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SPECIAL EVENTS

Saturday, Aug. 16: Chicken Barbecue

The Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Newton Twp., will host its inaugural, take-out only chicken barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 3-6 p.m. Tickets are $9; $7 for children younger than 10. Both adult and children’s portions will include a baked potato, corn, coleslaw, roll and a brownie. Advance sale only tickets are available at the church office weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by calling 570-587-3206 or emailing countrysideoffice@yahoo.com.

Friday, Aug. 22: Summer Cocktail Party

Serving Seniors Inc. will host its annual summer cocktail party on Friday, Aug. 22, from 5:30-8 p.m. at Abington Manor, 100 Edella Road, S. Abington Twp. Tickets are $35 per person and include hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and entertainment. Call 570-344-3931 for more information.

MEETING NOTICES Book Club Meeting

The Mysteries and Detectives Book Club will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. The selection for August is James M. Cain’s “The Postman Always Rings Twice.” The author for September will be Robert B. Parker.

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.

Glenburn 4-H

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 St., Clarks Summit. Meet other active, mature singles for fun activities and friendship. Call Linda at 570-470-5220 for more information.

SPECIAL NOTICES

Comm Summer Events

The Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road, will host the following events this summer:

• Camp Create: a specialized themed day camp for children with special needs in grades six-12 or equivalent abilities. Two sessions will be held. Session I: Monday-Friday, Aug. 11-15. Session II: Monday-Friday, Aug. 18-22. Both sessions run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• “You Are Mixing Your Colors:” beginner’s oil painting for children in grades three through eight. Dates: Monday-Friday, Aug. 11-15, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

For more information or to register, call 570-586-8191, ext. 2 or visit waverlycomm.org.

Summer Hours

The Newton Recreation Center, 1814 Newton-Ransom Blvd., recently announced its summer hours. The center will be open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed on weekends through Sunday, Aug. 31. Call 570-586-7808 for more information.

Bus Trips

The Abington Senior Community Center has announced the following bus trips:

• Around the Towns: Friday, Aug. 8. Trip includes stops in Honesdale, the birthplace of America’s commercial railroad; White Mills, home of the Dorflinger Glass Museum; and Hawley, with a wine tasting at the Antler Ridge Winery and a visit to Coutts Blueberry Farm. Lunch will be at the Riverview Restaurant at Rusty Palmer’s. Cost: $48/members; $53/non-members.

• Baltimore and Annapolis: Wednesday, Sept. 10 through Friday, Sept. 12. Trip includes two nights lodging, two dinners, a guided tour of historic Baltimore, a tour of Annapolis and the Naval Academy and a one-hour Inner Harbor Spirit cruise, plus a Blue Angels practice session. Cost: $354/double occupancy; $443/single occupancy.

Call 570-586-8996 for more information or for reservations.

Permits Required

Clarks Summit Borough officials would like to remind residents that burn permits are required in the borough, even for recreational burning. Call 570-586-9316 for more information.

Safety Checks

In recognition of National Safety Month, the Home Instead Senior Care office in Clarks Summit, which serves Lackawanna, Monroe, Pike, Wayne and Wyoming counties, is offering a free home safety checklist for area seniors and their families. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 20 million seniors ages 65 and older visit the emergency room each year with almost a third of the visits related to injuries, many of which are sustained in the home. However, almost half of all home accidents by seniors (48 percent) can be avoided according to a recent survey of emergency room doctors, conducted by the Home Instead Senior Care network. To request a free home safety checklist, call 570-687-4755 or visit makinghomesaferforseniors.com.

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.:

• 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.

Assistance Available

The Voluntary Action Center (VAC), 538 Spruce St., Scranton, was recently awarded a grant to help seniors age 60 and older enroll in SNAP, formerly food stamps. Officials say that the Senior SNAP Enrollment Initiative Grant will increase the enrollment of senior citizens residing in Lackawanna County in the SNAP program and that approximately two out of three senior citizens who qualify to receive SNAP are missing out on benefits. Senior citizens who have an income at or below $1,916 for single individuals or $2,585 for married couples and resources under $9,000, excluding primary home, vehicle and other items, could qualify for SNAP benefits. Call Jennifer Wynn at 570-347-5616 or email jwynn@vacnepa.org for more information.

Volunteers Needed

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 jbrown@clarksgreen.info. Call 570-586-4446 for more information.

Preschool Available

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 childrencenter@keystone.edu 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 jbrown@clarksgreen.info or by calling her at 570-586-4446.

Volunteers Needed

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.

Ombudsmen Needed

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

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 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.

Items Needed

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 info@griffinpondanimalshelter.com.

Park Survey

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 abingtonparks.com and follow directions to the survey.

Donations Needed

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.

Online Fundraiser

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 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 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

Golf Tournament

The Newton Recreation Center will host a golf tournament at the Summit Hills Golf Course, 1235 Country Club Road, Newton Twp., on Saturday, Aug. 23, beginning with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The captain-and-crew format tournament is $75 per person and includes a green fee, cart, dinner and prizes. For more information, call the center at 570-586-7808 or Diana McDonald at 570-587-3083.

Learn To Swim

The Abington Heights School District is hosting five learn-to-swim sessions throughout the summer at the high school pool, 222 Noble Road, Clarks Summit. Session five will be held from Monday, Aug. 11, through Thursday, Aug. 21. Offerings will include “Aqua Tots,” beginner, advanced beginner, intermediate, advanced and parent/child classes. Private swim lessons are also available at a cost of $75 for four half-hour sessions weekdays from noon to 4 p.m. Brochures and registration forms are available at ahsd.org. Call aquatics director Mary Gromelski at 570-585-5300 ext. 5607 for more information.

BBC Sports Camps

Baptist Bible College and Seminary, 538 Venard Road, South Abington Twp., will host its Big Blue Soccer Camp from Monday, Aug. 11 to Thursday, Aug. 14. Call 570-585-9322 or email sportscamps@bbc.edu for more

information.

Soccer Registration

The Abington Youth Soccer League (AYSL) is hosting online registration for fall youth soccer. Anyone born on or between Aug. 1, 1994, and July 31, 2009, is eligible to play. All players must still be in high school this fall to register and there is no residency requirement. Visit abingtonyouthsoccerleague.com to register. Email jhatton727@aol.com or call 570-586-9589 for more information.

Little League Registrations

Anyone who would still like to sign up for Christy Mathewson Little League baseball and softball may still do so. Benton, Dalton, Factoryville and Nicholson, residents may call Phil Evans at 570-563-0223 to register. Lake Winola residents may call Gene Dziak at 570-955-9653 to register.

Soccer Openings

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 drewm1068@yahoo.com or jstiles2002@msn.com 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

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.

CHURCH EVENTS 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.

Countryside Community Church Events

The following is a list of events taking place at the Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Newton Twp.

• Bible study is held on Monday mornings at 10 a.m., followed by a prayer group at 11:30 a.m.

• The “Pins and Needles” sewing group meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m.

• Choir rehearsal is held on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. from September through May.

Call 570-587-3206 or visit countryside-church.org 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

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 countryside-church.org.

Sunday School

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 MEETINGS Support Groups Available

The Lung Cancer Alliance is hosting a support group for children ages 5-18 who have a loved one with cancer that meets on the last Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton. A support group for children ages 5-18 with cancer meets the first and third Monday of the month from 5-7 p.m. at Timmy’s Town Center in the Mall at Steamtown. The group’s next meeting will be on Monday, Aug. 4. Call Rita Fenton at 570-586-0179 for more information on both groups.

Eating Disorder Support Group

Marywood University’s Psychological Services Center will host a weekly eating disorder support group on Tuesdays from 8-9 p.m.,in the McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies. The group is limited to those 18 years of age and older and the fee is $5.00 per session.

According to organizers, the group will help support those with eating disorders on their journey towards recovery. The focus of meetings will be determined by the needs of the group. Some sample topics include mindfulness, intuitive eating, body image, perception of others and self-care.

For more information, to register for the group or for any questions regarding this group or individual treatment options, call 570-348-6269.

12-Step Program

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 Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon and on Thursdays from 5-6:30 p.m. 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.

Alzheimer’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 lupuspa.org.

Overeaters Anonymous

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.