From my desk I predict 2016 will be a banner year for Clarks Summit Borough.
After six years of preparation and delays, the Depot Street Renovation is ready to roll. Last week Council President Gerrie Carey, Vice President Herman Johnson and I met with landlords and retailers from Depot Street. The preview session explained the $300,000 renovation with an assortment of blueprints developed by Bob Naegele, lead engineer. A question and answer period followed. The renovation will provide Depot Street with handicap-accessible sidewalks and curbs, a new street and green space. Period light pole fixtures will be installed the length of Depot Street.
The pocket park on Depot Street will also have an additional completed project this spring, thanks to the Abington Heights Civic League. The installation of lighting is also planned for the park.
Festival of Ice
In mid-January, I attended the Abington Business and Professional Association’s Business Card Exchange. Held at the new Duffy’s on State Street, the entertainment, atmosphere, delicious light fare and “spirits” warmed the crowd. Talk and support for the upcoming ice festival was in the air. All were concerned the weather pattern wouldn’t be cold enough. Mauri Walker was a fine hostess. All complimented her on the new look for Duffy’s and the downtown.
Parade night found yours truly warm and toasty, riding the trolley on loan from Lackawanna County. Riding in a parade was a first for me. The town looked beautiful with ice carvings twinkling the reflection of the white string lights above. Along for the ride were Council President Gerrie Carey, Vice President Herman Johnson and Councilman Dominic Scott. Barry Kaplan was a designated greeter on the trolley. Dressed in very “Wild West” attire, he was an affable cowboy/sheriff that delighted the families on board.
The first floor of the borough building transformed into what you would imagine a “gathering place” would resemble in the Wild West – giant cactus, stockades and a platform horse provided by Dori Waters. Children and adults could actually “ride” the horse and pose for a picture. The second floor was a staging area for an authentic pow wow with all the excitement of beating drums, colorful displays of authentic artifacts and ethnic dancing.
I attended the evening meeting of the Abington Heights Civic League as a new member on Feb. 1. Thursday of that week I represented council at the monthly meeting of the Abington Council of Governments (ACOG) in Clarks Green. It is always pleasant to join those elected to leadership roles throughout the Abington area.
In mid-February, it was my annual honor to swear in the new officers of the Clarks Summit Fire Company No. 1 and the incoming officers of the Ladies Auxiliary. Heath Goldstein chaired the event. It was a grand time.
I can’t forget to mention how much I enjoyed “Pie for Breakfast” hosted by the Assembly of God Church on Abington Road.
This past weekend, I very much enjoyed the spring production at Summit University. “The Importance of Being Ernest” was exceptional. The staging, scenery and costumes were reflective of the period and top-of-the-line quality. The direction was flawless and the actors were of a talent that could be found on Broadway. Don’t miss their next production.
I supported the Rotary Club of the Abingtons’ Spaghetti Supper recently. It was great Italian cuisine, but it was the servers that thrilled me – the Abington Heights Marching Band.
There is a new secretary in the department, Nicole Kelly. I also have a new phone number. You can contact me through Kelly at 570-585-4804 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Once again the police department was awarded the Aggressive Driving Grant. The program will start in May.
CVS, partnered with our police officers, sponsored two very successful drug take-back programs in the borough.
I.A.W. Publications sent a Certificate of Recognition to the Clarks Summit Police Department for achievements in educating our community on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
Recently I attended a seminar sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, FBI. The seminar focused on active-shooter incidents within a community, stressing the impact they would have on law enforcement, EMA coordinators and first responders. In attendance representing the borough were Officer Eric Williams, Officer Kevin Yetkowskas, EMA Director Jeff Ames, EMA Deputy Director Tanisha Jagoe, Councilman Herman Johnson, Councilman Pat Williams and Police Department Secretary Nicole Kelly.
Save the date
The Mayor’s Annual Brunch will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Ramada.
The brunch should be wonderful, as we come together to honor “Good Neighbors.” It will include a gourmet breakfast, favors, door prizes, basket raffle, entertainment and an awards presentation.
Patty Lawler is mayor of Clarks Summit Borough. Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.