Around The Towns 9/16/2018

September 16, 2018

Clarks Summit

Stop by the Clarks Summit firehouse today for some cool treats to benefit the fire company.

The Joseph W. Hall Memorial Auxiliary is hosting an ice cream social today at the firehall, 321 Bedford St. The Manning’s Dairy ice cream truck will be on hand from 1 to 4 p.m., with proceeds from sales going to benefit the Clarks Summit Fire Company, auxiliary President Nancy Ayers said.

Raffle tickets will also be on sale there, Ayers said. Basket raffle tickets cost $5 for three tickets, $10 for six tickets and $20 for 15 tickets. Baskets feature items ranging from Legos for the kids to a Coach purse, Ayers said.



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The Friends of the Abington Community Library Fall Book Sale is slated for Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 1310 Morgan Highway.

The sale, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., is free and open to the public and offers nearly 10,000 items. More items will be available to buy at the upcoming event than at any of the previous sales, Friends of the Abington Community Library President Amy Hamilton said.

“We do have the most amount of books we’ve ever had,” she said. “We had to stop taking donations because we were running out of space.”

Prices on books, CDs and DVDs for all ages range from 25 cents to $2. A preview sale will be held at the church Friday, Oct. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. for Friends of the Abington Community Library members. Annual memberships can be obtained that night for individuals at $10 and families at $15.

All proceeds from the sale benefit the library to purchase items and underwrite events outside the library’s budget. In the past, money raised has paid for items ranging from laptops to a carpeted reading area in the children’s portion of the library, Hamilton said.



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Moving forward with its plan to create a new comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance for the borough, Jessup council appointed five residents to its Comprehensive Plan Committee on Monday night.

Steve Pitoniak , Jeff Smith , Rella Scassellati , Sherri Noyes and Ann Cappellini will serve on the committee with several members of council as well as members of the borough’s planning commission. The process of developing Jessup’s new comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance will take anywhere from 12 to 18 months, and the committee will have monthly meetings during that time.

The comprehensive zoning process maps out and analyzes features of the community and includes public meetings, looking at trends and conditions, and coming up with goals and recommendations for the future of the borough.

During its monthly meeting, council also voted to:

• Approve an ordinance setting fines for false automatic fire alarms in the borough.

• Approve an ordinance regulating the display of fireworks in the borough and requiring a permit for display fireworks.

• Apply for $94,979 in Community Development Block Grant funding. CDBGs are used to fund projects that aim to benefit low-to-moderate-income individuals.

• Grant conditional approval for TCNE Valley View LLC, a branch of Dallas, Texas-based developer Trammell Crow Co., to begin construction of a 1-million-square-foot warehouse in the Valley View Business Park.

• Advertise an ordinance adopting a standard of quality of life, regulations, violations and a penalty process.



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Lackawanna County

A pair of new 4-H clubs are forming in Lackawanna County and will begin meeting this month.

Administered in Pennsylvania by Penn State Extension, 4-H is a community of more than 6 million young people across the county learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. Penn State Extension 4-H youth development educators in all 67 Pennsylvania counties administer local 4-H programs through informal education and outreach.

The new clubs forming in Lackawanna County are:

n The Community Clovers 4-H Club, which meets at the Carbondale Public Library, 5 N. Main St., on the final Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. This year’s projects will focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math).

n The Creative Arts 4-H Club, which meets on the second floor of the Marketplace at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton, on the final Tuesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. The club will focus on drawing, sewing and crafts.

Youth between the ages of 5 and 18 are welcome to join either club. For information, contact Sandi Graham at the Penn State Extension Lackawanna County office, 570-963-6842, or email saa224@psu.edu.




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The SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church will hold its eighth annual rummage sale fundraiser beginning Friday.

The three-day sale will continue until Sunday and runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at St. Cyril’s school gym, 133 River St.

Items will include furniture, books, records, household items, lamps, pots, pans, dishes, glasses, antiques, Ukranian items, toys and holiday items.

Last year, the sale raised more than $30,000 for the church, totaling about $100,000 in profits over the past seven years.

For information, call the church rectory at 570-291-4451.



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