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Police say Flynn acted appropriately in shootout

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Harrisburg police say State Rep. Marty Flynn acted appropriately when he discharged his handgun Tuesday night shortly before 11 p.m. during an altercation with four juveniles on a city street not far from the state capitol.“We don’t believe he acted in any way that was inappropriate,” Paula Trovy, Crime Analyst, Harrisburg Bureau of Police, Criminal Investigation Division, told the Times Leader this afternoon.Harrisburg police said that Rep. Flynn, D-Scranton and another lawmaker were walking to their residence after a late dinner just before 11 p.m. Tuesday when two men accosted them and demanded their wallets. Police say one of the two would-be robbers was armed, and that shots were exchanged.


Abington Heights, Prep successful in tennis districts

WILKES-BARRE – Abington Heights and Scranton Prep continued a season full of girls tennis success in the District 2 tournaments.The Lady Comets and Classics swept the district singles, doubles and team championships in tournaments held at Kirby Park the past two weeks.Abington Heights, the overall and Class AAA champion of the Lackawanna League, got a District 2-4 AAA singles title from Tyra Abdalla and a District 2 AAA doubles championship from Rachel Smertz and C...

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ABPA scarecrow contest continues

The Abington Business and Professional Association is presenting its Annual Clarks Summit Business Scarecrow Competition Oct. 10 through 31 at various downtown locations.Community members and visitors can for their favorite scarecrow and enter for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate, valid at all participating locations, which include: Altered Couture, Amanda Kreig Photography, Ashley’s Men’s Salon, Caregivers America, Clel’s Place, CLOE and Company, Everythin...

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Learning more about our history

Most of us are familiar with the songs “Camptown Races,” “Oh! Susanna,” “My Old Kentucky Home,” and “Beautiful Dreamer,” but do we know much about Stephen Foster, the writer of these songs which are so much a part of American music?Foster was born in Pennsylvania and his body of work is comprised of 286 musical works. At at 3 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 19 the Dietrich will celebrate Foster and his contributions to the great American songb...

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Locals compete in the Steamtown Marathon

Former Abington Heights cross country head coach Robert Ahrens was the top local finisher in the 19th Annual Steamtown Marathon Oct. 12. The Clarks Summit resident finished in 10th place overall with a time of 2:38:27 over the 26.2 mile course.Ahrens, 26, also finished third in the men’s 25-29 age group. Francis Spear, 29, of Dalton, finished 20th and seventh in 2:45:18. P.J. O’Brien, 27, of Clarks Summit, finished 216th and 30th in 3:16:13. Dan Toye, 27, of Dalton, fin...

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Griffin Pond Animal Shelter to host annual Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival Oct. 19

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter announced its annual Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at its property, 967 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Township. Registration will be held from noon to 1 p.m. and the parade starts at 1 p.m.Registration costs $5 per pet. Guest judges will be on hand to award winners for the best in pet costume categories: scariest, funniest, most original, pet and owner character team and pets group theme.

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Crafts and do-it-yourself project ideas abound at ACL

At the library, crafting classes for all ages spark creativity. Children cut, glue, color and piece together crafts in programs like Make-It Take-It and Storytime. The sky is the limit for our youngest participants whose imaginations know no limitations. Getting “hands-on” at the library is a good opportunity for children to develop fine motor skills, explore ideas and concepts, and experiment with materials.In the library’s Anime Club, teenagers are always involv...

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Abington Heights Marching Band holding Citrus Sale to raise funds for spring trip

The Abington Heights High School Marching Band is currently holding its Annual Citrus Sale to support their spring trip. The sale will run until Oct. 26 with distribution in December. To make an order contact any marching band member or Band Booster President Sue Sileo at ssileo@aol.com or 570-840-5762.

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Making connections within the classroom

Wish you could have been at the storytelling class! Not only have we heard some great stories, but we have challenged our fears and overcome them (to greater and lesser degrees). Some of us have soldiered on, determined not to be undone, while others have bloomed, found they have a real talent for it and become bonafide “storytellers.” On all accounts, Monday evenings have been educational, emotional and downright fun nights of sharing stories of our lives.And you get t...

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Pet of the Week: Meet Calamity

Name: CalamityAge: 4-years-oldSex: Spayed femaleBreed: Pit bullAbout me: I like other dogs and play well with kids. I’m a gentle soul who loves to cuddle and play.Remember to contact the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter at 570-586-3700 if your pet is lost or goes astray.The Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Twp., is open for the adoption of pets from noon to 4 p.m., six days a week (closed Tues...

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Stately Pet Supply opens in Clarks Summit offering all-natural dog and cat foods

Rebecca Martino, of Falls, shown holding her rescue dog Idgy, opened Stately Pet Supply at 515 S. State St., Clarks Summit on Saturday, Oct. 4. The shop specializes in all-natural dog and cat foods that are fit for human consumption, come from verifiable sources (never from China) and have no recall history. The business is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and closed Monday. Call 570-585-7387.

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Beta Rho Chapter initiates new members

Ten new members from school districts in Bradford, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming counties were initiated into the Beta Rho Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International at their October meeting in Montrose.

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Factoryville to receive $1 million state grant to help fund downtown improvements

The borough of Factoryville will receive a $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant to help fund downtown revitalization.“We applied for the grant over five years ago,” Borough Manager Mary Ellen Buckbee said. “Each municipality must submit a summary of their project and a requested funding amount.”According to Buckbee, the borough was notified Oct. 8 that they would receive the funds, but it’s not certain when the money wil...

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Clarks Summit publisher, illustrator receive Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Gold Medal

Clarks Summit based children’s book publisher Woodland Way’s new release “A, B, C, Disgusting” won the 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Gold Medal for Best Illustrator, Catherine Dawgert.Dawgert was raised in Clarks Summit where some of her family still lives, including her sister and brother-in-law, publishers Sarah Dawgert and Jim McVety.“We are honored to be included in this amazing group of independent publishers, authors and il...

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Local State Rep. Marty Flynn pulls gun on would-be robbers

State Representative Marty Flynn, 113th Legislative District, Lackawanna County, exchanged shots with a would-be robber last night in Harrisburg, according to a House Democratic Caucus news release.The report states just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, about four blocks from the Capitol, he and State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, 3rd Legislative District, Erie County, were accosted by a male who pointed a gun first at Flynn and then at Bizzarro and demanded their wallets.

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Comets soccer players aim to knock out cancer

Usually when you associate a red card with soccer, it has a negative connotation. If a player receives one during a soccer game, that player is disqualified from the match.At Abington Heights and several other high schools in the Lackawanna League, red cards are celebrated, for fundraising purposes, through the sale of T-shirts as part of the “Red Card Cancer” project.Comets’ head boys soccer coach Steve Klingman started the program at the school in 200...

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Volunteers sought for Scranton’s Santa Parade

The Annual Santa Parade will be held from 9 to 11 a.m Nov. 22 in downtown Scranton, featuring floats, local marching bands, dance groups and of course, the big man himself — Santa Claus.Santa Parade Inc. is currently accepting applications for sponsorships, participants, and donations. Volunteers are also needed for various positions the day of the parade. Those interested may visit www.santaparade.net, email info@santaparade.net, or call 570-483-8757 for more information on ...

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Keystone College to offer master’s degrees

Keystone College received state and federal approval to begin offering master’s degrees for the first time .The college received permission from the U.S. Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Education to begin master’s level programs in accounting and educational leadership.Keystone received permission to offer the new degrees earlier this year from its accrediting body, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Before the colleg...

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