Around The Towns 11/11/2018

November 11, 2018
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Around The Towns 11/11/2018


Brian Manning of Manning Farm Dairy in Dalton spoke to members of the Rotary Club of the Abingtons recently.

Manning talked about the history of the business, which was established in 1920. The dairy grew from a single delivery truck that went door to door to a large farm that produces fresh milk and homemade ice cream sold at multiple retail stores throughout Lackawanna County.

Manning also talked about the present and future of the dairy and how technology helps the family monitor the activity, temperature and diet of the cattle there.



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Clarks Summit

The public is invited to the newest art exhibit at the Gathering Place for Community, Arts and Education, 304 S. State St., titled “Fiber Arts: Functional and Fantastical.”

The show will feature basketry, weaving, crochet, felt, knitting, quilting and other forms of art. Several of the artists who produced the work on display will be at a reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday to discuss their work with all who attend. Admission is free.



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Lackawanna County commissioners last week recognized two North Pocono High School students for choosing to attend recent county government meetings as part of a school project.

Students Kylie Dowd and Addy Dubiel, both members of an AP government class, attended this past Wednesday’s commissioners meeting and a county budget hearing earlier this month. They had the choice of attending other local government meetings, but opted to focus on the county for the project because they “thought it would be more interesting,” Dowd said.

“I love when you get involved,” Commissioner Laureen Cummings said, joining fellow Commissioners Patrick O’Malley and Jerry Notarianni in praising the students for their interest. “Congratulations on the course that you are taking and for choosing it.”

Notarianni encouraged the students to stay involved.

“We need young people like yourselves to continue to stay interested, to work at it and to understand that there are a lot of good things that you can do (in government),” Notarianni said.

O’Malley, chairman of the board of commissioners, said the meetings will give the students a feel for how county government functions.

“There’s a lot of great people doing great things in Lackawanna County government,” he said. “We’re glad you’re here.”




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At less than 6 months old, Connor Edward Abda is battling an immunodeficiency disease, and members of the community hope to offset his family’s medical expenses with a Christmas bazaar next month.

Connor’s Christmas Miracle, described as an old-fashioned Christmas bazaar, will be held Dec. 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Jon Pierre’s American Bistro, 590 Burke Bypass, Olyphant. There will be a $5-per-family donation to enter the bazaar, which will include photos with Santa, drinks, cookies, gift bags for kids and raffles.

Born June 1, Connor has severe combined immunodeficiency disorder, which means he is extremely susceptible to infections from any illness or injury, organizer Kim Onda Atkinson said. While Connor receives treatment, his family had to put their lives on hold, and all proceeds from the bazaar will benefit the Abda family, she said.

Mike Abda, an Olyphant councilman and Connor’s grandfather, never imagined so many people would come together to support his grandson.

“It can make you cry,” he said. “It’s an honor to live in this town.”

Organizers are seeking donated items for the bazaar, Atkinson said.

Anyone looking to donate items can drop them off at the bistro Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m. until the day of the event or call 570-383-9552 for pickup or information.




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Mission accomplished.

A Scranton Tomorrow project to plant 150 trees in Scranton for the city’s sesquicentennial formally concludes today, with the final 11 trees having just been planted at the new Duffy Park at the new Harrison Avenue Bridge.

The recreated park and a replica of the World War I doughboy statue will be dedicated today in a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m.

The event also will represent the conclusion of the tree-planting project, said former Mayor David Wenzel, who chaired that effort, called “Scranton: 150 trees, 150 years.”

“We saved the last 11 trees for this park,” Wenzel said. “We’re very happy with it.”

The tree-planting initiative began in 2015 as part of the city’s then-upcoming sesquicentennial celebrations for 2016. The sesquicentennial Charter Day was April 23, 2016.

The effort was both “exhausting” and enjoyable, said tree project member Joe Riccardo.

“We did it,” Riccardo said. “The project went so well for us. We knew it would take two years. Mayor Wenzel just poured his heart and soul into this,” as did another key member of the initiative, city Forester Tony Santoli.

Wenzel also thanked Scranton Tomorrow Executive Director Leslie Collins and sesquicentennial chairwoman Andrea Mulrine for their pivotal efforts.

Financial contributions for the 150 trees came from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Scranton Area Community Foundation, the city and individual donors, Riccardo said.

The 150 trees have been planted throughout the city at various locations, including schools, Courthouse Square, City Hall, along the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail, in McDade Park and in other parks. Thirty trees planted in Hanlon’s Grove in Nay Aug Park represent the city’s mayors.

The project also produced some offshoots. In 2015, Mayor Bill Courtright and city council revived the city’s Shade Tree Commission by appointing Wenzel, Santoli, Riccardo, Tom McLane and Anne McNally to the commission.

In 2016, Scranton was named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Just as Scranton’s roots run deep, tree-planting organizers wanted to give future generations a gift of 150 trees that will grow and stand proud and tall for generations.

Wenzel and Riccardo envision that when the city celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2066, residents can look upon the 150 trees as a living legacy from past residents.

“This is an ongoing gift to the city,” Riccardo said.

The final 11 trees at the new Duffy Park — which is named after city native son Lt. Col. Frank Duffy, who was killed in World War I — also symbolize that war’s ending at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.



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