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Terry Turner returns to a dominant Scranton Knights team this basketball season. STORY: Page 26

Page 5 – Fire fighters buy Christmas gifts for CYS kids Page 6 – Pinto awarded $975K in beating case settlement Page 11 – Occupy Scranton may be forced out Monday

12 ARTS Page 12 – Man thanks God for completed piano CD Page 15 – Moneynotes reunite for one night Page 20 – The Bunny The Bear due at Rigby’s

24 SPORTS Page 24 – ROBINSON: No stopping the Lady Bucks Page 25-28 – Basketball season previews Page 29 – West pins down 500th wrestling win Page 30 – ARSENAULT: Liddic double trouble

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Interesting days ahead for local Occupy “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.... Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” - Amendments I and VIII to the United States Constitution. Don’t think for a second that those rights aren’t among those in the forefront of the minds of those occupying Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton. The local Occupy Wall Street

BEHIND THE BYLINES CHRISTOPHER J. HUGHES offshoot that has found a voice in support of Scranton fire fighters and against the potential dangers of fracking fluid used in drilling in the Marcellus Shale region got an eviction notice that never fully materialized on Friday. That could change Monday, but I don’t think it will happen quietly. Immediately upon receiving their verbal warning of a pending boot off of Linden Street, the group took to its social network and email list to spread the

word. Learning lessons from prior evacuations of Zuccotti Park in New York City last month and subsequently around the country, they began securing valuables at about 2:30 p.m., just 30 minutes shy of their supposed removal. The absence of court paperwork shows that it isn’t just hard for the average citizen to file documents before a county judge on a Friday afternoon. Save for what members say are unrelated incidents involving former affiliates, the local protesters have stayed quiet. They’ve opened dialogues, attending public meetings, and made their message heard without interrupting business downtown, as far as I can tell. Some will probably equate them to a new Legion of Doom

in the city of Scranton, given their appearances at council and a recent protest that included at least one sparsely clad individual. But they have a right to share a message with the rest of us. It’s our choice on whether or not we agree with, let alone listen to, what they have to say. Some questions remain about the Scranton occupation, but most are easily answered. Have they peaceably assembled? It certainly appears so. Are they working to petition the government about their grievances? Yes, even if it’s in a more unorthodox fashion than most have done in the past. Will they be subject to cruel and unusual punishments, excessive bail, and the like? Time will tell, but the indication Friday was that it wouldn’t be without a fight.

Christopher J. Hughes is more 99 percent than 1 percent. Email him at chughes@golackawanna.com.

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REDISTRICTING CUTS UP COUNTY By ANDREW M. SEDER and BILL O’BOYLE Times Leader staff

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Jermyn, Mayfield, and portions of Moosic and Taylor that he wasn’t originally representing. Sen. John Blake, D-22, picks up the entire Greater Pittston area, including the city of Pittston, townships of Pittston and Jenkins, and Exeter, Hughestown, Laflin, West Pittston and Yatesville boroughs while holding represenation for all of Lackawanna County. Before the final vote, a vote on a Democratic-backed amendment with new maps that Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa called “compact, contiguous and constitutional” was rejected 3-2 along party lines. Costa said the final plans were “partisan” and Republicans were more concerned with strengthening their seats than being fair. Elected leaders more critical than thankful Even though her district was altered, Boback, of Harveys Lake, said she understands the need to change boundaries to address population shifts. Carroll, of Avoca, was one of the hundreds of people to send letters to the commission asking for the preliminary plans to be readdressed and altered. “I am thankful the commission considered my opinion

and the opinions of the municipal and community leaders who requested changes to the preliminary plan,” Carroll said. “While no redistricting plan is perfect, this plan fairly treats the citizens of Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties who are included in the 118th Legislative District.” Blake, of Archbald, who lost Monroe County municipalities, criticized the partisan politics involved in the process. “Notwithstanding the results related to my Senate District I am deeply disappointed in the overall process of reapportionment and the lack of transparency attending it,” Blake said. “I believe the final Senate redistricting map approved today by the Reapportionment Commission is, on a statewide basis, a power grab by the Republican Party that disenfranchises Pennsylvania’s voters; undermines communities of interest; and indeed may, with respect to the splitting of municipalities, violate the reapportionment instructions of the Pennsylvania Constitution. “Pennsylvanians respect and deserve fair play but they certainly aren’t getting that from the Republican Party.” The redistricting process will now advance to the 30-day court challenge period before it becomes official.

Changes in U.S. House Following Monday’s vote, leaders released proposed Congressional District maps that shift representation for Lackawanna and Luzerne counties. A narrow vote on Wednesday, passing 6-5 in a Senate committee and 26-24 before the full state Senate, approved maps that removed WilkesBarre and Scranton from the 11th Congressional District currently held by Republican Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton. Those towns, along with the city of Pittston, will be represented beginning in 2013 by 10-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Tim Holden, D-St. Clair, if he wins reelection next year and Tuesday’s redistricting plan becomes law. The 11th District could include Wyoming, Dauphin, Cumberland, Carbon, Columbia and Montour counties. In U.S. Rep. Tom Marino’s 10th District, more of Lackawanna County is added, but the Democratic city of Scranton goes to the 17th District. The 10th will contain all or part of 15 counties. Barletta said the new district lines left him with a “bittersweet” feeling. “Personally, I’m sad to lose parts of my district where I See REDISTRICTING, Page 11

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Lackawanna County loses an entire seat in the 115th legislative district, currently held by Ed Staback, but gains representation from the 117th and 118th, currently occupied by Republican Rep. Karen Boback and Democrat Rep. Mike Carroll, respectively. Boback picks up a portion of the Abingtons – Benton, La Plume, and West Abington townships and Dalton borough – as Carroll adds all county municipalities that feed the North Pocono School District. Rep. Ken Smith, D-112, adds constituents in Archbald, Blakely, Jessup, Olyphant, and Throop under the plan; Rep. Kevin Murphy, D-113, shift representation in Scranton slightly while losing Moosic, Taylor, and Throop; and Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-114, loses all constituents in Luzerne, Susquehanna, and Wyoming counties while adding Carbondale, Dickson City,

This map produced by the Legislative Reapportionment Commission illustrates the division of Pennsylvania House districts in northeastern Pennsylvania.

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otes in Harrisburg this week will, in some cases, dramatically affect the way residents of Lackawanna County will be represented in both the United States Congress and Pennsylvania legislature. Changes started being revealed Monday, Dec. 12, when a state Legislative Reapportionment Commission voted 4-1 to approve new borders for the state’s 50 Senate and 203 House seats that will be in place for a decade beginning with next year’s elections.

The following data lists municipalities represented by legislative district. PA House 112th district seat currently held by Rep. Ken Smith, D-Dunmore. New district includes: Scranton, wards 9, 10, 11, 12, 17 and divisions 1 and 2 in ward 19; Archbald, Blakely, Dunmore, Jessup, Olyphant and Throop boroughs. 113th district seat currently held by Rep. Kevin Murphy, D-Scranton. New district includes: Scranton, wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 16, divisions 3 and 4 of ward 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24; South Abington Township, and Clarks Green borough. 114th district seat currently held by Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Taylor. New district includes: City of Carbondale; Abington, Carbondale, Fell, Glenburn, Greenfield, Newton, North Abington, Ransom, and Scott townships; and Clarks Summit, Dickson City, Jermyn, Mayfield, Moosic, Old Forge, Taylor, and Vandling boroughs. 115th district seat currently held by Rep. Ed Staback, D-Archbald. District moves entirely to Monroe County. 117th district seat currently held by Rep. Karen Boback, R-Harveys Lake. New district includes: Benton, La Plume, and West Abington townships; and Dalton borough in Lackawanna County. 118th district seat currently held by Rep. Mike Carroll, D-Avoca. New district includes: Clifton, Covington, Elmhurst, Jefferson, Madison, Roaring Brook, Spring Brook, and Thornhurst townships; and Moscow borough. PA Senate 22nd district seat currently held by Sen. John Blake, D-Archbald. New district includes all of Lackawanna County. In Luzerne County, it includes the city of Pittston; Jenkins and Pittston townships; and Avoca, Dupont, Duryea, Exeter, Hughestown, Laflin, West Pittston, and Yatesville boroughs. U.S. House 11th Congressional District seat currently held by Rep. Tom Marino, RLycoming Township. New district includes: Abington, Benton, Cardondale, Clifton, Covingson, Elmhurst, Fell, Glenburn, Greenfield, Jefferson, La Plume, Madison, Newton, North Abington, Ransom, Roaring Brook, Scott, South Abington, and West Abington Townships; Archbald (wards 2 and 3), Clarks Green, Clarks Summit, Dalton, Moscow, Olyphant (wards 3 D-2 and 4), Throop (ward 4), and Vandling boroughs. 17th Congression District seat currently held by Rep. Tim Holden, D-St. Clair. New district includes: Carbondale and Scranton cities; Carbondale (northwest), Spring Brook, and Thornhurt townships; and Archbald (wards 1 and 4), Blakely, Dickson City, Dunmore, Jermyn, Jessup, Mayfield, Moosic, Old Forge, Olyphant (wards 1, 2, and 3 D 1 and 2), Taylor, and Throop (wards 1, 2, and 3) boroughs. SOURCE: www.redistricting.state.pa.us, www.legis.state.pa.us

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Airport authority plan doesn’t fly By RICH HOWELLS rhowells@golackawanna.com

SCRANTON – In a surprise 2-1 vote on Wednesday, Lackawanna County Commissioners reversed last week’s resolution to create a Municipal Airport Authority to oversee the Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton International Airport, indefinitely delaying the implementation of a new authority. Leaving office Jan. 2, Commissioner Mike Washo, who voted in favor of the authority last week, said he still supported its formation, but wanted to be “respectful” of the new administration coming in next month. “I’m not happy about why I’m not voting for it, but I’ll tell you why. There are far too many contentious issues in our community right now. There are far too many contentious issues in Luzerne

County, and I don’t want to do anything that would appear as if I’m throwing a bomb before I leave (office),” Washo explained. “I would rather walk out the door knowing I’m right rather than walk out this door saying that I caused a battle.” Currently, a bi-county board of commissioners oversees the airport, but Luzerne County Commissioners voted unanimously for a resolution on Dec. 5 to create a new authority board with six members – three from Luzerne County and three from Lackawanna County – who would serve four-year terms. County Councilman-elect Edd Brominski asked Luzerne County Commissioners to postpone the formation of the authority and the appointment of its members until the newly elected county council can take office. Luzerne County Controller Walter Griffith expressed con-

cern to Lackawanna County Commissioners on Dec. 7 that the authority’s formation could be rushed to “put a monkey wrench in the works” for the new government. Despite these viewpoints, Lackawanna County Commissioners approved its creation on Dec. 7 in a 2-1 vote, with Commissioner Corey O’Brien dissenting. While O’Brien had no further comment on his vote on Wednesday, he said after the meeting that the commissioners “continue to have to make difficult decisions, and the vote speaks for itself.” “I think the timing is one issue, certainly. Doing something as a new administration is about to come in – I thought that was something that we shouldn’t be doing at this point,” he continued. “We still have to figure out the cost of doing an authority…I became troubled by a news article when Commissioner

Urban mentioned that they were going to pull out their funds from this endeavor. When you do that, now you’re creating a budget shortfall. I’m not so sure that that budget shortfall can be overcome…by the airport on a sustained basis.” Agreeing to disagree, Washo said he believes the authority would be a costsaving measure and doesn’t feel the commissioners “know enough about airports to be running airports.” Commissioner Bruce Smallcombe, casting the lone vote for the authority, was prepared to offer suggestions on who should sit on the board. The formation of the authority was expected to be approved during Wednesday’s continuation of the Dec. 7 special commissioners meeting. “I felt very strongly for the last 10 years that an airport authority is a good thing,” Smallacombe said.

Bi-county plan approved $110K lost annually on contract By CHRISTOPHER J. HUGHES chughes@golackawanna.com

SCRANTON – After five years of work, Lackawanna County Commissioners unanimously adopted the Lackawanna-Luzerne Regional Plan following a public hearing and vote on Wednesday. The plan fulfills a need for a comprehensive plan that has gone unfulfilled since the 1970s. The first bi-county plan in the commonwealth follows prior shared hazard mitigation, longrange transportation, and comprehensive plans between Luzerne and Lackawanna counties and clears a major hurdle for both developers and elected officials. Steve Pitoniak, transportation planning manager for Lackawanna County, said research conducted during the planning process showed a plan was developed in the mid-1970s, but no record of its approval exists. “Hopefully, once this plan is adopted, all of the municipalities in both counties will coordinate their zoning and comprehensive plans to this document,” Pitoniak said. The plan aims to eliminate sprawl and move shopping centers into existing downtown areas in municipalities like Scranton, Olyphant, and Carbondale in

Lackawanna County. Transportation plans identify heavily traveled roadways fit for major retail outlets. “We know where development could take place so we can focus transportation planning to those areas,” Pitoniak said. Without the plan, those who wished to move industry or residential housing to the area had no strict guidelines to follow. Lackawanna County Regional Planning Manager Mary Liz Donato said about three phone calls per week couldn’t be properly answered without it. “Developers feel like they’re rolling the dice. They come here and they really don’t know what the plan is or where we’re going,” Commissioner Mike Washo said. Joint zoning provisions could allow municipalities to share the legal use of their land, including places such as slaughterhouses or landfills. “By having joint zoning somewhere within that number of municipalities, you would have to allow for those uses but you wouldn’t have to allow for them in every municipality,” Pitoniak said. The benefits of comprehensive, See PLAN, Page 5

By RICH HOWELLS rhowells@golackawanna.com

SCRANTON – Lackawanna County taxpayers who may have thought ticket prices were expensive will now bear the additional cost of $110,000 a year to keep concert producer Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. at the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain. Lackawanna County Commissioners voted unanimously to extend Live Nation’s 10year lease of the facility through Dec. 31, 2021, with an option to terminate the agreement after five years on Dec. 31, 2016 with notice given on or before March 1, 2016. “I think we have a good partner in Live Nation, but we were unsuccessful in getting them to extend their contract at the same rate of payment. They were paying us in excess of $800,000 a year, and it more than covered the mortgage for that property,” Commissioner Mike Washo explained. Washo said “exhaustive negotiations” allowed the administration to narrow the difference between Live Nation’s original proposal and

the approved contract. The previous10-year lease, Live Nation said, wasn’t “financially prudent for them” to continue, according to Washo. Commissioner Corey O’Brien said the current debt service for the taxpayer-owned property is $780,000 and Live Nation proposed paying $350,000 annually, citing hard economic times and falling ticket sales. After negotiations, the commissioners convinced the promoter to pay $640,000 – $550,000 in annual rent payments and $90,000 from 50 percent of the naming rights contract. This leaves taxpayers short $110,000 on the facility’s annual debt service, which will likely be subsided through the county’s general fund. “The situation was one of two – either don’t have concerts and we’re paying $780,000 on debt service with no revenue coming in, or we continue to have concerts and we’re short ($110,000),” O’Brien emphasized. While the property has not been appraised, Washo said he doesn’t believe they could

sell the land for an amount equal to the indebtedness and felt that this was the best deal they could manage on behalf the taxpayers, which Commissioner Bruce Smallacombe agreed with. “It’s not what we would like to have seen, and the alternative to this is not having concerts at our amphitheatre and possibly selling the land or possibly not having the economic input from people coming to our hotels and spending some money in our county. It’s an agreement that we have to live with,” Smallacombe said. Smallacombe added that if they were forced to sell the property, he would suggest holding concerts at the adjacent PNC Field so that the area wouldn’t lose the revenuegenerating events altogether. “Commissioner, that’s the first time you mentioned that. The only thing you’ve mentioned to me on the…concerts before is that you wanted Justin Beiber here,” O’Brien quipped. “That is not true. I’d want Lynyrd Skynyrd,” Smallacombe retorted.


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Department member who spearheaded donations since ’09 among the 29 to be laid off.

By CHRISTOPHER J. HUGHES chughes@golackawanna.com

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embers of the Scranton Fire Department delivered toys to Lackawanna County’s Children and Youth Services on Wednesday afternoon, continuing a drive that started in 2009.

shoot for the moon because they’re looking for things from Santa, but most of them are pretty realistic.” One woman, Murray said, wrote a letter on behalf of her three month old child seeking a swaddle, car seat cover, diapers, and baby wipes. “It breaks your heart because these aren’t gifts. These are necessities that a lot of people would take for granted, and these children are asking for them as a gift. “It shows that things are tough for everyone.” Despite being one of 29 fire fighters that are expected to be laid off through the proposed 2012 budget in Scranton, Murray hopes to continue the charitable work he’s conducted with the fire department in recent years, including the Christmas gift donation project and his work as chair for its Muscular Dystrophy Association drive.

SCRANTON–Despitetheimpassioned pleas of a group of county retirees, the Lackawanna County Pension Board took no action to grant the seniors a requested cost of living increase for 2012 on Wednesday afternoon. Over 30 pensioners packed the Lackawanna County Commissioner meeting at10 a.m. and sat through several county meetings for their turn to speak. The Pension Board met later than expected,whichforcedmanyofthe seniors to leave, but retiree Ann Phillips, who has brought up the issue for months at previous meetings, stayed to represent the group. “We worked for this benefit, and we worked long and hard,” Phillips told the board. “Yes, we are living longer. Do you think we’re living longer without health problems? We’re older and we’re sicker.” Henry Stiehl, senior consultant at the Philadelphia-based human resources management consulting firm Hay Group, Inc., warned the board that the issue was not that simple. For the county to give a cost of living increase in 2012, he said, they wouldneedtoput$1.8millioninto the pension plan up front or the cost could be spread out over 10 years at about $267,000 a year, added to the Annual Required Contribution. “The ARCs are there to allow the counties to accumulate enough assets so that they can payouttheretirementallowance at retirement. It’s important that counties accumulate those assets. In fact, their main focus, in my view, should be to make sure that that happens before taking on additional liabilities,” Stiehl explained. While not required to grant a cost of living increase, the countylastgaveretireesanincreasein

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collaborative planning have already been shown. If a hazard mitigation plan was not put into place, according to Pitoniak, victims of the fall floods in northeastern Pennsylvania

2008 and previously in 1998. Commissioner Corey O’Brien said that for the first time, the commissioners designated a line iteminthecountybudgetin2012 to fund the ARC, and they plan to add $500,000 to that amount on an annual basis. Setting money aside for a cost of living increase would “set back” current goals. “If we do do this, the fund will be less solvent than it is today,” O’Brien said. “There aren’t good answers…If we make this decision, we all feel good about it today. We’re not going to feel very good about it six months from now.” Joined by two other seniors who addressed the board, Phillips broke into tears as she described the financial plight of many of the seniors, some in their 80s and 90s, and said that many were already struggling before the city and county raised taxes in 2012. “Wedon’thavethewherewithal to go out and earn more. This is what we were promised, whether anybody in this room wants to admit it or not. That’s what we were promised, and we deserve it,” Phillips said. “You have to take care of us, just like we helped and took care of this county.” Commissioner Mike Washo admitted that he came to the meeting with a desire to grant the pensioners a 2 percent increase, which he would not take himself. While the board consideredthepossiblyofaone-timeincrease in 2012, it took no action to make a motion on the matter. “I know it’s difficult. Our view is that’s an additional benefit. They’ve already earned their retirement. They’re getting paid their retirement allowance. Your main focus is to make sure they continue to get paid their retirement allowances and to make sure that you have enough assets to pay those coming behind them,” Stiehl said. would not have been eligible for federal or state aid. “Like the reassessment, it’s long overdue,” Washo said. “It’s an important contribution to the advancement of economic development in this community.” Luzerne County Commissioners unanimously adopted the plan in October.

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Brian Murray, 33, of South Scranton, a six-year veteran of the fire department, started the internal program when funding cuts at the state level affected counties across the commonwealth. “A friend of mine who was a caseworker called me and asked if I knew anyone who’d be interested. I thought it was a great opportunity for us to get involved,” Murray recalled. “There’s no better match

than a fire fighter and a child. Every child wants to be a fire fighter. For us to be able to reciprocate that and remember what it was like to be a kid, it gives us kind of a purpose,” Murray continued. “It’s not just about the life and property that we protect. We can also provide a smile for the children that we’re helping out.” Since 2009, about 220 children have had their Christmas presents purchased by the fire department. The number of children served has dropped in recent years with cuts to the department, but fire fighters helped brighten the holiday for 50 kids this season, Murray said. Department members give what they can to provide as many gifts as possible. “More than half of our letters this year were for necessities – bedding, coats, clothing,” Murray said. “Some

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Scranton Fire Department members, from left, Paul Mackrell, Kris Kester, Robert Pfleckl, and Brian Murray gather with gifts purchased for Lackawanna County Children and Youth Services.

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Local hearing continued in machete attack

Inmate awarded $975,000

Attacker Michael Simonson found guilty last week after severely beating Nicholas Pinto in 2010.

By MATT MORGIS For Go Lackawanna

By TERRIE MORGAN-BESECKER tmorgan@timesleader.com

A city resident was hospitalized on Dec. 8 after allegedly being attacked by a man with a machete. Rolando Carrasquillo, 46, of Prospect Avenue, Scranton, faces charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and terroristic threats after allegedly hitting Jorge Ruiz with the weapon. According to the affidavit: Ruiz just dropped off a friend along Birch Street when be noticed Carrasquillo standing his car. Ruiz and Carrasquillo were previously involved in a civil case regarding the sale of an automobile. When Ruiz opened the door, Carrasquillo allegedly said, “Hey (explicit), pay me my money!” Carrasquillo then allegedly swung a machete at Ruiz. Ruiz tried to block the attack with his left arm, and two fingers on his left hand were nearly severed. He also suffered a deep wound near his knee. The arresting officer was Ptlm. Joseph Dombroski. Carrasquillo was arraigned on Dec. 9 and is held for a lack of $50,000 bail. A preliminary hearing set this week was continued to Jan. 4.

Lackawanna County paid $975,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed by Nicholas Pinto, a county prison inmate who was severely beaten by fellow inmate Michael Simonson, according to court documents filed Thursday. Pinto filed suit in February against Lackawanna County in connection with the Aug. 8, 2010 assault committed against him by Simonson, who was being held in the prison while he awaited trial in Luzerne County for the 2009 beating

POLICE BLOTTER The following criminal complaints were filed between Dec. 7 and 10 in Lackawanna County Court. All accounts are derivative of police affidavits, all charges are pending following the respective preliminary hearings, and all suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

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DICKSON CITY • RETAIL THEFT CHARGES were filed on Dec. 9 against Jenny Kappes and Janet Crane, both 32, of Briar Ridge Road, Meshoppen, and Lori Baksh, 39, of Baker Hirkey Road, Tunkhannock, after they allegedly stole cosmetics from Wegman’s in Dickson City. Loss prevention officers allegedly witnessed the three females sneak health and beauty products into a purse, then leave the store without purchasing the 26 items valued at $215.31. Baksh and Jenny Kappes fled the scene and were later See BLOTTER, Page 9

death of Donald Skiff of Plymouth. Simonson, who is serving a life sentence for his conviction for killing Skiff, was found guilty last week in Lackawanna County court of attempted voluntary manslaughter for the assault on Pinto. Pinto was being held at the prison while he awaited sentencing on charges he possessed child pornography. He suffered severe head trauma that left him in a coma for a period of time. He has since made a significant recovery, according the settlement agreement filed in federal court.

Attorneys for Lackawanna County and Pinto reached a settlement on the suit in November. The dollar amount paid to Pinto was not made public until Thursday, however, when the settlement was officially approved by U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo. The settlement agreement earmarks $230,000 that will be placed in an escrow account to pay Pinto’s medical and rehabilitative expenses. The agreement does not specify how the remaining funds will be distributed. Pinto’s attorney, Shanin Specter of Philadelphia, did not immediately return a phone message. The agreement notes that the settlement is covered by a $1 million liability policy the county held.

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Budget approved, heads to mayor’s desk

By RICH HOWELLS rhowells@golackawanna.com

SCRANTON – Following hours of public feedback on Tuesday night, City Council passed its amended 2012 budget 4-1during its last scheduled meeting for 2012, with Councilman Bob McGoff casting the lone dissenting vote. The controversial budget, which has been a topic of heated discussion for the last month, raises real estate taxes by 4.8 percent and puts into question the fate of 29 firefighter positions that has sparked overwhelming public outcry and a protest outside City Hall last week. Amendment breakdown Council’s revised amendments reduce Mayor Chris Doherty’s tax increases in his $83.9 million proposed budget but leaves the cuts of at least 13 firefighters in the mayor’s hands. Under council’s amendments, the real estate tax increase is decreased from 29.1 percent to 4.8 percent, the real estate transfer tax is decreased from 2.9 percent to 2.8 percent, and the business privilege and mercantile taxes are decreased from 33.3 percent to 16.7 percent. Decreases will be accomplished through reductions in

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Sam Vitris addresses the proposed cuts to the Department of Public Works on Tuesday.

expenditures and the elimination of two administrative positions, four Department of Public Works administrative positions, 18 union positions, and casual DPW workers other than lifeguards for city pools. Seven positions cut by the mayor were restored in the Single Tax Office. A new parking tax will bring in additional revenue, as well as increases in projections of nonresident taxes and a delinquent tax sale. Expected savings of

$1.4 million will come from early refinancing of debt, and approximately $51,000 was saved by reducing the salaries of all department heads by 10 percent outside of the Office of Economic and Community Development, the Law Department, and the Police and Fire Departments, according to Council Finance Chair Frank Joyce’s PowerPoint presentation on Dec. 12. Joyce also detailed a recent meeting he attended with

Councilman Bob McGoff during which Doherty stated that the city’s Tax Anticipation Notes will be paid on Dec. 31 in order to secure TANs for next year. Currently, $6.55 million is owed on the 2011 TANs, and the city will only will have $6.3 million available, forcing the city to temporarily dip into an additional fund and pay it back in 2012. All prior year obligations See COUNCIL, Page 8


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nited Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania received 1,200 new, unwrapped toys on Monday, Dec. 12, through the United States Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program. UNC will begin distributing toys to its clients on Monday, Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. at the Progressive Center, 414 Olive St., Scranton. Above, Rsy Lopez and Terilynn D’Agostino sort gifts on Monday.

$2.25M cut from Scranton school expenses By CHRISTOPHER J. HUGHES chughes@golackawanna.com

vided by Lourdesmont that are no longer billed to Northeast Educational Intermediate Unit #19, Sunday said The district is expected to learn about its tax anticipation notes on Monday and a budget vote is due Wednesday. Less than three dozen Scranton residents attended both of the district’s hearings including one held Dec. 12 at West Scranton High School. Those who did attend Monday challenged the board to stop blaming legislators for their own financial woes and live within their means. “The constant drumbeat has been to blame the governor,” Scranton resident Marie Schumacher said. “I would like to point out that while the governor reduced funding to the district by $2.1 million, the federal government reduced their funding by $2.7 million. Please share the blame in the future.”

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get this week, no personnel or programs had been cut, according to Assistant Superintendent of Finance Gregg Sunday. Directors took criticism over building projects on Thursday from Ozzie Quinn, former president of the Scranton-Lackawanna County Taxpayers’ Association. Quinn claimed that the district’s debt service climbed from $88,085,000 five years ago to $139,850,000 today. “We’re increasing this by building these new schools, these Taj Mahals,” Quinn said. District leaders, including Sunday, countered that some of announced savings came from technology placed into the recently completed buildings. The district cut $628,475 from information technology, according to a list of proposed expenditure changes released Thursday night. Additional savings came from furniture, fixtures, and equipment and the removal of services pro-

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Michael Hayes. “We still have a ways to DUNMORE – Borough go, but we can get there.” While praising cooperaofficials consistently touted the collaborative effort tion, several council memthat resulted in a 2012 bers also addressed matbudget that includes no ters of staffing and opertax hike during their ations relating to the bormeeting on Monday, Dec. ough police, fire, and public works depart12. The budget, which puts ments. McHale said that while income and spending for the borough even at the borough is still in ne$10,404,957, features no gotiations with two of its tax increase for borough four unions, public services in Dunmore residents. would continue The 2012 tax Taxes hold uninterrupted. ordinance for the “(Police) borough, passed at 54 mills Chief (Pat) along with the in borough, Reese has taken budget, holds our department the line on taxes providing a long way from at the current some relief where it was, rate of 54 mills. and we hope to A mill is a $1 as county moving in tax on every budget car- keep that way,” Nar$1,000 of asdozzi said. sessed property ries 38 know that value. percent hike. he“Iand his offi“We are proud cers put in plenof having no tax increase this year, and ty of extra effort each and that is because we have every day.” “We are running bareused this budget to hold people accountable,” bones at the moment in Councilman Mike McHale public safety,” McHale said. “This council has added. “But as our finantaken a proactive role in cial picture improves, we hope to add more manthe budget process. Other council members power in the near future.” In related business, were quick to echo McHale’s comments as council also approved a they praised the spirit of tax anticipation note in teamwork they said was the amount of $1 million from Penn Security Bank. key in the process. Councilman Vito Rug“From left to right, everyone on this council giero noted that the bortakes an active role in the ough paid off its 2011 tax budget process,” Council- anticipation note several months early, saving Dunman Paul Nardozzi said. “The members of this more residents more than council don’t just show up $10,000 in interest. Several council memat the borough building bers also took the opporfrom time to time.” “I think if the borough tunity to thank Cancelleas a whole can work to- ri, as well as to approve gether like this, we can be the resignation of Hayes out of the woods in a few from the Dunmore Boryears,” said Councilman ough Zoning Hearing Santo Cancelleri, who was Board. Hayes said the opportuattending his last meeting following a defeat in the nity will give him the necNovember general elec- essary time to prepare for tion to councilman-elect his new role on council. By GERARD HETMAN For Go Lackawanna

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amount to approximately $6.7 million dollars, which should be covered by $6.7 million of unfunded borrowing already approved by council. The mayor has proposed cutting 29 firefighters in 2012, but after learning from McGowan that the city will apply for a retiree prescription savings grant that is projected to save $600,000, council passed a motion on Monday asking Doherty to reinstate 13 firefighterswiththefunds.Joyceclarified on Tuesday that while the cost to restore the firefighters exceeds $600,000, if one subtracts the firefighters’ unemployment benefits that were originally budgeted for, the remaining number is about $600,000.

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Public feedback Council received mostly words of support Tuesday evening, with many speakers blaming the mayor for the city’s financial state. International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 2305 President Sam Vitris, representing the city’s Department of Public Works employees, held council responsible, however, for layoffs in his department. “There’re only so many snow drivers,somanycommercialdrivers’ licenses that we have…and to eliminate them is irresponsible, in my opinion,” Vitris told council. Vitris emphasized that layoffs could affect services and warned that similar cuts in 1991 led to “massive chaos,” making snow removal particularly difficult under the winter months. Doherty mulls veto When reached for comment on Friday, Doherty shared McGoff’s concerns over a financial shortfall, but he said he will wait for a review by Pennsylvania Economy League,thecity’sAct47coordinator, before deciding whether or not to veto the budget, a decision he plans to make early next week. The mayor has10 days from when it is passed to veto the budget, which would send the legislation back to council for an override at a special meeting before the new year. Doherty said that, if there is a shortfall, the city must satisfy its bonds and loans first per the Home Rule Charter.

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unlawful possession of body armor. He was held for a lack of $75,000 bail, and a preliminary hearing set for this week was continued to Jan. 12. THROOP • DUI CHARGES were filed on Dec. 10 against Amy Backus, 30, of Edgar Street, Throop, after she allegedly drove drunk with her child unrestrained in the backseat. Backus told police she had been drinking at Rum Runners until about 10:30 p.m. and was stopped by police at 11:12 p.m., according to an affidavit. She was allegedly slurring her speech and stumbling, and she then failed a field sobriety test and was taken into custody. Backus allegedly hit a construction truck and pushed it six feet before arriving home. Officer William Hazelton was the arresting officer. Backus was arraigned on Dec.10 on charges of DUI, endangering the welfare of a child, and reckless endangerment . She was released on $20,000 unsecured bail, and a preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 19. - MATT MORGIS / FOR GO LACKAWANNA

SIMPSON • DRUG CHARGES were filed on Dec. 7 against Kimothy Smith, 26, of Ontario Street, Simpson, after a search warrant was executed on his house. Police searched the suspected dealer’s home for drugs. In his bedroom, authorities found 53 glassine bags of suspected heroin. Police also found money from a previous controlled purchase and two bullet proof vests. Det. Harold Zech was the arresting officer. Smith was arraigned on Dec. 8 on charges of drug possession, criminal use of a communication facility, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of

Police: Occupy protesters ID’d as hospital theft suspects Two men tied to the local Occupy Scranton protest were arrested for the alleged unrelated theft of computer equipment from Regional Hospital. Police say the suspects were identified by hospital security in a YouTube video. Robert Hall, 26, of Adams Avenue, Scranton, and Christopher Hanneman, 37, listed as homeless, face charges of burglary, criminal trespassing, theft and receiving stolen property. Hall faces two counts of each charge, and Hanneman faces one count of each. According to the affidavit: A hospital security officer reported three people, two males and one female, to police for stealing computer equipment from a “green recycling room” inside the hospital. The officer observed the theft on a surveillance tape. Hall, along with a female not identified in police records, en-

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codes to the money. Ms. Rogers told police she broke into the bar five different times to steal food items but claimed she never took any money. The arresting officer was Det. Timothy Mayo. Ms. Rogers was arraigned on Dec. 8 on charges of burglary, criminal trespassing, and theft. She was held for a lack of 10 percent of $10,000 bail, and a preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 30.

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picked up by police. Officer Christopher Tully was the arresting officer. Baksh and Kappes face one count each or retail theft and conspiracy to commit retail theft. Each was held for 10 percent of $5,000 bail. Crane is charged with one count each of retail theft, receiving stolen property, and conspiracy to commit retail theft. She was released on $10,000 unsecured bail. Preliminary hearings are set for Dec. 19.

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Pavlico and a co-defendant, Brynee K. Baylor, a Washington, D.C., attorney, instead used the money to pay for lavish purchases, including cars and vacations. According to the SEC complaint: Beginning in August 2010, Pavlico and Baylor fooled unsophisticated investors into giving them money for investment products that did not exist by utilizing vague and complex terms to describe the investments. The SEC claims Pavlico and Baylor never had any intention of investing the money or paying the promised returns. Pavlico could not be reached for comment. Baylor did not return a phone message left at her office. A federal judge granted the SEC’s motion for a preliminary injunction. A hearing to determine whether the injunction will remain in place is set for Dec. 19. - TERRIE MORGAN-BESECKER / THE TIMES LEADER LHVA gets DCNR grant Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority was awarded a $120,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to, among other projects, coordinate the planning, design, and construction of portions of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail; administer and fund the 2012 mini-grant program; conduct the 2012 LRHT Annual Bike Tour; and publish Pennsylvania’s Northeast Treasures Guidebook, Second Edition.

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County leaders weigh in Lance Stange, chair of the county’s Republican Party, found the process and proposed results to be challenging but fair. He was disappointed to lose Barletta’s representation of Scranton in Washington, D.C., but understands that changes must occur. “I was certainly happy having two Republican members of Congress representing Lackawanna County, but in having to account for population shifts I understand why they did what they had to do,” he said. Stange was pleased that the county gains some GOP representation in the Pennsylvania Capitol with Boback’s possible influence in part of the Abingtons. “As with any significant change, redistricting is always a

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made so many friends and fought for so many people that I will no longer represent,” Barletta said. Barletta said the district was adjusted 10 years ago to the advantage of former Congressman Paul Kanjorski, a Democrat. “This has been the process for decades,” Barletta said. “That’s why Scranton was added to (Kanjorski’s) district.” Holden, 54, is serving his 10th term in Congress. He is the dean of the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation. “We Democrats have been observers to this entire process,” he said. “I’m the proud son of the coal region and I share a lot of the culture and history of the region of Wilkes-Barre, Pittston and Scranton. I look forward to representing them and I intend to visit the new areas of my district to meet the people and listen to their issues and concerns.” “No matter how the state Legislature changes the 10th Congressional District, I want to make it clear that it is my job and my intention to continue to work tirelessly to represent the people of

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SCRANTON – The Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Office may issue a court order as early as Monday ordering the evacuation of the Occupy Scranton protesters after their 10-week stay on Courthouse Square. The reason, according to protesters, is tied to two offenses unrelated to the camp itself. Scranton Police charged Bob Hall of Scranton and Chris Hanneman, listed in arrest papers as being homeless, last week for the alleged theft of computer equipment from Regional Hospital of Scranton. Occupy spokesman Alex Lotorto said in a press release Friday that one of the group’s previous camp members, identified only as “Keith,” is a Megan’s Law offender. “None of the people involved in those incidents remain involved in the encampment,” Lotorto wrote. Group members said they received verbal notice at about 10:30 a.m. on Friday that they had to vacate their section of the courthouse lawn on Linden Street by 3 p.m. But when the clock struck three on Friday afternoon as Occupy members worked to remove personal property including a library housed inside a storage contain-

er, no eviction occurred. Occupiers said they have little intention of leaving. “We’re going to stand our ground. Without a court order, we are not going to vacate these premises,” Occupy Scranton member Mike VanOrden said. “We’re going to keep up the struggle, and we will fight the system if need be.” The group has spoken out about cuts to the Scranton Fire Department in the 2012 budget, fracking issues tied to drilling in the Marcellus Shale region, and more, VanOrden explained. The weekend stay, save for a planned trip to Valley Forge for a regional Occupy meeting on Saturday, was seen as a victory to the local protest group. “Every day we’re here is a victory…. Now we have three more days of talking to folks in Scranton,” Lotorto said. When asked if the occupation will be larger on Monday, Lotorto replied with a laugh that “Occupy Philly and Occupy Wall Street just got evicted, so they’re available.” Lackawanna County Sheriff John Szymanski said Friday afternoon, after the supposed 3 p.m. eviction was set to occur, that the county was actively working to issue a court order for the eviction of the protesters.

challenge,” Stange said. “We have to have a fair process that accounts for the population shift in the county and the state. It forces us into this position every 10 years.” Lackawanna County Democratic Party Chair Harry McGrath said the county is fortunate to be represented by Holden because of his seniority in the U.S. House. “I think Tim Holden will have a great advantage for the people of his portion of Lackawanna County,” McGrath said. “I think he’s going to do a great job.” McGrath said the gerrymandering of the redistricting process overall, however, doesn’t hold the best interest of residents across the commonwealth in mind. “Just the configuration tells you that whoever was doing the work really worked to realign places where they wanted to preserve political strength,” he said. “If a guy in Scranton who lives five minutes from a guy in Clarks Summit has completely different Congressmen yet share common needs and desires, I don’t think that’s the best way to do business.”

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CLARKS SUMMIT – Drawing from hundreds of recorded inspirations written over decades and a desire to inspire others through his own Christian faith, Kenneth Moden has completed hisfirstalbumoforiginalcompositions that he’s aspired to create for nearly 30 years. Moden, 54, of Clarks Summit, completed recording “Living Waters” through Windmill Agency Recording StudioinLakeArielinOctober.The10song album features his own compositions and borrowed melodies from

“Amazing Grace” and “What Child Is This?” for just two pieces. “LivingWaters”isderivedfromJeremiah 2:13, which according to the King James version of the Bible reads, “For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” “We look for all of these things to satisfy the hole in our heart, and it’s the shape of God,” he said. But as a young man raised without an organized religion, he himself didn’t realize that.

NEPA MIXTAPE Visit the NEPA Mixtape blog at www.golackawanna.com to hear a sample of Kenneth Moden’s “Living Waters,” the title track from his first album of piano arrangements and compositions. Moden chose the track because of the dynamic range of musicianship that’s showcased on it.

“At 15, I was a punk kid with energy and talent, but no direction. I woke up one day in my late teens, and I didn’t like who I was becoming,” he recalled. By age 25, he said it was “clean-up

time” as he integrated his newfound faith into his own life. Raised in a musical family by his parents, Jim and Lynne Moden, he always wishedtoreleasemusicthathecreated on his own. For years, he’d record pieces played on the piano onto cassette tapes that now fill boxes inside a practiceroomathishomeintheAbingtons. Many of those inspirations appear on “Living Waters.” For example, “The Journey” was first developed and has hardly been changed since he first played it on a military base 1988. MoSee MODEN, Page 22


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Hunt” and 2009’s “On The Town, On The Vine” – through Prairie Queen Records. They also recorded two sessions for www.daytrotter.com. A trip back to The Bog marks a true return to form for And The Moneynotes, and it’s one they hope fans will support. “We’re hoping for a blowout,” Hopkins said. “We have a lot of friends, and we want them all to be there.” Playing close to Christmas will help foster a proper homecoming show. “It’s our early Christmas present,” Hopkins said.

Along with the live performance, Hopkins hinted that material recorded for an album that was never officially released could be available next Thursday. Some of that material was performed for a music video series for The Weekender, a sister publication of Go Lackawanna, in March 2010. While the Dec. 22 performance is billed as a one-night reunion show, there may be more for And The Moneynotes down the road. “As we left things last time, nothing’s written in stone,” Hopkins said.

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onsider it an early Christmas gift to fans of Scranton’s original music scene. And The Moneynotes, the city’s overly animated pop-bluegrassrock outfit, will reunite for one night, Thursday, Dec. 22, at The Bog, 341 Adams Ave., Scranton. The band stopped performing in Aug. 2010, according to drummer Setty Hopkins, arguably at the height of their popularity.

“It’s never been off the table that we’d do something again,” Hopkins said. The group became known for off-beat, up-tempo songs that featured the combined vocal talents of Pat Finnerty (bass), Mike Quinn (guitar, mandolin), and Mitch (guitar) and Roy Williams (piano, mandolin, guitar). Hopkins and Brian Craig (washboard, percussion) complete the outfit. Originally formed in 2006 under the name Dr. Horsemachine and the Moneynotes, the band released the full-length album “New Cornucopia!” between two EPs – 2007’s “This Year We


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Hitchens inspired need for skepticism, honesty “The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.” - Christopher Hitchens in “The Portable Atheist” In the back of my mind, I knew the day would come when, inevitably, I would have to write this column, but I always hoped it would be another year down the road, or maybe the year after that. Forgive me for being idealistic when paying tribute to a skeptic. It was first revealed to the public in June of 2010 that author, journalist, pundit, and fearless orator Christopher Hitchens was diagnosed with

INFINITE IMPROBABILITY RICH HOWELLS esophageal cancer. I was not only devastated by the news because the world would likely lose one of its greatest and most fascinating thinkers years before it should, but I was also distraught over the possibly of losing my chance to meet him in person. The announcement came not long after it was confirmed that he would be a guest at the Pages & Places Book Festival in Scranton on Oct. 2, 2010. As he canceled dates of his book tour to undergo treatment, I assumed the festival would be next. Looking back, shame on me for ever doubting his unparalleled determination for even a second. He kept his word about visiting a city he had never been to before, one that largely seemed to be unfamiliar with his work. When I finally shook his hand after years of admiring

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from half the man I had seen tackle controversial political and religious issues in brilliant tomes, biting columns, and witty TV appearances. He was truly the same old Hitch, smiling wryly to hide his fatigue as he joked with my friends and I at an afternoon book signing before his debate with author Jay Parini later that day. Known the world over for his unrelenting and piercing criticism of organized religion and its many corrupt figureheads, many people mistook him for a smug curmudgeon, a know-it-all intellectual who bitterly dismissed any viewpoint unlike his own, but those people obviously weren’t in attendance that day. I told him I was a big fan, to which he asked me to be a “voracious buyer and reader” instead. I explained that I, too, was a writer and journalist. As an active political blogger for years, I mentioned that his work inspired me to write a book expressing my own atheistic views someday. “It’s the perfect time, I think,” he replied, adding that this was an “important crux” in our history that he didn’t feel was going away any time soon. I gave him credit where cred-

it was due, pointing out that he, along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and several others, had paved the way for other atheists and intellectuals to come forward and fight the good fight, so to speak, on behalf of reason, science, and truth. “You happened to pick the perfect time to do this,” Hitch told me. “It’s a great time to be around.” He then thanked me for coming and even indulged my nerdy request to take a picture with him; he would soon shed this down-to-earth side of himself during his preceding debate, where he appeared larger than life, and on that high he would remain for the following year. He truly did believe it was a good time to be around, even while battling for his life. He continued writing, speaking, and inspiring others all the way to the end, when he remained proud of who he was and what he accomplished. Many atheists and freethinkers have been inspired to speak more openly about their lack of belief in the supernatural because of Hitchens, but I had See HOWELLS, Page 18


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been open and up-front with my views since I was a teenager, so I didn’t require that encouragement. I was influenced more by his success in doing so, his ability to sell millions of books and pack auditoriums. He proved to me that if you build it, they truly will come. Having a philosophy that differs so much from the majority of this country, and even my own family, it really isn’t as easy as one would think to exercise your freedom of speech to people who believe that every word you speak is evil, or at the very least morally bankrupt. Throughout my years of honest and furious writing on my atheism, I have occasionally gotten that nagging feeling that my words are being lost in the sea of overblown rhetoric. But then I remember staying up late on so many nights to watch scholarly debates and lectures online, taking note of their thousands of views and positive comments. Times like those remind me that there’s not only a place for people like me, but that the time to open my mouth is now as our largely Christian nation adopts more secular views on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in the present, not just in a promised afterlife. Hitch had such a distinctive view of the world that it’s not surprising that we didn’t agree on everything. It wasn’t just his beliefs, or lack thereof, however that set an example, but his unapologetic and unshakable adherence to them. He never stopped talking, telling the world what it sorely needed to hear. In turn, the world will likely never stop talking about him or those subjects as a result. Thousands should have been lined up to meet him last year, but his signing remained relatively quiet while his debate barely packed a ballroom of the Scranton Cultural Center. That indicates that there is work to be done, and if Hitch is no longer here to do it, then those of us with the courage must do our best to see that the discussion continues. A wise man once told me that it’s the perfect time for it.

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we have available is the Scranton City Directories. These books, listed in alphabetical order, contain addresses, occupations, and sometimes whether the house was owned or rented. We have years starting in 1861 to present day with some years missing or not published. The library also has a large local history book collection that has church histories, anthracite coal material, and even books that contain biographies of some of the important area men from the early days of Lackawanna County to the turn of the 20th century. This collection can be found on our online library catalog for easy searching. The Local History Vertical File (LHVF) is another indexed local history resource available to patrons and visitors. This is a collection of newspaper clippings, brochures, informational packets, and more that are categorized by type. There are general files ranging from churches, coal, and railroads to biographies on local figures and files on crimes and criminals. The majority of the clippings are from the last 30 years, but some files go much further back than that. See VINE, Page 22

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A lot of people don’t seem to understand the music produced by experimental post-hardcore group The Bunny The Bear, but that’s just fine with songwriter and vocalist Matt Tybor. He’s not quite sure that he does either. Tybor, 23, started playing guitar at age of 7, but quickly moved to the bass and has been in and out of bands ever since. Almost four years ago, his consistent musical experimentation led him to create The Bunny The Bear, fronted by himself wearing a bunny mask and his longtime friend and collaborator, Chris Hutka, donning a bear

mask. The avant-garde act mirrors the band’s strange and spastic mix of genres and vocal styles, all of which he can only describe as “really random.” “I tried to do something a little different because everything sounds the same to me these days, and I figured I would start something up that was a little experimental, a little out there, where I didn’t really have to stick to any certain boundaries,” Tybor explained. His “spur of the moment” antics have garnered mixed reactions from both listeners and live audiences. “Some people are initially turned off by it…They’re like, ‘Look and these weirdos,’ this

and that, especially people who haven’t heard of us and just go to a show to see someone else maybe that we’re playing with and see us. But I think in a lot of other circumstances and situations, some people are totally just overwhelmed by it in a really positive manner,” he believes. After being signed by Victory Records in February, the band has gained even more exposure, but Tybor admits that it has also attracted some critics who have trouble understanding why a label known for supporting traditional hardcore music would release The Bunny The Bear’s second record. Even Tybor’s writing technique is unconventional, composing a majority of the band’s

music in a DJ program meant primarily for electronic music, building songs by adding fake instrumentation that is later replaced by the band during the recording process. “There’re certain things that…I listen to them and I’m like, ‘What is wrong with me? Where did that come from? That’s not normal!’ I just don’t see much, musically, of outside influence in my writing,” Tybor described. “I don’t know. Maybe it’s my weird personality. I’m a little ADHD and I’m a little bi-polar, so I think it’s more based off my current emotion when I’m writing something.” Consistently writing music, it’s a practice that he prefers

even to playing live, which he found to be a struggle at first due to his own “personality issues” that he has slowly worked to overcome. “A beer or two doesn’t hurt,” he joked. “It took me quite a while, honestly, to even somewhat find myself up there not feeling so awkward all the time. I think now I’ve just gotten to the point where it’s like, ‘Whatever. I’m going to go up there and do my thing.’ …I think I’ve learned to get something out of the reaction we get these days. There’s a lot more kids that get into it. They’re yelling all the words. It’s kind of hard for me not to enjoy it anymore.”


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den is a Persian Gulf War veteran of the United States Navy, having served aboard the USS Kitty Hawk and worked on the F-14 Tomcat and the F/A-18 Hornet. “I thought this project would have come out 20 years ago,” he said of the album. But God, he said, knew he wasn’t ready yet. “God knew that in order for me to produce the kind of music that I’d be satisfied with that would have the impact that I hope it will, I had to become more proficient onthedrumsandpianofor‘Living Waters’ to take shape,” he said. Moving to Clarks Summit in 2007 gave him a rich platform to cultivate a broad musical experience. He’s taken lessons under andperformedalongsideavariety of area musicians, including the Rev. Bill Carter from the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, to reach his current level of precision and appreciation for music. “I’m just alive with this passion,” he said, noting his performance on each instrument heard on the album. A release concert for “Living Waters” is being planned for 2012 where he plans to introduce piec-

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All of the collections cannot be borrowed as the library system is preserving them for future generations and researchers. You may make photocopies from any of the materials available or even bring in your digital camera or USB drive to scan copies of the microfilm. For more information about the material listed in this article, stop by the reference department on the second floor of the Albright Memorial Library. If you’re looking for a great gift for the holidays, the library is selling boxes of Gertrude Hawk Chocolates featuring a commemorative photo of the Albright Memorial Library for $20. Stop into the library or stop by Library Express in the Mall at Steamtown for your box.

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Alexa Gerchman is a big part of Dunmore’s returning strengths in the 2011-12 season.

DUNMORE – Dunmore opened the girls’ basketball season facing another defending champion. When they looked at their opponent, the Lady Bucks saw what many schools go through in trying to defend a title. West Scranton had worked for four years, building a strong group of classmates into first an improving team, then a contender, then a champion in 2010-11 when the top seven players were seniors who had stuck together to create a special season.

The Lady Invaders started over and, although they were no match for the Lady Bucks in a 51-26 loss Dec. 11, they had their first win just two days later in their third outing of the season. Dunmore never had to start over. It seems like the Lady Bucks have not had to in decades. The recent run has the Lady Bucks on an upswing even by their own lofty standards. Dunmore has won the Lackawanna League Division 2 and District 2 Class AA titles in

KEEPING SCORE TOM ROBINSON each of the past six seasons. The Lady Bucks, who played in the state championship game in March, are the only Lackawanna League team – boys or girls – to advance to at least the state quarterfinals each of the last three seasons. The opening romp over West Scranton showed off a Dunmore team that looked very much like last year’s team

and the one before that and so on … Just as Ashley Murray and Corinna Palko took on more responsibility when Lauren Carra and Tayler Pallotta began their college careers, Alexa Gerchman and Molly Burke showed they were ready to be a bigger part of the offense now that Murray and Palko have graduated. And, just as Carra and Murray were big offensive producers from early in their See ROBINSON, Page 33


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By TOM ROBINSON For Go Lackawanna

DIVISION 1 Abington Heights won the previous four titles before West Scranton’s breakthrough last season. The Lady Comets return starting guards Tiffany O’Donnell and Lauren Hoyt from a team that went 6-1 and finished second in each half before going on to win the District 2-4 Class AAAA title.

Forward Katherine Rosencrance is another experienced player who provides an inside scoring threat. Scranton Prep was 5-2 in each half with Tricia Byrne as one of its offensive leaders. Byrne is back with a handful of players who gained experience off the bench. After losing to Pleasant Valley in the opener, Scranton Prep posted wins over Crestwood and Hazleton Area, the top two teams from Division 1 of the Wyoming Valley Conference last season. Wallenpaupack was just 5-11

in the division but returns four starters and may be in position to make a big climb through the standings. Sophomore guard Jane Joyce is the top returnee at West Scranton, which had an all-senior starting lineup for its championship season. The Lady Invaders also won a District 2 Class AAA championship. North Pocono, Honesdale, Scranton and Delaware Valley complete the division. Amanda Reach, the only reSee PREVIEW, Page 28

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cranton and Riverside return the leaders – and key elements of the supporting casts – that made each a division and district champion, as well as a state threat, last season. The key returnees and the fast start each produced when nonleague play began last weekend have the Knights and Vikings positioned as favorites to repeat Lackawanna League boys’ basketball titles.

Scranton is the overwhelming favorite in Division1. Riverside, in Division 2, and Lackawanna Trail, in Division 3, are also favored to repeat but more likely to face multiple challenges. DIVISION 1 Division 1 prospect Terry Turner is in his fourth season as a Scranton starter while Malik Draper, the team’s top scorer in two dominant wins on opening weekend, is in his third. Junior point guard Karlon Quiller is also in his third season as a starter, counting his freshman year when he led Scranton Prep before transferring. The Knights have another addition by transfer in Andrew Moran, the second-leading scorer at Holy Cross last season. Joe McCarthy, who has committed to the University of Virginia for baseball, provides strength inside along with D.J. Navoczynski. The Knights went 23-3 last year when they lost just one division game. They won the division and the District 2 Class AAAA title before suffering an overtime loss to Lower Merion in the first round of state play. Turner and Draper led the Knights to the state quarterfinals as sophomores. Scranton opened the season ranked 10th See HOOPS, Page 28 JASON RIEDMILLER PHOTO / FOR GO LACKAWANNA

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turning starter from a fourth-place team, leads the way for North Pocono. Maureen Kenny is the third head coach in as many seasons at Scranton, which was just 3-19 overall. DIVISION 2 Alexa Gerchman, Courtney Murray and Molly Burke return to the starting lineup to help Dunmore attempt to win its seventh straight division and District 2 Class AA titles. Sarah Ross, the top sub on the team that went to the state final, could be in the same role again. Talented freshmen Kayleigh Semion and Jillian Korgeski have moved into the starting lineup. Riverside, which ended Dunmore’s 71-game division winning streak last season, and Mid Valley appear to be the top threats to end the streak of division titles. The Lady Vikes return Rebecca Mekilo and Kellie Nash from a team that tied for third in the division last season. Mid Valley was 25-0 against everyone else and 0-5 against Dunmore, including a loss in the state semifinals, last season. Terranella is the only starter returning. The Spartanettes have other experience in the backcourt but are missing the players who created a strong rebounding unit. Valley View also has the chance to contend with Caroline Mancuso, Liz Aniska, MollyAnn Mecca, and Casey Palko back. Holy Cross, Old Forge, Western Wayne, and Carbondale complete the division. Old Forge sophomore Lauren Casey is off to a strong start. DIVISION 3 Montrose and Forest City each won a half before the Lady Meteors took their second straight all-season title in a playoff. Ely and Sarah Krupinski return to the starting lineup for the Lady Meteors. Carly Erdmann, who helped Forest City to a District 2 Class A title last season as a freshman, is the only returning starter for the Lady Foresters. Mountain View, Lakeland, and Lackawanna Trail are the other potential contenders. Blue Ridge, Elk Lake, and Susquehanna round out the division.

in the state in Class AAAA by the Harrisburg Patriot-News. The Knights did nothing to hurt that ranking in the first 24 hours of the season when they won twice by at least 25 points. “I was especially happy with the effort,” said Scranton coach Tony Battaglia, who praised his team’s defense and rebounding in the games against Holy Redeemer and Pocono Mountain West. To prepare for the challenges ahead on the state level in Class AAAA tournament play, the Knights beefed up their regular-season schedule. They will travel to play Lower Merion, the state’s second-ranked team, and Central Dauphin and have committed to play in the Lehigh Valley Challenge where the opponent has not yet been determined. “Those will be great games for us for later in the year,” Battaglia said. West Scranton, which finished second and handed Scranton its only division loss last season, joins Delaware Valley and Abington Heights as the top contenders. The Invaders return one of the division’s top guards in Malcolm Sweeting. Matt Langan also returns to the backcourt. West Scranton won its first three games, including the title of the Finan Memorial Tournament in Carbondale. Damian Angradi leads a veteran lineup that could help Delaware Valley move up after a losing season. Angradi averaged more than 23 points per game, best in the division last season. Sophomore J.C. Show is the only returning starter at Abington Heights, but he was arguably the top freshman in all of District 2 last season. The Comets opened with four straight wins, all against teams that had winning marks a year ago. North Pocono and Scranton Prep could work their way into the top half of the standings. Scranton Prep will be trying to bounce back from a 4-10 league season. Honesdale and Wallenpau-

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Riverside’s Jerry Kincel, right, shoots over Trail’s Stephan Miller last year. Both strong players return to their squards this season.

pack complete the division. DIVISION 2 Scoring leader Jerry Kincel is back to lead Riverside, which won the division and its first District 2 Class AA championship in 24 years and suffered a heart-breaking, one-point loss to Communications Tech in the second round of state play. Playmaker Jaron Vishnesky and three-point threat Mike King, two key components of the team’s strong defense, also return to the starting lineup. “I like our defensive tenacity,” Riverside coach Mike Morgan said after an Opening Night win over Montrose. “Offensively, we need to be more precise. “We need to develop more of an inside game, but I think we will be able to do that. The guys we have there are young, but they’re working hard.” Although Riverside opens the season ranked sixth in the state in Class AA, the gap between the Vikings and the rest of the division may not be as large as the one Scranton appears to have in Division 1. “Division 2 is tough,” Morgan said. “It’s going to be a challenge night in and night out.” Holy Cross, Dunmore, and Valley View should all remain tough. Josh Kosin, a 6-foot-7 junior center, could be the division’s top big man. He led the way

last season when the Crusaders won the first-half title and matched Riverside’s season record in the division. Guards Ryan McGoff and Connor Callejas also return to the Holy Cross starting lineup. Dunmore and Valley View each finished strong last season when they tied for second in the second-half division standings. The top two scorers, John Rinaldi and Matt Clark, return for Dunmore, along with two other starters, Jordan Dempsey and Dennis Mundt. Cory Callejas, Brian Lalli, and Brandon Bednash return to the Valley View starting lineup, which could get a boost from sophomore Mike Rotell. Mid Valley and defending District 2 Class A champion Old Forge are also in the division with Carbondale and Western Wayne. Ronny Tomasetti gives Mid Valley a scoring threat up front. Former Forest City starter Jason McGovern could provide a boost for Carbondale after not playing last season. DIVISION 3 Steve Miller, a 7-foot-1 center, had several triple-doubles in points, rebounds, and blocked shots while helping Lackawanna Trail to the division title last season. The return of Miller and fellow starters Kyle Sweppenheis-

er and Matt Lochen make the Lions the favorite, but they have depth and balance issues to solve. Blue Ridge and Montrose remain the top threats while Lakeland and Susquehanna are expected to be climbing. The Red Raiders and Meteors joined Lackawanna Trail in a three-way playoff for the firsthalf title last season. Montrose then won the second half, allowing the Meteors to match Scranton at 13-1 for the best regular-season league record in any of the three divisions. Alex Cardoza, Jesse Pruitt, and Sawyer Dearborn return to the starting lineup for Blue Ridge. Cardoza is one of the league’s top playmakers and Dearborn is among the division’s top scoring threats. Montrose returns its top player in Colby Major. Lakeland continues its building process with five players with starting experience back, including Kyle Kiehart, a nearly 20-points-per game scorer last season. Andrzej Tomczyk is another top scorer returning in the division. He is one of three starters back for Lawrence Tompkins, who moved from Mountain View to take over the head coaching position at Susquehanna. Elk Lake, Forest City, and Mountain View are also part of the division.


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Motivated Invaders earn 500th wrestling win tered the wrestling

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within range of a milestone. The Invaders got there in

a hurry. John Kobrynich provided the clinching decision at 182 pounds, but it was six straight bouts to begin the season opener that carried West Scranton to a 46-27 victory at Crestwood and the 500th win in a program that started in 1968. after six bouts against Crestwood, which finished fourth in District 2 Class AAA last season, well ahead of the Invaders.

GIRLS’ SWIMMING Holy Redeemer defeated Scranton Prep, 102-81, in a crossover meeting between the two Wyoming Valley Conference de-

fending division champions. The Classics won nine of 12 events, but the Royals prevailed by taking the bulk of the secondand third-place points. Holy Redeemer edged Scranton Prep, 285-262.5, for last year’s District 2 Class AA title. Scranton Prep then finished 10th in the state while Holy Redeemer was 19th. Rebekah Campo, Katie Voitek, and Mia Nonnenberg each won two individual and two relay events. Maria Telincho had one individual win and was also part of the two winning relay teams.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL Just three Lackawanna League teams – and only two from inside the county – took unbeaten records into the weekend. Dunmore and Holy Cross, Division 2 members, had 3-0 records in non-league games. Wallenpaupack, a Division 1 team, was 4-0. Emily Mineo scored 15 points Wednesday to lead Holy Cross past Wyoming Seminary, 64-37, for its third victory. Old Forge is 3-1 with its only loss coming from Pittston, 5441, in the Dec. 11 championship game of its own Anthony “Badger” Marseco Memorial Tournament. The Lady Devils led by 13 in the second half of that game, but Pittston Area ran off 16 straight points and allowed just one fourth-quarter field goal for a 5441 victory. Lauren Carey had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

“With Crestwood, we knew what they had coming back. We expected a close match, but not to have it go as well as it did.” — Invaders coach Paul Fox

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“They knew at some point this season they would be hitting 500 with our next win,” Invaders coach Paul Fox said. “I think they were a little more motivated knowing it was 500. “With Crestwood, we knew what they had coming back. We expected a close match, but not to have it go as well as it did.” The Invaders showed they were ready with Javon Jones, Dan Mitchell, Zach Smith and Connor Duffy all producing pins. “The guys are all aware of the tradition,” Fox said. “We have a Wall of Fame. “Kids will say when they come in the room, ‘I want to beat that record or I want to be part of one of those teams.’ ” Ray Ronchi got the program started. His 1968-1969 team

Danielle Terranella scored 27 points in the first and finished 16-for-18 from the line with 36 points to help Mid Valley take third place with a 56-36 victory over Wyoming Area. Highlights of Tuesday’s league openers are: Abington Heights at Honesdale in Division 1, Holy Cross at Valley View in Division 2 and Lackawanna Trail at Montrose in Division 3.

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BOYS’ BASKETBALL Patrick Calvey and John Vassil had 10 points each Thursday night as Abington Heights became the first Lackawanna League team to reach 4-0 in nonleague play with a 51-20 rout of Tunkhannock. Half of the Division 1 teams took unbeaten records into Friday night. West Scranton, which won the Finan Memorial Tournament at Carbondale, and Delaware Valley were each 3-0 while Scranton was 2-0. Defending Division 2 champion Riverside was 3-0. Blue Ridge, a Division 3 member, was 2-0 with the title in the Sayre Tip-Off Tournament. League play opens Wednesday, including Scranton at North Pocono in Division 1, Valley View at Holy Cross in Division 2 and Montrose at Lackawanna Trail in Division 3.

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went 1-6. The Invaders started gaining momentum under Joe DeAntona, who went 14-4 in two seasons before taking over as the school’s football coach. George Roskos, the father of current athletic director George Roskos, turned West Scranton into an annual contender. Roskos, the school’s all-time winningest coach, went147-50-2 in two stints, guided the team to the first three of its 11 Lackawanna League titles and coached its first state qualifier in eventual Detroit Lion defensive lineman Marc Spindler. Six men have been head coaches of the team since. All of them started in the West Scranton wrestling program and produced winning records as coaches. Every head coach or assistant coach since Roskos retired either wrestled directly for him or for one of the head coaches who stayed in the program after wrestling for Roskos. The other head coaches were: Mark Kimpland, 1982-84, 18-10; Dan Williams, 1986-91, 41-32-3; Robert Gentilezza, 1991-96, 6124; John Richter, 1996-99, 29-21; Rob Butka, 1999-2007, 139-43; and Fox, 2007-present, 50-39. Fox, a 1986 graduate, became an assistant in 1989 and has remained with the program ever since. The current coaching staff includes his brother, John Fox, Dennis Hricenak, and Bob Baresse. West Scranton was the first Lackawanna League team to win a District 2 title, taking the tournament in 1999. The Invaders then swept both the regular district tournament and the dual meet tournament in 2000, 2005 and 2006. Dave Morgan gave the school its first state finalist by placing second in 2004 after finishing fourth in 2002. His older brother, Jim Morgan, was fifth in 2000.

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Liddic double trouble for Mules opponents

ON CAMPUS

INJURY SLOWS KILZI Junior Elizabeth Kilzi (Abington Heights) started 62 games her first two seasons with the Roger Williams women’s basketball team but hasn’t played as yet this season after being sidelined by an injury. “Recently, she’s been able to participate more in the practice setting,”coach Kelly Thompson said. “If she continues to show signs of progress, we are hoping she’ll be back for our tournament in Springfield (Jan. 1-2).”

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pencer Liddic has Muhlenberg men’s basketball fans seeing double again this season. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound senior forward has eight double-doubles in nine games for the Mules so far. The only game he didn’t hit that mark came in a 79-56 win over Swarthmore. In that game, he had just seven points but came up with a career-high 21 rebounds which ties a Centennial Conference record. Liddic (Abington Heights) now has 36 career double-doubles. He also has 1,383 career points (ninth in Muhlenberg history) and 839 career rebounds, fifth all-time in the Centennial and just 108 shy of going to the top. He was named a Division III pre-season second team All-American by The Sporting News. Coach Scott McClary feels that the greatest challenge for Liddic is his ability to bridge the gap between young and old. “Spencer is the clear leader for a talented team relying upon a great deal of youth (two freshman and two sophomore starters),” the coach said. “This past off-season, I talked with Spencer often about growing in two areas – his leadership and defense. As both continue to be a work in progress, he has already shown great strides in both areas.” The Mules are 7-2 overall and 2-2 in league play and return to action against Drew today at 4 p.m. in Allentown. BORGIA’S STEADY Junior Liz Borgia (Scranton

THRAN SWIMMING FREE Sophomore Gabe Thran (Abington Heights) has become a solid all-around freestyle swimmer for the North Carolina-Wilmington men’s team. Thran, a 6-foot-2, 175-pounder, has the top time in the 200 free (1:43.16). He also is fourth on the talented-laden squad in the 50 (21.20) and 500 (4:53.58) and fifth in the 100 free (46.56). Last season, he finished sixth in the Colonial Athletic Association Championships in the 200 free. “Gabe is an outstanding young man and has been a tremendous asset to the program both in the pool and in the class room,” coach Dave Allen said. “His consistency and hard work have allowed him to improve this season. After being mostly a distance freestyle swimmer last season, we moved him to the 50, 100 and 200 this year which allows him to focus on speed, which has led to good results.”

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Abington graduate Spencer Liddic has had several double-doubles for Muhlenberg already this season.

High) has been a steady performer for the Lebanon Valley women’s basketball team for three seasons and her steady play has been a key to the team’s success. The 5-foot-10 center/forward averaged 7.8 points with a teamhigh 157 rebounds as a freshman, 8.0 points with 112 re-

bounds as a sophomore and is currently averaging 9.3 points with 38 rebounds for this year’s squad, which is 8-0 and ranked eighth in Division III. “Liz is playing exceptionally well this early season,” coach Todd Goclowski said. “Her tremendous perimeter shooting ability makes her a difficult

match-up. And, she can be physical inside and has a strong postup game on the blocks.” The Dutchwomen were 28-3 last season and made it to the Division III Elite Eight before losing. The team will put its unbeaten record on the line in a home game against St. Mary’s, MD Tuesday in Annville.

SPENCE LEADS THE WAY Senior Mahogany Spence of Scranton (GAR) is starting for the 4-3 Lock Haven women’s basketball team. The 5-foot-6 guard is averaging 7.9 points and 5.4 rebounds to go along with 24 assists and 11 steals. She had a career-high 18 points, five rebounds and two steals in a recent 57-56 loss to Millersville. “Moe has grown so much as a basketball player and leader since she joined our team four years ago,” coach Jennifer Smith said. “She has improved more over those four years than any other player I have coached. Her work ethic and desire to win is contagious and our team would not be the same without her.”


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LOCAL COLLEGE SPORTS RECAP

All-sports ranks strong for Royals, Pacers

ROBINSON Continued from page 24

WEEKLY AWARDS Malcolm Boone was named Colonial States Athletic Conference men’s basketball Player of the Week after scoring 40 points and grabbing 25 rebounds to help Keystone College go 2-0 in men’s basketball.

TOP EVENTS Essex County College defeated Lackawanna College, 90-82, Monday night in a meeting between the top two NJCAA Region 19 men’s basketball teams. Alexis Jones scored 17 points and Jazmyn Robinson added16 Dec.10 as Keystone posted its first women’s basketball win, 54-48, over Valley Forge Christian. Scranton High graduate Terika Turner went12-for-13 from the line Dec.10 while finishing with 22 points, 13 rebounds, and six steals to help Lackawanna hand Harcum College its first Region 19 women’s basketball defeat, 78-54. Boone had 30 points and 18 rebounds while Mike Kelly added 23 points, including the game-winning free throw with 1:22 left, to lift Keystone to an 83-82 CSAC men’s basketball victory over Neumann University Dec. 10. - Compiled by Tom Robinson

that could change from game to O’Brien said. “We try to use her game. in a lot of different spots. “She’s the type of player you “Most importantly, she’s a could almost consider a Bandgreat senior leader who will help Aid,” O’Brien said. “Whatever us develop our younger players.” area we’re hurting in, she can go As the third-leading scorer last there.” season, Gerchman also proved Burke was a herself capable of setting up The combination of new scoring threat as a freshman at teammates, leadership already Holy Cross, but shutting down top opponents, trained and ready to after transferring to Dunand providing take over and young more she was a the kind of players ready to imme- bit more quiet hustle that as a sparks a team diately contribute has offensively sophomore. and ignites an kept the success conShe opened entire gymnaher junior seasium. tinuous and has allowed son showing “Alexa’s the Lady Bucks to avoid more confiwell-respected by her teamthe cycles some other dence in taking advantage of mates because teams have to endure. opportunities to of her work contribute to ethic,” O’Brien the scoring. said. “Just as important, she’s Center Courtney Murray, well-liked. She treats everyone Burke, and Sara Ross ranked with respect and they respond to fourth through sixth on last her.” year’s team in scoring and are all Which of Gerchman’s roles back. gets emphasized is something

The early scoring leader this year is Semion, one of three freshmen figuring prominently into the lineup. Semion showed that she can both hit the 3-pointer and take the ball strong to the basket on a drive. Semion and two front-court players, starter Jillian Korgeski and key reserve Mariah Maciejewski, helped Dunmore’s eighthgrade team go unbeaten in the fall of 2010. There could be more help in the future after this year’s team lost just once. “We’ve been fortunate with our younger players,” O’Brien said. “Our seventh- and eighth-grade teams have been tremendous. “A lot of credit goes not only to our seventh- and eighth-grade coaches, but also the parents who have the girls ready to play by the time they are high school freshmen.” The veterans and the impressive newcomers alike showed they are ready not just to play on this level, but to remain a serious threat to continue Dunmore’s run of championship teams.

Shamrocks draft more players The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Shamrocks chose two players each from Syracuse and Hobart during the Dec. 11 National Lacrosse League draft. The Shamrocks, who make their debut Jan. 19 at the Mohegan Sun Arena, took Steve Panarelli of Syracuse in the first round and Christian Daniello in the 13th round. Panarelli was the league’s first overall draft pick. Mike Lazore and Tyler Hill, both from Hobart, were the second- and third-round picks by the Shamrocks. Panarelli was an All-American defenseman at Syracuse. He was part of a world championship while a member of the Team USA Under-19 squad. Each of the league’s six teams selected 16 players. Miners baseball tryouts in Jan. Scranton Miners Baseball is conducting tryouts for ages 8-under to 13-under Jan. 4 and Jan. 21. Players must attend both dates. The 12-under team will be attending Cooperstown Dream Park. For details and pre-registration, see www.scrantonminersbaseball.com or contact scrantonminersbaseball@gmail.com.

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career, Dunmore has another strong freshman class, including a scoring option in Kayleigh Semion. The combination of new leadership already trained and ready to take over and young players ready to immediately contribute has kept the success continuous and has allowed the Lady Bucks to avoid the cycles some other teams have to endure. The West Scranton game was an impressive start for Dunmore, not just for the win and the current strength shown by the Lady Bucks but for the potential that it once again put on display. Gerchman appears to be the ideal leader. She can help the team in so many ways and seems perfectly willing to provide a little extra of whichever component is needed on a given day. “Alexa is a multi-talented player,” Dunmore coach Ben

STATISTICAL LEADERS Scranton sophomore guard Alison Sweeney is among the nation’s top 3-point shooters in NCAA Division III women’s basketball. Sweeney is 23-for-48 in seven games. Her 3.3 made 3-pointers per game is fifth-best in the country. Her 47.9 percentage is 20th best. Sweeney leads the Landmark Conference in scoring (17.1 points per game) and 3pointers made. Marywood is ranked among the nationally leaders in four team categories. The Pacers are sixth in the country with 16.5 steals per game. They are 13th in turnover margin at plus-8.88, 20th in scoring margin at plus-19.3 and 34th in scoring defense at 50.3 points per game.

Matt Swaback has been named Scranton Athlete of the Week after scoring in double figures in two games, producing 29 points and 12 rebounds to help the Royals go 1-1. Marywood’s Marielle Thorsen was named to the CSAC women’s basketball Honor Roll after scoring 25 points in a come-from-behind, 63-62 conference victory over Centenary College.

Pens stop Senators again The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins continued their dominance over the rival Binghamton Senators Tuesday. The Penguins won, 4-2, in Binghamton for their fifth straight American Hockey League victory over the Senators in a span of less than six weeks. Colin McDonald scored two goals, including an empty-netter with eight seconds left. Zach Sill scored the gamewinner, breaking a 2-2 tie 8:01 into the third period. Carl Sneep assisted on both third-period goals and Brad Thiessen made 22 saves for the Penguins.

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TOP STORY The University of Scranton and Marywood University athletic programs are each in contention for all-sports awards given by their conferences. Scranton was second in the Landmark Conference President’s All-Sports Cup standings through the completion of the fall sports season. Marywood is second in the race for the Colonial States Athletic President’s Cup, which it won last school year. Only Catholic University leads Scranton in the All-Sports Cup, which is awarded based on a formula that rewards institutions for their finishes in the regular-season Landmark standings and in the conference’s postseason competition. Women’s soccer won the conference and no team finished lower than fifth. Marywood leads the men’s race in the CSAC, ranks second overall and ranks third in the women’s standings. Gwynedd-Mercy College leads the overall standings and Cabrini College leads the

women. Baptist Bible College was fifth and Keystone College eighth overall out of 12 CSAC teams.

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GOLackawanna

ByPAUL SOKOLOSKI psokoloski@timesleader.com

H

ARTS DON CAREY/FOR GO LACKAWANNA

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon poses with Don Zimmer, Yogi Berra, Sgt. Slaughter and Brian Knobbs.

Like his Rays, Maddon wants residents of his hometown to get on the same page. “This is an optimistic venture,” Maddon said. “This is the first step. I always dream big. I don’t visualize small.” And why not? He took over a Tampa Bay franchise that was a perennial doormat in the American League East and led it to theAmericanLeaguepennant and into the World Series against the PhiladelphiaPhilliesin 2008. And his work with the Rays this past season was even more impressive, as Maddon guided Tampa Bay to a late-season surge past the BostonRedSoxand into an AL wild card slot during the season’s final month. That earned Maddon his second AL Manager of the Year award. All he’s hoping for his old hometown is a sense of camaraderie.

“It’s no different than the Rays,” Maddon said. “I have the opportunity of working with players from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico and Cuba. I really like these people. They’re wrought with tradition.” Brian Knobbs, better known in professional wrestling circles as Nasty.I.Am, said he saw similar conflicts growing up in Allentown. But he believes Maddon’s idea of acceptance can work in Hazleton. “Everybody needs to get along,” said Knobbs, who attended Friday’s fundraiser with fellow wrestler Sergeant Slaughter. “We’re almost in 2012 now. We’ve got to start standing up and get together.” That’s exactly what Maddon has planned for the Hazleton community. His push for acceptance was set to continue Saturday with a free movie night at the Alice C. Wiltsi Perform-

ing Arts Center with a showing of the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” that will include Spanish subtitles. From there, Maddon and volunteers will serve his traditional Thanksmas meal at the Hazleton Area Salvation Army Shelter on Broad Street, which serves a diverse group of citizens. And Maddon will sign autographs at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Monday prior to a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins home game. Proceeds from the autograph session, which will charge $5 per person, will be used to benefit Maddon’s Hazleton Integration Project. “There are many more similarities than differences that exist between our cultures,” Maddon said. “It’s the diversity that makes it fun. We’re trying to make this thing work. “Our city’s going to thrive again and this is just the beginning.”

SPORTS

AZLETON – Rebuilding a tension-filled city is similar to building a championship baseball team, the way Joe Maddon sees it. So the Tampa Bay Rays manager and Hazleton native made his first pitch toward what he hopes will be a perfect game plan. Flanked by heavy hitters Yogi Berra and Don Zimmer, Maddon hosted a fundraising dinner that drew about 400 people Friday to benefit Maddon’s Hazleton Integration Project – and hopefully make his hometown a more peaceful and understanding place to live. “It’s like what we did with the Rays,” Maddon said. “That’s all about communication, building relationships and interacting with teammates. That’s how you get to the World Series three years after you got there (to Tampa Bay). That’s how you go to the playoffs three out of the last four years with one of the lowest payrolls in baseball. “Because of how you interact with each other.” Actions on the streets of Hazleton have caused alarm over the past decade, as crime rates began rising and former Hazleton mayor and current congressman Lou Barletta tried to invoke illegal immigration laws. Maddon said he noticed a difference in the attitudes and atmosphere of townspeople during a visit to the area last Christmas. “I think with any growing city, there are going to be things that come up,” said former Hazleton Area baseball and basketball star Russ Canzler, who won the International League’s most valuable player award while playing for Class AAA Durham before getting his first major league action with Tampa Bay under Maddon last season. “I think we’re putting the right foot forward here,” continued Canzler, part of a group of celebrities who turned out for Friday’s dinner at Lobitz Catering. “A couple of generations ago, my grandparents came from a different country and spoke a different language.”

NEWS

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MARKETPLACE

100 Announcements 200 Auctions

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300 Personal Services 400 Automotive

500 Employment 600 Financial

700 Merchandise 800 Pets & Animals

900 Real Estate 1000 Service Directory

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Lost

ALL JUNK CAR & TRUCKS WANTED Highest Prices Paid!!! FREE REMOVAL Call Vito & Ginos Anytime 288-8995 LINE UP A GREAT DEAL... IN CLASSIFIED!

Looking for the right deal on an automobile? Turn to classified. It’s a showroom in print! Classified’s got the directions! LOST DOG: Pug. Tan with Black face. Lost 12/13 in the vicinity of Laurel Run Estates. No collar. Answers to Taco. REWARD 570-709-2311

Lost

150 Special Notices

406

PAYING $500 LOST. Engagement ring, white gold with round stone and 3 diamond chips on each side. Mother’s ring with yellow gold, 5 oval shaped birthstones. Lost at Logan’s Roadhouse. Sentimental value. Reward! 570-388-6420

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Found

FOUND, Dog, adult Spaniel/Retriever/La brador mix, black, male, blue collar. Found near Empire St, Wilkes-Barre, 1pm on 12/9. Contact SPCA, Plains. FOUND, gray, male, cat in the Deerfield Acres Development, Mountain Top. Found 12/13. 570-474-2182

ATVs/Dune Buggies

Full size 4 wheel drive trucks

406

ATVs/Dune Buggies

HAWK 2011 UTILITY ATV

ATV, 110 CC. Brand New Tomahawk Kids Quad. Only $695 takes it away! 386-334-7448 Wilkes-Barre

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Attorney Services

Bankruptcy $595 Guaranteed Low Fees www.BkyLaw.net Atty Kurlancheek 825-5252 W-B ESTATE PLANNING /ADMINISTRATION

Real Estate & Civil Litigation Attorney Ron Wilson 570-822-2345 Free Bankruptcy Consultation Payment plans. Carol Baltimore 570-822-1959

NEW!! Full size adult ATV. Strong 4 stroke motor. CVT fully automatic transmission with reverse. Electric start. Front & rear luggage racks. Long travel suspension. Disc brakes. Dual stage head lights. Perfect for hunters & trail riders alike. BRAND NEW & READY TO RIDE. $1,695 takes it away. 386-334-7448 Wilkes-Barre

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250 General Auction

250 General Auction

250 General Auction

DIRECTED BY THE SECURED PARTY! 1518 8th Street Carverton, PA Near Francis Slocum St. Park

ALSO PAYING TOP $$$

310

Autos under $5000

TOMAHAWK`10

MINIMUM DRIVEN IN

for heavy equipment, backhoes, dump trucks, bull dozers HAPPY TRAILS TRUCK SALES 570-760-2035 542-2277 6am to 8pm

409

HYUNDAI ‘00 ACCENT 4 cylinder. 5 speed. Sharp economy car! $2,995 Call For Details! 570-696-4377

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250 General Auction

BY ORDER OF THE U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT MARK J. CONWAY - TRUSTEE

AUCTION

3 Moving Vans, Forklift, Material Handling Equipt., PA. P.U.C. Rights, Moving & Storage Vaults & More.

Saturday, January 7 @ 10:00AM (Snow Date Jan. 14)

CAWLEY BROS. VAN LINES

211 Birch Street, Scranton, PA 18505

Details: Col. Steve Sitar & Co. (570) 586-1397 Pa.Lic. AU2124-L www.sitarauctions.com

AUCTION

Commercial Real Estate Auction Store Front & 2 Apartments Tuesday, December 27 @ 11:00AM

114 S. Main Ave., Lackawanna County, Scranton, PA 18504

“Property Sold Regardless of price, As Is with No Representations or Warranties as to condition either Expressed or Implied” Details: Col. Steve Sitar & Co. (570) 586-1397 Pa.Lic. AU2124-L www.sitarauctions.com 250 General Auction

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DIRECTED BY THE SECURED PARTIES!

AUCTION

“Exceptional” NEW! & USED! PIZZA, BAKERY, RESTAURANT, KITCHEN, BAR & DELI EQUIPMENT! Monday, December 19 @ 10:00AM

Relocated to: “Metal Building”

2091 Seaman’s Rd., Factoryville, Pa 18419 Details: Col. Steve Sitar & Co. (570) 586-1397 Pa.Lic. AU2124-L www.sitarauctions.com


GOLACKAWANNA, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2011 412 Autos for Sale

412 Autos for Sale

ACURA `06 TL

CHEVROLET `04 CORVETTE COUPE Torch red with

White Diamond 80K original miles, 1 Owner, Garage Kept, Camel Leather Interior, 3.2L / 6 Cylinder, 5-Speed Automatic, Front/Rear & Side Airbags, ABS Navigation System, 8Speaker Surround System, DVD /CD /AM/FM/ Cassette, XM Satellite Radio, Power & Heated Front Seats, Power Door Locks & Windows, Power Moonroof, 4 Snow Tires Included!.... And Much, Much, More! Car runs and looks beautiful $16,500 Firm Call 239-8461

black and red interior. 9,700 miles, auto, HUD, removable glass roof, polished wheels, memory package, Bose stereo and twilight lighting, factory body moldings, traction control, ABS, Garage kept - Like New. $25,900 (570) 609-5282

CHRYSLER ‘08 SEBRING

Leather. Heated seats. DVD Player. $12,450

BMW `01 X5

4.4i. Silver, fully loaded, tan leather interior. 1 owner. 103k miles. $8,999 or best offer. Call 570-814-3666

BMW `07 328xi

Black with black interior. Heated seats. Back up & navigation systems. New tires & brakes. Sunroof. Garage kept. Many extras! 46,000 Miles. Asking $20,500. 570-825-8888 or 626-297-0155 Call Anytime!

To place your ad call...829-7130

BMW `99 M3

Convertible with Hard Top. AM/FM. 6 disc CD. 117 K miles. Stage 2 Dinan suspension. Cross drilled rotors. Cold air intake. All maintenance records available. $11,500 OBO. 570-466-2630

BUICK `05 LACROSSE

Metallic Gray. Heated leather seats. Traction control, 6 way power front seats, remote start. Rear park assist. New tires. 41,400 miles. $11,000 570-696-2148

CADILLAC `05 SRX All wheel drive,

traction control, 3.6 L V-6, power sunroof, autostick, leather interior, auto car starter, factory installed 6 CD disc changer, all power, memory seat. 39,000 miles. $21,000 570-453-2771

CHEVY ‘11 MALIBU LT Moonroof. 7K miles. $16,880

560 Pierce St. Kingston, PA www.wyoming valleymotors.com 570-714-9924

To place your ad call...829-7130

DODGE `02 STRATUS SE PLUS 100,000 miles, auto-

matic, front wheel drive, 4 door, antilock brakes, air conditioning, power locks, power windows, power mirrors, power seats, all power, cruise control, CD player, keyless entry, rear defroster, new 2.7 engine.timing set, water pump, oil pump, $2,999. (570) 604-5277

EAGLE `95 TALON

Only 97,000 Miles. Full custom body kit, dark green metallic with gray interior. Dual exhaust, 4 coil over adjustable struts. All new brakes, air intake kit, strut brakes, custom seats, custom white gauges, 2 pillar gauges, new stereo, alarm, custom side view mirrors. 4 cylinder automatic, runs excellent. $8,500. Call 570-876-1355 or 570-504-8540 (evenings)

FORD ‘02 MUSTANG

GTRedCONVERTIBLE with black

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

FORD ‘08 FOCUS SE Auto. Alloys. CD Player. $11,880

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412 Autos for Sale

412 Autos for Sale

HONDA `07 ACCORD

SUBURU ‘06 LEGACY GT LIMITED SEDAN

V6 EXL. 77K miles. 1 owner with maintenance records. Slate blue with leather interior. Sunroof. Asking $12,500. Call 570-239-2556

To place your ad call...829-7130 HONDA `09 CIVIC LX-S Excellent condition

inside & out. Garage kept. Regularly serviced by dealer, records available. Option include alloy wheels, decklid spoiler, sport seats, interior accent lighting (blue), Nose mask and custom cut floor mats. Dark grey with black interior. 56K highway miles. REDUCED! $13,300. Call 570-709-4695

D.P. MOTORS

1451 SHOEMAKER AVE, W. WYOMING

71K. Auto. Very Clean. Serviced. New tires & brakes. Warrantied. $6,695.

570-714-4146

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JAGUAR `00 S TYPE

4 door sedan. Like new condition. Brilliant blue exterior with beige hides. Car is fully equipped with navigation system, V-8, automatic, climate control AC, alarm system, AM/FM 6 disc CD, garage door opener. 42,000 original miles. $9,000 Call (570) 288-6009

JAGUAR ‘94 XJS CONVERTIBLE

Mint Condition Magnolia red, with palomino beige leather interior. This car rates a 10 in & out. 4 new tires and services. Florida car. $13,300. 570-885-1512

LEXUS `98 LS 400

Excellent condition, garage kept, 1 owner. Must see. Low mileage, 90K. Leather interior. All power. GPS navigation, moon roof, cd changer. Loaded. $9,000 or best offer. 570-706-6156

D.P. MOTORS

1451 SHOEMAKER AVE, W. WYOMING

560 Pierce St. Kingston, PA www.wyoming valleymotors.com 570-714-9924

To place your ad call...829-7130 TOYOTA 07 CAMRY LE Low miles. One owner. $13,880

560 Pierce St. Kingston, PA www.wyoming valleymotors.com 570-714-9924

TOYOTA ‘09 COROLLA S Auto. 4 Cylinder. $16,450

HYUNDAI ‘05 ELANTRA

PONTIAC 07 G6

560 Pierce St. Kingston, PA www.wyoming valleymotors.com 570-714-9924

4 door, black, approximately 76,000 miles. 2.5 liter engine, auto. asking $12,000. 570-510-3077

83K. 4 Cylinder. Auto. New tires & brakes. Serviced. Inspected. Warrantied. $9,295.

570-714-4146

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560 Pierce St. Kingston, PA www.wyoming valleymotors.com 570-714-9924

412 Autos for Sale

542

Logistics/ Transportation

542

Logistics/ Transportation

412 Autos for Sale

VOLKSWAGEN `04 Beetle - Convertible

DRIVER NEEDED:

Maxum Petroleum is currently seeking Tankwagon Driver (CDL Class A or B) with Hazmat and Tanker for our Scranton, PA location. Not an over the road trucking company. We offer a full benefit package available the first of the month following 30 days of employment including 401K company match. We offer DOT roadside and annual achievable safety bonus programs based on your safety performance. Paid holidays, sick days and vacation days are provided as well. EOE Requirements: Class A or B Commercial Drivers License, HAZMAT & Tanker endorsements, Must have two years verifiable experience and clean driving record, Positive Attitude/ Willing to Work Apply online at http://www.maxumpetroleum.com/careers.aspx

GREAT ON GAS! Blue. AM/FM cassette. Air. Automatic. Power roof, windows, locks & doors. Boot cover for top. 22k. Excellent condition. Garage kept. Newly Reduced $14,000 570-479-7664 Leave Message

VOLKSWAGEN ‘00 BEETLE

2.0 automatic, air 67k miles $6400. 570-466-0999

468

Auto Parts

415 Autos-Antique & Classic

CHEVY ‘30 HOTROD COUPE $49,000

FORD ‘76 THUNDERBIRD

All original $12,000

MERCEDES ‘76 450 SL $24,000

MERCEDES ‘29

Kit Car $9,000 (570) 655-4884 hell-of-adeal.com

FORD SALEEN ‘04 281 SC Coupe

1,000 miles documented #380 Highly collectable. $28,500 570-472-1854

468

Auto Parts

BUYING JUNK VEHICLES $300 AND UP

$125 EXTRA IF DRIVEN, DRAGGED OR PUSHED IN!

NOBODY Pays More 570-760-2035

Monday thru Saturday 6am-9pm • Happy Trails!

412 Autos for Sale

412 Autos for Sale

412 Autos for Sale

412 Autos for Sale


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GOLACKAWANNA, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2011

415 Autos-Antique & Classic

415 Autos-Antique & Classic

FORD `52 COUNTRY SEDAN CUSTOM LINE

MERCEDES 1975

STATION WAGON V8, automatic, 8 passenger, 3rd seat, good condition, 2nd owner. REDUCED TO $6,500. 570-579-3517 570-455-6589

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415 Autos-Antique & Classic

FORD ‘28 MODEL A Sport Coupe.

Rumble Seat. Professionally Restored. Ford Blue with tan canvas top. $15,225 570-339-1552 after 5:00pm

MAZDA `88 RX-7 CONVERTIBLE

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

415 Autos-Antique & Classic

DESOTO CUSTOM ‘49 4 DOOR SEDAN

3 on the tree with fluid drive. This All American Classic Icon runs like a top at 55MPH. Kin to Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth, Imperial Desoto, built in the American Midwest, after WWII, in a plant that once produced B29 Bombers. In it’s original antiquity condition, with original shop & parts manuals, she’s beautifully detailed and ready for auction in Sin City. Spent her entire life in Arizona and New Mexico, never saw a day of rain or rust. Only $19,995. To test drive, by appointment only, Contact Tony at 570-899-2121 or penntech84th@ gmail.com

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Good interior & exterior. Runs great! New tires. Many new parts. Moving, Must Sell. $2,300 or best offer 570-693-3263 Ask for Paul

To place your ad call...829-7130

MERCEDES-BENZ `73 450SL with Convertible

removable hard top, power windows, AM /FM radio with cassette player, CD player, automatic, 4 new tires. Champagne exterior; Italian red leather interior inside. Garage kept, excellent condition. $28,000. Call 825-6272

415 Autos-Antique & Classic

MERCURY `79 ZEPHYR

6 cylinder automatic. 52k original miles. Florida car. $1500. 570-899-1896

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OLDSMOBILE `68 DELMONT

427

Commercial Trucks & Equipment

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

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

439

Motorcycles

‘96 HONDA

American Classic Edition. 1100 cc. 1 owner, under 20,000 miles. Yellow and white, extra chrome, VNH exhaust, bags, lights, MC jack, battery tender, helmets. Asking $3500 570-288-7618

BMW 2010 K1300S Only 460 miles! Has

all bells & whistles. Heated grips, 12 volt outlet, traction control, ride adjustment on the fly. Black with lite gray and red trim. comes with BMW cover, battery tender, black blue tooth helmet with FM stereo and black leather riding gloves (like new). paid $20,500. Sell for

$15,000 FIRM. Call 570-262-0914 Leave message.

To place your ad call...829-7130

DAELIM 20064,700 150 CCs.

miles. 70 MPG. New battery & tires. $1,500; negotiable. Call 570-288-1246 or 570-328-6897

HARLEY 2011 HERITAGE SOFTTAIL

Must Sell! Appraised for $9,200 • All original

45,000 miles • 350 Rocket engine • Fender skirts • Always garaged Will sell for $6,000 Serious inquires only 570690-0727

OLDSMOBILE ‘53 98 SEDAN 72K original miles.

Rocket V8 motor. Hydromatic transmission. Mechanically sound. Antique tags. Excellent Driver. Must see to appreciate! Asking $7,200 Or best offer. (570) 855-3040

Black. 1,800 miles. ABS brakes. Security System Package. $16,000 firm. SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY 570-704-6023

439

Motorcycles

HARLEY DAVIDSON `03

100th Anniversary Edition Deuce. Garage kept. 1 owner. 1900 miles. Tons of chrome. $38,000 invested. A must see. Asking $18,000. OBO 570-706-6156

KAWASAKI ‘05 NINJA 500R. 3300

miles. Orange. Garage kept. His & hers helmets. Must sell. $2400 570-760-3599 570-825-3711

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439

Motorcycles

451

HSoft ARLEY DAVIDSON ‘80 riding FLH. King of the Highway! Mint original antique show winner. Factory spot lights, wide white tires, biggest Harley built. Only 28,000 original miles! Never needs inspection, permanent registration. $7,995 OBO 570-905-9348

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442 RVs & Campers

CHEROKEE ‘10

Travel trailer. 39 ft., 4 slide outs, 3 bedrooms, 2 bath rooms, microwave, awning, tinted windows, Brand new. Have no pets or smokers. Much more!!!!! $33,000 (cell) 682-888-2880

SUNLINE SOLARIS `91 25’ travel trailer A/C.

Bunk beds. New fridge & hot water heater. Excellent condition. $3,900. 570-466-4995

442 RVs & Campers

FLAGSTAFF `08 CLASSIC NOW BACK IN PA.

Super Lite Fifth Wheel. LCD/DVD flat screen TV, fireplace, heated mattress, ceiling fan, Hide-a-Bed sofa, outside speakers & grill, 2 sliders, aluminum wheels, , awning, microwave oven, tinted safety glass windows, fridge & many accessories & options. Excellent condition, $22,500. 570-868-6986

442 RVs & Campers

TRAVEL TRAILER 33 ft

Rear queen master bedroom, Walk thru bathroom. Center kitchen + dinette bed. Front extra large living room + sofa bed. Big View windows. Air, awning, sleeps 6, very clean, will deliver. Located in Benton, Pa. $4,900. 215-694-7497

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Trucks/ SUVs/Vans

BUICK `05 RENDEZVOUS BARGAIN!!

AWD, Fully loaded, 1 owner, 22,000 miles. Small 6 cylinder. New inspection. Like new, inside & out. $13,000. (570) 540-0975

JEEP `04 CHEROKEE 135,000 miles, automatic, four wheel drive, $6,500. (570) 237-6979

451

Trucks/ SUVs/Vans

CADILLAC `07 ESCALADE ESV Black with extended

cab. Fully loaded. Low miles. Extra set of tires & rims. Leather interior. $32,000. (570) 357-1383

To place your ad call...829-7130

451

Trucks/ SUVs/Vans

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

CHRYSLER 02 TOWN & COUNTRY

V6. Like new! $5,495 Call For Details! 570-696-4377

CHEVY 05 SILVERADO

2WD. Extra cab. Highway miles. Like new! $6,995 Call For Details! 570-696-4377

451

Trucks/ SUVs/Vans

D.P. MOTORS

1451 SHOEMAKER AVE, W. WYOMING

FORD ‘05 ESCAPE XLS

4 Cylinder. 5 speed. Front wheel drive. air. Warranted. $7,895.

570-714-4146

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Trucks/ SUVs/Vans

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

Auto. V6. New inspection! $4,495 Call For Details! 570-696-4377

Extra Cab. 6 Cylinder, 5 speed. Air. 2WD. $4,995 Call For Details! 570-696-4377

FORD ‘97 F150 4X4

FORD 02 F150

FORD 08 EDGE SEL Leather. Auto. $17,940

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

FORD ‘00 EXPLORER

XLT. CD. Power seats. Extra Clean! $3,495 Call For Details! 570-696-4377

560 Pierce St. Kingston, PA www.wyoming valleymotors.com 570-714-9924

D.P. MOTORS

1451 SHOEMAKER AVE, W. WYOMING 1518 8th Street Carverton, PA Near Francis Slocum St. Park

FORD 01 F150 XLT Extra cab. 2

wheel drive. 5 speed. 6 cylinder. Like new! $5,995 Call For Details! 570-696-4377

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

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

FORD `04 EXPLORER

Eddie Bauer Edition 59,000 miles, 4 door, 3 row seats, V6, all power options, moon roof, video screen $12,999. 570-690-3995 or 570-287-0031

FORD ‘02 EXPLORER

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

451

Other

GMC '02 SAFARI CARGO VAN

AWD. Auto. Warrantied. $4,895

570-714-4146

BUY * SELL * TRADE

NISSAN `10 ROGUE SL AWD. Gray. Sunroof. Bose stereo system. Black, heated leather seats. Sunroof 6,800 miles. $24,000 (570) 696-2777

551

Other

Trucks/ SUVs/Vans

CHEVY ‘10 EQUINOX LT

Moonroof. Alloys. 1 Owner. $22,450

Wyoming Valley Health Care System (WVHCS) is Northeastern PA’s leading hospital and the leader in advanced medical technology and comprehensive health services. As our patient volume continues to grow, we seek qualified candidates for the following vacancies at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital Coordinator – Clinical Coding – HIM – Full Time, Day Shift RHIA, RHIT, RN or :PN preferred, CCS required

560 Pierce St. Kingston, PA www.wyoming valleymotors.com 570-714-9924

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CHEVY 99 SILVERADO 4X4 Auto. V8. Bargain

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

Executive Assistant – Administration – Full Time, Day Shift Bachelor degree with minimum two (2) years experience supporting senior managers required or Associates degree with five (5) years experience supporting senior managers may be accepted. Notary public a plus or must obtain within six (6) months of employment. Executive Secretary – Administration – Full Time, Day Shift Associates degree with two years experience supporting senior managers required or seven years experience supporting senior managers may be accepted. Respiratory Therapist (CRT/RRT) – Respiratory Services – Part Time, Evening/Night Shift Pennsylvania licensure required; Registered with the NBRC; Current BLS; PALS Certification within three (3) years of service; ACLS Certification within two (2) years of service. We offer excellent working conditions, competitive wages commensurate with experience, and a comprehensive benefits package including tuition reimbursement. For immediate consideration, and/or for more information on job descriptions & requirements, please visit our website at www.wvhcs.org. Wyoming Valley Healthcare System Human Resources Division 575 North River Street Wilkes-Barre, PA 18764 Website: www.wvhcs.org E.O.E. M/F/D/V

WWW.WVHCS.ORG


GOLACKAWANNA, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2011 451

Trucks/ SUVs/Vans

HONDA `10 ODYSSEY

451

Trucks/ SUVs/Vans

D.P. MOTORS

1451 SHOEMAKER AVE, W. WYOMING

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Special Edition. Maroon, Fully loaded. Leather seats. TV/DVD, navigation, sun roof plus many other extras. 3rd seat . Only 1,900 Miles. Brand New. Asking $37,000 (570) 328-0850

570-714-4146

BUY * SELL * TRADE

JEEP `02 GRAND CHEROKEE LAREDO

To place your ad call...829-7130 451

Trucks/ SUVs/Vans

HONDA 06 CRV SE Leather & Moonroof. $15,872

560 Pierce St. Kingston, PA www.wyoming valleymotors.com 570-714-9924

HONDA ‘09 CRV LX AWD. 1 owner. $17,880

Triple black, economical 6 cylinder. 4x4 select drive. CD, remote door opener, power windows & locks, cruise, tilt wheel. 108k highway miles. Garage kept. Super clean inside and out. No rust. Sale price $6,495. Scranton. Trade in’s accepted. 570-466-2771

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D.P. MOTORS

560 Pierce St. Kingston, PA www.wyoming valleymotors.com 570-714-9924

To place your ad call...829-7130

HYUNDAI ‘06 SANTE FE LTD

1451 SHOEMAKER AVE, W. WYOMING

JEEP ‘05 GRAND CHEROKEE

4x4. 68K. Very clean. New tires. Brakes. Inspection. Warrantied. $11,800.

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

560 Pierce St. Kingston, PA www.wyoming valleymotors.com 570-714-9924

JEEP 03 LIBERTY 4x4. Sunroof. Like

new! $6,995 Call For Details! 570-696-4377

468

Auto Parts

468

Auto Parts

451

Trucks/ SUVs/Vans

451

Trucks/ SUVs/Vans

JEEP `03 LIBERTY

SPORT. Rare. 5 speed. 23 MPG. 102K highway miles. Silver with black interior. Immaculate condition, inside and out. Garage kept. No rust, maintenance records included. 4wd, all power. $6,900 or best offer, trades will be considered. Call 570-575-0518

560 Pierce St. Kingston, PA www.wyoming valleymotors.com 570-714-9924

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451

Trucks/ SUVs/Vans

JEEP ‘07 GRAND CHEROKEE

560 Pierce St. Kingston, PA www.wyoming valleymotors.com 570-714-9924

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Trucks/ SUVs/Vans

JEEP 08 COMPASS

JEEPAuto. 04 LIBERTY V6.

Black Beauty! $6,495 Call For Details! 570-696-4377

JEEP 98 CHEROKEE SPORT

2 door. 4x4. 6 cylinder. Auto. Like new! $4,995 Call For Details! 570-696-4377

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JEEP ‘98 WRANGLER 6 Cylinder. 4WD. $9,250

560 Pierce St. Kingston, PA www.wyoming valleymotors.com 570-714-9924

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560 Pierce St. Kingston, PA www.wyoming valleymotors.com 570-714-9924

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TOYOTA 09 RAV 4

Only 13K miles! Remote Starter. $21,750

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Trucks/ SUVs/Vans

VOLVO `08 XC90

Fully loaded, moon roof, leather, heated seats, electric locks, excellent condition. New tires, new brakes and rotors. 52,000 miles highway $26,500/ best offer. 570-779-4325 570-417-2010 till 5

560 Pierce St. Kingston, PA www.wyoming valleymotors.com 570-714-9924

MAZDA 03 MPV VAN V6. CD Player.

468

Auto Parts

1 owner vehicle!! $2,995 Call For Details! 570-696-4377

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MERCURY `07 MARINER One owner. Luxury

4x4. garage kept. Showroom condition, fully loaded, every option 34,000 miles. GREAT DEAL $14,500 (570)825-5847

NISSAN ‘08 ROGUE S AWD. Auto $16,620

560 Pierce St. Kingston, PA www.wyoming valleymotors.com 570-714-9924

Accounting/ Finance

ACCOUNTING AR/AP ASSISTANT

Varsity, Inc. seeks full time candidate with AR/AP, journal entry, data entry and financial statement experience. Strong Excel, Word and Accounting software experience required within a fast paced multitask environment. Call Harvis Interview Service with questions 542-5330 or forward resume: varsity.harvis@ gmail.com

WANTED Part time. Knowledge of individual partnerships - corporation tax returns. Send Resume to: 561 N. Main St. Suite 2 Pittston, PA 18640 LINE UP A GREAT DEAL... IN CLASSIFIED!

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566 Sales/Business Development

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

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FREE PICKUP

570-574-1275 TIRES: from ‘95 Toyota Camry. 195/ 70/14. 4 mud & snow tires & wheels. Less than 100 miles on tires. $100 set of 4 with wheels. 570-3391552 after 5 WINDOW VENT VISORS, (4) ‘99-’05 Chevy Truck, new, $25. STEP BARS, Weston, ‘05 Jeep Wrangler, new, $75. 570-655-8056

533

Installation/ Maintenance/ Repair

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One of the premier Telecommunications and IT services providers is seeking an experienced and motivated business to business sales person to tend to existing accounts and cultivate new business opportunities in this growing market. Send your confidential resume today to itsalespros@gmail.com for consideration. E.O.E.

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The Target Shopper Magazine, Inc. and Positive Results Marketing, Inc. is looking for a qualified individual to handle its bookkeeping full time in their Old Forge, PA offices. Candidate will handle invoicing, accounts receivables, accounts payables and other duties directly related to the business department. Knowledge of Intuit Quickbooks is a MUST! Base salary of $22,100.00 plus bonus, benefits and corporate fitness membership. Please submit resume to prminc510@aol.com.

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Accounting/ Finance

TAX PREPARERS

503

Trucks/ SUVs/Vans

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

451

560 Pierce St. Kingston, PA www.wyoming valleymotors.com 570-714-9924

503

4WD. SR5. TRD. V-6. $11,425

4WD & Alloys. $15,880

451

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

Trucks/ SUVs/Vans

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

4 WD. Auto. CD. $13,992

Leather. Moonroof. One owner. $14,580

451

TOYOTA 02 TACOMA

Only 29K miles! $17,450

570-714-4146

BUY * SELL * TRADE

Trucks/ SUVs/Vans

JEEP ‘06 WRANGLER

JEEP ‘04 GRAND CHEROKEE

4.0 - 6 cylinder. Auto. 4x4. Air. Many options very clean! 1 owner. Warrantied. $9,295.

451

Foth Production Solutions, LLC Foth currently has multiple opportunities in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA area for:

Mechanical Engineers & Controls Engineers Foth is an engineering consulting company providing on-site support for a premier consumer products corporation. Foth is an equal opportunity employer

Apply directly at: www.foth.com 533

Installation/ Maintenance/ Repair

533

Installation/ Maintenance/ Repair

Maintenance Electrical Technician Sapa Extruder, Inc. is looking for a skilled and experienced Maintenance Electrician with a strong background in hydraulics, programmable controls and electrical facets of plant maintenance activities. The opening is on 2nd shift. The successful candidate must possess the ability to diagnose and repair electrical/hydraulic problems, trouble-shoot electrical problems and knowledge of industrial hydraulics. A minimum of four years experience in a plant or comparable environment is required. We offer an outstanding benefits package. If qualified, send a resume with salary requirements to:

Sapa Extruder, Inc. 330 Elmwood Avenue Mountain Top, PA 18707 Attn: Human Resources teresa.mandzak@sapagroup.com E.O.E. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE!


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Building/ Construction/ Skilled Trades

ELECTRICAL PROJECT MANAGER Electrical contractor seeking qualified Electrical Project Manager for commercial/industrial projects. Must have proven Project Management electrical experience and be able to: • Handle change orders and related paperwork; • Establish project schedules; • Create strong customer relations; and • Supervise and evaluate a crew of professionals. Computer knowledge (Microsoft Project, Word, Excel) required. Knowledge of current NEC, College Degree preferred. Competitive salary and benefit package available. Mail cover letter and resume to: c/o The Times Leader BOX 2860 15 N. Main St. Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-0250

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Immediate opportunity for an Electrical Construction Service Manager. Must have strong residential and commercial background; ability to estimate and manage projects up to $75,000; Strong computer skills; experienced with Estimation software a plus. Send resume to: c/o The Times Leader BOX 2855 15 N. Main St. Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-0250

542

Logistics/ Transportation

ATTENTION DRIVERS

2012 DAY CABS WISE FOODS, INC. Seeks CDL Class A 2 YEAR OTR verifiable experience • Home daily • Distributor based network • EXCELLENT per mile pay • Unloading, drop off & pick-up pay • Expense advance • Paid delay times • 24 hour dispatch coverage • Excellent on site fleet maintenance Contact Joan at 800-438-9473 ext 4120

GOLACKAWANNA, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2011 548 Medical/Health

FULL-TIME LICENSED SOCIAL WORKER

Needed to work with “at-risk” youth at our Hazleton and Edwardsville alternative schools plus our residential facilities in Drums and Hazleton. Submit resume to kcaffier@youth servicesagency.org or fax to 570-325-4365.

600 FINANCIAL 610

Business Opportunities

TAX REFUND COMING?

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570-824-5774

Jan-Pro.com

630 Money To Loan “We can erase your bad credit 100% GUARANTEED.” Attorneys for the Federal Trade Commission say they’ve never seen a legitimate credit repair operation. No one can legally remove accurate and timely information from your credit report. It’s a process that starts with you and involves time and a conscious effort to pay your debts. Learn about managing credit and debt at ftc. gov/credit. A message from The Times Leader and the FTC.

700 MERCHANDISE 708

Antiques & Collectibles

YEARBOOKS: From most area schools. 1930’s to recent years. $25 and up 570-825-4721

708

Antiques & Collectibles

BARBIE Cinderella Doll, Springtime Barbie, Wedding Day Barbie. 3 for $10. Excellent Christmas gifts. 570-735-0191 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS, 16 piece, Pewter, Avon, $3/each. Bob Cratchit & Tiny Tim Doll, 24”, with stand; Mrs. Cratchit Doll, 18”, with stand; Ebenezer Scrooge Doll, 20”, with stand; The Caroler Doll, 18”, with stand, $25 each doll. Amish Blessings Doll, 12”, $20. 570-868-5066 DALE EARNHARD #3 SR. JACKET, black, size XXL, made in USA, Front has “Dale Earnhard #3 Heartbeat of American” (with Chevy symbol) embroidered, also some embroidery on back. New condition, $45. DOLLS. (3) Porcelain. Heritage collectibles. Still in original package. $20 for all. 570-235-5216 POSTER, World War One, original in fair/ good condition in wood frame, “Duty Calls, 1917 E.G Renesch, Chicago” $100. 570-262-0708

To place your ad call...829-7130 710

Appliances

DISHWASHER, Kenmore, portable, 2 years old, very good shape. $200 OBO. 570-468-9222 RANGE Whirlpool self-cleaning oven & storage drawer. $125. Microwave GE Profile over the range with added features $125. Dishwasher Kenmore Elite $100. Trash compactor Whirlpool. $75. Tiffany Glass chandelier. $75 Ceiling fan. $40. Manuals included. All excellent condition. 570-814-5300 REFRIGERATOR Whirlpool, side by side, white, ice & water measures 70”Hx35.5”Wx33. 75”d. $575. 570-824-6533

712

Baby Items

BABY ITEMS: Pack N PLays $25 & $30, Jumaproo $30. High chair $25, Snap N Go $40. Travel System - stroller-infant seat & 2 bases $50. Swing $25. Bassinet $20. Crib/Toddler bed no mattress $30. Hook on high chair $15. 693-3028 BABY WALKER Safety 1st Disney music & lights, height adjustable, almost new, $25. 570-735-6527 CLOTHING, 0-12 months, girls, $1-$5. 570-825-0569

716

Building Materials

COUNTER TOP 6’ white with gold speckles $25. COUNTER TOP 8’ white with gold speckles includes sink $50. Bath tub 5’ x 20” high x 30” deep white left side drain $50. 570.829.2369 DOORS (2) 36”X78” nine lites with hardware & keys. 28”X70” one glass, hardware & keys $25. each. 570-675-4617 REPLACEMENT WINDOW: New. Vinyl. Size: 28 3/4” x 58 3/4” Low E Argon Gas Thermo Pane. $125. 570-288-3189

720

Cemetery Plots/Lots

MEMORIAL SHRINE CEMETERY 6 Plots Available

May be Separated Rose Lawn Section $450 each 570-654-1596

MEMORIAL SHRINE

LOTS FOR SALE 6 lots available at Memorial Shrine Cemetery. $2,400. Call 717-774-1520 SERIOUS INQUIRES ONLY

724 Cellular Phones CELL PHONES, 2, LG Optimus Android, for Sprint, brand new, one is purple, other is dark grey, comes with charger, $50 for both. 570-704-9334

726

Clothing

BLAZER new with tags mens Claiborne black leather blazer XXL. $70. MATERNITY clothes Motherhood worn only 2 months Pants $15 Sweaters $15 other shirts $10. Medium and Large. Call 570-212-2528

COAT

KENNETH COLE Beige, size 6, hardly worn. $75. 570-855-5385 JACKET, men’s black leather, never worn, tags on, size XL. $40. 735-6527 SWEATERS Storybook (Home Shopping) 1x, 2x $25. each. Women’s clothes s-m $2-$10. 570-417-3940

726

Clothing

WEDDING DRESSES, 20 new, 30 sleep wear & summer dresses, all for $550. 570 793-8158

732

Exercise Equipment

EXERCISE EQUIPMENT 4 pieces, as seen on TV all for $40. 570-824-0248 HOME GYM Implex Image 4.0, new condition. $25 570-655-8056 TREADMILL, electric, $250. AbLounge, $50. AbDoer Chair, $50. 570-779-5416

742

Furnaces & Heaters

ELECTRIC STOVE HEATER: Used 2 or 3 times only. In excellent condition. $65. 570-855-8357

To place your ad call...829-7130 HEATER Comfort Zone Infrared, approximate 3 1/2 years old, used 1-2 times. Paid approximate $800 sell for $200. 735-3940 HEATER, Eden Pure Gen 3, Model 1000, used 1 season.Cost $397 new, selling for $200 firm. 570-472-3920 HEATER, electric, portable, $20. 570-825-5847 HEATER. Hot water. Gas, 40 gallon tank. GE, 2 years old. $150 firm. 570-7791215 after 6pm

744

Furniture & Accessories

COFFEE TABLE, 39” square, walnut with glass top. $25. 570-430-9231 DESK child’s solid oak roll top desk, antique much detail excellent condition $99. 570-675-4617 DINING TABLES 3 wooden dining tables 2 for $20. 1 for $25. Antique dressing table $35. 3 wooden dining chairs $7. each. All i $121. 570-825-3888 ENTERTAINMENT CENTER dark oak 15 1/2” deep, 5’ h, 4” wide $100. 570-288-3723

WALLETS (2) Vera Bradley 1 used once, the other is new but without tags. 1 Vera Bradley Snappy in Riviera Blue, the other is a Pocket Wallet in Java Blue. Sell @verabradley.com for $30. each. Asking $17. each or both for $30. OBO 570-654-6570

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

WEDDING GOWN size 9-10, used once, perserved in box. $50. 825-0569

HEADBOARD, oak twin, $50. Oak night stand $50. 570-825-0569

FURNISH FOR LESS

744

Furniture & Accessories

KITCHEN TABLE round glass, 2 wooden chairs $75. Wooden desk & shelves $50. Living room end table $25. 570-417-3940 KITCHEN TABLE, oak, 4 chairs, 42x42 with 17” leaf. like new $100. 570-287-4244 LOVE SEAT, new condition, $165. 570-822-3082 MATTRESS/ BOX SPRING: Brand New. PillowTop Queen Mattress and Box Spring! Still in bags! Must sell! $150. 570-280-9628 ROCKER swivel recliner made by Lane, burgundy, good condition $10. 570-735-6638 SCHOOL DESK, $15. 570-825-5847 SOFA Berkline, double reclining, excellent condition $400. 570-655-1508 TABLE antique, large + 4 chairs, 100 years olf, dark wood $45. Broyhill sofa, 91’ floral $190. 570-740-1392 TRUNDLE BED, complete set, Iron, $50. 570-779-5416

750

Jewelry

JEWELRY Armoire, flip top with mirror, 3 drawers, side storage, oak finish. $20. 570- 430-9231

754

Machinery & Equipment

SNOWTHROWER MTD, 21”, single stage with owners manual, good condition, $150. 570-881-7116

756

Medical Equipment

WHEELCHAIR, Transport, Excellent condition, $75. WALKER, Deluxe, brand new. $75 570-905-4818

758 Miscellaneous BIRD CAGE (18”w x 18 ‘ d x 24’ h ) $25 Atari comes with 31 games$25. 2 piece syrocco wall planter $25. Christmas village consist of 13 pieces plus accessories $99. 570-814-4315 CHRISTMAS ITEMS 3’ tree with stand & lights. 3’ wall tree, lighted decorated, 2 table cloths 50x66 & 70x105, Santa Suit, Cookie Jar, lighted wreath, will sell separately, plus many more unique items. $50. for all. 570-909-7621 CHRISTMAS TREE STAND. Almost new, used once. Balancer on stand, green. $40 570-675-4383

758 Miscellaneous

758 Miscellaneous

FREE AD POLICY

TUB: cast iron claw foot, white, cast iron, 60+ years old old. 5’Lx16” deep $300. Men’s black leather ice skates size 10, ladies white leather size 8. $10. each. Christmas tree Pink for Breast Cancer 6’. white LED lights used 1 holiday sell $45. Seat covers genuine Sheepskin for bucket seats, both $45. 570-779-9464

The Times Leader will accept ads for used private party merchandise only for items totaling $1,000 or less. All items must be priced and state how many of each item. Your name address, email and phone number must be included. No ads for ticket sales accepted. Pet ads accepted if FREE ad must state FREE. One Submission per month per household. You may place your ad online at timesleader.com, or email to classifieds@ timesleader.com or fax to 570-831-7312 or mail to Classified Free Ads: 15 N. Main Street, WilkesBarre, PA. Sorry no phone calls. HUMIDOR by Monte Christo. New. 18”hx 28” l x 14” deep solid wood craftmenship holds 250 + cigars $300. 570.829.2369 MODEL TRAIN display case 5 shelves 4 sliding glass doors 30 x 96 wall mount custom made excellent condition $450. 570-261-5161

To place your ad call...829-7130 PAINTBALL GUN 98 custom tippman, 3 co2 tanks, cleaning kit, belt, 3000 paintballs. $100. 570-430-9231 PING PONG TABLE asking $25. Yale Safe, fireproof, 13x17.5 $50. 570-825-5847 STEAM CLEANER/ FLOOR, super power, Euroflex $75. 570-740-1392

758 Miscellaneous TIRES (2) all season, 205x60x16, good tread $25. each. 570-457-7854

To place your ad call...829-7130

WHEELS & Tire Set (4) 5 spoke with mounted tires for Ford Windstar P21565R16 $250. 570-696-2212

762

Musical Instruments

KEYBOARD Casio 76 full size keys, power adapter, stand, cover, books and box, excellent condition $99. 570-675-4617

To place your ad call...829-7130 ORGAN, electric Conn, bench, 1 pedal & foot pedals, beautiful condition $300. 287-4244 ORGAN: Hammond Spinet Organ Model #7182. FREE FOR THE TAKING 570-474-5683

766

Office Equipment

DESKS & COPIER, very good condition. FREE - MUST GO! 570-690-3840 or 570-655-6670 TYPEWRITER $80. 5 drawer file cabinet, side to side drawers, new $950 sell $450. 280-2472

768

Personal Electronics

GPS: Garmin NUVI 265T Works Excellent. Bluetooth enabled. Includes: Wall Charger, car charger, Suction cup mount , Dashboard mount, USB cable. $60 570-824-9831 EXT. 336 Chris

770

Photo Equipment

TRUCK CAP - FREE Chevy Silverado 8 ft. pickup truck cap, garnet red. 570-479-6889

COLLECTOR Kodak camera holder 1960’s $35. 570-740-1392

796 Wanted to Buy Merchandise

796 Wanted to Buy Merchandise

570-735-1487 WE PAY THE MOST IN CASH

BUYING 11am to 6pm

39 Prospect St • Nanticoke


GOLACKAWANNA, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2011 774

Restaurant Equipment

SLICER

Univex model 7512 stainless steel, 12” knife, built in sharpener, very good condition. New $1,800. Asking $600. 570-833-4495

776 Sporting Goods BINOCULARS. Lafayette, zoom, field, 5.5 degrees at 12x with case. Good condition. Bausch and Lomb, works, but in rough condition. $20 for both. 570-235-5216 CANNONDALE Multisport 1000 with aerobars, aluminum design, never used, approximate 3 years old, paid over $1000 sell for $400. 570-735-3940 POOL TABLE LIGHT, Coors shaped like race car $250. Pool table light Molson $200.570.237.0549 SKIS/SKI BOOTS/ SKI POLES: SKISRossignol Rebel 177 with Salomon Series 7 bindings. $65. SKI BOOTSSalomon Optima 8.1 Exp. Mens size 8 $30. SKI POLES- $5. All items in very good condition. 570-287-1025 TREADMILL Sportcraft electric, very good condition Folds for easy storage & transporting.Pulse mode, calorie burn, programmed time & distance, safety key, + manual mode. $65. OBO.

780

Televisions/ Accessories

TELEVISION: 13” Color Magnavox TV. Great picture. $20. 570-288-7905 TV Toshiba 13” color Sony Handicam hi 8 camcorder with accessories $150. 570-814-4315 TV Toshiba 60” perfect condition, beautiful picture. 51”HX51”lX21”deep. Can be seen in use. Asking $250. OBO. 570-654-6570

784

Tools

RADIAL ARM SAW: Sears Craftsman 10” with table $125. Sears 1 hp electric air compressor, 14 gallon tank, numerous tips & spray paint gun $75. 570-760-0049

TOOLS. Craftsman, 10 in Radial Arm saw, 16” Scroll saw, 1.5” Circular saw blades, 4’ Level, 3+ inch Snips, 9 large metal files, large square, wire cutters and more. Moving, must sell. $140 for all. 570-235-5216

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786 Toys & Games FISHER PRICE SETS Jungle/Zoo and Carnival. Complete and in excellent condition. Pre-school toys. $25 for both. 570-735-2694

Shopping for a new apartment? Classified lets you compare costs without hassle or worry! Get moving with classified! MATCH BOX miniature collectibles (4) trucks - $35 570-814-4315 TRAIN SET: LGB 72423 Santa Fe starter train set. New $250. 570-829-0963

794

Video Game Systems/Games

MARIO KART WII never opened $35. Gilmore Girls DVD complete 2 & 3 season $15 each. Grey’s Anatomy DVD complete second season $15. The Sims 2 PC game $15.417-3940

796 Wanted to Buy Merchandise

PAYING TOP DOLLAR for Your Gold, Silver, Scrap Jewelry, Sterling Flatware, Diamonds, Old High School Rings, Foreign & American Paper Money & Coins. WE WILL BEAT PRICES! We Buy Tin and Iron Toys, Vintage Coke Machines, Vintage Brass, Cash Registers, Old Costume Jewelry, Slot Machines, Lionel Trains & Antique Firearms. IF YOU THINK IT’S OLD BRING IT IN, WE WILL GIVE YOU A PRICE. COME SEE US AT 134 RTE. 11, Larksville 570-855-7197 570-328-3428

VITO’S & GINO’S Wanted: Junk Cars & Trucks Highest Prices Paid!! FREE PICKUP

288-8995

815

Dogs

906 Homes for Sale

941

BACK MOUNTAIN Centermorland 800 PETS & ANIMALS 815

Dogs

PAWS

PEKINGESE

TO CONSIDER.... ENHANCE YOUR PET CLASSIFIED AD ONLINE Call 829-7130

ROTTWEILER PUPS German lines.

2 females. Ready to go. $375. 570-592-5515 570-654-0678

Place your pet ad and provide us your email address This will create a seller account online and login information will be emailed to you from gadzoo.com “The World of Pets Unleashed” You can then use your account to enhance your online ad. Post up to 6 captioned photos of your pet Expand your text to include more information, include your contact information such as e-mail, address phone number and or website.

ST.AKC BERNARD PUPPIES Registered $500. Call Pam @ 570-401-9943

840

Pet Services

PET SITTING in your home! Also offer mid-day walks while you are at work. Reasonable rates! Call for more information: 570592-5362 or email: petsittertech@ gmail.com

BOSTON TERRIERS

A.K.C. Registered. 7.5 weeks old. 2 males. 3 females. Beautifully marked. Parents on premises. $350/each 570-833-5262 Make perfect stocking stuffers!

CHRISTMAS SHI-TZUS! Adorable puppies! Will be ready for Christmas! $550 570-401-3004

GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPS

German lines, all shots and vet checked. $400. 570-952-1276

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900 REAL ESTATE FOR SALE 906 Homes for Sale Having trouble paying your mortgage? Falling behind on your payments? You may get mail from people who promise to forestall your foreclosure for a fee in advance. Report them to the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency. Call 1-877FTC-HELP or click on ftc.gov. A message from The Times Leader and the FTC.

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FALLS/MILL CITY

MALTESE MIXsociable. PUPPIES! Very

Health records. $325 each. Call 570-765-0936

10 acres with gas lease. Out of flood zone. 3 bedrooms. 2 baths. Living room. Dining room. Family room. Kitchen. $130,000. 570-333-1456 Leave a Message

941

LUZERNE

AKC. Male. White. 7 months old. (570) 752-7066 PITBULL/SHEPHERD Mix, FREE, male, 10 months old, brindle color, housebroken, very obedient, great with children, Catholic blessed. 570-825-4315 570-793-4929

Apartments/ Unfurnished

941 529 SR 292 E For sale by owner Move-in ready. Well maintained. 3 - 4 bedrooms. 1 ¾ bath. Appliances included. 2.87 acres with mountain view. For more info & photos go to: ForSaleByOwner.com Search featured homes in Tunkhannock. $275,000. For appointment, call: 570-333-4024

PLAINS

KEYSTONE SECTION 9 Ridgewood Road

TOTAL BEAUTY 1 ACRE- PRIVACY Beautiful ranch 2

bedrooms, huge modern kitchen, big TV room and living room, 1 bath, attic for storage, washer, dryer & 2 air conditioners included. New Roof & Furnace Furnished or unfurnished. Low Taxes! Reduced $115,900

570-885-1512

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RUNDLE STREET

Nice ranch in very well maintained, quiet neighborhood with finished basement, hardwood floors, and big, fenced back yard with deck. $109,900 MLS# 11-4025 Joseph P Gilroy Real Estate (570) 288-1444 Ask for Holly Kozlowski (570) 814-6763

Apartments/ Unfurnished

DALLAS

 Large 3 bedroom 2nd floor. No pets. Off street parking. Call Joe 570-881-2517

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DUMORE

Two bedroom 1 bathroom apartment on Apple St. $600/month + utilities. Available 1/15. (570) 815-5334

KINGSTON 139 W Dorrance St

2nd floor, 2 bedroom, living room, kitchen & bath. Heat and hot/cold water included. $750 + security. No pets. 570-899-4914 or 973-768-3801

KINGSTON 565 Rutter Avenue

3 bedrooms, living, dining & family rooms, 1 new bath, all appliances, A/C, new carpeting & paint, off street parking, heat and hot water included, front & rear porches. No pets, no smoking. $850/per month & security deposit. Personal & credit references required. Call 570-287-4234

KINGSTON Attractive / quiet

neighborhood near Kingston Pool. Charming 2 bedrooms + sunroom, oak kitchen, dishwasher, fridge, disposal, washer/ dryer, a/c, basement, garage. Water & Sewer included. No pets. $575 + gas/electric, security, references & lease. 570-466-8041

KINGSTON Recently remodeled

2nd floor, 2 bedroom. Heat & hot/ cold water included. Small, 3rd room. No pets. $700 + security. Call Sam 570-817-4488

41 Mill Street. Convenient to Cross Valley, large 2 bedroom, 2nd floor, large living room with ceiling fan, large bath with shower, utility room with washer & dryer, large closets professionally organized, off street parking, no smoking $595 + utilities. 570-288-3438

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NANTICOKE

2 bedroom, 1st floor. Large eat in kitchen, fridge, electric stove, large living room, w/w carpeting, master bedroom with custom built in furniture. Ample closet space. Front/back porches, off street parking, laundry room available. No dogs, smoking, water, sewer, garbage paid. $525/mo + gas, electric, security, lease, credit, background check. (570) 696-3596

WILKES-BARRE

Mayflower Crossing Apartments 570.822.3968 2, 3 & 4 Bedrooms - Light & bright open floor plans - All major appliances included - Pets welcome* - Close to everything - 24 hour emergency maintenance - Short term leases available

Call TODAY For AVAILABILITY!! www.mayflower crossing.com Certain Restrictions Apply*

912 Lots & Acreage

PITTSTON

LAND FOR SALE

24 ACRES

Wyoming Co Bennington Twp. Cotton Hill Rd. ASKING $32,000 1-814-392-6548

2nd floor, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, refrigerator & stove provided, washer/ dryer hookup, pets negotiable. $545/ month, water and sewer paid, security and lease required. Call 570-237-6277

WILKES-BARRE

3 bedrooms, 1 bath, refrigerator, stove & dishwasher, washer/dryer hookup, off-street parking, pets ok with fee, $650/ month, plus security and utilities. Call 570-650-1575

Apartments/ Unfurnished

WILKES-BARRE

“GENERAL HOSPITAL” VICINITY

Super Clean, remodeled compact 3 rooms, laundry, appliances, off street parking 1 car. $470 + utilities. EMPLOYMENT, CREDIT, LEASE REQUIRED. NO PETS/SMOKING. Managed Building!

AMERICA REALTY 288-1422

WILKES-BARRE NORTH 723 N. Main St.

1st floor, Very large 1 bedroom, 1.5 bath, eat-in kitchen with appliances, $420 + security, no pets. Water included. Tenant pays gas & electric. Call 570-814-1356

WILKES-BARRE NORTH 815 N Washington

Street, Rear 1 bedroom, wall to wall carpet, new paint & flooring, eat in kitchen with appliances, enclosed front & back porch, laundry facilities. heat, hot water and cable included. $520 + electric & security. No pets. Call 570-814-1356

WILKES-BARRE SOUTH SECURE BUILDINGS

1 & 2 bedroom apartments. Starting at $440 and up. References required. Section 8 ok. 570-332-5723

944

Commercial Properties

Center City WB

FREE HIGH SPEED INTERNET! Why pay extra for

internet? Our new leases include a FREE high speed connection! Affordable modern office space at the Luzerne Bank Building on Public Square. Rents include internet, heat, central air, utilities, trash removal, and nightly cleaning all without a sneaky CAM charge. Parking available at the intermodal garage via our covered bridge. 300SF to 5000SF available. We can remodel to suit. Brokers protected. Call Jeff Pyros at 570-822-8577


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953 Houses for Rent

KINGSTON

3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, new wall to wall carpeting, freshly painted, partial A/C, gas heat, large fenced in yard, walking distance to Kingston Corners. All appliances, off-street parking, no pets. $725/month, plus utilities, & 2 months security. Application & references. Call 570-639-4907

PLYMOUTH

Take your pick. 2 houses for rent. One $625 + utilities. Other $650 + utilities. Water and sewer included & all appliances included. Fenced back yard. One month security up front, no partial payment. Section 8 OK. Call Steve at 570-592-5764

WILKES-BARRE

WHITE HAVEN

Home for rent, new construction. 3 bedroom, 2 bath. Full basement. 1 acre lot. 5 minutes from I-80 & Pa Turnpike. $1,250 + utilities. Call 609-929-1588

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3 bedrooms, newly remodeled bath, large eat in kitchen, washer/dryer hookup, fenced in yard. $750/per month, plus utilities, security deposit & lease.

570-820-7049

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953 Houses for Rent

NANTICOKE Desirable

Lexington Village Nanticoke, PA Many ranch style homes. 2 bedrooms 2 Free Months With A 2 Year Lease $795 + electric

SQUARE FOOT RE MANAGEMENT 866-873-0478

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PLYMOUTH

3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, washer/dryer hookup, off-street parking, no pets, $475/month, plus utilities, lease and security. Nice neighborhood. Call 570-287-2405

WEST PITTSTON TOWNHOUSE

2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, wall to wall carpeting, living/dining combo, refrigerator & stove, washer/dryer hookup, off-street parking, no pets. Front and back porches, full basement. $625/ per month + utilities & security deposit. Call 570-655-8928

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