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Parishioners pin donations on the statue of St. Rocco before they process along the streets of the Oregon section of Pittston last Sunday. Story, Page 4. BILL TARUTIS/ FOR THE SUNDAY DISPATCH


The most important ingredient

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With few exceptions, kids in college classes know how to drive. How did they learn that skill? In a classroom? True, some may have taken driver’s ed but the vast majority learned in a manner that had little resemblance to school. Most of them learned from a dad who had not a lick of training in pedagogy and even less patience. They learned from a dad who, at the end of an exhausting work day and only to cease a long litany of begging, took them out to some deserted parking lot where he screamed and swore and berated them to the point of tears. There were no handouts in these ‘classes’. No PowerPoint presentations. No grades. Still, the ‘students’ learned. And more importantly, they never forgot. Why? The question can be answered in one word: motivation. They learned to drive because

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they wanted to. Better put, they really, really, really wanted to. So no matter how horrible the teacher, no matter how horrible the educational experience, no matter how difficult the task, they learned. It’s so simple. Yet, in most formal educational settings, motivation is disregarded, or better put, misunderstood. Punishment is not motivation. Neither are threats. Yet, these are the “motivators” educators have used for decades. As a result, most students view school as an evil fact of life rather than an exciting opportunity to grow. School is something to be endured as opposed to enjoyed. It does not have to be this way. Learning to drive was motivated by something to which all of us can relate: what’s in it for me? Granted it’s not as easy to answer that question when

trying to motivate a student to learn history, math or English, but unless the benefit is made clear very little learning is going to take place. In an ideal world, becoming a better, more interesting person would be motivation enough. In reality, making a ton of money is what gets young people’s attention. So let’s capitalize on that. If a good job – translated “hefty paycheck” – is the goal, then let’s show kids how the things we are trying to teach them will get them there. Several years ago a student in one of my classes said something like, “Me and Chad are going for coffee after class.” “You know that’s not proper English,” I said. He shrugged. “How many of you know that’s not the correct way to talk?” I asked the class of 30 or so. They all raised their hands. “How many of you would say ‘Chad and I’ instead of ‘Me and Chad’?” Only a few hands

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went up. “Why?” I asked. “Because we’d sound stupid,” one said. “Proper English makes you sound stupid?” I said. “To me that sounds stupid.” To which the first kid said, “What difference does it make? You knew what I meant.” “Here’s the difference,” I told him. “If someday you are being interviewed for a good job and you tell your prospective boss ‘Me and you will make a good team,’ guess what? Someone else will get the good job and be driving a Porsche before long while you are riding your bicycle to your friend’s house where ‘Me and Chad are going to play a video game’.” I then added, “And if that happens, I will be the one to blame for allowing you to keep talking like that.” Is the potential to make big money the best motivation for education? I think not. But it’s a start.

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I hate to disagree with all the experts but education has little to do with a score on a test. It would make things mighty simple if it did but that just is not the case. An education, i.e. what we actually know, is much more akin to this: Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school. That’s not me talking. It’s Albert Einstein. What he means is that a true education must endure far beyond the classroom. It comes down to the stuff that sticks to your ribs. The things you know inside out. An education amounts to the things that become part of you. I rolled this around in my head at the start of the fall semester a few years ago trying to figure out what causes students to really learn. What is something they all learned and will probably never forget, I pondered. Driving a car came to mind.

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BACK TO SCHOOL

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Custodian Mike Clifford sweeps the lobby of the Pittston Area Intermediate Center in anticipation of the arrival of students on Wednesday.

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Pittston Area, Wyoming Area starts Wednesday, parochials sooner By JOE HEALEY

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“Everything else is pretty much like last year,” Lussi said. Lussi offered a grade-bygrade breakdown: 265 students are heading into kindergarten; 260 in first grade; 260 in second grade; 263 in third grade; 226 in fourth grade; 272 in fifth grade; 243 in sixth grade; 245 in seventh grade; 246 in eighth grade; 271 in ninth grade; 272 in tenth

grade; 266 in eleventh grade; and 221 are set to graduate on June 14, 2013. Wyoming Area Secondary Center Principal Vito Quaglia said the district is now working with Seneca Valley School District to provide in-district cyber classes. “Students would be able to get a Wyoming Area diploma,” Qua-

glia said. “We will be incorporating our curriculum into the cyber classes.” Quaglia said the district is also getting proactive with its antibullying policy. The Ambassadors are a group of Wyoming Area students that See SCHOOL, Page 32 INSIDE: More coverage, Pages 34-38

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More than 5,700 public school students return to school on Wednesday. School officials said 3,311 students are enrolled in Pittston Area and 2,468 students are enrolled in Wyoming Area. All schools will be closed on

Monday, Sept. 3 in honor of Labor Day. Retiring Pittston Area Assistant Superintendent Jack Lussi said a new superintendent, Michael Garzella, will start on Monday. He said the Intermediate Center has a new principal, Dr. Janet Donovan. She replaces Stanley Waleski who retired after 36 years in the district.


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Familiar sound of ‘Viva, San Rocco’ rings out through Oregon section

A tradition continues

By JON O’CONNELL

Sunday Dispatch Correspondent

Parishioners from the now-consolidated St. Rocco’s Parish carried their saint’s statue through the streets last Sunday as part of the Feast of St. Rocco celebration. After Mass held at the consolidated church, St. Joseph Marello Parish, St. Rocco’s statue was fastened to the back of a pickup truck and moved across town to the old church on West Oak Street where congrega‘I just love tion members waited. that music. Parishioners gathered to touch the statue My father around and fasten dollar bills to was here, I ribbons around its neck, a tradition of believers who am here have needs, especially illnow with nesses, they want St. Rocco to bring before the my chilLord. dren and The church bells rang grandchil- out to celebrate, though no Mass has been held dren.’ their since its doors Tony Giardina closed last month. Lifelong As the entourage hoistparishioner ed the saint on his carriage, shouting “Viva, San Rocco!” the Cino Paci Band struck up “La Triestina,” an Italian marching song and the procession began through the streets of Pittston’s Oregon section. In between musical numbers, the Rev. Joseph Sibliano said prayers of the rosary as nearly100 members of his congregation followed, some praying along, some taking pictures, almost everyone smiling. Tony Giardina has been walking during the celebration his entire life. “I’m 69,” Giardina said. “I was a little boy

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Seven-month-old Maria Schillaci, left, of Jenkins Township, holds a carnation with her '`Nona,' also named Maria Schillaci of West Pittston, before the start of the St. Rocco's procession.

Rev. Joseph Sibilano leads the St. Rocco's procession along Tompkins Street. BILL TARUTIS/ FOR THE SUNDAY DISPATCH


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The Cino Paci Band performs as the St. Rocco's procession makes its way along Tompkins Street.

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and I was walking here with my father.” Giardina is carrying on the tradition set by his father, a St. Rocco’s Parish founding member. The band kicked up for another number and Giardina stopped, mid-sentence. He turned to look at the musicians playing at the

rear of the procession. He stood still for a moment and stared. “I just love that music,” he said. “They’ve been playing that for as long as I can remember. My father was here, I am here now with my children and grandchildren.” He pointed out some of his 10 grandchildren, all walking in the procession. Residents along the streets poked their heads out windows to view the commotion. Some sat waiting on their porches and

approached the small parade to pin money to St. Rocco’s ribbons. Most could not recall just how long the feast’s parade has continued through Pittston’s streets; however, the consensus was at least 80 years. Now that the old church has been closed, Giardina said the congregation of the consolidated church will have to work together to sustain the old, precious traditions.

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Dry cleaner sets up shop in Pittston Dempsey’s of Dunmore opens drop-off shop on Main Street By JOE HEALEY

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Community leaders welcomed Dempsey’s Fashionable Laundry to downtown Pittston on Wednesday. Owner Bobby Dempsey cut a ceremonial ribbon, officially opening the drop-off store. The business started operations on Aug. 13. The century-old family dry cleaning business headquartered in Dunmore is now open at 16 S. Main. Company spokesman Canio Costanzo said the company located in Pittston for three reasons. The first, he said, was Pittston did not have a dry cleaning establishment. Second was the revitalization of Pittston’s downtown. “If you just look around, the area is just so vibrant,” he said. “The changes they’ve made are phenomenal and we wanted to be part of it.” Finally, he said, “Pittston leaders really threw out the welcome mat to us.” The Pittston location will be a dropoffandpickuppoint.Clothes will be dry cleaned in Dunmore with a 48-hour turnaround. “If you have a shirt, a suit, a blouse, you’ll drop it here,” Costanzo said. “One of our drivers picks it up and takes it to Dun-

more.” “Our family has been involved in the cleaning business since the early1900s,” Dempsey said. “Our mission has always been to provide the highest quality dry cleaning services at a fair price.” Local lawmakers, including state Rep. Mike Carroll and Joe Boylan, local director of the office of Sen. John Yudichak, gathered on Main Street on Wednesday to welcome the store. Also on hand were city officials Mayor Jason Klush, City Manager Joe Moskovitz, Downtown Manger Rose Randazzo, Mike Lombardo of Pittston Redevelopment Authority, City Controller Chris Latona, Police Chief Robert Powers and councilmen Joe McLean and Joseph Chernouskas. Dempsey has said the ongoing revitalization of the downtown was an incentive to locate in Pittston. “We were attracted to downtown Pittston after meeting with Michael Lombardo and Rose Randazzo and listening to their vision for the future of the downtown area. We have already been getting positive feedback from Pittston residents. We are very excited to be opening in Pittston.” The business will employ two counter workers to start with, and may add more if they add an alterations side to the business in the future.

At the ribbon cutting for Dempsey's Fashionable Laundry's new Main St., Pittston location, first row, from left, Renee Christman, employee; Nicole Revesz, employee; Canio Costanzo, sales; Rose Randazzo, downtown manager; Bobby Dempsey, owner; Chris Latona, Pittston Controller; Joe McLean, Pittston councilman; Mayor Jason Klush. Second row, from left, Robert Powers, Pittston police chief; Mike Lombardo, Pittston Redevelopment Authority; State Rep. Mike Carroll; Pittston manger Joe Moskovitz; Joe Boylan, local director of the office of Sen. John Yudichak, and Joseph Chernouskas, Pittston councilman.


Milton Hershey School saved brothers from mines By JACK SMILES

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A Pittston family that celebrated 50 years in business with a party at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish Center last weekend got its start at Hershey. No, they’re not chocolatiers, they’re plumbers. Brothers Al and Ray Capozucca enrolled in the Milton Hershey School (MHS) in 1949, four years after their father - Italian immigrant Albert Capozucca died of black lung. Their mother, Emma, sent them to Hershey after their older brother Reno quit eighth grade to take his turn in the anthracite mines that had killed the boys’ father. Emma got the idea to send her youngest sons to MHS, then known as the Hershey Industrial School, and save them from lives in the mines from a family friend and MHS alumnus, Dino Stella. At MHS, Ray and Al not only learned a trade that would serve them and their families for the rest of their lives, but they made lifelong friends as well. In the spring issue of “Thy Traditions Dear,” the MHS alumni magazine, Ray said, “The friendships, the closeness we had. It’s an experience you go through like being in the service. It’s hard to explain. Our ties are still very strong.” Al has missed only three homecomings since he graduated MHS in 1954, two when he was in the service and one when his son was born. After MHS, the brothers returned to Pittston, worked for plumbers and electricians to pick up a second trade. But they found they weren’t getting enough work and considered leaving the Pittston area. Instead, they decided to try their own business. Ray founded the business in 1962, working out of his basement at 168 Oak St., while his Al was still in the service. Al joined his brother six months later when he was dis-

charged. In 1966, they built an office and garages on the Pittston By-Pass. About 20 years later, they added a fuel and oil business and built an addition for the delivery trucks. Al retired in 2005 and gave half the business to his son, Allan. Ray plans to do the same for his son, Ray, in a few years. Both brothers believe Milton Hershey School and Milton Hershey, who died four years before the brothers enrolled, shaped their lives. As Ray said in the alumni magazine story, “Milton Hershey School gave me my life.”

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Two with local ties honored at King’s College The ubiquitous Pittston Tomato

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Pittston tomatoes really do grow anywhere. Sunday Dispatch reader Bill D’Alba alerted us to a tomato plant growing out of a drain grate on the corner of Kennedy Boulevard and East Street, at the entrance to the Oregon Section of Pittston, and staffer Joe Healey snapped this photo.

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Two local faculty members recently received teaching awards or were named to established professorships at King’s College. Dr. Amy Parsons, Jenkins Twp., was selected to receive the PNC Distinguished Service Professorship. She is professor of marketing. Lou Palmeri, of Kingston, a native of West Pittston, has received the Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award at King’s College. The award recognizes a part-time instructor whose presence is important in fulfilling King’s mission and in exhibiting excellence in the classroom. Palmeri, a 1973 graduate of

Wyoming Area High School and a 1977 graduate of King’s College, teaches in the sociology department. Distinguished Service Professorships honor faculty who, because of their dedication to teaching and commitment to learning, serve as exemplary professors to their students. Classic car show today The Plains Boys’ Club, a classic car club in the Wyoming Valley, will hold its 5th annual Helping Hands Car Cruise to benefit a local veteran in need. This year’s recipient is Rich Belles Jr. of West Wyoming. Belles is a 1988 Pittston Area graduate and U.S. Navy veteran who served in Kuwait. He lost most of his arm in a tragic indus-

trial accident. The event will be held today, Sunday Aug.26, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Polish American Veteran’s Club on Oak St. in the Hudson section of Plains. Muscle cars, antique cars, trucks and motorcycles will be on display. Those wishing to displays vehicles are welcome along with spectators. There will be food and refreshments, a 50/ 50, basket raffles and bake sale. Entertainment by DJ Tony K. A $10 donation per vehicle will be collected. All proceeds and donations will be used to assist in Belles’ continued rehabilitation. This event is sponsored by The Plains Boy’s Club and The Polish American Veteran’s Club, Plains.

For more information call Joe Rogalski (The Plains Boy’s Club President) at (570) 362-1526. PALS event today The annual PALS (Prevent ALS) of Jimmy Duffy get-together to commemorate Jimmy’s life will be held today, Sunday, August 26, at 1 p.m. Jimmy died of ALS. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Past PALS benefits were held at Lackawanna County Stadium but this year the stadium is closed for repairs, so the outing will be at Alan Hanczyc’s house

219 Rock Street, Hughestown. Food will be cooked on site by Uncle Buck’s Barbecue, Plymouth. The menu will be pulled pork, chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers. Side dishes will include baked beans, coleslaw, and a green salad. The cost per person will be $20 payable prior to August 20. Children 10 and under are admitted free. The price includes food, drinks, tent and seating rental, and donation for ALS. There is a swimming pool, so those attended are invited to bring bathing suits and towels. Proceeds will go to the Philadelphia ALS Association. For tickets or more information, phone Mary at 947-9120 or Florence at 655-1763. Correction In a story in last week’s issue regarding the appointment of Dr. Michael Garzella to the position of superintendent at Pittston Area High School, we reported the voting of the school board incorrectly. The article should have reported that John Donahue voted for Michael Garzella, the successful candidate, while Marilyn Starna voted for Joseph Gorham. Birthday greetings Happy birthday to Robert and Andrew Ryzner, of Duryea, who celebrated on Aug. 22.


Bank to return to city in new eco-friendly building By JOE HEALEY

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A lot on Kennedy Boulevard, abandoned for many years, will get new life when Fidelity Bank returns to Pittston. Plans are underway to build an eco-friendly branch on the corner of Kennedy Boulevard and Water Street, adjacent to the First Baptist Church. Dan Santaniello, Fidelity’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said the company is committed to returning to Pittston. “We’re very enthusiastic about the prospect of a new location in Pittston and to contributing positively to the economic growth of the area,” Santaniello said in a statement. “We’re currently in the development stages but hope to break ground by early 2013.” Fidelity was last in Pittston

when it had a small branch in the former Bruno’s supermarket. The stunning glass-front West Scranton branch is a prototype for the Pittston Branch. The owners of the property, the Joyce Brothers, operating as Wills Development, originally announced the project in 2008, but it has been on hold for several years due to a poor economic climate. Fidelity, headquartered in Dunmore, has 11 branch offices in Clarks Summit, Dunmore, Eynon, Green Ridge, Keystone Industrial Park, Kingston, Moosic, Peckville, West Pittston, Scranton and West Scranton. Mike Lombardo, of the Pittston Redevelopment Authority, said the property had a gas staSee FIDELITY, Page 13

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Chriss Guy, a 2010 Pittston Area honors graduate, is studying abroad in South Africa

What’s this ‘Guy’ doing in Africa? By JACK SMILES

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Criss Guy’s father described his 19-year-old son as a “hoodie guy.” So the younger Criss Guy wasn’t quite ready for winter in July. But that’s what he found when he landed some 9,000 miles from here after a 24-hour flight to Cape Town, South Africa. He flew out of Lehigh Valley to Dakar, the capital of Senegal in Northwestern Africa, then to Johannesburg and Cape Town. “As my dad said,” the younger Guy wrote in an email, “I wasn’t prepared for the winter weather here. Even though my study abroad program prepped me by saying it got cold some nights here during the winter, I was not expecting it to be so cold so often! “To save room in my luggage, I left behind most of my jackets and winter coats. To put the weather and environment in context, I saw snow covering mountains a day after I went to the beach and went kayaking. The weather’s a little all over the place, to say the least. “Even though the weather has been a little unpredictable these first two months, the South African winter is quite mild in comparison to the ones I’ve been through in Pennsylvania.” Guy - a 2010 Pittston Area honors graduate and an Amherst College sophomore - chose South Africa as a study-abroad destination because of his major. He is enrolled in four classes two English courses, psychology and a Xhosa language class. Xhosa is the second most common native language in Africa. “I chose the University of Cape Town in large part because of my academic interests,” he said. “I am an English major at Amherst, and I have taken several Black Studies classes as well, and might wind up double majoring in that. South Africa is the perfect place for me to study because I can study a new style of literature outside of the Francophone African literature I have studied already. Many of my Black Studies classes brought up

themes on race and identity that I have found interesting. Because of South Africa’s unique racial history, pre and post Apartheid, I can’t help but learn more about and get real world experience dealing with race and race relations issues.” Guy has seen a wide-range of cultural, economic and geographical dynamics in just two months in South Africa. He’s seen extreme poverty in townships where homes with corrugated sheet metal roofs and wooden planks walls stand less than a mile from Western-style suburban neighborhoods. He’s seen slow-developing, dirt-road, rural areas, a legacy of the Apartheid era, but lives in a See AFRICA, Page 11

Above, As Criss Guy learned, it's winter in South Africa. At left, the view from Table Mountain was worth the hard hike.

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university town not unlike a big Pennsylvania state university like West Chester or Bloomsburg. “UCT is located in a pretty urban area, and is less than half an hour away from the city of Cape Town, a metropolitan place with shades of the US and Europe,” he said. “The university is a really interesting place to explore and do different things with a rather diverse and engaged student body.” His living quarters in West Cape are fairly typical of a U.S. college town. He has a flat with a roommate on a street populated by other Interstudy Program students. “The flat I’m in is pretty simple, but nice - two bedrooms, a common area, kitchen, bathroom. There’s a TV, but we get five or six channels, all news and soap operas in other languages. That made watching the Olympics difficult and sometimes impossible. But, I would actually be upset with myself if I wound up watching TV regularly while in another country, so it’s probably for the best to have the reception we do.” Guy learned the South African government census, last taken in 2011, provides four categories

for people to classify themselves: African blacks, whites, coloreds, and Indians. “In Cape Town and UCT, I see mostly blacks and whites,” he said. Asked how the people he meets regard Americans, Guy said, “In general, I think the people here are indifferent about Americans. I’ve spoken with South African students and heard others say that they can instantly pick out Americans on campus. Other than that, they are not overly excited to hear about America or dying to know everything about Americans.” While most of the local shops and stores close early – he has yet to see a 24-hour Walmart or a fast food strip – there is a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant near the campus and other Western food - pizza, chicken and pasta – are common. He has enjoyed a taste of the local fare, too. “There are events called ‘braais’ that are basically all day barbeques, tons of meat and sandwiches, which is fine with me.” Guy said it’s not a stereotype to associate South Africa with exotic wildlife and scenery. “South Africa is full of amazing wildlife, some which I have seen already. I have been to parks and reserves to see lions, tigers, leopards, elephants and baboons. I’ve also seen the penguins na-

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Criss Guy has experienced lots of exotic wildlife in Africa.

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Traditions too valuable to ignore The sounds of “Viva, San Rocco,” which rang throughout the Oregon section of Pittston last Sunday afternoon are music to our ears. It’s what the parishioners of the recently closed St. Rocco’s church shout every time they hoist the statue of St. Rocco to their shoulders as they process through the streets on the feast day of their patron saint. It’s a tradition that dates back generations and one which we are pleased to see continue especially now following the merging of the parish into St. Joseph Marello parish and the closing of the church. Residents of South Pittston have fond memories of this and two other processions staged annually and worried that with changes in the parish these processions might be things of the past. We, as they, hope not. Therefore we encourage attendance at a meeting this coming Wednesday night, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. at Tony’s Wine Cellar to formulate plans for the continuance of the Mother of the Rosary procession on October 7. This was always sponsored by the Montedoro Society but all interested are welcome to participate. For more information call Nicole Lazowski, 451-1501 or 589-9287.

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Be careful out there With school starting this week we once again remind motorists to be alert for children on local streets. It’s one thing to speed on the turnpike on the way to a Phillies game and very much another to fly down a side street at 50 mph. If anything be over cautious when behind the wheel of your car. Ignore the guy behind you blasting his horn. And certainly don’t be that guy. Also, we urge parents to talk to your children about crossing streets or even walking on sidewalks going to and from school. Warn them about cars and warn them about strangers. Let’s make this a safe, healthy, productive school year for all students.

Library Friends plan annual fall festival The Friends of the Pittston Memorial Library will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30 in the library to finalize plans for the annual Fall Festival. The festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 on the library grounds on Broad Street. A book sale featuring children’s, adult, biography, fiction, nonfiction, and specialty books is housed in the lower level of the library on shelves according to the initial of the author’s last name, making it easy to locate favorite authors. Vendors are being sought and are welcome to participate in the festival.

Space to be utilized for flea market items, crafts and novelties is $5 per space. More than one space may be purchased. Vendors are responsible for providing tables, chairs, bags and anything necessary for selling their wares. Applications or information may be obtained by calling the library at 654-9565. Raffles on the third in a series of baskets prepared by the Friends will be available. The basket which weighs approximately 50 lbs. is filled with school and fall items. The annual bake sale will be part of the festival again this year. Hotdogs and other refreshments will be available. Face painting will be repeated.

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A proud Tomato Festival moment for this family On Sunday, August 19, the last day of the Pittston Tomato Festival, a four-year old boy walked across the stage to participate in the search for Little Mister Tomato. His name? Sammy Daley. His dad is Sam Daley and his grandfather was Sam Daley.

His uncle, Val D’Elia, founded the Pittston Tomato Festival. “Home Town Proud” cannot begin to describe the feelings of my brother Sam and myself or the remembered love that my dad and uncle had for Pittston. Jane Daley Harris Miami, Florida

Long family expresses thanks for benefit Words cannot express the gratitude and thanks felt by the kindness and support that was shown to and by our family and friends, community, and all involved who donated and attended and made the “Cruise for the Cure for Joe Long” benefit a success. It was a wonderful day and Joe got to spend time with family and friends from all over who came in his support. We are very humbled by this experience and wish to express

our most whole hearted thanks to all. May God continue to keep you and bless you all. Joe and Barb Long and Family Carmen and Jack Karp and Family Tammy and Mike Patton and Family Michelle and Scott Kinney and Family John and Diane Sneed and Family


not seem quite so glamorous anymore. As summer ends fall begins Senior year is a hectic year and with it comes the new for students while they strive to school year. Sleeping-in becomplete their senior projects, comes reserved for weekends get their college application and seven-hour school days eat completed and sent out, and up students’ time. figure out just what they want Whether a student looks forto do with the rest of their ward to school or not, there is lives. a particular type of sadness at As of last June the senior the end of summer. During the class at Wyoming Area numsummer, school responsibilities bered 181 students, slightly beare gone, shorts and tank tops low the average of 200 students are average attire, and per class. there are two-and-aOne of those 181 sehalf months of time to The majority of students, even those niors is Jessica Martin be carefree. who said, despite her who dread going back for another Then, to replace the excitement to go to summer, comes school year, regret having to leave the college, “I’m definiteschool where students security of high school for good. ly not ready for gradare responsible for uation. There are so school assignments, a many things I’ll miss dress code regulates their cloth- they are more concerned and about high school.” ing, and it seems as if endless connected with the educational The majority of students, months of work are ahead. even those who dread going aspect of school. In all reality the conversion Mr. David Pizano, a physics back for another school year, from summer to school is not teacher at Wyoming Area, said, regret having to leave the secucompletely terrible for stu- “It seems with every year, there rity of high school for good. dents, but it is only human for is a new assessment procedure While Wyoming Area sends them to mourn the loss of free- and/or educational philosophy its students off well prepared dom. to follow. Most recently it has for college, with 87% of last At Wyoming Area Second- been the PSSAs and the transi- year’s graduates going on to ary Center the students return- tion to the Keystone exams.” continue their education, leaving for the upcoming school Students, on the other hand, ing the comforting arms of year will see many changes. do not typically look for aca- Wyoming Area is not and will Some changes are minor and demic changes but rather social not be easy for any student. of little importance to students, changes. Interacting with and Although summer does not such as the completion of the seeing friends again is upper- officially end until September roof construction. most on many students’ minds 21 this year, students consider Then there are major chang- for the new school year. the beginning of the school es like the retirement of Mr. An 8th grade student at year the end of summer. So for Frank Parra, former athletic di- Wyoming Area, Amy Troy, Wyoming Area students, sumrector and teacher. said, “I’m looking forward to mer will unofficially end this The student body itself does being another year closer to Wednesday, August 29, the not exhibit any major change graduating and being able to first day of school. for the school with over 97% see my friends again.” of the students returning for Angela Raieski, a Wyoming Graduation is a sought after each school year. Having such accomplishment by many stu- Area senior, spent 20 hours a consistent student body from dents, such as Troy, and a right during the summer “shadowyear to year gives students a of passage into the adult world. ing” Dispatch editor Ed Ackercertain sense of comfort at However, once senior year man who asked her to prepare Wyoming Area. comes around graduation does this article.

By ANGELA RAIESKI

Perspective affects the importance of some of the changes for the new school year. The graduation of an entire class, for example, is a huge change to those students who had friends and siblings among the graduates but not an important change for students who did not know any graduates personally. The teachers have their own unique view of the year-to-year changes at the school since

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Duryea Little Leaguers thank Legion Post parents. Their generosity was greatly appreciated. Thank you very much for your support. Duryea Little League Board of Directors

Research has shown that protein and whole grain rich foods are key foods to include in your breakfast every day. Keeping hunger pains away and your concentration level up is most important for those of us who are in school, learning or at work. Nutrients like simple carbohydrates enter the body quickly and tend to be used up quickly. For example, foods like candy, juice, soda, pastries and white breads will digest quickly and hunger pains will quickly set in. When hunger pains set in, our concentration lowers and we begin to drift away or, in the case of our children, unable to sit in the classroom with attentiveness. Protein and whole grain rich foods keep the hunger pains away. For breakfast, we should offer at least one-third of daily protein needs to our children. Many times, breakfast consists of mostly carbohydrates. For example, juice, waffle and syrup would all be carbohydrates. Changing the juice to low fat milk and syrup to peanut butter increases the protein content significantly. When parents take the time to eat with their children in the morning, it models good breakfast actions. The more times we eat together, the healthier we eat and, of course, do our best at school! Even if it is only for five minutes, it is a time to discuss the day and find out about everyone’s agenda. How much protein does food contain? Here is a short list. Read the food label if you do not find your food item listed: 1 egg - 6 grams (protein is mostly in the white, not the yolk) 3/4 oz of cheese - 4 grams 2 Tablespoons of peanut butter - 7 grams 1 cup of milk, whether it is low fat or whole milk -8 grams Here are some key foods to include both in yours and your child’s breakfast: Grilled veggies leftover from last night’s dinner; broccoli, tomatoes, mushrooms, topped with shredded cheese rolled up in a tortilla shell Whole grain breads with peanut butter and a glass of low fat milk Low fat yogurt topped with whole grain granola or 5-10 almonds Leftover vegetable cheese pizza with low fat milk Cold whole grain low sugar cereal with low fat milk If you are not a milk drinker, try a yogurt shake by mixing plain yogurt with orange juice or Try this make-a -head breakfast to boost the protein and fiber in your breakfast: Make-Ahead Mini Muffin Omelets 6 eggs or 12 egg whites 2 cups of your favorite veggies slightly cooked (onions, broccoli, zucchini, green pepper, mushrooms) 1/2 cup low fat cheese 2 Tablespoons dehydrated onions Spices to taste Mix eggs or egg whites, cheese and seasoning together in a bowl. Spray muffin cup with non fat cutting spray. Add 2 tbsp of veggies to each muffin cup. Pour or dip using a ladle egg-milk mixture into muffin cup. Fill 2/3 full. Bake at 375 degrees until a knife inserted comes out clean - around 15-20 minutes. Freeze in vapor proof package. Reheat in microwave on low for 30-40 seconds or until hot. Place in whole grain pita or tortilla shell. Mary R. Ehret, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., is with Penn State Cooperative Extension, Luzerne County, 16 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston, Pa., 18643. (570) 825-1701/602-0600. Fax (570) 825-1709. mre2@psu.edu.

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The Duryea Little League would like to thank the American Legion Post of Duryea for sponsoring the recent trip to the Little League World Series. It was truly a great day for the children and their

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The runners-up and winners of the Little Miss and Mister Pittston Tomato pose for a photo at the conclusion of the pageant Sunday morning. From left: runner-up Reece Fisher, Little Miss Pittston Tomato Vanessa Maslowski, Little Mister Pittston Tomato Mikey Colarusso, and runner-up Trip Foley. BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE SUNDAY DISPATCH

Tomato records smashed By JOE HEALEY

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t’s hard to gauge attendance at the Pittston Tomato Festival. But from the amount of garbage collected and the amount of rolls that Sabatelle’s Fine Food Market went through, it was a very good year. Festival co-chairman Michael Lombardo said it was likely the largest crowd they’ve ever had in the 29 years of the four-day festival, which ended last Sunday,

Aug. 19. “We had a little rain on Friday night, but that didn’t seem to matter,” Lombardo said. He estimated attendance “in excess of 50,000 people.” “All of our vendors reported record-breaking sales,” he said. “When you take the tomato fight and the parade and the race and the festival itself, there were a lot of people downtown.” He said this is the first year they filled a trash packer. And last year on Saturday, Sabatelle’s went through 32 dozen

rolls, used for their famous sopresatta sandwiches. This year, Lombard said, they used 78 dozen. “We definitely broke some records this year,” Lombardo said. In addition to the festival, Lombardo was glad to show off the polished downtown. “Nice thing about it is, the downtown was on display,” Lombardo said. “We had a whole bunch of people walking around downtown and exploring. A lot of those people will come back and eat at our restau-

rants and frequent all of our businesses.” Saucy competition

Sam Marranca, owner of Café Italia on River Road, won best marinara sauce in the Sauce Wars competition. Craig Lukatch, the executive director of the Greater Pittston YMCA, said six other restaurants competed: Palazzo 53 in Pittston; Napoli’s in Pittston; Valenti’s in Exeter; Salerno’s in Luzerne; Peppe’s in Plains Township; and Bucca Del Vino

in Laflin. He said this year the competition wasn’t blind, meaning the judges knew whose sauce they were tasting. “It allowed the restaurants more exposure,” Lukatch said. He said the Marranca’s sauce received the most votes out of the 705 cast over the four-day festival. Voters paid $2 to sample the seven sauces and the proceeds went to the Greater Pittston YMSee TOMATO, Page 17


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CA. A raffle was also held at the stand. The YMCA raised $2000, Lukatch said. “It’s an old family recipe,” Marranca told the Times Leader. Tomatoes are in it but good luck getting the other ingredients from him. “It’s not for sale,” he said. Little Miss and Mister

Sam Marranca, owner of Cafe Italia in Jenkins Township, second from left, receives the Sauce Wars trophy (right) at the Pittston Tomato Festival Sunday night. From left, Greater Pittston YMCA Executive Director Craig Lukatch, Marranca, 2012 Festival Queen Marina Maida, and Jenna Gupko of the YMCA.

Jenna Gupko of the Greater Pittston YMCA ladles out some tomato sauce for sampling at the Sauce Wars booth on Sunday afterBILL TARUTIS/FOR THE SUNDAY DISPATCH noon.

Lombardo, Wilkes-Barre; Jacqueline Buckley, Nanticoke; and Rebecca Colwell, West Pittston. The contest was open to young ladies between the ages of 14 to 19 who vie for prizes, gifts and a $500 cash college scholarship

and $250 to the runner-up. Coming soon

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Sunday was dedicated to the kids. The Little Miss and Little Mister Tomato Festival 2012 Pageant was held. Vanessa Maslowski, 6, of Duryea, was crowned Little Miss Pittston Tomato Festival 2012 and Mikey Colaruso 2 1/2 , of Exeter, was Vanessa Mas- crowned Little Mister Pittston lowski, 6, of Tomato FestivDuryea, was al 2012. crowned Little Angel the Miss Pittston Noone, Miss Tomato Tomato FesFestival in tival 2012 and 1996, orgaMikey Colaru- nized the pagso 2 1/2 , of eant. She said 35 girls and 11 Exeter, was crowned Little boys competed. Mister Pitt“The kids ston Tomato were all so Festival 2012. cute,” she said. The Little Miss Runner Up was Reece Fisher, 4, of Plains, and the Little Mister Runner Up was Trip Foley, no age or address listed. (“He left before we could get his information,” Noone said.) The winners received a $50 Boden gift certificate, a trophy, a sash and a $25 Toys R Us gift certificate from Liberty Tax. The runners up received a $25 Toys R Us gift certificate from Liberty Tax and a Boden book bag. All the contestants get a ribbon. Marina Maida of Pittston Area was crowned Tomato Festival Queen last Saturday. Maida, 15, of Jenkins Township, edged out 1st runner up, Rebecca Zaneski, 16, a junior from Wyoming Valley West. Other contestants were: Tabithia Filipski, Jenkins Township.; Casey Kane, Exeter; Rachel Lazevnick, Pittston; Chelsea Pietrzyk, Glen Lyon; Jamie

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Local helped rescue trapped miners in ‘63 Peeking into the past

a ruptured appendix. During his Question stay, he received numerous In 1973, what get-well cards. As he was sortprogram did 35 ing through the envelopes, he area women found one from the White participate in House. It wasn’t a get-well card, that area men With Judy Minsavage but a card of thanks to Hannon said they wished and other members of council was available to them? awful lot. If it wasn’t for televi- for a sympathy note they had sion, it might take them a cou1953 – 59 Years Ago sent to the President and Mrs. ple more years to get it all.” John Kennedy on the death of There was a bit of a mystery their son, Patrick. at the Greater Pittston Voca1963 – 49 Years Ago Pagnotti Enterprises emtional School. Administrator Although certain she would ployee Louis J. Marino Jr., of Charles Cook found brand never get it back, Mrs. King, of Pittston Township, was one of new coffee, ice cream and Pittston, called police headthe key personnel handling the snack vending machines lining quarters to report she had lost riggings and drills at the Sheppthe halls of the Tunnel Street her purse. Police Magistrate ton Mine near Hazleton after it School’s third floor. He had no Jim Casalo was happy to tell collapsed on Aug. 16, trapping idea where they had come from her that three young men, John David Fellin, Henry “Hank” and, more importantly, who McHale, Michael Bidwell and Throne and Lou Bova. approved the installation. Winfield Davis had found her The men were given up for At a subsequent board meetpurse at the Corner of Carroll dead, but to quell the concern ing, Cook questioned board and Radcliffe Streets and had of immediate family members, members as to who allowed the taken it to police headquarters it was decided to drill a 6-inchvending machines to be inearlier in the day. wide borehole in an attempt to stalled. All agreed that in a Gilmartin Park in Pittston hear any sound that would inprior meeting Leonard Berkosi held an end-of-the-season track dicate the miners were still and Robert Ash of Avoca preand field event. Over 30 chilalive. The hole took two days to sented the proposition of venddren participated. The winners drill. A microphone was lowing machines to the board who, included Rosemary Reddingered. in turn, left the decision up to ton, Leo Monteforte, RosemTo the surprise of rescue Administrator Cook. ary Richard, Diane Falcone, workers, they heard two of the The gentlemen must have Ronnie Quinn, Dennis Widminers speaking. thought Cook’s silence in the dick, Ed Jacoboski, Mary Drilling of larger boreholes meeting was an authorized Joyville, Charles Turco, John commenced immediately. A okay. Cook directed the board Widdick, Tom Tigue and Dave 17½-inch borehole was drilled by to find out how much electricHayko. equipment loaned by billionaire ity the machines used. At the Joseph Hannon, chairman Howard Hughes. time, the school had 131 World of Avoca Borough Council, was On Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1963, War II veterans and 176 Korean in the hospital being treated for Fellin and Throne were pulled War veterans enrolled. Esther Langan of Pittston appeared on the NBC network radio program “Search for FORD Talent.” A vocalist with the LINCOLN Frankie Reynolds orchestra, she performed the song, “Say You’re Mine Again.” The program locally broadcast by WSCR in Scranton was heard Coccia Ford, Lincoln, 577 East Main Street coast to coast. The Reynolds in Plains, is pleased to announce that orchestra based in Ohio recordJames Arscott has joined our sales team. ed on Bluebird Records for RCA. James is the newest member The Sunday Dispatch Inof our sales team. He brings quiring Photographer asked, both high energy and a “Do you think children beginpositive work ethic pointing ning school are brighter than in to a promising future. the era before television?” James’ past experience in Josephine McDonnell, of sales and finance, combined Inkerman, answered, “They are with a genuine concern for noticeably more intelligent.” his customers make him a Sam Lizza, of Pittston, addgreat fit for our organization. ed, “They have a better opportunity to learn by seeing.” You can reach James Arscott Mike Lieback, of Old Bosat 570-823-8888. James Arscott ton, stated, “They pick up an

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from the mine. Bova perished, his body never recovered. A headstone surrounded by a white picket fence just off Nuremburg Road marks his grave. 1973 – 39 Years ago West Wyoming Borough ended the three-day celebration of its 75th anniversary with a parade. Residents dressed in costumes reminiscent of the late 1800s, which included Keystone Cops uniforms. Ferdenando Begliomini was honored as the oldest citizen of the borough. Jean Shalna, president, and Laura Zawadzki, vice president, of the Falls Senior Citizens Club were extremely happy that the Nutrition Program or “Diner’s Club” had formally opened at the Falls Hose House for senior citizens. The new nationally-funded program enabled senior residents to enjoy a hot lunch and socialize. Over 75 seniors signed up for the program sponsored by United Services Agency and Bureau for the Aging. Scout Troop 352 in West Pittston did not have a good start. Beginning in 1921, it was

known as Troop 2 and after only one year was abandoned. In 1923, the unit was reactivated and chartered with the National Council, Boy Scouts of America and sponsored by the First Methodist Church. In 1973, nine young men Alan Freed, Kevin Jones, Drew Whyte, Paul Pugliese, Harry Schmaltz, John Polak, Robert Reid, Donald Griffin and David Emanuel all of West Pittston received their Eagle Scout Badges, making a total of 57 earned by the troop since its re-activation. Each candidate undertook a community project to qualify for the award. These included raising funds for the West Pittston Library, collecting eyeglasses for the Pittston Lions Club, Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle, planting hundreds of shade trees, painting the community swimming pool, assisting the Cherry Blossom Festival committee, cleaning historic Jenkins Cemetery and painting St. Anthony’s Church Hall. Each young man had passed 21 or more merit badges and served in leadership See PEEKING, Page 23


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pand to the third tier, behind the Pittston Library, in 2013. “We want to make a venue for the younger people in the community,” Lombardo said. “We hope to put up another stage and book some bands for teens. We may have a few vendors up there, too. Someone with relevant food, maybe burgers and fries.” The committee also plans to build a permanent, multi-use, multi-story support facility on the lot to be used for storage. It could also be used by the city to store items for the Downtown Business Improvement District, such as Christmas wreaths and banners for the light posts. He said the festival committee will buy the materials, but city volunteers will build the structure. “We’ll build it ourselves and build it to suit our needs,” Lombardo said. He said it will also house a water truck and a platform to assist in changing banners downtown. Dispatch gives back

At the Sunday Dispatch’s booth at the festival, the paper raised $1,121 for the Care and Concern Ministries of St. John the Evangelist Parish Community. For a $1 donation, patrons got to spin a prize wheel. Prizes included a limited-edition Sunday Dispatch T-shirt and a bright yellow, die-cast limited edition toy Porsche Boxster featuring the Sunday Dispatch logo. Other prizes included glow bracelets, quick repair eyeglass kit, magnetic memo board and pen, water bottles, Frisbees, plug-in night light, assorted color flashing key chains and tote bags. Editor Ed Ackerman said the Sunday Dispatch was happy to

Dispatch editor Ed Ackerman presents the proceeds of the Dispatch's Pittston Tomato Festival booth to the Care and Concern Ministries of St. John the Evangelist Parish Community, represented by Peggy Burke, center, and Gloria Blandina. JOE HEALEY/THE SUNDAY DISPATCH

help a worthy, Pittston charity. “During the Dispatch’s 66year history, we’ve supported thousands of causes in Greater Pittston,” Ackerman said. “But none is more fun for the staff members than using our booth at the Tomato Festival. The folks at Care and Concern partner with us in running the booth. Dispatch readers enjoy stopping by and walking away with a prize. And the Care and Concern Ministries benefit. Everybody wins, and we like that.”

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West Pittston Legion posts play hosts to VA patients The West Pittston American Legion, 1st Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Post 542 in conjunction with the West Wyoming Post 904 and the 1st Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Foundation hosted patients from the Veterans Administastion Medical Center Nursing Home and Catholic Social Services at a picnic at Frances Slocum State Park. These organizations are committed to helping veterans and local communities. Post 542 is looking for new members to carry on the efforts of the Post. Anyone interested is asked to call Ron Gitkos at 6542261.

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Aug. 30 – 6 p.m., Meet the Teachers Night Sept. 3 - No School in observance of Labor Day Sept. 4 – After-school care begins. The After Care Program will provide supervision in an atmosphere of cooperation and responsibility. Time will be provided for snack, play, rest and homework. For snack time, each child must bring his/her own snack. After care starts at 2:45 p.m. and continues until 5:45 p.m. on regular school days and from11a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on early dismissal days. Sept. 4 – Cafeteria opens for lunches. Snacks and fresh fruit are available everyday at a minimal cost. Choices of drinks include white and chocolate milk, orange drink, iced tea, water and grape juice. Mrs. Mary Ann Matosky and Mrs. Kathy Cirelli will be back as cafeteria managers. Lunch orders with payment for September are due Wednesday, Aug. 29. Sept. 7 - Drive-in movie; back to school fun

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Library may reopen Monday after renovations The Pittston Memorial Library will remain closed for renovations until at least Monday, Aug. 27, at noon, library officials announced. Items to be returned may be placed in the book drop or returned to any other Luzerne County library. If you need to renew an item you can do so online at www.pittstonmemoriallibrary.org or by calling any other Luzerne County library. Hook O’Malley 5K Run

The 20th Annual Hook O’Malley 5K Run/Walk against Cancer will be held today, Sunday, August 26, at McDade Park. Registration will be from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. with a 10 a.m. start. Race day registration is $20. There will be awards given in various age groups and t-shirts to the first 50 registrants. The race is held in memory of Hook O’Malley who believed in the spiritual, emotional and physical health of the youth in his community and will be run regardless of the weather. Volunteers needed

Heartland Hospice is recruiting volunteers to augment hospice services. Volunteers offer support, companionship and practical support to patients and their families, including running errands, reading or staying with a patient so family members can take a break. Comprehensive training is required and free of charge. Contact Louise McNabb, volunteer coordinator, at 654-0220 for more information. WA student parking

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Juniors and seniors attending Wyoming Area Secondary Center may now pick up applications for parking permits for the 20122013 school year at the Principal’s Office. Parking spots will be reassigned from the previous year. Students may request their spot from last year if it has not been assigned. Permits can be attained during school hours. Wyoming Farmers’ Market

The Wyoming Farmers’ Market in the Park is held at 9 a.m.

Several class reunions upcoming every Saturday in the Butler Street Park, off Eighth Street. Craft and food vendors will also be on hand. Additional vendor spaces are still available. Call the borough office at 693-0291 to register. The event is sponsored by Wyoming Borough and the Wyoming Recreation Board. Prince of Peace raffle

Tickets for the $10,000 raffle at Prince of Peace Parish in Old Forge are still available. Tickets cost $50 each. There are only 400 tickets being sold with prizes of $5,000, first prize; $3,000, second prize; $1,000, third and fourth prize. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the rectory 123 W. Grace St. in Old Forge, calling the rectory at 457-5900 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or mailing a check.

furnished by Chic Colarusso. All persons interested in attending and have not received an invitation are asked to call 654-2876 or 654-2081. Any person who attended Pittston Twp. schools at any time or any resident of the township is welcome to attend. It anyone knows someone residing out of town who has not been contacted you’re asked to inform them. Price is $33 per person and check may be mailed to AllClass Reunion at 42 Norman Street, Pittston, PA 18640. PA Class of 2002

The Pittston High School Class of 1972 will hold a reunion on Aug. 28. All those interested in attending are asked to call Joe at 451-3823 for further details.

Pittston Area Class of 2002 will celebrate its 10th anniversary reunion on Sept. 1 at Van Fleet’s Grove, Moscow. Cost is $40 per person or $80 per couple. Reservations must be made by Aug.18. Complete reunion details can be found on the Pittston Area Class of 2002 Reunion Facebook. For additional information, email paclass02@gmail.com

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The Pittston Area class of 2013 will be selling lottery tickets at Redner’s in Pittston on Saturday, Sept. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The lottery tickets will be for the month of October. Tickets are $5 and benefit the all night party. All Class reunion

The Pittston Twp. combined class reunion will be held from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sep. 1 at the Plains Pavilion on Clark Lane in Plains. Music will be

Wyoming Area High School Class of 1992 is planning its 20th anniversary reunion for Saturday, Sept. 1 at Rodano’s in Wilkes-Barre. Those interested in attending are asked to e-mail their address and contact information to wasclassof92@yahoo.com or call 655-0238.

Brews Brothers. Committee members are looking for contact information for fellow classmates Joan Carolyn Barbara Goham and Edward Thomas Carey. For more information, call Florence at 655-3228 or Jo-Jo at 655-0468. The final committee meeting will be at noon on Saturday, Aug. 18 at Savo’s Pizza in Pittston Commons. WA 1982 reunion

The Wyoming Area Class of 1982 will hold a reunion from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2 at the Checkerboard Inn, 385 Carverton Road, Trucksville with food, refreshments and music by “Old Friends.” Cost is $50 per person. Make checks payable to Patrice Yurek, 120 Butler St., Wyoming, PA 18644 For more information, call Patrice at 881-0135. Charity train ride

The Greater Pittston Charity Train Ride railroad excursion to Jim Thorpe is Sunday, Sept. 9. The excursion in a 1920s era open window coach pulled by a diesel locomotive will depart at 9 a.m. from Duryea and return at approximately 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $65 each. Checks should be made payable and sent to the Greater Pittston Charity Train Ride c/o Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St., Pittston, PA18640. For more information,

call Gloria at 693-0766 or Tina at 407-0579. Tickets are limited and available on a first come first seated basis. Taste of Greater Pittston tickets

Tickets are now available for the first “A Taste of Greater Pittston” set for 2 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 23 on the Pittston Library grounds. Tickets are $30 each and available at the library. Jenkins Lions Dinner

The Jenkins Township Lions Club annual Ham Dinner will be held Sunday, Sept. 30 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Jenkins Twp. Hose Co. on Second Street behind Tony’s Pizza. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. For tickets call Stephen 655-5307, Jack 654-4977 or Bob 655-1632. Tickets will also be available at the door. Those attending the dinner are asked to bring canned goods for the Greater Pittston Food Pantry. Lions brooms will also be sold. Bus trip to playhouse

The United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church of West Pittston are sponsoring a bus trip to Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in New Jersey on Thursday, Oct. 4. The title of the play is Everybody L oves Opal. The total cost of the trip including the tip is $85.00. For more information, contact Doris Dushok at 6542689 or Karen Weed at 6544446.

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Tickets still available for train ride to Jim Thorpe Sept. 9 excursion benefits three causes The annual Greater Pittston Charity Train Ride on Sunday, Sept. 9, will once again take riders back in time as they travel to historic Jim Thorpe on the newly restored Reading & Northern Railroad’s 1920 era open window coach. The train, pulled by a diesel locomotive, will depart Duryea at 9 a.m. and return at approximately 6:45 p.m. Travelers will have time to explore the shops, restaurants and historical sites in Jim Thorpe which was recently voted the

fourth nicest town in the United States. Tickets are $65 per person and all proceeds benefit the Greater Pittston YMCA, Pittston Memorial Library and the Care and Concern Free Health Clinic. Tickets can be obtained by sending a check payable to The Greater Pittston Charity Train Ride, c/o 47 Broad St., Pittston, PA 18640. There will be no tickets sold the day of the excursion. For information, call Gloria Blandina at 693-0766.

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Hands-on experience Saturday at Wyoming Library

Wyoming Mayor Bob Boyer autographs his hand print at the Wyoming Free Library book sale fundraiser Saturday morning.

Kayla Strach of West Wyoming looks over a novel at the Wyoming Free Library book sale inside the Wyoming United Methodist Church on Saturday morning.

Little Miss Library Grace Washney of West Wyoming, right, makes a hand print as Friends of the Wyoming Free Library President Susan Doty and board member Sandy Touw assist during the library's book sale fundraiser on Saturday morning.

Palm reader Sherry Klaproth of West Pittston, left, examines the palm of Abby Decker, 8, of Wyoming.

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Little Miss Library Grace Washney, center front, presents a check from her fundraising efforts to Marcella Starr, front left, and Friends President Susan Doty. Back row, from left: board members Joe Zampetti, Sandy Touw, Wyoming Mayor Bob Boyer, Tamra Smith, Susan Maria, and library director John Roberts.

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PHS Class of ’62 plans reunion The Pittston High School Class of 1962 will celebrate its 50th anniversary reunion from 5 to 11 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2 at Brews Brothers, 1705 River Road, Pittston. Cost is $70 per person or $140 per couple for the casual dress event. Checks should be made out to Germaine Belli Vullo, 4 Curtain St., Pittston Township, PA 18640. Some classmates shown during their freshman year in 1959 are , from left, Tony Giardina, Ronny Aidam, Rosie Cosentino, Germaine Belli, Mary Ann Bellanca, Madelyn Shandra, Joey Talipan, Donna Jacket, Nancy Klush, Roseann Favata, Rosemary Maria, Jo Anne Volpe, Florence Milazzo, Eleanor Leibert, Barbara Kashuba, Ann Cawley, Carol Serino, John Giordano and Bill Pace.


New look, new vendors at Pittston Farmers Market The Robert Conroy, Sr. parking lot, South Main Street, on which the Pittston Farmers Market is held weekly on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., has a new look with its freshly paved surface, bright yellow lines and blue

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ment of Agriculture are still accepted. Free parking is available in the parking lot adjacent to the Pittston Fire House

portant than the money they will kids, and it’s important that ones that can take the strongest be receiving will be the potential adults model the policies and set action to remedy it,” said Hertimpact Nathan will be making the procedures and rules, but it’s zog. Members of Old on his commuForge, and surnity, as Hertrounding commuzog explained ‘Adults can talk about this to kids, and it’s nities, may have that peer-gen- important that adults model the policies already proven erated projects and set the procedures and rules, but it’s Hertzog’s theory usually have a true, as Nathan larger effect really the kids themselves that have such was able to sell 75 on children. an influence in this topic, and it’s really shirts in three “When a young person their social issue…and they’re probably the days. “He came in like Nathan ones that can take the strongest action to originally for 12 takes action shirts and said, ‘I like this…the remedy it.’ message has Julie Hertzog want to sell them to my friends,’” just a much said Schillaci. stronger im“And then this kind of all escapact when it’s coming from a really the kids themselves that peer, and we hear that from stu- have such an influence in this lated,” said Nathan. Cieslak said the family didn’t dents all the time,” said Hertzog. topic, and it’s really their social “Adults can talk about this to issue…and they’re probably the have to make any phone calls for the sale of the first run of shirts, with word of mouth bringing members of the community to them, who were also passionate about their cause. “I know a lot of the parents that

bought them were (saying), ‘This is so important. This is an amazing thing that Nathan is doing,’ A lot of comments and a lot of positive feedback,” said Cieslak. The positive feedback will most likely continue in the coming weeks, as Nathan and Schillaci plan on notifying surrounding school districts about the Tshirt sale. Nathan has requested permission from the Old Forge School District to sell the shirts in the district. Old Forge Elementary School Principal Nicole Vanluvender said she is unaware if a decision on that has been made yet, but added that she is pleased with Nathan’s project. “I couldn’t be prouder of his efforts,’ said Vanluvender. “He really stands up, in every situation, for what he thinks is right.” For more information on PACER visit www.pacer.org/bullying/.

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dren in the last 10 years. After school, children used to be able to go home and be safe, but now, because of the popularity of Facebook and texting, the bullying can follow students home. “It’s more serious,” added Cieslak, a teacher’s aide in the Old Forge School District. “You have children committing suicide over it. I’ve obviously, and fortunately, haven’t been in a school district where that’s happened, but it has happened locally. So, it’s serious, and I think we need to take it seriously.” One way to have the problem taken more seriously is to create awareness and also educate children and adults on what to do if they are being bullied, witness bullying, or if they are the one doing the bullying. Nathan’s T-shirt campaign will hopefully be able to have an impact on both, with a portion of the proceeds from the shirts being donated to the PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. The nonprofit organization, which was originally established as an advocacy for children with disabilities, became involved in bullying prevention about 10 years ago, according to Julie Hertzog, director of PACER. “We had so many parents contacting us about bullying situations,” said Hertzog. “The stories we were hearing were heartbreaking and they impacted us, especially as an advocacy organization.” PACER developed resources, primarily online, for children. The donations from Nathan’s project will be going to help and continue the development of those resources. But possibly even more im-

family with a variety of bags, sunglasses, jewelry and scarves. The Farmers Market will be held until Tuesday, Nov. 15, weather permitting and at the discretion of the vendors. Vouchers from the PA Depart-

handicap area clearly marked. Two colorful banners reading Farmers Market have been placed on the center pole. Completing the new look is a seating area of concrete round tables and benches.

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Maintenance workers, Susan Skursky, left, and Aida Robbins clean and prep the high Wyoming Area school cafeteria.

will be trained and designated go-to people if students feel bullied. “We’re adding another layer of support,” Quaglia said. “Some students may not feel comfortable coming to a teacher, so they can come to a student.” Wyoming Area employs approximately 121 support staff, 161 full time teachers and seven administrators to provide instruction to its students. At Wyoming Area, an Orientation Day for incoming 7th grade students will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Secondary Center. The Administration Guidance Staff and other staff members will address the students. At the conclusion of the presentation Student Council members will be available to escort students on a tour of the building. Parents may attend as well. Parochial grade schools begins on Monday. At Holy Rosary in Duryea Grades 1-8 will begin classes on Monday, and Kindergarten will begin classes on Tuesday. The PK 4 year old will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 29; and the PK 3 year old class will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 4. There will be early dismissals days each day the first week of school. Dismissal on each of those days will be at 11 a.m. At Wyoming Area Catholic in Exeter, school begins on Monday for all students in Pre-K to eighth grade. For the first week of school, students will be dismissed at 11 a.m. There will be no after-school care or lunches the first week of school. Holy Redeemer High School in WilkesBarre starts on Monday for ninth grade and all transfer students and Tuesday for the rest of the school. Dismissal on both days is 11:15 a.m.

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Students back at Pittston Area Wednesday HIGH SCHOOL

John Haas, principal of Pittston Area High School, announces the high school homeroom assignments for the year 2012-2013 school term are as follows. Listings are teacher, room and students’ last names. SENIORS Mr. Richards - C-13, Adk to Coe Mrs. Cocco - C-14, Col to Gal Mr. L. Hazlet - C-15, Gar to Kos Mr. Caprari - C-16, Koy to McL Mrs. Miller - C-17, Mel to Pie Mr. Russick - C-18, Pol to Sell Mrs. Mattingly - C-19, Selv to Ton Mrs. Pietras - C-21, Tra to Zon JUNIORS Mrs. Distasio - B-02, Ant to Care Mr. J. Walsh - B-01, Carl to DeF Mrs. A. Hazlet - C-02, Del to Haa Ms. C. McGarry - C-05, Hal to Kov Mrs. Sutton - C-06, Lan to Maz Ms. Karaffa - C-07, McG to Nap Mr. Anthony - C-08, Nea to Raz Mr. T. Joyce - C-09, Rea to She Mrs. Vincelli - C-11, Shi to Vog Mrs. Plis - C-12, Wal to Zur SOPHOMORES Mrs. Getrige - B-17, Ait to Bra Mr. Zangardi - B-16, Bul to Del Mrs. Turner - B-15, Del to Gat Mrs. Saunders - B-13, Gia to Joy Ms. Rugletic - B-11, Kam to Mac Mr. Victor - B-10, Mai to Mor Mr. Carroll - B-08, Mor to Psa Ms. Valeski - B-05, Pug to Sch Ms. Martin - B-04, Sci to Vax Mrs. Keren - B-03, Vel to Zyd AM CAREER TECH Mr. Burns - A-06, Alw to Whi FRESHMEN Mrs. Collins - A-01, Ada to Bri Mr. Hopkins - A-02, Bro to D’El Mrs. Verdine - A-04, Dan to Fri Ms. Wascavich - A-05, Fro to Hug Ms. Kotula - A-08, Ian to Lew Mrs. Nowakowski - A-10, Lie to Mol Mr. Amitia - A-11, Mor to Pre Mrs. Adams - A-13, Qui to Sch Mrs. Greenwald - A-16, She to Tho Mr. Giambra - A-18, Tim to Zal

Parking permits Parking permits for the 20122013 school year will be issued to seniors and juniors on Aug. 21, Aug. 22 and Aug. 23. Parking permits will not be issued Aug.27 and 28, due to teacher-in service. Applications can be picked up in the security office between 9 a.m. and noon on Tuesday, Aug. 21; Wednesday, Aug. 22; and Thursday, Aug.23. Any junior or senior who wishes to drive to school must apply for and receive a parking permit before the start of school. Parking permits issued during the 2011-2012 school year are not valid for the 2012-2013 school year. In order to receive a parking permit, students must have a val-

id driver’s license, vehicle registration, proof of insurance and the application must be signed by a parent or guardian. Freshman orientation Pittston Area Senior High School will host a Freshmen Orientation from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28. All ninth-grade students and newlyenrolled transfer students (grades 9 thru 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.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

We would like to welcome all of our new students to the Martin L. Mattei Middle School. This includes all sixth grade students as well as any seventh or eighth grade students who will be attending the middle school for the first time. In order to make the first day of school as successful and stress free as possible, we will be holding an orientation for new students. Through this orientation, students will have the opportunity to tour the building as well as learn about the school and its programs. The orientation will be held on Monday, August 27thfrom 9:00am until approximately 10:00am. All students must be accompanied by a parent or a designated adult (grandparent, aunt, uncle, adult sibling, etc), and everyone must provide their own transportation to and from the orientation. The program will begin in the Middle School Cafetorium where Mr. Bilbow, our Principal, will discuss the middle school’s academic programs.Next, our Assistant Principal, Mr. Booth, will review the district’s policies on discipline, the dress code, and transportation. Finally, Dr. Cosgrove, our Guidance Counselor, will address services provided by the guidance department as See PITTSTON AREA, Page 35

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well as standardized testing.If you are planning on attending the orientation, please call the school at 655-2927 or 655-2928 to reserve a spot. Thank you for your cooperation, and we hope to see you at orientation. First Day of School/Labor Day Wednesday, August 29this the first day of the 2012-2013 school year.Students are to beIN THEIR HOMEROOMS NO LATER THAN 7:58AM.We look forward to beginning a new year with our faculty and students. The Pittston Area School District will be closed on Friday, August 31stand Monday, September 3rdin observance of the Labor Day holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, September

4thaccording to the regular schedule. Electronic Device Policy In order to make our school a focused, positive, and safe learning environment, we remind all parents and students to review our electronic device policy.During school hours, students in possession of any cellular devices must keep said devices turned off and in their school lockers.At NO time should a cellular device be found in a students’ possession in a classroom, gym, locker room, cafeteria, lavatory, hallway, etc. during the school day. Other electronic devices including but not limited to: Internet enabled devices, digital cameras,MP3 players, portable video games, etc. are NOT permitted in school unless specifically provided to a student by the district for the purpose of completing an assignment.Stu-

dents found in violation of our Electronic Device Policy will have the device confiscated, and it will only be returned to the parent or guardian of the student who possessed it. Thankyou for your cooperation Students are also reminded to review our district’s Acceptable Use Policy which governs the use of our school’s network by both school issued and personal electronic devices. Timely Reminders We would like to remind parents and students about their timely duties for the 2011-2012 school year. All students must be at school and in homeroom NO LATER THAN 7:58am. If a student fails to be in attendance at this time they will be recorded as being late. After a student has been late 3 times, disciplinary action will be taken in accordance with district policy. In addi-

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Welcome Back On behalf of the Intermediate Center administration, faculty and staff, we would like to welcome parents/guardians and students to the 2012-2013 school year. We look forward to cooperatively working with you to provide quality learning experiences for your child this coming school year in an environment that is safe, warm, and caring. Our staff is committed to providing your child with a rewarding and fulfilling educational experience. The role you play in your child’s education is vitally important. Your partnership with us will form the foundation of what will be a positive and rewarding learning experience for your child. Your child will receive his/her student handbook on the first day of school. Please take the time to review and to discuss the contents of the student handbook with your child. This will be the

first step in developing your partnership with us and to ensure academic success for your child. We look forward to working with you in the upcoming school year. Should you have any questions/concerns, please contact the school’s office at 654-7176. New Faculty Members The following faculty members are new to our faculty and/ or have new positions in our building for the 2012-2013 school year: Dr. Janet Donovan – Principal Dr. Coreen Milazzo – Guidance Mrs. Julie Donahue – Nurse Mr. John Schuh – Grade 3 Ms. Tia Biscotti – Grade 3 Ms. Kelly Grimes – Grade 4 Mrs. Lynn DiGregorio – Grade 5 Mrs. Nancy Rowe – Title I Resource Teacher Mrs. Sylvia Mariani – Title I Resource Teacher Ms. Colleen Jablonski – Career Development First Day of School The first day of school is Wednesday, August 29, 2012. If you have not registered your child, please contact the school’s office at 654-7176 to make an appointment. Daily Arrival and Departure Schedule Car and walking students may begin to arrive at 8:20 a.m. Early arriving third grade students are to report to the cafeteria. Early arriving fourth and fifth grade students are to report to the gym. All students will report to their

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September 4, 2012 – Classes resume September 19, 2012 – Annual Intermediate Center’s back to School Night September 21, 2012 – Act 80 Day (Students will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m.) September 25 & 26, 2012 – School Pictures September 26, 2012 – PTO Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Middle School Cafeteria PRIMARY CENTER

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 29. Information on bus times, class assignments, and name tags for the first day will be mailed this week. If there is any change when you receive your child’s information in the mail, please call the school at 655-3785. School Times Starting time – 8:40 a.m. Dismissal times: Students who are picked up are dismissed at 3:20. Students who ride buses are dismissed at 3:30. School Schedule Students report to their classrooms at 8:40. Parents driving their child to school for the first day will be required to walk their child into the building to complete dismissal information. If you have already received a dismissal number you must bring the dismissal number and verify your information.

Class Assignments First grade students will be met by their teachers in the cafeteria on the first day of school. Students who ride the bus will be directed to the cafeteria. Second grade students will report to their classrooms. Important Date There will be no school on Friday, Aug. 31 and Monday, Sept. 3, in observance of Labor Day. VIP Folder Remember to check your child’s yellow VIP folder daily for important information and homework assignments. Structured Dress Code The Pittston Area School District Structured Dress Code Policy takes effect on the first day of school. The policy is on the Pittston Area website at www.pittstonarea.com. September Events The Primary Center will hold First Grade Parent Night on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the gym. Second Grade Parent Night will be held on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the gym. KINGERGARTEN CENTER

Bussing for the upcoming school year is in place. If a child’s bus stop has changed since registration for kindergarten, parents are requested to call the school at 654-0503. The school should also be notified if parents are driving children to and from school. First day of school The first day of school for the Pittston Area Kindergarten Center is Wednesday, Aug. 29, which

is also Orientation Day. The child will ride the bus to school and meet with the principal, faculty and staff. After a short orientation program, parent and child will ride the bus home. A detailed letter was mailed by the school. Parents who have not re-

ceived the letter are asked to call the school. Dress code The school district requires all students in grades K-12 to dress according to the structured dress code. The school provided a copy of the policy at registration.

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B A C K T O S C H O O L

Wyoming Area opens to students Wednesday Raymond J. Bernardi, superintendent of the Wyoming Area School District, announced that schools will reopen for students for the 2012-13 school year on Wednesday, Aug. 29. Schools will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3 in honor of Labor Day. Approximately 2468 students are expected to attend the Wyoming Area Schools this term. Faculty members will report on Monday, Aug. 27 for professional development. The district employs approximately 121 support staff, 161 full time teachers and seven administrators to provide instruction to its students. The district’s breakfast program will begin on Aug. 29 for elementary students at 8:30 a.m. and at 7:35 a.m. for secondary students. Breakfast will also be available on early dismissal days. Parents are reminded that the school day begins at 8:50 a.m. and concludes at 3:20 p.m. for elementary students and at 7:45 a.m. and concludes at 2:29 p.m. for secondary students. Notice will be sent home with all students regarding the Integrated Pest Management Plan (IPM). An Orientation Day for incoming 7th grade students will be held on Monday, Aug. 27, at 1 p.m. at the Secondary Center. The Administration Guidance Staff and other staff members will address the students. At the conclusion of the presentation Student Council members will be available to escort students on a tour of the building. Parents are invited to attend. The first teacher day will be Monday, Aug. 27 and the first student day will be Wednesday, Aug. 29. Additional details will be made available by the building principals. The calendar for the 2012-13 year is as follows: Aug. 27 - Schools closed – teacher in service Act 80 Aug. 28 - Schools closed – teacher in service Act 80 Aug. 29 - Schools Open – student day Sept. 3 - Schools closed – Labor Day Sept. 17 - Schools closed

Teach in service Act 80 Sept. TBA - Get Acquainted night Oct. 5 - Schools closed – teacher in service Act 80 Oct. 8 - Schools closed - Columbus Day Oct. 31 - Act 80 Early dismissal Nov. 5 - End of first quarter 45th day of school Nov. 12 - Schools closed – Veterans Day Nov. 13 - Schools closed – Parent conferences Nov. 22 - Schools closed – Thanksgiving Nov. 27 - Schools reopen Dec.12 - Act 80 Early dismissal Dec. 21 - Early dismissal – Christmas Vacation Dec. 24 - Schools closed Christmas Jan. 2 - Schools reopen Jan. 21 - Schools closed – Martin Luther King Day Jan. 24 - End of first semester 90 day of school Jan. 28 - Early dismissal Act 80 Feb. 5 - Early dismissal Act 80 report cards, parent conferences Feb. 6 - Evening report card distribution Feb. 18 - Schools closed – Presidents Day March 27 – Act 80 early dismissal March 28 – April 2 Schools closed – Easter vacation April 3 - Schools reopen April 4 - End of 3rd quarter 135th day of school May 9 - Early dismissal Act 80 - senior projects May 10 - Early dismissal Act 80 - senior projects May 16 - Career Day May 23 - Fourth annual celebration – seniors May 24 - Early dismissal Act 80 May 27 - Schools closed – Memorial Day June 10 - Early dismissal Act 80 last student/teacher Day June 14 – Graduation Additional snow days will be made up at the end of the year PSSA testing window: Oct. 22 to Nov. 2 Grade 12 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Parents who have not yet registered children are encouraged to

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do so before the first day of school. Registration for all students, Kindergarten through 12th grade, will take place at the Secondary Center, Memorial Street, Exeter. Call 655-2836, ext. 2359. DAILY SCHEDULE 8:30 a.m. - Student arrival/ breakfast program begins 8:50 a.m. - All students must report to their homeroom Students arriving after this time will be marked tardy. 9 a.m. – Instruction begins 3:20 p.m.- Student Dismissal BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PROGRAM The breakfast and lunch program will begin the first day of school. All students who were free and reduced last year will receive meals until Sept. 14. All parents must submit new applications for the 2012–2013 school year by Sept. 7. Breakfast will be served on all early dismissal days. CLASSROOM ASSIGNMENTS

Due to confidentiality concerns, students’ and teachers’ names will not be published. Students will report to designat-

ed areas in their assigned building for teacher assignment. Teachers will guide students as they enter their assigned building. Teacher assignment for grades 1 - 6 will not be given over the phone prior to the first day of school. KINDERGARTEN Wyoming Area has a full-day kindergarten program. All kindergarten students should wear the name tags received during the summer orientation building visits. Bus riders will also wear bus tags given on the first day of school. These tags should be worn for the first two weeks. MONTGOMERY AVENUE For the first day only, Student arrival times are 8:30 to 8:50 p.m. Students will assemble in specific areas to receive their classroom assignments. Kindergarten will enter the school at the Wyoming Avenue entrance. Mrs. Burdett and Mrs. Augello will meet and escort the children to their classrooms. Grade 1 students will enter through the Wyoming Avenue

entrance and proceed to the first level to Mrs. DeMichele’s classroom. (The first classroom on the right) Teachers will then guide the students to the appropriate classroom. Grade 2 students will enter through the Wyoming Avenue entrance and proceed to the first level. The students will turn right and proceed to Mrs. Harding’s room. (The last classroom on the right.) Teachers will then guide the students to the appropriate classroom. Grade 3 students will enter through the Wyoming Avenue entrance. The students will proceed to Mrs. Vanness’s room. (The second classroom on the left.) Teachers will guide students to the appropriate classroom. Grade 4 will enter the school at the Montgomery Avenue entrance and proceed as directed to the cafeteria for their assignment. Grade 5 students will enter through the Montgomery Avenue entrance. The students will proceed to the downstairs gym. Teachers will then guide students to the appropriate classroom. See WYOMING, Page 58


Durkin Memorial golf tournament Sept. 1 The Thomas P. Durkin Memorial Avoca Open is Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Pine Hills Golf Course, Taylor. Registration for the captain and mate event is 7:30 a.m. with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $90 per golfer which includes green fees, the use of a cart as well as dinner, refreshments, awards and prizes at the West Side Social Club immediately following the tournament. To register, stop by the West Side Social Club, 711 McAlpine St., on Thursday evenings or mail the your name, shirt size and payment to Avoca A.O.H. P.O. Box 5045 Avoca, PA 18641. All proceeds will benefit the Avoca A.O.H. Scholarship and local charities. Happy birthday

Happy birthday to Robert and Andrew Ryzner who celebrated their special day on Aug. 22. Fire drive begins

The Avoca Fire Department’s fund drive has begun. All property owners have been sent a donation packet. Only 40 percent of Avoca’s property owners participated last

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year, causing the department to operate at a deficit. Please support this year’s drive in order to keep the department running and the town safe. In addition to submitting donations via mail, they can also be made online at www.avocafire.net. Queen of the Apostles

The Queen of the Apostles Parish’s building and grounds committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 27 in the rectory, 715 Hawthorne St. The choir will resume practices from 7 to 9 p.m. on Mondays beginning Aug. 27. New members are welcome. Please use the handicapped entrance on the right side of the church, 715 Hawthorne St. The finance council will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28 in the rectory. Faith formation classes will resume on Sunday, Sept. 9 and Monday, Sept. 10 at St. Mary’s School, 742 Spring St. The First Eucharist class will

meet from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 9 and students in grades K-8 will meet from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. on Sept. 10. Registration forms will be sent to all students and will need to be returned by Sept. 2. The back to school and Catechetical Sunday Mass will take place at 11 a.m. on Sept. 16 at the church. Parishioners are currently selling the harvest edition of their “Pot of Gold Match the Daily Number” raffle tickets. For just $10 per ticket, you will have a chance to win $75 daily and $100 on Fridays throughout October. There will also be $250 prizes on Oct. 1 and 10 and $1,000 on Halloween. The winning number is based on the evening daily number of the Pennsylvania Lottery. To purchase a ticket, call the rectory at 457-3412, and it will be mailed to you. The parishioners of Queen of the Apostles Parish and the Avoca Fire Department will pay tribute to the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks at their

11th Annual September 11 Memorial Mass at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at St. Mary’s Church, 715 Hawthorne St. Members of local fire and police departments; emergency medical personnel; military personnel; veterans; Avoca Boy Scout Troop 316; Cub Scout Troop 316; Venture Crew 3701; the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Avoca Division; American Legion Post 607; V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, Post 8335; state Rep. Michael Carroll; former state Rep. Thomas Tigue; borough officials; and bagpipers will process from the Avoca Fire Department to St. Mary’s Church. The procession route will begin at the Avoca Fire Department, 740 Main St., pass under a fire truck ladder arch which will be raised over Hawthorne Street and end at St. Mary’s Church. The procession will assemble at 6:45 p.m. at the fire department and process to the church shortly thereafter. During the Mass, all of the participants will receive a special blessing from the Rev. Phillip J. Sladicka, pastor. Following the Mass, there will be a reception in St. Mary’s School auditorium, 742 Spring St.

Lions food bank

The Avoca Lions Club will have its monthly food bank from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Bethel United Methodist Church, 532 Main St. Volunteers are needed at 1:30 p.m. to help unload the truck. Attendees are asked to bring boxes.

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VFW auxiliary meeting

Due to the Labor Day holiday, the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary to Post 8335’s regular monthly business meeting has been moved to 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10 in the post home, 915 Main St. President June Fitzgerald will preside over the meeting and Paula Regan and Wendy Radle will be hostesses. VFW chicken BBQ

Members of the Avoca V.F.W. Post 8335 will have their chicken barbecue dinner from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the post home, 915 Main St. Takeouts will be available. Tickets are $9 each and available by calling the post home at 457-7673.

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Holy Mother of Sorrows 36th Dozynki/Harvest Festival is set for 11 a.m. to dusk on Sunday, Sept. 9 on the Wyoming Avenue parish grounds. The Blessing of Harvest Wreath Ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Live music will be performed by Joe Lastovica & The Polka

Punch from 3 to 6 p.m. A variety of homemade ethnic foods will be available, including pierogi, potato pancakes, gołubki, kluski, kiełbasa, sausage, soups, funnel cakes, etc. as well as American foods (hot dogs, burgers). Homemade baked goods will be available. The Country Store with fresh vegetables and fruits will be open all day. Other attractions of the festival are 50/50 See DUPONT, Page 40

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Vendors are needed for the Giant Flea Market which will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 on the ground of Holy Mother of Sorrows Church, Wyoming Avenue. This event will be held one day prior to the Dozynki Festival in the Big Tent. Outside vendors, as well as parishioners, are welcome to participate. The cost is only $10 per table. The church will provide the tables and chairs. There will be food for sale, including pierogi, potato pancakes, etc. Anyone interested in renting a table is asked to call Mrs. Regina Bahaley at 4572378 as soon as possible. All reservations have to be pre-paid


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Bingo: Big Raffle, Chinese Auction, Arts & Crafts, Children’s and Youth Stand. Polish Club news

The Polish American Citizens Club of Elm Street, Dupont, will hold its regular monthly meeting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Club home. The club’s 2012 scholarship award winners are Jamie Scaranatino , son of Carl and Shelly Scarantino, who will be attending King’s College; Pat Dougherty, son of Patrick and Rosemary Dougherty, who will travel to Norfolk Virginia to attend Old Dominion University; and Tim Lello, son of Patrick and Karen Lello, who will become a member of the student body at Wilkes University. The club will resume its annual golf tournament this year on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Edgewood in the Pines’ with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Cost per person for the captain and crew event is $80. Prizes, dinner and refreshments will be served after the outing at the Polish American Citizens Club, Elm Street, Dupont. Signups will be held every Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the club. Hole sponsors are welcome. All proceeds benefit the Dupont Children’s Fund. For more information, contact Bill McDermott at 655-9311, Dan Lello at 6546819, Ken Barnak at 237-5922 or Tom Piechota at 654-9229. Landlords called to list tenants

All landlords are asked to provide a list of tenants to the Patty McDonald Borough Manager as soon as possible. The office is in process of updatingits computer files onmunicipal accountsfees for 2013. Any question please contact Patty 655-6216. Party t-shirts available

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The Crime Watch is sponsoring a fundraiser for Dupont’s K-9 cop Bruizer. The organization is selling T-Shirts to help contribute to the cost of veterinary care and food. The cost per T-Shirt is $15 for adults, $10 for children and $25 for sweatshirts. T-shirt may be ordered by contacting Pina Hansen, President of the Crime Watch or Sgt. John Saranchuck, Bruizer’s handler.

There have been requests by residents for 2012 Party in the Park T-shirt. A minimum order is required. Call Patty at the municipal office as soon as possible. Also left over from the party are lighted mining helmets for kids as part of this year’s party in the park theme for $6 with batteries included.

Eco tip

Here is Joey’s eco-tip of the week: If you use Ziploc brand sandwich bags for your lunch, remember that these bags can be recycled. They can be put in the same bins used to recycle plastic shopping bags. Gas service applications Ryan Kowalczyk, 3, models a coal mining hat from the Dupont Party in the Park. There are a few hats available and can be purchased by contacting Patty at the municipal office. The cost is $6 and batteries are included. Ryan is the son of Scott and Melody Kowalczyk.

Sanitary Board opening

The Dupont Borough representative seat on the Lower Lackawanna Valley Sanitary Authority expires in 2012. Residents interested in the five-year term should submit a letter of interest to the borough office by Aug 28. The Dupont Borough Council will appoint someone to this position at the Sept.11Council meeting. Contact Borough Manager Patty McDonald for additional information. Compost facility open

The Greater Pittston Regional Compost Facility officially opened on Aug. 14. At the August monthly meeting of Dupont Borough, St. Knick Jr., president of council and of the Greater Pittston Regional Facility, outlined procedures for private contractors. They will be required to pay a disposal fee at the Dupont Municipal office and show proof of receipt for entry into facility. Contractors’ fees are set at $25 for one ton, $45 for five ton and $80 for tri-axle. No ashes, dirt or rock should be mixed in with yard waste. Liability issues restrict residents from entering into the facility. If residents need to dispose of large amounts of yard waste, the municipal truck is available for them to use and the Dupont Public Works will take it to the

facility. Knick noted that there will be a fee attached for this service. Contact Office Manager Patty McDonald for more information and rates. The facility is opened from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Sacred Heart meetings

Scheduled meetings for September at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church: Women’s Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4 in the church hall. Holy Name Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5 in the church hall. The Annual Holy Name Ziti Dinner at Sacred Heart Church will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 in the church hall. Take-outs will be available from 3 to 5 p.m. Cost for dinner tickets is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12 years of age. Tickets can be obtained from any Holy Name member or by calling the rectory office at 654-3713. Crime Watch meeting

The Dupont Crime Watch meeting will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28 in the James Cocco Council Chambers at the Dupont Municipal Building. The meetings are open to all residents.

Applications for gas service are available at the Dupont Municipal offices during regular business hours. UGI representative Mike Trussa stated at the April Council meeting that, in order for the company to have program approval for placement of gas lines, residents’ applications must be filed with UGI. For more information, contact Mike at 829-8664. CCD registration, party

Registration for CCD Religious Education at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. Students in grades 1 and up is scheduled for 8 to 10 a.m. on Sept. 9 and 6 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 12 in the church hall. This year is especially important for students in grades 5 and up since Sacred Heart will celebrat Confirmation in the early fall of 2013. If students do not take part in this school year’s sessions, they will not be eligible for Confirmation until 2016. The first class this school year will be Monday, Sept. 24. The appreciation dinner for all who worked the Sacred Heart picnic will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Dupont Hose Company. There will be a social starting at 5 p.m. and dinner served at 5:30 pm. To make a reservation, clip out the form in the church bulletin or call the rectory office at 6543713. Reservations must be made no later than Sept. 17. Tree removal

Dupont Borough asks residents considering tree removal

or tree trimming to register with the borough office. In an effort to help the community, the office is contacting a number of tree-cutting service companies for proposals to give a better rate to residents based on the number of people registering for the service. Council notes

Council President Stan Knick, Jr. and Mayor Dan Lello have been meeting with Laflin Borough officials to discuss shared services. One such service offered was a speed board which will provide a printout of how many vehicles went above or below the speed limit in a specific area. Mayor Lello asked for a proposal from Laflin for use of speed board. Bids for the fence project around the maintenance garage were opened and the bid was awarded to Keystone Fence Northeast which came in with the lowest bid of $18,400. The temporary office clerk position of two days a week or 15 hours was approved at the August meeting. Mary Susan Riccetti was appointed to the position of temporary office clerk. Motion was approved for a stop sign at the intersectionof Curtain and Lincoln Streets as per recommendation and survey completed by the police department. The borough received a grievance from a resident at the meeting about a request of a stop sign for the past 10 years at the intersection of Main and Stanton. President Stan Knick noted that he has already showed the engineer that area in question and will work at resolving the issue. VFW 4909 meeting

The V.F.W. Post 4909 will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10 at the post home. Commander Gary Carwardine will preside. Home Association meeting will follow. Food and refreshments will be served. Public works schedule

The Dupont Public Works service schedule for the week of Aug. 26 is as follows: Monday, Aug. 27 - Refuse Tuesday, Aug.28 - Yard waste, no dirt or rocks Wednesday, Aug. 29 – Comingle, including plastics, glass and cans


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Pathways Scouts from Duryea Boy Scout Troop 285 who also earned the Polar Bear Swim Award, Totin' Chip and Firem'n Chit are, from left, first row, James Wilk, Brandon Mickavicz, Jesse Schlanger, Provisional Scout from New York; Tristan Kwiatkowski and Michael Lojewski. Second row, Sherwood Grabiec, ASM; Gregory Grabiec, Jonathan Kamor, Bob Dzieciol, Scoutmaster; Brian Mlodzienski, Eagle Patrol Leader; Adam Lazar, Cub Scout; Joseph Gorgol, Eagle Scout; Scott Corti, Asst. Eagle Patrol Leader; Brandon Houghtlin, Panther Patrol Leader; Justin Paglianite, ASPL; Christopher Cashmere, Asst. Panther Patrol Leader,; Christopher Rizzo, Senior Patrol Leader; and Dorothy Collins, ASM.

Sons of the Legion clean up detail today The Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 585, will have a clean-up detail at 10 a.m. today, Aug. 26 at the Brennan Regan Post home, 329 Main St. Members will clean the kitchen and parking lot. Boy Scouts

Members of the Duryea Boy Scout Troop 285 attended Goose Pond Summer Camp and earned a total of 35 merit badges and the Order of the Arrow Participation Award. The Scouts enjoyed an ice cream social and participated in the Iron Man Races while at camp. The troop’s weekly meetings will begin at 6 p.m. on Sept. 6 at the American Legion Hall on Main Street, Duryea. New members are always welcome to join. Plans are being finalized for the 20-mile hike to Jim Thorpe on Sept.15, Main Street cleanup on Sept. 22, the Court of Honor Reception on Sept. 27 and the NEPA Council Traveling Camporee to Boston in October. For more information, contact Troop Chairman Ann Edwards at 457-8402. Softball team excels

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Firemen send thanks

CCD registration

The members of the Excelsior Hose Co. No. 2 extend their thanks to the Dalton family of 124 Chittenden St. for allowing the department to use their flood-damaged home for fire department training.

Anyone who was unable to attend the Nativity of Our Lord Parish religious education classes (CCD) registration sessions last week should call Judy Lambert at 881-4974. Registration forms for those who were registered last year will be sent to their homes at the end of August or the beginning of September. Classes will begin in September and the parish is seeking volunteers to serve as teachers and aides.

Thanks for Night Out

The Duryea Neighborhood Crime Watch and Duryea Police Department, in conjunction with the Dupont Crime Watch, would like to thank all of the municipalities, police and fire departments and numerous individuals who participated in the National Night Out event on Aug. 7 in Duryea. A sincere thank you is extended to those who submitted donations. The event was an overwhelming success and the Crime Watch committees hope to see everyone again at next year’s event. Tax bills in the mail

The 2012 school tax bills have been mailed. Anyone who did not receive one should call Duryea Tax Collector Marty Hanczyc at 457-2482. The discount period ends on Sept. 20.

Polish Falcons to meet

The members of the Polish Falcons, Nest 128 will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the post home, 631 Main St. Holy Rosary news

Holy Rosary School will have its fourth annual golf classic Sunday, Sept. 16 at Edgewood in the Pines, Drums. Registration for the captain and crew event is at noon and the shotgun start begins at 1 p.m. Singles will be placed on a team. TCost is $100 per player which includes lunch and dinner at the club. Awards will be given for several golfing contests. There will also be prizes awarded throughout the

day. There are also several tournament sponsorship opportunities available at various donation levels. For more information, contact Debbie Davis at 451-1762. The Holy Rosary Craft Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23 at Holy Rosary School, 125 Stephenson St. There will be vendors on hand as well as food, raffles and goodies. For more information or to reserve vending space, call Debbie Davis at 451-1762, Sharon Chase at 457-4450 or Holy Rosary School at 457-2553. Legion Sons clam sale

The Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 585 will have a clam sale beginning at noon on

Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Brennan Regan Post home, 329 Main St. Clams are $6 per dozen. There will also be other food items for sale. Takeouts will be available. The Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 585 (S.A.L.s) will host a children’s Halloween costume party from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Brennan Regan Post home. Children and grandchildren of members of the Legion, S.A.L.s, the ladies auxiliary and social members are invited to attend. Attendees will be treated to food, beverages and a treat bag. There will also be a costume contest. The winners will receive prizes. Reservations are required. Call the post home at 457-4242 for details.

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Congratulations to the members of the Excelsior and Germania Fire Department softball team which placed fourth out of 14 teams in the Avoca Fire Department softball tournament last weekend.

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Meet the soccer Warriors today at noon EXETER EILEEN CIPRIANI

Today is Meet the Warriors day for Wyoming Area soccer teams at noon in the Wyoming Area Secondary Center cafeteria. This event includes the varsity boys and girls teams and the junior high team. Pizza will be served for the players and their families. The parents association is asking junior varsity players to bring a bottle of soda, girls varsity a bag of chips or pretzels and boys varsity a dessert.

Second flight: Tony Petrucci and crew, total of 70, first place; Jack Brogan and crew, total of 70, second place; Don Clarke and crew, total of 74, third place; Gary Zavacki and crew, total of 83, fourth place.

longer have recyclables picked up and will be cited by the police and subjected to a fine. Anyone who has a private dumpster must report their tonnage to Karen Szwast, recycling coordinator, at 654-0933.

Exeter Open results

Borough notes

Reunion notice

Championship flight: Bill Yurkon and crew, total of 60, first place; Pat Mirabelle and crew, total of 61, second place; Hank Cassatori and crew, total of 61, third place; Tom Sadowski and crew, total of 63, fourth place. First flight: Bob Hyzenski and crew, total of 66, first place; Clem Parulis and crew, total of 68, second place; Jim Degraba and crew, total of 69, third place; Dave John and crew, total of 70, fourth place.

Street sweeping is conducted the first Friday of every month. There will be a parking ban in effect on Wyoming Avenue. Cars will be ticketed by the police department if not moved. Residents are not to take their recyclables to the recycling building. They are to be placed curbside for pick-up on Mondays. Also, yard waste is to be placed curbside on Thursdays. Businesses in town which have not purchased a recycling or refuse sticker for 2012 will no

The Wyoming Area Class of 1977 will hold its 35th anniversary reunion from 1 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 29 at The Checkerboard Inn, Carverton Road, Trucksville. Cost is $40 per person. Reservations can be made by sending checks payable to WA Class of ’77, c/o Cindy Yudiski Lynch, 355 Susquehanna Ave., Exeter, PA 18643 or by visiting the Wyoming Area Class of ’77 Facebook page.

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New officers of the PSEA-Retired Chapter are, from left, Secretary Pam Zuremba, President Steve Harmanos, Vice President Phil Russo, Northeastern Region President Mary Moran.

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PSEA-Retired elects officers The Luzerne County Chapter of Northeastern Region of PSEA-Retired elected a new leadership team. Elected to offices were President Steve Harmanos, Vice President Phil Russo and Secretary Pam Zaremba. Harmanos announced the fall luncheon will be held at 11:15 a.m. on Sept. 13 at Timbers restaurant at Mohegan Sun Casino. Cost of the luncheon is $16.

Reservations checks can be mailed to Pamela Zaremba at 117 Old Tavern Road, Hunlock Creek, PA 18621-3312, by email to zarembapam@gmail.com or by phone at 256-7395. Reservation deadline is Sept. 7. There is limited seating of 60 people for this meeting. The program will include reports from Region President Mary Moran and a legislative up-

date from PSEA staff member Paul Shemansky. There will also be a dessert cooking presentation by PSEA member Kimberly Ann McLendon, the current Mrs. Pennsylvania-International. There will also be vouchers for slot play, door prizes and a Chinese auction.

WAEA-R breakfast

The Wyoming Area Education Association of Retirees (WAEAR) will hold its 10th annual breakfast at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at the Avenue Diner, Wyoming. The price is $10 which includes $1 membership dues. There will be door prizes and special favors. Those who are unable to attend or do not belong to the credit union can send a check for the dues or reservation made out to WAEA-R to WAFCU, 800 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, PA 18644. Current officers are Phil Russo, president; Steve Harmanos, vice president; Gloria Lawler, treasurer; and Sandy Touw, secretary. Scholarships sought

Wyoming Area School District is beginning to make plans for its fourth annual scholarship and award celebration which will be held on May 23, 2013. Any civic organization, business, athletic group, individuals or families that would like to offer a scholarship or graduation award are welcome to join the celebration. For further information and/or help in developing a scholarship/ award, call Mrs. Rabel in the guidance office at 655-2836, ext. 2339. Over 75 awards were granted with approximately 360 people in attendance at this year’s program. Since Wyoming Area’s inception, over $1million has been awarded at graduation. These are just the local awards. This year’s awards amounted to over $95,000. One of the awards is valued at approximately $44,000. It is given every four years. Cosmopolitan Seniors

The Cosmopolitan Seniors, a Project HEAD Club, will meet again at 1 p.m. on Tuesday Sept. 4 at St. Anthony Center, Exeter. Host/hostesses are George Mislan, Terri Mislan, Frank Onda, Ed Stankoski and Florence Stankoski. Travel coordinator Johanna is accepting reservations for a trip to Mount Airy Casino on

Wednesday, Sept. 12 with pickups in Exeter and Pittston. Nonmembers are welcome. Details can be obtained from Johanna at 655-2720. t. Barbara’s news

There will be an Altar Server meeting at 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 27 in St. Anthony’s Church. The Final Class on Catholicism will be at 10 a.m. at St. Monica’s and at 7 p.m. at St. Barbara’s parish Center on Tuesday, Aug. 28. The theme for this week will be: “World Without End The Last Things.” The 2013 Mass Book will be open as of Sept. 4. Because of the increased number of parishioners of St. Barbara Parish and to ensure that Masses are available to all parishioners, Masses will be scheduled for three months at a time. Mass intentions are scheduled on a first-come/firstserved basis. Also, Mass intentions may be changed based on the availability of a priest or if there are any unforeseen changes in the daily Mass schedule. Summer is almost over and the new school year is just around the corner. Religious education classes for grades 1 through 8 will begin soon. All classes will be held from 9 to 10:15 a.m. on Sunday mornings in the parish center. All registration forms must be returned either in the collection or to the office no later than Aug. 31. Students registered after that date will have a $16 text book fee. Confirmation will be held at St. Barbara’s next fall (2013). All children in grades 6, 7 and 8 must register and regularly attend religious education classes this year to be eligible to receive this important sacrament. The sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation each require two years of educational preparation. Children who will receive First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion must attend both first and second grade classes to be eligible. It’s not too late to volunteer in the religious education program. Anyone interested in volunteering can call the parish office.


The Friends Association of the West Pittston Library has scheduled a wine and cheese event for 2 to 5 p.m. on for Sunday, Sept. 9 at the library, corner of Warren and Exeter Avenues. Ticket donations are $20 per person or $35 for couples and are available at the library or from any Friends member. Cheese and crackers will be offered as well as light snacks and finger food desserts.

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Wine and cheese at WP Library on September 9 There will be a basket raffle in addition to the wine event. For tickets, contact Sara Kelly at 883-7079; sarashanekelly@gmail.com or call the West Pittston Library at 654-9847. Members of the Friends Association of the West Pittston Library planning a wine and cheese event are, from left, Barbara Insalaco, Beverly Williams and Sara Kelly.

Grants provide money for 33 new trees WEST PITTSTON Tony Callaio 654-5358 tonyc150@verizon.net local governments to under- walking, running, jogging, hikstand, protect and restore urban ing, sitting or lying down after trees. having been involved in a motor According to the TreeVitalize vehicle traffic crash. (Informawebsite, the goal of the program tion source: The US Dept. of is to plant 1 million trees by the Transportation National Highend of 2012. These are to include way Traffic Safety Administralarger caliper trees for city tion) streets, parks, and other public Older pedestrians (age 65+) property; seedlings in buffer accounted for19 percent (775) of plantings along streams to re- all pedestrian fatalities and an esduce erosion and improve water timated 8 percent (5,000) of all quality; and those purchased by pedestrians injured in 2009. homeowners for planting on priIn 2009, the fatality rate for olvate property with a TreeVitalize der pedestrians (age 65+) was rebate discount. 1.96 per 100,000 populations – An additional goal is to train higher than the rate for all the 10,000 volunteers in basic tree other ages. biology and tree care to assist In 2009, one-fifth (19%) of all their communities in establish- children between the ages of 5 ing and maintaining new plant- and 9 who were killed in traffic ings. Ultimately, the goal of crashes were pedestrians. ChilTreeVitalize is to establish dren age 15 and younger acstrong urban forestry partner- counted for 7 percent of the peships in all 14 Pennsylvania met- destrian fatalities in 2009 and 25 ropolitan areas and to build local percent of all pedestrians incapacity for sustaining the urban jured. forest resource. Drivers are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing streets in marked or unNeighborhood Watch marked crosswalks in most sitWest Pittston Safety and uations. They need to be espeAwareness Committee want you cially careful at intersections to know that a pedestrian, as de- where the failure to yield rightfined, is any person on foot, of-way often occurs when driv-

ers are turning onto another street and a pedestrian is in their path. When possible, cross the street at a designated crosswalk. Always stop and look left, right and left again before crossing. If a parked vehicle is blocking the view of the street, stop at the edge line of the vehicle and look around it before entering the street. Increase visibility at night by carrying a flashlight when walking and by wearing retro-reflective clothing that helps to highlight body movements. It is much safer to walk on a sidewalk, but if you must walk in the street, walk toward traffic West Pittston’s mayor and police department are taking a proactive role to keep pedestrian safety a priority. Additional safety cones have been placed on Exeter Avenue, especially near the West Pittston Library. Our police officers are keeping a watchful eye at busy intersections and are willing to address pedestrian concerns. Remember summer break comes to an end this week. Please keep alert and obey traffic laws as our children return to school. Look for a public meeting early September for the Safety Committee’s Neighborhood Watch Program.

WA retired \teachers

The Wyoming Area Education Association of Retirees (WAEAR) will hold its 10th annual breakfast at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at the Avenue Diner, Wyoming. Call the WA Credit Union at 693-1339 if you plan to attend. The price is $10, which includes $1 membership dues. Library news

A Wine and Cheese Tasting event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the West Pittston Library, corner of Warren and Exeter Avenues. Ticket donations are $20 per person or $35 for couples and are available from the library or any Friends member. Cheese and crackers will be offered as well as light snacks and finger food desserts. There will be a basket raffle in addition to the wine event. For tickets or new member information, contact Sara Kelly at 8837079, sarashanekelly@gmail.com or the West Pittston Library at 654-9847. Motorcycle Run for Eric

Eric Speicher, of West Pittston, an eighth-grader at Wyoming Area, was diagnosed with Ependymoma, a type of brain tuSee WEST PITTSTON, Page 44

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The West Pittston Shade Tree Commission has recently completed its second and final TreeVitalize grant awarded in the amount of $2,370. This final grant, along with the commission’s cash match of $2,370, provided the xommission with enough funding to plant 33 street trees throughout the borough at no cost to homeowners. “Trees improve our social and economic environment by providing many benefits that make our community more attractive: They increase the value of our homes and businesses, increase the value of rental properties, calm traffic, reduce storm water runoff, reduce maintenance to pavements and reduce stress “stated Diane Mansi, program xoordinator. The previous TreeVitalize grant was for $11,000. With an additional $11,000 cash match and in-kind donations, the commission funded the planting of 16 trees in Morris Park, removed 19 hazardous trees and planted 24 street trees at no cost to homeowners. The TreeVitalize initiative is a response to an alarming trend of the loss of trees in Pennsylvania’s metropolitan areas. It is a public-private partnership to help restore tree cover, educate citizens about planting trees as an act of caring for our environment and build capacity among


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Hose company planning Night at the Races West Wyoming Hose Company #2 will hold a Night at the Races on Saturday, Oct. 6. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and post time will be 7 p.m. Members are currently selling horses. Cost of a horse is $10. Horse owners receive admission to the races as well as free food and drink for the evening. Horses can also be purchased by calling or faxing the fire department at 287-1182 and leaving a detailed message with name and phone number. WAEA-R breakfast

The Wyoming Area Education Association of Retirees (WAEAR) will hold its 10th annual breakfast at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at the Avenue Diner, Wyoming. Call the WA Credit Union at 693-1339 to register. Those who do not belong to the CU can send a check for the dues or reservation made payable to WAEA-R to WAFCU, 800 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, PA 18644. Current officers are Phil Russo, president; Steve Harmanos, vice president; Gloria Lawler, treasurer; and Sandy Touw, secretary. Dems golf tourney

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mor, had surgery and subsequent therapy in his recovery. The past March, the tumor resurfaced and is being treated at Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City. To help defray medical and travel expenses, a motorcycle ride/picnic will be held in Eric’s honor on Sept. 9 at Four Seasons Golf Club, Shoemaker Avenue, Exeter. The ride begins at 11 a.m. The picnic will follow. Registration is at 10 a.m. Advance registration for riders of $20 includes a t-shirt and wristband for food and drink. Passenger fee is $15. Day of event registration is $25 for riders and $18 for passengers. Non-rider t-shirts are $12 and $15 depending on size. Non-rider picnic wristband is $10 and in-

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cratic Committee will host a golf tournament on Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club, Mountaintop. Registration begins at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The fee is $125 per person and includes green fees, cart, dinner, refreshments and a gift. To register, mail a check to Luzerne County Democratic Committee, 39 Public Square, Suite 1000, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. Corporate checks cannot be accepted. Hole sponsorships are also available for $100. For additional information, contact John Bolin, tournament chairperson, at 760-6137 or jbolin110@gmail.com.

’77, c/o Cindy Yudiski Lynch, 355 Susquehanna Ave., Exeter, PA 18643 or by visiting the Wyoming Area Class of ’77 Facebook page.

take care that yard waste does not contain plastic or recyclable bags. The compost yard does not accept stones or dirt. Compost is also available free of charge to residents of both towns. St. Monica’s news

The Wyoming Area Class of 1977 will hold its 35th anniversary reunion from 1 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 29 at The Checkerboard Inn, Carverton Road, Trucksville. Cost is $40 per person. Reservations can be made by sending checks payable to WA Class of

Compost yard schedule

The West Wyoming compost yard will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays for residents of West Wyoming and Wyoming Boroughs. The compost yard accepts brush, branches, leaves and grass. Residents are reminded to

Mass will be celebrated followed at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10 with a conference at 7 p.m. given by Sister Joan of the Capuchin Sisters of Nazareth. Other Capuchin Sisters will join her. A social will be held in the church hall at 8 p.m. A registration sheet will be available in the church hall or anyone who would like to attend may call the parish office a 693-1991. St. Barbara’s Parish has limited seats available in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classesCall 654-7983 for a private tour or log onto wacsh.com for more information. A week for seventh and eighth graders from Friday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 16 includes a number of activities and events, Mass and movie, all-youcan-eat buffet style meals and private rooms. For more information visit the Fatima website at www.fatimarenewalcenter.org. A 10-part series on Catholicism, which began on Tuesday, June 26, will end on Aug. 28.

cludes food and drink For more information, call Ed or Amanda Shedlock at 6554336.

WA parking permits

Street department

Juniors and seniors attending Wyoming Area Secondary Center may now pick up an application for parking permits for the 2012-2013 school year at the principal’s office. Permits can be attained during school hours.

Yard waste will be picked up from Montgomery Avenue to Erie Street on Mondays and from Montgomery Avenue to Susquehanna Avenue on Tuesdays. Residents are asked to place yard waste in open containers. No plastic bags will be picked up. Tree limbs should not exceed four feet in length or 1/2-inch in diameter and must be tied in bundles. Any resident requesting chipping of tree limbs is asked to call the Public Works Building at 655-7786 to be placed on a schedule.

Reunion notice

Borough Council

Residents are reminded that roof gutters and leaders cannot be directly connected into the sewer laterals. All roof leaders, which enter directly into the ground, must be cut off and allowed to drain onto the property surface. The remaining pipe underground needs to be capped. This is a requirement of the DEP, the WVSA and West Pittston’s ordinance. In the work zone of the York Avenue Sewer Project, failure to immediately disconnect one’s roof leaders will result in project delays and possibly a stoppage of work. Borough officials thank everyone for their co-operation.

Farmers’ market

There will be fresh local produce this Saturday at the Farmers’ Market in the Park. The market opens at 9 a.m. every Saturday in the Butler Street Park off Eighth Street. Craft and food vendors will also be on hand. Additional vendor spaces are still available. Call the borough office at 693-0291 to register. The event is sponsored by Wyoming Borough and the Wyoming Recreation Board.

New scholarships

Wyoming Area School District is beginning to make plans for its fourth annual Scholarship & Award Celebration, which on May 23, 2013. Any civic organization, business, athletic group, individuals or families that would like to offer a scholarship or graduation award is welcome to join the Celebration. For further information and/or help in developing an award/ scholarship, call Mrs. Rabel in the guidance office at 655-2836 ext. 2339.

Tax collector

George L. Miller, tax collector, announces the Wyoming Area school taxes have been mailed. The rebate period is until

The final presentation will be held at 10:30 a.m. at St. Monica’s and at 7 p.m. in the St. Anthony Center on Tuesday, Aug. 28. The topic for this week’s presentation is “World Without End – The Last Things.” For more information, call: St. Monica’s at 6931991 or St. Barbara’s at 6542103. No registration is needed. St. Monica’s sweatshirt/t-shirt sale is still underway and offers red t-shirts at $10, crew sweatshirts at $18, hooded sweatshirts at $26 and zip-up hooded sweatshirts at $30. These are available in both youth and adult sizes. Adult sizes 1X and up will require additional charge. Order forms are at the entrances of each church site. For more information, contact Tom Tomsak at 237-2188. Library news

The Wyoming Free Library now offers Wi-Fi. Bing your laptops and study away. For more information, log onto www.wyominglibrary.org or call 693-1364. The library is located at 358 Wyoming Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Oct. 3 and the face value until Dec. 3. The borough tax penalty period will be honored through December. Office hours during rebate are from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. It is the property owner’s responsibility to forward tax bills to their financial institution for payment. If a receipt is requested, residents are asked to include a self addressed stamped envelope with payment. For appointments, call 6553801 or 655-7782 ext. 232. Birthday notes

Ralph Francello, Julian Campenni, August 26; Lauren Langan, Corey Popovich, Aug. 27; Shaylan Ortiz, Aug. 30; Andrew Yakobitis, Sept. 1.


PITTSTON AREA FOOTBALL

O-line development job one By JACK SMILES

jsmiles@psdispatch.com

Pittston Area tailbacks Justin Wilk, left, and Kyle Gattuso, flank quarterback James Emmett

you don’t know what’s going to happen week to week. Berwick is going to be very good. Crestwood, Dallas, WVW, Coughlin.” ON OFFENSE

The Patriots play a mulit-pro offense. Barrett said the offense passed about 35 percent of its plays last season. “We want to pass enough that they have to honor it, but we have to establish that we can run the ball. Again if we solidify the offense line we’ll be very competitive. Things can change is a week if there are injuries, but going into Friday’s scrimmage at Dunmore the likely starting quarterback for the opener at Abington

Heights at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1 is Junior James Emmett, 6-0, 185. The tailbacks are last season’s top ball carrier 5-8, 175 senior Justin Wilk and 5-8, 155 sophomore Kyle Gattuso. Rotating fullbacks are 6-0, 230 senior Mark Romanczuk, 5-9, 205 junior RJ Haas and 510, 180 junior Hassan Maxwell Tight ends are 5-10, 165 sophomore Joe Montini and 5-10, 175 senior Sam Falcone. Chris Cummings is out with an injury. Senior Joe Starinsky, 5-7, 160, is at flanker with 5-9, 160 senior Mike Chisdock at wideout On the right side of the offensive line are 5-11, 270 sopho-

more Brandon Goodlavage and 6-2, 280 senior Anthony Haughton. Nick Dougal, a 5-10, 195 pound senior is at center. On the left side are tackle 6-0, 210 junior Mike Hughes and 5-10, 205 guard Eric Danaher. ON DEFENSE

Projected as linebackers Sam Falcone, Hughes and Maxwell and 5-8, 180 freshman Carmen Falcone Danaher and Haughton will play defensive tackles with 5-9, 210 senior Joe Giambra between them at nose. The DBs are corners Joe Starinsky and Gattuso and safeties

Mike Schwab and Steve Starinsky. Derrick Donoto is the punter and place kicker. OUTLOOK

It’s all but impossible to predict a record for the Patriots, but as Coach Barrett said they expect to be competitive. They were 3-7 last year, but were in most of their games late. As said, they have some tools, but the oline must develop rather quickly for the Patriots to go .500 or better. See PA schedule on page 46

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Though the Patriots were 3-7 in Mike Barrett’s debut as head coach last season, in the context of coming off an 0-10 season and beating Wyoming Area that 3-7 isn’t as bad as it sounds. There were even upsides to some of the losses. “I thought the team made great strides,” Barrett said. “I really do. There were three other games where we led the game late against Dallas and Berwick and in tough overtime game against Williamsport. It literally came down to nine minutes where we could have been 6-4 potentially and been a playoff team. I tell the kids we have to get that nine minutes back.” To do that the biggest challenge for Barrett and his staff is to develop an offensive line. “We have enough kids returning at the skilled positions and defensively. Our big question mark is going to be the offensive line. We lost a good majority of them. We potentially have a very athletic line, but inexperienced. If we get the line solidified and do well early we can be very competitive.” Asked about George Curry’s return to Berwick, Barrett said, “I think it’s great. I was with another older gentleman Frank Pazzaglia for a long time at Valley View and he has more energy then any of the young guys out there including myself. Curry is a great individual, a great football coach and he’s got as much fire as he ever did. I really think he’s going to bring the life back to Berwick again.” Barrett used a line from a friend to describe what it’s like playing in the WVC Division 1. “A friend of mine said, ‘Jeez it’s like playing in the SEC week in and week out.’ There’s just so much talent out there and the teams are so well coached that

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W YO M I N G A R E A FO OT BA L L

Early games key to season-long success By JOHN ERZAR

jerzar@timesleader.com

No team had a bigger obstacle last season than Wyoming Area. The flood of September inundated much of West Pittston and parts of Exeter surrounding the team’s stadium, affecting some members of the program. The Warriors pitched in to help out when they could as they had one game cancelled and another shifted from home to away on the schedule. Yet, Wyoming Area endured to make it to the District 2 Class 2A championship game for the first time since 2006. The Warriors have an excellent chance of getting back there and, perhaps, unseating two-time defending champ GAR. “It’s important for us to get off to a good start,” Wyoming Area coach Randy Spencer said. “The schedule makers weren’t very kind. We have a very good (Scranton) Prep team coming in here. … I’ve impressed on these guys we have to play a playofftype game week one. Then we have to go to Mid Valley to play a good football team. So we have to get off on the right foot.” The Warriors

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ON OFFENSE

Senior Nick O’Brien is arguably the most dynamic playmaker in the WVC. He can run, throw and catch – giving the Warriors to ability to line up their starting quarterback anywhere on the field. That flexibility allows other players to do the same. Quarterback Jordan Zezza and running backs Zack Lanunziata and Cody Schmitz won’t be pigeonholed into their roster positions. That will get promising receivers Kyle Davis and Dylan Pegg on the field. This group probably won’t put up big individual numbers, but its collective input will be the way to judge it. “Our last two games, Jordan actually played more quarterback than Nick,” Spencer said. “We’re fortunate to have that situation so we can get Nick where we need him at times.” A couple things are certain at the skill positions. Veteran Trent Grove will be a mainstay at tight

From left, WA quarterbacks, Kyle Borton, Nick O’Brien and Jordan Zezza

end, while sophomore Jeff Skursky, who rushed for 440 yards and nine TDs, will continue to batter opponents from the backfield. Marty Michaels, who like Skursky played varsity as a freshman last season, also figures into the ball carrying duties. The Warriors have three veterans in the trenches – senior tackle Carl Zielinski and senior guard/tackles Joe Erzar and Joe Taylor. About a half dozen guys were looking to fill the other two spots. “The young guys are talented,” Spencer said. “They just haven’t cut their teeth yet.” Like the skill player, the lineman will be versatile and move from various position to create the best matchups against a specific opponent.

ON DEFENSE

Wyoming Area has traditionally had a strong defense. Last season was a mixed bag for the unit. It played well in a fivegame stretch against obvious underdog opponents, but was leaky against better competition. The Warriors’ final game of the season in the District 2 Class 2A championship contest was a prime example. They scored 44 points, but lost 53-44 to GAR. The remedy could come with experience as seven starters return. The line has familiar players on the edges with Erzar, Grove, Taylor and Zielinski. There is also depth at nose tackle with Matt Dimick, Tyler Resciniti and David Vincent. Skursky returns as a big thumper at inside linebacker, something that wasn’t always present in recent seasons. He and Mi-

chaels inside mean the spot will be in good hands for three more seasons. Davis, Lanunziata and Mike Lumley will work on the outside, although Grove might see time there as well. And Lanunziata might bump back to the secondary to join veterans O’Brien, Schmitz and Zezza as well as Pegg. “If we have a team put the ball in the air, we feel pretty good about our skill guys back there,” Spencer said. OUTLOOK

The Warriors fell just short of the WVC Division 2A-A and D2-2A titles last season. They have the talent to make a good run at both once again. They have two 2011 district qualifiers to start the season, so it’s imperative they come out ready to play.

Wyoming Area

All games 7 p.m. Fridays Aug 31 vs. Scranton Prep Sept 7 at Mid Valley Sept. 14 at Lake Lehman Sept 21 vs. Hanover Sept. 28 at Nanticoke Oct. 5 at Holy Redeemer Oct 12 vs. Meyers Oct 19 vs. GAR Oct. 26 vs. Northwest Nov. 2 at Pittston Area Pittston Area

Sept 1 at Abington (Sat 1 p.m.) Sept 7 at Scranton Sept 14 vs. Crestwood Sept. 21 Vs. Tunkhannock Sept. 28 vs. Hazleton Oct. 6 at Dallas (Sat 1 p.m.) Oct 12 at Coughlin Oct. 19 vs Berwick Oct 26 at Valley West Nov. 2 vs. Wyoming Area


HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

McAndrew, Stravinski set PA team right By JACK SMILES

jsmiles@psdispatch.com

Two days into the first week of fall practice Pittston Area did not have a girls volleyball coach and the program was in jeopardy. Then PA athletic director Charlie Turco ran into Paul Stravinski, PA class of 2010, who was captain of the Lady Patriots 2009 team. He asked her if she knew anyone who would coach the team. Stravinski called her friend Danielle McAndrew, who was a senior when Stravinski was a freshman and had trained her as a setter. They agreed to coach the team, with McAndrew as head coach and Stravinski as assistant. When the new coaches met with the team late in the first week of practice, they were only nine girls signed up, only four with experience. Within days there were 18 girls out. With the influx of new girls the program will play a JV schedule. How did they do it? “Well,” McAndrew said, “as soon as I found out we got the job, we wasted no time. I called the nine I had numbers for and told them to tell anyone who was interested even if they did not have a physical yet. Then we set up a Facebook group with an open forum to help spread the word, which really helped.” McAndrew doesn’t have any volleyball coaching experience, but she played under some good ones, notably Jorge Alonzo, and she’s taking guidance from that. She’s also focusing on condition-

Coaches Danielle McAndrew, left, and Paula Stravinski, flank players, Jackie Rabender, Celes Owen, Kaitlyn Simyan and Ciera Smith.

ing, which was lax in the past. Practice doesn’t begin until the girls have run a lap around the high school campus perimeter. The most experienced players are seniors Tiffany Smith and Samantha Resilavage. Other players to watch out for are Jackie Rabender, Alia Gestl, Irene Maydon, Kaitlyn Simyan, Ciera Smith, and Cales Owen, a 6footer from the basketball team who they are developing into a hitter. “Since we had a very late start

to this season,” McAndrew said, “Our plan is to make the least amount of mistakes and to focus on developing a solid foundation to build the program. We are taking it one day at a time and developing positive fundamentals that each player needs. I think with an intense amount of hard work, dedication, and genuine grace we can make this the best season Pittston Area has had in a while. I also believe that my experience as a player and a teacher will be beneficial to the program.”

The Lady Patriots have a tough opener on Friday against fivetime defending District 2 AA champion Holy Redeemer in Wilkes-Barre. Wyoming Area volleyball will be previewed next week. The Lady Warriors open on September 5. Pittston Area

Aug 31 at Holy Redeemer Sept. 4 vs. Nanticoke Sept. 6 at Tunkhannock Sept 10 vs. Dallas

Sept 12 vs. Valley West Sept. 17 at Wyoming Area Sept. 19 vs. Lake Lehman Sept 24 at Del Val Sept 27 vs. GAR Sept 29 at North Pocono Oct. 2 vs. Berwick Oct. 4 at MMI Oct. 9 at Coughlin Oct 11 vs. Meyers Oct 16 at Hazleton Oct. 18 vs. Crestwood Oct 22 at Hanover

Autism events Sept. 7 and 9 at Emanon CC Walk and golf tournament to raise money for S.A.F.E.

Emanon Country Club is hosting two events for Autism to benefit S.A.F.E. (Serving Autism and Families Everywhere.) First up on Friday, September 7 is the third annual Emanon Walks for Autism. Registration is from 4 p.m. to 5. There are three levels. Walk all

18 holes for Championship Level. The First Flight is a walk of the top 9 holes; the Second Flight is the top 4 holes The adult cost is $20 for the walk and an all-u- can eat pasta dinner, $10 for the walk only and $10 for the dinner only. For children it’s $10, $5 and $5. Live entertainment will be

provided by Jeremy the DJ and Karaoke. The annual Emanon Day Golf Tournament to benefit S.A.F.E. is Sunday, September 9 at Emanon. The tournament is held under the auspices of the Emanon Board of Directors, its Golf Committee, and Tony and Mildred Petrucci to raise money

for S.A.F.E. In past years it has proven to be a tremendous success and everyone is hoping for the same result this year. The tournament format is Captain and Mate and is open to all golfers. The cost for each 2man team is $100 including cart. Prizes will be awarded, re-

freshments will be provided on the course and dinner will be served at the Clubhouse. Tee times are available by calling Pro Shop at 388-6112. Anyone wishing to sponsor a hole ($30) or just give a cash donation to the cause can contact Mildred Petrucci at Modern Market, Exeter at 654-7031.


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HIGH SCHOOL GOLF

Patriots defeat Warriors for first Bridge point In a non-league match on Tuesday, Pittston Area cruised to a victory over Wyoming Area 167-177 as the Patriots’ Matt Carroll and the Warriors’ Zach Mulhern each carded a 39 at the par-35 Fox Hill on Tuesday morning. Ryan Tracy posted a 40 for the Patriots, who took the first Bridge award point of the school year with the win. Pittston Area: Matt Carroll 39; Ryan Tracy 40; Chris Lynch 41; Connor Mitchell 47 Wyoming Area: Zach Mulhern 39; Courtney Melvin 45; Madelin Wharton 47; Colin Herron 46 Coughlin 155, PA 159

Coughlin improved to 2-0 on the season with a hard-fought 154-159 win over Pittston Area on Wednesday at Wilkes-Barre Municipal in a Wyoming Valley Conference golf match. The Crusaders’ Mike Post was the medalist, shooting a 37. Chris Lynch led Pittston Area with a 39. COU:Mike Post 37, Shamus Gartley 39, Daulton Lentini 39, Alex Anderson 39 PA:Chris Lynch 39, Ryan Tracy 41, Calvin O’Boyle 41, Matt Carroll 48.

Ryan Tracey has a long putt for par on No.3 against the Warriors.

PA’s Chris Lynch eyes his chip shot against the Warriors.

Pittston Area 155, Tunkhannock 172

Chris Lynch took the medal for theP atriots carding a 36 in the WVC opener for both teams on Monday at Fox Hill. Brent Christy led the Tigers with a 41. Pittston Area: Chris Lynch 36; Ryan Tracy 37; Matt Carroll 40; Calvin O’Boyle 42 Tunkhannock: Brent Christy 41; Jake DeWitt 43; Race Sick 44; Sean Soltysiak 44

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Wyoming Area 156, GAR 203

Zach Mulhern’s medalist round of 35 helped pace Wyoming Area past GAR at Hollenback. WA: Zach Mulhern 35, Madeline Wharton 38, Collin Herron 41, Courtney Melvin 42.

WA’s Courtney Melvin chips from 40-feet for a birdie attempt. TONY CALLAIO FOR THE SUNDAY DISPATCH

WA’s Madeline Wharton sinks a 2-foot putt.

PA southpaw, Matt Carroll has a left to right putt on No.3 at Fox Hill


Lady Warriors edge Lady Patriots for openers By TONY CALLAIO Dispatch correspondent

Patriots lost to Wyoming Sem on Thursday, 5-0. This week both teams will have three matches with PA at home with Berwick on Monday, Coughlin Wednesday and Tunkhannock Friday. WA hosts Holy Redeemer on Monday, Wyoming Seminary on Wednesday are at MMI Friday.

Clockwise from top left, WA’s Anna Thomas squarely hits a backhand in her defeat of PA’s Tatiana Supinski in 3-sets after losing the first, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. Pittston Area’s Tatiana Supinski steps in to hit a backhand in her match against WA’s Anna Thomas. WA’s Kiersten Grillo hits a backhand return in her match over PA’s Haleigh Zurek. PA’s Haleigh Zurek hits a forehand in the second set against WA’s Kiersten Grillo. Grillo defeated Zurek in 2-sets.. PHOTOS BY TONY CALLAIO

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In sports the big game are usually played last, like baseball’s World Series, football’s Super Bowl or … Wyoming Area – Pittston Area. Not this year in tennis. WA – PA played the first match of the season in West Pittston. On paper, both teams were even and it held true to form with the deciding factor being the last contest at No.2 doubles. The WA team of Samantha Williams/ Maddy Ambruso defeated Rosemay Ritsick/Claudia Shandra 7-6, 6-2 to take the third and deciding match, defeating the Lady Pats, 3-2. The Warriors got back the Bridge Award point that the PA golf team won that morning. “The No.2 doubles victory came down to serving and being a bit more consistent with ground-strokes,” said Tiffany Callaio, first-year coach for the Warriors. PA’s Miranda Warunek, a senior, had a battle with Valerie Bott, also a senior, at No.1 before Warunek took the match in three-sets, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0. Pittston Area’s No.1 doubles team of Alicia Chopyak/Mikhaela Moher defeated Julia Gober/Julia Banas in straight sets. WA’s other two victories saw Kiersten Grillo downing Haleigh Zurek, 6-2, 6-2 at No.2 singles and at No.3 singles Anna Thomas defeated Tatiana Supinski in a tough three-set match, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. “It was exciting to get my first match win and to do it against the hometown rivalry is always special,” added Callaio. “But, I was more excited to for my girls because it was their first win. The majority of my team never played a competitive match before, but Coach Collins is a very competitive person and I knew whatever line-up she had for us was going to be tough.” WA won their second match of the week win at Tunkhannock, 3-2. That match also came down the No.2 doubles with Williams and Ambruso pulling off a straight set victory. Other victories against Tunkhannock were No.1 Bott in three-sets and Grillo at No.2 in straight sets. The Lady

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HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

Girls teams ‘fall’ back into action Friday By JACK SMILES

jsmiles@psdispatch.com

If it seems like the Wyoming Valley Conference girls soccer season just ended, that’s because it did. It was just three months ago that the Wyoming Area and Pittston Area soccer teams lost playoff games putting an end not only to their seasons, but to girls spring soccer in the Wyoming Valley Conference. This school year, as mandated by the PIAA, girls soccer is a fall sport state-wide. The alignment of the conference has been radically altered, too. Last year there were four divisions and PA, D-3, and WA, D-4, were both division champions. Now there is one big 17team league. PA and WA play each of the other teams once giving them 16-game schedules. They play each other on October 1 under the lights at Jake Sobeski Stadium. PA coach Nicole Tieso welcomes the switch to fall. “We did lose some players with the move to fall, but we also gained some players. Fortunately for us, our numbers were not impacted as much as they were for some teams. The move to the fall is actually a nice change that I feel will improve the overall quality of play.” Another advantage is better weather “The girls’ soccer teams are no longer stuck in a gym trying to work on skills and game strategy. It was really nice to be able to condition outside and get on the field the first day of practice. Usually we would be lucky to get on the field the week before our first game due to the weather. So overall, the move to the fall did have some downfalls, but thankfully, it is not having a large negative impact on us.” WA coach Mike Sokolas said it move hasn’t impacted his team a lot, either. “We lost Abby Schwerdtman a starter (field hockey) and we lost three others who didn’t play much. We gained Nicole Cumbo from softball.” Both teams open on the road Friday, PA at Lake Lehman and WA at Hanover.

Pittston Area

Key returning players from last season’s 11-4 team are senior goal keeper, Jordan Cumbo; sophomore forward Allie Barber, who had a break out season as a goal-scorer last season; sophomore defenders Katelyn Pugliese and Megan Karuzie and sophomore midfielders Madison Cardinal and Carly Filipski. While the Lady Patriots have as much returning varsity-experienced players as they’ve had in years, they are still a young team, with players who will have to adjust and mesh in new roles. As to an overall outlook, Tieso said the new schedule will be a challenge. “We will be looking to build off of the season that we had last year. We are returning strong players on offense and defense. This season we will be looking to both the upperclassmen and the underclassmen to step into leadership roles since we will be a very young team overall. “All of the players have been working hard during the preseason, and they have been working very well together. This season will be very competitive. All of the teams in the WVC will be playing each other once. If we can continue to work well as a team and mesh on and off the field, we should be competitive in all of our games and make it back to the district playoffs, which is ultimately our team goal for the season.” Wyoming Area

With eight starters returning Wyoming Area, 11-3-1, last season is an experienced team looking to get even better, even if that doesn’t mean, given the new conference set up, a better record. “We’re looking to compete at a higher level than we did last season,” coach Mike Sokolas said. “We had a good season last year, but we believe we have the talent and depth to be even better. We’ve improved our depth on defense, solidified our midfield, and should have a pretty good offense. We’ve added some key pieces this season like Alee Pettit, Claudia Waltz and Sara Flannelly and we return 8 full-time starters and a few part-time start-

WA girls soccer seniors, Kneeling: Jordan Chiavacci. Standing: Marissa Charney, Val Bott, Alyssa Belotti, Jenn Bone, Emily Shemanski, Lizz Jones. Absent: Nina Meighan Below, Pittston Area soccer seniors, from left, Marina Sell, Tiana Stull, Jordan Cumbo, Taylor Stull and Antonette Scialpi

ers.” Key players are forwards Myiah Custer, Valerie Bott and Jenn Bone; mids Lizz Jones, Claudia Waltz, Sara Flannelly, Alee Pettit, defenders Sam Acacio and Amanda Gallagher, and goalie Jordan Chiavacci, who, Sokolas is improved. “This will be second full season in goal, she has really developed nicely and she showed that in the Patriot Cup. Myiah Custer is set to have what could be a breakout year at forward, and Alee Pettit has the potential to be a 1st team all-star in the backfield in her freshman year. “The girls are doing their job, they’re working hard and really grasping my system. We’ve got a lot of moving parts, it becomes my job to make sure they’re put together properly. My new staff

this season has been great with helping me put the puzzle together. The staff this season includes Carlos Fernandes (former Jr. High WA Coach), Sam Fuller (former WA Boys Varsity Coach), and Michelle Mezick ( a former player at Misericordia). Wyoming Area Senior Night is October 1 vs. Pittston Area at Jake Sobeski Stadium. Senior Night Ceremonies are at 6:30 p.m. and the game starts at 7. Wyoming Area

Aug. 31 at Hanover Sept. 4 at Nanticoke Sept. 6 at GAR Sept. 8 vs. Wyoming Sem Sept. 10 vs. Holy Redeemer Sept 13 vs. Hazleton Sept 17 vs. Berwick Sept 19 vs. Coughlin Sept. 25 at Meyers

Sept 28 vs. Crestwood Oct 1 vs. PA (7 p.m.) Oct. 4 vs. Lake Lehman Oct 6 at Valley West Oct. 8 at Dallas Oct 12 at MMI Oct 17 at Tunkhannock Pittston Area

Aug 31 PA at Lake Lehman Sept. 4 vs. Holy Redeemer Sept. 6 PA at Wyoming Sem Sept. 8 PA at Dallas Sept. 10 vs. MMI Sept 13 vs. Hanover Sept. 15 at Meyers Sept 17 vs. Crestwood Sept 19 vs. Berwick Sept 24 at Coughlin Sept 28 at Tunkhannock Oct. 1 at WA Oct 5 vs. Hazleton Oct 9 at GAR Oct. 12 vs. Nanticoke Oct. 15 vs. Valley West


H I G H S C H O O L B OYS S O CC E R

New Warriors coach is ‘happy as can be’ By JACK SMILES

jsmiles@psdispatch.com

The high school boys soccer season gets going Friday with Hanover at Wyoming Area and Lake Lehman at Pittston Area. There are three divisions in WVC boys soccer. Division 1 is Dallas, Coughlin, Crestwood, Valley West, Hazleton and Lake Lehman. Division 2 is Pittston Area, Tunkhannock, Wyoming Sem, Holy Redeemer, Meyers Division 3 is Wyoming Area, Hanover, Berwick, MMI, GAR, Nanticoke. Division 2 plays one game against all teams over the three divisions. Division three play in division home and Away and cross over for one game against the Division 2 teams. PA and WA play on Sept. 21. Wyoming Area For first-year boys soccer coach Nick Hufford, his Wyoming Area gig this season is his first as a varsity coach. He does have plenty of soccer experience though, as a four-year player at Wyoming Valley West and junior high assiatnt and head coach at Hanover Area from 2006 to 2008 and for travel teams. He was a college caliber player after he graduted WVW, but didn’t play in college due to injuries. His assiatnt coach is Pat Cook. Mike Sokolas, the girls head coach, also helps out. Hufford, 28, is a computer science teacher at Valley West. He said getting hired at WA was kind of a whirlwind. “I saw the opening, applied, was interviewed and the next thing I know I was hired. I’m as happy as can be.” Hufford said he’s been a student of the game since he stopped playing. He said he like to play a college style 4-4-2 zone without a stopper which is a little unusual in the WVC. “We are a young team and there will be some growing pains. However, it has been our goal since day one to compete and win our first division title. We will definitely compete in every game and earn the respect of our opponents. We are setup to compete for a long time with the amount of young talent that we have.” Hufford believes the Warriors’ biggest strength is teamwork. “These guys have come together

WA boys soccer seniors, Jared Jackiewicz, Evan Rider, Brian Mapes, Mike Cipriani. Absent: Mike Harding

and respect each other on and off the field. We are not selfish and the support for each other is great. Our biggest weakness is a lack of experience. As with any young team, they will learn what it takes to compete at high level. Hufford didn’t want to single out key players. “Every player on this team brings something different to the game. That’s what makes this a special group. Where one player may have a weakness, will be another player’s strength. He listed his goals for the program in the future this way. “One, earn respect. Two, win the division. Three, win districts and compete at a state level.” The roster of 25, including nine freshman, shows five seniors: Mike Cipriani, Mike Harding, Jared Jackiewicz, Brian Mapes, Evan Rider. Pittston Area opens Friday at home against Lake Lehman. A preview of PA will run next week. Wyoming Area

Aug 31 vs. Hanover Sept. 4 at Nanticoke

Sept 6 vs. GAR Sept 8 at Wyo Sem Sept. 10 at Holy Redeemer Sept.12 at Berwick Sept.15 vs. Nanticoke Sept.17 at Hanover Sept.21 at PA Sept 24 at GAR Sept 26 at MMI Oct. 1 vs. Berwick Oct. 3 vs. MMI Oct 5 vs. Tunkhannock Oct. 12 vs. Meyers Pittston Area

Aug 31 vs. Lake Lehman Sept. 4 at Holy Redeemer Sept. 10 at MMI Sept.13 at Hazleton Sept.15 vs. Dallas Sept.17 at Crestwood Sept.18 vs. Berwick Sept.21 vs. WA Sept 25 at Coughlin Sept 27 vs. Tunkhannock Oct. 3 at Hanover Oct. 5 at Meyers Oct. 8 vs. Wyo Sem Oct. 10 vs. Valley West Oct 12 at GAR Oct. 15 vs. Nanticoke

A photo from the recent Wyoming Area boys vs. girls game.


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Yatesville to host inaugural championship On September 23 the Yatesville borough park will be the site of the first annual Luzerne County bocce championship. The 18team tournament is expected to draw teams from Scranton, Hazleton, Easton, New Jersey and of course Yatesville. The tournament pairings will be drawn at 8:30 with play to be begin promptly at 9. The event will be a double elimination format. For information on participation or sponsorship opportunities any interested parties can call Guy De Pascale Jr. at 570-5745094 or Phil Bosha at 570-6933942. All participants will receive at commemorative t-shirt and food throughout the day. The top finishers will also receive prize money. The members of the Yatesville bocce league will serve as the unofficial hosts for the tournament. Some members of the league are already referring to the event as the Yatesville Fall Classic. In Thursday’s league action, Roberts’ Repairs won both of their matches to reclaim first place The repairmen are led by “Mr. Consistent” Ralph Campanella, Tony Russo, Harold Kiesinger and Jon Campanella. With only one week remaining in the second half the battle is onto claim a playoff spot. Now is the time of the season when the points accumulated have a bearing on the standings. Should teams finish with same won/loss record the team with higher number of points will claim that position. This scenario is true for all places except first. In the event of a tie for first a one game playoff will break it. Between the playoffs looming around the corner and anticipation of hosting the Luzerne county bocce championship/Yatesville Fall Classic excitement is in the air at Yatesville. Standings..........................Points

Left to right: Guy DePascale, Sr., Doc Campanella, Phil Boscha (co-chair), Joe Zambetti, Sr., Guy DePascale, Jr. (co-chair), Jimmy Blandina. Far left, Guy DePascale, Jr. measures from the bocce ball to the pallino (target ball) for a point. Left, Joe Zambetti, Yatesville, rolls for Atlas Realty.

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Roberts’ Repairs 9-4........ 135 Bassler Equipment 8-5..... 123 Cuz’s Bar & Grill 7-6........120 JetSurge Power Cleaning and Windows7-6 ........................ 120 KWIK ’N EZ Market 7-7 136 Atlas Realty 6-7................ 119 Blandina Apartments 6-8. 133 Old Forge Chiropractic 6-8116 Dyller Law Firm 4-9 ........106

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PITTSTON AREA CHEERLEADING

Cheerleaders rev up Patriot school spirit The Pittston Area cheerleaders, football team and students painted posters to be placed in the lobby of the high school to celebrate the beginning of school and show their school spirit. From left, first row, are Morgan Shea, Nicole Psaila, Trina Davila, Julie Kalinas, Maria Lussi, Alex Cawley, Bridget Starinsky, Kyla Balchune and Shelby Rinaldi. Second row, Anna McDermott, Kaitlynn Wolfram, Jennifer Mataloni, Kiki Erfman, Sam Falcone, James Emmett, Carly Walker, Kayla Vogue, Allie Anastasi, Katrina Lutecki, Hanna Zondlo and Katie Wynn. Third row, Hunter Antal, Christopher Gerrity, Lauren Senese, Leann Para, Marina Maida, Kyle Gattuso and Mike Chisdock.

Cheerleaders send thanks for car wash success The Pittston Area cheerleaders held a car wash at the Pittston Kmart. They girls would like to thank the community and Kmart. Janine Starinsky and Christen Walker were co-chairman of the event.

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The Pittston Area varsity cheerleaders at the car wash are, from left, first row, Norm Welsh, manager of Kmart; Marissa Facciponti, Katrina Lutecki, Samantha Hoban, Tabitha Filipski, Maria Lussi, Lauren Senese, Kaitlynn Wolfram and Kayla Vogue. Second row, Kyla Balchune, Katie Wynn, Trina Davila, Allie Anastasi, Bridget Starinsky, Marina Maida, Nicole Psaila, Leanne Para and Jennifer Mataloni. Pittston Area junior varsity cheerleaders are, from left, first row, Madeline Moss, Camaryn Lokuta, Tynasia Robertson, Shelby Hoffman, Kaitlyn Elgin, Makenzie Paruczek and Krista Vogue. Second row, Kristen Richards, Lizz Scialpi, Amiee Kizer, Gabby Galonis, Kallie Healey, Tatiana Gianacopoulous and Courtney Dougal, Third row, Gina Grossbauer, Michelle Grossbauer, Alex McKitish, Jamie Baker, Jess Borget and Kayli Drager.


Moose Lodge raffling overnight trip to Steelers game The Moose Lodge in West Pittston is selling raffle tickets for an overnight bus trip Oct. 6 and 7 to Pittsburgh that includes a tail gate party and two tickets to the Steelers-Eagles game October 7. Raffle tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the lodge social quarters or from any of the member of the Women of the Moose. The drawing is Sept14 at Moose Lodge 1207 West Pittston. Proceeds will benefit Moose charities. The bus leaves from Kohl’s in Wilkes Barre Meet the soccer Warriors today

Today is Meet the Warriors day for all of Wyoming Area Soccer teams. This event includes the varsity boys and girls teams and the Jr. high team. It will be held in the Wyoming Area Secondary Center cafeteria at 12 PM. Pizza will be served for the players and their families. The parents association is asking junior varsity players to bring a bottle of soda, girls varsity a bag of chips or pretzels, and boys varsity a dessert WA field hockey news

WA Field Hockey will conduct Meet the Lady Warriors on Monday August 27 at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Family and friends are invited to come and kick off the season and meet our new coaching staff. If you have any shredded paper and/or baggies that you can contribute to the confetti sales for the home football games please bring that with you. A brief Parent’s Association meeting will be held following the festivities. There will also be a car wash and Bake Sale on Sept.15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at West Side Auto. Please show your support by attending the festivities on August 27 and purchasing a ticket for the car wash. .

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

WA football back on net The Wyoming Area Football Alumni Association (WAFAA) will sponsor an Internet broadcast of all Wyoming Area Football home games in 2012. Audio and video can be seen and heard live at www.wyomingareafootball.org. Games can be viewed and/or listened to on a home computer or a mobile device like an Ipad or a smart phone. Nick Perugini will be the play-by-play announcer, with Sean Carroll proving color. This is the second year that Wyoming Area will broadcast home football games over the Internet. The broadcasts are viewed by people who can’t attend the games or who are out of town. In particular, favorable comments have been received from football alumni

who are away at college. Last year, individuals from Hawaii, California, Florida, and Tennessee contacted the program during broadcasts. The GARWyoming Area championship game had over 400 viewers. In addition to audio and video, viewers can participate in a real time chat session during the game. Viewers have the ability to chat with the announcers or each other. The broadcast is recorded and can also be watched at a later time. Home games scheduled to be broadcast include Scranton Prep (Aug 31), Hanover (Sep 21), Meyers (Oct 12), GAR (Oct 29), and Northwest Area (Oct 26).

The broadcast team is also looking at providing audio coverage of some away games. This will depend on press box availability at the opponent’s venue. Check www.wyomingareafootball.org for the up to date schedule. In anticipation of the opening game with Scranton Prep, the broadcast team will be putting on a pre-game show on Thursday evening, August 30 at Sabatini’s Pizza on Wyoming Ave in Exeter. There will be interviews with players, coaches and alumni as the Scranton Prep game will be previewed. The broadcast will start at 6:30 p.m. Questions regarding the broadcast can be directed to Nick Perugini at nperugini@aol.com or 905-4041.

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SPORTS BRIEFS

EMANON GOLF

Coleman brothers win Ryder Cup Championship The team of Joe Coleman and Len Coleman won the 2012 Ryder Cup Championship at Emanon Country Cup with a two stroke advantage over Mike Amitia and Rick Barge. The Colemans shot a 4-under par 66 in claiming the title. Championship Flight

1 - Joe Coleman - Len Coleman 66 2 - Mike Amitia - Rick Barge 68 3 - Jerry Stankiewicz - Kevin Stankiewicz69 4 - Ted Matthews - Joe Biago 69 1st Flight

1 - Bob McDonald - John Petrosky 74 2 - Mike Busch - Bob Stesney 74

3 - Joe Gentile - Rob Belza 75 4 - Charlie Shudginis - Joe Dietrick 75 2nd Flight

1 - Mike Yuravich - Bruce Jones 79 2 - John Tracy - Paul Boylan 79 3 - Brian Snell - Jim Pethick 79 4 - Gary Rosencrans - Rob Rosencrans 79

LOCAL GOLF

Bill Yurkon and crew cop Exeter Open Bill Yurkon and crew shot a 60 to win the 46th Annual Exeter Open on August 19 at the Emanon Country Club. Championship flight

1st place: Bill Yurkon and crew, 60. 2nd place Pat Mirabelle and crew, 61.

3rd place Hank Cassatori and crew, 61. 4th place Tom Sadowski and crew, 63. First flight

1st place Bob Hyzenski and crew, 66. 2nd place Clem Parulis and crew, 68. 3rd place Jim Degraba and crew, 69.

4th place Dave John and crew, 70. Second flight

1st place Tony Petrucci and crew, 70. 2nd place Jack Brogan and crew, 70. 3rd place Don Clarke and crew, 74. 4th place Gary Zavacki and crew, 83.

PA football boosters meeting

Pride Mobility’s Meuser excels in triathalon Scott Meuser, the CEO of Pride Mobility in Exeter, was an age group winner in the 31st Wilkes-Barre Triathlon last Sunday at Harvey’s Lake. Meuser did the 1.5K swim in 29:04, the40K bike ride in 1:06:53 and the 11K run in 1:01:35 for a total time of 2:39:21 the best time in the 50-54 age group.

Lou “Bike” Ciampi of Wyoming was 10th in the 40-44 gae group for men with a total time of 2:54.30. Tom Maheady, also from Wyoming, was ninth in the 55-59 male age group with a time of 3:35.16. Michael Dorbad was fifth in the 2024 group in 3:14.41.

Nick Hetro,Wyoming was on the no. 1 relay team as the bike rider with swimmer Egan Mengeringhaus and runner John Martino; John Kearns, West Pittston; and Matthew Kearns, Exeter competed as a relay team.

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The Pittston Area Football Booster club will meet on Monday, August 27 at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Parents are urged to attend. Lottery returns are due. The Pittston Area Football Booster Club will host Meet the Patriots football team, cheerleaders and the band on Wednesday, August 29 at 7 p.m. at the Charlie Trippi Stadium. Parents, students and members of the community are invited to attend, meet the 2012 Patriot teams and show your support!


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JUNIOR FOOTBALL

Pittston at West Pittston in ‘A’ game today By JACK SMILES

jsmiles@psdipatch.com

Three of the four local junior football programs – Duryea, West Pittston and Wyoming/ West Wyoming/Exeter (WWWE) -- are in the Wyoming Valley West Conference. The Pittston Junior Patriots are in the Wyoming Valley Junior Football Conference. The Wyoming Valley Conference is spilt into North and South Divisions of six teams each and 10 of the 12 programs have A level teams. In the Wyoming Valley West Conference only three of the 10 teams – West Pittston Duryea and Plymouth – have A teams. Today Pittston and West Pittston have games against programs without A teams so they arranged to play each other. So there’s an old-fashioned rivalry game today -- Pittston at West Pittston. It will start approximately 2 p.m. after the West Pittston – Swoyersville B game. Last Sunday the Pittston C, B, and A teams lost to the Valley Chiefs, that’s the Conyngham Valley near Hazleton. In the Agame the Junior Patriots won 3022. Today the Pittston B and C teams play Plains at West Park. Last Sunday in the Wyoming Valley West Conference the West Pittston Rams B and C teams both defeated Kingston. For the B team quarterback Patrick Musinski was 1 for 4 passing completion with one 2point conversion.. Dominic DeLuca rushed for over 90 yards with a kick off TD return of 65 yards. DeLuca scored 3 TDs, Cameron Carr had 1 TD and Daniel Wiedl had three 2-point coversions. Rams had strong defense behind the blocking of FJ Braccini, Dante Bovani, Colby Thomas, Derek Ambrosino and center Josh Guilford. Duryea spilt the B and C games with Kingston Township and won the D game.

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WVJFC North Division

Hanover Mini Hawks Heights Packers Pittston Junior Patriots Plains Yankees

WP Rams A team player Jonathan Fernandes runs the ball during a non-conference game against the Freeland Whippets. Below, Dominic DeLuca handing off to FB FJ Braccini for a 5 yard gain and a 1st down.

S. Scranton Steelers S. W-B Mini Mohawks South Division

Freeland Whippets Lehman Junior Knights Mountaintop Blitz Nanticoke Junior Trojans Northwest Jets Valley Chiefs Pittston Schedule

Aug 19 Pittston at Valley (L) Aug 26 Plains at Pittston Sept 2 Pittston at Hanover Sept. 9 Pittston at Heights See JUNIOR FOOTBALL, Page 57


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Sept 23 S. Wilkes-Barre at Pittston Sept 30 Pittston at Nanticoke Oct. 7 Mountaintop at Pittston Oct 14 Playoffs round one Oct. 21 Playoffs round two Oct 28 Super Bowl at Nanticoke The Wyoming Valley West Conference programs are Duryea, West Pittston, WWWE, Kingston, Swoyersville, Kingston Twp (KT), Ed-Lark, Back Mountain, Dallas, Plymouth. Only three programs – West Pittston, Back Mountain and Plymouth -- have A teams, so West Pittston will play four Conference games two each against Plymouth and Back Mountain. The rest of the A schedule is filled out with non-league games including today against Pittston at West Pittston. Schedule for local teams

Aug 19 B Duryea 34 KT 0 WP 40 Kingston 8 WWWE 42 Swoyersville 6 C KT 20 Duryea 8 WP 36 Kingston 8 WWWE 30 Swoyersville 8 D Swoyersville 28 WWWE 18 Aug 26 Ed Lark at WWWE Swoyersville at W. Pittston

Kingston at Duryea Sept 2 WWWE at Plymouth Duryea at W. Pittston Sept 9 Dallas at WWWE W. Pittston at KT Ed Lark Duryea Sept 16 KT at WWWE Plymouth at Duryea W. Pittston at Ed Lark Sept 23 Back Mountain at W. Pittston Duryea at WWWE Sept. 30 WWWE at Back Mountain Dallas at W. Pittston Duryea at Swoyersville Oct 7 Kingston at WWWE Duryea at Dallas W. Pittston at Plymouth Oct 14 WWWE at West Pittston Back Mountain at Duryea Oct 21 Playoffs first round Oct 28 Superbowl

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JR. Football

West Pittston A non-league schedule

Aug. 11 at West Side Falcons (L) Aug. 19 vs. Freeland (W) Aug. 26 vs. Pittston Sept 2 vs. Mt. Top Sept 9 vs Old Forge (site TBD) Sept. 16 vs. Taylor (site TBD) Oct 14 vs. Back Mountain (Second game)

TOP PHOTO ON OPPOSITE PAGE, ABOVE AND LEFT PHOTOS BY TONY CALLAIO. OTHERS SUBMITTED.

Above, A player for the Freeland Whippets is taken down by Rams A team players Darius Brown, Jonathan Fernandes and Anthony Shaver. Below left, Dominic DeLuca on a 30 yard run. Below right, Jake Greenfield running the ball in for a two point conversion during the West Pittston Rams/Kingston Huskies C Team game.

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All students arriving by bus should enter through the above assigned entrances for the first day only. The students will follow the arrival and departure plan listed after the first day of school. Parents and Guardians should leave their children at the school entrance. Parents/Guardians should not escort their children to the classrooms.

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ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE (Beginning the second day of school) Student arrival times are 8:30 to 8:50 a.m. Any student transported by bus or car and all walkers must go directly to the cafeteria between 8:30 to 8:45 a.m. Students will be released to their homerooms at 8:45 a.m. Parents transporting their children to school are to drop off K-4 students on Linden Street to allow entrance at the Wyoming Avenue entrance. Grades 5 will also be dropped off on Linden Street. Grades 5 will walk to the front of the school to enter through the Montgomery Avenue entrance. All walkers may enter through the Montgomery Avenue or Warren Street entrance. After the first day of school, all bus students will enter through the Montgomery Avenue entrance. Parents should not drop off or pick up students on Montgomery Avenue. Buses and school vans will pick up on Montgomery Avenue. Students will be released to their homerooms at 8:45 a.m. TENTH STREET ELEMENTARY ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE Student arrival times are 8:30 to 8:50 a.m. Parents transporting their children to and from school are to use the Tenth Street main entrance. At dismissal, grades 1-6 walkers will use the Dennison Street cafeteria doors and the Kindergarten walkers will be dismissed through the Dennison Street Kindergarten doors. All bus riders will arrive and depart through the back doors – doors #1 and #3.

REPORTING PROCEDURES Kindergarten students will report directly to their rooms. Grades 1-4 will report to the cafeteria for room assignment. Grades 5 and 6 will report to the gym for room assignment. Teachers will be available to direct students to assigned areas. Parents are asked to leave their children at the entrance. JOHN F. KENNEDY ELEMENTARY REPORTING PROCEDURE Student arrival times are 8:30 – 8:50 All students will enter the school through the main entrance and will be directed to the appropriate areas for assignment. Grades 2 – 3 will proceed to the library. Grade 1 will meet in the area outside the library. Kindergarten students will report directly to their rooms. Teachers will meet each group of students. Kindergarten students will receive their teacher assignment at the building orientation visit. JOHN F. KENNEDY ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE After the first day of school, students will enter the building through the front door. Students will be sent to their homerooms from the cafeteria and Art room. Buses drop off and pick up on Penn Avenue. Bus students are dismissed through the EAst end doors of the school. Parents may drop car riders on Memorial Street and walk them to the door. After school, parents are asked to park on Memorial Street. Parents will proceed to the main entrance to meet their car riders. Parking in front of the school is for buses and school vans only. SARAH J. DYMOND ELEMENTARY REPORTING PROCEDURES Student arrival times are 8:30 to 8:50 p.m. Grades K, 1, 2 will enter the new addition closest to the main entrance and will meet in the hallway to be assigned a teacher. Grades 3, 4, 5 will report to the cafeteria using the main entrance. Teachers will escort stu-

Wyoming Area guidance counselors, Brian Butler, left, and Robbie Yatsko look over student schedules before next week's opening day.

dents to the assigned classrooms. After the first day of school, all students will enter the building through the main entrance. All other doors will remain locked. MORE INFORMATION For more information, call Montgomery Avenue Elementary at 654-1404, Sarah J. Dymond Elementary at 388-6527, Tenth Street Elementary at 6931914 or J.F.K. Elementary at 6552146. Homeroom assignments

Wyoming Area Secondary Center Administration Vito Quaglia and Mrs. Cathy Ranieli announce the homeroom assignment listing for students in grades 7 through 12 at the Wyoming Area Secondary Center, Memorial Street, Exeter. Wyoming Area Secondary Center session for the 2012-2013 school year will begin Wednesday, Aug. 29. All students, with exception of the seventh-grade students, will report to their assigned homerooms which are listed in this paper. All seventh-grade students will report to the auditorium, which is located on the first floor in the area of the principal’s office. Students in grades 8

through 12 must be in their homerooms by 7:45 a.m. on Aug. 29. All students are listed in homerooms alphabetically. Listed are the sections, the homeroom number, the teacher assigned to the homeroom and then the beginning of the homeroom (first initial and last name of the first and last student in the homeroom) students whose last names fall in between the first and last name of each designated section will be assigned to that homeroom. For more information regarding the homeroom assignments, call the Wyoming Area Secondary Center, Principal’s office at 655-2836, ext. 2361. Assignments are listed below. Any student planning to attend the Secondary Center which includes grades 7 through 12 who has not yet registered should call the registration office at 6552836 ext. 2359. Entrance bell for all students is 7:45 a.m. All students, during the course of the school year, should be in their homerooms by 7:45 a.m. 7:46 is the late bell for all students. Students are dismissed at 2:29 p.m. Also: • School pictures will be taken at Wyoming Area Secondary

Center only on the following days: Wednesday, Sept. 5 – Seventh and eighth grades; Thursday, Sept. 6 – Ninth and 10th grades; Friday, Sept. 7 – 11th grade. Make-up day will be Friday, Sept. 7. • REMINDER: - Clear backpacks are required for all students K-12. • Wyoming Area homeroom assignments 2012-2013 school year SEVENTH GRADE Section 7-01 - Room 207, Mr. Kennedy, B.Al-Salem - K. Chromey Section 7-02 - Room 209, Mrs. S. Latona, B.Ciampi - J.Esposito Section 7-03 - Room 213, Mr. Pasquariello, G.Federici - J.Hogan Section 7-04 - Room 210, Mr. Speece, S.Holweg - M.Mapp Section 7-05 - Room 211, Mrs. Esposito, M.Marcy - A.Parent Section 7-06 - Room 225, Mrs. Litwin, J.Parente - N.Semanek Section 7-07 - Room 214, Ms. Brzozowski, S. Sepko - S.Thorek Section 7-08 - Room 132, Ms. Gillespie, T.Thorpe - A.Zurn See WYOMING, Page 59


August 24, 2012 Emerson H. Ramage, 95, of West Pittston, passed away Friday, August 24, 2012 in The United Methodist Homes, Wesley Village Campus, Pittston. Born in West Pittston, December 16, 1916, son of the late Carl and Anna Price Ramage. He was a graduate of West Pittston High School and the Wharton School of Finance. He was retired from WILK Radio where he was employed as Business Manager and Controller. He was a Past Master and 50 year member of Valley Masonic Lodge # 499. Emerson was a member of the former Luzerne Avenue Baptist Church where he was a member of the M&M Class, served as a Deacon and Trustee, and sang in the Choir. He served on the Board of Directors of the Pittston YMCA and United Way of Luzerne County. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marion Reed Ramage; an infant daughter; Carol Ramage; a son, John Ramage; grandsons, Nathan Hemperly and Kyle Ramage; a brother, Carl Ramage. Surviving are his daughter, Patricia Miller and her husband David, Roaring Brook Township; his son, Russell Ramage and his wife Donna,

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EIGHTH GRADE Section 8-01 - Room 205, Mrs. Seiger, E.Ainsworth P.Butera Section 8-02 - Room 215, Mrs. R. Hines, C.Button - M.Denardi Section 8-03 - Room 203, Mrs. Dolman, A.DePietroA.Herrera Section 8-04 - Room 202, Mrs. Menta, M.Higley - C.Lance Section 8-05 - Room 250, Mrs. Bandru, B.Laubach - M. Nelson Section 8-06 - Room 201, Mrs. Lynch, K.Nossavage C.Sakalas Section 8-07 - Room 216, Ms. Callaio, J.Salerno - B.Trapane II Section 8-08 - Room 164, Ms. Aritz, A.Troy - D.Zurn

nend Section 9-03 - Room 184, Mrs. R. Jones, J.P.Driving Hawk - T. Hart Section 9-04 - Room 176, Mrs. Riley, P.Heck - Z.Lahart Section 9-05 - Room 189, Mr. Altavilla, F.Lamb - E.Neil Section 9-06 - Room 194, Mrs. Hulme, K.Nichols - J. Satkowski Section 9-07 - Room 186, Ms. Casale, E.Schneider - K.Sypulski Section 9-08 - Room 178, Mrs. Talaska, M.Tarnalicki C.Zagata TENTH GRADE Section 10-01 - Room 175, Mrs. A. Jones, B.Adamchik K.Burkhardt Section10-02 - Room198, Mr. DeLucca, G.Cardamone - J. Evans-Kaplan Section 10-03 - Room 227, Mr. Grivensky, C.Facciponti R.Hopkins Section 10-04 - Room 113, Mrs. Cecil, N.Hromek - A. Malstrom Section 10-05 - Room 256, Mrs. Roman, J.Mann - J.Palovchak

Albina Amabile Argo August 23, 2012

Albina Amabile Argo, 88, passed away peacefully at Geisinger Wyoming Valley on August 23, 2012. Born on May 9, 1924, in the region of Lombardia Provincia DiBrescia, Italy, she was a daughter of Guiseppe and Maria Zappatini Sciotta. She was the last survivor of 11 siblings, Laurina, Giulia, Emma, Dorotea, Gina, Ida, Dino, Vittorio, Enrico and Gianni. Also preceding her in death was her husband, Samuel Argo, to whom she was wed for 52 years. Surviving are children Samuel (Danny) Argo, Nina Lisa Biscotto; grandchildren, Salvatore Argo, Andrea Argo, Dino Argo, Salvatore Biscotto, Joseph Biscotto; eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, both in the United States and Italy. As a young woman in Italy, during World War II in the

Section 10-06 - Room 188, Mrs. Evans, J.Paluch - A. Romanczuk Section 10-07 - Room 115, Mrs. McAndrew, S.Romanowski - J.Stach Section 10-08 - Room 196, Mrs. Blazick, H.Stackhouse E.Zielen ELEVENTH GRADE Section 11-01 - Room 182, Ms. Argento, S.Acacio - S.Brown Section 11-02 - Room 114, Mr. Gfeller, B.Buckman - L.Delazzari Section 11-03 - Room 197, Mrs. Good, S.Delucca - J.Gober Section 11-04 - Room 263, Mrs. Pikas, K.Gregorio - A.Karsko Section 11-05 - Room 254, Ms. Robaczewski, S.Kaufmann - B.Michael Section 11-06 - Room 231, Mrs. M. Kearns, C.Miller - V.Reno Section 11-07 - Room 261, Mrs. Smiles, T.Resciniti - K.Sokirka Section 11-08 - Room 228, Mrs. Wall, N.Somers - N.Turner Section11-09 - Room 259, Mr. Williams, J.Tyson - J.Zikosky

Nazi Occupation, she worked for the Italian Red Cross, often sounding the air-raid sirens warning of impending bombing raids. She later went on to meet her husband, Samuel, who was part of the American Forces that liberated the city of Brescia, Italy. They were married in Montichiari, Italy, and later settled in Pittston in the year 1947. Albina was a proud parishioner of St. Rocco’s R.C. Church, Pittston, for a majority of her life. She was also a devoted follower of Padre Pio. Albina was active as an organizer with the ILGWU in the late 1940s and into the 1950s. She was employed in the garment industry for 35 years, where she last worked

for Leslie Fay Andy Fashions, Pittston. She was known as “Nona” to her family and friends and will always be remembered for her sunny disposition. Her cannoli and ravioli were the best. She always prepared wonderful Italian feasts during the holidays. Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, from the Graziano Funeral Home Inc. in Pittston Township, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. from St. Joseph Marello Parish (Our Lady of Mount Carmel R.C. Church) Pittston. Interment services will follow at St. Rocco’s R.C. Cemetery, Pittston Township. Viewing hours will be today, August 26, 2012, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. For directions or to submit online condolences, please visit www.grazianofuneralhome.com.

Philip C. Panzetta August 19, 2012 Philip C. Panzetta, 79, of Pittston, passed away at home on Sunday, August 19, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. He was the son of the late Michaelangelo and Mary Latona Panzetta of Pittston Township. Mr. Panzetta was a member of St. Joseph Marello Parish. An Army veteran, he served in the Korean War and was stationed in France. He ended his career as a corporal. He was employed by Gar-Let Manufacturing for 30 years and also Dove Industries. After his retirement, he worked part time at Wal-Mart. Philip is survived by his wife, Mary Morganti Panzetta; brother, James, and his wife, Suzanne, Pittston; sisters, Frances and her husband, Senator Raphael Musto, Pittston Township; Anita Panzetta, also of Pittston Township; and his aunt, Rose Maida, Jenkins Township; as well as brothers and sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Panzetta was preceded in death by his parents and his in-

fant sister, Frances Panzetta. Philip and Mary would have celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on September 17, 2012. The family would like to thank all who helped care for Phil during his illness, especially Dr. David Greenwald and his staff, Dr. Gerald Gibbons and Hospice of the Sacred Heart Nurses. Funeral services along with military honors performed by the AMVets Honor Guard were held on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, from the Graziano Funeral Home Inc., Pittston Township, with a Mass of Christian of Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Marello Parish (Our lady of Mount Carmel Church), William Street, Pittston, with celebrant the Rev. Paul A McDonnell, O.S.J. Interment followed at St. Rocco’s Cemetery, Oak Street, Pittston Township.

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NINTH GRADE Section 9-01 - Room 274, Mrs. Scrobola, R.Acacio - J.Catling Section 9-02 - Room 187, Mr. N. Jones, I.Chandler - J.Dow-

Hockessin, Del.; a daughter-in-law; Donna Kaye Ramage, Victor, N.Y.; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 1 niece; 4 step-grandchildren; 7 step-greatgrandchildren; 1 step-great-great grandchild. The family would like to thank the staff of Wesley Village for their care and compassion throughout the past few years. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at the Howell-Lussi Funeral Home 509 Wyoming Avenue West Pittston. The Rev. Jeff Levy of the Moscow United Methodist Church will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Carverton. Valley Lodge No # 499 will conduct services Monday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent to Valley Lodge #499 building fund for flood restoration, or the West Pittston Library.

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OBITUARIES Richard L. Monteforte

William Sorokin

August 11, 201

August 16, 2012

Richard L. Monteforte, 90, of Pittston, passed away Saturday, August 11, 2012 in Kindred Hospital at WilkesBarre General Hospital. Born November15,1921in Pittston, he was a son of the late Josephine (Curcio) Monteforte and the late Vincent Monteforte. Richard was married to the late Marie A. (Sorci) Monteforte A graduate of Pittston High School, class of 1938, he attended New Jersey Technical Institute. Richard was employed as a draftsman with Bendix Aviation & Honeywell Elevator for 30 years. Surviving him are sons, Richard Monteforte, Freehold, N.J.; Vincent Monteforte, The Villages, Fla.; brothers, Fred Monteforte, Pittston; Leo Monteforte, Pittston; sister, Julia DiStephano, Pittston; grandson, Greg Monte-

forte; granddaughters, Elise Monteforte, Nicole Monteforte; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at St. Joseph Marello Parish (Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Roman Catholic Church) William St., Pittston. Interment was in St. Rocco’s Cemetery, Pittston Township. Arrangements were by the Graziano Funeral Home Inc., Pittston Township. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard’s name to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231.

William Sorokin, 67, of Plains Township, died Thursday, August 16, 2012, in a weather-related boating accident while fishing on Lake Michigan with his friend Ray “Finny” Finholm. Born in Jackson Township, he was a son of the late John and Julia (Novak) Sorokin. Bill was educated in Lake-Lehman schools and the U.S. Naval Air Technical Training Center, Memphis, Tenn., for Aviation Mechanics. He worked as an auto and refrigeration mechanic, was a truck owner and operator and electrician/lineman and dispatcher for Detroit Edison. He recently retired as fleet operations mechanic from Sears Logistics Services, Wilkes-Barre. Bill was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Irem Temple Motor Corps, George M. Dallas Masonic Lodge 531, Lifetime member of ABATE of Pennsylvania, National Rifle Association, Electric City Harley Owners

Group, Boy Scout Troop 146, Jackson Township, and Cub Scout Pack 232, Dallas. Bill enjoyed fishing, hunting, vegetable gardening and the challenge of growing new cultivars of backyard fruit trees. He treated his grandchildren to the Irem Shrine Circus every year and enjoyed making “caaandy apples” as much as the kids enjoyed the vendors cheerfully selling them. Bill took great pride in his many successful creative projects, especially the electrical, plumbing, concrete and structural renovations of his 100+-year-old home in Plains Township. He just completed a three-year renovation of his 30year-old fishing boat, the “Brandi Gee,” in which he died salmon fishing in the waters of Lake Michigan. Had he returned safely from the storm, he was only hours away from

Donna Marie Miscavage

Catherine Comito

August 22, 2012

August 17, 2012

Donna Marie Miscavage, 52, of the Parsons section of Wilkes-Barre, passed away early Wednesday morning, August 22, 2012, after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Born in Wilkes-Barre on February 7, 1960, she was a daughter of Regina (Daley) Yale and the late Edward James Yale. She was a graduate of Coughlin High School, Class of1978, and was employed as a book keeper in the prothonotary’s office at the Luzerne County Courthouse. She was a member of St. Benedict’s Church in Parsons. In addition to her father, Edward, Donna was preceded in death by her father-inlaw, Stanley J. Miscavage. Donna is survived by her mother, Jean, and step-father, William Young, Hunlock Creek; her loving husband of 32 years, Stephen, WilkesBarre; son, Brian, and his wife, Kim, Palmyra; daugh-

ter, Nicole, and her longtime companion, Mike, WilkesBarre; grandchildren, who were her pride and joy, Andrew Fisher, Kaeden Sanchez, Maxwell and Molly Miscavage; brothers, Edward Yale, Wyoming; Richard Yale and his wife, Jeanie, Clarks Summit; sister, Flora Olson, Wilkes-Barre, several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Bednarski & Thomas Funeral Home, 27 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Donna’s memory to the Medical Oncology Prescription Fund, 382 Pierce St., Kingston, PA 18704 or to the Luzerne County SPCA, 524 E. Main St., WilkesBarre, PA 18705.

Catherine Comito, 99, a lifelong resident of the Parsons section of Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Friday, August 17, 2012, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born December 22, 1912, in Wilkes-Barre, a daughter of the late Samuel and Concetta Scrivano Condosta.Catherineandherlatehusband, Joseph operated Comito’s Grocery Store on Scott Street, Parsons, for over 30 years. She was employed in the garment industry and later as a lunch aide at Plains Junior High School. Mrs. Comito was a member of the former Blessed Sacrament Church, Miners Mills. She loved

cooking for her family and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; sons-in-law, Peter Comerota,RobertMeehan;brothers, Albert, Samuel, Daniel Condosta; sisters, Stella Bisulca, Elvira Soluri, Mary Koter; and brother-in-law, Nicholas Comito. Surviving are her daughters, Deanna Comerota, Laflin; Joyce Meehan, Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Robert Meehan, Paul Meehan and his wife, Susan; David Meehan, Catherine Meehan, Peter Comerota and his wife, Stacy, Joseph Comero-

closing on the purchase of his next project, a 3-acre horse farm in Ludington, Mich., along the shores of Lake Michigan, where he planned to retire permanently. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Alex and John Sorokin; and sister, Mary McGlynn. Surviving are his daughter, Amy Huntington, and her husband, Dr. Richard Huntington, Dallas; son, William A. Sorokin Sr., and his wife, Sharon, Harding; grandchildren, Anthony, Christopher, Michael and Marigrace Cecelia Huntington; Brandi Marie and William A. Sorokin Jr.; sister, Kathryn Mezaber, Old Bridge N.J.; former wife, Christina Florio Daugert; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Township. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be made at www.corcoranfuneralhome.com.

ta, Thomas Comerota and his wife, Kelly, Michael Comerota; greatgrandchildren, Paul Meehan Jr., Samuel Meehan; sister, Laurie Smith, Peoria, Ill.; many nieces and nephews, including her devoted niece, Marlene Koter. The funeral was held Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, from E. Blake Collins Funeral Home, 159 George Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Benedict’s Church, Austin Ave., Wilkes-Barre. Entombment was in St. Mary’s Mausoleum, Hanover Township. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.eblakecollins.com.

Anthony Lukasavage August 22, 2012 Anthony Lukasavage, 77, of Pittston Township, passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at Hospice Community Care, Wilkes-Barre. He was born in Wilkes-Barre July 19, 1935 and was the son of the late Peter and Mary (Haliszik) Lu-

kasavage. Anthony, retired from Valley Chevrolet, and was a US Army Paratrooper serving during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife Diane (Berlinski) Lukasavage, sons, Robert, Frank and Anthony his daugh-

ter Lisa Maddox, brother Peter, his sisters Barbara Hockenbury and Joan Lusk, many grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were private. Arrangements are made by Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc. 255 McAlpine St. Duryea.


Francis McGinley

Margaret D. Dragon

August 18, 2012

August 20, 2012

Francis “Frank or Fran” McGinley, of Plainview, N.Y., passed away Saturday, August 18, 2012, at his home in New York after an illness. Born in Moosic, he was a son of the late John and Kathleen Doud McGinley. Frank was a graduate of Wyoming Memorial High School, class of 1955. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Prior to retirement, he was employed by American Airlines at JFK Airport, for 38 years, and most recently at the Plainview/Old Bethpage Library. He was a loving and devoted father, grandfather, greatgrandfather, brother and uncle whose memory will live on in the lives of those who knew and

loved him. Fran is survived by his daughter, Marie Rock, and husband Michael, and son, John, all of N.Y.; sister Elizabeth “Betty” Dabbieri, Pittston; brother Gerard McGinley and wife Marge, Hurst, Texas; four grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren; many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marie; sisters Anne McDonald and June Keska; brothers Jack, Robert and Paul McGinley. Funeral services and interment were held in New York.

Teresa Katherine Greback August 14, 2012 and husband Stephen of Hockessin, DE, Barbara Firich and husband David of Woodbridge, VA, and Joan Greback Clarke and husband Paul of Wilmington, NC; three sons, Richard Greback of Newark, DE, Robert Greback and wife Christine of Mansfield, TX, and David Greback of Newark, DE; along with 16 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, August 18, 2012, at the Church of the Holy Cross, 631 South State Street, Dover, Del. Internment was in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear, DE. Family suggests donations in her memory to the Oblate Apostles of the Two Hearts (OATH), 749 Bison Road, Dover DE 19904-6135. Life’s End Services are by Michael J. Ambruso Funeral Director, Inc. Condolences and Guest Book Signings may be made via www.ambruso.com

In addition to making pierogies and crafts, Margaret delighted in cooking and baking for her children and grandchildren, and she loved gardening and dressing up for holiday parties, with a beautiful hat as her signature. She was preceded in death by her daughter Joann M. (Joan) France, on May 6, 2012; sister Anna Brooks; brothers, Bernard, Jacob and Emil Duda. Surviving are daughters Dorothy Krugel, Wilkes-Barre Township, Carol Goncalves and her husband, Walter, St. Petersburg, Fla.; step-son, Jackson Dragon, Sweet Valley; grandchildren, Lisa Gurdock; Joseph Krugel and his wife, Michelle; Kevin Krugel and Jessica; Suzette Drendall and her husband, Dale; Renee Powell; Andrew France Jr.; Melissa France; Jacqueline McConnell and her husband, Jeremy; Kerry Whitmore; great-grandchildren, Jennifer Gurdock; Jason and Stephanie

Krugel; Cameron Krugel; Derek, Devan, Matthew Drendall, Brianna Powell; Taylor and Kevin McConnell; Alex Whitmore; great-great-grandson, Jack Nathan Perez; sisters Maryann Shoplick, Wilkes-Barre; Eleanor Kashuba, Wilkes-Barre Township; Betty Koko, Pensacola, Fla.; Louise Kubek, Wyoming; numerous nieces and nephews. Margaret’s children and family would like to thank Dr. Patrick J. Kerrigan for his many years of loving and compassionate care. Funeral services were held on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., WilkesBarre, with a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Hope Parish, 40 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre. Entombment was in St. Mary’s Mausoleum, Hanover Township. Online condolences may be sent by visiting Margaret’s obituary at www.natandgawlasfuneralhome.com.

Joseph P. Chaiko August 19, 2012 Joseph P. Chaiko, 84, of Duryea, died Sunday morning, August 19, 2012, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, Plains Township. He is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years, Ann P. Chapan Chaiko. Born in Moosic, on July 30, 1928, he was the son of the late John and Mary Cuprick Chaiko and was a 1945 graduate of Moosic High School. Joe faithfully served our country during World War II with the U.S. Marines and then during the Korean War with the U.S. Army. For many years, he worked for Polarized Meats and retired from Maid Rite Steak Company. He was a lifelong parishioner of St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church, Old Forge. His heritage was very important to him and he was member of the

Greek Catholic Union, District 5, served as a past delegate to their conventions and bowled in their league. Joe was a member of the American Legion Post 585, Duryea; VFW Post 835 and the West Side Club both of Avoca; Polish American Club, Dupont; the Tarus Club and the German American Federation. His grandchildren were the love of his life, and he also enjoyed spending time with this special friend, Lilly, who called him Grandpa Joe. Also surviving are a son, Joseph J., Duryea; two grandchildren, Joseph R. and Nicole E., and their mother, Lisa, all of Pittston; a brother, Charles, and wife, Florence, Old Forge; two sisters,

Marie Clifford, Moosic, and Anne Morrell, Cullowhee, N.C.; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grand-nephews. Brothers John, Michael and George, who was killed in action during World War II, preceded him in death. The funeral was Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, from the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St., Taylor, followed by Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church, 140 Church St., by the Rev. Gary Mensiner. Interment with military honors was in the parish cemetery, Old Forge. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 140 Church St., Old Forge, PA 18518. Please visit www.semiancares.com to share memories or extend condolences.

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Teresa Katherine Greback, 83, of Camden, Del., died on August 14, 2012 at Bay Health Medical Center in Dover. Teresa was born in Wyoming and was the daughter of the late Casper and Katherine (Szpilka) Rusin. She had been a faithful core group member of the Third Order of the Alliance of the Two Hearts for nearly 2 decades. She was a member of the Church of the Holy Cross in Dover, and a member of the Ladies Society. Besides being a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, her interests were those associated with charity and mission work through her Catholic church. A kind and gentle woman, Teresa believed that our life on earth is a preparation for eternity and that we must strive for holiness by total abandonment to God’s Will. Grace and the love of God is all we need. Teresa will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Teresa leaves her husband, Bernard S. Greback of Camden, DE; three daughters and their spouses, Marybeth Johns

Margaret D. Dragon, 92, devoted mother and grandmother, of Washington Square Apartments, Wilkes-Barre, and a lifelong resident of Wilkes-Barre Township, passed away on Monday, August 20, 2012, at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. She was born in Czechoslovakia on September 22, 1919, a daughter of the late Jacob and Anna Kolomber Duda. She attended Wilkes-Barre Township schools. Margaret retired from the Spa Restaurant in WilkesBarre. Margaret was a member of Our Lady of Hope Parish in Wilkes-Barre. She was a longtime member of St. Joseph’s Monastery and its Altar and Rosary Society in Wilkes-Barre Township, where she was a pierogi and craft maker for the church’s annual bazaar. Margaret was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Wilkes-Barre Township, American Legion Post 815, and the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 305 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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OBITUARIES Cataldo Tavana

Daniel J. Dobranski

August 22, 2012

August 15, 2012

Cataldo Tavana, 92, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. He was born in Wilkes-Barre on April 2, 1920, a son of the late Frank and Lucia Tavana. Cataldo was an Army veteran, serving during World War II. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a truck driver for Town & Country Furniture. Prior to its closing, he was a member of Holy Rosary Church in Wilkes-Barre. He was a member of VFW Post 283 in Kingston, and a member of Teamsters Local 401 in Wilkes-Barre. He was preceded in death by his brother Frank Tavana; sisters Mary Shelly, Dora Bode, Connie Wierzeicki and Rosie

Januzzi. Surviving are his wife, Emily DeSanto Tavana; brother Dominick Tavana, Exeter; sisters Antoinette Reisser, Wilkes-Barre; Adeline Ney, Arizona; Lucy Kratz, Wilkes-Barre; numerous nieces and nephews Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., WilkesBarre, with a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Hope Parish, 40 Park Ave., WilkesBarre. Interment was in the Italian Independent Cemetery, West Wyoming. Online condolences may be sent by visiting Cataldo’s obituary at www.natandgawlasfuneralhome.com.

Daniel J. Dobranski, of Fairport, N.Y., son of the late Peter and Stella Dobranski of Exeter, passed away suddenly on August 15, 2012, at age 71. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann (Steininger); children, Diane (Sean) McKee, Leann Dobranski David (Kristin) Dobranski; grandchildren, Maggie, Abby, Luke and Ella; sisters, Helene Maszeroski, Paulette (Bill) Charnitski, Barbara DiPierro; brother, Robert (Kathy) Dobranski; many nieces and nephews. Daniel was a 1959 graduate of Exeter High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a graduate of Penn State University and the University of Rochester and worked for the Xerox Corporation in Rochester, N.Y., for 36 years. A Funeral Mass was Wednes-

day, Aug. 22, 2012, at Church of the Resurrection, Fairport. Entombment was be in White Haven Memorial Park. Arrangements were by the Richard H. Keenan Funeral Home,

(Egypt location), 7501 Pittsford, Palmyra Road, Fairport, N.Y In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the American Diabetes Association.

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August 21, 2012 Robert Henderson, of Walnut Street, Forty Fort, died Tuesday, August 21, 2012, at his home. Born in Plymouth, he was a son of the late Dr. William and Daisy Henderson. Robert, a graduate of Forty Fort High School, received a bachelor of science degree in music from West Chester State Teachers College, and a master of science in music education from the University of Pennsylvania. He started his teaching career at the Dallas School District, where he taught music and history. He was the supervisor of music in Kingston, then Wyoming Valley West School District. He taught for 43 years, not missing one day. Robert served in the U.S. Army for three and a half years and was a member of the 44th Infantry Division in the European Theater of Operations. He was a member of the For-

ty Fort United Methodist Church for over 50 years where he held many offices and position. Preceding in death are his wife, Mary Gallup Henderson, who died on August 6, 2010; and his brother, William. He is survived by daughter, Elayne (Arjay) Morgan, Zephyrhills, Fla.; sons, Robb (Norma), Exeter; Doug (Lanette), Quarryville; grandsons, Jason, Gareth and Ian. Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, from the Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, with the Rev. Robb Henderson and the Rev. Louis Falcone officiating. The interment was in the Forty Fort Cemetery. Memorial contributions, if desire can be made to the SPCA, 524 E. Main St., Plains Township, PA 18705.

Mary T. Oliveri August 20, 2012 Surviving are her close lifelong friend and caregiver, Ruth Ann Jones, with whom she resided; her adopted family that includes Edna DiRisio, Nanticoke; Joseph P. DiRisio and daughter Anna Katerina (Katie), Plains; David and Colleen DiRisio, Exeter; Pete and Elaine Halesey and sons Peter and Christopher, Hanover Township; and several cousins in Hazleton. Private funeral services were be held. Interment was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Fountain Springs, near Ashland, Pa. If desired, contributions in Mary’s memory may be made to the Medical Oncology Prescription Drug Fund, 382 Pierce St., Kingston, PA 18704. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Dinelli Funeral Home, 170 East Broad Street, Nanticoke.

August 23, 2012 Eleanor V. Byram, 68, of Pittston, passed away peacefully on August 23, 2012 surrounded by family. Born on April 14, 1944 in Victorville, Calif., she was preceded in death by her parents, Manuel Byram and Ilene Byram. She was employed by the Woodlands Inn and Resorts, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., as a waitress and hostess for 20 years. She then worked at Kohler Bright Star, Hanover Township, for 9 years, where she retired from. Surviving are her children, Cynthia Schultz and companion

Steve Molenda, Mountain Top; Laura Schultz Duncan and husband Pete, Pittston; Daniel Schultz and wife Carol, Pittston; and Thomas Manuel Byram, Wilkes-Barre. She has nine grandchildren, Angela Burgio, Sarah Kozloski, Michael Kozloski, Ashley Acernese, Dustin Schultz, Daniel Schultz, Jr., Christopher Acernese, Giovanna Scazafabo and Madison Scazafabo. She also had 7 great grand-

children, Adriana, Alana, Alex, Parker, Hunter, Lacey, and Alley. Eleanor loved nature, bird watching and spending time with family. The family would like to give special thanks to nurse Donna Hooker for her wonderful care and compassion as well as Sacred Heart Hospice. A memorial service will be held on Monday, August 27, 2012, from 5 to 6 p.m. at Yeosock Funeral Home, Plains Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sacred Heart Hospice Center.

Marianne Gebhardt August 22, 2012 Marianne Gebhardt, 70, of Osborne Drive, Pittston, died Wednesday morning, August 22, 2012, at home. Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late Zigmond and Verna Dancoolidge Leskoski. Marianne was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Church, Plains, and was formerly employed as a waitress at Elby’s and Woolworth’s before retiring.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Gebhardt; son Charles Edward Jr.; and sister Rose Lowe. Surviving are daughters, Elizabeth Morgan, Inkerman; Debra Marcinko, Pittston; son Frederick, Plains Township; brothers, Zigmond Leskoski, Fla.; Jo-

seph Leskoski, Wilkes-Barre; sisters Shirley Busacco, Fla.; Jean Vetrini, Plymouth; Theresa Flynn, Trucksville; and eight grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, from Yeosock Funeral Home, 40 S. Main St., Plains Township, with a Mass of Christian Burial at SS. Peter & Paul Church, Plains Township.

Phyllis Beilman Olexa August 16, 2012 Mrs. Phyllis S. (Manns) Beilman Olexa, formerly of City Heights Apartments, passed into Eternal Life Thursday morning, August 16, 2012, in the Little Flower Manor, Wilkes-Barre, where she had recently resided. Born November 8, 1927, in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late George and Laura (Owens) Manns. Educated in Wilkes-Barre City Schools, Mrs. Olexa graduated from E.L. Meyers High School, WilkesBarre, class of 1945. Until her retirement, she had been employed as a credit specialist with SearsRoebuck and Company in both Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. She was a member of the Big Band Society of Pittston. Mrs. Olexa was preceded in

death by her first husband, Mr. Henry J. Beilman, in 1976 and more recently by her second husband, Mr. Francis B. Olexa, March 15, 2008. Surviving are her sons, Henry J. Beilman, Moscow; Thomas G. Beilman, Aberdeen, Md.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Interment was in Denison Cemetery, Swoyersville. The John V. Morris Family is honored to care for Mrs. Olexa and her family at this time. In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in Phyllis’ name to the Social Concerns committee of Saint Andre Bessette Parish, 666 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705.

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Mary T. Oliveri, 78, of Hanover Township and formerly of Girardville, Schuylkill County passed away early Monday morning, August 20, 2012 at her home. Born on July 20, 1934. in Girardville, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Catherine Vito Oliveri. She graduated from St. Joseph’ s High School, Girardville, in 1952. Prior to retiring she had been employed by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in Harrisburg for 26 years. Mary was a member of Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church, Buttonwood, Hanover Township. She was the last member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Oliveri, in 1989 and close friend, Joseph A. DiRisio.

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JULIO IS A LIFE-LONG RESIDENT OF PITTSTON CITY, HE IS A GRADUATE OF WILKES UNIVERSITY AND CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA. SINCE JOINING ATLAS IN 2006 HE QUICKLY ESTABLISHED HIMSELF AS A RESPECTED EXPERT IN THE LOCAL REAL ESTATE MARKET WHILE REPRESENTING CLIENTS IN LUZERNE AND LACKAWANNA COUNTIES. JULIO WAS RECENTLY ENGAGED, ENJOYS GOLF AND PLAYS PERCUSSION IN A BLUES BAND. HE HAS A PERSONAL INTEREST IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR COMMUNITY.

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Havard, Moska wed July 14 Jamie Lynn Havard and Peter Moska Jr. were united in marriage on July 14 at St. Maria Goretti Church, Laflin, by Rev. Msgr. Neil J. Van Loon. The bride is the daughter of Robert J (Jeff) and Carol Havard Sr., of Old Boston. She is the granddaughter of the late Pauline Mascelli, of Old Boston and the late David and Rita Havard, of Wilkes-Barre. The groom is the son of Sandra Swiontek, of Inkerman and Peter A. Moska Sr., of Port Griffith. He is the grandson of Jean Fey and the late Gerard Fey, of Inkerman and the late Peter and Mildred Moska, of Inkerman. The bride was given in marriage by her parents. She chose her cousin, Leah Lavelle, as her maid of honor and her sister-in-law Kim Havard as her matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Tiffanie Moska, Samantha Moska, sisters of the groom’ and Angela Hillan, cousin of the bride. Tenley Havard, niece of the bride, was the flower girl. The groom chose his friend, Chris Berti, as best man. Groomsmen were Jarred Swiontek, Paul Moska, brother of the groom; Robert Havard, Jr., brother of the bride; and Joe Iacona, friend of the groom. Beau Widdick, cousin of the bride, was the ringbearer. Scriptural readings were given by Diane Hillan, godmother and aunt of the bride; and Sherri Petrokonis, cousin of the groom. Gifts were presented by Cathy Morio, aunt of the bride; and Debbie Chikey, godmother and aunt of the groom. Musical selections were provided by Jennifer Johnson. A shower was given by the mother of the bride at the Checkerboard Inn Pavilion, Shavertown. The rehearsal dinner was hosted by the mother of the groom at Leggio’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant, Plains Twp. An evening cocktail hour and reception was held at Via Appia, Taylor. The bride is a 2003 graduate of Pittston Area High School. She is a 2007 graduate of Misericordia University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education and a specialization in early childhood education. She received amaster’s degree in curriculum and instruction in 2010 from Misericordia University. She is employed by the Wilkes-Barre Area School District. The groom is a 2002 graduate of Pittston Area High School. He is a 2007 graduate of Misericordia University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing and minor in Biology. He is employed by Interstate Blood and Plasma, Inc. The couple honeymooned in Ocho Rios. They reside in Plains Township.

Five generations of the Bartnikowski family gathered recently for the baptism of Madison Hodle-Holena. First row is Lisa Bartnikowski-Hodle, of Duryea. From left, second row, Kaitlyn Hodle, of Swoyersville, holding Madison Hodle-Holena; and Michael Bartnikowski, of Duryea. Third row, Florence Kemler Bartnikowski, of Duryea.

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Matthew Russo, Sarah Meeker

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Sarah Meeker and Matthew Russo, along with their parents, announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of James Meeker and the late Valerie Simmons Meeker, of Trumansburg, NY. She is the granddaughter of Marion Simmons and Judy and James, of Simmons and Mrs. Brenita Meeker, II, of New York. Miss Meeker is a 2004 graduate of Bucknell University with a B.S. IN Chemical Engineering and a 2011 M.B.A. graduate of Cornell University. She is currently employed by Amgen. The prospective groom is the son of Philip and Barbara Menarick Russo, of Exeter. He is the grandson of the late Angelo and Mary Russo and the late George and Mary Koslick Menarick. Mr. Russo is a 2001 graduate of Wyoming Area High School and a 2005 graduate of Penn State with a B.S. in Labor Relations. He is employed by Keystone Automotive, Inc. Their wedding will take place on Oct. 6, 2012, at Friedman Farms in Dallas. The couple is pictured here with their dog, Marj.

Lindsay Ann Balchune and Casey Kelly Przywara, together with their families, are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Frank and Florence Balchune, of Duryea. She is the granddaughter of the late William and Stella Balchune, of Duryea and the late Barney and Anna Mahalsky, also of Duryea. The prospective groom is the son of Henry and Rose Przywara, of Old Forge. He is the grandson of Irene Milenkiewicz and the late Stanley Milenkiewicz, of Old Forge and the late Henry and Maria Przywara, also of Old Forge. The couple will be happily united in marriage on September 8, 2012, at the Nativity of Our Lord Church, Duryea.

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Lori Pace Connors and Thomas Smith, together with their families, announce their engagement and approaching marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Robert and Charlotte Pace, of Pittston. She is the granddaughter of Veronica Ruda, of Exeter, the late Joseph Ruda and the late Alfred and Anzelma Pace, of Pittston. The prospective groom is the son of Thomas and Jacqueline Smith, of Pittston. He is the grandson of the late William and Clare Malia, of Old Forge and the late John and Nellie Serfin, of Moosic. The couple will exchange vows at 1 p.m. on October 6, 2012, at St. Joseph Marello Parish.

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The Pittston High School Class of 1947 reunion committee is planning the 65th anniversary reunion for 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Cooper’s Seafood Restaurant, Kennedy Boulevard, Pittston. Classmates interested in attending are asked to contact Joseph Reggi at 287-3376 or San DeSalvo at 299-5954. From left, seated, are Matt Gillis, Jane Ryman and Tina Cumbo. Standing, Tony Aqulina, Jasper Reggie, Sam DeSalvo and Ed Viola.

Lisa Schirra and Scott Lewis, together with their families, are pleased to announce their engagement and approaching marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of George and Lisa Schirra, of Pittston Township. She is the granddaughter of Henry and Scholastica O’Hop, of Avoca and Marlyn Benjamin, of Springbrook and the late George Schirra. Miss Schirra is a 2002 graduate of Pittston Area and is currently employed with Bank of America, Moosic. Mr. Lewis is the son of Ron and Jan Lewis, of Friendsville. He is the grandson of the late Robert Lewis and the late Dottie Phelps. He is the grandson of the late Milton Hyde and Helen Hyde, of Friendsville. Mr. Lewis is a graduate of Montrose Area High School and of a five-year apprenticeship toward the electrical union of Binghamton, NY. He is currently employed as an electrician for All Phase Electric, Binghamton, NY. The couple will unite in marriage on September 7, 2012, at the Stroudsmoor Country Inn, Stroudsburg.


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31 service projects completed at PA The Pittston Area Chapter of the National Honor Society completed 31 independent service projects. The independent projects are a requirement of the honor society and each member is fulfilled to complete one. Projects were supervised by moderator Mrs. Joyce A. Salvo. The first two do not have photos. They area: Bunny Bingo

Pittston Area National Honor Society members Anthony Schwab, Samantha Horchos, Olivia Lanza, Michael Stankoski, Brian Delaney and Charles Bressler recently conducted a Bunny Bingo at the Wesley

Village campus. The event was held on March 31 and the members played Bingo, served refreshments and awarded medals to the residents. SPCA pet walk and picnic

Kirby Park in Wilkes Barre saw more of our furry four-legged friends than usual. Maria Capitano, along with her Junior Leadership group, held a SPCA Pet Walk and Picnic to raise awareness of the condition of the SPCA, along with supplies and donations for the SPCA. People were allowed to take their pet for a walk around the park where food and dog treats were available.

I Am Beautiful Charity Field Hockey Game On October 2, 2011 National Honor Society students Mallory Yozwiak and Gabby Vaxmonsky collaborated and played a charity field hockey game in conjunction with rivals Wyoming Area. The first game was played between both Pittston Area and Wyoming Area field hockey teams. The second game followed with junior and senior boys. $500.00 of the proceeds went to the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey, Pa. $1090.00 went to the National Eating Disorder Association. Pictured, from left, Vaxmonsky and Yozwiak. Teens for Jeans In cooperation with Aéropostale at the Shoppes at Montage and dosomething.org with their TEENS FOR JEANS campaign, Jessica Baker, placed boxes in the high school lobby, a few classrooms, and at the middle school for unwanted jeans. All the jeans donated were taken to Aéropostale. An outstanding 60 jeans were collected and Aéropostale gladly accepted them all. Jessica Baker is pictured.

PA vs. WA Kickball Tournament Michael Hizny, Danielle Fereck, Jamie Lee, James LaMarca, Pietro Colella, Emily Bogdan, and Edward Winn Kristen Fereck, and Charles Bressler conducted a 2nd year rival game against Wyoming Area students on October 8, 2011. Teams were made up of groups of 10. Games were double elimination. The Ronald McDonald House in Scranton received $500.00. From left to Right: Kristen Fereck, Danielle Fereck, Bressler, Colella, LaMarca, Hizny, Winn, Bogdan and Lee.

PA Girls Tennis Gets Ready for School Again Even with summer still in thought three members of the Pittston Area Girls Tennis team, Anna Podrosky, Danielle Corcoran, Miranda Warunek, sold chocolate bars at Redner’s Market in Pittston. They purchased $401.00 worth of school supplies and donated them to the St. Vincent De Paul Kitchen. From Left to right: Warunek and Podrosky. Absent from photo was Corcoran.

Valentines Day Bingo Party Junior Honor Society Members, Kristen Santey and Brian Mlodzienski, held a Valentine’s Day Bingo Party at the Adult Personal Care Home in Pittston. Small prizes were given out to the residents who participated in the bingo, and a pizza party was held after the game. Pictured are Mlodzienski and Santey.

Feed Our Furry Friends Five senior National Honor Society members, Nicholas Remsky, Tyler Cummings, Timothy Lello, Mattew Taylor, David Whispell, collected various foods, toys and other items for the local SPCA animal shelter in time for Christmas. From left to right: Lello, Remsky, Taylor, Whispel, and Cummings.

Giving Tree During the season of giving, Miranda Warunek, placed a Christmas tree in Our Lady of the Eucharist Church. On the tree were ornaments with items requested by 25 families affected by the September Flood. Over 500 everyday necessities were donated and delivered to the Corpus Christie Parish in West Pittston, for dissemination to the families. Pictured is Miranda Warunek.

One on One Senior National Honor society member, Elizabeth Cox, spent three days at St. Luke’s Villa in Wilkes-Barre for 8 hours each day. While staying there, she hoped to bring a smile to the residents faces and wanted to keep her company throughout the days she was there. Pictured is Elizabeth Cox.

Lady Pats Support the Special Olympics National Honor Society Members and Lady Patriots, Grace O’Neill, Kelly Mitchell, Kenneth Miller, Amy Silinskie, Kristen Fereck, Pietro Colella, hosted a fundraiser event on February 9,2012, where all proceeds were donated to the Special Olympics. The February night basketball game and the students raised an outstanding $559.00. From left to right: Mitchell, Silinskie, O’Neill, Fereck and Miller. Absent from Photo: Colella

Easter Egg Hunt Together Senior and Juniors, Thomas Allardyce, Christian Curtis, Sarah Driscoll, Patrick Dougherty, David Dragon, Joseph Harth, Michael Panuski, Bryan Russo, Steven Stravinski, and Bryan Winters, sponsored the annual Easter Egg Hunt for approximately 70 preschool age children at the Pittston Area Family Center. The students helped the children color eggs, make crafts, play games and activites. Prizes were given out to the winners, and snacks and juice were served. From left to right: Stravinski, Harth, Allardyce, Curtis, Driscoll, and Bryan Russo. Absent from photo: Dougherty, Dragon, Panuski, and Winters.

Make a Break for McAuley Junior, Suraj Pursnani and Junior Leadership group members hosted a 5K run/ 1 mile walk at Kirby Park/River Commons on March 24, 2012. Throughout this event, they hoped to attract many participants and raise a large amount of money which was donated to the Catherine McAuley Center in Plymouth, PA. This center is a needy mission that directly ministers to women to the economically poor. The grouped raised an outstanding $4,560.00. Pictured is Suraj Pursnani

Easter Bingo Ball Getting ready for the Easter season, Anthony Capozucca held an Easter Bingo Ball for the residents of the Garden Village Apartments in West Pittston. All the winners received a gift of a lottery ticket. Each participant received a goodie bag of homemade cookies and a little Easter magnet decoration for their refrigerator. After the games, the residents were sad to say goodbye but said they had a wonderful time and would want to do it again someday. Pictured is Anthony Capozucca.


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Clothes for Kids. Three Junior National Honor Society members, Kristen Lombardo, Catherine Lombardo, and Jordan Cumbo, wanted to contribute to the Greater Pittston Kid’s Clothes Closet to provide clothes for those in need. The three girls put boxes at Pittston Area High School, Our Lady of the Eucharist Church, and Mt. Carmel Church, labeled "Clothes for Kids". The boxes were out for 2 weeks and were then collected. Once they were done collecting, the clothes were donated to the Clothes Closet. From left to right: Jordan Cumbo, Kristen Lombardo, and Catherine Lombardo Memorial Day Celebration In preparation of Memorial Day Pittston Area Senior National Honor Society member Christine D’Agostino created candy baskets which were nothing but ordinary. From the red, white or blue container to the flag printed ribbon, the personal candy baskets reminded everyone of the true meaning of the holiday and to celebrate.

Valentines Day Bingo Ball Seniors, Nina Fischer, Jordan Gruttaduaria, Ashley Menichini, Sarah Kosik, Rachele Poveromo, Michelle Fernando, and Alison Slomba hosted a Valentines Day Bingo Ball at the Wesley Village Campus in Pittston. The Senior Citizens played bingo and got little prizes and gifts for participating and winning throughout the game. There were snacks on the table to munch on. It was a fun afternoon that the citizens enjoyed. Pictured from left, Menichini, Slomba, Kosik, Fernando, Gruttaduaria, Fischer and Poveromo.

Gabriel House Shelter Project During the month of February, seniors Bianca Bolton and Brittany Czerniakowski sold twenty boxes of Gertrude Hawk’s chocolate. For two days, they fund raised at Redner’s Market in Pittston from early in the morning into the late afternoon. They were able to raise over $420.00 for the Gabriel House in Pittston. With this money, they bought over 380 different everyday items. Some of the products consisted of shampoo, conditioner, soap and toothpaste as well as many other necessities. They then delivered the items to the women and children that live at the Gabriel House. From left, Czerniakowski and Bolton.

American Cancer Society Yard Sale On Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Senior National Honor Society member, Amy Mozeleski, held a yard sale to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Greater Pittston. With the help of her parents and a family friend, she made $325.40 for the ACS. Some of the items that were sold were perfume bottles, earrings, bracelets, cookbooks, stuffed animals, floor mats, coffee mugs, NASCAR magazines and cards, various sports ornaments, kitchen pans, and antique toys. Refreshments and pastries were available for purchase, also. Pictured is Amy Mozeleski

Collecting Tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Junior members, Sarah Driscoll, Bryan Russo, Jamie Lombardo, Mark Prebish, and Christopher Lynch, want to show the community that the littlest things like pulling the tab off your soda, coffee, energy drink or iced tea can, can make a difference. The group members collected tabs at My Sisters’ Kitchen and at the annual Guns & Hoses tournament at the gymnasium on April 21, 2012. The groups’ goal was to raise 1,200 tabs, but after the month of collecting tabs, the final result was an amazing 21,961 tabs. These tabs were donated to the Ronald McDonald house, where the money from the tabs helps assist families that are residing in the house. From left to right: Mark Prebish, Jamie Lombardo, Sarah Driscoll, Bryan Russo, and Christopher Lynch Fire House Clean-Up On Sunday April 29, 2012, Anthony Mancini, Todd Mitchell, and Benjamin Pace took a majority of their morning taking part in a Fire House Clean-Up. The boys cleaned around the Pittston Township Volunteer Fire Department Suscon Station. They pulled weeds, trimmed hedges and beautified the flower beds surrounding the station. With the fire departments help, the boys used rake, shovels, hedge clippers, and a golf cart for removal of all the weeds. In conclusion, there was no money raised but a day well spent of giving back to those who give their all for each and every one of us on a daily basis. From left to right: Benjamin Pace, Todd Mitchell, and Anthony Mancini.

Baskets for a Brighter Day Five seniors, Steven Sklanka, Edward Klein, Kristi Naylor, Nicolette Bradshaw, and Stephanie Jugus, thought long and hard about what to do as their service project. They finally came to a consensus and decided to make Easter baskets to brighten up children’s day. The baskets were filled with crayons, bubbles, stuffed animals, candy, etc. On April 7, 2012, the group members traveled to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center and made their way into the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital Pediatric Unit. There, they gave the baskets to children who left lasting impressions on the members. From left to right: Edward Klein, Kristi Naylor, Nicolette Bradshaw, Stephanie Jugus, and Steven Sklanka, American Lung Association Pledges Three seniors, Christen Sedlak, Tina Boyanowski, Jenna Sharr, sold pledges since March of 2012, in order to raise money for the American Lung Association in honor of Tina Boyanowski’s aunt, who recently passed away from lung cancer. They started selling pledges and bracelets throughout Redner’s Market, Gerrity’s Supermarket and the Pittston Diner. With the help of their employers, they raised $600.00, a sum of money that was given to the American Lung Association in the form of a check. The pledges are placed in the Pittston Diner to honor the association. From left to right: Jenna Sharr, Tina Boyanowski, and Christen Sedlak

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Spring Bingo Ball On March 31, 2012, Seniors Kelly Lynn, Kaitlin Brady, Kelly Keener, and Katherine McGinty hosted a Spring Bingo Ball for the residents of Kingston Commons Nursing Home. The girls put together a various gifts and baked cookies and cupcakes. Kaitlin Brady called bingo numbers as Kelly Lynn, Kelly Keener, and Katherine McGinty sat with residents who needed help playing. The residents’ activity president said everyone had a great time and they hoped to have more students visit in the future. From left to right: Keener, Lynn, McGinty, and Brady.

Pittston Park Clean-Up On April 5, 2012, Junior National Honor Society Members, John Kielbasa, Julia Shandra, Matthew Yatison, Cory Tobin, and Austin Elko cleaned up the Pittston Township Park on Bryden Street. They repaired swings, picked up trash and painted. They repainted the benches and tables. Later on, they painted the walls, doors, and doors of the parks’ storage garage. After all of this was done, they went to the Oriel Park. There, the members fixed a bench, repaired swings, and picked up trash. From left to right: Julia Shandra, Austin Elko, John Kielbasa, Cory Tobin, and Matthew Yatison

Easter Bingo 7 Junior National Honor Society members, Cassie Nocito, Jillian Starinsky, Shannon Turner, Jeremy Homeschek, Shelby Rinaldi, Suraj Pursnani, and Calvin O’Boyle, spread some Easter cheer. The group hosted an Easter Bingo at Oakwood Terrace Assisted Living Community. The members hosted an afternoon filled with bingo games and prizes. From left to right: Calvin O’Boyle, Suraj Pursnani, Cassie Nocito, Shannon Turner, Jillian Starinsky, and Shelby Rinaldi. Absent from photo: Jeremy Homeschek.

Selling chocolates for St. Mary's Villa Throughout the weekend of April 21-22, 2012, senior Honor Society members Anthony Amitia, Jennifer Hadley, and Devon Davis sold chocolate bars at Redner’s Market in Pittston. The proceeds of $360.00 were donated to St. Mary’s Villa Nursing Home. With this donation, the staff will be able to purchase many things that the residents need. This will improve the lives of the residents. From left to right: Devon Davis, Anthony Amitia, and Jennifer Hadley. Battle of the Sexes. On Friday, April 20, 2012, Afton Fonzo, Shelby Smith, Jessica Oliveri, and Ariel Porzuczek hosted a Battle of the Sexes in the high school gym. There was a team composed of girls and a team composed of boys competing against each other to raise money. The games were composed of three rounds. Round 1 was a series of questions where the girls took the lead. Round 2 was a series of several physical activities and the girls still were able to keep their lead. Round 3 was an obstacle course which the boys won. Overall, the boys’ team won Battle of the Sexes. Many teachers volunteered to help. They were Miss. Karaffa, Mrs. Plis, Ms. McGarry, and Mrs. Saunders. To collect money, the girls sold shirts, chocolate bars, and charged an admission fee. All of the money raised was donated to the Greater Pittston Relay for Life. From left to right: Shelby Smith, Jessica Oliveri, and Afton Fonzo. Absent from photo: Ariel Porzuczek

Hughestown Clean-Up Katrina Lutecki, Frank Ardo, Elizabeth Mikitish, Christopher Lynch, Matthew Shamnoski, and Michael Chisdock, junior National Honor Society members cleaned up sections of Hughestown and left it looking better than ever. On April 21, 2012, the members picked all the litter off the streets in the areas of Rock Street, Center Street, and the park. This project of cleaning up Hughestown, left the town and its park a much cleaner, safer and enjoyable place for the the citizens of Hughestown. From left to right: Frank Ardo, Katrina Lutecki, Michael Chisdock, Christopher Lynch, Elizabeth Mikitish, and Matthew Shamnoski.


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Jenna Collins Jenna Rose Collins, daughter of Ken and Barbara Collins, of Dupont, celebrated her eighth birthday on Thursday, Aug. 23. Maternal grandparents are Kevin and Barbara Lockett, of Hughestown. Paternal grandparents are Ken and Donna Collins, of Jenkins Twp. Great-grandparents are Herman and Shirley Stein, of Avoca; Ken and Isabel Collins, of Pittston and the the late Cyril and Jane Mihalak and Edward and Rose Greeley. A party will be held in Jenna’s honor with family and friends.

Joshua Kolanich Gustinucci Joshua Kolanich Gustinucci, son of Alan Dean Gustinucci and Kim Kolanich Gustinucci, of Pittston, is celebrating his ninth birthday today, Aug. 23. He is the grandson of Margie and Jake Kolanich and Mickie and Alan Joseph Gustinucci, all of Plains. He is the great-grandson of the late Joseph and Mary Gustinucci, of Jenkins Township; the late Lucille Budziak, of Parsons; and the late John Kolanich, of Stanton, CA. Joshua has a little brother, Troy, who is 3 ½ years old. Joshua is celebrating with an amphibian and reptile party.

Kody and Kyle Verosky Kody Verosky celebrated his 10th birthday on August 21. His brother Kyle will celebrate his 13thbirthday on August 27. The boys are the children of Jonna Pollick, of Pittston. Maternal grandparents are Joan Martin, of Pittston and the late John Pollick. Paternal grandparents are Martha Verosky, of Hunlock Creek and the late Robert Verosky and Lois Cragle, of Dallas, and the late Richard Cragle. Great-grandparents are the late Elwood and Althieda Hines, of West Pittston. A day at Knoebel’s Amusement Park will mark the occasion.

Mitchell, Jake and Tyler Petty Mitchell Petty, son of Duane and Amy Lynn Jones Petty, of Clarks Summit, celebrated his eighth birthday on August 22. His brother Jake was 12 years old on August 4 and his brother Tyler was 10 years old on July 4. They are the grandsons of Rick and Alice Jones, of Dupont, and Robert and Shirley Petty, of Clarks Summit. The boys are pictured with their new cousin, Quinnie Mae, five months old. The boys attend Clarks Summit School and enjoy baseball, basketball, football and soccer.

Pittston Senior Center schedules activities The Pittston Senior Center announces the following: Learn to crochet classes with Katherine will begin on Monday, Sept. 10. This new class will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until noon every Monday. Anyone interested in learning to crochet is asked to register by calling the center at 655-5561. Complimentary manicures by Amanda Gilpin will be offer from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, Aug. 27. Wilkes University nursing students will gather information from members on Tuesday, Aug. 28 and Thurs-

day, Aug. 30 to be used at a health clinic at the center in October. Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Services will conduct a program entitled “Gambling Warning Signs” at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30. The public is invited to attend. Reservations are open for the following trips: Bloomsburg Fair on Monday, Sept. 24; “Viva Italia!” on Tuesday, Oct. 9; Penns Peak on Wednesday, Oct. 24. To make a reservation, contact Connie Andrews at 655-5561.

Matthew Rinaldi Matthew John Rinaldi, son of Jennifer and Ron Rinaldi, of Duryea celebrated his 11th birthday on August 22. His grandparents are Anne DeMaio and the late Vincent DeMaio, of Moosic; Mary Ann and Ronald Rinaldi, of Dupont; and Rose Watkins, of West Pittston. His great-grandmother is Irene Orloski, of Dupont. Matthew has a sister, Emily, 9 years old, and a brother Nicholas, 4 years old.

Grace Slezak Grace Helen Slezak, daughter of Julie and Timothy Slezak, of Dupont, celebrated her ninth birthday on August 23. Grace is a big sister to her 7-year-old brother, Timothy John. Maternal grandparents are Helen and Eugene Jendrey, of Dupont. Paternal grandparents are Marilyn and Bernard Slezak, of Moscow. Grace is the great-granddaughter of the late Mary (Drost) and Barney Kotula, of Dupont. She is the great-great-niece of Matilda Drost, of Dupont and the greatgranddaughter of the late Leslie and Loretta Webb, of Pittston and the late Stanley Slezak, of Pittston Township. Her godparents are her Uncle George Jendrey, of Dupont and Aunt Mary Ellen Jendrey-Stevens, of Hanover Township. Grace will start fourth grade at Pittston Area.

Jack Dodgson Jack Dodgson, son of Scott and Bethie Dodgson, of Dupont, will celebrate his first birthday on September 1. He is the grandson of Richard and Betty Belles, of Pittston Township and Joe and Patricia Dodgson, of Dickson City. He is the great-grandson of Helen Belles, of Plains.

Happy Birthday! Stop by or mail your birthday photo to:

The Sunday Dispatch 109 New Street Pittston, PA 18640 Pictures can run in back and white for $2 or color for $10. Deadline is Wednesday at 5 p.m., but space is limited, so pictures will be published on a first-come, first-served basis. Any questions, please call 602-0168.

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SCHOOL NEWS

Holy Rosary opens Monday Thursday – Hot ham and cheese sandwich, shoestring fries, choice of fruit and veggie and lowfat/fat free chocolate or white milk. Friday – Cheese pizza, choice of fruit and veggie and lowfat/fat free chocolate or white milk. If your child would like to purchase school lunch, please return order and payment to the school office on Monday, Aug. 27. The order form is available on Edline. Students in Kindergarten and Arrival and dismissal information Preschool Four Year Old Program may Weather permitting, students will return their order and payment at oriengather each day in the parking lot behind tation. Lunches are preordered and prethe school prior to the opening bell at paid. 7:45a.m. In inclement weather, students will gather in the gym. Buses will disOrientations charge and pick up students on StephenThere will be special Preschool and son Street directly in front of the school, Kindergarten Orientations for students and car riders will be dropped off and and their parents at the following times: picked up on Stephenson Street in front Preschool 4 Year Old - Monday, Aug. of the school, as well. 27, 9 to 10 a.m.; Kindergarten - Monday, If you park your car to drop off/pick Aug. 27, 1 to 2 p.m.; and Preschool 3 up your child(ren), parking is available Year Old - Tuesday, Aug. 28, 1 to 2 p.m. in the lots across from Holy Rosary Certificate schedule School and Church. Please be respectful Gift certificates will not be sold durof the signs designating the first three spaces in the lot across from the rectory ing the first week of school due to the as “rectory parking only” and do not early dismissal. The usual schedule will park in those spaces. During arrival and resume on Thursday, Sept. 6. If you have dismissal times, there is no parking in any questions, contact the school office the bus lane, which begins in front of the at 457-2553. church and ends at the far end of the After school care program school. Holy Rosary School will once again Dismissal begins at 2:15 p.m. with bus riders dismissed first, followed by car offer an After School Care Program riders and walkers. For the safety of your (ASCP) for the 2012-2013 school year. children, we ask you to cooperate fully Students enrolled in grades Pre-K 4 to 8th are eligible. This program will rewith these directives. flect the philosophy and mission of Holy Rosary School, and is designed to meet Cafeteria information the needs of our students and parents. Holy Rosary School is a participant in The ASCP will provide a safe, nurturing the National School Lunch Program and environment that is a natural extension offers daily nutritious lunches which of our school community. On regular meet all federal guidelines for healthy school days, the program will operate student meals. Participation in the from the time school is dismissed until school hot lunch program for grades 5:30 p.m. The program will not be availPK-8 is highly recommended. School able on early dismissal days or when lunch prices for the 2012-2013 school school is closed, and will begin on Tuesyear are $3 per day and reduced price day, Sept. 4. All families who may parlunches are $.40 per day. Applications ticipate in the After School Care Profor free/reduced price lunches are avail- gram must complete a registration form, able in the school office. Please be as- which will be included in the first day sured applications are kept in the stric- folder of the oldest child in each family. test confidence. Back to School Night August lunch menu Back to School Night for grades 1-8 is Monday – No lunch; Students do not scheduled for 6 p.m. on Aug. 30. We inneed to bring or purchase a lunch on vite you to take this opportunity to meet Monday. with your children’s teachers, to hear Tuesday – French toast sticks, ham, about grade level curricula and to dischoice of fruit and veggie and lowfat/fat cuss parent and teacher expectations. free chocolate or white milk. Return to School Mass Wednesday – Sausage links, potato All family and friends are invited to puffs, “Cathy’s” bread, choice of fruit and veggie and lowfat/fat free chocolate our Back-to-School Liturgy, which will or white milk. be celebrated at 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 7. First week of school The day is finally here. Monday starts the new school year. Grades 1-8 will begin classes on Monday, Aug. 27; Kindergarten will begin classes on Tuesday, Aug.28; the PK 4 year old will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 29; and the PK 3 year old class will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 4. There will be early dismissals days each day the first week of school. Dismissal on each of those days will be at 11 a.m.

PTO meeting The first PTO meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4 in the school cafeteria. Our new officers will be introduced and plans for the upcoming year will be discussed. Golf Classic Calling all golfers! We are looking for golfers for the 2012 Holy Rosary Golf Classic - our fourth annual golf tournament. The tournament will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16 at Edgewood in the Pines Golf Course in Drums. Registration and lunch will begin at noon and the tournament will open with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The tournament fee is $100 per player and includes lunch and dinner, course fees and a cart. If a foursome signs up together, their $400 fee will include a tee sponsorship. There will be prizes awarded for special shots and holes and great raffles, including an iPad as the grand prize. Contact Debbie Davis at 451-1762 or the Holy Rosary School office at 457-2553 for more information. Holiday Market Place The 2012 PTO Holiday Marketplace will be held from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23 in the school auditorium. A wide variety of vendors will be with us, and of course, there will be delicious food available to purchase. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children, and children under 6 are admitted free. Any questions or interested vendors may contact Debbie Davis at 4511762. Recycling In addition to cartridge recycling we also have cell phone recycling. Select cell phones can be dropped off in the same location and recycled for credit. For more information or for a list of qualifying cartridges, visit www.fundingfactory.com or contact Mrs. Skutack at 457-2553. Labels and Box Tops Campbell’s Soup labels and Box Tops for Education are being collected at Holy Rosary School. These programs enable us to provide educational resources that may be unaffordable through our regular budget. They offer exciting merchandise like computers, software, sports equipment, reference materials, science and art items, even musical instruments. Please continue your support of these programs by sending in your labels to the school office or by placing them in the church vestibule. Check labels for expiration dates. They can be sent in immediately and processed before they expire; there is no need to wait until you accumulate a quantity


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BUS SCHEDULE 2012-2013 Wyoming Area School District Mr. Raymond J. Bernardi is pleased to announce the Wyoming Area School District Bus Schedule for the 2012-2013 school year. The school year will commence on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 for all students. Please note that the school district will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 3 resuming on Tuesday, September 4. Faculty will report on Monday and Tuesday, August 27 and 28 for professional development. For further information, please go to the school’s website at www.wyomingarea.org. There are changes, additions and some stops omitted from the schedule published in the August 19 edition of the Sunday Dispatch.

Starting and Dismissal Times For the District Are:

Secondary Center: Student Reporting Time: Student Dismissal Time:

7:45a.m. 2:29p.m.

Elementary Schools: Student Reporting Time: Student Dismissal Time:

8:40a.m. 3:15p.m.

High School Transportation Secondary School 7th through 12th grades and Private/Parochial students 9th through 12th Birchwood Estates students only SECONDARY CENTER Falls-Harding-Exeter Township-Exeter-Wyoming-West Wyoming Bus 1 Walker’s Hollow Stone Bridge West Eighth St / Playground West Eighth St & Shoemaker Ave Browncrest Dr & Shoemaker Ave Ferretti Drive (Entrance) Fifth Street Manor Birchwood Estates

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Bus 4 Rt 292 (Top Of Hill) Rt 292 (Bottom Of Hill) Emanon Rd (Old State Rd) River Road Rt 92 @ Falls Bridge Rt 92 @ Falls Camp Area Rt 92 b/w Falls Bridge & 52 Diner Rt 92 b/w Rt 292 & 52 Diner Rt 92 b/w Rt 292 & Pine Ridge Inn Rt 92 & Jennings Rd Mountain View Estates Rt 92 b/w Mt View Estates & Lockville Rd Taft Rd Harding Ave RT.92 B/W Wilson Ave. & Coolbaugh’s Store Rt 92 b/w Oberdorfer Rd & Merlino’s Robert’s Country Store Rt 92 b/w Robert’s Store & Coxton Rd Byrd St Exeter Ave @ Bennett St

6:47 6:50 6:54 6:56 6:57 6:59 7:01 7:05 7:08 7:10 7:11 7:12 7:14 7:15 7:17 7:19 7:21 7:22 7:24 7:25

Harding-Exeter Township-West Wyoming-Exeter Bus 5 Riverview Village Rt 92 b/w Appletree Rd & Riverview Village Appletree Rd Oberdorfer Rd Slocum St b/w Packer Ave & Schooley Ave Slocum St & Schooley Ave Schooley Ave Development Schooley Ave & Chestnut St

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Bus 8 Riverview Village Schooley Ave Development Wilson St & Sturmer St Shoemaker Ave Park / Playground West Eighth St & Shoemaker Ave Birchwood Estates PENN AVE. & WYOMING AVE. Plains Drop Off (ALC)

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Bus 15 Lewis Rd5 Bodle Rd5 Sutton Creek Rd b/w Redmond’s & Bodle Rd Mt Zion b/w Appletree Rd & SJD Elem Mt Zion b/w Appletree Rd & Oberdorfer Rd Mt Zion b/w Schooley Rd & Oberdorfer Rd Campground Rd Mt Zion b/w Kingston Twp Line & Campg’d Rd West Fourth St & Shoemaker Ave West Third St & Shoemaker Ave Mt Lookout Trailer Park Wilson St & Jackson St

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Harding-Exeter Township- West Wyoming- Exeter Bus 25 Rozelle Rd Schooley Rd Searfoss Rd West Eighth St & Morgan Ave Eighth St & Wyoming Ave Sixth St & Wyoming Ave Birchwood Estates

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Bus 26 Peck’s Rd Sweitzer Rd Marcy Rd Miller & Marcy Rd Sutton Creek Rd b/w Redmond’s & SJD Elem Sutton Creek Rd b/w Rr’view Village & SJD Elem Rt 92 b/w Appletree Rd & Oberdorfer Rd Rt 92 @ Bolis BP Fairway Dr Packer Ave

6:40 6:45 6:47 6:48 6:49 6:50 7:01 7:06 7:09 7:13

IN TOWN SCHEDULE Exeter-West Wyoming-Wyoming- West Pittston Bus 10 Washington St & Watson St Shoemaker Ave & Stites St (Hose Company #2) Lee Ann St & Shoemaker Ave Swetland Ln & Shoemaker Ave Shoemaker Ave Park / Playground West Pittston Municipal Building

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Bus 11 Third & Monument Sixth St & Monument Ave

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Bus 14 West Sixth St & Shoemaker Ave Eighth St & Monument Ave Tenth St & Wyoming Ave

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Bus 21 Bennett St West Pittston Municipal Building

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Bus 22 Colonial Acres Washington St & Watson St Shoemaker Ave & Stites St (Hose Company #2) Moonlite Dr Lee Ann St & Shoemaker Ave Shoemaker Ave Park / Playground West Pittston Municipal Building

7:15 7:18 7:20 7:23 7:24 7:26 7:30

TENTH STREET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Bus 1 Delaware Ave & Wyoming Ave Barber St. & Wyoming Ave. (Sunshine Day Care) Third Street & Wyoming Ave Third St & Monument Ave Fourth St & Monument Ave Fifth Street Manor West Fourth St & Shoemaker Ave Ferretti Drive (Entrance) West Third St & Shoemaker Ave Browncrest Dr & Shoemaker Ave West Eighth St. & Shoemaker Ave.

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Bus 6 When I Grow Up (Daycare) Delaware Ave. & Tunkhannock Ave. Montgomery Ave & Tunkhannock Ave Blue Ribbon Dairy (CDC) West Pittston Municipal Building Parke St & Exeter Ave Spring St & Exeter Ave Luzerne Ave & Wyoming Ave Montgomery Ave & Wyoming Ave Boston Ave & Wyoming Ave Memorial & Penn Ave. Penn Ave & Wyoming Ave Lincoln St & Wyoming Ave Grant St & Wyoming Ave Schooley Ave & Wyoming Ave Birchwood Estates

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Bus 8 Walker’s Hollow Stone Bridge West Eighth St / Playground West Eighth St & Morgan Ave Eighth St & Wyoming Ave Third St & Monument Ave

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Bus 14 Bennett St. Bryd St Red Barn Troback Dr Packer Ave & Wildflower Schooley Ave. Development Schooley Ave. & Chestnut St. Lincoln St & Warsaw St Ida’s & Park St Lincoln St & Grove St (Day Care) Lincoln St & Mason St Mason St & Mary Tilley’s (Day Care) Schooley Ave & Mason St

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Bus 22 West Sixth St & Avenue B West Sixth St & Avenue E Lee Ann St & Shoemaker Ave Swetland Ln & Shoemaker Ave Moonlite Dr Shoemaker Ave & Stites St (Hose Company #2) Miscavage & Lincoln St Washington St & Watson St Colonial Acres

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Bus 32 Rt 292 (Top Of Hill) Old State Rd. Rt 92 @ Falls Bridge River Rd. Rt. 92 b/w Kehoe & Pine Ridge & Jennings Mountainview Estates Lockville Rd. Rt. 92 b/w Wilson Ave. & Coolbaugh’s Store Harding Ave. Coolbaugh’s Store Rt 92 b/w Exeter Twp Municipal Bldg & Rr’view Rt 92 b/w Oberdorfer Rd & Greenhouse Rt 92 b/w Appletree Rd & Oberdorfer Rd Rozelle Rd Campground Rd Mt Zion b/w Kingston Twp Line & Campgrd Rd Shoemaker Ave Park / Playground

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Bus 33 Sutton Creek Rd b/w Redmond’s & SJD Elem Bodle Rd Marcy Rd Sweitzer Rd. Sutton Creek Rd b/w Redmond’s & Bodle Rd. Mt. Zion b/w Appletree Red & Oberdorfer Rd. Appletree Rd. Kitchen Lane Fairway Dr & Slocum St Slocum St. & Roosevelt St. Wilson St & Harding St Wilson St & Jackson St Wilson St & Sturmer St Mt Lookout Trailer Park Sixth St & Wyoming Ave Sixth St & Monument Ave

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JOHN F. KENNEDY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Bus 3 When I Grow Up (Day Care) Delaware & Tunkhannock Ave. Red Barn Fairway Dr & Slocum St Lincoln St & Warsaw St Ida’s & Park St Lincoln St & Grove St (Day Care) Lincoln St & Mason St Mason St & Mary Tilley’s (Day Care) Schooley Ave & Mason St Birchwood Estates Scarboro Ave & Sullivan St Scarboro Ave & Trayor St Barber St. & Wyoming Ave. (Sunshine Day Care)

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MONTGOMERY AVENUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Bus 16 Grant St & Wyoming Ave Lincoln St & Wyoming Ave Penn Ave & Wyoming Ave Tunkhannock Ave. & Chase St. When I Grow Up (Day Care) Delaware& Tunkhannock Ave. Red Barn Bennett St Byrd St Wilkern St & Exeter Ave Blue Ribbon Dairy (CDC)

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Bus 21 Birchwood Estates Scarboro Ave & Sullivan St Scarboro Ave & Trayor St Barber St. & Wyoming Ave. (Sunshine Day Care) Schooley Ave. & Mason St. Mason St & Mary Tilley’s (Day Care) Lincoln St & Mason St Lincoln St & Grove St (Day Care) Ida’s & Park St Lincoln St & Warsaw St

8:03 8:05 8:07 8:09 8:14 8:15 8:17 8:19 8:21 8:22

Bus 25 Packer Ave & Wildflower Troback Dr Fairway Dr & Slocum St Mt Lookout Trailer Park Wilson St & Jackson St Wilson St & Harding St Wilson St & Sturmer St Whitlock St @ Sturmer St

8:00 8:02 8:04 8:09 8:13 8:14 8:16 8:18

Slocum St & Roosevelt St Schooley Ave Development Schooley Ave. & Wyoming Ave.

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SARAH J. DYMOND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Bus 4 Barber St & Wyoming Ave (Sunshine Day Care) Blue Ribbon Dairy (CDC) Hex Acres Terrace Ave Bodle Rd

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Bus 5 Oberdorfer Rd Mt Zion b/w Schooley Rd & Oberdorfer Rd Rozelle Rd Schooley Rd Searfoss Rd Campground Rd Mt Zion b/w Kingston Twp Line & Campgnd Rd Mt Zion b/w Appletree Rd & Oberdorfer Rd Appletree Rd Riverview Villages Sutton Creek Rd b/w Rr’view Village & SJD Elem

7:46 7:50 7:57 8:00 8:02 8:08 8:12 8:17 8:19 8:23 8:25

Bus 11 RT92 B/W Roberts & Oberdrfer Rd. Rt 92 b/w Oberdorfer Rd & Greenhouse Rt 92 b/w Appletree Rd & Oberdrfer Rd Rt 92 b/w Appletree Rd & Riverview Village Mason St & Mary Tilley’s (Day Care) When I Grow Up (Day Care)

8:15 8:17 8:19 8:24 3:30 3:35

Bus 15 Coolbaugh’s Store Rt. 92 b/w Redmond’s & Bodle Rd. Lockville Rd Dymond Hollow Hex Acres Terrace Ave Peck’s Rd Marcy Rd Sweitzer Rd5 Sutton Creek Rd b/w Redmond’s & SJD Elem Bodle Rd Sutton Creek Rd b/w Redmond’s & Bodle Rd

7:55 7:56 7:57 7:59 8:09 8:10 8:13 8:16 8:19 8:22 8:25 8:28

Bus 26 Rt 92 b/w Kehoe & Pine Ridge & Jenning’s Rt 292 (Bottom Of Hill) Rt 292 (Top Of Hill) Rt 92 b/w Falls Bridge & 52 Diner Rt 92 Senior Citizen’s Center Rt 92 b/w Rt 292 & 52 Diner Rt 92 @ Falls Bridge River Rd Falls Camp Area Old State Rd Rt. 92 B/w Rt. 292 & Pine Ridge Inn Mountain View Estates Rt. 92 B/W Mt. View Est. & Lockville RD. Rt 92 b/w Wilson Ave & Coolbaugh’s Store Harding Ave Rt 92 b/w Exeter Twp Municipal Bldg & Rrview

7:50 7:55 8:00 8:02 8:05 8:06 8:08 8:10 8:11 8:15 8:17 8:20 8:22 8:24 8:25 8:27

WEST SIDE TECH Bus 9 Rt 92 b/w Falls Bridge & 52 Diner Rt 292 (Top Of Hill) Rt 92 b/w Rt 292 & Pine Ridge Inn Rt 92 b/w Mt View Estates & Lockville Rd Rt 92 b/w Harding Hose Co & Riverview Village Robert’s Country Store Rt 92 b/w Robert’s Store & Coxton Rd West Pittston Municipal Building Sixth St & Delaware Ave Wyoming Area Secondary Center (Transfer) Schooley Ave & Wyoming Ave Modern Lanes Sixth St & Wyoming Ave Tenth St & Wyoming Ave Schooley Ave Development Wilson St & Sturmer St Mt Lookout Trailer Park West Fourth St & Shoemaker Ave West Sixth St & Shoemaker Ave Browncrest Dr & Shoemaker Ave West Eighth St & Shoemaker Ave Shoemaker Ave Park / Playground Shoemaker Ave & Stites St (Hose Company #2)

6:55 7:00 7:04 7:06 7:09 7:11 7:12 7:15 7:17 7:20 7:25 7:30 7:32 7:34 7:38 7:40 7:41 7:42 7:44 7:45 7:46 7:47 7:49

Private Bus 3 West Third St & Shoemaker Ave Wilson St & Sturmer St Schooley Ave. Development Troback Dr Packer Ave Lincoln St & Grove St (Day Care) Wyoming Area Catholic (Drop Off)

7:14 7:17 7:18 7:20 7:22 7:27 7:30

Private Bus 10 Exeter Ave & Freemont St Park St & Exeter Ave Spring St & Exeter Ave Delaware Ave & Wyoming Ave Barber St & Wyoming Ave Wyoming Area Catholic (Drop Off)

7:25 7:27 7:28 7:32 7:35 7:38

Private Bus 12 Shoemaker Ave Park / Playground Browncrest Dr. Wilson St & Jackson St Wilson St & Sturmer St Packer Ave Bennett Streer Exeter Ave & Freemont St Park St & Exeter Ave Spring St & Exeter Ave Warren St & Exeter Ave Delaware Ave & Wyoming Ave Boston Ave. & Wyoming Ave. Penn Ave & Wyoming Ave Schooley Ave & Wyoming Ave Third St & Wyoming Ave Sixth St & Wyoming Ave Eighth St & Wyoming Ave Tenth St & Wyoming Ave

6:55 6.57 6:58 6:59 7:02 7:04 7:05 7:06 7:07 7:08 7:11 7:12 7:14 7:16 7:18 7:19 7:21 7:23

Private Bus 18 Shoemaker Ave Park / Playground West Eighth St & Morgan Ave West Eighth St & Shoemaker Ave Eighth St & Wyoming Ave Eight St. & Dennison St. Tenth St & Wyoming Ave Sixth St & Wyoming Ave Third St & Wyoming Ave Birchwood Estates Wyoming Area Catholic (Drop Off)

7:05 7:08 7:09 7:10 7:12 7:14 7:17 7:19 7:21 7:23

Private Bus 28 Rt 292 (Bottom Of Hill) Taft Rd Lockville Rd Hex Acres Rt 92 & Peck’s Rd Appletree Rd Oberdorfer Rd & Rozelle Rd West Eighth St & Morgan Ave West Eighth St & Shoemaker Ave West Third St & Shoemaker Ave Schooley Ave. Development Packer Ave Troback Dr

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Trinity Episcopal sets community BBQ Pediatric Clinic

The Care and Concern Pediatric Health Clinic, located in the former Seton Catholic School building on William Street in Pittston, is open the first and third Thursday of each month. Free health care is provided for infants through age 11. Registration is from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Participants should bring your child’s immunization records with them. Parents or guardians must be present to have their child examined. All services are free and confidential. The clinic is sponsored by the Care and Concern ministries of the Parish Community of St. John the Evangelist, Msgr. John Bendik, Pastor. For more info call 855-6035.

Reformed Presbyterian Church

1700 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort Pastor Rev. R.F. Dymond Morning Worship: 10:30 a.m. Bible School: 11:45 a.m. Wednesday evening prayer service: 6:30 p.m. every other Wednesday Call 570-693-1918.

In commemoration of the first anniversary of the 2011 flood and in celebration of the resiliency of the West Pittston community, Trinity Episcopal Church of West Pittston will host a free chicken barbecue at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9 on the church grounds at 220 Montgomery Ave. West Pittston residents affected by the flood 501 Bennett Street, Luzerne are invited to the barbecue, which will be held rain or shine. The event will also include face painting and children's games. The barbecue will be preceded by a special The church is handicap acces- celebration of Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m., with Trinity Rector the Rev. John C. Major presiding. The chicken barbecue and all activities are free, but in order to ensure sible. For info call 288-7361 or enough meals are prepared, those interested in attending are asked to call 654-3261 or email trinityepiscopalwestpittston@hotmail.com for reservations. Members of the Trinity Episcopal Church Vestry planning a chicken barbeque are, from left, Dave Rickenbach, Rick Logan, Mike Brogan, Mary Jo Pavinski, Rev. John C. Major, 695-2853. Audrey Collier, Hugh Kelley and Janine Ungvarsky.

Bennett Presbyterian

Bethel United Methodist

532Main St. Avoca (570) 457-2566 Pastor Sharon Dietz (570) 282-0104 Sunday – Worship Service 11:15 a.m. Communion first Sunday of each month – non perishable food items will be collected this day. Mondays – Bible study – 6 p.m. alternating each week with Brick UM Church, Duryea. 1st Thursday of each month – food give-away 4 to 6 p.m. for needy of Avoca and Duryea. Non-perishable food items and monetary donations are accepted at this time.

Sanctuary is handicapped accessible. Sunday at 11 a.m. Morning Worship Service, Pastor Bob Mitchell will lead the service this morning.

First Presbyterian Church

14 Broad Street Pittston Sunday Worship 9:15 a.m. with Rev. William N. Lukesh.

First United Presbyterian Church

West Pittston Rev. James Thyren 654-8121 Services are being held at St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Brick United Church on 1700 Wyoming Ave, Exeter, as the parish recovers Methodist from the flood of Sept. 2011. 935 Foote Ave., Duryea Sun., Aug. 26: 11 a.m., Wor(570)457-4424 ship. Pastor Sharon Dietz Thurs. Aug. 30: 7 p.m., Meet(570) 282-0104 Sunday Worship Service 9:45 ing of Elders and Trustees at a.m. Sunday School – 10:15 a.m. CPST. during morning Worship First United Methodist Services for ages 3-12 Communion first Sunday of Wyoming Ave., West Pittston each month – non perishable Aug. 26 – 10 a.m. Worship food items will be collected. Aug. 29 – 6:30 TOPS Mondays – Bible study – 6 Aug. 30 – 7 p.m. Weight p.m. alternating each week with Watchers Bethel UM Church, Avoca. Miracle of Awareness – coffee Full Gospel Chapel time – 6 p.m. meeting 7 p.m. Avoca Thursday – New beginnings Adult Sunday School, 9:30; meeting 7 p.m. Third Thursday Sunday morning worship at of each month – United Metho- 10:30 a.m. dist Women – 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening Bible study and prayer service at 7:00. Christian and The church also hosts the Rose of Sharon Church with Rev. VinMissionary cente Torres on Sunday afterAlliance Church noon at 3:00 p.m. for the HispanLuzerne Ave. and Parke Street ic community. West Pittston The clothes closet will open Glendale Gospel on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. People with emergency needs Church can call the church office at 654105 Church Drive 2500 for special appointments. Glendale/Pittston Township The closet accepts gently used Sunday Service 10:45 a.m. clothing and shares it with the community without cost. Harding Church

First Baptist Church

500 Luzerne Avenue West Pittston Rev. Joan Mitchell, Pastor

Independent Bible Church

328 Main Street, Duryea, PA 18642. (570) 451-0346 Home/Office. JLaCava@TheBibleChurch.org

Inkerman Presbyterian

Main St., Inkerman Services: Sundays, 8:30 a.m.

Langcliffe Presbyterian

1001 Main St Avoca Sunday worship 11:15 a.m. The Langcliffe Church is RR 1 Box 187A, Falls Sunday services: 10:00 a.m. handicapped accessible. Nursery is provided for chilSunday School and 11:00 a.m. dren during worship. Church Service. Call 388-6534 www.hardingchurchofchrisMoosic Alliance t.org Church

of Christ

Rev. James H. Breese, pastor, Water Street, Pittston Sunday 9:30 a.m. Worship and Praise Service/Children’s Sunday School, Adult/Teen Sunday School immediately following service. Wednesday 7:15 p.m. Bible Study Holy Mother of

First Congregational UCC

through Saturday Sat., Sept. 1: The Annual Track & Field Meet will take place in Minooka Field, located next to St Stanislaus Cemetery. The day will start with a race from the St. Stanislaus Cathedral on Locust St. in Scranton. The runners will run up Pittston Ave. to Kane St. and end at the St. Stamislaus Cemetery. A Mass will be held at the Grotto at 10:00 a.m. Afterwards if anyone would like to purchase refreshments and have a light breakfast there will be stands open to purchase food. All day long there will be a lot of food items to buy. Sat., Sept.8: The Annual Flea Market will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.If anyone would like to rent a table for the Flea Market you have 13 days to apply. $10.00 per table. Contact Mrs. Regina Bahaley at 4572378. There also will be food for sale, hamburgers, hot dogs, cabbage and noodles, pierogies, potato pancakes etc. Sun., Sept 9: The annual Harvest Festival (Dozynki) will take place on the church grounds from 11:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m.. The blessing of the harvest wreath will take place in church at 2:00 p.m. Games of chance for children and adults. 50/50 Bingo, Big Raffle, Chinese Auction and arts and crafts. Music by Joe Lastovica and The Polka Punch.

608 Rocky Glen Road, Moosic Pastor: Doug Jensen 457Sorrows PNCC 6020 maccma2@verizon.net 212 Wyoming Avenue, Dupont Sunday morning Sunday Rev. Zbigniew Dawid, Pastor Sunday Mass, 8:00 a.m.; Tra- School for all ages at 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning Worship at ditional Mass, 10:30 a.m. Daily Mass, 9 a.m. Monday 10:45 a.m.

the Oblate Fathers at 10:30 a.m. honoring St. Joseph the Worker and asking God’s blessings upon all workers and for the new school year. Bread will be blessed and distributed at the Nativity Of Our Lord conclusion of the Mass as a symStephenson St., Duryea bol of the fruit of our labor. The Mass Schedule public is invited to participate in Saturday 4:00 p.m. Holy Rosary Church the three-day preparation and 5:30 p.m. Sacred Heart of Je- special Labor Day Mass. sus Church St Joseph Marello Sunday 8:00 a.m. Holy Rosary Church William St., Pittston 9:30 a.m. Holy Rosary Church There will be one Mass only 11:00 a.m. Sacred Heart during the week: Monday to Friday at 11:30 a.m. Saturday Evening: 4:00 and Oblates of St. Joseph 7:00 p.m. Highway 315, Pittston Sunday: 8:00, 9:30, 11:00 a.m. Masses daily in the seminary Meeting for all CCD teachers chapel at 7:a.m. (Monday – Friand aides on Wednesday, Aug. day) and on Saturday mornings 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish at 8 a.m.. No weekend Masses. Confessions are heard daily Center. If you cannot make the from 9 a.m. to noon and from 3 to meeting, but are interested, call Terri Audi 654-3326 or the Rec6 p.m. tory 654-6902. Office hours Monday – Friday CCD Registration for the 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., evenings and 2012-2013 school year will be weekends by appointment. Ofheld on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at fice phone number is 654-7542. 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Center. Every Wednesday evening Mass is celebrated at 7 p.m. in Parents and guardians must regconjunction with the Novena to ister all public school children in St. Joseph & St. Joseph Marello. grades K thru 8. The registration Novena prayers and the blessing fee is $10 for the first child in a of the first-class relic of St. Jo- family, $5 for the second child, seph Marello, Founder of the and $5 for the third child. AddiOblates of Saint Joseph Congre- tional children are free. Classes for Kindergarten to gation, immediately follow the grade 6 on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Mass. The “End of Summer” Out- Opening Mass for the Religious door Chicken Bar-b-q Dinner is Education Program will be held scheduled for this afternoon on on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 11:00 a.m.. the seminary grounds. The festivities begin with Mass at 11 Corpus Christi Parish a.m. in the seminary chapel folLuzerne Ave., West Pittston lowed by the serving dinners Census Reminder from noon until 5 pm. There will To date the parish has received also be a “Kiddie Korner”, along hundreds of census forms. Rewith plenty of games, pony rides, member, if you did not receive a face painting, specialty baskets, census form, it is very important raffle prizes and live entertain- you fill one out. Additional ment by the “Jeanne Zano forms can be found in the vestiBand”. Beverages and ice cream bules of the churches or on the will be also available for pur- website (www.corpuschristinechase. pa.com). The annual Labor Day TriduFall Lottery Fundraiser um and Mass in honor of St. JoMany returns have been made. seph the Worker will be held next This lottery runs from Sept. 1 weekend, Aug. 31 – Sept. 3, in thru Dec. 31. Tickets are availathe seminary chapel. Mass will ble at the rectory. be held each evening of the TriReligious Education duum (Friday – Sunday) at 7:00 CCD classes will start on Sunp.m. with Rev. Brian Crawford, day, Sept. 16, for children pre-K O.S.J., General Councilor of the and older. Registration forms Oblates of St. Joseph (Rome, Ita- have been mailed out to students ly), serving as homilist. Special who attended CCD classes last prayers will be offered to St. Jo- year. If you did not receive a seph following the Mass for all form or need additional forms, workers and the unemployed. they can be found in the vestiConfessions will be heard before bules of the churches or on the all Masses. On Labor Day morn- website. The registration fee of ing (Sept. 3) a special concele- $25 per child ($50 per family) brated Mass will be offered by can be paid at a later date.

Prayer meeting, Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Celebrate Recovery Ministry, Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.

Seniors Picnic Last fall, Msgr. Sempa started a “seniors group” who meet the last Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. in ICC rectory. The group plays cards, games or just chats. On Wednesday, Aug. 29, this lively group will host a cookout on the rectory grounds, open to everyone.

Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish

535 N Main Street, Pittston www.eucharist-pittston.org Mass Schedule Saturday Vigil: 4:00 p.m. Sunday: 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Daily Mass: 8:00 a.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions) Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. and by appointment Religious Education Classes for grades 1 – 6 will be held from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. beginning Sunday, Sept. 9. Confirmation classes will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. beginning on Sunday, September 16th. If you have any questions with regard to the Religious Education program, please call Sister Mary Ann at 654-0263. Little Rock Scripture Study Father Tom will lead a Scripture Study beginning on Tuesday September 18, 2012. There will be two programs, one on Tuesday mornings from 8:30 a.m. until10:00 a.m. and one on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Both programs will be held in the parish hall at Our Lady of the Eucharist, N. Main Street, Pittston. The title of this study will be Revelation. There will be 7 sessions. In order to be able to order the necessary materials, we ask that you call the parish office (654-0263) or e-mail olepittston@gmail.com to register. The program is open to all from the greater Pittston area. Ministry Schedule The schedule for Liturgical Ministers for Sept. through Jan. is on the parish website. September Parish Calendar The September parish calendar has been posted on the parish webpage, along with the calendars for Religious Education.

Prince of Peace Parish

Old Forge St. Mary’s Church, Lawrence Street, Saturday Vigil 4 p.m. Sunday, Mass 8 and 10 a.m. St. Lawrence Church, Main

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Street, Saturday Vigil 5:30 p.m. Sunday Mass 11:15 a.m. Sacred Heart of Jesus Lackawanna Ave., Dupont This week’s Mass schedule: Monday through Friday at 7 a.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The Women’s Society will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the church hall. The Holy Name Society will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. in the church hall. Ticket returns for the Ziti Dinner should be made. The dinner is on Saturday, Sept.29 in the church hall. Ticket out dinners will be available from 3 to 5 p.m.. Sit down dinners from 4 to 6 p.m.. $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12. All students – from Pre-K thru College – along with their familiescan join in the celebration of a "Back to School Mass" today at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Right after Mass, everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments in the church hall. Registration for CCD classes:Students in grades 1 and up .Sept.9 from 8 to 10 a.m.; Sept. 12 from 6 to 7 p.m. Both registrations in the church hall. This year is especially important for students in grades 5 and up because of Confirmation in the Fall of 2013.If students do not take part in this school year’s sessions, they will not be eligible for Confirmation until 2016. The first CCD class will be held on Monday, Sept. 24. St. Barbara Parish 28 Memorial Avenue, Exeter Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Evenings, by appointment. Phone: 654-2103 Altar Server meeting Monday, August 27 at 5:00 p.m.in St. Anthony’s Church. The Final Class on Catholicism is Tuesday, Aug. 28. In the morning at St. Monica’s at 10 a.m. and Tuesday at 7 p.m. in St. Barbara’s Parish Center. Religious education classes for grades 1 through 8 will begin soon. All classes will be held on Sunday mornings from 9:00 to 10:15 in the parish center. All registration forms must be returned either in the collection or to the office no later than Aug. 31. Students registered after that will have a $16 text book fee. Confirmation will be held at St. Barbara’s next Fall (2013). All children in grades 6, 7 and 8 must register and regularly attend religious education classes to be eligible. Finally, it’s not too late to volunteer for the religious education program.

St. John the Evangelist Parish Community

35 William Street Phone: 654-0053 Pittston Parish office will be closed Sept. 3 for Labor Day. Bereavement support group will meet Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Knitting Ministry – Aug. 26 6:30 to 8 p.m. Religious education meeting – Aug. 22 - 7 p.m. Seton Cafeteria. Altar and Rosary Society meeting – Sept. 10 – 1 p.m. Church Hall Holy Name Society meeting – Sept. 16 – 11 a.m. Seton Auditorium The Greater Pittston Food Pantry is sponsored by the Care and Concern Committee of St. John the Evangelist Parish. Anyone in need of food is asked to call 654-9923. Distribution of food is by appointment only. The Free Health Clinic is open at 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday in the former Seton Catholic High School, first come first serve. Greater Pittston Kids Closet celebrating its third anniversary provides new and gently used clothing. Hours are Wednesday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. The Closet always accepts donations of new and gently used clothing.

St John’s Lutheran 7 Wood St., Pittston 570-655-2505, stjohnspittston@verizon.com Pastor John Castellani Reader, Michelle Cherney Acolyte, Shelby Rinaldi Greeterm, Sharleen Palimia Ushers, John Peterson & Justin Peterson GLS is a year round fund raiser. Leave a message for Tracy if you have any questions or want to get involved. The parish’s 2nd Annual Pig Roast is Sept. 22 from 2 to 6 p.m. There will be a bake sale and basket raffle again this year. Adult dinner and beer $20; adult dinner without beer $12; kids age 6-10 $7; kids 5 and under free. Amy Saunders is contact person. Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Rally day pot luck brunch will be held Sunday Sept. 9 after church service to "kick off" our Church school year. Bible School starts Tuesday Sept 11 at 7 p.m. Weekday school starting starts Thursday, Sept 13 at 5:30 p.m. Planning committee will start on Tuesday Sept., 18 at 7 p.m. The Altar Guild held an organization meeting. Sara Garron will be the chair while Barb Laurie will be secretary. There are 17 members. Mandatory meeting Wednesday Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. Bulletin and Votive candle openings for Sept. 2 and 9. Leave a message for Doris Mersincavage. Aluminum cans, preferably crushed, are still being collected. Jim Fox and Bob Schumaker are spearheading this project. Altar Guild for the month of September: Michelle Cherney, Kathy Capabianco and the alternate is Marcia Colleran Aycolyte Schedule: Sept. 2 Trisha Renna, Sept. 9 Justin Lazanowicz; Sept. 16, Katie Colleran; Sept. 23 Sarah Ciesla; Sept. 30, Emily Goyne. The inaugural season for week day school was a huge success. This is a joint effort between the Sunday School and the conformation class. Every other Thursday 15 -20 children met at church and spent the evening learning the evening about Jesus. Dinner was prepared the by Larry and Michelle Willard, Pastor John and Mrs. C taught two groups of conformation class, while Michelle Cherney and Tracy Drummond taught Sunday School. St. John’s P.M. Church 316 Main St., Avoca Pastor Rich Rock 570-457-8281 Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m. Holy Communion the first Sunday of every month Bible Study every Wednesday 6:00-7:30 p.m. St. Maria Goretti Laflin Road, Laflin, PA. 18702 Pastor: Monsignor Neil Van Loon 42redwood@comcast.net www.stmariagoretti-laflin.org Elementary school children attend Religious Education Classes on Sunday morning 9:30-10:45 a.m. The registration forms and full schedule for the year are in the foyer of the church this weekend. The first C.C.D. class will be on Sept. 9. Parents’ Meeting for all Confirmation will be on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Center. Children in grades 6th, 7th or 8th grades, who have not received Confirmation, are required to join this class. Any adult or high school student interested in volunteering in the C.C.D. program can call the Parish Office at 655-8956. HARVEST TEA This fun-filled evening is a fundraiser to raise money for the Msgr. Gray Merit Award which is presented each year to a worthy senior from our parish. October 10, 7 p.m. until ? $10 Beginning on Friday, Sept. 14 and ending on Sunday, Sept.16, there will be a special event called “Up and Over” for all students in grades 7th and 8th at the Fatima Renewal Center. The weekend includes a number of fun activities and events, including an outdoor obstacle course. In addition, there will be a Mass, a movie, opportunities for free time and all-you-can-eat, buffet-style meals.

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Church notes flood anniversary

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church 200 Stephenson St. Duryea Rev. Fr. Carmen G. Bolock, Pastor Phone: 457-2291 Email: padre@saintmaryspncc.org Website: saintmaryspncc.org Holy Mass: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Weekdays: 8 a.m. Holy Days: 8 a.m. & 7 p.m.

On the one year anniversary of the flood, Saturday, September 8, Corpus Christi Parish will host a Mass of Thanksgiving and a pasta dinner for all residents affected by the flood and the many volunteers who dedicated their time and talents preparing, serving and delivering dinners. The Mass will be celebrated in Immaculate Conception Church, 605 Luzerne Ave, West Pittston at 4:00PM and dinner will be served at 5:00PM in the church hall. There is no charge for the dinner, but reservations are requiredº..please call Darlene (570) 817-0318. Donations will be accepted by calling Margaret at (570) 654-1146. Pictured from left to right first row - Megan Albrecht, Paula Denisco, Diane Melvin, Beverly Williams, Rosalie Bugelholl. Second row - Msgr John J. Sempa, Mary Dotter, Pattie Zipko, Gene Manganello, Margaret Rogo, Juel Ann Klepadlo and Jackie Albrecht.

St. Monica’s Church 363 West 8th Street, West Wyoming, PA 18644 Office Hours - 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mon. – Fri. Phone: 570-693-1991 Email: olos363@verizon.net www.stmonicanepa.com. Father Leo McKernan, Pastor Mr. William Jenkins, Deacon Mass Schedule Saturday Vigil: 4 p.m. OLOS Sunday: 8:30 a.m. STJ; 11 a.m. OLOS Daily Mass at OLOS – During summer months. Mon-TuesWed.-Fri: 7 a.m. (Please note: no Thurs. p.m. Mass) ADORATION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT: First Friday, September 7. Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will follow at 7:00 p.m. Mass until Midnight. Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and the Divine Praises will follow. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Catholicism – This Ten Part Series, which began on Tuesday, June 26, is coming to an end on August 28. The final presentation will be held on Tuesday, August 28 at St. Monica’s at 10:30 a.m. in the Church Hall and at St. Barbara’s at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Anthony Center. The topic for this week’s presentation is –World Without End – The Last Things. For more information call: St. Monica’s at 693-1991 or St. Barbara’s at 6542103. No registration is needed. Just come and enjoy the presentation. Email: olos363@verizon.net or stanthonyexeter@comcast.net. CCD Registration: will be held in the Church Hall from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. and after the 11:00 a.m. Mass on August 26. All parents will meet with Father McKernan prior to registration. A Baptismal certificate must be presented. A donation of $20 per family will be due on registration. If this is a hardship, please talk to Elaine Kelley (693-1521.) Parochial students must register as well. Anyone interested in teaching CCD or helping with the program should call Elaine as well. CCD Teachers Meeting: will be on August 27 at 6:00 p.m. followed by a cookout at the parish rectory. St. Monica’s Sweat-shirt/Tshirt Sale: is still underway. This sale will be offering red t-shirts $10, crew sweatshirts $18, hooded sweatshirts $26 and zip up hooded sweatshirts $30; these will be available in both youth and adult sizes. Note adult sizes 1x and up will require additional charge. Order forms are at the entrances of each Church site. Any questions contact Tom Tomsak at 237-2188. Women’s Evening of Reflection – On Monday, Sept. 10 at 6:00 p.m. Mass will be celebrated followed with a Conference at 7:00 p.m. given by Sister Joan of the Capuchin Sisters of Nazareth. Other Capuchin Sisters will join her. At 8:00 p.m. there will

be a social in the Church Hall. At 8:45 Sung Compline (Night Prayer of the Church.) Care to join? A registration sheet will be available in the Church Hall or anyone who would like to attend may call the Parish Office a 6931991. R.C.I.A – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults – After Labor Day there will be a new class starting for those adults interested in becoming Catholic or inquiring into the Faith. Call Father McKernan or the Parish Office at 693-1991 or email at olos363@verizon.net. St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 100 Rock Street, Hughestown Stpeters_elc@yahoo.com 654-1009 Summer Schedule Worship Service Sunday 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible, all are welcome As of Sept. 9 Sunday School at 9 a.m., Worship Service at 10 a.m. Confirmation classes will be starting, if you are in 7th or 8th Grade please call Pam Hanczyc @ 313-2829 to register. Queen of the Apostles Parish 715 Hawthorne St. (570) 457-3412 stmarysavoca@verizon.net www.stmaryavoca.4lpi.com The Queen of the Apostles Parish’s building and grounds committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 27 in the rectory, 715 Hawthorne St. The choir will resume practices from 7 to 9 p.m. on Mondays beginning Aug. 27. New members are welcome. Please use the handicapped entrance on the right side of the church, 715 Hawthorne St. The finance council will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28 in the rectory. Faith formation classes will resume on Sunday, Sept. 9 and Monday, Sept. 10 at St. Mary’s School, 742 Spring St. The First Eucharist class will meet from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 9 and students in grades K-8 will meet from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. on Sept. 10 The back to school and Catechetical Sunday Mass will take place at 11 a.m. on Sept. 16 at the church. The parishioners are currently selling the harvest edition of their “Pot of Gold Match the Daily Number” raffle tickets. For just $10 per ticket, you will have a chance to win $75 daily and $100 on Fridays throughout October. To purchase a ticket, call the rectory at 457-3412, and it will be mailed to you. The parishioners of Queen of the Apostles Parish and the Avoca Fire Department will pay tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at their eleventh annual September 11 Memorial Mass at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at St. Mary’s Church, 715

Hawthorne St. Members of local fire and police departments; emergency medical personnel; military personnel; veterans; Avoca Boy Scout Troop 316; Cub Scout Troop 316; Venture Crew 3701; the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Avoca Division; American Legion Post 607; V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, Post 8335; state Rep. Michael Carroll; former state Rep. Thomas Tigue; borough officials; and bagpipers will process from the Avoca Fire Department to St. Mary’s Church. The procession route will begin at the Avoca Fire Department, 740 Main St., pass under a fire truck ladder arch which will be raised over Hawthorne Street, and end at St. Mary’s Church. The procession will assemble at 6:45 p.m. at the fire department and process to the church. Following the Mass, there will be a reception in St. Mary’s School auditorium, 742 Spring St. Daily Masses: 8 a.m. (Wednesday at 7 p.m.) Eucharistic Adoration: Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Miraculous Medal Novena: Wednesday following the 7 p.m. Mass Weekends Masses: Saturday at 4 p.m.; Sunday at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Confession: Saturdays 3-3:45 p.m.; anytime upon request by calling 457-3412. Prayer Chain: 457-5867

Sunday. The Women of Trinity have undertaken a ministry to help support Good Shepherd Episcopal Church of Scranton in their outreach to the homeless of the region. Each month after enjoying a home cooked meal at Good Shepherd all who have needs may “shop” for necessities like clothing, shoes, and toiletries in a store-like setting in the church’s refurbished basement of donated items. The Woman of Trinity has supported this ministry by delivering donations of clothing, new undergarments and socks and toiletries to the Scranton church. WOT will continue to collect trial size and hotel toiletries and invites the parish community to join with them in helping the less fortunate. Donations of trial size and sample size toiletries are welcome. Party and Banquet Space. Newly renovated banquet room and kitchen. All Day Rental $100. Reservations at 654-3261. Music Together Classes: Fun and music for infants and children through age five accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Visit www.musictogether.com for information on Music Together. Next semester starts in Sept.18. For registration information call 654-3261. Giant neighborhood yard sales 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. every first Saturday through October. Dozens of vendors, chili dogs with homemade sauce, wimpies, bake sale. Vendor spots available, $10, reservations required. Second Presbyterian Call 654-3261. FREE chicken BBQ for our 143 Parsonage St., Pittston West Pittston neighbors affected 654-1411 Sunday, August 12, 10 a.m., by the flood on Sept. 9 from 12:30 until 2 p.m. Worship Reservations please at 570Tuesday, August 14, 7 p.m., 654-3261 or trinityepiscopalAA Meeting westpittston@hotmail.com. Special celebration of Mass Trinity Episcopal Church that day at 11 a.m. All are welSpring Street and Montgom- come. ery Avenue, West Pittston Mission: “To live and build United Methodist Church holy community.” Corner of Broad & Church All welcome. Worldwide Anglican Commu- Sts. Pittston nion: ‘We believe in one holy, Rev. Susan Hardman-ZimmerCatholic apostolic church.” man Web of information and links Sunday Worship Service 9:30 at www.trinityepiscopalchurcha.m. Children’s Sunday School: westpittston.org and www.dio9:30 a.m. beth.org. Holy Communion: 1st Sunday Sunday Holy Eucharist: 11 each month a.m. every Sunday. Choir Rehearsal: Thursday’s Food Pantry: August items needed are powdered milk, cere- at 7 p.m. unless told otherwise United Methodist Women: al and peanut butter. Gerrity’s 2nd Monday. gift cards, cash donations and Website www.umcpittston.org other non-perishable foods also Date Changed: Hoagie Sale accepted. Prayernetwork. Open To Pub- will be on Tues., Sept. 18. Choiclic. Daily prayer for those with es are ham, salami and cheese or needs requesting prayerful sup- turkey and cheese with or withport. Start Prayernetwork at par- out onion. Price of hoagies are $4 each. ish office 654-3261. Orders must be in by Sunday, Youth Program: 10:45 a.m. evSept. 16. ery Sunday. Weekday special To place an order or for addievents and service projects as antional information call 654-3936 nounced. Faith Forum for Adults: En- or 693-1572. On Wednesday, Sept. 19, there richment for adults seeking spiritual renewal and opportunities will be an Ad. Council meeting at 7 p.m. for ministry and volunteerism. Date Changed- A Chicken Parish Life Events Team: BiDinner is scheduled for Saturmonthly first Sundays. day, October 27; additional inParish Council: Every second formation will be forthcoming. Sunday. Women of Trinity: Every third


The Pittston Dispatch 08-26-2012