FROM THE MAYOR’S DESK: Special memories summer through fall

From the Mayor’s Desk - Patty Lawler | November 16th, 2015 11:08 am

Savoring summer

Wednesday nights during the summer found me at Hillside Park. The Summer Concert Series, as always, was exceptional. Special thanks to all who help organize these performances and to those that attended. Our community is so lucky to have such a venue.

The Pocket Park on Depot Street had a “coming out” party Aug. 3. The retailers sponsored a Shop Around Clarks Summit to benefit St. Joseph’s Center. That evening I sponsored a Mini-Artisan Craft Fair at the park. Refreshments and a variety of eclectic items were on display for purchase. Vendors donated a portion of their profits to St. Joseph Center.

As a retired teacher, I was delighted when Mrs. Arcangelo brought her Kindergarten class to the Borough Building. President of Council Gerrie Carey insisted to children eat their lunches in Council Chambers. Chace Berry, Gerrie’s grandson, sat in her chair. All the children seemed to enjoy sitting in the “big chairs” and asking questions. Off to the Police Department where Chief Yarns and Officer Shedlock answered questions. No arrests there! All the children were too well-behaved. A real credit to their teacher.

Toward the end of August, I held an informal meeting at the Abington Community Library. The crowd was small and the conversation was comfortable. Thanks to Charlie Compass, Marie Maddi, Joan Habeeb, Leah Rudolph and Laurie Crowley for attending.

Several days later, I attended a retirement picnic for Msgr. James McGarry. Amidst the beautiful gardens of Our Lady of Snows, I officially proclaimed that forever more may it be known throughout the Abingtons, that Aug. 30, 2015 will be known as Monsignor James McGarry Day. I wish him the very best in retirement.

Fall festivities

Sept. 9 at the Glen Oak Country Club, I helped “roast” Barry Kaplan (Is this possible, you might ask?). I was slotted to be Bee Healthy (the Everything Natural store logo). Against my better judgment I looked like a yellow-jacket — not the adorable bumblebee we all know and love. I practiced all day trying to be funny. I was everything but funny! Diane Calabro and her team provided a perfectly delightful evening for everyone.

Family Fall Fun Day at Hillside Park was a great time. I brought home a trophy to Clarks Summit Borough — yours truly and a smart, talented group of kinds came in first in the Duck Derby Hunt. The team successfully brought our ducks to share and solved the land clues. All this in record time! The large yellow duck trophy is sitting in council chambers until next year when new champion will be named. Look out South Abington, we might just defend our title. Thanks to Ken Lee, the creator of the Duck Derby Hunt.

Recently, Clarks Summit Police Chief Chris Yarns received notice that Clarks Summit was listed amount the 50 safest cities to line in in Pennsylvania. This is terrific for all of us; quite an accomplishment. There are a lot of cities, large and small, across the commonwealth. Criteria focused on crime/arrests ratios, up-to-date equipment and continuing training of police officers to ensure safety. The cohesive and protective safeguards provided to the police to expand public safety while on duty.

On Dec. 26 our secretary, Barbara Blackledge will retire. 28 years of loyal service to this police department will not go unrecognized. The officers, chiefs and mayors she has served will not only miss her as a stellar employee but as a wonderful friend of many, many years. We, the Clarks Summit Borough Municipal Government, wish her a good health and all the best in retirement. A retirement brunch was held on Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Ramada in her honor.

Holiday lights

All are welcome: Holiday Open House is this weekend in our downtown.

“Lighting of the Lights” will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20. The first lighting will be the Community Tree sponsored by Citizens Savings Bank. Located in front of Citizens Savings Bank Corporate Office, the Community Tree will be lit by Warren Watkins. Warren will be honored as The Citizen of Years. Council members will make the presentation and then he will turn on the lights. Heritage Baptist Church Christmas Ensemble, under the direction of Paul Osborn, will provide entertainment.

Those assembled will follow the schedule below to “light up:”

• 6:20 p.m. Our Lady of Snows Church – Our Lady of Snows Adult “Candlelight Choir” will sing carols under the direction of Dana Cerminaro, Director of Music.

• 6:40 p.m. Clock Tower – Clarks Green Assembly of God Carolers (dressed in holiday fashion of yesterday will open the program with seasonal selections under the direction of Linda Carey. Abington Business and Professional Association will continue with the program culminating with the lighting of the traditional Christmas Tree.

Immediately following the lighting of the town, a reception will be held in the Gathering Place, located on the first floor borough hall. Light refreshments sponsored by myself and the ABPA.

Remember stores will be open – you can shop that evening and enjoy the Christmas lights and Holiday Open House.

From the Mayor’s Desk

Patty Lawler

Patty Lawler is mayor of Clarks Summit Borough. Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or