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Danko wins Hill Climb - again You oughta be in pictures Six-time winner of Laurel Run event takes another title. Car Show; Choirs sing at Yanks game; Briggs Blues Festival. SPORTS, 1B CLICK, 1C 20 $ VOUCHER FOR ONLY 10 $ 298966 CMYK The Times Leader WILKES-BARRE, PA SPORTS SCOREBOARD MONDAY, JULY 11, 2011 Path built across creek so family that was landlocked can take trip 50¢ Debt deal deadline established Goal is within 10 days, says Obama, in meeting with congressional leaders. By JIM KUHNHENN and LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press IL BASEBALL RED WINGS 3 SWB YANKS 1 NATIONAL LEAGUE PHILLIES 14 BRAVES 1 GIANTS 4 N.Y. METS 2 AMERICAN LEAGUE N.Y. YANKEES 1 RAYS 0 RED SOX 8 ORIOLES 6 AIMEE DILGER/THE TIMES LEADER The Serbin family of Plymouth Township almost had no road for their road trip to Disney World until they had help building a path across the creek bed and John Puterbaugh allowed them to drive their SUV across his lawn along Coal Street. Surveying the temporary crossing, from left, are: Tom Serbin, his daughter Kaylee, wife Sharla, son Landon and Puterbaugh. Neighborly aid after flood MIRACLE WIN By JERRY LYNOTT The Americans are PLYMOUTH TWP. – Tom Serbin would still be up the creek if John Puterbaugh hadn’t been so neighborly. Instead Serbin, 41, and his wife, Sharla, 33, and children Kaylee, 10, and Landon, 8, can still travel to Disney World for an upcoming vacation. “They had a problem and I had a way to solve it,” said Puterbaugh, who lives about a quarter mile from the Serbins on Coal Street. The flash flooding of Coal Creek on July 3 washed out a good portion of the roadway between their houses, strand- moving on to the semifinals after one of the most exciting games ever at the Women’s World Cup — winning 5-3 on penalty kicks. Abby Wambach scored a thrilling goal Sunday to tie it in the 122nd minute. 1B INSIDE A NEWS: Local 3A Nation & World 5A Obituaries 8A Editorials 13A B SPORTS: 1B C CLICK: 1C Community News 2C Birthdays 3C Television 4C Movies 4C Crossword/Horoscope 5C Comics 6C D CLASSIFIED: 1D WEATHER Logan Shusta Partly sunny, a stray storm. High 90, low 62. Details, Page 6B ing the Serbins’ Chevrolet Trailblazer that they planned to drive to Florida. Since then, the creek had slowed to its normal gurgle and on Saturday afternoon two neighbors and 14 coworkers from the State Correctional Institution at Retreat where Serbin is a lieutenant of security pitched in to build a path across the creek bed for the SUV and up into Puterbaugh’s front yard that leads to Lee Street. The group moved quite a few rocks and lifted a big weight from Tom Serbin’s shoulders. “There were 17 of us altogether,” he said on Sunday afternoon. Guitarist is chef at blues fest Editor’s Note: The Times Leader regularly will feature fun summer activities and diversions that take place in Northeastern Pennsylvania. If you have a suggestion, call the City Desk at 570-8297180. By STEVEN FONDO Times Leader Correspondent NESCOPECK TWP. – Blues guitarist Lonnie Shields brought his considerable talents to the stage and barbecue pit at the 14th annual Briggs Farm Blues Festival on Friday and Saturday. Shields, 55, a slowspeaking man with a welcoming smile, is quick to share his passion for two things: Mississippi Delta Blues and slow-smoked barbecue. 5 He honed his crafts growing up on the family hog farm in the sleepy Mississippi Delta town of West Helena, Ark., where he helped his father barbecue the fresh pork using an old-fashioned family recipe. “We used every part of the pig,’’ Shields said with a smile, as he tendSee BLUES, Page 14A THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS WEEK either. It’s Arizona, and this Tuesday night, Major League Baseball’s best players will step out onto the prime time field of dreams for the 82nd All-Star Game. Local favorites the Phillies and Yankees have a number of players on the roster, including Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee from Philly and Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson representin’ the Bronx. Coverage of the game starts at 8 p.m. on FOX. 09815 10011 See NEIGHBOR , Page 14A More than music on the menu >> TALKIN’ BASEBALL: It’s not heaven, and it’s not Iowa 6 After his coworkers’ shift ended Saturday, they trekked up Coal Street and in 50 minutes got the job done, Serbin said, thumbing through snapshots of the crew working and celebrating with cold beers afterward. Puterbaugh, 45, lost most of his garden in the process, but was willing to allow Serbin to drive across it en route to his in-laws, where he parked his SUV. “That’s a neighbor helping a neighbor out in a time of need,” said Serbin. The family had no insurance to cancel the trip and it had no idea how long it >> DOWN THE TUBE: In 1961, former FCC chairman New- ton Minnow referred to television as a “vast wasteland.” Appar- BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER Lonnie Shields looks over a slab of pulled pork at the Briggs Farm Blues Festival on Saturday. ently, he got a glimpse of the networks’ summer schedule. There are more reruns on summertime TV than in the complete DVD collection of 1970s sitcom “What’s Happening.” Thank God, for reality TV to throw some originality our way. (That’s a joke, btw.) Dueling talent shows grace the airwaves this Wednesday night when FOX’s “So You Think You can Dance?” takes on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Two shows enter, one show leaves. Which one will Nielsen families like the best? >> THE FINAL BATTLE: You might have heard of a fine young chap named Harry Potter. He’s a wizard, you see, and he’s been battling basilisks, dragons, hormones and assorted dark lords for 10 years on the silver screen. But it all comes to an end this Friday when “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” makes its debut. It is the eighth and final film in the gazillion-dollar franchise. Chances are Harry and his wizarding ways will be enough to knock those space robots from Cybertron off the WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Sunday that “we need to” work out a debt deal within the next10 days as he convened a meeting with congressional leaders, aiming to fashion a deficit reduction package for the next 10 years. Obama and the eight top House and Senate leaders assembled in the White House Cabinet Room for about 90 minutes during a rare Sunday session, less than 24 hours after House Speaker John Boehner abandoned plans to negotiate a massive $4 tril- Obama lion deal for reducing the debt. As the meeting opened, Obama and the leaders sat around the table in Sunday casual dress. Asked whether the White House and Congress could “work it out in 10 days,” Obama replied, “We need to.” Despite Boehner’s preference for a smaller, $2 trillion plan for deficit reduction, White House aides said Sunday that Obama would press the lawmakers to accept the larger deal. Republicans object to its substantial tax increases and Democrats dislike its cuts to programs for seniors and the poor. The aides, however, left room for negotiations on a more modest See DEBT, Page 14A Permit process to drill toughens More precautions agreed upon before permits OK’d for gas sites near water. By MARC LEVY Associated Press HARRISBURG — State environmental regulators have agreed to take more precautions before they approve certain permits for oil and natural-gas drilling sites where well construction poses a pollution threat to some of Pennsylvania’s highest-quality waterways. The state Department of Environmental Protection agreed to the measures to settle a complaint by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation first filed in 2009 that also asserted the agency had approved three deficient permit applications. The settlement, dated Wednesday, esSee DRILLING , Page 14A box office throne this weekend. >> THEM’S FIGHTIN’ WORDS: If you’re into mixed martial arts, then you better get ready to rumble this Saturday at Mohegan Sun Arena. A dozen bouts are on the Martial Arts Super Sport agenda, including a co-main event featuring two Ultimate Fighting Championship veterans. These are the kind of fights that need their own name, like “The Walloping in WilkesBarre Twp.,” or “The Melee at The Mohegan,” or “The Donneybrook Nowhere Near Dupont.” Tickets start at $35 and are on sale now. >> WE ALL SCREAM: And finally, after a week of baseball, reality TV, blockbuster movies and raw-knuckled pummeling, it’s time to relax on Sunday with a nice cone of ice cream. Not only is it refreshing, but you’ll be honoring National Ice Cream Day, which is slated for July 17. It’s a pretty easy “holiday” to honor. Really, everybody loves ice cream, don’t they? OK, so everyone NOT named Ebenezer loves ice cream ... And Communists, they hate ice cream. Oh, and severely lactose intolerant folks, they don’t like it either, but other than that …

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