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THE TIMES LEADER under Tuesday’s meeting agenda. • Tuesday’s council meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in the Emergency Management Agency buildContinued from Page 3A ing, Water Street, Wilkesthe county continue to involve Barre. • The county administration themselves more in helping the plans to present a detailed county.” • County tax claim operator report on the county’s more than $400 million debt TuesJohn Rodgers, of Northeast day, including options to reRevenue Service LLC, did his duce the load if non-budgeted best to pump up sales at last revenue windfalls surface. week’s back-tax auction. Some of the outstanding When no takers surfaced for debt is locked into “call protecseveral Jenkins Township parcels on a street named Paradise tion” that guarantees investors a percentage of return for a on the River, Rodgers referspecific time period, preventenced the exotic sound of the ing the bonds from being locale, trying to drum up in“called back” or refinanced at terest. lower interest rates until the One bidder offered a higher price than needed for a proper- protection expires. Lawton said he wants the ty in Hazle Township because public to understand how the he mistakenly thought he still county amassed the debt so had competition. Rodgers urged him to stick with the top past mistakes are not repeated. • County Councilman Harry offer. Haas asked for a discussion on “The county needs money. a potential skate park on land We’ll take all we can get,” he near the courthouse during said. Tuesday’s council meeting. • A crowd of elected tax County Chief Engineer Joe collectors is expected at TuesGibbons will outline options, day’s council meeting for a including the need to consider discussion on the home rule ongoing maintenance costs. option to stop using them for The park idea came up becounty taxes. The county administration is cause UGI Penn Natural Gas Inc. has cleaned up contampreparing a report outlining ination on a 3.3-acre parcel on the hundreds of thousands of Water Street in Wilkes-Barre dollars in net savings that could be realized by absorbing and is looking for a reuse that doesn’t involve structures that the service in-house. Several documents outlining could be flooded by the adjacent Susquehanna River. tax collection rates and sysSkateboarders routinely tems used in other counties have been posted on the coun- congregate at the River Common levee portal by the courcil section of the county webthouse. site,,



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sic, juggling and martial arts demonstrations. Pia Somerlock, who operates the PS Pottery display, said she has participated for 10 years and finds the festival a good place to do business and meet “really nice folks.” “The people who run the event are very well-organized,” she said. “They are a very friendly group.” She was pleased with the attendance and the weather saying she and the other vendors she talked to had a good business day. But, most of all she enjoys talking to the shoppers who have come by year after year. “Even if they don’t come to buy something, they still stop to give me a hug and say hello,” she said. In addition to the vendors and entertainment, the event included guided tours of the historic Hayfield House conducted by Janet Rosenbaum, an employee of the university. Winter lauded Rosenbaum’s passion for the house, which was home of John N. Conyngham. Adorned with European furnishings along with historic portraits of the family members and their farm, the home was a real “showcase” of the day, Winter added. She thanked the administration and staff at Penn State Wilkes-Barre for providing the venue for the event each year


Hayfield House on the campus of Penn State Wilkes-Barre in Lehman Township hosted the 28th Annual Arts at Hayfield Summer Festival on Sunday. For CLICK photos, see page 1C.

Caroline Duffy, 8, of Hunlock Creek, has her face painted to look like a mermaid.

as well as helping with the setup and clean-up afterwards. She said the Arts at Hayfield exists as a way for local artists and crafters and the local community to enjoy a nice day.

Patrick Beisel, 9, of Shavertown, admires a stained-glass piece of a parrot at the vendors tent of Ed Jameson of Nanticoke.

Frank Bevevino of Dallas strolls with his grandchildren Nick, 2, and Nellie Cramton, 3.



ted to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $75,000 straight bail.

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HAZLETON – A MinSec inmate who did not return from his community service program and was wanted on a charge of escape turned himself in Saturday night to Bloomsburg police. Justin Lee Vaughn, 24, of Hazleton, was taken into custody around 11 p.m., the Pennsylvania State Police said. He failed to return to the community corrections center on West Broad Street on Thursday afternoon and a warrant was issued for his arrest, state police said.

HANOVER TWP. – A safe containing cash was stolen during a burglary at the KFC restaurant on Oxford Street overnight Sunday, police said. The restaurant was entered through a window smashed with a rock. Anyone with information about the break-in is asked to contact Hanover Township Police at 570 825-1254.

nization’s secretary, saying, “We need you to tell your friends and neighbors to help us to help yourselves.” The junior Perez implored the audience to get involved and demonstrate that they “are part of the solution” as industrious and enterprising members of the community, according to a translated copy of his speech. He urged them to respect and work with local, state and federal officials “of this great nation that has welcomed us and gave us the opportunity to have a better quality of life, better education and opportunities for our children. Do not FRED ADAMS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER let anyone steal our ‘American Dream’ ” and turn it into a Victor Perez Jr., president of the non-profit organization, spoke Sunday night at the seventh “nightmare,” he said. anniversary of La Casa Dominica De Hazletonat Crystal Barbecue & Lounge

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shoes almost always fall right at the very top of it. “People do put a lot of weight on the type of shoes they buy,” Ginocchetti said of the accessory’s importance. “They want to be in style, make sure they have the newest thing.” That was the case with 10year-old Molly Moran, who knew exactly what she want-

shoes for young ones can be the trickiest to nail down. “Kids shoes are tough because their feet are always growing and the sizes are changing,” Ginocchetti said. Gino’s now specializes mostly in children’s shoes, making sure to dedicate ample time to each customer in order to find the right fit. Size was a problem for 11year-old Angela Simonetti. Her mom, Casey, wasn’t even sure what size she would be in. “We tried shopping two weeks ago and got frustrated

because it seemed like she was a different size in everything we tried on,” Casey said. She eventually ended up at Humphrey’s Bootery and Bags in Dallas, where the right measurement was taken and she and her daughter could shop easier. “She has never been a fan of shoe shopping,” Casey said as Angela stood by, nodding her head in confirmation. “It was nice to be able to get in, get out and, hey, hopefully we won’t have to do this until next year.”

WILKES-BARRE – Police are investigating a burglary at the Fitness Headquarters on East Northampton. A front door was smashed and the cash register was stolen during the break-in reported Friday. WILKES-BARRE - Police Saturday arrested George Bauer after he allegedly punched his wife Jeanette at least 10 times in the head on Hortense Street. Jeanette Bauer suffered a head laceration, police said.

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ed. She sat in Gino’s, patiently waiting to try on a pair of brown shoes, her color of choice for the season. “She is very specific, every year,” mother, Paulette, of Swoyersville, said. “Today we’re looking for dress shoes, and I hope we find them.” Paulette could breathe a sigh of relief, as Molly seemed content walking around the store in a pair of flat brown Kenneth Coles, a smile on her face. Though all ages look for new kicks for the school year,

HANOVER TWP. – Police early Sunday morning charged Nicholas J. Vezo, 21, of Park Street, Nanticoke, after he allegedly assaulted his mother, Denise Vezo, at the Marion Terrace Apartments. Police said the son was taken into custody around 1:50 a.m. and charged with simple assault, harassment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. He was arraigned by District Justice Donald Whittaker of Nanticoke and commit-

HANOVER TWP. – Irene Yarnot of Monarch Road reported Sunday the front bay window at her residence was damaged overnight.

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