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2012 LONDON OLYMPICS BOLT STRIKES 3 TIMES Usain Bolt got the gold medal and another world record, too, anchoring the Jamaicans to victory in 36.84 seconds Saturday night to cap off his second straight 3-for-3 Olympics. The United States finished in 37.04 seconds, the old world-record time set by Bolt and the Jamaicans last year. PAGE

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WHO IS Paul Ryan? A profile of the Wisconsin congressman and rising Republican star. 4A DEMOCRATS waste no time tearing into Romney’s choice. 4A

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GOP presidential candidate selects Wis. representative as running mate. By KASIE HUNT Associated Press

NORFOLK, Va. — Republican Mitt Romney anointed Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, an ardent conservative and devoted budget cutter, as his vice presidential running mate on Saturday, and the two men immediately embarked on a tour of campaign battleground states vowing to defeat President Barack Obama and repair the long-ailing U.S. economy. America is “a nation facing debt, doubt and despair,” and a transformative change in leadership is vital, Ryan declaSee CHOICE, Page 7A

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U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta said Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney made a wise choice designating Paul Ryan as his vice president. “I know him well,” Barletta said Saturday from his Hazleton home. Barletta said Ryan, a fellow Republican congressman from Wisconsin, will be “an invaluable resource to the ticket and the American people.” See STATE, Page 7A

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In an era of huge chains and mail-order medicine, the area’s independent pharmacies adapt and thrive

DIVING INTO GOLD David Boudia ended a gold-medal drought for the United States with a dramatic last dive that scored the most points of the 10-meter platform competition at the Olympics on Saturday night. Boudia’s victory gave the U.S. its first gold in diving since 2000. PAGE 7C

Area sale prices dip below assessed values as deadline for challenges nears. By JENNIFER LEARN-ANDES jandes@timesleader.com

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Dominic Jr., Dominic Sr. and Michael Fino man the counters at Fino’s Pharmacy in Dallas. Customers say they are impressed by the level of personal service.

TV SCHEDULE 10 A.M., NBC: Men’s basketball, Gold Medal final, Spain vs. U.S. 7 P.M., NBC: Closing ceremony.

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George Bedwick has the hipposhaped coin banks, statues of saints and antique wooden phone booth (if you’re willing to hunt for it). Dominic Fino boasts a wicked spiral staircase in the back that leads to a room where you can learn ferrets like the taste of raspberry and reptiles favor lemon custard. And Bruce Lefkowitz? Well, he’s got Sugar. The dog, not the sucrose. “I like the dog!” Harry Messersmith quipped with a wry grin when asked why he has stuck with Harrold’s Pharmacy for 45 years, even as the big chains (Walgreen’s, Rite Aid) and big box stores (Walmart, Target) bulldoze into town and bullhorn deals to make a bargain hunter salivate. And yes, the utterly disarming and

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hopelessly charming golden lab is a heck of a draw, eager to cozy up to any customer who even absent-mindedly puts a petting hand within snout’s reach. But unless Sugar found the fountain of youth buried in Harrold’s back room, she can’t be the reason the pharmacy threw a big 65th anniversary bash Saturday. And she most certainly isn’t the reason independent pharmacies continue to survive throughout Luzerne County in an era of growing competition from big-budget corporations and shrinking profits from reduced insurance reimbursements. No, ask an independent owner or a long-time satisfied customer how See PHARMACY, Page 6A

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Ajay Arora and his partners recently bought a two-unit home in Wilkes-Barre for $25,000 as a rental property investment. He was surprised to learn the county’s tax value on the property was $86,500. “I didn’t know the assessment was that high,” said Arora, who intends to file an assessment appeal. Property owners still have a little over three weeks, or until Sept. 4, to file assessment challenges for 2013. There’s no simple formula to help property owners decide if an appeal is warranted, though the assessment more than three times the sale price in Arora’s case is an obvious indicator. To obtain a reduction, property owners must present an appraisal showing the assessment is too high or multiple examples of lower sales or assessments on comparable structures in the same See PROPERTY, Page 12A

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Bedwick Pharmacy in Wilkes-Barre offers items formerly supplied by the Diocesan Guild Store.

PROPERTY VALUES DROP Luzerne County records show that, for a sample of 100 real estate transactions reviewed, sales prices were an average of 9.5 percent below assessed values. Average Assessed Average value sale -9.5% $134,768 price $121,962

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Yo, Philly’s more than cheesesteak The city’s abundance of late-night eats raises it to top of the national menu. By JOANN LOVIGLIO Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — If you’re hungry and it’s late at night, Philadelphia is the place to be. So says Esquire magazine in naming Philly “The Late Night Capital of the United States” in its September issue, which hits newsstands Aug. 13. For those not familiar with the city’s culinary scene, it may come as a surprise that the ubiquitous cheesesteak isn’t included in Esquire’s summary of Philadelphia’s finest after-hours eats. The magazine cheers the city’s “epic jukeboxes and random dartboards, roasted meat and melted cheese, super-hard-to-find beers and whiskey neat — all served up without judgment in an American stronghold for going big into the wee hours.” “And it doesn’t hurt that the local love for microbrewing, dating to the late 1600s, shows up on beer lists so intricately compiled they’d be described as curated in more pretentious cities. Among the dozen places noted as tops in late-night grub are The Dapper Dog, a food truck serving grilled hot dogs with toppings like mashed potato and Greek salad, on Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.; Khyber Pass Pub, a hallowed former rock club that’s now a Southerninfluenced tavern with brisket and po’boys on Leidenheimer rolls flown up from New Orleans,

A glance of the restaurants in Philadelphia cited as having the best late-night bites: North Third, 801 North 3rd St. Standard Tap, 901 North 2nd St. The Dapper Dog, parked at 2nd and Poplar streets Khyber Pass Pub, 56 South 2nd St. David’s Mai Lai Wah, 1001 Race St. McGillin’s Olde Ale House, 1310 Drury St. Good Dog, 224 South 15th St. Kennett, 848 South 2nd St. Royal Tavern, 937 East Passyunk Ave. Cantina Los Caballitos, 1651 East Passyunk Ave. South Philadelphia Tap Room, 1509 Mifflin St. Grace Tavern, 2229 Grays Ferry Ave. The Sidecar Bar & Grille, 2201 Christian St.

as well as vegetarian wings and vegan sausage, plus a large array of craft beers to wash it all down; and David’s Mai Lai Wah, a Chinatown staple that packs in the post-last call crowd for pork dumplings and salt-and-pepper squid till 4 a.m. The Esquire nod comes days after Saveur magazine published a summary of its 36-hour gastronomical tour of the city. Of note were six things the editors said were foods that only Philadelphia has — from Thai coconut gelato and made-to-order Turkishspiced doughnuts to Cap’n Crunch fish tacos and housemade burrata cheese. “Through it all there was a continuous thread of something ineffably Philly: bright and optimistic, entirely unpretentious and yet exacting in quality,” the magazine said.

Districts fear losing a popular until October and covered only program that has helped with new projects, not those already in the PlanCon pipeline. construction, renovation. The funding for the current

HARRISBURG— A $300-million-a-year state program that helps school districts pay to construct or renovate buildings will soon be closed to new projects, at least temporarily, as state officials decide if it needs to be changed or eliminated. Some districts are rushing to get their plans into the pipeline before the October start of a ninemonth moratorium that was quietly enacted along with the state budget earlier this summer. School districts already under financial pressure from growing pension obligations and state funding cuts are eyeing the moratorium warily, concerned that it could be the first step toward eventual elimination of the socalled PlanCon reimbursement. PlanCon refers to the Education Department’s “Planning and Construction Workbook,” a complicated review that runs from justifying the need for a project to designing it, acquiring the land, building it and paying for it. “We’re really in this incredible squeeze because we’re just trying to get through operational costs, much less construction costs,” said Jay Himes, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials. “Without some state support, those building projects are going to be more and more and more difficult.” Republican Gov. Tom Corbett first raised the idea of a moratorium when he proposed a 2012-13 budget in February, but what eventually passed was scaled back so that it did not take effect

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year remained level — there are about 230 projects currently in PlanCon — but the moratorium is likely to mean that less construction and renovation will get under way in the coming years. “Right now it’s a money thing,” said Steve Miskin, spokesman for the House Republican caucus. “Let’s see what needs to be done — does it need to be improved, what do we need to do or not do?” One possibility is that the funding formula, under which more affluent districts get less support, could be changed. But it’s also possible the entire program will be shut down. Corbett’s budget materials from February framed the coming study as a “review of the role of state government in this area of school district operations.” “It just gives us a breather for these eight, nine months,” said Education Department spokesman Tim Eller. “To look, A, if this is something the state should be doing, and B, if any changes need to be done.” Districts will still have pressing needs for construction and renovation, no matter what the state does with the PlanCon program, said Dave Davare, research director for the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. Some are currently scrambling to get in under the Oct. 1 deadline, and recent news accounts have reflected a struggle by some districts to make plans amid the uncertainty. “We’ve got some districts with some very old buildings,” Davare said. “Then you also have some districts that, if the economy turns around, could end up being growing districts and are going to need classroom space.”

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reg Allman performs at The Peach Music Festival Saturday at the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain. The festival, which started Friday, wraps up today with a special ‘Wake Up With Warren’ acoustic performance by Warren Haynes, plus full gospel-flavored sets from Robert Randolph & The Family Band and the Blind Boys of Alabama. A weekend wrap-up review of the festival will be published in Monday’s Times Leader.

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This image provided by NASA on Thursday shows the first 360-degree color panorama taken on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity rover.

Mars Rover facing checkups

More tests and a software update are vital before the science mission can begin.

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Doug Ellison, right, of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, discusses the Mars rover.

landing on another planet. In the video, the protective heat shield pops off and tumbles away. It ends with billowing plumes of dust as Curiosity was safely delivered to the surface. What are the first impressions of Gale Crater? The mission’s chief scientist John Grotzinger said it was like staring at California’s Mojave Desert. The landing site is pebbly with sand dunes nearby and mountains off in the distance. A curtain of haze hung over the site. Curiosity’s destination is Mount Sharp, a 3-mile-high mountain rising from the center of the crater floor near the equator. Observations from space reveal the base of the mountain shows signs of past water — a good place to hunt for the chem-

ical ingredients of life. How did the last Sunday’s landing go? Curiosity’s performance was pretty much on target with expectations. Because it weighed nearly 2,000 pounds, it had to be gently lowered to the surface — a routine NASA had never tried before. A preliminary reconstruction indicates it landed 1 1/2 miles downrange from the bull’s-eye. How many rovers are now on Mars? Curiosity joins the long-running Opportunity, which has been exploring craters in Mars’ southern hemisphere since 2004. Opportunity’s twin, Spirit, fell silent in 2010 after getting stuck in a sand trap. Curiosity’s prime mission lasts two years.

N.Y.’s Capitol turns into history museum The state highlights its contributions by moving historical pieces into halls. By MICHAEL GORMLEY Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s Capitol has been the workplace of future presidents, Supreme Court justices, premier thinkers and even scoundrels. Now the statehouse is telling some of its long-hidden tales by filling its hallways with artifacts that are drawing thousands of visitors. The newly displayed pieces of Americana include a 1762 slave

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PASADENA, Calif. — After a spectacular landing on Mars, the rover Curiosity wasted no time embracing its inner shutterbug, delighting scientists with vistas of Gale Crater complete with sand dunes, mountain views and even haze. Now what? The nuclear-powered, sixwheel Curiosity is on a quest to learn whether the Martian environment could have been favorable for microbial life. Before it can drive, it has to slog through weeks of health checkups. Since it’s the most complex spacecraft ever sent to the red planet, engineers want to make sure it’s in tip-top shape before they hand over the keys to scientists. It already has done a cursory check of its 10 science tools, but more tests are needed. This weekend, its computers get a software update — a process that will last several days. When can we watch a movie of the touchdown? The footage is recorded and stored on board Curiosity and will be downloaded as time allows. It sent back a low-quality video and several high-resolution frames that captured the last few minutes of the descent, providing a sense of a spacecraft

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bill of sale, early abolitionist decrees, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller’s massively stretched Lincoln Continental from the “Mad Men” era, and a curious chunk of old iron: A 3-foot link from Gen. George Washington’s defense system, which strung a quartermile chain across the Hudson River at West Point to stop British ships during the Revolutionary War. In less than a year, marble halls that for most of their 130 years had been used simply as routes between offices have been transformed into a museum. Every few steps, slices of American and state history give

even veterans of these hallways pause. For decades, most of the artifacts were boxed in a warehouse in neighboring Schenectady County or stored in climate-controlled cabinets in the state Archives. But in the last year, New York has raided its attic. The artifacts can be seen in regular tours of the Capitol or, as thousands of visitors are increasingly doing, by wandering through the working statehouse. Detailed signs are augmented by audio explanations that can be heard by cellphone.

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ninth-grade students and newly enrolled transfer students (grades 9-12) and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend. Students and their parents are to report to the high school auditorium promptly at 9 a.m. for a short presentation. Students will have the opportunity to receive their schedules, lockers and student handbooks. Also, students and parents will have the opportunity to tour the school and meet teachers, counselors and principals. LEHMAN TWP.

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LOCAL You can help find superintendent Residents can tell Wilkes-Barre Area officials what they want in new school leader, via online survey. By MARK GUYDISH mguydish@timesleader.com

WILKES-BARRE – Log on and sound off; anyone with Internet access can offer their virtual two cents on what qualities the next Wilkes-Barre Area School District superintendent needs, courtesy of a survey on the district’s website (www.wbasd.k12.pa.us). “We’re asking key stakeholder groups about what they see as the challenges

facing the district as well as what characteristics they want in the superintendent,” said Britta Barrickman, director of school personnel services at the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. The Wilkes-Barre Area board commissioned the PSBA to help conduct the search for a replacement for retiring Superintendent Jeff Namey. Barrickman said the PSBA has been advertising online and in key education publications at the state, regional and national level, and is “in the open application period.” The board will not be told who or even how many people have applied until the application deadline of Sept. 10, she added. The survey is an option PSBA offers,

and Wilkes-Barre Area board members accepted. There are three sections. The first asks for general identification of “the interest group that best describes you, including board member, community member, staff member and student. The other two sections ask the participant to rate the importance of several qualifications needed by the candidates and top challenges faced by the district. Barrickman said the answers are compiled and reviewed with the board. “We utilize it to create well-structured questions (for candidates) based on what stakeholders see as key characteristics as well as challenges to the district.” The PSBA also does initial screening of candidates, checking references and

making sure they have up-to-date credentials and required clearances. “We assist the board throughout the process, including facilitating the interviews,” Barrickman said, but ultimately “All key decisions of the search are in the board’s hands. Board President Mary Ann Toole said she had wanted to “open up the process” of replacing Namey, who steps down Aug. 31 after working 42 years in the district. Toole also said she’s been impressed by the PSBA’s work. The survey will remain on the website until Aug. 30. Mark Guydish can be reached at 829-7161

Power to prevent span’s impact

On Aug. 26, more than 120 artisans, musicians, crafters and more will converge on the Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus for the 28th Annual Arts at Hayfield Summer Festival from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will be tours of Hayfield House, set for 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. A requested $2 donation for adults supports an annual achievement award to an arts-oriented Penn State Wilkes-Barre student, donations to public performances offered by the FM Kirby Center, Misericordia University, the Fine Arts Musical Program at the Shavertown United Methodist Church and to Great Books at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, as well as support for arts-oriented projects at local libraries and programs at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.

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VFW consultant at office

A VFW claims consultant will be available for scheduled appointments at state Sen. Lisa Baker’s office, 22 Dallas Shopping Center, on Friday. All veterans, not just VFW members, can request appointments between 8:30 Baker a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To schedule a visit please call (570) 675-3931. WILKES-BARRE

City offers flu vaccines

The Wilkes-Barre City Health Department has announced the following dates for free flu vaccination clinics at the Kirby Health Center, 71 N. Franklin St.: Friday, Oct. 12, 5 to 8 p.m. (drivethru clinic); Saturday, Oct, 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (drive-thru clinic); Thursday, Oct. 18, 3 to 7 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 22, 1 to 4 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 29, 3 to 7 p.m. The clinic hours were set to include late afternoon and early evening hours as well as weekends to maximize convenience for residents to be vaccinated prior to the upcoming flu season. The Wilkes-Barre City Health Department will also hold vaccination clinics at King’s College for students and faculty. ALLENTOWN

Old refrigerators wanted

Think you might have the oldest refrigerator in the PPL Electric Utilities service area, or maybe in the entire state? Time is growing short to find out and possibly win a prize to boot. PPL Electric Utilities customers have until the end of August to recycle their old, energy-guzzling icebox and automatically be entered into the oldest refrigerator contest being run by JACO Environmental and other utilities around the state, including PPL Electric Utilities. Some vintage units have already been recycled. The PPL Electric Utilities customer who recycles the oldest refrigerator in the utility’s service territory will win a $250 gift card. That unit will then compete with iceboxes recycled by other utilities in the state for a $1,000 gift card and the honor of being deemed the state’s oldest refrigerator. Winners will be announced in September. Recycling and contest details can be found atpplelectric.com/recycleor by calling 1-877-270-3522.

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Rodney Small, left, and Walter Powell move a large TV screen to a trailer for electronic recycling Saturday morning at Hanover Area Junior/Senior High School.

E-cycling is termed a success About 2,500 cars roll into collection site, where county residents deposit estimated 500,000 pounds of items.

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HANOVER TWP. – Residents of Luzerne County deposited an estimated 500,000 pounds of useless answering machines, televisions, computer equipment, camcorders and other consumer goods on Saturday at the 20th Electronic Recycling Collection sponsored by the Luzerne County Solid Waste Management Department at the Hanover Area Junior/Senior High School. For 10 years the county has been collecting recyclables, and more than 3.6 million pounds of electronics were collected between 2003 and 2011, said Elizabeth De-

Nardi, recycling coordinator for the county. An estimated 2,500 cars rolled through the collection site organized by county officials, which DeNardi called another “success.” "We’ve never had a ‘bad’ day," she said. When looking at the benefits of the program, DeNardi cites many. First, it is a free service for the residents, which they appreciate, she said. "I wish I had a nickel for every person who said they were looking forward to this each year," she added. Plus, it saves landfill space, creates jobs, saves natural resources and helps “complete the recycling loop,” she said. The item received in the largest quantity is televisions, DeNardi said. After 10 years they continue to pour in, even large console televisions that have “flood mud” on them, she added.

Recycling firm Eco International, based in Vestal, N.Y., takes care of the actual physical collection, hand loading everything into the back of several large trucks. The company takes the goods, breaks them down into their various materials and sells the materials on the open market for recycling, said Joe Nardone, vice president of business development. Approximately 95 percent of what is collected can be reused, he said. In mass, the collected items contain a lot of “commodities," Nardone said, which includes various precious metals, plastics, and glass. These materials are in demand on the open market. Some of the circuit boards or motherboards found in computers can actually be sold complete, he added. Nardone pointed out Luzerne County See RECYCLING, Page 9A

Health Alliance offers public a dose of fun The Hazleton-area event mixes vital information with activities for the family. By BOBBY MASO Times Leader Correspondent

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agement to moon bouncing. About 100 people roamed the grounds at the center just after noon under a sunny summer sky. With the smell of hot dogs cooking on a grill and youngsters laughing as they scurried about with painted faces, it seemed like more of a community picnic than a health fair, but according to Barbara Biacco, director of marketing and business development for the alliance, the day was all about bringing a sense of both to attendees.

HAZLE TWP. – Health and wellness and family fun were brought together on a community-wide scale at the Third Annual Alliance Family Fun and Health Day Saturday in Hazle Township. The event was sponsored by the Greater Hazleton Health Alliance at its Health and Wellness Center campus, where adults and children of all ages gathered to take part in activities ranging from medication man- See FAIR, Page 9A

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Marianne Herbener, left, of Hazleton gets her blood pressure checked by registered nurse Heather Sugarman.

As PPL Electric Utilities works to submit an application for a new power line traversing parts of Luzerne, Lackawanna and Monroe counties, possibly by the end of summer, several state agencies are hoping to minimize environmental impacts C O M M E N T S from the 57- A C C E P T E D mile span. The pro- PPL is seeking posed route public comment on the proposed of the new Northeast/Pocono line origi- Reliability Project nates at the power line. Jenkins Sub- Comments may be station in submitted online at http:// Plains nep.pplreliableTownship, power.com/Publitravels cInvolvement or through by phone at 1-888Bear Creek 654-0823. and Buck PPL offers an interactive map townships for the public to into Thorn- mark areas of hurst and concern. The map past Lake can be found at http://nep.pplreWallenpaupak before liablepower.com/ culminating InteractiveMap/ at the exist- PublicInputMap.aspx. ing Paupak Substation in Wayne County. Along the way the line would pass through several state gamelands, the Lackawanna State Forest and tributaries of the Lehigh River. Dean Druckenmiller, president of the Lehigh River Coldwater Association, said his group is keeping close tabs on the proposed line and hopes impacts on the river tributaries can be minimized. “We don’t like to see any clearing along a waterway because once you remove that tree canopy you get a thermal impact on that stream,” Druckenmiller said. “It would be beneficial if they can maintain a canopy over the streams.” PPL spokesman Paul Wirth said stream crossings for the new 150-foot wide right-of-way are inevitable, but the company does try to minimize the impacts in a number of ways. Pole locations are shifted as far back from the stream bank as possible, resulting in less clearing along the waterway for a crane pad, Wirth said. Also, stream crossings are usually made at a right angle so the cleared area is as narrow as possible, according to Wirth. The line crosses portions of the Lackawanna State Forest along See POWER, Page 9A


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solution.” The early death of Ryan’s father is one reason the congressman is a fitness JANESVILLE, Wis. — buff, leading fellow lawEven before Wisconsin sent makers through grueling, Paul Ryan to Congress, he early-morning workouts and was meticulously carving a pushing himself through path that seemed to point mountain climbs. only upward. That same intensity proAs a young Capitol Hill pelled him on the political staffer, he impressed Repubfront, too. lican lawmakers with his He was first exposed to hustle and intellectual curiCongress as a summer inosity. He blended quickly tern to former Sen. Robert with an elite crop of conserKasten, R-Wis. With an ecovative thinkers. By his 30s, nomics degree in hand, Ryan he was a congressman on his worked his way through way to becoming a GOP committee staff assignname brand with his pushments, a prominent think the-edge budget proposals. tank and top legislative Ryan’s climb reached new advisory roles until opportuheights Saturday when Renity arose with an open seat AP FILE PHOTO publican presidential nomifrom his home turf. He levnee Mitt Romney anHouse Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., eraged Washington connecnounced him as his running touts his 2012 federal budget during a news conference on tions, local ties forged Capitol Hill in Washington in 2011. mate. through the family construc“Mitt’s Choice for VP is tion business and the backand still lives just down the him a boost in the WisconPaul Ryan,” said a phone ing of anti-abortion groups block from where he spent sin race that effectively app Romney’s team created en route to his surprisingly his boyhood. During sumburied Romney’s final to spread the word to supcomfortable victory. mers in college, Ryan was a threat. But it also meant porters. As a 28-year-old, Ryan Romney was embracing the salesman for Oscar Mayer As the chairman of the entered Congress brimming and once drove the compaRyan-sponsored budget House Budget Committee, with idealistic views about ny’s famed Wienermobile. Ryan gives Romney a link to proposal that Democrats forcing government to beRyan’s father, a lawyer, fiercely target as painful to Capitol Hill leadership and come leaner and less indied of a heart attack when underscores Romney’s effort the poor and elderly. trusive, principles he Ryan was a teenager. Still, the square-jawed to make the election a referthought even fellow RepubOn Saturday, Ryan leaned licans were abandoning too congressman is viewed as a endum on the nation’s ecoon his father’s memory as he readily. bridge between the butnomic course. Romney also took his first swipe as a toned-up GOP establishcould see his standing im“One of the first lessons I running mate at President ment and the riled-up tea prove in Wisconsin, a state learned was, even if you Barack Obama, suggestive of come to Congress believing party movement. President Barack Obama the traditional attack role At 42, Ryan has spent won handily four years ago in limited government and he’ll inherit. almost half of his life in the but that could be much fiscal prudence once you get Of his father, Ryan said, Washington fold, the last 14 tighter this November. here you are bombarded “He’d say ‘Son, you’re either with pressure to violate your representing a southern Even so, Ryan has been a Wisconsin district that runs part of the problem or part double-edged sword for conscience and your comof the solution. Regrettably Romney. The congressman’s from the shores of Lake mitment to help secure the President Obama has beMichigan through farm endorsement of Romney people’s natural right to come part of the problem country south of Madison. came at a critical stage of equal opportunity,” Ryan wrote in a 2010 book. Ryan grew up in Janesville and Mitt Romney is the the GOP primaries, giving By BRIAN BAKST and TODD RICHMOND Associated Press

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Dems pile scorn on Ryan for VP Previewing the campaign’s line The Republican’s proposals for of attack, Messina called Ryan entitlement changes, tax the “architect of the radical Repolicy draw heavy fire. publican House budget” and said By KEN THOMAS Associated Press

CHICAGO — Democrats pounced on Mitt Romney’s selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate Saturday, saying the pick showed a commitment to “budget-busting tax cuts” for the wealthy and greater burdens on the middle class and seniors. President Barack Obama’s campaign team said Romney’s choice made clear that the former Massachusetts governor would be forced to adhere to the principles laid out in the House Republican budget — authored by Ryan — which they said would undermine entitlement programs crucial to middle-class families and seniors. Democrats said privately that the choice of Ryan could help Obama in states with large numbers of elderly voters, such as Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Obama met with top advisers Saturday at his campaign headquarters shortly after arriving in Chicago for a series of birthdaythemed fundraisers scheduled for today. The president did not publicly comment on Ryan’s selection and aides described the headquarters stop as a typical weekly meeting. Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, said in a statement that Romney had “chosen a leader of the House Republicans who shares his commitment to the flawed theory that new budgetbusting tax cuts for the wealthy, while placing greater burdens on the middle class and seniors, will somehow deliver a stronger economy.”

it would “end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system, shifting thousands of dollars in health care costs to seniors.” Ryan was chief author of a House-backed budget plan that would curb overall entitlement spending and convert Medicare into a voucher-like system in which future seniors would receive subsidies to purchase health insurance on the open market. Less than two hours after Romney introduced Ryan as his running mate, the Obama campaign released a 90-second Web video showing footage of the men appearing together. The ad calls Ryan the “mastermind behind the extreme GOP budget plan” and includes an audio clip of Romney saying earlier this year that it would be “marvelous” if the Senate were to adopt the Ryan budget. The ad ends with this tagline: “Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan: Back to the failed topdown policies that crashed our economy.” Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida said Ryan had laid the groundwork in Congress for Romney’s budget plan, which she said gives tax cuts to millionaires while punishing middleclass families. She said Romney and Ryan would repeat mistakes of former President George W. Bush. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has blasted Romney for failing to release additional years of his tax returns, said in a statement that by picking Ryan, Romney “has doubled down on his commitment to gut Social Security and end Medicare as we know it.”


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A geyser of water erupts from a broken 6-inch main near Living Word Church Friday, in Enid, Okla. Oklahoma Natural Gas employees were repairing a gas line leak when the line fractured, spraying water 60 feet into the air for more than three hours. MOSCOW

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Vladimir Putin promised P resident Saturday to re-equip the Russian air

force with hundreds of new aircraft as part of an ambitious military modernization program. Speaking at an airshow at Zhukovsky just outside Moscow marking the air force’s 100th anniversary, Putin said the military will receive more than 600 new combat planes and 1,000 helicopters by 2020. He said boosting the air force is a key priority for the government. “I’m sure, each of us will feel pride for the country, for the people who build such aircraft and pilot them,” he said. Russia’s defense spending has fallen sharply since the 1991 Soviet collapse, leaving the air force to rely on aging Soviet-built planes and depriving pilots of the opportunity of regular training flights. MADRID

Plane video is plot evidence Authorities in Spain released a video Saturday that they claim shows suspected al-Qaida members training for a bombing raid using a model plane, the latest development in a case that has led to three arrests. Spanish officials allege the suspects were planning a terrorist attack in Spain or elsewhere in Europe, but say investigators managed to intercept them before they could carry out their plot. The undated video clip – grainy and of low quality – shows a colorful model propeller plane noisily taking off. Once airborne, it drops a small object that falls to the ground and a man then runs toward where the object landed. The identity of the man is not clear from the clip. HAVANA

Exiles plan fireworks show Cuban exiles marshaled a flotilla to sail from the United States Saturday to just outside the island country’s territorial waters with plans to put on a nighttime fireworks show and encourage protest among the thousands of revelers expected at a summer carnival along Havana’s seaside Malecon boulevard. Organizers planned to park the vessels 12.5 miles off the coast of the Cuban capital and launch around 80 colorful salvos in what organizers called a peaceful display of solidarity with their compatriots. “When you see the lights of freedom, walk toward the seawall as a silent protest against censorship of expression,” said Ramon Saul Sanchez of the small nonprofit group the Democracy Movement. LOS ANGELES

Heat wave hits the West Temperatures soared into triple digits across the western United States on Saturday as a continuing heat wave strained energy supplies and sent thousands to beaches, lakes and shopping malls in search of cooler climes. A large and forceful high pressure system pushed the mercury to roughly 10 degrees above normal across the west, but relief is in sight — the system is drifting east. By Tuesday, temperatures should be back to normal, said David Sweet, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Idaho and Montana all reported higher than normal temperatures.

TEHRAN, Iran — Two strong earthquakes leveled villages and damaged homes in northwestern Iran on Saturday, killing at least 180 people and injuring more than 1,350 others, state TV reported. Thousands of people spent the night outdoors as aftershocks rattled the area. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that Saturday’s first quake at 4:53 p.m. (1223 GMT) had a magnitude of 6.4 and struck 37 miles (60 kilometers) northeast of the city of Tabriz at a depth of 9.9 kilometers (6.2 miles). Its epicenter was a region between the towns of Ahar and Haris, about 200 miles (500 kilometers) northwest of the capital Tehran, according to Khalil Saei, local Crisis

Committee chief, the TV report said. The second quake with a magnitude of 6.3 struck 11 minutes later, the U.S.G.S. reported. Its epicenter was 29 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Tabriz at a depth of 6.1 miles (9.8 kilometers). The quakes hit the towns of Ahar, Haris and Varzaqan in East Azerbaijan province, the TV report said. At least six villages were totally leveled, and 60 others sustained damage ranging from 50 to 80 percent, it said. At least10 aftershocks jolted the same area and were felt in a wide region near the Caspian Sea, causing panic among the population. Saei urged people in the quake region to stay outdoors and spend the night at parks and open spaces in anticipation of more aftershocks. Authorities feared the death toll could rise as rescuers were still trying to reach people trapped under rubble and had not yet reacher some more remote villages. Iran is located on seismic fault lines

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Victims lie injured at the courtyard of a hospital after an earthquake in the city of Ahar in northwestern Iran Saturday.

In 2003, some 26,000 people were and is prone to earthquakes. It experiences at least one earthquake every day killed by a magnitude 6.6 quake that on average, although the vast majority flattened the historic southeastern city of Bam. are so small they go unnoticed.

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Philadelphia event held to draw attention to issues affecting working people. By RON TODT Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Thousands of union workers wearing brightly colored T-shirts gathered Saturday for a rally to demand attention from politicians of both parties to issues affecting working people. Labor leaders, politicians and some union members at the “Workers Stand for America” rally drew applause as they portrayed a middle class being squeezed and called for a second “Bill of Rights” that would guarantee full employment and a “living wage,” quality education, health care and security in retirement as well as collective bargaining. “You built the middle class, you’re going to continue to build the middle class,’ Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., told the crowd. “You help people who are sometimes not even in a union, because you lift all boats when you fight for those rights.” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka drew chants of “Union! Union!” after a fiery speech telling workers that they were “job creators.” “We built this country! We wake it up every day, we make it run and we put it to sleep every night — and it’s time that we took it back for the American worker,” he said. “Anyone who says America can’t afford retirement security, or health care, or decent pay for honest work, or great schools, or a postal service, or cops or firefighters and teachers and nurses, well they don’t know what they’re talking about and we won’t accept their defeatism!” Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz trained most of her fire on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his justannounced running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, whose name drew boos from the crowd. She called GOP policies “top-down and backward,” and said the Republi-

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Members of the Communications Workers of America participate in a demonstration, Saturday outside Verizon’s offices in Philadelphia.

can ticket would return to what she called the failed policies of previous GOP President George W. Bush. “As a mother, I believe a child needs an education more than a millionaire needs

a tax break,” she said. Members of the crowd, many of them bearing union signs and American flags, began arriving early in the day on buses from surrounding states, and the crowd

stretched all the way across from the stage at Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art made famous in the movie “Rocky.”

Missing vacationer returns home after 2 weeks New Hampshire man worked odd jobs, walked and hitchhiked despite injury from a fall. By TOM FOREMAN Jr. and KATHY McCORMACK Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. — Hugh Armstrong hitchhiked and walked 1,000 miles south from New Hampshire without knowing who he was. Then he heard his granddaughter’s name in a McDonald’s in Asheville and started to fill in a few blanks. Armstrong, 72, had been missing for more than two weeks, when he disappeared after going for a walk while on va-

cation near a New Hampshire lake. The retired IBM employee stacked hay for a Pennsylvania farmer along the way, hitched a ride to Virginia and made his way to his home state of North Carolina. A sheriff’s deputy found him walking on U.S. 70 at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, and identified him as a missing person by the initials on his wedding band. “He’s my hero. That’s just a remarkable feat,” said Deputy Brian Walker of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Department. Armstrong hadn’t been able to remember his name since he fell into a ravine while walking near New Hampshire’s Stinson Lake on July 25, but he knew his age and thought he might know someone in Asheville. That’s where he found himself

in a McDonald’s trying to sort things out. And he heard a name he knew. A mother called her child “Emma,” and Armstrong thought he might know someone by that name. He sat down with a phone book and looked at road names. He wrote a letter to Emma in Wilmington and mailed it to her, telling her everything he could remember and that he was headed to her as soon as he could. Deputies found him later, about 240 miles from home. His wife and daughter drove to the sheriff’s office to take him home. Walker said. “Immediately, when the car pulled in, he recognized the car. When his wife stepped out, he said, ‘That’s my wife,”’ Walker said.

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan police officer killed at least 10 of his fellow officers on Saturday, a day after six U.S. service members were gunned down by their Afghan partners in summer violence that has both international and Afghan forces questioning who is friend or foe. Attacks on foreign troops by Afghans working with the alliance are on the rise and, while cases of Afghan security forces killing within their own ranks are less frequent, together they show how battle lines have blurred in the decadelong war. (The milThe assaults on internation- itant) was al service mem- killed in an bers have stoked fear and ensuing mistrust of gunbattle. their Afghan allies, threatening to hamper the U.S.-led coalition’s ongoing work to train and professionalize Afghan policemen and soldiers. The attacks also raise questions about the quality of the Afghan forces that have started taking charge of security in many areas of the country as U.S. and NATO combat troops move to withdraw by the end of 2014. Coalition officials say a few rogue policemen and soldiers should not taint the overall integrity of the Afghan security forces and that the attacks have not impeded plans to hand over security to Afghan forces, which will be 352,000 strong in a few months. But there is growing unease between international troops and their Afghan partners and that’s something Taliban insurgents are happy to exploit. Shakila Hakimi, a member of the Nimroz provincial council, said the policeman who opened fire on his colleagues at a checkpoint in Dilaram district is believed to have had ties to militants. He was killed in an ensuing gunbattle, she said in a telephone call from the provincial capital of Zaranj, along Afghanistan’s western border with Iran. “The checkpoint is in a remote area of a remote district,” Hakimi said. “The telecommunications are poor and we are not able to get more details.” Hakimi said the provincial governor has sent a team to the scene to get more details about what happened.


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Bruce Lefkowitz owns Harrold’s Pharmacy on Old River Road in Wilkes-Barre. The shop is moving into larger quarters nearby.

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George, Chris and their son Brian are proud of the family business, Bedwick’s Pharmacy on Hazle Avenue in Wilkes-Barre.

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these stores endure and you’re almost sure to get an answer akin to the sentiment of Chris Bedwick, wife and store-mate of George, the owner of Bedwick’s Pharmacy. “We’re part of the community,” she said. “We’re the little corner drug store.” She pauses, and realizes she missed a vital bit – the part that she, being a non-pharmacist, is responsible for. “We’re the little corner drug store and gift shop.” Knowing the customers It’s a sentiment Messersmith echoes without prompting after picking up his prescription at Harrold’s on Old River Road in Wilkes-Barre. “I know these people. They know me. I installed the electricity in this building.” Moe Schonfield, who has been patronizing Harrold’s almost since the day it opened, similarly boasts of doing the plumbing at the store, though at one month shy of 86, he won’t be fitting pipes in the pharmacy’s new location up the street in what used to be Old River Road Bakery. At Fino’s in Dallas you don’t even have to ask. Dominic Jr. appears behind the counter and, faster than you can down a vitamin, he’s talking with a customer about a shooting range the customer is building. Five feet away, Dominic Sr. can’t get a word out before a woman asks “How’s Ruth? I hardly ever see her.” Let the chit chat commence. “You’re not just a customer, you’re family,” 30-year Fino’s patron Paulette Bent said. She recounted times she needed medicines after hours and one of the Finos returned to the store to help, or brought the medicine to her house. They also were willing to order a single bottle of something they didn’t stock. “They really have gone more than the extra mile,” Bent said. “Even when my parents passed away, they sent flowers. They didn’t have to do that.” George Bedwick’s sports figurines displayed behind the counter (“They are not for sale!” he intones before being asked) can spark long conversation. “People spend more time talking to me about sports than it takes to fill their prescriptions,” said. Bedwick’s also sponsors a Little League team and a booth at the annual fund-raising bazaar at St. Nicholas Church – spin the wheel, hit your number and win

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Arlene Tucker, a five-year customer, pets Sugar the dog while chatting with Moe Schonfeld, a 65- year customer, while waiting for prescriptions at Harrold’s Pharmacy.

... well, some sort of sports memorabilia, of course. “When people come in they say ‘Hi, George,’ and George calls them by name,” Chris Bedwick said. “A lot of times when people come in they run into someone they know, they start to talk. It’s pleasant.” Chains just competition To an outsider, the big threat to independent pharmacies may appear to be the chains muscling in or the big boxes plugging pharmacy sections between groceries and paper goods. Not true, all three pharmacists said. “I can compete with the chains,” George Bedwick said. “I can beat any price, I know what I paid and I know what insurances will pay.” “Chains are good, healthy competition,” Dominic Fino Jr. said. “Our biggest problem is with the insurance companies. They are the ones that force our customers either to go to mail order or to a chain that has made a deal with the insurance company.” Wilkes University Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice Adam Welch agreed. “A lot of the Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM) companies are sending the patients to the mail order system,” Welch said. This is particularly common with patients who take “maintenance” meds for chronic conditions – heart disease and high blood

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Dominic Fino Jr. works in the compounding lab at his family’s pharmacy.

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Bedwick’s Pharmacy in Wilkes-Barre is one of the independent pharmacies that adapt and continue to thrive, offering a wide variety of goods and services.

pressure, for example. If the patient gets three months of a prescription mail order, the PBM may offer a discount – two monthly deductibles instead of three, he said. “That’s a huge portion of a pharmacist’s patient load going to mail order,” Welch said. And the practice can raise eyebrows when the PBM also owns the mail-order operation the patient is forced to use. How can the PBM offer to cut one co-pay out for the mail order, but not for the independent pharmacist?

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“There’s not enough transparency to answer that,” Welch said. There’s no way to compare how much a person or employer pays into insurance to how much the insurance company is paying out for a prescription.” Legislation has been proposed at both the state and federal levels to make the system fairer for all pharmacists. Welch noted a proposal in Harrisburg would give patients the choice to get the same insurance benefits for ordering three months of medicine from any outlet – mail, chain or independent pharmacy.

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Bedwick’s Pharmacy in Wilkes-Barre supplies religious items.

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Lycoming Township, introduced H.R. 1946 in Washington, which would let independent pharmacies negotiate with PBMs collectively for better terms. In the meantime, independents “are forced to find a market niche where they are offering a product or service not available at the chains,” Welch said. “Immunization, compounding, home delivery, things that set them apart. They try to be different while still offering that core service.”

Listening proves vital So you have Sugar to greet you at Harrold’s, where you also can get special topical, infusion or oral drugs compounded (for yourself or a pet). You also get to sit one-on-one to consult with a pharmacist. “We survive by listening to our customers, being sensitive to the market and changing with the times,” Lefkowitz said. In three generations, the store shifted from filling scripts and mixing malteds to compounding special items and “trying to get the total picture as a health care provider working with the doctor and the patient.” Fino’s does compounding for humans and pets as well, which is why the upstairs room has that chart telling what flavors different animals prefer. They even offer what their website calls “triple fish suspension” for cats, a combination of three different fish pureed together to hide the bitter taste of some medicines. “I can’t see any bitterness getting through that,” Dominic Fino Jr. said with a chuckle, noting that when he borrowed the family blender to make the concoction, his wife told him not to bring it back. And while Bedwick’s doesn’t do compounding, it does offer a wide array of offbeat items Chris Bedwick finds from numerous vendors, including old-fashioned candy, cleverly shaped coin banks and trinket containers, and lots of religious iconography. Diocese Guild offerings They always carried a few such items, but increased stock substantially when the Diocese of Scranton closed the Wilkes-Barre branch of its “Guild” store in 2001. The Guild has long been the definitive source for religious items among Roman Catholics, and Bedwick’s helped fill the vacuum in Wilkes-Barre. “We even have people who come in to buy religious items and ask ‘Oh, do you fill prescriptions as well?’ ” Chris Bedwick said with a smile. And if they can inspire enough people to stay as loyal as Paulette Bent, they should survive just fine. “Other stores try to offer me deals, get me to go through the mail. I don’t want to go through the mail. When my husband needs his medicine he needs his medicine,” Bent said. And if sticking with Fino’s costs a little more, so be it. “I would just as soon give them a few extra bucks because I don’t want them to close their doors. I know once that happens, they’re gone,” Bent said.

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red to a flag-waving crowd in the first moments after Romney introduced him as his partner for the fall campaign. “Regrettably, President Obama has become part of the problem... and Mitt Romney is the solution,” said the seven-term lawmaker, who at 42 is a generation younger than Romney, 65. Ryan is chairman of the House Budget Committee, the chief architect of deeply controversial budget plans and widely viewed by Republican lawmakers as an intellectual leader within the party. The two Republican ticket mates basked in the cheers of supporters in a made-for-television debut on a ticket hoping to make Obama’s first term his last. “I did not make a mistake with this guy,” Romney exulted. Romney declared that in the campaign to come, Republicans will present economic solutions “that are bold, specific and achievable. ... We offer our commitment to help create 12 million new jobs and to bring better takehome pay to middle class families.” The party establishment, rankand-file conservatives and tea party groups all cheered the pick made by Romney, whose own record as a moderate during his term as Massachusetts governor less than a decade ago made his march to the presidential nomination an uneven one. Obama’s campaign didn’t wait long to respond. It criticized the budget blueprints Ryan has authored, particularly his recommendations to fundamentally remake Medicare and cut $5.3 trillion in government spending over the coming decade. Ryan joins a race that has been defined from the beginning by a

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“Having worked with Paul Ryan, I can say there’s nobody in Congress who knows the federal budget better than he does,” Barletta said. Romney and Ryan have the expertise to offer solutions to fix the economy, cut red tape at the capital, attack the federal deficit and save needed federal programs, he said. The RomneyRyan ticket also offers a “clear contrast to the failed policies” of President Barack Obama that have “made our economy worse,” he said. The political world buzzed with opinions for and against Romney’s selection after he made

the announcement Saturday. Pennsylvania resident Rick Santorum, a former Republican presidential candidate and chairman of the grassroots and online community Patriot Voices, issued a statement saying the selection of Ryan demonstrates Romney’s “commitment to returning fiscal sanity” to the U.S. capital. Ryan’s knowledge on how to fix the county’s economic problems is “unparalleled,” Santorum said. “In addition to Congressman Ryan’s stellar fiscal conservative positions, he is indeed a full-spectrum conservative. He is solidly pro-life, pro-family, and will be an advocate for our military and our national security priorities,” he wrote. The Pennsylvania Democratic Party issued a statement criticiz-

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had good news and bad news. The bad news is that “President Obama is the president of the United States, and the good news is that on November the 6th he won’t be any longer,” he said. A fired-up crowd cheered Romney and Ryan, supporters on bleachers at one point stamping their feet to create a loud rumble. One campaign official said Romney settled on Ryan on Aug. 1, more than a week ago, and informed Beth Myers, the longtime aide who had shepherded the secretive process that led to the selection. The official spoke on condition of anonymity, not authorized to be named in providing details. Romney and Ryan had an unannounced meeting last Sunday, and the congressman accepted the offer, campaign officials said. Asked during the day if accept-

ing the offer was an easy decision, Ryan replied, “It was, it was, we’ve got to save the country.” In making his pick, Romney bypassed other potential running mates, including Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Officials said he had called all five to notify them of his decision. “I am deeply excited and honored to join you as your running mate,” Ryan said in his first words at Romney’s side. Democrats took a dim view of Ryan’s record. “The architect of the radical Republican House budget, Ryan, like Romney, proposed an additional $250,000 tax cut for millionaires and deep cuts in education, from Head Start to college

aid,” Jim Messina, the president’s campaign manager, said in a written statement. “His plan would also end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system, shifting thousands of dollars in health care costs to seniors.” There was one unscripted moment during the day, when Romney mistakenly introduced Ryan as the next president. He returned to the podium to say, “Every now and then I’m known to make a mistake. I didn’t make a mistake with this guy. But I can tell you this, he is going to be the next vice president of the United States.” As chairman of the House Budget Committee, Ryan is primary author of conservative tax and spending blueprints that the tea party-infused Republican majority approved over vigorous Democratic opposition in 2011 and

again in 2012. They envision transforming Medicare into a program in which future seniors would receive government checks that they could use to purchase health insurance. Under the current program, the government directly pays doctors, hospitals and other health care providers. Ryan and other supporters say the change is needed to prevent the program from financial calamity. Critics argue it would impose ever-increasing costs on seniors. Other elements of the budget plan would cut projected spending for Medicaid, which provides health care for the poor, as well as food stamps, student loans and other social programs that Obama and Democrats have pledged to defend. In all, it projects spending cuts of $5.3 trillion over a decade, and would cut future projected deficits substantially. It also envisions a far-reaching overhaul of the tax code of the sort Romney has promised. Romney and Ryan appeared comfortable with each other when they campaigned together earlier in the year. The former governor eagerly shared the microphone with the younger man and they shared hamburgers at a fast food restaurant. In making an endorsement before his state’s primary last spring, Ryan said, “I picked who I think is going to be the next president of the United States — I picked Mitt Romney. ... The moment is here. The country can be saved. It is not too late to get America back on the right track. ... It is not too late to save the American idea.” Romney was the subject of an April Fools prank in which Ryan played a role. Romney showed up at a supposed campaign event where he heard Ryan calling him “the next president of the United States” — only to find the room

ing Ryan’s fiscal views. “Ryan is the author of a budget plan that will increase taxes for the middle class and end Medicare as we know it, all to fund tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans,” the party’s release said. Ryan’s appointment was the “talk of the town” among area Democrats Saturday, said Luzerne County Democratic Chairman Bob Boyer. “I think a lot of Democrats are happy with this pick. It may have just won Obama the election,” Boyer said. He does not believe the majority of voters will support Ryan’s proposal to open Medicare to more private competition. Ryan argues changes are necessary to

ensure the service is sustained for future retirees. Ryan also wants to reduce funding for food stamps and student loans, Boyer said. “All these programs needed by so many people seem to have a bull’s-eye on them,” Boyer said. “The principals of the Democratic candidates in this election are clearly better for the majority in America.” The county’s Republican Party Chairman Bill Urbanski disagrees, saying Obama’s record has been “abysmal.” He described Romney and Ryan as “the comeback team for America.” “I’ve been a big fan of Paul Ryan for a number of years,” Urbanski said. “I think he is extremely

bright and very capable.” G. Terry Madonna, professor of public affairs at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, said Romney’s selection of Ryan brings the campaign into focus for voters. “It provides definition and a sense of direction and turns the campaign into a much clearer choice for the American people on what direction they want the country to go in,” Madonna said. Ryan should be a “good match” against incumbent Vice President Joe Biden in debates, he said. Biden, who lived in Scranton in his early childhood, has “downto-earth approach” and appeal to

blue collar workers, Madonna said. The 42-year-old Ryan is an outgoing and energetic outdoorsman and “young family guy,” he said. With seven terms as a congressman under his belt, Ryan will be a “very good campaigner” and not afraid to criticize Obama or highlight distinctions between the two campaigns, Madonna said. Ryan also is “one of the few politicians” willing to offer tangible solutions for Medicare and other programs, Madonna said, noting Ryan’s suggested fiscal reforms already are under opposition attack.

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ANTHONY W. GREGORIO, 69, Harding, died Wednesday, August 8, 2012 in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. He was born in WilkesBarre on February 10, 1943, a son of the late Anthony and Doris Gregorio of West Wyoming. He was preceded in death by wife, Margaret Gregorio; son, Ronald Gregorio; grandson, Allen R. Gregorio. Surviving are sons, Richard Gregorio, Exeter; Anthony (Barb) Gregorio, Duryea; daughters, Tami Pivtchev, Plymouth; Stacey Louder (Roger), Plymouth; Karen (Mark) McFarland, Pittston; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Anita Daougherty, Karen McRoy; brothers, Allen Gregorio and Mark Gregorio; several nieces and nephews. Private funeral services will be held by the family through Boyko Funeral Home, Allentown. Interment will be in Mountain View Burial Park, Harding. ANNA MAE CZERNIAKOWSKI, 76, of the Village of Shantytown, Pa., entered into Eternal Life on Friday, August 10, 2012 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was the widow of Frank Czerniakowski. Funeral arrangements are pending from the Simon S. Russin Funeral Home, 136 Maffett St., Plains Township. BENJAMIN J. BALA JR., of Washington Avenue, Larksville, died Saturday morning, August 11, 2012 at Manor Care, Kingston. Born in Larksville, he was a son of the late Benjamin Sr. and Anna Turak Bala. A lifelong resident of Larksville, he was a graduate of Larksville High School and was employed by Luzerne/Wyoming County Transportation. He was preceded in death by sister, Mary. Surviving are his wife of 45 years, the former Janice Fine; daughters, Janice Pellam, Plymouth; Melissa Tienken, Larksville, and Margaret Bala, Larksville; two grandchildren; sister, Elizabeth Bala, Larksville. Funeral services will be held Monday at 6:30 p.m. from the Kielty-Moran Funeral Home Inc., 87 Washington Ave., Plymouth, with Deacon Rev. Joseph F. DeVizia officiating. Friends may call Monday from 5 p.m. until the time of the service. LIBIA M. (NOTARI) TAROLI, RN, 98, Old Forge, died Friday, August 10, 2012 in the Regional Hospital of Scranton. Her husband of 71 years is Chester Taroli. She was a daughter of the late Frank and Candida Mancia Notari and was a registered nurse at Mercy Hospital, Scranton. She was preceded in death by son, Nicholas Taroli; brothers, John and Leo Notari; sister, Ada Notari. Surviving are sons, John “Jack,” Lancaster, and Paul, Athens, Ala.; grandchildren, William and Cara Taroli, Laura Walsh and John Taroli; three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Monday with Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Lawrence Street, Old Forge. Interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Old Forge. Friends may call at the church Monday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. Arrangements are by Victor M. Ferri Funeral Home, 522 Fallon St., Old Forge.

SARA I. GITMAN, 81, of Edwardsville, died Saturday, August 11, 2012, in the Hospice - St. Luke’s Villa, Wilkes-Barre. Born in the Ukraine, she was a daughter of the late Israel and Peysia Gitman and an accountant for the agriculture industry. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Gitman and three brothers. She is survived by nephew, Naum (Manya) Gitman, Kingston; two grand-nieces and one grand-nephew. Funeral service will be Monday at noon at the Rosenberg Funeral Chapel, 348 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be held at Temple Israel Cemetery, Swoyersville. Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Israel, 236 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.rosenbergfuneralchapel.com. JOSEPHINE M. ZIMNISKI, 92, of Harveys Lake, passed away Friday, August 10, 2012 at Mercy Center, Dallas. She was a daughter of the late John and Lucilla Chrobak Koziel. In association with her late husband William, she was owner and operator of Bill’s Cafe in the Sunset section of Harveys Lake. She was preceded in death by her husband, William J. in 1994; brothers and sisters. Surviving are daughter, Kathleen Harris and husband, James, Mechanicsburg; son, Darryl J. Zimniski and wife, Marie, Wilkes-Barre; sister, Helen Sarago, Pittston; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. from the Richard H. Disque Funeral Home Inc., 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas, with a Mass of Christian Burial at10:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Victory Church. Friends may call Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. ELIZABETH (LIZZY) COSTELLO, 84, of Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, died Friday, August 10, 2012 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. She was the widow of Francis Costello. Funeral arrangements are pending from the Yeosock Funeral Home, 40 S. Main St., Plains Township.

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August 9, 2012 arah Jacqueline Gill, a daughter of Linda M. Casey and the late S Peter V. Gill, passed away at her

rs. Helen A. Lutkoski, 97, former resident of Lehigh Street, M Wilkes-Barre Township, entered in-

to Eternal Life Friday afternoon, August 10, 2012, surrounded by her loving, devoted family at her daughter’s residence on South Empire Street in the city. Born March 12, 1915 in WilkesBarre Township, she was a daughter of the late John and Gertrude (Jakubauskas) Tunila. She was educated in the Wilkes-Barre Township schools. Until her retirement, Mrs. Lutkoski was employed by the former Shovlin Pharmacy of Wilkes-Barre Township, and previously by the Plains and Georgetown silk mills, where she worked as an operator. In her earlier years, she assisted in pierogi making at the former Saint Joseph’s Franciscan Friary of Wilkes-Barre Township. Mrs. Lutkoski was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Mr. William J. Lutkoski on July 22, 1993. She later suffered the loss of three brothers, Joseph, Victor and Peter Tunila as well as her son-in-law, Albert Adomitis, and brother-in-law, Marvin Wiggers. Surviving are her children, John V. Lutkoski and his wife, Cherly, R.N., Georgia; Barbara McCann and her husband, Dr. Gerald, Spezia, Italy, and Marion Adomitis, R.N., with whom she recently resided, WilkesBarre; seven grandchildren, including Dr. Susan Holstine and her husband, Dr. James Holstine, Mrs. Judy Bonomo, R.N. and her husband, Dr. Michael Bonomo, Mr. Albert Adomitis, R.N. and his wife, Mary Adomitis, R.N., Mrs. Jeannine Maggi and her husband, Dr. Michele Maggi; Mr. Brian McCann and his wife, Tara McCann; Mrs. Corrine Gostel and her husband, Andrew, and Mrs. Deborah Connelly and her husband,

Dr. Chris Connelly; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Edward Tunila and his wife, Rita, Wilkes-Barre; sister, Mrs. Ruth Wiggers, Lincoln, Ill.; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 9 a.m. from the John V. Morris - Charles J. Leagus Funeral Home, 281 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre Heights, followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Hope Parish, 40 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev. Theodore L. Obaza officiating. Rite of Committal with final interment will be in Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Cemetery, Route 115, Bear Creek Township. Relatives and friends may join Mrs. Lutkoski’s family for visitation and remembrances on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be offered in Helen’s memory to the Saint Vincent de Paul Kitchen, 39 E. Jackson St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701, or to the charity of the donor’s choice. To send Mrs. Lutkoski’s family online words of comfort and support, please visit our family’s website at www.johnvmorrisfuneralhomes.com.

FUNERALS CARLE – Lynda, memorial service for Lynda and her mother Catherine, 1 p.m. August 25 in Kingdom Hall, Hildebrant Road, Dallas. CHANDLER – Bernard, memorial Mass 10 a.m. Monday in St. Benedict’s Parish, St. Dominic Church, 155 Austin Ave., Parsons. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service at the church. COOLBAUGH – Maybelle, funeral services 11 a.m. Monday in the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Friends may call 7 to 9 p.m. today. CRISPELL – Ellen, memorial service 2 p.m. August 26 in the Forty Fort United Methodist Church. DRAGON – Stella, funeral services 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Township. Friends may call 4 to 7 p.m. Monday and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. GORKA – Albin Jr., funeral services 9:30 a.m. Monday in the Jendrzejewski Funeral Home, 21 N. Meade St., Wilkes-Barre. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Hope Parish, Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre. Friends may call 2 to 5 p.m. today. HASCHAK – Jane, funeral services 9 a.m. Tuesday with Panachida in the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St., Old Forge. Divine Liturgy 10 a.m. in St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church, 140 Church St., Old Forge. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Parastas at 7:30 p.m. KIRKPATRICK – Sr. Aurea, Transferal to Mercy Center, Dallas, at 2 p.m. Monday with prayer service followed by visiting hours until 4 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Mercy Center chapel. KISHBAUGH – Helen, funeral services 11 a.m. Monday in the Richard H. Disque Funeral Home Inc., 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas. Friends may call 4 to 7 p.m. today. MASSAKER – Laurabelle, memorial service 2 p.m. Saturday in Vernon Baptist Church, Tunkhannock. MITCHNECK – Aronita, funeral service noon today in the Rosenberg Funeral Chapel Inc., 348 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Shiva will be observed 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

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Monday and Tuesday at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Bedonna Mitchneck, 541 Hamilton Ave., Kingston. OSTOPICK – Anna, funeral services 9:15 a.m. Monday in the Simon S. Russin Funeral Home, 136 Maffett St., Plains Township. Divine Liturgy and Requiem Services at 10 a.m. in St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 205 N. Main St., Pittston. Friends may call 4 to 7 p.m. today in the funeral home. Parastas service at 7 p.m. PETRICK – Margaret, funeral services 9 a.m. Monday in the S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, 143 Division St., Wilkes-Barre. Friends may call 3 to 6 p.m. today. PRIEBE – Verna, memorial service 11 a.m. September 15 in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Dallas. STADTS – Richard, friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. today in the Kopicki Funeral Home, 263 Zerbey Ave., Kingston. TAFT – Roseanne, blessing service 8 p.m. Monday in the Baloga Funeral Home Inc., 1201 Main St., Pittston (Port Griffith). Friends may call 5 p.m. until time of service. THOMAS – Andrew, funeral services 9 a.m. Monday in the MetcalfeShaver-Kopcza Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church of St. Monica’s Parish, Wyoming. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. today. TIGHE – George, funeral services Monday in the Paul F. Leonard Funeral Home, 575 N. Main St., Pittston. Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish, Pittston. Friends may call 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home. ZIEMBA – Ann, funeral services 9:30 a.m. Monday in the Palermo & Zawacki Funeral Home Inc., 409 N. Main St., Old Forge. Divine Liturgy with Office of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Nicholas Church, 140 Church St., Old Forge. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. today. Parastas at 7:30 p.m.

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Ann Mazarki August 9, 2012 nn Mazarki, 90, of Farrell Street, Hilldale, died Thursday, August A 9, 2012 at Wilkes-Barre General

Hospital. Born in Irishtown section of Hudson, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Irene Ference Koches. Ann was a graduate of Plains Memorial High School and was a charter member of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Wilkes-Barre. She was formerly employed at Lee’s Manufacturing. Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Dino Mazarki who died April 4, 2007; grandson, Sean Neville; sister, Mary Brown; brothers, Peter and Walter Koches. Surviving are son, Dino and wife, Karen, Dallas; daughters, Deanna Remsky Jr. and husband, Ronald, Hilldale; Irene Dal Canton and husband, Brian, Redondo Beach, Calif.; grandchildren, Ronald Remsky Jr. and wife, Kim, Pittston; Michele Johnson, Encinitas, Calif.; Heidi Luke and husband, Thomas, Parkville, Mo.; great-grandchildren, Elise Gilmore, Nicholas Remsky, Alec Luke. Funeral services will be at 10:30

a.m. Monday from the Yeosock Funeral Home, 40 S. Main St., Plains Township, with the Very Rev. David Schewczyk officiating. A Requiem Service will be held at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church. Interment will be held at Italian Independent Cemetery, Wyoming. Friends may call Monday from 9 a.m. until time of service. Memorial contributions can be made to Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 401 E. Main St., WilkesBarre.

‘Malcolm X’ actor dies at age 78 By CHRISTY LEMIRE AP Movie Writer

LOS ANGELES — Albert Freeman Jr., the veteran actor who played Elijah Muhammad in Spike Lee’s epic film, “Malcolm X,” has died. He was 78. Howard University in Washington, D.C., confirmed his death Friday night. Freeman taught acting there for years and served as chairman and artistic director of its theater arts department. “He was a brilliant professor, a renowned actor and a master director who made his mark in the

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the southern edge of Lackawanna County, and PPL has submitted a right-of-way application to the state Bureau of Forestry. Review of the application is pending and no approval has been given for any crossing on state forest land, according to district forester Nick Lylo. Under the proposed route, the line would cross state forest land in the Thornhurst area along with locations adjacent to Choke Creek Falls and Phelps Road. At these points the proposed route could face some environmental obstacles. “One of our most aesthetic and popular areas is Choke Creek Falls, and we don’t want any impact on that area,” Lylo said. “There are also numerous wet-

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“We feel strongly that we are a health care community between Alliance Medical Group, the Health and Wellness Center and Hazleton General Hospital (all of which comprise the Greater Hazleton Health Alliance), and that we as a family have to take care of the health of the community,” Biacco said as she stood under a food tent, where about a half dozen people waited to be served a sizzling hot dog or cold beverage. She said the event has grown over the years, beginning with a turnout of 600 people the first year to approximately 1,000 last year. The hope this year, Biacco said, was that attendance would be the same or greater. “We’re off to a good start. Within the first 15 minutes of today’s event, we hit 100 giveaway bags,” she said, explaining the goodie bags were stocked with a water bottle, lunch bag, a directory of all Alliance physicians, as well as educational info on upcoming programs, including one set for Aug. 30 on wound care and another on Sept. 6 entitled ‘Cycle of LifeOBGYN.’ Biacco was happy to see so many folks taking advantage of all the offerings on hand, saying that the program is a good way

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outperformed almost every other area in the United States, when measuring the amount of recycled items collected. He attributes that to the work of DeNardi and the county administration. Nardone emphasized many of

lands we want to avoid, along with the Lehigh River drainage and tributaries, which are classified as exceptional value. “All that would have to be looked into and we will do a thorough analysis.” The Pennsylvania Game Commission is scrutinizing the proposed route, which crosses three gamelands tracts – SGL 91 and 135 in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, and SGL 312 in Wayne County. Pete Sussenbach, land management supervisor for the PGC’s northeast region, said his agency has yet to receive a rightof-way application from PPL but they do have an idea of areas to avoid. “We’re not in favor of the line going through the middle of the large, contiguous forests that are on state land,” Sussenbach said. “We’d rather see it go along the fringe than open the middle of that large unbroken forest up to a

pathway for invasive species.” Sussenbach said the fringe area of the state land is already developed with road infrastructure in place. Finding a way to minimize impacts to the environment and to residents in the area is a major challenge with the project, Wirth said. “You have competing interests and it’s difficult to find a fair balance. It’s extremely time consuming and costs millions of dollars in studies,” he said. PPL is negotiating right-of-way agreements with property owners along the proposed route along with conducting environmental studies as it prepares to submit an application to the Public Utilities Commission. That should happen by the end of summer or early fall, Wirth said, and the PUC approval process could take a year or more. If approved, PPL hopes to begin work on the new line in 2014.

to raise awareness of the Alliance’s place in the local area. “As our group’s specialty grows, we’ll be able to host other events as well. Most of all, we want people to know that we’re here, not just in case they don’t feel well, but also because we want them to stay healthy,” she said. Tables set up around the premises were proof as staffers from the center manned stations assisting in osteoporosis heel scans, grip strength testing, body fat composition and more. Megan Caputo with LSS Systems Support was on hand at the neurological conditions info table, talking to folks about the addition of a new pediatric neurologist, while next to her, medical assistant Reuben Jackson chatted to a few curious people about sports injuries. Such an array of information impressed Shirley Singer, 71, of West Hazleton. Singer said that although the event ran from 11 to 3, she got there early to start enjoying the benefits of the sprawling health fair. “I beat the crowd and got here at 10. I’m still active and I intend to keep doing what I’m doing,” she said. “I’ll never quit.” Having just completed screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar, breast cancer and a bone scan, Singer said she was glad the Alliance offered so many outlets for senior citizens to keep on track, as did husband

and wife Stan and Regina Brozyna of Conyngham. Stan, 75, had just completed a blood pressure screening of his own and waited with his daughter Ann while Regina, 76, prepared to finish one herself. The couple said they have been to Family Fun and Health Day before and feel it’s a good thing for all. So did Mason Smith, 2 ½, who was getting a balloon from Rainbow the Clown and was waiting to find the inflatable Moon Bounce house with his grandmother, Rita Deeb of Hazleton. Nearby, Drums youngsters Mark Ferdinand, 5, and Jenna Chulock, 2, finished an exciting walk with their moms through the scavenger hunt activity. Jenna proudly boasted a giant balloon hat done in the image of popular Sesame Street character Elmo, while Mark featured a long black balloon snake. Each little one said they’d had a lot of fun trekking through the hunt, happy they’d found such treasures as square and circle shapes, juice pouches, candy and pencils. In addition to the screenings and activities, other highlights included a visit from WilkesBarre/Scranton Penguins mascot Tux, a fire safety house, ambulance tour and car safety check. For more information on the alliance and happenings at all health alliance campuses, call 450-4357.

the items collected are not allowed by Pennsylvania law to be deposited into landfills. This means local hauling companies and landfill operators will reject taking them or face fines or other penalties, he added. The collection allows local residents to take advantage of proper disposal without cost to them, he added. Luzerne County receives a

grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to help cover the cost, DeNardi said. She estimates the total cost to run the recycling program to be about $100,000, with the grant money covering about half, she said.

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Scotty, 6, Paula and Jonathan, 9, Bersavage attended the Greater Hazleton Health Alliance Family Fun and Health Day at the Health and Wellness Center campus in Hazle Township Saturday morning.

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Out of sync in Luzerne A Luzerne property recently sold by Gloria and Thomas Sager has the reverse problem – an assessment significantly below the purchase price. The Charles Street structure is assessed at $53,300 and sold for more than twice that in July, or $119,900. Gloria Sager said the property was a “wreck” when she and her husband purchased it for $80,000 in 2010. The recent sales price was fair, she said, because the

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PROPERTY More may qualify A growing number of property owners may qualify for reductions because statistics show more sales are slipping below assessed values. The State Tax Equalization Board recently downgraded the accuracy rating of the county’s tax base because sales weren’t keeping pace with tax values. A Times Leader review of 100 property sales at the end of July, including Arora’s transaction, showed 44 properties sold at prices more than 10 percent below the assessments. Another 24 had sales at least 10 percent above assessed values, while the remaining 32 fell within the 10 percent range. County Assessment Director Tony Alu said the sampling is what he’d expect. “It substantiates what’s already established – most properties are now selling below assessments,” Alu said. Without a reassessment, assessment challenges are the only recourse for property owners to right-size inaccurate tax values. The Huston Street property purchased by Arora was listed through a Realtor at $43,900 and wasn’t part of a foreclosure action or forced short sale, he said. That’s an important distinction because assessments are supposed to guess the likely sale price in an arm’s length transaction between a willing buyer and willing seller, with neither party pressured to buy or sell. The structure has a three-bedroom and two-bedroom unit and was listed in good condition, though one of the apartments needed minor updating. Arora said he wouldn’t pay more than $25,000. “It’s harder to find tenants for property in the city,” he said. New York resident Michael Lucent said he has already contacted a lawyer to appeal the assessment of a structure he purchased on West River Street in WilkesBarre, also part of the July sample group. Lucent and his wife, Donna, bought the stately 3,300-squarefoot brick home for $75,000, or $173,800 below the assessment of $248,800. The prior owner, a relative, had purchased the property for $115,000 in 1999. Lucent acknowledged the $75,000 was a good deal but noted no offers were submitted when the property was listed on the market at $120,000. “It’s assessed pretty high,” he said.

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Ajay Arora may file an assessment appeal on a Wilkes-Barre property he recently purchased with others because he believes Luzerne County’s tax value is too high. Arora and his investment partners paid $25,000 for this two-unit residence on Hutson Street, and the property is assessed at $86,500.

couple added a porch and many other improvements. The Sagers did not recoup all the money they invested in the property at resale, she said. “I find that a lot of these assessments don’t make sense,” she said. County officials have said property owners may file assessment appeals seeking increases if they believe their values are too low, but the topic generated laughter at a recent county council meetings because few, if any, are expected to request higher taxes. Pringle resident Raymond Nickerson said he’s in the process of closing on the sale of his double-block on Chestnut Avenue in Kingston, which is assessed at $99,700. He said he negotiated a sale price of $85,000 and couldn’t expect to get more. “These assessments are all out of whack,” he said, noting he had filed an appeal to obtain past assessment reductions on the property. Seven properties in the July sample group were on the mark, with a 1-percent difference in assessments and sales prices. For example, a single family home on Red Maple Lane in Wright Township was assessed at $179,900 and sold for $177,500. Another home in the township on Stone Hedge Place was purchased for $257,500, or $1,600 above the assessment.

ASSESSMENT APPEALS • Assessment appeal forms are available at the assessor’s office on the second floor of the courthouse annex on River Street in Wilkes-Barre or on the county’s website, www.luzernecounty.org (click on departments and then assessor’s office). • The filing fee is $25 for a singlefamily residential structure and $50 for a multi-unit building. The fee ranges from $50 to $150 for commercial and industrial structures, depending on the size. The fee is $25 for a residential lot with no structure and $50 for undeveloped, non-residential lots. • Contact the assessor’s office at (570) 825-1859 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays for questions on the appeal process.

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Pittston Twp. Wilkes-Barre Foster Twp. Fairview Twp. Hazleton Newport Twp. Dallas Twp. Fairview Twp. Wilkes-Barre Wilkes-Barre Plymouth Wilkes-Barre Hazle Twp. Fairview Twp. Wilkes-Barre Wilkes-Barre Pittston Twp. Luzerne Wilkes-Barre Butler Twp. Wilkes-Barre Wilkes-Barre Hazleton West Pittston Sugarloaf Twp. Wright Twp. Plains Twp. Dallas Twp. Wyoming Butler Twp. Franklin Twp. Salem Twp. Edwardsville Conyngham Twp. West Hazleton Wilkes-Barre Butler Twp. Butler Twp. Hazleton Dallas Twp. Nanticoke Hunlock Twp. Wilkes-Barre Butler Twp. Nanticoke Wilkes-Barre Rice Twp. Plains Twp. Dallas Twp. Dallas Twp. Pringle Dupont Exeter Dallas Twp. Wright Twp. Harveys Lake Exeter Hazleton Wilkes-Barre Wright Twp. Kingston Sugarloaf Twp. Wilkes-Barre Twp. Plains Twp. Ashley Hazle Twp. Hollenback Twp. Hanover Twp. Wilkes-Barre Fairview Twp. West Pittston Dorrance Twp. Forty Fort Plains Twp. Franklin Twp. Forty Fort Pittston Hanover Twp. Swoyersville New Columbus Wilkes-Barre Twp. Kingston Twp. Yatesville Kingston Twp. West Wyoming Hanover Twp. Avoca Bear Creek Twp. Wilkes-Barre Yatesville Harveys Lake Rice Twp. Kingston West Pittston Nanticoke Shickshinny Wilkes-Barre Luzerne Union Twp. Ross Twp.

$87,000 $66,500 $56,900 $144,000 $73,000 $305,100 $198,400 $69,800 $86,500 $248,800 $59,200 $55,800 $59,100 $83,000 $93,500 $54,200 $104,400 $64,100 $30,000 $32,500 $44,900 $75,700 $78,500 $362,800 $65,000 $158,500 $100,300 $67,900 $186,900 $70,500 $277,700 $56,400 $148,200 $377,500 $211,200 $89,900 $90,600 $146,800 $74,100 $173,200 $109,000 $207,900 $220,500 $152,400 $169,400 $124,500 $58,300 $122,800 $173,200 $619,400 $232,400 $113,100 $167,000 $131,300 $179,100 $179,900 $111,400 $255,900 $44,200 $69,400 $247,200 $130,200 $182,600 $116,300 $174,425 $94,900 $166,100 $84,200 $74,900 $87,900 $129,300 $83,700 $159,700 $76,600 $412,700 $170,400 $206,500 $70,200 $76,500 $148,100 $345,900 $79,700 $198,000 $70,800 $126,700 $100,000 $71,700 $81,500 $121,800 $98,400 $271,900 $124,600 $80,600 $81,800 $90,800 $58,700 $69,300 $110,200 $79,200 $53,300

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determine when it’s time for the next reassessment because that study is based on a large volume of countywide sales throughout the prior year. The county’s common level ratio – the benchmark for gauging assessment accuracy through sales – is 109.5, or 9.5 percent above the ideal score of 100, the state concluded. Alu would recommend another reassessment if the ratio is15 percent above or below 100. The ratio incorporated more than 3,200 sales in 2011, he said. The next ratio will be issued in Source: Luzerne County the summer of 2013. Prior county commissioners had passed a resolution in 2003 meant the next revaluation Reassessment parameters requiring the county to complete would have taken effect next Alu said the county should rely a reassessment every four years year. However, officials backed away on the state’s annual analysis to to prevent stale values, which

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Formula will up value even after successful challenge The rule protects property owners not challenging their assessments. By JENNIFER LEARN-ANDES jandes@timesleader.com

Say you convince a Luzerne County assessment appeal board or judge the fair market value of your property is $100,000. The final assessment assigned to your property will now be $109,400. The add-on stems from a state requirement to convert today’s fair market values to the base year of the county’s last reassessment, or Jan.1, 2008, officials say. The back-in-time translation protects property owners who aren’t challenging their assessments. It wouldn’t be fair to allow some property owners to fully enjoy benefits of the real estate mar-

ket value decline today while the rest have values tied to the base year, officials say. The reassessment values were based on sales from 2004 through 2007, before the onset of a recession. The directive on what percentage must be added to compensate for the market decline since 2008 comes from the State Tax Equalization Board. The state agency analyzed 2011 sales and assessments data and issued a ratio that essentially shows county sales prices are 9.4 percent below assessments. That means a property valued at $200,000 today through an appeal would end up with another $18,800 tacked on, or 9.4 percent, to compute its estimated worth in 2008. Another $14,100 would be added on a property valued at $150,000.

Conversion needed now A conversion formula wasn’t necessary in 2010 and 2011 because the state concluded the sales and values remained in line during those years. Chester County attorney Bert Goodman, a taxation law expert, said judges and appeal boards presiding over assessment challenges must apply the ratio. The county would have been excluded under a section of the law exempting counties that had overall assessment accuracy scores within 15 percent, but the Supreme Court ruled that exemption was unconstitutional, said Goodman, of McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC. If the market, and thus sales, pick up, the percentage that must be added to assessment awards will decrease, Goodman said. The ratio applied to 2014 appeals

“Some of these values are still so skewed, even when you apply the common level ratio, it’s still in their best interest to challenge them.”

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will be issued next summer. Counties with sales prices exceeding most assessments may be entitled to discount ratios at appeals so they’re not unfairly penalized for market growth since the last reassessment, he said. County Solicitor David Schwager gave the assessor’s office information on the ratio addon requirement to prepare property owners challenging their assessments.

County officials say they want property owners to be aware so they may weigh whether it’s worthwhile to contest their values. Harveys Lake Realtor Michelle Boice, a strong critic of the reassessment, said she believes many should proceed with challenges. “Some of these values are still so skewed, even when you apply the common level ratio, it’s still in their best interest to challenge them,” Boice said. Sept. 4 is the deadline to file assessment appeals for 2013. Assessment appeal forms are available in the assessor’s office or on the county website. Reductions take effect the year after appeals are filed, which means property owners who file this year will receive reductions in 2013. Property owners who don’t

want to pay for an appraisal may research the sales prices and assessments of similar properties in their neighborhood on The Times Leader’s free property database at www.timesleader.com (click on the “tax assess” icon under the most popular links on the main page). The database allows searches by streets. Additional property descriptions, including the square footage and age of structures, may be viewed at the assessor’s office. County officials have stressed the importance of choosing similar properties for appeal comparisons. Appeal board members recently told county officials they may point to other properties with higher assessments and sales if property owners try to cherry pick only lower comparables in their neighborhood.


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HICAGO - The first time Dr. Anthony Caruso saw life created in a petri dish, it brought tears to his eyes. Once one of Chicago’s leading reproductive endocrinologists, he guesses that he helped more than 1,000 children come into the world.

But two years ago, he walked away from his practice and into a confessional at St. John Cantius Roman Catholic Church to repent. Reproductive technology had gone too far, he said, and he could not practice the same kind of medicine anymore. “We see babies in our Catholic faith as children of God,” said Caruso. “What doesn’t get thought about is the process that brought the babies to be.” Caruso, now a doctor at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in

Elk Grove Village, has proposed opening the St. Anne Center for Reproductive Health, a fertility practice based exclusively on Catholic principles. It would be one of a handful of clinics in the U.S. that helps couples struggling to have children within the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. It would not offer in vitro fertilization (IVF), artificial insemination or certain

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work had finally paid off and I had arrived. It felt wonderful to be accepted for my literary work.” For all those individuals out there who strive to write a book or accomplish anything in their life, what would you tell them? “Follow it! Do not listen to negative voices telling you cannot do something. Use that negativity as fuel to fire yourself up and build on it.” Your words are very inspiring. Who was someone in your life who inspired you and how so? “Dr. Julianne Malveaux and Toni Morrison were both very instrumental in my life. They are strong and resilient African-American women in the publishing industry. They gave me and other women strength with their inspiring backgrounds.” Is there anyone you like to follow on Twitter? “I really like Pam Grier. I follow her.” What is your favorite main course in a meal? “I love filet mignon.”

n my genealogy seminars I routinely urge family researchers to keep alert for new resources. Here are some of the latest. • “Family Tree Magazine,” the bi-monthly “bible” for many genealogists, offers online training in various areas of genealogy. Go to www.familytreeuniversity.com, and you’ll find a list of upcoming webinars on topics like military records and cutting-edge tools, as well as webinars in doing research in various states. The current schedule of full-scale courses is already under way, but the site will keep you informed of upcoming courses. Costs are very reasonable. By the way, the magazine itself is a solid resource. It’s not on newsstands. Go to www.familytreemagazine.com for subscription information. You can get a paper or online version. • The main library at Penn State University has put a collection of county-based historical materials online. Go to www.pabook.libraries.psu.edu and you’ll find the library’s Literary and cultural History Map of Pennsylvania. When you click on a county you’ll find a list of materials pertaining to that county. Samples I’ve checked out include fire insurance maps of communities from the 1900 era (good for information on neighborhoods and buildings) and older publications of county historical societies. • If you’re looking to update your knowledge of genealogy, you might want to take a look at the offerings of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania at www.genpa.org. One upcoming project is an Oct. 24 webinar on Quaker research, just one of numerous webinars (at modest cost) the society offers from time to time. Check the website for this and other events. • It might be possible in the foreseeable future for online researchers to access Luzerne County wills and marriage licenses going back more than 200 years. County officials are discussing digitally copying the archives and making them available online for a fee, The Times Leader recently reported. The Recorder of Deeds office already has its documents since 1963 available on Landex (www.landex.com/remote) for a fee. Most of the county’s records are still on paper and difficult to access. • The Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society has recently indexed records, some going back nearly a century, from numerous West Side churches, cemeteries, funeral homes and schools, as well as records from several Jewish cemeteries throughout Wyoming Valley. For a complete list, as well as hours of operation for the society’s research library, go to www.nepgs.org. Click on Records Preservation. The library is at the Hanover Green Cemetery, Main Road, Hanover Township. • A very public-spirited local organization, The Courthouse Gang, does lookups at the Luzerne County Courthouse for a base fee of $7. To tap into the group’s services, go to the Luzerne County Genweb at www.pagenweb.org/-luzerne, or search for Luzerne County Geneweb (it’s right

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icia Gregory is the author of “My Favorite Girl.” Gregory, 48, graduated from GAR High School and attended Luzerne County Community College where she studied journalism. Licia received her degree in communications from Bloomsburg University. She has two sons: Donovan and Julian. She lives in Wilkes-Barre.

What is your book about? “It is a great cultural American tale about the love between a mother and her daughter. It focuses on the ups and downs of a relationship that include divorce, teenage angst, high school achievement and integration into white, middle-class society. It shows how a strong African-American woman can thrive and grow in society and bring positive attention to herself despite some stereotypes or how the media might portray some women in a bad light for their beliefs or stances. It pays homage to women of the 1950s and

has spiritually woven tones or themes of great gospel music and scripture within the book.” So how did this book come to fruition? “I’ve been working on it for many years and it’s always been with me and in my heart. I was adding to it and keeping it up and it got to the point where I decided to bring it to a publisher. They wanted more when I presented the first chapters to them.” What has been the most satisfying moment that you have achieved since penning this novel? “One of the greatest rewards was to be able to present the story at a book signing at Barnes & Noble. It felt like all my hard


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medicines often prescribed as a course of treatment. It also would be the only center in the nation run by a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist. Caruso concedes that the success rates of measures compatible with church teachings are lower than what advanced reproductive technology can offer. Furthermore, doctors almost always try to accommodate a patient’s religious convictions. But Caruso and other proponents of natural family planning say many fertility practices tend to treat infertility rather than treat the underlying condition of which infertility is a symptom. Catholic hospitals so far have been reluctant to embrace Caruso’s proposal for financial reasons. But as religious institutions feel the heat of the federal health care overhaul’s contraceptive mandate, hospital and church leaders have started to recognize the power of promoting church teachings and incorporating them into care. In January, the Obama administration issued a mandate requiring that employers provide health plans that include contraception for women at no cost. Under the rules, religiously affiliated schools, charities and hospitals would not be exempt from providing care that includes contraception and sterilization procedures approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. “The HHS (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) mandate is the best thing that happened to me,” Caruso said. “What the HHS mandate potentially could do is reawaken the Catholic Church.” Caruso’s awakening started more than three decades after the first IVF baby was born in 1978. At age 15 in 1979, Caruso applied to work in the reproductive laboratories of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Though he was turned away, the rejection did not deter him. After completing his residency in Springfield, Ill., he chose to specialize in reproductive endocrinology at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center. By then, infertility technology had entered what he calls “early adolescence.”

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What is a favorite read for you? “I really enjoyed the book ‘Emperor of Ocean Park’ by Stephen Carter and all Walter Mosely books.” Do you have a favorite movie or Broadway show? “I like the film, ‘The Constant Gardener’ and ‘The Lion King’ on Broadway.” Do you have any favorite musical artists? “I love Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin. I am also fond of Mozart. I can’t forget Common, the Temptations, Sting, The Roots, Sean O’Connor and Mos Def. Okay, I’m done.”

As success rates climbed, Caruso eagerly sought new ways of helping couples conceive children. He witnessed countless breakthroughs such as freezing eggs, finding egg donors, screening embryos for abnormalities and enhancing ovulation through new medicines — medicines that enabled him and his wife to have their six children. Occasionally asked to justify his profession as a Catholic, Caruso had no reservations dismissing the Vatican’s instruction, Donum Vitae, or “The Gift of Life.” The 1987 document — issued by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict XVI — denounced in vitro fertilization and predicted advances in artificial reproductive technologies that Caruso believed weren’t rooted in reality. In 2002, Caruso gave an interview to the Chicago Tribune about helping a lesbian couple conceive through IVF. “They struck me as just as intent and caring as any heterosexual couple that I would see,” Caruso told the reporter. The next week, Caruso’s parish priest asked him to step down from the pastoral council at Christ the King parish in Lombard. Caruso’s words and actions had violated church teachings, the priest concluded. “That might have been the first salvo,” Caruso said. “I wasn’t angry. I really took what he had to say to heart.” Caruso had a teaching position at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine in 2008 when the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released another document titled Dignitas Personae, or “The Dignity of a Person.” That instruction clarified why the church opposed many of the innovations in biotechnology that had evolved since the introduction of IVF. The fields of embryology and genetic engineering had advanced exponentially, including the breakthrough in embryonic stem cell research in 1998 and the mapping of the human genome. “There was so much in Donum Vitae (about advances in artificial reproductive technologies) I saw potentially not possible,” Caruso said. “I would tell you in retrospect I was wrong.” Throughout his career, Caruso had defended the children but not necessarily the science that created them. Seeing the church’s predictions become real-

What do you think Northeastern Pennsylvania needs to improve upon the most? “People are afraid to go out in the daytime as well as the nighttime now. Authorities need to bridge the gap of crime in the area. I was really affected when Tyler Winstead was shot. Something has to be done.” Other than your book completion and signing, what was a proud moment in your life personally or professionally? “The birth of my two sons is golden. I am also proud to be a member of the Who’s Who in Journalism. That is very special to me.” John Gordon writes about area people for the Meet feature. Reach him at 970-7229.

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at the top). Then scroll down to “lookups.” News Notes: Hats off to the Luzerne Foundation and the Luzerne County Historical Society for organizing the recent Summit of Community Historical Societies recently. Sixteen local organizations met at Bear Creek Village to coordinate efforts. The most popular local historical site, according to a vote, is Eckley Miners Village, and the most

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W-B Academy students graduate Wilkes-Barre Academy held its 18th commencement ceremony on May 31 at Appletree Terrace. The graduates also went on a class trip to Cedar Point, Ohio. Graduates, from left, first row, are Josh Wychock; Durga Follmer; Ariana Notartomaso; Samantha Pollick; Angela Malinovitch, salutatorian; Samarth Desai, valedictorian; Olivia Greer; Samantha Stashik; Michela Torbik; and Sahil Garg. Second row: Kathryn Roberts, Anna Weis, Jason Poor, Joshua Schrepfer, Nicholas James, Kelsey Kayton, Victoria Stack, Alexa Smith, Kyle Davis, Moriah Bartolai, John Terrana, Jaclyn Leighton, Marielle McDonald and Mrs. Huntzinger, director of education.

Mental Health Services unveils new name The Luzerne County Council and Wyoming County Commissioners officially proclaimed the name change of the Luzerne-Wyoming Counties Mental Health/Mental Retardation Program to LuzerneWyoming Counties Mental Health and Developmental Services at a ceremony held July 25 at the Luzerne County Courthouse. Over 200 families, self-advocates, human service staff and state and county officials witnessed the unveiling of the new name. At the event, from left, first row: Tom Yoniski, field representative, Senator Lisa Baker; Gina Galli, chair, Name Change Committee, Luzerne-Wyoming Counties Mental Health and Developmental Services; Lauren Jones, self-advocate; Pam Zotynia, Arc Luzerne County; and Ronald Williams, Wyoming County Commissioner. Second row: Richard Burns, Luzerne-Wyoming Counties Mental Health and Developmental Services; State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski (121st District); State Representative Karen Boback (117th District); Debi Reznick, district office manager, State Representative Tarah Toohil (116th District); and Judy Kraft Mead, chairwoman, Wyoming County Commissioner. Third row: David Kauffman, executive assistant, State Office of Developmental Programs Deputy Secretary; David Wilson and Dr. Mahmoud Fahmy, members, LuzerneWyoming Counties Mental Health and Developmental Services’ advisory board; Mary Dysleski, Luzerne County Office of Human Services; James Bobeck, chairman, Luzerne County Council; and Brittany Burgess, clerk, Luzerne County Council.

endangered is the Huber Coal Breaker, in Ashley. This was the second summit in what we hope will be a long series. “Murders & Murderers in Northeastern Pennsylvania” is the subject of a talk planned by the Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania at its meeting at 7 p.m., Aug. 15. Julie Esty is the speaker. The meeting is set for the society Research Center, 1100 Main St., Peckville. Call (570) 383-7661. Tom Mooney is a Times Leader genealogy columnist. Reach him at tmooney2@ptd.net.

GFWC Northeastern Club raises money for Hoyt Library The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) Northeastern Club recently made a donation to the Hoyt Library in Kingston. The funds were raised during the 2010-2012 club years. At the check presentation, from left, are Mary Ellen Petcavage, president, GFWC; Melissa A Szafron, executive director, Hoyt Library; and Norma Blight, treasurer, GFWC.

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Habitat receives donation from Law Association

The Luzerne County Bar Association Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit corporation created by the lawyers of the Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association, recently made a donation to Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity (WVHFH). Habitat relies on contributions from the community to fund the houses it builds. Volunteers are always needed. For more information call 820-8002 or email information info@wv-hfh.org. At the check presentation, from left: Karen Evans Kaufer, executive director, WVHFH; Joseph P.J. Burke III, treasurer, Bar Foundation; attorney Kelly Ann Bray, board member, WVHFH; and attorney David J. Harris, board member, WVHFH.

Forty Fort High School Class of ’53 reunites A 59th reunion of members of the Class of 1953 of the former Forty Fort High School was held on July 27 at Frances Slocum State Park. A catered picnic lunch was served at noon. Plans were discussed for the 60th reunion that will be held from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 9, 2013, at the Irem Country Club. Former classmates traveled from Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Connecticut, Forty Fort and Mountain Top for the occasion. At the picnic, from left, first row, are Nancy Rundle Ney, Jean Boote Krouse, Kathleen Connolly Zahorsky, Patsy Reese Morris, Joan Zekas and Janice Reid Rice. Second row: Donald Wilce, Louis Coursen, George Lemmond, Marilyn Ritter Rozelle, William Hessler, Deborah Husband Koch, Floyd Rice, Edwin McLaughlin, Barbara Thomas Balcomb and Robert Rundle.

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George, Feldman my Marie George and Andrew Michael Feldman were united as A one in marriage on June 16, 2012, in

Romanowski, Herron athleen Romanowski and Michael Herron, together with their K families, announce their engagement

and approaching marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Eugene and Elizabeth Romanowski, Harding, Pa. She is the granddaughter of the late Bernard and Helen Romanowski, Harding, and the late Richard and Jesse Rooney, originally from Staten Island, N.Y. The prospective groom is the son of Lawrence and Rosemary Herron, Exeter, Pa. He is the grandson of the late Robert and Louise Herron, Exeter, and the late Eugene and Grace Fox, Pittston, Pa. Kathleen is a graduate of Wyoming Area High School and Luzerne County Community College. She is employed with Sordoni Construction Services, Forty Fort, Pa. Michael is a graduate of Seton Catholic High School and attended King’s College. He is employed with US Foodservice, Pittston, Pa. The couple will exchange their vows during an outside ceremony on Aug. 25, 2012, at the Appletree Terrace, Newberry Estates, Dallas, Pa.

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nn Marie and James Carroll, Duryea, celebrated their silver 25th A wedding anniversary on Aug. 8,

2012.They were married in St. Mary’s Help of Christians Church, Pittston. The wedding ceremony was conducted by the Rev. William Blake. Maid of honor was JoAnne Whispell Robert and best man was Clayton LaPosta. Bridesmaids were Stacey Calabro Kratzer, Lisa Race Gorham and Lisa Chase. Groomsmen were Keith Moss, Edward Lazevnick and Lou Chase. Ann Marie was escorted down the aisle by her grandfather, Wilson Moss, and the ring bearer was James Carroll, Jr. Ann Marie is the daughter of Francis Calabro and the late Sandra Coleman. James is the son of the late Edward and Sandra Carroll. Ann Marie and Jim participated in the Scranton Diocese’s Silver Anniversary Mass conducted by Bishop Bambera. On Aug. 8 there was also a Mass and wedding blessing by the Rev. Jackson Pinheiro and the Rev. Joseph Sibilano at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Pittston. They are the proud parents of two sons, James, 25, and Anthony, 22. Ann Marie and Jim celebrated this anniversary milestone with a family trip to Riviera Maya, Mexico. The highlight of their vacation was having their wedding vows renewed and the ceremony was officiated over by their sons. Ann Marie and Jim were honored at an anniversary party that was hosted by their family and friends to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday and the hopes of tomorrow.

married by the late Monsignor Gerald Burns at Blessed Sacrament Church, Wilkes-Barre. They are both graduates of Bishop Hoban High School Class of 1980, where they met and started dating. Mrs. Benkoski is the former Debbie Chabak, daughter of Jean and Gene Chabak, Exeter. Mr. Benkoski is the son of Bernadine and Edward Benkoski Sr., Wilkes-Barre. Mrs. Benkoski is employed by Marshall Rousso’s, Mohegan Sun Casino at Pocono Downs, Plains Township. Mr. Benkoski is the owner of EJ’s Preventative Maintenance Company. They are the proud parents of two children, Stephanie, 26, and John, 22. A “50-30-50” party is being held in their honor, hosted by their children, celebrating their anniversary and also their 50th birthdays.

Van Scoy, Baum Koval, Birster olly Koval and James Birster were united in marriage on May H 12, 2012, at St. Nicholas Church,

Wilkes-Barre, by Monsignor Joseph Rauscher, great-uncle of the bride. The bride is the daughter of Paul and Angela Koval, Mountain Top. She is the granddaughter of Mary Koval and the late Thomas Koval, Wilkes-Barre, and the late Vito DeCicco and Francesca Gregoraci, Italy. The groom is the son of James L. and Maria Birster, Locust Gap. He is the grandson of Theresa Birster and the late John Birster, Locust Gap, and the late Dorothy Olearnick, Atlas. The bride was given in marriage by her father and mother. She chose her sisters, Robin Lahr and Emily Koval, as her matron and maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Nikki Koval, cousin and goddaughter of the bride, and Caroline Bloss, Kristin Clark, Tracy Januzzi and Kahle Toothill, friends of the bride. The flower girl was Ella Campisano, cousin of the bride. The groom chose his brother, Chris Birster, and friend, Bill Bennett, as his best men. Groomsmen were Mike Broussard, cousin of the groom; Alex Koval, brother of the bride; and Jack Gasperetti, Matt Melnick, and Corey Yentsch, friends of the groom. Readings were given by Bridget Koval, cousin of the bride, and Tammy Frasch, cousin of the groom. An evening cocktail hour and dinner reception were held at the Genetti Hotel and Conference Center, Wilkes-Barre. The bride was honored with a bridal shower given by her mother at Capriottis, McAdoo. The rehearsal dinner was hosted by the parents of the groom at the Genetti Hotel and Conference Center, WilkesBarre. The bride is a 2003 graduate of Bishop Hoban High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business and a minor in fine arts from Arcadia University in 2007. She is employed as email marketing manager at TABcom, LLC, Hazleton. The groom is a 2000 graduate of Mount Carmel Area Junior Senior High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information technology and two associate degrees in computer information systems from Pennsylvania College of Technology in 2004. He is employed as a senior web developer with Tek Systems, working at MARS, Inc., Hackettstown, N.J. The couple honeymooned to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. They reside in Marshalls Creek, Pa.

ohn Baum IV and Ashley Van Scoy, together with their families, Jannounce their engagement and

upcoming marriage. The prospective groom is the son of John Baum III and Christine Gangler. He is the grandson of the late John Baum Jr. and Georgiana Baum. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Bridget Van Scoy, Shavertown, and Tommy Van Scoy, Tunkhannock. She is the granddaughter of Dr. Charles and Dorothy Scrobola. A summer 2013 wedding is planned.

The Stoshaks r. and Mrs. John P. Stoshak, Warrior Run, were honored by family M and friends for their 65th wedding

anniversary at a surprise dinner party hosted at Daylida’s Restaurant in Warrior Run by their children, John Paul Stoshak and Janice May Murphy. Among the congratulatory messages received from relatives and friends were special anniversary greetings from Pope Benedict XVI, President Barack Obama, Congressman Lou Barletta and Governor Tom Corbett. The couple was married in St. Michael’s Church, Olyphant, by the late Rev. Stanley Slominski, on Aug. 9, 1947, and made their home in Warrior Run. Mrs. Stoshak, the former Amelia M. Marek of Olyphant, is a retired technician from RCA Corporation of Mountain Top. Mr. Stoshak retired from Wilson & Co. when it was located on Pennsylvania Avenue in Wilkes-Barre. He was then appointed as a supervisor with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission until his retirement from that position. Mr. Stoshak was active in his community for many years, serving as police chief of Warrior Run and later as town councilman. He is also the first and only member of the Hanover Area School Board elected from Warrior Run. Active in local politics, Mr. Stoshak was Democrat Party chairman for many years.

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The Benkoskis ebbie and Ed Benkoski Jr. celebrated their 30th wedding anniD versary on Aug. 7, 2012. They were

an outdoor ceremony at the Inn at Pocono Manor with the Rev. Donald Roberts officiating. The bride is the daughter of Bernadette George and the late Arthur George, Kingston. She is the granddaughter of the late Anthony and Alma Golomb, Nanticoke, and the late James and Marie George, WilkesBarre. The groom is the son of William and Marilyn Feldman, Shavertown. He is the grandson of the late Marshall and Dorothy Feldman and Evelyn Gross and the late Michael Gross. The bride was escorted down the aisle and given in marriage by her mother. She chose her best friend, Amanda Kraynak, as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Sara Urban, Ashley Kraynak and Meghan Shaddow, all friends of the bride. The flower girl was Stella Roo George Feldman, the couple’s dog daughter. The groom chose his best friend, Michael Piekanski, as best man. Groomsmen were Frank Heffernan, Zachary Pizzaro, Colin Nagy and Samuel Brown, all friends of the groom. An evening cocktail hour and reception were held at the Inn at Pocono Manor’s Terrace Ballroom. The bride was honored at a bridal shower given by her bridesmaids, mother and mother-in-law at Canteen 900 in Forty Fort. The rehearsal dinner was hosted by the parents of the groom at the Fireside at the Inn at Pocono Manor. The bride is a 1999 graduate of Bishop O’Reilly High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising/public relations from Penn State University in 2003 and her master’s degree in organizational management specializing in marketing from Misericordia University in 2008. She is employed as a campaign manager for the United Way of Wyoming Valley and as a fitness consultant at Odyssey Fitness. The groom is 2002 graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology/psychology from Wilkes University in 2009. He is employed by the Wyoming Valley West Alternative Learning Center as an English teacher and is also the head wrestling coach for Wyoming Valley West High School. The couple traveled to Montego Bay, Jamaica, for their honeymoon. They happily reside in Trucksville, with their black Labrador, Stella-Roo.

Kondracki, Ing onie Ing and Brad Kondracki, together with their families, anJnounce their engagement and ap-

proaching marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Dennis and Amy Ing, Castro Valley, Calif. She works as an attorney in San Francisco, Calif., for Latham & Watkins LLP. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2003 and earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. The prospective groom is the son of Anthony and Louise Kondracki, Kingston, Pa. He works as an attorney in Palo Alto, Calif., for Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. He graduated from Cornell University in 2003 and earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. A September wedding is planned at the Kunde Family Estate in Kenwood, Calif.

manda Marie Magda and David Patrick Plisko, together with A their parents, announce their engage-

ment and upcoming marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Amy and Andrew Magda, WilkesBarre. She is the granddaughter of Carol and Richard Macko, WilkesBarre, and the late Irene Brodley. She is the great-granddaughter of Catherine Liem and Dorothy Gluc, both of Wilkes-Barre. Amanda is a graduate of GAR Memorial High School. She graduated from Empire Beauty School and is employed by the Wilkes-Barre City Employee Federal Credit Union. The prospective groom is the son of Mary Kay and David Plisko, Sugar Notch. He is the grandson of Dorothy and Joseph Namey, Sugar Notch, and the late Josephine and Harry Plisko, Scranton. David is a graduate of Hanover Area Jr.-Sr. High School and attended Wilkes University, where he majored in elementary education/psychology. He is employed by the Children Service Center. The couple is planning their wedding for September 2013.

Lehmann, Patten The Hineses David A. Hines, KingM r.stonandandMrs.Wilkes-Barre Township, will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary on Aug. 14, 2012. The Honorable Pastor Nathan A. Ebanks united the couple in marriage on Aug. 14, 2002, at the Grand Old House, Georgetown, Grand Cayman Island. Mr. Hines is the son of the late Gertrude A. Hines, Kingston. Mrs. Hines, the former Donna Gatcha, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gatcha, Bear Creek. Mr. and Mrs. Hines have three children, Jonathan, Sierra and Arianna Hines.

nnouncement is made of the engagement and upcoming wedA ding of Heidi Lehmann, Pleasant

Mount, to Jeremy Patten, Honesdale. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Rolf and Karen Lehmann, Pleasant Mount. She is a graduate of Forest City Regional High School and is employed by Verizon Wireless. The prospective groom is the son of James and Kimlyn Patten, Honesdale. He is the graduate of Honesdale High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from John Jay College. He is employed by Prudential Financial. A destination wedding is planned for October with family and friends in Jamaica.


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The Steinhauers nne Marie and Ross Steinhauer celebrated their 50th wedding A anniversary on July 28, 2012.

They were blessed with three children, Mona Steinhauer, Lisa Harvey and Brenda Barnhart, and four grandsons, Kyle and Jared Harvey and Adam and Nathan Barnhart. They enjoy their retirement years hiking, biking, camping in Wellsboro and spending time with family.

6, 1952, in St. John the Baptist Church in Larksville. They are the quintessential high school sweethearts. Anna was a cheerleader and Andy was the quarterback and kicker for the Larksville Green Wave, earning him the long-time nickname, “Boot.” Before retiring a few years ago, Mrs. Niznik, the former Anna T. Rychlewski of Larksville, had a long career in the telephone industry starting as an operator (one ringy dingy) and then moving up the ranks to senior management positions responsible for customer service. Anna loves spending time with all the family and travelling occasionally. Among her hobbies, she spends some significant time playing contract bridge and has become a very accomplished player. Before he retired, Mr. Niznik served over 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in several states and all over the world, including Japan, Alaska, England and Libya. Andy loves to cook and ran the cafeteria for a local girls’ college after retiring from the Air Force. He also served the local community in Larksville as the road and bridge commissioner for a number of years. Andy can’t sit down. He loves to build things and fix up the house and spend time in the yard and his garden. His home-made pickles are likely the best pickles in all of Pennsylvania. The couple has two fabulous sons, Andy and Brian, and five beautiful grandchildren. Their sons and their families feel they are the luckiest family in the world and are blessed everyday by Anna and Andy’s love, generosity, character and inspiration!

engagement and upcoming marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Wayne and Georgia Daniels, Warrior Run. She is the granddaughter of Effie Ann Metcalf and the late Charles D. Metcalf Jr., Hanover Township; the late Donald and Alice Daniels; and the late Ann Shoemaker Daniel. Dana is a 2002 graduate of Hanover Area Jr.-Sr. High School and a 2003 graduate of Allied Medical and Technical Careers. She will graduate from Luzerne County Community College in December 2012 with an associate degree as a medical office specialist. Dana is employed at Gerrity’s ShurSave and Hanover Area School District cafeteria. The prospective groom is the son of Terrance and Lynnae White, Carbondale. He is the grandson of the late Cedric and Thelma Chubb; Gladys White, Florida; and the late Milton White. Steve is a 2002 graduate of Carbondale Area High School and attended Luzerne County Community College. He is the task manager for the First United Methodist Church of Carbondale. The couple will exchange vows at the First Presbyterian Church, WilkesBarre, on May 11, 2013.

Foglietta, Sprau ogether with their families, Dr. Duane Sprau and Melissa Foglietta T announce their engagement and up-

Edelman, Snider assandra Snider and Christopher Edelman, together with their C parents, announce their engage-

ment and upcoming wedding. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Scott and Donna Snider, Dallas. She is the granddaughter of Adam and Marie Sarwinski, Nanticoke; Mary and Don Little, Sebring, Fla.; and William and Barbara Snider, Edgewater, Md. Cassie is a 2006 graduate of Dallas High School and a 2010 graduate of Lock Haven University with a bachelor’s degree in biology with a concentration in marine biology. She is employed at Dolphins Plus, Key Largo, Fla., as a marine mammal trainer. The prospective groom is the son of Mike and Jill Edelman, Elverson. He is the grandson of the late Jack and Laura Kurtz, Elverson, and Ray and Millie Edelman, Glassboro, N.J. Chris is a 2006 graduate of Owen J. Roberts High School; a 2010 graduate of Lock Haven University, with a bachelor’s degree in health science; and a 2012 graduate of Lock Haven University, with a master’s degree in physician assistant studies. He is now a certified physician assistant and will be employed by the Orthopedic Associates of West Florida. The couple will exchange vows Oct. 6, 2012, on the beach in the Florida Keys.

coming marriage. Melissa is the daughter of Michele Foglietta, Wyoming. She is the granddaughter of Richard and Grace Missett, Wyoming, and Dorothy Teller and the late Benjamin Teller, Wilkes-Barre. Duane is the son of Duane and Sandra Sprau, Dallas. He is the grandson of Shirley Zimmerman and the late Harold Zimmerman, Dallas, and Howard and Aline Sprau, Shavertown. Melissa is a 2005 graduate of Wyoming Area High School and a 2009 graduate of Moore College of Art and Design, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in interior design. She is employed as an interior designer by Geisinger Health System, Danville. Duane is a 1999 graduate of Dallas High School; a 2003 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University; and a 2010 graduate of Temple Univeristy Kornberg School of Dentistry, where he earned a Doctorate of Dental Medicine. Duane completed a general practice residency at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre, and works for Clements Dentistry, Dallas. The couple will exchange vows on Nov. 3, 2012, at St. Therese’s Church, Shavertown.

Coenen, Kultys ristina Kultys and Matt Coenen, along with their families, would K like to announce their engagement

Kane, Konetski my Kristen Kane and Ryan Konetski were united in the sacraA ment of marriage on Aug. 12, 2011, at

St. Nicholas Church by Monsignor Joseph Rauscher. The bride is the daughter of Michael and Margaret Kane, Ashley. She is the granddaughter of Evelyn Hummer, Lee Park; Kathleen Kane, Wilkes-Barre; and the late Francis Hummer and James Kane. The groom is the son of Michael Konetski, Hanover Green, and Susan Konetski, Lee Park. He is the grandson of Jack and Joan Glushefski, Hanover Green, and the late Raymond and Ruth Konetski. The bride was escorted down the aisle and given in marriage by her father. She chose her sister, Alison Kane, as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Lisa Pugh, aunt of the bride; Jessica Konetski, sister-in-law of the groom; Kelly Fagula, high school friend of the bride; Heather Krupp and Adrian Schaeffer, college friends of the bride; and Jenna Troutman, sorority sister of the bride. Flower girl was Cecelia Pugh, cousin of the bride. The groom chose his brother, Michael Konetski, as best man. Groomsmen were Jeffrey Konetski and Kyle Konetski, brothers of the groom, and Todd Howanitz, Jayme Murgallis, Matthew Pekar and Jeffrey Shook, high school friends of the groom. Junior groomsman was Nicholas Pugh, godson and cousin of the bride. Monsignor Rauscher welcomed the wedding party and guests and provided a blessing upon the couple from Pope Bendict XVI. The couple chose their godfathers, Anthony Hummer and John Glushefski, as ushers. Godmothers Kathy Wallace and Karen Alberola gave scripture readings specially selected by the couple. Offertory gifts were also presented by their godfathers. Michele Kordek and Danielle McGurk, high school friends of the bride, greeted guests upon arrival. Memorial flowers were placed at the altar by the mother of the bride in honor of the couple’s loved ones who could not be present to celebrate. The couple was honored with a sunset cocktail hour followed by dinner and dancing hosted by the parents of the bride at the Waterfront Banquet Facility. Fireworks were presented as a special surprise gift by Matthew Pekar, groomsman and friend of the couple. A rehearsal dinner, hosted by the groom’s father, was held at Pasquales Ristorante. The bride was also celebrated with a bridal shower given by the maid of honor and bridesmaids at R & D Memories. The couple received special wedding wishes from President and First Lady Obama as well as Hall of Fame Coach Lou Holtz. The bride and groom are 2003 graduates of Hanover Area Jr.-Sr. High School and 2007 graduates of Kutztown University. They reside in Hanover Township with their beloved dog, Jovie. They honeymooned in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

and upcoming marriage. Kristina is a 2008 graduate of Drexel University, Philadelphia, with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. She is also a 2003 graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School, Plymouth. She is an engineer for a chemical company in Louisiana. Mr. Coenen is a 2008 graduate of Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a 2002 graduate of Rayville High School, Louisiana. He is a chemical engineer for an oil refinery in Louisiana. Kristina is the daughter of Matt and Susan Kultys, Larksville. She is the granddaughter of Matt Kultys and the late Lorraine Kultys and Betty Harris and the late Bob Harris. Matt is the son of Billy and Ruthie Coenen, Rayville, La. He is the grandson of the late William R. Coenen Sr. and the late Mary Ricard Coenen and the late Arthur Wilson “Slick” Morton and Jane Lawton Morton. A May 2013 wedding is planned.

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hristina Reimard and Jeremy Keogh, together with their parC ents, announce their engagement

and upcoming wedding. The bride-to-be is the daughter of John and Gail Reimard. She is the granddaughter of Alan and Nancy Rood and Clara Metz. Christina is a 2004 graduate of Lake-Lehman High School. She is employed at the Mohegan Sun Casino at Pocono Downs as a dual rate dealer and supervisor. The prospective groom is the son of Carol Belles and the grandson of Daniel and Beverly Belles. Jeremy is a 2004 graduate of Pittston Area High School. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Jeremy is enrolled at Fortis University, where he is studying heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration. The couple will exchange vows on Sept. 7, 2012, at Shavertown United Methodist Church.

Geraghty, Lampman Geraghty and Jennifer Lampman, together with their families, are pleased to announce their engagement and approaching marriage. ETheamonn bride-to-be is the daughter of Jim and Debbie Lampman, Pittston. She is

the granddaughter of John Brogna and the late Angela Brogna and the late Eugene and Mary McAndrew Lampman, all of Pittston. Jennifer is a 2002 graduate of Seton Catholic High School and a 2006 graduate of King’s College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications. The prospective groom is the son of John and Andrea Geraghty, Nuangola. He is the grandson of Kathleen Izak and the late Andrew Izak, Scranton, and the late John and Elizabeth Geraghty, Wilkes-Barre. Eamonn is a 2003 graduate of Crestwood High School and is attending King’s College, where he is majoring in mass communications. The couple will be united in marriage on Sept. 22, 2012, at Saint John the Evangelist Church, Pittston.


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The Association for the Blind is holding its annual awards dinner on Sept. 12 at the Woodlands Inn & Resort. Cornelio Catena, chief executive officer, Commonwealth Health and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, is serving as chairman of this year’s dinner. Honorees are Rabbi Larry Kaplan, recipient of the Distinguished Community Service Award; InterMountain Medical Group, recipient of the Community Partnership Award; and Caitlin Best, recipient of the Arline Phillips Achievement Award. The evening will also feature a silent and live auction. To make reservations, or to inquire about sponsorships and ads, call 693-3555 or 877693-3555. From left, are Catena and Ron Petrilla, executive director, Association for the Blind.

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Sofia A. and Samuel J. Davies Sofia Ann and Samuel Jace Davies, twin daughter and son of Karen and Jason Davies, Clarks Summit, are celebrating their first birthdays today, Aug. 12. Sofia and Samuel are the grandchildren of Pat and Paul Davies and Irene and Dan Wisnieski, Shavertown.

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David Michael Hoover, son of Michael and Alison Hoover, Luzerne, is celebrating his third birthday today, Aug. 12. David is a grandson of Joseph Opsitos and Jane Evelock, Swoyersville, and Francis and Barbara Hoover, Trucksville. He is a great-grandson of Josephine Condon, Swoyersville; Helen Opsitos, Edwardsville; and George and Mary Phillips, Hudson. David has a sister, Sophie, 5 months.

Emma A. Keating Emma Avery Keating, daughter of Erynn Wolfe and Jeremy Keating, Plymouth, is celebrating her third birthday today, Aug. 12. Emma is a granddaughter of Janice Wolfe, Warrior Run, and John and Kathy Gass, Edwardsville. She is a great-granddaughter of Edward and Kathleen Keating, Plymouth, and the late Helen Cromer, Warrior Run.

Rorey P. Purcell Rorey Patrick Purcell, son of Patrick and Kelly Purcell, Kingston, is celebrating his fourth birthday today, Aug. 12. Rorey is a grandson of Brian Hann, Kingston; Susan Schlesing, Pittston; and the late Roger and Mary Alice Purcell. He is a greatgrandson of Ketora Hann, Kingston. Rorey has two sisters, Riley, 6, and Conlon, 18 months.

Brendan W. Graham Brendan William Graham, son of Scott and Amy Graham, West Pittston, is celebrating his eighth birthday today, Aug. 12. Brendan is a grandson of Ronald and Carol Graham, Mountain Top, and William and Rosanne Hartwigsen, Bear Creek.

Rayna Jade Peck, daughter of Stephanie Peck, Harding, is celebrating her third birthday today, Aug. 12. Rayna is a granddaughter of Stanley and Karen Peck, Harding, and Robert and Ruth Wren, Wilkes-Barre.

Sam M. Fredmonski Sam Michael (Chiavacci) Fredmonski, son of Nicole Chiavacci and Matt Fredmonski, celebrated his first birthday Aug. 8. Sammy is the grandson of Richard and Carmella Chiavacci, West Pittston, and George and Joanne Fredmonski, Duryea. He is a great-grandson of the late Sam Morreale, Sophie Birochak, the late Michael Birochak, Margaret Fredmonski and the late Adam Fredmonski.

Lucas, Jessica and Gary Havard, Wilkes-Barre, a daughter, July 27.

Horensky, Candace and Robert Schultz, Wilkes-Barre, a son, July 24.

Sutterer, Lindsay and Chris, Harveys Lake, a daughter, July 27.

Kennedy, Melissa and Duane II, Nanticoke, a son, July 24.

Marcy, Nicole, Edwardsville, a son, July 16.

Podhiny, Rebecca and David, Bear Creek, a son, July 24.

Severcool, Sheena and Jesse Shadduck, Meshoppen, a daughter, July 16.

Peiser, Janelle and Brandon, Hazleton, a daughter, July 25.

Lykins, Stephanie, West Pittston, a son, July 16.

Sargeant, Stacey and Marshall Jr., Brodheadsville, a daughter, July 25.

Dane, Nicole and Robert Jr., Tobyhanna, a son, July 16.

Stefanik, Heather and John, West Hazleton, a daughter, July 26.

Cortright, Carley and Jeffery, Dimock, a daughter, July 17.

Mancini, Alissa and Christopher, Luzerne, a daughter, July 26.

Kelly, Betty Jo and Eric, Hanover Township, a daughter, July 17.

Jordan, Virginia and Jared, West Pittson, a son, July 27.

Ortiz, MariIvette and Jose Sanes, Hazleton, a son, July 17.

Coulter, Lindsay and Thomas, Kingston, a son, July 27.

Yanik, Amber and Christopher, Dallas, a daughter, July 17.

Wert, Kaylene and Devin, Wyoming, a son, July 28.

Krause, Kimberly and Joshua, Tunkhannock, a daughter, July 17.

Brown, Samantha and Glen Don, Mount Pocono, a daughter, July 29.

Churry, Jolene and Kyle Meade, Nanticoke, a son, July 19. Szmak, Jessica and Michael Price, Pocono Lake, a daughter, July 18. Andes, Amanda and Stephen Trush, Plymouth, a son, July 19.

Moses, Jennifer and Josef, Kingston, a son, July 20.

Lukas Bernard Ivan Kachinko, son of Marina and Bernie Kachinko, is celebrating his sixth birthday today, Aug. 12. Lukas is a grandson of Mary Ellen and Nicholas J. Gushka and Mary Ann Kachinko and the late Bernard Kachinko.

Capitano, Jesse and Anthony, Pittston, a son, July 23.

Grabko, Heidi and Bennett Bowden, Plymouth, a son, July 15.

Havard, Sandra and Charles Fember, Plains Township, a daughter, July 30. Walker, Debra and Gerard Gilroy, Plains Township, a daughter, July 31. Kepp, Barrielyn and Sterling Jr., Nanticoke, twin sons, July 31. Simyan, Karen and John, Moscow, a son, July 31.

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Shultz, Dana L. and Thomas A., Nanticoke, a daughter, July 23.

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Evans, Kelly, Hanover Township, a son, July 27.

Metzger, Ashley and Tony Teberio, Wilkes-Barre, a son, July 24.

Powell, Christina and Daniel Balyo, Wilkes-Barre, a son, July 18.

James, Tammy and Robert, West Nanticoke, a son, July 22. Samuels, Kristen and Gary, Forty Fort, a daughter, July 22. Pugh, Natalie and Greg, WilkesBarre, a daughter, July 22. Parache, Auri and Edwin Vasquez, Hazleton, a son, July 23. Taylor, Penny and Christian Stanislowski, Luzerne, a son, July

po, Wilkes-Barre, a daughter, July 26.

Barkasy, Joanna and David Stavetski, Wilkes-Barre, a daughter, July 23.

Wildes, Alyssa and Andrew Kaufer, Hanover Township, a son, July 15.

Rohwohlt, Taryn and Robert Piccarreta, Larksville, a daughter, July 19.

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NAMES AND FACES Amy M. Andrews, daughter of Debora Berry and Raymond Berry, was chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Pennsylvania Pageant held Aug. 8-10 at the Hilton Andrews Towers in Harrisburg. The National Miss pageants are held for girls 4-18 and have five different divisions. Andrews, 8, participated in the junior pre-teen age division. She is active in the Brownies, plays soccer for the Hanover Youth Soccer League and is a cheerleader for the Hanover Mini Hawks. Andrews is also involved in gymnastics, softball and singing and dancing.

‘A Taste of Greater Pittston’ will benefit library Tickets are available for the first ‘A Taste of Greater Pittston’ to be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 23 on the grounds of the Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St., Pittston. The event will feature tastings of homemade wine and the ‘Greater Pittston’s Choice’ award will be presented to the winemakers voted as presenting the best red and white wines. The event will also feature samples of appetizers, entrees and desserts from area restaurants. Candace Kelly, WBRE-TV News, and her husband, Pennsylvania State Trooper Tom Kelly, will serve as guest hosts for the event. Music will be presented by David and Ryan Joyce. There will also be a raffle and tours of the library. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the Pittston Memorial Library or by calling Carol Crane at 654-9565 ext. 25 or emailing Lisa Joyce at lisajoyce67@hotmail.com. All proceeds will benefit the library’s Cosgrove Capital Campaign for the construction of a 5,175-square-foot addition to the library. For more information call 654-9565 ext. 25. Some of the planning members, from left: Lisa Joyce, Pittston Memorial Library board member and co-chair of the event; Carol Crane, fundraising director; Anne Hogya, library director; and David Joyce, event cochair.

IN BRIEF MOUNTAIN TOP: Crestwood Middle School is holding a Meet the Teachers orientation at 7 p.m. on Aug. 23 in the high school auditorium. Attendance is encouraged for all seventh- and eighth-grade students and parents. Tours of the building will be given and team teachers will be available for consultation. For more information, visit csdcomets.org. NEWPORT TWP.: The Newport Township Community

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MEETINGS Friday NANTICOKE: The Wyoming Valley Mushroom Club, 7 p.m., Room 104, Building 12, at Luzerne County Community College. New members invited. Those attending should bring in mushrooms for identification purposes. For more information contact Phil Yeager at 779-3594 or 332-4841.

King’s students join business honor society Three King’s College students were recently inducted into Epsilon Chi Omicron, an honor society for students in international business. Students accepted for admission must be juniors or seniors with a minimum grade-point-average of 3.2. At the ceremony, from left: Bindu Vyas, associate professor of business administration and faculty moderator of the society; inductees Colleen Barr, Alexandra Mazaleski and Jacqueline Sikora; and Barry Williams, dean of the McGowan School of Business.

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Wilkes University students recently worked with students in Wyoming Seminary’s fourth-grade class to design, write and illustrate picture books dealing with leadership. The Wilkes students, enrolled in a sociology course taught by Dr. Mark Allen, met with the Lower School students during the spring semester to discuss leadership, identify critical elements of storytelling, develop a story, create the illustrations and plan the storybooks. The group produced six storybooks which will become part of the Lower School Sordoni Library collection. With one of the finished books, from left, are Ashley Tarud, Drums; Nicole Joanlanne, Dallas; Bari Lefkowitz, Kingston; Gabrielle DeNaples, Moscow; Rebecca Gordon, Middlebury, Conn., Wilkes University; and Garrett Larson, West Pittston.

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• Team USA will take on Spain in the men’s basketball gold medal game. • The Spice Girls and The Who are among the acts celebrating the two weeks of sporting competition in today’s finale that artistic director Kim Gavin calls “a mashed-up symphony” of British hits.

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LONDON — Be it a gold medal or a souvenir from a record relay run, Usain Bolt always gets what he wants at the Olympics. The Jamaican will leave London a perfect 3 for 3 — three events, three victories — just the way he departed Beijing four years ago. Almost even with the last U.S. runner when he got the baton for the anchor leg of the 4x100 meters, Bolt steadily pulled away down the stretch, gritting his teeth and leaning at the line to cap his perfect Summer Games by leading Jamaica to the title in a world-record 36.84 seconds Saturday night.

After crossing the line, Bolt pleaded with an official to let him keep the yellow baton he was clutching. But the answer was “No,” and Bolt handed it over while some nearby spectators booed. About 40 minutes later, that same official approached Bolt and returned the stick. Bolt responded with a bow of thanks and a chuckle, kissed the baton — and then asked his teammates to autograph it. One more possession to help him remember his week at 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium, where any mention of Bolt’s name drew raucous cheers, countless camera flashes and chants of “Usain!” or “We want Bolt!” “It’s amazing. It’s been wonder-

ful,” Bolt said in an interview shown on the scoreboard. Addressing the spectators, he said: “You guys are wonderful. Thanks for the support. I love you guys.” Bolt added the relay gold to the ones he earned in the 100 in 9.63 seconds last Sunday — the second-fastest time in history — and the 200 in 19.32 on Thursday. The runner-up in both individual sprints, Bolt’s pal and training partner Yohan Blake, ran the third leg of the relay, following Nesta Carter and Michael Frater. The U.S. quartet of Trell Kimmons, 100 bronze medalist Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Ryan BaiSee BOLT, Page 8C

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LONDON — The names change, not the results. Just call the U.S. women’s basketball team Olympic champion — again. The Americans won their fifth straight gold medal Saturday, routing France 86-50 and putting more distance between themselves and the rest of the world heading into the 2016 Rio Games. See BASKETBALL, Page 8C

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Rory McIlroy shrugged – the only thing he could do after a crazy shot on the third hole of Saturday’s PGA Championship ricocheted up into a tree, where it stuck. Until storms interrupted the day, it was about the only thing that went wrong for McIlroy, who is tied for the lead at 6-under.

and two par saves, none bigger than on the third hole when his tee shot lodged in a thick tree limb that was rotting about 7 feet off the ground. He reached up to remove Singh the ball, took a penalty drop and made a 6-foot par putt to continue on his way. It all looked so easy for McIlroy, who was at 6-under par through nine holes and tied for the lead with Vijay Singh when the third round was suspended. “Just great position going into tomor-

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — First came the black cloud that has been following Tiger Woods on the weekend at the majors. The real storm showed up a short time later Saturday in the PGA Championship, halting the brilliant start by Rory McIlroy and giving Woods a chance to stop his slide at Kiawah Island. McIlroy opened with three birdies See PGA, Page 11C

earing his heart on his sleeve, Andy Reid returned to his job fresh off suffering the most difficult loss of his life. He came back to lead the Eagles a day after burying his son. “I’m a football coach,” Reid said. He is also a human being with real emotions. Philadelphia fans tend to forget that, and Reid tries hard to hide it in the name of professionalism as he shields his personality from the public. After 13 seasons coaching the Eagles, nobody knows what he’s like. But they all remembered what it’s like to have common compassion through the death of 29-year-old Garrett Reid. Andy’s oldest son was working with the Eagles strength and conditioning staff when he was found dead in his Lehigh University dorm room last week at Philadelphia’s training camp home. Reid said overwhelming support from Eagles fans around the city gave him the strength to get through it. And when Reid thanked them for that through a public announcement on the scoreboard during Thursday’s preseason-opening victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, the same Philadelphia fans who called for the coach’s head last season stood and chanted his name. “I’d like to thank the fans for their spirit,” Reid said, “from me and my family. Above and beyond. That stuff is so humbling. I take that as a compliment to my son and the family. I appreciate every bit of it. We feel the love.” From the city of brotherly love. Philadelphia fans can be crass, if not merciless, especially Eagles fans. They’ve booed Santa Claus, taunted Michael Irvin’s career-ending injury and viciously turned on their own time and again. But in times of need, they are faithfully generous with their warmth. “In these kinds of times, that’s important,” Reid said. This is an extremely trying time for Reid. He suggested the drug addiction both his sons battled may have had something to do with Garrett’s death. “He cared about people,” Andy Reid said of his late son. “He just got caught up in a bad situation, terrible situation, that affects a lot of people in this country. It’s like fighting a grizzly bear. “It’s hard to win.” But through Garrett’s death, it seems Andy Reid and his football city won each other over. “The love, the outpouring was incredible,” Reid said. “It just builds strength in your family. People care. “I didn’t expect that at all.” Who could have expected this? The normally stoic head coach of the Eagles, who’s spent more than a decade deflecting attempts to pry into his personal life, stood up and opened up some of his soul. “I’m a humble man standing before you,” Reid said Wednesday upon making his return to the Eagles from a brief bereavement period. “I’m not sure you ever think that many people care.” And even Eagles fans who seemed to care little for Reid as their coach in the past opened their hearts to him over his tragic loss. “When everybody starting chanting Andy’s name,” Eagles center Jason Kelce said, “I got goosebumps.” There have been plenty of bumps along the road for Philadelphia fans and their football coach. But in a time of tragic sorrow, they found compassion can be soothing. Paul Sokoloski is a Times Leader sports columnist. You may reach him at 970-7109 or email him at psokoloski@timesleader.com.


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POST TIME 6:30 p.m. All Races One Mile First-$9,000 Cond.Trot;n/w $5,750 last 5 1 Mama Made Me Blue B.Simpson 4-5-3 Won’t get much easier 5 House On Fire M.Simons 2-5-3 Just got beat at 3-5 odds 7 Luckycharm Hanover J.Pavia 6-3-3 Better is expected 3 Magnum Kosmos T.Buter 9-1-5 Seems one dimensional 6 Baileys Photo E.Mollor 2-2-6 Was a nice 2nd in last start 4 Keystone Activator H.Parker 4-8-5 Struggled of late 2 Marion Monaco E.Carlson 9-6-2 Drops, but way off Second-$6,000 Clm.Pace;clm.price $7,500 7 Steuben Jumpinjack B.Simpson 1-1-3 It’s a Simpson DD 2 Master Of Wars E.Carlson 8-7-2 Won last start at PD 8 Johnny Walker L.Stalbaum 7-3-5 Fast off the wings 1 Tyler’s Echo N J.Pavia 7-4-2 Just can’t seal the deal 3 Multiple Choice T.Jackson 7-4-9 Done little since failing pre-race 4 Carpe Diem H.Parker 2-5-7 Passed tired ones last wk 5 Mach To The Limit M.Romano 7-9-8 Can’t drive 55 6 Money Paige T.Buter 3-8-8 Crushed by cheaper Third-$9,000 Cond.Trot;n/w $5,750 last 5 6 Nice Dream A.Napolitano 4-7-4 Best of weak bunch 1 Rompaway Brandon E.Carlson 3-4-1 Searching for a bit more 5 Fun N Pleasure J.Pavia 5-7-6 Note the driver change 2 Sunset Magic A.Miller 9-4-5 Been tiring on the lead 4 Pegasus Man T.Jackson 6-9-7 Roughed up 9 Che Hall M.Simons 8-3-5 Bad habits 3 I Want Fabulous B.Simpson 6-8-8 Not living up to name 7 Broadway Victory T.Buter 8-7-4 Raced better out west 8 Celebrity Legacy D.Ingraham 5-6-5 Case winless in 124 starts Fourth-$4,500 Clm.Pace;clm.price $5,000 3 The Son Ofa Legend H.Parker 8-8-5 Down to rock bottom, scores 7 He’s Great A.Miller 9-6-9 Contender in here 8 Satin Spider J.Kakaley 4-4-7 Marks 2nd start over strip 4 Thunder Seelster G.Napolitano 5-9-7 Lacks speed 1 Ducky T Fra T.Buter 4-9-6 One to catch 2 Exterminator T.Jackson 7-8-4 Classy vet a bit off 6 Hillside Dude E.Carlson 6-4-7 Gone over 5 Real Liberator M.Simons 6-9-6 Chances are fake 9 Matt’s Boy M.Romano 4-5-1 Better luck at Saratoga Fifth-$9,500 Cond.Pace;n/w 1 pm race life 1 Beach Terror J.Pavia 2-2-7 It’s her time 7 Electric Guitar T.Buter 6-2-7 Sent by team Buter 3 World Cup Cullen H.Parker 4-4-8 Christian Cullen doin well as sire 2 Knocking Around B.Simpson 5-8-3 Does have experience 8 Lupara M.Kakaley 3-5-3 Gurfein trained pacer 4 Talk Strategy A.Miller 4-7-2 Sits the pylons 6 Net Ten Eom G.Napolitano 5-8-6 Weak in debut 5 Native Boy Le Ru M.Simons 6-7-6 Dusted 9 Dawson City T.Jackson 5-2-2 NY sired pacer Sixth-$12,000 Clm.Hndcp Trot;clm.price $12-15,000 7 Master Begonia G.Napolitano 1-4-5 Nap’s choice is mine 8 Zero Boundaries A.Miller 1-3-6 Cruised in most recent 9 DC’s Piggy Bank H.Parker 7-1-2 Now joins Allard stable 6 Bluebird Elian M.Kakaley 2-6-2 Decent at this level 1 Fort Benning J.Pavia 3-3-6 Makes 2nd start for Pavia 3 Dreaming Of Amy T.Buter 6-1-10 One of many GNap opted off 4 Showmeyourstuff T.Jackson 7-3-6 Rusty 5 Tikki M.Simons 4-8-2 Burned 2 Woody Marvel E.Carlson 8-3-5 Stuck in the breeze Seventh-$11,000 Cond.Pace;n/w 2 pm races life 5 All Stienam M.Simons 7-4-3 No Panther Hanover here 7 Teresa’s Beach C.Callahan 1-4-1 Corey in for rare visit 4 He’s Shore Tan B.Simpson 4-2-1 Nice late pace 1 Yacht Party T.Jackson 2-7-2 Newcomer from Tioga 2 Newspeak E.Carlson 9-1-8 Just 1 for 27 lifetime 3 Ringo Hanover M.Kakaley 7-1-2 Didn’t enjoy Yonkers 9 Arc De Triumph G.Napolitano 5-1-3 Nine post knocks 6 Charger Blue Chip T.Buter 7-1-5 One of two 2yr olds in here 8 Vavoomster H.Parker 3-4-10 Blown away Eighth-$15,000 Cond.Trot;n/w $13,500 last 5 4 Celebrity Playboy M.Kakaley 1-1-10 Down the road 2 Dream Lake M.Romano 1-5-6 Takes aim from the pocket 1 Definitely Mamie G.Napolitano 2-8-7 Switches back to Napolitano 8 Ginger Tree Jimmy L.Stalbaum 1-4-2 Steps up off the victory 7 Lets Go Baby Go M.Simons 3-2-8 Winner of over $230k life 9 Habanero T.Buter 7-6-1 Lost his spice 3 Zeitgeist H.Parker 4-9-1 Tioga import 5 Home Towne Jeff E.Carlson 9-5-2 Been burning cash 6 Spectator K C.Callahan 8-4-4 Flattens out Ninth-$8,500 Clm.Pace;clm.price $10,000 1 Bagel Man T.Buter 1-1-6 Found his stride 6 Lombo Powershot A G.Napolitano 6-1-5 Last win was with George 5 Touch Of Steel M.Kakaley 6-2-2 Goes for team Kakaley 8 Track My Desire T.Jackson 2-4-1 First off the wings 4 Winbak Prince A.Napolitano 4-3-1 Notch below these 7 State Of The Union L.Stalbaum 8-3-3 Back to level of claim 3 Goodbye So Long E.Carlson 6-4-2 Hot commodity 2 Lord Of The Bling J.Pavia 5-8-8 Circled quickly 9 Hanks Kid M.Romano 5-8-4 Riding a long skid Tenth-$21,000 Cond.Trot;n/w $30,000 last 5 5 Bambino Hall G.Napolitano 1-3-1 The sharp trotter 4 Opening Night J.Campbell 3-10-1 JC in for his brother 1 Mystery Photo A.Miller 2-2-3 Just beaten by top choice 7 Mr Mcrail A.Napolitano 3-1-1 Draw a killer 6 M C Felix G.Napolitano 1-1-2 Great rally to beat lesser 2 Gurf M.Kakaley 4-2-4 It’s like a mini-Open 3 Coach Fox L.Stalbaum 4-7-1 Much better in 2011 Eleventh-$6,000 Clm.Pace;clm.price $7,500 7 CCs Lover N E.Carlson 1-1-5 Got it together 5 Chaco Hanover G.Napolitano 2-2-1 No slouch 3 Gladiare Grande M.Kakaley 1-6-4 Finally broke winless streak 1 Mountain Rocket T.Jackson 3-2-4 Inside post a plus 8 Skedaddle Hanover H.Parker 5-9-8 Off since June 2 Deestruction L.Stalbaum 5-7-5 Done by the half 4 Kel’s Return B.Simpson 9-6-7 Tires 6 Bob’s Alibi T.Bute 8-8-5 In the back again Twelfth-$18,000 Cond.Trot;n/w $18,000 last 5 2 Macs Bad Boy M.Simons 1-1-3 Never better 7 Chaplin Hall G.Napolitano 8-2-1 Got that late stretch burst 8 Sonny Mcdreamee B.Simpson 4-3-2 Has to get used early 6 Keystone Thomas T.Jackson 7-1-2 Best work done near the lead 9 Florida Mac Attack A.Napolitano 1-2-4 Shown he’s still got it 5 ENS Gliding Condor T.Buter 5-1-3 10yr old still kicking 4 Hope Reins Supreme E.Carlson 8-2-6 Carlson driving at .229 1 Civic Duty D.Ingraham 8-2-1 Claimed last four starts 3 Yanks L.Stalbaum 1-4-9 Recent winner at YR Thirteenth-$6,000 Clm.Pace;clm.price $7,500 7 Young And Foolish A.Miller 6-6-3 Starts off late double 8 Absolutely Michael H.Parker 5-2-7 Completes the exacta 5 Heza Character T.Buter 1-5-1 Rolls on the throttle 1 Night Call B.Simpson 9-7-3 Simpson the new pilot 4 Hot Cowboy B.Adams 6-2-5 Still a tad chilly 6 Fox Valley Largo G.Napolitano 4-4-5 Out foxed 3 Third Day M.Kakaley 3-7-6 Couldn’t beat cheaper stock 2 Tattoo Hall L.Stalbaum 5-4-3 One more race to go Fourteenth-$9,500 Cond.Trot;n/w 1 pm race life 1 Volare De Vie H.Parker 2-7-4 Takes weak finale 4 Sapelo J.Kakaley 3-5-x Looking for flat trip 2 Mateo M J.Taggart 3-4-4 Should be in the picture 3 Big Drama T.Jackson 5-6-2 Best of remainders 7 Notech E.Carlson 4-8-2 Winless in 7 prior 6 Fluffer Nutter M.Kakaley 6-4-5 Broke in debut 5 Pee Wee Hanover D.Chellis 3-4-6 See you on Tues

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SOCCER

11 p.m. ESPN2 — MLS, Los Angeles at CD Chivas USA

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BASEBALL American League BOSTON RED SOX — Placed 3B Will Middlebrooks on the 15-day DL. Recalled INF Danny Valencia from Pawtucket (IL). CHICAGO WHITE SOX — Selected the contract of OF Dewayne Wise from Charlotte (IL). Transferred LHP John Danks to the 60-day DL. LOS ANGELES ANGELS — Selected the contract of RHP Steve Geltz from Salt Lake (PCL). Optioned RHP David Carpenter to Salt Lake. NEW YORK YANKEES — Placed LHP CC Sabathia on the 15-day DL. TEXAS RANGERS — Placed C/1B Mike Napoli on the 15-day DL. Recalled C Luis Martinez from Round Rock (PCL). National League CHICAGO CUBS — Reinstated RHP Lendy Castillo from the 15-day DL. Optioned LHP Scott Maine to Iowa (PCL). COLORADO ROCKIES — Selected the contract of RHP Will Harris from Colorado Springs (PCL). Placed RHP Edgmer Escalona on the 15-day DL. Transferred 1B Todd Helton to the 60-day DL. HOUSTON ASTROS — Assigned 2B Brian Bixler to Oklahoma City (PCL). ST. LOUIS CARDINALS — Agreed to terms with 2B Lance Zawadzki on a minor league contract.

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National Football League NEW ORLEANS SAINTS — Re-signed CB Nick Hixson. Signed G Paul Fenaroli and TE Daniel Graham. Waived LB Nate Bussey. Placed CB A.J. Davis and G Andrew Tiller on the waived-injured list. TENNESSEE TITANS — Waived LB Alex Watkins.

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NEBRASKA — Announced OL Tyler Moore has left the football team. VILLANOVA — Announced the resignation of men’s assistant basketball coach Doug Martin.

O LY M P I C S Sunday's Olympic Schedule Athletics At The Mall Men’s Marathon, 6 a.m. Basketball At North Greenwich Arena Men Bronze Medal Russia vs. Argentina, 6 a.m. Gold Medal Spain vs. United States, 10 a.m. Boxing At ExCel Men’s Flyweight (52kg); Men’s Lightweight (60kg); Men’s Welterweight (69kg); Men’s Light Heavyweight (81kg) and Men’s Super Heavyweight (+91kg) final, 8:30 a.m. Cycling (Mountain Bike) At Hadleigh Farm, Essex Men’s Cross-Country race, 8:30 a.m. Gymnastics At Rhythmic Wembley Arena Women’s Group All-Around final, 8:30 a.m. Modern Pentathlon Women Fencing (At Olympic Park-Handball Arena), 3 a.m. Swimming (At Olympic Park-Aquatics Centre), 7:35 a.m. Riding (At Greenwich Park), 9:35 a.m. Combined Event (At Greenwich Park), 1 p.m. Team Handball At Copper Box Men Bronze Medal Hungary vs. Croatia, 6 a.m. Gold Medal Sweden vs. France, 10 a.m. Volleyball At Earls Court Men Bronze Medal Italy vs. Bulgaria, 4:30 a.m. Gold Medal Brazil vs. Russia, 8 a.m. Water Polo At Olympic Park-Water Polo Arena Men Seventh Place United States vs. Australia, 5:20 a.m. Fifth Place Spain vs. vs. Hungary, 6:40 a.m. Bronze Medal Montenegro vs. Serbia, 9:30 a.m. Gold Medal Croatia vs. Italy, 10:50 a.m. Wrestling (Freestyle) At ExCel Men’s 66kg and 96kg qualifications, 1⁄8 finals, quarterfinals, semifinals, 3:30 a.m. Men’s 66kg and 96kg repechage rounds, bronze and gold medal contests, 7:45 a.m.

Sprint Cup-Finger Lakes 355 Lineup After Saturday qualifying;race Sunday At Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen, N.Y. Lap length: 2.45 miles (Car number in parentheses) 1. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 127.02 mph. 2. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 126.928. 3. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 126.925. 4. (2) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 126.626. 5. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 126.524. 6. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 126.312. 7. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 126.15. 8. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 126.061. 9. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 126.049. 10. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 125.959. 11. (98) Michael McDowell, Ford, 125.713. 12. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 125.643. 13. (78) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 125.612. 14. (20) Joey Logano, Toyota, 125.518. 15. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 125.516. 16. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 125.5. 17. (22) Sam Hornish Jr., Dodge, 125.419. 18. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 125.409. 19. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 125.389. 20. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 125.339. 21. (95) Scott Speed, Ford, 125.334. 22. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 125.199. 23. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 125.08. 24. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 124.917. 25. (32) Boris Said, Ford, 124.791. 26. (47) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 124.715. 27. (51) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 124.455. 28. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 124.208. 29. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 124.187. 30. (13) Casey Mears, Ford, 124.131. 31. (36) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 124.108. 32. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 123.868. 33. (55) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 123.71. 34. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 123.576. 35. (83) Landon Cassill, Toyota, 123.471. 36. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 123.436. 37. (10) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, 123.27. 38. (26) Josh Wise, Ford, 122.531. 39. (33) Stephen Leicht, Chevrolet, 122.335. 40. (19) Chris Cook, Toyota, 118.879. 41. (49) Jason Leffler, Toyota, 118.742. 42. (93) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, owner points. 43. (30) Patrick Long, Toyota, 117.551.

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F O O T B A L L National Football League Preseason AMERICAN CONFERENCE East ......................................W L T Pct New England ............... 1 0 0 1.000 Buffalo .......................... 0 1 0 .000 Miami ............................ 0 1 0 .000 N.Y. Jets ...................... 0 1 0 .000 South ......................................W L T Pct Jacksonville ................. 1 0 0 1.000 Houston........................ 0 0 0 .000 Indianapolis ................. 0 0 0 .000 Tennessee................... 0 0 0 .000 North ......................................W L T Pct Baltimore ...................... 1 0 0 1.000 Cincinnati ..................... 1 0 0 1.000 Cleveland ..................... 1 0 0 1.000 Pittsburgh .................... 0 1 0 .000 West ......................................W L T Pct Denver.......................... 1 0 0 1.000 Kansas City.................. 1 0 0 1.000 San Diego .................... 1 0 0 1.000 Oakland........................ 0 0 0 .000 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East ......................................W L T Pct Philadelphia................. 1 0 0 1.000 Washington ................. 1 0 0 1.000 Dallas ........................... 0 0 0 .000 N.Y. Giants .................. 0 1 0 .000 South ......................................W L T Pct Tampa Bay ................... 1 0 0 1.000 New Orleans................ 1 1 0 .500 Carolina........................ 0 0 0 .000 Atlanta .......................... 0 1 0 .000 North .........................................W L T Pct Chicago .......................... 0 1 0 .000 Detroit ............................. 0 1 0 .000 Green Bay ...................... 0 1 0 .000 Minnesota ...................... 0 1 0 .000 West ......................................W L T Pct San Francisco.............. 1 0 0 1.000 Seattle .......................... 0 0 0 .000 St. Louis ....................... 0 0 0 .000 Arizona ......................... 0 2 0 .000 Thursday's Games Washington 7, Buffalo 6 Philadelphia 24, Pittsburgh 23 Baltimore 31, Atlanta 17 New England 7, New Orleans 6 San Diego 21, Green Bay 13 Denver 31, Chicago 3 Friday's Games Tampa Bay 20, Miami 7 Cincinnati 17, N.Y. Jets 6 Jacksonville 32, N.Y. Giants 31 Cleveland 19, Detroit 17 Kansas City 27, Arizona 17 San Francisco 17, Minnesota 6 Saturday's Games Houston 26, Carolina 13 Tennessee at Seattle, late Today's Game St. Louis at Indianapolis, 1:30 p.m. Monday's Game Dallas at Oakland, 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 Cleveland at Green Bay, 8 p.m. Cincinnati at Atlanta, 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 Tennessee at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Buffalo at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Jacksonville at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Detroit at Baltimore, 8 p.m. Miami at Carolina, 8 p.m. Oakland at Arizona, 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 N.Y. Giants at N.Y. Jets, 7 p.m. San Francisco at Houston, 8 p.m. Kansas City at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Washington at Chicago, 8 p.m. Dallas at San Diego, 9 p.m. Seattle at Denver, 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19 Indianapolis at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 Philadelphia at New England, 8 p.m.

CAMPS/CLINICS Kingston Department of Parks and Recreation will hold the UK Soccer Summer Camp the week of Aug. 13 at the Church Street Park. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Youth Soccer Camp for ages 7-14 will take place at the cost of $130 a player. From 10 a.m. to noon, the Nippers Camp for ages 5-6 will take place at the cost of $90 per player. From 9-10 a.m. daily, the Squirts Camp for ages 3-4 will take place at the cost of $60 per player. From noon to 1 p.m., the Goalkeeper Camp will take places for those ages 8-14 at the cost of $60 per player. For more information, call 717-8252060 or visit www.uksoccercamps.com. MMI will hold its second session of tennis camp with USNTR teaching pro Don Cassetori and exercise science coach Joe O’Brien from Aug. 13-16. Daily times are 8:3010:30 a.m., and sessions are open to the public. Cost is $100 per player. All levels and ages (over 10) will be accommodated. The camp will be held at the MMI tennis courts (rain or shine) and will be followed by practice for MMI tennis team members. For more information, call 498-1443 or 233-4291. MEETINGS

Minor League Baseball International League North Division W L Pct. Yankees ................................... 66 53 .555 Pawtucket (Red Sox) .............. 66 54 .550 Lehigh Valley (Phillies) ........... 65 56 .537 Rochester (Twins) ................... 60 60 .500 Buffalo (Mets)........................... 58 62 .483 Syracuse (Nationals)............... 58 62 .483 South Division W L Pct. Charlotte (White Sox)............ 68 53 .562 Norfolk (Orioles)..................... 62 59 .512 Durham (Rays) ....................... 57 63 .475 Gwinnett (Braves) .................. 53 68 .438 West Division W L Pct. Indianapolis (Pirates) ............. 72 49 .595 Columbus (Indians)................ 64 57 .529 Louisville (Reds) .................... 48 73 .397 Toledo (Tigers)....................... 46 74 .383 Friday's Games Toledo 1, Durham 1, tie, 4 innings, susp. Lehigh Valley 6, Syracuse 0 Yankees 10, Buffalo 4 Pawtucket 9, Rochester 3 Columbus 5, Indianapolis 1 Louisville 3, Gwinnett 2 Norfolk 12, Charlotte 7, 12 innings Saturday's Games Syracuse 6, Lehigh Valley 0 Toledo 7, Durham 2 Indianapolis 4, Columbus 0 Yankees 5, Buffalo 1 Gwinnett 8, Louisville 2 Rochester 5, Pawtucket 3 Charlotte 2, Norfolk 1 Today's Games Norfolk at Charlotte, 2:15 p.m. Yankees at Syracuse, 4 p.m., 1st game Louisville at Gwinnett, 5:05 p.m. Rochester at Lehigh Valley, 5:35 p.m. Durham at Toledo, 6 p.m. Pawtucket at Buffalo, 6:05 p.m. Indianapolis at Columbus, 6:05 p.m. Yankees at Syracuse, 6:30 p.m., 2nd game

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2012 Hanover Township Open plans will be finalized at a meeting set for Monday at 7 p.m. at the Wyoming Valley Country Club. The captain and crew event is open to everyone with the entry deadline this coming Monday. Entry forms can be found in businesses throughout the township, Ashley and Sugar Notch. Entry fee is $75 per golfer. Singles will be paired by committee members Joe Howanitz, Max Hritzik, Jim Lohman, Joe Manoski, John Newman and John Zimich. There will be a shotgun start at the Wilkes-Barre Golf Club at 8 a.m. followed by dinner and refreshments at the picnic grounds of Exaltation of Holy Cross Church, Buttonwood section of the township. Checkerboard Inn Bowling League will meet Thursday, August 16 at 7 p.m. at Chacko’s Family Bowling Center. All teams are required to have a representative attend. Also the league is seeking bowlers and teams for the fall/winter season. The league is an 80 percent handicapped men’s league which bowls Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. If interested, call Chacko’s Lanes or Frank Lipski at 675-7532. Kingston/Forty Fort Little League will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Kingston Recreation Center. Members are encouraged to attend. St. Conrad’s Bowling League will meet August 15 at St. Conrad’s YMS, South Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre. All teams are required to have a representative attend. Any individual or teams wishing to join should attend. The league is a 90 percent handicap men’s league that bowls Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. If interested, call Butch Bauman at 954-6009. The league bowls at Chacko’s Family Bowling Center. Wyoming Area Girls’ Soccer Team will be having a parents meeting Aug. 16 at 5:30 pm at 10th street. All players should have at least one representative there. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Mike. PRACTICES Coughlin Boys and Girls Varsity and Solomon Junior High Cross Country team will practice on Monday from 8 to 9:30 p.m., meeting at the Coughlin gym foyer.Any 9th through 12th grade Coughlin student interested in running should attend. Any incoming 7th and 8th grade Solomon Plains runner should attend.For more information, call Paul McGrane at 407 2830. Meyers Boys Soccer practice will begin on Monday at 5 p.m. at Gibby Field. Everyone who signed up to play must attend. Anyone with questions should call Coach Nolan at 899-0198. Meyers Girls Varsity Soccer mandatory practice will begin Monday at 3 p.m. at Gordon Ave. Field. All players must attend. Any questions, call coach Nolan at 881-1141. Meyers Junior High Coed Soccer will begin mandatory practice on Monday at 4 p.m. at Gibby Field. All boys and girls in grades 7 and 8 interested in playing soccer at Meyers must attend. Anyone with questions should call Coach Leighton at 262-4106. Solomon Plains Jr. High School Soccer will be starting practice for the upcoming season. Students interested in playing should report to the Solomon soccer field Monday at 3 p.m. Wyoming Area Girls in grades 9 through 12 interested in playing soccer at Wyoming Area this year should report to 10th street field at 9 a.m. Monday for practice. If you

have any questions, email Coach Mike at Coachsokolas@gmail.com. REGISTRATIONS/TRYOUTS Holy Redeemer Junior High Golf is beginning its fall program at Lehman Golf Club Monday at 9 a.m. Players must have a physical form signed and returned prior to beginning practice. Interested players may call coach Spencer at 675-1686 for more information. Players in grades 7-9 must be enrolled in any one of the feeder schools of the Holy Redeemer system to be eligible. Maximum Impact Sports Training is now having Spring 2013 girls softball tryouts. This will be for all U10, U12, U14 and U16 players. Tryouts will be held from Sunday, Aug. 12 until further notice. Call 822-1134 to reserve a tryout time and date. Nanticoke Area Little League will be holding signups for Fall Ball for returning players ages 7-12 and Junior Boys & Girls Monday August 13 & Tuesday August 14 at the Newport Field from 6-8 p.m. $30 for 1 player, $40 for family, Juniors $45. Questions, contact Wade 735-0189. Pittston Area Golf Tryouts will start August 13 at 4 p.m. at Fox Hill Country Club. Tryouts and practice will run from August 13-17. Stripes and Strikes 2013 travel softball teams will hold tryouts at the 17th Street Field in Hazleton on today at 5:30 p.m. for U12, 6 p.m. for U14 and 7 p.m. for U16/U18. They will also hold tryouts August 15 at 6 p.m. for U12u and 7 p.m. for U14. Swoyersville Fall Baseball League is seeking teams. Ages 12-14. League will start play on Aug. 18. Final registration will be today. For more information, call Al at 881-2626 Swoyersville Kiwanis Club is sponsoring its 13th annual golf tournament today at Four Seasons Golf Club in Exeter. Format is captainand-crew with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Cost is $65 per golfer, which includes green fees, cart, dinner, prizes and refreshments. There will be a longest drive hole and 50-50 hole. To register, call Gene at 283-1677 or Bar at 287-8783. Wyoming Valley Vipers, in conjunction with The Next Level Training facility, will hold tryouts for girls in age groups of 10U, 12U and 14U. Final Tryouts will be held August 15 at 6 p.m. at the Back Mountain Little League Field in Dallas. If you are unable to make these dates or for more information, call Steve at 417-7217, Ed 417-1119 or Doug at 240-6893. Wyoming Valley West golf tryouts will be held on August 13-14 at 6 a.m. on the practice green at Irem Temple Country Club in Dallas. Any boy or girl entering grades 9-12 is eligible. Players are reminded to have all their paperwork at that time. Practice and match schedules will be discussed. For more information, call coach Gary Mack at 430-4649. UPCOMING EVENTS/OTHER Brussocks Bowling League clam bake will be held today from noon to 6 p.m. at the Swoyersville American Legion picnic grounds on Shoemaker Street. Contact Fred Favire 215-0180 or Mazz 288-6309 for more information. Coughlin Girls Soccer practice will begin on Monday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Solomon Junior High School. Any 9th thru 12th grade student interested in playing should attend. Any questions call Coach Joe Spagnuolo at 820-3756 or 954-0835. Family Service Association of Wyoming Valley will hold its fourth annual Pauly Friedman 5K Family Walk/Run today at Misericordia University. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and race time is 9:30 a.m. Cost is $25 per person. Pre-registration is available by calling 823-5144 or online at www.fsawv.org. Event will be held rain or shine. The Tom Koch Memorial Golf Tournament will be held today at Sand Springs Country Club in Drums. There will be a 1 p.m. shotgun start and registration is $55. Registration cost includes green fees, use of the driving range, and an Italian open dinner afterwards. To register, see or call Don Koch of 20 Shaw Drive, Drums, at 788-6304 or 582-4706, or email him at donald.koch@frontier.com. Bulletin Board items will not be accepted over the telephone. Items may be faxed to 831-7319, emailed to tlsports@timesleader.com or dropped off at the Times Leader or mailed to Times Leader, c/o Sports, 15 N, Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-0250.

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Winning not only thing with Morgan By DAVE ROSENGRANT drosengrant@timesleader.com

Evaluating a pitcher doesn’t always involve looking at the win-loss record. Adam Morgan, a 22-year-old left-hander is having a stellar season in Philadelphia’s system despite having a 5-10 overall record. Drafted out of Alabama in the third round in 2011, Morgan was recently promoted from Single-A Clearwater to Reading with a respectable 3.29 ERA in 21 games for the Threshers, allowing 103 hits in 123 innings. The numbers that really stick out are his strikeout and walk rates. At Clearwater, he fanned 140 and walked just 28. In his Double-A debut with the R-Phils, he lasted seven innings only giving up one hit and whiffed six to notch the win against Trenton, the top hitting team in the Eastern League. Here are Philadelphia’s top-10 prospects according to MLB.com and how they are faring in 2012. 1. Trevor May, RHP, Reading (Double-A): He was hit with his second straight loss last week, but he hasn’t pitched bad in those outings, allowing four earned runs total in 12 innings. For the season, he is 8-10 with a 4.94 ERA, 119 strikeouts and 68 walks in 122 innings. 2. Jesse Biddle, LHP, Clearwater (A-Advanced): He had his second bad start in his last three outings, allowing eight runs in 51⁄3 innings to pick up his fifth loss of the season. For the season, the 27th overall pick in the 2010 draft is 7-5 with an ERA of 3.47. The left-hander has also punched out 122 batters in 1162⁄3 innings. 3. Brody Colvin, RHP, Reading (Double-A): He was promoted to the R-Phils two weeks ago and has made two starts for his new club. In the outings, he’s 1-0, giving up a total of five runs in 11 innings while striking out six and walking four. 4. Tommy Joseph, catcher, Reading: Traded from San Francisco in the Hunter Pence deal, he hit .260 with eight homers and 38 RBI for Richmond. For the R-Phils he is batting .226 (7-for-31) with a run and RBI in eight games. 5. Larry Greene, outfielder, Williamsport: The 19-year-old first-round pick from last June continues to struggle, as his average has plummeted to .249. For the season, he also has two homers, 21 RBI and a .348 onbase percentage. 6. Ethan Martin, RHP, Reading: Since being acquired from the Dodgers in the Shane Victorino deal, he’s got two starts for the R-Phils and is unbeaten in those outings. He’s given up nine hits and two earned runs for Reading in 121⁄3 innings. In the Southern League, he was 8-6 with a 3.58 ERA. 7. Phillippe Aumont, RHP, Lehigh Valley (Triple-A): The 6-foot-7, 260-pound reliever has allowed just one run over his last 102⁄3 innings to drop his ERA to 3.63. Currently for the IronPigs, he’s 2-1 with 13 saves and 53 strikeouts in 392⁄3 innings. His drawback is that he has walked 32 on the season. 8. Sebastian Valle, catcher, Lehigh Valley (Triple-A): The 21-year-old hit his first two Triple-A home runs last week to help the IronPigs beat division rivals Pawtucket and Syracuse. In five games for the IronPigs, he’s 3-for-22 with eight RBI and two homers. For Reading, he hit .260 with 13 home runs and 42 RBI. 9. Justin De Fratus, RHP, Lehigh Valley (Triple-A): A reliever, he’s in the midst of six scoreless innings. On the season, he’s 0-1 with a 1.93 ERA, two saves and seven strikeouts in 9 1⁄3 innings. 10. Maikel Franco, third base, Lakewood (Class A): The 19year-old continues to be on a hot streak for the Blue Claws, having hit safely in 32 of his last 41 games as his average continues to rise. For the season, he’s batting .255 with 12 home runs, 66 RBI and 57 runs scored as the team’s cleanup batter.

Today at Syracuse (DH) 4 p.m.

Monday at Syracuse 7 p.m.

Tuesday Pawtucket 7:05 p.m. at Pawtucket

Wednesday Pawtucket (DH) 5:35 p.m. at Pawtucket

Thursday Pawtucket 7:05 p.m. at Pawtucket

Friday Pawtucket 7:05 p.m. at Pawtucket

Saturday at Rochester 7:05 p.m.

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Baltimore rookie Manny Machado had an electric start to his major-league career, hitting two home runs in just his second game with the Orioles on Friday. Machado, 20, was the third overall pick in the 2010 draft.

Machado answers the call at 20 By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer

BALTIMORE — Upon learning of his promotion to the big leagues, 20-year-old Manny Machado excitedly called his mother in Florida to share the exciting news. She didn’t believe him. And who could blame her? The Baltimore Orioles are fighting for a postseason berth and Machado, the third overall pick in 2010, was playing with Double-A Bowie in his third season of professional baseball. No matter. The Orioles purchased Machado’s contract, paid his way to Baltimore and put him in the starting lineup Thursday night against the Kansas City Royals. “Just thought he gave us a chance to win more baseball games,” manager Buck Showalter said, matter-of-factly. He was onto something. Machado slugged two homers in his second major league game, a 7-1 win on Friday. Machado was batting .266

with 11 homers, 26 doubles, five triples, 48 walks and 13 stolen bases for Bowie. He was torrid at the plate in the days leading up to his promotion, which had something to do with his surprise journey to Baltimore. “He’s been doing well down there since the second half started, in a good spot productionwise and swinging the bat,” Showalter said. “He’s done a lot of work at third down there.” Machado is a shortstop by trade, but he started at third base against the Royals and batted ninth. He didn’t seem to mind the position change or the low spot in the lineup, because, after all, he made it to the majors before reaching the legal drinking age in Maryland. “I’m super excited. I’m beyond excited,” he said. Bowie manager Gary Kendall told Machado the news late Wednesday night after the Baysox got off the bus and headed to the team hotel after facing Altoona on the road. “Very surprised. It wasn’t

even crossing my mind that I was getting called up,” said Machado, who became the youngest Oriole to ever hit two home runs in a game. “I was just in shock.” After taking a moment to gather his thoughts, Machado called his mom, Rosa Nunez. “I said, ‘You know, you have to look for a flight to come up to Baltimore.’ She goes ‘Why?’ ‘Well, I’m going up to Baltimore. I’m going to play tomorrow, third base.’ She thought I was lying,” Machado said. “She was like, ‘Are you serious or are you joking?’ ‘No I’m serious. I got called up.’ We just shared that moment together and it was a good feeling.” Machado’s mother, aunt, sister, nephew, girlfriend and uncle were expected to be at Camden Yards for his debut. There appears to be a trend lately to bring up young players with unlimited potential, despite the risk of failure. Machado follows Mike Trout of the Angels and Bryce Harper of the Na-

tionals as prospects getting the chance to succeed in the majors. “I don’t think you group them all. Everybody’s different,” Showalter said. “This has nothing to do with how Trout is doing or how Harper is doing. Our needs, and where Manny was, we felt like he could help us. We’ve got 50ish games left and we think he’s our best option.” Baltimore began the day tied atop the wild-card race with Detroit and Oakland. Bringing up Machado wasn’t an experience; it was a necessity. “If it helps this team win, I’m all for it,” said Robert Andino, who could lose playing time if Machado fares well. “I’ve only seen him a few times in spring training, but yes, he’s got talent. He’s 20 and in the big leagues.” Showalter believes the chance of Machado playing well outweighs the risk of him ruining his confidence. “It’s like Billy Martin told me a long time ago,” Showalter said. “Try as you may, you can’t screw up the good ones.”

DISTRICT 2’S PRESENCE IN THE MINOR LEAGUES

Russ Canzler, Hazleton Area, Columbus (Cleveland, TripleA): A grad from Hazleton Area, the 26-yearold is showing played in his old stomping grounds last week when he visited Durham. In two games, he went 2-for-5 with a home run. Last year playing for the Bulls, he won the International League MVP award. After a slow start to this season, he’s now batting .263 with 17 home runs and 62 RBI for the Clippers. He also has 28 doubles, two triples and a .332 onbase percentage. As baseball goes, he’s in a mild slump over his last 10 games batting just .158 (6-for-38).

Kyle Landis, Hazleton Area, Akron (Cleveland, Double-A): An 18th-round pick by the Indians in 2007, the right-handed reliever seems to be back on track after a few rough outings allowing no runs and just two hits in his last three appearances. For the season, he still has solid numbers for the Aeros, with a 3.64 ERA in 35 games while striking out 47 in 541⁄3 innings and posting a 6-4 record with two saves.

Cory Spangenberg, Abington Heights, Lake Elsinore (San Diego, Class A advanced): The 10th overall pick in 2011 by the Padres returned from the disabled list two weeks ago after missing more than a month with a head injury. For the season, he’s batting .286 with one home run, 35 RBI and 23 stolen bases in 309 attempts, to go along with six triples, 11 doubles and 44 runs in 77 games.

Ray Black, Coughlin, San Francisco (TBA): A power pitcher, Black, 22, had shoulder surgery two weeks ago and recovery time is a year. He hasn’t pitched competitively since signing with the Giants. The seventh-round draft pick (237th overall) out of the University of Pittsburgh last June is ranked the No. 24 overall prospect in the organization, according to Baseball America, and has been known to reach in the high 90s with his fastball. He is also listed as an “Under the Radar” player for the organization, according to MLB.com.

Kyle McMyne, Old Rich Thompson, Forge, Bakersfield Montrose, Durham (Tampa Bay, Triple-A): A (Cincinnati, Class A Advanced): The right33-year-old speedy outfielder, he is streak- handed reliever continues to be in a little ing over his last 20 slump giving up a run in games hitting .317 six of his last 10 appear(26-for-82) to raise his ances. In the outings, average on the season he’s allowed 10 runs in up to .321. The average 10 innings as his ERA for goes with two homers, the season rose to 5.34. 18 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 47 games since But he’s saved two being sent to the Bulls. games in his last three. Taken by the Reds in Last month, he was the fourth round (145th traded to Tampa from overall) of last year’s the Phillies and was draft, his season numimmediately called up bers are a 2-2 record to the big leagues. with six saves and 26 punch-outs in 32 innings.

By DAVE ROSENGRANT drosengrant@timesleader.com

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees have been overcoming the odds in 2012, so why stop now? SWB has not had a home in one city this season, but still boasts one of the best home records in the International League with a 35-27 mark while playing as the home team in five ballparks. They have also got into a playoff position despite losing top hitters Steve Pearce, Russell Branyan and Jack Cust. In fact, the Yankees are having a better season to this point in this season than they did in 2011, when SWB missed the playoffs for the first time since moving to Moosic from Columbus. The Yankees entered Saturday’s game with a 66-53 overall record and a half-game lead over Pawtucket in the International League North Division. They are also in the race for the league’s wild card berth in case the division title doesn’t work out and hold a two-game lead over Lehigh Valley for that spot. With just 25 games remaining, the Yankees are in position to qualify for the playoffs. If they do, their home games will be played in one stadium, Frontier Field in Rochester. Here are the New York Yankees top-10 prospects according to MLB.com. 1. Manny Banuelos, LHP: It was announced last week that the starter will be shut down for the rest of the season. 2. Dellin Betances, RHP, Trenton (Double-A): The 6foot-8, 260-pounder picked up his third win for Trenton last week giving up just two runs in five innings. In eight games for the Thunder this season, he’s 3-1 with a 4.23 ERA, 43 strikeouts and 19 walks in 442⁄3 innings. He struggled for Scranton/WilkesBarre before the demotion, totaling 69 walks in 742⁄3 innings along with a 6.39 ERA. 3. Gary Sanchez, catcher, Tampa (High-A): The 19-yearold has played in 29 games for Tampa after being promoted from Charleston. For the TYanks, his average is up to .278 after hitting .350 over his last 10 games. He also has three homers, 14 RBI and three steals. 4. Mason Williams, outfielder, Tampa (High-A): He struggled early after a promotion to Tampa, but is now batting .277 with three home runs and seven RBI. He’s currently on the disabled list. 5. Tyler Austin, outfield, Tampa (A): He’s jumped up the list from just outside the top 10 thanks to a .312 batting average at Charleston. He’s only played in 17 games for the T-Yankees and has gone 18-for-66 with a home run, a triple and 11 RBI. 6. Jose Campos, RHP, Charleston (A): The 19-year-old is on the DL, but has started a throwing program in Tampa. It has not been announced if he will be shut down for the season like Banuelos. 7. Slade Heathcott, outfielder, Tampa (A): The 29th overall pick in the 2009 draft has been on a torrid stretch for the Tampa Yankees and he continues to hit well recently. He’s been on fire during his last 18 games, batting .433 (29-for-67) in that time as his average has catapulted to .308 for the season. He also has hit five homers, driven in 23 and stolen 13 bases. 8. Austin Romine, catcher, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (TripleA): The 23-year-old was reinstated off the D.L. last week after seeing rehab games in Tampa and has only played in three games for SWB. 9. Dante Bichette Jr., third base, Charleston (A): Bichette was New York’s first pick in 2011 (51st overall) and is batting .244 on the season with two home runs and 36 RBI. 10. Cito Culver, shortstop, Charleston (A): A recent stretch in which he’s hitting .306 over his last 10 games has the 19year-old’s batting average up to .227 this season with 20 stolen bases and a .336 on-base percentage.


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The New York Yankees Derek Jeter swings at a ball from Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Laffey during the first inning of a game in Toronto on Saturday.

Holliday’s home run lifts Cards over Phils ner of Bronson Arroyo (8-7), PHILADELPHIA — Matt who held the Cubs to two Holliday hit a three-run homer runs and five hits over eight and Jake Westbrook won his innings. Arroyo gave up both fifth straight start to lead the runs early, but settled down to St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-1 improve to 5-0 in his last victory over the Philadelphia seven starts at Wrigley Field. Phillies on Saturday night. Giants 9, Rockies 3 Cliff Lee (2-7) retired 12 straight batters before the SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Cardinals tagged him for con- Posey hit a home run and secutive hits to open the sixth drove in two runs to back inning. Holliday followed with Matt Cain’s seven solid ina shot to right for his 22nd nings and the San Francisco homer of the season. Giants beat the Colorado Lee has allowed eight home- Rockies. rs over his last three home Cain (11-5) gave up two starts and 19 overall on the runs on seven hits in 7 1-3 season. Lee gave up 18 home- innings, and added an RBI rs in 232 2-3 innings last seasingle, to win for the first son. time since July 15. He walked one and struck out six. Angel Padres 5, Pirates 0 Pagan hit a two-run triple, and Marco Scutaro, Hunter Pence PITTSBURGH — Jason and Joaquin Arias also drove Marquis took a no-hitter into in runs for the Giants. the seventh inning before settling for a two-hitter as the Braves 9, Mets 3 San Diego Padres beat the Pittsburgh Pirates. NEW YORK — Freddie Travis Snider broke up the Freeman had five RBIs in the bid with an infield single off first two innings and the Atthe pitcher’s mound leading lanta Braves battered Johan off the seventh inning. Second Santana in his return from the baseman Alexi Amarista dived disabled list, routing the slugto his right but the ball gish New York Mets. glanced off his glove. Michael Bourn had three hits, Chipper Jones chased Reds 4, Cubs 2 Santana with an RBI single in CHICAGO — Ryan Ludwick a seven-run second inning and Atlanta sent the two-time Cy hit a two-run double in the Young Award winner to the eighth and the Cincinnati Reds rallied to a win over the worst start of his career. Chicago Cubs. Marlins 7, Dodgers 3 After Drew Stubbs doubled and Brandon Phillips singled MIAMI — Carlos Lee hit off Cubs reliever James Rusone of the Marlins’ seasonsell (5-1), Ludwick looped a high five doubles and drove in pitch down the left-field line two runs, leading Miami to a and into the corner. win over the Los Angeles The comeback made a win- Dodgers. The Associated Press

Nova stops his slide as Yankees beat Jays 24 from Boston, tied a career high with three hits. He hit his first homer in nearly a year and had an RBI single off Franklin Morales (3-2). McAllister (5-4) allowed three hits, including a two-run double by Adrian Gonzalez, in a career-high eight innings. Chris Perez pitched the ninth for his 31st save in 35 chances for Cleveland, 3-1 since an 11-game losing streak. Boston has lost eight of 11.

TORONTO — Ivan Nova snapped a five-start winless streak, Casey McGehee hit a three-run home run and the New York Yankees won their fourth straight game Saturday, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2. Derek Jeter had two hits, boosting his AL-leading total to 150 and joining Hank Aaron as the only players to record 17 straight seasons with at least 150 hits. Rajai Davis had two hits and Rays 4, Twins 2 scored twice but it wasn’t MINNEAPOLIS — B.J. enough as slumping Toronto Upton hit two home runs, suffered its fifth consecutive Matt Joyce also homered, and defeat and its 11th loss in 13 David Price earned his 15th games. victory as the Tampa Bay Rays Nova came in 0-3 with an stretched their winning streak 8.36 ERA in five starts since to five by beating the Minnesowinning at Boston on July 8, ta Twins. but was sharp against an inBen Zobrist went 3-for-4 for jury-depleted Blue Jays lineup, the Rays, who have won 10 of setting down the first nine 13 and kept pace in the AL batters in order before Davis East and AL wild card races. singled to open the fourth. Tampa Bay is on its longest winning streak since a sixIndians 5, Red Sox 2 game run from April 29-May 4. Price (15-4) held the Twins CLEVELAND — Brent Lillibridge homered, drove in two to two runs and seven hits in seven innings. He has worked runs and scored on a squeeze bunt to back Zack McAllister’s at least seven innings in 10 consecutive starts. strong pitching as the CleveBrian Dozier homered, and land Indians beat the Boston Justin Morneau had two hits Red Sox. Lillibridge, acquired on July for the Twins.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE Friday's Games Boston 3, Cleveland 2 Baltimore 7, Kansas City 1 N.Y. Yankees 10, Toronto 4 Detroit 6, Texas 2 Chicago White Sox 4, Oakland 3 Tampa Bay 12, Minnesota 6 L.A. Angels 6, Seattle 5 Saturday's Games N.Y. Yankees 5, Toronto 2 Cleveland 5, Boston 2 Kansas City at Baltimore, (n) Tampa Bay 4, Minnesota 2 Oakland at Chicago White Sox, (n) Detroit at Texas, (n) Seattle at L.A. Angels, (n) Sunday's Games Boston (Lester 5-10) at Cleveland (Kluber 0-0), 1:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (P.Hughes 11-9) at Toronto (Happ 0-1), 1:07 p.m. Kansas City (B.Chen 8-9) at Baltimore (Tom.Hunter 4-7), 1:35 p.m. Oakland (B.Colon 9-8) at Chicago White Sox (Sale 13-3), 2:10 p.m. Tampa Bay (Shields 10-7) at Minnesota (Diamond 10-5), 2:10 p.m. Detroit (Porcello 9-6) at Texas (Darvish 11-8), 3:05 p.m. Seattle (Vargas 12-8) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 15-1), 3:35 p.m. Monday's Games Texas at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. Detroit at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. Cleveland at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m. Tampa Bay at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

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N A T I O N A L L E A G U E L E A D E R S BATTING—McCutchen, Pittsburgh, .363; MeCabrera, San Francisco, .348; Votto, Cincinnati, .342; Ruiz, Philadelphia, .335; Posey, San Francisco, .330; DWright, New York, .324; Holliday, St. Louis, .319; CGonzalez, Colorado, .319. RUNS—MeCabrera, San Francisco, 81; Bourn, Atlanta, 78; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 78; JUpton, Arizona, 74; Braun, Milwaukee, 73; CGonzalez, Colorado, 73; Holliday, St. Louis, 73.

RBI—Beltran, St. Louis, 82; Holliday, St. Louis, 79; Kubel, Arizona, 77; Braun, Milwaukee, 76; Posey, San Francisco, 75; FFreeman, Atlanta, 74; CGonzalez, Colorado, 74; LaRoche, Washington, 74; DWright, New York, 74. HITS—MeCabrera, San Francisco, 155; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 148; Bourn, Atlanta, 138; Holliday, St. Louis, 135; DWright, New York, 132; CGonzalez, Colorado, 129; Reyes, Miami, 129. DOUBLES—ArRamirez, Milwaukee, 37; Votto, Cincinnati, 36; Goldschmidt, Arizona, 33; DanMurphy, New York, 33; DWright, New York, 33; Alonso, San Diego, 31; Cuddyer, Colorado, 30. TRIPLES—Fowler, Colorado, 11; MeCabrera, San Francisco, 10; Bourn, Atlanta, 8; SCastro, Chicago, 8; Reyes, Miami, 8; Colvin, Colorado, 7; DeJesus, Chicago, 7; Pagan, San Francisco, 7. HOME RUNS—Braun, Milwaukee, 29; Beltran, St. Louis, 28; Kubel, Arizona, 25; LaRoche, Washington, 23; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 23; Holliday, St. Louis, 22; PAlvarez, Pittsburgh, 21; Bruce, Cincinnati, 21; Hart, Milwaukee, 21; Stanton, Miami, 21. STOLEN BASES—Bonifacio, Miami, 30; DGordon, Los Angeles, 30; Bourn, Atlanta, 29; Pierre, Philadelphia, 28; Reyes, Miami, 28; Stubbs, Cincinnati, 27; Victorino, Los Angeles, 27. PITCHING—Dickey, New York, 15-3; AJBurnett, Pittsburgh, 14-4; GGonzalez, Washington, 14-6; Cueto, Cincinnati, 14-6; Strasburg, Washington, 13-5; Lynn, St. Louis, 13-5; 6 tied at 12. STRIKEOUTS—Dickey, New York, 166; Strasburg, Washington, 166; Kershaw, Los Angeles, 157; GGonzalez, Washington, 154; Hamels, Philadelphia, 153; MCain, San Francisco, 148; Bumgarner, San Francisco, 144. SAVES—Hanrahan, Pittsburgh, 33; Kimbrel, Atlanta, 31; Chapman, Cincinnati, 27; Motte, St. Louis, 26; Papelbon, Philadelphia, 25; SCasilla, San Francisco, 24; Clippard, Washington, 23; Jansen, Los Angeles, 23.

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Indians 5, Red Sox 2 Boston

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A M E R I C A N L E A G U E L E A D E R S BATTING—Trout, Los Angeles, .345; MiCabrera, Detroit, .323; AJackson, Detroit, .319; Mauer, Minnesota, .317; Konerko, Chicago, .316; Ortiz, Boston, .316; Jeter, New York, .315; Rios, Chicago, .315; Cano, New York, .315. RUNS—Trout, Los Angeles, 88; Kinsler, Texas, 81; Granderson, New York, 78; MiCabrera, Detroit, 75; Cano, New York, 72; AJackson, Detroit, 72; AdJones, Baltimore, 71. RBI—MiCabrera, Detroit, 96; Hamilton, Texas, 96; Fielder, Detroit, 84; Willingham, Minnesota, 84; Encarnacion, Toronto, 77; AdGonzalez, Boston, 76; Pujols, Los Angeles, 76; Teixeira, New York, 76. HITS—Jeter, New York, 150; MiCabrera, Detroit, 145; Cano, New York, 140; AdGonzalez, Boston, 136; AdJones, Baltimore, 133; AGordon, Kansas City, 131; Rios, Chicago, 131. DOUBLES—AGordon, Kansas City, 38; AdGonzalez, Boston, 35; Brantley, Cleveland, 34; Choo, Cleveland, 34; Cano, New York, 32; Kinsler, Texas, 31; Pujols, Los Angeles, 31. TRIPLES—AJackson, Detroit, 8; JWeeks, Oakland, 8; Andrus, Texas, 6; Rios, Chicago, 6; 8 tied at 5. HOME RUNS—ADunn, Chicago, 31; Hamilton, Texas, 31; Granderson, New York, 30; MiCabrera, Detroit, 29; Encarnacion, Toronto, 29; Trumbo, Los Angeles, 29; Willingham, Minnesota, 29. STOLEN BASES—Trout, Los Angeles, 36; RDavis, Toronto, 32; Revere, Minnesota, 27; Crisp, Oakland, 25; Kipnis, Cleveland, 23; JDyson, Kansas City, 22; De Aza, Chicago, 21; BUpton, Tampa Bay, 21. PITCHING—Weaver, Los Angeles, 15-1; Price, Tampa Bay, 15-4; Sale, Chicago, 13-3; MHarrison, Texas, 13-6; Sabathia, New York, 12-3; Verlander, Detroit, 12-7; Vargas, Seattle, 12-8. STRIKEOUTS—Scherzer, Detroit, 168; Verlander, Detroit, 166; FHernandez, Seattle, 162; Darvish, Texas, 154; Price, Tampa Bay, 151; Shields, Tampa Bay, 151; Sabathia, New York, 140. SAVES—Rodney, Tampa Bay, 35; JiJohnson, Baltimore, 33; CPerez, Cleveland, 31; RSoriano, New York, 28; Broxton, Kansas City, 23; Aceves, Boston, 23; Nathan, Texas, 23.

T H I S D A T E I N B A S E B A L L Aug. 12 1921 — Philadelphia’s George Smith gave up 12 hits and still pitched a shutout as the Phillies beat the Boston Braves 4-0. 1948 — In the second game of a doubleheader, the Cleveland Indians beat the St. Louis Browns 26-3 with a 29-hit barrage. The Indians set a major league record as 14 different players hit safely. 1966 — Art Shamsky of the Cincinnati Reds connected for three home runs in a 14-11, 13-inning loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Crosley Field. Two of the homers came in the 10th and 11th innings. The game featured 11 homers by both clubs. Shamsky entered the game in the eighth inning for defensive purposes. In the bottom of the eighth, Shamsky hit a two-run homer to put the Reds ahead 8-7. Shamsky hit a solo shot to tie the game 9-9 in the 10th. Shamsky came back in the 11th inning with a two-run homer to tie the game again, 11-11. The Pirates scored three runs in the 13th for the victory.

Late homers lift Yankees over Buffalo The Times Leader staff

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Sabathia lands on DL The Associated Press

TORONTO — CC Sabathia was placed on the15-day disabled list Saturday with inflammation and pain in his left elbow, the New York Yankees ace’s second trip to the DL this season. Manager Joe Girardi announced the decision after New York beat the Blue Jays 5-2 for their fourth straight win. Neither a corresponding roster move, nor a starter for Monday’s game against Texas, has been announced. The move is retroactive to Aug. 9. The Yankees have agreed to a contract with free agent Derek Lowe and are planning to finalize the deal and activate him Monday. The right-hander, recently cut by the Cleveland Indians, likely will pitch out of the bullpen. David Phelps is a candidate to take Sabathia’s spot in the rotation. Girardi said Sabathia, the 2007 AL Cy Young award winner, felt stiff two days after his Aug. 3 start against Seattle but an MRI showed nothing. Sabathia felt stiff again after pitching at Detroit on Aug. 8. He threw on flat ground Friday rather than throwing his regular bullpen session and continued to experience mild discomfort. “It’s not any worse than it was after the first start, but our concern is it didn’t go away,” Girardi said. “As far as the concern, it’s pretty low level, because it’s not like it got any worse,” Girardi added. “He wants to pitch on Monday, which I’m not surprised (at) because he said he dealt with it before. We just decided, let’s try to get it cleaned up now.” Girardi said Sabathia is scheduled to see a doctor when the Yankees return home Monday, and could receive a cortisone injection. Sabathia has been undergoing treatment since the pain first arose. The Yankees debated skipping Sabathia for one start, but decided an extended break was the wiser plan. Either way, Girardi stressed that Sabathia’s condition was not considered especially serious.


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A taped closing ceremony will be shown on NBC at 7 p.m., after water polo and volleyball wrap up. By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer

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Team USA’s Destinee Hooker (right) hugs teammate Megan Hodge after the Americans lost to Brazil 3-1 during a women’s volleyball gold medal match at the Olympics in London. VOLLEYBALL

Americans fall in final

Jaqueline Carvalho had 18 points and Brazil beat the United States in four sets to stop the Americans from winning their first Olympic gold medal in women’s volleyball. Brazil became the third team to repeat as gold medalist. The Soviet Union won in 1968 and 1972, while Cuba won three straight starting with the 1992 Barcelona Games. American star Destinee Hooker was held to 14 points.

LONDON — Kobe Bryant, take a bow. No longer the greatest of the greats on the Olympic roster, Bryant is leaving the international stage after the London Games. With one more win, he’ll complete his exit just as he envisioned. Bryant, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and the rest of this glittering American team face Spain on Sunday for Olympic gold only hours before London shuts down this successful Summer Games show. “Well, I just want to go out the right way,” Bryant said before practice Saturday. “You know, go out the right way by winning a gold medal.” Also Sunday on the Olympics’ final day, Brazil plays for its second men’s vol-

leyball gold medal in three Olympics when it meets Russia in the final. In the pool, it’s Italy against unbeaten Croatia for the men’s water polo championship. When the next UP NEXT Summer Olympics GOLD MEDAL arrive at Rio de JaGAME neiro in 2016, Team USA Bryant will be pushvs. Spain ing 38. Old for bas10 a.m. today ketball legs, indeed. TV: NBC The Los Angeles Lakers’ star turned 30 during his Olympic debut four years ago in Beijing while still in his basketball prime. A lesser role in London has done little to diminish his popularity. Globally, Bryant remains the most recognizable face of this roster everywhere he goes. Fans swarm him, desperate for any moment with the NBA superstar. Auto-

graph. Photo. A quick word. Any tiny piece of Kobe will do. “It’s been fun,” said Bryant, who spent part of his childhood in Italy where his father played pro basketball. “You get a chance to go out into different countries and you get a chance to meet a lot of people just walking up and down the street wanting pictures and autographs. You get a chance to make a lot of people happy. I don’t get a chance to come out here too often. They don’t really get a chance to see me play in person too often, so it’s a thrill.” Bryant had a bigger presence on the court in 2008 than he does now. He has seemed to enjoy his place in London, taking a back seat to James & Co. Bryant has watched while James, Anthony and Kevin Durant command the world stage for the unbeaten Americans (7-0). “I get a chance to kind of just rest a little bit and let them do all the running and jumping and stuff, and show glimpses every now and then of what I can do,” Bryant said.

Concerns about the host city have evaporated

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Bantamweight Luke Campbell won Britain’s first Olympic boxing gold medal in his division since 1908, dramatically knocking down rival John Joe Nevin of Ireland midway through the third round of a 14-11 victory. China’s Zou Shiming, light welterweight Roniel Iglesias, middleweight Ryota Murata and Ukrainian heavyweight Oleksandr Usyk also won their divisions. Shiming defended his light flyweight gold medal from Beijing with a 13-10 victory over Thailand’s Kaeo Pongprayoon, who angrily protested the result. Iglesias beat Ukraine’s Denys Berinchyk 22-15 for Cuba’s first boxing gold in London after failing to win gold in Beijing. Murata narrowly won the second boxing gold in Japan’s Olympic history, beating Brazil’s Esquiva Falcao 14-13 on the strength of a two-point holding penalty against Falcao in the final round. SAILING

Match race goes to Spain

Tamara Echegoyen, Angela Pumariega and Sofia Toro of Spain won the Olympic gold medal in women’s match racing, thanks in part to a boat-handling error by Australia that swept its skipper into the water. With the best-of-five match tied at one, the boats were sailing nearly sideby-side downwind in the third race in big waves on Weymouth Bay when the Australian crew lost control and its boat rolled on its side. Skipper Olivia Price was swept out of the back of the boat and her crew had to pick her up before continuing. CANOE SPRINT

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Britain’s Ed McKeever won the men’s 200-meter kayak sprint in its Olympic debut, living up to his billing as “Usain Bolt on Water.” McKeever powered his way to victory in 36.246 seconds in front of British Prime Minister David Cameron and his family. Spain’s Saul Craviotto Rivero was second and Canada’s Mark de Jonge beat France’s Maxim Beaumont to bronze by three-hundreths of a second. Ukraine’s Yuri Cheban (men’s singles 200-meter canoe sprint) and New Zealand’s Lisa Carrington (women’s singles 200-meter kayak sprint) also won gold. Yury Postrigay and Alexander Dyachenko of Russia took the men’s 200 kayak sprint. CYCLING - MOUNTAIN BIKE

Bresset finishes first

Julie Bresset picked up the victory at her first Olympics, rolling through the English countryside and waving the French flag as she finished. Bresset dominated the picturesque course at Hadleigh Farm. She took advantage of a mistake by defending gold medalist Sabine Spitz of Germany to build a massive lead, then rolled through the last of six laps all alone. The 23-year-old Bresset started blowing kisses to cheering fans on the final straight. Spitz wound up with the silver medal, and Georgia Gould of the United States claimed bronze.

Bryant has picked his spots, cranking up his game when needed. It has worked out fine for everybody. “Don’t let Kobe fool you,” Durant cracked. “He’s just resting up for the season — that’s what he’s worried about. But he knows when he’s got to turn it on he’ll turn it on.” After a slow start in London, Bryant stressed he wasn’t worried about his scoring. Then, he produced two clutch games during the medal rounds to get the Americans in the very spot they’ve expected to be from the moment they were brought together this summer: chasing a second straight Olympic championship, with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski orchestrating this array of NBA egos. This team might not have the Dream Team tag of the 1992 squad led by Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. But it might wind up outscoring that team from 20 years ago. Bryant certainly will do his part — whatever the numbers, whatever his role.

U.S. takes the gold in final count America clinches the medals race over China and will have the most first-place medals. By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer

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Everything from security to traffic to weather had pundits concerned about the quality of the London Games. But as the Olympics draw to a close, there have been plenty of memorable moments, inside and outside of Olympic Park, shown above, in London.

London’s five-ring celebration The athletes who misbehaved were drowned out anyway. Tens of thousands of people flocked daily into LONDON — Usain Bolt made Olympic Park. They filled Olympic himself a living legend — just ask stadium for morning heats. They gave him. Michael Phelps swam a last lap the handball arena a new name: The into history. A man ran on carbon Box That Rocks. blades. Two track stars and a long They camped out on the grass to jumper produced perhaps the greatest watch the action on big screens. Flags night in British sports history. — the Union Jack most prominently Take a victory lap, London. — became shirts and shorts, caps and The nightmare that was supposed capes, earrings and nail polish. Fans to be the 2012 Olympics — gridlock wore their national colors proudly, and chaos Underground and overand literally. ground, a city locked down by terrorAnd what a show they saw. ist threats, day after day of gray and Bolt, the Jamaican track sensation, drizzle — simply never materialized. blew away the field in the 100 meters Instead, London threw a five-ring in 9.63 seconds and the 200 in 19.32, party. becoming the first athlete to win both “Nobody wanted to sit this dance out,” said Sebastian Coe, the two-time sprints at consecutive Olympics. The United States used a dominant Olympic 1,500-meter champion and showing in track and field to blow chief of the London organizing compast China and lock up the races for mittee. “Everybody has wanted to be total medals and for golds. Going into involved.” the final day, the United States had 44 Or, as the stately Economist said: gold medals, one shy of its record for “Britain looked at itself and liked an Olympics on foreign soil. what it saw.” In the pool alone, they won 31 medThe games were not without conals. And Michael Phelps, in a dazzling troversy. Eight badminton players were sent home in disgrace for trying farewell, became the most decorated Olympian of all time. to lose — doing it to gain a better Phelps has 18 golds alone to show draw in their tournament, but viofor his career, and 22 overall medals. lating the Olympic spirit of competiBritain piled up 28 gold medals and tion. will finish third in the table. Not since Organizers scrambled to sell lastanother London Games, in 1908, has minute tickets, and ended up giving Britain performed so well. some to the military, after unsightly It peaked on a Saturday night, when photos of empty seats were splashed Britain won three gold medals in across the famously cantankerous track and field in less than an hour — British press. Jessica Ennis in heptathlon, Mo Farah Some moments were downright in the 10,000 meters and Greg Rutherugly. A Greek triple jumper made a racist joke on Twitter. A Swiss soccer ford in long jump — to a deafening roar inside Olympic Stadium. used a slur to describe the South The reserved president of the InKoreans who had just won, and said ternational Olympic Committee, that they “can go burn.” Jacques Rogge, made no secret of his At what were called the first social delight at it all. media Olympics, both remarks made “For two weeks,” he said, “the it around the world in seconds. The Olympic Park has been the beating punishment came almost as quickly: heart of the world.” Go home. By STEPHEN WILSON AP Sports Writer

Rogge will deliver his final verdict during Sunday’s closing ceremony, when the Olympic flame will be extinguished and the Olympic flag handed over to Brazilian organizers of the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. Normally reserved Britons embraced, put down their newspapers and spoke to each other on the Tube, and reveled in sports like never before. “The doom mongers said it couldn’t be done,” said London Mayor Boris Johnson, who was responsible for one of the few mishaps of the games — getting himself stuck on a zip line. “Well, they were wrong,” he said. “It was done, it was stunning, and it will live long in the memory.” The cycling road race blazed by Buckingham Palace. The race walk went by, too, with considerably lower speed but no less enthusiasm. The marathon, on Sunday, will finish nearby. And perhaps appropriately, these games will mark a changing of the guard. Phelps is going into retirement. Bolt has hinted he won’t be back in 2016. An American basketball team stacked with superstars toyed with its opponents and was playing for gold on Sunday, but NBA stars may be sidelined if the Olympic basketball tournament adopts an under-23 age rule like soccer. After three-time host London, the Olympics will move to new territory — Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Games; Rio in 2016; and Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the 2018 Winter Games. London spent about $14.5 billion in public money on its Olympics. The project has regenerated East London, and organizers have pledged a longterm legacy with no white elephants. For now, though, no one in London is worried about that. It’s been a jolly good show.

LONDON — Swimming, track and field, basketball, women’s soccer, Serena Williams and Aly Raisman. They all found their way onto U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Larry Probst’s highlight list from the London Games. “I like to hear ’The Star-Spangled Banner’ — a lot,” Probst said. Good thing, because the U.S. national anthem has blared more than any other in London over these last two weeks, and that won’t change before the Olympic flame is extinguished on Sunday night. With one day left, the U.S. has locked up the overall medals race over China, and continues to be holding off the Chinese in the chase to win the most gold medals. It will be the fifth straight Summer Games where U.S. athletes took home more prizes than anyone else from an Olympics. “The Olympic motto is faster, higher, stronger. And I think that every American came here to do that,” U.S. judo gold medalist Kayla Harrison said Saturday. “Not necessarily fastest, highest, strongest, but I came here to perform at my very, very best and make America proud as a result.” She wasn’t alone. Through Saturday’s medal events, U.S. Olympians in London had claimed 102 medals, 15 more than the Chinese. Americans were also leading the goldmedal chase over China, 44-38. American swimmers won 31 medals. Track and field now has 29, one marathon medal on Sunday away from getting to 30 — a goal that seemed farfetched to some in the U.S. Olympic movement not long ago. Gabby Douglas won the women’s all-around competition in gymnastics, Raisman left that venue with three medals and Williams won Olympic gold at Wimbledon over Maria Sharapova in what Probst said was “the most dominating performance I have ever seen by a female tennis player, ever.” Williams rolled over Sharapova that day, 6-0, 6-1. USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said about 200 American athletes will leave London with a medal, a figure buoyed by success in plenty of team sports. If his estimate of 200 holds, that would mean roughly 38 percent of the U.S. athletes competing at the games would make at least one trip to the award podium. “One of our primary objectives is to get as many American athletes on the podium as we can,” Blackmun said.


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By GERALD IMRAY AP Sports Writer

LONDON — As he left Olympic Stadium, Oscar Pistorius stopped for a moment and looked back. The double-amputee runner turned to take in the crowd of 80,000 and reflect on his victory in a four-year fight to compete at the London Games against the world’s best able-bodied athletes. “It’s something I will definitely remember for the rest of my life,” Pistorius told The Associated Press on Saturday, thinking back to his debut on the biggest track stage in the world. “It’s been absolutely phenomenal. In a way, I’m glad the pressure’s over.” But there’s still more business for the “Blade Runner” in London. In a few weeks, the South African will be back at the same stadium on his carbon-fiber blades for the Paralympics. He won’t be a sideshow. He’ll be the main attraction. Pistorius is the defending champion in the 100, 200 and 400 meters — and he’ll be expected to win four gold medals this time. He also will be on South Africa’s 4x100 relay team. If he wins them all, he’ll go home with more gold than Usain Bolt. “I’ve always wanted to be at the Olympics and Paralympics at the same games,” Pistorius said, still glowing after running the anchor leg in the 4x400 final Friday. It’s going to be a challenge, sure, but the 25-year-old Pistorius has gotten used to them over the years. Bans, court cases, battles to qualify – and, most recently, a crash by a teammate in the 4x400 relay semifinals this week that almost ended Oscar’s Olympics early. “We won’t hopefully have those (dramas) in the future,” he said, laughing, outside the athletes village. “This has been one of the most special moments of my life and I’m sure the Paralympics later this month is going to be exactly the same for me.” Then, it’ll be time to rest and reflect until next season. And think about what else he can achieve. “Next year we’ve got the world championships in Moscow,” said Pistorius. “Looking forward to that as well.”

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America saves the best dive for last By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer

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GAR’s Maurice Peoples (foreground, left), shown here in a relay race while in college at Arizona State in the 1970s, had the makings of an all-time great. His the 1972 Olympics never came, as his relay team never got to compete.

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nated as an alternate, but when we got to the stadium they said we couldn’t As the Olympics come to a close, some athletes will run because we might win or take one of the medals away from the foreign leave London with medals while others return home countries,” Peoples said. disappointed. In 1972, a local track star left the Munich Peoples and his teammates warmed up for the event and prepared to step Olympics without an opportunity to earn a coveted onto the track before hearing the news. “It was like when someone passes Olympic medal. away in your family and you didn’t know about it and you get the news when you get home,” Peoples said. “We event,” Peoples said. “To be honest, the cried because we were excited and we Maurice Peoples, GAR Memorial knew it was going to take a tremendous 400 wasn’t my best event. The triple Junior/Senior High School graduate, effort to try to win without three of earned a spot in the 1972 Olympics as a jump was my best event.” In 1968 and 1969, Peoples earned the your best people running.” member of the 4x400-meter relay team. In 1973, Peoples put the Olympics state championship in the triple jump Although he qualified for the event, behind him and won the national chamwhen he was a junior and senior at Peoples never stepped onto the track pionship in the 440-yard dash or 400GAR. because three members of the 4x400 meter dash. With his time of 45.11 secAfter graduating from GAR, Peoples relay team couldn’t compete. onds, Peoples broke the world record, went to junior college before earning a One of Peoples’ teammates, John which still stands today, in the first year Smith, pulled his hamstring in the 400- full track scholarship to Arizona State. In 1972, Peoples competed in the Olym- of the electronically clocked 440-yard meter final while Vince Matthews and Wayne Collett were sent home after not pic trials not expecting to make the trip dash. In the same meet, Peoples ran the fastest quarter mile in collegiate history to Munich. dressing properly and talking during “All these people running in the 1972 when he finished his leg of the 4x400m the national anthem at the 400 medal in 43.4 seconds. Olympic trials were people that I ceremony. “He was selected to the Olympic watched as a junior in high school in “People thought it was unbecoming team one year before he really hit his 1968 Olympic Games,” Peoples said. “I of athletes in the United States, so peak in performance, which is what those two were kicked off the team and had no idea I would make the team. I really disappointed me,” Wojnar said. “I was just happy to be there so I ran well sent home,” Peoples’ coach at GAR, wish there was an Olympics in 1973 or because I had no pressure.” Vince Wojnar said. “It was an unfortu’74.” Despite low expectations, Peoples nate situation that had nothing to do Peoples continued to run until 1980, made the finals in the 400 at the Olymwith him (Peoples).” but he never went back to the OlymPeoples started running track in sixth pic trials and finished fifth. pics. An injury kept Peoples from the “When I made the finals, I was the grade. only collegiate athlete in the finals and I 1976 Games and the U.S. boycotted the “He was one of the most enjoyable 1980 Olympics. was the only athlete that people didn’t people to be around,” Wojnar said. “He “I ranked in the top 10 in the world even know who I was,” Peoples said. was very outgoing, likable and talentfrom 1972 until the time I retired in “They just called me the man in red ed.” 1980,” Peoples said. “I won every major because I had a red uniform on.” Peoples gained an interest in the Peoples also finished fifth in the triple meet but I never ran in the Olympics, sport when his coach gave him an opand that’s what hurts.” jump without any formal training. portunity to compete against other Peoples coached at a community “The guy who won the triple jump runners at a high level. college in Arizona where his team won “If it wasn’t for Coach Wojnar, I know and also made the Olympic team in the junior college national championI would not have achieved the accolades 1972 commented on how if I got trainship in his first year as coach. Peoples ing and proper technique that I would that I did in track and field,” Peoples have probably beaten the world record,” also coached at the University of Marysaid. “He really took stock in me and I land where he coached Renaldo NehePeoples said. never had anyone who invested their miah. After losing three members of the time and was as dedicated as Coach “He was one of the greatest hurdlers 4x400m relay team, the U.S. was left Wojnar.” in the world so it was a tremendous with just three runners, including PeoPeoples loves that each athlete is honor to coach someone of that caliresponsible for his or her success in the ples and two alternates. “In the relay, you are allowed to enter ber,” Peoples said. sport of track and field. After living in Washington D.C., Peosix names, which I don’t like,” Wojnar “If you lose, you can’t blame the offisaid. “I wish you could enter as many as ples moved back to Arizona where he is cials, coaches or teammates,” Peoples a minister and a middle school coach. you want.” said. “It’s all on you, and I liked that.” “I decided to move to Arizona where The U.S. wanted to use Jeff Bannister, Peoples competed in a slew of events I could live a peaceful life,” Peoples a participant in the decathlon, as the including the 100, 200, 400, long jump, said. “The people remind me of Wilkesfourth member of the team. triple jump, 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Barre. They’re very friendly, hospitable “They said it would be all right if we “The problem as an athlete is trying and easy going.” used another athlete that wasn’t desigto determine which event is your best By JOE BARESS | For the Times Leader

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LONDON — David Boudia ended a gold-medal drought for the United States with a dramatic last dive that scored the most points of the 10-meter platform competition at the Olympics on Saturday night. Boudia’s victory by 1.08 points over Qiu Bo of China gave the U.S. its first gold in diving since 2000, and was the first by an American man since the late Mark Lenzi won the 3-meter springboard at the 1992 Barcelona Games. “Oh, my God, I don’t have words for it,” said Greg Louganis, the diving great who swept the springboard and platform events at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics and who has mentored Boudia. On the medals stand, Boudia wiped his brow as if to say, “Whew!” It was that close. The American scored 568.65 points in the six-dive final. Qiu took the silver at 566.85. Tom Daley of Britain settled for the bronze at 556.95 after leading going into the final dive in front of a raucous home crowd that included David Beckham and his three sons. “Tom Daley dove the lights out, Qiu Bo dove the lights out,” Boudia said. “I only did what I do in practice.” Daley scored 90.75 on his last dive, including one 10, but Boudia and Qiu each did the same tougher dive in the last round. Boudia, tied for second with Qiu going into the last round, scored 102.60 points on a back 21⁄2 somersault with 21⁄2 twists pike worth a 3.6 degree of difficulty. It was the highest score of any dive in the final. Qiu followed him and scored 100.80, not quite enough to deliver a seventh gold for China in these games. “I was very nervous,” Qiu said. “I have competed so many times but I have never had that much nervousness.”

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David Boudia hugs his coach winning gold in the men’s 10meter platform diving final at the Aquatics Centre Saturday.


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Panthers’ Stewart gets 5-year extension By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer

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Juan Pablo Montoya hopes his success on Saturdays finally translates to Sundays. Montoya won the pole for the second straight week, shattering the course qualifying record.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers reached a five-year contract extension with running back Jonathan Stewart on Saturday. Panthers general manager Marty Hurney says the team is “thrilled” to keep Stewart around to work with fellow running back DeAngelo Williams, who received a five-year contract last year, and new fullback Mike Tolbert. The new deal keeps Stewart a Panther through 2017. Financial terms of the deal weren’t immediately available. ESPN, citing sources, reported

ThemovecamebeforethePanthers opened the preseason SatCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Matt Schaub led one scoring drive and threw urday night at home against the an interception in his first action since breaking right foot last Houston Texans. season, and the Houston Texans beat the Carolina Panthers 26-13 The decision also closes specuon Saturday night in the preseason opener for both teams. lation the Panthers (No. 20 in AP Schaub completed three passes for 52 yards on Houston’s Pro32) might attempt to trade opening drive, including a 22-yard strike on third down the seam to Stewart because of their depth at Owen Daniels to set up a field goal. running back. Stewart was in the Houston’s next two possessions ended in turnovers when Arian Foster fumbled and Schaub’s pass was intercepted by linebacker last year of his contract. Jason Phillips on a bad throw over the middle. However,Hurneysaidthatwas Playing without his top weapon Andre Johnson, Schaub finished never an option. 3 of 6 for 52 yards for Houston. “We didn’t even consider it,” Cam Newton’s night also was short and not all that productive Hurney said. “He’s a valuable for Carolina. player for us. All you have to do is look is look at his production. I the deal includes $22.5 million in maker who came make a differ- think you look at it as if you try to guaranteed money and is worth ence in games” and that “we have add as many weapons as possible seen the impact he and DeAngelo on offense, regardless of posi$36.5 million overall. Hurney calls Stewart a “play- Williams have had on our team.” tion.”

Schaub makes return, Texans beat Panthers

Record lap earns Montoya 2nd pole A week after starting first at Pocono, the slumping driver leads the field again.

By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Juan Pablo Montoya prefers running up front, and it grates on him when he doesn’t. For the second straight week, he has no reason to beat himself up going into the race. Montoya shattered the Sprint Cup qualifying record at Watkins Glen International on Saturday. Montoya won the pole for Sunday’s Finger Lakes 355 with a lap around the 11-turn, 2.45-mile layout in 69.438 seconds at 127.020 mph. Kyle Bush set the track record of 69.767 seconds at 126.421 mph a year ago. “All my life I’ve raced to win,” Montoya said after notching his second straight pole in the series and ninth of his career. “The last couple of years have been really frustrating.” Busch qualified second, also eclipsing the track record. Fivetime Cup champion Jimmie Johnson was third, followed by Brad Keselowski and Marcos Ambrose. Ryan Newman, five-time Watkins Glen winner Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Truex Jr. and Jamie McMurray rounded out the top 10. Points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified 16th. Denny Hamlin and Jeff Burton were in backup cars after wrecking their primary rides in practice on Friday, victims of a track made slippery by Patrick Long’s blown engine. Hamlin was 23rd and Burton 31st. Montoya won the pole last week at Pocono and finished 20th. He has only two top-10 finishes this season and three DNFs, one of the main reasons he’s 21st in the points. Still, he isn’t about to concede with five races remaining before the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. “The only thing you can do is make sure you’re working the hardest you can,” said Montoya, whose two Cup victories have come on the road courses at Sonoma and Watkins Glen. “Maybe we still don’t have the fastest car, but if you can play the strategy right you might come up here with something and you might go on to Richmond (the last race before the postseason) with a chance of making the Chase. It

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ley got the silver in 37.04, equaling the old record that Bolt helped set at last year’s world championships. Trinidad & Tobago took the bronze in 38.12. Canada, which was third across the line, was disqualified for running outside its lane, and its appeal was rejected. As Blake and Gay rounded the race’s final curve, they were pretty much in sync, stride for stride. But when that duo was done, the relay came down to Bolt vs.

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Carl Edwards wins Nationwide race WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Carl Edwards has won the NASCAR Nationwide race at Watkins Glen International. Edwards, making his first series start of the season, beat Brad Keselowski on a two-lap dash to the checkered flag for his 38th career victory, breaking a tie with Kevin Harvick for third all-time. Pole-sitter Sam Hornish Jr. finished third, followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Ron Fellows. Kyle Busch, who started from the back of the field because his team made changes to his No. 54 Toyota, managed to finish sixth despite shifter and throttle problems. Danica Patrick, making her first series start at Watkins Glen, was taken out on the first turn of the race by Ryan Truex, and finished last. Points leader Elliott Sadler was 12th.

would be shocking.” Ambrose won last year’s race, besting Busch and Keselowski in a fender-banging, green-whitecheckered finish. Busch is desperate for a victory this time. He’s fallen out of the top 10 in points and a win would vault him back into contention for one of the two wild cards. The top 10 drivers in the points automatically qualify for NASCAR’s version of a postseason. Chase positions11and12 are wild cards and are awarded to those drivers between 11th and 20th in points who have the most wins. Busch is tied with Gordon, Logano, and Newman with one victory apiece, but Gordon has one of the wild cards. Kasey Kahne, with two wins and 11th in points, has the other. “For the next five races, it’s win or bust, basically,” Busch said. “Finishing second, third or fourth ain’t going to get us anywhere.” Johnson, dethroned last year by Tony Stewart after winning five straight championships, is intent on starting a new streak. “With the overall points being as close as they are, it’s tough now,” said Johnson, fourth in points but only eight out of first. “I want to lead the championship going into the postseason. That’s my goal. But there will be some craziness during the race. We see that on road courses, period. If there’s a chance to take a risk, I think you’ll see a lot of it.” Bailey, who was fifth in the 100 meters in 9.88. Really not a fair matchup. After transferring the baton to his right hand, the 6-foot-5 Bolt churned up the track with his long-as-can-be strides, and Bailey had no chance to keep up. “Wow,” Bailey said. “He’s a monster.” Bolt kept adding to his lead and actually spared his now-customary showboating at the finish. “He was basically the difference in the race. It was even all the way around,” Gay said. “When he got the stick, there was nothing we could do about it.”

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USA’s Maya Moore, left, flashes her gold and celebrates with teammates upon receiving their medals after defeating France on Saturday in London. It was the 41st straight win for the U.S. women in Olympic play.

“The legacy is real,” said Edwards, who had a front-row seat Saturday night. “What these kids have been doing is amazing. Without much time to practice. In the middle of the WNBA season. And they look good. It’s like the whole world knows who we are. I’m really proud of them. “They’re definitely among some of the best” U.S. teams. The U.S. faced its only challenge of the London Games when Australia took a four-point halftime lead. It was the first time in 12 years that the Americans had been trailing at the half. There was no panic or worry. They just stepped up their defense and vanquished the Australians, winning by 13 points. “It’s not easy to just be put together and be expected to win a gold medal,” Taurasi said. “It’s a special feeling.”

France, which came into the gold medal game unbeaten, stayed with the U.S. for the first 12 minutes before Parker took over. She scored eight straight points during a 13-2 run that gave the U.S. a 37-23 advantage. Twice the 6-foot-4 Parker grabbed the rebound on the defensive end and dribbled up through the defense scoring on the other. While Parker — who also had 11 rebounds — was providing the offense, the Americans turned up their defense, holding France to just one basket over the final 7:25 of the half. “We always felt like as long as we played our best ... we’d be all right,” Bird said. The U.S. led by 12 at the half and poured it on in the third quarter. France got within 41-31 but the U.S. scored 13 of the next 14 points any thoughts of a monumental upset were forgotten. On one sequence, Catchings got a steal and passed to Bird, who hit Moore in perfect stride for a finger-roll lay-in down the lane. It only got worse from there for France, which was making its Olympic debut. The Americans bottled up France’s flashy point guard Celine Dumerc, who made only field goal in the first half and finished with eight points. “I’m just happy to have this medal around my neck,” Dumerc said of her silver. “We lost to a very good team and we made history for women’s basketball in our country.”

There’s a pretty good case to be made for it. In the century-plus history of the modern Olympics, no man had set world records while winning the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay — until Bolt did it in Beijing. None had won the 200 meters twice, let alone completed a 100200 double twice — until Bolt did so in 2008 and 2012. Now he’s added a second consecutive sprint relay title, too. And Jamaica did it without Asafa Powell, who held the 100 world record from 2005 until Bolt claimed it in 2008 and was the anchor on the Jamaican team that won the 4x100 four years ago.

No matter. The team drafted a pretty decent guy to take his place on the final leg. And to think: Bolt arrived in London to a chorus of questions. Was he completely healthy? Was he still as fast as the guy who set the world records of 9.58 for the 100, and 19.19 for the 200, at the world championships three years ago? And, most of all, having lost twice to Blake at the Jamaican Olympic trials, could Bolt still claim to be the best in the world if he wasn’t even the best in his own country? Three events — and three gold medals — provided all the answers.

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game-changing run in the second quarter as the U.S. won its 41st straight Olympic game. This one was special. Taurasi, who said she doesn’t get emotional, cried receiving her gold medal and then paraded around draped in an American flag. “A little trip down memory lane,” Taurasi said. “The track record was going through my head. My parents, Coach was there. It was just a lot of things hit me at once and that’s what happened.” The winning streak started in the bronze medal game in 1992. In that stretch, the Americans have won by nearly 30 points a game. Only one team has stayed within single digits of them, and they’ve lost just once in major international competitions, to Russia in the semifinals of the 2006 world championship. Coach Geno Auriemma didn’t want to get drawn into the debate of where this team ranks among the five that have won the gold. “The United States has had great teams since 1996 and we are just another one on the list,” he said. “We accomplished the same thing they did and I don’t know if that separates us. I think it just makes us equal.” Teresa Edwards, Dawn Staley, Sheryl Swoopes and Lisa Leslie After seeing the record time, Bolt began to celebrate, something he relishes as much as running, it seems. He posed with Blake, each doing a signature pose. Bolt did his “To the World” move, where he leans back and points to the sky. Blake curled his hands as if they were claws while making a scary face to match the nickname Bolt gave him, “The Beast.” After removing his spikes, Bolt danced barefoot to the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” as it played on the arena’s loudspeakers. Later, wearing his latest gold medal, Bolt waved his fingers toward the stands, try-

Angel McCoughtry jumps on the back of U.S. coach Geno Auriemma after the victory. Auriemma wouldn’t speculate whether this team was the greatest of the five gold-medal squads.

got the amazing run started, and Taurasi, Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings have continued it. With young stars Parker, Maya Moore and Tina Charles a big part of the success in London it doesn’t look like the run will end anytime soon. “The players give back. You have players coming back for a third Olympics to show the younger players what it takes to win a gold medal,” said Parker, a two-time Olympian. “I learned a lot from Tina Thompson, Lisa Leslie, Katie Smith and now Dee, Tamika, Sue. It’s just the passing down of what it takes to win. That commitment to USA Basketball.” Catchings said the Americans “just wanted to keep that legacy going.” Edwards, a five-time Olympian, said no worry there. ing to get fans to do the wave. And they did, of course. Bolt will turn 26 on Aug. 21, and already has cast doubt on whether he’ll show up for the 2016 Games. As it is, he’s a perfect 6 for 6 in Olympic finals for his career, getting gold every time — and setting four world records in the process. Bolt came to London with the stated goal of becoming a “living legend,” something he was ready to declare after his victory in the 200. Before Saturday’s race, the head of track and field’s governing body, Lamine Diack, agreed, saying the sprinter had “entered the legendary.”


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Summer may be winding down, but the rides continue on It’s hard to believe, but we are almost halfway through August. And with all the back-toschool commercials appearing on TV, I can almost feel the cycling season slipping away. There was a time when I would ride well into late November and early December, but I’m not quite as dedicated (or as my wife would say, crazy) as I used to be. Don’t fret, however. Even if you’re like me and your mileage

JOE SOPRANO CYCLING SCENE is lower than you want and your weight is higher than you would like, there is still plenty of time for riding and some great charity group rides left to do. First up is today’s Endure for a Cure ride to benefit the American Cancer Society. The ride features 10-, 36- and 62-mile courses. All the routes feature rest stops, medical support and a SAG wagon. Registration is at 7 a.m. today at Wilkes University. The fee is

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$40. Then next month there is the Upstate Velo’s Club “Return of the Great 100.” The ride, scheduled for Sept. 9, will raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. It will feature 31-, 62- and 100-mile options, all leaving from Luzerne County Community College. But be forewarned – even the 31-mile route is a rugged test. I had a chance to ride the route about a month ago. The 3,000 feet of climbing along the route took its toll. And the dog chasing me just outside of Shickshinny wasn’t

much fun. (But don’t worry, the farm where the dog chased me did have its cow tied up. So you don’t have to worry about that.) But if you can survive the climbs, it certainly is a wonderful ride. The 62- and 100-mile options also offer lots of climbing. The minimum suggested donation for any of the routes is $20. Find out more at www.upstatevelo.com. Finally there’s the Bicycling Magazine Fall Classic in the Lehigh Valley on Oct. 7. This ride allows you to ride with the editors and writers from the magazine, and offers

routes of 10, 25, 50 and 90 miles. And if you are the competitive type, you will be happy to hear that the 90-mile ride will be timed with prizes for top climbers along the course. Find out more about the Fall Classic at www.bicycling.com/ fallclassic. Of course, these are just three of the many group rides that go on throughout our region. Keep an eye on the bulletin board at your favorite bike shop to find more. RACE RESULTS Speaking of the Lehigh Valley,

Joe Soprano writes about cycling for The Times Leader. Reach him at jsoprano@timesleader.com or 8297164.

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LSU goals remain unchanged By BRETT MARTEL AP Sports Writer

By RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer

SYLVANIA, Ohio — For the lead groups, the final round of the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic will be just like a friendly round back home in South Korea. Oh, and give the winner a check for $195,000. South Koreans Jiyai Shin, Kim, So Yeon Ryu and Hee Kyung Seo dominated the leaderboard, sharing the top spot at 11-under 202 on Saturday through the third round. Two more South Koreans, Inbee Park (69) and second-round leader Chella Choi (70), were a shot back along with Japan’s Mika Miyazato (69). Call them the Seoul sisters. “It will be really exciting Sunday,” said Kim, who will be chasing her fourth career LPGA Tour victory. “These are players that I grew up with. I know them personally and I know their family issues and all that. So, even though we’re playing in the U.S., having them around I feel much more at home.” South Koreans have not only flooded (43 of them on the roster this year) but also dominated the LPGA Tour in recent years. Still, they have seldom taken over a tournament like the one at Highland Meadows. In addition to filling the top four spots and six of the top seven, South Korea was represented by players occupying seven of the top 11 positions and 11 of the top 25 through 54 holes. Even though they are extremely competitive, don’t expect any gamesmanship. “There are a lot of Korean players on tour,” said Shin, who has won eight times in LPGA events since 2008, including victories in the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open and the 2008 Women’s British Open. “We are very close because we came over to play in the U.S. We were homesick, missing our friends and family in Korea. And that has made us close to each other.” Shin and Kim each shot 5-under 66 for the low rounds of the day, while Ryu had a 67 and Seo a 68. The range in scores of the four leaders is a high of 69 to a low of 66. In other words, almost the perfect definition of consistency. Ryu acknowledged that, then added, “Sometimes someone is crazy and has a low score — like a 61 or 62.” It’s not really surprising that the South Korean contingent is elbowing everyone else out of the picture at the Jamie Farr. After all, the player who is the matriarch of her country’s players on the LPGA Tour — Se Ri Pak — has won the Farr five times. And three other players from South Korea — Mi Hyun Kim, Eunjung Yi and Na Yeon Choi — also have finished first in suburban Toledo. In fact, since Pak won her first Farr in 1998, South Koreans have walked off with the title eight of the 13 years.

David Novak of Tunkhannock has turned in some impressive performances down in Trexlertown. Novak, 19, posted a win just last week in the Fuji Super Tuesday Pro-Am Series Pro/Cat 1/2 points race. He accomplished the feat while riding for Pyramid Elite Racing. He also had a fourth- and fifth-place finish in the weeks before his victory.

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High school wrestling season doesn’t begin for a few months. But the preparation goes on year round for locals, such as Dallas’ Dominic DeGraba (top) and Wyoming Valley West’s James Wright, during a summer workout at Wilkes University.

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who have traveled all over the country this summer. Hawkins, who will be a When the average thinks sophomore when school of wrestling during the resumes in a few weeks, summer they think of the wrestled in over 100 Summer Olympics. matches this summer While that is true, the traveling to places such as Olympics are on a much Virginia Beach, Va., Lake bigger stage. Placid, N.Y., and New On a smaller landscape, Jersey in an attempt to thousands of high school improve on last year’s grapplers travel all over regional qualifying experithe country in hopes of ence. possibly getting to the “It makes you better for Olympics some day or high school and to stay in achieving the highest medshape,” Hawkins said. “If al on their current circuit. you’re not in shape for Many wrestlers from the Kyle Krasavage of Wyoming Valley West is one of several local Wyoming Valley Conferwrestlers to enroll at summer camp sessions offered by Wilkes high school you’re not going to perform as well.” ence attend camps, clinics, coach Jon Laudenslager at the Marts Center. Almost all of the wrespractices or sessions durtlers in the area go to ing the summer months to fine tune their skills in hopes of im“Perfect practice makes per- some sort of offseason workout. There certainly isn’t a shortage of proving on the previous year’s finish. fect. I think wrestling 11 them locally. Wyoming Seminary “From the time the PIAA says you hosted a Future’s Wrestling Camp and can start practicing until the time of months out of the year inLake-Lehman was site for the Eagles your first meet is only two weeks and Way Wrestling Clinic, which both you’re really not going to get into the stead of three months out of were flooded with numerous top colshape you need to be in that time,” the year makes a big differlegiate names instructing at each Wyoming Valley West head coach ence.” location. Drew Feldman said. “If you want to Kyle Krasavage Those clinics helped wrestlers in compete and be ready to go, you have Wyoming Valley West senior two ways. Not only did they get topgot be working all summer long.” notch instruction but they also got One of the most popular clinics is possible recognition from some of the at Wilkes University where Colonels elite collegiate programs in the counhead coach Jon Laudenslager runs the National Tournament, was first at the try. There’s even a year-round clinic in show. For $150 per athlete, they not Luzerne – Rock Solid, which is inEastern Nationals and earned an only get instruction but have access to the facility. Grapplers from Cough- eighth-place medal for his team at the structed by the most famous wrestling brothers in District 2, Rocky and NHSCA Duals. lin, Crestwood, Dallas, Meyers and Even though that seems like a lot of Ricky Bonomo. Wyoming Valley West were among “From a recruiting standpoint, it’s accomplishments in one offseason, he the numerous on hand every Thursgreat if you plan on wrestling in colwould still like to improve. day and Sunday night at Wilkes’ “You get to wrestle different people lege,” said Eagles Way Wrestling ClinMarts Center for the courses. ics director Jack Davis. “Wrestling is The Spartans’ Kyle Krasavage, who and see different styles and see a lot a thing where you share a lot of inmore stuff. Different coaches,” Krawill begin his senior year in a few formation with one another. It doesn’t weeks, was a state qualifier as a fresh- savage said. “You got to get better. Perfect practice makes perfect. I think hurt to share with others.” man and was close to qualifying the Whether it’s to fine tune skills or wrestling 11 months out of the year next two seasons. He’s even coming get recognized in the sport, one thing off a stellar summer where he earned instead of three months out of the is for sure about wrestling: it’s no year makes a big difference.” an All-American finish with a gold longer just a sport for the winter Like Krasavage, Coughlin’s Bobby medal at the AAU Disney Duals in months. It’s now a year-round activity. Orlando, Fla., took sixth at the Junior Hawkins is another of many locals By DAVE ROSENGRANT drosengrant@timesleader.com

BATON ROUGE, La. — All the work Tyrann Mathieu had put into one of his biggest weaknesses, covering receivers one-on-one, had gotten quarterback Zach Mettenberger’s attention. “He made huge strides in being able to be a lock-down cover corner. That was a big thing he wanted to work on this offseason,” Mettenberger said, then added, “We got to look to the young guys Mathieu to make plays now.” On Saturday, LSU scrimmaged without Mathieu, a 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist who was kicked off the team Friday for what was reportedly the latest of several failed drug tests since his arrival on campus in 2010. With Tharold Simon, LSU’s most experienced pass defender, lined up at one cornerback slot, Mettenberger said he didn’t have to be told to throw in the direction of freshman cornerback Jalen Mills, who took most of the snaps Mathieu would have had with the first-team defense. “We’re going to pick on those young guys ... and see how they handle the pressure,” Mettenberger said. “Mills has had a great camp so far. He’s got a lot of talent. ... I’m looking for big things from him.” As for Mathieu, he’s looking for another place to play this season. He already has visited McNeese State, an FCS school in Lake Charles, La., about a 3 1/2 hour drive west on Interstate 10 from his native New Orleans. Mathieu’s departure left LSU with major voids to fill both on defense and special teams. Mathieu had a knack for causing turnovers as a blitzer and making tacklers miss as a punt returner. LSU players, including Mettenberger and veteran offensive lineman Josh Dworaczyk, agreed it would be pointless to deny how good Mathieu was and how much it hurts to lose him as a playmaker and a teammate. At the same time, they stressed that great teams must be able to overcome the loss of top players. “I watched him come a long way, so losing him is going to hurt,” Dworaczyk, a sixth-year senior, said of Mathieu. “We all took it upon (ourselves) as the leadership of this team to really turn to the back of the (team meeting) room and look at the younger guys and say, ‘All right, who’s going to step up? Who’s going to be the next guy that’s going to fill in this position?’ “We have things to do this year,” Dworaczyk continued. “Something we always do here at LSU is, through adversity, we continue to move forward.” In meetings involving both the full team and those broken down into position groups Friday evening, veteran leaders spent a good half hour or so leading discussions about the “life lessons” to be learned from Mathieu’s departure and the importance of responding with even greater purpose as the Sept. 1 season opener against North Texas approaches.


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BULLETIN BOARD THE NORTH MOUNTAIN BRANCH OF THE QUALITY DEER MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION will host a Family Fun Activity Day on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club in Factoryville. The event will feature a 30-target 3D shoot, claybird shooting, horseshoe tournament and a chicken BBQ dinner. A gun raffle and 50/50 drawing will also be held. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and dinner is served between noon and 4 p.m. For more information or to register, contact Chris Denmon at 477-2238 or Linda Coolbaugh at 836-2765. THE PENNSYLVANIA FISH & BOAT COMMISSION will host a Family Fishing Program from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Wilkes-Barre River Common’s Fishing Pier.This program is being offered in partnership with the Riverfront Parks Committee (www.riverfrontparks.org) and the Luzerne County Keystone Active Zone (KAZ) Passport program (www.kazpassport.org). The program is free, open to the public and a fishing license will not be required. The program is designed for families with children ages eight and older with little or no fishing experience. Families will learn about safety, fishing tackle, regulations and basic techniques like casting and knot tying. Participants will also be given the opportunity to fish together as a family. Equipment and bait will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring a chair and drinking water. Meet at the River Common fishing pier located along the Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre. A map and directions are available at the Riverfront Parks Committee website at www.riverfrontparks.org. Registration is required and available online by visiting the Family Fishing Program schedule at http://fishandboat.com/fish_fundamentals.htm. HUNTS FOR HEALING will host its first Red, White and Blue Rally from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Aug. 19 at the American Legion Post 510 in Laceyville. The family event will feature a chicken barbecue, hot dogs, hamburgers, raffles, 50/50 drawing and a baked goods sale. NESCOPECK STATE PARK will hold a birds and butterflies walk today with enthusiast Jonathan Debalko. The walk will meander around the butterfly garden and lake in search of birds and butterflies. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring binoculars if you have them. The park will have a small supply available to borrow. This is also a Junior Bird Club event. Kids ages 9 and up are invited to attend the birds and butterflies program. There is a one-time $5 fee for new members. This club is supported by the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, contact the park or make inquiries through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 888-537-7294 (TTY). Bureau of State Parks staff will gladly discuss how to accommodate your needs. With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs. HICKORY RUN STATE PARK NATURALIST MEGAN TAYLOR will host the ninth hike in the 2012 Hickory Run State Park Hiking Series at 9 a.m. on Aug. 19. The 2.5 mile hike is classified as difficult. Meet at the Hawk Falls Trailhead on Route 534, east of the park office. This hike will feature some small but very steep and rocky sections on Hawk Falls and Orchard Trail Loop. For more information, contact Taylor at hickoryrunenvedsp@pa.gov or 570403-2006. DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES VOLUNTEER DAVID KRUEL will host an early morning beginners bird walk at 8 a.m. on Aug. 25 at Nescopeck State Park to celebrate the Global Birding Initiatives “Pledge to Fledge” program. From Aug. 24-26, birders across six continents will be sharing their interest in birds by bringing friends and other non-birders out to truly see and enjoy birds for the first time. The goal of the program is to share enthusiasm toward bird watching to transform non-birders and casual birders into citizens concerned about bird conservation and the environment. This program is free and will meet at the wood bridge near the education center at Nescopeck State Park. A limited number of binoculars will be available. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water along. Registration is required by calling 403-2006. THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES will host a bus tour highlighting seven sites throughout Luzerne County that showcase a variety of management techniques such as riparian buffers, rain gardens, parking lot bio-infiltration, grass parking pads, green roofs, pollinator gardens, native grassland meadows, community gardens and more. The tour, which was also organized by Penn State Cooperative Extension and PA Environmental Council, will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., on Sept. 20. Participants will begin at the Kirby Park Natural Area in Wilkes-Barre, where they will board a charter bus and travel to the Plains Animal Hospital, Lands at Hillside Farm, Butler Township Community Garden/Center for Landscape Stewardship and Design, Life Expression Wellness Center, and Nescopeck State Park. The cost for the program is $30 which includes the bus tour, lunch, and a tour booklet highlighting our stops. Tour sponsorships are also available. For more information and to register please contact the Penn State Cooperative Extension at 825-1701.

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The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission recently drafted a proposal to enhance wild trout fisheries on several tailwaters in the state, including the Lehigh River. Pictured are the tailwaters of the Francis E. Walter Dam in White Haven.

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The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission wants to make the churning water that spills out of several of the state’s large reservoirs a bit more wild. Last month, the PFBC board voted to draft a policy that would develop tailwaters into wild trout fisheries, rivaling those found in the western United States. Right now, Pennsylvania has plenty of dams but not many world class wild trout tailwater fisheries. Six dams in the state are under consideration, including the Francis E. Walter Dam on the Lehigh River. The key to transforming their tailwaters into wild trout fisheries is cold water, something that has long been an issue with the Lehigh River. Because the Walter Dam can only release water from the bottom of the pool, much of the coldwater is used up by mid-summer, according to Dean Druckenmiller, president of the Lehigh Coldwater Fishery Alliance. “Our goal is to get water releases that are conducive for trout survival, and right now you can’t do that,” he said. “Water needs to be discharged from the surface in the spring, and that coldwater at the bottom needs to held for later in the summer, but the tower can’t discharge from multiple levels.” Despite the challenge, Druckenmiller was enthusiastic about the agency’s new focus on tailwater fisheries. The policy shows that the PFBC

A proposed PPL power line would cross several tributaries of the upper Lehigh River, which flows into the Francis E. Walter Dam in Luzerne County.

is serious about enhancing trout fishing in the tailwaters, he said. “As a group we can only do so much. We need to have the PFBC on board,” Druckenmiller said. “This isn’t only for the Lehigh River, it’s for trout fishing in Pennsylvania.” Commissioner Norm Gavlick, who represents the northeast region, said installing additional release points on the existing dam at Francis E. Walter is impossible. Constructing a new tower is a long-range, expensive proposal, he said. Still, the idea is being studied by See TAILWATER, Page 11C

Dams being considered Dams being considered by the PFBC as candidates for creating tailwater trout fisheries: • Francis E. Walter Dam on the Lehigh River – Luzerne and Carbon counties • Quemahoning Reservoir – Somerset County • Lake Wallenpaupack – Pike and Wayne counties • Raystown Dam – Huntingdon County • Cannonsville Reservoir – Delaware County, New York (on the Delaware River which flows into Pennsylvania) • Beltzville Dam – Carbon County

W E E K LY B A S S T O U R N A M E N T R E S U LT S Suskie Bassmasters (Every Wednesday, 6-9 p.m. at the Nesbitt ParkBoat Launch in WilkesBarre (www.suskiebassmasters.comorwww.teamrosencrans.org): Aug. 8 results (44 anglers): 1. Alan Casal - 17 ½ inches, 2.49 lbs. 2. Larry Fetterhoof - 17 5/8 inches, 2.21 lbs. 3. Frank Slymock-16 3/8 inches, 2.02 lbs. 4. Bill Jenkins - 15 ½ inches, 1.91 lbs. 5. David M. McGovern - 14 5/8 inches, 1.76 lbs. • Small fish pool winner – Ed Mrochko - .81 lbs. Top 10 Season Standings (total weight in pounds): 1. Chris Ostrowski - 12.00 lbs. 2. Jim Lacomis - 11.49 lbs. 3. Chuck Saypack- 11.18 lbs. 4. Larry Fetterhoof - 10.64 lbs. 5. Frank Slymock - 10.35 lbs. 6. John Centak - 10.22 lbs. 7. Hunter Lacomis - 9.99 lbs. 8. Joe Halesey - 9.89 lbs.

9. Jeremy Miller - 9.78 lbs. 10. Ed Mrochko - 9.69 lbs. Harveys Lake Wednesday Night Bass Tournament (Every Wednesday, 6-9 p.m. at the state boat launch; for more information, call Duke Dalley at 991-0080): Aug. 8 results (27 boats, 52 anglers): 1. Mike Adamshick - 4.60 lb. largemouth 2. Bob Strunk - 4.39 lb. largemouth 3. John Niezgo - 3.15 lb. smallmouth 4. Rob Polish - 2.91 lb. smallmouth 5. Travis Doty - 2.65 lb. largemouth Top 10 Season Standings (total weight in pounds): 1. Greg Mikulski – 19.42 lbs. 2. Dave Brill – 17.36 lbs. 3. John Niezgoda - 16.44 lbs. 4. Gary Mikulski - 15.98 lbs. 5. Mike Adamshick - 15.15 lbs. 6. Greg Mikulski Sr. - 14.18 lbs. 7. Ken Kosloski - 13.70 lbs. 8.Jim Quinn - 12.90 lbs. 9. Dave Harrison - 12.68 lbs.

10. Tom Bralczyk - 12.25 lbs. Upcoming Tournaments •Catching Dreams at Harveys Lake Tournament Aug. 19, registration begins at 5 a.m. and tournament runs from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.; open buddy tournament; all proceeds benefit Catch A Dream Foundation. For more information, call Nicole O’Connor at 639-7114 or Clarence Hogan at 793-5187. • A bass tournament will be held at White Oaks Pond in Wayne County on Aug. 26, at thePFBCboat launch. Registration opens at 4:30 a.m. and tournament runs from safe light until 1 p.m. Fee is $40 per team and a $10 lunker option. For more information, contact Vincent Sabatiniatbasslunker40@aol.com, or Christopher Jonesatbigbuck326@aol.comor 991-6176. •PA BassCasters Lake Carey Open Buddy Tournament on Sept. 2; Begins at safe light and weigh-in is at 2 p.m.; registration and boat check open at 4:45 a.m.

ut me in the middle of a city with no map or GPS, and I’ll get lost in a second. The asphalt streets turn into an urban maze with left and right turns that seem to offer no way out. While I admit my navigational skills are lacking on the paved city streets, it’s a different story on a dirt road. I never get lost. I’m right where I want to be. When the tires hit the gravel, driving doesn’t feel like the stressful chore that it is in the city. And I know exactly why. Dirt roads offer a sense of adventure and anticipation. Surrounded by mountains or fields, you never know what you’re going to see along a dirt road. Last week I spent much of the day driving the dirt roads in Bradford County. My friend Keith Goyne and I went up for a day of farm pond bass fishing, which is about as relaxing an activity as there is. But the enjoyment doesn’t begin with the first cast. It starts when we turn off the pavement and onto the dusty, dirt roads. That’s when the foot eases off the gas pedal a bit, the air-conditioning is turned off and the windows go down to let the fresh air in. But the truck isn’t the only thing that slows down on a dirt road. Life does as well. Our destination was a farm pond in Wilmot Township that Keith and I have fished for years. It’s loaded with feisty largemouths, slab panfish and chunky bullheads. And the best part about it is it takes miles of dirt roads to get there. As a light dust cloud kicked up behind our slow moving pickup, the stress and hurry of everyday life oozed away. We spotted does with fawns out in the hayfields, a buck standing in the shade of an apple tree and a hen turkey with poults chasing insects in the tall grass. We marveled at the towering mountains in the distance and the ancient barns that still stood as landmarks along our route. We reminisced about all the years we traveled these very dirt roads, beginning not long after we turned 16, and felt relief to see familiar sites that hadn’t changed. When you travel a dirt road, you have time to observe, recollect and appreciate. Highways and interstates may be the main arteries to and from a destination, but if you really want to get to know an area in it’s purest form, take a dirt road. They’ll take you over mountains, through shaded hollows and across expanses of farm fields – places that are nothing but a blur along a highway. Dirt roads are the heart of a rural area, but they are becoming fewer and fewer as “progress” buries them under a layer of asphalt. It’s a shame to think that future generations may never know what it’s like to hear the gravel crunch and pop under the tires and see the dust rise up in the rear view mirror. Much like old barns, dirt roads are vanishing from the rural landscape. After fishing until dark, we loaded the boat in the back of the truck and reluctantly began the drive back home. The dirt roads that welcomed us earlier in the day now guided us back, though neither of us would’ve minded getting lost and prolonging the trip a little bit longer. But we didn’t. We couldn’t. I just can’t get lost on a dirt road. Surrounded by trees, fields and wildlife, if I’m on a dirt road I’m always exactly where I want to be. Tom Venesky covers the outdoors for The Times Leader. Reach him at tvenesky@timesleader.com


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Pheasant farm tours The Pennsylvania Game Commission will offer public tours of its four game farms on Sunday, Sept. 30. Guided tours are scheduled to begin at noon and conclude by 3 p.m., rain or shine, at the game farms in Armstrong, Crawford and Lycoming (two farms) counties. “The tours are designed to provide the public an opportunity to learn more about the Game Commission’s game farms and our pheasant propagation program,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. “While pheasants are not a native species to Pennsylvania, or the United States for that matter, the Game Commission’s pheasant-stocking program continues to be a service in high demand, provides a tangible product for the license buyer, and adds diversity to today’s hunting experience at a time when wild pheasant populations are low.” Tour stops will include hatcheries, brooder houses, and rearing, “growout” and over-wintering pens. Workshop discussions will focus on objectives in propagation management, including sportsmen’s organizations participating in raising day-old chicks provided by the farms to increase local hunting opportunities and surplus day-old hen chicks that are sold to the public. Also, after registration and before taking the tour, visitors may view a brief DVD highlighting farm operations throughout the year. When visitors arrive on tour dates, they will be asked to register before game farm personnel take them on a guided tour. In order to maintain biosecurity and minimize human contact with the birds, visitors will be asked to remain with tour groups. Since budget cuts in 2005, the agency reduced the production of ringnecked pheasants from 200,000 birds to 100,000 birds annually at the Game Commission’s game farms, and the agency temporarily closed one of the game farms. “Thanks to recent revenues from Marcellus Shale-related gas leases on State Game Lands, the agency has increased its production level to distribute 200,000 birds for the 2012-13 hunting seasons, and we reopened the fourth game farm in 2010 to reach that production level,” Roe said. “Also, in recent years, the Game Commission has invested in many long overdue game farm infrastructure improvements.” With the increase to 200,000 pheasants being stocked for the 2012-13 seasons, Roe said he hopes hunters have an even better pheasant hunting experience in the upcoming seasons. “We’re expecting hunters will see more pheasants in the field, because the Game Commission will be stocking pheasants during the first four weeks of the seasons, which is two weeks more than in recent years,” Roe said. “Because of these improvements and expanded production, we encourage pheasant hunters, as well as other interested individuals, to participate in our public tours of the four game farms.” Goals for the pheasant propagation program are found in the agency’s pheasant management plan, which can be viewed on the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) by putting your cursor over “Hunt/Trap” in the menu bar at the top of the page, then clicking on “Hunting” and then choosing “Pheasant” from the “Small Game” listing. Directions to the local game farms are as follows: Loyalsock Game Farm: Lycoming County, 136 Game Farm Rd., Montoursville, Pa., 17754. The game farm is five miles north of Montoursville on Route 87, but the Route 973 bridge over the Loyalsock Creek still is out due to last year’s flood. The game farm is 1.5 miles east of Warrensville on Route 973. Follow Warrensville Road 5.7 miles north to Warrensville from the Warrensville Road exit (Exit 23) of Interstate 80. Tour starts at the hatchery. Northcentral Game Farm: Lycoming County, 1609 Proctor Rd., Williamsport, Pa., 17701. The game farm is 18 miles north of Montoursville off of Route 87. Tour starts at the hatchery of the Proctor (northern) farm. Roe noted that information regarding pheasant stocking plans will be announced in September.

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the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which owns the dam, and Gavlick said some of the findings are encouraging. “According to early model projections, by releasing water from different levels, we can keep the temperature at less than 68 degrees for almost 30 miles downriver,” Gavlick said.

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The Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame will induct the class of 2012 at a ceremony to be held Aug. 19, at the Ramada Inn on Public Square. Tickets to the 28th annual induction banquet must be purchased in advance. For more information, call 824-7133. Merle Bainbridge Football team captain and class president, he was the quarterback at West Pittston High School, a two-year starter on the basketball team, and a track and field standout. His football career continued as quarterback at Lafayette. He also earned a master’s degree from Temple. A first-team West Side Conference performer in football, he finished third in the javelin in his senior year. Bainbridge went on to coach six seasons at West Pittston and a year as an assistant at Wyoming Area. He was also the head coach at Spring-Ford for 11 seasons and an assistant at Coatesville for three seasons and Ursinus College for 13, serving as defensive coordinator. He retired in 1994 after 34 years serving his communities as a teacher. Bainbridge and his wife, Alberta, live in Royersford. They have two sons, Merle Jr. and Mark, and six grandchildren, Ian, Emily, Max, Weston, Mariah and Matthew. John P. Gorham Currently the principal at Nanticoke, he was a track standout for Wyoming Valley West and Penn State who reached the U.S. Olympic trials in 2004. With the Nittany Lions, Gorham set a number of records and was a fourtime All-American specializing in the long jump. He won an IC4A championship and placed multiple times at the Big Ten Championships. He won a PIAA long jump title as a senior at Wyoming Valley West, where he was also sixth in the triple jump and a 100 meters semifinalist. He set a long jump record for the Spartans – and District 2 – with a leap of 24 feet. Gorham won four district championships at Wyoming Valley West. Gorham resides in Kingston with his wife, Tracey, and their four children, twins Cole and Jack, 9, Noah, 6, and Gracen, 4 months.

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Leah) and has two children (K.J., 7, and Kaylee, 6). William James An all-state honorable mention as a senior at Nanticoke, Witkoski he was a member of the school’s Class 3A state basketball championship team, which defeated Hickory Township 56-46 at the Farm Show Arena in Harrisburg. James averaged 17 points and 14 rebounds during his varsity basketball career, scoring more than 1,100 points for the Trojans. He was the Wyoming Valley All-Star MVP as a senior. He also batted around .333 during four varsity seasons with the Nanticoke baseball team. He went on to play Sunday baseball in the Wyoming Valley League and modified fast-pitch softball in New Jersey for 25 years, winning more than 200 games as a pitcher and batting better than .400 as a pitcher, center fielder and shortstop. James is employed by the New Jersey District Water Commission. He lives with his wife, Anna, in Totowa, N.J.

Richie Kiewlak A standout at Nanticoke, he was a member of the school’s Class 3A state basketball championship team of 1961. Kiewlak scored nearly 700 points in two varsity seasons with the Trojans and was an all-state honorable mention. He also played four varsity seasons with the Nanticoke baseball team, batting .444 during his junior and senior seasons. He went on to an eight-year career Kevin Gryboski playing semi-pro baseball, batting .375. He prowess on the diamond led to a The former major league pitcher played in six organizations in a 15-year tryout with the Philadelphia Phillies. Kiewlak retired from U.S. Steel professional career. Corporation and currently lives in Gryboski was best known for his time with the Atlanta Braves, where he Fairless Hills. He and his wife, Patricia, have been married 46 years. They was a set-up man in their vaunted bullpen during their dominance of the have two sons, Richard Jr. and David, and three grandchildren, Eric, David National League East. and Ryan. He was also a member of the Mariners, Rangers, Nationals, Pirates and Kenny Legins Giants organizations, and received The two-time all-state basketball Rookie of the Year consideration in player at Nanticoke (1960-61) went on 2002 with the Braves. He went 2-1 to play Division I college basketball at with a 3.48 ERA in 57 games in his major-league debut season. He retired George Washington, accepting one of 39 scholarship offers he received. with a 12-8 career record and a 4.07 Legins scored 607 points as a senior ERA in 238 major league games. at Nanticoke and posted nearly 2,000 Gryboski was a two-sport standout at Bishop Hoban and then Wilkes. The points during his high school career, which he capped with a Class 3A state Venetia resident is married (wife

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row, and that’s all I can really ask for, so happy with where I am,” McIlroy said. For Woods, it was a grind on another windswept day at Kiawah Island. He failed to birdie the par-5 second hole, and then badly missed a 4-foot birdie putt on the next hole. He hit a spectator with a fairway metal off the tee at the fourth, pulled a shot into the mounds short of the par-5 fifth hole and made yet another bogey on the par-5 seventh with two poor shots to the right, a wedge over the green into a waste area and another missed putt. He made everything Friday to take a share of the 36-hole lead. He made nothing Saturday. Woods already was five

Even without a new tower, the PFBC is still considering the tailwaters of the dam for improvement under the new policy. The agency also works with the USACE to monitor and adjust water releases to maintain colder temperatures as long into the summer, and as far down river, as possible. “We also have to work with the rafting interest as well and keep everybody happy with the release schedule,” Gavlick said. The new focus on tailwaters

shots behind and facing a 6-foot par putt on the eighth hole when the siren sounded to stop play. He was at 1 under. “I got off to a rough start today and couldn’t get anything going,” Woods said through a spokesman. “I’ll come back tomorrow morning and see what happens. There are a lot of holes left to play.” The wind eased as dark clouds gathered over The Ocean Course, and rain poured down on this barrier island about an hour later. The 26 players who didn’t finish the round will return Sunday morning. The final round was to be played in threesomes of both tees, rare for a major championship. Woods was about the only player going the wrong direction. Singh, the 49-year-old who has not been in contention at a major in six years, opened with a 15-foot birdie putt

could also bring about some changes in regards to stocking trout. Because the shift would now be on wild trout, Gavlick said stocking points could be moved downriver away from the tailwaters. He didn’t think anglers would mind the change as long as the wild trout fishery was viable. “When you talk with anglers, they understand that mixing stocked trout with wild trout isn’t a good idea,” Gavlick said. “If we can make the Lehigh River tail-

championship in 1961. At George Washington, he was a three-time All-Southern Conference selection as well as captain of the Colonials for his final three seasons at the university. He became a teacher and coached basketball, advancing professionally to retire as vice president of Abitibi Bowater Paper Co., in 2008. He resides in Plymouth, Mass., with his wife, Barbara. They have two sons, Kenneth Jr. and Keith. Bob McFadden Currently a wrestling official in the PIAA and the NCAA, he was a threesport standout at Meyers in the 1980s for his efforts in cross country, wrestling, and track and field. McFadden was a three-time letter winner in cross country, qualifying for states in 1986. In track and field, he won district gold and silver while helping the Mohawks to a state team championship. His featured sport was wrestling, where he was 95-9-2 – including an undefeated record in 55 dual matchups. He won two Northeast Regionals and twice placed third in the state. He continued wrestling at Bucknell, where he posted a 12-8 record in two seasons with the Bison. He also played nearly a decade of modified softball as a sharp-hitting second baseman. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Wilkes and a master’s from Misericordia. He lives in Sugar Notch with his wife, Tracy, and children, Scott and Todd.

Jill Hockenbury Snowdon A multi-sport athlete in both high school and college, she excelled at both levels. Snowdon played three seasons of soccer at King’s, setting records for goals in a season (15) and career (37), assists in a season (9) and career (24), and points in a season (39) and career (98). She was a threetime MAC all-star. She also played a season of basketball and was a member of King’s first lacrosse team. She started her college career at PSU Wilkes-Barre, where she played a season on the men’s soccer team, scoring one goal. She played four years of basketball at Bishop Hoban, scoring more than 800 points and leading the team to the state Class 3A final. She also played three seasons with the Hoban soccer team, taking her junior season off to join the track team as a sprinter. Snowdon lives in Dallas with her husband, Brent, and children William (6) and Elizabeth (3). Jeff Snyder A master of martial arts with three black belts, he overcame injury to resume a hall of fame career. Inducted into the Grandmaster Coal Hall of Fame in 1991, he was forced to retire due to injury in 1993 after winning more than 150 awards. He returned to martial arts in 2009 and has added more than 60 titles since. He is a 10-time state champion, with eight of those titles coming in Pennsylvania. Snyder had won four national championships and two world championships during his career. He has qualified for three events at the 2012 world championships and is ranked No. 1 in the nation in his age group for fighting in Taekwondo. He works at Nurse Finders and Golden Living Center. Snyder lives in Wilkes-Barre with his wife, Bettie, and children Brock, 3, and Brooke, 1.

Dave Anthony Shipula He starred in youth baseball and basketball in Hanover Township and college at King’s, which he sandwiched around time as a student-athlete in Virginia. Shipula attended Staunton (Va.) Military Academy for high school, where he played basketball for four years. As a senior, he was the team’s outstanding player. He averaged 16 points and 18 rebounds per game. At King’s, he was a starter for two seasons on the basketball team and was a Division II All-ECAC honoree during his junior campaign. Shipula extended his basketball career by playing in France in 1977. Since college, he has been an avid softball player and coached a number of youth leagues, and has served on the PIAA Oversight Council. Shipula has been active in the community in a number of causes as well.

Edmund ‘Chick’ Witkoski The star quarterback and basketball player at Plymouth High School recorded one of the longest in state football history. In a 1939 game against GAR, Witkoski returned a botched punt 107 yards for a touchdown in a 19-13 victory. He was an All-State honorable mention selection. After high school, he joined the Air Force and continued his football playing as quarterback of the Jackson, Miss., Air Force Base team. He went on to operate Ed’s Market in Plymouth, and after his retirement, worked for Darings Market in Dallas. Witkoski is an avid bowler and polka dancer, regularly featured on WVIA’s Polka Party. Witkoski has three stepdaughters, Theresa Flood, Marge Gushka and Suzanne Smith, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

and made a strong recovery from trouble on the par-5 seventh by making a 25foot putt to join McIlroy atop the leaderboard. Right behind was Adam Scott, showing no signs so far of a British Open hangover. Scott blew a four-shot lead with four holes to play last month at Royal Lytham & St. Annes a month ago by closing with four straight bogeys. He came to life toward the end of his front nine Saturday four birdies in a five-hole stretch, capped by a 45-foot birdie putt on the ninth. Scott was at 5-under par. Carl Pettersson, tied with Woods and Singh at the start of the round, was at 4 under through eight holes. This was the second time this year Woods had a share of the 36-hole lead going into weekend at the majors. Stopping play might be the best thing

that happened to him — and a tough break for Bo Van Pelt and Steve Stricker, each of whom shot 67 earlier Saturday to climb up the leaderboard as the wind gained strength. “You never know what the weather will be like when they go back out,” said Van Pelt, the clubhouse leader at 3-under 213. “So they might get the good end of it or the bad end of it. To me, just glad to be done. I did what I could do, and I’m sure before I go to bed tonight I’ll know kind of where I stand going into tomorrow.” Not really. It’s the first time since 2008 that the PGA Championship didn’t complete three rounds on Saturday. “Unfortunately, the weather gods turned against us today,” said Kerry Haigh, the PGA’s managing director of championships.

waters similar to the wild trout fishery on the Delaware River, I think it would be advantageous for anglers and the local economy.” Druckenmiller said the economic impact of a wild trout fishery could be significant to the area. He referred to a Trout Unlimited estimate that states tailwater wild trout fisheries generate $1 million per river mile to the local economy each year. Anglers may not travel as far to fish for stocked trout, Drucken-

miller said, but they don’t mind venturing a ways for the wild variety. “The rivers out west are thriving wild trout fisheries and they are huge economic machines,” he said. “People will travel a long ways to fish for wild trout.” Druckenmiller hoped the PFBC would continue its strong push toward enhancing the tailwater fisheries in the state and added his group will help whenever it’s needed. “The PFBC needs to take the

lead on this, but at the same time it has to be a collaborative effort,” Druckenmiller said. “It’s hard for the agency staff to know all the intricate details of every trout fishery in the state. There’s just too many.” Although the tailwater plan is still in the beginning stages and could cost quite a bit to implement, Gavlick is optimistic. “It’s a big project to take on, but if it succeeds it will set the standard for creating wild trout fisheries,” he said.


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Inequality weighs on U.S. economy

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2012

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With trust low, check safety of investments

By MATTHEW CRAFT AP Business Writer

NEW YORK — What’s wrong with the U.S. economy? Growth comes in fits and starts. Unemployment has been more than 8 percent for three and a half years. Cutting taxes and interest rates hasn’t worked, at least not enough. To Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel Prize-winStiglitz ning economist, the economy’s strange behavior can be traced to the growing gap between wealthy Americans and everyone else. In his new book, “The Price of Inequality,” he connects surging student loan debt, the real-estate bubble and many of the country’s other problems to greater inequality. When the rich keep getting richer, he says, the costs pile up. For instance, it’s easier to climb up from poverty in Britain and Canada than in the U.S. Stiglitz has taught at Yale, Oxford and MIT. He served on President Bill Clinton’s council of economic advisers, then left the White House for the World Bank, where he was the chief economist. He’s now a professor at Columbia University. Below are excerpts from an interview with The Associated Press, edited for clarity. Q: The Occupy Wall Street demonstrations are no longer in the news, but you make the case that income inequality is more important than ever. How so? A: Because it’s getting worse. Look at the recent Federal Reserve numbers. Median wealth fell 40 percent from 2007 to 2010, bringing it back to where it was in the early ’90s. For two decades, all the increase in the country’s wealth, which was enormous, went to the people at the very top. It may have been a prosperous two decades. But it wasn’t like we all shared in this prosperity. The financial crisis really made this easy to understand. Inequality has always been justified on the grounds that those at the top contributed more to the economy — “the job creators.” Then came 2008 and 2009, and you saw these guys who brought the economy to the brink of ruin walking off with hundreds of millions of dollars. And you couldn’t justify that in terms of contribution to society. The myth had been sold to people, and all of a sudden it was apparent to everybody that it was a lie. Q: Markets aren’t meant to be fair. As long as we have markets, there are going to be winners and losers. What’s wrong with that? A: I’m not arguing for the elimination of inequality. But the extreme that we’ve reached is really bad. Particularly the way it’s created. We could have a more equal society and a more efficient, stable, higher-growing economy. That’s really the “so what.” Even if you don’t have any moral values and you just want to maximize GDP growth, this level of inequality is bad. Q: You argue that it’s making our economy grow more slowly and connect it to “rent- seeking.” That’s an economist’s term. Can you explain it in layman’s terms? A: Some people get an income from working, and some people get an income See ECONOMY, Page 2D

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Bill Roushey, left, and Anka Patel, both of Mountain Top, assemble a security grille at Cornell Iron Works. The company headquartered in the Crestwood Industrial Park is finding increasing growth opportunities overseas.

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share gains domestically,” said Mike Simon, director of international sales for the company that makes metal safety and security doors. “If we’re going to grow, it has to come from outside the United States.” Powered by companies like Cornell, exports as a share of economic activity in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton region have grown steadily, according to a recent study by economic research firm IHS Global Insight. The U.S. Metro Economies report, released in July, estimated exports rose from 3.7 percent of gross

metropolitan product in 2005 to 8 percent in 2010. That made exports a larger share of the economy in the area comprised of Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wyoming counties than in places like Boston and Philadelphia, the report said. As exports have grown, so has the region’s ranking among the 363

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metro areas studied. In the decade between 2001 and 2011, IHS said growth averaged 3 percent per year in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton region, ranking it 278th. While the rate slowed throughout the nation as a result of the Great Recession, the local estimate for 2012 matches See OVERSEAS, Page 2D

Many forms of export help are available The NEPA Alliance offers various forms of export assistance to regional companies, including a local meeting with Pennsylvania’s international trade advisors and financial support for overseas business Horvath_ trips. The latter are important in establishing fruitful partnerships outside the borders of the United States, said Mike Horvath, international business development manager at NEPA Alliance.

“If you really want to develop that relationship you have to meet the people face-to-face” and come to terms that your interests are aligned, Horvath said. Horvath emphasized that companies of all types can participate in support programs. “No one should think they’re not able to utilize the programs. We don’t care what size company you are or what product or service you have, we’ll try to help,” he said. Among the resources are: • 14th Annual "Bringing the World to Pennsylvania," Sept. 21, at the Woodlands Inn & Resort,

Plains Township. This year, 19 Pennsylvania trade advisors will be on hand to meet with local businesses about developing international markets. Last year, 31 Northeastern Pennsylvania businesses participated in 172 one-on-one meetings. Horvath said he’s already received six responses from a mailing last week. The meetings and a luncheon are free, but registration is required. • Global Access Program. The GAP award is a 1:1 match with a maximum of $5,000 to help comSee ASSISTANCE, Page 2D

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pons that will double a manufacturer’s coupon up to a face value of $1 on the front of its circular this week. There is no minimum purchase required and you can use two per purchase per day. So buy seven editions of today’s Times Leader and use those coupon doublers wisely. Here’s one good way to use the doubler: Get three boxes of Mrs. T’s Pierogies for $8.07, use the $1 off of three coupon and a doubler to pay $6.07 plus take advantage of an offer of a free boxed or bagged frozen vegetable of your choice up to $1.50 for buying three boxes of pierogies. Andrew M. Seder, a Times Leader staff writer, may be reached at 570-829-7269. Follow him on Twitter @TLAndrewSeder and email him any local steals or deals to aseder@timesleader.com

Question: With seemingly stable companies such as AIG, JPMorgan (Chase), Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Lehman Brothers, MF Global and Peregrine having financial problems, how safe are investor monies held/deposited with national brokers such as Scottrade, (TD) Ameritrade, Vanguard, Schwab and others? Answer: It’s a shame that people feel compelled to ask this question, because it shows how far trust has slipped since we learned in 2008 and afterward that we cannot rely on financial companies, politicians or regulators to protect investors or taxpayers. Yet trust is a necessity in making the economy function well. Paola Sapienza, a finance professor at Northwestern University, has studied trust and investing and oversees a regular survey on trust. In countries where there is little trust in the people who handle investments, even very wealthy people will not invest in their home stock market, she said. She has not polled people specifically on the breakdown in trust related to the companies you mentioned. But she says only 15 percent of Americans say they trust the stock market, and trust in banks was the lowest ever in her survey in June. The survey was done just after JPMorgan revealed the giant banking company suffered a major loss from trading -- nothing illegal or fraudulent, but a breakdown in risk management at the firm. Only 26 percent of those surveyed said they trusted banks. In December 2010, trust in banks was at 43 percent, and in 2008, in the midst of the financial crisis, it was 40 percent. Regardless of trust, if your money is in a bank and the bank collapses, or there is fraud, your money is protected up to $250,000 in an account. The protection comes from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Before banking with any organization, see if it falls within the FDIC’s coverage. Credit unions often have federal protection through the National Credit Union Administration. Money in brokerage accounts is also covered in the case of the collapse of an institution. "The Securities Investor Protection Corp. returns cash, stock and other securities when a brokerage firm fails," said Charles Rotblut, editor of the American Association of Individual Investors Journal. If an SIPC-member brokerage firm goes bankrupt, the SIPC returns assets held in the account. SIPC also provides protection against theft -- cases where securities are stolen from a brokerage, said SIPC president Stephen Harbeck. That’s a distinction from fraud, in which a broker might, for example, provide false or misleading information on a security. Accounts are covered up to $500,000. You can find information at sipc.org. Futures are a different matter, as people with accounts at MF Global or Peregrine Financial Group have learned in painful detail lately. There is no insurance for futures accounts. Futures firms are supposed to be monitored through the National Futures Association and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, but with Peregrine and MF Global it appears that supervision was deficient. MF Global held a combination of account types. Commodities and futures customers weren’t covered by the SIPC. In other words: Buyer beware. Supervision has failed in too many cases lately. The most shocking was Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, in which Madoff had been a leader in the securities industry. Some Madoff customers were able to receive money back from SIPC. Harbeck said those cases fit the definition of theft rather than fraud. Still, when going to an investment firm, make sure your broker is a member of the SIPC. And, as a customer, keep records of all transactions, and also quarterly statements along with the statement from the last month. Gail MarksJarvis is a financial writer at the Chicago Tribune.


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CORPORATE LADDER BORTON-LAWSON Fred S. DeCusatis has joined the architectural and engineering firm as Chief Financial Officer, working in the firm’s Wilkes-Barre headquarters. DeCusatis has more than 25 years of experience building and directing finance and business operations. DeCusaDeCusatis tis was previously the International Controller for DeAngelo Brothers Inc., Hazleton. He is a graduate of King’s College, a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Public Accountants.

MISERICORDIA UNIVERSITY Joseph J. Grilli has been appointed director of Corporate and Institutional Recruitment at the Dallas Township campus. In this new position, he will work with the director of admissions to advance strategic recruitment and admissions Grilli initiatives in the area of non-traditional student enrollment, particularly in the corporate and business sectors. Grilli also will serve with Misericordia President Michael A. MacDowell as co-chair of the Misericordia University Health Care Advisory Council. Grilli has more than 15 years of experience in the health care sector, most notably with the Mercy System, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania and Home Health Corporation of America, where he served as chief operating officer. He has more than 10 years of experience in higher education as a teacher and administrator at King’s College, Luzerne County Community College and in previous positions at Misericordia. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Wilkes University, attended the Penn State University graduate program in public administration, and received his master’s and doctorate degrees in public administration from Nova Southeastern University. He and his wife, Lisa, live in Jenkins Township and have two children.

FIDELITY BANK Logan Hansman has been promoted to the position of Retail Administration Specialist. Hansman will provide support to both the retail services manager and retail sales manager, working to facilitate efficient and effective operations for all Fidelity Bank branches. She will be working from the bank’s Scranton Financial Center. Prior to her promotion, Hansman worked as a Customer Service Specialist in the West Pittston Branch. Hansman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in finance from Bloomsburg University. She lives in Sugarloaf.

BEN FRANKLIN TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY Austin J. Burke, President of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, has been appointed to the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority Board by Governor Tom Corbett. The organization provides seed capital, technology commercialization and entrepreneurial support services for the technology Burke sector. Burke was appointed by Governor Tom Ridge when the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority Board was created in 2001. He was subsequently reappointed twice by Governor Ed Rendell.

HONORS & AWARDS Lori Nocito, Executive Director of Leadership Wilkes-Barre, recently received the 2012 Preceptor Award at the national conference of the National Association of Leadership Programs held in Indianapolis, Ind. The award recognizes Nocito directors of community leadership programs for outstanding creativity, communication skills, trusteeship, ethics, mentoring and dedication in strengthening and transforming the communities they serve. Nocito is a board member of the ALP, the Greater WilkesBarre Chamber of Commerce and Luzerne County Head Start.

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A patchwork of potato chip varieties By MICHELE KAYAL For The Associated Press

You say potato, I say pot-ahtoe ... chip. And that’s just the start of it. Though thin and flat may be the national standard — and bestselling variety — of this ubiquitous snack, regional and sometimes hyper-local preferences for different calibers of crunch, thickness, seasonings and endless other elements have created a surprisingly diverse culinary patchwork of chip styles around the country. That’s right — the chips you nosh in the Northeast could be wildly different than those savored in the South. Midwesterners, for example, prefer a thicker, more substantial chip. Big, hearty chips also sell well in New England and the Rockies, though in the latter area those progressive mountain folk want theirs with artisanal seasonings. Southerners love barbecue flavor, chip industry executives say, but it needs to be sprinkled on thin, melt-inyour-mouth chips. Southwestern states predictably go for bold and spicy. Local flavors — such as New Orleans Cajun and Mid-Atlantic crab seasoning — find their way onto chips in those places. And people all across the country, it seems, love a curly, shattering kettle chip. “People like the potato chip they grew up with,” says Jim McCarthy, chief executive officer at the Snack Food Association, a trade group that represents the many denizens of convenience store shelves. “There’s a very strong brand recognition and brand loyalty to the chip you grew up with.” Potato chips are America’s number one snack, according to the group’s 2012 state of the industry report, and we spent $9 billion on them in 2010, 50 percent more than what we spent on the No. 2 snack, tortilla chips. More than half of those

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just because they own a resource. Their income isn’t the result of effort. They’re getting a larger share of the pie instead of making the pie bigger. In fact, they’re making it smaller. Q: So, for example, I put a toll booth at a busy intersection and keep all the money for myself. A: That’s right. You just collect the money. You’re not adding anything. It’s often used when we talk about oil-rich countries. The oil is there, and everybody fights over the spoils. The result is that

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sales go to Plano, Texas-based Frito-Lay North America, whose original thin, crispy chip is the top-seller. But hometown styles still claim their territory. In New Orleans, Zapp’s makes “Spicy Cajun Crawtaters,” designed to mimic the flavor of a seafood boil. Nottingham, Pennsylvania-based Herr Foods makes a Philly cheesesteak chip, as well as one meant to taste like boardwalk fries. For other Mid-Atlantic producers such as Hanover, Pennsylvaniabased Utz Quality Foods and the Mount Jackson, Va.-chippery Route11Potato Chips, crab seasoning is a must, but may be for locals only. “If you’ve never had a blue crab experience, or been at a crab feast, you’re kind of like, ‘What is this?’ ” says Sarah Cohen, Route 11 president and cofounder. Advances in potato chip-making technology and distribution have flattened what may once have been a much wider variety of regional chip preferences, some analysts and executives say. Potato chip making began in the mid-19th century with mom-and-pop operations in practically any small town with access to potatoes, oil and a kettle to fry them in.

Today, the industry uses “chipping potatoes” grown specifically for the purpose, and has developed technology to produce a more uniform chip. Advances in packaging and the emergence of big box chains mean chips now can travel much farther, spreading once local tastes throughout the country. “Through the mass marketers, through Costco and BJs, Walmart, a lot of product that was regional has now become national,” says the Snack Food Association’s McCarthy. “You can find Utz potato chips in California and before you couldn’t.” For sure, standardization and competition from giant producers like Frito-Lay may have squeezed some smaller companies out of business, executives say. But it may be the predominance of those flat, mass-produced chips that has also kept regional passions alive. “Trying to compete with the giants out there hasn’t been successful,” says Inventure’s Sklar. “That’s where regional players like Poore Brothers come in with a different product and then regional flavors to enhance that. Going head-to-head with Frito-Lay on a flat chip just isn’t going to work.”

those societies tend to do very badly because they spend all theirenergyfightingoverthepile of dollars rather than making the pile of dollars bigger. They’re trying to get a larger share of the rent. Q: Where do you see this in the U.S.? Can you point to some specific examples? A: You see it with oil and natural resources companies and their mineral leases and timber leases. Banks engaged in predatory lending. Visa and MasterCard just settled for $7 billion for anticompetitive behavior. They were charging merchants more money because they have monopoly power.

Q: Economic growth is slowing again. Unemployment seems to be stuck above 8 percent. Is that the result of high debts or slower spending? A: The fundamental problem is not government debt. Over the past few years, the budget deficit has been caused by low growth. If we focus on growth, then we get growth, and our deficit will go down. If we just focus on the deficit, we’re not going to get anywhere. This deficit fetishism is killing our economy. And you know what?Thisislinkedtoinequality. If we go into austerity, that will lead to higher unemployment and will increase inequality.

IMPORT HELP, TOO There are incentives for companies that import into the WilkesBarre/Scranton region. Close to 900 acres in Mericle Development’s CenterPoint Commerce and Trade Park is designated as Foreign Trade Zone. That allows companies to reduce and post-

the 1.8 percent projected for all metro areas. Another recent report, “Export Nation 2012” by the Brookings Institution, gave the region even higher status, ranking it The next “Bringing the World 60th in export sales as share of metropolitan product and 88th to Pennsylvania” is scheduled in exports growth from 2008-10. for Sept. 21 at the Woodlands Inn & Resort in Plains TownHelp available ship. Last year 31 companies atMike Horvath, international business development manager tended, Horvath said, but he’d at NEPA Alliance in Pittston, like to see at least 40. The mix of participating busisaid he’s seen more small businesses express interest in ex- nesses and popular markets changes each year, he said, porting. He recently helped arrange an along with economic condiexhibit by five Pennsylvania tions. For example, two years companies, including Acton ago there was a lot of interest in Technologies of Jenkins Town- Singapore, but not much last ship, at Eurosatory 2012, a ma- year. Cornell Iron Works’ focus has jor trade show for defense and security products and services been on less developed nations where local competitors are fewheld in Paris. “All five said the show was er or less capable. “Right now we’re doing a very great … and they see potential strong business in the Middle down the road,” Horvath said. Other participants from the East and our Latin America busiNEPA Alliance seven-county ness is growing nicely,” he said. “There are competitors vircoverage region were Gentex Corp., Simpson, Lackawanna tually in every market; some are County, and Megaphase LLC, very competent, some aren’t,” Simon said. Cornell has avoided Stroudsburg, Monroe County. In addition to trade missions, Europe, where local companies NEPA Alliance hosts annual offer high quality, “so we can’t gatherings with Pennsylvania’s compete favorably there.” international trade advisors, where local companies can Middle East contract The Middle East is the source speak directly with advisors to of a recent large contract to prospecific nations and regions.

pone the payment of duties on components originating outside the United States. If the finished product is exported, no duties are collected. While the advantage exists, Mericle spokesman Jim Cummings said he was not aware of any park occupants using it.

vide rolling security grilles for the new Doha International Airport in Qatar. The enormous complex will include more than 400,000 square feet of retail store space, among other security needs. “It’s a huge, huge project,” Simon said. All of Cornell’s products are made in the United States, either at its plant in the Crestwood Industrial Park in Wright Township or at plants in North Carolina and Arizona that came with the 2008 acquisition of The Cookson Company. Because of the cost to ship the heavy products, Cornell does not tailor them to individual markets. “We’ve been most successful working with North American architects who specify North American products,” Simon said. Soft goods sell, too The report found chemical and plastics manufacturing was a leading export industry, and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area fared even better there, ranking 79th. But local companies also are shipping consumer products and other “soft” goods outside

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Q.: Many Hispanic people hold management positions in the government agency where I work. These managers often speak Spanish in front of employees who only speak English. This makes us very uncomfortable, since we’re afraid they may be talking about us. We’re not sure how to approach this, because some of these managers are at a very high level. A.: As our country has grown increasingly diverse, language differences have become more of an issue. Under federal law, employees have the right to speak any language they choose during breaks and lunch, but English may be required on the job if management can demonstrate a business necessity. In everyday practice, however, the best way to handle this sensitive subject is with empathy for all concerned. When people hear co-workers conversing in a different language, they automatically wonder if they are missing important information or being personally discussed. That’s just human nature. It is therefore undeniably rude to hold work-related conversations in a language which others cannot understand. On the other hand, for people in a new country, using their native tongue is comfortable and relaxing. Americans working in China, for example, are undoubtedly delighted when they encounter English-speaking colleagues. So co-workers should not take offense when people who share a language are having an informal chat. If language differences are becoming divisive, a polite request for change is usually the most effective strategy. For example: “We’re a little hesitant to bring this up, but the rest of us feel left

BUSINESS AGENDA WOMEN IN BUSINESS COUNCIL LUNCHEON: Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Woodlands Inn & Resort, Plains Township. Topic is what to include on a reading list, both business and pleasure. Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber members $14.50; non-members $16.50. Call 570-823-2101, ext. 149 for information or to reserve. RED CARPET BREAKFAST: Aug. 22, 7:45-9 a.m., Mea’s restaurant, 8 W. Broad St., Suite 50, Hazleton. Featuring Ed Pane, Serento Gardens executive director and Chief Frank DeAndrea, City of Hazleton Police Dept. Greater Hazleton Chamber members $20; non-members $25. Reservations required; call 455-1509 or email jferry@hazletonchamber.org.

the United States. For American Silk in Plains Township, exports have made up a steady 8-12 percent of production in recent years. The company sells bulk fabric to furniture manufacturers. “We go to shows overseas” and have foreign sales representatives, said Jim Harowicz, chief financial officer. “Mike (Horvath) helps us out” on trade show visits. The Brookings report listed paper products as the region’s top export category. One of the largest producers in the nation, Procter & Gamble in Mehoopany, contributed to the total. “We’ve shipped paper products for a long time to Canada,” said Alex Fried, a spokesman for the plant. That’s because the Wyoming County plant is the closest P&G facility to Canada, as well as much of the eastern United States. Given the expense of shipping light but bulky products like Pampers diapers and Bounty towels long distances, Procter & Gamble’s approach is to produce them close to their final market. So while testing a more distant new market they may ship from the Mehoopany plant, but if the company decides there’s strong demand, “at that point we’re going to put a plant on the ground,” Fried said. Ron Bartizek, Times Leader business editor, may be reached at rbartizek@timesleader.com or 570-970-7157.

out when you and Maria are speaking in Spanish. Would you mind using English when we’re discussing business issues?” But since approaching your higher-level managers directly could be a bit risky, you will need to find a helpful ally. Fortunately, every government agency is linked to a human resources department, so look for an HR manager who is willing to address your concerns while keeping your identity confidential. Q: I have a co-worker who refuses to work with me, even though I am her supervisor. When I ask her to do something, she ignores me. If she thinks I’ve made a mistake, she immediately runs to inform my boss. I would like to tell him about her behavior, but I’m not sure what to say. A: This woman is obviously sending you a message that she does not accept you as her supervisor. Talking with your boss is definitely the right move, because you will never resolve this issue without his support. When you meet with him, factually describe the situation and ask for his help. For example: “Mary simply refuses to acknowledge that I am supposed to be supervising her. She seems to resent my instructions and sometimes ignores me completely. I would appreciate it if you could meet with us to help her understand my role.” Let me also point out that you must be clear in your own mind about your supervisory status. If you continue to think of this woman as your “co-worker,” she is less likely to regard herself as your employee. Marie G. McIntyre is a workplace coach and the author of "Secrets to Winning at Office Politics." Send in questions and get free coaching tips at http://www.yourofficecoach.com.

TRANSPORTATION ROUNDTABLE: Aug. 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Top of the 80’s, West Hazleton. Robert E. Latham, executive vice president and chief staff officer of the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors, will lead a discussion on regional transportation concerns. The cost, including lunch, is $37 for Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Employers Association members and $74 for non-members. To register, email drobbins@maea.biz, or call 570-6220992. GWB CHAMBER GOLF TOURNAMENT: Aug. 24, 11 a.m., Blue Ridge Trail golf course, Mountain Top. Registration begins at 10. Continental breakfast, snacks, cocktail reception and buffet dinner. Four golfer team $440; dinner only $50 per person. Call 570-823-2101, ext. 131 for information or reservations.

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panies exhibit or attend domestic or international trade shows, participate in a trade mission, take a crucial international business trip, “We don’t obtain international care what size certification, company you international are or what marketing, product or website development service you and other have, we’ll try purposes. to help.” Applications are being Mike Horvath taken for International business projects that development will take manager at place from NEPA Alliance Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, 2013. • Market Access Grant. MAGs help businesses cover the cost of certain international activities. MAG provides a 1:1 match up to $3,000. If Northeastern Pennsylvania businesses do not use all of the MAG funds allotted to them the funds will be returned to Harrisburg and be awarded to other Pennsylvania businesses. For more information, visit www.nepa-alliance.org or call Mike Horvath at 570-6555581.


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MarketPulse VIVA MEXICO Mexican stocks keep climbing. The country’s IPC stock index reached a record high of 41,476.48 on July 27, and it is up 10 percent for 2012 through Wednesday. One big reason for the rise is optimism surrounding President-elect Pena Nieto, and expectations that he will make the Mexican IPC index labor market more flexible. Nomura 45,000 analysts expect Mexico’s economy to overtake Brazil’s to become Latin America’s largest, 35,000 possibly by 2022. They say more manufacturing jobs will move to Mexico as factories leave 25,000 China, where labor ’09 ’10 ’11 ’12 costs are rising. Source: FactSet

HOW’S THAT WORKING FOR YOU? Investors who followed the adage to “sell in May and go away” are no longer smiling. The strategy suggests selling stocks in May and avoiding the market until autumn. That way, investors can sidestep what’s traditionally a weak sixmonth period for stocks. S&P 500 The strategy worked last 2% year, when the S&P 500 fell 8.1 percent from May 0 through October. It looked like it was work-2 ing again this summer, when the S&P 500 fell -4 8.6 percent between April 30 and June 1. But -6 stocks have since rebounded. Investors who -8 sold in May also missed out on dividend pay-10 ments that companies M J J A made since May. Source: FactSet

FALLING OFF A CLIFF Everyone’s worried about the “fiscal cliff.” That’s the slate of tax increases and government spending p g cuts scheduled to take effect at the end of the year, unless nless Congress does something. But how bad would it be? Many ny economists have already said that it will likely tip the economy back into a recession. JPMorgan strategists say that it could also send the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to 1,100, down 21.5 percent from Wednesday’s close. It could also push the yield on the 10-year Treasury note down 0.2 percentage points as investors look for safer investments. It was at 1.64 percent Wednesday.

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Interest rates The government has cut its key Brazil is readying itself for the 2016 Summer interest rate to an all-time low in a move to Olympics spotlight. Although preparations will kickstart the economy. A series of interest-rate generate a lot of construction spending and ultimately cuts began 12 months ago. It usually takes 9 to 12 tourist dollars, investors should proceed slowly. months for cuts to affect an economy, the Much of the country’s economic growth has been International Monetary Fund says. fueled by demand for its trove of nickel, crude oil and other natural resources. Brazil Brazilian stock market vs. the U.S. Currency The Brazilian real has has prided itself on being among Annual index change declined 19 percent against the dollar the nations least hit by the 2008 over the last year. Although that has economic crises thanks to the Bovespa S&P 500 hurt Brazilian stock returns valued in growing consumption of its dollars, a weaker currency makes 80% expanding middle class. Brazilian exports more globally But Brazil’s economic growth 60 competitive. is expected to slow to just 2.5 40 Stock market Companies in the percent this year. That would be 20 Bovespa index of Brazilian stocks trade its weakest pace since 2009. 0 at 10 times their earnings per share And now China, Brazil’s biggest -20 over the last 12 months. That’s below export market, is also slowing. their five-year average of 12.5 times Yet there are reasons for a -40 and may spark additional investment. positive outlook: ’08 ’09 ’10 ’11 ’12

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Seth Masters knew it would be controversial when he wrote “The Case for the 20,000 Dow.” The Dow Jones industrial average would need to rise more than 50 percent to get there. But Master says the Dow could do it in 10 years under a few reasonable assumptions: if earnings for companies grow at 6 percent annually, if the price-earnings ratio for stocks returns to its long-term average and if stocks’ average dividend yield remains at 2 percent. That would result in a 5 percent annual gain for the Dow. His firm manages $407 billion in assets. Did you expect all the skepticism that you’ve received? The whole point of the piece is that even reasonable assumptions about earnings growth and valuations get you what seems like an absurdly optimistic outcome. The fact that it seems absurdly optimistic is itself a sign of the deep cynicism, skepticism. People are looking for reasons why everything that’s good has to be too good to be true. Earnings growth can keep rising 6 percent? What is that ultimately driven by? How much inflation there is and how much real (after-inflation) growth there is, which in turn is basically how much the population grows and how much the output per person grows. Another simple way of describing “output per person” is productivity. I don’t know what you think, but I think that inflation is probably not going to be as low as it is now forever. I also don’t think it’s going to go through the roof. Long-term, inflation is something a little over 4 percent. Let’s be conservative and say inflation is 3 percent. Population growth is pretty simple, because demographic changes happen very slowly, and you can forecast them with great accuracy. It’s likely to grow 1 percent for a long time. Productivity growth is tricky, but it has been about 2 percent per annum for over 60 years. So I think assuming earnings will grow 6 percent is reasonable. It’s 1 percent less than the history of the last 60 years. And you think the P/E ratio will rise? The market is trading at about 13 times estimated 2012 earnings. That’s quite below the long-term average, which is more like 17.5 times. And, usually when interest rates are low, like they are now, P/E goes up. That’s clearly a strong expression of skepticism that earnings that companies are currently registering can be sustained. One of the things that we do in the paper is illustrate a couple of scenarios, including what if earnings growth fell to 2 percent. The crazy thing is that even if that were to happen, which we think is very unlikely, you’d still get to Dow 20,000. It would just take a little longer (20 years). Answers edited for content and clarity. AP

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StockScreener

Well-loved small-cap stocks Most investors have a good idea of how Apple, Exxon Mobil and other huge companies make their profits. But how about Hexcel or Triumph Group? These are small stocks, with market values of about $3 billion, compared with Apple’s $580 billion. These smaller companies get less attention not only from investors but also from financial analysts. Apple has 46 analysts following its stock, for example. Only 12 cover Hexcel, which makes carbon fibers and composites. Because fewer people follow small-cap stocks, it means greater Sources: FactSet; Credit Suisse

opportunities to find ones that aren’t being fully appreciated by investors, small-cap fund managers say. This screen from Credit Suisse strategist Lori Calvasina shows which stocks in the Russell 2000 index of small caps are most popular with small-cap stock mutual funds. Hexcel is No. 1. Its stock rose 33.8 percent in 2011, when the Standard & Poor’s 500 index of large stocks was flat. Last month, Hexcel reported a 28 percent jump in net income to $48 million from a year earlier on stronger sales to the aerospace industry.

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JUDY HARRIS, right, of Port Orchard, Wash., cares for a live-in family friend, David Hoffman, below, who suffered severe burns in a laundry dryer explosion. Medicaid pays Harris to provide just over two hours of care each day. But she routinely works three to four additional hours without compensation because Hoffman needs special meals, delicate care and his room must be wiped down each day to prevent infection. Even if the exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act is closed, Harris would only be paid for her overtime work if the state Medicaid agency re-evaluates Hoffman’s needs.

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homes. Because of a 38-year-old amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act, home health aides and personal care aides in many states can be paid less than the federal minimum wage $7.25 an hour - and not receive overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours in a week. Enacted by Congress in 1974, the “companionship services exemption” was supposed to exclude baby sitters and casual companions for the elderly from overtime and minimum wage requirements, not to waive federal pay guidelines for professional caregivers. So after years of failed efforts to change the guidelines, President Barack Obama in December announced plans to modify the exemption and extend overtime and minimum wage protections to home-care workers employed by private companies. Nearly 1.8 million workers in 29 states

would likely see a pay boost under the proposal, according to government estimates. But after twice extending the public comment period, the U.S. Department of Labor has yet to finalize the rule change, which must be approved by the White House and then published in the National Register before it takes effect. The delay is making labor activists nervous. When the Clinton administration tried to close the exemption in late 2000, incoming President George W. Bush killed the effort. Unless the Obama administration acts soon, labor groups fear that if Republican Mitt Romney wins the White House in November, he would heed industry and GOP calls to scuttle the proposal yet again. “I think there’s a high probability that that could happen,” said Catherine Ruckelshaus, legal co-director at the National Employment Law Project. “We are very concerned about the delays, especially given the history with these regulations.” The Labor Department says the proposal is still on the regulatory agenda but provided no time frame for completion. See SICK, Page 2E

Today, what used to be bountiful is now becoming scarce

WE’VE ALL seen those pictures of wilting corn stalks as a tough drought hits large parts of the country. Is it just another hot summer? I doubt it. I think it’s part of a more serious long-term trend that will require us to adjust our thinking sharply. Most of us on this planet have been able to earn or produce enough of what we need to stay alive. We in the United States have been particularly lucky in that respect. But we are being challenged to make a big shift. The present pattern of economic activity on this planet goes something

COMMENTARY PETER GOLDMARK like this: Humans work to provide what they need – food and shelter, for example. By being technically inventive, well-organized and hardworking, we produce the basic necessities and enough extra for such services as schools, health care, transportation, and cultural and leisure facilities. The harder you work and the more ingenious you are, both as an individual and as a nation, the more you will advance in producing and enjoying these things. One of the assumptions that underlies all this is the widespread availabil-

ity of cheap natural resources. Water, fertile land, forests, fish, minerals, energy resources and more – all these are assumed to be available in large supply to draw on for economic activity. That’s why, in traditional economic theory, no cost is assigned to them. But today what used to be plentiful is becoming scarce. Water tables are sinking in many parts of the world, and global warming is sending us more droughts. Many of the world’s principal fisheries are badly depleted. Virtually all the high-quality land that can be farmed already is under cultivation, and the new land being claimed for farming is either secondrate or is obtained by cutting down forests – which depletes another critical natural resource that we need to produce rain and stabilize the climate.

Some of the forces behind these trends are well-known: for example, 3 billion people around the world are moving into the middle class, where they will use many more raw materials. The global car fleet is projected to double to about 1.7 billion by 2030. We all know the oil story – shrinking reserves and rising prices. The pictures of wilting corn tell us that grain prices are going to go up sharply in the months ahead. That’s rough on us; it’s murderous on poor countries. In his wonderful book “Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed,” Jared Diamond writes about past civilizations that did not survive. He finds they all shared two characteristics: first, they let natural-resource See SCARCE, Page 2E

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NOT surprisingly, Barbara Bush said it most succinctly: “The first lady is going to be criticized no matter what she does.” And how. One needn’t prod Michelle Obama for confirmation – or most any other first lady in history. There is no “just right” in this, shall we say, “Goldilockean Proviso.” Anything is either too much or too little. A review of first lady comments posted on The National First Ladies’ Library website (www.firstladies.org/ biographies) further confirms the difficulties faced by the wives of presidents. Mrs. Obama is but the latest to the challenge. A common thread suggests that more than a few disliked the role but accepted it as a duty. Mary Todd Lincoln, politically sophisticated and well read, left little to speculation: “I do not belong to the public; my character is wholly domestic, and the public have nothing to do with it.” Others farther down the line were unapologetic in their contempt for the mixed blessing of first lady, including Bess Truman, who said: “We are not any one of us happy to be where we are but there’s nothing to be done about it except to do our best – and forget about the sacrifices and many unpleasant things that bob up.” Thus, anyone who criticized Mrs. Obama for saying she sometimes fantasizes that she’ll “walk right out the front door and just keep walking” doesn’t know much about first lady history. They were invariably tough, smart women who sought to find a way to reconcile their own true selves with the demands of public expectation. Like Mrs. Obama, all longed for the privacy to just be oneself. In recent years, as politics have become more broadly partisan and women have assumed more prominent roles, first ladies have become fairer game in the maelstrom we call the public square. Hillary Clinton infamously set off bonfires of inanities with her now innocuous-sounding remark that she was not “some little woman, standing by my man like Tammy Wynette.” Or that she wasn’t one to stay home and bake cookies. Au contraire, as it turns out. Hillary could teach Tammy a thing or two about family loyalty, and she was hardly the first to eschew the kitchen. Sarah Polk proclaimed in the mid-1800s: “If I get into the White House, I will neither keep house nor make butter.” Mrs. Obama, though she holds a law degree from Harvard, has turned away from Clinton’s ambitious example and focused instead on the ultimate in domesticity – not just cooking but raising the food that goes to table. Her new cookbook, “American Grown,” features glossy photos and a personal diary of gardening in the city, albeit in the nation’s best yard with significant staff help. But even such a noble quest – to make the nation healthier and more aware of nutrition – is not without controversy. The Washington Post recently featured comments from fans and critics of the first lady’s gardening platform. Some don’t like her suggestion that consumers buy locally, insisting that Big Agriculture feeds the world and is unjustly maligned. Undoubtedly, mass-produced food is a boon to the hungry, but buying a few tomatoes at the local farmer’s market is hardly an indictment of corn subsidies. Eating locally grown produce in season is a basic tenet of healthy eating, whether you’re a disciple of macrobiotics or California Cuisine. Others are critical of Michelle Obama’s choice to focus on uber-domestic issues rather than directing her intellect and education on “more important” issues. Begging to differ, there is nothing more important than food – how we raise it, how we distribute it and how we consume it. At a time of rampant obesity, especially among See RIGHT, Page 2E


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In the years since the exemption became law, home-care workers have become the nation’s fastest-growing occupation, with more than 1.3 million new jobs expected by 2020 as millions of aging baby boomers reach their golden years and require care. As profits at homecare agencies soared, the $84 billion industry has fought to maintain the pay exemptions, which boost revenue by keeping labor costs down. Nationally, home-care workers average about $20,000 a year, but 40 percent are on Medicaid or food stamps because few work 40-hour weeks. Their low wages typically also make jobbased health coverage unaffordable. Modifying the exemption would bring a host of new costs for the industry, including an estimated $16 million in the first year to increase workers’ pay to the minimum wage. It would add nearly $35 million a year to pay workers for time spent traveling to clients as well, according to Labor Department estimates. In El Paso, Texas, Elizabeth Castillo earns the minimum wage at one home-care agency and just over the floor wage at another. Castillo, 57, typically logs 56 hours a week, but sometimes she gets food stamps

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The home-care industry, which is undergoing rapid growth, says the government is underestimating the actual costs of Obama’s proposal. It argues that most home-care workers already earn at least the minimum wage, and increasing the pay of those that don’t would force home-care agencies to raise prices. That could cause patients to hire freelance independent aides who may not have the training and experience to ensure patient safety, the industry says. Higher prices for home-care services also could jeopardize patients’ independence, industry reps argue. “We believe that eliminating the companionship exemption will force many seniors and people with disabilities into assisted living or institutional care because of the increased cost of inhome care,” said a statement by Shelle Womble, chairman of the Private Duty Homecare Association, an industry trade group. Judy Harris of Port Orchard, Wash., cares for a live-in family friend, David Hoffman, who suffered severe burns in a laundry dryer explosion. Medicaid pays Harris to provide just over two hours of care each day. But she routinely works three to four additional hours without compensation because Hoffman, 50, needs special meals, delicate care and his room must be wiped down each day to prevent infection. Even if the exemption to the

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Fair Labor Standards Act is closed, Harris, 69, would only be paid for her overtime work if the state Medicaid agency re-evaluates Hoffman’s care needs. Overtime pay is equally elusive for home-care workers at private agencies. In Tucson, Ariz., Tim Doe said the home-care agency he works for pays $9.40 an hour for 40 hours of work. But he usually works 10 additional hours without pay to complete all his tasks at the group home where he’s assigned. On weekends, Doe works three 10-hour overnight shifts for another agency that pays him $11.30 per hour. He takes home about $1,100 per week from both jobs, but he said he hasn’t had a raise on either job in four years. His brutal schedule also leaves little time for his three children, ages 5 through 12. “Emotionally, it’s so hard. But I don’t have a choice,” said Doe, a native of Togo in Africa. Industry groups argue that mandating higher pay and overtime would financially harm the 22,000 mostly small home-care agencies that comprise the industry. But Joan Leah, president of the Florida Professional Association of Care Givers, doesn’t buy it. “They already charge high rates to the clients that we serve,” Leah said. “And the clients know that what they’re being charged is very different from what the people that take care of them are being paid.”

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F ONE OF your prized possessions – your house – suddenly dropped into a chasm, wrecking its walls and ruining the foundation, would you be able to recover emotionally and financially? Or would you be, for all practical purposes, sunk? In Luzerne County, more property owners would be wise to at least ponder those questions and ask themselves whether they should be protected by Mine Subsidence Insurance – especially now that the state has reduced the yearly cost for residences by about 15 percent. Coverage of $150,000 can be obtained for $82.50 per year, or less than $7 per month. Rates are even lower for senior citizens. The state’s Department of Environmental Protection, which started its Mine Subsidence Insurance program in 1961, maintains a website with a premium rate chart and a ZIP code database to assess risk in particular areas. Visit www.paMSI.org. Due to this region’s history of anthracite mining, much of the Wyoming Valley and Greater Hazleton fall into zones deemed at risk for subsidencetype troubles, according to a news report in Thursday’s edition of The Times Leader. Based on DEP’s figures, 14 claims in Luzerne County received payouts between July

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2010 and June 30, 2011. Yet the department tallies fewer than 5,000 mine subsidence insurance polices issued throughout the county, suggesting plenty of people are rolling the dice. A standard homeowner policy typically doesn’t cover damage caused by abandoned coal or clay mines, or sudden discharges of water from mine voids. The bill for repairing a property impacted by subsidence averages about $50,000, say the promoters of DEP’s nonprofit insurance program. On weekdays, callers to its tollfree number (1-800-922-1678) can learn more about historical mining activity on their streets and in their neighborhoods, helping to assess the need for this specialized insurance. Why not make the call? Talk with your own insurance agent, too, ensuring that you have adequate, but not excess, coverage. Then if something should go wrong at your property, at least you can be confident of receiving an eventual lift.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “You can’t disburse $10,000 of taxpayer money without a public meeting with votes made in public.” Walter Griffith The Luzerne County controller faulted members of the Luzerne County Diversity Commission for allegedly voting via the Internet on the funding of a new program.

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F GOVS. CORBETT and Christie were in a race to embrace solar energy, it would be Christie who needs to slather on the SPF-50 sunscreen. As for Corbett and Pennsylvania lawmakers, they still need to work on their tans. The New Jersey governor earned bragging rights recently by signing legislation that could revive his state’s efforts to expand its capacity for solargenerated electricity, which is already second only to California’s. The measure, cosponsored by state Senate President Steve Sweeney and Sen. Bob Smith, calls for an impressive doubling of the overall percentage of solar power that New Jersey utilities must offer their customers over the next decade and a half. On the heels of that move, the state’s largest utility, Public Service Electric & Gas Co., announced plans to build solar installations capable of powering some 20,000 homes. Just as important, the utility’s Solar 4 All program would target solar-panel installations to landfills, former industrial brownfields, warehouse roofs and parking lots – rather than gobbling up scarce open space.

In comparison to the pace of moving ahead with solar energy in Pennsylvania, New Jersey has the clear lead. Pennsylvania’s modest goal to have 0.5 percent of its electricity come from the sun in about a decade is too low to drive demand for more solar installations, which means the solar-industry jobs that sprang up in recent years are at risk. It also means the state’s air quality will continue to suffer, given the potential of solar to reduce the reliance on coal-generated electricity. It’s no coincidence that coal producers, along with big utilities, have been the ones to stall efforts to increase Pennsylvania’s solar standard, as Jersey has done. Even a proposal from state Rep. Chris Ross, R-Chester, to accelerate the pace of the move to attain the 0.5 percent goal has been stalled. That’s especially wrongheaded in the midst of a blazing summer season when solar could be helping utilities cope with spikes in demand for power and, most important, assure against damaging blackouts. For Harrisburg lawmakers to see the light, they need only look to Trenton. The Philadelphia Inquirer

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‘100 Houses’ event aims to board up danger in Detroit THEY WERE homes once, but they are homes no longer. They are hollow dangers. Hiding places. Drug houses. They are lurching shadows that stare down our city’s children as they walk to school. There’s a real home; there’s a shell of a house. There’s a neighbor; there’s two shells of houses. A child wonders who just ducked behind a smashed window, or why that doorway is wide open. The child is scared – with good reason. And we need to stop it. On Aug. 25, I am helping to organize an event called 100 Houses to make those streets a bit less frightening for kids. The goal is ambitious, but simple: Board up 100 houses of Detroit’s abandoned houses in a single day. That’s right, 100 houses. We can do this. In a way, we must. Because the Abandoned Home has become a terrible symbol of Detroit. Left behind by someone who couldn’t pay the mortgage. Bid farewell by someone who couldn’t deal with the city. These places, like animal carcasses, are quickly stripped of anything valuable – right down to the pipes – and then begin their steady slide into the muck. The windows and doors are soon gone, smashed or destroyed by people wanting to use the place for shelter, hiding, prostitution, drugs. When one house like that goes down, it affects the block. When many go down, it affects the neighborhood. Families leave. They walk away.

Press analysis, more than 5,000 within a quarter-mile of schools. The state Legislature and governor have allocated $10 million to knock down hunMITCH ALBOM dreds. Good, but not enough. Mayor Dave Bing has plans to raze 1,500. Good, but not enough. And what’s the result? So we need to kick in. Human capital can Another abandoned house. Several times over the last few weeks, we best make our city human again. Are you up for boarding up? rode and walked the streets of the chosen Already, several generous and civic-mind100 Houses neighborhood, around Osborn ed companies have jumped on board 100 High School, by 7 Mile and Hoover. There Houses. Bolyard Lumber in Birmingham is is an elementary school in the area and providing all the wood. Belfor, a property several parks as well. We charted the strucrestoration company headquartered in tures we plan to board up. On streets like Livonia, is cutting the wood and providing Dresden, Waltham, Goulburn, Alcoy. Twomen, equipment and Dumpsters. Mosher & story houses. One-story houses. Wood. Associates in Birmingham is bringing crew Brick. With porches. Without porches. Most were once fine homes. Now they are and clearing the brush and overgrowth that bent, broken, peeling, knocked full of holes. makes these properties even scarier. Home Depot has offered to help. Blight Busters, “What are you all gonna do?” we were Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries and asked by teenagers and middle-age men, other community groups are pitching in. who wandered over in curiosity. We are looking for volunteers. You “We’re going to board these up,” we anneedn’t be an expert, just willing to help. swered. The event will start at 8 a.m., and finish, “About time,” came the frequent rehopefully, early afternoon. We will gather at sponse. the Osborn parking lot and move to the And it is. Look. We’re not kidding ourassigned houses. All materials will be proselves that this is a permanent solution. vided. You need only bring the spirit – unThat will come when these structures are knocked down or refurbished and occupied less you happen to be a master carpenter, in which case, call even faster. by hopeful citizens rebuilding their neighThe number: 866-992-4483. Or go to borhoods. atimetohelp.org. But if we don’t patch up the blocks that still hold families, there might not be neighborhoods to rebuild. The city doesn’t have Mitch Albom is a columnist for the Detroit Free the money. It won’t for some time. There Press. Readers may write to him at: Detroit Free Press, 600 W. Fort St., Detroit, MI 48226, or via are an estimated 40,000 abandoned strucemail at malbom@freepress.com. tures in the city, and, according to a Free

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Be careful what you wish for, especially in politics ITS WISDOM is undeniable. The first time it appears you read it twice, as if it were an imaginative riddle. Later, even if only once, it’s timeless meaning becomes part of

life’s reality. Adding to its perpetual relevance is its occurrence in sports (“hope to meet that team in the finals”), job searches, relationships and everything else your heart desires. But never is it more often true than in politics. “Be careful what you wish for, you may get it.” Every 10 years the decennial redrawing of congressional districts generates a long wish list detailing the deepest political desire of incumbent members of Congress. Each would like his or her district to be newly drawn to better ensure reelection. By adding towns and counties with favorable voter registration profiles and releasing less friendly neighborhoods to districts nearby, a member of the House may enjoy a long tenure in our nation’s capital. So it was in 2012. Long synonymous with Northeastern Pennsylvania, the venerable 11th District represented by Congressman Lou Barletta has been so gerrymandered to enhance Mr. Barletta’s reelection chances as to make it unrecognizable. Incredibly, Barletta’s 11th District – once anchored in Luzerne County – has shifted toward central and southern Pennsylvania, stretching from Wyoming County to Southampton Township in Cumber-

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the former Hazleton mayor, has a clearer path to victory in November. He will have multiple times the money of his cashstrapped opponent and, in a presidential election year, the political apparatus of the state Republican Party. Having obliterated the 11th Congressional District as we know it, just to reelect Lou Barletta, Republicans will pull out all stops to get him first across the finish line on Election Day. Barletta’s opponent is Gene Stilp of Middle Paxton Township in Dauphin County. A native of Luzerne County, Stilp is an attorney and activist who prides himself on fighting for taxpayers on a variety of important issues. Intelligent and imaginative, Stilp has a knack for effectively spreading his message on a shoestring budget. An underdog in the April Democratic primary and outspent by his opponent, Stilp registered an upset of his own to become the Democratic nominee for Congress in the 11th Congressional District. Stilp grew up at one end of the district, lives at the other and knows the highways, byways and back roads in between. He has challenged Barletta to a series of debates and reacted swiftly to Barletta’s votes for a Defense Bill that cut funds to the Tobyhanna Army Depot and for U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan that seeks to undo Medicare as we know it. Stilp was every Republican’s dream opponent for Barletta the incumbent. Be careful what you wish for: You got it.

land County just 11 miles from the Maryland border. See for yourself: www.govtrack.us/congress/members/PA/11 In doing so, Barletta picked up Republican sections of Dauphin, Perry, Cumberland and Northumberland counties, shedding Democratic strongholds in Luzerne, Lackawanna, Carbon and Monroe to benefit the 17th District represented by Democratic Congressman Tim Holden. Theoretically such brazen political surgery should benefit both Barletta and Holden. Barletta adds thousands of Republican voters from central and southern Pennsylvania – at the expense of NEPA – and Tim Holden received Lou’s Democratic castaways, rounding out Holden’s 17th District. Win-win, right? In grafting a snake-like artery of those Democratic towns through Luzerne and Lackawanna counties for a new 17th District, Old Forge and Moosic from the 11th District were transplanted to the 17th to connect Luzerne County to the city of Scranton. Voila, what could possibly go wrong? “Be careful what you wish for, you may get it.” It was out of Moosic that Matt Cartwright burst onto the scene. Demonstrating leadership on a variety of issues and promising a strong voice for Northeastern Pennsylvania, he defeated Holden in a Kevin Blaum’s column on government, life and stunning primary upset. politics appears every Sunday. Contact him at Conventional wisdom suggests Barletta, kblaum@timesleader.com.


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athleen Parker’s comments about Mitt Romney’s ideas during his recent visit to Poland (“Romney strikes right chords in overseas trip,” Aug. 5) certainly foster his economic views. However, quite wide of the mark is her opinion that Romney’s views correspond to “two of the most important Catholic social justice principles: subsidiarity and solidarity.” In papal and U.S. Catholic teachings, both concepts are understood quite differently than Parker’s views. Their understanding of “subsidiarity” envisions a strong government that protects individuals and small intermediate bodies (families, small business, labor unions, etc.) from actions of large organizations, not only the state but corporations as well. Their understanding of “solidarity” is the virtue that impels us to active concern for the needs of others and must be used to balance subsidiarity. Indeed, subsidiarity is an application of solidarity – not its opposite. Rather than blurring the discussion by the interpretations of largely discredited neo-con Catholics such as Michael Novak, Parker should go to highly respected Cathol-

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ic scholars such as Daniel K. Finn (Commonweal, July 13) and Vincent J. Miller (Commonweal, Aug. 6). The “Catholic” voters and others can more accurately assess U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget proposals and Romney’s latest economic views. The country and the church deserve nothing better. Perhaps then Lech Walesa’s reputation will not be tarnished for a partisan U.S. election.

“Obamacare” allows an “abortion surcharge” that is required for all people enrolled in plans covering elective abortions. This surcharge must be at least $1 per month but can be significantly higher, as there is no maximum rate. Why should we pay for someone else’s abortion? On Election Day vote for Laureen Cummings. She will stand up for the lives of the unborn.

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he marriage between the NCAA (aka the No Common-sense Athletic Association) and the Penn State Board of Trustees was conceived in hell and should return there. When was the NCAA appointed to be the guardian of our morals? Why did the trustees seemingly reply “Yes, master!” when agreeing with

the sanctions. They were following the NCAA theme, which was “punish the innocent.” The (football) players, fans, alumni, vendors, students and coaches, who had nothing to do with the crimes, were punished. Why was football picked? Following their logic, or lack thereof, it could have been table tennis. And how about our politicians? Their stands on this subject are underwhelming. Mike Langan Stroud Township

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’m Penn State proud, always have been and always will be. Here is my take on the Jerry Sandusky scandal and the NCAA sanctions. For starters, we have to accept the fact that Sandusky was found guilty of multiple counts of child sexual abuse. Given that, the fine that the NCAA levied upon Penn State and most of the sanctions, but not all, do not seem inappropriate. The penalty that does not seem appropriate is the vacating of the football teams’ victories from 1998 through 2011. Equally inappropriate was the removal of the coach Joe Paterno statue from in front of Beaver Stadium. Here is my

reasoning. The conclusions of the Freeh Report, which I consider to be very subjective, were in large part based on two Sandusky incidents: the first in 1998 and the second in 2001. The 1998 incident was reported to police and social service agencies. In the final analysis the Centre County district attorney decided not to prosecute the case. Like it or not, we have to assume that the prosecutor concluded that sexual abuse did not occur. That’s our system. The 2001 incident involved “something” that was observed and reported by Michael McQueary, then a graduate assistant. There is no record of exactly what was reported to Paterno and what he in turn reported to his superior, Athletic Director Timothy M. Curley. It was from this point forward that the alleged coverup occurred. The upcoming trials of Curley and Gary Shultz, senior vice president, might help us conclude if a cover-up transpired and who orchestrated it. The only thing that might seem to incriminate Coach Paterno in a cover-up would be the statement in an email from Curley to Shultz in February 2001, in which he stated that “after giving it more thought and talking it over with Joe” he decided in favor of approaching Sandusky about getting counseling. We

have no written record to tell us what the actual conversation was between Paterno and Curley or for that matter if it actually occurred. And of course, Coach Paterno is no longer with us to tell what he knew. All that being said, it is important to remember that Sandusky was found not guilty of sexual abuse in the 2001 incident and thus Paterno and other officials have been unjustly accused in the Freeh Report of covering up a criminal act that in fact did not happen. Nonetheless, the university proceeded to remove the Paterno statue and, in concert with the NCAA, vacate wins of the football team, thus diminishing Paterno’s outstanding coaching record. In my opinion these actions were unjustified and merely to quiet the “Penn State haters” and the media. Beyond Sandusky, the other villains in this awful affair were the board of trustees members. They were not exercising their responsibility. If, as seems likely, the football program was beyond appropriate bounds, it was the responsibility of the trustees to rein it in. Any current members that were on the board during the last two decades should be replaced. Jack Dunn Pittston

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Building a strong case against another 4 years THERE ARE two ways to run against Barack Obama: stewardship or ideology. You can run against his record or you can run against his ideas. The stewardship case is pretty straightforward: the worst recovery in U.S. history, 42 consecutive months of 8-plus percent unemployment, declining economic growth – all achieved at a price of another $5 trillion of accumulated debt. The ideological case is also simple. Just play in toto (and therefore in context) Obama’s Roanoke riff telling small business owners: “You didn’t build that.” Real credit for your success belongs not to you – you think you did well because of your smarts and sweat? he asked mockingly – but to government that built the infrastructure without which you would have nothing. Play it. Then ask: Is that the governing philosophy you want for this nation? Mitt Romney’s preferred argument, however, is stewardship. Are you better off today than you were $5 trillion ago? Look at the wreckage around you. This presidency is a failure. I’m a successful businessman. I know how to fix things. Elect me, etc. etc. Easy peasy, but highly risky. If you run against Obama’s performance in contrast to your own competence, you stake your case on persona. Is that how you want to compete against an opponent who is not just more likable and immeasurably cooler, but spending millions to paint you as an unfeeling, out-of-touch, jobkilling, private-equity plutocrat? The ideological case, on the other hand, is not just appealing to a center-right country with twice as many conservatives as liberals, it is also explanatory. It underpins the stewardship argument. Obama’s ideology – and the program that followed – explains the failure of these four years. What program? Obama laid it out boldly early in his presidency. The roots of the nation’s crisis, he declared, were systemic. Fundamental change was required. He had come to deliver it. Hence his signature legislation: First, the $831 billion stimulus that was going to “reinvest” in America and bring unemployment below 6 percent. We know about the unemployment. And the investment? Obama loves to cite great federal projects such as the Hoover Dam

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COMMENTARY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER and the interstate highway system. Fine. Name one thing of any note created by Obama’s Niagara of borrowed money. A modernized electric grid? Ports dredged to receive the larger ships soon to traverse a widened Panama Canal? Nothing of the sort. Solyndra, anyone? Second, radical reform of health care that would reduce its ruinously accelerating cost: “Put simply,” he said, “our health care problem is our deficit problem” – a financial hemorrhage drowning us in debt. Except that the CBO reports that “Obamacare” will cost $1.68 trillion of new spending in its first decade. The third part of Obama’s promised transformation was energy. His cap-and-trade federal takeover was rejected by his own Democratic Senate. So the war on fossil fuels has been conducted unilaterally by bureaucratic fiat. Regulations that will kill coal. A no-brainer pipeline (Keystone) rejected lest Canadian oil sands be burned. A drilling moratorium in the Gulf that a federal judge severely criticized as illegal. That was the program – now so unpopular that Obama barely mentions it. Ideas matter. The 2010 election, the most ideological since 1980, saw the voters resoundingly reject a Democratic Party that was relentlessly expanding the power, spending, scope and reach of government. It’s worse now. Those who have struggled to create a family business, a corner restaurant, a medical practice won’t take kindly to being told that their success is a result of government-built roads and bridges. If Republicans want to win, Obama’s deeply revealing, teleprompter-free you-didn’tbuild-that confession of faith needs to be hung around his neck until Election Day. The third consecutive summer-ofrecovery-that-never-came is attributable not just to Obama being in over his head but to what’s in his head: a government-centered vision of the economy and society, and the policies that flow from it. Four years of that and this is what you get. Make the case and you win the White House. Charles Krauthammer’s email address is letters@charleskrauthammer.com.

ach of us can aim for the heavens. But in our zeal, it’s wise to remember E that to reach lofty heights, what matters most is the unseen foundation down below.

Romney chucks truth, decency in latest ad IT IS as if Mitt Romney is in a “Mittless Protection Program” – not allowed to talk about anything that might incriminate him with the right-wing, Tea-vangelical base. He can’t talk about his taxes, or he might have to show how much he earned and what overseas tax shelters he used. He can’t talk about his time as governor of Massachusetts, because he was a moderate. He can’t talk about his religion. He can’t talk about Bain Capital because it leveraged companies, took huge fees and discarded jobs. He can’t talk about health care because, in fact, his program in Massachusetts was used as the model for “Obamacare.” He can’t talk about running the Olympics because it was the federal government and $1.5 billion in tax money that made the Salt Lake City games possible. There’s not a lot the Mittster can say that won’t get him in trouble with the intolerant right wing. So, the Romney campaign, eager to get people to change the subject from why he won’t release his tax returns, has turned to the lowest form of

JOHN WATSON COMMENTARY demagoguery. Being about as subtle as a sledgehammer, they have put into play the greatest racial “dog whistle’’ of them all: welfare. In an ad released last week, one of the most expensive ad buys ever, Romney alleges that Obama has rolled back “welfare to work” reforms passed under Bill Clinton in the 1996 Welfare Reform Act. Romney says that Obama is trying to build a society of “entitlement,” which is strange coming from a guy whose father was the CEO of an auto company and a governor. The ad says that Obama “quietly announced a plan to gut welfare reform by dropping work requirements. Under Obama’s plan, you wouldn’t have to work and wouldn’t have to train for a job. They just send you your welfare check.” That’s a whopper, folks. The only thing more disgusting in this ad than the absence of veracity is the absence of decency. I won’t call the Romney ad racist, because I think that’s too harsh. But I will concur

with political commentator Rachel Maddow, who called it “a blunt allusion to the populist racial politics of white economic resentment.” Yet, there is no difference between the Clinton Welfare Act and what the Obama administration policy has been. There is no reduction or removal of work requirements. The Obama administration has allowed states to acquire “waivers” for the “welfare to work” program, doing so only at the request of Republican governors, one of whom, unbelievably, was Romney himself. Former president Clinton was forced to respond on Tuesday. “The administration has taken important steps to ensure that the work requirement is retained and that waivers will be granted only if a state can demonstrate that more people will be moved into work under its new approach,” Clinton said. “The welfare time limits, another important feature of the 1996 act, will not be waived.” But let’s be real here. This is an attempt by Romney to trick the “uninformed voters” into an image of Obama as bringing back the days of the “welfare queen” – an image effectively used as a campaign tool by Ronald Reagan nearly 30 years ago.

This is an attempt by Romney to trick the “uninformed voters” into an image of Obama as bringing back the days of the “welfare queen” – an image effectively used as a campaign tool by Ronald Reagan nearly 30 years ago. It is amazing that Romney, who is reluctant to talk straight about anything of significance, is willing to stoke racial resentment. For a candidate who wants to increase defense spending (we already spend twice as much as the next 17 nations in the world) and decrease taxes for millionaires, Romney picks as his target of aggression the indigent people on welfare, mostly single mothers. Nobody on welfare wants to be on welfare. “Welfare to work” requirements are stringent, and in many cases, recipients are forced to travel 50 miles or more each day to meet the work requirements. But the Mittster wants to become president so badly that he will say anything. Except, of course, the truth. John Watson is the former publisher of the Sunday Dispatch in Pittston. He lives in Seattle. Contact him via email at jwatson@timesleader.com.

Students, families can plan ahead to manage cost of college education ABOUT 7.4 million college students and their families received a financial reprieve for at least one more year when U.S. Senate leaders reached a compromise recently to freeze student loan rates at 3.4 percent for one additional year instead of letting it balloon to 6.8 percent effective July 1. While student loan rates are important, there are many other ways collegians and their families can make a college degree less expensive. Several recent articles on MSN (http://money.msn.com/collegesavings/11-worst-public-universitygrad-rates) and Fox Business News (http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2012/06/07/badgrades-5-common-student-loan-errors/) have offered some excellent “don’ts” which are summarized below. The key to not becoming debtridden upon graduation is to keep student loans at a manageable level. Federal student loans are the most affordable because of the low, fixed rates they provide, but obtaining them is dependent upon the credit rating of the family and/or student. It is important to optimize your credit rating before applying for a loan and

COMMENTARY MICHAEL A. MACDOWELL to make certain the family member(s) with the best credit history obtains a loan or industry cosigner. Even before you consider student loans, however, it is important to first estimate starting salaries in your chosen profession and the probability of finding employment in your field of study so you will know if the loan can be paid off in a reasonable amount of time upon graduation. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a variety of other organizations and high school guidance departments should have information about starting salaries and employment opportunities in various fields. For instance, college graduates who major in the health sciences, biosciences, engineering and related fields initially will have a higher probability of finding a goodpaying job than students majoring in the liberal arts. Liberal arts students, though, tend to do well in the job market in the long run because the skills they derive from their college educations are infinitely applicable to a variety of careers.

To save money and to incur less debt as a college student, collegians and their families also should follow these tips: • Parents of students should read the fine print on all student loan documents to determine the deferment provisions. For instance, many loans can be forgiven in part or entirely if certain careers are pursued. However, according to Jane Dessoye, executive director of enrollment management at Misericordia University, you must make sure that you are aware of the provisions of forgiveness. • Many students build significant debt to cover tuition as well as credit card and related debt. They live like they have a good-paying, full-time job when they are a student and then, ironically, they are then forced to live like a student when they get their first jobs. There’s plenty of time to spend money after graduation; wait until then. • Don’t borrow too much. Be prudent. Consider part-time work either on- or off-campus. It is interesting that students who work part time actually do better academically than students who do not work at all. • Try to pay off some of the debt while you are in still in school. Many students set aside a portion of their part-time job income to pay down

debt. It is difficult to give up a spring break trip, but doing so and using those funds to pay down debt will help considerably. The earlier you begin to pay down the debt the less the compound interest you will incur. • Graduate on time. Believe it or not, the statistics on on-time graduation provided by the federal government for a four-year college degree actually measures degree completion in six years. Large state institutions, oftentimes, fill the classes that students need for graduation early. Lack of advising and other services to students at these institutions make for a longer college experience. While it might cost more each year to attend a private school, the cost of an additional one or two years in a state school, coupled with the salary forgone by entering the labor force, sometimes makes private schools less expensive in the long run. • Don’t change majors. Think carefully about a major before making a decision. Don’t start taking courses in a specific major as a freshman or firstsemester sophomore. Rather, finish your core requirements and/or general education requirements first. These courses transfer much easier if you choose to do so, and you won’t waste semesters or years if you change majors or schools down the road.

• Don’t change schools. Transferring usually adds at least a semester, if not a year, to your college time. And don’t necessarily be swayed by the idea of going to a community college to save money for two years and then transferring. Unless that community college has a close, long-lived cooperative articulation agreement with the four-year institution to which you intend to transfer, you might lose a large number of credits and stay in school much longer, thereby spending more on your college education. Above all, remember that a college education, if thoughtfully undertaken, is worth the investment. The annual average earnings gap between college graduates with bachelor’s degrees and their peers who have high school diplomas stands at $22,000. As it stands today, the average debt owed by a student upon graduation from college is about $19,500. In other words, the additional income you will earn in one year by having a college degree can pay almost all of the debt you incurred to obtain that education. College is indeed one of the best investments you can make. Michael A. MacDowell is president of Misericordia University in Dallas Township, where he occasionally teaches economics.


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Chamber key driver of area economy A RECENT letter to the editor raised questions about the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber that I am glad to answer. Since 1884, the chamber has been a strong and vocal champion for the business community in Greater Wilkes-Barre. The accomplishments of the chamber are many – too many to list here. I would like to focus on our most recent accomplishments and where we are going in the future. The task of job creation and retention for our region continues to be one of our top priorities. The 38 jobs recently added by Amcor Rigid Plastics at its new Mountain Top facility are the latest additions to the roster of more than 12,700 people employed in the five business parks directly developed by the chamber and our affiliate organizations. The chamber’s five business parks (Crestwood Industrial Park, Hanover Industrial Estates, Hanover Crossing, Corporate Center at East Mountain and Highland Park) comprise approximately 2,637 acres and generate more than $8.7 million annually in county, municipal and school district tax revenues. In fact, there are more than 18,000 people working today in jobs that can be traced to 210 different chamber-assisted business location or expansion projects from 1985 to 2011. In 2011 alone, chamber-assisted projects resulted in the creation of 562 new jobs in the Wilkes-Barre area. Our entrepreneurial development efforts are equally robust. An updated economic impact report for the Innovation Center at Wilkes-Barre showed that, during 2010, the facility generated total estimated economic activity of $28.7 million. It accounted for an estimated 230 direct and indirect jobs and

and Lackawanna counties. We will continue to support these and other initiatives that make our region a more attracWILLIAM D. tive place in which to reside and MOORE do business. As a voluntary membership organization, The Chamber of an estimated $3.1 million in Commerce relies on the dues federal, state and local taxes. investments of its members for The chamber also has been a the overwhelming majority of its key community development partner through catalytic efforts income. The Chamber of Business and Industry and its affilsuch as the Elevation Lofts iates receive pledges, rental and project. As a direct result of the chamber’s actions, 20 of these 21 property management income, and also have received grant downtown lofts were sold and revenue to perform specific are occupied, bringing new residential activity to downtown functions tied to the requirements of the grants, including Wilkes-Barre. The positive impact of the chamber’s center-city funds to develop, market and maintain a second business investments goes far beyond incubator. what’s visible on downtown Just as other small businesses sidewalks. Today, the site of the across the country have been University Corners project genimpacted by the recession, so erates $250,000 a year more in has the chamber. As a result, the annual real estate tax revenue than it did a decade ago – and as chamber’s board of directors Keystone Opportunity Zone tax made difficult decisions to redirect the efforts of the chamber, abatements continue to expire, even more dollars will be added. including reducing the number of staff to 12 and significantly In 2011, the chamber led a reducing the salaries of all emconsortium of regional instituployees. The result is a chamber tions and organizations examthat is more nimble – one that is ining the feasibility of a collabmore adaptive to the changes orative approach to biomedical needed in a dynamic organizaresearch in Northeastern Penntion. sylvania. Partnering colleges The chamber accomplishes and universities are now bringmuch of its actions through ing that study’s recommendacommittees, task forces and the tions to fruition as part of the Regional Bioscience Initiative, a dedicated effort of its board of directors. I invite chamber memmulti-phased strategy to inbers to become more involved crease the size and breadth of the region’s biomedical industry with the work that we are doing. I also invite those businesses cluster. that are not members of the Other community development highlights of the past year chamber to visit its website – at www.wilkes-barre.org – to learn include: more about what it is doing to • Supporting the 2011 probetter the economy of Greater gram season at the River Common, which attracted more than Wilkes-Barre. Better yet, call me at 8234,400 recorded participants to 2101. I’ll be happy to meet with programs on the downtown’s you and explain why I took the riverfront. opportunity to be a part of this • Convening a meeting of regional chambers and econom- dynamic organization, and why ic development organizations to you should, too. review and discuss implementation of the final Bi-county Com- William D. Moore is president and prehensive Plan and Long-Range CEO of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Transportation Plan for Luzerne Chamber of Business and Industry.

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Captivated by castoffs? TV pickings are plentiful By MELISSA RAYWORTH For The Associated Press

Tracy Hutson wanders through a graveyard of ovens that haven’t roasted a turkey or baked a ham since decades before she was born. Picking through their discarded parts, she muses: “The rust on this is just so gorgeous.” Her “Picker Sisters” partner, Tanya McQueen, agrees — yet another item to bargain for, purchase and turn into a high-end piece of furniture on their Lifetime network TV series. You’ll find a similar pair of women, the “Junk Gypsies,” doing much the same thing over at HGTV. And these two pairs are not alone. The list of television shows about hunting for elusive treasure amid mountains of discarded stuff keeps growing like a suburban landfill. At least three new entries are premiering this summer, adding to the already double-digit roster of shows about “pickers” and pawn-shop owners and people who bid for the contents of storage containers. Why, especially when we’re so overloaded with our own clutter and junk, are we so fascinated with the search through other people’s castoffs? The rush of remembering Jordan Hembrough, host of “Toy Hunter,” which premieres Wednesday on the Travel Channel, believes people love junk-hunting shows because they See TREASURE, Page 4F

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Ballet students stretch in class at the Degnan Ballet Center at the Conservatory of Wilkes University.

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h no, 22-year-old Virginia Reinert of Dallas said. She doesn’t blame ballet for her tendonitis. Maybe it was cross-country running in middle school. • Oh yes, 14-year-old Alessandra Ortiz of Sugarloaf said. She has given up lots of chances to socialize in favor of rehearsals. But she’s not complaining. • And, oh wow, nerves have jangled before performances. • “I’m always freaking out backstage,” 18-year-old Maggie Sullivan of Wilkes-Barre said with a gentle laugh. “But once you get out there, it all comes naturally.” See STRENGTH, Page 5F

More than an avocation: Julie was born to do this. By MARY THERESE BIEBEL mbiebel@timesleader.com

Maybe it was an itching in her feet, or a yearning in her heart. In any case, 19-year-old Julie Degnan realized she couldn’t turn her back on a dance career, which perhaps, has been her destiny all along. “It was a hard decision to make, but if I don’t do it now I’ll regret it for the rest See JULIE, Page 5F

Footage from the History Channel’s “American Pickers” April visit to Timothy Haddle’s Dallas Township property is expected to air Aug. 27, according to the show’s producer, Cineflix Inc. The show’s stars, pickers Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, dug through an old barn and shed on Haddle’s property and the attic of his Saab dealership off Route 309 in the Kunkle section of Dallas Township searching for old car parts, motorcycles, signs and other objects of interest. The visit stemmed from the show’s request for leads in the area. The series follows Wolfe and Fritz as they travel the country poking through decrepit barns, backyard debris and private collections for antiques they often describe as “rusty gold.” The men discuss historical tidbits about the stuff they purchase and tally their estimated profits at resale for the show’s viewers. Haddle signed a non-disclosure agreement to preserve secrecy before the show premiers. New episodes, including the local visit, air at 9 p.m. Mondays.

New amenities take the ‘rough’ out of roughing it By DIANA MARSZALEK For The Associated Press

Those of you who wiggle out of family camping trips by claiming you’re just not into roughing it will have to find another excuse. A range of camping options and innovations has made it far more comfortable to eat, sleep and otherwise spend time in the Great Outdoors. “ ‘Soft rugged’ is what so many Americans are seeking in their outdoor experience today,” says Jim Rogers, chairman and CEO of Kampgrounds of America, or KOA, which runs about 500 campgrounds around the country. So much so that he now refers to the camping industry as “outdoor hospitality.” KOA has beefed up some of its

campgrounds to include both basic and luxury cabins – the latter being the kind more often equated with family resorts than places to pitch tents. Rental costs $100 to $150 per night. Some sites offer coffee carts, pancake breakfasts, kids’ activities and entertainment. Campers who want things a bit more – but not much more – rustic can browse the equipment lining the shelves at well-stocked outdoors stores (though some of the fancy new goodies may hike the price of that simple camping trip). Take, for instance, REI’s Kingdom 8 tent, which is big enough to sleep eight. For $529, the tent is not just waterproof and bugproof but also has moveable

room dividers to create separate spaces with private entrances. Fill it with cots, airbeds and perhaps a ceiling fan created for tents, and you’re bound to get in a good night’s sleep. Toss in another $100, and you can add to it a “garage” to store food or gear — or use it as a place for the family dog to sleep. Nifty outdoor stoves and cooking gear have made campfirecooked canned beans and hot dogs moot, unless you really like them. REI’s camp kitchen, for example, is a folding trove of food-prep workspace and storage – all of which can be carried around in a zipper bag. It even includes hooks for hanging up spatulas, and windproof screens so the ele-

ments don’t mess with your cooking. Coleman, one of the biggest manufactures of camping gear, sells a camping oven that fits handily onto one of the company’s two- or three-burner grills. Don’t even think about grainy cowboy coffee or even those classic enamel percolators. French presses, specifically engineered for outdoor use, are now the way to go if you’re picky about your coffee preparation (though the experience may not be exactly what you’re used to in your own kitchen). Coleman sells a propane-powered drip coffee maker that you don’t even have to put over heat. See ROUGHING IT, Page 6F

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). Romance is in the air, but revealing too much and going too fast might just spoil it. Be sure to go slow and steady, no matter how thrilling and heart-fluttering you find your potential partner. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). While trying to make a job easier, you risk inadvertently making it more difficult. Take time to organize your efforts before you act, and you will avoid this phenomenon. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There will be those people who can’t appreciate your efforts. It’s not their fault. They have never made similar efforts, so they have no comparison. Continue undaunted. CANCER (June 22-July 22). By keeping up with basic self-care and maintenance, you can manage stress before it comes. Getting enough rest and exercise, as well as proper nutrition, will keep you strong. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You’re in a strong position now. People sense that you don’t really need to push forward, and that you couldn’t care less either way. Because you are willing to stand back or bow out gracefully, you are offered more. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Looking for beauty in your environment is not a shallow pursuit. There is great power in beauty. Witnessing it could be just the thing that causes a breakthrough in spiritual awareness. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Sensitive issues come into the open. Should they be explored? Unless you can do so without coming across as judgmental, probably not. Tolerance is an oft-underrated virtue. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). A sweet mental breeze comes to sweep the air. Clouds lift. You can see what you’re dealing with. What was once foggy becomes completely clear. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You are usually mindful not to talk about what doesn’t pertain to the people around you. But you could break this rule to excellent effect today, as you’d be surprised what people find relevant. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You do not wish to passively respond to whatever life throws your way. You take control of matters, realizing that what you give will strongly influence what you get. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You live on a spinning rock. At any given time, your closest neighboring planet is at least 25 million miles away. Given the precarious balance of life, you proceed with every intention of being as self-reliant as possible. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You won’t gamble with what’s precious to you, but you may take a calculated risk. Calculated risk-taking includes a plan for what will happen if the first endeavor doesn’t work out. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 12). You have an audience. Your clever ways will attract interest, including that of a romantic nature. There’s a happy break in your professional or financial scene in the next three weeks. Yours is the most exciting story in September. You’ll be the champion of a loved one’s pursuit in October. Help comes from a distant sector in November. Aquarius and Libra people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 19, 24, 17 and 23.

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Dear Peeved: It is difficult to teach consideration for others to people who have none. However, allow me to clue you in to what some communities are doing to curb the intrusion of cellphones: They have posted signs in restaurants, theaters and shops that read, “Cellphone-Free Zone. The owner of this establishment thanks you for not using your cellphone on the premises. If you must make or receive a call, please do so outside.” That way, customers are warned in a way that’s not confrontational. Dear Abby: What is proper when you’re talking with someone and you notice the person has food stuck in his or her teeth? What if the person is part of a group and someone you don’t know very well? — Toothful in Florida Dear Toothful: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. If you were

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reconnect us with a time we like to remember as simpler and happier. We recognize items instantly, from toys to household goods to advertising signage. Previous generations of Americans kept things longer, and there was less to choose from when you did buy new: Many of us had the same CorningWare coffee pot, the same Fisher-Price toys as our neighbors. Items designed in the 1950s and 1960s â&#x20AC;&#x153;are from a period that consciously looked to the future,â&#x20AC;? says Allen Topolski, associate professor of art at the University of Rochester. It was a time of optimism, and although â&#x20AC;&#x153;we never got the jet packs we were promised,â&#x20AC;? we enjoy revisiting that feeling as junk-hunting TV hosts come across this stuff, he says. This experience wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be the same for future generations because we replace things so frequently today. Young people also are less likely to have the exact items as their peers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;More choices means less shared history,â&#x20AC;? says John Baick, associate professor of history at Western New England University, in Springfield, Mass. So why do even viewers in their teens and 20s watch these shows? The thrill of the hunt T.J. Heckman has â&#x20AC;&#x153;been into junk,â&#x20AC;? for nearly all of his 26 years. He, his father and his uncle â&#x20AC;&#x153;used to go out all the time just picking up stuff. I remember when I was 6 years old bringing home a kitchen table on my bicycle.â&#x20AC;? In his work as a delivery truck driver in the Pittsburgh area, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s constantly scouting roadsides for anything potentially fun or useful. He loves bringing things home and loves watching these shows for the excitement of scoring something awesome at little or no cost. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The stuff today being made is garbage compared to the stuff back then,â&#x20AC;? Heckman says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They took their time and put effort into making it.â&#x20AC;? Craig Dalen, who coordinates

sustainability programs at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., sees this as a strong explanation for the popularity of these shows. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many goods now are designed to break down and need to be replaced, and our desires are socially engineered to want more, better, the latest. I think some are rediscovering the value in these goods because of the craftsmanship and the materials.â&#x20AC;? Heckman says he is happy when a TV host can find and repurpose an old table or chair â&#x20AC;&#x201D; revealing its enduring value and returning it to daily life. Television, of course, reliably delivers those satisfying moments. Through editing, these shows offer â&#x20AC;&#x153;very clever storytelling,â&#x20AC;? Baick says. Something wellmade and worthwhile is always uncovered. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like the hunt for the Holy Grail, in all the accounts it ends up being a humble cup of tremendous value,â&#x20AC;? he says. For viewers in homes filled with everyday items, â&#x20AC;&#x153;this is kind of magical, that you can turn lead into goldâ&#x20AC;? if you have a discerningenough eye. Two shows that premiered last month â&#x20AC;&#x201D; PBSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Market Warriorsâ&#x20AC;? (from the producers of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Antiques Roadshowâ&#x20AC;?) and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Pickersâ&#x20AC;? spin-off â&#x20AC;&#x153;Picked Offâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; raise the bar by merging the junk-hunting genre with competition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Picked Offâ&#x20AC;? has a $10,000 grand prize, while the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Market Warriorsâ&#x20AC;? winner only earns â&#x20AC;&#x153;bragging rights for eclipsing his peers,â&#x20AC;? according to the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. The desire to D-I-Y For the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Picker Sistersâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Junk Gypsies,â&#x20AC;? itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about what these found goodies can become. These shows, along with sites like Pinterest, offer fresh and sometimes outrageous ideas for affordable do-it-yourself projects. Whether many viewers actual-

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of my life,” said the young woman, whose talent earned her a scholarship to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She leaves in two weeks, and she’ll major in dance. That shouldn’t surprise anyone who watched her grow up and grow as an artist, nurtured by her parents Kristin DegnanBoonin and the later Peter Degnan, who created the Degnan Ballet Center 30 years ago. But in recent years she talked about a different kind of career – perhaps in veterinary medicine or as a physician’s assistant. She enrolled at King’s College and studied biology, believing she could have dance in her life simply as an avocation. Then something just felt not right. “This is the time in my life that I can do it,” she said of dancing. “I want to be on stage

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t’s an old-school B-movie setup, a girl gang seething with crushes, rivalries and vendettas, a cold, beautiful alpha running her ring of pretties with an iron hand. Transport this viper’s nest of feminine evil to a 21st-century high school girls’ locker room, add text messages and hoodies and extreme cheerleading stunts, and you have Megan Abbott’s “Dare Me,” a dark novel that will appeal to both teen readers and their mothers, the blood-thirsty and drama-hungry market catered to by TV’s “Pretty Little Liars.” The author says she crossed “Lord of the Flies” with “Richard III”; readers are calling the result “‘Fight Club’ for girls.”

Abbott’s 16-year-old narrator, Addy Hanlon, has long played second fiddle to her best friend, cheer captain Beth Cassidy. Beth’s rule over Addy and the rest of the squad is overthrown when their good-ole-girl coach moves away and is replaced by the taut, ultra-intense Colette French. French surveys the situation with disgust. She takes away the girls’ cell phones during practice, puts them on juice fasts and diet supplements, has them run bleacher sprints until they collapse. She mocks their old routines — streaky glitter faces, weak straddle jumps and pom-poms shaken to Kanye West — and drives them relentlessly toward the most difficult and dangerous competitive cheerleading stunts, like three-tiered standing pyramids with flying girls thrown up to the top and diving back down. No one falls in love with Coach French faster and harder than Addy — to Beth’s disbelief, then hurt, then fury. As Addy and some of the other girls become closer and closer to their new idol, partying at her house, deconstructing her marriage, smoking cigarettes in her car, Beth is driven out of the spotlight and stripped of her captaincy. Meanwhile, a very goodlooking National Guard recruiter named Sergeant Will appears on the scene, with his “riven-granite profile blurred by the most delicate of mouths.” Bets are placed on who will be first to lure him into a bit of disorderly conduct, and this sets in motion a series of power plays and secret schemes that spin very far out of control. If you think all this is working up, “Glee”-like, to a final cheerleading contest, or to a sports-novel-type ending, you are very wrong. By the time the college recruiter shows up at the last game of the season, “Dare Me” has soaked the white sneakers in blood and turned into a murder mystery. Even if you are not, as I was, reading this book by flashlight in a wind-whipped, rain-lashed tent on a camping trip, you won’t be sleeping either. The potent melodrama of “Dare Me” is amped up, page after page, by the rhythm, imagery and portent of Abbott’s language. Her take on the culture of young women is chilling and knowing, lingering on the edge between reality and sensationalism — the constant monitoring of the cell phones, the hounding, the stalking, the virtual trail left by every conversation and act. The ruthless judgments against each other’s bodies, homes, families and personalities. No one in this book has a meaningful relationship with a parent, nobody has a boyfriend, no one feels loved. If this emptiness is an exaggeration of the teenage condition, it is one we recognize, one we see the results of in the news all the time. “Dare Me” depicts its very real consequence: utter amorality.

Emily Giffin has a wonderful way with words. But her basic math skills are sorely lacking. The best-selling author, whose latest novel is “Where We Belong” (St. Martin’s, $27.99), writes about an adopted 18-yearold who seeks out and meets her birth mother. Readers quickly learn that the girl, Kirby Rose, was conceived in July 1995, the unexpected result of birth-mom Marian’s reckless summer romance. But wait a minute. July ’95? Doesn’t that make Kirby 16 instead of 18? “My husband was the first to catch that,” Giffin says. “He said, ‘You’ve got a problem with your

math there, Sweets.’ I said, ’What are you talking about?’ Because I had worked it out so carefully. But obviously I hadn’t. “It was too late to make all the changes that would make everything square up. “If only it were 2014. So I’m proposing that everyone reread the book two years from now!” That said, Giffin’s sketchy math is the only flaw in an emotionally powerful story that will ring true with women who have given a child away and with those who grew up wondering where they came from. “Where We Belong” has been out only a few days, and already the reader feedback has surpassed Giffin’s expectations. “I gave advance copies to very few people,” she says. “One read-

er was a supportive fan from Facebook. After she read it, she wrote back, ‘I am adopted and I recently found my family. I’ve read all your books, but this one resonates with me the most.’ “I also gave a copy to the receptionist at my kids’ school. I didn’t know anything about her, whether she was married or whether she’s a mother. I just thought she might enjoy reading it. “I have her note here. It says, ‘Dear Emily, “Where We Belong” is your best yet and, yes, it does reflect my life. The circumstances are dissimilar, but that essence of belonging that you write about is achingly familiar. After I finished reading your book, my daughter read it, too. We now have common ground to talk

as much as I can. That’s where my home really is.” “I think she’s stepped back and realized how precious it is, the gift she has,” said her mother who began dancing professionally herself at 17, with the Louisville Ballet Co. Mom knows it’s not an easy life. Still, Degnan-Boonin said, “I’m excited for her.” Over the years, Julie Degnan has seen many Degnan Ballet School “graduates” go to college to immerse themselves in dance full time – people like Karla Kovatch and Sarah Smith Gravine, who both teach at the Degnan Ballet Center now. More recently, 18-year-old Maggie Sullivan’s decision to major in dance influenced her, too. And, the young dancer hasn’t given up on the idea of another career, perhaps in biology, after “the bittersweet moment when you realize you can’t dance anymore.” “I know I want to help life,” she said. “Whether it’s human or animal.”

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about what is keeping us from feeling close to each other.’ “I thought I was just giving these two women a nice summer read with a pretty peach cover. I didn’t expect ... to provoke such intense reactions.” Giffin, dubbed by Vanity Fair as a “modern-day Jane Austen,” may be working with a premise and plot that is fairly simple. But there’s nothing lightweight about the emotional turbulence she creates. “The premise started with a question,” Giffin says. “I wondered, ‘What would it be like to have a secret and to keep that secret from everyone for your entire adult life? What would that do to you and to your relationships?’ ”

As they waited for class to begin last week at the Degnan Ballet Center at the Conservatory of Wilkes University, several early arrivals talked about the joy of performing with other students from their ballet school – soon to celebrate its 30th anniversary. You might expect them to say they love their art – an art that this month will take Reinert to San Francisco to dance professionally, Ortiz to Carlisle for further training with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Sullivan to Mercyhurst College in Erie to major in dance – despite the sacrifices it can demand. But some will explain they’re glad ballet is tough. “I started dancing when I was 4, and when I was 14 I was hit by a car,” 19-year-old Sarah Godfrey of Wilkes-Barre said matter-offactly. The accident was lifethreatening, and after numerous surgeries and weeks in a coma, she had to relearn to walk and talk. “My doctors said it would be highly unlikely if not impossible that I’d ever stand on pointe again,” said Godfrey, who as she spoke was wearing a pink satin pair of those tricky-to-balance shoes. “I owe so much of my recovery to my background in dance, because I was always pushing myself and never wanting to give up.” The desire to persevere has

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4.2 Engine, good condition, per kelly blue book, Quatro awd, abs 4 wheel, navigation system, integrated phone, plus all standard Audi options, super clean, garage kept, recently inspected. If you ever wanted an Audi, hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your opportunity! Asking $5200. 570-678-5618 or 570-574-3441

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BUICK `97 LESABRE Limited. V6. 4 door,

silver exterior, grey interior, fully equipped, power everything. 94k original miles. Snow tires included. Currently inspected. Family car. $2900. 570-675-2468

CADILLAC `08 DTS

Fully loaded, 14,000 miles, automatic, all power, leather interior, showroom condition. Silver. $25,000. Call Mike 570-779-4351

CADILLAC â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;00 DTS Tan, satellite

ATV, 110 CC. Brand New Tomahawk Kids Quad. Only $695 takes it away! 570-817-2952 Wilkes-Barre

412 Autos for Sale

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412 Autos for Sale

Mon. Nov. 26 $85. Wed. Dec. 12 $95. Sat. Dec 15th $130.

4) Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad Street, in an I-1 zone, for any required zoning relief for the library expansion project . 5) Stanely Calabro, appealing the decision of the Pittston City Zoning Officer regarding placement of a used modular home on a lot zoned R-2 at Rear John Street

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radio, leather, moon roof, loaded excellent condition. 136k miles. $4,995.

570-814-2809

CADILLAC â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;03 DEVILLE low miles. extra

clean and sharp, $7,995 MAFFEI AUTO SALES 570-288-6227 444 Market Street Kingston

DODGE â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;02 VIPER GTS 10,000 MILES V10

6speed, collectors, this baby is 1 of only 750 GTS coupes built in 2002 and only 1 of 83 painted Race Yellow it still wears its original tires showing how it was babied. This car is spotless throughout and is ready for its new home. This vehicle is shown by appointment only. $39,999 or trade. 570-760-2365

FORD â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;02 MUSTANG

GTRedCONVERTIBLE with black

top. 6,500 miles. One Owner. Excellent Condition. $17,500 570-760-5833

HONDA â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;08 ACCORD

4 door, EXL with navigation system. 4 cyl, silver w/ black interior. Satellite radio, 6CD changer, heated leather seats, high, highway miles. Well maintained. Monthly service record available. Call Bob. 570-479-0195

HONDA â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;09 CIVIC

42,000 miles, 4 door, 4 cyl, auto, $15,400 WARRANTY MAFFEI AUTO SALES 570-288-6227 444 Market Street Kingston

HONDA â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;12 ACCORD LX 4 door, 4 cyl, automatic, showroom condition, 6,000 miles. $20,900 Warranty MAFFEI AUTO SALES 570-288-6227 444 Market Street Kingston

MERCURY `79 ZEPHYR 6 cylinder automatic. 52k original miles. $1500. 570-899-1896

CHEVY â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;95 ASTRO MARK III C

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VAN. Hightop. 93K. 7 passenger. TV/VCP/Stereo. Loaded. Great condition. $3,495 (570) 574-2199

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CHEVY â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;03 IMPALA V6, Very clean

car! $3,995 570-696-4377

DODGE `07 CALIBER SXT Steel blue, power windows & locks, 90,000 miles, runs great. $6,800 570-466-1044

288-8995 09 Mercedes GL450, 7 passenger. Too many options to list. 30K miles. Garage kept. Creme puff. $47,800 04 Nissan Armada, 7 passenger. 4wd. Excellent condition. $11,900 93 UD Tow Truck with wheel lift. 64k. $10,000 96 Jeep, Grand Cherokee, 4 wheel drive, 4 door, runs excellent $3,995 95 Buick Park Ave 54k. $3,995 96 Plymouth Voyager 82k $3,495 99 Chevy Cavalier, 89k. 4 door. $2,495 00 Chevy S10 Blazer. 4 door. 4wd. Red. $2,795 96 Nissan Maxima, V6, 4 door, air, auto, sunroof. 103K. $3,495 96 Buick Skylark Auto, 4 door, 81K $2,495 96 Jeep Grand Cherokee,wd auto, runs great! $3,995

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4x4, 13,000 miles $21,495 MAFFEI AUTO SALES 570-288-6227 444 Market Street Kingston

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GMC Jimmie â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;00 2 door, 6 cylinder, auto, 4 wheel drive $2,150 Volkswagen â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;98 Cabrio Convertible 4 cylinder, auto $1,850 Kia Sedona â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;04 7 Passenger Van Leather, air, CD, sunroof, 6 cylinder, auto, very good condition. $3,850 Mercury Tracer â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;98 4 cylinder, 4 door, auto. $1,550 Current Inspection On All Vehicles DEALER

LEXUS `05 RX 330 All wheel drive,

Champagne tan, navigation, backup camera, lift gate, ivory leather with memory, auto, 3.3 liter V6, regular gas, garaged, brand new condition, all service records. 6 disc CD. Private seller with transferable 1 year warranty, 96K. REDUCED to $16,590. 570-563-2731

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VW â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;10 JETTA

15,900 miles, standard transmission. Garage kept, white with sunroof. $15K 570-387-8639

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6 cyl, 3 liter, 4 speed auto. All power, ABS, moon roof & remote. 73,000 miles, very dependable. $4,550 570-333-4827

condition, low miles, all power. Must Sell! $11,995 570-237-2412

PONTIAC â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;07 G6 GT Good condition. 68k miles. FWD, Auto, All power, Remote start, 4 Door, Heated leather seats, Silver. $9,500. Call Denise at 570-793-3412

PONTIAC `06 GRAND PRIX GXP 80,000 miles, automatic, front wheel drive, 4 door, all power, sun/moon roof. $11,000 (570)855-2062

TOYOTA â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;04 CELICA GT

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112K miles. Blue, 5 speed. Air, power windows/locks, CD/cassette, Keyless entry, sunroof, new battery. Car drives and has current PA inspection. Slight rust on corner of passenger door. Clutch slips on hard acceleration. This is why its thousands less than Blue Book value. $6,500 OBO. Make an offer! Call 570-592-1629

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Auto., AC, PM, Advanced Trac with Electronic Stability Control, Side Curtains, CD, Pwr. Door Locks, Tilt Wheel, Cruise Control, 15” Alum. Wheels,

Automatic, Anti-Theft Sys., Side Curtain Air Bags, 16” Steel Wheels, Tilt Wheel, Instrument Cluster, Message Center, PW, Keyless Entry w/Keypad, Pwr. Side Mirrors, Fog Lamps, CD, AC, PL, MyKey, SYNC

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24 Mos. *Tax and tags extra. Security deposit waived. All factory rebates applied **Lease payments based on 24 month lease 21,000 allowable miles. First months payment, $595 Bank Fee, and $2,500 down payment (cash or trade) due at delivery. Sale ends 8/31/12.

APR

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PLUS

*Tax and tags extra. Security deposit waived. All factory rebates applied **Lease payments based on 24 month lease 21,000 allowable miles. First months payment, $595 Bank Fee, and $2,500 down payment (cash or trade) due at delivery. Sale ends 8/31/12.

M O S.

APR Safety Canopy, Air, Side Impact Safety Pkg., Rear Cargo Convenience Pkg., Privacy Glass,16” Alum. Wheels, Fog Lamps, Roof Rack, Pwr. Driver’s Seat, Sirius Satellite Radio, PW, Auto., PDL, Keyless Entry, CD,

M O S.

XL Plus Pkg., Cruise Control, MyKey Sys., Pwr. Mirrors, Pwr. Equipment Group, 40/20/40 Cloth Seat, CD, XL Decor Group

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*Tax and tags extra. Security deposit waived. All factory rebates applied **Lease payments based on 24 month lease 21,000 allowable miles. First months payment, $595 Bank Fee, and $2,500 down payment (cash or trade) due at delivery. Sale ends 8/31/12.

CD, Alum Wheels, Tilt, PW, PDL, Pwr. Seat, Safety Pkg., Side Impact Air Bags, 1st & 2nd Air Curtains, Anti-Theft Sys., Sirius Satellite Radio, Message Center, Keyless Entry w/Keypad,

PLUS

24 Mos. *Tax and tags extra. Security deposit waived. All factory rebates applied **Lease payments based on 24 month lease 21,000 allowable miles. First months payment, $595 Bank Fee, and $2,500 down payment (cash or trade) due at delivery. Sale ends 8/31/12.

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APR M O S.

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24 Mos. *Tax and tags extra. Security deposit waived. All factory rebates applied **Lease payments based on 24 month lease 21,000 allowable miles. First months payment, $595 Bank Fee, and $2,500 down payment (cash or trade) due at delivery. Sale ends 8/31/12.

24 Mos. *Tax and tags extra. Security deposit waived. All factory rebates applied **Lease payments based on 24 month lease 21,000 allowable miles. First months payment, $595 Bank Fee, and $2,500 down payment (cash or trade) due at delivery. Sale ends 8/31/12.

2.5L I4 Engine, Rain Sensor Wipers, Pwr. Moonroof, Sony Sound Sys.,CD, Alum Wheels, Tilt, PW, PDL, Safety Pkg., Side Impact Air Bags, 1st & 2nd Air Curtains, Anti-Theft Sys., Sirius Satellite Radio, Keyless Entry w/Keypad, Message Center,

3.5L Engine, MyFord Display, CD, Auto. Climate Control,17” Steel Wheels, Keyless Entry, MyKey, Cruise Control, PW, PM,

4,799 199 199 224,799 -801

$

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$

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Auto., 3.5L V6, SYNC, Reverse Sensing Sys., CD, Keyless Entry with Keypad, PW, 18” Alum. Wheels, Anti-Theft Perimeter Alarm, Sirius Satellite Radio, PDL,

APR M O S.

PLUS

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8,499 279 279 $228,499

$

24 Mos.

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415 Autos-Antique & Classic

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08 DODGE NITRO SXT orange, auto, 4x4 08 FORD ESCAPE XLT SILVER, V6, 4X4 07 DODGE CARAVAN SXT green, 4 door, 7 pass mini van 06 INFINITY QX56 Pearl white, tan leather, Naviga tion, 3rd seat, 4x4 06 DODGE RAM 1500 QUAD CAB, Black, V8, 4x4 truck 06 FORD EXPLORER XLT, black, 3rd seat, 4x4 06 CHEVY TRAILBLZAER LS, SILVER, 4X4 05 JEEP LIBERTY SPORT green, V6, 4x4 05 FORD FREESTAR SE, white, 7 pax mini van 05 CADILLAC SRX black, leather, V6, AWD 05 HYUNDAI TUSCON LX green auto, AWD 05 DODGE DURANGO LTD Black, grey leather, 3rd seat, 4x4 05 JEEP LIBERTY RENEGADE Blue, 5 speed, V6, 4x4 04 MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER XLS red, auto, 4 cyl., AWD 04 KIA SORENTO EX blue, auto, V6 AWD 04 FORD EXPLORER XLT silver, 3rd seat, 4x4 04 NISSAN XTERRA XE blue, auto, 4x4 04 CHEVY TAHOE LT 4x4 Pewter, grey leather, 3rd seat 04 CHEVY AVALANCHE Z71, green, 4 door, 4x4 truck 04 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE OVERLAND graphite grey, 2 tone leather, sunroof, 4x4 02 CHEVY TRAILBLAZER LT, silver, V6, 4x4 02 FORD F150 SUPERCAB XLT silver, 4x4 truck 01 DODGE RAM 1500 QUAD CAB SPORT, red, V8, 4x4 truck 01 DODGE DURANGO SLT grey, 3rd seat 79,000 miles. 4x4 01 FORD F150 XLT white, super cab, 4x4 truck 01 FORD F150 XLT Blue/tan, 4 door, 4x4 truck 00 DODGE RAM 1500 QUAD CAB SPORT, green, V8, 4x4 truck 00 CHEVY 1500 SILVERADO X-CAB green, 4x4 truck 99 NISSAN PATHINDER gold, V6, 4x4

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415 Autos-Antique & Classic

CHEVROLET `76 PICKUP 4 Cylinder Very Good Condition! NEW PRICE $2,500. 570-362-3626 Ask for Lee

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speed transmission, red/black interior, ps, pb, teakwood wheel, original owner 25 years. $38,000. 883-4443

MAZDA `88 RX-7

CONVERTIBLE 1 owner, garage kept, 65k original miles, black with grey leather interior, all original & never seen snow. $7,995. Call 570-237-5119

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with removable hard top, power windows, AM /FM radio with cassette player, CD player, automatic, 4 new tires. Champagne exterior; Italian red leather interior inside. Garage kept, excellent condition. Priced to Sell! $23,000. Call 570-825-6272

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Boats & Marinas

FISHING BOAT. Like new. 16 1/2’ Trophy Fiberglass. 25 HP Johnson motor, 48 lb thrust, trolling motor with foot control. Recharger, pedestal front seat, carpeted floor. Live well, storage compartment. Excellent condition. $4500. 570-675-5046 after 12 noon

YAMAHA WAVERUNNER GP800R 2001 2 cylinder 2stroke 784cc Less than 20 hours of use Recently serviced New battery New spark plugs No cracks or fades in seat Included Yamaha GP800Cover and single PWC trailer Must pick up $4500.00 Call 570 313 7744

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Commercial Trucks & Equipment

CHEVY ‘08 3500 HD DUMP TRUCK 2WD, automatic.

Only 12,000 miles. Vehicle in like new condition. $19,000. 570-288-4322

FORD `70 F350

Dual rear wheels, 360 V8, 4 speed, standard transmission, 10 foot cube box. New tires, runs good, 52,000 miles. $1,000 call 570-388-2464

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442 RVs & Campers

EXPEDITION ‘03 37U CUMMINS 300 DIESEL PUSHER

19,000 miles, 2 slides, 8 kw Gen. 2 Air conditioners, Microwave-Convect Oven, 4 door refwith automatic ice maker, heated holding tanks, Corian counter tops, 2 TV- surround sound, cherry cabinets, ice maker, washer/dryer. Sleeps 6. Queen beds, back up camera, recently inspected, garaged in winter. $64,500 570-288-2649

FOREST RIVER`08 5TH WHEEL

Model 8526RLS Mountain Top,PA $18,500 570-760-6341

PACE ARROW VISION ‘99 M-36 B (FORD) Type A gas, 460

V10 Ford. Excellent condition, 11,000 miles. I slide out, 2 awnings, 2 color flat screen TV’s. Generator, back up camera, 2 air conditioners, microwave/convection oven, side by side refrigerator with ice maker, washer/ dryer, queen size bed, automatic steps. $29,900. 570-288-4826 or 570-690-1464

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30’ fully equipped RV. Nice condition. Sleeps 6. At Campground with lake rights. $13,495 Negotiable. Call 570-379-2102

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Trucks/ SUVs/Vans

CHEVROLET `03 S-10 6 cylinder, 2x4 auto-

matic, 45k, extended cab and cap. $8,500 (570)722-8650

day. Only 600 miles. Price $1,800. 570-954-0577.

Motorcycles

‘12 BRAND NEW SCOOTER

1518 8th Street Carverton, PA Near Francis Slocum St. Park

CHEVY ‘99 BLAZER 4x4, Absolutely

Like new! $3,995 Call For Details! 570-696-4377

CHRYSLER `06 Town & Country. All ready to ride, electric start, automatic transmission, disk brakes, rear luggage trunk, under seat storage, around 100 mpg, fully street legal, all ready to go! only $1,595. Call 570-817-2952

‘99 HARLEY FHLT 27,000 miles,

excellent condition, detachable tour pack, $7,800. Call 570-678-3790

HARLEY ‘10 DAVIDSON SPORTSTER CUSTOM Loud pipes. Near Mint 174 miles - yes, One hundred and seventy four miles on the clock, original owner. $8000. 570-876-2816

HONDA ‘98 ST1100

Black, 2 new tires and fork seals, Tour pak. excellent condition. $4,200. 570-675-1982

Touring Edition, all power options, stow & go seating, 72k miles. Automatic trunk & sliding doors. Book value $11,500. sell for $9,995. 570-479-7063

SUZUKI ‘01 VS 800 GL INTRUDER Garage kept, no rust, lots of chrome, black with teal green flake. Includes storage jack & 2 helmets. $3600 570-410-1026

SUZUKI ‘12 BOULEVARD LS650 Under 100 miles

and 400 lbs, must sell. Serious inquiries only. Many Extras $5,000 firm. 570-855-5084

YAMAHA ‘97 ROYALSTAR 1300

12,000 miles. With windshield. Runs excellent. Many extras including gunfighter seat, leather bags, extra pipes. New tires & battery. Asking $4,000 firm. (570) 814-1548

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4X4, leather, sunroof, like new! $5,995 570-696-4377

JEEP 02 GRAND CHEROKEE LAREDO

6 cylinder 4 WD, air conditioning power windows, door locks, cruise, dual air bags, tilt wheel, AM/FM/CD. keyless remote. 130k miles. $5400. 570-954-3390

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JEEP ‘04 GRAND CHEROKEE LOREDO 4x4, 6 cyl, 1

Owner, Extra Clean SUV! $5,995 Call For Details! 570-696-4377

1518 8th Street Carverton, PA Near Francis Slocum St. Park

MAZDA ‘01 B3000

4x4, 5 speed, extra clean truck $3,995 Call For Details! 570-696-4377

MITSUBISHI `11

OUTLANDER SPORT SE AWD, Black interi-

or/exterior, start/ stop engine with keyless entry, heated seats, 18” alloy wheels, many extra features. Only Low Miles. 10 year, 100,000 mile warranty. $22,500. Willing to negotiate. Serious inquires only - must sell, going to law school. (570) 793-6844

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NISSAN `04 PATHFINDER ARMADA Excellent condition.

Too many options to list. Runs & looks excellent. $10,995 570-655-6132 or 570-466-8824

1518 8th Street Carverton, PA Near Francis Slocum St. Park

SATURN ‘04 VUE

1518 8th Street Carverton, PA Near Francis Slocum St. Park

Front wheel drive, 4 cyl, 5 speed, sunroof, clean, clean SUV! $4,995 Call For Details! 570-696-4377

DODGE ‘04 DURANGO

1 owner, leather sunroof, 3rd row seat $6,995 Call For Details! 570-696-4377

FORD ‘02 EXPLORER

Red, XLT, Original non-smoking owner, garaged, synthetic oil since new, excellent in and out. New tires and battery. 90,000 miles. $7,500 (570) 403-3016

KAWASAKI ‘07 EX 650 Ninja, blue, low

miles, garage kept, excellent condition. $3,000. 570-704-8254

Trucks/ SUVs/Vans

FORD ‘03 EXPLORER XLT

Doyouneedmorespace? 436 Mopeds A yard or garage sale in classified is the best way ROKETA ‘11 SCOOTER 250 cc, red, disk tocleanoutyourclosets! breaks, automatic You’re in bussiness transmission. with classified! Cruise at 55mph all

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FORD ‘02 F150 Extra Cab. 6

Cylinder, 5 speed. Air. 2WD. $3,995 Call For Details! 570-696-4377

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SATURN ‘06 ION-3

5 speed,sunroof, 1 owner, like new! $4,995 Call For Details! 570-696-4377

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HIGHCHAIR, Maple, excellent, $20. Car seats, 60 lbs, excellent (3) $25 each. Stroller, folding, good, $15 570-474-9866

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Building Materials

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700 MERCHANDISE Antiques & Collectibles

COFFEE MAKER Vintage Maid of Honor 24 cup drip coffee maker, Sears & Roebuck Co. Very good condition. $10. 570-735-6638 COLLECTIBLE COINS. Over 55 Graded coins by NGC, ECGS and IGG. Many extras. All must go. $200 OBO. 570-855-3113 DOLL. Shirley Temple Silver Screen Series - HEIDI. In original box, perfect condition. $100. 570-239-1638 INDY PEDAL CARS (2) 1 Marlboro Indy pedal car $100. 1 AJ Foyt black Copenhagen Indy pedal car, $100. both excellent condition. 570-696-3988 LIONEL TRAIN SET $150. bUDDY L ride on dump truck 25” l 1958 $90. Railroad lamp PDH $40. HO steam with passenger cars $45. 570-735-1589 MOVING SALE Philadelphia Phillies baseball cards 211 for $10. NY Mets baseball cards 150 $6. cards for $10. 570-313-5214 or 570-313-3859

Appliances

Why Spend Hundreds on New or Used Appliances? Most problems with your appliances are usually simple and inexpensive to fix! Save your hard earned money, Let us take a look at it first! 30 years in the business. East Main Appliances 570-735-8271 Nanticoke

Cemetery Plots/Lots

MT. ZION CEMETERY Luzerne County, Exeter Twp. 4 plots. $300 each. 513-382-0070

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Clothing

COAT/LAMB ladies, black persian, with white fur collar, size large, hardly worn. $35. 313-5214 or 313-3859 JACKET, Navy blue blazer, 46R, Student Holy Redeemer. Excellent worn one season, Neil Allen Career. $45 570-474-9866

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Computer Equipment & Software

COMPUTER “ Student special / price cut 1 small form factor computer P4 2.4 gig, 1 gig memory, 1 80 gig hard drive, 1 DVD/CD RW, 1 floppy drive, fresh copy of XP professional and XP office & other software [unit just came off warranty]; 1 19” LCD flat screen; 1 computer desk, chair & lamp; 1 pair speakers, 1 logitech desktop microphone; 1 creative pro desktop internet camera; 1 kodak printer, scanner, copier [ep3 almost new]; 1 fujifilm finepix digital camera with memory card & charging /download cradle that plugs into computer; 1 USB hub; 1 6 plug surge protector. $200. Best offer over $175 cash only. 693-2713 COMPUTER, Windows XP Professional, excellent condition, everything included. $75.570-824-7354 COMPUTER. Dell Inspiration Laptop. Harddrive, window 7, office 2003, WIFI, new battery Delivery Available. $150 570-654-0574

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Exercise Equipment

PULL UP BAR Body Solid Power rack $150. HARD CORE GYM plate loaded, cable pulley machine, lat pull down, chest press, peck deck, leg extension, lower pulley for curling $150. 868-6024 STATIONARY exercise bike Ergometer, very good condition $40. 570-693-1288 TREADMILL. Vision programmable, model T9300. Excellent condition. Paid $1500; Sell $850. Scale, Healtho-meter Physician Balance Beam. $75 570-407-2638

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CONVECTION OVEN Wolfgang Puck digital, with additional accessories. Never used, parts still in plastic. Comes with manual. Bought for $199. asking $50. Call 570-388-3026 or 570-328-0659 DRYER gas, large capacity. Speed Queen good condition. $85. 570-328-3046 DRYER, gas Speed Queen, large capacity, good condition $85. 570-328-3046 REFRIGERATOR $75. 570-280-2472

Baby Items

BOUNCER, pink, Boppy, light green, Bed/carrier, green fold-up. All for infant, very good condition. $40 all. 287-7162

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CAR SEAT/CARRIERS. (3) $25, SWING, infant, $20, CRIB, white, complete, $75, WALKER, $10. 570-474-9866

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FORD ‘73 F350

Stake Body Truck 55,000 Original miles - garage kept, only 2 owners, hydraulic lift gate, new tires, battery and brakes. Excellent condition. No rust. Must see. $4900 or best offer Call 570-687-6177

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REFRIGERATOR college dorm Emerson 2.8 cu. ft. excellent condition & working order $45. 821-0461 WASHER & DRYER apt size Whirlpool works good. Paid $500 will sell both $200 or $150 each. Christmas items $1. each, some old, some new. 570-829-3512 WASHER/DRYER. Gas. GE super capacity. $225. 570-881-3929

Furnaces & Heaters

HEATERS VENT FREE propane or natural gas heaters, new in box with warranty. 20,000 btu $199. 30,000 btu $270. they have thermostats & blowers. Heaters can be mounted on wall or free standing on floor. Call 570-675 0005 after 6:00 PM

744

Furniture & Accessories

AIR MATTRESS new, full size, with pump $40. Mattress topper very thick, with gel, full size $70. Futon white oak, Stickley Style heavy duty cushion $300.Recliner Lazy Boy tan, $300. Sofa beige, floral, 8 way hand tied springs $250. 823-2709 ARMOIRE with 2 drawers, $35. Dresser, 4 drawers, $25, or both for $50. Slider Rocker, $25. Bar Stool with back, $5. 570-823-0881 BED, single, heavily padded $200. 570-822-9697 COUCH 1 year old brown couch asking for $150. call 570-313-9298

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Furniture & Accessories

BED. King size Cherry sleigh bed from R/F. New, perfect condition, Paid $1200 sell $800. 570-239-1638

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GET THE WORD OUT with a Classified Ad. 570-829-7130 CHAIR. Queen Anne. wing back. gold chenille like upholstery, antique leg trim, Excellent. $25. TV Magnavox, 21” fits in separate maple cabinet. $25 for both. 639-5066 CHAIRS, (2) Genuine leather, custom made recliners. Taupe color, like new. $550 each. SOFA, CHAIR, OTTOMAN, 3 TABLES, great for den. Wood and cloth, all in excellent condition. $450. Call after 12 noon 570-675-5046 COFFEE TABLE large square solid wood, good condition $15. Canister set, country style ceramic, very nice! $10. 570-852-0675

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Sat. 8/11 7am-1pm Sun. 8/12 10am-2 Sans Souci Parkway to Hanover Area H.S. left on Ashley St left on Park St. to top of hill.

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251 Broad Street Saturday & Sunday 9am-4pm 2 Family Garage Sale Tools, household items, antiques, vintage items, and baby furniture.

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752 Landscaping & Gardening LAWN MOWER. Lawnboy, electric start, self propelled, rear bagger. Hardly used and works great. New $330, sell $175 FIRM. Cash only. 570-288-6756 LAWNMOWER Honda powered self propelled, mulcher, bagger, side discharge, new never used over $400 at Sears sell for $250. 570-878-2549

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Medical Equipment

COMMODE (drive medical equipment) new condition $10. & walker $3. Excellent condition. 570-735-6638 STAIR LIFT. Bruno 13’ Electric Ride Stair Lift. $900 570-675-3496

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WHEEL CHAIR. Electric, Pride Mobility Jet 3. Never used. All original paperwork, still in delivery pack. Paid over $5700, asking $500. 824-6594

758 Miscellaneous

COUCH 80”x32” $20. 570-829-2082 DESK, Roll Top, $75. SWEEPER, Electrolux upright, $65, CAMCORDER, VHS with case $40, MEAT SLICER, RIval $50.570-829-5455 DESK. Solid oak rolltop. Excellent condition. $450 570-709-6664 DINING TABLE oblong highback with 4 chairs $200. TV STAND with wheels and glass doors $35. 570-696-3988 ENTERTAINMENT CENTER. Parker House solid oak. 58”x21”. Excellent. 32” RCA TV included. $150. 824-4383

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FURNISH FOR LESS

FURNITURE Bed, double, complete with headboard, oak. $200. Oak 4 drawer dresser, $75 Oak TV stand $25, (2) oak end tables $40, (1) 5 piece cherry dining room, $350, (1) 4 drawer dresser $75 (2) floor lamps, $25 1 wine cooler fridge $50. 570-287-1029 FURNITURE. Bedroom, circa 1949. Mahogany dresser, mirror, chest, desk/vanity, nightstand. Good condition. Asking $400 OBO. 570-287-7162 HUTCH white metal with glass sliding doors on top $65. Mahogany two shelf end table $35. 570-655-1217 LAMPS brand new large table lamp $40; small table lamp $10; pole lamp $15. 570-262-4421 LOVE SEAT. NEW. Wine roses and tan color. $175. 570-868-5806 LOVESEAT in good condition, $150. 2 concrete lion statues sold as a pair, $250. 472-1002

$ $ $ $ $ Mattress A Queen Size Pillow Top Set Still in Plastic Must Sell!!! $150 570-280-9628

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Twin sets: $139 Full sets: $159 Queen sets: $199 All New American Made 570-288-1898 NOOK, solid oak for kitchen. $175. Gas grill, $125, Pick up by Friday, moving. 717-439-6639 ROCKER, yellow pine. New. $30. (570)489-2675 SLEEPER SOFA. Dark blue, complete. $150 New condition, barely used. 570-735-1129

SOFA Queen Ann mane, approximate 1949 $200. 570-287-2216 STORM DOOR 32” white 6 panel storm door with screen & glass door. Excellent condition $150. 570-696-3988 WATERBED KING Size, currently set up. $250. Call (570) 714-3693

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138 CHURCH ST. Sat-Sun: 10:00-5:00 Christmas items, Halloween Items, Jewelry, indian items, Swords, Daggers and More! Something for everyone!!

SHAVERTOWN 507 West Mary Street August 11th and 12th 9am-6pm Entire contents of an 11 room home, filled with treasures from the past.. Antiques, Victorian, Deco, Vintage, Circa 1950, shabby chic and collectibles, Broyhill dining room, with Kane bath chairs, Basset Buffet & china closet, Broyhill bedroom, and many other pieces of antique furniture. Pottery, china, crystal, stemware, glassware, Fenton, Lenox, Hull, Depression, Gonder, Silver & silver plate, houseware, cookware, mirrors, pictures, wall plaques, appliances, small appliances, utensils, linens, bedding, beautiful vintage hats, purses, shoes jewelry, clothing, many plus sizes, Christmas, religious, cedars, patio, books, carpeting, lighting, TV’s, ceramics, some tools, memorabilia, metal cabinets and shelving, canning jars & much more!! Come see this beautiful Sale. Directions: Turn off South Main Street onto West Mary Street near Gems and Jewelry boutique.

199 North Main St Saturday & Sunday 9-3 Antique dining room table, gas grill, playpens, other stuff the kids didn’t want, & 55 gallon aquarium.

WEST WYOMING

450 Washington Avenue Saturday 8am-3pm & Sunday 8am-1pm Antiques & collectibles, tools, clothing, electronics, LP’s, CD’s, DVD’s, books, toys, posters, housewares and much more!

WEST WYOMING 6th Street

OPENSPACE YEAR ROUND ACE SP AVAILABLE INSIDE & OUT Acres of parking

OUTSIDE

SOFA BED. Queen, 6ft long. $75 OBO 570-693-1918 SOFA oversized sofa & matching oversized chair with ottoman by Klaussner. Burg-andy, good condition. $350. 570.814.2426

QUAIL HILL

All Junk Cars & Trucks Wanted Highest Prices Paid In CA$H

KINGSTON

* NELSON * * FURNITURE * * WAREHOUSE * Recliners from $299 Lift Chairs from $699 New and Used Living Room Dinettes, Bedroom 210 Division St Kingston Call 570-288-3607

9 CAMBRIDGE CIRCLE

SPACES

PITTSTON

- $10 Saturday 10am-2pm Sunday 8am-4pm

WILKES-BARRE 11 New St. Sunday August 12 8am - 3pm Glassware, dishes, small appliances, Christmas, restaurant/kitchen items, Hess trucks, home interior, musical instruments

56 Amherst Ave Sun., Aug 12th, 9-5 Everything Must Go!! No Reasonable Offer Refused!!

FREE PICKUP

570-574-1275 AUTO PARTS amber rotating light for truck roof. $25. Head lights for plow truck. 2/$25. Taillights for dump or box truck, brackets included 2/$25. Auto/truck manuals (10) ranging from 1950-1985. $10. each. Truck door, 1973-1980 passenger side Dodge pickup. $75. Pinto trailer hook for dump truck. $40. Railroad jacks 10 ton each (2) $50. each. Canvas/tarp, 12’x11’ heavy weight. $20. 9’x8’9” light weight. $15. Craftsman 3/4” socket set. 23 sockets in metal box. $150. EFM oil burner/ motor $30. 570-823-6829 BACK MASSAGER Homedics 10 motor with heat. Brand new $35. 570-821-5916 BAR STOOLS. 7 leather back, Black with a little silver on legs. $350. CRIB, complete, blue. $25. 570-474-5492 CANES made from slippery maple trees, all handles different, many shapes & heights, $5. each. Over 200 Christmas & household items includes trees, lights, ornaments, figurines, vases, flowers, knick-knacks, luggage, exercise machine & more for $60. Electric sewing machine $5. STOVE, coal/wood. $550 570-735-2081 CEILING FAN antique brass $20. White outdoor patio light $25. Breadmaker with manual $20. White bathroom cupboard with glass shelves $15. Chrome wall mount bathroom light fixture $10. 822-8788 CLOTHING. Girls. School uniforms, Christmas dress, All $4 each. Girls backpack. $3, Frames, $3 & $10. Belt holder, Karate, $8. 570-235-6584 COOLER, Water, $50, ROCKET,AB $20, TABLE, kitchen set $50, SOFA, excellent condition, 1 yr old, $75, AIR CONDITIONER, $50 570-301-3801 E N T E R TA I N M E N T centers 1 colonial style 52wx48hx18”d $150. Solid wood 6’11x3’w, lights, cabinets $200. 5 drawer file cabinet $50. 280-2472 FANS 2 box fans $3. each. 1 window box fan $5. Metal ironing board $3. 50 beer & soda cans .25 each. 30 old bottles .50 each. 1 kitchen magician $3. pair wood crutches 42. 30 women’s blouses large & Xlarge .50 each or 3 for $1. 10 old magazines $2. each. 5 Gibbons beer openers $2. each. 1 box red road reflectors $3. 3 bags material for sewing $1. bag. 1 high back green kitchen stool $5. 2 galvanized chain link gates 36”x43” $12. & 22”x62” $10. 4 Bishop Havey yearbooks Horizon 71, 73,74,75 $10. each.570-823-6986 PERFIT incontinence underwear Size X-L 14 per package $5 each. 288-9940


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A TOP 10 IN THE NATION SUZUKI SALES VOLUME DEALER 2 YEARS RUNNING***

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is in SAVE PITTSTON NOW! 2012 SUZUKI KIZASHI S FWD Stk#S2207

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NEW

Stk#S2304

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Join The

I Love My Suzuki ! b u l C $ r a C 14,499*

MSRP 17,794* 3-Mode Intelligent All-Wheel $ Drive, 8 Standard Airbags, Ken Pollock Sale Price 16,499* Power Windows, Power Locks, $ Manufacturer Rebate - 1,000* Power Mirrors, 6 Speed $ Owner Loyalty Rebate - 1,000* Manual Transmission $

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These People Did

$ 8 Standard Airbags, Dual Digital MSRP w/ Accessories 20,493* Climate Control, Power $ Ken Pollock Sale Price 18,999* Windows, Power Locks, Power $ Mirrors, AM/FM/CD, 6 Speed Manufacturer Rebate - 1,500* $ Manual Transmission Owner Loyalty Rebate - 1,000*

$

BUY NOW FOR:

16,499*

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LE Popular Package, 8 Standard Airbags, Automatic Transmission, Power Windows, Power Locks, Power Mirrors, Alloy Wheels

$

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18,439* 16,999* $

$

23,294* 21,999*

MSRP $ Ken Pollock Sale Price

- 1,000* - $ 500*

Manufacturer Rebate Owner Loyalty Rebate

BUY NOW FOR:

Diane from Plymouth

15,499*

$

NEW 2012 SUZUKI SX4

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2012 SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 4WD Stk#S2133

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$

24,554* 22,899*

$ MSRP 4 Wheel Drive, Voice Activated $ Navigation w/ Blue Tooth, Ken Pollock Sale Price Automatic Transmission, Power $ Windows, Power Locks, Power Manufacturer Rebate - 1,500* $ Mirrors, Electronic Stability Control Owner Loyalty Rebate - 500*

19,995* 18,299* $

$

MSRP $ Ken Pollock Sale Price Manufacturer Rebate Owner Loyalty Rebate

- 1,000* - $ 1,000*

BUY NOW FOR:

16,299*

$ Carol Ann and Angel from Jessup

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20,899*

*Tax an tags additional. Buy now for sale price includes Suzuki Manufacturer Rebates of $1,000 on 2012 Suzuki SX4 AWD, and SX4 Sedan; $1,500 Suzuki Manufacturer Rebates on Suzuki Grand Vitara and Kizashi. Buy now for sale price includes $500 Suzuki Owner Loyalty on 2012 Suzuki SX4 Sedan, Equator, and Grand Vitara. Buy now for sale price includes $1,000 Suzuki Owner Loyalty on 2012 Suzuki SX4 Crossover and Kizashi. All Ken Pollock Suzuki discounts applied. Artwork for illustration purposes only. Dealer not responsible for typographical errors. ***Based on 2010 and 2011 President’s Club Standings.

EXIT 175

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758 Miscellaneous FISH TANK. 20.5x14x10.5, includes 30” stand, light and all accessories. $25 OBO 570-693-1918

758 Miscellaneous

758 Miscellaneous

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LEFTOVER GARAGE SALE ITEMS Boys Navy Blazers, 7,10,12,$3 each, Boys suit, 18, $5, Xmas items, .50 each, books, hard cover, $1 ea., soft cover .50 ea. baskets, .25 ea, boys polos, med. .50 ea. golf clubs, .50 ea, German books, .50 ea., Vases, large, .25 ea. 570-822-5560 PORTAPOTTI (new) for trailer or boat, $10, (2) wooden ladders, 10” good condition, 14’ needs some work. Free but must take both ladders. 570-328-5611

HEATER tower quartz electric $20. 2 Hoover vacuums, very good condition $25 or $40. for 2. 13” Sylvania color TV works good $25. 570-825-5847

REFRIGERATOR/ FREEZER Dormitory Whirlpool. $55. CHAIRS adjustable (2) one with arm rests $15, one without $10. 333-5298

HORSE. Radio Flyer Liberty Spring Horse with Sound option. $100. DOORS various, $25 each, FENCING, $150. 570-288-8689

RIMS. Honda, 4 pair 15” will fit any model Accord, Civic, and Del-Sol cars. Brand new. asking $85. 570-239-6011.

412 Autos for Sale

412 Autos for Sale

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