abington Financial Services,711 North State Street, Clarks Summit. PEDIATRICIAN Winner: Dr. Anders Nelson, P.O. Box 399, Chinchilla. 570.586.8879 Dr. Anders Nelson has been a pediatrician for 20 years. He credited his amazing staff, along with his patients and their families for his tremendous success. “I’m thankful to be surrounded by such great people.” Runner up: Dr. Kate Tigue, 920 Viewmont Dr.Dickson City. 570.346.1464 REALTOR Winner: Barry Kaplan, Classic Properties, 790 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit.“I’m dedicated to my customers, my clients in real estate. What’s important to me is what’s best for them. I want to help them. My goal is to help people accomplish their goals. Whatever they are looking to achieve, that is what I want to help them to do,” Kaplan said.

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Winner, Insurance: Tom Florey, Florey Insurance.

Runner up: Diane Calabro, Classic Properties,790 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit. 570.587.5050 VETERINARIAN Winner: Dr. Robert Stephenson, 725 Justus Blvd. Suite 1, Scott Township. 570.587.3715 See PROFESSIONALS, Page 38

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Winner, Pediatrician: Dr. Anders Nelson. Shown, from left: Debbie, Emily, Dr. Nelson, Dorothy, Judy. Absent from photo: Carey.

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Winner, Veterinarian: Dr. Robert Stephenson. Shown, front row, front left: Kelly Cardone, Supervisor & Behaviorist, Kat (Therapy Dog), Leslie Smith, Susan Bittenbender. Back row: Dr. Robert Stephenson, DVM, Ami Maloco, DVM, Jayoung Lee, DVM, Rosemary Hedgelon, C.V.T., Holly Gries, C.V.T., Margo Longstreet, C.V.T., Jami Kaiser, Angie Sandercock, C.V.T.


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Runner up: Dr. Colin Jeschke, 724 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit. 570.585.2006 PET GROOMER Winner: Abington Grooming Salon, 115 Depot St., Clarks Summit. 570.586.9557. Robin Ross has been grooming dogs and cats for 35 years. She attributed her success to the one -on -one attention that she provides to each and every pet. “I give each pet special attention, especially if they have special needs.”

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Winner, Mechanic: First Aid Automotive. Shown, from left, are Bill Mitchell and George Suprick.

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Winner, Realtor: Barry Kaplan, Classic Properties.

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Winner, Financial Services: Mark Lynn.

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Winner, Pet Groomer: Abington Grooming. Shown is Robin Ross of Abington Grooming.


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