Around The Towns 4/7/2019

April 7, 2019

Clarks Summit

For Mike Gipson, the best part of his hobby isn’t finding items but rather friends.

On Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Gipson will share his passion for metal detecting at a class at the Gathering Place for Community, Arts and Education, 300 S. State St. Gipson, who has been metal detecting since 1981, will talk about local and nonlocal places to detect.

Gipson has returned dozens of lost rings, jewelry and other items. His favorite find was on the grounds of a private school in Rhode Island, where he dug up a medal that a student was awarded in 1910. Gipson will also teach those in attendance about how to pick a metal detector that suits the budget and needs of a newcomer. Gear doesn’t have to break the budget: Detectors range in price from $39 to several thousand dollars.

Gipson’s favorite part of metal detecting is the people he has encountered over the years, some of whom have become lifelong friends.

“The best part of detecting is the people you meet. Stuff is stuff, but meeting and making friends is priceless,” Gipson said.

Anyone interested in attending is asked to preregister by emailing GatheringPlaceCS@gmail.com or by calling 570-881-7612, though walk-ins are also welcome. The cost of attendance is $15. For information on the class, visit gatheringplacecs.org or call 570-881-7612.


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Wayne County commissioners last week awarded nearly $250,000 in construction bids for a long-planned food pantry project in the township.

In addition to donations collected from a variety of community partners, the county secured two state gaming grants since March 2017 totaling more than $261,000 to build the Newfoundland Food Pantry, according to a county press release.

Reinfurt Excavating of Honesdale will complete the excavation and parking lot work at the facility for $69,900. Waymart-based Grimm Construction will handle the building construction for $174,937, according to the county.

It’s unclear when construction on the food pantry will begin or when it should be completed.


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Lackawanna County

Commissioners last week reappointed a slate of members to the Lackawanna County Disability Action Committee.

The appointees are Keith Williams of Clarks Green, Robert Walsh of Scranton, Marcy McNamara of Scranton, Kiel Eigen of Old Forge and Craig Mailen of Scranton.

All will serve three-year terms that expire at the end of 2021.




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The William Walker Hose Company will hold its annual fish dinner on Friday, along with the drawing for its Cabin Fever Raffle.

The fish dinner will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 803 Penn Ave. Tickets are $10 presale or $12 at the door. The dinner includes fried haddock, baked potato, coleslaw and rice pudding. Diners can eat in or take out.

The raffle drawing will be Friday night, and tickets cost $5. Prizes include coolers, a pop-up canopy, camping chairs and beverage tumblers.

Tickets for the dinner or raffle are available from members, at the Mayfield Borough Building, or by calling 570-282-6059.


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City police recently welcomed a new four-legged member to the force and wished another a happy retirement.

The department announced last week that Attyro, a police dog trained for patrol work and explosive detection, finished training with his handler, Officer Robert Stelmak. The team is now serving the citizens of Scranton.

Stelmak’s previous partner, Yogy, recently retired after about eight years of service with the department. Yogy was trained for patrol purposes and narcotics detection. He will continue to live with Stelmak and his family.


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The borough is kicking off its 125th anniversary celebration with cocktails next month.

Throop will hold a “Quasqui Cocktail Kickoff for a Cause” to benefit St. Joseph’s Center’s Baby and Children’s Pantry, said Quasquicentennial Committee Chairman Andy Hegedus. The pantry provides baby food, clothing up to size 12, diapers and other baby items to those in need, according to St. Joseph’s website.

The cocktail event will be May 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the volunteer hose company building, 401 Dunmore St.

The event includes food and adult beverages, with music by East Coast Trio.

No one under 21 is permitted, and all proceeds will benefit St. Joseph’s Center.

Donations are $10 per person to enter, plus a baby pantry item. Items on the pantry’s “wish list” include receiving blankets, bibs, pacifiers, new baby bottles, baby wash and shampoo, baby lotion, baby wipes, and diapers sizes 1, 4, 5 and 6.


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