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June 30 - July 6, 2013


Vol. 122 No. 17




Defying gravity: Teen astounds the world SuSAn DEnnEy

Dallas Post Correspondent

It’s easy to forget to breathe when watching Wake Schepman skate. He defies gravity as he flies over ramps and twists in the air. His favorite stunt is a trick called a flat spin 540. It’s an unbelievable sideways backflip with one and a half rotations. Wake, 16, of Hunlock Creek, is a phenomenon in the world

of inline skating, also known as Rollerblading. He’s a likeable and humble high school student who enjoys Boy Scouting and church activities. He has won many competitions and is the only teen ranked in the top 10 inline skaters in the world. “The biggest accomplishment I have had was this last February,” he said. “I competed in the biggest Rollerblading com-

petition in North America called the Bittercold Showdown. I won third place. First place went to a man from Australia and second place went to a man from France.” The Bittercold Showdown was held in Royal Oak, Michigan and drew the best inline skaters from around the globe. Wake’s mom, April, said the family has been in the Back Mountain area for four years.

She said the winters here are a challenge for her son’s skating because one of his parents must drive him to the closest indoor skating park if the weather is bad. In good weather, Wake practices on the backyard ramp his dad, Wes, created for him. April used to be afraid when Wake first started skating at age 5. See GRAvITy | 10

Founders Day celebrated in Tunkhannock The 32nd Annual Founders’ Day celebration in historic downtown Tunkhannock was hosted June 22. Once again, Peoples Neighborhood Bank was the event’s major sponsor. In addition to Tioga Street, vendors exhibited their merchandise along Warren and Harding Streets. The Tunkhannock Business and Professional Association coordinated the annual event, including food, entertainment and music. A record number of vendors offered a variety of metal crafts, art, fabric crafts, woodworking, jewelry, home décor, photography and other unique trades and professions. Festivities began at 10 a.m. and concluded at 4 p.m. The Wyoming County United Way held its annual Duck Derby. Artists from the Endless Mountain Council of the Arts exhibited paintings.

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Wake Schepman trains on skate ramps in the back yard of his Hunlock Creek home.

Novrocki named Teacher of the Year Michael Novrocki, a Lake-Lehman High School teacher, was selected as winner of the National History Day Patricia Behring Teacher of the year in the 2013 senior division. The Behring Award recognizes teachers for exemplary commitment to helping students develop their interest in history through the use of creative teaching methods and helping them make discoveries about the past. Novrocki was selected

from a pool of more than 50 teachers. Novrocki received the award before a crowd of thousands at the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the Univesrsity of Maryland at College Park. Lake-Lehman High School has won the Oustanding School Award in the Senior Division for 14 years in a row at the regional History Day Contest and this year received the Outstanding School position at the state-level competition.

Misericordia U teaching program nationally ranked The Misericordia University Teacher Education Program is one of 105 teacher preparation programs in the country and one of only seven in Pennsylvania named to the Honor Roll in the 2013 National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) ratings released by U.S. News & World Report on June, 18. M i s e r i c o r d i a University’s undergraduate secondary education program received three out of four stars in the national report, “Teacher Prep Review: A Review

of the Nation’s Teacher Preparation Programs 2013.’’ T he three-star designation means the Misericordia University Teacher Education Program “provides strong preparation,’’ according to the report. Of the 1,200 elementary and secondary education programs in the United States that were assigned an overall program rating by NCTQ, only 9 percent received the special Honor Roll designation by earning three or four stars.

Above, Autumn Barzelowski, 5, of Tunkhannock, reviews the face-painting work created by Rozanne Bozek, of Trading Faces. At left, One momentous move in Tunkhannock this year was the relocation of Gay’s True Value Store from Bridge Street to 189 E. Tioga. Shown is the former Gay’s True Value located on Bridge Street for 100 years. Business owners decided to move after the most recent flood. The building shown has been demolished and a CVS pharmacy will be built in its place. Alice Stuffle | Dallas Post

Playing it forward on the field for tornado victims SARAH HiTE

Dallas Post Correspondent

Nicole Chipego wants to play it forward. When Chipego heard about the devastation caused by tornadoes in Oklahoma in early June, she knew she wanted to help children whose lives were turned upside down by the storm. So she began planning an adult softball tournament to benefit the Moore,

Oklahoma Little League. The two-day Field of Dreams Co-Ed Softball Tournament will be held Labor Day weekend and proceeds from the entry fees and raffle ticket sales will all benefit the Little League organization in Oklahoma. “It’s important when kids love something, that they’re able to keep playing, especially when there is chaos going on,” she said. “It gives kids an outlet.” The 32-year-old mom and softball enthusiast of Noxen knows firsthand the important role sports can play in the lives of children. After all, she’s been playing softball on local teams

What: Field of Dreams Co-Ed Softball Tournament When: Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1 Where: Tannery Yard, Noxen Who: Teams will consist of 10 players, with at least three women and seven men Cost: $175 per team entry fee. Deadline to enter is Aug. 24. Contact: Nicole Chipego, event organizer, by phone at 406-9883 or by e-mail at Businesses may also contact Chipego for concessions, raffle or monetary donations. for more than 20 years. “I can’t remember not playing,” said Chipego. “I’ve always been good at it. And my whole family played - my mom, my dad and my three sisters.” The Lake-Lehman graduate played softball for her high school team,

winning awards for her prowess on the field. She also had an opportunity to play in the National Pro Fastpitch Professional Women’s Softball League for the New york/ New Jersey Juggernaut in the early 2000s. “[I] got invited to

play,” said Chipego. “It was a two-day tryout with 150 girls playing each day. They picked 20 girls out of all of them.” But now Chipego has traded in her pro status to play on two local teams and coach her daughter, 5-year-old Hannah, through her first T-Ball season with the Badgers, part of the Bob Horlacher League. “Hannah also comes with me to my games, and I like to keep involved in the benefit tournaments,” she said. The tragedy in Charlotte Bartizek | Dallas Post Moore, Oklahoma nicole Chipego, a former softball standout at Lake-Lehman High hit close to home for See FORWARD | 10

School, has more than the game on her mind. Chipego is planning a benefit softball game to aid tornado victims in Oklahoma.


SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2013



Mr. Jeffrey D. Shaffer, principal of the Dallas Senior High School, announces the Senior High School fourth marking period honor roll. The honor roll is determined by the following: Honors with Distinction; 98 – 100, no Cs, Ds, or Fs. First Honors: 93 - 97, no Ds or Fs. Second Honors; 88 - 92, no Ds or Fs. HONORS WITH DISTINCTION Seniors Bridget Boyle Christopher Colacito Blake Donovan Megan Fleming Taylor Hodle Merissa Konnick Alyssa Menzel Andrea Parmelee Megan Redlich Rebecca Schnable Danielle Spencer Brian Stepniak Cary Vailes Jamie Wise Danna Yu Juniors Olivia Birdsall Lauren Butruce Dana Capitano Decklan Cerza Drew Cohen Kristi Culp Stephanie Cybulski Magdalena Fannick Catherine Gawlas Amber Habib Jared Hoats Sara Hudak Kelly Jacobs Leonard Javick Patrick Madaya Amanda Martin Lauren McDermott Samantha Missal Erin Muldoon Andrew Nardone Patrick Newhart Samuel Reinert Samantha Schooley Michelle Thompson Cortlyn Van Deutsch Kayla Wanek Taryn Weaver Haley Wilcox Krista Zimmerman Sophomores Dorian Anderson Madalyn Bozinski Katie Conrad Erik Dyrli Melissa Fleming Aleksey Gitelson Haley Haddle Lindsey Jacobs Kelsey Karasinski Connor Koscelansky Ryan Marshall Olivia Musto Kajal Patel Grace Schaub Ashley Strazdus Talia Szatkowski Christina Valenti Freshmen Lia Barbacci Christopher Biesecker Brielle Brace Tanner Gattuso Tabbytha Greene Kathryn Grose Courtney Hoats Lauren Hudak Michael Kovalick Kyleigh Kravits Rachel Luke Ruby Mattson Justin Novitski Marlena Ostrowski Kathryn Roberts Alexandra Rome Kathryn Snedeker Rebecca Stot Krista Vivian Emilee Zawatski FIRST HONORS Seniors Evonna Ackourey Alyssa Belskis Bryan Biesecker Caitlin Cameron Christie Conway Rebecca Darling Laura Dewitt Matthew Diaco James Duffy Ashley Dunbar Kristian Dyrli John Emil Tanner Englehart Amanda Foote Morgan Gilhooley Clara Grube Emily Harchar Jessica Hiscox Alyssa Horvath Ryan Kozloski Christopher Lafratte Tess Macarty Mary Manganello Joshua McEntee Jenna Morgan John P. Murray Steven Nave Taylor Newhart Meghan O’Brien Rachel Olszewski Krysti Oschal Gates Palissery Jillian Payne Sarah Payne Jeremy Peters Lauren Rando Brian Reese Jaydon Richards Amber Roberts François Ross Michael Ryan Jason Simonovich Olivia Sod William Stoss Damon Szatkowski

Skyler Velazco Marcus Wagner Josie Yankovich Eric Yurko Juniors Lily Amadio Allison Amos Abigail Berger Sarah Blamire John Blat Emily Blessner Carmen Cabrera Grace Carolan Jennifer Cave Lauren Charney Kathryn Comitz Logan Darling Kelsie Davis Dominic Deluca Bethany Dennis Elizabeth Dillon Bryanna Dissinger Sara Evans Patrick Gelso Ryan Georgetti Drew Harding Jonathan Higgins Sarah Kerdesky Leah Kleynowski Alexandra Klinges Emily Lofing Mary Martin David Matcho Gurmail Mathon Erin Michael Mark Michno Christopher Milligan Bryan Morgan Rory Mullin Bethany Murray Emma Niznik Megan Ostrum Blake Pertl Michael Pierce Regan Rome Natasha Rostova Peter Shaver Jillian Simon Michael Stachnik Nora Tidey Ryan Webster Victoria Wells Stephen Wempa Sarah Wittle Samantha Zimniski Sophomores Jesteen Adams Jacob Archer Kaylin Augustine James Baut Peter Baut Abigail Bendick Sarah Boyd Jacob Bozentka Alexandra Bruch Nicholas Conway Gabriella Darbenzio Brian Drouse Mallory Faux Lia Giampietro Caitlin Gill Jesse Goode Cheyanne Gray Caylee Irvin Brian Jefcoat Omar Kazimi Tyler Kerkowski Sydney Kern Owen Kiluk Peter Konnick Michael Kusma Elizabeth Kutza


Amanda Lopez Luke Matusiak Aidan McLaughlin Kellie Meehan Maria Mendizabal Devin Michalec Alexandra Milligan Kelsey Monahan Alexis Murdoch Milan Novak Jessica O’Malley Lindsey Oremus Eric Pincofski James Rinehart Lia Ruggerio Jonathan Sabatini Jacob Schmid David Schnable Amanda Schwerdtman Michael Shutlock Samantha Starbuck Caroline Thomas Dylan Thomas Courtney Wagner Joanna Wallace Kassandra Weeks David West Jonathan Wilson Stephanie Zimmerman Tara Zukosky Freshmen Mohammad Abualburak Saleem Abualburak Maria Ansilio Emily Atiyeh Brendan Balara Catherine Blankensop Jessica Bowden Jacob Buda Julie Butwin Peter Capitano Allison Deboer Anthony Deluca Catherine Dillon Alexa Dosiak Lauren Dottor Tayler Dove Mariana Dymond Madison Evans Chase Feeney Lauren Finnegan Joshua Frankevich Devon Gerstein Anna Giacometti Madison Goodwin Tabitha Grabowski Rachel Healey Annalisa Jolley Madeline Jones Madison Kaminski Katie Kapral Morgan Kapral Kaitlyn Kochanski Jared Krawetz Angelo Kwak Jillian Kwak Caitlyn Landau Michelle Leonard Paige Lewandowski Stephanie Lyons Megan Mancinelli Robert Martin Ryan Martin Andrew Matcho Sukhmail Mathon Daniel Mingey Connor Motley Cassidy Muldoon Adam Niznik Michaela O’Connell David Oley Megan Parsons

Bria Polachek Samantha Pollick Katherine Pugh Julia Ramirez Arden Rice Samantha Rinehimer Charles Siegel Justin Sweeney Brian Tomaszewski Alexis Wyandt Kaitlyn Yakus Tyler Yang Justin Yavorski Julia Zochowski Tiffany Zukosky SECOND HONORS Seniors Cody Adanosky Chloe Alles Amy Avillion Leah Benedetti Arnie Brodhead Stephanie Burba Michael Carey Colin Casto Alan Cheskiewicz Anna Chinikaylo Dante DeAngelo James Delpriore Deidre Deluca Sarah Dennis Christina Diltz Felix Dolman Nicole Giampietro Wendy Greenwood Megan Johnson Lauren Jones Michael Kapral Briana Konecke Casey McAndrew Katherine Metcalf David Payne Greg Petorak Jacob Rogers Christopher Schmid Steven Shutlock Courtney Sickel Talia Simon Joshua Smith Gregory Strazdus Zachary Stritzinger Abrianna Tolomello Kyle Williams Jennifer Yannuzzi Ryan Zapoticky Juniors Nell Adams Jacob Arnold Giovana Augustine Christopher Behm Rosario Bevevino Justin Brojakowski Anthony Chielli Christopher Chorey Alyssah Dombek Luke Edwards Brenden Ehret Amanda Fuller Kayla Gleco Kiera Gross Katlyn Hodle Frank Hullihen John Hutchins Joseph Imperato Ashley Kapral Peter Kuritz Travis Mattson Jessi Mendoza Margaret Michael Michael Mihal Sophie Olson Vincenzo Parente

Ayman Paris-Hasan Amanda Rando Matthew Roncevich William Spare Nigel Stearns Joseph Steve Kaila Thomas Joshua Weaver Noah Welch Khadayah Whitaker Eric Young Madison Ziemba Sophomores Michael Alves Brendan Baloh Anastasia Baney Emily Banta Alysha Becker Jacob Bienkowski Amy Bolton Christopher Diltz Sarah Fasulka Allen Fell Katelyn Hunter Anthony Huntington Eric Kalo Stephanie Lewis William Luksic Ryan Monk Ezra Moore Morgan Morris Julianna Murray Gregory Navestad Omar Nijmeh Anthony Pace Madison Perez Jacob Plank Matthew Reynolds Caroline Sheehan Kurtis Sod Kayla Stearn Olivia Thomas Brittany Weinstein Freshmen Abdulrhman Almeky Calli Amadio Kyle Archer Julia Baloh Joseph Blaine Jessica Blat Anthony Brominski Kathleen Brown Lorenzo Buchhalter Andrew Casey Maura Chappell Andrew Chupka Arthur Coolbaugh Noah Cote Nathan Dix Zachary Dottor Tyler Dragon Timothy Elston James Farrell John Fessler Joseph Fiorello Makayla Guzzo Matthew Harrison Alexis Hockenberry Taylor Joseph James Kelly Christian Kimmerle Rachel Kon Katherine Kravitsky Connor Macarty Cory Metz Jonathan Miranda Jacob Roberts Jackson Shaver Janelle Sherman Shawn Spencer Griffin Stone Cameron Tuck

LLHS CLASS OF 1998 REUNION Lake-Lehman High School Class of 1998 will have a 15-year anniversary reunion on Saturday, July 20. For more information, contact Andrea Bryant Visneski by email at audielee80@ or by phone at 793-6354. MISERICORDIA SETS OPEN HOUSE Misericordia University is holding an open house program on the Back Mountain campus for high school students and their parents on Saturday, Aug. 17 beginning with registration at 9 a.m. The program offers an informative tour of the more than 123acre campus, meetings with Misericordia students, faculty and coaches, as well as information sessions with admissions and financial aid counselors. The schedule includes refreshments, campus tours, a faculty session and lunch, and meetings with representatives of student services, athletics and financial aid. A session will also be held on the university’s Alternative Learner’s Project for students with learning disabilities. For more information, contact

the Misericordia U n i v e r s i t y Admissions Office at (570) 675-4449. DHS CLASS OF ‘63 REUNION Dallas Senior High School Class of 1963 will hold its 50th anniversary reunion the weekend of Aug. 23-25. The main event will be held at Leggio’s Restaurant, 64 E Center Hill Road, Dallas on Aug. 24. The reunion planning committee is looking for contact information for Jim Campbell, Bruce Carr, Thomas Groff, Karl Hildebrand, Carolyn Lahey, Ed Richmond, Margaret Schobert, Jim Strausser and Betsy Turner. Information can be forwarded to Charlotte Roberts at robertscm63@ or (610) 929-3155 or Gloria Dolbear Williams @ or 696-2157. WAHS CLASS OF ‘73 REUNION The Wyoming Area High School Class of 1973 is planning its 40th anniversary reunion for Labor Day weekend. Classmates interested in obtaining information are asked to log onto waclassofseventythree on Facebook and enter their mailing address. WSCCHS CLASS

OF 1971 PARTY West Side Central Catholic High School Class of 1971 will hold a 60th birthday party from 1 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1 at the Grove at Checkerboard Inn on Carverton Road, Trucksville. For more information, contact Kate Bustin Taroli at DHS CLASS OF 1968 REUNION The Dallas High School Class of 1968 will have a 45-year anniversary reunion this September. There will be a mixer at Grotto Pizza, Harveys Lake on Friday, Sept. 20 and a reunion evening at Leggio’s, Dallas, on Saturday, Sept. 21. Classmates are encouraged to log onto Facebook at “Dallas High School Class of 1968” or call Lucy at 674 5673 for more information. DHS CLASS OF 1983 REUNION Dallas High School Class of 1983 is planning a 30th anniversary reunion for Oct. 26. Any classmate who has not yet received information about the reunion and who wishes to attend is asked to send their current email address to dallasclassof83@ or call Sharon at (610) 737-0042.

Legion award presented to Chuck’s Diner Chuck’s Diner on Main Street in Luzerne was recently recognized by District 12 American Legion Luzerne County Commander John M. Emil Sr. with a special award plaque and certificate . The award was for outstanding support in helping to collect donations for the American Legion National Emergency Fund . The fund is used to help people in need in areas

where there is a national emergency. The award was presented by Commander John M. Emil Sr. and District 12 Finance Officer Joseph Kelley . Mr. John M. Emil Sr. and Mr. Joseph Kelley are both members of American Legion Post 672 , Dallas. From left, are Joseph Kelley, Chuck Dekmar, owner of Chuck’s Diner; and John M. Emil Sr.



Sunday, June 30, 2013


Cub Scouts from Pack 155 Trucksvile who recently visited the Philadelphia Zoo ae, from left, first row, Christopher Campbell, Carter Thompson, Max Castellino, Brendon Austin, Ryan Hunt, Steven Kollar, Brenna Hunt, Brook Austin, Andrew Lewis, Alan Lisman, Thomas Figura, Joseph Sowga, Nicholas Godin and Ben Figura. Second row, Lucas Tomko, Tylor Ourso, Ethan Shilanski, Austin Sowga, Jacob Banta, Brandon Fleschut, Jacob MacMillan, Dennis Dukinas, Jamie Mynes, Matt Cheskiewicz, Nathan Collins, Sam Collins, Ryan Kollar and Zack Calkins.

Scouts enjoy overnight visit to Philadelphia Zoo Cub Scouts of Pack 155 Trucksville recently enjoyed an overnight camping trip to the Philadelphia Zoo. The Scouts arrived at the zoo early in the evening and were

treated to live animal demonstrations, games, snacks and an evening hike through the zoo to see animals that are more active after the sun goes down. The Scouts, their parents and

leaders then stayed overnight in the tree house at the zoo and spent the next day touring the zoo on their own. Pack 155 is chartered by the Trucksville United Methodist

Church and meets all year. Any boy entering the first through fifth grade this fall is eligible to join . Contact Cubmaster Russ Banta at 696-2833 for more details.

Scouts visit KT Police Department

Brownies ‘bridge’ to Junior

The Wolves of Cub Scout Pack 281 recently visited the Kingston Township Police Department where they learned how police officers do their work, the equipment they use and how to be good citizens, under the guidance of Officer Frank Ziegler. Pack 281 in is chartered by the Dallas United Methodist Church. From left, are Den Chief ivan Gingo, James Antall, Charlie Kappler, Maxim Gingo, Andy Goodrich, Den Chief vladimir Gingo and Officer Ziegler .

Brownie Troop 32647 of Dallas held a “bridging” ceremony at the Dallas Elementary School. Members “bridged” to Juniors, the next level of Girl Scouting. The troop consists of 17 Scouts, with most of the Scouts in attendance since their first year at the Daisy level. From left, first row, are Jessica Allen, Maggie Ropietski, Madison Carlsson, Morgan Sakulich, Emily Williams, Lauren Butwin, Ryan Costello, Morgan Williams. Second row, Cara Pocono, Alyssa Pritchard, Elena Berti, Nadia Evanosky, Jordan Banks, Chloe Zondlo, Hannah Blazure, Shani Williams, troop leader; and Emma Brown. Third row, Marigrace Huntington.

Legion hosts Wolf Scouts

The following memorial/honor books have been placed in the Back Mountain Memorial Library for the month of June 2013: In memory of Milton E. Lutsey, “Hank Aaron: Home Run Hero” by Jessica Morrison, presented by Carrie McDonald and Frankie Sesson In memory of Irene Katyl, “Bowling Fundamentals: a better way to learn the basic”, presented by Stu and Debby Kirkwood In memory of Ron Hine, “ABC Doctor” by Harriet Ziefert, presented by Dr. John and Barbara Kolchin In memory of Bernard Frantz Sr., “Samuel de Champlain: Explorer of the Great Lakes Region and Founder of Quebec” by Josehpa Sherman, presented by Bill and Marilyn Feldman In nemory of Elizabeth W. Kachmar, “Rachel Carson: Fighting Pesticides and Other Chemical Pollutants” by Patricia Lantier, presented by Eileen Granda In memory of William J. Futch, “Measuring, Marking and Layout: A Builder’s Guide” by John Carroll, presented by Judith Roeder In memory of Margaret Dillon, “”Old School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned to Cook” by Alex Guarnaschelli, presented by John and Dorene Rhoads In memory of Elizabeth Kachmar, “Designers at Home” by Ronda Rice Carman, presented by Deb Maskalis In memory of Harry West, “Woodwork: A Step by Step Photographic Guide to Successful Woodworking,” presented by U.G.I. Utilities, Inc. In memory of Harry West, “Aquaponic Gardening” by Sylvia Bernstein, presented by Jennie Bonnie Dwyer In memory of Vincent Husovsky, “The History of the World” by J.M. Roberts and Odd Arne Westad, presented by Mary and Rick Hoyes In memory of Senator Charles Lemmond, “The History of the Ancient World” by Susan Wise Bauer, presented by Susan Stravinsky and Family In memory of Philip J. Ansilio, “Hudson Automobiles” by Patrick R. Foster, presented by Ellen J. Melligan The following books are in memory of Shirlee Dregant Schwarts and are presented by Beth and Bruce Rosenthal: “Fresh Flower Arranging,” “The Art of Floral Arranging,” by Eileen W. Johnson In memory of Marie C. Borton, “Out There: Design, Art, Travel, Shopping” by Maria Gabriela Brito, presented by The General Federation of Women’s Clubs – Harveys Lake The following books are in memory of Elizabeth W. Kachmar and are presented by June Wallo and Family: “Joan of Arc: The Teenager Who Saved Her Nation” by Philip Wilkinson, “A Corner of White” by Jaclyn Moriarity, “The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancy The following books are in memory of Mary S. Emmanuel and are presented by David and Fay Emmanuel: “Fresh-Start Ranch” by Leann Harris (large print), “Somewhere to Call Home” by Janet Lee Barton (large print) The following books are in memory of Elizabeth W. Kachmar and are presented by McMichael and Stepanski Families: “What about Bear?” by Suzanne Bloom, “That is Not a Good Idea!” by Mo Willems The following books are in memory of Elizabeth W. Kachmar and are presented by her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren: “Underground” by Denise Fleming, “First Peas to the Table” by Susan Grigsby, “Mercy Watson: Something Wonky this Way Comes” by Kate DiCamillo, “The Magician’s Elephant” by Kate DeCamillo HONOR In honor of Baby Charlotte Busch, “Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride” by Callista Gingrich, presented by Barbara and Dr. John Kolchin In honor of Ruth Tetschner, “Modern Book Collecting” by Robert A. Wilson, presented by The Bookshop Volunteers

PEOPLE BRiEFS THEDE INDUCTED INTO SOCIETY William Thede Jr., of Dallas, is one of 11 Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School graduates recently inducted into the Cum Laude Society, the national academic honor society for college preparatory schools, dur-

ing the school’s 169th Commencement ceremonies. PARKHURST ON DEAN’S LIST Alison Parkhurst, of Trucksville, has been named to the dean’s list at the University of Hartford for the spring 2013 academic semester.

EvEnts on thE GrEEn Daddow-isaacs Dallas American Legion Post 672 hosted Cub Pack 232 from Gate of Heaven Wolf Den. Clarence J. Michael and Reverend Bill Lewis gave histories of the U.S. flag. The Legion Honor Guard demonstrated the flag ceremony and how to properly fold a flag with the participation of the members of the Cub Scouts. From left, first row, are Aidan Jennings, Tommy Knorr, Brady Eggleston, Michael Fino, Tyler Edmondson, John Jennings, Mihir Mukul, Jonathan Bilwin, Reagan Woytowich. Second row, LeRoy Jennings, Amy Jennings, Rocky Knor. Third row, American Legion members Art Parks, Charlie Fleming, John Emil Sr., Joe Kelly, Jim Spencer, Reverend Bill Lewis and Clarence J. Michael.


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Orioles are Little League champs

The Orioles captured the Back Mountain Little League championship with an 11-3 win over the Giants. The 12-hit attack was led by Jake Connolly who singled, doubled and tripled. Todd Phillips pitched all six innings, struck out eight, and had two hits, including a triple. Alex Charlton doubled and singled. Zane Nardone and Michael Starbuck had two hits. The Orioles are coached by Joe Phillips, David Simpson and Jeff Connolly.

The Giants were led by Colin Zeiss with two hits. Xander Shaner, Cole Dewees, Trey Leo and Kyle Sincavage all delivered key singles.


Orioles 13 Yankees 10 (9 innings) Michael Starbuck allowed no runs in four innings of relief as the Os tripped the Yankees, 13-10, for the American League

championship. Dalton Simpson blasted two home runs in the win to lead the Orioles. Todd Phillips had three hits, including a double. Kyle McAndrew and Alex Charlton both doubled and singled. Starbuck added two singles. The Yankees were led by Michael Doggett’s grand slam and six RBIs. Mark Roginski ripped a triple.


Orioles 6 Rangers 1 Todd Phillips tossed a complete game two-hitter and struck out nine as the Orioles shut down the Rangers, 6-1, in the first round of the playoffs. Dalton Simpson, Joey Aliciene and Michael Starbuck each added key singles. Phillips also had two hits in the win. The Rangers were led by Zack Luksic’s single and Matt Maransky’s RBI double. Pitchers Charlotte Bartizek | Dallas Post EthanZawatskiandMichaelLuksic Giants shortstop Kyle Sincavage (No. 15) attempts to tag out combined for eight strikeouts. Orioles base runner Jake Connolly (No. 3).

Giants squeak by for AAA championship


West team starting pitcher Taylor Baker of Dallas winds up.

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Sarah Stacey starts All-Star game on bench TOM rOBINSON For The Dallas Post

Sarah Stacey found herself in an unfamiliar situation for the Robert L. Dolbear Senior Girls All-Star Softball Game. Stacey started the game on the bench, something she never did during her fouryear career at Lake-Lehman. “She was a starter since her freshman year and played every single inning of every game,” Lake-Lehman coach Wayne Oplinger said. “We’re naming an award after her, the Sarah Stacey Ironwoman Award.” Oplinger said the award will recognize a player annually for leadership and dedication to the team. Stacey received the award, which includes a small scholarship, from the Lake-Lehman Softball Booster Club. Stacey did her best to provide leadership to a struggling West team in the all-star game for recent graduates from Wyoming Valley Conference teams. The East opened a 14-0 lead in the first 4 ½ innings of the nine-inning game, played June 21 at the W.W. Kubis Memorial Field in Dallas. Stacey singled in the sixth inning and came around to score one of two West runs in the inning on the way to cutting the final East margin of victory to 15-4. “I wasn’t used to it,” Stacey said of coming off the bench. The West team kept battling in what could have turned into a discouraging game. “The whole thing was fun,” Stacey said. By the time the game ended, six players on the West team had produced at least one hit. Five of those players came from Lake-Lehman, Dallas or Tunkhannock. Lake-Lehman had two of the game’s three starting outfielders. Brandie Brennan, who was captain along with Stacey, was in left field. Vicky Cadwalder, who provided the game-winning

Austin Finarelli’s double in the bottom of the sixth inning proved to be the game-winning hit as the Angels nipped the Giants, 9-8, to win the AAA championship in the Back Mountain Little League. The hit plated both Josiah Thomas and Marc Ramirez with the tying and winning runs, respectively. Starting off the scoring, Drew Lojewski had three RBI for the Angels on a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the first inning, scoring Marc Ramirez, Austin Finarelli and Nick Solinsky. In offensive support for the Angels, Marc Ramirez had two hits and scored two runs. Zack Chamberlain had a hit with two RBI and Josiah Thomas had two hits, two RBI and a run scored. After the Angels took a 7-0 lead, the Giants came roaring back and scored three runs in the fourth inning and then followed with three more in the fifth and two in the sixth. In the fourth, two of the runs came home when Will Youngman and Nick Nocito scored on a two-run triple by Kurtis Ryniec. In the fifth, Ethan Kruger hit a two-run double, scoring Blaise Napierowski and Nick Nocito. In the top of the sixth, Mitch Burgess had a clutch single, plating

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Giants runner Mike Murray jumps for joy after bringing in two runs that put his team ahead.

both James McCabe and Mike Murray and giving the Giants an 8-7 lead. Offensive leaders for the Giants were Will Youngman, Kurtis Ryniec and Mike Murray, with each having two hits. The Giants pitching of Nick Nocito and Will Youngman and the Angels pitching of Marc Ramirez, Josh Noone and Austin Finarelli was excellent. In the field, the Giants’ Nathan Savignano took away a smash, no-doubt extra base hit from Angels’ Ethan Meuser in the third inning.


The Dallas High School Football Camp for players ages 6 through 12 will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday, July 22 and Tuesday, July 23 at Mountaineer Stadium. The camp will offer fundamental skills by position and football drills with instructions provided by varsity coaches, along with current and former players. Registrtion fee is $35 if paid by July 12 and $45 after July 12. For more information, call coach Bob Zaruta at 6750066.

DYB champions Bill Tarutis | Dallas Post

Lake-Lehman second baseman Sarah Stacey, left, readies herself on a pitch for the West.

double in extra innings for the team’s only win of the season, started in right field. Cadwalder went 1-for-2. “Vicky worked so hard to make herself a great player,” Oplinger said of Cadwalder, pointing out that she led the division in doubles as a junior and hit multiple home runs this year. “She worked hard to make herself a better all-around hitter.” Brennan went 0-for-1. Taylor Baker represented Dallas and was the starting pitcher for the West. Baker went 1-for-2 and scored a run. Tunkhannock had four players in the game, including Kristen Gilpin, who was selected as the West team’s Most Valuable Player.

“It was really unexpected,” Gilpin told The Times Leader after learning about the award in post-game public address announcements. Gilpin singled to drive in the team’s first run and finished 1-for-2. She also pitched the last four innings, controlling the East offense, which had been overpowering early with 16 hits in five innings. In the last four innings, Gilpin gave up just one run on two hits while striking out four and walking three. Emily Forba, Alicia Spudis and Jess Brennan also played from Tunkhannock. Forba went 1-for-2 and drove in a run. Spudis started as the West leadoff hitter and finished 0-for-3. Brennan was 0-for-2.

The Sun won the third/fourth grade championship in the Dallas Youth Basketball League. Members of the team are, from left, first row, Shauna Kern, Gianna Dickson, Sommer Zier-Norris, Mikayla Goldsmith. Second row, Karen Zier, assistant coach; Gracie Huntington, Isabella Hill, Kaitlyn Conrad and Andy Dickson, coach.



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MiSeriCorDiA DeAn’S liSt Students at Misericordia University qualify for the dean’s list with a 3.55 grade point average or higher. The following Back Mountain students were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2013 semester: Rachael Alles, Dallas; Sabrina Alles, Dallas; Amy Austin, Sweet Valley; Rachael Ayers, Monroe Twp.; Renee Barcheski, Tunkhannock; Robert Barna, Dallas; Kathleena Besermin, Dallas; Matthew Bevan, Dallas; Ashley Blazaskie, Shavertown; Rachel Boice, Tunkhannock; Maria Brody, Tunkhannock; Gabrielle Byczek, Trucksville. Also, Andrea Carr, Dallas; Lisa

Chihorek, Dallas; Alexander Chinikaylo, Dallas; Sarah Church, W. Wyoming; Rebecca Darling, Shavertown; Erika Deckard, Dallas; Nathan Delmar, Shavertown; Nicholas Delmar, Shavertown; Cara Donahue, Dallas; Bethany Empfield, Shavertown; Alicia English, Dallas; Robert Evans, Shavertown. Also, Amanda Faux, Dallas; Kimberly Frederick, Dallas; Nicole Frederick, Dallas; Betty Gaia, Dallas; Mallory Getts, Tunkhannock; Desiree Goble, Tunkhannock; Stephanie Gronchick, Hunlock Creek; Mary Gulotta, Trucksville; Laura Hadsall, Trucksville; Emily Halbing, Harveys Lake; Segan Hamilton, Dallas;

Danielle Harding, Dallas; Sarah Hauze, Sweet Valley; Jacob Hebda, Dallas; Colleen Henninger, Hunlock Creek; Donna Hillard, Hunlock Creek; Frederick Hockenbury, Dallas; Hilary Hoover, Trucksville; Daniel Hynes, Dallas. Also, Dana Jolley, Dallas; Kelly Jones, W. Wyoming; Timothy Kennedy, Dallas; Lisa Kintner, Tunkhannock; Brittany Kneal, Shavertown; Jessica Kreidler, Dallas; Megan Kryger, Dallas; Katie Kugler, Wyoming; David Lance, Tunkhannock; Taylor Lawler, Harveys Lake; Amanda Lazzeri, Shavertown; Coreen Leonardo, Dallas; Nicholas Lombard, Shavertown; Anne Long,

Shavertown. Also, Maria Maas, Dallas; Justine Maley, Trucksville; Chrystyn Manocchio-Noble, Tunkhannock; Dana Martin, Dallas; Alyssa McEntee, Dallas; Kelsie McNamara, Dallas; Travis Mcroy, W. Wyoming; Dana Middleton, Dallas; Victoria Mihal, Wyoming; Joseph Miller, Tunkhannock; Toni Miller, Hunlock Creek; Catherine Moss, Shavertown; Cindy Nardi, Dallas; Nicole Negron, Dallas; Tamara Nijmeh, Dallas; Anna Nole, Tunkhannock. Also, Teena O’Connor, Harveys Lake; Danielle Olenginski, Shavertown; John Olenik, Dallas; Marina Orrson, Shavertown; Marina Painter, Dallas; Maia Painter, Dallas; Krista Paluski, W. Wyoming; Jacqueline Pearson, Dallas; Roxanne Popple, Shavertown;

Wake Schepman and his Dad, Wes, at a rollerblading competi- Wake Schepman trains at Camp Woodward in Woodward, Pa. tion in Santa Ana, California.

Gravity From page 1 “You become desensitized after a while,” she said. “I do still worry when he does tricks on the Mini-Mega ramp. It is a huge ramp and he gets going very fast.” Inline skating can be dangerous. Wake says his injuries so far have been minor, citing broken wrists as the most serious he’s experienced. There are obviously challenges in having a child so talented but April said one of the biggest challenges doesn’t apply in Wake’s case. “Any talented person can become proud,” she said. “Being humble comes naturally to Wake so that hasn’t

been too hard to reign in on. He is extremely thankful for his talents.” Wake will perform this summer at Dorney Park in Allentown. He has just signed on with All Wheel Sports, a performing group which includes inline skaters, skateboarders and bicycle stunt artists. A team from All Wheel Sports made the semi-finals in the seventh season of “America’s Got Talent” and Wake will perform with the group at the park when he is not traveling to competitions. Does he prefer competitions or performances? “I like both,” Wake said. “At competitions, I get to try new tricks and push my limits. I enjoy the competitive feeling and I perform well under

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nicole Chipego, a former softball standout at lake-lehman High School, has more than the game on her mind. Chipego is planning a benefit softball game to aid tornado victims in oklahoma.

Forward From page 1 she spent time in nearby Norman when her father was working on natural gas and petroleum pipeline construction. “We lived there for a year, and my sisters went to the schools that were affected,” she said. Chipego can’t imagine life without sports and hopes to instill that same passion in her daughter. “I think participating in any type of team sport helps build good character and helps develop your decision making skills,” she said. “For me, it’s definitely helped me with

my people skills - I meet new people from all over. It also helps you feel like you’re a part of something bigger.”

online Those interested in finding more about Wake Schepman can check his website at There are also a number of videos of his skating skills on YouTube. pressure. At shows, everything is planned and practiced before. It gets a little repetitive after a while but I love to skate for the crowd.” April sees characteristics in Wake that have allowed him to excel. “He was blessed with wonderful personality traits that help him be this all-around great kid,” she said. “People like Wake

and he loves to meet and talk to people. He is a kind, happy, friendly, athletic person and has great leadership abilities. He does have a competitive nature and all of our kids have this type of internal drive, determination, I guess, that makes their interests not just interests but intense, focused dedication.” Wake would like more young people to get interested in inline skating and has advice for those who would like to skate. “You should always wear a helmet and protective knee and elbow pads because even the professional skaters fall,” he said. “If you can, go to a local skatepark and watch skaters; that helps you. If not, you can look up videos on YouTube.

Skate with a friend, too, or encourage your friends to skate with you.” Wake sees skating in his future but has other plans as well. “When I graduate, I want to attend college and study architecture,” he said. “ But I am always looking for new opportunities to help further my skating career and the rollerblading industry.”

Judith Ragukas, Sweet Valley; James Ranieli, W. Wyoming; Keith Roberts, Shavertown; Patricia Ross, Dallas; Evelyn Rowles, Dallas; Susan Ruotolo, Noxen. Also, Andrea Schiappa, Dallas; Katelyn Serino, Shavertown; Benjamin Seybert, Dallas; Danielle Shaver, Trucksville; Shawn Skovronsky, Tunkhannock; Tia Spagnuolo, Wyoming; Kendra Spears, Trucksville; Sarah Starzec, Tunkhannock; Molly Stone, W. Wyoming; Courtney Sult, Dallas; Rebecca Sweetra, Shavertown. Also, Taryn Talacka, Dallas; Jeffrey Taylor, Shavertown; Michael Terninko, Harveys Lake; William Thompson, Dallas; Cassie Tirpak, Shavertown; Amanda Tomaselli, Trucksville; Rhonda Tronsue, Sweet Valley; Meghan Vargas, Dallas; Ashlee Venn, Harveys Lake; Ruth Whitesell, Harveys Lake; Maria Williamson, Dallas; Shawn Wright, Tunkhannock.

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