This week in local history

First Posted: 2/3/2015

1964 — The Brownie Girl Scouts from the Scranton-Pocono Council of Girl Scouts were busy with their annual cookie sale, the group’s only fundraising event of the year. Each scout received credit from boxes sold to be used towards her camping expenses.

1968 — The then-new Davis’ Variety Store was under construction in Clarks Summit.

1978 — Apparently potholes were pretty bad in the Abingtons. A cartoon ran in The Abington Journal poking fun at the situation.

1983 — “Some Pies Aren’t Always Meant for Dessert,” states a headline under which Suzanne Ambrosia Jaffe claims, “Pies can be served as entrees and desserts. As an entree, it can be a hearty, satisfying and one-dish meal. As a dessert it can be sumptuous.”

The article lists several pie recipes, one of which is for Greek pie:

3/4 lb. lean ground beef

1 med. onion – diced

1 lb. ricotta cheese

1 10-oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach – thawed and squeezed dry

1 8-oz pkg. mozzarella cheese – shredded

1/2 t. salt

1 9-inch pie plate lined with pastry

1 egg white

2 T. melted butter

Lightly brush pastry with beaten egg white and place in a 200 degree oven for 10 minutes to permit egg white to dry. Remove from oven and set aside.

In a large skillet: cook ground beef and onion until all pan juices evaporate and meat is well0-browned. Spoon off any fat in skillet. Place beef mixture, ricotta, spinach, mozzarella and salt in a large bowl. Toss well.

Spoon mixture into pie crust and brush with melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Serve piping hot.

1999 — Actors Circle theater group presented “The Cemetery Club,” a play which centers around the lives of three older women who get together to visit their husbands’ graves and a widower who begins dating one of them. Directed by Tony LaRusso, the cast consisted of Merlin Phillips, Clarks Summit; Darla Germeroth; Janet Loewe, Clarks Summit; Margaret Knecht and Cathy Delcati.

The production was held on select days Feb. 12-28, 1999 at the Providence Playhouse in Scranton.

The group still exists today, and is in its 33rd season, currently rehearsing for “Leading Ladies,” by Ken Ludwig, to be presented Feb. 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21 and 22 at the same location. For more information or to make reservations, call 570-342-9707, or visit

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