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The Abington Journal, a weekly community newspaperthat is part of Impressions Media in Wilkes-Barre, PA, covers the “Abingtons”area of Lackawanna and Wyoming counties. This includes but is not limited toClarks Summit, Clarks Green, South Abington, Newton, Ransom, Glenburn,Dalton, La Plume, Factoryville, Waverly, Tunkhannock and the AbingtonHeights, Lackawanna Trail and Lakeland school districts.Ourcirculationhoversbetween2,000and3,000readers.Wetrytogettoasmany events as possible, but staff and space limitations make it impossible tocover everything. If you have news about your family, town or organization,please send it to us and we’ll do our best to publish it. Photographs (withcaptions) are welcome.
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A Commemorative Blood Drive will be hosted by the Clarks Summit Fire Company, 321Bedford Street, on Saturday Sept. 10 from10 a.m. until 4 p.m. It is being held in remem-brance of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001 and in recognition of all who serve and protect usevery day.The need for blood is constant, and blood levels remain in a critically low condition through-out the area. However, just one pint of donated blood can save up to three lives.If you are looking for a meaningful way to remember those who died, whether busboys,bankers, airline passengers, police officers or firefighters, or a tangible way to recognize andhonor our military and other front-line responders, what better way than to donate your bloodto help save another’s life?
Blood drive to honor victims of 9/11
DAILY EVENTSAugust 24:
Family Lung Health Awareness Day
, at theViewmont Mall from10 a.m. to4 p.m. Sponsored by the Amer-ican Lung Association in Penn-sylvania.Features lung functiontesting by the Luzerne CountyCommunity College Respira-tory Department, games, educa-tional displays and handout-s.Area agencies such as thePennsylvania Department of Health will be available to an-swer questions about lung dis-ease. Cost: Free.
Waverly Community House Playground Project Ground-breaking Ceremony,
on the back lawn of the Comm,1115 NAbington Road, at noon. Incommemoration of the first dayof the Comm’s Playground Project Rebuild.
Fundraising event for “Walk the Talk ... forthe Cure” team
at Patsel’s inClarks Summit. The team will participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in New York scheduled for Oct.15 and16.Cost: $50 includes heavy appe-tizers and live entertainment.Cash bar. Silent auctions willinclude: one -night stay at NYC’s Michelangelo Hotel,located between Times Squareand Radio City Music Hall, aJunior Suite, valued at $925/night. Info: Event tickets must be prepaid within a week of theevent with payment mailed to:Carmina Rinkunas at 2005Elden Drive, Clarks Summit,PA18411.
Summer Acrylic Painting Classes,
at the Abington Senior Community Center from1to2:30 p.m. Cost: $8. Sign up aweek in advance. Info:586.8996.
LackawannaCounty George Wesley Noon-time Concert,
from noon to1 p.m. on the Linden Street sideof the Courthouse. Info:963.6800 ext.1854.
presented by the Clarks Summit BoroughCentennial Committee, at Ni-chols Village from 6 to 8 p.m.Cost: $20. Tickets available for sale at The Abington Journal,Angels Galleria, Sole to Soul,Sanderson Place, Everything Natural, Artisans Image, Lynn’sHallmark, Clarks Summit Bor-ough Bldg., Kidazzle and Ni-chols Village.
St. Stanislaus Polish National Catholic Cathedral Block Party,
from 5 to10 p.m. continuingthrough the 27th. Corner of Pittston Avenue and East ElmStreet, Scranton. Features avariety of foods, drinks, gamesand music. Info: 961.9231or www.saintstanislauspncc.org.
Spirited: A Visitation From Jonathan and Janet,
at Coun-tryside Community Church at 7 p.m. Daily columnist and hu-morist Jonathan Richard Cringand master musician JanetClazzy will be performing for an evening of music and mono-logue, including readings fromMr. Cring’s book Digging for Gold with original musicaltunes performed by Ms. Clazzyon the oboe and WX-5 Wind Machine. Info: 587-3206 or countryside-church.org
Square Dance and Polka Party
on Friday, at the IremTemple Country Club Pavilionin Dallas from 7 to11p.m.Hosted by the Volunteers of America. Featuring Joe Stankyand the Cadets. “Red” Jonesand Joe McKeown will be call-ing the square dance and EddieDerwin and the Polka Naturalswill also be playing polka fa-vorites. Cost: $10 with proceedsto benefit the local programs of Volunteers of America. Info/tickets: 825.5261.
St. John’s Russian OrthodoxCathedral Homemade PirogieSale
, at the church center locat-ed on Hill Street, Mayfield,from noon to 4 p.m. Home-made pirogie will be sold onfirst come first serve basis for $6 per dozen.
Spirit of Phila-delphia Cruise, Show and Din-ner,
hosted by St. Joseph’s Se-nior Social Club. Stop at Mt.Airy Casino with a $35 coinrebate. Info: Theresa 654.2967.
Music on the Lawn and Craft Show,
at Lake Winola United Methodist Church on MapleDrive in Mill City. Begins at 2 p.m. Cost: $9. Info/tickets:351.7365.
The University of Scrantonbaseball team Prospect Show-cases,
from12 to 5 p.m. atConnell Park in Scranton. Cost:$80. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NEPA Bonsai Society’s21st Annual Open House,
from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MidwayGarden Center1865 Highway315, Pittston. The event willinclude a large bonsai tree dis- play by the society’s members,various demonstrationsthroughout the day, bonsai treesand related items for sale,Shakuhachi flute entertainment by Jamie Orfanella, and a bon-sai tree competition open to allmembers. Info: 654.6194.
St. Joseph’s Senior Social Club Trip on The Spirit of Phil
With a stop on the way homeatthe Mount Airy Casino. Cost:$85, which includes a$35 slot play at the casino.
Kayla McGrady Memorial Benefit,
at the Kingston Amer-ican Legion 386 WyomingAve., at 4:30 p.m. There will befood, drinks, DJ, Chinese raffle,and memorial souvenirs. All proceeds will go to the KaylaMcGrady Scholarship for 2013,her graduation year. Cost: $20for adults, $6 for Children and Friends of Kayla, and free for kids under. Tickets/Info:288.1794. Donations can also be sent to: Margaret & Richard Rovine,121Penn St., Kingston,PA ,18704.
Benefit Horse Show for theOver The Hill Farm,
at theAberdeen Stables,1121Aber-deen Road, Madisonville, start-ing at 8 a.m. There will bevarious riding classes, includingWestern, English, Hunter/Jumper and Driving. There willalso be raffles, silent auctions, bake sales and food.
Shop for a Cause Macy’s March of Dimes Fundraiser.
For $5, customers can purchasea savings pass that offers 25 percent off most regular, saleand clearance purchases at thestore or online all day. (Someexclusions apply.) Macy’s willdonate100 percent of the $5cost of the savings pass to theMarch of Dimes to help givemore babies a healthy start inlife.
2011Children’s Miracle Network Charity Golf Event
benefiting Janet WeisChildren’s Hospital pediatricservices, at Sand Springs Coun-try Club on Clubhouse Drive inDrums. Hosted by McLane of Jessup. Cost $75 per golfer or $300 per team. Info: 330.8470or email@example.com.
Five days, four nights trip toCape Cod Mass.,
runs to Sept1. Includes transportation,meals, tours, taxes, gratuities.Info: 654.2967
Photographs from EarthCamp that appeared in theAug.17 edition were incor-rectly cropped. They appear correctly this week on PageC7.We regret the error.
This year, there are threecandidates for school direc-tor at-large: Mike Fleming,Frank Santoriello and TomBrogan.Mr. Brogan is the “unioncandidate.” I say the unioncandidate for the followingreasons: Until recently hewas a member of the AHEAunion leadership and chair-man of the grievance com-mittee, filing grievances and bringing the school district tocourt on behalf of the union,costing taxpayer dollars inthe process. During the pri-mary in May, phone calls insupport of Mr. Brogan appar-ently came from the localAHEA union and the statePSEA teacher’s union. Theseare the organizations thathave endorsed Mr. Brogan.As a society, we rail at thethought of special interestsinfluencing all levels of our political systems. Do wewant the AHEA Union lead-ership to have this type of access to a local decision-making entity with such adirect impact on our commu-nity?You will meet the candi-dates around town and youshould ask questions – ques-tions especially on the candi-dates’ views, positions and bodies of work over time inthe district. It can be an in-dicator of their future ac-tions. I believe that Mr. Bro-gan has a body of work thatdoes not lend itself to garner your vote. Please ask him thefollowing:1) Why did he participatein the strikes against Abing-ton Heights School District?The board’s approval of thecurrent contract, in 2007,was the first time since1985that Mr. Brogan and theunion did not strike while inthe midst of contract negotia-tions.2) Does he support theunion’s position of not takinga one-year pay freeze for 2011–2012, but asking ap- prox. $ 9.8 million in in-creases over 5 years? Theequivalent of 47.76 mils of tax increases. 3) Should theunion contribute to their health insurance premiums?4) How can he separate theinterest of the union lead-ership from that of the dis-trict? I believe that with theunion’s support of his candi-dacy he cannot.I am a director on the board and running for re-election. I have formed aticket with Mr. Mike Flem-ing for the upcoming elec-tion. While Mike and I donot agree on every issue, weare like-minded in that wewant to maintain or improvethe district’s high quality of education at a fair value tothe taxpayers. We have nohidden agendas. We willwork our best to be outstand-ing stewards of your moneyand the Abington HeightsSchool District.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
I would like to offer athank you to the NEPAMiners for helping makethe Scranton/Wilkes-BarreAffiliate of the PancreaticCancer Action Network’sSecond Annual PancreaticCancer Awareness NightJuly 17 a tremendous suc-cess.With the support of the NEPA Miners organiza-tion and the fans whocame out to support our efforts, we were able toraise much needed aware-ness about pancreatic can-cer, share our personalstories as volunteers whohave been affected by thishorrible disease but mostimportantly continue our efforts in creating hope infinding a cure for pan-creatic cancer.It is through events likePancreatic Cancer Aware-ness Night with the NEPAMiners that we can makea difference in this fight.Thank you again to all of those involved, and welook forward to our Third Annual Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Night nextyear.Pancreatic cancer is thefourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States, with just six per-cent of patients survivingmore than five years. De-spite these terrifying sta-tistics the National Can-cer Institute (NCI) onlyallocates two percent of its research funding to pancreatic cancer.More funding needs to be allocated to finding acure, and on July 17 wetook another step in theright direction by educat-ing the public on the need to continue to raiseawareness throughout our community about thisdisease. November is PancreaticCancer Awareness Monthand the volunteersthroughout our area willcontinue our efforts tofight pancreatic cancer throughout our communi-ty. To learn more aboutthe Scranton/W-B Affil-iate of the PancreaticCancer Action Network and ways you can join thefight against pancreaticcancer, please visit Pan-can.org/Scranton
ClarksSummitPinked on the Patio, a fundraiser to benefit the AmericanCancer Society’s Breast Cancer Awareness Programs, is to beheld on Sept. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Abington Manor,100Edella Road, Clarks Summit. The event will feature “Pinked”around the world hors’de’oeuvres and cocktails. There will also be “Pinked” shirts and hats for sale.
Shown, from left: Kathy Rowinski, Timmie Ott, Beth McGuigan, LoriZeshonski, and Linda Heath. Absent from photo is Elaine Shepard, ofClassic Properties, Clarks Summit.
Pinked on the Patio returns