Looking back: 2017 was a year of celebration, tragedy

Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com
Marion Pysh celebrated her 106th birthday on Jan. 3. - Ben Freda file photo | Abington Journal
Swift - Ben Freda file photo | Abington Journal
Heather Boronow, visiting town from Wayne, N.J., tried out the glass slipper slide in front of The Gathering Place during the 13th Annual Clarks Summit Festival of Ice. - Elizabeth Baumeister file photo | Abington Journal
Winston White, a student in teacher Shu Qiu’s class at the Scranton Chinese School, gave a Chinese martial arts demonstration during the school’s 2017 Chinese New Year Festival, held Feb. 11 at The University of Scranton and co-sponsored by the university’s Asian Studies and Asian Club. - - Elizabeth Baumeister file photo | Abington Journal
Clarks Summit Council President Gerrie Fitzpatrick Carey rode in the Scranton St. Patrick’s Parade as honorary parade marshall on March 11. - - Elizabeth Baumeister file photo | Abington Journal
Area school districts, including Abington Heights, had to adjust their schedules after four days of closings due to the March snowstorm and blizzard conditions. - - Submitted photo
Clarks Green residents Jeff and Marie Gallagher blew out the candles on their 70th anniversary cake during a small breakfast party with family and friends, held April 19 at the Sunrise Cafe in Clarks Summit. - - Elizabeth Baumeister file photo | Abington Journal
From left, Dan Evans and Will Cardone looked over the digital element of a project on Homer’s ‘Iliad’ during one of Abington Heights High School teacher Marilyn Pryle’s English classes. The student projects were displayed at the Abington Community Library during the last half of the month of April. - - Elizabeth Baumeister file photo | Abington Journal
Leah Rudolph, center, greeted the McVety children, from left, Owen, Mia and Anna, during her ice cream social retirement party on May 5 at the Abington Community Library. Rudolph retired from her position as executive director of the library. - - Elizabeth Baumeister file photo | Abington Journal
Abington Heights High School teacher Kerri Davis was applauded by students and faculty members during a tear-filled reaction to learning she was named Teacher of the Year for 2017 by Matt Burne Honda in Scranton, winning a brand-new 2017 Honda Civic LX. From left, are Brian Walsh, of Matt Burne Honda; Davis, and Denise Burne, of Matt Burne Honda. - - Elizabeth Baumeister file photo | Abington Journal
The Rotary Club of the Abingtons’ second Little Free Library, located at the Veterans Park, 200 North State St., officially opened on Flag Day, June 14. - - Submitted photo
The annual Lakeside Wednesday Concerts, a free outdoor concert series, returned to Hillside Park with local and regional bands performing each week from June 21-Aug. 30. From left, organizers Lori Harris, Barbara Cohen and Mark Spatz met at the beginning of the season at the park to discuss details. - - Elizabeth Baumeister file photo | Abington Journal
Clarks Summit resident Corey Ware launched Bravery, an online jewelry store, on July 6, as a way to support charitable causes and help those battling diseases realize they are not alone. - - Submitted photo
Clockwise, from upper left, Abigail Thompson, of Green Ridge, camp counselor Lizzy Egan, of Clarks Green, Maia Loiacono, of South Abington Twp., and Maeve Walsh, of South Abington Twp. relaxed in the shade with coloring pages during craft time on the first full day of resident camp at Camp Kelly. - - Elizabeth Baumeister file photo | Abington Journal
The crowd inside Duffy’s Coffee House went wild for young rock n’ roll act Problem Child during the Abington Business and Professional Association’s Community Block Party on Aug. 11. - - Elizabeth Baumeister file photo | Abington Journal

As Abington area residents look back on 2017, there are both celebrations and lossses to remember. Here are some of the highlihgts from this year’s news:

JANUARY

A 106th birthday celebrated at CSSL

Marian Pysh, Clarks Summit Senior Living’s oldest resident at the time, celebrated her 106th birthday on Jan. 3 with a dinner party in her honor. More than 50 people attended.

The Dickson City native, who died on April 17, was the daughter of the late Elmer Roy Mott, a carpenter and a member of the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, and Mary Ellen Gaughan Mott, an Irish immigrant.

Tragedy struck Factoryville Borough

Steven Swift, 43, Factoryville maintenance manager and sewer plant operator, was killed on the job in an explosion that occurred the evening of Jan. 30, while he was operating heavy equipment near a borough shed.

Factoryville Mayor Gary Evans described Swift as a good worker and friend to many.

“While we will need to find people to do the work that he did, he’s not replaceable,” the mayor told the Journal in February.

“He was a non-stop worker for the borough. He was an incredible guy. He worked hard, worked smart and, if he had to work seven days a week, he worked seven days a week. He was more than an employee.”

FEBRUARY

Festival themed ‘Ice. Lights. Broadway.’

The 13th Annual Clarks Summit Festival of Ice, themed “Ice. Lights. Broadway,” was a hit, despite a sunny sky and warm temperatures that melted most of the 50-plus ice sculptures before it was over.

The family-friendly event, presented by the Abington Business and Professional Association Friday through Monday, Feb. 17-20, featured a Family Fun Faire and parade, live ice carvings, musicians and live entertainers, horse and carriage rides and more.

The year of the rooster was celebrated

The Scranton Chinese School and the Asian Club at The University of Scranton teamed up to celebrate the the year of the rooster at the 2017 Chinese New Year Festival Feb. 11 in the university’s Brennan Hall. David White and Shu Qiu served as host and hostess for the evening.

The annual event included a meal and a talent show, featuring students, teachers and guest performers.

MARCH

Gerrie Carey was honorary parade marshal

Clarks Summit Borough Council President Gerrie Carey rode in the Scranton Saint Patrick’s Day Parade as honorary parade marshal. The borough native rode through the streets of downtown Scranton in an older model Cadillac convertible loaned to her family by longtime friend Bob Perry and driven by her eldest son, William (Hutch) Carey.

Storm produced two-plus feet of snow

When winter storm Stella swept through the region at the beginnning of the third week of March, local residents, organizations, businesses, school districts and municipalities scrambled to dig themselves out of more than two feet of snow.

“I think it was the worst snowstorm of my lifetime, not just my career as a superintendent,” Abington Heights Superintendent Michael Mahon told the Journal the next week. “It’s the worst we’ve seen at Abington Heights.”

APRIL

Clarks Green couple celebrated 70 years

Jeff and Marie Gallagher, 95 and 92 respectively, of Clarks Green, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on April 19. Close friends and family members joined them for a breakfast party at the Sunrise Cafe.

When asked during the party about the secret to staying together for so long, Jeff replied simply, “Loving each other.”

‘Iliad’ projects were displayed at library

Students of Abington Heights teacher Marilyn Pryle’s 10th-grade English class turned in a different sort of book report after studying the ancient Greek epic poetry of Homer’s “Iliad.”

Created in a variety of mediums, the projects were displayed at the Abington Community Library throughout the month. Each included a QR code, which visitors were able to scan with their smartphones or other mobile devices, linking to an audio recording of the students explaining their projects. Some of the works included a 3D-printed model of a boat, infographics, videos, blogs, presentation boards, scrapbooks, social experiments and more.

“It’s like a museum audio tour,” Pryle told the Journal in April.

MAY

Abington Community Library director retired

Leah Ducato Rudolph retired from her job as executive director of the Abington Community Library. The position was filled by Sandy Longo, formerly the assistant director and head of public services.

Rudolph celebrated the milestone with family, co-workers, board members, library patrons and other friends at an ice cream social on May 5 at the library.

Kerri Davis was named teacher of the year

Abington Heights High School teacher Kerri Davis was chosen as the winner of Matt Burne Honda’s first-ever Lackawanna County Teacher of the Year Award. Along with a trophy presented to her by Matt Burne Honda partners Brian Walsh and Denise Burne, Davis, received a brand-new 2017 Honda Civic LX, with taxes paid.

When asked after the ceremony what she enjoys most about her job, the social studies, American history and economics teacher said, “The kids, of course. I wouldn’t be doing it, if it wasn’t for them. …I love teaching, and I love the students. They are like my kids.”

JUNE

Rotary club opened Little Free Library

The Rotary Club of the Abingtons’ second Little Free Library was officially opened by Mayor Herman Johnson on Flag Day, June 14.

Located at the Veterans Park, 200 N. State St., Clarks Summit, the small wooden structure is based upon the concept of “take a book, return a book.” It was designed by Ned Connell and built by Harry Mumford. The Rotary logo at the top was made by Steve Young.

Summer concert series spanned 11 weeks

The Abington Area Joint Recreation Board (AAJRB) hosted its free annual Lakeside Wednesday Concerts series Wednesdays, June 21 through Aug. 30 at Hillside Park.

The weekly events featured live music by local and regional musicians, canoeing on the lake, picnicking and more. The lineup included: The Exact Change, Lights Out, Presbybop Quintet, Music For Models, Von Storch Project, Retro Rocket, Doug Smith Band with Erin Malloy, Brass and Ivory Orchestra with Chris DiMattio, Doreen and Friends, Merchants of Groove and Rogue Chimp.

JULY

AHHS grad launched jewelry business

Corey Ware, a 2012 Abington Heights High School graduate, started Bravery, his own jewelry business, as a way to support charitable causes and help those battling diseases realize they are not alone.

Each colored bracelet sold on shopbravery.com represents a different charity, which receives 10 percent of the sales proceeds.

Ware, 23, told the Journal after the July 6 launch that he was pleased with the success of the start-up and hoped for continued growth.

“I’ve thought about creating a business for a while, but I never thought I’d actually do it,” he said. “I wanted to create something that had a good cause and, about a month ago, I just went for it. I’ve always loved wearing wristbands and that’s what I stuck with for the business.”

Camp Kelly kicked off summer season

UNC’s Camp Kelly, formerly Camp St. Andrew, kicked off its first summer season under new ownership. Previously owned and operated by the Diocese of Scranton, the camp was transferred to the United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA in November of 2016.

The summer programs began Sunday, July 9 with the arrival of girls resident campers and Monday, July 10 with the first full day of resident and day camps.

AUGUST

ABPA’s first block party was a success

The Abington Business and Professional Association’s (ABPA) Community Block Party on Aug. 11, featured live music, food, crafts, children’s activities and more. The event, initially planned to be held outdoors along Depot Street, South State Street and Spring Street, was moved indoors to The Gathering Place, Duffy’s Coffee House and Crossroads Church, due to heavy rains.

Solar eclipse drew crowd to observatory

An estimated crowd of 1,000 people packed the grounds of Keystone College’s Thomas G. Cupillari Observatory on August 21 to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse through the observatory’s telescopes.

As the moon passed in front of the sun, some people observed through solar eclipse glasses, while others peered through various filtered instruments and others watched a live stream projected onto a large screen indoors.

SEPTEMBER

AHSD teachers, support staff held strike

The Abington Heights Education Association conducted an eight-day strike, which began Tuesday, morning, Sept. 12. All six of the district schools were closed during the strike.

Contract negotiations are still underway, and a second strike possible this school year.

CSUMC celebrated two milestones

Clarks Summit United Methodist Church celebrated its 125th anniversary as a congregation and 50th anniversary of its building on the Morgan Highway, with a special worship service Sunday, Sept. 24.

Bishop Jeremiah Park drove from Mechanicsburg with his wife Lisa to lead the service.

“The church has an amazing history of reaching out and serving the needs of the community and beyond,” Park said at the event. “The sanctuary and facility are a powerful testament and a legacy of faithfulness. They (church members) really gave their best to be a church in mission and ministry.”

Clarks Green mayor builds pocket library

Clarks Green Mayor William Thorburn built a pocket library, similar to the two established in Clarks Summit by the Rotary club, in the borough’s pocket park on North Abington Road.

Borough residents now have easy access to reading materials by ‘taking a book and leaving a book’ inside the wooden box.

A dedication for library, which is registered with the Little Free Library, was held on Sept. 30.

OCTOBER

The Gathering Place held open house

Recently completed, The Gathering Place held an open house on Oct. 28 in conjunction with the Abington Business and Professional Association’s annual Fall Fun Day in the Abingtons.

NOVEMBER

‘Anything Goes’ came to AHHS stage

A student cast of about 35 actors and actresses, singers and dancers brought audience members back to the early 1930s in Abington Heights High School’s production of “Anything Goes,” Nov. 16, 17 and 18.

Summit church celebrated anniversary

Summit Baptist Bible Church celebrated its 50th anniversary with a big meal on Nov. 12.

During the event, Don Roe, pastor of the church since 2010, shared the church’s covenant, which is “as one redeemed and saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, to promise to love God and others by worshiping and seeking community in the church and sharing the Gospel so that others may be transformed by Christ.”

Other church members shared verses and testimonies about what being a part of the church means to them.

DECEMBER

Christmas market held in Factoryville

Factoryville Borough’s first ever Christmas Market was held Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9 and 10 at the Christy Mathewson Park. The European-style event, which attracted a large crowd both days, included craft and food vendors, children’s activities, live music, horse and wagon rides and more.

Marion Pysh celebrated her 106th birthday on Jan. 3.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-YIR-Jan-1-1.jpgMarion Pysh celebrated her 106th birthday on Jan. 3. Ben Freda file photo | Abington Journal

Swift
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-YIR-Jan-2-1.jpgSwift Ben Freda file photo | Abington Journal

Heather Boronow, visiting town from Wayne, N.J., tried out the glass slipper slide in front of The Gathering Place during the 13th Annual Clarks Summit Festival of Ice.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-YIR-Feb-1-1.jpgHeather Boronow, visiting town from Wayne, N.J., tried out the glass slipper slide in front of The Gathering Place during the 13th Annual Clarks Summit Festival of Ice. Elizabeth Baumeister file photo | Abington Journal

Winston White, a student in teacher Shu Qiu’s class at the Scranton Chinese School, gave a Chinese martial arts demonstration during the school’s 2017 Chinese New Year Festival, held Feb. 11 at The University of Scranton and co-sponsored by the university’s Asian Studies and Asian Club.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-YIR-Feb-2-1.jpgWinston White, a student in teacher Shu Qiu’s class at the Scranton Chinese School, gave a Chinese martial arts demonstration during the school’s 2017 Chinese New Year Festival, held Feb. 11 at The University of Scranton and co-sponsored by the university’s Asian Studies and Asian Club. Elizabeth Baumeister file photo | Abington Journal

Clarks Summit Council President Gerrie Fitzpatrick Carey rode in the Scranton St. Patrick’s Parade as honorary parade marshall on March 11.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-YIR-March-1-1.jpgClarks Summit Council President Gerrie Fitzpatrick Carey rode in the Scranton St. Patrick’s Parade as honorary parade marshall on March 11. Elizabeth Baumeister file photo | Abington Journal

Area school districts, including Abington Heights, had to adjust their schedules after four days of closings due to the March snowstorm and blizzard conditions.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-YIR-March-2-1.jpgArea school districts, including Abington Heights, had to adjust their schedules after four days of closings due to the March snowstorm and blizzard conditions. Submitted photo

Clarks Green residents Jeff and Marie Gallagher blew out the candles on their 70th anniversary cake during a small breakfast party with family and friends, held April 19 at the Sunrise Cafe in Clarks Summit.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-YIR-April-1-1.jpgClarks Green residents Jeff and Marie Gallagher blew out the candles on their 70th anniversary cake during a small breakfast party with family and friends, held April 19 at the Sunrise Cafe in Clarks Summit. Elizabeth Baumeister file photo | Abington Journal

From left, Dan Evans and Will Cardone looked over the digital element of a project on Homer’s ‘Iliad’ during one of Abington Heights High School teacher Marilyn Pryle’s English classes. The student projects were displayed at the Abington Community Library during the last half of the month of April.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-YIR-April-2-1.jpgFrom left, Dan Evans and Will Cardone looked over the digital element of a project on Homer’s ‘Iliad’ during one of Abington Heights High School teacher Marilyn Pryle’s English classes. The student projects were displayed at the Abington Community Library during the last half of the month of April. Elizabeth Baumeister file photo | Abington Journal

Leah Rudolph, center, greeted the McVety children, from left, Owen, Mia and Anna, during her ice cream social retirement party on May 5 at the Abington Community Library. Rudolph retired from her position as executive director of the library.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-YIR-May-1-1.jpgLeah Rudolph, center, greeted the McVety children, from left, Owen, Mia and Anna, during her ice cream social retirement party on May 5 at the Abington Community Library. Rudolph retired from her position as executive director of the library. Elizabeth Baumeister file photo | Abington Journal

Abington Heights High School teacher Kerri Davis was applauded by students and faculty members during a tear-filled reaction to learning she was named Teacher of the Year for 2017 by Matt Burne Honda in Scranton, winning a brand-new 2017 Honda Civic LX. From left, are Brian Walsh, of Matt Burne Honda; Davis, and Denise Burne, of Matt Burne Honda.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-YIR-May-2-1.jpgAbington Heights High School teacher Kerri Davis was applauded by students and faculty members during a tear-filled reaction to learning she was named Teacher of the Year for 2017 by Matt Burne Honda in Scranton, winning a brand-new 2017 Honda Civic LX. From left, are Brian Walsh, of Matt Burne Honda; Davis, and Denise Burne, of Matt Burne Honda. Elizabeth Baumeister file photo | Abington Journal

The Rotary Club of the Abingtons’ second Little Free Library, located at the Veterans Park, 200 North State St., officially opened on Flag Day, June 14.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-YIR-June-1-1.jpgThe Rotary Club of the Abingtons’ second Little Free Library, located at the Veterans Park, 200 North State St., officially opened on Flag Day, June 14. Submitted photo

The annual Lakeside Wednesday Concerts, a free outdoor concert series, returned to Hillside Park with local and regional bands performing each week from June 21-Aug. 30. From left, organizers Lori Harris, Barbara Cohen and Mark Spatz met at the beginning of the season at the park to discuss details.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-YIR-June-2-1.jpgThe annual Lakeside Wednesday Concerts, a free outdoor concert series, returned to Hillside Park with local and regional bands performing each week from June 21-Aug. 30. From left, organizers Lori Harris, Barbara Cohen and Mark Spatz met at the beginning of the season at the park to discuss details. Elizabeth Baumeister file photo | Abington Journal

Clarks Summit resident Corey Ware launched Bravery, an online jewelry store, on July 6, as a way to support charitable causes and help those battling diseases realize they are not alone.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-YIR-July-1-1.jpgClarks Summit resident Corey Ware launched Bravery, an online jewelry store, on July 6, as a way to support charitable causes and help those battling diseases realize they are not alone. Submitted photo

Clockwise, from upper left, Abigail Thompson, of Green Ridge, camp counselor Lizzy Egan, of Clarks Green, Maia Loiacono, of South Abington Twp., and Maeve Walsh, of South Abington Twp. relaxed in the shade with coloring pages during craft time on the first full day of resident camp at Camp Kelly.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-YIR-July-2-1.jpgClockwise, from upper left, Abigail Thompson, of Green Ridge, camp counselor Lizzy Egan, of Clarks Green, Maia Loiacono, of South Abington Twp., and Maeve Walsh, of South Abington Twp. relaxed in the shade with coloring pages during craft time on the first full day of resident camp at Camp Kelly. Elizabeth Baumeister file photo | Abington Journal

The crowd inside Duffy’s Coffee House went wild for young rock n’ roll act Problem Child during the Abington Business and Professional Association’s Community Block Party on Aug. 11.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-YIR-Aug-1-1.jpgThe crowd inside Duffy’s Coffee House went wild for young rock n’ roll act Problem Child during the Abington Business and Professional Association’s Community Block Party on Aug. 11. Elizabeth Baumeister file photo | Abington Journal

Close to 1,000 people showed up on Aug. 21 at Keystone College’s Thomas G. Cupillari Observatory in Fleetville to view the solar eclipse.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-YIR-Aug-2-1.jpgClose to 1,000 people showed up on Aug. 21 at Keystone College’s Thomas G. Cupillari Observatory in Fleetville to view the solar eclipse. Elizabeth Baumeister file photo | Abington Journal

Members of the Abington Heights Education Association rounded a telephone pole on West Grove Street during the beginning of the district strike Tuesday morning, Sept. 12.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-YIR-Sept-1-1.jpgMembers of the Abington Heights Education Association rounded a telephone pole on West Grove Street during the beginning of the district strike Tuesday morning, Sept. 12. Elizabeth Baumeister file photo | Abington Journal

Clarks Summit United Methodist Church celebrated two milestones, the 125th anniversary of the congregation and 50 years at its current location on the Morgan Highway, with a dinner and this cake for dessert on Sept. 24.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-YIR-Sept-2-1.jpgClarks Summit United Methodist Church celebrated two milestones, the 125th anniversary of the congregation and 50 years at its current location on the Morgan Highway, with a dinner and this cake for dessert on Sept. 24. Ben Freda file photo | Abington Journal

Members of the Clarks Green Borough Council gathered at the new pocket library on North Abington Road. From left, Councilwoman Lynn Earley, Councilwoman Joan D’Oro, Mayor William Thorburn, Councilman Bill Toms, Councilman Dave Rinaldi, Councilman Alan Hughes and Council President Keith Williams.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-YIR-Sept-3-1.jpgMembers of the Clarks Green Borough Council gathered at the new pocket library on North Abington Road. From left, Councilwoman Lynn Earley, Councilwoman Joan D’Oro, Mayor William Thorburn, Councilman Bill Toms, Councilman Dave Rinaldi, Councilman Alan Hughes and Council President Keith Williams. Ben Freda file photo | Abington Journal

From left, Lela Johnson, of Throop, and her friend Arianna O’Hora, of Clarks Summit, sit next to ‘Eleanor,’ a steel wire sculpture, a gift from Eleanor Waters in front of The Gathering Place. The sculpture, designed by local artist Sean Brady, was completed in time for The Gathering Places open house, held Oct. 28.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-YIR-Oct-1.jpgFrom left, Lela Johnson, of Throop, and her friend Arianna O’Hora, of Clarks Summit, sit next to ‘Eleanor,’ a steel wire sculpture, a gift from Eleanor Waters in front of The Gathering Place. The sculpture, designed by local artist Sean Brady, was completed in time for The Gathering Places open house, held Oct. 28. Ben Freda file photo | Abington Journal

Abington Heights High School senior Katie Gilhooley, center, starred as Reno Sweeney in the school’s Nov. 16-18 production of the musical ‘Anything Goes.’ Dancing along with Katie during a rehearsal were fellow student cast members, from left, Grace Gilmore, Kylie Schultz, Lauren Durante and Nina Sampogne.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-YIR-Nov-1-1.jpgAbington Heights High School senior Katie Gilhooley, center, starred as Reno Sweeney in the school’s Nov. 16-18 production of the musical ‘Anything Goes.’ Dancing along with Katie during a rehearsal were fellow student cast members, from left, Grace Gilmore, Kylie Schultz, Lauren Durante and Nina Sampogne. Elizabeth Baumeister file photo | Abington Journal

Two-year-old Emmett Hibbard enjoys a meal during Summit Baptist Bible Church’s 50th anniversary celebration in November.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-YIR-Nov-2-1.jpgTwo-year-old Emmett Hibbard enjoys a meal during Summit Baptist Bible Church’s 50th anniversary celebration in November. Ben Freda file photo | Abington Journal

A light snowfall added to the ambience of the Factoryville Christmas Market, held Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9 and 10 at the Christy Mathewson Park.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-YIR-Dec-1.jpgA light snowfall added to the ambience of the Factoryville Christmas Market, held Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9 and 10 at the Christy Mathewson Park. Elizabeth Baumeister file photo | Abington Journal

Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister

ebaumeister@timesleader.com

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.