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House tours set

Kath­leen Nel­son is chair­woman and Sue Houck is co-chair­woman of the Waverly Com­mu­nity House’s Hol­i­day House Tour.

Tim and Tara Atkins’s home, Can­dle­tree Farm, built in the 1840s, will be fea­tured on this year’s tour. Ad­di­tions were built onto the home — tra­di­tion­ally known as the Green’s Home — in 1947 and 1967. The later ren­o­va­tions added an enclosed side ter­race, “The Com­pass Room,” which fea­tures a com­pass built into the stone floor.

The Atkinses moved back to the area in 2011 and fin­ished an­other round of ren­o­va­tions in 2012 along­side the ar­chi­tect Jim Rodgers and Paloucci Con­struc­tion. The liv­ing room was up­dated this year with de­signer Frank Whit­taker.

“Ev­ery­thing in our home means some­thing,” the

Atkinses said. “We love to open the doors and en­ter­tain our fam­ily and friends and we hope you, too, feel at home as you wan­der through.”

Donna Nasser’s tradi- tional colo­nial home built in 1969, known as the Philbin’s, is also on the tour.

Gerry Philbin de­vel­oped and built homes on mostly 1-acre lots us­ing all old­world meth­ods. Nasser’s fam­ily moved into the home in 1989 and made two ma­jor ren­o­va­tions. The home’s decor show­cases tra­di­tional and pe­riod pieces that are fam­ily heir­looms and pieces that might be found in the colo­nial style, ac­cord­ing to the Comm.

“It is such a plea­sure to show­case my home in my fa­vorite time of year,” said

Nasser.

The homes of Craig and Lisa Best and James and

Kelly Tates are also on the Comm’s Hol­i­day House Tour.

The Hol­i­day House Tour will be held Sun­day, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., dur­ing the Comm’s Ar­ti­sans’ Mar­ket­place week­end.

Tick­ets for the tours are $25 and are avail­able at the Comm of­fice, 1115 N. Abing­ton Road, Waverly, or on­line at www.wa­ver­ly­comm.org. Tick­ets will also be on sale in the Comm lobby dur­ing the Ar­ti­sans’ Mar­ket­place on Satur­day, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun­day, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

High notes

Al­bright Me­mo­rial Li­brary’s head of ref­er­ence, Martina So­den ,was re­cently rec­og­nized by the Univer­sity of Scran­ton Women’s En­trepreneur­ship Cen­ter.

So­den, MLIS, was a guest speaker dur­ing the WEC’S Startup pro­gram, a 6-week se­ries where par­tic­i­pants learn how to start their own busi­nesses.

So­den vis­its the class sev­eral times a year to pro­vide anoverviewof theref­er­ence re­sources and sup­port avail­able at the li­brary as par­tic­i­pants work to gather in­for­ma­tion needed to write their busi­ness plans.

The WEC is a part­ner­ship be­tween the univer­sity’s Ka­ni­aschoolof Man­age­ment and Small Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter and of­fers pro­grams and ser­vices to women with lower in­comes, those in tran­si­tion or those try­ing to make a bet­ter life for them­selves and their fam­i­lies; help­ing to de­ter­mine if self em­ploy­ment is an op­tion, ac­cord­ing to the univer­sity. For more de­tails, con­tact Francene Dudziec at 570-941-4168.

Vol­un­teer hon­ored

Tom Di­gre­go­rio was awarded the 2018 Repub­li­can Party of Lack­awanna County Vol­un­teer of the Year award.

Dur­ing the 2018 cam­paign year, Di­gre­go­rio of Scran­ton vol­un­teered daily in the Repub­li­can Party’s Scran­ton of­fice, mak­ing phone calls, go­ing door-todoor and help­ing with events through­out Lack­awanna County.

Di­gre­go­rio is a mem­ber of the Lack­awanna County Young Repub­li­cans. He was re­cently ap­pointed dis­trict com­mit­tee­man to the Repub­li­can Com­mit­tee, rep­re­sent­ing Repub­li­cans in Scran­ton’s 9th Ward, 1st Dis­trict.

Tom Di­gre­go­rio, left, receives the 2018 Repub­li­can Party of Lack­awanna County Vol­un­teer of the Year award from Chair­man Lance J. Stange Jr.

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