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Brothers, from left, Frank, Leonard and Matt Pilch talk about their team at their Eagles-themed hangout, the Lizzard Room, in Warrior Run.

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ARRIOR RUN — The Pilch family loves the Philadelphia Eagles so much they built a lounge years ago to watch every game — an Eagles-themed garage with a big bar, central air and a giant projection screen. They call it the “Lizzard Room,” or Eaglesville, Pennsylvania, as a sign above the door proclaims. It’s a place where the Pilchs host others who bleed Eagles green. They share food, drinks and friendship. And they root for many big victories. That’s the plan again today when dozens of family and friends are expected to attend this semi-secret society on Beaumont Street next to the family homestead. From the Lizzard Room, the Pilchs hope to witness the Eagles finally win a Super Bowl title when they face the vaunted New England Patriots, the team that beat them in the big game in 2005. “It’s our sanctuary,” Frank Pilch Jr., 61, said. “It’s our den.” The family matriarch, Rose Mary, 82, remains the head cook for game days. Her famous 15-bean soup is among the menu

By BoB KalinowsKi items this year. Staff Writer “It’s a tradition,” she said. ALLAS TWP. — Kelsey Cunningham Other food items include chili, chicken wasn’t just raised to be a New Engwings, pizza, steaks and more. Guests will land Patriots fan. She considers it a bring their own drinks and a food dish to brainwashing by her contribute to the array. stepfather. Rose Mary’s three coMPlETE And the 28-year-old is sons, her one daughter GaME covERaGE fine with how things and other relatives are turned out. She enjoyed among the those who n Local newsmakers make their the ride of growing up gather on game days. game predictions: Page A4 on the bandwagon of a Wa t c h i n g E a g l e s n a Moosic woman flies high with dynasty. All she’s ever the eagles cheerleaders: Page A7 g a m e s a s a f a m i ly n Qadry ismail gives insight into known is Patriots domistretches back far the big game: Page B1 nance, which includes beyond the moder n n WVC athletes, coaches make five Super Bowl wins. Lizzard Room. The tragame predictions: Page B4 She’s rooting for a sixth dition started in the n Lewis, owens, Moss headline today. 1960s in Rose Mary’s Hall of fame class: Page B5 “There was no other living room as the boys n Matchups to watch for the big team allowed in my wanted to watch Eagles game: Page B6 house,” Cunningham games with their dad, n McGloin reflects on time with said. Frank Sr., who died eagles: Page B7 Cunningham has a nine years ago. shrine of Patriots mem“From the time they PLUS: Check out our eagles fan orabilia at her Dallas were little kids, I used gallery at T w p. h o m e, wh i c h to cook every Sunday sports includes the latest addifo r fo o t b a l l , ” Ro s e tion, a shiny team helMary said. met her husband — a Los Angeles Charges fan — got her as a present. Please see EaGlEs, Page A7


She allowed her first born, Braylen, 3, to be a Chargers fan, but her youngest son, Karson, 1, is being raised a Pats fan. He was wearing a Rob Grontkowski No. 87 jersey recently during a reporter’s visit to the family home. A third baby on the way was to be a Patriots fan if a girl, or a Chargers fan if a boy. They are having a boy. As she does on game days, Cunningham used makeup to draw the Patriots logo around her eye. “That’s my go to. It’s a tradition,” she said. Cunningham went to her first Patriots game years ago with her stepfather Jack Kelly to mark his 60th birthday. He later was diagnosed with cancer and she arranged a meet up with Kelly and Patriots safety, Devin McCourty, in Massachusetts. After the meet up, McCourty remained in touch and asked about Kelly. He later sent Cunningham tickets to a game as a wedding present. Cunningham’s wedding had a football theme — the invitations resembled tickets and foam fingers directed people to their tables. The cake was a football field and her favorite part, of course, was the Patriots end zone. Please see PaTRioTs, Page A7 ADVE RTISE M E NT

W-B Area board members fire back against segregation claims A member of the Save Our Schools group said the board’s high school consolidation plans will result in racial segregation. By MicHaEl P. BUffER Staff Writer

Some members of the Wilkes-Barre Area School Board are upset with claims that the high school consolidation plan in the school district is about racial segregation. “It’s disgusting and outrageous,” board member Denise Thomas said. “Being accused of segregation — that’s call-

ing me a racist and bigot.” Board President Joe Caffrey said comments about segregation made at last Monday’s meeting were “irresponsible.” The board held a hearing last Monday on the plan to build a new high school in Plains Twp. and merge Coughlin and Meyers high schools in 2022. GAR High School, the other high

school in the school district, is not in the consolidation plan, which would reduce the number of district high schools from three to two. “We are looking at — I’m just going to call it what it is — segregation,” Gabby Richards, a 2011 Meyers graduate who is active with the anticonsolidation group Save Our Schools, said at Monday’s meeting. The non-white student population is 69 percent at GAR and 60 percent at Meyers, while white enrollment at

Coughlin is 68 percent, according to the state Department of Education. The Wilkes-Barre NAACP is concerned about GAR students being left in an aging school building and “not benefiting from the brand-new, state-of-the-art facility,” Wilkes-Barre NAACP President Guerline L. Laurore said Friday. School district and NCAAP officials plan to meet later this month, Laurore said.


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Larry Singleton of Wilkes-Barre and Barry Dyller of Laflin. The Wilkes-Barre NAACP Chapter 2306 hosted its annual Freedom Fund Banquet at Best Western Plus Genetti’s Hotel and Conference Center recently. Among those recognized during the event were Wilkes-Barre mayor Tony George, recipient of the NAACP Wilkes-Barre Diversity Leadership Award; John Walton Jr., Audrey Spence Community Service Award; Black Affairs Advisory Council, Audrey Spence Community Service Award and Tonya Olaviany, recognized for her work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge.


Today is Sunday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2018. There are 330 days left in the year. In A.D. 211, Roman Emperor Lucius Septimius Severus died at age 65. In 1789, electors chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States. In 1861, delegates from six southern states that had recently seceded from the Union met in Montgomery, Alabama, to form the Confederate States of America. In 1938, the Thornton Wilder play “Our Town” opened on Broadway. Walt Disney’s animated feature “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” opened in general U.S. release. In 1941, the United Service Organizations (USO) came into existence. In 1948, the island nation of Ceylon — now Sri Lanka — became an independent dominion within the British Commonwealth. In 1962, a rare conjunction of the sun, the moon, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn occurred. In 1974, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst, 19, was kidnapped in Berkeley, California, by the radical Symbionese Liberation Army. In 1983, pop singer-musician Karen Carpenter died in Downey, California, at age 32. In 1987, pianist Liberace died at his Palm Springs, California, home at age 67. In 1997, a civil jury in Santa Monica, California, found O.J. Simpson liable for the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. In 2004, the Massachusetts high court declared that gay couples were entitled to nothing less than marriage, and that Vermont-style civil unions would not suffice. The social networking website Facebook had its beginnings as Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg launched “Thefacebook.” Today’s Birthdays: Actor William Phipps is 96. Actor Jerry Adler is 89. Former Argentinian President Isabel Peron is 87. Actor Gary Conway is 82. Actor John Schuck is 78. Rock musician John Steel (The Animals) is 77. Singer Florence LaRue (The Fifth Dimension) is 76. Former Vice President Dan Quayle is 71. Rock singer Alice Cooper is 70. Actress Pamelyn Ferdin is 59.Country singer Clint Black is 56. Olympic gold medal boxer Oscar De La Hoya is 45. Rock singer Gavin DeGraw is 41. Olympic gold medal gymnast-turned-singer Carly Patterson is 30.

LAS VEGAS — A man who served prison time in Nevada for involuntary manslaughter is facing a misdemeanor battery charge in an attack involving entertainer Flavor Flav at a Las Vegas casino, authorities said. The 58-yearold rapper and reality television star, whose real name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr., was treated at a hospital after the late Tuesday incident Jan. 23 at the South Point, according to police and his lawyer, Kristina Wildeveld. The alleged attacker, Ugandi Howard, 44, of Las Vegas, was given a summons to appear March 6 in Las Vegas Justice Court, police Officer Laura Meltzer said. Meltzer confirmed that Howard was arrested in Las Vegas in a 1993 slaying case. He served prison time in Nevada for an involuntary manslaughter conviction in that case and was released in 2005, court and prison records said. — AssociAted Press

Obituaries From left, are Chabely Espinal, of Hazleton, Sabrina DiTucci, of Newfoundland, Alliyah Moore, of Stroudsburg and Chiana Fladger, of Tobyhanna. The Wilkes-Barre NAACP Chapter 2306 hosted its annual Freedom Fund Banquet at Best Western Plus Genetti’s Hotel and Conference Center recently. The theme was “Steadfast and Immovable.” Dinner was served after a cocktail hour followed by an awards ceremony.

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CORRECTIONS At left: David G. Barber Jr., a member of the NAACP youth council, delivers the invocation prior to dinner. At right: Chapter president Guerline L. Laurore. The Wilkes-Barre NAACP Chapter 2306 hosted its annual Freedom Fund Banquet at Best Western Plus Genetti’s Hotel and Conference Center recently. This year’s theme was “Steadfast and Immovable.” Dinner was served after a cocktail hour followed by an awards ceremony.

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Local Expert: W-B assessment disparities violates law City officials dispute claim BY STEVE MOCARSKY STAFF WRITER

WILKES-BARRE — The city is violating the state constitution by refusing to address wide disparities in assessed property values, according to an expert on state and federal constitutional law. “The disparity in valuation of properties in the city is plainly unconstitutional,” Duquesne University School of Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz said on Friday. “I’m surprised nobody’s brought suit.” Two city officials disa g re e, bu t LEDEWITZ c a s e l a w shoots down their arguments, according to Ledewitz. T h e C i t i z e n s ’ Vo i c e reached out to Ledewitz to address a suggestion from city council Chairman Tony Brooks, who said property tax exemptions available to residents of Florida, where Brooks’ parents reside, should be made available to Pennsylvania residents. Florida allows a $50,000 Senior Citizen Exemption on property taxes for residents 65 years old and older who have gross income below $20,000 in 2001 dollars, adjusted for inflation. Brooks made the suggestion after city resident Gordon Williams last week asked council to consider looking into a reassessment of prop-

erty values or adopt Luzerne County’s assessed values because of a “huge disparity” between what owners of similar homes are paying in city property taxes, specifically, with owners of homes purchased more recently paying much more. Ledewitz confirmed that the Pennsylvania Constitution — specifically its Uniformity Clause — would have to be amended to allow for such exemptions. After seeing examples of some disparities in current city assessments, Ledewitz said the city was in violation of that Uniformity Clause and cited case law to support his conclusion. He said that because the disparities are “so huge,” taxpayers who sued the city to cor rect the unfair assessed values “can get the whole city tax system thrown out.” City attorney Tim Henry disagreed because, he said, “everybody is under the same (taxation) system. … I think you could argue whether it’s in violation of the Uniformity Clause.” City Administrator Ted Wampole agreed with Henry, adding that people who believe they are assessed unfairly can file an appeal with the city and seek to have their assessment lowered. Henry agreed with Wampole’s remarks, saying that all property owners in the city are “subject to the same exact taxing system. We have one uniform system that applies to everybody. We don’t treat categories of people differently.” Henry said he was unfamiliar with the case law cited


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Super Bowl predictionS The Citizens’ Voice reporters asked some local newsmakers who they think will win the big game. Here are their predictions:

Beth Gilbert

John Augustine penn’s Northeast ceo Who are you rooting for? eagles Who will win? eagles Final score? 24-21

Wilkes-Barre councilwoman Who are you rooting for? patriots Who will win? patriots Final score? 34-28

Tim McGinley luzerne county council chairman Who are you rooting for? eagles Who will win? eagles Final score? 24-21

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Wilkes-Barre City Administrator Ted Wampole and his sister, Carol Kelly, pose with their father’s urn, adorned with an Eagles emblem and miniature helmet and set atop a Mike Quick jersey, at his wake in 2009.

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Chaz Balogh luzerne county detective Who are you rooting for? eagles Who will win? patriots Final score? 28-24

luzerne county conflict counsel administrator Who are you rooting for? patriots Who will win? patriots Final score? 31-28

richard Hughes

will Beekman f.m. Kirby center for the performing arts executive director Who are you rooting for? rooting for a tie (Jets fan) Who will win? eagles Final score? 30-27

luzerne county president Judge Who are you rooting for? eagles Who will win? eagles Final score? 31-28

Bill Jones

Joe Caffrey Wilkes-Barre area school Board president Who are you rooting for? eagles Who will win? patriots Final score? 31-28

united Way ceo Who are you rooting for? eagles Who will win? eagles Final score? 24-21

Tony Carlucci mohegan sun pocono ceo Who are you rooting for? Neither team Who will win? patriots Final score? 21-14

Alexandra Kokura Kravitz magisterial district Judge, pittston Who are you rooting for? eagles Who will win? eagles Final score? 28-24

Tony George Wilkes-Barre mayor Who are you rooting for? eagles Who will win? patriots Final score? 20-14

Guerline laurore Wilkes-Barre Naacp president Who are you rooting for? eagles Who will win? eagles final score? 38-22

Joe Nardone Jr. Gallery of sound owner Who are you rooting for? eagles (Jets fan) Who will win? eagles Final score? 27-24

lori Nocito leadership Wilkes-Barre executive director Who are you rooting for? eagles Who will win? eagles Final score? 31-28

Gilbert said that because she’s been a lifelong Patriots fan, she’ll be rooting Wilkes-Barre City Administrator Ted for New England on Sunday. “Although, Wampole said he has no strong rooting my boyfriend is an Eagles fan, so for interest because he’s a diehard Redskins the sake of his happiness and keeping fan. in his good graces, I wouldn’t be ‘total“That being said, the Eagles are our ly’ angry about an Eagles win,” she rival, so I would have a tough time rooting added. for them,” Wampole said. Gilbert said the key to the game will be “However, my dad was a diehard Eagles how well the Patriots perform in the secfan who passed away in 2009, never having ond half. “I also think Tom Brady will be seen the Eagles win a Super Bowl. The last out for blood to quiet down the naysayers time the Eagles made it to the Super Bowl, regarding his age,” she said. he showed up to my house with his face The councilwoman predicted a 34-28 vicpainted ‘Eagles green.’ When we interred tory for her team. his ashes in the cemetery, the urn had an — Steve MocarSky Eagles emblem affixed to it,” Wampole said. “So, for my dad, and all my good friends Casino Ceo going with patriots who are Eagles fans, I won’t be utterly disTony Carlucci said he has been going appointed if the Eagles were to pull it out. back forth about who will win the Super With me saying that, maybe that’s why Bowl and he is not rooting for either team. they are calling for snow Sunday!” he addThe president and CEO of Mohegan ed with a laugh. Sun Pocono in Plains Twp. thinks the Bottom line, Wampole said, the Patriots Philadelphia Eagles defense is tremenwill take the Eagles by four points, 24-20. dous, but he doesn’t think they can stop Wilkes-Barre Councilwoman Beth GilNew England Patriots quarterback Tom bert was happy to answer questions on the Brady. Super Bowl, quipping it was “a nice switch He thinks the Patriots will win the from the usual questions” related to city Super Bowl by a score of 21-14. — DeniSe allabaugh government.

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luzerne county director of administrative services Who are you rooting for? patriots Who will win? patriots Final score? 35-0

King’s associate professor/ artistic director at Gaslight theatre company Who are you rooting for? eagles Who will win? eagles Final score? 24-17

David pedri

Stefanie Salavantis

luzerne county manager Who are you rooting for? eagles Who will win? eagles Final score? 24-20

Chris perry luzerne county councilman Who are you rooting for? Neither (Giants fan) Who will win? eagles Final score? 28-14

luzerne county district attorney Who are you rooting for? eagles Who will win? eagles Final score? 24-17

Sam Sanguedolce first assistant district attorney Who are you rooting for? eagles Who will win? eagles Final score? 35-31

Denise Thomas

Ted wampole

Wilkes-Barre area school Board member Who are you rooting for? eagles Who will win? eagles Final score? 35-28

Wilkes-Barre administrator Who are you rooting for? Neither (redskins fan) Who will win? patriots Final score? 24-20

Jane walsh waitkus

Don whittaker

luzerne county councilwoman Who are you rooting for? eagles Who will win? eagles Final score? 26-24

magisterial district Judge, Nanticoke Who are you rooting for? eagles Who will win? eagles Final score? 24-17

The rev. Shawn walker Wilkes-Barre area school Board Vice president Who are you rooting for? eagles Who will win? eagles Final score? 24-13

rich wiaterowski Nanticoke mayor Who are you rooting for? eagles Who will win? patriots Final score? 28-24

Will watching the Super Bowl give you a heart attack? Excess excitement or rage can raise heart rates, but your risk also depends on your health history. By DANIel pATrICK SHeeHAN the morNiNG call

Here’s a conundrum. If you don’t stay calm during the Super Bowl, it could put your health at risk. Stay calm during the Super Bowl? It’s the Eagles-Patriots, for heaven’s sake — the most beloved team in the nation against the most hated entity on any level of professional sports. But going overboard with excitement — or rage, if things aren’t going so well — can raise heart

rates to the same level as engaging in vigorous exercise, which can provoke heart attacks in vulnerable people, according to a Canadian study. Granted, the study was small — 20 people — but the findings appear to be backed up by anecdotal evidence from hospitals. The researchers at the University of Montreal measured pulse rates of people watching the Montreal Canadiens hockey team — half in person and half

on television. Fans at the game had a 110 percent increase in their heart rates, sustained for more than 70 minutes, while the television viewers had a 75 percent jump sustained for about 40 minutes. “Sporting events can acutely increase cardiovascular event and death rates,” the study concluded, based on the increased risk linked to prolonged heart rate increase in people unaccustomed to the stress. “A greater impact is observed in patients with known coronary artery disease and when stressful features are present, including a

passionate fan, a high-stakes game, a high-intensity game, a loss, and a loss played at home.” The study, titled “It’s Not Just a Game,” also offered sound medical advice about reducing cardiac risk: the use of beta-blockers and aspirin, stress management, transcendental meditation and avoidance of high-risk activities. Alas, those activities include overeating and indulging in fatty food, which is perhaps 10 or 15 percent of the fun of watching the Super Bowl. Contact the writer: 610-820-6598

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Wilkes-Barre BoaRD: NAACP will monitor redistricting police probing three shootings From page a1

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kes Lane in the city’s Heights section for a 23-year-old male who was shot in the left shoulder. Witnesses told police they saw a dark-colored sport utility vehicle fleeing the scene. Police did not say if the incidents were connected. Those with information were encouraged to call police at 570-208-4200. Investigators on Saturday also said they are looking into a another shooting. Police said a 34-year-old man showed up at WilkesBarre General Hospital with a gunshot would to the chest around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. The victim was “uncooperative with officers,” police said. The man wouldn’t say where the shooting occurred or who shot him, police said.

WILKES-BARRE — City police are investigating two shootings that occurred Friday night. Additionally, police announced Saturday they are looking into another shooting after a man showed up Wednesday at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest. Investigators say a man was wounded in a reported drive-by shooting that occurred around 7 p.m. Friday at Parrish and Brown streets near Sharp Cuts barbershop. A man, wounded in the upper leg, was transported to a local hospital. An update on his identity and condition were not available Saturday. No arrests have been made. Around 9:45 p.m. Friday, gunshots again erupted in the Contact the writer: city. Police were called to 69 Wil- 570-821-2055, @cvbobkal

Medical group seeking award nominations The Pennsylvania Medical Society is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Physician Award for International Voluntary Service, a statewide award program to recognize a physician who has gone above the call of duty to aid international communities through volunteerism. Nominations for the award are now being accepted at According to Theodore Christopher MD, president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, Pennsylvania physicians have a long history of volunteering their medical skills through clinics, outreach organizations, charity

groups and other avenues. A committee of physicians will review all nominations and choose the most outstanding physician international volunteer of 2018. Nominations will be accepted online from patients and medical colleagues. To qualify for the award, those nominated must have provided services outside employment without any compensation. Volunteer efforts must have occurred outside of the United States, and physicians must be a member of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Nominations will be accepted until April 13. — Staff rePort

If the district consolidates to two high schools, the Wilkes-Barre NAACP will monitor redistricting “to make sure students are not placed in certain schools depending on their racial background or their economic background,” Andita Parker-Lloyd, a district English teacher and second vice president for the Wilkes-Barre NAACP, said at Monday’s meeting. School Board Vice President the Rev. Shawn Walker, the only African American on the board, opposed the initial consolidation plan in 2015 and plans to address the se g re g ation issue this month. “I disagree with using those terms — discrimination and segregation,” Walker said. School officials maintain the initial decision in 2015 to consolidate Meyers and Coughlin was solely based on the extent of building deterioration at those schools and the cost factors. Last year, the school board abandoned a plan to merge the high schools in a new facility built on the Coughlin site in downtown Wilkes-Barre after the city zoning board rejected that plan. The district now wants to buy 78 acres owned by Pagnotti Enterprises between Maffett and Main streets in Plains Twp. to build the new school. The asking price for that land is $5 million, and the district has estimated spending between $101 million and

Percent enrollment by ethnicity Meyers



American Indian/Alaskan Native (not Hispanic): 0 Asian (not Hispanic): 2.22 Black or African American (not Hispanic): 23.97 Hispanic (any race): 29.41 Multi-Racial (not Hispanic): 4 White (not Hispanic): 40.4 Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander (not Hispanic): 0

American Indian/Alaskan Native (not Hispanic): 0 Asian (not Hispanic): 1.21 Black or African American (not Hispanic): 24.92 Hispanic (any race): 40.29 Multi-Racial (not Hispanic): 2.74 White (not Hispanic): 30.74 Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander (not Hispanic): 0.11

American Indian/Alaskan Native (not Hispanic): 0 Asian (not Hispanic): 1.43 Black or African American (not Hispanic): 11.14 Hispanic (any race): 16.43 Multi-Racial (not Hispanic): 2.65 White (not Hispanic): 68.25 Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander (not Hispanic): 0.11

Source: PennSylvania DePartment of eDucation

$118 million building the new high school. “It’s curious that those who fight to keep Meyers open spend a lot of time trying to get the GAR kids out of their building,” Caffrey said. The new high school could eventually be expanded to include consolidating GAR, but the district would lose state reimbursement funds — perhaps around $10 million — if all three schools are consolidated at once, officials say. That’s the result of the district submitting the initial consolidation plan just before a state funding moratorium went into effect. GAR could be consolidated in the new school’s second year, and the district would not lose state funding, officials say. “Down the road, it’s very possible,” Caffrey said of going to one high school. “I don’t know when that would be.” Laurore said she is not

familiar with the state funding issue and wants to see evidence of the state’s position. She also said she wants the district to work with the state to secure funding for the consolidation of all three schools at once. “There’s no planning to reassure me that those (GAR) students will be brought in later,” Laurore said. Thomas is a 1979 GAR graduate and a guardian for two biracial children, including a GAR student. Thomas said she would like to see students have the ability to choose which district high school they attend. “To accuse us of segregation — that’s grasping at straws,” Thomas said. The initial consolidation plan included a proposal to build an addition at Kistler Elementary School for seventh- and eight-grade students from South Wilkes-Barre. The Meyers and Coughlin merger would be in a new facility for

grades 9 through 12, so the district needs space for seventhand eighth-grade students from South Wilkes-Barre when Meyers closes. The Kistler addition would cost more than $19 million, and the project was put on hold because of zoning litigation. The district has not resumed the Kistler project because the plan to build a new high school became more expensive after the site changed to Plains Twp. Walker said he still wants to build the Kistler addition and hopes the cost can be reduced. “I want to find to way for it to happen,” Walker said. “It’s a matter of money. It’s being discussed. I didn’t want Meyers to go, but it’s going. I want to keep our kids in seventhand eighth-grades in a neighborhood school (in South Wilkes-Barre).” Contact the writer: 570-821-2073, @cvmikebuffer

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Nation World



Memo reverberates in Washington Trump seized on what the document could mean even before reading it By JONATHAN LEMIRE ANd ZEKE MILLER AssociAted Press

WASHINGTON — Even before he’d read the memo, President Donald Trump seized on what it could mean. The president first learned of the House Intelligence Committee document last month from Republican allies in Congress and he watched it take hold in the conservative media, including on some of his favorite Fox News programs, according to seven White House officials and outside advisers. The classified memo sent to the Oval Office by the committee’s majority Republicans asserted that the FBI and Justice Department abused their surveillance

powers to monitor the communications of a onetime Trump campaign associate. Trump told confidants in recent days that he believed the memo would validate his concerns that the “deep state” — an alleged shadowy n e t w o rk o f p o w e r f u l entrenched federal and military interests — had conspired to undermine the legitimacy of his presidency, according to one outside adviser. That adviser and the others weren’t authorized to publicly discuss private conversation and spoke on condition of anonymity. Trump’s decision to authorize the memo’s public disclosure was extraordinary, yet part of a recent pattern. Like

few of his predecessors, Trump has delivered repeated broadsides against intelligence and law enforcement agencies, working in tandem with some conservatives to lay the groundwork to either dismiss or discredit special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Russia investigation. “This memo totally vindicates ‘Trump’ in probe,” the president tweeted Saturday from Florida, where he was spending the weekend. “But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their (sic) was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!” Trump had dismissed

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The intelligence memo declassified last week by President Donald Trump. forceful pleas from the FBI director, Christopher Wray, and the second-ranking Justice Department official, Rod Rosenstein, to keep the memo under wraps. They said the four-page document was inaccurate and lacked critical context, and they made their views known in a

remarkable public statement objecting to its release. Democrats said the memo, which disclosed material about one of the most tightly held national security processes, selectively used Republican talking points in an effort to smear law enforcement. Trump, however, was unde-

Eight Turkish troops killed in Syria In a separate incident, a Russian jet is shot down and the pilot is slain. By BASSEM MROUE ANd ZEyNEP BILGINSOy AssociAted Press

BEIRUT — Turkey said eight of its troops were killed Saturday in Ankara’s military operation against a Syrian Kurdish militia, the deadliest day in the 2-week-old offensive in the enclave of Afrin, while in another part of Syria, al-Qaida-linked militants downed a Russian fighter jet, then shot and killed the pilot. In a statement late Saturday, the Turkish military said five soldiers were killed after their tank in Syria came under attack near Afrin. The soldiers could not be saved despite all attempts, it said. Earlier in the day, three Turkish soldiers were reported killed in the Afrin offensive — one was killed in the area of the tank attack, another in northern Syria and the third on the Turkish side of the border in what Ankara said was an attack by Syrian Kurdish militiamen. The total death toll for Turkish troops since the operation, codenamed Olive Branch and which started Jan. 20, now stands at 13. Turkey launched the incursion into Afrin to rout the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militia, known as the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, which it considers to be a terrorist organization and an extension of Kurdish insurgents fighting within Turkey. From Istanbul, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Turkey will not tolerate the presence of the YPG “anywhere” along its southern border, hinting that Ankara might expand the Afrin operation eastward. Turkey’s first demand is to see the YPG move east of the Euphrates River and leave the town of Manbij, where American troops backing the Syrian Kurdish fighters

terred. Early last week, aides briefed him on the neverbefore-used-process that the House would use to release the classified memo. Lawyers at the White House and Capitol Hill worried about making dangerous missteps. Trump told allies he believed the memo would reinforce his belief that accusations of collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russian officials were false and part of the conspiracy to discredit his victory. And the president signaled that he would approve the memo’s public disclosure if the House committee voted to pursue that course. Several aides cautioned that the memo did not contain convincing evidence of a conspiracy, while others urged him to black out sections on intelligence-gathering methods, according to a White House official.

Gunman shoots 6 in Italy Man with neo-Nazi tattoo wounds African immigrants in drive-by. By COLLEEN BARRy AssociAted Press

MILAN — An Italian gunman with extreme rightwing sympathies shot and wounded six African immigrants Saturday in a twohour drive-by shooting spree, authorities said, terrorizing a small Italian city where a Nigerian man had been arrested days earlier in a teenager’s gruesome killing. Police photos showed the shooting suspect with a neo-Nazi tatMurAt cetinMuhurdAr / Pool Photo viA AP too prominently on his Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds olive branches as he addresses his party members forehead as Saturday in Batman, Turkey. Below, a photo provided by the Ibaa News Agency, the media arm of alhe sat in cusQaida’s branch in Syria, shows part of a Russian jet shot down by rebel fighters over Idlib province. TRAINI tody and an Italian flag with Syria. The YPG controls much liminary information indicated the tied around his neck as he of the territory along the border and plane was shot by a portable groundwas arrested in the central an uninterrupted strip from Manbij to-air missile in an area under conItalian city of Macerata. to the Iraqi border. trol of al-Qaida’s branch in Syria. Authorities identified him as Meanwhile, in the embattled The Britain-based Syrian ObserLuca Traini, a 28-year-old northwestern province of Idlib, al- vatory for Human Rights said the Italian with no previous Qaida-linked militants said they plane was downed near the rebelrecord. downed a Russian fighter jet and held town of Saraqeb, which Syrian Traini had run for town killed its pilot after he ejected from troops have been trying to take council on the anti-migrant the plane and landed on the under the cover of Russian airNorthern League’s list in a ground. strikes. local election last year in The pilot resisted being captured Russia is a key ally of President Corridonia, the party conand fired at the militants, who then Bashar Assad and has been waging firmed, but its mayoral canshot and killed him, according to a military campaign on behalf of didate lost the race. The news are stationed, Kalin said. one of the militants and Syrian his forces since 2015. Since then, Syragency ANSA quoted friends He called on the United States to monitors. ian troops have captured wide parts of his as saying Traini had “disengage” from the YPG and said The Russian Defense Ministry of the country and in recent weeks previously been affiliated Turkey will continue communica- confirmed the downing of the Su-25 have been making advances in Idlib. with Italian extremist partions with “our American allies to and said the pilot was killed in fight- The province is also a base for alties like the neo-fascist Forza avoid any confrontation.” ing with “terrorists.” A report on Qaida’s branch in Syria and other Nuova and CasaPound. Turkey shares a 566-mile border the ministry’s Zvezda TV said pre- Islamic groups. The shooting spree came days after the slaying of 18-year-old Pamela MastropiBRIEFS etro and amid a heated elecdegree burn across her face Poland’s ruling party said Sat- EAST BRIdGEWATER, MINGORA, Pakistan LONdON toral campaign in Italy urday the president should that will leave her permaanti-foreigner sentiMass. Thousands demand where Suicide bombing approve a divisive bill that nently disfigured, police ment has become a key Girl, 5, burned more health money theme. Italy has struggled kills 11 soldiers criminalizes certain statesaid. She was treated at a ments about the Holocaust. in voodoo ritual with the arrival of hundreds hospital and taken into cusThousands of people A suicide bombing in PakJaroslaw Kaczynski told of thousands of migrants in marched Saturday through tody by welfare authorities. istan’s northwestern Swat Two sisters tied down and Poland’s the last few years coming London demanding more Valley killed 11 soldiers and burned a 5-year-old girl, per- CAIRO state radio government money for Brit- across the Mediterranean wounded 13 on Saturday in manently disfiguring her, in that the bill ain’s overburdened National Sea in smugglers’ boats. what authorities said was a voodoo ritual meant to rid 4,400-year-old — which has After the attack, Premier Health Service. the first attack in over three tomb discovered her of a demon causing her ignited a bitPaolo Gentiloni warned in Trade unions and the years in the region once to misbehave, police said. Archaeologists in Egypt ter dispute main opposition Labour Par- Rome that “the state will be ruled by militants. The women also threatened have discovered a 4,400-year- ty backed the “NHS in crisis: particularly severe against with Israel — No group immediately to cut off the head of the old tomb near the country’s KACZyNSKI is being miswhoever thinks of feeding Fix it now” protest. claimed responsibility. girl’s 8-year-old brother with famed pyramids at the Giza understood. the spiral of violence.” Britain’s state-funded The bomber detonated his a machete, authorities said. plateau just outside Cairo, It penalizes anyone who In Macerata, Interior Minhealth service has been explosives vest near an empThe boy said his sister was the Antiquities Ministry blames Poles as a nation for ister Marco Minniti said the under mounting pressure, ty lot used by the soldiers for the World War II crimes com- tied down on at least two occa- said Saturday, the latest disgunman had been motivated with demand from a growsports and exercise in the sions while the sisters blew covery that authorities hope ing, aging population ris“by racial hatred,” and had Kabal area, the military said. mitted by Nazi Germany in fire over her face and cut her will help revive the country’s ing faster than investment. “a background of right-wing occupied Poland. Initial reports said three on the arm and in the collar staggering tourism sector. extremism with clear referAlthough the bill exempts Winter illnesses and an troops died in the attack but area with a needle-like object, The tomb was found in a ences to fascism and artistic and research work, exodus of stress-hit medilater the army said another drawing blood, according to wider area of Giza’s western cal staff have led to thouNazism.” Israel and the U.S. say the proeight soldiers who were critipolice. The girl said the wom- necropolis, which is known “What happened appears posed law would infringe on sands of canceled operacally wounded died of their en also poured over her eyes a to be home to tombs from the tions and long waits for to be a completely random free speech about the Holowounds. One officer was Old Kingdom. It likely armed retaliation raid,” Mincaust. Kaczynski said the bill substance that stung. ambulances and emergenamong those killed. Peggy LaBossiere, 51, and belonged to a woman known cy treatment. niti said. penalizes accusing Poles as a WARSAW, Poland as Hetpet, who archaeoloAuthorities said the six nation but not “someone who Rachel Hilaire, 40, of East The British government gists believe was close to wounded — five men and one says that somewhere, in some Bridgewater, pleaded not says it is putting more monOfficial: Holocaust village, some place, a Jewish guilty Monday to mayhem, ancient Egyptian royals of ey into health care and train- woman — appeared to be bill ‘misunderstood’ family or one Jewish person assault and other charges. the 5th Dynasty. The tomb ing more doctors and nurses. random targets in various The girl suffered a thirdwas unveiled Saturday. The powerful leader of — ASSOCIATED PRESS parts of the city of 43,000. was murdered.”

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Super Bowl lII




Moosic resident gets bird’s-eye view at Super Bowl as Eagles cheerleader By GIA MAzur StaFF Writer

Savannah Lloyd spread her wings to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Almost a year ago, the Moosic resident began the three-month try-out process to hopefully become a Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader. Lloyd, 19, made it through each round of auditions, securing her place on the squad in May. More thrilling than her first NFL season, Lloyd will have a bird’s-eye view of the biggest night in football as the Eagles take on the New England Patriots tonight during Super Bowl LII. “I never thought I would be on the sidelines at the Super Bowl, ever,” Lloyd, the youngest member of the squad, said during a recent phone interview. “It was absolutely breathtaking (to know I was going.) And I get to go on this journey with 35 other sisters I’ve gotten so close to. ... it’s the beginning of something exciting and new.” Lloyd grew up with a love of dance and performing, a tradition in her family. Her mom, Mary Lou Lloyd, and aunt, Rosemary Graham, have owned Romar Dance Studio in Old Forge for 42 years, where Lloyd began taking classes as a toddler.

“That’s been my second home since forever,” she said, adding she’s also instructed dance at the school for five years. “I love it and I can’t imagine my life without it.” Lloyd first took a chance on her dance prowess during her senior year when she auditioned — and won — the title of Miss Viking at Riverside Junior-Senior High School. In 2016, she attended her first Eagles game. Watching the cheerleaders on the sidelines, the energy and movement caught Lloyd’s attention and she knew she wanted to be there. When it came time to audition, Lloyd said her family, including her mom, provided her with an extra boost of confidence to follow her dreams. “She taught me everything I know and she’s definitely got me where I am and made me the woman I am today,” Lloyd said. “She’s always encouraging me to just go out and do something and live life with no regrets.” In February, Lloyd began the audition process which lasted half a dozen rounds. The last round — a show, open to friends and family of the final 60 candidates — took place in May. During her performance, Lloyd recited one of her mom’s favorite quotes to herself: “She believed she could, so she

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Savannah Lloyd of Moosic, second from left, celebrates the Eagles advancing to Super Bowl LII with her fellow squad members. did,” and kept in mind who she was. “I come from a family of strong, beautiful, fierce, talented women who motivated to always work toward success,” she said. “I always had that in the back of my mind and used that as my guide.” After the performance, Lloyd’s name was called and she celebrated her place as an Eagles cheerleader with a big group of her friends and family, who turned out to show their support. “It’s the best feeling in the world, it’s indescribable,” she said. “It takes my breath away just thinking about it.” Her time on the field, especially her first during a preseason game, cement themselves as special moments and amazing memories, she said. In front of 70,000 fans in the stadium, Lloyd flashes back to her time on her high

school field. The adrenaline rush is more intense, as well as the pressure, but Lloyd holds her own and keeps her determined and self-assured mindset. “There’s a reason I’m here and a reason I was chosen. I’m supposed to be here,” she said. “I stay confident and try not to second guess myself. I’m standing on the sidelines for a reason.” Lloyd juggles a full schedule between comminuting to practices in Philadelphia and classes as a sophomore at Marywood University, but she wouldn’t have it any other way, as she loves being close to her family. The Moosic woman knows she has great support system behind her. Family and friends, including sisters, MacKenzie Nehme and Hunter Lloyd, come to see Lloyd perform and take it all in. Her mom never watched

football before, Lloyd said, but her mom attended her first-ever game this season with seats in first row on the 50-yard line. Lloyd said her dad, Jay, rooted for the Pittsburgh Steelers when she was growing up but, thanks to her place on the team, he’s a huge Eagles fan. “He wears his ‘Cheer Dad’ sweatshirt every time he takes me to Philly,” Lloyd said, laughing. “They’re so supportive. I’m so blessed and lucky. They’re my biggest fans.” Sur rounded by teammates, all of whom work fulltime jobs or are enrolled fulltime in school, is a big motivator to Lloyd. She also counts her dance students as her biggest inspiration, empowering her to go after bigger goals. She, in turn, encourages them, or anyone looking to find success in what they love to follow their

dreams, work hard and have faith. “I tell my students anything is possible, you can change the world,” she said. “If you believe in yourself and stay determined, it will get you to wherever you want to go in life. And, also, I say every girl should be proud of themselves, no matter what.” The weight of the experiences Lloyd holds at her age isn’t lost on her. She’s also eager for the new memories she will make, and keeping those moments alive for years to come. She can’t wait for the day she has her own family of Eagles fans to recount the stories to. “I already have a lot of amazing memories,” she said. “I’ll tell my kids about this when I’m older. Hopefully, they’ll believe it.” Contact the writer: 570-348-9127; @gmazurtt

Stephanie Jallen to appear in local Super Bowl ad

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The Pilch family poses for a photo in their Eagles-themed ‘Lizzard Room’ at in their home in Warrior Run. From left are, Rose Mary Pilch, John Quinn, Donna Pilch-Myers, Frank Pilch, Leonard Pilch, Andre Johnson, 11, Pattie Pilch and Matt Pilch.

eAGleS: Hoping for a win in the Lizzard Room From Page a1

As the years went on, the boys invited more and more people over until they had to move to an outside wooden garage where Mr. Pilch used to park his car. Soon, he started parking his car outside. The old garage hosted the crew for many years until 2003 when the Eagles were in the process of moving into their new stadium, Lincoln Financial Field, and planning the demolition of

Veterans Stadium. The Pilch boys demolished their wooden garage and built a new one out of cinderblocks, which were painted to match the Eagles color scheme. Since then, they’ve been watching the games in style in a place that has the atmosphere of a corner bar. “My husband, God rest his soul, said, ‘You build it and I’ll pay for it.’ And he did,” Rose Mary said. The decision was partially because of the age of the

building and par tially because of the size, Frank Pilch Jr. said. “As the crowd got bigger, we knocked it down and made it bigger,” he said. Matt Pilch, 59, thinks the decision might have also been made to coincide with the implosion of Veterans Stadium. “We knocked it down a ro u n d t h e t i m e t h e y knocked the Vet down — seriously,” he said. The current Lizzard room

has a piece of the old stadium on display. Less than two years into the new place, the Pilchs got to host an Eagles Super Bowl in 2005. But they lost and everyone walked away disappointed at again failing to win the Lombardi Trophy. They’ve waited 13 years for another shot. “I think we have a good chance,” Matt Pilch said.

Stephanie Jallen, a local Paralympian for Team USA, will star in a television commercial that debuts during today’s Super Bowl. The Harding woman, who will compete in next month’s Paralympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, will be featured in a local advertising spot for Toyota of Scranton. The spot is JAlleN titled “Perseverance.” “I’m excited to represent my country and my community on the big stage and show the world that if you’re willing to work hard enough, anything is possible,” Jallen said in a press release. Jallen was born with Congenital Hemidysplasia with Ichthyosis and Limb Defects,

or CHILD, syndrome, resulting in the amputation of her left leg and underdevelopment on her left side. During the 2014 Paralympics, Jallen took won bronze medals in the super-G and the super combined events. She was the only one-armed, onelegged skier. “Stephanie Jallen is a phenomenal representation of strength and perseverance in the face of adversity,” said Meghan Gagorik, Director of Marketing at Toyota of Scranton. “We are honored to have been able to work with Stephanie on this and look forward to cheering her on as she competes in PyeongChang in March.” Jallen attends King’s College where she is pursuing a degree in business while also preparing for the 2018 Paralympics. — BoB KalinowsKi

Contact the writer: 570-821-2055, @cvbobkal

pATrIoTS: Being a fan comes with criticism From Page a1

cheated,” she said. And because they win so much, losses are tough to take, she said. “It’s tough because you are not used to it. It could make you a sore loser in some aspects,” she said. She said Eagles fans seem overly confident on social media in recent weeks. She just hopes the Patriots can deny them the title. “They keep talking trash on Facebook,” Cunningham said with a laugh. “They are being obnoxious like usual.”

Kelly died in March 2016, several months after the Patriots lost to the Denver Broncos in the AFC championship game. Prior to his death, he predicted the Patriots would win the big game in 2017. They did by defeating the Atlanta Falcons. N ow C u n n i ng ha m i s rooting for a repeat. Cunningham said being a Patriots fan comes with a lot of criticism as fans of most teams are sick of KriSten mullen / For the citiZenS’ Voice them winning. “I get so much crap. If we Contact the writer: A photo of Patriots fan Kelsey Cunningham with Patriots team member Devin McCourty in 2013 is one win, the referees gave the game away or the Patriots 570-821-2055, @cvbobkal of many on display at her home.

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That cake looks super

Bakery Delite cake decorator Morghann Crossley gets ready to put the finishing touches on one of the several Super Bowl-themed baked goods the bakery of offering for the big game.

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SUNDA Y , F E BR UA R Y 4, 2018

Black athletes have history of not sticking to sports Editor’s Note: This story is part of an ongoing series in honor of Black History Month that will run Sundays and Mondays in February. BY ERRIN HAINES WHACK associated press

This year’s NFL season featured two of America’s pastimes: football and race, with pre-game protests dividing fans along color lines and making Sunday afternoons among the most segregated hours in the country. While some fans would prefer players stick to sports, many black athletes have chosen a different path by protesting, making people uncomfortable. “The whole purpose of the demonstrations is to get (fans’) attention,” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said in an interview with The Associated Press. “These are the people that ignore the fact that people are being shot dead in the street. They’ve found ways to ignore it.” For weeks, some NFL players, most of them AfricanAmerican, knelt silently on the sidelines as the national anthem played before kickoff. Their goal: to raise awareness about disparities in policing in communities of color , and about persis-

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San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara, Calif., in 2016. chris pizzello / invision /associated press File

NBA basketball players, from left, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James speak on stage at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles in 2016. The four gave an anti-violence speech and expressed their support of the values behind the Black Lives Matter movement. tent, systemic racism in America. It was a new approach to an age-old problem. For generations, black athletes from heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson to tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams to former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick have protested in ways large and small to highlight injustice, galvanize support and move the country forward. Often met with backlash from fans uninterested in mixing sports and social issues, many have taken stances that have cost them

their careers. The roots of black athlete activism can be traced to the dawn of black freedom. Even after slavery ended, black Americans were barred from full participation in the public sphere: denied the right to vote, access to mass media, or equal housing and schools. Because they were blocked from entry in most civic institutions for much of the 20th century, black people found public visibility and expression in other arenas — often cultural ones, like music and sports. Johnson fought — and

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speak for people who usually don’t have any power to be heard made it all the more significant.” Carlos said Mexico City was the only place he could’ve made such a statement. “At that time, for me, there was no other vehicle than the Olympic Games,” he recalled. “I felt like the humanitarian issues at that time, as well as the humanitarian issues of today, are more compelling to me than an Olympic medal. I love the Olympics and I love sports, but I love a just cause for humanity even greater.” It is a sentiment shared by NFL players. The killing of mostly unarmed black men by mostly white police officers sparked the Black Lives Matter movement, which has again drawn black athletes into the national conversation on race. The sideline protests in the NFL — started in August 2016 by Kaepernick — have been the most prominent display of players’ engagement, though black athletes in baseball and basketball have also had smaller displays of activism. Because sports are such a prominent aspect of American life, they remain an effective way to bring attention to issues of racial injustice. “This is our inheritance,” said Howard Bryant, senior Please see SpORTS, Page A15

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Will Trump plan help New Orleans’ crumbling infrastructure? By REBECCA SANTANA ANd KEVIN MCGILL AssociAted Press

NEW ORLEANS — When a heavy rain hits New Orleans, residents move their cars to higher ground for fear of fast-rising street flooding. Knee-deep potholes can eat a car’s fender. When pressure drops in the city’s aging water delivery system, restaurants and cafes have to boil water to feed customers. Battered by nature and neglect, New Orleans is one of the best examples of what President Donald Trump calls the country’s “crumbling infrastructure.” But when looking at the billiondollar needs of this 300-yearold city, two things become apparent: The rebuilding task is immense and it’s not clear the president’s new plan will help. The city needs about $11.6 billion to bring key parts of its infrastructure into “this century,” said city official Katie Dignan. That means repairing the roads, the infrastructure under them — sewer, water and drainage — as well as other parts of the drainage system that empties the city of water when it rains. Dignan said the city has about $2 billion available, some from FEMA to mitigate Hurricane Katrina damage

Some hope Trump focuses on drug crisis in Ohio By dAN SEWELL AssociAted Press

CINCINNATI — President Donald Trump heads to Ohio on Monday to make Cincinnati-area stops focusing on the new tax overhaul — though some in a state with one of the nation’s highest overdose rates would rather hear more about his plans for the drug crisis. In Newtown, outside Cincinnati, Police Chief Tom Synan said he found Trump’s comments on opioids in his State of the Union address to be “much of the same. There are very convincing words and there’s yet to be very convincing actions.” Synan, a law enforcement representative on the Cincinnati-based Hamilton County Heroin Coalition, wrote a column recently for The Cincinnati Enquirer calling for more urgency in the national response. Trump’s declaration of a public health emergency in October, he wrote, hasn’t been backed by more federal funding. “We need that help to allow us to get to the next level,” Synan said in an interview. “There are so many more things that could be done, so many more people we could help.” The White House didn’t respond to a request for comment. Trump on Tuesday night cited the deaths of 64,000 Americans from drug overdoses in 2016, a number expected to rise in 2017.

and some from other sources. Now, the city faces choices on how to come up with the remainder. Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who calls the aging sewer, water and drainage system a “prime example” of needed infrastructure work, has doubts about Trump’s proposal. Trump called on Congress to produce a bill that generates “at least $1.5 trillion” for infrastructure investment. But he hasn’t detailed how much money the federal government would actually supply and has suggested that much of the money would come from state and local governments or private-sector investments. “What the president is really proposing is not HIS infrastructure plan but basically saying to the states and the cities: ‘Build it on your own and find another way to pay for it through raising taxes or cutting services,”’ Landrieu, a Democrat and the current president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said Thursday. Finding more money is a challenge in a financially strapped Louisiana — and in a city that was facing a major budget deficit when Landrieu took office eight years ago. Landrieu said public-private partnerships can work

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Hearing turns into a melee a house Rules committee meeting in late January 2011 turned into what one newspaper editorial board described as an episode of World Wrestling entertainment’s “smackDown.” Democrats, who were in the minority, filed 66 proposed amendments to a set of reform bills, and new-majority Republicans responded by moving to muzzle them. It got so bad that WITF radio recordings of the meeting had to be bleeped to edit the cuss words. The brouhaha followed closely on the heels of Republican Gov. Tom corbett’s inaugural address in which he referred to William Penn and the nation’s other forefathers as noble leaders who believed that “civility stands at the core of fair and peaceful governance.” continued corbett: “as we open this new chapter in Pennsylvania’s history, let us also step forward firmly dedicated to a civil discourse.” It was short-lived. corbett was calling for the elimination of so-called walking-around money or WaM grants, a move to a biennial budget and a ceiling on how much surplus cash the legislative party caucuses can keep in their operating accounts, among other changes. Democrats, unhappy with the way things were going on the house Rules committee, tried to shout down Majority Leader Mike Turzai as he asked for a roll-call vote. Turzai threatened to reduce Democratic committee membership from 10 to nine, which caused an explosion of anger among Democrats, who then stomped out of the meeting as the rule was being approved.


Special payments for House Dems The Patriot-News of harrisburg reported in late January 2007 that house Democrats, led by Rep. Bill DeWeese, were awarding “special meritorious bonus payments” to certain favored caucus staffers. The taxpayer-funded payments were given to employees that month for putting in extra time on policy initiatives and other legislative projects during the last session. The party had just taken control of the house by a one-vote margin, 102101. DeWeese had sent a letter to selected house Democratic staffers informing them of the bonuses and admonishing them not to discuss them with co-workers.


13th amendment abolishes slavery The u.s. house of Representatives passed the 13th amendment to the constitution on Jan. 31, 1865. The amendment abolished slavery and was sent to the states for ratification. Pennsylvania’s Legislature voted to ratify the amendment days later, on Feb. 3. Two Democrats in Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation, alexander h. coffroth and archibald Mcallister, had broken ranks with their party and sided with radical Republicans led by u.s. Rep. Thaddeus stevens, who championed the amendment. Mcallister told his colleagues that the only way to achieve peace was to destroy “the corner-stone of the southern confederacy.”

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Samantha Corbin, left, and Alicia Lewis, of We Said Enough from Sacramento, California, stand nest to the Truth For Authority engraving on the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol building in Harrisburg.

SILENCE BREAKERS A national movement to halt sexual harassment and abuse in state capitols sets its sights on Harrisburg by PAULA KNUDSEN AND bRAD bUMSTED The caucus

Representatives of a Californiabased nonprofit launched last fall in the wake of the #metoo movement met with state lawmakers and Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency officials to discuss sexual harassment in the Capitol last week. The We Said Enough organization, which helps lawmakers set policy across the nation, traveled to Harrisburg at the invitation of Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware. “I’m thrilled that they were able to make the trip,” she said. Krueger-Braneky is the lead sponsor of the #METOO Pennsylvania General Assembly Act introduced last week. The “MEETOO” acronym stands for “Member and Employee Training and Oversight On.” The legislation, modeled on a bill awaiting action in Congress, would impose new rules on how the Legislature investigates and resolves allegations of sexual harassment and protects staff and elected officials from harassment. Krueger-Braneky’s legislation would ban nondisclosure agreements that shield the identities of elected officials and prohibit the use of taxpayer money to settle sexual-harassment claims. It would also require the state to offer paid leave or remote work assignments to victims during the investigation and guarantee that a lawyer or “victim’s counsel” is made available to them. The legislation has been referred to the House Labor and Industry Committee. The Caucus met up with the members of We Said Enough during their time in Harrisburg. The organization was launched in October, on the day a bipartisan group of 140 women lawmakers, staffers and lobbyists working in Sacramento, California’s state capital, signed a letter published in the Los Angeles Times about systemic harassment in politics. Samantha Corbin, the group’s executive director, said many women working in politics are “so irreparably harmed” by past sexual assaults and pervasive harassment. “They just want to be safe and at work,” she said. Corbin and Alicia Lewis, the director of programs and outreach for We Said Enough, met with Pennsylvania state lawmakers and paid a call to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Derin Myers, the agency’s acting executive director, said Gov. Tom Wolf ’s administration asked the Commission on Crime and Delinquency to assess the role it could play in providing a mechanism for victims of sexual harassment and assault to report an incident.

“We have to make sure that all Pennsylvanians feel welcomed and protected in our Capitol that belongs to the people of Pennsylvania,” Wolf said in a statement provided to The Caucus. “It is clear that part of what keeps victims from coming forward is being unable to do so anonymously, so we are looking for a constructive way that such an ability could be provided.” The agency already has relationships with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Myers said the agency’s involvement at this point is “mostly exploratory.” We Said Enough is developing technological platforms to allow victims of sexual harassment or sexual assault to report them in a way that is “comfortable and secure,” Myers said. Corbin, 36, and Lewis, 33, both work as California lobbyists. They were two of the top three signatories of the Oct. 17 letter, along with We Said Enough’s co-founder, Adama Iwu, who was included in Time Magazine’s 2017 “Person of

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for the reasons cited by Corbin and Lewis, The Caucus has found. Krueger-Braneky invited all the co-sponsors of her legislation to meet with the We Said Enough staffers. The legislator said she is hoping a pilot program of We Said Enough’s reporting platform can happen in Pennsylvania. “It’s way past time,” she said. “It would give a mechanism for anyone in the Capitol — lobbyists, visitors, folks coming to advocate to their legislators — a way to report. There is no nonpoliticized mechanism for victims to file a complaint right now. Period.” The House Ethics Committee does not appear to have taken any action during her tenure in the Legislature, she said. At an unrelated news conference in the Capitol newsroom earlier this month, House Majority Leader Dave Reed said the mechanisms for reporting sexual harassment and sexual abuse at the hands of state legislators could include a human relations complaint, a law enforcement complaint, or a complaint to the House Ethics Committee or State Ethics Commission. Reed said he is committed to working with the Democratic Caucus, the administration and victims’ rights advocates to improve the reporting process. “There shouldn’t be tolerance,” Reed said. “I don’t want anyone looking at state government and saying ‘I don’t want to work there because I’m afraid I might get harassed.’ ” Reed, of Indiana, has announced he is running for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Bill Shuster, of Everett.

the Year” issue as a Silence Breaker. The women, who say their organization is actively involved in seven states, said they’ve been inundated with calls and emails from women since the letter appeared in the Times. They have heard accounts of rape, assault and pervasive harassment. “We are still getting calls,” Corbin said. Women are reluctant to come forward with criminal or civil charges for a variety of reasons, the advocates said. Corbin said that until “micro-aggressions” such as slaps on the backside and unwanted text messages are dealt with, women do not trust the system to deal with more serious offenses. Lewis also said “slut-shaming” is pervasive. “We hardly believe women now, even with physical evidence,” Lewis said. While it’s a watershed moment, “people are still very cautious,” Corbin said. Victims of rape and sexual assault in Pennsylvania politics, for the most part, haven’t gone public

Magisterial district judges would no longer be required to gather signatures when they seek re-election under legislation designed to protect their safety and shield them from a hostile public. But the move could also give them an advantage over potential challengers, one of the bill’s authors acknowledged. Republican Sens. Richard Alloway of Franklin County and Guy Reschenthaler of Allegheny County, both former district judges, are proposing to exempt MDJs from obtaining the 100 signatures necessary to get on the election ballot. Their challengers, however, would still need to gather the signatures. Incumbents would receive a “certificate for nomination for re-election,” according to the Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania, which is pushing the legislation. Alloway said the legislation “might” give incumbents an advantage. The association is promoting the bill as a way to protect the safety of incumbent district judges. The association makes reference to its own study, compiled by the

‘It is clear that part of what keeps victims from coming forward is being unable to do so anonymously, so we are looking for a constructive way that such an ability could be provided.’

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firm EB Jacobs and Penn State University, that found 37 percent of judges encountered “hostile behavior” while gathering petitions. Hostile behavior is defined in the study as verbally abusive language, harsh dismissals and aggressive behavior. Ten percent of district judges who said they encountered hostile behavior claimed to also have experienced physical harm or threats of physical harm. The implication is that the hostility comes from defendants or others who may have appeared in their courtrooms. Alloway said it happened to him twice when he was a district judge — once when a man who had been in his courtroom came up and grabbed his hand in a restaurant. The association says some district judges have suffered dog bites after their owners deliberately unleashed their canines. Alloway and Reschenthaler stressed in a memo that the legislation would not apply to retention elections for Common Pleas and other judges who serve 10-year terms. District judges serve sixyear terms. District judges, like other judges, are prohibited from engaging in politics except when seeking reelection. The legislation would also minimize the level of political activity on behalf of district judges, the association argues. “I just think it’s a discussion worth having,” said Alloway. “I want to get a dialogue going. I’m open to changes.”

yet another push to end per diems Here’s a shout-out to Rep. Jason Ortitay, a Republican who represents portions of Allegheny and Washington counties. Ortitay is seeking co-sponsors on a bill that would eliminate lawmaker per diems, which are intended to cover the costs of lodging and food. Per diems are flat rates whose amounts are based on Internal Revenue Service rules. Ortitay is proposing the General Assembly reimburse lawmakers only for the actual expenses they incur. What a novel concept. Some lawmakers are said to have used taxpayer per-diem cash to pay off mortgages, stay extra nights in town and pay their way through Widener Law School while loading up on free lunches and dinners courtesy of lobbyists. Similar legislation has failed many times in the past. Former GOP Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, included it in his proposed reform package but did not push it after he was elected. Republican gubernatorial hopeful Paul Mango supports such a move, according to his campaign literature. The per diems are now $183 for overnight stays in Harrisburg.

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SeaWorld Orlando will debut a new raft ride, Infinity Falls, that features moments of intense rapids and a record-breaking 42-foot drop.

Disney World, Universal 2018 additions relative calm before next year’s storm By GaBrielle russon OrlandO Sentinel

ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando’s major theme parks are all opening new rides this year — but the attractions are overshadowed by the buzz from bigger expansions that won’t come until at least 2019, say experts who follow the amusement-park industry. In 2018, Universal’s Fast & Furious: Supercharged opens and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will reveal its Toy Story-themed land. SeaWorld Orlando, in need of an attendance gamechanger, is opening a new raft ride. But more attention from industry observers is focused on the Star Wars lands opening in 2019 at Disneyland and Walt Disney World or talk of Universal developing a Nintendo-themed world. “People are going to delay their trip to Orlando because they want to see Star Wars,” said Scott Smith, an Orlando native who is an assistant professor at University of South Carolina’s hospitality school and still studies the industry. He expects the parks to offer price incentives or sneak peeks for the muchawaited future expansions as ways to keep attendance from dipping in 2018. “With great changes come great price increases,” Smith said, looking ahead to 2019.

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This rendering shows what the new Fast & Furious: Supercharged ride, that will open this year, will look like. It makes sense for the amusement parks to advertise 2018 as a good time to come before the big crowds and big ticket prices arrive, he said. Calling 2018 a slow year says a lot about Orlando’s high standards, said Robert Niles, a journalist who has covered the themepark industry for 20 years. “An off-year for Orlando is an amazing year for everybody else,” said Niles, who has written for publications, such as the

Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register in California and his popular blog, Theme Park Insider. “This looks like a smaller year simply because the bigger years have become so big.” Theme parks’ biggest competitive push in recent years was the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2010, said Duncan Dickson, a former Disney executive who now teaches at the University of Central Florida’s Rosen

College of Hospitality Management. “Ever since Harry Potter, it woke everybody up. The game is changing, and we have to keep up,” Dickson said. “You want your guests to keep coming back — you’ve got to create a reason.” With the success of Harry Potter, Universal challenged Disney World, which did not want to give up its market share to a competitor, he said. “It’s leading to a themepark arms race in the Orlando market,” Dickson said. Now the large amusement parks typically expand every year, whether it’s a new multimilliondollar roller coaster or something more low-scale, like a parade, Smith said. “You certainly don’t ever want to be accused of resting on your laurels,” Smith said. “You have to put something in your advertising that’s new and improved.” This year’s new rides at Disney and Universal are pulled from “powerful franchises” and could be well-received, Niles said. Fast & Furious: Supercharged will take visitors on a chase in a party bus through San Francisco with characters from the OrlandO Sentinel movie franchise. It is in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is under construction for several projects, including the the same vein as UniverStar Wars-themed land that opens in 2019. sal’s Skull Island: Reign of

Kong ride, which has 3-D, high-definition images on 360-degree screens, Niles said. “What we do best is place the guest right in the middle of the story and action,” said Thierry Coup, senior vice president of Universal Creative. The “Fast & Furious” movie franchise has been overlooked and is especially popular among diverse audiences, Niles said. “There’s a huge audience out there that absolutely adores ‘Fast & Furious,’ ” Niles said. “This is for them.” Disney’s Toy Story Land, which features two attractions, including the family roller coaster Slinky Dog Dash, stands out because it’s one of the rare franchises that appeals to multiple generations, he said. The first film came out in 1995, and many of those who grew up watching it are having children now. “Toy Story 3” was released in 2010. The expansion will help a relatively empty Hollywood Studios — which shut down the Great Movie Ride in 2017 and is currently under construction for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge — steer some families from the more crowded Magic Kingdom, Niles said. SeaWorld Orlando will debut a new raft ride,

Infinity Falls, that features moments of intense rapids and a record-breaking 42-foot drop. “I’m really excited for Infinity Falls,” said Paul Noland, president of the Orlando-based International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. “That will have the potential to take raft rides to a whole another level.” The ride opens during a pivotal time after 2017 brought declining attendance, dropping revenues and SeaWorld cut 350 positions in October. “I can honestly say 2018 is going to be a make-orbreak year for SeaWorld,” Smith said. “We’re rapidly approaching the point they may have to make radical changes.” But Smith and Niles said they were doubtful a raft ride would be enough to generate a significant attendance boom. “It’ll be a nice addition to the park,” Niles said. “I don’t know if it moves the needle boosting their attendance.” “No one thing” will immediately fix the attendance struggles, said SeaWorld vice president Brian Morrow, adding that Infinity Falls is a part of a multiyear investment in new attractions at Orlando and the company’s other theme parks to rebound.

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Families sue Chiquita over the deaths of Americans in Colombia By CURT ANDERSON AssociAted press

MIAMI—Thefamiliesof six Americans kidnapped and killed in Colombia during the 1990s by the terrorist organization known as FARC are seeking potentially tens of millions of dollars in damages from banana giant Chiquita Brands International because of paymentsthecompanymadetothe group. Trial is scheduled to begin with jury selection Monday in West Palm Beach federal court inlawsuitsthataccuseChiquita of violating the Anti-Terrorism Act. Chiquita has admitted paying FARC — a Spanish acronym for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia — about $220,000 but insists it did so only to protect its employees andinterestsfromviolence. One $10,000 payment to the

guerrillaswashiddeninaspare tire on the back of a Jeep, accordingtocourtdocuments. ThefamiliesclaimChiquita’s financial support of FARC, as a knownterroristgroup,meansit should be held responsible for the Americans’ deaths and pay damages. The families must prove that Chiquita executives knewFARCwasengagedinviolent terror acts that could affect Americans and that the deaths of theirlovedoneswereforeseeable when the payments were made, said plaintiffs’ attorney GaryOsen. In a statement issued in January, Switzerland-based Chiquita said its only motivation in paying FARC was protecting its ownemployeesfromviolence. “We have been clear that, at all times, the company prioritized the safety of its employees and their families, and acted

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because they’re used to the water just being, coming out of the taps,” she said. About a quarter of Cape Town’s population lives in the informal settlements, where they get water from communal taps instead of individual taps at home, Carden said. “And there are always pictures of running taps and broken fixtures and ‘Look at the leakage’ and all the rest. But the reality is that those 1 million people out of a population of 4 million only use 4.5 percent of the water.” In one of the crowded settlements of corrugated-metal homes, resident Vuyo Kazi washed her laundry outside as others poured used water into the street. “Before, I was using two kettles of water to wash myself,” she said. “So now I use one kettle of water.” Under new water restrictions that began Thursday, residents are asked to use no more than 13.2 gallons of water daily, down from the previous limit of 23 gallons. The use of city drinking water to wash vehicles, hose down paved areas, fill up private swimming pools and water gardens is illegal. Residents using too much water will be fined.

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — “Day Zero” is approaching as South Africa’s showcase city of Cape Town prepares to turn off most water taps amid the worst drought in a century. Tensions among the four million residents are highlighting a class divide. The top international tourist destination has both sprawling informal settlements and high-income oceanside neighborhoods. Some say poorer residents are unfairly blamed as concerns rise over wasting precious water. The military is prepared to help secure water collection points if “Day Zero” occurs. The Associated Press is exploring how residents are coping as water restrictions tighten in an attempt to avoid the possible shut-off in April, and it spoke with researchers about where the water usage problems lie. Kirsty Carden with the Future Water Institute at the University of Cape Town pointed to the city’s leafy suburbs. “It has been in the areas where people have gardens, they have swimming pools and they are much more profligate in the way that they use water,

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Teams should follow Cleveland Indians’ example


he Cleveland Indians baseball team announced last week that it will continue phasing out its use of the cartoonish Chief Wahoo logo, and abolish it in 2019. That decision predictably produced cries of “political correctness” in some quarters but appreciation from Native American groups in Ohio and from Rob Manfred, commissioner of Major League Baseball, who has questioned the continuing use of racially offensive logos and mascots. Why discontinue use of the logo that first appeared on Cleveland uniforms 70 years ago, when the legendThe Cleveland ary impresario Bill commissioned franchise has Veeck and implemented it flirted before in 1948? Pe r h ap s t h e b e s t with saying answer is that it’s not goodbye to 1948. Imagine a new Chief Wahoo — t e a m c h o o s i n g a in 1994 when name and a mascot. last place ownerthe team moved The ship would look to a new would be in the realms of ethnicity stadium and a n d ra c e. A r a c is t again in 2013. logo does not g row less of fensive with time; it grows more offensive regardless of civic sensibilities of an earlier era or fans’ attachment to traditional insignia. The Cleveland franchise has flir ted before with saying goodbye to Chief Wahoo — in 1994 when the team moved to a new stadium and again in 2013. And over the last few years it has de-emphasized the logo, using a block “C” on the team’s caps, for example. Ideally, the Cleveland franchise’s decision will lead to others across sports to embrace equality and dignity rather than demeaning stereotypes.

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The winners and losers from this week’s news, as selected by the editors of The Citizens’ Voice.


CHEERS to teachers, administrators and parents in the Dallas, Lake-Lehman, Crestwood and Tunkhannock Area school districts, where students scored higher than the state average on SAT tests. The students who took those tests graduated in 2017 and presumably are off to bright futures.


JEERS to the SPCA of Luzerne County for insisting on a closed-door meeting with municipal officials to discuss its request that local towns help fund its operations. If the SPCA wants an infusion of tax dollars, it should be more transparent about its finances and open these meetings to the media and public.


CHEERS to everyone gathering around the television with friends, family and fans to watch today’s Super Bowl, no matter if you’re rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles or the New England Patriots or just interested in the pizza, wings and commercials.


JEERS to the George Administration for failing to act on the evidence that Wilkes-Barre’s property assessment system is outdated and unfair, levying widely varying taxes on similar properties. Adopting Luzerne County’s updated assessments would be an easy and inexpensive fix.


youR opinion W-B consolidation vs. building a home Editor: Having attended Wilkes-Barre Area School District meetings, a satirical analogy of school consolidation versus private home building seems appropriate. Planning and building a “dream home” is not for amateurs. In the interest of neighborly advice, I would like to share some pitfalls of the process. First and foremost, I have discovered that location is everything. My first endeavor to stake out my perfect palace was fraught with denial when those annoying zoning officials just didn’t want all my relatives crowding up their one-way street after I paid mega cash for an architectural plan with southern exposure. That led to the epiphany of “zoning first.” Looking ahead, I shook the city dust off my shoes and headed for Plains Twp. I found myself a secluded sunny spot and ventured forth to obtain rights to my new dream domain. Now here I

hit a snag. It seems that no one knows, or wants to acknowledge, who really owns the land or how costly it will be. In addition, these nebulous negotiators have stipulated that I must pay to “interrogate” their land for appropriate construction conditions prior to the privilege of purchase. But we sacrifice for our dreams and its the perfect location — except for those mythical mine shafts, no road access, no utilities and no sewers. Meanwhile, the neighbors are speculating, the architects are salivating, and the costs are skyrocketing. But I’m not going to fret because I’m not paying for this anyway — or am I? Is this my dream, my delusion or my nightmare? No matter. Cheerfully, I set about to name my magnificent mansion. I really wanted Camelot, but it was taken and overutilized. I have settled for “Spentalot.” An inspired follower suggested “Scamalot.” Terry schiowitz Wilkes-Barre

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is handicapped accessible. george Brown Wilkes-Barre Editor: The next South Wilkes-Barre Residents’ Association meeting will be held at 7 accused horse p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, in the not a wild beast community room of Firwood Editor: As a person born United Methodist Church at and raised on a horse farm, I Old River Road and Dagobert consider myself an excellent Street in South Wilkes-Barre. judge of horses. If the picOur guest speakers will be ture shown was the horse in representatives of Geisinger question on the story of the Health System, who will be horse bite, I do not believe it announcing plans to expand (Jan. 23). services to the Geisinger South Looking at that horse, he is facility on Hanover Street in anything but a wild beast. South Wilkes-Barre. You can judge any animal T he infor mation the from his eyes. There is defiGeisinger representatives nitely no evil in his. His head will be sharing with those is down, ears relaxed. in attendance could prove Don’t get me wrong, any valuable if you are ever in animal can react in a differneed of the services and ent way under the circumupgrades Geisinger will stances. Unless there was provide to the residents of some kind of rioting that South Wilkes-Barre and would have completely the surrounding areas. spooked this horse and This meeting is not lim- scared him to the point of ited to the residents of fearing for his own safety, I S o u t h W i l k e s - B a r r e . can’t see this attack happenEveryone is invited to ing. Even then a horse will attend. flee before they fight. Firwood United Methodist karen stanski Church’s community room Pittston tWP.

The necessary immigration debate One important task for a columnist is figuring out which ideas can be usefully argued over and which ones can’t. The responses to my column last week urging Democrats to negotiate with Stephen Miller and Donald T r ump on immigration, because a deal hammered out with restrictionists would have more durability and democratic le gitimacy, were helpfully divided between the first category and the second. The argument-ending rejoinders ran as follows: Trump is a racist, Miller is a racist, and making major deals with them normalizes presidential bigotry. Since I agree that Trump’s race-baiting is disgraceful, I respect that rejoinder, and I don’t think my own

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arguments are likely to dislodge people from a firm point of moral principle. But another kind of response is worth disputing. Instead of making a moral judgment, it purports to make an empirical one, implying that the serious case for immigration restriction is all but nonexistent, and that negotiating with restrictionists is therefore like negotiating with flat-earthers. I want to challenge this view by expanding on two points that I mentioned last week, both of which

offer reasons to regard immigration as a normal policy question with costs as well as benefits to any course you choose. First, as mass immigration increases diversity, it reduces social cohesion and civic trust. This is not a universal law, as economics writer Noah Smith has pointed out; there are counterexamples and ways to resist the trend. However, it is a finding that strongly comports with the real-world experience of Europe and America, where as cultural diversity has increased so has social distrust, elite-populist conflict, and the racial, religious and generational polarization of political parties. Moreover, the trust problem is not a simple matter

of racist natives mistrusting foreigners, since social tr ust is often weakest among minorities — which is one reason why the most d ive r s e g e n e r a t i o n i n American history, the millennials, is also the least trusting. So you can see the political effects of distrust even if you ignore the Trump Republicans entirely: It’s one reason why campus politics are so toxic, why Democrats struggle to keep their diverse coalition politically engaged, and why the Bernie-Hillary contest produced so many cries of racism and sexism. Then linked to these ethno-cultural tensions are t h e t e n s i o n s o f cl a s s, where mass immigration Please see deBaTe, Page A15

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writer at ESPN and author of the forthcoming book “The Heritage: Black Athletes, A Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism.” “You’re not allowed to check out,” Bryant said. “This is going to continue until the United States respects the black brain more than the black body. Then sports can go back to what it was supposed to be—justagame.” Media — and social media in particular — has helped in recruiting athletes to the cause, explained Color of Change Executive Director Rashad Robinson, whose online civil rights organization has joined with athletes in addressing systemic racism and mobilized its membership to boycott the NFL and itscorporatesponsors. Such stands have often come atacost,evenfortoday’splayers, who are far more prominent and wealthy than their predecessors. Like players who spoke out before them, they have been met with violence and vitriol, described as unpatriotic, ungratefulanddisrespectful. “The public is used to black guys selling sneakers and making jump shots,” said Bryant. “Do white people want to

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Colin Kaepernick attends the 2017 ACLU SoCal’s Bill of Rights Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif, on Dec. 3. hear what black people have to say? No, they don’t. Does it need to be said? Yes.” Abdul-Jabbar agreed, tying Ali’s fate to Kaepernick’s as two athletes who sacrificed their livelihoods at the height of their careers for a greater cause. “Anybody that knows anything about football will tell you that he is a talented athlete and should be on somebody’s team,” Abdul-Jabbar, author of “Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court,”

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said of Kaepernick. “I think he’s being blackballed.” But with the cost are also benefits. Using the universal language of sports as a platform to discuss race reveals racism and galvanizes support to end it, Robinson said. “Part of why people are paying attention is because of exactly who they are,” he said. “Throughout time, it has been the people with reputations and something to lose whose risk-taking has helped result in change.”

favors stratification and elite self-segregation. In the United States, as in France and England, regions and cities with the largest immigrant populations are often the wealthiest and most dynamic. But this doesn’t mean that poorer regions are dying from their own xenophobia, as is sometimes suggested. The hinterlands are also filled with people who might want to move to wealthier regions (or who used to live there) but can’t because an immigrants-andprofessionals ecosystem effectively prices out the middle class. It is a testament to immigrants’ grit and determination that they can thrive working long hours for low wages while living in crowded housing with long commutes. But the social order of, say, the Bay Area or greater Paris is not one that can serve for an entire country — and it ill-serves not only lower-middle-class natives but also the descendants of the immigrants themselves, whose ability to advance beyond their parents is limited by a continued arrival of new workers who compete with them for jobs and wages and housing. Thus our rich and diverse states also often feature high poverty rates when their cost of living is considered, while second and third-generation immigrants often drift into the same stagnation as the white working class … … And they do so out of sight and mind for the winners in this system, who inhabit a world where they only see their fellow winners and their hardworking multiethnic service class. Which in turn encourages them toward mild contempt for their fellow countrymen who don’t want to live under a cosmopolitan-ruled caste system, who feel alienated from the Califor nian or Parisian future. For some pro-immigration Republicans this contempt is Ayn Randian: We’ll all be better off with more hardworking immigrants and fewer shiftless mooching natives. For pro-immigration liberals it’s the predictable cultural triumphalism: The arc of history is long, but thanks to immigration we won’t have to cater to heartland gun-clingers any longer. In both cases there’s a fantasy of replacement that’s politically corrosive, and that’s one reason why Don-

ald Trump is president and Jeb! and Hillary are not. Now all of the foregoing is one-sided. It leaves out the real advantages of immigration, economic and humanitarian, which are part of the policy calculus as well — as is the recent decline in illegal immigration, and the fact that the problems I’ve identified are more manageable in America than Europe. Hence my own view that keeping cur-

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Overtraining is a danger; know signs

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Everyone knows that exercise in general makes you happier, stronger and more energetic. We hear it ad nauseam, especially this time of year. But what if fitness did the opposite? In other words, if exercise brought on depression, injuries and lack of motivation. If that happens, what’s going on? It’s called overtraining syndrome, said Sabrena Jo, a senior exercise scientist for the American Council on Exercise. “The first sign of overtraining is when the performance of the exercise starts decreasing,” she said. “Additional symptoms can be things like sleep disturbances, lack of motivation and moodiness.” But don’t bag your recently kicked-off 2018 fitness routine just yet. Overtraining syndrome mostly happens to elite athletes, said Joe Park, an orthopedic surgeon with the University of Virginia Health System. But it can also strike dedicated amateur athletes, such as long-distance runners. Park, who frequently treats Achilles tears and stress fractures of the feet, said we can all benefit from learning the warning signs of overtraining, such as pain. “What I tell patients is to observe the trajectory of pain,” Park said. “Is it better today than it was last week?” Sometimes with overtraining injuries related to running, the pain subsides during the run as the soft tissue, like muscles and tendons, loosens up during movement. So instead of examining the pain only during the activity, watch for it after the activity is done, he said. If pain doesn’t subside in 10 to 14 days, something might be amiss and should be assessed by a doctor. Kendall Black, a Washington physical therapist, said another warning sign is when the pain subsides, but the area in question feels tight. “Take note if there is stiffness and a decrease in range of motion,” she said. “That can be a problem.” The next level of warning signs — but please don’t feel compelled to wait that long — is when injuries start accumulating, Park said. “The same person might have a hamstring tear, an Achilles tear and a stress fracture,” he said. “It might be time to ask if it’s really the right sport for you.” Sleep disturbances, moodiness and lack of motivation may all be due to hormonal changes that can occur with overtraining. But the area is not well understood, Jo said. “Cortisol — the stress hormone — plays a role, but it is not clear how.” For female athletes, missed menstrual periods can also be a sign of overtraining and should not be taken lightly, Park said. “That’s associated with bone-density loss and should be addressed. It’s not a small matter,” he said, noting that many female collegiate athletes he sees consider missed periods a relief rather than a problem. GABRIEllA BOsTON is a fitness trainer and freelance writer.


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Lava flows down the slopes of Mayon volcano as it erupts anew Jan. 26, as seen from Legazpi city, Albay province, about 200 miles southeast of Manila, Philippines.

The next major volcano could briefly cool Earth; NASA wants to be ready BY HENRY FOUNTAIN The New York Times

A quarter-century ago, Pinatubo, a volcano in the Philippines, blew its top in a big way: It spewed a cubic mile of rock and ash and 20 million tons of sulfur dioxide gas into the atmosphere. The gas spread around the world and combined with water vapor to make aerosols, tiny droplets that reflected some sunlight away from the Earth. As a result, average global temperatures dropped by about 1 degree Fahrenheit for several years. Powerful volcanic eruptions like Pinatubo’s in 1991 are one of the biggest natural influences on climate. So NASA researchers and other scientists are planning a rapid-response program to study the next big one. But the climate impact of a Pinatubo-size eruption is also a natural analog of an idea that has existed on the fringes of science for years: geoengineering, or intervening in the atmosphere to deliberately cool the planet. One geoengineering approach would use high-flying jets to spray similar chemicals in the stratosphere. So by studying the next big volcanic eruption, scientists would also gain insights into how such a scheme, known as solar radiation management, or SRM, might work. “This is important if we’re ever going to do geoengineering,” said Alan Robock, a Rutgers University researcher who models the effects of eruptions and who has been involved in discussions about the rapidresponse project. “But even if there were no such thing as geoengineering, it’s still important to understand how volcanoes affect climate.” The rapid-response effort would involve high-altitude balloon flights and other methods to gather data about an eruption as soon as possible after it begins and for several years afterward. The idea has gained some urgency in recent weeks, since Mount Agung, a volcano in Bali, began erupting at the end of November. Agung’s last

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Thick, white sulfur-dioxide smoke rises thousands of feet above Mount Pinatubo, Philippines, on June 1, 1991. major eruption occurred in 1963, and should it fully blow with similar fury it could pump enough sulfur dioxide gas high enough into the atmosphere to have a measurable cooling effect. A huge eruption could also temporarily damage the ozone layer, which scientists would also study. The relative power of an eruption is ranked on an “explosivity index,” a scale from 0 to 8 depending largely on the volume of ejected ash and gas and how high it goes — 100,000 feet or more in some cases. Agung’s 1963 eruption was rated 5 on the scale, as was Pinatubo’s in 1991. But the index does not necessarily correlate to impact on climate: The eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington in 1980 was of similar explosiveness but had little cooling effect because most of the ash and gas was expelled laterally rather than upward. NASA researchers are mapping out a plan to monitor a Pinatubo-like event — “the scale of eruption that would lead to both ozone depletion and a lot of surface cooling,” said Paul A. Newman, a senior scientist at the agency who is helping to develop the plan. Of particular interest would be to measure the amount of sulfur dioxide in the first few weeks, before the

gas combines with water vapor to make the reflective aerosols. It would also be important to monitor the aerosols over time, to see how big they get and how they eventually break down. Bigger aerosols would fall out of the atmosphere sooner, lessening the cooling impact. Some environmental satellites can monitor volcanic eruptions, but balloon flights would be an important component of any rapid-response program. Balloons are relatively low cost and can be launched from various locations. It would be important to fly them near the same latitude as the erupting volcano, because the gas plume tends to spread east-west first. Over the longer term, a robust monitoring program would need aircraft from NASA and other agencies, said Jack Kaye, associate director for research at NASA’s earth science division. That would most likely involve diverting aircraft time from other research projects, he said. “It may mean some people’s plans will have to change,” he said. Scientists cannot predict precisely when a volcano will blow. Even though Mount Agung is being closely monitored since coming back to life, scientists cannot say for certain when or if it will fully erupt.

Like most good questions, it depends. The main variables are how long the shower takes and the flow rate of the shower head. A typical bathtub holds 36 gallons of water, but most of us only fill it up partially. For baseline purposes, let’s assume a typical bath uses 25 gallons. Meanwhile, a typical shower head doles out 2.5 gallons per minute. (In 1992 the federal government mandated that all new shower heads sold in the U.S. had to be 2.5 GPM, although California, Colorado and New York have since instituted even lower limits for their own states.) According to this scenario, a 10-minute shower would use as much water as a 25-gallon bath. If you can spend less than 10 minutes in the shower, all the better for the environment. Likewise, if you install a lowflow shower head — some models go as low as 1.5 GPM now — you can save even more water and money on your water bill. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “WaterSense” label marks shower heads that are particularly miserly when it comes to water usage. But just because a new shower head is low-flow doesn’t mean it has to feel like it, given the genius of engineering going into new products from fixture makers. Delta may be leading the pack with its “H Okinetic” design that uses physically larger water droplets to provide what it describes as “the feeling of more water without using more water.” Its budget-oriented 75152 model (about $30) can be toggled between 2.5 GPM and a stingy 1.8 GPM and is a top pick on leading review site Wirecutter. “On its 2.5 GPM setting ... the Delta 75152 delivers a powerful, soaking spray through its four nozzles, which create a much denser spray pattern than the ring of spray holes found on most budget showerheads,” reports Wirecutter. Yet another way to cut down on water waste in the shower is by using a “shower timer” that lets you know how long you’ve been scrubbing. Waterproof timers go from anywhere between $6 and $20 online; it might be the best investment in water conservation you can make. For those of us who just can’ t give up our baths, there are some things we can do to keep the water waste to a minimum. For starters, plug the drain before you start running the water and adjust the temperature as it fills up. Also, only fill up the tub to the minimal level you’ll need to get your body wet and washed. And truly committed environmentalists can find a way to reuse the “graywater” from the bathtub to irrigate your garden or water your houseplants. EARTHTAlK is produced by the nonprofit earthTalk. To find out more, submit a question or make a donation, visit at

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530 W. Main St., Plymouth. noss, Virginia — Hunlock Creek. Memorial service, Sunday, 1 p.m., Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall, 32 Sweet Valley Road, Hunlock Creek. reYnolDs, laura rose — Avoca. Funeral service, Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore. Friends, Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m. and Monday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. siBleY, Diane l. — West Nanticoke. Monday, 10:30 a.m., Yeosock Funeral Home, 40 S. Main St., Plains Twp. Friends, Sunday, 3 to 4 p.m., and Monday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Western, Harry W. — Mass, Tuesday, 11 a.m., St. Patrick’s Church, 411 Allegheny St., White Haven. Visitation, Monday, 4 to 7 p.m., Lehman Family Funeral Service Inc., 403 Berwick St., White Haven. Tuesday, 10 to 11 a.m. in the church.

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Helen Serino, 83, of West Pittston, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, surrounded by her loving family while in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Twp. Bron Feb. 10, 1935, in Pittston, she was the daughter of the late Adam and Olga Mincavage Dankulich. She was a graduate of West Pittston High School, Class of 1953. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church in Pittston. Helen enjoyed spending time with her gamily. She loved to dance and roller skate and her favorite past time was watching figure skating and spending time with her animals. Helen was preceded in death by her son, Michael J. Serino, in 2010. Helen is survived by her husband of 64 years, Frank Sernio Sr., who took wonderful care of her day in and day out. Also surviving are her son, Frank Serino Jr., West Pittston; daughters, Diane Serino Budash and her husband, Larry, Harding; Jeannette Serino Whitlock and husband, Thomas, Harding; Barbara Serino and fiancé, Donald Kreseski, Harding; brothers, Gerald Dankulich, Joseph Dankulich, Michael

Dankulich and wife Dorothy, William Dankulich and wife, Barbara; sister, Ann Marie Skrocki and husband, Dave; and several nieces and nephews. All arrangements are private and will be held at the convenience of the family. The family would like to thank Dr. Sulliva and all of the staff at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center ER in Plains Twp. for their extraordinary compassion. A special thanks to Silver Care, especially Lisa Naugle, for her love and care she provided for our mom. Arrangements have been entrusted to Howell-Lussi Funeral Home, 509 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston.

Roger S. Beatty January 31, 2018

Roger S. Beatty of Exeter passed away at Celtic Healthcare Hospice, Geisinger South,Wilkes-Bar re, on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. Born in Niagara Falls, N.Y., he was the son of the late Julia Supey Melberger. He was a graduate of Exeter High School, Class of 1964, where he was a standout football player and also of Wilkes College, 1968, where he earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in history. While at Wilkes, he set numerous rushing records as a member of the “Golden Hoard.” He taught at Plains Twp. Junior High School, where he coached football and baseball. His baseball team had a record of 106 wins and 27 losses, eight Wyoming Valley Conference championships, as well as two District II championships, over 13 years. After he left Plains Twp., he coached his son’s baseball teams. He was also a coal mine foreman for the Mountain Coal Co., Wyoming, and a tour guide at the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour in Scranton for 25 years, where worked alongside his late uncle, Tom Supey Sr. and cousins, Tom Jr. and Andy Supey. He was a PIAA referee and was inducted into the Plains Twp. Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. Preceding him in death was his wife, Linda Hutton Beatty, who passed in 2013.

Joseph T. Koslosky

February 3, 2018

Joseph T. Koslosky, 76, of Mountain Top, passed away Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Plains Twp. Funeral arrangements are pending from S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, Plymouth.


Alice J. Guzior February 2, 2018

Alice J. Guzior, 92, of Avoca, passed away Friday Feb. 2, 2018, at St. Mary’s Villa Nursing Center, Elmhurst. She was born in Avoca, Oct. 12, 1925, and was the daughter of the late Jo h n a n d Margaret Orloski. Alice was a member of Queen of the Apostles Parish Church (Ss. Peter and Paul Church), Avoca. She was an Avoca High School graduate and was salutatorian of her class of 1943. She worked many years for the Dean Phipps Co. and retired as a secretary from the Honeywell Corporation. Alice was a member of the Avoca Women’s Club, she acted as treasurer for the Avoca Senior Citizen’s Club, a past member of the Ss. Peter and Paul Alter and Rosary Society and the VFW Post 8335 Ladies Auxiliary, Avoca. She was a loving mother, grandmother and friend and she will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. In addition to her parents, she is preceded by her husband, John William Guzior, who died April 21, 1978; her sister, Margaret Cieless; and brothers, Edward, John, Vincent, Walter and Charles Orloski. Alice is survived by her children, Karen McLaughlin and husband, Tom; Sandra Stankiewicz and husband, Jerry; and William and companion, Lynn. Also surviving are grandchildren, Cristin and Caitlin McLaughlin, Eric Stankiewicz and John and Kathy Guzior. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday from Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Apostles Parish Church, Hawthorne Street, Avoca, with the Rev. Phillip Sladicka officiating. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. Interment will be held in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Condolences may be made to

Pauline Wojciechowski January 31 2018

Surviving are his two daughters, Berdena Beatty, West Pittston; and Elizabeth Franson, Newtown, Conn.; son, Shane Beatty, Exeter; grandson, James Quinnan and three granddaughters, Olivia, Ripley and Rowan Franson; sister, Gerri Winsock and husband, Tony, West Wyoming; nieces and nephews; and Roger’s best friend, his dog, Roxy. He was loved by many and will be missed. Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Metcalfe-Shaver-Kopcza Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, with the Rev. James Thyren, of West P i t t s t o n P r e s by t e r i a n Church, officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Elizabeth A. ‘Betty’ Dunay February 3, 2018

Elizabeth A. “Betty” Dunay, 82, of Carey Street, Ashley, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre. Arrangements are pending from George A. Strish, Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley.

Pauline Wojciechowski, 101, of Alden, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, at Guardian Elder Care, Sheatown. Pauline was bor n on June 29, 1916 and was a life resident of Chestnut Street in Alden. Pauline was preceded in death by her son, Emil, in 2012; brothers, Fran and Casmier; sisters, Sophie and Lottie. Pauline is survived by her daughter-in-law, Phyllis Warren, grandchildren, Kimberly; Chris and wife, Courtney; Paul and fiancé, Stephanie; Jason and wife, Kristine; great-grandchildren, Atticus, Troy and Kai. During Pauline’s long life, she had been employed as a waitress and seamstress by Duplin Mill And McGregor Sportswear. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Faustina Parish, main site, Nanticoke. Pauline will be laid to rest in St. Mary Cemetery, Hanover Twp. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Faustina Parish. Pauline’s family would like to thank Dr. Wolanin for his kindness and compassion in his care of Pauline. Funeral ar rang ements were made by Stanley S. Ste gura Funeral Home Inc. 614 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke. There will be no calling hours.


Martin L. Seitz February 1, 2018

Martin L. Seitz, 70, of Edwardsville, passed away Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. He was born Feb. 11, 1947, in Luzerne, a son of the late Ludwig and Mary Seitz. He was employed as a cook in many local restaurants for over 40 years. Marty loved motorcycles and classic cars and enjoyed telling jokes to family and friends. He liked all sports and especially loved football. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice Colleran Seitz; and son, Michael Seitz. The family would like to thank the staff of Kingston Health Care for taking care of Marty for the past two years. Surviving are his children, Martin L. Seitz, Jr. and his wife, Debbie, Edwardsville; Mark Seitz and his wife, Jill, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Marla Mattox and her husband, Carl, Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Kaylee and Sabrina Seitz; brother, Robert Seitz and his wife, Susan, Swoyersville; sisters, Marlene LaFrance,

Luzerne; Gloria Castrignano and her husband, Dominick, Florida; nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at E. Blake Collins Funeral Home, 159 George Ave., Wilkes-Barre. Services will be conducted by the Rev. Donald Hartshorne. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Twp. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. Condolences can be sent to

Dorothy Louise Blase, RN February 2, 2018

Dorothy Louise Blase, RN, passed away Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, after giving us 93 years of her love, caring and selflessness. Dorothy was a loving mother, wonderful wife, aunt, grandmother, greatgrandmother and friend, was called home by our Lord from The Meadows Nursing and Rehab Center. Dorothy, daughter of the late Walter D. and Freda Roberts of Forty Fort, was born on the Fourth of July 1924. Her birthday was a huge celebration for her family and friends complete with fireworks. She was a terrific registered nurse and was very proud to be a nurse throughout her long life. Dorothy married John Albert Blase, an optometrist, and they started a family. She was a stay at home mother for three children, Scott, Judi and Robert. When the children were all school-age, she worked as a receptionist in her husband’s optometry practice until they retired. To celebrate retirement, they purchased a home in Florida where they became snowbirds. Tragically, John suffered a heart attack only weeks after he retired. Dorothy nurtured, loved and cared for him, and they traveled to Florida every winter until he succumbed six years later in 1989. After John’s death, every November for the next 20 years, she continued to pack up her Honda and journey to their home in Florida. She always made it there in a day and a half, using no GPS only her AAA Trip-Tic…a remarkable woman! While in Florida, she made many friends and took up shuffle board, winning a multitude of trophies. She also enjoyed bridge, water aerobics, country line dancing, and her most rewarding activity, conducting Sunday chapel services in Rice Creek Park. She had a strong faith in God and loved her church. For more than 60 years, she

was a member of Dallas United Methodist Church and sang in the choir. Dorothy took great pride in everything she did and lived each day to its fullest. She was generous and loving. She had a quick wit, a twinkle in her eye, a wink and joked around a lot. As we who survive Dorothy mourn her passing and our loss, we celebrate her transition to heaven to be with our Lord and to reunite with her husband, parents, and her two brothers, Gordon and Walter Roberts. She will be greatly missed by her children, Judi Shaver and her husband, Joey, Harveys Lake; Dr. Robert Blase and his wife, Mary, Dallas; Dr. Scott Blase and his wife, Jane, San Antonio; her seven grandchildren, Brian, Harris o n , K a rl a , E l i z ab e th , Brooke, Nancy and Eric, her 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of Dorothy’s life will take place in Dallas United Methodist Church, 4 Parsonage Street, Dallas, at a future date in the spring. Interment will be in Fern Knoll Burial Park, Dallas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Dorothy’s name to Dallas United Methodist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Richard H. Disque Funeral Home, 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas.

Barry Walutes February 1, 2018

Barry Walutes, 76, of Wyoming, passed away Thursday morning, Feb. 1, 2018, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Born Sept. 11, 1941, in Wyoming, Barry was the beloved son of the late Victor and Madeline Dering Walutes. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a records processing clerk for Social Security Administration. Barry was a graduate of Wyoming High School, Class of 1959. He was a member of St. Monica’s Par-

ish, West Wyoming. Surviving are his aunts, uncles and cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Monica’s Parish, 363 W. Eighth St., West Wyoming. Interment will follow in St. Casimir’s Cemetery, Pittston. Those attending the funeral are asked to go directly to the church on Tuesday morning. There will be no calling hours. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Bednarski Funeral Home, 168 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming.

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Roy E. Andrews January 18, 2018

Roy E. Andrews, 70, of Fairmount Twp., passed away Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Twp. Born in Shickshinny, Roy graduated in 1965 from Northwest Area High School. He received a degree in hydraulics and diesel technology from Williamsport Technology college. Roy had an industrious career, serving in the United States Army in Germany during the Vietnam War with the Corps of Engineers. He worked for many heavy equipment and hydraulic crane companies as a supervisor and service manager. Throughout his career he was employed by the International HIAB Crane Company, located in Switzerland, where he traveled throughout the world. Roy enjoyed all types of fishing and hunting and was a member of the scuba diving club in the Montgomery area. He also enjoyed off shore diving as well as diving in many quarries and lakes. Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Waunell Lee Andrews, Shickshinny; and sister-in-law, Gail Andrews, Sweet Valley. Surviving are his adopted son, Joseph Meszaros and his wife, Lori, their children, daughters, Taylor and Nicole, and son, Joseph Jr., all of Hatfield; brother. Russell, Sweet Valley; sister, Patricia LeValley (Daniel), Shickshinny; nieces Christina Nichols (Jason), Kingston; Charity Cadwalader (Clay), Lacey, Wash.; Chelsea Andrews, Wilmington, Del.; nephew, Corey LeValley (Michelle), Shickshinny; great-niece, Faith Cadwalader; great-nephews, Kyle, Aaron, Christian (Nichols) and Josh LeValley. In accordance with Roy’s wishes, there will be no services. A celebration of Roy’s life will be held for family and friends at a later date. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Charles L. Cease Funeral Home, 634 Reyburn Road, Shickshinny.

Barbara V. Hogan Hyman February 2, 2018

Barbara V. Hogan Hyman, 85, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Friday evening, Feb. 2, 2018, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Services will be announced by Knif fen O’Malley Leffler Funeral & Cremation Services Inc., 465 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre.

Andrew J. Oleksy

January 17, 2018 Andrew J. Oleksy of Cherry Hill, N.J., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. He was born in Wyoming on Dec. 24, 1932. He was the son of the late Simon and Anna Oleski. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; sisters, Mary, Pauline, Agnes, Lillian, Stella and Faustine; and brothers, John, Joseph and Louis. He is survived by his sisters, Antoinette and Anna Oleski and Theresa Satkowski, all of Wyoming; and brother, George Oleski, Maple Shade, N.J. Funeral services were held from Givnish Funeral Home, New Jersey.

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Michael L. Prete February 1, 2018

Michael L. Prete, 90, of Alden Station section of Newport Twp., passed away late Thursday evening, Feb. 1, 2018, at Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Nanticoke. Born July 1, 1927, in Hazleton, he was a son of the late Michael and Josephine Pachence Prete. A graduate of Hazleton High School, Class of 1945, he served his country with the U.S. Army in Korea at the end of World War II and was honorably discharged in May 1947. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal with Japan clasp and attained the rank of Corporal. He married M. Lorraine Wilcox on Sept. 15, 1951, in First United Methodist Church, West Nanticoke. Michael had a long career in retail sales and early in life had been employed by Neisner’s in Scranton, then Rochester, N.Y., for two years. Returning to the area, he was employed by Pomeroy’s, Wilkes-Barre, and last at JC Penney for 23 years until retiring. In retirement, he worked full time at Firestone, WilkesBarre, and part-time at Franconi’s Auto Parts, West Nanticoke. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Nanticoke; Nanticoke Lodge 332, Free and Accepted Masons, where he had served as treasurer for many years, Irem Shriners and Luigi Micocci Lodge, Order Sons of Italy in America. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Vito and Joseph Pasquale (Patsy) Prete. Surviving are his wife of 66 years, M. Lorraine; two daughters, Sheryl Hewitt and

husband, David, Ridgeview, Nanticoke; and Catherine Yefko and husband, James Sr., with whom he resided; a grandson, Devin Hewitt and wife, Megan; and greatgranddaughter, Scarlett Hewitt; a brother, Santo Prete, Simi Valley, Calif.; a sister, Rosella Trego and husband, Darus, White Haven; sisters-in-law, Tillie Prete and Marie Prete, both of Hazleton; and four nieces. A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday from Davis-Dinelli Funeral Home, 170 E. Broad St., Nanticoke, with the Rev. Barbara Saxe, retired United Methodist clergy, officiating. A time of visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service Saturday. Nanticoke Lodge F. & A. M. will conduct the Masonic memorial service at 11:45 a.m. Private entombment and committal service will be in the columbarium in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Twp., at the convenience of the family. If desired, in lieu of flowers the family would appreciate contributions in Mr. Prete’s memory be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140.

Alan Jay Anderson February 2, 2018

AlanJayAnderson,67,aresidentof Moosic,diedFriday,Feb. 2, 2018, in Geisinger CommunityCenter,Scranton. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Corey Brian

Strauch Services Funeral Home LLC, 602 Birch St., Scranton. Interment to follow in Holy Rosary Cemetery, Duryea. A visitationwillbeheldfrom4to7 p.m.Monday.

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The Temptations singing group is pictured. From left, are Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin and Glenn Beonard. Back row from left, Richard Street and Dennis Edwards. Edwards, a former member of the famed Motown group has died. He was 74.

Dennis Edwards, Temptations singer for 2 decades, dies at 74 By JEFF KAROUB ASSOCiATeD PreSS

D E T RO I T — D e n n i s Edwards, a Grammy-winning former member of the famed Motown group The Temptations, has died. He was 74. Edwards died Thursday in Chicago after a long illness, said Rosiland Triche Roberts, his longtime booking agent. Edwards replaced founding member David Ruffin in 1968, and his soulful, passionate voice defined the group for years. A member on and off for about two decades, he was part of the lineup that

released hits “Ball of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today),” “Cloud Nine” and the chart-topping “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone.” He possessed a “voice for the ages,” with great range, energy and artistry, Paul Riser, a Motown arranger and musician who worked with Edwards during the label’s Detroit heyday and on subsequent projects, told The Associated Press. “That voice was just flat-out outstanding — very welldefined.” Edwards was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of

Fame with the rest of The Temptations in 1989. In the 1990s, a federal judge barred him from performing under his former band’s name. Otis Williams, the band’s lone original member, sued Edwards for trademark infringement after he had used variations that included “The New Temptations.” He was allowed to use “The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards,” and performed under that name for nearly two decades, according to Roberts. “He is now at peace, and our love and prayers go out to

his family,” Williams said in a statement Friday. “At this moment and always, we acknowledge his extraordinary contribution to The Temptations legacy, which lives on in the music.” Motown star Smokey Robinson said in a statement that he was saddened “that another Motown soldier is gone.” “Rest in Peace my brother,” he said. “You were a great talent.” Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Edwards lived near St. Louis with his wife, Brenda. He would have turned 75 on Saturday.

Virginia school system’s appeals process leaves some minorities out By MATTHEW BARAKAT ASSOCiATeD PreSS

McLEAN, Va. — It’s an annual rite in Fairfax County, which has one of the wealthiest, best-educated populations in America: Hundreds of second-graders troop off to private psychologists for IQ tests to prove they’re worthy of advanced academic programs in the public schools. The competition is fierce. Acceptance, some parents believe, can be the key to getting into prestigious Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, a magnet school that routinely sends graduates to the most competitive colleges. “I guess I never made the cut,” said Aaron Moorer, who is African-American and eventually graduated from Mount Vernon High with a 3.8 GPA. “I never made the special class.” Moorer’s family wasn’t aware that hundreds of families file appeals every year, armed with private exams costing more than $500, to persuade bureaucrats their child is deserving. This system exacerbates a problem plaguing gifted-and-talented programs across the nation: Black and Hispanic students almost never file the appeals that can secure their admission. Using the Virginia Freedom of Information Act to obtain 10 years of county records, The Associated Press found that fewer than 50 black and Hispanic second-graders have filed successful appeals. That’s less than 3 percent of the 1,737 second-graders admitted through the appeals process, further skewing a program already heavily weighted toward whites and Asians. Fairfax County has the nation’s 10th largest public

school system, with more than 188,000 students. Of those, 25 percent are Hispanic and 10 percent are AfricanAmerican. But over the last 10 years, blacks and Hispanics have constituted only 12 percent of the students deemed eligible for Level IV, the most advanced academic program. Notably, the data show that when black and Hispanic students do submit intelligence tests, they are just as likely to gain admission as their white and Asian counterparts. The problem is that black and Hispanic students only rarely submit appeals. Francisco Duran, the school system’s chief academic and equity officer, downplayed the disparities in the appeals process, citing successful efforts to enroll more black and Hispanic students through teacher referrals and other means. But he acknowledged that the school system is not where it wants to be in terms of identifying students at an early age who have the potential for advanced academics. “We want it to be so that we don’t have a need for an appeals process,” Duran said. Looking back, Moorer is sure he could have handled more advanced classes if given the opportunity. “Not being included in the academic program kind of left me feeling unchallenged. I was able to get straight A’s but I was often left bored in class. I felt somewhat envious to know that many of the friends that I had in those classes were learning at a more advanced level,” said Moorer, now an undergrad at Hampden-Sydney College. He also was accepted at James Madison University but was waitlisted at Virginia Tech and turned down by University of North Carolina.

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For talented students, the stakes are high: Children in Level IV, the highest and most competitive, can be assigned to schools with concentrated numbers of gifted students, providing what many parents feel is a more robust learning environment. Lower levels, offered in neighborhood schools, may include occasional enrichment projects, outside classwork and advanced reading assignments. The appeals culture in Fairfax is so prevalent that nearby George Mason University has graduate psychology students learn their trade by administering the tests. Ellen Rowe, the Cognitive Assessment Program’s director, said sliding-scale fees make testing accessible to low-income families, but “we don’t control who comes to us.” Even the lucky ones can sense the injustice. Mark Biear of Vienna, who is white, has two kids in Level IV, one o f wh o m s u c c e s s f u l ly appealed. He found that some parents discussed the process openly, while others seemed reluctant to share information might give another family an advantage. “I wish it was more transparent,” said Biear. Jonathan Plucker, president of the National Association for Gifted Children, said Fairfax County’s system “feels pretty extraordinary, but it doesn’t surprise me.” Wealthy, suburban districts often face intense parental demand for gifted programs, he said. Plucker applauds the placement testing for all second-graders, but says allowing hundreds of parents to spend hundreds of dollars for a second IQ test defeats the purpose. “Why add a second level to the process that just reintroduces the disparities you’re seeking to get rid of in the first place?” he asks. Carol Horn, who ran the advanced academic program for Fairfax County Public Schools until her recent retirement, acknowledged the enrollment gap. She noted that some form of appeals process is required by the state. She initiated Young

Scholars, an effort to enroll and support more minorities in advanced classes, and encouraged teachers to send more kids of color her way, which has led to more diversity. “If parents don’t know about the program, teachers become the advocate for the children,” Horn said. It’s not just that appeals are costly, said Tina Hone, who advocated for minority students when she was a Fairfax County school board member. Some black and Hispanic families may be less interested in advanced placement when it means moving a child out of neighborhood school where specialized education isn’t offered, she said. “ I t ’s a b o u t c u l t u r a l norms,” said Hone, who is African-American. “It’s not just about money.” Katherine Cespedes said teachers didn’t encourage her to pursue advanced academics after she arrived in Virginia from Argentina at age 7. She said they initially focused more on developing her English-language skills. “I don’t think my teacher believed I was capable back then,” Cespedes said. Only after an English teacher at Falls Church High School took interest in her did she push herself to take honors courses, graduating with a 3.5 GPA and earning a scholarship for George Mason University. There are just a few dozen black students at Thomas Jefferson, where sophomore Alina Ampeh is surrounded by whites and Asians — a situation she’s lived with since elementary school. She’s grateful that all those years of advanced classes prepared her for TJ’s rigorous academics, but says that doesn’t necessarily make her special: She thinks many of her classmates simp ly h ave p a re n t s wh o worked the system. “If you want to get in, you just complain about it,” she said. Alina’s mother, Karen Ampeh, also is grateful, but disappointed that so few African-Americans have benefited from such highquality instruction.

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Turning to beet juice, beer to address road salt danger By MICHAEL CASEy AssociAted Press

C O N C O R D, N. H . — Looking to strike a bala n c e b e t we e n i c e - f r e e roads and clean waterways, public works departments around the country are working to cut their salt use in winter by slathering the roadways with beet juice, molasses, and even beer waste to make them safer. Rock salt for decades has provided the cheapest and most effective way to cut down on traffic accidents and pedestrian falls during winter storms. But researchers cite mounting evidence that those tons of sodium chloride crystals — more than 20 million nationwide each year — are increasing the salinity of hundreds of lakes, especially in the Northeast and Midwest. That is putting everything from fish and frogs to microscopic zooplankton at risk. “There has been a sense of alarm on the impacts of road salt on organisms and ecosystems,” said Victoria Kelly, a road salt expert at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in New York. “We’ve seen increasing concentrations

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Road salt is loaded into trucks at Eastern Minerals Inc. in the Boston suburb of Chelsea, Mass., on Jan. 3. Scientists are starting to raise concerns about road salt’s impact on the environment, especially drinking water, because lakes and streams near roads are showing elevated levels of sodium and chloride. i n r ive r w a t e r, l a ke s, streams. Then, scientists started asking the question: What is going to happen to the organisms living in freshwater bodies and what will happen to the freshwater bodies as a whole?”

Believed to be first used in the 1940s in New Hampshire, salt became the goto de-icing agent as cities expanded, highways were built and motorists came to expect clear roads. More than a million truckloads a year are deployed in iceprone climes, most heavily in the Northeast and Midwest. But many state and local agencies are seeking ways to reduce salt use as its environmental impacts are becoming more apparent. T hey have tur ned to high-tech equipment to spread salt more efficiently, better weather forecasting to time their salting, and liquefied organic additives that help salt stick to pavement. That reduces salt use by preventing it from washing away immeNew HAmPsHire dePArtmeNt of trANsPortAtioN viA AP diately. This circa 1940s photo released by the New Hampshire Agencies from New JerDepartment of Transportation archives shows salt being sey to North Dakota are applied for anti-icing on a New Hampshire roadway. using a mixture that

includes beet juice; New Hampshire and Maine use one with molasses. Highw ay d e p a r t m e n t s a l s o have turned to beer waste, pickle brine and, in at least one Wisconsin county, cheese brine. “Adding salt to the environment does have negative impacts, but for those of us in the Northeast, especially in rural states, where driving is the predominant way of getting around, we need mobility,” s a i d J o n a t h a n Ru b i n , director of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and lead author on a 2010 report on the cost and bene fi ts o f s a lt i ng M ai n e roads. “In my opinion, we are always going to be using some degree of road salt,” he said. “The question is, can we use less?” Salt corrosion already causes billions of dollars in damage each year to cars, roads and bridges —

and now there are growing signs it’s making freshwater ecosystems saltier. In the past 50 years, chloride concentrations in some lakes and rivers quadrup l e d a n d , i n a f e w, increased a hundredfold. Last year, a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concluded that more than 40 percent of 327 lakes examined had experienced long-ter m salinization, and that thousands more were at a risk. Researchers also estimated nearly 50 lakes in the study, including small ones in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Rhode Island, could surpass the Environmental Protection Agency’s chloride threshold concentration by 2050, potentially har ming aquatic life. Earlier this month, the University of Maryland’s Sujay Kaushal led another PNAS study that showed how road salt also results

in the release of other salts like potassium and magnesium along with toxic metals like lead and copper into the nation’s waterways. Dubbed the freshwater salinization syndrome, Kaushal said this has caused a spike in salinity and alkaline levels at nearly 230 sites in t h e E a s t a n d M i dwe s t including the Hudson, Potomac, and Mississippi rivers. Experiments at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute aquatic lab in T r o y, N e w Yo rk , h ave found that higher salt concentrations reduced growth rates in rainbow trout and decreased the abundance of zooplankton — tiny animals or larvae that are critical to the aquatic food chain and play a role in kee ping lakes and streams clean. O t h e r s t u d i e s h av e shown that salinization of lakes and streams reduces the numbers of fish and a m p h i b i a n s, k i l l s o f f p l a n t s, a n d a l t e r s t h e diversity of these freshwater ecosystems. “At high road salt concentrations, you can see re d u c t i o n s i n g row t h , reduction in the diversity of species within a system a n d yo u c a n a l s o s e e effects on reproduction of certain species,” said William Hintz, of Rensselaer Polytechnic. Despite such environmental concer ns, Caleb Dobbins, New Hampshire’s highway maintenance engineer, doesn’t e nv i s i o n s a l t b e i n g replaced anytime soon by substitutes, such as magnesium acetate, which he says are 30 times more expensive and have their own environmental challenges. “Everybody is looking throughout the world,” he said. “Nobody is finding that silver bullet.”

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Mining a milestone

As anthracite marks its 250th anniversary, hard coal still has plenty of modern uses BY dENisE aLLaBaugH STAFF WRITER

This year marks the 250th anniversary of anthracite in the hard coal region of Pennsylvania. While the industry has hit an all-time low in mining and production, anthracite coal still has a variety of popular uses today. President Donald Trump has been a relentless advocate for the beleaguered coal industry and spent much of his campaign promising to bring back coal. MARk MoRAn / STAFF PhoTogRAPhER Coal miners have held up Mike Woods, co-owner of Woody’s Fireplace in Larksville, “Trump Digs Coal” signs at explains how a coal-burning stove works. The business his rallies. also operates locations in Honesdale and Bloomsburg. In his State of the Union

anniversary celebrations Regional celebrations for the 250th anniversary of anthracite can be found at and the Facebook page “250th Anniversary of Anthracite.” address Tuesday night, Trump touted it. “We have ended the war on American energy and we have ended the war on beautiful, clean coal,” he said. One of its primary uses is a heating source for homes and businesses. John Swett, a supplier in Hazleton who employs six who deliver anthracite coal, said the demand has remained steady in his 20 years in business.

Some use anthracite coal as their primary heating source while some modern homeowners put in coal stoves as a supplemental heating source, he said. “I probably have about 150 customers throughout the Hazleton area,” Swett said. “In 20 years, it has remained pretty much the same.” Unlike radiators that turn on and off, coal provides constant heat, he said. Mike Woods, who co-owns

Woody’s Fireplace with locations in Larksville, Honesdale and Bloomsburg with his father, Gary, said their businesses not only sell coal stoves, but also use them for heat. Anthracite coal is a significantly lower cost option for heat compared to fuel oil, propane and electric heat, he said. The price of coal is about $200 per ton, he said. If someone buys three or four tons of coal, they could heat their homes from $600 to $800 in the winter. “With propane, you could Please see aNtHraCitE, Page A21


From sports merchandise retailers to restaurants and bars, businesses across NEPA prep for tonight’s Super Bowl LII. BY JON O’CONNELL aNd BOrYs krawCzENiuk STAFF WRITERS


usinesses across the region have been gearing up for Super Bowl LII tonight, when the Philadelphia Eagles face the New England Patriots. Here’s a snapshot of what the NFL’s biggest night means to them.

Merchandise conundrum SCRANTON — Ed Hendrzak didn’t stock up on Eagles merchandise this year after Philadelphia punched its ticket to the Super Bowl, but that’s just like every other year. In a specialty retail market where customer excitement swings from week to week, game to game, the owner of Field Goal Sports inside the Marketplace at Steamtown in Scranton is hindered by monthslong wait times for licensed team clothing. No, Hendrzak, who started his sports merchandise career in 1993 at age 24, still has to guess and hope. Even if he could order later, say, after Philadelphia began to look like a real contender, the whole plan could flop in one day. “You’re still at risk,” he said shortly after the Eagles crushed Minnesota 38-7 in their final championship game. “If they lost, people would be in here looking for Vikings stuff.” He hides the conundrum well. Inside his store, two opposing walls at the front are covered floor to ceiling with Philadelphia and New England Patriots sweatshirts and jerseys.


Jeremy Whalen, head chef at OTOWN Bar & Grill in Olyphant, stuffs chicken wings with homemade macaroni and cheese in preparation for tonight’s Super Bowl. Below: Wings stuffed with bacon, mac and cheese are prepared at OTOWN Bar & Grill. chicken wings into the deep fryers today. “It’s pretty crazy on the Super Bowl,” said the owner of DeLeo’s Bar & Grill in Dalton, a roadside bar known for its dozens of wing flavors. DeLeo’s is the kind of place where you buy boneless wings, not by the piece, but by the pound. And Hull is offering game day wing and pizza specials with names like “touchdown,” the “two-point conversion” and “field goal.” He’s been taking orders all week. He’ll finally draw the line at 5 p.m., an hour before kickoff.

Hot-market hopefuls

SCRANTON — Kevins Worldwide in Scranton has a hot-market printing contract to DALTON — Jeff Hull antici- produce thousands of shirts in pates he’ll drop thousands of the hours after the game — but

wing king

only if Philadelphia wins. For major sporting events such as this, apparel companies work with local printers to turn around a product lightning fast. It’s the only way to get a sufficient supply to markets populated by the winning team’s fans. “What happens in the rare, rare impossibility that they (the Eagles) don’t win? Well, nothing,” said Scott Tinkelman, executive vice president of sales and marketing. “They just would go home and come in the next morning per usual.” Kevins had a similar arrangement when Baltimore was in the Super Bowl because Maryland is only a few hours away. The crew of about 25 work-

ers will watch the game at work with pizza and soda so they can begin printing about 15,000 shirts — which they can knock out in about 10 hours — at the moment the game ends. “Its’ a lot of fun. We’re excited,” Tinkelman said.

serious prep OLYPHANT — At the OTOWN Bar & Grill at 400 Lackawanna Ave. in Olyphant, owner Tracy Bradshaw’s staff started cutting up boneless chicken Wednesday in between other orders. They started getting serious about prepping wings Friday. “There’s somebody scheduled just for that,” Bradshaw said. Today, things get really serious. Their cook, who normally arrives at 10:30 a.m. for the restaurant’s 11 a.m. opening, is

scheduled to get there at 9 a.m. to cut up and start frying up wings — $8 a pound for five varieties of wings. It’s $8.99 for five wings stuffed with bacon, macaroni and cheese. “Because they’re huge,” she said. By the end of today, they will have gone through up to six cases with 60 pounds in a case, she said. “We expect it to be really good this year because it seems to get better (each year),” she said. That and this year the game features the Philadelphia Eagles. Eagles have wings. Contact the writers: joconnell@; 570-3489131; @jon_oc on Twitter;; 570348-9147; @BorysBlogTT

‘At the Household we have your back’ Owners of gourmet food venture show support for military members and their families. BY katHLEEN BOLus STAFF WRITER

SCRANTON — F rom first taste, Lynn Wright knew her friend Denise Gordon should be bottling and selling her red pepper relish. It took about seven years, but Gordon took Wright’s advice a n d o n D e c. 1 t h e y o p e n e d Household 6 Creations in the Marketplace at Steamtown. While the products Household 6 sells are mostly delicious dips and spreads — all Gordon’s family recipes — the business has a deeper mission to support veterans and military families. T he company’s name is derived from the military slang “I got your 6” or “I got your back.” “At the Household we have your back,” said Gordon, whose son and husband both served in

Business Plan what’s in a name? household 6 creations derives its name from the military slang “I got your 6” or “I got your back.” t h e Pe n n s y l va n i a N at i o n a l Guard. Originally from Maryland, Gordon and her husband, a Clarks Green native, moved from Baltimore back to the area when their son was young. She grew up canning — which is actually preserving foods in Mason jars — a process passed down from her g reat-g randmother to her grandmother to her. “I have never not canned,” she said. Wright, of Sterling, and Gordon, who is now retired, met

while working for the state on Lackawanna Avenue in downtown Scranton. They felt it was fate that Household 6’s first brick and mortar location be next to where their friendship began, in the Marketplace at Steamtown. Before opening in the marketplace, they sold and continue to sell their products packaged in large and small Mason jars wrapped in the company’s blue banner at craft shows across the region. They eventually moved from cooking in Gordon’s Lake Ariel kitchen to the business incubator in Carbondale. From the industrial-size BuTch coMEgyS / STAFF PhoTogRAPhER kitchen at Carbondale TechnolHousehold 6 Creations owner Denise Gordon and her daughter, o g y Transfer Center, which they rent hourly, Gordon and Brittany, 22, display their salsas and hot sauces made at the Please see HOusEHOLd, Page A21

Carbondale Technology Transfer Center. The business recently opened a retail location in the Marketplace at Steamtown in Scranton.

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People on the Move


Marywood University

Joseph A. Polizzi, Ph.D., associate professor of educaBedrock tion and director of the School Technology Leadership Academy, was reGRAY WEBRE BASU CARNUCCIO cently nominated to the EditoThe company has hired John Amabile as a network adminESSA ESSA Geisinger Lackawanna rial Board of the American Educational Studies Association istrator and will be responCollege Journal, Educational Studies: A sible for the implementation, Journal of the American Educasupport and administration of tion Studies Association. all network and server-based In his role as an editorial systems, as well as evaluating board member, Polizzi is reand prioritizing incoming client sponsible for soliciting, reviewrequests. ing and editing research artiAmabile has 10 years’ expericles, as well as advising on the ence in information technology. POLIZZI BROWN MIKOLOWSKY ZELNA direction of the editorial conHe has extensive experience in Marywood Marywood Merrill Misericordia tent of the Journal. compliance, project manageUniversity University Lynch University Polizzi holds a Ph.D. from ment and customer support. Pennsylvania State University Amabile is a graduate of in educational leadership. BePenn State University and fore earning his Ph.D., he was earned his Bachelor of Scia New York State Senate Felence in information sciences low serving on the Senate Edand technology with a minor in ucation Committee, a Fulbright security and risk analysis. exchange teacher in Pecs, ESSA Bank & Trust Hungary, and a high school SUNICK WITTS BEGGIN REED The bank announced ExecuEnglish teacher for eight years NBT Bank NBT Bank Penn East Spojnia tive Vice President Peter A. in the New York City school Credit Union system, where he was a UnitGray has been named chief banking officer, completing the Basu is trained to diagnose ed Federations of Teachers Brown Cancer Center, Kenbank’s transition to a new orga- and treat patients with a vatucky. He is a clinical investi- Chapter Leader. His areas of nizational and senior manage- riety of cancers including leu- gator for the Registered Naresearch include authentic ment structure. In addition, tional Cancer Institute, and a leadership, ethics in education kemia, lymphoma, myeloma June M. Webre, a veteran Lemember of the American So- leadership, understanding sufand other blood cancers, high Valley banking executive, ciety for Blood Marrow Trans- fering in schools, transformanoncancerous blood disorhas joined the bank as senior ders and blood stem cell plantation, American Society tive learning and using films as vice president and Lehigh Valof Hematology and American a medium of instruction. disorders. He holds clinical ley regional president. James M. Brown, Dickson Society of Clinical Oncology. interests in blood and bone Webre has served as a LeCity, was recently named direcmarrow transplantation, heGreenman-Pedersen tor of marketing. Brown is rehigh Valley banking executive matologic malignancies, bone for more than 30 years, with sponsible for developing and Inc. marrow failure disorders, a particular focus on commer- bone marrow stem cell disorimplementing an integrated Joseph Stachokus, P.E., has cial banking. She received her ders, myeloproliferative neomarketing and communicajoined the firm in Scranton as bachelor’s degree from Cedar tions plan for the university, plasms, bleeding and clotting an assistant vice president/ Crest College in Allentown, coordinating marketing initiadisorders, and rare blood dis- assistant civil engineering degraduated with honors from tives with all departments to orders. partment head. He is a graduthe University of Pennsylvaincrease enrollment, and deBasu earned his medical ate of Penn State University nia’s Stonier/National Graduveloping consistent, missiondegree from Robert Wood with a bachelor’s degree in ate School of Banking, and focused communications beJohnson Medical School civil engineering. Stachokus has been active in professiontween the university and its (RWJMS), New Brunswick, has more than 24 years of key constituents. He has more al and civic organizations and N.J. He then completed experience in the engineering than 20 years of experience as served on numerous boards. industry. He has held numeran internship and internal a senior marketing executive, Gray, a 30-year banking vetous positions with local engimedicine residency at the manager and leader with naeran, joined the bank in April. neering firms in addition to be- tional and global corporations, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Under the bank’s new strucing the owner/operator of his and he has taught at Pace Unifollowed by a three-year heture he will oversee the three own business for 12 years. In versity as an adjunct profesmatology/oncology fellowship banking regions, corporate sor of marketing. He holds a marketing, Asset Management at the University of Washing- his new role, Stachokus will ton’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer be providing leadership to the Master of Business Adminis& Trust, Investment Services Research Center, Seattle. Ad- civil engineering department, tration degree in marketing/ and Advisory Services. along with overseeing projects management from the Univerditionally, He holds a bachGeisinger and participating in business elor of science degree in sity of Connecticut, as well as development initiatives. He biomedical engineering from Soumit Basu, M.D., Ph.D., a Bachelor of Business Adminhas recently joined as north- Johns Hopkins University, Bal- resides in Exeter with his wife istration degree in marketing timore, and a doctoral degree and two children. east regional director of heand an associate of applied matology/oncology and clini- in biochemistry and molecuscience degree in accounting Lackawanna lar biology from RWJMS. cal co-director of the Center from Pace University. He previously served as as- College for Bone Marrow TransplantaMerrill Lynch sistant professor of mediAshley Carnuccio of Paxition at the Danville hospital. cine, outpatient medical dinos has been announced as In his role as regional direcThe firm has named Josh enrollment specialist for the tor, Basu will oversee the can- rector and co-leader of the Mikolowsky as market develcollege’s Sunbury Center. Car- opment manager for Eastern cer programs at the Scranton Leukemia and Myeloid Neoplasia Program at the Univer- nuccio graduated from Blooms- Pennsylvania. In this newly and Wilkes-Barre hospitals. sity of Louisville School of burg University with a bachecreated role, Mikolowsky will Board certified in internal work closely with local leaderlor’s degree in psychology. medicine and hematology, Medicine’s James Graham

HOUSEHOLD: Opened in Marketplace at Steamtown on Dec. 17 FROM PAGE A20

Wright, along with their family members, work through the week to produce around 600 to 700 items. “This has truly been a labor of love,” said Gordon. They hope to expand into the Sterling Business Park and when that time comes, give preferential employment to military members and veterans, said Wright. “It’s an important community to continue to support,” said Wright. “We want to help vets move in a forward direction,” added Gordon. Gordon’s son and husband were de ployed to Kuwait together. During that time, she served as a family readiness group leader for the National Guard and worked with kids whose parents were deployed. Supporting families at home is as important as supporting troops abroad, they agreed. “Both of us having a family history, we’re making sure we’re paying it forward,” said Gordon. Wright’s grandfather served during World War II as well as other family members. She’s also worked in social services for her entire career. On Dec. 17, Household 6 officially opened for business in the Marketplace at Steamtown at a stand near the large floor to ceiling windows in the back of the former food court. They found during that weekend that having items out to sample really got people interested in their products. “It’s an expense, but helps sell items,” said Wright. They also collaborated with

the other stands in the marketplace, using bread from Beta Bread and items from other stands for customers to test samples. “Small businesses need to support small businesses,” said Gordon. While at the marketplace and craft shows, they suggest ways for customers to eat their sauces and spreads. It’s give and take; often their customers will share inventive ways to eat Household 6’s products, like spreading the roasted red pepper relish onto a piece of cucumber with cream cheese. “It’s fun been talking to people who are passionate about food,” said Gordon. Household 6 also sources much of their produce locally and in the future will work with local f ar mers, said Wright. They also hope to expand online and partner with local restaurants while finding unique opportunities to showcase their products, she added. Household 6 also sells salsa — G o rd o n u s e s s t e a m e d tomatoes she harvests in the summer and adds in peppers, spices and sugars and cooks the mixture together — apple butter, corn and black bean salsa, pineapple jalapeño salsa, bread and butter pickles and mustard, among other items. For details, visit Household 6 Creations LLC on Facebook. Contact the writer: 570-348-9100 x5114; @kbolusTT


ship and financial advisers to execute the firm’s Community Markets growth initiative in Allentown, Bethlehem, Chambersburg, Harrisburg, Reading, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport and surrounding communities.

A resident of Olyphant, Sunick earned a degree in marketing from Misericordia University and Lackawanna College. He has completed other coursework with the American Bankers Association and holds a certificate in Business and Commercial Misericordia Banking. University Jeffrey Witts has been promoted to vice president. Loraine D. Zelna, M.S., R.T. Witts has achieved more (R)(MR), associate professor than 20 years of experience in of medical imaging, was pubthe banking industry. He has lished recently in radiologic had much experience worktechnology, the Journal of the American Society of Radiologic ing in retail banking, including working as a branch managTechnologists. er. Witts has been an integral Zelna co-authored the threepage article, “Transitioning From part of mergers and acquisitions for the bank over the Faculty to a Program Direcyears. During those acquisitor,’’ with Bette Schans, Ph.D., R.T.(R), F.A.S.R.T., in the Novem- tions, he provided training and support to the newly acquired ber/December issue. The authors outline the impor- branches. Today, he serves tant role continuity plays in suc- as the retail training manager cess for educational programs, for the bank’s branch network especially for students. One of with more than 150 locations in six states. the most effective ways to enWitts received a bachelor’s sure a smooth transition is to degree in education from have program directors create Bloomsburg University. He succession plans while in office. With that in place, it allows serves as chairman of the Income Committee for the Comadequate time for mentoring their replacement. The authors munity Impact Process with the United Way of Lackawanna say this approach also allows and Wayne Counties and volthe successor to shadow the unteers for the Greater Carbonincumbent program director at dale YMCA. meetings, and during budget and schedule planning. Penn East Federal Zelna, a resident of Falls Twp., Credit Union earned her Master of Science Marie Beggin has been hired degree in educational technolas vice president of commerogy from Misericordia Univercial lending. She has more sity in 1995. She received her than 25 years of commerundergraduate degree in radicial loan experience. She is a ography education at Bloomsgraduate of the Central Atlantic burg University and successfully completed her radiography Commercial Lending School, where she graduated with hontraining at Polyclinic Medical ors. With proven expertise in Center, Harrisburg. Zelna has the financial industry, her job rea diverse background in medical imaging, including radiogra- sponsibilities include managing phy, computed tomography and and growing the credit union’s commercial loan portfolio. magnetic resonance imaging. She resides in Archbald with She is a member of the Joint her husband and two children. Review Committee on Education in Radiological Technology Spojnia Credit board of directors. In 2013 and 2017, the university presented Union her with the Judge Max and TilSandy Reed, Scranton, relie Rosenn Excellence in Teach- cently joined the credit union as ing Award for her outstanding a member service representacontributions to student learntive. The credit union has sering and development. viced the financial needs of the Polish National Union of AmerNBT Bank ica for more than 43 years. Thomas Sunick has been Reed lives in Scranton with her promoted to assistant vice husband, Paul, and is the mothpresident. er of Paul Jr. and Rose Marie. Sunick has more than 30 She has more than 26 years of years of experience in the ficredit union experience. nancial services industry. SuSUBMIT PEOPLE ON THE nick joined the bank in 2012 MOVE items to business@ as a branch manager. Today, or The he serves as a business devel- Times-Tribune, 149 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18503. opment officer.

ANTHRACITE: Lower-cost heating option FROM PAGE A20

have a monthly bill of $300 or $400,” Woodssaid.“Fueloilcouldbeevenalittlemorethanthat.Electricheatisprobably the one that tends to fluctuate in cost the most.” Woody’s Fireplace sells dozens of coal stoves each year. The average price of a coal stove is about $3,000,hesaid. Leisure Line stoves, manufactured in Berwick, provide an even, steady heat,hesaid. The biggest boom in coal stove sales occurred in 2008, when oil prices hit an all-time high and propane was very expensive,hesaid. “Anyonewhodidn’thavenaturalgas or didn’t prefer to heat with wood was buyingacoalstoveatthattimebecause they couldn’t afford to heat their house,”hesaid. Since natural gas is still relatively cost-effective, Woods said he doesn’t see many people who have natural gas availabletothembuyingcoalstoves. “It’s not enough of a cost savings to incentive someone to purchase something like that that’s going to be a little extraworkforthem,”hesaid. Woods said another advantage of using anthracite coal as a heating source,besidesthecost,isthatitis“one of the most clean-burning hydrocarbonfuelsoutthere.” “For the amount of heat you get in a residential home, there’s really a very small carbon footprint,” he said. “People are still using anthracite a lot, especiallyinourarea,becauseitisareadily availablefuelsourceinourarea.” Although there are many energy sources available, Woods said “coal is still going strong, which says a lot about the viability of it not only from a cost standpoint but from an environmental standpoint and a practical standpoint.” “If many people knew more about it, many people probably would operate and own coal stoves,” he said.

Celebrations mark 250th anniversary Regional celebrations for the 250th anniversary of anthracite can be found at and the Facebook page “250th Anniver-


Coal-burning stoves are available for sale at Woody’s Fireplace in Larksville. saryof Anthracite.” According to an announcement on the Facebook page, the industry got its start in 1768 when Connecticut blacksmith Obadiah Gore Jr. returned to the Wyoming Valley and was aware of the area’scoalpotential. Throughexperimentationinhisshop near present-day Pittston and WilkesBarre, he proved that the local stone attainedveryhighandevenheat,which is ideal for industrial use. Word and newspaper accounts spread his discovery, which launched the anthracite mining and iron industries in northeastern andcentralPennsylvania. While there have been significant changes in the anthracite coal industry over the last 250 years, Duane Feagley, executive director of Pennsylvania AnthraciteCouncil,saidthereisstillstablemarketforanthracite. “The home heating market is still a significantmarket,”Feagleysaid.

Other modern uses for anthracite coal

the growth in the first part of the 20th century and should be recognized. “Few places are like this with its distinctive tie to one industry and it’s pretty amazing to me,” Driscoll said. According to Driscoll, the production of anthracite coal has dropped from 100 million tons in 1917 to 3 million tons. The industry formerly employed about 200,000 miners and now employs about 900. A re-emergence of anthracite could have a huge impact on the region, Driscoll said. Recent estimates suggest 2 to 4 billion tons of recoverable anthracite still remains. Reserves are sufficient for production to increase threefold and be sustained for decades, he said. Pointing out that anthracite is a clean-burning fuel with environmental benefits, Driscoll said he still sees opportunities to mine the existing anthracite reserves in Pennsylvania to “complete the job started 250 years ago.” “With its high carbon content in Pennsylvania, it is among the best anthracite in the world,” Driscoll said. “I think anthracite in Pennsylvania has hit the bottom but is on the path to being bigger and recovering and generating economic and environmental benefits.”

In addition to home heating, Greg Driscoll, president and CEO of Mahanoy City-based Blaschak Coal Corp. which owns the Lattimer Breaker near Hazleton, said anthracite coal also is used in water filtration and for making steel as well as coal-fired pizza. He said the anthracite industry Contact the writer: established the culture makeup of the region, provided the impetus for 570-821-2115, @CVAllabaugh




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SB lii: Philadelphia eagles (15-3) vs. New england Patriots (15-3) Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn. When: today, 6:30 p.m. tV: WBre


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Ismail breaks down the game By StEVE BEnnEtt Staff Writer

Former Meyers High School and Syracuse University star Qadry Ismail is the only player from the Wyoming Valley to win a Super Bowl. Ismail played for the Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts during his NFL career. He won his ring with the Ravens when they defeated the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. Ismail currently works for WBAL radio in Baltimore as an NFL analyst. For the 10th straight year, Ismail took time to break down

the Super Bowl for The Citizens’ Voice. In a phone interview with staff writer Steve Bennett, Ismail offered his thoughts and opinions on tonight’s game between the Eagles and Patriots in Minneapolis.

Q: If you’re not a fan of the Patriots or Eagles, why are you watching the game? A: I think for both teams, there is a history there that can be intriguing to the general public. There is slightly more intrigue with (Patriots quarterback Tom) Brady being 40 years old and his quest to be

the all-timer icon, not only in football, but across sports right before him. You have (Patriots coach Bill) Belichick. I think he has already surpassed any level of greatness in the coaching realm. On the Philadelphia side, they have this division, the NFC East, that before I was even in the league to the time I was in the league to current day, it has always been that division that has been the Giants, Redskins and Cowboys. And, oh by the way, the Eagles. Philadelphia has been in the mix with some great teams. Please see iSMAil, Page B7

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Qadry Ismail reacts during the Ravens’ Super Bowl victory parade in 2001.

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Crusaders fall to Warriors By Eric Shultz Staff Writer

YATESVILLE — With Delaware Valley’s game-changers waiting to wrestle last, Coughlin’s lighter weights tried their best to build a sturdy lead. Two pins helped the Crusaders keep pace with Del Val through five weights Saturday afternoon at Pittston Area. After that, they put CHriStOPHer DOLaN / Staff PHOtOGraPHer some distance on the WarCoughlin’s Darren Clarke wrestles Delaware Valley’s riors with a major decision Joe Casella in a 120-pound bout Saturday. and couple crucial decisions

that could have gone either way. It just wasn’t enough once Del Val got to flex its muscles. Delaware Valley won the final six bouts — including three by fall — to rally past Coughlin, 40-22, and win its first title at the District 2 Class 3A Team Championships since 2013. The Warriors return to the PIAA tournament following losses in the 2015 and 2017 district finals. Coughlin also fell to Dela-

ware Valley in its only other District 2 finals appearance, in 2012. The team is still searching for its first team title and trip to Hershey for states, but coach Dave Parsnik stayed positive following Saturday’s medal ceremony. “If we don’t wrestle well, I’ll let them know about it. But I had no issues today,” he said. “I thought everybody wrestled the best they could. We were there for a while; we just needed a couple more bouts going our way.”

When Coughlin took four bouts in a row midway through, the Crusaders were in charge with a 22-12 lead. But Jason Henderson (170 pounds) quickly stopped the damage and began Del Val’s 28-0 run that clinched the title. The energy started building in the Warriors’ corner as soon as he won by fall in 39 seconds and flexed in celebration. Please see D2, Page B2

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The Monarchs’ Connor Callejas looks to drive to the net as Eastern’s Darius Washington guards Saturday.

King’s rallies for OT win by STeve benneTT Staff writer

WILKES-BARRE — A confident team has the potential to be a dangerous team. And at this point of the season, King’s is both. The Monarchs are also a team that will have the benefit of controlling their own destiny down the stretch thanks to some clutch perfor mances Saturday afternoon. Joshua Bailey scored on a take to the basket with 1.8 seconds left in regulation, then proceeded to score nine of his 15 points in overtime as the Monarchs defeated Eastern, 96-90, at the Scandlon Gymnasium. King’s had to go the length of the court near the end of regulation to get the tying basket. Bailey got the ball to the middle of the lane near the top of the key and sank the bucket to tie the game, 84-84. “We had seven seconds left and called the timeout to set up the out-of-bounds play,” King’s coach J.P. Andrejko said. “I told the guards to get the ball in and attack, then take a look. If they thought they had something, I wanted them to go. We had (Bailey) in the middle and Connor (Callejas) on the wing. The defender can’t leave Connor. (Bailey) saw the opening and made a play. That was just great recognition on his part.” Bailey, a sophomore guard, kept it going in overtime. After the Monarchs quickly feel behind by four, he hit a jumper and followed it up with a 3-pointer to give King’s the lead for good. Dan Angelo added a 3-pointer, and Bailey iced the game hitting

their final four games are at home. The only time they have to leave the Scandlon Gymnasium is for a trip to DeSales on Saturday. King’s, thanks to its third consecutive win, is now 10-11 overall and 6-4 in the conference. Eastern dropped to 11-10 and 6-4. DeSales and Wilkes are atop the conference standings at 8-2. Misericordia sits one game back at 7-3. King’s will host the Cougars on Wednesday night. “If we go take care of our own business and do what we have to do, we only have to worry about ourselves and nobody else,” Andrejko said. “You have to take care of the home court. This really sets us up for the next two weeks. T h e k i d s h ave r e a l l y improved as the year went on and embraced what we are doing. They are playing with such confidence. You want the team to evolve and when you hit February start hitDave Scherbenco / Staff PhotograPher ting your stride. The last Monarchs’ Noah Tanner drives to the net as Eastern’s week or so they are starting Austin Duncan closes in. to hit a stride.” Darius Washington, a Holy Redeemer grad, led Eastern COLLeGe HOOPS with 23 points, and shot 7 of 4 of 6 free throws in the final with 22. Chris Fazzini had 19 13 from beyond the 3-point 33 seconds. Eastern managed points, but more importantly, line. two field goals in overtime, pulled down a team-best 11 (90) the last one coming with 2.8 rebounds and chipped in EASTERN Blet 4 1-3 9, Pena 7 8-14 22, Washingseconds remaining and the with four assists. ton 8 0-1 23, Chapman 7 2-2 19, James 2 6, Concepcion 0 0-0 0, Peel 0 2-2 2, Monarchs comfor tably “In the last two weeks, 2-2 Duncan 2 3-3 7, Kastens 1 0-0 2, Perez 0 ahead. Chris Fazzini has been unbe- 0-0 0. Totals: 31 18-27 90. “I felt very confident going lievable on offense and KING’S (96) Fazzini 7 5-7 19, Tanner 3 0-1 6, Bailey to overtime,” Andrejko said. defense,” Andrejko said. 5 4-6 15, Callejas 6 5-6 22, Millan 6 1-1 16, “I thought our kids were “Confidence is just the whole Angelo 3 0-0 9, Radziak 3 0-0 8, Maloney 0 0-0 0, Mitchell 0 1-2 1. Totals: 33 16-23 fresher. I thought (Eastern) thing. That is what you want 96. was getting tired toward the to see this time of year. You Halftime score: Eastern 39, King’s 39 End of regulation: Eastern 84, King’s 84 end of regulation. Five more don’t want to see kids unsure 3-point goals: Washington (7), Chapman (3), Bailey, Callejas (5), Millan (3), Angeminutes to play, I thought we or hesitating.” lo (3), Radziak (2). had a lot of legs.” With four games remainThe Monarchs placed four ing, the Monarchs set them- Contact the writer: players in double figures, led selves up for an interesting; 570-821-2062; by Callejas, who finished stretch run where three of @cvStevebennett on twitter

COLLeGeS Women’s basketball King’s put together a big second half to pick up a MAC Freedom victory over visiting Eastern, 58-44. Rebecca Prociak led the Monarchs with 18 points and eight rebounds while Alexis Steeber added 16 points. Manhattanville 63, Wilkes 45

At Manhattanville, the hosts pulled away in the fourth quarter for a victory over the Colonels. Alfano led Wilkes with a career-high 12 rebounds and scored eight points. Misericordia 78, Delaware Valley 64 The Cougars used a big third quarter to pull away

from Delaware Valley at the Anderson Center. Trailing by four at halftime, Misericordia outscored the Aggies 26-9 in the third. Paige Wampole had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead MU, while Rachel Carmody added 17.

streak was snapped by Manhattanville, as the hosts defeated the Colonels, 73-63. Mark Mullins led Wilkes with 22 points with five rebounds.

Men’s volleyball

Wilkes competed in its first MAC match, falling in Men’s basketball straight sets (25-12, 25-14, Wilkes’ five-game win 25-14) to host Stevenson.

In the next bout, Andrew Kidd (182) held off Jake Cole’s effort to tie the match, finding enough leverage to lift Cole’s legs for a late takedown and a 7-3 decision. Following Shane Fagan’s (195) major decision, Jose Falcon (220) sent his team’s bench jumping in celebration with a big pin that put Del Val on the verge of a title. H e av y w e i g h t J o h n McCarthy took the team’s 31-22 lead and clinched the win in the final minute of a 3-1 decision. “After we had the lead there, the gameplan going forward is stay off our back, not give up bonus. That didn’t happen,” Parsnik said. “Delaware Valley’s tough; they’re balanced. “That was their strength right there at the end, so they were in the best position to close that match out.” Before all that, Coughlin had a 10-point advantage through eight of 14 bouts. Darren Clarke (120) offset Del Val’s opening pin, and Joshua Brown (138) erased a pair of narrow decisions with another fall for a 12-all tie — and the start of four straight Crusaders wins. Joey Pahler (145) hit a winning takedown seconds before the end of regulation, Tashawn Qualls (152) worked for bonus points in a 13-2 major, and Tanner Smith (160) won by decision for the 22-12 lead. The Warriors ultimately wiped away their slow start for the title, but they can’t take away what Coughlin has already accomplished. The team won the WVC’s Division 1 title in undefeated fashion and took first in the team tournament, too. More success could be on the way at District 2’s individual championships, too. “Honestly, I thought we have a better tournament team than we do a dual match team. I’m hoping that pans out,” Parsnik said. Contact the writer:; 570-821-2054; @cvericShultz on twitter

Class 3A finals

Delaware Valley 40, Coughlin 22

113: Preston Machado (DV) pinned Tino Morrow, 3:07. 120: Darren Clarke (Cou) pinned Joe Casella, 0:39. 126: Machias Magill (DV) dec. Patrick Clarke, 6-3. 132: Mike McKinney (DV) dec. Jake Brown, 3-0 138: Joshua Brown (Cou) pinned Zane Yankalunas, 0:21. 145: Joey Pahler (Cou) dec. Jack Dardia, 3-2. 152: Tashawn Qualls (Cou) major dec. Damien Lobello, 13-2. 160: Tanner Smith (Cou) dec. Gavin Brazanskas, 5-2. 170: Jason Henderson (DV) pinned Joe Davis, 0:39. 182: Andrew Kid (DV) dec. Jake Cole, 7-3. 195: Shane Fagan (DV) major dec. Aaron Warnagiris, 10-2. 220: Jose Falcon (DV) pinned Connor Lee, 3:24. 285: John McCarthy (DV) dec. Corey Harrison, 3-1. 106: Joe Porco (DV) pinned Nino Cinti, 5:39.

3A Consolation final

Tunkhannock 42, Scranton 33

106: David Evans (Tun) pinned Dwight Abram, 0:22. 113: Matt Rosentel (Tun) won by forfeit. 120: David Gavek (Tun) pinned Breydan Smith, 1:10. 126: Bobby Zelinski (Scr) won by forfeit. 132: Michael Tuffy (Scr) dec. E t h a n M u n l e y, 6 - 2 . 1 3 8 : G a v i n D’Amato (Tun) won by forfeit. 145: Jeremiah Oakes (Scr) dec. Tommy Traver, 3-1. 152: William Evanitsky (Scr) pinned Kurtis Christ, 0:56. 160: Jacob Burgette (Scr) pinned Brian Christ, 1:16. 170: Hayden D’Angelo (Scr) dec. Shane Sherwood, 6-2. 182: Connor Munley (Tun) pinned Jehovany Gbedan, 1:59. 195: Brandon Crusen (Scr) won by forfeit. 220: Jake Stephens (Tun) won by forfeit. 285: Sam Rice (Tun) pinned Roy Gonzalez, 0:41.

Consolation semifinals

Scranton 37, Hazleton Area 34

285: Michael Fuchick (Haz) pinned Roy Gonzalez, 0:39. 106: Johnny Corra (Haz) major dec. Dwight Abram, 16-2. 113: Beck Hutchinson (Haz) won by forfeit. 120: Bobby Zelinski (Scr) major dec. Christian Kislan, 10-0. 126: Osman Bakradze (Scr) won by forfeit. 132: Charles Everdale (Haz) won by forfeit. 138: Michael Tuffy (Scr) dec. Stephen Martisofski, 8-5. 145: Jeremiah Oakes (Scr) pinned Dante Matarella, 4:28. 152: William Evanitski (Scr) pinned Jayson Brielmeier, 1:47. 160: Jacob Burgette (Scr) pinned Luke Billig, 1:10. 170: Jake Marnell (Haz) pinned Hayden D’Angelo, 2:31. 182: Jehovany Gbedan (Scr) pinned Seth Hunsinger, 2:26. 195: Shane Noonan (Haz) pinned Brandon Crusen, 2:15. 220: No contest.

Consolation semifinals

Tunkhannock 45, West Scranton 30

285: Sam Rice (Tun) pinned Noah Worsnick, 1:08. 106: David Evans (Tun) pinned Austin Fashouer, 4:33. 113: Anthony Caramanno (WS) pinned Matt Rosentel, 2:57. 120: David Gavek (Tun) pinned Solon Cast, 0:32. 126: Ethan Munley (Tun) dec. Randy Bonitz, 6-0. 132: Garrett Walsh (WS) won by forfeit. 138: Gavin D’Amato (Tun) pinned Devon Curyk, 0:30. 145: Tommy Traver (Tun) won by forfeit. 152: Tyler Connor (WS) dec. Kurtis Christ, 5-0. 160: Cameron Butka (WS) major dec. Brian Christ, 10-2. 170: Jake Butka (WS) pinned Carl Anthony, 2:50. 182: Jeremy Seymour (WS) pinned Shane Sherwood, 2:38. 195: Connor Munley (Tun) pinned Julian Rivera, 2:12. 220: Jake Step h e n s ( Tu n ) p i n n e d R o n d e l l McCullough, 0:37.

Lehman finishes 3rd by JOe bAReSS Staff writer

YATESVILLE — After losing the first two matches by pins, Lake-Lehman won 10 of the next 12 to roll past Scranton Prep, 51-24, on Saturday. The victory secured third place for Lake-Lehman at the District 2 Class 2A wrestling team duals at Pittston Area High School. Scranton Prep’s Jack Lynett and Connor Chernesy helped the Cavaliers build a 12-point lead before Lake-Lehman won six straight matches. Zack Stuart, Josh Bonomo, Bob Long, Hunter Burke and Jake Trumbower had pins during the stretch. Scranton Prep’s Alec Buttner snapped the streak with a pin at 160 pounds, but Nick Zabowski and Thomas Nalbone responded with back-to-back pins for LakeLehman. Lake-Lehman also defeated Nanticoke Area, 52-28, to reach the consolation final earlier in the day. Honesdale avenged its Jan. 24 loss to Western Wayne with a 36-27 victory in the final to earn a trip to the state tournament, which starts Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey. Contact the writer: Class 2A Finals

Honesdale 36 Western Wayne 27

113: Pete West (HON) pinned Nathan Koch, 2:35. 120: Jordan Young (HON) pinned Micheal MirailhDeVore, 3:32. 126: Chris McDevitt (WW) dec. Dillon Dante, 3-2. 132: Mitchell Herzog (WW) pinned Ethan Chokshi, 4:26. 138: Matt Davis (HON) dec. Bradley Carey, 13-6. 145: Matthew Leslie (WW) dec. Joe Rutledge, 6-5. 152: Brandon Lawson (HON) dec. Braden McIntosh, 5-2. 160: Kasen

Taylor (WW) dec. Gerald Pepper, 4-1. 170: Mike O’Day (HON) pinned Anthony Sparango, 4:19. 182: Jake Kabonick (HON) pinned Alex Hollister, 4:39. 195: Derek Swoyer (WW) pinned Michael Ehrlich, 2:47. 220: Cole Fuller (WW) pinned John Kuhns-Miller, 4:52. 285: Kenny Huber (HON) dec. Jack McAllister, 9-5. 106: Tristyn Bodie (HON) dec. Dimitri Reggie, 6-1.

Consolation finals

Lake-Lehman 51 Scranton Prep 24

106: Jack Lynett (SP) pinned Gavin Ruger, 2:38. 113: Connor Chernesky (SP) pinned Brandon Boston, :15. 120: Zack Stuart (LL) pinned Zach Kornfeld, 1:08. 126: Josh Bonomo (LL) pinned Thomas Dickinson, :33. 132: Bob Long (LL) pinned Joe Monahan, :45. 138: Garrett Kolb (LL) dec. Oliver Egan, 4-2. 145: Hunter Burke (LL) pinned MJ Stivala, :29. 152: Jake Trumbower (LL) pinned Mikey Welsh, 2:50. 160: Alec Buttner (SP) pinned Chase Button, 1:04. 170: Nick Zabowski (LL) pinned Geoffrey Pizzto, :39. 182: Thomas Nalbone (LL) pinned Luke Johnson, 3:00. 195: Ivan Balavage (SP) pinned T.J. Meehan, :58. 220: Chuck Harry (LL) dec. Luke Dougherty, 8-6. 285: Kaleb Konigus (LL) dec. Will McGregor, 1-0.

Consolation semifinals

Scranton Prep 48 Wyoming Area 27

285: Damon Barhight (WA) pinned Will McGregor, 1:03. 106: Jack Lynett (SP) pinned Kyle Emsley, 4:41. 113: Antonio D’Appolonio (SP) pinned Adam Sigman, 1:59. 120: Connor Chernesky (SP) forfeit. 126: Thomas Dickinson (SP) forfeit. 132: Joe Monahan (SP) pinned Sydni Johnson, :38. 138: Robin Wrobelski (WA) dec. Oliver Egan, 4-2. 145: MJ Stivala (SP) dec. Tyler Martin, 16-13. 152: Charlie Banashefski (WA) pinned Mikey Welsh, 3:39. 160: Alec Buttner (SP) dec. Corey Mruk, 14-8. 170: Alex Pierce (WA) pinned Geoffrey Pizzto, :29. 182: Jaryn Polit-Moran (WA) pinned Luke Johnson, :49. 195: Ivan Balavage (SP) forfeit. 220: Luke Dougherty (SP) pinned Aidan Dolak, 1:47.

Lake-Lehman 52 Nanticoke Area 28

285: Kaleb Konigus (LL) forfeit. 106: Zackery Capie (NAN) pinned Gavin Ruger, 1:30. 113: Joseph Sauers (NAN) pinned Brandon Boston, :28. 120: Zack Stuart (LL) forfeit. 126: Bob Long (LL) forfeit. 132: Garrett Kolb (LL) maj. dec. Chris Maute, 17-7. 138: Hunter Burke (LL) forfeit. 145: Jake Trumbower (LL) pinned Collin Kudrako-Kashatus, 2:41. 152: Adam Eckhart (NAN) pinned Chase Button, :57. 160: Nick Zaboski (LL) forfeit. 170: Riley Newman (LL) pinned Zackery Pelton, 5:07. 182: Isaiah Johnson (NAN) maj. dec. Thomas Nalbone, 10-2. 195: T.J. Meehan (LL) pinned Seth Pelton, 3:08. 220: Shane Repasky (NAN) pinned Chuck Harry, 2:35.

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Through Thursday, Wheeling gained three of possible six points over its last three contests, including a 4-2 victory over Manchester on Jan. 28. Reid Gardiner had two goals and an assist in the win and has at least one point in 12 of his last 13 games. He has scored nine times since Jan. 20. Forward Cam Brown is also on a hot streak, having scored a goal in each of his past seven games. His 13 goals are more than he had in any of his four seasons at the University of Maine. Wheeling’s nine wins in January were its most in one month since November 2013. The Nailers were slated to host the Indy Fuel and Fort Wayne Komets on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Record: 25-17-4-0, 54 points, second in North Division

For hockey players, the equipment they wear is just as important as the skills they possess. This week, Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Penguins forward Greg McKegg talked about the gear he uses on the ice.


Skates Brand: I’ve used Bauer for a while. Preferred fit: I like them to be tight around my foot when I put them on, but I don’t tie them real tight. I like that loose kind of feel for turns and things like that. Blade hollow: I like my skates sharper than the average guy, probably. But, no, nothing crazy. Just kinda cut the heel down and the toe and just go from there.

STATS TO KNOW ■ As of Thursday, Captain Tom Kostopoulos’ next start will be his 700th in the AHL. A whopping 635 have come with the Penguins. ■ Forward Zach AstonReese is averaging one point per game (7G-12A) over his last 19 contests. ■ Forwards Ryan Haggerty (21) and AstonReese (20) and defenseman Kevin Czuczman (20) are all among the top seven in the league in plusminus rating. ■ Through the all-star break, defenseman Andrey Pedan was tied for the most minor penalties in the league with 28.

DID YOU KNOW? Through Thursday, the Penguins hadn’t lost a game at Mohegan Sun Arena since Dec. 27 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. They were 6-0 and had scored at least three goals in each contest during the streak.

QUOTE UNQUOTE “Those goals don’t count or anything. You want to win, but at the same time you want to have fun. I don’t think I’ll ever go fivehole like that on a breakaway in a real game. You try things out and have fun and I think all the guys enjoyed it here.” — Penguins forward Daniel Sprong on the special moves he pulled out for the AHL All-Star Classic


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Forward Garrett Wilson has 20 points this season and scored a hat trick for the Penguins in his first game following his mother’s death from breast cancer.

‘She’S Still Watching’

Wilson honors late mother with play on ice BY TYLER PIccoTTI STAFF WRITeR

WILKES-BARRE — The color pink was scattered all around Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday night. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fans were able to receive pink streaks in their hair, leave messages of encouragement on a pink section of the arena wall and fill out cheer cards with the names of friends and family, all planned as part of the team’s annual show of support in the fight against cancer. Even the players did their part, using special pink warmup sticks that were later auctioned off to raise money. Forward Garrett Wilson had seen it all before, but this edition of “Pink in the Rink” had an entirely different context for the Elmvale, Ontario native. Wilson’s mother, Joan, died in late November after a long battle with breast cancer. “I’m looking forward to it,” Wilson said Thursday in advance of the game against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. “I’m going to be thinking about her the whole time. I’m excited to play and I’ll be happy to honor her in that way.” Listening to the seventh-year pro talk about his mother’s influence on his hockey career, she probably wouldn’t have it any other way. Joan Wilson played hockey when she was younger and knew the game very well, according to Garrett. She was one of his biggest supporters as he progressed through youth hockey, major juniors and eventually into the pros with the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones in 2011. She subscribed to an AHL streaming package and would watch all of Garrett’s games. She would also call him or send him a text message after each one, no matter if he had a good or bad night on the ice. “Me and my younger brother playing hockey growing up, it was just

for so long to come back and have an incredible game like that. “I know she’s still watching and helping me out.” Wilson has been an important piece for the Penguins this season, not only in a pure numerical perspective (20 points in 36 games), but also in terms of his leadership on and off the ice as an assistant captain. He isn’t afraid to be physical in an effort to stand up for his teammates, evidenced by his four fighting majors this season. Head coach Clark Donatelli has frequently referred to Wilson as the “heart and soul” of the team, and that hasn’t changed even through what has probably been the toughest time of his life. “I think he’s glad to be back here playing the game he loves and being around his teammates,” Donatelli said. “He’s such a classy guy and a great leader on our team. We all feel for him.” Wilson’s dedication also goes beyond hockey. As a professional athlete, he feels it’s important to use his voice to support important causes, a recent example being the Bell Let’s Talk campaign on Wednesday that helped raise nearly $7 million dollars in support of mental health initiatives in Canada. Pink in the Rink night has been a special promotion for him since his mother’s diagnosis, but he said this year’s is more meaningful than ever. With so many people currently battling cancer or watching a friend or family member do the same, he hopes they can take away a message of hope from Saturday night. “Never stop praying,” he said. “Just be positive about it, stay away from all the negatives and stuff like that. Just keep believing and keep fighting.”


Penguins’ Garrett Wilson, left, hits Lehigh Valley’s Chris Conner during a recent game at Mohegan Sun Arena.

great to have her support,” said Wilson, who also has an older sister. “You could tell she was a really big fan of mine. In fact, my No. 1 fan. It was very tough to lose her, but I know she can still help me out.” His first game back with the team following her death was all the proof he needed. After being away from the Penguins for roughly two weeks, Wilson returned to the lineup on Dec. 1 against Milwaukee and had the game of his life. He recorded his first career AHL hat trick in the game’s opening 13:05, including the first goal in which he batted a pass from Josh Archibald out of the air and past the Admirals’ Juuse Saros. Speaking after the game, Wilson said it felt like there was an element of divine intervention. With two additional months to reflect on that night, he sees it the exact same way. contact the writer: tpiccotti@citizens“It was definitely a special game,”; 570-821-2089; @CVPiccotti he said. “It was nice after being away on Twitter

Brand: Bauer Flex rating: 87 Length: I usually like it between my chin and my nose, depending on how I feel. Usually, right around a little taller than my chin. Curve: It’s a standard Sakic. What kind of maintenance do you do with them? Usually, I have three (ready) for each game and then two backups. I always tape the same way from heel, a little inside the heel, tape the toe and then always black tape on the blade.

Apparel When you’re getting dressed for a game, do you have any special routine or pattern you follow? You know what? I don’t. I’m not a big superstition guy or anything like that. What number did you wear growing up? Nine. Nine was always the number. I was always a big Red Wings fan. So, I mean, I wasn’t old enough to watch HoWE Gordie Howe play, but obviously I knew he wore No. 9 so that could have played a part. What is one of your favorite hockey sweaters, other than your own? Always liked the Wings’. The one that I love is the (Chicago) Blackhawks. They’re just ... the logo’s cool and I just think they’re pretty sweet. If the team is going on a road trip to play, do you like to have anything besides hockey equipment with you for the trip? iPad. iPad for movies and stuff. Obviously, my cell phone, too, but iPad is key. I usually download a lot of movies to get me through the road trips.

Terms to know Blade hollow: the radius of the cut on the bottom of a skate blade by the sharpening machine. A deeper hollow means the skate will have more bite on the ice. Flex rating: the amount of force, in pounds, required to bend the stick shaft 1 inch. In other words, a measure of the stick’s flexibility. — Tyler PiccoTTi


FRIDAY at Providence, 7:05

FEB. 11 at Providence, 3:05

FEB. 16 at Rochester, 7:05

FEB. 17 UTICA, 7:05

FEB. 18 at Lehigh Valley, 5:05

FEB. 23 ROCKFORD, 7:05

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WVC piCks the super BoWl For the 12th consecutive season, The Citizens’ Voice asked WVC athletes, coaches, officials and athletic directors for their Super Bowl predictions.

Miranda Bohn, Nanticoke Area softball: Eagles 21, Patriots 17 Martin Cryan, Holy Redeemer golf: Patriots 24, Eagles 13 Mitchell Martin, Berwick cross country/track: Patriots 31, Eagles 3 Nate O’Donnell, Lake-Lehman football/ basketball: Eagles 37, Patriots 31 (OT) Tony Khalife, assistant football coach Coughlin: Eagles 34, Patriots 24 Connor Richards, North Pocono volleyball: Patriots 24, Eagles 17 Patrick Nelson, Wyoming Area football/ track: Patriots 24, Eagles 13 Chris Pinkowski, Holy Redeemer football: Eagles 35, Patriots 31 Matt Wrubel, Nanticoke Area football/ track: Patriots 26, Eagles 20 Mikayla Andrzejewski, GAR basketball: Patriots 24, Eagles 7 Vincent Todd, Coughlin football/track: Eagles 31, Patriots 24 J.P. Aquilina, Holy Redeemer athletic director: Eagles 33, Patriots 3 John Krzywicki, Northwest football/ baseball: Patriots 35, Eagles 25 Julian Sperazza, Meyers baseball: Eagles 31, Patriots 24 Paul Wiedlich Jr, GAR football coach: Patriots 27, Eagles 13 Aiden Wiedlich, GAR football off field operations manager: Eagles 38, Patriots 35 Aaron Bennett, Coughlin basketball: Patriots 33, Eagles 14 Mike Namey, Meyers athletic director: Patriots 27, Eagles 21 Corry Hanson, Meyers junior high athletic director: Patriots 34, Eagles 31 Jeremy Callahan, Wyoming Seminary golf/basketball: Patriots 24, Eagles 20 Sara Hopkins, Crestwood basketball: Eagles 34, Patriots 27 Sean Cuba, Dallas football: Eagles 28, Patriots 20 Tyler Maddock, Wyoming Seminary basketball/golf: Eagles 20, Patriots 17 Nick Prociak, Holy Redeemer basketball: Eagles 35, Patriots 27 Adam Bukavich, Northwest football/ baseball: Eagles 27, Patriots 20 Ray Bierbach, Northwest assistant football coach: Patriots 34, Eagles 32 Chris Gray, Hanover Area basketball coach: Patriots 27, Eagles 20 Jim Casey, Dallas assistant baseball coach: Eagles 30, Patriots 24 Mike Zapotoski, Hanover Area baseball coach: Patriots 24, Eagles 13 C.J. Kersey, Wyoming Seminary basketball coach: Eagles 31, Patriots 21 Dani McGrane, Coughlin soccer/swim/ track: Eagles 27, Patriots 24 Mike Brennan, Hazleton Area football coach: Eagles 27, Patriots 24 Collin Cook, Holy Redeemer basketball/baseball: Patriots 35, Eagles 24 Rick Notari, Old Forge assistant basketball coach: Eagles 37, Patriots 33 Maura McCormick, Holy Redeemer field hockey coach: Eagles 31, Patriots 17 Jessica Shaver, Valley West basketball/ soccer: Eagles 34, Patriots 29 Scott Fertal, Lake-Lehman assistant football coach: Patriots 31, Eagles 23 Eric Jeffries, Nanticoke Area football: Patriots 24, Eagles 17 Trek Brodginski, Hanover Area football/ volleyball: Eagles 28, Patriots 24 Chris Holmes, Holy Redeemer track/ cross country: Eagles 24, Patriots 21 Adam Detwiler, Valley West soccer: Eagles 27, Patriots 23 Ezio Valeri, Berwick swimming: Eagles 21, Patriots 14 Connor Mikovitch, Valley West football: Eagles 45, Patriots 43 Tiffany Michalek, Valley West soccer: Eagles 35, Patriots 32 Dominic Alunni, Valley West football: Patriots 31, Eagles 20 Maggie Rittenhouse, Valley West soccer: Eagles 28, Patriots 21 Jake Packer, Valley West baseball: Eagles 31, Patriots 28 J.J. White, Valley West wrestling: Patriots 35, Eagles 14 Billy Elko, Valley West ice hockey: Eagles 24, Patriots 21 Madison Woods, Valley West field hockey: Eagles 28, Patriots 24 Madeline Lanning, Berwick basketball/ softball: Eagles 28, Patriots 14 Joey Burridge, Valley West volleyball: Eagles 24, Patriots 17 Nick Bazadona, Valley West soccer: Eagles 31, Patriots 28 Ken Kashatus, Dallas baseball coach: Eagles 28, Patriots 24 Brayden Reigel, Berwick track/cross country: Eagles 17, Patriots 14 Jack Baranski, Valley West baseball scorekeeper: Eagles 27, Patriots 19 Chad Lojewski, Wyoming Area basketball coach: Patriots 28, Eagles 20 Addison Orzel, Wyoming Area basketball: Patriots 35, Eagles 17 Kristi Skok, Wyoming Area basketball: Patriots 35, Eagles 28 Kelly Carroll, Wyoming Area basketball: Patriots 42, Eagles 28 Sarah Holweg, Wyoming Area basketball: Patriots 42, Eagles 14 John Kotsko, Crestwood baseball scorekeeper: Patriots 27, Eagles 14 Brian McDermott, Lake-Lehman assistant football coach: Patriots 24, Eagles 21 Nick Barbieri, Pittston Area football coach: Patriots 24, Eagles 21 Kathy Healey, Pittston Area basketball coach: Patriots 24, Eagles 21 Ann Marie Webb, Pittston Area girls PA announcer: Eagles 26, Patriots 24 Nino Cinti Sr., Coughlin assistant football coach: Patriots 31, Eagles 23 Josh Lydon, Dallas baseball: Patriots


The Vince Lombardi Trophy is seen between Patriots and Eagles helmets. 38, Eagles 34 Michael Anderson, Dallas football/ baseball: Patriots 31, Eagles 24 Calvin Polachek, Dallas baseball: Patriots 31, Eagles 14 Darren Kerdesky, Dallas baseball: Eagles 24, Patriots 21 Kaitlyn Brennan, Holy Redeemer soccer, Patriots 28, Eagles 23 Joe Gavio, Hazleton Area basketball coach: Patriots 29, Eagles 27 Ciro Cinti, Coughlin football coach: Eagles 19, Patriots 17 Ron Musto, former Wyoming Area baseball coach: Patriots 38, Eagles 27 Nate Maransky, Dallas football/soccer: Patriots 31, Eagles 17 Janssen Wilborn, Meyers football: Patriots 35, Eagles 17 A.J. Yelland, GAR assistant football coach: Patriots 28, Eagles 27 Simon Peter, GAR baseball/basketball: Eagles 30, Patriots 27 Simon Peter, GAR athletic director: Eagles 20, Patriots 17 Justin Stefanowicz, Hanover Area football/baseball: Patriots 42, Eagles 36 Matt Wotherspoon, former Citizens’ Voice intern/pitcher in Orioles organization: Patriots 31, Eagles 24 Nick Kocher, Dallas baseball/basketball: Eagles 38, Patriots 34 Joe Giunta, Dallas ATC: Patriots 27, Eagles 17 Kenny Macko, Meyers football/baseball: Patriots 24, Eagles 17 James Cunard, Hanover Area baseball: Patriots 31, Eagles 17 PJ Angeli, Wyoming Area football/basketball/baseball: Patriots 24, Eagles 17 Walter Coles, Pittston Area football: Patriots 35, Eagles 21 Ryan Prohaska, Valley West football: Patriots 27, Eagles 16 Brendan Woods, Valley West football: Patriots 27, Eagles 16 Connor Quaglia, Hanover Area football/ baseball: Patriots 35, Eagles 31 Pete Moses, Wyoming Area basketball coach: Patriots 31, Eagles 13 Joe Yudichak, Nanticoke Area baseball coach: Eagles 27, Patriots 24 Kevin Ward, Nanticoke Area assistant baseball coach: Patriots 28, Eagles 17 John Ivan, Nanticoke Area assistant baseball coach: Eagles 24, Patriots 21 Pat Heffron, Nanticoke Area assistant baseball coach: Eagles 28, Patriots 24 Derek Kurkowski, Nanticoke Area baseball: Patriots 24, Eagles 21 Kris Rynkiewicz, Nanticoke Area baseball: Eagles 35, Patriots 28 Evan Stecco, Nanticoke Area baseball: Patriots 28, Eagles 17 Kris Seiwell, Nanticoke Area baseball: Eagles 28, Patriots 23 Chris Ormes, Nanticoke Area baseball: Eagles 36, Patriots 25 Derek Cease, Nanticoke Area baseball: Eagles 30, Patriots 21 Steve Sokol, Nanticoke Area baseball: Eagles 10, Patriots 6 Tyler Pokrinchak, Nanticoke Area baseball: Patriots 35, Eagles 26 Jared Balliet, Nanticoke Area baseball: Eagles 30, Patriots 28 Devland Heffron, Nanticoke Area baseball: Eagles 31, Patriots 24 Paul Zaffuto, Pittston Area baseball coach: Patriots 28, Eagles 21 Joe Reno, Tunkhannock basketball coach: Patriots 35, Eagles 31 Amanda Golden, Tunkhannock assistant basketball coach: Patriots 35, Eagles 15 Rani Shrivastiva, Tunkhannock basketball: Eagles 28, Patriots 21 Becca Avery, Tunkhannock basketball: Eagles 40, Patriots 7 Kassidy Shirtz, Tunkhannock basketball: Eagles 40, Patriots 14 Elizabeth DeMarco, Tunkhannock basketball: Eagles 27, Patriots 24 Annalise Verbeek, Tunkhannock basketball: Patriots 49, Eagles 21 Adaka Flores, Tunkhannock basketball: Eagles 21, Patriots 14 Courtney Yuhas, Tunkhannock basketball: Eagles 42, Patriots 28 Kassie LaChase, Tunkhannock basketball: Eagles 33, Patriots 27 Megan Keiser, Tunkhannock basketball: Eagles 34, Patriots 27 Ashli Kenia, Tunkhannock basketball: Patriots 30, Eagles 21

Emily Martin, Tunkhannock basketball: Eagles 30, Patriots 21 Anna Brown, Tunkhannock basketball: Patriots 21, Eagles 7 Sadie Trochak, Tunkhannock basketball: Patriots 28, Eagles 24 Kelly Barber, Tunkhannock basketball: Patriots 28, Eagles 27 Sam Generotti, Tunkhannock basketball: Patriots 34, Eagles 28 Jessica Ell, Tunkhannock basketball: Patriots 38, Eagles 17 Abby Ritz, Tunkhannock basketball: Eagles 49, Patriots 21 Mikayla Sigafoos, Tunkhannock basketball: Patriots 24, Eagles 17 Matthew Cinti, Coughlin football communications/hydration coordinator: Eagles 28, Patriots 24 Steven Finarelli, Dallas basketball: Patriots 30, Eagles 20 Ryan Maffei, Meyers football: Patriots 28, Eagles 24 Derek Answini, Holy Redeemer golf/ basketball: Patriots 27, Eagles 24 Jake Adonizio, Holy Redeemer basketball: Eagles 30, Patriots 24 DJ Erickson, Hanover Area wrestling: Patriots 31, Eagles 14 Matt Lukachinsky, Hanover Area soccer coach: Patriots 27, Eagles 17 Tony Caladie, Crestwood baseball coach: Patriots 27, Eagles 21 Michael Horvath, Meyers football: Eagles 27, Patriots 24 Lon Hazlet, Northwest football coach: Patriots 28, Eagles 17 Connor Hazlet, Northwest football/ baseball: Patriots 31, Eagles 20 Jim Anderson, Wyoming Seminary football coach: Patriots 24, Eagles 20 Fred Barletta, Hazleton Area athletic director: Patriots 24, Eagles 17 Colby Butczynski, Nanticoke Area football/basketball/baseball: Patriots 28, Eagles 17 Jervone Young, Coughlin football: Patriots 21, Eagles 14 Carlo Mercadante, Meyers ATC: Eagles 27, Patriots 17 Gino Cara, Hazleton Area baseball coach: Patriots 28, Eagles 17 Dwayne Downing, Holy Redeemer football coach: Patriots 24, Eagles 21 Ron Bruza, Nanticoke Area football coach: Eagles 28, Patriots 17 Gary Ferenchick, Valley West basketball coach: Eagles 41, Patriots 10 Jim Smicherko, Valley West assistant basketball coach: Eagles 24, Patriots 21 Bob Raitter, Valley West assistant basketball coach: Eagles 34, Patriots 31 Grace Giza, Valley West basketball: Eagles 42, Patriots 36 Lindsey Gruver, Valley West basketball: Eagles 31, Patriots 28 Toni Amato, Valley West basketball: Eagles 28, Patriots 3 Andi Blaski, Valley West basketball: Eagles 31, Patriots 17 Nicole Boutanos, Valley West basketball: Patriots 27, Eagles 17 Katie Rincavage, Valley West basketball: Eagles 35, Patriots 28 Aubrey Boyd, Valley West basketball: Eagles 26, Patriots 23 Kylee Laudenslager, Valley West basketball: Patriots 32, Eagles 28 Kara Mackiewicz, Valley West basketball: Eagles 24, Patriots 23 Chloe Inniss, Valley West basketball: Eagles 35, Patriots 25 Gabriella Williams, Valley West basketball: Patriots 37, Eagles 32 Karaline Stelma, Valley West basketball: Eagles 26, Patriots 15 Megan Brody, Valley West basketball: Patriots 35, Eagles 21 Charles Crews, Williamsport football coach: Eagles 31, Patriots 17 Joe Flanagan, MMI basketball coach: Patriots 31, Eagles 21 Joe Stella, Pittston Area baseball: Eagles 35, Patriots 27 Chris Parker, Hanover Area basketball coach: Patriots 28, Eagles 23 John Quinn III, Coughlin basketball coach: Patriots 21, Eagles 17 Pat Keating, Valley West football coach: Eagles 30, Patriots 24 Russ Davis, Hanover Area athletic director: Eagles 27, Patriots 21 Trey Borger, Lake-Lehman football: Eagles 31, Patriots 24 Ed Grant, Nanticoke Area assistant

basketball coach: Patriots 41, Eagles 17 Joe Gallamo, GAR football play charter: Eagles 30, Patriots 10 Rich Jones, Valley West basketball coach: Eagles 38, Patriots 24 Paul Guido, Holy Redeemer basketball coach: Patriots 24, Eagles 14 Kyle Paul, GAR baseball/assistant football coach: Eagles 27, Patriots 24 Emily Bagley, Valley West swim/cheer: Patriots 32, Eagles 26 Aubry Bakewell, Valley West soccer: Patriots 36, Eagles 23 Chloe Chipego, Valley West soccer: Patriots 21, Eagles 14 Ethan Gaugler, Valley West baseball: Eagles 24, Patriots 21 Chris Hannagan, Valley West football: Patriots 24, Eagles 21 Hailey Fixle, Valley West volleyball: Eagles 24, Patriots 20 Sara Good, Valley West field hockey: Patriots 36, Eagles 24 Leah Payne, Valley West softball/volleyball: Patriots 36, Eagles 28 Alyssa Pisano, Valley West soccer/ track: Patriots 39, Eagles 31 Landon Serbin, Valley West soccer: Patriots 46, Eagles 27 Bill Phillips, Berwick basketball coach: Eagles 24, Patriots 21 Jim McGovern, Lake-Lehman superintendent/Connor McGovern’s dad: Eagles 33, Patriots 28 Chris Ritsick, Holy Redeemer baseball coach: Patriots 26, Eagles 23 Rich Mannello, Dallas football coach: Patriots 21, Eagles 17 Buzzy Sincavage, Lake-Lehman baseball coach: Eagles 27, Patriots 14 Jonathan Stochla, Valley West football: Patriots 31, Eagles 30 Anthony Severns, Valley West baseball: Eagles 35, Patriots 28 Jeff Shook, Lake-Lehman athletic director: Patriots 31, Eagles 30 John Kashatus, assistant Dallas baseball coach: Eagles 29, Patriots 18 Mike McCree, Hanover Area football coach: Patriots 27, Eagles 24 Matt Skrepenak, Meyers baseball coach: Eagles 35, Patriots 10 Mike Lavin, retired GAR assistant baseball coach: Eagles 42, Patriots 13 Randy Spencer, Wyoming Area football coach: Patriots 24, Eagles 20 Jerry Gilsky, Lake-Lehman football coach: Eagles 31, Patriots 28 Alan Yendrzeiwski, Nanticoke Area basketball coach: Patriots 49, Eagles 3 Moe Rodzinak, Coughlin baseball coach: Eagles 21, Patriots 17 Jeff Labatch, Meyers football coach: Patriots 35, Eagles 24 Sandy Mackay, Valley West athletic director: Patriots 24, Eagles 13 Brian Pinterich, Berwick baseball coach: Patriots 23, Eagles 20 Pat Toole, Meyers basketball coach: Eagles 32, Patriots 25 Mark Atherton, Crestwood basketball coach: Eagles 26, Patriots 24 Teagan Wilk, Berwick football: Patriots 31, Eagles 24 Joe Pizano, Wyoming Area athletic director: Eagles 28, Patriots 24 Joey Noss, Northwest baseball: Eagles 31, Patriots 27 Adam Tranowski, Northwest baseball: Patriots 31, Eagles 17 Curtis Gregory, Northwest baseball: Patriots 31, Eagles 10 Joey Ridley, Northwest baseball: Patriots 31, Eagles 24 Brandon Hardiman, Northwest baseball: Patriots 28, Eagles 24 Adam Bukavich, Northwest baseball: Eagles 27, Patriots 21 John Countermen, Northwest baseball: Eagles 31, Patriots 28 Lou DiPasquale, Northwest baseball coach: Eagles 24, Patriots 17 Dustin Babcock, Northwest basketball coach: Patriots 38, Eagles 28 The Next Level indoor baseball facility: Eagles 21, Patriots 16 Mike Mully, Lake-Lehman junior high football coach: Patriots 24, Eagles 17 C.J. Rome, Wyoming Area baseball: Eagles 27, Patriots 24 Daniel Wiedl, Wyoming Area baseball/ basketball: Eagles 31, Patriots 26 Kennadi Josefowicz, Valley West soccer/hockey: Patriots 31, Eagles 24 Daymond Kovaly, Lake-Lehman track:

Patriots 34, Eagles 21 Brian Miller, Pittston Area basketball: Eagles 24, Patriots 17 Jack Nolan, Meyers soccer coach: Eagles 31, Patriots 24 Jack Bonczewski, PIAA basketball official: Patriots 27, Eagles 20 Greg Myers, Crestwood football coach: Eagles 28, Patriots 27 Avery Nape, Valley West tennis: Eagles 27, Patriots 21 Alec Ryncavage, Valley West tennis: Eagles 26, Patriots 24 Kevin Grodzki, Valley West soccer: Eagles 20, Patriots 17 Dave White, Valley West wrestling: Patriots 28, Eagles 21 Jaylon Bronson, Valley West wrestling: Patriots 35, Eagles 14 Jake Shusta, Valley West football: Patriots 24, Eagles 17 Scott Miner, Northwest basketball coach: Eagles 27, Patriots 24 Nate Baranski, Valley West baseball: Eagles 27, Patriots 24 Joseph Gibbons, Valley West hockey: Patriots 14, Eagles 10 Izzy Muldowney, Valley West cheerleader: Patriots 34, Eagles 28 Josh Sanfilippo, Valley West soccer: Eagles 21, Patriots 20 Chris Stoodley, Valley West soccer: Eagles 37, Patriots 34 Dylan Brown, Valley West football: Eagles 21, Patriots 14 Carson Canavan, Valley West football: Eagles 24, Patriots 21 Jakob Razvillas, Valley West golf: Patriots 48, Eagles 7 Stephen Banas, Valley West baseball: Eagles 27, Patriots 24 Jason Sedeski, Valley West soccer: Patriots 24, Eagles 21 David Krokowski, Valley West wrestling: Patriots 28, Eagles 21 Justin Hargrave, Valley West wrestling: Patriots 30, Eagles 24 Eric Lawson, Valley West hockey: Patriots 31, Eagles 24 Danny Gibbons, Valley West basketball: Patriots 28, Eagles 17 Patrick Adamski, Valley West baseball: Eagles 28, Patriots 24 Joe Sagliocca, Meyers assistant baseball coach: Patriots 35, Eagles 3 Draig Cooley-Ruff, Valley West basketball: Patriots 35, Eagles 24 Max Kowalski, Valley West swimming: Eagles 35, Patriots 24 Mark Belenski, Dallas basketball coach: Patriots 42, Eagles 24 Ivan Volynets, Valley West swimming: Patriots 28, Eagles 24 Dave Wildey, Valley West football: Patriots 36, Eagles 33 Zach Davies, Valley West football: Patriots 24, Eagles 17 Rob Dwyer, Valley West football: Patriots 31, Eagles 20 Anabel Gifoli, Valley West tennis: Eagles 27, Patriots 20 Jared Zawatski, Valley West swimming: Eagles 30, Patriots 20 Kaylee Seitz, Valley West soccer: Patriots 36, Eagles 24 Emily Rowe, Valley West color guard: Eagles 35, Patriots 21 Rebecca Frey, Valley West water polo/ swimming: Eagles 24, Patriots 16 Elayna Grymko, Valley West cheerleading: Patriots 28, Eagles 21 Rebecca Roche, Valley West volleyball: Patriots 36, Eagles 21 Christian Michak, Valley West baseball/basketball: Patriots 28, Eagles 14 Garett Vought, Valley West baseball: Patriots 42, Eagles 24 Ben Dubasuas, Valley West baseball: Eagles 35, Patriots 17 Brandon Littman, Valley West baseball: Eagles 28, Patriots 10 Karlee Peters, Valley West volleyball/ basketball: Patriots 31, Eagles 14 Megan O’Neil, Valley West soccer: Eagles 35, Patriots 21 Logan Cary, Valley West cross country: Patriots 27, Eagles 21 Cole Williams, Valley West soccer: Patriots 35, Eagles 24 Logan Bowling, Valley West baseball: Eagles 21, Patriots 12 Samantha Adamski, Valley West softball: Eagles 32, Patriots 24 Chloe Wyberski, Valley West track: Eagles 35, Patriots 24 Katie Callis, Valley West cheerleader: Patriots 28, Eagles 21 Claire Capin, Valley West tennis: Patriots 36, Eagles 24 Connor Rosencrans, Valley West diving: Eagles 31, Patriots 24 Sydney Bruno, Valley West swimming: Patriots 45, Eagles 34 Madison Presto, Valley West soccer: Patriots 30, Eagles 24 Nick Mirigliani, Valley West track: Patriots 28, Eagles 14 Mason Mendygral, Valley West basketball: Patriots 30, Eagles 28 Alexis Schweizer, Valley West cheerleader: Patriots 30, Eagles 24 Mike Shortz, Valley West football: Eagles 31, Patriots 28 Destiny Taylor, Valley West cheerleader: Eagles 27, Patriots 24 Nino Cinti Jr., Coughlin football/wrestling: Patriots 24, Eagles 10 Rich Musinski, Wyoming Area assistant football coach: Patriots 34, Eagles 17 Francisco Mendoza, Crestwood baseball: Patriots 24, Eagles 21 Chuck Suppon, PIAA football/basketball official: Eagles 24, Patriots 17 John Jezorwski, Holy Redeemer basketball coach: Patriots 28, Eagles 24 Don Flynn, assistant Crestwood football coach: Patriots 27, Eagles 17

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Patriots QB Brady gets 3rd MVP nod Gurley, Donald are offensive, defensive players of the year. By BARRy WILNER AssociAted Press

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Linebacker Ray Lewis was named AP Defensive Player of the Year twice and chosen as part of the eight-man class for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

THE ELITE EIGHT Lewis, Moss, Owens headline newest Canton selections. By JOSH DUBOW AssociAted Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher terrorized opposing offenses from the middle of the field. Randy Moss and Terrell Owens did the same to defenses on the outside. The two hard-hitting linebackers and two big-play receivers highlighted an eight-person class voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Safety Brian Dawkins also received at least 80 percent support from the 47 Hall of Fame voters, along with contributor Bobby Beathard and senior nominees Jerry Kramer and Robert Brazile. But the biggest stars of the class are the two linebackers who made it on their first tries, and the pair of lightning-rod receiver who sometimes caused as many problems for their own teams as for the opposition. Moss also made it on his first try, while Owens needed to wait for his third year on the ballot to get enough support. “I’ve been going a long time. And now I can finally rest,” Lewis said. “I want to go fishing with a cigar now and just sit back. I don’t want to work out every day now.” Moss and Owens each played for five teams in their careers as they often wore out their welcome with their inability to get along with teammates and coaches at times. But at their best, there were few players ever able to strike fear in defenses as much as Moss and Owens, who were both all-decade selections for the 2000s. “The door knocked and I started getting excited,” Moss said of Hall of Fame President David Baker alerting him he has been elected. “All the emotions caught the best of me because it’s been a long journey and it ends in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Tears of joy.” Moss burst on the scene as a rookie in Minnesota in 1998 when he caught a leagueleading 17 TD catches and helped lead the Vikings to the NFC title game. His combination of speed and athleticism made him the game’s most dangerous big-play threat and led to the phrase “You got Mossed” for embarrassed defensive backs.

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Former safety Brian Dawkins, top, and wide receiver Terrell Owens were voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

HALL OF FAME He led the NFL in TD catches five times, including his record 23 for New England in 2007, and earned four All-Pro selections. He finished his career with 982 catches for 15,292 yards and ranks second all-time with 156 TD receptions. Owens, who didn’t attend the announcement, entered the league as a third-round pick by San Francisco in 1996 but developed into a star known for some memorable playoff appearances, including his winning 25-yard TD catch to beat Green Bay in 1999; his 177 yards in a comeback win against the Giants in 2003; and his nine catches for 122 yards in the 2004 Super Bowl against New England just seven weeks after breaking his leg. Owens ranks second to Jerry Rice with 15,934 yards receiving and is third on the all-time touchdowns receiving list with 153. Lewis is widely considered one of the greatest middle

linebackers, winning two AP Defensive Player of the Year awards and earning eight All-Pro selections. He anchored a dominant defense for the 2000 Baltimore Ravens in a season that ended with him winning Super Bowl MVP, then retired as a champion after Baltimore closed his last season with a title win over San Francisco in February 2013. “Growing up as a child, I know what that looked like, Mike Singletary, Dick Butkus,” Lewis said. “Who dreams of being in that category, sitting with those guys?” Lewis joined tackle Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens voted into the Hall of Fame as both of the team’s first-round picks in its initial season of 1996 received the high honor. Lewis’ career was also marked by legal problems off the field. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice after

initially being charged with murder in connection with two killings following a Super Bowl party in Atlanta in January 2000. Lewis was also fined $250,000 by the NFL. Urlacher wasn’t far behind Lewis with his play on the field and is the latest in a line of great Chicago middle linebackers to make the Hall, joining Butkus, Singletary and Bill George. He was the Defensive Player of the Year of 2005 and joined Lewis on the 2000s all-decade team. Dawkins spent most of his 16-year career in Philadelphia, earning five first-team All-Pro selections for his versatility that included 37 career interceptions and 26 career sacks. He became the first player in NFL history with a sack, interception, fumble recovery and touchdown catch in the same game against Houston in 2002. Kramer got passed over 10 times previously as a finalist before finally getting enough votes as a senior to become the 14th member of the Vince Lombardi Packers to make the Hall. Kramer helped anchor the Green Bay line for 11 seasons, winning six NFL titles and making the block that cleared the way for Bart Starr’s TD sneak in the “Ice Bowl” for the 1967 NFL championship. Brazile was a finalist for the first time after a 10-year career for the Houston Oilers that included five straight All-Pro selections. Beathard, also not on hand Saturday, helped build four Super Bowl champions in Miami and Washington and made seven trips to the title game during more than three decades as a personnel executive with a sharp eye for talent. Five offensive linemen were among the 15 finalists, with tackle Joe Jacoby getting eliminated in voting that reduced the candidates to 10, and tackle Tony Boselli, guards Alan Faneca and Steve Hutchinson, and center Kevin Mawae getting cut in the next round of voting. Cornerback Ty Law also made it to the final 10 in his second time on the ballot. Defensive backs John Lynch and Everson Walls, receiver Isaac Bruce and running back Edgerrin James were the other candidates eliminated in the first cuts. “I’m glad I didn’t have to vote for this class,” Urlacher said. “It’s a great class.”

MINNEAPOLIS — For the third time, Tom Brady is the NFL’s Most Valuable Player. Now he goes for his sixth Super Bowl title, and perhaps with it a fifth MVP trophy for the NFL championship. Brady added The Associated Press 2017 NFL MVP award Saturday night at NFL Honors to his wins in 2007 and 2010. The New England Patriots quarterback was joined as an honoree by three Los Angeles Rams: Coach of the Year Sean McVay, Offensive Player of the Year running back Todd Gurley and Defensive Player of the Year tackle Aaron Donald. Other winners in voting by a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league were Los Angeles Chargers receiver Keenan Allen as Comeback Player; New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara and cornerback Marshon Lattimore as top offensive and defensive rookies, respectively; and former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, now head coach of the New York Giants, as Assistant Coach of the Year. Brady is the second the player in the four major professional sports to win MVP at age 40; Barry Bonds won baseball’s award in 2004. Wide receiver Julian Edelman, who missed the entire season with a knee injury, accepted for Brady. “Thanks, thanks. Wait up. I literally just found out I was doing this like 20 minutes ago. So, I’ve got to read the text,” Edelman said. “No, but I’m joking. But serious, Tom said he wanted to say he’s very honored and humbled that he gets this award for MVP. Also, he wanted to thank his team-

NFL HONORS mates, his friends, his family and the Patriots organization for going out and doing what they do.” Brady competed 385 of 581 passes (66.2 percent) for 4,577 yards and 32 touchdowns with eight interceptions as New England went 13-3 for the AFC’s best record. At an age when many QBs are deep into retirement, Brady is throwing deep — and short — as well as ever. Donald was the first pure defensive tackle to win the award since Warren Sapp in 1999. He said it means “everything. That’s one of the best to ever do it. So, even for my name to be next to that guy’s name is beyond a blessing. This is what you dream about as a kid, dreaming about playing in the NFL to have success like this, to be able to (play good enough) to win this trophy.” Gurley’s sensational tur naround season in which he ran for 13 touchdowns and caught six TD passes sparked an equally impressive reversal of fortunes by his team, which won the NFC West at 11-5. “The Saints got the rookies and we took home the offensive and defensive” player awards,” Gurley noted. “It just tells you the type of players we have on the team. We all help each other out, absolutely. We have some talent, but we’re nothing without the whole nine yards and everybody together. And we also have a coach who’s up for Coach of the Year.” A little while later, McVay was handed the coaching award. In his first season running a team and as the youngest head coach in NFL history, McVay led the Rams to a seven-game improvement. McVay, who turned 32 on Jan. 24, ran away with the voting with 35 votes to 11 for Minnesota’s Mike Zimmer.

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Rams running back Todd Gurley also won the FedEx Ground award at the NFL Honors event.


Jackson: ‘I will not’ perform Janet Jackson wants to make it crystal clear: She will not be joining Justin Timberlake during this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. The pop icon said in a statement “to put to rest any speculation or rumors” as to whether she will be performing at the Super Bowl between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots in Minnesota today: “I will not.” She thanked her fans for their support and said she looks forward to seeing them very soon. Timberlake is returning to the halftime show 14

years after a wardrobe malfunction with Jackson caused a national controversy.


Companies get grants from NFL Three companies received $50,000 grants for winning the NFL’s annual Super Bowl startup competition designed to spur novel advancements in athlete safety and performance. Denver-based Impressio, Inc., RecoverX of Mountain View, California, and Toronto-based won the grants Saturday in a competition run by the NFL, Comcast NBCUniversal and Mayo Clinic. — AssociAted Press

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EaglEs vs. Patriots

When the NFL Network airs the 30-minute recap of this Super Bowl one day, it might as well be titled, “Pats & ’Dogs.” Super Bowl 52 pits the big, bad Patriots — seeking their third ring in four seasons and sixth during the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era — against the “everyone-counted-us-out” Eagles, eyeing that elusive Lombardi Trophy. Both are No. 1 seeds, but without Carson Wentz, most everyone didn’t give Nick Foles & Co. a chance to make it here. The Eagles were so overlooked that they were a home underdog in both playoff games. They fed off that, sporting dog masks after the divisional-round win over the Falcons, and then chased the Vikings’ top-ranked defense out of the building in a 38-7 thumping in the NFC title game. New England will be Philadelphia’s toughest test yet, but the Eagles are a live underdog in this rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX. Here are the reasons why the Eagles are the right play with the points, and why they’ll also bring home that first Super Bowl title.

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Series record Eagles lead 7-6 Last meeting Eagles beat Patriots 35-28, Dec. 6, 2015

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Points (O/U) Underdog Today Super Bowl LII Minneapolis, MN Patriots 4.5 (48.5) Eagles Money Line: Patriots -$200 vs. Eagles +$170. 1st half line: Patriots -2. 1st half total: Over/under 24.0. Patriots total points: Over/under 27.0. Eagles total points: Over/under 21.0. Patriots total points 1st half: Over/under 13.5. Eagles total points 1st half: Over/under 10.5. Shortest TD: Over/under 1.5 yards. Longest TD: Over/under 46.5 yards. Shortest FG: Over/under 25.5 yards. Longest FG: Over/under 48.5 yards. Total TDs: Over/under 5.5 INTs. Total INTs: Over/under 1.5 INTs. Total FGs: Over/under 3.5 FGs. Total sacks: Over/under 4.5 sacks. Total punts: Over/under 8.5 sacks. Total fumbles lost: Over/under 1.5 lost. Total 1st downs: Over/under 42.5 1st downs. Total kickoffs: Over/under 11.5 kickoffs. Total net yards: Over/under 732.5 net yards. How long will it take Pink to sing the National Anthem: Over/under 2:00. Coin toss: Heads -$110 vs. tails -$110. Will the game go into overtime: No -$800 vs. yes +$550. Will there be a safety: No -$700 vs. yes +$500. Total passing yards for Tom Brady: Over/under 290.5 yards Total completions for Tom Brady: Over/under 26.5 completions Total pass attempts for Tom Brady: Over/under 39.5 attempts Total TD passes for Tom Brady: Over/under 2.5 TDs Longest completion for Tom Brady: Over/under 40.5 yards Total passing yards for Nick Foles: Over/under 271.5 yards Total completions for Nick Foles: Over/under 23.5 completions Total pass attempts for Nick Foles: Over/under 34.5 attempts Total TD passes for Nick Foles: Over/under 1.5 TDs Longest completion for Nick Foles: Over/under 37.5 yards First scoring play Patriots touchdown 3/2 Eagles touchdown 5/2 Patriots field goal 3/1 Eagles field goal 4/1 Patriots safety 50/1 Eagles safety 50/1 First score of the game Touchdown 1/2 Field goal 3/2 Any other score 40/1 First drive result Offensive touchdown 3/1 Field goal attempt 5/1 Punt 4/5 Any other 6/1 Total TDs Over TDs Under 1/2 4.5 3/2 6/5 5.5 2/3 2/1 6.5 1/3 Total FGs Over FGs Under 1/3 2.5 2/1 4/5 3.5 4/5 2/1 4.5 1/3 Highest scoring quarter 2nd quarter 2/1 4th quarter 2/1 3rd quarter 9/2 1st quarter 5/1 Odds to win the SUPER BOWL MVP Player Odds~ Tom Brady 1/2 Nick Foles 3/1 Dion Lewis 12/1 Jay Ajayi 15/1 Rob Gronkowski 15/1 Zach Ertz 20/1 Brandin Cooks 20/1 Danny Amendola 25/1 Fletcher Cox 30/1 Alshon Jeffery 30/1 James White 40/1 Rex Burkhead 50/1 LeGarrette Blount 50/1 Nelson Agholor 50/1 Chris Hogan 60/1 Stephen Gostkowski 75/1 Malcolm Butler 100/1 Odds to score the first TD Player Odds~ Rob Gronkowski 6/1 Dion Lewis 8/1 Zach Ertz 9/1 Brandin Cooks 10/1 Jay Ajayi 10/1 James White 12/1 Rex Burkhead 12/1 Danny Amendola 12/1 LeGarrette Blount 15/1 Chris Hogan 15/1 Alshon Jeffery 15/1 Nelson Agholor 20/1 Torrey Smith 25/1 Tom Brady 40/1 Nick Foles 75/1 Exact number of TDs TDs Odds O 150/1 1/2 15/1 3/4 4/1 5 3/1 6 3/1 7 4/1 8 5/1 9 15/1 10 20/1 11 or more 25/1 Exact number of FGs FGs Odds O 10/1 1 6/1 2 4/1 3 3/1 4 3/1 5 9/2 6 8/1 7 15/1 8 30/1 9 or more 50/1 How many yards is the first touchdown of the game Distance Odds 0 yards 35/1 1-7 yards 7/5 8-15 yards 4/1 16-25 yards 9/2 26-39 yards 5/1 40-59 yards 8/1 60-79 yards 12/1 80-95 yards 15/1 96 yards or more 15/1 No touchdown 75/1


Eagles’ Zach Ertz catches a pass in front of Vikings’ Andrew Sendejo during the NFC championship game.


When the Eagles have the ball

The Patriots must be wary of a balanced offense that tore apart Minnesota, which has a better overall defense than does New England. Forget about Nick Foles (9) being a backup quarterback; his postseason performances, particularly in the NFC title game, have been strong. Foles will try to get TE Zach Ertz (86) involved early; he was unstoppable against the Vikings. Indeed, the Eagles have three tight ends they are comfortable going to, including Brent Celek (87) and Trey Burton (88). That places an onus on safeties Devin McCourty (32), as reliable as any player at that position in the league, and Patrick Chung (23). Philadelphia’s wideouts supposedly were a weakness heading into the season. Not quite. Alshon Jeffery (17) is a clear No. 1 target with excellent hands and the ability to get open all over the field. That frees up vastly improved Nelson Agholor (13) and veteran Torrey Smith (82). They will challenge the Patriots’ solid cornerbacks, Malcolm Butler (21) and Stephon Gilmore (24). New England’s defensive backs will need a bolstered pass rush, something the Patriots manufacture with a variety of players, from Trey Flowers (98) to Geneo Grissom (96) to Lawrence Guy (93) to rookie Adam Butler (70) to the rejuvenated LB James Harrison (92). Philly is most staunch at center with Jason Kelce (62) and right tackle with Lane Johnson (65), both All-Pros. One thing the Eagles are sure to try to keep New England’s offense on the sideline is getting Jay Ajayi (36), former Patriot LeGarrette Blount (29) and rookie Corey Clement (30) some open space for runs. New England LB Kyle Van Noy (53) figures to have a busy day unless Philly falls behind.

When the Patriots have the ball Tom Brady (12) has won five Super Bowls, four times as game MVP. Never mind that he is 40, he’s playing as if he’s in his prime — hey, he might be — and will test Philadelphia’s versatile defense from the out-

Phlight plan The key to this Super Bowl is going to be Doug Pederson’s play-calling. Expect the Eagles coach to attack, attack, attack a bend-but-don’t-break Patriots defense. New England (9-5-2 ATS) allowed the fifth fewest points per game in the NFL at 18.5, but gave up the fourthmost yards (366). Philly (10-51 ATS) will have its red-zone chances and will need to capitalize to win.

Home-field advantage?


Patriots’ Stephen Gostkowski kicks a field goal during the AFC championship against the Jaguars. set. Oddly, while Brady led the NFL with 4,577 passing yards, no QB who paced the NFL in that category has won the Super Bowl in that season, going 0-5. Brady couldn’t do it, and the others were Peyton Manning, Rich Gannon, Kurt Warner and Dan Marino. It’s essential that the Eagles get in Brady’s face throughout. That means DLs Fletcher Cox (91), the best defensive player in this postseason, Brandon Graham (55), rookie Derek Barnett (96) and former Patriot Chris Long (56) must apply pressure. That’s doable but not easy against an offensive line without any stars, but with plenty of skill. LT Nate Solder (77) and C David Andrews (60) are the key guys up front. Philly must be alert not only for all of Brady’s targets — WRs Brandin Cooks (14), Danny Amendola (80), Chris Hogan (15), RBs James White (28) and Dion Lewis (33) — but for Lewis and White in the running game. Both are shifty and flexible and have Brady’s trust. The Eagles’ secondary, often criticized for its inconsistency, has gotten very stingy in the playoffs. Of course, CBs Ronald Darby (41), Jalen Mills (31) and Patrick Robinson (21) haven’t faced this kind of offense. Perhaps most critical among all matchups is whether All-Pro TE Rob Gronkowski (87) has fully recovered

from a concussion. His confrontations with veteran S Malcolm Jenkins (27) could be telling.

Special Teams Patriots K Stephen Gostkowski (3) rebounded from a rough 2016 to have a strong season. He made 37 out of 40 field goals in the regular season, going 4 for 4 on kicks of 50 or more yards. He is one of the league’s most clutch kickers and is third in career postseason points in NFL history. Lewis is the only player in this game to have returned a kickoff for a touchdown this season. He ranked fourth in the NFL with 24.8 yards per return. Amendola is also a threat on punt returns. He averaged 8.6 yards per return during the regular season, including a long of 40 yards, and had a big one against Jacksonville in the AFC title game. Philadelphia’s Jake Elliott (4) set a postseason club record with a 53-yard field goal and has longer range than Gostkowski. But he is less reliable on extra points, having missed four. P Donnie Jones (8) ranked 17th in net average and Kenjon Barner (38) filled in nicely after Darren Sproles was injured. Barner’s best punt return went for 76 yards. Coverage units are solid despite losing special-teams captain Chris Maragos.

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES n The Patriots beat the Eagles 24-21 in Super Bowl 39 to conclude 2004 season. This will be the sixth Super Bowl rematch in NFL history. In the last three rematches, team that won the first game also won the second game. n This is the third Super Bowl in which each team ranked in the top five in both points scored and fewest points allowed. Eagles were third in points scored (28.6 points per game) and fourth in points allowed (18.4). Patriots

In the history of the Super Bowl, favorites are 27-22-2 against the spread (ATS), courtesy of But underdogs have ruled lately, going 5-1 over the last six games, 8-2 over the last 10 and 12-4 over the last 16. The underdog has won the Super Bowl outright in five of the last six years and seven of 10. The Eagles have relished their ’dog role this postseason, going 2-0 ATS and you have to believe that will carry over on the game’s biggest stage. Underdogs are 8-1-1 ATS this postseason.

ranked second in points scored (28.6) and fifth in points allowed (18.5). n The Eagles are 0-2 in the Super Bowl. They haven’t won an NFL title since 1960. Philadelphia has seven players on the active roster who’ve won the Super Bowl. n Eagles QB Nick Foles is 72 of 96 (75 percent) for 793 yards, five touchdowns, zero interceptions and 116.3 rating in three playoff games. His rating is the highest in postseason history, minimum 90 attempts.

n Foles and Joe Montana are the only two QBs with consecutive playoff games completing 75 percent of passes. n The Patriots are appearing in the Super Bowl for the 10th time. They are 5-4. With a sixth ring, New England would tie Pittsburgh for most in the Super Bowl era. n The Patriots can become the ninth team in NFL history to repeat as Super Bowl champions and first since they won backto-back titles in the 2003

and 2004 seasons. n Brady led the NFL with 4,577 yards passing this season. No player to lead the NFL in passing yards has won the Super Bowl in that season (0-5). Brady, Peyton Manning, Rich Gannon, Kurt Warner and Dan Marino all lost in the Super Bowl after leading league. n With a victory, Bill Belichick would pass Vince Lombardi and tie George Halas and Curly Lambeau for the most NFL championships by a coach in league history. — associatEd PREss

The Vikings’ loss will be the Eagles’ gain — again. Expect Eagles fans to flock into Minneapolis and give Philly a home-field feel. Think about it: This is the Eagles’ first Super Bowl since 2005, and you have to think the team’s passionate fan base will far outnumber a Patriots contingent that is used to being in the big game.

Pats’ history All Belichick and Brady do is play close Super Bowls. The greatest coach-QB duo in NFL history are 5-2 but only 3-4 ATS. Sorry Pats fans, but let’s face it: If not for boneheaded coaching decisions by the Seahawks and Falcons their last two trips, those records would be 3-4 and 1-6 ATS.

Eagles’ fine line The Big Blueprint is there to beat Brady in the Super Bowl: Get after him! The Giants did it to perfection in Super Bowl XLII, sacking him five times. The Eagles’ defensive line has a number of playmakers who could deliver haymakers. Look for defensive tackle Fletcher Cox to control the middle while edge rushers Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett and Chris Long wreak havoc. The Eagles have the pass rush to rattle Brady and collapse the pocket. Philly allowed the fourth fewest points (18.4) and yards (306.5) this season, and has been exceptional in the playoffs, holding Atlanta and Minnesota to a combined 17 points. So there you have it. One of the golden rules of picking NFL games against the spread is that when you think an underdog has a chance to win the game, you scoop up those points as fast as Rocky ran up those steps. That’s the case here. Expect Pederson to pick up where he left off in the first two playoff games with a perfect game plan as the Eagles score first. Brady will be Brady in what should be a back-andforth game that will be decided by a late field goal. In the end, though, Jake Elliott will do his best Adam Vinatieri and kick the Eagles to their first Super Bowl title. Call it Eagles 30, Patriots 27. The pick: Eagles — JoE ManniEllo, nEWsday

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e got cut cut, and half a year later, that still sting gs Matt McGloin. This is not a feeling bo orne of ill-will, for sure. It’s nott the lingering frustration of a quarterback who felt he was w wronged, the thoughtss of a player angered thatt he had to spend a full seaso on flying from tryout to tryo out, looking for a job that would keep him in tthe Nationa al Football Lea ague practiccally on a weeek-toweek k basis. N No, it still stiings a bit because he developed tthe sense tha at this group p would be worth being around. Tha at the competition at a quarterback would m make him better. That the coaching staff guid ding him had a strong plan for h his success and the team’s. That deeep down, he felt the 2017-18 Philadelph hia Eagles’ story would end wheen it turns out it will. Today. With them represen nting the NFC in Super Bowl LII a against the vaunted New England P g Patriots. The former Penn State and West

Scranton standout spent most of the summer in an Eagles uniform, working the preseason as starter Carson Wentz’s backup while veteran Nick Foles battled a shoulder issue. He was among the Eagles’ final cuts, but looking back, McGloin knows the most painful part lies in how good a chance these Eagles had to become champions. “Obviously, from the first days of OTAs and minicamp, you saw the type of talent that was on that team,” McGloin said. “I obviously worked with the offensive staff as a quarterback, and you saw what type of talent and experience they had at the coaching position ... the energy they brought and the type of intelligence they had when it came to the game of football. The rest of that staff was put together really well. You knew there was a lot of talent there, because you saw it in training camp. And hey, it’s the NFL; if everybody can stay healthy, and you have talent like the Eagles do, you can make a run. “And, they did.” Did they ever. An argument can be made that there isn’t anybody outside of the Eagles’ locker room at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis today who knows this team better than McGloin, who had to fully understand head coach Doug Pederson’s offense to compete for that backup spot during camp. Even though the Eagles were clearly the NFC’s best team before the dynamic Wentz tore the ACL and LCL in his left knee in a December 10 win over the Rams, McGloin said he didn’t consider the fact that Foles would have to step in to be a


big detriment to the Eagles’ soaring offense. “It’s unfortunate Carson went down,” McGloin said, “because being around that guy every day, seeing the way he worked, and how good he was physically and mentally, just off the charts for a young guy. But seeing the way Nick prepared and how smart Nick was, there was no doubt he was going to be able to lead that team.” McGloinsaidheandFolesbecame friends,andheconcededthattheattributesPedersonlikedaboutFoles—the traitsthatlandedhimaspotonthe teameventhoughhewasn’tabletoparticipateinnearlyasmanyrepsincamp asMcGloindidduringcamp—turned outtobeexactlytheonestheEagles neededatacriticaltimeintheseason. First, Foles knew Pederson and was comfortable enough in the system to know that he didn’t have to win games, just manage them. Second, he had played in Philadelphia before this season, from 2012-2014. “He knows how to play the quarterback position.,” McGloin said. “I know that’s said often, but being a quarterback, he knows what to do in certain situations. I’ve been impressed with what he has been able to do.” Of course, as so many NFC teams have learned over the last 15 years, it’s not just about what they do well

once the Super Bowl kicks off. It’s also about what the Patriots decide they will take away. McGloin knows this well-enough first-hand. Early in the 2014 season, when he was a backup with the Oakland Raiders, the Raiders had to prepare to play the Patriots in Foxboro. That week, he learned what it was like to prepare for a game against a team coached by Bill Belichick, who not only has the reputation as being football’s best gameplanner from the media, but opposing coaches, too. “New England game plans better than anybody I’ve ever seen,” McGloin said. “You talk about matchups and exploiting defenses? Well, nobody does that better than they do. They just find your weakness and go after it every play.” McGloin said he doesn’t want to offer a prediction on what might happen today, for obvious reasons. But he did say there is one thing fans should watch for from the Eagles tonight, one battle within the game they have to win, or else New England will raise the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the sixth time. “It may be an easy answer, but it’s the correct answer: Every game you play New England, or any game New England plays in, if you can get turnovers, you have a chance of winning,” he said. “If you don’t get turnovers, you just are not going to win, because they just don’t lose if they win the turnover battle. That’s the way it is.” DONNIE COLLINS is a Times-Shamrock sports columnist. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @DonnieCollinsTT.

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What has been lacking in Philadelphia simply is a world championship. The lack of a world championship has given Eagles fans so much angst. They can say Dallas sucks as loud as they can. They can boo the Redskins as much as they want and feel they are better than the Giants. They will always be second fiddle when it comes to bragging rights in the division when they don’t have that Lombardi. There are a lot of good sub plots. You have the (Nick) Foles angle. The quarterback that comes in and wins a championship for his team.

dog? You better go out and play. If you are like the Panthers vs. the Broncos and you are the underdog in the game, that is different. This is Philadelphia. We are like the doormat of the division and we want a championship. This isn’t like giving out a runner-up trophy. This is a city that is ready to climb up Crisco-greased polls and burn a bonfire in the middle of Broad Street.

have to do to attack the New England defense?

A: If you look at Blake Bortles and what they did in the first half, it was be productive on first or second down. Like Brian Billick said, if you go into the lion’s den, you are not bringing a water pistol, you are bringing a club or a big old gun. Be as aggressive as you can. You know the lion is hungry and ready to eat. The Eagles have to be Q: If you are Nick Foles, aggressive and don’t back what is Saturday night and down. this morning like?

A: Everybody has their Q: What is the one phase own routine. Everybody pro- of the game no one is talking cesses gameday differently. about that they will be talkOne factor is keep your rou- ing about on Monday? Q: Tom Brady’s hand: tine, don’t change it up. serious issue or just someA: The role of special thing to talk about leading up teams. I think people get to the game? Q: Did anybody really caught up in the big picexpect the Eagles to keep rolling ture. Ultimately, what it A: Brady’s hand is a non- onceCarsonWentzwentdown? comes down to for the Patriissue. It’s in the rear view ots is the kicks they have A: Yes and no. I think made in clutch situations. mirror. Did you see what he did to the Jacksonville Jag- they had the opportunity Look at Philadelphia and uars? That dude flat out where they would be able to their kick game, outdoors it carved up the Jacksonville do some level of winning. has been money. If they do defense in an outdoor enviTorrey Smith was on the their job correctly they are ronment. Now he is going to Ravens in the 2012 champion- going to be able to make it be playing indoors. ship season and he and I happen. became good friends. I had a chance to speak with him and Q: How do the Eagles cov- I was telling him they are on a Q: Who has the potential er Rob Gronkowski? roll and to keep it up. I got the to have the biggest impact in sense as we were talking that the game? A : I don’t know, I’m this is a unique team. The stumped. In all the years chemistry is so tight even A: The obvious one is Bill doing this, I said Seattle can when Carson (Wentz) went Belichick. You don’t realize just do this and they can’t stop down and (Darren) Sproles how incredibly brilliant this him. In my opinion, I don’t went down. When all the inju- man is when it comes to game think you can devise or put ries started to occur, they had planning in a variety of ways. together some scheme to the mindset that this is such a slow down the Brady-to- tight-knit team, the next-guyQ: OK. You’ve struggled Gronk connection. up mentality would not be a The only thing that stops stretch or a cliche, and they with this one over the years. that is Gronk and Brady. can handle it. They are here. Who do you like and why? They are just an incredibly A: Man, I have sucked at difficult matchup. You put Q: The Eagles wide receiv- this. In picking, I have gone a linebacker on him and he will run right by him. Put a ers or the Patriots secondary, with the fan mentality the last few years and it has not safety on him, and he will who has the edge and why? gone well. overpower him. If it’s a A: Tough one. The second- If I do jinx it this time I’m corner, you just laugh and he still gets great separa- ary is the strength of the going to be happy. tion. Patriots defense this year. I’m going with the PatriUsually, it is the defensive ots. I hope we see a great celfront that is the strength. Pat- ebration, an awesome, safe Q: How much does play- rick Chung is an underrated celebration for the Philadeling the underdog role, as the safety. He is by far the best, phia Eagles fanbase. Eagles are, play a factor? complete safety I have seen I’m going to say New Engin the last two to three years. land 27-17, and this is the one A: It’s cute for the week of He gets little credit. Malcolm time I hope I’m wrong. NFC championship and may- Butler and the rest of the be the divisional round. It crew are no joke, either. Contact the writer:; doesn’t matter much in the 570-821-2062; Super Bowl. This is it. Who Q: What do the Eagles @CVSteveBennett on Twitter cares if you are the under-


Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, center, talks to his players during a game.

Munchak leaning toward Philadelphia for victory By SCOtt WALSh STAFF wRITER

G r o w i n g u p, M i k e Munchak wasn’t a Philadelphia Eagles fan; he rooted for the Green Bay Packers. But because of his Pennsylvania ties, the Scranton native and Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach is leaning toward the Eagles today in Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots. “There’s a bit of a local flavor there,” Munchak said. “I have a lot of family and friends who are Eagles fans. My brother-in-law is an Eagles season ticket holder. Plus, I know Jim Schwartz, the Eagles defensive coordinator, real well. “They’ve lost a lot this year (to injury) and they’re still playing well. They haven’t let it affect them. I think this is their year.” Pittsburgh did not play the Eagles this season. But Munchak is quite familiar with the Patriots since the Steelers have played them four times in the last three seasons, including last year’s AFC Championship Game, which the Patriots won, 36-17. New England also prevailed when the teams met Dec. 17, 27-24, after a goahead touchdown by the Steelers with 28 seconds left was overturned by replay. If the Eagles are to be successful today, Munchak said they will have to earn it.

“The Patriots always find a way to win,” Munchak said. “You have to give them credit. They do a great job year after year of adjusting to the changes in the league. They don’t make mistakes. Rarely do they beat themselves. They make you have to beat them.” Of course, a big reason for that is Tom Brady. “You know he’s going to be at his best and hang in there, even when things aren’ t looking good,” Munchak said. “You can’t frustrate him enough. Last year’s Super Bowl against Atlanta, this year against Jacksonville (in the AFC Championship Game). Even our game against them, they came back and beat us. They find ways to win.” H o w e v e r, M u n c h a k believes the Eagles defense has what it takes to disrupt the quarterback. “They have the ability to pressure him like the Giants did in the two Super Bowls they won,” Munchak said. “They can get after him with four guys.” To counter that, Munchak believes New England will try to frustrate the Eagles’ pass rush by playing fast. “They won’t allow the Eagles rush to influence the game early,” Munchak said. “They’ll run a hurryup of fense with quick throws and screens. That neutralizes teams like Philadelphia so they can’t

tee off on the quarterback. “Then later, Brady will pick his spots to take shots down the field.” As for the Eagles offensive line, Munchak is impressed with the strength and confidence with which the unit is playing. Since he feels the Patriots defense will try to do everything possible to confuse quarterback Nick Foles to force him into making mistakes, Munchak said the Eagles offense must be patient. “Don’t do anything out of character. Be willing to stick with what you run and take what the Patriots give them,” Munchak said. “They have to be patient for four quarters and not try to force anything.” At the same time, he said the Eagles need to stay aggressive for all four quarters. The Falcons in last year’s Super Bowl and the Jaguars this year found that out the hard way. “They need to go after it and make good decisions,” Munchak said. “These are two evenly matched teams, so it’s going to come down to who makes less mistakes and big plays. I think it would be great and exciting for this area if Philadelphia was to win.” Contact the writer:; 570-348-9100 ext. 5109; @swalshTT on Twitter

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Longer halftime forces teams, players to adjust By JOSH DUBOW ASSOCIATED PRESS




BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Halftimes in the NFL are typicallya12-minutesprint.Players rush back to the locker room, maybe take a bathroom break, get a few words of advice from their coaches and head back out for the second half. That pacing completely changes at the Super Bowl when the elaborate halftime

shows lead to a 30-minute break that leads to more time for adjustments, distractions and the need to stay loose. “You have to waste time,” said Philadelphia receiver Torrey Smith, who played in the 2013 game with Baltimore. “There’s only so much you can really do. We have a plan to stay warm and things to stay active.” Eagles coach Doug Pederson

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issoawareof thechangethathe even staged a 30-minute break during practice on Wednesday to get his players acclimated to theraredowntime. The second part of practice was not nearly as crisp, which Pederson hopes will be a lesson for his players on how to handle it today against the more experienced Patriots. “That’s why I did the break, to put us in that situation. Now we understand it,” he said. “It was a very teachable moment for our guys, our coaches and how to prepare for the second half of a football game.” Smith said after the adjustments that are made, players might spend the time listening to music, watching film on their iPads or even playing games on their phones. Players might even be able to hear Justin Timberlake’s halftime show in the background as the fans enjoy a concert while the players get ready for the final 30 minutes of the biggest game of their lives. “You’re so focused that you don’tworryaboutallthat,”said Eagles linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who also played on the Ravens in the Super Bowl. “But we did want to see Beyonce.” Former Colts receiver Reggie Wayne remembers listening to Prince perform in 2007 in Miami, thinking he’d love to be able to watch if he didn’t have a football game to focus on. Three years later when Indianapolis played New Orleans, Wayne believes the long halftime played a role in the Saints’ victory. New Orleans started the second half with a surprise onside kick and took its first lead of the game on a TD pass from Drew Brees to Pierre Thomas. “It can take the air out of the balloon of the winning team,” Wayne said.

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No cure for Patriot fatigue, so savor the greatness


atriot fatigue is a national affliction. Outside of New England, we’ve all become a bit nauseated at the sight of these guys in the Super Bowl year after monotonous year, a numbing, inevitable exercise that’s transformed America’s greatest sporting event into nothing more a quaint backyard game hosted by Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Since there is no known cure, the hardcore football faithful might want to mimic those who tune in today for nothing more than the commercials and Justin Timberlake’s halftime show — and tune out before the end of the game, thereby avoiding any chance of coming down with another Patriots’ celebration. But true fans, please — if only for a moment — appreciate what is happening here. This is undoubtedly the greatest dynasty in NFL history, a team that long ago raced past Lombardi’s Packers and Pittsburgh’s Steel Curtain and Montana’s 49ers. No one has come close to maintaining such a level of excellence for the better part of two decades, so it seems downright reasonable to proclaim, without a hint of hesitation, that we’ll never see their likes again. Don’t limit it to football, either. The Patriots very well could be the greatest dynasty of them all, in any sport. Sure, we’ll get objections from the New York Yankees and the Boston Celtics and the Montreal Canadiens, but many of their titles came in a totally different era, before expansion

2001, just days after the horror of 9/11, when Brady took over as quarterback for longPAUL time starter Drew Bledsoe, NEWBERRY who went down with an injuCommentary ry after signing a 10-year contract extension. With their unheralded, and free-agency and salary sixth-round draft pick leadcaps and longer playoff ing the way, the Patriots grinds, all of which were sup- went on to capture the first posed to ensure more parity. of what has grown to five Those rules apply to every- Super Bowl titles. one else. But, in a sense, those Not the Patriots. crowns are merely the top“I think everyone in the pers on an enormous cake. league sort of envies their sucMore impressive in our cess to some extent, and righteyes are the 17 straight winfully so,” said Philadelphia ning seasons, only one with Eagles coach Doug Pederson, fewer than 10 victories. More whose team will try to take impressive are the 15 AFC down the Patriots this time East championships, includaround. “They’ve been there, ing the current run of nine done that many times, and in a row. More impressive that’s something that every oth- are the 12 appearances — er team would love to have.” and eight triumphs — in the Those who focus solely on AFC championship game. this Groundhog Day-like More impressive is staying moment miss the bigger pic- on top with an ever-changing ture. cast of characters, accumuIt all began way back in lated through all manner of

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signings, trades and lateround draft picks. Ever changing, that is, except for Belichick’s singularly focused coaching genius and the 40-year-old Brady’s age-defying excellence on the field. For those looking for a respite, don’t count on it anytime soon. Even that scathing ESPN article, which alleged a major rift between Belichick and Brady (and was quickly denied by all), sounded a bit like wishful thinking. Asked if he’s thought about how long he wants to coach, Belichick gave a typical response. “My focus is on Sunday,” the 65-year-old droned. “That’s my window right now.” Brady was downright defiant about his desire to keep playing. “Why does everyone want me to retire so bad?” he said. “I don’t get it. I’m having fun. The team’s doing good. I know I’m a little bit older

than most of the other guys, but I’m really enjoying it.” Of course, there are those who say the Patriots cheated their way to the top, and there’s no denying they claimed a monopoly on “gates” with accusations of spying on opponents and deflating footballs.

Paul Newberry is a columnist for The Associated Press.


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Johnson scores 39, leads GAR to victory Staff report

WVC BOYS BASKETBALL At Berwick, Will Johnson scored a season-high 39 Nanticoke Area (57) N. Kreitzer 7 2-2 19, T. Krupinski 8 1-2 17, Comets hold on for a victory. points and Anthony Hawk J. Krupinski 4 1-1 11, D. Szychowski 3 2-2 9, followed with 20 points to C. Butczynski 0 1-2 1, B. Fontaine 0 0-0 0, C. Logan Booth led Pittston Brown 0 0-0 A. Kozlofski 0 0-0 0, T. Rush- Area with 10 points. help GAR win, 66-56, over the ton 0 0-0 0, J.0,Chernowsky 0 0-0 0, J. Fox III Pittston Area (43) Bulldogs in WVC boys bas- 0 0-0 0, L. Myers 0 0-0 0, Totals 22 7-9 57. L. Booth 3 3-3 10, N. Guillauame 1 7-8 9, Meyers 14 8 9 6—37 T. Tigue 1 2-4 5, M. McGlynn 2 0-0 5, A. ketball. Nanticoke Area 16 23 5 13—57 Krawczyk 2 0-0 4, S. Leak 1 0-0 3, B. Higgins Alec Markle scored 21 3-point goals: J. Buckner (Mey) 3, K. 0 3-4 3, S. Stevens 1 0-0 2, M. George 0 2-4 (Mey) 3, C. Walker (Mey) 1, N. 2, A. Penxa 0 0-0 0, K. Woodruff 0 0-0 0, points for Berwick, while Brewster Kreitzer (NA) 3, J. Krupinski (NA) 2, D. Szy- Totals 11 17-23 43. Ken Marshman had nine of chowski (NA) 1. Crestwood (52) M. Palmiero 6 2-2 15, K. Klusewitz 2 4-6 his 18 points in a third-quarWyoming Area 68 9, C. Boris 3 3-7 9, E. Knapp 3 2-2 8, R. ter comeback attempt. Petrosky 3 0-0 6, S. Murphy 2 0-1 5, A. Tunkhannock 51 Gegaris 0 0-0 0, F. Casarella 0 0-0 0, Totals

GAR (66) W. Johnson 14 6-8 39, A. Hawk 5 10-12 20, K. White 1 0-0 2, J. O’Day 1 0-0 2, T. Young 0 2-2 2, M. Burney 0 1-2 1, S. Peter 0 0-0 0, Totals 21 19-24 66. Berwick (56) A. Markle 8 3-4 21, K. Marshman 6 2-2 18, D. Beckhorn 3 0-1 7, D. Knorr 2 0-0 5, K. Tanribilir 1 0-1 2, B. Cleaver 0 1-2 1, J. Groshek 0 0-0 0, M. McMillan 0 0-0 0, C. Hanson 0 0-0 0, J. Norce 0 0-0 0, Totals 20 6-10 54. GAR 14 24 16 12—66 Berwick 11 13 24 8—56 3-point goals: W. Johnson (GAR) 5, K. Marshman (Ber) 4, A. Markle (Ber) 2, D. Knorr (Ber) 1, D. Beckhorn (Ber) 1.

Dallas Valley West

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11-18 52. At Tunkhannock, Kyre 19 Pittston Area 4 12 15 12—43 Zielinski started off hot with Crestwood 9 13 17 13—52 goals: L. Booth (PA) 2, S. Leak 10 points in the first quarter (PA)3-point 1, T. Tigue (PA) 1, M. McGlynn (PA) 1, S. and finished with 21, leading Murphy (Crest) 1, M. Palmiero (Crest) 1, K. Klusewitz (Crest) 1. Wyoming Area to the win. Tyler Faux’s 21 points led Holy Redeemer 66 Tunkhannock. MMI Prep 42 Wyoming Area (68) K. Zielinski 9 3-5 21, S. Greenfield 7 4-4 19, M. Wright 4 4-4 12, A. Zezza 3 4-4 11, D. Melberger 1 0-0 3, J. Greenfield 1 0-0 2, C. Coolbaugh 0 0-0 0, N. Rubino 0 0-0 0, D. Wiedl 0 0-0 0, D. DeLuca 0 0-0 0, A. Gonzalez 0 0-0 0, Totals 25 15-17 68. Tunkhannock (51) T. Faux 7 2-2 21, S. Harder 6 1-4 14, E. Turner 2 2-2 6, M. Goodwin 1 1-2 4, A. Billings 2 0-0 4, J. Chilson 1 0-0 2, R. Harder 0 0-0 0, C. Wright 0 0-0 0, E. Bennett 0 0-0 0, Totals 19 6-10 51. Wyoming Area 17 15 16 20—68 Tunkhannock 11 11 10 19—51 3-point goals: S. Greenfield (WA) 1, D. Melberger (WA) 1, A. Zezza (WA) 1, T. Faux (Tunk) 5, S. Harder (Tunk) 1, M. Goodwin (Tunk) 1.

At Valley West, Joey Parsons scored 22 points, while Matt Mathers added 13 and Nick Kocher 11 to lead Dallas. Draig Ruff had 24 points for Valley West. Mason Mendygral scored 17 for the Spar- Hazleton Area tans. Coughlin

Dallas (60) J. Parsons 9 2-2 22, M. Mathers 5 3-4 13, N. Kocher 4 0-1 11, J. Bittner 2 4-10 8, B. O’Connell 1 1-4 3, J. Farrell 1 0-0 3, L. DelGaudio 0 0-0 0, B. Strickland 0 0-0 0, Totals 22 10-21 60. Valley West (49) D. Ruff 8 5-7 24, M. Mendygral 6 0-0 17, S. Solomon 1 0-0 3, J. Simpson 1 0-0 3, D. Rhodes 1 0-0 2, A. Sinkewicz 0 0-0 0, D. Gibbons 0 0-0 0, Totals 17 5-7 49. Dallas 13 12 18 17—60 Valley West 13 11 11 14—49 3-point goals: N. Kocher (Dal) 3, J. Parsons (Dal) 2, J. Farrell (Dal) 1, M. Mendygral (WVW) 5, D. Ruff (WVW) 3, S. Solomon (WVW) 1, J. Simpson (WVW) 1.

Nanticoke Area Meyers

57 37

69 30

MMI Prep (42) M. Marchetti 6 0-0 15, K. Hoover 5 0-0 15, G. Palermo 3 0-0 6, M. Kassick 1 3-5 5, D. Antolick 0 1-4 1, R. Rinaldi 0 0-0 0, M. Danchinson 0 0-0 0, M. Badamo 0 0-0 0, J. Debellis 0 0-0 0, Totals 15 4-9 42. Holy Redeemer (66) D. Answini 6 1-2 16, C. Cook 5 4-4 15, J. Turosky 6 1-3 13, J. Judge 3 3-4 9, S. Wills 2 2-2 6, T. Ell 2 0-0 5, B. Yencha 1 0-0 2, D. Dougherty 0 0-0 0, G. Claherty 0 0-0 0, C. Banas 0 0-0 0, J. Andrejko 0 0-0 0, J. Diggs 0 0-0 0, J. Kester 0 0-0 0, Totals 25 11-15 66. MMI Prep 13 6 12 11—42 Holy Redeemer 15 14 20 17—66 3-point goals: K. Hoover (MMI) 5, M. Marchetti (MMI) 3, D. Answini (HR) 3, C. Cook (HR) 1, T. Ell (HR) 1.

At Coughlin, Jeffrey Planutis led a balanced Hazleton Area attack with 20 poins in the easy victory. Tony Egidio had a teamhigh nine points for the CruHanover Area saders. Lake-Lehman Hazleton Area (69) J. Planutis 8 2-2 20, D. Faison 4 1-2 9, A. Otero 2 3-6 7, J. Samec 3 1-1 7, K. Franek 3 1-1 6, J. Moronta 2 0-0 6, S. Shamany 2 1-1 5, N. Norman 1 2-2 4, R. Melendez 2 0-0 4, . Seigendall 0 1-2 1, A. Vayda 0 0-0 0, R. Wolk 0 0-0 0, A. D’Angelo 0 0-0 0, Totals 27 12-17 69. Coughlin (30) T. Egidio 4 1-2 9, S. Valenzuela 4 0-0 8, A. Bennett 2 0-0 4, J. Hall 2 0-0 4, M. Egido 1 0-0 3, N. Bilal 1 0-0 2, G. Donahue 0 0-0 0, M. Senape 0 0-0 0, J. Perdomo 0 0-0 0, J. Kinlaw 0 0-0 0, Totals 14 1-2 30. Hazleton Area 18 23 12 16—69 Coughlin 8 10 8 4—30 3-point goals: J. Planutis (Haz) 2, J. Moronta (Haz) 2, K. Franek (Haz) 1, M. Egido (Cou) 1.

At Nanticoke Area, Nate Kreitzer paced the Trojans with 19 points and Trahjan Krupinski added 17 in the victory. Jawane Buckner and Kendall Brewster both had 11 for Crestwood Meyers. Pittston Area

Meyers (37) J. Buckner 3 2-2 11, K. Brewster 4 0-1 11, C. Walker 2 1-2 6, D. Kasper 2 0-0 4, K. Brewster 1 1-2 3, N. Hood 0 2-4 2, B. Masker 0 0-0 0, J. Gilgallon 0 0-0 0, T. Nilon 0 0-0 0, Totals 12 6-11 37.

At Holy Redeemer, Derek Answini, J.D. Turosky and Collin Cook all reached double figures in the victory for the Royals. Matt Marchetti and Keefer Hoover combined for 30 of MMI Prep’s points.

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At Crestwood, Mike Palmeiro reached double figures with 15 points, helping the

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At Hanover Area, Desmond Cannon had an even 20 points to lead the Hawkeyes to the victory. Cj Cercone had 10 points for Lake-Lehman.

Hanover Area (70) D. Cannon 7 0-0 20, T. Thomas 5 3-4 14, E. Materna 5 0-0 12, A. Whitehead 3 0-0 7, M. Piscotty 2 3-4 7, S. Wright 2 2-2 6, D. Senk 0 2-2 2, T. Bednarski 1 0-0 2, A. George 0 0-1 0, Totals 25 10-13 70. Lake-Lehman (41) C. Cercone 5 0-0 10, M. Paczewski 3 2-2 9, D. Kutz 3 2-2 9, S. Sabaluski 2 1-2 5, N. Salus 1 2-4 4, B. Morio 1 0-0 2, D. Thompson 1 0-0 2, Totals 16 7-10 41. Hanover Area 18 21 9 22—70 Lake-Lehman 11 6 9 15—41 3-point goals: D. Cannon (HA) 6, E. Materna (HA) 2, A. Whitehead (HA) 1, T. Thomas (HA) 1, M. Paczewski (LL) 1, D. Kutz (LL) 1.

Nanticoke Area, Valley West split victories in pool Staff report

At Valley West, Caitlin Lehman, Deanna Wadzin, Julia Fritz and Kaleigh Klein all won individual events as the Nanticoke Area girls swam to a victory in WVC competition on Friday. Alba Trillo Izquierdo was a double winner for Valley West (200 IM, 100 free). In boys competition, Josh Zawatski had two freestyle victories to lead the Spartans to victory. Girls: Nanticoke Area 104, Valley West 73 200 medley relay: 1. Valley West (Hebda, Tienken, Trillo Izquierdo, Klass) 2:14.29; 2. Valley West; 3. Nanticoke Area. 200 free: 1. Sydney Bruno-Beck

WVC SWIMMINg (VW) 2:24.97; 2. Deanna Wadzin (NA); 3. Stephanie Sepko (VW). 200 IM: 1. Alba Trillo Izquierdo (VW) 2:40.42; 2. Kaleigh Klein (NA); 3. Kalliyah Lloyd (NA). 50 free: 1. Caitlin Lehman (NA) 28.42; 2. Victoria Ortiz (NA); 3. Alexis Schweitzer (VW). Diving: 1. Aria De Silva (VW) 167.50 points. 100 fly: 1. Lily Hebda (VW) 1:32.89; 2. Kendra Jollimore (VW); 3. Michelle Chalarca (NA). 100 free: 1. Alba Trillo Izquierdo (VW) 1:04.31; 2. Caitlin Lehman (NA); 3. Stephanie Sepko (VW). 500 free: 1. Deanna Wadzin (NA) 6:06.33; 2. Sydney Bruno-Beck (VW); 3. Natalia Levandowski (NA). 200 free: 1. Nanticoke Area (Ortiz, Lloyd, Levandowski, Klein) 2:05.74; 2. Valley West; 3. Nanticoke Area. 100 back: 1. Julia Fritz (NA) 1:19.81; 2. Taylor Bartle (NA); 3. Lily Hebda (VW). 100 breast: 1. Kaleigh Klein (NA) 1:25.90; 2. Kalliyah Lloyd (NA); 3. Brianna Mejia (NA). 400 free relay: 1. Nanticoke Area (Lehman, Ortiz, Levandowski, Wadzin) 4:32.34; 2. Valley West; 3. Valley West. Boys: Valley West 72, Nanticoke Area 67

200 medley relay: 1. Nanticoke Area (Homa, Mavus, Marcella, Cabonilas) 1:59.81. 200 free: 1. Maxim Kowalski (VW) 1:52.41; 2. James DeCosmo (VW); 3. Julian Homa (NA). 50 free: 1. Josh Zawatski (VW) 23.55; 2. Christian Mavus (NA); 3. Jeffrey DeRocco (NA). Diving: 1. Connor Rosencrans (VW) 135.35 points. 100 fly: 1. Christian Mavus (NA) 1:14.69. 100 free: 1. Josh Zawatski (VW) 53.81; 2. James DeCosmo (VW); 3. Michael Marcella (NA). 500 free: 1. Maxim Kowalski (VW) 5:14.38; 2. Hector Panecatl (NA); 3. Connor Rosencrans (VW). 200 free relay: 1. Valley West (Kowalski, DeCosomo, Zawatski, Zawatski) 1:42.60; 2. Nanticoke Area. 100 back: 1. Jared Zawatski (VW) 1:07.67; 2. Julian Homa (NA); 3. Ashton Hozempa (VW). 100 breast: 1. Jeffrey DeRocco (NA) 1:21.43. 400 free relay: 1. Valley West (Kowalski, DeCosmo, Zawatski, Zawatski) 3:52.48; 2. Nanticoke Area.

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Jarry helps Pens preserve lead in win BY MATT BUfANO Staff Writer

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — One night after Clark Donatelli earned his 100th win as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s head coach, the Penguins were eager to congratulate him Saturday night. But before the Penguins even had an opportunity to flash Donatelli’s achievement on the video board, Jean-Sebastien Dea had Donatelli on his way to win No. 101. While some of the 7,591 fans at Mohegan Sun Arena were still finding their seats, Dea struck first with a goal only 26 seconds into a 2-1 Penguins win against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The win strengthened Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s (28-12-3-1, 60 points) spot atop the AHL’s Atlantic Division over second-place Lehigh Valley (27-14-3-3, 60). “We talk about having good starts, and any time you could get a goal — especially in the first minute of the period — it gets us going and the momentum and so forth,” Donatelli said. “You can’t ask for anything more than that.” AHL all-star Daniel Sprong scored an insurance power-play goal in the first period for the Penguins, who

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAgUE also got an excellent performance out of goaltender Tristan Jarry. While standouts at the AHL level, Dea, Sprong and Jarry have appeared in 31 NHL games this season with Pittsburgh, as well. “When you come back here, you’ve got an extra jump, you’ve got some bounce in you, you feel good about it,” Donatelli said. “You’re coming out of Pittsburgh ... played very well up there, so it’s all positive meetings coming back down. It’s just more of the same; continue to keep doing that.” Dea’s opening tally was the first shot by either team Saturday night. Dea, who turns 24 on Thursday, sniped a shot from a tough angle inside the right faceoff circle and past Lehigh Valley goalie Dustin Tokarski. However, the Phantoms countered with some of their strongest play of the night. By the midway mark of the first period, Lehigh Valley was outshooting WilkesBarre/Scranton, 10-1. J a r r y b l o c ke d e a c h attempt, though, until the

Penguins’ offense came back alive at the 12:45 mark. With Lehigh Valley’s Matt Read serving a two-minute tripping penalty, Sprong’s slap shot from Ethan Prow and Greg McKegg gave the Penguins a 2-0 lead. After a scoreless second period, Lehigh Valley cut its deficit in half with former Penguin Chris Conner’s score on the power play at the 9:00 mark. The Phantoms played with constant offensive pressure down the stretch, including with 27.9 seconds left after they had pulled Tokarski. Playing with a manadvantage, Lehigh Valley sent a shot directly at Jarry, who snatched it with his glove for his 34th save of the evening. “Basically, just watching the play and trying to get over as quick as possible,” Jarry said of his final outstanding save. “I saw it hit a skate or a stick or something; I was just trying to get over there as quick as possible.” Contact the writer:; 570821-2060; @CVBufano on twitter

PENgUINS gAME REPORT penguins 2, Lehigh Valley 1 Lehigh Valley 001—1 Penguins 200—2 First period: Scoring - 1. WBS, Dea (Wilson, Summers), 0:26; 2. WBS, Sprong (Prow, McKegg), 12:53 (PP). Penalties - LV, Read, tripping 11:14; WBS, Burton, holding 15:19; LV, Myers, holding 18:59. Second period: Scoring - None. Penalties - LV, Sanheim, roughing 0:45; WBS, DiPauli, roughing and slashing 0:45; LV, Brennan, high-sticking 1:49; LV, Brennan, cross-checking 16:01; WBS, Prow, high-sticking 18:13. Third period: Scoring - 1. LV, Conner (Lindblom, Varone), 9:00 (PP). Penalties - WBS, Summers, tripping 3:34; WBS, Tinordi, delay of game 8:25. Shots on goal: LV 13-10-12 35, WBS 9-7-5 21. Goaltenders: Lehigh Valley, Dustin Tokarski (19 saves on 21 shots); WBS, Tristan Jarry (34 saves on 35 shots). Power-play opportunities: Lehigh Valley 1 for 5; WBS 1 for 5. Referees: Cameron Voss, Nick Gill, Libor Suchanek, Jason Mandroc. Attendance: 7,591.

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Auction highlights final day of GAOS BY TYLER FRANTZ CoRRESPoNDENT

HARRISBURG — There are many reasons to attend the NRA’s Great American Outdoor Show that runs through Feb. 11 at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. It is the largest consumer sports and outdoors show in the world, with approximately 1,500 exhibitors. One of the highlights is an auction that benefits youth education programs. The Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association, a professional organization of writers, artists, photographers, broadcasters, telecasters, lecturers and other persons with a common interest in outdoors communication, will once again give attendees yet another reason to return for the show’s final day. From 1 to 3 p.m. in the Erie Room above the Small Arena, POWA is sponsoring its 35th Annual Sportsman’s Auction to benefit youth educational opportunities. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised to date, and every penny has gone to educational programs that introduce youth to the outdoors. ABC 27 News Outdoors Host and POWA life member and past president Kermit Henning has served at the helm as auction chairman for most of the fundraiser’s longstanding history. “The POWA Sportsmen’s Auction truly has something for everyone,” Henning said. “ Fo r m o re t h an t h re e decades, the auction has offered a multitude of items for the sportsman — and all items are donated with no reserve. “Things like guided hunting and fishing trips to Canada and all over the states; fine art, including original art by award-winning artist Gerald Putt, other art by well-known and acclaimed artists like Ned Smith and Jack Paluh; outdoors hunting, fishing and trapping gear; archery equipment; game calls; clothing; outdoors books and DVDs and CDs; knives; firearms and so much more are typically included. “POWA members and show exhibitors generously donate most items, and one of the best highlights of the auction is a pistol donated by Kahr Arms of Greeley. I see no reason why any sportsman planning to attend the show wouldn’t make it a priority to attend this incredible auction. “To date, POWA has raised more than $400,000 — all of which has gone directly to support youth educational programs in the outdoors.” Additional information about the POWA auction and Great American Outdoor Show is available at www. greatamericanoutdoorshow. org. Contact the writer: wildlife@


While on vacation in Florida last October, Tyler Frantz found time for a side trip and was fortunate to take this 98-pound boar while bowhunting with Swine in the Pines Hog Hunting Camp, located in Starke, Fla.

Hog wild North-central Florida pig hunt an afternoon delight BY TYLER FRANTZ CoRRESPoNDENT

STARKE, Florida — Less than a month after Hurricane Ir ma rocked the Sunshine State from coast to coast, a traveling Pennsylvanian found himself in full camouflage driving a rented cherry-red subcompact from bustling Jacksonville beach to the untamed swamps of Florida’s rural interior. This bow-case-toting hunter turning heads in the oceanfront hotel lobby upon departure was yours truly, as I embarked on my very first hog hunting experience — albeit a wet one. Taking a wild boar with the bow has always been on my bucket list, so in planning an October trip to Florida, a bit of research on reputable hog operations became spart of the process. Online searches led to Swine in the Pines Hog Hunting Camp, located in north-central Florida, a little more than an hour drive southwest from where my wife and I would be staying. Co-owned and operated by military veterans Mark Richards and Jeff Gies, who both served as shooting instructors for the Navy, the camp holds feral hog removal certi-

For more information Those attending the outdoor show in Harrisburg can book a hunt in person. Hunters can get more information by calling, Swine in the Pines at 904-613-6586, visiting swineinthepines. com emailing fications to help rid local landowners of the increasingly problematic pests. Their camp features mixed pineand-oak forests, swamp bottoms, saw palmetto, oak scrub fields and Southern magnolia thickets, making it ideal hog habitat. Since hogs are invasive to Florida and their hunts take place on private property, a hunting license is not required — even for non-residents. This piqued my interest so I gave them a call, and Richards was more than accommodating of my requests to fit in an archery hunt on a Sunday afternoon. His willingness to let me film the hunt, and if successful, ship the meat back to my home in Pennsyl-


Great American Outdoor Show: Today through Feb. 11 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. Visit greatamericanoutdoorshow. org for more information. Eastern Chapter of Wild Sheep Foundation Hunting and Outdoor Expo: Feb. 1618 at Lancaster County Convention Center. For more information, visit Cabin Fever Expo: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 17 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 18

shoeing 1 p.m. Saturday. Registration required. For more information, call John Jakoby at 570-474-5884. LUZERNE COUNTY Winter birding in Canada: Hike: Susquehanna TrailSandy Goodwin and several ers Hiking Club will do a other GWVAS members will moderate 7-mile hike at talk about their trip to CanaGouldsboro State Park toda 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at Trinity day. Meet at the Park & Presbyterian Church in DalRide on 315 in Dupont at 10:45 a.m. Bring lunch and las. For more information, water. For more information, call Craig Yarrish at 570call Diane Buscarini at 570- 479-0400. 842-2230. To get your event in the Snowshoeing: Nescopeck WildLife notebook, email it to State Park will host

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vania sealed the deal. I booked the hunt on the spot. I arrived at hog camp around 3 p.m., just in time to shoot a handful of practice arrows from their elevated shooting platform before a passing thunderstorm grounded us to the safety of their pole barn. Waiting out the rain for the next hour, Richards, Gies and guide Ryan Branco briefed me on what to expect once the weather broke. First and foremost, Richards informed me of the safety precautions necessary for walking around the swamps of Florida, such as watching your step for venomous snakes, keeping alert for boars that could charge at any time and trying not to place one’s hand on any trees that could lead to lethal scorpion or spider bites. All of these were soothing reassurances to a firsttime pig hunter. Then, Gies explained the importance of shot placement — complete with a diagram of hog anatomy to ensure I understood exactly where an arrow needed to go for a vital shot. He also told me what to look for in field-judging hogs on the hoof, and as I wanted a good-eating meat

boar, he suggested I try to take a pig in the 60- to 120-pound range. Anything larger and the meat could have a strong flavor, he advised. This being my first baited hunt, I didn’t quite know what to expect when Richards ran the feeder, but as he explained prior to the hunt, it is necessary for pulling feral hogs out of their secluded wallows during daylight hours. I trusted the men who do this for a living, and in short order, a few pigs trickled in from the brush to hit the feed. In what seemed like no time at all, the place was overtaken by a variety of foreign invaders. Jetblack Piney Wood Rooters, shaggyhaired Russians, spotted piglets, swollen sows and muscular boars with long menacing cutters all showed up to join the party. It was really neat to settle in and observe the different types of hogs the state has to offer. I was able to ask questions and didn’t feel rushed, taking my time to pick out a nice-sized male. When a 98-pound boar came along, I opted to take the shot, leading to the successful taking of my first Florida hog. Contact the writer: wildlife@

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St. John’s Shamorie Ponds (2) shoots over Duke’s Wendell Carter Jr. (34) on Saturday.


NEW YORK — That’s two losses in three games for No. 4 Duke — and this one to a team that hadn’t won since Christmas. No wonder coach Mike Krzyzewski called it a “disgusting” performance. Shamorie Ponds scored 33 points and St. John’s stunned the Blue Devils 81-77 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, snapping an 11-game losing streak and handing a suddenly suspect Duke squad its second defeat in eight days. “ We g o t w h a t w e deserved,” Krzyzewski said. “We weren’t able to knock them out after we lost the first 12 rounds of a 15-round fight.” Bashir Ahmed added 19 points and Tariq Owens had 17 for the Red Storm (11-13), who overcame an early 10-point deficit and fought off Duke’s heralded freshmen down the stretch in their biggest victory under third-year coach Chris Mullin. It was the first win for St. John’s since Dec. 20 against Saint Joseph’s. “We would have taken a win if it was in an empty

gym,” Mullin said. “Thank God January is over.” St. John’s was playing the second of three straight games against top-6 opponents in a span of nine days. Next up, a visit to No. 1 Villanova on Wednesday night. “We are happy but we can’t stop here. We have to keep pushing,” said Ponds, a sophomore guard. “This is big to get a win on the board. We can start fresh.” Gary Trent Jr. had 22 points for the Blue Devils (194), who perhaps got caught looking ahead to their first matchup of the season with bitter rival North Carolina on Thursday night. Krzyzewski didn’t think so. “Ponds was really as good a guard offensively as we’ve played against,” Coach K said. “We came in prepared.” Freshman sensation Marvin Bagley III scored 19 for Duke but sat out a significant chunk of the second half with four fouls. Wendell Carter Jr. added 14 points and 15 rebounds. Outhustled all afternoon, Duke was coming off an easy win Monday over Notre Dame that followed a 65-63 loss at home to No. 2 Virginia last weekend.




LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kendall Smith knocked down a 3-pointer from the wing in the first half, silencing a buzzing sellout crowd of Kansas fans. The Oklahoma State guard instinctively put his finger to his lips in the universal sign for “shush.” Smith silenced them again when it mattered most. The senior backup scored 24 points, including the clinching free throws in the final seconds, and the Cowboys held on to beat the Jayhawks 84-79 on Saturday for a rare win in Allen Fieldhouse. “Just one of those, you know, you play college basketball and when you’re done you say, ‘I was in Allen Fieldhouse one time and I hit a shot and silenced the crowd,”’ Smith said afterward. Cameron McGriff added 20 points and Jeffrey Carroll had 15 for the Cowboys (14-9, 4-6 Big 12), who built an 18-point first-half lead and dominated the boards in ending their three-game losing streak. It was the third loss for the Jayhawks (18-5, 7-3) in the Phog this season, their most since the 1998-99 season. It was also their second home loss in league play.

— Sagaba Konate scored 19 points and West Virginia ended a three-game losing streak. No. 18 Tennessee 94, Mississippi 61 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Grant Williams and Lamonte’ Turner scored 17 points each to lead five Tennessee players in double figures as the Volunteers won their fifth straight. No. 20 Clemson 75, Wake Forest 67 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Gabe DeVoe scored 24 Oklahoma State forward Cameron McGriff dunks durpoints to lead Clemson. ing the second half of Saturday’s game. ORlIn WAgnER / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Syracuse (15-8, 4-6), in desperate need of a signature victory, was coming off a four-point loss at Georgia Tech in which it shot 30 percent (15 of 50), and the offensive futility continued against the nation’s best scoring defense. No. 3 Purdue 78, Rutgers 76 PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Vincent Edward had 18 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, and Purdue held on for a school-record 19th straight win. Mathis Dakota scored 16 points, Carsen Edwards had 13 and P.J. Thompson added 12 points for the Boilermakers (23-2, 12-0 Big Ten).

No. 2 Virginia 59, Syracuse 44

No. 6 Xavier 96, Georgetown 91

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — De’Andre Hunter scored 15 points, Kyle Guy added 14 and second-ranked Virginia smothered struggling Syracuse. Virginia (22-1, 11-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which beat the Orange 68-61 in January, has won 14 straight and is off to its best start in conference play since the days of Ralph Sampson, who led the 1980-81 team to a 12-0 start.

CINCINNATI — Trevon Bluiett had a season-high 31 points, including a fourpoint play that tied it late in regulation, and Xavier never trailed in overtime. The Musketeers (21-3, 9-2 Big East) made all of their 10 free throws in overtime, including four by Tyrique Jones, as they remained unbeaten in 15 home games this season. Bluiett’s two foul shots clinched it with 10 seconds left.


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Collin Sexton scored 17 points, Donta Hall notched his fourth double-double of the season, and Alabama rallied from a 10-point deficit for the upset. No. 24 Michigan 76, Minnesota 73, OT




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EASTERN Atlantic Division

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WVC SWIMMING GIRLS Wyoming Seminary Dallas Nanticoke Area Pittston Area Hazleton Area Holy Redeemer Tunkhannock Meyers Valley West Berwick Coughlin Lake-Lehman Wyoming Area BOYS Dallas Tunkhannock Wyoming Seminary Nanticoke Area Hazleton Area Holy Redeemer Valley West Wyoming Area Berwick Lake-Lehman

WVC 9-0-0 8-1-0 7-2-1 5-1-1 6-3-0 6-3-0 5-3-0 3-5-0 2-6-0 3-6-0 1-8-0 1-9-0 0-9-0 WVC 7-0-0 6-0-0 5-2-0 3-3-0 5-3-0 4-3-0 3-3-0 1-6-0 1-6-0 0-8-0

WVC BOYS BASkETBALL DIVISION 1 Hazleton Area Dallas Crestwood Pittston Area Valley West Coughlin DIVISION 2 Nanticoke Area Wyoming Area Meyers Berwick Tunkhannock GAR DIVISION 3 Wyoming Seminary Holy Redeemer Hanover Area Northwest MMI Prep Lake-Lehman

WVC 12-0 9-2 9-3 3-9 2-9 0-11 WVC 11-2 8-5 6-5 6-6 6-6 7-6 WVC 10-2 9-3 6-6 2-10 1-10 0-12

ALL 16-1 14-3 13-5 4-14 4-13 2-15 ALL 15-3 12-6 7-9 9-8 9-8 9-9 ALL 15-3 13-4 11-7 5-10 5-11 1-17

WVC GIRLS BASkETBALL DIVISION 1 Hazleton Area Crestwood Valley West Dallas Pittston Area Coughlin DIVISION 2 Nanticoke Area Holy Redeemer Lake-Lehman Berwick Wyoming Area Tunkhannock DIVISION 3 Northwest Wyoming Seminary Hanover Area Meyers GAR MMI Prep

WVC 8-3 8-4 6-5 5-7 5-7 0-10 WVC 13-0 10-2 10-3 9-4 8-4 5-8 WVC 6-5 5-6 5-7 2-9 1-10 0-11

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MAC FREEDOM BASkETBALL MEN Wilkes DeSales Eastern Misericordia King’s Delaware Valley Manhattanville FDU-Florham WOMEN FDU-Florham King’s DeSales Manhattanville Misericordia Delaware Valley Eastern Wilkes

Boston Toronto Philadelphia New York Brooklyn

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L 15 16 25 30 34

Pct .717 .686 .500 .434 .358

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Washington Miami Charlotte Orlando Atlanta

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Pct .577 .547 .431 .294 .288

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Cleveland Indiana Milwaukee Detroit Chicago

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Houston San Antonio New Orleans Memphis Dallas

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Southeast Division

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CONF 8-1 7-2 6-3 6-3 5-4 2-7 1-8 1-8 CONF 7-2 7-2 6-3 5-3 5-3 4-5 1-8 0-9

ALL 15-5 16-4 11-9 11-9 9-11 4-16 7-13 1-19 ALL 14-6 12-8 11-9 14-4 12-7 7-13 4-16 4-16

TRANSACTIONS basketball national basketball association NEW ORLEANS PELICANS — Signed F/C Emeka Okafor to a 10-day contract. HoCkey national Hockey league NHL — Fined Washington F T.J. Oshie $5,000 for cross-checking Pittsburgh D Kris Letang. BUFFALO SABRES — Recalled G Jonas Johansson from Cincinnati (ECHL) to Rochester (AHL). DALLAS STARS — Traded F Mark McNeill to Nashville for D Andrew O’Brien. Placed C Martin Hanzal on injured reserve, retroactive to Jan. 20. Recalled G Landon Bow from Texas (AHL) and G Philippe Desrosiers froim Idaho (ECHL) to Texas. american Hockey league UTICA COMETS — Returned C Tony Cameranesi on loan to Manchester (ECHL). WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS — Recalled Fs Troy Josephs and Reid Gardiner from Wheeling (ECHL). eCHl CINCINNATI CYCLONES — Added G Dan Spence as emergency backup. FORT WAYNE KOMETS — Released G Andy Dicrisofaro as emergency backup. Signed G Gordon Defiel. WORCESTER RAILERS — Claimed D Anthony Calabrese from Allen. College COLORADO STATE — Placed men’s basketball coach Larry Eustachy on administrative leave.

Central Division

WESTERN Southwest Division

Northwest Division

Pacific Division


Charlotte 133, Indiana 126 Boston 119, Atlanta 110 L.A. Lakers 102, Brooklyn 99 Toronto 130, Portland 105 Milwaukee 92, New York 90 Philadelphia 103, Miami 97 New Orleans 114, Oklahoma City 100 Utah 129, Phoenix 97 Golden State 119, Sacramento 104

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College basketball Noon Colgate at Navy Noon Georgia Tech at Boston College Noon Seton Hall at Villanova Noon Illinois at Ohio St. 1 p.m. Wisconsin at Maryland 3 p.m. Temple at Tulane 4 p.m. Arizona St. at Washington St. College gymnastiCs 4 p.m. Women, Oklahoma at UCLA golf 1 p.m. PGA, Phoenix Open 3 p.m. PGA, Phoenix Open nba Noon Milwaukee at Brooklyn Noon Atlanta at NY Knicks 2 p.m. LA Lakers at Oklahoma City nfl 6 p.m. Super Bowl LII, Patriots vs. Eagles skiing 4 p.m. FIS World Cup, women’s downhill soCCer 9:15 a.m. Cyrstal Palace vs. Newcastle 9:30 a.m. Augsburg vs. Eintrach Frankfurt 11:30 a.m. Liverpool vs. Tottenham 11:50 a.m. Hamburg vs. Hannover Women’s College basketball Noon Northwestern at Indiana Noon LSU at Kentucky 1 p.m. Notre Dame at Duke 2 p.m. Purdue at Illinois 2 p.m. VCU at Dayton 2 p.m. Tennessee at Vanderbilt 2 p.m. Arkansas at Alabama 3 p.m. Stanford at Oregon 4 p.m. George Mason at Saint Joseph’s 4 p.m. Auburn at Texas A&M



GP Penguins 44 Lehigh Valley 47 Providence 46 Bridgeport 46 Charlotte 45 Hartford 48 Springfield 48 Hershey 46

W 28 27 26 23 24 21 22 17

L OLSOL Pts GF GA 12 3 1 60 152117 14 3 3 60 156148 16 3 1 56 133117 17 4 2 52 129122 19 0 2 50 149138 20 4 3 49 131158 24 1 1 46 142148 22 3 4 41 114150

GP 46 47 46 46 48 47 45

W 34 25 26 23 19 17 13

L OLSOL Pts GF GA 11 0 1 69 149 88 11 6 5 61 140128 16 2 2 56 149124 14 6 3 55 133127 25 1 3 42 118177 23 5 2 41 133166 23 6 3 35 111153

GP Manitoba 45 Iowa 45 Chicago 46 Rockford 47 Grand Rapids47 Milwaukee 44 Cleveland 44

W 30 22 23 24 23 21 14

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GP 40 45 47 40 42 41 41 43

W 24 24 24 22 22 21 20 17

L OLSOL Pts GF GA 13 2 1 51 131111 17 4 0 52 125126 17 4 2 54 140151 17 1 0 45 128126 17 2 1 47 116117 17 1 2 45 104114 16 2 3 45 126116 18 7 1 42 113134

North Division

Toronto Rochester Syracuse Utica Belleville Laval Binghamton

NHL eastern atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts. PF PA Tampa Bay 51 35 13 3 73 183 132 Boston 50 31 11 8 70 164 121 Toronto 54 30 19 5 65 172 150 Detroit 50 21 21 8 50 132 148 Florida 49 21 22 6 48 140 161 Montreal 52 21 25 6 48 135 163 Ottawa 50 17 24 9 43 131 172 Buffalo 52 14 29 9 37 117 171 metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts. PF PA Washington 51 30 16 5 65 159 148 New Jersey 51 27 16 8 62 154 151 Pittsburgh 54 29 22 3 61 164 162 Columbus 52 27 21 4 58 137 147 Philadelphia 52 24 19 9 57 150 154 N.Y. Islanders53 26 22 5 57 177 192 Carolina 52 24 20 8 56 142 159 N.Y. Rangers 51 25 21 5 55 153 155 Western Central Division GP W L OT Pts. PF PA Winnipeg 53 31 13 9 71 172 140 Nashville 49 30 12 7 67 151 125 St. Louis 54 32 19 3 67 153 134 Dallas 52 29 19 4 62 159 138 Minnesota 51 28 18 5 61 152 144 Colorado 51 28 19 4 60 164 149 Chicago 51 24 20 7 55 150 141 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts. PF PA Vegas 51 34 13 4 72 173 137 San Jose 51 27 16 8 62 149 141 Anaheim 53 25 18 10 60 147 149 Los Angeles 51 27 19 5 59 142 126 Calgary 51 25 18 8 58 143 146 50 22 24 4 48 138 161 Edmonton Vancouver 51 21 24 6 48 135 164 Arizona 51 12 30 9 33 119 176 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Top three teams in each division and two wild cards per conference advance to playoffs. friday Pittsburgh 7, Washington 4 Detroit 4, Carolina 1 San Jose 3, Columbus 1 Minnesota 5, Vegas 2 saturday Ottawa 4, Philadelphia 3, SO Montreal 5, Anaheim 2 Florida 3, Detroit 2 New Jersey 3, Pittsburgh 1 St. Louis 1, Buffalo 0 N.Y. Islanders 4, Columbus 3 Winnipeg 3, Colorado 0 Boston 4, Toronto 1 N.Y. Rangers at Nashville, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Dallas, 8 p.m. Tampa Bay at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Chicago at Calgary, 10 p.m. Arizona at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. sunday Vegas at Washington, 12:30 p.m. San Jose at Carolina, 1 p.m. Ottawa at Montreal, 1 p.m.



Eastern Conference Atlantic Division

Atlanta at New York, 12 p.m. Memphis at Toronto, 12 p.m. Milwaukee at Brooklyn, 12 p.m. Portland at Boston, 12 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City, 2 p.m. Charlotte at Phoenix, 3 p.m.




L.A. Clippers 113, Chicago 103 Detroit 111, Miami 107 Indiana 100, Philadelphia 92 Washington 115, Orlando 98 Houston at Cleveland, 8:30 p.m. Golden State at Denver, 9 p.m. New Orleans at Minnesota, 9 p.m. Utah at San Antonio, 9 p.m. Dallas at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

Western Conference Central Division

Pacific Division

Tucson San Antonio Texas San Diego Ontario San Jose Stockton Bakersfield

Two points are awarded for a win, one point for an overtime or shootout loss. Friday Springfield 1, Bridgeport 0 Utica 3, Syracuse 1 Grand Rapids 4, Cleveland 2 Providence 2, Hartford 1, OT Penguins 4, Hershey 1 Lehigh Valley 3, Charlotte 2 Toronto 4, Rochester 2 Belleville 3, Binghamton 2, SO Manitoba 4, Rockford 3, OT Chicago 4, Milwaukee 1 San Antonio 4, Texas 2 Iowa 8, Bakersfield 0 San Jose 3, Stockton 0 Tucson 4, Ontario 1


Toronto 7, Laval 1 Hartford 3, Providence 1 Charlotte at Hershey, 7 p.m. Bridgeport 3, Belleville 1 Utica at Syracuse, 7 p.m. Manitoba at Milwaukee, 7 p.m. Penguins 2, Lehigh Valley 1 Binghamton 4, Rochester 3, OT Rockford at Chicago, 8 p.m. San Antonio at Texas, 8 p.m. Iowa at Ontario, 9 p.m. Stockton at San Jose, 10 p.m. Tucson at San Diego, 10 p.m.


Grand Rapids at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Charlotte at Hershey, 2 p.m.

GOLF Panama Championship saturday at Panama golf Club yardage: 7,194 Par: 70 Nelson Ledesma 64–71 – 135 Curtis Luck 68–68 – 136 Eric Axley 66–71 – 137 Edward Loar 67–70 – 137 Michael Johnson 64–74 – 138 Ryan Yip 70–68 – 138 Shane Bertsch 66–72 – 138


GOLF PGA-Phoenix Open Scores saturday at tPC scottsdale scottsdale, ariz. Purse: $6.9 million yardage: 7,216 Par: 71 third round Rickie Fowler 66–66–67 – 199 Jon Rahm 67–68–65 – 200 Chez Reavie 68–65–67 – 200 Bryson DeChambeau 66–66–68 – 200 Xander Schauffele 68–67–66 – 201 Phil Mickelson 70–65–66 – 201 Daniel Berger 68–65–68 – 201 Beau Hossler 70–68–64 – 202 Bill Haas 64–72–66 – 202 Gary Woodland 67–68–67 – 202 Chris Kirk 66–68–68 – 202 Brendan Steele 68–67–67 – 202 Chesson Hadley 66–68–68 – 202 Matt Kuchar 71–68–64 – 203 James Hahn 70–67–66 – 203 Brian Gay 67–68–68 – 203 Martin Laird 68–67–68 – 203 Alex Noren 71–68–65 – 204 Ollie Schniederjans 68–68–68 – 204 Vaughn Taylor 67–68–70 – 205 Martin Flores 70–68–68 – 206 Luke List 69–68–69 – 206 Patrick Reed 71–66–69 – 206 Nick Watney 68–68–70 – 206 Aaron Baddeley 72–68–66 – 206 Chad Campbell 68–71–68 – 207 Patton Kizzire 70–68–69 – 207 Austin Cook 70–69–68 – 207 Jason Kokrak 70–69–68 – 207 Brandt Snedeker 69–67–71 – 207 Justin Thomas 68–68–71 – 207 Ian Poulter 70–69–68 – 207 Bubba Watson 67–69–71 – 207 Byeong Hun An 68–67–72 – 207 Keegan Bradley 68–70–70 – 208 Jamie Lovemark 70–67–71 – 208 John Huh 68–69–71 – 208 Charley Hoffman 72–68–68 – 208 Steve Stricker 68–67–73 – 208 Marc Leishman 69–71–68 – 208 Scott Stallings 69–65–74 – 208 C.T. Pan 71–68–70 – 209 Ben Silverman 71–68–70 – 209 Emiliano Grillo 68–69–72 – 209 Colt Knost 71–66–72 – 209 Rory Sabbatini 74–66–69 – 209 Robert Garrigus 71–69–69 – 209 Adam Hadwin 70–65–74 – 209 Kevin Chappell 69–72–68 – 209 Francesco Molinari 70–69–71 – 210 Kevin Na 69–70–71 – 210 Billy Horschel 66–73–71 – 210 Cameron Smith 69–67–74 – 210 Harold Varner III 73–67–70 – 210 Kevin Streelman 71–69–70 – 210 John Peterson 70–70–71 – 211 Si Woo Kim 74–67–70 – 211 Derek Fathauer 70–71–70 – 211 Brian Stuard 69–71–72 – 212 Zach Johnson 71–70–71 – 212 Camilo Villegas 70–71–71 – 212 71–68–74 – 213 Lucas Glover Peter Uihlein 68–72–73 – 213 Nick Taylor 69–71–73 – 213 Charlie Beljan 73–68–72 – 213 Tyrone Van Aswegen 70–70–74 – 214 Kevin Tway 73–68–73 – 214 Shane Lowry 70–71–74 – 215 Ben Martin 69–70–77 – 216 Blayne Barber 73–68–75 – 216 Grayson Murray 71–70–75 – 216 Cody Gribble 69–71–78 – 218

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Army 82, American U. 70 Brown 102, Princeton 100, OT Bucknell 74, Lafayette 59 Cincinnati 65, UConn 57 Davidson 87, George Washington 58 Fairleigh Dickinson 73, Robert Morris 67 Harvard 76, Cornell 73 Holy Cross 73, Loyola (Md.) 57 LIU Brooklyn 84, Bryant 71 La Salle 81, Saint Joseph’s 78 Lehigh 80, Boston U. 75 Maine 81, Binghamton 79, OT Mount St. Mary’s 59, St. Francis (Pa.) 56 Northeastern 107, UNC-Wilmington 100, OT Penn 59, Yale 50 Penn St. 82, Iowa 58 Purdue 78, Rutgers 76 Sacred Heart 67, CCSU 54 St. Bonaventure 84, Duquesne 81 St. John’s 81, Duke 77 UMass 86, Dayton 82, 2OT Vermont 81, UMBC 53 Virginia 59, Syracuse 44 Wagner 79, St. Francis Brooklyn 61 West Virginia 89, Kansas St. 51


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Alabama 68, Florida 50 Alabama St. 89, MVSU 85, OT Belmont 83, Morehead St. 73 Bethune-Cookman 80, Coppin St. 60 Clemson 75, Wake Forest 67 Drexel 91, William & Mary 79 ETSU 81, Chattanooga 61 East Carolina 88, Memphis 85, OT Elon 89, Delaware 76 FIU 71, Louisiana Tech 68 Florida Gulf Coast 80, Jacksonville 55 Florida St. 80, Louisville 76

Gardner-Webb 63, Charleston Southern 61 George Mason 79, Richmond 75 Grambling St. 69, Southern U. 68 Houston 69, UCF 65 Howard 83, Florida A&M 80, OT Jackson St. 60, Alcorn St. 57 James Madison 79, Towson 73 Kennesaw St. 93, SC-Upstate 69 LSU 94, Arkansas 86 Liberty 67, Longwood 55 Louisiana-Lafayette 80, Louisiana-Monroe 59 McNeese St. 75, Northwestern St. 62 Mercer 73, Wofford 65 Miami 84, Virginia Tech 75 Middle Tennessee 78, Charlotte 73 Mississippi St. 72, Georgia 57 Murray St. 66, UT Martin 53 NC A&T 92, Hampton 84 NC Central 72, Delaware St. 61 NC State 76, Notre Dame 58 NJIT 81, Lipscomb 77 Nicholls 81, New Orleans 64 Norfolk St. 76, Morgan St. 65 Old Dominion 65, UAB 60 SE Louisiana 89, Cent. Arkansas 84 Savannah St. 111, SC State 99 Southern Miss. 77, FAU 66 Tennessee 94, Mississippi 61 Tennessee St. 73, E. Kentucky 60 The Citadel 100, Furman 92, OT Troy 80, South Alabama 63 UNC-Asheville 75, Presbyterian 61 Winthrop 75, Radford 57


Austin Peay 96, SE Missouri 81 Bowling Green 70, Kent St. 62 Butler 80, DePaul 57 Cent. Michigan 101, Ohio 98, 2OT E. Illinois 79, Tennessee Tech 71 E. Michigan 58, Ball St. 41 Fort Wayne 91, Denver 63

Illinois St. 75, Evansville 71 Indiana St. 77, N. Iowa 66 Loyola of Chicago 97, Missouri St. 75 Miami (Ohio) 81, N. Illinois 65 Michigan 76, Minnesota 73, OT Missouri 69, Kentucky 60 Montana 72, North Dakota 67 N. Kentucky 78, Cleveland St. 61 Oklahoma St. 84, Kansas 79 Providence 77, Marquette 75 SIU-Edwardsville 75, Jacksonville St. 67 South Dakota 76, N. Dakota St. 72 Toledo 77, Akron 56 W. Illinois 82, Oral Roberts 56 Xavier 96, Georgetown 91, OT


Appalachian St. 59, Texas State 56 Georgia St. 81, UALR 51 Lamar 76, Stephen F. Austin 54 North Texas 74, Rice 70 Prairie View 96, Texas Southern 82 Texas 79, Oklahoma 74 Texas A&M 83, South Carolina 60 Texas A&M-CC 56, Incarnate Word 51 Texas Tech 83, TCU 71 Texas-Arlington 87, Coastal Carolina 80 UTSA 74, W. Kentucky 63


Fresno St. 80, Wyoming 62 N. Colorado 86, Montana St. 63 New Mexico 71, San Jose St. 68 New Mexico St. 90, Rio Grande 67 Portland 68, Loyola Marymount 66 Portland St. 94, E. Washington 81 S. Utah 84, Idaho St. 80 Stanford 96, Oregon 61 UCLA 82, Southern Cal 79


Pacers’ Darren Collison is defended by 76ers’ JJ redick on saturday.

Pacers duo tops Sixers ASSOCIATED PRESS

INDIANAPOLIS — Victor Oladipo and Bojan Bogdanovic each scored 19 points and the Indiana Pacers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 100-92 on Saturday night. Oladipo added nine rebounds and four assists. Domantis Sabonis scored 10 p o i n t s, g r a b b e d e i g h t rebounds and had six assists. Lance Stephenson finished with 14 points and nine rebounds off the bench for Indiana. Indiana led 76-75 at the start of the fourth quarter, extended its advantage with an 7-2 run and held on with both teams playing on the second night of a back-toback. Joel Embiid finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds while playing on both nights of the back-to-back. Ben Simmons scored 10 points and added 11 rebounds for Philadelphia.

on Saturday night, ending the Penguins’ four-game winning streak. senators 4, flyers 3, so PHILADELPHIA — Mike Hoffman scored the only goal among 12 players in the shootout to lift the Ottawa Senators to a victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. blues 1, sabres 0 BUFFALO, N.Y. — Carter Hutton stopped 27 shots, and Carl Gunnarsson banked in a shot off the crossbar with 5:41 left in the St. Louis Blues’ win. bruins 4, maple leafs 1 BOSTON — Tuukka Rask made 23 stops and posted a point for a careerbest 20th straight game, leading the surging Boston Bruins past the Toronto Maple Leafs. islanders 4, blue Jackets 3

LOS ANGELES — Tobias Harris scored 24 points in his Clippers debut, leading Los Angeles to a victory over the Chicago Bulls.

NEW YORK — Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson scored early in the third period and Jaroslav Halak made 46 saves as the New York Islanders rallied for a win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Wizards 115, magic 98

Jets 3, avalanche 0

ORLANDO, Fla. — Otto Porter scored 20 points and Tomas Satoransky had a career-high 19 to lift the Washington Wizards to a victory over the Orlando Magic.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Connor Hellebuyck stopped 25 shots for his fifth shutout of the season as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Colorado Avalanche.

Pistons 111, Heat 107

SUNRISE, Fla. — Jonathan Huberdeau scored with 7.7 seconds left in the third period to lift the Florida Panthers to a victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

Clippers 113, bulls 103

DETROIT — Andre Drummond had 23 points and 20 rebounds, and Blake Griffin made a key 3-pointer in the final minute to lift the Detroit Pistons.

NHL NEWARK, N.J. — Travis Zajac scored two goals and set up another as the New Jersey Devils limited Pittsburgh to a season-low 16 shots in posting a 3-1 victory

Panthers 3, red Wings 2

Ducks 5, Canadiens 2 MONTREAL — Defenseman Jeff Petry scored two goals as the Montreal Canadiens ended a three-game losing streak with a victor y o ve r t h e A n a h e i m Ducks.



SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Rickie Fowler birdied the last three holes in front of the largest crowd in golf history Saturday to take the lead in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Fowler shot a 4-under 67 to reach 14 under with a round left at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course, the layout packed with an estimated 216,818 fans on an 80-degree afternoon. The crowd pushed the week total to 654,906, just

short of the record of 655,434 set last year. For mer Arizona State players Jon Rahm and Chez Reavie were a stroke back along with Bryson DeChambeau. Phil Mickelson, another former Sun Devils star, was two shots behind. Justin Thomas birdied the first six holes, then had to fight to shoot even par after a back-nine meltdown. He had a bogey-triple bogey-double bogey stretch that left him eight strokes back.

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Snow today, mixing with rain late, accumulating 1-2 inches. Mostly cloudy tonight with a snow shower late.

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I-476 LEHIGH VALLEY AREA: Cloudy today with a mix of snow and rain in the afternoon into the early evening, little to no accumulation. I-84 NEW YORK BORDER AREA: Snow, mixing with rain late, accumulating 1-2 inches.

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Port Jervis 3.55’ 3.67’ +0.12’ 18.0’ Old Forge 3.00’ 2.95’ -0.05’ 11.0’ Wilkes-Barre 5.04’ 4.55’ -0.49’ 22.0’ Tunkhannock 1.85’ 1.73’ -0.12’ 11.0’


Snow at times today, can mix with some rain in the afternoon. Snow will accumulate 1-3 inches. There can be a lingering flurry around later tonight. Colder air will move into the region tomorrow with sunshine. Forecasts and graphics provided by AccuWeather, Inc. ©2018

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Planets Rise Mercury ..................... 6:55 a.m. Venus ........................ 7:37 a.m. Mars .......................... 2:33 a.m. Jupiter ....................... 1:22 a.m. Saturn ....................... 4:49 a.m. Uranus ..................... 10:01 a.m.

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In the sky: Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, is just about due south during viewing hours tonight. Source: Longway Planetarium; Flint, MI

San Francisco 70/52


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four-year Olympic cycle came when she had to report for her scheduled duty not long after missing the 2014 Sochi Games. For whatever reason, soldiers make great sliders. “It’s about the teamwork that’s required,” Fogt said. “In the Army, you have to be part of a team from your very first day of basic training. On top of that, we’ve been through worse situations. When you’re bobsledding and it’s minus-20 degrees on the hill and it’s snowin’ and blowin’, you remember you’ve been on the field without meals in this kind of weather, hanging out in a foxhole. So that mental toughness helps us a lot.” Cunningham was a slider before he was a soldier. After hearing about the Army WCAP program from teammates and seeing the level of support those sliders were getting from the military, he signed up after competing in the 2010 Olympics. Through the GI Bill, he got his master’s degree in sports administration as he pursues life after sliding.


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Uinted States’ Emily Sweeney competes at a 2016 World Cup luge event in Park City, Utah.


Washington 42/29

Kansas City 24/8

Houston 72/51

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Fogt, and Nick Cunningham. USA Luge’s Olympic roster includes Army Sergeants Emily Sweeney, Taylor Morris and Matt Mortensen — but several coaches on the U.S. side have military backgrounds as well. Some are part of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program, which was formed in 1997 and has been represented on most U.S. Olympic teams since. “It’s a really special thing,” Sweeney said. “We’re really excited to represent the military and our sport and our country all at once, especially at the Olympics, such a big stage. I’m really excited to see what we can do. It’s a community within a community, where we have a lot of support for each other.” Weber will be returning to his special forces unit about a week after the Olympics to get caught up on his real work. This could be the final Olympics for Fogt, whose military responsibilities are likely to be increasing soon since a promotion is likely. Sweeney said her push toward really getting physically and mentally ready for this

New York 45/32

Chicago 25/3

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US sliders have military ties LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — U.S. Olympic bobsledder Nate Weber will never forget the sound. He was going through a brutal outdoor summertime workout last year and was starting a series of outdoor sprints, when an extremely loud noise got his attention. Then came another noise, louder than the first. And another, louder yet again. “My heart started racing,” Weber said. “And then I realized, I might want to run pretty fast right now.” This was no typical workout: It was on an Army base in Afghanistan, the noises were coming from mortars getting shot down only a few yards from where he was standing, and Weber wound up getting hit in the arms and face by small pieces of red-hot debris falling from the sky. He wasn’t seriously injured. He also finished his sprints. At the Olympics, Weber will be representing red, white, blue and green. He’s a Sergeant First Class in the U.S. Army, and a green beret. And he’s one of seven Army soldiers who will be sliding for the U.S. at the Pyeongchang Games that start next week, wearing the American flag in a foreign land — with the same level of pride that the 10th Special Forces member has during his three deployments abroad. “It’s a different kind of adrenalin,” Weber said. “The stakes are a little bit higher if I’m with my special forces group, but the atmosphere is very similar in that you’re a team and that you’re there for the guy on your left and right. That transition is really easy to make.” He’s not alone. Besides the seven American soldiers competing on the track at the Alpensia Sliding Center in Pyeongchang — Weber is joined by fellow bobsledders Justin Olsen, Chris

Detroit 36/7

Minneapolis 7/-1




24-hour snow ending 4 p.m. Saturday ............ 0.0” Season to date .............................................. 18.8” Normal season to date .................................. 25.7” Last season to date ....................................... 17.1”

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I-81 HARRISBURG AREA: Snow and rain today; arriving during the afternoon in the east. Tapering off in the evening.



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I-80 EASTERN PA: Snow and rain today, accumulating up to an inch. A snow shower tonight, but rain in the east.

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Hazleton 36/17

State College 34/17


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Binghamton 32/15 Williamsport 34/20


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Thome wants ‘C’ on Hall of Fame plaque Newly elected Hall of Famer Jim Thome won’t be enshrined with Chief Wahoo. Thome played most of his career with the Cleveland Indians and “fully” supports the team’s decision to remove the divisive Wahoo logo from its uniforms. He prefers to have the club’s block “C” logo on his Cooperstown plaque. The slugger feels the “C” logo is “the right thing to do.” Thome plans to speak with his wife, Andrea, and Hall of Fame officials before making a final decision. Thome wore the Chief Wahoo logo while playing for the Indians from 1991-2002 and again when he returned in 2011. The left-handed hitter belted 612 home runs, eighth on the career list. The Wahoo logo will be removed from jersey sleeves and caps starting in the 2019 season, when Cleveland hosts the All-Star Game.


France takes lead in Davis Cup play Nicolas Mahut and PierreHugues Herbert beat Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (2) to give defending champion France a 2-1 lead against the Netherlands in the first round of the Davis Cup

World Group on Saturday. France clinched victory on its first match point in a tough encounter where the Dutch pair had chances to take early control. In the 10th game of the match, Herbert saved three set points on his serve. After the Dutch then saved a set point in the tiebreaker, France clinched the first set when Herbert’s stabbed backhand volley at the net was too good for Haase.


Caps’ Oshie fined for cross-check Washington forward T.J. Oshie was fined $5,000 for cross-checking Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang in the neck. The NHL announced the fine Saturday. The scuffle along the boards occurred at 19:40 of the second period in the Penguins’ 7-4 win Friday night. Oshie was assessed a minor penalty. — AssociAted Press





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Monday Kundalini Yoga, through Monday, April 30, Mondays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. $10 per class. 570-9961500 or dietrichtheater. com.

Tuesday Soundtrack to a Revolution, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m. Lemmond Theater at Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Free. 570-674-6400.


Howard Grossman, chairman of the Northeast Pennsylvania intergenerational Council, at the Pittston Memorial Library, where he is fundraising director.

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Wednesday Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m. F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. $10. 570826-1100 or kirbycenter. org.

Howard Grossman

Thursday Tedeschi Trucks Band, Thursday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. $45-$75 plus fees. 570-826-1100 or

Friday Speed Dating — Find Your Valentine, Friday, Feb. 9, 7 to 10 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Roller Derby League. Rodano’s, 53 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. $30 advance/$40 at the door. brownpapertickets. com/event/3206888.

Saturday Second Line Pub Crawl, Saturday, Feb. 10, 5 p.m. Presented by the Preservation of the Arts WilkesBarre City. Celebrate Mardi Gras led by Indigo Moon Brass Band by visiting several pubs in Wilkes-Barre. Proceeds benefit Wilkes-Barre City Preservation of the Arts. Public Square, Main and Market streets, WilkesBarre. $5.

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Howard Grossman stands on Broad street in Pittston recently.

In this era of smartphones and social media, grandparents raising grandchildren face unprecedented challenges. Howard Grossman wants to help. by LoiS a. GriMM / CORReSPONdeNT

“My experience in chairing the coalition and meeting a group of family oriented people, facing difficult odds, has been one of the most rewarding moments in my entire career.” Howard Grossman

Chairman, Northeast Pennsylvania Intergenerational Coalition

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Howard J. Grossman, of Pittston, is the chairman of the Northeast Pennsylvania Intergenerational Coalition. The non-profit groups seeks to build a wide ranging support system and advocacy network for grandparents and other family members raising children. He is also the fundraising director for the Pittston Memorial Library. Grossman helped to spearhead a fundraising effort which eventually led to the creation a children’s wing and community room at the library, nearly doubling the building’s size. Grossman lives with his wife, Tobi, in Pittston. They have three children and eight grandchildren. Q: As chairman of NEPA Intergenerational Coalition, what are your goals for our community? A: As chair of the coalition, my goals include increasing the number of support groups dealing with grandparents raising grandchildren ( GRG ) in this region; promoting and publicizing the demographic of GRG; enhancing ways that the coalition can assist and meet the needs of GRG and relative caregivers; finding additional resources that can serve the interests of GRG; finding new opportunities to expand the role of the coalition; and highlight the important role that GRG plays in raising youngsters. Q: Who and what have your greatest influences been professionally and personally? A: My greatest influences professionally have come about from the outstanding roles that presidents have played in this region to advance regional economic development such as Tom Shelburne, Roy Morgan, Ernie Preate Sr., John Hibbard, Sandy Sutherland, Anna Cervenak, Jack Walsh, and many others. All of these individuals served two or more years as president of the Economic Development Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania, for which I was executive director for close to 30 years. In more recent years, I have been associated with the Pittston Memorial Library as their fundraising director and have been deeply impressed by the library Board of Trustees, the Friends of the Library, and the commitment of library presidents Barbara Quinn and Lois Ostrowski. In starting my career in city planning and living in King of Prussia, I was fortunate and learned much from Arthur Loeben, who was director of the Montgomery County Planning Commission. I started there in late 1967 and eventually became deputy director. Please see ConverSaTion, page C4

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Plants in a Wardian case, now usually called a terrarium, can live for months, or years, with little or no watering or other care.

Plants can thrive with no care at all in Wardian cases Terrariums are the ultimate answer to carefree gardening By Lee reICh ASSoCiATed PreSS

In 1827, a London physician with an interest in caterpillar metamorphosis built small glass boxes to contain the cocoons and emerging butterflies. Peering into the “dirt” in one of the boxes one day, the physician, Dr. Nathanial Ward, noticed that a fern spore had germinated. Ward became so enthralled with the way the developing plant was able to flourish without care in the box that he changed his course of study. In 1836, he published a book entitled “On the Growth of Plants in Closely Glazed Cases.” Wardian cases, as the glass boxes came to be called, became all the rage in Victorian England. Plants were protected in the cases from the chilling drafts, dry air and gas fumes of Victorian homes. Plant explorers also found a use for Wardian cases. Live plants from exotic lands could be transported by ship to England, protected in the cases from salt air and changing climatic conditions. Today, we usually call such plant cases “terrariums.”

Care-free gardening Whether in the home or on a ship, plants in Wardian cases need little care. The small amount of water that the leaves give off in their humid environment condenses on the glass and dribbles back to the roots. Oxygen released each day from photosynthesis is used each night in respiration. Ward reputedly grew ferns in one of his cases for 15 years without any care at all. A Wardian case full of lush green plants is a yearround oasis, even if today’s homes are less drafty and the air is cleaner than in the homes of Victorian England. Aside from decorative value and ease of care, a terrarium provides the humid, boggy environment essential to the cultivation of certain plants.


The Celebrity Cruises’ Equinox, shown docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, carries 2,850 passengers, features a real grass lawn, Sky Observation Lounge and specialty restaurants like Tuscan Grille and Silk Harvest.

Preview the newest ships and the latest trends on the high seas By Beth J. harpaz AP TrAvel ediTor

NEW YORK — What’s new in cruising for 2018? As usual, there’s lots of razzle-dazzle — laser tag, water slides, zip lines and massive LED screens — along with a continued emphasis on healthy lifestyle options, from dining to fitness. But there are also changes underway in ship design, itineraries and who’s cruising.

Design, demographics and destinations New ships are offering more outdoor spaces and views of the sea, with promenades, boardwalk-style decks, glass walls, transparent walkways and seethrough slides. Small ships, river ships and expedition cruises are booming, with more itineraries in cold-water destinations like Iceland, Greenland and the polar regions. Alaska cruises are as popular as ever, for big and small vessels. There’s a new focus on marketing to millennials, many of whom cruised as kids. Royal Caribbean says

its shorter cruises — like three- and four-night MiamiBahamas trips — are proving popular with 20-somethings who may not want to commit to a full week at sea. Uniworld is offering “U by Uniworld” river cruises for ages 21-45 only, with European itineraries that include music festivals. The Cruise Lines International Association, which represents most of the world’s major cruise brands, noticed another new phenomenon: “skip-gen” cruising. Grandparents are cruising with grandkids, but skipping a generation by sailing without mom and dad. Most cruises provide a range of children’s programming so grandparents aren’t baby-sitting all day, while also offering activities, excursions, meals and shows that all ages can enjoy together.

Industry growth The cruise industry continues to grow, with 27 million cruisers expected in 2018, a million more than last year and up from 18 million in 1979. There are also 27 new ships coming out in 2018, according to CLIA: 10 for riv-

er cruising, 17 for ocean. “We’re in our golden age,” said CLIA Chairman Arnold Donald, who is also CEO of Carnival Corp., at a Jan. 25 meeting in New York. “Cruising has never been more popular.”

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soil, plants, water To plant, start with a layer of charcoal, which will keep the soil “sweet.” Next, add potting soil, the amount depending on the container, the plants and the type of “landscaping” you want. Perhaps, depending on your “landscape,” one or more rocks also. Finally ... the plants. Dexterity with chopsticks helps in planting. Choose plants that thrive in high humidity and will not grow too fast. A spider plant in a terrarium I made for my brother a few years ago has pushed off the wooden lid and now is climbing out the top. Good plant choices for larger terrariums are dracenas, diffenbachias and palms. Low-growing plants include English ivy (choose small-leaved cultivars), prayer plants, ferns, baby’s tears and mosses. The climate within a closed container allows cultivation of insectivorous plants like the Venus fly trap, pitcher plant, and sundew, all of which need moist, boggy soils and very humid air. (And perhaps a fly every now and then.) The final step, watering, is the most critical. Add water gradually so as not to form puddles in the soil. Add enough water to moisten the soil without making it sodden. Then set the terrarium in its permanent location, in bright light but out of direct sun, and watch for condensation. If the right amount of water has been added, there should be slight condensation on the glass each morning. If you have overwatered, let the case dry out for a few days with the lid off. Note the succession of plants and perhaps other organisms that thrive in the unique ecosystem created within each terrarium. Something always thrives. My first terrarium was far too sodden, but it did grow an attractive and interesting crop of mushrooms, in addition to the plants that survived. online:,


‘Fire and Fury’ sales exceed 1.7 million ASSoCiATed PreSS/CHArleS rex ArBoGAST, File

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NEW YORK — Michael Wolff ’s “Fire and Fury” is well on its way to becoming one of the fastest selling nonfiction books in recent years. “Fire and Fury” has sold more than 1.7 million copies in the combined formats of hardcover, e-books and audio, publisher Henry Holt & Co. told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Published less than three weeks ago, Wolff ’s tell-all about the T r ump administration remains No. 1 on Amazon. com and other lists. NPD BookScan, which tracks around 85 percent of sales for physical books, told the AP on Wednesday that its numbers for “Fire and Fury” rose for the third straight week. “Fire and Fury” sold more than 300,000 copies last week, according to BookScan, and more than 500,000 copies overall as retailers are

“Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff is well on its way to becoming one of the top selling nonfiction books in recent years. finally catching up with demand. NPD BookScan does not register a sale until the book has actually been sent to the customer. John Sargent, CEO of Holt’s parent company MacMillan, has said that e-books sales for “Fire and Fury” exceed 250,000 copies and more than 100,000 have been sold in audio. Nonfiction books rarely sell 1 million copies so quickly, with examples over the years including Bill Clinton’s “My Life” and Sarah Palin’s “Going Rogue,” both of which were million sellers after two weeks of publication. The standard for fiction,

unlikely to be matched any time soon, is the final Harry Potter book. Released in 2007, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” sold more than 8 million copies in its first 24 hours. Holt president and publisher Stephen Rubin told the AP recently that he first learned about a possible Trump book when he and Wolff dined late in 2016. It was soon after Trump’s surprise election, and Wolff mentioned that he had a “really good chance” to get White House access for the new administration. Rubin, Please see Books, page C4

What We’re reaDING Fiction ‘The Woman in the Window’, A.J. Finn ‘The City of Endless Night’, douglas Preston and lincoln Child ‘The Midnight Line’, lee Child ‘Fall From Grace’, danielle Steel ‘Death at Nuremberg’, W.e.B. Griffin


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Crystal Cabin Fever, Friday, Feb. 9 through Sunday, Feb. 25. Sculpted ice Works, 311 Purdytown Turnpike, lakeville. $15 adults/$10 children/$12 seniors and military/free for children 3 and younger. 570226-6246 or Mardi Gras Celebration, Friday, Feb. 9, 6 to 11 p.m. Features a menu of pork chops, chicken, sausage and peppers, cash bar and music by dJ Nunsie. limited seating. dupont volunteer Hose Company, 308 Main St., dupont. $15 (available at the borough building). 570-654-4222. Speed Dating — Find Your Valentine, Friday, Feb. 9, 7 to 10 p.m. Meet up with people and make new connections with this speed dating event. Ticket includes admission, pizza and stromboli buffet, unlimited draft beers and non-alcoholic beverages. Proceeds benefit the Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton roller derby league. rodano’s, 53 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. $30 advance/$40 at the door. event/3206888. College SnowJam, Saturday, Feb. 10, noon to 8 p.m. rail jam, ice bar, games, kegs and grilling in the snow. Montage Mountain resorts, 1000 Montage Mountain road, Scranton. $20 lift tickets and snowtubing/$15 rentals. 855-7547946 or Second Line Pub Crawl, Saturday, Feb. 10, 5 p.m. Presented by the Preservation of the Arts Wilkes-Barre City. Celebrate Mardi Gras led by indigo Moon Brass Band by visiting rodano’s Pizza,City Market and Cafe, Senunas’ Bar & Grill, vesuvio’s Wilkes-Barre Pizza & ristorante, HeAT NePA Bar & Night Club and Franklin’s Bar & Grill. Proceeds benefit WilkesBarre City Preservation of the Arts. Public Square, Main and Market streets, Wilkes-Barre. $5. North Branch Land Trust’s Winter Picnic, Sunday, Feb. 11, 1 to 4 p.m. enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, join the one-hour moderate guided hike along some of the trails or sit by the fire in the lodge to enjoy board games, cards and hot cocoa. A hearty picnic meal is included. registration required by Feb. 7. Bear Creek Camp, 3601 Bear Creek Blvd., Wilkes-Barre. $5 NBlT members/$10 nonmembers. 570310-1781 or or smith@

Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas will be the world’s largest cruise ship when it launches this spring. Its inaugural season will be in Europe, with sailings from Miami beginning in November. Features include a laser tag arena, Bionic Bar where robots make drinks, a 10-story racing slide called Ultimate Abyss, rock climbing and ice skating. The ship will host a production of the Broadway hit “Hairspray” and its sports bar will feature 30 big-screen TVs. A luxury f amily suite for eight includes a two-story slide, Music private movie theater, Lego wall and secret crawl space. Corky Lang Plays Mountain, Thursday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. Mauch But it’s not for budget cruisChunk opera House, 14 W. ing: It’s priced in the tens of Broadway, Jim Thorpe. $23. thousands of dollars. 570-325-0249 or Norwegian Cruise Line’s

Many options for a Wardian case Many kinds of containers can serve as Wardian cases. I have made my own, using glass and silicone glue. Other possibilities include 5-gallon water jars, 1-gallon canning jars, aquariums and oversize brandy snifters. Large plastic soda bottles are easily converted into small terrariums. Some bottles have a dark plastic piece that covers the domed bottom. Pry that plastic piece off the bottom and then cut the bottle in half crosswise. Invert the dome over the base you initially pried off, and you’re almost ready to plant. Once you have settled on a container, wash it thoroughly. You won’t get another chance once it is planted.

The Week


‘Fire and Fury’, Michael Wolff ‘Leonardo da Vinci’, Walter isaacson

‘Dog Man and Cat Kid’, dav Pilkey ‘The Getaway’, Jeff Kinney

‘It’s Even Worse Than You Think’, david Cay Johnston

‘Turtles All the Way Down’, John Green

‘The Last Black Unicorn’, Tiffany Haddish ‘The Road Not Taken’, Max Boot

‘Wonder’, r J Palacio ‘A Wrinkle in Time’, Madeleine l’engle

This list of the most requested books for the week is provided by Reader Advisory Services of the Osterhout Free Library, South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre.

Tedeschi Trucks Band, Thursday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, WilkesBarre. $45-$75 plus fees. 570-826-1100 or kirbycenter. org. Indigo Moon Brass Band at Creative & Performing Arts Academy, Friday, Feb. 9, 6 p.m. Presented by Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. Creative and Performing Arts Academy of NePA, 222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. $25. Back to the Eighties with Jessie’s Girl, Friday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m. ice Box Sports Complex, 800 Providence road, Scranton. $22 advance/$25 day of show. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Friday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. $16 advance/$20 at door. 570-420-2808 or Tusk — tribute to Fleetwood Mac, Friday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m. Mauch Chunk opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. $29. 570-3250249 or Michael Davis and the New Wonders, Saturday, Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. Features Michael davis and the New Wonders, with an appearance by The University of Scranton Jazz ensemble. Houlihan-Mclean Center at University of Scranton, 800 linden St., Scranton. Free. 570-941-7624 or Scotty McCreery, Saturday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m. F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. $35-$59 plus fees. 570-8261100 or

theater Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m. Walnut Street Theatre presents Ken ludwig’s acclaimed adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan doyle’s 1902 classic mystery, “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” Five actors portray 40 characters. F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, WilkesBarre. $10. 570-826-1100 or

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Mardi Gras time — a sure sign spring is near A super blue blood moon, a lunar eclipse plus the excitement of the changing of seasons once again is upon us. It is almost time for Mardi Gras since Lent is on the way on the very same day as Valentine’s Day. Daylight Savings Time is March 11. It is only 44 days until Spring and the event calendar is growing in the Back Mountain. Time is marching on, so don’t miss enjoying these activities.

Back mountain Chamber event In the tradition of Mardi Gras, the annual celebration of the Back Mountain business community will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the AppleTree Terrace of Newberry Estate, Dallas. Honors will be extended to numerous businesses which have made the Back Mountain an exceptional place to live and work. Tickets are $50 per person. Contact BMC at 570-675-9380 or email

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annual Lake Fest, the annual fundraiser for youth programs. A Cajun dinner with soft drinks and beer are available for $40 per person with cash bar for mixed drinks as well. Along with DJ Brian Orbin providing music, there will also be a 50/50 cash drawing and great time for all. Purchase tickets by calling Karen at 570-814-3084. Masks are optional but definitely encouraged. You must be 21 or older to attend.

Harveys Lake Lions Club notes loss It is with heavy hearts that residents of Harveys Lake must bid farewell to a great person of our hometown — Jane Walters, president of the Harveys Lake Lions Club, member of the Harveys Lake American Legion Auxiliary, and the coordinator of the Hometown Heroes Banner Project. Jane was a wonderful essence in our community who also enjoyed line dancing at the Harveys Lake Legion. The Harveys Lake Lions will remain a strong force in helping our community in her memory.

Everyone is welcome to celebrate Mardi Gras with the Harveys Lake Recreational Committee on Saturday, Feb. 10, at Damien’s Restaurant, Harveys Lake. Dinner, drinks and dancing will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Damien’s on Harveys Lake is hosting a dinner and dance eagle Scout badge for Mardi Gras. A portion of awarded to Harmon the proceeds from this event Gerald Har mon has will be donated to the Harveys Lake Recreational Com- ear ned his Eagle Scout mittee to help fund the fourth Badge. Harmon began Cub

Scouting as a Tiger Cub working the ranks all the way to the highest rank as an Eagle Scout in Troop 241, Lehman. He is the son of Angela Blaine Harmon and Shawn Harmon of Idetown. His mother was his den leader when he was a Cub Scout. He was taught under other leaders such as Mark James, Donnie Ide and others. Harmon is a 2017 graduate of Lake-Lehman and a member of the Dallas Baptist Church, where he has served as youth leader at Caraway St. at the Dallas Baptist Church. He is also a volunteer firefighter for the Idetown Volunteer Fire Dept. He plans to attend LCCC and then King’s College for business management.

huge trunk or treat has become the highlight of the Halloween season. To offset the expense, tickets are for sale for this bingo. There will be several games, several purses, and many chances to win. There will be door prizes, raffle baskets and 50/50’s. Food and drinks will be available. Cost is $10 for four games per card booklet of 15 games. Special games will be sold, also. The youth of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church Confirmation Class will be cooking for this event.

terrarium workshops at Creekside Gardens

The owners of Creekside Gardens are holding several terrarium workshops on two Bingo benefit for consecutive weekends, from sportsmen’s club Feb. 10-11 and Feb. 17-18 at A 50/50 Bingo will be held their garden center, state from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. Route 29, Eaton Twp. Call 57010, at the Noxen School, 836-3595. School Street, Noxen. Food red Cross blood drive and beverages will be availA Red Cross blood drive able. The event is pay per card. All proceeds benefit the will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Noxen-Monroe Sportsmen’s Thursday, Feb. 8, at the DalClub. For information, call las American Legion, Route Cathy Pauley at 570-298-2052. 415, Dallas. The legion hosts the monthly blood drive for Bingo the Back Mountain chapter A bingo fundraiser featur- of the American Red Cross. ing Coach, Kate Spade, Michael Kors purses and Learn to crochet Young Living oils will be held Mama Keen Crochet is from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at 1160 Chase Road, Shaver- holding classes in the art of town. This event is hosted by crochet. This six week course Marian DeAngelis and Bren- covers the basics of crochetda Pugh in their effort to raise ing. Placement in classes is funds for the fall Trunk or limited. Cost is $65 for six Treat event at the Luzerne classes and the cost must be County Fairgrounds. The prepaid. Classes begin at 6:30

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Norwegian Bliss also launches this spring and h e a d s t o A l a s k a . I t ’s designed for enjoying natural scenery, with a 180-degree observation lounge for watching glaciers. Recreation includes laser tag, a race course for electric gokarts, a waterslide with a t r a n s p a re n t t u b e t h at swooshes you along the side of the ship. Other features include a Beatles club with a cover band and a spa with a snow room and a salt room. Norwegian is starting to move away from the celebrity chef craze, but dining options will include a barbecue spot called Q, Los Lobos for Mexican food and Food Republic, where dishes like ceviche or Asian noodles can be ordered from an iPad. Holland America Line launches the Nieuw Statendam in December. The ship’s features include World Stage, an entertainment venue with a two-story, 270-degree wraparound LED screen; Music Walk, where three lounges of fer dif ferent g e n re s o f m u s i c ; a n d BLEND, where guests can

blend their own wine. Holland America is also continuing a partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine, through 2018, on 300 cruises with programs for meditation, health, style and even a book club that’s included onboard appearances by authors like Elizabeth Strout. Holland America Line is also starting roundtrip Boston-Cuba trips this year. Celebrity Edge begins sailing in November. Its futuristic design concepts include the Magic Carpet, a cantilevered movable deck that will serve as a walkway, a place to enjoy ocean views and a space for live music and themed dining. The new ship also features a venue called Eden with a three-level window on the ocean, al fresco seating, walkways and an “Eve at Eden” experience that will blend performance art and unique culinary offerings. Carnival Horizon debuts in April with a Dr. Seussthemed water park, an eatery called Smokehouse Brewhouse featuring Guy Fieri barbecue and craft beers brewed onboard, and an LED

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Back mountain Winter farmer’s market Every Saturday morning, you can help local farmers stay in business plus improve your diet. The Back Mountain Winter Farmer’s Market is held at the Meadows from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eat your veggies, plenty of fruit, locally grown meat, homemade bread, jams plus loads of other goodies. The Meadows is located on Route 415, Dallas, with access from both Lake Street and Center Hill Road.

Kunkle breakfast The Kunkle Fire Company will hold its monthly breakfast buffet from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Kunkle Social Hall, 815 Kunkle Road, Dallas. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. For information on this and other events, visit the website at Kunklefire. com, like them on Facebook at Kunkle Fire Company, Inc. or call 570-675-3334.

Author luncheon The Friends of the Back Mountain Memorial Library will hold their 30th annual Luncheon With A Special Author on Thursday, April 19, at Appletree Terrace, Newberry Estate, Dallas. Tickets will go on sale in March at the library on Huntsville Road in Dallas. More details will be announced as they become available.

Working with your computer can lead to a great deal of frustration. Expand your understanding and your ability in the world of electronics with Rich Fufaro, who will present a program, “Computers 110: Getting Started and Moving Forward” on March 24 at Misericordia University, Lake Street, Dallas. Cost is $95 for the eight hour program. Call Misericordia Adult Sandra Serhan writes about Education at 570-674-6400 or the Back mountain. contact her at Rich Fufaro at 570-574-7870.

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Library adds graphic novel section

A new Graphic Novel section has been added to the Back Mountain Memorial Library. The library’s new collection of comic books included reprints from the earliest days of the modern era in the 1960s to today’s series. In recent years, the library noted, famous creators such as director Joss Whedon and novelist/essayist Ta-Nehisi Coates have lent their talents to writing comix and major magazines now routinely review graphic novels. There is a limit of three books per person. From left, are staff members Laura Hadsall and Cindy Katyl shelving new graphic novels.

p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at 52 S. Memorial Highway., Shavertown, and continue for the next five Thursdays. During this six-week course, students will learn basic stitches and techniques and work on new projects. Yarn will be provided and extra hooks will be available during classes. Students are encouraged to have their own hooks so they can continue to practice at home. Tuesday evening classes begin at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 and continue for the next five Tuesday evenings. Space is limited. Reservations are guaranteed when payment is received. Payment must be received no later than one week prior to the first class. To sign up for classes or for information, contact Mama Keen Crochet on Facebook or call Erin Keen 570-239-7313. Classes are set to be held in the studio of Rachael Card Photography located in the 309 building off Memorial Highway in Shavertown.

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The Beehive Area of Narcotics Anonymous serves the WilkesBarre, Nanticoke, pittston, and Back mountain areas. Na is a member-driven organization that holds recovery meetings on a regular basis. There are no dues or fees for membership. for information, contact Narcotics anonymous at or the 24 hour phone line at 1-866-9354762. The Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne/Wyoming Counties, 111 N. pennsylvania Blvd., Suite 100, Wilkes-Barre, will host an economic/benefits check up for older adults sponsored by the National council on aging. The checkup helps older adults find and enroll in public and private benefits programs. online applications for extra help with medicare are also available. Tips and other resources are also available. go to esi-home to start the check up or call the mature Worker program (ScSep), sponsored by the area agency on aging for Luzerne/Wyoming counties, at 570-822-1159 ext. 2395 and ask for anne Kelly to schedule an appointment.

West Side Playground, 389 W. Grand St., Nanticoke, will hold its monthly bingo Tuesday, feb. 6. There will be food, refreshments and door prizes. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. games start at 6. Venue is non smoking. call 570-735-6820.

The Executive Board of the Pennsylvania Poetry Society, Inc. recently elected Steven G. Concert of Harveys Lake as treasurer of the society. The society is a non profit group dedicated to encouraging the appreciation of poetry, and to help poets grow in their craft. concert has been a member since 1993, and has served the society in numerous positions during his 25 years as a member. at various times, he has been president, vice president, editor of the society’s newsletter, and contest chairman. He has also been very active in the society’s parent organization, The National federation of State poetry Societies (NfSpS) and is currently chancellor of that organization, serving as its youth chairman.

Dreamscape atrium sculpture that will show artwork by patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a Carnival charity partner. Carnival Vista already has the three deck-high Dreamscape light panels. Other fun features on Carnival ships range from “Green Eggs and Ham”-themed breakfasts for kids to Lip Sync Battles a la the popular Spike TV show to custom cocktails at the Alchemy Bar. MSC Cruises are better known in Europe than North Back mountain America, but the brand is Back Mountain Food Pantry working to change that. In reports a need for nonDecember, MSC Seaside perishable foods during January, february and march launched and was named when very few food drives are best new ship of 2017 by scheduled to meet rising It features demands. all non-perishable an interactive aqua-park, foods are welcome. Individuals open-air promenade with or groups wishing to donate glass-floor catwalks, two zip food may call the pantry at 570-696-2917 for information lines, a four-deck atrium, or to arrange a mutually conveAurea spa with a snow room nient time for volunteers on and beachlike condo suites. duty to receive the food. food You can even see the sea may also be dropped off durfrom glass elevators. Seaside, ing regular business hours at with a 4,100-guest capacity, is cook’s pharmacy, route 309, Shavertown; Hilbert’s Tractor based in Miami for CaribbeStore, route 415, Dallas; and an itineraries. Its sister ship, St. paul’s Lutheran church, MSC Seaview, launches in route 118, Dallas. The board June with Mediterranean members of the pantry cruises for its inaugural seathanked all those who provide son. support for the pantry throughout the year.

northwest area The Men’s Quartet ‘Redeemed’ will present a gospel concert at McKendree United Methodist Church, 477 mcKendree road, Shickshinny, at 6 p.m. Sunday, feb. 11. a free will offering will be taken for the quartet and refreshments will be served. for information, contact the charge office at 570-735-1514.

Pittston area The parishioners of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church will sponsor their annual ham bingo at 1 p.m. Sunday, march 18, at the church hall, 320 Vine St., old forge. Theme baskets, door prizes, and various bingo specials will be available throughout the afternoon. Kitchen opens at 11 a.m. a variety of food items and refreshments will be available. The church will also sponsor a bake sale during the bingo. admission is $3.

West Side DAV Chapter 102 will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, feb. 15, at the VfW, Kingston. all members are encouraged to attend this important meeting. francis Kennedy is adjutant. The Hoyt Library, for the ninth consecutive year, is celebrating the Oscars. Visitors to the library can vote by ballot for their favorite contenders. There is no limit on number of entries. The winner of the contest will have correctly matched all of the oscar winners from the televised program. all ballots must be the official ballot form of the library. any illegible, scribbled, or double checked ballot boxes will be automatically disqualified. If no ballot received has all correct answers, the ballot with the most correct answers will be chosen as the winner. In case of a tie, the winner will be randomly chosen. Then, on monday, march 5, the day after Hollywood’s biggest night, the Hoyt Library will announce the name of the person whose ballot entry had all winners chosen correctly. The winner will be presented with a certificate of their oscar achievement, a special “golden oscar” for their cinematic expertise, and become the winner of the library’s oscar prize basket. Voting closes by 5 p.m. friday, march 2. Hoyt Library, 284 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, is hosting its eighth year of the program, “Blind Date With a Book” during february. patrons are invited to visit the library and

choose any of its uniquely wrapped “Blind Date” books on display. patrons won’t know the identity of their “blind date” book until they arrive home. all information about the book is hidden, except its category. When patrons return the book, they are asked to complete a rate-a-Date sheet located inside the book. contact the library for information. A Lenten pierogi sale is planned at St. John the Baptist Church, 126 Nesbitt St., Larksville, on monday, feb. 12, and each monday of Lent through monday, march 19. pierogies are $8 per dozen and can be picked up on mondays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m. advance orders are required. To place an order, call mary mack at 570-779-3626 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. The Senior Citizens’ Friendship Club of St. Mary’s in Plymouth will meet at 1 p.m. monday, feb. 12, in the Holy child School Building, Willow Street, plymouth. members are reminded to bring a brown bag lunch. Beverages will be supplied by the club. at the previous meeting, cash prize winners were phyllis Warakomski and Jane Thomas. The club will be celebrating Valentine’s Day. Those who wish to participate are asked to bring a Valentine and place it in the basket. a trip to Sight & Sound Theatre will be held Tuesday, april 10. Dinner after the show will be at Hershey farm restaurant, followed by a visit to Kitchen Kettle Village. Bus reservations for this trip are filled. Bingo, pool and cards were enjoyed after the business meeting. New members are welcome.

Wilkes-Barre area Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Wilkes-Barre will hold a take-out piggie/holubtsi dinner on Sunday, feb. 11. Dinners can be picked up from 11:30 a.m., to 2 p.m. at the parish school hall, North river and West chestnut streets, WilkesBarre. Dinners are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and younger. Walk ins are welcome but reservations are encouraged. call 570-8293051. South Wilkes-Barre Residents’ Association will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, feb. 13, in the community room of the firwood United methodist church, old river road and Dagobert streets, South Wilkes-Barre. guest speakers will be representatives of geisinger Hospital, who will be announcing plans to expand services to the geisinger South facility located on Hanover Street in South Wilkes-Barre. This meeting is not limited to the residents of South Wilkes-Barre. public is welcome. The church community room is handicapped accessible.

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Conversation: Grossman’s goal is to expand the role of NEPA Integenerational Coalition From page C1

I have also been strongly influenced by the astonishing role that GRG play “the second time around” in meeting the needs of the children that they raise, often under stressful situations. In addition, state legislative officials such as Eddie Day Pashinski and the late state Sen. Ray Musto, have been impressive advocates of the need to further support the GRG community, and have been influential in helping to develop my thinking and responses, professionally and personally.

nePa football fans, rodano’s collect toys for tots during holiday season A Toys for Tots drive was held during the recent holiday season by NEPA football fans and Rodano’s. From left, are Dave Rodano and Nina McCormick of Rodano’s, representatives of the U.S. Marine Corps and JD Ferdinand, NEPA football fans.

Books: ‘Fire and Fury’ sales exploded after the president threatened to sue publishers From page C2

who had released Wolff ’s 2008 biography of Rupert Murdoch, “The Man Who Owns the News,” said he quickly worked out a deal to publish the Trump book. In announcing “Fire and Fury” last November, Holt promised a “white-hot light on a president who made it possible for his family to take over ‘the

people’s house,’ even as other members of Trump’s inner circle tried to govern while serving their unpredictable and often vituperative boss.” Rubin has said he was hoping Trump would tweet about “Fire and Fury,” and sales exploded after Trump not only tweeted but also threatened to sue. An initial print run of 150,000 proved not nearly enough,

and only over the past week did Amazon have hardcovers immediately on hand. “A 150,000 first printing, in today’s world, speaks to being widely confident in what we had,” Rubin said. “Did we know it would tur n out like this? Of course not. No one would know that. But we knew we had a really good book that was going to make noise.”

Q: What type of impact do you feel the NEPA Intergenerational Coalition has had since its founding in 2007? A: The coalition has had an impact in a number of ways. These include the following: Holding 11 annual conferences, and reaching many GRG and social service personnel with up-to-date information regarding GRG and having the benefit of outstanding presenters such as Luzerne County Judge Jennifer Rogers and many wonderful people who either receive services from a variety of agencies or provide support to GRG. In addition, the coalition enhances the means to focus attention and be an advocate of this growing demographic and testifies before state legislative of ficials about regional needs connected with GRG. It also collects and distributes information that has proven critical to the GRG community. The coalition provides answers and responses to specific needs of GRG and relative caregivers and is seeking the use of technology to advance the role of support groups and meaningful techniques to establish a communications process that benefits GRG. One of the most powerful roles is reaching out to as many GRG and relative caregivers as possible, and adding value to opportunities to improve the ability of GRG to cope with ways to relate to their own children that they have raised as well as supporting and raising grandchildren. Within the 11 conferences, the coalition has not only reached many GRG families, but enabled those who have attended these events to meet other GRG families and community specialists who either speak at these events, but can reach out to vendors who have tables at the conferences. In the last two years, we have had more than 40 table vendors. Whenever possible, the coalition has supported and encouraged support groups to be formed and expanded in various sectors of this region. Q: What are the biggest challenges of raising grandchildren? A: There are several big challenges in raising g randchildren. Being responsible at a different a g e str ucture to raise youngsters and learning

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how to educate them, be involved with their health needs, having sufficient funds to support grandchildren, and a host of other factors that are crucial and critical to raising children in an era that is quite different than when they were raising their own children. GRG and relative caregivers need to be strong, have access to a support structure that is not always readily available, and be creative and focused on technology and the new role that in many cases has become a sudden shift and change to their own capability to not only raise youngsters but be responsive to their own health needs and that of their spouses or partners. In some cases, there is no spouse or partner, and that presents other types of challenges. Q: What are the most rewarding moments of raising grandchildren? A: The most rewarding moments in raising grandchildren based upon the cases that have been brought to my attention would seem to be establishing positive results to achieve success, yet facing obstacles that otherwise might be thought of as an almost impossible set of challenges that bring doubt about raising children all over again. On the other hand, seeing a new generation become an important link to the family through GRG can set a tone that becomes the finest reward way beyond reality and achieves a positive arrangement that is astonishing and truly inspirational. My experience in chairing the coalition and meeting a group of family oriented people, facing difficult odds, has been one of the most rewarding moments in my entire career. Q: What is something people might be surprised to know about you? A: Perhaps others might not be aware that I am a writer who has had more than 300 articles published in magazines across the nation, have had columns for many decades in various newspapers, been on TV and radio a great many times. Currently, I have been writing columns for many years, monthly for the Northeast Business Journal and weekly for the Hawley News Eagle. Additionally, I was a captain in the U.S. Army, a commencement speaker for four colleges in this region, and have had my own business consultant firm as HJG Associates. Q: How does parenting grandchildren differ from parenting your own children? A: Parenting grandchildren differs from raising your own children, again based upon the many cases that have crossed my path, in the following ways. GRG are raising grandchildren at a much different age bracket than previously experienced. In addition, this era is radically different than

some prior decades insofar as the rise of technology, the difficulties in job seeking, the problems facing the fiscal issues that have hit the middle class, and the way the educational process is currently which is quite different than when their own children went to school. Television, social media, the rise of computer and smart phones, and many similar trends are all aspects of raising grandchildren that perhaps were not faced in prior generations. Another factor is the issues that caused the need to raise grandchildren such as substance abuse which in too many cases, affected the children of GRG. Q: What are some ways you relax and unwind? A: Relaxing and unwinding includes reading, travel when the opportunity exists, writing, enjoying my wife’s great artistic talent, being involved in many nonprofit entities such as arts organizations, human service entities, and much more. I have probably been a board member of more than 125 nonprofits in my career and president of many of them. Playing tennis is a very important outlet. Q: Can you tell me about an accomplishment that you found most significant in your work with NEPA Intergenerational Coalition? A: Perhaps the most significant accomplishment in the work of the Intergenerational Coalition is meeting and working with a team that brings a positive view of the GRG demographic and being able to call upon any member for advice and support. Also, having the interest and backup of the Pittston Memorial Library as a means to be an administrative arm of the annual conference and the various activities that have proven important such as the library having a support group that meets monthly the only such group that meets during the day. Q. Anything else you’d like to add or want the public to know about you or your work? Other factors that have p rove n t o b e e f f e c t ive include the following: Reaching out to as many people and organizations as possible and finding that other states and areas are trying to do the same thing in connection with GRG. Encouraging the means and seeing a dozen or more sponsors of the conference assist in its support and expanding this list over the years. Seeing print and electronic media enhance the informational base about GRG and expanding how this can be useful and beneficial to the whole regional community. Having the opportunity to suggest ways that the state can expand its role such as a statewide conference, a legislative GRG caucus, a statewide study of GRG, and much more.

How to submit community news The Citizens’ Voice welcomes community news and photographs from community groups, service organizations, senior citizens groups, churches and non-profit organizations. Send community news to community@citizensvoice. com. Fax to 570-821-2247. mail to The Citizens’ Voice, 75 N. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, pa 18701, attn. community news. Call 570-821-2069 for information. Dated announcements should be submitted at least one week prior to desired publication date. Images submitted electronically should be attached as high resolution jpg files. other formats cannot be reproduced in print and will be rejected. all photographs must contain complete identifications for everyone in the photo. please identify those in the photograph by first and last names, from left, by rows. photographs without identifications or with incomplete identifications cannot be considered for publication. Content submitted by email should be typed in the text of the email or attached as a Word document.

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Celebrations SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2018


Caryinna Yenchak and Theron Solomon

Rachel Price and Alan Lucarino

Julie Terrana and Jeff Palumbo

Caryinna Ashlyn Yenchak and Theron Jacob Solomon were united in the sacrament of marriage Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at St. Leo’s/Holy Rosary Church, Ashley, by the Rev. James Alco. The bride is the daughter of Joseph and Geraldine Yenchak, of Ashley. She is the granddaughter of the late Joseph and Anna Yenchak, of Ashley, and the late William and Julia Mayo, of Plains Twp. The groom is the son of Theron and Judith Solomon, of Wilkes-Barre. He is the grandson of the late George Campas, of Luzerne, and the late Claire Watkins and Jacob and Kathleen Solomon, of Wilkes-Barre. The bride was given in marriage by her father. She chose her sister, Britni Yenchak, as her maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Kristen Yenchak, sister-in-law; Sara Woznock, sister of the groom; April Mason, cousin of the groom; Sarah Mentis, cousin of the bride; Natalie Adams, Ashley Ricko, Maggie Shclude, Keri Musto, Arielle Kay, and Chanel Focht, friends of the bride. The groom chose his friends, Billy Lavan and Josh Mason, as his best men. Groomsmen were Joseph McDonough Jr., brother of the groom; Joseph Yenchak Jr., brother of the bride; Ronald Woznock, brother-in-law; Jaron George, Samuel Falzone, Michael Gorham, Mickey Dudish, Joseph Borland, and Pete Monka, friends of the groom. Flower girls were Emma Yenchak, Natalie Yenchak and Kylie Yenchak, nieces of the bride, and Felicity Jones, cousin of the bride. Ring bearer was Tanner McDonough, nephew of the groom. Gift bearers were Donna Tuncavage, aunt of the bride, and Tony Mayo, uncle of the bride. Scriptural readings were given by Kelley Campas and Craig Solomon, cousins of the groom, and Patricia Mentis, aunt of the bride. An evening cocktail hour and reception were held at The Woodlands Inn and Resort. The bride was honored at a bridal shower, hosted by mothers of the bride and groom and the bridal party, at The Colonnade, Scranton. The rehearsal dinner was at The Westmoreland Club, Wilkes-Barre. The bride is a 2007 graduate of Bishop Hoban High School and received her bachelor’s degree in business from Widener University in 2011. She is employed in human resources by Genpact. The groom is a 2005 graduate at E.L. Meyers High School and received his bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from King’s College in 2009. He is a 2013 graduate of the Charlotte School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. He is employed as an attorney by the Dyller Law Firm, Wilkes-Barre. Following a honeymoon to Hawaii, the couple resides in Hanover Twp.

Rachel Lynn Price, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Blake Price, of Mountain Top, and the granddaughter of the late Ruth and John Price, of Sheatown, and the late Edward Kuryloski, of Nanticoke, was united in marriage to Alan J. Lucarino, son of Ronald Lucarino Sr., of Wilkes-Barre, and Francis Geiger, of Larksville. Elsie Kuryloski, of Mountain Top, is the bride’s grandmother. The afternoon ceremony was held on Oct. 21, 2017, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Dallas, with the Rev. Charles Grube officiating. Music was performed by soloist, Jean Grube, who was accompanied by organist, Connie Wilt. Kathy Price, mother of the bride, recited the readings. Given in marriage by her father, Blake Price, the bride chose her sister, Stephanie Price, as her maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Sara Rinehimer, Samantha Selecky, Jody Collins, Courtney Conway and Claire Gothreau. Kiera Lucarino, daughter of the groom, was junior bridesmaid. Allie Lucarino, niece of the groom, was flower girl. Ronald Lucarino Jr., brother of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were John Teleniso, Zach Baldassari, Bob Charles, Joe Foose and Mark Kulakowski. The bride was honored at a bridal shower hosted by her mother, Kathy Price, and aunt, Tami Price, at the R-Bar, Nanticoke. An evening cocktail hour and reception were held at Sand Springs Country Club in Drums. The bride is a graduate of Wilkes University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She is employed as a registered nurse by Commonwealth Health Hospital. The groom is employed as a sheet metal journeyman. The couple honeymooned at Sandals Royal Bahamian in the Bahamas. They reside at Harveys Lake.

Julie Terrana and Jeff Palumbo, together with their families, announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. The bride-to-be is the daughter of John Terrana, of Pittston, and Paulette Terrana-Haddock, of Wyoming. She is a 2004 graduate of Wyoming Area High School and is a 2008 graduate of St. Joseph’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing. She is also a 2007 graduate of the Study Abroad Program at the American University of Rome. She is a health coach and business owner of coaching firm, “Best Whole Self.” The prospective groom is the son of Frank and Lynn Palumbo, of Bristol. He is a 2005 graduate of Holy Ghost Preparatory School and a 2009 graduate of St. Joseph’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He is also a 2008 graduate of the Study Abroad Program at the American University of Rome and earned his MBA in finance from La Salle University in 2015. He is lead business analyst at “Clarion Door,” an insurance software company. The couple will exchange vows at 1 p.m. April 21, 2018, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia. A reception will follow at the Logan Hotel.

submit your celebration The Citizens’ Voice publishes wedding, engagement and anniversary announcements free of charge every Sunday. Wedding announcements may be sent up to 11 months after the wedding. We accept anniversary announcements starting with the fifth anniversary and running each year after that. Deadline for Sunday publication is at least TWO WEEKS BEFORE desired publication date, which should be indicated on the announcement. If no specific date is indicated, the announcement will be published on the next available Sunday. Wedding and engagement photographs are available in color or black and white and will include a credit line for the photographer. Anniversary photos are available in black and white only. Submit studio-quality photographs with your announcement. Only professional-quality prints are accepted. Photos submitted electronically should be sent as a jpeg file, with a resolution of at least 300dpi. Submit your celebration on our website at citizensvoice. com/arts-living/people. Then click on submit engagments, weddings or anniversaries to fill out our convenient online forms. You may also email announcements and photos to, mail it to Cristy Mishkula, The Citizens’ Voice Lifestyles, 75 N. Washington St., WilkesBarre, PA 18701, or drop it off at our first floor customer service department Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Direct phone inquiries to 570-821-2067.

Molly Andrews and Mark Zielen Shannon Mysnyk and Matthew Ogonosky Shannon Mysnyk and Matthew Ogonosky, together with their families, announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. The bride-to-be is the daughter of John Mysnyk, of Erie, and the late Tammy Brozell, of Erie. She is the granddaughter of Laura Deckert, of Erie, and William Brozell, of Erie, and the late James and the late Sonja Mysnyk, of Erie. She is a graduate of Crestwood High School and Luzerne County Community College, where she graduated with an associate degree as a registered nurse. She is employed as an obstetrics nurse by Geisinger Wyoming Valley. She is also employed by Bayada Pediatric Home Health. The prospective groom is the son of Edward and Cynthia Ogonosky, of Hanover Twp. He is the grandson of Dave Owens and the late Sally Owens, of Scranton, and Edward and Mary Ogonosky, of Moosic. He is a graduate of Hanover Area High School and Penn State University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in information sciences and technology. He is employed by InterMetro Industries as a technical support analyst. The couple will be united in marriage Sept. 29, 2018, at East Mountain Inn, Wilkes-Barre.

Mark Paul Zielen and Molly Theresa Andrews, together with their families, announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of David and Nancy Andrews, of Wayne, New Jersey. She is the granddaughter of Anne Andrews, of West Hartford, Conn., and the late Thomas Andrews, and the late Nicholas and Theresann Chanda, of Wayne, New Jersey. She is a 2008 graduate of Wayne Valley High School and a 2012 graduate of The University of Scranton with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She received her master’s degree in health science from Lock Haven University in 2015. She is a physician assistant for an internal medicine practice in Camp Hill. The prospective groom is the son of Dan and Susan Zielen, of Larksville. He is the grandson of Marie Zielen, of Edwardsville, and the late John Zielen and the late Margaret and Edward Stryjewski, of Nanticoke. He is a 2010 graduate of Holy Redeemer High School and a 2014 graduate of Lock Haven University with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training. He works for the Harrisburg branch of Paychex Inc. as a sales representative. He will pursue his MBA this spring. The couple met at Lock Haven University and reside in Mechanicsburg. They will exchange vows Sept. 15, 2018, at the Gettysburg Hotel in Gettysburg.

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50th anniversary


50th anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Trzeciak Mr. and Mrs. Ronald C. Trzeciak, of South Main Street, Hanover Twp. celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 3. The couple was married Feb. 3, 1968, at St. Frances of Assisi Church, Nanticoke. They have two children, Rhonda L. Nelson and her husband, Rob and a son, Brian C. Trzeciak and his wife, Kelly. They have three grandsons, Maxwell R. Nelson, a senior at Syracuse University; Jack E. Trzeciak and Cole M. Tryeciak, students at Knopp School in Lansdale. Mr. Trzeciak is the son of the late Albert and Matilda (Thomas) Trzeciak, formerly of Nanticoke. Mrs. Trzeciak is the daughter of the late Earl and Lois (Grout) Smith, of Alden. Mr. Trzeciak is celebrating his birthday today, Feb. 4.

15th anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Howatt William L. and Jacquelyn F. Howatt celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 5, 2017. They were married in 1967 by the Rev. Howard Hockenberry at the Centenary United Methodist Church, Ashley. Maid of honor was the late Judith Baranowski, sister of the bride. Bridesmaid was Jill Mendygral, sister of the bride. Flower girl was Susan Reavy, sister of the groom. Best man was Robert A. Howatt Sr., brother of the groom. Usher was Thomas Lada, friend of the groom. Mrs. Howatt is the daughter of the late John and Irene

Benedict Otscavich, of Hanover Twp. Both Mr. and Mrs. Howatt are graduates of Hanover Twp. Senior High School. Mrs. Howatt was employed by the former Wyoming National Bank of Wilkes-Barre and the former Heritage Bank of Wilkes-Barre. Mr. Howatt is a retired police chief of Hanover Twp. A celebration was held at the Irem Clubhouse, Dallas. Guests were entertained by the Picture Perfect Band and the Raging Hormones.

reunions GAR Memorial High School, classes of 1950 and 1951, will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, for a luncheon at Theo’s Metro, 596 Mercer Ave., Kingston. All classmates, spouses and friends are invited. For reservations, call Marilyn at 570-288-3102. GAR High School, Class of 1958, will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Patte’s Sports Bar, 65 W. Hollenback Ave., Wilkes-Barre. Plans will be made for the 60th class

day, Feb. 8, at Parsons Family reunion on Sept. 9. Restaurant, 15 N. River St. Kingston Central Catholic High Plains Twp. Plans for a 70th School, Class of 1968, will birthday celebration to be held hold its 50th class reunion Sept. 29 will be discussed. July 21. The committee needs Everyone is invited. For inforcontact information for several mation, contact Beverly Condo class members. Classmates at 570-609-5444. who have not been contacted should call John Gildea at 570- Plymouth High School, Class of 1958, will meet at 5 p.m. Friday, 287-0168 or Patty Kondrak Feb. 16, at Happy Pizza, 40 W. Kopec at 570-709-7203. Main St., Plymouth, for a pizza Plains High School, Class of party get-together. Classmates 1966, will hold a luncheon who are planning on attending meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursshould contact Dottie Acornley

marriage licenses Juan Emilio Nunez Medina and Carmen Maria Vasquez Deabreau. Jose Alberto Altiery and MariaJose Chiquinquira Guiraud. Ery J. Ortiz and Ana Lisbeth Soto Tejeda. Mariana Rodriguez Colon and Virgilio Lopez Martinez. Danielle C. Hess and

Randy L. Bucher. Amy L. Niemkiewicz and Nicholas J. Frenchko. Lepin Ariel Saldana and Janet Cordero. Deedra G. Porfirio and Paul J. Porfirio. Jesse Jacob Wilce and Tristian Lee McGuire. Tiffany Elise Maldonado and Fred Junior Maldonado.

Delba M. Pena Morel and Roger Alberto Romero. Shane M. Snyder and Tana Jo Roberts. Efigenia Guerrero de Moreno and Jorge Antonio Rodriguez. William Jay Hunter and Aleta A. Adanosky. Denise A. Mummey and Mark D. Good.

at 570-954-7095 or by email at no later than Friday, Feb. 9, with their reservations. All class members are encouraged to attend. Wyoming Area High School, Class of 1968, will hold its reunion from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 22 at Wyoming Hose Co. No. 2. For information, visit the Facebook page WAHS class of 1968 or email Penny Sorosky Jurchak at nickel402@hotmail. com or Frank Casarella at

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis

Debbie and Bill Dennis, of Edwardsville, will observe their 15th wedding anniversary Feb. 8. They were married in Plymouth. Mrs. Dennis is the daughter of Dolly Coleman, of Berwick. Mr. Dennis is the son of Theresa Dennis, of Hanover Paul Francis Piliero and Twp. Georgia Saffos. Their attendants were Heather Dourand, Renee ColeDonald J. Giranda and Car- man, Fred Dourand, Kurt Tobin, Fred Dourand Jr., Sean win Paul Unger. Fenner, Alesha Dennis and Karissa Dennis. Casandra Elizabeth Morris Mr. Dennis is self-employed by R&J Hydro Vac. Mrs. Denand Andre George Reid. nis is employed by LCTA as a program administrator of Carlos Ernesto Zavala the shared ride program. Zamora and Susana D. MediThe couple has two daughters, Karissa, 18, and Madison, na Moran. 15. Melissa Anne LaSalle and Mark Allan Reese Jr.

honor rolls hanover area Jr./sr. high school

Klein, Emily Lewis, Tristan Luczak, Kaiden Matthews, Jessica Mission, Ariel MitDaniel Malloy, principal at kowski, Alyssa Moore, Sarah Hanover Area Jr./Sr. High O’Konski, Alicia Orzechowski, School announces the honor Kayleigh Perks, Isabella Poproll for the second quarter. son, Mya Rosario, Stephen Rowley, Kasidy Slusser, Kashigh honors sandra Smith, Jillian Snook, Seventh grade: Brandon Bi- Kailey Wilson, Kaycee Wren, enias, Darius Bohinski, Kate- Frank Yuscavage III. lyn Brodhead, Ethan Chafin, 10th grade: Caitlyn Bly, John Gillespie, Jayden KirkZackery Evans, Christopher patrick, Ian Kunec, Emily George, Abby Korba, Joseph Lehman, Tyler Love, KendRowley, Kalysta Tighe, Aaron all Makowski, Brett MartiTorres. nez, Aiden Materna, Lind11th grade: Emilee Bobos, sey Mieldazis, Payton Monk, Kyle Bohlin, Ashleigh CarMcKenna Nay, Elijah Noe, bohn, Tiffany Eustice, Taylor Brooke Piscotty, Kathryn Po- Gavlick, Julia Graziano, Aaron dolak, Mara Ryan, Timothy Hummer, Justin Kopko, Max Seriani, Noelle Shoemaker, Mendrzycki, Abigail MenDanielys Vazquez Perez, Jadygral, Miranda Mislivets, cob Vigorito, Cole Whitman, Marissa O’Brien, Melissa Colin Whitman, Lauren Whit- O’Brien, Ana Pac, Jose Perman, Cassie Xu. ez Estrella, Connor Quaglia, Eighth grade: Layla BurChristopher Richards, Isabelleigh, Marina Ciavarella, Rila Salci, Andy Xu. ley Corbett, Amanda Cruz, 12th grade: Austin Authier, Dayna Cruz, Sadie Fuller, AlJoseph Berkant, Lauren Blalison Garnett, Emma George, zaskie, Riley Bowers, Angela Sierra Hildebrand, Megan Croop, Rafeeq Davis, Alexa Jones, Amanda Koneski, RiGraboske, Sean Hart, Kaelee ley Kus, Stephanie Lewis, Kane, Darren Martinez, AnEmily Malia, Kaitlyn McCardrew Morgan, Evan O’Konski, thy, Elizabeth Mendrzycki, Troy Pascoe, Tyler Potsko, LydJoseph Mendygral Jr., Alissa ia Rodriguez Roman, Crysta O’Brien, Kalie Quaglia, MeSavercool, Devin Senk, Kayla gan Ralston, Marissa RapShaffer, Hebah Siam, Britney paport, Alexandra Richards, Steininger, Andrew Stremel, Jared Rios, Ashton Schiel, Daniel Thompson, Yinaira ValMasin Seriani, Kimberly entine Rodriguez. Shreve, Morgan Thiemann, honors Diane Tran-Tang, Sydney Wilson, Madeline Youngblood, Seventh grade: AbiMacey Youngblood, Karlee gail Britzke, Gracie BordYuscavage, Jacob Zola. head, Tori Danko R, AryNinth grade: Sydney Allaanna Daubert, Madison baugh, Brenda Arias, Giovan- Elick, Jenessa Ferro, Kaiden na Caines, Marc Chekan, Gronkowski, Leah Hall, CheyBrooke Coleman, Mollie enne Hazeltine, Jacob Jones, Mae Corbett, Megan Davis, Zachary Kopeck, Ryan Kutz, Mia Decker, Jeffrey Derocco Aprilla Mazzoni, Chaszity Jr., Kaitlyn Downey, Mataya Moore, Isibelle Nash, Gabriel Galella, Hailey Griffin, Peter Osorio, Alley Quinn, Marilyn Hibbard III, Nathan Jaslar, Robaczewski, Axel RodriSteven Kauffman, Kaleigh

guez Figueroa, Christopher Romanelli, Hannah Salwoski, Bryanna Savercool, Emily Schutz, Amaya Shutes, Ava Sillah, Liam Skorets, Madison Smith, Kiyada Thomas, Ryan Walton, Madison Wickkiser. Eighth grade: Xavier Ankner, Ma’Kayla Banks, Tyler Booth, Camron Ceppa, Dyllon Cole-Grazino, Amaria Combee, Kyle Cornell, Paul Derwin, Alexandra Dinoski, Zander Feist, Nayshka Flores Torres, Guiliana Garcia, Brianna Gray-Washington, Nina Harvey, Jayden Homa, Graylyn Horn, Albert Jean, Joshua Jones, Britney Katchik, Aiden Kelsall, Dominick Koonrad, Kaycee Kreitzer, Jianna Kupstas, Alanda Le, Emily Matthews, Kyleen McCance, Dylan MislivetsAlexus Nash, Jaydyn Nettles, Veronica Nunez, Zsariah Owens, Makayla Parker, Jessica Pearson, Justin Richards, David Rowles, Landon Rubenstein, Dakota Rubenstein, Alexandra Sheridan, Tyler Ulitchney, Ashlynn Vanchure, Emma VanDemark, Jaimilly Vazquez Perez, Emma Wheeler, Dominique Williamson, Branden Willis, Keira Wombacker, Kaylee Yefko. Ninth grade: Avdo Adzemovic, Lei’Aylah AndersonCombee, Matthew Barber, Ryan Bohlin, Rebecca Bonsavage, Sarah Chekan, Isabella Cooper, Joseph Curcio, Tristan Davies, Asiyah Day, Lukas Evans, Nicholas Evans, Nicholas Gagliardi, Jerzey Gallagher, Paige Gallagher, Kiley Graboske, Tahje Hines, Evan Hontz, Connor Hummer, Devlin Hunlock, Jolie Jenkins, Samuel June, Hunter Karpovich, Sierra Kirkpatrick, Todd Kolbicka Jr., Dylan Martinez, Brianna Mejia, Abbey Mooney, Vic-

toria Ortiz Torres, Madison Osburn, Emily Peplinski, Robert Sabecky Jr., Caden Schiel, Hailey Schmidt, Chrissy Schooley, Shelby Shuma, Amanda Skupski, Alexandra Smith, Seth Strouse, Arielle Wall, Sophia Wildes, Jada Wilson, Emalee Woychio. 10th grade: Nasia Agueda, Joseph Ansback, Jordon Anzalone, Nevaeh Blihar, Brianna Cebula, Charles Cribbs, Lina Crowder, James Cunard, Kiyana Daniely, Katie Daubert, Elianys Delgado Rosado, Julia Elliott, Matthew England, Gabrielle Frame, Julia Fritz, Edward Gensel, Genevieve Gorham, Noah Gottshall, Chrisstopher Lamoreux, Hunter Malia, Lindsey Mendygral, Michel Mieldazis, Lauren Minor, Cameron Orwan, Hunter Pearson, Hannah Pugh, Jovanni Rosario, Tisiany Santos-Cesareo, Justice Sheckler, Peyton Soliday, Jordon Stefanksi, Madison Ulitchney, Emily Umlah, Asad Whitehead, Kandyce Wilcox,Jacqueline Zamber. 11th grade: Kyla Amos, Brandor Arias Balbuena, Crishna Armstrong, Tanisha Atherton, Matthew Beecham, Samantha Boice, Eyonee Brewer, Nicholas Cancel, Nicolas Chekan, Jessica Chieffo, Taylor Coleman, Tiarra Cooper, Rodiann Dontaelli Cotto, Montanna Edwards, Adam Gatusky, Arianna Gryziec, Shaun Gurnari, Gina Hemsley, Julian Homa, Miles Hunter, April Kashmer, Jared Kishbaugh, McKenzie Kus, Brian Lambert Jr., Justin Masur, James McCabe, Sharon Monahan, Collin Monk, Kevin Monk, Samantha Nay, Rhavin Ondek, Jose Pacheco Mora, Shawn Prather, Spencer Riggsbee-Hallager, Kinara Risher, Jamie Samsel, Nerelisse Santiago Mendez,

Joseph Scudder, Arianna Sillah, Gabriel Stefanec, Cody Thomas, Deanna Wadzin, Gregory Wallace II, Kevin Wilcox, Angelique Williamson, Alyssa Wivell, Lily Wright, Siheim Wright. 12th grade: James Amann Jr., Dalton Bath, Nashauna Baucum, Victoria Benning, Madison Birosik, Shannon Boyle, Justine Brannigan, Corwyn Chaban, Michael Coleman Jr., Patrick Connors, Alesha Dennis,Christian Frame, Sabrina Frame, Jared Fulginiti, Kerri Garry, Julia Grochowski, Salvatore Gurnari, Bethany Hannon, Bridget Hannon, Duncan Harding, John Hooper, Modou Janneh, Devin Karpovich, James Kilheeney, Ryan Kornacki, Abbey Kratz, Jacob Kwiatkowski, Nadia Lamoreux, Nina Lamoreux, Kiara Langan, Corey Martin, John Masur, Jaylah Mayo, Laura McCarthy, Nathan Nesbitt, Tabitha Ortiz, Kayla Palchanis, Briant Pena, Marvin Perdomo, Empres Prather, Alexa Read, Haley Rios, Genesis Rodriguez, Mary Slusser, Hector Soto Soto, Jared Stefanowicz, Brooke Stevens Cassandra Stoffel, Zoe Thompson, Latarah VanBuren, Adelia Wallace, Hope Willis, Attraya Woodberry, Randall Yost.

Fifth grade: Isaac Chapman, Murdina Harley and Samuel Higgins. Sixth grade: Brianna Carr, Beneditto Cracolici and Alyse Miller. Eighth grade: Isabella Edwards and Alayna Miller. Ninth grade: Abigail Jerome and Victoria Smith. Tenth grade: Sarah Joseph. Eleventh grade: Rebecca Barber, Vincent Sando and Evan Sicurella. Twelfth grade: Alexandria Bartoli, Emily Cruthers, Joseph Gostynski and Jonathan Shaw.

heights-murray elementary school Heights-Murray Elementary School announces the third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade grade honor roll for the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year.


Third grade: Sydney Atkins, Denzel Carmon, Zoe Chalfant, Sahmya Clarke, Malik Cole, Zubair El-Hadi, Ashanti Featherstone, Nasir Harrell, Aurabella Hulsizer, Isaiah McNeill, Adrian Nunez, Joselyn Ramirez Guzman, Anthony Rivera, Caleb Rivera, Samuel Rodriquez, Jeffery Saico. Fourth grade: Tahir Bolden, Talana Coleman, Isaeballa rock solid Coulter, Caysi Florentino, Euacademy rek Flores, Debora Garcia, Aiden Gyle, Logan Hawkins, Rock Solid Academy announces the second quarter Alex Helferty, Jaynaldo Roig Jiminez, Gavin Lohnes, Zayrihonor roll. ana Marrero, Alivia Price, RiThird grade: Elijah Close, Reese Fuller, Isaac Janison, cardo Reyes, Jacob Shybloski, Alexa Williamson. Faith Lorince, Paige NavesFifth grade: Fransico Aguitad, and Michael Scanlon. lar, Allyson Amigon, Justin Fourth grade: Christianna Barrera, Emily Carr, Julie Naves- Caruso, Peyton Ent, Gerardo Farfan, Kelisbeth Gonzales, tad, Lauren Shatley, Grace Walsh, and Lauren Walters. Please see honors, page C8






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ARIES (March 21-April 19): You’ll convince others to participate in the causes and concerns you believe in. Honesty and sincerity will make an impression on someone in a position to help you turn your ideas and plans into a reality. Love is highlighted. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Observation will be in your best interest. Learn from what you see and hear, and you’ll figure out the best way to use your experience to help you overcome uncertainty or confusion. Take care of responsibilities quickly and you’ll dismiss complaints. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Look for an opportunity that will help you move in a direction that gives you a better chance to excel. Consider new ways to use your skills that are more conducive to the current trends. Personal improvements are encouraged. CANCER (June 21-July 22): You will accomplish the most if you are organized. Preparation and listening to what others have to contribute will make your life easier. Don’t let stubbornness stand between you and victory. Expand your mind, your interests and your friendships. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): A day trip with someone you love will give you a chance to discuss your future plans and to make decisions regarding the best way to alter your personal lives in order to save more time and money. Romance is highlighted. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Personal gains and improvements are highlighted. Getting what you want for the right price will be far more satisfying than paying top dollar or going over budget. Overspending to keep up with someone else will lead to debt and stress. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Plan to have fun with the people you enjoy most. Don’t feel like you have to pay for others. Make suggestions that are affordable to everyone you want to hang out with. Personal improvements or updates look promising. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Intuitive intelligence will be required if you don’t want to make a mistake or misjudge a situation. Listen carefully and share your thoughts and feelings openly, and you will find a solution to whatever obstacle comes your way. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): High energy and a will to win will lead to your success. Don’t let negativity throw you off course or cause you to doubt your capabilities. Love and romance are encouraged and will improve your day. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You’ll have a difficult time making up your mind when it comes to emotional matters. Don’t limit what you can do because you are rigid or walk away from someone special because you are unwilling to compromise. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Keep your personal life and your friendships in perspective. Walk away from persuasive people who are tempting you to get involved in situations that are not in your best interest. Focus on personal growth and romance. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Watch what others do and consider whether you want to get involved. Time is on your side, so don’t feel the need to make a hasty decision even if someone is pressuring you to do so.


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Dear Annie: Recently, I moved into an apartment with my friend “Grace.” Since we moved in, Grace’s boyfriend, “Jesse,” has been spending a lot of time at our place. He stores his groceries in our refrigerator, and they often shower in our (shared) bathroom together while I’m home. Last week, he brought a suitcase over, and he has spent every night here since. I think Jesse’s a nice guy, but I’m uncomfortable having him as our pseudo third roommate. It feels like a violation of my personal space. I don’t want my friendship with Grace to be strained. What is the best way to handle this? — Frustrated Friend Dear Frustrated Friend: Meet with Grace for an open conversation about expectations and boundaries. Together you can come up with a list of house rules, not just regarding how many nights a week boyfriends are allowed to stay but also regarding cleaning, parties, quiet hours, etc. You’ll both need to make compromises — but be honest with yourselves and each other about what you’re willing to accept. Agreeing to a rule that you secretly think is unfair now would only lead to resentment down the road, which would defeat the whole purpose of the document in the first place. And yes, it should be a document — something written down and signed by you both. Dear Annie: A while ago, I wrote to you and asked for advice about what to do about my husband’s frequently looking at women on his phone. You said I should stop snooping and confront him about it. So I took your advice. I stopped

snooping and had a conversation with my husband — which was not unusual, as we converse quite well and openly. I discussed with my husband his perusing on the internet and looking at women scantily dressed. I asked why he feels the need to actively search these images out, and this is what he told me: “All men look at women, and you should be glad I’m looking at women and not men.” I should mention that these are just pictures and videos of women, not pornographic sites with other activities. I stated how this made me feel and told him that happily married men in committed relationships shouldn’t feel the need to actively search these things out. He said that they are just pictures and that I’m being ridiculous for letting it bother me. I asked how he would feel if I were doing the same thing and looking at other men. He said it would not bother him. Am I being insecure, or is this just the way men are and will always be? I would love to hear from your other readers about whether this has been a problem in their relationships and, if so, how they overcame this obstacle. — Never Gonna Be Good Enough Dear Never Gonna Be Good Enough: This is not about whether or not you’re good enough. I’ll open this question up to readers, but every marriage is different, and this type of issue is highly personal. What’s OK to one person isn’t OK to another. I’d encourage you two to seek the help of a counselor in finding a middle ground that works for you both.

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Nora Gillian Knepper, daughter of Jonathon and Elena Knepper, of West Wyoming, is celebrating her second birthday today, feb. 4. Nora is the granddaughter of Thomas and Jo-Ann Pellegrini, of Exeter, and Dennis and Joan Knepper, of Warrior run. Nora has a sister, mea, 9.



State Street Elementary names Spartans of the Semester

State Street Elementary Center in the Wyoming Valley West School District recently honored its Spartans of the Semester. Students in grades K-5 were chosen by their teachers to be honored. Students were selected for various reasons including strong academics, overcoming obstacles, or being an overall well-mannered individual. This award is given out twice a year. Recipients, first row, from left, are Brian Thomas, Gavin Carr, Laney Brown, Rylee LaBar, Helen Evans and Ellie Pockevich. Second row:

Sharlenna Valyo, Adam Sales, Ty’Jae Allah, Gabriella Brito, Khristian Hadvance, Alivia Hooper, Marcus Kanda, Michael Kisankowski, Rylee Kocher, Damnica Lee, Carmello Jimenez, Quentin McClellan and Izabella Vitale. Third row: Kyra Suda, Zachary Ahmad, Mackenzie Schwing, Tyler Pritchard, Chloe Morris, Serenity Denman, Conner Karpowicz, Carleigh Hufford, R.J. Basile, Annika Green, Kylie Evans, Briana Vega, Alyssa McClellan, Ayden Kane and Noah Sienkiewicz. Fourth row: Emily Paucar, Kevin Emmett, Lauryn

Katchik, Makenna Colleran, Brianna Castro, Janessa Cardona, Santino Bowers, Cameron Backley and Arianna Armistead. Fifth row: Jacob Sholtis, principal, Derek Romero, Brenden Spry, Damien Jules, Vidaliz Baltazar, Melida Stenson, Aireana Kelly, Rowan Clark, Markes Asbury, Jamie Wilczewski, Isabella Powell, Santina Wesolowski, guidance counselor, and Maureen Boich, guidance counselor. Also participating were Natalie Geffert, Leo Lyons, Collin McManus, Gavin Navrocki, Nadiyah Rodriquez and Joseph Wilk.

King’s students begin teaching experience at area schools angelica Margaret Saltz, daughter of Larry and Cindy Saltz, of Nanticoke, is celebrating her fifth birthday today, feb. 4. Angelica is the granddaughter of Dorothy melton, of Wilkes-Barre, and Paula DelPrete and Paul Durko, of Swoyersville. She is the great-granddaughter of margaret Bullock, of hanover Twp. Angelica has a sister, Bethany, 8.

How to submit birthdays Birthday photos of children ages 1 through 16 are published free. Send birthday photos to Birthdays, The Citizens’ Voice, 75 N. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. Email a high resolution jpg photo and information to birthdays@citizensvoice. com. Include a daytime telephone number for verification. Call 570-821-2067 for information. Please include child’s last name and birth date in the email’s subject line. Articles should be typewritten. Please include a daytime telephone number to allow us to verify the information. Photos should be received one week prior to the birthday. Photos received late will be published the next available day. We cannot accept color enlargements or computer printouts.

Fifteen King’s College students have begun a 16-week student teaching experience at area elementary, junior-high and senior-high schools. The supervised student teaching experience is necessary to fulfill King’s degree requirements and to obtain a Pennsylvania Teacher Certificate. In addition to providing programs leading to an initial license, King’s Education Department offers master’s degree programs in curriculum and instruction, special education and reading. The college’s post baccalaureate program is available for persons possessing a bachelor’s degree who wish to become certified teachers. For information about King’s

Education Department graduate programs, call 570-208-5983 or visit academics/graduate_majors. First row, from left, are Andria Klinges, Wilkes-Barre, Old Forge Elementary; Halle Higgins, Elmer, N.J., Dana Street Elementary; Brianna Gehan, Hillsdale, N.J., Dodson Elementary; Madalynn Matosky, Wyoming, Riverside Elementary West; Jessica Bolton, Shavertown, Lake-Noxen Elementary; and Haley Tomaszewski, Parlin, N.J., Dana Street Elementary. Second row: Heather Wertman, student teacher supervisor; Jill Kost, Hanover Twp., Pittston Area High School; Julia Stopper, Mountain Top, Pittston Area High

Penn State W-B announces last SAT prep course Beginning March 13, Penn State Wilkes-Barre will host its last seven-week SAT preparation course session for those students interested in taking the SAT exam for the May 5 testing date. Penn State Wilkes-Barre,

in cooperation with Cambridge Educational Services Inc., offers high school students an opportunity to raise their score on the SAT, and instructs students in proven t e s t - t a k i n g s t r at e g i e s. Instructors have more than

20 years of test preparation experience. Students in this course will become familiar with the SAT Reasoning Test, critical reading, writing, math skills, advantages and disadvantages of guessing, ways to reduce the time needed to answer questions, and the scoring of the SATs. Students will also gain experience by taking

School; Kristopher Gildein, Shickshinny, Wyoming Valley West High School; James Spangler, Clarks Summit, Solomon/Plains Jr. High School; Noah Barofski, White Township, N.J., Hanover Area High School; Christopher Kempinski, Mountain Top, Northwest Area Intermediate School; Donny Hopkins, Mountain Top, Northwest Area Middle/High School; Ninaleigh Wozniak, student teacher supervisor; and Br. Stephen LaMendola, C.S.C., director of student teaching. Also participating are Brianna Shishlo, Scranton, Mid-Valley Elementary Center; and Nicole Turner, West Pittston, Wyoming Area Primary Center.

an official off-record SAT test. In addition to classroom taught sessions, Penn State Wilkes-Barre offers an online self-directed SAT Preparation. Once registered, students can prepare for any SAT test that is offered within the next five months. Tuition includes exclusive Web-based materials to help master test content. From interactive lessons,

comprehensive lesson content, knowledge measuring quizzes, and timed tests, students can prepare for the test anytime/anywhere at their own convenience. For information or to register, contact Continuing Education at 570-675-9253 or email at wbce@outreach.psu. edu. Visit http://wilkesbarre.

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