Around The Towns 11/18/2018

November 18, 2018

Around The Towns 11/18/2018


The Rotary Club of the Abingtons welcomed a new member at a recent meeting.

District Gov. Roger Mattes installed his daughter Molly Mattes into the Passport Club of Rotary District 7410. The Passport Club is a new concept that allows a member to attend meetings in any meeting location throughout the Rotary district, which encompasses about 40 clubs across Northeast Pennsylvania.


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The borough is getting into the Christmas spirit early.

Archbald will hold its Christmas tree lighting ceremony Saturday at 4 p.m. at Main Street and Betty Street in the Eynon section of the borough, council Vice President Erin Owen said.

Following the tree lighting, festivities will move to the nearby Eynon Hose Company for pizza, hot dogs and desserts, Owen said. The Eynon Archbald Lions Club will provide hot chocolate, and Valley View fifth-graders will sing Christmas carols, she said.

There will also be Clydesdale horse carriage rides with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Owen said.

“It’s just a beautiful evening,” she said.


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As part of this week’s Giving Tuesday donation drive, the Greater Carbondale YMCA hopes to close in on its $250,000 goal for the first phase of its new community park.

The YMCA has already raised more than $154,000, and “the next push is critical,” YMCA development director Heather Murphy said. They hope to begin construction on the park in the spring, and the first phase will include a walk bridge, a walking loop, a playground and a meditation garden. The approximately 2.5-acre park will be across the street from its 82 N. Main St. location, and future additions will include a splash pad, pavilion, benches and grills.

Giving Tuesday is “a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration,” according to the official Giving Tuesday Facebook page. Although the event doesn’t occur until the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the YMCA’s charity drive begins Wednesday and continues until Nov. 28.

The AllOne Foundation will match up to $1,000 in donations, Murphy said, and any donations to the YMCA by Dec. 31 will go to the community park campaign.

Donations can be made through AllOne’s website at allonefoundations.org/all-one-give-day or directly to the YMCA by check, donating over the phone or online at ymca.net/give and selecting “The Y’s Work in a Specific Community.”

The donation drive is “a huge part of being able to do phase one,” Murphy said.

For more information, contact Heather Murphy at 570-282-2210 x104 or hl.mur




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Dickson City

Standing before borough council Tuesday night, Christopher Talluto raised his right hand as Mayor Robert MacCallum swore him into office as the borough’s new junior councilman.

“I will discharge the duties of my office with fidelity,” the 16-year-old said as he repeated after the mayor.

Chris is a junior at the Mid Valley School District, and he aspires to become a physician — although he hasn’t decided what kind. Although his future career path doesn’t necessarily involve politics, he wanted to join junior council to help his community.

“Basically, I just want to help out all of the committees I’m in … and just help out everyone I can in the community,” he said.

As junior councilman, he’ll be on the blight and historical committees.

Whether it’s volunteering with the Lackawanna River Conservation Association, refereeing youth soccer or being an altar server at Holy Cross Parish in Olyphant, “I love volunteering,” Chris said.

In addition to volunteering, he plays soccer and participates in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science. He is also a member of his school’s Chess Club, junior council and Leo Club. He plans to play tennis this year, and he previously participated in basketball and track.

The student athlete hopes his time on council will help prepare him for the medical field by giving him practice dealing with people and working as a team, he said.

Following his swearing in Tuesday night, he gave a short speech, highlighting his qualifications for the position while his parents, Vincent and Storm Talluto, looked on from the crowd.

“After I gave my speech … they said they were really proud of me,” he said, adding with a laugh “so I think that’s a good sign.”


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Borough police are looking for a little help to make Christmas brighter for local kids.

Police are collecting new, unwrapped toys for local kids in need. Toys can be dropped off at the Dunmore police station, 402 S. Blakely St., or any Fidelity Bank location.

The drive will end with a community holiday party from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at Dunmore High School. Hosted by the police department, the event will feature live music by DJ Ten Four, professional photographs with Santa and his elves by Storyteller Photography, face painting, balloon artist, children’s crafts, refreshments and more. Toys and monetary donations will be collected at the party, organizers said.

“We continue to do events like this to develop a bond between our department and our community,” said Dunmore police Officer Thomas Richardson. “These events allow community members to meet and talk to officers as well as to work towards a common goal of keeping Dunmore a safe place to live and work.”

For more information about the toy drive and the community party, visit Dunmore National Night Out on Facebook.



The surprisingly heavy snowfall Thursday was an unwelcome burden and nuisance for many, especially motorists trapped for hours in traffic jams on area roads and highways.

For Frank Wahl, the storm meant he had a job to do.

The 66-year-old city resident is a part-time groundskeeper for St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church on Linden Street at Mifflin Avenue.

Early Friday morning, Wahl was at the church to clear its sidewalks with a snowblower.

Patiently and methodically, Wahl cleared snow from the walkway, making a clean sweep down to the concrete.

Wahl’s fluorescent orange hooded jacket stood out against the white snow and the gold and maroon church facade.

Wahl was a maintenance employee for the Scranton School District for 32 years until retiring from that job five years ago.

Friday morning, Wahl paused his snowblowing duties to chat with a passerby about Wahl’s task at hand.

With roads and other sidewalks still covered in snow and slush, Wahl gave some advice to the pedestrian as he departed: “Take your time, not your life.”


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