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Around The Towns, Dec. 30, 2018

December 30, 2018
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Around The Towns, Dec. 30, 2018

Blakely More than 150 years after the Delaware & Hudson Canal Co.’s Gravity Railroad passenger car No. 3 whisked riders across the region, the antique car will get a new chance at life in the borough. In the coming weeks, the borough plans to form a committee to restore the passenger car, with the eventual goal of placing it at the Blakely Borough Recreational Complex, said Councilman Jeff Cruciani. The family of the late Rodney Brown of Carbondale donated the white, rust-covered car. “If we let it slip through our fingers, it would’ve been a missed opportunity that we would’ve regretted,” Cruciani said. Cruciani intends to consult with experts to determine how to go about restoring the car and to develop a time frame for the project. He hopes the community will come together to restore the car themselves. “It’s new to me, but I’m excited to do it and looking forward to making it a good community project for everybody involved,” he said, explaining that there is already a lot of interest in the restoration. Built in 1867, the car also shares its birthday with Blakely Borough, which was formed the same year, Cruciani said. Anyone interested in joining the committee should call the borough office at 570-383-3340. — FRANK WILKES LESNEFSKY flesnefsky@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5181; @flesnefskyTT on Twitter Clarks Summit The Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St. , will welcome an author featured in the most recent installment of a New York Times-bestselling series. The work of Shya Gibbons appears in “You Do You!” The book is the sixth installment in the “I Just Want to Pee Alone” series, which features essays and writing on a variety of topics such as parenthood and relationships. Gibbons will discuss her contribution to the book at the library on Jan. 22 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event includes a book signing. The event is open to teens in grades 9-12 and adults. — CLAYTON OVER cover@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5363; @ClaytonOver on Twitter Clarks Summit Fire Company escorted a very special guest around the borough and Clarks Green earlier this month. Santa Claus took a trip around the boroughs atop the department’s rescue truck, borough fire Chief Jay Miller said. About 20 volunteer firefighters and their family members assisted during the trip, Miller said. The big man handed out candy to children during his jaunt, though the sweets didn’t come from the North Pole, but were donated by Jon Stopay Candies in the borough, Miller said. This year marked the third year the department has taken St. Nick for a spin, and firefighters plan on continuing to do so in the future, Miller said. The event has received a great response from children and their parents each year. “The children were excited,” Miller said. “To see the looks on their faces, it really made it worth our while.” — CLAYTON OVER cover@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5363; @ClaytonOver on Twitter Local commercial vegetable growers are invited to attend the Northeast Vegetable Meeting on Jan. 24, and can save money on the registration fee if they sign up by Jan. 16. Running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Newton Ransom Fire Company, 1890 Newton Ransom Blvd., the annual meeting offers local growers an opportunity to hear from vegetable specialists conducting the latest research. It will feature both a morning and an afternoon session. The morning session will feature research on managing bacterial diseases in peppers with resistant cultivars and a presentation aimed at helping farmers understand agricultural labor laws, among other topics. In the afternoon, Penn State Vegetable Specialist Francesco Di Giola, Ph.D., will discuss nutrient management and in-season nutrient monitoring tools. The afternoon session also will feature a discussion on managing vegetable diseases in a wet year. It will conclude with a presentation on sun safety and skin cancer prevention. The registration fee is $28 per person for those registering by Jan. 16. The fee is $36 after that date or at the door. To register, visit extension.psu.edu/vegetable-meeting or call 877-345-0691. — JEFF HORVATH jhorvath@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9141; @jhorvathTT on Twitter Jermyn To fund new dugouts at Callahan Park, the Jermyn Youth Sports Association is selling engraved bricks to allow supporters to leave their mark on the dugouts. The 4-inch by 8-inch gray bricks will cost $26 each, and the sports association hopes to raise $2,600 for the dugouts, said association treasurer Dan Markey. The association will be selling the bricks throughout January and February, and they hope to build the dugouts in the spring, Markey said. The bricks will be incorporated into the dugouts. The new dugouts will replace the aging wooden dugouts on the softball field, he said. The sports association is selling the bricks not only as a fundraiser, but also “to give people something to come back to, look at and cherish for years to come,” Markey said. Checks should be made payable to Jermyn Youth Sports Association, 733 Madison Ave., Jermyn, PA 18433. To purchase a brick online, visit polarengraving.com/jermynyouthsportsassocia tion. For additional questions, email jermynbaseball@yahoo.com or contact any of the sports association’s officers, Markey said. — FRANK WILKES LESNEFSKY flesnefsky@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5181; @flesnefskyTT on Twitter Scranton An entrepreneur and public servant who helped steer Lackawanna County’s broad-reaching development plan for nearly 50 years is retiring from his post. Patrick Dempsey was appointed to the Lackawanna County Regional Planning Commission in 1969, became chairman in 1979 and held the position ever since. He’s co-founder of what is now Dempsey Uniform and Linen Supply in Jessup, which his children now run. Dempsey’s family packed the small conference room at the Lackawanna County commissioners’ meeting Dec. 19 where officials honored him for his near-half-century of service. “It’s been a great ride,” Dempsey said from the lectern. “Everybody’s got to give back something.” The commission oversees a regional development plan, and when municipal officials are weighing whether and how to allow major new construction projects, the commission checks them against that plan and makes recommendations. “It’s sort of buried among the weeds here, but it impacts every single citizen in the county,” Dempsey said of the commission. — JON O’CONNELL joconnell@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9131; @jon_oc 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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