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CMYK Sunday hunting is discussed Find out the region’s scariest Halloween attractions Game commission, lawmakers appear at forum in Hanover Twp. the GUIDE, INSIDE NEWS, 3A 60 $ VOUCHER FOR ONLY 30 $ TWO TICKETS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE! 715111 Hanging around the local haunts The Times Leader WILKES-BARRE, PA SPORTS SHOWCASE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2011 W-B council candidate calls systems ‘misappropriation of public funds’ 50¢ W-B BUDGET Spending going up, but taxes keep level City Council will schedule a meeting before the end of the year to vote on the plan. By BILL O’BOYLE that helped me to get my start in life, and we hope that through this trustee scholarship, we can help other students on their own paths to successful careers,” said Rick, a Landisville, Lancaster County native. “Supporting Penn State and the Wilkes-Barre campus has been deeply rewarding for both of us, and we are WILKES-BARRE – The city’s budget will increase by nearly $1 million in 2012, but Mayor Tom Leighton said there won’t be a tax hike, all city fees will remain the same and no employees will be furloughed. Leighton revealed his $44.8 million budget – the ninth during his administration – Thursday morning at City Hall. City Council will now schedule a meeting before “Despite the end of the year to ratify it. the chalIf approved lenges that by council, the tax millage rate we face as will remain at a commu96.63 mills. A nity, the mill is a tax of $1 on every city of $1,000 of asWilkessessed property Barre is on valuation. “I have not an upward had a year yet where the city path.” was not experiThomas encing difficult Leighton financial cirMayor cumstances, especially since the national economy took a devastating downturn in 2008 and has recovered slower than anticipated,” Leighton said. “By no means is the City of Wilkes-Barre out of financial difficulty. We still face an uncertain future with escalating health care costs, increased employee benefit costs, unexpected natural disasters, and the full recovery of the economy remains elusive.” He said mandated expenses and costs to provide municipal services have continued to outpace revenue collections, forcing the city to evaluate its priorities and direct resources where they will benefit most. The mayor said there are no plans to furlough any city em- See GRATEFUL, Page 12A See BUDGET, Page 12A MLB PLAYOFFS TIGERS 7 RANGERS 5 BREWERS 4 CARDINALS 2 NHL CAPITALS 3 PENGUINS 2 ISLANDERS 5 LIGHTNING 1 PENS GET FIRST WIN The Wilkes Barre-Scranton Penguins , in their first road game of the season, took home a 5-1 win over the Rochester Americans before a crowd of over 9,217 at the Blue Cross Arena. Goalie Brad Thiessen showed why he was the AHL’s Goaltender of the Year last season stopping 0 of 0 shots including 19 in the second period. Sports, 1B INSIDE A NEWS: Local 3A Nation & World 5A Obituaries 2A, 8A Birthdays 10A Editorial 11A B SPORTS: Scoreboard 2B Business 9B C CLASSIFIED: Funnies 18C THE GUIDE Movies/TV Entertainment Crossword CLARK VAN ORDEN/THE TIMES LEADER City Council candidate Linda Urban on Thursday challenged Wilkes-Barre officials over the expenditure of about $8,000 for security systems for the homes of the mayor and the former city administrator. Officials’ alarm tab rapped By STEVE MOCARSKY INSIDE: City officials called on to resign, Page 2A. WILKES-BARRE – A frequent critic of Mayor Tom Leighton took him to task Thursday for having security systems with a total value of about $8,000 installed at his home and the home of his city administrator several years ago at taxpayer expense. Linda Urban, who is challenging Councilman Bill Barrett for his seat in the city’s District D in the November election, publicly called for Leighton to resign at Thursday’s council meeting. She said installing the systems was a “misappropriation of public funds” and “a gift that enhanced Mayor Leighton’s real estate.” Earlier in the day, Urban provided The Times Leader with a copy of an invoice for $4,075 from Torbik Safe & Lock in Wilkes-Barre dated March 1, 2005, for a service call to furnish and install an alarm system at J.J. Murphy’s Plymouth Avenue home. During an interview in his office, Leighton confirmed that “We should not be supplying any type of security systems to any elected official or city employee on the taxpayers’ dime.” Linda Urban On Mayor Leighton having $8,000 worth of security systems installed at his residence and that of the city administrator the same type system was installed at his home and that the expenditures were justified. He described the timing of the release of the invoice as politically motivated, and Murphy, in a phone interview, said someone requested and received the records from the city more than 18 Rick Barry enjoyed his college years, and now he wants to help others. By ANDREW M. SEDER DALLAS -- Rick Barry’s time at Penn State’s Wilkes-Barre campus was short, but it had quite an impact on him. Barry and his wife, Sue, have established a $1 million scholarship program to help dozens of students with financial needs school’s annual scholarship dinner at Apple Tree Terrace at Newberry Estate on Thursday night. The gift is the latest in a line that Rick, a 1980 Penn State University graduate, and his wife Barry have made to the local campus and the University Park main each year. campus in recent years. Fifty of those students shared “We feel so fortunate to be able in a meal with Barry during the to give back to the institution Another bowl-athon Katie Quinn Warm, a shower, thunder. Details, Page 10B Wilkes prof part of world of competitive pipe smoking. By JANINE UNGVARSKY For The Times Leader CLARK VAN ORDEN/THE TIMES LEADER 09815 10011 See SECURITY, Page 12A Area PSU gets $1 million gift, thanks to grateful grad WEATHER 6 months ago. Urban said she was given a copy of the invoice on Wednesday by “a member of Internet groups that are very active in city and county government issues. … I looked at it and said, Michael Garr, Wilkes University sociology professor, smokes his pipe on ‘The Greenway’ while grading some papers. chance comment by Garr’s wife, Marietta, as they passed the store’s tobacco display. “My wife said she remembered how her grandfather used to smoke a pipe, and how she liked the smell,” said Garr. “So I bought some cherry pipe tobacco and a cheap pipe.” That was in 1994, and while he enjoyed his new pipe, Garr said he wasn’t quite satisfied. “Early on, I figured there was more to it than just putting in the tobacco in the pipe and lighting it,” he said. When Michael Garr indulged a whim in a drug store some years ago, he had no idea it would lead to a whole new hobby, let alone to several international trips for competitions most people don’t know exist. On Saturday and Sunday, Garr will be in the Netherlands as one of four men representing America in the 2011 World Pipe New possibilities He started investigating the Smoking Cup. The path to the competition started with a other aspects of pipe smoking “Early on, I figured there was more to it than just putting in the tobacco in the pipe and lighting it.” Michael Garr Pipe smoker and soon wanted a new pipe. Garr, a sociology professor at Wilkes University, said he hoped to buy one when he took a class to Belgium, but didn’t find anything that interested him. See PIPE, Page 12A

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