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The Abington Journal 05-04-2011

The Abington Journal 05-04-2011

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The Abington Journal - Community News for Clarks Summit. 05-04
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JOURNAL
C M Y K
Clarks Summit, Pa. MAY 4 TO MAY 10, 2011 50
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Serving the Greater Abington Community since1947
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An edition of
T
he
T
imes
L
eader
THE ABINGTON
Protestors against natural gasdrilling assemble prior to anarea meeting. See Page A5.
FLEETVILLE
Taking a stand
ETC presents ’At Wit’s End,’starting May 4. See Page A9.
SCRANTON
An evening with Oscar Levant
Abington Heights EducationalImprovement Organizationhosts awards. See Page C3.
CLARKS SUMMIT
Support for schools
Abington Journal presentedReaders Choice Awards April29. See Page C4 for photos.
ABINGTONS
Best of the best
ArtsEtc.............................A9Calendar...........................A2Classified...........................B1Crosswords.......................A7Obituaries.........................C3School ........................A8, C3Sports ...............................C1
INSIDE
Area elementaryschools hosted RoyalWedding luncheons forstudents April 29,including wedding cake,re-enactments andevent Queen Mum. SeePage A8.
Taste of tradition
CLARKSSUMMIT-
Whenthemovie“TheGodfather”wasreleased,thelateBerniePalazzi,managerofPalazziGardenCenterputouthisroadsignwhichread:“Lawngivingyoutrouble?Comeinandseethesodfather-he’llmakeitanoffeitcan’trefuse.”In1962,PalazzibecamethemanagerofPalazziGardenCenter,formerlylocatedonN.StateStreetonRoutes6and11.AccordingtoBerniePalazzisdaughter,LynnePalazzi,whoresidesinIrvington,N.Y.,“Iworkedatthegardencentemostweekends,ringingupcustomers,pricingthemerchan-dise,carryingflatsofflowerstocars.Tothisday,thesmellof  peatmossisoddlycomfortingtome.”Sheadded,“Likemanysmall-townfamily-runbusinesses,therewasahugesocialaspecttothegardencenter,localscon-stantlycomingandgoing,catch-inguponnewsandgossip.TheClarksSummitlocationofPalazziGardenCentergrewoutofanexistinggardencenteinDunmorestartedbythelateAugustoPalazziwhoemigrated fromFano,Italyandsettledin NewLondon,Conn.in1908,whereheworkedasanironmolderandapart-timegardener.AugustoPalazziandhisfamilyrelocatedtoDunmorein1921andwhileworkingfull-timefor alandscapingbusiness,AugustoestablishedPalazziLandscapeGardening.AugustoPalazzi’ssons,Lou
Changing landscape of Clarks Summit
PHOTOS COURTESY LOU PALAZZI JR.
Palazzi Garden Center, formerly located on North State Street .
BYJOANMEAD-MATSUI
Abington Journal Correspondent
See Landscape, Page 4
Gregory C. Madensky and Eric M. Weinberg have boththrown their hat in the ring for the open Region 3 seat on theAbington Heights School Board 
GregoryC.Madensky
After attending several school board budget meetings and reading about financial chal-lenges facing all Pennsylvaniaschools, Madensky said he feltcompelled to be part of thesolution and decided to run for the SouthAbington Twp.seat on theAbingtonHeights SchoolBoard.Madenskyholds aM.B.A. infinance fromthe University of Scranton and aB.S. in mechanical engineeringfrom Penn State University. Healso has more than 25 years of operational experience as a topmanager with multi-internation-al consumer electronics compa-nies and a non-woven manu-facturing facility.He said hefeels this experi-ence will be anasset to him if elected.“These aredifficult economic times for everyone,” Madensky wrote.“We must reduce spending, particularly our contractualobligations. If elected, I believemy financial and industrial background will enable me tohelp steer our school districtthrough these difficult times.”
EricWeinberg
As a father of two schoolchildren attending the AbingtonHeights schools, Weinberg said he has a vested interest to makesure his children, and all thechildren of Abington Heights,receive the besteducation pos-sible. “My ob- jectives aresimple: Main-tain the qualityof educationstudents receivein our districtand continue toimprove it; control our costs
2011 PRIMARY ELECTION
School Boardcandidates speak
BYDONMCGLYNN
Abington Journal Reporter
See School, Page 5
MadenskyWeinberg
Intheprimaryraceforfour openClarksSummitBoroughCouncilseats,twoRepublicanswhohavepreviouslyserved,RobertA.BennettandDonMoyerarerunningagainstthree politicalnewcomers:Todd Dixon,DavidJenkinsandJo-sephSadowski.KathyDrake,DavidDzurec,HermanJohnsonandPattyLawlerareallrunningasDemocraticcandidatesfor thepositions.
RobertA.Bennett
RobertBen-nettservedonthecouncilfor ayearandahalfpreviously.Hesaid,“TheonethingIammostproudofissecuringmedicalinsurancecoveragefor  boroughemployees.Thebor-oughwasabletoprovideitsemployeeswiththesamecov-erage,butatamuchreducerate.”
ToddDixon
AsalifetimeresidentofTheAbingtons,andaClarksSum-mitbusinessowner,ToddDix-onsaidhewantsthebestforthistown.Hestated,“Theboroughisabusinessand needstoberunmorelikeone. Noboroughshouldbeal-lowedtospend taxpayersmon-eyonitemsor servicesthat
Nine vie forC.S. council
BYSHAUNAMCNALLY
Abington Journal Reporter
See Council, Page 5
BennettDixon
Mostpeople,nomatter theirage,realizetheimpor-tanceoftheirmother,orthe prominentmaternalfigureintheirlives.Maybeshetaughtyoutopitchabaseballortodriveacar.Shemighthavesharedhersecretrecipefor cakefrostingorcartedyouto pianolessoneveryweekfor years.Moreimportantly,shemostlikelyhelpedmoldthe personyouaretoday,whether throughherownactionsor herguidancetoyou.InhonorofMother’sDay,May8,andintributetomomseverywhere,TheAbingtonJournalinvitedafewmem- bersofthecommunitytosharethebestadvicetheyreceivedfromtheirmothers.Also,weincludedthemomsofourstaffmembersaswell.
GerrieCarey,ClarksSummitBoroughCouncilPresidentMom:
MarieFitzgeral
Bestadvice:
Whenyou’reindependent,you’renotde- pendent;whenyou’redepend-
Marie Fitzgerald with her daugh-ter, Gerrie Carey, circa 1965.
From mom,with love
BYABINGTONJOURNALSTAFF
See Mom, Page 4
S
tudents enrolled in Keystone College Instructor Phileshia Dombroski’s class,“Organizational Aspects of Community Recreation” at Keystone College, LaPlume, had the opportunity to tour the Abington Area Community Park located on state route 307 at the intersection of Winola Road and West Grove Street in S.Abington Township, April 26, according to Diane Vietz, Abington Area Joint Recre-ation Board. Dombroski said, “Nothing can replace visiting a playground that doesmeet current ADA requirements and provides play places for not just the person withthe disability, but the whole family. ” Shown, Jeffrey Bobich, a Keystone College stu-dent, on one of the sliding boards at the Abington Area Community Park. Find outmore about an upcoming park fundraiser on Page A5.
ABINGTON JOURNAL/JOAN MEAD-MATSUI
PARTNERSHIPINPLAY
 
May4,1967
- Farmers were reminded thatMay1was the loan maturity date for pricesupport loans on1966 crops of wheat, bar-ley, oats and rye. Ira LaCoe, Clarks Summit,was chairman of the Agricultural Stabiliza-tion and Conservation County Committee.
May5,1966
- On May 8,1966, Dr.Kurt Knonietzko of Philadelphiawas scheduled to present “RationalLiving or How Not to Make YourChild Neurotic,” to the AbingtonWoman’s Club in Clarks Summit.
May5,1966
- Agway ofClarks Summit adver-tised Preplanted PottedHybrid Tea Roses for$1.75 during “Mother’sDay Weekend Only.
May6,1965
- The Abington Journal reported that six mem-bers of the Abington Heights field hockey and basketballteams accompanied physical education instructor Miss KrisHansen to Lake Placid, New York for a three-day weekendApril 30. The girls ice skated on the Olympic Arena, visitedthe Master Ski Jump and swam in the Golden Arrow Pool.
 
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THE ABINGTON
JOURNAL
TheAbingtonBusinessandProfessionalAssociationwillbeholdingitsannualspeednetwork-ingeventMay26attheAbingtonCommunityLibrary.Theeventwillbeginat8:30a.m.andwillalsofeatureacomplimentarycontinentalbreakfastcourtesyofEuroCafe.Thecostoftheeventis$10forABPAmembersand$15fornon-members.Spaceislimitedtothefirst40paidreserva-tions.Allparticipantswillbecalledatrandomorderandgiventwominutestointroducethem-selvesanddescribetheirbusinessorser-vicetotheotherattendees.Participantsarealsowelcometobringmarketingmaterialsandgiveawaysalongwiththeirbusinesscards.Fordetails,con-tacttheABPAat570.587.9045orLauraAB-PA@aol.com.TheAbingtonBusinessProfessionals AssociationMeninBlackFinaleandMem-bershipMixerwillbeheldMay17,from5:30to7:30p.m.atPatsel’sinClarksSummit.Eachassociationmemberisen-couragedtobringonenon-member.Therewillbecomplimentaryhorsd’oeuvresandacashbar.Reservationsarerequiredandcanbemadebycalling570.587-9045ore-mailingLauraABPA@aol.combyMay14.
ABPA hosts speed networking, mixer 
Shown, from left: Leah Rudolph of the Abington Community Library and Sara Grande of EuroCafe will host ABPA speed networking event at the library May 26.Rosemary Nye, ABPA President, Dan Santaniello,Fidelity Bank and April Loposky, Marley’s Mis-sion Founder, Director.
REMINDERS
OvereatersAnonymousmeet-ings,
FirstPresbyterianChurch,201StoneAve.,ClarksSummit,weekly,Mon.andWed.,7p.m.;Tue.andThu.,9:30a.m.and Sun.,4p.m.Info:587.4313.
May4
:MustacheMay,
Bene-fitsLupusFoundation.Growerswillrecruitvolunteersandseek donations.Info:www.first-giving.comandtypeinMustacheMay.
‘MeettheCandidates Night’
atShadowbrookResort,startingat6:30p.m.CandidateswillhaveuptooneminutetomakeopeningremarksaboutwhytheywanttobeCountyCommissioner,thengivenanopportunitytorespondtoques-tionssubmittedbythoseinat-tendance.Cost:free.Info:836.7755or836.2123.
GreatChefsXXI:
5:30p.m.,RadissonHotelatLackawannaStation,700LackawannaAve.inScranton.FundraiserforWom-en’sResourceCenter.ItisacakedecoratingcontestbybestbakersinNEPA.Info:346.4460.
SouthScrantonLionsClubannualpastadinner
atDanteClubonProspectAvefrom5to7 p.m.Cost:Adults$8.50,Chil-dren$4,under7free.Call342.5390fortickets.Bringun-wantedeyeglassesornonperish-ablegoodsfordonation.
 FamilyMinistryBereavement SupportGroup,
intheParishCenterat10a.m.AlsooneonMay15at2p.m.CallNettieat586.1741fordetails.Bereave-mentsupportforparentscallSueat586.2162.
 NEPA101,atGreaterCarbon-daleChamberofCommerce,
27 N.MainSt.,Carbondalefrom8:30to10:30a.m.Info:282.1690
 BreakfastSeminar‘Communi-catingEffectivelyintheWork- place,
hostedbyUniversityof ScrantonWomen’sBusinessCenterandSmallBusinessDe-velopmentCenter.Attheuni-versityfrom8:30to10a.m.Cost:$20.Info:941.7588ore-mailinfo@ksomwomenscenter.org
May5:
 AgaveCantinaand TequilaBargrandopeningand ribboncutting 
 beginningat5 p.m.atAgaveCantinaandTe-quilaBar,223NorthernBlvd.Chinchilla.
CinqodeMayoday,
atMoe’sMexicanRestaurant,Rt6&11,ClarksSummitat6p.m.ContactJanineL.Portat570.586.2619andDennisMartinat570.586.2599.
 DaltonFireCo.LadiesAuxil-iary
willmeetat6:30p.m.intheDaltonFireHall.
UnitedMethodistWomenof  theClarksGreenUnitedMetho-distChurchSpringRummage sale,
attheChurch,119GlenburnRoad,ClarksGreenintheFel-lowshipHallfrom9a.m.to2 p.m.andMay6from8:30a.m.to11a.m.
 MaymeetingoftheAbingtonCouncilofGovernments,
inClarksGreenBoroughBldg.at7:30p.m.
May6
:GlenburnTownshipannualspringcleanup
.Contin-uesMay7.Residentsareasked toplaceclean-upitemscurbsideforpickupby5a.m.May6.Metalsmustbekeptseparatefromotheritems.Itemsthatwillnotbepickedupinclude:Regu-larhouseholdtrash,recyclables,grassorleaves,non-compactableitemssuchasbrick,blockand concrete,castiron,autoparts,tires,batteries,motoroilorlubri-cants,paint,paintthinnersor turpentine,pesticides,hazardous,noxious,caustic,oracidchem-icals,asbestos,metaldrums, propanetanks,oil/gascontainingitems,explosivesofanytypeincludinggunloadingmaterials.Refrigerators/freezers/aircondi-tionersmustbecertifiedFreonfreewithatagcontainingthetechniciansIDnumberanddat-ed.
TheCommonwealthMedical CollegewillhostVisitDay,
for thoseinterestedintheMastersof BiomedicalSciences(MBS) programfrom4to7p.m.atLackawannaCollegeinScran-ton.Info:kbrown@tcmedc.org
 FactoryvilleShadeTreeCom-missionmeeting,
at2p.m.at161CollegeAve.,FactoryvilleBor-oughBldg.
CountrysideCommunityChurchWarmHugsOutreach,
heldinthefellowshiphallof CountrysideCommunityChurchat14001ChurchHillRoad,ClarksSummitbeginningat6 p.m.Opentoeveryone,bringitemforauction.Info:587.3206.
SpringRummageSale
,atDaltonUnitedMethodistChurchfrom9a.m.to2p.m.ThesalecontinuesonMay7from8a.m.tonoonwithbagsavailablefor $2.00and$3.00.DonationdropoffdaysareMay4and5,from9a.m.to7p.m.
 FirstTrailRotaryClubChessClubmeeting,
from3:30to5:30 p.m.Info:DonDemarestatdgolfer04@aol.comor687.3711
May7
:
GriffinPondAnimal Sheltervolunteermeeting 
,11a.m.attheLackawannaJunioCollege,501VineStreet,Scran-ton.
TheLackawannaAstrono-micalSocietyhostsanAstrono-myDay
eventat7p.m.atKeys-toneCollege’sThomas,G.Cu- pillariObservatory,Fleetville.Cost:Free.
 LackawannaCountySprin Fishingderby
11a.m.to3:30 p.m.atMcDadePark.Cost$5.RegistrationformsareavailableatMcDadeParkoratwww.lack-awannacounty.org.Info:963.6764.
TheUniversityofScrantonsStudentsinFreeEnterprise(SIFE)teamandWasteManage-ment’sAllianceLandfillwill  presentacommunityelectronicsrecyclingevent:
9a.m.to12p.m.intheparkinglotoftheAllianceCommunityCenterlocatedat360S.KeyserAvenue,Taylor.Info:contactjhambros@wm.com
 RiverFest2011,hostedbyThe LackawannaRiverCorridor Association(LRCA).
Regis-trationopensat8a.m.Launch-ingbeginsat10a.m.Register:www.lrca.org.Rentalregis-trationsmustbecompletedand receivedbytheLRCAnolater thanMay4forpeoplewhoarerentingcanoesorkayaks.Volun-teersneeded.Info:347.6311
 Breakfast,Business,andBugs
,atPennStateWorthington,120RidgeViewDrive,Dunmore.Registrationstartsat8:30a.m.Event9a.m.to1p.m.Info:963.6842.
14thAnnualWalkforMental  HealthAwareness,
atSchimelfe-nigpavilioninNayAugParkinScrantonat10:30a.m.HostedbyScrantonChapteroftheNationalAllianceonMentalIllness.Cost:Free.Info:342.1047
May9:
St.Joseph’sSeniorSocialClubBusTriptoHolly-woodCasino.
Cost:$23witha$25rebateand$5offthebuffet.Oneriderwillwin$100.
 JosephW.HallMemorial  Auxiliarymeeting,
attheClarksSummitFireCo.at7p.m.Newmemberswelcome.Info:There-sa654.2967.
COMMUNITYCALENDAR
*TheAbingtonHeightsSchoolBoardWorkSessionwill beheldintheAdministrationBuilding,GroveStreet,Second Floor,May4,at6:30p.m.*IntheApril27BestoftheAbingtonssection,oneofthewinner’snameswaslistedin-correctly.TheownerofSportsPage,whichwonBestPlacefor MensHaircut,isStephenJSalvaggio.
EDITOR’S NOTE
Editor,
The Abington Heightsschool board should noteliminate programs that willhurt our children.While I understand thatthe district faces a very dif-ficult budgetary situation, Iask that budget cuts be madein nonessential areas thatwill not affect the quality of the education that we pro-vide to the children of theAbington Heights SchoolDistrict.The school board mustlook at the administrative budget of the district beforeit looks toward cutting mon-eys allocated to academics.Just as families throughoutthe district have personallymade cuts in their own bud-gets, the district must makecuts in its. For the last sever-al years, families have cutthe nonessential parts of their budget: they are eatingout less; they are cancelingtheir cable service; they aregoing to less sporting events,concerts and movies. But atthe end of the day, they arenot feeding their childrenless food or sending them toschool without clean clothes.They are providing their children with all the essen-tial necessities that are their duty to provide.The school district is herefor one reason: to educateour children. There is noth-ing more essential that thisdistrict can provide. As such,when faced with the choiceof making difficult adminis-trative cuts or eliminatingcomputer teachers, weshould choose to teach our children how to use the com- puter. When faced with fill-ing an administrative posi-tion or taking away our chil-dren’s librarians, we should ensure that our libraries havelibrarians to teach our chil-dren how to do research.When faced with spendingnearly a quarter of a milliondollars on two coordinator  positions and an athleticdirector or eliminating es-sential programs for our most vulnerable children,such as transitional firstgrade, we should provide for our children. The educationof our children must be our number one priority.
Tom BroganSouth Abington Twp.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Editor,
In the Abington HeightsSchool District we have two atlarge seats open and at leastthree candidates to fill them.The candidates are:Tom Brogan, a retired dis-trict teacher who was, untilthe filing of his nominating petitions, a co-chair of theunion’s grievance committee.Mike Fleming and Frank Santoriello, who are runningas a team.Fleming and Santoriellohave no political agenda, and are seeking to maintain theacademic excellence that is ahallmark of Abington Heightswhile maintaining fiscal re-sponsibility.As a registered IndependentI have no ties to either politi-cal party and cannot even votein the primary. However I do believe those who can, should have as full and understandingof the candidates who will benominated and possibly, for all intents and purposes elect-ed on May17.
David KveragasNewtonEditor:
Union official seeksschool board seat. TomBrogan the retired middleschool teacher and former Grievance CommitteeChairman for the AbingtonHeights teachers’ union isrunning for an at-largeAbington Heights schooldirector position in theMay primary election. As acivics teacher, Mr. Broganmust know that voters electschool directors to servethe best interests of par-ents, their children, and thetaxpayers of the district.Teachers’ union officialsare elected by their unionmembers to representunion interests. Whoseinterests do you think Mr.Brogan will he serve as weapproach a new contractwith our teachers in thecoming months? Can he dothis? It certainly defiescommon sense.For 30 years the tax- payers paid Mr. Brogan’steacher’s salary, reimbursed his tuition costs, contrib-uted to his pension and  paid for a health care plan.Today, Mr. Brogan is re-tired and enjoying the ben-efits of the taxpayer fund-ed pension and the samehealth care plan. Now, hewants a seat on the very board that must negotiatewith his union brothers and sisters. Does that seem likea conflict of interest toyou?When I confronted himabout his lack of transpar-ency in a public meeting,he was quite proud of hisrecord as Grievance Com-mittee Chairman for the past 20 years. Think back and recall what happened during the last 20 years of contract negotiations withthe teachers’ union. Re-member? This May 17 is primary election day.Choose wisely.
Ken HeronAbington Heights SchoolDirectorClarks Summit
A Health and Wellness fair will be held May13, from10a.m. until 2 p.m. at AbingtonHeights High School, for students and employees.Professionals interested in participating can contact eventcoordinator Beth Stone at570.585.5304 or stoneb@ahsd.org.
A.H. to host fair 
 
CM YK
WEDNESDAY,MAY4,2011
THEABINGTONJOURNAL
CLARKSSUMMIT,PA WWW.THEABINGTONJOURNAL.COM PAGE3A
CLARKSSUMMIT-
Abing-ton Heights High School willhold its annual Relay for LifeJune 4 and 5 in support of cancer awareness. Each year the school hosts a Relay for Life event on its track to raiseawareness and offer supportfor those suffering from can-cer, their families and survi-vors.“There are10 subcommit-tees and each team has twochaperones,” said ChrissyKrut, co-chair for this year’sRelay, about the teams partici- pating.This year’s theme, “Relayaround the World in16Hours,” will consist of Zum- ba, a Latin-inspired fitnessdance program that blendsmusic and dance steps to cre-ate a workout. There will also be a frozen T-shirt contest,which is an event where par-ticipants wear ice-cold soaked T-shirts in order to raise mon-ey. A game of capture the flagwill be held in addition tofingernail and face painting.Beautiful Lengths will be inattendance to cut hair for do-nations in order to make wigsfor those who have lost their hair to chemotherapy.A DJ will participate allnight with a1a.m. dance an3 a.m. cross-dressing contest.
RELAY FOR LIFE OF THE ABINGTONS JUNE 4-5
ABINGTON JOURNAL FILE PHOTO
 Ashley Blasi,left, puts apurple streak in ElizabethPattaras’ hairas a way toshow supportfor the Amer-ican CancerSociety at the2010 event.
16 hours of activity
BYANTONIACASTRO
Abington Journal Correspondent
What:
2011 Relay for Life ofthe Abingtons. Relay for Life isan overnight event to helpraise money for cancerresearch. All donations benefitThe American Cancer Society. All donations benefit The American Cancer Society.There are several teamsformed and members taketurns walking the high schooltrack at all times.
When:
June 4 to 5, 2011
Where:
Abington Heights HighSchool track.
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Eightyearsago,DaltonresidentBillMontgomeryandDalton businessownerJoeMcGrathof McGrathsPubandEaterystarted thinkingofawaytogivethechildrenof thecommunitysomethingfuntodo.Theydecidedafishingderbywastheanswer.Sincethen,theDaltonFishingDerbyhasbecomeanexcitingwayfor familiesfromasfarawayasTunk-hannockandScrantontoparticipateinthisoutdooractivity.Thefirstfishingderbyattractedapproximately65chil-drenandraisedabout$1,000,accordingtoMcGrath.Hesaidthatdollaramountdoubledthefollowingyear.OnMay22,theeighthannualDaltonFishingDerbywillbehostedatDaltonStreamsideParkatAckerlyCreek.Registrationwillbeginat11a.m.and fishingfromnoonto3p.m.Children15andunderareabletoparticipateincatchingthebiggestfish.Theconceptofthederbyisbasic:Children15andundercompetebytryingtocatchthebiggestfish.McGrathsaidhehasthecreekstockewithapproximately400fish,manyof whichareinthe15-to20-inchrangeor larger.Fisharemeasuredbytheofficial“fishmeasurer,”TomDavis,whoservesasderbypresident.Threetrophiesaregivenoutforthreeseparateagegroupsforatotalofninetrophies,allofwhicharesuppliedbySuperiorTrophyandEngravinginScranton.Theoverallwinnerisaward-edatrophyplus$100.Anumberof localbusinessesdonaterefreshments, prizesortheirtimetothecause.Re-freshmentsaredonatedbybusinessesallacrossthearea:DaltonCountryStore,Schiff’sinDicksonCity,McGrath’sPubandEatery,MayurPatelofDaltonPharmacyandMid-ValleyBeverage,GanderMountaininDicksonCity,FarmlandDairiesandCookies.McGrathsaidthatapproximately25volunteershelpduringtheevent,assist-ingthechildrenwitheverythingfrom baitingtheirhookstomeasuringtheir fish.TheMcGrathspurchasethefishing polesfortheeventandorderfishfromBeaverKillTroutHatcherynearTunk-hannocktostockAckerlyCreekforthederby.“Whenyouseean8-year-oldcatcha15-inchtrout,andhiseyesbecomeaswideassaucers,it’sallworthit,said McGrath.ForinformationaboutthefishingderbyatDaltonStreamsideParkatAckerlyCreekonMay22,call570.563.2668.
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 Attendees at the 2009 Dalton Fishing Derby.
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Dalton Derby set for May 22
BYANTONIACASTRO
Abington Journal Correspondent
CLARKSSUMMIT-
TheClarksSummitBoroughCouncilmeetingApril26beganwithamomentof silenceforformercouncilmember,RayDavis,whodiedApril24.WarrenWatkinswasonhandtodiscusscuttingtreesatTheAbingtonSeniorCenterforsafetyreasons.Hesaidthetreeswereplantedtooclosetogether,andnowtheyareblockingtheviewoftheseniorcenter.“Theyalsocauseproblemswithlightingbecausethey’resohugethattheyblockthefrontandthey’ve justgottenwayoutofhand,”saidWatkinsCouncilMemberHermanJohnsonsaidthathewor-riesoneofthetreeswillfallontheCenterandcausingsignificantdamage.Council,isseekingaprofessionalforthejob.ThecreationofanewKnoxBoxordinancewasdiscussed.BoroughManagerVirginiaKehoehasdescribedaKnoxBoxatpreviousmeetingsasaboxlocatedoutsideofbusinesseswhich,incaseofanemergency,canbeopenedbyacommunicationscen-ter.ThecouncilwantsKnoxBoxestobeoptional.However,CouncilMemberPatWilliamssuggested thatthereshouldbestipulationsforbusinessesthatoptin.CouncilPresidentGerrieCareyasked,“Dowehavetoactuallygothroughwithanordinanceifit’soption-al?IfsomeonewantsaKnoxBoxonthepropertyof thebusiness,can’ttheyjustgetit?”Careyisconcernedaboutliabilityissues.SolicitoPatRoganisgoingtoreportbackontheliabilityatthenextcouncilmeeting.Thecouncildiscussedpassinganordinancebanning bathsaltsinClarksSummit.BoroughManager,Vir-giniaKehoesaid,“Withanordinancebanningit,ifthe policepullsomeoneovertogivethematicket,andseeitsittingthereontheseat,itgivesthemprobablecausetothendoasearch.”CouncildecidedthatKehoeisgoingtoprepareadraftformemberreview.Counciliscurrentlyseekingtwotemporarymem- bersfortheSewerAuthority;onemayturnbecome permanent.Councilisgoingtointerviewfortheposi-tions.Candidatesshouldhavestrongfinancialand/or engineeringbackground.ThoseinterestedareaskedtocontactClarksSummitBoroughCouncil.Bidswerediscussedbycouncilaspartofthework thatcouncilisdoingthroughtheSewerAuthorityfor DepartmentofEnvironmentalProtection.Theyhavea10-yeargoaltheyareworkingtowardevaluatingand upgradingthesewersystem;thefirstphaseforthisyearistoclean,smoketestandhavemanholeinspec-tionsonalmost1,200feetofsewermain.Kehoesaidthebidscameinmuchbetterthanex- pected.Thelowbidwas$17,631,andthehighbidwas$24,995.ThecompanyneedstobeNASCOcertifiewithintendaysofthebidbeingawarded.CareGiversAmericaisrequestingtodemolishtheresidentialhometheyownnexttotheirbuildingand  putinanotherbuilding.Theplanningcommissionsettherecommendation.CouncilhasuntilJunetovote.TheClarksSummitBoroughCouncilwillmeetMay4at7p.m.
Trees topicin borough
BYSHAUNAMCNALLY
Abington Journal Reporter
WAVERLY-
Childrenand youngadultsagesfiveto16areencouragedtobreakouttheir  buildingbricksfortheWaverlyCommunityHouse’sLEGOBuildingContest.ThecontestwasconceivedoftoraisefundsforTheComm’sPlayground Project,whileencouragingimaginationandcreativity.Contestagedivisionsare5-8,9-12and13-16.Contestantsmaysubmitonlyonepiece,createoftheirownLEGObuildingmaterials,tobejudged.En-trants,workingalone,must buildanoriginalcreationof theirowndesign,andnotsimplycompleteadesignkit.RulesstipulatethatonlyLEGObran buildingpiecesmaybeused,alongwithanygluesorad-hesivesandsupportiveplat-formsnecessary.Thethememaybeanythingthechildor youngadultwishes.Thecom- pletedpiecesmustnotexceed dimensionsof18by18by18inches,andmustarriveatTheCommfullyassembledMay18,wheretheywillbedisplayed  between10a.m.and3p.m.ThepublicisinvitedtovoteinaspecialViewer’sChoicecate-gory,whileapanelofjurorswillselectwinnersfromeachagedivisioninthefollowingcate-gories:MostCreative/OriginalDesign,MostComplexDesignandMostColorfulDesign.“Theentrieswillbejudgedbyasecret panel,justlikeourcoffeecakecompetition,saidCommExec-utiveDirectorMariaWilson.“Winnerswillberevealedatour AnnualMeeting,tobeheldthateveningat6p.m.Therequired$7entryfeewill benefitTheComm’sPlay-groundProject.“Theground- breakingforthePlayground ProjectisAugust24,saidWil-son.Andwecouldn’tbemoreexcited.It’sverywellorganized.Wehavemanyvolunteersbutwerestilllookingformore.Weneedpeopletodoeverythingfromswingingahammertoservingfood.”TheofficialcontestentryformanddetailsonboththeLegoBuildingContestandthePlaygroundProjectareavailableatwww.waverlycomm.organd  bycalling570.586.8191.
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BYMELISSASMITH
Abington Journal Correspondent
CLARKSSUMMIT-
“It’s agreat way to help the communi-ty. Eating is a good way to doanything,” said Joe Pagnani,chairperson for the AbingtonHeights Rotary Club’s pastadinner.The Rotary Club of theAbingtons will hold its annual pasta dinner from12:30 to 5 p.m. May15, at the AbingtonHeights High School cafeteria inClarks Summit. Takeout willalso be available. Tickets areavailable from any AbingtonRotarian, Marley’s Mission or Abington Little League mem- bers or by calling 570.947.2705.The price is $8 for adults and $4for children under12.The dinner will consist of themeatballs, which Pagnani raved about, as well as Chef JosephSchiavone and son Sal’s home-made special recipe sauce. Therewill also be salad, dessert and  beverages. Dinners will beserved by Rotarians and LittleLeague and Marley’s Missionmember. All proceeds madefrom the dinner will benefit areayouth programs in the Abing-tons, as well as Marley’s Missionand Abington Little League.“The rotary raises money and gives it away,” said Pagnani.“The pasta dinner does verywell, and it’s always better thanyear before. It’s one of the larger  pasta dinners in the area. Thefood is great and all of the sauceis homemade.”Schiavone and son will maketheir homemade sauce at thedinner. Although both Schia-vones no longer cook profes-sionally, they still help with thedinner, cooking all day. Chef Schiavone, a retired chef of localfame will make sauce for13hours, according to Pagnani. Hisson Sam has worked with hisdad from a very young age, and although he’s a successful bro-ker, he still has a passion for cooking.Pagnani said this year theRotary is donating to all youth-oriented organizations.“We are putting together ascholarship at the DePaulSchool, an organization thathelps students with dyslexiaassimilate back into the school program.”The Rotary Club has beenvery active in both the localcommunity and on a globalscale. Pagnani listed severallocal organizations the Rotaryhas helped, as well as somelarger scale projects.“We’ve set up scholarships for Abington Heights students goinginto college, supported BoyScout troops, set up a radio sys-tem and tower for area policeand the after-school program atAbington Heights MiddleSchool,” said Pagnani. “We’vehelped out with local parks and trails and we maintain part of Route 6-11. We are responsiblefor the flower pots along StateStreet, fireworks on the Fourthof July at the middle school, and we gave dictionaries to everythird grader, public or private.We are the largest donators toSalvation Army.Pagnani added, “We’ve alsofunded a water well in Kenyaand the Rotary is the only ser-vice to help eradicate a disease- polio. The Rotary helped distrib-ute Faulk’s vaccine. Our next big project is to provide pure water for the whole world. Everythingwe do and raise goes to benefit people in need. Rotarians arevery generous in this area, with both their money and their timeand services.”
Secrets of service, sauce
BYRAFAELPIMENTEL
Abington Journal Correspondent
Clarks Summit Borough Council member Herman Johnson, shown above,was on hand for the ground breaking of the new Abington Area VeteransMemorial Monument April 29. Johnson said, “This is something that we’veneeded in the borough for a long time, a Veterans Monument to celebrate allof our veterans in the Abington area that sacrificed their life during war time,and the people that assisted on the home front too.” Planning began two yearsago. Despite delays, Johnson said he is confident the monument will be com- pleted by target date May 28. The monument is proposed to be 6 feet inheight, located across from First National Bank on North State Street.
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