Around The Towns 11/4/2018

November 4, 2018

Clarks Summit

VFW Post 7069 will host a Veterans Day ceremony Sunday, Nov. 11, beginning at 11 a.m.

A remembrance ceremony will be held inside the post, 402 Winola Road, immediately followed by a tree-planting ceremony outside on the property.

The Tribute Tree is being donated by Clarks Summit Borough Council and Clarks Summit Shade Tree Commission and is intended to give future generations a lasting reminder of the service of veterans.

The event is open to the public.



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From homemade cookies to clothing to cigars, the Carbondale Chapter of UNICO National’s holiday fundraiser shopping event in two weeks aims to have something for everyone.

“All Wrapped Up: Holiday Shopping Extravaganza” is the Carbondale UNICO’s largest fundraiser of the year, member Mary Lynn Brannon said. The shopping event is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 18, from noon to 3:30 p.m. at Hotel Anthracite, 25 S. Main St., Carbondale. Tickets to attend are $5 and can be purchased at the door or from Carbondale UNICO members. Purchasing a ticket automatically enters attendees into raffles every half-hour, Brannon said.

More than 30 vendors will be at the event, selling jewelry, home items, photographs, Christmas items, wine, chocolates and more, she said.

There will also be up to 40 basket raffles, Brannon said.

While shopping, attendees can snack at a free cookie bar filled with Italian cookies, she said.

The Carbondale UNICO distributes proceeds from the event to local charities and organizations, including backpacks and sneakers to Carbondale Area Elementary School. Previously, the organization has donated to Carbondale’s Catholic Social Services and the Carbondale Public Library, Brannon said.




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The Greater Carbondale YMCA is the first-ever recipient of a state YMCA award for its work with children on the autism spectrum.

Last month, the Carbondale YMCA received the Pennsylvania State Alliance of YMCAs’ 2018 YMCA Community Impact Award for Social Responsibility. The award recognized the YMCA’s “A-Team.”

The A-Team is a YMCA program that aims to provide opportunities for youth who are on the autism spectrum and their families by filling gaps in the children’s social lives, according to the statement. Autistic children don’t always have the opportunity to participate socially with their peers, so the A-Team holds weekly meetings where children can socialize through a variety of activities, including community events such as bowling, movies, baseball games and going to restaurants, according to the YMCA.

“The A-Team is a remarkable initiative, which further demonstrates the Y’s overall commitment to serve those in need in our communities,” YMCA State Alliance Chairwoman Kim Johnson said in a statement.




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Scott Twp.

A Veterans Day service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Scott Township Veterans Memorial at the Joe Terry Civic Center, 1038 Montdale Road.

Dave Ragan, the founder and president of Veteran’s Promise, a Dickson City-based veterans advocacy organization, will be the guest speaker. Veterans Promise is committed to assisting and advocating for veterans and their families in obtaining needed services and support.

They accomplish this through needs assessment, outreach, advocacy and resource linkage. In addition, they are committed to raising awareness for and aiding in the prevention of veteran suicide.

The program will also include participation of the Lakeland High School Band and Chorus and Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts from the township.

The Rev. Donald Hasselman of the Mount Bethel Baptist Church will give the invocation and closing prayer. Boy Scout Troop 265 will conclude the event with a flag retirement ceremony.

Light refreshments will follow the service.



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City council commented last week on the recent start of a project to convert the long-defunct Novembrino pool site in West Side into a splash park.

The park area on 10th Avenue has been closed since 2011.

The city’s $750,000 project for a sweeping overhaul of the Novembrino complex and conversion into a splash park has been in development for a few years.

Demolition of a pair of large, old in-ground pools began after issuance of a permit Oct. 23.

“Our goal is to have that working and up and ready by some point during the summer of 2019,” Councilman Tim Perry said. “We’re hoping that we stay on target.”

Splash parks feature ground-level, water-play facets. Also called splash pads, they are easier to maintain and regarded as safer than traditional, large in-ground pools.

A resident of West Scranton, council President Pat Rogan recalled swimming at the Novembrino park as a youth and hated to see its demise from neglect.

“This is something that is extremely long overdue,” Rogan said of the revival project. “I’ve lived in West Side my whole life. I know that park. I swam in that park when I was a kid. It’s a shame that it got in such disrepair that it has to be demolished and rebuilt. That being said, I am happy that it is being rebuilt. We’re finally able to get many of these projects done that were lingering for far, far too long.”



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A collaborative program of the Greenhouse Project in Scranton and the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging offers residents the opportunity to learn the basics of yoga.

Intended for both beginners and experienced yoga enthusiasts, the Gentle Yoga for Strength program promises to help participants relax, reduce stress, stretch and build strength. Participants will learn standing and seated poses supported by chairs, but may choose to use a yoga mat if they’d prefer.

The 60-minute classes will be held each Thursday in November, except for Thanksgiving Day, at 9 a.m. at the James Barrett McNulty Greenhouse, 200 Arthur Ave. They may also continue into December. The program is free for people over 60 years old. A $2 donation is suggested for participants younger than 60.

All participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat and water, and to wear layers. For information, email greenhouseprojectoffice@gmail.com.




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Waverly Twp.

The Waverly Community House will host the 37th annual Artisans’ Marketplace, sponsored by the Waverly General Store, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17-18.

The Artisans’ Marketplace showcases some of the area’s most talented artisans and craftspeople, who will offer high-quality, handmade, one-of-a-kind items in time for the holidays.

This year’s show includes the following vendors:

For the home: From Drab to Fab; Sew Happy; Barnwood Gallery; One of a Kind Baskets; Gravity Line Forge; Distinctively Raisa; Rodgers’ Nursery; Lisa Cunningham Fine Art; Creekside Gardens; Rustic Cotton Home; Sally Ann Design; Seven 810 Fixtures; Stone Fawx Studios; and Midnight Fern Design.

For the bath and kitchen: Damiani Coffee Roasters; Spring Hills Farm; Pure Suds Co.; Sabrosa Salt Co.; Chocolates by Leopold; Little Red Hen Soap Factory; Wyldflower Farms; and Mount Pleasant Herbary.

Textiles and wearable art: Saint’s Nicks; Habitat; Second Season Mittens; Angus & Oliver; and Bad Kitty Knits.

Ceramics, glass, stone and wood: Chickadee Studio; Hand Blown Glass by Kyle Lavery; For the Love of Wood; Mark Chuck Ceramics; TB Turning & Woodwork; and Colley Studio.

Jewelry: Nancy Jane Artisan Jewelry; Laurabee Studios; Little Gems by Em; Mariah Sol Metals; and Wired & Fired Designs.

Hours for the Artisans’ Marketplace are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The ticket price is $5 per person and is good for admission to the show both days. All proceeds benefit the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road. For information on the Marketplace, visit the Comm on Facebook, its website, waverlycomm.org, or call the Comm at 570-586-8191, ext. 2.



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