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Sunday, November 4, 2012




DHS Civics Club ‘Ellie’ remembered at cheer event will honor vets By MEGAN SCHNEIDER mschneider@mydallaspost.com

The Lake-Lehman Jr./Sr. High School was bursting with energy, generosity and cheer on Oct. 27 during the Sixth Annual Cheer for a Cause Cheer Off. This year’s event was held in memory of 8 month-old Eleanor Ayers who passed away on April 5. Eleanor, or “Ellie” as she was known, was diagnosed at just 4 months of age with a rare heart condition called cardiomyopathy. Ellie’s mother, Jennifer Ayers, was “really overwhelmed” with the size of the event. Ayers is a Lake-Lehman graduate who now lives in Williamsport with her husband, Geof, and their 7-year-old son, Malcom. She grew up with the children of cheerleading Coach Sandy Dobrowolski and was touched when Dobrowolski asked if the Ayers family would be willing to be the face for this year’s competition. “Even though Ellie isn’t here anymore, she has inspired so many people and she can still do great things,” Ayers said. Forty teams from all over the region and 16 organizations participated in making the fundraising charity event a success. Donations were made by Misericordia University, Curves and A’s Cutting Crew, as well as private donations. Proceeds from the event were split between Candy’s Place, a resource center for cancer patients and the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundtion or CCF, a nonprofit organization that focuses on research for pediatric cardiomypathy. The Charity Cup presented and sponsored by the Ayers family went to the Pittston Patriots who collected over $300 in donations. “I feel so much love for these families I’ve never met because you just never know if your child is going to survive,” said Ayers. Lake-Lehman seniors Ashlee Barker and Sommer Sereyka organized the competition as part of their senior completion project.


Lake-Lehman High School junior Miranda Sayre, of Hunlock Creek, holds the Charity Cup trophy to be given to the team that raised the most money at Cheer for a Cause.

an event that is not just the face of the charity but reflects their school in such a way. Their hope was to raise $10,000, to beat last year’s numbers. Last Saturday’s event raised over $11,000 through the combined efforts of the sponsors and participating squads. Over the past five years, the competition has raised over $36,000 for various charities. Volunteers helped raise funds by assisting in the refreshment booths and at booths for gear and raffles. Rachel Mahoney and Mikayla Weston, members of the LakeLehman Key Club, ran a table selling pink ribbons and bracelets for breast cancer awareness. Shannon Prince volunteered to help with the event by running the raffle basket table featuring baskets donated by local businesses and private donations. Deanna Dragon, one of the seniors who started the event in 2007, served as a judge for Saturday’s competition. “This is truly a community event,” Dobrowolski said. All cheerleaders received a medal for participation and trophies were awarded by category in each age group as follows:

D TEAM FIRST-PLACE WINNERS Hello and Dance: Kingston Twp. Raiders Sideline and Hometown Cheer: Hanover Mini Hawks C TEAM FIRST-PLACE WINNERS Hello and Sideline: Plains Yankees Hometown Cheer: Nanticoke Junior Trojans Dance: West Side Falcons B TEAM FIRST-PLACE WINNERS All categories in this category (Homer, Sideline, Hello and Dance) were won by the Plains Yankees

A TEAM FIRST-PLACE WINNERS Hello, Hometown and Dance: “We wanted it,” they said. over 10 years and both girls felt it Plains Yankees Sideline: West Pittston Rams Sereyka has been cheering for was an honor to be trusted with

First, second, and third-place trophies and medals wait to be given to the Cheer for a Cause participants.

Lyla Wydra, 4, left, and Jackson Wydra, 9, both of Kingston Township, decorate pumpkins before the Halloween parade.

Mackenzy Molinaro, right, decorates a pumpkin with her grandma Wendy Molinaro at the East Center Street Park Pavilion.

By MEGAN SCHNEIDER mschneider @mydallaspost.com

The Student Leadership and Civics Club at Dallas High School will celebrate Veteran’s Day differently than most other organizations when it hosts a panel discussion at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 in the high school auditorium. The panel will consist of about a dozen veterans from the area who will answer questions about their experiences during their respective wars and offer their opinions on political issues and patriotism. The club will honor two soldiers who have been awarded the Purple Heart and will unveil their names on an honor roll outside the high school. A flag that was flown in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom will also be added to the memorial. Veterans scheduled to participate in the panel discussion are Steven Kalo, currently serving in Operation Enduring Freedom; Ralph Amantea, WWII; Darren Moore, Ralph Galicki, Korea; Anthony Oliveri, Korea; Joseph Kester, Korea; John Sor-

ber, Vietnam; Frank Wagner, Korea; Jack Evans, WWII; Ed O’ Mara, Vietnam; Sean Sweeny, currently serving, Afghanistan; and Carol Eichorm, Navy. This is the third year the club is hosting this event. “Our event is important to our community because these people who have served our country,” said Blake Donovan, vice president of the club. “We should have a greater appreciation for what they have given and sacrificed and having this event is our way of reminding our community.” Frank Wagner of the 35th 65th squadron, grandfather of club president Marcus Wagner, is serving on the panel and has participated in the previous discussions. “He just says you don’t realize how much everyone appreciates it and when you get the feedback from a relative like that it makes you want to help so much more,” Marcus Wagner said of his grandfather. “My plan is to become an officer in the Air Force and it’s important to me personally, our Student Leadership and Civics Organization, our school and our community as a whole,” said Donovan.

Parking ordinance in effect Kingston Township Police Chief James Balavage reminds residents that the Township Winter Parking Ordinance is effective Nov.1through March 31, 2013. Under this ordinance, residents are prohibited from parking vehicles on township streets between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. daily. The chief also reminds residents that vehicles are not permitted to be parked on town-

ship streets during snowstorms or for eight hours after the end of a storm. The ordinance is designed to keep the township streets open and clear so that snow removal measures can be effectively undertaken by the public works department. The chief urges all township residents to cooperate in complying with the township ordinance to avoid enforcement measures.

Jesse Kosierowski, 8, left, and Abby Lauer, 7, decorate pumpkins before the Kingston Township Halloween Parade.

Carving pumping at East Center Street Park


hildren of all ages gathered at the East Center Street Park Field in Trucksville to carve and decorate pumpkins prior to the annual Kingston Township Halloween Parade.


Gunnar Grebeck, 8, of Kingston Township, poses as a zombie.

Kingston Township children decorate their pumpkins at the East Center Street Park Pavilion before the Halloween parade.

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