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MONDAY, MAY 28, 2012



Paul J. Simoncavage III

Connor M. Krushinski

Paul Joseph Simoncavage III, son of Roberta and Paul Simoncavage Jr., Wilkes-Barre, is celebrating his fourth birthday today, May 28. Paul is a grandson of Vivian Ashton and Paul Simoncavage Sr., Wilkes-Barre, and Richard and Cora Abate, Shavertown. He is a great-grandson of Charles and Lois Abate, Arizona; the late Thomas and Dorothy Hughes, and the late Mary Carey.

Connor Michael Krushinski, son of Kristen Bohan and Ron Krushinski, Nanticoke, celebrated his first birthday May 27. Connor is a grandson of Michael and Linda Bohan and Barb Krushinski. He is a great-grandson of Cecelia Bohan, Ann Omolecki and Helen Krushinski, all of Nanticoke. Connor has a sister, Kayla, 8.

Lion of the Year named by District 14-W

Frontier Communications helps with flag replacement

Stephen Vitek was chosen by District 14-W as its Lion of the Year at the annual district convention recently held at the Best Western East Mountain Inn and Suites in Wilkes-Barre. Vitek is an active member in the Jenkins Township Lions Club and his church, community and several other groups. Referred to as ‘the Gentle Lion,’ he is a member of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Pittston. Vitek is a past secretary of the Jenkins Lions Club and a life member of the Northeast Pennsylvania Lions Eye Bank. He serves as the club’s permanent representative on the Upper Valley Eye Bank and is the Lion responsible for collecting the used prescription eye glasses from about 18 locations in the area. At the award presentation, from left: Marylin Tosh, governor, Lions District 14-W; Vitek; and Brian Sheehan, international director, Lions Clubs.

Frontier Communications recently volunteered time and equipment to the Twin Cities Lions Club of Shickshinny and Mocanaqua to replace the American and state flags on the light poles along the Shickshinny-Mocanaqua bridge. The flags were given to the Twin Cities Lions Club by State Representative Karen Boback. The flags were put up by Frontier employees Bob Montville and Matt Kotarsky. From left: Dan Hinchcliff, president, Twin Cities Lions Club; Gil Gleco, club member and past governor, District 14-W; Rep. Boback; and Tom MacDougall, technical supervisor, Frontier. Wayne Devine, foreman from Frontier, also assisted on the project.

Lacie A. Jinks

Natalie P. Conrad

Lacie Abigail Jinks, daughter of Sarah and Jonathan Jinks, Wilkes-Barre, is celebrating her first birthday today, May 28. Lacie is a granddaughter of Jane and Walt Kwiatkowski, WilkesBarre, and Gale and John Broadfoot, Milton, Fla. She is a greatgranddaughter of Betty Caffrey, Mountain Top, and Betty and Walt Kwiatkowski, Larksville.

Natalie Paige Conrad, daughter of Shawn and Susan Conrad, Wyoming, is celebrating her seventh birthday today, May 28. Natalie is a granddaughter of Joseph and Carmella Faust, Courtdale, and Raymond and Geraldine Conrad, Dallas. She has a sister, Kaitlyn Michelle, 8.

Lions Club members recognized for years of service Members of the Dupont Lions Club recently received awards for 30 years of service at the district convention at the East Mountain Inn. At the event, from left, first row, are Joe Cronick. Second row: Dan Lello and Tony Draus. Third row: Stanley Strelish; Stanley Golemwbski; Brian Sheehan, international director; Chris Kalmanowicz, past district governor; and BartBryk, president, Dupont Lions.

Akira G. Kopec Akira Grace Kopec, daughter of Brian and Kasia Kopec, Kingston, is celebrating her eighth birthday today, May 28. Akira is a granddaughter of Vincent and Carol Kopec, Plains Township; Mary McDonough, Kingston; and Joseph McDonough, Wilkes-Barre. She has a brother, Luke, 6.

IN BRIEF PLYMOUTH: The Eastern Star Past Matrons and Past Patrons Association of Wyoming Valley will meet at 6:30 p.m. on June 7 at Happy Pizza, 40 W. Main St. Marge Swanek, president, will preside. There will be a dinner with a business meeting and program. The meeting will be hosted by Jan Jacobus, vice president, and the monthly decoration chairpersons. Deputy Grand Matron Naiomi Grosch will be honoring the following Junior Past Matrons and Past Patrons of Region12A:

Mary Ayers and William Bookwalter, Wyoming1; Bonnie Yuscavage and Martin Braen, Harmony 58; Kathleen Silvi and John Davis, acting worthy patron, Wilkes-Barre 90; Wendy Hildebrand and Duane Hildebrand, Mayflower107; Sandy Kovaly and John Kovaly, Nanticoke174; and Dianne Corby and David Corby, Dallas 396. Reservations are required and can be made by calling one of the following chapter reservation chairpersons: Deb Koch, Wyoming1; Mary Ellen Heinz, Mayflower170; Jane Thomas, Harmony 58; Lois Dunn, Nanticoke 174; Marge Swanek, Wilkes-Barre 90; and Hope Beisel, Dallas 396.

Local children raised more than $300 for the Center for Cancer Wellness Candy’s Place, Forty Fort, during Lemonade Days held on May 5. A nationwide event, Lemonade Days was created to teach children how to become entrepreneurs. The children made the lemonade and sold it outside the Atrium Restaurant in Kingston. All the proceeds were donated to Candy’s Place. Participants, from left, first row, are Max Steinruck, Sam Steinruck and Madison Askew. Second row: Joseph Leary; Megan Askew; and Nicole Farber, center coordinator, Candy’s Place. Third row: Debbie Leary, owner, Atrium Restaurant.

Plymouth Knights Council receives awards at convention Plymouth Council 984, Knights of Columbus, recently received two state awards at the 114th annual state convention. The council received the Community Activities award for its outstanding participation in projects and activities that benefited the area. It also received the Public Relations award. Both are in the Division Four category for the 2011-2012 fraternal year. At the awards presentation, from left, are Thomas Roccograndi, Pennsylvania state advocate, and Matt Owazany, grand knight, Plymouth Council 984.


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Lemonade Days raise money for Candy’s Place

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First responders receive health screenings Geisinger employees recently offered health screening services to Luzerne County first responders at the Wright Township Fire Department, Mountain Top. Firefighters, EMS and police officers received lipid profiles, blood pressure exams, body mass index measurements and risk factor education. The event was sponsored by The Richard and Marion Pearsall Heart Hospital at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. Some of the participants, from left: Gary Gencil, Wright Township firefighter; Dave Pettit Wright Township fire chief; Gregg Gerko, Wright Township assistant chief; Lisa Tarapchak, registered nurse, team leader, Geisinger-Mountain Top; Chris Krout, Wright Township firefighter; Dr. Thomas Isaacson, chief of cardiology, Richard and Marion Pearsall Heart Hospital; and Mark Gusditis, Wright Township Fire Department captain.

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