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What current WB debt bought (in millions) Streetlights $2.91 Other $4.63 Unfunded debt (prior admin.) $3.93 Some bonds were for two projects Intermodal $4.66

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Starting next week, park will be closed weekdays for lack of funds.

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Luzerne County Manager Robert Lawton said employees are exploring “creative solutions” to restore daily public access to county-owned Moon Lake Park by the time park usage typically picks up in April. “I’m talking to departments who are involved looking for ways to be imaginative in how we respond to this to avoid restriction of access to this resource by residents,” Lawton said. The solution won’t involve additional county funding because the county is on a tight budget, he said. “I don’t anticipate taking county dollars out of another program and moving it into Moon Lake, but we’ll look at other ways to open

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WILKES-BARRE – Should a former candidate for city concity residents be concerned troller, questioned the city’s about debt that now stands at debt. She puts the mark at $100 million, which includes the $74.7 million plus interest? Mayor Thomas Leighton principal plus future interest. says no. The three-term mayor City’s credit rating contends the city is on Standard & Poor’s the best financial footRating Services, the ing in years and has a international comparosy future, thanks to ny that rates the credimprovements he’s it worthiness of muspearheaded that will nicipalities and corpay for themselves. porations, has renewBut financial experts ed the city’s “A” are wary of the debt and “It’s aprating. An S&P anathe city’s ability to pay propriate lyst said that may it down. sound good to layAnalysts point to sev- for a mumen, but the rating is eral areas of concern: below average. • A declining popula- nicipality Le Quach, an assotion, much of which is to borrow ciate director at S&P, elderly. said an average or • Unemployment for infrasmid-level S&P rating higher than national av- tructure would be A+. Higher erages. improveratings are “AA” and • A declining tax ments.” “AAA,” she said. base. Quach helped pre• A high poverty levMayor Tom pare a recent S&P reel. Leighton port on the city’s fiMounting debt has nances. become a problem in “The tax base apLuzerne County. The county being more than $400 pears to be relatively stable,” million in debt is forcing coun- Quach said. “The city has ty council to allocate a signifi- strong reserves built up.” S&P also notes in its report cant portion of the county budget to debt repayments, which that these strengths are partialwas one of the primary reasons ly offset by: • A limited local economy for recent layoffs. At a City Council meeting with low wealth and income inlast month, Karen Ceppa Hir- dicators. • Moderate-to-high overall ko, an accountant by trade and


Robert Lawton Luzerne County Manager

this facility to the public,” Lawton said. Starting next week, the Plymouth Township park will be closed on weekdays because the county security department lost six employees to recent budget cuts, county Security Chief John Robshaw confirmed last week. See MOON LAKE, Page 6A

Photos by Amy Dilger Graphic by Mark Guydish/The Times Leader

Mayor says being $74M in the red not a problem By BILL O’BOYLE

“I don’t anticipate taking county dollars out of another program and moving it into Moon Lake, but we’ll look at other ways to open this facility to the public.”

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Situation a concern, Hirko says By BILL O’BOYLE

debt levels. • A steady decrease in overall population in the past two decades. • A low level of median household purchasing income. • Recent reductions in city reserves. The city has drawn from

WILKES-BARRE – Karen Ceppa Hirko believes the city’s financial situation is “dangerous, almost untenable.” Hirko, an accountant and former candidate for city controller, said the city’s debt – some $74.7 million – is cause for concern, and she is worried that taxpayers will one day be forced to foot the Hirko bill for even more. “With the economy and the way people are moving out of the city of Wilkes-Barre, where does the mayor think he is going to get this money when it comes time to pay?” Hirko asked. “He has bonds due in May, and instead of paying them, he is refinancing them. We are refinancing for a lower rate to make lower payments when we should be looking at paying down our debt, not adding or keeping it longer.” Hirko said if just one of the tenant deals at Coal

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Melody Zollman finds a stuffed bear amid the rubble of her home in Henryville, Ind., Saturday.

Towns demolished, 38 dead from storms Violent weather hit at least a dozen states from Georgia to Illinois.

survive. A couple that fled their home for the safety of a restaurant basement made it, even after the storms threw a school bus into their makeshift shelBy ROGER ALFORD ter. and JIM SUHR Saturday was a day filled Associated Press with such stories, told as officials WEST LIBERTY, Ky. — emergency Across the South and Mid- trudged with search dogs west, survivors emerged past knocked-down cellphone towers and Saturday to find ruined homes lookblue sky and splinters where The spate of ing for survivors in rural Kentucky and homes once storms was Indiana, marking stood, cars flung the second searched roads and into buildings in little more homes with orange and communicapaint. President Bations crippled af- than 48 rack Obama offered ter dozens of tor- hours. federal assistance, nadoes chainand Ohio Gov. John sawed through a region of millions, leveling Kasich declared an emersmall towns along the way. gency Saturday. The worst damage apAt least 38 people were killed in five states, but a 2- peared centered in the year-old girl was somehow small towns of southern Infound alive and alone in a diana and eastern Kenfield near her Indiana home. Her family did not See STORMS, Page 12A

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March 2, 2012 in Golden Living Center, East Mountain, WilkesBarre. Born in Forty Fort, on April 18, 1917, he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Whyte. He graduated from Forty Fort High School. Andrew was an Army veteran serving during World War II and a member of American Legion Post 395, Kingston. He was a lifetime member of the Fireman’s Relief Association and a member of the Forty Fort Fire Company No.1. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the Wilkes-Barre Transit Authority and Penn Millers Mutual Insurance Company, WilkesBarre.

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Vacant house fire in W-B under investigation

March 2, 2012 Y. Whyte, of West PittA ndrew ston, passed away Friday,

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The city fire inspector is investigating the cause of a fire Friday at a vacant house at 257 Carey Ave. WilkesBarre Fire Chief Jay Delaney said firefighters responded to the alarm around 5 p.m. and arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the house. They found fire on the first and second floors and quickly extinguished the flames, he said. There were no utilities turned on at the house, which neighbors said has been vacant for a year.

He served as treasurer of the West Pittston Little League and West Pittston Pool Association. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Greta Ferguson, in 2008; brother Martin Whyte and sisters, Evelyn Stocker and Elizabeth Stocker. Surviving are sons, Drew Whyte and his wife, Sandi, Pittston Township; Bill Whyte and his wife, Karen, Exeter; grandson Eric Whyte, Exeter. Private viewing and funeral services will be held at the Howell-Lussi Funeral Home, 509 Wyoming Avenue, West Pittston, at the convenience of the family. The Rev. James Thyren will officiate. Interment will be in Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Carverton.

Leonard German March 3, 2012 German, of Kingston, L eonard died Saturday evening, March 3,

2012, with his family by his side. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Samuel and Mary Mintz German and attended Scranton Central High School and Wilkes College. Leonard served in the United States 616th Division Army Air Force, as a Staff Sergeant during World War II and was the recipient of the American Defense Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the American Theatre Service Ribbon and World War II Victory Medal. Mr. German owned and operated Penn Baker Supply Company, prior to his retirement, and was a member of Congregation Ohav Zedek, the Jewish Community Center, B’nai B’rith Organization, VFW, JWV and other civic and religious organizations. He was preceded in death by great-granddaughter, Kayleigh Naomi German, brother, Filmore German and sister, Frances Schoenbrun. Leonard is survived by his loving wife, the former Elaine White, to whom he was married 65 years; children, Sandi Teplitz, Allentown;

Sheldon German and his wife, Linda, Wilkes-Barre; Margery Rifkin and her husband, Michael, Kingston; nine grandchildren, Robin Dimond, Nick Teplitz, David German, Justin Teplitz, Laura Rongione, Daniel German, Julie Diperstein, Jeffrey German and Adam Rifkin; two great-grandchildren, Brady Rongione and Logan Lien; sister, Audrey Sugarman and her husband, Joel, Berwyn and nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held today at 1 p.m., at the Rosenberg Funeral Chapel, Inc., 348 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre, with Rabbi Raphael Nemetsky officiating. Interment will be in Anshe Ahavas Achim Cemetery, West Pittston. Shiva will be observed at 445 North Gates Ave., Apt. 1, Kingston, today, 7 to 9 p.m.; Monday through Thursday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday 2 to 4 p.m. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to charity of donor’s choice. Condolences may be sent, by visiting Leonard’s obituary at

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POLICE BLOTTER JENKINS TWP. – Fire destroyed a home in the Heather Highlands mobile home park Saturday night. The occupant of the house on the corner of Ri-

chard’s Way and Norman Street was not home at the time. Jenkins Township Fire Chief Dan Kosisky said it appeared the fire started underneath the home. Sam Peters, a neighbor, said someone banged on his door around 6:30 p.m. to

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alert him about the fire. “That is where we saw it the most,” said Peter, pointing to the rear porch of the nearby home. “It was just complete flames,” he said. Peter, his wife Irmgard and a dog were temporarily evacuated from their home at 388 Norman Street.

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Counseling for flood victims

Licensed professional counselor Linda Benson will offer free group counseling for flood victims Tuesday evenings at Tiffany Griffiths and Associates, 1251 Wyoming Ave. Benson said the sessions will provide a space for victims of the recent flooding to process their feelings and share their experiences. The first group will meet March 13 at 7:30 p.m. For additional details, contact Linda Benson at 602-7753. PITTSTON

Bilbow is Man of Year

The Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick has selected Patrick M. Bilbow as the organization’s Man of the Year Award Winner for the 98th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Banquet. Bilbow grew up in the Pine Street area of South Pittston and currently resides in Avoca with his wife Kim. They are the parents of three sons, , Ciarán Patrick, 6; Brady Quinn, 4, and Bilbow Reilly Robert, 13 months. He formerly worked in the Delaware Valley School District and the Tunkhannock Area School District, and is currently the Principal of Martin L. Mattei Middle School in the Pittston Area School District. He has been actively involved in the schools he has been employed at as a football, basketball, and track and field coach. He currently coaches a kindergarten/first-grade basketball team in the Avoca Basketball League. Patrick and his family are members of Queen of the Apostles Parish in Avoca.

Council seeking public input on possibly eliminating seldom-used span over Route 476

Dupont wants to remove bridge By MATT HUGHES

DUPONT – Call it the bridge to almost nowhere. Dupont borough is considering entering an agreement with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to remove a seldom-used bridge over the Route 476, the turnpike’s Northeast Extension. Council is seeking public input about the possible elimination of the bridge, and will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. March 19 in the borough municipal building to gather comments from

residents. The Garden Road bridge, along with another adjacent span crossing Interstate 81, connects Wyoming Avenue with Commerce Road. Both the turnpike commission and borough officials said the bridge is used infrequently as a secondary access route to Commerce Road and Pittston Township, and will be made redundant when a new airport access road opens in 2014. Suscon Road also presently connects Commerce Road to the borough a few blocks from the Garden

The Garden Road bridge, along with another adjacent span crossing Interstate 81, connects Wyoming Avenue with Commerce Road.

“Any time we’re looking at replacing a bridge or widening the turnpike we look at the traffic count, because there’s an expense to construct them and a cost to repair them,” commission spokesman Carl DeFebo said. “We can instead pass most of those cost savings to the municipalities, and they can use those to make whatever changes they need to.” DeFabo said the bridge is structurally adequate but repairs will eventually need to be

Road bridge. The turnpike commission last year approached the borough about removing the bridge in exchange for compensation, which can cover costs for establishing an alternate route, such as the cost of signs. See BRIDGE, Page 7A

PUC will hold rate hearing

State Rep. Phyllis Mundy reminds residents that the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission will hold a hearing at 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Kingston Township Municipal Building, 180 E. Center St., Shavertown, to take testimony on Aqua Pennsylvania’s rate Mundy increase request. “I encourage Aqua customers who have concerns with this rate increase and those with water service issues to attend this hearing and voice their opinion,” said Mundy, D-Kingston. “Customer testimony becomes part of the record the PUC uses to make a decision.” NANTICOKE

Career event set for LCCC

The Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18 is organizing “Looking Forward,” a free all-day career and academic planning event for students and their parents on March 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Luzerne County Community College’s Learning Center in Nanticoke. The event is open to all Northeastern Pennsylvania students, grades 8 through 12, and their parents. Students can attend concurrently running workshop sessions covering a variety of career clusters. Information booths will also be onsite for students and parents to interact with local colleges, universities and other members of our educational and business communities. To register for “Looking Forward” and to find more details on the event visit



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Musician, jailed in fraud scheme, plans to return to his homeland for a tour after probation ends. By JERRY LYNOTT

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Chemistry students look over their notes before the start of the presentations in the Region 2 Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition held at King’s College.

Science on display Students present research projects at competition on King’s College campus.

By RALPH NARDONE Times Leader Correspondent

WILKES-BARRE – More than 650 students from 39 local schools took over the campus of King’s College on Saturday as they participated in the 51st annual Regional Competition of the PA Junior Academy of Science. “These kids are dynamite,” said Clay LaCoe, director of the science academy in Northeastern Pennsylvania and assistant superintendent of the Western Wayne School District. The middle and high school students came carrying finished projects they worked on for several weeks that exhibited their ability to use the scientific method in 12 categories, LaCoe said. They had to present a topic, conduct research, summarize their research and give an oral presentation of their find-

with scientific study when ings, he said. Deepa Patel she got started in the aSome of the projects in- and Himani cademy competition in cluded a study on “Which Bottled Water had the Least Patel, seniors eighth grade. She admitAmount of Bacteria,” or from Scranton ted presenting her study to the panel of judges was “Do Flashcards Help You High School, “nerve wracking.” Learn a Foreign Language,” said they Academy advisory or “Are Students Listening board Chairman Robert to Dangerously Loud Mu- worked on their projects Taylor, engineering professic.” The public and private since Novem- sor from Wilkes University, said the judges had a schools were both well repber. difficult task evaluating resented, showing how the student’s projects. He said increasingly important the he saw a definite upswing hi-tech courses are in in the quality of their schools all over Northeast work this year. Pennsylvania, he added. People realize how participating He lauded the efforts of the students, adding many of them begin in the sciences can lead to future working on their projects months successful careers, Taylor said. Plus before delivering their conclusions. the experience of participating in “They are the best in the region. the competition applies well to any They come prepared with the help career choice, he added, because it from their teachers and families,” encourages critical thinking, research and presentation skills. LaCoe said. Winners from each of the cateDeepa Patel and Himani Patel, seniors from Scranton High School, gories will participate in a statesaid they worked on their projects wide competition in State College in May where academic scholarsince November. Deepa Patel said she “fell in love” ships are at stake, LaCoe said.

SCRANTON – A few weeks after his probation ends next month, Jan Lewandowski will be back in his homeland of Poland in attempt to revive his career and cut into the almost $5 million in restitution he owes to investors he swindled. The 69-year-old polka musician and entertainer who immigrated to Hazleton scheduled a reunion tour from May 9 through the 19 at a cost of nearly $4,000 per person. “If I succeed then everybody succeeds,” said Lewandowski Saturday. On April12 his threeyear probation ends, freeing him from federal government supervision, but not from com- Lewan pensating the hundreds of people who were defrauded in his scheme selling unregistered promissory notes guaranteed to bring high returns. Since his release from prison in April 2009 he has paid just $14,379 on the $4.94 million in restitution. His probation officer Robert Comine notified the court Thursday Lewandowski, also known as Jan Lewan, lacks the financial resources to pay the restitution in full before his probation ends. U.S. Circuit Judge Thomas Vanaskie Friday approved a request by Comine to allow the probation to expire and treat the restitution as a civil obligation. Lewandowski, who became a U.S. citizen in1986, has agreed to make payments toward the restitution. “I will do my best to make that happen,” he said. “If I won’t try you won’t see any advertisement,” he added, referring to his website promoting the tour. “My goal is to succeed so that everybody will be happy.” See POLKA, Page 7A

They say it was all happening at Kirby Park Zoo Popular venue was in the half of the park that was cut off when levee system was built. By TOM MOONEY Times Leader Correspondent

Roger Samuels, at 86, has vivid memories of the old Kirby Park Zoo. He especially liked the monkey house. “They used to throw things at you,” laughs Samuels, from Kingston Township. “Oh, they were dirty monkeys.” The zoo was a fun part of the

young life of Mary Gmiter, 82. A school friend, she says, would convince her to play hooky and take the streetcar from Wilkes-Barre Township to Kirby Park, where they would try to hide out for the day. “We used to walk around and feed our lunches to the monkeys” she smiles. The Kirby Park Zoo, which vanished in the World War II era, has passed into local legend. In the early 1990s, when preservationists began clearing brush and debris from the longforgotten area between the lev-

ee and the Susquehanna River, the legend gained new currency because of the discovery of a string of concrete ruins. “Animal cages,” so the popular belief went, obviously the remains of the zoo. Kirby Park used to be twice its present size. More than 70 years ago, construction of a levee system to protect the area from devastating floods necessitated slicing the magnificent riverfront park in two. The western side of the park reSee ZOO, Page 7A


Bears climb high in their cages to escape the 1936 flood at the Kirby Park Zoo in this photo from Cheri Sundra’s blog.






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Deal involves lawsuits filed by more than 100,000 victims

BP expects to pay $7.8 billion By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN and HARRY R. WEBER Associated Press


Off and running in Anchorage

Fans watch the ceremonial start of the Iditarod trail sled dog race, Saturday, in Anchorage, Alaska. WASHINGTON

Rush apologizes to student

NEW ORLEANS — BP’s settlement of lawsuits filed by more than 100,000 victims of the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history goes a long way toward resolving pending claims. But the question remains, will Americans who live along the Gulf of Mexico go for it? BP expects to pay out $7.8 billion and anticipates that a separate claims fund run by Ken Feinberg will cease at some point. New vehicles will be set up and supervised by the court to pay claims as part of Friday’s settlement. People waiting for money from Feinberg’s Gulf Coast Claims Facility can

adio host Rush Limbaugh has apologized to a Georgetown University R law student for calling her insulting

take what the settlement vehicles offer them or opt out and make a claim directly to a BP-run entity. If they don’t like what they get from that entity, they can sue. And many just might. The U.S. Justice Department said Friday’s settlement is not the end of the road. “The United States will continue to work closely with all five Gulf states to ensure that any resolution of the federal law enforcement and damage claims, including natural resources damages, arising out of this unprecedented enviBP’s payout estimate includes what ronmental disaster is just, fair and restores the Gulf for the benefit of the peo- the company internally predicts legal ple of the Gulf states,” the agency said in fees for the numerous plaintiffs lawyers in the case will be, though the issue has a statement.

In this 2010 photo, fire boat crews spray water on BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig. BP agreed to settle suits brought by more than 100,000 fishermen who lost work, cleanup workers who got sick and others who claimed harm from the disaster. AP FILE PHOTO

not yet been discussed between the two sides, according to a person with direct knowledge of the settlement terms who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Syrians launch new attack


names. He had come under intense criticism from womens’ groups, politicians from both political parties and some of the advertisers on his talk show. Limbaugh said Saturday on his website that he had chosen the wrong words in his comments about law student Sandra Fluke. He said he “did not intend a personal attack” on her. Limbaugh had called her a “prostitute” and a “slut” after she testified before Congress about a need for insurance coverage for birth control. President Barack Obama had telephoned Fluke on Friday to express his support.

Red Cross, meanwhile, presses forward to try to deliver needed aid to thousands. By ZEINA KARAM Associated Press


Marchers target new laws

Marchers will do more than commemorate history when they cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge and recreate the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery — they will target Alabama’s new voter ID and immigration laws. Peaceful demonstrators in 1965 were attacked on that bridge by police in what became known as “Bloody Sunday.” The violence helped spark passage of the Voting Rights Act eliminating discrimination at the polls. Organizers of this weekend’s march say new voter ID laws could disenfranchise about 5 million voters. They expect thousands to cross the bridge today in Selma, with hundreds making the 50-mile march to Montgomery over the next week. The march ends March 9 with a rally at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once served. MEDFORD, OKLA.

Crews containing gas leak

Officials at an Oklahoma natural gas company say crews are making progress toward containing a lingering propane gas leak at a fuel-storage plant. ONEOK Inc. spokeswoman Megan Washbourne said Saturday that efforts to cap the leak were ongoing, and officials didn’t have a timeframe for when workers might be finished. Washbourne says monitors indicate the levels of gas in the air is zero, and officials expect the readings to remain low. The leak began Tuesday and prompted a voluntary evacuation of the 1,000 residents of Medford, about two hours northwest of Tulsa. City Manager Dea Kretchmar on Friday estimated that 10 to 15 percent of residents had left. The Environmental Protection Agency says there was concern the propane could start a fire and threaten a neighboring fertilizer facility. CAIRO

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An Egyptian court on Saturday rejected the second of two lawsuits brought by ultraconservative Islamists accusing a Christian media mogul of insulting Islam when he relayed a cartoon online of Mickey Mouse with a beard and Minnie in a face veil. The judge ruled the plaintiff was not eligible to file the religious defamation lawsuit and sent the case back to the state prosecutor’s office for further investigation. The first lawsuit against businessman Naguib Sawiris was thrown out by a different court earlier this week on similar grounds. Sawiris angered Muslim hard-liners in June by relaying the Mickey and Minnie cartoon, which parodied the growing influence of Islamists in Egypt. Sawiris tweeted an apology and removed the post after the uproar among conservatives, but that did not deter some from pursuing legal action.


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Iran’s leader’s rivals look to win Conservatives appear on course Saturday to gain firm control of Parliament after elections. By ALI AKBAR DAREINI and BRIAN MURPHY Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran — Conservative rivals of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appeared on course Saturday to gain firm control of parliament after elections that could embolden Iran’s nuclear defiance and give the ruling clerics a clear path to ensure a loyalist succeeds Ahmadinejad next year. Although Iran’s 290-seat parliament

has limited sway over key affairs — including military and nuclear policies — the elections highlight the political narratives inside the country since Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election in 2009 and sets the possible tone for his final 18 months in office. Reformists were virtually absent from the ballot, showing the crushing force of crackdowns on the opposition. Instead, Friday’s elections became a referendum on Ahmadinejad’s political stature after he tried to challenge the near-total authority of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to decide critical government policies such as intelligence and foreign affairs. The apparent setbacks for Ahmadine-

jad’s backers, according to early results, could signal a decisive blow in the internal political conflicts and give hardliners an even stronger voice in Iran’s showdowns over its nuclear program. The results also greatly reduce Ahmadinejad’s leverage to have a protege clear the ruling clerics’ election vetting process and become a candidate to succeed him in mid-2013. “It appears that the era of ‘Ahmadinejadism’ in Iran’s political history is gradually coming to an end,” said prominent Tehran-based political analyst Davoud Hermidas Bavand. What that means is a much bigger comfort zone for the ruling system in a volatile time.

BEIRUT — Syrian forces launched a fresh assault on Homs on Saturday as the Red Cross pressed forward with efforts to deliver badly needed aid to thousands of people stranded in a besieged neighborhood despite warnings from regime troops of land mines and booby traps. Two days after they fought their way into the rebel stronghold of Baba Amr, government forces shelled other neighborhoods. They included districts where many of Baba Amr’s residents had fled, activists said. The Syrian regime has said it was fighting “armed gangs” in Baba Amr, which has become a symbol of the nearly year-old uprising against President Bashar Assad’s authoritarian rule. The revolt has killed more than 7,500 people, according to the U.N. The Local Coordination Committees activist network said mortars hit the districts of Khaldiyeh, Bab Sbaa and Khader. The Red Cross said the regime blocked its entry to Baba Amr on Friday, one day after the group received government permission to enter with trucks carrying 15 tons of humanitarian aid. The Syrians said they were not letting the Red Cross into Baba Amr due to safety concerns, doctor Abu Hassan al-Homsi said, adding the organization had not been able to verify the danger. The government has not offered an official explanation.

Old ships from Navy raise ocean pollution fear By JASON DEAREN Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — In 2005, the USS America aircraft carrier was towed out to sea on her final voyage. Hundreds of miles off the Atlantic coast, U.S. Navy personnel then blasted the 40-year-old warship with missiles and bombs until it sank. The massive Kitty-Hawk class carrier — more than three football fields long — came to rest in the briny depths about 300 nautical miles south-

east of Norfolk, Va. Target practice is now how the Navy gets rid of most of its old ships, an Associated Press review of Navy records for the past dozen years has found. And they wind up at the bottom of the ocean, bringing with them amounts of toxic waste that are only estimated. Navy documents state that among the toxic substances left onboard the America were more than 500 pounds of PCBs or polychlorinated biphenyls, a chemical banned by the U.S. in

1979, in part because it is longlasting and accumulates throughout the food chain. Disposing of the carrier that served in the Vietnam War, Desert Storm and Desert Shield cost more than $22 million. In the past 12 years, records show the Navy has used missiles, torpedoes and large guns to sink 109 old, peeling and rusty U.S warships off the coasts of California, Hawaii, Florida and other states. During the same period, 64 ships were recycled.


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Three security workers were laid off Thursday, and three vacant positions won’t be filled. Many county departments were cut to balance the county’s reduced 2012 budget. Park’s restricted hours The park will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. County Council Chairman Jim Bobeck said the manager makes decisions about park operations and staffing, while complying with the budget adopted by council. Bobeck expects both the manager and council to be involved in many decisions about the park’s future. A master plan outlining possible improvements for the 650acre park is scheduled for completion in several weeks. The state required the plan for the park to be eligible for future government grants. The state may cover 50 percent of the cost of recreational improvements at the facility once the master plan is completed. County officials would have to come up with the other half of the expense and a plan to fund ongoing maintenance. The park needs costly capital improvements on the water and electrical distribution systems, sewage treatment plant, pool and campgrounds, officials said.


The Moon Lake Park entrance. Due to budget cuts, the park’s hours for the foreseeable future will be on Saturdays and Sundays only, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

County officials had earmarked $3 million in past borrowed capital funding for park improvements, but that allocation was drastically reduced because bond money was tapped over the years to cover county operating expenses, said former county interim manager and budget/finance chief Tom Pribula. A recent bond report provided to council indicates $294,000 in county funding is set aside to cover Moon Lake capital improvements. The park also was used as an asset to obtain funding for oper-

ating expenses through past bond transactions, though officials say the documents could be revised to list another county property if the county needed to free up Moon Lake for some type of ownership transfer. Grants used for purchase Pribula said the county likely would be forced to repay past grants for the park if it attempted to put it in non-governmental ownership. The county purchased most of

the Moon Lake property in 1965 and 1966 to be used for conservation, recreation and parks, according to news reports from the time. The state kicked in 50 percent of some of the land purchase, while the federal government covered 30 percent. “There are an awful lot of grants tied up in Moon Lake that restrict what can be done with the property. I think the best option is to give it to the state, but the state’s cutting back too,” Pribula said.



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The state has declined the county’s past attempts to transfer ownership. Bobeck said the county’s past financial recovery plan recommended putting the park in the hands of a nonprofit, something he’d like to further explore. Councilman Tim McGinley expects the park’s future use will be heavily debated with the release of the master plan and during 2013 budget discussions. “It’s always a budget issue because it requires money to make improvements and cover ongoing expenses,” McGinley said. The park had closed in January 2010 because of the county’s money problems, but the facility reopened with fewer amenities that March. The public is permitted to use the park – weekends only for now – for hiking, biking, fishing, cross country skiing and other activities, but no swimming or camping. Councilman Stephen A. Urban, a former commissioner, said he believes the county should assign someone to open and close the gates and occasionally provide security patrols.

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tioned a deer being born in the Kirby Park Zoo, which was rather interesting.” Though the area she’s picking her way through is just a few Continued from Page 3A hundred yards from Public mained a neatly manicured pub- Square, it might as well be part of lic area for picnics, sports, con- an Asian high desert or an Ancerts and fireworks. But the half dean rain forest. Tall trees tower cut off by the levee deteriorated against the sky; others, torn out by the roots and lying about like a and was forgotten. Cheri Sundra makes her way giant’s pickup sticks, block a perthrough a veritable jungle, climb- son’s every move. “So I set out to play detective ing over downed trees and patches of mud, sometimes encounter- and see if I could figure out what ing cracked pavement that was true and what wasn’t. At the same time I became interested in doesn’t seem to lead anywhere. “It’s hard to believe something urban exploration photography, that attracted so many people on where you would go and take pica Sunday is forgotten,” she says, tures of abandoned structures. So I went further with referencing old newsthat and began to paper accounts of Sundra referblog about abancrowds in the thoudoned structures in sands filling this part enced old the area and decided of the park to hear newspaper acto just go further band music and watch with that research the zoo animals back counts of and see if I could try in the 1920s and crowds in the to preserve a bit of 1930s. thousands fill- the history of the arShe points to some tumbledown walls ing this part of ea.” Restoration efforts with a set of crum- the park back have been made bling steps in front. since the 1990s, and An object that looks in the 1920s signs mark the like a concrete planter and 1930s. Olmsted Trail still stands in front. (named for park deWhen that was a house, she says, the park caretak- signers the Olmsted firm). But er lived there. Like everything the ravages of 2011’s Tropical else here, it’s decorated with graf- Storm Lee and its floodwater that came within inches of topping the fiti. Why does she spend her time levee are everywhere. A visitor slogging through the dirt and dis- must step carefully to avoid scrapes and twisted ankles. order? Sundra believes that she has “I was just interested in the whole zoo concept because my the five sets of ruins pinned down friend’s grandmother when we by what they used to be. Besides were children told us that there the caretaker’s house there was a used to be a zoo in Kirby Park, and bandshell with a towering arch we didn’t believe there was one,” (now gone), a pavilion and two nearly identical square buildings. she says. “Years later a cousin of mine She points to small holes, apparmentioned he saw structures ently for plumbing, that could back there when he was fishing. peg them as having been men’s At the same time I happened to be and women’s restrooms. These last two buildings, she looking through things online and just happened to Google the theorizes, flanked a small zoo, Kirby Park Zoo and found some with cages probably “constructed information from an old almanac out of chicken wire and wood,” of that was listed on eBay that men- which nothing remains. She be-




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A child feeds a young deer at the old Kirby Park Zoo.

lieves that none of the concrete ruins, with their steps, doors, windows and human-size dimensions, could possibly have housed animals. The existence of some kind of zoo is undeniable, even apart from eyewitness accounts. An old news story tells of Wilkes-Barre having to find dried bananas to feed the monkeys when World War II interrupted the supply of fresh ones. Another, from 1931, tells of a plan to place a captured German World War I artillery piece near the zoo. Sundra’s blog has a photo of the bears climbing high in their cages to escape the 1936 flood, with the National Guard Armory as a backdrop. “I found that historical research is more difficult than I thought it would be,” she says. “I caution anyone doing it to double- and triple-check your facts because it’s so easy for one misprint to send people off on a completely different tangent, like people saying that the Kirby Park ruins are zoo ruins, and I don’t believe they are.” Sundra’s own research has been exhaustive. She’s gone through original plans for the park; plans for a relocation of the zoo, which might or might not have taken place; accounts of “Kirby Day,” honoring the park’s namesake, chain-store magnate Fred M. Kirby; and reams of material at the Luzerne County Historical Society.



It was an old Kirby Day story that became her turning point. “That’s when all of the pieces fell together. I began to see what all the structures were for.” To provide a clearinghouse for her research, and encourage other people to pitch in, Sundra has established a blog containing photos of the ruins (plus one of a possibly relocated bear house), photos of the bandshell and other attractions that once stood there and a summary of her findings thus far. There is a single photo of a child feeding a young deer. Access her blog at But the overall dearth of photos of the old park is a concern for her. “Maybe the public can start looking through their attics,” she says. “If you have any relatives in their 70s, 80s or 90s you can take a peek at their pictures and see if they have any pictures of monkeys or other animals they can trace back to the Kirby Park Zoo.” Kingston resident Effie Marshall, 95, remembers happy days at the zoo with her family in the 1920s and 1930s. “We used to go over on Sundays,” she said. “We would take our lunch.” The experience of Len Kuchinskas, 86, who used to live in Kingston was similar. “We usually walked; we didn’t have a car. I remember the bands on Sundays. But mostly the zoo – that’s what we came for. I can see it vividly.” Sundra believes her quest must become a community concern and go far beyond this one piece of land. “I think that the Kirby Park Zoo is sort of a cautionary tale about history today. The Historical society is making a push to collect artifacts from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s from the area, and if we don’t collect that information now then it can be just like the Kirby Park Zoo in a couple of generations. We’ll completely forget about landmarks like Angela Park, and things that we all remember from the most recent past now will be faded away.”

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4:11 p.m. Saturday. • George Tassone said someone smashed multiple windows at his property at 92. S. Empire St. Friday. • Ronald Kasper of Knox Street, Hanover Township, reported Saturday the rightside tires on his vehicle were punctured while it was parked on Hortense Street.

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made to its deck and bearings. He said any compensation the borough would receive is subject to negotiation, but in similar circumstances municipalities have been offered about $300,000 for the removal of comparable bridges. He added that the bridge over Interstate 81 would also likely be removed as part of the project, as it would otherwise become a dead end. Council President Stanley Knick Jr. said council has not made any decisions about the bridge, and that its final decision will depend on the size of the turnpike commission’s offer

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Mounting a comeback at this point will be difficult, he acknowledged. “This is not easy road,” said Lewandowski. He’s been through bankruptcy, survived a slashing by an inmate in a Delaware prison eight years ago, and lost nearly everything he accumulated while at the height of his career, including the respect and trust of many of his fans who lost their money in what prosecutors said was a “Ponzi scheme” orchestrated by Lewandowski.





and on public reaction. No action would be taken until work on the airport access road is complete, he added. Council has also invited state Rep. Mike Carroll, D-Avoca, and Sen. John Blake, D-Archbald, to provide their input at the meeting. “I have an open mind about it; I want to hear what the residents have to say,” said Carroll. “I know there are some people who would rather have the road removed because of the traffic and (because of) the occasional truck that goes up there by mistake, because of the GPS, and gets stuck. And there are others who wish to have the bridge preserved, because they work up in the industrial park and it makes it more convenient for them to get there.” “I’m sorry for them,” he said. He’s promised to stay away from investments, saying they are the “the last thing I will ever think about. Instead his focus is on entertaining and performing and the upcoming tour. “Jan will accompany you every step of the way and provide a unique presentation of Poland, great entertainment, fabulous food and excellent service,” said an advertisement on his website, People have signed up for the trip, and Lewandowski drew encouragement from the support. “I’m not going to give up till the day I die,” he said.

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MR. STEPHEN B. BUYNAK, a resident of the Parsons section of the city, passed into Eternal Life Saturday afternoon, March 3, 2012, in the Inpatient Unit of Hospice of the Visiting Nurses Association at Saint Luke’s Manor, Wilkes-Barre, following a prolonged illness. Funeral services with arrangements are in the care of and pending from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, North Wilkes-Barre. MARIE F. GATTO PRISLUPSKY, 75, of Taylor, died Friday evening, March 2, 2012, at the Riverside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Her husband of 53 years is Paul P. Prislupsky. She is survived by daughter, Patricia Amity and husband, Joseph, of Taylor; and son, Paul A. Prislupsky of Olyphant; sisters, Anita Gatto and Elizabeth Maikranz, both of Taylor; five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Private Parastas services will be conducted on Monday at the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 North Main Street, Old Forge. Friends may call Monday from 10 a.m. until services. JOSEPH ANTHONY HOPKO, our beloved husband and father, passed suddenly into our Lord’s loving embrace Feb 25, 2012. Born in Nanticoke, he was a proud Army veteran of World War II, and awarded the Purple Heart when wounded in action. He married his cherished wife, Eleanor, moved to California and shared 63 wonderful years of marriage. Joe’s love of family, God and country remained steadfast. His patience, generosity and cheerful smile lit up our lives and will be deeply missed by all his family and friends. He was preceded in Heaven by his parents, son James, brothers John and Andrew, sisters Anna, Helen and Dorothy. He is survived by his devoted wife, Eleanor, daughter Ellen Nichols (Robert) and sister Margaret Sottrel. Visitation and funeral Mass will be March 10 at 11 a.m. at San Fernando Mission Cemetery Chapel.






March 1, 2012 Elise Benscoter, 73, resD agmar ident of Sweet Valley Road,

Hunlock Creek, passed away March 1, 2012, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. Dagmar was born January 6, 1939, in Ansbach, Germany, a daughter of the late Heinrich Johann Mehringer and the late Christine Babette Geim Mehringer. She attended Roaring Brook Baptist Church, Hunlock Creek. She was preceded in death by brothers, Hans, Rudi and Jurgen. Surviving are her husband, Harold Willard Benscoter; children, Nancy Ann Lutz, William Shilanskis, Elise and Floyd McRoy, Thomas and Esther Shilanskis, Rosemarie Hines, Louis and Carol Shilanskis, Teresa and Ed Cilvik, Jason and Joanne Benscoter; stepchildren, Estella and Brian Naugle; Mark and Janet Benscoter, Willard Benscoter, Lionel Benscoter; 21 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister Hilde Erickson, West Virginia. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. from the Clarke Piatt Funeral Home Inc., 6 Sunset Lake Road, Hunlock Creek, with her pastor, the Rev. Dan Brubaker, officiating. Friends may call Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Bloomingdale Cemetery, Ross Township, Shickshinny.

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J. Goodman Sr., 85, of W illiam East Grove Street, Nanticoke,

passed away Friday afternoon, March 2, 2012 at ManorCare Hampton House, Hanover Township, where he had been a patient for two years. Born on February 25, 1927, in Nanticoke, he was the son of the late William and Cordelia Trevett Goodman. He left school in March1945 to enlist in the U.S. Navy and served during World War II aboard the USS Honolulu and USS South Dakota, attaining the rank of Seaman 1st class. Following his military service, he completed high school and graduated from Nanticoke High School, class of 1947. Early in life, Mr. Goodman was employed at the former Duplan Silk Mill, and later as head of maintenance at McGregor Sportswear in Nanticoke and Berwick for 28 years until its closing. He was last employed at Luzerne County Community College in maintenance, until retiring. He was an active member of First English Baptist Church and had been a trustee; Nanticoke Lodge # 541, F. & A.M.; Irem Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. Motor Corps Unit; Washington Fire Company, Nanticoke, for over 50 years; the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Motorcycle Unit over 25 years, and American Legion Post # 350, Nanticoke. Bill loved sports and was an avid fan of all Greater Nanticoke Area sports programs. He was a founding member of ACON (Athletic Club of Nanticoke) and also served as a P.I.A.A. basketball official for over 20 years. He was preceded in death by a sister, Alta Thimm and a stepdaughter, Christine Christian Brown. A loving and caring husband, fa-

ther, grandfather and great-grandfather, he will be sadly missed by his family and many friends. Surviving are his wife of 23 years, Theresa Dzwileski Christian Goodman, a son, William Goodman Jr., a daughter, Barbara Lukowski and her husband, Edward; grandchildren, Tracy Gonda, Edward Lukowski Jr. and his wife, Wendy; Larissa Dawson and her husband, Corey and Jared Lukowski, all of Nanticoke; great-grandchildren, Edward Lukowski III, Amiah and Sophia Lukowski, Maximus Gonda and Ty Dawson; stepdaughters, Patricia Suchowierski and Rebecca Rinehamer, both of Nanticoke; stepgrandchildren, Christopher, Frank, Amber, Jeffrey and Joshua; a sister, Mary Petrokonis, Nanticoke; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. from DavisDinelli Funeral Home, 170 E. Broad Street, Nanticoke, with Pastor Timothy G. Hall, of Nebo Baptist Church, Nanticoke, officiating. Interment will follow in Hanover Green Cemetery, Hanover Township, with the U.S. Navy according military honors. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Raymond Degilio Degilio, a resident of R aymond Ransom, Pa., died peacefully at

home surrounded by family on Friday, March 2, 2012. He was born July 5, 1931, in Ransom, a son of the late George and Concetta (Squiccimarra) Degilio. He was a graduate of Newton Ransom High School. He was the proud owner of the Ransom Quarry Company Inc. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Federation, Farmers Night Market Association, charter member and past president of the Ransom Lions Club, and last, but not least, he was one of the founding members of the Stone Hedge Hunting Lodge. He enjoyed watching his favorite baseball team “The New York Yankees.” He also enjoyed boxing, gardening, most importantly, his family and friends, with whom he had weekly lunches and Sundays spent cooking at home. Celebrating his birthday with a huge fireworks display was also an annual gift to all of his family and friends. He was preceded in death by brothers, Nicholas Degilio, Daniel Degilio and Dominick Degilio; sister Rose Zdzchowski and son Raymond George Degilio. Surviving are his wife, Connie (Bedell) Degilio; son, Howard and wife, Bunny Degilio; daughters, Sherry and husband, Anthony Pietrzykoski; Candace Fenick; brothers, Vito Degilio and Elmer Degilio; sister, Louise Winters; grandsons, Howard II Degilio, Michael Fenick,

Mathew Degilio, Adam Pietrzykoski and granddaughters, Christel Fenick and Nicole Pietrzykoski; great-grandson, Corey Degilio and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services are entrusted to Graziano Funeral Home Inc., Pittston Township. Viewing hours will be held on Monday, March 5, 2012, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. All funeral services will take place at the funeral home on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Those attending services are expected to be at the funeral home no later than 10 a.m. Funeral services will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. with Deacon Patrick Massino officiating. Interment services will follow at Milwaukee Cemetery, Milwaukee, Pa. The family would like to express their thanks to the doctors and staff of N.R.O.C. Also the family would like to thank the nurses and caregivers from Hospice of The Sacred Heart.

Robert S. Adams Sr. S. Adams Sr., 85, of Forty R obert Fort, died Thursday March 1,

2012 in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. He was born in Pringle, son of the late Walter and Wanda Smith Adams. He attended Drexel University, was a Navy veteran of World War II, and worked as District Manager for International Shoe Machine Corporation for many years. He was a member of the Back Mountain Kennel Club and St. Ignatius Church, Kingston. Bob was a very outgoing person and made friends with everyone he met. He also had a great love for animal, especially dogs, and they loved him in return. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Jane L. Arnold, and his son, Robert Jr. He is survived by his daughter, Joan, LaPorte, Ind.; grandchildren, Joseph Amato III, Stacey Amato, Kevin Adams and Megan Adams;

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morning at the Golden Living Center, East Mountain. Born in Miners Mills, on August 15,1924, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Goleniewski Zalewski and had attended WilkesBarre Area Schools. Jane worked as a waitress through the valley for all of her life. She retired in 1986 after working for 17 years at Mount Airy Lodge. She was a member of Our Lady of Hope Parish, Wilkes-Barre, and had served as a foster grandparent from Funeral services will be held 1997 to 2006. Tuesday at 9 a.m. from the BednarShe was preceded in death by her ski & Thomas Funeral Home, 27 husband, Raymond, in 1989; her in- Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, with a fant son Chester in 1957; her broth- Mass of Christian Burial celebrated ers, John, Joseph, Chester and Stan- at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Hope ley and her sisters, Stella Czernia- Parish. Interment will follow in St. kowski, Marie Stec, Eleanor Sheme- Mary’s Maternity Cemetery, West lewski and Alice Stencik. Wyoming. Friends are invited to call Surviving are daughter, Carol on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Maciolek, Parsons; son, Raymond funeral home. Gulczynski and his wife, Justine, In lieu of flowers, memorial donaMountain Top; her only living sis- tions may be made in Jane’s name to ter, Irene Sheldon, Bear Creek; the Alzheimer’s Association, 57 N. grandchildren, Renee Eyerman, Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA Kristen Brisk, J.R. Maciolek, Lee 18701. Maciolek and April Kelley; greatJane’s family would like to espegrandchildren, Corey Eyerman, cially thank the staff and caregivers Alex Brisk, Zander Kelley, Daniel at Golden Living Center, East Kelley Jr., John Raymond Maciolek Mountain, and Asera Care Hospice Jr., Samantha Maciolek, Christine for the thoughtful and compassionBrezinski and Sarah Welles; many ate manner in which they cared for nieces and nephews. Jane.

Grace C. Mariano March 2, 2012 C. Mariano, 93, a resident G race of Mercy Center, Dallas, passed

away on Friday, March 2, 2012 at the Hospice Community Care Inpatient Unit at Geisinger South WilkesBarre. She was born August 10, 1918, in South Waverly, Pa., the daughter of Joseph and Mary Bruno Yanuzzi. She graduated from the community schools. Grace worked at Deisroth’s Department Store as a buyer in the children’s department and women’s dresses, after many years as a stayat-home mom. She lived most of her adult life in Hazleton with her late husband, Nicholas, and her two sons, Frank and Joseph. Grace was a devout and practicing Roman Catholic her entire life. She was an accomplished Den Mother, and active as a Little League mother. She was a proud grandmother of six, and an even prouder greatgrandmother of three. Grace was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Nicholas, of Hazleton; brothers, Michael and Joseph Yanuzzi; and sisters, Mary (Babe) and Tina Yanuzzi. Grace is survived by her son Frank and his wife, Linda, of Swoyersville; son Joseph and his wife, Colleen, of Kingston; grandchildren, Matthew and his wife, Emily, of Los Angeles, Calif.; Nathan and his wife, Angela, of Orlando, Fla.; Lucas, State College; Nora, Kingston; Sophia, Philadelphia; and

Ben of Kingston. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Maya and Milia of Los Angeles, and Nicholas of Orlando Fla.; two sisters, Vera and Josephine of South Waverly and two brothers, Angelo and Ralph, also of South Waverly, in addition to numerous nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces, all of whom were a part of Grace’s life and her celebrations. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Mercy Center Chapel, Dallas. Private interment services will be in Most Precious Blood Cemetery, Hazleton. Friends may call Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 57 North Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. Condolences can be sent to the family at

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day at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Virginia. Phyllis was born in Center Moreland, on July 8, 1923. She was the daughter of the late Harry and Grace (Goss) Smith. Phyllis was the last Smith of 11 siblings and missed them all very much. Now she will join all her loved ones and never know pain again. Her faith was true and strong and she was always working to keep her flock near the Lord. She truly loved Jesus and thanked him every day for all her blessings. Her greatest happiness was being with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Attending any event in their lives from preschool, Christmas programs or high school sports was the joy of her life. “Nanny” or “Gram” was always in her seat waiting to watch them. Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph, of 60 years of marriage in 2006; grandson, Bill Skoronski; daughters-in-law; Barbara and Dusti Skoronski. Surviving are sons, Ralph Kenneth Skoronski, Winchester, Va.; Richard Skoronski, Kingston; daughter; Diane Leeds and her husband,

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Dave, Larksville; grandchildren, Diane Johnson and husband, Mark; Sandra Garber and husband, Chris; Richard Skoronski; Gina Kotchik and husband, Rich; Lori Menzel and husband, Paul; David Leeds and wife, Denise; great-grandchildren, Derrick Skoronski, Lexie and James Johnson, Billy Kotchik and Megan and Paul Menzel; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Phyllis will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Andrew Strish Funeral Home, 11 Wilson Street, Larksville. The Rev. Louis Falcone will officiate. Interment will be held in Ss. Cyril & Methodius Cemetery, Pringle. Family and friends may call on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m.

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Card of Thanks The Family of Tommy Cusick, the Clayworth Family and Elsie Atkins would like to extend their heartfelt thanks, especially to John Dangler for all his support and help, the staff at Tiffany Court in Kingston along with Hospice of the Sacred Heart, for our loved one who recently passed, Heddy Clayworth.








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Ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Saturday in Ohio.

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, Saturday in Puyallup, Wash.

Ex-Mass.Gov. Mitt Romney, Saturday in Dayton, Ohio.

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Romney said in a statement Delegate-rich Ohio seen as that the win meant Washington top prize among the 10 states state’s voters “do not want a holding primaries Tuesday. Washington insider in the White By KASIE HUNT and STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press

BLUE ASH, Ohio — Washington state was Saturday’s prize for the Republican presidential candidates, but they focused on delegate-rich Ohio, among the 10 states holding contests on Super Tuesday in what will be the campaign’s biggest payday. All four contenders visited Washington ahead of the caucuses, but three of the four were campaigning Saturday in Ohio, the critical primary state next week. Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are fighting for the Midwestern state. In Washington state, Romney rolled to a double-digit victory in caucuses Saturday night, his fourth campaign triumph in a row. Santorum and Ron Paul battled for second place, while Newt Gingrich ran a distant fourth. Returns from caucuses in 60 percent of Washington state’s precincts showed Romney with 37 percent of the vote, while Paul and Santorum each had 24 percent. Gingrich was drawing 11 percent.

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ners of the state’s16 congressional districts. Santorum has only 30 of the 48 delegate slots filled for those contests. Santorum repeatedly lashed out at Romney on Saturday, charging the health care policy

implemented while Romney was Massachusetts’ governor had inspired President Barack Obama’s health care bill and forced Catholic hospitals in the state to distribute the “morning-after pill.”

licans — even among the hundreds waving signs at Santorum’s Blue Ash rally Saturday morning — fear he’s gone too far. “He needs to start talking more about the economy and get off the By STEVE PEOPLES social issues, because I don’t think Associated Press that’s what’s going to make him BLUE ASH, Ohio — Rick Santo- president. The economy is going rum sees an America in need of to make him president,” said Joan Conradi, a 50-year-old nurse from more than economic recovery. Campaigning across Ohio this nearby Mount Healthy, who was weekend, the former Republican holding a “Santorum for Presisenator is calling for fewer children dent” sign. Santorum did discuss his plans born out of wedlock and fewer single-parent families. He says that to improve the nation’s manufaccommunities across Ohio and else- turing sector, highlighting his where where mothers raise chil- “Made in America” plan that dren have less freedom than com- would reduce corporate income munities where two-parent fam- taxes on manufacturing from 35 percent to zero. But he ilies are the norm. returned repeatedly to “You go to the “We’ve got to social issues. neighborhoods in “We can cut governCincinnati where elect a candithere are no dads, date who under- ment; we can grow the economy. But unless where the churches have bailed out, stands the con- the basic building where the communi- nection between blocks of our society are strong, then we ty organizations our economy will not be able to susdon’t exist, and what do you find? Govern- and our family.” tain it,” Santorum said. ment everywhere. Tony Perkins He campaigned SatDo you find freePresident, dom?” he asked vot- Family Research Council urday alongside Tony Perkins, president of ers in this Cincinnati the Washington-based suburb Saturday. “Not even the churches want to lo- Family Research Council, who ofcate there because of the problems fered Santorum an indirect endorthat are confronted with a society sement. “We’ve got to elect a candidate that has allowed the family to break down, morality and freedom who understands the connection between our economy and our to break down.” The comments underscore the family,” Perkins said. Santorum did not say specificalformer Pennsylvania senator’s commitment to social issues, ly how the federal government which helped define his 16-year could address family values. Another audience member, 48congressional career and distinguish his candidacy from that of ri- year-old Kurt Daum, said that he val Mitt Romney. Despite a pro- agrees with Santorum’s positions. choice past, Romney is now just as But he isn’t sure they’ll resonate socially conservative as his oppo- with the broader electorate in a nent on paper, but the former Mas- general election matchup against sachusetts governor is almost sin- President Barack Obama. “I’m worried a candidate like gularly focused on the economy this may polarize too much,” said while campaigning. By contrast, Santorum’s views Daum, who was wearing a Santoon morality sometimes overshad- rum sticker on his shirt, but said he ow his prescriptions for the na- hadn’t determined whom to vote tion’s economy. And some Repub- for Tuesday.

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Dallas High School student council members Amanda Kotch, center, and Elizabeth Hoover, right, were delighted to receive a box of corn flakes from Patrick McGough, Dallas, as a contribution to the Back Mountain Food Pantry Saturday at Thomas’ Market in Dallas. Behind them is Mackenzie Avery.

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HARRISBURG — In the final weeks before the Legislature approved a sweeping Marcellus Shale law, Brian Coppola met with his area’s lawmakers to warn against stripping municipalities of their zoning power to influence the location of drilling rigs, wastewater pits and compressor stations. The township official even met with Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, Gov. Tom Corbett’s point man on Marcellus Shale issues — but he couldn’t change enough minds. “Municipalities right now are in panic mode because nobody believed they would do something like this,” said Coppola, chairman of the Robinson Township supervisors in Washington County, about 20 miles west of Pittsburgh, where drilling is brisk and plentiful. The law’s authors say Coppola’s concerns are extreme and unfounded, but his fears were echoed by Democrats during vigorous debate on the Republican-penned bill: Municipalities can no longer adequately protect homes or businesses, and possibly even schools or parks, from nearby drilling activity that could damage a community’s quality of life and property values. Coppola, a Republican, and others warn that areas outside the Marcellus Shale formation — such as southeastern Pennsylvania’s sprawling suburbs — will also be affected since the law limits municipal authority over the industry’s “downstream” compressor stations and pipelines that bring the gas to consumers. The state has forced its way into municipal land planning before on behalf of a heavily regulated resources industry — tim-


Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, left, talks as state Rep. Jerry Knowles listens during the Business Roundtable Discussion in West Penn Township on Feb. 22.

bering, for example. But several endorsed the bill. Its deputy diland-use lawyers said the new rector, Elam Herr, said municilaw seemed unprecedented for palities lost some zoning authorits detail in limiting what a mu- ity, not all, and that the organizanicipality can require when it tion’s efforts to negotiate a better comes to exploration of the Mar- deal were hurt by ordinances cellus Shale, considered the na- that appeared to violate state tion’s largest-known natural gas law. Jackie Root, formation. president of the The provisions Pennsylvania may spawn a new “They’re putting chapter of the Nawave of court out Kool-Aid that tional Association cases in Pennsylof Royalty Owners, vania, just as simi- says we’ve prewhich advocates lar battles are be- served the rights for those who want ing waged in New of municipalities to lease their beYork courts. gas Corbett, a Re- to zone. They took low-ground rights, said she bepublican, insisted it all away.” lieves the law was when he signed David Ball a fair compromise. the law Feb. 14 “We’re talking that it provides Peters Township councilman about local govern“increased uniforments. You’ve got mity and fairness of local regulations while pre- three township supervisors that serving local government’s tradi- change with every election sometimes, and the whim of the tional zoning authority.” current elected officials could That’s not true, critics say. “They’re putting out Kool-Aid change how development occurs that says we’ve preserved the if we don’t have some continuity rights of municipalities to zone,” across the state,” said Root, who said David Ball, a councilman in lives in a heavily drilled area of Peters Township, next to Robin- northern Tioga County, near the son Township. “They took it all New York border. After the industry began deaway.” The Pennsylvania State Asso- scending on the Marcellus Shale ciation of Township Supervisors in earnest in 2008, state Su-

preme Court decisions expanded the legal gray area surrounding the extent of municipal authority over the operation and location of oil and gas wells, critics of the decisions say. Some companies complained that municipalities, mostly in southwestern Pennsylvania, had tried to use zoning rules to unreasonably limit drilling. As a result, many in the industry made it a top priority to secure a law that eliminated any municipal authority over how drilling companies could operate. Corbett took office in 2011 and backed the industry, believing that a 1984 state law had intended to do that anyway. Colorado and Ohio have recently passed such laws. In New York, where state officials essentially put Marcellus Shale drilling on hold, state courts are currently deciding whether local governments have the right to ban the industry from operating within their borders. Cities in Texas and Oklahoma have broad powers to regulate oil and gas drilling, although most wells are drilled in unincorporated land in those states where little to no zoning applies. In Pennsylvania, every inch is incorporated into a municipality. Top Republican lawmakers hammered out what they viewed as a compromise between municipal associations and industry representatives. The provisions are in a bill that sets the first major levies on the Marcellus Shale industry in Pennsylvania — allowing counties to slap an impact fee on the booming industry — and toughens some environmental and safety laws. The local zoning provisions take effect in mid-April and give municipalities 120 days to comply. Scores of them must figure out if their ordinances are legal and, if not, get rid of them or prepare to potentially defend them in court.


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home after a tornado hit in New Pekin. Authorities learned Saturday she is the sole survivor of her immediate family, said Cis Gruebbel, a spokeswoman for KoContinued from Page 1A sair Children’s Hospital in Louistucky’s Appalachian foothills. No ville, Ky. The girl’s mother, father, 2building was untouched and few were recognizable in West Liber- month-old sister and 3-year-old ty, Ky., about 90 miles from Lex- brother all died Friday, Gruebbel ington, where two white police said. She is in critical condition cruisers were picked up and with extended family members at the hospital, and authorities are tossed into City Hall. In East Bernstadt, two hours to still trying to figure out how she the southwest, Carol Rhodes ended up in the field. About 20 miles east, a twister clutched four VHS tapes she’d found in debris of her former demolished Henryville, Ind., the home as she sobbed under a birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Harland “Colobright sun Saturday. “It was like whoo, that was it,” nel” Sanders. The second story of said Rhodes, 63, who took refuge the elementary school was torn with four family members in a off, one of the city’s three schools lost to weather; basement bedthe punishing room that she had just refin- Friday’s tornado outbreak winds blew out the windows and gutished for a grand- had been forecast for ted the Henryville child. days; meteorologists at Community Pres“Honey, I felt the National Weather byterian Church. the wind and I A school secresaid, ‘Oh my Service’s Storm Prediction tary said a bus left God,’ and then it Center had said the day (the house) was would be one of a handful the city’s high school Friday afgone. I looked up ternoon with 11 and I could see this year that warranted its highest risk level. The children, but the the sky.” driver turned back The spate of weather service issued storms was the 297 tornado warnings and after realizing they were driving second in little more than 48 388 severe thunderstorm straight into the storm. The chilhours, after an warnings from Friday dren hid under taearlier round through early Saturday. bles and desks at killed 13 people the school nurse’s in the Midwest and South, and the latest in a station when the tornado hit; string of severe-weather episodes none were hurt, but the building that have ravaged the American is a total loss. The school bus was tossed sevheartland in the past year. Friday’s violent storms tou- eral hundred yards into the side ched down in at least a dozen of a nearby restaurant. Todd and states from Georgia to Illinois, Julie Money were hiding there, killing 19 people in Kentucky, 14 having fled their Scottsburg in Indiana, three in Ohio, and one home because it has no baseeach in Alabama and Georgia. ment. “Unreal. The pressure on your They scarred the landscape over hundreds of miles, leaving be- body, your ears pop, trees snap,” hind a trail of shredded sheet Todd Money said. “When that metal, insulation, gutted church- bus hit the building, we thought es, crunched-up cars and even a it exploded.” The storms hit as far east as fire hydrant. The trailer that was once the Ohio, where the Ohio River town home of Viva Johnson’s mother of Moscow was so decimated that was sitting in a graveyard on Sat- rugs hung from the trees. “This half is gone and that half urday, covering the dead alongside downed trees and other de- is damaged,” said village native bris. “You can’t even tell where Steve Newberry, who was permitthe headstones are,” said John- ted into town Saturday to pick up son, who lives in Pulaski County, medical supplies for his mother. Friday’s tornado outbreak had Ky. In Indiana, a toddler was found been forecast for days; meteorolalone in a field near her family’s ogists at the National Weather









Robert Elliott sits in his damaged kitchen after a tornado struck his home in Harrison, Tenn., Saturday. Emergency crews desperately searched for survivors Saturday after a violent wave of Midwest and Southern storms flattened some rural communities.


A home lies demolished Saturday near Marysville, Indiana, after a tornado swept through the area Friday.

Service’s Storm Prediction Center had said the day would be one of a handful this year that warranted its highest risk level. The weather service issued 297 tornado warnings and 388 severe thunderstorm warnings from Friday through early Saturday.

ter. It was a distinction without a difference for Lewellyn, who spent Saturday picking through the debris in 38-degree cold. His family was safe, but their home was reduced to a pile of bricks and sheet metal wrapped around

paid with revenue generated from completed capital projects, such as the Intermodal Transportation Center. The mayor said significant federal and Continued from Page 1A state grants were secured to fund infrasits reserves to meet operating needs in tructure and redevelopment projects. three of the past four audited calendar They required local contributions, years. For 2010, the city finished with a which meant borrowing money to im$1.1million general fund operating draw- prove the city. Drew McLaughlin, the city’s adminisdown, reducing its available reserves to roughly $9 million, or about 19.6 percent trative coordinator, said under Leighton of general fund expenditures, according the city has restored and improved its credit rating, whereas it could not qualify to S&P. for a rating in 2004. Leighton philosophy Leighton said, “It cannot be overThe Leighton administration, by secu- stated that this remarkable financial ring state and federal grant money, has turnaround and the improved economic identified projects – Coal Street Park, the health of the city occurred at the height of the single greatest ecoIntermodal Transportanomic recession since the tion Center and the S & P ’ S C R E D I T Great Depression.” downtown street lights R A T I N G S – as keys to the city’s fuReason for concern ture success. AAA: Extremely strong But Dr. Aram BalagyoThat approach ac- capacity to meet financial zyan Ph.D., an assistant procounts for about two- commitments. Highest fessor of economics at The thirds of the debt. The Rating. University of Scranton, said mayor says much of that AA: Very strong capacity there is reason for concern. debt is “self-funding,” to meet financial commit“My main medium- to meaning revenues gen- ments. A: Strong capacity to meet erated are used to make financial commitments, but long-run concern about the city’s financial status is its payments. somewhat susceptible to declining population and ecAnd the mayor has da- adverse economic condionomic activity,” Balagyota to back up his asser- tions and changes in cirzyan said. “Declining poption that some of the cumstances. ulation will in the long-run city’s debt for new promean lower real estate pricjects is generating ines and lower property tax revenues. Lowcome. Since Leighton has assumed office, he er tax revenues in their turn will hinder said debt service “as a percentage of the the city’s ability to repay its debt obligations.” annual budget” has declined. Balagyozyan said credit ratings reflect He said in 2004, debt service consumed more than a third of the budget. the rating agency’s opinion about the Only 14 percent of the 2012 adopted bud- “creditworthiness” of the debtor -- the liget of $44.8 million is appropriated for kelihood that the debtor will meet its debt service and the majority of that is obligations.

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Street Park goes sour, “the piper will come calling with a repossession notice.” “Then it’ll be 41,000-plus paying the bill, not just one guy on the fourth floor at City Hall,” Hirko said. “What guarantee do the taxpayers have with all this investment?” Hirko said the city’s “A”

credit rating issued by Standard & Poor’s is at the bottom of the long-term investment grade credit rating. She said the S&P ratings reflect the increase of taxes by 37 percent in 2004 and another 27.2 percent in 2009. “As I recall, the 2009 increase was conveniently blamed on the city’s firefighters, but apparently had an upside to it,” she said. “This burden is weighted strictly on the taxpayers’ shoulders. Let


Jackson Hambree cleans up debris after a tornado struck in Marysville, Ind., Saturday.

In April, when tornadoes killed more than 240 people in Alabama, it issued 688 tornado warnings and 757 severe thunderstorm warnings from Texas to New York, said Greg Carbin, warning coordination meteorologist at the storm prediction cen-

Balagyozyan said the most important ingredient in determining the city’s solvency is the projected ability to generate cash and curtail immediate payables. “Increasing taxes (the city’s primary income) may be a short-run option, but in the long-run may deteriorate the tax base,” he said. Balagyozyan said between 2004 and now, the Leighton administration has increased the property tax rate one year by 37 percent and again by 27.2 percent, increasing the tax rate from 53.63 mills in 2004 to 93.6 mills. On the other hand, the professor agreed that improving infrastructure and promoting a better climate is “one sure and healthy way of improving credit ratings in the long-run” as successful local businesses mean higher tax revenues. History of debt In 1998 the city, under Mayor Tom McGroarty, was ordered by an arbitrator to make the city’s pension funds solvent. At the time, McGroarty said the debt was unavoidable because it was the result of binding arbitration. He said the pension debt started building in the 1970s, pointing to financial records that showed the city owed $17 million to the pension funds in 1978. The city’s debt was around $39 million in 1998 and the pension fund debt is now at just over $27 million, according to McLaughlin. He said the city has been paying that down over the years, but it still represents more than one third of the total debt. McLaughlin said the original amount borrowed to fund the accrued liability of all city pension funds was $34.7 million. He said the city was able to refinance the

debt in 2005, which will save money in fers to the capital fund. the long run. McLaughlin said the city has paid down $7.24 million of the total Mayor’s stance Leighton says the city is strong finanobligation, or 20 percent of the initial cially. amount borrowed. “What bank would lend you “The city is paying the debt S&P says the down as part of its annual debt city has main- money if you couldn’t afford to pay it back?” he asked. service from tax revenue as a The mayor said the debt atgeneral obligation of the gov- tained strong available tached to Coal Street Park is beernment,” McLaughlin said. In 2010, the city implement- reserves -- in ing paid down by the operator, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pened several changes, including excess of 18 guins, and the retail tenant -restructuring a number of deGWC Warranty, Inc. He said partments, holding some posi- percent of tions vacant, increasing ambu- expenditures. parking revenue from the Intermodal Center is paying down lance fees and adjusting its that debt, while the Coal Street health care plan in order to Road Project is reimbursable. contend with its rising expen“It’s appropriate for a municipality to ditures. “Standard & Poor’s considers Wilkes- borrow for infrastructure improveBarre’s management practices ‘standard’ ments,” Leighton said. “No debt has under its Financial Management Assess- been incurred due to wasteful spending.” The mayor said borrowing was used to ment,” Quach, of S&P, said. S&P also notes the city is not poised to maximize the impact of grant funding to get a higher rating, which would mean complete necessary capital projects such lower interest rates on loans, “due to the as street paving, streetlight installation, city’s limited local economy, which is infrastructure improvements, energy efstill diversifying from its historical in- ficiency projects and the Coal Street and Intermodal projects. dustrial base.” In fact, Leighton said, the capital proS&P says since 2003, when the city ended the year with a deficit general fund jects have increased revenue in the city balance of roughly $6.4 million, the city by recruiting and retaining businesses has implemented significant changes in that create jobs. He said some 53 new an effort to improve its overall financial businesses have opened since 2004 and performance and position. S&P says the the city hosts 15,000 downtown workers city has since maintained strong availa- daily. He said the city generates $700,000 in ble reserves -- in excess of 18 percent of new tax revenue from new businesses expenditures. S&P also notes the city’s receipt of a and the expiration of the KOZ zone on portion of state-approved casino slot rev- certain properties. That money is reinenues from Mohegan Sun at Pocono vested to finance services such as police, Downs racetrack/casino. The city has re- fire and ambulance, he said. “These investments are down payceived $2 million to $3 million per year, using the funds for ongoing capital im- ments on the city’s future and do not provements and further reducing trans- drain municipal tax dollars,” he said.

Hirko said the city’s “A” credit rating issued by Standard & Poor’s is at the bottom of the long-term investment grade credit rating. us ask for the purpose of argument, what did the citizens get for this increase in taxes? We received an “A” credit rating so we are paying for the ability of city government to borrow more money at a decent rate.” In exchange for the credit

splintered trees. Pieces of insulation coated the ground, and across the street a large trailer picked up by the storm had landed on top of a boat. “Right now, we are not sure what we are going to do,” he said. “We all get out what we can get out.”

Block Grant funds, I see only a downward continued trend in taxpayer services in our future,” Hirko said. Hirko said the “bottom line” isn’t a good one for city residents. She said taxpayers have rating, Hirko said the city has lost essential services in exfewer fire stations and firechange for the ability of the fighters, fewer police with mayor to fund projects like the fewer usable vehicles and a Intermodal Transportation stagnant road maintenance Center and Coal Street Park. program outside of Liquid “One can say this increases Fuels funded paving work. “With the anticipated decline development and jobs, but the development is not creating in Community Development

long-term sustainable jobs – only short-term construction work,” she said. Hirko said the city’s longterm debt stands at more than $100 million – $74.7 million is principal with $27.4 million in interest. She said the debt has grown by $40 million in the past eight years – an average of $5 million per year. “Why does the figure only grow – never contracting as serviced debt does as it is paid down?” she said.








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Dr. Richard Blum, certified lipidologist, in his Wilkes-Barre office. Blum is one of 700 doctors nationwide who is certified in clinical lipidology.

MATTERS OF THE HEART A certified lipidologist, Dr. Richard Blum helps patients keep cholesterol in check By JANINE UNGVARSKY For The Times Leader


ou know the results of your last mammogram and any other tests your doctor orders for screening for serious diseases, but do you know the results of your last lipid profile and how those numbers affect your risk of dying of a heart attack? Do you know that one of those numbers heard in your doctor’s office and on television commercials for cholesterollowering drugs is really just an estimate, and may not give a full picture of your cardiac health? Dr. Richard Blum knows how important this knowledge is to cardiac health, and he’s dedicated his career to helping people keep their risk of cardiac disease as low as possible. “Women know the results of their last mammogram, and they know what the results mean. But do they know their cholesterol level? They

TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT LIPID TESTING • For those wondering whether they should talk to their doctor about more specific lipid testing, Blum offers this home method of estimating cardiovascular risk. • Using your most recent lipid profile numbers, subtract your HDL number from your total cholesterol level. If you are at high risk of cardiac disease (based on family history and personal risk factors like existing heart disease, smoking, diabetes, metabolic syndrome), the number — the non-HDL cholesterol — should be 100 or lower. For those without specific risk factors for cardiac disease, the number should be 130 or lower. • Blum said those with levels above these numbers should consult with their physician even if their LDL levels on the lipid profile are fine. For more information about adult health issues: for lipid related links and contact info for Dr. Blum and the National Lipid Association.

should,” said Blum, the area’s first — and currently only — certified clinical lipidologist. “Most women aren’t going to die of breast cancer; they are far more likely to die of heart disease.” The impact of lipids on cardio health is something Blum, a board certified internist who has practiced in

mize their risk of cardiac disease and death from cardiovascular disease. Blum said knowing the results of a lipid profile — reported as HDL (high density lipoproteins), LDL (low density lipoproteins) and triglyceride levels — still only gives part of the story, a story that is evolving as medical researchers discover more and more information about how cholesterol is transported and stored throughout the body and just how that all impacts our health. LDL is the type of lipoprotein that specializes in dropping off cholesterol in places where it can lead to cardiac problems, which is why it’s “bad” to have a high LDL level, Blum said, but that is somewhat misleading. “The tests done on a lipid profile

the area for 34 years, felt was so important that he pursued certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Lipidology. He became one of only 700 doctors nationwide to direct the focus of their practice to helping patients manage cholesterol and lipid levels to goal levels that will help mini- See BLUM, Page 2B



laine Schall is the coordinator of reader services at the Osterhout Free Library in Wilkes-Barre. Schall, 61, is a graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Susquehanna University. She received a master’s degree in library science from the University of Pittsburgh. Elaine lives in Kingston.


Libraries and the written word have been your focus for years. When did you know that your future path was going to be filled with books? “I have worked in a library since the seventh grade. I was a volunteer page at Hoyt Library in Kingston and that turned into a regular job as a page and front desk clerk for 50 cents an hour. Later, I would work there during the summer on my college breaks. Working for a library was my first job and has been my only job my whole life.” When and how did you come to work at the Osterhout Library? “I believe I started here in 1973, it’s been nearly 39 years. They had an opening that I heard of through the grapevine so I applied for the job, was interviewed, and hired shortly

after. Have you had different jobs or roles while working at the Osterhout? “The first two years here I was the young adult librarian then the film librarian the next eight or nine years. I was then in information services and shortly after that I earned my current title of coordinator of reader services in 1999 which also entails the circulation department.” What do you like to do when away from work, any traveling? “What else would a librarian do? Read (she said while laughing). I also like to visit parks such as Frances Slocum and Ricketts Glen to go boating and hiking. My sister and I own a house in Florida that we frequent as well. I have also been to Rehoboth Beach in Delaware and Sedona, Arizona. The red mountains and rocks there are gorgeous.”

Where would you like to visit in the future? “I would love to go to Africa and go on safari to see all of the animals in their natural habitat. The Brazilian rain forests and Hong Kong are also of interest to me.” Favorite books? “Any book series by Diana Gabaldon and Jean Auel, and you have to love the Harry Potter series.” Do you have any favorite book quotes or sayings you may live by? “I just like the clichéd notion, let people be who they are, I always say.” What is your favorite meal? “I like pasta and anything Italian with a nice wine.” What was your first car? “A greenishblue 1974 Datsun. ” What have been some of your proudest moments in your life either personally or professionally? “There are actually three events that I recall with fondness. The first was when I was accepted into graduate school. I have to say being made the president of the Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania Library Association was another time that I was proud. Of course, when I was able to get my own home, that was a great moment of pride as well.”

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t would certainly be nice if the iconic 1890s Hotel Sterling could be saved and given some new purpose. While that scenario is looking increasingly unlikely, the equally historic Irem Temple fortunately appears to be a good candidate for preservation. But no matter what fate befalls these two lovely old buildings, at least I can say that I was in them. More than that, I experienced the best they both had to offer — I worked at the Sterling’s dining room one summer eons ago, and as a King’s College student I roomed on the seventh floor. At the Irem I enjoyed innumerable concerts and plays and a college graduation as well. I’m saddened, though, to think that many other fascinating local buildings swept away by time and progress slipped past me without my having entered them even once. Let’s stroll through our community’s history and take a look at some of them. • Does anyone recall the old South Main Street Armory? Built as headquarters for the Ninth Infantry Regiment of the Pennsylvania National Guard in the 1880s, this huge, fortress-like drillshed was supplanted in the 1920s and turned to other uses, such as boxing arena, dance hall and roller skating rink. Commercial structures now occupy the site. • Just a few doors up South Main stood the equally imposing GAR Hall, meeting place for the local chapter of the famed Civil War veterans group. In the 1930s, with only a handful of the old veterans remaining, it found new life as a movie theater and union headquarters. It was torn down in the 1960s, with a parking garage built on the site. • According to a published genealogy, a (very) distant cousin of mine married Jesse Fell, the man who invented the grate that made possible the area’s anthracite industry. So I’m doubly mortified that never once did I set foot in the Old Fell House tavern, the original version of which was owned by Jesse himself. The site, on East Northampton Street, is now a parking lot. • Hey, a place called Fink’s Fish Market has got to be worth visiting. Too bad I never did. This treasure house of the bounty of the sea was on East Northampton Street, near the present B’nai B’rith Apartments. Obviously in a previous life I was a New England sea captain shouting things like “Belay the jib, me hearties. Haul in the nets and make for the cape ahead of that nor’easter.” • Most people want to turn 21 so they can drink booze. I wanted to hit the magic number so I could stride confidently into a movie house in Lee Park like a proper yuppie and watch a foreign film. The theater was called the Roxy, and in a time when anything edgier than a Bugs Bunny flick could get condemned by local censors, the Roxy showed movies made in Europe — EUROPE — that hotbed of … Well, you name it. But by the time I was old enough, the final curtain had come down on the place. • But my greatest architectural regret is that I never managed to visit our old baseball stadium, Artillery Park, when it was the haunt of minor-league teams and barnstorming stars. The great Bob Lemon started his career there. Babe Ruth hit his all-time most towering home run over its fences. Amid the ghosts of memory, college teams play there today. Sterling, Irem, I don’t know what’s in your futures. But, thank heaven, you’re safe in my past.

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Students to perform at Honors Recital in Carnegie Hall

The 10th annual Honors Recital at Carnegie Hall, sponsored by the NEPA Music Teachers Association, will take place on April 7 in New York City. Students were chosen to perform at Carnegie Hall through an audition held at Marywood University. Judges included Kilsun Kim, Jane Landon, Sister Joan Paskert, Ellen Rutkowski and Darlene Ziegler. Laura Anderson and Joelle Witner were co-chairs of the audition event. Teachers whose students qualified for Carnegie Hall include Laura Anderson, Andrea Bogusko, Dan DeMelfi, Valerie Grabiec, Judy Katra, Christine Leandri, Ninarose Lewko, Michele Millington, Pat Paciotti and Joelle Witner. Performers, from left, first row, are Gwyn Cruz and Bob Lugiano. Second row: Gabby Leri, Caleb Sweitzer, Mia Raineri, Louis Jablowski, Alyssa Sweda, Abby Martino, Emily Traficante, Maria Khoudary, Caitlyn Berrini, Claire Sheen, Grace Dacey, Jacqueline Isaacson and Katherine Pudish. Third row: Cody Swan, Nathan Gelb-Dyller, Matthew Marshall, Jade Broody, Nora Tidey, Gray Smith, Justin Sheen, Stephanie Pudish, Megha Sarada, Kellan Katra, Erica Fletcher, Mary Katherine Evans, Kassondra Michno and April Roskos. Fourth row: instructors Millington, Leandri, Paciotti, Lewko, Katra and Bogusko. Students also performing are Kacee Diehl, Mikayla Dove, Benjamin Ferko, Chloe Lacoste, Kajal Patel, Shreena Patel, Bailey Piechota, Emily Seratch, Andrea Shipton, Alexandra Skuba, John Yackiel and Christian Yamulla.

OUT-OF-TOWN DEANS’ LISTS Boston University, Boston, Mass. Eric J. Markwith, Kingston.

Elizabethtown College

Isabella Amity, Taylor; Marisa Del Gaudio, Dallas; Megan DiBernardino, Drums; Emalee Hartman, Benton; Keri Height, Nanticoke; Alyssa Rook, Old Forge; Nicholas Seaman, Hazleton; Leslie Usher, Mountain Top; Lydia Whipple, Laceyville; Laura Wingert, Hanover Township; Ashley Zehner, Larksville.

Fairfield University, Fairfield, Conn. Molly Feeney, West Wyoming; Andrew Jackowitz, Moosic.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y. Eric Klepadlo, Pittston; Santina Betti, Jessup; Jason Bernotsky, Dunmore; Taylor Bennett, Old Forge; Steven Anthony, Harveys Lake; Vincent Riggi, Pittston; Allison Welling, Duryea; Edward Leslie, Wilkes-Barre.

Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Mich. Meghan Limongelli, Wilkes-Barre Township.

University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Va. Cassandra N. Bowman, Mountain Top.

University of the Sciences, Philadelphia

Trainers gear up for Candy’s Place relay

Women’s Club welcomes new members

Personal trainers from Candy’s Place, the Center for Cancer Wellness, are offering free sessions to help participants prepare for ‘Do the Ten,’ a 10-mile relay fundraiser to be held Oct. 7 at Kirby Park. Teams of up to 10 people can participate and registration is $25 per person. Candy’s Place trainers, from left, are Candice Farrell, Nicole Farber, Chris Fazzi, Laura Slocum, Paulette Pietrzykoski and Denise Fried.

Three new members joined the General Federation of Women’s Club, Harveys Lake chapter, during a December meeting. At the meeting, from left: Pat Sandstrom, president; Heide Cebrick, county president; new members Nancy Nawrocki, Pat Verdine and Angela Elias; and Linda Schuler, treasurer.

Sallie Mae gives $15,000 grant to Osterhout The Osterhout Free Library recently received a $15,000 grant from the Sallie Mae Foundation. The funds will be used for the library’s Early Literacy Outreach Program. The program aims to enhance early literacy skills and behaviors and continue to educate parents and caregivers in early literacy practices. At the check presentation, from left: Rachael Goetzke, early literacy outreach specialist; Rick Miller, executive director, Osterhout Library; Troy Standish, senior vice president of loan operations, Sallie Mae; and Linda Gramlich, senior director of loan operations, Sallie Mae; and Elaine Rash, youth services coordinator, Osterhout Library.

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don’t measure LDL so the number you get isn’t your actual LDL, it’s calculated,” Blum said. “They measure the other cholesterol levels and apply a formula to guesstimate the LDL.” The calculation is used because directly measuring LDL is difficult and expensive, and, until recently, few labs were equipped to perform the testing, Blum explained. The formula is often very accurate and closely correlates to the actual direct measuring. So why does it mat-

ter if the results you are given are based on an estimate or an actual measurement? Blum said it’s because the LDL cholesterol estimate does not always correlate with the actual number of LDL particles in the blood. While we often hear about how bad cholesterol is for us, Blum said cholesterol actually plays a very important role in our bodies. Most cholesterol is manufactured in the liver and carried about the body by a variety of types of lipoproteins, all of which have their own specific job to do, Blum said. Some carry the cholesterol to cells where it is needed to make things like

CYC in Wilkes-Barre holds Pajama Day The Catholic Youth Center in Wilkes-Barre recently held a Pajama Day. Staff members and children wore their pajamas during the fun-filled day. Some of the participants, from left, clockwise: Elijah Jackson; Amelia Maclunny; Laura Bozinski, teacher; Serena Dayato; Belinda Schlingman, teacher; Malcom Yaple; Saranece Whitehead; teacher May Shinkski, teacher; Connor O’Hearn; Jacob Missal;and Jewel Hickman.

cell parts and hormones. Other types of lipoproteins specialize in removing cholesterol from one kind of cells and taking it to another. All this happens through a vast system inside our bodies that connects the liver, where the cholesterol is made, through the endothelium, or blood vessel linings, as well as every other cell in our bodies, Blum said. It’s in the endothelium where coronary artery disease occurs, he said, as cholesterol builds up in places where they shouldn’t be. The cholesterol levels in the lipid profile results generally reveal only the amount of choles-

Miss MidState titles awarded Cassie Cerulli earned the title of Miss MidState 2012 and Kaitlyn Miller earned the title of Miss MidState’s Outstanding Teen 2012 at the Miss MidState Scholarship Pageant recently held in Harrisburg. They will be competing in the Miss Pennsylvania Scholarship Pageant and Miss Pennsylvania Outstanding Teen Pageant to be held in May in Pittsburgh. Cerulli, the daughter of Jim and Colleen Cerulli, Larksville, is a 2011 graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School and a freshman at Wilkes University, majoring in elementary education with a minor in dance. She was named to the Dean’s List and has been accepted into Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education. Cerulli is a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wilkes-Barre and Junior Achievement of NEPA. Miller, daughter of John and Mia Miller, Swoyersville, and is a junior at Wyoming Valley West High School, Plymouth. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Junior Leadership Wilkes-Barre and an officer in the FBLA. She earned High Honors with Distinction. Miller is a volunteer for Relay for Life and her platform is “Kaitlyn’s Walking on Sunshine.” Both Cerulli and Miller receive dance instruction at David Blight School of Dance, Wilkes-Barre, under the direction of Candice Miscavage and Chrissy Howe.

terol carried around by the lipoproteins, Blum said. “But, it turns out the amount isn’t the most important thing,” he said. “What’s important is the actual number of particles, and what sizes they are.” It’s hard to accurately measure LDL quantity, but researchers have discovered that there is another molecule called apolipoprotein B that is attached to every bad-for-you lipoprotein. These ApoB molecules can be measured more easily, and measuring them gives a very good idea of the total number of harmful lipoproteins in your blood, he said. Knowing this

gives a better idea of a person’s true risk of cardiac disease, and patient and physician can then work together to set appropriate goal numbers and find the right combination of lifestyle and medication to reach those goals, Blum said. Not everyone needs to have the highly specialized tests, Blum said, but some categories of patients who should speak to their physician about them would include those at higher risk of cardiac disease, such as those with a family history of cardiac disease before age 45 for males and before age 50 for females, as well as those who

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PRESIDENT’S LIST MMI Preparatory School Thomas G. Hood, president, MMI Preparatory School, recently announced the names of the students who were named to the President’s List for the first semester.

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St. Nicholas-St. Mary students named Holy Redeemer Scholars Holy Redeemer High School named eight eighth-grade students from St. Nicholas-St. Mary School in Wilkes-Barre as Holy Redeemer Scholars. The honor was earned as a result of the Holy Redeemer High School placement test taken in December. St. Nicholas-St. Mary students ranked in the top 10 percent of those taking the test. Scholars, from left, first row, are Abby Muth, Meghan McGraw and Marissa Rogers. Second row: Sister Mary Catherine Slattery, principal; Nicole Kwak; Liam Vender; Connor Thole; Randy Nguyen; and Marley Mullery.

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Kiwanis Club of Swoyersville holds annual prayer breakfast The Kiwanis Club of Swoyersville held its annual prayer breakfast in memory of deceased members of the club at Holy Name/St Mary’s Church in Swoyersville. Following the Mass, attendees were treated to breakfast at The Main Bean in Luzerne and a program about Candy’s Place. The representatives of Candy’s Place spoke about the information and support available to local cancer patients at the facility. The Kiwanis Club is a service organization which is open to new members. For more information or to join call Kathy 283-1677. In the photo at right, from left, are: Jack Tobias, Kiwanis president; Kathy Breznay,

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Meyers Speech and Debate team participates in Pennsbury Falcon Invitational Lake-Lehman seniors’ ‘Cheer for a Cure’ benefits Fallen Officers Remembered Sarah Books, Lauren Boyle and Gina Bartley, seniors at Lake-Lehman High School, recently held ‘Cheer for a Cure’ as their senior project. Fallen Officers Remembered was one of two recipients of the proceeds from the event. The girls donated $4,700 to the organization and became Adopt-A-Cop sponsors for the local and national level. For more information on the Adopt-A-Cop program, contact Jaclyn at 570-760-9034 or email Donations can be made through the website,, or by sending a check payable to Fallen Officers Remembered to P.O. Box 2299, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 18703. Participants, from left, first row: Jaclyn Pocceschi Mosley and Gina Pocceschi Boyle, founders, Fallen Officers Remembered. Second row: Kirk Kranson, Kranson Uniform; Brooks; Officer James Scott, Pittston City; Officer Janneil DeJesus, Moscow; Lauren Boyle; and Doug Kranson, owner, Kranson Uniform.

Legislative breakfast held at Allied Services Pennsylvania legislators and representatives from the State Senate, House of Representatives and Governor Tom Corbett’s office met for the second annual legislative breakfast at Allied Services Integrated Health System to review changes in budget and the anticipated effects. Dr. Michael Wolk, medical director, Allied Services Rehab Hospital, also made a presentation on outstanding rehabilitation outcomes in stroke.At the breakfast, from left, first row: Jackie Brozena, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Allied Services Integrated Health System; Representative Phyllis Mundy; Gerald Franceski, chairman of the board, Allied Services Foundation; Representative Eddie Day Pashinski; and Mark Davis, constituent services representative to Senator John Yudichak. Second row: William P. Conaboy, president and chief executive officer, Allied Services Integrated Health System; Mike Avvisato, senior vice president and chief financial officer, Allied Services Integrated Health System; Representative Mike Carroll; Representative Ken Smith; Senator John Blake; Representative Sid Michaels Kavulich; Thomas Melone, certified public accountant, board member, Allied Services Foundation; Bill Goldsworthy, deputy director, northeast regional office of Governor Tom Corbett; Tom Yoniski, field representative of Senator Lisa Baker; and Eugene Bianco, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities.

Dallas Elementary School students hold food drive for Back Mountain Food Pantry Regan Palfey’s third-grade class representatives at the Dallas Elementary School recently held a food drive for the Back Mountain Food Pantry. Faculty, staff and students helped to make the drive successful. To donate food items, call the office, contact the director or send an email to Some of the participants, from left, first row, are Colin Davis, Katie Enz, Megan Thomas, Joseph Coolbaugh and Rocco Catina. Second row: Abbagale West; Matthew Giampietro, Declan Dixon, class secretary; Joshua Schnable; Daniel Cochran, class judge; Abigail Blockus; and Christopher Welch. Third row: Julia Macey; Evan Plank, class vice president; Brooke Higgins; Karly Milazzo; Ryan Collins, class president; Dennis Dukinas; Hanna Oldt; Rachel Strazdus; Mia Reinert; Keira Williamson.

The Meyers Speech and Debate team recently participated in the Pennsbury Falcon Invitational held at Pennsbury High School in Fairless Hills. Meyers competed with 47 schools from Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia. Emmalie Langan earned third place in extemporaneous speaking. She was the highest-placed finisher among all Pennsylvania competitors in the event. Alexis Brown made the octo-finals in Lincoln-Douglas debate with a 5-1 record in the preliminary rounds. In the supplemental event of improvisational duo, Eilish Hoban and Kylee McGrane placed second. The public forum debate team of Christa Frankiewicz and Melanie Maskowski went 3-2 in preliminary rounds and came within a single speaker point of making elimination rounds. Also competing for Meyers were Tom Lovechhio, Florence Kwok, Michelle Chavez, Morgan Prince, Tallion Staudenmeier, Julia Kerr, Will Amesbury, Anna Macko, Kierstan Poplawski and Emily Welles. Assisting the team in coaching and judging capacities were Meyers alumni, Joe Borland, Sara Solomon and, Ron Woznock. At the competition, from left, first row, are Maskowski, Macko, Prince, Chavez, Poplawski, Hoban and Franckiewicz. Second row: Langan, Kerr, Welles, Staudenmeier, Lovecchio, Brown, McGrane and Kwok.

Family Service Association to host 10th annual Gala and Auction April 21 Family Service Association of Wyoming Valley (FSAWV) will host its 10th annual Gala and Auction 6-11 p.m. April 21 at the Westmoreland Club, Wilkes-Barre. This year’s benefit, which is open to the public, will feature both a live and silent auction and musical entertainment provided by Group DuJour. Cost is $110 per person, which includes hors d’oeuvres, a full dinner and valet parking. Co-chairing this year’s event are Mary Agnes Kratz; John Barancho, Floral Designs; and Carol Douds, Golden Business Machines. The highlight event this year, the annual Bartikowsky Diamond Hunt, will feature a $1,000 gift certificate from Bartikowsky Jewelers, Wilkes-Barre. The winner will be announced the evening of the Gala. For more information, or to make a reservation, contact Ruth Kemmerer at FSAWV at 823-5144. Gala Diamond Hunt committee members, from left: Michael Zimmerman, executive director, FSAWV; Carmela Yanora, sponsorship co-chair, First Liberty Bank & Trust; Paula Jump, Latcon, Inc., president, FSAWV Board of Directors; Kratz; Max Bartikowsky, Bartikowsky Jewelers; Douds; Kathy Dunsmuir, PNC Bank, chair Diamond Hunt and Vacation Give-a-way; Marian Czarnowski, Bartikowsky Jewelers; and Ruth Kemmerer, FSAWV.













Davenport, Pippenger Hoban, Sedon enelle Maria Hoban and Christopher Zachary Sedon, together G with their families, announce their

engagement and upcoming marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Maria Sanguedolce, Plains Township, and Robert Hoban, Scranton. She is the granddaughter of Samuel Turoni, Exeter; the late Shirley Turoni; Mary Alice Hoban, Pittston; and the late Robert Hoban. She is a cum laude graduate of Wyoming Area High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with a minor in Spanish from The University of Scranton. She graduated magna cum laude from The University of Scranton, earning her Master of Science degree in elementary education. Genelle is an English as a second language teacher in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the education department of King’s College. The prospective groom is the son of Stephan and Suzanne Sedon, Wilkes-Barre. He is the grandson of Doris Sedon and the late John Sedon, Wilkes-Barre, and the late Ambrose and Irene Ulihanick. He is a high honors graduate of James. M. Coughlin High School and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and education from King’s College. Chris also teaches mathematics and computer science in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District. He is a varsity football coach at Holy Redeemer High School and the cantor at St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church in WilkesBarre. The couple will exchange vows and be united in marriage on May 11, 2012, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Pittston.

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their engagement and impending marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Reid and Jennifer Davenport, Dallas. She is the granddaughter of Jane Torr and the late Albert Torr, Dallas, and the late James and Lillian Davenport, Nanticoke. Ashley is a 2000 graduate of Dallas High School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and public relations and a Master of Education degree from Temple University. She is employed by Tunkhannock Area School District as a high school social studies teacher. The prospective groom is the son of Arlyn and Denna Rosengrant, Falls. He is the grandson of the late Arlene Rosengrant, Newton-Ransom, and Frank and Janice Benson, Spokane, Wash. Benjamin is a 1999 graduate of Tunkhannock Area High School and a graduate of Wilkes University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. He is employed locally as an engineer. The couple will exchange vows on May 27, 2012, at Newberry Estates, Dallas.

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andy Herring and Brooke Hantman, together with their families, announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Jeff and Mindy Hantman, Trevose, Pa. The prospective groom is the son of Marty and Sandy Herring, West Wyoming, Pa. He is the grandson of Ken and Carol Connor, Brooksville, Fla., originally from Harding, Pa. Randy is a 2000 graduate of Wyoming Area High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree at West Chester University in 2009. He is employed at the Warrenton, Pa. branch of Enterprise Rental Car as a branch manager. Brooke is a 2004 graduate of George Washington High School. She earned her master’s degree in speech pathology from West Chester University in 2010. She is employed at Deer Meadows Rehab Facility, Philadelphia, Pa. The happy couple will exchange vows at the Lucien’s Manor, Berlin, N.J., on March 24, 2012, where their reception will also be held.

Martis, Messimer ylie Messimer and Christopher K Martis, along with their families, announce their recent engagement

Pstrak, Horn


ogether with their families, Beth Ann Horn and Gregory Joseph Pstrak Jr. announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of JoAnn Horn, Roseland, N.J. The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Joseph Pstrak Sr., Hanover Township. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pstrak and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Hannis Sr. The couple met in London, England, while attending a Wilkes University international experience class. The bride-to-be is a 2008 graduate of Wilkes University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and minors in accounting, entrepreneurship and marketing with a concentration in finance. She graduated from Misericordia University with a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in management in 2011. She is employed by Kraft Foods, Hanover Township, as a financial services analyst. The prospective groom is 2009 graduate of Wilkes University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a minor in entrepreneurship. He graduated from Misericordia University with a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in management in 2011. He is employed by Kraft Foods, Hanover Township, in supply chain management as a customer service coordinator. The couple will exchange vows Aug. 26, 2012, at Perona Farms, Andover, N.J.

and upcoming marriage. Kylie is the daughter of Robert and Linda Messimer, Mountain Top. She is the granddaughter of Daniel and Mary Varchol and Robert and Beverly Messimer, all of Lower Askam, and Eleanore Messimer, Nanticoke. Christopher is the son of David and Carol Martis, Berwick. He is the grandson of the late Jerome M. and Aileen Martis, Berwick, and Jean Flanley and the late John F. Flanley, Ashley. The bride-to-be is a 2005 graduate of Crestwood High School. She attended Luzerne County Community College and earned her cosmetology license following a private apprenticeship. She is employed by Ulta in Wilkes-Barre. The prospective groom is a 2004 Berwick High School graduate and a 2009 graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial health and safety. He is employed by Cocciardi, Jessup, as a safety, health and environmental technologist. A fall wedding is planned for Sept. 22, 2012, at St. Joseph’s Church, Berwick.

Fira R. Furino celebrates 95th birthday ira Rose Furino celebrated 95th birthday Feb. 23 F her with family and

friends at her niece and nephew’s home in West Wyoming. Fira is a resident of The Laurels, Kingston. She enjoys watching television, doing puzzles and talking to all of her new friends at The Laurels. Fira also liked to crochet and made many afghans over the years.

Brown, Hettinger cott and Cindy Hettinger, Mountain Top, Pa., are pleased to S announce the engagement of their

daughter, Stacey Lee Hettinger of Carolina Beach, N.C., to Collin Brown, son of Richard and Carolyn Brown, North Manchester, Ind. Stacey is a graduate of Crestwood High School, Mountain Top, Pa., and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Shippensburg University. Stacey is employed by the State of North Carolina, where she serves as a fourth-grade teacher. Collin graduated from Manchester High School, North Manchester, Ind. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business communications from Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind. Collin is employed by the State of North Carolina in the autism program at Anderson Elementary in Wilmington. The couple plan to exchange vows in Southport, N.C., on June 9, 2012.

Henry R. Bertin baptized Ryan Bertin was baptized on Feb. 18 at The Church of St. H enry Ignatius Loyola,

Kingston. The Rev. John M. Lapera performed the ceremony. Henry Ryan is the son of April and Ryan Bertin, Evanston, Ill. He is the grandson of Doreen and John Fronzoni, Larksville, and Laurie and Chris Bertin, Broadview Heights, Ohio. Henry is the great-grandson of Frances Fronzoni, Pringle, and Margaret Bertin, Seven Hills, Ohio. Godparents are Amy Jo Marie Kachinko and John Francis Fronzoni, Larksville. A luncheon was held in Henry’s honor at Leggio’s, Plains Township.

Bolinsky, Rizzo ianna Pauline Rizzo, Eagle Rock, and Joseph John BolinT sky III, Bloomsburg, were united

in the sacrament of marriage in the presence of family and friends on Oct. 1, 2011, at Sacred Heart Church, Weston. The double-ring ceremony was performed by the Rev. Patrick D. McDowell. The bride is the daughter of Samuel and Barbara Rizzo, Eagle Rock. She is the granddaughter of the late Stanley and Anna Wozniak, Exeter, and the late James and Pauline Rizzo, Pittston. The groom is the son of Marie Bolinsky and the late Joseph Bolinsky Jr., Bloomsburg. He is the grandson of Stanley Lesnefsky and the late Catherine Lesnefsky and the late Helen and Joseph Bolinsky Sr., all of Bloomsburg. The bride was escorted down the aisle by her father. She wore a diamond-white, satin fitted gown adorned with embroidery and sparkling Swarovski crystals complimented by a cathedrallength veil. She carried a bouquet of rust-orange calla lilies. The bride chose her sister and best friend, Alana Rizzo, as her maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Jennifer Killingsworth, cousin of the bride, and Christina Koch, Jennifer Fugate, Angela Gennaro, Michelle Dennison, Colleen Murray and Jennifer Zanghi, all longtime friends of the bride. The groom chose his lifelong best friend, Matthew Kurian, as the best man. Groomsmen were Michael Felegie Jr., cousin of the groom; Scott Boyle, Ron Rhoads and Matthew Bispeck, friends of the groom; and James Wozniak and Warren Welsh, cousins of the bride. Scripture readings were given by James Palushock, godfather of the groom, and Stanley Wozniak Jr., godfather of the bride. Offertory gifts were presented by Constance Bolinsky, aunt of the groom, and Sister Jeanette Maria, great-aunt of the groom. The wedding music was coordinated by Mary Ann Schultz, aunt of the bride. Soloist was the Rev. Lenny Kassick. A spiritual candle was lit in remembrance of the groom’s father, Joseph John Bolinsky Jr. Following the wedding ceremony, an evening cocktail hour and reception were held at the Base Lodge at Eagle Rock Resort, Hazle Township. Wedding photography was done by Alexandria Marolo Photography, Hazleton. The bride was honored with a bridal shower given by the mothers of the bride and groom, sister and bridesmaids at Top of the 80’s Restaurant, Hazleton. A rehearsal dinner was hosted by the parents of the bride and groom at Martin’s Restaurant, Hazleton. The bride is a 2000 graduate of Hazleton Area High School. Tianna is a 2005 graduate of Misericordia University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health sciences and a Master of Science degree in physical therapy. She is a physical therapist and clinic manager at Pro Rehabilitation Services in Hazleton and is pursuing her doctorate degree in physical therapy. The groom is a 1998 graduate of Bloomsburg Area High School. Joseph is a 2002 graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology and is also a 2004 graduate of King’s College, where he earned his master’s degree in physician assistant studies. He is a physician’s assistant at Mountain View Orthopaedics and Associates, Hazleton and Bloomsburg. The couple honeymooned in Aruba. They reside in their new home in Bloomsburg with their dog and are excited to enjoy married life together.

Corp, Schuster essica Corp and Bradley Schuster were united in marriage on April J 16, 2011, at the East End Primitive

Methodist Church, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., in a ceremony officiated by the Rev. Marty Garms. A reception was held at the Waterfront Banquet Facility, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The bride is the daughter of Judy and Thomas Corp Jr., Horseheads, N.Y. She is the granddaughter of Nina and Thomas Corp Sr. and Harry and Phyllis Swan, all of Horseheads, N.Y. The groom is the son of Leon and Susan Schuster, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He is the grandson of Leo and Connie Schuster and Stanley and Gerda Knappman, all of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The bride chose her sister-in-law Alaine Schuster to be her maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Ashley Girmen and Vanessa Menendez, friends of the bride. The groom chose his friend Robert Rostock Jr. to be his best man. Groomsmen were Seth Gingo and James O’Meara Jr., friends of the groom. Ryan Klubeck gave a special reading. The bride is a 2005 graduate of Horseheads High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Keuka College in 2008 and a master’s degree in mathematics from Binghamton University in 2010. She is employed by Elmira Savings Bank, Elmira, N.Y. The groom is a 2004 graduate of Coughlin High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from King’s College in 2008 and a master’s degree in mathematics from Binghamton University in 2010. He is employed by Travelers Insurance Company, Elmira, N.Y. The couple honeymooned in Cancun, Mexico. They reside in Horseheads, N.Y.

Hill, George icole Hill and Christopher George were united in marriage N Sept. 10, 2011, in Ticonderoga, N.Y.

The double-ring ceremony was performed by the Rev. Christopher Cook, cousin of the bride, at Heart Bay on the shores of Lake George. The bride is the daughter of Susan and Robert Hill, Ticonderoga, N.Y. The groom is the son of Susan and Daniel George, Penn Lake. Nicole was given in marriage by her father and chose her sister, Tara Hill, as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Diana Cook and Juliet Cook, cousins of the bride, and Erin Drummond and Cassandra West, sisters of the groom. Best man was Joseph Chapman, friend of the couple. Groomsmen were Peter Casselman, Mitchell Thomson and Thomas Mayka, friends of the groom. Ring bearer was Lucas Cook-Wikel, cousin of the bride, and flower girl was Ava West, niece of the groom. Following the ceremony and an escort around the bay in vintage motor craft, an outdoor reception was held on the shore of the lake. Nicole is a graduate of Ticonderoga High School and the University of Vermont with a degree in women and gender studies. She works for the Colchester School District, Colchester, Vt. Christopher is a graduate of Crestwood High School and Green Mountain College with a degree in environmental history. He is employed by Vermont Information Processing, Colchester, Vt. The couple resides in Winooski, Vt.

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imberly Megan Pleban and Jeffrey Brian O’Donnell were united in the sacrament of marriage on Sept. 17, 2011, at St. Jude Parish, Mountain Top. The Rev. Joseph Evanko celebrated the nuptial mass and double-ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Nancy Pleban, Mountain Top. She is the granddaughter of Jane Pleban and the late Walter Pleban, Mountain Top. The groom is the son of Joseph O’Donnell, Drums, and Mary Jo O’Donnell, Conyngham. He is the grandson of Helen O’Donnell and the late Joseph O’Donnell and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Palermo, all of Weatherly. The bride was escorted down the aisle by Anthony Porreca and given in marriage by her mother. Kris Ann Radzwich, friend of the bride, was matron of honor and Charlene Van Horn, friend of the bride, was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Amanda Gavin, sister of the groom, and Laura Hudak, Shana Lettieri and Megan Sabol, friends of the couple. Flower girls were Kierstyn Radzwich and Madison Radzwich, friends of the couple. The groom chose his brothers, Jared O’Donnell and Joseph O’Donnell, as best men. The groomsmen were Patrick Gavin, brother-in-law of the groom, and Brent Radzwich, David Rossi and Nick Taylor, friends of the couple. The ring bearers were Anthony Lettieri and Jayden Radzwich, friends of the couple. The bridal party was escorted into the church by bagpiper, James Glenn. Vocal selections were presented by Paula Mohutsky and David Baloga. Deborah Cara, friend of the couple, and Patricia Heindel, godmother of the bride, presented the offertory gifts. Scripture readings were given by John Cara, Shari Crowell and Christina Glenn, friends of the couple. Following the ceremony a reception was held at Lobitz Catering, Hazleton. The bride was honored at a shower given by the mother of the groom and mother of the bride at Lobitz Catering. A rehearsal dinner, given by the mother of the groom, was held at Stagecoach Inn, Drums. Kimberly is a 2005 graduate of Crestwood High School, Mountain Top, and a 2009 graduate of King’s College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. She is employed with the United States Postal Service. Jeffrey is a 2006 graduate of Hazleton High School and attended Penn State University, Hazleton and Bloomsburg University. He is employed at Auto Zone Distribution Center. The couple honeymooned at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Fla. They reside in Surprise, Ariz.

Oct. 8, 2011, at St. Maria Goretti Church, Laflin. Monsignor Neil Van Loon officiated at the 2 p.m. doublering ceremony. The bride is the daughter Donald and Joanne Williamson, Plains Township. She is the granddaughter of Joan Pappas and the late Edward Pappas and the late Carlo and Rose Stella. The groom is the son of Gerard and Kimberley Mullen, Waterford Works, N.J. He is the grandson of Janet Stone and the late Thomas Stone and the late Elizabeth and Neil Mullen. The bride chose a gown by Monique Lhuillier. The gown, an ivory, re-embroidered lace sheath, featured a detachable tulle skirt. She wore a cathedral length veil by Peter Langner and carried a bouquet of white phalaenopsis orchids. She was escorted down the aisle by her father. She chose her best friend, Nicole Marconi, as her matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Denise Totino Williamson, sister-in-law of the bride; Amy Kroll and Lauren Bachkosky, childhood friends of the bride; and Janine and Danielle Mullen, sisters of the groom. The groom chose his brother, Patrick Mullen, as best man. Groomsmen were Ryan Williamson, brother of the bride, and Sean Kenny, Luke Kwiatkowski, Jordan Gottleib and Matt Yarmey, friends of the groom. Flower girls were Ava Nichols and Ella Rygielski and ring bearers were Brian Rygielski Jr. and Evan Rygielski, all cousins of the bride. Scriptural readings were given by Jason Marconi, friend of the bride and groom, and Gabrielle Nichols, goddaughter of the bride. The ceremony included lighting of the unity candle by the mothers of the bride and groom. Offertory gifts were presented by the bride and groom’s godmothers, Margaret Rygielski and Nancy Peirce. The ceremony featured music from cantor and pianist Joelle DeLuca and a string quartet from Suplee Strings. The ceremony also featured soloist Mia Nichols, cousin of the bride, who performed Schubert’s Ave Maria. An evening cocktail hour and reception were held at the Westmoreland Club. The bride is a 2003 graduate of James M. Coughlin High School and a 2007 graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, New York, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. She is employed by RBC Capital Markets in Manhattan, N.Y. The groom is a 2001 graduate of Edgewood Regional High School, Waterford Works, N.J., and a 2005 graduate of Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa., with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and business. The groom is employed as a manager with Deloitte & Touche LLP as part of their Enterprise Risk Services practice in Manhattan, New York. The couple honeymooned in Aruba. They reside in Hoboken, N.J., with their dog, Jackson.

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LIU 18 holds annual Project Endeavour Enrichment Program

J. and Mary Lou Wagner W illiam Grant recently celebrated their

Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18 is holding its annual Project Endeavour Enrichment Program. Fifteen teams of eighth-grade students, representing seven districts and two parochial schools, participated in the ‘Mission to Mars’ competition. More than 100 students participated. The challenge required the teams to design a spacecraft and crew exploration vehicle for travel to Mars and a description of a landing site. They presented their proposal for judging to NASA officials via teleconference. The winners were Hanover Area, first place; LakeLehman, second place; and Hazleton Area, third place. Hanover Area participants (above), from left, first row, are Lauren Richmond, Dominick Gurnari and Johnny Qui. Second row: Jesse Keats; Renee Saraka; Alicia Saltz; and Dave Borofski, adviser. Lake-Lehman participants (middle), from left, first row, are Marie Johns and Catherine Rose. Second row: Deborah Milford, adviser; Kaley Egan; Madison Stambaugh; Clayton Vasey and Zachary Field. Hazleton Area participants (below), from left, first row, are Brianna Mucci, Mackenzie McGeehan and Sarah Gordineer. Second row: Sharon Sharp, adviser; Alyssa Shemany; Johnny Pepen; and Juliano Ivkonic.

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The Highlander at Misericordia wins Keystone Press awards

r. and Mrs. Clement Szczecinski celebrated their 50th wedding M anniversary March 3, 2012. The cou-

The staff of Misericordia University’s student newspaper, The Highlander, was awarded two Keystone Press Awards by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association (PNA). Writers April Dulsky, Dallas Township, Josh Horton, Pittston, and Julia Truax, Millville, received a second-place award in the category of On-Going News Coverage. Amber Gulla, Plains Township, received honorable mention in the category of Public Service/Enterprise Package. The students will attend the Keystone Press Awards banquet to be held in Hershey in March, along with editor-in-chief Katlin Bunton, Kingston, and print editor Ellen Hoffman, Kingston. Award winners, from left, are Gulla, Dulsky, Horton, Hoffman, Truax and Katlin Bunton.

The Grants 30th wedding anniversary. They were married Feb. 6, 1982, at the Palmyra Church of the Brethren, Palmyra, by the Rev. Donald Rummel. Mrs. Grant is the daughter of Wilmer and Arlene Wagner, Palmyra. Mr. Grant is the son of the late William and Mary Grant, Plains Township. The couple has three daughters: Lauren O’Shea and husband, Tim, Shavertown; Alison Grant, Manayunk; and Madeline Grant, Dallas. They have one granddaughter, Emelia O’Shea, Shavertown. The couple owns and works for Hildebrandt Learning Centers. They are celebrating their anniversary with a trip to Charleston, S.C.

ple was married in St. Joseph Slovak Church, Wilkes-Barre, by the late Rev. John Zahornacky. Attendants were Mary Ellen Gushka, Carol Davis, Hope Napkora, Faith Chipeleski, Joseph Shibilski, Richard Distasio, Robert Davis and Gerald Prukala. Mr. Szczecinski is the son of the late Clement and Stella Warmus Szczecinski. He is a 1957 graduate of Nanticoke High School and was employed by Addy Asphalt, HRI Construction and retired as a construction inspector in 2005. Mrs. Szczecinski is the former Maryann Latsko, daughter of Irene Wassil Latsko, Wilkes-Barre, and the late John Latsko. She is a 1958 graduate of G.A.R. Memorial High School. Mrs. Szczecinski was employed by the Visiting Nurse Association and retired from the Wilkes-Barre Area School District. Clem and Maryann are the parents of three children: Curtis and his wife, Kristina, Shavertown; Christine and her husband, Mark, Westra, Mich.; and Bruce and his wife, Antoinette, Wilkes-Barre. They are the proud grandparents of Ethan, Trent and Shane. A Mass of Thanksgiving and a family dinner were held to celebrate the occasion.

W-B UNICO makes donation to Red Cross for flood relief The Wilkes-Barre Chapter of UNICO National recently donated $1,000 to the American Red Cross of Wyoming Valley in support of efforts to assist flood victims. At the check presentation, from left: Dominic Ortolani, past president and past district governor, UNICO; Joseph A. Pierangeli, first vice president, UNICO; Joanna Springer, regional development coordinator, American Red Cross; and Joe Donnini, past president, UNICO.


















Evan J. Cosenza Evan James Cosenza, son of Kim Cosenza, Wilkes-Barre, is celebrating his fourth birthday today, March 4. Evan is a grandson of Nancy Goldhamer, WilkesBarre, and Steve Cosenza, Monroe, N.Y. He is a great-grandson of Sam Balsome, Bronx, N.Y.; the late Marie Balsome; John Cosenza and the late Estelle Cosenza. Evan has a brother, Daniel, 19.

Gregory L. Kupsho Gregory L. Kupsho, son of Larry and Carrie Kupsho, Drums, is celebrating his third birthday today, March 4. Gregory is a grandson of Gregory and Cheryl Day, Wilkes-Barre, and Larry and Debby Kupsho, Drums. He has a sister, Kiera, 6.

Plymouth Alive makes donations to volunteer fire companies Members of the revitalization group Plymouth Alive recently gave a donation to the borough’s three volunteer fire companies. The funds were raised during an event co-sponsored by Plymouth Alive and John and Donna Rinehimer, owners of Rox 52, where the event was held. Several bands donated their time and refreshments were served. Gift baskets and a basket of cheer were also donated by area businesses for a raffle. The fire companies worked tirelessly to assist borough residents during and after the storms last summer. At the check presentation, from left: Terry Womelsdorf, president, Plymouth Alive, Captain William Wilson, Co. 3; Robert Miller, Co. 1; J. Temarantz, Plymouth Alive; John Rowlands, Co. 2; Sue Gryziec, Plymouth Alive; Lori Bolesta, Co. 1; Joe Ogin, Co. 2; John Rowlands Jr., Co. 1; Rebecca Ogin, Co. 2; Joe Ogin Sr., Co. 2; Heather Ogin, Co. 2; Chris Eder, Co. 2; Donna Ogin, Co. 2; Mayor Dorothy Petrosky; Lt. Brian Opplet, Co. 3; and Clif Madrack, Plymouth Alive.

Andy Wells Andy Wells, son of Ed and Lynn Wells, Mountain Top, celebrated his second birthday March 1. Andy has three brothers, Jimmy, Stan and Eddie and two sisters, Doris and Scarlett.

Kyiah M. Wheaton Kyiah Marie Katherine Wheaton, daughter of Cherie Lynn Nelson and S.P.C. James C. Hughes Jr., Wilkes-Barre, celebrated her fourth birthday Feb. 29. Kyiah is a granddaughter of Robert and Brenda Nelson, Wilkes-Barre. She is a great-granddaughter of Spurgeon Nelson, York; Donna Swankie, Wilkes-Barre; the late Margaret Crosby and David Swankie. Kyiah is a great-greatgranddaughter of Mary Wood, Wilkes-Barre; Romaine Nelson, York; and the late Gerald Wood and Robert Nelson.

Paige Scott Paige Scott, daughter of Kevin and Terry Scott, Mountain Top, is celebrating her eighth birthday today, March 4. Paige is a granddaughter of Donald and Terry Gensil, Wapwallopen, and Dale and Lois Scott, Mountain Top. She is a great-granddaughter of Frank and Betty Zerfoss, Bloomsburg. Paige has a sister, Stephanie, 5.

Ethan A. Yeninas Ethan Alexander Yeninas, son of Jim and Gretchen Yeninas, Wilkes-Barre, is celebrating his third birthday today, March 4. Ethan is a grandson of Walter and Susan Yeager, Sweet Valley, and Frank and Carol Raitter, Wilkes-Barre. He is a greatgrandson of Barbara Pennington, Colchester, Conn.

Parent Teacher Guild of St. Jude School holds luncheon honoring faculty and support staff The Parent Teacher Guild (PTG) of St. Jude School, Mountain Top, recently held its annual luncheon honoring the faculty and support staff. This year’s event featured a beach theme. Remarks were shared by Ann Papciak, president, PTG, and Jeanne Rossi, principal. Prayer was led by Deacon Gene Kovatch from St. Jude Parish. A singing telegram highlighting each staff member to the tune of Under the Boardwalk was delivered by Paula Mohutsky. Participants, from left, first row, are Diane Adams, Lester Kempinski, Eileen Kempinski, Marilyn Baran, Anna Pauline, Toni Furcon and Joe Blizman. Second row: Olivia Kopinski, Linda Lawler, Rose Lee Bednarz, Mary Jean Stephens, Kitty Lutz, Mary Ann Ostrowski, Brenda Kolojejchick, Jeanne Rossi and Linda Brittain. Third row: Kevin Kelly, Deacon Kovatch, Kathy Madden, Carol Brady, Paula Kovaleski, Mary Ann Crofchick, Anita Legge, Jane Cosgrove and Mary Donati.

BIRTHS Nesbitt Women’s and Children’s Center at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital

Jackson Puscavage Lilly G. Makowski Lilly Grace Makowski, daughter of Paul and Stacie Makowski, Alden, is celebrating her second birthday today, March 4. Lilly is a granddaughter of Gerald and Rose Baron, Nanticoke, and the late Thomas Makowski.

Jackson Puscavage, son of T.J. and Molly Puscavage, WilkesBarre, is celebrating his second birthday today, March 4. Jackson is a grandson of Dennis and Darleen Thorne, Luzerne, and Charles and Wendy Puscavage, Bear Creek. He is a great-grandson of Charles and Evelyn Puscavage, Wilkes-Barre. Jackson has a brother, Colby, 6.

Gabel, Jennifer and Gregory, Kingston, a daughter, Feb. 22.

Bell, Tanya and David Jr., Freeland, a son, Feb. 22. McDonald, Carrie and John, Harveys Lake, a son, Feb. 22. Dawson, Felicia and Mario Piperato, Edwardsville, a son, Feb. 22. Van Hussey, Stephanie and Barry II, Mountain Top, a son, Feb. 23. Shrader, Desiree and Shane, Lu-

zerne, a daughter, Feb. 24. Corby, Jessica and Devin Allen, Tunkhannock, a son, Feb. 24.

Skalla, Amanda and Gary, Mountain Top, a daughter, Feb. 25.

Rivera, Carlee and Matthew, Wilkes-Barre, a son, Feb. 24.

Jardine, Jenna and Stephen McKenzie, Trucksville, a daughter, Feb. 26.

Casey, Danielle and Edward Urban, Ashley, a son, Feb. 24.

Warner, Crystal and Darrin, Slocum Township, a daughter, Feb. 26.

Madjeski, Megan and Scott, Luzerne, a daughter, Feb. 25.

Wolf, Heather and Sterling, Exeter, a son, Feb. 26.


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Bonnie Kellert hosts workshop for young musicians WILKES-BARRE: The Northeast Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association (NEPMTA) is sponsoring a workshop by Bonnie Kellert, “Attaining Greater Performance in Young Musicians,” 1 p.m. March 11 at the Best Western East Mountain Inn, Bear Creek Blvd, WilkesBarre. Kellert, from the Washington, D.C. area, has given numerous solo recitals in Washington, D.C., including the National Gallery of Art, Phillips Collection, Cosmos Club, Textile Museum, American University, Howard University and Strathmore Hall. She has also performed in Sweden and Thailand. She has given master classes at McDaniel College, Maryland; Levine School of Music; Shanghai Conservatory, China; and various music teacher state organizations. Kellert served on the faculty of the Levine School of Music for 22 years before retiring in 2007. She maintains a private studio in her home in Potomac, Md. She is immediate past president of the Washington, D.C. Music Teachers Association. She is a competition adjudicator for local and national competitions and has been published in Keyboard Companion Magazine and on the Internet’s Piano Pedagogy Forum. Kellert was awarded a full scholarship to Peabody Conservatory of Music, where she studied with internationally acclaimed pianist, Leon Fleisher, and earned her bachelor and master degrees in performance. Teachers and students are invited to attend the workshop. There is no registration or event fee. Refreshments will be served. For more information on the workshop, contact Andrea Bogusko, chairperson for the event, at

United Way accepting nominations for community award WILKES-BARRE: United Way of Wyoming Valley is accepting nominations for the Rose Brader Community Service Award which recognizes an adult volunteer, at least 18 years of age or older, for their special volunteer efforts in the Wyoming Valley area. The award is named in honor of the late Rose Brader, who was employed by the United Way of Wyoming Valley for 31 years and provided extensive volunteer service to numerous health and human service organizations. The award recipient will be honored at the United Way’s annual meeting and awards reception scheduled for May 30 at the Mohegan Sun Casino at Pocono Downs. Nomination forms can be obtained through the United Way of Wyoming Valley’s website at; email; or contact the United Way at 270-9109. Deadline for submitting nominations is April 25.


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King’s team takes top honors in marketing competition

A team of four local King’s College students was selected as a top finisher in a national marketing competition sponsored by Chevrolet and Edventure Partners. The team, consisting of David Castro, Wilkes-Barre, Jamie Cybulski and Shane Gibbons, Kingston, and Kellie Rhiel, Luzerne, finished among the top 11 of almost 50 entries from colleges and universities in the Chevrolet Sonic Marketing Challenge. Participating teams were asked to design an integrated marketing communications plan that effectively increased awareness of the Chevrolet Sonic automobile on a college campus by utilizing social media tactics and event-based and digital promotion. Participants, from left: Cybulski; Gibbons; Amy Parsons, professor of marketing; Castro; and Rhiel.

HONOR ROLL Holy Redeemer High School Anita Sirak, principal, Holy Redeemer High School, Wilkes-Barre, recently announced the following students attained High Honors and/or Honors for the second quarter. Grade 12: High Honors: Stephanie Amendola, Robert Arensmeyer, Michael Banas, Allison Banks, Daniel Belsky, Ashley Bernardi, Lauren Bernardi, Tessa Boyle, Casey Brelsford, Michael Brown, Jeffrey Capaci, Sara Cavanaugh, William Cavanaugh, Matthew Craven, Shaina Dougherty, Brandon Drust, Patrick Duffy, Dalton Ell, Mary Katherine Evans, Zachary Evans, David Gawlas, Nadia Gentilesco, Matthew Geraghty, Arisa Gereda, Kelly Grebeck, Nathan Janiczek, Eric Jones, Christopher Kabacinski, Kristin Kabacinski, Jessica Kreidler, Jared Kukosky, Brianna Ligotski, Daniel McGraw, Amy McLaughlin, Joseph Melf, Shannon Murray, Allison Muth, Dylan Myslowski, James Nixon, Jarrod Pavelitz, Devin Phillips, Nicole Phillips, Alexandra Pugh, Eric Ringsdorf, Leah Santucci, Rachel Simon, Matthew Sipsky, Kirby Smith, Raymond Stemrich, Tara Stephens, Emily Suchocki, Sarah Suchoski, Margaret Sullivan, Michael Terninko, Elsbeth Turcan, Michael Vamos, Marissa Warnick, Kimberly Waters, Julia Wignot, Erin Williams, Robert Wingert and Olivia Zurad. Honors: Mario Adajar IV, Michael Ambrulavage, Ariana Brennan, Kyle Callahan, Christian Choman, Patrick Condo, ; Angela Costigan, Amber Desiderio, Thomas Doyle, Michelle Druby, Michael Dupre, Ryan Endler,

Ryan English, Zoe Evans, Megan Ferrell, Elizabeth Finnegan, Ronald Foy III, Alexandra Griswold, Sarina Hall, Ryan Heck, Francis Hickey, Zachary Janusziewicz, Kurt Jones, Alexa Kalafut, Elizabeth Knaub, Courtney Kreidler, Jessica Kupetz, Rebecca Makar, Paige Makowski, Michael Martin, Kara McGrane, Alyssa Miller, Megan Mirra, Christie Mocion, Thomas Murray, Elizabeth Nicholas, Christina Pino, Dominick Policare, M.Halie Rexer, Danielle Rose, Joseph Ruiz, Jessica Ruppert, Michael Rychwalski, Vera Sedlak, Abigail Staskiel, Stephanie Sullin, Monica Theroux, Christopher Thoma, William Trimblett, Cody Tsevdos, Olivia Vitali, Ian Wagner, Lindsee Waldron, Marissa Walker, Meeghan Walton, Jackson Welch and Andrea Zupko. Grade 1 1: High Honors: Nicholas Ambrulavage, Jeremy Astolfi, Emily Becker, Bethany Chmil, Cornelia Chmil, Matthew Collins, Tyler Dougherty, Marissa Durako, Eric Gdovin, Cassandra Gill, Danielle Gorski, Tricia Harenza, Jeremy Heiser, Dakota HollockSinclair, Louis Jablowski, Cody Januszko, Maria Sara Kopczynski, Michael Kosik, Sydney Kotch, Jacob Kozak, John Kozak, Brendan Leahigh, Patrick Loftus, Thomas Madigan, Morgan Mancini, Stephanie McCole, Michael Mocion, Jeremy Myslowski, Jenna Nitkowski, Devon Nowicky, Megan Philllips, Victoria Reggie, Kayla Rhiel, Joshua Siecko, Andrea Siejna, Grace Sipler, Matthew Slavoski, Rachel Sowinski, Christina Springer, Kaitlyn Stochla, Frazee Sutphen, Leanne Tabit, Ryan Tabit, Teresa Toomey, Adam Turosky, David Wert and Sarah William. Honors: Vito Aiello, Vincent Amarando, Fallyn Boich, James Bond, Krzysztof Bozentka, Meghan Burns, Nadine Carlo,

Rachael Coassolo, Thomas Cosgrove, Kelsey Crossin, Kaitlyn Donnelly, Elizabeth Eaton, Callie Evans, Shane Flannery, Mitchell Ford, Brianne Frascella, Kyle Gainard, Alexandra Gentilesco, Margaret Guarnieri, Matthew Isely, Robert Jones, Anna Kachmarski, Geetika Khanna, Mary Kolojejchick, Kellie Kopko, Ann Kotch, Marnie Kusakavitch, Katelyn Laskowski, Ashley Leighton, JulieAnn Mahle, Alexandria Malacari, Tyler Margalski, Andrew Mark, Brandon Marx, Nicholas McCarroll, Patrick McHale, Derek McManus, Kasey Miller, Michael Morrison, Louis Murray, Angeli Nause, Patrick O’Boyle, Jr., Michael Pahler, Lauren Pikul, Grace Rychwalski, Daniel Seasock, Kristen Stepanski, Joseph Szczechowicz, Sarah Warnagiris, Kelsey William and Carleena Wozniak. Grade 10: High Honors: Nathaniel Anderson, Megan Banks, Caitlin Barat, Michael Boland, Michael Boris, Michael Boutanos, Casey Carty, Erik Cudo, Megan Devaney, Elizabeth DiGiovine, Michele Fromel, Amanda Halchak, Caroline Jones, Lucas Klimuszka, Bailey Klocko, Jeffrey Kloeker, Julie Kosik, Tyler Kukosky, Melanie Kusakavitch, Tram Le, Gary Loughney, Emily Makar, Frank Mrozowski, Vinay Murthy, Hailey Noss, Nina Paoloni, Bryce Partlow, Christopher Pawlenok, Alyssa Platko, Michael Prociak, Dominick Rendina, Anneliese Romani, Samantha Scalzo, Nikki Scarantino, Christine Scavone, Patrick Serino, Nicole Slavoski, Donald Stephens, David Tomaszewski, Ana Turosky, Lloyd Wagner, Allison Zablocki and Audrey Zavada. Honors: Elizabeth Arensmeyer, Brian Banas, James Blewitt, Brandon Bojanowski, Thomas Caffrey, Rachel Callahan, Martin Cirelli, Michael Dubinski, Alec

Holy Redeemer students finalists in National Merit Program Allison Muth and Elsbeth Turcan, seniors at Holy Redeemer High School, were recently named finalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. The students earned the recognition on the basis of their scores in the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test taken in their junior year. They represent less than one percent of high school seniors in the United States and have now advanced to consideration as National Merit Scholars. Muth is the daughter of Joseph and Geralyn Muth, Wilkes-Barre. Turcan is the daughter of William and Elaine Turcan, Exeter. From left: Robert Musso, director of guidance; Turcan; Muth; and Abe Simon, vice principal for academics. Eustice, Dominique Falzone, Rachel Finnegan, Brian Geraghty, Patrick Gilhooley, Carl Gross, Shawna Hannon, Jason Hauze, Hyunju Jeon, Emily Kabalka, John Kane, Kellan Katra, Margarete Kukosky, Kaila Kurash, Jacqueline Kurovsky, Mallory Kusakavitch, Anna Layaou, Eric Ligotski, Chelsea Linden, Rachel Makar, Chase Makowski, Elizabeth Masi, Alisson Meluskey, Sara Mirra, Connor Mulvey, Victoria Nealon, Matthew Pawlowski, Yardley Phillips, Miranda Robasky, Natasha Rostova, Emily Savidge, Sarah Snyder, Kelsey Stasko, Nicholas Strellish, Taylor Wheeler, Heather Williams, Krista Williams and Zoe Zarola. Grade 9: High Honors: Kathryn Aldrich, Derek Belsky, Mary Pat Blaskiewicz, Renee Brown, Gaetano Buonsante, Erin Byorick, Jamie Carty, Michael Conlon, Ann Cosgrove, Caitlin Croke, Ryan Crossin, Matthew Dacey, Arielle Djokoto, Robert Dougherty, Greta Ell, Eric Flower, Michael Gatusky, Katarina Gereda, Cameron Gill, Michael Gorski, Olivia Gregorio,

Jillian Hayden, Justin Higgs, Maria Khoudary, Alexis Lewis, Matthew Lyons, Conlan McAndrew, Marlee Mierzwa, Gabrielle Mohutsky, Arvind Murali, Lindsay Musial, Jennifer Ringsdorf, Emily Schramm, Briana Scorey, Tyler Scott, Gabriella Soroka and Timothy White. Honors: Elena Bruning-Martin, Ciaran Burke, Nicole Calomino, Thomas Calpin, Natalie Coffee, Ryan Doyle, Ian Dysinger, Bailey Endler, Cameron Ford, Victoria Fulton, Joshua Gallagher, Breanna Gorski, Hannah Griffiths, Kaitlyn Gushka, Vanessa Hannagan, Alex Kotch, Johanna Kultys, Thomas Lewis, Mark Liskowicz, Lauren Manganello, Danielle Marchese, Lucas Mark, Jacob Martin, Madison Mishanski, Connor Murray, Benjamin Nause, Brandon Povilitus, Kenneth Rexer, John Rey, Phoebe Ritsick, Theodosia Seasock, Andrew Semanek, James Slavinski, Alysa Stone, Kaya Swanek, Abigail Truschel, Terence Vrabec, Matthew Wert, Adriana Wesolowski, Alana Wilson, Abigail Wolfgang, Alexis Wylam and Adam Zipko.




MMI Prep Students receive talent awards Four MMI Preparatory School students received awards in the 2011 Johns Hopkins Global Talent Search conducted by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. Seventhgrader Joshua Narrow, son of Howard and Marie Narrow, Hazleton, received a High Honors certificate. Seventh-grader Quentin Novinger, son of Quentin and Lorraine Novinger, Mountain Top, scored High Honors. Freshman Claire Sheen, daughter of Kwangsup and Chaeyun Sheen, Mountain Top, scored High Honors and Freshman Robert Graaf, grandson of Marvin and Sharleen Graaf, Hazleton, received a Certificate of Participation with Distinction. High Honors winners, Narrow, Novinger and Sheen were invited to an awards ceremony to receive certificates to honor their achievement. Award winners, from left, are Narrow, Sheen, Novinger and Robert Graaf.

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Chester Street Elementary recognized for academic progress


The Pennsylvania Department of Education recently recognized Chester Street Elementary School, Kingston, for making Adequate Yearly Progress for 2011. The school met all of the established targets for the year. Members of the Chester Street faculty, from left, first row: Allison Cryan, guidance department; Wendy Vinsko; Jennifer Yelen; Karen Sebolka; Nicole Chismar; and Maria Mooney. Second row: David Novrocki, principal; Donna Chaijko; Barbara Bonomo; Romaine Whitelock; Nettie Oakschunas; Ann Hozempa; and Nancy McAndrew.


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A lesson in fortitude at King’s FRED ADAMS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER

King’s Katlin Michaels, center, gets fouled by William Paterson’s Brianna Lucas as she goes to the basket.

‘Mismatch’ turns into miracle win King’s rallies from 10 down in the final minutes to upset the No. 8 team in the country. By DEREK LEVARSE


pened.” “I couldn’t KING’S even tell you,” senior Samantha Simcox said. “I know we were WILLIAM down nine or 10, PATERSON and then… “I’m not sure how we won by one.” One can forgive them for blanking on the details, all of them improbable. Consider everything that had to happen for the Lady Monarchs (24-5) to save their season and advance to the Sweet 16 on Friday against Emmanuel College: • They needed the greatest three-point shooting night by a player in program history. Junior Celia Rader, back in the starting lineup because of an injury to another guard, knocked down a team record nine threes for a career-best 27 points. • They needed to hold the nation’s No. 6 scoring offense without a point for the final 4:09 of the


WILKES-BARRE — The players still aren’t entirely sure how it happened. Same for the coaches. And King’s employees and fans. No one in Scandlon Gymnasium on Saturday saw it coming. Not like this. Down by 10 with two-and-ahalf minutes to play against the No. 8 team in the country, the Lady Monarchs pulled off a miracle on North Main, stunning William Paterson 64-63 in the second round of the NCAA tournament. “That,” King’s coach Brian Donoghue said, “was one of the craziest things I’ve ever seen.” He had to repeat it again with some added incredulity. “The craziest things I’ve ever seen. I don’t know what happened. I don’t know the sequence. I don’t know what hap- See MIRACLE, Page 9C


Coughlin’s Emerick maintains perfection Four WVC wrestlers earn trips to the state championships at Giant Center this week. By DAVE ROSENGRANT

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over the Patriot. During the tournament, Emerick won three times -- all via fall -- and spent a total of 6 minutes, 36 seconds on the mat. “It took a lot of strength, but I just came out wrestling every match one match at a time,” Emerick said. “I came out a full head of steam and all I wanted to do was win this. This is another one on the list. “I wanted to get everything done and over with quick and get off the mat, and try not to get injured.” Emerick was the only champion from the Wyoming Valley Conference in the tournament.

BETHLEHEM – Brad Emerick keeps making it looking easy. Once again the Coughlin star 285-pounder shined in winning a gold medal. This time, he did it on a bigger stage against a familiar opponent. The junior knocked off Pittston Area’s Chris Wesolowski for the fifth time this season to claim the gold medal Saturday in the Class 3A Northeast Regional Tournament at Freedom High School. Emerick pushed his record to 39-0 this season with a fall in 1:05 See PERFECTION, Page 7C


Eugene Lewis of Meyers stuffs home two points over Josh Kosin (00) of Holy Cross in the District 2 Class 2A championship game Saturday at Holy Redeemer High School.

Good as gold

Mohawks triumph in D2-2A title tilt By JOHN ERZAR

WILKES-BARRE – That silver medal from last season lost all its luster Saturday afternoon. That’s all right with Ryan Krawczeniuk because, thanks in part to his effort, he and the rest of the Meyers team have brilliant gold ones as replacements. Krawczeniuk scored a game-high 23 points, including a 9-of-9 performance from the foul line, as the Mohawks knocked off Holy Cross 51-36 for the District 2 Class 2A boys basketball championship before a standing-room-only crowd at Holy Redeem-


er High School. “It’s the best feeling in MEYERS the world,” said Krawczeniuk, a junior guard who was the Wyoming Valley HOLY CROSS Conference Division III MVP this season. “That silver medal doesn’t look good in my room anymore. This gold one will.” Meyers (23-2) won a district title for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. The Mohawks will play District 4 third seed Athens (22-3) next Saturday in the first round of the PIAA Class 2A tournament. Holy Cross (22-4) will face D4 runner-up Southern Columbia (20-6). Krawczeniuk hit consecutive three-point-


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Championship ends in historic draw

in a debate over whether cellphones should be allowed in cars during races. “I didn’t put it (his phone) in the car thinking that we were going to have a red flag at Daytona

Building confidence This wasn’t a lackluster team out of the Freedom Conference King’s had to fight back against. This was a nationally-ranked opponent featuring the April Smith, one of the nation’s top scorers who came in averaging 21 points. And there was little reason to believe King’s would overcome such a seemingly insurmountable deficit over the final few minutes. A daunting task? Not to King’s. “I wasn’t intimidated,” Rader said. “I think people should be intimidated by us.” “We just came out and played,” Michaels said. “We try not to look at what team is nationally-ranked. “I don’t know why we’re not nationally-ranked.” That may sound like a bunch of bravado. But without it, King’s wouldn’t have pulled out the second-most shocking comeback in Wilkes-Barre playoff basketball lore. This was Jay Williams all over again, coming down the court to drill three straight three-point field goals while leading the Wilkes University men all the way back from an eight-point deficit in the final 38 seconds to

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Abington Heights, Hazleton Area tie for team title with 279 points after last event. By JAY MONAHAN For The Times Leader

WILKES-BARRE – Swimming may be known for its many peculiarities but Saturday’s District 2-4 Class 3A girls regional championships finish pulled a rabbit out of its hat. It finished in a tie. A tie? “How do you tie a swim meet?,” a befuddled Abington Heights coach Mary Gromelski said. “I don’t even know what’s going on right now.” PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER The Abington Heights and Hazleton Area girls swimming teams managed to end in a stalemate, Shaina Grego, right, of Hazleton Area gets a hug See DRAW, Page 6C

from teammate Alexandra Podlesny after Grego won a gold medal in the girls 500 yard freestyle.


Brad Keselowski

Keselowski’s thumbs have his fans all a-Twitter Driver keeps his cell phone with him in fire suit By JOHN MARSHALL AP Sports Writer

AVONDALE, Ariz. — When the drivers pulled to a stop after a massive fireball engulfed a safety truck and delayed the Daytona 500, Brad Keselowski reac-

hed into the pocket of his fire suit and pulled out his phone. Trying to kill time while fire and foam covered the track, Keselowski started tweeting from his car, providing updates from the track, posting pictures, even answering questions from fans.

By the time the night was over, Keselowski’s Twitter followers had ballooned from 65,000 to 200,000. With a few pecks of a tiny keyboard, Keselowski had become a Twitter sensation, a NASCAR innovator and the central figure

AS THEIR DEFICIT kept mounting, despair never did. When the situation looked bleakest, their outlook turned brightest. And in one magical finish, they made the most improbable seem very probable. The King’s College women’s basketball team didn’t just win an NCAA Division III playoff game Saturday. It won one for all the coaches telling kids to never quit. Because when you don’t, sometimes endings like Saturday happen. “It was a huge blur,” said Katlin Michaels, who hit the winning shot for King’s. “I don’t know what happened,” King’s coach Brian Donoghue said. “It was one of the craziest things I’ve ever seen.” You had to see it to believe it. William Paterson, the No. 8 team in the nation, was pulling away from King’s fast, 57-42, midway through the second half of a second-round NCAA Division III tournament game. The Pioneers were still ahead by 12 points with seven minutes on the game clock. And they were up 10, at 63-53, with 2:28 to play. Usually, that’s about the time teams start emptying the bench. Only King’s emptied its tank in an effort to snatch victory from near-certain defeat. The Lady Monarchs held William Paterson scoreless over the final three minutes. And during that span, Celia Rader nailed the last of her school-record nine three-point field goals. Molly Dahl and Lindsay Atchison both connected on treys. And when Michaels out of Berwick High School darted down the lane for the game’s final bucket with 42 seconds on the clock, King’s had an amazingly dramatic 64-63 victory. “We don’t give up very easily,” steely-eyed King’s guard Samantha Simcox said. Apparently, the Lady Monarchs don’t give up at all. Even when they had every reason to.



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L O C A L C A L E N D A R TODAY'S EVENTS WOMEN'S COLLEGE SOFTBALL College of New Jersey at Misericordia (in Myrtle Beach), 9 a.m. Moravian at Misericordia (in Myrtle Beach), 11 a.m. Randolph College at Wilkes (in Virginia Beach), 2 p.m. MEN'S COLLEGE BASEBALL Roanoke College at Wilkes (in Myrtle Beach), 9 a.m. Alvernia at Misericordia (in Myrtle Beach), 10 a.m. Roanoke College at King’s (in Myrtle Beach), 12:30 p.m. Penn State Abington at Wilkes (in Myrtle Beach), 12:30 p.m. Catholic University of America at King’s (in Myrtle Beach), 3 p.m. COLLEGE TENNIS Kings at Kissimmee, FL, TBA

MONDAY, MAR. 5 WOMEN'S COLLEGE SOFTBALL St. Vincent at Misericordia (in Myrtle Beach), 9 a.m. Penn State-Harrisburg at Kings (in Myrtle Beach), 9:30 a.m. Penn State College of Technology at King’s (in Myrtle Beach), 11:30 a.m. Muhlenburg at Misericordia (in Myrtle Beach), 11 a.m. MEN'S COLLEGE BASEBALL Catholic University of America at Wilkes (in Myrtle Beach), Noon Roanoke College at King’s (in Myrtle Beach), 12:30 p.m. Penn State-Harrisburg at King’s (in Myrtle Beach), 3:30 p.m. Ursinus at Misericordia (in Myrtle Beach), 7:30 p.m WOMEN'S COLLEGE LACROSSE Susquehanna at King’s (in Baltimore, Md), tba COLLEGE TENNIS Kings at Kissimmee, FL, TBA

TUESDAY, MAR. 6 WOMEN'S COLLEGE SOFTBALL Elizabethtown at Misericordia (in Myrtle Beach), 9 a.m. Immaculata at King’s (in Myrtle Beach), 9:30 a.m. Swarthmore College at King’s (in Myrtle Beach), 11:30 a.m. WOMEN'S COLLEGE LACROSSE Wilkes at Trinity Washington, Noon Catholic University at Misericordia 2 p.m. MEN'S COLLEGE BASEBALL Penn State Berk at King’s (in Myrtle Beach), 9 a.m. Penn State-Harrisburg at Wilkes (in Myrtle Beach), 9 a.m. Lebanon Valley at Misericordia (in Myrtle Beach), 4 p.m. MEN'S COLLEGE LACROSSE Berry at Misericordia 7 p.m. COLLEGE TENNIS Kings at Kissimmee, FL, TBA

WENESDAY, MAR. 7 WOMEN'S COLLEGE SOFTBALL Miami University at King’s (in Myrtle Beach), 9:30 a.m. Bluefield College at King’s (in Myrtle Beach), 11:30 a.m. MEN'S COLLEGE BASEBALL Averett University at Wilkes (in Myrtle Beach), 9 a.m. Susquehanna at Misericordia (in Myrtle Beach), Noon COLLEGE TENNIS Kings at Kissimmee, FL, TBA

THURSDAY, MAR. 8 HS WRESTLING PIAA Championships at Giant Center, Hershey WOMEN'S COLLEGE SOFTBALL Moravian at Misericordia, 11 a.m. MEN'S COLLEGE BASEBALL Lebanon Valley at Misericordia, 3:30 p.m. WOMEN'S COLLEGE LACROSS Medaille at Misericordia, 10 a.m. COLLEGE TENNIS Kings at Kissimmee, FL, TBA

FRIDAY, MAR. 9 HS WRESTLING PIAA Championships at Giant Center, Hershey WOMEN'S COLLEGE SOFTBALL Lebanon Valley at Misericordia, 9 a.m. Arcadia at King’s (in Salisbury, Md.), 10 a.m. Stevenson at Wilkes (in Salisbury, Md.), 10 a.m. Emerson at Misericordia, 11 a.m. Frostburg State at Wilkes (in Salisbury, Md.), Noon Shenandoah at King’s (in Salisbury, Md.), Noon MEN'S COLLEGE LACROSSE Tampa at Misericordia, 7 p.m. COLLEGE TRACK AND FIELD NCAA Indoor Championships, TBA

SATURDAY, MAR. 10 HS WRESTLING PIAA Championships at Giant Center, Hershey WOMEN'S COLLEGE SOFTBALL D’Youville College at King’s (in Salisbury, Md),10 a.m. Washington and Jefferson at King’s (in Salisbury, Md.), Noon Shenandoah at Wilkes (in Salisbury, Md.), Noon Salisbury University at Wilkes (in Salisbury, Md.), 2 p.m. MEN'S COLLEGE BASEBALL Delaware Valley at Misericordia, 9 a.m. WOMEN'S COLLEGE LACROSSE Cazenovia College at King’s, 1 p.m. MEN'S COLLEGE LACROSSE King’s at Lycoming, 1 p.m. COLLEGE WRESTLING NCAA Division III Tournament, 10 a.m.

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T R A N S A C T I O N S BASEBALL American League CLEVELAND INDIANS—Signed OF Michael Brantley, RHP Carlos Carrasco, OF Aaron Cunningham, INF Jason Donald, RHP Jeanmar Gomez, LHP David Huff, RHP Corey Kluber, INF Matt LaPorta, OF Thomas Neal, INF Cord Phelps, RHP Danny Salazar, C Carlos Santana, LHP Tony Sipp, RHP Josh Tomlin and OF Nick Weglarz to one-year contracts. National League ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS—Agreed to terms with RHP Sam Demel, RHP Barry Enright, RHP Daniel Hudson, RHP Brett Lorin, RHP Yonata Ortega, RHP Bryan Shaw, LHP Zach Kroenke, LHP Wade Miley, LHP Joe Paterson, RHP Mike Zagurski, C Konrad Schmidt, C Craig Tatum, OF Cole Gillespie, OF David Winfree and INF Paul Goldschmidt on one-year contracts. Re-signed RHP Josh Collmenter, RHP David Hernandez, RHP Ian Kennedy, OF Gerardo Parra. COLORADO ROCKIES—Signed RHP Jhoulys Chacin, LHP Rex Brothers, C Wilin Rosario, INF Tommy Field, OF Charlie Blackmon, RHP Tyler Chatwood, LHP Edwar Cabrera, INF Hector Gomez, OF Tyler Colvin, RHP Edgmer Escalona, LHP Christian Friedrich, INF Jonathan Herrera, OF Jamie Hoffmann, RHP Guillermo Moscoso, LHP Drew Pomeranz, INF DJ LeMahieu, OF Eric Young Jr., RHP Juan Nicasio, LHP Matt Reynolds, INF Chris Nelson, RHP Josh Outman, INF Jordan Pacheco, RHP Zach Putnam, RHP Josh Roenicke, RHP Esmil Rogers and RHP Alex White to one-year contracts. MILWAUKEE BREWERS—Agreed to terms with RHP John Axford. PITTSBURGH PIRATES—Agreed to terms with SS Chase d’Arnaud, 1B Matt Hague, 3B Josh Harrison, OF Gorkys Hernandez, RHP Jared Hughes, RHP Chris Leroux, RHP Brad Lincoln, LHP Jeff Locke, OF Starling Marte, OF Andrew McCutchen, RHP Daniel McCutchen, RHP James McDonald, C Michael McKenry, RHP Kyle McPherson, INF Jordy Mercer, RHP Bryan Morris, LHP Daniel Moskos, SS Yamaico Navarro, INF Gustavo Nunez, LHP Rudy Owens, OF Alex Presley, 2B Neil Walker, LHP Tony Watson, RHP Duke Welker and LHP Justin Wilson on one-year contracts. SAN DIEGO PADRES—Agreed to terms with OF Cameron Maybin on a five-year contract.


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National Hockey League FLORIDA PANTHERS—Recalled D Tyson Strachan from San Antonio (AHL). PHOENIX COYOTES—Recalled D David Rundblad from Portland (AHL).


TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN—Dismissed men’s basketball junior F Earl Jefferson for violating the department code of conduct and team policy as well as for conduct detrimental to the team.

H O C K E Y National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts N.Y. Rangers............... 63 41 15 7 89 Pittsburgh .................... 63 37 21 5 79 Philadelphia ................ 63 35 21 7 77 New Jersey ................. 64 36 23 5 77 N.Y. Islanders.............. 65 27 29 9 63 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts Boston.......................... 63 38 22 3 79 Ottawa .......................... 66 34 24 8 76 Buffalo.......................... 64 29 27 8 66 Toronto ........................ 64 29 28 7 65 Montreal....................... 65 25 30 10 60 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts Florida .......................... 63 30 21 12 72 Winnipeg...................... 66 31 27 8 70 Washington ................. 64 32 27 5 69 Tampa Bay................... 64 30 28 6 66 Carolina ....................... 64 24 27 13 61 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts Detroit .......................... 65 43 19 3 89 St. Louis....................... 65 40 18 7 87 Nashville ...................... 64 37 20 7 81 Chicago........................ 66 35 24 7 77 Columbus .................... 64 19 38 7 45 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts Vancouver ................... 65 41 16 8 90 Colorado ...................... 65 33 28 4 70 Calgary ........................ 65 29 25 11 69 Minnesota.................... 65 28 27 10 66 Edmonton .................... 64 25 33 6 56

GF 175 202 209 180 154

GA 130 166 191 174 195

GF 206 200 157 191 169

GA 146 194 180 200 181

GF 158 173 172 180 168

GA 179 186 183 216 193

GF 208 166 181 200 148

GA 151 130 165 194 212

GF 206 168 157 143 170

GA 156 175 178 178 192




Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Phoenix........................ 64 33 22 9 75 168 160 San Jose ...................... 63 33 23 7 73 178 160 Dallas ........................... 65 34 26 5 73 171 176 Los Angeles ................ 64 29 23 12 70 138 137 Anaheim ...................... 65 28 27 10 66 164 182 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Friday's Games New Jersey 5, Washington 0 Chicago 2, Ottawa 1 Tampa Bay 4, N.Y. Rangers 3, OT Detroit 6, Minnesota 0 Dallas 3, Edmonton 1 Anaheim 3, Calgary 2 Saturday's Games N.Y. Islanders 3, Boston 2 Toronto 3, Montreal 1 Tampa Bay 4, Carolina 3 OT Nashville 3, Florida 1 Columbus 5, Phoenix 2 Pittsburgh at Colorado, late Buffalo at Vancouver, late Anaheim at Los Angeles, late St. Louis at San Jose, late Today's Games Boston at N.Y. Rangers, 12:30 p.m. New Jersey at N.Y. Islanders, 3 p.m. Chicago at Detroit, 4 p.m. Ottawa at Florida, 6 p.m. Dallas at Calgary, 6 p.m. Philadelphia at Washington, 7 p.m. Colorado at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Monday's Games Phoenix at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. Edmonton at Anaheim, 10 p.m.



EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA St. John’s .............. 54 33 14 5 2 73 177 155 Manchester ........... 59 29 27 0 3 61 153 171 Worcester.............. 54 24 20 4 6 58 141 146 Portland ................. 57 26 25 3 3 58 160 190 Providence............ 58 26 26 3 3 58 143 163 East Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Norfolk ................... 59 38 18 1 2 79 209 158 Penguins.............. 57 32 18 2 5 71 183 172 Hershey ................. 57 29 19 4 5 67 192 171 Syracuse ............... 56 22 26 4 4 52 174 185 Binghamton........... 57 23 30 2 2 50 158 181 Northeast Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Bridgeport ............. 55 30 19 3 3 66 166 153 Connecticut........... 57 28 19 5 5 66 169 158 Albany .................... 56 27 21 5 3 62 147 160 Springfield ............. 57 27 26 2 2 58 164 174 Adirondack............ 56 27 26 2 1 57 153 160 WESTERN CONFERENCE Midwest Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Charlotte................ 56 31 19 2 4 68 160 150 Chicago ................. 56 30 21 2 3 65 157 142 Peoria .................... 59 31 25 2 1 65 176 163 Milwaukee ............. 56 29 23 2 2 62 156 147 Rockford................ 58 25 26 2 5 57 162 186 North Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Toronto .................. 57 32 19 4 2 70 171 138 Rochester.............. 57 26 22 6 3 61 167 172 Lake Erie ............... 58 28 25 2 3 61 143 165 Grand Rapids........ 54 24 21 5 4 57 175 173 Hamilton ................ 57 25 26 1 5 56 144 174 West Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Oklahoma City...... 56 35 16 2 3 75 163 125 Abbotsford ............ 57 31 21 3 2 67 138 143 San Antonio .......... 57 31 23 2 1 65 144 154 Houston ................. 55 26 17 3 9 64 150 149 Texas ..................... 56 24 28 2 2 52 164 181 NOTE: Two points are awarded for a win, one point for an overtime or shootout loss. Friday's Games Albany 5, Bridgeport 2 Portland 3, Connecticut 2 Grand Rapids 4, Rochester 3 Adirondack 3, Providence 1 Lake Erie 2, Hamilton 1, SO Norfolk 5, Springfield 2 Binghamton 5, Syracuse 2 Peoria 4, Oklahoma City 2 Rockford 3, Milwaukee 1 Abbotsford 2, Texas 1 Saturday's Games Adirondack 3, Albany 2 OT Rochester 2, Toronto 1 Grand Rapids 4, Oklahoma City 3 SO Hershey 3, Binghamton 0 Worcester 5, Providence 2 Norfolk 5, Springfield 1 Syracuse 6, St. John’s 4 Lake Erie 3, Charlotte 2 SO Rockford 2, Peoria 1 Houston at San Antonio, late Chicago at Milwaukee, late Today's Games Penguins at Adirondack, 3 p.m. Charlotte at Lake Erie, 3 p.m. Connecticut at Manchester, 3 p.m. Worcester at Portland, 4 p.m. Syracuse at Albany, 4 p.m. Texas at Abbotsford, 4 p.m. Bridgeport at Providence, 4:05 p.m. Oklahoma City at Chicago, 5 p.m. Grand Rapids at Hamilton, 5 p.m. Springfield at Hershey, 5 p.m. St. John’s at Binghamton, 5:05 p.m. Toronto at Rochester, 5:05 p.m.

B A S K E T B A L L National Basketball Association GB — 3 31⁄2 101⁄2 11 GB — 51⁄2 7 201⁄2 23 GB — 6 15 15 1 17 ⁄2 GB — 4 41⁄2 41⁄2 16 GB — 91⁄2 11 111⁄2 111⁄2 GB — — 6 61⁄2 10

Men's College Basketball Today's Games EAST Michigan at Penn St., Noon SOUTH Kentucky at Florida, Noon Clemson at Florida St., Noon Virginia at Maryland, 2 p.m. NC State at Virginia Tech, 6 p.m. MIDWEST Ohio St. at Michigan St., Noon Illinois at Wisconsin, 1 p.m. Purdue at Indiana, 6 p.m. FAR WEST Arizona at Arizona St., 3:30 p.m. California at Stanford, 5:30 p.m. TOURNAMENTS America East Conference semifinals, at Hartford, Conn.


Colonial Athletic Association semifinals, at Richmond, Va. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference semifinals, at Springfield, Mass. Missouri Valley Conference championship, at St. Louis Northeast Conference semifinals, at campus sites Southern Conference semifinals, at Asheville, N.C. Summit League first round, at Sioux Falls, S.D. Sun Belt Conference at Hot Springs, Ark. West Coast Conference semifinals, at Las Vegas

Women's College Basketball Today's Games SOUTHWEST Texas A&M at Texas, 1 p.m. Kansas at Oklahoma, 3 p.m. FAR WEST Stanford at California, 9 p.m. TOURNAMENTS America East Conference at Hartford, Conn. Atlantic Coast Conference championship, at Greensboro, N.C. Atlantic 10 Conference semifinals, at Philadelphia Big East Conference quarterfinals, at Hartford, Conn. Big Ten Conference championship, at Indianapolis Southeastern Conference championship, at Nashville, Tenn. Southern Conference semifinals, at Asheville, N.C. Summit League first round, at Sioux Falls, S.D. Sun Belt Conference quarterfinals, at Hot Springs, Ark. West Coast Conference first round, at Las Vegas


American Hockey League

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct Philadelphia ................. 22 15 .595 Boston........................... 18 17 .514 New York ...................... 18 18 .500 Toronto ......................... 11 25 .306 New Jersey .................. 11 26 .297 Southeast Division W L Pct Miami............................. 28 8 .778 Orlando ......................... 23 14 .622 Atlanta ........................... 21 15 .583 Washington .................. 7 28 .200 Charlotte ....................... 4 30 .118 Central Division W L Pct Chicago......................... 30 8 .789 Indiana .......................... 22 12 .647 Milwaukee..................... 14 22 .389 Cleveland...................... 13 21 .382 Detroit ........................... 12 25 .324 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct San Antonio ................... 25 11 .694 Memphis ........................ 21 15 .583 Dallas.............................. 21 16 .568 Houston.......................... 21 16 .568 New Orleans .................. 9 27 .250 Northwest Division W L Pct Oklahoma City ............. 29 7 .806 Denver .......................... 20 17 .541 Portland......................... 18 18 .500 Minnesota..................... 18 19 .486 Utah............................... 17 18 .486 Pacific Division W L Pct L.A. Clippers .................. 21 13 .618 L.A. Lakers..................... 22 14 .611 Phoenix .......................... 16 20 .444 Golden State .................. 14 19 .424 Sacramento ................... 12 24 .333 Friday's Games Memphis 102, Toronto 99 Atlanta 99, Milwaukee 94 Boston 107, New Jersey 94 Chicago 112, Cleveland 91 Denver 117, Houston 105 New Orleans 97, Dallas 92 Philadelphia 105, Golden State 83 San Antonio 102, Charlotte 72 Utah 99, Miami 98 L.A. Lakers 115, Sacramento 107 Phoenix 81, L.A. Clippers 78 Saturday's Games Atlanta 97, Oklahoma City 90 Orlando 114, Milwaukee 98 Washington 101, Cleveland 98 Indiana 102, New Orleans 84 Detroit at Memphis, late Utah at Dallas, late. Minnesota at Portland, late Today's Games New York at Boston, 1 p.m. Miami at L.A. Lakers, 3:30 p.m. New Jersey at Charlotte, 6 p.m. Golden State at Toronto, 6 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Houston, 7 p.m. Chicago at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Sacramento at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Denver at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. Monday's Games Utah at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Orlando at Toronto, 7 p.m. Golden State at Washington, 7 p.m. Indiana at Chicago, 8 p.m. Dallas at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Philadelphia at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Sacramento at Denver, 9 p.m. New Orleans at Portland, 10 p.m.



Nascar Nationwide-Bashas' Supermarkets 200 Results Saturday At Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Ariz. Lap length: 1 miles (Start position in parentheses) 1. (8) Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 200 laps, 120.4 rating, 47 points, $71,043. 2. (7) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 200, 119.9, 0, $47,150. 3. (2) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 200, 114.3, 41, $49,518. 4. (9) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 200, 106, 40, $34,818. 5. (12) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 200, 140.2, 0, $24,600. 6. (6) Sam Hornish Jr., Dodge, 200, 98.5, 38, $25,568. 7. (5) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 200, 103, 38, $25,203. 8. (10) Joey Logano, Toyota, 200, 101.3, 0, $16,745. 9. (1) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 200, 117.5, 0, $19,025. 10. (21) Michael Annett, Ford, 200, 86, 34, $22,318. 11. (14) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 200, 91, 0, $13,875. 12. (25) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 200, 82.7, 0, $19,743. 13. (17) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 200, 88.1, 31, $19,168. 14. (11) Brian Scott, Toyota, 200, 85.2, 30, $21,393. 15. (13) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 200, 89.9, 29, $19,118. 16. (19) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 200, 77.7, 28, $12,275. 17. (22) Casey Roderick, Ford, 200, 72.8, 27, $11,675. 18. (4) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 198, 97.7, 0, $11,475. 19. (18) Jason Bowles, Dodge, 197, 71.7, 25, $17,968. 20. (24) Tayler Malsam, Toyota, 197, 64.9, 24, $18,293. 21. (30) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 197, 62.1, 23, $17,518. 22. (28) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 197, 65.2, 22, $17,393. 23. (32) Jamie Dick, Chevrolet, 196, 58.7, 21, $17,268. 24. (15) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, throttle linkage, 195, 68, 20, $17,193. 25. (31) Joey Gase, Ford, 195, 51.5, 19, $17,543. 26. (36) Erik Darnell, Chevrolet, 194, 61.9, 18, $10,500. 27. (39) Benny Gordon, Chevrolet, 194, 47.6, 17, $10,400. 28. (37) Eric McClure, Toyota, 193, 47.1, 16, $16,793. 29. (41) T.J. Bell, Chevrolet, 189, 43.4, 15, $16,743. 30. (38) Tim Schendel, Chevrolet, 189, 37.2, 14, $10,525. 31. (34) Blake Koch, Ford, 166, 49.4, 13, $16,638. 32. (23) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet, wheel bearing, 162, 50.6, 12, $16,578. 33. (40) Daryl Harr, Chevrolet, 149, 40.7, 11, $16,543. 34. (42) Charles Lewandoski, Chevrolet, brakes, 115, 33.2, 10, $16,508. 35. (35) David Green, Dodge, vibration, 109, 35.1, 9, $16,478. 36. (3) Kenny Wallace, Toyota, accident, 102, 69.6, 8, $16,443. 37. (16) J.J. Yeley, Ford, vibration, 25, 41.4, 0, $9,940. 38. (29) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, fuel pressure, 17, 41.3, 6, $9,886. 39. (43) Mike Harmon, Chevrolet, fly wheel, 8, 34.4, 5, $9,770. 40. (33) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, electrical, 7, 34.1, 0, $9,715. 41. (26) Chase Miller, Chevrolet, electrical, 6, 33, 3, $9,665. 42. (20) Scott Speed, Chevrolet, electrical, 3, 33.4, 0, $9,620. 43. (27) Jeff Green, Toyota, vibration, 3, 31.8, 1, $9,568. Race Statistics Average Speed of Race Winner: 116.317 mph. Time of Race: 1 hour, 43 minutes, 10 seconds. Margin of Victory: 0.259 seconds. Caution Flags: 3 for 15 laps. Lead Changes: 8 among 5 drivers. Lap Leaders: D.Hamlin 1-4;T.Bayne 5-8;D.Hamlin 9-52;K.Harvick 53-105;D.Hamlin 106-110;K.Harvick 111-164;D.Hamlin 165-167;B.Keselowski 168-174;E.Sadler 175-200. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): K.Harvick, 2 times for 107 laps;D.Hamlin, 4 times for 56 laps;E.Sadler, 1 time for 26 laps;B.Keselowski, 1 time for 7 laps;T.Bayne, 1 time for 4 laps. Top 10 in Points: 1. E.Sadler, 89;2. A.Dillon, 79;3. T.Bayne, 72;4. C.Whitt, 71;5. R.Stenhouse Jr., 66;6. S.Hornish Jr., 63;7. T.Malsam, 62;8. M.Annett, 51;9. B.Gordon, 49;10. J.Nemechek, 42. NASCAR Driver Rating Formula A maximum of 150 points can be attained in a race. The formula combines the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Sprint Cup-Subway Fresh Fit 500 Lineup After Saturday qualifying; race Sunday At Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Ariz. Lap length: 1 miles (Car number in parentheses) 1. (55) Mark Martin, Toyota, 136.815. 2. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 136.126. 3. (78) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 135.998. 4. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 135.583. 5. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 135.547. 6. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 135.491. 7. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 135.074. 8. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 135.014. 9. (20) Joey Logano, Toyota, 134.998. 10. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 134.771. 11. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 134.615. 12. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 134.564. 13. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 134.499. 14. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 134.449. 15. (22) A J Allmendinger, Dodge, 134.278. 16. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 134.268. 17. (47) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 134.058. 18. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 134.048. 19. (51) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 133.939. 20. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 133.814. 21. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 133.764. 22. (83) Landon Cassill, Toyota, 133.665. 23. (36) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 133.63. 24. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 133.615. 25. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 133.417. 26. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 132.871. 27. (23) Scott Riggs, Chevrolet, 132.743. 28. (2) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 132.709. 29. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 132.597. 30. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 132.441. 31. (13) Casey Mears, Ford, 132.251. 32. (10) David Reutimann, Chevrolet, 132.231. 33. (26) Josh Wise, Ford, 132.081. 34. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 132.057. 35. (49) J.J. Yeley, Toyota, 131.685. 36. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 131.516. 37. (98) Michael McDowell, Ford, 131.502. 38. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 130.596. 39. (7) Robby Gordon, Dodge, 130.364. 40. (33) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 128.824. 41. (93) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, Owner Points. 42. (32) Mike Bliss, Ford, Owner Points. 43. (30) David Stremme, Toyota, 129.092. Failed to Qualify 44. (37) Timmy Hill, Ford, 128.968. Odds to Win Subway Fresh Fit 500 DRIVER.............................................................ODDS Jimmie Johnson ............................................... 7-1 Kyle Busch ........................................................ 8-1 Carl Edwards .................................................... 8-1 Tony Stewart .................................................... 8-1 Jeff Gordon ....................................................... 9-1 Denny Hamlin ................................................... 10-1 Kevin Harvick ................................................... 10-1 Kasey Kahne .................................................... 10-1 Matt Kenseth..................................................... 12-1 Brad Keselowski .............................................. 15-1 Greg Biffle ......................................................... 18-1 Ryan Newman .................................................. 20-1 Dale Earnhardt Jr............................................. 25-1 A.J. Allmendinger............................................. 30-1 Clint Bowyer ..................................................... 30-1 Jeff Burton......................................................... 30-1 Martin Truex Jr. ................................................ 30-1 Kurt Busch ........................................................ 35-1 Joey Logano ..................................................... 40-1 Mark Martin....................................................... 40-1 Jamie McMurray............................................... 45-1 Juan Pablo Montoya........................................ 50-1 Paul Menard...................................................... 55-1 Regan Smith ..................................................... 80-1 Field (All Others) .............................................. 100-1 Copyright 2012 World Features Syndicate, Inc.

BULLETIN BOARD MEETINGS Nanticoke Area Little League will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. on March 7 at Nanticoke High School. Board Members are to meet at 7 p.m. Dallas Softball Booster Club will be holding a meeting on Tuesday at Leggio’s in Dallas at 7 p.m. Parents of girls in grades 7 through 12 who will be playing this season are urged to attend. Any questions, please call Bill Kern at 498-5991 or Brent Berger at 793-1126. Pittston Are Girls Basketball Booster Club will meet Monday at 7pm in the Pittston Area High School Lobby. All parents are encouraged to attend. Wyoming Area Baseball - Meet the Warriors Committee will be meeting on Wednesday March 7 at 6 p.m. in room 129 at the high school. Wyoming Area Boys Soccer Parent’s Association will hold its next meeting on Monday, March 12 at 7 p.m. at the Wyoming Area Secondary Center. All are invited to attend. South Wilkes-Barre Little League will meet today at 6 p.m. at the Riverside Café on Old River Rd. Any person interested in managing or coaching a team should plan on attending as vacancies will be filled at this meeting. West Side United Soccer Club Parents/Coaches Committee will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Plymouth Borough Building. All coaches and parents are encouraged to attend and get involved. On agenda will be preparations for signup events. Visit for additional information or call Matthew at 779-7785. REGISTRATION/TRYOUTS Avoca/Dupont Little League will hold registrations at the upper Avoca Little League field clubhouse from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday and Monday. Registration fee is $60 per player and $75 per family. Teener baseball sign-up fee is $60 each player. Programs include: tee-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). Final signups will take place next Sunday, March 11. Back Mountain Little League will be holding their final registration for baseball and softball players Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the Dallas American Legion. If there are any questions about registration, please leave a message on the Hotline, 696-9645, and someone will get back to you. Beginner to Intermediate Field Hockey Players for kids ages 5-12 will start training sessions beginning April 15 through May 20 every Sunday from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. There will be a total of six Training/ Game Play Sessions. To register visit our website: and print/complete/mail the Youth Spring Training Flier on the Homepage. Wyoming Valley Babe Ruth Teeners League is having sign-ups today from 3-5 p.m. at Stanton Lanes in Wilkes-Barre. Cost is $85 per player. Eligible players are ages 13-18. Ages 13-15 contact Rob at 592-4236. Ages 16-18 contact Jim at 983-9877. Any child from the Heights contact John at 817-3555, for further information. Swoyersville American Legion Baseball will hold its registration on Sunday, March 11 at Roosevelt Field in Swoyersville. Registrations will be for Prep Baseball, ages 12-13; Jr. Baseball, ages 13-15 (can not have reached age 16 before April 30, 2012); and Sr. Baseball, ages 16-19. Anyone who resides in the Wyoming Valley West School District (excluding Courtdale) is eligible to sign up regardless of what school you attend. Birth Certificates are required at the time of registration. Wilkes-Barre Girls Softball League will hold registration on Tuesday at Rodano’s on Public Square from 6 to 8pm. The fast pitch league takes girls born between 7-1-94 and 12-31-07 for its four divisions of play. There is no residency requirement .For info call 822-3991 or log onto Swoyersville Little League Baseball and Softball ages 5 – 12, Jr. LL ages 13 – 14, Sr. LL ages 13 – 16, will hold registrations Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Borough building. Costs are $30 (T-Ball,

G O L F Nationwide-Panama Championship Scores Saturday At Panama Golf Club Panama City Purse: $550,000 Yardage: 7,163; Par: 70 Third Round Edward Loar ......................................66-68-68—202 Justin Hicks .......................................64-75-67—206 Kevin Johnson...................................75-69-63—207 Matt Hendrix.......................................69-70-68—207 Josh Broadaway................................72-72-64—208 Derek Fathauer..................................71-70-67—208 Justin Bolli..........................................65-70-73—208 Brian Smock ......................................71-64-73—208 Oscar Serna ......................................73-70-66—209 Luke List.............................................71-71-67—209 Ryan Armour......................................72-69-68—209 Daniel Chopra ...................................72-69-68—209 David Lingmerth................................69-70-70—209 Shawn Stefani....................................69-70-70—209 Charles Warren.................................72-66-71—209 Tim Wilkinson ....................................68-68-73—209 Cameron Percy .................................75-69-66—210 Brad Adamonis..................................71-71-68—210 Tommy Cocha...................................71-70-69—210 Michael Connell ................................69-70-71—210 Cesar Costilla ....................................70-69-71—210 Tyrone Van Aswegen .......................67-72-71—210 Philip Pettitt, Jr. .................................69-69-72—210 Martin Piller........................................66-71-73—210 Chris Wilson ......................................74-69-68—211 Steve LeBrun.....................................71-72-68—211 B.J. Staten..........................................70-71-70—211 Brad Fritsch .......................................70-70-71—211 Aaron Goldberg ................................68-70-73—211 Peter Lonard......................................69-69-73—211 Ben Briscoe .......................................76-68-68—212 Glen Day ............................................73-71-68—212 Troy Merritt ........................................72-71-69—212 Joseph Bramlett ................................75-68-69—212 Erik Flores..........................................73-70-69—212

4-5), $50 players (6 – 16). Family rate is $10 for each additional child, but doesn’t apply to JR or SR LL. For more information, call Dave at 899-3750. Northwest Area Little League final registrations will be held at the Northwest High school cafeteria on Tuesday from 6pm-8pm. visit for info. Nanticoke Area Little League will be holding tryouts today from noon to 3 p.m. for boys and girls from 4-7 p.m. Players eight years old and up not on a Major League Roster must tryout on one of the days listed. Registrations will also be accepted during this timeframe. Anyone who did not sign up may do so 20 minutes before times. This is the final signup for 7-12 year olds. Please contact Wade at 735-0189 with any questions or if you cannot make it. Nanticoke American Legion Baseball will hold sign-ups on Saturday, March 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Nanticoke Legion Hall on West Broad St. in Nanticoke. Eligible participants will be between the ages of 13-18, and reside in Nanticoke area, Northwest area or Hanover area. Registration fee is $100. Any questions, please call Joe at 814-1430. Plymouth Little League will be holding its final signups on today from 1-3 p.m. at the Plymouth Borough Building. You will need to bring a copy of birth certificate and copies of three current proofs of residency as these are required. Registration fees are $35 per player or $50 per family. For more information, please contact Mike Spece at 328-4612. CLINCS Electric City Baseball & Softball Academy will hold a hitter’s video clinic for boys and girls ages 8-18 at their new facility at 733 Davis St. in Scranton on April 14 and 15. Hitters receive instruction, drills and video analysis. Cost is $75 for both days; $65 is post-marked by March 15. For more information, call 955-0471 or visit UPCOMING EVENTS Athletes for Better Education (AFBE) will be hosting a regional basketball tournament in the Hazleton area March 24-25. There will be seven age groups for both boys and girls: U10, U12, U13, U14, U15, U16 and U18. 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 866-9062323 or e-mail Freeland MMI’s Annual Basketball Tournament will be held on March 9, 10, and 11. The tournament will have four divisions: 7th grade boys, 7th grade girls, 8th grade boys, and 8th grade girls. The cost for the tournament is $150 and all teams are guaranteed three games. For more information call Joe at 814-1350 or by email at Freeland YMCA will host various basketball tournaments throughout March and April. The schedule is as follows: March 9-11 is 4th grade boys, March 16-18 is 7th grade boys, March 23-25 is 5th grade boys, March 30-April 1 is 4th and 6th grade girls, April 13-15 is 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys. The cost for all tournaments is $125 and all teams are guaranteed three games. For more information please contact the YMCA at 6363640 or by email at Applications and more information is available at Inaugural Big Blue Devil Golf Classic will take place May 20 at the Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club. Cost for the Captain and Crew event will be $125 per golfer or $500 per foursome. Cost includes lunch, cart and green fees, tournament dinner, cash prizes to flight winners and runners-up, scats, prizes and tournament golf shirt. To register your team, email or call 570-6509356. Spots in the tournament are expected to go fast, so reservations are required as soon as possible. Bulletin Board items will not be accepted over the telephone. Items may be faxed to 831-7319, emailed to or dropped off at the Times Leader or mailed to Times Leader, c/o Sports, 15 N, Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-0250.

Jim Herman........................................68-73-71—212 Steven Bowditch ...............................68-72-72—212 Scott Dunlap ......................................69-71-72—212 Aron Price ..........................................71-68-73—212 Skip Kendall.......................................72-72-69—213 Andrew Svoboda ..............................76-68-69—213 Andrew Magee ..................................72-71-70—213 Omar Uresti .......................................72-71-70—213 Craig Bowden....................................72-70-71—213 Darron Stiles......................................73-68-72—213 Russell Henley ..................................72-69-72—213 Camilo Benedetti...............................69-72-72—213 Paul Stankowski ................................70-70-73—213 Robert Damron .................................73-71-70—214 Lee Williams ......................................72-71-71—214 Ryan Yip.............................................72-71-71—214 Mark D. Anderson.............................75-68-71—214 Jason Allred.......................................71-71-72—214 Anthony Rodriguez...........................75-68-71—214 Jerod Turner ......................................70-73-72—215 Bio Kim ...............................................71-71-73—215 Scott Parel .........................................74-68-73—215 Reid Edstrom.....................................72-69-74—215 Casey Wittenberg.............................72-69-74—215 Mathias Gronberg .............................70-70-75—215 Marc Turnesa ....................................70-70-75—215 James Sacheck.................................73-71-72—216 Mike Lavery .......................................73-71-72—216 Jason Gore ........................................71-72-73—216 Paul Claxton.......................................74-70-73—217 Michael Sim .......................................76-68-73—217 Ron Whittaker ...................................76-68-73—217 Carl Paulson ......................................70-73-74—217 Andres Echavarria ............................74-69-74—217 Corey Nagy........................................72-72-74—218 Fran Quinn .........................................75-69-74—218 Kent Jones.........................................75-69-74—218 Jose Toledo .......................................74-70-75—219 Diego Velasquez...............................75-64-80—219 Alex Aragon .......................................74-69-77—220 Jeff Cuzzort .......................................72-72-77—221 Sam Saunders...................................77-67-78—222





Feb. 18 at Albany L, 3-0

Feb. 20 at Portland W, 5-3

Feb. 23 Manchester W, 7-6

Feb. 25 Syracuse L, 2-1


Feb. 26 Norfolk L, 3-2

Today at Adirond’k 3 p.m.

Tuesday St. John’s 7:05 p.m.

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Massachusetts native Brian Gibbons leaned heavily on his hometown Boston Bruins when assembling his Fantasy GM roster. They aren’t homer picks, however, and they are players that would make any team proud. But Gibbons didn’t limit himself to the New England area. He picked a former college teammate as his penalty killer, went to the Midwest for a power-play sniper and defenseman, and even reached out to Vancouver to give a backup the starting nod.


Scoring on a power play, like Ryan Craig (No. 22) of the Penguins does here against Syracuse, often requires using big players to obstruct the vision of the goaltender.

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Big guys play big roles in power plays By TOM VENESKY

It’s a simple yet effective power-play tactic: put the big guys in front of the net, shoot the puck in from the points and hope for the best. Net-front power plays are a common sight throughout pro hockey and it’s a big reason why the Penguins rank 12th in the AHL with an 18.7 percent success rate with the man advantage. By appearance, the net-front power play that the Penguins employ is simple. Two big guys get in front of the net when the puck gets out to the points and create a wall in front of the opposing goaltender. “It’s a place where if you go there at the right times it can be high reward,” said Ryan Craig, one of the Penguins’ net-front specialists. “It’s where you want to be. The puck has to come to the net to go into the net.” On the ice, however, when players post themselves in front of the crease, it creates a ripple effect that is felt through every position, beginning with the goaltender trying to see around the wall in front. Penguins netminder Patrick Killeen said traffic in front of the crease can transform a routine shot from the point into a nightmare. “By itself, a point shot isn’t usually threatening if you get in front of it and control the rebound. But as soon as you get people in front of you, it can be difficult to follow the puck and puts more pressure on you to watch for tips and control rebounds,” he said. Killeen takes the initiative early in a game to let opponents know he doesn’t want them around his crease. That might mean a simple shove in the back or a little slash on the back of the legs to let them know the crease is his. It’s important to set such a tone early, Killeen said, before things start to snowball. “They’ll see what they can get away with, and if you let them stand there at the start of the game they’ll do it all night,” he said. “Before you know it, you’ll be backed up to the goal line and there will be guys all over you.” And that makes for a frustrated goalie. During his 12-year pro career, Jason Williams has seen plenty of goaltenders lose it when they’re crease gets blocked. With a player in front the net, not only can a goaltender lose the puck, but he

take care of the net. “That’s a save you’re hoping he can make,” Strait said. “Most of the time we have to play off the guy that’s in front of the net and try not to get tied up can’t come out to play the angles either, Williams with him.” said. But that doesn’t mean when a player gets in And if a goal is scored during such a scenario, a front he will go unpunished. Craig calls playing in goaltender’s nerves are really put to the test. front of the net “a battle” and chalked up the abuse “You can see their frustration. The goalie will to the price one pays to be on the power play. look at his D and put up his hands because he Walker called it one of the hardest places to get couldn’t see the puck,” Williams said. “When you have a goaltender throwing his hands up in the air to – a place that you have to love to play in. And from his spot on the point, Williams feels an because he can’t see the puck, you know you’re in obligation to get shots to the net as a reward for his his kitchen.” teammates who are paying a price in front. One of the best at getting in the goaltender’s “If I’m in front of the net and I know a kitchen is Geoff Walker. At 6-foot-3, slapshot is going to hit me, I’m like a 225 pounds, Walker can plant himself “I move as the deer caught in the headlights. I can’t get at the edge of the crease and make goalie would out of the way,” Williams said. “You himself unmovable during a power don’t know if that shot is going to be play. Walker has scored 10 power-play move – with high on you and at the same time you goals this season, good enough for have the goalie and defenders trying to ninth overall in the AHL, and most of the puck.” the tallies have come from putting Geoff Walker move you. They take a lot of puniWBS Penguins shment.” home loose pucks in front. There’s more to absorbing hits and “As soon as a shot comes, I look pucks that goes into playing in front of behind me to see where the goalie is, the net. Walker tries to work himself move right there and let the puck come in,” Walker said. “If it hits you, then you have underneath the defensemen so it’s just him and the a rebound laying there. If not, then maybe it got by goaltender. Then he plays like the goaltender does. “I move as the goalie would move – with the him.” puck. When the shot comes, you stand like a goalie Walker not only uses his body to frustrate goaltenders, he also will offer a few choice words to try and don’t move,” he said. At the point, Williams is keeping a close eye on to get them off their game. He recalled a game the situation in front of the net. When he gets earlier this season when the opposing goalie was flopping around whenever he would get in front of ready to shoot, he aims for his teammates’ stick. “I tell the guys in front to put their stick out to the net. whatever side they want the shot. I’m not just “He was looking for a penalty and I told him to stop diving, in addition to some other things I can’t trying to hit the net, I’m also shooting for a stick,” Williams said. “They obstruct the goaltender’s really say right now,” Walker said. “It’s just banter vision and use their stick as a guide for where they back and forth and it gets you into the game. want the puck.” The next positions to feel the net-front frustraDuring his time in the NHL, Williams played tion are the defensemen, who not only have to clear the crease but try to cover the other forwards with one of the game’s best net-front players in Detroit’s Tomas Holmstrom. He had an unorthowhen they are out-manned on a power play. dox approach in that he held his stick in front Penguins blueliner Brian Strait is one of the rather to the side. That way, Williams said, Holmteam’s main penalty killers, and he said it’s a dangerous proposition to move a guy out of the crease strom could quickly adjust to whichever side the shot was headed. at times, especially during a five-on-three penalty “He always said that he didn’t care where you kill. shoot the puck, at his head or wherever, just shoot “Your job is to not get tied up with the guys in it so he can get his stick on it,” Williams said. “He front of the net because they’ll try to obstruct you scored more than half his goals from a foot outside and make it hard to get from side to side,” Strait the crease, and it was always screen the goaltender said. first then get a stick on it.” In those situations it’s up to the goaltender to

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Chupp pots 16th vs. Storm The Nailers picked up their 70th point of the season Friday in a 3-2 shootout loss to Toledo. Cody Chupp had a goal, his 16th of the season. Chris Barton continues to lead Wheeling with 25 goals and 52 points in 54 games. Ryan Schnell is second on the team with 108 penalty minutes in 18 games. The Nailers remain in fifth place in the Eastern Conference and trail Elmira by two points for the division lead.




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Tar Heels stomp archrival Duke By JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer

DURHAM, N.C. — Kendall Marshall had 20 points and 10 assists, and No. 6 North Carolina beat No. 4 Duke 88-70 on Saturday night to win the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title. Tyler Zeller had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Harrison Barnes added 16 points for the Tar Heels (27-4, 14-2). They never trailed, and for the second straight year they rolled in a winner-take-all season finale with the ACC tournament’s top seed on the line. North Carolina shot 54.5 percent, built a 45-28 rebounding advantage and sent Duke to its deepest halftime deficit ever at Cameron Indoor Stadium — 24 points — while winning its seventh straight since last month’s loss to the Blue Devils. Mason Plumlee had 17 points, brother Miles Plumlee added 16 points and 11 rebounds and freshman Austin Rivers — the hero of that last meeting — had

Syracuse rewrites Big East history


Duke’s Mason Plumlee (5) walks away as North Carolina’s John Henson (31) reacts following a basket Saturday in Durham, N.C.

15 points for the Blue Devils (26-5, 13-3). But Duke — which erased a 10-point deficit in the final 21⁄2 minutes to win the first matchup, then rallied from 20 down in the second half to beat North Carolina State — couldn’t come

up with another improbable escape and instead had its sevengame winning streak snapped. Duke was trying for its second regular-season sweep of North Carolina in three years, after the Blue Devils won a dramatic first matchup last month in Chapel

Hill. They hit 14 3-pointers in that game — none bigger than Rivers’ buzzer-beater that punctuated the 85-84 win. For too long in this one, those shots didn’t fall. The perimeter-reliant Blue Devils finished 6 of 21 from 3point range. They missed 15 consecutive attempts, including their first seven 3-pointers, and had two 7-minute field goal droughts in the opening half. That left them down 48-24 at the break — their largest halftime deficit anywhere since the 1990 team trailed the Tar Heels by 24 in Chapel Hill. The closest they got in the second half was 75-64 on Miles Plumlee’s free throw with 6:01 left. But Seth Curry missed an open 3-pointer roughly 30 seconds later that would have brought down the house. Marshall then hit a 19-footer with 4 minutes left, James Michael McAdoo added a layup and Barnes swished a deep 3 to stretch it to 82-64 with 2 minutes left.


INDIANAPOLIS — Brittany Rayburn’s driving layup with 1.4 seconds left gave No. 21 Purdue a 68-66 win over No. 9 Penn State in a Big Ten tournament semifinal. Rayburn finished with 14 points, while Courtney Moses scored 21 and Antionette Howard had 13 points and a careerhigh 13 rebounds for the Boilermakers (23-8). Purdue outrebounded Penn State 54-32. Indianapolis native Alex Bentley led Penn State with 22 points, but she fouled out in the final minute. Nikki Greene scored 12 points and Mia Nickson added nine points and 13 rebounds for the Nittany Lions (24-6), who had won eight straight. Maggie Lucas, who scored 28 points in a regular-season win over Purdue, finished with nine.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Brandon Triche scored 18 points, Kris Joseph added 11 in the final home game of his career, and second-ranked Syracuse beat No. 19 Louisville 58-49 on Saturday. Syracuse (30-1, 17-1 Big East) set a conference record for victories — no Big East team had accumulated 17 in the regular season — and the Orange also finished the regular season with 30 wins for the first time in coach Jim Boeheim’s 36-year tenure. The Orange capped only their second unbeaten season in the Carrier Dome, going 19-0. The only other Syracuse team to go undefeated in the dome was the national championship squad of 2002-03 led by Carmelo Anthony, which finished 17-0.

No. 1 Baylor 77, Iowa State 53 WACO, Texas — Brittney Griner scored a career-high 41 points and top-ranked Baylor completed its first undefeated regular season with a win over Iowa State. The Lady Bears (31-0, 18-0 Big 12) stretched their home winning streak to 40 games in a row. Iowa State made seven 3pointers before halftime, including Chelsea Poppens’ in the final minute that tied the game at 32. The Cyclones (18-11, 9-9) still led 40-38 after Griner made a short jumper and Baylor coach Kim Mulkey called timeout.


Syracuse’s Kris Joseph dunks against Louisville during the second half Saturday in Syracuse, N.Y. The Orange won 58-49.


No. 12 Murray St. 54, Tennessee St. 52 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jewuan Long drove the baseline for a layup with 4.4 seconds left, and 12th-ranked Murray State rallied from seven points down in the final 5:28 to beat Tennessee State for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship and an automatic NCAA tournament berth. Isaiah Canaan stripped Tigers guard Patrick Miller of the ball driving to the basket, while Iowa St. 80, No. 9 Baylor 72 Long guarded Robert Covington on a 3-pointer at the buzzer AMES, Iowa — Scott Christo preserve the win, getting the topherson had 23 points in his final home game and Iowa State Racers to 30-1 and avoiding a second loss to the only team to rallied to beat No. 9 Baylor beat them this season. 80-72 Saturday night for its second win over a top-10 oppoIllinois State 65, nent this season. Melvin Ejim added 15 points No. 15 Wichita State 64 ST. LOUIS — Tyler Brown for the Cyclones (22-9, 12-6 Big 12), who also secured the No. 3 made two free throws with 6.4 seed for next week’s conference seconds left and finished with No. 8 Marquette 83, No. 11 Georgetown 69 MILWAUKEE — Jae Crowder had 26 points and 14 rebounds in his final home game as a senior, helping No. 8 Marquette beat No. 11 Georgetown to clinch the No. 2 seed in the Big East tournament. Fellow senior Darius Johnson-Odom added 17 points for the Golden Eagles, (25-6, 14-4 Big East). Marquette was 33 of 45 from the free-throw line.

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No. 7 Missouri 81, Texas Tech 59 LUBBOCK, Texas — Kim English scored 20 points, Marcus Denman added 17 and No. 7 Missouri hit a season-best 16 3-pointers to beat Texas Tech. Denmon scored all his points in the second half and Ricardo Ratliffe had a career-high 15 rebounds. The Tigers (27-4, 14-3 Big 12) slowly pulled away in the second half with 12 of their 3s coming after halftime. The win gave Missouri a school record for victories in the regular season.


Purdue guards Courtney Moses (15) and KK Houser celebrate while going into a timeout during Saturday’s game against Penn State.

25 points as Illinois State upset No. 15 Wichita State in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. Jackie Carmichael added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the fourth-seeded Redbirds (20-12), who rallied from 13 points down early in the second half. Illinois State, which lost at home to the Shockers by 13 points on Feb. 22, snapped a 24-game losing streak against ranked teams, dating to 1987. No. 21 San Diego State 98, TCU 92, OT FORT WORTH, Texas — Jamaal Franklin scored a careerhigh 35 points, including the go-ahead three-point play in overtime, and No. 21 San Diego State claimed a share of its second consecutive Mountain West Conference title with a 98-92 victory over TCU on Saturday night. The Aztecs (24-6, 10-4 MWC) blew an 18-point lead in the second half.

No. 23 Temple 80, Fordham 60 NEW YORK — Juan Fernandez scored 19 points, backcourt mate Ramone Moore added 16 and No. 23 Temple beat Fordham to win the outright Atlantic 10 regular-season title for the first time since 1989-90. The Owls (24-6, 13-3) had clinched at least a share of their conference-record 10th title with a win over Massachusetts on Wednesday. The Owls, who have won 13 of their last 14 games, will be the No. 1 seed for the Atlantic 10 tournament. No. 25 Creighton 99, Evansville 71 ST. LOUIS — Gregory Echenique had a season-best 20 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots in just 20 minutes, and No. 25 Creighton also clicked from outside in a rout of Evansville in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament semifinal.

No. 6 Maryland 73, Wake Forest 58 GREENSBORO, N.C. — Alyssa Thomas had 18 points and 12 rebounds to help sixth-ranked Maryland beat Wake Forest in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. Laurin Mincy added 13 for the third-seeded Terrapins (27-4), who shot 53 percent and controlled the glass for their sixth straight victory. The Terrapins advanced to Sunday’s championship game for the third time in seven years and the first since winning the 2009 title. Maryland will face No. 15 Georgia Tech, the tournament’s fourth seed who rolled past North Carolina State in Saturday’s first semifinal. LSU 72, No. 10 Kentucky 61 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Courtney Jones scored 18 points and LSU beat No. 10 Kentucky to advance to its ninth Southeastern Conference tournament championship game. The fourth-seeded Lady Tigers (22-9) haven’t played in the conference title game since appearing in four in a row between 2005 and 2008. They never trailed against the top-seeded Wildcats, using a 10-0 run early in the game and stingy defense to take control.

No. 11 Green Bay 77, Illinois-Chicago 64 CHICAGO — Julie Wojta had 27 points and 10 rebounds to pace No. 11 Green Bay to its seventh straight victory with a win over Illinois-Chicago. Wojta had her sixth doubledouble in the last seven games for the Phoenix (27-1, 17-1 Horizon League). She also tied the school record with her 32nd double-double. No. 13 Tennessee 74, No. 25 South Carolina 58 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Glory Johnson had 23 points and 10 rebounds as No. 13 Tennessee beat No. 25 South Carolina 74-58 on Saturday to advance to its 21st Southeastern Conference championship game. The second-seeded Lady Volunteers (23-8) will face fourth-seeded LSU, which upset 10th-ranked Kentucky in the other SEC semifinal. The game will pit Tennessee coach Pat Summitt against her former player, Lady Tigers coach Nikki Caldwell. No. 24 Nebraska 77, No. 14 Ohio State 62 INDIANAPOLIS — Jordan Hooper had 21 points and 10 rebounds as No. 24 Nebraska knocked off No. 14 Ohio State in the semifinals of the Big Ten women’s tournament. Kaitlyn Burke scored 20 points and Emily Cady 10 for the sixth-seeded Cornhuskers (24-7), who advanced to Sunday’s final against No. 21 Purdue. No. 15 Georgia Tech 87, N.C. State 61 GREENSBORO, N.C. — Tyaunna Marshall scored 16 of her 20 points in the first half and No. 15 Georgia Tech claimed a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game by routing North Carolina State. No. 19 St. Bonaventure 68, La Salle 53 PHILADELPHIA — Megan Van Tatenhove led five players in double figures with 13 points and No. 19 St. Bonaventure pulled away in the second half, beating La Salle in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Women’s conference tournament. No. 20 Louisville 63, Villanova 47 HARTFORD, Conn. — Shoni Schimmel scored 15 of her 20 points in the first half and No. 20 Louisville beat Villanova 63-47 on Saturday night in the second round of the Big East tournament. No. 22 Gonzaga 83, Saint Mary’s (Calif.) 78 LAS VEGAS — Kayla Standish scored 31 points as No. 22 Gonzaga held off Saint Mary’s (Calif.) in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference women’s tournament.











Nanticoke falls in title contest Honesdale uses an 18-3 run in the second half to pull away from Trojanettes for title. By JOHN MEDEIROS

YATESVILLE – Honesdale coach Tracy Ludwig said Thursday that she was confident in her team’s abilities against Nanticoke in a District 2 Class 3A championship matchup. One of her assistants went so far as to have “District 2 Champions” t-shirts printed for the Hornets. Those shirts did not end up in a third world country. Instead they were put to good use by the Honesdale players, who wore them as they received their championship medals after downing the Trojanettes 44-32 on Saturday at Pittston Area.

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squared at 279 apiece, after two days of swimming and one day of diving competition. Alas, District 2 rules state that if the meet ends in a tie, both the Comets and Cougars are awarded co-regional championship trophies. The boys’ standings remained equaled going into the final race. Williamsport broke away from Wyoming Valley West, bursting for a 6.2-second win in the 400 free relay. In the end, the Millionaires held on to a six-point victory over Wyoming Valley West for the regional title. “We put the four fastest kids in,” Williamsport coach Bill Keiser said. “We let the athletes do it.” To put the girls’ tie in prospective, any change in order to any of the teams’ top-12 finishers throughout the 12 rounds would have awarded a lone victor. Hazleton Area feared a dreaded 400 free relay race with a regional on the line. Memories of last year’s lost regional championship arose, when the Cougars lost to the Spartans on that race, when Abington Heights’ Vanessa Lempicky pushed an early lead with a four-point deficit. Wyoming Valley West and Delaware Valley spoiled the fun when they finished first and third, respectively, causing the Comets and Cougars to be tied at 279. Nevertheless, Hazleton Area walked away from the Wyoming Valley Catholic Youth Center natatorium with its first girls swimming and diving regional (and district) championship in school history.

“My assistant did it unbeknownst to me,” Ludwig said. “He told me he had them in his bag. That’s the kind of confidence we have in this team. Without sounding smug, I knew we were going to win this game.” The win gives Honesdale its first District 2 title in two decades and sends the Hornets into the state tournament against Southern Lehigh, the No. 3 finisher in District 11. SoLeHi, 22-4 after defeating Jim Thorpe 56-42 on Saturday, averages 53 points per game and has won the last two Colonial League titles. The loss may actually have some benefit for Nanticoke, which gets a game with District 4 champion Shamokin next Saturday in the first round of states. The Indians (19-5) won their first district title in five years Friday in a 34-31win over Danville. Shamokin averages 42 points per game “It’s better than losing by a point and a half,” Hazleton Area coach Michelle Yakubowski admitted. Leading the Cougars, Shaina Grego won the 500 free for her second individual win of the championships with a time of 5:23.48. Teammate Alexandra Podlesny placed second in the event to catapult Hazleton Area in the team standings. Valley West’s Morgan Hanadel picked up her second individual title of the weekend with a victory in the 100 back. Hanadel finished at a 1:02.2 clip, and anchored the winning 400 free relay that ruined the chances of an outright 3A team championship. “I can put Morgan in any situation, and she could go for it,” Spartans coach Frank Tribendis said. On the boys’ side, Wyoming Valley West freshman Ed Zawatski continued to impress the swimming community by taking the 100 free in 46.96 seconds – his second win of the weekend. Zawatski also served on the back end of the 400 free relay unit, where he swam the final 100 meters in 47.06 seconds. Battling fatigue, Tunkhannock’s Ben Spencer secured a regional championship in the 100 back. Spencer felt his legs cramp early in the race but breezed to a comfortable 53.71-second finish. “I felt my leg getting tired about 50 meters in,” Spencer said. “I knew it would be tough. But this is what I’ve been working on all season so I pushed through it.” All first-place finishers capture automatic qualifying berths to the PIAA Class 3A swimming and diving championships March 14-15 at Bucknell University in Lewisburg. The at-large selec-

and has exceeded 50 against a PIAA member school just once this season. “We’re just happy to be moving on,” Nanticoke coach Alan Yendrzeiwski said. “We’ll take a couple of days off and then get back to it Tuesday and start getting ready for our next opponent.” Nanticoke enjoyed a quick 7-2 lead two minutes into Saturday’s final, powered by the inside game of Katie Wolfe. After driving and drawing fouls on consecutive possessions, whistles became harder to come by as the Hornets climbed back into the game. Honesdale scored 16 of the next 18 points to take the lead for good, and had an 18-3 run in the second half to put the game out of reach. “This game was phenomenally fast,” Ludwig said. “In the first quarter, their defense was just as suffocating as ours. Then they just

backed off and we kept pushing.” Down10 early in the third, Kayley Schinski hit a three-pointer and Brittany Sugalski had a steal and a breakaway bucket. Sugalski was fouled on the layup, making a shot from the stripe to cut the Honesdale lead to 24-20. Nanticoke managed just one field goal – and six turnovers – in the next eight minutes. “They were aggressive in every facet – offensively, defensively, rebounding, going up and down the floor,” Yendrzeiwski said. “We were scrambling and scrambling after those first couple of minutes. We couldn’t get the girls settled down. Their press was fantastic.” The Trojanettes made one last push as Honesdale went into its stall in the fourth quarter. Nine unanswered points in a two-anda-half-minute span – eight by Alex Holl – cut a 19-point Hones-


Nanticoke’s Alex Brassington launches a shot over Honesdale’s Kacie Johannes in Saturday’s District 2 Class 3A championship game at Pittston Area High School.

dale lead to 42-32, but only two minutes remained. HONESDALE (44): Martin 3 4-6 10, Birmelin 2 1-4 5, Miller 1 3-4 5, Johannes 4 0-0 9, Hart 0 0-0 0, Pfeil 2 0-0 4, Rickard 5 1-2 11. Totals 17 9-16 44. NANTICOKE (32): Higgins 0 0-0 0, Brassington

0 0-0 0, Sugalski 1 1-1 3, Wolfe 2 6-10 10, Schinski 1 0-2 3, Yalch 0 0-0 0, Gow 3 0-1 8, Holl 3 2-3 8. Totals 10 9-19 32. Honesdale ...................................... 12 10 19 3 — 44 Nanticoke........................................ 9 5 9 9 — 32 3-Point Field Goals— HON 1 (Johannes), NAN 3 (Gow 2, Schinski).

Ed Zawatski of Wyoming Valley West swims to a gold medal in the 100 yard freestyle during the District 2 Class 3A Championships at the CYC pool in WilkesBarre.


tions will be determined by Tuesday. Both regionals’ ability to go down to the final race, according to Tribendis, proves the parity that exists within District 2-4. He said the parity makes for faster times, enables them to contend better at states. “(The coaches) have been talking for years that the more we can stay competitive with each other and push each other the better our individual times will be. When that happens, we end up doing some thing at the state meet.” Class AAA Championships

Boys Standings: 1. Williamsport (WIL) 309, 2. Wyoming Valley West (WVW) 303, 3. Hazleton Area (HAZ) 191, 4. Delaware Valley 144, 5. Tunkhannock (TUN) 133, 6. Abington Heights (AH) 101, 7. Scranton (SC) 90, 8. Wallenpaupack (WP) 45, 9. Pittston Area (PA) 16. Girls Standings: 1. Hazleton Area (HA) 279, 1. Abington Heights (AH) 279, 3. Delaware Valley (DV) 205, 4. Wyoming

Valley West (WVW) 202, 5. Williamsport (WIL) 105, 6. Wallenpaupack (WP) 96, 7. Coughlin (COU) 89, 8. Scranton (SC) 73, 9. West Scranton (WS) 22. Boys 100 FREE – 1. WVW Zawatski 46.9; 2. HAZ Paisley 47.9; 3. WIL Frazier 48.6; 4. WIL Smith 48.8; 5. TUN Fowler 50.5; 6. WVW A. Himlin 51.82; 7. DV Fowler 51.86; 8. AH Pinches 52.46; 9. WIL Fox 52.47; 10. TUN Proulx 53.1; 11. WVW Taren 53.6; 12. SC Grier 53.87; 13. SC Al. Hoban 53.89; 14. HAZ Steiner 53.9; 15. DV Riexinger 54.11; 16. SC An. Hoban 54.16; 17. SC Mandile 54.6; 18. TUN A. Sehne 55.8; 19. DV LiCausi 55.9; 20. DV Jauch 56.00; 21. PA Cummings PA 56.09; 22. AH Jubon 56.1; 23. HAZ Dzuranin 57.0; 24. TUN S. Sehne 57.4; 25. PA Whispell 59.3; 26. WVW McGlynn 59.74; 27. PA Remsky 59.75; 28. WIL Kendal 59.8; 29. WP Osborne 1:00; 30. HAZ Mintz 1:01; 31. WP Chern 1:06; 32. WP Vanderhoof 1:10; 500 FREE – 1. WIL Mackey 4:49; 2. DV Deans 4:58; 3. HAZ Valkusky 5:05; 4. WVW Ad.Greenwald 5:08; 5. WIL Good 5:09.0; 6. WVW An.Greendwald 5:09.4; 7. HAZ Cunningham 5:09.5; 8. SC Yuschovitz 5:09.8; 9. WVW Roberts 5:15; 10. DV Ramierz 5:18; 11. WIL Pellagrino 5:18; 12. WVW Walters 5:22; 13. TUN Hill 5:23; 14. SC Jimcosky 5:27; 15. DV Gutman 5:34.0; 16. HAZ Jespersen 5:34.7; 17. AH Vale 5:40; 18. HAZ Jespersen 5:52; 19. TUN Breen 5:54; 20. AH Pettinato 5:57; 21. DV McGinley 6:00; 22. AH Barren 6:01; 23. TUN Dunning 6:34; 100 BACK – 1. TUN Spencer 53.7; 2. HAZ Hicks 58.1; 3. WVW A. Himlin 58.7; 4. WIL Hartzel 59.1; 5. WIL Schwoyer 59.6; 6. WVW C.Himlin 1:00.8; 7. DV Prudhoe 1:01; 8. AH Kay 1:02.24; 9. TUN Linden 1:02.27; 10. AH Kohn 1:02.3; 11. WVW Ismail 1:02.7; 12. DV Leili 1:02.9; 13. SC Hoban 1:03.32; 14. DV DeMasi 1:03.38; 15. PA Winters 1:03.5; 16. WP B. Denniston 1:05; 17. WVW McQueen 1:07.6; 18. WIL Williams 1:07.8; 19. DV Giliberti 1:08.6; 20.

AH Albright 1:08.8; 21. AH Stevens 1:11.2; 22. HAZ Acosta 1:11.3; 23. HAZ Palma 1:11.4; 24. TUN Dunning 1:14; 100 BREAST – 1. WP Usbeck 1:02.0; 2. DV Larson 1:02.4; 3. WVW Fleisher 1:02.8; 4. TUN Moffitt 1:02.9; 5. SC Myers 1:03; 6. HAZ Farley 1:04.3; 7. WIL Smith 1:04.8; 8. WIL Nardone 1:05.0; 9. WVW Plucenik 1:05.3; 10. WVW Yeninas 1:07.0; 11. AH Shapiro 1:07.3; 12. DV Kremsner 1:08; 13. WIL Martin 1:09.5; 14. AH Conahan 1:09.9; 15. HAZ Genetti 1:10; 16. DV Mirabito 1:11; 17. DV Martinez 1:12.2; 18. AH Pettinatio 1:12.6; 19. WVW Libman 1:14; 20. WP Chern 1:16; 21. WP Gallik 1:17; 22. PA Remsky 1:18; 23. WIL Smith 1:24; 400 FREE RELAY – 1. WIL (Runtas, Mackey, Frazier, Smith) 3:13; 2. WVW (Missal, jacobs, A. Himlin, Zawatski) 3:20; 3. DV (Deans, Prudhoe, Fowler, Larson) 3:22; 4. HAZ (Cunningham; Farley, Steiner, Genetti) 3:31; 5. SC (An. Hoban, Grier, Al. Hoban, Yuschovitz) 3:33; 6. AH (Kohn, Shapiro, Conahan, Pinches) 3:34; 7. TUN (Hill, A. Sehne, Linden, Moffitt) 3:36. Girls 100 FREE – 1. DV Glaster 54.5; 2. HAZ Sanko 56.4; 3. WVW Fishe 56.5; 4. HAZ Matrone 57.4; 5. AH Muller 57.86; 6. SC Kazmierczak 57.87; 7. COU C. Ray 58.1; 8. WA Reis 59.2; 9. DV Marcucci 59.4; 10. WP Vanderhoof 1:00.4; 11. SC Babinski 1:00.90; 12. DV Shaw 1:00.94 13. WVW Ellsworth 1:01.22; 14. AH Gibson 1:01.5; 15. WS Walsh 1:02; 16. COU Gulius 1:03.1; 17. WP Rhatigan 1:03.2; 18. AH McLane 1:03.7; 19. DV Boyd 1:04.1; 20. WIL Fink 1:04.6; 21. COU 1:04.9; 22. WIL Rothrock 1:05.0; 23. WVW Stanitis 1:05.40; 24. WP Beskovoyne 1:05.49; 25. WS Williams 1:07; 26. WP Hamelburg 1:17; 27 WVW Greskewicz 1:18; 500 FREE – 1. HAZ S. Grego 5:23; 2. HAZ Podlesny 5:24; 3. DV Llewellyn 5:30; 4. DV Pandish 5:39; 5. AH Sweeney 5:42; 6. WVW Holena 5:43; 7. AH Brickel 5:46; 8. WVW N. Chipego 5:50; 9. HAZ Triano 5:50; 10. AH Machler 5:53; 11. WVW Plant

5:54; 12. WP Vanderhoof 5:57; 13. DV Riebel 6:03.8; 14. AH Gibson 6:03.9; 15. WIL Hepler 6:08; 16. DV Vellekamp 6:09; 17. HAZ Paisley 6:26; 18. SC Voldenberg 6:33; 19. WVW Holena 6:37; 20. WIL Robbins 6:48; 100 BACK – 1. WVW Hanadel 1:02; 2. HAZ Yannes 1:03.3; 3. AH Smertz 1:03.9; 4. WIL Reis 1:07; 5. AH Gromelski 1:08.3; 6. AH Feather 1:08.4; 7. WIL Isacsson 1:08.8; 8. HAZ Triano 1:09.3; 9. WP Rhatigan 1:09.4; 10. WP Hepler 1:09.6; 11. DV Zazula 1:10.32; 12. COU McGrane 1:10.39; 13. DV D’Auria 1:10.6; 14. DV Forichon 1:11; 15. WVW Chapman 1:12.0; 16. DV Famularo 1:12.7; 17. HAZ Begg 1:13.4; 18. COU Gulius 1:13.5; 19. HAZ Paisley 1:13.9; 20. SC Pocius 1:14.6; 21. SC Russo 1:14.9; 22. SC Hiller 1:18; 23. WS M. Williams 1:19.3; 24. WS A. Williams 1:19.8; 100 BREAST – 1. AH Gualtieri 1:09.1; 2. WP B. Vanderhoof 1:09.3; 3. DV Marcucci 1:10; 4. HAZ Pleban 1:13; 5. DV Mirabito 1:15; 6. WP Lutfy 1:16.5; 7. COU A. Ray 1:16.9; 8. HAZ Kendall 1:17.21; 9. AH Burdick-Risser 1:17.25; 10. DV Walters 1:17.6; 11. WVW Gaylets 1:18; 12. WIL Campana 1:20; 13. WIL Good 1:21.21; 14. DV DeVilliers 1:21.29; 15. AH Jaeger 1:23.4; 16. COU Lanning 1:23.6; 17. AH Archibald 1:24; 18. WVW Stanitis 1:28.43; 19. WS Sederovitz 1:28.44; 20. WIL Getgen 1:30; 21. WVW Clark 1:38; 22. HAZ Lazar 1:39; 400 FREE RELAY – 1. WVW (Fishe, Plant, Holena, Hanadel) 3:45; 2. AH (Muller, Gromelski, Smertz, Lempicky) 3:46; 3. DV (Llewellyn, Pandish, Marcucci, Glaster) 3:47.1; 4. HAZ (S. Grego, Matrone, Podlesny, Sanko) 3:47.2; 5. WIL (Reis, Campana, Rothrock, Isacsson) 4:08; 6. SC (Hiller, Pocius, Babinski, Kazmierczak) 4:13; 7. WS (Sederovitz, A. Williams, M. Williams, Walsh) 4:18; 8. COU (Gurdock, Sypniewski, Milewski, Gulius) 4:21; 9. WP (Christiansen, Hamelburg, Frey, Gewirtz) 5:18.

Dallas, Holy Redeemer take 3rd consecutive district crowns Mountaineers win with speed, while Royals triumph with quality among its quantity.

By JAY MONAHAN For The Times Leader

WILKES-BARRE – Both the Dallas boys and Holy Redeemer girls swimming teams each notched their third consecutive district titles. That’s just about the only similarity between the two District 2 Class 2A champions. The two teams and their respective runs toward gold Saturday were shaped in remarkably different fashions. The Mountaineer boys won seven of the 11 swimming events throughout the weekend – including four of the five races Saturday – to hold off an early Holy Redeemer surge to win with 283 points. In stark contrast, the Royal girls amassed a 329 total points and a 94-point victory with the help of just two first-place finishes throughout the weekend. Since the top-12 places shell out team points, a well-balanced lineup was the recipe for the Royals’ success in the pool. “In the district meet, it’s more of your depth that counts,” Holy Redeemer coach Mara Pawlenok said. “It was nice to get that win.” Unlike the Royals, which filled

out every event, the Mountaineers relied on a handful of swimmers favored in their respective races. Brian Stepniak won the100 free and 100 back, and Marcus Wagner clinched the 500 free. “I think it was a little bit more difficult because we have less guys,” Dallas coach Romayne Mosier said. “We have quality so there was a lot of pressure on the guys who were seeded first to do their job and get those points.” “They knew that they had to do their best to maintain the title.” The Scranton Prep girls team continued its outstanding showing with two more district records Saturday to bring its twoday total to five. Rebekah Campo set a new benchmark in the 100 breast with a time of 1:04.23, eclipsing a 10-year-old record set by Bishop Hoban’s Julie McLaughlin. In the 500 free, the Classics’ Mia Nonnenberg elicited the loudest cheers from the Wyoming Valley Catholic Youth Center grandstands when she broke a 34year-old record by nearly 5 seconds. Nonnenberg’s time of 5:00.33 sunk the previous best held by Abington Heights grad and former U.S. Olympic swimmer Sue Heon in 1978. “It’s exciting,” Nonnenberg said. “I can’t imagine myself being in that kind of position yet.”

A 400 free relay victory was the saving grace for the Royals in the meet’s final race, capping a weekend that drew mostly second-place performances. The team of Lucy Reilly, Alexa Kalafut, Bethany Chmil and Melissa Cruz raced at a 3:37.13 clip, serving the Royals with a much-needed automatic qualifier to the PIAA meet in Lewisburg. “It clinched the whole season for us,” Chmil said. “It most definitely feels great to be ahead of them. It’s incredible to have that opportunity.” On a day full of Royal victories and Classic records, Holy Cross’ Megan Carey generated the most buzz with two narrow first-place swims in the100 free and100 back. Carey jolted to a 1-second victory in the 100 back when Holy Redeemer’s Julie Ann Mahle lost her goggles on the final turn. In the hotly contested 100 free that featured four swimmers with seed times within a second of each other, the Crusader sophomore touched the wall seven-hundreths of a second earlier than Holy Redeemer’s Rachel Finnegan at a 55.61second clip. “I was able to see her every other lap,” said Carey, who claimed the 100 free for the second straight year despite being seeded fourth. “It was kind of terrifying to be honest. I thought she

might’ve touched the wall ahead of me when I first looked up. “You want to compete against the best out of there so it’s certainly gratifying.” Stepniak also manufactured a tight victory in the boys’ 100 free. Stepniak outlasted Crestwood sophomores Josh and Joseph Grzech for a 49.21-second win, defeating the twin brothers both by fractions of a second. “I had those two Crestwood twins along with me,” the Dallas junior said. “I knew it was going to be tough but I scraped it out.” Elk Lake’s Adam Phillips notched his second individual first of the weekend, clocking in at 59.49 seconds in the 100 breast. The Dallas 400 free relay team of Jack Chielli, Marcus Wagner, Jack Matusiak and Stepniak cruised to the top spot in the 400 free relay. It marked Wagner and Stepniak’s fourth district championship throughout the weekend. Each race winner in both the boys and girls races qualifies to the PIAA Class 2A swimming and diving championships March 16-17 in Lewisburg. Class AA Championships Boys Standings:

Dallas (DAL) 283, 2. Holy Redeemer (HR) 246, 3. Scranton Prep (SP) 203, 4. Elk Lake (EL) 155, 5. Berwick (BER) 138, 6. Valley View (VV) 87, 7. LakeLehman (LL) 63, 8. Hanover Area (HAN) 55, 9. Meyers (MEY) 33, 9. Holy Cross (HC) 33, 11.

Wyoming Seminary 22, 12. West Scranton (WS) 20, 13. Wyoming Area (WA), 14. Nanticoke (NAN) 6, 15. Coughlin (COU) Girls Standings:

Holy Redeemer (HR) 329, 2. Scranton Prep (SP) 235, 3. Dallas (DAL) 152, 4. Valley View (VV) 109, 5. Hanover Area (HAN) 97, 6. Pittston Area (PA) 94, 7. Berwick (BER) 87, 8. Tunkhannock (TUN) 62, 9. Elk Lake (EL) 48, 10. Wyoming Area (WA) 40, 11. Meyers (MEY) 39, 12. Lake-Lehman (LL) 37, 13. Holy Cross (HC) 32, 14. Wyoming Seminary (SEM) 20, 15. Nanticoke (NAN) 9, 16. MMI Prep (MMI) 3, 17. Dunmore (DUN) Also: Crestwood (CR), Honesdale (HD), Western Wayne (WW), Boys 100 FREE – 1. DAL Stepniak 49.2; 2. CR Josh Grzech 49.4; 3. CR Jose. Grzech 49.8; 4. CR Lukashewski 51.7; 5. HR Dubinski 52.3; 6. VV Kraycer 52.7; 7. BER Shoemaker 53.9; 8. HR Shorts 54.8; 9. EL Manzek 56.5; 10. BER Eskin 57.8; 11. VV Schack 58.33; 12. HAN Daubert 58.39; 13. HC Marino 59.5; 14. WS Chatterpaul 59.6; 15. EL Carney 59.8; 16. MEY Robertson 1:00.3; 17. WS Emiliani 1:00.4; 18. LL Chrzanowski 1:00.5; 19. COU Moorhead 1:00.9; 20. HR Gdovin 1:01; 21. MEY Gallagher 1:02.7; 22. DAL Paris-Hasan 1:02.8; 23. HAN Saltz 1:03; 24. EL Ross-Robertson 1:04.0; 25. EL Hamernick 1:04.22; 26. VV Pfeiffenberger 1:05; 27. WS Kelly 1:06; 28. HR Gillhooley 1:07; 29. VV Crimi 1:08; 500 FREE – 1. DAL Wagner 5:01; 2. HR Evans 5:15.3; 3. SP Evans 5:15.8; 4. DAL Fasulka 5:16; 5. HR Hauze 5:22.3; 6. VV Conaboy 5:22.9; 7. VV Franchak 5:30; 8. BER Kelley 5:33; 9. DAL Kiluk 5:41; 10. EL Malloy 5:58; 11. HAN Zapotek 6:31; 100 BACK – 1. DAL Stepniak 56.3; 2. HR Smith 56.5; 3. CR Jose. Grzech 56.8; 4. SP Muzzi 59.8; 5. HD Hewlitt 1:00.74; 6. VV Kraycer 1:00.75; 7. SP Robinson 1:01; 8. HR Lehman 1:02.0; 9. EL Mowry 1:02.6; 10. HAN Temperine 1:04.2; 11. HAN Daubert 1:04.4; 12. BER Rehrig 1:05; 13. CR Keenan 1:08; 14. EL Malloy 1:09; 15. BER Guilliams 1:10.1; 16. WA Flynn 1:10.3; 17. DAL Paris-Hasan 1:12; 18. VV Lucas 1:23; 100 BREAST – 1. EL Phillips 59.4; 2. HR Vrabec 1:02; 3. SP Robinson 1:05.4; 4. DAL Matusiak 1:05.8; 5. DAL Luksic 1:06.1; 6. SP Legg 1:06.3; 7. SEM Gagliardi 1:08; 8. SEM Sours 1:11; 9. LL Daly 1:13.1; 10. HR Roper 1:13.6; 11. COU Sadvary 1:13; 12. BER SKeath 1:14.2; 13. WS Palauskas 1:14.7; 14. HAN Williams 1:15; 15. LL Chrzanowski 1:16; 16. NAN Mash 1:17.1; 17. VV Valvano 1:17.7; 18. HC Scocozzo 1:18.52; 19. HC Inirio 1:18.56; 20. MEY Muniz 1:19; 21. HC Corman 1:20.3; 22. MEY Snyder 1:20.7; 23. BER Seely 1:20.9; 400 FREE RELAY – 1. DAL (Chielli, Wagner, Matusiak, Stepniak) 3:20; 2. EL (Mowry, Manzek, Grosvenor, Phillips) 3:31; 3. SP (Pfaeffle, Evans, Robinson, Legg) 3:31; 4. VV (Conaboy, Schack, Franchak, Kraycer) 3:37; 5. HR (Shorts, Lehman,

Vrabec, Hauze) 3:42; 6. BER (Eskin, Yohey, Stair, Shoemaker) 3:46; 7. HAN (Daubert, Saltz, Temperine, Williams) 3:56; 8. WS (Chatterpaul, Palauskas, Kelly, Emiliani) 4:03; 9. MEY (Muniz, Snyder, Gallagher, T. Ocasio) 4:14.

Girls 100 FREE – 1. HC Carey 55.61; 2. HR R. Finnegan 55.68; 3. HR Cruz 57.0; 4. SP Telincho 57.4; 5. VV Franchak 57.6; 6. WA Brown 59.7; 7. CR Way 1:00.1 8. VV Merli 1:00.7; 9. HAN Good 1:01.1; 10. HR McCole 1:01.4; 11. SEM Gagliardi 1:01.9; 12. HAN Belles 1:02; 13. VV Mulherin 1:04.18; 14. TUN Stretch 1:04.18; 15. DAL Rando 1:04.19; 16. EL Grosvenor 1:04; 17. VV Onukiavage 1:05.13; 18. LL Sharon 1:05.16; 19. PA Senese 1:15.19; 20. SEM Brier 1:05.28; 21. PA Kosik 1:05.59; 22. DUN O’Neill 1:06.51; 23. DAL Stratiff 1:06.52; 24. HR Masi 1:06.9; 25. HC Shivock 1:07; 26. PA Scialpi 1:08 27. DUN Bistran 1:10; 28. MEY Cease 1:11.1; 29. TUN Nichols 1:11.2; 30. NAN Whitman 1:12 500 FREE – 1. SP Nonnenberg 5:00; 2. SP Voitik 5:25; 3. DAL Berry 5:35; 4. HR Kalafut 5:43; 5. HR Katra 5:43.6; 6. VV LaTorre 5:43.9; 7. EL Zdancewicz 5:44; 8. SP Stahl 5:47; 9. MEY Hoban 5:48; 10. DAL Berger 5:52; 11. DAL Schwerdtman 5:55.7; 12. VV Farrell 5:55.9; 13. HR Walton 5:58; 14. SP Neville 5:59; 15. VV Mulherin 6:10; 16. HAN Eichler 6:18; 17. VV Siniawa 6:19; 18. HAN McGovern 6:21; 19. WA Alder 6:32; 20. HR Ritsick 6:40; 21. BER Dyer 6:42; 22. HAN Geiser 6:43; 23. BER Skeath 6:50; 24. PA Fischer 6:55; 100 BACK – 1. HC Carey 1:01; 2. HR Mahle 1:02; 3. LL Sabol 1:03.4; 4. TUN Venn 1:03.6; 5. DAL Augustine 1:04; 6. HR Reilly 1:05; 7. SP Stahle 1:06.95; 7. BER Andress 1:06.95; 9. PA Scialpi 1:07; 10. LL Lopez 1:08; 11. HAN Belles 1:09; 12. HR McCole 1:10; 13. NAN Carne 1:11.4; 14. PA Brady 1:11.6; 15. SEM Williams 1:11.8; 16. TUN Yatsko 1:13.2; 17. DAL Rando 1:13.6; 18. SEM Brier 1:14; 19. BER Skeath 1:17.1; 20. VV Possanza 1:17.4; 21. SP Escalona 1:18; 22. MEY Wallace 1:19; 23. PA Menichini 1:20; 100 BREAST – 1. SP Campo 1:04; 2. HR Chmil 1:12; 3. SP Harachl 1:15.75; 4. TUN Kasmierski 1:15.76; 5. HR Kusakavitch 1:15.9; 6. MEY Mahalak 1:16; 7. NAN Medura 1:17; 8. HAN Keating 1:18; 9. SEM Disler 1:19.1; 10. SEM Williams 1:19.4; 11. BER Shoemaker 1:19.5; 12. DAL Adams 1:19.6; 13. WW Giombetti 1:19.7; 14. VV Mitchell 1:19.9; 15. VV Sklareski 1:20.4; 16. DAL Fasulka 1:20.6; 17. HAN Bogart 1:21.51; 18. PA Antonnacci 1:21.57; 19. HAN good 1:22; 20. HR Shemanski 1:23 .1; 21. EL Ofalt 1:23.3; 22. BER Parker 1:24; 23. EL Everitt 1:25; 24. WA Laviska 1:28; 400 FREE RELAY – 1. HR (Reilly, Kalafut, Chmil, Cruz) 3:51; 2. DAL (Augustine, Berger, Kelly, Barry) 3:55; 3. VV (LaTorre, Mulherin, Merli, Franchak) 3:56; 4. BER (Volkel, Andress, Whitmire, Woytko) 4:03; 5. HAN (Good, McGovern, Pericci, K. Keating) 4:04; 6. SP (Harach, Stahl, Neville, Escalona) 4:12; 7. EL (Grosvenor, Everitt, Ofalt, Zdancewicz) 4:14; 8. WA (Alder, Frisbie, Holtz, Brown) 4:22; 9. PA (Senese, L. Scialpi, Fischer, Kosik) 4:25; 10. MEY (Berman, Cease, Rentch, Menges) 4:34; 11. TUN (Stetch, DeLyon, Swenson, Yantsko) 4:43; 12. DUN (Bistran, Bewick, Maher, O’Neill) 4:47.










Strong showing sends five from WVC to states Dallas’ Dominick Degraba leads trio of regional champions at Magic Dome. By FRANK DIMON For the Times Leader

WILLIAMSPORT - Dominick Degraba represents the new breed of Wyoming Valley Conference wrestler. The Dallas junior is strong, skilled, and dedicated to the sport. Those three attributes helped Degraba kick off an outstanding night for the WVC in talent-laden District 4 territory Saturday night. Degraba, who didn’t wrestle until eighth grade and is in just his second year as a Dallas starter, stunned Line Mountain freshman Cameron Newman with a third period fall to claim the 106pound championship at the Class 2A Northeast Regional tournament in Williamsport. Degraba’s title ignited a solid night for the WVC and District 2. Meyers’ Vito Pasone collected his first regional title and earned his third trip to the PIAA tournament, which starts Thursday in Hershey, with a third period fall over a familiar foe at 113, Mifflinburg’s David Sheesley. Two weights later, Lake-Lehman’s Austin Harry earned his first regional crown with a 9-3 de-

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cision Warrior Run’s Jared Watson at 126. Meyers, which finished fifth in the team standings, will also send Darren Stucker to Hershey after his third-place finish at 145 and Wyoming Area’s Andrew Shutz advanced with a tough 4-3 decision over Bucktail’s outstanding freshman Demetri Probst at 132. Degraba knows the challenges District 2 wrestlers have faced at the regional tournament over the years. "It’s like a different world down here," Degraba said. "They have different styles and different mind sets here. I wrestle a lot down in this area in clubs and stuff, so I know how they do things. I came here knowing that I had to have the same mentality." Degraba’s toughness showed in the morning semifinals when he edged Mifflinburg sophomore Noah Kuba, 1-0, to lock up a slot in the state tournament. "I’m not a good wrestler when I am pressured," Degraba said. "But I came into (the finals) knowing I was a state qualifier and I went out there loose, not tight and thinking about having to win, and that helped." Pasone locked his third PIAA lot when he pinned Benton’s Matt Welliver, a two-time state qualifier in the semifinals, and then built a 13-1 lead on Sheesley

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ers, including banking in the first one, as Meyers turned a 29-26 deficit into a 32-29 lead at 1:59 of the third quarter. Eugene Lewis then grabbed a defensive rebound – his 11th board of the game – and Fabian Smith converted it into a fastbreak layup. Senior guard Alex Pape fin-

matter what district you’re from. I think we proved that today with (four) champs from D2."

195 - Ryan Longenberger, Bloomsburg, dec. Matt Moore, Southern Columbia, 5-3. 220 – Nathan Stettler, North Penn, dec. Jake Becker, Southern Columbia, 3-2 UTB. 285 – Derek Earnest, Hughesville, dec. Mike Galantini, Valley View, 1-0.

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Semifinals 106 – Cameron Newman, Line Mountain, dec. Tyrus Hamblin, Williamson, 8-5; Dominick Degraba, Dallas, dec. Noah Kuba. Mifflinburg, 1-0. 113 –Vito Pasone, Meyers, pinned Matt Welliver, Benton, 3:04; David Sheesley, Mifflinburg, pinned Caleb Pearson, Montoursville, 4:44. 120 – Logan Everett, Williamson, dec. Clint Vermilya, Troy, 8-7; Cole Walter, Mifflinburg, dec. Kent Lane, Southern Columbia, 6-2. 126 – Austin Harry, Lake-Lehman, dec. Mason Zimmerman, Line Mountain, 3-2; Jared Watson, Warrior Run, dec. Billy Barnes, Williamson, 2-1. 132 – Colt Cotton, Benton, pinned Demetri Probst, Bucktail, 4:58; Seth Lansberry, Line Mountain, maj dec. Andrew Schutz, Wyoming Area, 9-0. 138 – David Batkowski, Montoursville, dec. Sean Heggs, East Juniata, 3-2; Zach Green, Northeast Bradford, dec. Jake Winters, Lake-Lehman, 11-4. 145 – Adam Kritzer, Line Mountain, dec. Joe Chamluvier, Wyalusing, 7-4; Kyle Barnes, Hughesville, pinned Demetrius Starr, Central Columbia, 3:10. 152 – Ryan Preisch, Milton, dec. Jeric Kasunic, Benton, 4-0; Zach Ripic, Towanda, won by injury default over Byran Carter, Lake-Lehmen, 4:00. 160 – Kurt Meske, Central Columbia, dec. Meyrick Lamb, Mount Carmel, 5-1; Ty Walter, Mifflinburg, tech fall Cody Rebuck, Line Mountain, 17-0, 4:44. 170 – Troy Hembury, Muncy, pinned Garrett Enslin, Western Wayne, 1:51; Brett Przeko, Mount Carmel, pinned Marvess Rosiak, Lackawanna Trail, 5:44. 182 – Jake Mankey, Benton, dec. Anthony Clark, Wyalusing, 4-0; Patrick Ostrowsky, Lewisburg, dec. Garrett Wesneski, Canton, 3-2. 195 – Ryan Solomon, Milton, pinned Ryan Longenberger, Bloomsburg, 1:45; Brandon Smith, Lewisburg, dec. Conner Rosensweet, 9-2. 220 – Eric Laytos, Lackawanna Trail, pinned Nathan Stettler, North Penn, 2:10; Eric McCracken, Central Columbia, pinned Matt Rosensweet, Western Wayne, 1:59 285 – Nazar Mironenko, Mifflinburg, maj dec.Derek Earnest, Hughesville, 11-3; Joseph Ingaglio, Western Wayne, dec. Mike Galantini, 2-1.

Saturday At Williamsport Team scores: 1. Mifflinburg, 100. 2. Line Mountain 72. 3. Benton 67.5. 4. Central Columbia 47. 5. Meyers 45. 6. Milton 36, 7. Williamson 35. 8. Hughesville 32. 9. Lewisburg 30. 9. Mount Carmel 30. 11. Muncy 29.5. Others: 12. Southern Columbia 26. 20. Warrior Run 17. 23. East Juniata 11. 32. Midd-West 4. Finals 106 - Dominick Degraba, Dallas, pinned Cameron Newman, Line Mountain, 5:24 113 - Vito Pasone, Meyers, pinned David Sheesley, Mifflinburg, 4:29/ 120 - Cole Walter, Mifflinburg, pinned Logan Everett, Williamson, 1:12. 126 - Austin Harry, Lake-Lehman, dec. Jared Watson, Warrior Run, 9-3. 132 – Colt Cotton, Benton, dec. Seth Lansberry, Line Mountain, 1-0. 138 - David Batkowski, Montoursville, dec. Zach Green, Northeast Bradford, 5-4. 145 - Kyle Barnes, Hughesville, dec. Adam Kritzer, Line Mountain, 4-2 SV. 152 - Zach Ripic, Towanda, dec. Ryan Preisch, Milton, 3-1 SV. 160 - Kurt Meske, Central Columbia, dec. Ty Walter, Mifflinburg, 2-1 OT. 170 – Troy Henbury, Muncy, dec. Brett Prezkop, Mount Carmel, 5-2. 182 – Jake Mankey, Benton,dec. Patrick Ostrowsky, Lewisburg, 5-0. 195 – Ryan Solomon, Milton, dec. Brandon Smith, Lewisburg, 3-0 220 – Eric Laytos, Lackawanna Trail, pinned Eric McCracken, Central Columbia, :49. 285 – Nazar Mironenko, Mifflinburg, maj dec. Joseph Ingaglio, Wesern Wayne, 17-6 Third place 106 – Tyrus Hamblin, Williamson, dec. Noah Kuba, Mifflinburg, 3-1. 113 – Matt Welliver, Benton, tech fall A.J. Luton, GAR, 16-0, 4:12 120 – Kent Lane, Southern Columbia, maj dec. Justin Elick, Meyers, 13-4. 126 – Mason Zimmerman, Line Mountain, dec. Billy Barnes, Williamson, 3-2. 138 – Sean Heggs. East Juniata, dec. Heath Strickland, Muncy, 5-3 132 – Andrew Schutz, Wyoming, dec. Demetri Probst, Bucktail, 4-3. 138 – Sean Heggs, EJ, dec. Heath Strickland, Muncy, 5-3. 145 – Dareen Stucker, Meyers, maj dec. Joe Champluvier, Wyalusing, 11-3. 152 - Jeric Kasunis, Benton, dec. Dane Woodruff, Sullivan County, 4-1. 160 – Meyrick Lamb, Mount Carmel, dec. Cody Rebuck, Line Mountain, 6-3. 170 – Garrett Shnyder, Montgomery, dec. Erik Smeltz, Line Mountain, 2-0. 182 – Aaron Shrawder, Mifflinburg, dec. Anthony Clark, Wyalusing, 8-4.

First round consolation 106 – Corey Stauffer, Midd-West, dec. Brad Glazenski, Hanover, 8-5; Taylor Johnson, Central Columbia, maj dec. Sean Bergold, Meyers, 13-5 113 – A.J. Luton, GAR, pinned Daniel Killian, Canton, :55; Jimmy Stuart, Lake-Lehman, dec. Lewis Williams, Central Columbia, 4-3. 120 – Zach Edwards, Blue Ridge, pinned Carmen Mauriello, Wyoming Area, 3:32; Justin Elick, Meyers, dec. Andrew Gipe, 9-7. 126 – Jacob Kramer, Montgomery, dec. Kashif Alston, Meyers, 8-7; Dale Maynard, Towanda, dec. Josh Allabaugh, 5-2. 132 – Brad Hain, Warrior Run, dec. Jeff Nealon, Meyers, 11-4; Jesse Buck, Sayre, maj dec. Morgan Fuller, 11-3.

time state qualifier after taking eighth last year. “I know I work hard, it just has to show. So, next week I’m going to make something happen, that’s my goal. I feel like I could and I always know I could.” Pittston Area senior Jamie Scarantino advanced to the statequalifying match at 106 and dropped a 6-3 decision to Pleasant Valley’s Kenny Yanovich, who also sent Scarantino in the wrestlebacks with a win in the quarterfinals. The WVC began Saturday with 10 semifinalists, but only three advanced to the finals. The other seven dropped into the consolation bracket. Hoffman was the only one to complete the wrestleback round. Wyoming Valley West’s Kyle Krasavage (126) and Pittston Area’s Angelo Lussi (145) lost to reigning state champs in the semis. Krasavage’s teammate Derrick Simms (138) and Crestwood’s Matt Hammerstone (152) both lost on last-second scores by their opponents and they couldn’t recover, getting dispatched in their next match. DON CAREY/THE TIMES LEADER “It’s 100 percent mental,” Hoffman said about a dramatic semi- Larry Romanchick, top, of Hazleton Area puts pressure on Sean Bianco of Pleasant Valley during final loss and preparing for the their 113-pound semifinal during the Northeast Regional in Bethlehem on Saturday. next bout. “Thoughts go through Pocono Mountain East (PME) 25.5; 16. East 126 – C.J. Palmer (DV) dec Jose Roche (East) 170 – Marc Wagner (DV) dec Shawn Cicero your head like ‘I don’t want to Stroudsburg South (ESS) 24.5; 17. Williamsport 3-2 (Potts) 5-2; Nezar Haddad (Park) dec Eric Eaton (Will) 22; 18. Crestwood (Cre) 21.5; 19. Shikellamy 132 – Robert Rizzolino (East) pinned Cody Kiev- (Sel) 3-2 lose this match.’ It went through (Shik) 20; 20. Hazleton Area (Haz) 17.5; 21. Abing- man (BM) 4:59 182 – Tyler Greene (East) dec Thomas Alcaro 138 – Matt Neff (Shik) dec Sage Karam (Naz) 4-3 (Emm) 8-1; Martin Strenk (DV) dec Travis Moyer my head, but I was thinking back- ton Heights (AH) 15, Honesdale (Hon) 15, Pottsville (Potts) 15, Scranton (Scr) 15; 25. Wallenpaupack 145 – Raymond Nicosia (PME) dec Michael Ma- (BM) 4-3 up plan is go for third and that’s (Wall) 14; 26. Selinsgrove (Sel) 11; 27. Emmaus rano (Park) 6-0 195 – David Wilke (Naz) dec Chad Hoffman (Emm) 10, West Scranton (WS) 10; 29. Wyoming 152 – Michael Carr (AH) dec Jake Young (Free) (Haz) 3-2; Francis Slover (East) dec Troy Newhard what I did.” Valley West (WVW) 8; 30. Jersey Shore (JS) 6; 31. 4-2, OT (Emm) 8-5 Lehigh (SL) 2, Tunkhannock (Tun) 2; 33. 160 – Mark Granahan (Scr) dec Joe Fogle (PME) 220 – Aaron Bradley (Naz) pinned Jack Fagan Hazleton Area freshman Larry Southern William Allen (WA) 1; 34. Bangor (Bang), Berwick 7-1 (DV) 1:15; Evan Kauffman (Free) dec Shaun Heist (Ber) 0 170 –Mitch Myers (BM) dec Shawn Cicero (Park) 4-3 Romanchik (113) and Coughlin’s (Potts) 4-3; 285 – Brad Emerick (Cou) pinned Brandon Finals 182 – Travis Moyer (BM) dec Marcus Newsom Lance (Naz) 2:52; Chris Wesolowski (PA) dec Mike Frankie Mahmoud (138) also lost 106 – Ethan Lizak (Park) maj dec Tyrone Klump (North) 8-3 Benner (PV) 5-1, OT (Naz) 16-5 195 – Chad Hoffman (Haz) dec Jovon Reyes their two first-session matches 113 – Sean Bianco (PV) pinned Guesseppe Rea (Dier) 3-1, OT First round consolations and were eliminated. (Str) 2:42 220 – Shaun Heist (Park) maj dec Jack Fagan 106 – Jamie Scarantino (PA) dec Greg Pascale 120 – Grimaldi Gonzalez (Lib) maj dec Chase (DV) 11-0 (AH) 4-0; Roshaun Cooley (Will) maj dec Noah UlA total of nine wrestlers from Zemenak (Naz) 10-2 285 – Tyler Peerson (Free) dec Brandon Lance mer (JS) 10-0; Chase Gallick (Wall) pinned Bobby 126 – Corey Keener (BM) dec Michael Dahl- (Naz) 3-1 Hawkins (Cou) 4:15; Michael Scheetz (North) dec District 2 will participate in the strom (PV) 6-4 John Ritter (Lib) 2-1 132 – Devon Lotito (Lib) dec DeMarquis Holley Semifinals 113 – Bill Poray (Cou) dec Bailey Roos (Potts) Class 3A state tournament with (Dier) 8-4 106 – Ethan Lizak (Park) pinned Anthony Parisi 4-2; Jake Witmer (Shik) maj dec Bob Gray (Cre) 9-1; 138 – Jason Stephen (North) dec Josh Ortman (East) 3:53; Tyrone Klump (Naz) dec Kenny Yanov- Michael Connelly (Lib) pinned Bryant Penbreth (BM) Delaware Valley’s C.J. Palmer (Park) 4-0 2:51; T.J. Tressler (Will) pinned Rich Koslower (DV) ich (PV) 7-0 145 – Mitchell Minotti (East) dec Kyle Hankinson 113 – Guesseppe Rea (Str) dec Zach Valley 4:52 (126), Marc Wagner (170) and (Cre) 8-1 120 – Tom Hendry (WS) pinned Tyler Lutecki (North) 3-2, UTB; Sean Bianco (PV) maj dec Larry Martin Strenk (182) will repre152 – Cole Sheptock (North) tech fall Bryson Be- Romanchik (Haz) 11-2 (PA) 4:26; Tanner Fasold (Shik) dec David Dietrick rard (Park) 16-0, 5:12 120 – Grimaldi Gonzalez (Lib) dec Frank Caroz- (JS) 3-1; Colby Ems (ESS) dec Ed Ciprich (Cou) sent the Lackawanna League 160 – Matthew Bonshak (White) dec Aaron Tran- za (DV) 8-1; Chase Zemenak (Naz) dec Peter Stan- 11-5; James Felipa (PV) dec Jeffrey Hernandez (Str) (Str) 5-4 2-1 ley (East) 3-0 and are joined by Abington sue170 – Marc Wagner (DV) Nezar Haddad (Park) 126 – C.J. Palmer (DV) maj dec Charles Sell 126 – Corey Keener (BM) maj dec Kyle Krasav4-3 (Bang) 10-0; Tom Kramer (Sel) maj dec Evan Witmer age (WVW) 11-3; Michael Dahlstrom (PV) dec Jose Heights’ Michael Carr (152) and 182 – Tyler Greene (East) dec Martin Strenk Roche (East) 9-5 (Shik) 12-1; Mason Byrne (ESS) dec Dan Ritz (Cre) (DV) 3-1 6-3; Evan Kennedy (Hon) forfeit Joey Giordano (SL) 132 – Devon Lotito (Lib) dec Cody Kievman (BM) Scranton’s Mark Granahan 195 – David Wilke (Naz) dec Francis Slover 7-0; DeMarquis Holley (Dier) dec Robert Rizzolino 132 – Leroy Harman (Will) dec James Palys (East) 6-4, OT (PME) 6-4, OT; Jalen Palmer (DV) dec Kevin Lau(East) 6-4 (160).

He and Wesolowski will be joined by Crestwood’s Kyle Hankinson (145) and Hazleton Area’s Chad Hoffman (195) in the PIAA Championships, which begin Thursday at Giant Center in Hershey. Wesolowski may have lost to Emerick, but the senior is headed to states for the first time after not even earning a district medal his first three varsity seasons. He went 3-1 in regionals, winning twice by a 2-1 score. Then he earned a ticket to Hershey with a 5-1 win over Pleasant Valley’s Mike Benner in the semifinals. “It’s awesome. The first three years I didn’t place in districts and now I’m going to regionals and now states,” Wesolowski said. “I was a little nervous (entering regionals) but then I won my first one and it was great.” Like Wesolowski, Hankinson advanced to states with a runnerup showing in the region, falling to reigning state champion Mitchell Minotti from Easton 8-1 in the finals. But after four straight regional appearances, he’s finally heading to the big show. “I worked so hard over the years to get to this point. I’m just happy I’m going,” said Hankinson, who enters the state tournament with 95 career wins. “I’d rather win a state medal than get 100 wins.” Hoffman had a flare for the dramatics Saturday. First, he lost his semifinal match late by just one point. Then after winning with a technical fall to get to the third-place match, he grabbed a takedown with just 1.7 seconds left in overtime to secure the spot at states. He was up 1-0 in the second period, but a third-period escape tied the match at 1. Hoffman’s opponent, Jovon Reyes from Dieruff, almost got a takedown in the third and in overtime, but HoffClass 3A Northeast Regional man ultimately won. Saturday At Freedom H.S., Bethlehem “I feel like I wrestled like comTeam Scores: 1. Parkland (Park) 110; 2. Easton (East) 104.5; 3. plete crap to be honest with you. I Nazareth (Naz) 103; 4. Northampton (North) 80.5; 5. Valley (PV) 67.5; 6. Delaware Valley (DV) didn’t wrestle to my potential Pleasant 64.5; 7. Blue Mountain (BM) 63.5; 8. Stroudsburg 59; 9. Liberty (Lib) 49; 10. Freedom (Free) 43; and it’s no one’s fault but myself,” (Str) 11. Coughlin (Cou) 33; 12. Dieruff (Dier) 30.5; 13. said Hoffman, who is now a two- Pittston Area (PA) 28; 14. Whitehall (White) 27; 15.


before getting the fall in 4:29. Pasone, who finished third at 103 as a freshman and was the runnerup at 112 last season, had beaten Sheesley three times by increasing margins over the past three years but didn’t take the District 4 champion for granted. "I don’t take any match lightly," Pasone said. "Every match for me is like a state title match. I go out there and leave everything on the mat." Pasone has won four district titles and has a state medal in his collection but the regional title had eluded him. "The idea at regionals is to punch your ticket to states and I did that in the morning," Pasone said. "But it is nice to get it off my bucket list." Harry was second at 119 last season and added another trip to the finals when he slipped past Line Mountain’s Mason Zimmerman, 3-2, in the semifinals. He then used a couple of early take downs to build a 4-1 lead over Watson before cruising to his first title. "I worked hard in the weight room every single day so my strength is better this year," Harry said. "I wanted to improve my shots and I trained hard all year. Everybody says that District 4 is so much better than we are (in District 2) but when you’re good, you’re good. It doesn’t

ished off Meyers’ 10-0 run to end the third period by scoring on a drive with 2.6 seconds on the clock. While the offensive spurt gave the Mohawks the lead for good, Pape saw another aspect of Saturday’s game that was just as vital. “Our defense, our defense,” Pape said. “There was just more intensity. We practiced hard and intensity is what did it.” Meyers held Holy Cross to its

220 – Aaron Bradley (Naz) dec Evan Kauffman (Free) 5-1 285 – Brad Emerick (Cou) pinned Chris Wesolowski (PA) 1:05

Third place 106 – Kenny Yanovich (PV) dec Jamie Scarantino (PA) 6-3 113 – Zach Valley (North) dec T.J. Tressler (Will) 6-2 120 – Colby Ems (ESS) dec Tom Hendry (WS) 7-3

138 – Jason Stephen (North) maj dec Frankie Mahmoud (Cou) 14-4; Josh Ortman (Park) dec Derrick Simms (WVW) 3-2 145 – Mitchell Minotti (East) tech fall Angelo Lussi (PA) 16-1, 5:15; Kyle Hankinson (Cre) dec Raymond Nicosia (PME) 4-3 152 – Cole Sheptock (North) maj dec Jake Young (Free) 8-0; Bryson Berard (Park) dec Matt Hammerstone (Cre) 4-3 160 – Aaron Transue (Str) pinned Mark Granahan (Scr) 3:08; Matthew Bonshak (White) dec Dyvon Gibson (East) 12-9

bach (Ber) 6-4, OT; Ernest Klingel (PV) maj dec Garrett Hollenbach (Sel) 14-0; Matt Evans (Hon) pinned Nathan Cheek (WVW) 2:01 138 – Matt Neff (Shik) dec Aaron Kennedy (Hon) 3-1; Alex Yanovich (PV) dec Josh Henninger (White) 2-0; Sage Karam (Naz) tech fall Steffen Yaskoweak (Will) 17-1, 4:12; James McNally (Scr) dec Alex Gosch (BM) 10-7 145 – Michael Marano (Park) forfeit Cody Cordes (WVW); Alec Emick (Will) dec Mackenzie Kershner (JS) 2-0; Pat Inguilli (Wall) dec Matthew Mirth (SL) 3-2; Bobby Fehr (North) dec David Gerh (PV) 3-2

lowest offensive output since the Crusaders’ final game of the 2010-11 season when they lost 36-33 to Hughesville. Moreover, the Mohawks curtailed the effectiveness of Holy Cross standout junior Josh Kosin. Kosin, playing on the same court where his dad Tom was a star for Bishop Hoban in the late 1970s, had 11 points in the first half. That allowed the Crusaders to take a 20-19 lead into the break.

The second half didn’t go as well. Meyers made a defensive switch on the 6-foot-5 Kosin, sacrificing an even height matchup for more physical play by swapping Rasheed Moore for Lewis. “Just keeping him away from the basket,” Lewis said of his defensive responsibilities. “The closer he is to the basket, the easier it is for him to score. So we had to keep him from the basket.” With Kosin in check of the

most part, Holy Cross went to its usually reliable perimeter game. That faltered as the Crusaders were 2-of-9 from three-point range in the second half. Lewis added a flamboyant touch to the win midway through the fourth. He beat Kosin off the dribble at the top of the key and slammed a left-handed dunk for a 44-31 lead. Lewis finished with 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. “His vertical game makes peo-

138 – Heath Strickland, Muncy, maj dec. Zach Macosky, Dallas, 9-0; Alan Miller, Mifflinburg, pinned Tom Maby, Blue Ridge, :54. 145 – Darren Stucker, Meyers, dec. Derrick Smith, Elk Lake, 5-4; Isaiah Bobotas, Muncy, dec. Manny Miralih, Western Wayne, 9-3 152 – Dane Woodruff, Sullivan County, maj dec. Beau Fuller, Western Wayne, 9-0; Michael Cipilewski, Valley View, dec. Britton Heim, Line Mountain, 3-2. 160 – Bill Dixon, Dallas, pinned Tyler Fenton, Wyalusing, 3:28; Johntae Nelson won by forfeit. 170 – Garrett Shnyder, Montgomery, dec. Donald English, Milton, 2-1; Erik Smeltz, Line Mountain, dec, Conner Martinez, Dallas, 3-1 OT, 182 – Aaron Shrawder, Mifflinburg, pinned Garritt Artsma, Dallas, 1:53; Steve Radzwilla, Hanover, dec. Caleb Darling, Lackawanna Trail, 4-3. 195 – Matt Moore, Southern Columbia, dc. Pedro Bracero, Nanticoke, 3-2; Connor Route, Canton, pinned Ryan Monk, Dallas, 2:10; 220 – Jake Becker, Southern Columbia, pinned Zac Faust, GAR, 4:59; Dylan Otis, Wyalusing, dec. John Goetz, 4-1 OT 285 – Alex Shiber, Central Columbia, pinned Ben Lehman, Lackawanna Trail, 3:32; Jake Heintzelman, Midd-West pinned Nathan Kriner, North Penn, 4:02. Consolation semifinals 106 – Kuba, Mifflinburg, dec. Stauffer, MiddWest, 2-0; Hamblin, Williamson, maj dec, Johnson, Central Columbia, 14-6. 113 – Luton, GAR, won by forfeit; Welliver, Benton, dec. Stuart, Lake-Lehman, 10-4. 120 – Lane, Southern Columbia, dec. Edwards, Blue Ridge, 6-0; Elick, Meyers, dec. Vermilya, Troy, 7-5. 126 – Barnes, Hughesville, pinned Kramer, Montgomery, 3:59; Zimmerman, Line Mountain, dec. Maynard, Towanda, 6-2. 132 – Schutz, Wyoming Area, dec. Hain, Warrior Run, 3-1; Probst, Bucktail, dec. Buck, Sayre, 6-5. 138 – Strickland, Muncy, tech fall Winters, Lake Lehman, 15-0, 4:05; Heggs, EJ, dec, Miller, Mifflinburg, 7-3. 145 – Stucker, Meyers, pinned Starr, Central Columbia, 3:41; Champluvier, Wyalusing, dec. Bobotas, Muncy, 7-5 152 – Woodruff, Sullivan County, pinned Carter, Lake-Lehman, 3:57; Kasunic, Benton, pinned Cipilewski, Valley View, 1:51. 160 – Rebuck, Line Muntain, maj dec, Dixon, Dallas, 12-3; Lamb, Mount Carmel, pinned Nelson, Meyers, 1:34. 170 – Shnyder, Montgomery, dec. Rosiak, Lackawanna Trail, 3-1; Smeltz, Line Mountain, dec. Enslin, Western Wayne, 1-0 182 – Shrawder, Mifflinburg, pinned Wesneski, Canton, :41; Clark, Wyalusing, maj dec. Radzwilla, Hanover, 12-1. 195 - Moore, Southern Columbia, dec. Rosensweet, Western Waynem 6-3; Longenberger, Bloomsburg, dec. Route, Canton, 11-6. 220 – Becker, Southern Columbia, dec. Rosensweet, Western Wayne, 3-1 OT. Stettler, North Penn, pinned Otis, Wyalusing, 4:40. 285 – Galatini, Valley View, dec. Shiber, Central Columbia, 5-4 UTB; Earnest, Hughesville, dec. Heintzelman, Midd-West, 5-2.

152 – Kevin Finn (ESS) pinned Tim Russell (Hon) 2:59; Nick Kratzer (Sel) forfeit Dylan Shields (JS); Michael Carr (AH) dec Shane McTiernan (Scr) 7-6; Jordan Gray (Naz) dec Kyler Kilpatrick (East) 3-2 160 – Elliott Packer (JS) pinned Edward Atilano (ESS) 1:26; Zach Smith (Hon) dec Sam Falcone (PA) 2-1; Joshua Young (Free) dec John Rohrbach (Shik) 5-1; Joe Fogle (PME) pinned Dan Favaro (DV) 2:07 170 – Ryan Barry (Str) dec Kyle Spina (Free) 8-3; Charlie Generotti (Tun) bye; Nicolino Sevi (Naz) dec Paul Cole (Cou) 9-8; Mitch Myers (BM) dec Trey Cowman (WVW) 2-0 182 – Marcus Newsom (North) pinned Pat Nallin (PA) 4:13; Anthony Longer (Sel) dec Colton Thompson (JS) 5-0; Roger Legg (Cre) tech fall Ethan Wehrmann (Wall) 16-1, 2:06; Robert Karstendiek (Str) dec Kyle Gill (ESS) 11-4; 195 – Dennis Atiyeh (Park) pinned Keyautay Aulder (Str) 4:13; Jacob Caputo (JS) pinned Dwayne Pepper (Shik) 1:51; Matt Wagner (DV) dec Jared Wehrmann (Wall) 5-0; Jovon Reyes (Dier) tech fall Joe Barress (WS) 15-0, 1:33 220 – Victor Steffen (Wall) pinned Jake Jola (Ber) :18; Mike Walter (Sel) dec Billy Kennedy (Will) 7-4; Jacob Dolin (White) pinned Brandon Baird (WVW) 1:50; Jake Gunning (Lib) dec Stanley Burke (Potts) 3-1 285 – Brandon Vigo (WA) dec Daulton Romano (SL) 5-2; Patrick Goldy (Will) pinned Dan Karpinski (Shik) 6:41; Dylan Berardelli (AH) dec Jack Fagan (DV) 3-2; Tyler Peerson (Free) dec Casey Drake (Tun) 7-2 Second round consolations 106 – Jamie Scarantino (PA) dec Roshaun Cooley (Will) 4-2; Michael Scheetz (North) maj dec Chase Gallick (Wall) 10-0 113 – Jake Witmer (shik) dec Bill Poray (Cou) 1-0; T.J. Tressler (Will) pinned Michael Connelly (Lib) 1:26 120 – Tom Hendry (WS) dec Tanner Fasold (Shik) 3-0; Colby Ems (ESS) dec James Felipa (PV) 7-2 126 – C.J. Palmer (DV) tech fall Tom Kramer (Sel) 18-1, 3:17; Evan Kennedy (Hon) dec Mason Byrne (ESS) 2-0 132 – Leroy Harman (Will) dec Jalen Palmer (DV) 6-4; Ernest Klingel (PV) dec Matt Evans (Hon) 5-1 138 – Matt Neff (Shik) maj dec Alex Yanovich (PV) 15-5; Sage Karam (Naz) dec James McNally (Scr) 8-3 145 – Michael Marano (Park) dec Alec Emick (Will) 7-0; Bobby Fehr (North) dec Pat Inguilli (Wall) 3-2 152 – Kevin Finn (ESS) dec Nick Kratzer (Sel) 8-2; Michael Carr (AH) dec Jordan Gray (Naz) 5-4 160 – Zach Smith (Hon) dec Elliott Packer (JS) 5-2; Joe Fogle (PME) dec Joshua Young (Free) 9-3 170 – Ryan Barry (Str) dec Charlie Generotti (Tun) 6-4; Mitch Myers (BM) dec Nicolino Sevi (Naz) 3-0 182 – Marcus Newsom (North) dec Anthony Longer (Sel) 4-3; Robert Karstendiek (Str) pinned Roger Legg (Cre) 1:49 195 – Dennis Atiyeh (Park) dec Jacob Caputo (JS) 10-6; Jovon Reyes (Dier) pinned Matt Wagner (DV) 2:13 220 – Victor Steffen (Wall) pinned Mike Walter (Sel) 2:21; Jacob Dolin (White) pinned Jake Gunning (Lib) 7-6 285 – Patrick Goldy (Will) pinned Brandon Vigo (WA) 2:41; Tyler Peerson (Free) pinned Dylan Berardelli (AH) :58 Consolation semifinals 106 – Jamie Scarantino (PA) dec Anthony Parisi (East) 9-2; Kenny Yanovich (PV) dec Michael Scheetz (North) 3-0 113 – Zach Valley (North) dec Jake Witmer (Shik) 6-4; T.J. Tressler (Will) dec Larry Romanchik (Haz) 4-1 120 – Tom Hendry (WS) maj dec Frank Carrozza (DV) 8-0; Colby Ems (ESS) dec Peter Stanley (East) 3-1, OT 126 – C.J. Palmer (DV) dec Kyle Krasavage (WVW) 3-1; Jose Easton (East) dec Evan Kennedy (Hon) 5-2 132 – Cody Kievman (BM) dec Leroy Harman (Will) 4-1; Robert Rizzolino (East) dec Ernest Klingel (PV) 6-1 138 – Matt Neff (Shik) maj dec Frankie Mahmoud (Cou) 10-0; Sage Karam (Naz) dec Derrick Simms (WVW) 7-1 145 – Michael Marano (Park) dec Angelu Lussi (PA) 6-2; Raymond Nicosia (PME) dec Bobby Fehr (North) 5-4 152 – Jake Young (Free) dec Kevin Finn (ESS) 2-1; Michael Carr (AH) maj dec Matt Hammerstone (Cre) 11-1 160 – Mark Granahan (Scr) pinned Zach Smith (Hon) 2:43; Joe Fogle (PME) dec Dyvon Gibson (East) 5-1 170 – Shawn Cicero (Potts) dec Ryan Barry (Str) 4-3; Mitch Myers (BM) dec Eric Eaton (Sel) 3-1 182 – Marcus Newsom (North) dec Thomas Alcaro (Emm) 3-1, OT; Travis Moyer (BM) maj dec Robert Karstendiek (Str) 9-1 195 – Chad Hoffman (Haz) tech fall Dennis Atiyeh (Park) 15-0, 1:46; Jovon Reyes (Dier) dec Troy Newhard (Emm) 5-2 220 – Jack Fagan (DV) dec Victor Steffen (Wall) 7-2; Shaun Heist (Park) dec Jacob Dolin (White) 7-0 285 – Brandon Lance (Naz) dec Patrick Goldy (Will) 4-2; Tyler Peerson (Free) dec Mike Benner (PV) 7-1

ple nervous,” Meyers coach Pat Toole said. “His dunk might have been one of the plays of the year. (Kosin) was hanging on him and he was still able to throw it down.”

Meyers 51, Holy Cross 36 HOLY CROSS (36): Kosin 8 0-0 18, McGoff 2 0-0 5, Callejas 2 2-2 7, Heyen 0 0-0 0, Gaughan 3 0-0 6, Jones 0 0-2 0, Joyce 0 0-0 0, Reed 0 0-0 0, Nelson 0 0-0 0, Kearney 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 2-4 36. MEYERS (51): Smith 2 0-0 5, Pape 2 2-4 7, Krawczeniuk 5 9-9 23, Moore 1 2-6 4, Lewis 4 4-6 12, Wilson 0 0-0 0, Labatch 0 0-0 0, Szafran 0 0-0 0, Steward 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 18-25 51. Holy Cross .................................... 14 6 9 7 — 36 Meyers .......................................... 10 9 17 15 — 51 3-Point Field Goals— HC 3 (Kosin 2, McGoff); MEY 5 (Smith, Krawczeniuk 4).












Tavares tips home winner to sink Bruins

Wizards conjure up win over Cavaliers

The Associated Press

BOSTON — John Tavares tipped in Matt Moulson’s shot for the late tiebreaking goal, Evgeni Nabokov stopped 32 shots, and the New York Islanders snapped a five-game, roadlosing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday. Josh Bailey and Moulson also had goals for the Islanders, who won for just the second time in six games. New York, 0-4-1 in its five previous road games, completed a 1-2-1 trip. Tyler Seguin tied the game for Boston with his 22nd goal early in the third period. Milan Lucic also scored his 22nd for the Bruins, converting on a first-period power play. The defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins have dropped five of eight and hold a threepoint lead over Ottawa atop the Northeast Division. Nabokov bounced back from allowing five goals on 29 shots in a 6-3 loss at Philadelphia on

Thursday with a strong outing. Tim Thomas took the loss in relief of injured starter Tuukka Rask, who left the game with an undisclosed injury midway through the second period. Thomas stopped 11 of 13 shots after Rask gave up New York’s goal and made 11 saves. Rask got hurt when he kicked out his left pad to try to stop a shot that went wide. He dropped to the ice in pain and was helped off by two players holding his arms as he skated off the ice. Thomas was already expected to start Sunday when the Bruins visit the New York Rangers. The Islanders will play their next three games against New Jersey, beginning Sunday at home. New York grabbed the late lead when Moulson fired a shot from the top of the right circle that was tipped by Tavares. The puck dipped and slid between Thomas’ pads with 4:39 left.

in his first multipoint game for Carolina, and Jussi Jokinen also scored for the Hurricanes. Carolina captain Eric Staal, who had two assists, extended his NHL-best point streak to 11 games and his assist streak to 10.


New York Islanders’ Josh Bailey (12) celebrates his goal with teammate Frans Nielsen (51) on Saturday in Boston.

Lightning 4, Hurricanes 3, OT RALEIGH, N.C. — Steven Stamkos scored twice, including a power-play goal 2:41 into overtime, to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Stamkos leads the NHL with 47 goals. Teddy Purcell extend-

ed his career-best point streak to nine games with a powerplay goal in the third period, and Tim Wallace netted the first goal of his career. Tampa Bay won in overtime for the second straight night after beating the New York Rangers at home on Friday. Anthony Stewart had two goals

Maple Leafs 3, Canadiens 1 MONTREAL — Mikhail Grabovski scored twice in the third period and Toronto gave Randy Carlyle a victory in his first game behind the Maple Leafs’ bench, beating the Montreal Canadiens. The Maple Leafs fired Ron Wilson on Friday night and hired Carlyle, the former Toronto defenseman who was fired by Anaheim in December. Predators 3, Panthers 1 SUNRISE, Fla. — Mike Fisher scored early in the second period and Pekka Rinne made 39 saves in the Nashville Predators’ victory over the Florida Panthers.


Phils’ Pence homers, but Yanks rally The Associated Press

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer and Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect inning in his Philadelphia debut before the New York Yankees rallied for an 8-5 victory over the Phillies Saturday. Pence connected off New York right-hander Ivan Nova. Kevin Frandsen also homered for the Phillies. New Phillies reliever Chad Qualls gave up a two-run homer to Cole Garner in a three-run seventh. Yankees All-Star Curtis Granderson also homered for New York. Cole Hamels gave up a run on two doubles in the first inning, but was sharp in a scoreless second. Nova allowed two runs in the first before retiring five of his final six batters. Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 fifth. He left the Boston Red Sox as a free agent, signing a four-year, $50 million contract with the Phillies. Blue Jays 7, Pirates 1 DUNEDIN, Fla. — Brett Lawrie hit a pair of two-run doubles and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in a spring training opener. Eric Thames homered for Toronto. Blue Jays starter Brett Cecil, 4-11 last year after a combined 22-11 in his first two seasons, pitched a hitless first inning. Kyle Drabek, Jim Hoey and Scott Richmond each followed with a scoreless inning before Pittsburgh nicked Danny Farquhar in the fifth for two of their three hits. Adam Lind walked and Edwin Encarnacion singled to start the Blue Jays’ second against James McDonald. One out later, Lawrie lofted a windblown double off the left-center field fence.

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for a guy hitting a jet dryer and causing an explosion,” Keselowski said, drawing laughter. “I didn’t have that much foresight. That was just kind of how the story all played out. You just can’t plan moments like that — they just happen.” How it came to happen goes back more than four years. Racing for Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Fontana, Calif., Keselowski was involved in a serious accident and airlifted from the track. Strapped down in a helicopter, he had no clothes, no phone, no wallet, no family — they were back in Michigan — and no idea where he was. “As far as I knew, I was like in an

Tigers 2, Braves 0 LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Prince Fielder went 2 for 2 and Doug Fister combined with seven pitchers to throw a onehitter, leading the Detroit Tigers to a victory over the Atlanta Braves. Fielder, Detroit’s big free agent signing this winter, also walked. He’s 3 for 3 in a Tigers uniform, having doubled in an exhibition against Florida Southern on Friday. Fister walked a batter in two innings, and the Tigers took a no-hitter into the eighth inning when Jordan Parraz singled off Chris Bootcheck.

Indians 6, Reds 6, 9 innings GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Scott Rolen went 2 for 2 in his return to the Reds’ lineup as Cincinnati and the Cleveland Indians played to a tie. The exhibition opener for

Army test lab,” he said. Keselowski can joke now, but it was a difficult experience. Not only was he helpless and lost, he couldn’t tell his mother that he was all right until hours after the accident, when a public relations person with the team let him borrow her phone. Since then, Keselowski has kept his phone in a pocket of his fire suit every race since. It came in handy when he was involved in another serious accident at Road Atlanta last year and was able to call him mom right away, as well look up his location on a map application. “From that moment on, I decided I was going to keep my phone with me in the race car,” Keselowski said. Keselowski’s latest use for his phone — red-flag updates — has

WASHINGTON — Jordan Crawford scored 31 points and John Wall added 24 to lead the Washington Wizards to a 101-98 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night. Antawn Jamison scored 29 in his return to Washington but missed a 3-point attempt to tie the game with 35 seconds to play. It was Jamison’s first appearance in the Verizon Center since being traded from the Wizards to Cleveland in February 2010. JaVale McGee had nine points and 12 rebounds for Washington, which snapped a six-game losing streak. Magic 114, Bucks 98 ORLANDO, Fla. — Dwight Howard had 28 points and 14 rebounds to lead six Magic players in double figures, and Orlando beat the Milwaukee Bucks. The game was close until the Magic pulled away in the fourth quarter thanks to some hot 3-point shooting and dominant play from Howard. Jason Richardson had 18 points for the Magic, while Hedo Turkoglu and Ryan Anderson chipped in 16 points apiece. The Magic shot 51.7 percent (14 of 27) from 3-point distance. Hawks 97, Thunder 90 ATLANTA — Josh Smith scored 13 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, Jeff Teague added 16 points and the Atlanta Hawks snapped Oklahoma City’s seven-game winning streak with a victory over the Thunder. Kevin Durant finished with 35 points, going 14 of 17 on free throw attempts, and Russell Westbrook had 25 points for league-best Oklahoma City. Smith, who matched a seasonhigh in scoring and pulled down seven of his 12 rebounds in the fourth, had dunks on consecutive possessions to give the Hawks an 87-79 lead with 4:43 remaining.

Twins 7, Rays 3 FORT MYERS, Fla. — Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Denard Span all got hits in the spring training debuts and the Minnesota Twins beat the Tampa Bay Rays. The Twins’ three standouts are each returning from injuryplagued seasons in which they missed a combined 265 games. Span had two hits while Morneau and Mauer drove in runs. Athletics 9, Mariners 2 PEORIA, Ariz. — Jonny Gomes and Jemile Weeks each hit two-run homers and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners. Gomes connected in the third off Kevin Millwood. Weeks homered in the fifth against Hong-Chih Kuo. Carlos Peguero homered for the second straight day for Seattle. He homered against the A’s in Friday’s exhibition opener.

The Associated Press


Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Hunter Pence dives for a single by New York Yankees Bill Hall in the second inning of a spring training baseball game Saturday in Clearwater, Fla.

both teams was called after nine innings. Diamondbacks (ss) 1, Rockies 1, 10 innings SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Top prospect Trevor Bauer retired all six batters he faced in his spring training debut and an Arizona Diamondbacks splitsquad and the Colorado Rockies tied in 10 innings. Bauer, the third overall pick in last year’s draft out of UCLA, struck out two. He threw seven pitches in the first inning, striking out Dexter Fowler looking and getting Marco Scutaro and Carlos Gonzalez to ground out. stirred a debate as to whether phones should be allowed in the cars during races. NASCAR rules prohibit teams from having recording devices in the car that are not for competition purposes, and two-way communication devices are supposed to be analog only. On Tuesday, NASCAR said it found nothing wrong with Keselowski’s tweeting during the Daytona 500 and encouraged drivers to use social media, as long as they were being safe. The question for some drivers is that now it’s started, how long before someone takes it too far? “Where does it end?” Denny Hamlin asked. “Do you text or Tweet during cautions and then you look up and run into the guy behind you?” Most of the drivers asked about

Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Cuddyer grounded out and Tyler Colvin struck out in the second inning against the 21year-old right-hander. Diamondbacks (ss) 9, Giants 6 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Chris Young and Ryan Roberts homered and an Arizona Diamondbacks split-squad beat Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants in both teams Cactus League opener. Two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, coming off the first losing season of his career, allowed one run and

four hits in two innings. He struck out two, didn’t walk a hitter and threw 21 of his 33 pitches for strikes. Astros 3, Nationals 1 KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Bryce Harper had a single in his first start for the Washington Nationals but Chris Johnson hit a two-run homer that led the Houston Astros to a victory. Harper, the 19-year-old outfielder who was drafted first overall in 2010, went 1 for 3 with a hit off Astros starter Livan Hernandez in the Grapefruit League opener for both teams.

M A R T I N TA K E S P H O E N I X P O L E AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Mark Martin followed a solid run at the Daytona 500 by capturing the pole at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday. Martin finished 10th at Monday night’s fiery and foaming Daytona 500 and kept his roll going, capturing his 52nd career pole with a top speed of 136.81 mph. Regan Smith was in line to earn his first career pole until Martin bettered his time late in the qualifying session. Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart

also passed Smith on the final qualifying run of the day and will start up front with Martin in Sunday’s 312-mile race. Five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, coming off a rough run at the Daytona 500, will start fourth, next to Smith on the second row. Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth was 26th in qualifying. After three years with Hendrick Motorsports, Martin joined Michael Waltrip Racing to run a limited schedule this season.

it in Phoenix didn’t seem to mind that Keselowski had his phone or was tweeting, and didn’t even realize they were allowed to have phones in their cars. Many joked about the attention Keselowski’s tweeting generated, and Kevin

Harvick ranted about having one more thing for his team to have to pay attention to. “I’m going to look for every app I can for mile-per-hour, GPS mapping, and anything I can find to put in my car,” Harvick joked. “I’m

Grizzlies 100, Pistons 83 MEMPHIS, Tenn. — O.J. Mayo scored 17 points and sparked a fourth-quarter rally with his 3-point shooting, and the Memphis Grizzlies won their fourth straight with a 100-83 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night. Mayo was 4 of 5 outside the arc, connecting on all three attempts in the fourth quarter, when Memphis broke open a close game with 17 unanswered points. Pacers 102, Hornets 84 NEW ORLEANS — Danny Granger scored 20 points and the Indiana Pacers beat the New Orleans Hornets 102-84 on Saturday night for their first sixgame winning streak in seven years. looking for it because I’m looking to outlaw this rule as fast as I can because I don’t want to have to keep up with it. I have found a mile-per-hour app, so that’ll be good down pit road.” The big concern is whether using a phone could provide a competitive advantage. Keselowski isn’t buying it. The way he sees it, the drivers are going close to 200 mph and have enough to worry about that they won’t try checking their phones as they roar around the track. “I don’t know how you could use it to cheat, quite frankly,” Keselowski said. “It’s not like I had it plugged into anything. I’m sure there are some smart people that would try to think of one. But the ability to give access to the fans is more than worth any of those small ramifications.”










Moulton tops at Bear Creek 5K Mountain Top teen wins event; Shavertown’s Kelly Ciravolo takes women’s division.

By ROBERT MINER For The Times Leader

BEAR CREEK TWP. – Robert Moulton and Kelly Ciravolo scored victories in the 17th running of the Bear Creek 5K Run on Saturday at Messiah Primitive Methodist Church. Moulton, 19, of Mountain Top, relinquished the lead before regaining it en route to the win in16 minutes, 38 seconds. Bornfase Nyandusi Omurwa, a 28-year-old Kenyan who now lives in Kingston, finished second, 24 seconds behind Moulton. John Martino, 27, of Dallas finished third, 57 seconds behind Omurwa. “I went out fast right from the start and took the lead,” said Moulton, who is a sophomore at

King’s College, where he runs indoor and outdoor track. “(Nyandusi) caught and passed me about a quarter of a mile into the race. Then I caught him at the 1mile marker.” Moulton and Omurwa ran together over the next mile. “At Mile 2, we both realized that one of us had to make a move,” Moulton said. “I surged and gradually pulled ahead. I didn’t know how far behind me he was. So I just ran for time the rest of the way.” After the race, Omurwa said to Moulton, “I thought I was going to take you out. But you proved me wrong – good job.” No females were about to take out Ciravolo, who scored a wireto-wire win in 18 minutes, 33 seconds. The 32-year-old from Shavertown, who is the area’s top female triathlete, outran secondplace finisher Cathy Dragwa, 40, of Mayfield by 1:34. Deedra Porfi-

rio, 35, of West Pittston finished third, 10 seconds behind Dragwa. “I came to this race because I knew they had a kids race and wanted my daughter (Gemma, age 21⁄2) to run in it,” Ciravolo said. “It’s a nice race with the awards ceremony inside the church where it’s nice and warm, and out of the winter weather.” Ciravolo took the lead right from the start despite not going out too fast. “I knew that the early part of the race was pretty much downhill,” she said. “I wanted to save energy for on the way back going uphill. I knew it was going to be tougher. There was a strong head wind on the way back as well. So the strategy worked.” Officials from the Bear Creek race honored area runner Rich Chase for his many years of dedication to the running community. Chase, of Larksville, has been a fixture at most area races for

more than 34 years – he’s the guy at the starting line without the shirt no matter the weather. George Dunbar presented Chase with a plaque that read, “Rich Chase, in recognition of your contributions to the running community. Inspiring. Encouraging. Supporting. Challenging and Victorious. From your running family. March 3, BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER 2012.” Dunbar said of Chase, who of- Runners take off to start the Bear Creek 5K Run at Messiah ten helped out other runners Primitive Methodist Church in Bear Creek Township on Saturday. with advice and training tips, Male award winners: Overall: 1. Moulton; 2. lutes; 3. Christine Fazzi. 51-60: 1. Sharon Davies; 2. “Rich has taught many local run- Omurwa; 3. Martino. Age group winners: 12 & under: Patti Phillips. Field: 132 (run-107, walk-10, kids 1. Mike Rockefeller. 13-16: 1. Mike Lewis; 2. Joe race-15). Official starter: Vince Wojnar (Wyoming ners the definition of the word te- Piestrak; 3. Alexci Walutes. 17-20: 1. Jake Reinert; Valley Striders). Registration: Margaret Livsey. Tim2. Mike Arogalis; 3. Jared Kotsko. 21-30: 1. Tim No- ing: Dove Timing Services. Results: Volunteers from nacity.” vakowski; 2. George Watson; 3. John Zelena. 31-40: Messiah Primitive Methodist Church. Race director: 17th Bear Creek 5K Run

Top 10 Robert Moulton, 19, Mountain Top, 16:38 Bornfase Nyandusi Omurwa, 28, Kingston, 17:02 John Martino, 27, Dallas, 17:59 Jake Reinert, 20, Dallas, 18:02 Kelly Ciravolo, 32, Shavertown, 18:33 Mike Drogalis, 21, Old Forge, 18:40 Tony Korch, 52, Nanticoke, 18:41 Jared Kotsko, 17, Mountain Top, 18:47 Mike Lewis, 16, Shickshinny, 18:57 James Ryan, 19, Wilkes-Barre


Miseri records fall at ECAC championships The Times Leader staff

NEW YORK --- The Misericordia University men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams traveled to New York to compete in the ECAC Championships on Saturday. For the women, Kelsey Cameron ran the 800 meters in a school-record time of 2:17.23 and finished ninth, while Stacey Perrins finished 10th in the 200 meters (26.14). Jill Dunn, Cameron, Bridget Comiskey and Stephanie Grow placed ninth in the 1,600 relay (4:00.47), and Marinna Orrson finished eighth in the mile in a time of 4:05.81. On the men’s side, the 3,200 relay team of Kyle Suponcic, David McLean, Jarrett Higley and John Gibbons broke a school record with a time of 7:58.15.

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King’s Samantha Simcox reacts to their win over William Paterson as Lindsay Atchison (22) and Molly Dahl (14) run to celebrate with her.

shooting 37 attempts today,” Donoghue said. “But ultimately we just always try to talk about taking good shots. I don’t know if 37 was ‘good shots,’ but our shot selection was reasonably good I thought.” Through it all, the Pioneers (26-3) still had the ball on the final possession and a chance to win. They had four players finish in double figures in scoring.

They held a commanding 49-35 were on paper, they did a great edge on the glass. job.” But they couldn’t finish off the WILLIAM PATERSON (63): Lucas 2-10 1-2 5, Lady Monarchs. Borova 4-14 0-0 10, Smith 7-11 2-5 17, Callander 5-8 0-0 13, Jeter 7-12 1-2 15, Walker 0-1 2-2 2, Ja“It didn’t come down to that vis 0-3 0-0 0, Palmer 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 25-61 7-13 last shot,” Pioneers coach Erin 63. KING'S (64): Simcox 4-12 0-1 8, Rader 9-15 0-0 Michaels 5-13 3-4 14, Atchison 1-4 0-0 3, ManMonahan said. “We made some 27, ning 2-8 1-3 5, McHugh 0-2 0-0 0, Davies 0-2 1-2 1, bad decisions at the end. We mis- Dahl 2-6 0-0 6, Carlin 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 23-65 5-10 64. sed some foul shots. It was a Halftime— William Paterson, 34-27 3-point field goals— WPU 6-15 (Callander 3-6, whole bunch of things. Borova 2-6, Smith 1-1, Lucas 0-2); KC 13-37 (Rader 9-13, Dahl 2-4, Atchison 1-4, Michaels 1-5, “(King’s) did a great job. For McHugh 0-2, Davies 0-2, Carlin 0-2, Simcox 0-5) how mismatched I thought we


Federer slips past Murray for Dubai victory By MICHAEL CASEY AP Sports Writer

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Roger Federer edged Andy Murray 7-5, 6-4 Saturday to win his fifth Dubai Championships title. The second-seeded Federer didn’t drop a set all week and kept Murray off balance much of the match. The win was Federer’s fifth title in seven tournaments and his 72nd overall. “This is perfect. This is great. Any title is a good one, I’ll tell you that,” Federer said. “I have a losing record against Murray.” The 16-time Grand Slam champion improved to 7-8

Reginald Thomas. Schedule Saturday, March 18: Wyoming Valley Striders 32nd annual Winter’s End (4.5 mile) Run at 11 a.m. at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Lehman Twp. (first leg of Striders Triple Crown). Info: Vince Wojnar, 4745363. Saturday, March 24: Make a Break for Auley 5Km Run ane 1 Mile Walk at 10 a.m. at Kirby Park. Info: Joey, 417-8680. Saturday, March 31: 3rd annual American Red Cross “Run for the Red 5K Run/Walk” at 10:30 a.m. at the Blood Center, Hanover Industrial Estates, Hanover Twp. Info: Phoretta Hoover, 823-7161, ext. 340.


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game, all while still trailing 6353 with 2:28 to play. • They needed threes on consecutive trips down the floor from Rader and fellow juniors Molly Dahl and Lindsay Atchison, with Dahl’s line-drive shot even banking in. • They needed an inadvertent distraction of Atchison hitting the deck while guarding an inbound play, flustering a Pioneers player into turning it over on a five-second violation. • They needed Katlin Michaels, the focus of the Pioneers’ defense all night long, to hit a runner in traffic to give King’s a 64-63 lead with 42 seconds left. • And, of course, they needed Paterson’s driving layup at the buzzer to miss the mark, triggering the celebratory mob. “It was just a huge blur,” said Michaels, who finished with her second NCAA tournament double-double in as many nights (14 points, 10 assists). “As soon as Molly banked that three in, everything just started going right.” Things had been going right for Rader from the opening tip. The Scranton Prep grad connected on her first four shots from behind the arc and hit on five in the first half. After cooling down to start the second, Rader again found herself open with the game on the line, hitting her other four threes in the final four minutes. “It’s happened to me before, but not anything like this,” Rader said of the shooting groove she found. “It’s all about muscle memory. I’ve been shooting almost every day. I shoot on the three-point line and 2 feet behind the line. “It was just that kind of night.” King’s had come into the game planning to fire away from long range, though not to this extent. A whopping 57 percent of the Lady Monarchs’ field goal attempts came from behind the arc, finishing 13-of-37 on the night. Rader was 9-of-13, Dahl hit two and Michaels and Atchison had one apiece. “We thought we’d spread them out, but I didn’t think we’d be

1. Jeremy Dormer; 2. Paul Manley; 3. Ryan Veet. 4150: 1. Randy White; 2. Mark Wright; 3. George Dunbar. 51-60: 1. Tony Korch; 2. Bob Warnagiris. 61-70: 1. Len Sowinski; 2. Joe Dutko; 3. Max Furek; 4. George Cometis. 80 & over: 1. Ed Livsey. Top 3 females Kelly Ciravolo, 32, Shavertown, 18:33 Cathy Dragwa, 40, Mayfield, 20:07 Deedra Porfirio, 35, W. Pittston, 20:17 Female award winners: 1. Ciravolo; 2. Dragwa; 3. Porfirio. Age group winners: 12 & under: 1. Kara Centroni; 2. Andrea Rockefeller. 13-16: none. 1720: 1. Molly Roberts; 2. Grace Fazzi. 21-30: 1. Kristy Rockefeller; 2. Shelly Sobieray; 3. Sara Orloski. 3140: 1. Jill Matthews-Lada; 2. Jen Stec; 3. Brooke Bilko. 41-50: 1. Traci Dutko-Strungis; 2. Michele Wa-

against Murray, outplaying the 24-year-old from Scotland with a mix of powerful groundstrokes, drop shots and the occasional serve-and-volley. Murray, who was coming off a semifinal win against top-ranked Novak Djokovic, struggled with his backhand and serve. He won 85 percent of his first service points against Djokovic, but only 48 percent against Federer. “For sure I made a few too many mistakes in the second, and he was playing a lot more aggressive than in the first set,” Murray said. “Sets can come down to just a couple points. You get a lucky shot here or one great

shot and you can break the set wide open.” Federer saved two break points when down 3-2 in the first set at the Aviation Club. He saved the first when Murray hit a forehand long and won the second with a backhand volley. Federer broke Murray to go up 6-5 and took the first set when Murray hit a forehand wide. The two players traded breaks early in the second set before Federer broke decisively to make it 5-4. Murray saved one match point before the Swiss star hit a forehand winner into the corner. “The match was close, I think in both sets, I just gave myself

more opportunities than Andy did overall,” said Federer, who used the fast surface to his advantage. Murray insisted his win over Djokovic was not on his mind when he took the court against Federer. “It was a good win yesterday, good win the day before, tough match today,” Murray said. “So I’m just happy with the week, because at this stage last year I was in a very different position, different frame of mind.” Despite losing, Murray said his performance this week will help him at upcoming tournaments in the United States.

beat Cabrini in the 1996 NCAA tournament. Only the King’s comeback featured a whole host of playmakers like Williams. There was Rader, scoring 27 points – more than she’d ever scored in a college game before – by getting hotter than any Lady Monarch has ever been from behind the arc. There was Michaels, determination etched into her face, feeding 10 assists and scoring 12 points after being held scoreless until the final minute of the first half against a defense designed to stop her.


Susquehanna 4, King’s 2

Susquehanna defeated visiting King’s in Selinsgrove. The Monarchs did not score until Kevin Sweeney struck net off an assist by Kieran McMahon to trim the lead the Susquehanna lead to 3-1 heading into the final period. Susquehanna wasted little time when Austin Lein scored just 33 seconds into the fourth quarter to give the Crusaders a 4-1 lead. McMahon scored unassisted with 10:55 remaining but the Monarchs would draw no closer. King’s was outshot 27-20 and Susquehanna also held a 26-22 advantage in ground balls. Brendan McCrudden made 10 saves in goal for the Monarchs. With the loss, King’s falls to 0-3. There was Molly Dahl hitting her second basket of the game – a three-pointers with 97 seconds to play which pulled King’s within four points. And there was Atchison scoring her only points on a three-ball with 63 seconds remaining to get the Lady Monarchs within one and set up the winning bucket by Michaels. “I really don’t think you can explain it,” Atchison said. “Just our desire to win.” Some fantastic finishes really don’t need an explanation. They’re just built on an unshakeable belief in an old adage that’s proven true when winners never quit. Paul Sokoloski is a Times Leader sports columnist. You may reach him at 970-7109 or email him at


Alex Webster, former N.Y. Giants RB and coach, dies The Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Alex Webster, the star running back for the New York Giants who later coached the team for four years, died Saturday at a hospital in Florida. He was 80. Webster played for New York from 1955-64 and was the head coach from 1969-1973. He is fifth on the franchise list with 4,638 yards rushing and also ran for 39 touchdowns. “Alex was one of the all-time great Giants,” team co-owner John Mara said in a release. “He contributed so much to our team as a player, assistant coach and head coach. He was an even better person. We shall miss him dearly.” Webster played his entire NFL

career with New York. He rushed for two touchdowns in the Giants’ 47-7 victory over the Chicago Bears in the 1956 NFL championship game. The former North Carolina State star was inducted into the Giants’ Ring of Honor on Dec. 4. “Some of my greatest memories growing up were my father taking me and my brother and sister to Giants games at Yankee Stadium,” Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said. “I knew early in life what a great Giant Alex Webster is and was and what he meant to our organization. We are all thankful and proud of Alex’s induction into our Ring of Honor this past fall.” Webster also played for Montreal in the CFL in 1953-54.






PFBC trout stockers no longer enjoy an exemption from commercial driving regulations, meaning they are in need of some …

The Western Pocono Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host two expert speakers at its upcoming monthly meetings. On Tuesday, March 20, author Dwight Landis will give a presentation on fly fishing for native wild brown trout in mountain streams. On Tuesday, April 17, Ken Undercoffer, president of the Pa. Council of Trout Unlimited, will discuss the history of brook trout in Pennsylvania and the threats they face in many coldwater streams. Both meetings begin at 7 p.m., and will be held at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, 8844 Pa. Route 873, in Slatington. For more information, call 610-760-8889. The 11th Annual J&B Sportsmen’s Indoor Antique Fishing and Hunting Flea Market will be held Saturday, March 24, at the Clarion Hotel, 300 Meadow Ave., in Scranton. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and admission is $4 for adults. Children under 12 are free. An 8 a.m. early bird admission is available for $10. For more information and vendor registration, call Bob Kester at 5874427 or 587-0214, or visit The 9th Annual Sportsman’s Beast Feast, sponsored by the Men’s Ministry of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, will be held Saturday, March 24, at 6 p.m., at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 317 Luzerne Ave., in West Pittston. The event features a buffet of wild game, as well as some domestic offerings. The speaker will be sportsman Steve Diehl of Harrisburg. A veteran hunter for more than 25 years, Diehl will share adventures of hunting across the nation. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the church office at 654-2500 by Monday, March 19. The Pennsylvania Game Commission reported that HunterTrapper Education courses are filling up. To register for a course, visit the Game Commission’s website (, and click on the “Hunter Education Classes” icon in the center of the homepage. From here, you can elect to take either the basic “HunterTrapper Education” course, which is a 10hour course held on two or more days; or the “Hunter-Trapper Education Independent Study” course, which is a homestudy course followed by a one-day, four-hour classroom review and test. After determining which course format best fits your schedule, you can register online. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will hold a basic boating course Saturday, March 10, at Nescopeck State Park from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no fee for the course and participants can earn a Boating Safety Education Certificate, which is required for all operators of personal watercraft, regardless of age, and for boat operators born after Jan. 1, 1982, who operate motorboats of more than 25 horsepower. For more information or to register, call 4772206.


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Crestwood High School student and Watershed Team member Logan Bretz releases rainbow trout into Wapwallopen Creek on Friday.

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The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission officers and truck drivers may be a bit hurried when they stop to stock trout in area lakes and streams this stream. And for good reason. This year, the agency no longer has an agricultural exemption from commercial drivers license regulations, meaning the agency’s drivers can only be on the road for a limited time. Because the trout have to be stocked quickly so the drivers can keep moving, the meeting times for each stocking have been moved up and angler help will be more important than ever as the preseason stockings begin to take place. Waterways conservation officer John Cummings, whose district covers parts of Luzerne and Columbia counties, felt the impact of the new restrictions as he stocked a stretch of Wapwallopen Creek in Hollenback Township on Friday. “We had the driver, his assistant and myself, and 300 fish to stock,” Cummings said. “Combined with the other places we had to get to, it made for a long day.” Cummings did receive some valuable help at one stocking point on the Wapwallopen in Wright Township. When the truck pulled up, Crestwood High School teacher Fran Gough and six students from the Crestwood Watershed Team were ready to help. The students brought along a float stocking barrel that they made earlier in the year. The barrel was loaded with five buckets of trout – approximately 150 fish, and Cummings and the stocking trout were able to head out to the next stop while Gough and the students waded into the stream. The barrel was floated along a 200-yard stretch of the stream, and along the way the students netted rainbow trout out of the barrel and released them at various points. “It really allows you to spread the fish out and it speeds up the stocking process,” Gough said. Student Garrit Williams said the float stocking method will benefit both the trout

Preseason stocking schedule for Luzerne County: Frances Slocum Lake – March 9 – rainbow trout; Meet at Frances Slocum State Park Office at 11:45 a.m. Francis E. Walter Reservoir – March 27 – brook trout; Meet at Exit 273 White Haven interchange of I-80 and SR 940 at 11:15 a.m. Harveys Creek – March 31 – brown and rainbow trout; Meet at the PFBC Harris Pond parking lot at 11:30 a.m. Harveys Lake – April 10 – brown trout; Meet at the PFBC boat launch at 11:45 a.m. Kitchen Creek – April 10 – brook trout; Meet at the PFBC access at the lake at 11:45 a.m. Lake Frances – March 2 – brook trout Lake Irena – April 9 – brook trout; Meet at the lake at 11:15 a.m. Lake Took-A-While – April 5 – rainbow trout; Meet at the lake at 11:30 a.m. Lehigh River (downstream border of SGL 127) – April 11 – brook and brown trout; Meet at the Gouldsboro Truck Stop on Rt. 507 at 12:15 p.m. Lehigh River (Walter Dam Outlet) – March

27 – brook and brown trout; Meet at Exit 273 White Haven interchange of I-80 and SR 940 at 11:15 a.m. Lily Lake – April 5 – rainbow trout; Meet at the lake at 11:30 a.m. Moon Lake (tentative) – April 5 – rainbow trout; Meet at Lake Took-A-While at 11:30 a.m. Nescopeck Creek (Upstream boundary of SGL 187 and the park) – April 5 – brook and brown trout; Meet at Lily Lake at noon. Nescopeck Creek (Old bridge south of Lake Francis) – April 6 – brook and brown trout; Meet at Lake Francis parking lot at 11:15 a.m. Nescopeck Creek (Private bridge at Honey Hole) – April 6 – brook and brown trout; Meet at Lake Francis parking lot at 11:15 a.m. Pine Creek – April 10 – brook and brown trout; Meet at PFBC access area at the lake at 11:45 a.m. Wright Creek – April 6 – brook and brown trout; Meet at Lake Francis parking lot at 11:15 a.m.

and anglers who fish the stream on the April 14 opening day. “Because the trout are spread out more and they’re not released in just one location, it prevents one spot on the stream from getting fished really hard,” he said. Cummings agreed and said float stocking is definitely the preferred method, as long as there is enough help and the waterway is safe to wade through. In his previous district of Cumberland County, Cummings said 80 percent of the trout were released via float stocking. The Nanticoke Conservation Club uses float boxes to help stock Harveys Creek, Cummings said, and he’d like to see it done in more places throughout his district. “There’s definitely a value in it and it’s really advantageous for the in-season stockings,” he said. “You have places like Harveys Creek that if you dump the fish in one hole, everyone’s going to want to fish there, which doesn’t help the quality of the angling experience. Float stocking really opens

F L O AT B A R R E L S Fran Gough and his watershed team hope to build and donate more float barrels to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Materials for each float barrel cost $86. For information on how to donate funds or materials, call Gough at 474-6782, ext. 423.

things up and gives everyone more elbow room.” Wapwallopen Creek and Lake Frances were the first two waterways in Luzerne County to receive a preseason stocking of trout on Friday. Next up is Frances Slocum Lake on March 9, continuing a hectic time of year for WCOs and PFBC staff leading up to the first day of trout season. “We’re busy year-round but now the focus changes from the planning and preparation to actually getting in the field and putting the fish out there,” said Walt Dietz, outreach and education coordinator for the PFBC’s Northeast Region.

20TH ANNUAL FRIENDS OF NRA BANQUET he Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter T of Friends of NRA will hold its 20th annual fundraising banquet Saturday, March


24 at 5 p.m., at Genetti Manor, 1505 N. Main Ave. in Dickson City. Last year, more than 300 people attended the event. In addition to a family-style dinner, the banquet consists of live and silent auctions, bucket drawings, door prizes, and other games and special events. Included in the auctions and games are firearms, limited-edition prints and sculptures, and many other items. For more information on the Friends of NRA or to apply for a grant, visit their web site at, click on ‘Friends of NRA’ and then click on ‘Grants.” For information on the banquet, call Carl Mozeleski at 587-2662 or e-mail at

ne of the most important aspects of writing a column is to offer an opinion on a subject or decision that you don’t agree with. As long as one sticks to the facts and doesn’t engage in personal attacks, it’s not a bad thing to be critical or point out a negative. But it’s also important not to overlook the positives, or offer praise for a good deed or correct decision. Last month, there were two good decisions made when it comes to the outdoors. In January, more than 40 sportsmen and conservation organizations sent a letter to Gov. Tom Corbett urging him not to lease additional state forest land for oil and gas drilling. I sided with the groups’ position, stating that such a move could impact the revenue generated from outdoors recreation that occurs on the state forests and, more importantly, the character and environmental integrity of such places. Thanks in part to the 40 outdoors groups that spoke up in January, Corbett did not include any plan to lease additional state forest acreage when he released the state budget. It was a good move – one that Corbett should be commended for making. Days after the budget was released, Ken Undercoffer, president of the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited, praised the governor. “We’re pleased that the governor listened to Pennsylvania sportsmen and women and did not sacrifice Pennsylvania’s forests by turning them into a revenue item in the state budget,” Undercoffer stated in a press release. Undercoffer went on to request that Corbett provide permanent protection for the un-leased portion of the state forest land – another good move. When I wrote the column opposing the idea of leasing the state forest land, I wrote the move would be extremely risky due to a lack of oversight on the gas industry by the Department of Environmental Protection. It was more of an opinion than a criticism, but a week later, the DEP made a positive stride in the oversight department when they fined Chesapeake Appalachia LLC $565,000 for erosion and sediment control problems and wetland encroachment violations that occurred in Potter and Bradford counties. Still must display On a different front, in January there was talk that the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission board was strongly considering a move to do away with the requirement to display a fishing license. I wrote two columns opposing such a move and questioned why it was even being considered by the board. When the PFBC board held its quarterly meeting at the end of January, the display requirement was discussed at length. In the end, the board concluded to not do away with the display requirement, citing concerns with law enforcement’s ability to check hundreds of anglers at a stream or lake to see if they possess a valid license. Keeping the display requirement in place was the right call, and the PFBC board deserves a pat on the back, so to speak, for not pursuing the change. Pointing out the positives that Corbett, the DEP and the PFBC have achieved of late doesn’t mean they are perfect and it certainly shouldn’t insinuate that hunters and anglers shouldn’t continue to question their decisions or voice a concern. It also doesn’t mean that outdoors writers should no longer state an adverse opinion or criticize a decision, when the situation calls for it. It’s important for hunters, anglers and outdoors writers to scrutinize the decision makers and hold them accountable for a poor decision. And it’s equally important not to overlook the positive things they do and recognize when the proper decision is made.

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McIlory out in front at Honda The 22-year-old can get worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top ranking if he hangs onto two-shot lead. By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Rory McIlroy is one round away from No. 1 in the world. McIlroy made two big par saves Saturday on a windy back nine at PGA National and finished with a birdie from the bunker for a 4-under 66, giving him a two-shot lead over Harris English and Tom Gillis in the Honda Classic. McIlroy was in a similar position a week ago when he reached the final of the Match Play Championship â&#x20AC;&#x201D; win and the 22-yearold from Northern Ireland becomes the second-youngest player behind Tiger Woods to be No.1 in the world. Only this time, there is more than one player to contend with in the final round. Five players were within four shots of the lead, a group that includes PGA champion Keegan Bradley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t standing up 2 up on the first tee in the final,â&#x20AC;? McIlroy said, smiling. The group does not include Woods. He finally made a few putts, but not nearly enough to keep pace with everyone else. Woods went the last 11 holes without a birdie and had to settle for a 69, leaving him nine shots behind. English, the 22-year-old rookie who won on the Nationwide Tour last year while still an amateur, made a 10-foot par save on the 17th and finished with a 66. He will be in the final group with McIlroy, a rare time when the U.S. Open champion will be playing with someone his own age with a tournament on the line. They will be joined by Gillis, a 43-year-old journeyman who turned pro a year after McIlroy and English were born. Gillis had the lead to himself on the back nine until a bogey on the par-3 15th. He had a 69. McIlroy was at 11-under 199. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to have the lead going into tomorrow,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have to try to focus on what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been trying to do all week, which is hit fairways and hit greens and stay in the present, and not think about everything that could happen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just got to go out there and try to put a good number on the board.â&#x20AC;? The wind was at its strongest, though not too severe and the tees were moved forward on the par 3s over the water because of the dangerous front hole locations. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where McIlroy was at his best. He hit 8-iron at the middle of the green on No. 5 with a draw that held up against the wind to 10 feet and made one of only 10 birdies on the day. On the 15th hole, the start of PGA Nationalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous finish, McIlroy hit 9-iron to just outside 5 feet, the closest anyone got in the third round. There also was a bonus birdie on the par-4 11th, with water in front of the green. McIlroy was in

last summer on the Nationwide Tour was not an accident. He breezed through Q-school in December and has yet to miss a cut all year, though he has not finished better than a tie for 15th in the Phoenix Open. Even so, he is polished and looks capable of winning, even against a player whom everyone is ready to crown as No. 1. English is among them, smiling when asked about playing a 22year-old on the verge of going atop the world ranking. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rory is awesome,â&#x20AC;? English said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had a chance to meet him yet, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve definitely watched him play the last couple of years. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a great game and he deserves. I think heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best player in the world right now, hands down, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to tomorrow.â&#x20AC;?

mangled rough to the right, and the safe route was to play short and left of the green to avoid a big number. He blasted a 7-iron from 181 yards to the back fringe, and then holed a 50-foot putt. NBC Sports reporter Roger Maltbie walked by on the way to the 12th tee and said to him, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Really?â&#x20AC;? McIlroy tried to contain a smile under his cap and curly brown hair. Even so, his two key shots were for par. From the right rough on the 13th, the best he could manage was to hit into a front bunker, some 30 yards short of the flag. McIlroy nearly holed the shot to escape with par, and then he made an 8-footer for par on the next hole. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were two crucial holes today,â&#x20AC;? he said. English is showing that his win

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This week looks like it will start off cold, then warm up very nicely. Today will be a colder day. Skies will be mostly cloudy with some afternoon flurries. Monday will be the coldest day and night of the week, but we will have partly cloudy skies. Things will start to turn to the warm side on Tuesday as we reach a high of 40 with sunny skies. On Wednesday, it will be mostly sunny with highs around 55. Thursday will be partly cloudy and some places could see temperatures nearing 60! Late showers may start Thursday night and continue into Friday. The high for Friday will be in the mid-50s.

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Facebook fuels social-ad biz years later, amid concern that Facebook would put him out of business by replicating his company’s services, he called Sandberg. “Sheryl told me, ‘We want you to make a ton of money. We want to enable you with great technology,’ “Lazerow said of the 2009 conversation with Facebook’s chief operating officer. “ ‘We don’t have aspirations to be in the enterprise software business.” Facebook’s decision to stay



Shiller, is co-creator of the widely followed Standard & Poor’s/CaseShiller home price index. He has been routinely ranked as among the most influential economists in the world.

NEW YORK -- Entrepreneur Michael Lazerow parlayed booming demand for advertising on Facebook -- and reassurances from its operating chief, Sheryl Sandberg -- into a business that generates almost $100 million a year in sales. Lazerow, 37, founded Buddy Media Inc. in 2007 to help companies promote their brands on Facebook. Two

out the way, along with its surge in popularity, have spawned a cottage industry of startups like Buddy Media that help companies peddle their wares and brands on the world’s largest social network. Marketers eager to reach Facebook’s 845 million users pay fees as high as millions of dollars a year to these softwaresavvy go-betweens to create pages where customers can get discounts, participate in contests and interact with fel-

low fans. “They know the Facebook infrastructure inside and out, and they have developed interesting apps that marketers can tap into so they don’t have to reinvent the wheel,” said Debra Aho Williamson, an analyst at EMarketer. The market for social-media management tools will more than double to $970 million in 2016, from $389 million this See SOCIAL, Page 2D


Economist counsels caution By DEREK KRAVITZ AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON — He predicted the tech-stock collapse. He foresaw the housing bust. So naturally, everyone wants to know what Robert Shiller thinks of today’s stock prices, now perched at a four-year high. Or about the direction of home prices. Keep your hopes in check. Shiller is disinclined these days to offer specific predictions about the direction of stocks, home prices or any other asset whose prices can surge or plunge before we can fully grasp what’s going on. In his 2000 book “Irrational Exuberance,” Shiller warned of a stockmarket bubble. Five years later, Shiller detected a bubble in home prices and argued that it posed a grave threat. Shiller, a Yale economist, is cocreator of the widely followed Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index. He has been widely ranked among the most influential economists in the world. Despite his accurate past warnings, Shiller, 65, is generally skeptical of his profession’s ability to foresee shifts in the economy. Much of his recent work focuses on behavioral economics — how psychology drives financial decision-making. He believes home or stock prices flow from the confidence of consumers or investors. Confidence, in turn, reflects the story lines people invent to frame their memories of events — from stock crashes to housing booms. Ultimately, he says, our financial decisions reflect our emotions and memories more than the state of the economy. In an interview with The Associated Press, Shiller spoke about the housing market, the stock market, the economy and human behavior. Excerpts appear below, edited for length and clarity. Q: A lot of housing market experts think home prices have bottomed. You’ve been more bearish. A: It’s not so much that I’m forecasting falling home prices as that I question whether anyone is able to forecast them right now. They won’t fall forever, but they can fall for a long time. I don’t know where home


Ralph Yanora stands near his filtration system in his Pittston business.



ITTSTON – Ralph Yanora knows natural gas. And he knows water. And he’s well aware of the dangers in mixing the two. • Yanora, a Wilkes-Barre native now living in Pittston, has 37 years experience in the water, waste water and natural gas industries. He worked for Pennsylvania Gas and Water and Pennsylvania American Water before deciding he wanted to be his own boss and opened a business 21 years ago out of his house.

He began by traveling the state training water and waste water workers. Now his company, called Pennsylvania Water Specialists Co./Yanora Enterprises, has an office along Main Street in Pittston. And while it still offers training, it has expanded to also offer water testing, water and wastewater system treatment, and installation and repair of backflow systems. Essentially, what he is training others to do, his business does, too. Contracts with area water companies to handle leak detection and backflow system installation account for a clear majority of his

business. But thanks to the Marcellus Shale gas drilling industry that’s set up drill sites throughout Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier, water sample testing has become a more prominent part of his portfolio. In 2008, before drilling companies started hydraulic fracturing, he employed three. Now his staff has 11 full timers — a handful of them living and working in the heart of Marcellus Shale country -and two part timers. The gas drilling industry “has been very good” for business, Yanora, 56, said. And while issues like

Ralph Yanora’s training facility in his Pittston business.

contamination from a faulty well casing in Dimock have given the industry a black eye, Yanora said from what he’s seen the drilling has not affected water sources negatively. “So far,” he said, “testing of private wells has shown that trace amounts of methane and bacteria were present before drilling, and that’s normal for wells.” He said gas companies have hired his company to test wells within a specified distance from potential drill sites to show what was in the water before they got there. See YANORA, Page 2D

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Load up on Easter goodies on sale this week at CVS, Rite Aid EASTER IS A little more than a month away and that means the “Easter Bunny” should start loading up on goodies to fill the wee ones’ baskets. Start at CVS this week where a 7 ounce bag of Gold Emblem Jelly Beans is 99 cents and if you use your Extra Care Card, you’ll get a coupon for 99 cents good toward a future store purchase printed on your receipt. Use that coupon to snag another bag and you’ll pay 99 cents for two bags of beans. Rite Aid has a ton of candy on sale or offering +Up Rewards when you purchase them. Get three Russell Stover Easter singles, including the

ANDREW M. SEDER STEALS & DEALS yummy Coconut Nest, for 99 cents. Also, bags of Dove eggs and Hershey’s Bliss eggs are on sale for $2.99. And you’ll get $1 in +Up Rewards printed on your receipt when you use your Wellness+ Card. There’s a limit of two rewards per card on this offer. Here’s another good Easter basket filler: Target has 6- or 10-count boxes of Market Pantry fruit snacks on sale for $1.69. Many families take Easter portraits at this time of the year. If you’re one of them, head to a local JC Penney portrait studio this month to get free sitting fees and a free 8x10 portrait

sheet. Call your local studio for full details. Check out the Rite Aid circular today and find a pull-out coupon section worth more than $137. Among them are $2 off Huggies jumbo packs of diapers, Pull Ups or GoodNites and $4 off all Playtex baby care products. The Discover Card claims to be “the card that pays you back.” Well if you use it on select purchases sold directly through over the next two weeks, you can get free one-day shipping. Items include cameras, car electronics, cell phones and accessories, software, jewelry, portable DVD players, Blu-ray Players, digital media devices, MP3 players and more. Use the code DSCVRSHP at checkout to get the deal. See the details here:

ture.html?ie=UTF8&docId= 1000772031 Here are this week’s best uses of coupons found in today’s Times Leader: Head to Rite Aid with the $1 off four cans of Campbell’s Chunky soup. The cans are on sale two for $3 so you’ll pay $5 for four cans plus if you use your Wellness+ Card you’ll get two $1 coupons good for a future store visit. Price Chopper has a pair of coupon doublers in this week’s circular. With these you’ll be able to turn a $1 coupon into a $2 coupon. There is a limit of two doublers per family, so use them wisely. Or ask other families to shop for you. One good use is the $1 off Gillette body wash, which is on sale for $3.99. You’ll pay just $1.99.


Slower trucks could cut fuel demand, prices


t’s all too easy these days to complain about rising gasoline prices. The steady march upward from $3.28 a gallon for unleaded on Jan. 1 has been inescapable, and has the potential to alter consumer behavior. It’s already changed mine; last week, disgusted at the $3.95 per gallon for premium I put in only five gallons, foolishly hoping the price would drop before I needed to fill up again. So instead of just complaining, why aren’t more political and business leaders offering credible strategies to minimize price increases or stimulate efficiencies to make them less painful. OK, forget politicians, who offer only vague assertions that if they’re elected prices will drop. We’ve come to accept that their horizon stretches only to the next election. But what about responsible business executives? Don’t they take the long view, plotting the next decade or more of their companies’ success? Sadly, that too is rare, as quarterly earnings make or break a career (and even broken ones pay well). In that vacuum, and fully aware of H.L. Mencken’s admonition that “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong,” I’m going to suggest this: Slow down the trucks. That’s it – don’t allow semi-trailers or other large trucks to go more than 55 miles per hour and we’ll cut fuel consumption enough to make fuel suppliers compete harder for our gasoline and diesel dollars. Will it work? Just read what truck maker Kenworth said in a white paper on fuel economy: “Approximately half the energy used by a truck traveling 55 mph is to simply move the air around that truck. At 65 mph, about two-thirds of the energy is used to cut through the air.” Given that a fully loaded tractortrailer gets something in the range of 6 miles per gallon, that 10 mph reduction would save about 15 percent on fuel costs. That would be real money, since trucks consume about 22 billion gallons of diesel each year. How do you slow them down? This may be a two-step process. First, require that all trucks be equipped with devices that limit their maximum speed to 55 mile per hour. This is where government could do something really helpful by financing the installation with interest-free loans. If we can subsidize banks by letting them borrow from the Treasury at zero interest, surely we could afford this. Since it’s certain some truckers would disable the devices, there would have to be consistent enforcement and meaningful penalties, at least in the early months and years. Slowing trucks would have other benefits, for truckers and motorists alike: • Bringing a big rig to a stop when there’s trouble ahead is a challenge, and stopping distances would be shorter at lower speeds. • Since trucks would be the slowest vehicles on the interstate, they’d stick to the right lane, making it easier and safer for cars to pass. This is a far more direct and doable way to boost truck mileage than proposed federal fuel-economy standards. Those may still be a good idea, but they wouldn’t begin to phase in until 2014 and would take another four years to be fully in place. And they wouldn’t do a thing for older trucks. Is this realistic? Practically, sure, politically it seems interest groups rise up against any suggestion of change, good or bad. Ultimately the best way to increase mileage and reduce consumption of oil is to make fuel even more costly, and the most-efficient way to do that is to tax it more. Please hold the hate mail on that idea for a later column, and keep in mind that even respected conservative columnist Robert Samuelson makes that case.

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



BUSINESS AGENDA EMPLOYEE BENEFITS SEMINAR: Wednesday, 8:30 a.m., Woodlands Inn & Resort, Highway 315, Plains Township. Presentation on the Bright Choices Exchange offered for Chamber of Commerce members with two to 50 employees. Free, continental breakfast served. Call 1-800377-3539 to reserve or for more information. HR ROUNDTABLE: Wednesday, 1 1 a.m.-1 p.m., Top of the 80s, Sugarloaf. Presenter Mary M. Tiernan, program analyst, Philadelphia District Office will discuss recent EEOC initiatives, EEOC charge filing and litigation trends and tips for dealing with the EEOC. $36 for Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Employers Association members; nonmembers $72, includes lunch. To register, email, or call 622-0992. MICROSOFT OFFICE AND WINDOWS 7 SEMINAR: March 13, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Greater Hazleton Chamber office, 20 W. Broad St., Hazleton. Discover useful features in Microsoft Office and the Windows 7 operating system. $10 for Chamber members; nonmembers $15. Reservations required; call 455-1509 or email BUY A BUSINESS SEMINAR: March 13, 1 1:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Hampton Inn, Route 6, Tunkhannock. Led by Gary Casey, SCORE volunteer. Covers topics involved in buying or starting a small business. Free. To register, call 836-7755 or email GREATER PITTSTON CHAMBER WINTER BREAKFAST MEETING: March 14, 7:45 a.m., St. Anthony’s Parish Center, 28 Memorial St., Exeter. Guest speaker will be David A. Casinelli, chief operating officer. Yuengling Brewery. $18 per person. Reservations must be made by Wednesday; call 655-1424. MARKETING MASTERY: March 14, and March 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Greater Scranton Chamber of

Commerce, 222 Mulberry St., Scranton. $75 for members of any Chamber of Commerce; $99 for nonmembers, includes course materials. Also will be available as a webinar. Training grants available for qualified businesses. Reservations required by Wednesday; call 3470270 or visit

RED CARPET BREAKFAST: March 21,7:45-9 a.m., Best Western Genetti Inn & Suites, 1341 N. Church St., Hazleton. Speaker, state Rep. Sarah Toohil. $20 for Greater Hazleton Chamber members; nonmembers $25. Reservations required; call 4551509 or email NETWORKING MIXER: March 21, 5-7 p.m., Mea’s Restaurant, 8 W. Broad St., Hazleton. Free for Greater Hazleton Chamber members, employees and guests. Complimentary hors d’ oeuvres, cash bar, door prizes. Reservations required; call 4551509 or email ECONOMIC OUTLOOK LUNCHEON: March 22, 1 1:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., The Woodlands, Route 315, Plains Township. Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber event, presented by Wells Fargo. $30 for chamber members. To reserve or for more information, call 823-2101, ext. 133. 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 email address. The submission deadline is Wednesday for publication on Sunday.


Anthony Carra, Dunmore, has been promoted to mortgage loan originator for Luzerne County. Carra is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in business and is Carra pursuing his master’s in finance at Marywood University. Jamine Mbae, Dunmore, has been promoted to mortgage loan underwriter. Mbae is a graduate of Marywood University with a Bachelor of Science in accounting and the University of Scranton with a master’s degree in Mbae finance. Danielle Gevaras, Mount Cobb, has been promoted to loan operations clerk. Gevaras is a gradu-





Nine employees of Golden Technologies who have worked for the company for 20 or more years were honored recently. Fred Kiwak, senior vice president of research and development and co-founder; Eddie Pollard, lift chair operations Manager; Allan Mizenko, material resources manager; Nancy Kuffa, director of order control; Lori Thomas, credit manager; Elaine Slusarczyk, accounts payable department; Christopher Kiwak, Purchasing Manager; Lisa Miller, key accounts customer service representative; and John Partika, upholstering department. Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply Inc., Jessup, is the first company in the world to be certified Clean Green by TRSA, an industry trade association. Dempsey has met TRSA’s requirements for achieving efficiencies in water and energy conservation and adopting best management practices for reusing, reclaiming





ate of North Pocono High School and is pursuing a business degree at Penn State World Campus.

POCONO RACEWAY Ricky Durst will join the Pocono Raceway management staff as director of ticket operations. Durst is a graduate of Middlebury College with a degree in American Civilization.

KING’S COLLEGE Gina Gibbon, Hanover Township, has been named costume shop manager and resident costume designer in the Theatre Department. Gibbon graduated from Luzerne County Community College with a degree in commercial art and graphic design.



Elizabeth Randol has been appointed to director of strategic operations. L.R. Costanzo Co. Inc. is a construction services provider based in Scranton.


and recycling resources. Matthew P. Barrett, Scranton, has been certified as a life member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the MultiMillion Dollar Advocates Forum. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, Barrett awards and settlements. Barrett is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law and is a partner in the law firm of O’Malley Harris Durkin & Perry, P.C., located in Scranton. Cross Valley FCU has been certified as a Community Development Financial Institution by the Community Development Financial Institution Fund, a program within the United States Department of Treasury to promote economic revitalization and community development.


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Borton-Lawson received the 2012 American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania Grand Conceptor Award for the Lehigh River/Pohopoco bridge replacement project on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The award honors the project deemed the best in the state, based on innovation, future value to engineering, sustainability, complexity and exceeding client needs. The Wilkes-Barre firm also won a 2012 ACEC/PA Diamond Award Certificate for the Frantz bridge replacement project in Lehigh County. The design incorporated historic and modern elements. Shown accepting the Diamond award are Kenneth M. McClain, BortonLawson’s Lehigh Valley area manager, and James R. McGee, P.E., PennDOT Engineering District 5-0.

As more wells are planned, he said more business will likely come his way. In 2010, Yanora said about 5 percent of his business was gas related. Now it’s about 20 percent and in five years, he estimates, drilling related contracts will account for about half of his business. “I never thought we would grow so big so fast,” Yanora said. “Safe water has been our focus for over 35 years. Addressing the growing water problems in private wells in the area is a logical progression for Yanora Enterprises,” said Yanora, who serves as both owner and president of the company. In 2010, Yanora opened a new wet-lab facility, the first in Pennsylvania. One of few facilities of its kind in the nation, the wet lab is fully certified for use in instruction in all areas of backflow preven-

tion and cross connection control. Not having those controls in place was linked to outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease and giardiasis in the past. In addition, the company has created a mobile wet-lab to offer training at various locations throughout the state. This is the only one of its kind, he said, in the region. Colleen Connolly, a state Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman, said she isn’t authorized to speak specifically about Yanora but speaking generally about water testing and what Yanora does, she said it’s encouraged. “DEP recommends testing wells every year,” she said, to get base line numbers for various contaminants including chloroform bacteria, dissolved solids and pH levels. She added that residents should contract with companies certified by DEP to perform the testing. His company is DEP certified Yanora said.


Tread softly when addressing colleague’s loud talking By MARIE G. MCINTYRE McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Q: “Paula,” one of our team members, talks so loudly that we can hear every word of her phone conversations and discussions with other co-workers. The constant sound of her voice is both distracting and annoying. I personally believe this is just Paula’s pathetic attempt to show us how busy and important she is. Everyone walks on eggshells around Paula, including our team leader, because she is very defensive and can be downright mean if someone rubs her the wrong way. To make it worse, Paula is good friends with the human resources manager, so no one is willing to complain about her. What can we do about this? A: Politically intelligent people know how to raise issues diplomatically without sharing all their feelings. Instead of attribut-

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prices will be in 10 or 20 years. Q: If prices do fall further, does it follow that many homeowners will feel less wealthy, and they’ll reduce spending and that will slow the economy? A: Yes, we find that the “wealth effect” is stronger for housing than it is for the stock market. Many stocks are held in retirement portfolios, so people are not as likely to respond to a decline in value there as they would if it were something more immediate. In recent years, the home-equity loan has become very important as a way of sustaining consumption. Now that home prices have fallen, those loans are not so available. It seems pretty obvious that it’s

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WYOMING COUNTY CHAMBER LUNCHEON: March 14, noon, The Fireplace restaurant, Route 6, Tunkhannock. Dave Sweeley, area manager for Southwestern Energy, will speak. The company has a local office in Tunkhannock. Free for Chamber members; others $10 each. Reserve by calling 836-7755 or by emailing Robin at

CORPORATE LADDER Igor Bodnar, Wilkes-Barre, has been promoted to business development officer. Bodnar earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from King’s College in 2009. Bodnar


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directly, describe your concerns, and suggest a strategy. For example: “I want to be sure that you are aware of everything on our Facebook page, so I try not to post any updates without your approval. To ensure that you have all the information in advance, would you like me to send you a summary email before I make changes to Facebook?” Managers frequently have unspoken expectations about communication, so it’s always a good idea to inquire about their preferences. If your colleague’s comment was correct, your boss will undoubtedly appreciate your desire to keep her in the loop. On the other hand, you may find that there really is no problem.

ing questionable motives to your vociferous colleague, try taking the slightly more charitable view that Paula might be experiencing a hearing loss. Making this reasonable assumption will allow you to approach the HR manager in a spirit of helpfulness. For example: “We’ve noticed that Paula seems to talk quite loudly almost all the time. This is very distracting for the rest of us, and we’re beginning to think she might have a hearing problem. We’re not comfortable bringing up such a delicate subject, but since you seem to have a good relationship with Paula, we thought you might be able to ask about it.” After that, having done all you can do, you just need to let it go. If you’re lucky, the HR manager will take steps to resolve the problem. And who knows, perhaps Paula really does need a

Q: In an effort to attract new customers, the small shop where I work recently created a Facebook page. During weekly staff meetings, our manager has the whole team brainstorm Facebook ideas, then authorizes me to make the changes. Before I post an update, I always talk with her to be sure I have it right. Recently, a co-worker informed me that our manager feels I’m not keeping her up-todate regarding the information on Facebook. Apparently, she doesn’t remember our discussions. Should I start sending her a confirming email after every conversation? A: Having received this news through the grapevine, you need to be careful about jumping to premature conclusions. Instead of getting all worked up over hearsay, talk with your manager

going to affect consumption. Q: What trends would you need to see for a strengthening of prices and then a sustained rise in home prices? A: One thing that has been encouraging: The National Association of Home Builders’ housing market index has been shooting up. Builders are seeing signs of increasing demand. But it remains at a low level. So it’s ambiguous evidence. But that might be taken as a sign that the market is improving. Q: Do you think there’s a bubble forming in the U.S. stock market or in any other asset? A: It doesn’t seem to me that we’re in a bubble situation as we were, say, in the 1990s. In the 1990s, there was just a general mood that we’re entering a new millennium, with Internet technology and advanced technology and America soaring. It was a bubble all over the world, really.

I don’t know that we’re in that state of confidence now. Q: Do you think any asset bubbles are forming in China? A: China had what looks like a bubble, but the government has taken steps against it. This is another reason not to expect bubbles so much. The stock market bubble of the 1990s and the housing bubble of the 2000s were still at a time when central bankers and government authorities believed much more in free-market efficiency than they do now. The authorities are now thinking that it’s their responsibility to choke off bubbles. Q: If you had to put all your money for the next decade in either stocks or super-safe, inflation-protected securities from the U.S. Treasury what would you do? A: Stocks. They’re highly priced, and they’re risky, but they’ve had a good historic re-

cord. And last time I looked, inflation index bonds have a negative real yield. Q: Is there any recent good book on consumer psychology or a non-econ subject that you’ve read? A: Well, I like Danny Kahneman’s new book, “Thinking, Fast and Slow.” This reflects a psychological literature that the human mind is designed to build memories around narratives, especially human interest stories. Our mind stores memories as sequences of events with an ending. The story of the Great Depression is a story that’s in our memories. Another story is the patriotic one of the greatness of our country that may resonate more at some times than at others. And when it does resonate, it encourages people to be spending and investing in an optimistic way.

nouncing its first foray into mobile advertising. Facebook also unveiled features that give businesses more flexibility in posting photos and other content while keeping closer tabs on interaction with customers. Other social-advertising startups include Wildfire Interactive, Vitrue and Syncapse. PepsiCo worked with Wildfire Interactive in October to create a “Dew Labs” Facebook page, where more than 6,500 fans of Mountain Dew post photos and videos of themselves enjoying the beverage and offer their opinion

onnewflavors.Thecompanysaid it pays Wildfire $35,000 a year for the page. Wildfire specializes in services Facebook can’t offer, said Victoria Ransom, chief executive officer of the Redwood City, Calif.-based company. “They’ve got companies like Wildfire and Buddy and others that have scores of engineers and people thinking all day long about how we can provide the best tools that will support a company’s advertising on Facebook,” Ransom said. Facebook “can focus on what’s core to them.”

The social-ad industry that has sprung up around Facebook is comparable to the search-engine marketing boom that followed Google’s emergence as the dominantWeb-searchprovider.Unlike search marketers, which make money based on consumers’ interaction with search-related ads, social-advertisingcompaniesgenerate recurring sales of software subscriptions. That makes them comparable to business-application vendors like, saidJulesMaltz,aventurecapitalist at Institutional Venture Partners.

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Richard Lupi opened the business that sells hydroponic and home gardening supplies, as well as home brewing beer and wine kits and ingredients. The 1,500-square-foot store is located in the Fashion Mall plaza, across from the Viewmont Mall at 221 ScrantonCarbondale Highway, Dickson City. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday

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MarketPulse BREATHE EASIER The latest investment opportunity: overweight truckers. About 20 percent of truckers are morbidly obese, and obese people tend to suffer from sleep apnea. That means they don’t breathe well as they sleep, which can result in drowsy drivers. An advisory committee for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is recommending that all morbidly obese truckers be checked for apnea. That could mean 1.1 million new customers will need CPAP machines, which help people breathe while asleep, Citi Investment Research says. That could mean more demand for ResMed (RMD) and others CPAP makers. There are 7 million commercial motor vehicle drivers on U.S. interstates. Among them, 90 percent are overweight, 50 percent are obese and 20 percent are morbidly obese.

Source: Citi Investment Research

QUICK SILVER Haven’t we seen this before? AlSilver price per ounce ready the price of silver has dropped steeply twice in the last $50 year on worries that its price has risen too far, too fast. It happened a third time on Wednesday. Silver plunged 7 percent after investors figured there was less of a chance 40 that the Federal Reserve will launch a new round of bond buying to help the economy. Investors earlier bought gold and $33.82 silver on expectations that more 30 bond buying – and therefore inflation – was coming. Several analysts expect silver to fall further: Barclays Capital predicts it will drop to $31.80 per ounce by the end of the year, 20 down from about $35 now.

LET’S GET ACTIVE ETFs are booming in popularity: Investors poured a record $28.2 billion into them in January, according to Lipper. ETFs are like traditional mutual funds in that they invest in lots of different things, like the 500 stocks in the S&P 500 or a mix of corporate bonds. The difference is that investors can buy and sell ETFs throughout the day, while mutual funds are priced just once. Until now, most ETFs have simply tracked different indexes. But more are starting to use stock and bond pickers to try to beat the index. The latest is PIMCO Total Return ETF (TRXT), which is run by Bill Gross, who manages the largest U.S. bond fund. If it succeeds, expect to see even more active ETFs, says fund researcher Strategic Insight. They now make up just 0.5 percent of all ETFs.

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Size doesn’t matter InsiderQ&A

Brian Jacobsen Who he is: Chief Portfolio Strategist for Wells Fargo Funds Management, which manages $209 billion in assets. What he suggests: Forget about a company’s size, it’s the industry that matters.

When investors consider mutual funds, they often ask whether it’s a large-cap or small-cap fund and whether it focuses on growth or value stocks. Financial analysts also often focus their debates on the size and style of stocks: Is now the time for big stocks to become market leaders, rather than small stocks? But Brian Jacobsen says investors shouldn’t pay much attention to that. After looking at 21 quarters’ worth of data for 3,000 stocks, he found that a stock’s industry matters more than whether it’s a large cap or growth stock. So when picking a mutual fund, I shouldn’t care whether it’s a large-cap value or small-cap growth fund? It’s kind of arbitrary. I think that when the research was done to say that size matters or style matters, it was not necessarily something that an entire industry was supposed to be built on. The original premise was that, in certain instances, size can make a difference, and that certain attributes like valuation matters. It can be useful for describing something but not for making an investment decision. So what is useful? Really what matters is the sector. You mean a large-cap bank stock’s movements depend more on it being a bank than on it being a large-cap or a value stock? Right. If you want a diversified portfolio, that’s what you should pay attention to. Not just a check-the-box mentality of investing. Do countries make a difference? Like a U.S. bank stock versus a foreign bank stock? Country does make a difference, but it’s becoming less important now. It used to be, especially in emerging markets, that the company’s domicile was really important, whereas in the developed world, the sector was the dominant factor. But now as time has gone on, we’re seeing that businesses that operate in China, they might be domiciled in Luxembourg or the U.S. Is that a Western company or a Chinese company? If sectors are the best way to look at the market, which sectors look good now? Right now, we’re favoring the energy sector. It is a natural hedge against high oil prices. They’re the ones that profit from it We also like healthcare. That’s more of a long-term investment. They’re selling to a bunch of addicts — the longer you live, the more health care you require. The more you require, the more you buy, and the more you live. Some people would call that a vicious cycle, others would call it a virtuous cycle. And technology. We like to find those companies that help other businesses improve their efficiency. Answers edited for content and clarity. AP

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Sticking with utilities

has also made them cheaper, relative to their earnings. Utility stocks have an average price-earnings ratio of 13.5, meaning they trade at 13.5 times their earnings per share over the last 12 months. That’s down from 14.9 in late 2011. Over the last decade, utilities have had an average P/E ratio of 13.5. But that could rise to 15 or even 17, according to Credit Suisse analysts. That’s because yields on bonds and savings accounts are low, which makes the dividends that utilities pay even more attractive. Utilities in the S&P 500 have an average dividend yield of 4.1 percent, twice the 2 percent yield for the index. Credit Suisse also forecasts earnings growth of 3 to 6 percent for regulated utilities, which tend to have steady earnings. Suggested buys: Edison International (EIX) and CMS Energy (CMS), which run regulated utilities in California and Michigan, respectively.

Utility stocks are a disappointment. Although the stock market is off to a great start this year, investors are worried that utility stocks’ nearly 15 percent climb in 2011 — topping all of the industries in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index — was too far, too fast. Utility stocks are down 3.5 percent so far in 2012, compared with the 9.3 percent rise of the index. Yet they’re still good long-term buys. Several financial analysts point out that utility stocks offer relatively high dividends, look set for steady profit growth and aren‘t expensive. One of the reasons that Citi Investment Research analyst Brian Chin is optimistic is their recent poor performance. He points out that over the last 20 years — nearly every time utility stocks have trailed the market by this much over 40 trading days, they did better than the S&P 500 over the next 12 months. The stocks’ recent decline

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Earnings season’s biggest winners

Usually it’s bad for a stock when a company loses money. It’s usually really bad when the loss is bigger than financial analysts expected. But Micron Technology has proved to be an exception. It reported a loss of 19 cents per share for its last quarter, nearly double the loss of 10 cents that analysts expected. But its stock is up 34.9 percent since that Dec. 22 report. That’s the biggest gain for any stock in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index following its earnings report, according to FactSet. The reason: Investors are looking ahead to better times for Micron, a maker of memory chips. It was hurt last quarter by flooding in Thailand, which shut down many factories. Analysts expect demand for chips to improve now that the flooding has subsided. Micron also rose on the bankruptcy filing of a rival chip maker from Japan. That should limit supply of chips and benefit the remaining competitors. This screen shows the stocks in the S&P 500 that have had the biggest gains since reporting their earnings. SOURCE: FactSet


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From left, Jim Kabler and his wife, Sharon, with son, Matt, and his partner, Scott Stark, who live together on Whidbey Island, Wash. Jim Kabler, a self-described conservative Republican, said he had to ‘rearrange my thinking’ 14 years ago after his younger son told him he was gay.



The Seattle Times

EATTLE — The phone call from their younger son, away at college, caught Jim and Sharon Kablerunprepared.•Theirbrightchild,salutatorianathishighschool,Mattwastellingthem

that he was gay. • “I felt sick to my stomach,” recalled Jim Kabler, a retired California state correc-

tionsofficerandself-describedconservativeRepublican.“Ihadthechoicerightthenofthrowingthe phone through the wall or having a relationship with my son.” That was 14 years ago, when in state after state laws were being enacted to prevent people like Matt Kabler from being able to marry the man he someday would come to love. His parents, who live on Whidbey Island, Wash., have since become powerful advocates for same-sex marriage — their acceptance of it foreshadowing that of other Americans, who major national polls show now support such unions at a rate of more than 50 percent. The shift has been gradual, happening as more gays and lesbians have felt freer to live their lives openly. With that, more people have come to realize they know someone — a family member, a friend, a co-worker, the guy down the street — who is gay. Yet, even as sentiments have shifted slowly, Americans remain deeply divided on the question of same-sex marriage. Just hours after Gov. Chris Gre-

goire signed a bill Feb. 13 legalizing same-sex marriage in Washington, bringing the state in line with six others and the District of Columbia, those who oppose such unions filed a referendum aimed at recalling the legislation in November. Gay-marriage opponents also have filed an initiative to ensure marriage in the state remains between one man and one woman. In fact, gay marriage is expected to play a significant role in this year’s presidential election and could appear in one form or another on ballots in at least five states. The Rev. Joseph Fuiten, senior pastor at Cedar Park Church in Bothell, who is backing the referendum, acknowledges support for gay marriage has grown but is not convinced this shift is deep or lasting. “I do think there’s been some movement, yes,” he said. “But how deep that change is and what the components of the belief behind it are, I don’t know. It’s an extrapola-

tion argument. And because we’ve progressed to a certain point, is it inevitable that we will continue to progress beyond that point?” Experts say the change toward support of gay marriage has been building gradually over the past decade as the world saw its first samesex marriages, the Supreme Court struck down Texas’ anti-sodomy law and cities, and states were passing measures to extend more rights and protection to gays. “What’s ironic is that all the antigay rhetoric increased support for same-sex marriage,” said Brian Powell, a professor of sociology at Indiana University. “It reduced the taboo around talking about the topic — people no longer had to lower their voice to say the word homosexual — and because the rhetoric was so heated it pushed reasonable people to want to distance themselves and say ‘I’m not like that.’” See GAY, Page 6E

A look at the sometimes fractured segments of GOP By DAVID LIGHTMAN McClatchy Newspapers

The Republican Party is hard to define. The easy part is detailing its struggles. It still has difficulty attracting big numbers of African-American voters and tends to be less popular than the Democratic Party with Hispanics. But among its core voters — those who cast ballots in this year’s GOP caucuses and primaries — the GOP includes several very different blocs. While some factions are stronger than others, none is so dominant it can choose the GOP’s presidential nominee by itself. They share one common characteristic: They’re fiscal conservatives. They want deficits reduced dramatically, and fast. They want taxes lower, and they want, as Ronald Reagan used to say, to get government off people’s backs. Beyond that, though, are different factions, some more powerful than



“What’s ironic is that all the anti-gay rhetoric increased support for same-sex marriage. It reduced the taboo around talking about the topic …”

‘Final Four’ leave number of concerns MERCIFULLY FOR Republicans, the contentious 2012 presidential primary in Michigan is over. But the news last week didn’t get any better for the GOP. An unrelenting electoral schedule, designed by party leaders two years ago, now forces finalists Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum to take their catfight into 10 more states on Tuesday. Under the bright lights of news media scrutiny, in seven primaries (Ohio, Georgia, Massachusetts, Vermont, Virginia, Tennessee and Oklahoma) and three caucuses (North Dakota, Idaho and Alaska), Republicans are saddled with four unappealing candidates and left wondering how they ever arrived at this point. Concerned about jobs and the economy, Republicans in the Great Lake State went to the polls on Tuesday having endured a primary campaign focused on contraception, Mrs. Romney’s Cadillacs, Mr. Romney’s recollection of events that never occurred, his opposition to emergency auto industry loans under Presidents George Bush (43) and Obama, and the height of Michigan’s trees. Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum spent his time lecturing on contraception and leveling screwball attacks at Presidents Barack Obama and John F. Kennedy. As if. When Santorum wasn’t knee-deep in contraception he inexplicably attacked the president and angrily called him a snob for suggesting every American should have the opportunity to go to college. He also went after JFK, who wasn’t even on the ballot, for his renowned and revered 1960 address on the separation of church and state. Santorum bitterly declared, on national television, that it made him want to “throw up.” Rick is not a person to sit at the head of the table in the White House’s Situation Room with his hand close to the button. His ignoble performance in recent weeks likely cost him the Republican vice presidential nomination. As bad as that was for Republicans to watch, the worst political news, for the GOP and the country, arrived only hours before polls closed in Michigan. U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, announced she has had enough. Considered one of the finest members of the U.S. Senate, Snowe informed friends, colleagues and the media that she would not seek reelection in 2012. Public service is an enormous sacrifice and Snowe, 65, has devoted nearly four decades to the people of Maine. Over the years Snowe has became an essential player in meaningful Senate accomplishments. Yet she knows that such cooperation no longer exists in a Congress that no longer functions. Orphaned at 10 and a widow at 26, Snowe is a graduate of the University of Maine and the first woman in history to be elected to a state House of Representatives, state Senate and serve in the U.S. House and Senate as well. Snowe is a respected Republican moderate in a far-right Republican caucus where moderates need no longer apply. She said: “I do not realistically expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change over the short term. I find it frustrating that an atmosphere of polarization has become pervasive in campaigns and in our governing institutions. So at this stage of my tenure, I have concluded that I am not prepared to commit myself to an additional six years in the Senate. I see a vital need for the political center in order for our democracy to flourish and to find solutions that unite rather than divide us. It is time for change in the way we govern. We must return to an era of civility in government driven by a common purpose.” How did the GOP arrive at a “final four” such as Romney, Gingrich, Paul and Santorum? They need only ask Olympia Snowe why she’s leaving.


tain West, farm belt others. Social conserWho? All ages vatives dominate the Recent hero: Conservative debate, but can’t commentator Pat Buchanan, agree on a single canthe Rev. Pat Robertson didate. Moderates, Current favorites: 2008 presionce dubbed the dential candidate Mike Huck“Rockefeller Repubabee, Rick Santorum lican” wing after the Preferred GOP nominee: long-serving, big-govFOTOL IA.COM Rick Santorum, former U.S. ernment New York govIMAGE senator from Pennsylvania; ernor, are influential only in a few states. Libertarians have enough mus- Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann Key beliefs: Seek to emphasize role cle to make a difference, but perhaps not enough to get their candidate of faith in American life. Oppose aborelected. And blue collar and suburban tion and gay marriage. Resent big govvoters, who want lower taxes and effi- ernment as intrusive; eager to see Obacient government services, are up for ma health care law overturned. Influence in party: Will have a grabs. Whoever wins the party’s nomina- strong role in writing the party’s plattion will have to cobble together a coa- form, but will need help to nominate lition of these different groups, and it their preferred candidate. won’t be easy. Here’s a look at the parLibertarians ty’s divisions: Where? All over, but particularly in Social Conservatives Where? Mostly South, Rocky Moun- See GOP, Page 6E


Santorum vote would be vote for GOP defeat LET ME be blunt: If Republicans nominate Rick Santorum, they will lose. The prospect of four more years of Barack Obama holds some appeal for many Americans, but probably not for most Republicans. It might give doubters among them some comfort, however, to know that Obama and Santorum share the same prayer: that Santorum be the Republican nominee. It gives me no pleasure to rap Santorum, a man I know and respect even if I disagree with him on some issues. Not that he minds. He’s a scrapper who loves a fight — and he forgives. Bottom line: Santorum is a good man. He’s just a good man in the wrong century. This doesn’t necessarily mean he’s wrong about everything, but he’s so far out of step with the majority of Americans that he can’t hope to win the votes of moderates and independents so crucial to victory in November. The Republican Party’s insistence on conservative purity, meanwhile, will result in the cold comfort of defeat with honor and, in the longer term, potential extinction. Increasingly, the party is growing grayer and whiter. Nine out of 10 Republicans are non-Hispanic white and about half are highly religious, according to Gallup. This isn’t news, but when this demographic is suddenly associated with renewed debate about whether women should have access to contraception — never mind abortion — suddenly they begin to look like the Republican Brotherhood. Add to that perception the abhorrent, pre-abortion ultrasound legislation proposed in Virginia, and you can kiss the pope’s ring and voters’ retreating backsides. The proposed law, temporarily tabled, called for women seeking an abortion to be forced to submit to a vaginal ultrasound. When did Republicans, who supposedly believe in less government intervention, begin thinking that invading a person’s body against her will was remotely acceptable? Saner minds have prevailed, at least for now, but the fact that the bill was ever conceived and taken seriously by at least some number of legislators gives freedom-loving voters every reason to run the other way. Informed consent is, in my view, a reasonable goal. Surely removal of a human fetus deserves the same level of awareness we would insist upon in removing, say, a gall bladder. The Virginia bill and the broader (bogus) message often repeated on left-leaning talk shows that Republicans are campaigning against birth control have created a perfect storm for defeat. The math is clear: Sixty-seven percent of women are either Democrats (41 percent) or independents (26 percent); more women than men vote; 55 percent of women ages 18-22 voted in the 2008 presidential election. Republicans are caught in a nearly impossible situation, none more than the more temperate-minded Mitt Romney. It is important to remember, however, why contraception came up in the first place. Republicans were forced to man their battlements by the Obama administration’s new health care rule mandating that Catholic organizations pay for contraception in violation of conscience. From there, things spiraled out of the realm of religious liberty, where this debate belongs, and into the fray of moral differences. Santorum’s original surge was based not on social issues but on his authenticity and his ability to identify with middle-class struggles. He was the un-Romney. But now this appealing profile has been occluded by social positions that make him an outlier to mainstream Americans. Republicans might sleep better if they nominate The Most Conservative Person In The World, but they won’t be seeing the executive branch anytime soon. Kathleen Parker’s email address is


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ID THE PEOPLE in fuels and all the lifestyle convepower during Penn- niences they allow, industry sylvania’s coal will provide them. And that mining heyday fore- means recovering fuels from see a time when streams would below ground and moving run orange with acidic water them, at great expense, to busiescaping from abandoned ness and residential custommines and communities such ers, for a profit. So be it. But our state lawmakers, as those near Carbondale would be shrouded by massive regulators and others – premounds of reddish coal waste, sumably people who have more than shorta kind of Mars-like term benefits in dead zone? How many acres of mind – fail the Had they known, well pads, access public if they would they have actroads and pipelines don’t continualed differently? ly ask questions. Those and similar can safely be cut They need to soquestions, rather into the Keystone licit scientific than mere curiosity, State’s forests and evidence. Conbear consideration sider immediate today as the state un- fields before its and long-term dergoes another habitats go awry? consequences. fuel-extraction frenAnd ponder this zy – this time, for coveted natural gas. Three question: What don’t we companies, including Valley know? What, for instance, will hapForge-based energy provider UGI Corp., indicated Thursday pen to our air, water and soil – they want to punch a $1 billion the things on which we depend gas pipeline through the state’s for life – after years, then decades, of intensive natural gas midsection. The Associated Press report- drilling? How many acres of ed that the pipeline to com- well pads, access roads and mence in Lycoming County pipelines can safely be cut into “would connect production fa- the Keystone State’s forests cilities in Northeastern Penn- and fields before its habitats go sylvania’s Marcellus Shale with awry? How might resident and markets south toward Philadel- migratory birds and other wildphia, Baltimore and Washing- life be impacted? What about ton.” An exact route for the pro- crops? No one knows for certain the posed Commonwealth Pipeline has not yet been an- answers. Our concern – and maybe nounced, nor has the project yours, too – is the hubris of cerreceived regulatory approval. As long as Americans re- tain humans who think, and main addicted to carbon-based act as if, they do.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Simply put, the Senate is not living up to what the Founding Fathers envisioned.” Olympia J. Snowe The Republican senator from Maine, who announced last week she will not seek re-election, wrote a column for The Washington Post in which she addressed the legislative body’s “dysfunction and political polarization.” If the problems are to be corrected, she concluded, the impetus will come from outside the institution.


Congress must act to shore up USPS


OSTMASTER General Patrick R. Donahoe says nothing is “set in stone,” so there’s some faint hope of altering the sweeping cutbacks planned for the U.S. Postal Service. But time is running out, and congressional action is critical. The postmaster’s plan to save $15 billion over three years by closing or merging more than 200 mail-handling facilities could slow first-class mail, throw up to 35,000 people out of work and risk even greater erosion in post office business. Among the facilities affected in eastern Pennsylvania are Scranton, Altoona, Erie, Greensburg, Lancaster, New Castle, Reading, Washington, Paoli and Williamsport. It’s not that Donahoe has much choice but to pursue such a strategy, even if it proves self-defeating. The quasi-governmental agency he heads faces a $14 billion loss this fiscal year. It has seen the volume of first-class mail drop by 25 percent in recent years,

yet the post office receives no direct taxpayer aid. But it remains in the national interest to provide reliable and comprehensive mail delivery across the country, at the very least because 40 percent of Americans still pay their bills by mail. A five-month congressional moratorium on closing postal facilities has delayed any retrenchment until May. That means the clock is ticking for Congress to act – if not by providing any direct aid, at least by giving the Postal Service better tools with which to shape its destiny. For instance, the archaic linking of postal-rate increases to inflation should be scrapped – with the clear understanding that postal customers simply are going to have to pay a little more to preserve reliable, ontime service. Similarly, rules must be loosened so that post offices are permitted to offer new products and services to generate additional revenue. The Philadelphia Inquirer



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To right ship, all must be on board to fix tax system TWO WEEKS ago I wrote about the unfairness of the federal income tax system, saying we had to change it so the richest among us carry their fair share. I have now seen numbers that suggest I significantly understated exactly how unfair the present system is. Figures compiled by James Stewart, a columnist for The New York Times, indicate that the 400 richest people in the United States paid 18.1 percent of their adjusted gross income in federal tax, a lower rate than was paid by taxpayers in the $200,000 to $500,000 income bracket. And of these 400 richest, 101 paid less than 15 percent. And 30 of them paid less than 10 percent. Some of these folks make Mitt Romney look like he’s practicing affirmative action on taxes. These figures reflect only the federal income tax. If we were to add the burden of payroll taxes (Social Security and Medicare), which also falls disproportionately on lower- and middle-income taxpayers, the present system emerges as even more unfair. The biggest reason the superrich pay a lower proportion of their income in taxes than you and I do is because, compared with most Americans, less of their income comes from wages and more from investments. Somewhere along the way Congress wandered off the path of common sense and lowered the tax rate on dividends, interest, capital gains and “carried interest” (profits from private equity or hedge funds) – all gains from holding or trading stocks, bonds, other

COMMENTARY PETER GOLDMARK investments and bank accounts; and Congress lowered it below the rates paid by many middle-class people who live primarily on salary or hourly wages. The reasoning for doing this was and remains murky, but the question of who benefits is clear as day. I return to this topic for two reasons. First, as long as this divisive issue is unsettled, it becomes just one more reason why we are polarized and paralyzed when we need to be united and determined if we’re going to right the economic ship of state. Second, the increased attention to this question suggests it might become a pivotal issue in the presidential campaign. Tax fairness was not a major issue in the election of fall 2008. The recession had struck and we had just fallen deep into the economic swamp. The two candidates waged their campaign on the economy in platitudes, with both John McCain and Barack Obama pledging, more or less, to do everything and help everyone. Today, eight months before Election Day 2012, the tax fairness issue is one where the incumbent president has lined up squarely on the sensible and, polls indicate, popular side – higher taxes on the wealthy. And the Republican field, where the candidates dart in and out of the lead like those rubber alligators you

Today, eight months before Election Day 2012, the tax fairness issue is one where the incumbent president has lined up squarely on the sensible and, polls indicate, popular side – higher taxes on the wealthy. hit with a mallet at the penny arcade, sometimes wavers and sometimes lines up on the irrational and unpopular side of this issue. If we raised taxes on those making $1 million or more to at least the level paid by those in the upper-tax brackets on earned income, it would raise a pretty penny – between $50 billion and $100 billion a year, depending on how it was done. This alone would not generate enough money to solve all our economic problems. There are other things we must do to close the deficit, invest in the future and lower our ratio of debt to gross domestic product. But we’ll never get a broad consensus on these tougher steps unless we share common-sense confidence in the tax system that underlies the entire revenue side of the ledger our country lives by. And we will never get shared, commonsense confidence in our tax system if a large majority of us think it is flawed and unfair in favor of those who already have the most. Peter Goldmark, a former publisher of the International Herald Tribune, headed the climate program at the Environmental Defense Fund. He wrote this for Newsday.

Romney’s missed chances on role of faith in elections MITT ROMNEY has missed several golden opportunities to turn this campaign’s religious fixation to his advantage. Given that polls show he faces prejudice among a sizable share of primary voters because of his Mormon faith, you would think Romney would be eager to try to redefine the role of faith in the election. But he keeps refusing to challenge those who would apply faith-based litmus tests, even though doing so would win him plaudits among the independents who will pick the next president. That’s probably because he fears it would backfire among those who will pick the GOP nominee. It has been a dizzying two weeks in matters of church and state. First, the Obama administration unwisely attempted to force religious institutions to offer birth control coverage to their employees in contravention of church teachings. The administration exempted churches, but it should have done the same for church-related institutions from the get-go. Forget for a moment the shortsightedness of an institution that opposes abortion but fails to recognize that contraception can prevent it. Whatever the basis of the church’s position, the government should not force it to act against its teachings. In doing so, the president served up a perfect political opportunity for his opponents to accuse him of waging war on religious freedom. The next mistake, however, was the

COMMENTARY MICHAEL SMERCONISH church’s. When the president came to his senses and offered a compromise that would not force the church to pay for contraception coverage, the bishops rebuffed it. Instead of declaring victory, they continued to fight. It was into this crossfire that Rick Santorum stepped when he said the president was motivated by “some phony theology, not a theology based on the Bible.” When challenged by Bob Schieffer of CBS, Santorum thinly defended his comments as references to Obama’s environmental policies. But the remark seemed in keeping with the email circulars many of us have received (“YOU MUST READ THIS”) that seek to portray Obama as an “other,” someone fundamentally different from the rest of us. That’s when Romney should have stepped in and asked: What separates us from Iran or al-Qaida if we are going to pick our presidents according to religious litmus tests? Perhaps he could have quoted the First Amendment and reminded people that it ensures every American’s ability to exercise his faith, or to exercise no faith. But Romney remained silent. And he stayed silent when Matt Drudge trumpeted a 2008 Santorum speech at Ave Maria University in which he invoked Satan while discussing abortion. “And the father of lies has his sights on what you think the father of lies, Satan, would

That’s when Romney should have stepped in and asked: What separates us from Iran or al-Qaida if we are going to pick our presidents according to religious litmus tests? have his sights on – a good, decent, powerful, influential country, the United States of America,” Santorum said. And Romney was still silent a day later, when the Rev. Franklin Graham, Billy Graham’s son, said on MSNBC that while he believed Santorum was a Christian, he couldn’t be sure whether Obama or Romney was. All these developments presented Romney with chances to remind the nation that this is not the election that ends with a cloud of white smoke over the Sistine Chapel. What did he do instead? He doubled down on his efforts to reach the party’s religious base, telling a Michigan crowd: “Unfortunately, possibly because of the people the president hangs around with, and their agenda, their secular agenda – they have fought against religion.” And in the CNN debate in Arizona, he accused Obama of an “attack on religious conscience.” That kind of talk might have helped Romney on Tuesday with some of the GOP faithful in Michigan and Arizona. But it is not likely to be forgotten by independents come this fall. Michael Smerconish writes for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Readers may contact him via





There’s good reason for Israelis to worry IN RECENT days, as discussions about a possible war with Iran have grown louder, I have heard that persistent question from people wondering if Israelis aren’t making too much of the Iranian threat. Are Israelis paranoid? We can discuss whether or not a war is justified. We can argue about whether the United States should intervene, whether Israel should – or could – take on Iran alone. We might wonder what would happen if Iran acquired nuclear weapons and a host of its Arab neighbors followed suit. And we can ponder which would entail more risk, going to war or learning to live with a nuclear-armed and, hence, much more powerful Islamic Republic. But, no, there is no arguing the question of whether Israelis are paranoid: You bet they are. And with good reason. Let’s set aside the lessons of history, which are multiple, tragic and eerily repetitive. Let’s focus instead on the present. Only a few weeks ago, on Feb. 3, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei, the country’s most powerful man and its spiritual leader, told the faithful in his Friday sermon that Israel is “a cancerous tumor that should be cut and will be cut.” Iran, he said, would help anyone who wants to help carry out this Israelectomy. Khamanei vowed to promote, “The hegemony of Iran.” While reaffirming his commitment to continue with the nuclear program, Khamanei admitted that Iran already has participated in recent wars between Israel and groups that exist for the purpose of destroying the country. “We have intervened,” he revealed to no one’s surprise, in the wars between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon 2006 and Hamas in Gaza in 2008. During those wars, thousands of rockets were launched against Israeli civilians, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee their homes and more than a million to live in underground shelters. Back in 2006, a visibly shaken Israeli mother of three told me, “Next time, the rockets will carry nuclear weapons.” She was no security expert, but she expressed a fear that keeps parents awake, just as it does military and government leaders. A few weeks ago, I witnessed a drill in which Israelis prepared for a “dirty bomb” attack





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

FRIDA GHITIS near the country’s principal port, Haifa. The simulation presented what organizers called a “plausible” scenario in which terrorists detonate a conventional weapon laced with nuclear materials in a highly populated area. It’s a major fear of Israeli security experts, who believe Iran would be happy to hide behind terrorist groups, as it has done before, and pass them quantities of radioactive material. To anyone wondering if Israelis are worrying too much, there is much evidence to show that is exactly what they should be doing. At about the same time as his “Israel is Cancer speech,” a close ally of Iran’s Khamanei published a theological justification of why Israel and the Jews should be killed, along with a detailed military proposal. “Residents of Tel Aviv and Haifa can be targeted even by Shahab 3 missiles ... (the area) composes about 60 percent of the Israeli population,” wrote Alireza Forghani. In the meantime, the prospect of rockets falling on Israelis requires no paranoia or imagination. Rockets and mortar shells are launched regularly toward Israel from Gaza. Since the start of the year, those trying to kill Israelis have launched 39 rockets. Last year they shot 653. Most – not all – of the projectiles miss their targets, but they keep people, especially children, in a state of constant anxiety, and they serve as a reminder that much worse could be in store. Iranian leaders repeatedly proclaim their wish to destroy Israel. And to those saying Iran makes “rational” decisions, let’s remember their rationality includes the belief that dying can be glorious. Chillingly revealing was their well-documented practice of sending thousands of Iranian children as human mine clearers during the war with Iraq. The children, who died in explosions they set off, received plastic keys to wear around their necks, indicating they would soon enter heaven. Undoubtedly, there are strong arguments to make for and against attacking Iran to stop its nuclear program. But there is also plenty of reason to be nervous, even paranoid. Frida Ghitis writes about global affairs for The Miami Herald. Readers may send her email at

nce I think I stood here and heard whispers of the past: the clomp of workers’ boots on concrete, the clank of lunch pails, the crush of metal on coal. O Now I wonder if it was only the rustle of roosting pigeons. Once I think I glimpsed here a vision of the future, where history still was held in high regard. Now I wonder, even then, if opportunity already had flown out the window.

Stroke leaves mom to live her life in silence SHE IS in there somewhere. I can see her, behind her own eyes, which, after the strokes, always seem to be squinting. She grips the table and bites her lower lip. Often she looks away, as if observing an invisible fly. “Back here,” I say. “Back here, Mom.” She turns her head back, her body slumped in the wheelchair. At times she doesn’t appear to hear me at all. But now and then she makes eye contact and smiles, and when that happens, she comes alive in a cascade of memories. My mother. She is in there somewhere. I know it. My father knows it. My brother and sister know it. We only want her to tell us. To confirm the fact. To blurt out in that wonderfully strong voice that used to holler down the street when it was time for dinner, “Yes, I hear you. I hear all of you. I hear everything – including the jokes. I am who I always was. I just don’t speak much anymore.” We hunger for those sentences. We wait. If you have elderly parents, or a loved one with any form of brain damage – a stroke, a closed head injury – if you have

lence? But now we sit in silence. We visit by holding hands, or squeezing a knee, or locking MITCH ALBOM fingers, or kissing her white hair and saying we love her and melting when we see her try to relatives who suffer from deform the words “I love you, too” mentia, Alzheimer’s, or any – voiceless, just a mouthing. We number of afflictions that rob cling to it like gospel. you of who you used to be yet Stroke is the leading cause of leave your body intact, then you serious, long-term disability in know what I am talking about. the United States. Which means The maddening tug between millions of people out there have living and being “alive.” What kind of world is this for experienced a suddenly lesser version of themselves. her, I ask? To be on the outside In my mother’s case, it was of all conversations? To be gradual, small episodes, cerebral wheeled away from dinner taischemias, followed by a bad fall, bles she used to dominate? To a severe “incident,” then who be spoon-fed her meals at age knows how many more? Doctors 81? To have a bib as standard are unclear on this stuff. “Could clothing? get worse. Might get better. “This is not who she is!” you Could reoccur. Might not.” The want to scream to the heavens. brain, true to its design, mysti“Restore her dignity! For mercy’s sake, at least let her speak!” fies. So we sit and we visit and we After all, ours was always such talk in repeating, child-like ways a noisy relationship, filled with – “You hungry, Mom? You hunlaughs and lectures and lategry? Hmm?” – the way she once night bull sessions, united altalked to us as infants, and we ways by her greatest gift: comfind the scariest part is not that munication. our mother’s voice is missing, We were talkers, our family. We didn’t sit in silence. Who sat but that the memory of it is beginning to fade. in silence? There always was I have not heard her speak in food to be passed, opinions to be several years, not the way she expressed, love and pride and used to. That timbre and optigentle criticism to be lavished, mism, it’s gone. It’s hard to conand stories, so many stories, of jure. It’s been replaced by slow, our childhoods, of their marcoughing rasps, or a barely whisriage, of the old days in Brookpered “yes” or “no,” as her head lyn, this crazy uncle, this nutty turns to look at that invisible fly. aunt. Silence? Who sat in si-


If you have elderly parents, or a loved one with any form of brain damage – a stroke, a closed head injury – if you have relatives who suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s, or any number of afflictions that rob you of who you used to be yet leave your body intact, then you know what I am talking about. The maddening tug between living and being “alive.” You want a probe, a scope, some magical device that can weave through her brain and find her in some hidden cavern, smartly dressed, setting the table and blowing you a kiss. “Hi, Mom,” you want to say. “Hi, sweetie,” you want to hear. She is in there somewhere, behind these squinting eyes and biting teeth. What was that game we used to play as kids? “Come out, come out, wherever you are?” But we are no longer kids, even if she is always our mother, and we miss her terribly, even as she sits right in front of us. 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



t 7 a.m. on Feb. 17 my husband and I were in a car accident on state Route 118. We are so sorry we didn’t get the names of the first two gentlemen on the scene to assist us; we only know that one man was a policeman and the other a Game Commission officer. The crew from the Sweet Valley Ambulance treated me very professionally and very compassionately. We want to say thank you to all of these great people. You are truly “angels among us.” Dorothea Malys Harveys Lake




‘Angels’ assist accident victims

Family lauds Moose Lodge


y wife and I express our deep appreciation to the West Pittston Moose Lodge for the fantastic benefit it put on for our granddaughter, Elyssa Yanik. The whole evening was so

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

special to everyone who came out: the more than 60 school students, all the adults, family friends and, especially, our family. Your support was terrific. We give heartfelt thanks to Don Lasota and Bernie Cassetori, along with all the staff at the Moose for the wonderful and most special “Evening For Elyssa.” Thank you all so much for your outpouring of care and concern. Don Morgantini Wright Township

Meadows Rehab gives great care


thank the employees at the Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the love, compassion, care and concern given to Albert Pearson while he was a patient there. My appreciation goes to the

staff and administration, the nurses, the caregivers, the receptionists, the therapists and the kitchen help. They were like an extended caring family, especially Brenda Diggs, Maria Bixby, Toni Shrawder, Charlie Welki, Marjorie, Allison, Sue and Dodie. It’s impossible to name everyone, but they also deserve to be complimented. I add my own expression of gratitude for the same kindnesses given to me while I was a daily visitor. It is a great facility with caring, dedicated employees. Marie Finnegan Dallas

Wilkes worker leaves a mark


am employed in the food service department at Wilkes University. Feb. 23 marked the one-year anniversary of the death of a fellow

worker – Glenn Gambini. Glenn was a rare human being. You couldn’t find an employee who worked harder or was more dependable. You certainly could depend on seeing his face at every sporting event. A unit on campus that was formerly an “Einstein Bros. Bagels” has been changed to a campus café bearing the name “Colonel Gambini’s,” in honor of Glenn. The name was a result of a campus contest, and it was not the only entry bearing Glenn’s name. This fact shows how much respect the students had for him. In this name, he will be forever remembered. A simple person who was both mentally and physically challenged, a simple person who washed dishes and mopped floors for 38 years, a simple person who left a mark on many, a simple person whom I will be forever glad I knew, a simple person who was much more than a simple person. We miss you, Glenn! Theresa Schlingman Wilkes-Barre

Bravery, kindness help fire victims


n Feb. 4, we experienced a devastating fire that destroyed our Plains Township home. A very special thank-you needs to be given to the following agencies that responded: Plains Township Fire Department, Plains Township Police Department, Plains Volunteer Ambulance Association (Medic 2), Plains Volunteer Ambulance Association (Rescue 567), West Pittston Fire Department, Pittston City Ambulance, Jenkins Township Ambulance, Municipality of Kingston Fire Department, Laflin Fire Department and state police Fire Marshall Ron Jarocha. Each of these teams demonstrated outstanding bravery, and it will not be forgotten. You are a fearless group of individuals who go above and beyond to help our communities – and that certainly does not go unnoticed. Additionally, our prayers go out to the two firefighters (as well as

their families) who were seriously injured that afternoon. We wish you both a speedy recovery. We also thank our families, friends, neighbors, co-workers at Jack Williams Tire Co. and ParenteBeard LLC, the Plains Boy’s Club, Kelly’s Bar in Plains, Hudson Italian Club and the Hilldale ITLO Club for the outpouring of love, concern, generosity and support that we received and continue to receive. One thing that is always certain in life is change. On the afternoon of Feb. 4, we endured a dramatic change in our lives. Fortunately, we are able to pick up ourselves and move forward. It takes time to get over the sense of loss after such a traumatic event, but we are standing and moving in the right direction due to the support we continue to receive from the very special people mentioned above. Words cannot truly express how grateful, touched and blessed we are! Joseph Rogalski and Nancy Osterman Plains Township
















A dinosaur liberal gives his view of politics and issues from ‘his’ left IT’S GOOD to be on the pages of The Times Leader with a column. It has been about a decade, so let me re-introduce myself. I am a Pittston native and a third generation member of a newspaper family. I spent 27 years in the publishing business. Trained in the old school, I am uncomfortable with labels, but if I must assume one, “liberal” would fit. In fact, I’m a dinosaur. I stand to the left of President Obama and ascribe to the old liberal playbook of JFK Democrats and Rockefeller Republicans, butter over guns, Social Security, universal health care, environmental protection, a progressive tax system, civil rights, labor laws, a rising minimum wage and protective regulation from destructive financial manipulation. I also believe in some newer initiatives


despair over the disaster of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which will corrupt politics further than the eye can see. JOHN WATSON I am not a name caller … unless I think it is funny. New Jersey Gov. Chris of the left, such as advocating for a wom- Christie, whom I like, might be called “Chrispie Cream” here, only because I an’s reproductive rights, same-sex marriage, responsible corporate citizenship, think it’s funny. Call it comedic license. In fact, politics for citizens should not which includes a fairer distribution of be a shouting match among ideologues income among executives and workers, in some vain attempt to prove oneself an inclusive immigration policy, energy right, like fans of opposing football independence through conservation, teams, but instead we should embrace new technology and sustainable living, an open-minded process by which we and federally funded scientific research. seek to improve our world by participaI’m a modern conservative’s nighttion, compromise and understanding. mare, but not a zealot. I respect the The honest exchange of ideas, the diaopinion of others and enjoy a civil dialogue, basing an argument on empirical logue itself, without the immature “us against them” ferocity, can be life-imevidence rather than ideology. I despise the political consultant game proving. For a personal example, 17 years ago I of reducing every issue to the lowest common denominator, the daily “talking was a “big brother” to the son of a friend of mine, a “mentor,” as we call it today. points” of right-wing radio and the 30At the time, Hal was a 13-year-old bright second attacks of TV advertising, and I


junior year, Hal moved in with friends in Kingston and ended up graduating from Wyoming Seminary and going on to graduate from Providence College in Rhode Island. Many lives were affected, all for the better, and many people were brought together, all because a conservative said something compelling and I was listening. As Bill Clinton has preached in his post-presidency, when we look to the many things we have in common, instead of the few things we don’t, everyone benefits from the dialogue and politics can be fun, as it should be. So it’s nice to be back. In future weeks, I’ll be discussing issues and politics from the perspective of a liberal. I hope you enjoy it and, please, join the dialogue. John Watson is the former editor of the Sunday Dispatch in Pittston. He lives in Seattle.


Any mandate takes away rights


hat is the Obama administration’s true agenda with its controversial mandate to force not only businesses but even religious institutions to pay for their employees’ birth control and sterilization? Americans must analyze this honestly and forget about the carrot being dangled as another free perk. This mandate includes completely free prescriptions including the “day after” abortion pill. Of course, many religious institutions are contesting this, but Americans need to realize that any time the government forces anything, it is taking away our liberties. And the administration’s attempt to show compromise is nothing but a complete ruse, in that the insurance companies will simply increase the premiums of religious institutions. Indirectly, the Catholics’ and other denominations’ institu-

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tions will be paying for birth control and thereby violating their rights from the conscience clause laws. First of all, since when is preventing pregnancy a female health concern? Choosing to use birth control or sterilization is elective, and it should be treated no differently than other elective practices such as cosmetic surgery. So far, the “Obamacare” provision has yet to require employers to pay for Botox injections. And I don’t expect that, since it doesn’t meet the liberal elitists’ true intentions. Their true agenda certainly appears to be an extension of population control albeit by covert means.

Our liberties are being taken away, and America should wake up. Joe Rinkunas Clarks Summit

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from the Susquehanna River or Harveys Lake and the Huntsville Reservoir? You decide. Sen. Gordner said the bill “represents a balanced approach.” Let’s see. In 2010, 617 Butler Township residents petitioned to prohibit drilling in four residential districts but allow it in nine districts. However, the bill authorizes gas drilling as a permitted use in all zoning districts, including residential. No balance there, Sen. Gordner. If the waste business were powerful like the natural gas industry, would Toohil, Boback and Gordner agree to authorize landfills, like gas rigs, in residential districts? Without clean water, is your home worthless? Can you sell it? Will the banks loan on it? Will insurers insure it? I support drilling. But, I cherish personal property rights and clean water. Like “Obamacare,” this law might be unconstitutional. Many legislators who voted yes will be voted out. Munici-

palities will legally challenge it. And, like “Obamacare,” once Pennsylvanians find out what’s in the bill, many will be outraged. Bill Skuba Drums

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Corbett too cozy with gas drillers


ee, it’s nice to see our governor has decided to allow municipalities to determine whether fees will be collected from the Marcellus Shale natural gas drillers. What’s not so nice is that in order for him to allow that, he has required municipalities to trade in all their rights to the gas companies. Pennsylvania keeps giving these gas companies Christmas presents all year ’round. And they don’t even have to ask for the presents. Or were the requests made in private? Ed Cole Clarks Summit

Child care cuts pose safety issue

magine being a parent who needs day care for his or her children. You apply for subsidized child care, only to be told no funds are available. You are a working parent who needs to work. You have rent, food and utility bills to pay. You have no family to help, as they all are working as well. What do you do? With Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed $24 million budget cut to the Child Care Works supplement, this scenario will become a reality for the working poor. The children will be watched by friends and neighbors who offer to help. The quality of care, in some cases, will not be the high quality of day care at licensed home child care centers. Some unscrupulous people probably will begin to watch as many children as possible, without regard to safety. A tragedy could occur, as it did in my family. My nephew, a 3-month-old healthy boy, left this world too soon, leaving behind a heartbroken family. Quality day care and licens-

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ed family care centers follow state Department of Public Welfare regulations. Staff/ child ratios are maintained, health and safety requirements are followed, and caregivers have education in the early childhood field. Please, contact Gov. Corbett’s office, and your state senator and representative, to protest the cuts in care. I have, in memory of my nephew and with hope that no other families will suffer a tragedy. Laura Mickavicz Taylor

Ball leagues join in Nanticoke area


e are pleased to announce the Nanticoke Area Little League and Newport Township Little League have merged to form the Nanticoke Area Little League. We believe this merger is beneficial to all levels of baseball and softball, from T-ball to Senior League. Until now, Little League was the only divided sport in Greater Nanticoke. The formation of the Nanticoke Area Little League will generate a stronger, more power league in this area and provide the children with memories that will last a lifetime. Our meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at the Greater Nanticoke Area High School cafeteria. For information, please visit We encourage you to attend meetings and to become involved in America’s favorite

pastime. We look forward to seeing you there. Wade Rowles President Nanticoke Area Little League

‘Obamacare’ won’t improve services


he mission of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as “Obamacare,” is noble to the extent it is intended to keep down costs. Unfortunately, no government knows how to keep down costs. If the U.S. government actually was good at keeping down costs and keeping up service, the cost would not be so high ($15 trillion in debt) and the quality of service would be through the roof. For our health care, many of us would like to see government completely out of the picture. Health is a doctor-patient matter. But, that is not how “Obamacare” sees it. Its objective is not to improve health care. It is more than 2,700 pages and yet nothing addresses improving care. Egalitarian progressives in government want to make sure that all health care is equal, not better, and the most important part is that government is in charge of it all. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, formed in 1984 with little power, now has a new life. It is the panel to decide which health care services Americans can access and which we cannot. Remember, its big mission is to cut costs, not to improve services. Doctor surveys conclude

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there will be lots more “free” patients, fewer hospitals and fewer physicians, meaning less health care. Many people believe the plan is to make the elderly feel guilty for living long lives. Before government takes over all of health care, insurance companies are raising rates while they can. They apparently are worried the president will put them out of business, making them pay more for claims than they collect in premiums. When government takes over all of health care (a scary thought for many), rates will continue to rise, as you will be paying for yourself and your neighbor’s insurance. That’s how a progressive government works. No matter what we were promised, there is no free lunch. The Obama plan is eating more and more of our lunch every day. That reminds me of an important lesson about government-run rackets. President Gerald Ford once warned, “A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.” Brian Kelly Wilkes-Barre

Asthma program must be saved


egislators from across the country have been receiving calls of support to save the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Asthma Control Program, which has been threatened with the loss of its recommended funding of $25.3 million and its distinction as a stand-alone program. Since its inception, NACP has worked hard to create an integrated and coordinated public health response to asthma control. President Obama’s budget proposes to merge the program with the Healthy Home programs, and

instead of funding asthma grants to 34 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, the CDC would be able to fund only 15 states. Asthma is an acute respiratory disease affecting 25 million Americans. According to the Lung Association’s “State of the Air 2011” report, 759,912 adults and 246,018 children in Pennsylvania suffer from asthma. It is a major factor in school absenteeism. Any attempt to eliminate the NACP would significantly set back 13 years of progress made in managing the disease. Lives will be lost and more health care dollars will be spent on treating asthma. The proposed cut to NACP would do more harm than good. Let’s stand up. Tell your legislator to save the NACP. Asthmatic lives depend on it. For more information, visit Deborah Brown President and CEO American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic

PACS, lobbyists control country


he military-industrial complex – which spent $1.5 trillion for guns, ammunition, missiles, military aircraft and vehicles, ships and electronic systems – must be sweating its own bullets. The United States is scheduled to pull 30,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012; we pulled most of our troops out of Iraq on Dec. 18, 2011 and now we are closing some of the bases in Germany that have existed for more than 70 years. It makes you think that Ron Paul is influencing President Obama, which is a good thing. Recently, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, much like a neighborhood gossip talking over the backyard clothesline, made the incendiary remark that Israel might strike Iran. Added to that incredibly stupid remark, he gave us a time-

line! Sanctions and negotiation are not mentioned; only war. How many countries have nuclear weapons? The Soviet Union, India, Pakistan, United Kingdom, France, China and Israel; all have nuclear weapons. At least four other countries share the weapons. So it begs the question: What makes our leaders think they can designate who can, and can’t, possess nuclear weapons? A small portion of that $1.5 trillion could be used to rebuild our aging bridges, roads, and dams. We could build decent schools and train our students to outscore students throughout the world. We could put that money into research of alternative energies and get rid of our giant dependence on OPEC. We could thumb our noses at the people who call this strategy “isolationism” and embrace that strategy. Most of this won’t happen, simply because there is no basic difference between the political parties. They are beholden to the lobbyists and PACS that get them elected. I do believe Republican presidential contender Ron Paul could make a difference in the right direction, but his chances of getting elected are negligible because he can’t garner the support of the lobbyists who run the country. In 2010, the Supreme Court overturned federal and state laws banning corporations from contributing to election campaigns, which means that successful candidates owe their allegiances to corporations and PACS, rather than the electorate. This was a death knell for any qualified, small-town, under-funded candidate. This decision should be overturned again. We have to stop the buyout of a political office. The monetary influence of PACS and corporations is destroying this country. Deanna Innamorati Farrell West Wyoming



tive, favor lower taxes, but also want a significant government role in helping the poor and urban communities. Support abortion rights and gay rights. Continued from Page 1E Influence in party: Minimal. states with big independent vot- Most Northeast GOP moderates er blocs like Maine, Nevada, became Democrats long ago. Rocky Mountain states Who? All ages, but notably Establishment Where? All over, but particuvoters younger than 30 and larly in the Midwest, Northeast white-collar professionals Recent hero: Barry Goldwa- and urban South Who? Business owners, chamter,1964 GOP presidential nomiber of commerce members, Wall nee Current favorites: Texas Rep. Streeters Recent hero: Presidents GeRon Paul; Kentucky Sen. Rand orge H. W. Bush and Gerald Ford Paul Current favorites: House of Preferred GOP nominee: Rep. Representatives Speaker John Ron Paul, Texas Key beliefs: Seek to dramat- Boehner; Indiana Gov. Mitch ically reduce size of govern- Daniels Preferred GOP nominee: Mitt ment. Would end what Paul calls the “dishonest, immoral and un- Romney Key beliefs: Often called constitutional” Federal Reserve Board. Insists Congress declare “country club Republicans,” war before sending troops into they care most about fiscal issues. Want lower taxes, particucombat. Influence in party: Likely to larly for business. Tend to be have big say on platform, but re- conservative on social issues, cent results suggest they’ll have but willing to compromise. Influence in party: Many party trouble nominating their candileaders from the Northeast and date. Midwest fall into this category, Moderates and often are big donors. They Where? New England, New matter. York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey Who? Usually white-collar, Blue Collar Where? Rust Belt of the Upper well-educated voters in NorthMidwest, Pennsylvania, New east Recent hero: None since Nel- York Who? Factory workers, midson Rockefeller was prominent dle-income service workers in the 1960s and 1970s Recent hero: President RoCurrent favorites: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; Maine Sens. nald Reagan; Rep. and Housing Olympia Snowe and Susan Col- and Urban Development Secretary Jack Kemp lins Current favorites: Sarah Palin, Preferred GOP nominee: Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts 2008 GOP vice presidential governor; Jon Huntsman, for- nominee Preferred GOP nominee: Rick mer Utah governor Key beliefs: Fiscally conserva- Santorum; Newt Gingrich, for-





mer Speaker of the House of Representatives Key beliefs: Often called “Reagan Democrats,” as Democratic policies on affirmative action and social issues drove them to GOP in the 1980s. Many are union workers. Often been laid off and see GOP’s low-tax view as prodding businesses to hire. Influence in party: More important in the general election, as they tend to be swing voters. Suburban Where? Predominantly white suburbs all over America, usually in big states like California, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, Georgia Who? Better-educated whitecollar suburbanites Recent hero: President George H.W. Bush; 2008 GOP presidential nominee and Arizona Sen. John McCain Current favorites: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk; House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin Preferred GOP nominee: Mitt Romney Key beliefs: Crucial swing voters, who often turn out and contribute to campaigns. Want government to act efficiently and responsibly; McCain’s campaign to clean up the campaign finance system in ’00 was well-received. Influence in party: Important bloc for GOP in general election, particularly in Southwest and Northeast. New Southerners Where? Sun Belt communities experiencing booms in last 30-odd years, notably in Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Texas, North and South Carolina





Who? Transplants from Northeast or Rust Belt, lured by better jobs, better standard of living Recent hero: Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. Current favorites: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham; Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell Preferred GOP nominee: Newt Gingrich Key beliefs: Fiscally conservative. Socially conservative and religious, but not rigid. Economic issues are most important. Influence in party: Nominee needs to do well in Southern states to have any chance of winning general election. Tea Party Where? All over. Who? Generally fiscal conservatives of all ages, often people usually not active in politics Recent hero: CNBC’s Rick Santelli, credited with mobilizing the movement in 2009 Current favorites: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; Utah Sen. Mike Lee; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul Preferred GOP nominee: Michele Bachmann; Rick Santorum; Newt Gingrich; Ron Paul Key beliefs: Pushed hard for sharp cuts in federal spending and no increase in debt ceiling. Helped elect dozens of fiscal conservatives to Congress in 2010. Influence in party: Important force in 2010. Hard to handicap in 2012, since group lacks central organization or unified mission, but is passionate about their cause. Distributed by MCT Information Services

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Gregoire and several state lawmakers who provided pivotal support for the bill spoke publicly of theirpersonaljourneystoreachthis acceptance. A four-minute testimony from the House floor by state Rep. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, has logged nearly 1.5 million views on YouTube. (And as Americans stake their positions around the issue, government barriers are coming down. The military’s “don’t ask don’t tell” policy that barred gays from serving openly, was struck down last fall — 18 years after President Bill Clinton signed it into law. And the Obama administration announced last year that it would no longer defend in court the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Congress passed the law in 1996, Clinton signed it and 39 states have adopted versions of it. DOMA defines marriage as between a man and woman and on the federal level requires agencies to use that definition for purposes of disseminating benefits, such as Social Security and taxes. In place of the Justice Department, special counsel was named by the House to defend the law, portions of which have been declared unconstitutional in a number of court cases. In the weeks since Washington approved same-sex marriage, two other states — New Jersey and Maryland — have followed. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie quickly vetoed his state’s measure and, as they have done in Washington state, anti-gaymarriage groups have said they will gather signatures to repeal Maryland’s law.

That’s where the test is likely to come. Americans almost always reject same-sex marriage at the ballot box. The closest such a measure came to passing was three years ago, when Washingtonians voted to uphold domestic-partnership legislation by a ratio of 52 to 48 percent. A day after his son revealed in a phone call 14 years ago that he is gay, Jim Kabler said he had to “rearrange my thinking.” “I was of the opinion he had made a choice,” Kabler said. “I’ve come to realize it’s not a choice.” Ten years later, in December 2008, Matt met his partner, Scott Stark. Two years ago, at age 32, Matt suffered a brain aneurysm. He has been unable to return to his job as director of operations for an autism research institute because of the lingering effects. His partner has become his caregiver. Introducing himself as a conservative Republican, Jim Kabler shared that story in January during a packed town hall meeting on Camano Island, sponsored by state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, a Democrat whose eventual support for the same-sex- marriage legislation gave its sponsors the 25 votes they needed to assure passage. He testified on the bill during a public hearing in the Senate. TheKablersareworkingtoestablish a Whidbey chapter of PFLAG, a national support group for parents, families and friends of lesbians and gays. And they are focused on seeing that their son’s health improves. “Matt’s sexual orientation is such a minor part of his life that I don’t see any reason to concern myself with it all,” Jim Kabler said. “I would like to see him recover and become a functioning member of society again.”




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PHILADELPHIA — I’ve been carrying around a Bruce Springsteen question for weeks. How to interpret his new song, “We Take Care of Our Own”? Does he mean the title to be an American ideal? If so, how’s he scoring us? Or does he hold up the phrase to scorn a slogan that masquerades as caring but is exclusionary? (The phrase may stem from the words of a white New Orleans residentexplainingpost-Katrinaviolence against blacks.) The National Constitution Center’s new Springsteen exhibit, “From Asbury Park to the Promised Land,” seems a logical place to ponder such questions. And that washappeningonarecentWednesday, as guides well-trained in hashing out the intent of a 225-year-old document debated how to interpret the12-year-old song “41Shots” as they prepared for the “Decoding the Lyrics” station. “It’s finding different meanings from their historical context,” said Kathleen Maher, a program directoratthecenterwhoprovedaquick study in Springsteen, as she fired tough law-school-type questions at theguides.“Doyouthinkit’sapolitical statement? Is there a racial connotation in this song?” Wow. Applying a constitutional scholar’s rigor to Bruce’s decision toleaveoutthephrase“andshewas loose enough to feel” after the “I wastooloosetofake”lineinahandwritten draft of his song “Spirit in the Night,” not to mention his excising of “Cindy” from the “Atlantic City” narrative, in favor of the generic “baby,” may seem like overkill, but for Springsteen fans, these debates have gone on for years. SeeingthelyricsinBruce’sfunny handwriting (a flourish on every T), his cross-outs and rewrites, the lyrics pouring out in steady prose asopposedtolinebyline,makesfor a satisfying encounter with Bruce’s mind and creative genius. For me, a slightly obsessive See BRUCE, Page 4F


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PHILADELPHIA — Some 100 million people saw the promo for “The Celebrity Apprentice” that NBC aired during the Super Bowl. Teresa Giudice wasn’t one of them. “I was changing my daughter’s diaper,” she says. “When I came back in the room, my oldest daughter, Gia, said, ‘Mommy, Mommy, you were just on TV!’ ” It’s a shame she missed it, because out of the 18 motley celebrities in the new season, she was the featured one. Staring daggers into the camera, she said, “If you attack me, I’ll attack you right back.” That vow was punctuated with the infamous clip from “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” the one that put her in the Bad Girls Hall of Fame: flipping a fully set table while roaring savagely. It’s a She-Hulk moment Giudice, 39,

may never live down. “I understand why they’d use that, but I wish they wouldn’t,” she says. “To tell the truth, I’m not happy I did that, and I’ll never do it again.” Informed that NBC is also using bleeped-out “Apprentice” footage of her hurling a string of f-bombs, Giudice is genuinely shocked, a reaction that is unmistakable even over the phone from her home in northern Jersey. “That’s impossible,” she says. “I swear, I really don’t curse ... unless I get really fired up. I don’t like to curse.” The point is, people think of Giudice as a hot-tempered Italian bully, a sort of Medici of Metuchen. She says they got her all wrong. And she’s got witnesses. “I only knew her from the show (“Real Housewives”), and she’s pretty intense on there,” says Page Feldman, “Apprentice’s” executive producer. “But she ac-

tually came across as a lovely, reasonable person. “As Donald said a few times, ‘We’re ruining her reputation; she’s so nice.’ Teresa does have a temper, but you have to push her really hard.” Singer Aubrey O’Day of the group Danity Kane, who ends up working in more challenges with Giudice than anyone else in the cast, also vouches for her gentle nature. “Everyone had the impression she would behave as she does on ‘Housewives,’ ” O’Day says. “But she was anything but wild, crazy and full of outrageous antics.” The roster this season also includes Clay Aiken, Arsenio Hall, George Takei, Lou Ferrigno and Debbie Gibson. As bizarre as life has gotten, Giudice was willing to jump into the even-bigger reality TV fishbowl of “Apprentice” for two reasons.

She’s playing for charity, the NephCure Foundation, a nationwide nonprofit based in Berwyn and devoted to kidney research. And she got to meet one of her idols. “Mr. Trump is such a smart businessman,” she enthuses. “Look at what he’s accomplished. I think he should be the next president. I would definitely vote for him.” Naturally and by contract, she won’t reveal how she fares on the show. “You’re going to have to tune in and watch,” she says. But she seems quite satisfied with the results. “It was an amazing experience. I learned so much,” she says. “I feel like I could do anything now.” ••• NEW YORK — Charlie Sheen will be stirring up a new round of laughs when “Anger ManageAP PHOTO

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). Any daily activity can be a path to peace, as long as you are mindful as you do it. Your attention to experiences will involve all of your senses as you completely join with the moments of your life. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You will have moments in which you rise above the chatter of your mind and act without thinking. You’ll be at one with your nature and with the nature of the world, and it feels good to be back in the flow. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You can’t “try” to be more spontaneous any more than you can “seriously” work on your sense of humor. You’ll be aware of similarly futile efforts, and you’ll give them up. CANCER (June 22-July 22). People have a right to change their minds, but there’s a wrong way to do this and a right way. You could be dealing with some flaky people today — or maybe it’s just that no one taught them the right way. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your breath anchors you to life. Being aware of your breathing — the depth of it, when you hold your breath, what makes you exhale — will make you aware of your life. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Your understanding will broaden, and suddenly you may question certain things you took for granted — for instance, your freedom. How free are you really, and how could you be freer? LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). It will be lucky for you to address any concerns you have about your selfimage or body. You’re likely to either nip a problem in the bud or make easy, inexpensive improvements. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Just because you make something doesn’t mean people will buy it. And the same goes for your opinions. However, today the odds are in your favor. Play them and cash in. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You don’t require that your loved ones stand by your side at all times, but you like to know they would if you wanted them to. You might create a false alarm situation just to make sure. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’ll be in “watch and learn” mode, preferring to hang back and watch how people interact, solve problems and go about their daily business. You’ll absorb a week’s worth of experience in one day. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You attract highly compatible individuals, people who harmonize with you in many ways and on multiple levels. The inspiration will coax your soul into singing its sweet song. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You are an expression of divine energy even though you sometimes feel like a complete mess. Really, you need to stop being so hard on yourself. Focus on what’s going right. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (March 4). There will be many marvelous opportunities to understand your social needs and tendencies. The mastery of interpersonal dynamics will augment your fortunes. Keep circulating even when you’re not sure you want to make the effort. Finances perk up in April. New relationships enter the scene in June. Your work also changes in June. Aries and Leo people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 19, 2, 22, 1 and 16.

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Is the emotion simply disappointment that they didn’t get the crown themselves? Or is it disbelief that a black woman did? “I think it’s partly both,” said Deborah Willis, chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Willis, 64, is curator of “Posing Beauty,” a collection of decadesspanning images shot by photographers male and female, black and white — along with the Miss Texas video – which will be on display at the Everhart Museum in Scranton until April 1. “What I’m really saying to the readers or the viewers is that I’m not identifying beauty,” Willis said in a telephone interview. “I’m just considering ideas. When I’ve talked about the exhibit, I’ve had a lot of people telling me what they thought was beauty. I thought that was great.” You may see beauty in the faces of the “Dixie Belles,” two young women with straw hats who were photographed by Theodore Fonville Winans in 1938, or in the graceful posture of the bathing beauties in vintage swimsuits, shot by John W. Mosley during the early 1960s in Atlantic City. Your attention may be drawn to the swirling figures at a “Black Debutante Ball at the Waldorf Hotel, N.Y.” or the jaunty stance of the young man in plaid pants or the array of ’70s-style, clenched-fist, hair picks that cover the head of a young female model in a photo called “Pickin’ ” by Lauren Kelley. You’ll see images of modern celebrities, among them First Lady Michelle Obama, actor Denzel Washington, tennis star Serena Williams and rapper L’il Kim, along with pictures of not-quite-famous people, such as a waitress in a diner, a pregnant woman in a

Bruce fan, the show of artifacts, lyrics and photos yielded a few insights and a nice visit to the life and times of our Founding Boss. Inthe16yearsI’velivedattheJersey Shore, Bruce’s Jersey roots and songs have taken on a more personalmeaning,sometimespoignantly, like when “Thunder Road” comes on while I’m in the car going the wrong way down that two-lane highway back to a place not far from and not unlike the one about which Springsteen wrote: “It’s a townfulloflosers,we’repullingout of here to win.” Seeing those early photographs from Freehold and Asbury Park were moving to me in a way I doubt resonated for people seeing the show in Cleveland, its first home. Bruce’s dad on a beach blanket, feetinthesand.Bruceandhissister Virginia on a bench on the Asbury Park boardwalk, Bruce’s feet not yet touching; Bruce and his sister posing in a Tilt-a-Whirl-like ride, a ridethatfamouslyfindsitswayinto the lyrics of “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy).” The gleam in his little boy’s eye, his joy in the common amusements of his native place felt profound. So did the artifacts from the pre-E Street Band era, the early obscure bands like the Castiles (after the soap) and Earth (which played covers of Cream and the Doors) and the Steel Mill, in which Springsteen detours into the psychedelic era of San Fran rock, circa1971, but returns home, literally and figuratively, to his roots in a Jersey Shore bar band. Some of the exhibit is a bitdeepintotheobscurities.Bruce, it seems, collected hotel keys, and the collection of shirts he wore at various times is a little odd. (I favor the flannel of the “Nebraska” era to the paisley of the “Lucky Town” time.) But who can get enough of seeing the pre-buff, skinny-waisted Bruce in photos and film?

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park or a group of men who appear to be congratulating their friend for getting a new car. “One of the things I remember learning as a child was how men think about their cars,” Willis said. “That’s how they define themselves.” Another way you define yourself, the professor said, is when you allow yourself to be photographed “in a collaboration between photographer and subject.” That’s very different from an


com, which returns him to weekly TV after his noisy exit last season from the CBS hit “Two and a Continued from Page 1F Half Men.” “Anger Management” arrives June 28. ment,” announced last summer, FX on Tuesday set the pre- is loosely based on the 2003 momiere date for Sheen’s new sit- vie about a non-traditional ther-

image imposed by someone else, she said. The works on display in “Posing Beauty” do tend to reflect the way the way the subjects wanted to pose, she said. “In terms of most of the exhibition,” she said, “it’s the way they wanted to present themselves — wearing something fashionable, wearing something of the time … showing pride or a sense of accomplishment or attitude or intellect.” apist. Fox says two episodes will air June 28. It has ordered 10 episodes for the first season. Scheduled the same night are the second-season premiere of the comedy “Wilfred,” starring

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When Glen Duncan’s fabulously sinister andmoving“TheLastWerewolf”cameout in July, it set an almost unreachably high bar for the lycanthrope subgenre, in much the same way Anne Rice’s 1976 classic “Interview With the Vampire” did for fang lit. NowherecomesRicewithherowntakeon the wolf-man legend, “The Wolf Gift,” a fastpaced, heady romp that ranks with her best. I stillgive“TheLastWerewolf”theedge,bythe teensiest smidgen, because of its operatic sense of tragedy and gravitas. But “Wolf Gift,” withitsirresistibleheroandsenseoffrolic,will setRice’s fanspantingandnodoubtlurelotsof new converts into her pack. As in “Interview,” the action starts with a journalistwho’s gothisnoseintoagoodstory. Young Reuben Golding is investigating a legendarily mysterious, forested Northern California estate that’s about to go on the market. He falls fast and furious for both the house, which he almost immediately decides to buy forhimself(hehasincomeotherthanatypical journalist’s, it must be noted), and its owner, Marchent Nideck. Marchent’s Uncle Felix, the previous owner, has finally been declared officially dead af-

ter his disappearance 20 years earlier. Reuben and Marchent’s brief but passionate tryst comes to a bloody end when intruders break in,killMarchentandtrytodothesametoReuben. He’s saved by a shrouded, barely seen creature and, while recuperating, notices that he’s suddenly glowing with health. Unnatural health, in fact, with thicker hair and a heightened sense of hearing. “He could have sworn there was some sort of problem with the vents in this hospital, that he was hearing someone on a lower floor fighting off an attacker. Cars passing. He could hear them, too. Raised voices,” Rice writes. Reuben’s mother, a doctor, diagnoses his problems as “drug delusions” and calls for more tests. When Reuben’s inevitable transformation occurs — and not on a full moon; Rice gleefully messes with the genre’s long-held absolutes — far from becoming a slobbering, cursed beast, he metamorphoses into a superheroin“man-wolf”form.Hesavesawoman from rape and an entire school bus of children from kidnapping, gaining a cult following complete with tribute songs and poems. Being a journalist, he can’t help asking

questions about how this happened and whether there are others like him. He finds cluesinMarchent’shouse,inthedecades-old photos and relics of her uncle, and in an extensive survey of werewolf literature. Along the way, he falls in love with a forest-dwelling woman who seems curiously amenable to her lover’s forays into extreme furriness. AswithallofRice’swork,thebookreflects her personal philosophical struggles. She returned to the Catholic church years ago after a long estrangement, but in 2010 “quit Christianity” because, she said on her Facebook page,“Irefusetobeanti-gay.Irefusetobeanti-feminist. ... I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life.” Rice puts her feelings — and the book’s strong underlying theme — succinctly into the mouth of one character: “All moralityisofnecessityshapedbycontext.I’m not talking relativism, no. To ignore the context of a decision is in fact immoral.” “Wolf Gift” gets bogged down in its final third by lengthy discourses into origin theory and lycanthrope mythology. Until that point, though, it’s an energetic gambol, feisty and terrific fun. Fans will be glad to see that Rice leaves the story wide open for possible sequels.

“Wolf Gift,” with its irresistible hero and sense of frolic, will set Rice’s fans panting and no doubt lure lots of new converts into her pack.

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“By Blood,” a literary inquiry into identity and legacy, is a gripping mystery — remarkable, considering that little more happens than a man eavesdrops on a woman’s therapy sessions taking place next door. That man is a professor who has been placed on leave for possible improprieties with a student. He’s decamped to San Francisco and rented a dismal apartment and tiny office — it’s there that he begins listening to sessions of a particular patient. “I did not cause her any harm,” he tells us in the book’s first line, a defensive dissimulation. Of course he’s hiding some-

thing — what exactly has he done? The unnamed professor is beset by terrible thoughts; he imagines them as crows, descending on him with shrieking obsession. Now on the graying side of middle age, he carries a family history of madness and suicide, and his own depression, only glancingly understood, sometimes verges on the dangerously unwell. He’s familiar with psychiatric treatment, so he swiftly recognizes, and criticizes, the therapy he overhears. “I was certain I had come in on

her therapy at just the right moment, one of those mysterious fulcrum points: a pure, Aristotelian shift in the plot wherein the therapeutic story of the patient’s life was about to turn,” he says. That patient, whom he comes to think of as his own, is at first looking for a break from her parents; he wants this too and latches on to her story. When she learns she’s adopted, he becomes even more obsessed with her. As the patient embarks on a quest to know who she is — which comes with startling revelation after startling revelation — she becomes an unwitting surrogate for the voyeuristic professor. This is, yes, a little creepy. It is creepy that he leaves his light off and holds his body excruciating-

ly still so as not to give any hint that his office is occupied. It is creepy that he is titillated by her graphic tales of lesbian sex, that listening to her becomes his psychic balm, that when he decides to intercede in her search for her birth mother, he lies so easily and so well. This is San Francisco in 1974, and though another person might be liberated and inspired, the professor sees only a world shot through with anxiety and chaos. The Zodiac Killer is on the loose, the war in Vietnam is collapsing, destitute men lurk on the sidewalks, and his apartment in North Beach is gray, run-down and literally at the end of the streetcar line. With his erudition, vaguely adolescent, inappropriate sex-

ual yearnings and formal, antique language, the professor is like a beaten Humbert Humbert, finally caught, 15 years later. He observes, he obsesses, he skulks. The lobby of his office building is a respite of whiteness, clean and polished, with cherub decor — arriving, it’s as if he enters heaven. When a guard there begins dogging him, suspicions arise. Did he actually rent that office, or has he not told us the truth — is his very presence illicit? Yet for all that unpleasantness, he never becomes unbearable. “I could pull her life over my head like a blanket cover (smothering, superseding, replacing) my own,” he says. In this, he is not unlike any reader, reaching for a story as comfort.

Warning: By Page 7 of the prologue, you may wish “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” were fiction and not, as it happens, a vividly real account of unimaginable squalor, deprivation and tragedy. Keep reading, and don’t be deterred. Exquisite in every detail, this book about a slum in India informs the mind, elevates the soul and will leave you invested in the lives chronicled by one of the premier journalists of our time. Hardscrabble represents upward mobility for the lives unfolding in Annawadi. A slum perched on the edge of the Mumbai airport, its trees’ leaves are grayed by dust from a nearby concrete plant. Its “lake” is putrid and contaminated. Subsistence is gained through prostitution,thieveryoranymeans necessary. Katherine Boo, a staff writer with The New Yorker, channels the travails of Annawadi through the voicesofahandfulofresidentswho managed to eke out a living there in the months before the Indian government bulldozed the settlement in 2009. Overrun with rats, roaches, official corruption and desperation, survival is the order of each and every day for the denizens of the slum. Teenager Abdul Hakim Husain survives by collecting and selling refuse from the airport and Mumbai hotels with $800-a-night suites that hover nearby, cruel and taunting. Abdul’s ambitious neighbor, Manju Waghekar, survives by clinging to the education she prays will spare her the fate her mother — who masks her furtive prostitution behind the cloak of a powerful slumlord — and her best friend, a suicide by rat poison. Most compellingly, Annawadi is home to Fatima One Leg, arguably the most tragic figure in a book in which tragedy lurks on nearly every page. Crippled physically and emotionally, the child she allegedly drownedinapailofwaterisbutone of a laundry list of demons haunting Fatima’s existence. “In the monsoon, Fatima’s mornings sometimes started like this: one leg, two crutches, twelvepound vessel of pump-water, mudslick, splat,” Boo writes. “Add to this young daughters whom she couldn’t chase after — needy rambunctious creatures who laid her deficiencies bare. Only in the hours when the men came — husband at work, children at school — did the partofherbodyshehadtoofferfeel more important than the part of it she lacked.” It is Fatima’s suicide, by self-immolation, that provides “Beautiful Forevers” with its narrative tension. Accused of complicity in the death, Abdul, his father and sister arejailedandsubjectedtobeatings. Rich in content, poignant and lyrical in style, rare is the page in “Beautiful Forevers” that doesn’t bring the reader pause. Setting aside the subject matter, Boo even negotiates some moments of mirth. “He was dreamy and impractical,” she writes of Abdul’s younger brother.“Helovedfrogs,andinpursuit of them sometimes swam the sewage lake. No one liked to sleep next to him after he did that.” Make no mistake. The title notwithstanding, there is nothing beautiful about Annawadi. “Don’t confuse yourself by thinking about such terrible lives,” Zehrunisia Husain (Abdul’s mother) advises in an axiom introducing the final chapters. Indeed.Yettheunderlyingmessage that emerges from this, surely one of the year’s best books, is that the path to survival is paved with resiliency. Which in Annawadi represents the greatest triumph of all.










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grey, 6 cyl., AWD 07 Chrysler Aspen LTD, silver, 3rd seat, 4x4 07 DODGE DURANGO SLT, blue, 3rd seat 4x4 07 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN SXT, blue grey leather, 7 pax mini van 06 BUICK RANIER CXL burgundy & grey, leather, sunroof, AWD 06 PONTIAC TURRANT black/black leather, sunroof, AWD 06 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN ES, red, 4 dr, entrtnmt cntr, 7 pass mini van 05 FORD ESCAPE XLT Silver V6, 4x4 05 HYUNDAI SANTAFE silver, V6, AWD 05 FORD EXPLORER XLT blue, 3rd seat, 4x4 05 DODGE DAKOTA CLUB CAB SPORT, blue, auto, 4x4 truck 04 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LTD

4X4 Black/black leather, sunroof 04 FORD FREESTAR, blue, 4 door, 7 passenger mini van 04 MERCURY MOUNTAINEER, black, black leather, 3rd seat, AWD 04 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE OVERLAND graphite grey, 2 tone leather, sunroof, 4x4 03 FORD EXPLORER SPORT TRAC XLT, 4 door, green, tan, leather, 4x4 03 FORD WINDSTAR LX green 4 door, 7 pax mini van 02 CHEVY TRAILBLAZER LS white, auto 4x4 02 FORD F150 XLT Reg. Cab Truck, red, 6 cyl. auto, 4x4 02 NISSAN PATHFINDER SE, Sage, sun roof, autop, 4x4 02 CHEVY 2500 HD reg. cab. pickup truck, green, auto, 4x4 01 CHEVY BLAZER black, 4 door 01 FORD RANGER XLT X-CAB, red, auto,V6, 4x4 00 CHEVY BLAZER LT black & brown, brown leather 4x4 99 ISUZI VEHIACROSS black, auto, 2 door AWD 98 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LAREDO SE, silver, V6, 4x4 96 CHEVY BLAZER, black 4x4 89 CHEVY 1500, 4X4 TRUCK

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412 Autos for Sale

BEN’S AUTO SALES RT 309 W-B Twp. Near Wegman’s 570-822-7359

09 ESCAPE XLT $11,495 10 Suzuki sx4 $11,995 09Journey SE $12,495 $8995 07 FOCUS SE 04 XL7 4X4 $8,995 10 FUSION SEL $13,995 Full Notary Service Tags & Title Transfers


Power everything, air, am/fm cd, excellent condition. $6000 570-654-4901

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


MARK III CONVERSION VAN. Hightop. 93K. 7 passenger. TV/VCP/Stereo. Loaded. Great condition. $3,495 (570) 574-2199

CHEVY`10 CAMARO SS2. Fully load, V8,

jewel red with white stripes on hood & trunk, list price is $34,500, Selling for $29,900. Call 570-406-1974


Low miles - 54,000. V6. FWD. Leather interior. Great shape. A/C. CD. All power. $7,200. Negotiable (570) 760-1005

CHRYSLER `06 300

4 door sedan in perfect condition. Full service records. All luxury options and features. 25.5 MPG. $12,800. Call 570-371-1615


Silver, 2nd owner clean title. Very clean inside & outside. Auto, Power mirrors, windows. CD player, cruise, central console heated power mirrors. 69,000 miles. $5500. 570-991-5558


AWD, Alloys, PW & PL, 1 Owner $12,950


700 Sans Souci Highway WE SELL FOR LESS!! ‘11 DODGE DAKOTA CREW 4x4, Bighorn 6 cyl., 14k, factory warranty. $22,200 ‘11 NISSAN ROGUE S 4WD, 18k Factory Warranty. $19,599 ‘11 HYUNDAI ELANTRA 3950 miles. Factory Warranty. New Condition. $17,499 ‘10 Dodge Nitro SE 21k alloys, cruise, tint, factory warranty $18,699 ‘10 DODGE CARAVAN SXT 32K. SilverBlack. Power slides. Factory warranty. $16,599 ‘09 J EEP L IBERY LIMITED Power sunroof. Only 18K. Factory Warranty. $19,299 ‘09 DODGE CALIBER SXT 2.0 Automatic, 24k Factory Warranty! $11,499 ‘08 CHEVY IMPALA LS Only 18K! One Owner - Estate Sale. Factory Warranty. $11,999 ‘08 SUBARU Special Edition 42K. 5 speed. AWD. Factory warranty. $12,599 ‘08 CHEVY IMPALA LS 4 door, only 37K! 5 Yr. 100K factory warranty $11,199 ‘05 HONDA CRV EX One owner. Just traded. 65K. $12,799 ‘06 FORD FREESTAR Rear air, 62k $8099 ‘01 LINCOLN TOWN CAR Executive 74K $5,599 ‘00 CHEVY MALIBU LS leather, 98k $3,7990 TITLE TAGS FULL NOTARY SERVICE 6 M ONTH WARRANTY

HONDA `02 PILOT Inspected, ‘12 tags, insurable. Excellent condition. 90,000 miles. $7,000 570-823-7176

HONDA ‘03 ACCORD EX Leather, moonroof $10,750

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

HONDA ‘05 CIVIC COUPE 4 cylinder, auto

Gas $aver! $9,450 WARRANTY MAFFEI AUTO SALES 570-288-6227

HONDA 07 FIT Auto. 4 door. Keyless entry. Hatchback. $10,999


875 W. Market St. Kingston, PA. 570-287-2243


FORDClean `90&MUSTANG sharp. 68,000 miles. $4,500.


2 door, clean & sharp. Landau roof. $2,000 570-269-0042


91,000 miles. Looks & runs like new. $2,300 or best offer, please call 570-702-6023

MERCURY `97 TRACER 51,000 miles, New

tires, battery, great condition. $2500. Cell 970-708-0692

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


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

LINCOLN ‘05 TOWN CAR 39K miles. Looks & runs perfect! $13,500 WARRANTY MAFFEI AUTO SALES 570-288-6227


Town Car Limited Estate Sale Fully loaded. 50,000 miles, Triple coated Pearlized White. Showroom condition. $13,500 or best offer (570) 654-2596




Highest Prices Paid!! FREE PICKUP


HYUNDAI ‘06 ELANTRA Tan, 4 door,

clean title, 4 cylinder, auto, 115k miles. Power windows, & keyless entry, CD player, cruise, central console heated power mirrors. $4200 570-991-5558

LEXUS `01 LS 430 Fully loaded with ultra-luxury package. Excellent condition. Black. 127,000 miles, $14,500 570-788-3191

driven, last Cutlass off the GM line. Crimson red with black leather interior. Every available option including sunroof. Perfect condition. 300 original miles. $21,900 or best offer. Call 570-650-0278

PONTIAC `02 FIREBIRD 42,000 miles,

garage kept 18’ chrome wheels, Raptor hood with a Ram Air package. $10,000, negotiable (570) 852-1242

PORSCHE `85 944

Low mileage, 110,000 miles, 5 speed, 2 door, antilock brakes, air conditioning, power windows, power mirrors, AM/FM radio, CD changer, leather interior, rear defroster, tinted windows, custom wheels, $8,000. (570) 817-1803


Bean Edition Wagon. 1 owner. Garage kept. $7,500. Call 570-371-4471 or 717-503-4965



PT CRUISER ‘06 82k miles, blue 4 door $6595 FORD ‘04 Taurus 4 door, white with gray interior, loaded, 145k miles $4500 LINCOLN ‘00 Towncar, 4 door, leather interior, 117k miles $3995 SATURN ‘98 4 door, burgundy, 85k miles $3995 CADILLAC ‘99 50th Gold Anniversary Sedan Deville. Red with tan leather, loaded. $3995 MERCURY ‘96 GRAND MARQUIS 4 door, gold with tan cloth interior, only 50k miles. Loaded. Must See! $4200


570-955-5792 MAZDA 3 ‘08

Extra clean. 5 speed. 41K miles $13,999

875 W. Market St. Kingston, PA. 570-287-2243

Excellent condition. Priced to sell! $6,195. 570-594-3975

excellent condition. $15,500. 570-474-9076

TOYOTA ‘02 CAMRY SE 1 Owner, only 38k miles $10,920

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

112K miles. Blue, 5 speed. Air, power windows/locks, CD/cassette, Keyless entry, sunroof, new battery. Car drives and has current PA inspection. Slight rust on corner of passenger door. Clutch slips on hard acceleration. This is why its thousands less than Blue Book value. $6,500 OBO. Make an offer! Call 570-592-1629


MERCURY 2008 GRAND MARQUIS LS 23,000 original

875 W. Market St. Kingston, PA. 570-287-2243


Grey, Mint condition. 35K miles. New, allseason tires. Sirius radio. 2 sets of mats, including cargo mats. $18,400. Call 570-822-3494 or 570-498-0977

NISSAN ‘07 SENTRA SE One Owner Bluetooth - Smart Key $10,900


VOLKSWAGEN ‘00 BEETLE 2.0 automatic, air 67k miles $6400. 570-466-0999


White. New manual transmission & clutch. Front wheel drive. 165k highway miles. Great on gas. Good condition, runs well. $3,000 or best offer 570-331-4777

new. Sun roof, CD loader, all power. 98,000 miles, $2,950. OBO 570-702-6023

VOLVO 850 ‘95 WAGON Runs good, air,


70,000 original miles. Leather interior. Excellent condition. $2,500. Call 570-282-4272 or 570-877-2385

maculate, full restoration, white with red interior $48,500 570-237-0968

CHEVROLET `76 PICKUP 4 CYLINDER Very Good Shopping for a new apartment? Classified lets you compare costs without hassle or worry! Get moving with classified!


Guaranteed Low Fees Payment Plan! Colleen Metroka 570-592-4796 Bankruptcy $595 Guaranteed Low Fees Atty Kurlancheek 825-5252 W-B

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


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

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

Boats & Marinas



All original $12,000

MERCEDES ‘76 450 SL $24,000


Kit Car $9,000 (570) 655-4884

CHEVY ’77 CORVETTE Red & red, all

original. No hits, restoration. Rides and looks new. Exceptionally clean. A/c, pb, ps, pw, 51K $13,900 OBO 570-563-5056



17’ Deep V, 40 HPH Johnson electric motor, electric anchor, 3 fish finder manual downrigger, excellent condition. $3295 570-675-5873


Commercial Trucks & Equipment

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

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

GMC ‘98 SIERRA 3500 4WD Stake Side, 3 on the tree with fluid drive. This All American Classic Icon runs like a top at 55MPH. Kin to Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth, Imperial Desoto, built in the American Midwest, after WWII, in a plant that once produced B29 Bombers. In it’s original antiquity condition, with original shop & parts manuals, she’s beautifully detailed and ready for auction in Sin City. Spent her entire life in Arizona and New Mexico, never saw a day of rain or rust. Only $19,995. To test drive, by appointment only, Contact Tony at 570-899-2121 or penntech84th@

350 V8, Auto. 75,000 miles on current engine. 12' wood bed, body, tires, interior good. Excellent running condition. New generator, starter, battery. Just tuned and inspected. $6,900. Call 570-656-1080


HARLEY 2011 HERITAGE SOFTTAIL Black. 1,800 miles. ABS brakes. Security System Package. $16,000 firm. SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY 570-704-6023

HARLEY DAVIDSON ‘01 Electra Glide, Ultra Classic, many chrome accessories, 13k miles, Metallic Emerald Green. Garage kept, like new condition. Includes Harley cover. $12,900 570-718-6769 570-709-4937

HARLEY DAVIDSON ‘03 Dyna Wide Glide

Excellent condition garage kept! Golden Anniversary - silver/black. New Tires. Extras. 19,000 miles. Must Sell! $10,000. 570-639-2539


‘08 FLHTCU. Ultra classic, mint condition. white & black pearls. 6,500 miles. Reduced to $17,500 Call Bill 570-262-7627

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


see. Anniversary Edition. $11,000. 570-269-0042


92 V-twin, 1507 cc, extras $6000. 570-883-9047


12,000 miles. With windshield. Runs excellent. Many extras including gunfighter seat, leather bags, extra pipes. New tires & battery. Asking $4,000 firm. (570) 814-1548

442 RVs & Campers


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





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Good interior & exterior. Runs great! New tires. Many new parts. Moving, Must Sell. $1,300 or best offer 570-362-3626 Ask for Lee


HSoft ARLEY DAVIDSON ‘80 riding FLH.


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Convertible with removable hard top, power windows, AM /FM radio with cassette player, CD player, automatic, 4 new tires. Champagne exterior; Italian red leather interior inside. Garage kept, excellent condition. Reduced price to $26,000. Call 570-825-6272

Doyouneedmorespace? A yard or garage sale automatic, fair in classified shape. $1,800. 347-693-4156 is the best way tocleanoutyourclosets! 415 Autos-Antique You’re in bussiness & Classic with classified!


310 560 Pierce St. Kingston, PA www.wyoming 570-714-9924

VOLVO `95 940 STATION WAGON Looks and runs like


Keyless entry, well equipped including alloy wheels $12,999

miles, all power, leather interior. NADA book value $17,975. Priced for quick sale to settle estate. $15,950, or best offer. Car is in mint condition. 570-735-4760 570-954-1257

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


MERCEDES-BENZ `73 450SLC 80,000 miles, sunroof, excellent condition. PRICE REDUCED $9,000. 570-489-8026

415 Autos-Antique & Classic


Condition! $5,500. 570-362-3626 Ask for Lee

TOYOTA `07 AVALON MARZAK MOTORS owner, 48,000 miles, one garage kept,

601 Green Ridge St, Scranton

412 Autos for Sale

OLDSMOBILE `97 TOYOTA ‘09 COROLLA S Auto. 4 Cylinder. MERCEDES-BENZ `73 CUTLASS SUPREME $12,880 Museum kept, never




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

GLS, 1 Owner, only 11k miles $18,800

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W / $5 0 0 N M AC CAP TIVE CAS H

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STK#N 21107 M O D EL# 13112 M SR P $23,960



STK#N 21519 M O D EL# 22112 M SR P $23,050



4 Cyl, CVT , AC, AM /F M /CD, PW , PDL , Cru is e, T ilt, F lo o rM a ts & S p la s h Gu a rd s


4 Cyl, CVT , PW , PDL , Cru is e, T ilt, I-K ey, F lo o rM a ts & S p la s h Gu a rd s




W / $ 15 0 0 N IS S A N R EB ATE & $ 75 0 N M AC C A P TIV E C A S H





P lu s Ta x.

W / $750 N IS S AN R EB ATE


STK#N 21472 M O D EL# 23212 M SR P $32,525

V-6, CVT , M o o n ro o f, Pw rS ea t, Allo ys , A/C, PW , PDL , Cru is e, T ilt& F lo o rM a ts







P ER M O. P lu s Ta x.

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2012 N IS S A N A RM A DA S V O R M O R E O N A LL 2012 4X4 A R MSAA DAVE’S$7000 IN STO C K O NLY !! 10 A VA ILA B LE W H AT A LEA SE!!





W / $20 0 0 N IS S AN R EB ATE



2011 N IS S A N P A THFIN DE R 4 2011’S LEFT!! SA VE $7000 S V 4X4 OONLY R M O R E O N A NY IN STO C K 2011!

STK#N 21048 M O D EL# 25211 M SR P $35,160

PER M O. P lu s Ta x.

*$499 Perm o n th p lu s ta x, 39 m o n th lea s e; 12,000 m iles p eryea r; Res id u a l= $20973.70; M u s tb e a p p ro ved thru NM AC @ T ier1; $1999 Ca s h Do w n o rT ra d e E q u ity (+ ) p lu s regis tra tio n fees ; T o ta l d u e @ d elivery= $2202.50.








P ER M O. P lu s Ta x.

*$299 Perm o n th p lu s ta x, 39 m o n th lea s e; 12,000 m iles p eryea r; Res id u a l= $16,913; M u s tb e a p p ro ved thru NM AC @ T ier1; $1999 Ca s h Do w n o rT ra d e E q u ity (+ ) p lu s regis tra tio n fees ; T o ta l d u e @ d elivery= $2,202.50. In clu d es $725 Nis s a n L ea s e Reb a te.



2012 N IS S A N TITA N K C O FF M SR P S V 4X4 SA VE OINVERSTO$6000 C K O NLY !! STK#N 21429 M O D EL# 34412 M SR P $35,180

V6, Au to , A/C, PW , PDL , P. S ea t, AM /F M /CD, Cru is e, T ilt, F lo o rM a ts , M u ch M o re

V8, Au to m a tic, 8 Pa s s en ger, Rea rAir, Ba cku p Ca m era , F o ld in g S ea ts , All Po w er, M u s tS ee!!



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STK#N 21418 M O D EL# 26212 M SR P $45,595

P lu s Ta x.

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STK#N 21280 M O D EL# 16112 M SR P $33,125


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Stk# 1801












2010 CHEVY TAHOE 4x4


FX-4, Just 43K Miles, Black Beauty

Stk# 1431

Stk# 1833

Stk# 1858

Stk# 1654, Leather

All Wheel Drive, 19K Miles










Just 16K Miles, Tons of Warranty




Stk# 1791



Balance of Warranty, Black Beauty



Stk# 1732

Stk# 1857





2008 FORD F-150 CREW CAB 4X4




Stk# 1521



Stk# 1794



Stk# 1731






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Stk# 1836

Stk# 1783

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442 RVs & Campers

FOREST RIVER ‘10 SURVEYOR 234T 24’ Travel trailer.

Sleeps 7, two queen beds, tinted windows, 17’ awning, fridge, microwave, oven/range, sofa bed, water heater. A/C, one slide out, smoke free, only $14,995. 570-868-6426


Trucks/ SUVs/Vans



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Trucks/ SUVs/Vans


Heritage Edition, leather, sunroof, 3rd seat 1 Owner, local trade $7495 Call For Details! 570-696-4377 Cadillac `07 Escalade, pearl white, black leather, 3rd seat, 4x4 (570) 343-1959


Trucks/ SUVs/Vans


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CADILLAC `99 ESCALADE 97k miles. Black

with beige leather interior. 22” rims. Runs great. $8,500 Call 570-861-0202

Trucks/ SUVs/Vans


Trucks/ SUVs/Vans

CHEVROLET `05 SILVERADO LT Z71 Extended cab,

automatic. 4x4. Black with grey leather interior. Heated seats. 59,000 miles. New Michelin tires. $14,000 (570) 477-3297

CHEVY `99 SILVERADO Auto. V6 Vortec.

Standard cab. 8’ bed with liner. Dark Blue. 98,400 miles. $4,999 or best offer 570-823-8196

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


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

$4,995 Call For Details! 570-696-4377

CHEVY’ 99 ASTRO AWD. 98,000


miles, rear heat and air, loaded. Michelin tires, garage kept, excellent condition. $5000 OBO 570-822-4580 570-332-4643

CHEVY ‘99utility, BLAZER4 Sport

door, four wheel drive, ABS, new inspection. $4200. 570-709-1467

Eddie Bauer Edition 59,000 miles, 4 door, 3 row seats, V6, all power options, moon roof, video screen $8,999. 570-690-3995 or 570-287-0031


4WD V6 Automatic Sunroof Leather Excellent condition!. 116,000 Miles $6800. 570-814-8793

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

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

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


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TOYOTA `96 SR5 Will sell for parts, or whole truck. $800 570-667-7021

Trucks/ SUVs/Vans

AWD. 1 owner. $16,900

Moonroof. Alloys. 1 Owner. $17,900

Full 4 door, all wheel drive, 5 cylinder, automatic, A/C, all power. 1 owner, well maintained, 122K miles. $11,750. 570-466-2771




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

BUICK ‘04 Rendezvous


Luxury people mover! 87,300 well maintained miles. This like-new van has third row seating, power side & rear doors. Economical V6 drivetrain and all available options. Priced for quick sale $6,295. Generous trade-in allowances will be given on this top-of-the-line vehicle. Call Fran 570-466-2771 Scranton

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Leather, alloys & moonroof $17,800

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JEEP ‘97 GRAND CHEROKEE LAREDO 4.0-ATM, 4WD, 128,000 miles, full power, minor body & mechanical work needed for state inspection. Recent radiator & battery. $2,500. OBO. 570-239-8376

JEEP 02 GRAND CHEROKEE LAREDO 6 cylinder 4 WD, air

conditioning power windows, door locks, cruise, dual air bags, tilt wheel, AM/FM/CD. keyless remote. 130k miles. $5400. 570-954-3390

JEEP 03 WRANGLER X 6 cylinder. Auto. 4x4. $10,999

JEEP ‘04 GRAND CHEROKEE LAREDO 4x4. Auto. 6 cylinder. $8,995 WARRANTY MAFFEI AUTO SALES 570-288-6227


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