Around The Towns, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019

February 3, 2019
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Around The Towns, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019

Abingtons Maj. Bob Schmig of the Scranton Corps of the Salvation Army stopped by a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of the Abingtons to receive the proceeds of the Rotary’s bell-ringing efforts on every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Schmig also presented the club with a certificate of appreciation for the Rotary’s members ongoing commitment to the work of the Salvation Army. — CLAYTON OVER cover@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5363; @ClaytonOver on Twitter Clarks Summit A presentation at the Abington Community Library by local author T’Shaiya Gibbons has been rescheduled for Feb. 28 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Work by Gibbons has appeared in two books of the “I Just Want to Pee Alone” series, including the most recent installment, “You Do You.” Gibbons will read her contribution to the book, a piece called “Unapologetically Me,” and discuss writing and her creative process. The event includes a book signing and is open to teens in grades 9-12 and adults. Copies of the book will also be available to buy. Sales are cash only. Gibbons had previously been scheduled to present at the library last month, but weather forced the postponement. Those who wish to attend are asked to preregister with staff at the library, 1200 W. Grove St. — CLAYTON OVER cover@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5363; @ClaytonOver on Twitter Honesdale A foundation focused on helping charitable, religious, scientific, literary and educational programs established a scholarship for Wayne County students at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. The John and Helen Villaume Foundation will award either a $20,000 scholarship renewable for a second year or a $40,000 scholarship, depending on the student’s year, to a GCSM student interested in pursuing a medical career in the county after graduation. The awards were designed to support medical education and expand health care resources available in Wayne County. The foundation was established by Honesdale natives John and Helen Villaume. “We are grateful to the John and Helen Villaume Foundation for supporting our students,” said Steven J. Scheinman, M.D., GCSM president and dean. “The scholarships created will enable more Wayne County residents to pursue a medical education and, more importantly, to be able to stay and practice medicine where they are most needed.” — STAFF REPORT Scranton Dave Eisele, director of the Lackawanna County Department of Veterans Affairs, invites all veterans, family members of veterans and area funeral directors to visit the department’s new and improved offices at the former Globe store, 123 Wyoming Ave. Guests and visitors do not need to make an appointment. The office, located in Room 262 on the second floor of the Lackawanna County Government Center, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information on the department and its services, call 570-963-6778. — JEFF HORVATH jhorvath@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9141; @jhorvathTT on Twitter Throop Beginning Monday at noon, the Throop Civic Center will offer lunches for seniors. The weekly meals, which will be every Monday in the center at 500 Sanderson St., will be one of the first activities in the center’s planned senior programming, said civic center Director Mary Ruth Tanner. She hopes new programming will get more seniors active. Seniors will not be required to pay for the meals, but the center will accept donations, Tanner said. Tanner said she would love to eventually offer daily meals, but the center is starting with one meal per week to gauge demand. She has reached out to seniors about what kind of programming they would like to see, and the center is researching lessons on using phones and computers, paint classes and possibly health programming. To reserve a meal, participants are asked to call 570-383-7906 on the Thursday before the lunch. — FRANK WILKES LESNEFSKY flesnefsky@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5181; @flesnefskyTT 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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