Around The Towns 2/17/2019

February 17, 2019
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Around The Towns 2/17/2019

Clarks Summit

As part of events planned for Black History Month, the Abington Community Library will host Scranton native Glynis Johns for a presentation called “Remembering and Understanding Black Scrantonians.”

The event is slated for Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the library, 1200 W. Grove St. Johns, founder of the Black Scranton Project, collects stories, artifacts, histories, photographs and more of Scranton’s black community from the 1800s through the present. Anyone who wishes to attend is asked to preregister by calling the library at 570-587-3440 or by stopping by the building, said Renee Roberts, young adult services and project manager at the library.

For more on the Black Scranton Project, visit an exhibit on display through the end of the month on the second floor of the Marketplace at Steamtown or check out blackscranton.com.


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Anyone wishing to learn their first dance moves or add some new ones to their repertoire will soon have the chance, thanks to classes offered through The Gathering Place for Community, Arts and Education.

Jill and Gehred Wetzel will offer a slate of classes. The husband and wife enjoy dancing together and dedicate time to helping students gain confidence and skill with their steps. Jill, a Factoryville native, grew up with dancing; her grandmother and mother were also dance instructors. Gehred also took up dancing and learned to be a master dancer with Jill as his tutor. There’s several reasons why people sign up for dance classes.

“Many couples want to spend quality time with each other and this is an ideal way to do that. Others enjoy the social and fun environment of group classes. Some have a specific reason, like wanting to brush up on dance steps before a family wedding,” she said.

The Wetzels will begin a new semester of weekly classes for The Gathering Place on March 4 continuing through April 1. The classes will be held at the Clarks Green United Methodist Church, 119 Glenburn Road. The spring session will feature classes on advanced night club two-step from 6 to 7 p.m. and beginner fox trot from 7 to 8 p.m. Classes cost $55 per student per session.

A second set of weekly dance classes will begin on April 15.

For information on signing up for classes, visit the The Gathering Place website at www.GatheringPlaceCS.org or email GatheringPlaceCS@gmail.com.


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Members of the Joseph W. Hall Memorial Auxiliary recently presented the Clarks Summit Fire Company with a check for $12,000.

The amount is the total proceeds from auxiliary fundraisers over the last year, including the organization’s annual Cookie Walk. The money will go into a fund for the fire company to purchase a new ladder truck, auxiliary President Nancy Ayers said.


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The North Pocono Trails Association invites outdoor enthusiasts to spend some time enjoying the night skies and the rushing waters of Roaring Brook on Tuesday during a “Moonlight Hike.”

Hikers should meet at the parking lot at Old Mill Park on Market Street in the borough at 6:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring a flashlight or head lamp and wear warm winter clothing and proper hiking footwear.

Hikers also may bring hot chocolate, coffee and soup to enjoy on the outing.

For information on this and future North Pocono Trails Association events, visit the organization’s Facebook page.


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At its meeting last week, City Council took the following actions:

• Adopted a resolution accepting the Historical Architecture Review Board’s recommendation of approval for the Everhart Museum to install two banners on the facade.

• Adopted an ordinance approving the city Office of Economic and Community Development’s five-year, revolving loan fund plan.

• Adopted an ordinance authorizing disbursement of $6,000 from the Urban Development Action Grant program to cover the city’s share of costs for United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania to administer a “continuum of care” program for Lackawanna County, from July 1, 2018, through June 30.

• Tabled for review an ordinance establishing a no-parking zone on the south side of Lackawanna and Jefferson avenues, at Kressler Court and extending north to a driveway.

In a caucus before council’s regular meeting, council heard an update on city parking garages and meters from the system’s outside operators. David Trevisani and Robert “Bud” Sweet of the nonprofit National Development Council, which leased the parking system from the city in mid-2016 and oversees its operations, addressed ongoing system capital projects and finances. Garage and meter rates will remain unchanged in 2019, but are expected to rise in 2020, they said.


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As the borough prepares to celebrate its 125th anniversary in the summer, the Quasquicentennial Committee is looking for food vendors.

Throop will celebrate the anniversary of its incorporation June 29 and 30 at Washington Street Park, featuring live music, rides, fireworks and food, said committee Chairman Andy Hegedus.

The celebration will also include a 5K run/walk on the 29th and a parade on the 30th, he said.

Interested food vendors are asked to contact Hegedus by messaging the Borough of Throop Quasquicentennial Facebook page at www.face book.com/Borough-of-Throop-Quasquicentennial-125th-Anniversary-161194594456857.


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