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Local students honor 17 killed in Florida school shooting with walkout demonstrations By Michael P. Buffer and Steve MocarSky Staff WriterS

A long line of Dallas High School students exited the school at 10 a.m. Wednesday, and senior Andrew Francis explained why as roughly 300 fellow students gathered by the grandstand on the snowcovered football field. “They say we’re only focussed on our phones and on technology,” said Francis, an organizer of the demonstration. “But when we actually make a moment like this, there’s criticisms. So let’s show the generations and especially the lawmakers, that we are tired of sitting and waiting for change. We are demanding a change. Whether it comes in the form

on either side, on the sidewalk along Memorial Street and in the driveway alongside and behind their school. They breathed in the crisp, late-winter morning air — hundreds of them, with their backs to the sprawling edifice that is supposed to be a place of knowledge and nurturing and safety, flanking it on three sides. And through their presence, their solidarity, and their 17 minutes of silence, they sent a resounding message to the community. “Even one person is one too many,” Wyoming Area senior class secretary Tommy Walkowiak said after the demonstration, seated in a conference room with coorganizer and Student Coun-

cil Vice President Olivia Bellanco and two administrators. house backs school Bellanco, also a senior, safety bill in florida said student organizers spent shooting response. Page a8 most of last week and this week organizing the walkout with Wyoming Area School of gun laws, mental health District Superintendent counseling, school safety, Janet Serino, Principal Jon better funding for education, Pollard and other faculty we need a change.” members. Students across the nation “It’s something that’s very coordinated 17-minute walknear and dear to our hearts outs at 10 a.m. local time in since the victims were close response to the 17 shooting to our age. The majority of deaths a month ago at Marjothe kids were 17 years old, so ry Stoneman Douglas High I think it’s very important School in Parkland, Florida. that we spread awareness More than 500 students and connect as a school more walked out of the Wyoming than anything at this time,” Area Secondary Center in Bellanco said. the morning and stood silentAdministrators and stuly shoulder-to-shoulder, dents at other area schools clutching the hands of those coordinated indoor events, such as assemblies and moments of silence, in response to the Feb. 14 Florida school shootings. Hanover Area Jr./Sr. High School students gathered in the school gym to observe a 17-second moment of silence as a school bell rang 17 times to recognize the victims. Some schools in Pennsylvania and other states tried SubMitted to discourage students from High School assembled in the gymnasium Wednesday walking out by threatening

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Hanover Area Junior/Senior to observe a 17-second moment of silence as a school bell rang 17 times to recognize the victims from Parkland, Fla.

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Michael Huntington lays flowers in the snow at Dallas High School on Wednesday during a walkout.

‘Enough is enough’: US students protest over gun violence By collin Binkley aSSociated PreSS

They bowed their heads in honor of the dead. They carried signs with messages like “Never again” and “Am I next?” They railed against the National Rifle Association and the politicians who support it. And over and over, they repeated the message: Enough is enough. In a wave of protests one historian called the largest of its kind in American history, tens of thousands of students walked out of their classrooms Wednesday to demand action on

gun violence and school safety. The demonstrations extended from Maine to Hawaii as students joined the youth-led surge of activism set off by the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. “We’re sick of it,” said Maxwell Nardi, a senior at Douglas S. Freeman High School in Henrico, Virginia, just outside Richmond. “We’re going to keep fighting, and we’re not going to stop until Congress finally Please see Walkout, Page A4

Report filed claims ‘It’s a miracle:’ Child is unharmed state lawmaker abused after train collides into car in Avoca Toohil, other woman By Bill Wellock Staff Writer

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AVOCA — Mikayla Davis says it is a miracle that her son is still alive. Her son, 3-year-old Camden Davis, was in her car when a train collided with it on tracks crossing York Avenue in Avoca. Davis, 22, of Duryea, was driving the car during Tuesday’s crash. Her son was in a child safety seat in the back. Her sister, 20-year-old Jenna Davis of Scranton, was sit-

ting next to her, catching a ride after dropping off her own car for work. Mikayla Davis said she didn’t notice warning lights, bells or a gate blocking the track. It wasn’t until she was on the tracks that the gate in front of her went down, she said. At that point, she began to panic. courteSy of JeNNa daviS She reversed the car, but hit the gate behind her. She Mikayla Davis’ car was destroyed after a train Please see train, Page A7

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Today is Friday, March 16, the 75th day of 2018. There are 290 days left in the year. In A.D. 37, Roman emperor Tiberius died; he was succeeded by Caligula. In 1521, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his crew reached the Philippines, where Magellan was killed during a battle with natives the following month. In 1751, James Madison, fourth president of the United States, was born in Port Conway, Virginia. In 1802, President Thomas Jefferson signed a measure authorizing the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. In 1926, rocket science pioneer Robert H. Goddard successfully tested the first liquid-fueled rocket at his Aunt Effie’s farm in Auburn, Massachusetts. In 1945, during World War II, American forces declared they had secured Iwo Jima, although pockets of Japanese resistance remained. In 1966, NASA launched Gemini 8 on a mission to rendezvous and dock with Agena, a target vehicle in orbit; although the docking was successful, the joined vehicles began spinning, forcing Gemini to disconnect and abort the flight. In 1978, Italian politician Aldo Moro was kidnapped by the left-wing Red Brigades, who later murdered him. In 1988, a Protestant extremist launched a one-man gun-andgrenade attack on an Irish Republican Army funeral at Milltown Cemetery in Belfast, Northern Ireland, killing three of the mourners. Today’s Birthdays: Country singer Ray Walker (The Jordanaires) is 84. Movie director Bernardo Bertolucci is 77. Game show host Chuck Woolery is 77. Singersongwriter Jerry Jeff Walker is 76. Country singer Robin Williams is 71. Actor Erik Estrada is 69. Actor Clifton Powell is 62. Rapper-actor Flavor Flav (Public Enemy) is 59.

The Human Life Resource Center, Wilkes-Barre, recently commemorated its 30th year of service to the community with a holy hour of prayer and social, and more recently with a dinner. The center is an allvolunteer crisis pregnancy center which offers alternatives to abortion, and infant clothing and related

items to needy young families. Volunteers, first row, from left, are Joan Gilligan, Phyllis Warakomski, Joann Loyack, Kathy Mitchell, and Diane Stone. Second row: Kathy Masalonis, Betty Caffrey, director of the center, Judy Parnell, Tony Noyalis, Joe Warakomski, Catherine Kearney and Christopher Calore.

Rotary club to host All ‘Fore’ Books mini golf event The Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre created a new All ‘FORE’ Books Mini Golf event to benefit the Osterhout Free Library. The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at the Osterhout Free Library, Wilkes-Barre. Funds raised from the golf classic benefit yearround children’s programs held at the Osterhout Library and its three branches throughout the city. Cost is $10 per adult and $5 for children 12 and under. This includes the opportunity to play mini golf in the library. Balls and putter are provided. Participants can enjoy 18 fun and unique holes within, through and around the library stacks. Every player who gets a hole-in-one on the 18th hole will be entered in a chance to win a $500 cash prize. Tickets are available now at any library location, at the door on the day of the event, or from any Rotary member. There are many sponsor-

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Family feud flares with acid attack By BoB KalinowsKi Staff Writer

CONYNGHAM TWP. — A long-simmering family feud turned toxic on Tuesday when a man doused his son with acid during a domestic dispute, causing severe injuries, state police at Shickshinny said. Ricky M. Polgar, 60, is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment in connection with the volatile incident at 405 S. Main St. The victim, Gregory Polgar, 23, was taken to the Lehigh Valley Burn Center

for treatment of “severe burns” to his head, face, arms, chest and le gs, RiCKy police said. PolgaR Police said the incident occurred around 3:15 p.m. while troopers were already en route to the home in an attempt serve the younger Polgar with a restraining order the father recently obtained against him. In the protection-fromabuse application, Ricky Pol-

Police seize 400 bags of heroin By ERiC MaRK Staff Writer

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — A Plymouth man sold 400 bags of heroin possibly laced with fentanyl during a controlled drug purchase Tuesday, according to police. Kharyee Idrees Abdurruzzaq, 29, sold the drugs to a confidential informant at an arranged drug buy in the parking lot of Wendy’s restaurant on Schechter Drive about 7:40 p.m. Tuesday, according to a criminal complaint filed by Scranton police and the state Attorney General’s Office. The confidential informant gave Abdurruzzaq $1,200 in marked bills in exchange for the suspected heroin, police said. The informant told police the drugs likely contained fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, according to police. Once the purchase was complete, Wilkes-Barre Twp.

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gar said he wanted to kick his son out of the house for assaulting him last month and police advised him getting a PFA would be the quickest way to legally bar him from the home. Court records indicate law enforcement made attempts to serve Gregory Polgar with the PFA since it was approved by Judge Lesa Gelb on Feb. 21, but they were unable to locate him. The father and son filed PFA orders against each other in the past, claiming physical abuse, records show. Gregory Polgar claimed his

father once pulled a knife and tried to stab him. In the alleged acid attack case, Ricky Polgar told police his son showed up at the home on Tuesday afternoon and tried to enter a side door. He said he told his son all his belongings were on the porch and to “take his stuff and leave.” Both were pushing against the door, and Gregory Polgar eventually was able to get inside, he told police. He claimed his son started punching him in the head, so he threw a “house clean-

er” at him to stop the assault. Police would only say the substance was an “unknown acid.” Gre gory Polg ar, who arrived at the home with his mother, first traveled to Berwick Hospital for treatment. During an interview there, he admitted to a struggle to open the door but said his father threw the acid at him as soon as he entered. He said the substance started to immediately burn his skin so he rushed to the kitchen sink, but the home’s water service was shut off. He and his mother then

rushed to the hospital in Berwick, he said. Gregory Polgar was later transferred to the Lehigh Valley hospital for treatment to the first- and seconddegree burns. Ricky Polgar was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Ferris Webby in Wright Township. Webby ordered Polgar jailed in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000 bail. Contact the writer: 570-821-2055 @cvbobkal

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police and members of the Luzerne County Drug Task Force took AbduraBduRRuz- ruzzaq into custody. Offizaq cers found him in possession of the marked bills that had been provided to the confidential informant and a cellphone with a number that matched the one used to arrange the drug purchase, police said. Abdurruzzaq told officers he knew what was happening to him, then stated he would not be cooperating with law enforcement, according to police. Police charged Abdurruzzaq with felony counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility. He was arraigned Wednesday morning and sent to Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 26. Abdurruzzaq’s criminal history in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties includes charges of agg ravated assault, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and drunken driving. His last known address was in Plymouth, according to police.

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The Jewish Community Center of Wilkes-Barre honored Cori’s Place volunteers with pizza and ice cream at a luncheon Wednesday. For the past 15 years, Cori’s Place volunteers have helped at the center by preparing and serving senior adult meals four days per week and cleaning up afterward. The work teaches the volunteers daily living skills and helps them build friendships. Above: From left, Joseph Bubblo, A.J. Warkamski, Robert Jones and Kristen Hershberger, enjoy some pizza. Left: Cori Gwilliam and Heather Hughes dig in for dessert.

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W-B/Scranton airport beefs up security By BoRys KRawCzEniuK Staff Writer

Federal security agents have begun tighter screening of departing air travelers’ electronic devices at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. They now require passengers to remove all electronics larger than a cell phone from carry-on bags and put them in bins for X-ray screening. Until Monday, they only had

to place laptops in the bins, a restriction in place for years. Transportation Security Administration checkpoint screeners get a better X-ray of a device outside of a bag. The new restriction encompasses iPads and other tablet computers, e-readers, game systems and any other device bigger than a cellphone. Homeland security officials received intelligence last year that potential terrorists

began talking about disassembling electronic devices and putting explosives in them, TSA spokesman Michael England said. The restrictions began at larger airports last summer. TSA gradually rolled them out across the country during the last year and expects to have all the nation’s airports screening this way by the summer, England said. It will take that long

because it takes time to train TSA staff on new screening methods. “TSA must constantly enhance its security procedures to stay ahead of evolving threats,” Karen KeysTurner, TSA’s federal security director for the airport, said in a statement. The new security screenJake danna StevenS / Staff PhotograPher ing does not apply to passengers who signed up for TSA Travelers at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport make their way through security Wednesday. precheck.


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punishment. That did not appeartobethecaselocally. About 100 students exited Wyoming Valley West High School in Plymouth and gatheredaroundtheflagpolefrom10 to 10:17 a.m., Principal David Novrocki said. In Wilkes-Barre, a group of 30 students gathered aroundtheMeyersHighSchool flagpoleinthemorning,WilkesBarre Area School District Superintendent Brian Costello said. Coughlin High School stuMark Moran / STaff phoTographer dents coordinated a large walkout in the afternoon. More than Coughlin High School students Josh Wychock and 300 students walked in snow Kiersten Usher hold hands as they join other students flurries for 17 minutes around

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the small field at North Washington and East Union streets inWilkes-Barre.Afterthat,they gatheredintheschoolgym. “If you see something, say something. If you know somebody has a weapon, say something,” Principal Hal Gabriel toldhisstudents. Coughlin students and faculty helped raise $325 for the victims and families of the Stoneman Douglas shooting, and the senior class will match with another $325, senior class advisorMikeGallisaid. The snow on the ground and the cold wind on the Back Mountain didn’t stop the Dallas students from participating in thenationalevent. “We as young Americans are pickingupthetorchforthefight for our own safety, and it is a fight we are committed to win,” senior Madalyn Arthur said during the demonstration. “Regardless of personal beliefs, we walked out today to say neveragain!” Around 500 students stayed insidetheschoolinDallasTwp., and teachers continued to provide classroom instruction to those students, Principal Jason Rushmer said. The teachers agreed they wouldn’t give students any quizzes or tests during the demonstration, Rushmersaid. “People are scared of going to school,” Francis said at the protest event. “They go to school in fear everyday. Parents dread that they’re going to get the call that their child was another victim to gun violence. Teachers have to learn about what to do in the case of active shooters. Students have to learn. We are demanding a

change because this needs to change.Schoolsaresupposedto be a safe place for learning, for having fun, talking to your friends, not worrying if it’s going to be the last day you’re evergoingtoseethemagain.” At the Wyoming Area SecondaryCenterinExeter,half of the student body — about 1,100 students in grades seven through 12 — participated in the walkout, and those who didn’t gathered in the gymnasium,Serinosaid. “It’s something that’s very near and dear to our hearts since the victims were close to our age. The majority of the kidswere17yearsold,soIthink it’s very important that we spread awareness and connect as a school more than anything atthistime,”Bellancosaid. Walkowiak added, “Everyone will always have their own political opinions, and that’s great and all. But everyone needs to exercise their rights, basically, and do what they can in their community – and even above that – to ensure that our school is a safe environment for students to go to.” Bellanco said her favorite part of the experience was seeing many underclassmen participating and knowing they are “the future of Wyoming Area.” Organizing the walkout hasn’t been the only collaborative effort at Wyoming Area following the Florida school shootings. Students and school officials are trying to be proactive to prevent any student from feeling alone or marginalized, Pollard said. “Unfortunately, a lot of the things that have been pushed

in the media are ‘that moment,’ but we don’t talk about the days, weeks, months and years ahead of time where we could have reached out a hand to try to help a student or ask the questions, ‘What do you need? How can we help?’ So we’re really trying to focus our energies on that on the back-end of this,” Pollard said. Serino noted that it’s important for teachers and administrators to listen to students, and she’s been meeting with students since the beginning of the school year. Bellanco said there’s a movement among students to reach out to schoolmates who might be unpopular or are being bullied, or who might otherwise be loners. “We’re starting to focus more on awareness, focusing on everybody and making sure people know that they can come and have people to talk to, whether it’s students or administrators, that there’s always somebody there,” she said. Serino added it’s also important for administrators, teachers and staff to know their students. “My administration knows, I really got on a tirade the other day and said, ‘Do we really know our students?’” Serino said, rapping her knuckles hard on the table, emphasizing each word of her question. “When you have 1,100 students in a school building, that’s difficult sometimes.” Contact the writers: 570-821-2073, @cvmikebuffer 570-821-2110, @MocarskyCV

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makes resolute changes.” Students around the nation left class at 10 a.m. local time for at least 17 minutes — one minute for each of the dead in the Florida shooting. Some led marches or rallied on football fields, while others gathered in school gyms or took a knee in the hallway. At some schools, hundreds of students poured out. At others, just one or two walked out in defiance of administrators. They lamented that too many young people have died and that they’re tired of going to school afraid they will be killed. “Enough is enough. People

are done with being shot,” said Iris Fosse-Ober, 18, a senior at Washburn High School in Minneapolis. Some issued specific demands for lawmakers, including mandatory background checks for all gun sales and a ban on assault weapons like the one used in the Florida bloodbath. While administrators and teachers at some schools applauded students for taking a stand — and some joined them — others threatened punishment for missing class. As the demonstrations unfolded, the NRA responded by posting a photo on Twitter of a black rifle emblazoned with an American flag. The caption: “I’ll control my own

guns, thank you.” The protests took place at schools from the elementary l eve l t h ro u g h c o l l e g e, including some that have witnessed their own mass shootings: About 300 students gathered on a soccer field at Colorado’s Columbine High, while students who survived the Sandy Hook Elementary School attack in 2012 marched out of Newtown High School in Connecticut. In the nation’s capital, more than 2,000 high-school age protesters observed 17 minutes of silence while sitting on the ground with their backs turned to the White House. President Donald Trump was out of town.

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The final resolution of the tax deferment project that helped turn Highland Park Boulevard into a bustling commercial corridor could come next week. Or maybe not, if WilkesBar re city of ficials get their way. Luzerne County, WilkesBarre Twp. and WilkesBarre Area School District have agreed on the disbursement of about $2.9 million leftover from a 20-year-old Tax Increment Financing program, known as a TIF, according to county Manager David Pedri. All three bodies deferred property tax revenue for commercial properties on Highland Park Boulevard, as well as Mundy and Coal streets, as part of the TIF, which dates from 1998. However, Wilkes-Barre officials contend the TIF cannot be ended before the final phase of the project — an extension of Coal Street across Wilkes-Barre Boulevard to connect with Union Street — is completed, city mayor Tony George said Wednesday. The county, the township and the school district will send a letter to the county redevelopment authority by the end of this week, Pedri said Wednesday. The bodies will request that the authority release the remaining TIF funds it has held in a dedicated account as the parties involved negotiated, he said. At Tuesday’s county

council meeting, Pedri said the funds will be distributed in proportion with the amount of tax revenue each taxing body deferred. The county’s share of that, 42 percent, would be about $1.2 million, he said. “This would be a great accomplishment for Luzer ne County,” Pedri said. “It’s been a long drawn-out process.” Council members said the resolution of the TIF and the disbursement of the funds is overdue. Councilman Harry Haas said the experience has made him wary of tax deferment proposals. “We need to get every penny we are owed before I eve r vo t e fo r a ny T I F again,” Haas said. The school district would receive 55 percent and the township would receive 3 percent of the remaining funds, according to Pedri. On Wednesday, WilkesBarre Area School District Solicitor Ray Wendolowski said the school district agrees with the county’s position. “The TIF should be concluded,” Wendolowski said. He said the school district’s share of the leftover funds should amount to slightly more than $1.5 million. Andrew Reilly, executive director of the county redevelopment authority, said the authority sent letters to the three taxing bodies, telling them that if they reached a joint agreement, the authority would be will-

ing to release the funds. If the authority receives formal notice of such an agreement before its next meeting on Tuesday, it could vote to disburse the funds then, Reilly said.

agree to disagree That might depend on a legal challenge from WilkesBarre. Mayor George on Wednesday said the city is prepared to seek a court injunction if necessary to stop the funds from being dispersed. “I don’t think they can do that,” George said. “We are part of that TIF. I’m not going to let them disband it.” The project will not be complete until the Coal Street extension is finished, so the funding should remain in a dedicated account, George said. George said he has met with Pedri several times over the dispute, without resolution. “We agreed to disagree, is what it came down to,” he said. Pedri on Wednesday said the county has “always been supportive of Wilkes-Barre city development.” He said the county would be receptive to discussing a new tax deferment proposal for future development projects in the city. But it is time for the Highland Park TIF to end, Pedri said. “This particular funding source is over,” he said. contact the writer: 570-821-2117

Election board member’s eligibility under question By eric Mark STAFF WRITER

WILKES-BARRE — The newest member of the Luzerne County Board of Elections might not be eligible to serve because he holds an elective office, former county Controller Walter Griffith said Wednesday. Luzerne County Council on Tuesday appointed Keith Gould, of Fairview Twp., to an open Republican seat on the five-member election board. Gould did not attend Wednesday’s election board meeting, at which Griffith spoke during public comment. He said Gould is not eligible to serve on the election board because he holds an elected position as a member of the county Republican Party committee, to which he was elected in 2016.

The county charter prohibits elected officials from being appointed to county boards, Griffith said. Election board members referred the matter to board solicitor Michael Butera. He said he would review the county charter and consult with county chief solicitor Romilda Crocamo. Crocamo, reached by phone after the meeting, said she would consult the county charter and relevant regulations and issue an opinion today. Butera said he planned to review whether it makes a difference that Gould holds an elected position within a political party, rather than a legislative or executive position in a governing body. County Councilman Eugene Kelleher, chairman of council’s authorities,

boards and commissions committee, said he did not think Gould has a conflictbecause his committee post is a purely political position. “I don’t think the charter applies to that,” Kelleher said Wednesday night. “I thought that referred to elected public officials.” However, Kelleher said he would seek a legal opinion on the matter. If an attorney advises county council that Gould has a conflict, council members will ask Gould to resign his committee position if he wants to serve on the election board, Kelleher said. A phone message left at a listed number for Keith Gould in Mountain Top was not returned. contact the writer: 570-821-2117

Avoca man accused of molesting boys By BiLL WeLLock STAFF WRITER

AVOCA — An 18-year-old Avoca man sexually assaulted three boys at a victim’s home and in woods in the borough on several occasions, police said. Austin W. Quick of the 100 block of Main Street was jailed in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $150,000 bail after police filed charges against him Wednesday.

According to the criminal complaints: Quick would go to the home of one of the victims to play video games and would also ride bikes with two of the victims who he had known for some time. The alleged assaults began in June 2017 and lasted until January 2018. On several occasions, Quick sexually assaulted two of the victims he knew, according to arrest papers. In January, he met a third victim who knew the

other boys and assaulted him as well, police said. Police charged Quick with numerous sex crimes, including sexual assault and indecent assault onchildren under 13. Quick’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. March 27 in front of Magisterial District Judge Joseph J. Carmody. contact the writer: 570-821-2051, @CVBillW

court Notes DOMESTIC RELATIONS Judge Fred A. Pierantoni III, presiding Wednesday over Luzerne County Domestic Relations Contempt Court, ordered the following defendant jailed for failure to pay child support: n Christopher Peterson, 164 Oliver St., Floor 2, Swoyersville, $9,089; 45 days. n Shawn Rubin Sr., 91 Shaver Ave., Shavertown, $1,239; 30 days. n Mahlon Kennedy, 16 Laurel St., Rear, Wilkes-Barre, $1,050; 14 days. Warrants were issued for the following defendants: n Jeremy Stephens, 68 Church St., Larksville, $2,879; in two cases. n Peter Baker, 13 Caitlin Ave., Apt. 5, Wilkes-Barre; $3,411. n Meshick Carovinci, c/o 26

Green Road, Shavertown; $1,238. n Michael Fronczek, 500Schooley Ave., Apt. 71, Exeter, $5,534; in two cases. n Tyrik W. Johnson, 541 Alter St., Hazleton; $2,178. n Brett Cooley, 34 Maple St., Dallas; $4,257. n Rodney J. Samson Jr., 249 Reservior Road, Dallas; $2,342. n Edward Healey, 202 Schooley Ave., Exeter; $6,115. n Eric Czock, 429 E. State St., Larksville; $5,365. n Andrew J. Lech, 589 N. Vine St., Hazleton; $6,674. n William T. Whittaker, 527 N. Vine St., Hazleton; $900. n Maria A. Fegley, 648 W. Grant St., Hazleton; $666. n Jamie Roman, 549 Peace St., Hazleton; $851. n Richard Brizzy, 152

Sorbertown Hill Road, Hunlock Creek; $ 749. n Edgardo Altamirano, 6 Kresge St., Wilkes-Barre; $766. n Stacey Behrmann, 407 Lincoln Ave., Jermyn; $518. n Kevin Sullin, 95 Stant St., Wilkes-Barre; $2,413. n Rassan Hoskins, 35 Start St., Pittston; $2,970. n Mark Luczak, 273 River St., Nanticoke; $446. n Pedro Rivera, 363 E. South St., Wilkes-Barre; $2,287. n Jesus D. Cruz, 29 Garnet Lane, Wilkes-Barre; $2,944. n Glenn Hamilton, 157 Bowman St., Wilkes-Barre; $12,548. Anyone with information on the defendants listed is asked to call the Luzerne County Domestic Relations tipline at 570-606-3000.

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This pill has been used safely in Japan for over 75 years, and the active ingredient can soothe painful inflammation and stiff joints that so many older Americans are suffering from today. It also works to rebuild your cartilage and joint material that naturally degrades over time. The pills cost significantly less than other, less-effective drugs as well, which is critical in this era of skyrocketing health care costs. Some patients reported their pain management costs have been reduced by 87%. The specially formulated pill is now being offered on a trial basis in the United States under the brand name Proflexoral™.

Eases Pain In Minutes Patients are ecstatic for this incredible joint painreliever because it can ease pain in as little as 15 minutes and steadily improves mobility and relieves stiffness over the first 24 hours. The active ingredient comes from a natural source that has been proven to reduce painful inflammation. There have been no major side effects in the history of this ingredient. “I felt relief almost immediately in my knees and it just got better from there. I can finally use my hands again. I never go a day without it now. I sleep a lot better too since I don’t wake up stiff and sore in the middle of the night. I recommend Proflexoral™ to all my friends now,” says Don Miller of Ohio.

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How This Breakthrough Compound Works Researchers have recently discovered that as we age, our body produces enzymes that naturally increase inflammation and eat away at cartilage and joint material. This causes chronic pain as the joint slowly degrades and becomes inflamed. The compound that can reverse this process is commonly known as BSE. “This special compound acts like a fire hose for burning inflammation in the body, which causes most of the pain you feel. It works by inhibiting the enzymes that cause inflammation, “ says Dr. Ralph La Guardia, a physician in Connecticut who specializes in geriatric care and pain management. “It also works by replacing the joint material that naturally degrades with age with new, healthy material that allows your joints to essentially ‘rewind the age clock’.” Dr. La Guardia has begun recommending Proflexoral™ to his patients and has seen the incredible results time and time again.

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John Lombardo and Leonard Insalaco died in a blaze in Pittston 25 years ago. By BoB KaLinowsKi Staff Writer

PITTSTON — Some friends forget to call Pittston Mayor Mike Lombardo on his birthday, but they always remember to reach out every March 15. Tragedy struck the Pittston area that day in 1993 when his brother John, 25, a Pittston firefighter, and Leonard Insalaco, 20, a West Pittston fireman, died in a ferocious blaze on North Main Street in the city.


Today marks 25 years. A wreath-laying ceremony will be held today at 6:30 p.m. at a monument dedicated to the men on Kennedy Boulevard. A Mass will follow at 7 p.m. at the St. John the Evangelist Church. “Sometimes we say, ‘Lest we forget,’ and then we forget. It’s nice to see people didn’t forget,” Lombardo said. “It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years.” As painful as the tragedy is to recall, Lombardo said he thinks the men left a legacy of selfless service — as volunteers — that continues to inspire modern-day first responders.


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The blaze that killed the men occurred at the peak of a big snowstorm. Insalaco and Lombardo were volunteer firefighters who were among the first to rush into the inferno that was ravaging several Main Street businesses. The building collapsed shortly thereafter, burying the men under tons of stone, rafters and steel beams as the fire continued to rage. “The healing process is kind of forever,” Lombardo said. “Your friends and family always help.” contact the writer:, 570-821-2055, @cvbobkal

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got out, tripped and fell. Her sister ran around to open the back door. That’s when the train hit the car, pushing it down the track. “We were both crying. We thought, ‘He’s got to be dead,’ but then I heard my nephew cry,” said Jenna Davis. Mikayla Davis went to get her son and JennaDaviscalled911. Avoca police said the car seat

Camden Davis was in likely savedhislife,JennaDavissaid. Norfolk Southern spokesman Jon Glass said communications and signals employees inspected the site and that the gates and warning system were operating properly, and that a witness said the gates appeared to function properly. The train has a camera that officials will review,butaninvestigationinto the situation is the purview of localpolice,hesaid.

AcalltoAvocapoliceseeking more information was not immediatelyreturned. The Davis family was gratefulonWednesdaythateveryone madeitoutunharmed. “It’s a miracle,” said Mikayla Davis. “I’m so happy about my baby boy. I don’t care about the car, anything else, just that he’s alive.” contact the writer: 570-821-2051, @CVBillW

Hearing: Tarah Toohil’s temporary protection-from-abuse order on agenda from Page a1

House GOP leaders said in a statement they would send their investigative file on Delaware County Republican Rep. Nick Miccarelli to the county prosecutor in Harrisburg for review. Miccarelli has not been charged and vehemently denies the allegations. Republican Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-116, Butler Twp., filed a complaint with the House on Feb. 8 and, last week, obtained a temporary protection order against Miccarelli, a five-term Republican. Miccarelli and Toohil are set to square off today at a hearing in Wilkes-Barre on whether to

extend Toohil’s temporary protection from abuse order. The order prohibits Miccarelli from being any place where Toohil lives or works, meaning he is not permitted to step foot in the Capitol when she is there. In a petition filed with the court, Toohil alleged Miccarelli pointed a gun at her, threatened to kill her and was physically abusive during a relationship that ended several years ago. She also asserted that he has been physically intimidating her at the Capitol this year. After her Feb. 8 complaint, Toohil wrote, “I ... now fear for my safety at work.” A second accuser, a political

consultant, claims that after she ended their relationship in 2014, Miccarelli came to her house and forced her to have sex. Both women have been interviewed by the Dauphin County district attorney’s office. Miccarelli categorically rejects the allegations as lies and has resisted calls from House GOP leaders, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and others to resign, calling his accusers former girlfriends with whom he had “consensual sexual relations” before his recent marriage.



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Perry denies interest in VA job Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Wednesday he had no interest in becoming the next head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, flatly rejecting speculation that he would soon take over the position amid rapidly eroding White House support for embattled VA Secretary David Shulkin. Two administration officials told The Associated Press that Shulkin’s position is growing more precarious and that he could be out of a job within the week, but cautioned that nothing was finalized. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity.

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6 U.s. soldiers hit by avalanche An avalanche hit six Army soldiers undergoing mountain-warfare training near Vermont’s highest peak Wednesday, sending five to the hospital. Rescuers worked to evacuate the six soldiers training at Smugglers Notch, a narrow pass at the northern edge of Mount Mansfield. The base of the notch is surrounded by steep cliffs on both sides. Five soldiers were taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. Their injuries were not considered lifethreatening. The sixth soldier returned to duty.

Stephen Hawking recalled as best-known physicist of his time Hawking died Wednesday at age 76. By rOBerT BArr AssociAted Press

LONDON — Ste phen Hawking, whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body was paralyzed by disease, died Wednesday. He was 76. Hawking died at his home in Cambridge, England, according to a statement by the University of Cambridge. The best-known theoretical physicist of his time, Hawking wrote so lucidly of the mysteries of space, time and black holes that his book, “A Brief History of Time,” became an international best-seller, making him one of science’s biggest celebrities since Albert Einstein. “He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man

More inside lack of evidence put hawking’s nobel hopes in black hole. Page B7 whose work and legacy will live onformanyyears,”hischildren Lucy, Robert and Tim said in a statement. “His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world. He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss himforever.” Even though his body was attacked by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, when Hawking was 21, he stunned doctors by living with the normally fatal illness for more than 50 years. A severe attack of pneumonia in 1985 left him breathing through a tube, forcing him to communicate through an electronic voice synthesizer that gave him his

distinctive robotic monotone. But he continued his scientific work, appeared on television and married for a second time. As one of Isaac Newton’s successors as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, Hawking was involved in the search for the great goal of physics — a “unified theory.” Such a theory would resolve the contradictions between Einstein’s theory of relativity, which describes the laws of gravity that govern the motion of large objects like planets, and the quantum mechanics theory, which deals with the world of subatomic particles. For Hawking, the search was almost a religious quest — he said finding a “theory of everything” would allow mankind to “knowthemindof God.” “A complete, consistent unified theory is only the first step: our goal is a complete

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Britain’s Professor Stephen Hawking delivers a keynote speech as he receives the Honorary Freedom of the City of London during a ceremony at the Guildhall in the City of London in 2017. understanding of the events around us, and of our own existence,” he wrote in “A Brief History of Time.” In later years, though, he suggested a unified theory might not exist. He followed up “A Brief History of Time” in 2001 with the more accessible sequel “The Universe in a Nutshell,” updating readers on concepts like super gravity, naked singularities and the possibility of an 11-dimen-

Ex-student charged in Fla. shooting silent in court Nikolas Cruz is accused of killing 17 people at a high school last month.


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Mccain’s daughter ‘optimistic’ on return Sen. John McCain continues to undergo treatment for brain cancer in Arizona, but Meghan McCain said it’s possible her father could return to Washington by the summer. Meghan McCain on Tuesday gave an update on her father’s health to a Phoenix radio station, saying a timetable has not been determined for her father return to the Senate. “I wish I had an exact date, but I just don’t,” Meghan McCain told KTAR-FM. “I am very cautiously optimistic about the summer, yes.”

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United mistakenly flies dog to Japan United Airlines said it’s investigating after mistakenly flying a Kansas family’s dog to Japan. KCTV reports that Kara Swindle and her two children flew from Oregon to Kansas City, Missouri, Tuesday on a United flight. They went to a cargo facility to pick up 10-yearold Irgo, a German shepherd, but were instead given a Great Dane. Swindle, of Wichita, Kansas, learned Irgo had been put on a flight to Japan, where the Great Dane was supposed to go. Airline officials in Japan put Irgo on a flight back to Kansas City. It isn’t clear when the dog will arrive.


23 russian diplomats ousted Relations between Britain and Russia plunged Wednesday to a chilly level not seen since the Cold War as Prime Minister Theresa May expelled 23 diplomats, severed high-level contacts and vowed both open and covert action against Kremlin meddling after the poisoning of a former spy. Russia said it would respond soon to what it called Britain’s “crude” and “hostile” actions. While May pledged to disrupt Russian espionage and “hostile state activity,” she gave few details about how hard Britain would hit Russian politicians and oligarchs where it really hurts — in their wallets — associated press

sional universe. Hawking said belief in a God who intervenes in the universe “to make sure the good guys win or get rewarded in the next life” was wishful thinking. “But one can’t help asking the question: Why does the universe exist?” he said in 1991. “I don’t know an operational way to give the question or the answer, if there is one, a meaning. But it bothers me.”

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Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., joined by, from left, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., Rep. Mike Bost R-Ill., Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Rep. Buddy Carter R-Ga., talks about his bill, the ‘STOP School Violence Act of 2018,’ in Washington on Wednesday.

House backs school safety bill in Florida shooting response By MATTheW DAly AnD keVin frekinG AssociAted Press

WASHINGTON — The House overwhelmingly approved a bill to improveschoolsafetyWednesday,the first gun-related action by Congress since the shooting that left 17 dead at a Florida high school. The bill authorizes $500 million over 10 years for grants to improve training and coordination between schools and local law enforcement and help identify signs of potential violence before they occur. Lawmakers approved the bill, 40710. It now goes to the Senate, where a similar measure is being considered. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the bill “provides a multi-layered approach” to identify threats so authorities can stop violence before it occurs.

“Tragic violence has no place in ourschools.EveryAmericanbelieves that,”’ Ryan said. “This legislation will actually take concrete action to prevent that.” ThevotecameastheFBIannounced itisdoublingthenumberof supervisors assignedtoreviewtipsreceivedfromthe public about possible threats of mass shootingsorotherviolence. Deputy FBI Director David Bowdich told a Senate committee that the agency “could have and should have done more” to investigate information it received prior to the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The FBI received at least two credible tips that the suspect in the Florida school shooting had a “desire to kill” and access to guns and could be plotting an attack, but

agents failed to investigate. “While we will never know if any such investigative activity would have prevented this tragedy, we clearly should have done more,” Bowdich told the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senate panel was considering a similar proposal to improve school safety, but a hearing Wednesday focused on law enforcement failures in Florida. Besides the FBI lapses, Broward County, Florida Sheriff Scott Israel has said his office received more than 20 calls about accused gunman Nikolas Cruz in the past few years. Sen. Charles Grassley, the Republican chairman of the committee, noted that Israel declined an invitation to testify Wednesday, as did Michael Carroll, secretary of Florida’s Department of Children and Families.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The former student charged with killing 17 people at a Florida high school last month remained silent in court Wednesday and had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf as police released more recordings that captured the terror of the Valentine’s Day slayings. Nikolas Cruz, crUz shackled and wearing red jail clothes, sat in the jury box with his head bowed and said nothing during the brief hearing. Because he refused to announce his plea, the judge entered it for him on each of the 34 counts he faces. His attorney Assistant Public Defender Melisa McNeill reiterated that Cruz would plead guilty if prosecutors waived the death penalty, which they refused to do. Cruz is accused of carrying out the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that also wounded 17 people in a case that has reignited a national debate about gun control and school safety. It also prompted a nationwide walkout of thousands of students Wednesday, who showed solidarity with the Parkland students a month after the shooting.

Toys R Us says it will close or sell all U.S. stores Two local stores are located in W-B, Dickson City. By MichAel cOrkery the new York tiMes

Toys R Us, the iconic retail chain that has sold toys and games to millions of children for generations, is closing shop in the United States. After filing for bankruptcy protection in September and suffering through a brutal holiday shopping season, the company decided on Wednesday to close or sell all of its remaining stores, after executives met with creditors throughout the day, according to three people briefed on the discussions. More than 30,000 American jobs are at risk as the company winds down. It is a colossal failure for a company that started out in 1948 as a small store in Washington selling cribs, strollers and other baby items.

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Toys R Us’s management has told its employees that it will sell or close all of its U.S. stores. That’s according to a toy industry analyst who spoke to several employees who were on the call Wednesday. The business eventually grew to more than 2,000 stories, with a wide inventory that made it a destination for children and with an advertising jingle — “I don’t want to grow up, I’m a Toys R Us kid” — that was embedded in the American consumer consciousness. The company’s headquarters in Wayne, New

Jersey, are on Geoffrey Way, named after its once-ubiquitous giraffe mascot. But in the age of internet retailing, Toys R Us has struggled with an antiquated sales model that could not keep up with Amazon and Walmart, and was burdened by $5 billion in debt from a leveraged buyout in 2005.

“They were at the intersection of so many challenging trends, and they were at the wrong end of those trends,” said Michael Dart, a retail expert and a partner at the consulting firm A.T. Kearney. “All of these forces coming together fundamentally tipped them over the edge.” Liquidation sales will take place over the next few months, as the company clears the shelves at its roughly 880 Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores around the country. The company signaled that it was nearing the end when it said Wednesday morning that it would shut all of its stores in Britain. In the afternoon, executivesinformedcorporatestaff in Wayne about the decision to close the United States stores. The global toy industry has ben fighting a losing battle for the attention of children obsessed with smartphones and tablets. Global toy sales have been growing slightly each year, but at a slower pace

than that of electronics and video games. In addition, online toy sales have increased by more than 55 percent in the past two years to $17 billion in the United States, while e-commerce revenue for toys has exceeded brick-and-mortar performance in parts of Europe, according to Clavis Insight, an e-commerce research firm. After filing for Chapter 11 protection, Toys R Us had planned to shed some of its debt load and refresh its operations. But after a languid holiday sales season, the company’s lenders grew worried about whether Toys R Us executives were taking steps drastic enough to restructure the business to allow it to compete over the long term, according to the people briefed on the matter. In recent weeks, the creditors had begun to lose patience with the management and its turnaround efforts, these people said.

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Editorial THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018



Stephen Hawking will be remembered for his mind, humor and spirit


tephen Hawking never ceased to surprise. After being diagnosed at 21 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, he shocked medical experts by living for another 55 years before dying Wednesday at 76. While the disease robbed him of his body, it could not steal his mind. Hawking became not only one of the leading astrophysicists of his time, but the public face of that discipline. Perhaps the best-known predecessor for Hawking in the public realm was Carl Sagan, the late Cornell astronomer who made that science accessible to millions through popular books and television. But Sagan took his followers on a tour mostly of the observable universe, describing the origins, mechanics and, yes, the poetry of the stars and planets. Hawking’s realm was the theoretical, the very origins of the universe, the big bang, black holes and time/space. His book, “A Brief History of Time,” was a colossal best seller at 9 million copies. But the book is widely believed to be the least read best seller ever, because of the subject’s mind-boggling complexity. Yet Hawking became well-loved within the popular culture because his humanity and sense of humor transcended the limitations that his disease imposed on his body. He appeared on a “Star Trek” derivative and voiced his own role for an episode of “The Simpsons,” for example. Asked how he managed to be so productive and personable while living with ALS, he said: “Although I cannot move and I have to speak through a computer, in my mind I am free.” Hawking contributed mightily to human understanding of the universe. But he justly will be remembered, also, as an inspirational example of the human spirit. “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious,” he advised. ‘And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”

YOUR OPINION Church anniversary a historic event Editor: The Diocese of Scranton is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Congratulations. There is great publicity about the historic event. St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Parish and Church is the fourth oldest Polish Roman Catholic C h u rc h i n t h e U n i t e d States. I repeat, in the United States. This is the Mother Church of Polish parishes in the diocese and nowhere is this mentioned. The church has an outstanding history. It has produced many vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Its choirs have entered national competitions and came out on top. We have supplied countless people for the armed forces and fortunately, most have returned home. We have had outstanding priests. We have always been financially secure. Now, there has been a restructuring of churches

and great sums of money were spent to outsiders in this so-called study. In our local situation, the pastor chose people to be our representatives. Many of them had minimal knowledg e of our church. They grew up in other churches. T here were not that many meetings. It seems those from other churches, who were the most vociferous, had their way. Even with our rich history, sound financial situation and vocations, the decision makers decided to close St. Stanislaus. Many people can’t and will not abandon St. Stanislaus. My people and others from Poznan, Poland, founded this historic church. I personally attended its school, sang in the choir for 40 years, took its CCD class for 40 years, was an officer in Holy Rome Society for 40 years and was chairman of the historical committee. One does not think the

opioids. It does this by establishing an evidence-based prescription drug formulary for the workers compensation system — similar to formularies currently used in many private and public insurance plans. Lawmakers, vote I encourage our represento curb opioid crisis tatives to support efforts to Editor: According to the curb the opioid crisis by votCenters for Disease Control, ing in favor of Senate Bill Pe n n s y l va n i a h a d t h e 936. nation’s fourth-highest rate Frank Scavo of drug overdoses in 2016. old Forge To break it down even further, nearly 38 of every More women needed 100,000 Pennsylvanians died from overdoses in 2016. In in the US Congress Editor: The population of total, over 63,000 American lives were stolen by opioids Pennsylvania in 2017 was estimated at 12.8 million. Fifacross the United States. There is no disputing that ty-one percent, or a majority, we are in the middle of an of this population is female. All total, there are 20 peoepidemic. The Pennsylvania House ple representing the state of of Representatives will have Pennsylvania in the United an opportunity to put a dent States Congress. Not one is a in these numbers by passing woman. As the saying goes, “If Senate Bill 936. What this legislation does is ensure you have no seat at the injured workers get the table, you are probably on medications they need to the menu.” return to work, while avoidRosalie Berezich ing the over utilization of trucksville

coal miners, bazaar people, or pierogi markers quite had in mind what is happening now in the church. Frank Mrufchinski NaNticoke

Good leaders will make good schools The solutions to the nation’s problems already exist somewhere out in the country; we just do a terrible job of circulating them. For example, if you want to learn how to improve city schools, look how Washington, New Orleans and Chicago are already doing it. Since 2011 the graduation rate at Chicago public schools has increased at nearly four times the national average, to 77.5 percent from 56.9 percent. The percentage of Chicago students going to twoor four-year colleges directly after graduation increased to 63 percent in 2015 from 50 percent in 2006. Sean Reardon of Stanford compared changes in national test scores between third and eighth grade. He found that Chicago students were improving faster than students in any other major school district in the country. Chicago schools are cramming six years’ worth of education into five years of actual schooling. These improvements are proof that demography is not destiny, that bad things happening in a neighborhood do not have to determine student outcomes. How is Chicago doing it?

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Well, its test scores have been rising since 2003. Chicago has a rich civic culture, research support from places like the University of Chicago and a tradition of excellent leadership from school heads, from Arne Duncan to Janice Jackson, and the obsessive, energetic drive of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Chicago has expanded early childhood education and imposed universal fullday kindergarten. After a contentious strike in 2012, Emanuel managed to extend the school day. But he and the other people who led this effort put special emphasis on one thing: principals. We’ve spent a lot of time over the past few decades debating how to restructure schools. We’ve spent a lot of time trying to help teachers. But structural change and increasing teacher quality don’t get you very far without a strong principal.

Researchers from the the liturgies of practice University of Minnesota that govern the school day: a n d t h e U n ive r s i t y o f the rituals for welcoming Toronto studied 180 schools members into the commuacross nine states and con- nity; the way you decorate cluded, “We have not found walls to display school vala single case of a school ues; the distribution of i m p rov i n g i t s s t u d e n t power across the communiachievement record in the ty; the celebrations of absence of talented leader- accomplishment and the ship.” quality of What do When you learn t r u s t i n g principals do? relationabout successful ships. They build a c u l t u r e . Principrincipals, you Re s e a rch e r s pals set the from McKin- keep coming back culture by sey studied to the character their very test scores behavior — f ro m h al f a traits they embody the message m i l l io n s t u is the perand spread: dents in 72 son. energy, countries. Research They found s u sts trustworthiness, thatg itg etakes that students’ mindsets were honesty, optimism, five to seven twice as powfor a determination. years erful in preprincipal to dicting scores h ave f u l l as home environment and impact on a school, but demographics were. How most principals burn out do students feel about their and leave in four years or schooling? How do they less. Chicago has one of the understand motivation? Do highest principal retention they have a growth mindset rates of any large urban to understand their own system, 85 percent. Princidevelopment? pals are given support, These attitudes are pow- training and independence. erfully and subtly influ- If you manage your school enced by school culture, by well for a couple of years in a


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row, you are freed from daily oversight from the central office. But the big thing is transforming the role. Principals used to be administrators and middle managers, overseeing budgets, discipline, schedules. The goal was to be strong and decisive. Today’s successful principals are greeting parents and students outside the front door in the morning. That Minnesota-Toronto study found successful principals made 20 to 60 spontaneous classroom visits and observations per week. In other words, they are high-energy types constantly circulating through the building, offering feedback, setting standards, applying social glue. In some schools, teachers see themselves as martyrs in a hopeless cause. Principals raise expectations and alter norms. At Independence Middle School in Cleveland, principal Kevin Jakub pushes a stand-up desk on wheels around the school all day. Research also suggests a collaborative power structure is the key. A lot of teachers want to be left alone and a lot of principals don’t want to give away

p owe r, b u t s u c c e s s f u l schools are truly collaborative. The Wallace Foundation website recently described the exemplary activism of former Kentucky principal Dewey Hensley. In his first week he drew a picture of a school on a poster board and asked the faculty members to annotate it together. “Let’s create a vision of a school that’s perfect. When we get there, then we’ll rest,” he told them. School governance was led by a simple structure of three committees, populated and headed by teachers. Hensley also visited the homes of the 25 most disruptive students. When you learn about successful principals, you keep coming back to the character traits they embody and spread: energy, trustworthiness, honesty, optimism, determination. We went through a period when we believed you could change institutions without first changing the character of the people in them. But we were wrong. Social transformation follows personal transformation. DavID BROOkS is a columnist for The New York Times.

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Funeral notices anDres, nancy lee — Thursday, 11 a.m., St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, White Haven. Friends, Thursday, 10:30 to 11 a.m. Brennan, Mary c. — West Pittston. Thursday, 9:30 a.m., Gubbiotti Funeral Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter. Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m., Corpus Christi Parish, Immaculate Conception Church, 605 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston. BrunDaGe, Philip c. — Falls. Blessing service, Thursday, 11:30 a.m., Bednarski Funeral Home, 168 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. Dante, samuel J. — Old Forge. Funeral Mass, Thursday, 10 a.m., Prince of Peace Parish, St. Mary’s Church, 123 W. Grace St., Old Forge. Friends, Thursday, 9 to 10 a.m. GruZDas, anna — Plymouth. Friday, 9:30 a.m., S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth. Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m., St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, Hanover Twp. Friends, Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. GrYsKeVicZ, David Matthew — Bear Creek Twp. Mass of Christian Burial, Thursday, 11 a.m., St. Andre Bessette Parish, 668 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Friends, Thursday, 9:15 to 11 a.m. HoPKins, Patricia a. — Kingston. Friends, Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m., at Gubbiotti Funeral Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter. JacoBs, Walter H., sr. — Friday, 10 a.m., James J. Dougherty Funeral Home Inc., 2200 Trenton Road, Levittown. Friends, Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m., and Friday, 9 to 10 a.m. KleM, Helen Marie — Formerly of Plains Twp. Mass of Christian Burial, Friday, 10 a.m., Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Hudson Road, Plains Twp. Friends, Friday, 9 to 10 a.m. Kolesar, theresa Marie — Swoyersville. Friday, 9 a.m., BetzJastremski Funeral Home, 568 Bennett St., Luzerne. Mass of Christian Burial, 9:30 a.m., St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Swoyersville. Friends, Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. lanGan, Michael D. —

Stroudsburg. Mass of Christian Burial, Wednesday, 10 a.m., St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 818 Main St., Stroudsburg. Visitation, Tuesday, 5 to 7 p.m., at Joseph J. Pula Funeral Home Inc., 23 N. Ninth St., Stroudsburg. laZZari, theresa nicole — Philadelphia. Thursday, 11 a.m., Mamary-Durkin Funeral Service, 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre. lesKo, terry — Pittston Twp. Friday, 9:30 a.m., Lokuta-Zawacki Funeral Home, 200 Wyoming Ave., Dupont. Mass, 10 a.m., Holy Mother of Sorrows Church, 212 Wyoming Ave., Dupont. Friends, Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m. letosKi, Joseph G. — WilkesBarre Twp. Friday, 9:30 a.m., Jendrzejewski Funeral Home, 21 N. Meade St., Wilkes-Barre. Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m., Our Lady of Hope Parish, Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre. Friends, Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m. notari, Joseph r. — Ashley. Friday, 9:30 a.m., George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley. Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m., St. Leo’s/Holy Rosary Church, 33 Manhattan St., Ashley. Friends, Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m., and Friday, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. noVaK, Joseph J. — Dallas. Friday, 10 a.m., Simon S. Russin Funeral Home Inc., 136 Maffett St., Plains Twp. Friends, Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m. scott, robert H., Jr. — Sweet Valley. Thursday, noon, Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown. Friends, Thursday, 11 a.m. to noon. sHiFFer, linda D. — Dallas. Thursday, 11 a.m., Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., Routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek. tHoMas, Paul — Edwardsville. Memorial services, Saturday, 1 p.m., Nebo Baptist Church, 78 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. Vitali, conrad G. — Pringle. Mass of Christian Burial, Thursday, 9 a.m., Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 13 Hudson Road, Plains Twp. WinarsKi, Paul James — Glen Lyon. Thursday, 7 p.m., Church of the Most Holy Trinity, 520 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke. Friends, Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m.

New service time for Michael Chrzanowski The funeral for Michael Chrzanowski will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Twp., with a Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. in Ss. Peter and

Joseph J. Danowski March 13, 2018

Joseph J. Danowski of Forty Fort passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at his home. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Jendrzejewski Funeral Home, WilkesBarre.

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Frances E. Regula February 13, 2018

Frances E. Regula of Wilkes-Barre passed away in her sleep on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. She was preceded in death by her father, Michael Regula; mother, Agnes (Dalton); sister, Barbara (Regula); and brother-in-law, Bernard Mros. She is survived by her nephew and godson Michael Mros, Falls Church, Va.; and nephew, Matthew Mros, Wilkes-Barre. Frances was born in October 1936 in Long Beach, Calif., where her father was stationed with the U.S. Navy. Early on she found her life’s calling, attending and graduating from the Nesbitt Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1957. Frances then moved to Philadelphia, where she lived and practiced nursing for more than 30 years, and then returned to the Wilkes-Barre area after retiring. There will be a celebration of her life and interment ceremony from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Sat-

urday in the chapel in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Bear Creek. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in Frances’ name to the National Kidney Foundation. Arrangements are by Metcalf-Shaver-Kopcza Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming.

Betty Pearce March 9, 2018

Betty Pearce of Hanover Twp. passed away Friday, March 9, 2018. She was the daughter of the late John “Sharkey” and Lula Welch Tosh. She was preceded in death by her son, Wayne John, and brothers, William, Stewart and John. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Alfred; son, Duane “Duke” Pearce, Hanover Twp.; several nieces and nephews; and Emily and Ally Ebert, who were like her grandchildren. Betty was a member of Christ United Presbyterian Church, a former member of their Chancel Choir and a past president of their Women’s Group. She was a graduate of Hanover High School, Class of 1948. She was formerly employed by Social Security for many

years, retiring in 1992. Memorial contributions may be made to Wyoming Valley Presbyterian Church, 105 Lee Park Ave., Hanover Twp. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Mamary-Durkin Funeral Service, 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre.

Patricia E. Storosko January 21, 2018

Patricia E. Storosko of held at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Bliss Street, Hanover section Faustina Parish Church, of Nanticoke, passed away Hanover Street, Nanticoke. Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in GeisArrangements are by Earl inger Wyoming Valley Medi- W. Lohman Funeral Home March 14, 2018 cal Center, Plains Twp. Inc., 14 W. Green St., NantiJosephine Ann “Cini” A Memorial Mass will be coke. DiGennari, 78, of Pittston Twp., passed away unexpectedly at home, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. March 12, 2018 Funeral arrangements are George “Chick” Mushin- Barre General Hospital. pending from Adonizio Funeral arrangements are Funeral Home LLC, 251 Wil- sky, 93, of Main Street, Plains Twp., passed away Monday, pending from Yeosock liam St., Pittston. March 12, 2018, in Wilkes- Funeral Home, Plains Twp.

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Judith Falzone Samartzis March 13, 2018

Judith Falzone Samartzis, 69, of Pittston, passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Born in Pittston, on Dec. 14, 1948, she was the daughter of the late William and Mildred Tomchak Falzone. Judy attended Pittston High School, graduated from Immaculata High School, Mendham, N.J., and College Misericordia. She worked as a music teacher in the Delaware Valley School District, later teaching in Australia and retiring from teaching music at Seton Catholic High School. After retiring from teaching, Judy had worked as a secretary for Milazzo Industries. Judy had a profound love for God, music and her family. She was a faithful organist and choir directress at the former St. Mary’s Assumption Church, Pittston; United Methodist Church, West Pittston; the former St. Mark’s Church, Inkerman; and most recently St. Joseph Marello Parish, Pittston, formerly Our Lady of Mount Car mel Church. She was a member of the St. Joseph Marello Parish Altar and Rosary Society and Columbiettes. She was a past member of N.P.M. (National Pastoral Musicians) and P.M.E.A. (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association). Judy’s greatest joy was her grandson, Carter. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt and will be truly missed. She is survived by her daughter, Dora Sims and her husband, Herb, Trucksville, and their son, Carter; sisters,

Antoinette Fath and her husband, William, Pittston; Sister Esther Falzone, SCC, Mendham, N.J.; and Marie Cunningham and her husband, Joe, Columbia, S.C.; brothers, William Falzone and Joanne, Pittston; and Joseph Falzone and his wife, Annette, West Pittston; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Joseph Marello Parish, 237 William St., Pittston. Those attending are asked to go directly to the church Saturday morning. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in St. Mary’s Assumption Cemetery, Hughestown. The family will receive friends and relatives from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Adonizio Funeral Home LLC, 251 William St., Pittston. Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Marello Parish. To leave a condolence, visit Judy’s obituary at

Genevieve Mazzeo March 13, 2018

On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, Genevieve Mazzeo passed peacefully into eternal life at Hospice of the Sacred Heart at the age of 97. Genevieve was a resident of Pittston and most recently resided at Old Forge Manor. Born in West Pittston, she was the daughter of the late Damiano and Philomena Carpinella Destefano. She was a graduate of West Pittston High School and, since 1948, she had lived in Pittston. In her early years she had worked as a bookkeeper, as well as worked in the local garment industry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her three siblings, Michael Destefano, Amelia DeCarlo and Grace Maines. She became a widow in 1992 when her husband, Patrick, of 44 years passed away. Though missing him deeply she lived each day with faith and courage, doing her best to be a blessing to her friends and family. Surviving are her daughter, Patricia and her husband, J. David Lombardi, a grandson, Scott and wife, Bridgid, Archbald; a granddaughter, Kimberly Georgetti, Old Forge; two great-granddaughters, Clare Lombardi and Olivia Georgetti; brother-in-law, Frank Mazzeo, Old Forge; sisters-in-law, Victoria Vasil and Catherine Mazzeo, both of New Jersey; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A special thank you to the staff of Old Forge Manor and the staff of Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore, for the compassionate care they provided to Genevieve. Funeral services will be held at 9:15 a.m. Friday at Adonizio Funeral Home LLC, 251 William St., Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Marello Parish, 237 William St., Pittston. Interment will follow in West Pittston Cemetery. Friends may call from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Scared Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Suite 7, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. To leave a condolence, visit Genevieve’s obituary at www.

Angie B. Chapasko March 14, 2018

The funeral of Angie B. Chapasko will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday from Lehman Family Funeral Service Inc., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass at 10

a.m. in St. Leo/Holy Rosary Church, Ashley. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Guilford Harrison Bartlett Jr. March 11, 2018

Guilford Harrison Bartlett Jr., “Gil” to his friends and family, passed away Sunday morning, March 11, 2018. Gil’s wishes were to have a private funeral and burial at

the convenience of the family. Arrangements were by Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home, Routes 29 and 118 Pikes Creek.

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Marian A. Marotti, LPN March 6, 2018

On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, a lifelong LPN, loving mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother passed from this world into the next. Marian Agnes Marotti, 79, of Kingston, fell into her eternal sleep while in the loving care of her family at her private residence. Born Sept. 20, 1938, she was the daughter of Ruth Harowitz. Her mother passed at an early age and was raised by her mater nal grandmother, Pearl Ida Harowitz. Marian was educated in the Wilkes-Barre area and graduated from St. Nicholas High School, Class of 1957. Marian continued her education at St. Mary’s School of Practical Nursing, Scranton. She graduated in 1959 as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). Her first employment after graduation was in the St. Joseph School for Orphans in Scranton as a nurse. She also held employment at the Mercy Hospital and Leader East. Marian found a lifelong career caring for the elderly at Wesley Village Nursing Facility, Pittston. She was employed as an LPN for 30 years until her retirement in 2008. Marian was not just a dedicated nurse, but a loving mother as well. In 1960, she married Joseph Thomas Kennedy and they started a family. Together, they suffered the loss of one of their children, Maureen, later in 1960, but together they raised five other children. Unfortunately, Joseph and Marian separated in 1972. Later that year, after the

Agnes Flood, Marian found the love of her life, Thomas Marotti. He became her confindente, soul mate and a stepfather to help raise the children. In 1984, they married to complete the family. In her later years, Marian enjoyed time with her children and her grandchildren. She also enjoyed a good book or taking a trip to visit the local casinos to try her luck. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ruth; maternal grandmother, Pearl; infant daughter, Maureen; daughter, Karen Kennedy; husband of 32 years, Thomas Marotti; and her brother, Jacob “Jake” Harowitz. Marian is survived by her daughters, Laura (Keith) Winters, Williamsport; and Joann (Mark) Salijko, Plains Twp.; sons, Joseph (Michele) Kennedy, Pittston; and Christopher (Jammi) Kennedy, WilkesBarre; grandchildren, Kayla (Todd) Martin, Clarks Summit; Tara (John) Wilbur, Montrose; Joclyn Kennedy, Pittston; William Kennedy, Plains Twp.; Megan Winters, Pittsburgh; Justin Winters, Williamsport; Joseph Kennedy, Plains Twp.; and Madison Winters, Williamsport; greatgrandchildren, Bryce and Eli Martin, Clarks Summit; and her beloved pet and friend, Penny. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Yanaitis Funeral Home Inc., 55 Stark St., Plains Twp. Friends and family may call from 1:30 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. For condolences to the family, and for directions to the service, please visit www.

Agnes E. Dubinski March 12, 2018

Agnes E. Dubinski, 89, formerly of Forty Fort, and most recently a resident of Mercy Center, Dallas, passed away Monday, March 12, 2018, at the Celtic Hospice Inpatient Unit, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre. She was born in Larksville, daughter of the late Thomas and Victoria Batory Maher. As a young woman, after graduating from Larksville High School, Agnes relocated to Philadelphia to attend nursing school, where she studied to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN). After working at Doctor’s Hospital in Philadelphia as an LPN for several years, Agnes returned to the valley to marry and start a family. Agnes and her husband, Dan, had fun raising their daughter, Lori, and son, Danny, in Forty Fort. Agnes was a great cook and baker, especially known for her ricotta cookies, which are still made by her children following her original recipe. Her accomplished sewing skills were applied in making clothes and costumes for family and friends. These skills were further put to use as a seamstress working at Leslie Fay. With her husband, Agnes was an active member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, Swoyersville, including the Altar and Rosary Society. As the “go to girl” for the Batory family history, Agnes would often tell stories and explain the family tree to relatives. Agnes kept active by participating in family outings, including blueberry picking and skiing, along with practicing yoga as well as joining in Crisman Street Canasta Club. An avid Phillies fan, Agnes was sure to catch every radio

John Mayerski of Swoyersville passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 13, 2018, surrounded by loved ones. Born Nov. 3, 1940, he was a son of the late Peter and Justina Semanek Mayerski. He grew up in Edwardsville and was in the first graduating class at Central Catholic High School in 1958. He was a star baseball and basketball player and served as the football manager. After graduation, he held a job at Heavenly Shoe Factory before transitioning to Bridon American Corp. in Exeter, where he spent more than 30 years, retiring in 2014. John moved to Swoyersville in 1985 after marrying his wife, the former Andrea Dicton. They were married for 33 years and have two children, son, Christopher and his wife, Kelly, Springfield; and daughter, Michelle at home. He was an avid softball player and bowler across many leagues, especially at Chacko’s over the years. He spent a lot of his time cheering on his son and daughter at all of their sporting events, as he was their No. 1 fan. In addition to cheering on his children, his whole life he was a big Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns fan. John was a Eucharistic minister for many years at the former St. Hedwig’s Parish in Kingston, and most

recently was a member of St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in Kingston. In addition to his wife, Andrea, and his children, Christopher and Michelle, John is survived by his g randchildren, CJ and Luke; brother, Joseph Mayerski; sisters, Helen Niznik and Maryann Suda; and numerous nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Kopicki Funeral Home, 263 Zerby Ave., Kingston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Church, Nesbitt Street, Larksville. Interment will be in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Courtdale. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

March 13, 2018

North Carolina; and Joseph Halecki, Kingston; grandchildren, Joseph Stefanowicz and his wife, Susan, Keith Stefanowicz and his wife, Cathy, Krista Patla and her husband, Edward, Valarie Yatsko and Michael Sompel and his wife, Michelle; eight great-grandchildren; and sisters, Helen Kwashnick, Wilkes-Barre Twp.; Leona Ostraszewski, Wapwallopen; Anna Bizub, New Jersey; and Jennie Shucavage, New Jersey. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday from Jendrzejewski Funeral Home, 21 N. Meade St., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Andrew’s Parish, Parrish Street, Wilkes-Barre. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Maternity Cemetery, West Wyoming. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Stella’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at River Run Nursing for their kind and compassionate care for the last several years.

Allan Randall March 12, 2018

broadcast. Her quick laugh and ready smile will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Dubinski, and her brother, Vincent Maher. Mrs. Dubinski is survived by her daughter, Lori and her husband, Patrick Healey, Kingston Twp.; son, Daniel Dubinski, Plains Twp.; grandchildren, Patrick, Kelly and Rachel Healey; brother, Joseph “Tip” Maher, Hanover Twp.; nieces; nephews; and cousins. The family is grateful for the wonderful care provided by the staff of Mercy Center. The Office of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Mary’s Byzantine Church, Chestnut Avenue, Kingston. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdsay at Kopicki Funeral Home, 263 Zerby Ave., Kingston. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Byzantine Cemetery, Dallas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Joseph Center in Scranton or to Mercy Center in Dallas.

It is with great sadness that the family of Allan Randall announce his passing on Monday, March 12, 2018, in Wilkes-Barre, at the age of 74. Allan is survived by his wife and best friend of 49 years, Elaine Randall, their son, William Allan Randall, and their five grandchildren, as well as his oldest son, Allan Randall, seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and sisters, Renee and Ramona. Allan’s funeral will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday from Grontkowski Funeral

Home P.C., 51 W. Green St., Nanticoke, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church (secondary site), Nanticoke. Entombment will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery Mausoleum, Hanover Twp. Friends and family are invited to join Allan’s wife, Elaine, and children at calling hours that will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge, Dallas.

Ann Marie Brady March 13, 2018

Ann Marie Brady of Kingston passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in WilkesBarre General Hospital. She was born Jan. 20, 1931, in Kingston, a daughter of the late Charles and Katherine O’Malley Brady. A graduate of St. Mary’s H i g h S ch o o l , s h e w a s employed for many years as the switchboard operator by Barre Footwear. She was a member of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, Kingston, and its Altar and Rosary Society. Surviving are her sister, Betsy Brady, with whom she

Democrat Lamb clings to lead in Pa. House race; GOP eyes recount and lawsuit By BILL BARROW And MARC LEVy AssociAted Press

Stella Halecki Stella Halecki of WilkesBarre passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at River Run Nursing, Kingston. Born Aug. 29, 1923, in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late Teofil and Anna Dombrowski Chmielewski. Stella attended WilkesBarre area schools and was employed as a housekeeper in New York City and Kingston by many families. She was a member of St. Andrew Parish, Wilkes-Barre. Stella loved gong to Atlantic City with her sister, Helen, and spending lots of time in Las Vegas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley, on Oct. 3, 1973; grandson, Jarrett Yatsko; brothers, Peter, John, Phillip and Joseph Chmielewski; and sister, Mary Bomba. Surviving are her daughters, Mary Ann Stefanowicz and her husband, Joseph, Harveys Lake and Las Vegas, Nev.; Christina Sompel, Wilkes-Barre; and Leona Yatsko and her husband, Wayne, Las Vegas, Nev.; sons, Stanley Halecki and his wife, Amparo,


resided; and several cousins. The funeral will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday from Maher-Collins Funeral Home, 360 N. Maple Ave., Kingston. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. in the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Pringle. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 712 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor, PA 18517. Condolences may be sent at

CANONSBURG — Republicans eyed a recount and a lawsuit over perceived irregularities in a closely watched U.S. House race in Pennsylvania where Democrat Conor Lamb clung to a slender lead Wednesday in the longtime GOP stronghold friendly to President Donald Trump. With the last batch of absentee ballots counted, Lamb, a 33-year-old former prosecutor and first-time candidate, saw his edge shrink slightly, to 627 votes out of more than 224,000 cast, according to unof ficial results. The four counties in the Pittsburgh-area district reported they had about 375 uncounted provisional, military and overseas ballots. They have seven days to count the provisional ballots, and the deadline to receive military and overseas ballots is next Tuesday. With the margin so close, supporters of either candidate can ask for a recount. The GOP is considering lodging a recount request, and county officials reported receiving a letter from a law firm requesting that they preserve their records, something the counties say they do anyway under state law. Separately, Republicans mulled legal action, according to a person familiar with the deliberations. This person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal planning. Complaints could include that party lawyers were prevented from observing the counting of some absentee ballots, voting machines erroneously recorded votes from Lamb, and voters were confused by some information from the state elections website. Officials in Allegheny County, the most populous and Democratic-leaning county in the district, pushed back on Republican claims Wednesday, saying the lawyers had lacked written authorization from the

GOP and they had received no reports Tuesday of malfunctioning voting machines. The Associated Press has not called the race, which is seen nationally as indicator of Democratic enthusiasm and GOP vulnerability heading into the November elections that will determine whether Republicans retain their control of Congress. Lamb has declared victory. Saccone, a 60-year-old Air Force veteran turned state lawmaker and college instructor, hasn’t conceded. Both men stayed out of sight Wednesday, and Saccone’s campaign said that Saccone had no plans to concede before vote counting was finished. The counties, under state law, perform an audit of the results on the electronic voting machines that typically involves comparing the overall tally on a hard drive, a flash drive and a paper tape that separately record each vote. Deviations are a rarity, county officials say. Absentee ballots are open to inspection to determine whether the person is eligible to vote or whether the voter’s intent was clear, and that is more likely where a review might alter a final count, said Douglas Hill, executive director of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. But a difference is “never large numbers, it’s always around the margins,” Hill said. Regardless of the outcome, Lamb’s showing seemed certain to stoke anxiety among Republicans nationwide and renew enthusiasm among Democrats. Trump won the district by about 20 percentage points in 2016, and the seat has been in Republican hands for the past 15 years. I t w a s o pe n n ow o n ly because Republican Rep. Tim Murphy, who espoused strong anti-abortion views, resigned last fall amid revelations that he had asked a woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair to get an abortion.

LCTA focus group set for Tuesday at LCCC NA N T I C O K E — T h e Luzerne County Transportation Authority will host a Public Transportation Focus Group Tuesday at the Nanticoke campus of Luzerne County Community College. The event will begin at 2 p.m. in the third-floor President’s Conference Room, LCTA announced this week.

Members of the public and LCCC students are encouraged to attend the focus group, to provide valuable opinions and insight on mass transit services in Luzerne County, according to LCTA. For more information, see: — Staff RepoRt

Robert J. Kompinski March 13, 2018

Robert J. Kompinski, 78, of Plains Twp., passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2018, while in the care of Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical

Center, Plains Twp. Arrangements are pending and in the care of Yanaitis Funeral Home Inc., Plains Twp.

Harold J. Bartholomew March 11, 2018

Harold J. Bartholomew, 8 3 , o f We s t Wyo m i n g , passed away Sunday, March 11, 2018, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Twp. Born in Mountain Top on Nov. 28, 1934, Harold was the son of the late Welcome a n d Ru t h F r a n t z B a rtholomew. Harold was an aircraft instrument repairman in the U.S. Air Force. He was a passionate outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, and nature. He was also an avid bowler and golfer. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as an LPN and later as an EKG technician by the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center. In addition to his par-

ents, Harold was preceded in death by his sisters, Arline Devitt, Helen Carey and Lois Jackson. Surviving are his wife, Lorraine Siatkowski Bartholomew; his sister, Ruth Carey, New Jersey; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday from Bednarski Funeral Home, 168 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, with Chaplain Kathleen Kaskel officiating. Family and friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Private interment will be held in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693.

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New Pill Reverses Memory Loss in an Amazing Way Developed by top Israeli doctor; study shows key ingredient reverses years of mental decline and may also prevent dementia; initial users in America report improvements in memory, concentration, and thinking power Daniel Ward, Sr. Associated Health Press AHP – It is not often that another country beats the US to a medical breakthrough. So when it happens, you know it’s something special. That’s why doctors and patients are so excited that Israel’s new memory pill is now available in America. Sold under the brand name Lipogen PS Plus, the new pill contains a key ingredient that regrows cells in the part of the brain that stores memories, which improves memory, concentration, and thinking power. The phenomenon of growing new brain cells is known medically as neurogenesis. American scientists believed it was impossible to experience after a certain age. It may now be achieved at any age with Lipogen PS Plus. “With daily use, Lipogen PS Plus will help replenish your natural brain’s “building blocks” and develop healthy cells, which restore memory functions, enhance cognition, and prevent further mental decline” explains David Rutenburg, President of the parent company behind the Lipogen pill. “This is what the clinical studies have shown and is why so many U.S. doctors are now recommending it to patients,” he added.

WHY SO MUCH EXCITEMENT? Since hitting the US market, sales for Lipogen PS Plus have soared and there are some very good reasons why. To begin with, the clinical studies have been impressive. Participants taking the active ingredient in Lipogen PS Plus saw a 44% improvement in mental function. They also enjoyed a stronger memory, better recall, and were notably more upbeat and happy. Lipogen’s active ingredient is made of a natural compound. It is both safe and healthy. There are also no known side effects and it can be taken safely alongside any other medications. Scientists believe that it helps to stimulate the growth of new brain cells in the hippocampus. The hippocampus is the part of the brain that’s responsible for forming and storing long and short term memories. Research has shown that as we get older, brain cells in this area of the brain become dysfunctional. This is what causes lapses in concentration, forgetfulness, and mental decline and why Lipogen PS Plus seems to be so effective. “I no longer have the memory lapses I experienced before, and my recall and focus are once again effortless!” says Raymond H of Oregon.

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POPULAR PILL: Doctors are now recommending new Lipogen PS Plus to seniors suffering from symptoms of memory loss and mental decline. ingredient in Lipogen PS Plus can improve your memory significantly. In a double-blinded study, 149 men and women with age associated memory loss took the key ingredient in Lipogen PS Plus for a duration of three months. They were instructed to take it every morning without making changes to their current diet or lifestyle. The results were stunning. The participants who took the pill as directed reversed their mental age by nearly 12 years according to researchers conducting the study. They were also able remember names, faces, and recall events faster and with great clarity. A subsequent study conducted in Italy produced similarity outstanding results, where users experienced a 44% improvement in mental function in just 90 days. With results like these, it’s easy to see why sales of Lipogen PS Plus are booming.

HOW IT WORKS Lipogen PS Plus is a memory pill that is taken just once daily. It does not require a prescription. The active ingredient is a compound known as phosphatidylserine. Lipogen PS Plus contains phosphatidylserine in a clinical dose, which is why it’s so effective. Research has shown that as we get older, brain cells become dysfunctional especially in an area of the brain called the hippocampus. The hippocampus is where long and short term memories are stored. If brain cells in this region fail, so does your memory. Some people experience this is the form of lapses in concentration, forgetfulness, and the inability to recall important dates, names, and facts. This would explain why so many users are experiencing impressive results so quickly. “After about two or three weeks of taking the recommended dose, I noticed that I was remembering things, regardless of the degree of importance. Also, I noticed I was more alert and able to concentrate.

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REDUCES STRESS AND ANXIETY Published, clinical reports show daily dosing with phosphatidylserine not only helps sharpens your mind but also helps “perk you up” and put you in a better mood. PS helps to manage everyday stress and elevate your mood by lowering your body’s production of the hormone cortisol. When cortisol levels are too high for too long you experience fatigue, bad moods and weakness . This drug-free brainboosting formula enters your bloodstream fast (in as little as thirty minutes). Officially reviewed by the FDA, phosphatidylserine is only nonprescription ingredient that has a qualified health claim for both cognitive dysfunction and dementia.

HOW TO GET LIPOGEN PS PLUS IN PENNSYLVANIA This is the official release of Lipogen PS Plus in the US. As such, the company is offering a special discounted supply to any memory loss sufferer who calls within the next 48 hours. A special hotline number and discounted pricing has been created for all Pennsylvania residents. Discounts will be available starting today at 6:00AM and will automatically be applied to all callers. Your Toll-Free Hotline number is 1-800-450-1418 and will only be open for the next 48 hours. Only a limited discounted supply of Lipogen PS Plus is currently available in your region. Consumers who miss out on our current product inventory will have to wait until more becomes available and that could take weeks. Experience the guaranteed Lipogen PS Plus relief already enjoyed by thousands of consumers. The company advises not to wait. Call 1-800-450-1418 today.


Community digest Wyoming Valley An Easter Bunny brunch fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at the Warrior Run Fire Hall, 316 Academy St., Warrior Run, to benefit Whiskers World. Proceeds are used for feed and veterinary care for more than 300 cats and kittens. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets are $11.95 for adults and $6.95 for children. There will be a children’s raffle. The first 50 children receive a free gift bags of children’s activities to include photos with the bunny, crafts, games, coloring, sand art and more. Food will be served, there will be an Easter egg hunt from noon to 12:30 and a chance to win raffle baskets. Participants can shop from more than 20 vendors. Whiskers World is a 501c3 non-profit, all volunteer organization comprised of a group of animal loving friends who have, for more than 10 years, been caring for homeless animals with their own money. Collectively, they have cared for more than 1,000 cats. They trap, neuter and return them to their colonies and continue to care for them, feeding them daily and providing shelter for them. They provide veterinary care when needed, rehabilitate and home any cats that cannot be returned to their existing colonies. Their charity was formed to raise more funds to further their mission to build a shelter. Visit Whiskersworldinc/ A fundraiser for Whiskers World presented by AB Photography will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at the AB Photography LLC studio. Whiskers World is a non profit rescue organization that focuses on controlling the population of stray cats through low cost spay and neuter programs. AB Photography is offering a series of 35 sessions in which children can be professionally photographed with “Fred”, the bunny, at the AB Photography, LLC studio from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 18. Proceeds will benefit Whiskers World. Sessions are available by appointment only. Call Amy Bezek, owner of AB Photography, at 570-709-2090 for information.

Back mountain Back Mountain Memorial Library in Dallas lists the following upcoming events. Contact the library at 570675-1182. n The annual family night with the Penguins and Tux, an opportunity to meet local ice hockey stars and mascot Tux, will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at the library. Scranton Wilkes-Barre Penguins players Tom Kostopoulos and Adam Johnson with Mike O’Brien and Tux will participate. Call the library to register. Space is limited. n Holiday story time, featuring author Amanda Macielinski reading her picture book, “Carrot Saves Easter!” will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 28. n The library will be closed on


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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. Please do not attach PDFs or other format files of publicity fliers or related materials. Such content cannot be readily extracted from these files for publication. Visit for community news. Select the ‘sections’ tab in the upper right-hand corner of the home page, and ‘community’ section under ‘arts and living.’ Good Friday, March 30. It will re-open on Saturday, March 31, with regular hours. n The annual Luncheon with a Special Author, sponsored by the Friends of the Back Mountain Memorial Library, featuring local author Cecilia Galante, will be held Thursday, April 19. The event will include a buffet lunch, basket raffles and a plant sale. Cost is $27 per person. Call the library to register. n The Friends are holding a geranium sale to benefit the library. Darling’s Farms and Greenhouses on Hildebrandt Road in Dallas Twp. provide the flowers. Order now and pick up plants with your receipt at the farm between May 1-31. Single pots are $4, or flowers can be purchased three for $10. Choice of colors is available. Visit the front desk to purchase. The annual children's Easter party of Daddow Isaacs American Legion Post 672 , along with the Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of The American Legion, Memorial Highway, Dallas, will be held Sunday, March 24. The Easter Bunny will arrive at 1 p.m. for children in the area up to age 7. Refreshments will be available and parents will have the opportunities to take photos with the Easter Bunny. For information, call first vice commander John M. Emil Sr. at 570-762-3184 or the post home at 570-6756542. The annual Easter egg hunt of the Lehman-Idetown United Methodist Church, 1011 Mountaiview Road, Lehman, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 24. The hunt is open to all children ages 2-12 and will include both real hardboiled eggs and plastic eggs with gifts inside. Bring a basket or container to hold eggs.

floor, 900 Rutter Ave., Forty Fort. Call 570-714-2777 or visit to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins will also be accepted. A new Easter play, Relics of the Passion, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, at St. John the Baptist Church, 126 Nesbitt St., Larksville. The Rev. Gerald J. Gurka directs his new, original script inspired by the true story of St. Helena finding Jesus’ Cross. Public is welcome. Refreshments and fellowship will follow in the church hall. Kingston Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the Kingston Municipal Building. Plans for the 90th anniversary celebration of Kingston High School on April 26 will be finalized. The event will be held at the WVW Middle School (formerly Kingston High School). Anyone with stories or memorabilia can contact: or New members are welcome.

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The American Legion Post 558, Plains Twp., will hold a ham and cabbage dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17. Dining room is open to the public. The Wyoming Valley Bag Pipers will peform at 5:30 p.m. The Feast of St. Joseph will be celebrated at the Oblates of St. Joseph Chapel, Route 315, Laflin, with Mass at 11 a.m. Monday, March 19, with Bishop Joseph C. Bambera as principal celebrant and homilist. The Oblate priests and Diocesan clergy will concelebrate. Liturgical music is by the Queen of the Apostles Parish Choir of Avoca. At the conclusion of the Mass, St. Joseph’s bookmarks will be blessed and distributed. There also will nanticoke area be a Holy Mass at 7 p.m. PubThe Women’s Group in lic is welcome. For information, conjunction with Men-Incontact the OSJ seminary Mission of St. John’s Lutheran office at 570-654-7542. Church, 231 State St., NantiAn ethnic food sale will be held coke will sponsor an Irish from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. ham dinner on St. Patrick’s Friday, March 16, at Holy TriniDay, March 17, from 2 to 5 ty Orthodox Church, 401 E. p.m. Event is eat in or take Main St., Miners Mills, Wilkesout. Tickets are $10 for adults, Barre. Menu items include $6 for children ages 6-11. halushki, potato pancakes, Children under 6 can eat for clam chowder, vegetable barley free. Tickets are available by calling the office at 570-735soup, or a food platter combi8531 and leave a message, nation. Public is welcome. Event is eat in or take out. Call email at NanticokeLutheran@, or at the door. 570-825-9480. St. Faustina Parish and the Hudson VFW, LANI Post 6325, 35-37 Cleveland St., Hudson, Newport Twp. Fire will hold its annual Easter parDepartment will hold their ty for children ages newborn annual Good Friday Food Tent Sale in the parking lot of to 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. SaturNanticoke Fitness Center, 443 day, March 24. Deadline to W. Main St., Nanticoke, from register children is Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to dusk. Menu March 17, at the post home. The Easter Bunny will distribincludes potato pancakes, pierogies, haluski, broccoli and ute candy to the children after shells, eight varieties of the magic show. Food and refreshments will be served soups, shrimp and Rob and to the children. The building Mark Cardone’s pizza kits. will be smoke free during West side these festivities. The Plymouth Ministerium will Wyoming County hold Lenten Soup and Scripture Services at 11 a.m. Northern Tier Symphony will Thursdays, March 15 and hold a performance at 8 p.m. March 22, at All Saints Parish. Friday, April 20, at TunkhanGood Friday service will be nock Middle School. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for stuheld from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, March 30, at First Welsh dents and free for children Baptist Church. Area clergy will under 12. Tickets are available at the door, or in advance at participate. Public is welcome. Greenwood Furniture, 61 E. A blood drive sponsored by the Tioga St., Tunkhannock, and American Red Cross will be Gay’s True Value Hardware, held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 189 E. Tioga St., TunkhanFriday, March 23, at Balance nock. Yoga and Wellness, second

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Sports THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018




In Wilkes uniforms, Hazleton Area advances to quarters

New rules harm the purity of the game


ome out to the local minor league ballpark, they say. See the future. Well, let’s hope not. Some things are going to happen at PNC Field and around the minor leagues this season that won’t look very much like baseball. Some of those things, I would characterize not so lightly, as an affront to the game. DONNIE Minor COLLINS League Commentary Baseball announced sweeping policy changes Tuesday that it hopes will improve pace of play; but really, this is little more than a concession to the parent clubs who want to save a few pitches and a couple of bucks on occasion. And all of it should lead us to ask this important question: To what point can you tinker with baseball to where it’s no longer baseball, no longer the game that has spanned the generations, no longer what fans are paying hard-earned dollars to see? Here’s what’s going down around the minors this season, in the name of advancement: n Pitch clocks will now be set to 15 seconds with runners off base. It will stay at its customary 20 seconds when runners are on. n In extra innings, runners will be placed on second base. n Mound visits will be limited, depending on what classification the game is being played. In Triple-A, you get a whopping six per game.

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Rochester Red Wings pitcher Alex Meyer looks in for a signal as a 20-second pitch clock is used. I’ve long been a proponent of improving the pace of play. Watch enough games, and believe me I have, you see why it’s necessary. Pitching changes take too long. Mound visits drag on. Batters jump in and out of the batter’s box like they’re barefoot on hot coals. It’s no wonder games routinely ended around 10:30 p.m., and the frustrating part is it was a preventable problem. Minor league officials took measures to prevent it. They instituted the 20-second pitch clock, set a hard cap of two minutes of dead time between half-innings, and forced hitters to stay in the batters box during an at-bat or risk a strike being called against them. Game times rose slightly in the IL last year. But in 2016, the first year of pace of play rules, they were played at a noticeably more crisp pace. The new policies, which really are the old ones on steroids, are not meant to improve the pace of the game. They’re being installed simply to get the games over with. Please see COLLINS, Page B6

Jallen 10th in giant slalom BoB gaetaNo / coNtriButiNg PHotograPHer

Hazleton Area’s Da’mir Faison goes up for a shot Wednesday night at Wilkes. Because of a uniform mixup, the Hazleton Area team wore the Wilkes road uniforms. By DAvE SEAMON staFF Writer

WILKES-BARRE — Hazleton Area players might have looked odd in borrowed Wilkes University uniforms on Wednesday night, but there was nothing unusual about the way

Boys Class 6A: Hazleton Area 69, Pocono Mtn. West 50 the Cougars dispatched another playoff opponent. Comical? Maybe. Methodical? Certainly. Jeff Planutis scored 21 points, Da’mir Faison had 17 and Josh Samec and

Ryan “Sparky’’ Wolk added 10 apiece as the Coug ars downed Pocono Mountain West 69-50 in a PIAA Class 6A secondround game at Wilkes’ Marts Center.

“I can’t speak enough for how we answered every one of their calls,’’ Hazleton Area head coach Mike Joseph said. “They never would go away.’’ Please see COUGARS, Page B5

Girls Class 4A: Gwynedd Mercy 37, Nanticoke Area 26

Trojanettes ousted By STEvE BENNETT staFF Writer

HAMBURG — It’s rare that a sequence of events in the first quarter of a girls basketball game can be a key turning point. But that was the case for Nanticoke Area on Wednesday night in the second round of the PIAA Class 4A Championships. The series of events that proved to be so pivotal came when Gwynedd Mercy missed a pair of free throws, but was able to pull down the offensive rebound. That led to another missed shot,

but once again, the Monarchs were there for the board. On their third time, point guard Maura Conroy drove to the basket and finally converted. It put the Monarchs up by seven at the time in a game they never trailed. And once again, Gwynedd Mercy eliminated Nanticoke Area from the state playoffs with a 37-26 victory at Hamburg High School. While Gwynedd Mercy will advance to Saturday’s state quarterfinal round, the Trojanettes see their cHristoPHer dolaN / staFF PHotograPHer Nanticoke Area’s Alyssa Lewis season end at 22-6. Please see TROJANETTES, Page B4

moves the ball past Gwynedd Mercy’s Carly Heineman.

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Harding’s Stephanie Jallen pushes for the finish line in the Alpine skiing giant slalom standing event Wednesday at the Winter Paralympics in South Korea. Jallen finished 10th in the event with an overall time of 2:37.43. France’s Marie Bochet won gold in 2:22.92. Jallen had already finished 5th in super combined, 8th in the downhill and 10th in the superG at these Games. She will wrap up competition with the slalom on Saturday.

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Steve Bennett, Sports writer 570-821-2062 Matt Bufano, Sports writer 570-821-2060 Stephen Connors, Sports copy editor 570-821-2063 Tyler Piccotti, Sports writer 570-821-2089 Eric Shultz, Sports writer 570-821-2054 Sports email: Fax number: 570-821-2247


High School PIAA Swimming & Diving Championships at Bucknell University 2:35 — 3A girls diving finals 6:05 — 3A boys finals (100 free, 500 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 400 free relay) 8:35 — 3A girls finals (100 free, 500 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 400 free relay) Colleges Men’s Volleyball Wilkes at Lehman College, 7 Women’s Lacrosse Alvernia at Misericordia, 4 Old Westbury at Wilkes, 4 King’s at Lebanon Valley, 7 Softball Penn College at Wilkes, 4


Eastern Conference Atlantic Division GP W L OLSOL Pts GF GA Lehigh Valley 63 40 16 3 4 87 223183 Penguins 60 36 18 4 2 78 193169 Providence 61 36 20 3 2 77 179146 Charlotte 64 36 25 0 3 75 214186 Bridgeport 61 30 23 5 3 68 164161 Springfield 62 28 29 4 1 61 178193 Hartford 63 26 29 5 3 60 169215 Hershey 63 25 29 4 5 59 164203 North Division GP W L OLSOL Pts GF GA Toronto 61 43 16 1 1 88 201131 Syracuse 63 37 19 3 4 81 199165 Rochester 62 30 16 10 6 76 186170 Utica 61 30 21 6 4 70 171176 Laval 63 23 32 6 2 54 177223 Belleville 63 23 35 2 3 51 153228 Binghamton 62 20 32 7 3 50 151197 Western Conference Central Division GP W L OLSOL Pts GF GA Manitoba 61 36 17 4 4 80 207154 Chicago 61 33 19 7 2 75 190163 Iowa 61 29 18 9 5 72 191188 Grand Rapids62 32 23 1 6 71 190177 Rockford 62 31 24 3 4 69 185188 Milwaukee 61 31 25 4 1 67 172189 Cleveland 59 20 32 4 3 47 142200 Pacific Division GP W L OLSOL Pts GF GA Tucson 54 31 18 4 1 67 168146 San Diego 55 31 20 3 1 66 176160 Texas 62 32 21 6 3 73 180185 Stockton 54 29 20 2 3 63 176156 Ontario 55 29 20 4 2 64 157152 San Jose 54 26 22 3 3 58 138151 San Antonio 63 29 25 9 0 67 162178 Bakersfield 54 23 22 8 1 55 146169 Two points are awarded for a win, one point for an overtime or shootout loss. Wednesday Charlotte 3, Penguins 1 Toronto 4, Laval 0 Iowa 4, Grand Rapids 2 Syracuse 6, Binghamton 2 Manitoba at Texas, 8:30 p.m. Tucson at Bakersfield, 9:30 p.m. Milwaukee at Stockton, 10 p.m. Cleveland at Ontario, 10 p.m. Thursday Rochester at Bridgeport, 7 p.m. Friday Bridgeport at Hershey, 7 p.m. Toronto at Belleville, 7 p.m. Laval at Utica, 7 p.m. Rockford at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m. Rochester at Providence, 7:05 p.m. Syracuse at Springfield, 7:05 p.m. Lehigh Valley at Hartford, 7:15 p.m. Manitoba at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Cleveland at Texas, 8:30 p.m. Milwaukee at San Diego, 10 p.m. San Jose at Bakersfield, 10 p.m. Tucson at Stockton, 10 p.m.


NBA Points Underdog 4 (213.5) PACERS 4.5 (220.0) HAWKS 9 (216.5) KNICKS 11.5 (224.5) Clippers 1 (211.5) Bulls 4 (219.5) Pelicans 12.5 (212.5) Suns 7.5 (216.0) Pistons 4.5 (221.5) Cavaliers COLLEGE BASKETBALL Favorite Points Underdog NCAA Tournament (Pittsburgh) Rhode Island 2 (157.5) Oklahoma Duke 21 (156.5) Iona Villanova 23.5 (140.5) Radford Virginia Tech 2 (141.5) Alabama NCAA Tournament (Wichita, KS) Kansas 14 (146.5) Penn Seton Hall 2 (157.5) NC State Houston 4 (142.5) San Diego St Michigan 11 (135.0) Montana NCAA Tournament (Dallas, TX) Tennessee 12 (132.0) Wright St Miami-Florida 1.5 (133.5) Loyola-Chi Texas Tech 11.5 (137.5) Stephen Austin Florida 5.5 (142.5) St. Bona NCAA Tournament (Boise, ID) Gonzaga 12.5 (136.0) NC-Greensboro Ohio St 8.5 (147.5) S Dakota St Kentucky 5 (143.5) Davidson Arizona 9 (157.5) Buffalo College Insider Tournament AUSTIN PEAY 3.5 (144.5) UL-Monroe Friday NCAA Tournament (Charlotte, NC) Texas A&M 3.5 (139.0) Providence N Carolina 19.5 (161.5) Lipscomb Creighton 1 (144.5) Kansas St Virginia 22.5 (121.5) MD-Balt Co Friday NCAA Tournament (Detroit, MI) Purdue 20.5 (145.5) CS-Fullerton Butler 1.5 (152.5) Arkansas Michigan St 14 (147.5) Bucknell Tcu NL ( NL ) Syracuse Friday NCAA Tournament (Nashville, TN) Cincinnati 14.5 (129.5) Georgia St Nevada PK (143.5) Texas Xavier NL ( NL ) Tx Southern Missouri PK (148.0) Florida St Friday NCAA Tournament (San Diego, CA) Wichita St 12 (165.5) Marshall W Virginia 10.5 (145.5) Murray St Auburn 9.5 (148.5) Charleston Clemson 5 (132.5) New Mexico St Home team in CAPS


COLLEGE BASKETBALL Please see page B3 for NCAA tournament schedule GOLf 2 p.m. PGA, Arnold Palmer Invitational GOLF 6 p.m. LPGA, Bank of Hope Founders Cup GOLF NBA 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at NY Knicks MSG, NBCSP-Plus 8 p.m. LA Clippers at Houston NBA NHL 7 p.m. Columbus at Philadelphia NBCSP 7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Montreal NBCSN, ATTSN-Pit 10 p.m. Detroit at Los Angeles NBCSN PArALyMPiC GAMES 2 p.m. Winter Games NBCSN SOCCEr 2 p.m. FC Zenit St. Petersburg vs. RB Leipzig FS1 4 p.m. Arsenal FC vs. AC Milan FS1 SPriNG TrAiNiNG BASEBALL 1 p.m. Miami vs. NY Mets MLB, SNY 1 p.m. Pittsburgh vs. NY Yankees YES 4 p.m. Kansas City vs. LA Dodgers MLB TENNiS 4 p.m. BNP Paribas Open, quarterfinals ESPN2 8 p.m. BNP Paribas Open, quarterfinals ESPN2 chris Knight / AssociAted Press


EASTErN Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts. PF PA Tampa Bay 70 48 18 4 100 257 198 Boston 68 44 16 8 96 232 176 Toronto 70 41 22 7 89 234 202 Florida 67 34 26 7 75 205 212 Montreal 70 26 32 12 64 179 221 Detroit 69 26 32 11 63 180 211 Ottawa 69 25 33 11 61 193 240 Buffalo 69 22 35 12 56 165 224 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts. PF PA Washington 69 39 23 7 85 209 202 Pittsburgh 71 40 26 5 85 232 215 Philadelphia 70 35 24 11 81 205 205 Columbus 70 37 28 5 79 193 195 New Jersey 69 35 26 8 78 204 208 Carolina 70 30 29 11 71 188 218 N.Y. Rangers 71 32 32 7 71 205 227 N.Y. Islanders 69 30 29 10 70 222 245 WESTErN Central Division GP W L OT Pts. PF PA Nashville 69 45 14 10 100 225 174 Winnipeg 70 41 19 10 92 230 185 Minnesota 70 39 24 7 85 217 203 Dallas 71 38 26 7 83 205 190 Colorado 69 37 24 8 82 220 203 St. Louis 69 37 27 5 79 191 182 Chicago 70 30 32 8 68 199 207 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts. PF PA Vegas 69 45 19 5 95 235 187 San Jose 69 37 23 9 83 203 189 Los Angeles 70 38 26 6 82 203 177 Anaheim 70 34 24 12 80 195 193 Calgary 71 35 26 10 80 198 206 Edmonton 69 30 35 4 64 193 222 Vancouver 70 25 36 9 59 183 228 Arizona 69 23 35 11 57 167 222 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. Tuesday Boston 6, Carolina 4 Montreal 4, Dallas 2 Ottawa 7, Tampa Bay 4 Nashville 3, Winnipeg 1 Colorado 5, Minnesota 1 Calgary 1, Edmonton 0 Arizona 4, Los Angeles 3, SO Wednesday Toronto 6, Dallas 5, SO N.Y. Rangers 4, Pittsburgh 3, OT San Jose at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m. New Jersey at Vegas, 10 p.m. Vancouver at Anaheim, 10 p.m. Thursday Washington at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Columbus at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Boston at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Chicago at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. Colorado at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Detroit at Los Angeles, 10 p.m. Nashville at Arizona, 10 p.m.


EASTERN Atlantic Division W L Pct GB x-Toronto 50 17 .746 — x-Boston 46 21 .687 4.0 Philadelphia 36 30 .545 13.5 New York 24 44 .353 26.5 Brooklyn 21 47 .309 29.5 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Washington 38 30 .559 — Miami 36 32 .529 2.0 Charlotte 29 39 .426 9.0 Orlando 21 48 .304 17.5 Atlanta 20 48 .294 18 Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 40 28 .588 — Cleveland 39 28 .582 0.5 Milwaukee 36 32 .529 4.0 Detroit 30 37 .448 9.5 Chicago 23 44 .343 16.5 WESTERN Southwest Division W L Pct GB x-Houston 53 14 .791 — New Orleans 39 28 .582 14 San Antonio 38 30 .559 15.5 Dallas 22 46 .324 31.5 Memphis 18 49 .269 35 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Portland 41 26 .612 — Oklahoma City 41 29 .586 1.5 Minnesota 40 29 .580 2.0 Utah 38 30 .559 3.5 Denver 37 31 .544 4.5 Pacific Division W L Pct GB x-Golden State 51 16 .761 — L.A. Clippers 37 29 .561 13.5 L.A. Lakers 31 36 .463 20 Sacramento 21 47 .309 30.5 Phoenix 19 50 .275 33 x-clinched playoff spot Tuesday Indiana 101, Philadelphia 98 Minnesota 116, Washington 111 Dallas 110, New York 97 Oklahoma City 119, Atlanta 107 Toronto 116, Brooklyn 102 L.A. Clippers 112, Chicago 106 New Orleans 119, Charlotte 115 San Antonio 108, Orlando 72 Utah 110, Detroit 79 Cleveland 129, Phoenix 107 L.A. Lakers 112, Denver 103 Wednesday Orlando 126, Milwaukee 117 Washington at Boston, 8 p.m. Miami at Sacramento, 10 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Thursday Toronto at Indiana, 7 p.m. Charlotte at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at New York, 7:30 p.m. Chicago at Memphis, 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Houston, 8 p.m. New Orleans at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Detroit at Denver, 9 p.m. Phoenix at Utah, 9 p.m. Cleveland at Portland, 10 p.m.

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BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Agreed to terms with RHP Dylan Bundy on a one-year contract. Optioned OF Joey Rickard to Norfolk (IL). Reassigned INF Ruben Tejada to their minor league camp. CHICAGO WHITE SOX — Optioned OF Luis Basabe to Winston-Salem (Carolina) and RHP Dylan Cease and C Zack Collins to minor league camp. NEW YORK YANKEES — Released INF/ OF Adam Lind. SEATTLE MARINERS — Sent RHP Mike Morin outright to Tacoma (PCL). National League CINCINNATI REDS — Reassigned LHP Joe Mantiply to minor league camp. COLORADO ROCKIES — Reassigned RHPs Ryan Castellani and James Farris to their minor league camp. LOS ANGELES DODGERS — Renewed the contracts of 1B Cody Bellinger, SS Corey Seager, OF Chris Taylor and C Austin Barnes. Agreed to terms with 3B Kyle Farmer, OFs Andre Toles and Alex Verdugo, LHPs Scott Alexander and Adam Liberatore and RHPs Ross Stripling, Dylan Baker and Wilmer Font on one-year contracts. NEW YORK METS — Optioned RHPs Chris Flexen and Tyler Bashlor to minor league camp. Reassigned INFs Peter Alonso and David Thompson, OFs Zach Borenstein and Kevin Kaczmarski and C Patrick Mazeika to minor league camp. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES — Optioned RHP Seranthony Dominguez to Reading (EL). BASKETBALL National Basketball Association ATLANTA HAWKS — Transferred G Josh Magette to Erie (NBAGL). Signed G Antonius Cleveland to a multi-year contract. LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS — Signed G Sean Kilpatrick to a second 10-day contract. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES — Signed G Briante Weber to a 10-day contract. Waived G Xavier Rathan-Mayes. fOOTBALL National football League ARIZONA CARDINALS — Released S Tyrann Mathieu. ATLANTA FALCONS — Agreed to terms with OL Brandon Fusco on a three-year contract. Released DE Derrick Shelby. BALTIMORE RAVENS — Released WR Jeremy Maclin. Agreed to terms with WRs John Brown and Ryan Grant. BUFFALO BILLS — Released WR Anquan Boldin from the retired list. Agreed to terms with DE Trent Murphy on a three-year contract and S Rafael Bush and LB Julian Stanford on two-year contracts. CAROLINA PANTHERS — Traded CB Daryl Worley to Philadelphia for WR Torrey Smith. Re-signed DE Julius Peppers to a one-year contract. CHICAGO BEARS — Agreed to terms with LB Sam Acho and DB Prince Amukamara. Released DB Marcus Cooper, QB Mike Glennon and WR Marcus Wheaton. CLEVELAND BROWNS — Announced the retirement of OT Joe Thomas. Acquired QB Tyrod Taylor from Buffalo for a 2018 third-round (No. 65) draft pick. Acquired DB Damarious Russell and 2018 fourth- (No. 114) and fifth-round (No. 150) draft picks for QB DeShone Kizer, 2018 fourth- (No. 101) and fifth-round (No. 138) draft picks. DENVER BRONCOS — Agreed to terms with QB Case Keenum on a two-year contract, LB Todd Davis on a three-year c0ontract and CB Tramaine Brock on a one-year contract. DETROIT LIONS — Re-signed LB Nick Bellore and CB Nevin Lawson. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS — Signed G Andrew Norwell to a five-year contract and WR Donte Moncrief. Re-signed WR Marqise Lee to a four-year contract. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS — Traded CB Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams for a 2018 fourth-round (No. 124) draft pick and a 2019 second-round pick. Signed WR Sammy Watkins to a three-year contract and LB Anthony Hitchens a five-year contract. Signed LB Terrance Smith and WR De’Anthony Thomas. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS — Signed TE Virgil Green to a three-year contract. Agreed to terms with S Adrian Phillips on a one-year contract. LOS ANGELES RAMS — Traded LB Alec Ogletree to the N.Y. Giants for 2018 fourth(No. 135) and sixth-round (No. 176) draft picks. Re-signed CB Nickell Robey-Coleman. Acquired CB Aqib Talib from Denver for undisclosed draft picks. Acquired CB Marcus Peters from Kansas City for undisclosed draft picks. MIAMI DOLPHINS — Released DT Ndamukong Suh and TE Julius Thomas. Traded WR Jarvis Landry to Cleveland for a 2018 fourth-round (No. 123) draft pick and a 2019 seventh-round draft pick. Acquired DE Robert Quinn and a 2018 sixth-round draft pick from the Los Angeles Rams for 2018 fourth- and sixth-round draft picks. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — Acquired DL Danny Shelton and 2018 fifth-round (No. 159) draft pick from Cleveland for a 2019 thrid-round draft pick. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS — Signed QB Drew Brees to a two-year contract extension. NEW YORK GIANTS — Signed CB Teddy Williams and RB Jonathan Stewart. NEW YORK JETS — Signed LB Avery Williamson to a three-year contract. Resigned S Doug Middleton, FB Lawrence Thomas and TE Eric Tomlinson. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES — Agreed to terms with LB Nigel Bradham on a fiveyear contract. Traded WR Marcus Johnson and a 2018 fifth-round (No. 156) draft pick to Seattle for DE Michael Bennett and a 2018 seventh-round draft pick. Agreed to terms with LB Corey Nelson on a one-year contract. PITTSBURGH STEELERS — Released DBs Mike Mitchell, William Gay and Robert Golden. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS — Agreed to terms with LB Brock Coyle on a three-year contract, RB Jerick McKinnon on a fouryear contract and OL Weston Richburg on a five-year contract. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS — Resigned S Keith Tandy. TENNESSEE TITANS — Agreed to terms with G Josh Kline and DE David King on a contract extensions. Agreed to terms with CB Malcolm Butler on a five-year contract and RB Dion Lewis.

Penn State’s Tony Carr (10) shoots as Temple’s Josh Brown (1) defends in the second half of Wednesday’s NiT game in State College.

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STATE COLLEGE — Josh Reaves had his second career double-double, Shep Garner hit two 3-pointers in the final three minutes and Penn State overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to beat Temple 63-57 on Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT. Reaves shot 7 of 10 from the field, including a careerhigh tying four 3-pointers, and finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Tony Carr missed 10 consecutive field-goal attempts before scoring his first points of the game on a jumper that pulled Penn State within four with 6:20 to play. That sparked a 16-2 run to give the Nittany Lions a 62-54 lead with 16 seconds left. Reaves and Garner hit back-to-back 3s to make it 54-all before John Harrar’s layup with 1:52 remaining gave Penn State its first lead since 4-3. The Owls made just 1 of 9 from the field and committed three turnovers during the span. Shizz Alston Jr. led Temple (17-16), which led for more than 35 minutes, with 15

COLLEGE BAsKETBALL points and Josh Brown added 14. Carr and Garner — who came in averaging 19.9 and 11.1 points per game, respectively — combined to score 10 on 3-of-19 shooting for the Nittany Lions (22-13). The Owls made just 5 of 14 free throws while Penn State hit 20 of 30. It was the 93rd meeting between the schools, but the first since 2011. The Nittany Lions snapped a seven-game skid in the series, dating to Dec. 9, 2000. Syracuse 60, Arizona State 56 DAYTON, Ohio — Oshae Brissett scored 23 points and Tyus Battle had 15 points to lead Syracuse in the First Four. The Orange will play TCU on Friday. Texas Southern 64, NC Central 46 DAYTON, Ohio — Texas Southern got its first ever NCAA Tournament win by beating North Carolina Central in a First Four game on Wednesday night.

Demontrae Jefferson, a 5-foot-7 guard, scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lift No. 16 seed Texas Souther n (16-19), which became the first team with a losing record to win a tour nament game. The Tigers started the season 0-13 against a rough schedule and didn’t win a game until Jan. 1. Now they move on face No. 1 seed Xavier on Friday. Marquette 67, Harvard 60 MILWAUKEE — Markus Howard scored 22 points, and Marquette held on to beat Harvard on Wednesday in the first round of the NIT despite three turnovers in the final minute. The Golden Eagles held a seemingly comfortable ninepoint lead with 1:20 left when the Crimson’s pressure defense created three steals. LSU 84, Louisiana-Lafayette 76 BATON ROUGE, La. — Duop Reath shot 10 of 14 from the field and finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks and two steals to help LSU in the NIT.

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NEW YORK — Mika Zibanejad scored the tying goal late in the third period and then got the winner 2:53 into overtime to rally the New York Rangers to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. Chris Kreider had a goal and three assists for his first career four-point night, and Jesper Fast also scored to help the Rangers get their second straight win after a three-game skid. Neal Pionk had three assists and Alexandar Georgiev, making his second consecutive start, finished with 37 saves. On the winner, snuck a wrist shot past Penguins goalie Casey DeSmith for his 100th career goal. Bryan Rust, Riley Sheahan and Carl Hagelin scored for the Penguins, who lost for just the fifth time in their last 15 games (10-4-1). DeSmith, filling in for injured starter Matt Murray, stopped 29 shots in his ninth career start. Murray has missed eight straight games after a concussion during practice Feb. 26. Evgeni Malkin had a chance to win the game in the final 11 seconds when the referees awarded the Penguins a penalty shot because Georgiev knocked the net off the moorings with under two minutes remaining but the rookie goalie stopped Malkin with his right pad to force overtime. The Rangers, who are likely going to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2010, are 2-0-1 in their last three

NHL / NBA games, and 5-2-2 in their last nine. New York is seven points out of the last postseason spot in the Eastern Conference with 11 g ames remaining. The Rangers erased two deficits in the third period with three goals to earn a point. Kreider got a powerplay goal at 8:42 of the third, before Fast tied it 4-4 with less than seven minutes remaining. H oweve r, P i t t s bu r g h regained the lead when Hagelin finished a wraparound with 4:19 to go. Rust opened the scoring with his 11th of the season at 1:53 of the second period when his wrist shot sailed past the Georgiev’s glove to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. Rust, 25, returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games with a concussion. Former Blueshirt Derick Brassard assisted on the play. Just 55 seconds later, Sheahan made it 2-0 with his 10th as he crashed the net and redirected Kris Letang’s shot. Carter Rowney also assisted on the play, registering his first point since Dec. 18, ending a 21-game pointless streak. Maple Leafs 6, Stars 5, SO T O RO N T O — M i t c h Marner scored the winner in the shootout to lift Toronto to a victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night, extending the Maple Leafs’ franchise-record home winning streak to 11 games.

Mar ner beat Kari Lehtonen in the third round of the shootout, completing Toronto’s comebacks from 4-2 and 5-4 deficits in the third period. James van Riemsdyk had his third career hat trick, and Nazem Kadri and Patrick Marleau also scored in regulation for the Maple Leafs. Frederik Andersen allowed three goals on 20 shots before getting lifted just past the game’s midway point with an upper-body injury. Curtis McElhinney came on and stopped 13 shots — including two big saves on Jamie Benn during a power play in overtime — the rest of the way to help Toronto improve to 3-2-2 overall since star center Auston Matthews went down with a shoulder injury on Feb. 22.

NBA ORLANDO, Fla. — Jonathon Simmons scored a career-high 35 points, D.J. Augustin added 32 and the Orlando Magic bounced back from an embarrassing defeat to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 126-117 on Wednesday night. Simmons was 7 of 12 from 3-point range and Augustin hit 6 of 9, three of them in the fourth quarter to help Orlando pull away. Nikola Vucevic had 22 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for the Magic, who were routed 108-72 Tuesday night in San Antonio, their fifth straight loss. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 38 points for Milwaukee, which has lost seven of 10.

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Rhode Island vs. Oklahoma Tennessee vs. Wright St. Gonzaga vs. UNC-Greensboro Kansas vs. Penn Duke vs. Iona Miami vs. Loyola of Chicago Ohio State vs. South Dakota State Seton Hall vs. NC State Villanova vs. Radford Kentucky vs. Davidson Houston vs. San Diego State Texas Tech vs. Stephen F. Austin Virginia Tech vs. Alabama Arizona vs. Buffalo Michigan vs. Montana Florida vs. St. Bonaventure


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Villanova’s Mikal Bridges (25) goes through drills with Tom Leibig (24) during practice Wednesday.

’Nova looks to avoid upset By DAN GELSTON ASSOCIATED PRESS

PITTSBURGH — Carlik Jones’ phone has exploded since he hit the 3-pointer at the buzzer that sent Radford into the NCAA Tournament. “The experience after the shot has been crazy,” he said. It should be. The biggest win ever for the Highlanders? Sure. But the Big South Tournament champs may have topped it a week later when it went to Dayton, Ohio, and won a First Four game to advance in the bracket. There are plenty of questions when a little-known program like Radford, out of rural southwest Virginia, makes a splash in the tourney. Like, who else have you beat? Jones noted the top win in the regular season was a 7-point win at East Carolina. “I can’t really compare Villanova to ECU,” Jones said.

He’s got that right. The top-seeded Wildcats (30-4) are rolling as they open the tournament against Radford (23-12) in a first-round matchup in Pittsburgh. Villanova opens as a 23½-point favorite and had a pair of blowout wins en route to winning the Big East Tour nament. Without a senior on the roster, the Wildcats have turned to their B-list junior guards — Phil Booth, Mikal Bridges and Jalen Brunson — to carry them to the top of the AP Top 25 poll, the top of the Big East, and a favorite to win it all in San Antonio. Bridges and Brunson are likely headed to the NBA after this season and Booth led the Wildcats in scoring in the 2016 national championship game. The Wildcats know the expectation among fans and experts is Final Four or bust.

“I can definitely see it,” coach Jay Wright. “I see when people talk about being out here Thursday and Saturday, you know, and we’re talking about Thursday. We’ve got to get by Thursday. It’s something that I know is around our players, also. And we have to talk to them about that, you know?” Radford’s top expectation is having some fun. The team crashed coached Mike Jones’ news conference on Wednesday and yelled and laughed and bounced around at the back of the room while he tried to answer questions. “Is this legal,” Jones said, smiling. “Are you allowed to break into a press conference like this?” The Highlanders are loose with nothing to lose — no No. 16 seed has ever beat a No. 1. Jones doesn’t have to dig deep to motivate his team to finally knock off the tourney’s top dog. He was an

assistant at VCU in 2011 when the Rams won a play-in game, then beat Georgetown, Purdue, Florida State and Kansas en route to the Final Four. “A lot of people didn’t believe we belonged in the tournament at all, and then to go to the Final Four certainly is an amazing story,” Jones said. “But our guys believed that they could, and that is the point that we’ve tried to get across to our team is that anything is possible if you believe.” If recent history is an indicator, few 1 seeds are primed to get toppled like Villanova. The Wildcats lost in the first weekend as a 1 or 2 in 2010, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018. “You experience the national championship, you experience losing in the first weekend,” Brunson said. “You see both ends of the spectrum.”

Arizona keeps focus on court Coach Sean Miller’s future looked to be in question at the end of the regular season. By JOHN MARSHALL ASSOCIATED PRESS

BOISE, Idaho — The strain of a tumultuous season could have caused Arizona’s players to cave under the pressure, coach Sean Miller to give up and walk away. Instead, it hardened the Wildcats’ resolve. Off-the-court issues. Injuries. Suspensions. When the ball went up in the air, none of that mattered. Banding together and winning became everything. “Sometimes, when adversity strikes, it can really rally a group of people, can bring out a closeness that maybe you otherwise would not have felt,” Miller said. “And I believe that about our team.” Arizona has been painfully close to the Final Four during nine seasons under Miller: A two-point Elite Eight loss in 2011; an overtime Elite Eight loss in 2014; a second straight Elite Eight loss to Wisconsin the following season; two trips to the Sweet 16, including a year ago. This was supposed to be Miller’s best shot at finally breaking that Final Four barrier, the lone missing stanza on his resume. Guards Allonzo Trier and Rawle Alkins opted to stay in Tucson after exploring the NBA. Serbian 7-footer Dusan Ristic was back for a chance to become the program’s alltime wins leader (he got it). Efficient point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright returned for his senior season. Add in the latest stellar


Arizona coach Sean Miller waves the net after the team’s Pac-12 championship win. recruiting class by Miller, highlighted by dominant big man Deandre Ayton, and the Wildcats sure looked like a team poised for a Final Four run. It almost derailed before it began. In September, Wildcats assistant coach Emanuel Richardson was arrested among nine others as part of a federal probe into shady recruiting practices. Richardson’s arrest cast a pall over the program and put Miller’s long-term future in the desert in doubt. The hits kept coming. Alkins, Arizona’s emotional and energy-boosting leader, sat out the first nine games with a foot injury. A 0-for-3 trip to the Bahamas knocked the Wildcats from No. 2 in the AP Top 25 all the way out of the poll — a first since Louisville in 1986-87. Late in the season, Trier, a veteran leader and go-to scorer, tested positive for the same banned substance that cost him 19 games last season. He missed two games before being reinstated. Miller’s immediate future at Arizona came into doubt

the penultimate weekend of the regular season, when an ESPN report alleged that he was heard on an FBI wiretap discussing a $100,000 payment to get Ayton to attend the school. Miller sat out one game and three practices, his career in Tucson appearing to be over. In a monumental shift, Miller made a statement strongly denying the report and the university president announced later that day he would remain as coach. The tumult and the claims against their coach fueled an us-against-the-world mentality. The 12th-ranked Wildcats closed out the regular season andwonthreegamesatthePac12 Tournament, blowing out Southern California to become the second team in conference history to sweep both titles in consecutive seasons. Today, they open the NCAA Tournament against Buffalo in the South Region, the first step toward reaching their goal of a Final Four and, possibly, beyond. “(We’re) not worried about what anybody is saying or what’s going on off the bas-

ketball court, trying to put together our best basketball and see where it takes us,” Trier said. “That’s what we care about. That’s what we’re worried about.” But the tur moil has already had an impact. Miller’s latest recruiting class, once among the best, has dissipated as recruits have backed out of commitments, including Shaquille O’Neal’s son, Shareef. Miller could still bounce back and pull together a solid recruiting class now that he’s held onto his job. If not, this could be the Wildcats’ best shot for that Final Four breakthrough for some time. Arizona appears to be peaking at the right time. The defense, once heavily lamented by Miller, has come around. The Wildcats are playing as a unit and with an effort missing early in the season, dominating teams at times. Ayton has become an unstoppable force and Miller has taken advantage by getting the ball to him more in the post. The Bahamian big man had 32 points and 14 rebounds in the Pac-12 semifinals, following that with one of the most dominant games in championship game history, finishing with 32 points and 18 rebounds on his way to being named tournament MVP. “I think we’re playing our best basketball as we enter this tournament,” Miller said. “That doesn’t mean we get a chance to stick around or we’re automatically going to win because of that. But I think our team has shown a lot of resolve. And it’s been through some of those obstacles that we’ve had to overcome.”

WICHITA, Kan. — Penn forward A.J. Brodeur knew that the moment the Quakers beat Harvard for the Ivy League title and were headed to the NCAA Tour nament, the only questions left were their seed, opponent and destination. No. 16. Against Kansas. In Wichita. “We were a little surprised by it,” Brodeur said ahead of today’s first-round matchup in the Midwest Region, where some are brazenly picking the Quakers (24-8) to become the first No. 16 seed to topple a No. 1 seed since the field was expanded to 64 teams in 1985. “At the same time,” he said, “we were excited by it. This is an opportunity for us. All season we were counted out, we were underappreciated, even in our league. This is just another example.” Brodeur isn’t the only one who thought Penn was slighted, either. Bill Self remembers the down-to-the-wire test that Cornell, coached by current Penn coach Steve Donohue, gave his Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse a few years ago. And after watching film of the Quakers, and getting a look at their size and veteran backcourt, the coach who has directed Kansas to a record 14 consecutive Big 12 championship came up with a rather simple deduction. “They don’t resemble a 16-seed at all,” Self said. The great irony of that statement is that there have been plenty of times that Kansas (27-7) has hardly resembled a No. 1 seed. Remember, this is the same team that lost to Washington in December, and was swept in the regular-season by Oklahoma State, which failed to make the NCAA Tournament. The second of those losses to the Cowboys was a

blowout less than two weeks ago. “You don’t really want to be that team that does it,” Jayhawks’ guard Devonte Graham said, when asked about the prospect of becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose its opener. “It’s one of those things you think about in the back of your head. Hopefully that doesn’t happen.” Most years, the 1-16 game is a mere speedbump on the way to the second round, a chance to shake out any lingering fatigue from the regular season or conference tournament. And that kind of soft toss would have come in handy this season for Kansas, which is hopeful 7-foot sophomore Udoka Azubuike can get back on the floor after hurting a ligament in his left knee last week. The Jayhawks enjoyed a breakout performance from Silvio De Sousa in winning the Big 12 Tournament, but Self acknowledged that a large chunk of their offensive system is designed for their big man. “The docs feel he’s making unbelievable progress,” he said. “I’m optimistic he can get in the game. I’m not overly optimistic he can play a lot of minutes and be a real positive force inside for us, but if he can play 80 percent or 70 percent, we’ll play him a few minutes.” That would be just one more hurdle for the Quakers, right alongside playing a Final Four contender a two-hour drive south of its campus in what will no doubt be a road environment. “We had nine true road wins, which I think was one of 10 teams in the country. We challenged ourselves on the road,” Donohue said. “Maybe we’ll be able to get a few fans on our back a little bit if we can get on a roll. But as a competitor, you love that environment.”


Penn guard Antonio Woods practices Wednesday.

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PIAA BASKETBALL BOYS Class 6A Second round Wednesday Hazleton Area Pocono Mountain West


Boys Class 2A: Moravian Academy 72, Northwest 46

Allentown CC Dallas

69 50

Dimitri Gnall scored a gamehigh 26 points in the loss.

49 48


61 59 (2 OT)

Quarterfinals Friday (2-1) Abington Heights (25-1) vs. (3-3) Northeastern (26-3), 7:30 at Martz Hall Class 4A Second round Tuesday Imhotep Charter Scranton Prep

44 32

Berks Catholic Valley View

56 33

Class 3A Second round Wednesday Neumann-Goretti Wyoming Seminary

62 44

Class 2A Second round Wednesday Moravian Academy Northwest

72 46

Holy Cross Bishop McCort

61 39

Quarterfinals Saturday (2-1) Holy Cross (22-6) vs. (12-1) Math, Civics & Science (16-13), TBA Class A Second round Tuesday Susquehanna Lancaster CD

Moravian tops Rangers in 2A playoffs

Quarterfinals Friday (2-1) Susquehanna (198) vs. (4-1) Lourdes Regional (23-4), 7 at Wyoming Area GIRLS Class 5A Second round Wednesday Harrisburg Abington Heights

55 34

Class 4A Second round Wednesday Scranton Prep Lower Moreland

57 31

Gwynedd Mercy Nanticoke Area

37 26

Quarterfinals Saturday (2-1) Scranton Prep (253) vs. (3-1) Lancaster Catholic (29-0), TBA Class 3A Second round Tuesday Dunmore Mount Carmel

52 47

Saint Basil Holy Redeemer

38 26

Quarterfinals Friday (2-1) Dunmore (27-1) vs. (12-1) Imhotep Charter (217), 7:30 at Freedom HS Class 2A Second round Tuesday Minersville Old Forge


Northwest’s Sam Saxe looks to keep the ball inbounds during Wednesday’s game.

Northwest eliminated 57 54

59 48

Boys Class 3A: Neumann-Goretti 62, Wyoming Seminary 44

Blue Knights fall to Neumann-Goretti

Quarterfinals Saturday (2-1) Hazleton Area (251) vs. (1-1) Abington (24-5), TBA Class 5A Second round Tuesday Abington Heights Chester



POTTSVILLE — Moravian Academy had no fear of firing away from beyond the 3-point arc and its barrage subdued Northwest. Fueled by their accurate assault, the Lions shot their way to a 72-46 win over the Rangers at Martz Hall in Pottsville on Wednesday night to advance to the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class 2A boys basketball playoffs. Moravian Academy (21-6) will face Constitution on Saturday at a time and gym to be determined. Northwest finishes at 11-16. “ T h i s w a s awe s o m e, because the whole time we have been telling ourselves to enjoy it and these trips (to states) don’t always come around,” said Northwest sharp-shooter Sam Saxe, who scored 20 points. “We expect to be back. We will get better. This was a lot of good experience for everybody.” Moravian Academy hit 13 of its 28 attempts of 3-pointers with Jordan Holmqvist leading the way with five and a game-high 24 points. But, he didn’t do the damage alone. Abe Atiyeh and Abel Saft each had three 3-pointers, while Qofi Quainoo had two for the Lions, who kept


Northwest’s Jaxson Yaple and Moravian Academy’s Jordan Holmqvist go for a rebound Wednesday.

while. In the second half, we just got cold.” Moravian Academy kept chucking in the third, and the Rangers went scoreless for too long, which proved to be a decisive combination. The Lions raced out to a 17-0 run in the first five minutes, which featured four 3-pointers, and the lead swelled to 52-28. Holmqvist had two 3-pointers, a threepoint foul shooting trip and four more points in the quarter as the Lions built a 57-34 lead. In the fourth, Bryce Koser had four of his 10 points, Sam Saxe added four, but the hole was too deep to climb from and the Rangers never threatened. “I think the first half of the game showed the potential we have,” Saxe said. “We are looking forward to next year.”

letting it rip from the outside. The Lions made eight Moravian (72) J. Holmqvist 7 5-5 24; A. Atiyeh 6 1-1 16; 3-pointers and had a total of Q. Quainoo 4 0-0 10; P. Chiaradia 2 4-6 8; A. 13 field goals in the first half Saft 3 0-0 9; N. Surya 2 0-0 4; J. Kandola 0 1; J. Meissner 0 0-0 0; J. Dubreuil 0 0-0 while building a 35-28 advan- 1-2 0; W. McKay 0 0-0 0; T. Joseph 0 0-0 0; J. tage. Ewungkem 0 0-0 0, Total 24 11-14. (46) Northwest tried to stay Northwest S. Saxe 6 4-5 20; B. Koser 5 0-1 10; W. with the hot shooting team Yaple 3 0-0 8; J. Yaple 2 2-2 7; M. Pierontoni 1-2 1; M. Saxe 0 0-0 0; T. Stevens 0 0-2 0; T. from District 11. Saxe had 0Antolik 0 0-0 0; M. Crawford 0 0-0 0, Total 16 three 3-pointers of his own in 7-12 46. Moravian 17 18 22 15 — 72 the second quarter. Northwest 12 16 6 12 — 46 “We were executing,” Saxe 3-point goals: J. Holmqvist 5 (Mor), A. 3 (Mor), A. Saft 3 (Mor), Q. Quainoo 2 said. “We were getting just as Atiyeh (Mor), S. Saxe 4 (NW), W. Yaple 2 (NW), J. many open looks as they Yaple (NW) 1. were, we were matching Contact the writer: them basket for basket for a

BETHLEHEM — Winners of four straight state championships and once again ranked No. 1, every PIAA Class 3A title seems to go through NeumannGoretti. It was going to happen sooner or later for Wyoming Seminary, but, unfortunately for the Blue Knights, their meeting with the Saints landed on the “sooner” part of the spectrum. Forward Dimitri Gnall scored a gamehigh 26 points and led a spirited effort by Wyoming Seminary, which was simply outmatched in a 62-44 loss Wednesday against the private school powerhouse from Philadelphia. “For my guys going up against a very talented team, the one thing we talked about was not being intimidated going in — and I didn’t think we we r e, ” s a i d S e m head coach C.J. Kersey. “I thought the guys came out and competed from the beginning to the end of the game, which I was really proud of. Tons of credit to Neumann-Goretti. They’ve obviously got a great tradition and this is another very strong basketball team, so I think they’re going to do great things the rest of the way.” Senior guard Dymir Montague, who’s committed to play at NCAA Division II Holy Family, was one of four NeumannGoretti players who scored in double-figures. Montague scored a team-high 16 points, while 6-foot-8 George Washington recruit Marcus Littles had 10 points and nine rebounds, helping the Saints (20-6) secure a quarterfinal-round game Saturday against Bishop McDevitt. The loss ends the season for Wyoming Seminary, which won WVC Division 3 and District 2 Class 3A titles, as well as 22 games. “We had a JV team, too, that was 20-1 this year, which is by far the best JV team we’ve had since I’ve been at Wyoming Seminary,” Kersey said. “So I think there’s an excitement around the program. There’s going to be a great attendance and work ethic in

the offseason. Even our crowd attendance was the best it’s ever been. I think it’s because these kids are such a part of the school, but they also enjoy watching the team play.” Wyoming Seminary had an ideal start Wednesday, when Jeremy Callahan knocked down a pair of free throws and Gnall tallied a layup to give Sem a 4-0 lead. Neumann-Goretti then went on a 16-4 tear, but Gnall drained a 3-pointer and Nick Ganter followed with a buzzer-beating layin to close out the first quarter with Sem behind 16-13. Neumann-Goretti truly took control during a 10-1 run in the second quarter, a stretch over which Montague scored eight points to help the Saints go ahead 36-23. By halftime, NeumannGoretti led 40-25 despite Sem handling the ball pretty well, getting good looks, and preventing the fast and high-flying Saints to get into their transition offense. “In terms of executing the game plan,” Kersey said, “I thought the guys did everything that I could have asked of them.” The second half was not without its Sem highlights, including a 6-0 run to start the fourth quarter that featured two points by Gnall and four by Todd Phillips all in the paint. Even with that, however, Sem found itself trailing 55-37. Gnall, Ganter and Phillips tied with a team-high five rebounds each for Sem. In addition to Gnall’s 26 points, Phillips had eight, Callahan six and Ganter four. “I think when you look at the quality of competition he’s going against, Dimitri played a wonderful game,” Kersey said of Gnall, a junior and one of four returning starters next year. “He really competed, kept battling, kept taking it to the hoop strong. A g reat team effort ... but I thought Dimitri really played quite well.” Wyoming Seminary (44) D. Gnall 10 5-7 26, T. Phillips 4 0-0 8, J. Callahan 1 4-5 6, N. Ganter 1 2-2 4, J. Koretz 0 0-0 0, E. Meuser 0 0-0 0, T. Maddock 0 0-0 0, N. Bufalino 0 0-0 0, Totals 16 11-14 44. Neumann-Goretti (62) D. Montague 5 4-9 16, N. Warren 4 2-5 11, C. Ings 4 2-2 11, . Littles 5 0-0 10, . Smith 1 3-5 5, T. Woodley 2 0-0 4, . Byrd 1 1-4 3, . Fair 1 0-0 2, Totals 23 12-25 62. Wyoming Seminary 13 12 6 13—44 Neumann-Goretti 16 22 17 7—62 3-point goals: D. Gnall (Sem) 1, D. Montague (NG) 2, N. Warren (NG) 1, C. Ings (NG) 1.

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TROJANETTES: Nanticoke Area defeated by Gwynedd Mercy FROM PAGE B1

It is the second consecutive season the Trojanettes were bounced from the state tournament by the Monarchs in the second round. “That was the whole game. We missed opportunities on the offensive end and we gave up way too many offensive rebounds,” Nanticoke Area coach Alan Yendrzeiwski said. “When the score is low like that, you can’t give up extra opportunities. That’s going to cause you problems.” Aside from giving up second chance opportunities, Nanticoke Area had a difficult time scoring in the first quarter. That helped Gwynedd Mercy build an eight-point lead heading to the quarter. The Trojanettes shot 1 of 9 from the floor, and converted on 2 of 4 free throws. Nanticoke Area just could not seem

to find any sort of offensive rhythm and the speed of Gwynedd Mercy’s guards, particularly Conroy, made it difficult to apply pressure even after missed shots. “It seemed like every possession on defense, we were giving up offensive rebounds and we spent all that time on the defensive end of the court. We didn’t get in an offensive flow,” Yendrzeiwski said. “I thought Gwynedd Mercy did a good job going to the ball. We would clear out space and they would steal the ball away. I didn’t think that was a strength of theirs. I thought it was the difference tonight.” The Trojanettes began to get a bit more aggressive in taking the ball to the basket in the second quarter. Jilann Baron scored down low, Alyssa Lewis and Lisa Radziak each scored on drives to the basket, but the Trojanettes


Nanticoke Area’s Jilann Baron and Gwynedd Mercy’s Molly Hutton reach for a loose ball. just couldn’t make a dent in the Gwynedd Mercy lead. “We haven’t seen a lot of pressure this year because of our guards,” Gwynedd Mercy coach Tom Lonergan said. “I was very impressed with our poise to be able to get them out of the press. We watched a dozen tapes on them and never

saw them get out of the press. I guess it was respect for us. Respect for them, we didn’t press them. I figured it was enough up and down that we didn’t have to get involved.” Not only were the Gwynedd Mercy guards effective handling the basketball, they proved to be the perfect on-

the-ball defenders to prevent Radziak, Nanticoke Area’s top 3-point shooter, from getting any open looks. And even when Radziak did find some room to shoot, the attempts were contested ones. “They are a good defensive team, they played in a very tough league and against a tough schedule,” Yendrzeiwski said. “Those are the types of games they are used to playing in, low scoring games where baskets are at a premium. We had a bunch of opportunities where we didn’t finish around the basket. (Radziak) had a couple 3s that rimmed out. We finish those out and it’s a different ballgame.” Katie Butczynski and Lewis combined for five consecutive points near the end of the third quarter that helped Nanticoke Area get as close as eight with 1:44 left in the quarter. But the Mon-

archs built the lead back up to 10, and Kaylie Griffin connected on a 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter, and just like that, Gwynedd Mercy’s lead was back up to 13 points. “Offensively, we tried a bunch of different things but we just couldn’t come up with an answer,” Yendrzeiwski said. “Our effort was great and the kids played hard. I’m not disappointed at all.” Gwynedd-Mercy (37) G. Cattie 4 1-2 9, C. Heineman 3 3-5 9, K. Griffin 2 3-4 8, M. Conroy 3 1-6 7, B. Casey 1 0-0 2, M. Hutton 0 1-4 1, S. White 0 1-2 1, J. Masterson 0 0-0 0, S. Berish 0 0-0 0, T. Hasson 0 0-0 0, A. Martin 0 0-2 0, R. Flannery 0 0-0 0, Totals 13 10-25 37. Nanticoke Area (26) J. Baron 3 2-4 9, L. Radziak 2 0-0 5, K. Butczynski 1 3-3 5, A. Lewis 2 1-2 5, A. Lukowski 0 2-2 2, B. Czeck 0 0-0 0, L. Casey 0 0-0 0, M. Grilz 0 0-0 0, Totals 8 8-11 26. Gwynedd-Mercy 13 8 9 7—37 Nanticoke Area 5 8 7 6—26 3-point goals: K. Griffin (GM) 1, L. Radziak (NA) 1, J. Baron (NA) 1.

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Penguins fall to Checkers By tylEr pICCottI STAFF WRITeR

Greg McKegg scored only five goals in his 28 games this season with the WilkesBarre/Scranton Penguins. On Wednesday night, he had two to send his former team home with a loss. McKegg’s pair of tallies helped give the Charlotte Checkers a 3-1 victory over the Penguins at Bojangles’ Coliseum and a split of their two-game set. Tom Sestito scored the lone goal for Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton, which dipped to 36-18-4-2 with the defeat.

the turning point


Hazleton Area’s Sparky Wolk brings the ball up court as Pocono Mountain West’s Louchie Haybert defends on Wednesday at Wilkes. The Cougars had to wear the Wilkes road uniforms after a mix up.

CoUGArs: Hazleton Area advances when the Cougars patiently worked for the last shot of the half and Wolk threw a perfect alley-oop lob that Faison easily dropped into the basket for a 29-21 halftime advantage. The second half was like a yo-yo with the teams trading runs. Samec’s conventional three-point play, Planutis’s layup and then his triple and Wolk’s fast-break deuce after a PMW turnover gave the Cougars their biggest lead to that point at 39-26. Pocono Mountain West, which battled back from a 10-point, second-half defiicit before ousting Chambersburg in overtime on Saturday, rallied again Wednesday. Lee Mosley rolled in layup and Ishyne Pilgrim drained a three to get the Panthers within 39-32 with 3:53 still left in the thid quarter. But, Samec swished a short baseline jumper and Faison twice went up strong for baskets — the latter on another well-executed end-ofquarter play, and Hazleton Area upped its lead to 45-36 heading into the final eight minutes. PMW twice closed the gap to six early, the last time (4741) on Shermar Ernest’s two free throws at the 5:55 mark, before an 8-0 spurt by Hazleton Area effectively put the Cougars in countdown mode for the quarterfinals. Planutis made a nifty baseline drive layup and then again brought Cougars fans to their feet with a steal and slam to highlight the run. Later, Wolk sank his second triple of the game, and Hazleton Area’s lead only grew from that point.


Until the end, that is. With its entertaining victory, Hazleton Area advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinals opposite District 1 champion Abington, a 66-61 winner over St. Joseph’s Prep. “We’re in the state’s elite eight for the first time in a long time (since 1995) and the first time in my (head coaching) tenure (since 2006),’’ Joseph said. “We’re going to enjoy this for the next couple of hours and then we have only 48 hours of work to get ready for the next one.’’ Forced to use the Colonels’ road blue uniforms with gold trim after both teams brought home white uniforms, the Cougars delighted the partisan crowd with their fourth consecutive doubledigit playoff win. “I was in a fourth-grade tournament once when our team and Bloomsburg both had red uniforms,’’ Planutis laughed. “We had to wear pinnies.’’ Didn’t matter. The Cougars trailed only twice all night, both in the first quarter, before Planutis’ four points and two by Samec pulled the Cougars into a 12-all tie by quarter’s end. Hazleton Area (25-1) then scored the first seven points of the second period to gain the upper hand for the rest of the night. Planutis started the run with a pull-up jumper in the lane, Joey Grula followed with a layup off a Samec feed and Wolk connected from beyond the 3-point arc. Back came the Panthers (18-11) as Travis Elmore’s two straight buckets from in close got his team within Contact the writer: 19-17, only to have Grula answer with two free throws, Pocono Mountain West (50) T. Elmore 6 2-4 14, S. Ernest 3 2-2 9, I. Faison throw down a one- Pilgrim 3 1-2 8, H. Louchie 2 2-5 6, J. Kidney handed jam that raised the 2 0-0 5, J. Burns 1 0-0 3, M. Jones 1 0-0 3, L. 1 0-1 2, E. Germosan 0 0-0 0, N. decibel level inside the Hen- Mosley Mosley 0 0-0 0, L. Meyer 0 0-0 0, U. Burns 0 ry Gymnasium and Planutis 0-0 0, Totals 19 7-14 50. Area (69) cashed a steal into a layup to Hazleton J. Planutis 10 0-0 21, D. Faison 4 9-10 17, hike the Cougars’ back to R. Wolk 4 0-0 10, J. Samec 4 2-3 10, J. Grula 8, N. Norman 1 0-0 2, . Seigendall 0 1-2 25-17 and forced PMW coach 21,4-4 A. Otero 0 0-0 0, R. Melendez 0 0-0 0, A. Rich Williams to call timeout D’Angelo 0 0-0 0, K. Franek 0 0-0 0, J. 0 0-0 0, S. Shamany 0 0-0 0, A. with 3:43 left before halftime. Moronta Vayda 0 0-0 0, Totals 25 16-19 69. The Panthers again crept Pocono Mountain West 12 9 15 14—50 12 17 16 24—69 closer after hoops by Haybert Hazleton Area 3-point goals: J. Kidney (PMW) 1, I. PilLouchie and Elmore, but grim (PMW) 1, J. Burns (PMW) 1, M. Jones Hazleton Area again had (PMW) 1, S. Ernest (PMW) 1, R. Wolk (Haz) 2, J. Planutis (Haz) 1. answers. The best came

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John Wink had four goals and Nicholas Ruggiero scored three for Wilkes in its 11-10 loss to visiting Moravian on Wednesday.

Caleb Bauder had seven kills and Bailey Brugler had 13 assists for Misericordia in its 3-0 loss to visiting Alvernia on Wednesday.





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McKegg scored on an easy power play give-and-go at 13:48 of the second period to give Charlotte a 2-0 lead, but his second tally was the real backbreaker. Sestito had poked in a rebound at 8:11 of the third to cut the lead in half, but the Penguins failed to clear the puck on a Charlotte

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AHl rush six minutes later. McKegg crashed the net to the right of Anthony Peters and batted an airborne puck past the netminder that put the Checkers fully back in control.

three stars ■ Sestito’s goal was his first since Dec. 3 and 15th of his three-season tenure with the Penguins. He was the No. 3 selection. ■ Julien Gauthier gave Charlotte its first lead early in the second period and was the No. 2 star. ■ Not surprisingly, McKegg was the top selection. He has seven points in seven games with his new team.

er blog at and CV Penguins Insider The game was very chip- page on Facebook for addipy and featured a number tional news and notes. of scrums, but Charlotte Contact the writer: tpiccotti@ prevailed in terms of physi-; 570-821cality and execution. A cou- 2089; @CVPiccotti on Twitter ple of lapses by the Penguins in net-front coverage Penguins 001—1 021—3 were enough for the Check- Charlotte First period: Scoring - None. Penalties ers to capitalize. - WBS, Wilson, tripping 13:36; WBS, Bur-

pens notes ■ Pittsburgh reassigned Josh Jooris to Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton on Wednesday with the return of Bryan Rust. ■ Jarrett Burton slotted into the lineup for rookie Sam Lafferty, while Peters made his third-straight start in goal.

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ton, slashing 15:10. Second period: Scoring - 1, Charlotte, Gauthier, 7:30; 2, Charlotte, McKegg (Wallmark, Zykov), 13:48 (PP). Penalties Charlotte, Luokkanen, roughing 3:50; WBS, Tinordi, cross-checking (served by Sprong) 12:42; WBS, Blueger, roughing (served by Sestito) and 10-minute misconduct 19:19; WBS, Di Pauli, roughing 19:19; WBS, Kostopoulos, roughing 19:19; Charlotte, Brown, roughing 19:19; Charlotte, Robertson, roughing 19:19. Third period: Scoring - 3, WBS, Sestito (Sprong), 8:11; 4, Charlotte, McKegg (Poturalski, Carrick), 14:37. Penalties Charlotte, Kichton, tripping 3:51; Charlotte, Wallmark, holding 11:11; WBS, Dea, 10-minute misconduct 18:49; WBS, Kostopoulos, roughing and slashing 18:49; Charlotte, Didier, charging 18:49. Shots on goal: WBS 5 3 10 - 18; Charlotte 9 8 13 - 30. Goaltenders: WBS, Peters (27 saves on 30 shots); Charlotte, Nedeljkovic (17 saves on 18 shots). Power-play opportunities: WBS 0 for 3; Charlotte 1 for 5. Referees: Peter MacDougall and Liam Sewell. Linesmen: Ryan Townsend and Charlie O’Connor.

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pIAA sWIMMING A busy first day of the PIAA Class 3A Swimming and Diving Championships ski finished 30th in the 100 The only other top-20 didn’t result in any hardf l y, a n d time by a District 2 swimware for Wyoming Valley H a z l e t o n mer was a 16th-place dash Conference or District 2 Area’s Paul by Scranton’s Aidan Drouse competitors. F l o w e r s in the 200 free (1:43.71). Valley West senior Josh equaled that Abington Heights’ Carter Zawatski had the best finish mark in the Smith finished 21st in the of the day, placing 16th in 2 0 0 I M . preliminary round of boys the 50 free with a time of ZAWAtskI They were diving. 21.72 in the B final at Buckthe only othScranton and Valley West nell University. He was 13th e r W V C tied for last of the 52 comin the preliminaries. boys to take the pool at the peting teams with only one Teammate Maxim Kowal- Kinney Natatorium. point.

The district fared little better in girls competition, as no individual or relay team fared better than 23rd overall (Delaware Valley in the 200 medley relay). The Warriors’ Sierra Gillan was 27th in the 50 free, and Abington Heights’ Lauren Schofield was 29th in the 200 IM. Competition continues today with 3A girls diving, as well as the 100 free, 500 free, 100 back, 100 breast and 400 free relay events.

plAyBook Meetings Wilkes-Barre City softball league will hold mandatory meeting for all teams 6:30 Tuesday at the DPW office. For more information, call Dave Iskra at 570-4722304. Checkerboard Inn Golf League meets 7:30 p.m. March 22 at the Checkerboard Inn. All members must attend to reserve membership. Dues will be collected. For more information, call Frank at 570-675-7532. ASA umpire registration and meeting 6 Sunday at Good Shepherd Academy in Kingston.

registrations Wilkes-Barre girls softball league 6 to 8 tonight at Rodano’s on Public Square. For more information, call Gary at 570822-3991. Wilkes-Barre City co-ed softball league 2 p.m. Sundays. Format is five guys and five girls. For more information, call Dave Iskra at 570-472-2304. Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Sunday men’s softball league. Deadline is April 8. League begins April 15. If interested, call John Leighton at 570-430-8437. Brews Brothers summer softball league seeks teams for Sunday morning men’s

league. If interested, please contact Tony at 570-693-0506 or 570-8141823. The Wyoming Valley Sports Dome is taking applications for soccer leagues (U6, U7, U9, U11, U13, U15, high school, over 30 and men’s open), field hockey leagues (sixth grade and under, eighth grade, 10th grade and 12th grade) and lacrosse leagues (boys and girls high school). For more information, call 570823-9873 or visit Valley Venom softball seeks a player for 16U team. If interested, call coach Jody at 570-335-7978. NEPA Adrenaline 16U girls travel softball team has openings for the 2018 season. For more information, call Arnie at 570-760-4892.

Events 2018 Benjamin August Memorial 3-mile run/walk organized by the Wyoming Valley Jewish Community Center is 10:30 March 25 at the River Commons. Cost is $15 before today and $17 after or on race day. For more information, call 570824-4646. Hazleton One Community Center and Mountain Top Little League will hold umpire training sessions 10 a.m. to noon March 24 at the Hazleton One

Community Center and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m March 24 at the Mountain Top Little League Complex. No cost. Pre-register by emailing For more information, call Luke Modrovsky at 570-905-3201.

Camps The 2018 Curry Quarterback Camp is 9 to 4 May 26 at Crispin Field. Cost is $50. For more information, visit or email Caroline Curry at

tournaments ECTB will hold baseball tournaments in Wilkes-Barre every weekend beginning May 5 and ending Oct. 13. Open to 9U/10, 11U/12U and 13U and up. For more information call, 610-841-9505 or 610-322-2849.

Golf Blue Ridge Trail Ladies Tuesday Night Golf League begins with an ice breaker/ meeting at 5 April 3 in the Blue Ridge clubhouse. In event of inclement weather, meeting is 6:30. League play begins April 17. For more information, email or or by calling 570-401-9008 or 570-4976481.



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Promises turn into paydays By BARRy WILNER AssociAted press

All those promises worth millions upon millions to free agents turned into paydays Wednesday when the NFL’s business year began. Of course, teams needed to clear salary cap space or rejigger their ledgers to make it work, and they’ll still be doing so for months. While the likes of Drew Brees, Malcolm Butler and Andrew Norwell cashed in bigtime, having reached agreements in the past two days before everything became official, some value entered the marketplace. Arizona released safety Tyrann Mathieu when it couldn’t rework his deal. Baltimore cut receiver Jeremy Maclin. Detroit said goodbye to tight end Eric Ebron. Pittsburgh tore up a secondary that often was torn up by opposing quarterbacks, releasing Mike Mitchell, Robert Golden and William Gay. But Carolina had more success with a veteran, completing a one-year deal with defensive end Julius Peppers. The 38-year-old Peppers, who contemplated retirement after 17 pro seasons, remains with the Panthers for $5 million, with $2.5 million guaranteed, a person familiar with the situation said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the team does not release financial terms of contracts. Cleveland, meanwhile, did nothing more than listen to one of its greatest players, tackle Joe Thomas, announce his retirement. The Browns save his $10.3 million salary for 2018 and a $3 million bonus but lose their best player and leader in the expansion era (1999-present), a 10-time Pro Bowler.

CARDINALS Mathieu was due for $18.75 million of his contract to be guaranteed when the league year officially begins. By cutting him, Arizona will save close to $5 million in cap space.

RAVENS Baltimore frees up an estimated $5 million in salary cap space by releasing Maclin, who signed on as a free agent in June. But Maclin missed two games with a shoulder injury, two more with knee issues, and finished with only 40 catches for 440 yards and three touchdowns. The 84 receptions he had over the past two seasons (2016 with Kansas City) are three fewer than he had with the Chiefs in 2015. Then the Ravens agreed to deals with receivers John Brown and Ryan Grant. Brown, 27, spent four years in Arizona and is a speedy deep threat, something Baltimore desperately needs. He can also return kicks. Grant, also 27, was with Washington for four seasons.

NFL 49ERS San Francisco agreed to a four-year contract with running back Jerick McKinnon and a five-year deal with center-guard Weston Richburg. McKinnon replaces departing starter Carlos Hyde and Richburg could start anywhere in the interior line.

GIANTS New York agreed with offensive tackle Nate Solder, late of the Patriots, to become its starter on the left side. Solder, 29, will get a four-year contract worth about $62 million. The Giants can move 2015 first-round draft pick Ereck Flowers to the right side as they rebuild a line that has struggled for years.

TITANS Tennessee kept right guard Josh Kline and defensive end David King with new contracts after making a splash in free agency by getting Butler for $60 million over five years ($30 million guaranteed) and also taking running back Dion Lewis away from New England.

BILLS In adding defensive end Trent Murphy from Washington, the Bills get a needed pass rusher, albeit a player coming off a major injury. Murphy had 15 sacks in 47 games, including nine in 2016, then sat out last season after tearing two ligaments in his left knee in a preseason game. The Bills finished tied for 30th in the NFL with just 27 sacks last season. The Bills added defensive backfield depth by agreeing with safety Rafael Bush on a two-year contract.

FALCONS The Falcons addressed a need by signing offensive guard Brandon Fusco, who started 16 games for San Francisco last season, to a three-year deal. Fusco, who began his career with the Vikings, could immediately start at right guard.

DOLPHINS Five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh officially was released, when the trades to acquire defensive end Robert Quinn and send Jarvis Landry to the Cleveland Browns were formalized. Miami also released tight end Julius Thomas, which had been expected, but decided to keep right tackle Ja’Wuan James, which guarantees him $9.34 million in 2018.

JETS New York signed linebacker Avery Williamson to a three-year contract worth $22.5 million. Williamson spent his first four NFL seasons with Tennessee and led the Titans in tackles in two of those years. The Jets also tendered wide receiver Quincy Enunwa at the secondround level, worth $2.9 million.

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The Cardinals released safety Tyrann Mathieu on Wednesday.

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Diamondbacks’ Zach Greinke delives a pitch in the first inning of Wednesday’s game.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Arizona ace Zack Greinke’s start against Cincinnati was cut short Wednesday after one inning because of right groin tightness. Greinke had been scheduled to throw five innings. The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner retired Ben Revere on a groundout, allowed Jesse Winkler’s single, then struck out Joey Votto and Scooter Gennett. Albert Suarez relieved to start the second. Greinke was making his just second big league exhibition appearance this year. The 34-year-old right-hander pitched 1⅔ innings against Milwaukee on Feb. 25, then made a pair of appearances in “B” games. Red Sox 2, Twins 1

SPRING TRAINING allowed four runs, four hits and three walks in 3⅔ innings. Colby Rasmus doubled twice. Braves 5, Phillies 3 Atlanta’s Julio Teheran allowed two runs and six hits, including Jorge Alfaro’s homer, in six innings. Phillies starter Ben Lively gave up three runs and four hits in five innings. Rays 9, Pirates 3 Rays starter Yonny Chirinos struck out six over three innings, allowing one run and three hits. Micah Johnson homered, stole a base and scored twice. Ivan Nova gave up three runs and six hits in five innings.

Royals 7, Cubs 6 Chris Sale pitched five shutout innings of two-hit Ian Kennedy allowed just ball and struck out seven, one run and two hits, with two lowering his ERA to 1.00. walks and three strikeouts, in the start for the Royals. Cardinals 3, Astros 1 Brewers 11, White Sox 3 A d a m Wa i n w r i g h t allowed one run and four hits in five innings to outpitch Houston’s Justin Verlander, who gave up three runs and eight hits in five innings. A day after his spring training debut, Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer off Verlander.

Jhoulys Chacin did not give up an earned run over his 4⅔ innings as the Brewers starter, lowering his spring ERA to 0.87. Ryan Braun homered off White Sox starter Carson Fulmer in each of the first two innings.

Marlins 5, Mets 1

Corey Kluber, the 2017 Cy Young Award winner, had a one-hitter through five innings and the Indians used five pitchers to shut out the Angels.

Dan Straily allowed four hits in five scoreless innings. Christhian Adames tripled and raised his batting average to .318. Miguel Rojas, Adames competition at shortstop, had two hits and his batting .226. Orioles 7, Yankees 4 Adam Jones and Jonathan Schoop off Chance Adams, who gave up five runs and seven hits in 1⅔ innings. Baltimore’s Miguel Castro

Indians 7, Angels 0

Diamondbacks 7, Reds 3 Arizona managed just one extra-base hit, a double by David Peralta. Robert Stephenson lasted two innings in the start for the Reds, giving up three runs on five hits. Scott Schebler and Tucker Barnhart both homered.

AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pct. Houston 13 6 .684 Cleveland 12 7 .632 New York 11 7 .611 Baltimore 12 8 .600 Oakland 9 7 .563 Boston 10 8 .556 Minnesota 9 8 .529 Chicago 9 9 .500 Kansas City 9 10 .474 Toronto 9 10 .474 Tampa Bay 8 10 .444 Los Angeles 9 12 .429 Detroit 7 10 .412 Seattle 6 12 .333 Texas 6 12 .333 NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pct. Milwaukee 13 6 .684 Chicago 12 6 .667 Miami 11 6 .647 San Francisco 10 8 .556 Los Angeles 10 8 .556 St. Louis 9 8 .529 San Diego 9 8 .529 Washington 9 8 .529 Arizona 10 9 .526 Atlanta 9 10 .474 Colorado 8 10 .444 Philadelphia 8 12 .400 Pittsburgh 6 11 .353 Cincinnati 6 14 .300 New York 5 14 .263 Wednesday Boston 2, Minnesota 1 Miami 5, N.Y. Mets 1 Baltimore 7, N.Y. Yankees 4 Atlanta 5, Philadelphia 3 St. Louis 3, Houston 1 Tampa Bay 9, Pittsburgh 3 Kansas City 7, Chicago Cubs 6 Milwaukee 11, Chicago White Sox 3 Cleveland 7, L.A. Angels 0 Arizona 7, Cincinnati 3 San Francisco vs. Seattle (n) Colorado vs. L.A. Dodgers (n) Thursday Baltimore vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, 1:05 Detroit vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, 1:05 Houston vs. Washington at West Palm Beach, 1:05 Minnesota vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, 1:05 Pittsburgh vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, 1:05 Toronto vs. Boston at Fort Myers, 1:05 Miami vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, 1:10 Arizona vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, 4:05 Cincinnati vs. Cleveland at Goodyear, 4:05 Kansas City vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, 4:05 Milwaukee vs. Texas at Surprise, 4:05 L.A. Angels (ss) vs. Colorado at Scottsdale, 4:10 White Sox vs. L.A. Angels (ss) at Tempe, 9:10 San Francisco vs. San Diego at Peoria, 9:40 Seattle vs. Oakland at Mesa, 10:05 Friday Atlanta vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, 1:05 Miami vs. St. Louis (ss) at Jupiter, 1:05 Philadelphia (ss) vs. Detroit at Lakeland, 1:05 Tampa Bay vs. Minnesota (ss) at Fort Myers, 1:05 St. Louis (ss) vs. Washington at West Palm Beach, 1:05 Toronto vs. Philadelphia (ss) at Clearwater, 1:05 Baltimore vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, 1:10 Cubs vs. White Sox at Glendale, 4:05 Cleveland vs. Oakland at Mesa, 4:05 Milwaukee vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, 4:05 Seattle vs. Texas at Surprise, 4:05 Colorado vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, 4:10 Kansas City vs. San Diego at Peoria, 4:10 Dodgers vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, 4:10 Minnesota (ss) vs. Boston at Fort Myers, 6:05 Houston vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, 6:35

Boston 011 000 000—2 6 0 Minnesota 000 000 100—1 6 2 Sale, Poyner (6), Workman (7), Scott (7), Barnes (8), Brasier (9), and Leon, Butler, Duffey, Reed (4), Duke (5), Busenitz (7), Anderson (9), and Castro, Wilson. W—Sale 1-0. L—Duffey 0-1. Sv—Brasier. HRs — Moreland. —— New York Mets 000 000 001—1 7 1 Miami 200 002 10x—5 9 1 Matz, Montero (5), Sewald (6), Rhame (8), and d’Arnaud, Lobaton, Straily, Ziegler (11), Barraclough (12), Conley (9), and Wallach. W—Straily 1-0. L — Matz 0-3. —— New York Yankees 030 100 000—4 7 0 Baltimore 231 000 10x—7 16 1 Adams, Carroll (2), Hale (3), LeBlanc (6), Feyereisen (8), and Romine, Castro, Cortes (4), O’Day (8), Rodriguez (9), and Joseph, Susac. W—Castro 2-0. L—Adams 0-2. Sv— Rodriguez. HRs — Kratz Schoop, Jones. —— Philadelphia 010 010 100—3 12 0 Atlanta 010 202 00x—5 8 0 Lively, Abad (10), Arano (10), Thompson (11), and Alfaro, Rupp, Teheran, Fried (6), Carle (8), and Suzuki, Stewart. W—Teheran 3-0. L—Lively 0-1. Sv—Carle. HRs — Alfaro, Tucker. —— St. Louis 002 010 000—3 9 1 Houston 010 000 000—1 7 0 Wainwright, Leone (6), Lyons (7), Sherriff (8), Tuivailala (9), and Kelly, Knizner, Verlander, Hoyt (6), Sipp (7), Harris (8), Hernandez (9), Nunn (9), and Stassi, Stubbs. W—Wainwright 1-0. L—Verlander 0-1. Sv—Tuivailala. HRs — Carpenter, Voit. —— Tampa Bay 001 111 500—9 13 0 Pittsburgh 010 000 101—3 8 4 Chirinos, Colome (4), Stanek (5), Nuno (6), Venters (8), Murray (9), and Ramos, Monell Nova, Kontos (6), Kingham (10), Sadler (10), Feliz (12), and Diaz, Stallings. W—Chirinos 3-0. L—Nova 0-2. HRs — Lowe, Johnson Wood. —— Chicago Cubs 001 041 000—6 8 0 Kansas City 000 122 20x—7 10 0 Mills, Cishek (3), Wilson (4), Mazzoni (5), Maples (6), Rosario (7), and Gimenez, Solis, Kennedy, Peralta (5), Lovelady (6), Keller (7), Lenik (8), Staumont (9), and Perez, Butera. W—Keller 2-0. L—Maples 0-1. Sv—Staumont. HRs — Court, Hannemann,Schwindel. —— Chicago White Sox 000 300 000—3 5 1 Milwaukee 160 001 21x—11 9 3 Fulmer, Clark (2), Volstad (3), Ross Jr. (5), Infante (6), Beck (7), Walsh (8), and Narvaez, Zavala, Chacin, Liz (5), Gallardo (6), Logan (8), Williams (9), and Pina, Bethancourt. W—Chacin 2-1. L—Fulmer 0-4. HRs — Braun (2), Broxton, Shaw, Hager. —— Los Angeles Angels 000 000 000—0 5 1 Cleveland 001 001 05x—7 9 0 Shoemaker, Alvarez (6), Bedrosian (7), Parker (8), Warmoth (8), and Maldonado, Perez, Kluber, McAllister (6), Olson (7), Torres (8), Belisle (9), and Perez, Hanigan. W—Kluber 3-0. L—Shoemaker 1-2. HRs — Naquin, Barnes. —— Cincinnati 000 200 100—3 9 2 Arizona 130 100 11x—7 12 0 Stephenson, Shackelford (3), Rainey (4), Worley (5), Quackenbush (7), Herget (8), and Barnhart, Turner, Greinke, Suarez (2), De la Rosa (4), McFarland (5), Hirano (7), Buchanan (8), and Mathis, Recker. W— Greinke 1-1. L—Stephenson 0-3. Sv—Buchanan. HRs — Schebler, Barnhart.

COLLINS: Extra-inning rule harms game match bullpen arms on those days; it almost always The new extra innings requires a player move to be rule is an abomination. Fans made after the game to get a should be angry enough to fresh arm out of the pen for re-evaluate what they’re the next day. watching, whether it’s the O’Conner called it a “playtruly competitive event their er safety” issue. tickets guarantee them the Interesting. opportunity to witness. Performing in a minorThis quote from Minor league ballgame is evidently League Baseball president now considered a safety Pat O’Conner is downright issue by the clubs? Since laughable. these procedures were con“We believe these changes trived “in conjunction with to extra innings will enhance major league baseball,” it’s the fans’ enjoyment of the fair to assume this was their game and will become some- call. thing that the fans will look Look, we know major forward to on nights where league clubs are slaves to the game is tied late in the pitch counts, and that’s not contest,” O’Conner said. going away. Make no misCome on, Pat. Fans are take, this change for the smart enough to see right extra innings in the minors through this. is almost certainly a test For years now, player case for such a rule somedevelopment executives day being instituted in the griped about pitchers being bigs, where the investment used to throw an extra in pitchers is so much greatinning here or there, or er. sometimes being used on — However, it’s more congasp! — consecutive days cerning in the minors. It’s a when extra innings are need- step toward reducing the ed. It causes problems for importance on winning and them, in two areas: it reduclosing at the lower levels, to es the big club’s ability to call the point where what you’re up a pitcher and mix-andwatching — no, what you’re FroM pAGe B1

paying to watch — is going to be on its face little more than a scrimmage. Newsflash: Major league teams don’t care about the minor league franchises or their fans. Their concern is not to make things enjoyable for you. Their concern is to provide a safe, clean, state-of-the-art facility for their players to train in until they are ready to go to the big leagues or be cut when the next young prospect needs a roster spot. They want the environment to be competitive, but also very controlled. They can’t control extra innings, but they also can’t convince the paying customer that extra innings aren’t an occasional part of the game. So, they came up with this. I’d rather see a tie than some bastardized version of the game thrown together to decide a winner. Leave that stuff to the NFL. Baseball’s allure is that the game today is the same game that was played 100 years ago, and it stands to reason it will look the same 100 years from now. Improving pace is fine.

This change is a sharp axe to the game’s soul. The guess here is it’s only the beginning. Baseball will do what it can over the next few years to make games like the ones at PNC Field more like the ones going on in spring training camps around Florida and Arizona right now, basically formal training sessions. It’s competition without the need to compete. It’s the incessant getting in of work. It’s telling fans they are paying to see players, not players play a game that means anything. It’s the end to a legitimate need to take score, to compile standings, to await the postseason, to hand out the championship trophy. Fans overwhelmingly will not like this new policy, contrary to O’Conner’s empty statement. Nor should they. They know what a baseball game is, after all. Even if minor league baseball doesn’t care what they know. DONNIE COLLINS is a timesshamrock sports columnist. contact him at dcollins@ and follow him on twitter @ donniecollinstt.

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Health Science THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018

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I'm 75 years old and am scheduled to have minor surgery next month. My doctor has been pushing me to walk every day and to perform core exercises — not to mention eating right — ahead of my operation. Does this really matter? Indeed,itdoes.Recent studiesshowthatelderlypatientsareatincreased riskforarangeof complicationsduringsurgeryandduringtherecoveryprocessas well.Butit’snotjustabout age.Bycomparingpre-operativeassessmentdatatohow patientsfareduringsurgery andrecovery,researchers havebeenabletoestablisha definitivelinkbetweenfrailty andpoorsurgicaloutcomes. Theserangefromcomplicationsduringtheprocedure, sloworincompleterecovery afterward,andanetdecline inhealthandcognitioninthe weeksandmonthsafterthe surgery. And younger readers, take note. This correlation turns out to hold true for patients of any age. In fact, the new thinking is frailty is a more important indicator than chronological age when evaluating patients for elective surgery. However, frailty, which is basically a reduction of the physical and mental reserves that help us bounce back from setbacks due to illness or injury, is far more common in older adults. Additional factors also make surgery more of a challenge for older adults. These include ongoing conditions or illnesses that place added stress on the body. Problems with vision, hearing or mobility have an effect on both surgery and recovery. A range of prescription medications can increase the risk of certain complications. And issues related to cognitive function, mood and social circumstances play a role in overall well-being. Thegoodnewsisthatthis newresearchhasprompted theAmericanCollegeof Surgeonstolaunchanationwide effortforhospitals,health careprovidersandpatientsto becomeawareof theunique challengesthatelderlyadults facewhenundergoingsurgeryandrecovery,aswellas thestepstheycantaketomitigatethoserisks.Supporting datacomesfromDukeUniversity’sPerioperativeOptimizationof SeniorHealth program,aninterdisciplinaryteamapproachtohelping olderadultsprepareforand recoverfromsurgery.This programincludesthevery behaviorsyourphysicianis urgingyoutoadopt. Inanassessmentof elderly patientsundergoingelective abdominalsurgery,those fromthePOSHprogramhad shorterhospitalstays(four daysforthePOSHgroupversussixdaysforthecontrol group)andlowerreadmissionrates(7.8percentvs.18.3 percent)overthecourseof themonthfollowingsurgery. Theyalsoexperiencedfewer complicationsandweremore likelytobedischargedtogo homewithself-carethan werethepatientsinthecontrolgroup,whohadnottaken partinthePOSHprogram. We hope that you’ll take your physician’s advice to heart and follow the recommended program.


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WASHINGTON — Stephen Hawking won accolades from his peers for having one of the most brilliant minds in science, but he never got a Nobel Prize because no one has yet proven his ideas. The Nobel committee looks for proof, not big ideas. Hawking was a deep thinker — a theorist — and his musings about black holes and cosmology have yet to get the lockdown evidence that accompanies the physics prizes, his fellow scientists said. “TheNobelPrizeisnotgiven to the smartest person or even the one who makes the greatest contribution to science. It’s giventodiscovery,”saidCalifornia Institute of Technology physicist Sean Carroll. “Hawking’s best theories have not yet been tested experimentally, which is why he hasn’t won a prize.”

Hawking has often been compared to Nobel laureate Albert Einstein, and he died on the 139th anniversary of Einstein’s birth. But Einstein’s Nobel wasn’t for his famed theory of general relativity. It was for describing the photoelectric effect, and only after it was verified by Robert Millikan, said Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb. The theory behind gravitational waves — suggested by Einstein — didn’t win science’s highest honor until there were direct observations of the faint ripples in space and time. And Peter Higgs’ theory postulating the so-called “God particle” named the Higgs boson didn’t win its Nobel until the actual particle was discovered by a massive European particle collider. “In all cases, there was an experiment-verified prediction,” Loeb said. Hawking’s greatest contribu-


Professor Stephen Hawking poses in 2012 beside a lamp titled ‘black hole light’ by inventor Mark Champkins, presented to him during his visit to the Science Museum in London. tion — that not everything is sucked into a black hole but some radiation known as “Hawking radiation” escapes — could be proven if astronomers find the right-sized black holes. Smaller black holes — those with the mass of an asteroid — likely would produce

more Hawking radiation than larger ones, Loeb said. “People have searched for mini black holes of this mass, but have so far not found any,” Hawking said in a 2016 lecture. “This is a pity because if they had I would have got a Nobel Prize.”

Hawking lost another chance when an experiment at first seemed to find waves from inflation in the early universe that would also have confirmed Hawking radiation. But the observation didn’t quite hold up, Loeb said. NASA astronomer and Nobel laureate John Mather said he doubted it would have changed Hawking’s life. Anyway, he said, “everyone loves Stephen’s work.” A spokesman for Sweden’s RoyalAcademyof Sciencesthat hands out the physics Nobel said Hawking “was a great scientist who made considerable contributionstoscience.” Spokesman Goran Hansson said the death of 76-year-old Hawking early Wednesday “is a lossfortheworldof science.”He declined to comment on whether Hawking should have been awarded the prestigious prize, inlinewiththeNobelpolicy. Loeb said Hawking shows prizes may not be so important. “I think his life journey shows there is much more than the Nobel Prize,” he said.


Dr. Sunil Singhal, second from right, directs a special camera to view a tumor in his patient made visible with a fluorescent dye, seen at monitor on right, during a surgery Jan. 23 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

lighting the way Doctors try glowing dyes to find hidden cancers during surgeries. By MARILyNN MARCHIONE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PHILADELPHIA — It was an ordinary surgery to remove a tumor — until doctors turned off the lights and the patient’s chest started to glow. A spot over his heart shined purplish pink. Another shimmered in a lung. They were hidden cancers revealed by fluorescent dye, an advance that soon may transform how hundreds of thousands of operations are done each year. Surgery has long been the best way to cure cancer.If thediseaserecurs,it’susuallybecausestray tumor cells were left behind or others lurked undetected. Yet there’s no good way for surgeons to tell what is cancer and what is not. They look and feel for defects, but good and bad tissue often seem the same. Now, dyes are being tested to make cancer cells light up so doctors can cut them out and give patients a better shot at survival. With dyes, “it’s almost like we have bionic vision,”saidDr.SunilSinghalattheUniversityof Pennsylvania. “We can be sure we’re not taking too much or too little.” The dyes are experimental but advancing quickly. Two are in late-stage studies aimed at winning Food and Drug Administration approval. Johnson & Johnson just invested $40 millionin one, and federal grants support some of the work. “We think this is so important. Patients’ lives will be improved by this,” said Paula Jacobs, an imaging expert at the National Cancer Institute. In five or so years, “there will be a palette of these,” she predicts.

Making cells glow Singhal was inspired a decade ago, while pondering a student who died when her lung cancer recurred soon after he thought he had removed it all. He was lying next to his baby, gazing at fluorescent decals. “I looked up and saw all these stars on the ceiling and I thought, how cool if we could

Each year, about 80,000 Americans have surgery for suspicious lung spots. If a dye can show that cancer is confined to a small node, surgeons can remove a wedge instead of a whole lobe and preserve more breathing capacity, said On Target chief Marty Low. No price has been set, but dyes are cheap to make and the cost should fit within rates hospitals negotiate with insurers for these operations, he said.

Big promise for breast cancer


Surgeon Dr. Sunil Singhal holds a vial of fluorescent dye at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. make cells light up” so people wouldn’t die from unseen tumors, he said. A dye called ICG had long been used for various medical purposes. Singhal found that when big doses were given by IV a day before surgery, it collected in cancer cells and glowed when exposed to near infrared light. He dubbed it TumorGlow and has been testing it for lung, brain and other tumor types. He used it on Ryan Ciccozzi, a 45-year-old highway worker and father of four from Deptford, New Jersey, and found hidden cancer near Ciccozzi’s heart and in a lung. “The tumor was kind of growing into everything in there,” Ciccozzi said. “Without the dye, I don’t think they would have seen anything” besides the baseball-sized mass visible on CT scans ahead of time. Singhal also is testing a dye for On Target Laboratories,basedinthePurdueresearchparkinIndiana, that binds to a protein more common in cancercells.Alate-stagestudyisunderwayforovarian cancer and a mid-stage one for lung cancer. In one study, the dye highlighted 56 of 59 lung cancers seen on scans before surgery, plus nine more that weren’t visible ahead of time.

Dyes may hold the most promise for breast cancer, said the American Cancer Society’s Dr. Len Lichtenfeld. Up to one third of women who have a lump removed need a second operation because margins weren’t clear — an edge of the removed tissue later was found to harbor cancer. “If we drop that down into single digits, the impact is huge,” said Kelly Londy, who heads Lumicell, a suburban Boston company testing a dye paired with a device to scan the lump cavity for stray cancer cells. A device called MarginProbe is sold now, but it uses different technology to examine the surface of tissue that’s been taken out, so it can’t pinpoint in the breast where residual disease lurks, said Dr. Barbara Smith, a breast surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Other cancers Blaze Bioscience is testing Tumor Paint, patented by company co-founder Dr. Jim Olson of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital. It’s a combo product — a molecule that binds to cancer and a dye to make it glow. “You can see it down to a few dozen cells or a few hundred cells,” Olson said. “I’ve seen neurosurgeons come out of the operating room with a big smile on their face because they can see the cancer very clearly.” Early-stage studies have been done for skin, brain and breast cancers in adults, and brain tumors in children.

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Pele uses walker Pele appeared at a World Economic Forum event in Sao Paulo on Wednesday using a walker, but later said his mobility is slowly returning following a second hip surgery. The 77-year-old Brazil great, a three-time World Cup winner, joked that he’s not ready to get back to playing soccer anytime soon, though. Pele was handed an award for his career at the event but had to remain seated throughout the presentation. Upon his arrival with the walker, Pele said it was his “new car.”

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lowe’s parting ways with Johnson Lowe’s said Wednesday it will end its sponsorship of seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson at the end of the season and leave NASCAR. Johnson made his Cup debut in 2001 with Lowe’s and he’s never had any other company as his primary sponsor. Through 18 years Johnson has won a recordtying seven titles, 83 races and built a Hall of Fame career representing the Lowe’s brand.

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els, Furyk get open exemptions Ernie Els and Jim Furyk received a special exemption to play in the U.S. Open this year at Shinnecock Hills on Long Island, New York. Els is a two-time U.S. Open champion who would have faced qualifying because his five-year exemption from winning the 2012 British Open ran out last year. Els won the U.S. Open at Oakmont in 1994 and at Congressional in 1997. This will be his 29th consecutive U.S. Open. Furyk won the 2003 U.S. Open at Olympia Fields. — AssociAted Press

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Billings 45/30

Colder with snow possible

Callicoon 4.39’ 4.09’ -0.30’ 12.0’ Archbald 2.67’ 2.65’ -0.02’ 8.0’ Meshoppen 12.33’ 12.03’ -0.30’ 27.0’

Port Jervis 4.38’ 4.32’ -0.06’ 18.0’ Old Forge 3.32’ 3.33’ +0.01’ 11.0’ Wilkes-Barre 5.41’ 5.14’ -0.27’ 22.0’ Tunkhannock 2.20’ 2.21’ +0.01’ 11.0’

Planets Rise Mercury ..................... 7:47 a.m. Venus ........................ 7:57 a.m. Mars .......................... 2:51 a.m. Jupiter ..................... 11:56 p.m. Saturn ....................... 3:28 a.m. Uranus ....................... 8:31 a.m.


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In the sky: Some constellations aren’t terribly imaginative. Triangulum, the triangle, is visible in the western sky tonight.

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Washington 53/33

Atlanta 66/45

Miami 75/58

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Set ........ 8:45 p.m. ........ 8:26 p.m. ...... 11:59 a.m. ........ 9:55 a.m. ...... 12:46 p.m. ........ 9:47 p.m.


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Chicago 43/25 Denver 65/35


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San Francisco 57/47

A large upper-air low will remain across the Northeast yet again today. This will result in a rather cloudy, brisk and cold day with a snow shower during the afternoon. However, no accumulation is expected. Tonight will be partly cloudy and cold.


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I-84 NEW YORK BORDER AREA: Mostly cloudy today; a snow shower in the lower elevations.

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I-476 LEHIGH VALLEY AREA: Some sun today. Rain or snow near the Lehigh Tunnel; a shower in the south. Partly cloudy tonight; a flurry near the Lehigh Tunnel.

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Woods looking to cap another comeback at Bay Hill By DouG FerGuSoN associated press

ORLANDO, Fla. — The future of Tiger Woods is filled with optimism because of the past. The next stop on his remarkable road to recovery from four years’ worth of back trouble is the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the tournament he has won a record eight times on a course that feels comfortable to him. There also is a short history of Woods winning at Bay Hill during various comebacks. When he was out nearly nine months recovering from reconstructive surgery, his first victory back was at Bay Hill when he made a 15-foot




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ish last week at Innisbrook, where he was never more than three shots behind in the final round and had a long birdie putt at the end to force a playoff. He looks closer than ever to winning. He always seems to win at Bay Hill. If it only it were that simple. “Just because I won here eight times doesn’t mean I’m going to win this week automatically,” Woods said. “I’ve still got to do the work. I’ve still got to go through the process of getting myself in position.”


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At least he knows the course, even if he hasn’t been here in five years. Marc Leishman is the defending champion, getting up-and-down with a 45-yard pitch shot that rolled out to 3 feet for par on the final hole. In some respects, so is Woods. He won in 2013 by two shots over Justin Rose, a victory that returned him to No. 1 in the world. Now he is at No. 149, which sounds good only when considering that he was No. 1,199 five tournaments ago. Las Vegas thinks so highly of Woods, especially after his

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Kudlow set to depart CNBC post

U.S. consumers spent less at auto dealers, gas stations and department stores in February, causing overall retail sales to slip 0.1 percent despite signs elsewhere of a robust economy and the tax cuts signed into law by President Donald Trump starting to take effect. It was the third consecutive month of declining retail sales, the Commerce Department said Wednesday, though they’re still 4 percent higher from a year ago. Shoppers have opened 2018 with a cold spell after robust spending gains in the months leading up to the holidays. The core retail sales that economists monitor improved a mere 0.1 percent in February after essentially being flat in January.

BY JOsH BOAK AND KeN THOMAs AssociAted Press

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has chosen Larry Kudlow to be his top economic aide, elevating the influence of a longtime fixture on the CNBC business news network who previously served in the Reagan administration and has emerged as a leading evangelist for tax cuts and a smaller government. Kudlow told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he has accepted the offer, saying the U.S. economy is poised to take off after Trump signed $1.5 trillion


worth of tax cuts into law. “The economy is starting to roar and we’re going to get more of that,” he said. Kudlow will join an administration in the middle of a tumultuous remodeling as a wave of White House staffers and top officials have departed in recent weeks. Trump on Tuesday dumped his secretary of state, former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson. The famously pinstripesuited Kudlow would succeed Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive who is leaving the post in a dispute over Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. With Trump’s tax cuts already being implemented, Kudlow would be advising a president who appears increasingly determined to tax foreign imports — a policy Kudlow personally opposes.

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Larry Kudlow, a longtime fixture on the CNBC business news network who previously served in the Reagan administration, is interviewed Wednesday on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Kudlow said he is “in accord” with Trump’s agenda and his team at the White House would help implement the policies set by the president. Trump has promised to reduce the trade imbalance with China and rewrite the

North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. Kudlow declined to say what advice he would give the president on trade issues, saying instead that Trump is “a very good negotiator.” Kudlow, 70, has informally

Walmart is expanding its same-day online grocery delivery service to more than 40 percent of U.S. households, or 100 metro areas, by year-end as it tries to keep pace with online leader The service is currently available in six markets. Tom Ward, vice president of Walmart’s digital operations, says the retail giant is powering the expansion of its same-day delivery service using its online grocery pickup program. That service uses personal shoppers to select items and then take them to shoppers’ cars parked at the curb.

BY KATe BrUMBACK AssociAted Press

ATLANTA — Insider trading charges were announced Wednesday against a former Equifax executive who sold his shares for nearly $1 million before the company’s massive data breach was revealed to the public and the stock price plunged. A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Jun Ying, 42, the former chief information officer of Equifax’s U.S. Information Solutions, part of the Atlanta-based credit reporting company. The Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday also charged Ying with insider trading. In an emailed statement, lawyers Douglas Koff and Craig Warkol, who are representing Ying, declined to comment. The SEC and U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta said federal investigations are ongoing. Ying is the only former Equifax executive named in Tuesday’s indictment. Equifax Chief Financial Officer John Gamble and three other executives sold shares worth a combined $1.8 million days after Equifax discovered suspicious activity on its network — and nearly a month before Ying sold his shares — but Equifax said an independent committee determined that these other executives did not know of the breach when their trades were made. A total of about 147.9 million Americans have been impacted by Equifax’s data breach, which remains the largest exposure of personal information in history. It was disclosed to the public on Sept. 7.


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Mike Brown, a bartender at Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, pours a Victory beer for a customer. Victory, which just recently opened a second brewery in Parkesburg, is planning for a new brewpub in Kennett Square this fall and another one in Parkesburg next year.

Under pressure from U.S. regulators, Ford is recalling nearly 1.4 million midsize cars in North America because the steering wheels can detach from the steering column and drivers could lose control. The recall covers certain Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2014 through 2018 model years. Ford says steering wheel bolts can loosen over time. The company says it knows of two crashes and one injury caused by the problem.

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One of the biggest new breweries in Charlotte is taking shape inside a former fiber processing facility, in a part of town that’s become a booming entertainment district. The facility by Artisanal Brewing Ventures, owner of Victory Brewing Company and Southern Tier Brewing Co., is the latest change sweeping an area that was once mostly industrial, dominated by warehouses and small factories. The neighborhood just south of Scaleybark Station is already home to Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Sugar Creek Brewing Company, Great Wagon Road distillery, GoodRoad Cider Works, Doc Porter’s Distillery and Queen Park Social. “We think this will be a great district,” said CEO John Coleman. ABV plans to call the facility “Brewers at 4001 Yancey” to avoid brand confusion between Victory and Southern Tier, which will operate independently with their own brewing teams at the same site. They’re targeting a mid-May opening. Last week, workers were welding and polishing the shiny stainless steel brewing vessels, which drinkers will


eU to U.s.: ‘Make trade, not war’ European Union leader Donald Tusk urged U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday not to undermine the sides’ longstanding trans-Atlantic ties by seeking economic gains through punishing trade tariffs. “Let me be clear: instead of risking a trade war, which he seems eager to wage, we should be aiming for greater cooperation,” Tusk told reporters in Helsinki, Finland. “Make trade, not war, Mr President.”

Victory and Southern Tier merged in 2016 to create ABV. Both brewing companies were founded in the Northeast: Southern Tier in Lakewood, New York, and Victory in Downington, Pa. have the chance to gawk at and walk between in the brewery. Developer White Point Partners bought the Bowers Fibers facility at Yancey and Pineville roads for $7.9 million in 2017 and is in the midst of a total renovation. The facility will include seating for 300, a 25-barrel brewhouse, indoor and outdoor space, glass walls to let people see the brewing process just behind the bar and an outdoor beer garden. “Beer’s the hero,” said David Harries, director of brewing operations, standing in front of the multimilliondollar brewing system. “We want to talk beer, show off the beer.”

Victory (whose flagship beers include HopDevil IPA and Golden Monkey) and Southern Tier (with staples such as Southern Tier IPA and Pumking Imperial Ale) merged in 2016 to create ABV, a new company backed by private equity investors. The company’s headquarters is on Tyvola Road. Both brewing companies were founded in the Northeast: Southern Tier in Lakewood, New York, and Victory in Downington. The number of people who are relocating to Charlotte from the Northeast — and are already familiar with Victory and Southern Tier — is one reason ABV picked the city for its satellite brewery. But they won’t just be producing the same familiar staples. “We’re small enough to be creative and a little wild, but large enough to brew some for distribution,” said Harries. “We can do things that are a bit more off the wall ... things you can’t do if you’re doing 1,000 barrels of it.” Harries said the facility will serve as a forum for experimentation, with labor-intensive ingredients (citrus zest, hand-ground spices) and new flavors and beer tips. A citrus gose, slightly salty, for the hot Southern summer is one such idea.

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advised the Trump administration in the past and he has spoken with the president “at some length in recent days,” so he is ready “to hit the ground running.” Kudlow told CNBC on Wednesday that he will be going to Washington today to meet with Trump. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the administration is preparing for an orderly transition and “will keep everyone posted” on when Kudlow officially assumes the job. Friends and colleagues say Kudlow possesses two critical attributes prized by the president: He is a bluntly spoken debater and is resolutely loyal. “He’s a very sensitive man and a very logical man, which is exactly what Trump needs,” said Arthur Laffer, a well-known economist and longtime friend of Kudlow.

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Unscramble these four Jumbles, one letter to each square, to form four ordinary words. Dear Abby: I was working out of town in a position that paid a good salary. When my adult son proposed to his girlfriend, I told him I would try and give him $10,000 for the wedding. Well, things changed. I had to return home for good, and my salary was cut. When I told my son I wouldn’t be able to give him $10,000, but could give him only $5,000 instead, he became Now arrange the circled very upset and said, “You letters to form the suspromised that amount and prise answer, as sugwe were counting on that gested by the cartoon. money!” I feel a gift is a gift, and they should be happy with whatever I can manage. After talking it over with several friends, they all agreed that he is behaving inapproPrevious priately. Answer: I am single and trying to retire in 10 years. Please help. — Salary Cut In Pennsylvania THE FAMILY CIRCUS By Bil & Jeff Keane Dear Salary Cut: Your son’s reaction was immature. He should understand that sometimes circumstances can change. If you haven’t already explained why you need to cut back on the sum you planned to give him, do it now. How he reacts to your explanation will tell you whether you want to give him even $5,000. Dear Abby: I recently took a job working for someone I knew. He was a neighbor and attended my church for several years, but we were never more than acquaintances. After I began working there, I saw things going on with other girls in the office By Brian Crane MUTTS that were very inappropriate. PICkLES Then I stumbled across a sexual online chat he was having with one of them. As I scrolled through the feed, it became apparent they’re having an affair. It made me so uncomfortable I quit working there. We still live in the same community. He has a beautiful, kind and very pregnant wife. Should I tell her? Should I tell anyone, or stay quiet GET FUzzY and let him get away with it? It makes me sick, and I don’t know what to do at this point. — Uncomfortable In The West Dear Uncomfortable: Allow me to suggest that what you do is remain silent, at least for now. The kind and very pregnant wife does not need to be told that her husband is SUDOkU PUzzLE cheating with an employee B.C. at this juncture. After the Complete the grid so every row, column and 3 x 3 box baby is born, perhaps she contains every digit from 1 to 9 inclusively. should be told — if she doesn’t know already — but NOT NOW.

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Aries (March 21-April 19): Sharing too much information with others will put you in a vulnerable position. Take time to relax. Taurus (April 20-May 20): What you offer will be well-received. Partnerships

will help you get ahead. Establishing a healthy relationship with someone will be beneficial. Gemini (May 21-June 20): A situation that exposes your emotions will put you in a vulnerable position at work or when dealing with people. Cancer (June 21-July 22): Your emotions and insight will help you figure


out the best way to respond to someone who makes unreasonable demands. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): Money matters will not be clear. Go over your expenses, assets and debts and see where you can cut corners to avoid loss and stress. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): An opportunity to work alongside someone you


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respect or enjoy spending time with will make it easier to get things done. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Listen to someone who has more experience than you and you’ll find answers that will help you excel. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Express your feelings and work alongside someone you love to make your surroundings, location and

relationship convenient and comfortable. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Physical activity will make you feel alive. Personal and home improvements are featured. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Don’t let anyone limit what you can do with responsibilities that don’t belong to you. Don’t rely on others.


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A finesse supposedly has a 50 percent chance of success. As you know, though, in these columns, finesses win much less often than that; one succeeds only when declarer needs it. In this deal, how should South play in four spades after West leads the club two, and East puts up his king? Over North’s gameinvitational limit raise, South wondered about making a


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slam-try, but remembered that balanced hands need more high-card power than usual to bid that high. (Losing Trick Count users will have noted that the North hand is theoretically worth a game-forcing raise because you deduct one loser for a 10-card or better fit.) When the dummy appeared, South noted the mirror distribution, which was bad news because he couldn’t get any discards or ruffs. Declarer had four potential losers: two hearts, one diamond and one club. So, did he need the heart finesse to work?

South won the first trick with his club ace, drew trumps and played three rounds of diamonds. East took sixth trick with his diamond queen and shifted to heart jack. But declarer won with his ace — finessing would have been fatal. Then he exited with the club jack. West took that trick but was endplayed. If he played a heart, South’s queen would have become a winner. If West exited with a diamond or a club, declarer would have ruffed in one hand and sluffed a heart from the other. He lost one heart, one diamond and one club.

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The Penn State WilkesBarre film and discussion series kicks off its spring “On the Move” series this Thursday, March 15. See how many types of transportation you can find in the upcoming series, beginning with “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” on Thursday. Additional films include “Murder on the Orient Express,” March 22; “Seabiscuit,” March 29; “Silver Streak,” April 5; and “American Graffiti,” April 12. Films begin at 7 p.m. at RC Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre. The cost is $25 per person for the course. This course can be taken as a one-credit course or a non-credit offering. In order to register, you can request a paper form by calling 570-675-9253, email the form to, fax the form to 814-863-2765 or mail the form to Penn State Wilkes-Barre Continuing Education, P.O. Box 410, State College, Pa 16804-0410. To find the form online,

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visit film-discussion-series. For those looking for a different type of viewable entertainment this weekend, the Music Box Dinner Playhouse added an additional showtime for their current production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” This extra performance takes place Saturday, March 17, at 1 p.m. at the Swoyersville theater. It is a show only performance. Tickets cost $18 for adults and $14 for students, children and military members. Call 570-283-2195 for reservations. That’s what I’ve “scene” this week. If you have story ideas, don’t be afraid to reach out! Email me at, give me a call at 570-821-2061 or hit me up on Twitter, @CVcljacobson.

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Best Bets ........................................ 3 On the Record .................................4 Third Thursday ............................... 5 Movies............................................ 6 Dining Out ..................................... 7

Creed Bratton ................................ 8 Kinky Boots ................................... 9 The List ........................................ 10 Empty Bottles .............................. 12 Sounds ........................................ 14

Best Bets 5 things to do this week ‘The Irresponsible Tour’ Don’t miss Kevin Hart during his stop in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, March 16. Hart brings his “Irresponsible Tour” to the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp, beginning at 7 p.m. The Philadelphia-born comedian and actor often invokes self-deprication into his humor. For this tour, Hart enacted a strict no cell phone policy including, but not limited to no texting, talking, tweeting, checking the time or holding a cell phone during his show. Violators will be ejected by security without a refund. Tickets start at $71.50 and can be purchased at the arena’s NBT Bank box office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at There is a $10 fee to park int he arena’s parking lot. For information, visit kevinhartnation. com.


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Richie Ramone Hear one of the last living members of the Ramones, Richie Ramone, as well as several local bands perform in downtown p Scranton on Monday, March 19. Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., will host the legendary rocker along with Reach for the Sky, the Klap and the Dismissed, with doors opening at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door and can be purchased at the pub. Ramone, the only Ramones drummer to sing lead vocals, performed with the band in more than 500 shows around the world. He released his first solo album, “Entitled,” in 2013 and a followup, “Cellophane,” in 2017. For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.

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The fun won’t be just on the ski slopes at the upcoming Montage MountainFest. Montage Mountain Resorts, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton, will host an afternoon of skiing, live entertainment, pond skimming and even “dinosaurs” on Saturday, March 17, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. All-day lift tickets are $20, and rentals are $20, but guests who wear a costume can ski ki ffor free. f FFor more e information visit montage mountain reso

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Cavanaugh’s Grille, 163 N. Main St., Mountain Top. The restaurant and bar has a full slate of entertainment set for those looking for some Irish pride. At 2:30 p.m., the Emerald Isle Step Dancers perform, followed by the Ceol Mor Pipe and Drum band at 3:30 p.m., with a guest debut from Mountain Top’s newest bagpiper, Deb Ritz. Additi ll the th rrestauAdditionally, and drink rant hosts food a ebrate specials to cele ding green the day, includ d classic cocktails and s like GuinIrish drinks ness. For infformation, 70-474call 57 1050.

Get Frozen with the WilkesBarre/Scranton Roller Derby League for an Easter brunch and egg hunt. On Saturday, March 17, head to the pancake breakffast with tthe Eastter bunny, Merida M and Anna a and Elsa, a at Applea bee’s b NeighN borhood b RestauR rant, Wilkes-Barre Townt 253 Wilk B ship Blvd., Wilkes-Barre. Seatings take place at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Breakfast includes unlimited pancakes, sausage links and a choice of orange juice, tea or coffee. A meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with the bunny and princesses will be available. Additional activities include face painting, raffle baskets, a 50/50 drawing and an egg hunt at 9 a.m. Tickets cost $10 or $3 for children under 1 year old. To purchase, visit https:// event/3334534. For information, contact Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Roller Derby on Facebook.






Flirtin’ With Yesterday brings back memories with cover tunes

Samantha Stanich Staff Writer


lirtin’ With Yesterday band takes its audiences back in time when it performs ’70s-era classic rock covers. Cousins Richard Bruce and Mary Beth West perform mainly as a duo, covering a wide variety of bands and solo artists, but also can be seen with percussionist Ronny Blight and bassist Leland Smith in full band form. Blight and Smith also perform with Bruce and West in their Neil Young cover band, Young at Heart.

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How did you get involved in music? Richard Bruce: I used to pick up my father’s and brother’s guitar when I was around 10 or 12 years old, and then at 14, I bought my own, and from then on, I played probably more than I did anything else. mary Beth West: My mom and dad were great vocalists. I realized when I was very young that I could sing, and I’ve been doing it all of my life. What do you remember about the first time you performed? RB: I can’t really recall the first place I played in public, but I’m sure it was in a local bar that I was too young to be allowed in anyway. mBW: I was nervous. I sang in front of the whole student body in high school. How did you come up with your name? RB: We came up with the name after trying to think of something to pertain to the classic, or what is now considered oldies, songs that we do. mBW: Just sharing ideas back and forth and some creative thinking. How did you guys meet? RB: I was in my first band while still in high school,

Flirtin’ With Yesterday includes, from left: Leland Smith, bass and vocals; Mary Beth West, vocals; Ronnie Blight, percussion and vocals; and Richard Bruce, guitar and vocals.




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and Ronny Blight, who has been with us now for only a few months, was the percussionist in that first band, let’s just say a long time ago. And here, four decades later, we’re playing together again. I actually met Leland online and talked for years before we actually met and became involved musically. How do you choose the songs you cover? RB: We try to choose songs that are very popular but are almost forgotten about because they’re not usually covered by other bands. mBW: We choose songs we like and know that the audience likes or hasn’t heard in a while. We like to choose songs that bring back memories.



How have you changed as a musician? RB: How I have changed as a musician is all attributed to experience. I’ve learned to let the moment happen while performing. I’m not sure where I heard this, but I find it true that you have to learn a piece of music inside and out so you can play it in your sleep, and then you have to kind of forget it while performing, and that is when the art or what we sometimes call “the magic” can take over. mBW: I have become more confident and learned how to control my vocals better. What are some favorite memories? RB: My favorite part is when we are performing and




Meet Flirtin’ With Yesterday Members: richard Bruce, guitar and vocals; Mary Beth West, vocals; ronny Blight, percussion; and Leland Smith, bass Based out of: Wilkes-Barre Upcoming: Saturday, March 17, 8 p.m., Crabby’s Seafood Grill and Pipes Bar, Dallas; Saturday, March 31, 8 p.m., as Young at Heart (Neil Young tribute band), river Street Jazz Cafe, Plains twp. everything just clicks. Meaning everything from the band being exceptionally tight to the audience being exceptionally receptive. mBW: Playing private parties and people singing along with us as well as playing benefits. I love our harmonies. How has the NEPA music scene changed? RB: I think the local music


probably my biggest influences while learning. mBW: Carole King, Stevie Nicks, Linda Ronstadt, the Eagles, Elton John and my mom and dad. What are your future goals for the band? RB: To play as often as possible for Mary Beth and I. And I think the Neil Young show has the potential for larger venues and widespread touring. mBW: To add more songs to our playlist, songs that you don’t hear other bands play, so we can see more people singing along at our shows and to hear them say, “I haven’t heard that song in years.”


scene has changed dramatically over the years by loss of larger venues that were around in the ’80s and ’90s. That’s why, I think, you see so many single acts and duos, because there is no room for large bands anymore. Who has influenced you over the years? RB: Neil Young (and) Cros- contact the writer: by, Stills, Nash & Young are


The Osterhout Free Library hosts children’s art projects, such as creating paste papers, during the Third Friday Art Walk in downtown Wilkes-Barre. SuBMiTTed phOTO

Third Thursday

Wilkes-Barre library hosts variety of art events year-round By Charlotte l. JaCoBson STaff WriTer

The library may seem like an unusual place to view art, but at the Osterhout Free Library art prevails. From its self-guided art tour to its monthly DIY Craft Nights, the library makes sure to keep its doors open to artists of all kinds. When the organizers of Wilkes-Barre’s Third Friday Art Walk reached out to the library to be a venue for the arts event, Youth Services Coordinator Elaine Rash jumped at the opportunity. “People don’t always think of the library as an arts venue, so we make sure

osterhout Free library Address: 71 S. franklin St., Wilkes-Barre Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays in July and august, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Sundays Contact: 570-823-0156 or Online: www.osterhout. info or Osterhout free Library on facebook

to have special events for each art walk,” Rash explained. “The library is normally closed during the

hours of Third Friday, so we thought it was good to do something different that isn’t just going to the library to check out a book or use a computer for schoolwork. It can be a place to see art on display.” During each Third Friday event, the Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, caters to a variety of artists, often focusing on poets and authors to conduct readings, but it also hosts local musicians like Zayre Mountain as well as visual artists. In addition to the featured artist each month, the library is home to a self-guided art walk within the cen-

tral library. Many of these paintings were accumulated over the years from the “Friends of the Library,” who aim to purchase a piece of artwork annually from the Fine Arts Fiesta to hang at the Osterhout. Other paintings were commissioned, including the paintings of the landmark windows in the Children’s Department — each window matches the exterior of the library and features a scene from a classic fairytale. “We wanted to do (the art walk) so people would be aware of the artists that exist locally,” Rash said. “It’s great that we can have it in a sort of confined space (down-

town)... to be able to walk from venue to the next to see art and music. It’s a great way to see downtown WilkesBarre.” During every July art walk, the Osterhout also holds a “Family Fun Day Extravaganza.” This event kicks off earlier than the normal art walk, as it takes place outside and is for the whole family. These events offer children’s art activities, games and free popcorn and snow cones. For many other programs at the Osterhout, art finds its home as a learning method. At toddler storytime events, each child creates a craft project associated with the

story to help them learn and understand the context in a new way. At adult DIY Craft Nights, participants can learn to create items ranging from flower vases to cactus planters. “The arts have always been important to me,” Rash said. “I used to be involved in local theater, so I was anxious to see the library contribute to this great event. People walk from one place to another, they see various types of art and we’re kind of in the middle of it all here (at the Osterhout).” Contact the writer:; 570821-2061; @CVcljacobson on Twitter



Movie times FoR MaRch 16, 2018

Winfrey, Witherspoon star in underwhelming ‘Wrinkle in Time’

W-B MOVIES 14 A Wrinkle In Time (PG): 1:15, 1:50, 3:50, 4:25, 6:45, 7:30, 9:20, 10 Black Panther (PG-13): 1, 1:45, 2:30, 4, 4:45, 5:30, 7, 8, 9:15, 10 Death Wish (R): 1:55, 4:30, 7:20, 9:55 Game Night (R): 2, 4:50, 7:35, 9:55 Gringo (R): 3:55 The Hurricane Heist (PG13): 1:25, 7:40, 10:10 Peter Rabbit (PG): 1:30, 3:50, 7:05 Red Sparrow (R): 1, 4, 7, 10 The Strangers: Prey at Night (R): 1:25, 3:30, 5:40, 7:50, 10 CINEMARK 20 MOOSIC 7 Days in Entebbe (PG13): 11:10, 2:10, 4:50, 7:40, 10:25 Annihilation (R): 10:25, 1:15, 4:15, 10:15 A Wrinkle In Time (PG): 10:30, 11:30, 1:20, 2:30, 4:25, 5:30, 7:30, 8:30, 10:30, 11:10; 3D: 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30 Black Panther (PG-13): 10:45, 12:15, 1:50, 3:25, 5:10, 6:35, 8:15, 9:45, 11:20 Death Wish (R): 11:50, 2:40, 5:20, 8:10, 10:55 Fifty Shades Freed (R): 11:45, 5:05, 7:55 Game Night (R): 12:10, 2:45, 5:15, 7:50, 10:40 The Greatest Showman (PG-13): 2:10, 7:40 Gringo (R): 12:50, 6:10, 11:25 The Hurricane Heist (PG13): 2:20, 10:50 I Can Only Imagine (PG): 10:50, 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG-13): 11:15, 4:50, 10:35 Love, Simon (PG-13): 10:40, 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 10 Peter Rabbit (PG): 10:10, 12:40, 3:10, 5:40, 8:20, 10:45 Please see J15

Oprah Winfrey stars as Mrs. Which, one of three spiritual guides who lead a young girl on a journey of empowerment, in the film adaptation of the popular young adult classic “A Wrinkle In Time.”


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he opening scenes in “A Wrinkle in Time” were my favorite passages in the movie. That’s not good. Imagine seeing “The Wizard of Oz” and enjoying the Kansas segment more than anything that happens to Dorothy and Toto once the picture goes from black and white to color. Unfortunately, that’s the way I felt about “A Wrinkle in Time.” We should be moved and feel exhilarated by a story involving leaps of faith and the powerful magic of love, but this journey is felled by a torrent of New Age babble, underwhelming special effects and a final act that falls flat AND makes us really dislike a major character. Directed by the talented Ava DuVernay (“Selma”), adapted from the generations-spanning young adult classic by Madeleine L’Engle and featuring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling, “A Wrinkle in

‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Stars: oprah Winfrey, reese Witherspoon, mindy Kaling, Storm reid, Zach Galifianakis and Chris Pine Rated: PG for thematic elements and some peril Running time: 115 min. Grade: HH (out of four) Time” has a lot going for it. Meet the Murrys: Mom and Dad (Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Chris Pine) are the smartest, loveliest, warmest (and I’m pretty sure the best-looking) scientists in all the land. They’re on the verge of unlocking a tesseract, aka a wrinkle in time, aka a fifth dimension, aka traveling billions of lightyears through the universe in the blink of an eye. The endearing and natural Storm Reid plays 13-year-old Me g Mur ry, and Deric McCabe (also quite good) is her 5-year-old brother, Charles Wallace, who has the



intellect and empathetic qualities of someone much older. When Charles Wallace was just a baby, Dad disappeared without a trace. He’s been gone four years, during which time Meg has become a sullen loner — underachieving at school, getting picked on by the mean girls, and friendless with the exception of the everoptimistic Charles Wallace. Enter Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), some sort of magical being from another dimension.Thisisherfirstmission interacting with humans, and she’s a bit of a bumbler and loose talker, a la Clarence in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” By the time Meg and her mother meet Mrs. Whatsit (who shows up in their living room one night), Charles Wallace has already become fast friends with her. (Mom starts to call 911, but then hangs up. No, Mom. Keep dialing. There’s a strange grown woman in your house, and she’s buddies with your 5-year-old.)

After a quick detour in which Meg bumps into the popular kid Calvin (Levi Miller), who has a crush on her and stays by her side for pretty much the rest of the movie, two more magical “Mrs.” materialize.Thegentlebutslightlydaffy Mrs. Who (Kaling) communicates by quoting the wisdom of artists and world leaders and other historical figures. And then there’s Mrs. Which (Winfrey), who is clearly the leader of the Magical Mrs., and is like, 25 feet tall. Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which explain Meg’s dad actually pulled off the tesseract and was rocketed somewhere into another dimension, and it’s up to Meg, Charles Wallace and Calvin (who just keeps hanging around) to tesseract with them and help them find Dad, because if they don’t, well, it’ll be bad for everyone. Off they soar into magical and wondrous and strange and sometimes forbidding

dimensions, with songs by Sade and Sia and DJ Khaled with Demi Lovato soundtracking the expedition. Every step of the way, the trio of Mrs. encourage the skeptical, self-doubting Meg to believe in herself and lead the way. Without Meg’s faith, the mission is doomed. The deeper we go, the trippier things get. Meg enlists the help of animated, chattering, floating flowers, who apparently love to gossip. Mrs. Whatsit transforms herself into a flying creature that resembles a giant leaf, and the kids hop on board for a ride. Zach Galifianakis pops up as a medium known as, yes, the Happy Medium. Mild spoilers just ahead! Turns out Dad is more than likely on the dark planet Camazotz, ruled by the evil entity known as “IT.” In quick fashion, IT takes control of Charles Wallace and turns him against Meg. Eyes red with rage, his face marked by lightning boltshaped cracks, his voice sounding more and more demonic, Possessed Charles Wallace mocks Meg while hurling her about like a rag doll. And just before THAT whole to-do, we get the scene I referenced earlier, when a supposedly sympathetic character shows a shocking lack of courage at a key moment. (And this major plot stumbling block is never addressed again.) Movie magic is an elusive thing. “A Wrinkle in Time” is a bold film that takes big chances from start to finish, in a courageous effort to be something special. (You’re not hedging your bets when Oprah Winfrey is playing a literally largerthan-life entity with bejeweled eyebrows and crazy hair.) But for all its scenes of characters flying and soaring and zooming here and there, it never really takes off. RichaRd RoepeR reviews movies for The Chicago Sun-Times. Distributed by Universal Press Syndicate.

dining out

Sisters offer breakfast, lunch favorites with mom’s baked goods at Coccetti’s Coccetti’s: A Restaurant and Bakery

by brooke Williams staff writer


ot everyone relishes the idea of having family as co-workers. But for sisters Tara Coccetti Black and Tammie Coccetti McHale, love is baked into their collaborative careers. The co-owners of Coccetti’s: A Restaurant and Bakery have teamed up in the kitchen of their Peckville business since it opened in 2009. “All family can’t work together. Maybe we couldn’t work with every member of our family,” Black said. “But we work well together. You know each other, and you have that understanding.” Their culinary beginnings go back to childhood, when Black and McHale grew up at their family’s restaurant, Geno’s in Archbald. When their parents were selling the business, the girls weren’t ready to take over and attended college instead. But after landing jobs and working for others, they found they missed the restaurant business and wanted to be their own bosses. The sisters opened their first restaurant, the Eatery, in Archbald in 1994 but sold it after four years to focus on raising their children. Their mother, Jeanne Marie Coccetti, opened a bakery in Eynon called Coccetti’s in 1998, and when she decided to step down from running that, Black and McHale absorbed it into a new endeavor that combined a restaurant with the bakery. Open Tuesdays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon, Coccetti’s serves breakfast, lunch and homemade desserts. Jeanne Marie Coccetti still takes care of desserts, many of which follow old family recipes. The restaurant’s intimate

Address: 1124 Main st., peckville Phone: 570-489-4000 Owners: tara Coccetti Black and tammie Coccetti Mchale Established: 2009 Cuisine: Breakfast, lunch and homemade desserts Hours: tuesdays through fridays, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (breakfast and lunch); saturdays, 7 a.m. to noon (breakfast only) Online: visit Coccetti’s: a restaurant and Bakery page on facebook or follow @Coccettis on instagram.

Tammie Coccetti McHale, left, and Tara Coccetti Black, sisters and co-owners of Cocetti’s: A Restaurant and Bakery, incorporate creativity and years of experience growing up in the restaurant business into fresh, madeto-order breakfast, lunch and desserts they serve at their Peckville restaurant. jake danna stevens / staff photographer

dining room features brightly colored walls and artwork. A large board displays handwritten daily specials available in addition to regular menu items. Black and McHale are committed to serving customers fresh, made-to-order food, they said, so nothing is prepared, portioned or frozen ahead of time. They always make it a point to shop at farmer’s markets and handle details themselves, from roasting turkeys to candying nuts. “We do everything the hard way,” Black said. “In the beginning, our food vendors wanted to sell us a lot of pre-

packaged, pre-made (food), even cooked bacon. … We just can’t do anything else (but fresh). We don’t know any other way.” While the menu offers old favorites such as burgers and Belgian waffles, Black and McHale also strive to keep up with food trends. They deviate from the norm with unique specials, such as their best-selling Baked Stuffed French Toast with ever-changing ingredients and seasonally available items. At breakfast time, variations of Eggs Benedict are popular, including Crab Cakes Eggs Benedict and the

Egg Tower, made with poached eggs, fresh mozzarella, avocado, tomato, red onion, an English muffin and Hollandaise sauce. During the Lenten season, they offer Buffalo Popcorn Shrimp and Cheddar Eggs Benedict. At lunchtime, Funky Chicken Salad served on a croissant with craisins, celery, nuts and lettuce is a customer favorite. Diners also love the Christmas Wrap, comprised of turkey, spinach, mozzarella, roasted red peppers and balsamic vinaigrette. For dessert, Coccetti’s homemade brownies are always a go-to for customers.

the restaurant’s success, and the staff at Coccetti’s is loyal and takes care of customers with the same dedication as the sisters. “They care. They’re very about what the product is. That’s why we choose to keep it as small as we do,” McHale said. “And we’re always here. If we’re open, we’re here. Both of us.” As operators of a restaurant in a small town, a sense of community is important, McHale and Black said. It’s common to see friendly conversations happening all around the dining room, whether between staff members and customers or regulars who have come to know each other. Black and McHale take care to get acquainted with guests in Coccetti’s homey atmosphere to make them feel welcome while they enjoy a good meal. “This is our livelihood,” McHale said. “We care about what we’re putting out as a family and our recipes, making sure that they’re tip-top.”

Menu inspiration comes from a variety of sources. Black and McHale brainstorm new ideas from Internet research, grocery store runs and even getaways. “When we travel, it feels like we always come up with an idea or something we bring back with us,” Black said. “We’ll be like, ‘We can do that,’ and then we want to change it up, too.” “If we’re in a grocery store or shopping or anywhere and see something — even one component, like a certain kind of vegetable — it just sparks something,” McHale Contact the writer:; added. Service is equally key to 570-348-9127



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‘Office’ star Creed Bratton brings new folk music to Kirby Center By Charlotte l. JaCoBson Staff Writer


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Creed Bratton, best known for portraying a fictional version of himself on NBC’s “The Office,” will play his folk tunes in the Chandelier Lobby at F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Wilkes-Barre, on Wednesday, March 21. J8 MARCH 15, 2018 THE CITIZENS' VOICE WB_VOICE/SPECIAL_SECTION/PAGES [J08] | 03/14/18


whose most notable songs include “Yes Indeed,” “Ready for You Now” and “Heart of Darkness.” He noted many people await the moment when he plays “All the Faces,” the song he performed in “The Office’s” series finale. “It’s emotional,” Bratton said of the song. “It brings them right back to the finale, with the images of ‘The Office.’ How lucky was I to sing that on the show? Sometimes I have to pinch myself. The show changed my life.” Bratton wrote “All the Faces” long before he ever dreamed of acting on primetime television. Just after he left the Grass Roots, he found himself sitting around a bonfire in Malibu with his wife and daughter. Unlike other songs, this one simply came out as he plucked away at the guitar and sang along. “I tell people that sometimes, as an actor, you are emoting lines to a camera or to a person. ... You are doing lines and trying to get an emotional reaction in some way — positive, negative, whatever the context, whatever the lines are,” Bratton said. “It’s the same way when I perform my songs. With my guitar up there, I’m singing these lyrics, which are the script, and I’m trying to get my point across. They’re the same breed, selling a song or selling a part.” The artist recently celebrated his 75th birthday, but he certainly doesn’t act his age — in the best ways possible. “I am your typical 75-year-old guy,” Bratton said. “I jump out of planes, go hang gliding, zip lining, fishing. … And I’m not even joking. It keeps me young.”

ans of “The Office” may not believe that Creed Bratton found his way to acting through a speech disorder. The actor, known for portraying a fictional version of himself on the NBC hit comedy, developed a stutter at a young age after moving from place to place. “I had a lot of insecurities and stuff because of moving around,” Bratton said. “I stuttered and had real low selfesteem because of it. They pulled me out of class when I was at the point where I nearly couldn’t talk, and I went to a stutter teacher. She told me the best thing to do was to get in front of people in the classroom, and acting too. ... I did a bit of acting and found that I had a knack for it and really enjoyed it.” The multifaceted artist brings his music to F.M. Kirby Center for the Perfor ming Arts in Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, March 21, to celebrate the upcoming release of his seventh solo folk album, “While the Young Punks Dance,” which hits record stores April 6. Surrounded by musicians growing up, taking an interest in music and songwriting seemed like a natural path for the California native. He began to play guitar professionally by 17 and joined the well-known folk rock group, the Grass Roots in his early 20s. Prior to “The Office,” Bratton worked on films such as “Mask” and “Heart Like a Wheel,” but his role on the popular television show allowed him to flex his comedic muscles. Contact the writer: cjacobson@citizensThose hoping to see the fictional Creed; 570-821-2061; @CVcljacobson on the Wilkes-Barre stage might be dis- on twitter appointed at first, but they’ll instead get If you go to enjoy the charm and musicality of the What: Creed Bratton Live at the Chanreal-life Bratton. ”They’re not going to see the character delier Lobby When: Wednesday, March 21, 8 p.m. per se, but they’ll see a world traveler Where: f.M. Kirby Center for the Perand an actor who has been through some forming arts amazing stuff,” he said. “I cannot believe 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre what my life has been, really. ... They will Details: tickets cost $22.50 in hear ‘The Office’ stories, funny bits in advance or $25 day of show, and can between relating to acting, the Grass be purchased at the Kirby Center box Roots and things like that.” office, by calling 570-826-1100 or Between older music and the Grass online at Roots tunes, Bratton plans to perform a Online: number of songs off his new album,

“Kinky Boots” tells the story of Charlie Price, who inherits a shoe factory on the brink of bankruptcy from his father. He forms an unexpected partnership with Lola, a drag performer, and attempts to save the factory.

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Broadway smash ‘Kinky Boots’ stepping onto Scranton stage By Brooke Williams Staff Writer


roadway hit “Kinky Boots” struts into town this weekend. Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania presents the Grammyand Tony Award-winning musical at Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave., on Friday, March 16, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 17, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, March 18, at 1 p.m. Inspired by true events and based on a British film of the same name, “Kinky Boots” tells the story of Charlie Price, who inherits a shoe factory on the brink of bankruptcy from his father. He forms an unexpected partnership with

Lola, a drag performer, and attempts to save the factory by creating high-heeled “kinky boots” for men and selling them in a niche market. “Kinky Boots” continues to run on Broadway and features 16 original songs by singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper, a book from Tonywinner Harvey Fierstein and choreography by Tony-winner Jerry Mitchell. Jos N. Banks, who plays Lola in the touring production, said the “remarkable” and family-friendly show makes viewers laugh and cry. “It’s one of those shows where you think you’ll feel one way, and you leave completely changed,” Banks said. “It’s one of those shows where you kind of end up

if you go What: Broadway theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania presents ‘Kinky Boots’ When: friday, March 16, 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 17, 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, March 18, 1 p.m. Where: Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic temple, 420 N. Washington ave. Details: tickets are $45 to $77, plus fees, and are available at, by calling 800-745-3000 or through the cultural center’s box office. having a lot of thoughts — and they’re all positive — but about ways you can be a better person.” While each version of “Kinky Boots” now runn i n g s h a re s t h e s a m e music, choreography and storyline, Banks said, the traveling production stands out because it has “so much heart.”

“People see ours, and they say that often,” he said. “(There’s) just so much heart and honesty in the work, and truth. I take pride in that because, as an actor, that’s what we are (supposed) to do. We dive into the work and allow people to see a bit of us, but mostly (it’s about) the story and the heart and the integrity of the piece.”

The title tends to throw people off and make them question what the show is about, said Albert Nocciolino, president and CEO of NAC Entertainment, which partners with Broadway Theatre League to produce the show in Scranton. But the message and theme of the show may surprise audiences. “They’ll see the story about acceptability, the story about understanding, the story about relationships and understanding that it’s OK to be who you are and accept people for who they are,” Nocciolino said. “It’s not just about the boots. It’s a story of human beings and caring and accepting.” Nocciolino, who earned a Tony Award in 2013 for his

work co-producing “Kinky Boots” on Broadway with the Independent Presenters Network, will speak at an educational program at noon before Saturday’s matinee performance. He will discuss various aspects of production and the process of taking a show from the Broadway stage onto the road for a tour. T he $25 ticket price includes Nocciolino’s presentation, lunch, admission to the day’s 2 p.m. performance and a talk-back session with cast members. Educational program tickets can be purchased by calling 570-342-7784 or by visiting the league’s office at 345 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Contact the writer:; 570-348-9127



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your guide to what’s going on Visit for a complete list of area eVents


Breakfast with Anna, Elsa and the Easter Bunny, Saturday, March 17, 8 to 9 and 9 to 10 a.m. Breakfast includes unlimited pancakes and sausage with choice of orange juice, coffee or tea. Meet-and-greet photo opportunities and raffle baskets, a 50/50 drawing, an egg hunt and face painting will be available. All proceeds benefit Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Roller Derby League. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 253 Wilkes-Barre Twp. Blvd., WilkesBarre Twp. $10/$3 children under 1. 570-822-5043 or brownpapertickets. com/event/3334534. Leprechaun Lore, Saturday, March 17, 11 a.m. Listen to stories about leprechauns. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Free. 570-996-1500 or St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17, 11 a.m. Includes Emerald Isle Step Dancers, Ceol Mor Pipe and Drum Band, and Irish food and drink specials. Cavanaugh’s Grille, 163 N. Main St., Mountain Top. 570-474-1050. St. Patrick’s Day’s Spectacular, Saturday, March 17, 5 p.m. Oldies but Goodies perform ’50s, ’60s and ’70s dance songs featuring artists such as the Everly Brothers, Elvis and the Bee Gees. Doors open at 5; dinner follows at 6. The Club at the Highlands, 2700 Highland Blvd., Archbald. $20 reserved seating (show only)/$39 premier seating (includes dinner)/$49 VIP seating (includes dinner). 570-499-4904. Society of Irish Women St. Patrick’s Day Dinner, Saturday, March 17, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Cocktail hour runs 5:30 to 7 p.m. followed by dinner and program with keynote speaker Mary Lou Quinlan. Menu includes open bar and choice of roasted strip loin, chicken Milanese or risotto entrées. To reserve, call Mamie Eckenrode at 570-498-8263. Hilton Scranton and Conference Center, 100 Adams Ave. $75. The Kilmaine Saints, Saturday, March 17, 8 p.m. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. $24. 570-325-0249 or St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Sunday, March 18. This 39th annual event

features close to 100 marching units in eight divisions. Downtown Stroudsburg. Pysanky Easter Egg Decorating Workshop, Sunday, March 18, 2 p.m. All supplies are provided, along with step-by-step instruction through the process. Food, snacks and beverages available for purchase. BYOB. Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church, 420 Main Road, Hanover Twp. $25. 570-574-4453. Lenten Concert, Sunday, March 18, 3 p.m. Presented by the Catholic Choral Society. Forest City Area Historical Society, 636 Main St. $5 adults/free for children under 12. Tortured for Christ, Monday, March 19, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Retelling of the testimony of Pastor Richard Wurmbrand as written in his international bestseller. Movie honors the 50th anniversary of the book’s 1967 release. Regal Dickson City Stadium 14 & IMAX, 3909 Commerce Blvd., Dickson City. $12.50. 570-383-1555 or Relics of the Passion, Friday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. An Easter play inspired by the story of St. Helena finding Jesus’ cross. Open to the public. Refreshments in the church hall follow the play. St. John the Baptist Church, 126 Nesbitt St., Larksville. 570-779-9620. Annual Breakfast with the Bunny and Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. Features a pancake breakfast, visit with the Easter Bunny, games, crafts and Easter egg hunt. Kids will be divided into groups and search the Comm for treat-filled Easter eggs. Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road. $15. 570586-8191 or Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch, Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Children can meet the Easter Bunny, have brunch and join an egg hunt on the front lawn of Banks Student Life Center. A professional photographer will take photos available for purchase. Rain-or-shine egg hunt begins at 11:30 a.m. Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall at Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. $15 adults/$8 children 5 to 12/ free for children under 5. 570-674-1225 or

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279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., WilkesBarre: The Husty Brothers, Wanabees Trio Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 74 Viewmont Mall, Dickson City: Dashboard Mary Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Line dancing with Chris and Darlene Bart & urby’s, 119 S. Main St., WilkesBarre: Trivia Night Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Open Mic with Big Al and Billy Edwards Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: Karaoke with Edwin Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Myal Soul Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Bingo Night Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Crookshanks with Ace and The Kings, Gestures and Sounds, Tier 15 Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: DJ NRG Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Open mic with Marilyn Kennedy The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: LondonForce Duo Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase


279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., WilkesBarre: The Husty Brothers Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Fake Uncle Jack Duo Andy Gavin’s, 1392 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Martin Flynn Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Karaoke by Tiffany BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Toolshed Jack The Beaumont Inn, 4437 Route 309, Dallas: Sage Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam Duo The Blogg Pub & Grill, 21 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock: Shelly’s Underground Blu Wasabi, 223 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Dashboard Mary Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: The Frost Duo Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Neil Nicastro Duo The Club at the Highlands, 2700 Highland Blvd., Archbald: Bill and Donna Arnold Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Big Carl & Sundance Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: DJ NRG Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Empire in Decline

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Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Guilty Pleasure Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Group Du Jour Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Great Rock Pair Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Alpha Audio Scranton CD Release Party JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Sarafinko Trio Molly O’Sheas at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Double Shot Duo R & J’s Wild Rover Pub, 1315 Hamlin Highway, Lake Ariel: Marilyn Kennedy River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Goose and Dr. Slothclaw Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Project ‘90s Duo and Rick Gillette The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Pink Slip Wildflowers New york Bistro, 600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes-Barre: Third Degree acoustic and Dave Abraham Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Jay Black and Glen Tickle World of Brew Bar & Bottle Shop, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Katie Kelly & the Charming Bears and Zayre Mountain Duo


279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., WilkesBarre: Dales Jukebox Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: St. Patrick’s Day with the JOB Andy Gavin’s, 1392 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Irish Balladeers Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Q-Ball Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton: Black Tie Stereo Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Lost Dogs - A Tribute to Pearl Jam Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Jeffrey James Band Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: Dashboard Mary Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Counting Stars Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Light Up The Moon Trio Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Sage Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Sarah Carne Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 State Route 93,

Berwick: Last Call Beautiful III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Better with Beer Irish Cultural Society, 1301 Beech St., Scranton: St. Patrick’s Day Blowout with the Lone Ryderz Band Kildare’s, 119 Jefferson Ave., Scranton: The Irish Balladeers, the Donney Brook band and Jay Velar, St. Patrick’s Day at Kildare’s Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Nanticoke: Bounty Hunter Molly O’Sheas at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dustin Switzer Duo - Vice City O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Jami Novak and friends River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Todd Sheaffer, Dylan Skurksy and Serene Green Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Chatter Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) No. 25, 2291 Rockwell Ave., Scranton: Marilyn Kennedy The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Barrel Chested Beer Bellies Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Jay Black and Glen Tickle World of Brew Bar & Bottle Shop, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Crobot Duo and the Wyoming Valley Pipe and Drum Band


Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Jack Foley and Robbie Walsh Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Open Mic Jerry Trapper The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff


Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Richie Ramone of the Ramones, Reach for the Sky, the Klap and the Dismissed The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK


279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., WilkesBarre: Bill Hoffman / Open Mic III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Dave Abraham The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Johnny Jones


Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Karaoke by Tiffany BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Echo Creek The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Myal Soul

Dozens of local people participate in community theater in some shape or form. In our occasional feature, Curtain Call, staff writer Charlotte L. Jacobson provides the most up-todate show details to spotlight local community theater in Luzerne County.

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Gaslight Theatre Company opens its season with Cormac McCarthy’s “The Sunset Limited.” This play focuses on one important day in the lives of two men known only as Black and White — strangers forced into one another’s lives when Black thwarts White’s effort to commit suicide. Their ensuing conversation about purpose and worth becomes a literal matter of life and death, with Black doing all he can to give White the strength to carry on. Performances will be held Friday, March 16 through Sunday, March 25, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. The box office, located in the theater at 200 East End Centre, Heinz Road, Wilkes-Barre, opens an hour before curtain. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door, and cost $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Seating is general admission and limited, so advanced purchases are highly recommended. For any ticket sold online, Gaslight Theatre will donate $2 to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St. Duryea, reveals its newly renovated space this weekend with its production of “Jekyll and Hyde.” The show is based on the novel, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” which follows the story of a London lawyer who investigates the strange occurrences between his friend Dr. Henry Jekyll and the evil Mr. Edward Hyde. The Duryea theater was revamped to include more seating, a better view of the stage and an updated lobby as a part of a Leadership Wilkes-Barre project. Performances are Friday, March 16, to Sunday, March 25, with shows at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets cost $12 and reservations can be made by calling 570457-3589.

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Pysanky Workshop, Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. $25 (includes all supplies). 570-3443841 or Spring Babies Egg Hunt & Hike, Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. to noon. Use observational skills to search for eggs along the way. Wear comfortable shoes; all ages welcome. Registration appreciated. Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. Free. 570689-9494 or Brunch with Bunny, Sunday, March

25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Brunch buffet for the family, which includes photos with the Easter Bunny. Irem Clubhouse, 64 Ridgway Drive, Dallas. $14.95 adults/$8.95 children 4 to 10. 570-6751134 or Easter Brunch, Sunday, April 1. The Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp. 570-8249831 or Easter Brunch, Sunday, April 1, noon to 3 p.m. Buffet includes carving stations, gourmet entrees and desserts. Reservations and pre-payment required. Irem Clubhouse, 64

Ridgway Drive, Dallas. $40 adults/$16 children ages four to 10. 570-6752814 or April Fools’ Luncheon, Monday, April 2, 11 a.m. Features buffet lunch, joke contest and play a game of bridge, poker or mah-jong, free blood pressure screening and raffle baskets. Make checks out to the Century Club. Reserve by March 26 by calling 570-3420204. Proceeds benefit Scranton Area Foundation Century Club Maintenance Fund. The Century Club, 612 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. $30. 570-342-0204. South Side Farmers Market, Satur-

days, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through May 5. Market features fresh and local produce, baked goods, artisan foods and vendors. UNC South Side Winter Farmers’ Market, 509 Cedar Ave., Scranton. 570-346-0759 or


Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Sunday, March 18, 3 p.m. Performed by Wilkes University Chorus. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 35 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. $15/$12 seniors and WVIA members/free for Wilkes students and staff. 570-825-

6653 or Creed Bratton, Wednesday, March 21, 8 p.m. Former member of Grass Roots and star of “The Office” performs. F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. $22.50 advance/$25 day of show. 570-826-1100 or The Beach Boys, Saturday, March 24, 7 p.m. F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. $45-$75, plus fees. 570-826-1100 or Celtic Woman, Sunday, March

25, 3 p.m. F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. $39-$99, plus fees. 570-826-1100 or Inaugural Women’s Rock for Ruth, Sunday, March 25, 4 to 7 p.m. Charity music concert serves to recognize Women’s History Month and promote gender equality. Proceeds benefit Ruth’s Place Shelter of Homeless Women. Entertainment by LittleStarRun, Chelsea Collins and the Charming Beards. Temple Hesed, 1 Knox Road, Scranton. 570-591-1284. Please see J12

The Area’s Favorite Pet Supply Store IS EXPANDING! Lacey, this town isn’t big enough for the both of us

Come visit our brand new location in the Luzerne shopping center catty cornered (sorry Lacey) from Gerrity’s. Same high level of customer service, expertise Of course you know, Willy... and of course... northeast PA’s largest this means war! selection of holistic pet food. Don’t bark up the wrong tree at a corporate big box store, come to Village Pet Supply right meow!

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Empty Bottles by david falchek

Spain — an Old World country with wine regions awaiting discovery


or practical purposes, Spain’s wine heritage extends back as long as Italy’s or France’s. Yet for being an Old World wine country, Spain has all the trappings of a new wine producer. Spain has grapes such as tempranillo and verdejo that sound new and unconven-

tional. Wine regions such as La Mancha and Priorat are waiting to be discovered. Spain’s claim to fame over the centuries has been sherry, the oxidized, fortified wine that is an acquired taste. The other notable export is cava, its sparkling wine. Spain is a big county with diverse wine regions produc-

ing wines of many styles and prices that could keep a wine explorer engaged for years. As the nation seeks customers, its wine prices are reasonable and competitive for comparable wines from better-known regions. The rich Bodega Valdehermoso Lagar Del Rey 2015 Verdejo, shows ripe peach and pineapple character with a hint of nuttiness, making for a serious white. $14. HHH ½ Bodegas Cristo de la Vega “Colorea” 2016 La Mancha is the other end of the spectrum: a light, tasty, fun white with fresh pear and a tangerine finish. $9. HHHH 3 Ases Bodegas 2013 Ribera Del Duero brings together indigenous red grape varieties — tempranillo and graciano — for a dry, dusty wine with dried berry, black pepper and earthy

notes with prominent tannins. $19. HHH ½ Spain’s market foothold has been cava, the cheapest of the world’s sparkling wine made in the traditional method used to make Champagne. Cava is an inexpensive way to celebrate. Although many have tried Freixenet’s black bottles without even knowing it was cava or Spanish, few bothered to explore the category. Isaac Fernandez Selection Biutiful has flavors of green apple and lime with a touch of sweetness. $12. HHHH ½ GRADE: Exceptional HHHHH, Above average HHHH, Good HHH, Below average HH, Poor H. DAVID FALCHEK, executive director of the American Wine Society, reviews wines each week.


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Rock 107 annual Birthday Bash featuring Warrant, Wednesday, April 4. Flaxy Morgan and Three Imaginary Boys also perform. The Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp. $20 at the door. 570-824-9831 or



The Sunset Limited, Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 18, 2 p.m.; Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m. Seating is general admission and limited. For any ticket sold online, Gaslight will donate $2 to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Gaslight Theatre Company, 200 East End Centre, Wilkes-Barre Twp. $15 adults/$10 students and seniors. Jekyll & Hyde, Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17, 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 18, 2 p.m.; Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m. Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St., Duryea. $12 general. 570-457-3589 or Arsenic and Old Lace, Thursday, March 22, through Saturday, March 24, 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m. Presented by the Misericordia Players. Lemmond Theater at Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. $5/$3 senior citizens and college’s students and alumni. 570-674-6719 or theartsandmore. Continuing


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A Streetcar Named Desire, Thursday, March 15, through Saturday, March 17, 8 p.m. Produced by B&R Productions. Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. $15; cash only. 570-970-9570 or The Mousetrap, Thursday, March 15, through Saturday, March 17, 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 18, 2 p.m. Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. $12 general/$10 seniors/$8 students. 570-342-9707 or Jesus Christ Superstar, Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17, 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 18, 3 p.m. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. dinner and show: $35 adult/$25 children 12 and younger; show-only: $18 adult/$14 students, children and military personnel. 570-283-2195 or



Eclectic Muses Art Exhibition, through Friday, March 23. M. Michele Geiser of Shavertown will display a variety of experimental and traditional nature and landscape photographs. Widmann Gallery at King’s College, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. 570208-5900 or The Elements, A Journey, through Friday, March 30. Pastels and oil plein air works by Doris Cresko. Sandra Dyczewwski Maffei Gallery, Circle Centre for the Arts/ WVAL, 130 S. Franklin St., WilkesBarre. 570-288-1020. Chasing the Light, through Friday, March 30. Features works Sam Watson captured of live music behind the scenes. The Wonderstone Gallery, 100 N. Blakely St., Dunmore. 570-3442360 or Canadian Masters of the Carmen and Sarah Latona Collection, through Saturday, March 31. Collection features watercolors and oil paintings by some of the most important Canadian artists of the last 50 years. Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 570-674-6250 or Art Events

Fiber Art Afternoon, Thursdays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Bring supplies and make some new friends while working on crochet, knitting or felting. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St. 570-6549565 or Adult Coloring Club, Fridays, 1 p.m. Supplies provided, but feel free to bring fine-tip markers or colored pencils. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St. Free. 570-654-9565 or Fine Wine, Fine Art, Friday, March 16, 7 to 9 p.m. Bring wine and snacks. Immerse yourself in an evening inspired by impressionist artists and produce an impressionist work of your own with gentle guidance. Call ahead to register. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. $25 per class. 570996-1500 or One More Row, Saturday, March 17, 10:30 a.m. to noon; Saturday, March 31, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Knit and crochet group open to everyone. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 570-823-0156 or DIY Craft Night, Monday, March 26, 5:30 p.m. Crafters 18 and older can make a spring flower vase. Bring a small glass bottle or vase to decorate. Light refreshments provided. Registration required. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 570-8211959 or Please see J13

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Quilting for Everyone, Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m., through March 28. Learn early-American quilting techniques while making a quilt using the old-time pattern Monkey’s Wrench. No experience necessary. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. $6 per class. 570-9961500 or Pottery & Sculpture, Mondays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., through April 2. Learn to work on potter’s wheels and develop hand-building (coil and slab construction) and sculpting techniques. All materials supplied. No experience necessary. Ages 13 and older. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. $60 per four-class series, plus cost of clay. 570-9961500 or Open Studio & Portfolio Prep, Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., through April 3. Students can work at their own pace with the medium of their choice, while learning how to create a portfolio to showcase their work for college, professional or personal reasons. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. $60 per four classes, plus the cost of clay. 570996-1500 or Decorative Painting, Wednesdays, noon to 3 p.m., through April 25. Learn decorative painting techniques while creating decorative pieces. Registration required. Ages 16 to adult. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. $20 per class, plus cost of painting surface. 570-996-1500 or


National Theatre Live: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. $14 general/$12 seniors and members/$10 students. 570-996-1500 or Marvel Movie Madness, Wednesday, March 28, 5:30 p.m. Watch “Guardians of the Galaxy” at the library. Light refreshments provided. Ages 12 to 18. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 570-823-0156 or


Spring Writer Series — Ben Lerner, Wednesday, March 14, 7 p.m. Poet and novelist Ben Lerner will read from his work and discuss his creative process. Open to the public. Kirby Hall at Wilkes University, 202 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Free. 570-408-4200. Writers’ Group, Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Read work or just listen while practicing the craft of writing toward a goal of publication. All genres and levels welcome. Ages 18

and older only. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 570-9961500 or Embattled Freedom, Sunday, March 18, 3 p.m. Historian Jim Remsen will discuss his book and sign copies. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Free. 570-9961500 or Roaming Readers Book Club, Tuesdays, 11 a.m. Walk, talk and take in an audiobook. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St. 570-654-9565 or Women’s History Month Poetry Reading, Friday, March 23, 2:30 p.m. Participants can bring a favorite poem, read one from the Misericordia collections or relax and enjoy readings of poetry written by women. Light refreshments available. Henry Student Lounge at Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 570674-6400 or




Auditions: The Producers, Sunday, March 18, and Monday, March 19, 7 p.m. Needed: Ages 16 and older. Those auditioning will be asked to sing a song of their choice, read from the script and learn a short dance routine. Dance auditions held March 19. Performances: April 28 and 29, May 4 to 6 and 11 to 13. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. 570-2832195 or Roller Derby Recruitment Night, Monday, March 19, and Wednesday, March 21, 7 to 9 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Roller Derby league seeks new members, including skaters, referees and non-skating officials. Ages 18 and older. All skill levels accepted. RSVP to Google Doc. Roller Derby Factory, 4949 Birney Ave., Moosic. e/1FAIpQLSehZjLuirrdB0g5_YP2baZ0pNOFWZCYhV7Cq76vHTCbwskwww/viewform.


Kevin Hart, Friday, March 16. Comedian performs as part of his Irresponsible tour. Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp. $68. 570-970-7600 or


Noche Folklorica, Friday, March 16, 7 p.m. Ballet Folklorico, a student dance organization, performs traditional Mexican dances. SheehyFarmer Campus Center at King’s College, 133 N. River St., WilkesBarre. $5/free for college students and children under 8. 570-208-8021 or


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Sounds by mike evans

Established acts hit or miss in latest albums Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark — ‘The Punishment of Luxury’

THE GOOD: British synth-pop legends OMD return with their 13th. THE BAD: Nope. THE NITTY GRITTY: Ever since founding members Paul Humphreys and Andy McCluskey reunited about a decade ago, this pioneering band has been on a roll. “The Punishment of Luxury” is their third triumph in a row, following 2010’s “History of Modern” and 2013’s “English Electric.” Regaining relevance is not easy, but OMD have accomplished just that. They continue to build upon their early, stripped-down, industrial-leaning work, icy albums such as “Architecture & Morality” (1981) and “Dazzle Ships” (1983). All the while, the guys look forward and create something equally retro and futuristic, music that transcends any particular era. “Luxury” is a comment on our disposable culture, boasting tracks both pulsating and calculated (“Isotype”) and more delicate and introspective (“What Have We Done”). As usual, OMD finds the perfect balance of cold electronics and graceful melodies, bridging a gap between two disparate sensibilities and doing it WITHOUT pretentiousness. BUY IT?: Definitely.

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Tricky — ‘Ununiform’ THE GOOD: British trip-hop pioneer Tricky churns out his 13th. THE BAD: Like most post-2000 Tricky records, “Ununiform” is a work of highs and lows. Some of the tracks are stunning; others feel incomplete. THE NITTY GRITTY: Conceived in Russia and recorded in Germany, the new album uses the usual sounds — the man’s guttural, emotional lead vocals; beats either abrasive or reserved (depending upon the situation); atmospheric, haunting keyboards; and metallic guitars. The set also boasts a bevy of female guest vocalists, such as Asia Argento, Terra Lopez and long-time collaborator Martina Topley-Bird. Most of it works. Tracks such as the sneaky, seamless “New Stole” and the popping, swirly “Armor” immediately click. Yet even when everything falls into place, we’re reminded that Tricky is not the innovator he once was. Though they’re good, these late-career albums aren’t breaking a hell of a lot of new ground. And there are some huge misfires. I recommend skipping over the smoky and wholly unnecessary retooling of Hole’s “Doll Parts.” BUY IT?: Your choice. Contact the writer:

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Ave., West Pittston. $7. QIgong, Thursdays, 7 to 8 p.m., March 15 through May 10. The ancient Chinese approach to complete health New Stories on Saturday with in a series of nine classes. Open to Miss Alyvia, Saturdays, 11 a.m. all ages and fitness levels. Advance Story time with books, songs, nursery rhymes and a craft. Older siblings registration required. Anderson Sports and Health Center at Misericordia permitted, but program is geared University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. $100. toward kids 18 months to 5 years. 570-674-6400 or Register ahead at 570-654-9565, Poor Passive Machines?: ext. 26. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St. Women in the 18th-century Novel, Friday, March 16, noon. Lecture Building Club, Mondays, 4 to 5 p.m. Anyone 3 to 11 can free build with examines prevailing concepts of Legos or Lincoln Logs. Pittston Memo- women’s place in society in this time rial Library, 47 Broad St. 570-654-9565 period. Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall at Misericordia University, 301 or Lake St., Dallas. 570-674-6400. Teen Game Night, Wednesday, Birding at Frances Slocum, SatMarch 21, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Open to ages 12 to 18. Osterhout Free Library, urday, March 17, 8:30 a.m. Join Wild 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 570- Birds Unlimited for a walk through the park to seek birds. Meet in the 823-0156 or parking lot at the Environmental EduQuilting for Kids, Wednesdays, cation Center and boat rental. Frances 3:30 to 5 p.m., through March 28. Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Learn early-American quilting techniques while creating a quilt using the Road, Wyoming. 570-696-3525. Queen of the Apostles Parish anold-time pattern Monkey’s Wrench. nual Spring Chicken Dinner, Sunday, No experience necessary. Dietrich March 18, noon to 4 p.m. Menu Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. $6 per class. 570-996-1500 or includes half of a chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, a vegetable, coleslaw, roll, homemade dessert LEGO Club, Saturday, March 31, 11 a.m. to noon. All ages. Registration and beverages. Takeouts available from 11 a.m. to noon. There also will required via phone. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. Free. 570- be cash and themed basket raffles. 693-1364 or Queen of the Apostles Parish, 715 Preschool Story Time, Mondays, Hawthorne St., Avoca. $12 adults/$8 children 12 and younger. 1 to 2 p.m., through April 2. Ages Gourmet Gala: Fun Food Safari, 3 to 5. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Sunday, March 18, 5 to 8 p.m. Proceeds Wyoming Ave. 570-693-1364 or benefit Ronald McDonald House of Scranton. Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Music for Littles, Mondays, 10 Route 315, Plains Twp. $40. 570-969to 10:45 a.m., through April 23. Students explore basic musical elements 8998 or Annual Moreau Lecture, Tuesday, through song, movement, play and an March 20, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dr. introduction to simple instruments. David Gibson of Fordham University Ages 2½ to 5. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. will deliver the free annual lecture. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Free. 570Burke Auditorium at King’s College, 996-1500 or 133 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. 570208-5957 or Feminism, Misericordia and the Meditation and Deep Breathing, Sisters of Mercy, Tuesday, March Wednesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Candy’s 20, 4:30 p.m. Agnes Cardoni and Place: The Center for Cancer Wellness, Sister Jean Messaros discuss the 190 Welles St., Forty Fort. 570-714relationship between the tradi8800 or tions of Misericordia, the Sisters of Power Flow Yoga, Tuesdays and Mercy and modern feminism, and Thursdays, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Based examine the role of members of the on vinyasa style of yoga with light Misericordia community in taking weights used to build additional up feminist concerns. Mary Kintz strength. Beginners welcome but Bevevino Library at Misericordia should expect a workout. Immaculate University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Conception Church, 605 Luzerne 570-674-6231. Movie times from page J6



Red Sparrow (R): 10, 1:10, 4:35, 7:45, 11:05 The Shape of Water (R): 10:05, 1, 4, 7, 10:20 The Strangers: Prey at Night (R): 11:20, 1:45,

4:10, 6:50, 9:10, 11:30 Thoroughbreds (R): 10:15, 3:40, 8:50 Tomb Raider (PG-13): 11, 12:20, 2, 5, 7:15, 8, 9:20; 3D: 3:20, 6:20, 11


Brunch with Bunny SUNDAY, MARCH 25 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

$14.95 for adults and $8.95 for children ages 4-10 (plus tax and gratuity)

The Easter Bunny is hosting a delicious brunch buffet for you and your family to enjoy! Pack your camera so you can capture special moments with this holiday icon.

Reservations required: 570-674-2812

Easter Buffet SUNDAY, APRIL 1 Noon - 3 p.m.

$40 for adults and $16 for children ages 4-10 (tax and gratuity included)

Enjoy a grand buffet with carving stations, gourmet entrées, delightful desserts and more!

Reservations and pre-payment required: 570-674-2814 | Open to the Public! | 64 Ridgway Drive, Dallas, PA





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