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Pet of the Week: Meet Diego and Sadie

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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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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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Queen Victoria’s Court visits Zacharellis Gardens

Queen Victoria’s Court visited Zacharellis Gardens in Elmhurst Township for a Butterfly Lunch. Members of the group talked about Monarch butterflies and a butterfly release was presented by Creekside Gardens. From left, are Cindy Moritz, Margaret Messana, Kathy Chorba, Helen Dieffenbach, Mary Ocwieja and Lisa Terninko.

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Dietrich movie mania

Who plays Drummer in “Expendables 3”?Last week’s answer: Will Arnett.Last week’s winner: Peter D. Dutter, of Clarks Summit.

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Sen. Baker introduces bill to crack down on false claims

Legislation introduced by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) would make it a crime for Pennsylvania motorists to falsely claim “veteran” status on their driver’s license application.Senate Bill 1405 addresses concerns that surfaced after the enactment of Act 176 of 2012, which allowed veterans to obtain an honorary “veteran” designation on their driver’s license. The designation, long sought by veterans’ groups, makes it easier to identify their eligib...

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Hitchin’ Cricket to close out Lakeside Concert Series Aug. 27

As summer in the Abingtons comes to a close, it brings with it the final week of the Lakeside Concert Series at Hillside Park, 1118 Winola Road, South Abington Twp.The final event for this second annual concert series brings the Hitchin’ Cricket band to the park on Winola Road from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27. Featuring the talents of Pat Casper, Jess Erdmann, Melanie Casper, Lee Clark and Eric Harvey, this American rock band recently released its fourth studio album, R...

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Keystone names field hockey coach

Ashley Irwin has been named Keystone College’s head field hockey coach, according to an announcement made by Dr. Matthew Grimaldi, director of athletics. Irwin, who was a four-year starter at King’s College, takes over the Giants’ field hockey program after coaching three sports at local high schools.Irwin entered the coaching ranks after completing her playing career, spending a season as the assistant varsity coach for Meyers High School’s field hockey tea...

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The Waverly United Methodist Church to host 45th Annual Labor Day Bull Roast

The Waverly United Methodist Church, 105 Church Street, will host its 45th Annual Labor Day Bull Roast Monday, Sept. 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. The menu will include open pit roasted beef, parsley potatoes, corn on the cob, baked beans, tomatoes, rolls, dessert, and beverages. Tickets are $14 for adults and $6 for children under 10. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call Holly Gilpin at 570-586-6470 or 570-561-3371. Tickets are also available at the door. Ten percent of the proceeds ...

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