CMYK 10 ways to improve American Idol SAVE $316 WITH VALUABLE COUPONS INSIDE Ratings are down. Judge for yourself whether these ideas can help. ETC., 1F The Times Leader timesleader.com WILKES-BARRE, PA SPORTS SHOWCASE SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2012 TWO LANDMARK FLOODS IN ONE LIFETIME Agnes after 40 GOP candidate Mitt Romney speaks in Weatherly on Saturday. At left front is former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. In area, Romney talks jobs MLB REDS 4 METS 1 TIMES LEADER FILE PHOTO A volunteer sandbagging brigade flees the east side of the Market Street Bridge in 1972 after a wall of sandbags they were building began to give way. Memories of great flood in 1972 still vivid Editor’s Note: First of a two-part series BLUE JAYS 6 PHILLIES 5 By JENNIFER LEARN-ANDES email@example.com PIRATES 9 INDIANS 2 IL BASEBALL SWB YANKS 4 CHIEFS 2 INSIDE A NEWS: Local 3A Nation & World 5A Obituaries 10A B PEOPLE: 1B Community News 2-6B, 10-11B Birthdays 8B C SPORTS: Outdoors 12C D BUSINESS:1D E VIEWS: Editorials 3E F ETC.: Puzzles 2-3F Books 5F G CLASSIFIED: 1G WEATHER Malcolm Yaple Partly cloudy High 80. Low 55. Details, Page 14C 6 09815 10077 C A M PA I G N 2012 PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER TWO TIED FOR TOP SPOT AT U.S. OPEN Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell were tied for the U.S. Open lead at 1-under-par through three rounds in San Francisco. Furyk shot even-par on Saturday, while McDowell shot 2-under. Fredrik Jacobson was two shots back at 1-over after firing a 2-under-par on Saturday. Four golfers -Lee Westwood, Ernie Els, Nicolas Colsaerts and Blake Adams -- were at 2-over. Six golfers were tied at 3-over. Tiger Woods was among four players at 4-over. Page 1C YANKEES 5 NATIONALS 3 $1.50 The passage of 40 years hasn’t muddied the images and emotions of Tropical Storm Agnes for Swoyersville resident Chaz Cywinski. “I was right in the center of the thing. I’ll never forget it.” He was living in a second-floor apartment in Forty Fort and drove his wife, child and neighbors to the nearby Dana Street School, a designated safe place, so he could sandbag at the levee behind the Forty Fort Cemetery. The army of volunteers couldn’t keep up with the Susquehanna River water seeping through the levee base. Screaming into a megaphone, the commander suddenly ordered people to flee as the water burst through. The Republican presidential candidate stops in Carbon County and vows to create a stronger business climate. By MATT HUGHES firstname.lastname@example.org WEATHERLY – Standing in front of a 100year-old, 30-foot tall vertical boring mill, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said he wants to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States. Romney spoke before a crowd of hundreds Saturday inside a machine garage at the Weatherly Casting and Machine Co., a specialty alloy foundry and machine shop that has done business in Carbon and Luzerne counties for more than 100 years. Romney’s speech was harshly critical of President Barack Obama and focused on “get (ting) America working again.” He also touched on energy, government regulation of inSee ROMNEY, Page 2A An absent dad or single dad For many, 2011 flood brought feeling of deja vu common today CLARK VAN ORDEN/THE TIMES LEADER Carl Zawadski, of Ferry Street in Plymouth, transported Luzerne County prison inmates to Lackawanna County as a precaution during the flood of 1972. See AGNES, Page 14A For some, Lee was worse than Agnes and they don’t want to see another repeat of once-in-a-lifetime event. Jerry Long, owner of Township Auto in Plymouth Township, had to rebuild after the top two record Susquehanna River floods in 1972 and 2011. By JENNIFER LEARN-ANDES email@example.com Agnes stole Jerry Long’s belongings and forced him to move his wedding to another church, but Lee was even more menacing and threatened his livelihood. Long, of Plymouth Township, is a survivor of both top two record Susquehanna River floods caused by tropical storms Agnes in 1972 and Lee in 2011. Lee was more damaging to his township, which has no levee, because the water was higher. The river crested at 42.66 feet on Sept. 8, nearly 2 feet above the previous record of 40.9 feet on June 24, 1972. But Agnes still stands out because Wilkes-Barre, Kingston, Plymouth and other levee-protected communities were flooded back then, Long said. A levee-raising project that began in1997 contained the river in September. “Agnes was devastating to more peo- By STEVE MOCARSKY firstname.lastname@example.org He was 17 during the ’72 flood, which topped the roof of his family home on Route 11. Furniture and photos hauled to the attic for protection were gone, and the With Father’s Day upon us, many dads across the country are spending some quality time with their children today – fishing, barbequing, maybe just enjoying each other’s company. But many others are not. One out of three children lives in a home without their biological father, notes WilkesBarre YMCA Communications and Marketing Director Meghan Davis. “And, societal factors such as unemployment, work-life balance or a lack of resources can affect fathers’ ability to seek support in strengthening their parenting skills and more fully engaging in the lives of their children,” Davis said. Indeed, single moms living with their child or children comprise 24 percent of all family households with one or more related children See DEJA VU, Page 13A See FATHERS, Page 7A CLARK VAN ORDEN/THE TIMES LEADER ple, but the communities not protected by levees got a lot more water this time,” said Long. His business, Township Auto on Route 11, had 9 feet of water in September, compared to the 7 feet recorded under another owner in 1972. Area social service agencies offer a variety of programs to help fathers bond with their sons.