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In the fall of 1895, that’s Christopher Mathewson, front row, second from right, on the football team of Keystone Academy.

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Factoryville and Keystone College will come together to celebrate Christy Mathewson Day on Saturday, Aug. 10.

This will be the 24th consecutive year the two communities have celebrated the life and accomplishments of the Baseball Hall of Fame legend, Keystone graduate, and Factoryville native.

Activities will feature several events, including a community parade, a car show, and a football clinic at Keystone College. This year’s schedule is:

9-11 a.m.: Keystone College Youth Football Clinic at the Athletic Field and Track Complex. Advance registration is recommended. E-mail:


Community Parade. The Lackawanna Trail High School Band will participate and the Marine Corps will also be in the parade. Line up begins at Regina Way on the Keystone campus. The parade will continue along College Avenue through Factoryville and end up at the Clinton Township/Factoryville Borough Joint Municipal Park whose name will officially be changed to Creekside Park.

1-4 p.m.

Car Show at Creekside Park, sponsored by PS Bank. There will be a chance for the public to vote for their favorite cars, and if you would like more info, contact Beth Polovitch at the bank (570-945-2700).

1 p.m.

Vendor Show at Creekside Park. The soccer association will be selling hamburgers and beverages. Bella Pizza will also be available with the proceeds going to the park. Manning’s Mobile Ice Cream Truck will be on site and the Factoryville United Methodist Church will have a popular pie auction. The event will have a DJ. There will also be a pet parade.

1 p.m.

Boy Scouts Chicken BBQ (until sold out) at Creekside Park.

2 p.m.

Keystone Kids Zone featuring the Keystone College athletics staff at Creekside Park. Includes field games and a bounce house.

5 p.m.

One-mile Fun Run at Creekside Park. Register in advance at

6 p.m.

Ninja course operated by the United Sports Academy at Creekside Park.


Fireworks sponsored by the Factoryville Men’s Civic Club. There will be ‘Swifty’s’ fireworks in the tradition of the late maintenance manager, Steve Swift. The display will be presented by Skyshooter Displays Inc.

In addition to being immortalized in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., Christy Mathewson is also remembered with a football field at Bucknell University, a baseball field at Keystone, and a community park behind the Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center.

For more information on the day’s activities, call 570-945-7484.