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Scranton Cultural Center to hold auditions for ‘The Happy Elf’

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Although it’s still summer in Northeastern Pennsylvania, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple as it gears up for its production of Harry Connick, Jr.’s “The Happy Elf.”The SCC will host a series of auditions throughout the month of August.Open auditions will take place on Aug. 4-5, as well as Aug. 18-20, and will be organized according to grade/age beginning with kindergarten.Monday, Aug. 4: kindergarten – fifth grade, 4 to 6 p.m.; sixth – twelfth grades (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.); Group Dance Auditions (8:45 p.m.)* Tuesday, Aug. 5: adults 18-years-old and older (5 to 7 p.m.); Group Dance Auditions (8:45 p.m.)


Motorcycle safety program set for this weekend at Pocono Raceway

Live Free Ride Alive (LFRA), PennDOT’ s comprehensive motorcycle safety program aimed at reducing the number of motorcycle crashes and fatalities on Pennsylvania roadways through education and interaction among riders, will sponsor a booth at Pocono Raceway Aug. 1-3.Riders at the event can access the program’s interactive website designed specifically for motorcyclists, www.LiveFreeRideAlive.com, by stopping by the LFRA booth. The website challenges riders to accept per...

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Basketball tournament to close several Scranton intersections

The Lackawanna County 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will be conducted on the 100 – 200 blocks of Wyoming Avenue on Friday and Saturday, August 1 and 2. Sunday, August 3, has been reserved as a rain date.The intersections affected by the event will be closed from 8 a.m. Friday through Sunday evening, if necessary.COLTS pickup and discharge will be done in the 100 block of Franklin Avenue on Friday and Saturday, August 1 and 2.The areas affected are the int...

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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 50 years to summer 1964.

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Pet of the Week: Meet Squeaky

Name: SqueakyAge: AdultSex: MaleCost: $15About me: Come in and meet me to see how I got my name.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 4:30 p.m., six days a we...

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Oakwood Terrace to host “Topping Your Thursdays” ice cream events

The Oakwood Terrace memory care community in Moosic is preparing for its August “Topping Your Thursdays” events.The Loughney family were their official taste testers and enjoyed hot fudge sundaes.The event is each Thursday in August at 2 p.m. and features samples of different flavors of ice creams and yogurtswith toppings. The event is free and open to the public. Guests can enter to win a “Sweet Tooth Basket” door prize. Space is limit...

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KC president Coppola to be inaugurated Aug. 28

Keystone College will celebrate the inauguration of David L. Coppola, Ph.D. on the college campus Thursday, Aug. 28. Coppola is Keystone’s 10th president and 19th leader since its inception as Keystone Academy in 1868.

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Keystone College names Rosenberg head men’s lacrosse coach

Greg Rosenberg has been named Keystone College’s head men’s lacrosse coach, according to an announcement made today by Dr. Matthew Grimaldi, Director of Athletics.A former assistant coach at the University of Richmond and Randolph-Macon College, Rosenberg will lead the Giants in their first year of competition at the varsity level in the spring of 2015.Rosenberg, who begins his duties on Aug. 1, assumes the reigns of the Giants’ program from Glenn Carte...

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Arts and entertainment calendar, week of July 30, 2014

VISUAL ARTS/PERFORMING ARTSLakeside Wednesday Concerts, held every Wednesday through August 27 at Hillside Park, 6 p.m. to dusk, rain or shine. Features live music, food, canoeing and visual artists. Upcoming musical lineup includes: East Coast Trio, July 30; Whiskey Tango, Aug. 6; Lightweight with special guest Senator John Blake and Friends, Aug. 13; Coal Town Rounders, Aug. 20 and Hitchin’ Cricket, Aug. 27.Dietrich Classic Movie...

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Community calendar, week of July 30, 2014

REMINDERSSouth Side Farmers’ Market, 159 Cedar Ave., Scranton, open every Saturday through October, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Hosted by United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Elm Street Revitalization Project. Fresh food, baked goods, wine, herbs and other items are available from local vendors. Info: 570-346-6203 ext. 16.

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ARTS Engage Day activities set for August 1

Youngsters, who participate in the Lackawanna County Library System’s Summer Reading Clubs, receive a passport that offers them admittance to a variety of the county’s cultural events.One activity that the passport is good for is the Friday, Aug. 1, ARTS Engage Day at the Electric City Trolley Museum on 300 Cliff St., Scranton, on the property of the Steamtown National Historic Site, from 10 a.m. to noon.Children with a passport will gain free admission to th...

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2nd annual Cody Barrasse 3-on-3 Memorial Basketball Tournament tips off Aug. 9

Graham Public Relations and The Cody Barrasse Scholarship Endowment have announced the Cody Barrasse 3-on-3 Memorial Basketball Tournament, which will be held Aug. 9 with a tip off at 10 a.m. for younger team age brackets. Entry fee for teams is $100 per team and deadline for entry is Aug. 1.The organizers are looking to build upon the success of last year’s event with more teams and more sponsors to remember the life of Barrasse. All proceeds benefit the Cody Barrasse Memori...

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TCMC receives gift From Lackawanna Co. Alliance

Members of the Lackawanna County Medical Society Alliance (LCMSA) donated $2,500 to The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) on July 23. For the next five years, the gift will fund a $500 prize to a TCMC student who has contributed the most to the field of women’s health. From left, LCMSA past presidents Nancy Dressel, Leah Rudolph, Fran Livecchi and Taryn Blomain present a check to Steven J. Scheinman, MD, President and Dean of TCMC; and Dr. Linda Berardi-Demo, Associate Dean for Studen...

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Bike ride will benefit Griffin Pond Shelter

Rich Hayes’ fifth annual Pedaling-4-Paws Bike Ride will take place on Aug. 1-2 to help raise funds and awareness of the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter. The ride will show the importance of adopting pets with a special tribute to the local landmarks, parks, and historical sites.Hayes will begin at the Pocono International Raceway in Long Pond where the NASCAR race will take place that weekend. After riding through the Pocono region, he will ride into Lackawanna County and into th...

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Sen. Lisa Baker announces August office hours in Wyoming County

Senator Lisa Baker announced that Field Representative Tom Yoniski will be available for consultation from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the Commissioners’ Office Conference Room inside the Wyoming County Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Square, Tunkhannock.Constituents are encouraged to visit with any questions or problems relating to state matters. Concerns may also be addressed by visiting Senator Baker’s district office at 22 Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway...

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Local businesses donate to Camp Create

The Waverly Community House (Comm), 1115 North Abington Road, is once again offering a specialized, themed, summer day camp for children with special needs.Camp Create is designed to engage children with special needs including physical, cognitive and behavioral challenges.Comm and Camp Create directors Amy Colley and Michaela Moore are grateful for the support received from the Margaret Briggs Foundation, Fibers of the Earth LLC, Gerrity’s Supermarkets, Lackawanna...

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Lackawanna Trail sets dates for fall sports physicals

Lackawanna Trail Athletic Director Harry Powell announced physicals for fall sports will be given at the high school on Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. Forms are available in the main office and must be signed in order for the student-athlete to participate. For additional information, call the high school at 570-945-5153 ext.9 during normal business hours.

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Keystone College program helps vets get back to school

The Dog Tags to Desktops program through Keystone College aims to make the transition from active military duty to civilian life a little easier.Wendy Kramer, Coordinator of Veteran Services at Keystone College, will direct this free program open to any veteran as its first year begins in fall 2014. Kramer’s main priority while directing the program in its infancy is to reach out to local veterans, specifically those not taking advantage of benefits offered through the GI bil...

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