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Compressed natural gas fueling station to open in 6 to 9 months in Dunmore

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A Dunmore company’s public compressed natural gas fueling station should be operational in six to nine months, the firm’s chief executive officer said this week.Louis Evans of Commonwealth Energy Group recently announced the company would build the station in Dunmore.That project is part of the company’s multi-state development plan to construct fueling centers throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. The centers will be state of the art, fully automated and designed to consider both the community and the environment, according to a company statement.In addition to the planned public stations, CEG will provide similar services to develop and fund private fueling centers to fleet owners.


Bring back airshow, create aviation museum, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport official says

PITTSTON TWP. — Lackawanna County Commissioner Corey O’Brien said Thursday bringing back the airshow, holding other events and establishing a small aviation museum could draw more people to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport.“What people don’t realize is what we have here,” O’Brien told his fellow bi-county airport board members at their monthly meeting.He suggested bringing back the airshow, which hasn’t been held a...

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Throwback Thursday: remembering the past

“Throwback Thursday” is a popular social media trend in which internet users, on Thursdays, log on to websites such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr and post photos from the distant (and sometimes not so distant) past. The Abington Journal is joining the fun and digging through our archives for small pieces of life in the Abingtons from years past. This week’s journey takes us back 48 years to August, 1966.

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Commissioners honor the “Good Works” of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps

The Lackawanna County Commissioners presented a “Good Works” certificate to Petty Officer Second Class Andrew J. Kudasik, USNR, Executive Officer of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Wahoo Division, for the organization’s volunteer and color guard activities in the community.The Naval Sea Cadet Corps was established in 1958 and has more than 380 units and approximately 9,000 young men and women involved. The program is designed to instill strong moral principles, ex...

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Keystone men’s cross country team selected as CSAC preseason favorite

The Keystone College men’s cross country team has been selected as the Colonial States Athletic Conference favorite according to the preseason coaches’ poll that was released Aug. 20 by the conference office. The Giants, who have finished as the CSAC runner-up the last two seasons, captured 94 points and four first place votes in a balloting of the conference’s coaches.Last year’s men’s team champion, Gwynedd Mercy University, earned three first-place ...

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Lackawanna County Commissioners honor Mark Kwiatkowski

The Lackawanna County Commissioners designated August 20, 2014 as Mark Kwiatkowski Day. He was also recognized for his outstanding athletic skills. Kwiatkowski has competed in the Area P Special Olympics, Pennsylvania State Special Olympics and USA Games. In 2013, he won a gold medal in golf skills at the Pennsylvania State Games and in 2014 a gold medal at the USA games. He is also an avid fan of music, Elvis, baseball and theater, and has performed with The Poets.

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Pet of the Week: Meet Diego and Sadie

Names: Diego and SadieAge: Diego, 8 and Sadie, 11Breed: Lab/Shepherd mixAbout them: Siblings from different litters, they arrived at the shelter together and ideally would be adopted together. They are friendly and playful, get along with other dogs and cats and play well with children.Remember to contact the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter at 570-586-3700 if your pet is lost or goes astray.

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Library news

Is it really possible summer is drawing to a close?Time flew by at the library during our summer reading programs. Hundreds of children, teens and adults not only read but participated in all kinds of events. Nearly 500 children registered for “Fizz, Boom, Read!” and worked hard to become “Super Readers” by reading for at least 45 days throughout June and July.Adults relaxed with yoga and meditation workshops and got creative with paper-crafting a...

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Waverly resident among five Wyoming Seminary Lower School students to win awards at Fine Arts Fiesta

Five Wyoming Seminary Lower School students received awards and certificates of merit for their participation in the 59th Annual Fine Arts Fiesta art exhibit.The works were on display on Public Square, Wilkes-Barre.Shown are the artists and their works, from left: Eileen Warren, Sem art teacher; Tyra McCormick, sixth grade, Dallas, scratch art graphic work, Scorpio Studio Award; Isabella Stash, eighth grade, Forty Fort, tempera painting; Riley Calpin, eighth grade, Waver...

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Parade for a pitcher

The Annual Christy Mathewson Parade was held on Aug. 9. The parade started on College Avenue near Keystone College and ended at Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center. The parade was part of the festivities held to honor Keystone alumnus, Hall of Fame baseball pitcher, and Factoryville native Christy Mathewson. The celebration featured a variety of events lasting from early morning through evening at Keystone College and Christy Mathewson Park in Factoryville, bringing together members of the col...

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Keystone tabs new golf coach

Keystone College named Paul Kania head men’s golf coach, according to Dr. Matthew Grimaldi, director of athletics.Kania takes over the reign of Keystone’s men’s golf program after completing his playing career at Marywood University where he twice earned First Team All-Conference honors highlighted by a runner-up finish at the 2013 Colonial States Athletic Conference Championships.

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AH football coaches take ALS Challenge

Abington Heights head football coach Joe Repshis, left, and assistant coach Mark Davis recently participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The Comet Football Fan Club donated money to the ALS fund for the football team. Repshis challenged West Scranton head football coach Brian Fahey, Riverside head football coach John Fox, Lackawanna Trail head football coach Steve Jervis and his brother-in-law and head soccer coach at Bayport-Blue Point High School in New York Tom Fank to participate in ...

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TCMC Gala set for Oct. 18

The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) will host its sixth annual gala from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, 1280 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre.Proceeds from the event will benefit TCMC’s student scholarship fund. At this year’s gala, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania will be honored in a special tribute.The black-tie preferred event includes a cocktail reception and gourmet dinner followed by a silent auction and dan...

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The 19th annual Christy Mathewson Days were held Aug. 8-9 in Factoryville to honor the Hall of Fame pitcher who was born in the borough.Festivities included a “Big 6K” Run/Walk and One Mile Fun Run on Aug. 9.Justin Clarke, a member of the Keystone College cross country team, was the overall winner with a time of 20:36. Kathleen Druther, an Abington Heights graduate, had the best female time at 23:09.Gavin Crawford was the top male finisher in the f...

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Travel softball teams seek players

The NEPA Wildcats 16U Elite Fastpitch Softball organization will conduct tryouts for its fall 2014/summer 2015 team from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug, 21 at Marvine Dutch Gap in Scranton. The team will attend numerous college showcase tournaments.For more information or to schedule a private tryout, call 570-504-4808, 570-351-5187, 570-241-7030 or email AbingtonWildcats@yahoo.com.The NEPA Wildcats 18U Elite Fastpitch Softball organization will conduct tryouts for its fal...

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Trail coaches complete ALS Challenge

Coaches from the Lackawanna Trail football team accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Lakeland head football coach Jeff Wasilchak. Coach Steve Jervis then challenged the the coaches from Old Forge, Susquehanna and Tunkhannock. A donation from the Lackawanna Trail Booster Club will be made to the ALS Foundation.

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Hook O’Malley race set for Aug. 24

The 22nd Annual Hook O’Malley 5K Run/Walk Against Cancer, in memory of Paul Hook O’Malley who believed in the spitirual, emotional and physical health of the youth in his community, will be held Sunday, Aug. 24 at McDade Park in Scranton.Registration will be from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. and the race will start promptly at 10 a.m. Pre-registration cost is $15 until Thursday, Aug. 21. Race day price is $20. The first 50 registrants will receive a T-shirt. For pre-registration i...

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More than the movies

This past week, young artists experienced working with a variety of media in the Dietrich’s Art Explorers Camp with our artists-in-residence Amy and Steve Colley. During the camp, students worked with clay, paints, collage and more. Students also explored drawing as they created self-portraits and sketched a still life. It was neat to see how different each child interpreted the still life.Amy and Steve will be back in the fall to teach Art Explorers, Pottery and Sculpture an...

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