Readers share their opinions of what makes the Abington community a place they make their home through ballots provided in the newspaper and at area libraries and community centers. From a teacher who makes a difference in a child's life or local athlete who instills hometown pride to a local business that offers top-notch customer service or the best cup of coffee, the listing of winners in more than 100 categories aims to assist newcomers and natives navigate the area. The section also provides an opportunity for readers to say 'thank you' to the community that makes a difference in their lives.
2012 Best of the Abintons
An annual readers' choice poll of all things Abington will be featured in The Abington Journal March 21 and 28. Readers are invited to vote for their favorites in more than 95 categories relating to the local community. A special section of the paper featuring the winners will appear in the April 25 print and online editions of The Abington Journal. And a party to celebrate the winners will be held April 26 at the Ramada, Clarks Summit.
Ballots for voting will be available in the print editions of the newspaper March 21 and 28 and at the following locations: Abington Community Library, 1200 West Grove Street, Clarks Summit; Then Dalton Community Library, 113 East Main Street, Dalton and the Waverly Community House, 115 N. Abington Road, Waverly.
R. Matthew Burne Lifetime of Service Award- hosted each Fall
Through the R. Matthew Burne Lifetime of Service Award, the Abington Journal is able to honor an individual nominated by the community who has affected a positive change on a small or grand scale in the community; made a unique difference in the daily lives of others; donated time and ideas to community organizations and taken an active role in shaping the altruistic nature of the area.
The Award was established in the Fall of 2007, with the first honor made posthumously to the family of R. Matthew Burne. Burne originated a fundraising event in the Abingtons known as the “Haunt on Sean Drive,” was a lifelong advocate for the St. Joseph’s Center in Scranton and dedicated himself to numerous other organizations and individuals in need.
In 2007, the Burne family offered a donation in R. Matthew’s memory and has generously agreed to partner with The Abington Journal in continued support of the Lifetime of Service Award. Each year a donation by the Burne family is made to the charity or charities selected by the recipient of the award.
|Clarks Summit Memorial Day Parade - Abington Journal representation
Each year a community unites for a day to thank and honor those in service to the U.S.
Tributes at area cemeteries and VFW Posts and a well-attended parade through town are just a few examples of Memorial Day traditions in Clarks Summit.
The Abington Journal is represented annually by Juggler Rob Smith who entertains paradegoers and participants with his skills.
|Clarks Summit Festival of Ice - Presidents' Day Weekend
The Abington Journal sponsors an ice sculpture and open house each year during a festival which draws thousands of visitors to the community. The event, presented annually by the Abington Business and Professional Association, is free to the public and presents more than 50 ice carvings with a changing theme, entertainment and events.
The Abington Journal hosts a free photo booth at an office open house and the town's Family Fun Fest. In addition, the newspaper co-sponsors a themed costume contest for children and adults in which the winners lead the Ice Parade.
(photos of 2011 on Right)