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Around The Towns, Week Of Nov. 25, 2018

November 25, 2018
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Around The Towns, Week Of Nov. 25, 2018

Clarks Summit The Gathering Place for Community, Arts and Education will host a presentation about one family’s move from a small house to restoring a colonial saltbox house. On Wednesday at 2 p.m., local historical writer Mary Beth Voda will tell the story of her young family’s move from a tiny house bursting at the seams to the old saltbox, which they restored. The program costs $5 to attend. To register or for information, visit gatheringplacecs.org. — CLAYTON OVER cover@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5363; @ClaytonOver on Twitter Covington Twp. Santa will visit next weekend as part of the township’s Christmas open house. The jolly old elf and his wife will arrive at the Moffat Estate, 20 Moffat Drive, by horse-drawn carriage for the event, which runs from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2. Among the attractions: carriage rides around the grounds, the Hall of Trees, photos with Santa, crafts for kids, live Christmas music and light refreshments. For information on the free community event, call 570-842-7580. — STAFF REPORT Moscow The borough’s annual community tree lighting will be held Thursday at Rotary Park on Main Street, with festivities beginning at 6:30 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at the tree lighting on a Moscow Fire and Hose Company truck. A slate of other festive activities, including performances by the Moscow United Methodist Church Bell Choir and the Musical Dreams Studio, will follow at the Borough Building, 123 Van Brunt St. Light refreshments will be served. — STAFF REPORT Scranton As November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, city council designated Monday, Nov. 19, as World Pancreatic Cancer Day in the city for 2018. Council President Pat Rogan and Councilmen Wayne Evans, Bill Gaughan, Tim Perry and Kyle Donahue presented a proclamation to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network local affiliate members Mary Coolican, Teresa Grabowski, Christian Saunders, Kyle Savage, Susan Connors and her husband, former Mayor Jim Connors. Pancreatic cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. and is projected to become the second-leading cause by 2020. About 55,440 people will have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer during this year, up from 43,000 in 2010. There are no screenings or early detection methods. Pancreatic cancer can develop for many years before symptoms show. Most patients are diagnosed when the disease has spread beyond the pancreas and surgery is no longer an option. But chances of survival increase tenfold if a patient is diagnosed in time for surgery. After an initiative to raise awareness and funding began four years ago, the five-year survival rate has since ticked up from 6 percent to 9 percent. But more research and funding are needed if the network is to achieve its goal of doubling survival rates by 2020. “What we need is more research to find early detection tools,” Susan Connors said. For information, see the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network website at www.pancan.org. — JIM LOCKWOOD jlockwood@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5185; @jlockwoodTT on Twitter n The Scranton Police Department plans to use about $21,000 in federal grant money to buy 42 weapon-mounted cameras to complement police officer body cameras. Lackawanna County commissioners on Wednesday voted to enter into a memorandum of understanding with city police for the application and implementation of an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant for the cameras. The grant would defray the cost of purchasing the devices for all members of the department’s patrol division, Chief Carl Graziano said. The department will provide funding for eight additional cameras, bringing the total number to 50. While city police expect to implement officer body cameras in January, Graziano said body camera video can be obstructed by an officer’s weapon or hands. “So (with) the flashlight camera on the undermount of the gun, when the gun is deployed the camera would activate audio and video and would capture an additional first-person angle of, God forbid, any shootings,” said Graziano. “It’s really about bringing safety to the officers and open, accountable transparency ... to the department.” It’s unclear when the weapon-mounted cameras would be implemented. — 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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