As we enter 2019 and look back on the past year, there is much to be thankful for and much to remember.
As I mentioned here last week, it may sometimes seem like not much happens in a small community like the Abingtons, but 2018 was full of both joy and sorrow.
There is so much to remember, I couldn’t fit my full year in review piece in one edition. So, last week’s piece started in January and brought us through the first half of the year, and this week’s picks up in July, concluding with December.
Dobby the Skinny Pig was arguably one of the cutest faces published in the Suburban for the year.
The Waverly Community House’s Instagram star and children’s program pet was featured on the front page on July 5.
“Skinny pigs are a mostly hairless variety of guinea pig and Dobby — named for a house-elf from the Harry Potter series — is about a year and a half old,” explained the article. “He has lived at the Comm in the After School program area for most of his life, delighting students and staffers alike.”
Some other highlights of the month included the Rotary Club of the Abingtons’ annual fireworks event, Abington National’s District 17 Little League baseball championship win and the Abington Business and Professional Association’s downtown SummitFest event.
August brought with it Our Lady of the Snows Parish’s Annual Country Bazaar at St. Benedict’s Church, The Waverly Community House’s Camp Create and the Lackawanna State Park’s Bio Blitz event, just to name a few.
At the Bio Blitz, scientists and other volunteers gathered to identify insects, plants, birds and other wildlife.
“I was doing research at Fullers Overlook Farms in Waverly and someone there told me about the Bio Blitz,” said Margaret Rose Pasamen, a senior Conservation Biology major at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, in a story published in the Aug. 30 edition of the Suburban. “The Bio Blitz is interesting and a nice way to end the summer.”
September was a month full of excitement in the Abingtons.
Abington Heights Middle School student Liam Fenton performed with his band Brotality at Bethel Woods. The Rotary Club of the Abingtons held its annual Taste of the Abingtons fundraiser. People flocked to the Dalton Fire Company’s carnival grounds for the company’s 53rd annual horse show.
The Abington Community Library hosted an X-ray art display featuring works by Dr. Sue Summerton, a radiologist.
“Summerton finds letters and shapes in the CT scans, X-rays and ultrasounds of her work and then uses the figures to craft her art,” explained a front page story published in the Oct. 11 Suburban.
“Summerton never intended to become an artist. The original inspiration for her art lies in a poster she used to keep in her living room, one that depicted the alphabet spelled in patterns gleaned from photos of the wings of butterflies. She likened seeing shapes and letters in the images she took at work to someone seeing shapes in clouds.”
Annette Macey opened a new barber shop in the space formerly occupied by Ralph’s Hair Styling and Barber Shop in Clarks Summit. She offers the same razor cut method of the former barber.
The Waverly Community House held its annual Holiday House Tour.
Elan Gardens honored local veterans with its annual Veterans Day celebration.
Local business owners, artisans and shoppers participating in a Shop Local Holiday Market.
A duplicate bridge group moved in to a storefront near Gerrity’s in Clarks Summit.
And a highlight of both November and December, the Abington Heights High School’s musical production of “A Christmas Carol” impressed audiences young and old.
A Christmas concert at the Church of Saint Gregory in Clarks Green, the release of Abington Heights graduate Lily Mao’s debut album “Run to Madness,” The Abington Heights Education Association’s craft fair, the Waverly Community House’s Artisans’ Market, the Clarks Summit Fire Company’s cookie walk and the Live Nativity of the Abingtons were just a few of the newsworthy highlights of this month.
I’m excited to see what 2019 brings.
Happy New Year.
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