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ILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County’s 2 percent property tax hike — set for final approval by County Council on Tuesday — could theoretically be avoided with a 3 percent cut in the salaries of 1,573 employees, according to a Times Leader analysis. County government is in transition from commissioners to an 11person council, and the hottest point of contention has become the county budget

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of a three-day series examining the largest expenditure in the Luzerne County budget — salaries and benefits paid to employees. For a complete county employee salary list, see Pages 8A, 9A.

— and how much can be cut out of it. To get a clearer picture of the issue, The Times Leader asked for and received a list of employees by department and job title, with salaries for 2012. The list included up to 56 employees expected to be laid off as part of a budget set for a final vote Tuesday. The newly elected council had only until Wednesday to amend the budget left them by the outgoing threeperson board of commissioners when the new form of government took hold in January. While most council members initially vowed to stick to the no-tax-hike promise of outgoing commissioners, enough reconsidered after a closer look at numbers and staffing, opting for the compromise of fewer layoffs and a 2 percent tax increase. Several council members said they felt deeper layoffs without careful scrutiny would leave the county unable to provide needed services. See BUDGET, Page 16A


Pribula eyes prison birth investigation Interim county manager also wants study of county protocol for such circumstances. By MATT HUGHES

Interim Luzerne County Manager Tom Pribula has asked the District Attorney to investigate the birth of twins inside the Luzerne County Correctional Facility in late January, and will open an internal probe of the county’s protocol for handling such situations. “I’m not taking it lightly,” Pribula said. “The case is not closed; it’s just really starting. But we’ll make sure Pribula it’s properly investigated and we’ll review our procedure to make sure it doesn’t happen again.” A 23-year-old woman delivered twins in her cell on Jan. 27 while awaiting transfer to Schuylkill County authorities on a retail-theft warrant, county prison Warden Joe See BIRTHS, Page 16A


1,573 EMPLOYEES Department Employees Area Agency On Aging* 100 Assessors 24 Boiler Plant 1 Buildings And Grounds 25 Bureau Of Elections 10 Children & Youth* 186 Clerk Of Courts 17 Commissioners/Administration 28 Community Development 12 Controllers 6 Convention and Visitors Bureau 4 Coroners 4 Court Stenographers 14 Courts 70 District Attorney 64 Domestic Relations 63 Drug & Alcohol* 9 Emergency Management 4 EMS 911 90 Engineer Department 6 Human Services* 7 Information Technology 4 Interim rehab/worker’s comp.** 1 Jury Commissioners 1

$62,794,815 TOTAL PAYROLL Total Payroll Average Salary $3,608,304 $36,083 $728,366 $30,349 $49,446 $49,446 $702,250 $28,090 $315,782 $31,578 $7,195,403 $38,685 $498,217 $29,307 $826,892 $29,532 $534,243 $44,520 $236,312 $39,385 $135,684 $33,921 $118,815 $29,704 $747,711 $53,408 $2,700,692 $38,581 $2,970,042 $46,407 $2,994,260 $47,528 $317,309 $35,257 $144,088 $36,022 $2,960,417 $32,894 $337,498 $56,250 $259,353 $37,050 $202,991 $50,748 $21,112 $21,112 $10,113 $10,113

Department Employees WIDA - Workforce Development* 1 Levees* 9 Magistrate 50 Mapping 8 Mental Health/Mental Retardation* 74 Orphans Court 6 Planning & Zoning 5 Prison 341 Probation Services 113 Prothonotary 19 Public Defenders 37 Purchasing 6 Recorder Of Deeds 12 Register Of Wills 10 Retirement 2 Roads & Bridges 32 Security 27 Sheriff 45 Solicitors 9 Solid Waste Mgt 1 Tax Collection 1 Treasurer 10 Veterans Affairs 5


Total Payroll Average Salary $38,302 $38,302 $293,903 $32,656 $1,664,211 $33,284 $307,576 $38,447 $2,891,329 $39,072 $259,733 $43,289 $183,916 $36,783 $15,806,025 $46,352 $5,909,180 $52,294 $569,589 $29,978 $1,500,727 $40,560 $182,867 $30,478 $370,052 $30,838 $317,504 $31,750 $65,000 $32,500 $952,989 $29,781 $653,320 $24,197 $1,430,511 $31,789 $266,617 $29,624 $37,450 $37,450 $28,379 $28,379 $307,028 $30,703 $143,308 $28,662


Five departments with largest payroll AP FILE PHOTO

Singer Whitney Houston performs on ’Good Morning America’ in New York in 2009.

Prison 25.2%

Other 43.4%

Children & Youth 11.5% Probation 9.4% Area Agy. on Aging 5.7% Domestic Relations 4.8%

Five departments with most employees

Other 47.2%

Excludes 215 part-time employees, for whom no salary information was available. Averages can be skewed by high salaries for department heads or long-time employees, and in small departments with few employees who have disparate salaries * Department has separate budget that includes some money from Luzerne County’s general fund. ** One worker has been displaced from her regular department job due to injury and is separately classified as “Interim rehabilitation” while on light duty. Source: Luzerne County

Prison 21.7% Children & Youth 11.8% Probation 7.2% Area Agy. on Aging 6.4% EMS 911 5.7% Mark Guydish/The Times Leader

Superstar singer is dead at age 48 By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY AP Music Writer

LOS ANGELES — Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48. Houston’s publicist, Kristen Foster, said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unknown. News of Houston’s death came on the eve of music’s biggest night — the Grammy Awards. It’s a showcase where she once reigned, and See HOUSTON, Page 13A



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Senior citizens returning to workforce on rise By EILEEN GODIN Times Leader Correspondent

Worker program in WilkesBarre, said his office is seeing many people from age 57 and up seeking employment. The average age to lose a job is about 59, he said, too young to receive Social Security. “Some people are outsourced or the company is downsized, and others retired early only to find out they can’t survive on Social Security,” he said. According to AARP’s Public Policy Institute, the unemployment rate for those 55 and older but this is still double what it was fell to 7 percent in October 2011, in December 2007, before the re-

Retirement has been anything but relaxing for Beverly Nachlis of Kingston. But she’s not complaining. Instead of spending her days pursuing hobbies or socializing, she heads to work every morning – and loves it. She is part of a growing number of senior citizens returning to the workforce. “I call my life Beverly’s book and I’m writing a new chapter,” said the 75-year-old Nachlis. Gerry Chickeletti, director of the Bureau of Aging’s Mature See SENIOR, Page 16A


Irene Dewitt, left, checks in with receptionist Beverly Nachlis at the Kingston Senior Center, Monday. According to USA Today, AARP has determined 17.9 percent of those between 65 and 75 worked in 2011, higher than the 10.8 percent in that age group who worked 25 years ago.



POLICE BLOTTER HAZLE TWP. – A driver was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Diamond Avenue Saturday morning. State police said 51-year-old George Grega of Hazle Township was traveling east on Diamond Avenue when his vehicle left the roadway and struck an embankment, several trees and a telephone pole at approximately 11 a.m. Police said Grega, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was deceased upon state police arrival. HANOVER TWP. – Jennifer Nelson of Plymouth Street said a tire was cut on her vehicle while it was parked outside her residence overnight Friday into Saturday. PLAINS TWP. – Township police reported the following incidents: • The owner of the Overpour Bar, 279 North River St., said the bar was burglarized at approximately 7 a.m. Friday and that cash was removed from the office area. Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to contact police at 829-3432. • Police said they arrested and will charge Mark A. Christman, 30, of Drums, with simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and harassment. Police said they responded at 12:36 a.m. Saturday to a report of a man with no pants lying on the ground in the parking lot of the River Street Jazz Café, 667 N. River St. Police said Christman appeared to be very intoxicated and told police he had taken heroin. Christman’s friend also told police Christman had been drinking alcohol and used marijuana laced with a substance to increase heart rate, police said. Police said Christman became combative, kicking one officer and biting another’s arm, and that police used a Taser to subdue Christman. The officers did not require medical treatment. Christman was transported to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for medical and psychological evaluation, police said. FRANKLIN TWP. – George Haas of Dallas reported to state police an outdoor camera was stolen from his property on Lockville Road between Jan. 29 and Jan. 30. The stolen item was a Deer Cam, Stealth, model STC-1430 IR.

Vatican sex abuse lawsuit is withdrawn By DINESH RAMDE Associated Press

MILWAUKEE — Lawyers for a man who was sexually abused decades ago by a priest at a Wisconsin school for the deaf have withdrawn their lawsuit naming Pope Benedict XVI and other top Vatican officials as defendants. Attorney Jeff Anderson filed the lawsuit in 2010. He claimed former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and his deputies knew about allegations of sexual abuse at the school and protected the priest from punishment. Anderson’s firm withdrew the case Friday in Milwaukee. He explains the action by saying the main thing he was seeking was information and accountability, and he’s already received 30,000 pages of revealing documents through bankruptcy proceedings of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Vatican attorney Jeffrey Lena calls the explanation “ridiculous.” He says the withdrawal is confirmation the lawsuit should never have been filed.



Senator, wife attacked at casino New York Sen. Mark Grisanti and wife beaten after he tried to break up fight. The Associated Press

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — A state senator and his wife said Saturday they were attacked and beaten at a Niagara Falls casino hotel after the lawmaker tried to break up an argument between two men, one of whom accused him of hating the Indian tribe that owned the resort. Sen. Mark Grisanti said he suffered bruised ribs in the Friday night altercation. His wife, Maria, was more seriously hurt. She was diagnosed Saturday morning with a concussion and possible broken nose. “It’s just been horrible,” Maria Grisanti said in a phone call from her Buffalo home after re-

turning there from the hospital Saturday afternoon. She said that during the attack, she feared for her life. Grisanti The fight happened following a fundraising gala for the Seneca Diabetes Foundation at the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel Events Center. The Grisantis attended because their daughter was part of the entertainment for the night, performing with the Buffalo singing act, the Scintas. They were in a lobby area around 11:30 p.m. when they encountered two men arguing loudly. Grisanti said he thought the men were about to come to blows, so he asked them to calm down.

“I probably just should have walked away,” he said. One of the men demanded to know his name. When he identified himself, he said the man hurled a curse word, accused him of hating the Seneca Nation and punched him in the chest. Then, Grisanti said, a woman with the man socked him in the side of the head. As the men scuffled, Maria Grisanti said she was attacked by two women who appeared to be with the man fighting with her husband. She said she was thrown to the ground and then punched while one of the women pulled her hair out and repeatedly slammed her head on the floor. “They were big, too. Maybe six feet tall,” she said. Niagara Falls police confirmed that there had been a melee at the casino.

In a statement, police Superintendent John Chella said detectives were “reviewing the situation and investigating any and all facts to determine what exactly took place.” He said that “once the facts are determined” the police will decide “what course of action to take, if any.” Mark Grisanti said the man who attacked him left the hotel without being detained. He said police told him security camera video of the altercation was “inconclusive.” He said he believed one of the women had been charged with disorderly conduct, but for a separate fracas with security guards. The couple didn’t initially seek medical care, but Maria Grisanti went to the hospital Saturday after waking up with a headache and a bruised and swollen face.

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Peterlynn West removes her coat as she takes part in the Red Velvet Fashion shown at the Goodwill Industries in Edwardsville.

Lila Wisher, 10, takes part in the Red Velvet Fashion shown at the Goodwill Industries in Edwardsville.

Red haute fashions

West , who declined to give Spectators voted on their favor- brini Costanzo. Goodwill Industries in The store held a Beauty Wellher age, teaches English, drama ite outfit and the winning model Edwardsville showcases latest ness Day recently, during which and public speaking at Wyom- got to keep the outfit. styles at affordable prices. Sporting a royal blue sun visitors received mini makeoving Valley West High School. By CAMILLE FIOTI Times Leader Correspondent

EDWARDSVILLE – Peterlynn West opened the long camel coat to reveal her elegant black and champagne satin evening gown as she prepared to sashay down the red carpet at the Goodwill Industries “Red Velvet Fashion Show” Saturday. “I believe in recycling and reusing,” she said.

She pointed out that a lot of items, including her ensemble, are new and still have the tags on them. “I shop here often,” she said. “It’s a great place, especially with the economy being the way it is. It’s a great way to stretch your dollar.” The event featured 20 members of the community ranging in age from 2 to 65 who modeled formal, casual and sleepwear fashions off the store’s racks.

dress, Maria Rosado, 61, of Kingston, said she shops at the store on a regular basis. “I like the prices and the staff is very friendly.” The mission of Goodwill Industries is to provide social and economic opportunities for the disabled, needy and the elderly. “We try to bring the community together and to make them aware of what Goodwill is and what we have available to them,” said store manager Ca-

ers. Costanzo said the store plans to organize a flash mob which will perform four times in April and May. Anyone interested in joining the choreographed dance, which will start in the store and continue out into the parking lot, should contact Costanza at the store. “All of our stuff is donated,” said Costanzo. “If it weren’t for people bringing their stuff to showcase, we wouldn’t be able to do this.”

Cold weather and snow make comeback in the South The cold snap brought freezing temperatures to much of Tennessee. The Associated Press

ATLANTA — Cold weather has been making a comeback in the South this weekend, after what’s been a very mild winter so far. The National Weather Service said north Georgia was in for windy and cold conditions Saturday with temperatures in the 20s. Snow showers were possible in

EDITOR’S NOTE The Diagramless and the Cryptogram puzzles in the Etc. section of the Sunday Times Leader were discontinued by the syndicate that had been providing them. No similar replacement was offered. We regret faithful puzzle fans were disappointed by the change. We hope fans of puzzles try the new Kenken numbers challenge.

themountains.Andafreezewarning was issued for south Georgia overnight. The state Department of Transportation sent crews to far-northeast Georgia to clear snow from some state routes, where less than half an inch had accumulated. Flurries were reported as far south as the northern areas of metro Atlanta as a cold front crossed the Southeast. Wind chills were forecast in single-digits for northern parts of the state Sunday morning. In Florida, churches and shelters were offering people a warm place to stay as temperatures took a dive Saturday. A freeze warning is in effect for much of the Tampa Bay area, Orlando and Tallahassee, among other cities. The cold snap brought freezing temperatures to much of Tennessee on Saturday, with snow flur-

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A man using a snowblower takes a picture of the heavy lake effect snow falling around him in LaPorte, Ind. on Saturday.

ries in Nashville and some accumulation expected in the tri-cities area. The weather service was predicting one to three inches of snow on the northern Cumberland Plateau with two to six inch-

es in the higher elevations of the Great Smoky Mountains. In eastern Kentucky on Saturday night, forecasters were predicting wind chills in the single digits, falling to near zero by dawn.

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Bernstein is guest speaker Journalist and author Carl Bernstein will be the featured speaker at the inaugural Dr. Midori Yamanouchi Lecture Series at Misericordia University on April 17 at 7 p.m. in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall. Bernstein’s lecture, “His Holiness, John Paul II,” will include a questionand-answer session and a book signing and autograph session follows the lecture. Tickets for the event are free, but seating is limited. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Misericordia University Cultural Bernstein Events Box Office at 674-6719 or the remaining available tickets can be picked up at the lobby box office up to 10 minutes prior to the show. In the early 1970s, Bernstein and Bob Woodward broke the Watergate scandal for The Washington Post and set the standard for modern investigative reporting, for which they and newspaper were awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Since then, Bernstein has continued to build on the theme he and Woodward first explored in the Nixon years — the use and abuse of power, in books, magazine articles, commentary, television reporting and as editor of an award-winning website.



Mother of woman who went missing in 2004 frustrated by lack of new leads

Woman’s disappearance a mystery By JERRY LYNOTT

frustrated Bailey, who said she believes people have information about what happened to her daughter. “We know people know things. Somebody’s just got to come forward,” said Bailey. She pleaded with them “to pick up the phone and do the right thing” by providing information to investigators or an anonymous tip line at 570 4780290. A man state police described as a person of interest in the disappearance of Thomas and the death of Jennifer Barziloski, 18, also of Lake Township, committed suicide in prison in 2005. Barziloski’s skull was found in 2010 in

Pauline Bailey, whose dauther Phylicia Thomas has been missing since Feb. 11, 2004, leads the singing of ’Wish You Were Here’ by Pink Floyd during a candlelight vigil in Kirby Park on Saturday night.

WILKES-BARRE – Eight years after her daughter went missing, Pauline Bailey expects the worst, but hopes for the best from someone to come forward with information to locate her body. On Saturday night approximately 50 people joined Bailey under the pavilion in Kirby Park for a candlelight vigil for Phylicia Thomas on the anniversary of the day the 22-year-old woman went missing from her Lake Township home in 2004. “This is like having a funeral every year,” said Bailey of Nanticoke. Thomas is presumed dead, the victim of foul play, and state police are investigating. But the lack of new leads has See VIGIL, Page 11A


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Deadline for candidates Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele reminded candidates of the fast-approaching deadlines for filing nominating petitions to get on the ballot for Pennsylvania’s April 24 primary election. Tuesday is the deadline for filing nominating petitions for candidates for president of the United States, U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, attorney general, auditor general, treasurer, and delegate to the Republican or Democratic conventions. Thursday is the deadline to file petitions for senator and representative in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly. The deadline was extended for the House and Senate races in the state Supreme Court’s recent order remanding the map of state districts to the Legislative Reapportionment Commission. Candidates may file petitions in the Keystone Building, 400 North St., Harrisburg, or by mail at the Bureau of Commissions, Elections, and Legislation, 210 North Office Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120. Mailed petitions must be received by 5 p.m. on the day of the deadline. For more information, visit, then click on “Elections”, or call 717-787-5280. HARRISBURG

Artists needed for show First Lady Susan Corbett today invited artists across Pennsylvania to apply by Feb. 29 for an opportunity to showcase their work in Art of the State®: Pennsylvania 2012, a juried art exhibition. The exhibition will run from June 16 to Sept. 9 at The State Museum in Harrisburg. Artists who are Pennsylvania residents can compete in five categories: painting, works on paper, photography, sculpture and craft. SubCorbett missions can be submitted digitally. Entry forms are available online atwww.statemuseumpa.orgor from the Greater Harrisburg Arts Council, exhibition co-sponsor, The application deadline is Feb. 29.

W-B Publishing Company no longer a listed asset of investor from 2006 sale, according to investor’s website. By Staff report


Clayton and Theresa Karambelas in their Kingston home. The couple will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary this year, and they are still Valentines.

Still his Valentine Couple keeps their love alive


KINGSTON – It was a different time when Clayton Karambelas met her. The early 1960s were times of promise. John F. Kennedy was president. The space program was shooting for the moon and families gathered around the dinner table – together. Downtown Wilkes-Barre was thriving. Crowds of people flocked to shop, dine and relax at vibrant businesses such as Fowler, Dick and Walker – The Boston Store, Kresge’s, Woolworth’s, The Hub, Lazarus, Isaac Long, The Spa, Percy Brown’s,

Wedding photos of Clayton and Theresa Karambelas.

and others. Clayton Karambelas was a young man working in his family’s business – the Boston Candy Shop, where Rodano’s Pizza is located on Public Square. A few doors away the Bell Telephone company had an office and, as Karambelas remembers, good-looking women worked there.

One of those workers was Theresa Pennachioli. An eye for beauty “Clayton spent so much time in our office I thought he worked for Bell,” Theresa said. “Hey, there were a lot of nice lookSee COUPLE, Page 6A

HM Capital Partners, the private equity fund that participated in the 2006 purchase of The Times Leader and its affiliated publications from McClatchy Co., has apparently disposed of its stake in the company. On its website, HM Capital lists the Wilkes-Barre Publishing Co., The Times Leader’s parent company, as a “realized investment” and no longer part if its current investment portfolio. Prashant Shitut, president and interim CEO/Impressions Media, the new name of the multi-media company operating the newspaper, declined comment. HM Capital was the controlling shareholder when former publisher Richard L. Connor spearheaded the $65 million deal. At the time, Connor said HM Capital invested $15 million, a group of local investors committed $5 million and the balance came from a $45 million loan with Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street investment bank. In 2009, a group formed by Connor purchased a company in Portland, Maine that publishes three daily newspapers. HM Capital was involved in that deal and on its website lists MaineToday Media as a current investment. Connor stepped down from his positions as publisher of both companies in October but said he would continue as an investor. When contacted Saturday, Connor said HM Capital was never the majority owner, but instead was the managing partner of the publishing company. “They never had any money invested in it,” he said. “I’m still an investor,” Connor added. Recently HM Capital had attempted to sell MaineToday Media. On Friday, the papers announced that S. Donald Sussman, a wealthy financier and Maine resident, would loan the company $3 million to $4 million, but HM Capital would retain the majority interest.

As easy as 1-2-3 for area’s math scholars


PCN to air Paterno Mass The Pennsylvania Cable Network will air same-day taped coverage of a memorial Mass to celebrate the life of former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno.The memorial, which will be held at the Cathedral Parish of Saint Patrick in downtown Harrisburg, is scheduled to air statewide on PCN beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Leading the celebration of Paterno’s life will be the Bishop of Harrisburg, the Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden. Paterno’s son, G. Scott Paterno, is expected to make remarks on behalf of the family.


Math Counts competition encourages students who exhibit strong math skills. By STEVEN FONDO Times Leader Correspondent


Sarah Klush, an MMI middle school student, takes part in a Math Counts Competition.

NANTICOKE – The area’s best and brightest students gathered at Luzerne County Community College on Saturday to participate in the 25th annual Math Counts competition. The annual event is organized by the Keystone Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylva-

nia Society of Professional En- "We’ve been behind gineers to encourage students who exhibit superior skill in this effort for the benmathematics. efit of these kids and Middle school students from a number of local high schools we’re proud of our came out to showcase their abil- sponsorship." ities and mingle with like-mindJohn Ackerman ed peers from across NEPA. Engineering society member "We’ve been behind this effort for the benefit of these kids and we’re proud of our sponsorship," said John Ackerman, a pions." Keenan Mock of Hazleton long-time member of the engineering society. "This year’s won the local competition in trophy actually bears the name of one of our past local cham- See MATH, Page 13A



















Uprising against regime results in first killing of high ranking officer

Syrian army general assassinated By BASSEM MROUE Associated Press


Putt wasn’t lost in translation

Actor Bill Murray looks toward fans after making a putt on the third hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links during the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament in Pebble Beach, Calif., Saturday

BEIRUT — Gunmen assassinated an army general in Damascus Saturday in the first killing of a high ranking military officer in the Syrian capital since the uprising against President Bashar Assad’s regime began in March, the country’s state-run news agency said. The attack could be a sign that armed members of the opposition, who have carried out attacks on the military elsewhere in the country, are trying to step up action in the tightly controlled capital,

which has been relatively quiet compared to other cities. SANA news agency reported that three gunmen opened fire at Brig. Gen. Issa al-Khouli Saturday morning as he left his home in the Damascus neighborhood of Rukn-Eddine. Al-Khouli was a doctor and the chief of a military hospital in the capital. Capt. Ammar al-Wawi of the Free Syrian Army, a rebel group that wants to bring down the regime by force, denied involvement in the assassination, which came a day after two suicide car bombers struck security compounds in

Aleppo. Such assassinations are not uncommon outside Damascus and army officers have been killed in the past, mostly in the restive provinces of Homs and Idlib. Violence in other parts of the country left at least 17 people dead as regime troops pushed into rebel-held neighborhoods in the central city of Homs and seized parts of the mountain town of Zabadani, north of Damascus. AP PHOTO The U.N. estimates that 5,400 people have been killed Hole in wall caused by rocket-propelled grenade on Saturday in Syria since the uprising be- in Tripoli, Lebanon. Clashes between pro- and anti-Syria gunmen in that city left two people dead and 12 wounded. gan in March.



ake Jackson firefighters throw beads from atop Engine 86 during the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius 25th Annual Mardi Gras Kick-off Parade along Seawall Boulevard in Galveston, Texas on Saturday afternoon.


Leaders urge spending cuts

arning of a “catastrophe” that would leave Greeks subsisting on W food stamps and the country wallowing

in bankruptcy, Greek leaders urged lawmakers Saturday to pass more painful spending cuts on the eve of a crucial vote to qualify for a massive bailout. In a televised address, Prime Minister Lucas Papademos defended the austerity measures, which would earn the country a $171.6 billion bailout deal and stave off bankruptcy. He, like the leaders of parties backing Greece’s coalition government — socialist George Papandreou and conservative Antonis Samaras — as well as Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos, a socialist — used stark images of a country under bankruptcy to convince the public and, more importantly, persuade Parliament members debating the measures to vote for the deal. “The deal will ensure our country’s future inside the euro. ... A bankruptcy would lead to uncontrollable economic chaos and social explosion,” Papademos said. He added that a bankruptcy would lead to Greeks losing their savings; the state being unable to pay salaries and pensions; and shortages in import items such as medicines, fuel and machinery. GUATEMALA CITY

Drug legalization proposed

Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina said Saturday he will propose legalizing drugs in Central America in an upcoming meeting with the region’s leaders. Perez Molina said in a radio interview that his proposal would include decriminalizing the transportation of drugs through the area. “I want to bring this discussion to the table,” he said. “It wouldn’t be a crime to transport, to move drugs. It would all have to be regulated.” Perez Molina, a former army general who took office last month, didn’t give any other details about his proposal.


The Sun tabloid staff arrested Executives moved quickly to reject claims that Rupert Murdoch would close down British paper.


Crackdown discussed

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Marin County’s planning commission will hear arguments for and against allowing filmmaker George Lucas to expand his movie-making empire in the quiet hills just north of San Francisco. Some Marin County residents are balking at the planned 270,000-squarefoot digital media production compound on historic farmland known as Grady Ranch. They worry the facility will constrain their lifestyle with additional noise, traffic and harmful environmental impacts on the pristine countryside. But Lucasfilms officials insist the compound will be similar to the Skywalker Ranch, a sound facility hidden in hills for 32 years without complaint.

By DAVID STRINGER Associated Press

LONDON — The Sun newspaper was fighting to contain the damage after five employees of Britain’s biggestselling tabloid were arrested Saturday

in an inquiry into the alleged payment of bribes to police and other officials, detectives and the newspaper’s parent company said. Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. said police had searched their homes and the group’s London offices, potentially deepening the scandal over British tabloid wrongdoing. The Sun’s deputy editor Geoff Webster, picture editor John Edwards, chief reporter John Kay, chief foreign corre-

spondent Nick Parker and reporter John Sturgis were those arrested, News International CEO Tom Mockridge said in a message emailed to staff. Executives moved quickly to reject claims that Murdoch could decide to close down the newspaper. In July, he shuttered the 168-year-old News of The World tabloid amid public outrage when the extent of its phone hacking of celebrities, public figures and crime victims was exposed.

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Indiana labor organizers expect drop after losing their fight in legislation. By TOM LoBIANCO Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — After losing their fight against right-towork legislation, labor organizers are making a desperate bid on shop room floors and at union halls to persuade members to keep paying their union dues and avoid crippling labor’s influence in Indiana. Factory workers, painters, electricians and other workers in the state’s 179,000-member unionized work force are being called Some who are into meetings politically to hear impassioned pitches conservative on why they resent labor’s should keep au- campaign thorizing de- donations to ductions from their paychecks Democrats. even though the law means they no longer have to do so. “We’re gonna push them pretty hard and let them know this is what our services provide,” said Brett Voorhies, legislative director for the United Steelworkers District 7, which has 45,000 active members in Indiana and Illinois. He said he has met with members of 200 locals in Indiana since supporters of the pro-business legislation begin planning their push for right-to-work last year. But some union members are clearly tempted to drop out. Some who are politically conservative resent labor’s campaign donations to Democrats; others may feel they just need the extra money.

Texans on wrong side of border fence growing anxious It’s among complications in 5-year effort to build barrier without causing problems for residents. By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN Associated Press

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Max Pons is already anticipating the anxiety he’ll feel when the heavy steel gate shuts behind him, leaving his home isolated on a strip of land between America’s border fence and the violence raging across the

Rio Grande in Mexico. For the past year, the manager of a sprawling preserve on the southern tip of Texas has been comforted by a gap in the rust-colored fence that gave him a quick escape route north in case of emergency. Now the U.S. government is installing the first gates to fill in this part of the fence along the Southwest border. “I think in my head I’m going to feel trapped,” said Pons, who lives on the 1,000-acre property of sabal palms, oxbow lakes and citrus groves he manages for the Nature Conservancy’s South-

most Preserve. Pons’ concerns illustrate one of the complications in the government’s 5year-old effort to build a secure barrier along the border that would keep out illegal activity from Mexico without causing worse problems for the people living in the region. In this lush area, the Rio Grande’s wide floodplain precluded building the AP PHOTO fence right on the border so it was set back more than a mile in places. The re- Government contractors test a new sult is hundreds of properties on the gate in the border fence in Brownsville, Texas. wrong side of the divide.

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Rovine, Margaret, Custodial Worker, $28,537 Seiwell, Vincent, Custodial Worker, $19,750 Serafin, Stephen, Custodial Worker, $27,053 Swainbank, Donald, Custodial Worker, $31,734 Holleran, Edward, Director B&G, $36,606 Maloney, John, Foreman, $30,236 Veet, Nicholas, Lead Worker/B&G, $32,356 Beckley, Michael, Maintenance Repairman, $33,172 Paradis, Edmund, Maint/Carpenter, $33,152 Klecha, Peter, Plumber, $27,583

BUREAU OF ELECTIONS Lavelle, Karla, Clerk Typist 1, $25,608 Piazza, Leonard, Dir/Bur Of Elections, $56,811 Gorki, Ronald, Inspector, $36,458 Hill, Andrea, Inspector, $29,228 Kelly, Joanne, Inspector, $28,697 Miller, Debra, Inspector, $26,735 Morris, Marian, Inspector, $29,228 Bartuski, David, Voting Machine Tech, $26,312 Deleman, Keith, Voting Machine Tech, $27,477 Manini, Wayne, Voting Machine Tech, $29,228

CHILDREN & YOUTH Coveleski, Pamela, Accountant 1, $30,264 Pavlick, Maria, Accountant 1, $54,803 Salla, Joanita, Admin Asst 2, $66,611 Meyers, Georgine, Admin Officer 1, $38,635 Dymond, Ellen, Administrative Assistnt, $45,219 Castano, Frank, Administrator C&Y, $74,263 Drosey, Victor, Attorney 2 C&Y, $75,116 Lumbis, Anthony, Attorney 2 C&Y, $71,262 Butler, Geraldine, Casework Manager 2, $54,407 Malkemes, Mark, Casework Manager 2, $63,093 Van Saun, Joanne, Casework Manager 2, $61,463 Apolinaro, Rebecca, Caseworker 2, $33,419 Bellino, Kerris, Caseworker 2, $31,921 Bigus, Patricia, Caseworker 2, $35,690 Birth, Theresa, Caseworker 2, $54,718 Boltz, Kathy, Caseworker 2, $32,399 Bonner, Janice, Caseworker 2, $34,518 Boyd, Marie, Caseworker 2, $34,518 Boyko, Colleen, Caseworker 2, $33,953 Carper, Corinne, Caseworker 2, $32,941 Carter, Judith, Caseworker 2, $33,435 Cave, Allison, Caseworker 2, $40,575 Ceccoli, Angela, Caseworker 2, $33,435 Chapman, Bryan, Caseworker 2, $32,941 Christman, Jennifer, Caseworker 2, $35,099 Conmy, Kate, Caseworker 2, $36,662 Copp, Tannille, Caseworker 2, $33,435 Daywood, Karen, Caseworker 2, $59,484 Depriest, Nicole, Caseworker 2, $39,124 Dessoye, Denise, Caseworker 2, $42,990 Domiano, Donna, Caseworker 2, $49,979 Edwards, Brian, Caseworker 2, $33,953 Farley, Sarah, Caseworker 2, $32,941 Fosko, Danica, Caseworker 2, $33,983 Fox, David, Caseworker 2, $35,690 Galli, Carol, Caseworker 2, $54,792 Gaughan, Kelly, Caseworker 2, $36,668 Gavrish, Joy, Caseworker 2, $33,435 Gorey, Roseann, Caseworker 2, $37,753 Goshert, Jesse, Caseworker 2, $31,921 Granick, Judith, Caseworker 2, $31,921 Greeley, Domero, Caseworker 2, $35,099 Gregory, Thomas, Caseworker 2, $35,690 Griffith, Corinne, Caseworker 2, $42,990 Guido, Paul, Caseworker 2, $36,740 Gunn, Lisa, Caseworker 2, $35,099 Guziejka, Deborah, Caseworker 2, $37,265 Habib, Deanna, Caseworker 2, $50,372 Hadzick Jr., Michael P, Caseworker 2, $33,435 Harden, Jamie, Caseworker 2, $37,314 Hnasko, Rosalyn, Caseworker 2, $34,518 Horning, Kelly, Caseworker 2, $38,532 Hudock, Jennifer, Caseworker 2, $48,770 Hutter, Catherine, Caseworker 2, $31,921 Johnson, Jenipher, Caseworker 2, $39,628 Jones, Cindy, Caseworker 2, $40,057 Jones, Grace, Caseworker 2, $38,239 Kizis, Kellie, Caseworker 2, $35,949 Kosloski, Sarah, Caseworker 2, $35,957 Ladish, Mary, Caseworker 2, $34,518 Lalko, Cheryl, Caseworker 2, $52,386 Lamont, Janine, Caseworker 2, $33,419 Lemus, Bianilda, Caseworker 2, $33,419 Litostansky, Nicole, Caseworker 2, $42,108 Matos, Eladio, Caseworker 2, $36,662 Mccracken, Melissa, Caseworker 2, $31,921 Mcginley, Amanda, Caseworker 2, $31,921 Miller, Allison, Caseworker 2, $34,518 Mirowski, Rochelle, Caseworker 2, $35,945 Moosic, Sandra, Caseworker 2, $48,653 Nardone, James, Caseworker 2, $37,115 Nolasco, Beth, Caseworker 2, $33,419 Norton, Rose, Caseworker 2, $31,921 Omalley Daly, Michele, Caseworker 2, $52,386 Overa, Lori, Caseworker 2, $42,990 Pall, Sabrina, Caseworker 2, $36,740 Palute, Andrea, Caseworker 2, $34,785 Panek, Diana, Caseworker 2, $49,857 Patton, Paulette, Caseworker 2, $32,399 Payne, Rebecca, Caseworker 2, $44,781 Pollard, Jacquelyn, Caseworker 2, $35,690 Polzer, Diane, Caseworker 2, $37,314 Porzucek, Christine, Caseworker 2, $33,953 Price, Steven, Caseworker 2, $30,106 Reindel, Janice, Caseworker 2, $55,263 Risboskin, Nicole, Caseworker 2, $33,419 Ritsick, Mary, Caseworker 2, $32,941 Roccograndi, Megan, Caseworker 2, $35,690 Rosenau, Jeanette, Caseworker 2, $36,294 Schultz, Tara, Caseworker 2, $36,959 Seiwell Hartman, Sherri, Caseworker 2, $34,550 Sergi, Diane, Caseworker 2, $46,110 Setser, Jeffrey, Caseworker 2, $36,636 Setta, Randi, Caseworker 2, $36,029 Silveri, Jacqueline, Caseworker 2, $34,518 Snopek, Wilma, Caseworker 2, $55,243 Snyder, Nicole, Caseworker 2, $33,452 Sprow, Jessica Lee, Caseworker 2, $32,399 Stachokus, Jason, Caseworker 2, $36,238 Stamets, Cathy, Caseworker 2, $36,692 Tessitore, Renee, Caseworker 2, $45,732 Thomas, Amy, Caseworker 2, $33,953 Thomas, Jillian, Caseworker 2, $33,953 Thompson, Patricia, Caseworker 2, $34,518 Timek, Jessica, Caseworker 2, $35,099 Tinner, Jennifer, Caseworker 2, $36,294 Tolerico, Holly, Caseworker 2, $38,814 Wall, Lisa, Caseworker 2, $54,792 Weidow, Gina, Caseworker 2, $37,608 Williams, Nicole, Caseworker 2, $33,953 Willis, Rebecca, Caseworker 2, $54,792 Wojnar, Jan, Caseworker 2, $37,366 Wurth, Michael, Caseworker 2, $33,435 Yarnal, Jennifer, Caseworker 2, $39,111 Mcglynn, Kathleen, Caseworker 3, $35,099 Bartolai, Ceil, Caseworker Mngr 2, $55,141 O’Connor, Peggy, Caseworker Mngr 2, $58,110 Costanzo, Joann, Caseworker Suprvisor, $41,140 Fox, Mary, Caseworker Suprvisor, $41,973 Gaugler, David, Caseworker Suprvisor, $39,388 Kosloski, John, Caseworker Suprvisor, $61,133 Lozosky Laylo, Elizabeth, Caseworker Suprvisor, $56,175 Meshanski, Joanne, Caseworker Suprvisor, $56,578 O’Kane, Nancy, Caseworker Suprvisor, $55,038 Wilkinson, Marilyn, Caseworker Suprvisor, $61,310 Intelicato, Emily, Caseworker Supv, $66,928 Kloss, Joseph, Caseworker Supv, $38,954 Medeiros, Mary Ann, Caseworker Supv, $59,469 Newman, Judith, Caseworker Supv, $66,928 Ritsick, Robin, Caseworker Supv, $51,417 Steve, Brian, Caseworker Supv, $39,637 Taroli, Maureen, Caseworker Supv, $64,447

Vaxmonsky, Kelley, Caseworker Supv, $35,516 Browski, Carol, Clerical Supervisor, $37,102 Steinkirchner, David, Clerical Supervisor, $35,100 Kovaleski, Kimberlee, Clerk, $21,798 Golomb, Tara, Clerk 2, $21,903 Horsfield, Karrie, Clerk 2, $21,692 Rodzinak, Deborah, Clerk 2, $23,028 Rowan, Florence, Clerk 2, $23,465 Ciulla, Florence, Clerk 3, $26,388 Burns, Ruth, Clerk Typist 2, $22,999 Collins, Jean Clerk Typist 2, $23,951 Mlodzienski, Linda, Clerk Typist 2, $22,777 Oles, Jean, Clerk Typist 2, $25,707 Seybert, Romaine, Clerk Typist 2, $31,053 Hunter, Marla, Clerk Typist 3, $36,294 Matusick, Mollie, Clerk Typist 3, $27,069 Mishko, Linda, Clerk Typist 3, $39,911 Yurgaitis, Mary, Clerk Typist 3, $23,789 Sullivan, Marijo, Cy Fam Prog Spec, $66,928 John, Samuel, Dist Sys Specialist, $34,457 Maslowski, David, Distributed Sys Spec 2, $37,490 Lonzetta, Diane, Fiscal Off, $36,027 Muth, Gerard, Fiscal Officer 3 C&Y, $70,185 Conklin, Patricia, Fiscal Tech, $28,507 Kennedy, Tina, Fiscal Tech, $28,367 Regnosky, Andrea, Fiscal Tech, $28,367 Cragle, Margaret, Legal Assistant 1, $27,137 Labar, Dawn, Legal Assistant 1, $25,672 Norton, Julie, Legal Assistant 1, $28,154 Shumate, Pamela, Legal Assistant 1, $25,672 Vanderhoff, Danielle, Legal Assistant 1, $26,058 Kogoy, Joanne, Management Tech, $30,373 O’Donnell, Renee, Management Tech, $28,484 Fox, Lisa, Program Spec 1, $47,289 Keegan, Lisa, Program Spec 1, $42,695 Omerza, Judith K, Program Spec 1, $63,197 Ginocchetti, Tammy, Social Service Aide, $34,363 James, Peter, Social Service Aide, $29,385 Kane Liller, Mallory, Social Service Aide, $20,899 Lott, Don, Social Service Aide, $34,391 Nardone, Dianne, Social Service Aide, $26,762 Rawlins, Randolph, Social Service Aide, $34,363 Repasky, Jacqueline, Social Service Aide, $20,899 Smith, Sherry, Social Service Aide, $20,590 Teal, Emily, Social Service Aide, $20,899 Jackloski, Andrew, Social Srv Aide 2, $22,174 Bonitatis, Jacquelyn, Social Srv Aide 3, $25,496 Cragle, Cindy, Social Srv Aide 3, $25,751 Messmer, Lana, Social Srv Aide 3, $27,299 Miller, Jane, Social Srv Aide 3, $25,352 Smith, Erin, Social Srv Aide 3, $24,737 Vaccaro, Charles, Social Srv Aide 3, $29,389 Kowalski, John, Social Worker, $59,484 Rahl, Michael, Social Worker, $31,921

CLERK OF COURTS Emlaw, Jacqueline, Admin Asst, $29,750 Scanlon, Robert, Administrative Assistnt, $40,850 Blaker, Ann, Clerk 2, $29,650 Elmy, Dawn Louise, Clerk 2, $25,186 Gallamo, Joseph, Clerk 2, $22,800 Giordano, Angela, Clerk 2, $25,750 Iorio, Sharon, Clerk 2, $30,250 Kukowski Sr., Ronald, Clerk 2, $28,483 Lavan, Gerald, Clerk 2, $25,750 Madden, Claudia, Clerk 2, $25,750 Mcfarland, Lindsay, Clerk 2, $26,350 Pokrifka, Sarah, Clerk 2, $26,350 Smith, Dara, Clerk 2, $26,349 Wolfer, Gloria, Clerk 2, $29,650 Waichulis, William, Clerk 3, $40,410 Walsh, Robin, Clerk 3, $29,350 Pizano, Thomas, Deputy Clerk Of Courts, $35,540

COMMISSIONERS/ADM. Baloga, Peggy, Accounts Manager, $26,772 Edwards, Donald, Accts Payable Clerk, $37,446 Lisowski, Carl, Auditor, $26,008 Whitehead, Linda, Auditor, $29,226 Zupa, Jay, Benefits Coordinator, $35,646 Pusateri, Joan Marie, Chf/Budget & Finance, $68,000 Blaskiewicz, Max, Collect Bargaining Off, $52,196 Bobeck, James, Council Member, $10,500 Brominski, Edward, Council Member, $8,000 Haas, Harry, Council Member, $8,000 Kelleher, Eugene, Council Member, $8,000 Maddon Curry, Elaine, Council Member, $8,000 Mcclosky Houck, Linda, Council Member, $8,000 Mcginley, Tim, Council Member, $8,000 Morelli, Richard, Council Member, $8,000 Urban, Stephen A., Council Member, $8,000 Urban, Stephen J., Council Member, $8,000 Williams, Rick, Council Member, $8,000 Magni, Donna, Dep Budget & Fin, $40,000 Check, Colette, Executive Adm Asst, $35,000 Kelly, Nancy, Executive Adm Asst, $41,524 Shelley, Beverly, Executive Adm Asst, $25,000 Thomas, Jennifer L, Executive Adm Asst, $41,524 Allabaugh, Marilynn, Executive Secretary, $32,987 Sparich, Michele, Grant Writer, $49,173 Check, Andrew, Human Resource Director, $55,000 Pribula, Thomas, Interim Co. Manager, $104,000 Kopeck, Patricia, System Coordinator 2, $36,892

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Roberts, Rena, Admin. Asst, $32,411 Zeller, Joseph, Dep Of Bus Devel., $50,923 Shimko, Denise, Developmnt Specialist 1, $40,155 Hilsher, Catherine, Dpty Dir/Comm Dev, $59,410 Wajda, Carol Lee, Env Tech, $37,132 Reilly, Andrew, Executive Director, $72,141 Calvello, Anthony, Financial Supv, $44,823 Lloyd, Curtis, Fiscal Tech, $29,705 Parsons, Elizabeth, Housing Manager, $44,802 Kane, Sandra, Municipal Clerk, $29,069 Hurst, Mark, Municipal Proj. Mngr., $44,500 Lipski, Pamela, Public Service Mngr, $49,173

CONTROLLERS Parrish, Jason, Accounts Manager, $25,886 Ciavarella, Margaret, Auditor, $29,758 Llewellyn, Patricia, Auditor, $45,619 Griffith Jr, Walter, Controller, $36,562 Derolf, Marilyn, Deputy Controller, $58,350 Moughan, Martin, Mag Auditor, $40,138

CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU Mackin Jr., Merle, Dir Conv & Vstr Bur, $56,220 Hall, Janet, Dir/Sales & Marketing, $37,132 Mazur, Connie, Executive Secretary, $23,766 Bonham, Patricia, Fulfillment Coord, $18,566

CORONERS Lisman, William, Chief Dep Coroner, $42,500 Hughes, Daniel, Deputy Coroner, $11,000 Wallace, Mary, Exec. Adm Asst, $36,359 Moran Jr., Thomas, Field Invtg/Autopsy Asst, $28,956

COURT STENOGRAPHERS Calzola, Anita, Court Reporter, $55,690 Coll, Daniel, Court Reporter, $65,309 Colleran, Marcia, Court Reporter, $54,958 Harrison, Cynetha, Court Reporter, $44,441 Hearity, Kim, Court Reporter, $43,709 Oncay, Kris Ann, Court Reporter, $55,690 Petts, Patty, Court Reporter, $45,457 Rachilla, Cynthia, Court Reporter, $57,143 Ross, Allison, Court Reporter, $44,441 Sallemi, Angela, Court Reporter, $67,309 Schwalm, Rosemary, Court Reporter, $44,441 Toronzi, John, Court Reporter, $56,290 Tratthen, Lisa, Court Reporter, $55,690 Yaros, Christine, Court Reporter, $57,143

COURTS Malone, Mary, Admin Clerk, $32,867 Cotter, Christine, Admin Secretary, $35,000 Hoedl, Ann, Admin. Asst, $40,847 Marut, Diane, Admin. Asst., $28,808 Bufalino, Mark, Conflict Counsel, $26,947 Buttner, Robert, Conflict Counsel, $26,947 Corcoran, Brian, Conflict Counsel, $26,947 Galante, Paul, Conflict Counsel, $26,947 Kacmarski, Allyson, Conflict Counsel, $26,947 Kelly, Matthew, Conflict Counsel, $26,947 Lampman, David, Conflict Counsel, $26,947 Marsilio, Thomas, Conflict Counsel, $26,947 Pike, John B, Conflict Counsel, $29,000 Watt, William, Conflict Counsel, $26,947 Yelen, Jeffrey, Conflict Counsel, $26,947 Gelso, Philip, Counsel, $38,275 Sciandra, Louis, Counsel, $39,456 Callen, Nicholas, Court Officer, $39,665 Serra, Christopher, Ct Adm Coord, $29,547 Berry, Julie, Exec Secretary, $42,000 Biscontini, Nancy, Exec Secretary, $42,000 Bowen, Gina, Exec Secretary, $42,000 Carmody, Jule, Exec Secretary, $48,068 Duesler, Sean, Exec Secretary, $48,068 Elko, Joann, Exec Secretary, $42000 Hannon, Theresa, Exec Secretary, $48,068 Harned, Barbara, Exec Secretary, $45,704 Jarecki, Eileen, Exec Secretary, $45,704 Madden, Rebecca, Exec Secretary, $42,000 Marek, Nicole, Exec Secretary, $42,000 Slusser, Sheri, Exec Secretary, $45,704 Umphred, Lori Ann, Exec Secretary, $48,068 Valatka, Kimberly, Exec Secretary, $39,338 Tedesco, Don, Jury Mangt Supv, $45,652 Aboutanos, Josianne, Law Clerk, $64,329 Dudick Jr., Chester, Law Clerk, $64,329 Falcone Jr., Samuel, Law Clerk, $26,947 Howe, Fred, Law Clerk, $32,164 Joyce, Joseph, Law Clerk, $32,164 McCormick, Charles Law Clerk, $32,164 Mosca, Thomas, Law Clerk, $23,329 Nocito, Joseph, Law Clerk, $24,873 Schneider, Kelly, Law Clerk, $24,873 Solimine, Cara, Law Clerk, $41,000 Tokach, Jeffrey, Law Clerk, $64,329 Topolski, Elizabeth, Law Clerk, $32,164 Trottini, Christine, Law Clerk, $39,456 Ostroskie, William, Mgmt Info Analyst, $50,970 Sheridan, Molly, Pfa Coordinator, $33,685 McGarry, Paul, Probation Srv Dir, $78,160 Molino, Gene, Pt Law Clerk, $32,164 Mudlock, Sharon, Secretary, $45,704 Estock, Suzanne, Secretary/Steno 2, $39,338 Goldowski, Danielle, Secretary/Steno 2, $39,338 Marsicano, Ginamaria, Secretary/Steno 2, $39,338 Palumbo, Lois, Secretary/Steno 2, $39,338 Falcone Jr., Anthony, Senior Law Clerk, $24,873 Pillets, Daniel, Senior Law Clerk, $39,456 Reinert, Matthew, Senior Law Clerk, $39,456 Steinbrenner, Carl, Senior Law Clerk, $32,164 McGarry, Alma, Spec Probation Suprv, $59,686 Dougherty, James, Supervisor, $47,304 Horan, Michael, Tipstaff, $39,665 Maloney, James, Tipstaff, $39,665 Marriggi, Marlene, Tipstaff, $39,665 Miller, Victoria, Tipstaff, $39,665 Tokash, Kristyn, Tipstaff, $39,665 Krutski, Karen, Tipstaff/Secretary, $26,770 Licata, Frank, Video Conf Adm, $40,761 Greenberg, Lee, Video Coordinator, $42,436

DISTRICT ATTORNEY Schnelly, Paula, Admin Asst, $33,400 Coleman, Brian, Asst District Atty, $41,200 Collins, Maureen, Asst District Atty, $49,283 Crake, Shannon, Asst District Atty, $49,283 Dunn Jr, William, Asst District Atty, $49,283 Hardik, Michelle, Asst District Atty, $42,966 Hogans, Thomas, Asst District Atty, $42,966 Makowski, Mark, Asst District Atty, $42,966 Matthews, Jillian, Asst District Atty, $49,283 McCabe, Frank, Asst District Atty, $49,283 McMonagle Jr. , James, Asst District Atty, $70,316 Muckler, Matthew, Asst District Atty, $42,966 Phillips, Mary, Asst District Atty, $42,966 Reimiller, Rebecca, Asst District Atty, $44,355 Roberts, Jenny, Asst District Atty, $49,285 Yacoub, Albert, Asst District Atty, $44,355 Giza, Michelle, Case Manager, $40,314 Skibitsky Jr., Gregory, Chief of Appeals, $16,480 Driscoll, Heather, Clerk 1, $24,750 Kolmansperger, Pamela J, Clerk 2, $31,900 Biros, Amanda, Clerk Typist 1, $22,100 Fowler, Kimberly, Clerk Typist 1, $24,749 Sroga, Stephanie, Clerk Typist 1, $21,800 Brill, Denise, Clerk Typist 2, $31,400 Danko, Maureen, Clerk Typist 2, $25,050 Genovesi, Deborah, Clerk Typist 2, $30,850 Ledoretti, Nicole, Clerk Typist 2, $25,750 Mrackoski, Diane, Clerk Typist 2, $39,863 Balogh, Charles, Detective, $57,805 Beky, Dan, Detective, $61,400 Capitano, Richard, Detective, $89,707 Dessoye, Michael, Detective, $95,532 Noone, James, Detective, $55,123 Parker, Deborah, Detective, $89,306 Sworen, Gary, Detective, $91,309 Yursha, Daniel, Detective, $91,309 Salavantis, Stefanie, District Attorney, $168,541 Falvello, Alexis, Dpty Dist Atty, $57,252 King, Marilyn, Exec Secretary, $40,194 Sanguedolce, Samuel, First Asst/Dist Atty, $87,100 Fabian, Larry, Lieutenant, $82,658 Lynch, Christopher, Lieutenant, $84,198 Ardo, Antonia, Office Administrator, $48,854 Barletta, Frank, P-T Asst DA, $41,477 Ferentino, Jarrett, P-T Asst DA, $41,534 Finnegan, William, P-T Asst DA, $41,477 Melnick, Michael, P-T Asst DA, $41,477 Mirabito, Mary, P-T Asst DA, $41,477 Smacchi, Nancy, P-T Asst DA, $39,558 Zola, Daniel, P-T Asst DA, $37,589 Katrenicz, Mollie, Senior Trial Asst, $39,750 Bellanco, Michelle, Trial Assistant, $27,850 Ciavarella, Bethany, Trial Assistant, $24,350 Dalessandro, Chris, Trial Assistant, $25,550 Holmes, Elizabeth, Trial Assistant, $29,050 Malarkey, Justin, Trial Assistant, $22,800 Andes, Theresa, Victim Witness Coord, $29,250 Casey Godfrey, Brigid, Victim Witness Coord, $33,250 Everetts, Laura, Victim Witness Coord, $25,350 Hernandez, Shannon, Victim Witness Coord, $25,350 Nearhood, Rita, Victim Witness Coord, $27,450 Obrien, Jill, Victim Witness Coord, $37,750 Rutt, Natalie, Victim Witness Coord, $36,750

Stevens, Robert, Youth Aid Coord, $21,500

DOMESTIC RELATIONS Dougherty, Patrice, Admin Secretary, $40,301 Hapeman, Lisa, Admin Aide, $34,125 Sult, Joyce, Admin Aide, $34,125 Windt, Patricia, Admin Aide, $34,125 Nemeth, Lauren, Clerk, $28,767 Majikas, Kathleen, Clerk Typist 1, $32,734 Aigeldinger, Jean, Clerk Typist 2, $29,927 Bratlee, Christa, Clerk Typist 2, $29,917 Ellsworth, Melissa, Clerk Typist 2, $32,734 Evangelista, Gina, Clerk Typist 2, $29,927 Famalette, Lucia, Clerk Typist 2, $31,222 Ferguson, Mary Ann, Clerk Typist 2, $29,927 Gross, Bonnie, Clerk Typist 2, $35,779 Rogowski, Adele, Clerk Typist 2, $32,734 Sokolofski, Nancy, Clerk Typist 2, $32,734 Kane, Kevin, Deputy Director, $65,310 Davis, James, Director Dro, $78,169 Austin, Robert, Enf/Prob Off, $60,577 Biscotto, James, Enf/Prob Off, $60,577 Cotter, Joseph, Enf/Prob Off, $59,685 McManus, Robert, Enf/Prob Off, $60,577 Para Jr., Joseph, Enf/Prob Off, $60,577 Tigue, John, Enf/Prob Off, $55,242 Stella, Michaeline, Exec Secretary, $33,093 Alessandri, Vincent, First Asst Dro, $60,867 Coughlin, Ann Marie, Intake Spec, $34,986 Defrancesco, Lorraine, Intake Spec, $34,125 Kormos, Diane, Intake Spec, $37,557 Merenda, Julie, Intake Spec, $34,125 Poplarchick, Roxanne, Intake Spec, $34,125 Sieminski, John, Iv-D Coordinator, $44,718 Dejoseph, Paula, Master/Support, $54,544 Sobota, Raymond, Master/Support, $39,889 Kleckner, Christina, Office Mngr, $44,174 Sgarlat, Eileen, Paces Coordinator, $39,297 George, Jacqueline, Receptionist, $26,183 Drexinger, Alice, Receptionist/Clerk 1, $29,952 Piscura, Judith, Receptionist/Clerk 1, $31,575 Miceli, Rosanne, Recording Clerk, $34,125 Sobota, Jane Ann, Recording Clerk, $34,125 Rogers, Donald, Staff Attorney, $30,530 Dailey, George, Support Officer, $60,577 Day, Jessica, Support Officer, $60,577 Duffy Jr., Eugene, Support Officer, $60,577 Frumkin, Denise, Support Officer, $60,577 Granteed, Gary, Support Officer, $60,577 Grula, Ellen, Support Officer, $60,577 Hanahan, Antoinette, Support Officer, $60,577 Hoinski, John, Support Officer, $60,577 Hopkins, Sean, Support Officer, $60,577 Kosin, Thomas, Support Officer, $60,577 Leighton, John, Support Officer, $60,577 Pillets, Nancy, Support Officer, $60,577 Pugh, Lewis, Support Officer, $60,577 Quinn, Michael, Support Officer, $60,577 Serino, Albert, Support Officer, $60,577 Toole, Patrick III, Support Officer, $60,577 Toole, Francine, Support Officer, $60,577 Tracy, Sean, Support Officer, $60,577 Walters, Mary, Support Officer, $60,577 Zambetti, Heidi, Support Officer, $55,242 Zarola, William, Support Officer, $60,577 Seasock, Kimberly, Support Supervisor, $59,685

DRUG AND ALCOHOL Donahue, Michael, Admin 2 D&A, $63,641 Baratta, Marie, Admin Asst 1, $28,060 Kimmel, William, Case Mgmt Spec, $32,504 Galey, Michelle, Case Mgmt Spec Trainee, $27,824 Parry, Ruth, Case Mgmt Sprv, $34,291 Evans, Patricia, Clerk Typist 2, $26,875 Rokosz, Jean, D&A Case Management, $27,824 Urban, Jill, D&A Case Management, $30,885 Ross, Steven, Fiscal Officer D&A, $45,405

EMERGENCY MGMT. Presto, Loretta, Act 165 Coordinator, $30,000 Morgan, Lucille, Deputy Director, $37,000 Bekanich, Stephen, Ema Coordinator, $45,088 Brzenchek, Robert, Ema Specialist, $32,000

EMS 911 Lynch, Joseph, 911 Public Aware Spec, $35,500 Ives, William, 911 Supervisor, $33,990 Holda, Judith, 911/Data Control Spec, $27,605 Jones, John, 911/Data Control Spec, $31,186 Romanelli, Louis, 911/Data Mapping Spec, $35,805 Beisel, Jeffrey, 911/Telecommunicator, $33,480 Belawicz, Michael, 911/Telecommunicator, $31,827 Benson, Beverly, 911/Telecommunicator, $35,171 Bomboy, Carolyn, 911/Telecommunicator, $31,827 Bomboy, Robert, 911/Telecommunicator, $36,389 Brown Jr., Donald, 911/Telecommunicator, $25,250 Bukofski, Leonard, 911/Telecommunicator, $33,480 Collotty Jr., Phillip, 911/Telecommunicator, $36,389 Colonna, Jeffrey, 911/Telecommunicator, $36,389 Cornelius, Edward, 911/Telecommunicator, $27,583 Cunniffe, Matthew, 911/Telecommunicator, $31,827 Czapla, Joseph, 911/Telecommunicator, $35,805 Dobbs, Brittany, 911/Telecommunicator, $26,250 Domashinski, Gina, 911/Telecommunicator, $27,583 Dretzel, Lynn, 911/Telecommunicator, $33,480 Elmy, Andrew, 911/Telecommunicator, $32,888 Engleman, John P, 911/Telecommunicator, $34,479 Evans, Angela, 911/Telecommunicator, $35,169 Forgach, Matthew, 911/Telecommunicator, $26,265 Galeski, Robin, 911/Telecommunicator, $33,997 Glazenski, Anthony, 911/Telecommunicator, $25,250 Golanoski, Alex, 911/Telecommunicator, $26,265 Hadley, Michelle, 911/Telecommunicator, $32,888 Hartley, Graig, 911/Telecommunicator, $30,235 Helmecki, Melissa, 911/Telecommunicator, $30,235 Hudak, Jill Ann, 911/Telecommunicator, $33,997 Hughes, Herman, 911/Telecommunicator, $36,389 Jones Jr., Gerald, 911/Telecommunicator, $33,480 Kalish, Amanda, 911/Telecommunicator, $28,644 Kata, Marisa, 911/Telecommunicator, $28,605 Kozlofski, Jill, 911/Telecommunicator, $35,805 Kugler, Jessica, 911/Telecommunicator, $34,479 Lasiewicki, Frank, 911/Telecommunicator, $34,479 Lasiewicki, Jennifer, 911/Telecommunicator, $33,997 Maciejczak, Kayla, 911/Telecommunicator, $26,250 Maciejczak, Matthew, 911/Telecommunicator, $27,583 Matello, Stephen, 911/Telecommunicator, $36,389 Matysczak, Damian, 911/Telecommunicator,

$34,479 Mcdaniels, Jennifer, 911/Telecommunicator, $25,250 Mcdaniels, Stephen, 911/Telecommunicator, $27,583 Meeker, Christopher, 911/Telecommunicator, $34,479 Molitoris, John, 911/Telecommunicator, $33,480 Morreale Jr., Melchiore, 911/Telecommunicator, $31,284 Muchler, Melissa, 911/Telecommunicator, $26,250 Murtha, Brittany Mae, 911/Telecommunicator, $27,583 Noss, Suzie, 911/Telecommunicator, $33,997 Ostrowski, James, 911/Telecommunicator, $36,389 Pac, Debra, 911/Telecommunicator, $26,265 Polk, Kindra, 911/Telecommunicator, $26,265 Romanczuk, Breanne, 911/Telecommunicator, $25,250 Schmitt, Jacob, 911/Telecommunicator, $32,878 Sciandra, Gina Marie, 911/Telecommunicator, $26,250 Shanahan, William, 911/Telecommunicator, $35,805 Shovlin, Victor, 911/Telecommunicator, $33,997 Sipple, Donna 911/Telecommunicator, $25,250 Stiles, James, 911/Telecommunicator, $25,250 Sudo, Melissa Marie, 911/Telecommunicator, $27,583 Tomolaitis, William, 911/Telecommunicator, $33,480 Toth, Dawn, 911/Telecommunicator, $32,878 Tucci, Melissa, 911/Telecommunicator, $26,250 Turner, Gerald, 911/Telecommunicator, $36,389 Wesley, Barbara, 911/Telecommunicator, $26,553 Wilkie, Donald, 911/Telecommunicator, $33,480 Zahorsky, Andrew, CAD/GIS Supv, $38,000 Bradigan, Colleen, Clerk Typist 3, $29,811 Smith, George, Data Entry Clerk I, $27,362 Casaldi, Edward, Deputy Director, $54,636 Parsnik, David, Exec Director/911, $54,637 Derome, Mary, Exec Adm Asst, $37,694 Gavlick, Peter, Groundskeeper 1, $27,981 Chiucchi, James, Groundskeeper 2, $30,326 Pasquinelli, Elizabeth, Intra Gov Coordinator, $41,797 Giamber, Salvatore, Lead Psap Supervisor, $37,132 Emmert, John, PSAP Manager, $47,534 Ankenbrand, Michael, PSAP Supervisor, $33,990 Black, Brian, PSAP Supervisor, $33,990 Collotty, Tracy, PSAP Supervisor, $33,990 Gavin, Patricia, PSAP Supervisor, $33,990 Hannon, Megan, PSAP Supervisor, $33,990 Machey Jr., Richard, PSAP Supervisor, $33,990 Neff, Charles, PSAP Supervisor, $33,990 Manganello, Angela, Quality Assurance Off, $38,500 Rosencrans, Fred, Tech Supp Mgr, $53,575 Ankenbrand, John, Tech Support Spec, $40,131 Keezer, Jason, Tech Support Spec, $34,192

ENGINEERS Belleman, Christopher, Engineer, $57,680 Gibbons, Joseph, Engineer, $79,277 Morris, Melvin, Engineer, $41,200 Parrs, Gregory, Engineer, $44,823 Brozena, James, Executive Director, $79,277 Licata, Theresa, Executive Secretary, $35,240

HUMAN SERVICES Nat, Susan, Admin Asst, $28,000 Singer, John, Bldg Manager, $25,750 Nulton, Earl, Dist Sys Specialist, $44,641 Dysleski, Mary, Fiscal Off, $45,000 Grebeck, Mary, Personnel Assistant, $44,623 Yozwiak, Susan, Personnel Asst 1, $31,025 Kolojejchick, James, Program Coord, $40,314

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Englot, Stephen, Director/Info Tech, $78,948 Connors, Robert, Info Tech Spec, $42,036 Odell, Henry, Info Tech Spec, $36,919 Shoback, Michael, Network Admin, $45,088

INTERIM REHAB WORK Planutis, Cindy, Driver, $21,112

JURY COMMISSIONERS Semanski, Frank, Jury Commissioner, $10,113

WIDA - WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT Bianchino, Paula, Ojt Contract Spec, $38,302

LEVEES Bacumpas, Peter, Electrical Sys Mgr, $45,895 Kramer, John, Equip Pump Operator, $28,910 Kratz, Russell, Equip Pump Operator, $29,440 Masi, Joseph, Equip Pump Operator, $28,910 Denardi Jr, Elio, Equip Opr 1, $27,053 Howell, Raymond, Equip Opr 1, $29,440 Kopiak, Gregory, Equip Opr 1, $26,008 Ruane, John, Levee Supervisor, $43,982 Bartuska, David, Opr Pest App, $34,267

MAGISTRATE Torbik, James, Central Court Admin, $60,100 Radzwich, Kris Ann, Clerk Typist 1, $31,441 Bach, Cheryl, Secretary, $32,664 Baranski, Karen, Secretary, $33,923 Beakley, Margaret, Secretary, $36,439 Bradley, Carla, Secretary, $31,122 Champion, Christine, Secretary, $32,431 Chervenitski, Nancy Lee, Secretary, $37,762 Cicon, Sara Lee, Secretary, $31,122 Colella, Maura, Secretary, $34,967 Conahan, Ruth, Secretary, $31,441 Cook, Tamara, Secretary, $31,122 Dotzel, Joan, Secretary, $31,122 Dudock, Theresa, Secretary, $32,431 Elick, Anne, Secretary, $36,638 Ford, Catherine, Secretary, $35,523 Fornataro, Susan, Secretary, $25,676 Gaughan, Nancy, Secretary, $44,963 Graham, Deborah, Secretary, $26,061 Graham, Sharyl, Secretary, $24,928 Gustinucci, Michaeline, Secretary, $35,523 Hood, Vicki, Secretary, $31,122 Hughes, Ian, Secretary, $26,061 Kanjorski, Karen, Secretary, $31,441 Karnatski, Cheryl Leigh, Secretary, $26,061 Kernis, Gina, Secretary, $27,353 Ketchel, Jill, Secretary, $35,523 Klem, Cecile, Secretary, $31,122 Kreitzer, Rebecca, Secretary, $29,938 Kulaga, Faith, Secretary, $25,676 Lawton, Paula, Secretary, $31,122 Lehman, Brittany, Secretary, $28,645 Lumley, Barbara, Secretary, $31,122 Macaravage, Virginia, Secretary, $41,605 Maslo, Brenda, Secretary, $35,523 Munisteri, Lindsay, Secretary, $31,228 Nordfors, Kimberly, Secretary, $31,616 Paisley, Lori, Secretary, $35,523 Pietrzyk, Jennifer, Secretary, $31,122



SALARIES Continued from Page 8A Pietrzyk, Kristen, Secretary, $27,353 Pikul, Mary, Secretary, $50,630 Price, Lisa Ann, Secretary, $32,431 Regan, Elizabeth, Secretary, $31,441 Scavazzo, Catherine, Secretary, $35,523 Sorber, Linda, Secretary, $38,982 Steransky, Kellie, Secretary, $24,928 Stevenson, Cheryl, Secretary, $39,833 Swartwood, Karla, Secretary, $35,523 Sweeney, Kathleen, Secretary, $35,931 Teresavage, Margaret, Secretary, $32,431

MAPPING/GIS Polomchak, Christina, Cadastral Draft Spec, $33,949 Panunti, Theresa, Clerk 1, $24,095 Johnson, Carol, GIS Analyst, $38,723 Lewis, Abram, GIS Analyst, $38,723 Puskar, Lee, GIS Analyst, $38,723 Zim, Christopher, GIS Analyst, $39,041 Skoronski, David, GIS Director, $55,697 Ginocchetti, Annette, Sr GIS Analyst, $38,625

MENTAL HEALTH/MENTAL RETARDATION Radzwilla, Barbara, Accountant 2, $38,029 Ayala, Joan, Admin Asst 1, $47,366 Tamanini, Sandra, Admin Asst 1, $44,138 Vitkoski, Joan, Admin Asst 1, $54,995 Moriarty, Frances, Admin Asst 2, $51,735 Palmiter, Vincenza, Budget Analyst 1, $53,879 Stredny, Gail, Casework Manager, $46,788 Bradshaw, Grace, Casework Manager 2, $56,552 Baird Stanislow, Mary, Caseworker 2, $33,860 Boris, Rebecca, Caseworker 2, $33,400 Boylan, Mary, Caseworker 2, $33,076 Buickus, Philip, Caseworker 2, $33,076 Burton, Michele, Caseworker 2, $33,562 Buzinski, Amy, Caseworker 2, $32,916 Davis, Laura, Caseworker 2, $33,076 Erndl, Peter, Caseworker 2, $33,076 Ertz, Rachel, Caseworker 2, $33,239 Farkaly, Cheryl, Caseworker 2, $34,188 Floryan, Charmayne M, Caseworker 2, $34,188 Franks, Patricia, Caseworker 2, $33,344 Gagliardi, Michael, Caseworker 2, $33,076 Griffin, Tanya, Caseworker 2, $32,758 Groner, Elwood, Caseworker 2, $32,274 Henry Moss, Surana, Caseworker 2, $33,860 Hess, Holly, Caseworker 2, $33,562 Hunter, Malinda, Caseworker 2, $33,860 Klush, Dale, Caseworker 2, $33,400 Klush, Stephanie, Caseworker 2, $33,860 Knorr, Marion, Caseworker 2, $34,878 Kost, Peter, Caseworker 2, $33,076 Kostelnik, Kimberly, Caseworker 2, $32,916 Kucinski, Celeste, Caseworker 2, $32,274 Long, Holly, Caseworker 2, $32,758 MacDougall, Marguerite, Caseworker 2, $32,758 Marks, Erin, Caseworker 2, $33,076 Reynolds, Luke, Caseworker 2, $33,860 Seeherman, Heidi, Caseworker 2, $34,188 Tryzenski, Ann Marie, Caseworker 2, $52,910 Ward, Angela, Caseworker 2, $33,076 Zachar, Cathy, Caseworker 2, $34,522 Carlin, Valerie, Caseworker 3, $33,239 Smith, Ranee, Caseworker 3, $33,239 Baldoni, Linda, Caseworker Supv, $40,623 Benick, Mary Ann, Caseworker Supv, $42,163 Brown, Stacy, Caseworker Supv, $42,164 Kester, Tami, Caseworker Supv, $36,883 McDonough, Marilee, Caseworker Supv, $51,751 Strittmatter, Suzanne, Caseworker Supv, $48,177 Walker, Sarah, Caseworker Supv, $35,850 Cannon, Patricia, Clerk 2, $26,448 Cielesz, Richard, Clerk 2, $25,538 Kopcho, Linda, Clerk 2, $23,593 Kohl, Kellyann, Clerk 3, $26,077 Elmir, Martha Ann, Clerk Typist 2, $24,596 Hillard, Marsha, Clerk Typist 2, $24,717 Marascio, Maureen, Clerk Typist 2, $24,309 Phillips, Tara, Clerk Typist 2, $24,596 Rygelski, Barbara, Clerk Typist 2, $26,605 Barber, Tammy, I Service Coord, $56,918 Muth, Florence, Fiscal Officer 2, $71,315 Kane, Sean, Fiscal Officer 3, $52,000 Serfass, Winifred, Fiscal Tech, $50,284 Stanishefski, Frances, Fiscal Tech, $32,390 Weldon, Christine, Management Tech, $31,281 Burns, Richard, Mh/Mr Admin, $74,675 Sepela, Eric, Network Spec 2, $40,580 Duaime, Denyse, Program Spec 1, $38,708 Kresky, Judith, Program Spec 1, $56,618 Welch, Judy, Program Spec 1, $40,099 Davis, James, Program Spec 2, $65,928 Gallagher, Tara, Program Spec 2, $40,985 Galli, Eugenia, Program Spec 2, $68,251 Noss, Jean Mary, Program Spec 2, $68,287 Zekas, Lou Ellen, Statistical Asst, $31,017

ORPHANS COURT Killino, Thomas, Custody Hearing Officer, $41,904 Bitzel, Sharon, Custody Master, $41,904 Bellino, John, Guardian Ad Lite, $50,230 Crocamo, Romilda, Master, $54,000 Mushalla, Deborah, Secretary, $25,990 Weber, Susan, Secretary, $45,704

PLANNING AND ZONING Wood, Kathryne, Clerk Typist 2, $26,841 Merolli, Adrian, Director/Planning & Zone, $59,433 Snee, Nancy, Mpo/Ag Board, $41,842 Dooley, Patrick, Planner 2, $30,550 Bordow, Leah, Planning Tech, $25,250

PRISON Grimes, Jacqueline, Asst Bus Manager, $49,173 Brutski, Ann, Bookkeeper, $39,872 Albert, Tracey Ann, Corr - Admin Asst, $25,133 Gallagher, Kevin, Corr - Captain, $56,003 Orkwis, Ronald, Corr - Captain, $56,003 Pugh, James, Corr - Captain, $56,003 Sleboda, Jesse, Corr - Captain, $56,003 Majikes, Mary Louise, Corr - Clerk, $20,600 Alansky, James, Corr - Co 2, $40,475 Bellas, Patrick, Corr - Co 2, $38,094 Berman, Joseph, Corr - Co 2, $45,237 Bonczewski, Philip, Corr - Co 2, $40,475 Boris, Alexander, Corr - Co 2, $35,713 Borland, William, Corr - Co 2, $38,094 Bowen, Matthew, Corr - Co 2, $35,713 Boyer, John, Corr - Co 2, $38,269 Buchinski, David, Corr - Co 2, $47,618 Cardimona, Steven, Corr - Co 2, $35,713 Demark, Joseph, Corr - Co 2, $38,094 Doreskewicz Jr., Edward, Corr - Co 2, $47,618 Drugotch, Marc M, Corr - Co 2, $45,237 Earley, Stephen, Corr - Co 2, $35,713 Elmy, James, Corr - Co 2, $45,237 Filipowich, Michael, Corr - Co 2, $47,618 Ganter, Thomas, Corr - Co 2, $38,094 Giannott, Joshua, Corr - Co 2, $42,856 Gilroy Jr., Steven, Corr - Co 2, $42,856 Gronka, Michael, Corr - Co 2, $47,618 Hrabal, Jeremy, Corr - Co 2, $47,618 Hudack Jr, David, Corr - Co 2, $35,713 Husted, Henry, Corr - Co 2, $40,475 John, Michael, Corr - Co 2, $47,618 Jordan, Ryan, Corr - Co 2, $35,713 Joyce, Michael, Corr - Co 2, $47,618 Lazarchick, Jonathan Corr - Co 2, $30,952 Levy, Nicholas, Corr - Co 2, $35,713 Marianacci, John, Corr - Co 2, $47,618 May, Matthew, Corr - Co 2, $38,094 Mazur, Nicholas, Corr - Co 2, $33,332

McCarthy, Michael, Corr - Co 2, $30,952 Modrow, Stephen, Corr - Co 2, $28,571 Moyer, Randy, Corr - Co 2, $38,094 Mullery, Michael, Corr - Co 2, $42,856 Nareski, David, Corr - Co 2, $45,237 Passetti Jr., Robert, Corr - Co 2, $40,475 Patton, Thomas, Corr - Co 2, $47,618 Pesotski, Jeffrey, Corr - Co 2, $35,713 Posluszny, David, Corr - Co 2, $47,618 Rosencrans, James, Corr - Co 2, $38,094 Saracino, Michael, Corr - Co 2, $47,618 Sims, William, Corr - Co 2, $42,856 Solovey, Stephen, Corr - Co 2, $47,618 Stachokus, John, Corr - Co 2, $38,094 Stillarty, Robert, Corr - Co 2, $40,475 Suda, Steven, Corr - Co 2, $33,332 Trimblett, William, Corr - Co 2, $38,094 Wengen, Stephan, Corr - Co 2, $28,571 White, Fred, Corr - Co 2, $45,237 Williams, Stephen, Corr - Co 2, $30,952 Wren, Lance, Corr - Co 2, $38,094 Zimmerman, Brandon, Corr - Co 2, $42,856 Zinga, Edward, Corr - Co 2, $35,713 Ruckle, Robert, Corr - Comm Clerk, $49,828 Tarnowski, Robert, Corr - Comm Clerk, $49,828 Ishley, Emory, Corr - Cook, $55,323 Ragantesi, Mark, Corr - Cook, $55,323 Sodrosky, Douglas J, Corr - Cook, $44,258 Yurek Jr., Frank, Corr - Cook, $37,620 Allford, Dean, Corr - Corporal, $56,739 Boney Jr., Gerald, Corr - Corporal, $56,739 Chudoba, Joseph, Corr - Corporal, $56,739 Edwards, James, Corr - Corporal, $56,739 Grodzicki, Gary, Corr - Corporal, $56,739 Steever, David, Corr - Corporal, $57,307 Everett, William, Corr - Corr Cnslr, $55,329 Hetro, Robert W., Corr - Corr Cnslr, $47,029 Kosek, Sarah, Corr - Corr Cnslr, $47,029 Mazur, Frederick, Corr - Corr Cnslr, $55,329 Piontkowski, Jeffrey, Corr - Corr Cnslr, $55,329 Adams, Christopher, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Allen, William, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Ambrosavage, Jeremy, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Antosh, David, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Asher, Jean, Corr - Corr Officers, $49,203 Badowski, Richard, Corr - Corr Officers, $49,203 Bath, Nicole, Corr - Corr Officers, $41,003 Beckley, Leah, Corr - Corr Officers, $38,269 Beckley, Michael, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Benning, David, Corr - Corr Officers, $41,003 Bielski, Wesley, Corr - Corr Officers, $49,203 Blasavage, Leonard P., Corr - Corr Officers, $38,269 Bleich, Alicia, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Bleich, Eric, Corr - Corr Officers, $38,269 Blight, Ronnie, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Bonacci, Jennifer L., Corr - Corr Officers, $49,203 Borum, Thomas, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Bradley, Tracey Ann, Corr - Corr Officers, $30,069 Brawley, James, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Brown, Thomas, Corr - Corr Officers, $49,203 Bucknavage, Michael, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Bufalino, Eric, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Cairl, Barry, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Carey, Matthew James, Corr - Corr Officers, $35,536 Carroll, Christie, Corr - Corr Officers, $30,069 Chicalese, Anthony, Corr - Corr Officers, $41,003 Chudoba, Michael, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Clarke, Charles Jr., Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Cook, Joseph, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Delaney, Joseph, Corr - Corr Officers, $35,536 Dianese, Tiffany Marie, Corr - Corr Officers, $35,536 Distasio, Richard, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Dougalas, Matthew, Corr - Corr Officers, $38,269 Drevenak, Stanley, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Duke Jr., David, Corr - Corr Officers, $27,335 Dziak, Patricia, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Elias, Griffith, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Fazzi, James, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Fenimore, Betty Jean, Corr - Corr Officers, $49,203 Fernandes, Thomas, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Fetko, Daniel, Corr - Corr Officers, $49,203 Fierman, Jason, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Fischer, Peter, Corr - Corr Officers, $49,203 Flynn, Ryan Eric, Corr - Corr Officers, $41,003 Ford, Christine, Corr - Corr Officers, $49,203 Fritz, Brandon, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Fumanti, William John, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Geurin, Albert, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Girman, Stephen, Corr - Corr Officers, $49,203 Gocek, George, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Gomez-Terrero, Canniel, Corr - Corr Officers, $32,802 Gorka, Lawrence, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Grabowski, John, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Gronchick, Joseph, Corr - Corr Officers, $41,003 Hall Jr., William, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Hartman, Ronald Gene, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Helfrich, Corey Michael, Corr - Corr Officers, $32,802 Himlin, Lori, Corr - Corr Officers, $30,069 Hischak, Thomas, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Hoisington, Nicole, Corr - Corr Officers, $30,069 Hooper, Ronald, Corr - Corr Officers, $41,003 Horoshock, Vincent, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Hrivnak, Shawn, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Hrivnak, Todd, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Hudak Jr., Michael, Corr - Corr Officers, $32,802 Hughes, Jonathan, Corr - Corr Officers, $38,269 Hvozdovic, Steve, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Jones, Daniel, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Joseph, Richard, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Joyce, Susan, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Karavitch, Kimberly, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Katra, Joseph Michael, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Keber, Jason, Corr - Corr Officers, $49,203 Kimsel, Mark, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 King, Daniel, Corr - Corr Officers, $35,536 Kirschner, Richard, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Kivak, Debra Ann, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Kondraski Jr., David John, Corr - Corr Officers, $41,003 Koprowski, John, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Kotz Jr., John, Corr - Corr Officers, $32,802 Kruczek, Brian, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671



Kyttle, Robert, Corr - Corr Officers, $49,203 Lamoreaux, Richard, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Lentz, Thomas, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Levandoski Jr., Philip, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Luchetti, Michael, Corr - Corr Officers, $49,203 Luczak, Lisa, Corr - Corr Officers, $38,269 Luton, Timmy, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Lykon, Bruce, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Lynch, Michael, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Malak, Jennifer Lynn, Corr - Corr Officers, $30,069 Mastruzzo, Sam, Corr - Corr Officers, $49,203 McCafferty, Steven, Corr - Corr Officers, $32,803 McDavitt, Dwayne, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Mecca, John, Corr - Corr Officers, $49,203 Messersmith, Eric, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Mihalchik, Adam, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Mihalchik, Margaret, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Miko, Bernard, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Mikulski, Ronald John, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Mitkowski, Jason Ryan, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Montigney, Bernard, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Moran, William, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Morganti, David, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Morganti, Lewis, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Morgis, Brian Keith, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Morris, Mark, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Morris, Matthew, Corr - Corr Officers, $49,203 Moyer, James, Corr - Corr Officers, $49,203 Muchler, Michael, Corr - Corr Officers, $41,003 Nardone, Michael, Corr - Corr Officers, $32,802 Newton, William, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Nordheim, William, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Novak, Richard, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Obes, Gary, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Odonnell, Joseph, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Olshefski, Richard, Corr - Corr Officers, $49,203 Ostrowski, Ronald, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Pahler, Linda, Corr - Corr Officers, $41,003 Pahler, Rita, Corr - Corr Officers, $38,269 Pegarella, Kyle, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Perugino, Christopher, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Piekanski, Stanley, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Piontkowski, Michael, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Piontkowski, Stanley, Corr - Corr Officers, $35,536 Pisano, Matthew, Corr - Corr Officers, $35,536 Pius, Jay, Corr - Corr Officers, $41,003 Pokrinchak, Nicholas, Corr - Corr Officers, $38,269 Pollock, Warren, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Potoeski, William, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Prushinski, Joseph, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Punko, Lita, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Quinn, Betty, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Raggi, John, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Renfer, Kristofer, Corr - Corr Officers, $38,269 Richardson, Carolyn, Corr - Corr Officers, $35,536 Riggs, Paul, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Ritsick, Melissa, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Rodola, Joseph, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Rogo, Arthur, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Roper, Joell, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Roper, Tamra Joe, Corr - Corr Officers, $35,536 Rostock, Raphael, Corr - Corr Officers, $27,335 Rush, Douglas, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Rynkiewicz, Alex, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Saunders, Thomas, Corr - Corr Officers, $38,269 Schatzel, Jerome, Corr - Corr Officers, $35,536 Schrader, Charles, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Seiwell, Anthony, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Shimko, Kristine, Corr - Corr Officers, $32,802 Shipierski, Stephen, Corr - Corr Officers, $49,203 Shipp, Thomas, Corr - Corr Officers, $38,269 Skipalis, Jonathan, Corr - Corr Officers, $38,269 Smith Jr., Charles, Corr - Corr Officers, $27,335 Smith, Charles, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Sodrosky, Leonard, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Stambaugh Jr., Thomas, Corr - Corr Officers, $41,003 Stofko, Richard Allen, Corr - Corr Officers, $41,003 Stoodley, Michael Thomas, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Storm, Jaime, Corr - Corr Officers, $35,536 Stoshick, David, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Strait, Susan, Corr - Corr Officers, $49,203 Surma, Norman, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Sweet, Adam, Corr - Corr Officers, $35,536 Swicklik, Yvonne, Corr - Corr Officers, $38,269 Taffera, John, Corr - Corr Officers, $49,203 Thomas, Daniel, Corr - Corr Officers, $49,203 Thomas, Richard, Corr - Corr Officers, $49,203 Trusa, Jeffrey, Corr - Corr Officers, $35,536 Ulichney, John, Corr - Corr Officers, $27,335 Ungvarsky, Scott, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Vest Jr., Dennis, Corr - Corr Officers, $32,802 Vukovich, Wrian, Corr - Corr Officers, $49,203 Walsh, Christopher, Corr - Corr Officers, $38,269 Weiss, Mark Joseph, Corr - Corr Officers, $41,003 Wengzen, Jennifer, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 White, John, Corr - Corr Officers, $32,802 Wicht, Eugene, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Wilk, Nicholas, Corr - Corr Officers, $35,536 Wilk, William, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Witkosky, David, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Wolfe, George, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Wozniak, Jodie, Corr - Corr Officers, $49,203 Wren, Timothy Albert, Corr - Corr Officers, $41,003 Wright, Ann Marie, Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671



Wujcik, Michael, Corr - Corr Officers, $32,802 Yankovich Jr., James, Corr - Corr Officers, $32,802 Yankovich, Melissa, Corr - Corr Officers, $30,069 Yasenchak, Joseph, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Zabrenski, David, Corr - Corr Officers, $32,802 Zekas, Joseph, Corr - Corr Officers, $43,736 Ziolkowski, Ann Marie E., Corr - Corr Officers, $54,671 Ference, Stephen, Corr - Data Entry, $38,484 Larson, James, Corr - Deputy Warden, $63,735 Blight, Joe, Corr - Dsk Sgt, $57,306 Farrell, Kevin, Corr - Dsk Sgt, $57,307 Fiedorczyk Jr., Stanley, Corr - Dsk Sgt, $57,307 Hetro, Robert V., Corr - Dsk Sgt, $57,307 Lowery, David, Corr - Dsk Sgt, $57,307 O’Brien, Gary, Corr - Dsk Sgt, $57,307 Richards, Paul, Corr - Dsk Sgt, $57,307 Riley, Paul J., Corr - Dsk Sgt, $57,307 Chudoba, Mark, Corr - K9 Sgt, $57,307 Jaskulski, Scott, Corr - K9 Sgt, $57,307 Leary, James, Corr - K9 Sgt, $57,307 Petrovich, Joseph, Corr - K9 Sgt, $57,307 Shinal, Eugene, Corr - K9 Sgt, $57,307 Bealla, Linda Rae, Corr - Librarian, $29,638 Ameen, John, Corr - Lieutenant, $53,271 DeFrancesco Jr., William, Corr - Lieutenant, $49,993 Domagauer, John, Corr - Lieutenant, $53,271 Seman, Gary, Corr - Lieutenant, $53,271 Smith, John, Corr - Lieutenant, $53,271 Souchick, Sherry, Corr - Lieutenant, $53,271 Stiles, Lamotte, Corr - Lieutenant, $49,993 Wilde, David, Corr - Lieutenant, $53,271 Youngkin, James, Corr - Lieutenant, $53,271 Lukowski, Edward, Corr - Maint Suprv, $52,397 Wiaterowski, Richard, Corr - Maint/Bldg Inspt, $55,329 Chappell, Mark, Corr - Maintenance, $35,272 Lewis Jr., Leonard, Corr - Maintenance, $37,623 Lutz, Ralph, Corr - Maintenance, $42,326 Peters, Douglas, Corr - Maintenance, $42,326 Sweet, Dallas, Corr - Maintenance, $42,326 Tarnowski, Mark, Corr - Maintenance, $39,975 Timonte, Valentino, Corr - Maintenance, $55,329 Balucha, Karen, Corr - Nurse, $47,969 Bower, James, Corr - Nurse, $47,969 Burke, John, Corr - Nurse, $47,969 Czyzycki, Thomas, Corr - Nurse, $47,969 Emmett, Diane, Corr - Nurse, $47,969 Gale, Christopher, Corr - Nurse, $47,969 Gallagher, Aaron, Corr - Nurse, $47,969 Kendig, Carleen, Corr - Nurse, $47,969 Lee, Catherine, Corr - Nurse, $47,969 Loftus, Carol, Corr - Nurse, $47,969 Mikulski, Denise, Corr - Nurse, $47,969 Mrochko, George, Corr - Nurse, $47,969 Steever, Cheri, Corr - Nurse, $47,969 Francoeur, Sharon, Corr - Nursing Suprv, $49,993 Rockovich, Mark, Corr - Rcds Captain, $56,003 Gelsleichter, James, Corr - Rcds Sgt/ Populat, $58,444 Baluta, Daniel, Corr - Sergeant, $57,307 Handley, Kathleen, Corr - Sergeant, $57,307 Hughes, Howard, Corr - Sergeant, $57,307 Matchko Jr., Joseph, Corr - Sergeant, $57,307 Mrochko, Bradley, Corr - Sergeant, $57,307 Piontkowski, Anthony, Corr - Sergeant, $57,307 Rostkowski, Michael, Corr - Sergeant, $57,307 Flaherty, Kevin, Corr - Supply Clerk, $38,746 Gavlick, Richard, Corr - Supply Clerk, $53,627 Beecham, William, Corr - Training Officer, $56,739 Blasavage, Leonard, Corr - Training Officer, $56,739 Piazza, Joseph John, Corr - Warden, $75,263 Mcgovern, Stacy Ann, Corr - Wr Clerk, $48,366 Elmy, Louis, Corr - Wr Cnslr, $55,329 Cooper, Kevin, Corr Officers, $54,671 Corridoni, Nicholas, Corr Officers, $43,736 Coslett, Steven, Corr Officers, $54,671 Cragle, Ryan, Corr Officers, $27,335 Franks, Grace Ann, Corr- Treatment Coordin, $35,000 Lombardo, Jennifer, Director, $41,200

PROBATION SERVICES Olszyk, Mary Jo, Admin Clerk, $33,896 Davenport, Cynthia, Admin Aide, $32,272 Genasevich, Heidi, Admin Aide, $33,199 Griglock, Lisa, Admin Aide, $33,084 Haddock, Melissa, Admin Aide, $33,103 Jugus, Pamela, Admin Aide, $34,126 Mead, Jessica, Admin Aide, $31,088 Sagliocco, Joseph, Admin Aide, $34,126 Rymar, Jean Marie, AR/AP, $39,447 Vecchio, Michael, Chief/Probation Officer, $78,160 Alaimo, Maureen, Clerk Typist 1, $31,575 Calderon, Silvana, Clerk Typist 1, $28,767 Donahue, Beverly, Clerk Typist 1, $31,575 Fiume, Helene, Clerk Typist 1, $31,575 Flaherty, Colleen, Clerk Typist 1, $31,923 Havard, Eileen, Clerk Typist 1, $28,767 Stets, Mary, Clerk Typist 1, $31,575 Veet, Patricia, Clerk Typist 1, $29,952 Kalanick, Dina, Clerk Typist 2, $32,735 Argento, John, Deputy Chief, $65,310 Munley, Wendy, Exe Secty/Clerical Sprv, $46,538 Phillips, Regina, Exe Secty/Clerical Sprv, $41,811 Gelb, Sheila, Exec Secretary, $30,729 Herman, Rita, File Clerk, $31,575 Connors, Frances, Fiscal Tech, $35,742 Gregorczyk, Ellen, Fiscal Tech, $35,046 Lavin, Michael, Fiscal Tech, $37,150 McGlone, Stacey, Fiscal Tech, $35,742 Petro, Jane, Fiscal Tech, $35,742 Stasik, Dolores, Fiscal Tech, $35,055 Trocki, Sandra, Fiscal Tech, $36,784 Wojcik, Lucille, Fiscal Tech, $35,046 Roan, Deborah, Intake Spec, $34,126 Steininger, Mary Beth, Intake Spec, $33,199 Swaboski, Darlene, Intake Spec, $34,126 Altavilla, Nina, Juvenile Prob Off 1, $60,577 Ciali, Nicole, Juvenile Prob Off 1, $60,577 Frank, Richard, Juvenile Prob Off 1, $55,242 Maclunny, Jamie, Juvenile Prob Off 1, $60,577 Sharkey, Patrick, Juvenile Prob Off 1, $55,242 Mantione, Phyllis, Office Manager, $46,538 Allardyce, James, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Altavilla, Bradden, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Augello, Maria, Prob Off 1, $55,242 Becker, Lynne, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Bernardi, Louis, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Bleich, John, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Buss, Mark, Prob Off 1, $53,509 Buzink, Joann, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Cappellini, Dorothy, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Carter, Jesse, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Caso, Jennifer, Prob Off 1, $55,242 Cesari, Kelly, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Cole, Sadie, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Considine, Michael, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Cook, Lori, Prob Off 1, $60,577 DeFalco, Craig, Prob Off 1, $60,577 DeJoseph, James, Prob Off 1, $55,242 Domzalski, Edward, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Farinella, Joseph, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Feldmann, Jeffery, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Fisher, Claudia, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Gill, Mark, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Guesto, Jennifer, Prob Off 1, $53,509 Harned, Jamie, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Hilburt, Erika, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Hlivia, Timothy, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Johnson, Neal, Prob Off 1, $60,577

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2012 Keen, Karen, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Kennedy, Thelma, Prob Off 1, $55,242 Kijek, Mark, Prob Off 1, $51,766 Klemow Wright, Laura, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Kline, Theresa, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Lavan, Thomas, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Leighton, Brian, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Magyar, Norman, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Majikes, Charles, Prob Off 1, $60,577 McKeown, Michael, Prob Off 1, $60,577 McNulty, William, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Million, Cari, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Montagna, Joe, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Morreale, Marita, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Mulhall, Harry, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Nardiello, Philip, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Nowakowski, Thomas, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Parker, Christopher, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Pepperling, Thomas, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Perluke, Kevin, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Petrosky, Stanley, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Phillips, Steve, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Piazza, Anthony, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Piontek, Frank, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Rachilla, Robert, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Remak, Judith, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Roman, Patrick, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Rowan, Kelly, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Skrepenak, Matthew, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Symons, Walter, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Tracy, Christopher, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Tunnessen, Marlene, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Weiss, Jennifer, Prob Off 1, $60,577 White Granteed, Paulette, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Zangardi, Alfonso, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Granteed, Sam, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Altobelli, John, Prob Off 1, $60,577 Veet, Jonathan, Probation Officer 2, $53,509 Blight Jr., Karl, Restitution Officer, $60,577 Kalie Stahl, Rosalie, Restitution Officer, $60,577 Patte, Christopher, Supervisor, $59,686 Zera, Angela, Supervisor, $59,686 Doran, Edward, Supervisor/Prob Off, $59,686 Lopresto, Carmen, Supervisor/Prob Off, $59,686 Braskey, Ann Marie, Support Supervisor, $59,686


Lavin, Mary Ann, Microfilm Tech, $32,400 Stankovic, Dorothy, Register Of Wills, $38,562

RETIREMENT Hummer, Richard, Pension Coordinator, $45,000 Karpowich, Donald, Solicitor, $20,000 ROADS AND BRIDGES Cragle, Jeffrey, District Foreman, $38,086 Galli, Ronald, District Foreman, $36,601 Koziel, Kenneth, District Foreman, $38,040 Yanac, Richard, District Foreman, $32,684 Baran, Kevin, Equip Opr 1, $26,008 Chisarick, Francis, Equip Opr 1, $38,065 Cooper, Adam, Equip Opr 1, $30,289 Miller, Ronald, Equip Opr 1, $30,289 Myers, Diane, Equip Opr 1, $27,053 Novak, Andrew, Equip Opr 1, $30,766 Paveletz, Robert, Equip Opr 1, $31,721 Rapach, Joseph, Equip Opr 1, $31,933 Salerno Sr., Angelo, Equip Opr 1, $27,053 Zalutko, Jeffrey, Equip Opr 1, $26,008 Aponte, Diane, Exec Secretary, $32,000 McDaniels, Kenneth, Foreman, $32,888 Binker, Paul, Maint Repairman, $26,419 Fender, Timothy, Maint Repairman, $25,810 Goliembeski, Stanley, Maint Repairman, $2,00 Michno, Michael, Mechanic, $26,008 Verbinski, John, Mechanic, $26,008 Verbinski, Benjamin, Mechanic 1, $36,654 Pickering, John, Supervisor, $43,982 Pipech, Robert, Supervisor, $43,982 Derby, Andress, Truck Driver, $22,000 Fetterman, Donald, Truck Driver, $24,500 Macosky, Edward, Truck Driver, $21,750 Martin, Richard, Truck Driver, $22,000 Maxwell, John, Truck Driver, $26,947 Monroe, Roger, Truck Driver, $21,750 Suarez, Genaro, Truck Driver, $22,000 Whitman, Harry, Truck Driver, $28,697


Pellegrini, Alfonso, Admin Asst, $40,971 Kishbaugh, Maria, Bookkeeper, $31,250 Piatt, Kyong, Bookkeeper, $29,450 Flannery, Janice, Cashier, $33,350 Ostrowski, Debra, Cashier, $30,750 Warkevicz, Debra, Cashier, $30,650 Shubilla, Rebecca, Cashier Court Related, $31,250 Kochanski, Anthony, Clerk 1, $21,800 Anderika, Ruth, Clerk 2, $22,800 Janoski, Anita, Clerk 2, $22,800 Speziale, Corrine, Clerk 2, $28,150 Wierbowski, Victoria, Clerk 2, $26,850 Tomasura, Mark, Clerk 3, $36,250 Ardo, Gino, Clerk Typist 1, $21,000 Trout, Nicole, Clerk Typist 1, $21,000 Wicht, Lynelle, Clerk Typist 2, $27,850 Bobbouine Jr., Arthur, Deputy Prothonotary, $36,050 Coughlin, Kevin, Microfilm Tech, $40,806 Olenginski, Carolee, Prothonotary, $36,562

Robshaw, John, Chief of Security, $37,500 Schnelly, Angela, Mailroom Clerk 1, $21,000 Blaskiewicz, Janel Marie, Mailroom Clerk 2, $23,000 Arias, William, Security, $23,300 Benzi, Patricia, Security, $23,608 Ciechoski, Herbert, Security, $23,300 Drago, Nicholas, Security, $20,050 Fritz, Charles, Security, $22,000 Gebhardt, Fredrick, Security, $22,800 Gianfarcaro, Philip, Security, $22,800 Guarneri, Joseph, Security, $23,300 Holley, Kenneth, Security, $32,941 Lavin, James, Security, $23,550 Lieback Jr., Michael, Security, $27,371 Mellner, Donna, Security, $23,608 Nice Sr., Alan, Security, $23,608 Novack, Mary, Security, $23,300 Pavloski, Michael, Security, $22,800 Raymond, Eugene, Security, $23,300 Redmond, Roger, Security, $24,456 Scarnulis, Francis, Security, $30,871 Silveri, Bruce, Security, $22,800 Smith, Mary, Security, $23,608 Tarutis, Bernard, Security, $22,299 Telincho, Nicholas, Security, $23,300 Travis, Brian, Security, $20,050 Vann, Edythe, Security, $22,800




Blum, Jonathan, Asst Public Defender, $48,412 Bruno, Danielle, Asst Public Defender, $41,200 Donovan Jr., John, Asst Public Defender, $62,670 Greenwald, Steven, Asst Public Defender, $44,514 Kasper, Samuel, Asst Public Defender, $34,155 Kostelaba, Michael, Asst Public Defender, $34,154 Mecadon, Girard, Asst Public Defender, $34,154 Mojtahedi, Ana, Asst Public Defender, $50,136 O’Donnell, Christopher, Asst Public Defender, $34,154 Olexa, Edward, Asst Public Defender, $34,154 Reedy Sobeski, Cheryl, Asst Public Defender, $62,670 Ross Jr, Charles, Asst Public Defender, $62,670 Ruzzo, William, Asst Public Defender, $46,470 Saporito, Joseph, Asst Public Defender, $45,172 Shiptoski, Richard, Asst Public Defender, $45,172 Singer, Mark, Asst Public Defender, $56,403 Sobota, John, Asst Public Defender, $45,172 Thompson, Nicole, Asst Public Defender, $50,136 Ursiak, Jonathan, Asst Public Defender, $56,403 Webby, Ferris, Asst Public Defender, $45,172 Yeager, Joseph, Asst Public Defender, $48,412 Serino, Barbara, Caseworker 1, $32,579 Reddock, Bruce, Chief Investigator, $33,114 Flora Jr., Albert, Chief Public Defender, $52,178 Million, Donna, Clerk Stenographer 2, $34,300 Pilger Dulaney, Carol, Clerk Typist 1, $21,800 Venesky, Kathleen, Clerk Typist 1, $21,800 Ashton, Margaret, Clerk/Steno 2, $25,350 Miller, Leona, Clerk/Steno 2, $30,450 Sikorski, Diane, Clerk/Steno 2, $31,900 Hosier, Barry, Dpty Chief Investigator, $30,000 Fannick, Demetrius, First Asst Pub Defender, $46,000 Ball, Elizabeth, Investigator, $27,750 Davis, Angelina, Investigator, $27,750 Lermitte, Nicholas, Office Administrator, $30,900 Nardi, Kris, Social Worker, $32,097

PURCHASING Guarneri, Pamela, Clerk 1, $25,905 Macynski, Doris, Clerk 1, $24,596 Amesbury, Mary Ann, Clerk 2, $31,869 Wasielewski, Patricia, Clerk 2, $32,497 Pugliese Jr., Frank, Director/Purchasing, $45,000 Jones, David, Stock Room Clerk, $23,000

RECORDER OF DEEDS Schappert, James, Administrative Assistnt, $31,932 Redding, Martin, Clerk 1, $34,796 Handzelek, Michael, Clerk 2, $34,796 Montagna, Pasqueline, Clerk 2, $26,522 Calabro, Matthew, Clerk Typist 2, $24,299 Cecil, Kerry, Clerk Typist 2, $29,917 Kudey, Christine, Clerk Typist 2, $25,049 Phillips, Elizabeth, Clerk Typist 2, $24,299 Hoggarth, Joan, Dep Recorder/Sr Acct Mg, $41,200 Cooper, Brian, Microfilm Tech, $26,836 O’Brien, James, Recorder Of Deeds, $36,562 Hill, Marla, System Operator, $33,843

REGISTER OF WILLS Waskevich, Edward J., Admin Asst, $41,100 Pizont, Charles, Bookkeeper, $33,351 Rodgers, Joseph, Clerk 1, $27,450 Majorana, Barbara, Clerk 2, $30,250 Zolner, Carol, Clerk 2, $27,851 Hudacek Jr., Michael, Dpy Reg Of Wills, $34,680 Williamson, Donald, Dpy Reg Of Wills, $31,580 Dixon, Anthony, Dpy Reg Wills/Haz, $20,280

Hesnan, Sharon, Clerk, $25,550 Szumski, Janice, Clerk 2, $26,850 Collins, Katherine, Clerk I, $25,850 Wallace, Stephanie, Clerk I, $21,000 Weitz, Sherry, Clerk Typist 1, $24,750 Zawatski, Carl, Deputy Chief, $43,349 Aigeldinger, Eric, Deputy Sheriff 1, $29,350 Benfante, Carol, Deputy Sheriff 1, $37,150 Capobianco, David, Deputy Sheriff 1, $32,850 Castner, Michelle, Deputy Sheriff 1, $30,850 Chaumpi Jr., John, Deputy Sheriff 1, $32,250 Chesko, John, Deputy Sheriff 1, $37,150 Chorey, David, Deputy Sheriff 1, $37,150 Christino Jr., Joseph, Deputy Sheriff 1, $36,250 Curcio, Kimberly, Deputy Sheriff 1, $36,250 Evanchick Jr., John, Deputy Sheriff 1, $37,150 Farrell, Mary Jean, Deputy Sheriff 1, $37,150 Feddock, Bryan Deputy Sheriff 1, $31,550 Foy, Ryan, Deputy Sheriff 1, $29,850 Giannott, Anthony, Deputy Sheriff 1, $31,900 Gurnari, Eugene, Deputy Sheriff 1, $28,750 Halford, James, Deputy Sheriff 1, $26,600 Joyce, Erin, Deputy Sheriff 1, $37,150 Joyce, James, Deputy Sheriff 1, $31,200 Jugus, John, Deputy Sheriff 1, $28,750 Kreseski, Donald, Deputy Sheriff 1, $28,750 Lamoreux, Maurice, Deputy Sheriff 1, $25,000 Lasoski, Donald, Deputy Sheriff 1, $31,550 Leandri, Mandy, Deputy Sheriff 1, $32,250 Lieback Jr., Peter, Deputy Sheriff 1, $25,000 Loughney, Gary, Deputy Sheriff 1, $37,150 Middaugh, Leslie, Deputy Sheriff 1, $32,950 Noble, Donald, Deputy Sheriff 1, $26,600 Patterson, Michael, Deputy Sheriff 1, $30,350 Romanoski, Joseph, Deputy Sheriff 1, $33,900 Rushnock, Tara, Deputy Sheriff 1, $29,350 Senczakowicz, Mark, Deputy Sheriff 1, $33,900 Staley, Courtney, Deputy Sheriff 1, $32,850 Tomulaitis, Susan, Deputy Sheriff 1, $31,550 Van Hoorn, Albert, Deputy Sheriff 1, $31,550 Volciak, Jason, Deputy Sheriff 1, $31,550 Wassil, John, Deputy Sheriff 1, $37,150 Zawatski, Heather, Deputy Sheriff 1, $37,150 Szumski, Brian, Deputy Sheriff I, $28,750 Gilligan, John, Interim Sheriff, $36,562

SOLICITORS Deluca, Vito, Asst Cty Solicitor, $39,884 Yeager Pierce, Lauren, Asst Cty Solicitor, $39,884 Zurek, Sandra, Executive Secretary, $30,000 Bufalino, Brian, Solicitor, $39,884 Butera, Michael, Solicitor, $19,451 Maza, Susan, Solicitor, $11,337 Menn, Stephen, Solicitor, $39,884 Schwager, David, Solicitor, $34,957 Stretton, Samuel, Solicitor, $11,337

SOLID WASTE MGMT. Denardi, Elizabeth, Recylcing Coord, $37,450

TAX COLLECTION Manta, Sam, Tax Collection Proc, $28,379

TREASURER Macarty, Loyanne, Account Exec, $35,009 Muroski, David, Accountant, $40,314 Hall, Anne Marie, Bookkeeper, $24,000 Schobert, Theresa, Bookkeeper, $28,643 Johnson, Joann, Clerk Typist 1, $24,095 Matthews, Paula, Clerk Typist 1, $24,308 Vesek, Jacqueline, Clerk Typist 1, $23,608 Sedeski, Ann Marie, Data Entry Clerk 1, $23,549 Depolo, Dominick, Deputy Treasurer, $43,502 Beers, Laura, Office Manager, $40,000

VETERAN AFFAIRS Doknovitch, Karen, Clerk 2, $21,300 Roke, Sharon, Clerk 2, $27,636 Zondlo, Rosemary, Clerk 2, $27,371 Giuli, Cynthia, Clerk Typist 2, $24,000 Spagnola, James, Dir Veteran Affairs, $43,000







Obama course correction reversed political dynamic By DONNA CASSATA Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s opposition is now the divided one. For three weeks of heated rhetoric, Republicans cast the president’s new rule that religious schools and hospitals must provide insurance for free birth control to their employees as an attack on individual liberty. The contentious issue united recently fractured Republicans, Catholic bishops and religious groups while badly splitting Democrats who feared an election-year falAP PHOTO lout. Obama’s leading GOP rivals — President Barack Obama in the Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Brady Press Briefing Room of Newt Gingrich — had sensed a the White House on Friday. political opening and were relentclear that spending months hamless in criticizing the president. Obama caved to the pressure mering out a solution was not goFriday, announcing a compro- ing to be an option, that we needmise that allows employees at re- ed to move this faster,” Obama ligious-affiliated institutions to said in announcing his retreat and get free contraception directly compromise. The comment was a clear acfrom health insurance companies rather than employers who say it knowledgment that his adminiswould violate their long-held con- tration needed to move away quickly from an all-consuming victions. Almost immediately, Demo- battle that pitted Obama against crats who had disagreed with the the Catholic Church, hardly the fight a president White House backed the revised policy. So did Sis- Factions that had wants to pick when he’s seeking anothter Carol Keehan, presi- stood with the er term. dent and chief executive “At the end of the officer of the Catholic GOP cautiously day, Church one, Health Association of the backed Obama’s United States and a cru- midcourse correc- White House zero,” said Sara Taylor Facial player in both this detion. It was a gen, a Republican bate and the fierce fight strategist and over Obama’s health care necessary policy White House politioverhaul law. The na- change that retion’s bishops renewed versed the politi- cal adviser in George W. Bush’s adtheir call for passage of ministration. legislation that would al- cal dynamic. The policy and low a health plan to dethe fury undercline coverage of specific items and services, based on reli- scored the difficulty for the administration in implementing gious beliefs. The once formidable coalition elements of Obama’s sweeping against the president had splin- health care law, which remains tered. Factions that had stood highly divisive nearly two years with the GOP cautiously backed after it became law and within Obama’s midcourse correction. It months of the Supreme Court was a necessary policy change rendering its judgment sometime that reversed the political dynam- in late spring. It reflected the nervousness among congressionic. “After the many genuine con- al Democrats and candidates who cerns that have been raised over want to avoid alienating workingthe last few weeks, as well as, class voters and suburban women frankly, the more cynical desire critical to their fate this Novemon the part of some to make this ber. The initial policy had drawn into a political football, it became

opposition from Democrats such as Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Rep. John Larson of Connecticut, all Catholic and all facing re-election this year. Challenging the administration was Tim Kaine, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, the Senate candidate in Virginia and a Catholic who worked with Jesuit missionaries in Honduras. There was palpable relief among several with the president’s announcement. “I am pleased that the White House has taken further steps to ensure that all women have access to affordable contraception and to ensure that religious organizations will not be asked to violate their beliefs in the process,” Kaine said in a statement. Larson praised the president for finding a “path forward to provide coverage to everyone while addressing the conscience concerns of religiously affiliated organizations.” Manchin and Casey held off on a final assessment, saying they were looking at the details. Before announcing the decision, Obama called Keehan, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and Cardinaldesignate Timothy Dolan, head of the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops. Keehan was key in a fight that turned out to be health care redux. Two years ago, her support for the health care law in the face of the bishops’ opposition helped sway several conservative and moderate anti-abortion Democrats to back the legislation, votes that lifted the bill into law. On Friday, shortly after Obama’s White House appearance, Keehan issued a statement: “The Catholic Health Association is very pleased with the White House announcement that a resolution has been reached that protects the religious liberty and conscience rights of Catholic institutions. The framework developed has responded to the issues we identified that needed to be fixed.” Mo Elleithee, who worked on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign, said the administration can argue that in a dysfunctional, highly partisan Washington, the president found a way to compromise.


Romney captures Maine caucuses The totals reflected about 84 percent of precincts. He had 39 percent to Paul’s 36.

The totals reflected about 84 percent of the state’s precincts. Webster insisted that any caucus results that come in after Saturday wouldn’t be counted no matter how close the vote. By STEVE PEOPLES “Some caucuses decided not and BETH FOUHY to participate in this poll and Associated Press will caucus after this announcePORTLAND, Maine — Mitt ment,” Webster said. “Their reRomney narrowly won Maine’s sults will not be factored in. The Republican caucuses, state par- absent votes will not be factored ty officials announced Saturday, into this announcement after providing his campaign with a the fact.” Romney’s win, combined much-needed boost after three with his victory in the straight losses earlier presidential straw this week. But the forpoll at the Conservamer Massachusetts tive Political Action governor won just a Committee conferplurality of the Maine ence in Washington vote, suggesting he hours earlier, helped still has work to do to ELECTION slow an embarrassing unite GOP voters beskid that began Tueshind his candidacy. day when he lost conAt a gathering in Portland, state Republican tests in Missouri, Minnesota Chairman Charlie Webster an- and Colorado to Santorum. The nounced Romney had won with twin triumphs dampened the 2,190 votes, or 39 percent, com- perception — for now — that pared to 1,996 — about 36 per- conservatives were unwilling to cent — for Paul, the only other support Romney. Romney’s campaign has demcandidate to aggressively compete in the state. Rick Santorum onstrated skill and flexibility in received 989 votes and Newt winning a big state like Florida Gingrich won 349, but neither and eking out a victory in a lowactively campaigned there. Oth- turnout contest like Maine, where organization and voter er candidates drew 61 votes.


contact are essential. Out of Maine’s 258,000 registered Republicans, nearly 5,600 cast ballots in the weeklong contest. But questions about Romney’s durability as the party’s presumed front-runner persist. Fully 61 percent of Maine voters selected another candidate than Romney in a state practically in his back yard. And Romney’s showing was down considerably from 2008, when he won 51 percent of the vote. Maine’s caucuses began Feb. 4 and continued throughout the week. Several communities elected to hold their caucuses at a later date. Caucuses in Washington County that had been scheduled for Saturday were postponed until Feb. 18 because of a major snowstorm that blanketed the region. Earlier, party Executive Director Michael Quatrano said county officials had been told the results of that caucus would not count toward the total. But in an interview, Washington County Republican Chairman Chris Gardner said that when the decision was made to postpone the caucuses, he didn’t realize his county’s votes wouldn’t count toward the total.

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Students build bridges that meet strict length, width and weight criteria. By RALPH NARDONE Times Leader Correspondent

DICKSON CITY – What weighs 6 grams and can support 12 pounds or 5,500 times its own weight? A bridge hand-built by Zach McNulty, a high school student from Pocono Mountain West High School who placed first at Saturday’s 2012 Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Bridge Building Competition held at the Viewmont Mall near Scranton. This year marked the 24th competition of its kind, according to organizers. Thirty-seven high school students from 16 Northeastern Pennsylvania schools com“Every peted to see year there how well they is improve- could build bridges that ment in met strict the quality length, width and weight of the bridge building bridges criteria, said organizer Don being de- Kieffer, a resigned and tired teacher with a passion built.” for bridge Don Kieffer building. Retired teacher, Students organizer of from Wyoming competition Valley West, Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center, Greater Nanticoke Area and Hanover Area schools participated along with schools from several other local counties. Seneca Propst, an 11th-grade girl from Honesdale Area who was last year’s winner, took second place, and Joe DelSanto, a 10th-grader from Wyoming Valley West, placed third. DelSanto said he was “very surprised” at how well his bridge performed. His creative design resulted in a bridge that weighed only 8 grams but supported more than 10 pounds. His secret was to make the bridge extremely light utilizing triangular under-trusses, he said. “I’m very happy with it,” he added. Kieffer pointed out the students have become increasingly sophisticated in their bridge designs over the last two decades of competition. “Every year there is improvement in the quality of the bridges being designed and built,” he said. “A number of students have changed their career goals after being involved with our competition,” he added. The first- and second-place finishers are eligible to compete on a national level later this year inLas Vegas.


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Hunlock Township near the former residence of Steve Martin, reportedly the last person to be seen with her outside of a bar in Edwardsville in 2001. Martin was a friend of Thomas’ boyfriend and was serving a state prison sentence for causing a deadly wreck in Wilkes-Barre. Bailey said the property owners will not allow a search using cadaver dogs. As they have done annually at the vigils, the group sand “Wish You Were Here,” by Pink Floyd and released balloons signed with greetings. Beth Freeman of Mountain Top said she wrote, “Hi in heaven Phylicia. Wish you were here.” “I knew Phylicia since she was a baby,” said Freeman.




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THE TIMES LEADER FLORENCE M. SNEE, 80, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Friday evening at her home. Funeral arrangements are pending from the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 South Main Street, Plains Township. IDA VANCHURE, of Edwardsville and formerly of Wilkes-Barre, died Friday morning, February 10, 2012, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending from the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., Plains Township. WALTER E. CHAMBERLAIN, JR., age 84, of Lehman Township, passed away Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending from the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home, Inc., corner of routes 29 & 118, Pikes Creek. EUGENE V. BOSHA, of WilkesBarre, passed away Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at his home. Services are pending from the H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home, a Golden Rule Funeral Home, 451 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre.

Mary (Castiglione) Vinci February 8, 2012 (Castiglione) Vinci, a resiM ary dent of Highland Manor, Exe-

ter, died Wednesday, February 8, 2012, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. She was born January 15, 1922, in Pittston, daughter of the late Nicholas and Anna (Giglia) Castiglione. Her husband, Salvatore Vinci, preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by sisters, Frances Castiglione and Anna Bellomo. Surviving are nephews, Nick Bellomo, Joseph Bellomo and David and wife, Cheri Castiglione, all of Pittston. Also surviving are her great-niece Lori and husband, Chris Cangelosi, of Parsippany, N.J. Funeral services are entrusted to Graziano Funeral Home Inc., Pittston Township. Viewing hours will be held on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will begin at the funeral home at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from St. Joseph Marello Parish (St. Rocco’s R.C. Church), Pittston, at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. Interment will be in GreenWood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to all of the nurses, nurse’s aides and doctors who took care of Mary in her time of need. Online condolences may be made at

Loraine E. Pritchard January 31, 2012

E. Pritchard, 78, passed L oraine unexpectedly on Tuesday, Ja-

nuary 31, 2012, while at the Emergency Room of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Formerly of Kingston, she was the daughter of the late John E. and Lora (Hinman) Pritchard and was a graduate of Kingston High School. She resided in Forty Fort. Loraine began working as a bookkeeper at the Top Hat Diner in Kingston, which her family owned. She cared for her mother in her later years. Through her years of employment, Loraine migrated into the healthcare field, which included several doctor’s offices in the area. Loraine enjoyed watching football, playing the piano, singing in the choir at the Wyoming Avenue Christian Church in Kingston, reading and spending quiet time with her pet cat, Cali. She was preceded in death by her brothers, all of Florida; Jim, 2009; Dick, 1988 and Wendell, 1999. Loraine is survived by a brother Earl and his wife, Carol, of Florida and their family plus other nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephew and a cousin; in addition, a niece, Sandy Pritchard Romero of Arizona; sister-in-law Dot Pritchard, Florida; a close friend, Nancy Leet, Texas; a lifelong friend, Linda Cooper Smith, Kingston, and her pet cat, Cali. No services will be held by Loraine’s wishes. In celebration of Loraine’s life, donations may be made to American Cancer Society of Luzerne County, SPCA of Luzerne County, Valley Cat Rescue or donor’s choice. Arrangements are entrusted to the Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort.












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mil J. Warren, 70, of Alden Mt. Road, Nanticoke, passed from this world unexpectedly to that of his Master on February 10, 2012 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. He was born in Nanticoke and lived there his entire life. He was the son of Pauline Kozak Wojciechowski and the late Chester Wojciechowski. Emil was also a member of St. Faustina Parish. Emil was a graduate of Newport Township High School and Wilkes University. His career was spent in the banking industry, having achieved the title of Vice President and Trust Officer while employed by several area banks, having retired from Luzerne Bank in 2007. In retirement, he continued his tax preparation business. His greatest hobby was fishing, followed by a love of hunting. He is survived by, in addition to his mother Pauline, his loving wife of 45 years, the former Phyllis Ann Kravitz of Nanticoke; sons, Christopher and wife, Courtney, of Waverly, N.Y.; Paul of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Jason and wife, Kristine, Orlando, Fla.; daughter, Kimberly, Alden; one very special grandchild, Atticus James Warren; several cousins.


Funeral will be held Tuesday, February 14 at 9:30 a.m. from the Grontkowski Funeral Home P.C., 51-53 West Green Street, Nanticoke, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Faustina Parish, Hanover Street, Nanticoke, with the Rev. James Nash officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Newport Township. Calling hours will be held Monday, February13, from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

acob “Dzi” Brin Jr., age 83 of Loyalville, passed away Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Plains Township. Mr. Brin was born March 15, 1928, in Loyalville, and was the son of the late Jacob and Mary Nazary Brin Sr. He served in Merchant Marines during World War II and the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam era. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church, Edwardsville. Jacob had a passion for farming and was proud of the several John Deere tractors that he owned. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Joan Stravinski; his son, Jacob Brin III; sisters, Ann Huminick, Helen Javers, Mary Kuchta, Anastasia Brin, Elizabeth Mrozoski, Olga Zubris and Elenor Brin; brothers, John, Michael, Andrew and Charles.

Surviving are his son, Nicholas and his wife, Cindy of Loyalville; grandchildren, Cory of Loyalville; Jessica, Danielle, Lindsey, Courtney and Kyle of Lancaster; greatgrandson, Tyler Jacob of Lancaster; sister; Margaret Yankoski of King of Prussia. Funeral services will held Tuesday at 9 a.m. from the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., corner of routes 29 & 118, Pikes Creek, with Requiem Services at 10 a.m. from St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church, 93 Zerby Ave., Edwardsville, with Father Martin Browne, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow at the Chestnut Grove Cemetery, Loyalville. Family and friends may call Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. A Parastas Service will be held Monday at 8:30 p.m. Online condolences may be made at


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2007 and went on to capture the statechampionship.Accordingto Ackerman, Mock is currently a freshman at MIT, following in the footsteps of his older siblings who both attended the renowned institution and also competed in Math Counts. The all-day competition featured several individual and group rounds with awards going to the top five finishers in each category. Organizers explained that competitors had to display mastery of several mathematical disciplines with and without the use of a calculator. "Its part of a national competition," said organizer Christopher Hetro. "Today’s winners will go on to compete in other regions."

Dr. Joseph Harrington February 10, 2012 r. Joseph Harrington, of Milford, Pa., 82, died at home D peacefully on February 10, 2012 af-

ter a period of brief illness. He was the husband of Eileen (Stafford) Harrington. Joseph Francis Harrington was born at home on August 15, 1929, to the late Joseph and Florence (Madden) Harrington in Olyphant, Pa. A graduate of St. Patrick’s High School, he received an undergraduate degree at The University of Scranton in 1951, and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery at Georgetown Dental School in 1955. Following graduation, he served as a dentist for four years at the Fairford and West Drayton American Air Force bases in England and was honorably discharged from active duty on November 20, 1958. He met his wife, Eileen, a private duty nurse, near the base through the priest at the small Catholic Church they both attended. They married on November 9, 1957 at Annakissa, Eileen’s home parish in Castlekevin, Country Cork, Ireland. In 1959, he began his dental practice first at 110 Broad Street and then at 208 West Harford Street. In the 1970s, he was co-founder of the Tri-State Dental Association and served on the Milford Water Authority. He retired from dentistry after 45 years in 1997 and subsequently worked part-time at the Pike County Courthouse for judicial services support. He and Eileen were married for 54 years and were communicants at St. Patrick’s Church since they arrived in the area. Ken Rosenalli, a colleague and long time friend said, “In a time when competition is the norm, Joe and Paul Horsman set a tone of camaraderie among the local dentists. Each new dentist was welcomed; they covered each other’s emergencies and helped out fellow dentists during times of sickness – a legacy of Joe and Paul’s example. Joe is a humble man – his patients always came first. For as many continued education courses as he continued to take, you never heard him brag about it. Any continued education outing near Scranton included a slight detour down memory lane through Olyphant. In the weekly grind of doctor and hospital visits, it was rare to see Joe "out of sorts." We

admire the grace with which he handled such a difficult situation. We never heard Joe have an unkind word about anyone. Although he never bragged; in conversation you could tell Joe was extremely proud of his entire family. Joe truly lived a Christian life.” Sandy Beecher, also a long-time friend and neighbor, noted when he and his family arrived in town in 1963, “Doc” as many of Joseph’s patients knew him, was already very respected person in the community and after just a couple of years being here. He was a consummate professional and he never turned anyone away day or night. “He had an open heart for people and I know he did free dental work for people who couldn’t afford it. He probably saved many people’s lives with serious heart problems with dental exams and other serious illnesses by referring them to the appropriate medical specialists after a dental exam. He was very straightforward and didn’t have a phony bone in his body. His core values were decency, compassion, understanding and perseverance.” In addition to his wife, Joseph is survived by his four children, Mary Harrington, Ann Maria Laurenza, John Harrington and Lisa Jackson and their spouses, Brian Wilder, Paul Laurenza, Naomi Harrington and Thad Jackson. He was the grandfather of Kieran and Ailey Wilder, Ryan and Jason Laurenza and Emily and Eli Jackson. He was the brother of Eleanor Loughney of Binghamton, N.Y., and the late Margaret Dougherty and Mary Elizabeth Tinsley and a loving uncle to a large extended family both here and in Ireland. A wake will be held at the Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 W. Harford St., Milford, Pa., on Monday, February 13, 2012 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Patrick’s Church, 111 E. High St., Milford, Pa., at 10 a.m. Tuesday February 14, 2012. Burial will be in Milford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to St Patrick’s Church, 111 E. High St., Milford, PA 18337 or the Milford Ecumenical Food Pantry where Joseph and Eileen volunteered.

FUNERALS APPEL – Delphine, funeral 11 a.m. Monday in the Richard H. Disque Funeral Home Inc. 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas. Friends may call 10 a.m. until time of service. BROGAN – Louise, funeral services 9 a.m. Monday in the Gubbiotti Funeral Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Cecilia’s Church (St. Barbara Parish), Exeter. Friends may call 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. CONKLIN – Emma, funeral services 10 a.m. Monday in the Earl W. Lohman Funeral Home Inc., 14 W. Green St., Nanticoke. Friends may call 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today. DAILEY – Daniel, funeral services 10 a.m. Monday in the Metcalfe and Shaver Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming.Friends may call 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. FIELDS – Peggy, memorial service today in the Church of Christ Uniting on Market Street in Kingston. The family will receive callers from 12:30 p.m. with the service beginning at 1:30 p.m. KARKUT – Mary, funeral services 9:30 a.m. Monday in the LokutaZawacki Funeral Home, 200 Wyoming Ave., Dupont. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 215 Lackawanna Ave., Dupont. Friends may call 2 to 5 p.m. today. MESAROS – Catherine, funeral services 10 a.m. Monday in the Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Therese’s Church, Shavertown. Friends may call 9 to 10 a.m. MIGNONE – Anna, prayer service 2

p.m. February 19 in St. Jude’s school cafeteria, Mountain Top. VINCI – Mary, funeral services 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Graziano Funeral Home, Pittston Township. Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Marello Parish (St. Rocco’s R.C. Church), Pittston. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

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her death was sure to case a heavy pall on today’s ceremony. Houston’s longtime mentor Clive Davis was to hold his annual concert and dinner Saturday; it was unclear if it was going to go forward. At her peak, Houston was the golden girl of the music industry. From the middle 1980s to the late 1990s, she was one of the world’s AP FILE PHOTO best-selling artists. She wowed audiences with effortless, power- Whitney Houston, left, smiles at her husband, singer Bobby ful, and peerless vocals that were Brown, in Dekalb County State Court in Decatur, Ga. In 2002. rooted in the black church but She seemed to be born into ken Hearts Go” and “I Wanna made palatable to the masses greatness. She was the daughter Dance With Somebody.” with a pop sheen. The New York Times wrote Her success carried her be- of gospel singer Cissy Houston, yond music to movies, where she the cousin of 1960s pop diva that Houston “possesses one of starred in hits like “The Body- Dionne Warwick and the god- her generation’s most powerful gospel-trained voices, but she esguard” and “Waiting to Exhale.” daughter of Aretha Franklin. Houston first started singing in chews many of the churchier She had the perfect voice, and the perfect image: a gorgeous the church as a child. In her mannerisms of her forerunners. singer who had sex appeal but teens, she sang backup for Chaka She uses ornamental gospel was never overtly sexual, who Khan, Jermaine Jackson and oth- phrasing only sparingly, and iners, in addition to stead of projecting an earthy, maintained perfect poise. modeling. It was tearful vulnerability, communiShe influenced a gener- “The time around that time when cates cool self-assurance and ation of younger singers, from Christina Aguilera to that I first music mogul Clive Da- strength, building pop ballads to vis first heard Houston majestic, sustained peaks of inMariah Carey, who when saw her tensity.” perform. she first came out soundHer decision not to follow the “The time that I first ed so much like Houston singing in saw her singing in her more soulful inflections of singthat many thought it was her mothact in a club ers like Franklin drew criticism Houston. er’s act in mother’s ... it was such a stun- by some who saw her as playing But by the end of her career, Houston became a a club ... it ning impact,” Davis down her black roots to go pop told “Good Morning and reach white audiences. The stunning cautionary tale was such a America.” criticism would become a conof the toll of drug use. Her “To hear this young stant refrain through much of her album sales plummeted stunning girl breathe such fire career. She was even booed durand the hits stopped com- impact.” into this song. I mean, ing the “Soul Train Awards” in ing; her once serene image Clive Davis it really sent the pro- 1989. was shattered by a wild deMusic mogul verbial tingles up my “Sometimes it gets down to meanor and bizarre public that, you know?” she told Katie spine,” he added. appearances. She conBefore long, the rest Couric in 1996. “You’re not black fessed to abusing cocaine, of the country would enough for them. I don’t know. marijuana and pills, and her once pristine voice became feel it, too. Houston made her al- You’re not R&B enough. You’re raspy and hoarse, unable to hit bum debut in1985 with “Whitney very pop. The white audience has the high notes as she had during Houston,” which sold millions taken you away from them.” Some saw her1992 marriage to and spawned hit after hit. “Savher prime. “The biggest devil is me. I’m ei- ing All My Love for You” brought former New Edition member and ther my best friend or my worst her her first Grammy, for best fe- soul crooner Bobby Brown as an enemy,” Houston told ABC’s male pop vocal. “How Will I attempt to refute those critics. It Diane Sawyer in an infamous Know,” “You Give Good Love” seemed to be an odd union; she 2002 interview with then-hus- and “The Greatest Love of All” al- was seen as pop’s pure princess while he had a bad-boy image, so became hit singles. band Brown by her side. Another multiplatinum album, and already had children of his It was a tragic fall for a superstar who was one of the top-sell- “Whitney,” came out in 1987 and own. (The couple had a daughter, ing artists in pop music history, included hits like “Where Do Bro- Bobbi Kristina, in 1993.) with more than 55 million records sold in the United States alone.


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‘Shame rag’ fodder Some people feel outrage over having their arrest blasted to the world.

The cover of two police booking photo/ mugshot publications, titled ‘Busted’ (front) and another called ‘Charged’ are displayed, Jan. 17. Police book-in photos have long been public record. But the outrage some people feel over having their arrest blasted to the world has led to everything from grousing to lawsuits.

By JASON TRAHAN The Dallas Morning News

DALLAS — A petty criminal’s police mug shot usually doesn’t see the light of day. But a cottage industry of tabloids and websites has sprung up that harvest the often ugly mugs from jail archives across the country, making it much more likely that someone’s least-finest hour may be online or in print to provide weeks or years of embarrassment. "People either love it or hate it," said Ryan Chief, who sells 100,000 tabloids filled with mug shots in 19 states every week. Police book-in photos have long been public record. The outfits that print them enjoy the constitutional protections of freedom of the press. But the outrage some people feel over having their arrest blasted to the world has led to everything from grousing to lawsuits. Few survive because of First Amendment protections. What really riles people is that some sites require payment to remove a picture from a website. "If you’re asking for money to take it down, it shows that you’re not acting in a public interest or altruistic mindset," said a Dallas doctor whose photo from a March drunken driving arrest is on, which also publishes a newspaper locally. She did not want to be identified. The site charges $68 to remove a picture, unless the person can prove — with court documents — that they have been acquitted, or were underage when arrested. "Obviously $68 is not an excessive amount of money, but I don’t want to support their site in any way," the doctor said. Attempts to reach Citizens Information Associates in Aus-

‘Lecture’ co-author dies in car accident

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press

DETROIT — Best-selling author Jeffrey Zaslow was killed Friday when he lost control of his car on a snowy road after promoting his latest book in northern Michigan. He was 53. Zaslow, co-author of the million-sellingbook“TheLastLecture,” was also a former columnist for The Wall Street Journal and former advice columnist fortheChicagoSun-Times.Zaslow, who had an affinity for stories of heroism and resilience, workedonmemoirsofU.S.Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and airline pilot Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. “Jeff was a beautiful writer, wonderful collaborator, loving husband, father and friend,” Sullenberger, who was praised for his skill after safely ditching a plane in the Hudson River in 2009, said in a written statement Friday. “Our whole family loved him dearly and he will be sorely missed.” Zaslow was killed in an accident Friday morning in Warner Township, about 160 miles northwest of Lansing, according to the Antrim County sheriff’s office. Zaslow’s car slid into the path of a semitrailer. He was

killed on impact. The sheriff’s department did not release the name of the victim, but Zaslow literary agent and friend Gary Morris confirmed Zaslow’s death. Morris said he was told of Zaslow’s death Friday evening by the author’s wife. Zaslow was in northern Michigan speaking about “The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters.” The book, based on a Michigan bridal shop, was published in December. “His great talent was to find stories that had heart that people could relate to,” Morris said. Morris said Zaslow’s first book was based on a 2007 column he wrote for The Wall Street Journal. “The Last Lecture” was published in 2008 and has been translated into 40 languages. It was inspired by Carnegie Mellon University professor Randy Pausch’s “last lecture” of his life’s lessons. Pausch died in 2008 of pancreatic cancer.


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"We don’t carry them anymore," said a clerk at a Diamond Shamrock sandwiched between A-Way-Out Bail Bonds and a liquor store. All three businesses have burglar bars in their windows. "Nobody buys them," she said. A few blocks north, the cashier at C-Store had one sun-faded copy of Charged. It was from June. A couple of miles to the south, Lim Sao had a stack of newspapers near his register at Kwik Stop gas station at Riverfront and Corinth. "Sometimes we sell 10 a week," he said. They cost $1. The papers contain more than mug-shots. Many feature real police "most wanted" listings with information on how to turn in bad guys. Far more of the content is low brow even for a junior high boy’s locker room.

Obama urges middle-class tax cut By KATE GIBSON MarketWatch

NEW YORK — President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Congress to extend a payrolltax cut, with the clock ticking on the time remaining for lawmakers to act or have taxes rise for millions of working Americans. "If Congress refuses to act, middle-class taxes will go up. It’s that simple," Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address about the tax cut, which expires at the end of February and amounts to roughly $1,000 a year for the typical family, or $40 a paycheck. In December, lawmakers agreed on a two-month extension of the tax cut. But legislation to extend it would also renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed and stop a 27 percent reduction in Medicare payments to physi-

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King memorial group upset about changes

Organizer says plans to remove monument inscription impacts design. The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — An organizer of the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is criticizing plans to remove an inscription from the monument, saying the changes will threaten the design. The National Park Service said Friday it would replace it with a full quotation from the civil rights leader. Critics had complained the abbreviated quote on the me-

morial didn’t accurately reflect King’s words. Harry Johnson is the president and CEO of the Martin Luther Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation. He says in a statement that he’s disappointed the King family and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made a “unilateral decision” to change the memorial. He says the new plan will “threaten the design, structure and integrity” of the monument. The project’s architect has taken a similar position, saying new granite added to the memorial would be a noticeably different color.



Mary Steckman, in-take worker at the Bureau of Aging in Wilkes-Barre. Steckman, 68, lost her job with Apria Healthcare, two years ago, when her department was outsourced to Tennessee. Now she helps fellow senior citizens. She works about 30 hours a week. Beverly Nachlis, Kingston Senior Center receptionist, takes a call Monday. Nachlis’ children are grown with families of their own and when her husband passed away in 2008, she found herself alone. She puts in three hours a day, five days a week at the center. ‘At the end of the day my satisfaction is at top level,’ she says.

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cession hit, said Steve Gardner of AARP Pennsylvania. According to USA Today, AARP has determined 17.9 percent of those between 65 and 75 worked in 2011. That is markedly higher than the 10.8 percent in that age group who worked 25 years ago. Trend to continue AARP says projections indicate those 65 and older will increase from about one in eight people to one in five by 2030. As a result, older workers likely will compose an increasingly larger proportion of the workforce. The rising cost of everything from energy to food and medicine is forcing many older adults back into the workforce, Gardner said. In addition, the drop in stock prices hurt many seniors’ retirement nest eggs, while others continue working to maintain health insurance benefits, he said. “They have a strong work ethic,” he said, noting statistics that they don’t often call off. Baby boomers are choosing to remain active longer than their parents. That means many are staying in jobs, pursuing second careers, working part time or volunteering in the community, Gardner said. Chickeletti said some senior citizens find themselves bored once they retire because they raised families and worked but never developed any hobbies. As of July 2011 there were 130 older workers enrolled in the Ma-


ture Workers program. In the past 13 months, the agency has placed 46 workers into the local workforce. “In a county with the highest unemployment rate in the state, this is really good,” he said. Need to be active Nachlis found herself in a similar situation. Her three children are grown with families of their own and when her husband of 53 years passed away in 2008, she found herself alone. “I picked myself up and said, ‘come on and get moving,’ ” she said. She came to the county Agency on Aging to see what her options were. Looking back, she said it was a good decision. With a background in bookkeeping and computers, she went through an agency training pro-

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Yet a look at the data provided to The Times Leader shows the money raised by the tax hike is less than the amount saved if 1,573 employees earning a total of nearly $62.8 million agreed to a 3 percent pay cut across the board. In many cases, it would not even have been a cut; freezing wages would have stopped contractual increases of 2 and 3 percent in most unions. Hike to raise $1.7M The tax hike is expected to raise $1.7 million. Split evenly among the employees reviewed by The Times Leader, that would require a pay cut of $1,081 per person -- nearly 3 percent of the average salary of $39,920. At the top of the scale, $1,081 would be a scant 0.6 percent for newly-elected District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis, who makes $165,541. On the other end of the scale, it would be 5.6 percent of custodial worker Vincent Seiwell’s $19,750 salary. But reducing everyone’s pay by 3 percent — rather than by the same dollar amount — would have saved nearly $1.9 million, more than enough to avoid the 2 percent tax hike. Such a move would have cost Salavantis $5,056 this year. Five county detectives at the top of the pay chart — each gets more than $89,000 annually — would have seen their wages drop by about $2,800. Seiwell would have $593 less by the

FOR MORE INFO Contact the Mature Workers program at the county Area on Aging office at 93 N. State St., WilkesBarre. Phone: 822-1158

gram that offered computer classes, customer services seminars and even a Spanish class. She was placed with the Kingston Senior Center in 2008. With a smile on her face, she greets other senior citizens as they come in to socialize, helps with clerical work and plans special events. She puts in three hours a day, five days a week. “I am very blessed to be here,” Nachlis said. “At the end of the day my satisfaction is at top level.” Mary Steckman, 68, lost her job with Apria Healthcare, two years ago, when her department was outsourced to Tennessee.

end of the year. Council members would see their $8,000 pay slip by $240. Cutting salaries is far easier said than done. State law determines the salary for district attorney, for example, so it can be changed only by the legislature in Harrisburg. Many of the other employees have multi-year union contracts that, by law, would require the unions to agree to reopen them for negotiation — an idea all county unions rejected in the budget debate. And several departments have separate budgets with revenue from sources other than county property taxes, so translating salary cuts into tax savings is not always simple math. But the raw numbers are clear. Median salary: $36,558 How is that $62,794,815 in total payroll distributed? The average salary is $39,920, but a better gauge is the median, the salary right in the middle: The same number of people earn more as earn less. In this case, the median is $36,558; there are 786 people paid more, and 786 paid less. And yes, there is one person who earned the median: Brian McAdarra, a care manager supervisor for the Area Agency on Aging. It’s important to note that is one of several departments with separate budgets that don’t rely entirely on county — i.e. property tax — dollars. Looking at the number of people earning salaries in every $10,000 pay bracket gives a more detailed picture of how the money is meted out. Only two people -Salavantis and interim County Manager

She now works within the Aging office in Wilkes-Barre as an intake clerk. Steckman said she knew her age would be an obstacle in finding a new job so she turned the Mature Workers Program. She was first placed with the Treasurer’s Department in the county courthouse until budget cuts eliminated her position. Today, she helps fellow senior citizens coming to the Bureau of Aging office in Wilkes-Barre. “Knowing I am helping people is very self satisfying,” she said. “I listen to their problems and research options to help them.” Steckman now works about 30 hours a week. “I wanted to feel wanted again, part of society,” she said. “I can’t see myself not working. As long as I can walk out of the house, I’ll work.”

Tom Pribula -- earn six figures. Only the 11 county council members are paid four figures. The numbers for the other low and high brackets aren’t much bigger. Nine people earn from $10,000 to $19,999; there are three in the $90,000 to $99,999 range, five in the $80,000 to $89,999 zone, and 15 in the $70,000 to $79,999 bracket. Put another way, 20 people receive less than $20,000, while 25 get more than $70,000. The biggest group — 576 — are paid between $30,000 and $39,999; another 335 people are paid $20,000 to $29,999. That’s 911 county workers getting $20,000 to $40,000 a year — all below the county’s median household income of $42,224, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The next three brackets above that are pretty well populated: 618 county workers are paid between $40,000 and $70,000. Here’s how it breaks down: 278 get $40,000 to $49,999, 223 get $50,000 to $59,999, and 117 get $60,000 to $69,999. If you want to be a top earner in Luzerne County employ, which department should you join? The District Attorney’s Office, hands down. Nine of the top 10 salaries are paid there; Only Pribula breathes that rarified air without reporting to the D.A. Along with Salavantis and the aforementioned five detectives, the top 10 include First Assistant District Attorney Samuel Sanguedolce, and Lieutenants Christopher Lynch and Larry Fabian. The top 10 are paid a combined

serious nature and I’m sensitive to these kinds of issues. …” Luzerne County Council Continued from Page 1A Chairman Jim Bobeck called it “unacceptable” that Pribula Piazza said Friday. The infants were delivered was not notified of the incident under the care of a prison doc- by the prison immediately. “Failure to notify him is untor and were both alive when they were transported by an acceptable, and to fail to notify emergency crew to Wilkes- him for two weeks – that’s the Barre General Hospital, but big point here, it was two one of the babies subsequently weeks – that’s unacceptable,” died in the hospital, Piazza Bobeck said. Bobeck said the county said. The mother acknowledged she had no prenatal Home Rule Charter clearly care, and a drug screening de- states that the county manager tected opiates in her system, heads the executive branch of government and that all deaccording to Piazza. Piazza said Saturday he was partment and division managunaware of any change in the ers should report directly to Pribula. surviving baby’s condition. “I think the probPribula said he sent lem is, there are many an email Friday to Lu- Pribula demanagers within the zerne County District clined to say executive branch who Attorney Stefanie Salavantis asking her office what internal are failing to recognize this new form of to investigate the inci- discipline or government and the dent. Salavantis said other conseprotocols that go Saturday that she quences along with it,” Bobeck hadn’t seen Pribula’s said. letter and that she might come Piazza responded needs to review what as a result of that “if there was an Pribula wrote before the incident. error, I made the error determining what acby not notifying (Pribtion, if any, to take. Piazza said he welcomes the ula),” but also said that the investigation because the pris- woman was in the prison’s cuson followed the proper proto- tody for only a day, leaving the col in handling the births. . day after she arrived. The warden added that “I’m confident everything was though it might have been the done right,” Piazza said. Pribula said he was not in- first birth at the county prison, formed about the incident un- births in penitentiaries are til it was reported by media common. “This is not new,” Piazza about two weeks later, a fact said. “Things happen; people he called “aggravating.” Pribula declined to say what die in jail; people overdose; bainternal discipline or other bies are born. It’s a small city, a consequences might come as a prison; it’s a city within a city. “Believe me, my heart goes result of the incident, explaining that he plans to meet with out for this mother,” he added. others in county government “I feel bad for this mother and Monday to gain a clearer un- I feel very sad about the baby derstanding of what happened. dying, but we did everything “We’ll look into the entire in- we could possibly do, and cident,” Pribula said. “There when those babies left Luzerne could be varied issues or reper- County Correctional Facility, cussions, because it’s of such a they were alive.”

By both total payroll and number of employees, the prison department is by far the largest. $983,660 -- 1.6 percent of the total payroll of the 1,573 positions reviewed (there were 246 part-time positions for which no salary data was available). After that, no department is clearly the place to be if you yearn to earn, though one quirk jumps out if you scan a list from highest pay to lowest. Among the employees who rank from number 55 to number 151 in salary (97 workers), 27 are in domestic relations, and another 67 are in Probation Services. Those 94 workers were paid a combined salary of nearly $5.8 million – 9 percent of the $62 million total. Labor-intensive prison By both total payroll and number of employees, the prison department is by far the largest. A total of 341 employees with a payroll of $15.8 million get an average salary of $46,352. That’s nearly 22 percent of the 1,573 positions reviewed, and 25 percent of the $62 million paid to all those people. Children and Youth Services — charged with assuring the protection and well-being of youngsters — has the second-highest share of payroll and employees — nearly $7.2 million paid to 186 workers, roughly 11 percent of both total employees and payroll reviewed. Probation services spends 9.4 percent of the $62 million on 7 percent of the employees — $5.9 million paid to 113 peo-

ple — making it the third-largest department in both payroll and employees. The Area Agency on Aging comes in fourth in both categories, though the agency was established under federal law and receives funding outside the county budget. It coordinates social services for older residents in both Luzerne and Wyoming counties. With those caveats noted, the agency payroll is $3.6 million for 100 workers among those reviewed. By the broadest measure, the biggest cost could be put under one umbrella: Justice. Clerk of courts, court stenographers, courts, domestic relations, district judges, orphan court and the archaic positions of jury commissioners — made largely irrelevant by computers — employ a combined 221 people with a payroll of nearly $8.9 million. Prison, probation services and the sheriff’s department pay about $23.1million to 499 people. The offices of district attorney and public defender pay nearly $4.4 million to 101 people. Throw in the offices that handle paperwork and legal filings – prothonotary, recorder of deeds and register of wills – and you have another $1.2 million paid to 41 employees. Add it all up and the total payroll is $37.7 million for 862 workers. One last tidbit: While the District Attorney’s Office provides the highest salaries, the engineering department, with only six employees, has the highest average, $56,250. The lowest? Security, averaging $24,197 for 27 workers.








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Boe the black lab, who is being trained to be a therapy dog, gets accustomed to the sounds of combat with Sgt. Mike Calaway at the Brookhaven National Laboratory shooting range in Upton, N.Y., in December.

Military dogs face adjustments to life with civilians By KIMBERLY WHITE Santa Cruz Sentinel


ANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Veterans returning from wars can often count on a reservoir of goodwill from the public to help them make the transition to civilian life. And there are programs to help them begin new, post-military careers. But sometimes, it gets complicated. Eric Falconer, for example, has spent months trying to match up some of the nation’s most steadfast and loyal retired warriors with local law enforcement agencies, but without much luck.

That’s because the vets in question are of the fourlegged variety, and their situations and needs are unique. Falconer, who owns Von Falconer K-9 Training in Bonny Doon, Calif., isn’t holding his breath. Very few war dogs are adopted out to law enforcement agencies, since they’re usually in the 9- to 11-year-old range by the time they retire, according to Ron Aiello, a Vietnam veteran, former war dog handler and president of the New See WAR DOGS, Page 2B



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CLARK VAN ORDEN /THE TIMES LEADER Marconi, 26, is a graduate of Hazleton Area High School. She and her husband, Bobby, have a daughter, Olivia, 2, and live in Wilkes-Barre.

You opened the doors to your restaurant in November of 2010. What were you up to the years before that? “I worked several jobs. I was a waitress during high school and a customer representative at American Eagle Outfitters during college. I was a camp counselor at the YMCA Summer Camp for a couple of years as well. After school I worked at Mary Kay Cosmetics and then became a banker and loan officer for M&T Bank in Dallas from 2009 to 2010.” What was the inspiration for opening the Café after the bank job? “My husband had a restaurant years ago and the notion of being my

own boss became relevant after I gave birth to my daughter. I wanted to be able to balance taking care of her with my own business. The idea for the restaurant came around when Bobby and I were watching the Soup Nazi on TV and figured there was nothing like a soup specialty place in the area. I implemented family recipes with sandwiches on the menu to keep the business streamlined and easier to maintain without grease-based foods.” So what are some of the soups we have to look forward to? “We have the regulars or mainstays with See MEET, Page 11B

he 1940 U.S. Census will become available to the public in just seven weeks. But, as usual, genealogists will need an index to find the ancestors they’re looking for without a lot of wasted time. You can help provide that index. The Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society has joined the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project to help index the census, and it needs volunteers to speed the indexing through to success. “Indexing records from (Pennsylvania), we will be an essential part of this monumental grass-roots effort that will put one of the richest genealogical data sets in the world online, complete and free of charge forever,” the society announced last week. To register, go to and sign up to participate with the Genealogical Society. Select “Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society” on the profile screen when you create your account. Besides helping your fellow genealogists research their Pennsylvania ancestors, you will help the society qualify for incentives by the sponsors of the project. The census is scheduled for release on Monday, April 2. The Census Bureau’s practice is to release a census only after 72 years have elapsed. Taken on the eve of World War II, it’s a snapshot of the men and women who very soon would serve in the military and on the home front. One of the interesting questions asked was whether anyone in the household had worked for depression-era programs such as the WPA. An even more significant issue for genealogists, though, will be that images of the census records, for the first time, will be released online and free to the public. The indexing, however, will take more time, and that is why the genealogical community is being asked to participate. The 1940 U.S. Census Community Project is a joint initiative between, FamilySearch and other leading genealogy societies and organizations. Resources: Ever wish you could take a ride on the old Laurel Line electric commuter trains that used to run from Scranton to Hazleton? You can now, via the Luzerne County Historical Society’s Facebook page at pages/luzerne-county-historical-society/253127567255. Click on “Links.” It’s an open page. Records Update: People for Better Pennsylvania Historical Records Access is continuing its campaign to make vital records (birth and death) available online. A recent state law opens birth and death records 105 years old and older to the public, but not online. The group’s website contains forms that may be used to urge public officials to amend the law. Search for the group by name. News Notes: • Save the date. The Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society (a very busy organization) will hold its Family History Seminar from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at Luzerne County Community College’s Educational Conference Center, Nanticoke. Entitled “Searching for Our Ancestors,” the presentation is in conjunction with the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. Schedule and speakers will be announced soon. To register call the Northeast group at 570-29-1765 or the Pennsylvania group at 215-45-0391. • The Luzerne County Historical Society is closed this month. It will reopen in March. • Public libraries have always been good friends to genealogists. Please remember that, in these days of reduced government assistance, it is more important than ever to support your local public library any way you can. Monetary donations, volunteer work and participation in fundraisers are just a few of the means by which you can help your favorite library weather its financial storm.

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• The Pentagon oversees the military working dog program. • Military working dogs have been serving alongside U.S. troops since World War I. • Of the thousands of military working dogs that served in Vietnam, only about 200 returned to the United States. • Roughly 3,000 war dogs are serving at locations around the world. • It is a punishable offense in the military to mistreat a dog. • Military working dogs are treated for post-traumatic stress disorder. • More than 300 retired war dogs are put up for adoption every year.

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Jersey-based U.S. War Dogs Association. Gerry Proctor works as the public affairs officer for the 37th Training Wing at Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio, Texas, the official military working dog school for the U.S. Department of Defense. The dogs offered to law enforcement agencies, he and Aiello say, are usually those that wash out during the training program. “When we have a young dog that can’t pass its certification, but it’s still a good dog, we’ll offer it to law enforcement,” Proctor said. “We always try to first find another government agency that can use that dog” before offering it to civilians. But that’s only a small percentage of the dogs that graduate from Lackland’s program each year. The rest receive their certifications, then deploy with their handlers on missions around the world. When they retire, Proctor said, they return to one of the roughly 200 U.S. military kennels scattered around the world that serve as their home bases. From there, they’re usually adopted by handlers, though civilians can adopt those that haven’t already been snatched up. But demand far outstrips supply, Proctor said, generating a waiting list that’s more than a year long. Before they’re adopted out, they have to receive medical clearance — and some are even treated for the post-traumatic stress disorder that often afflicts both two- and four-legged soldiers living and working in war zones. Most dogs with PTSD are skittish, nervous and gun-shy, but “that does not stop them from being adopted by civilians,” Aiello said. Retired war dogs also go through a battery of tests to determine their level of aggressiveness and how suitable they are for life in the civilian world. Among them is a “bite test,” which Proctor said is “a good indicator of the dog’s propensity to be aggressive when it’s not being

SOURCE: ’The Dogs of War: The Courage, Love and Loyalty of Military Working Dogs,’ by Lisa Rogak.

Boe the black lab, who is being trained to be a therapy dog, gets accustomed to the sounds of combat.

European sources, since they have centuries of experience breeding sporting dogs, Proctor said. MCT PHOTOS “While you certainly do have that with U.S. breeders, they canEric Falconer, left, works with his nephew Bryan Falconer as they not provide the numbers we need train a security dog at Von Falconer K-9 Training facility. to sustain our program,” he addcalled on to do that. If the dog the raid that led to Osama bin La- ed. passes the test, it is allowed to be den’s death. That four-legged soldier’s ex- Military dogs’ role in Iraq adopted to the public.” All war dogs start their trainFor a select few, unfortunately, ploits raised awareness about the the aggression is too hard wired. role of war dogs, which have been ing regimens at Lackland, when According to Proctor, eight of the delivering supplies, food and they are about seven months old 350 war dogs that retired to Lack- messages to troops, locating and and at their most “moldable” age, land in 2010 had to be euthan- comforting wounded soldiers according to Aiello. Depending and sniffing out bombs since on their interests, abilities and ized. skills, they learn everything from World War I. Becoming a member of the The most common breeds are tracking and patrol to detecting elite German shepherds and Belgian drugs and bombs. Proctor said Hundreds of dogs are adopted malinois, Proctor said, but some about 350 dogs graduate from out of Lackland each year, some Labrador retrievers and mixed the program each year, and there because of age or health reasons, breeds also are among the elite. are now about 3,000 dog-andand others because they couldn’t In one part of her book, Rogak handler teams deployed around obtain or maintain their certifica- writes that “dogs today are cho- the world, in all branches of the sen not only for the strengths and service. tions. By their first deployment, the To stay certified, those dogs talents inherent to their breed, must maintain a 95 percent accu- but also for their brown and black military’s invested anywhere racy rate, author Lisa Rogak color so as not to call attention to from $30,000 to $80,000. With that kind of investment, keeping writes in her recently released their presence.” But Proctor said that’s not the dogs in good shape is a high book, “The Dogs of War: The priority. Lackland has a $13 milCourage, Love and Loyalty of true. “The performance of the dog is lion veterinary hospital, where Military Working Dogs.” The book was published in Oc- the most important factor,” he the dogs receive everything from checkups, ultrasounds and surtober, about five months after said. Though some military work- gery to rehabilitation and dental Cairo, a specially trained Belgian malinois attached to an elite Na- ing dogs are bred in the United care — including root canals. “When word came out about vy SEAL team, participated in States, most are acquired from

Cairo being on the mission to get (Osama) bin Laden, they said he was a killer dog and that he had titanium canine teeth so he could kill,” Aiello said. One section of “The Dogs of War” specifically addresses the rumor, widely circulated after that raid, that all war dogs are outfitted with titanium teeth to make it easier to rip and tear at their target’s flesh. Cairo did, in fact, have two lower titanium teeth — but only because his permanent teeth had been broken on a bite sleeve during training. “Just like a human, he had a root canal and then the two teeth were capped,” Aiello said. “It was medically necessary.” Aiello does not know what happened to the civilian contractor dog teams that served in Iraq when U.S. troops pulled out in December. But the military working dogs that served there either moved on to new assignments in Afghanistan, or returned to their home bases, where they either retired or began working with handlers-in-training, he said. That’s good news to Falconer, who was worried the dogs — those four-legged soldiers that served so faithfully alongside their humans, saving thousands of lives in the process — would



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face the same fate as their counterparts in the Vietnam War. Proctor would not discuss the history of military war dogs. But according to Aiello and Rogak, when U.S. troops began withdrawing in the early 1970s, military officials balked at the costs associated with bringing them home, including transportation, housing and feeding them. It was also widely believed at the time that the dogs could not be “deprogrammed” out of their wartime mentality, making them unfit for the civilian world. Aiello estimates out of the roughly 5,000 dogs that served there during the war, only about 200 returned. The rest were euthanized, abandoned or handed over to the South Vietnamese Army, which largely viewed dogs as a food source. “The war, by the time we were pulling out, was so unpopular that they were trying to sweep everything under the rug, and unfortunately, all those dogs got swept under the rug, too,” he added. But in late 2000, a new law went into effect that changed the military’s policy of euthanizing military working dogs once they had outlived their purpose. Introducing the “Robby Law” Under the “Robby Law,” any war dogs that are deemed safe for civilians can be adopted by lawSee WAR DOGS, Page 3B

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according to Aiello. The same year the “Robby Law” went into effect, he and several other former handlers formed the U.S. War Dogs Association (, with the goal of raising public awareness about the role of war dogs. And, in memory of the loyal, four-legged partners they were forced to leave behind in Vietnam, the group also raises funds to erect memorials, honoring their decades of service and sacrifice. In 2006, for example, the group dedicated the first-ever U.S. War Dogs Memorial in Holmdel, N.J. Meanwhile, another Vietnam handler is working to raise funds to build a national monument, one that honors the dogs that have been saving lives for nearly 100 years. For information, go to And earlier this month, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., introduced a bill that, if passed, will greatly improve war dogs’ golden years by improving the adoption process, establishing a fund to help cover their health care costs and allowing them to receive letters of commendation.

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Springs Country Club, Drums, Pa. The Rev. Harry James officiated the 5 p.m. double-ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of John and Nickie Miller, Wyalusing, Pa. The groom is the son of Patricia McGraw, Ashley, Pa., and the late James Kane III. The bride was preceded down the aisle by her twins, Jenna and Jayden. She chose her sister, Christie Allison, as her matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Valerie Mosier and Harriet Schell, friends of the bride, and Erin Cebula, Sarah Yedloski and Stephanie McGraw, sisters of the groom. Groomsmen were Kevin Kivler, James Dougherty, William Cebula and Joseph Wolyniec, friends of the groom, and Patrick McGraw and David Toole, brothers of the groom. A unity sand ceremony was performed celebrating the union of the family. Even though Hurricane Irene was looming in the distance, the couple celebrated their union with 150 close friends and family with an evening cocktail hour and reception at Sand Springs Country Club. The bride is a graduate of Wyalusing Valley High School. She earned her Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in business management from Keystone College. She is in her final semester of pursuing a Master of Business of Administration degree from the University of Scranton. Angela is employed as a customer research representative at Sallie Mae and maintains her state resident producer’s license specializing in Medicare supplementation. The groom is a graduate of G.A.R. Memorial High School. He is employed as a chemical compounder at i2m in Mountain Top. The couple enjoyed a beach honeymoon. They reside in Bear Creek Township with Jenna, Jayden, their cat, Stanley, and yellow lab, Melo.

manda Elizabeth Coughlin and Ronald Joseph Bruza Jr. announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Kevin and Ann Marie Coughlin, Nanticoke. She is the granddaughter of Stanley and Nellie Glazenski, Hanover section, Nanticoke, and Joan Coughlin and the late Frank Coughlin, Plymouth Township. She has a brother, Kevin Coughlin, Nanticoke. The prospective groom is the son of Ronald and Yvonne Bruza, Nanticoke. He is the grandson of Henrietta Bruza and the late Kazmier Bruza, West Nanticoke, and the late Jennie May Brenner, Nanticoke. He has two sisters, Tara Ebert, WilkesBarre, and Elizabeth Meunch, Nanticoke. He also has a nephew, Lennon Adam Muench, Nanticoke. Amanda graduated from Greater Nanticoke Area High School. She earned a degree in nursing from Luzerne County Community College and is pursuing a master’s degree. Amanda is employed by Veritas as a medical auditor. Ronald graduated from Greater Nanticoke Area High School. He enlisted in the National Guard and graduated basic training and advanced individual training from Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He earned a degree in elementary education from King’s College and is pursuing a master’s degree in principles of learning and leadership. Ronald is employed by the Greater Nanticoke Area School District as an elementary teacher and head football coach. A wedding is planned for June 30, 2012, at St. Faustina Parish, Nanticoke.

herri Shimko and Brian Williamson, together with their families, announce their engagement and approaching marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Stanley Shimko, Bear Creek, and Rhonda Shimko, Wilkes-Barre. She is the granddaughter of Eleanore Shimko, Bear Creek; and the late John Shimko; and the late Joan Gwynn. The groom is the son of Patrick and Suzanne Williamson, Wilkes-Barre. He is the grandson of the late Vincent Williamson and Jean Williamson, Kingston, and the late Margaret Gibson and Richard Gibson, Lompoc, Calif. The bride-to-be is a 2004 graduate of G.A.R. Memorial High School, Wilkes-Barre, and a 2010 graduate of Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical School nursing program. She is pursuing her Bachelor of Nursing degree. She is employed by Timber Ridge Healthcare Center, Plains Township, as a licensed practical nurse. The prospective groom is a 2004 graduate of G.A.R. Memorial High School and a 2009 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, State College, where he earned a degree in forestry with a concentration in forest management. He is employed as a forester with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Dallas. The couple will exchange vows and be united in marriage on Oct. 6, 2012, at the Glen Summit Chapel, Mountain Top.

ara Jean Zielinski and Christopher Andrew Stash, together with their families, announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Joseph and Catherine Zielinski, Centermoreland. She is the granddaughter of Jean Zielinski, Wilkes-Barre; the late Joseph Zielinski; and the late Jack and Catherine Reese. The prospective groom is the son of Andrew and Lynn Stash, Ashley. He is the grandson of the late Andrew and Elizabeth Stash and the late Edward and Helen Bergstrausser. Tara is a graduate of James M. Coughlin High School. She attended Luzerne County Community College and Penn State University, WilkesBarre, where she studied business administration. She is employed by Sallie Mae, Hanover Township, as a supervisor. Christopher is a graduate of Hanover Area Jr./Sr. High School. He attended Luzerne County Community College, where he studied business administration. He is employed by Bank of America, Moosic, as a supervisor. A summer 2012 outdoor wedding is planned.

Samantha Ann Hoffman, Drums.

Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa Joseph Kobeski, Pittston.

Hartwick College, Oneonta, N.Y.

Christian Laputka, Freeland.

Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Conn. Jeremy Stull, Dallas.

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Callahan, Hockenberry ary Callahan and Peter Hockenberry Jr., together M with their families and friends,

announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Thomas and Cathy Sak, Plains Township. She is the granddaughter of Josephine Sak and the late Thomas Sak and the late Joseph and Jeannette Bracaloni. The prospective groom is the son of Peter and Suzanne Hockenberry, West Wyoming. He is the grandson of the late Olga and George Chempanos and Rose Marie Hockenberry. The couple will exchange vows at the East Mountain Inn, Wilkes-Barre, on June 2, 2012.

ate Fleetwood and Cory Mullally, together with their families, are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Drs. Stephen and Mildred Fleetwood, Bloomsburg. The prospective groom is the son of Rosemarie Mullally, Kingston, and Paul Mullally, Jermyn. The bride-to-be, a 1995 graduate of Bloomsburg High School, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biobehavioral health in 1999 from Penn State University; a Master of Science degree in healthcare service administration in 2008 from Marywood University; and master certificates in six sigma healthcare in 2009 and applied project management in 2011 from Villanova University. She is employed by Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. The prospective groom is a 1996 graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School. He is employed by TMG Health, Inc., Dunmore. A May 27, 2012, wedding in Bloomsburg is planned.

auren Lee Chase and Thomas Andrew Kristunas Jr. have announced their engagement. Lauren is a graduate of Pittston Area High School. She is employed by First National Community Bank as a senior teller. Thomas is a graduate of Tunkhannock Area High School. He is employed by Susquehanna Services Inc. as a heavy machine operator. A wedding is planned for Sept. 8, 2012.

Spease, Wilcox

Erica Johnson, Hunlock Creek; Bethann Sledziewski, Mountain Top; Megan Hine, Shavertown; Deanna Dragon, Harveys Lake; Nicole Snyder, Harveys Lake; Erin Fallon, Tunkhannock.

Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind. Amber Triano, Tamaqua.

University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H. Michael Ryan, Dallas.

DEAN’S LIST Wilkes University

Wilkes University recently announced the Dean’s List for the Fall 2011 Semester. Students from Wyoming County were:

licia Wilcox and Daniel Spease, together with their parents, are A pleased to announce their engage-

ment and upcoming marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Ann Satkowski, Avoca, Pa., and Terrence Wilcox, State College, Pa. Alicia is a 2003 graduate of Seton Catholic High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from Marywood University and a master’s degree in deaf education from Bloomsburg University. She is a teacher for the deaf/hard of hearing and visually impaired in Fayetteville, N.C. The prospective groom is the son of Barry and Terrie Spease, WinstonSalem, N.C. Daniel is a 2008 graduate of Ledford Senior High School. He is pursuing an associate’s degree in electrical/electronic technology from Fayetteville Technical Community College and is employed by FedEx. The couple will exchange vows on Aug. 4, 2012, at Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church (St. Mary’s), Avoca, Pa.

OUT-OF-TOWN DEANS’ LISTS Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.

Chase, Kristunas

Fleetwood, Mullally

proaching marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Dolores Wychoskie and step-father Benedict Wychoskie, West Pittston, and the late John Russick, formerly of Duryea. She is a 1999 graduate of Wyoming Area High School and a 2009 graduate of Wilkes University with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She is employed at the Regional Hospital of Scranton as a registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit. The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Basara Sr., Hughestown. He is a 1996 graduate of Pittston Area High School. He is employed at Local 645 as a union carpenter. He is also employed as a part-time Pittston City firefighter. The couple will be united in marriage June 2, 2012, at St. Ann’s Basilica, Scranton.

Dean’s List: Laura Nulton, Laceyville; David White, Mehoopany; Ryan Murphy, Noxen; Andrew Razawich, Tunkhannock; Brittny Rule, Tunkhannock; Tiffany Rule, Tunkhannock; Rebecca Stanton, Tunkhannock; and Elizabeth Voda, Tunkhannock.

HONOR ROLL Lake-Noxen Elementary School

Five generations of Gavlick family gather

ive generations of the Gavlick family gathered to celebrate the Christmas F holidays. From top, are Joseph Gavlick, great-grandfather; Amy Gavlick, grandmother; Rosalie Cupani Gavlick, greatgreat-grandmother; and Haley Gavlick, mother of Kayden Gavlick.

Nancy Edkins, principal, Lake-Noxen Elementary School, recently announced the following sixth-grade students achieved the Honor Roll for the second marking period: Honor Roll: Kyra Apaliski, Evan Butcofski, Lacey Carey, Jade Fry, Gabrielle Gabriesheski, Destiny Huston, Mikayla Kidd, Nathan Labar, Michael Nastasiak, Kiana Price, Isabel Radel, David Sorber and Kyrah Yurko.

SOCIAL PAGE GUIDELINES The Times Leader allows you to decide how your wedding notice reads, with a few caveats. Wedding announcements run in Sunday’s People section, with black-and-white photos, free of charge. Articles must be limited to 220 words, and we reserve the right to edit announcements that exceed that word count. Announcements

must be typed or submitted via (Click on the "people" tab, then “weddings” and follow the instructions from there.) Submissions must include a daytime contact phone number and must be received within 10 months of the wedding date. We do not run first-year anniversary announcements or announcements of weddings that took place more than a year ago. (Wedding

photographers often can supply you with a black-and-white proof in advance of other album photographs.) All other social announcements must be typed and include a daytime contact phone number. Announcements of births at local hospitals are submitted by hospitals and published on Sundays.

Out-of-town announcements with local connections also are accepted. Photos are only accepted with baptism, dedication or other religious-ceremony announcements but not birth announcements. Engagement announcements must be submitted at least one month before the wedding date to guarantee publication and must include the wedding date. We

cannot publish engagement announcements once the wedding has taken place. Anniversary photographs are published free of charge at the 10th wedding anniversary and subsequent five-year milestones. Other anniversaries will be published, as space allows, without photographs.

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ohn and Janice Bebey, Outlet Road, r. and Mrs. Eugene Maffei, WilkesLehman Township, recently celeJbrated Barre, are celebrating their 50th M their 45th wedding anniversary. anniversary. They were married Feb. They were married on Nov. 19, 1966, at St. Jude’s Church, Mountain Top, by the Rev. Posatko. The maid of honor was Antoinette Stout, sister of the bride. The best man was Frank Bebey, brother of the groom. Bridesmaids were Peggy Ross, sister-in-law of the bride, and Mary Ann Bebey, sister of the groom. Flower girl was Karen Ross, sister of the bride. Ushers were Jon Rogers and Fred Brown. Janice is the daughter of the late Anthony and Margaret Ross, Mountain Top. John is the son of the late John and Anna Bebey, Lake Township. The Bebeys have three children, Lisa and husband, David Miller, Burlington, Conn.; Wendy and husband, Doug McKown, Mason, Ohio; and John Anthony Jr., State College. They have a granddaughter, Maizie Miller, Burlington, Conn. John is employed by The H&K Group at Pikes Creek Site Contractors. Janice is employed by The Dallas School District.

16, 1962. Mrs. Maffei is the former Dawn Sallitt, daughter of the late Moses and Marie Sallitt. Mr. Maffei is the son of the late Louis and Ruth Maffei. They are the parents of three children, daughter Dawn Brostoski and husband, Michael, Clearwater Beach, Fla.; son Gene Maffei and wife, Kathy, Laflin; and daughter Tonia Fellerman and husband, Gregory, Wilkes-Barre. They are also the proud grandparents of Danielle and Nicholas Potter, Michael and Matthew Brostoski, Julian and Ryan Maffei, and Elise, Ava and Aiden Fellerman. Mr. Maffei is retired from the WilkesBarre Area School District. Mrs. Maffei is retired from Nabisco/Kraft Foods. They are also the former co-owners of Astro Car Wash, Penn Boulevard, Wilkes-Barre. Mr. and Mrs. Maffei are celebrating their anniversary with a family dinner and a trip to Clearwater Beach, Fla.

Music students give concert at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church A piano, flute and voice recital was recently held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Mountain Top. Students of teachers Andrea Bogusko, Judy Katra and Maureen Salley performed classical pieces and a variety of musical selections. Recital participants, from left, first row, are Gwyn Cruz, Madison Maguire, Alex Elsasser, Ciana Cruz, Isabella Caporuscio, Erin Barno, Jillian Lynn, Vivian Wright, Audrey Flynn, Vaughn Kutish and Owen Kline. Second row: Jai Hoover, Josh Edwards, Dmitri Yaczower, Alexis Ankiewicz, Wesley Mahler, Emily Fleming, Lexi LaNunziata, Dylan Andes, Samantha LaNunziata and Melissa Fleming. Third row: Katra, Bogusko, Salley, Alexander Gerard Kline, Matthew Marshal, Eli Dove, Dominic Wright, Mikayla Dove, Olivia Richards, Megan Fleming and April Roskos.

Night at the Races planned at St. Ignatius St. Ignatius Holy Name Society, Kingston, is hosting its annual Night at the Races on Saturday in Conlan Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. and post time is 7 p.m. Admission is free. Must be 21 years of age to attend. To purchase a horse, call Herb Godfrey at 287-5358. Cost is a $10 donation. Members of the Holy Name Society, from left, first row: Al Pellegrini; Bob Rapach; Joe Eustice; Herb Godfrey, chair; Jack Lenahan; Tom Havrilak; Mike Mondy; and Louis Mondy. Second row: Bob Sulitka, Brian Finnerty, Charlie McGee, Phil Boyle, Bob Shivy, Gerry Finnerty, John Eustice, Mike Demko, Nick Frusciante, Tom Gazowski, Joe Lyons, Steve Ellis and Jim Kopec.

G.A.R. Key Club’s activities support school, community

Members of the G.A.R. Memorial High School Key Club have participated in many activities supporting the school and the community, including the White Haven Center Winter Festival, Salvation Army Bell Ringing Campaign and toy and food distribution, decoration of the school, and the Wilkes-Barre Area School District Fall Festival. They have also donated money to American Red Cross flood relief and Ruth’s Place. The club will be involved in more activities during the school year. Key Club officers, from left: Joseph Shafer, adviser; Jenny Chi, treasurer; Edoukou Aka-Ezoua, secretary; Trenaya Reid, vice president; Shiniese Jones, editor; Lien Do, president, and Robert Watkins, dean of students.

Good Shepherd eighth-graders take part in NASA program

Eighth-grade students from Good Shepherd Academy are participating in the NASA Endeavor Program. The team of six members was selected based on interest in the program and the completion of a qualifying project involving both individual and team work. The team recently worked on a project entitled ‘Destination: Mars.’ The project involved creating a model of Mars; planning future landings; designing a space vehicle; and calculating the speed, distance and travel time to Mars. Janice Ambrulavage is the team moderator. Members of the team, from left, are Kristin Kalish, Brianna Stilp, Bailey Janowski, Michael Waugh, Ambrulavage, Mark Pointek and Kay Jefferies.

Holy Redeemer students participate in district music festivals Several music students from Holy Redeemer High School were recently selected to participate in district music festivals in northeastern Pennsylvania. District 9 music festivals sponsored by the Pennsylvania Music Educators’ Association were held for chorus, band and orchestra students from Luzerne, Lackawanna, Wyoming, Susquehanna and Wayne counties. Students were selected for district music festivals after local competitive auditions. Students selected to participate in District Chorus at Meyers High School are Beth DeMichele, Louis Jablowski, Nick McCarroll, Danielle Rose, Don Stephens, Sarah Suchoski and Monica Theroux. Joe Szczechowicz and Eva Smith participated in District Band at Lakeland High School and Emily Makar was selected for both District Orchestra at Northwest High School and District Chorus. Participants, from left, first row, are Suchoski and Theroux. Second row: DeMichele; Rose; Jablowski; McCarroll; Stephens; Szczechowicz; Makar; and Ann Manganiello, music faculty. Advertisement

St. Jude’s annual Art Auction scheduled for Feb. 25

St. Jude School, Mountain Top, is holding its annual Art Auction, Feb. 25. The event is open to the public. Complimentary wine and cheese and assorted hors d’oeuvres will be available. Preview of the artwork begins at 6 p.m. and the auction will begin at 7:30 p.m. This year’s theme is ‘You Ought to be in Pictures.’ Tickets are $25 per person, $40 per couple. Babysitting services will be available on site. Contact the school at 474-5803 for further information. With some of the auction items, from left, are Ethan Hoda, Annie Hagenbuch, Valerie Soto and Katie Wills.

I Love You!

James & Kim Broda will be celebrating their one year anniversary on February 14th. The couple was married in Las Vegas, NV. Kim is the daughter of Robert and Alexine Stacknick of Dickson City. James is the son of John and Martha Broda of Pittston. James and Kim are the owners of Rebennack Appliance and Gateway Corporation. They reside in Plains.

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Notre Dame Club announces new officers

IN BRIEF BEAR CREEK: Bear Creek Community Charter School will be accepting pre-enrollment applications for new students for the 2012-2013 school year beginning on Feb. 27. Bear Creek Community Charter School is a free public school. There is no tuition and free transportation is provided to students residing in most Wyoming Valley communities. To learn more about enrollment, visit the school’s web site at, or call 570- 820-4070. Space is limited and pre-enrollment ends on March 16. LEHMAN: Penn State WilkesBarre is holding an Administration of Justice open house 6-8 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Abram Nesbitt III Academic Commons. The event is for high school students interested in pursuing a degree in the Administration of Justice field. Students will have the opportunity to visit with faculty members, meet current students and tour the campus. Admissions and financial aid representatives

will also be available. A light dinner will be served. Advanced registration is required. To make reservations visit; call 570-675-9238; or email LUZERNE/WYOMING COUNTY: The Luzerne/Wyoming Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees is offering a $500 grant to a spring 2012 graduate of Luzerne County Community College. The recipient must be a resident of Luzerne or Wyoming County and must continue their education at a four-year college pursuing a degree in education. For an application, contact Helene Dainowski at Deadline is March 7. The association is also offering two $200 grants to classroom teachers grades K-12 in any public school in Luzerne or Wyoming County. The grant may be used for a special project or to purchase materials not provided by the district. For an application, contact Helene Dainowski at Deadline is April 30.

LCCC gallery hosts annual Old Masters exhibit The Luzerne County Community College Schulman Gallery recently hosted the Commercial Art Department’s annual Old Masters exhibit. ‘Mastering the Old Masters’ featured artwork by Michael Molnar, assistant professor of commercial art, and students in the commercial art program. This year’s exhibit marked the 11th anniversary of the Old Masters exhibit and the fifth anniversary of the opening of the Schulman Gallery. At the opening, from left: Jason Brady, Orange; James Lyons, Sweet Valley; Marilyn Mirowski, Wilkes-Barre; Deborah Jordan, Freeland; Diane Grant Czajkowski, Ashley; Bernadette Harrison, Pittston; Gavin Blackburn, Bloomsburg; and Barbara Russ Petrash, Hanover Township. Second row: Harry Grozio II, Hanover Township; Jack Jones, Kingston; Sebastian Gattuso, Pittston; Dolores Vida, Dupont; Molnar; Thomas P. Leary, president, LCCC; Bill Karlotski, assistant professor and chair, commercial art; Kelly Olszyk, Glen Lyon, curator, Schulman Gallery; Jack Owens, Kingston; and Vincent Labert, McAdoo.

Wilkes University education majors completing teaching assignments Thirty-seven Wilkes University education majors are completing student teaching assignments for the spring 2012 semester. The students are working in high schools and elementary schools in districts throughout northeast Pennsylvania. Student teachers, from left, first row: Stephen Martin, Pittston; Nicole Clarke, Wilkes-Barre; Lindsey Davenport, Dallas; Megan Clementson, Frederick, Md.; Casey Naumann, Bloomsburg; William Gouger, Saylorsburg; Alicia Lewis, Wilkes-Barre; Mark Senchak, Larksville; and Mary Siejak, Ashley. Second row: Lindsay Rowland, Wallingford; Caitlin Sobota, Pompton Plains, N. J.; Justina Van Allen, Mahanoy City; Jillian Blair, Wantage, N.J.; Lea Kunkle, West Pittston; Julia Keefer, Hershey; Bethany Guarilia, Forty Fort; Michelle Paserp, Mayfield; Melissa Kirwan, Larksville; Jessica Solt, Kunkletown; Brittany Sheluga, Scranton; Rebecca Gallaher, Hershey; Kaitlyn McGurk, Ridley; Felicia LeClair, Glasser, N.J.; Kathleen Shedden, Canton; Sarah Frable, Weatherly; Christine Fleming, Shamokin; Lisa Lombardo, Port Jervis, N.Y.; and Alana Donnelly, Laflin. Third row: Marrissa Fedor, Hanover Township; Amy Daniel, Mountain Top; Frank Kopyta, Gouldsboro; Jordon D’Emilio, Stowe; Thomas Goldberg, Freehold, N.J.; Jared Lacefield, Spokane Valley, Wash.; Patrick Ritter, Selinsgrove; Shane Everett, Saylorsburg; and Miles Humenansky, Edwardsville.

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Brookelynn Anne Bigger, daughter of Tara and John R. Bigger IV, Luzerne, celebrated her first birthday Feb. 9. Brooke is a granddaughter of Christine Mizenko, Swoyersville; Edward Mizenko, Forty Fort; Donna and Dave Ferguson, Luzerne; and John R. Bigger III, Dallas. She is a great-granddaughter of the late Joseph and Anne Flack and Edward and Margaret Mizenko, all of Swoyersville. Brooke has three sisters, Bailey Mizenko, 15, Mariah Yantz, 15, and Isabella Bigger, 6, and two brothers, Joshua Bigger, 4, and Hunter Bigger, 10 days.

Max Marek, son of Luke and Nicole Marek, Plains Township, is celebrating his fifth birthday today, Feb. 12. Max is a grandson of Edward and Cynthia Ogonosky, Hanover Township, and Raymond and Mary Jo Marek, Plains Township. He is a greatgrandson of Edward and Mary Ogonosky, Moosic, and David Owens, Olyphant. Max has a brother, Dexter, 2.

Victoria Romaine Fino, daughter of Richard and Kimberly Fino, Harrisburg, is celebrating her fifth birthday today, Feb. 12. Tori is a granddaughter of Stephen and Frances Spencer, Nanticoke, and Ron and Cindy Baker, Harrisburg. She is a great-granddaughter of John Baker, Somerset. Tori has a brother, Jerry, 3.

Proceeds from winter bazaars help fund purchase of mobile computer lab The Parent-Teacher Guild at St. Nicholas-St. Mary School hosts an indoor winter bazaar each year to raise money for the school. Funds from the past several bazaars were recently used to purchase a mobile computer lab for the students. Trying the new lab, from left, first row, are Cameron Brennan, Connor Thole and Michael Conway. Second row: Reid Skiro, Ryan Wolsieffer and Nicholas Eagleton. Third row: Colin Smith, Hunter Oakes and Gabrielle Tomasura. Fourth row: Alexis Davison, Marissa Rogers and Ivy Appleyard. Fifth row: Marley Mullery, Roisin Burke, Meghan McGraw and Marie Skrepenak.

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Lucy L. Bressler Lucy Lynn Bressler, daughter of Nicholas and Jennifer Bressler, celebrated her first birthday Feb. 1. Lucy is a granddaughter of Michael and Laurie Brogan, Suscon, and Roger and Stacy Bressler, Selinsgrove.

Matthew J. Kubasti Matthew J. Kubasti, son of Gina Kubasti, Harveys Lake, and Jeffrey Kubasti, Hunlock Creek, is celebrating his 10th birthday today, Feb. 12.

Olivia Marie and Julia Doreen Buro, twin daughters of Nicole Buro, Larksville, and Jason Buro, Nanticoke, are celebrating their eighth birthdays today, Feb. 12. Olivia and Julia are the granddaughters of Ralph Bell, East Stroudsburg; Anthony Buro, Port Orange, Fla.; Francine Harrison, Edwardsville; the late Richard Yuknavage; and the late Doreen Bell. They are the great-granddaughters of Raymond and Marie Yuknavage, Shavertown. Olivia and Julia have a brother, Hayden, 19 months.

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OUT-OF-TOWN BIRTHS Bryn Mawr Hospital Grenewicz, Amy and Eric, West Chester, a son, Jan. 17. Grandparents are Joe and Debbie

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G.A.R. Key Club helps Salvation Army distribute toys, food

Grenewicz, Upper Askam, Hanover Township, and John and Cheryl Dempsey, Bethany Beach, Del. Great-grandparents are Ethel Priestman, Upper Askam, Hanover Township, and Georgina Timberman, Newark, Del.

Members of the G.A.R. Memorial High School Key Club recently volunteered to help the Salvation Army distribute toys and food during the holiday season. The Key Club members spent the day passing out food and gifts to many members of the community. Participants, from left, first row, are Autumn Matinas, Larissa Stucker, Jenny Chi, Lien Do, Yanmary Abreu and Stefanie Short. Second row: Robert Watkins, dean of students; Julianna Leco; Candice Hartman; Amber Matinas; Jaleel McNeil; Tyler Tyson; Jerry Shinal; and Joseph Shafer, adviser.





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NAMES AND FACES Skylynn Sprague was the winner of Northwest Area Senior High and Middle School’s National Geographic Bee competition. Sprague will advance to the next level of competition, a written examination to determine state competitors. All school winners are eligible to win the national championship and its first prize, a $25,000 college scholarship, at the national competition May 22-24 in Washington D.C.

47 King’s College students begin student teaching assignments Forty-seven King’s College students have begun a 14-week student teaching experience at area elementary, junior-high, and senior-high schools. The supervised student teaching experience is necessary to fulfill King’s degree requirements and to obtain a Pennsylvania Teacher Certificate. Student teachers, from left, first row: Melanie Steele, Harveys Lake, Lehman-Jackson Elementary; Jayme Doyle, Moscow, Dunmore High School; Samantha Simcox, Reading, Dana Street Elementary; Abigail Malloy, Frackville, State Street Elementary; Holly Mannucci, Old Bridge, N.J., Dana Street Elementary; Justine Soprano, Hanover Township, Little People Day School; Desiree Matz, Hazleton, Drums Elementary; Brenda Piacenti, West Hazleton, Valley Elementary; Samantha Skellington, Valley Stream, N.Y., Dana Street Elementary; Christine Guarino, Jefferson, N.J., WVW Middle School; Alexandra Crowell, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., State St. Elementary; Brianna Jacobs, West Wyoming, WVW; Noemi Tiatenchi, Wilkes-Barre, Third Avenue Elementary; and Margaret Callan, Spring Lake, N.J., Wycallis Elementary. Second row: Dr. Denise Reboli, chairperson of the education department; Cynthia Darby, Stockton, N.J., WVW; Tammy Lynn Carr, WilkesBarre, WVW; Leslie Nichols, Fleetville, Lackawanna Trail High School; Amanda Casey, Ashley, Lee Park Elementary; Amy Oliveri, Pittston, Pittston Area Intermediate Center; Lindsay Szalkowski, Dallas, Wycallis Elemantary; Chris Wilson, Dallas, Dana Street Elementary; Tarra Miller, Dallas, Dallas High School; Tiffany Landi, Wilkes-Barre, Main St. Elementary; Tara Decker, Mountain Top, Rice Elementary; Jennifer Harascak, Hazleton, Valley Elementary; Dave Cannella, Hazleton, Rice Elementary; Julie Caufield, Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., Hanover Green Elementary; Sarah Darte, Wilkes-Barre, Main St. Elementary; Amanda Bozym, Scranton, Old Forge High School; Monica Smith, Coopersburg, Chester Street Elementary; Laurienne Abraham, Wilkes-Barre, Greater Nanticoke High School; Tammy Pudimott, Hunlock Creek, Wycallis Elementary; and Bob Richards, assistant professor of education. Third row: Jason Herman, Pittston, Pittston Area Primary School; Mike Miller, Taylor, Riverside Elementary; Jarryd Lokuta, Dupont, Main Street Elementary; Chris O’Neill, Mifflinsville, Schuyler Avenue Elementary; Brian Palladino, Larksville, Main St. Elementary; Joshua Rowe, Honesdale, Evergreen Elementary; Daniel Pape, Wilkes-Barre, WVW; John Connolly, Luzerne, Holy Redeemer; Scott McGonigal, Jim Thorpe, Dana Street Elementary; Alexander Mertz, Wilkes-Barre, WVW Middle School; Patrick Skellington, Valley Stream, N.Y., WVW; Robert Stelma, Kingston, WVW; Ali Leandri, Dallas, Dallas Elementary; and Karen Coyne, Wilkes-Barre, WVW. Also student teaching is Colin Hatten, Ashley, Memorial Elementary.

Misericordia University’s education majors conducting student teaching assignments Misericordia University education majors recently received their student teaching classroom assignments for the spring semester during an orientation program. Thirty-two student teachers participated in the program, which prepares the undergraduates for classroom observation and instruction in several regional school districts, including the Diocese of Scranton. Student teachers, from left, first row: Kelly Booth, Marisa Miller, Laura Kingston, Caitlin Hails, Laura Rinehimer, Christina Kelljcheain, Shelena Piland, Suzanne Sikora, Marisa Lagana and Kelley J. Parkinson. Second row: Alisha Nudo, Marissa Patton, Nicole Flaherty, Erin Rother, Kristina Naylon, Aubre Mayoroski, Courtney Thomas, Megan Anderson, Lauren Verret, Krystle Novak, Denise Nerozzi, Katherine Blanchard, Krista Artim, Megan Conklin, Stephanie Bellino and Amanda Pernot. Third row: Michael Martin, Eric Schollmeyer, Charles Chairge, Richard Sypniewski, Sarah Dempsey and Tamara Chesneak.

HONOR ROLL Good Shepherd Academy Good Shepherd Academy recently announced the Honor Roll for the second quarter of the 20112012 school year. Grade 6: High Honors: Jake Adonizio, Ireland Davies, Devin Dougherty, Madison Guido, Christa Gumbravich, Lindsey Hoover, Eric Jeffries, Hannah Judge, Marc Kolendowicz, Leah Mullery, Vivian Novitski, Jessica Ornoski, Erica Shay, Connor Stevens, Scott Williams. Honors: Dayna Belsky, Emily Blaum, Bianca Cantando, Emily Evans, Shane Flaherty, Francesca Kalie, Logan Korus, Nicholas Kreidler, Morgan Luksic, Alexandra Nockley, Debra Scott, Benton Smith, Colton Smith, Kaylen Stone, Sydney Swales, Lauren Wasiakowski, Anthony Zarola. Grade 7: High Honors: Artemisia Ashton, Kristen Coffay, Emily Easton, Lia Fredericks, Gracyn Giampietro, Anthony Khoudary, Andrew Lacina, Charlotte Maria, Maria Pino, Jonathan Rokosz, Eamon Tuttle, Keith Williams. Honors: Madelyn Barnak, Matthew Blaum, Elizabeth Boos, Chester Brennan, Mackenzie Byers, Ben Donahue, Christopher Draina, Abigail Franklin, Jude Height, Alex Larralde, Joseph Layaou, Michael Lyons, Molly McHale, Anthony Molitoris, Katherine Neville, Joshua Perta, John Seasock, Lauren Serafin, Samantha Sokolowsky, Brian Springer, Cienna Tohme, Christopher Zim. Grade 8: High Honors: Caroline Banas, Kaitlyn Ceppa, Colin Ray Craven, Catherine Falzone, Kathryn Jeffries, Krisitin Kalish, Courtney Kijek, Macy Klocko, Alexis Ornoski, Abigail Spencer, Michael Waugh. Honors: Courtney Allen, Matthew Barat, Casey Chandler, Madelyn Charney, Andrea Dogal, Jarrett Gabriel, Madeline Grant, Hudson Hicks, Karen Hilenski, Carrie Ann Kinney, Lydia Lawson, Aidan Lynn, Olivia Mennig, Juliana Pillets, Mark Pointek, Kelcie Shovlin, Lauren Slavoski, Brianna Stilp, Connor Stone, Abigail Stucker, Leeann Wasiakowski, Amanda Wozinski, Carissa Wozinski.

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State Senator Lisa Baker visits Dallas High The Dallas High School Guidance Department recently hosted State Senator Lisa Baker, who toured the new facilities at the school. Senator Baker visited classrooms in the Technology Department to view demonstrations on prototyping, automation engineering and engineering graphics. Some of the participants, from left, first row: Jonathan Stucker, systems technician, and Andrew Santora, student. Second row: Senator Baker; Kaylin Russell, student; and Nancy Garvey, Family and Consumer Science teacher.



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WILKES-BARRE — The entire King’s bench knew the shot was going down. The Lady Monarchs wasted no time in racing onto the court after it did. Paige Carlin was mobbed by teammates after scoring her 1,000th career point in the second half of the Lady Monarchs’ 53-41 win over Manhattanville on Saturday at Scandlon Gymnasium. Playing in her final regular season home game, Carlin made it memorable, hitting two key threes to give life to a struggling offense and help the Lady Monarchs (20-3, 12-0) pull away for their 13th straight win. “Everybody absolutely knew (it was her 1,000th), but it was also a huge shot in the game and a huge shot at the moment,” King’s coach Brian Donoghue said. “So I think that made it that much more special not only for Paige, but definitely for the group. “Her teammates were very excited about it, as they should be, and the staff was excited about it. It was a huge basketball play at that moment. Hopefully that just adds to the appreciation for it and for her.” The shot came with 9:27 to play and gave Carlin exactly 1,000 points over her four years, making her the 18th player in program history to hit the milestone. She finished with a gamehigh 15 points. One of five players to be honored on senior day, Carlin joined Nina Magan, Abby Malloy, Brittany Muscatell and Samantha Simcox in the starting lineup. King’s struggled on the offensive end in the first half no matter which combination was on the floor, shooting just 21 perSee MIELSTONE, Page 7C



Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ right winger Paul Thompson, right, prepares to body check Portland defenseman Tyler Eckford against the boards at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday night.

Tally in OT completes rally Penguins trailed 3-1 on home ice after two period Saturday against the Portland Pirates.



WILKES-BARRE TWP. – Coming into Saturday’s game against the Portland Pirates, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins found themselves in a place that hasn’t been good to them this season. In the 14 games that the Penguins have trailed after the second period this season, they lost 13 of them. When they entered the third period trailing the Pirates 3-1, the odds weren’t on the Penguins side. But the rookies changed that. Brian Gibbons and Paul Thompson connected for third period goals to erase a two-goal deficit, and Thompson set up




The win allowed the Penguins to keep pace with St. John’s, who remain three points ahead for first place in the Eastern Conference. The Penguins improve to 29-13-2-5 on the season. Portland got off to a quick start when David Rundblad sent a wrister past Brad Thiessen just 18 seconds into the game. The Pirates went up 2-0 when Rundblad scored again, this time sending a shot underneath an unsuspecting Thiessen at 9:07.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Adreian Payne scored 15 points, Draymond Green had 12 and defenseminded No. 11 Michigan State beat No. 3 Ohio State 58-48 Saturday night, ending the Buckeyes’ 39-game home winning streak. The Spartans (20-5, 9-3) pulled into a tie with the Buckeyes (21-4, 9-3) for first place in the Big Ten. Keith Appling had 14 points for Michigan State, which rode its smothering pressure to a 10-point halftime lead and never relented down the stretch. Payne finished 6 for 6 from the field and 3 for 4 on free throws. Jared Sullinger had 17 points and 16 rebounds for Ohio State, but was 5 for 15 from the field. AP PHOTO Aaron Craft added 15 points, but Deshaun Thomas and William Buford, averaging a combined Michigan State’s Draymond Green (23) goes to

Ready for the build up “You know, in high school that was the biggest thing in my life at that point,” Hynoski said. “That meant everything. Each stage was fitting for the format in my life. Being able to play in the state championship and the bowl games I played in (at the University of Pittsburgh) helped me get ready and build up for an event like this. “Of course,” he said about the Super Bowl, “this one was bigger than all of them combined.” He melded nerves of steel solidified by his illustrious past with his iron will, forging the kind of inner strength it takes to become a champion. While others past and present grew weak-kneed walking into their first Super Bowl, Hynoski couldn’t wait. “I wasn’t nervous,” the son of Henry and Kathy Hynoski of Elysburg said. “It was just excitement. I was just anxious. It just got to the point where we just wanted to play the game. “You can’t go into a football game being nervous.” More than once, Hynoski made the Patriots appear panicky. He pushed around Patriots linebackers and defensive backs, creating plenty of space for running backs Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs to bolt through for 114 yards rushing.


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Penguins’ center Zach Sill, left, gets body checked against the boards by Portland defenseman Dean Arsene on Saturday night.

Alexandre Picard’s game-winner in overtime to give the Penguins a come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Pirates. “Those guys really stepped

up,” said head coach John Hynes. “We went to them numerous times in the third period because they had some energy See RALLY, Page 7C and some jump.”



Woods makes familiar Spartans shut down Buckeyes charge into contention Michigan State’s persistent defense clamps down, forging tie atop the league standings.


PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Coming off an early bogey that put him eight shots behind, Tiger Woods was in a bunker to the left of the 13th fairway at Pebble Beach when he cut a 9-iron too much, sending it right of the green toward deep rough. The ball caromed off a mound and onto the green and started rolling. And rolling. When it finally settled a foot below the hole, and the gallery’s cheers grew increasingly louder, Woods hung his head and smiled. He went from possible bogey to unlikely birdie. See WOODS, Page 6C

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THRUST ONTO football’s grandest stage in front of thousands of screaming fans and millions more around the world watching him, Henry Hynoski wasn’t about to buckle. Instead, he buckled down. His bullish blocking drove defenders 5 yards away from the football. His relentless running after a couple catches out of the backfield had announcers criticizing the players he flattened. And his understated yet undying determination typified this year’s New York Giants and helped them win Super Bowl XLVI. “I was told it was probably my best game all year,” Hynoski said this week, while basking in the New York excitement following last Sunday’s 21-17 Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots. “It couldn’t have come at a better time.” To bring his best to the big game, Hynoski went back in time. He remembered how he rushed for 3,234 yards and 41 touchdowns in 20 state playoff games for Southern Columbia High School, including a PIAArecord 409-yard, six-touchdown performance against Pius X as a sophomore. He conjured up his old feelings about how it felt to score three touchdowns and accumulate 235 rushing and passing yards in his final high school game, which produced a third consecutive state title for Hynoski at Southern Columbia. And he carried those memories onto the Super Bowl stage as a rookie fullback for the New York Giants.

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MONDAY, FEB. 13 GIRLS BASKETBALL Coughlin at Berwick, 7:15 p.m. Dallas at Crestwood, 7:15 p.m. Hanover Area at MMI Prep, 7:15 p.m. Holy Redeemer at Hazleton Area, 7:15 p.m. Lake-Lehman at Northwest, 7:15 p.m. Nanticoke at Meyers, 7:15 p.m. Pittston Area at Wyoming Valley West, 7:15 p.m. Tunkhannock at Wyoming Area, 7:15 p.m. Wyoming Seminary at GAR, 7:15 p.m.

TUESDAY, FEB. 14 BOYS BASKETBALL Wyoming Area at Tunkhannock, 7 p.m. Berwick at Coughlin, 7:15 p.m. Wyoming Valley West at Pittston Area, 7:15 p.m. Crestwood at Dallas, 7:15 p.m. Hazleton Area at Holy Redeemer, 7:15 p.m. Northwest at Lake-Lehman, 7:15 p.m. GAR at Wyoming Seminary, 7:15 p.m. MMI Prep at Hanover Area, 7:15 p.m. Nanticoke at Meyers, 7:15 p.m. HS RIFLE State Individual Tournament, 1 p.m. at Hellertown HS SWIMMING Hanover Area at Wyoming Seminary, 4 p.m. Pittston Area at Lake-Lehman, 4 p.m. Hazleton Area at Wyoming Valley West, 4 p.m. Dallas at Berwick, 4:30 p.m. Scranton Prep at Delaware Valley, 4:30 p.m. Abington Heights at Tunkhannock, 4:30 p.m. Scranton High at Elk Lake, 4:30 p.m. Valley View at West Scranton, 4:30 p.m. HS Wrestling (all matches 7 p.m.) Meyers at Coughlin Lackawanna Trail at Nanticoke MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL PSU Hazleton at PSU Worthington, 8 p.m. DeSales at Wilkes, 8 p.m. King’s at Misericordia, 8 p.m. WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL DeSales at Wilkes, 6 p.m. PSU Hazleton at PSU Worthington, 6 p.m. King’s at Misericordia, 6 p.m. COLLEGE WRESTLING King’s at Centenary (N.J.), 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15 HS WRESTLING Lake-Lehman at Wyoming Valley West, 7 p.m. Meyers at Coughlin, 7 p.m. HS SWIMMING Dunmore at Pittston Area, 4 p.m. Meyers at Nanticoke, 4 p.m. Wyoming Area at Coughlin, 4:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 16 GIRLS BASKETBALL Coughlin at Crestwood, 7:15 p.m. GAR at Meyers, 7:15 p.m. Holy Redeemer at Berwick, 7:15 p.m. Lake-Lehman at Wyoming Seminary, 7:15 p.m. MMI Prep at Northwest, 7:15 p.m. Nanticoke at Hanover Area, 7:15 p.m. Tunkhannock at Dallas, 7:15 p.m. Wyoming Area at Pittston Area, 7:15 p.m. Wyoming Valley West at Hazleton Area, 7:15 p.m. HS RIFLE State Team Tournament, 1 p.m. at Hellertown

FRIDAY, FEB. 17 BOYS BASKETBALL Berwick at Holy Redeemer, 7:15 p.m. Crestwood at Coughlin, 7:15 p.m. Hazleton Area at Wyoming Valley West, 7:15 p.m. Pittston Area at Wyoming Area, 7:15 p.m. Dallas at Tunkhannock, 7:15 p.m. Hanover Area at Nanticoke, 7:15 p.m. Meyers at GAR, 7:15 p.m. Northwest at MMI Prep, 7:15 p.m. Wyoming Seminary at Lake-Lehman, 7:15 p.m. HS WRESTLING Coughlin at Tamaqua, 6 p.m. Pennsylvania Prep Championships COLLEGE TRACK AND FIELD Misericordia at Susquehanna, 10 a.m. COLLEGE WRESTLING King’s at Wilkes, 7 p.m.

SATURDAY, FEB. 18 GIRLS BASKETBALL WVC second half playoffs HS WRESTLING Pennsylvania Prep Championships Wyoming Valley West at Wyoming Area, 1 p.m. MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL King’s at Wilkes, 3 p.m. Misericordia at Manhattanville, 3 p.m. WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL King’s at Wilkes, 1 p.m. Misericordia at Manhattanville, 1 p.m.

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GOLF 10 a.m. TGC — LPGA, Women’s Australian Open, final round, at Black Rock, Australia (same-day tape) 1 p.m. TGC — PGA Tour, Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, final round, at Pebble Beach, Calif. 3 p.m. CBS — PGA Tour, Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, final round, at Pebble Beach, Calif. 7 p.m. TGC — Champions Tour, Allianz Championship, final round, at Boca Raton, Fla. (same-day tape)


National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA N.Y. Rangers............... 53 35 13 5 75 150 108 Philadelphia ................ 55 31 17 7 69 179 165 Pittsburgh .................... 55 31 19 5 67 171 146 New Jersey ................. 55 31 20 4 66 154 155 N.Y. Islanders.............. 54 23 23 8 54 130 155 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Boston.......................... 53 34 17 2 70 184 120 Ottawa .......................... 58 28 22 8 64 169 181 Toronto ........................ 56 28 22 6 62 171 166 Montreal....................... 56 23 24 9 55 149 149 Buffalo.......................... 55 24 25 6 54 136 158 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Florida .......................... 54 26 17 11 63 137 151 Washington ................. 54 28 21 5 61 151 152 Winnipeg...................... 57 26 25 6 58 139 161 Tampa Bay................... 54 24 24 6 54 153 181 Carolina ....................... 56 20 25 11 51 142 172 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Detroit .......................... 56 37 17 2 76 178 132 St. Louis....................... 53 32 14 7 71 133 109 Nashville ...................... 56 32 18 6 70 158 148 Chicago........................ 55 29 19 7 65 174 168 Columbus .................... 55 16 33 6 38 128 180 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Vancouver ................... 54 34 15 5 73 176 135 Colorado ...................... 56 28 25 3 59 144 156 Calgary ........................ 55 25 22 8 58 131 149 Minnesota.................... 55 25 22 8 58 125 144 Edmonton .................... 55 22 28 5 49 147 165 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA San Jose ...................... 52 30 16 6 66 153 124 Los Angeles ................ 56 26 19 11 63 120 122 Phoenix........................ 55 26 21 8 60 145 144 Dallas ........................... 54 28 23 3 59 143 153 Anaheim ...................... 54 21 24 9 51 139 160 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Friday's Games Buffalo 3, Dallas 2, SO Detroit 2, Anaheim 1, SO Colorado 4, Carolina 3, OT San Jose 5, Chicago 3 Saturday's Games Boston 4, Nashville 3, SO Florida 3, New Jersey 1 N.Y. Islanders 2, Los Angeles 1, OT N.Y. Rangers 5, Philadelphia 2 Edmonton 4, Ottawa 3, OT Pittsburgh 8, Winnipeg 5 Tampa Bay 2, Buffalo 1 Montreal 5, Toronto 0 Columbus 3, Minnesota 1 Colorado at St. Louis, late Chicago at Phoenix, late Vancouver at Calgary, late Today's Games Washington at N.Y. Rangers, 12:30 p.m. Florida at N.Y. Islanders, 3 p.m. Anaheim at Columbus, 6 p.m. Los Angeles at Dallas, 6 p.m. Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. San Jose at St. Louis, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Monday's Games San Jose at Washington, 7:30 p.m. Carolina at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Phoenix at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

American Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA St. John’s .............. 49 31 12 5 1 68 163 139 Manchester ........... 52 28 22 0 2 58 137 141 Providence............ 50 23 21 3 3 52 118 138 Worcester.............. 46 21 16 4 5 51 121 120 Portland ................. 49 23 21 2 3 51 138 157 East Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Penguins.............. 49 29 13 2 5 65 161 145 Hershey ................. 49 28 14 4 3 63 175 144 Norfolk ................... 50 29 18 1 2 61 175 141 Syracuse ............... 47 19 21 4 3 45 148 157 Binghamton........... 49 20 26 2 1 43 133 155 Northeast Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Connecticut........... 49 24 16 4 5 57 147 141 Bridgeport ............. 47 24 18 3 2 53 145 136 Albany .................... 47 21 18 5 3 50 123 140 Springfield ............. 49 22 23 2 2 48 139 156 Adirondack............ 48 22 24 1 1 46 131 145 WESTERN CONFERENCE Midwest Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Charlotte................ 50 29 17 2 2 62 144 133 Chicago ................. 48 26 18 1 3 56 136 124 Peoria .................... 49 25 21 2 1 53 150 141 Milwaukee ............. 47 24 20 2 1 51 132 128 Rockford................ 49 21 23 1 4 47 144 163 North Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Toronto .................. 50 27 17 4 2 60 149 126 Rochester.............. 50 22 19 6 3 53 143 151 Lake Erie ............... 49 23 22 2 2 50 121 136 Grand Rapids........ 47 19 20 4 4 46 148 155 Hamilton ................ 48 20 23 1 4 45 117 148 West Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Oklahoma City...... 48 31 12 2 3 67 143 103 Houston ................. 50 25 13 3 9 62 140 134 San Antonio .......... 49 27 20 2 0 56 126 132 Abbotsford ............ 48 26 19 3 0 55 114 122 Texas ..................... 48 21 23 2 2 46 145 155 NOTE: Two points are awarded for a win, one point for an overtime or shootout loss. Saturday's Games Toronto 5, Hamilton 1 St. John’s 4, Binghamton 3 Houston 5, Grand Rapids 4 Connecticut 4, Manchester 1 Hershey 2, Worcester 1 Bridgeport 8, Springfield 1 Penguins 4, Portland 3, OT Norfolk 7, Adirondack 3 Albany 4, Syracuse 1 San Antonio 4, Rochester 1 Peoria 5, Charlotte 2 Chicago at Rockford, late Oklahoma City at Abbotsford, late Today's Games Binghamton at St. John’s, 2:30 p.m. Syracuse at Lake Erie, 3 p.m. Texas at Hamilton, 3 p.m. Manchester at Springfield, 3 p.m. Portland at Worcester, 3 p.m. Connecticut at Bridgeport, 3 p.m. Albany at Providence, 4:05 p.m. San Antonio at Grand Rapids, 5 p.m. Peoria at Milwaukee, 5 p.m. Penguins at Hershey, 5 p.m. Norfolk at Charlotte, 6 p.m. Monday's Games No games scheduled Tuesday's Games Adirondack at Toronto, 7 p.m. Houston at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

Penguins 4, Portland 3, OT

2:30 p.m. NBCSN — Sevens, semifinal, teams TBD, at Las Vegas 4:30 p.m. NBC — Sevens, semifinal and championship match, teams TBD, at Las Vegas



NBA 3:30 p.m. ABC — Chicago at Boston 7 p.m. ESPN — Miami at Atlanta 9:30 p.m. ESPN — Utah at Memphis

NHL 12:30 p.m. NBC — Washington at N.Y. Rangers 3 p.m. PLUS — Florida at N.Y. Islanders 7 p.m. ROOT — Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m. NBCSN — Philadelphia at Detroit


1 p.m. FSN, CSN, ROOT — Kansas at Kansas St. BTN — Penn State at Northwestern 2:30 p.m. ESPN2 — Whiparound coverage, Marquette at DePaul, Miami at Maryland, Iowa St. at Texas Tech, and Arkansas at Auburn 3 p.m. FSN, ROOT — UCLA at Stanford BTN — Michigan State at Iowa 5 p.m. ESPN2 — Whiparound coverage, St. John’s at Rutgers, Florida at South Carolina, Purdue at Ohio St., and Wake Forest at NC State

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Portland 2……1……0…...0 — 3 Penguins 1…..0……2……1 — 4 First Period Scoring – 1. POR, David Rundblad 4 (Pouliot, O’Sullivan) :18. 2. POR, David Rundblad 5 (Trotter, O’Sullivan) power play 9:07. 3. WBS, Geoff Walker 14 (Street, Grant) power play 18:44. Penalties – WBS, McDonald (interference) 7:16; POR, Pouliot (high-sticking – double minor) 15:12; POR, Rundblad (holding) 19:41. Second Period Scoring – 4. POR, Patrick O’Sullivan 7 (Rundblad, Oystrick) 1:49. Penalties – WBS, Craig (tripping) 8:17; POR, Stone (interference) 10:43; POR, Arsene (roughing) 13:41; WBS, Thompson (roughing) 13:41. Third Period Scoring – 5. WBS, Brian Gibbons 8 (Thompson, Strait) 11:51. 6. 6. WBS, Paul Thompson 8 (Rust, Gibbons) 18:04. Penalties – WBS, DeFazio (highsticking) 3:21; POR, MacLean (high-sticking) 12:05. Overtime Scoring – 7. WBS, Alexandre Picard 2 (Thompson, Sill) :36. Penalties – None. Shots on goal Portland – 8-7-8-0-23 Penguins – 11-6-10-1-28 Power-play Opportunities Portland – 1 of 3 Penguins – 1 of 5 Goaltenders Portland – Marc Cheverie 2-1-0 (24 saves – 28 shots) Penguins – Brad Thiessen 20-12-2 (20-23) Starters Portland – G Marc Cheverie, D Davd Rundblad, D Nathan Oystrick, LW Brock Trotter, C Marc-Antoine Pouliot, RW Patrick O’Sullivan Penguins – G Brad Thiessen, D Brian Strait, D Robert Bortuzzo, LW Brandon DeFazio, C Zach Sill, RW Ryan Craig Three Stars 1. WBS, Alexandre Picard (game-winning goal) 2. POR, David Rundblad (two goals, assist) 3. WBS, Paul Thompson (goal, two assists) Referee – Terry Koharski. Linesmen – Scott Adams, Leo Boylan Attendance – 6,492

Noon WQMY — Pittsburgh at Seton Hall MSG — Quinnipiac at Central Connecticut State 1 p.m. CBS — Illinois at Michigan ESPN — St. John’s at Georgetown 2 p.m. MSG — St. Francis (N.Y.) at Long Island 5:30 p.m. FSN — Washington at Oregon St. 6 p.m. BTN — Northwestern at Purdue 7:30 p.m. FSN, CSN, MSG — Stanford at Southern Cal


HOCKEY National Hockey League BUFFALO SABRES—Recalled F Zack Kassian from Rochester (AHL). Loaned C Luke Adam and D T.J. Brennan to Rochester. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS—Activated D James Wisniewski from the injured reserve list. ST. LOUIS BLUES—Recalled D Ian Cole from Peoria (AHL). WINNIPEG JETS—Re-assigned F Aaron Gagnon to St. John’s (AHL). Activated RW Tim Stapleton from the injured reserve list. American Hockey League TORONTO MARLIES—Signed D Andrew Martens.


HOUSTON—Named Brandon Middleton outside receivers coach and Travis Bush running backs coach.




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B A S K E T B A L L National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct Philadelphia ................. 19 9 .679 Boston........................... 14 12 .538 New York ...................... 13 15 .464 Toronto ......................... 9 19 .321 New Jersey .................. 8 21 .276 Southeast Division W L Pct Miami .............................. 20 7 .741 Atlanta............................. 18 9 .667 Orlando........................... 16 11 .593 Washington.................... 5 22 .185 Charlotte ........................ 3 24 .111 Central Division W L Pct Chicago......................... 23 6 .793 Indiana .......................... 17 10 .630 Milwaukee..................... 12 14 .462 Cleveland...................... 10 16 .385 Detroit ........................... 8 20 .286 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct San Antonio.................. 19 9 .679 Dallas ............................ 16 11 .593 Houston ........................ 16 11 .593 Memphis ....................... 14 13 .519 New Orleans ................ 4 23 .148 Northwest Division W L Pct Oklahoma City............... 21 6 .778 Denver............................ 16 12 .571 Portland .......................... 15 12 .556 Utah ................................ 13 12 .520 Minnesota ...................... 13 15 .464 Pacific Division W L Pct L.A. Clippers .................. 17 8 .680 L.A. Lakers..................... 15 12 .556 Phoenix .......................... 11 15 .423 Golden State .................. 9 14 .391 Sacramento ................... 10 16 .385 Friday's Games Chicago 95, Charlotte 64 Toronto 86, Boston 74 Atlanta 89, Orlando 87, OT Miami 106, Washington 89 L.A. Clippers 78, Philadelphia 77 Milwaukee 113, Cleveland 112, OT Detroit 109, New Jersey 92 Portland 94, New Orleans 86 Dallas 104, Minnesota 97 Memphis 98, Indiana 92 New York 92, L.A. Lakers 85 Oklahoma City 101, Utah 87 Saturday's Games L.A. Clippers 111, Charlotte 86 Denver 113, Indiana 109 Philadelphia 99, Cleveland 84 New York 100, Minnesota 98 San Antonio 103, New Jersey 89 Portland at Dallas, late Orlando at Milwaukee, late Phoenix at Sacramento, late Today's Games L.A. Lakers at Toronto, 1 p.m. Chicago at Boston, 3:30 p.m. Washington at Detroit, 6 p.m. Miami at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Houston at Golden State, 9 p.m. Utah at Memphis, 9:30 p.m. Monday's Games Philadelphia at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Orlando, 7 p.m. Utah at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Miami at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Phoenix at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

GB — 4 6 10 111⁄2 GB — 2 4 15 17 GB — 5 91⁄2 111⁄2 141⁄2 GB — 21⁄2 21⁄2 41⁄2 141⁄2 GB — 51⁄2 6 7 81⁄2 GB — 3 61⁄2 7 71⁄2

NCAA MEN Top 25 Fared Saturday 1. Kentucky (24-1) at Vanderbilt. Next: vs. Mississippi. 2. Syracuse (25-1) beat UConn 85-67. Next: at Louisville, Monday. 3. Ohio State (21-4) lost to No. 11 Michigan State 58-48. Next: at Minnesota, Tuesday. 4. Missouri (23-2) beat No. 6 Baylor 72-57. Next: vs. Oklahoma State, Wednesday. 5. North Carolina (21-4) beat No. 19 Virginia 70-52. Next: at Miami, Wednesday. 6. Baylor (21-4) lost to No. 4 Missouri 72-57. Next: vs. Iowa State, Monday. 7. Kansas (20-5) beat Oklahoma State 81-66. Next: at Kansas State, Monday. 8. Florida (19-6) lost to Tennessee 75-70. Next: at Alabama, Tuesday. 9. Murray State (23-1) vs. Austin Peay. Next: at Southeast Missouri State, Wednesday. 10. Duke (21-4) beat Maryland 73-55. Next: vs. N.C. State, Thursday. 11. Michigan State (20-5) beat No. 3 Ohio State 58-48. Next: vs. No. 21 Wisconsin, Thursday. 12. Georgetown (18-5) did not play. Next: vs. St. John’s, Sunday. 13. San Diego State (20-4) lost to No. 14 UNLV 65-63. Next: vs. New Mexico, Wednesday. 14. UNLV (22-4) beat No. 13 San Diego State 65-63. Next: at TCU, Tuesday. 15. Florida State (17-7) beat Miami 64-59. Next: vs. Virginia Tech, Thursday. 16. Saint Mary’s (Cal) (22-3) vs. Santa Clara. Next: vs. Loyola Marymount, Wednesday. 17. Creighton (21-5) lost to Wichita State 89-68. Next: at Southern Illinois, Tuesday. 18. Marquette (21-5) beat Cincinnati 95-78. Next: at UConn. 19. Virginia (19-5) lost to No. 5 North Carolina 70-52. Next: at Clemson, Tuesday. 20. Mississippi State (19-6) lost to Georgia 70-68, OT. Next: at LSU, Tuesday. 21. Wisconsin (19-6) did not play. Next: at No. 11 Michigan State, Thursday. 22. Michigan (18-7) did not play. Next: vs. Illinois, Sunday. 23. Indiana (19-6) did not play. Next: vs. Northwestern, Wednesday. 24. Louisville (20-5) beat West Virginia 77-74. Next: at DePaul. 25. Harvard (21-3) lost to Princeton 70-62. Next: vs. Brown, Friday. Saturday's College Basketball Scores EAST Albany (NY) 76, Maine 68 Albright 72, Lebanon Valley 67 Army 69, Navy 63, 2OT Baruch 55, Hunter 50 Bucknell 90, Lafayette 78 Buffalo 59, W. Michigan 57 Castleton St. 118, Green Mountain 63 College of NJ 75, Rutgers-Camden 58 Cornell 72, Brown 63 Dayton 72, Fordham 70, OT DeSales 59, FDU-Florham 58 Drexel 78, Hofstra 67 E. Nazarene 79, W. New England 69 Elms 64, Regis 57 Farmingdale 62, Sage 58 Gannon 91, Clarion 80 Gettysburg 83, Washington (Md.) 69 Goldey Beacom 84, Caldwell 74 Hobart 104, RPI 89 Holy Cross 59, American U. 52 Ithaca 77, Alfred 63 James Madison 58, Towson 56 King’s (Pa.) 79, Manhattanville 54 Lehigh 89, Colgate 69 Louisville 77, West Virginia 74 Manhattan 85, St. Peter’s 63 Mansfield 79, Cheyney 57 Merchant Marine 58, Moravian 46 Messiah 84, Penn St.-Altoona 69 Millersville 77, Kutztown 67 Monmouth (NJ) 82, Fairleigh Dickinson 68 Muhlenberg 71, McDaniel 66 NJIT 72, North Dakota 57 Niagara 84, Rider 82 Old Westbury 90, NYU-Poly 73 Penn 58, Dartmouth 55 Penn St. 67, Nebraska 51 Philadelphia 51, Dominican (NY) 49

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Princeton 70, Harvard 62 Purchase 89, Mount St. Vincent 70 Richard Stockton 80, Rowan 77 Robert Morris 70, St. Francis (Pa.) 56 S. New Hampshire 76, Bentley 66 SUNY-IT 66, Keuka 63 Sacred Heart 72, Bryant 46 Saint Joseph’s 73, UMass 62 Saint Louis 59, La Salle 51 Sciences (Pa.) 75, Felician 69 Shippensburg 67, East Stroudsburg 63 Siena 60, Canisius 50 Slippery Rock 76, Edinboro 68 South Florida 55, Providence 48 St. Bonaventure 69, Duquesne 48 St. Vincent 76, Geneva 56 Susquehanna 80, Catholic 71 Syracuse 85, UConn 67 Wagner 74, Mount St. Mary’s 57 West Chester 74, Bloomsburg 71 Widener 70, Lycoming 69 William Paterson 85, NJ City 79, OT Yale 59, Columbia 58 York (Pa.) 76, Mary Washington 68 SOUTH Alabama St. 57, Alabama A&M 47 Ark.-Pine Bluff 64, Southern U. 58 Augusta St. 94, Francis Marion 80 Barton 75, North Greenville 64 Belmont 86, Florida Gulf Coast 63 Bethel (Tenn.) 72, Blue Mountain 48 Bluefield 80, Bryan 56 Bridgewater (Va.) 81, Washington & Lee 78 Campbellsville 76, Virginia-Wise 40 Charleston Southern 70, High Point 67 Charlotte 73, Rhode Island 66 Clemson 78, Wake Forest 58 Coll. of Charleston 86, Davidson 78 Cumberland (Tenn.) 74, Trevecca Nazarene 64 Delaware 80, Georgia St. 77, OT Delaware St. 84, Coppin St. 81 Denver 77, FIU 63 Duke 73, Maryland 55 E. Illinois 74, UT-Martin 71 ETSU 65, North Florida 50 Emory & Henry 81, E. Mennonite 80, OT FAU 86, North Texas 82, 2OT Florida St. 64, Miami 59 Freed-Hardeman 73, Union (Tenn.) 70 Furman 80, W. Carolina 66 Gardner-Webb 77, VMI 61 George Mason 75, UNC Wilmington 69 George Washington 69, Richmond 67 Georgia 70, Mississippi St. 68, OT Georgia Southern 73, The Citadel 72, OT Howard 71, Florida A&M 69 LSU 67, Alabama 58 Lees-McRae 83, St. Andrews 79 Liberty 77, Presbyterian 64 Lincoln Memorial 84, Newberry 82 Lindsey Wilson 86, Rio Grande 52 Lipscomb 99, Stetson 91, OT Loyola NO 86, Faulkner 76 MVSU 71, Alcorn St. 63 Marshall 78, East Carolina 68 Martin Methodist 83, Lyon 70 Maryville (Tenn.) 81, Piedmont 71 Md.-Eastern Shore 68, Morgan St. 56 Methodist 79, Ferrum 72 Middle Tennessee 68, UALR 60 Mississippi 61, Auburn 54 Mobile 69, Auburn-Montgomery 64 Morehead St. 58, E. Kentucky 45 N. Kentucky 85, St. Joseph’s (Ind.) 72 NC A&T 85, SC State 55 NC Wesleyan 77, Shenandoah 67 Nicholls St. 72, Lamar 63 Norfolk St. 70, Hampton 62 North Carolina 70, Virginia 52 Randolph-Macon 110, Roanoke 72 SC-Upstate 70, Jacksonville 66 SE Louisiana 66, Northwestern St. 61 Samford 87, Elon 78 Savannah St. 67, NC Central 57 Seattle 100, Longwood 99, OT South Alabama 88, Louisiana-Monroe 86 Southern Miss. 78, UCF 74 Spalding 65, Webster 61 St. Catharine 90, Pikeville 85 Tenn. Wesleyan 100, Milligan 87 Tennessee 75, Florida 70 Transylvania 72, Manchester 52 Troy 83, W. Kentucky 77 UNC Asheville 88, Radford 62 UNC Greensboro 77, Chattanooga 76 VCU 68, Old Dominion 64 Va. Wesleyan 73, Hampden-Sydney 71 WVU Tech 80, Cumberlands 71 William & Mary 79, Northeastern 54 Winthrop 67, Coastal Carolina 57 Wofford 66, Appalachian St. 64 Young Harris 95, Barber-Scotia 59 MIDWEST Akron 75, N. Illinois 51 Albion 53, Kalamazoo 48 Alma 69, Adrian 68 Aquinas 54, Concordia (Mich.) 51 Augsburg 66, St. Mary’s (Minn.) 57 Augustana (SD) 89, Mary 66 Baker 63, Culver-Stockton 52 Beloit 76, Lawrence 72 Bethany Lutheran 62, St. Scholastica 49 Bethel (Minn.) 76, Hamline 61 Bowling Green 66, Toledo 63 Butler 52, Cleveland St. 49 Cardinal Stritch 87, Holy Cross (Ind.) 56 Concordia (Ill.) 66, Milwaukee Engineering 54 Concordia (Wis.) 71, Maranatha Baptist 45 Cornerstone 90, Siena Heights 76 E. Michigan 68, Ohio 55 Edgewood 70, Wis. Lutheran 65 Ferris St. 87, Ashland 66 Findlay 80, Ohio Dominican 61 Grand Valley St. 64, Lake Erie 57 Gustavus 68, Macalester 52 Hope 83, Calvin 70 Indiana St. 78, S. Illinois 68 Iowa St. 69, Texas A&M 46 Kansas 81, Oklahoma St. 66 Kent St. 76, Ball St. 55 Kentucky Wesleyan 72, Wis.-Parkside 65 Lake Forest 72, Monmouth (Ill.) 53 Lakeland 91, Marian (Wis.) 65 Lourdes 74, Madonna 65 Loyola of Chicago 78, Ill.-Chicago 69 Marian, Ind. 73, Mount Vernon Nazarene 56 Marquette 95, Cincinnati 78 Martin Luther 64, Northland 54 Marygrove 84, Great Lakes Christian 61 Miami (Ohio) 69, Cent. Michigan 50 Michigan St. 58, Ohio St. 48 Michigan Tech 84, Lake Superior St. 72 Minn. Duluth 81, Minn.-Crookston 56 Minn.-Morris 85, Northwestern (Minn.) 52 Missouri 72, Baylor 57 North Park 62, Millikin 49 Northwood (Mich.) 70, Wayne (Mich.) 63 Notre Dame 84, DePaul 76 Oakland 93, IPFW 82 Presentation 95, Crown (Minn.) 48 Rochester (Mich.) 73, Kuyper 45 SW Minnesota St. 85, St. Cloud St. 69 St. Norbert 65, Carroll (Wis.) 62 St. Olaf 72, St. John’s (Minn.) 47 St. Thomas (Minn.) 62, Concordia (Moor.) 54 St. Xavier 81, Roosevelt 64 Tiffin 69, Hillsdale 66 Trine 74, Olivet 49 Utah Valley 66, Chicago St. 61 Wayne (Neb.) 85, Northern St. (SD) 78 Wichita St. 89, Creighton 68 Wis.-Platteville 70, Wis.-La Crosse 63 Wis.-River Falls 85, Wis.-Oshkosh 71 Wis.-Stout 67, Wis.-Eau Claire 66 Wis.-Superior 60, Wis.-Whitewater 58 Youngstown St. 71, Valparaiso 53 SOUTHWEST Arkansas 76, South Carolina 65 Houston Baptist 93, Ecclesia 72 Howard Payne 77, Schreiner 74 Jackson St. 62, Prairie View 48 McNeese St. 71, Cent. Arkansas 56 Mid-Am Christian 83, Wayland Baptist 81 Midwestern St. 71, Texas A&M-Kingsville 50 Rice 43, SMU 39 Rogers St. 77, Oklahoma Christian 74 Sam Houston St. 61, Texas A&M-CC 53 Stephen F. Austin 59, UTSA 51 Texas 75, Kansas St. 64 Texas Southern 72, Grambling St. 54 Texas-Arlington 73, Texas St. 53 FAR WEST Arizona 70, Utah 61 BYU 86, Pepperdine 48 California 73, UCLA 63

MEETINGS NWBLL will hold a meeting TODAY at 6 p.m. at the Woodlands. Anyone interested in coaching must attend. All parents registering their children for this season are encouraged to attend. Kingston/Forty Fort Little League will meet Monday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Kingston Rec Center. All interested members are asked to attend. The Crestwood Football Booster Club will meet Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. at Tony’s Pizza in the back room. For more information, call Melanie at 606-4223. The Wyoming Valley West Baseball Booster Club will meet Monday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. at Murphy’s Swoyersville. Parents of players are asked to attend. The Duryea Little League will have a mandatory coaches meeting TODAY at 5 p.m. at the Duryea VFW. Anyone interested in coaching this year must attend. Teams and divisions will be discussed, as well as upcoming season items. The Luzerne County Federation of Sportsmen will meet Monday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 American Legion Post 609, at the corner of Lee Park Ave. and St. Mary’s Rd. Club delegates and interested sportsmen are invited. The Wyoming Valley Chapter of PIAA Baseball Officials will hold a meeting Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 107 of Breiseth Hall on the Wilkes University campus. In addition, a “rules interpretation” meeting will be held March 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 107 of Breiseth Hall on the Wilkes campus. This meeting is open to PIAA baseball umpires and coaches, as well as all PIAA baseball coaches of any level and any PIAA umpires in need of fulfilling their mandatory meeting requirements. For directions to Breiseth Hall, visit http:// Wyoming Area 7th and 8th Grade Baseball will have a mandatory meeting for all players’ parents. Meeting will take place at the high school Wednesday, Feb. 15, in Room 129 at 6 p.m. Wyoming Area Diamond Club will conduct a meeting Wednesday, Feb. 15, in Room 129 at the high school at 7 p.m. All baseball parents from grades 7-12 are urged to attend. For more information, visit Checkerboard Inn Golf League will hold an organizational meeting Monday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Checkerboard Inn in Trucksville. All members must attend or contact the league. Dues will be collected and a starting date will be set. For more information, call Frank at 675-7532. REGISTRATION/TRYOUTS Dupont Softball/T-ball signups will be held at the Dupont field house, 200 Elm St., on the following dates: TODAY from noon to 3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13 from 6-9 p.m., Feb. 19 from noon to 3 p.m., Feb. 20 from 6-9 p.m., Feb. 27-29 from 6-9 p.m. Signups are open to all boys and girls of the greater Pittston Area and surrounding communities. T-ball is for boys and girls ages 4-7 and is $25 per player with no family discount or fundraiser. Softball is for girls ages 7-17 and is $50 per player, $85 per two players and $110 for three players of the same family (sisters) with no fundraiser. For more information, call Bob Cappelloni at 881-8744. Plains American Legion Baseball Teams will hold registration Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Plains American Legion home on East Carey Street from 1-3 p.m. Players between the ages of 13-19 who reside in Plains, Laflin, Bear Creek, Parsons, Miners Mills, North End, East End, Avoca, Dupont, Jenkins Township and Pittston Township, East of the Pittston Bypass, are eligible to sign up. For more information, call Don at 822-0537 or Jack at 947-7246. The Swoyersville Girls Softball Slow-Pitch League will be holding signups Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 25, from noon to 3 p.m. at the borough building on Main Street for girls ages 7-17. No residency required, girls from all towns are welcome. For more information, call Craig at 287-8074. Plains Little League will be holding final signups TODAY from 1-3 p.m. at Plains American Legion for children ages 4-and-up. Those interested in volunteering should have a photo ID present at time of registration. Pittston Township Little League will have final registrations for T-Ball, baseball and softball on Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 6-8 p.m. at the Pittston Township Municipal Building. Fees due at sign up are $50 per player or $75 per family. For more information, call Nick at 690-2748 or visit West Pittston Little League will have tryouts on the following dates: Monday, Feb. 13 from 6-8 p.m. for girls minor and majors; Feb. 15-16 from 6-8 p.m. for boys minors; Feb. 17 from 6-8 p.m., and Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon for boys majors. All tryouts will be

held in the indoor facility. The Mountain Top Babe Ruth Baseball program will hold registrations Thursday, Feb. 16, from 5:30-7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 25, from 1-3:30 p.m. at Crestwood High School. Babe Ruth is for ages 13-15, and includes a 13-year-old developmental league. For more information, call Terry at 823-7949 or visit Mountain Top Area Little League will hold registrations for baseball and softball Thursday, Feb. 16 from 5:30-7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 25 from 1-3:30 p.m. at Crestwood High School. Baseball and Softball programs are for boys between the ages of 6-15. Participants must turn 6 by April 30. For more information, call Terry at 823-7949 or visit Greater Pittston Stoners Youth Soccer will hold registrations for spring soccer on Feb. 21, 23 and 29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Exeter Scout Home, located in the rear of the Exeter Borough Building on the corner of Wyoming Ave. and Lincoln St., Exeter. Cost is $25 if you do not need a uniform and $40 with a uniform. For more information, go to Wilkes-Barre American Legion Baseball will be holding registrations Monday, Feb. 13, and Thursday, Feb. 16, from 7-9 p.m. at Vinsko & Associates, located at 253 S. Franklin St. Players ages 13-19 who reside in Wilkes-Barre and go to Meyers, GAR or Holy Redeemer are eligible. The fee for the season is $50 and players are required to bring a copy of their birth certificate to the signup. Call Corey at 332-2794 for more information. Hanover Area Little League will be holding registrations for the upcoming season on Monday, Feb. 13 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. – noon in the cafeteria at the Hanover Area High School. All children in the Warrior Run, Sugar Notch and Hanover Twp., excluding Preston and Newtown, ages 4-16 as of April 30, 2012 are eligible to play. Registration costs are $45 per player (ages 4-12) or $75 per family of two or more. Cost for Junior/Senior League ages 13-16 is $65 per player. All new players are required to bring a copy of their birth certificate for age verification purposes. Any questions, please e-mail Mountain Legion Baseball (Mountain Top) will be holding registrations on Feb. 19 from 1-3 p.m. and Feb. 27 from 6-8 p.m. in the basement of the Legion Post. For more information, visit Avoca/Dupont Little League will hold registrations at the upper Avoca Little league field clubhouse from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13 and Wednesday, Feb. 15. Registration fee is $60 per player and $75 per family. Teener baseball sign-up fee is $60 for each player. Programs include: T-ball (ages 4-6), coach pitch (ages 7-8), minor softball and baseball (ages 8-10), major softball and baseball (ages 10-12), junior baseball (ages 13-14), senior baseball (ages 15-16) and big league baseball (ages 17-18). UPCOMING EVENTS The Benton Gun Show will be held TODAY from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Benton Fire Hall. Guns and other related items can be bought, sold or traded and the show will include 80 tables inside as well as outside exhibitors. The kitchen will be open for breakfast and lunch. Admission is $5, children under 12 are free. Parking is free and door prizes will be available. Coughlin Wrestling Hall of Fame will induct its first class on Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the high school gym beginning at 6:45 p.m. The inaugural inductees will be Rick Bartoletti, Dana Balum and Bill Pfeffer. Coughlin alumni, faculty and fans are invited. For more information, contact coach Steve Stahl at 826-7201 or by email at King’s College Specialty Baseball Camps will be held at King’s TODAY and Feb. 26 in Scandlon Gymnasium. The program is designed for players in grades K-12. For more information, go to or contact coach Greeley at or by phone at 592-7797. Athletes for Better Education (AFBE) will be hosting a regional basketball tournament in the Hazleton Area on March 24-25. There will be seven different age groups for both boys and girls: 10 and under, 12 and under, 13 and under, 14 and under, 15 and under, 16 and under, 18 and under. Each team will be guaranteed four games. There are a limited number of spots available in each division, so a quick response is advised. The deadline is March 18. For more information or to register, visit or contact Jason Bieber at 866-906-2323 or e-mail

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Jan. 28 at Bingham’n L, 7-4

Feb. 3 Hershey W, 4-3

Feb. 4 Albany W, 5-2

Feb. 5 at Hershey L, 4-3


Saturday Portland W, 4-3

Today at Hershey 5 p.m.

Wednesday Norfolk 7:05 p.m.

Feb. 17 at Bingham’n 7:05 p.m.

When you are toiling in the minor leagues, you never know when that big break – a game (or two) in The Show – will come

Feb. 18 at Albany 7 p.m.

Feb. 20 at Portland 1 p.m.

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Colin McDonald just wrapped up playing in his second AHL All-Star game and was ready to join his family and friends for a day in Atlantic City when a phone call shattered those plans. He was needed in Pittsburgh, and he had to get there before the Penguins game against Toronto the next night. “I thought I would be able to head home before there was a chance I could get called up. I should’ve looked at Pittsburgh’s schedule over the allstar break,” McDonald said. Such is the life of a pro hockey player. McDoTHEIR IRON nald’s famC I T Y D AY S ily and Jason Williams friends alhas been recalled to Pittsburgh more ready had a hotel than any other Penguins this room reseason. Here’s a served, so list of all Wilkesthey spent Barre/Scranton an extra players that have night in been up to PittsAtlantic burgh this season and the number of City withcall-ups, games out him. played and points: “They could care F Jason Williams – 5; 8 games, 1-1-2 less. They D Alexandre were just Picard – 4; 17, extremely 0-4-4 happy for F Eric Tangradi – me,” 3; 12, 0-0-0 F Colin McDonald McDonald – 2; 5, 0-0-0 said. D Robert Bortuz- “They unzo – 2; 6, 0-0-0 derstand F Steve MacInthe situatyre – 2; 11, 0-0-0 I’m D Brian Strait – 2; tion in.” 1, 0-0-0 It’s a sitD Carl Sneep – 1; 1, 0-1-1 uation that Still on recall: McDonald D Simon Despres didn’t experience very often during his first four seasons playing in the Edmonton organization. He was summoned to the NHL just once – in 2009, for a two-game stint with the Oilers. McDonald scored a goal in his second game but never got a return trip back. That’s why McDonald is more than happy to drop his plans at a moment’s notice when Pittsburgh calls, which happened twice so far this season. “It took me two years to get back to the NHL. I have a good opportunity here,” he said. It was the second time this season that McDonald had been recalled to Pittsburgh, and he accepts the fact that a player’s personal life often takes a backseat to hockey. “When I had a girlfriend in the past when you try to plan a weekend together, and you get called up a day or two before she gets in,” McDonald said. “She has to be understanding of the environment we’re in.” If anyone knows how quickly things can change, it’s WilkesBarre/Scranton forward Jason Williams. He’s been called up to Pittsburgh five times this season, more than anyone on the AHL Penguins. Three of those call-ups were for one day, long enough for Williams to play a game with Pittsburgh and return the next

ROBERT BORTUZZO Penguins defenseman

Robert Bortuzzo’s fantasy team is pretty crowded. It’s not because he had more positions to fill, but rather he chose an entire coaching staff under the head coach category and a set of twins to run his power play. It makes sense. A coaching staff works together within the team concept, so why not? And the twins … well Bortuzzo said they’re basically interchangeable so it counts as one. Makes sense. For his All-Time Great, Bortuzzo reflected on the stories that his grandfather told him about Bobby Orr and was ready to pick him, but then he thought about a documentary he watched recently and changed his mind. What was the documentary about? Read on to find out.


Colin McDonald and Jason Williams talk during a recent practice at the arena.

day. “Sometimes it’s tough. You’re getting called up and thrown into the mix right away,” Williams said. “Every time I’ve been called up it was the day of the game. You drive four hours to get there or fly, and you try to get there right at game time and play. “It’s just something you have to deal with as a professional. When you’re name’s called you hit the road and perform at your best when you get there.” Although McDonald hasn’t been up and down as much as Williams, he knows how valuable each call-up is, no matter how disruptive it may be to a players’ personal life. His father, Gerry McDonald, spent two seasons in the early 1980’s bouncing between the Hartford Whalers in the NHL and the Binghamton Whalers of the AHL. He gave his son a little advice on how to deal with the uncertainty that comes with playing pro hockey. “He always said that you have to think of every game as a tryout, and that’s my mindset,” McDonald said. “You never


Colin McDonald controls the puck and skates along the boards during a recent practice.

want to assume anything and you can’t be satisfied that you were called up. You have to keep doing the things they’re looking for and hopefully you’ll get back.” With more than 450 NHL games to his credit, Williams

has a bit of a different approach when he gets reassigned. He said maintaining a strong work ethic and not worrying so much about putting up numbers is the key to getting a return trip to the NHL. “I can come down here, score

five goals and it doesn’t mean it’s going to get me there,” Williams said. “But if I’m the hardest working player, that will give you the best chance to get back. You can’t come down and go through the motions or veer away from what got you there. They called you up for a reason – because you do something well. That’s the mindset you need to have.” McDonald added that it’s also important to leave a lasting impression while up with the big club. That can be challenging, he said, because ice time is often limited. That’s why McDonald puts a lot of emphasis not only in the games he plays with Pittsburgh, but the practices he participates in as well. It even carries over to the way he conducts himself off the ice. “I sat for a couple of games while I was up there, and I didn’t want to be moping around,” McDonald said. “I had to be positive and work hard in practice and be good in the locker room. Whether it gets noticed I don’t know, but its all part of being a professional.”

FORWARD – Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit), “I like the way he plays at both ends of the ice. He’s a talented guy whose work ethic has made him one of the top players in the league.” DEFENSEMAN – Nicklas Lidstrom (Detroit), “He’s over 40 and still playing at an incredible level. He’s always been my favorite player, and he shows why every time he plays.” GOALTENDER – Cam Ward (Carolina), “Me and (Brad) Thiessen argue about this one a lot. I just like the way Cam Ward plays and I bet he’ll be on Team Canada in the next couple Olympics.” POWER PLAY SPECIALIST(S) – The Sedin twins, Henrik and Daniel (Vancouver), “They’re interchangeable and they control the power play with their poise and vision. It’s really impressive.” PENALTY KILL SPECIALIST – Zdeno Chara (Boston), “His reach and shot blocking ability are incredible, and he can really take away space on the power play.” SHOOTOUT SPECIALIST – Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh), “He’s on fire right now. He’s got it figured out and he buries it just about every time.” ENFORCER – Deryk Engelland (Pittsburgh), “What he was able to do last year was pretty impressive. He almost doesn’t have to fight as much now because he’s kind of backed some guys off.” AGITATOR/PEST – Patrick Kaleta (Buffalo), “He’s always mixing it up there. He’s a good player who also brings that edge.” HEAD COACH – Pittsburgh Penguins coaching staff, “They all have done a nice job with some of the injuries they’ve been faced with and still remain in the upper echelon of the league.” ALL-TIME GREAT – Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh), “I watched a documentary on him the other day, and some of the stuff he accomplished in the amount of time he played is very impressive.” Boston Bruins’ Zdeno Chara












Syracuse rides sharpshooting Jardine The Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Scoop Jardine sparked a game-deciding rally with 3-pointers on consecutive possessions in the closing minutes, and No. 2 Syracuse beat Connecticut 85-67 on Saturday. Jardine had a season-high 21 points as Syracuse (25-1, 12-1 Big East) earned its fifth consecutive win since suffering its only loss of the season at Notre Dame. Connnecticut trailed the entire second half but closed to 63-61 on a free throw by Tyler Olander with 6:26 to go. Jardine, who had six assists and only one turnover, then hit 3-pointers from the right side as the Orange closed the game with a 19-3 surge. Jardine also hit a layup and another 3 from the top of the key to key the rally. Jeremy Lamb scored 18 points for Connecticut (15-9, 5-7). No. 1 Kentucky 69, Vanderbilt 63 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Doron Lamb hit a 3-pointer with 3:18 left to put No. 1 Kentucky ahead to stay, and the Wildcats took a big step toward a Southeastern Conference regular-season title by beating Vanderbilt 69-63 Saturday night for their 17th straight win. Kentucky (25-1, 11-0) disrupted Vanderbilt with aggressive defense in the first half, and the Wildcats held off a furious charge in a sold-out and electric Memorial Gym by scoring the final eight points of the game. No. 4 Missouri 72, No. 6 Baylor 57 COLUMBIA, Mo. — Phil Pressey scored 19 points, making four of No. 4 Missouri’s season-best 14 3-pointers, and the Tigers beat Baylor. Sixth man Michael Dixon also had four 3-pointers and Marcus Denmon added three for Missouri (23-2, 10-2 Big 12), which shot 50 percent from long range. Missouri is 14-0 at home and got an easier test a week after needing an 11-0 run to beat Kansas by three. Both games were sellouts although the matchup against Baylor (21-4, 8-4), carrying a higher ranking, failed to match that atmosphere. No. 5 North Carolina 70, No. 19 Virginia 52 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Tyler Zeller had 25 points and nine rebounds to help No. 5 North Carolina beat No. 19 Virginia. Harrison Barnes added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels (21-4, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who regrouped from Wednesday night’s stunning loss to rival Duke on a last-second 3-pointer. North Carolina blew the game open with a 22-5 run that started early in the second half, with Zeller scoring seven points during the spurt that pushed the Tar Heels to a 15-point lead with about 61⁄2 minutes left.

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30 points, totaled just 12. The Spartans held the Buckeyes almost 30 points under their average of 76.9 points a game. Ohio State shot just 26 percent from the field (14 for 53). Ahead 35-25 at the half, the Spartans weathered an early Ohio State assault. A quick field goal by Thomas and two Sullinger free throws pulled the Buckeyes within six, but it was also apparent that Sullinger, in particular, was growing frustrated by the defensive focus from the Spartans. He yelled af-

Huskies’ home run reaches 99 games The Associated Press

STORRS, Conn. — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 23 points and third-ranked Connecticut got its 99th consecutive home victory, beating No. 14 Georgetown 80-38 on Saturday. Bria Hartley added 18 points for UConn (23-2, 11-1 Big East), which held the Hoyas to 25percent shooting and 24 points below their season average. Sugar Rodgers and Rubylee Wright each had 10 for Georgetown (19-6, 8-4), which lost for the first time in five games. The Hoyas led 12-11 midway through the first half before UConn took over, outscoring the Hoyas 51-14 over the next 20 minutes. Connecticut hasn’t lost at home since the finals of the 2007 Big East tournament, and has won 51 consecutive regularseason conference games at home. The Huskies led 31-18 at halftime, and Kelly Faris’ free throw gave the Huskies a 30 point lead with over 12 minutes left. AP PHOTO

Syracuse’s Dion Waiters, left, drives against Connecticut’s Niels Giffey during the first half Saturday in Syracuse, N.Y.

over Oklahoma State. Withey finished with 18 points and a career-best 20 rebounds, while Robinson burnished his player of the year credentials with 24 points and 14 boards for his 18th doubledouble of the season. Tennessee 75, No. 8 Florida 70 GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Trae Golden scored 17 points, Jeronne Maymon added 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Tennessee upset No. 8 Florida, ending the Gators’ home-winning streak at 19. Coming off a 20-point loss at top-ranked Kentucky and wearing gray uniforms to commemorate the program’s back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007, Florida trailed by double digits early and never mustered anything resembling a comeback. No. 9 Murray State 82, Austin Peay 62 MURRAY, Ky. — Isaiah Canaan had 23 points and six assists as No. 9 Murray State bounced back from its first loss of the season to beat Austin Peay 82-62 on Saturday night. Ivan Aska and Jewuan Long added 12 points for the Racers (24-1, 12-1 Ohio Valley Conference). On Thursday night, Murray State became the last team in Division I to lose this season when it fell to Tennessee State.

No. 10 Duke 73, Maryland 55 DURHAM, N.C. — Miles Plumlee had 13 points and a career-high 22 rebounds, and No. 7 Kansas 81, No. 10 Duke pulled away to Oklahoma State 66 beat Maryland. Seth Curry scored 19 points LAWRENCE, Kan. — Jeff and Mason Plumlee added 16 Withey and Thomas Robinson each logged impressive double- points and 10 rebounds while doubles for No. 7 Kansas, which big brother Miles became the first Duke player with 20 rewasted a big chunk of a 29bounds since Elton Brand in point second-half cushion be1998. fore pulling away for a victory


ter being fouled by Payne at the 18:27 mark, with Green then knocking the ball out of his hands. Later, Sullinger and Green ended up on the floor after tangling on a rebound. But that was the last skirmish between the two frontrunners for Big Ten player of the year. Sullinger finished with 10 turnovers — Ohio State totaled 15. Green had nine rebounds, two assists and a steal to go with his 12 points. He drew extra attention every time he touched the ball, but Ohio State was not able to neutralize him as the Spartans did Sullinger. Despite the early surge by

The Blue Devils (21-4, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) followed up their last-second victory over rival North Carolina with their fifth straight victory in the series. They built a 48-33 rebounding advantage but struggled to separate themselves on the scoreboard until they closed the game with a 13-2 run. No. 14 UNLV 65, No. 13 San Diego State 63 LAS VEGAS — Mike Moser scored 19 points and made a key steal that sent No. 14 UNLV past No. 13 San Diego State. The Runnin’ Rebels (22-4, 6-2 Mountain West) had several defensive stops in the closing minute to win. Moser’s steal and pass set up Anthony Marshall for the goahead layup. Moser missed his first five shots before finding his touch. No. 15 Florida State 64, Miami 59 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Bernard James scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and No. 15 Florida State snapped Miami’s five-game winning streak. Michael Snaer had 12 points and Ian Miller finished with 11 for Florida State (17-7, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), which bounced back from a disappointing 64-60 loss at Boston College on Wednesday. Wichita St. 89, No. 17 Creighton 68 OMAHA, Neb. — Joe Ragland scored 24 points, Ben Smith matched his career high with 22 and Wichita State moved a step closer to the Missouri Valley Conference regularseason championship on Saturday with a victory over No. 17 Creighton. Wichita State (22-4, 13-2) has won 12 of its last 13 games and 20 of 22, while the Bluejays Ohio State, things still didn’t change for the Spartans. Sullinger seldom if ever got an open view of the hoop and Buford and Thomas failed to relieve the pressure by hitting perimeter shots. Buford had what appeared to be an open lane to the basket but Payne blocked the shot, with Appling scoring quickly at the other end to make it 44-34. Swapping body blows and occasional buckets, the teams soldiered on. Ohio State pulled to 44-40 on a 15-footer by Sullinger, but Appling hit two free throws and Nix coaxed in a baby hook to push the lead back to eight and set up a wild last 4 1/2 minutes. Payne banking in a shot over Sullinger, before Sullinger was

(21-5, 11-4) have lost three straight. No. 18 Marquette 95, Cincinnati 78 MILWAUKEE — Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder scored 23 points each, helping No. 18 Marquette beat Cincinnati. Jamil Wilson added 15 points for the Golden Eagles (21-5, 10-3 Big East), who have won nine of their last 10 games. JaQuon Parker and Dion Dixon scored 15 points each for the Bearcats (17-8, 7-5), who had won two straight coming into Saturday’s game. Georgia 70, No. 20 Mississippi St. 68, OT STARKVILLE, Miss. — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points, including a crucial 3-pointer late in overtime, and Georgia beat No. 20 Mississippi State. Georgia (12-12, 3-7) earned its first Southeastern Conference road win this season and only its second road victory overall. Gerald Robinson Jr. added 13 points, including eight in overtime. Dustin Ware had 11. No. 24 Louisville 77, West Virginia 74 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Kyle Kuric scored 17 points to lead five Louisville players in double figures and No. 24 Louisville beat slumping West Virginia. Louisville (20-5, 8-4 Big East) extended its winning streak to six games. Princeton 70, No. 25 Harvard 62 PRINCETON, N.J. — Ian Hummer had 20 points and Princeton beat No. 25 Harvard, handing the Crimson their first Ivy League loss of the season. T.J. Bray added 12 points for the Tigers (13-10, 4-3), who called for a charge to pick up his fourth foul. That caused Ohio State coach Thad Matta to call over official Mike Kitts to complain before a media timeout. Green then drove the baseline on Thomas for a layup to stretch the lead to 10. Ohio State never got closer than eight again. The teams will meet again in the regular-season finale on March 4 in East Lansing, Mich. The Buckeyes had won the last three meetings, although Michigan State has now won six of the last eight in Columbus. There were few surprises in a first half that was both physical and dominated by defense. Payne made all five of his shots

defeated the Crimson at home for the 24th straight time. Princeton has not lost to Harvard at Jadwin Gym since 1989. Penn State 67, Nebraska 51 STATE COLLEGE — Tim Frazier scored 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as Penn State snapped a five-game losing streak and defeated Nebraska. The junior recorded his fifth double-double of the season and was one assist shy of a triple-double. Penn State senior Cammeron Woodyard chipped in with 14 points and tied a career-high with four 3-pointers to help the Nittany Lions (11-15, 3-10 Big Ten) secure their first win since January 19. Jermaine Marshall also chipped in with 12 points. Notre Dame 84, DePaul 76 SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Jerian Grant and Jack Cooley scored 22 points each and Notre Dame held off DePaul for its sixth win in a row. Cooley also had 14 rebounds and Grant scored 15 of his points in the second half when the Irish (17-8, 9-3 Big East) finally broke away from the Blue Demons. Clemson 78, Wake Forest 58 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Tanner Smith had 20 points and five assists to help Clemson pull away for a victory over Wake Forest. Bucknell 90, Lafayette 78 LEWISBURG — Mike Muscala scored 24 points and Joe Willman added 17 to lead Bucknell past Lafayette and to its 12th straight win. Drexel 78, Hofstra 67 PHILADELPHIA — Chris Fouch scored 25 points and Frantz Massenat added 20 as Drexel beat Hofstra en route to its 14th straight win. from the field and led all scorers with 11 points. At the other end, the Spartans surrounded Sullinger whenever he got the ball low. As a result, he was just 2 of 6 from the field with some awkward attempts in traffic. He did have nine points and eight rebounds, but also was forced into five turnovers. With Ohio State ahead 9-4 after the opening 5 minutes, the Spartans stepped up their defensive pressure. The Buckeyes did not have a field goal for more than 9 minutes while Michigan State outscored them 18-7 — all seven points coming at the line. Ohio State had not lost at home since falling to Purdue two years ago.

No. 9 Green Bay 64, Wright State 59 GREEN BAY, Wis. — Julie Wojta had career highs of 30 points and 20 rebounds as No. 9 Wisconsin Green Bay bounced back from its first loss of the season and beat Wright State. Wojta, a senior, fell two steals short of getting her first career triple-double. Megan Lukan added 12 points for the Phoenix (21-1, 11-1 Horizon League). Green Bay was coming off a 70-58 loss to Detroit on Thursday night. The Phoenix have not lost consecutive games since Jan. 21-23, 2010. Green Bay has won 46 of its last 48 games, dating back to December 2010. Its other loss came to Baylor, currently No. 1, in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament last season. No. 20 Louisville 89, Syracuse 62 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Becky Burke made eight of Louisville’s school-record 18 3s and scored a career-high 28 points as the No. 20 Cardinals beat Syracuse. Burke tied a team record with her 3s. The senior had been scoreless in her last two games. Shoni Schimmel added six 3s as Louisville (18-7, 7-5 Big East) stopped a three-game losing streak. She had 20 points and 10 assists. The Cardinals broke the previous school mark of 14 3-pointers. Asia Taylor added 12 points and nine rebounds for Louisville. No. 19 Gonzaga 79, San Francisco 59 SAN FRANCISCO — Katelan Redmon scored 18 points, Kayla Standish recorded her third consecutive double-double and No. 19 Gonzaga bounced back from its worst conference loss in a decade to beat San Francisco. Jazmine Redmon added 10 points for the Bulldogs (22-4, 11-2), who moved into sole possession of first place in the West Coast Conference, one-half game ahead of BYU. Two days after losing to the Cougars by 30 points, Gonzaga didn’t have any problem handling the smaller Dons on the road and led by as much as 29 before coach Kelly Graves emptied his bench. No. 25 St. Bonaventure 56, Dayton 55 DAYTON, Ohio — Megan Van Tatenhove scored on a spinning jumper in the lane with 23 seconds left to give No. 25 St. Bonaventure a win over Dayton. Justine Raterman’s 3-point attempt at the final buzzer was short for the Flyers. Van Tatenhove scored 17 points to help St. Bonaventure (24-2, 11-0 Atlantic 10) get its 13th straight win overall and 12th consecutive on the road.




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And with five birdies in a sixhole stretch, he went from the periphery of contention to the thick of it Saturday in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, another step toward showing his game is on the way back. “Looked like I was having a tough time making par, and I was making birdie, and off we go,” Woods said. “Sometimes, we need those types of momentum swings in a round, and from there, I made some putts.” If nothing else, he made it interesting going into the final round of his PGA Tour debut. Charlie Wi played bogey-free at Spyglass Hill for a 3-under 69 to build a three-shot lead over Ken Duke, who had a 65 on the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula. Woods had a 5-under 67, his best Saturday score on the PGA Tour since the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, and climbed within four shots of the lead. It’s the closest he has been to a 54-hole leader on the PGA Tour since the 2010 Masters. Saturday at Pebble is all about the stars, as CBS Sports traditionally devotes its coverage to celebrities, from Ray Romano to Bill Murray dressed in camouflage while throwing a football to former San Francisco 49ers lineman Harris Barton. Sunday will have some star power of its own. Not only is Woods in the penultimate group — right in front of two players who have never won on the PGA Tour — he will be in the same group as longtime nemesis Phil Mickelson, who had a 70 at Pebble Beach despite playing the par 5s in 1 over. Still in the mix is two-time Pebble Beach champion Dustin Johnson, former world No. 1 Vijay Singh and three-time major champion Padraig Harrington, who was two shots off the lead at one point until a sloppy finish at Spyglass for a 72. Wi is 0-for-162 on the PGA Tour and now has to face his demons of self-doubt — along with a familiar force in golf. Woods couldn’t convert a share of the third-round lead with Robert Rock two weeks ago in Abu Dhabi, but he is showing an upward trend. He has given himself a chance to win on the back nine of his last four stroke-play tournaments. With a new swing, it’s starting to look like the old Tiger. “But the scenario doesn’t change,” Woods said. “The ultimate goal is to win a golf tournament.” That’s something Wi has never done. He was at 15-under 199, and he has a 54-hole lead for only the second time on tour. He had a one-shot lead at Colonial last year and was runner-up to David Toms. This time, Wi will be in the last group with someone in a familiar spot. Duke is winless in 142 starts. The last two weeks haven’t been too kind to 54-hole leaders, either. Kyle Stanley lost a fiveshot lead at Torrey Pines, and Spencer Levin blew a six-shot lead the following week in the Phoenix Open. Both were going for their first PGA Tour win. Your turn, Charlie. “I haven’t really thought about that,” Wi said, when asked if it were a blessing or a burden to be in front. “But I enjoy being in the lead. It’s a lot more fun than trying to come from behind. I know that tonight is going to be very exciting, and I’m sure I won’t sleep as well as if I’m in 50th place. But that’s what we play for, and I’m really excited.” Woods was at 11-under 203, having lost some momentum on the front nine at Pebble by missing a few fairways and hitting some ordinary wedge shots. He closed with seven pars. Mickelson was at 9-under 205, along with Johnson and Hunter Mahan. Harrington was at 206, while another stroke back were Singh and Geoff Ogilvy. Wi is No. 175 in the world, while Duke is at No. 258. They have combined for 304 starts without a win. Right behind them are Woods and Mickelson, who have combined for 18 majors and 110 PGA Tour wins. With a short burst of birdies, it looked as though Woods was having a blast.

Crestwood standout joins Blazers, who only had two juniors on 2011 roster. By JOHN MEDEIROS


New York Rangers’ Marian Gaborik and Ryan Callahan celebrate with teammates after Gaborik’s goal as Philadelphia Flyers’ Sean Couturier skates by in the first period Saturday.

Rangers ground Flyers again

over the Los Angeles Kings. The Islanders captain split PHILADELPHIA — Ryan the Kings defense and beat Callahan scored three goals, helping the New York Rangers goalie Jonathan Quick with a backhander for this fifth goal continue their dominance this season. Matt Moulson over Philadelphia with a 5-2 and Andrew MacDonald victory on Saturday. Marian Gaborik and Artem earned assists. The Islanders (23-23-8) Anisimov also had goals for improved to 7-2-2 in their last the Eastern Conference-lead11 games, but the Kings (26ing Rangers, who’ve won 19-11) continued to struggle seven straight against the on their six-game road trip. Flyers. Michael Grabner scored his It was a rare display on special teams that catapulted 15th goal at 6:52 of the first, sliding a loose puck past the Rangers to their second Quick. victory over Philadelphia in Andrei Loktionov scored his seven days. New York had a season-high three goals on the first goal of the season to tie it for the Kings at 5:20 of the power play and improved to second period. The rebound 5-0 against the Flyers this season, including a 3-2 win in goal originally was credited to captain Dustin Brown. the Winter Classic. The Rangers increased their Panthers 3, Devils 1 lead to six points over the NEWARK, N.J. — Scott Flyers in the Atlantic Division Clemmensen stopped 27 and also have two games in shots against his former team hand. and the Florida Panthers beat Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds had Philadelphia’s the New Jersey Devils. Sean Bergenheim, Kris goals. The Flyers have lost Versteeg and Mikael Samuelsfour of five. son scored for the Panthers, Penguins 8, Jets 5 who have won four of six. Florida stretched its SouthPITTSBURGH — Evgeni east Division-lead over WashMalkin added to his NHLington to two points with just leading point total, scoring a its second road win in 12 goal and dishing out four games. assists as the Pittsburgh PenSteve Bernier scored for the guins rolled past the WinniDevils and Martin Brodeur peg Jets. made 18 saves, but New JerKris Letang scored twice and had an assist for the Pen- sey has lost two straight for the first time since a threeguins. Richard Park notched game skid from Jan. 19-24. his 100th career NHL goal, and Jordan Staal scored in his first game after missing more Bruins 4, Predators 3, SO BOSTON — Tyler Seguin than a month with a left knee and Patrice Bergeron scored injury. shootout goals to lift the BosJames Neal, Chris Kunitz and Dustin Jeffery also scored ton Bruins to a win over the Nashville Predators. for the Penguins, who erased Boston forced overtime an early 2-0 deficit and won when Milan Lucic scored a their fifth straight home power-play goal with 67 secgame. onds left in regulation after Islanders 2, Kings 1, OT goalie Tim Thomas was UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Mark pulled for an extra skater. Daniel Paille and Bergeron Streit’s goal 1:36 into overtime also scored for the Bruins, lifted the New York Islanders The Associated Press

who had lost seven of 12. Thomas stopped 19 shots in regulation, and then turned aside Sergei Kostitsyn and Martin Erat in the shootout.

Oilers 4, Senators 3 OTTAWA — Taylor Hall scored 17 seconds into overtime and the Edmonton Oilers snapped a two-game losing streak with a win over the Ottawa Senators. Hall backhanded a rebound past Craig Anderson for his 19th goal as Edmonton improved to 5-2-1 in its last eight games. Magnus Paajarvi scored his first goal of the season and assisted on Shawn Horcoff’s tally 42 seconds into the third. Horcoff also assisted on Hall’s goal. Lightning 2, Sabres 1 BUFFALO, N.Y. — Steven Stamkos had a goal and assist, and the resurgent Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Buffalo Sabres for their seventh win in 10 games. Mathieu Garon made 26 saves, and Steve Downie also scored during the Lightning’s two-goal second period. Tampa Bay (24-24-6) is on a 7-1-2 roll and has earned at least a point in a season-high four straight road games (3-0-1). Canadiens 5, Maple Leafs 0 TORONTO — Carey Price turned aside 32 shots, and the Montreal Canadiens hammered Toronto after the Maple Leafs retired the number of longtime former captain Mats Sundin. It was the third straight loss for the Maple Leafs, who remained in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Montreal has won four in a row and is seven points back of the postseason cutoff. Erik Cole, Rene Bourque, Max Pacioretty, Lars Eller and Mathieu Darche scored goals for the Canadiens (23-24-9).

Soccer has been taking Crestwood’s Hannah Coffin places for years. Now it will take her to Alabama-Birmingham, where she will play Division I soccer and continue her studies. “I’ve been to a lot of showcases all around the country, and I’ve gotten a lot of exposure,” Coffin said. “I’m thrilled with it (UAB). It’s down south, warm, and has my major. I’m going to be a biology major and stay on after for med school. My goal is to become an orthopedic surgeon.” The Blazers feature a young team, with only two juniors on the roster in 2011. Coffin is part of a large recruiting class – 10 athletes in all – and is the only member of the team from north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Though she didn’t start playing soccer until she was 12, the daughter of Daniel and Diane Coffin is now playing in one of the biggest leagues in the country, Conference USA. “I think I’m the farthest north (of any of the recruits),” Coffin said. “I’ve been playing for a club team out of Baltimore, Md., so I’m used to traveling.” Coffin has been a multisport standout for Crestwood, though soccer has been her passion. She has been an all-star with the

Comets cross country program after posting four top-20 finishes at the District 2 championships. She has qualified for the PIAA state track meet as a distance runner. She even made history by becoming the first female player on the Crestwood football team, joining the Comets as a placekicker and converting a number of PATs during the fall. But she is now officially a collegiate soccer player as she looks forward to her senior season at Crestwood. “Being committed is a big weight off my shoulders, and my parents’ shoulders,” Coffin said. “I think we should compete for a district title this year. I can focus on that instead of being concerned with juggling two teams and communicating with two different coaches all the time.” Her passion for all sports shines through in her hard work and determination to be successful. It also shows in her spirit of giving and consideration of those less fortunate than her. Her senior project includes teaming with the US Soccer Foundation’s Passback Program, which collects new and used soccer equipment and distributes it to those who otherwise would go without, whether locally or nationally. She currently has dropboxes at all schools in the Crestwood school system for “anything a soccer player can use” – from balls and shin guards to water bottles and jerseys. Her collection drive ends Monday afternoon.


SWB Steamers suffer loss of historic proportions

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Aaron Williams scored 19 points Saturday afternoon to lead a balanced attack that carried the defending champion Rochester RazorSharks to an easy 110-88 Premier Basketball League victory over the Scranton/WilkesBarre Steamers. The loss was the worst for the first-year Steamers (4-4), whose previous largest defeat was by nine points in Rochester in the New Year’s Eve opener. The Steamers suffered through a miserable shooting day. They were just 13-for-31 from the line. They also hit only three of 21 attempts from 3-point range while Rochester was also struggling to a 4-for-18 effort.

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And “Hank the Tank” caught two passes for 19 yards, steamrolling through New England on an impressive 11-yard catch that prompted commentator Chris Collinsworth to criticize the Patriots for poor tackling. Maybe it was just unstoppable effort that took Hynoski and his Giants teammates all the way to last Tuesday’s parade of champions through New York.

Tasheed Carr added 17 points and eight players scored at least seven points as Rochester improved to 8-1, including 3-0 against second-place Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre. Lionel Armstead, a former West Virginia University guard, had a team-high 14 points in his second game with the Steamers. Rob Robinson added 12 points and 14 rebounds. Tyler Bullock and Chris Commons had 11 points each. Rochester held Vinny Simpson to eight points and five assists. Simpson is averaging 24.4 points and 9.0 assists in five games against other teams but just 16.7 points and 3.7 assists in three games against the RazorSharks. “The parade was unbelievable,” Hynoski said. “Best day ever. It was awesome. There were 2.3 million people lining the streets. Everyone was going nuts, flipping out.” This may sound crazy, but Hynoski swears by it. To arrive at this place where he always dreamed of going, it was important that Henry Hynoski never forgot where he came from. Paul Sokoloski is a Times Leader sports columnist. You may reach him at 970-7109 or email him at


Holliday leads six in double figures as balanced attack lifts Sixers The Associated Press

CLEVELAND — Jrue Holliday scored 20 points to lead six Philadelphia players in double figures as the 76ers rolled to a 99-84 win over the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night. Philadelphia bounced back from a difficult home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night to break a season-high two-game losing streak.

Cleveland, which dropped an overtime decision to Milwaukee at home on Friday, played without two of its three leading scorers. The team announced before the game that center Anderson Varejao will be sidelined indefinitely because of a broken right wrist sustained Friday. Rookie point guard Kyrie Irving missed his third straight game with a concussion.

Antawn Jamison led Cleveland with 20 points, while Ramon Sessions — starting in place of Irving — scored 19 points and had eight assists. Lou Williams scored 19 points and Thaddeus Young added 16 for Philadelphia. Clippers 111, Bobcats 86 CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan all had double-

doubles after three quarters as the Los Angeles Clippers handed the dreadful Charlotte Bobcats yet another lopsided loss. Paul toyed with the Bobcats, finishing with 18 points and 14 assists in only 28 minutes. Kemba Walker had 19 points for the Bobcats, who’ve lost a franchise-record 14 straight and are on pace to match a dubious NBA record. At 3-24, the Bobcats’ winning

percentage (.125) equals that of the NBA’s all-time worst franchise, the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers finished 9-72. Nuggets 113, Pacers 109 INDIANAPOLIS — Ty Lawson scored 27 points to lead the Denver Nuggets to a win over the Indiana Pacers. Danny Granger scored 26 points for the Pacers, who have lost four of five.












Late basket propels Wilkes

Hawkeyes on a Rolle, drop Rangers

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Todd Eagles’ putback basket with three seconds left broke a tie and gave the Wilkes men’s basketball team a key 68-64 Freedom Conference road victory against Eastern on Saturday. Eagles’ rebound of a Jourdon Wilson miss was the difference, thwarting a late rally by the Eagles. The win pushed the Colonels (15-7, 8-4) a game ahead of Eastern for second place with two left to play. The top two seeds host a Freedom Conference semifinal game on Feb. 22. Wilkes senior center Kendall Hinze scored a season-high 26 points on 9-of-10 shooting and added 10 rebounds for a double-double. Wilson followed with 16 points as the Colonels finished the game 23-of-43 (54 percent) from the field. Misericordia 86, Delaware Valley 66

The Cougars’ hot streak continued as they shot 57 percent from the floor, racing past the Aggies for their eighth straight win. With the win, Misericordia clinched a berth in the upcoming Freedom Conference tournament and remained in first place in the standings, a game ahead of Wilkes with two left to play. Misericordia (17-6, 9-3) got a big performance from the frontcourt as Steve Artzerounian turned in a double-double (24 points, 14 rebounds) while Ethan Eichhorst added 21 points.

Matt Greene (16 points, six assists) and Jeff Slanovec (10 points, seven assists) also finished in double figures.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Misericordia 62, Delaware Valley 55

Jesse Robinson’s 20 points and 10 rebounds lifted the Cougars to a road win and remain in line for a home game in the Freedom Conference tournament. Misericordia (14-9, 9-3) stayed a game ahead of Eastern and DeSales for second place with the victory. Christine Marks (15 points) and Tyann McDaniel (10) helped with the scoring effort. Marks came through down the stretch, scoring seven of the Cougars’ final 11 points to break a tie with the Devils.

(20-15) to improve to 18-4 in duals on the season. Michael Fleck (125 pounds), Myzar Mendoza (133) and Dustin Stough (174) finished the day with perfect 3-0 records. Hunter 32, King’s 11

Aaron Perez (125 pounds), Shane Stark (174) and Mike Reilly (184) picked up wins for the Monarchs in the road loss. Reilly, a reigning All-American, improved to 24-2 on the season with a technical fall on Saturday.


MAC Championships

Misericordia is currently in second place after two days of the Middle Atlantic Conference Championships at the Wilkes-Barre CYC. The Cougars have 483.5 points and trail Eastern 67, Wilkes 41 Albright (543) heading into The Eagles led by as many as the final day. Matt Essington, Brad Tho35 points in the second half en mas, Matt Moates and Peter route to a win over the Lady Kolokithias closed the evening Colonels (6-17, 1-11). Megan Kazmerski led Wilkes with a school record (7:06.97) while winning the 800 free with a double-double (10 relay and Kolokithias was secpoints, 10 rebounds) while ond in the 200 free with anothfreshmen Elena Stambone er school record (1:46.35). (nine points) and Allison Adam Grzech was third in Walsh (11 rebounds) chipped the 100 back (52.96) after in. breaking his own school record WRESTLING in the prelims (52.26). Colonels sweep quad-meet King’s set one school record and stands in sixth place in the Wilkes rebounded from a MAC Championships tough loss to No. 5 Ithaca on In the 800-freestyle relay, the Friday with three dual wins King’s team of Kyle Newton, Saturday. Mike Sweeney, Justin Weilert, The 19th-ranked Colonels defeated host McDaniel (33-6), and Brian Matylewicz posted a school-record time of 7:35.30. Ursinus (24-18) and UMBC


MAC Championships

The Lady Cougars are in third place after the second day of the MAC Championships. Misericordia has 396.5 points, and trails Albright (423) and Widener (415). Bree Grzech, Amanda Stammherr, Brittany Luzik and Aryn Zimmerman finished second with a school record (1:49.73) in the 200 medley relay. Grzech also finished second in the 100 back (59.93) after setting a new school record in the preliminaries (59.49). Luzik was third while breaking her own school record in the 100 fly (58.61). Chelsea Mixon, Dana Hallam, Kianna Ramirez and Jess Grant set a school record (8:08.61) while finishing third in the 800 free relay. King’s broke four schoolrecords and currently stands seventh at the MAC Championships. During the preliminary round, Kimmie Brino qualified for the finals with a schoolrecord time of 1:03.18. In the women’s 800 freestyle relay, Patricia Manning, Brino, Caroline Fitch, and Shannon Johnson were sixth with a schoolrecord time of 8:27 while Amanda Casey broke the school record in the preliminaries with a time of 1:04.76 in the 100 backstroke. In the 200-medley relay, Manning, Brino, Casey, and Macawley Brown were seventh with a school-record time of 1:58.20.

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cent and trailing 20-19 at halftime. Midway through the second half, the Valiants (7-15, 2-10) took a 29-28 lead before Carlin’s first three of the day put King’s back in front for good. The Lady Monarchs have already clinched the top seed in the upcoming Freedom Conference tournament and debuted at No. 3 in the Mid-Atlantic Region ranking at the start of the week.

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It wasn’t the start that the Penguins wanted. “They were more willing to play a tough, gritty, intense game off the drop of the puck,” Hynes said. “We made it hard on ourselves. We can only play one way, with one intensity level. Every time we drop from that level we get ourselves in trouble.” Geoff Walker’s power play goal at the end of the period drew the Penguins to within one. After Portland scored early in the second period to make it 3-1

HANOVER AREA (52): Colon 2 3-4 9, Bogart 3 2-2 8, Rolle 7 5-8 20, Barber 6 2-4 15, Steve 0 0-3 0, Kerestes 0 0-0 0, Bennett 0 0-0 0, Smith 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 12-18 52. NORTHWEST (42): Mazonkey 5 3-7 15, Foley 2 0-0 4, Yustat 3 0-1 8, Cragle 3 1-2 9, Nelson 1 0-1 2, Tomko 0 0-0 0, Volkel 0 0-0 0, Meininger 0 0-0 0, Mauer 1 0-0 2, Feno 1 0-0 2, Sirak 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 4-11 42. Hanover Area............................... 10 16 12 14 — 52 Northwest ..................................... 7 14 6 15 — 42 3-Point Field Goals— HAN 4 (Colon 2, Rolle, Barber); NW 6 (Mazonkey 2, Yustat 2, Cragle 2)


Nanticoke 48, Scranton Prep 26

The Trojans earned the victory with the help of seven falls and a forfeit. Notching pins for Nanticoke were Kyle Gavrish (126), Josh Allabaugh (132), Anthony Edwards (145), Klayton Kasprczyk (152), Maurice Wood (160), Mike Colatosti (170) and Pedro Bracero at 220. The quickest fall of the afternoon was recorded by Gavrish in 1:17. 106 – no contest; 113 – Joey Brady (Nan) won by forfeit; 120 – Pat Creedon (SP) pinned Josh Benscoter 1:45; 126 – Kyle Gavrish (Nan) pinned Jacob Dickinson 1:17; 132 – Josh Allabaugh (Nan) pinned Nathan Gelb-Dyller 3:06; 138 – Griffith Walters (SP) tech fall Tom Lacomy 17-2; 145 – Anthony Edwards (Nan) pinned Jonathan Martines 1:25; 152 – Klayton Kasprczyk (Nan) pinned Robert Carr 2:10; 160 – Maurice Wood (Nan) pinned Ken Sebastianelli 2:49; 170 – Mike Colatosti (Nan) pinned Bob McGregor 3:35; 182 – Ryan Rudelavage (SP) pinned Brian Maslowski 5:07; 195 – William Gaynord (SP) dec Kyle Hamilton 5-1; 220 – Pedro Bracero (Nan) pinned Pat Yanni 2:42; 285 – Nicholas Stahl (SP) won by forfeit Note: Match started at 152 pounds.

106 – Griffin Molino (SW) maj dec John Tomasura 9-1; 113 – Jimmy Stuart (LL) won by forfeit; 120 – Andrew Gipe (SW) pinned Zeb McMillan 3:49; 126 – Austin Harry (LL) maj dec Nathan Jones 17-4; 132 – Josh Sayre (LL) pinned Ryan Seagrave 4:42; 138 – Jake Winters (LL) tech fall Kile Banzhof 18-3; 145 – Josh Winters (LL) tech fall Zachariah Staver 21-5; 152 – Robert Wright (LL) pinned Logan Garvey 3:25; 160 – Bryan Carter (LL) maj dec Justin Knee 18-7; 170 – Nick Shelley (LL) won by forfeit; 182 – Brady Butler (LL) won by forfeit; 195 – Curtis Barbacci (LL) won by forfeit; 220 – Ryan Orginato (SW) won by forfeit; 285 – Marco Estrella (SW) won by forfeit

MANHATTANVILLE (41): Turner 4-15 3-5 11, Vaiano 0-2 0-0 0, Hyjek 4-10 2-3 10, T. Wilson 4-13 1-2 10, McSharar 0-6 0-0 0, Sullivan 0-1 0-0 0, N. Robinson 1-2 0-0 2, Dagen 1-6 0-0 2, D. Wilson 0-3 0-0 0, Caiazzo 2-2 0-2 4, Felder 1-2 0-0 2, S. Robinson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-62 6-12 41. KING'S (53): Magan 0-2 0-2 0, Simcox 3-11 1-2 9, Muscatell 1-2 4-4 6, Carlin 5-14 2-4 15, Malloy 0-2 2-4 2, Rader 1-10 0-0 3, Davies 0-1 0-0 0, Dahl 2-4 3-3 7, Michaels 3-12 1-8 7, Atchison 0-2 0-0 0, Manning 2-9 0-2 4. Totals 17-69 13-29 53. Halftime— Manhattanville, 20-19 3-point field goals— MVC 1-14 (T. Wilson 1-6, Turner 0-1, Sullivan 0-1, N. Robinson 0-1, D. Wilson 0-1, Vaiano 0-2, Dagen 0-2); KC 6-23 (Carlin 3-5, Simcox 2-5, Rader 1-6, Dahl 0-1, Magan 0-2, Malloy 0-2, Michaels 0-2)


SHICKSHINNY—ShaQuille Rolle netted a game-high 20 points to lead Hanover Area to a 52-42 boys basketball victory over Northwest on Saturday. Jacob Barber followed with 15 points scored while Jeorge Colon tallied nine. For the Rangers, Devon Mazonkey finished with 15 points and Kyle Cragle was second on the team with nine.

Wyoming Seminary had seven placewinners as the Blue Knights went on to win the St. Alban’s Tournament. Danny Boychuck (106), Tyler Ponte (120), Dom Malone (126), Cohl Fulk (152), Eric Morris (170), Conor Wasson (182) and Michael Johnson (heavyweight) each earned victories. Runners up included Logan May (113), Jesse Holton (132), Ty White (138), Ryan McMullan (160) and A.J. Vizcarrondo (220). Sal Diaz (145) placed third while Matt Doggutt (195) finished in fourth.


State College 111, Wyoming Valley West 72

Ed Zawatski placed first in the 50 free (22.21) and the 100 free (48.95) in Wyoming Valley West’s loss to State College. Diver Colin Vest set a new school and pool record with his score of 351.70 for the Spartans.

200 MEDLEY RELAY – 1. WVW, (Sean McQueen, Tim Libman, Jordan Palkovic, Llyam McGlynn) 1:51.64; 2. SCA; 3. WVW; 200 FREE – 1. SCA, Bradley Gibble 1:52.12; 2. SCA, Brian Adair; 3. SCA, Pat Lawrence; 200 IM – 1. SCA, Micah Cattell 2:06.13; 2. SCA, Will Benner; 3. WVW, Thomas Missal; 50 FREE – 1. WVW, Ed Zawatski 22.21; 2. SCA, Andy Madore; 3. SCA, Kedrin Wilson; DIVING – 1. WVW, Colin Vest 351.70; 2. WVW, Ian Ultsh; 3. WVW, Tye Sutphen; 100 FLY – 1. SCA, Cattell 55.53; 2. SCA, Jan Lazny; 3. WVW, Missal; 100 FREE – 1. WVW, Zawatski 48.95; 2. SCA, Alex Hillsley; 3. SCA, Dan Fritsch; 500 FREE – 1. SCA, Trevor Beahm; 2. SCA, Sean Piatt; 3. WVW, Adin Greenwald; 200 FREE RELAY – 1. SCA, (Pat Lawrence, Madore, Ian Schrock, Cattell) 1:31.55; 2. SCA; 3. WVW; 100 BACK – 1. SCA, Hillsley 55.65; 2. SCA, Gibble; 3. WVW, Alex Himlin; 100 BREAST – 1. SCA, Carter Hardy 1:04.75; 2. WVW, Paine Fleisher; 3. SCA, Benner; 400 FREE RELAY – 1. SCA, (Beahm, Lazny, Fritsch, Cattell) 3:23.36; 2. SCA; 3. WVW.


State College 117, Wyoming Valley West 63

Despite two first place finishes by Morgan Hanadel (100 fly, 100 back), Wyoming Valley Lake-Lehman 54, West came up short against South Williamsport 22 State College. In a nonconference dual, the Kayleigh Fishe contributed Black Knights picked up the win with a win in the 50 free with a paced by pins from Josh Sayre final time of 26.16 while Karina (132) and Robert Wright (152) Zabresky took the diving event and tech falls by Jake Winters with a score of 233.95. 200 MEDLEY RELAY – 1. SCA, (Anna and Josh Winters at 138 and 145, Farnsworth, Emily Pate, Danielle Feffer, Cassie Cigich) 1:53.47; 2. SCA; 3. WVW; 200 FREE – 1. respectively. Macy Blake 2:05.58; 2. SCA, Marie Gingher; Austin Harry (126) and Bryan SCA, 3. WVW, Desiree Holena; 200 IM – 1. SCA, Cigich 2:20.57; 2. SCA, Sarah Koberna; 3. SCA, Kelly Carter (160) chipped in major Miller; 50 FREE – 1. WVW, Kayleigh Fishe 26.16; decisions for Lehman. 2. SCA, Feffer; 3. SCA, Alisha Forrest; DIVING –


King’s men end skid Call it a mental health day for the Monarchs. After three weeks of close losses, King’s sent its seniors out in style, breaking a seven-game losing streak with an impressive 7954 thumping of Manhattanville on Saturday at Scandlon Gymnasium. It was the final home game for three senior captains, as reserve Eric Brown joined Kyle Stackhouse and Nick Reisig in the starting lineup. Stackhouse is finishing his fourth season as the Monarchs’ starting point guard. “I thought our motion offense actually was the best it looked all year,” King’s coach J.P. Andrejko said. “The ball was moving, we were finding open people and we were doing all the things we’ve

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1. WVW, Karina Zabresky 233.95; 2. SCA, Anna Clayton; 100 FLY – 1. WVW, Morgan Hanadel 1:01.63; 2. SCA, Farnsworth; 3. SCA, Forrest; 100 FREE – 1. SCA, Feffer 57.12; 2. SCA, Gingher; 3. WVW, Fishe; 500 FREE – 1. SCA, Cigich 5:33.05; 2. SCA, Pate; 3. WVW, Holena; 200 FREE RELAY – 1. SCA, (Feffer, Forrest, Jordan Garrigan, Farnsworth) 1:44.91; 2. SCA; 3. WVW; 100 BACK – 1. WVW, Hanadel 1:05.89; 2. SCA, Blake; 3. SCA, Miller; 100 BREAST – 1. SCA, Koberna 1:14.71; 2. SCA, Maddie Myford; 3. WVW, Brianna Gaylets; 400 FREE RELAY – 1. SCA, (Cigich, Pate, Forrest, Farnsworth) 3:53.14; 2. WVW; 3. SCA.

Seminary wins Tourney



Kyle Hammonds of King’s finds himself swarmed by Manhattanville defenders in Saturday’s Freedom Conference basketball game at Scandlon Gymnasium.

been working on and working on day after day. And that’s good. To continue to see progress is good.” That’s what Andrejko and his coaching staff will be looking at heading into the final two games of the season against local rivals Misericordia and Wilkes. The Monarchs (9-14, 4-8) were eliminated from contention for the Freedom Conference tournament earlier in the week. Sophomore Kyle Hammonds led all players with 20 points on

7-of-11 shooting, adding four The Valiants only got as close as steals. Matt Fiorino was 4-for-4 16 points in the final 20 minutes. on three-pointers for 16 points (54): Flynn 0-2 0-0 0, Venoff the bench. Tim O’Shea added turaMANHATTANVILLE 0-3 2-2 2, Pointer 3-7 0-0 6, Blackmon 0-3 0-0 0, Bramswig 4-6 0-0 8, Murray 1-6 4-4 6, Mazzei 4-6 10 and five rebounds. 0-0 9, Bertucci 3-8 2-3 9, Zohar 1-2 0-0 3, McGowan 0-0 0-0 0, Vargas 0-1 0-0 0, Campbell 1-4 1-2 3, A slow start on offense for Jovicic 1-3 1-3 4, Railton-Woodcock 2-4 0-0 4, both sides was quickly forgotten Emanuilidis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-55 10-14 54. (79): Stackhouse 1-3 0-2 2, Hammonds as King’s blazed past the Valiants 7-11KING'S 4-4 20, Brown 0-3 1-2 1, Reisig 3-6 2-2 9, Oakley 0-1 3-4 3, 4-5 4-4 16, Sam 0-2 0-0 0, Cafon 48 percent shooting in the frey 1-4 0-0 2,Fiorino Womack 1-5 1-2 3, O’Shea 4-7 2-3 10, Foster 2-7 2-2 8, Winder 2-5 1-3 5, Douglas 0-0 first half, including 6-of-10 from 0-0 0, Gilmore 0-0 0-0 0, Uhl 0-1 0-0 0, Gates 0-1 0-0 behind the arc. 0. Totals 25-61 20-28 79. Halftime— King’s, 45-25 When the blitz ended at half3-point field goals— MVC 4-19 (Zohar 1-1, Mazzei 1-2, Bertucci 1-2, Jovicic 1-3, Pointer 0-1, time, the Monarchs led 45-25 Vargas 0-1, Flynn 0-2, Murray 0-2, Campbell 0-2, 0-3); KC 9-23 (Fiorino 4-4, Hammonds 2-3, and never let Manhattanville Ventura Foster 2-7, Reisig 1-2, Sam 0-1, Caffrey 0-1, Wo(10-13, 4-8) back into the contest. mack 0-1, O’Shea 0-1, Winder 0-1, Brown 0-2)

headed into the third, the Penguins found themselves in an enormous hole. And that’s when the rookies took over. Gibbons struck first when he swept in a loose puck that bounced off Thompson in the crease to make it 3-2. Thompson evened things up when he teamed up with Gibbons and fellow rookie Matt Rust on a three-on-two with less than two minutes to play. Gibbons started the play when he dished the puck over to Rust in the slot, who then passed to Thompson on the side for the wrist shot goal. “We were put together (on a

line) to create offense,” Thompson said. “It was a huge goal for us and we could finally cash in for all the hard work we were putting in.” Thirty seconds into overtime, Zach Sill forced a turnover deep in the Portland end and the puck bounced out to Thompson in the corner. He sent a pass across the slot to Picard, who was wide open and placed a wrist shot inside the near post for the win. “I saw the opening and I was yelling as loud as I could,” said Picard, who was playing in his first game after a five-week absence due to an injury. “He put it right in my wheelhouse.” With the win, the Penguins ex-

tended their lead for first place in the East Division to three points over Hershey, who lost in a shootout on Saturday. The Penguins travel to Hershey today for 11th meeting between the two rivals. Notes • F Steve MacIntyre, D Boris Valabik (injury), D Carl Sneep (injury), D Philip Samuelsson, F Keven Veilleux (injury) were scratched for the Penguins. • Walker’s goal kept alive a Penguins power play streak of at least one goal in each of the last six games. • The Penguins are now 4-2 in overtime.

Like father, like daughter: Teen in line for unique feat The Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia — American teenager Jessica Korda moved into position for a twosport, father-daughter Australian double, shooting an even-par 73 in windy conditions Saturday to take the Women’s Australian Open lead at Royal Melbourne. Korda, the 18-year-old daughter of 1998 Australian Open tennis champion Petr Korda, had a 4under 215 total in the LPGA Tour opener on the historic club’s difficult Composite Course, the 2011 Presidents Cup venue that is hosting a women’s professional event for the first time. She opened with rounds of 72 and 70. “It would mean a lot,” Korda said about following her father with a Melbourne victory. “My Dad was world No. 2. I told him I want to beat that. It would be a great accomplishment, an awesome thing.” So Yeon Ryu, the U.S. Women’s Open champion who took a onestroke lead into the third round, was a stroke back along with fellow South Korean player Hee Kyung Seo and Australia’s Nikki Campbell. Ryu shot a 76, Seo had a 75, and Campbell a 70. “Normally my play style is very aggressive, but this course, it’s definitely not,” Ryu said. “Always my plan is just par.”

Top-ranked Yani Tseng, the winner the last two years at Commonwealth Golf Club, topped the group at 2 under after a 71. The Taiwanese star was still smarting from a three-hole stretch Friday in her second-round 76 when she dropped six strokes with a quadruple-bogey 8 and two bogeys. “I think I’m in very good position, especially with a course like this,” Tseng said. “So, tomorrow I’ll play more aggressive and try to get as many birdies as I can.” She knows that could get her in trouble. “Today, I just tried to slow down a bit and be patient all the time because these greens, it’s hard to make birdie and easy to make bogey,” Tseng said. “So, you also just have to be patient.” Canada’s Lorie Kane and American Katie Futcher also were 2 under. The 47-year-old Kane had a 72, and Futcher shot a 71. Korda birdied Nos. 7, 9 and 10 — all par 4s — for a share of the lead with Ryu at 6 under, but dropped strokes with bogeys on the par-4 13th and par-5 17th. “As things started going on and on, I started feeling shaky as the wind gusted toward the end of the day,” she said. “I finished pretty strong and kept at level par.” Last year as a rookie, she made eight cuts in15 LPGA Tour starts.







A M E R I C A N A team-by-team look at the American League entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:

EAST New York Yankees

Manager: Joe Girardi (fifth season). 2011: 97-65, first place, lost in division series. Training Town: Tampa, Fla. Park: George M. Steinbrenner Field. First Workout: Feb. 20/25. He’s Here: RHP Michael Pineda, RHP Hiroki Kuroda, INF-OF Bill Hall, 1B-DH Russell Branyan, RHP Manny Delcarmen, OF Dewayne Wise. He’s Outta Here: DH-1B Jorge Posada, RHP Bartolo Colon, RHP Hector Noesi, RHP Andrew Brackman, 3B Eric Chavez, DH-C Jesus Montero. Going campin’: Despite losing in the first round of the playoffs, the Yankees laid low for most of the offseason, passing on what they felt was a weak free-agent crop in the areas of their needs. But in a span of several hours on one January day, they beefed up their biggest problem area: starting pitching. New York signed Kuroda to a reasonable one-year, $10 million contract and acquired Pineda, a hard-throwing youngster, giving the club seven pitchers for five rotation spots. With Ivan Nova emerging as a rising star — going 16-4 in his rookie year — Phil Hughes could find himself in the bullpen, two seasons removed from winning 18 games. The big question is what will they do with A.J. Burnett, whose 5.15 ERA was third worst among all qualifying pitchers last season? The temperamental Burnett has two more years left on a five-year, $82.5 million contract and has struggled mightily the past two seasons. To get Pineda, the Yankees gave up young power hitter Montero. They still might try to sign a lefty bat to help fill the DH role. Alex Rodriguez, coming off an injury plagued year in which he hit only 16 homers, had experimental treatment on his right knee and left shoulder in Germany in December. He could see increased time at DH as could as Derek Jeter, who’ll turn 38 in June.

Tampa Bay Rays

Manager: Joe Maddon (seventh season). 2011: 91-71, wild card, lost in division series. Training Town: Port Charlotte, Fla. Park: Charlotte Sports Park. First Workout: Feb. 21/26. He’s Here: 1B Carlos Pena, OF Luke Scott, RHP Burke Badenhop, RHP Fernando Rodney, C Jose Molina, INF Jeff Keppinger. He’s Outta Here: DH-OF Johnny Damon, C Kelly Shoppach, C John Jaso, 1B Casey Kotchman, 1B Dan Johnson, OF Justin Ruggiano, RHP Juan Cruz, RHP Andy Sonnanstine. Going campin’: The budget-minded Rays, who have made the playoffs three of the past four seasons, surprisingly addressed their biggest offseason priorities — adding some power to the middle of the batting order and bolstering the bullpen — without parting with any of their surplus of young starting pitchers. Barring a last-minute trade, they’ll go to training camp with David Price, James Shields, Jeremy Hellickson, Wade Davis, Jeff Niemann and rookie Matt Moore, who earned the team’s only win in last year’s playoffs. Although executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman hasn’t ruled out the possibility of making a deal, he has stressed the Rays are comfortable with having an extra starter. Free agent sluggers Pena and Scott were added without sacrificing anything on defense, where Tampa Bay ranks as among best teams in the AL. Pena is a former Gold Glove first baseman who averaged 36 homers, 102 RBIs and 93 walks in an earlier four-year stint with Tampa Bay from 2007 to 2010. Scott replaces Damon as the team’s primary designated hitter and is capable of filling in defensively at first base and in the outfield. Keppinger is a utility player who provides another right-handed bat off the bench. Badenhop and Rodney join a bullpen that was rebuilt a year ago after the Rays lost six relievers to free agency.

Boston Red Sox

Manager: Bobby Valentine (first season). 2011: 90-72, third place. Training Town: Fort Myers, Fla. Park: JetBlue Park. First Workout: Feb. 21/25. He’s Here: Manager Bobby Valentine, OF Cody Ross, OF Ryan Sweeney, INF Nick Punto, C Kelly Shoppach, RHP Andrew Bailey, RHP Mark Melancon, RHP Vicente Padilla, RHP Aaron Cook. He’s Outta Here: RF J.D. Drew, RF

Josh Reddick, SS Marco Scutaro, INF Josh Lowrie, C Jason Varitek, RHP Tim Wakefield, RHP Dan Wheeler, LHP Erik Bedard, RHP Jonathan Papelbon. Going campin’: Valentine needs to restore order to a clubhouse that lacked discipline, which contributed to a 7-20 September that left the Red Sox out of the playoffs in Terry Francona’s last season as manager. Ben Cherington stayed away from high-priced signings when he became general manager after Theo Epstein took over as president of baseball operations of the Chicago Cubs. After signing Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to contracts worth $296 million last offseason, the Red Sox let Papelbon leave rather than sign the closer to an expensive deal. They hope Bailey, obtained from Oakland, can fill his role. Boston also picked up Melancon from Houston. He could fill the setup role that would be vacant if Daniel Bard makes the transition to starter. Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz return to the rotation, which still has several candidates for the No. 5 spot. With Drew gone and Crawford expected to miss the start of the season following left wrist surgery, Boston could open with Ross in left field and Sweeney in right. The Red Sox need Crawford to bounce back from a disappointing year. But with Gonzalez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis returning, the Red Sox lineup is strong.

Toronto Blue Jays

Manager: John Farrell (second season). 2011: 81-81, fourth place. Training Town: Dunedin, Fla. Park: Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 22/25. He’s Here: RHP Francisco Cordero, OF Ben Francisco, LHP Aaron Laffey, C Jeff Mathis, LHP Darren Oliver, RHP Sergio Santos, INF Luis Valbuena, INF Omar Vizquel. He’s Outta Here: RHP Shawn Camp, RHP Frank Francisco, OF Adam Loewen, C Jose Molina, RHP Jon Rauch, INF Mark Teahen, OF Dewayne Wise. Going campin’: The Blue Jays rebuilt their bullpen after blowing 25 save opportunities last season, tied for third most in baseball. Santos, a shortstop prospect the last time he was with the Blue Jays, was reacquired in a trade with the Chicago White Sox, and will be handed the closer’s job, with Oliver and Cordero taking the setup roles. Toronto failed to add another big bat behind Jose Bautista, who successfully defended his major league home run crown in 2011, and also came up short in its search for another arm to add to the rotation, an offseason priority for Farrell. Despite missing out on Japanese ace Yu Darvish, Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos remains confident in his young staff, led by left-hander Ricky Romero. Toronto’s only real position battle appears to be left field, where Travis Snider and Eric Thames will square off for the starting job.

Baltimore Orioles

Manager: Buck Showalter (second full season). 2011: 69-93, fifth place. Training Town: Sarasota, Fla. Park: Ed Smith Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 19/24. He’s Here: LHP Wei-Yin Chen, LHP Dana Eveland, RHP Jason Hammel, RHP Matt Lindstrom, LHP Tsuyoshi Wada, C Taylor Teagarden, 2B Matt Antonelli, OF Endy Chavez, CF Jai Miller, INF Wilson Betemit, INF Ryan Flaherty. He’s Outta Here: DH Vladimir Guerrero, LF Luke Scott, C Jake Fox, OF Felix Pie, RHP Chris Jakubauskas, RHP Jeremy Guthrie, LHP Jo-Jo Reyes, RHP Rick VandenHurk. Going campin’: After taking over for Andy MacPhail, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette promptly launched a worldwide search for viable pitching talent. His quest landed Chen of Taiwan and Japan’s Wada, along with a host of domestic hurlers. That means Showalter will have plenty to choose from in Florida as he seeks to assemble a viable starting rotation. The list of hopefuls includes newcomers Eveland and Hammel, as well as several young holdovers from last season (Zach Britton, Brian Matusz, Brad Bergesen, Jack Arrieta). Showalter also must determine whether to maintain shaky Kevin Gregg as the closer, and if oft-injured Brian Roberts is healthy enough to return to second base and bat leadoff. The Orioles aren’t going to be contenders this season, but hope to at least avoid a 15th consecutive losing season.





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CENTRAL Detroit Tigers

Manager: Jim Leyland (seventh season). 2011: 95-67, first place, lost in ALCS. Training Town: Lakeland, Fla. Park: Joker Marchant Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 20/24. He’s Here: 1B Prince Fielder, RHP Collin Balester, RHP Octavio Dotel, C Gerald Laird. He’s Outta Here: 3B Wilson Betemit, 2B Carlos Guillen, OF Magglio Ordonez, RHP Brad Penny, RHP Ryan Perry, 2B Will Rhymes, LHP Brad Thomas, RHP Joel Zumaya. Going campin’: Perhaps no team will be more fascinating to watch this season than the Tigers, who responded to Victor Martinez’s knee injury with a stunning $214 million bid for Fielder. To make room for the slugging first baseman, Detroit plans to move Miguel Cabrera to third and hope for the best defensively. Martinez could miss the whole season after left knee surgery, but the Tigers now have three of the game’s biggest stars — Fielder, Cabrera and Justin Verlander — all in their primes. Verlander won the Cy Young Award and MVP last season, helping the Tigers win the division by 15 games. Aside from Cabrera’s position switch, Detroit’s biggest question heading into spring training might be the fifth starter spot. Jacob Turner, who struck out 110 in 131 minor league innings last season, could be a candidate. Closer Jose Valverde will try for an encore performance after saving all 49 of his chances in 2011. Speed will be scarce with this lineup. Leadoff man Austin Jackson stole 22 bases last year but posted an on-base percentage of only .317 and stuck out 181 times. This will be Jackson’s third season and an important one for the young center fielder.

Cleveland Indians

Manager: Manny Acta (third season). 2011: 80-82, second place. Training Town: Goodyear, Ariz. Park: Goodyear Ballpark. First Workout: Feb. 22/25. He’s Here: RHP Derek Lowe, RHP Kevin Slowey, 1B Casey Kotchman, INF Russ Canzler, OF Aaron Cunningham, RHP Dan Wheeler, OF Ryan Spilborghs, C Matt Pagnozzi, RHP Jeremy Accardo, 3B Andy LaRoche, OF Fred Lewis, 3B Jose Lopez, OF Felix Pie, RHP Robinson Tejeda. He’s Outta Here: DH Jim Thome, OF Travis Buck, RHP Justin Germano, OF Jerad Head, OF Austin Kearns, RHP Zach Putnam, RHP Mitch Talbot. Going campin’: Without the funds to land any big-name free agents, the Indians’ priority this winter was to add depth in case of injuries and hopefully close on the Tigers, who put a crimp in Cleveland’s plans by signing slugger Prince Fielder for nine years. Lowe was a smart, low-risk addition to a solid rotation since the Braves will pay $10 million of his $15 million salary. Fausto Carmona’s arrest on identity fraud charges in the Dominican Republic forced the Indians to acquire Slowey, who went 0-8 for Minnesota last season. Carmona’s future with the club remains uncertain. Canzler and Cunningham will each have a chance to win roster spots. The biggest competition in camp will be between Jack Hannahan and Lonnie Chisenhall at third. An excellent fielder, Kotchman, coming off a career-best season at Tampa Bay, immediately improves Cleveland’s defense and his arrival likely means the disappointing Matt LaPorta will begin the season at Triple-A Columbus. Injuries ravaged the Indians last season, offsetting the 30-15 start that vaulted them into contention. The club will pay close attention this spring to former All-Star center fielder Grady Sizemore, who has been unable to stay on the field the past three seasons.

Chicago White Sox


Manager: Robin Ventura (first season). 2011: 79-83, third place. Training town: Glendale, Ariz. Park: Camelback Ranch. First workout: Feb. 23/28. He’s Here: Manager Robin Ventura, INF Osvaldo Martinez, RHP Jhan Marinez, RHP Nestor Molina, RHP Simon Castro, LHP Pedro Hernandez. He’s Outta Here: LHP Mark Buehrle, OF Carlos Quentin, OF Juan Pierre, RHP Sergio Santos, RHP Jason Frasor. Going campin’: Ventura was the surprise choice to replace his former teammate, the often outrageous Ozzie Guillen, as manager.






And Ventura, the former Sox third baseman, faces a big challenge in making the team competitive in the AL Central where the Tigers just added Prince Fielder. During an offseason that points to rebuilding, the White Sox either lost or dealt away their ace (Buehrle), their closer (Santos), a run-producing but oft-injured outfielder (Quentin) and their leadoff hitter (Pierre). In return they got a bevy of pitching prospects. Chicago is hoping DH Adam Dunn’s nightmarish first season (.159, 11 homers, 42 RBIs, 177 Ks) was an anomaly and that OF Alex Rios and 2B Gordon Beckham also shake off subpar seasons. John Danks got a new contract to replace Buehrle as ace and the White Sox desperately need a healthy Jake Peavy to return to the form he once displayed with the Padres. Matt Thornton, who struggled as the closer last April, will likely get another shot at the role with Santos off to Toronto. The Sox are counting on talented young outfielder Dayan Viciedo to take over in right for Quentin and are looking for another stellar season from their leader, 1B Paul Konerko.

Kansas City Royals

Manager: Ned Yost (third season). 2011: 71-91, fourth place. Training Town: Surprise, Ariz. Park: Surprise Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 21/25. He’s Here: LHP Jonathan Sanchez, LHP Jose Mijares, RHP Jonathan Broxton, LHP Ryan Verdugo, INF Yuniesky Betancourt. He’s Outta Here: CF Melky Cabrera, LHP Jeff Francis, LHP Aaron Laffey. Going campin’: The Royals upgraded their starting rotation by trading Cabrera, their center fielder, to San Francisco for Sanchez, and bolstered their bullpen by acquiring Mijares and Broxton. But that’s about all they’ve done this offseason, content to head into the season with the youngest lineup in baseball. The average age most nights will be about 27 years old, and several times last season it was 24. First baseman Eric Hosmer and third baseman Mike Moustakas are the cornerstones of the youth movement after arriving from the minors last season, while catcher Salvador Perez, second baseman Johnny Giavotella and shortstop Alcides Escobar showed flashes of brilliance. Jeff Francoeur is back in right field and Alex Gordon had a breakout season in left, and is trying to work out a long-term deal to stay with Kansas City. Hotshot prospect Lorenzo Cain will get the job in center. But pitching remains the biggest question mark. Bruce Chen is a solid veteran, Sanchez has been good when he’s been healthy, and Luke Hochevar showed signs of finally becoming an elite starter. Two more starters need to emerge from a pool that includes Danny Duffy, Felipe Paulino, Luis Mendoza and top prospect Mike Montgomery.

Minnesota Twins

Manager: Ron Gardenhire (11th season). 2011: 63-99, fifth place. Training Town: Ft. Myers, Fla. Park: Hammond Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 19/24. He’s Here: SS Jamey Carroll, RHP Joel Zumaya, OF Josh Willingham, RHP Jason Marquis, C Ryan Doumit. He’s Outta Here: RHP Joe Nathan, OF Michael Cuddyer, OF Jason Kubel, RHP Kevin Slowey, OF Jason Repko. Going campin’: It’s a new day in Minnesota. Gone are clubhouse pillars Nathan and Cuddyer, who served as leaders and spokesmen both on and off the field. Kubel was also a mainstay for years here, so the Twins will be even more dependent on 1B Justin Morneau, C Joe Mauer and CF Denard Span to come back healthy after missing huge chunks of time last year to injury. The hope is that Morneau and Span have put their concussion problems behind them and Mauer reports fully healthy and in shape when camp opens. If that happens, a strong nucleus will be back for a team that is used to being a factor in the division. If those three stars cannot stay healthy, and if the ace-less starting rotation struggles again to get hitters out, it could be another long season at Target Field. Gardenhire has promised a renewed focus on fundamentals in camp this spring. “Playing the right way” used to be this franchise’s hallmark, but errors in the field and on the bases contributed to the team’s woeful finish.

WEST Texas Rangers


Manager: Ron Washington (sixth season). 2011: 96-66, first place, AL champions, lost World Series. Training Town: Surprise, Ariz. Park: Surprise Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 23/26.

He’s Here: RHP Yu Darvish, RHP Joe Nathan. He’s Outta Here: LHP C.J. Wilson, LHP Darren Oliver. Going campin’: After consecutive World Series appearances, and twice in Game 6 last year coming within one strike of a title before losing to St. Louis in seven games, the Rangers have established themselves as one of baseball’s most solid teams. The top-hitting lineup in the majors will be basically unchanged and Texas countered the loss of Wilson in free agency — he took a five-year deal from the AL West rival Los Angeles Angels — by signing Darvish. The Rangers committed more than $107 million to acquire Japan’s top pitcher, including a $56 million, six-year contract. That isn’t the only change in the rotation. Hardthrowing closer Neftali Feliz is switching to a starting role, a move made easier by the signing of Nathan, the veteran free agent closer. Plus, All-Star right-hander Alexi Ogando is expected to move back into the bullpen after winning 13 games as a starter last year. Slugger Josh Hamilton’s admitted one-night relapse with alcohol during the offseason created questions about his long-term future with the Rangers. The outfielder can be a free agent after this season, but the team put on indefinite hold talks about a contract extension. Texas has hired a new special staff assistant whose job includes being in a support role for Hamilton. Johnny Narron did that before he left this winter to become Milwaukee’s hitting coach. Hamilton, who hit .298 with 25 home runs in 121 games last season, had sports hernia surgery in November after playing injured throughout the postseason.

Los Angeles Angels

Manager: Mike Scioscia (13th season). 2011: 86-76, second place. Training Town: Tempe, Ariz. Park: Tempe Diablo Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 20/27. He’s Here: 1B Albert Pujols, LHP C.J. Wilson, C Chris Iannetta, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, INF Jorge Cantu, OF Ryan Langerhans, LHP Brad Mills. He’s Outta Here: C Jeff Mathis, RHP Joel Pineiro, RHP Tyler Chatwood, INF Russell Branyan, OF Reggie Willits. Going campin’: The Angels begin a season of sky-high expectations with the arrival of Pujols, the threetime NL MVP coming off his second World Series title with St. Louis. The Angels’ $240-million man will arrive at camp a week early to integrate himself into a lineup that often sputtered last season. He’s joined by Orange County native Wilson, who spurned the AL West rival Rangers to join a stellar rotation alongside Jered Weaver, Dan Haren and Ervin Santana. Perhaps the player with the most spring work to do is Iannetta, acquired from Colorado to run the pitching staff while hopefully providing more offense than the trio of punchless hitters who held the job last year. While Pujols settles in, the Angels must figure out what to do with fellow first basemen Mark Trumbo, who led the club in homers and RBIs as a rookie last season, and Kendrys Morales, who’s cautiously optimistic he’ll return this spring from nearly two years away with a broken left ankle. Trumbo, who’s also coming back from surgery, and Morales might work on learning new positions in spring. Aside from the additions, much of last season’s lineup returns intact after GM Jerry Dipoto swiftly re-signed several arbitration-eligible players. Even with several big decisions to make in the spring, Scioscia believes Los Angeles has all the pieces necessary to get back to the postseason after a two-year absence.

Oakland Athletics

Manager: Bob Melvin (first full season). 2011: 74-88, third place. Training Town: Phoenix. Park: Phoenix Municipal Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 19/25. He’s Here: Manager Bob Melvin, LF Seth Smith, RF Josh Reddick, OF Jonny

With a calmer approach and a mature attitude, Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander is making the jump from mere staff ace to one of baseball’s most dominant pitchers.

Gomes, RHP Bartolo Colon, RHP Jarrod Parker, RHP Ryan Cook, OF Collin Cowgill. He’s Outta Here: RHP Trevor Cahill, LHP Gio Gonzalez, RHP Andrew Bailey, OF Ryan Sweeney, LHP Craig Breslow, RHP Guillermo Moscoso, LHP Josh Outman. Going campin’: Center fielder Coco Crisp re-signed, and that became quite a bright spot and big deal considering the way new-look Oakland traded away much of its roster this winter in the hopes of landing a new ballpark in San Jose and rebuilding accordingly in anticipation of playing in a new venue. Yet that’s still a long way off, with commissioner Bud Selig yet to rule whether the low-budget A’s can leave the rundown Oakland Coliseum and move into the San Francisco Giants’ territory. Owner Lew Wolff, GM Billy Beane and Oakland’s brass are preparing as if they’ll get the OK — and soon. The rotation will be young with big holes to fill after the A’s dealt two top starters in Cahill and Gonzalez and also All-Star closer Bailey. LHP Dallas Braden is working his way back from surgery on his pitching shoulder, so it could be tough for the A’s early as Melvin figures out who he can count on regularly in a division that has already improved drastically with the addition of slugger Albert Pujols with the Angels and star Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish with the two-time reigning AL champion Texas Rangers. The A’s have another quick spring to prepare before again opening the season in Japan, on March 28 against the Seattle Mariners. Oakland, which hasn’t reached the playoffs or had a winning season since being swept by the Tigers in the 2006 AL championship series, also played in Japan vs. Boston four years ago.

Seattle Mariners

Manager: Eric Wedge (second season). 2011: 67-95, fourth place. Training Town: Peoria, Ariz. Park: Peoria Sports Complex. First Workout: Feb. 12/18. He’s Here: C-DH Jesus Montero, RHP Hector Noesi, LHP George Sherrill, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma, RHP Kevin Millwood, INF Munenori Kawasaki, INF Carlos Guillen, C John Jaso. He’s Outta Here: RHP Michael Pineda, INF Adam Kennedy, RHP Josh Lueke, C Josh Bard. Going campin’: The Mariners failed this offseason to land the muchneeded, established slugger to help address their three-year offensive slump so they dealt young All-Star Pineda to the New York Yankees for Montero, a top prospect, and Noesi. While Montero’s ability behind the plate is still up for debate, there’s a lot of enthusiasm for the potential he brings to a lineup that was the worst in baseball last season. Wedge will be doing some serious lineup juggling during the spring with the initial plan being to move Ichiro Suzuki out of the leadoff spot. Dustin Ackley or perhaps Chone Figgins, whose $36 million investment has so far been a bust, are candidates to take his spot. Wedge must also sort out a traffic jam in left field where Mike Carp, Casper Wells, Michael Saunders, Carlos Peguero and Trayvon Robinson all saw time last season. Much of spring training, which starts for Seattle a week earlier than anyone else in baseball because the Mariners open the season in Japan against Oakland, will focus on the young pitching staff. Starting prospects James Paxton, Taijuan Walker and Danny Hultzen will all get a chance to make the squad, although it’ll be difficult. Still, the Mariners starting staff expects to be their strength with Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas, newcomer Hisashi Iwakuma and Noesi.






N AT I O N A L A team-by-team look at the National League entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:

EAST Philadelphia Phillies

Manager: Charlie Manuel (eighth season). 2011: 102-60, first place, lost in division series. Training Town: Clearwater, Fla. Park: Bright House Field. First Workout: Feb. 19/24. He’s Here: RHP Jonathan Papelbon, RHP Chad Qualls, LHP Dontrelle Willis, 1B Jim Thome, INF Ty Wigginton, OF Laynce Nix, OF Juan Pierre, OF Scott Podsednik, RHP Joel Pineiro, RHP Brian Sanches. He’s Outta Here: RHP Roy Oswalt, RHP Brad Lidge, OF Raul Ibanez, RHP Ryan Madson, OF Ross Gload, OF Ben Francisco, INF Wilson Valdez. Going campin’: Five straight NL East titles have set the bar very high in Philadelphia. Anything less than a World Series championship isn’t considered a success for the Phillies. They set a franchise record for wins last year and have finished with the best record in the majors two straight years, but they’ve regressed each season since winning the World Series in 2008. They lost the World Series in 2009, were eliminated in the NLCS in 2010 and got knocked out in the first round last year. With aces Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels anchoring the rotation and new closer Papelbon in the fold, the Phillies have enough pitching to go deep. But hitting has been the team’s biggest problem in recent postseasons and the offense might be missing Ryan Howard at the start of the season as the big slugger recovers from an Achilles injury sustained on the final swing last year. With the Marlins and Nationals improved, it’ll be tougher for the Phillies to cruise to another division title. Still, they head to spring training as the team to beat in the East.

Atlanta Braves

Manager: Fredi Gonzalez (second season). 2011: 89-73, second place. Training Town: Kissimmee, Fla. Park: Champion Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 20/25. He’s Here: SS Tyler Pastornicky. He’s Outta Here: RHP Derek Lowe, SS Alex Gonzalez, OF Nate McLouth, INF Brooks Conrad, RHP Scott Linebrink, LHP George Sherrill. Going campin’: The Braves decided to stand pat after a historic collapse last September, when they gave away a seemingly safe lead in the wild-card race and missed the playoffs on the final day of the season. The only major change figures to be rookie Pastornicky taking over at shortstop for Alex Gonzalez. The rest of the lineup will look the same as 2010, when Atlanta failed to find any sort of consistent run production. Much of the attention this spring will be focused on right fielder Jason Heyward, who followed up a promising rookie season with a hugely disappointing sophomore campaign (.227, 14 homers, 42 RBIs). If Heyward bounces back — and he’s only 22 — the Braves’ lineup will look a lot more imposing, especially with Michael Bourn leading off for an entire season. Atlanta is also counting on second baseman Dan Uggla to avoid the dismal start that left him with a .233 average, even though he did lead the team with 36 homers and 82 RBIs. Third baseman Chipper Jones keeps chugging along as he approaches his 40th birthday, still providing pop in the middle of the order (.275, 18, 70). The strength of the team is undoubtedly the pitching staff, which might be even stronger now that Lowe, a 17-game loser, has been dealt to Cleveland. Tim Hudson, who had 16 wins, is coming off back surgery and may not be ready to go at the start of spring, but he’s not expected to miss an extended period. The Braves also will be keeping an eye on young starters Jair Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson, both plagued by injuries at the end of last season but now insisting they’re fully healthy. There’s plenty of candidates for the final two spots in the rotation with Brandon Beachy, Mike Minor, Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran expected to compete in the spring. The bullpen was dominant most of the season with NL Rookie of the Year Craig Kimbrel (46 saves), Jonny Venters (1.84 ERA) and Eric O’Flaherty (0.98). But the trio faded down the stretch as the team slumped, and Gonzalez will be looking for ways to keep them fresh for the entire year. Gonzalez will be under scrutiny, as well, after his debut season taking over for Bobby Cox ended with that awful September swoon.

Washington Nationals

Manager: Davey Johnson (first full season). 2011: 80-81, third place. Training Town: Viera, Fla. Park: Space Coast Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 20/25. He’s Here: RHP Edwin Jackson, LHP Gio Gonzalez, RHP Brad Lidge, OF Mike Cameron, INF Mark DeRosa, RHP Chad Durbin, INF-OF Mark Teahen.

He’s Outta Here: RHP Livan Hernandez, OF Jonny Gomes, RHP Todd Coffey, OF Laynce Nix. Going campin’: All eyes will be on 19-year-old outfielder Bryce Harper, the No. 1 pick in the 2010 amateur draft. Will he make the club in spring training? Or, more likely, will he get some more seasoning in the minors first? After ending their streak of last-place finishes, the Nationals aim to finally be a factor and play meaningful games in September. Led by Stephen Strasburg, Washington’s rotation got much-needed boosts from Jackson and Gonzalez. Lidge joins a bullpen that already was a strength. Now the key will be whether the offense produces despite no major additions — unless, that is, Harper is on the opening-day roster.

New York Mets

Manager: Terry Collins (second season). 2011: 77-85, fourth place. Training Town: Port St. Lucie, Fla. Park: Digital Domain Park. First Workout: Feb. 22/27. He’s Here: CF Andres Torres, RHP Ramon Ramirez, RHP Frank Francisco, RHP Jon Rauch, INF Ronny Cedeno, C Rob Johnson, RHP Fernando Cabrera. He’s Outta Here: SS Jose Reyes, CF Angel Pagan, LHP Chris Capuano, C Ronny Paulino, RHP Jason Isringhausen, OF Willie Harris, 1B-OF Nick Evans, RHP Chris Young. Going campin’: Not long ago, the Mets spent their winters landing big-name prizes like Johan Santana, Francisco Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran. Now they hunt for bargains — if they even shop at all. Coming off three straight losing seasons and mired in a financial mess, New York has slashed its bloated payroll below $100 million and started looking toward the future. The team’s owners are being sued for hundreds of millions of dollars by the trustee seeking money for victims of the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme, with a trial set to start March 19. What happens in court could determine the club’s fate, overshadowing almost everything at spring training. After trading Rodriguez and Beltran last summer, the Mets didn’t even make a formal offer as Reyes, a homegrown star, left for a $106 million, six-year deal with the division-rival Marlins. The next big question is whether third baseman David Wright, the face of the franchise, will follow Reyes out the door. The team holds a $16 million club option for 2013, which gets voided if Wright is traded this year. Besides that issue, much of the focus this spring will be on Santana’s health. The two-time Cy Young Award winner hasn’t pitched in the majors since undergoing shoulder surgery in September 2010, and it’s unclear if he’ll be ready for opening day as the Mets prepare to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Most of the rotation, however, returns intact. New York will hope for a bounce-back season from RHP Mike Pelfrey and continued progress by LHP Jonathon Niese, RHP Dillon Gee and RF Lucas Duda. With the money they did spend in the offseason, the Mets tried to upgrade an ineffective bullpen. Francisco is the new closer. New York also moved in the fences at spacious Citi Field, hoping that will benefit Wright and big-money bust Jason Bay. Lighthitting youngster Ruben Tejada takes over for Reyes at shortstop, while New York tries to squeeze Daniel Murphy’s bat — and surgically repaired knees — in at second base. Promising 1B Ike Davis is expected back after missing most of last season with a slow-to-heal ankle injury. Still, fans are extremely frustrated. Or even worse, disinterested. And the situation could get worse before it gets better. This looks like a last-place team in the powerful NL East, where everyone else has been loading up.

Miami Marlins

Manager: Ozzie Guillen (first season). 2011: 72-90, fifth place. Training Town: Jupiter, Fla. Park: Roger Dean Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 22/25. He’s Here: Manager Ozzie Guillen, SS Jose Reyes, LHP Mark Buehrle, RHP Carlos Zambrano, RHP Heath Bell, LHP Wade LeBlanc, RHP Chad Gaudin, OF Aaron Rowand, OF Austin Kearns. He’s Outta Here: RHP Chris Volstad, RHP Clay Hensley, RHP Brian Sanches, RHP Burke Badenhop, C John Baker. Going campin’: The Marlins have a new name, new ballpark and new manager. They also have a new financial philosophy that resulted in an offseason spending spree unprecedented in franchise history. Free-agent deals totaling $191 million netted the Marlins three All-Stars in Reyes, Buehrle and Bell. The Marlins also hired the outspoken Guillen and traded for the hotheaded Zambrano, ensuring lots of attention for a team that finished last in the NL in attendance each of the past seven years. The biggest spring training questions will be whether Guillen can sell AllStar shortstop Hanley Ramirez on a switch to third base to make room for Reyes, and whether ace RHP Josh Johnson is healthy. Johnson made only nine starts last year because of shoulder inflammation. The Marlins hope for signs this spring that second baseman Chris Coghlan can regain his 2009 NL Rookie of the Year form, and they’ll give speedy utilityman Emilio





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CENTRAL Milwaukee Brewers

Manager: Ron Roenicke (second season). 2011: 96-66, first place, lost in NLCS. Training Town: Phoenix. Park: Maryvale Baseball Park. First Workout: Feb. 20/25. He’s Here: 3B Aramis Ramirez, SS Alex Gonzalez, OF Norichika Aoki, RHP Jose Veras. He’s Outta Here: 1B Prince Fielder, INF Craig Counsell, INF Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B Casey McGehee, SS Yuniesky Betancourt, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, RHP Takashi Saito. Going campin’: Coming off one of the most memorable seasons in franchise history, the Brewers have had an anxious offseason. As expected, Prince Fielder left as a free agent, signing a nine-year, $214 million deal with Detroit. What wasn’t expected: NL MVP Ryan Braun being suspended for 50 games under baseball’s drug policy — and having to await a verdict on his appeal. Yes, the arrival of former Cubs slugger Aramis Ramirez will help make up for some of the offense that was lost when Fielder left. But if the Brewers are going to contend again this season, they’ll likely have to do it based more on pitching and defense than they have in the past. Second baseman Rickie Weeks is the only returning starter from last year’s infield. Mat Gamel gets the first shot at replacing Fielder, although Corey Hart will spend part of spring training getting work at first base. Alex Gonzalez is expected to be a defensive upgrade over Yuniesky Betancourt. Ramirez takes over at third. Milwaukee’s pitching was strong last season and should be even better with Zack Greinke healthy to start the year and a full season with Francisco Rodriguez in the setup role. One of the more intriguing story lines of spring training will be the arrival of outfielder Norichika Aoki, a three-time Central League batting champion in Japan.

St. Louis Cardinals

Manager: Mike Matheny (first season). 2011: 90-72, wild card, won World Series. Training Town: Jupiter, Fla. Park: Roger Dean Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 19/24 He’s Here: Manager Mike Matheny, OF Carlos Beltran, LHP J.C. Romero, pitching coach Derek Lilliquist, INF Alex Cora. He’s Outta Here: Manager Tony La Russa, pitching coach Dave Duncan, 1B Albert Pujols, RHP Edwin Jackson, INF Ryan Theriot, INF Nick Punto, C Gerald Laird, RHP Octavio Dotel, LHP Arthur Rhodes. Going campin’: New manager, new pitching coach, new No. 3 hitter after their surprising title run. Matheny will be filling out lineup cards — without Pujols to pencil in — for the first time instead of La Russa, who retired No. 3 on the career victory list behind only Connie Mack and John McGraw. At least Lilliquist has some experience after getting tested late last season when Duncan took an extended leave of absence to tend to his ailing wife. Matheny could plug Beltran, Matt Holliday or Lance Berkman into the slot Pujols commandeered for 11 Hall of Fame-trajectory seasons before bolting to the Angels, or he could mix and match. Signing Beltran and resigning shortstop Rafael Furcal ($7 million) took most of the money the Cardinals would have spent keeping Pujols. The lineup figures to be deeper with David Freese emerging in October as the NLCS and World Series MVP and Allen Craig also coming off a clutch postseason, although Craig could miss the first month of the season rehabbing from knee surgery. The biggest boost overall might come from a familiar face. Former 20-game winner Adam Wainwright is back from elbow surgery and rejoins Chris Carpenter at the top of the rotation.

Cincinnati Reds


Manager: Dusty Baker (fourth season). 2011: 79-83, third place. Training Town: Goodyear, Ariz. Park: Goodyear Ballpark. First Workout: Feb. 19/24. He’s Here: RHP Mat Latos, RHP closer Ryan Madson, LHP Sean Marshall, RHP Andrew Brackman, LHP Jeff Francis, OF Ryan Ludwick, INF Wilson Valdez, OF/INF Willie Harris. He’s Outta Here: C Ramon Hernandez, RHP closer Francisco Cordero, LHP Travis Wood, RHP Edinson Volquez, LHP Dontrelle Willis, INF Yonder Alonso, OF Fred Lewis, SS Edgar Renteria, C Yasmani Grandal. Going campin’: The Reds won the NL Central in 2010 with a nucleus of young players and spent the following offseason signing them to long-term deals. They returned their roster virtually intact for 2011 and watched it struggle, especially the rotation. So, GM Walt Jocketty took a far different approach this offseason, making a series of trades and free agent signings to give the pitching staff a new look. They traded four players, including starter Volquez and top prospect Alonso, to San Diego for starter Latos. The rotation now features RHP Johnny Cueto, Latos and Bronson Arroyo in the first three spots, with RHP Homer Bailey and Mike Leake in the competition for the last two spots. Madson replaces Cordero as the








closer, with Marshall giving the Reds another dependable setup man. The Reds still have to figure out what to do at three positions. Rookie shortstop Zack Cozart had surgery on his non-throwing elbow last year, but is first in line for the starting job. Third baseman Scott Rolen had surgery on his left shoulder, which was a chronic problem and limited him to 65 games last season. The Reds will see how it responds during spring training. Left field is open for competition once again. The Reds’ main wish for spring training is to stay healthy. Last year, Bailey and Cueto came down with shoulder problems and Arroyo developed mononucleosis during spring training.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Manager: Clint Hurdle (second season). 2011: 72-90, fourth place. Training Town: Bradenton, Fla. Park: McKechnie Field. First Workout: Feb. 19/24. He’s Here: LHP Erik Bedard, C Rod Barajas, SS Clint Barmes, OF Nate McLouth, 3B Casey McGehee. He’s Outta Here: 1B Derrek Lee, OF Ryan Ludwick, LHP Paul Maholm, SS Ronny Cedeno, SS Pedro Ciriaco, C Ryan Doumit, C Chris Snyder, RHP Jose Veras. Going campin’: The Pirates generated plenty of buzz last season, leading the division in late July before collapsing down the stretch en route to the franchise’s 19th straight losing season. Hurdle infused the clubhouse with a needed dash of optimism and the team worked somewhat aggressively — given its salary limitations — during the offseason to plug in holes until help comes from the minors. The Pirates signed Bedard to a one-year deal, hoping he can shake off the injuries that have limited him in recent seasons and become a top-end starter. He’ll fill in for Maholm, the team’s longest tenured player before he signed with the Cubs. Barajas is 36 but the team believes he can catch anywhere from 100-120 games, and his bat will be welcome in one of baseball’s weakest lineups. Barmes signed a two-year deal, citing his relationship with Hurdle in Colorado as a major reason for moving to Pittsburgh. McGehee is insurance in case Pedro Alvarez can’t shake out of the sophomore slump he endured in 2011, while McLouth returns to the Pirates after spending time in Atlanta. The team continues to build around All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen, second baseman Neil Walker and right fielder Jose Tabata, with Alvarez needing to make an impact if Pittsburgh wants to build on 2011. The rotation appears to be set, and AllStar closer Joel Hanrahan anchors the bullpen.

Chicago Cubs

Manager: Dale Sveum (first season). 2011: 71-91, fifth place. Training Town: Mesa, Ariz. Park: Fitch Park; HoHoKam Park. First Workout: Feb. 19/24. He’s Here: LHP Paul Maholm, RHP Chris Volstad, LHP Travis Wood, 1B Anthony Rizzo, 3B Ian Stewart, OF David DeJesus, LHP Trever Miller, RHP Andy Sonnanstine. He’s Outta Here: Manager Mike Quade, RHP Carlos Zambrano, 3B Aramis Ramirez, 1B Carlos Pena, LHP Sean Marshall, RHP Andrew Cashner, C Koyie Hill. Going campin’: The Cubs brought in Theo Epstein as president of baseball operations, luring him from the Red Sox to be the same championshipdrought buster he was in Boston. The Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908 but Epstein’s mantra has been to build for the future. Chicago has added depth to its pitching rotation, ridded itself of mercurial one-time ace Carlos Zambrano and brought in everyday players David DeJesus and Ian Stewart to see if they can shake off poor seasons. The remake of the front office also included the hiring of GM Jed Hoyer from the Padres. There’s also the lingering question about star SS Starlin Castro, who had 207 hits a year ago but has been questioned about an alleged sexual assault. No charges have been filed. RHP Matt Garza, who settled for a $9.25 million contract shortly before an arbitration hearing, has been the subject of trade rumors throughout the offseason. The Cubs were shaky on defense a year ago and Sveum will demand more hustle, but his biggest chore could be finding run-producers after the departures of Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena.

Houston Astros

Manager: Brad Mills (third season). 2011: 56-106, sixth place. Training Town: Kissimmee, Fla. Park: Osceola

County Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 20/26. He’s Here: OF Jack Cust, INF Jed Lowrie, RHP Kyle Weiland, C Chris Snyder, RHP Livan Hernandez, LHP Zach Duke. He’s Outta Here: RHP Mark Melancon, SS Clint Barmes, LF Jason Michaels. Going campin’: The Astros had the worst record in the majors and in franchise history last season. They’ve got a new owner in Jim Crane, who bought the team from Drayton McLane, but with a roster filled with young, unproven players their outlook for this season is about the same as last year’s. Former general manager

Ed Wade shed almost all of Houston’s recognizable players in the last two seasons trying to replenish the farm system. He was let go soon after Crane took over. New GM Jeff Luhnow is now in charge of trying to turn this franchise around in its farewell season in the National League before next season’s move to the AL. Returning for the Astros is one of last year’s bright spots in third baseman Jimmy Paredes. He hit .286 in 46 games after being promoted from Double-A. First baseman Carlos Lee, who is virtually the only veteran non-pitcher on the roster, returns for the last season of the $100 million contract he signed in 2007 after hitting 18 homers with 94 RBIs in 2011. Catcher Jason Castro won’t be ready for the start of spring training after offseason surgery on his left foot, but the Astros hope he can finally be their full-time catcher this season after injuries have sidelined him since he was a rookie in 2010. RHP Brett Myers leads the rotation and will try to improve on last season’s 7-14 record. He’s joined by lefty Wandy Rodriguez who was 11-11 last year. Brandon Lyon, who had an 11.48 ERA in just 15 games of an injuryplagued 2011, figures to be the closer after Houston traded Melancon to the Red Sox.

WEST Arizona Diamondbacks

Manager: Kirk Gibson (second season). 2011: 94-68, first place, lost in division series. Training Town: Scottsdale, Ariz. Park: Salt River Fields. First Workout: Feb. 20/25. He’s Here: OF Jason Kubel, RHP Trevor Cahill, LHP Craig Breslow, RHP Takashi Saito, RHP Jonathan Albaladejo. He’s Outta Here: OF-1B Xavier Nady, LHP Zach Duke, OF Colin Cowgill, SS Josh Wilson, 3B Sean Burroughs, RHP Jarrod Parker, RHP Esmerling Vasquez. Going campin’: The Diamondbacks only tinkered with their roster after their surprising worst-to-first run in 2011. General manager Kevin Towers added ex-Oakland right-hander Cahill and, in a somewhat surprising move, signed free-agent Kubel to play left field, leaving Gold Glove winner Gerardo Parra to back up all three outfield positions. Towers also bolstered the bullpen with the addition of Breslow. A major question is whether SS Stephen Drew will be back from a broken ankle. The team re-signed slick-fielding, light-hitting John McDonald to play in Drew’s place if necessary. Arizona also re-signed 2B Aaron Hill. McDonald and Hill were acquired from Toronto late in the season and both were significant contributors to Arizona’s successful stretch run. The rotation looks set with Ian Kennedy, Daniel Hudson, Cahill, Josh Collmenter and lefty Joe Saunders. But the team has two bright prospects in RHP Trevor Bauer and LHP Tyler Skaggs. Last year, Gibson used spring training to drill in a winning attitude.

San Francisco Giants

Manager: Bruce Bochy (sixth season). 2011: 86-76, second place. Training Town: Scottsdale, Ariz. Park: Scottsdale, Stadium. First Workout: Feb. 19/24. He’s Here: OF Melky Cabrera, OF Angel Pagan, INF Ryan Theriot, RHP Clay Hensley. He’s Outta Here: RF Carlos Beltran, CF Andres Torres, RHP Ramon Ramirez, OF Cody Ross, OF Pat Burrell. Going campin’: Star catcher Buster Posey’s return from a devastating injury last May will be among the top stories this spring. The 2010 NL Rookie of the Year was lost for the season after tearing three ligaments in his left ankle and fracturing a bone in his lower leg in a frightening home plate collision with Florida’s Scott Cousins on May 25. Second baseman Freddy Sanchez also is expected to be at full strength again after his season was cut short following labrum surgery on his right shoulder in August. The Giants are determined to contend in the NL West again after they missed returning to the playoffs during an injury-plagued season following that improbable World Series championship in 2010 — and Arizona seems poised to defend its division title. San Francisco gave ace Tim Lincecum a $40.5 million, two-year contract this offseason with incentives, and slugger Pablo Sandoval was rewarded with a $17.15 million, three-year contract. The 25-year-old third baseman became an All-Star last season after losing nearly 40 pounds during a rigorous offseason regimen. He batted .315 with 23 home runs and 70 RBIs in 2011. San Francisco hopes for comeback seasons from a few others, too. Aubrey Huff, rewarded with a $22 million, two-year contract last offseason after hitting .290 with a team-leading 26 home runs and 86 RBIs in 2010, batted just .246 with 12 homers and 59 RBIs in 2011. He’s been on a fitness kick this winter and is determined to return to form. LHP Barry Zito begins the sixth season of his $126 million, seven-year contract looking to prove himself once again. He is slated as the fifth starter going into spring training. Zito — left off the postseason roster for all three rounds in 2010 — is owed $19 million this season, $20 million in 2013 and has an $18 million team option with a $7 million buyout in 2014. Will the Giants score enough runs to support Lincecum and Matt Cain and give them enough incentive to stay put for the long haul as GM Brian Sabean hopes?

Los Angeles Dodgers

Manager: Don Mattingly (second season). 2011: 82-79, third place. Training Town: Glendale, Ariz. Park: Camelback Ranch. First Workout: Feb. 22/28. He’s Here: 2B Mark Ellis, LF Juan Rivera, 2B Adam Kennedy, LHP Chris Capuano, INF-OF Jerry Hairston Jr., RHP Aaron Harang, RHP Mike MacDougal, C Matt Treanor, RHP Todd Coffey. He’s Outta Here: RHP Hiroki Kuroda, RHP Jonathan Broxton, RHP Vicente Padilla, 3B Casey Blake, SS Jamey Carroll, C Rod Barajas, LHP Hong-Chih Kuo, LHP Dana Eveland. Going campin’: The biggest news will develop away from spring training as the sale of the team is expected to close by April 30. That’s the date current owner Frank McCourt is due to give former wife Jamie a $131 million divorce settlement. McCourt placed the team in bankruptcy last year and he will get to select the new owner as part of an agreement with Major League Baseball. At least nine bidders are reported to be in the running, with a second round of bidding believed set for the beginning of March. RF Andre Ethier, a Gold Glove winner, signed a $10.95 million, one-year deal and will be looking for a productive season to position himself for free agency in 2013. His right knee bothered him last season and he had surgery in September. The biggest offseason acquisitions were Capuano and Harang, who will fill out a veteran rotation led by Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, LHP Ted Lilly and RHP Chad Billingsley. With Broxton, a two-time All-Star, off to Kansas City after an injury-marred 2011, look for Javy Guerra and Kenley Jansen to anchor the closer’s role.

Colorado Rockies

Manager: Jim Tracy (fourth season). 2011: 73-89, fourth place. Training Town: Scottsdale, Ariz. Park: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. First Workout: Feb. 19/27. He’s Here: RHP Jeremy Guthrie, OF Michael Cuddyer, 2B Marco Scutaro, C Ramon Hernandez, 3B Casey Blake, RHP Tyler Chatwood, RHP Guillermo Moscoso, LHP Josh Outman, OF Tyler Colvin, LHP Jamie Moyer, INF D.J. LeMahieu. He’s Outta Here: RHP Huston Street, RHP Jason Hammel, RHP Matt Lindstrom, OF Seth Smith, C Chris Iannetta, 3B Ian Stewart, RHP Casey Weathers, RHP Clayton Mortensen. Going campin’: Veteran leader Todd Helton welcomes the low public expectations surrounding the Rockies this year. From poor pitching to a lack of timely hitting, the Rockies plummeted under the weight of heavy expectations in 2011. Their best seasons, playoff runs in 2007 and 2009, both came out of the blue. Maybe 2012 will be the same, Helton reasons. Last year, everybody was calling them the prohibitive favorite in the NL West after they committed $273 million in contracts to lock up some of their young stars. They spent 38 days in first place before the trap door swung open and sent them plummeting to the most disappointing season in their history. GM Dan O’Dowd went about changing the clubhouse culture in the offseason, bringing in proven veterans Cuddyer, Guthrie, Hernandez and Scutaro. He stockpiled arms during the winter, leaving Tracy with several rotation candidates. The projected group going into camp is Guthrie, Jhoulys Chacin, Drew Pomeranz, Juan Nicasio and Moscoso, with Alex White, Chatwood, Outman, Moyer and Esmil Rogers all competing for spots, too. Jorge De La Rosa hopes to be back from Tommy John surgery by late May, and Nicasio has made a remarkable recovery from a broken neck when he got hit in the face by a comebacker last year. Star slugger Carlos Gonzalez said he’s better prepared for this season after spending more time focusing on baseball and not getting caught up in his newfound celebrity as he did a year earlier, which he now realizes led to his slow start in 2011. SS Troy Tulowitzki recommitted himself and worked out during the offseason.

San Diego Padres

Manager: Bud Black (sixth season). 2011: 71-91, fifth place. Training Town: Peoria, Ariz. Park: Peoria Sports Complex First Workout: Feb. 20/25. He’s Here: LF Carlos Quentin, 1B Yonder Alonso, RHP Huston Street, RHP Edinson Volquez, RHP Micah Owings, RHP Andrew Cashner, C John Baker. He’s Outta Here: RHP Heath Bell, RHP Mat Latos, 1B Anthony Rizzo. Going campin’: While the Padres aren’t expected to be serious contenders for the division crown, they should at least be better than last year thanks to three big trades by new general manager Josh Byrnes in late December and early January. Byrnes traded RHP Mat Latos to Cincinnati for four players, including starter Volquez and two top prospects, first baseman Alonso and catcher Yasmani Grandal. Byrnes acquired Quentin from the Chicago White Sox two weeks later, and then dealt Rizzo to the Chicago Cubs for Cashner. With starting position players pretty much in place, the main focus of spring training will be to set the rotation and bullpen.







U.S. dispatches Federer, Swiss

With a doubles win by Fish and Bryan, the United States advances in Davis Cup play. By GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports Writer

FRIBOURG, Switzerland — Given a supremely tough draw in the 2012 Davis Cup, the United States is off to an exhilarating start. It swept Roger Federer and Switzerland in the first round, with Mardy Fish and Mike Bryan winning the doubles match on clay, a surface selected by Federer to exploit what was perceived as an American weakness. But Fish and Bryan, paired for the first time in more than three years, were clearly up for this challenge Saturday before a Swiss crowd that at times turned angry. They defeated Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka, the reigning Olympic champions, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. “This is probably going down as one of the most memorable (wins),” said Bryan, who played on the 2007 winning team. The doubles victory gave the Americans a 3-0 lead in the bestof-five, first-round series. Fish and Bryan built on the momentum from Friday’s riveting singles matches when John Isner stunned Federer in four sets and Fish outlasted Wawrinka in five. “This was a big step forward for our guys to come in here and play against a team of this caliber,” U.S. captain Jim Courier said. “Our attitude remained strong all the while and we were ready for whatever. That is what you need for any road tie.” Handling partisan fans is among those demands, and sections of the crowd of some 7,000 were not pleased in the least when Bryan hit Federer and Wawrinka with volleys at close range. The U.S. will again be on the road for the next round of Davis Cup, an April 6-8 quarterfinal


US Davis Cup player Mardy Fish, right, celebrates with teammate Mike Bryan, left, after beating the Swiss Davis Cup team.

against France or Canada. If the favored French advance, they also would likely choose to put the U.S. on clay instead of faster hard courts. The winner would progress to an away semifinal, probably against defending champion Spain and Rafael Nadal, the greatest player of all on the slow red dust. “We have the worst draw you could have on paper,” Courier said. “But you saw what paper means here, which is absolutely nothing. That’s the statement: It’s that our guys are committed and played well.” In the seven other first-round series in the World Group, three other nations completed 3-0 sweeps Saturday: Czech Republic (vs. Italy), Spain (vs. Kazakhstan) and Argentina (vs. Germany). Ahead 2-1 are Japan (vs. Croatia), Serbia (vs. Sweden) and Austria (vs. Russia). Canada and France are 1-1. The U.S. produced the upset of the round despite owning a higher Davis Cup ranking than Switzerland. “They did really well and got the victory they deserved,” Federer said. “We did have our chances but maybe they were just a touch better than us again today.”

Later, speaking in French to Swiss media, Federer appeared less gracious. He claimed not to be too disappointed while pointing a finger at Wawrinka, who slumped back in his chair looking every inch the junior partner in the relationship. “I played well enough in doubles, but Stanislas not so much,” Federer said, adding that Wawrinka “didn’t have his best match in singles. It’s a shame, because of that defeat we weren’t able to put the U.S under pressure.” Fish and Bryan certainly seized every opportunity to exploit Wawrinka’s errors. His serve was broken in the second when he twice double-faulted before Fish hit a rare crosscourt winner from the baseline. In the third, Wawrinka hit back-to-back wayward volleys to drop serve. “We just had a couple of games where we struggled too much and couldn’t convert ourselves,” Federer had said in English. He has now lost three straight matches dating to his Australian Open semifinals defeat to Nadal two weeks ago. As tension rose in the sold-out arena, Bryan upset the fans in the next game when he made Federer yelp with pain with a forehand volley that struck his leg.












Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward (86) hopes to remain with the team in 2012 and retire as a career Steeler.

Ward willing to restructure deal The wide receiver wants to complete his pro career with the team he broke in with. By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer

PITTSBURGH — Steelers’ wide receiver Hines Ward wants to retire with the Pittsburgh Steelers, offering to restructure his contract to do it. Ward posted on his Facebook page Saturday that he’s already told the Steelers he’s willing to work with them on altering his deal so he can remain with the team. Ward’s comments came after reported the Steel-

ers are planning to cut the franchise’s all-time leading receiver. “I don’t normally like to respond to rumors, but as I’ve said all along, I want to finish my career with the Pittsburgh Steelers,” Ward posted. The 14-year veteran is scheduled to make $4 million in 2012. He’s coming off a season in which he finished with 46 receptions for 381 yards and two touchdowns, the lowest totals in each category since he was a rookie in 1998. Ward, who turns 36 next month, became the eighth player in league history to reach 1,000 career receptions in the regularseason finale against Cleveland. He and Jerry Rice are the only

players in league history to reach 1,000 receptions and win multiple Super Bowls. Yet Ward’s role within the offense diminished as Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders passed him on the depth chart and Mike Wallace became a Pro Bowler. Ward pushed aside speculation he would retire after the Steelers’ season ended with a 2923 overtime loss to Denver in the wild card round. “No, I’m not even thinking about that,” Ward said at the time. The 2006 Super Bowl MVP did not catch a pass against the Broncos, the first time in Ward’s career he was held without a reception

in a postseason game. His future is one of several questions that will need to be addressed during what’s already been an active offseason for one of the league’s most stable franchises. Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was not offered a new contract and spent just over a week unemployed before taking the same position with the Indianapolis Colts. The Steelers hired former Kansas City head coach Todd Haley to replace Arians. The Steelers will look for receiver depth after releasing veteran Arnaz Battle this week and the possible departure of Jerricho Cotchery, who will be an unrestricted free agent.


Bowles to lead Eagles secondary The former Temple standout recently served as interim head coach of the Dolphins. By JONATHAN TAMARI The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — On paper, coaching the Eagles secondary would seem to be a job full of upside. The team has invested secondround picks in safeties each of the last two years and its top three cornerbacks have combined for eight Pro Bowl appearances. But the last few seasons have been hard on the Eagles’ back four. The team has finished ranked 24th, tied for 29th, and 24th again in the NFL in touchdown passes allowed after giving up 27, 31, and 27 scores through the air the last three years. Veteran defensive coaches Dick Jauron and Johnnie Lynn have come and gone. Now the job of getting the most out of the secondary falls to Todd Bowles, a longtime defensive assistant who won a Super Bowl with the Washington Redskins as a safety. Bowles inherits a perplexing group. Nate Allen, a secondround pick in 2010, showed flash-

es of talent but also errors after returning from a knee injury. Jaiquawn Jarrett, the team’s number two pick in 2011, barely got on the field and was stuck behind Kurt Coleman. And the star corner trio of Nnamdi Asomugha, Asante Samuel, and Dominique RodgersCromartie all played well below expectations. "You see a lot of athletes, you see some playmakers back there, and you see some guys that can hit, so you see potential," said Bowles, 48. "You see potential, but you just have to bring it all together." He wouldn’t delve into his plans, noting that he’s been in Philadelphia only about a week and was still reviewing games from last season. Bowles, the only new addition to the coaching staff, took the Eagles job over offers to become the defensive coordinator in Oakland, to remain the assistant head coach/secondary coach in Miami, or take the same position in Cincinnati. He interviewed for at least five head coaching jobs in recent years, and there’s been speculation that Bowles could be a fallback option if defensive coordinator Juan Castillo falters.

N.Y. Giants camp going back home The team trained in Albany, N.Y., for 15 years before the lockout broke that streak. The Associated Press


Miami Dolphins interim head coach Todd Bowles, right, talks with free safety Reshad Jones during the first half Jan. 1 against the New York Jets in Miami.

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Haileigh Hendricks recently won the Sacred Heart Council 10676 Knights of Columbus free throw competition at Nanticoke High School. Alyssa Lewis finished second. Pictured, first row, from left: Mike Frantz, deputy grand knight; Hendricks; Lewis. Second row: Rich Laury; Joe Simone, grand knight; Henry Turchanik, treasurer; Pete Zaleski, advocate; Kevin Luksh, youth program director.

The Knights of Columbus, Assumpta Council 3987, recently held its annual free throw contest at Holy Trinity’s gym in Swoyersville. Winners received a plaque, t-shirt and certificate. Pictured, first row, from left: Davis Weaver; Brianna Pizzano; Tyler Yankowsky. Second row: Bernie Solack, deputy grand knight; John Duesler, event chairman; Anthony Solack, grand knight.

Anthony Dennis was recently honored by the Hanover Area Quarterback Club as the team’s MVP at its annual football banquet. Dennis was awarded the Daniel Korba Memorial Trophy. Korba was MVP for the Hawkeyes in 1983. He died in an auto accident in Washington. Pictured, from left: Peter Korba; Morgan Korba; David Korba; Dennis; coach Ron Hummer; George Bowers, president of the quarterback club.

Kingston/Forty Fort Minor Division softball team Nanticoke gets pitching machine On the team

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Two former Marywood University field hockey players and a former baseball player were inducted as the 16th class of honorees into Marywood University’s prestigious Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 4. Pictured, from left: Piper (Frick) Davis, Jeff Williams, Lauren (Wynne) Bickel. The trio was selected for induction by the University’s Hall of Fame Committee and approved by Marywood University President Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Ph.D. Williams, Larksville, is a 2001 graduate and former standout pitcher. Bickel, Hope Valley, R.I., is a 1996 graduate and was a four-year member of the field hockey team. Davis, Wake Forest, N.C., is one of the most decorated student-athletes in Marywood history. A 2002 graduate with a bachelor of science degree in health and physical education with a minor in coaching, Davis was a standout for the field hockey program and also played four years of basketball.

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Crestwood’s Tony Morgante has accepted an invitation to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania and compete on the football team. Pictured, first row, from left: Kelly Morgante (stepmother), Tony Morgante Sr. (father), Tony Morgante, Sally Shipierski (mother), Gary Shipierski (stepfather), Maria Morgante (sister). Standing: Bonnie Gregory (asst. principal), Greg Myers (head football coach), Christopher Gegaris (HS principal).

The Wyoming Area Warriors were to host the Lake-Lehman Black Knights for a Friday night football game. Due to the flooding in West Pittston, the game was relocated to Lake-Lehman. Proceeds from the game were donated to the American Red Cross on behalf of all flood victims in the Wyoming Area School District. Pictured, from left: Frank J. Parra, Wyoming Area athletic director; Joanna Springer, American Red Cross representative; Tom Rokita, Lake Lehman athletic director.

Wyoming Valley U13 wins Indoor State Cup

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The Wyoming Valley Soccer Club U13 girls team recently came in first place in the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association U13 Indoor State Cup. Team members, first row, from left: Megan Miller, Haley Gobla, Rachel Maniskas, Nicole Cavanaugh, Joey Kress. Second row: Coach Javier Rodriguez, coach Kevan Nagle, Emma Lehman, Lexi Gaetano, Maddie Goodwin, Kayley Nilon, Julia Adams, Elise Fellerman, coach Jay Maniskas.





OUTDOORS The number of record bucks harvested is on the rise across Pennsylvania

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More Pennsylvania bucks are hitting the record books than ever before, and officials say antler restrictions are only one reason why. The two major organizations for recording trophy whitetails both report an increase over the last several years – both on the national level and in the number of entries from Pennsylvania. The Boone and Crockett Club reported a 400 percent increase in trophy whitetail entries over the last 30 years. From 198085, 617 whitetails made it into the Boone and Crockett record book. From 2005-10, that number jumped to 3,090. To qualify for the Boone and Crockett awards book, a typical whitetail buck must score a minimum of 160. According to Keith Balfourd, director of marketing for Boone and Crockett, a number of factors are behind the increase, including improved habitat, management programs that allow bucks to live longer and more hunters simply holding out for a trophy deer. “Bottom line is there is no blanket answer. It is good news however, because the majority of possible reasons are tied back to game management, so clearly we’re doing something right by the deer and the habitats they live in,” Balfourd said. From 1980-85, Pennsylvania was tied for last among states and Canadian provinces with no entries. For the period 2005-10, Pennsylvania ranked 20th on the list with 26 entries. Pennsylvania also had more entries than any of its bordering states with the exception of Ohio, which listed 215 entries and placed fourth overall. Balfourd said the antler restrictions enacted by the Pennsylvania Game Commission that took effect in 2002 had an impact on the number of trophy deer harvested in the state. PGC spokesman Jerry Feaser agreed that antler

Pennsylvania counties that produced the 26 Boone and Crockett record book entries, 2005-10: Allegheny – 2 Chester – 2 Dauphin – 2 Elk – 2 Forest – 2 Beaver - 1 Butler – 1 Cambria – 1 Clarion – 1 Jefferson – 1 Lancaster – 1 Lawrence – 1 Lehigh – 1 Lycoming – 1 Montgomery – 1 Northumberland – 1 Schuylkill – 1 Venango – 1 Washington – 1 Westmoreland – 1 York – 1


Thomas H. Grotzinger of Elk County is shown with a buck he harvested in 2010. The buck had a Boone and Crockett score of 160-4/8.

restrictions play a role because it enables more bucks to reach older age classes. “Pennsylvania whitetailed deer always had the genetics, they just needed help getting to that older age and that’s what antler restrictions have afforded,” Feaser said. The PGC also maintains its own record book. To qualify, a typical buck taken with a rifle must score a minimum of 140, while a buck taken while bowhunting needs to score 115 or better. Feaser said the agency didn’t see an increase in the number of bucks qualifying for its record book until 2005, three years after antler restrictions took effect. The increase was particular noticeable with archery bucks, Feaser said, because the minimum score is lower. Still, he said antler restrictions weren’t directly involved in the increase in record-book bucks. “It wasn’t intended to produce trophy bucks,” Feaser said. “It just allowed yearling bucks to reach the next age class. The increase in recordbook bucks is an unintended but positive byproduct of antler restrictions.”


In order to qualify for the Boone and Crockett record book, a typical white-tailed buck must score at least 160, while minimum score for a non-typical is 185. Top 20 states for Boone and Crockett record book entries for white-tailed bucks, 2005-10 (typical and nontypical combined):

1. Wisconsin, 383 entries (1980-85 rank 3rd, 40 entries) 2. Illinois, 299 entries (1980-85 rank 6th, 30 entries) 3. Iowa, 224 entries (198085 rank 2nd, 59 entries) 4. Ohio, 215 entries (198085 rank 14th, 16 entries) 5. Missouri, 214 entries (1980-85 rank 9th (tie), 25 entries) 6. Kentucky, 199 entries (1980-85 rank 9th (tie), 25 entries) 7. Indiana, 195 entries (198085 rank 16th, 14 entries) 8. Kansas, 181 entries (198085 rank 4th, 35 entries) 9. Minnesota, 172 entries

(1980-85 rank 1st, 76 entries) 10. Saskatchewan, 147 entries (1980-85 rank 7th (tie), 27 entries) 11. Texas, 132 entries (198085 rank 12th, 19 entries) 12. Alberta, 115 entries (1980-85 rank 7th (tie), 27 entries) 13. Nebraska, 78 entries (1980-85 rank 18th (tie), 12 entries) 14. Oklahoma, 48 entries (1980-85 rank 22nd (tie), 7 entries) 15. Ontario, 41 entries (198085 rank 42nd (tie), 1 entry) 16. Arkansas, 40 entries (1980-85 rank 34th (tie), 3 entries) 17 (tie). Michigan, 39 entries (1980-85 rank 17th, 13 entries) 17 (tie). Mississippi, 39 entries (1980-85 rank 18th, 12 entries) 19. North Dakota, 31 entries (1980-85 rank 31st (tie), 4 entries) 20. Pennsylvania, 26 entries (1980-85 rank 45th (tie), 0 entries)

The Pope and Young Club, which maintains a records program for big game animals taken with archery equipment (longbows, recurves and compound bows only), has also experienced a steep hike in the number of entries both nationally and from Pennsylvania. Pope and Young records

trophy data in two-year periods, and from 19992000, 91 typical Pennsylvania archery bucks made the record book. In 2003-04 – after antler restrictions were implemented, 162 Pennsylvania bucks qualified for the Pope and Young book. The number stayed constant until 2009-10, when

Pope and Young Club record book entries for bucks taken in Pennsylvania with archery equipment (two-year intervals): 2009-10 – 207 2007-08 – 161 2005-06 – 167 2003-04 – 162 2001-02 – 117 1999-2000 - 91

it jumped to 207. Pennsylvania ranks 11th overall for contributing bucks to the Pope and Young record book. Nationally, in 19992000, the club recorded 3,875 trophy archery bucks, compared to 5,084 from 2009-10. Kevin Hisey, executive secretary for the Pope and Young Club, said antler restrictions are only one reason for the hike. The other has to do with hunters themselves, he said. “It’s pretty clear that over time hunters have become a lot more selective in their hunting, which we support,” Hisey said. “You also have other variables involved, such as the increased exposure of the records program, the increase in the popularity of archery and improved management practices in some states. “There definitely has been an increase in the number of record book books nationwide, but it’s not as dramatic as what we’ve seen from Pennsylvania in the last 10 years.”

OUTDOORS NEWS Rabid deer Pennsylvania Game Commission officials reported last week that a Lancaster County hunter has undergone postexposure rabies shots after harvesting and field dressing a deer that ultimately tested positive for rabies on Jan. 20, in Valley Township, Chester County. “The hunter contacted us about his concerns that the deer was unfit for human consumption,” said John Veylupek, Game Commission wildlife conservation officer. “The hunter said that he saw the deer standing in a creek, straining and growling. He thought there was a coyote nearby from the sounds the deer was making. “After gathering information from the hunter, as well as samples for testing, it was determined that the deer was rabid. Because the hunter had scratches on his hands and had field dressed the deer without wearing gloves, we considered this a human exposure and urged him to contact his doctor about post-exposure rabies shots.” Dr. Walter Cottrell, Game Commission wildlife veterinarian, reiterated the agency’s long-standing recommendations that hunters and trappers avoid harvesting

animals that appear sick and to wear rubber or latex gloves when field dressing any mammal. “All mammals are susceptible to rabies and can spread the virus in the right circumstances,” Cottrell said. “To prevent the spread of wildlife diseases, we encourage hunters and trappers to contact the Game Commission about any animals that they encounter that may appear to be sick. “Also, when field dressing any mammal, it is critical to wear rubber or latex gloves to prevent exposure to not just rabies, but also to other disease organisms.” Second gobbler license available Pennsylvania hunters who would like the opportunity to harvest a second spring gobbler can purchase a second tag until April 20, according to Game Commission executive director Carl G. Roe. In fact, thanks to the Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS), hunters can purchase a second spring gobbler tag at any issuing agent or through the agency’s website. Roe cautioned that those who plan to purchase the second spring gobbler tag

through the agency’s website should expect to wait 7-10 days for shipping, depending on the volume of other online purchases. Also, all sales of the second spring gobbler tag will cease April 20, which is the day before the one-day season for junior license holders and those participating in the Mentored Youth Hunting Program. “Prior to the implementation of PALS, hunters had to wait until Jan. 1 before submitting a license application for the second spring gobbler tag, and then wait for the agency to mail the license back to them,” Roe said. “The old process was necessary to enable the agency to spread out the administrative workload of processing and handling licenses for the fall hunting seasons. “However, thanks to PALS, hunters can now purchase the second spring gobbler tag at any issuing agent and walk out of the store with the license in hand, or they can purchase it online and wait for it to be mailed to them within 10 days.” Fees set by state law for the special license are $21.70 for residents and $41.70 for nonresidents. For online orders, there are additional shipping and

handling costs. The spring gobbler season is set to run from April 28-May 31. Legal hunting hours for the opening day of the spring gobbler season through the third Saturday (April 28-May 12) will be one-half hour before sunrise until noon; the remainder of the season (May 14-31) will have legal shooting hours of one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset. The one-day spring gobbler youth hunt will be held April 21, and will run from one-half hour before sunrise until noon. License display repeal Begining Feb. 13, hunters and trappers no longer have to display their licenses on an outer garment, but they still must have their licenses in their possession while afield, as well as a secondary form of identification, such as a driver’s license. House Bill 735, sponsored by Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-York), was unanimously approved by the House on June 15, and was approved by a vote of 46-3 in the Senate. Gov. Tom Corbett signed the bill into law Dec. 15, but the change in law didn’t take effect for 60 days.


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t’s only six days. But for a species that is extremely secluded and seldom seen, it could be six days too many. Listed as a species of special concern in Pennsylvania, snowshoe hares aren’t nearly as common their close relative, the cottontail rabbit. The larger snowshoe hare is a reclusive animal, spending its life in isolated swamps in the northwestern and northeastern portions of the state, particular in the Poconos area. They are known for the large hind feet, big ears and brilliant white coat that changes from brown when the days get shorter in the fall. The change in color is a protective mechanism, enabling the hare to blend in flawlessly with the snow-covered ground of winter. But now, the snowshoe’s white coat may be its downfall. This winter, snow has blanketed the ground for only a handful of days. When the white stuff is absent, snowshoe hares stick out like a sore thumb against the drab brown landscape. It’s a scenario that makes them easy prey for predators – a factor that certainly doesn’t help a population that is already at risk in many areas. And it’s just one reason why the Pennsylvania Game Commission should consider closing the snowshoe hare season. Right now, the season is scheduled for Dec. 26-Jan. 1. It’s not lengthy by any means, but is it really necessary? It’s not. The lack of snow this winter isn’t the only reason why the snowshoe hare season should be postponed. Populations divided Pennsylvania is at the southern end of the snowshoe’s range, and they aren’t well-established in many areas. They prefer thick, remote swamps and brushy areas in high elevations. Forest fragmentation has isolated many snowshoe populations, putting them even more at risk of predation if they attempt to leave these areas. It also increases the risk that if these areas are hunted, entire populations can be decreased significantly or even wiped out. And if there is a sharp decline, a rebound won’t happen easily. Unlike the cottontail, snowshoe hares don’t reproduce with multiple litters each year. Instead, snowshoes have one litter each year with one or two individuals. They simply can’t rebound quickly. A lack of snow cover, fragmented habitat and low reproduction rates seems to indicate that the odds are stacked against the snowshoe hare in Pennsylvania. “I’m sure there are places that they’ve disappeared from,” PGC wildlife biologist Kevin Wenner said. “We have to be tactful with how they’re managed and make careful recommendations.” Still, there is hope for the snowshoes. Wenner said the agency has increased its focus on creating early successional habitat through timber cuttings and prescribed burns. These techniques result in the thick, brushy cover that snowshoes need. Wenner added that the PGC biologists would like to survey snowshoe populations and see how they respond to the habitat work, but without snow it’s tough to do. The PGC board will give final approval to the 2012-13 seasons and bag limits in April. They can still cancel the upcoming season. It would be a wise step, allowing agency biologists additional time to study snowshoe populations. More importantly, it would give the white hares a bit of a respite after a challenging winter without snow.











‘Hobby woodlot’ is taking root Retired forester has devoted himself to restoring a parcel to its more natural condition. By JIM HOOK Chambersburg Public Opinion

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP -- A local farm woodlot has new life as a forest. Six years ago, Lionel Lemery, retired U.S. forester, set out to fulfill Larry Miller’s dream of restoring 34 wooded acres in Hamilton Township. "I love wood," said Miller, a founder of the Cumberland Valley Wood Turners. "I wanted to keep (the woodlot) somewhat pristine and keep it as natural as possible. Wood is a renewable resource, but you have to renew it on a regular basis." The wooded oasis hugs a tiny tributary of the Conococheague Creek on the valley floor - past the $200,000 new homes and just over the crest of cropland. Mature hickory trees surround a three-acre pond noisy with Canada geese. Woodpeckers rap on old snaps. Lemery said he’s seen a bald eagle, an osprey, deer, turkeys and foxes. Bluebirds nest in the bird boxes he set out. Tires, trash, a migrant camp, utility poles and invasive plants were removed. More than 700 trees of 26 species, including American chestnut, were planted. Old timber was logged. "Our hope is eventually to make it available to the public for walking and watching wildlife, maybe catch-and-release (fishing)," Miller said. "It takes a while to educate the public with what you’re doing. We’re trying to make it available in a gradual way so people will come to appreciate what’s there. It’s a long way to get it to where we want it to be." Soon after Lemery took on the project, someone dumped 70 tires on the property. Opening the privately owned land to walkers may discourage similar activities, he said. "People who use land for legiti-


Biologist John Stephenson uses a tape to calculate the stride of Oregon’s epic wanderer, the gray wolf known as OR-7.

Hunter kills brother of famed Oregon wolf


Retired forester Lionel Lemery is working to preserve the Miller Farm woodlot in Hamilton Township. He and his grandchildren built the small bridge.

mate purposes tend to discourage irresponsible use," Lemery said. Private forest owners own about half of the 160,000 acres of forestland in Franklin County. They own more than half the forestland in the U.S., and more than 70 percent in Pennsylvania. A farm woodlot - often too steep, too rocky or too wet for farming - can become a catch-all. The Miller woodlot was no exception. "There wasn’t a day I came out here that I didn’t take home a bag of trash," Lemery said. Dump trucks hauled out five loads of metal for recycling. Triaxles took three loads. "Unlike most woodlots, the timber here had not been degraded," Lemery said. He thinned the trees and left the crown trees so their seeds could regenerate the forest. He designed the skid trails to serve as walking trails when the logging was finished. Lemery calls it his "hobby

woodlot." He’s discovered hope for American chestnut saplings. He’s found satisfaction in reusing discarded items. The woodlot’s trails include five foot bridges that his grandchildren assembled from his son’s old fence posts. Lemery designed and built a 30-foot span. "I laid awake in the mornings trying to figure how to do that," he said. The bridge includes sawed pieces of an aluminum extension ladder for support, the concrete cap from an old cesspool for a footer as well as pressure-treated lumber. A former high-dive ladder takes hikers up one approach. Lemery sought to control invasive plants, such as Ailanthus, honeysuckle and multiflora, soon after he completed his stewardship plan in 2006. Within a year, Allegheny Power removed three utility poles and a contractor removed three migrant cabins, two sheep pens, a cold cellar and a dump site. Lemery took

down a half-mile fence of singlestrand wire and all of the staples from the trees to protect the value of the timber. The American chestnut seeds he planted in 2007 have grown into trees bearing nuts this fall for the first time. He will plant the 25 viable seeds on the property and in agreement with the American Chestnut Foundation, which supplied the original seed. A blight in the early 20th century virtually wiped out one of the largest and most useful trees in the Appalachian mountains. Miller took advantage of government programs that encourage forest stewardship. He received $320 for a stewardship plan and $1,800 for invasive species control, according to a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Miller said he inherited the woodlot from his aunt, and expects it will be surrounded with homes one day.

The widely-known animal, OR-7, traveled hundreds of miles seeking a mate. By NIGEL DUARA Associated Press Writer

PORTLAND, Ore. — A hunter in Idaho has shot and killed a sibling of an Oregon wolf that became a celebrity by wandering hundreds of miles from Eastern Oregon and into Northern California looking for a mate. Oregon Department Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman said the wolf shot in Idaho, tagged OR-9, came from the same parents as his famous brother, OR-7. OR-9 was shot on Feb. 2, said Idaho Department of Fish and Game spokesman Michael Keckler. "The hunter checked here after (the wolf) was harvested," Keckler said. "The hunter followed the proper protocol, brought the hide and skull to the Fish and Game office." The wolf was taken between Emmett and Banks. Its collar is being returned to Oregon. Keckler said the hunter’s tag was out of date and he was given a warning. The hunter had valid

tags through the end of 2011, but was incorrectly told he didn’t need new tags in 2012. Under new Idaho legislation, the hunter’s name is not considered public record. The wolf hunting season in most of Idaho lasts from Aug. 30 to March 31. The wolf was last seen in Oregon last summer, and is believed to have crossed into Idaho with two of his siblings, including OR-7. OR-7, Oregon’s famous wandering wolf, became a media celebrity while looking for a mate last year. OR-9’s hide may be kept by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game or sold at auction. The two wolves are part of the Imnaha pack. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has issued a kill order for two members of the pack, but a federal judge has blocked it. The Legislature is considering a bill backed by ranchers that would give the state explicit authority to kill the wolves. The measure, opposed by conservationists, is in a state House committee and could be advanced Tuesday, but it would face an uphill climb in the full House and Senate.

Canadian bighorn sheep relocated to Nebraska The Associated Press

CHADRON, Neb. — Forty bighorn sheep captured in Canada have been released on private land in the northwest corner of Nebraska, bolstering the state’s small but recovering population. The five rams and 35 ewes were released Thursday near the Panhandle town of Harrison in Sioux County, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission said in a news release Friday. The sheep were captured by drop nets on Tuesday in the Canadian Rockies west of Edmonton, near Hinton. The commission said 17 commission staff members and two U.S. Department of Agriculture veterinarians went to Canada to help capture the sheep and bring them to their new home in Nebraska. Bighorn sheep are native to Ne-

Salmon protection moves forward The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit brought against the operators of a dam on the Kennebec River in an effort to protect the endangered Atlantic salmon can move forward. The judge ruled Thursday that the case deserves to be heard on its merits. The lawsuit, brought by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay and Environment Maine, claims the Hydro Kennebec dam violates federal endangered species laws because it kills fish and blocks access to salmon habitat. The defendants, Brookfield Power U.S. Asset Management LLC and an affiliate, Hydro Kennebec LLC, sought to have the case dismissed or put on hold to allow federal agencies to deal with the issue. The companies argued the case is too complex for a federal judge to decide; and that no violation of the law is occurring.

braska but were killed off in the early 1900s by loss of habitat, disease and unregulated hunting. Before Thursday, Nebraska’s bighorn population had been estimated at 315 sheep. The release will bolster the state’s herd by filling habitat in the Sowbelly Canyon area, which has not been home to bighorn sheep for more than 100 years, as well as diversifying the genetics of the existing Pine Ridge population. "We’ve done a lot of observations, we have looked at the habitat and had some modeling done. Through all of that, we’ve identified areas that are good sheep habitat but are unoccupied," said

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NATIONAL FORECAST Mostly cloudy, flurries

WEDNESDAY Partly sunny

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36° 23°

35° 20°

THURSDAY Partly sunny, p.m. mix

43° 28°

TUESDAY Mostly cloudy, flurries

MONDAY Mostly sunny

FRIDAY Rain and snow

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The Finger Lakes

Highs: 17-29. Lows: 9-25. Mostly cloudy, scattered snow showers.

Wilkes-Barre 27/18 New York City 34/24

Brandywine Valley

Reading 32/21

Highs: 29-34. Lows: 18-24. Mostly cloudy, breezy.

Delmarva/Ocean City

36/29 36/20 65 in 2009 -10 in 1979

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Sunrise 7:03a 7:02a Moonrise Today 11:33p Tomorrow none Today Tomorrow

Highs: 34-37. Lows: 22-27. Partly to mostly cloudy, windy at times.


0.02” 0.10” 0.84” 2.00” 3.21” Sunset 5:33p 5:34p Moonset 9:16a 9:54a

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The Jersey Shore

Atlantic City 35/26

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Poughkeepsie 29/18

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Harrisburg 32/20


The Poconos

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Scranton 24/16

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This little taste of winter weather will continue through the weekend and possibly return on Valentine’s Day. This morning will start off very cold. We will have a mostly cloudy day. Sunshine returns on Monday. The forecast for Valentine’s Day will be cloudy with flurries. By mid-week, the 40s will return with partly cloudy skies. Thursday will start off nice, but then turn cloudy as a light mix of rain and snow approaches our region. Friday and Saturday will be mostly cloudy, with a chance for rain and snow showers and highs in the 40s. - Michelle Rotella

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NATIONAL FORECAST: A frontal boundary draped from the Northwest to the Southwest will be responsible for scattered precipitation across the West today. Look for showers along the Northwest coast, with snowfall extending across the Intermountain West and Rockies. Snowfall associated with this front will fall as far south as northern Texas, with showers falling from Utah to southern Texas.







Canadian banks outperform U.S. foes Mobile apps SMALL TALK

fuel small businesses

By SHERYL JEAN The Dallas Morning News

DALLAS — Nowadays, an application and a mobile device are all an entrepreneur needs to run a business. The mobile app revolution makes it easy and inexpensive — or even free — for entrepreneurs to manage their entire operation with or without an office. All they need is a smartphone or tablet. Entrepreneurs are increasingly turning to the more than 1 million mobile apps available to meet their business needs. Forrester Research estimates that revenue from customers downloading mobile apps will reach $38 billion by 2015. An app can help you start a company, share spreadsheets and process credit card payments. There’s even an app that acts as a virtual customer assistant to help small businesses seem bigger than they are. Apps can save time and money, boost sales and productivity, and help small business owners improve efficiency. They can also give consumers new ways to interact and communicate with companies. More than one-third of U.S. small business owners surveyed by Intuit said annual business growth was the biggest worry keeping them up at night. Nearly half said it’s important to be able to run their business on a mobile device. Here are some examples of how entrepreneurs are using mobile apps. PINTEREST: This popular e-pinboard discourages self-promotion, but some savvy small business owners use it to showcase their products or services. McKinney, Texas, event and party planner Shelley O’Donnell has used Pinterest to help promote and grow her business in the last six months. O’Donnell pins images of themed parties she planned so people can see her work. She also creates “vision boards” of ideas on Pinterest and shows them to clients on her iPad. If people like what they see, they’ll re-pin it. Pinterest is also driving traffic to her website,, as people see images sourced to her company. Pinterest is best for businesses with a visual side. For example, an interior designer could use it to pin photos of redecorated rooms or a landscaper can share pruning advice. It’s an invitation-only site, but people can follow each other as they do on Twitter. Business owners can make it easy for Pinterest users to pin their images by adding a “Pin It” button to product pages. DROPBOX: Dallas entrepreneur George Mavromaras works out of a virtual office, so being able to access his documents from his iPhone is important. The 24-year-old founder of Mavro Inc, a Dallas developer of Spanishlanguage mobile-based translation services, has used the free Dropbox app for more than a year to do that. Dropbox lets Mavromaras take documents, photos and videos anywhere and share them with 12 groups of people.

“When we went into the United States, we refused to do subprime lending. We said, ‘I don’t care what the spreads are, we are not going to do that.’”

By SEAN B. PASTERNAK Bloomberg News

NEW YORK -- Toronto-Dominion Bank Chief Executive Officer Edmund Clark faced investor doubts when he announced in 2004 he was buying a U.S. consumer lender, challenging larger rivals such as Bank of America in the world’s largest financial market. “Every analyst said ‘You see, another dumb Canadian trying to go into the U.S.,’” Clark said Wednesday during an interview. “They don’t know how to do it. They don’t have the guts. They’re too conservative.” More than seven years later, Cana-

Edmund Clark CEO of Toronto-based Toronto-Dominion Bank


da’s second-largest bank is one of the 10 biggest lenders in the U.S. by assets, and may soon have the thirdmost branches in New York City, a banking market almost as big as Canada’s. By sticking to consumer lending

and avoiding high-risk subprime loans and structured products, the Canadian lender posted profit of almost $3 billion in U.S. consumer banking over the past three years, See BANKS, Page 2D


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Rick Berry, owner of McCarthy Flowers, expects 400 deliveries on Valentine’s Day.


Valentine’s Day helps business blossom for area retailers By EILEEN GODIN Times Leader Correspondent


ith Valentine’s Day just days away, area businesses are prepared to meet

demands that range from traditional red roses to decadent flavors. In some cases, planning to meet orders for the romantic date began months ago. Lisa Griffiths, director of sales and marketing at in West Pittston, said the specialty foods emarketer has been looking at vendors’ products in anticipation of Valentine’s Day since December.

During her seven years with, Griffiths said Valentine’s Day has been the second-largest holiday in sales. is one of the largest retailers of gourmet food items in North America. Last year’s Valentine’s Day sales were $100,000, she said. “Orders begin coming in about two weeks before,” she said. Imported cheeses and chocolate gifts are not all that sells. Sales of Apple Ghost Chili Salt Caramels, made with a sprinkle of the Bhut Jolokia chili pepper, the hottest in the world, are strong, as well as for combinations with bacon and chocolate. Local candy shops cater to different taste buds. David Hawk, chairman of the board and director of re-

search and development at Gertrude Hawk Chocolates in Dunmore, said the Wyoming Valley has traditional tastes, but he’s noticed some change over the years. Hawk, in the chocolate business for 41 years, has seen top-selling items change from vanilla butter creams 25 years ago, to chocolate covered strawberries, Smidgens, and caramel apples today. “Dark chocolate is gaining in popularity, too,” he said. Tastes aside, Hawk said the holiday has remained steadily successful through the ups and downs of the economy. Splurging on a box of sweets is still an affordable way to express feelings. “Valentine’s Day is our third biggest holiday in sales See VALENTINE, Page 2D

Sweet deals for your sweetie can be found throughout the area TUESDAY IS Valentine’s Day and that means wine, roses, chocolates, dinner, perfume, teddy bears, jewelry, Hallmark greetings and big bucks being spent. But there are ways to get that special someone all the glitz and glamour while saving some gelt. While I fully support local florists, jewelers and chocolatiers, sometimes in tough economic times, grocery stores, big box stores and even drug stores can offer similar items and a lower rate. Target has a dozen roses for $16.99. Some ladies prefer tulips to roses. If that’s true of yours, Thomas’ Foodtown markets has two bunches of 10 tulips on sale for $12. Kmart has 70 percent off all dia-


ANDREW M. SEDER STEALS & DEALS mond jewelry plus an extra 10 percent off today through Tuesday. The JC Penney circular in today’s Times Leader is loaded with gift ideas at reasonable prices. I was hesitant at first about the new JCP sales policy but with prices like these, I am starting to cope pretty well. Weis has a six-count pack of chocolate covered strawberries for $9.99. Rite Aid has boxes of Hershey’s Pot of Gold on sale for $3.99. Use your Wellness+ Card and get $2 in Up Rewards printed on your receipt good for a future store purchase. You can get up to four Up Rewards on this deal so load up if your sweetie really likes chocolate.

If a higher priced chocolate is more your type then head to Macy’s where Godiva chocolates are 25 percent off. Rite Aid also has selected fragrances buy-one, get-one free. You must use your store card to get the deal. Quiznos is offering a free cookie on Valentine’s Day with this coupon: There is no purchase necessary. This has more to do with just being a darn good deal but I’ll incorporate it into the Valentine’s themed column anyway. Head to Price Chopper this week to get some sugar for your sugar. Four pound bags of Clear Value sugar are on sale for $2. Or buy it and bake a cake. A dozen eggs are on sale for $1 and Betty Crocker super moist cake mix boxes are on sale for $1.19. If you’re looking for a nice outing with your significant other, Chacko’s

Family Bowling Center has a sweetheart special Tuesday from noon to 10 p.m. Stop in with your mate and get four games of bowling, two shoe rentals, a small plain pizza, a pitcher of soda and a rose for the lady, all for just $20. If you want a quieter, more relaxing getaway, head to Tranquility Styling Salon and Day Spa in Plains Township where there are a few Valentine’s Day specials. Get a one-hour couples massage for $130 or a one-hour chocolate body massage or chocolate body wrap for $75. These services include champagne and chocolates. Call 825-5015 for more details. Andrew M. Seder, a Times Leader staff writer, may be reached at 570-829-7269. If you know of any local steals or deals, send them to And follow him on Twitter @TLAndrewSeder

ov. Tom Corbett has joined the chorus of politicians who say they can create jobs, a dubious claim and one that would seem to collide with conservative goals to get government out of the way so that businesses can thrive on their own. But there it is in black and white, a headline on the press release from the state Department of Labor & Industry: “Governor Corbett’s Budget Plan Will Help Create Jobs, Improve Employment Services.” Granted, it says “Will Help” and not “Will Create,” but the sentiment is the same. And you can be sure that if a year from now more Pennsylvanians are working, Corbett will take credit. It’s interesting how L&I says it will do a better job for the jobless and their potential employers. The department “will be able to absorb necessary reductions in funding without compromising the quality of services it provides …” the release states. This is not impossible; fewer people with better-targeted responsibilities can outperform a larger, lazier workforce. Six months into my first real management job it became necessary to fire one of six salespeople in my department. Two of his friends quit in protest, leaving us with three. Our sales went up consistently starting the next month. But government isn’t a business, and it’s unlikely that whatever happens in state offices this year will have a similar influence on Pennsylvania’s economy. Corbett makes this promise in his stump speech for his budget: “By keeping taxes low and holding down government spending, this leaves more money in the part of the economy that creates the best jobs, the free market.” I’ve been in a lot of budget and planning meetings over the years and never heard that government spending was hurting our business. According to most economists, it’s just the opposite, at least in the short term; just look at the fight over extending the payroll tax “cut” and unemployment benefits. If that’s not done, estimates are the nation’s gross domestic product will be a half to a full percent lower in 2012 as struggling families have even less money to spend. But maybe I’ve been in the wrong company. There is a place where government spending and the accompanying borrowing may hurt private firms; the board rooms of the giant banks and corporations that subsidize many a political career. Our governor has plenty of company in his irrational claim to power over the economy. How many times in the last couple of years has President Barack Obama promised this policy or that program would put the economy back on the right track, only to find it had little influence. More than he’d like to remember in this election year. The truth is that only more demand will convince employers to produce more, expand offices and add staff. And whether that comes from government or private coffers makes little difference. And let’s not forget there is another side to the ledger. By steadfastly refusing to ask Marcellus Shale gas drillers to pay a reasonable severance tax, he is in effect spending our potential income on subsidies for an industry that does not need them. I agree with Corbett that government must become more effective and efficient. The problems with government spending are as much how it’s spent as how much. But to cut spending because you want to “leave more money” available to businesses is both erroneous and heartless.

Ron Bartizek, Times Leader business editor, may be reached at or 570-970-7157.












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3-D billboard for Red Gold diced tomatoes is shown in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Conventional billboards are increasingly adding a third dimension as advertisers seek to compete with costly new electronic signs. Red Gold Tomatoes Inc., an Elmwood, Ind.based company specializing in canned tomato products, used the brightly colored, 3-D display as a way to introduce its brand in Fort Lauderdale, said Greg Metzger, the director of marketing for Red Gold Inc. The eye-catching billboard is wrapped in a bright green vine with dangling tomatoes and two very large soup cans. Advertisers are more often opting for three-dimensional signs to attract attention in billboard-heavy markets, according to Jodi Senese, executive vice president for New York-based CBS Outdoor. “Advertisers want to put something out there that’s compelling and attention-getting,” Senese said. The extra dimension lets Red Gold hold its own against more expensive electronic billboards, which are proliferating. In general, a single digital advertisement is less expensive than a conventional billboard Senese said. But since each electronic billboard carries up to eight ads that rotate periodically, to purchase all eight flips on one billboard can be expensive.


Keystone College and Lehigh/ Carbon County Community College.

THE INN AT POCONO MANOR FIRST LIBERTY BANK & TRUST David McHale, Matthew Dougherty and Walter Sarafinko have been promoted to vice president positions within the company. McHale McHale has been promoted to senior vice president, senior commercial banking officer in the Wilkes-Barre office. Dougherty has been Dougherty promoted to senior vice president, senior commercial banking officer for the Keyser Avenue office. Sarafinko has been promotSarafinko ed to vice president, commercial banking officer III in the Tunkhannock office.

KING’S COLLEGE Frank Hacken was recently named director of campus safety and security. Hacken earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton, and a master’s degree in public administration and criminal Hacken justice from Marywood University. His professional training includes the International Association of Chiefs of Police, FBI National Academy, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, Drug Unit Commanders Academy. He was an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Luzerne County Community College,


Susan Corrigan has been appointed director of sales for the historic resort. Corrigan attended Bucks County Community College.

PENNONI ASSOCIATES David Molinaro, P.E. has been promoted to site/civil division manager in the firm’s WilkesBarre office. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Pennsylvania and has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engiMolinaro neering from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science degree in in civil engineering from the University of Maryland.

PENNSTAR BANK Jessica Warholic has been promoted to branch manager of the Mountainhome Office. Warholic earned her bachelor’s degree in retail Warholic business management at Marywood University in 2007.

M&T BANK Alexa Carros Laughlin has joined as a mortgage consultant responsible for Luzerne and Lackawanna counties and the Pocono area. Laughlin Laughlin brings 30 years of financial lending experience to her new position.

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BUSINESS AGENDA WOMEN IN BUSINESS COUNCIL: Tuesday, noon, Genetti’s Best Western, Wilkes-Barre. Jamy Powell from the Health Woman’s Program sponsored by Wyoming Valley Health Care System will speak. $14.50 for members; non-members $16.50. Call 823-2101 for information or to reserve. RED CARPET BREAKFAST: Feb. 23, 7:45-9 a.m., Capriotti’s

Palazzo, 1 Banks Ave., McAdoo. Speaker will be U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta. $15 for Greater Hazleton Chamber members, nonmembers $20, includes breakfast. Reservations required, call 455-1509. RED CARPET LUNCHEON: Feb. 29, noon, Valley Country Club, 79 Country Club Rd., Sugarloaf. Luke Bernstein, Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Corbett, will discuss Governor Tom Corbett’s proposed budget, with a question and answer period following. $25 for Greater Hazleton


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HONORS & AWARDS Betty Marley and Marion Woods were two of nine recipients selected from locations in 16 countries served by Holy Cross priests and Marley brothers to receive the Spirit of Holy Cross Award, an annual recognition by the United States Province of Priests and Woods Brothers. Marley and Woods, both residents of Wilkes-Barre, have worked with the Holy Cross Community at King’s for 25 years and 15 years, respectively. Peter Danchak, president of PNC Bank, Scranton and Michael MacDowell, president of Misericordia University, Dallas Township, will be honored for their positive contribuDanchak tions made to the community by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council of the Boy Scouts of America. MacDowell Danchak is a past 2005 Silver Beaver award recipient; the highest volunteer recognition given in Scouting. MacDowell is an Eagle Scout and the 201 1 Council Eminent Eagle recipient. The Econo Lodge Arena Hotel, Wilkes-Barre, was recently announced as a recipient of a 2012 Platinum Hospitality Award from Choice Hotels International Inc, franchisor of the Econo Lodge brand. The local hotel is one of 58 hotels within the 782-hotel Econo Lodge brand to receive “Platinum Award” status. Chamber members; others $30, includes lunch. Reservations required by Feb. 24. Call 4551509, email or online at Send announcements of upcoming events by email to; by mail to Business Agenda, Times Leader, 15 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 1871 1 or by fax to 829-5537. Include a contact phone number and e-mail address. The submission deadline is Wednesday for publication on Sunday.

Q: Although I work extremely hard, I get almost no appreciation. In fact, my entire team seems to resent my working style. My clients are not happy with me, and neither is my boss. The human resources manager has also mentioned that I have a problem. This is the second time I’ve been in this situation, so I’m afraid I might be fired. I would like to talk to my boss about it, but I don’t know how to initiate the conversation. How can I fix this? A: If your colleagues, clients, boss and HR manager are all displeased with you, then you desperately need a career rescue strategy. Given that these problems have arisen before, the pattern is quite likely to repeat unless you make some major modifications. The good news is that you have recognized the need to change, but the bad news is that you appear completely baffled about the cause of your difficulties. To begin defining the issue, request some feedback from your boss and HR manager. For example: “I realize things aren’t going well in my

job, but I honestly don’t know what I’m doing wrong. I would appreciate it if you could help me understand what I need to do differently. Can you describe two or three specific changes that I should make?” Listen to their observations without arguing, then prepare a personal development plan, specifically describing the behaviors you intend to modify. After reviewing the plan with your boss, schedule regular meetings to assess your progress. Changing your work style won’t be easy, but if you are truly motivated, it can be done. And I guarantee that management will be impressed with your willingness to try. Q: A woman in my office wears so much perfume that you can still smell it after she passes by. Unfortunately, her cubicle is next to mine, and the constant odor gives me a headache. When I mentioned this to her supervisor, he said no one else had complained. Now I’m debating whether to leave her an anonymous note or go to human resources. What do you think? A: In my opinion, no one

should ever wear perfume to work, because the smell can be extremely irritating to both co-workers and customers. Perfume wearers tend to be oblivious to this problem, however, because people are seldom aware of their own scent. Anonymous notes are obnoxious, so someone needs to give your overly-fragrant colleague some personal feedback. Since her boss won’t cooperate, the remaining choices are you and the HR manager. If you are brave enough to tackle this talk yourself, make it a request, not a criticism. For example: “Mary, I need to ask you a favor. Perfume gives me a really bad headache, even if the fragrance is pleasant. Since we sit so close to each other, would you mind not wearing it in the office?” On the other hand, if your colleague is a touchy sort, it might be safer to have the HR manager deliver the message without mentioning your name. Marie G. McIntyre is a workplace coach and the author of “Secrets to Winning at Office Politics.” Send in questions and get free coaching tips at

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coming in after Easter and Christmas,” he said. With 70 locations dishing out chocolates, Hawk said the company does not hire additional staff, but gives extra hours to part-time employees. When the holiday falls during the week has an affect on total sales. Hawk said this is a frequent debate around his office. He feels when the holiday falls on a Sunday sales suffer from shorter store hours. Rick Berry, owner of McCarthy Flowers, Wilkes-Barre, said when the holiday falls mid-week as it does this year, it is more profitable than on a weekend. “Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, are good. People are more likely to send flowers to the office than they are to go out to dinner,” Berry said. “It also helps that the majority of guys wait until the last minute to shop.” Berry said his family “comes out of the woodwork” to help with Valentine’s Day orders and deliveries. He also hires extra drivers to meet the demand. “I’m anticipating 400 deliveries. We’ll have 16 drivers going,” Berry said. “We’ll be ready to push out 200 arranged roses.” Berry said the $85 price tag for a dozen red roses is the same as

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while bigger banks such as Bank of America and Citigroup required government bailouts. “When we went into the United States, we refused to do subprime lending,” Clark said. “We said, ‘I don’t care what the spreads are, we are not going to do that.’” Shareholders have rewarded Clark’s ability to weather the financial crisis while expanding earnings on both sides of the border. Toronto-Dominion now has more branches in the United States than in Canada. It’s also one of the only banks with an Aaa credit rating from Moody’s Investors Service. Toronto-Dominion shares have gained 42 percent in the five years ended Dec. 31, 2011. “We have had a philosophical view all along that people were

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“It prevents having to email documents back and forth,” he said. “That’s huge. My inbox gets flooded. Dropbox lets me send someone a short link to a document.”


Debbie Petros, store manager of Gertrude Hawk Chocolates in Kingston, arranges the shelves in preparation for Valentine’s Day.

SPENDING ESTIMATES VARY The National Retail Federation expects Americans to spend an average of $126 on their sweehearts this year, an 8.5 percent increase from 201 1. But a survey by credit card issuer Visa Inc. sees a 3 percent decline in spending, to $1 17.

The Visa survey found women planning to reduce spending by 14 percent, while men plan to spend 6 percent more. NRF said half of Valentine’s Day spenders would buy candy and 36 percent would buy flowers and dinner.

five years ago. Wendy Fritz, owner of O-Live in Hunlock Creek, is anticipating a good crowd for the fine dining restaurant’s first Valentine’s Day. “We are already half-booked,” she said last week.

Fritz expects the bulk of the crowd to arrive during the weekend and will offer a special Valentine’s Day menu on the weekends before and after the holiday. To meet demand she is pulling staff in from other shifts.

changing banks from being built around customers and clients, to being built around traders,” said Clark, 64. “And that was not a good thing for society and it wasn’t a good thing in the end for the banking system.” Toronto-Dominion and other Canadian lenders avoided subprime lending and structured products during the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Canada’s banking system has been ranked the world’s soundest for four straight years by the World Economic Forum, and avoided government bailouts. “I’m a big believer that you should run an institution and become capable of understanding any part of the institution that you run,” Clark said. “The moment you’re saying ‘No, no, no, but I have a third vice president that does,’ look out. I like to keep institutions a little narrow in their focus.” TD’s narrow focus began in

August 2004, when the lender announced it would buy 51 percent of Portland, Maine-based Banknorth Group for $3.5 billion. A year later, the bank sold TD Waterhouse to TD Ameritrade Holding, making it the largest shareholder in the Omaha, Neb.-based discount brokerage. By 2007, Toronto-Dominion had acquired the rest of Banknorth for $3.19 billion. In March 2008, the bank bought Cherry Hill, N.J.-based Commerce Bancorp for about $8.33 billion. Toronto-Dominion added South Financial Group for $191.6 million and now has about 160 branches in Florida. Toronto-Dominion purchased auto lender Chrysler Financial from Cerberus Capital Management in 2010 for about $6.3 billion. Clark said a year ago that the bank will become a top-10 auto lender in the U.S. within three to four years.

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MarketPulse CEO EXODUS Announcements of planned CEO departures blipped up in January after tapering down at the end of 2011, according to a count by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement firm. There were 123 announcements, up from 83 in December and 96 a year earlier. Health care companies had the most announcements — 25. Health care also had the most CEO exits last year, 187. Challenger CEO John Challenger (right) said the number of departures in 2011 was relatively mild, at 1,178. His theory is that companies were still focused on cutting costs last year as the economy remained tenuous. But things are looking better in 2012, and he says “companies may try to find leaders who are able to drive expansion.”

T-SHIRTS IN FEBRUARY Sales of children’s T-shirts rose 164 percent from a year earlier in the central Midwest at the end of January and beginning of February. Not what you’d expect from the dead of winter, but Planalytics, which analyzes weather and retailing trends, reported that the sales surge came as many parts of the country had their warmest start to February in 19 years. It was also the 12th straight week in which temperatures were down from where they were a year ago, and down from the norm. Across the country, children’s T-shirt sales were up 37 percent. Sales of coats and other types of outerwear fell 25 percent nationwide. And sales of heaters were down by nearly half. Not all the country was basking in the warmth, though. Denver had its biggest February snowstorm ever.

A WORRYING OUTLIER Strong economic reports have powered the market’s rise this year, but one troubling indicator is forcing investors to take pause. The Baltic Dry index has been painfully weak. It tracks how much shippers charge to move coal and other commodities around the world, and economists care about it because higher shipping prices usually indicate a stronger global economy. But economist Julian dry index Jessop with Capital Economics Baltic Shipping rates for moving commodities around says not to get worried just yet. the world have plummeted this year. Part of the weakness is because 2000 of a surge in new ships coming into service: The increased supply is lowering shipping prices. 1500 Demand also may have been weak in early 2012 because of a temporary lull around the Lunar 1000 New Year. But if the index remains low in coming weeks, the ’11 ‘12 500 global economy may not be as Source: FactSet strong as investors now believe.

CEO departures by industry Health care/products 25 Financial 13 Government/non-profit 11 Computer 10 Pharmaceutical 9 Services 8 Retail 6 Electronics 5 Energy 5 Entertainment/Leisure 5 Source: Challenger, Gray & Christmas


No pop

Bonds aren’t in a bubble, Jim Keegan says. He is chief investment officer of Seix Investment Advisors, and he runs the RideWorth Total Return Bond Fund (SAMFX). Some strategists expect interest rates to rise soon, which would hurt investors holding bonds. When interest rates rise, bond prices fall. But Keegan says interest rates can stay low because demand is still high for bonds.



We’ve been hearing that bonds are in a bubble since 2008 or so. I’ve been hearing it longer than that, certainly the last seven or 10 years. We’ve been of the view that rates will stay lower for longer. (Short-term interest rates) will remain anchored as long as (Federal Reserve Chairman Ben) Bernanke is in that chair. But we believe also that there are fundamental and technical reasons for why rates can stay lower for longer other than just the flight to quality reason. (Many investors have run to Treasurys, driving up their price and pushing down yields.) It relates to the savings problem in this country. You’ve got 78 million baby boomers retiring over the next 17 years, and as a cohort, they have inadequate savings. That to us says there is a pent-up demand to save rather than to spend. It also says to us that as the population ages, their investment horizon is shorter: It tends to be more about return of capital than return on capital. In this zero interest rate policy environment, people are forced into (bonds). Then when you look into the last 10 years, you’ve had two 50-plus percent corrections in stocks, you’ve had a financial oligopoly and too-big-to-fail institutions that almost brought the system to its knees, and they paid themselves the best bonuses ever the year after the taxpayers bailed them out. And you’ve got a flash crash in 2010 that nobody quite understands … I’ve heard people say the system is rigged. And it seems that when you combine that psychology with the demographics, that argues for (people buying more bonds) and therefore rates staying lower for longer. So, no bubble? I find it hard to call something a bubble when you’re getting 2 percent on it. (The 10-year Treasury note has a yield of about 2 percent). There’s a return. If you hold it, you’re not going to lose money. I have trouble with the whole concept of a bond bubble. Will rates go up at some point? Absolutely, but our view is that it’s not going up any time soon. And you like corporate bonds? We’re overweight in investment-grade corporates and in high yield. Our investment thesis right now is: safe income at a reasonable price in a zero interest rate policy world. You’re not worried about defaults by high yield bonds, which are also known as junk bonds? The high yield market has pushed out the (bulk of their maturities) to 2014, so the default rate is not going to rise very much this year, even if the economy slows or doesn’t grow much. But we realize there will be volatility. AP

Mortgage rates still low

Real opportunities

Commercial real estate has been a better investment years that their dividend growth hasn’t beat inflation. than most stocks since 2009. Financial analysts say A strengthening economy. Employers added they’re still worth buying. 243,000 jobs last month, the most since April. That’s expected to mean more demand for office space. The easiest way to invest is with a REIT — a real Low interest rates. The Federal estate investment trust. REITs own The King of Prussia mall in Pennsylvania. Reserve has said it probably won’t office buildings, shopping centers and raise short-term interest rates until late apartment complexes. They trade like 2014 at the earliest. That will keep stocks and they pass most of their borrowing costs low for REITs. profits on to shareholders as dividends. Bill Stone, chief investment You can buy individual REITs or funds that invest in them. Credit strategist at PNC Wealth Management, Suisse analyst Andrew Rosivach suggests investors keep 7 percent of suggests buying Simon Property their stock portfolio in REITs. Here are Group (SPG). It owns several reasons he and other analysts high-profile properties like the King of recommend them: Prussia mall in Pennsylvania. Dividends. REITs have an Morningstar’s top-rated REIT average dividend yield of 3.6 percent. mutual fund is T. Rowe Price Real That’s higher than the average 2.1 Estate (TRREX). It ranks in the top percent yield for S&P 500 stocks and 2 quarter of all REIT funds for 10-year percent yield for the 10-year Treasury. returns, and it sells stocks less often REITs also raise their dividends at a than peers. That means smaller tax faster rate than inflation, Stone says. bills for investors. Since 1992, there have been only two

The average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage remained at 3.87 percent last week, a record low. But rates on shorter-term mortgages inched higher. The average rate on a 15-year fixed mortgage rose to 3.16 percent from 3.14 percent. That’s because rates tend to follow the direction of Treasury yields. Yields have dropped steadily the last year but ticked higher last week.

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OWELL, Mich. — The 2010 Buick EnclaveparkedinhergaragekeptMichigan resident Renee Moore from getting food stamps for two months last year, even though her family’s income had dropped to below the poverty level, her husband’s Ford Explorer had 300,000 miles on it and her family had less than $1,000 in the bank. The reason? In the eyes of the state, she owned too much. Unlikeotherstatesthatmovedawayfromsetting limits on what families like the Moores can own beforetheyqualifyforhelp,Michiganlastyearmadeit harder for thousands of residents to become eligible for food stamps by adopting new limits on what people can own. Pennsylvania also is toughening its so-called asset test, adding new restrictions on who gets government help. Themovetoredefinewho’strulyneedycomesafter cash-strapped states saw a surge of applications for food stamp aid during the economic downturn. Still, leaders maintain the assistance needs to be targeted to those who need it most. “We’re asking tough things, but we had a huge budget deficit and we had to work through that,” Republican Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said. “We always try to help the people in the greatest need.” Advocates for the poor have fought the new limits in both states, and while both have scaled back their original limits amid criticism they were too See AID, Page 6E

In Pennsylvania, regulations set to take effect May 1 (for food aid) mean that households can have no more than $5,500 in eligible assets, including cash, checking and savings accounts, other investments, and things like boats and planes. One car and a home are excluded, as are life insurance and pension plans, family savings accounts and personal property … About 4,023 Pennsylvania households are expected to lose their benefits when the limits take effect.


nnoyed callers are a part of the day in the news business. People call to complain that we didn’t report what happened at a municipal meeting. A caller complained this week that our photos in the newspaper are too big. Another caller said we’ve made the type size too small. (It hasn’t changed, by the way.) Sometimes they call to complain about something in another newspaper. I’m not kidding, they do. They say: “You have rotten coverage of South America.” “Your coverage favors liberals.” “Your coverage favors conservatives.” “Why did you get rid of Mitch Albom? (He took time off to write a book, by the way.) “Who is the sour puss who got rid of Pickles?” You got me on the last one. I was the sour puss. And we brought the comic strip back. If we make mistakes — and we do — readers let us know. If they disagree with a change we’ve made — and they do — readers let us know. I welcome the calls. When people take the time to pick up the phone and call, send an email or a letter through the mail, they obviously care. We get a lot of complimentary calls, too. Either way, they care enough about “their paper” to give us an earful about what they think and occasionally — where we should go. I’m glad to have readers who care. Sometimes it’s not so easy. Earlier this week a comment was made on on a story about former Wilkes-Barre city administrator J.J. Murphy. The state attorney general had determined no charges will be filed regarding alarm systems bought with city funds and installed in the homes of city officials . Four private complaints were dismissed. It was front page news. Big headline. Only in The Times Leader. At about 2 in the morning a comment was submitted online. It was off topic, it had nothing to do with the story in the paper and it was a personal attack on Murphy. It wasn’t true. The comment was flagged and removed before 6 a.m. because it became apparent it violated policy. The policy is online when readers register to comment. But a few ignore it or try to sneak something by. We enforce our policy and will continue to do so. Still, Murphy and I spoke by phone and he agreed to meet later Thursday. When he worked for the city, Murphy and I occasionally disagreed about what was news and what should be reported. Sometimes we listened to each other and found we had agreed to disagree. He’s since left the city administration and our paths have rarely crossed. What struck me Thursday when Murphy and I spoke on the phone and then met in the early evening was he was a lot more calm and composed than a reader outraged that Calvin and Hobbes wasn’t in the paper anymore. Murphy was most concerned that his family was upset. He served the city. He’s served his country as an officer in the United States Air Force. He doesn’t want that denigrated. He recognizes the need for spirited debate as a part of our democracy. His concern was — is — that the anonymity of readers commenting online has polluted the dialogue. Two things make this not so easy. Murphy was a prominent public official and he was and is subject to scrutiny. The other is that anonymous commentary has a cherished and protected place fundamental to the history of our country. For a guy who might be expected to be very angry, Murphy was not. He was reasonable and said he was focused on moving forward and trying to make the situation — the community — better. Frankly, that impressed me. It reminded me of how important it is to stay connected to the people in the community.



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State convention our best hope


LL THE WISHING and hoping in the world won’t fix Pennsylvania’s General Assembly, a lawmaking body that’s too big, too costly, prone to corruption and seemingly places corporate interests above your interests. Voting won’t do the trick either. Simply stacking your state government with more Republicans, or more Democrats, or more of some thirdparty apostles won’t cure the systemic sickness that ails Harrisburg and hurts you, too. It won’t solve the problem of a bloated, 253-person Legislature that bills itself as “full time” but that allows serious issues to go unresolved for years. It won’t impose needed term limits. It won’t compel the adoption of sensible campaign finance laws. It won’t discourage the trickery witnessed in recent years regarding late-night pay raises, legislative redistricting and, as recently as last week, a shabby Marcellus Shale-related law. It won’t reform the troubles with an institution churning out enough corrupt and convicted lawmakers to establish its own shameless law firm: Fumo, Perzel, Veon, Feese & DeWeese. Your state government won’t get any better until you and a chorus of other concerned, impassioned Keystone State residents successfully call for the remedy.

R E M E DY FO R PA . Read “The Citizens’ Guide to a Modern Constitutional Convention.” Visit and click on “Constitution Rx.”

A constitutional convention. If that phrase conjures images of wig-wearing delegates in Colonial garb, you’re on track. But Pennsylvania can – and must, if trust is to be restored in state government – convene a modern-day gathering to revise the document dictating how this government works. Newspaper editorials occasionally champion a convention. Groups such as Democracy Rising Pennsylvania, The Commonwealth Foundation and the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania also further the notion. In fact, they were supportive of a 2009 report titled “The Citizens’ Guide to a Modern Constitutional Convention.” Since then, however, the issue has not made significant headway, and things in Harrisburg have not measurably improved. Some would argue, things are worse. Meanwhile, residents continue to shoulder a tax burden while, in many cases, watching state highways and bridges further diminished, state services reduced and fair play eroded. You and other Pennsylvanians can no longer afford to change only the players; you need to change the rules.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We can combine greater freedom with accountability.” Barack Obama On Thursday, the president freed 10 states (Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee) from the No Child Left Behind law, allowing them to devise more creative ways to measure what students are learning.


Lost jobs won’t come home soon


HE UNITED States needs all the jobs it can get, and we’re all for employers bringing factory work back here from China and other foreign locales. We support American manufacturing – period. But the nation is not going to see the return of loads of jobs that have been lost to outsourcing. The United States will prosper by creating jobs, as reflected in the recent upbeat national employment report. The economy added 243,000 jobs in January across most sectors of the economy, far more than experts had predicted. To keep the momentum going, the United States needs to encourage cutting-edge sectors where this nation holds a competitive advantage. We know that is a lesson from Econ 101. But we think a reminder is necessary because politicians of all stripes are joining in the clamor to “bring back” American jobs. Rising costs in China and new tax incentives at home will help to “re-shore” jobs at the margin. But those factors will not change the economic facts that

make China a haven for low- and medium-skilled manufacturing: cheap labor, a fixed currency and government financial incentives. If China becomes too costly, Vietnam or Indonesia are more likely to lure the low-tech assembly line than Rockford or Peoria. For the United States to thrive, policymakers must target real opportunity. Technological advances have enabled factories to produce more goods with fewer people. American manufacturing is about brains, not brawn. Nowhere is this lesson more obvious than in one of the most sophisticated industries of all: technology. It has become fashionable to question the domestic economic value of companies such as Apple Inc. that employ many more people offshore than in the United States. But Apple, Intel, Groupon and the latest darling of tech investors, Facebook, employ tens of thousands of Americans in skilled jobs that can’t be done better anywhere else but here. And they’re hiring.


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Energy industry does not live and die by gov’t support PRESIDENT OBAMA has been on a kick to promote natural gas production. Unfortunately, he seems to think the key to doing this is more government involvement. “It was public research dollars, over the course of 30 years, that helped develop the technologies to extract all this natural gas out of shale rock,” he said in his State of the Union address, “reminding us that government support is critical in helping businesses get new energy ideas off the ground.” There are two big problems with this statement. First, it makes it sound as if the government invented the technology, commercialized it and handed it over to private companies. Second, it assumes that if the government hadn’t invested in natural gas technologies, we wouldn’t be where we are today in terms of natural gas production. Both are far from the truth. Well before the government invested in natural gas technologies, it was the private sector that established and developed hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”), a process by which producers inject a fluid, composed of 99 percent water, and sand into wells to free oil and gas trapped in rock formations. Its roots go as far back as the 1860s. In the 1940s, Stanolind Oil and Gas Corp. began studying and testing the method, with a patent issued in 1949 and a license granted to Halliburton to frack on two commercial wells. Government involvement came years later. The U.S. Department of Energy partly fund-

ment on dollars well spent if they aid a commercial success or blasting them for wasting taxpayer dollars when a government-propped industry files for bankruptcy. (Although it NICOLAS LORIS does help show the government’s poor track record of picking winners and losers.) It’s that good economic ideas will find their way ed data accumulation, microseismic mapping, the first horizontal well and tax credits to reach the market, while bad ones will fall by the wayside. to extract unconventional gas. But who was Either way, the use of taxpayer dollars in the driver’s seat? George Mitchell, who does not make sense. If venture capitalists invested millions of his own money in reand businesses are overlooking investment search and development for fracking and opportunities in certain energy technologies, horizontal drilling. they are overlooking them for a reason. The geologist for Mitchell’s company, Jim The United States enjoys robust domestic Henry, first identified Barnett Shale in Texas energy resources (nuclear, natural gas, oil, as a possibility for more energy. Mitchell coal, hydroelectric, wind and solar). The spent between $7 million and $8 million of his money trying to extract shale gas success- energy market can be diverse and competitive without government interference. The fully and eventually made it economically viable. He is behind the shale gas revolution, opportunity to profit off of the domestic and global demand for electricity and transportanot the government. According to the Houston Chronicle, “Dan tion fuels is sufficient incentive for the market to invest in these technologies. Steward, a former geologist and vice presiNo evidence exists to suggest that the dent with Mitchell Energy ... said industry Department of Energy is better equipped to eventually would have figured out how to make shale gas profitable. ‘But George Mitch- make investment decisions or commercialize technologies when the private sector chose ell is responsible for making it happen right not to invest. And no evidence exists to now, when we need it,’ Steward said.” Saying that without government spending suggest it is behind efforts to successfully commercialize an energy technology. we would not have today’s natural gas proPresident Obama says government support duction is like saying without the grocery is critical in driving new energy technologies store down the street from your house, you would starve. You would find another way to forward. It’s not. It’s wasteful. get food. The same goes for shale gas production. It’s economical because private compaNicolas Loris is an energy and environmental nies have found a way to make it work. Govpolicy analyst at The Heritage Foundation. Readers ernment involvement merely supplants inmay write to the author in care of The Heritage dustry dollars with taxpayer dollars. Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002; website: It’s not a matter of congratulating govern-


Promote food stamps as good business, not welfare THE NATION’S food stamp program is an essential part of the American safety net. Why? Because people can’t be productive – in school, at work or looking for work – if they are hungry and fearful about not having enough food to feed their families. The program serves 46 million people, almost as many people as Medicare. And that’s despite the fact that more than onethird of those eligible for the benefit are not receiving it. If all those who qualified for food stamps enrolled in the program, it would include 20 percent to 25 percent of Americans. Not surprisingly, given the large numbers who participate, food stamp recipients are a diverse bunch, including the elderly, the disabled, one-parent families, twoparent families, low-wage workers, students, soldiers and the unemployed. But if Republicans have their way, they will turn food stamp recipients into the new “welfare queens.” The conservative Heritage Foundation has reprised the false charges once leveled at welfare, suggesting that food stamps might make recipients “dependent on government.” And Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has said that “the African-American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps.” (This, despite the fact that only 22 percent of food stamp recipients are black.) Republicans have proposed limiting lifetime use of food stamps, rolling back spending on the program and requiring food stamp recipients to hold jobs. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum promised on the campaign trail to roll back the food stamp program “just like I did with

Food stamp redemptions are good for retailers. In 2009, they pumped $50 billion into the economy. And, according to a 2008 USDA publication, the benefits exLISA LEVENSTEIN tend beyond stores: “Every $5 in new food AND stamp benefits generates a total of $9.20 in J E N N I F E R M I T T E L S T A D T community spending,” and each “$1 billion of retail food demand by food stamp recipwelfare” in the 1990s. Facing these attacks, ients generates 3,300 farm jobs.” History suggests that the pernicious the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance anti-welfare rhetoric that has recently been Program (as food stamps are officially attached to the program will prove powerknown) stands at a crossroads. Will the ful and could threaten to discredit it. program go the way of welfare, or will it With the increasing protest against ecofollow a different path? If it is to survive, its supporters would do well to study histo- nomic inequality across the country, the 99 percent should defend food stamps as a ry. Food stamps were first conceived during crucial pillar of the American promise, and as something good for the economy. In the Depression as part of a Keynesian aptoday’s hard times, with growing poverty proach to priming the economic pump. And it was the grocery industry, not social and rising food prices, there is widespread recognition that making ends meet is no welfare advocates, that pushed for them. The architects of the program emphasized small feat, even for the middle class, and that food stamps are essential. that it bolstered household consumption Conservatives are trying to smear Baand shored up the retail economy. rack Obama by dubbing him the “food Food stamps aimed to replace the government’s in-kind food distribution, which stamp president.” He should not run from the label but embrace it, positioning himhad forced the hungry to line up for government cheese and excess produce, some- self as a defender of American retailers and a protector of the security and integrity of times off the back of trucks. Grocers preall U.S. households. ferred to have people standing in lines in their stores than standing in lines to take surplus food. Lisa Levenstein is an associate professor of Today’s food stamp users are issued history at the University of North Carolina at debit cards to swipe at the register just as Greensboro and the author of “A Movement Withother consumers do. And retailers across out Marches: African-American Women and the the spectrum, from swanky Whole Foods Politics of Poverty in Postwar Philadelphia.” Jento cost-conscious Sam’s Club, accept them, nifer Mittelstadt is an associate professor of because it’s good business. The program history at Rutgers University and the author of allows grocery sellers to keep customers “From Welfare to Workfare: The Unintended Consequences of Liberal Reform, 1945-1965.” They wrote who otherwise might not be able to afford this for the Los Angeles Times. today’s rising food prices.






When is U.S. religion simply not religious? AT THE National Prayer Breakfast, seeking theological underpinning for his drive to raise taxes on the rich, President Obama recently invoked the highest possible authority. His policy, he testified “as a Christian,” “coincides with Jesus’ teaching that ‘for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.’” Now, I’m no theologian, but I’m fairly certain that neither Jesus nor his rabbinic forebears, when speaking of giving, meant some obligation to the state. You tithe the priest, not the tax man. The Judeo-Christian tradition commands personal generosity. But no matter. Let’s assume that Obama has biblical authority for hiking the marginal tax rate exactly 4.6 points for couples making more than $250,000. Let’s stipulate that Obama’s prayer-breakfast invocation of religion as vindicating his politics was not, God forbid, crass, hypocritical, selfserving electioneering, but a sincere expression of a socialgospel Christianity that sees good works as central to the very concept of religiosity. Fine. But this Gospel according to Obama has a rival – the newly revealed Gospel according to Sebelius, over which has erupted quite a contretemps. By some peculiar logic, it falls to the health and human services secretary to promulgate the definition of “religious” – for the purposes, for example, of exempting religious institutions from certain regulatory dictates. Such exemptions are granted in grudging recognition that, whereas the rest of civil society might be broken to the will of the state’s regulators, our quaint Constitution grants special autonomy to religious institutions. Accordingly, it would be a mockery of the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment if, for example, the Catholic Church were required by law to freely provide such “health care services” (in secularist parlance) as contraception, sterilization and pharmacological abortion – to which Catholicism is doctrinally opposed. Ah. But there would be no such Free Exercise violation if the institutions so mandated are deemed, by regulatory fiat, not religious. And thus, the word came forth from Sebelius decreeing the exact criteria required (a) to meet her definition of “religious” and thus (b) to qualify for a modicum of independence from newly enacted state control of American health care, under which the aforementioned Sebelius and her phalanx of experts determine every-







A photograph by Don Carey and words by Mark E. Jones

COMMENTARY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER thing – from who is to be covered, to which treatments are to be guaranteed free-of-charge. Criterion 1: A “religious institution” must have “the inculcation of religious values as its purpose.” But that’s not the purpose of Catholic charities; it’s to give succor to the poor. That’s not the purpose of Catholic hospitals; it’s to give succor to the sick. Therefore, they don’t qualify as “religious” – and therefore can be required, among other things, to provide free morning-after abortifacients. Criterion 2: Any exempt institution must be one that “primarily employs” and “primarily serves persons who share its religious tenets.” Catholic soup kitchens do not demand religious IDs from either the hungry they feed or the custodians they employ. Catholic charities and hospitals – even Catholic schools – do not turn away Hindu or Jew. Their vocation is universal, precisely the kind of universal love-thy-neighbor vocation that is the very definition of religiosity as celebrated by the Gospel of Obama. Yet according to the Gospel of Sebelius, these very same Catholic institutions are not religious at all – under the secularist assumption that religion is what happens on Sunday under some Gothic spire, while good works are “social services” that are properly rendered up unto Caesar. This all would be merely the story of contradictory theologies, except for this: Sebelius is Obama’s appointee. She works for him. These regulations were his call. Obama authored both gospels. Therefore: To flatter his faithbreakfast guests and justify his tax policies, Obama declares good works to be the essence of religiosity. Yet he turns around and, through Sebelius, tells the faithful who engage in good works that what they’re doing is not religion at all. You want to do religion? Get thee to a nunnery. You want shelter from the power of the state? Get out of your soup kitchen and back to your pews. Outside, Leviathan rules. The contradiction is glaring, the hypocrisy breathtaking. But that’s not why Obama offered a hasty compromise on Friday. It’s because the firestorm of protest was becoming a threat to his re-election. Sure, health care, good works and religion are important. But re-election is divine. Charles Krauthammer’s email address is

o ahead and stretch. A calculated risk is good for a boy – or an adult – who occasionally needs to take stock of what he or she is capable. Otherwise, G no boundaries get broken, no lives become enriched.

Hair (barely a beard) today, gone tomorrow I CAME. I saw. I shaved. This was after five weeks of trying to grow a beard. You couldn’t really call it that, a beard. More like a collection of facial hair, some here, some there and none everywhere else. If my beard were clothing, it’d be jeans with holes cut out. If my beard were a landmass, it’d be the Galapagos Islands. My beard had more patches than an Eagle Scout. More vacancies than the Bates Motel. Hairy clouds against fleshcolored ... Well, you get the picture. This, by the way, is why I never try a beard when I have to see – or be seen by – other people. You hate to enter a room and have everyone break out laughing. But I recently had a fiveweek absence to finish a book, and I was holed up in a room most of the day, and the only people seeing me were members of my family and, let’s face it, you could come downstairs in a clown suit and your family would say, “What’s for breakfast?” So, alone in my cave, I gave it a shot. Again. I have a history of doing this every few years. It goes back to the first time I envisioned my-

Burt Reynolds. Elvis. Walt Frazier. They always were so cool with their sideburns, Van Dykes, moustaches. Even toMITCH ALBOM day, from Brad Pitt to that guy from “The Hangover” – Bradley Cooper – I still look on self with facial hair. jealously from the sidelines, In the seventh grade. wistful for whiskers, my hirsute I thought it would be cool. I merely hearsay. thought chicks would dig me. If at first you don’t succeed … Of course, back then, I also was So last month, I braved the hoping my voice would change. But all boys secretly imagine waters once again. I stopped themselves with a drooping Fu shaving. No one noticed for five days. Then the occasional Manchu or fat sideburns. And comments from family memso, unable to actually sprout hair on my own, I took a magic bers, which advanced from “Forgot your razor?” to “Going marker and drew a mustache grubby?” to, eventually, “Hey, over my lip. Then I smeared it what’s that on your face?” to make it more “natural,” The hair grew in these placwhich left me looking like a girl es: chin, cheeks, upper lip. The who applied black lipstick in hair never grew in these places: the dark. sideburns, jawline and the area The next day, after a firm that connects a mustache with scolding from my mother, and perhaps some turpentine, I was a goatee. I would press against the mirror, looking for the once again clean-shaven. But my dream would not die. smallest green shoots. Nothing. Now, there are two types of What I did see, once the chin teenage boys: Those who grow hair thickened out, was this 5-o’clock shadows by gym shocking development: It was class, and those who grow coming in gray! nothing but the occasional How is that fair? I never got pimple. I was the latter. I waita young man’s beard, and now I ed for facial hair. Nothing was Santa Claus? came. I examined my ears, my I had been leapfrogged, left chin, beneath my nose. Hairin a squat, like a man who fell less. asleep in spring and woke up in Soon the dream turned to fall, his summer stolen. Even if envy. When Al Pacino sported I were successful in my beardthat mustache and beard in “Serpico,” I wanted one. When ed efforts, I was now fated to those guys in “Miami Vice” had be ... Sean Connery. Who – I realized – was bald. that sexy stubble, I wanted it.


Now, there are two types of teenage boys: Those who grow 5-o’clock shadows by gym class, and those who grow nothing but the occasional pimple. I was the latter. I waited for facial hair. Nothing came. So recently, with the book completed, I got out the electric razor, the hand razor and some shaving cream. I am happy to report that there was some tug; it actually hurt a bit to cut it off. (Sweet resistance! Proof of existence!) The bad news is, losing it took all of three minutes. And I was back to where I started. And where I will remain. You have to count your blessings, and the Lord has left me with hair on my head if not on my face. Who knows? Maybe Sean Connery would see me and say, “I want some of that.” So I am clean again. Resigned to smooth cheeks and barren jaws. I came. I saw. I shaved. Or as they might write on a bathroom wall, “Here I sit, brokenhearted, minus the beard, that never got started.” Mitch Albom is a columnist for the Detroit Free Press. Readers may write to him at: Detroit Free Press, 600 W. Fort St., Detroit, MI 48226, or via email at


W-B General staff offered good care


y stay at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital was a pleasant one. I thank Dr. James Mattucci, the nurses, aides and physical therapists for taking good care of me. They display compassion for the work they do and beyond.

MOUNTAIN LAURELS Mountain Laurels is a regular series of letters from readers conveying thanks to individuals or groups for their support, help or kindness.

ment and treatment on site and en route to the hospital. We feel the best way to thank them is to encourage all township residents to continue to generously support them. Deb Kalinowski Henry On behalf of the Kalinowski family Plains Township

Allen Vietz West Nanticoke

Emergency service Knitters complete worth supporting liners for helmets e offer our sincere grat-



itude to the Plains Township ambulance volunteers, paramedics and members of the fire department. They recently were called to a medical emergency at our home. They responded quickly and performed life-saving assess-


would like to update your readers on the Lackawanna Presbytery’s helmet liner project featured in the article “Comfort on their minds” (Aug. 7, 2011). After many hours of clicking needles, we met our goal of completing 500 handmade,

knitted, wool helmet liners to be given to the members of the 1st Battalion, 109th Infantry of the Pennsylvania National Guard for their upcoming deployment. The helmet liners will not only keep our soldiers’ heads warm and dry, but also give them the knowledge that their neighbors took the time and care to hand-knit those liners, sending an unmistakable message of love to our troops. On behalf of the Presbytery, Chaplain Ryan Kraus and the 1st Battalion, please accept our heartfelt thanks to all those people who knitted liners and supported the project with monetary contributions. And thanks goes to Ellen Muzi of Electric City Yarns, without whose help this project never would have gotten off the ground.

Once again, the love and support of the residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania have been overwhelming. Linda Frangos Lackawanna Presbytery Helmet Liner Project Presbyterian Church (USA) Scranton

Thanks for writing exceptional column


he Times Leader published a commentary by Bill O’Boyle on coach Joe Paterno’s treatment and matters that led to his untimely firing from the Pennsylvania State University and eventually to his death (“Paterno: Penn State to the end,” Jan. 23). It was an intelligent, concise and honest assessment of what occurred to Paterno over the Jerry Sandusky affair. Bill pulled out all stops. He opined as he saw the whole sordid affair. It was brilliant. It

can be used as a basis for all the volumes that might be written about the late Joe Paterno. Bill O’Boyle refers to the media’s continued assessment and reporting. One wonders whether the media’s reporting was a contributor to an undesired and undeserved result such as: the trustees rushing to a bad judgment, the students rioting near the Penn State campus, some of the public finding Paterno guilty before the investigations were initiated. Bill O’Boyle in a few words touched on the subject. It was done with discretion and class, but with meaning. It took courage for him to take on his brethren. Bill’s commentary brought readers’ attention to Joe Paterno’s unselfish love for his family, football, people, the students, friends and, above all, Penn State University. Thank you, Bill. Michael J. Hudacek Sr. Plymouth

City coat drive has warm ending


n behalf of the WilkesBarre Junior City Council, I thank The Times Leader for publishing information about the coat drive that we held throughout the month of December. We believe that it really helped get the word out that there are people who care and strive to make a difference. Overall, it was a very successful project that left an impact on those who were helped. Not only did we collect a huge number of coats and other winter apparel, but also we donated them to Volunteers of America, a service organization that helps millions of people. Again, thank you for your support. Bailey Novak On behalf of members of the Junior City Council Wilkes-Barre
















Partnerships with businesses can give graduates a competitive edge IN THE current economy, colleges and universities are under increasing pressure from government and their core audiences – parents and students – to provide added value to their curriculum and academic degrees by putting into practice the theories they teach in the classroom. Today, experienced and skilled workers are competing in the job market for the same opportunities once reserved for “green” college graduates. This prevailing paradigm has made higher education retool its products – soon-to-be college graduates – in an effort to create a competitive advantage for them. To accomplish this, colleges and universities are looking at internships as an additional teaching tool and incorporating them into their business curricula. Internships provide that sought-after value for students because they provide experience in a company’s structure, culture and with the rigors of deadlines. To create a competitive advantage



for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education is still in its infancy, but we have embarked on this journey by creating partnerships with regional businesses such as PNC Bank, ParenteBeard, Amory Medical Associates, Bucci Vision, Coates Toner, Calex. Incubators create training opportunities for students by allowing businesses to influence curriculum by filling gaps in work experience, thereby ensuring graduates are competitive in our challenging job market. This next step in creating training programs eventually will morph into a fullfledged pipeline for businesses to recruit new hires after observing them in action. Businesses such as ParenteBeard, for example, have created a training program with us to teach Excel programming. The partnership provides students the preparation, insight and access to the rigors and demands of the business with minimal cost to the university and company. At the same time, it provides ParenteBeard a pool of potential employees who already know how to function in its corporate

A workforce incubator provides a place where businesses can go to train, recruit and even explore untapped markets without the expensive trial and error associated with bad hires … structure. Smaller, established companies such as Amory Medical Associates enhance the graduate business program by providing hands-on experience and mentoring in sales and marketing, which have earned Misericordia graduates high-profile jobs with HewlettPackard and IBM. It takes time to develop true partnerships. At Misericordia, those established relationships provide business majors with the added value they seek and need in today’s economy and job market. Robert Williams is the executive director of the Misericordia University Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education. He can be reached at


Kaufer praised as 120th candidate


for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education. A workforce incubator provides a place where businesses can go to train, ROBERT WILLIAMS recruit and even explore untapped markets without the expensive trial and error associated with bad hires and for their students, institutions of highlearning curves. It is a place where er education must go a step further and build partnerships with businesses. businesses can observe, encourage and instruct their future employees while, The two must meet in the middle and create opportunities for each other at the same time, adding real value to the college or university. by creating a business incubator. A In return, higher education is providuniversity business incubator is a foing its students with a competitive rum in which students step into the advantage in the marketplace by allowreal world of business to learn the ing them the opportunity to work on proper culture and training, as well as to practice their own skills and display marketing plans, be a member of a sales force and learn firsthand about their talents to business leaders. Busithe corporate world. Eventually, this nesses in this incubator can invest by synergistic partnership blossoms, and providing practical training, while at colleges and universities can become the same time suggesting innovative testing grounds for marketing ideas or methods that might be too costly in they can compete for marketing and their arena. With an incubator in place, students sales opportunities, which could create a revenue stream for the institution. can learn and practice the art and science of business, while businesses can The added revenue could fund further training and the incubator perpetuates help to shape their workforces. itself. For Misericordia University and its The Misericordia University Center students, the incubator is the Center

aron Kaufer is the Republican candidate for state representative for the 120th District, which consists of Courtdale, Exeter, Exeter Township, Forty Fort, Jackson Township, Kingston, Kingson Township, Luzerne, Pringle, Swoyersville, West Pittston, West Wyoming and Wyoming. Aaron is a lifelong resident of Kingston. He graduated from Wyoming Valley West High School as salutatorian of his class. Continuing his education at Lafayette College, he double majored in “Government and Law” and “International Affairs,” and he was inducted into the honor society of each major. As an active member of our community, Aaron accomplished many achievements by the age of 23, including ser-

vice to the Catholic Youth Center and Jewish Community Center as well as volunteering to help elect impassioned leaders such as state Sen. Lisa Baker and state Rep. Karen Boback. Aaron’s community and political work led to him being honored five years ago by The Times Leader as the region’s Best & Brightest area high school graduate in the civics category. Today, Aaron is answering the call to bring better representation to the area with enthusiastic plans and new ideas, which we desperately need. There are few people whom I respect as greatly as Aaron Kaufer! You will not find a young man as intelligent, passionate and dedicated as Aaron. And if you have any doubt, come and meet him. I ask you to keep on the lookout for this

young man. He’ll be coming to your area soon. Jack Schumacher Committee chairman Kingston

Online merchants should collect tax


have had enough with my online-only competition getting a break from the state and federal governments when it comes to collecting and remitting sales tax. Currently, the “Amazons” of the world don’t have to collect and remit state sales tax. But, as the owner of Ross Jewelers, I do! I have no issue with collecting and remitting as long as my online-only competition has to do the same. U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and Congressmen Lou Barletta and Tom Marino can stop this unfair advantage by support-

ing the Marketplace Fairness Act. In fact, Sen. Toomey – with his belief that government should stay out of the way of small business – should go so far as to co-sponsor the act. This bill would allow states to decide if companies such as Amazon should collect and remit sales tax. Main Street businesses such as mine aren’t looking for a bailout from our federal government. We are looking for a level playing field. Chris Ross Jr. Ross Jewelers Scranton

‘Super’ ideas for MLK celebration


uring the two-week buildup to the Super Bowl, it was suggested that it is inevitable that someday “Super Sunday” will become a

national holiday. I sure hope not. NFL football is certainly popular, but it shouldn’t be of the same level of importance as our current holidays. But, here is what should happen. Martin Luther King Jr. Day should be moved from January to February. In January, we’re still recovering from the long holiday season that started with Thanksgiving. February is Black History Month. Make the first or second Monday of February MLK Day. The television networks can mix in some tribute along with the day-long buildup to the football game. And, Monday after the game is a holiday; everyone has the day off. It gives a day to recover if the food or drink was just too good to pass up “thirds.” It would allow a travel day for those people who might want to see the game with family or

friends who live far away. It would give a big boost to MLK Day and fit right into the way Americans like to spend their long weekends. Jim Kearney Exeter

Remember who approved tax hike


hat Luzerne County’s taxpayers and voters should know about how County Council voted on the proposed 2012 budget: Agreed to tax hike: Jim Bobek, Tim McGinley, Linda McClosky Houck, Eugene Kelleher, Harry Haas and Elaine Madden Curry. Opposed tax hike: Edward Brominski, Rick Morelli, Stephen A. Urban, Rick Williams and Stephen J. Urban.

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Hunting for truth about Pa. hunters



must respond to the letter to the editor by Fred Murray (Jan. 8) concerning my issues with hunters. In all the years I have been exposing the truth about hunting, I have never put down the general sportsmen and women of the state. My focus has been solely on hunters/trappers – as it is that segment that initially sought to violate my rights and continues to do so via their bully tactics. Murray utilizes a longstanding tactic by including fishermen in his response, despite the fact that anglers are not a concern, and I have never addressed them. Also, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has far more responsibilities than catering to the shrinking minority of hunters/trappers. The primary legal mandate of the Game Commission is to manage and protect all the wildlife in Pennsylvania for all the residents. The decades-long decline in hunters/trappers numbers has had virtually no effect on fishing or anything else Murray cites, beyond hunting clubs. Sporting goods stores will continue to exist, as they already thrive on the growing majority of nonlethal, outdoorbased activities. In any given sporting goods store the hunting/trapping section makes up a small percentage of current trade. Deer populations will not explode, as without hunters to demand the herd be kept inflated the Game Commission will cease its propagation programs that are the primary source of deer-vehicle collision, crop damage and other game management-related liabilities which cost us hundreds of millions annually. Nor will fox and coyote populations increase without trapping. Mother Nature man-

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aged their populations, as well as that of all other game species, long before humans began interfering, especially in the name of sport. Murray should have saved his ink, as there is no defense for the continuation of sport trophy hunting when all factors are considered. David Kveragas Newton Township

CEO pay should be questioned


egarding the commentary “More jobs without more pay won’t help workers” (Jan. 29) by Jonathan Tasini. The primary message from Mr. Tasini is that while it is possible that Republican presidential condender Mitt Romney’s former business activities created more jobs than they lost, the new jobs provide less total compensation. And neither Republicans nor Democrats are anxious to discuss that. I agree, but ... . We live in a global economy in which the compensation paid to American workers is competitively compared to workers in many other countries. Whatever an American job pays, it is better to work than to continue extending unemployment benefits until there must be a taxpayer bailout for that. And why are wage and/or hour cuts not utilized more? It would be far better to keep more people working than add to the unemployed count. Yes, that would mean wage cuts for executives, also. Hmm ... .


Another tool Americans could use to encourage fairness is to invest only in companies paying their executives reasonable compensation. (See 04/10/business/10comp.html?pagewanted=all) An excerpt: “In the fourth quarter, profits at American businesses were up an astounding 29.2 percent, the fastest growth in more than 60 years. Collectively, American corporations logged profits at an annual rate of $1.678 trillion.” So far, this recovery has not trickled down. After two relatively lean years, CEOs in finance, technology, energy and beyond are pulling down multimillion-dollar paychecks. What many of these executives aren’t doing, however, is hiring. Unemployment, although down from its peak, recently stood at 8.8 percent. And few economists predict the jobless rate will drop substantially anytime soon.” If we don’t like this, and I don’t, we can force change by instructing our financial counselors to invest our funds only in companies having CEOs with total annual compensation less than $5 million, or an appropriate number. Be firm; advise counselors if they don’t comply, we will find a counselor who will. If we limit our earnings options, we can force large corporations to change – when our choices force their stock prices to drop. Sounds impossible, or at least unlikely. Who has better ideas? Robert Jackson Mehoopany




ith a sad heart, I take my Dallas Mountaineers football magnet off the back of my car. For the past seven years, since I met my husband who coached with Ted Jackson, I had attended every game. Cheering Dallas on through the cold, snowy games. Through the summer games when it felt like 110 degrees in the stands. Taking our two children since they were infants in their strollers, all bundled up with their Dallas Mounts hats and sweatshirts. All of us cheering loudly and proudly when Dallas scored. It’s funny: We teach our kids when they play sports that the number one rule is “Don’t cheat.” Well, our school board (except for two members) cheated us. They seemingly put their own interests ahead of the people who they were put there to represent (the taxpayers). They had a whole room full of members of the community, plus the kids on the football team, pleading with them to do the right thing and keep their coach; they turned their backs on them and put their own agenda first. So, I sadly take off my magnet and throw it in the trash. It’s sad to say, but all of the “Dallas pride” I once had is gone. Christy VanOrden Shavertown

Council quickly making progress


write in response to a Feb. 3 letter to the editor from Kathy Dobash regarding the procedure that was followed by the Luzerne County Coun-

cil during January to make appointments to the county’s authorities, boards and commissions. The letter alluded to hasty appointments of unqualified residents and the author’s own experience as an applicant for the Accountability, Conduct and Ethics Commission. There are a few salient details that were left out, and I write to correct the record. Regarding “haste”: The council took office on Jan. 2 and by law had only 30 days to make appointments to the Board of Elections and Registration, the Board of Tax Assessment Appeals, and the Accountability, Conduct and Ethics Commission. Although we had received applications prior to Jan. 2, we did not have any authority to act until we were sworn in. However, despite the rapidly approaching deadline, we appealed on Jan. 2 and 3 for anyone else who was interested in applying to do so as soon as possible. We accepted applications for these three bodies up to and including Jan. 17. The Jan. 31 deadline for appointment was clearly stated, so applicants were aware that the selection process would not be delayed. The Jan. 18 date for Elections and Tax Appeals interviews and the Jan. 23 date for interviews for the Ethics Commission were announced at the Jan. 10 council meeting when we approved the procedure of interviewing applicants. Those people who were present at the Jan. 18 interviews will recall that we used speakerphones for the few applicants for the Elections and Tax boards with conflicts that presented them from being present physically. When Ms. Dobash notified us that she could not be present at her scheduled interview, she also was offered the opportunity for speakerphone

participation during any one of the three interview sessions on Jan. 23. However, she declined and informed us that she was actually ineligible to serve on the Ethics Commission at this time because of charter restrictions. The Luzerne County Council has managed, in four fastpaced weeks, to meet our deadlines and appoint wellqualified members to the Board of Elections and Registration, the Board of Tax Assessment Appeals, and the Accountability, Conduct and Ethics Commission, and to deal with a host of other issues. We express our thanks to all who applied and especially to the large number of wellqualified and eligible residents who participated in the open interview process for each of these bodies. The home rule form of government that is now in effect in our county encourages greater citizen participation in all areas of government. Although these three boards are complete, there are other authorities, boards and commissions that will have term openings on an ongoing basis. We continue to receive applications on a near-daily basis and will contact those people who are interested as the openings occur. The application for appointment to county authorities, boards and commissions can be found on the county website: We are extremely grateful to all applicants for their willingness to volunteer their time and talent to serve on one of these bodies, and we encourage greater involvement by all residents as we work together in the coming months and years to build a new county government. Linda McClosky Houck Vice chairwoman Luzerne County Council Kingston









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So I smiled Friday morning when I received a letter from a Sweet Valley woman who was hopping mad that two puzzles are no longer in the Sunday features section. She called the


Linda Davis talks about her need for food stamps while sitting at her table at her home in the Pittsburgh suburb of Swissvale, Pa. Michigan and Pennsylvania are making it harder for thousands of residents to become eligible for food stamps by adopting new limits on how many cars people can own and how much cash they can have in the bank.

as a hindrance to getting families back on their feet. “There was an understanding families need assets” to have a financial cushion as they work their way out of poverty, said Finzel, a welfare policy analyst. States such as Texas, Utah and California are holding on to asset tests.LikeMichigan,Texassaysapplicants can’t get food stamps if they have more than $5,000 in the bank and a second vehicle worth more than $15,000. Alaska, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming don’t count vehicles as assets, but limit food stamp recipients to $2,000 in assets and$3,000ifthehouseholdincludes someone elderly or disabled. Illinois and Tennessee are among the states that eliminated asset tests for food stamps in recent years. Considering a vehicle an asset has been particularly controversial because some argue it helps people look for and keep a job. California lawmakers last year approved a bill doing away with restrictions that kept families on welfare from having a vehicle worth more than $4,650, but Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed it, saying the state

couldn’t afford the change. “In a highway state, a reliable means of transportation is not a luxury, it’s a necessity,” said the bill’s author, Democratic Assemblyman Roger Hernandez. Jennifer Brooks, director of state and local policy at the Corporation for Enterprise Development, which supports programs that get people out of poverty, said states are finding that recipients are able to move off assistance faster if they can build up savings. Yet “the presenceofanassettest,nomatterhow high it is, sends the signal that people shouldn’t save,” she said. That’s not the way Michigan Department of Human Services Director Maura Corrigan sees it. Corrigan said applicants who still own expensive cars or a second home they haven’t put up for sale shouldn’t qualify for help. She was stunned during a visit earlier this year to a DHS office to see a food stamp applicant’s Hummer parked outside. “Our concern is protecting the program for the truly needy,” Corrigan said.

replacement “stupid.” If she thought I too was stupid, she kindly didn’t say so when I called her to explain. The decision to remove those puzzles wasn’t mine; the syndicate that provides them discontinued the puzzles. They aren’t there to bring back. She didn’t want an explanation, however reasonable I

thought it was. She wanted her puzzles. She wasn’t too satisfied. We shared some small talk and parted ways. And all day long I’ve been thinking of reasonable people. We can’t have enough of them.

— Associated Press writers Juliet Williams in Sacramento, Calif., and Marc Levy in Harrisburg, Pa., contributed to this report.

Joe Butkiewicz is executive editor of The Times Leader. His email is


excluded, as are life insurance and pension plans, family savings accounts and personal property. If an elderly or disabled person lives in a household, the limit is $9,000. The state originally wanted toimposealimitof$2,000perhousehold, and $3,250 for a household with an elderly or disabled member. About 4,023 Pennsylvania households are expected to lose their benefits when the limits take effect May1. About 880,000 households now get food assistance. “I’ve told them that I think this ... is not exactly what we need at this time with the economy the way it is,” said Linda Davis, 64. The resident of the Pittsburgh suburb of Swissdale has written letters to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett to try and stop changes that could deny her $16 in monthly food stamps. Food stamp rolls grew exponentially after the 2008 recession and financial meltdown left many jobless or struggling to pay their mortgagesandmakeendsmeet.Federal statistics show the annual average number of food stamp recipients grew 58 percent from 2008 to 2011. Households receive an average monthly benefit of $282, and recipients in some states can lose benefits after three months if they’re not working or applying for jobs. The moves to add new limits are bucking the national trend. Thirtysix states and the District of Columbia have no asset test to get foodstamps,and16eliminateditin the past 2 1/2 years, according to the Washington-based Corporation for Enterprise Development. As the need for assistance grew, Rochelle Finzel of the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures said, asset tests were seen








‘Fiddler,’ Kirby play matchmaker By MARY THERESE BIEBEL

By JOSEPH HUDAK For The Times Leader


ith such No. 1 singles as “Fast Cars and Freedom,” “My Wish” and “Take Me There,” few acts have so fully embodied the sound of 21st-century country music quite like Rascal Flatts. Polished, powerful and undeniably pop, the CMA and ACM-award-winning trio has taken country to new heights of crossover success. Their 2006 hit “What Hurts the Most” topped both the country and adult-contemporary singles charts. Their latest hit, “Easy,” was a duet with pop singer Natasha Bedingfield. And with “Dancing on the Ceiling,” they boast one of the standout tracks on the upcoming Lionel Richie country-duets record, “Tuskegee.” Yes, pop has been good to the Flatts guys — lead singer Gary LeVox, bassist-vocalist Jay DeMarcus and guitarist-vocalist Joe Don Rooney — who will bring their winter “Thaw Out” tour to the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Friday night. But make no mistake, the band is steeped in a shared love of country music, and those roots are evident in their new single, the plucky “Banjo.” “It’s got a rock backbone, but it lets the banjo shine. It’s a real Flatts moment,” Rooney says, check-

IF YOU GO Who: Rascal Flatts, with Sara Evans and Hunter Hayes When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township Tickets: $69.70 and $48.35, including fees. Call: 800-7453000

ing in before a show in Providence, R.I. “That lyric is one of the more country lyrics we ever sang. It’s going over really well live, and it’s a good way to kick off this record.” That record, their seventh, is “Changed,” due April 3 on Big Machine Records. The title couldn’t be more appropriate. During the past two years, Rascal Flatts have endured their share of change, beginning in 2010 when their longtime label, Lyric Street Records, shuttered. Suddenly without a musical home, they bided their time and eventually signed with Big Machine, the home of Pennsylvania native Taylor Swift, and released their first album for the label, “Nothing Like This.” Oh, and they switched managers, too. “It may not sound like a big thing to people out there, but (changing labels and managers) is the biggest thing,” Rooney says. “When you’re somewhere like (Lyric Street) for 10 years, it becomes like a family. But we’ve really enjoyed our transition … and Big Machine has just been amazing.” As has the fan response to this tour. Rooney advises audiences to get to their seats early, not only See RASCAL, Page 4F

Whenever Pamela Chabora moves into a new hotel, she makes the place cozy by unpacking her favorite photographs, her computer and a blanket from home. “There’s a certain place for everything in my baggage and where I put things in my room,” she said. “It’s a regular way of doing things, a tradition.” Chabora, 55, has been traveling since September for her role as Yente the matchIF YOU GO maker in What: ‘Fiddler on “Fiddler on the Roof’ the Roof,” When: 7:30 p.m. which Wednesday and Thursday comes to the Where: F.M. Kirby F.M. Kirby Center, Public Center in Square, WilkesWilkesBarre Barre on More info: 570Wednesday 826-1100 and Thursday. Like her character, she’ll tell you traditions can be comforting. But, like some other characters in the cast, in particular a trio of sisters, she’ll tell you traditions sometimes have to change. Tzeitel, Hodel and Chava, daughters of Tevye the dairyman and his wife, Golde, are all thinking of marriage — but they won’t meekly accept whichever prospective husband Yente might find for them. Not that Yente wouldn’t be doing her best. “In my research I read about the matchmaker’s job and how there’s a sort of tier system,” Chabora said. “You were put in a tier with your particular class. If a girl didn’t have a dowry (in the play, Tevye’s daughters do not) that was a shame-filled position to be in. You had nothing to bring to the wedding — no money, no cows, no land. As a result the groom, the male, is going to have to bring whatever is needed.” Yente wants the daughters of her friends to be provided for. So maybe she’ll arrange a wedding with a man who has a bit of wealth or a steady trade. But maybe he won’t be the most handsome man in the village, or the youngest or strongest or most charming. One by one, Tevye’s daughters break with the matchmaker tradition. Tzeitel marries Motel the tailor, a long-time friend with whom she had exchanged her own pledge. Hodel marries a politically minded scholar and shares his exile. Most unsettling of all to her parents, Chava marries outside of her religion. “Tevye says at one point ‘How far can I bend before I See FIDDLER, Page 4F

Raunch meter keeps rising for CBS Monday comedies By DAVID BAUDER AP Television Writer

PASADENA, Calif. — Monday night has become television’s most popular — and raunchy — night of comedy. In recent weeks, there was a strip-club visit on “How I Met Your Mother,” lap dance included. The stars of “2 Broke Girls” mistakenly believed an upstairs neighbor ran a brothel. “Two and a Half Men” included jokes about masturbation, oral sex, sex with moms, trading cigarettes for sex and two scenes withloudnoisesofpassionfrombehind closed doors. A quick count on a recent Monday found 53 sex jokes on the network’s four comedies, which includes“Mike&Molly.”Therewere also nine jokes about flatulence or

bowel movements and two scenes where marijuana use was clearly implied — one with a teenage boy andtheotherwithanolderwoman. The subject matter leaves some viewers queasy, such as Amanda St. Amand, mother of two college students from St. Louis. She said the shows go past raunchy fun to just plain raunchy. CBS and producers of the comediesstronglydefendtheirworkand point to the shows’ success as evidence they’re doing something right. “Two and a Half Men” is TV’s favorite comedy, “How I Met Your Mother” has its best ratings ever in itsseventhyear,and“2BrokeGirls” isabreakoutfreshmanhit.Thefour shows are among the seven most popular comedies on prime-time television this season, the Nielsen

Ashton Kutcher and Sophie Winkleman push the barriers with risque jokes in CBS’ ’Two and a Half Men.’ AP PHOTO

ratings company said. CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler said the comedies are “a little risque,” but that the characters are living truthfully within their particular circumstances. “The fact that there is such

strong ratings growth for all of them means that those shows are resonating,”Tasslersaid.“Itmeans that the characters are resonating. It means that their dialogue is really landing with audiences. The shows are laugh-out-loud funny.”

“Mike & Molly” seemingly has the least amount of sexual content of the four shows, though one recent episode did include jokes about a flasher, breasts, prostitution and erections. “2 Broke Girls” opened a recent episode with the two leads trading four raunchy jokes with the leering cook in the diner where they work. Show creator Michael Patrick King reacted strongly when he was questionedatameetingoftheTelevision Critics Association about jokes in his show regarding anal sex. “It’s 8:30 on Monday on CBS in 2012,” said King, former producer of“SexandtheCity”forHBO.“It’sa very different world than 8:30 on MondayonCBSin1994....Iconsider our jokes really classy dirty. I think they’re high lowbrow. I think

they’re fun and sophisticated and naughty, and I think everybody likes a good naughty joke.” Inanotherrecentepisode,which had four jokes about prostitution and four about herpes, Caroline and Max go to see the madam of a brothel and knock on the wrong door to be greeted by a man wearing a dog collar and leash. King cited his experience on “Sex and the City” to say he recognizes that “people pull away from something if it’s not in good taste. “People lean into something if it’s OK, and week after week, more people are leaning into ‘2 Broke Girls,’ ” he said. “So there’s something there they feel OK about.” One viewer, 36-year-old Allison See RAUNCHY, Page 4F

















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1. Each row and each column must contain the numbers 1 through 4. 2. The numbers within the heavily outlined boxes, called cages, must combine using the given operation (in any order) to produce the target numbers in the top-left corners. 3. Freebies: Fill in single-box cages with the number in the top-left corner.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). The pendulum swings between the mundane and madness. You appreciate each tone more because the other one exists. The varied pace keeps you on your toes. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You are firing on all cylinders today, and you are primed to make excellent choices. You will act as though you thought things through and think as though you were in action. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Most people are likely to choose the road they know, perceiving it to be the safest route. Just because it’s right in front of you doesn’t make it the best choice. Go out of your way to find the best option. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Get the inside story. Seek knowledge over information. Better to learn how than to be given answers that will only work for you in a particular circumstance. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You’re in just the fighting mood to break records and push through barriers. In order to break through to the realm of the extraordinary, you have to require yourself to do things that can’t be done. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). A developmental process is beginning. In much the same way that children show early signs of the adults they will turn into, you are showing signs of the person you will be in but three short months. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Because you value humor, you’ll love the odd scenarios that drop into your world. The day will be a series of interesting and entertaining events, strange little tests and funny problems to solve. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). When a loved one isn’t giving you the kind of attention you want, it may lead you to wonder whether you are giving your loved one the kind of attention he or she would prefer. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Being the sign of expansion, you sometimes equate moderation with boredom. But now you’ll see how a little restraint can bring you great contentment. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’ll be alert to the feelings and moods of those around you. Do not, however, change your whole schedule to accommodate others. Doing so will only start a trend that you will not enjoy later down the line. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). There is no sense in worrying about what you cannot control. Also, the things that might happen are not worthy of your energetic investment. Concentrate on what’s actually going on right now. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’ll be like a human buffer as you attempt to protect people from news that might bring down the mood or from details that may cause unnecessary worry. You’ll be quite successful in this, too. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 12). Your heart’s desire burns bright this year, giving you fuel to reach your goals. In March, you’ll receive the happy repercussions of a move you made last year. May is your chance to see what you’ve always wondered about. You sincerely want to help people, and you’ll be proud of how you’re able to do this in June. Virgo and Aries people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 6, 1, 24, 39 and 18.

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Dear Abby: My boss, “Ms. M.,” knows her stuff. She’s supportive, flexible and communicates well about what’s happening within the organization. However, she spends most of her time in my cubicle. She’ll start out in her office and, 15 minutes later, slide into my cubicle to show me her kids’ latest photos or insist my colleagues and I watch YouTube videos of her favorite entertainers. This happens continually throughout the day. I have to work from home in the evenings to get anything done. I have actually used vacation time so I could finish a project without Ms. M.’s constant interruptions. I thought it was just me until I got sick last year and was out for several days. I got “hate” email from my colleagues because the boss was spending all her time in THEIR cubicles! Meanwhile, contracts don’t get finalized, deadlines are missed, phone calls go unanswered and complaints pile up. When she gets heat from higher-ups, she’ll work on the weekend to make things right. Then on Monday morning she’ll call a staff meeting that lasts over an hour, and we must listen to her sour complaints and more YouTube videos from the weekend. It’s maddening. Ms. M. is like a female Nero fiddling while the department burns. I want to do my job during working hours. Any suggestions? — Treading Water in Ohio Dear Treading Water: I do have one. Because there is safety in numbers, everyone in the department who is affected by this problem should discuss it as a group with Ms. M’s supervisor or boss. It appears Ms. M. is confusing her working relationships with those that are personal. Dear Abby: Five years ago, while substitute teaching, I met a man who was also a


substitute teacher. We would often have lunch together in the school cafeteria. “Lou” told me he had been living with a woman, “Meg,” for 12 years, but that she had begun developing Alzheimer’s disease. Her sons planned on moving them into an assisted living facility. Several months ago, Lou called and asked to take me to lunch. At lunch he said he is still living with Meg, but plans to move into a place of his own soon. He said he’d like to start seeing me on a regular basis. He gave me his home phone number, but said that if Meg answers, I should tell her it’s the school calling him about a job. I told him I’m not interested in seeing him until he is actually living on his own, but he keeps calling to get me to change my mind. My children and my friends tell me it would not be wrong to start seeing Lou because he’s no longer actively involved with the woman. What’s the right thing to do? — Looking For Answers in Florida Dear Looking For Answers: That you would have second thoughts about becoming involved with a man who asks you to lie to the woman he’s been living with for 17 years shows a lot about your character. That he would ask you to do otherwise speaks not very flatteringly about his. You appear to be someone with high standards and dignity. If you prefer to wait until Meg and Lou are no longer living together, I respect that. And if his interest in you is serious, he will respect it, too. For an excellent guide to becoming a better conversationalist and a more sociable person, order “How to Be Popular.” Send your name and mailing address, plus check or money order for $7 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby, Popularity Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Shipping and handling are included in the price.)

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THE TIMES LEADER Rascal Flatts performs during a CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn.

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to catch opening acts Sara Evans and Hunter Hayes but also to witness the group’s hushhush introduction. “It’s something we’ve never done before. Jay, Gary and I are not seen, and we’re not playing instruments. That’s all I can say about it,” he teases, adding that the end of the show is just as captivating as its beginning. “The encore is really something. It’s a patriotic theme and is very special.” Anyone who has seen Rascal Flatts in concert before — they regularly play the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain each summer — can attest that Rooney’s guitar work is a highlight of the Flatts live experience. He has been known to treat audiences to intricate solos, drawing on everything from “Over the Rainbow” to the theme from “Top Gun.” “It’s classic, isn’t it?” Rooney asks of the famous fighter-jet anthem. “Ever since I was a little tyke, I loved guitar, and I started eating up all kinds of styles, from Chet Atkins to Stevie Ray Vaughan, from Jeff Beck to Vince Gill. My dad introduced me to country when I was a teenager, but I’ve always loved rock because of my three older siblings. It’s fun to stretch out.” Ditto for DeMarcus and LeVox, who each get their solo time to shine. “We have a moment in the show where we strip it down, and


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break? I can’t bend that far,’ ” Chabora said. “In the end, what does he do, but he bends? He’s going to survive that way.” “Fiddler on the Roof” is a story of survival, as the Jewish people of Anatevka face pogroms, poverty and, finally, a forced eviction from their village. “This is survival through faith and tradition and joyfulness,” Chabora said. “That’s

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Jay, Gary and I (honor) the influences we love,” Rooney says. “Gary does something by himself, Jay does something by himself, and then me, all with our backing band.” In between, the trio perseveres to work in as many hits as possible in a two-hour show, drawing from their staggering 30 singles, 13 of which went to No. 1. “That’s the hard part,” Rooney groans goodnaturedly. “We want to do as many hits as we can, but we want to have some fun, too. So we try to pick the best for each tour and change it up.” Ah, change — the word that best describes Rascal Flatts these days.

the key. It’s about brave people who are hanging on by their love for each other, their love for their community and their love for the things they do every day.” When the main characters have to leave their homes at the end, Chabora said, “It’s not very different from what a town goes through when a tornado or hurricane sweeps through. You come out with nothing but the shirt on your back and each other. You look at each other and say, ‘Praise God. We have each other. We can go on.’ ”

Still, the change the members were least expecting also is the one they’re most proud of: In September, during a performance at the Grand Ole Opry, Gill asked the flabbergasted Flatts to join the hallowed country institution. “It’s the greatest thing that has happened to us,” Rooney says without hesitation. “The beauty of seeing Vince Gill walk out on stage and invite us to be the next members of the Opry? We were blown away.” But most important, Rooney adds, the honor scores points with the folks. “That’s the one that makes mom and dad most proud!”

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Good reads from National Book Critics Circle awards finalists By MARY ANN GWINN The Seattle Times

Every year for the past six years, this has been my routine in January and February: I shut myself in a room with a jar of peanut butter and a box of crackers, say goodbye to my family, and read the finalists for the National Book Critics Circle awards. I’m on the board of the NBCC. One of our duties is to read five finalists in each of six award categories — fiction, nonfiction, biography, autobiography, criticism and poetry — in the two months between the time the finalists are announced in January and the winners are chosen in March (since I was on the committees for nonfiction and biography, I had a head start with those). Overwhelmed by this cascade of literary riches, I always have the

same thought: there are so many great books out there, but everybody keeps reading the same book! (1. “The Help.” 2. “The Hunger Games.”) So, as Monty Python would say, now for something completely different. Crack one of these books and you’ll learn a lot, maybe even think differently when you’re done: “George F. Kennan: An American Life” by John Lewis Gaddis (Penguin Press). By coming up with the “containment” strategy that kept the U.S. and the Soviet Union from taking up weapons againsteachotherafterWorldWar II, American diplomat Kennan kept the Cold War from turning in-

to a hot one (think thermonuclear weapons). Lessons learned from the story of Kennan, a brilliant strategist temperamentally unsuited to politics: 1. Even great people have bad days, and 2. All human beings, even very smart ones, are to some degree at war with themselves. A biography finalist. “The World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the Civil War” by Amanda Foreman (Random House). Confederate spies (some in hoop skirts) plotting in the streets of London. English lords, ladies and politicians battling in the parlor and Parliament over whether the Union or the Confed-

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A new education on Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre By BRETT ZONGKER Associated Press


The Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership in Washington. The new museum, across from Ford’s Theatre and next door to the house where Lincoln died, will open in time for Presidents Day. A pair of shoes with Abraham Lincoln’s face printed on them is among the items on exhibit in the new educational center.

A three-story sculpture ‘tower of books’ representing more than 15,000 titles that have been written about Abraham Lincoln is part of an exhibit at the Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership.

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our own,” Roosevelt once said as New York governor in 1929. The gallery presents President Barack Obama as having perhaps the closest identification with Lincoln as a fellow Illinois lawmaker who was elevated by a “single galvanizing speech” to reach the White House, citing Lincoln’s Cooper Union address in 1860 and Obama’s 2004 Democratic National Convention speech. A rotating exhibit space explores the qualities of leadership identified with Lincoln, such as integrity, courage, empathy and

The eye of a painting of Abraham Lincoln appears to peek through statues in an exhibit at the new educational center.


inspiration Lincoln provided future presidents. Dwight D. Eisenhower would sit in Lincoln’s pew at a Washington church and painted a portrait of Lincoln for the White House cabinet room. Theodore Roosevelt kept Lincoln’s portrait behind his presidential desk and would look to it when confronting problems. He witnessed Lincoln’s funeral procession as a boy. Later, Franklin D. Roosevelt would visit the Lincoln Memorial every year on Feb. 12. “I think it is time for us Democrats to claim Lincoln as one of


WASHINGTON — Flowers once attached to President Abraham Lincoln’s coffin and ribbons from mourners have been paired with videos and interactive displays to explore his life in a new museum and education center at the theater where Lincoln was assassinated. The Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership opens to the public Sunday, the 203rd anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. The new center built in a 10-story former office building is part of a $60 million project to create a four-part campus for visitors to learn about Lincoln in the nation’s capital. Visitors can begin with exhibits that explore Lincoln’s presidency and see the theater where he was shot April 14, 1865. They can follow the story across the street to see where Lincoln died the next day. More of Lincoln’s story can be told in the new center. Visitors will walk through a replica train car to see objects never before displayed from when the nation grieved for 14 days after his death. Lincoln’s funeral train traveled from Washington to Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City, then toward his home in Illinois. They can retrace the hunt for Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth, to a theatrical model of the Virginia barn where he was found. Soldiers set the barn on fire to smoke him out and eventually shot Booth. Director Paul Tetreault said Ford’s Theatre is using the drama of Lincoln’s story to teach history with a working theater and vivid exhibits. “The more theatrical we can make the telling of the Lincoln story, I think the most accessible it is,” he said. “It comes alive.” Lincoln’s story is also told at his presidential library and museum in Springfield, Ill., at his birthplace in Kentucky, and at Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, which served as his summer home. Since Ford’s Theatre reopened to the public in 1968, more than 31 million people have visited. Most of the plays at the theater focus on the American experience. About 750,000 people visit each year. With the National Park Service, which owns the theater, Ford’s museum has displayed Booth’s gun, as well as the bloodstained overcoat Lincoln was wearing when he was shot. Tetreault said the theater can offer more than just the story of Lincoln’s death. “Once you get past the grief, I think you start to get into the study of who this man was, what he did and how he changed America,” Tetreault said. “Washington, D.C., is where Abraham Lincoln became Abraham Lincoln.” A three-story sculptural tower of books at the entrance represents the thousands of titles written on Lincoln. Beyond artifacts that include pop culture items like Lincoln Logs toys, the new galleries include videos with a history of the Lincoln Memorial and its symbolism as a place for protest, particularly for civil rights. Another section explores the







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Power Windows, Power Locks, CD, Low Miles!





Automatic, Power Windows/Locks, CD, Great On Gas!


Leather, Sunroof, Chrome Wheels, Auto, All Wheel Drive!

13,575 $ 13,883*


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2009 AUDI A4 QUATTRO SEDAN All Wheel Drive, Leather, Sunroof, PW, PL






5.7L V8 Hemi, Sport Pkg, Automatic, Clean Truck!

Wheel Package, Fog Light Package, Ready for Fun!


All Wheel Drive, Leather, Sunroof, Chrome Wheels



SR5 Package, PW, PL, Auto, Rearview Camera

Leather, Dual Sunroof Pkg, Auto, 3rd Row!

13,999* $ 14,848*





2006 DODGE RAM 1500 QUAD CAB 4X4 $

Sunroof, Automatic, Power Windows/Locks, Power Seat Sunroof, Alloy Wheels, Auto, Power Windows/Locks

SLT Pkg, Alloys, 8Ft Bed, Auto, PW, PL




Sunroof, Alloy Wheels, Heated Seats, Automatic, 2 To Choose From!


16,752 $ 16,952* $ 17,412* *








Alloy Wheels, Power Windows & Locks, CD, 5 Speed



Alloy Wheels, Navigation, Fog Lights, 6 Speed


2010 SUZUKI SX4 CROSSOVER AWD $ Tech Package w/ Navigation, Auto, PW, PL










2008 CHEVY SILVERADO CREW CAB 3500HD 4X4 $ V8, 8Ft Bed, Contractors Cap, Tow Pkg, Ready To Work



All Wheel Drive, Leather, Sunroof, Power Seat, Auto



2008 DODGE RAM QUAD CAB 1500 4X4 $ SXT Pkg, Power Windows, Power Locks, Auto, V8, Only 29K Miles

2003 BMW 325XI SEDAN

Power Windows/Locks, CD, Great On Gas!

Auto, Power Windows/Locks, 1-Owner!







The best vehicles at the absolute lowest prices



SLT Pkg, V8, Alloy Wheels, Power Windows/Locks


Auto, Power Windows/Locks, Low Miles



Only 48K Miles, Automatic, A/C, Great On Gas!

Va l u e Ve h i c l e Outlet





Sunroof, Heated Leather, Power Seats, Auto, 1-Owner!



Power Driver’s Seat, Auto, Power Windows & Locks, 1-Owner!

Sunroof, Leather, 18” Alloys, One Owner, 2 To Choose From!

Sunroof, Leather, 18” Alloys, 1-Owner, Only 4K Miles!

21,993* 23,778*

2010 SUZUKI EQUATOR CREW CAB RMZ-4 4X4 $ 4.0L V6, Navigation, Off Road Pkg, A Must See Truck!


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