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Namedropper 11/11/2018

November 11, 2018
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Namedropper 11/11/2018

House tours set

Kathleen Nelson is chairwoman and Sue Houck is co-chairwoman of the Waverly Community House’s Holiday House Tour.

Tim and Tara Atkins’s home, Candletree Farm, built in the 1840s, will be featured on this year’s tour.

Additions were built onto the home — traditionally known as the Green’s Home — in 1947 and 1967. The later renovations added an enclosed side terrace, “The Compass Room,” which features a compass built into the stone floor.

The Atkinses moved back to the area in 2011 and finished another round of renovations in 2012 alongside the architect Jim Rodgers and Paloucci Construction. The living room was updated this year with designer Frank Whittaker.

“Everything in our home means something,” the Atkinses said. “We love to open the doors and entertain our family and friends and we hope you, too, feel at home as you wander through.”

Donna Nasser’s traditional colonial home built in 1969, known as the Philbin’s, is also on the tour. Gerry Philbin developed and built homes on mostly 1-acre lots using all old- world methods. Nasser’s family moved into the home in 1989 and made two major renovations. The home’s decor showcases traditional and period pieces that are family heirlooms and pieces that might be found in the colonial style, according to the Comm.

“It is such a pleasure to showcase my home in my favorite time of year,” said Nasser.

The homes of Craig and Lisa Best and James and Kelly Tates are also on the Comm’s Holiday House Tour.

The Holiday House Tour will be held Sunday, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., during the Comm’s Artisans’ Marketplace weekend.

Tickets for the tours are $25 and are available at the Comm office, 1115 N. Abington Road, Waverly, or online at www.waverlycomm.org. Tickets will also be on sale in the Comm lobby during the Artisans’ Marketplace on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

High notes

Albright Memorial Library’s head of reference, Martina Soden, was recently recognized by the University of Scranton Women’s Entrepreneurship Center.

Soden, MLIS, was a guest speaker during the WEC’s StartUP program, a 6-week series where participants learn how to start their own businesses.

Soden visits the class several times a year to provide an overview of the reference resources and support available at the library as participants work to gather information needed to write their business plans.

The WEC is a partnership between the university’s Kania School of Management and Small Business Development Center and offers programs and services to women with lower incomes, those in transition or those trying to make a better life for themselves and their families; helping to determine if self employment is an option, according to the university. For more details, contact Francene Dudziec at 570-941-4168.

Volunteer honored

Tom DiGregorio was awarded the 2018 Republican Party of Lackawanna County Volunteer of the Year award.

During the 2018 campaign year, DiGregorio of Scranton volunteered daily in the Republican Party’s Scranton office, making phone calls, going door-to- door and helping with events throughout Lackawanna County.

DiGregorio is a member of the Lackawanna County Young Republicans. He was recently appointed district committeeman to the Republican Committee, representing Republicans in Scranton’s 9th Ward, 1st District.

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