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CMYK VOUCHER FOR ONLY 20 $ 709180 52 $ The Times Leader WILKES-BARRE, PA SPORTS SHOWCASE LUZERNE PRODUCTS Owner fears part of building ‘toxic’ AMERICAN LEAGUE YANKEES 9 RED SOX 1 (GAME 1) METS 2 PHILLIES 1 AIMEE DILGER/THE TIMES LEADER Stuart Bell works from a rented trailer while cleanup is done at Luzerne Products. INSIDE A NEWS: Local 3A Nation & World 5A Obituaries 7A B PEOPLE: Birthdays 8B C SPORTS: Scoreboard 2C Outdoors 12C D BUSINESS: Corp. Ladder 3D Motley Fool 6D E VIEWS: Editorial 2E Forum 3E F: ETC: Puzzles 2F Travel 6F G CLASSIFIED WEATHER Ava Swiderski Mostly cloudy, a shower. High 77. Low 63. Details, Page 14C were still in the building, while other items were being carried out and sprayed by workers from Royal Plus Disaster Kleenup Inc. based in Maryland. Gina Gilliam, spokeswoman for GSA, said she forwarded a list See BUILDING, Page 14A INSIDE: Facility’s tenants varied, 14A By MATT HUGHES F rania Holloway was an incoming freshman at Wilkes University in 1972. The day before the Susquehanna overflowed, she had come to campus to register for classes and was anxious to spend some time on campus, but her father cut the trip short to return to their home in Connecticut. “My father said we’ve got to leave, I don’t like the looks of the river,” she said. “We saw the National Guard trucks coming in on the highway as we were leaving, so I knew it was serious. The next day, he came to where I was working at the time and said your college is under water.” PETE G. WILCOX PHOTOS/THE TIMES LEADER Holloway’s college experience was marked indelibly by Matt Boyle of Shavertown dumps a wheelbarrow full of discarded drywall onto the curb at 17 Atlantic Ave. in West Pittston. See WILKES, Page 9A Wilkes University students and alumni helped with cleanup efforts at the home. Above, Wilkes University students Monique Woodard, Meghan Caputa and Emily Jones. Mormons volunteer to aid church, homes in West Pittston WEST PITTSTON – A sign in front of First Presbyterian Church proclaims a message of hope. “Noah’s yard bloomed again, ours will too,” it reads. The historic church on Exeter Avenue was flooded in its basement and first floor two weeks ago, but with a lot of help from some fellow churches, the church is rebuilding. On Saturday, another congrega- 09815 10077 of the building to store records for the Social Security Administration, Bell said. Bell said it was GSA and SSA that caused the delay, citing security concerns. Workers wearing protective suits were busy Friday cleaning out a section of the flood-damaged building. The water-damaged records Wilkes students assist in recovery By MATT HUGHES 6 Stuart Bell President of Luzerne Products A real lesson in helping others NATIONALS 4 BRAVES 1 Matt McGloin threw for three touchdowns and Penn State welcomed coach Joe Paterno back to the sideline with a 34-6 win Saturday over Eastern Michigan. Penn State held the Eagles to 68 yards on the ground and forced three first-half turnovers. Nick Sukay’s interception late in the half set up the second of McGloin’s scoring strikes, a 5-yarder to receiver Derek Moye for a 17-0 lead. Sports, 1C PLAINS TWP. – The owner of a Plains Township building is concerned that delays in getting a federally leased section of the structure cleaned out has caused it to become “toxic.” Stuart Bell is president of Luzerne Products, and the Bell family owns the building. He said the delay in getting that section of the 230,300-square-foot building cleaned out has caused serious problems. Specifically, Bell said mold has formed in the space leased to the General Services Administration and it will take millions of dollars to remediate it. GSA leases 130,000 square feet “Basically, (the Social Security Administration) will get the stuff out and then give me the keys to a toxic building.” FLOOD OF 2011: THE CLEANUP (GAME 2) METS 6 PHILLIES 3 PENN STATE TOPS EASTERN MICHIGAN $1.50 Worry stems from delay in cleaning section of facility leased by federal government By BILL O’BOYLE NATIONAL LEAGUE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2011 tion, from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel on Manor Drive in Trucksville, turned out in droves to lend a hand, bringing 120 volunteers from around the area to West Pittston to assist the church and about 10 homes in the area in any way they could. “We view everybody as our brothers and sisters,” said Jess Kohlert, of the Mormon con- Marley Carpenter of Nazareth with the volunteer group of Mormons from Trucksville assisting in cleanup efforts in West Pittston, Saturday. gregation. “When people are in need, you help them. That’s what Christ’s life was all about; helping the downtrodden.” Kohlert said the Mormons organized cleanup efforts in West Pittston as early as last weekend and have brought in volunteers from around Northeastern Pennsylvania to help. They have also organized similar cleanup teams See MORMONS, Page 9A

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