The Scoop



All about animals
As I write this column, my 16-year-old cocker spaniel is snoozing comfortably at my feet.
It’s the best.
I thought about Sophie a lot this week as we created an issue devoted to animals. If you love animals as much as we do, don’t miss Tom Graham’s roundup of local animal rescues (p.16), Tucker Hottes’s story of how he found best buddy, Stella (p. 13), our Up Close & Personal with Dory Browning of True Friends Animal Welfare Center (p.14), and more.
Browning said it best when we were chatting and she said animals “can completely change your life, and make it better.” How true.  I’ve shared my dog’s story before in this column, so I won’t be redundant, but I will say that she inspires me every day and I’ve learned more from this 22-pound fur-covered dynamo than you can imagine. If she’s feeling spry enough, I plan to take her to the True Friend’s benefit, Woofstock, on Aug. 10. because there is nothing she loves more than a good part-tay. I hope to see you all there, pups in tow.

Did someone say party?
Speaking of hot parties, don’t forget: the Osterhout Free Library’s Rooftop Party is Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Our library peeps will be jamming to The Sperazza Band on top of the Intermodal Parking Facility in Wilkes-Barre, with plenty of food and drinks for the night. This is the fifth year the library is hosting the event, which is their second largest fundraiser of the year. Tickets are $15 in advance (available until 2 p.m. on Friday at all branches) and $20 at the door. (You must be 21 to attend). Be there!

More happy literary events

  • This is Wilkes-Barre’s week to party in the name of literacy, but next week, it’s all about Scranton. Be sure to mark your calendars for the annual Happy Hour Fundraiser for Scranton Reads. The event will be held on Friday, Aug. 16, at Backyard Ale House in downtown Scranton. From 5 to 8 p.m., enjoy complimentary food from the grill, happy hour specials, basket raffles and entertainment by Pat Finnerty. There is a $5 donation at the door. Want to learn more? Check out Annual Happy Hour Fundraiser for Scranton Reads on Facebook.
  • Scranton StorySlam returns on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Honeychilds in Dunmore at 7 p.m. The theme is “Road trip” and the line-up of storytellers includes Jeff Boam, Jim Breslin, Michaela Moore, Patrick Martin, Maggie O’Brien, Jeff Stolarcyk, Ashley Teatum and Hank Willenbrink. Conor McGuigan will once again serve as master of ceremonies for a great night of storytelling fun. Admission is $5 per person. For updates, visit Scranton StorySlam: Road Trip on Facebook.

One to watch
Factoryville will celebrate Christy Mathewson Days this weekend (see page 36 for details) and it’s the perfect time to watch the documentary chronicling the story of this annual celebration. Christy Mathewson Day, produced by 23 Circles, made its debut two years ago. The documentary tells the story of Factoryville’s annual celebration of former Major League baseball pitcher Christy Mathewson, who was born and raised in this small town.
I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Danielle Wells Malone, who created the film with her husband,  Kevin Malone, along with a team of talented people. She said the film has been recognized across the country since its release. It’s been featured in the Baseball Film Festival at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, won Best Documentary Feature at the DIY Film Festival in Los Angeles and won Best Doc Feature at the L.A. Cinema Festival of Hollywood.
Go Factoryville!
If you missed the film the first time around, or you want to see it again, WVIA-TV 44 will air Christy Mathewson Day on Aug. 10 at 9 p.m., Aug. 11 at 3 p.m., and Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. For more information, visit

That’s the scoop! Thanks for reading and we’ll meet you here again next week.

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