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Lani Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6325 elects officers Lani Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6325 recently installed officers at the post home, 35-37 Cleveland St., Hudson. Stephen Nalewaijko, district commander, All State Post 11, was the installing officer. Members and social members were invited. Alex Rilko was installed as post commander. Officers installed, from left, first row: Rudy Ciprich, trustee; Roger Burridge, adjutant; Nalewaijko; Rilko; Bob Davis, senior vice commander; and Mike Basta, officer of the day. Second row: Paul Bednarczyk, junior vice commander; Mike Zavec, three-year trustee; Doyle Kioski, chaplain; and Jack Liparula, quatermaster.

Veterans and supporters hold Appreciation Celebration Veteran’s Multicare Alliance recently participated in Team Red, White and Blue’s NEPA Veterans Appreciation Celebration, along with many other organizations that serve veterans and their families in the area, at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Veterans and supporters from around the area came to honor those who served our country. One of the highlights included motivational speaker Bryan Anderson, an Iraq War triple amputee. Wyoming Seminary and U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Timothy O’Donnell, also spoke on how he became a world champion triathlete. Organizations that benefitted from the proceeds of the event were the Veterans Multicare Alliance, Team Red White and Blue and Catholic Social Services of Scranton. At the event, from left, first row, are Anderson. Second row: Karla Porter, Sam Greenberg, Mike Erwin, Monsignor Joseph Kelly, Timothy O’Donnell and Gerry O’Donnell.

Verizon Foundation gives grant to Pittston Library The Pittston Memorial Library recently received a $10,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation for the library’s planned Intergenerational Family Center Program (IFCP). The IFCP will provide support, counseling, information and referrals, legal advice and other services for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. The program is part of the library’s $1.5 million expansion project and will be housed in the library’s planned 5,000-square foot addition. Groundbreaking for the building addition is tentatively scheduled for fall. At the check presentation, from left, first row: Chris Latona, controller, Pittston City; Lisa Joyce, Pittston Memorial Library Board; Barbara Quinn, president, Pittston Memorial Library Board; Anne Hogya, library director; Todd Darlington, director of external affairs, Verizon; Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Carroll; and Frank P. Buzydlowski, director of governmental relations, Verizon. Second row: Joe Chernouskas, Pittston City Council; Marla Pupa, Pittston Memorial Library Board; Pennsylvania Sen. John Yudichak; Joe McLean, Pittston City Council; Tom Tigue, honorary co-chair, Pittston Memorial Library Capital Campaign; and Joe Moskovitz, clerk, Pittston City.

For the 11th consecutive year, Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services sponsored a fishing derby at ‘Mericle Pond’ in Hanover Industrial Estates, Hanover Township. The event for children is coordinated annually by Hanover Township American Legion Post 609 and the Hanover Township Trout Stocking Association. Mericle also supplied funds for food, beverages and equipment rentals. Members of the American Legion and Trout Stocking Association with Mericle’s sponsorship check, from left, are Joe Kachmarsky, Bill Roberts, Mike Johnson, Frank McKenzie, Willie Keefe, Louis Sewell, Sharon Lynn Keefe, Joyce Tovay and Barbara Fedor.

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Pittston Area Leo’s Club helps give wheelchair to nurse’s office The Pittston Area Leo’s Club, with the help of the Dupont Lions Club, donated a wheelchair for the nurse’s office at Pittston Area High School. The presentation was made at a recent Leo’s Club meeting. Participants, from left, first row, are Dominique Delpriore, Jamie Baker, Rachael Lazevnick and Leanne Para. Second row: Christine Briggs; Tiffany Smith; Irene Magdon; Jessica Baker; Elizabeth Turco, school nurse; Marie Cary; Ellen Renfer; Lia Garibaldi; Nicole Lazevnick; Josh Zurek; and Samantha Piazza.

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The Irem Women’s Auxiliary recently honored all past presidents of the organization at a luncheon held at the Irem Shrine Center in Dallas. The past presidents were introduced by Suanne Moses, current president, and thanked for their years of service to the organization. A small gift was also presented to all of the honorees. At the event, from left, first row, are Joan Ball, Helen Fink, Jean Emanuel, Betty Lux and Bernice West. Second row: Charlotte Ruck, Betty Truscott, Effie Metcalf, Marie Mishkel, Carol Belmont, Hope Beisel, Ruth Gramps, Sybil Burkel and Moses. Barbara Mohr was also honored.

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The Brotherhood of Chefs recently presented a check for $13,289.70 to Wyoming Valley Childrens Association. The funds were raised through the annual ‘Cooking for a Cause’ gourmet dinner, sponsored by Balfour Beatty Rail Company, which was held at the Woodlands Inn and Resort. At the check presentation, from left, first row: Kathleen Williams, in-coming executive director, Wyoming Valley Children’s Association; Nello Allegrucci; Thomas Malloy, vice president, WVCA Board; Jammie Yourren; Sharon Harry, executive director, WVCA; Mitch Kornfeld, food and beverage director, Woodlands Inn and Resort. Second row: John Exter; Edward Ancas; Paul McMillen; attorney Peter Moses; Joan Gilbertson, teacher, WVCA. Also participating were Bruce Deeble, Robert Manfre, Carmen Allegrucci, Frank Priore, Paul Cozza, Luke Swick, Tom Krulack, Justin ‘Chili’ Temperine, Rob Shaffer, Chief Joe Coyne, Ed Kobeski, The Wine Merchant, Floral Designs, Nate Evans, Matt Magda, Paul Domberski, Mike Racsetti and Amanda Allegrucci.

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HARVEYS LAKE: Harveys Lake American Legion Post 967 Sons of the American Legion is holding a special meeting to finalize plans for the annual fishing derby at 7:30 p.m. on June 4 at the post home, 4907 Memorial Highway. All members are requested to attend this meeting.

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Navy Seaman Recruit Ashley M. Agresta, daughter of Karen A. Agresta, Drums, and Richard J. Agresta, Sugarloaf, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Agresta completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations,” an exercise that gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. Agresta is a 2012 graduate of Central Columbia High School, Bloomsburg.

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Marine Corps Pfc. Alyson E. Kotch, daughter of Mary L. and Mark C. Kotch, Plymouth, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Kotch spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, handto-hand combat and assorted weapons training. Kotch also received instruction on the Marine Corps’ core values. The training ended with The Crucible, a 54-hour, team evolution culminating in a ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem and addressed as Marines for the first time.

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Editor’s note: A complete list of Volunteer Opportunities can be viewed at www.timesleader.com by clicking Community News under the People tab. To have your organization listed, visit the United Way of Wyoming Valley’s volunteer page at www.unitedwaywb.org. For more information, contact Kathy Sweetra at 9707250 or ksweetra@timesleader.com.

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