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85 South Main Road, P.O. Box 10, Mountaintop, PA 18707 570-474-NEWS • Fax: 570-474-9272

Vol. 32, No. 17

“32 Years of Quality Community Journalism”

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wright Board Splits Vote For Attorney General Investigation

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Mt. Top Little League Late Registrations

Mountaintop Area Little League Baseball and Softball are still accepting LATE registrations for a limited time. For boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 16. Everyone plays & everyone has fun. There is a late fee of $20 for late registrations. T-Ball (4-6 Yr Olds), Coach Pitch (7 Yr Olds), Minors (8-11 Yr Olds), Majors (1012 Yr Olds), Girls Teeners (13-15 Yr Olds), Boys Teener Baseball (13-14 Yr Olds). If you missed sign ups for any of our programs and still want to participate it’s not too late. Call 570-823-7949 to register by mail or contact us through our website: www.

By NICOLE FAY BARR Correspondent

Mountain Top on the Move

Mountain Top on the Move has announced a new time, date, and place for their monthly meetings in 2017. MTOTM will now conduct their monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at Kings Restaurant, Mt Top. Next meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Subjects to be discussed include a need for an area firing range, nominations for this year’s parade Grand Marshall, and a planned seminar on PA gun laws. Meetings and membership are open to the public. For more info, please call Gene at 570-474-6355.

St. Martin’s BOOK NOOK

The BOOK NOOK at Saint Martin in the Fields will be open on Wednesday, February 22th from 5-7pm. You will find many new additions to our stock.

‘Our Town’ Mountain Top Community Meeting

Residents are invited to another community meeting to learn more about the WVIA production of “Our Town” Mountain Top and how you can participate. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 22nd at 6:30pm at the Marian Sutherland Kirby Library. For more information contact John Rice, Producer at 570-602-1194 or

Wildlife Management Program

White Haven Area Community Library will have Wildlife Conservation Officer Phil White present a program on the role the Pa Game Commission plays in wildlife management on February 23 at 7:00. The program is free, open to the public and is suitable for all ages.

Second Meet & Greet With Magisterial Judge Candidate Webby

On Thursday, February 23 from 6-8 p.m. at King’s Pizzeria, 49 S. Mountain Blvd., Ferris Webby, candidate for Magisterial District Judge will be hosting a second meet and greet for those unable to attend his initial event. The meet and greet is free and open to the public. Attendees can enjoy light refreshments as they learn more about Webby’s candidacy. Yard signs can be reserved or picked up and a petition in support of Webby’s candidacy will be available to sign.

Mountain Top Social Club

The next scheduled meetings of the Mountain Top Social Club will be February 28th at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Route 309 in Mountain Top. For general club information, please contact Janeann Lokken at 570-868-6895. For information on trips please contact Otto Eime at 570-407-0056.

Blood Drives

The American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive on March 2, 2017 Nescopeck from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., at Nescopeck VFW, Nescopeck Community, 435 West Third St.; and on March 12, 2017 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., St. James Lutheran Church, 627 East County Road, Wapwallopen. For more information or to make an appointment visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Dodgeball Tournament

The Crestwood Baseball Booster Club is sponsoring their 2017dodgeball tournament at the Crestwood High School gymnasium on Friday, March 3, 2017. Doors open at 5:30pm and the event is open to the public. Admission cost is $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for students. Students who are playing in the tournament will not have to pay admission. All proceeds benefit the Crestwood baseball program grades 7-12. Middle School students who are participating should hand in their team information and waivers to the MS office by Friday, Feb. 24th. High School students who are participating should hand in their team information and waivers to Mrs. Rozitski in room 58 by Friday, February 24h. If you have any questions or for more information, please call (570) 474-6782 ext. 458.

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OPTIMUS PRIME FEATURED- Crestwood JV football and cheerleading sponsored a Transformer truck Meet & Greet fundraiser with Optimus Prime and Bumblebee replicas last Sunday. Checking out Optimus Prime were Cole Benninger, Rowan Banniger, James O’Conner, Michael Lazovich, Eric Swerdon and Brandon Burbank.

Dorrance Development Hearing Tentatively Slated

At the February 13th Dorrance meeting, lead by Chair Gary Zane, Solicitor Donald Karpowich advised that the township is still in the midst of considering a Planned Residential Development surrounding and beyond the Blue Ridge Trail Golf Course. “We need to schedule the continued hearing. We were looking at Monday, March 6th,” the attorney noted. The hearings are required for the public and officials to acquire a full understanding of the planning for the residential development. The owner, Robert Tamburro, has presented

experts and exhibits supporting his request to carve up a 540+ acre property, which runs south-west from the intersection of Stairville and Blytheburn Roads to meet with the existing housing and golf course complex. A PRD will allow the developer to utilize a blend of housing styles with single family lots and duplex units. The proposed design, entitled ‘The Preserve,’ contains 85 single family lots of less than one acre and 108 twin units for a total of 193 units over a total of 351.63 acres, which excludes the residual acreage

containing slopes and wetlands. With the board in agreement, it was decided to request the use of the Dorrance Township Fire Hall on St. Johns Road to provide space for public participation. The meeting date and location will be publicized. A proposed site inspection was postponed due to weather, but can be rescheduled at any time Atty. Karpowich stated. “You’re allowed to inspect the site. You may want to look at the proposed roadways and compare them to the maps and work your way out from there to where they intend to place the lots. You have the right to inspect the water system – they are going to use the existing one.” In quick succession, the board approved the use of their recreation the vacancies, the board is in need of fields for the Mountaintop Area Little one more. The position nets a small See Hearing page 4 See Wright page 4 stipend and each member serves from 7:00am to 8:00pm every election day. The supervisors also agreed to purchase a response monitoring system for the township EMS and EMA response that will display an Compiled by WNEP-TV Meteorologist Tom Clark emergency call from the Luzerne from observations made in Wright Township. County Communications Center throughout the municipal building MON. 2/13 TUES. 2/14 WED. 2/15 THURS. 2/16 and assist officers in their response. When responding, each volunteer can check in on an app on their phone, allowing officers at the HIGH: 40 LOW: 18 HIGH: 40 LOW: 27 HIGH: 29 LOW: 21 HIGH: 32 LOW: 24 station to know the manpower they WEATHER: WINDY WEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY WEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY WEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY have available in real time and RAIN: 0.0” SNOW: 0.0” RAIN: 0.0” SNOW: 0.0” RAIN: 0.0” SNOW: 0.0” RAIN: 0.0” SNOW: 0.0” react accordingly when making Thursday, FRI. 2/17 SAT. 2/18 SAT. 2/19 decisions to request assistance or Feb. 23 assign equipment and tasks. The Sunrise: supervisors will utilize funds from 6:48am EMA to purchase the software and HIGH: 37 LOW: 21 HIGH: 59 LOW: 25 HIGH: 59 LOW: 36 monitors required, as well as hire a Sunset: WEATHER: SUNNY WEATHER: SUNNY WEATHER: SUNNY subcontractor to connect the system. RAIN: 0.0” SNOW: 0.0” RAIN: 0.0” SNOW: 0.0” RAIN: 0.0” SNOW: 0.0” 5:47pm “It’s a great asset to the fire company and our members because Precipitation This Month: 1.66” — This Year: 5.21” we will know who is available and Snowfall This Winter: 30.2” — To Date Last Winter: 20.6” where they are,” said Slocum Fire With temps well above normal the rest of this week this will no doubt Company President, Sean O’Neill. “As an officer it is of great value in end up being a warmer than normal February just February was last year. our decisions as to how to approach In fact 11 of our past 13 months have been warmer than normal. Even more an emergency.” remarkable is that 20 of our past 25 months have been warmer than normal. The next meeting of the Slocum Know that global warming is for real giving reason to believe that this Township Board of Supervisors is warm phase in our climate won’t be ending anytime soon. March 7, 2017 at 7pm at the township municipal building on Slocum Road.

Zoning, Recreation, Personnel Discussed at Slocum Meeting By ANDREA O’NEILL Correspondent

The Slocum Township Board of Supervisors discussed several items under zoning, recreation and personnel at their regular meeting on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. Agenda items included the approval for a subdivision to add a piece of property to one currently owned by Paul Ashford on Lilly Lake Road. Resident Charity Benjamin was present to propose the installation of a coffee cart at the end of Ziminsky’s Lane along Slocum Road, and solicitor, Ferris Webby agreed to look into the zoning requirements for the 8’x14’ cart that would operate via a drive-through system. The board also approved Mountaintop Area Little League to use the baseball/softball field at Memorial Park and reported that the $1500 annually allotted toward maintenance and improvements to the park would include playground equipment for younger children this year. The board is currently in the exploring stages of the project. Sally Eisenbach, Carol Tridinnick and Susan Spaide submitted their resignation from the election board after many years of service. While two residents have volunteered to fill

In a dramatic conclusion to the Wright Township Board of Supervisors’ Feb. 13 meeting, one supervisor accused another, as well as the township solicitor, of unethical conduct. The accusation ended in a split board voting for the state attorney general to investigate the matter. Supervisor Michael Marshall asserted that Supervisor Donald Zampetti created a conflict of interest by retaining Solicitor Michael Kostelansky to represent a friend in a criminal matter in Rice Township. Both Zampetti and Kostelansky denied any wrongdoing. Marshall, a retired Wright Township policeman, asked Zampetti why he was involving himself in an ongoing police investigation, claiming he was improperly using his role as Wright Township supervisor. Zampetti denied involvement and, when pressed by Marshall, admitted to calling the Rice Township Police “for information only.” Marshall went on that Zampetti’s retaining of Wright Township’s attorney, Kostelansky, to represent his friend is a conflict of interest. Zampetti retorted that he hired Kostelansky as a private citizen, “not for township business.” Kostelansky agreed that there was no conflict, since it was a private matter and it involved Rice, not Wright, Township. Marshall asserted that the move is unethical because of Wright Township’s involvement, along with Rice and Fairview Police, in the Mountaintop Regional Police Commission. As Marshall accused Zampetti, former supervisor Candace Smith


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Second Front

Obituaries Dr. Thomas J. (Tim) Rushton Educator

Susan J. Morris

Radiology Technician

Susan J. Morris, 64, Mountain Top died unexpectedly Feb. 15, 2017, after being stricken ill at her home. Born June 29, 1952, in Nanticoke, she was a daughter of Pearl Butka Sosinski of Nanticoke and currently a guest at Smith Health Care, Mountain Top, and the late Stanley Sosinski. Raised in Nanticoke, she graduated from Nanticoke High School and continued her education at WilkesBarre General Hospital, certified as a Radiology Technician. Early in life she was employed by Dr. Gill in Wilkes-Barre. She later was employed many years at Martz Trailways, and last was a receptionist at Dr. Walter Novelli’s office in Mountain Top until she retired. Susan was a member of St. Jude’s parish, Mountain Top. She had many hobbies and loved reading and gardening. She most enjoyed spending time with her husband and grandson. She was preceded in death by her father, Stanley Sosinski, on Nov. 17, 1980. In addition to her mother, she is survived by husband, Robert Morris, with whom she would have shared 45 years of marriage this Aug. 19th; a daughter, Kimberly Mackichinas and husband, Mark, of Mountain Top; a grandson, John Robert Mackachinas, and a sister, Judith Margalski and husband, Leonard, Nanticoke. Funeral services were held from Davis-Dinelli Funeral Home, Nanticoke. Deacon Eugene Kovatch, of St. Jude’s Parish, officiated.

Dr. Thomas J. (Tim) Rushton, 73, former superintendent of the WilkesBarre Area School District, died Feb. 10, 2017, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. Tim was born in Wilkes-Barre on April 8, 1943, to Agnes and Thomas Rushton of Wilkes-Barre. He graduated from Coughlin High School, where he was a three-sport athlete. Tim graduated from King’s College and received his master’s degree and principal’s certification from the University of Scranton. He earned his doctoral degree from Temple University. Tim spent his entire professional career in the education field. He began his teaching career in New Brunswick, N.J., and returned to Wilkes-Barre where he was a history and driver education educator at GAR and Coughlin. He was an assistant football coach at both schools and head track and field coach at his alma mater. He entered the administrative field, serving as assistant principal at GAR and principal at WilkesBarre Township Junior High School. He was promoted to central administration and served many years as assistant superintendent before being appointed as superintendent. After his tenure as superintendent, he remained in education, supervising student teachers at King’s College. Dr. Rushton loved and appreciated the many students and fellow educators he came into contact with and will be remembered as a true friend of education. Tim was a life member of Holy Saviour/St. Andre Besette Parish and served as a Eucharistic minister. Dr. Rushton was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas, in 1986, and Agnes, in 2014. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joanne (Baron); children, Dr. Thomas and Doreen (Gatusky), Mountain Top; Bonnie and Thomas Gregory, Shavertown; and Dr. Scott and Kristen (Costigan), Media; and 10 grandchildren, Janelle and TJ Rushton, Dean and Lynea Gregory and Scott, Matthew, Alexandra, Christopher, Sean and Julia Rushton.

He is also survived by his brother, Bob and sister-in-law, Marianne, Mountain Top; nieces; nephews; and a great-nephew. A private memorial service will be held for family members. Arrangements by Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., Duryea. Memorial donations may be made to the Gift of Life Donor Program, 401 N. Third St., Philadelphia, PA 19123. Online condolences may be made at www.kiesingerfuneralservices. com.

Rosalie Rocco Loving Mother, Grandmother

Rosalie Rocco, 88, Mountain Top, died Feb. 16, 2017, at Smith Health Care, where she had been a guest for the past five years. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on March 27, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Addolorata Scognamiglio. She was educated in New York schools and was a graduate of Brooklyn High School of Woman’s Garment Trades, Class of 1946. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her loving husband, Frank, in 2014; a brother, Pasquale; and a sister, Lucia. Surviving are a daughter, Dolores Galaskewicz and husband, Thomas, Mountain Top; brother, Alan Rocco, Albrightsville; sisters, Ersilia Beltsky and Anna Montforte, both of Las Vegas; Enrichetta Dyker, Brea, Calif.l granddaughter, Christie Kalamanowicz and husband, Matthew, Carlisle; grandsons, Robin

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Galaskewicz and wife, Jill, Mountain Top, Frank Galaskewicz, Ephrata; and eight grandchildren. Funeral services were held from Desiderio Funeral Home, 436 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Jude’s Roman Catholic Church, Mountain Top. Interment followed in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

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Betty Ruth Badman, 92, Wapwallopen, died Feb. 17, 2017, at Smith Nursing Home, Mountain Top. Born in Pond Hill on Dec. 26, 1924, Betty was the daughter of the late Frederick and Verna Keiner Seward. She was a member of Stairville United Methodist Church, and had been employed in the local garment industry. Betty was preceded in death by husband, Harry; son, Ronald; and several brothers and sisters. Surviving are daughters, Bonnie Engler, Debra Roushey, Cheryl Eckert, Brenda Stein; numerous grandchildren and greatgrandchildren; sister, Shirley Wojeck; and brother, Fred Jr.

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Faith United Methodist Church, 1448 Slocum Road, in Slocum Township celebrates Sunday Church Service from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Holy Communion is offered the first Sunday of the month. Pastor Mark Dodson and the Congregation invite and welcome all to attend Church Worship Service. Sunday School is held from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for children ages 4 through 14. Faith will be making Home Easter Candy Eggs. Flavors are: Chocolate Fudge, Peanut Butter, Coconut Cream, and Butter Cream for $1.25 each. Please call 570 3018097 to place Easter Candy Orders. Pastor Mark Dodson can be contacted at (570) 868-5640 or 9541547 email:

Christ United Methodist Church Lists Community Worship Services Rev. JP Bohanan, pastor of Christ United Methodist Church, 175 South Main Road, Mountaintop, invites you to join us for Worship on the Lord’s Day: 8:30 and 10:45 am. Sunday School for children thru adults at 9:30 am. Children are always welcome in worship; those in kindergarten and younger may visit the nursery during the Sunday School hour at 9:30 (school year) and the 10:45 worship service. Children’s Church for children in 1st thru 3rd grades during worship most Sundays. Holy Communion is served the first Sunday of every month. All are Welcome to the table. Our Contemporary service takes place 6:00 pm Saturday, with Holy Communion celebrated weekly. Community Worship Services: Ash Wednesday at Christ Church 7pm, Wednesday March 1st. Maundy Thursday service 7 pm at Mt. Top Presbyterian Church with Pastor JP Bohanan preaching. Good Friday 12 noon at St. Paul’s Lutheran. Christ Church Easter Vigil Saturday April 15 at 6 p.m.. Easter Sunday services at Christ Church 8:30 & 10:45 am. American Red Cross Blood Drive, Sat. March 18th 9 am-2 pm. Schedule your appointment at, Sponsor Code:

Mountain Top, or 1-800-REDCROSS. Walk-ins welcome. Community Easter Egg Hunt Sunday, April 9th at 2pm. Christ Church is offering a Community Cancer Support Group meeting the last Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm. Grief Support Group meets most Wed. at 7:00 pm. Schedules are variable, so please call the church office if you have any questions. Youth Group takes place from 6-7:30 pm most Sunday evenings. Schedule is variable. Adult Choir practice is held on Thursday evening at 7pm, Bells at 8pm. Other groups which meet weekly include: Sunday: Confirmation Class (school year), Tuesday: 9:30 am Sunshine Circle; Thusday: Breakfast Group meets at Chalet at 8:00 am; Thursday: Covenant Group at 6:30 pm; and Friendship Circle meetings are variable. For more information on any of our worship services or programs: Church Office telephone: 570-474-6060 Church email: Pastor’s email: com Web: Christonthemountaintop.

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Courtney Sowinski Marries Chase Dragoon

MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGE CANDIDATE ACRI EVENT- A free, family-friendly event was held February 15 at the American Legion, Post 781 in Mountain Top to meet Stacey Acri, candidate for Magisterial District Judge. Food and drinks were served and there was entertainment for the kids. Shown in front are: Erin Kresefsky, 7, Jack Groth, 7, Acri’s youngest child; and Victoria Shimley, 4. Back: Nancy Kresefsky and Stacey Acri.

Giarratano Graduates From Wilkes

Tara Gabrielle Giarratano, daughter of David and Barbara Giarratano of Mountaintop, and granddaughter of Anthony and Vera Michael of Wilkes-Barre, John Giarratano of Dorrance, and the late Lucia Giarratano, graduated summa cum laude from Wilkes University on January 22, 2017. Tara earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. A 2013 graduate of Crestwood High School, Tara majored in English (literature concentration) and minored in Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies while at Wilkes.

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Courtney Sowinski and Chase Dragoon exchanged wedding vows on August 20, 2016, at Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, Maine. Jack Gordon, Captain of The Silver Lining Sailboat, officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Tom and Marisa (Pingar) Sowinski of Mountaintop. She is the granddaughter of the late Walter and Mary (Vasko) Sowinski of Queens, NY and the late Francis Pingar of Freeland and Marie (DeLeonardis) Pingar, who currently resides in West Chester, PA. The groom is the son of Valerie (Baldwin) Dragoon of Concord, NH and Michael Dragoon of Cincinnati, OH. He is the grandson of Robert and Maryanne Dragoon of Hanover, ME and the late Harvey and Geraldine Baldwin of Concord, NH. The bride was given in marriage by her father, Tom Sowinski. She chose her sister, Rachel Sowinski, as her maid of honor. Her bridesmaid was Katie McCloskey, and brides men were Kevin Hourigan and Justin Scalzo, friends of the bride. The groom chose his brother, Max Dragoon, as his best man. Groomsmen were Brian Tobin and Chris Lizotte and grooms woman was Kristin Martin, all friends of the groom.

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Goss Earns Scholarship Births To Alvernia University

Hard work in high school has paid off for college-bound seniors. Amanda Goss, of Mountain Top, has been granted the Veronica Founder’s Scholarship to study Marketing at Alvernia University in the fall. Goss is currently a senior at Crestwood High School. To be awarded this $15,000 scholarship, the recipient must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and minimum SAT score* of 980 old/1060 new (21 ACT). * “Old” SAT scores are calculated using combined Critical Tara Giarratano Beginning in August of 2017, Tara Reading and Math sections. “New” will attend Penn State Dickinson SAT Scores are based on the Math and School of Law on a full academic Evidence-Based Reading & Writing sections. Students are eligible for scholarship.

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The bride was honored at a bridal shower hosted by her parents and sister at the family home on June 25, 2016. A wedding rehearsal brunch was hosted by the mother of the groom at M.C. Perkins Cove. The reception was held at The Cape Neddick Country Club. The bride and groom met during their college years in Ogunquit, Maine while both working summer jobs. The bride graduated from Bishop Hoban High School in 2007 and Wagner College on Staten Island, NY in 2011 with a B.A. in Musical Theatre. She is employed by Dell Technologies in Hopkinton, MA as a Marketing Program Manager. The groom graduated in 2006 from Norwich High School in Norwich, NY and received his B.S. from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY where he double majored in Political Science and International Business He is employed as a Healthcare Manager for Huron Global Management Consulting Company and currently works in Boston, MA. The couple honeymooned in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Bali, Indonesia. Presently, they reside in Boston, MA.

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Continued from page 1 shouted from the audience that the line of questioning was inappropriate and uncalled for. Marshall then made a motion for an investigation by the attorney general’s office. When he asked for support on the motion, after a long moment of silence, Supervisor Collen Macko seconded the motion. Chairman Louis Welebob voted to pass the motion; Zampetti gave the only dissenting vote with Supervisor Jerry Uram absent. In other business, the Wright Township Police answered 266 calls in January, Zampetti reported. Those calls included five thefts, three charges of harassment, two counts of criminal mischief, two counts of fraud, two acts of disorderly conduct, one weapons possession, one narcotics possession, and one narcotics sale. Police also issued 11 traffic citations, four non-traffic citations, and three warnings, Zampetti continued, and officers assisted with eight motor-vehicle accidents and assisted other agencies on 26 incidents. The fire police answered 21 calls in January, including seven accidents, seven false alarms, two fires, and one EMS assist. The fire police also assisted Dorrance five times, Rice Township twice, and Fairview Township once last month. The Wright Township Volunteer Fire Department handled 21 incidents in January, Marshall stated, including one structure fire, one motor-vehicle accident with entrapment, and several other emergencies. Training is planned for the next several months for firemen, covering areas such as handling of hazardous materials. The fire department calculated the total number of incidents it responded to in 2016 and the number, 369, is equivalent to the incidents handled in 2015, Marshall went on. Of the 369 calls to the department, 40 percent involved responding to motor-vehicle accidents or EMS calls; 25 percent was for false alarms; 13 percent was for fires; and nine percent was for responding to hazardous conditions. At its monthly meeting, the environmental advisory council discussed holding public information sessions on topics such as ticks and preserving wetlands, Macko reported. Those sessions will be

announced to the public when the schedules are finalized. The parks and recreation committee discussed the need for new backboards on the basketball hoops at the municipal park and the need to paint new lines on the basketball court, Macko said. The dilapidated state of the current playground was also discussed, she said, and committee members agreed that replacing the entire playground would be more cost effective than repairing each damaged piece of equipment. Further discussion at the parks and recreation meeting included how to prevent grass and weeds from overgrowing on the walking trails at the municipal park, Macko continued, and how to attract more residents to the annual Christmas tree lighting, as the 2016 event was well coordinated but had a lower turnout than anticipated. Marshall read a letter to the supervisors from the township’s planning board about a recent site inspection of St. Jude’s new church, which is under construction and planned to be ready in June. The construction seems to be in accordance with Wright Township codes, Marshall stated, and the current progress of the project appears to be in compliance with the plans the church previously submitted to the township. The township’s department of public works received and corrected two complaints and received and completed nine requests for work, Roadmaster Welebob explained. Crews also patched potholes, repaired a sinkhole, and completed shoulder work. The supervisor advised that it is illegal for residents to shovel snow into the roadway, as it interferes with those traveling on township roads. The zoning department issued one driveway permit in January, Zampetti noted, and mailed a notice for a sign violation. The board moved to change the specifications for impervious area and the related stormwater management zoning fees for those building or seeking permits to build. The board also passed an ordinance that imposes a $50 fine for those who pass a check with insufficient funds to the township. The offender then will have seven business days to pay the check in full and the $50 fine or they will be subject to criminal charges.

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St. Jude Annual Art Auction

The St. Jude School Artist in Residency Committee is sponsoring their Annual Art Auction on Saturday, February 25, with a “Springtime in Paris” themed gala featuring complimentary French Cuisine, open cocktail bar, door prizes, and silent auction. Preview is at 6:30 p.m. Auction begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $30 per person, $50 per couple. The public is invited. Marlin Art will be auctioning a gallery of decorative and collectible framed fine art in a variety of media and price ranges along with student artwork. Major credit cards will be accepted. Musical entertainment will be provided. For further information, contact Karen Thomas at or call the school at 570-4745803.



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On and Off The Mountain/Stephanie Grubert We are enjoying the last week of February 2017 with some temperate and even warm days behind us. This of course is in contrast to the coldest winter in 116 years in 2015. Yes, our globe has warmed just enough to give us hope for an early spring. School Tax Increase The Crestwood School Board passed a preliminary 2017-2018 Budget at nearly $38.5 million last week with a tax increase of 3.3 percent from last year and higher than the 3.1 percent maximum allowed by a state index without state exemption or voter approval. The 2016-17 Crestwood Budget is 36.7 million. The proposal is $1.8 million more than the current year. The proposed Crestwood property tax for a $200,000 evaluation is $2040, an increase of $80 from the $1960 current tax. At the same time Superintendent Joseph Gorham announced that total Crestwood enrollment dropped by 54 students from February 2016 to February 2017 to 2812 students, a loss of nearly 2 percent. Crestwood’s enrollment has been dropping for years and yet the budget is increasing? Based on the proposed $38.5 million budget, the

cost of educating one student in the Crestwood School District is $13,676. Unlike the private sector, which has to earn the money to pay employees and their benefits, the schools and government simply raise money by raising taxes. Budgets are blueprints for spending plans. The revenue must meet the expenditures for balance. That’s where the skill of the board negotiators comes in. Examining every single expenditure and revenue line item must be done. Local sources including property and earned income tax, local services tax and real estate transfer tax make up $21 million of the proposed budget. State reimbursement at over $14 million and federal assistance is at $405,700. Those projections mean the preliminary budget has a multimillion dollar deficit. The board will not pass a final plan until June. The state must grant an exemption to raise property taxes more than 3.1 percent. The voters could be voting on the budget proposal in the May primary. Candidates began circulating nominating petitions last week until March 7, 2017. Municipal and School Board offices are on the ballot

this year. Township Supervisors generally run for 6-year terms and Borough Council persons have 4-year terms. Crestwood School Directors run for 4-year terms. Other offices on the ballot include tax collector, auditor, and constable. Winter and Movies We are reminded every year of the Academy awards and whether you go to the movies or not, there is always a lot of discussion about the nominees. This year I have only seen one of the nominees. La La Land is a delicious spectacle of old fashioned movie color with a sweet love story, some singing and dancing, and a look back to simpler times. I have always been a musical movie fan and we really don’t see many of them these days. The lead actors Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are two of my favorites. For a couple of hours on a rainy afternoon an escape to a beautiful movie is well worth the price of admission. I am hoping for the best for La La Land at the awards show this Sunday February 26. Another fun wintertime activity is to revisit classic television. Charlie and I are at the end of Season 2 of Breaking Bad, the story of a high school chemistry teacher who enters into the drug crime world cooking and selling perfect methamphetamine as he battles cancer and tries to provide for his family. Filmed in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico, where my daughter Amy Grubert and her husband Chris Wolpert formerly lived, the desert cinematography is amazing. Breaking Bad does not glorify the crimes of Walter White and his former student Jessie Pinkman. The criminals are always on the run just steps ahead of the DEA, Walt’s smart brother-in-law Hank. The show is not an affirmation for a life of crime. It is just smart entertainment. Trump Agenda President Donald Trump continues to rally his supporters and move forward with keeping campaign promises as he slowly gets his cabinet confirmed. There has been

plenty of gridlock in Congress for the past 16 years with presidents from both parties. Trump’s refrain “Fake News” is heard around the clock. I have been writing the Mountaintop news for more than 36 years since 1980. I always strove to print factual stories on page 1 and to leave the editorial page to opinions. I regularly read the Wilkes Barre daily newspapers and up until November 2016, New York Times and The Washington Post online. Cable news is another option. The leaders in our industry, which happen to be located in the dense population centers of New York, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, have chosen to bash the president with inflammatory negative stories. I can no longer watch the main cable news networks. CNN, MSNBC, and their network counterparts NBC, ABC, and CBS and expect any balanced reporting at all. Trump is the devil incarnate. Meanwhile, the electorate who made Trump’s presidency a reality, Mountain Top and Pennsylvania are at the top of the list, is energized and excited about the president’s commitment to doing his job. Last week’s surprise press conference in the East Room of the White House rallied the correspondents and reporters to their duties in quick fashion. Many don’t like Trump, but they are doing their jobs by listening to him and we can all see how that goes. Those same reporters promote terms like “chaos” and “unhinged” in filing their reports. The American people can make up their own minds without endless editorializing. By the way, Crestwood School District will get a total of $405,700 in Federal money for their new school budget. That small amount is just a shade over 1 percent of the total $38.5 million Crestwood budget. I am looking forward to Department of Education Secretary Betsy Devos working toward quality education for all children and as an advocate of school choice.

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have rejected such requests in the past, “We denied it because we do a lot here with the upkeep of these fields.” He said that the township’s field are used constantly during the season and the whole cost of that maintenance falls on the township. Vice Chair Bill Wengrzynek and Supervisor Kevin Gallagher agreed with the denial. The supervisors are still seeking substitute recycling attendants at a rate of $8.75 per hour. Volunteers are being sought for a vacancy on the Zoning Hearing Board and anyone interested in either position should contact the secretary. The next meeting will take place on Mon., Mar. 13th at 7 pm.

Hearing PINEWOOD DERBY -Pack 106 Cub Scouts pose with the cars they constructed for the annual Pinewood Derby Feb. 18. From left, are Webelos II Matthew Sullivan, Zachary Updyke, and John Barr.

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Rice Book Fair, Family Fun Night

Please join us on March 1st from 5:30 to 8:00 for our Book Fair and Family Fun Night. Shop the Happy Camper book fair in the large group room. Then head over to the gym from 6:00-7:30 to enjoy games, a raffle, and a special visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog. This is a non-chaperoned event. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information please contact Karen at or Paula Sapak at paula.

St Mary’s JONAH Bus Trip

Looking for an original Valentines Gift? Reserve your Tickets for JONAH before it’s too late. The show is at the Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Cost is $125 per adult and $ 70 per child (3-12). Price includes the show, dinner at Hershey Farms and bus transportation. A 50% non-refundable deposit is due with reservation. Deadline and payment in full is due by March 5, 2017. To reserve your seat or for questions please call Alice Albertson 570-379-2629 between 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm (M-F). Please make check payable to Alter & Rosary Society. Sorry, absolutely NO REFUNDS!

Magisterial Judge Candidate Webby Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

On Sunday March 5 from 2-5 p.m., Ferris Webby, candidate for Magisterial District Judge, will be hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the Mountain Top American Legion Post 781, 1550 Henry Drive. For an $8 donation, guests will enjoy a spaghetti dinner with salad, desserts and beverages. Yard signs can be reserved or picked up and a petition in support of Webby’s candidacy will be available to sign. For more information or to RSVP, call 570-8174835 or email

Basketball Cancer Fundraiser

Teachers, students, coaches, and other members of the Mountain Top community will take the basketball court on Thursday, March 9th, to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. This year’s competition will feature a new bracket format, giving each team a guarantee of two games. The event will take place at Crestwood High School. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. and games will begin at 6:00 p.m. At the conclusion of the games, names will be pulled to cover a teacher in silly string. Tickets will be available at the door AND in advance. Admission charge is $4 for adults and $2 for students/ senior citizens. Presale tickets, along with other items, will be on sale in the Crestwood High School lobby from 10:30am to 12:30pm beginning Monday, March 7th.

League, and the Mountaintop Youth Soccer Association with the provision that the groups cooperate on the scheduling and also provide proof of insurance. A donation was rapidly okayed to the Crestwood Senior Lock In. Secretary-Treasurer Patricia Davis reminded that they have contributed $250 in past years, and it was approved. Another donation was denied however, with the request from the Mountaintop Little League for a contribution to maintenance of a grass in-field at the Alberdeen Road complex. Zane noted that they

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Mountain Top Small Business Partners

The Mountain Top Small Business Partners will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, March 14 at 12pm. The meeting will be held at King’s Ristorante, 49 S Mountain Blvd, Mountaintop. All small business owners/managers are invited to attend. The group will discuss upcoming events and more to benefit both the community and small businesses in Mountain Top. Any questions email or call 570-956-6836.

Mt. Post S.A.L. Meetings

Mt. Post 781 S.A.L., 1550 Henry Drive in Mountaintop, announces all regular meetings are held at the Post Home the 2nd Tuesday starting at 6pm. Fore more information contact 570-474-2161 or The next meeting will be March 14 at 6 p.m.

M. S. Kirby Library Easter Egg Fundraiser

The M.S. Kirby Library is once again selling Leda’s Home Made Chocolate Easter Eggs. The eggs are $1.25 each and are available in milk and dark chocolate. Stop in at 35 Kirby Ave., Mountaintop to purchase directly or pick up an order form for Easter delivery. Flavors are: Peanut Butter, Crunchy Peanut Butter, Pina Colada, Raspberry Truffle, Butter Cream, Coconut Cream, Pineapple, Cherry, Molasses Coconut, Chocolate Truffle, and Coconut Almond. Orders must be in by Friday, March 24 and payment is required with the order. Orders will be available for pick up at the library Thursday, April 6 during regular business hours. For information call 570-474-9313.


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Business/Home Improvement Rice Township Superviors Discuss Funding For Projects

The Rice Township Board of Supervisors announced the township will be able to use a portion of funds from two Local Share Account grants awarded in 2016 to help defray the cost of two repair projects. At the board’s meeting on February 7, chair Marcia Thomas reported the board has received notification from the Department of the Community and Economic Development that $85,000 of the $200,000 grant awarded for road paving may be applied to the Laurel Drive culvert replacement project. The board was also given permission to use an $85,814 LSA grant for repair of the Ice Lakes dam. The grant may be applied to the cost of retrofitting the dam in accordance with Commonwealth law. At the January 3 meeting, the board approved a request for a new LSA grant of $33,939 to cover the additional cost of the project. The cost of drilling a new 24-inch hole was estimated at approximately $120,000. Township engineer Andy Pasonick reported the Laurel Lake culvert project is done but the Department of Environmental Protection is still reviewing the Ice Lakes dam package. Regarding the dam project, the report on the Northern Cricket Frog study by Herpetological Associates is almost complete. The study

was performed to determine any environmental effect on the frogs. The next step, according to Pasonick, will be to get the bid package together. In other business, the board approved a budget of $1,000 from the Recreation Fund to hold an Easter Egg Hunt in the Rice Township Park with dates and times to be announced. The township will place two patron listings, supervisors ($75)and police dept., ($50) in the Theatre in the Grove playbill. A donation $100 for the SPCA for their annual campaign was also approved. Township secretary/treasurer Jeff Beck has been appointed Rice Township Open Records (Right to Know) Officer for 2017. Under committee reports, Police Chief Bob Franks reported there were 288 incidents and 109 complaints in January that included six accidents, eight traffic citations, 2 non-traffic citations, six parking tickets and twocriminal arrests. The Wright Township Fire Department had six calls in Rice Township and 21 incidents in January. In 2016, the fire department responded to 369 incidents, 37% of which were in Rice Township. In zoning, an application from Valley Stream for 11 mobile homes was declined due to flood plane changes.

LCCC PATH ADVISORY BOARD MEETS- The PATH Advisory Board at Luzerne County Community College met recently at the College’s Educational Conference Center. The meeting was held to discuss skills needed in the workforce. Through the Trade Adjustment and Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, the PATH program provides students with one-on-one job coaching, access to workshops, and on-going support for the first year after employment. Funding for the program is provided by the United States Department of Labor - Employment and Training Administration. Shown at the meeting are, front from left: Libby Yeager, director, curriculum development, LCCC; Jana Hamrick, human resources, CSS Industries/Berwick Offray; Tracy Kleban, Mountain Top, business service supervisor, Luzerne County PA CareerLink; Marco Argelesio, assistant director, TAACCCT fiscal team; Helene Mancuso, program manager, TAACCCT, LCCC; John Welgosh, Mountain Top, job developer, EDSI CareerLink; and Georgia Egan, job placement specialist, LCCC. Back: Lenore Pitsilos, community of practice administration, Northampton Community College; Christine Jensen, administrator, PA CareerLink; Sharon Bartolini, executive director, Educational Opportunity Centers; Angeline Abraham, academic specialist, Educational Opportunity Centers; Mary Dolon, , grant writer, LCCC Foundation, Inc.; Mike Salute, executive director, PATH, Northampton Community College; David Sawicki, Mountain Top, director, business solutions, LCCC; Bob Conner, chair, automotive, LCCC; Louise Menendez, career coach, TAACCCT, LCCC; and Ed Kuehner, associate professor, technology and coordinator, electrical construction technology, LCCC.

Property Transfers

Property Transfers January 17 M. Rexar, 374 White Birch Lane, to February 16, 2017 Fairview Township to Tanya J. Joseph G. Hoban & Robyn L. Dobash, $12,000. Hoban, 15 Terrace Drive, Wright Curt V. Hoyak (Executor) & Township to James J. McAndrew & Alma H. Hoyak (Estate), Nuangola Kelly A. McAndrew, $190,000. Borough to Curt Hoyak, Jill Perlman Hallmark Homes, Inc., Osprey & Pamela Bowerman, $1.00. Drive, Rice Township to Keith Curt V. Hoyak (Executor) & Alma C. Wasley & Cynthia P. Wasley, H. Hoyak (Estate), North End Road, $100,000. Nuangola Borough to Curt Hoyak, Jean Hannis Olshefski, Park Drive, Jill Perlman & Pamela Bowerman, Rice Township to Dennis Kijek, $1.00. Ann Kijek, Mark A. Kijek & Tammi Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, 41 Kijek, $11,500. Fieldstone Way, Fairview Township Tanya J. Dobash & Glen Summit to Joseph & Robyn Hoban, $245,000. Company, 455 Oak Street, Fairview Mary Jo Kulig (Executrix), Marvin to enter careers. Township to Tanya J. Dobash, $1.00. Wayne Hays (Estate) & Marvin W. Students participating in Wilkes’ Christopher L. Rexer & Marianne internship program, include local residents: Janki Pathak, Mountain Top; Eleni Moustardas, White Haven; and Jacqueline Ashman, White Haven. John P. Herron, President

Wilkes Univ. Students To Complete Internships More than 110 Wilkes University students will complete internships as part of their academic work in spring semester 2017. Internships complement academic work, provide students with practical experience in their field of study and prepare them

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ST. JUDE’S VOLUNTEERS HONORED AT LUNCHEON- Each year during Catholic Schools Week, St. Jude School observes a Volunteer Appreciation Day in order to honor those people who provide invaluable service to the school as volunteers. Numerous parents and grandparents give their time to help in the cafeteria, library, recess supervision, PTG activities, and so much more. A reception was held in their honor in the Day Room. Following the reception, the volunteers were invited to the weekly school Mass for recognition from the student body. Shown, front from left: Sr. Ellen Fischer, SCC, Principal; Lauren Lont, and Kevin Hollock holding Ethan Hollock. Back: Bobbi Cloutier, Laura Curley, Veronica Tedford, Steven Tedford, Evette Koshinski, and Jennifer Hollock.

ST. JUDE’S CLUB COMPLETES SERVICE PROJECT- St. Jude School students who are members of the Caring Kids Club recently completed a service project with a birthday party theme. The students appealed to the school families to donate supplies for children’s birthday parties including boxed cake mix, frosting, sprinkles, 9x13 foil pan, balloons, candles, streamers, plates, cups, napkins, etc. Club members decorated over seventy bags of donations which were then distributed to area food banks to help children in need celebrate their special day. Shown, front from left: Gabriella White and Giada Alberti. Back – Luke Gordon, Miles McShea, Michael Grandzol, Julia Dvorak, and Isabelle Carlin.

Honor Roll Announced At St. Jude School

Sr. Ellen Fischer, SCC, Principal of St. Jude School in Mountaintop, announced that the following students have attained placement on the Honor Roll for the second quarter of the 2016-2017 school year: Eighth grade – High Honors: Dominic Alberti, Tea Amerise, Anna Capaci, James Lavan, Emily Mahler, Lauren Patrick, Alex Rymar, Aaliyeh Sayed, Sarah Stettler, and Colin Wills. Honors: Rachel Black, Ashleigh Button, Zachary Kehoe, Julianna Powis, Raymond Sabatini, Reilly Smullen, and Anthony Strish. Seventh grade – High Honors: Matthew Banford, Sophia Bere, Jordyn Chepolis, Kyra Hayden,

Thomas Mayernik, Kathryn McIngvale, Michael Nicotera, Christopher Papciak, Edward Patrick, Chase Pugh, Chloe Pugh, and William Wolfgang. Honors: Daryl Boich, Aubrey Jumper, and Ethan Stoltz. Sixth grade – High Honors: Gemma Alberti, Katelyn Bozinko, Delaney Curley, Hillary Hoda, Molly Jameson, Brooke Lapinski, Anthony Nicotera, and Robert Shafer. Honors: Taylor Bayley, Veronica Gorka, Caleb Keiser, Ryan Martinelli, Charles Molecavage, Joseph Novak, Shreya Rupareliya, Caden Sparich, Rory Smullen, and Michael Tomczyk.

Rice Elementary School Lists Sixth Grade Honor Roll

Principal Kevin Seyer has announced the following sixth grade students have achieved Principal’s Honors at Rice Elementary School for the 2nd quarter of the 2016-2017 school year. Sixth Grade Honor RollThe Crestwood School District Elementary Honor Roll (6th Grade) reflects that the student has attained an A in all courses offered. Included are Literature, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The Students from Rice Elementary are: Zain Ansari, Trista Ball, Audrey Boellmann, Jean Bonn, Conor Buckley, Faith Delay, Paige Fallbright, Emma Guydish, Cadence Hiller, Kennedie Huber, Olivia Jardine, Madison Jolie,

Emma Kamowski, Mia Kane, Nicole Langan, Kaitlyn Leicht, Scott Lenio, Anthony Letteri, Saige Magagna, Evyn Makowski, Kaitlyn Martin, Manal Muhammad, Andrew Murawski, Julia O’Donnell, Ella Panzik, Mia Pollack, Tessa Pollack, Noah Schultz, Abagail Spaide, Alexis Stofko, Rebecca Tirpak, Julia Vogt, Maxwell Wagner, Kennedy Zlockie

LCCC HOLDS ANNUAL FACULTY AND ALUMNI JURIED ART EXHIBIT- Luzerne County Community College recently held its annual Faculty and Alumni Juried Art Exhibit at the College’s Schulman Gallery. The exhibit featured both traditional and digital artists as well as graphic designers, sculptors, photographers, and print makers. Both faculty and alumni art works received awards. Recipients of the awards for drawing/illustration were Keith Kratz, first place and Denise Evans, second place. Ashley Lopez took both first and second place in the mixed media/printmaking category. Painting award winners were Darrell McGinness, first place and Christopher White, second place. In the photography category, the first place winner was Mark James and the second place winner was Pete Nardone. Winners in the threedimensional category were Gina Rice in first place and Ellen Brennan in second place. James Gavenus won the exhibit’s Diversity Award. Shown are participants in the exhibit, front from left: Machelle Smith, Lynn Marie Viercinski, Ellen Brennan, Valerie Schultz, Gina Rice, Denise Evans, Katherine Flannery, and Mark James. Back: Thomas P. Leary, president, LCCC; Wanda Riley, curator, Schulman Gallery, LCCC; Sarah Saporito, Tom McHugh, Mountain Top; Jim Gavenus, Art Miller, Keith Kratz, Jeremy Ciliborto, Darrell McGinness, Danielle Kovaly, and George Hollock, Mountain Top.

Area Residents On DelVal Dean’s List Dr. Benjamin Rusiloski, Delaware Valley University’s interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, announced the following students have been honored for academic achievement

by being named to the Fall 2016 Dean’s List. Mountaintop area students named to the Dean’s List are: Lauren Rusiloski, Galen Gardner, and Claire McCallick.

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Crestwood Middle School Lists 2nd Marking Period Honor Roll

Crestwood Middle School has announced the following students have been named to the Honor Roll for the 2nd Marking Period 20162017:

7th Grade

Principal’s Honor Roll (4.0 GPA)- Erin E. Barno, Nathanael P. Barron, Sara Bonn, Jack F. Brumagin, Sydney E. Bruno, Sydney Charton, Kevin Cheng, Paige E. Collins, Ryan H. Covelens, Leah Dietrich, Adele M. Dougherty, Kate E. Fenstermacher, Raina J. Fountain, Emma Gomes, Nash E. Greene, Shannon Griffiths, Jadyn Hooper, Genavive M. Januszewski, Dhara Javia, Lauren R. Kalinowski, Emily R. Kline, Katherine A. Kogoy, Joshua R. Kollar, Samantha Kulp, Morgan Lawson, Claire Lenio, Megan McGovern, Megan McLaughlin, Arwaa Mehren, Ruth Mullisky, Jessica Niznik, Krista L. Papura, Tanisi J. Patel, Julia Poncavage, Olivia L. Richards, Grant E. Rose, Benjamin H. Rossi, John V. Scanlan, Jaden Scott, Abbey Smith, Zoe A. Stewart, Nathan D. Thomas, Eric J. Vogt Jr., Ava Wanchisen, Kayla Witinski, , Derrick Xie, Quinn K. Zabiegalski, Benjamin G. Ziegler, Darren Zimmermann Jr., Jessica Zimmermann High Honor Roll (3.700 – 3.999 GPA)- Victoria M. Casarella, Kira Fenwick, Nicholas D. Gutkowski, Joshua D. Partington, Ruby R. Baker, Kyla J. Benfield, Makayla Breslin, Athena Chin, William N. Everett III, Joshua Fisher, Linsey Gluc, Christopher E. Hannon, Carter Laubach, Angelo J. Passante, Stephanie L. Pollock, Sarah J. Russell, Ethan Shudak, Gracie Sinclair, Andrew Zheng, Myatalia Barna, Abbey R. Krzywicki, Reece Mylet, Sophia K. Novrocki, Adam Wood, Bisma Chaudhry, Aubrey E. Colo, Tristen M. Gallagher, Logan A. Haddix, Zaiden Kaminsky, Riley Koch, Jessica Koptcho, Parth Patel, Grace Rusinko, Conner Scheffley, Allyson J. Sodrosky, Taylor Wine, Nicole Zurawski Honor Roll (3.250 – 3.699 GPA)Ava M. Groth, Andre Nasiatka, Evelyn S. Kilburn, Natalie Charton,

Braylen Feist, Colbey Gallagher, Greer O. Gavin, Brooke E. Keil, Johana E. Kernan, Julia Lazo, Isabella M. Ramirez, Elizabeth A. Sheldon, Ava J. Usavage, Olivia Aigeldinger, Hailey S. Borsuk, Hailey Clark, Sarah Daniels, Trent G. DiLodovico, Allison D. Gugliotti, Joseph A. Gzemski, Hannah O. Lasoski, Catarina C. Medeiros, Nadia Peimany, Liam D. Petty, Blake E. Raudenbush, Ricardo Reluzco, Brandon Schwartz, Paige Scott, Rachel K. Stover, Emily E. Tinner, Nolan S. Dunnum, Madison Hudak, Ava Medvitz, Hunter Rolles, Clarissa D. Snyder, Nathan J. Weaver, Jenna M. Williams, Emily Woss, Joseph K. Otero, Samuel J. Balliet, Samuel Biscotto, Jillian Dane, Anthony B. Dangio II, Gavin J. Davis, Kayleigh Derwin, Julia A. Dixon, Evan Fey, Melanie Golden, Ariauna M. Harris, Dahmon Heath, Samantha Kress, Connor S. Murtha, Isaac M. Saullo, Kiara B. Schry, Aidan J. Verdekal, Sean T. Laurence, Kaley A. Walker

8th Grade

Principal’s Honor Roll (4.0 GPA)- Samantha Andes, Hana Bader, Ariana Bewighouse, Faith E. Brandt, Jessy E. Bruzgulis, Jalyn G. Cook, Nicholas J. Curry, Caleb R. Deckman, Elizabeth L. Glowacki, Victoria Harper, Helena I. Jardine, Madison T. Jeckell, Eric P. Johnson, Julia H. Johnson, Nicole A. Joseph, Anna Kahlau, Abigail M. Karassik, Anastasia Lawson, Ethan J. Lieberman, Alexandra L. Lipinski, Alyse A. McKennetts, Mallory E. Moratori, Marley A. Myers, Priyal Patel, Brooke Rinehimer, Kaitlyn M. Ritsick, Julia T. Rose, Ciera C. Rybak, Nicholas P. Schwartz, Karlie E. Searing, Dillon E. Shaw, Kaitlyn A. Smith, Lily Snyder, Jillian A. Taleroski, Maddux Testa, Molly J. Truszkowski, Keilan A. Verdekal, Jaden L. Weiss, Bennett A. Yermal, Trey A. Zabroski, Jacob M. Zaleski, Michael D. Zaleski High Honor Roll (3.700 – 3.999 GPA)- Yashu Bansal, Alexandria M. Feisel, Avery N. Bogdon, Hillary R. Blazick, Kyle Buchanan, Avery L.

Czapla, Derek Jankowski, Taylor L. Kline, Stone M. Magagna, Kaylin Munley, Shivani P. Patel, Brittany L. Watt, Brianna M. Wickiser, Dmitri Yarczower, Matthew Dean, Samantha Kotarsky, Jeffrey I. Zoebisch, Marcus A. Vieney, Emily Kalada, Chloe Caplan, Madalynn T. Gregory, Nicole M. Macfarlane, Sara J. Mascelli, Ryan M. Petrosky, Griffen Riccio, Elyssa J. Valentine, Kristen M. Carter, Adam S. Garraoui, Angelica S. Pares Alicea, Matthew D. Potter, Zachary T. Antosh, William J. Bogdon, Alex H. Covelens, Melanie Levier, Julia Martin, Abigail Roman, James Hawley, Breanna Kijek, Avery M. Kovalchik, Caitrin Mullisky, Hunter J. Piech, Taylor A. Yeager, Mitchell E. Awdakimow, Samantha Beers, Trevor Bukowski, Reece A. Wagner, Adam Litchkofski, Brennan C. Magin, Matthew Smith Honor Roll (3.250 – 3.699 GPA)- Carlie M. Fulcher, Carly G. Bono, Joseph M. Gola, Alayna K. Martinchek, Mark S. Matysczak, Aubrey M. Brown, Nicholas Fey, Andrew J. Sodergren, Elizabeth Supkowski, David A. Hiott, Ryan Kostiuk, Michael A. Hall, Brayden Fenwick, Ryan T. Harding, Cameron Chalk, Ryan Januszko, Nicholas A. Kreuzer, Prisha S. Patel, Michael J. Sheldon, Adam G. Smith, Jamie M. Thomas, Estrella M. Mendoza, Vincent D. DeMarco, Bailey Hayes, Justine Rilko, Kurt E. Grenzberg, Gavin Kosko, Samuel Webb, Mason Webby, Nicholas R. Matthews, Marisa Brown, Lily J. Glander, Ashleigh L. Yedlock, Sarah Jacob, Julien C. Lacoste, Kyle A. Barley, Dev V. Patel, Noah R. Prokarym, Rachel E. Zingaretti, Kahley E. Williams, Aryanna R. Burke, Emily A. Davidson, Nicholas Ruggeri, Marley Zlockie, Trinity A. Allen, Kelsey M. Kulak, Kyle D. Novak, Khushi E. Kansal, Luna M. MaronBarbrie, Noah J. Partington, Olivia R. Fisher, Collin Palmiter, Mychal A. Sarluca, Marissa McCune, Krista B. Boardwine, Austin Payne, Michael J. Enochs, Lacey R. Hannen, Justin C. McCue, Colin J. Novatnak, Elliott Williams, Alex J. Romanoski, Margaret A. Bastemeyer

STUDENT OF THE QUARTER- Megan Wood was recently named Student of the Quarter by the Crestwood Education Association. Megan participated in the District and Regional Chorus and is also a member of Crestwood’s Volleyball team. She plans on majoring in Biology as a Pre-Med student. Shown in front: Mary Leo, music teacher; Megan Wood, and Maria Moulton Spanish Teacher. Back: Desiree Hoyt, chemistry teacher; Patricia and Tom Wood, and Chris Gegaris, principal.

Crestwood Basketball Teams Compete In District Tournament

Crestwood (15-7) was scheduled to play Pittston Area (6-16) in the quarterfinals of the District 2 Class 5A basketball tournament on Tuesday, February 21. The winner of that game will play on Friday, February 24 in the semifinals against the winner of the North Pocono/West Scranton game. In competition last week, the Crestwood boys fell to Wyoming Valley West in a WVC game by a score of 55-45. Noah Jackson led the Comets’ in scoring with 11 points followed by Kyle Gegaris who chipped in eight while Kevin Klusewitz added seven. Also putting points on the board were Lance Blass with five, Kyle Richards, four, Mike Kozelsky and Evan Knapp each chipped in with three, and Mike Ayala scored a


+++++ In a Wyoming Valley Conference Division I makeup game on February 17, the Crestwood girls lost a close one, 61-59 to Hazleton Area. Julia Makowski powered the Crestwood scoring effort with 23 points. Sarah Richards and Sarah Hopkins followed with 13 and 12 points respectively. Kate Shipas tossed in three and Riley Morgan added two in the loss. Crestwood girls came up short against Wyoming Valley West in a key WVC contest on February. The Lady Comets lost by a score of 51-42. The win earned Wyoming Valley West the Wyoming Valley Conference Division I basketball championship. Julia Makowski was the high

scorer for Crestwood with 17 points. In a total team effort, Kate Snipas and Sarah Hopkins each scored eight points, Ally Muse, seven, Sarah Hopkins, six, and Andrea Shipton, four. On February 15, Crestwood breezed past Coughlin, 54-15. Snipas led the Lady Comets with 10 points, followed by Goanna Uhl with eight. In a total team scoring effort, several Crestwood players added points in the victory: Ally Muse tossed in seven, Julia Makowski, seven, Andrea Shipton, five, and Kristen Andrews, four. Riley Morgan and Sarah Richards scored three points apiece. The Lady Comets will compete in the District 2 Class 5A quarterfinals February 22 against Wallenpaupack.



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St. Paul’s Youth Group Valentine Dinner Feb. 26 St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Sunday worship services are scheduled at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday Services will be held Wednesday, March 1 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Bible Study continues every Thursday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. as we continue to explore the life of Jesus….what’s your favorite story? Movie Nights- When his wealthy grandfather dies, trust fund baby Jason Stevens anticipates a big inheritance. Instead, his grandfather has devised a crash course on life with 12 tasks--or “gifts”--designed to challenge Jason in improbable ways, sending him on a journey of self-discovery and forcing him to determine what is most important in life: money or happiness. Join us Tuesday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m. Youth Group Valentine DinnerWhere would we be without mom and dad? Youth members are invited to sign up and join us in planning, preparing and implementing dinner in honor of some very special people- their parents. This event is (tentatively) scheduled for Sunday, February 26. Youth will gather about 3 pm. to prepare dinner; parents are invited to join us for dinner at 5 pm. Please sign up so we know how many to expect. The Yarn Spinners will continue to work on the prayer shawls and baptismal blankets for Pastor. If any of you are talented in crocheting or knitting, or would like to learn, they

cordially invite you to join them. Lessons will be given by Lois. If you can’t make their meetings, please call Lois Burge at 474-5502, and volunteer your talents by making the items at your own pace at home. Pysanky Egg Class will be held Sundays, February 26th to April 2nd. Beginners are welcome! There is a sign up list and a materials list on the table outside Pastor’s office. There is a one-time cost of $7 for materials Ginny supplies. Ginny Hildebrand has been decorating Pysanky on and off for 35 years. She knows many ways to destroy an egg and learns new ways each spring. She has also created quite a few keepers, and looks forward to introducing you to this beautiful folk art form Clean-Up is April 9th Palm Sunday from 2- 5 p.m. Please remember that the first Sunday of each month has been declared “Food Bank Day” and we ask that members remember those less fortunate by bringing nonperishable food items in order to keep up with the demand for food. Items needed areL Coffee, Peanut Butter, jelly, ketchup, dry soup, pudding and Jell-O mixes, and popcorn, pork & beans, canned tomatoes, canned soup, mustard, mayonnaise, tuna, macaroni & cheese and pasta (ex. Spaghetti), peas, canned pasta, and noodles. Chase away the winter blues! Every third Wednesday, at 1:00 pm. at the church will be Board Game Day. Please bring your favorite game and a snack to share. Come on out and have some fun.

St. Mary’s of Dorrance is a welcoming church. The pastor of St. Mary’s is Rev. Joseph Evanko, and Rev. Jeffrey Tudgay, Assistant Pastor. The weekend Mass schedule is Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. Youth Group meeting will be held on Sunday, February 26 from 6- 8p.m. in the dining room. Forms will be available for our summer mission trip. Looking for students who would like to go to the Pro-Life Center in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, March 4. Help is needed to prepare for their annual Flea Market. We would work from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Permission sheets will be available at the next meeting. Parents welcome! Gertrude Hawk Candy SaleOur religious education students are selling candy for Easter. Our families are charged a minimal fee which does not cover all program expenses. Our Christmas & Easter fundraisers help to keep the cost to our families at a minimum. You’re going to buy candy anyway. Let’s support our families! Catalogs are in front of the cry room. Reserve your tickets for “Jonah” before it’s too late. The show is at the Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Cost $125 per adult and $70 per child (3-12) includes the show, dinner at Hershey Farms, and transportation. A 50% nonrefundable deposit is due with reservation. Payment in full is due by March 5, 2017. Sorry, absolutely NO REFUNDS. Questions: Alice Albertson 570-379-2629 between 6:30- 8 p.m. (M-F). Yarn Needed- We are accepting yarn donations for fourth grade student Cheyenne Straub, who with her mother Jackie are making scarves for those in need. Yarn can be any color or weight. They can be full or partial skeins. They are also willing to reclaim out of style or unused afghans and sweaters. Items may be left in the church or brought to the rectory. Yarn not used for the scarves will be used by the Crochet Group. This group meets Sundays at 6 p.m. in the meeting room. Stop by anytime. No need to call ahead. Give us a Hand! Health: During this time of cold and flu we kindly ask that all parishioners please remove their dirty tissues from the pews. There is a trash can in the sacristy and one in

the main vestibule. Offertory Envelopes: It is would very helpful if parishioners would put their check numbers, donation amount, and their name on their offertory envelopes. It saves time for the money counters and helps to record donations more accurately. Cemetery: Please remove all winter flower/memorials from the cemetery by April 2. All remaining items will be discarded for spring clean up. Bishop Joseph C. Bambera invites the faithful to join him on a special pilgrimage to Spain and Portugal in honor of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima’s appearance to three young shepherd children in 1917. The pilgrimage will take place September 18-26, 2017 and will include Masses celebrated by the Bishop and visits to many sacred and historic sites, including nearly two days in Fatima where the Marian apparitions occurred. Cost: $3,695 per person - double occupancy; and $4,195 per person - single occupancy. Initial deposit : $500 per person to confirm. Full payment due June 24, 2017. A Valid US Passport is Required for this trip. Arrangements through TravelWorld 1-800-828-6029. Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass & CelebrationHis Excellency, the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton and the Office for Parish Life wish to invite couples celebrating their 25th or 50th wedding anniversary in 2017 to a diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass to be held on Sunday, June 11, 2017. The event includes a 2:30 p.m. Mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton followed by a reception. Requests for an invitation, with a mailing address, should be made through your Parish Office before March 13. Grocery Gift Cards - Help our parish just by buying groceries! Carone’s and Weis cards are available from the parish office. Use same as cash! Our parish gets a percentage of each purchase. In case of emergency call 570474-6315 and follow the prompt for emergency. Your call will be returned as soon as possible by the on-call priest. If any parishioner or a loved one is hospitalized or homebound and he/ she would like a pastoral visit from our clergy, please call 868-5855.

St. Mary’s Religious Ed Classes Holding Easter Candy Sale

SCOUTS HONORED AT ST. JUDE SCHOOL MASS- At a recent weekly school Mass attended by the students of St. Jude School, all students who are a part of a scouting program were honored for their participation in Daisies, Brownies, Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts. Sr. Ellen Fischer, SCC, principal at St. Jude’s, commended the scouts for dedicating themselves to the ideals that scouting promotes. Shown, front from left: Cole Pugh, Zoe Pray, Marty Gorka, Clare Grandzol, Kaitlyn Ziomek, Kira Millard, Joshua Pavlick, and Christopher Herbener. Row two: Leah Smith, Sarah Rowlands, Elizabeth Bilbow, Keirsi Mooney, Inara Shutt, Mia Correll, Molly Unis, Alivia Sweet, Hannah Fauerbach, Emily Conway, Jillian Hoppe, Eva Martin, and Chad Wilson. Row three: Jacob Hunsinger, Julie Truschel, Gigi Grego, Kaitlyn Swiech, Jessica Powis, Miles McShea, Henry Muller, Andrew Grove, Rishi Patel, Gabrielle White, and Tyler Martinelli. Row four: Emily Carone, Clare Pugh, Cali Glaser, Jackie Gallagher, Steven Rowlands, Gabrielle Carlin, Michael Grandzol, Patrick Smith, Brooks Wrightnour, Hayden Fleegle, and Sr. Ellen Fischer, SCC, Principal. Back: Fr. Jeff Tudgay, Deacon Gene Kovatch, Ryan Martinelli, Caleb Keiser, and Matthew Kerstetter.

St. Jude’s Youth Sponsoring Pizza, Chowder Sale

The High School Youth Ministry will sponsor a Sanitary Bakery pizza sale and Valley Seafood chowder sale on Friday, March 10. The pizza is $10 per box for 12 square cuts in each box. Manhattan and New England Clam Chowder is $5 per pint in 16 oz. cups, and homemade by Valley Seafood. Seafood base used, no meat. Pre-Orders are due by March 3. To place an order, complete the form found in the church bulletin and drop it in the collection basket or at the Parish Office or email your order to Orders may be picked up in the St. Jude School Day Room from 3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on March 10. Please enter through the Day Room doors behind the school. Payment is due at time of pickup. Spring clean up will take place on Wednesday, March 1 at Calvary Cemetery. All items need to be removed from the graves prior to March 1. Any remaining items left on the graves on March 1 will be removed and discarded by cemetery personnel. Parishioners are invited to join the Social Action Committee at St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, March 2 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Carpools leave from the Parish Office at 8:45

a.m. Call Jody or Artie at 570-7100137. If anyone is interested in donating the 2017 Paschal Candle in memory of a loved one, they are asked to contact Tracie at the Parish Office. The cost of the candle is $750. On June 11, the Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, will celebrate the Wedding Anniversary Mass at 2:30 PM in the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Scranton, for couples celebrating their 25th or 50th year of marriage in 2017. Couples will have the opportunity to renew their marriage vows. A reception will follow in the Diocesan Pastoral Center, where anniversary couples will be able to have their picture taken with the Bishop. Eligible couples should give their names and a mailing address to the Parish Office (570-474-6315) by March 7. Crafters and vendors are needed for the St. Jude School Craft Fair on Saturday, March 18 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Contact David or Kristina at 570-474-7272 for more information. The Diocese of Scranton Third Annual Catholic Men’s Conference will be held Saturday, May 6 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the King’s College Scandlon Gym at 149 N.

Pastor James Shanely, Mountaintop Presbyterian Church, invites you to worship on Sunday, February 19, at 11:00 am. Sunday School begins at 9:30 am with classes for all ages through adult. On Wed. Feb 22, at 7pm, Pastor Shanley will lead the next Bible Class on Worship. In March He will begin a weekly Lenten series. On Saturday, February 25 from 11 til 3 will be the annual Jim Weaver Memorial Blood Drive. Please schedule your time to donate with the Red Cross, or just walk in and help save lives. The Presbyterian Women will be holding their Spring Chili Sale on March 8. Place your order now to ensure a quart of the delicious dinner. Orders will be taken until Feb. 26 but will be limited to 75 quarts. Chili is sold for $8 a quart. All women are invited to help cook on March 8. The choir under direction of Bill Blannett practices Thursday at 7:00pm. If you are interested in sharing in this awesome Ministry of Music, just show up on Thursday or talk to Bill at church. The Children’s Choir, directed by Ceil Blannett and Susan Malkemes, practices each week after Worship for about 15 minutes. 2017 dates to purchase bulletin covers to honor or recognize someone are now available. A

month’s supply of bulletin covers is $35. If there is a certain month you would like to purchase check with the office for availability. Flowers are also available to purchase for $35 for the vases or a special arrangement for the pedestal. Contact Allison Pekar to schedule flowers or call the church office. Please continue to donate your food items weekly to be given to the Mountain Top food bank. Bins are located at the rear of the Sanctuary. The need is great for packaged items, mayonnaise, coffee and sugar and peanut butter. Please continue to pray for our country and the new administration. Opportunities: Youth Group meets every other Sunday evening in Fellowship Hall. Contact the church office or Amy Randall for details. Feb. 22: Adult Bible Class @7:00pm BLOOD DRIVE : Feb 25 from 11 til 3 God’s Tykes for elementary age kids meets Sunday on alternate weekends. Please contact Steve Koons for more information. If you have any questions about the church or it’s ministries please call 570 474-9915 or find us on Facebook. The church is located at 9 Chestnut Street, just off North Main St.

Jim Weaver Memorial Blood Drive Feb. 25 At Presbyterian Chuch

Main Street in Wilkes-Barre. The conference theme is “Be a Man: Mary’s Call to Battle,” and will include Mass, Reconciliation, music, popular Catholic vendors, lunch, and time for reflection. All men of the parish are invited. It is asked that you plan ahead and register in advance rather than at the door. The registration website is The registration fee is $35 which includes lunch and coffee. Early bird registration is $30 if paid by April 15. Students are $15. Anyone interested in serving as a Parish Captain or as a volunteer at the conference should contact Michael Kilmer at 570-7460100 or MKilmer@thekilmergroup.

com . Weekday Masses at St. Jude’s are Monday through Friday at 7 a.m. and Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. Weekday Masses at St. Mary’s are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 8 a.m. Saturday Vigil Masses are 4 p.m. at St. Jude’s and 5:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s. Sunday Masses are 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon at St. Jude’s and 9 a.m. at St. Mary’s. For further information, call the Parish Center at 570-474-6315. Parish Office hours are Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 3:30 pm; Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m; closed on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The parish website is

Mountaintop Family Church invites families to church on Sundays during our 9am or 10:30am contemporary services. Come a few minutes early for a continental breakfast with coffee, tea, bagels, and danishes. KidsTown Children’s Ministries takes place during both services for children 8 weeks old through 6th grade. Our certified KidsTown staff provides a safe environment for children to grow in their relationships with God and with others. A Preschool Play Group will be held on Thursday, February 23rd, and March 9th and 23rd at 10:00am in our KinderTown Classroom. Play Group is for all infant through preschool age children and their caregivers and is held the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. A Young Adult Small Group Thursday, February 23rd, and

March 9th and 23rd at 7:00pm in the Conference Room. This small group is for traditional college age students through the age of 25 and is held the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. A Men’s Breakfast will be held on Saturday, March 4th at 9:00am. The cost is $5 per person or $10 total per family. Please sign up at the information table or contact the church office by Sunday, February 26th. A Men’s Bible Study is held every Wednesday from 6:30-8:30pm in the sanctuary. All men are invited to attend. Small work projects around the church may be done for a portion of time if there is a job to do. Contact the MFC office at 570-474-0900 or email debbie@ for more information on the ministries and programs at Mountaintop Family Church, 209 S. Mountain Blvd, Mountaintop. www.

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Large Crowd Attends Augustine For Magisterial District Judge Event

More than 250 people from across the Mountain Top community attended the Meet and Greet for John Augustine for Magisterial District Judge on Wednesday, February 15th, held at the Wright Township Volunteer Fire Department Hall. Attendees enjoyed food and refreshments from area restaurants. A bounce house, magician, DJ and face painting were some of the many activities available for kids. Former Wright Township Supervisor Dan Frascella spoke about John’s commitment to the community. “John has always put the Mountain Top community first. Whether it was working with elected officials to create hundreds of jobs in the Crestwood Industrial Park – which helped keep taxes low for area residents - to participating and donating his time and talents to numerous community and civic groups.” Next, son Jack Augustine, 10, introduced his father to the many friends, family and supporters in the audience. John welcomed and thanked the large crowd for coming out on a Wednesday night to support his candidacy. He explained that he is one of the only candidates that is certified and qualified by the Administrative Office of PA Courts, the Minor Judiciary Board and the PA Constitution to become the next

Magisterial District Judge, for the greater Mountain Top Community. He said that he is running as the Community Candidate, as this position was created for the common person or “justice of the peace” to deal with neighborhood and community issues. Historically, this important community responsibility was served by someone who was not biased based on past experiences. He pointed out that he is not a lawyer, or a police officer but promised that he would be someone, “who would be fair, impartial, neutral and reasonable to all - while also keeping the community’s best interests at heart.” John pledged that he will do his best to, “be a proactive Judge and continue to make Mountain Top a great place, to live, work, play and raise a family,” as he has always wanted to serve the public and give back to his community and has spent his personal and professional life doing so. John is an active member of St. Jude’s Church and a strong supporter of many local causes and charities and a loyal contributor to the area’s first responders. He sits on the Board of Directors for the PA State Police / Troop “P” Wyoming Camp Cadet program. He started the Rice Township Neighborhood Community Watch and organized and chaired the “Mountain Top Crime, Safety and

The 4th annual “Swing for Home” Golf Tournament will be held at Huntsville Golf Club on Monday, May 8, 2017. The tournament benefits the Home Base Foundation, which identifies, motivates, and clinically treats returning service members with combat stress and traumatic brain injury, and provides support and education for their families. Rain date is May 17. “PTSD and TBI are especially difficult because many do not seek treatment and recovery is a very long and intense process” said tournament co-organizer, Andrea O’Neill “This is a fantastic opportunity to play a beautiful private course and help these brave men and women return to the life they fully deserve.” Tournament organizers, Andrea O’Neill and Mary Wargo, organized the tournament to meet the fundraising requirement of the Run to Home Base, the primary fundraiser for the Home Base Foundation. Both women are registered participants in the 2017 Run to Home Base. This is the 4th run for Wargo and the 7th for O’Neill. Cost is $150/player and includes the use of range and putting green, continental breakfast, green fees and cart, use of locker room, lunch and prizes. Cash bar and cart will be available. The tournament is a Captain and Crew format with a shotgun start. Early bird registration is $125.00/Player if received by March 15, 2017. Of the nearly 3 million veterans living in the United States today, 1 in 3 are affected by an invisible

wound of war. In 2012, more U.S. servicemen died by their own hands than in battle. “Many people think that when service members come home, they are free to enjoy their life but that isn’t always the case.” explained O’Neill “The mind is a powerful thing and the fact that these men and women are out of harms way, but can’t rest, is terribly unfair. We want to help.” Deadline to register is Monday, April 14, 2017 via mail or online at swing4home.eventrbite. com. For more information, including hole sponsorships, visit facebook “swing4home” or email The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program provides clinical care to New England-area service members and nation wide support services to veterans and families affected by combat or deployment-related stress or traumatic brain injury. The program offers clinical and community education and conducts research in the understanding and treatment of post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Visit Located in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains, Huntsville Golf Club is a private course designed by Rees Jones and opened in 1994. The 500 acres the course encompasses includes forests, rolling fields, ravines, streams, ponds and broad vistas.

Golf Tournament To Benefit Veterans With PTSD, And TBI

MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGE CANDIDATE John Augustine addressed a large crowd at a Meet & Greet held February 15 at the Wright Twp. Fire Hall. Community” panel discussion, which Kiwanis, Mountain Top on the Move, attracted nearly 300 residents. Kirby Library Board of Directors, He is an associate member of the Mountain Top Youth Soccer Fraternal Order of Police, a Son of Association Board of Directors and the American Legion, a member of youth sports coach.

JACK AUGUSTINE, 10, introduces his father, John Augustine as former Wright Township Supervisor, Dan Frascella looks on.

Winter Warmth At Emmanuel UCC The weather outside may be frightful, especially these last couple of weeks, but we have a warm place to go on Sunday mornings. Sunday mornings at 9:15 am is Sunday School for ages 3 through 6th grade. We have a great program based on our Hands On Bibles. We’ll have fun making crafts, playing games, and solving puzzles which help us understand the stories in our Hands On Bibles. Come join us as we learn about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Teen Talk is for anyone in 7th grade and above, we talk about God and Jesus, how our lives are influenced by them and how we can be an influence to others around us. There are so many things that try to manipulate us away from God. Come to Teen Talk and find other teens who want to make their faith stronger and be better at dealing with ideas and things that pull us away from being Christians. After Sunday School, our Sunday

service begins at 10:30 am which is le by Pastor Lou Aita and we invite everyone to join us in praising and worshipping God our Creator, Jesus our Savior and the Holy Spirit our Guide. Through all this, the passion of God’s love and the power of his grace bring a warm and cozy feeling in these cold and frosty days. So, come in for a healthy dose of God’s warmth. Upcoming Events Feb. 22 – Kid’s Choir at 6:30 pm Feb. 22 – Chancel Choir at 7:00 pm Feb. 26 – Worship at 10:30 am The church newsletter, The Messenger, is available through our website,, along with other information about us and our surrounding communities. You can also check us out on Facebook at

Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Dorrance Township houses the Food Bank for the Wapwallopen Ministerium. All contacts are kept strictly confidential as we understand each person’s need for privacy and self-esteem. The food bank is open by appointment only. If we can help you or someone you know, please call (570) 868-5675 and we will provide nourishment for you and those you care for. Please give us at least 24-hour’s notice in order to set up an appointment. Thank you to everyone who contributes to our recycling aluminum cans project and hope you will continue to help us raise funds by recycling cans to help needy families in our area. Through your help, our neighbors receive assistance to meet their daily needs. Please place the cans in large bags and drop them off

in the large crates at the back of the lower parking lot. Again, thank you for your continued support. Emmanuel United Church of Christ is located at 7768 Blue Ridge Trail at its intersection with Alberdeen Road (across from Andy’s Gas Station) in Dorrance Township, Mountain Top, and we invite you to join us on Sunday mornings for Sunday Worship Service at 10:30 am. We have a Nursery available for children to age 6 during our Worship Service. If you need directions or would like more information, please call the church office at (570) 868-5675. Our church is handicapped accessible. If you are in need of pastoral care, please call Pastor Lou Aita at (570) 582-9550 or email him at aitatl12@ E-mail access is emmanuel_ and our website is

New Book Selections Have Arrived at Marian Sutherland Kirby Library FICTION


You are invited to learn about the WVIA production of Our Town Mountaintop and how you can participate by attending a

Community Meeting at the Kirby Library Wednesday, Feb. 22nd at 6:30pm For more info contact John Rice, Producer 570-602-1194

Dangerous Ladies Affair by Marcia Muller & Bill Pronzini Below The Belt by Stuart Woods Wyoming Brave by Diana Palmer Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian Moonglow by Michael Chabon Never Never by James Patterson Fatal by John Lescroart The Rising by Heather Graham A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron (Donated by Greg & Joann Ready in memory of U.L. Ready Annual Fund Drive 2016)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by Alexander Freed Rather Be The Devil by Ian Rankin Right Behind You by Lisa Gardener Echoes In Death by J.D. Robb

NON-FICTION Zero Sugar Diet by David Zinczenko Deep Run Roots by Vivian Howard

(Donated by Barbara Jumper in memory of Ruth Hallett Annual Fund Drive 2016)

Thank You For Being Late by Thomas L. Friedman

(Donated by Mark & Linda Szmal in memory of Brian Scott Szmal Annual Fund Drive 2016)

Our Revolution by Bernie Sanders Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham All The Gallant Men by Donald Stratton

(Donated by Amy & Fran Brozena in memory of Arnie Garinger Annual Fund Drive 2016)

Buxton Hall BBQ Book Of Smoke by Elliott Moss

(Donated by Susan Evans in memory of Mark Evans Annual Fund Drive 2016)

Mars: Our Future On The Red Planet by Leonard David

(Donated by Alexander & Audrey McLauchlin in memory of John & Anne McLauchlin Annual Fund Drive 2016)

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

MAGISTIREIAL DISTRICT JUDGE CANDIDATE Ferris Webby held a Meet & Greet on February 15 at the Slocum Vol. Fire Comapny. Hundreds of people turned out to petition.

MOCK TRIAL TEAM EXCELS -Members of the Sem Mock Trial team are seen after winning the 2017 District 2 High School Mock Trial Competition, standing from left: junior Samantha Immidisetti, junior Meghna Melkote, senior Avery Conyngham, senior Emily Laurore, senior Paige Allen, Mountain Top; senior Imran Pakbaz, Kabul, and sophomore Philip Ouellette. The Hon. Tina Polachek Gartley, Luzerne County, was the presiding judge.

Magisterial District Judge Candidate Ferris Webby Hosts Meet & Greet Wyoming Seminary Mock Trial Team On Wednesday, February 15 hundreds turned out at the Slocum Township Volunteer Fire Company in support of Ferris Webby, Candidate for Mountain Top Area Magisterial District Judge. Due to the meet and greet’s success, Webby will hold two more events in the community at which friends and neighbors can pick up yard signs and sign a petition of support. Hosted by Norby Dotzel, this past Wednesday’s meet and greet played host to hundreds of supporters including many community leaders. Attendees enjoyed pizza, wings, beer and soda at no charge. For anyone unable to attend last week’s meet and greet or those who could not find a parking space, Webby will be hosting two additional events for community members interested in learning more about his plan to be the community’s experienced, fair, tough magisterial district judge. The first event will be on Thursday, February 23 from 6-8 p.m. at King’s Pizzeria 49 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. The gathering is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The second event is a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the Mountain

Top American Legion Post 781, 1550 Henry Drive., from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday March 5. For an $8 donation, guests will enjoy a spaghetti dinner with salad, desserts and beverages. Webby, a local attorney with more than 35 years’ legal experience, is running to fill the open seat vacated by Magisterial District Judge Ronald Swank, who retired after decades of community service from behind the bench. If elected, Webby has vowed to close his private practice in order to be the community’s full-time magisterial district judge. “For more than 30 years, at every turn, the Mountain Top community has been nothing short of gracious and helpful. As an experienced, fair and tough Magisterial District Judge, I vow to do everything I can to repay this community for all it has done for me and my family,” Webby said. “Whether it be our law enforcement officers and first responders or our teachers and active community volunteers, there are countless people who make this area so special. This event is an opportunity for everyone to come out and learn more about how I plan to protect and preserve everything we hold dear in this community.”

Webby has been a member of the Mountain Top community for more than three decades. He lives in Slocum Township with his wife Elaine. The two raised four children – Angel Mae, Ferris Jr., Charbi Anne and Loriah Ann – who all graduated from Crestwood High School and King’s College. Webby, a King’s College and Cooley School of Law alum, has spent decades supporting his family and the Mountain Top community. He has volunteered at local bazaars and Crestwood School District functions and is an active parishioner at St. Anthony/St. George’s Maronite Catholic Church in Wilkes-Barre. He also spent many years as a youth baseball coach in Mountain Top and is a past recipient of the Recognition Award from the Mountain Top Boy Scouts and the Crestwood Parent Teacher Association. He has served as a mock trial coach for budding legal professionals as well as a community educator holding free seminars on concealed weapon laws and gun safety. For more information or to RSVP for the March 5 spaghetti dinner, call 570-817-4835 or email votewebby@

Lady Striders ‘Couch To 5K’ Training Program Set The Wyoming Valley Lady Striders announce their Spring Couch to 5K training program. This program is designed to get you off the couch and able to complete a 3 mile race in 7 weeks’ time, using intervals of walking and jogging. Beginning March 6, 2017 we will meet three times per week for 30-45 minutes each time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:45 pm at the Church Street Park levee in Kingston; and Saturdays, 8:30 AM at Kirby Park. Our goal race will be the Max Fine

5K in Wilkes-Barre on 4/23/17. The program is coached by Karen Moskel – Runner, Susquehanna Community Prep Cross Country Coach, Wyoming Valley Strider’s VP, and Co-founder of Lady Striders; and Marjorie Adams – Runner, Dallas Cross Country and Track Coach, Wyoming Valley Strider’s Board of Directors, and Co-founder of Lady Striders. Your $40 registration fee includes all practices, your entry to the race, and membership (or renewal) to the

Wyoming Valley Striders! For a registration form, go to Wyoming Valley Striders or Wyoming Valley Lady Striders facebook page, www.neparunner. com, or contact Karen Moskel at or Marjorie Adams at Follow the directions on the form. You can also join during the first week of practice, if space remains! This program is limited to 50 participants, sign up quickly to guarantee your spot!

Advances To Regional Competition The Wyoming Seminary Mock Trial team recently competed in the 2017 Region 5, District 2 High School Mock Trial Competition in the Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre, taking first place. In addition to winning the district competition, which ran for three evenings, four team members received awards based on their outstanding individual performances in the courtroom. Recipients of the Best Witness Awards are senior Paige Allen of Mountain Top and senior and team co-captain Avery Conyngham of Shavertown, while recipients of the Best Advocate (Attorney) Awards

are Allen, senior and team co-captain Emily Laurore of Shavertown and junior Meghna Melkote of Moosic. Allen and Conyngham each received two awards. The team will now continue on to regional competition, to be held in March. The competition, sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, provides high school students with a firsthand experience of the American judicial system. Mock trial teams argue a hypothetical case before a judge and are evaluated based on their

presentation, opening and closing arguments, direct and cross examination, poise and articulation, control of facts, and knowledge of Mock Trial rules of law and exceptions. Competitions involve two opposing high school teams who apply real-life statutes and case law to fictitious situations in a simulated trial setting. Team members are coached by teacher-coaches Adam Carlisle and David Johnson, and are advised by area attorneys Paul Galante, Guerline L. Laurore, Joseph C. Ruby and Zach Watkins.

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Stay in your lane. Increase your following distance. Stay alert, keep looking as far ahead as possible and be patient. Reduce in-car distractions since your full attention is required. Use defroster and wipers. Keep windows and mirrors free of snow and ice. During whiteouts, come to a complete stop only when you can safely get as far off the road as possible or when there is a safe area to do so. Do not stop in the flow of traffic since this could create a chainreaction collision. Do not pass a vehicle moving slowly or speed up to get away from a vehicle that is following too closely. Always buckle up and never drink and drive. Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway

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He said that 38 with BS UP from Fest on Augus borough. Now, certain areas EVERYONE not paid any his Dad’s, be held at treatment (Scott) ‘73 Wyatt Dane who is monthly a to a Comm t 22 & the fees to the shown standi Plymouth the Wright response from we have to w unity be food includi Mt. Top Hose Co. 23 beginning at 5pm. Mount Area Road Runne Township ng in front No. 1 Picnic This will ng ice cream Fire Depar end. of total Joint Sanitary Author aintop and (borough the sewer au r. hot dogs, Grounds. tment’s Annua The car was shown , funnel and project of 90 residen ity. A Quad3 inflatable at eng l Car Show t have not . rides includi cakes, cotton candy, There will obstacle course hooked last week- up to the commu ng a giant pizza and Under his and a pirate nity sewer. and more. that there He said explain ship for the slide, kid’s gym, report, Joh EVERYTHIN may giant little ones, ed that the at 570-47 fines impose well be penalties and G is .25¢! games, prizes sewer author 4-0900 for Please d concer against contact the ned that seeking more inform the delinqu In continu church offi ent from ation. compli ation of ce the the 90 rural commu a dialog within hooked up people who have The Dorran site visit nity, Dorran is a Township noted, if we priority, “It shoul ce Salem to, “an existing one supervisors a Rummage ce Twp. Vol. Fire Dept. over in advised do are Township. the options against those have to file laws That will and impact reviewing week.” that he issued Saturday, Sale on Friday, AugusLadies Auxiliary will be people s of enactin Augus next in July: be holding CAFO regulat two permits in the , there is noth g The one for your fire depart t 23 from 8- noon. t 22 from 4 to 7 ions. budget issue, as p.m. and The most recent a commercial a fence and one for an increas to cover that. It Please come ment and on shine. All will the conside reported previously, discussion e in the user out and timbering indoors. Call check out items that at the is set on 70 ration of enactin occurred operation in fact, fee if it do 570-868-6691 acres are availab support meetin board’s August 11 happen… le, Rain or municipal amendment that would g a zoning three owners out of 200 acres with the for details g. Chair Gary fees will be?” Who knows wh . location of regulate the involved. Zane asked an update a CAFO, or Also, an for The Kiwan on He said application that is activity and Planning Commission Animal Feed Operat Concentrated change will be held final Movies in the will be considefor a zoning be on acquiri the focus has t ion. Parkfor the Snelson reporteZoning Officer Alan Snelson added that ng easeme supervisors red by the every August 23 at the Wright Twp 2014 summ nts from plans are d, “The main property owner, in a hearing works to have Park - (A classic er season item was schedu agenda a representative in the 6 pm the evenin Future. “It’s to every resident’s the CAFO the whole baseball field on As g of the next led for advantage and the revised Pennsylvania Farm Saturday, ordinance of the on Septem meetin refreshments always, the movie family will enjoy!) to easeme for sign Bureau that. th g, ber nt,” Johnso and meet with Back to the s and popco 8 . The applica to come from “There was n cautioned. the the plannin early for music,will be available. Kochan a pretty good tion g members propertRobert and Bonnie Movies start rn are free! Other among karaok discussion next month. Engler for supposed asked, “Weren’t to offer. the board at twiligh y at 1757 these Township Remember e and enjoying all to members Stairville be change that Wright t but come they also made to bring lawn Solicitor Road did the job? be done before they Twp Park some pretty and Karpowich chairs, blanke Donald busines d from a B-1 commu to Didn’t Quad3 has recommendatio has confi good amend s nity $27,000 to do ts and bug get paid ns.” As a ment would rmed that this busines district to a B-2 highwa he advised this? spray. The Crestw , the planne follow up, hearing s district. require a y what happened to My question is, rs agreed to public A request prior that money informal gatherood High 85 Schoo Southl Main a In other to the supervisor’s Johnso ?” ClassRoad, for a septic of 1968 vote. Loretta zoning busines Mark Opling ing startin waiver from 2008, n said that goes back g at P.O. is having Dardzinski 3 p.m. on Box 10,anothe at meetings er’s home 570-4 74-NE s, Snelson the to Mounr tainto was address WS • Fax: Saturday, this will be at Lake Silkwo board. The ed by easements were held at the Grove, p, PA 18707 a genuine request was rth, Lehma570-4Augus 74-92t7223 at bring an signed, pot-luc to n weren’ Township. k picnic, each but they easy to eat t notarized, Since See Dorr “29 Years still looking classmate and serve the approp riate is asked ance page dish of food for of Quality to Dave Evans contact information to share. 4 See Nuan Community for: , gola page Gilligan Kelley,Nelson Evans, Clara Tom Burge, Scott They are Journalism” The Fairvie Edwards, 4 Fisher, Carol Linda Haueis w Townsh Alda Marini of Superv en, Eileen Fornett, Ellen , isors voted ip Board the way” Jaimer Nuzzo Race, Sharo Michael Mylet, Karen at the additional to add an , Keith n part-tim Petrovich, from a manufa time of the meetin new Sandra ZambeThomas Thrash, Dave Price, Linn, township police e officer to the cturer in Wiscon g Richar The Dennis to, d departm truck is Thompson, Linda ww to crestw sin. ent. At Note: oodhs1968@ Zirkel, andCalend Manufacturin being built by Pierce Roberart Zivny. Judy Triplett, Phillipthe board’s August P.O. Box 4 meeting, g Collotty was s Please of 5,, or Mary notice must have Wisconsin. Appleton, reply hired as a Austin at Compiled phonetime numbe police partby WNEP 570-313-2327 n, PA 18660-0005, Jo Riley Gibson Board chair Meteorologis -TV at 2, 2014 rs officer effective August or from observ for direct Russ Marho at the Mount ions or more Dolores Zmiejko ations madet Tom Clark why the ld asked ain Top truck was hour. Collott hourly rate of $16.00 in Wright Americ inform the 2014 not purcha Township. / locally. y is employ DATE Antique/Clas season on an Legion ation. Baseball sed at Luzerne ed full-tim HIGH Tuesday, sic Car &781 will hold e in Mountaintop MON. 8-11 LOW The Mount Hourigan explain registrCounty 911 and Truck February Show & Roast ain) WEATHER has been the 11 froma 7police offiation . Boys for Dorrance, ed that the 82 is for Mount will be held Beef ages in Ashley hose 9 pm cer RAIN TUES. 8-12 Dinner13-18 SundaHollen 59 for toseveral at Post residin back, Dennis y, Augus (Show Borough superio company purcha trucks Partly Cloudy well as Nuang On g in Wright t 24th. The years. The Alberdeen aintop Area 69 ses have on,Fundra r construction, , Fairvie Rice and Townsh Leaguola 0.0” WED. Complex. are Little 64 Borou Fairvie w, e, ip 8-13 Slocum Police Dept. w weight is eligible to 375 gh, noting, “the The Corpo Gates Open Penn Lake iser fi Rain townsh Alberd 75 register. Player never off een Road rate Spons ips as is staffed by and Whiteve full 0.91” THURS. 8-14 time offi the truck require or is YALCH bring – noon until : 8:30a.m.,and s must be cers with By MARY59 their health so it Rain registr timeHaven 1 p.m. Awardtheir accom 72 officers.Borough and three part- and s a good frame and ation untilinsurance Insura nce. panied 1.10” Beverages FRI. 8-15 49KATHERINE Mountaintop s willbirth the service noon. Judgin stability information one EVANS “This be certifi Partly Cloudy cate. presen Lastby also has been is Eagle Intern month,parent along ted For 64 more inform g from an u at 3:15 on fees, entries availabcom/m The hose compaexcellent. the police le at Snack ountainlegio with 0.0” have SAT. 8-16 There 46 a copy ation go answer department Stand. For nbaseball p.m. Food Partly Cloudy 245 calls,of been www.leed its 75 th annive ny is also plannin 570-417-3878 , classes and award additional or contac and to six 72 agueli events, g neup. which included informtation 0.0” not major m SUN. 8-17 Jeff at 570 acciden 47 s call Mike Rice Townsh . Celebration rsary with a Dinner 474-92ts59.and 45 traffi Sunny sno at: 570-73 74 to crews are ready,” c citations. members 57 ip Board majorit road 57953 or Nine burglar Mountain 2014 at the be held September 13, ies were y 0.0” Marcia Thoma Top Knight AM Rain The board investigation. Glen Summi also under Mark business s and 0.31” agreed to t Clubhouse. meeting on s of Columbus counc Zoning Precipitatio controvTaney voted to rescind Repres offi Mount February il The meetin n This Mont ain month ersial items will its two their entative Gerald M reported $23,46cer John Doddo Top Hose 11th, 2014 6440 g will start h: that respon 2.51” Co. ly in were passed requests at 7:30 pm at the Knight 1,63 was October and No. 1 in fees ded to 13 • This To date all Knight Year: Churchconcerns for N collected calls in ’s home. last year:Novem for the s attend this and Grand Knight in June. Hose the townsh ber 2013 26.49 Carl Obaza ” Roads. Accord 26.58 Chec , Frank Compa July and 6 amount include month of July. The at Chief meeting. ip’s Februa ” at 570-47 k Us Out i ny Preside For more Dave Hourig Wurst, ry 4-6038 A Robert — s 4 a motion meetin total Thursday,approv . inform an reporte nt in buildin Franks, “ of g. the On The Web g and zoning $20,211.23 last one they Bazaar did ation call d the 2014 st placem Sunrise:a 6:18a gate acrossAuguing — ent of of Nuang very well do. The fees from the road 21 and will have the Geisinger Health m those numbe Support Group at • the Sunse www the ola paved end Road System for the rs shortly. Health Clinic portion of t: 7:54pmof is very and for Anxiet Tuesday, He also a Heslop Road was overtur to be annual fund problematic C y, Stress Feb. 11 More rain ned. Thoma drive totaled noted Mountain Boulev located on South and Depre at 6:30 pm 316 S. which s and Taney Even the Wright whe herealso $81,00 ssion willwillbe meet Mount thisvoted towill at used to defray 0 medical comple ard. The new Town rescind Depart supportgrou ain Blvd., Mount St. Paul’s cost rainfall total 2013-2,week bringOrdina x is expecte of an a new the nce state ment has been c our summ aintop. Any Luther Churc truck up closewhich vacated d to be h, which was er about the roads, m questions normal.portion “on See Fairv temperatu the unpaverdto s of diffi section email sayin The of Heslop average cult for them re thisisor iew page Superv summ Road. to fight fi Millerer Stella, 4 The Fairvie is stillwho the roads are suppor slight ted both motion so bad.” above hadly on Wedne w Elementary PTA Chief al. s with supervisor norm sday, Febru will be holdin George Venesk former Route Franks also reporte Upcoming ary 12th No. 309 rock-cl at 6:30pm g their PTA meetin events and y, voted g in the schoo year will be activities Fairview Townsh earing p Heslop Road for the remain discussed l’s library. information and babys start on schedu ip, which is paved der of the the drivew itting will call Suzan up to school le in ay entranc be availab ne at 570-40 e to Harry barriers will be set March Kemmerer’s le. For more 3-1446. up on property. An 500 feet additional lane for north and southb sout is graded The Dorran and gravele The current northbo ound Heslop continu on Feb. 17th, ce Twp American d. Legion Post Pennsylvania es up through the have one lane that und lan at 6592 Nuang2014 at the Slocum 288 will meet will be us State Gamel emergency Twp. V. F. property to at 7 pm vehicles, ands a John at 570-86 ola Rd. in Mount W. Brown Street addr concer ain Top. For Post 7918, locate Township. 8 6588. d more inform It has been in Fairview vehicle n about how emer a public road for nearly ation call s will get up 200 years. 309 if there BEAR HUGaccident and Rice residen one whole The Crestw ts were fuzzy white Carol Klimek found 309 is closed. side o against the the perfec meeting at ood Boys Basketball solidly bear while Unfort erection of t Valentine’s taintop. shopping 7:00pm, on Booster Club the abando a gate and Franks did not knowunately, C for the holida Grille. Any Day will hold their questions, Monday, February happen when what w y at Rite Aid gift in a at public nment of Heslop next please contac 17th Road in Mounmeetings held constru t Sue at (570) at Cavanaugh’s A gate was in the fall. start blasting, becaus ction cr 474-9665. erected at e the debris block both the end of gravel portion The Crestw lanes. the in early Septem Solicitor Jack 2013. That on Wedne ood Football Booste ber Dean was sday, r gate was approv after public Tony’s Pizza. February 19, 2014 Club will host its next dismantled to intervene in the motion outcry was petition fi Supervisor Players and All are encouraged at 7p.m. in the dining meeting a led by the Marcia Thoma voiced. State to attend the Adult Social room of Pennsylvan Mary Kathe that remnan Attorney also seekin as plans s has said will be for Genera ts g Mountaintop rine Evans cement footed of that gate including the potential dissolu l regardin questions, basket donations for discussed. The BoosteMeet the will be subject Eagle Intern please email the r tion of and remove posts, will be dug up Rice Township to the increas crestwoodfo Adult Social. If you Club is th sales tax. d from the The Mount Volunteer have any ed weathe Among otball@hotm Depart site as soon Fir r permits. as Rescuement/Independence civic organizaintop on the Move candy, gum, newspathese items are: Crestwood Fire & Compa pers, magazi Road mainte Area Comm Pennsylvania ation is endorsing laundry service nes, nance was was filed in ny No. 1. The petition for spring s, haircuts, unity Educa Senate Bill another November classes will spectator big concern at last Property tion In-Per 76, the sports admissions, in County the 6-7:30 PM be held on week’s Tax Luzern Rice court and food items Independence meeting e included at the Crestw Wednesday, son Registration President has not yet not that Roadmaster Mark on Act. meet the Gene Haverl ood High had a Taney said hearing. although Infants, and the WIC (Wome instructors School CafeteFebruary 19 from another township n, well Childre of member, John ak credits by mail if Professional ria. Come roads taken care you canno the various classe Municipal Hoovler, for clothing and shoes n) list, as well as out and introducing s. You can t make it. of, Intersta are Jack Varaly 0170. Planner Senate Bill and Nuang over $50. For more gave a brief also registe te 81 Exemptions ola and information about the presentation r of the group in Octobe 76 to the rest Rice call 570-57 include fresh to the sales tax which are mainta Church Roads, r 2013. Pennsylvania 8for 2014, which Community Survey ined by the Senate Bill and many meats, produce, dairy, and county, are not state House Bill 76 and The Mount packaged receiving priority into updatin will be incorporated 76 service. In foods in their and g the Rice property tax would put an end meeting on ain Top Welcome Compr Township natural form canned only sent the last storm, the to for school Thursday Club will state hired ehensive Plan. Varaly districts. Bill additional sugar 76 would withou two plow Presbyterian February increase the trucks to or other additiv t Township. at a rate was 20 at noon hold its February from Food stamp state sales the of Salt $70 $8 and babysChurch, 9 Chestnut es. at the Mount six percen assist per supplies purchases, tax hour to with outstan Street. Lunch t to seven for the ain Top and all utilities township and state ding issues are welcom itting will be availab percent, home heating fuels, are deplete health, hospita , le for $4 per will be available for incomethe Pennsylvania e and your and dental d. be catere person first meetin child. New l, See Rice d by members increas tax from 3.07% to 4.34%, al drugs, home services, prescription g is compl page 4 Annual Night Napoli. Join us as imentary. e of 40%. health care, an care, Lunch will we will be tuition, charitable The additio Fire Hall!! at the Races Event preparing organizations, daynal revenu on Febru Please RSVP busines e ary 21 at the for our 5th from the act and Dawnaclark by Monda will replace generated will s-to-business Wright y transactions continue to local school there! or 973-25 February 17 to Dawn Twp. property taxes over be exempt 5-6023. Hope taxes. a two-year from sales Clark: in schedu phase le. In the first to see everyo Under the year, all school ne property tax current system rates will Proper be their The Mount ty Taxes, frozen current level. of Compiled by WNEP the In the second at property Meteorologis at the Races ain Top Welcome school propert -TV owner pays average year, from observ Club on Friday, y tax will be $1,000 and ations madet Tom Clark Hall, 477 between except for February will hold it’s 5th Annua $5,000 in in Wright a small portion eliminated tax. South 21st at the local propert Township. DATE 6:30pm, races Main Road in In Luzern Wright Towns l Night retained by that will be y HIGH LOW e County the school hip Fire off begin at 7pm. Mountain Top. of collect two-thirds district includes all MON. 2-3 Doors its outstan WEATHER Five dollar food, beer, ding long-te to pay remain ion is school tax. 36 RAIN SNOW admission will open at which Mountain” 22 ing third rm debt, The TUES. 2-4 Morning Snow fee at the is taste challen soda, coffee, and door origina about ten percent and local municiis paid to the county our “Best 27 place additio 0.34” 4.0” ge. You will of l school tax 9 Pizza on WED. 2-5 Partly Cloudy also have bill. The proposthe the bill does According pality. raffles. You nal horse bets, take 31 0.0” 0.0” to Gene, ed more not affect can purcha part in 50/50 the opportunity to 19 THURS. 2-6 Snow, Sleet people local chance to se tax paid to raffles and win $50. Proceea horse for $10 (in 24 Luzerne County property pay in property taxes than pay 1.03” baske 9 7.0” t municipalities advance) Program, for their mortga FRI. 2-7 Clearing they or local with a 1 in The Marian ds benefit: Crestw . ges. For 25 Trace 0.1” paying propert 10 ood Senior Foundation Sutherland 7 The Proper SAT. 2-8 y taxes could seniors, Sunny Scholarship and Mt. Top Kirby ty Tax a Library hardsh Independence 22 our event become Act also elimina 0.0” 0.0” ip. “Peopl 2 coordinator: Food Bank. For more , The Think Pink SUN. 2-9 Partly Cloudy tes the taxing in a bad situatio e find themselves of local Mary Ellen information 24 0.0” 0.0” n after 40 McFarland1 contact district school boards. If ability of paying PM Snow 570-868-6467 a school property taxes,or 60 years needs more Precipitatio 0.15” 1.0” . could funds and such as n This Mont construction, for projects says get thrown out of their they h: 1.52” Gene. present a home!” they must Snowfall this To date last year: • This Year: 4.05” no-exc Gene empha to the voters eption referendum 3.01” winter: 43.9” the new systemsizes the fairness • To date last raise additio in their district Check Us of — to . “Since Thursday, winter 35.9” nal revenu Out for school increasing e funding will the money Sunrise: 7:01a February 13 — earned income by either sales On The Web come from a local person tax, it will tax or with m • Sunse One of the a be solely al income t: 5:35pm more infamo how many www.mte tax. Proper tax cannot things people based on was the Valent us Februa ty additio be reinsta ry snow ine’s Day purcha ted to raise seniors are on nal funds a fixed income se. If under 11.4” of snow. Blizzard of 2007. storms to hit our area Mountain , The bill also in a school district. spend less so they Other nearby Top got buried will be paying they accumulation along adds new areas got up with items that 81 and the turnpike weredrifting snow was so to 20”. The rate of See Prop snow and great that erty Tax shut down. sleet. The Interstate page 4 At times storm was determined there was a mix of major snows to torms to hit be our area since one of the top 3 1940.

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