Around The Towns, Feb. 10, 2019
Clarks Summit Lackawanna County officials presented borough Mayor Herman Johnson with a proclamation at a borough council meeting last week recognizing him as the county’s first black mayor. The proclamation was presented as part of Black History Month. — CLAYTON OVER email@example.com; 570-348-9100 x5363; @ClaytonOver on Twitter A local artist will present at the Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St. On Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m., Travis Prince will speak about his exhibition on display at the library throughout February. His art is vibrant and atmospheric, and the works on display at the library all feature people reading. Those in attendance will hear Prince speak about his inspiration and process. His work is also featured at the Marketplace at Steamtown in Scranton as part of the Black Scranton exhibit. The event is free, and light refreshments will be served. Call 570-587-3440 to register or stop by the library to do so. In the meantime, check out Prince’s work on Facebook and Instagram: @paintingsbytheprince. — CLAYTON OVER firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5363; @ClaytonOver on Twitter Mayfield It took about a dozen volunteers at St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral only one hour to make 3,500 potato balls for their upcoming Ash Wednesday pierogi sale. The pierogi-making veterans will make 15,000 of the potato dumplings in the coming weeks as they prepare for the sale, said Alexandra Sorochka, wife of the church’s mitred archpriest, the Very Rev. John Sorochka. They will be selling the homemade pierogies March 6 from noon to 4 p.m. at St. John’s Center on Hill Street. The pierogies will be available either deep fried or frozen and uncooked at $7 per dozen. The only reason they stop at 15,000 is because they don’t have room to store more, Alexandra Sorochka said, explaining that the sale is a major fundraiser for the church. “Every dollar goes into the church treasury to help with weekly expenses, monthly expenses,” she said. The church sells anywhere from 85,000 to 100,000 pierogies per year and has been selling them for the past 48 years, she said. “It’s all labors of love,” she said. Pierogies will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, but business orders can be placed by sending a fax to 570-876-2534 by March 4. Business orders will be delivered upon request. — FRANK WILKES LESNEFSKY email@example.com; 570-348-9100 x5181; @flesnefskyTT on Twitter Olyphant Olyphant is now tobacco free. Borough council voted Tuesday to pass an ordinance banning tobacco in all borough parks, buildings, public areas, borough vehicles and borough equipment. The ban prohibits all tobacco products and anything that will expel nicotine, which includes electronic cigarettes, council President Jimmy Baldan said. “We want to protect our citizens, especially the children,” he said. Councilman Mike Abda brought up the idea of a tobacco ban after seeing parents smoking around children during family events like the borough’s Easter egg hunt and Santa train, Baldan said. “It gives us the authority to stop it,” he said. Violators can be fined up to $25, Baldan said. Olyphant joins nearly 1,000 other municipalities across Pennsylvania in implementing tobacco bans in its parks, but extending the ban to borough vehicles and equipment is less common, said Tony Delonti, a specialist in health promotion for the American Lung Association. “I’m glad they’re doing it,” Delonti said in an email. Baldan explained that they have new vehicles that they don’t want smelling like smoke, and if one person smokes in a borough vehicle, it exposes any other occupants to the smoke. “We just don’t want it to happen in Olyphant,” he said. — FRANK WILKES LESNEFSKY firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5181; @flesnefskyTT on Twitter Scranton The Lackawanna County ARTS Engage! Task Force seeks local groups, schools, businesses and individuals to paint ceramic butterflies for a community arts program launching this spring on the theme of transformation. The painted butterflies will be on display outside the Lackawanna County Courthouse in the city. Members of the public are encouraged to use the project as an avenue to share stories of individual and community transformation on social media. “Transformation is such a powerful thing, and everybody has a story,” county Arts and Culture Director Maureen McGuigan said. “There’s so many stories that we don’t know out there that can be really moving. ... We saw (the project) as a way to really bring the community together.” There is no charge for the butterflies, which should be painted with acrylic paint. Art supplies will be provided to groups unable to obtain them. To request butterflies or information on the program, contact McGuigan at 570-963-6590, ext. 102. Potential participants also may email arts-culture@lackawanna county.org, or reach out to the department through its Facebook page. — JEFF HORVATH email@example.com; 570-348-9141; @jhorvathTT on Twitter Taylor Lucca Restaurant and Catering, 802 S. Main St., will hold a valentine dinner Tuesday to benefit Tracey’s Hope Hospice Care & Rescue for Domestic Animals Inc. Order off the regular menu between 4 and 9:30 p.m. and the restaurant will donate 20 percent of the total cost of a meal to the nonprofit Tracey’s Hope. Raffles and prizes also include a Valentine’s Day package featuring an overnight stay at the Home2 Suites by Hilton in Dickson City, a body massage for two, champagne and glasses, candy and a book of love poems. The Valentine’s Day dinner has been an annual fundraiser for Tracey’s Hope for about the past four years, although last year’s event was canceled because of inclement weather, said Tracey’s Hope Executive Director Denise Kumor. Tracey’s Hope — named for Kumor’s beloved sheltie/Jack Russell terrier mix who died of kidney failure April 1, 2004 — marks its beginning on that date. The Duryea-based Tracey’s Hope provides hospice care to sick pets and pet rescue and adoption services. The organization primarily serves Luzerne and Lackawanna counties. For information, see www.traceyshope.com or its Facebook page. — JIM LOCKWOOD firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5185; @jlockwoodTT 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 email@example.com.