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Thursday, Feb. 20: Blood Drive
The Abington Heights High School health career club is co-sponsoring a blood drive with the Abington Community Library on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 1-7 p.m. at the Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Call 570-585-5300 for more information.
Friday, Feb. 21: Mission Benefit
The Waverly United Methodist Church, 105 Church St., will host its annual chicken and biscuit dinner on Friday, Feb. 21, from 5-7 p.m. in its Fellowship Hall. Tickets are $9; $4 for children ages 10 and younger. Take-outs are available. Deejay Pete Noto will play Big Band and Swing selections. Proceeds from the dinner will support the church’s community mission and outreach initiatives and defray the cost of operating expenses. Call 570-586-8166 for more information.
Saturday, Feb. 22: Chicken and Biscuit Dinner
The Dalton United Methodist Church, 125 Turnpike Road, will hold a chicken and biscuit dinner on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Take-outs will be available beginning at 4 p.m. Tickets are $9; $4 for children ages 3-10. Call Pat at 570-945-5586 or Margaret at 570-587-3755 for more information.
Thursday, Feb. 20: Friends Board Meeting
The board of the Friends of the Abington Community Library will meet on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Participants at this meeting will vote on changes to the bylaws of the organization. Nominations for officers will also be taken; voting for officers will be held in April. New members are welcome. Call 570-587-3440 for more information.
Tuesday, March 18: Stakeholders Meeting
The Abington Heights High School stakeholders meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 18, at 6 p.m., in the high school library, 222 Noble Road, Clarks Summit. All parents, students, teachers, staff members and community members are invited. Call 570-586-2511 for more information.
Veterans of Foreign Wars
The Abington Memorial Post No. 7069 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 402 Winola Road, Clarks Summit, meets the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. New members are always welcome.
The Glenburn 4-H Club is open to young people ages 8-19 who would either like to learn how to sew or know how and would like to learn new skills. Hilda Lewis and Ann Northup are instructors. Call 570-563-1369 for more information.
Social Singles Club
A social singles club meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at Our Lady of Snows Church rectory basement, 301 S. State Street, Clarks Summit. Meet other active, mature singles for fun activities and friendship. Call Linda at 570-470-5220 for more information.
Through Saturday, March 1: Veteran Services
Marywood University’s Office of Military and Veteran Services will offer a Renewal-Veteran Education and Transition Services (R-VETS) program, which is focused on providing college access to community veterans interested in post-secondary education. Military members and veterans in the local community can take free introductory courses in the areas of math, English and writing, along with other transitional services. Current Marywood student veterans and those who have already been accepted to Marywood, but are struggling in these areas, will also have the opportunity to join this program.
The deadline for applications for the spring semester is Saturday, March 1. The spring semester will begin on Tuesday, March 18, and will run for eight weeks. The classes are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-8:30 p.m., on campus. There is no cost to veteran students for this program and all supplies will be provided through donations. Space is limited to fifteen students per semester.
To be eligible to participate in the R-VETS program, applicants must have been honorably discharged or presently serving in the military. A high school diploma or GED is required. In order to maximize GI Bill benefits, this program will not use any Veterans’ Affairs education benefits to ensure the veteran has full entitlement once enrolled in post-secondary education.
Students who complete the R-VETS program will receive a certificate of completion. This certificate can be submitted as additional supporting documentation if the student chooses to apply for admission to Marywood University.
For more information on the R-VETS program, visit www.marywood.edu/RVETS or email James Tiger at email@example.com. Office of Military and Veteran Services at Marywood University may be reached at 570-961-4746. Faculty applicants for the areas of math and English are also being accepted. All faculty services are voluntary.
Abington Heights School District will host kindergarten registration for September 2014, at all four elementary schools during regular school hours as follows:
• Monday, March 3: Waverly Elementary School, 103 Waverly Road, 570-585-6300.
• Tuesday, March 4: Newton-Ransom Elementary School, 1549 Newton-Ransom Blvd., 570-585-8300.
• Wednesday, March 5: South Abington Elementary School, 640 Northern Blvd., 570-585-2100.
• Thursday, March 6: Clarks Summit Elementary School, 401 West Grove St., 570-585-7300.
Children must be five years old before Monday, Sept. 1, and reside within the Abington Heights School District to attend Abington Heights kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year. At the time of registration, a birth certificate, proof of residency and current immunizations must be provided. Parents/guardians should contact the elementary school office nearest their residence to request a pre-registration packet. Visit www.ahsd.org for more
Income Tax Assistance
Abington-area individuals, families and senior citizens with a household income of less than $51,000 can receive free assistance in completing and filing their federal, state and local tax returns through the University of Scranton’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties.
Appointments are available at the Clarks Summit Fire Hall on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 3-7 p.m. To schedule an appointment online, visit the United Way’s website at www.uwlc.net. If you are unable to make your appointment online, call 570-504-0614 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no charge for this service.
Beginning in February, walk-in, no appointment required tax service is also available through this program at Brennan Hall at the University of Scranton on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesdays from noon to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. No tax preparation service will be offered from Thursday, March 13, through Monday, March 24. The regular schedule resumes on March 25. A “Super Sunday” is scheduled to kick-off the tax season at Brennan Hall on Sunday, Feb. 2 with appointments available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appointments are also available in Taylor, Peckville, Honesdale, Hawley, Carbondale, Forest City and Moscow.
Tax clients need to bring valid photo identification, all W2 forms, 1099 documents (interest, dividends, pensions), Social Security numbers or individual tax identification numbers (ITIN) for yourself and all dependents including children, completed W-7 documents as appropriate, last year’s return (optional, but helpful), any records relating to income and expenses, personal bank account information (for direct deposit in bank account with electronic filing) and real estate tax receipts (if applicable).
Visit www.uwlc.net or call 570-504-0614 for more information.
Reflective Address Markers
The Fleetville Volunteer Fire Co. is selling reflective address markers for the residents of Benton Township. Organizers say that the markers are highly visible day and night, with reflective material on both sides. They are also fade-resistant and will last for years. Markers are $20 and will help the fire department find residences quickly in case of an emergency. Call 570-945-3139 for more information or to place an order.
Garbage Collection Notice
Garbage collection days will be delayed one day in the following weeks that include major holidays for residents of South Abington Twp.:
• May 26, due to Memorial Day;
• July 4, due to Independence Day;
• Sept. 1, due to Labor Day;
• Nov. 27, due to Thanksgiving; and
• Dec. 25, due to Christmas.
Residents are reminded that the collection hauler is allowed under contract and for the safety of the general public and their employees to stop collection on any given day due to inclement weather conditions. If that is the case, residents are to leave their items out for collections for the next few days, as the hauler will return the first clear day to finish the route.
South Abington Township residents may call the township building at 570-586-2111 with questions.
Through Saturday, May 31: Newton Rec. Center Fall Hours
The Newton Recreation Center, 1814 Newton-Ransom Blvd., will continue its fall hours through Saturday, May 31, 2014. The center will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon and from 3-8:30 p.m. On Saturdays, the center will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays it will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Call 570-586-7808 for more information.
Vintage Pleat Hours
The Vintage Pleat at the Attic Shop, located on the lower level of the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road, has announced its hours for this year’s season. Regular shop hours are the first Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the remaining Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; as well as Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular consignment days are held on Wednesdays at the same hours as the shop. If the Abington Heights School District is closed due to weather, the Vintage Pleat at the Attic Shop will also be closed. All of the shop’s proceeds are donated to charity.
The borough of Clarks Green is recruiting residents to serve on various boards and commissions. These include the borough’s zoning hearing board, board of health, planning commission and shade tree commission. Residents should send letters of interest to Clarks Green Borough, 104 N. Abington Road, or email them to email@example.com. Call 570-586-4446 for more information.
The Oppenheim Family Children’s Center at Keystone College is accepting new enrollees. Located on Keystone’s campus in La Plume, the program offers several preschool program options for children three to five years old. Children must be three years old by Sept. 1 to participate. Preschoolers will receive developmentally appropriate educational services provided by qualified early-childhood professionals. The center also serves as a training site for students majoring in education and related fields at Keystone College.
Licensed and inspected by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, the center is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs and has earned a “Four-Star” rating by the Office of Child Development and Early Learning Quality Rating System. This designation recognizes child care facilities which exceed state requirements.
Call 570-945-8260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Clarks Green Shade Trees
The Clarks Green Shade Tree Commission is seeking to assist borough residents by providing free or low-cost trees for resident properties. The commission is also looking for volunteers for plantings, scheduled in November and April, as well as attendees for its monthly meetings. Residents interested in either free or low cost trees for their properties are asked to contact the commission by emailing Jan Brown at email@example.com or by calling her at 570-586-4446.
Serving Seniors Inc. is seeking dedicated and caring people of all ages to provide friendly visits and companionship to residents in long term care and personal care homes within Lackawanna County. Visitation volunteers will help to improve the quality of life of an older adult. Training is provided. Call Lisa M. Torch at 570-344-3931 for more information.
Serving Seniors is in need of volunteers for its Ombudsman (Resident Rights’ Advocate) Program. Volunteer ombudsmen are community neighbors who are specially trained to help clarify responsibilities and the rights of consumers in long-term living facilities. Applicants need to be available for a few hours a month, older than age 18 and concerned about the rights of nursing home and assisted living/personal care home residents. Call Lisa M. Torch at 570-344-3931 for more information.
The Voluntary Action Center, a United Way agency, matches volunteers with volunteer opportunities at more than 100 nonprofit agencies in Lackawanna County. Visit the Voluntary Action Center’s website at www.vacnepa.org to learn more or call 570-347-5616 for more information.
Used Clothing Drop Off Shed
The Church of the Epiphany, 25 Church Hill Road, Glenburn, is sponsoring a used clothing drop off shed, which is located in the church parking lot. All clothing, sneakers, shoes, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, drapes and stuffed toys will be accepted.
Organizers are asking that no rags, fabric scraps, pillows, toys or household goods be placed in the shed. Donations will not be cut up or shredded.
The items will be sent to people who can use them either in the United States or internationally.
Donations are tax deductible and receipts are located on the shed. If possible, please place items in tied or closed bags.
The Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Twp., is requesting donations of the following items: blankets, sheets, towels, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, paper towels, dish soap, kitty litter, puppy chow, kitten food, dog food, cat and dog toys and gift cards. Call 570-586-3700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Abington Area Joint Recreation Board (AAJRB) is conducting an online survey in order to gauge public interest and participating in the Abington Area Park community as well as to help the park better serve residents’ needs. Those interested in participating can visit www.abingtonparks.com and follow directions to the survey.
The Benton Township Lions Club, in cooperation with Abington Memorial Post 7069, Veterans of Foreign Wars, has placed a deposit box for eye glasses and hearing aids at the post home, 402 Winola Road, Clarks Summit. The yellow box is in front of the post and is clearly marked for deposits.
An internet-based fundraiser is available for Abington-area residents who would like to help the Abington Area Community Park raise needed funds. If you use www.goodsearch.com and enter the Abington Area Community Park as your selected charity, one cent from each web search that you do through their site or toolbar addition to your browser will go toward benefiting the park’s various initiatives.
Pavilion Rentals Available
The Lakeside Pavilion at the Abington Area Community Park, located at the intersection of Winola Road and Grove St., is available for rentals. Amenities include the use of Eston Wilson Lake, the boundless playground, soccer and softball fields, hiking and nature trails and a dog park. Handicapped-accessible parking is also available.
Reservation forms are available at the Clarks Summit Borough Building, 304 S. State St., or online at www.abingtonparks.com. Call 570-585-4811 for more information.
Dining/Meeting Room Available
The dining/meeting room at Abington Memorial VFW Post 7069, 402 Winola Road, Clarks Summit, is available for rental and catering. Call the post at 570-586-9821, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. for more information.
Help for Disabled Persons
Lackawanna County Coordinated Transportation is offering reduced-fare transportation to persons with disabilities living in rural areas of the county. Those eligible must live in Lackawanna County, be 18 to 64 years old, and have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applications are available by contacting Lackawanna County Coordinated Transportation, 800 North/South Road, Scranton, PA 18504 or by calling 570-963-6795.
SPORTS, HEALTH AND WELLNESS
The Abington Fire Girls U12 Competitive Soccer Team has several openings on its roster for the spring season. Potential players should have previous soccer experience. The team will compete in league play and practice several times a week. Birthdates for eligible players must fall between Aug. 1, 2001 and July 31, 2002. Residency in the Abington area is not required to be on the team. Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Through Thursday, April 10: ‘Fit Over 50’
“Fit Over 50” strength training classes for men and women age 50 and older will take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 1 p.m. through Thursday, April 10, at the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road. Classes will be held in the Comm’s gym and cost $6 each. Call 570-586-8191 for more information.
Free Yoga Class
The Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, located at the intersection of the Morgan Highway and Grove St., is sponsoring a free yoga class on Tuesday evenings from 6-7 p.m., instructed by Tina Young.
Yoga Classes for Seniors
A yoga class for beginners is offered to seniors 55 years of age and older at the Abington Senior Center, 1151 Winola Road. The class is held each Monday at the center from 11:15 a.m. to noon. A fee of $4 per class is required to help pay for the professional instructor. Call 570-586-8996 for more information.
Zumba classes will be held at the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road, on Mondays and Thursday evenings at 7:15 p.m. and on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. Call Diane Hibble at 570-878-8212 for more information.
The Waverly United Methodist Church, 105 Church St., is hosting a support group for Christians who are in recovery from various addictions that uses the twelve-step program as well as related scripture readings. Meetings are held on Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the church’s fellowship hall.
Call Theresa at 570-587-2081 for more information on Tuesday meetings and Nancy at 570-878-7408 for more information on Wednesday meetings. Call Pastor Barbara Snyder at 570-586-8166 or Ron Hackman at 570-586-1043 for general information.
Weekly Children’s Program
The Waverly Community Church, 101 Carbondale Road, hosts a weekly series every Friday for children from three years old to fifth-grade level from 6:30-7:45 p.m. The “Badge of Honor” program will feature Biblical and character education while providing children the opportunity to earn merit badges. Call 570-587-2280 for more information.
Clarks Green UMC Events
The following is a list of events taking place at the Clarks Green United Methodist Church, 119 Glenburn Road.
• Sunday Drive Discussion will be held on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. in the church lounge. Sunday Drive Discussion is an open-forum conversation on contemporary questions and spiritual living in a secular world.
• A Christian book study is held on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in the church lounge. Come and enjoy thought-provoking studies of Christian authors with diverse perspectives.
• Tae Kwon Do classes for all ages are held at the church. Children’s classes are held Monday through Thursday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and adult classes are held on Saturdays from 7-8:30 a.m. Classes are open to the public for nominal prices.
• Exercise classes are held at the church on Mondays and Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. Classes are open to the public for nominal prices.
Call 570-586-8946 for more information on these events.
Bible Study will be held at the Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, on Monday mornings at 10 a.m. For more information, call 570-587-3206 or visit www.countryside-church.org.
The Chinchilla United Methodist Church, 411 Layton Road, is offering a refurbished nursery and children’s Sunday school during Sunday services. Call the church at 570-587-2578 for more information.
SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGSAlzheimer’s Association of Greater Pennsylvania
The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Pennsylvania hosts a support group meeting at Elan Gardens, 465 Venard Road, Clarks Summit, on the last Tuesday of the month from 7-8 p.m. For reservations, contact Rhonda Falk, 570-585-8099, or Rita Fenton, 570-342-1776 (work) or 570-586-0179 (home).
Lung Cancer Support Group
A newly-formed support group for people with lung cancer and their caretakers will meet at the Center for Comprehensive Care, 5 Morgan Highway, Suite 7, Scranton, every first Wednesday of the month. Call Rita Fenton at 570-586-0179 for more information.
Families Helping Families
Families Helping Families meets at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday during the school year at the Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. This support group, provided by the library and the Clearbrook Foundation, gives families who face drug and alcohol addiction a place to find support, education and information.
Lupus Support Group
The Tunkhannock-area monthly lupus support group meets every third Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Tunkhannock Library, 220 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. For more information, call 1-888-99-LUPUS or visit www.lupuspa.org.
Clarks Summit meetings of Overeaters Anonymous at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 School St., are as follows: Sundays, 4 p.m.; Mondays and Wednesdays, 7 p.m.; Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. Call 570-587-4313 for more information.