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Around The Towns, March 24, 2019

March 24, 2019

Abingtons Members of the Rotary Club of the Abingtons recently presented the Abington Heights School District with a $3,000 donation to be used to restore a grand piano used by the district’s art department. The piano has served generations of music and drama students in the district. — CLAYTON OVER cover@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5363; @ClaytonOver on Twitter Clarks Summit Dr. Harold W. Baillie, Ph.D. , professor of philosophy at the University of Scranton, will address why democracy is thought to be under threat from authoritarianism, populism and forms of meritocracy at noon Wednesday at the Gathering Place for Community, Arts and Education, 304 S. State St. Baillie will look at three theories of why democracy might not be the culmination of historical progress and might be vulnerable to these forces. Each of these ideas is the basis of current concerns for the future of democratic societies. The discussion will offer insights from Plato’s “Republic,” Marx’s economic manuscripts, and the 2018 book “How Democracies Die” by political scientists Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt . The event is open to the public. A donation of $5 will be collected at the door. For information, email gather ingplacecs@gmail.com. — CLAYTON OVER cover@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5363; @ClaytonOver on Twitter Dunmore The Dunmore community came together to help a disabled Dunmore School District student get a wheelchair lift. While hosting a fundraising event in December, the Dunmore Police Department learned about a student, Cayden Orr, who didn’t have a much-needed wheelchair lift at his home. “Our officers unanimously agreed that this was a project we wanted to take on knowing that ultimately, we would be giving a child more freedom,” Dunmore police Officer Thomas Richardson said in a statement. The department raised enough money to install the lift and worked with Edwards Concrete Co., AmeriGlide, borough council, Mayor Timothy Burke and Borough Manager Vito Ruggerio to install the lift. “It has helped greatly getting Cayden to his school van and my vehicle,” Cayden’s father, James Orr, said in the press release. “We would not have been able to afford such a lift or even get it approved by insurance.” — FRANK WILKES LESNEFSKY flesnefsky@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5181; @flesnefskyTT on Twitter Honesdale Wayne Memorial Hospital’s hospice team is looking for volunteers to support the hospice mission of helping patients live life to the fullest until the end. To broaden its base of volunteers in Wayne, Pike and Susquehanna counties, the hospice team will host spring training at the hospital on April 13, April 23 and April 27. Prospective volunteers must attend all three sessions in addition to the hospital’s general volunteer orientation. For information or to enroll, call 570-253-8737. The registration deadline is April 6 and the training is free. — JEFF HORVATH jhorvath@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9141;@jhorvathTT on Twitter Jermyn The Windsor Inn will host Jermyn Youth Sports Night on Thursday to benefit Jermyn Baseball and Softball. From 5 to 10 p.m., 10 percent of all dine-in food and drink sales will go to the sports organization, which will help the 60 or 70 baseball and softball players in the group, said Dan Markey, who coaches for the organization. Sports night at the Windsor Inn, 669 Washington Ave., will also feature basket raffles, giveaways and karaoke. “Sponsorships help out greatly with purchasing uniforms and such,” Markey said. “These types of fundraisers that we have that we get the community and public involved, they’re paramount in the funding to help upkeep the fields and purchase new equipment for the players.” Proceeds will also help pay for new kitchen equipment at their stands, he said. — FRANK WILKES LESNEFSKY flesnefsky@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5181; @flesnefskyTT on Twitter Scranton Lackawanna County commissioners Wednesday unanimously approved $500 arts and culture mini-grants for activities in Mayfield, Clarks Summit, Olyphant and Dickson City. Mayfield’s funding will defray the cost of live music and food at the Mayfield Lions Club’s annual concert in the park, which will take place in August. Clarks Summit will use the $500 to help fund a future Abington Heights High School art exhibit at the Gathering Place in the borough. Olyphant’s $500 grant will support musical entertainment at various fireman’s picnics throughout the summer. Finally, Dickson City’s share of the grant funding will defray the cost of musical entertainment and arts activities at Dickson City Days in August. Also Wednesday, commissioners: n Awarded a $1,700 arts and culture community project grant to the Abington Area Joint Recreation Board for the Hillside Park Summer Concert Series. n Accepted a letter of engagement from Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP of Wilkes-Barre to perform the county’s 2018 audit at a cost not to exceed $145,000. n Reappointed Commissioner Laureen Cummings to the Lackawanna County Conservation District board for a one-year term. — JEFF HORVATH jhorvath@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9141;@jhorvathTT on Twitter AROUND THE TOWNS appears each Sunday, spotlighting the people and events in your neighborhoods. If you have an idea for an Around the Towns note, contact the writer for your town, or the Yes!Desk at 348-9121 or yesdesk@timesshamrock.com.