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Around The Towns, Sept. 30, 2018

September 30, 2018
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Around The Towns, Sept. 30, 2018

Carbondale Carbondale Area School District is collecting items for soldier care packages. The items, which must be collected by Oct. 31, will be sent to soldiers fighting in Afghanistan before Christmas. Among the items they are accepting: granola bars, flavored sunflower seeds, nuts, trail mix, beef jerky, powdered mixes that can be added to bottled water, baby wipes, pain relievers, feminine hygiene products, eyedrops, foot powder, eyeglass lens cleaner cloths, cotton swabs, supplies for letter writing, stamped envelopes, small holiday decorations and thank-you letters. Organizers are also seeking monetary donations to cover shipping costs. For information on where to drop off donations, contact Monique Cobb, monique cobb@carbondalearea.org; Bruce Gordon, brucegor don@carbondalearea.org; or Michelle Rosler, michelle.rosler@carbondalearea.org. — STAFF REPORT Clarks Summit In addition to admiring the work of borough resident Kristie Miller McMahon, which is featured at the Gathering Place for Community, Art and Education, people will soon be able to learn about jewelry making from the artisan herself. McMahon’s sterling, fine silver, Nevada turquoise and sunstone necklace, called “The Rattler,” is now part of a gallery at the Gathering Place, 304 S. State St. McMahon will share her talents with others when she teaches classes at The Gathering Place. Sessions on Thursdays, Oct. 4 and 11, will focus on helping participants channel their artistic vibes and create one-of-a-kind wire and bead bracelets. Each class requires a $40 registration fee and a $12 supply fee, said Anne Armezzani of the Gathering Place. Other classes, on Nov. 1 and 8, will feature designing and making earrings and carry a $40 registration fee and a $10 supply fee. Each class is scheduled for 6 p.m. , Armezzani said. To register for the classes or for information, visit the Gathering Place website at www.GatheringPlaceCS.org. — CLAYTON OVER cover@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5363; @ClaytonOver on Twitter ■ The Abington Community Library will host a slate of informational events throughout October because of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each of the sessions will cover breast cancer prevention, awareness, treatment, detection and diagnosis, said Renee Roberts, young adult services and project manager at the library. Each of the events will be at 7 p.m. at the library’s Ryon Room: Thursday, Oct. 4: Whole Breast Ultrasound, presented by Dr. Susan Summerton. Thursday, Oct. 11: Changes in Breast Care Management, presented by Dr. Kristine Kelley. Thursday, Oct. 18: The Foundation for Cancer Care, presented by Margo Opsasnick. A fourth event, an artist meet-and-greet and exhibition with Summerton called “Xposed: The Body as Art,” is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 25. Summerton is also an artist and makes pieces out of X-rays. Her work will be on display in the Ryon Room during October. The events are free, but anyone who wishes to attend should preregister by calling the library at 570-587-3440 or stopping by the building at 1200 W. Grove St. — CLAYTON OVER cover@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5363; @ClaytonOver on Twitter ■ The Clarks Summit Fire Company will hold its annual open house Saturday, Oct. 13. The event will be held at the fire hall, 321 Bedford St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and coincides with the end of Fire Prevention Week, fire Lt. Leonard Hazelton said. The open house is open to the community, and firefighters will show guests around the fire station and explain equipment. There will also be firetruck rides, displays from other first responders and more. “Every year, we try to do different demonstrations,” Hazelton said. — CLAYTON OVER cover@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5363; @ClaytonOver on Twitter Dunmore Patrons of the businesses at Dunmore Corners may have noticed a series of new planters beautifying the area. Crews last week installed the 18 planters, which the borough bought for about $3,200 after receiving a discount from Jerry’s For All Seasons, said Councilman Thomas Hallinan. The beautification project complements a similar one in Scranton, where nonprofit Scranton Tomorrow recently purchased and placed 64 self-watering planters downtown. Dunmore is considering establishing a shade tree commission with the power to pursue grants for similar projects, Hallinan said. — 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.

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