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SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2012




They’re a godsend Sandusky case led to new questions

Anger resulted in many states re-examining and expanding mandatory reporting laws.

UNION RAGS RALLIES TO TAKE BELMONT Union Rags picked up where I’ll Have Another left off — coming from behind to win a Triple Crown race. In Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, it was even a photo finish as Union Rags edged Paynter by a neck. I’ll Have Another won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness with stirring stretch drives. But the champ was scratched from the Belmont on Friday and retired due to a tendon injury. 1C

By JOANN LOVIGLIO Associated Press




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Tony Ott and Katie McGrew work inside the flood-damaged home of Tom Reilly on Montgomery Avenue in West Pittston.

Christian group reaches out to region Susan and Duane Kirk of Modesto, Calif., cut sheet rock for a flooddamaged home in Plains Township. They are members of a Christian group that came to Wyoming Valley to help with flood recovery.


WEST PITTSTON – Flood victim Tom Reilly’s nine-month quest to get his family back in their home is now within sight, thanks to faith-based volunteers. Fourteen volunteers from Modesto, Calif., worked in the Wyoming Valley last week to help victims like Reilly rebuild their homes – and their lives. The Christian-based group traveled at their own expense to do carpentry work, run electrical wires and put up sheet rock to repair flood-damaged homes. “They have been a godsend,” the 71-year-old Reilly said. “They’re angels – good people

“They’re angels – good people who have given their time to help me and my family.” Tom Reilly Flood victim

who have given their time to help me and my family.” The groups are coordinated by the Disaster Relief Coalition of Luzerne County to help residents. Flooding caused an estimated $40 million in damages last September when the Susquehanna River rose to a record See GODSEND, Page 14A

Little remains of fund for county’s capital projects The practice of dipping into the fund to pay debt service will stop, manager says.

Maxwell Gregor Partly cloudy. High 85. Low 60. Details, Page 14C


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2 injured in shooting in Hanover

An investigation by the District Attorney’s Office is ongoing.

More money spent Commissioners also dipped into the fund in 2010 and 2011 to

HANOVER TWP. – Two men were seriously injured when they were shot in the 1000 block of South Main Street near the Hanover Village Apartment Complex early Saturday morning. Police identified the gunshot victims as Lamar Bobbett, 27, of Edwardsville, and Maurice Cooley, 27, of Hanover Township. Hanover Township police said they responded to the 1000 block of South Main Street at around 2 a.m. Saturday, following reports of an altercation among several persons and shots fired. They did not find the victims there, but rather around the corner in a parking lot at the Hanover Village Apartment Complex. Township Detective David Lewis said the victims had apparently been moved there by car. The two gunshot victims were transported by ambulance to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Med-

See BONDS, Page 10A



Luzerne County owes $412 million from past borrowing, but only about $21.5 million is left to cover repairs and other capital project needs, a review of records shows. County Manager Robert Lawton said the administration is scrutinizing plans for the remaining money because additional borrowing won’t be an option in the foreseeable future. “Whatever capital projects we have will have to come out of that pot of money,” Lawton said. The balance stems from an $87.89 million bond package approved by former commissioners in 2008 to fund capital projects, a deficit and improvements at Luzerne County Community College. Commissioners set aside

See SANDUSKY, Page 13A




PHILADELPHIA — When the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State erupted last year, public anger was not only directed toward Jerry Sandusky, whose trial begins Monday, but toward the people around him who didn’t report their suspicions to police. In the months that followed, that Sandusky anger led many states to re-examine and expand their so-called mandatory reporting laws that require people to report suspected abuse or face civil and criminal penalties. Some state laws apply to professionals like doctors and teachers, while others apply universally to all adults. Child advocates and academics are divided, however, about whether increasing the number of mandatory reporters will make the public more vigilant, or simply overload an already


Mike Bielecki prepares ornamental decorations for cleaning so they may be placed back on the Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre. Roughly $8 million of the county’s remaining $21.5 million capital projects fund is earmarked for work in and around the courthouse.

$34.47 million of the borrowed funds for county capital projects, and $12.97 million was spent as of the end of March, records show. That spending included: • $3.6 million for exterior

courthouse design and repairs; • $573,500 for an employee time-tracking system; • $1.1 million for a 911 computer-aided dispatch program; • $1.77 million to fix county bridges damaged by 2006 flood-




SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2012

Rev. Kenneth Burnett

Ruth Ann Young

June 6, 2012

June 7, 2012


he Reverend Kenneth "Duke" Aaron Burnett, 56, of WilkesBarre, passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. He was born March 8, 1956, in Washington, D.C., to William and Anna (Austin) Burnett. He attended Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C., and continued his education at King’s College, graduating in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in social work. Following college, he became a member of the United States Army Reserves. Reverend Burnett was assigned to Bethel AME Church in Williamsport in 2010 to present. Other assignments included Bethel AME Church in Scranton (2007-2009), Bethel AME Church in Williamsport (1996-2006), and St. Paul’s AME Church in Milton (19962004). He was employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections for over 20 years before his retirement in 2006. Reverend Burnett was a member of the Luzerne County Diversity Commission, the NAACP, and Masonic Lodge Golden Rule #15. He was actively involved in the community. He was preceded in death by his mother, Anna (Austin) Burnett of Washington, D.C. Reverend Burnett leaves his loving and devoted wife of 22 years, Donna I. (Silva) Burnett; his loving and caring father, William Burnett, (Phyllis) Washington, D.C.; his only brother, Michael Burnett, Washington, D.C.; his godson, Peter Ogan (Elve), Hinesville, Ga.; his char-

ming granddaughter “Maddy,” whom he cherished; one uncle, James Austin (Barbara), Hartford, Conn.; and two aunts, Helen Mayo and Louise Person, Washington, D.C.; two loving sisters-in-law, Debora Silva-Smith, Waldorf, Md., and Mary Brown, Tallahassee, Fla.; one brother-in-law, Nicola Silva, Providence, R.I.; his caring nephew and niece, Victor Beaner Burnett and JeNay Smith; two dedicated friends, Robert Feldman (Karen) and James Wynder, Jr. (Marie); his Bethel AME Church family, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. The funeral service will be held at noon on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at Kniffen O’Malley Funeral Home Inc., 465 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev. Eric Brown officiating. Friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bethel AME Church Building Fund, 611Hepburn St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

June 9, 2012 Rincavage, 92, of AvoM,Helen passed away Saturday, June

9, 2012 at her home. Born in Duryea, she was a daughter of the late Nicholas and Mary Mochan Billick. She was a graduate of Duryea High School, class of 1937. Prior to her retirement, she was employed in the area garment industry. She was a member of the former St. Joseph’s Church, Duryea, prior to its closing. She was also a former member of the Christian Mothers of the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Church and St. Joseph’s Church, Duryea. She was a member of Nativ- Singer Jr. and Anthony Singer; 14 ity of Our Lord Parish, Duryea. She great-grandchildren, Lauren, Abby, was also a member of the ILGWU. Andrew and Matthew Tucker; ColShe resided in Duryea for 86 lin, Ryan and Gabriella Galinas; TJ Backer; Kristin, Tommy, Rachel, years, prior to moving to Avoca. She was a loving mother, grand- Anthony, Matthew and Gabriella mother and great-grandmother. She Singer; a great-great-grandson, Leo had a great devotion to the Blessed David Campellone, who will be born in July; and nieces and nephMother. She and her husband, Anthony ews. Funeral will be held Tuesday at (Rink) Rincavage Sr., were married 10 a.m. from the Bernard J. Piontek for 59 years prior to his passing Funeral Home Inc., 204 Main St., away on November 28, 1996. She Duryea, with a Mass of Christian was also preceded in death by brothBurial at 10:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart ers, infant Stephen, Michael, Geof Jesus Church, Duryea, with the orge, Andrew and John; sisters, Ma- Rev. Philip Sladicka and the Rev. Anry Rolleri, Anna Prokop and Jose- drew Sinnott officiating. Interment phine Chisdock; nephew, Paul Pro- will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Dukop; niece, Christine Secula. ryea. Friends may call Monday from Surviving are son, Anthony Rin- 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. cavage Jr. and his wife, Barbara, If desired, memorial contribuBroadheadsville; daughter, Joan Ga- tions may be made to Nativity of linas and her husband, Charles, Pitt- Our Lord Parish, Duryea, or to Hosston; daughter, Mary Ellen Singer pice of the Sacred Heart. and her husband, Thomas Sr., AvoThe family would like to thank ca, with whom she resided; seven the loving caregivers of Hospice of grandchildren, Cynthia Rincavage, the Sacred Heart for the excellent Beth Backer, William Galinas, Char- care that was given to Helen since les Galinas, Karen Tucker, Thomas April.

uth Ann (Royston) Young, 69, of Sweet Valley, formerly of Hunlock Creek and Wilkes-Barre, passed away Thursday, June 7, 2012, at the Timber Ridge Health Center, Plains Township, after fighting a battle with cancer. Mrs. Young was born on May 31, 1943 in Philadelphia, and was a daughter of the late George and Ruth D. Wilson Morgan Royston. Mrs. Young was a longtime employee of the Mercy Hospital in WilkesBarre and Dr. Radu I. Pacurariu. Ruth Ann was an accomplished pianist and organist, playing for many of the local churches. She was so happy to be part of many weddings and accompanying the rest of her family on many singing engagements. Ruth Ann and her husband Bob have been an active force in the local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). They served in several officer positions and most recently being the coordinator for the Victim Impact Panels for first-time offenders in conjunction with the Luzerne County Probation and Parole. She was an active member of Cake Decorating Frosting Friends, Care Givers Group (Bureau of the Aging), Rainbow Girls Wilkes-Barre Chapter and a member of the Sweet Valley Church of Christ, where she played the piano and organ as part of a worship team. She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Stewart Morgan; son, Kevin John, who passed away in 1989; and a daughter, Amy Ruth, who passed away in 2002, both due to motor vehicle crashes; brother, David G. Morgan. Surviving are her husband of 45 years, Robert (Bob); daughter, Megan L. Young Thomas and her husband, John Thomas; grandchil-

dren, Morgan Amelia, Zachary John, and Abigail Grace Thomas; sister-in-law, Donna Macy Morgan Green; stepsister, Gail Morgan Glosser; nieces, Emily Morgan and Melissa Glosser Sabol. A committal service will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Oak Lawn Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre, with a memorial and celebration of life service following at 11 a.m. from the Sweet Valley Church of Christ, with Pastor Joel Stauffer officiating. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., corner of routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, and especially the staff at Timber Ridge Health Care Center for the excellent care that Ruth Ann was given. Any donation in Ruth Ann’s memory can be sent to Mothers Against Drunk Driving State Office, 4309 Linglestown Road, Suite 209, Harrisburg, PA 17112, or the Sweet Valley Church of Christ, 5439 Main Road, Sweet Valley, PA 18656. Online condolences may be made at

Helen Gallagher Gallagher, 93, of Mountain H elen Top, passed away Friday after-

noon, June 8, 2012, surrounded by her family at Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South WilkesBarre. Born in Breslau, Hanover Township, on July 20, 1918, she was a daughter of the late Wasil and Sophie (Petrak) Gallagher. She was employed many years at the Lanier Corp. in Dallas, and was last employed by RCA Corp., in the Crestwood Industrial Park, Mountain Top, for over 20 years, before retiring in 1981. She was a member of St. Jude’s Roman Catholic Church, Mountain Top. Helen is preceded in death in addition to her husband, Edward, in 1949, by brothers, Michael and Joseph; sisters; Ann, Irene and Sophie. Surviving are her daughter, Maureen Casey, Elk Grove, Calif.; sons, Edward, Montrose and James and wife, Debbie, Kingston; grandchildren, Eddie, Patrick, Elissia, Kristi, Melissa, John and Cindy; two greatgrandchildren, Grace and Ian. Funeral services will be held

Tuesday at 9:45 a.m. from the Desiderio Funeral Home Inc., 436 S. Mountain Blvd., State Route 309, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Jude’s RC Church, Mountain Top. Interment will be held at St. Ignatius Cemetery, Pringle. Friends may call Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre. Online condolences may be expressed at

Nancy Warren


Norton, York; along with numerous nieces and nephews; as well as her loving cat, Kitty. Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev. Anne M. Emery, her pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Christ United Presbyterian Church, 105 Lee Park Ave., Hanover Township, PA 18706. Online condolences may be sent by visiting Marjorie’s obituary at

fully at home on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, after losing a courageous battle with cancer. Nancy was born in Exeter and moved to New Jersey after graduating from East Stroudsburg College with a degree in Physical and Health Education. She retired from Toms River East High School in 1995 and was an employee of Van Heusen, Manasquan, N.J., for the past 15 years. She was best known for her love of the Manasquan Beach, N.J. She was a lifelong faithful Communicant of St. Denis RC Church, Manasquan, N.J. Nancy is survived by her beloved husband of 52 years, Joseph C. Warren; her three children, Scott Warren and wife, Suzanne, Pennsylvania; Leigh A. Zipf, and Wendy Novack and husband, Thomas Gough, Brielle, N.J.; her six grandchildren, Dr. Shannon Zipf Ursu and husband, Marius Ursu; Michael Zipf, Jake and Erika Novack, and Brielle and Joseph Warren; her brother, Edward Bedner, Boston, Mass.; her sister, Jacqueline Namutka, West Pittston; and a niece, Karol Bird and husband, Robert; and Karol’s two sons, Kristopher Anderson and Ryan Napier; and Nancy’s nephew, Gary Na-

mutka and wife, Julia. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, June 16, 2012, from 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 2:30 p.m. at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Highway 35 at New Bedford Road, Wall, N.J. Private cremation will be at the convenience of the family with committal in the NJ Veterans Cemetery, Arneytown, N.J. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Meridian Health Foundation, 1345 Campus Parkway, Suite A2, Neptune, NJ 07753, in memory of Nancy Warren. For further information or to send condolences to the family please visit,


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Daily Number, Midday HAZLETON – City police Sunday: 9-2-9 reported the following: Monday: 2-8-4 • Tools and pipe were stolen Tuesday: 7-3-2 during a burglary at a residence Wednesday: 3-4-5 in the 400 block of West HemThursday: 9-1-8 lock Street between 6 p.m. Friday: 4-4-0 Thursday and 11 a.m. Friday. Saturday: 3-7-3 • A driver reported his wallet Big Four, Midday was stolen Friday afternoon Sunday: 4-2-3-3 from the front seat of his vehicle Monday: 6-7-9-0 while he was stopped in traffic Tuesday: 9-1-4-2 (8-2-6-6, near Sixth Street and Penn double draw) Court. Police said the driver Wednesday: 9-1-3-1 reported three men approached Thursday: 1-0-3-8 his vehicle and one of them Friday: 1-3-6-9 grabbed the wallet around 4:40 Saturday: 8-0-8-3 p.m. The trio fled south on Penn Quinto, Midday Court. The investigation continSunday: 2-3-7-1-3 ues into the robbery. Monday: 4-7-0-0-0 Tuesday: 8-0-8-4-0 HANOVER TWP. – The KFC Wednesday: 8-4-4-8-2 restaurant on Oxford Street Thursday: 3-8-2-3-3 reported that menus from the Friday: 0-7-9-6-1 drive-thru board were stolen Saturday: 0-1-2-3-4 overnight Friday into Saturday. Treasure Hunt Sunday: 06-11-15-17-26 PITTSTON – The Luzerne Monday: 03-16-19-20-26 County Adult Probation and Tuesday: 09-13-16-26-28 Parole Department conducted Wednesday: 02-03-11-18-20 an intensive offender superThursday: 10-19-22-27-28 vision effort throughout Greater Friday: 07-09-11-13-17 Pittston on Friday. Saturday: 03-08-15-21-30 Pittston police, surrounding Daily Number, 7 p.m. police departments, the Luzerne Sunday: 3-8-3 County District Attorney’s OfMonday: 2-2-5 fice, Sheriff’s Department and Tuesday: 5-5-7 state police Liquor Control Enforcement assisted in the Wednesday: 0-9-3 operation. Thursday: 1-2-9 Approximately 21 licensed Friday: 5-9-5 liquor-serving establishments Saturday: 5-3-3 and 38 residences were visited Big Four, 7 p.m. as part of the operation, resultSunday: 6-0-8-4 ing in five offenders being taken Monday: 0-7-5-0 into custody and remanded to Tuesday: 8-3-8-8 Luzerne County Correctional Wednesday: 5-1-3-3 Facility for parole violation Thursday: 8-1-1-5 charges, the Probation and Friday: 2-6-8-0 Parole Department said. Saturday: 6-7-5-6 Quinto, 7 p.m. Sunday: 0-0-2-2-9 Monday: 5-1-2-9-2 Tuesday: 5-4-9-0-4 May 18, 2012 Wednesday: 1-2-3-0-4 (5-6-0ichard (Dick) Cross, beloved husband, father, mentor and friend, 5-8, double draw) of Dallas and Melbourne, Fla., passed Thursday: 8-6-2-8-0 away Friday, May 18, 2012, at the Friday: 3-8-4-8-7 Health Center of Merritt Island FlorSaturday: 4-5-5-2-5 ida after a year-long battle with canCash 5 cer. He was born in New York City on Sunday: 11-20-25-26-40 December 28, 1932, and attended Monday: 08-28-31-37-38 New York Public and Catholic Tuesday: 01-02-12-20-33 schools. Wednesday: 13-17-22-32-40 He joined the Navy in 1952 and served from 1954 to 1956 in the Naval Thursday: 09-15-20-27-35 Dental Corps. Friday: 10-12-24-37-39 He then joined Metropolitan Wire Saturday: 03-13-20-35-37 Goods as one of the original employMatch 6 Lotto ees and made the move with the company to Wilkes-Barre in 1958. He had Monday: 07-21-24-38-46-47 a series of promotions and left the Thursday: 03-07-23-27-28-41 company after 32 years as Executive Mega Millions Vice President. He started a new Tuesday: 37-39-42-53-55 company, Vendors First Choice, as president, and retired from there in Megaball: 22 2000. Megaplier: 03 He was very active in the commuFriday: 04-09-34-40-48 nity, particularly in his church, AsMegaball: 25 cension Catholic Church of Melbourne, where he helped initiate the Megaplier: 03 Adoration Chapel, worked on the Powerball Buildings and Grounds Committee Wednesday: 19-30-33-48-59 for many years, as well as assisted powerball: 27 with the Thrift Store. His favorite leisure pursuits were tennis, golf and Saturday: 18-22-45-56-57 the New York Football Giants, and powerball: 27


J. Bedner Warren, 79, of N ancy Brielle, N.J., passed away peace-

June 8, 2012

Richard Cross

June 8, 2012

June 6, 2012

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arjorie L. Norton, 82, a resident of Regina Lane, Lee Park Section of Hanover Township, devoted wife and mother, passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, June 8, 2012, at the Inpatient Unit of Hospice Community Care at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Wilkes-Barre, December 31, 1929, a daughter of the late Fred K. and Erminie Kramer Lewis. She was a graduate of the Hanover Township High School, Class of 1947. She also attended Wyoming Seminary Dean School of Business. Marjorie had been employed at the Superintendent’s Office for the Hanover Township School District. Marjorie was a devoted member of Christ United Presbyterian Church, Lee Park Avenue, Hanover Township, where she served on the Board of Deacons and had sung in the church choir for many years. She also was a member of the Women’s Association at the church. She also was a member of the Firwood Senior Citizens. She has been preceded in death by her loving husband of 56 years, Thomas E. Norton, and by brothers, Fred and Robert Lewis. Surviving are her daughter, Sandra Trzcinski and Michael Sivilich Jr., Hanover Township; son, Thomas R.


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not necessarily in that order. He married his childhood sweetheart Marguerite (Marge) in 1954 and they had over 50 loving years together before her passing in 2004. They are survived by their children: son, Neil Cross and wife, Martha, Norfolk, Mass.; son, Timothy Cross, Nicholson, Pa; son, Daniel Cross and wife, Kieran, Manakin, Va.; and daughter, Tracy Simon and husband, Michael, Clarks Summit. He is also survived by eight grandchildren. Services will be held at the Ascension Catholic Church, 2930 N. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne, Fla., on Friday, June 15 at 11:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon reception at the parish hall. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in memory of Richard Cross be made to the Ascension Church Adoration Chapel at the same address. Anyone wishing to share a memory or send the family a message is asked to please visit Richard’s guestbook at More Obituaries, Page 7A, 10A

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Rendell will sign book

Former Gov. Ed Rendell will sign his new book “A Nation of Wusses” beginning at 7 p.m. Friday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in the Arena Hub Plaza. The line will begin forming at 6 p.m. on a first-come basis. There will be no discussion of questionand-answer session. The free event is open Rendell to the public. Rendell, a Democrat, served two terms from 2003 to 2011 and two terms as mayor of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2000. He is a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP and a senior political analyst for MSNBC. In addition, he teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and is a co-host on the Philadelphia Eagles post-game show on Comcast SportsNet. HARRISBURG

Two elderly bills advance

Two items advancing protections for elderly Pennsylvanians authored by Rep. Karen Boback, R-Harveys Lake, recently moved forward in the state legislature. A bill requiring advanced notification of patient transfers between long-term care facilities and area agencies on aging Boback recently passed unanimously in the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee. Boback said she introduced the bill after hearing of a local personal care home resident who died after being transferred from a facility in one county to another due to inadequate care and lack of communication between facilities. The coordination of efforts between facilities and agencies ensures the protection of the health and safety of patients and helps make sure that patient transfers are safe processes, Boback said. This legislation now heads to the full House for consideration. Boback’s resolution marking June 15, 2012 as “Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Pennsylvania” also recently passed unanimously in the House. WILKES-BARRE

DEP will hold workshop

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection invites residential code enforcement officials, builders, contractors and designers to a training workshop on Tuesday on the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code. The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Woodlands Inn and Resort at 1073 Highway 315. Registration begins at 8 a.m. There is a $40 registration fee that includes breakfast and lunch. The IECC is updated every three years by the International Code Council. In Pennsylvania, it is considered part of the Uniform Construction Code. The workshop will focus on bestmanagement practices in sustainable residential construction. Participants will learn about sizing residential HVAC units based on how much heating and cooling a home requires. Attendees will receive six UCC continuing education hours for completing the training. Funding for the workshop is provided by the state through a U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program grant. For more information or to register visit, or call 717-763-0930. ALLENTOWN

Ride malfunctioned before

An eastern Pennsylvania roller coaster that stalled and left riders dangling for about an hour and a half last week also malfunctioned almost three years ago when it was located on the other side of the country, but an official said that incident was unrelated. The Stinger at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom previously operated as Invertigo at Great America in Santa Clara, Calif., where a mechanical failure left two dozen people stuck 80 feet in the air for at least three hours in 2009, The (Allentown) Morning Call said. As in Wednesday’s malfunction at Dorney Park, there were no injuries.



LOCAL Amendment gets mixed reviews The amendment from Congressman Lou Barletta was added by voice vote to the Homeland Security bill.


The leaders of some of Luzerne County’s largest cities gave mixed reviews to Congressman Lou Barletta’s attempt to crack down on municipalities who harbor illegal immigrants.

Introduced Friday, Barletta’s amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill would strip federal funds from municipalities who refuse to share information Barletta about the immigration status of individuals with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. Barletta, R-Hazleton, said the measure

is targeted at “sanctuary cities,” including Philadelphia, that refuse to share such information in defiance of a 1996 law requiring them to do so. The amendment was added by voice vote to the Homeland Security bill, which passed in the House of Representatives on Friday. It still needs to clear the Senate and receive President Barrack Obama’s signature to become law. Hazleton Mayor Joe Yannuzzi, a Republican, said he agrees wholeheartedly with the amendment.

“I think it’s a great idea that they’re doing this,” Yannuzzi said, adding that the measure won’t affect Hazleton because the city has been aggressive in its efforts to combat illegal immigration. “I think it will impact those cities that are sanctuaries,” Yannuzzi said. “It’s not Hazleton that’s the problem. It’s these guys that are trying to make a home for these illegals, and not help the government in finding them, reporting them See AMENDMENT, Page 6A


Exhibit focuses on learning


Lorraine Bartush of Dupont wears her balloon hat as she enjoys a meal with Kate Fonzo of Avoca at Saturday’s cancer survivors celebration held at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township.


Karla Porter, left, and Pamela Zotynia check out some jewelry at the ‘Abilities through Art’ exhibition and sale at Mainstreet Galleries in Kingston Friday. For Click photos from the event, see Page 13A.

Community Counseling displays work

By SUSAN BETTINGER Times Leader Correspondent

KINGSTON – Miranda Kropa of Kingston proudly explained the technique that she employed to create her work, “Dragonflies in the Morning.” She used tissue paper for the background, acrylic paint, a paper cutter, beads, sparkles A B O U T T H E and buttons to the E X H I B I T I O N complete painting in about The exhibition will two weeks to finrun through June ish. 29. For further Kropa’s art is information, call among the works Margaret Mouldof 17 artists from Cooney at 552the Day Develop3648. ment Program of Community Counseling Services displayed in the “Abilities through Art” exhibition at the Mainstreet Galleries in Kingston. The exhibit opened Friday evening. Margaret Mould-Cooney instructs five or six clients per day in her tworoom studio, known as Studio AtA in the former Nesbitt Hospital. The clients, who vary in degree of intellectual and physical disabilities, display their talents through their works such as handcrafted jewelry, plant holders, See ART, Page 9A

A time to celebrate survival Cancer victims enjoy carnival-like atmosphere as they mark fight against disease. By RALPH NARDONE Times Leader Correspondent

PLAINS TWP. -- Learning you or a loved one has cancer is probably the most devastating news you can hear. As medical professionals continue to wage their war on the disease, they stress the importance of continuing the fight and maintaining a positive attitude. To that end, the staff at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center Henry Cancer Center makes a point every year to focus on the patients who survive that dreaded diagnosis and go on to lead often normal lives. On Saturday afternoon, the parking lot of the cancer center looked like a carnival as about 500 cancer survivors showed up to enjoy a fun-filled afternoon. “It about celebrating another year of surviving cancer,” said Mary Ann Olenick, administrative assistant at the cancer center. She said she shared a lot of warm feelings with the folks who came by thrilled about still being alive. “We had a good time,” Olenick said. Artwork by Miranda Kropa at the ‘Abilities through Art’ exhibit at the Mainstreet Galleries in Kingston.


W-B provides food and fun for children in the summer City, YMCA and CEO will start program for school-age children Monday at seven parks, YMCA. By STEVE MOCARSKY

WILKES-BARRE – Parents in the city can rest assured their school-age children can get a healthy meal and safe, supervised activities to keep them occupied five days a week all summer long. The City of Wilkes-Barre, the WilkesBarre Family YMCA and the Commission on Economic Opportunity will be-


serve free, healthy lunches at program sites between noon and 1 p.m. daily. Food ‘N’ Fun at the Park program sites Snacks also will be offered. All children are: Huber Mayflower Park, Coal Street are eligible to receive the meals, there Park, Miner Park & Kistler Pool, Iron is no need to sign up and it is entirely Triangle Playground, Boulevard Townfree. homes, Madison/Flood Park, Parsons Playground and the Wilkes-Barre Family The program will include scheduled YMCA. The Y site will be limited to the activities for children of all ages includfirst 40 children per day that show up. ing arts, crafts, games, sports and other Call Drew McLaughlin at 208-4140 or activities led by trained YMCA staff Meghan Davis at 823-2191 for more inand City of Wilkes-Barre senior and juformation. nior counselors. The goal of the program is to progin the 2012 “Food ‘N’ Fun at the Park” mote healthy eating by providing qualprogram on Monday at seven city parks ity meals to the city’s youth that might not otherwise have access to them durand the Wilkes-Barre Y. Throughout the summer, CEO will ing the summer months.

This will be the third year of the formal partnership for the free summer lunches, said Drew McLaughlin, the city’s administrative coordinator. McLaughlin “Year two, we had the idea that if we could tie in meals to activities, the activities would increase attendance. Also, for those kids who come for meals, the activities would keep them in the parks. This will be the second year we’re having this structurSee MEALS, Page 6A


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European assistance to rescue banks will keep the 17-country eurozone from breaking apart.

Spain’s Economy Minister Luis de Guindos gestures during a news conference at the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness in Madrid, Spain, Saturday. He said the aid to his country will go to the banking sector only and would not come with new austerity conditions.



Man’s best friend seeks home

Volunteer Jim Buxton hugs Juan, a dog waiting to be adopted, Saturday during an adoption/fundraiser event at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Myrtle Beach, S.C. TOKYO

Crisis response criticized

MADRID — Europe is to offer Spain a bailout package of up to (euro) 100 billion ($125 billion) to help rescue the country’s banks and keep the 17-country eurozone from breaking apart. After months of fierce denials, Spain admitted it would tap the fund as it moved faster than expected to stem the economic crisis that has ravaged Europe for two years. Spain becomes the fourth – and largest – European economy to ask for help and its admission of help comes after months of market concern about its ability to pay its way. In recent


weeks investors have demanded higher and higher costs to lend to Spain, and it became clear it would be just too expensive for the country to borrow the money necessary for a bank rescue from the markets. The three countries that have received rescues thus far — Greece, Ire-

land and Portugal — are fairly small, and many have worried that bailing out much-larger Spain could call the entire euro project into question. Cyprus, also a small economy, could also be forced to seek a bailout soon. Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said Saturday the aid will go to the

banking sector only and so would not come with new austerity conditions attached for the economy in general — conditions that have been an integral part of previous bailouts to Portugal, Ireland and Greece. A statement from the finance ministers of the 17 countries that use the euro explained that the money would be fed directly into a fund Spain set up to recapitalize its banks, but underscored that the Spanish government is ultimately responsible for the loan. Still, that plan allows Spain to avoid making the onerous commitments that Greece, Ireland and Portugal were forced to when they sought their rescues. Instead, the eurogroup statement said that it expected Spain’s banking sector to implement reforms and that Spain would be held to its previous commitments to reform its labor market and manage its deficit. The exact figure of the bailout, however, has not yet been decided.

Bill aims to enforce roadblocks in floods

panel investigating Japan’s nuclear disaster said Saturday that the A ex-prime minister and his aides caused

confusion at the height of last year’s crisis by heavily interfering in the damaged and leaking plant’s operation. Shuya Nomura, a member of the parliamentary panel, said that Naoto Kan’s aides made numerous calls to the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, often asking basic questions and distracting workers, thus causing more confusion. They did not follow the official line of communication — through the regulator, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency — under the country’s nuclear disaster management law, he said. “They asked questions that were often inappropriate and very basic, unnecessarily causing more work in addition to the operation at the site,” he said.

Legislation proposes $200 to $500 fine and 2 points on driver’s license for violators. The Associated Press


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The cost to dine with investor Warren Buffett has apparently spiked in value, with one deep-pocketed bidder forking over nearly $3.5 million during a charity auction. The annual auction for a private lunch with the Nebraska billionaire closed following a flurry of activity in the final hours Friday night. In the end, the highest bid was a record-breaking $3,456,789. The auction benefits the Glide Foundation, which helps the homeless in San Francisco. Buffett has raised more than $11.5 million for the group in 13 past auctions. The event provides a significant portion of Glide’s roughly $17 million annual budget that pays for social services to the poor and homeless. KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

Afghan leader blames U.S.

Afghanistan’s president said Saturday that the United States has put the two countries’ security pact at risk with a unilateral airstrike that killed 18 civilians, while a Taliban suicide bomber killed four French soldiers responding to a tipoff about a bomb hidden under a bridge. The violence and the dispute highlight the muddled nature of the international mission in Afghanistan as NATO coalition countries try to shift to a training role in a country that is still very much at war. The majority of NATO and U.S. forces are scheduled to leave the country by the end of 2014, but the exit is looking far from neat at the beginning of the hot summer months when fighting typically surges. France is already rushing to get its combat forces out by the end of this year, and four deaths in one bombing could precipitate that pullout. WASHINGTON

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Two U.S. attorneys are taking over separate FBI investigations into leaks of national security information that critics have accused the White House of orchestrating to improve President Barack Obama’s re-election chances, a claim Obama calls “offensive” and “wrong.” Recent news articles contained details of U.S. involvement in a partially successful computer virus attack on Iran’s nuclear program and on the selection of targets for counterterrorism assassination plots. The leaked information generally painted Obama as a decisive and hands-on commander in chief. Obama promised investigations into the source of leaks about U.S. involvement in cyberattacks on Iran and drone strikes on suspected terrorists.


This image released by UNSMIS, the UN observer mission in Syria and accessed Saturday, purports to show destroyed buses after overnight fighting in Damascus, Syria.

Rebels take fight to Assad’s stronghold The Syrian capital of Damascus is engulfed in battle. At least 52 civilians are killed in the countryside. By DIAA HADID and BASSEM MROUE Associated Press

BEIRUT — Bullets and shrapnel shells smashed into homes in the Syrian capital of Damascus overnight as troops battled rebels in the streets, a show of boldness for rebels taking their fight against President Bashar Assad to the center of his power. For nearly 12 hours of fighting that lasted into the early hours Saturday, rebels armed mainly with assault rifles fought Syrian forces in the heaviest fighting in the Assad stronghold since the 15-monthold uprising began. U.N. observers said re-

bels fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the local power plant, damaging parts of it and reducing six buses to charred shells, according to video the observers took of the scene. Syrian forces showed the regime’s willingness to unleash such firepower in the capital: At least three tank shells slammed into residential areas in the central Damascus neighborhood of Qaboun, an activist said. Intense exchanges of assault-rifle fire marked the clash, according to residents and amateur video posted online. At least 52 civilians were killed around the country outside Damascus on Saturday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based activist group. Among them were 20, including nine women and children, who died in heavy, pre-dawn shelling in the southern city of Daraa, where the uprising against

Assad began in March 2011. Six children were among 10 killed by a shell that exploded in a house they took cover in during fierce fighting in the coastal region of Latakia, the group said. The group’s figures could not be independently confirmed. In a Daraa mosque, a father stood over his son killed in the shelling, swaddled in a blanket in a hooded sweater, amateur video showed. “I will become a suicide bomber!” the father shouted in grief. The rebels’ brazenness in the Damascus districts underscored deep-seated Sunni anger against the regime, with residents risking their safety — and potentially their lives — to shelter the fighters. Residents burned tires to block the advance of Syrian troops, sending plumes of smoke into the air, amateur video showed.

Party prompted choking, pastor’s daughter says Minister Creflo Dollar is out of jail and is expected to preach today in his Atlanta-area church. By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press

ATLANTA — The15-year-old daughter of megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar told authorities her father choked and punched her, and hit her with his shoe during an argument over whether she could go to a party, according to a police report. Dollar’s 19-year-old daughter corrobo-

rated most of her sister’s story, but Dollar disputed it, telling a sheriff’s deputy he was trying to restrain her when she became disrespectful. When she began to hit back, he wrestled her to Dollar the floor and spanked her, according to the police report. Dollar is one of the most prominent African-American preachers based around Atlanta. His World Changers Church International has 30,000 members in the Atlanta area, and the ministry has satellite churches across the U.S.

Dollar faces misdemeanor charges of simple battery and cruelty to children. He has been released from jail and his lawyer said he is expected to preach today. Dollar said in a statement Friday he loved his children and would never hurt them. Around 1 a.m. Friday, his 15-year-old daughter called 911. She told a Fayette County sheriff’s deputy that she and her father argued when he said she couldn’t go to a party Saturday night, according to the report. Dollar told the deputy he wouldn’t let his daughter go to the party because of poor grades.

HARRISBURG — State lawmakers are considering a bill that would penalize drivers who ignore roadblocks and plunge their vehicles into flooded roadways, endangering their lives and taxing local rescuers. The bill would levy a $250 to $500 fine for violations along with two points on a driver’s license and the cost of any rescue that is required, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News said. The state House approved the measure last month and sent it to the Senate for consideration. “People are driving around these barricades and endanger themselves and the first responders who come to help them,” said Rep. Todd Stephens, RMontgomery, the bill’s sponsor, told the paper. Stephens said he decided to propose the measure after hearing about the “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” campaign through the National Weather Service. “It only takes a few inches of water. Once your car is floating downstream, you’re in trouble,” he said. Don Konkle, the executive director of the Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute, called the bill an “excellent piece of legislation.” He said such incidents often happen as first responders are already trying to deal with flood damage, houses struck by lightning and downed trees and power lines. Todd Bashore, police chief for East Pennsboro Township, was among local police chiefs who said they support the proposal. “When drivers get stuck out there, they are putting emergency responders at risk who have to go out there and save them,” he said. “Any harsher penalty for someone who violates that is great.” Konkle said that during 37 years at the Harrisburg Fire Department, firefighters were sent about five times a year to rescue people who had ignored signs for flooded areas.

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ed day-camp program for city youth,” McLaughlin said. “Last year was a phenomenal success. We had nothing but positive comments from parents, children and the city park attendants administering the program. We served over 7,000 meals at park locations over the course Davis of the summer. We’re hoping this year we’ll far exceed that number,” he said. McLaughlin said three to five junior counselors and a senior counselor will be at each site. Busier locations, including parks at Coal Street, Iron Triangle and the Kistler pool area will have more counselors while less-busy sites will have fewer. “It’s a very structured counselor format; it’s a day-camp type of structure. We hope by having that formalized structure more parents will feel comfortable having their children involved. It brings a higher level of confidence in safety for parents and guardians,” McLaughlin said. Meghan Davis, marketing/

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The visitors included patients and their guests who were personally invited by the center staff. Olenick and about 50 staff members from the cancer center volunteered their time setting up tables and displays and then tearing them down, as well as helping with the food, crafts, entertainment and most importantly, just rubbing elbows with their patients. “We do it for the patients,” she said. The center treats thousands of patients each year. Representatives of all age groups and cancer types show up, she said.



THE BIG PICTURE • Only 1 in 6 children who received free or reduced cost meals during the school year receive meals during the summer through the Summer Food Service Program, which is administered by The Food and Nutrition Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Summer meals replace those meals for children who might not otherwise have access to enough food. • In summer 2011, the 307 YMCA/YWCAs that took part in the SFSP helped to serve more than 114,000 youth, providing 4.9 million meals and snacks. • The 2007-2008 PA Growth Screening Program reported that more than 53 percent of the students in grades K-12 in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District are either overweight (22.17 percent of 920 students) or obese (31.31 percent of 1,299 students), almost twice the national rates. • According to the U.S. Census’s American Community Survey, 25 percent of the City of Wilkes-Barre’s population is living below federal poverty guidelines, 36 percent of which are children under age 18. • The city’s per capita income is $17,950 and median household income is $28,109. Since fall 2010, the county’s unemployment rate has consistently been the highest in the region. The Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA is located in a highly distressed census tract with a poverty rate of 29.4 percent and an unemployment rate of 21.4 percent, according to the Census. • According to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Luzerne County’s adult overweight/obesity rate is 64 percent.

communications director at the Y, said a speaker series will be presented every Wednesday at each site with a different topic each week. Examples of topics include fire safety, anti-bullying, nutrition and health and the importance of physical education. Davis said organizers also are working on the possibility of having a Zumba instructor offer a class one of the Wednesdays, given the popularity of the dance/ exercise activity. Anyone with ideas for other types of presentations relative to youth develop-

ment is welcome to submit them to her, she said. Davis said the program is growing in popularity. She said many parents who can’t send their children to summer camps appreciate the program offered at the parks and the Y. “We’re really excited about it,” she said. There will be a formal kick-off event for the program at a yet-tobe-determined date and time the week of June 18 for parents and children to see an overview of what the program will offer.




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and even investigating them. In Hazleton, we do that.” Yannuzzi added that the measure “definitely” adds weight to Hazleton’s own attempts at immigration reform. Under Barletta, Yannuzzi’s predecessor as mayor of Hazleton, the city passed the Illegal Immigration Reform Act of 2006. The city ordinance would make it unlawful to knowingly hire or rent housing to an illegal immigrant. Legal challenges to the ordinance made it as high as the U.S. Supreme Court, though the high court sent the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for 3rd Circuit for reconsideration. Oral arguments are expected to begin



again later this month, Yannuzzi said. “We’ve been trying to curb this problem for years now,” Yannuzzi said. “We stuck our neck out. Our neck is still out there with the Supreme Court… What we did is starting to get a little attention, I guess mainly because Lou’s there now and he can further it, and he’s doing a good job doing it.” Pittston Mayor Jason Klush, a Democrat, also said he agrees that local law enforcement should share information with immigration, and doesn’t think Pittston will be impacted if the amendment becomes law be-



Administrative assistant Mary Ann Olenick Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center Henry Cancer Center

titude despite what trouble they may be facing, said another survivor. They are always very compassionate and eager to help, she said. Olenick helped organize the event for the last eight years and was happy with the turnout on Saturday. “We ran out of everything,” she said. One woman survivor chided how the center staff was correct about her making it to Saturday’s event despite her concerns. “See you next year,” Olenick emphasized in reply to her.

cause the city is willing to share information with ICE. “When it comes to illegal aliens, it’s only right to crack down on it, because it takes away work from our people,” Klush said. Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton, by contrast, criticized the measure, saying that “the federal government should be enforcing immigration policy and not local police departments.” “I would hope that Congressman Barletta would be more focused on how he could help create jobs for communities in his district rather than punishing them,” Leighton, a Democrat, said. “…Local governments have enough issues to address without taking on the federal government’s problems as well. The city relies on federal funding and shouldn’t have that jeopardized because of a problem outside of our jurisdiction.”


“It’s about celebrating another year of surviving cancer.”

Speakers at the event included Dr. Rodrigo Erlich, who gave a welcoming speech, and Jennifer Warke, who told her tale of survival. One of the most important things shared at the event is camaraderie, said one of the survivors who attended. Sharing war stories associated with treatment and other concerns that come along with daily life as a cancer survivor provides very helpful support, she added. The staff at the cancer center tries to emphasize to patients that they maintain a positive at-


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THE TIMES LEADER JOHN PATRICK DEEB, 83, of Dallas, passed away on Thursday, June 7, 2012, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Born on March 17, 1929, in Swoyersville, he was a son of the late Anis and Sadie (Decker) Deeb. Raised in Swoyersville, he was a graduate of the former Swoyersville High School, class of 1947. Surviving are his wife, Barbara (Gozdur) Deeb; his sons, John Patrick Deeb and his wife, Marina; and Jason Deeb; grandchildren and a great-grandson. Funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. For additional information or to send the Deeb family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home website, PETER J. SARPOLIS, 89, formerly of Glen Lyon, passed away Thursday, June 8, 2012 at Sunrise Senior Living Center, Springfield, Va. Funeral services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. from the Grontkowski Funeral Home P.C., 51-53 W. Green St., Nanticoke, with entombment at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township. There are no calling hours. PAULINE D. KURTINITIS, 70, of Exeter, passed away on Friday June 8, 2012 at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Upland, Pa. Funeral arrangements are pending from the Gubbiotti Funeral Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter. To send the family an expression of sympathy or an online condolence, please visit THOMAS GARVEY, 66, of Wilkes-Barre, died Friday, June 8, 2012, at Manor Care in Kingston. Born August 8, 1945 in Nanticoke, he was a graduate of Nanticoke High School. His wife, Marlene View Garvey, preceded him in death on June 21, 2006. He is survived by his son, Thomas J. Garvey Jr. of Wilkes-Barre. Celebration of Thomas’s Life will be held privately by his family. Funeral arrangements are made by McLaughlin’s – The Family Funeral Service. Permanent messages and memories can be shared with Thomas’s family at

Elizabeth Merritt June 9, 2012

Elizabeth J. (Betty) Merritt, 90, formerly of WilkesBarre and Nanticoke, passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at St. Luke’s Villa, Wilkes-Barre, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Wilkes-Barre and was a daughter of the late Peter and Mary Curry. Betty enjoyed doing many things throughout her life. The main goal in her life was taking care of her family. She always enjoyed hosting many gatherings for family and friends, some of which included her love of dance. She loved to volunteer her time at the VA Medical Center, Plains Township. She was very active in several local American Legion and V.F.W. posts and helped to organize their local Veterans Day parades. Betty was a member of the former St. Aloysius Church, WilkesBarre. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Benjamin F. Ketcham; second husband; Edward J. Merritt; granddaughter, Mary Lynn Brown; sister, Nellie Fayad; brothers, Leo, Richard, Edward, Joseph, Louis, George and Anthony Curry. Nanny is survived by her daughter, Karen Brown and her husband, William; sons, Benjamin Ketcham and his wife, Harriet, Kenneth Ketcham and his wife, Joyce; seven grandchildren, Kimberly Ketcham, Ann Kotsko, Tracey Klepacz, Tricia Jumper, Michelle Moran, William Brown Jr. and Cindy Colcharno; 18 great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; sisters, Margaret Bray, Virginia Curry and Janet Pugni; brother, John Curry; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 10:45 a.m. from the George A. Strish, Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11:30 a.m. in St. Faustina Parish, Hanover Street, Nanticoke. Interment will follow in Chapel Lawn Memorial Park, Dallas. Family and friends may call on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Tuesday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. More Obituaries, Page 2A, 10A

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June 7, 2012 aulette M. Bellumori, 56, of Woolwich, N.J., and formerly of P Mountain Top, died Thursday, June

Klimek, of Hughestown, passed away on Friday evening, JJuneohn 8, 2012 in Regional Hospital,

Scranton. He was born in Dupont on September 17, 1930, and was a son of the late Andrew and Anna (Lacomis) Klimek. He was educated in Sacred Heart of Jesus Parochial School and Dupont High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean Conflict. Prior to his retirement, he was employed at A and L Cutting/StaRight Fusing, Duryea. He was a member of St. Joseph Marello Parish, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Pittston. John was a great outdoorsman who enjoyed many sports, mainly trout fishing and rafting on the Delaware River in upstate New York. Gardening was another one of his favorite pastimes. John was a very special son, husband, father, brother, uncle and friend and will be sadly missed. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Clark and Theresa Rindos. Surviving are his wife of 55 years, the former Antoinette Rubin; daughter, Ann and her husband, attorney Nicholas Bollo of San Francisco, Calif.; sisters, Dorothy Lokuta, Moosic; Helen Swan, Old Forge;

Ann Marie Kosik, Trinity, Fla; Evelyn Mecca, Trinity, Fla.; Geraldine Scaccia, Old Forge; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 9 a.m. from the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Marello Parish, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Pittston. Entombment will follow at Mount Olivet Mausoleum, Carverton. Friends may call Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at

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wealth Hospice at Regional Hospital of Scranton, after a courageous battle with cancer. Her beloved husband of 41 years, Michael Koss, died July 18, 2009. Born in Old Forge on September 12, 1948, she was a daughter of Theodore Brooks, Old Forge, and the late Eleanor Mroczkowski. Cynthia was a 1966 graduate of Cathedral High School and worked for Weight Watchers for several years. She looked forward to her winter stays in Myrtle Beach. Her son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter were the center of her life and spending time with them brought her joy and happiness. She will be dearly missed, but her memory will live on in their hearts. Also surviving are a son, Jason and his wife, Amy, Taylor; a granddaughter, Rhiannon; a daughter Cynthia, Mansfield; a brother, Ronald Brooks, Lehman Township; nieces, nephews and cousins. A private graveside service un-

der the direction of the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St., Taylor, will take place in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Old Forge. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 310, White Plains, NY 10605. Please visit to share memories or extend condolences.

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on Friday, June 8, 2012, with her devoted husband, William “Buddy,” at her side. Born February 6,1935 in Pittston, Ann was the daughter of the late Michael Francis and Edna Collins Golden. She was a graduate of St. John the Evangelist High School, class of 1952. She was a full-time homemaker who enjoyed reading and was an avid Yankees fan. A devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother; her greatest pleasure was found in the many accomplishments of her grandchildren, and in recent years, the stories of each of her great-grandchildren. A dedicated and loving wife, Ann and her husband, Buddy, would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on July 4. Ann was a member of Gate of Heaven Church, Dallas. Preceding Ann in death, in addition to her parents, were her daughter, Michele Dixon; brother, James Golden, and his wife, Marilyn. Surviving, in addition to her loving husband, Buddy, are children, William J., Jr. and his wife, Donna, Ramsey, N.J.; Ann Ellen and her

husband, Kevin, Seattle, Wash.; Sharon Resetar, Elizabethtown; Jeanne Rosengrant, Trucksville; Cathy Prater and her husband, Scott, Shavertown; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. from the Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 a.m. in Gate of Heaven Church, 40 Machell Ave., Dallas, with the Rev. Daniel A. Toomey officiating. Entombment will be made in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.

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ohn Berdy, 89, formerly of Edwardsville, fell asleep in the Lord on Thursday, June 7, 2012. Born in Edwardsville, he was a son of the late John and Androna Sakolick Berdy. John was a U.S. Navy World War II Veteran and was formerly employed as a U.S. Postal employee. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, Edwardsville. John was an avid Phillies and Eagles fan and loved gardening and reading. Preceding him in death were his sisters, Anna Dutko, Helen Krenitsky and Elizabeth Berdy. Surviving are his sister, Mary Berdy Skumanich, Boulder, Colo.; nieces, Elizabeth Dutko, Marina and Nonna Skumanich, Audrey Supina, Suzanne Duduk; nephews, Peter Dutko, Harrison and John Krenitsky, Andrew Skumanich. Funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday from the Yeosock Funeral Home, 40 S. Main St., Plains Township, with Requiem Service at 10 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church. Interment will be held at St. John R.O. Cemetery, Pringle. Friends may call today from 5 to 8 p.m. Parastas is at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St John Orthodox Church.

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BERDY – John, funeral 9:30 a.m. Monday in the Yeosock Funeral Home, 40 S. Main St., Plains Township. Requiem Service at 10 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church. Parastas 7:30 p.m. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. today. COOK – Leona, Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. Monday in All Saints Parish, 66 Willow St., Plymouth. Friends may call 3 to 6 p.m. today in the S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth. GANIS – Theresa, Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Robert’s Bellarmine Parish, the former St. Aloysius Church, 143 Division St., Wilkes-Barre. HINES – Elmer, funeral services 11 a.m. Monday in the Metcalfe and Shaver Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. HOWELL – Carol, memorial service 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 80 Manor Drive, Trucksville. KEMMERER – Nancy, funeral 11 a.m. Monday in the H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc., a Golden Rule Funeral Home, 451 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Friends may call 4 to 7 p.m. today. KITTLE – Kerry, funeral services 2 p.m. today in the Clarke Piatt Funeral Home Inc., 6 Sunset Lake Rd., Hunlock Creek. Military services will be held at the funeral home. KLUK – Paul, Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 a.m. Monday in Corpus Christi Parish at Immaculate Conception Church, Luzerne Avenue, West Pittston. LYONS – Dorothy, funeral services 9:30 a.m. Monday in the Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Family Parish, Luzerne. MACKEY – May, funeral services 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Mehoopany Baptist Church. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. MCHALE – Ann Marie, funeral services 10 a.m. Tuesday in the

Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in Gate of Heaven Church, Dallas. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. O’DELL – Pamela, memorial service 6 p.m. Friday in the Yeosock Funeral Home, 40 S. Main St., Plains Township. Friends may call 5 to 6 p.m. O’LEARY – Joan, funeral Mass 10 a.m. Monday in St. Jude’s Roman Catholic Church, Mountain Top. ORLANDINI – Rinaldo, memorial Mass 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Anthony of Padua Church of St. Barbara’s Parish in Exeter. OSTROWSKI – Dorothy, funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Marello Parish, (St. Rocco’s Roman Catholic Church), Pittston. POSTENS – Gladys, visitation 6 to 9 p.m. today and 10 a.m. until the time of the services at 11 a.m. Monday in First United Methodist Church, 6 E. Butler St., Shickshinny. SANGSTON – Howard, memorial service 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 23, in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Route 118, Dallas. Friends may call 10 a.m. to the time of the service. SORBER – Margaret, celebration of life Mass noon Saturday in St. Faustina Parish, (Holy Trinity) 520 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke. Friends may call 10:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass. TRUESDALE – Russell, memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday in Rought Hall Post 510 American Legion in Black Walnut. VANFLEET – Carl, memorial service 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, in the Eatonville United Methodist Church. WEALE – Robert, memorial service 2 p.m. today in the Bednarski and Thomas Funeral Home, 27 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre. Friends are invited to call 1 p.m. until the time of service. ZYNEL – Ronald, Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of Hope Parish, Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre.




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greeting cards, rugs, foot stools, and paintings, among other items. Mould-Cooney has been the program’s instructor since 2006. That was when a friend, whom she had taught macramé to in the 1970s, informed her the program was in need of an art instructor. Mould-Cooney has degrees in both education and art, but was reluctant at first to accept the position. She explained that she had never worked with disabled individuals before and was unsure about taking on the challenge. Mould-Cooney had lost her father that same year and also was in need of a job, ultimately decided to take the position. “One door closes and another one opens,” she said. One year later, she presented her clients’ works during the program’s first exhibition. It was entitled, “Rainbow of Talents.” “I take the patients and work with them; I pull the talent out of them,” Mould-Cooney said. “I teach them to focus and that there are rules to doing things. They can learn and focus like anybody else.” Mainstreet Galleries, at 370 Pierce St., has been the exhibition’s host for the past six years. All proceeds from the sale are used to buy the supplies needed

Operations Manager Robb Henderson said he shuffled some schedules to add more trips and expand the service area at the request of county residents to accommodate an increasing bus ridership and to cut down on driver overtime. The Shickshinny bus, he said, for the program’s operation. Christopher Casey, who owns Mainstreet Galleries, along with his sister SalTo see additional ly Casey-Bullock photos, visit and brother Pawww.times trick, said he is “proud to host the event; it is one way of giving back to the community.” He added, “Margaret is so giving of herself to the students. She brings out all levels of their talent.” Casey-Bullock said, “This is a very worthwhile cause, and I would love everyone to come out and see this event.” Kropa, who has been involved with artwork for the past four years, said the inspiration for many of her works comes from pictures that she finds in magazines. “Sunset at the Beach” took Kropa only a few days to complete, using a large canvas base. She also produced woven shawls using the loom knit method. Kropa’s significant other, Harold Miller, also pointed out Kro-

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“I pull the talent out of them. I teach them to focus and that there are rules to doing things.”

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ed to the No. 18 Shoppers Delight route, which stops at the transit center, Wilkes-Barre Township Walmart, Wyoming Valley Mall, Target and Arena Hub Plaza, Henderson said. Henderson said on Friday that the LCTA website, which has downloadable schedules and schedule maps, would be updated within the next few days to reflect the additions and changes. General’s Office and the Luzerne County Drug Task Force arrested three people on drug trafficking charges during a raid in the 400 block of the complex, recovering marijuana, scales and cash. And on May 31, township police arrested Robert Daniel Deleo, 19, of McLean Street, after he allegedly threatened to shoot a resident in the 300 block of the complex. Salavantis said she “can’t pinpoint what areas are becoming worse and what aren’t” but urged all area residents to be on their guard. “Crime isn’t decreasing in our area,” Salavantis said. “I think that at this point everybody just needs to be aware and watch around them.” Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact township police at 8251254 or call 911.


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lmer Ray Hines, 90, of WilkesBarre, passed away Friday morning, June 8, 2012, in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Born in West Wyoming, he was a son of the late Harry Hines and Myrtle Vincent Hines Vanburen. He was a graduate of West Pittston High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he served under General Patton in Italy, and also in Africa as a tank operator in the 760th Tank Battalion. Prior to his retirement, he was self-employed as a salesman representing Fuller Funeral services will be held Brush Products. Monday at 11 a.m. in the MetPreceding him in death were his calfe and Shaver Funeral Home Inc., son, Raymond Hines, and numer- 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. Interous brothers and sisters. ment will be in the Wyoming CemeSurviving are his wife of 47 years, tery. Friends may call today from 5 the former Doris Williams; daugh- to 8 p.m. in the funeral home. ters, Sandy Lewis, Swoyersville, KaIn lieu of flowers, memorial conren Cefalo, Wyoming; stepsons, tributions may be made to the Russell Rinehimer, Mountain Top; American Cancer Society, 712 S. Mark Rinehimer and his wife, Cyn- Keyser Ave., Taylor, PA 18517, or the thia, Edwardsville; daughter-in-law American Diabetes Association, Diane Hines, Wyoming; five grand- Wilkes-Barre office, 65 E. Elizabeth children; three great-grandchildren; Ave., Suite 502, Bethlehem, PA nieces and nephews. 18018.



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create breathing room in the county’s general fund operating budgets, using $3.9 million to help repay debt. A County Council majority reluctantly decided to remove another $1.4 million from the fund to repay debt in this year’s operating budget, which will further reduce the capital fund. Lawton said this practice will stop. “This fund will not be used to pay debt service on any other bond issues,” he said. County Chief Engineer Joe Gibbons tracks spending of the 2008 allocation on a detailed spreadsheet to make sure money is reserved for projects that have been identified as priorities. He also ensures reimbursements for flood repairs and other projects funded by the 2008 bond go into the capital fund to

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free up money for future needs. For example, the fund paid $120,000 for a Moon Lake Park master plan, but the state will cover half the expense. That $60,000 should return to the capital fund, not the county’s operating budget, he said. The roster of projects on the to-do list includes about $8 million in future courthouse work: • $1.1 million to replace the roof; • $300,000 to restore the elevator; • $3.1 million for repairs and restoration inside the courthouse, including water-damaged plaster and art; • $600,000 for mechanical, plumbing and electric repairs • $2.85 million to pave the rear courthouse parking lot, connect the courthouse to the River Common Park and reconstruct the south lawn. Other allocations carved out include $3.7 million for road and bridge repairs, $2 million for a

record storage facility, $1.8 million for computerization, technology and the time system, $550,000 for recreation and $500,000 for a Commission on Economic Opportunity publicservice warehouse.

Lawton said the county recently received bills for projects in White Haven and Butler Township that were approved years ago by prior commissioners. These bills were supposed to be funded from 2003 bond proceeds that have been spent. Gibbons said the administration is searching for outstanding reimbursements owed on projects funded from the 2003 borrowing to come up with funds to cover these past promises. A comprehensive county debt presentation to council is in the works explaining how borrowed funds were spent and the county’s limitations repaying the debt early, Lawton said. Much of the debt stems from deficit spending, records show. The county borrowed a combined $71 million in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009 solely to fund deficits and day-to-day operating

Adjustments to earmarks Lawton said all earmarks may be adjusted up or down based on further research. Priority will go to technology that increases efficiency, he said. “I think the need will revolve around things that will save us money on operating costs,” Lawton said. The home rule charter requires the manager to present to council a long-range plan for capital improvements covering at least three years. Capital projects will lose their appropriations if no allocations have been spent within three years, the charter says. That wasn’t the case in the past. See BONDS, Page 14A

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Joe and Barbara Ritz, Carol Thayne, and his many brothers and sisters at the AOH. Bob’s parting words were, “It was a good life with no regrets.” Bob enjoyed gardening and extensive travel with his beloved wife, and best friend, Mary Alice. He truly enjoyed his family, always having a good time with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed those many people he met on his walk through life. He was proud to be an Irish Catholic and a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians as well as a member of the Holy Name Society of Saints John and Andrew. Integrity and honesty was the creed he strived to live by. The family would like to thank Dr. Ramanujan, Nurse Practitioner Nancy Evans, and all the professionals at Lourdes Hospice, including Deacon Joe Fedorowicz and Sara Hopkins. A funeral Mass will be offered at the Church of Saints John and Andrew, Vestal Avenue, Binghamton, N.Y. on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday. The family will receive friends at the J.A. McCormack Sons Funeral Home, 141 Main St., Binghamton, N.Y. on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Bob may be made to Lourdes Hospice Program, 4102 Old Vestal Road, Vestal, NY 13850. More Obituaries, Page 2A, 7A








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stretched-thin child welfare system and siphon limited resources from children who need help most. Forty-eight states require at least some professionals to immediately report knowledge or suspicion of child sexual abuse to some authority, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The list of professionals varies by state and can include teachers, school nurses, doctors, social workers, police, day care workers, coaches and camp counselors.


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Of those states, 18 have laws that require mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse by all adults. Many states have no specific sanctions for those who fail to comply with such laws, while others have penalties but they are not enforced unless a case is particularly heinous or deadly, said Teresa Huizar of the National Children’s Alliance, a Washington-based advocacy group. “On the surface, (universal mandatory reporting) sounds like an outstanding idea,” she said, “but if you make something everybody’s responsibility, it can end up becoming no one’s responsibility.” About 105 bills on the reporting of suspected child abuse and

neglect have been introduced in 2012 legislative sessions in 30 states and the District of Columbia, many of them directly in response to the Sandusky case. Legislation has since been enacted in 10 of those states, according to the latest NCSL tally updated Monday. Oregon, West Virginia, Virginia and South Dakota are among states that expanded their list of professions that are mandatory reporters, while Indiana and Iowa are requiring schools to develop new policies and reporting procedures for responding to suspected child abuse. Indiana, also in response to the Penn State scandal, passed legislation that requires the state to work with child sexual abuse


Madelyn Swire, 10, left, and Stephanie Swire, both of Dallas

experts to develop education materials, response policies, and reporting procedures on child sexual abuse. A new Iowa law requires schools to implement policy for employees in contact with children to report suspected physical or sexual abuse. Also as a direct result of the Sandusky case, Florida has passed what is now the toughest mandatory reporting legislation in the country: Failure to report suspected child abuse is a felony, and universities would be fined $1 million and stripped of state funding for two years if officials don’t report child abuse. The law applies to everyone — from university coaching staff to elementary school teachers to students. “Florida now has the toughest

laws in the country for protecting children,” said Lauren Book, who created a nonprofit foundation for child abuse victims and pushed for tougher sex offender laws with her father, lobbyist Ron Book. She said the legislation compels individuals and institutions to speak up, the aim of which is to prevent what allegedly happened at Penn State from occurring in Florida. “Mandatory reporting is a good thing but it’s only a BandAid for a bigger issue,” said Jim Hmurovich, president of Chicago-based child advocacy organization Prevent Child Abuse America. “The right solution is we should ensure as adults that the abuse and neglect ever hap-

pens in the first place.” Dozens of universities are also implementing their own reporting requirements. Penn State itself has instituted a new policy requiring all employees to report suspected child abuse to state authorities, while the University of Arkansas requires university employees who suspect child abuse to first call the state’s Child Abuse Hotline and campus police. Hmurovich and Huizar said they support the idea of mandatory reporting laws, even if imperfect. “When we don’t prevent abuse and neglect from happening we spend $80 billion a year trying to remediate it with treatment,” Hmurovich said.


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Group gives hope to victims along with help Volunteers give up their time at their own expense to travel to disaster areas. By BILL O’BOYLE

PLAINS TWP. – When Barbara Hartman brought her group to the area to help out, they were greeted with despair. In mid-April, Hartman, coordinator for Carpenter’s Calling Mission Team of the Eastern

Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, brought 50 volunteers to help flood victims in Shickshinny, West Pittston and Plains Township. “There was no hope in their hearts,” Hartman said of the flood victims she met. “They thought they were forgotten. It was very humbling to hear that.” Hartman, 65, said she and the other volunteers told everyone they were in their town to help and to give them some hope. “We wanted them to know that

there are people out there that care and who are willing to help,” she said. Hartman’s group and some 30 others have come to the region to help flood victims recover from last September’s devastating storms. They work in cooperation with the Disaster Recovery Coalition of Luzerne County. The faith-based groups provide volunteers to help rebuild homes and lives, to dust off the mud of nine months ago, to return normalcy to the lives of flood victims who have struggled to put their

lives back together. Hartman and her husband, Ed, 67, started doing this work in 1996. Volunteers give up their time at their own expense to travel to disaster areas to help victims. “This is not demanded of us,” she said. “We go because we want to. We feel as though we are serving God.” Hartman said they have traveled all over the country to help, but this time they decided to stay in their home state. “We just said, ‘Ya know what,

we’re staying home this time,’ ” she said. Hartman said the people she met “couldn’t have been nicer,” and all were very gracious and appreciative. “We all came back with such a good feeling,” Hartman said. “We could see the people there go from non-hopeful to hopeful. And that makes us all feel good about what we’re doing.” Michelle Davis, the local Federal Emergency Management Agency representative, works as the voluntary agency liaison for

the DRC. She helped match the volunteers’ skill sets to the work needed at each property. “They have done phenomenal work,” Davis said. The work has ranged from cleaning up the yard of an 87 yearold man in Shickshinny to gutting interiors, removing mold and installing new drywall. The disaster declaration ends in March, but Davis said victims can stay in their FEMA trailers longer if they show progress in finding permanent housing.


Bob McGrew cuts a piece of sheet rock inside a flood-damaged home on Courtright Street in Plains Township. In the background are Bethany Couchman, Susan Kirk and Duane Kirk.

Bethany Couchman, Duane Kirk and Susan Kirk of Modesto, Calif., fit a piece of sheet rock onto the ceiling of a flood damaged home in Plains Township.

blessings they leave,” Sivers provided is huge. said. The Modesto group, like most of the others, has been to disasThe Modesto 14 ter sites like New Orleans and Modesto is about an hour in- Nashville. They give a week of land from San Francisco. The their lives each year to help digroup is affiliated with the Trin- saster victims become whole ity Presbyterian Church there again. “We do this because it’s our and some members are retired, others are teachers, managers, way of sharing God’s love,” said dairy farmers and a newspaper Liz Benson. “We’re helping peophotographer. One is a family ple who need help. It’s in our hearts; it’s our calling.” physician. Benson’s husband, Ted, said But they all share a common bond – a deep desire to help many of the volunteers bring their own tools and they often their fellow man. Don and Cathy Jepson, Ted raise money to help pay for maand Liz Benson, Bob and Katie terials. “A lot of us take vacation time McGrew, Mary Couchman and her daughter, Bethany, Duane to come here,” he said. “We do it and Susan Kirk, Tony and Chris because we want to and feel we Ott, Frank Quaresma and Diane need to.” Gallagher are, as Don Jepson put it, just a small piece of a much The DRC program The local organizers said they larger puzzle. But to Donna Stevens on realized early on the need for a Courtright Street in Plains coordinated effort to meet the Township, the piece they have needs of a recovering region af-

‘Vacation’ in Shickshinny Jamie Rowen graduated from the University of North CarolinaGreensboro in May. From March 4-11, Rowen and seven others from the school were in Shickshinny, West Pittston and Tunkhannock helping flood victims. The students chose to do construction work and cleanup over their spring break, rather than party in tropical climates like many of their contemporaries. “A lot of people couldn’t believe that we would come to Shickshinny rather than go to Cancun,” Rowen, 22, said. “Everyone was surprised that we would give up our spring break to do this work.” Rowen said the group was treated to some unexpected northern hospitality. A resident of Lancaster, Rowen said the group enjoyed their time here helping flood victims in the early stages of rebuilding their homes and lives. “We were happy to work with individuals,” he said. “We got to know them and really got close to them. It’s an interesting dynamic when in the hustle and bustle of normal life, you per-

form a service and get to know people who need help and they are so grateful.” People who were helped by the Modesto group, like Donna and Kenny Stevens of Courtright Street in Plains Township, can’t say enough about the volunteers. Four feet of water on the first floor of the Stevens’ doubleblock caused about $110,000 in structural damage. That doesn’t include the loss of personal items and furniture. “We’ve been working since September to clean out the property and gut it to the outside walls,” Donna Stevens said. “We didn’t have flood insurance and FEMA helped some, but not enough to complete the job. We had to borrow the rest.” Donna, an unemployed photographer, and Kenny, a production assistant in a factory, have lived in the home for 20 years. Their daughter, Lindsey, will occupy the other side. The Modesto group completed drywalling and spackling the first floor, she said. Stevens said if the volunteers didn’t help, it would be at least another year before she could return to the property. “I do believe it is a calling for these people,” she said. “If they didn’t come here, we would be plugging along doing it ourselves a little at a time. Now I can actually see the house coming back together again and we will be back much sooner than we ever thought.” Stevens said the Modesto group is doing “God’s work.” “I’m having trouble finding the words to adequately say how we feel,” she said. Thyren, the volunteer coordinator, said it’s been a wonderful experience for all involved. “We are amazed how many people are traveling long distances, sleeping in less-than-4star accommodations, just to help the flood victims of Northeastern Pennsylvania,” she said. “They have shoveled mud, rebuilt homes, listened, and cried with us. “Perhaps most importantly, they have brought hope to people who were in despair.”

recreation facilities, athletic organizations, the F.M. Kirby Center, The Lands at Hillside Farms and infrastructure and construction in several municipalities. The county’s flexible spending of borrowed funds was made possible by adding a clause in most bond documents that gives officials freedom to add or subtract capital projects as they see fit.

The county’s strapped general fund must pay $22.5 million toward debt this year, or 18 percent of the $122.6 million budget. Repayments are slated to increase to $25 million next year and remain around that amount through 2026, dropping to $22 million in 2027, officials have said. County officials want to reduce the amount owed by refi-

nancing the debt at a lower interest rate, but that option can’t be tapped until the county obtains a bond credit rating. County Interim Budget/Finance Chief Vic Mazziotti said he doesn’t expect the county to secure a rating for several years because rating companies want multiple years of evidence of stable finances and preferably a surplus.

ter Tropical Storm Lee. The Disaster Relief Coalition of Luzerne County was organized to meet those needs by bringing together regional service providers, government agencies and faith-based groups to assist the restoration of the flood-damaged communities. The coalition works with local governmental leaders to identify and assess the needs in each town and to determine how to help specific homeowners. Case managers and project coordinators meet with homeowners to determine what needs to be done and match those needs to the services available. That’s where the volunteer groups come in. Usually the homeowner provides materials, but sometimes items are donated. The volunteers work side-by-side with the homeowners to restore the homes. The elderly, economically disadvantaged and homes severely damaged are given priority.

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42.7 feet. Reilly’s West Pittston home at 12 Montgomery Ave. was severely damaged – more than $100,000 worth, and he had no flood insurance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency helped some – but not enough. Reilly had been trying to do most of the repair work himself so he and his wife, daughter, sons and grandchildren – seven in all – can go home. They have been living in two FEMA trailers for nine months. “Too bad there aren’t more people like them around,” he said of the volunteers. Help from afar There are more of them -- lots more. Doug Sivers, northeast coordinator for the United Methodist Flood Recovery Program, Garry Van Scoy, case manager for the Disaster Recovery Coalition, and Jan Thyren, volunteer coordinator for the coalition, said 31 volunteer groups have come to the area to help or will be here soon. Reilly said one of them will be at his house to help finish the job. Sivers, Van Scoy and Thyren said about 15 houses have had work completed with the help of the faith-based volunteers and 10 more are in various states of repair. There are 40 more on the waiting list. Van Scoy said the coalition is working throughout Luzerne County, including in Hunlock Creek, Shickshinny, Plains Township, Jenkins Township, West Pittston, Duryea, Pittston, Exeter, Nanticoke, Wapwallopen and Mocanaqua. “I’d fit right in with these people,” Reilly said of the Modesto group. “But I guess it’s my turn to receive.” Reilly hopes to have his family back in their home by the fall. “I can’t say enough to thank them. Actually, I thank God for

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expenses. Debt also was restructured in 2006 to obtain $12.3 million in cash in exchange for future higher debt repayments. Past borrowed funds also were spent on the countywide reassessment and related property

Volunteers from Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Modesto Calif., outside of one of the homes they are helping to rebuild in West Pittston recently. First row, from left: Susan Kirk, Liz Benson, Kathy Jepson, Bob McGraw. Second row, from left: Frank Quaresma, Ted Benson, Diane Gallagher, Mary Couchman, Chris Ott, Katie McGrew. Third row, from left: Bethany Couchman, Duane Kirk, homeowner Tom Reilly, Tom Jepson, Tony Ott.

them,” Reilly said. Towns’ scars remain West Pittston and the other affected towns still wear the scars of September’s raging flood waters. Many homes and businesses are far from being restored. Across the street from Reilly’s house is another with a “Keep Out” sign posted and no visible sign of restoration. The road back has been long, hard and costly. “The people who come out with these faith-based groups truly feel that God is calling them to help,” Sivers said. “There is an underlying understanding of why they do what they do.” Sivers said the volunteers give up a week of their lives at substantial personal cost to help people in need. “And they tell me that they come away from their experience more blessed than the record and mapping technology improvements, the purchase of watershed land, flood control projects and an early retirement incentive. Around $1.3 million was spent designing a new prison that never materialized. An inmate population decrease and challenges borrowing up to $100 million to fund a new prison prompted officials to

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Debraha Watson, president of the Wayne County Community College District Northwest Campus, has written a book titled, ’If Not For Dreams: Memoirs of a Foster Child.’ Below she holds a copy.


Foster child recounts her path to college presidency By CASSANDRA SPRATLING Detroit Free Press


ETROIT — Slices of white bread. That was all she and her baby brother had to eat some days. So she’d tear the bread in half, pick away the mold and share whatever was left. She was 5, maybe 6, and should have been in school, but she was home taking care of her brother because her mother was gone. Again. “Secret trips,” her mama called the disappearances that could last several days. So Debraha Watson changed her brother’s diapers, fed him whatever she could find around the house, read to him and comforted him as best she could. Never mind that she was a child herself. That was the beginning of Watson’s life, a childhood scarred by sexual, physical and emotional abuse. It only got worse at 7 when her mother died, and she and her brother landed in a series of foster homes, some lov-

Debraha (pronounced Da-BRAY-a) Watson, 59, of Southfield, Mich., is now president of Wayne County Community College District’s Northwest Campus and the health science provost. She tells her story in the riveting book “If Not for Dreams: Memoirs of a Foster Child” (Vision Works Publishing, $13.) The story of triumph over tragedy is attracting particular attention now because it’s National Foster Care Month, a time when child care agencies and advocates focus on the need for more foster parents and recognize those who are doing well. The book began as a journal aimed at helping Watson heal the hurt that endured even while she climbed the ladder of success and raised two children into adulthood. She had buried the pain — or so she ing, some not. When you meet Watson today, it’s difficult thought — until her brother, Sandy, died of to believe that the accomplished woman is AIDS in 1992. She’d become disconnected the same little girl who watched her little from him after they were placed in separate brother play with roaches because it was something to do. See FOSTER, Page 2B



harlotte Raup is the president of the Wilkes-Barre Crime Watch Coalition and runs 15 crime watch meetings

throughout the city. Raup, 55, attended Meyers High School and Luzerne County Community College. She has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Wilkes University and became a master herbalist after studying at Dominion Herbal College in British Columbia, Canada. Charlotte and her husband, Gregory, live in Wilkes-Barre


with their four cats. How did you get involved with the Wilkes-Barre Crime Watch Coalition? “It all started 25 years ago. There was a rash of house break-ins occurring in Parsons, where I lived. The neighbors and I had enough. Pat Rushton created the Parsons Crime Watch at that time, and since I was the first one who

that month. We update people on what crime activity has occurred in an area and we point out recent trends in crime like when thieves are targeting copper and license plates. We have various speakers who come in and talk about a variety of topics. Our primary goal is to prevent crime and these meetings help. We do patrols overnight to help prevent crime and reassure residents throughout the city.” So you believe it works? “Crime prevention works. It absolutely works. We feel as if we have impacted people with the groups, meetings and social network interaction. You have to feel for the victims of crime as well. I was a victim. You never get a second chance as a victim. You just get a new normal, a new way of living. Crime and crime prevention is the most important aspect of a city. People need to feel safe.” When you are not patrolling the neighborhoods or running meetings, what do you like to do with any spare time you may have? “I love gardening

called him about the break-ins, he put me in charge of it. Through the years the coalition has gained members and the crime watches in the area now number more than 400 people. I was eventually elected to be the president of the Wilkes-Barre Crime Watch Coalition and I have taken the position very seriously.” Tell us about what the WilkesBarre Crime Watch does. “When the groups gather they are informed as to what is going on in their community See RAUP, Page 2B

ook at this,” said Alner, pointing to an item in his Times Leader. “Mayor Bloomberg of New York City is trying to ban big soft drinks. What’s with that guy? Is he a socialist or something?” “Old pal,” I said, “It’s just a sign of our times. I suspect the mayor has no more sinister motivation than promoting healthy dietary basics — quenching your thirst, not drowning your thirst.” “I have no idea what you’re talking about,” grunted Alner, turning to the baseball page. Well, needless to say, within minutes we were taking a walk down a Wyoming Valley street of about 60 years ago, thanks to my powers of metaphysical travel. “I notice you picked a really hot day,” smirked Alner. “Obviously you’re planning to get me thirsty so you can prove a point.” “You’re learning, Alner,” I grinned, ushering him through the screen door of a corner grocery store, one like every neighborhood had back then. A rush of delightfully frigid air struck our faces as I opened the big soda cooler. Inside, glass bottles stood in ice water that was about the temperature of the North Atlantic in February. “Look at this,” I said, pulling out a bottle of Acme orange. “That’s tiny,” gasped Alner. “It says ‘eight ounces’ on the side — barely a cupful of soda.” “Sure is,” I replied, grabbing a second bottle and pulling off the caps with the opener on the side of the soda case. “This is what people drank for generations. Now if you’re really desperate for a bigger swig, you can try a Royal Crown or a Nehi lime or a Hires Root Beer. They’re 12 ounces, the size of a can of soda in our time.” “That’s the biggest you can get?” Alner asked. “Well, no. There are some quart bottles in here. If you’re throwing a party you’ll bring home a single quart and serve everyone. “I wonder how all this super-sizing happened,” said Alner, a quizzical look on his face as he sipped his drink through a pair of paper straws. “I hope the sociologists know,” I said, “because I sure don’t. Hey, take a look in the dairy case over there.” “I see quarts of milk in glass bottles,” said Alner. “That’s all you’ll see,” I said. “The half-gallon container, the gallon container — none of that has been invented yet. We’re still in the era of modest proportions.” I thought I’d better appease the guy behind the counter by buying a couple of five-cent bags of Wise potato chips, using the 1950 coins I carry for such occasions. “Yes, they’re mini-bags,” I said to Alner as he stared. “But that’s all people expect here. It’s a little treat, not dinner or fodder to satisfy a nervous tic. And if you look in the ice cream freezer you’ll see pint packages — that’s pints, not half-gallons or industrial-size plastic pails with handles. In these times, Sunday dessert is a thin slice of butter pecan, and you’d wait all week for that.” “I wonder what happens when fast food arrives,” said Alner, downing his last potato chip. “It’ll be simple 15-cent hamburgers,” I said. “No double Monstrosos with triple cheese — not yet, anyway.” Alner raised his eight-ounce soda high. “Hey, I’ll drink to that.” Tom Mooney is a Times Leader columnist. Reach him at







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foster homes. His life had taken an almost opposite turn from hers — juvenile detention, prison, drug addiction. His death released a flood of nightmares, repressed memories and questions about her past. She spent years researching her family history, digging through her child welfare records and interviewing whoever she could find who could help her put together the broken pieces of her life. “Initially, it was just supposed to be a legacy for my children, to help them understand their mother,” says Watson a divorcee, referring to her now-adult children, Jamila Sudduth and Yohanis Watson. She never planned to publish it, but a few friends insisted she do so. “Writing the book served as a catharsis for me,” she says. Watson also hopes the book will inspire improvements in the foster care system, including more efforts to keep siblings together and greater support for children aging out. But more than that, she hopes her story lets children in foster care know they can make it despite dire statistics that suggest otherwise. A study from the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, a St. Louis-based nonprofit, reports that one in five foster children becomes homeless after age 18, fewer than three in five graduate from high school by 19, and fewer than 3 percent will earn a college degree by 25.

Debraha Watson, president of the Wayne County Community College District Northwest Campus, hopes her story lets children in foster care know they can make it despite dire statistics that suggest otherwise.

Debraha Watson

Watson’s story shows that starting behind doesn’t have to mean ending behind. Determined to give her then-6year-old son a better life than she had, Watson started Highland Park Community College at the age of 27. She took two buses — an approximately 2-hour journey — after dropping her son off with a sitter. Watson went on to earn five academic degrees, including two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in higher education from Capella University in Minneapolis. She attributes her success to several factors — an innate drive to succeed that led one foster mother to frequently call her a “stubborn little heifer,” a love of reading that began when a concerned neighbor gave her a single book, and teachers and administrators who cared for her. “I wanted to be invisible, and I found I could lose myself in books and become anybody I wanted to,” she says. Her love of reading also saved her. Though she moved around a lot — from one foster home to another, mostly on Detroit’s east side, she did well in school and was encouraged by teachers and administrators. At every school, there was at least one person who recognized and encouraged her abilities.



“I have always loved books, and I had good caring teachers who inspired, pushed and insisted that I do well,” says Watson, who graduated from Inkster High School in 1971. Her faith also helped. She always believed her life would get better and she trusted in a higher power. “I never could have made it without God placing angels in my path,” Watson says. “I am not a religious person per se ... but I am spiritual and truly believe in a personal relationship with God.” Her beliefs, as she puts it in her book, “helped her wrestle with the demons” of self-doubt and fear. Watson makes a point of reaching out to others who have been

in foster care as well. Shirley Bolden, a writer who teaches GED preparation at Wayne County Community College District is among students mentored by Watson. “When she tells me everything will be OK, I believe it because I know she has been through what I’ve been through,” says Bolden, 23, who also grew up in foster care. “She is the first foster care adult I’d met whose life was still intact. Most people’s stories leave you feeling like there’s no hope. She has become like a second mother to me. I go visit her in her office at least once a week. “When I walk into her office it’s a constant reminder that success does exist after foster care.”


growing up. Lombardelli’s and Zaccagni’s.” Favorite quote? “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful and committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does.” – Margaret Mead Person you admire? “My grandmother, Catherine was oldschool but she was very knowledgeable and had good values.” One of the proudest moments in you life? “Winning the Jefferson Award in 2008 for volunteerism was a very proud occasion.” Closing thought? “I want people to be safe and know that I have a passion for this city and its historic value as well as the family values that need to be protected. I have lived here all my life and I see that crime prevention and safety should be the key aspect of Wilkes-Barre and the surrounding areas.”

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A Blind Date That Has Lasted 64 Years This is a story of love and romance between two people, Ann and John. Before I begin to tell my story, I would like to give you a background of our families. Ann is the daughter of Tillie and Stanley Roman of Newport Township. John is the son of Elizabeth and Jacob Zigmund of Port Blanchard. Port Blanchard is a small town located between Plains and Port Griffith along the banks of the Susquehanna River. Ann’s family consisted of seven girls and two boys. John’s family consisted of five brothers and four sisters. Ann graduated from Newport Township High School in the year of 1941. John graduated from Jenkins Township High School in the year of 1942. After graduation, Ann was employed by J.S. Raub’s Shoe Store in Wilkes-Barre. After graduation, I departed to New York City to live with my sister Rose in the Bronx. I applied for employment at Stouffer’s Restaurant and I was hired as a receiving clerk. I enlisted in the United States Navy on December 17, 1942. I was sent by train to the Great Lakes Training Center in Illinois. After six weeks of training, I was assigned to the U.S.S. Booth, a destroyer escort which was in Miami, Florida. Our destroyer escort was on convoy duty in the Atlantic Ocean for twenty eight months. After V.E. Day, our ship was assigned to serve in the Pacific Ocean and our duty was to escort a gasoline tanker to the Bay of Okinawa. The following morning a news bulletin came over the intercom. Japan has surrendered and World War II has ended. I was discharged from the U.S. Navy at the end of August 1945. I returned home to Port Blanchard. There was happiness and joy in the family. My brothers were home from the service, Andrew from the U.S. Marines and Edmund from the U.S. Navy. I enrolled at Wyoming Seminary for a refresher course. Tony Piscotty owned a tavern in Nanticoke and Tony was the general manager of the Nanticoke Professional Basketball Team. Rip Flanagan played on the team and he and I were good friends when he attended Jenkins Township High School. Rip convinced me to go with him to Nanticoke to meet Tony Piscotty. I then became a member of the team. The games were played at Nanticoke High School. Ann and her sisters attended the games. Tony’s wife Wanda was a cousin to Ann. Wanda and Ann got together and had a discussion about our date. In our days there was an expression that went like this “fix up a date with him.” I was at Tony’s after the game, I accepted and the date was set for January 8, 1948. I was to meet Ann at the State Theater located on Main Street in Nanticoke about 8 p.m. I saw her walking up the street. I was impressed with her appearance. She was tall in stature, attractive, sportive and vivacious. We greeted each other. Then we boarded the trolley to Wilkes-Barre and went to the Granada Ballroom for a night of dancing. Tony’s wife told me Ann was an excellent dancer. How right she was. It was the time of the Big Band era. The Jitterbug Dance was in vogue. As we danced during the night, I told her how much I liked her golden earrings and I told her how terrific her dancing was and we did enjoy each other on the dance floor. After the dance we hopped on the trolley to Nanticoke. Ann lived in Sheatown, after I walked her home, we said good night and I planted a good night kiss on her and then I walked to board the trolley to Public Square in Wilkes-Barre to get on the bus to Pittston and get off in Port Blanchard. On one of our dates I asked Ann, “Do you like to gamble?” She replied, “Not really.” Then I popped the next question, “Let’s get married.” She was taken aback and I believe she was surprised. She thought about it and then said, “Okay.” Our wedding date was set for June 10, 1950. The wedding ceremony was held in Holy Trinity under the auspices of Reverend Kaczmarek. After Mass the wedding party was held at DeLuca’s Hall in Wanamie. The party was of an elaborate type. Plenty of Polish foods, cakes, liquors and beer, and soda for the youngsters. Polka dancing all through the night and in the wee hours of the morning. After our wedding, our honeymoon trip took us to Boston, Mass. And we also attended a major league baseball game at Fenway Park. I matriculated at Wilkes College for two years. I transferred to Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, majors were in health, physical education and recreation. I completed two degrees, one was a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts. My career in education as a teacher lasted twenty-seven years. Below is a list of high schools: Two years at Smithfield, Pennsylvania Eight years at Dryden Central School, Dryden, N.Y. Seventeen years at Neptune, Neptune, N.J. I was a baseball and basketball coach at the above named schools. Our family consists of MaryAnn and Richard. At the present time we live in Nanticoke. — Ann & John Zigmund I retired from teaching in the year of 1981.




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PASR holds breakfast for representatives UHI, Wilkes students collaborate in workshops As part of the ongoing partnership between Wilkes University’s English Department and United Hebrew Institute, fourth- through sixth-grade students had the opportunity to write with students from the university. Fourth-grade students participated in short story writing workshops with Dr. Sean J. Kelly and members of the Alpha Gamma Alpha Chapter of the English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta. Fifth- and sixth-grade students learned about mythology while studying ancient Greek history. They were visited by Dr. Thomas A. Hamill and Wilkes student Chelsey Schoch and wrote original myths. Participants, from left, first row, are Nadav Griver, Natalie Zarad, Olivia Roth and Adina Bell. Second row: Samuel Schwartz, Jonathan Rutta, Coby Kornfeld, Harrison Levi, Saraea Kaplan, Avi Rizel, Marilyn Ogof and Sinclaire Ogof. Third row: Rabbi Raphael Nemetsky, principal, UHI; Jason Neare; Dr. Sean J. Kelly, assistant professor of English, Wilkes University; Sara Crolick; Miranda Baur; and Barbara J. Welch, Language Arts and Social Studies teacher. Erin Robinson, Wilkes University alumna, also participated.

The Luzerne/Wyoming Chapter of Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) recently hosted a breakfast for members and local regional state representatives at the Genetti Hotel and Conference Center, Wilkes-Barre. Members and representatives from each home district were able to dine and talk informally about current important issues. Democratic and Republican memorabilia was available and a drawing for a stuffed elephant and donkey was held. At the breakfast, from left, first row: Mike Carroll; June Seely; Rep. Karen Boback; Carol Sweeney, Boback aide; Christopher Sheperis, Yudichak aide; and Cathy Cortegerone, chapter president, PASR. Second row: Augie Piazza; Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski; Charlie Jackson; Rep. Tarah Toohil; Harold Getz; Wayne Seely; Ted Wiaterowski; and Armonde Casagrande.

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Kuhl, Augello he Honorable and Mrs. Joseph Augello, Pittston, announce the T engagement and approaching mar-

riage of their daughter, Susan Catherine Augello, to Nathan Kuhl, son of Raymond and Deborah Kuhl, Bear Creek. The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of Samuel and Jean Granteed, Hughestown, and Michael Augello and the late Susan Augello, Pittston. She is a 2000 graduate of Scranton Preparatory School and a 2005 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She earned a master’s degree in elementary education from Chatham University. She is employed as a firstgrade teacher with the Wilkes-Barre Area School District. The prospective groom is the grandson of Love Kuhl and the late Richard Kuhl, Wilkes-Barre, and the late William and Elizabeth Breese, Wilkes-Barre. He is a 2000 graduate of James M. Coughlin High School and a 2004 graduate of King’s College, with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science. He is employed as an IT analyst at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School. A June 2012 wedding is planned.

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atie Moriarty and Stefan de Biasi, together with their families, are pleased to announce their engagement and approaching marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Henry and Fran Moriarty, Warrior Run. She is the granddaughter of the late Walter and Anna Zbieg, Warrior Run, and the late Edward and Armandine Moriarty, Alexandria, Va. The prospective groom is the son of Frieder and Brigitte de Biasi, Coopersburg, Pa. He is the grandson of Annaliese Stütz and the late Friedrich de Biasi, Kandern, Germany, and the late Anna and Odilo Markt, Weil-amRhein, Germany. Katie is a 2000 graduate of Bishop Hoban High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in both French and international studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2004; a Master of European studies from the Université de Genève in Switzerland; and is a Ph.D. candidate/teaching fellow completing her doctorate in French literature at the University of Pittsburgh. Stefan is a 2000 graduate of Southern Lehigh High School, Coopersburg, Pa., and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering science from Penn State University in 2005. He is employed as a service engineer with F. S. Elliott, Export, Pa. The couple will wed on July 6, 2012, at St. Franz von Sales Church, Kandern, Germany.

Klepar, Fuller-Gawlik r. and Mrs. Eugene Fuller, Exeter, and Dale Watson, Dickson M City, announce the engagement of

their granddaughter and daughter, Chelsea Ann Fuller-Gawlik, Scranton, to Eric Charles Klepar, son of Ann and Nicholas Klepar, Dallas. The bride is a 2010 graduate of Wyoming Area High School and is studying business management at Luzerne County Community College. She is employed at the Subway in Trucksville as the manager. The groom is a 2008 graduate of Dallas High School and is employed at All About Dance, Forty Fort. The wedding is planned for Aug. 4, 2012, at St. Cecilia’s Church, Exeter. The couple plans to reside in West Pittston.

Decker, Lavan hristina Muriel Decker and William Eugene Lavan, together with C their families, announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Muriel Decker and the late Victor Decker, Hanover Township. She is the granddaughter of Amy George and the late Michael George and the late Genevieve and Victor Decker, all of Wilkes-Barre. The prospective groom is the son of William and Doreen Lavan, WilkesBarre. He is the grandson of Doris Marinelli and the late Eugene Marinelli and William and Madeline Lavan, all of Wilkes-Barre. Christina is a 2004 graduate of G.A.R. Memorial High School and a 2010 graduate of Wilkes University. William is a 2003 graduate of Meyers High School and a 2007 graduate of Bloomsburg University. The couple will be happily united in marriage on Aug. 11, 2012, at St. Anthony’s Maronite Catholic Church in Wilkes-Barre, with a reception that evening at the Woodlands Inn and Resort. The couple will honeymoon at the RIU Palace in Aruba.

Oefelein, Pauley ennifer Pauley and Timothy Oefelein, together with their families, G announce their engagement and approaching marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Jeffrey and Cathie Pauley, Noxen. She is a 1999 graduate of LakeLehman High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from College Misericordia in 2002. Genn is employed by the LakeLehman School District as an elementary teacher and is pursuing a master’s degree in early literacy from Wilkes University. The prospective groom is the son of Kathleen Biederstadt, Sidney, N.Y. Tim graduated in 2000. He is employed by Stillwater RTF in Greene, N.Y., as an information management specialist, and at Tri-Town Insurance in Owego, N.Y., as an information technology coordinator. The couple will exchange vows Sept. 1, 2012, at Long Point Winery in Aurora, N.Y.

Brayden M. Lucchino baptized rayden Michael Lucchino, son of B Michael and Erin

Lucchino, Aldie, Va., was baptized on April 8, 2012, at St. Maria Goretti Church, Laflin, Pa., by Monsignor Neil J. Van Loon, pastor. Brayden is the grandson of Robert Lucchino and the late Marilyn Lucchino, Laflin, and Michael and Pam Meador, Martinsburg, W.Va. Brayden’s godparents are Jeffrey Lucchino, Lower Burrell, Pa., brother of Michael, and Kristen Pastorek, Natrona Heights, Pa., fiancée of Jeffrey Lucchino. Brayden was honored at a luncheon with family and friends at St. Maria Goretti Church banquet hall in Laflin following the baptism.

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oanna Lake and Robert John Doran III were united in the sacrament of marriage on March 24, 2012, at Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church in Duryea. The double-ring ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Andrew Sinnott. The bride is the daughter Robert and Joan Lake, Pittston. She is the granddaughter of the late Thomas and Stella Blasco, Pittston, and the late Hugh and Louise Lake, Wathena, Kan. The groom is the son of Robert and Lee Doran, Harding, and Debra Doran, Clarks Summit. He is the grandson of Robert and Min Doran, The Villages, Fla., and the late Robert and Sarah Rosencranse, Falls. The bride was escorted down the aisle and given in marriage by her father. She chose her cousin, Fallon Plis, as maid of honor. Her bridesmaids were Jillian Falkowski, cousin of the bride, and Kimberly Lake, sister-in-law of the bride. Junior bridesmaids were Krista Lake, niece of the bride, and Vanessa Barrett, daughter of the bride The groom chose his brother-inlaw, Alex Lake, as his best man. His groomsmen were Jerry Doran, cousin of the groom, and John Plis, friend of the bride and groom. Jayden Falkowski, cousin of the bride, served as ring bearer. Scriptural readings were done by Krista Lake, niece of the bride, and Krystal Lowery, cousin of the groom. The ceremony included lighting of the unity candle by the mothers of the bride and groom. Following the ceremony, an evening cocktail hour and reception were hosted by the bridal couple at The Appletree Terrace in Newberry Estates, Dallas. The bride was honored with a bridal shower given by her maid of honor, mother and bridal party at The Greenridge Club, Scranton. Father and step-mother of the groom hosted a rehearsal dinner at Brutico’s, Old Forge. The couple is planning a honeymoon. They reside in Pittston.

r. Brittany Ann Kujat and Dr. David Jeffery Portonova were united in marriage on June 21, 2011, at Our Holy Family Church in Hilton Head, S.C. The Rev. Arturo Dalupang performed the double-ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Lynn and Matthew Kujat, Freeland. She is the granddaughter of Carol Muscovitch and the late Edward Muscovitch, Freeland, and the late Margaret and Frank Kujat, Drifton. The groom is the son of Marydonna and Michael Portonova, Sugarloaf. He is the grandson of Sue Scatton and the late Michael Scatton and the late Mr. and Mrs. Michael Portonova, all of Hazleton. Presented in marriage by her father, the bride was attended by her sister, Ashley Kujat, as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Erica Muscovitch and Morganne Phillips. Dr. Michael Portonova was the best man. Groomsmen were Matthew Kujat Jr. and Robert Muscovitch. Readings were given by Sara Schott. An engagement party was hosted for the couple at the home of the groom’s parents. The bride was honored with a shower, hosted by her mother and grandmother, at the Valley Country Club, Sugarloaf. A rehearsal dinner, hosted by the parents of the groom, was held at Paula Deen’s The Lady and Sons Restaurant, Savannah, Ga. An evening reception followed the wedding ceremony at the Hilton Oceanfront Resort in Hilton Head, S.C. The bride is a summa cum laude graduate of King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. Dr. Portonova graduated from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in the top 20 percent of her graduating class this May. Brittany will be starting her podiatric surgical residency at Hahnemman University Hospital in Philadelphia this July. The groom is also a summa cum laude graduate of King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. David graduated from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in the top 20 percent of his graduating class this May. Dr. Portonova will be starting his podiatric surgical residency at Hahnemman University Hospital in Philadelphia this July. The couple honeymooned at the Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas. They reside in Philadelphia.

Sophia L. Alu baptized ophia Lynn Alu, daughter S of John and Cheryl

Alu, Avoca, was baptized on April 22 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church by the Rev. Joseph Sibilano. She is the granddaughter of Roxanne and David Wech, Inkerman; Michael Graham, Pittston; and Anthony and Linda Alu, Pittston Township. She is the great-granddaughter of John and Carol Farrell, Yatesville; the late Charles and Marguerite Graham, Scranton; John Alu and the late Pauline Alu, both of Pittston; and the late Orlando and Helen Donnini, Parsons. Sophia’s godparents are Robert and Christine Smith, Dupont. Sophia was baptized wearing the same gown her godmother wore at her baptism. Sophia was honored at a baptismal luncheon with her family after the ceremony at Arturo’s Restaurant, Dupont.


The Zigmunds nn and John Zigmund of Nanticoke are celebrating their 62nd A wedding anniversary today, June 10.

The wedding ceremony was held at Holy Trinity Church, Nanticoke, by the Rev. Kaczmarek. Mrs. Zigmund is the daughter of the late Tillie and Stanley Roman, Sheatown. Mr. Zigmund is the son of the late Elizabeth and Jacob Zigmund, Port Blanchard. The Zigmunds have a daughter who resides in Jackson Township, N.J., and a son who lives in Fish Creek, Wis.

The Motykas r. and Mrs. Stanley E. Motyka, Larksville, celebrated their 50th M wedding anniversary in February at

New Smyrna Beach, Fla., with family members, Patricia and Richard Jones of Forty Fort and Elizabeth and Bill Davis of Ellicott City, Md. The family celebrated the occasion with dinner at Norwood’s Seafood Restaurant and upon returning home to Pennsylvania, with a family dinner at Perugino’s, Luzerne. The couple has three children, Tracy Martini and husband, Dr. David Martini; the late Susan Haddick and husband, C.J. Haddick; and Stanley Motyka and wife, Susan Motyka. Their grandchildren are Charlie and Brynn Haddick, David and Matthew Martini, and Stanley and Davis Motyka.

The Sabols r. and Mrs. William Sabol, Wilkes-Barre, celebrated their M 25th wedding anniversary on June

6. They were married June 6, 1987, in St. Jude’s Church, Mountain Top, by the Rev. Dwayne Gavitt. Maid of honor was Sandi Namey-Richards, sister of the bride. Best man was Nicholas Sabol, brother of the groom. Attendants were Jackie ScrofiniMazzatosta, Diane Sergi, Lynne Pollick-Jeckell, Doreen SabolPavese and Jeanne Jeckell. Groomsmen were David Gist, James Sabulski, Bernard Jeckell, Wayne Born and John Kovaleski. Mrs. Sabol is the former Donna Namey. She is the daughter of the late Claire and George Namey. She is a graduate of E.L. Meyers High School and attended King’s College. She is a stay-at-home mom. Mr. Sabol is the son of Irene Sabol, Mountain Top, and Nicholas Sabol, Hanover Township. He is a graduate of Crestwood High School and Luzerne County Community College. He is employed by Mountain Top Foam as a waste water treatment plant operator. The couple has two children, Emily, 20, and Billy, 17.

The Bartolis r. and Mrs. Ronald (Reno) Bartoli celebrated their 50th wedding M anniversary on June 5, 2012. They were

married in St. Anthony’s Church, Exeter, by the late Rev. Enrico Giovetto. Rochelle Aita Falzone, sister of the bride, was maid of honor and John (Yosh) Piezala was best man. Mrs. Bartoli is the former Anita Aita. Mr. and Mrs. Bartoli are the parents of three children, Catherine and her husband, Larry, Montreal, Canada; Ralph and his wife, Debbie, East Hampton, Conn.; and Ron and his fiancé, Cathe, Laurel Run. They are the very proud grandparents of L.J., Matt and Alexandra La Porta and Rhea and her husband, Anthony Donofrio. They are the greatgrandparents of Giovanni and Nicola Donofrio. They will celebrate their anniversary at a family gathering in July.















Wilkes engineering majors help Sem students with project Wilkes University engineering students recently celebrated National Engineering Week by working with Wyoming Seminary seventhgrade students on a simple engineering project. The Wilkes students, all members of the Air and Waste Management Association, guided the Seminary students in designing and building containers out of plastic straws and clear tape to cushion raw eggs in an egg drop challenge. Participants, from left, seated: Reeya Lele, Pittston; Erica Manson, Wilkes-Barre; Erica Fletcher, Wilkes-Barre; and Sasha Geyfman, Scranton. Standing: Wilkes University students Elizabeth Helsel, junior, Bloomsburg; Katie Cirone, junior, Middlesex, N. J.; and Cassidy Strickland, junior, Uniondale, president, Air and Waste Management Association.


South Wilkes-Barre Playschool holds pre-k graduation Pittston Area honor society makes baskets for ill kids Senior members of the Pittston Area chapter of the National Honor Society recently distributed homemade Easter baskets to patients in the Geisinger Pediatric Unit and Emergency Room. At the hospital, from left, first row, are Stephanie Jugus, Nicolette Bradshaw and Kristi Naylor. Second row: Steven Sklanka and Eddie Klein.

South Wilkes-Barre Playschool at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Wilkes-Barre, recently held its 44th annual graduation program for the pre-kindergarten class. The children performed songs and finger plays; received awards and diplomas; and were treated to a party, hosted by the parents. Registrations are now being accepted for the upcoming school year in the three-year-old and four-yearold classes. For more information, contact the school at 817-5083. Pre-kindergarten graduates, from left, are Dallas Hanson-Richart, David Jeffrey Jannuzzi, Jada Mason, Hailey Norton, Lily Macking and Adam Kayrish.

Charter School official speaks at Wilkes Darren Stromock, district assistant principal of the Propel Charter Schools System in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, recently was a guest speaker as a part of the Drs. Robert S. and Judith A. Gardner Educational Forum Series at Wilkes University. Stromock presented an overview of the mapping and design for the K-12 social studies curriculum and the integration of a humanities-based approach to literacy and social studies instruction in the Propel Schools. Stromock, a former elementary classroom teacher and mental health professional, spoke to the teacher candidates at Wilkes University about the power of team work and the use of a variety of teaching strategies to engage students of diverse backgrounds and ability levels. At the event, from left: Marc Persing, Wilkes University student, Shamokin; Michael Garzella, assistant professor, Wilkes University; Cara Goughenour, Wilkes University student, Sugarloaf; Cartier Scott, Wilkes University student, Riviera Beach, Fla.; Robert Gardner, assistant professor, Wilkes University; and Stromock.

MMI students win Pennsylvania Science Talent search Four juniors at MMI Preparatory School have been selected as winners in the Pennsylvania Science Talent Search (PSTS) conducted by the Pennsylvania Academy of Science. PSTS identifies and recognizes outstanding science talent in students who are juniors or seniors in high school. The students received the honor after completing projects for the recent Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) competition. Some of the award-winning students, from left, are Megan Klein, Brianna Nocchi and Justin Sheen. Also selected was Anjni Patel.

Our Lady of the Eucharist celebrates First Holy Communion The parish community of Our Lady of the Eucharist, Pittston, recently celebrated First Holy Communion. Having completed a two-year preparation program, 15 children received their First Holy Communion on May 6 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Liturgical music was under the direction of Michael Sowa. Front row, from left: Abby Theresa Lazecki, Avalon Elizabeth Starrie, Richard John Bowen, Samantha Rose Quinn, Shelby Lynn Klush, Benjamin Joseph Frederick, Paige Ann Washko, and Matthew David Mayers. Second row: Isabella Noel Latona, Madison Barbara Decker, Stephen Schott, Kalyssa Marie Reilly, Madison Elizabeth Hector, Ethan Jeffrey Ghannam, and Avery Gene McNulty. Third row: Maurita Bartnikowski, coordinator of religious education; the Rev. Thomas J. Maloney, pastor of Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish; and Katryna Reilly, catechist for the second grade.

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Diana Svea Anthony, Drums.

Juniata College, Huntingdon

Taylor Bowman, Wyoming; Marissa Dougherty, Plains Township; William Young, Benton.

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Lauren Ward, Tamaqua; Sheryl Klus, West Wyoming; Connor McDonald, Benton; John Semanchik, Shenandoah; Lisabeth Wieand, Blakeslee; Matthew Mankiewicz, Shenandoah; Nicole Kracum, Tresckow; Alyssa Keich, Tamaqua; Hannah Grube, Trucksville; Maria Kolonsky, Shenandoah; Walter Choplick, Shenandoah; Steven Christ, Tamaqua; Lauren Baran, Beaver Meadows,

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Robert Albertson, Berwick; Eric DiValerio, Berwick; Caleb Eroh, Weatherly; Rachel Frey, Plymouth; Marinna Grasley, Berwick; Marissa Incitti, Mountain Top; Emily Jones, Hunlock Creek; Katelyn Kelchner, Berwick; Jeff Rafach, Hanover Township;

Mozart Club awards scholarships The Mozart Club of Wilkes-Barre, NFMC, presented the annual Marian Munson Music Scholarships to four high school seniors who will be pursuing degrees in music. Scholarship recipients are Shelby Lynn Jackloski, Wyoming Valley West; Michael Anthony Iorio, Coughlin; and Philip Kaufman and Alfredo Jimenez, Crestwood. The awards were presented at the May meeting and the students were the guest performers. A reception followed the program. At the event, from left: Joseph Sergi, treasurer; Joseph Sabol; Jackloski; Jimenez; Kaufman; Iorio; Andrea Bogusko Yorkonis; and Rosa Khalife-McCracken, president.

St. Elizabeth/St. Mark celebrates First Holy Eucharist The second-grade students of the Roman Catholic Community of St. Elizabeth/St. Mark in Bear Creek recently celebrated the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. A special ceremony of singing and crowning the Blessed Mother was performed by the students and the Rev. William Karle. First row, from left: Mia Rossi, Matthew Mackowsky, Nicholas DiNapoli, Joshua Myers, and Ariana Marien. Second row: Izabella Timchack, Esabella Mendola, Faith Harenza, Lauren Kane, Lauren Repella, Elisa Prado, and Kaylee Suchocki. Third row: Nicky Pachucki, instructor; Rev. Karle, and Patty Kane, instructor.

Christopher Rupert, Hazleton; Kimberly Scott, Trucksville; Matthew Setzer, Berwick; Nicole Stochla, Larksville; Sara Vogt, Berwick; Eric Wendoloski, Laflin.

Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio

Christopher Ostrowski, Pittston.

Widener University, Chester

Jeffrey Colarusso, Hanover Township; Sean Dittman, Ebervale; Kristine Huegel, Tamaqua; Frank LaBraico, Conyngham; Shauna Phillips, Dallas; Erica Szpynda, Berwick; Ryan Vogt, Berwick.

York College of Pennsylvania

Deanna Goach, Hazleton; Christopher Mhley, Hazleton; Haley Mahon, Weatherly; Heather Dachiu, Shenandoah; Michael Brennan, Nuangola; Amy McNelis, Larksville; Megan Phillips, Shamokin; Ryan O’Donnell, Mountain Top.

Society of female educators elects officers Beta Sigma chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International recently installed officers for the 2012-2014 biennium. The group is a society of female educators who promote personal and professional growth of members and excellence in education. At the event, from left: Cathy Cortegerone, installing officer; Helene Dainowski, second vice president; Maryann Blessner, corresponding secretary; Carol Williams, new president; Lee Sikora, first vice president; Betsy Balonis, recording secretary; Alice Hudak, treasurer; Gail Long; Kendra Cosgrove, parliamentarian; and Jane Maneval, immediate past president.


NAMES AND FACES Samantha Lyn Griffith, daughter of Luzerne County Controller Walter L. Griffith Jr. and the late Gloria M. Griffith, Trucksville, earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Massachusetts College of Griffith Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston on May 11. She attained magna cum laude distinction with a 3.8 GPA and received a special award from the college’s dean for “facts and comparison excellence in clinical communication.” Griffith was inducted into the Rho Chi Society, an academic honor society in pharmacy, in 2009. Rho Chi recognizes and promotes intellectual excellence and critical inquiry to advance the pharmacy profession. She graduated with honors from the Dallas Area School District in 2006 and pursued her pharmacy degree at Wilkes University through 2007 and proceeded to Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Charles M. Lopresto recently earned his Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School. Lopresto is the son of Anita and Charles Lopresto, Pittston Township. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh Lopresto and is a 2005 graduate of Pittston Area High School. Kristian Stefanides a recent graduate of Wyoming Seminary Preparatory School, received the following awards from the school, the Helen L. Brown Award, the Davenport Award, Diane Stefanides Ringawa Magagna Field Hockey Award and the President’s Award for Outstanding Service. Stefanides also received the Levi Sprague Award, a full room and board scholarship, for her senior year. She will attend Fairfield University in Connecticut in the fall on a field hockey and merit scholarship. Cadet Paul Anderson, son of Sue and Cal Anderson, Benton, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy on May 26. Anderson graduated from Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School, Kingston, in Anderson 2008. While at West Point, he concentrated his studies in computer science and completed internships at the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnology at MIT and at GOOGLE Headquarters in California. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army within the aviation branch and will report to Fort Rucker, Alabama, for flight school. Robert Kost, son of Nancy and Robert Kost, Hanover Township, recently accepted membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). NSCS is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is the Kost nation’s only interdisciplinary honors organization for first- and secondyear college students. Kost is a 2011 graduate of Hanover Area Jr.-Sr. High School and was a dual enrollment student at Wilkes University for two years. He is studying finance at the Fox Business School at Temple University and is on the dean’s list for the year. Kost was elected Speaker of the House for the Temple student government and is studying in Rome for the month of June. Peter J. Halesey, son of Pete and Elaine Halesey, Hanover Green, graduated on May 11 from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree. He also earned his un-


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THE TIMES LEADER dergraduate degree in 2009 as a double major in political science and history from the University of Pittsburgh and is a 2005 graduate of Hanover Area Jr.-Sr. High School. Ryan Burkhardt was recently inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for first-year students at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. The honor is awarded to students who have earned a 3.5 GPA or higher in their first year or term of enrollment. Burkhardt also achieved the Burkhardt highest degree of academic excellence at the university and is on the dean’s list for 2011-2012. He is a PharmD major and is a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity. Burkhardt plans to pursue a doctorate degree in pharmacy. He graduated as valedictorian from GAR Memorial High School in 2011. He was a drum major for the GAR marching band and participated in the music program, where he received a States Award for chorus. He also played golf at GAR and was team captain his senior year. He was awarded several scholarships upon graduation, including the Horatio Alger State Scholarship. Burkhardt is the son of Roseann Krakowski, Wilkes-Barre, and Thomas Burkhardt, Dallas. Stephanie Pudish, a student at MMI Preparatory School, received a $1,000 2012 Best Buy Scholarship. Scholarship recipients were selected based on academic achievement, community involvement and work experience. Pudish serves as a volunteer at Geisinger in Wilkes-Barre and as a Sunday school teacher at her church, Mountain Top Family Center Church. The scholarship will go toward Pudish’s tuition at MMI. Pudish, who just completed her sophomore year, is the daughter of Robert and Victoria Pudish, Mountain Top.

land Kirby Teen Advisory Group, and Holy Redeemer’s Royal Singers, Chorus, Pro-life Club and Ski Club. All 15 graduating seniors of King’s College’s Athletic Training Education Program passed the national Board of Certification (BOC) certification examination on their first attempt, the largest number of graduates to complete the feat in the program’s 13-year history. Students become eligible for BOC certification by either completing or being in their last semester of study in an athletic training degree program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Certified athletic trainers are recognized by the American Medical Association as Allied Health Professionals. Passage of the examination is necessary before candidates can begin practicing as athletic trainers. The students received their bachelor’s degrees at the college’s commencement ceremony on May 20. Students who passed the certification examination are Makenzie Atherton, Amanda Brodhead, Kaleen Cook, Hannah Creveling, Aaron Cusma, James Edelman, William Elliot, Kenneth Faldetta, Joseph Fuchs, Megan Inama, Kaley Kennedy, Shannon McGowan, James McHugh, Michael Selby and Zachary Zerbe. Several area residents were inducted into Sigma Tau Delta, the National Honor Society in English, at The University of Scranton. The organization is for students who major or minor in

English, theatre or secondary education/English with a grade point average of 3.5 or better in English, theatre and writing courses and an overall grade point average of 3.4 or better. Inductees are Joseph Buttacci, West Wyoming; Dillon Cason, West Pittston; Cory Templeton, Trucksville; Paul VanLoon, Dallas; and Eric Willis, Falls. Jennifer Perillo, Wilkes-Barre, received the Ashley Adams ’05 Study Abroad Memorial Scholarship at the honors and awards ceremony held at Albright College, Reading. The scholarship is presented to the student who embodies passion, fire and motivation in pursuit of their goals to experience another language and culture. Perillo is a junior business administration/ Latin American studies program/Spanish major and a graduate of Meyers High School.

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Caroline Jones, Mountain Top, recently participated in the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar at Millersville University. The seminar brings together a select group of high school students to Jones interact with groups of distinguished leaders in business, government, education and the professions to discuss present and future issues. Jones joined more than 250 other young leaders representing high schools from throughout Pennsylvania. Jones, the daughter of Janet and Bill Jones, is a sophomore honors student at Holy Redeemer High School. She is also a candy striper at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and is pursuing her Girl Scout Gold Award. She is a member of the St. Jude Youth Advisory Board, the Marion Suther-

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Adriana Healey, Edwardsville, was recently inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon, the national honor society for mathematics at The University of Scranton. Inductees must be mathematics majors in their junior or senior year with an overall grade point average of 3.33 and a 3.50 average in mathematics. Francisco Tutella, Wilkes-Barre, was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the international honor society in history at The University of Scranton. Students must have completed 12 credits in history and have a grade point average of 3.33 or above in history and an overall rank within the top 35 percent of the class.

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Arts degree in English and medieval and renaissance studies. Bryce Mongeon, Mountain Top, Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and philosophy.

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Neil Elms, Forty Fort, Associate of Arts degree. Lindsey Keiser, Mountain Top, Associate of Arts degree. Joseph Bealla, Wilkes-Barre, Bachelor of Science degree. James Bell IV, Pittston, Bachelor of Science degree. Tara Gwilliam, Harveys Lake, Bachelor of Science degree.








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Alyxandria Janine Dick, daughter of Robert and Janine Dick, Forty Fort, is celebrating her second birthday today, June 10. Alyxandria is a granddaughter of Patrick and Marie Kennedy, Plymouth; John Dick, Martinsburg; and the late Elizabeth Dick. She is a great-granddaughter of Victor and Ruth Malinowski, Havertown. Alyxandria has a sister, Evangeline, 4.

Jessica Rose English, daughter of Laura and Larry English, Wyoming, is celebrating her seventh birthday today, June 10. Jessica is a granddaughter of Frank and Barbara Negvesky, Dallas. She has two brothers, Jacob, 9, and Justin, 21 months.

Senior peer counselor volunteers honored at luncheon The Senior Peer Counseling Program of Community Counseling Services and the Area Agency on Aging recently honored its volunteers with an appreciation luncheon held at The Fireplace Restaurant in Tunkhannock. Carlton and Enid Ball were recognized for their 18 years of service. Volunteers received certificates and gifts of appreciation for their dedication to the homebound senior citizens of Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. For more information on becoming a volunteer or providing consumer services through the Senior Peer Counseling Program, contact Rhoda Tillman at 836-3118 or At the luncheon, from left, first row: Carlton Ball; Jeannette Garber; Rhoda Tillman, coordinator, Senior Peer Counseling Program; and Dr. Rakesh Sharma. Second row: Herb Watkins; Jean Landis; John Moon; Jan Ambrutis; Marcella Jervis; Kay Stencel; Beth Lutz, coordinator of the Area Agency on Aging Apprise Program; Dolores Kennedy; Mayclaire McCarthy; Kate Pitkat; Tony Black, regional manager, Community Counseling Services; and Nello Augustine, chief operating officer, Community Counseling Services.

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Nikolas W. Slivinski Nathan J. Poole Nathan Joseph Poole, son of Jeff and Kristen Poole, Plains Township , is celebrating his first birthday today, June 10. Nathan is a grandson of Arthur and Helen Poole, Bear Creek, and George and Anne Berecin, Plains Township. He has a sister, Elizabeth, 3.

Nikolas W. Slivinski, son of Lynn Strickland and Walter Slivinski Jr., Kingston, is celebrating his ninth birthday today, June 10. Nik is a grandson of Walter and Ruth Slivinski, Wilkes-Barre; Michael Bonnema, Tunkhannock; and Darlene Wheeler, Courtdale. He is a great-grandson of Florence Bonnema, Tunkhannock. Nik has two sisters, Emma, 10, and Marli, 3.

The Class of 1961 from St. Mary’s High School, Wilkes-Barre, will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Patte’s Sports Bar, 64 W. Hollenback Ave., Wilkes-Barre. Plans for the 70th birthday celebration will be discussed and pictures from the 50th reunion will be distributed. All class members are invited to attend. For more information contact Ellen Kenney Wallace at 823-2295 or email Kathy Klein Bennett at Female class members (above) at the 50th anniversary reunion at the Café and American Bistro, WilkesBarre, from left, first row, are Patricia Gallagher Cole, Diane Cosgrove Burick, Regina Caffrey Krzyston, Ellen Kenney Wallace, Nancy O’Donnell Jacobus and Kathryn Farrell. Second row: Jean Basar Dadurka; Jean Raeder Shander; Sarah Ann Burke Gibbons, chair; Mary Graham Masterson; Eileen Connell Spangenberg; Mary Ann McDonough Frank; Peggy Hennessy Baker; Lorraine Buynak O’Boyle; and Elizabeth Lupien Zara. Third row: Eileen Wright Tamanini, Mary Beth Hydock Danielski, Mary Curtain Cosgrove, Kathy Klein Bennett, Rita Hayden Peters, Kathy Stevens and Mary Williams Wilce. Male class members in attendance (below) from left, first row, are John McKeown; Joseph Speicher; Jack Chamberlain, class president; James Conwell; Jay Nardone; and Timothy O’Donnell. Second row: Robert Lawton, Richard Nodine, Michael Petscavage, Ted Patton, Harry Parri and David McCarthy.

Jeremy W. Youngblood Jeremy William Youngblood, son of John and Donna Girman Youngblood, Exeter, celebrated his first birthday May 28. Jeremy is a grandson of Pat Girman and the late Bill Girman, Avoca, and Jim and Debbie Youngblood, Courtdale.

IN BRIEF FREELAND: MMI Preparatory School is holding its final entrance examination for 2012-13 admission at 9 a.m. on Thursday. There are limited vacancies available in sixth, seventh and ninth grades. The exam assesses general ability, reading comprehension and mathematic achievement. Results determine a student’s eligibility for an MMI Academic Excellence Award.

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Misericordia University recently recognized the academic accomplishments of its top business department graduates at the annual Honors and Awards Ceremony. At the ceremony are top business graduates, from left: Abby Heintzelman, Hellertown; Karen Sickler, Factoryville; and Rose Anne Scott, Harveys Lake; and Dr. John Kachurick, associate professor of business.

Walk raises awareness of mental illness, recovery

The Luzerne County Council recently proclaimed May 20 as Walk for Recovery Day during the annual Walk for Recovery, sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Wilkes-Barre Chapter and the mental health community, held at Kirby Park. More than 300 walkers participated in raising awareness of mental illness and recovery. At the proclamation presentation, from left, are Patricia Mentis, director of Behavioral Health Services, Step by Step Inc., chair, Walk for Recovery, and Jim Bobeck, chair, Luzerne County Council.

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LCCC Nursing Forum takes part in Bowl for Kids’ Sake The Luzerne County Community College Nursing Forum recently participated in the annual Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bridge Bowl for Kids’ Sake at Stanton Lanes in Wilkes-Barre. Participants, from left, first row: Stacy Kaiser, Wilkes-Barre; Stephanie Oates, Wilkes-Barre; Theresa Kloeker, Mountain Top, vice president, LCCC Nursing Forum; Angelica Granahan, Scranton, secretary, LCCC Nursing Forum; Anne Larson, Pittston Township, treasurer, LCCC Nursing Forum; and Scott Wibberly, Danville. Second row: Nancy Glidden, Nanticoke, principle secretary, nursing and health sciences, LCCC; Mary Waclawski, Nanticoke, secretary, nursing, LCCC; Allison Bailey, Forty Fort, president, LCCC Nursing Forum and student representative, LCCC Board of Trustees; Lindsay Stevenson, Harveys Lake; Peggy Sosnak, Wilkes-Barre, associate professor, nursing and advisor, LCCC Nursing Forum; Takisha Toledo, Mifflinville; Megan Norris, Bloomsburg; and Danielle Busch, Berwick.


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Kotula, Nicole and John Padilla, Duryea, a son, May 10. Dauchert, Nicole and Peter, Yatesville, a son, May 10. Uzialko, Stacey, Edwardsville, a son, May 1 1. Torres, Marisol and Taodoro Cardona, Wilkes-Barre, a daughter, May 1 1.

McCarthy, Tara and Stephen Houck, Larksville, a son, May 14. McCorkle, Jocelyn and Joshua, Kingston, a daughter, May 15. Levan, Lisa and James, Ransom, a daughter, May 16. Cipriano, Tricia and Steven Furiosi, Dickson City, a daughter, May 16.

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King’s students join health pre-professional honor society Twenty-three King’s College students and one faculty member were recently inducted into the Pennsylvania Lambda Chapter, King’s College, of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the national health pre-professional honor society. The society is dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in preprofessional health scholarship and science. Requirements for entry are an overall grade point average of 3.5 and a 3.5 average in the sciences following at least five semesters of coursework. At the induction ceremony, from left, first row, are Alison Kearns, Gianna Cordasco, Justyna Cerefin, Emily Buchman, Heather Bowman and Laura Barna. Second row: Mary Sanders, associate laboratory professor in biology; Kayla Rutkoski; Lauren Pristash; Brooke Whiteko; Shelby Munson; Melissa Loomis; Samantha Shelton; and Matthew Kujat. Third row: Anne Shaffer, John Prater, Corey White, Kirsten Wetzel, Ashtyn Stang, Daniel Simpson and Elyse Laneski. Also inducted were Tanya Cheeseman, Amanda Horton and Douglas Krysan.

Reilly, Amanda and Raymond Drevenik, West Wyoming, a son, May 22. Rogowski, Tamara and Michael, Dallas, a daughter, May 22. Mininger, Colleen and Mark Kapitula, Dallas, a son, May 23. Seltzer, Amanda and Jason, Wapwallopen, a son, May 23. Fernandez, Nicole and Cody Marsh, Stillwater, a son, May 24.

General Hospital Willis, Brittany, Wyoming, a son, May 24. Olowiany, Jen and Joe Schlagel, Exeter, a son, May 24. Casey, Jamie and Rich Boytin, Ashley, a son, May 24. Cocco, Tara and Vincent, Exeter, a son, May 25.

Martin, Elizabeth and Travis, Wilkes-Barre, a son, May 24.

Griffin, April and Frank Genovesi, Hanover Township, a daughter, May 25.

Canfield, Katherine and James Jr., Susquehanna, a son, May 24.

Hindson, Amy and Chris, Blakeslee, a daughter, May 25.

Keiser, Leeza and Anthony Jones Jr., Plymouth, a daughter, May 24.

Guy, Rynell and Michael VanLuvender, Plains Township, a daughter, May 26.

Courtney, Marisa and Sean, Larksville, a daughter, May 25.

Orth, Jill and Ron, Harding, a daughter, May 27.

Sheerin, Jennifer and Damon Tanona, West Pittston, a son, May 25.

Elbattah, Jeanette and Eyad, Wyoming, a son, May 28.

Jenkins, Cory and Breon Phillips, Wilkes-Barre, a daughter, May 25.

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Logano clocks record time


When: 1 p.m. today Pocono Raceway Route 115, Long Pond Length: 160 laps/400 miles TV: TNT, pre-race show at noon Radio: MRN Defending champion: Jeff Gordon Weather forecast: Sunny with highs in the low 80s and no chance of rain.

Pressure is now off Johnson

INSIDE: More on the race, Page 6C


LONG POND – Joey Logano and his Joe Gibbs Racing team thought 180 was the magical number. It wasn’t Saturday in qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Pocono 400 Presented by #NASCAR. Logano, though, still had the winning ticket. The 22-year-old shattered the qualifying record – as was expected with the new pavement – to gain the pole for today’s race. It was the fourth pole in his 125-race Cup career and his second in a row at Pocono Raceway. Logano started first in August

2011 and led 44 laps, but finished 26th. Logano’s qualifying lap of 179.598 mph trashed the previous record of 172.533 mph set by Kasey Kahne in July 2004. In all, 36 drivers were faster than Kahne in 2004, thanks to the new surface. “We sat in our team meeting yesterday and it was what do you think it’s going to take to get the pole?” Joey Logano waits for his turn to go out during


qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Saturday, June 9, 2012, in

See RECORD, Page 6C








Jockey John Velazquez pours water over Union Rags after the horse came from behind to capture the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., on Saturday.

After triple frown, Union Rags wins Horse edges Paynter at wire to claim his spot in horse racing history a day after I’ll Have Another is scratched from race. By BETH HARRIS AP Racing Writer

NEW YORK — Union Rags picked up right where I’ll Have Another left off, coming from behind to catch a Bob Baffert-trained horse at the finish in a Triple Crown race. In Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, it was another photo finish decided by a neck. Just like the Preakness. The 3-year-old bay colt INSIDE barreled through a slim opening on the rail to •I’ll Have Another given edge Paynter, dealing a warm Baffert, jockey Mike sendoff. 5C Smith and owner Ahmed •Trainer Bob Zayat a third loss in this Baffert has year’s Triple Crown semore tough ries. luck. 5C “We needed every bit of the mile and a half,” winning trainer Michael Matz said. I’ll Have Another won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness with stirring stretch drives over Baffert’s Bodemeister. But the champion stunned the racing world Friday when he was scratched from the Belmont and retired due to a tendon injury, relinquishing a shot at the first Triple Crown sweep since 1978 and only the 12th ever. His absence opened up the race for Union Rags, who finished a troubled seventh in the Derby after a bumpy start. Union Rags skipped the Preakness and switched jockeys for the Belmont — from Julien Leparoux to John Velazquez, who picked up his second Belmont victory; he won in 2007 with filly Rags to Riches. “I have to give it to the horse. He did it all for me. He just worked so unbelievable and I was just hoping he could put that work into today’s race and he did,” said Velazquez, who will enter racing’s Hall of Fame in August. “I was very proud of him.”’ See RAGS, Page 5C



Miami Heat’s LeBron James (6) drives to the basket as Boston Celtics’ Paul Pierce (34) defends during the second half of Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals Saturday in Miami.

James gets first win in a Game 7 for Miami By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer

MIAMI — LeBron James finally got a Game 7 victory, on his third try. Next up, The NBA Finals — and his third try at that elusive first championship. James had 31points and12 rebounds, Chris Bosh hit a career-best three 3pointers — the last sparking the run that put it away — and the Miami Heat

won their second straight Eastern Conference title by beating the Boston Celtics 101-88 in Game 7 on Saturday night. Miami opens the title series in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night. Dwyane Wade scored and Shane Battier added 12 for the Heat, who won a Game 7 for the first time since 2004 — Wade’s rookie season. Rajon Rondo finished with 22 points,

14 assists and 10 rebounds for Boston, which got 19 points from Paul Pierce in what might be the last game of the “Big Four” era for the Celtics. Boston took out its starters with 28.3 seconds left. By then, workers already had a rope around the perimeter of the court, preparing for the East trophy presentation. See HEAT, Page 7C


Devils on the mark, force Game 6 in LA Rare mistake by Kings goalie opens the door for New Jersey to stay alive. By By TOM CANAVAN AP Sports Writer

NEWARK, N.J. — Bryce Salvador scored on a deflection off a defenseman and the New Jersey Devils derailed Los Angeles’ Stanley Cup coronation for a second time, beating the Kings 2-1 in Game 5 of the final Saturday night. Zach Parise ended a fivegame goal drought on a rare mistake by goalie Jonathan Quick, and Martin Brodeur stopped 25 shots to help the

GAME6 New Jersey at Los Angeles TV: 8 p.m., Monday. NBC, WBRE-28

Devils end the Kings’ 10-game postseason winning streak on the road and12-game run over the past two years, both NHL records. “That’s how a goalie wins See DEVILS, Page 7C


The Devils’ Bryce Salvador, right, celebrates with Anton Volchenkov after scoring in the second period Saturday.

HE SWORE HE felt no extra stress trying to run laps around the NASCAR record books while dominating his sport the way Wayne Gretzky and Michael Jordan once did in theirs. But something happened to Jimmie Johnson when he didn’t win the Sprint Cup Series last year. “I sat up here last year and said I didn’t feel pressure,” Johnson said. “Once the streak was cleared out and I couldn’t keep it alive, I felt different.” It was always been more than a feeling when Johnson sits in a race car. With him, NASCAR races are always about the kind of electrifying driving performance that accelerated him to the top Sprint Cup standings for five straight years. Along the ride, Johnson began gaining recognition that was unheard of in a sport that has grown tremendously in national popularity but has fought forever to be considered mainstream. Yet, with a stream of honors, Johnson began closing that gap on his own. He became the first and only racecar driver named the Associated Press’ Male Athlete of the Year in 2009. He was named by Forbes in both 2011 and 2012 as the most influential athlete in the United States. Johnson was voted Driver of the Year four times, joining teammate Jeff Gordon as the only four-time winners of that honor, and won an ESPY Award for best driver four times as well. He had an unprecedented run of Sprint Cup championships from 2006 through 2010, a reign at the top not unlike Gretzky’s hockey days leading the Edmonton Oilers to Stanley Cup championships in the 1980s or Jordan leading the Chicago Bulls to three straight NBA titles twice during that same era. Pressure of a champion But the aura ended for Johnson last season, when he finished sixth in the points standings and was out of championship contention by the final weekend of racing. “Looking back on it, I guess there was pressure,” Johnson said. “The pressure of trying to keep that streak alive was greater than I thought it was, or realized. “I feel less pressure than what we had last year.” That’s bad news for the rest of the field this year. Because without the demands of defending a crown, Johnson has become even more driven. He comes into today’s Pocono 400 Presented by #NASCAR at Pocono Raceway as dangerous as ever, with victories in two of his last three Sprint Cup races – at Darlington in the middle of May and at Dover last week. Johnson still sits at fifth in this year’s drivers standings after finishing 42nd due to an accident to open the season at Daytona and 35th when engine problems cost him at Talladega. After that, though, the momentum has shifted his way. “The most useful momentum,” Johnson said, “is the momentum of your own team running well. When you’re able to pull into victory lane, it reinforces what you’re trying to do.” What he is trying to do is get



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By Mark Dudek Times Leader Correspondent

Tonight’s tenth race feature is almost like a mini Open Trot, with plenty of good horses and with anyone of several trotters in this race having a shot at winning. But when the chips are on the table I am BY ROXY ROXBOROUGH going with rank outsider Sing Jesse Sing for the upset. The five-year BASEBALL old son of Jailhouse Jesse is coming off a very impressive come from Odds Underdog behind victory at Yonkers to win going away in a solid 1:56.2. Trained Favorite by Ron Burke, this newcomer to the Downs has shown he can score Interleague 9.0 Mets on a five-eighth’s mile track as well, winning back on May 2 at the YANKEES MARLINS 7.5 Rays Meadows in a sharp 1:54.3. You throw into the mix that this field is Blue Jays 8.5 BRAVES absolutely loaded with early speed and I like my chances of getting PIRATES 7.0 Royals home Sing Jesse Sing at a nice price this evening. Phillies 8.0 ORIOLES BEST BET: DON’T KNOW CHIP (6TH) RED SOX 9.0 Nationals VALUE PLAY: SING JESSE SING (10TH) WHITE SOX 9.5 Astros

POST TIME 6:30 p.m. All Races One Mile First-$12,000 Clm.Pace;clm.price $15,000 1 Brave Call M.Kakaley 1-2-6 Repeater 3 Card Hustler G.Napolitano 3-2-3 Deserving chalk 2 Standupnkissme T.Buter 4-1-3 Has good late rally 7 Lord Of The Bling E.Carlson 6-7-6 Makes PD debut 8 Bestnotlie Hanover A.McCarthy 9-2-1 Struggled off barn change 6 Royal Cam-Hall J.Pavia 8-1-7 Pavia the new driver 4 High Wire Kat M.Simons 4-4-4 Low shot 5 Modern Day Clyde L.Stalbaum 5-7-3 Wishful thinking Second-$11,000 Cond.Pace;n/w 2 pm races life 8 Screen The Call M.Kakaley 1-3-2 Make it two-for-two lifetime 5 Brent Montana P.Berry 7-4-4 Just raced in NJSS Final 6 Little Nicky B T.Buter 3-3-1 Best of the rest 3 Mike’s Boy E.Carlson 8-4-2 Illnois bred pacer 9 Hurrikane Mitchell B.Simpson 4-4-7 McCarthy opted off 1 Blues At Midnight A.McCarthy 6-8-10 Missed a few turns 2 Mcblack G.Napolitano 2-3-8 Nap turning it on 4 Pangali J.Pavia 4-4-8 In this class quite a while 7 Loco For Cocoa J.Kakaley 8-6-1 Melts Third-$6,000 Clm.Pace;clm.price $7,500 5 Son Of Ben T.Buter 8-6-8 Gets nod in wide-open affair 4MKG G.Napolitano 2-8-3 Sure fire speed 1 Artsbred Camotion A.McCarthy 4-2-1 Certainly worthy 2 Lifetime Louie H.Parker 3-1-1 Late on the scene 9 CCS Lover N M.Kakaley 4-9-6 Sharper earlier in meet 8 Docdor Laughing A.Spano 4-1-5 Freehold invader 6 Logan M J.Pavia 5-3-2 Tired last few 7 Master Of Wars J.Kakaley 6-8-3 Out of the battle 3 Ode To Willie K.Torro 6-3-7 Torro makes rare PD start Fourth-$9,500 Cond.Trot;n/w 1 pm race life 4 Scorcher Hall T.Jackson 2-3-5 Breaks the ice 2 Contrary Motion D.Irvine 8-4-3 Completes the exacta 1 This Is It E.Carlson 5-4-5 Rucker-Carlson team up 3 Genic’s Boy T.Buter 5-4-2 Just 1 for 26 lifetime 8 Celebrity Gauwitz A.McCarthy 3-3-2 Too little, too late 6 Big Drama M.Simons 3-6-6 First time starter 9 Cashontherocs M.Kakaley 9-6-5 Broke in PM debut 7 Radical Ridge D.Ingraham 4-7-6 Run over 5 Conway Code B.Simpson 7-9-4 Not best of fields Fifth-$4,500 Clm.Pace;clm.price $5,000 4 Timewell A.Napolitano 6-6-2 Capable of wiring field 5 Thunder Seelster M.Romano 3-1-5 Oakes trainee 7 Franklin Vandercam T.Jackson 7-2-1 Saratoga shipper 3 Universal Dream N B.Irvine 2-5-2 Done ok for Irvine 6 Big Gus B.Simpson 4-8-1 Simpson stays in the sulky 1 Jazzy Hanover E.Carlson 1-5-4 Another Freehold import 2 Pocket Driver N M.Simons 6-4-8 Driven past 8 Cannae Barron D.Ingraham 7-7-5 Down to rock bottom 9 Air Mcnair A.Siegelman 6-9-5 An also ran Sixth-$18,000 Cond.Trot;n/w $18,000 last 5 3 Don’t Know Chip T.Buter 2-7-2 Recently joined the Ford barn 4 Some Like It Hot J.Pavia 5-4-6 Brainard good with trotters 1 Political Desire A.Napolitano 3-7-4 Close to the pace 6 Master Begonia G.Napolitano 1-2-1 Been good since the claim 7 Gurf M.Kakaley 3-3-2 Returns from Harrington 5 Baby Boy Grin L.Stalbaum 7-6-5 Raced well here in the past 2 Perfect Chance M.Simons 3-7-8 Stalls out 8 Decolletage T.Jackson 1-5-7 Can’t keep up Seventh-$8,500 Clm.Pace;clm.price $10,000 2 Alastair Hanover E.Carlson 3-2-4 Carlson takes the seventh 9 Pacific Reign N G.Napolitano 3-1-1 Can fire off the wings 3 Our Connor Mac N A.Napolitano 2-3-6 Coming on at the end 7 Chase The Sun M.Kakaley 2-2-2 Paradis doing well 1 Donnie Bop T.Jackson 1-7-2 Finally got off the pine 4 Goodbye So Long S.Dalia 4-1-3 Welcome back Dalia 5 Fourth Page J.Pavia 7-2-4 Claimed by a cold stable 6 Grandstand Hitter H.Parker 6-4-2 Strikes out 8 One Tough Hombre T.Buter 8-4-4 Soft Eighth-$18,000 Cond.Trot;n/w $18,000 last 5 4 Rose Run Hooligan G.Napolitano 2-5-2 Always loved this track 1 M C Felix E.Carlson 4-1-2 Solid from the pole 3 Spice It Up Lindy T.Jackson 1-1-3 Goes for a three-peat 6 Sand Top Gun M.Macdonald 2-2-6 Macdonald again in for few 7 Macs Bad Boy M.Simons 4-2-3 A bit short 2 Live Jazz T.Buter 5-1-1 Hung last wk 5 Magnum Kosmos J.Taggart 2-2-9 Lacks last qtr speed 8 Im The Cash Man M.Kakaley 9-1-2 Leaves no change Ninth-$15,000 Cond.Pace;n/w $14,500 last 5 9 Foxy Lady M.Kakaley 2-5-1 Worthy of another shot 7 Pay Tribute J.Bartlett 1-3-4 Yonkers invader 1 Picked By An Angel M.Simons 5-4-4 Moves inside 3 Queen Of Royalty T.Buter 4-6-3 Returns from Saratoga 4 Caviart Sarah A.McCarthy 4-4-1 Lacks that early foot 5 Lorrie Please M.Romano 2-1-3 In from Harrah’s 6 Donttellmewhattodo J.Pavia 7-3-3 I’ll pass on 8 Woes Jet Filly G.Napolitano 9-7-1 Clipped 2 Cat Cora H.Parker 7-4-1 Field filler Tenth-$21,000 Cond.Trot;n/w $25,000 last 5 4 Sing Jesse Sing M.Kakaley 1-5-3 Hope for 12-1 odds 2 Monsignor Flan J.Bartlett 5-1-2 The one to beat 7 Scorpion Moon J.Pavia 1-3-1 Pavia knows him well 6 Windsun Galaxie M.Macdonald 4-6-2 First one you see 5 Perfect Picture L.Stalbaum 1-7-4 Prepped well for this 8 Man About Town H.Parker 1-3-8 Can he make that next step? 3 Defenitely Mamie A.McCarthy 6-3-1 Lost in the breeze 1 All About Justice M.Simons 7-7-2 Yet to fire in 2012 Eleventh-$8,500 Clm.Pace;clm.price $10,000 6 Speculative Edge H.Parker 1-3-2 No one catching him 5 Kel’s Return G.Napolitano 1-1-1 Romped against cheaper 7 He’s Great J.Pavia 3-6-1 Pavia stays in the bike 9 Multiple Choice T.Jackson 1-4-2 Dangerous pacer 3 Four Starzzz King A.Napolitano 2-8-8 Huff training at .194 4 Boiler Bob The QB A.McCarthy 3-5-7 Leave off the ticket 2 Young And Foolish E.Carlson 8-5-5 Stepped on 1 Mr Genius M.Kakaley 8-7-6 Not much thinking involved 8 Mach To The Limit L.Stalbaum 8-6-7 Overdrawn Twelfth-$18,000 Cond.Pace;n/w $18,000 last 5 2 Billie Blue Chip J.Pavia 6-1-4 Finally gets it done 1 Synergy Seelster G.Napolitano 5-1-8 Meadowlands shipper 6 Media Darling L.Stalbaum 1-6-1 Flew here in the morning 3 Shaky Hanover E.Carlson 3-3-1 Very solid field 4 Artsy Princess M.Kakaley 6-1-2 Bounced off the win 7 Southwind Trini A.Napolitano 2-6-2 Sails along too late 5 America Ferrera J.Bartlett 1-1-3 Not up to these Thirteenth-$12,000 Clm.Pace;clm.price $15,000 6 The Real Dan G.Napolitano 3-4-2 In live hands 1 Oat Matt Donald T.Buter 2-9-8 Gets up for the place 2 My Masterpiece J.Pavia 3-3-1 Little else remains 8 Royal Morn A.McCarthy 3-3-6 Just joined Marshall barn 5 Modern Valentine M.Simons 5-7-4 Back in for a tag 3 Rappermunn M.Kakaley 3-3-2 Boxed out 4 Great Soul B.Simpson 5-9-2 ….next 7 Ironstone Wiz T.Jackson 7-4-3 One more race to go Fourteenth-$11,000 Cond.Pace;n/w $6,500 last 5 1 Real Special M.Kakaley 3-3-6 Takes the finale 5 Tarver Hanover E.Carlson 1-4-7 Looked good with Eric up 4 Taylor C G.Napolitano 4-5-6 Finishes out the tri 2 Jin Dandy B.Simpson 5-5-6 Down a bit in class 3 Last Conquest T.Buter 6-3-8 Nap opted off 9 Apache Renegade M.Simons 6-6-5 Another sixth place 7 Night Train Shane T.Jackson 2-7-4 Take another track 7 Regil Tiger L.Stalbaum 4-5-7 Having issues 6 Coromandelprince A J.Pavia 9-9-8 See ya Tues

L O C A L C A L E N D A R TODAY'S EVENTS PREP LEGION BASEBALL (All games 1 p.m. unless noted) Abington Blue at Valley View Back Mountain at Abington White Green Ridge at Nanticoke Mountain top at Dunmore Swoyersville at Moscow Swoyersville at South Scranton, 4 p.m. SENIOR LEGION BASEBALL (All games 5:45 p.m. unless noted) Mtop-1 at Nanticoke Plains at Back Mountain Swoyersville at Wilkes-Barre


AUTO RACING 1 p.m. TNT — NASCAR Sprint Cup, Pocono 400, at Long Pond, Pa. 2 p.m. FOX — Formula One, Canadian Grand Prix, at Montreal


















1:30 p.m. SE2 — Harrisburg at Reading


2 p.m. SPEED — FIM World Superbike, at San Marino (same-day tape)


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11:45 a.m. ESPN — UEFA, Euro 2012, group phase, Spain vs. Italy, at Gdansk, Poland 2:30 p.m. ESPN — UEFA, Euro 2012, group phase, Ireland vs. Croatia, at Poznan, Poland


9 a.m. NBC — French Open, men’s championship match, at Paris

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T R A N S A C T I O N S BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Recalled RHP Tommy Hunter from Norfolk (IL). Optioned RHP Miguel Gonzalez from Norfolk. BOSTON RED SOX — Activated RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka and OF Ryan Kalish from the 60-day DL. Optioned Kalish to Pawtucket (IL). Designated OF Marlon Byrd for assignment. Transferred OF Jason Repko to the 60-day DL. KANSAS CITY ROYALS — Placed RHP Felipe Paulino on the 15-day DL. Recalled RHP Nate Adcock from Omaha (PCL). LOS ANGELES ANGELS — Activated RHP LaTroy Hawkins from the 15-day DL. Optioned RHP Bobby Cassevah to Salt Lake City (PCL). National League COLORADO ROCKIES — Agreed to terms with LHP Jeff Francis on a one-year contract. Designated RHP Esmil Rogers for assignment. HOUSTON ASTROS — Recalled INF Matt Downs from Oklahoma City (PCL). Placed OF Fernando Martinez on the 7-day concussion DL. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS — Agreed to terms with 3B Patrick Wisdom, C Steve Bean, LHP Tim Cooney, RHP Kyle Barraclough, OF Yoenny Gonzalez, C Rowan Wick, INF Jacob Wilson, INF Brett Wiley, INF Anthony Melchionda, INF Bruce Caldwell, RHP Joe Scanio, RHP Chris Perry, 1B Jeremy Schaffer, RHP Steven Gallardo, OF Matthew Young, INF Jacoby Almaraz, LHP Lee Stoppelman, RHP Dixon Llorens, LHP Steven Sabatino, RHP Joey Cuda, OF Dodson McPherson, LHP Kyle Helisek, RHP Joey Donofrio, RHP Ronnie Shaban, LHP Mark Trentacosta, LHP Ben O’Shea and RHP Michael Aldrete on minor league contracts. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS — Activated 3B Pablo Sandoval from the 15-day DL.

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Canadian Football League SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS — Signed general manager Brendan Taman to a one-year contract extension through the 2013 season. COLLEGE NEW MEXICO — Announced men’s sophomore basketball F Merv Lindsay is transferring from Kansas.

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Minor League Baseball International League

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North Division W L Pawtucket (Red Sox) ............. 39 23 Lehigh Valley (Phillies).......... 35 26 Buffalo (Mets) ......................... 35 27 Yankees.................................. 35 27 Syracuse (Nationals) ............. 30 32 Rochester (Twins).................. 28 33 South Division W L Charlotte (White Sox) ............. 37 26 Gwinnett (Braves) ................... 33 29 Norfolk (Orioles) ...................... 27 36 Durham (Rays)......................... 26 37 West Division W L Indianapolis (Pirates)............... 35 26 Columbus (Indians) ................. 28 33 Toledo (Tigers) ........................ 27 35 Louisville (Reds) ...................... 19 44 Friday's Games Syracuse 7, Louisville 3 Charlotte 3, Toledo 2 Yankees 3, Durham 1 Indianapolis 8, Pawtucket 6, 13 innings Lehigh Valley 6, Gwinnett 5 Rochester 9, Norfolk 6 Columbus 9, Buffalo 1 Saturday's Games Norfolk 5, Buffalo 0 Gwinnett 5, Pawtucket 4 Syracuse 3, Lehigh Valley 2 Columbus 4, Charlotte 3 Rochester at Indianapolis, late. Louisville at Yankees, late Toledo at Durham, late Today's Games Norfolk at Buffalo, 1:05 p.m. Gwinnett at Pawtucket, 1:05 p.m. Louisville at Yankees, 1:05 p.m. Rochester at Indianapolis, 1:15 p.m. Lehigh Valley at Syracuse, 5 p.m. Toledo at Durham, 5:05 p.m. Charlotte at Columbus, 6:05 p.m.

Pct. GB .629 — .574 31⁄2 .565 4 .565 4 .484 9 .459 101⁄2 Pct. GB .587 — .532 31⁄2 .429 10 .413 11 Pct. GB .574 — .459 7 .435 81⁄2 .302 17

Eastern League Eastern Division W 34 31 32 28 26 22

Trenton (Yankees)................... Reading (Phillies) .................... New Britain (Twins) ................. Binghamton (Mets).................. Portland (Red Sox).................. New Hampshire (Blue Jays)...

L 25 26 27 29 34 37

Pct. GB .576 — .544 2 .542 2 .491 5 .433 81⁄2 .373 12


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Western Division W L Akron (Indians)......................... 37 20 Harrisburg (Nationals)............. 33 27 Erie (Tigers) ............................. 29 30 Altoona (Pirates) ...................... 28 31 Richmond (Giants) .................. 28 33 Bowie (Orioles) ........................ 25 34 Friday's Games Portland 4, Richmond 1, 8 innings Bowie 9, New Hampshire 5 Harrisburg 9, Reading 0 Binghamton 9, Trenton 7 Akron 8, Altoona 7 Erie 9, New Britain 7 Saturday's Games Portland 3, Richmond 1 Reading 7, Harrisburg 2 Akron 2, Altoona 1 Binghamton at Trenton, late New Britain at Erie, late Bowie at New Hampshire, late Today's Games Richmond at Portland, 1 p.m. Altoona at Akron, 1:05 p.m. Binghamton at Trenton, 1:05 p.m. New Britain at Erie, 1:35 p.m. Bowie at New Hampshire, 1:35 p.m. Harrisburg at Reading, 1:35 p.m.

Pct. GB .649 — .550 51⁄2 .492 9 .475 10 .459 11 .424 13

H O C K E Y National Hockey League Playoff Glance (Best-of-7) (x-if necessary) CONFERENCE FINALS EASTERN CONFERENCE New Jersey 4, N.Y. Rangers 2 Monday, May 14: NY Rangers 3, New Jersey 0 Wednesday, May 16: New Jersey 3, NY Rangers 2 Saturday, May 19: NY Rangers 3, New Jersey 0 Monday, May 21: New Jersey 4, NY Rangers 1 Wednesday, May 23: New Jersey 5, NY Rangers 3 Friday, May 25: New Jersey 3, NY Rangers 2, OT WESTERN CONFERENCE Los Angeles 4, Phoenix 1 Sunday, May 13: Los Angeles 4, Phoenix 2 Tuesday, May 15: Los Angeles 4, Phoenix 0 Thursday, May 17: Los Angeles 2, Phoenix 1 Sunday, May 20: Phoenix 2, Los Angeles 0 Tuesday, May 22: Los Angeles 4, Phoenix 3, OT STANLEY CUP FINALS Los Angeles 3, New Jersey 1 Wednesday, May 30: Los Angeles 2, New Jersey 1, OT Saturday, June 2: Los Angeles 2, New Jersey 1, OT Monday, June 4: Los Angeles 4, New Jersey 0 Wednesday, June 6: New Jersey 3, Los Angeles 1 Saturday, June 9: Los Angeles at New Jersey, late x-Monday, June 11: New Jersey at Los Angeles, 8 p.m. x-Wednesday, June 13: Los Angeles at New Jersey, 8 p.m.

American Hockey League (x-if necessary) CONFERENCE FINALS BEST OF 7 EASTERN CONFERENCE Norfolk 4, St. John's 0 Thursday, May 17: Norfolk 6, St. John’s 1 Saturday, May 19: Norfolk 3, St. John’s 1 Monday, May 21: Norfolk 1, St. John’s 0, OT Tuesday, May 22: Norfolk 4, St. John’s 0 WESTERN CONFERENCE Toronto 4, Oklahoma City 1 Thursday, May 17: Toronto 5, Oklahoma City 0 Friday, May 18: Oklahoma City 5, Toronto 1 Monday, May 21: Toronto 5, Oklahoma City 3 Wednesday, May 23: Toronto 3, Oklahoma City 0 Friday, May 25: Toronto 3, Oklahoma City 1 CALDER CUP FINALS BEST OF 7 Norfolk 4, Toronto 0 Friday, June 1: Norfolk 3, Toronto 1 Saturday, June 2: Norfolk 4, Toronto 2 Thursday, June 7: Norfolk 1, Toronto 0, OT Saturday, June 9: Norfolk 6, Toronto 1 x-Sunday, June 10: Norfolk at Toronto, 3 p.m. x-Wednesday, June 13: Toronto at Norfolk, 7:15 p.m. x-Friday, June 15: Toronto at Norfolk, 7:30 p.m.

B A S K E T B A L L National Basketball Association Playoff Glance (x-if necessary) (Best-of-7) CONFERENCE FINALS EASTERN CONFERENCE Boston 3, Miami 3 Monday, May 28: Miami 93, Boston 79 Wednesday, May 30: Miami 115, Boston 111, OT Friday, June 1: Boston 101, Miami 91 Sunday, June 3: Boston 93, Miami 91, OT Tuesday, June 5: Boston 94, Miami 90 Thursday, June 7: Miami 98, Boston 79 Saturday, June 9: Boston at Miami, late WESTERN CONFERENCE Oklahoma City 4, San Antonio 2 Sunday, May 27: San Antonio 101, Oklahoma City 98 Tuesday, May 29: San Antonio 120, Oklahoma City 111 Thursday, May 31: Oklahoma City 102, San Antonio 82 Saturday, June 2: Oklahoma City 109, San Antonio 103 Monday: June 4: Oklahoma City 108, San Antonio 103 Wednesday, June 6: Oklahoma City 107, San Antonio 99 FINALS Oklahoma City vs. Miami-Boston winner Tuesday, June 12: Miami-Boston winner at Oklahoma City, 9 p.m. Thursday, June 14: Miami-Boston winner at Oklahoma City, 9 p.m. Sunday, June 17: Oklahoma City at Miami-Boston winner, 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 19: Oklahoma City at Miami-Boston winner, 9 p.m. x-Thursday, June 21: Oklahoma City at Miami-Boston winner, 9 p.m. x-Sunday, June 24: Miami-Boston winner at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. x-Tuesday, June 26: Miami-Boston winner at Oklahoma City, 9 p.m.

Women's National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct Chicago............................. 5 1 .833 Connecticut ...................... 5 1 .833 Indiana............................... 4 2 .667 Atlanta ............................... 3 4 .429 New York .......................... 3 5 .375 Washington ...................... 1 5 .167 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct Minnesota....................... 8 0 1.000 Los Angeles ................... 6 1 .857 San Antonio.................... 2 4 .333 Phoenix........................... 2 5 .286 Seattle ............................. 1 5 .167 Tulsa ............................... 0 7 .000 Friday's Games Connecticut 89, Indiana 81 New York 76, Washington 70 Atlanta 60, San Antonio 57 Chicago 98, Tulsa 91, OT Los Angeles 90, Phoenix 74 Saturday's Games San Antonio 80, Seattle 67 Minnesota at Tulsa, late Today's Games Chicago at New York, 4 p.m. Atlanta at Connecticut, 5 p.m.

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BULLETIN BOARD CAMPS/CLINICS Camp St. Andrew is accepting registrations for its upcoming camps. There will be two weeks of basketball for girls entering grades 5-10. The first week will run from July 8-13, and the second from July 15-20. There will also be two weeks of traditional resident camp for all girls entering grades 3-10 held on the same dates. There will be a father/son weekend for boys ages 6-13 from July 20-22. There will be one week of basketball for boys entering grades 4-9 from July 22-26. For more information or to register, visit or call 226-4606. Crestwood Comets Boys Basketball Camp is accepting applications for this season under the direction of head coach Mark Atherton. The camp will be held the week of June 11 to June 15. The morning sessions will be for boys entering grades 3 through 5. The afternoon session is for boys entering grades 6 through 9. Both sessions will be held at the Crestwood Middle School. For more information call Coach Atherton at 825-4116 or email him at King’s College Instructional Baseball Camp will take place June 11-14 at Betzler Fields in Wilkes-Barre Twp. Jerry Greeley, an instructor in the Baltimore Orioles organization and head coach at King’s College, will run the camp from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. For additional information or to register, go online and click baseball, email. Nanticoke Basketball still has openings for its summer camp. The camp is held at the Nanticoke High School gym and begins June 11 and runs through June 15. The camp is open to those entering grades 2 through 9. Walk-up registration for the girls’ session will be held Monday beginning at 8:30 AM while the boys will follow at 12:30 PM. Campers who are per-registered should report at 8:45 AM for the girls and 12:45 PM for the boys’ session. More information and an application are available online at or you may call 740-6049. Penn State Wilkes-Barre Boys Basketball Camp will hold signups for a week of intensive basketball fundamentals, instructed by former Division I Assistant Coach Brian Stanchak for boys entering grades 5 through 8. The camp will be held July 9 through 12 and run from 9 a.m. to noon. Through drills and one-on-one instruction with coaches and Penn State WilkesBarre Men’s Basketball players,



NASCAR Sprint Cup-Pocono 400 Lineup After Saturday qualifying;race Sunday At Pocono Raceway Long Pond, Pa. Lap length: 2.5 miles (Car number in parentheses) 1. (20) Joey Logano, Toyota, 179.598 mph. 2. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 178.866. 3. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 178.582. 4. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 178.575. 5. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 178.543. 6. (55) Mark Martin, Toyota, 178.228. 7. (78) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 178.158. 8. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 177.939. 9. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 177.862. 10. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 177.823. 11. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 177.658. 12. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 177.536. 13. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 177.518. 14. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 177.501. 15. (83) Landon Cassill, Toyota, 177.204. 16. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 177.026. 17. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 176.988. 18. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 176.852. 19. (22) A J Allmendinger, Dodge, 176.803. 20. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 176.658. 21. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 176.543. 22. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 176.419. 23. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 176.16. 24. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 176.149. 25. (51) David Reutimann, Chevrolet, 176.074. 26. (13) Casey Mears, Ford, 175.596. 27. (47) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 175.575. 28. (19) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 175.387. 29. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 175.159. 30. (98) Michael McDowell, Ford, 175.073. 31. (2) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 174.88. 32. (49) J.J. Yeley, Toyota, 173.943. 33. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 173.869. 34. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 173.853. 35. (26) Josh Wise, Ford, 173.497. 36. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 173.24. 37. (93) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 171.854. 38. (23) Scott Riggs, Chevrolet, 171.52. 39. (74) Stacy Compton, Chevrolet, 171.155. 40. (36) Tony Raines, Chevrolet, 167.411. 41. (32) Reed Sorenson, Ford, owner points. 42. (10) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, owner points. 43. (33) Stephen Leicht, Chevrolet, 170.345. Failed to Qualify 44. (30) David Stremme, Toyota, 170.004.

F O O T B A L L Arena Football League NATIONAL CONFERENCE Central Division ...........................................................W L T San Antonio...................................... 8 3 0 Chicago ............................................ 7 4 0 Iowa................................................... 5 7 0 Kansas City ...................................... 2 9 0 West Division ...........................................................W L T Arizona.............................................. 9 3 0 San Jose........................................... 9 4 0 Utah................................................... 7 5 0 Spokane............................................ 6 5 0 AMERICAN CONFERENCE South Division .........................................................W L T Jacksonville ................................... 6 5 0 Georgia........................................... 6 6 0 Tampa Bay ..................................... 6 6 0 New Orleans .................................. 5 6 0 Orlando ........................................... 1 11 0

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campers will work to develop their key basketball skills, including dribbling, passing, ball handling, shooting, defense, and rebounding. Drills and game play will be sure to get you ready for the team. Camp cost is $110. For more info, contact or 675-9219. Kill Wyoming Valley West field hockey camp will be held from June 11-15. Sessions will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the Wyoming Valley West stadium and is only for Wyoming Valley West students in grades 1-8. For more information, contact Linda Fithian at 379-3713. MEETINGS Crestwood Cross Country/Track and Field Booster Club will hold a meeting on Thursday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Januzzi’s Pizza in Mountain Top. Any parent of a current or future cross country/ track and field athlete is welcome to attend as plans are made for the upcoming season. For more information call 899-1159 or by email at Kingston/Forty Fort Little League will meet Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Forty Fort Borough Building. All interested members are encouraged to attend. Plains Yankees Football & Cheerleading Organization will hold its next monthly meeting on Monday at 7 p.m. at the PAV in Hudson. All are welcome to attend. REGISTRATIONS/TRYOUTS Plains Township Recreational Sports Camps, including basketball, wrestling and field hockey, will run from June 11-14. If interested, pick up applications at the Plains Township Administration Building at 126 N. Main St. For more information call Bill at 825-5574. UPCOMING EVENTS Lehman Golf Club is hosting a bus trip to Whitetail Golf Club in Bath, Pa on Wednesday, June 27. Cost of the trip is $60 and includes green fees with cart, continental breakfast before departure, transportation, and prizes for Long Drive and Closest to the Pin.You may sign up by calling the pro shop at 675-1686.

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. Eastern Division .......................................................... W Philadelphia.....................................10 Cleveland ......................................... 6 Milwaukee........................................ 4 Pittsburgh ........................................ 3 Friday's Games Philadelphia 69, Milwaukee 62 Pittsburgh 1, Cleveland 0 Forfeit San Jose 51, Orlando 34 Saturday's Games Georgia 56, Jacksonville 39 San Antonio at New Orleans, late Chicago at Utah, late Iowa at Arizona, late Kansas City at Spokane, late Friday, June 15 Tampa Bay at Orlando, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 16 Philadelphia at Jacksonville, 7 p.m. Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. New Orleans at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. Georgia at Chicago, 8 p.m. Iowa at San Antonio, 8 p.m. Utah at Spokane, 10 p.m. Sunday, June 17 San Jose at Kansas City, 3 p.m.

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B O X I N G Fight Schedule June 16 At Manchester, England, Scott Quigg vs. Rendall Munroe, 12, for the interim WBA World junior featherweight title;Ryan Rhodes vs. Sergey Rabchenko, 12, for vacant European junior middleweight title. At Newark, N.J. (NBCSN), Tomasz Adamek vs. Eddie Chambers, 10, heavyweights;Bryant Jennings vs. Steve Collins, 10, heavyweights. At El Paso, Texas (HBO), Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Andy Lee, 12, for Chavez’s WBC middleweight title;Vanes Martirosyan vs. Ryan Davis, 10, junior middleweights. June 20 At Osaka, Japan, Kazuto Ioka vs. Akira Yaegashi, 12, for Ioka’s WBC and WBA World minimumweight titles. June 22 At Morongo Casino Resort, Cabazon, Calif. (ESPN2), Kendall Holt vs. Josesito Lopez, 12, IBF junior welterweight eliminator. At San Jacinto, Calif. (ESPN2), Michael Dallas Jr. vs. Javier Castro, 10, junior welterweights. June 23 At Sonora, Mexico, Hernan Marquez vs. Ardin Diale, 12, for Marquez’s WBA World flyweight title. At Staples Center, Los Angeles (SHO), Victor Ortiz vs. Josesito Lopez, 12, for the vacant WBC silver welterweight title;Lucas Matthysse vs. Humberto Soto, 12, for the vcanat WBC Continental Americas super lightweight title;Jermell Charlo vs. Denis Doughlin, 10, junior middleweights.

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Trenton’s Franklin wins 1,000th game By DAVE ROSENGRANT

Trenton manager Tony Franklin picked up career victory No. 1,000 on June 2. It didn’t come easy – and neither did No. 1,001. But both came on the same day in unordinary fashion. After play was halted entering the bottom of the eighth on June 1, the Thunder and New Hampshire finally finished the contest the next day with a 3-2 win in 14 innings on a walk-off home run by Jose Pirela. It gave the dramatic, milestone victory to the skipper, who turned 62 on Saturday and is in his 17th season as a manager, the last six with Trenton. Later in the day when the teams then played their regularlyscheduled game, Trenton won 6-5 in 15 innings. In the second game of the day, outfielder Shane Brown was called in to pitch the top of the 15th when Franklin was out of pitchers. Not only did Brown pick up the victory on the mound while striking out two batters, but he won the game for himself when he drove in the winning run in the bottom of the inning. Here are the New York Yankees top-10 prospects according to 1. Manny Banuelos, LHP, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (TripleA): The left-hander, currently on the disabled list, is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in six starts for Yankees with 22 Ks in 24 innings. 2. Dellin Betances, RHP, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A): Last week, the 6-foot-8, 260-pounder walked six and fanned six in 5 1/3 innings of a no-decision versus Norfolk. On the season, he’s 3-4 with a 5.29 ERA, 51 strikeouts and 52 walks in 58 innings. 3. Gary Sanchez, catcher, Charleston (A): The 19-year-old has been on fire of late hitting a lusty .357 with five homers and 22 RBI in his last 10 games. For the season, his average is at .294 with eight longballs, 43 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 13 tries. 4. Mason Williams, outfielder, Charleston (A): Like his teammate at Charleston, Sanchez, Williams has been red-hot of late going 11-for-29 during a six-game hitting streak. His average, which has hovered around .270 all season, is now at .299 with four home runs, 19 RBI and 16 steals. 5. Jose Campos, RHP, Charleston (A): A 19-year-old acquired from Seattle in the offseason was off to a good start, but is currently on the D.L. with elbow inflammation. 6. Slade Heathcott, outfielder, TBA: The 2009 first-round draft pick was expected to play his first game of the season on June 5 with High-A Tampa after recovering from a shoulder injury. He suffered a slight setback and is expected to return soon. 7. Austin Romine, catcher, TBA: The 23-year-old announced on Twitter last week that he was cleared for baseball activities. He’s on the D.L. with an inflamed disc in his back and is expected back in July. 8. Dante Bichette Jr., third base, Charleston (A): The 19year-old is son of former Major League outfielder and was MVP of the Gulf Coast League last season after being drafted as New York’s first pick in 2011 (51st overall). He’s currently batting .263 on the season with one home run and 21 RBI. 9. Cito Culver, shortstop, Charleston (A): A first-round pick in 2010 (32 overall), the 19-year-old switch-hitting No. 2 hitter in the RiverDogs’ lineup has reached base in 27 straight games. He’s only hitting .240 (25-for-104) in the span, but he’s getting on base. He’s scored 22 runs, drawn 21 walks and stolen five bases during that stretch. 10. Adam Warren, RHP, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A): He picked up his seventh quality start of the season when he shutout Durham for seven innings and picked up his fourth win. For the season, he’s 4-3 with a 3.89 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 691⁄3 innings.

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Without a home field, the Yanks’ staff is giving back to youth leagues

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By TOM ROBINSON For The Times Leader

Steve Horne spends his professional days working on baseball fields, but he still enjoys the memories of when those fields were a place for him to play. “When I think back on baseball, it wasn’t being a groundskeeper or working on the field,” said Horne, the director of field operations for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. “It was running out on the lush green grass and playing the game when I was a kid.” When approached by Yankees office staff about a new “Adopt a Field Program,” Horne did his best to try to make time on the field a more enjoyable experience for members of the Moosic Little League. “In today’s electronic age, you’re seeing fewer and fewer kids participate,” Horne said. “I’m a firm believer that we need to encourage our children to get back out and play, and do the things that we did when I was a child.” Horne led the way in creating a plan and the Yankees staff joined him in doing the work May 22 at Michael Felter Field in Moosic. The staff worked from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to make sure the field was ready for games that night. The Little League field rehabilitation program, which the team plans to continue in future seasons, gave the Yankees a way to keep contact with the community. The Triple-A baseball franchise is playing all its games away from home this season and the remaining office staff has relocated elsewhere in Moosic while PNC Field is being reconstructed. “We chose Moosic Little League because Moosic has been such a gracious host to the team since 1989,” said Katie Beekman, the vice presi-


A member of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees staff works on the field at the Moosic Little League.

dent of marketing and corporate services for the SWB Yankees. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons franchise arrived in 1989 and became the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in 2007. Beekman said the team will help refurbish one field each in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties each year. Horne visited Kingston/Forty Fort Little League on Friday to make plans for work on that field, tentatively set for June 15. According to Beekman, information will be added to the team’s web site ( “in the next month or so” about how local Little Leagues can apply to be part of the program in the future. Horne visited Moosic first and made a work plan for Yankees staff members, many of whom were doing field work

for the first time. The crew refurbished the field through a long day of work before Horne spoke to coaches and volunteers of the Little League to instruct them on how they can maintain the field in the future. “They got to see hands-on how it’s done; how to build a mound, how to properly rake an infield skin” Horne said. “We gave them a written maintenance program broken down month-by-month. “There are things you can do in December that can help four months later.” The Yankees crew also showed there are things that can be done in May to make the remainder of a season more enjoyable. Curt Camoni, SWB Yankees vice president of operations, said the Little Leagues that are selected benefit from instruction specific to the conditions of their fields.

“What’s great about this program is that each field will receive an individualized evaluation and athletic field maintenance clinic from our director of field operations,” Camoni said in a press release. “It won’t be just a cookie-cutter type of program. “He will work with the head of each league and whoever maintains the fields to develop a long-term plan that the leagues can adhere to.” Horne has been involved in similar programs in the past, including when he led field operations in Memphis. “We want to let people know that we’re here and we care about the roots of the community,” he said. Once the original work and instruction is provided, Horne said he is hopeful each league will be able to have better playing conditions for years to come.


Russ Canzler, Hazleton Area, Columbus (Cleveland, Triple-A): The Hazleton native is trying to find his form from 2011 when he was the International League MVP when he was among league leaders in numerous offensive categories. He’s been in a slump over his last 10 games hitting just .118 (4-for-34) as his batting average dropped to .251. To date for the Clippers, he has three home runs, 16 RBI and a .301 on base percentage. The 26-year-old isn’t the only one struggling for the back-to-back Governors’ Cup champion Clippers as they have dropped seven of 10, including two losses in a row and are currently tied for second in the International League West Division, seven games behind Indianapolis. Canzler was originally drafted by the Cubs in the 30th round in 2004. He was signed as a minor league free agent by Tampa Bay last year and then traded to Cleveland in the offseason.

Cory Spangenberg, Abington Heights, Lake Elsinore (San Diego, Class A advanced): Drafted last June by the Padres 10th overall, Spangenberg has reached base in 17 consecutive games for the Storm and has hit safely in 14 of those, with one being just one plate appearance for a walk. During his last 10 games, he’s raised his average to .299 by hitting .375 (15-for-40) in that time and hit his first home run of the season last week. For the season, the lefthanded batting second baseman has 20 stolen bases in 25 attempts to go along with six triples, 11 doubles and 31 RBI in 59 games. After 2011, he was rated by Baseball America as having the best strike-zone discipline in the Padres organization. To date, he has walked 15 times and struck out 45 times in 244 at-bats.

Ray Black, Coughlin, San Francisco (extended spring training): A power pitcher, Black is nursing a shoulder injury which arose at the end of spring training and he’s been sidelined for about two months while in extended spring training in Scottsdale, Ariz. He threw a bullpen session last week, then felt more soreness and went for a cortisone shot Friday. The seventh-round draft pick (237th overall) out of the University of Pittsburgh last June is hoping to join the short season Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in Oregon – which begins play June 14 – or the Low Class A team in Augusta or possibly join the Arizona Rookie League Giants. Black is ranked the No. 24 overall prospect in the organization, according to Baseball America and has been known to reach in the high 90s with his fastball. He is also listed as an “Under the Radar” player for the organization, according to

Rich Thompson, Montrose, Tampa Bay Rays: The 33-year-old was optioned to Durham from Tampa Bay last week after spending nearly a month on the Major League roster. For the Rays, he had just one hit in 16 at-bats for the Rays, picked up two stolen bases, scored two runs and knocked one in. In one game since being sent to Durham, he’s gone 2-for-9 in games against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Last month, he was traded to Tampa from the Phillies and was immediately called up to the big leagues. Before the trade, he was hitting .307 for Lehigh Valley with seven stolen bases and an on-base percentage of .390 for the IronPigs.

Kyle McMyne, Old Forge, Bakersfield (Cincinnati, Class A Advanced): Taken by the Reds in the fourth round (145th overall) of last year’s draft out of Villanova, the right-handed reliever started the season in Low-A ball before being promoted to Class A Advanced Bakersfield. In five appearances so far for the Blaze, he’s had good and not-so-good outings allowing five runs in his three bad relief appearances and pitching scoreless ball in his other three. For the season for Bakersfield, he has a 5.87 ERA giving up five runs in 7 2⁄3 innings. Before his promotion in Low A Dayton, he threw in 24 1 ⁄3 innings with 22 strikeouts and just eight walks. He was 3-2 with a 2.59 ERA in 18 appearances holding opponents to a .215 batting average and only allowed one home run. Overall this season in the minors, he is 3-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 24 games.


Tyler Cloyd got off to a great start for Lehigh Valley to start the season when the 25-year-old threw six perfect innings to open the season against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. After that start, the righthander was sent back to Double-A Reading. In four starts with the R-Phils, he proved he deserved to be at a higher level with a 1.80 ERA and 20 strikeouts and three walks in four starts for a 4-0 record and earned the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week the final week he was with Reading. Since being back with the IronPigs and making his first start on May 5, he’s been just as good as he was in his first stint with Lehigh Valley. At 6-foot-3, 190-pounds, he’s posted a 5-1 record with a 2.47 ERA in eight starts for the ’Pigs. The 18th round pick in 2008 out of Bellevue East High School in Nebraska, has piled up 33 strikeouts and just 10 walks in 43 2⁄3 innings for Lehigh Valley and may be in line for a call-up to Philadelphia if circumstances play out in his favor. Here are Philadelphia’s top 10 prospects according to and how they are faring in 2012. 1. Trevor May, RHP, Reading (Double-A): A fourth-round pick in the 2008 draft, he’s had four straight not-so-good outings as his ERA ballooned to 4.95 after hovering below 3.00. For the season, he’s 5-4 with 67 strikeouts and 25 walks in 63 2 ⁄3innings. 2. Jesse Biddle, LHP, Clearwater (A-Advanced): He threw his fifth consecutive start of at least six innings and no more than one earned allowed last week as the first round draft pick in 2010 watched his ERA fall to 2.51 for the season. Over his last eight starts, he’s allowed just six earned runs in 46 innings for a 1.17 ERA. He’s 3-2 with 64 strikeouts in 57 1⁄3 innings this season. 3. Brody Colvin, RHP, Clearwater (A-Advanced): He’s been moved to the bullpen after a few rough starts. In four relief appearances, he’s allowed two runs in eight innings. To date for the Threshers, he has a 5.13 ERA with a 3-4 record to go with 41 strikeouts in 52 2⁄3 innings. 4. Larry Greene, first base, TBA: The first-round pick from last June has yet to play in a professional game. The 19-yearold is currently in extended spring training. He may join Williamsport when the Short Season opens next week. 5. Phillippe Aumont, RHP, Lehigh Valley (Triple-A): After returning from a DL stint, the 6-foot-7, 260-pound 23-year-old reliever has been good for the IronPigs throwing six innings and allowing just three runs and fanned eight while picking up his fifth and sixth saves of the season. 6. Sebastian Valle, catcher, Reading (Double-A): The 21year-old is getting back on track batting .309 (13-for-42) over his last 10 games to raise his average from .232 to .247. 7. Justin De Fratus, RHP, TBA: On the disabled list, he is throwing from 75 feet and may began a more regular program in the next few weeks. 8. Maikel Franco, third base, Lakewood (Class A): Only 19, he was signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2010. He’s batting .217 with five home runs and 23 RBI in 55 games. 9. Jonathan Pettibone, RHP, Reading (Double-A): Five straight solid outings in his last six has seen the 21-year-old’s ERA drop to 3.79 with a 5-5 record. 10. Roman Quinn, shortstop, TBA: He has not yet played after being drafted out of high school just last year. He’s a speedster and was hailed by some scouts as the fastest player in the 2011 draft when he was picked by the Phillies in the second round (66th overall).


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Trainer Baffert is baffled once again Another of his prominent horses loses in final moments of a Triple Crown race. By RICHARD ROSENBLATT AP Sports Writer


Jockey John Velazquez, right, drives Union Rags past Paynter and jockey Mike Smith, left, to the finish line for victory in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday in Elmont, N.Y.

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A crowd of 85,811 cheered as Paynter and Union Rags battled down the stretch, and Union Rags barely caught the front-runner in the second straight photo finish to decide a Triple Crown race this year. “Is there a Triple Crown for seconds?” Baffert said. “I really felt like I was going to win the Belmont. It was snatched away again.” Zayat was just as bummed, calling it “a heartbreaking defeat.” “He ran his guts out,” he said, referring to Paynter, who was making just his fourth career start. “I’m very disappointed we opened the rail for (Union Rags).” Jockey Mike Smith took the blame. “I’m an old veteran, you know,” he said. “They’re not supposed to get through on the fence on me, and he did. I dropped the ball. My fault.” Union Rags was along the inside in the middle of the pack until it was time to make a move for the lead, and that’s when Velazquez guided him to the inside of the front-running Paynter. They

raced head-to-head, with both jockeys furiously whipping their horses in the shadow of the wire. Union Rags stuck a neck in front in a finish that was decided by a photo. Union Rags, the 5-2 second choice, covered the 11⁄2 miles in 2:30.42. The colt owned by Phyllis Wyeth returned $7.50, $4.20 and $3.40. Paynter, who sat out the Derby and Preakness, paid $5.10 and $3.90. Atigun was another 1 3-4 lengths back in third and paid $10.60 to show. “It was my dream and he made it come true,” said Wyeth, wheelchair-bound as the result of a 1962 car accident in which she broke her neck. “Nobody would have gotten through on the rail other than Johnny. That was unbelievable. He just said, ‘Move over, I’m coming.’ He believed in the horse and Michael got him there.” Paynter and Smith bolted to the lead out of the gate and stayed in front under a moderate pace, with long shots Unstoppable U and Optimizer tucked behind him. Union Rags saved ground by hugging the rail all the way around, while Dullahan, who also went off at 5-2, dropped back to ninth in the11-horse field. Turning for home, Union Rags was full of run, but needed an opening. Velazquez had no room to swing outside, so he focused


Trainer Michael Matz, left, tries to hoist the Belmont Stakes trophy with jockey John Velazquez, right, after Union Rags captured the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, N.Y., on Saturday.

on finding a hole along the rail. Suddenly, a sliver appeared when Paynter slid over just enough to let Union Rags through in the final sixteenth of a mile. And then it was a charge to the finish line. “He jumped right in there and before I could do anything about it, it was too late to stop him,” said Smith, who was aboard Bodemeister in the two earlier defeats. Street Life was fourth, followed by Five Sixteen, Unstop-

pable U, Dullahan, My Adonis, Ravelo’s Boy and Optimizer. Guyana Star Dweej trailed badly and was eased in the stretch by jockey Kent Desormeaux. Before the race, I’ll Have Another with jockey Mario Gutierrez aboard walked into the winner’s circle for a tribute to the newly retired champion. Trainer Doug O’Neill removed the chestnut colt’s saddle for the last time as his barn staff hugged each other and the crowd cheered in a poignant salute.

Another won, but it was Another’s day Injured horse receives a warm, but sad, sendoff before the Belmont Stakes. By JOHN JEANSONNE Newsday

ELMONT, N.Y. — All had another day to ponder how this year’s Double Crown thoroughbred champion had been so abruptly left in the figurative Belmont Stakes starting gate. And, essentially, the feeling on Saturday was the same as after Friday’s bombshell announcement that Kentucky Derby-Preakness champion I’ll Have Another was being scratched because of tendinitis in his right front leg. In a slightly ghostly ritual, before the feature event, I’ll Have Another was paraded from the paddock onto the track — as if some fickle finger of fate had not ended his career a day early — only to have trainer Doug O’Neill remove his saddle in the winner’s circle. O’Neill called the gesture "a fitting ceremonial retirement for an incredible racehorse," and an opportunity for I’ll Have Another’s fans "who traveled from near and far to see" him. All around the Belmont grounds, there were I’ll Have Another apparitions — his name still listed in the race’s printed lineups, his image still on the cover of the day’s official program. "It’s a little sad," said Mario Gutierrez, I’ll Have Another’s 25year-old Mexican jockey. "But you know, the trainer made the decision for the horse’s good. He’s the one who brought us here, so you have to take care of him. If it wasn’t

NEW YORK — Bob Baffert sure knows how to lose thrillers. It happened again Saturday, when Union Rags nipped the trainer’s front-running Paynter at the wire and won the Belmont Stakes. The nail-biting defeat made it three straight for Baffert in this season’s Triple Crown races. Add those to two of his three near misses with a Triple Crown on the line, and that’s quite a run of tough luck. There’s more. Baffert also came up on the losing end of a photo finish in the 1996 Kentucky Derby with Cavonnier This has been one rugged Triple Crown season for Baffert, still recovering from a heart attack while in Dubai in late March. In the Derby, I’ll Have Another ran down Bodemeister in the final 100 yards and won by 11⁄2 lengths. Two weeks later in the Preakness, the result was the same, but by a neck. Paynter drifted out a little near the finish in the 11⁄2--mile Belmont, and Union Rags got his neck in front at the wire, leaving Baffert a close-call loser again. It was another photo finish. “Is there a Triple Crown for seconds?” Baffert asked. “I really thought he was going to win today. He was doing so well.” Baffert said he felt bad for owner Ahmed Zayat, who has his own string of second-place finishes. He also owns Bodemeister, and Pioneerof the Nile was second in the 2009 Derby and Nehro was runner-up in the 2011 Derby. “The poor guy. He’s been tortured on this Triple Crown,” Baffert said. Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith, who was aboard Bodemeister in the Derby and Preakness, was Baffert’s choice to ride Paynter, too. And it looked as if Smith would come through, but Union Rags relentlessly closed

the gap and won by a neck. Smith blamed himself for the loss. “I’m an old veteran, you know?” Smith said. “They’re not supposed to get through on the fence on me, and he did. I dropped the ball. My fault.” Added Baffert: “He will probably take a lot of heat for” Union Rags moving past him on the rail, Baffert said. “It’s a jockey thing. He didn’t want to give up the rail. But you know what, he did a tremendous job. Make no mistake, Baffert has won his share of classics — the Derby three times, the Preakness five times and the Belmont once. In 1997, Silver Charm won the first two legs of the Triple Crown and was 75 yards from winning the Belmont before losing by three-quarters of a length to Touch Gold. The next year, Baffert was back again, and this time the defeat was as bad as it gets. Real Quiet had a big lead in the stretch but started staggering to the finish and Victory Gallop somehow caught up and won after an agonizingly long wait for the photo finish. In 2002, War Emblem won the first two legs for Baffert, but stumbled at the start of the Belmont and finished eighth. After all that, Baffert still says Point Given probably was his best chance at the Triple Crown. In 2001, Point Given had a tough Derby and finished off the board, but came back and won the Preakness and Belmont in dominating fashion. Paynter was making just his fifth start. He came into the Belmont off a win in the 1 1-16thmile allowance race at Pimlico on Preakness day, May 19. The son of Awesome Again is still learning, Baffert says, and could end up in the Travers at Saratoga over the summer. “We were always high on this horse. It just took him a little longer to come around,” Baffert said. “The horse is really green. He ran a helluva race.” But it wasn’t good enough in a race that did not include I’ll Have Another, who was retired with a tendon injury Friday.


Hawkeyes’ Kopacz gets hall nod The Times Leader staff

Alex Kopacz, a 1967 Hanover Area High School graduate, will be inducted into the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place Saturday, June 16, at the Holiday Inn Harrisbug East at 1 p.m. Kopacz became head football coach for the Hawkeyes in 1982, and compiled a record of 102-70-2 including a Class 2A state championship, five Wyoming Valley Conference titles, four Eastern Conference titles, and one District 2 title.

He is a fivetime Wyoming Valley Conference Coach of the Year, and the 1990 Pa. State Football Coaches AssoKopacz ciation Class 2A Coach of the Year, as well as the 1991 Associated Press Pa. Small School Coach of the Year. Kopacz is currently retired with his wife, Christine, in Venice, Fla. They are the parents of two and grandparents of four.


Swoyersville topples Mountain Post-1 The Times Leader staff AP PHOTO

I’ll Have Another is walked through the paddock past a statue of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat prior to his retirement ceremony on Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

for him, we wouldn’t be here. "The show has to keep going. It has to continue." The wave of some occult hand might have cost Gutierrez $60,000 — what would have been his 10 percent share of the Belmont Stakes winnings had I’ll Have Another become the 12th horse in history to complete the Triple Crown sweep. What were the odds of the Belmont favorite having to drop out after suffering the equivalent of a twisted ankle the day before his biggest race? "This is horse racing," Gutierrez said. "It always happens, right? It’s just everybody is paying so much attention to this race, but it’s like an everyday thing. You have to understand: Six weeks ago none of you even knew who I was, so I’ll

Have Another hasn’t done nothing but make my dreams come true. "It was an unbelievable journey and nobody’s going to (take) it away. I got the Kentucky Derby. I got the Preakness. Those are staying with me for the rest of my life, and it’s just thanks to I’ll Have Another. He made that possible in my life." Whatever conspiracy theories are out there about I’ll Have Another’s sudden withdrawal, given ongoing scrutiny of O’Neill’s record of drug violations; whatever second-guessing about the new detention barn ordered for all Belmont Stakes entrants by state racing officials; whatever talk of how modern breeding has made thoroughbreds more brittle; whatever

arguments for a more reasonable spacing of the three Triple Crown events — instead of crammed into five frantic weeks — the horse that Gutierrez simply called "Boy" or "My Boy" already had left his mark on the day and the racing season. For his prerace appearance, I’ll Have Another took14 laps around the paddock area — 140 paces per lap, ironically totaling roughly the mile and a half he would not be running on the track, and wearing a gray saddle blanket with the red No. 11 post position he would not be filling. Gutierrez mounted him briefly in the winner’s circle before O’Neill removed the saddle, gave him three pats on the back and walked back through the tunnel away from the track.

Mike Leonard had two hits including a double as Swoyersville broke out for nine runs in the fourth inning to pick up the win on the road, defeating Mountain Post-1, 10-1. Evan McCue also doubled in the victory. Aaron Piavis tripled and drove in the lone run for Mountain


Post. Full batting stats unavailable Swoyersville .......................... 100 900 0 — 10 Mountain Post-1 ................... 000 100 0 — 1 2B – Leonard, McCue, Quintiliani; 3B – Piavis IP H R ER BB SO Swoyersville Nixon (W).................. 6.0 5 1 1 3 6 Pechulis..................... 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 Mountain Post-1 Rinehimer (L) ........... 4.0 7 10 7 1 3 Quintiliani .................. 3.0 0 0 0 0 0

the first time is shortened to 400 miles from its long-standing 500mile marathon. “The hunger doesn’t change,” Continued from Page 1C Johnson said. “It’s been there my back to the top of his sport. And whole life.” By the looks of things, it has onthere is no better place for him to show it than at Pocono, where ly intensified. Johnson swept two races in 2004, has 14 top-10 finishes in 20 starts and always seems to be one of the Paul Sokoloski is a Times Leader fastest cars in the field. He may sports columnist. You may reach him run even faster today on a quicker at 970-7109 or email him at psokorepaved track in a race that for


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Points leader Biffle ‘fair’ during qualifying run The driver will start outside of the top 10 in today’s 400 miler at Pocono Raceway. By DEREK LEVARSE

LONG POND — Wobbling just slightly out of the first turn was enough to cost Greg Biffle a shot at the pole. And the Sprint Cup Series points leader knew it. “I was a lot better than that,” Biffle said of his qualifying time of 50.699 seconds, which placed him 13th in the field for today’s Pocono 400 Presented by #NASCAR. “It kind of bounced and slid up a little bit and chattered

in (turns) one and two, and I just lost that smooth transition and getting back to the gas early. I just missed it.” The freshly paved track at Pocono Raceway made for record qualifying times Saturday, but it didn’t make things easier on some of the circuit’s most successful drivers. Biffle, who holds a one-point lead over Matt Kenseth atop the standings, will start outside the top-10 for just the fourth time in 14 races this season. “In the tunnel (turn) I was fair, and in three I was about on the edge,” Biffle said. “I got all I could get down there, so probably a couple 10ths (of a second) in one is probably all I could have

gained. That’s still not where we needed to be.” Pocono hasn’t exactly endeared itself to Biffle in the past. Though he broke through with a win there in the 2010 August race, his average finish is 18th. Shortly before that victory, Biffle expressed disgust with the track’s safety issues to Sports Illustrated, predicting that “they’re going to kill somebody there” in the wake of an infamous crash by Kasey Kahne. With improved safety measures to go along with the new pavement, however, Biffle changed his tune this week, praising the updates to the site. Now his focus is on holding on to the points lead.



Team owner Jack Roush watches practice for the Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway on Friday in Long Pond.


Jeff Gordon, left, signs autographs for the fans during qualifying for the Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway on Saturday in Long Pond.

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Logano said. “I was thinking, ‘Man, it’s going to take an 80 (180 mph) to get it.’ Just going a little bit faster than my mock run yesterday was able to get it.” Logano’s effort didn’t escape Carl Edwards, whose speed of 178.886 was good for second. Paul Menard will start third and Kyle Busch fourth. “Joey had to go and show off

N A S C A R Race 1. Daytona 2. Phoenix 3. Las Vegas 4. Bristol 5. Fontana 6. Martinsville 7. Texas 8. Kansas 9. Richmond 10. Talladega 11. Darlington 12. Charlotte 13. Dover Race 14. Pocono 15. Michigan 16. Sonoma 17. Kentucky 18. Daytona 19. Loudon 20. Indanapolis 21. Pocono 22. Watkins Glen 23. Michigan 24. Bristol 25. Atlanta 26. Richmond 27. Chicago 28. Loudon 29. Dover 30. Talladega 31. Charlotte 32. Kansas 33. Martinsville 34. Texas 35. Phoenix 36. Homestead


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for everybody and do what he did in practice,” Edwards said. “I’m telling you, I have to give Joey credit. … For me, it’s very difficult to run a fast lap yesterday, go through the night thinking of everything and come back a day later with pretty difficult conditions in turn one and back that effort up. “That’s pretty impressive.” Those difficult conditions were caused by an ARCA car blowing an engine in practice late Friday. Oil-dry wasn’t completely cleaned from the track, making the surface slick.

S P R I N T Winner

Kenseth Hamlin Stewart Keselowski Stewart Newman Biffle Hamlin Kyle Busch Keselowski Johnson Kahne Johnson Laps Miles 160 400 200 400 110 224 267 400.5 160 400 301 318.48 160 400 160 400 90 220.5 200 400 500 266.5 325 500.5 400 300 267 400.5 300 317.4 400 400 188 500.08 334 501 267 400.5 500 263 334 500.5 312 312 267 400



Earnhardt Jr. Harvick Johnson Kenseth Kyle Busch Allmendinger Johnson Truex Earnhardt Jr. Kyle Busch Hamlin Hamlin Harvick 2011 Pole Kurt Busch Kurt Busch Logano rained out Martin Newman Ragan Logano Kyle Busch Biffle Newman Kahne Reutimann Kenseth Newman Truex Martin Stewart Biffle rained out Biffle Kenseth Edwards

Pos. Driver 1. Greg Biffle 2. Matt Kenseth 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 4. Denny Hamlin 5. Jimmie Johnson 6. Martin Truex Jr. 7. Kevin Harvick 8. Tony Stewart 9. Kyle Busch 10. Clint Bowyer 11. Brad Keselowski 12. Carl Edwards 13. Ryan Newman 14. Kasey Kahne 15. Paul Menard 16. Joey Logano 17. Aric Almirola 18. Jeff Burton 19. Marcos Ambrose 20. Juan Montoya 21. Jeff Gordon 22. Jamie McMurray 23. AJ Allmendinger 24. Mark Martin 25. Regan Smith 26. Kurt Busch 27. Bobby Labonte 28. Casey Mears 29. David Ragan 30. David Gilliland 31. Landon Cassill 32. Travis Kvapil 33. David Reutimann 34. Dave Blaney 35. David Stremme 36. J.J. Yeley 37. Michael McDowell 38. Brian Vickers 39. Brendan Gaughan 40. Ken Schrader 41. Terry Labonte 42. Tony Raines 43. Josh Wise 44. Michael Waltrip 45. Stephen Leicht 46. Scott Riggs 47. Hermie Sadler 48. Scott Speed 49. Bill Elliott 50. Robby Gordon





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LONG POND – Reed Sorenson was fortunate. The trouble he experienced as the first driver out for qualifying Saturday didn’t mean a trip home. Sorenson’s No. 32 Ford shot up a trail of oil-dry on its attempt, a situation that stopped qualifying for about 40 minutes until Pocono Raceway’s track could be cleaned up. The oil-dry was left over from Friday when an ARCA car blew an engine. “When I went out there to come back around to take the green, I saw how wide it (the oil-dry) was,” Sorenson said. “Fortunately, we’re locked into the show here. If I wasn’t locked in the show, I would not have been too excited about sailing it off into (turn) one there, but we could go pretty easy through there just because we didn’t have to take any chances.” Sorenson’s team is 33rd in owners points. The top-35 in owners points gain automatic berths into each NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Still, it wasn’t all good news for Sorenson, who didn’t complete his run and will start 41st. “We had the fuel pressure go down,” Sorenson said, “so I just shut it off because it was barely running. We’ll be fine, though. They’ll fix it.”

Logano wasn’t exempt in his No. 20 Toyota. “Even when I went out there, I got to the trouble spot and got a little loose over it,” Logano said. “I was thinking, ‘Ah, I didn’t get to the bottom as well as I wanted to.’ I felt like I left a tenth-andhalf right there.” Logano’s pole was part of a productive day for Gibbs. The former Washington Redskins head coach had all three of his drivers qualify up front, with Denny Hamlin (fifth) joining Logano and Busch.

P O C O N O Pos. Driver................................................

1. Joey Logano 2. Carl Edwards 3. Paul Menard 4. Kyle Busch 5. Denny Hamlin 6. Mark Martin 7. Regan Smith 8. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 9. Marcos Ambrose 10. Kasey Kahne 11. Jamie McMurray 12. Jeff Gordon 13. Greg Biffle 14. Matt Kenseth 15. Landon Cassill 16. Clint Bowyer 17. Juan Pablo Montoya 18. Ryan Newman 19. A.J. Allmendinger 20. Jeff Burton 21. Kevin Harvick 22. Tony Stewart 23. Martin Truex Jr. 24. Jimmie Johnson 25. David Reutimann 26. Casey Mears 27. Bobby Labonte 28. Mike Bliss 29. Aric Almirola 30. Michael McDowell 31. Brad Keselowski 32. J.J. Yeley 33. Joe Nemechek 34. David Ragan 35. Josh Wise 36. David Gilliland 37. Travis Kvapil 38. Scott Riggs 39. Stacy Compton 40. Tony Raines 41. Reed Sorenson 42. Dave Blaney 43. Stephen Leicht

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Despite two sub-par showings at Pocono last year, Hamlin has dominated the course, winning four times in 12 tries and finishing in sixth place or better in eight races. Hamlin, who enters today fourth in points, qualified in fifth place and nearly ran down polesitter Joey Logano before finishing .296 seconds off the lead. “We were on pace for the pole and just got loose in turn three and lost a bunch of time,” Hamlin said. “I wanted to get below 50 seconds. We have a great car for (today) and should be up front throughout the day. “Hopefully we can get the first win at Pocono on the new pavement.”

Sorenson survives slick start to day

Behind Races Poles Wins Top-5 Top-10 DNF

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hap, creating some slippery conditions. Several drivers said that unexpected factor affected their times. “We went to bed last night thinking we were going to have a real good opportunity to qualify inside the top-five. But we got here this morning and the track was in real bad condition because of a car blowing a motor,” said Dale Earnhardt Jr., who will start eighth. “It just kind of threw a big curveball into everybody’s plans. So we didn’t really know what to expect.” One driver high in the standings who had few issues during qualifying was, naturally, Denny Hamlin.


That was obvious when the first qualifier, Reed Sorsenson, made his run. A white plume trailed his No. 32 Ford, a sight similar to when an engine is about to expire. After Tony Raines made his attempt, qualifying was stopped for about 40 minutes until blowers cleaned the track. Conditions remained far from optimal when qualifying resumed, but improved as more cars made runs. “Sitting there on pit road ready to go, all you can think about is the first couple of cars that went out,” said David Ragan, the third driver out after the delay. “Dust flying, they’re skating all over the race track, so you’re a little timid coming to the green.”

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Biffle was hardly the only big name to struggle on the new surface on Saturday. Five-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson qualified a disappointing 24th for his second worst starting position of the season. Johnson entered the weekend fifth in the standings. Reigning champ Tony Stewart (eighth in points) will start 22nd. Kenseth is one spot behind Biffle in 14th. Teams arrived in town earlier than usual this week to test on the new surface. But that extra time wasn’t much help for qualifying. An engine failure in turn one during a Friday practice session prompted the use of oil-dry to soak up residue from the mis-

POOLE WINS ARCA RACE Brennan Poole dominated the field Saturday afternoon in winning the ARCA Series Pocono 200. Poole led 77 of 80 laps, including the final 60, in





POCONO NOTEBOOK posting the victory. He started on the pole and led until surrendering the lead on lap 18 to Chris Buescher for three laps. Buescher finished fifth. Chad Hackenbracht was second, finishing more than five seconds behind Poole. Hazleton’s Steve Fox placed 15th and two laps behind the winner. The race had three cautions for 21 laps. NONE FOR NO. 9 Scratch Marcos Ambrose from the list of possible winners today. Ambrose, who drives the No. 9 Ford for Richard Petty, qualified ninth. The ninth starting spot has been a black hole when it comes to winning at Pocono. No driver has won starting ninth in 68 Cup races at the track. Every other top-10 starting spot has produced winners, with the pole sitter winning a record 13 times. KEEPING A SECRET Carl Edwards and Paul Menards qualified second and third, respectively, and admitted after qualifying they used scuffs – tires with a lap or two on them – instead of new tires. As for pole winner Joey Logano, he was asked by a reporter as he walked into his post-qualifying press conference. “That’s for me to know and you to find out,” Logano joked.

# N A S C A R Pocono Scouting Report

No. 20 Toyota 179.598 Won pole last August, led 44 laps, but finished 26th No. 99 Ford 178.866 Two-time Pocono winner has had a couple glitches here No. 27 Chevy 178.582 Has been 16th or better in his last four Pocono races No. 18 Toyota 178.575 Has come close to Pocono victory in three of last four races No. 11 Toyota 178.543 Four-time Pocono winner finished 19th in last year’s race No. 55 Toyota 178.228 Has been the Pocono bridesmaid six times in long career No. 78 Chevy 178.158 Two strong qualifying efforts prior yielded little here No. 88 Chevy 177.939 Not a good place to end his 142-race winless streak No. 9 Ford 177.862 Also-ran at Pocono since finishing sixth in June 2009 No. 5 Chevy 177.823 Solid Pocono qualifier struggled in his last four starts here No. 1 Chevy 177.658 Has an average finish of 28.3 in his last four Pocono starts No. 24 Chevy 177.536 Defending race winner always a threat at Pocono No. 16 Ford 177.518 Won here in Aug. 2008, but pretty average overall at Pocono No. 17 Ford 177.501 Traditionally better in the first Pocono race than the second No. 83 Toyota 177.204 Best qualifying effort ever at Pocono in four tries No. 15 Toyota 177.026 Backslid in last three Pocono starts after showing promise No. 42 Chevy 176.988 A 32nd last August put a dent in his Pocono momentum No. 39 Chevy 176.852 Has 13 consecutive top-18 finishes at Pocono No. 22 Dodge 176.803 Has been a middle-of-the-pack guy in his Pocono career No. 31 Chevy 176.658 Has been hit-or-miss in his 36-race career at Pocono No. 29 Chevy 176.543 Has eight top-10s at Pocono, but has led just five laps No. 14 Chevy 176.419 Has led just three laps at Pocono since win in June 2009 No. 56 Toyota 176.160 Has two top-10s in his last three Pocono races No. 48 Chevy 176.149 Knocked on the door of victory after 2004 Pocono sweep No. 51 Chevy 176.074 Pinch hitter for Kurt Busch has been ho-hum here No. 13 Ford 175.596 Average finish of 33rd in last three Pocono races No. 47 Toyota 175.576 Was dominant at Pocono well over a decade ago No. 19 Toyota 175.387 Might be one of the first drivers in the garage area No. 43 Ford 175.159 Regular who has never run Pocono in a Cup car No. 98 Ford 175.073 Doubtful he’ll run more than 50 laps before parking No.2 Dodge 174.880 Won at Pocono last August in only his fourth start here No. 49 Toyota 173.943 Recorded a DNF in each of his last five Pocono races No. 87 Toyota 173.869 Start-and-parker has DNFs in last seven Pocono races No. 34 Ford 173.853 His 34th last time here was his worst finish at Pocono No. 26 Ford 173.497 Rookie’s Pocono debut will likely end in an early DNF No. 38 Ford 173.240 Hasn’t been a factor in his previous 10 Pocono races No. 93 Toyota 171.854 Destine to finish in the low 20s based on Pocono history No. 23 Chevy 171.520 Start-and-park driver hasn’t finished a race this season No. 74 Chevy 171.155 First Pocono race since 2002 is also his first of the season No. 36 Chevy 167.411 Fourth start of the season, first since Talladega No. 32 Ford Own.Pts. Returns to Pocono for the first time since Aug. 2010 No. 10 Chevy Own.Pts. Has recorded a DNF in four of his last six Pocono races No. 33 Chevy 170.345 Placed 33rd in his only Pocono start back in July 2006 -- By John Erzar










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When Heat President Pat Riley was shown on the giant overhead video screen in the moments just after the final buzzer, the crowd screamed. Riley finally acknowledged them with some claps, before the 2012 Eastern Conference champions logo was shown as players below the scoreboard high-fived and hugged, all wearing the new T-shirts and caps that marked the accomplishment. The screams kept coming, first when Alonzo Mourning took the microphone — “We still got a lot of work to do,” Mourning said — and then again when he handed the trophy to Heat owner Micky Arison. “A roller-coaster ride,” Arison said. A roller-coaster game, too. In a roller-coaster season. All worth it — for now, anyway. The next step awaits, another shot at the finals. In a championship-or-bust season, the Heat board a plane for Oklahoma City on Sunday. “We have been through a lot,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Down by seven at the half and eight early in the third quarter, Miami started clawing back. An 8-0 run tied it at 59-all, capped by Wade hitting a jumper, and then the fun really started. There were six lead changes and five more ties in the final 7 minutes of the third. Bosh scored with 29 seconds left for the last of those ties, and it was 73-all going into the fourth. Six games decided nothing, and nothing was decided in Game 7 until the very last moments, neither team yielding much of anything. Battier’s 3pointer with 8:06 left in the third cut Boston’s lead at the time to 59-57. And back and forth they went. For the next 13 minutes, a span of 46 dizzying, unbelievable possessions, neither team led by more than two points. That finally changed when Bosh his third 3-pointer with 7:17 left. James made a runner on the next Miami trip, and suddenly the Heat had their biggest lead of the night to that point, 88-82 with 6:54 remaining. They were on their way. “He was big time — every shot, every defensive play, every rebound — we missed him,” James said of Bosh. “We’re just happy to have him back at the right time. If it wasn’t for him and the rest of the guys that stepped up, we don’t win this game.” James made a 3-pointer — it went into the books as a 30-footer, as he leaped from atop one of the Eastern Conference finals stickers on the floor — as the shot clock was expiring with just under 6 minutes left, making it 91-84. Even mistakes were going Miami’s way, as James lost a behind-the-back dribble, only to have the ball skip right into Battier’s hands. Bosh scored from inside the lane to end that possession. Wade scored on the next one, the lead was 95-86 with 3:23 left, Boston called time and the building was simply rocking. James did plenty of talking on the Heat bench in that stoppage, clearly saying the word “Finish” at one point. They listened. A three-point play by Wade with 2:53 left all but sealed it, the Heat were up 12, and Oklahoma City beckoned. Brandon Bass scored 16, Ray Allen finished with 15 and Kevin Garnett scored 14 for the Celtics, who know next season could bring big changes.

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the game for you,” Parise said about Brodeur. Justin Williams scored for the Kings, whose once seemingly insurmountable 3-0 series lead has been cut to 3-2. Game 6 is Monday night in Los Angeles. More importantly, the Devils have the Kings wondering what’s going on for the first time in the postseason. This marks the first time they have lost consecutive games this postseason, and the Devils are halfway up a mountain that only one other NHL team has climbed in the final after losing the first three games. Only the 1942 Toronto Maple


Davis Love III hits from a bunker on the 18th fairway at the St. Jude Classic on Saturday in Memphis, Tenn. Love finished the day at 6-under-par 204.


Billy Casper reacts when he ran a 25-foot putt into the cup on the 11th green for a birdie 3 during his playoff against Arnold Palmer in the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco on June 20, 1966.

Olympic ready to dish

Course known for surprising finishes when the U.S. Open is played in San Francisco. By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer

Nothing ever turns out the way anyone expects when the U.S. Open goes to The Olympic Club. Instead of a record fifth U.S. Open for Ben Hogan, Olympic delivered Jack Fleck in one of golf’s biggest upsets. Arnold Palmer turned his pursuit of a record score into a royal collapse. Tom Watson had his heart broken in San Francisco when Scott Simpson ran off a late string of birdies. The way this year is unfolding, Olympic seems like the ideal location. Hardly anything has gone according to plan. Tiger Woods already has won twice this year, most recently last week at the Memorial with a ball-striking clinic and a chip shot that brought back some of that magic. That made him the betting favorite to end his fouryear drought in the majors with a record-tying fourth U.S. Open. Only it’s not that simple. Two months ago, Woods won Bay Hill by five shots and became an instant favorite at the Masters. Instead of slipping on the green jacket, he turned in his worst performance as a pro at Augusta National, starting the worst three-tournament stretch of his career. “He goes to the Masters and he fell apart because of nerves for the first time in his career,” Johnny Miller said. “So I don’t know what to think of Tiger Woods at the Open. I don’t know if that was learned from Augusta, or something he can’t control.” Rory McIlroy, the defending champion, returned to No. 1 in the world just over a month ago and looked like the player to beat until the 23-year-old from Northern Ireland missed three cuts, threw a club and suddenly looked lost. Rickie Fowler, finally a winner on the PGA Tour, was poised to take his popularity to new heights until he shot 84 at Muirfield Village playing in the second-to-last group with Woods. Phil Mickelson played Leafs came back in a best-of-seven final and won. Three years later, the Detroit Red Wings rallied from a 3-0 deficit to tie the series, but they lost Game 7 to Toronto. The Kings haven’t played terribly in losing the last two games, but the Devils have made the plays when it counted or gotten the breaks when they needed them. Take Salvador’s winner, his first goal in seven games. His shot from the left point was deflected right in front of Quick, hit off the chest of Kings defenseman Slava Voynov and rebounded into the net at 9:05 of the second period. It was the second time in this series that a point shot by a Devils defenseman hit off Voynov and caromed past his goaltender. This one turned out to be a winner because Brodeur stood tall the


Lee Janzen shows his trophy to the gallery and photographers after winning the U.S. Open at the Lake Course of the Olympic Club in San Francisco on June 21, 1998.

in the last group of the Masters and fell out of contention when Lefty hit consecutive shots from the right side. The green jacket went to another lefty, Bubba Watson, a big hitter who never liked the notion that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Golf is difficult to predict even in steady times. There’s no telling what to expect when the 112th U.S. Open returns to The Olympic Club on June 14-17 for the fifth time. History would suggest there are more surprises in store on the golf course built on the side of a hill just south of the Golden Gate Bridge. “You think about the past national Opens here that have been played ... and in some ways you think, ‘Geez, you remember more about who didn’t win — what great legend didn’t win an Open here — versus who did win,”’ USGA executive director Mike Davis said. Adding to the intrigue is the parity that has taken over golf over the last few years. Ever since Padraig Harrington ended the 2008 season with consecutive majors, 14 players have won the last 14 majors. Predictions, anyone? Perhaps the only safe bet is that Olympic won’t be a pushover. McIlroy shattered U.S. Open scoring records last year at Congressional when he reacrest of the way and had one shot hit off the goalpost and had a goal by Jarret Stoll on a second-period power play waved off because he hit the rebound with his stick too high. Brodeur’s biggest save might have been with 7.6 seconds to go in regulation when he stopped a slap shot by Mike Richards from the right circle. The Kings, overtime winners in the first two games in the series in New Jersey, never got another shot and Brodeur took a patented victory swig of the Gatorade bottle on top of his net, as he has done for 18 years. However, there was no overwhelming celebration from the home team. Slaps on the pads, a few head nods, then it was off to the locker room. The Kings meanwhile, heads

hed double figures under par before he even finished his second round. Because of soft conditions from rain earlier in the week, he finished at 268 to break the record 72-hole record by four shots, and his 16-under par was four better than Woods at Pebble Beach in 2000. The USGA didn’t lose much sleep when Woods finished at 12-under 272 at Pebble Beach because no one else was under par and he won by 15. Congressional was different. McIlroy won by eight shots, but 20 players broke par, the most since 1990 at Medinah, a par 72. Remember, the year after Johnny Miller shot 63 to win at Oakmont in 1973, the U.S. Open was as tough as ever. Hale Irwin finished at 7-over par and still won by two shots at Winged Foot. “We’re trying to make it the toughest test of the year. It didn’t happen last year,” Davis said. “I would say most of that was caused by Mother Nature. What most people don’t understand is that it doesn’t matter how you set up a course. If you give them the ability to know when the ball lands it’s going to stop, it’s significantly easier. “That’s what is going to make the U.S. Open this year — without us trying to retaliate — that much harder,” he said. “When the ball lands, whether it hits the green or in the fairway, it’s going to roll.” down, made a bee line for their locker room. As the crowd filed out, again to the 1984 Bruce Springsteen hit, “Glory Days,” the chants of “Martee! Mar-tee! were loud and long. The Kings seemingly had the territorial advantage in the opening period but they also made the biggest mistake. With Willie Mitchell serving the final 20 seconds of a penalty for interference, Quick played a puck in front of his net and tried to send it around the net into the corner. The puck slid off his stick, went around the net and barely made it to the right edge of the crease. Parise, who had not scored in five games, darted to the edge of the net and stuffed it home a split second before Quick could cover the corner of the net.

Captain charging up Ryder Cup rankings The Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Davis Love III thinks he’s playing as well as he did earlier this year before pulling a rib muscle at Bay Hill. Now the U.S. Ryder Cup captain is eager to see just how much he might do. Love III shot his third straight 2-under 68 on Saturday to join Nick O’Hern and John Merrick atop the leaderboard at the windy St. Jude Classic. Asked what his first PGA Tour win since 2008 would mean, the 48-year-old Love had a quick answer. “Be a lot of Ryder Cup points,” Love said. With a win, Love is projected to jump from 63 into the top 30 in the Ryder Cup standings. Love started off this year excited about how he was playing before injuries slowed him down. He wound up not playing at all for about six weeks after withdrawing on the final day at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in late March before returning at The Players Championship. Love tied for 16th at the Memorial last week, then played 36 holes in Columbus, Ohio, to qualify for his 23rd U.S. Open. He committed late to play in Memphis, making sure he was healthy enough to use this event as a final tuneup. Love had three birdies and only one bogey Saturday to match O’Hern and Merrick at 6under 204, the highest 54-hole lead on tour this year. O’Hern had a 67, and Merrick shot 69. The man with 20 career PGA wins said obviously there’s a lot of pressure and he wants to win. He has only two wins since winning four times in 2003. “Is it a big huge deal in my career that I have to win this week? No. But when you get up there at the top ... the old feeling kicks in. You concentrate better, you focus better and my routines of the day were coming down those last four, five holes. And I missed a couple putts, but I felt like I was right in like old times ... focused and playing and enjoying it,” Love said. Rory McIlroy, who will try to defend his U.S. Open title next week at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, had a one-stroke lead when he teed off. He shot a 2-over 72 in a round that featured six bogeys and four birdies to drop in a tie at 5 under. Dustin Johnson, making his second start after a 2 1/2-month layoff recovering from back

pain, also was in the group at 5 under after a 67 that included a bogey on No. 18. J.B. Holmes was in that knot atop the leaderboard going to No. 18, but hit his tee shot into a bunker and three-putted for a double bogey to finish at 4 under.

LPGA Championship PITTSFORD, N.Y. — EunHee Ji shot a 3-under 69 take a one-shot lead over Karrie Webb after the third round of the LPGA Championship. Ji was 4 under at Locust Hill. Webb had a 68, matching Ji for the best round of the tournament. Giulia Sergas, who shared the first-round lead but had a 76 on Friday in the wind-swept second round, moved back near the top with four birdies on the front nine and also finished with a 69. Sergas was tied at 2 under with Stacy Lewis, Suzann Pettersen and Inbee Park. Lewis, a twotime winner in her last three events, had a 70, Pettersen shot a 71, and Park had a 72. Paula Creamer was at or near the top most of the day, but faltered at the end and finished with a 73. She was in a sevenway tie at 1 under. Regions Tradition BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Defending champion Tom Lehman shot a 4-under 68 to take a twostroke lead after the third round of the Regions Tradition, a Champions Tour major. Lehman had a 10-under 206 total at Shoal Creek. Peter Senior, a playoff loser to Lehman last year, and Jeff Sluman were tied for second. Senior shot 66, and Sluman 70 on an overcast, gusty and sometimes drizzly day. Bill Glasson held the lead for all but the tournament’s first hole coming into the day, but fell three shots back with a 74. He was tied with Russ Cochran, Brad Bryant and Fred Funk. Bryant and Funk shot 71, and Cochran had a 72. Nordea Masters BRO, Sweden — England’s Lee Westwood won the Nordea Masters for the third time for his 22nd European Tour title, closing with a 3-under 69 for a five-stroke victory. The third-ranked Westwood finished at 19-under 269 at Bro Hof Slott. He also won the event in 1996 and 2000. England’s Ross Fisher was second after a 71. Los Angeles Kings’ Jonathan Quick pauses after a goal was scored by New Jersey Devils’ Bryce Salvador in the second period during Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final Saturday in Newark, N.J.



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Montero a constant in M’s no-hitter The catcher was on duty as six Seattle pitchers combined to keep Dodgers hitless. The Associated Press

SEATTLE — Still giddy from one unlikely no-hitter, Seattle catcher Jesus Montero went around the clubhouse on Saturday searching for autographs. Montero printed pictures of the six pitchers involved in Friday’s combined 1-0 no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers, plus a couple shots of the on-field celebration. He handed out the photos with a Sharpie and asked for a signature, the phrase “no-

hitter” and the date. The rookie catcher turned to scrapbooking to chronicle the surprising gem. “(I) wanted them to sign it and remember this day,” Montero said. “Last night was so special for me, I want to remember that. When I get to be old, really old, I’ll remember then.” Montero was the one constant in the 10th combined no-hitter in major league history. Kevin Millwood started the game, then was followed by a parade of relievers after injuring his groin and coming out after the sixth inning. Millwood had an MRI, but the results were not known prior to Saturday’s game against Los An-

geles. The Hall of Fame requested three items from the no-hitter: a ball signed by all six pitchers, Millwood’s cap, and a public relations employee’s scorecard. New closer Tom Wilhelmsen has the ball from the final out. He’s not sure what to do with it, considering six pitchers — Millwood, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League and Wilhelmsen — were involved. “It’s in a safe place for now,” Wilhelmsen said. “I have asked a couple of folks what the right thing to do is, and I will continue to ask until I find the answer I want to hear.”

Wilhelmsen’s joking aside, what happened Friday was quite the accomplishment. The Dodgers have the best record in baseball and the six pitchers that combined for the no-hitter made the feat even more unlikely. The 37-year-old Millwood is in his 16th season. He got off to a rough start this year, putting his rotation spot in jeopardy, but has rebounded of late. The righthander is 3-1 with a 1.46 ERA in his last six starts, lowering his ERA for the year to 3.57. Opponents are hitting .238 against him, his lowest batting average against since he went 18-8 with the Atlanta Braves in 2002. Furbush has a career 5.04 ERA.



Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero, left, faces skyward as Ichiro Suzuki celebrates after the team beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 on Friday in a six-pitcher combined no-hitter.

Pryor earned his first major league win Friday night despite the shakiest outing among the group. The hard-throwing roo-

kie, who has been in the majors for a week, walked two and struck out one for the only out he recorded.


Campbell still Dawgs’ head coach … for now Coach is among the top winners in Berwick’s long, storied football history. By JOHN MEDEIROS


Maria Sharapova reacts as she defeats Sara Errani during their women’s final match in the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on Saturday. Sharapova won 6-3, 6-2.

Sharapova wins 1st title

She is 10th woman with Going for a ’Novak Slam’ a career grand slam By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer


PARIS — Sidelined in 2008 by a right shoulder that needed surgery, putting her tennis future suddenly in doubt, Maria Sharapova decided to use the free time to study a new language, the one spoken at the only Grand Slam tournament she had yet to win. “I found a French school close to my house,” she recalled, “and I did private lessons every single day for three months.” Sharapova cut short those classes when it was time to begin the slow, painful rehab process and get her shoulder back in shape. About 31⁄2 years later, on Saturday at Roland Garros, Sharapova put all of that hard work to good use on the most important clay court there is — and even trotted out a little French during the victory speech she often wondered if she’d ever get a chance to deliver. Whipping big serves with that rebuilt shoulder, putting forehands and backhands right on lines, and even moving well on the red surface she once worried made her look like a “cow on ice,” Sharapova beat surprise finalist Sara Errani of Italy 6-3, 6-2 to win her first French Open title and become the 10th woman with a career Grand Slam. “It’s a wonderful moment in my career,” the 25-year-old Sharapova told the crowd in French, before switching to English to add: “I’m really speechless. It’s been such a journey for me to get to this stage.” Truly has. So much came so easily for Sharapova at the start: Wimbledon

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champion at age 17; No. 1 in the rankings at 18; U.S. Open champion at 19; Australian Open champion at 20. But a shoulder operation in October 2008 made everything tougher. She didn’t play singles from August 2008 until the following May, when her ranking fell to 126th. “It wasn’t getting better as soon as everyone thought it would,” she said about her shoulder. “That was the frustrating thing, because it was like, ‘When is this going to end?”’ It took until her 10th post-surgery Grand Slam tournament for Sharapova to get back to a major final, at Wimbledon last July, but she lost. She also reached the Australian Open final this January, but lost again. Really, though, there’s something apropos about Sharapova’s fourth career Grand Slam title — and first since her shoulder was fixed — coming in Paris, rounding out the quartet at a spot that always seemed to present the most difficulties. Her powerful shots lose some sting on clay, and the footing can be tricky for anyone who didn’t grow up on the rustcolored stuff. A global celebrity with millions upon millions of dollars in endorsement deals, Sharapova put herself through the grind required to get back to the top of her sport — and to get better than ever on red clay. She’s unbeaten in16 matches on

PARIS — Novak Djokovic has won 27 matches in a row at Grand Slam tournaments. If he can make that 28 by beating Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s French Open final, Djokovic will earn a fourth consecutive major title, something no man has accomplished since 1969. Tough to imagine someone so close to such a historic achievement being an underdog, yet that’s exactly the case for Djokovic. Even the 25-year-old Serb says so. “You can say that he’s a favorite, definitely,” Djokovic conceded. Really? Even though Djokovic beat Nadal in each of the past three Grand Slam finals? Well, yes. Because as good as Djokovic is on all surfaces and in all settings at the moment, no one ever has been as good as Nadal is on the red clay of Roland Garros. Set aside that Nadal owns 10 Grand Slam titles overall, twice as many as Djokovic, and simply consider the

26-year-old Spaniard’s superb French Open bona fides. While Djokovic hopes to complete a “Novak Slam” — only two other men in the century-plus annals of tennis have been the reigning champion at all four Grand Slam tournaments simultaneously — Nadal seeks his record seventh trophy at the French Open. Only Nadal and Bjorn Borg have won the title six times. All told, Nadal is 51-1 at his favorite tournament, including 3-0 against Djokovic, who’s never before reached the final in Paris. “He has lost, what, two matches in his career here?” Djokovic asked during a news conference after eliminating 16-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the semifinals.

it this season, including titles at Stuttgart and Rome. “I could have said, ‘I don’t need this. I have money; I have fame; I have victories; I have Grand Slams.’ But when your love for something is bigger than all those things, you continue to keep getting up in the morning when it’s freezing outside, when you know that it can be the most difficult day, when nothing is working, when you feel like the belief sometimes isn’t there from the outside world, and you seem so small,”

said Sharapova, who will return to No. 1 for the first time since June 2008 in Monday’s WTA rankings. “But you can achieve great things when you don’t listen to all those things.” Errani, for her part, never paid attention to those who said a 5-foot-41⁄2 woman couldn’t possibly compete against the very best in tennis. Posing at the net before the match, the 6-foot-2 Sharapova towered over her opponent — then was head-and-shoulders above Errani when play began, too.



It is possible Berwick will be in the market for a head football coach in the coming days. Gary Campbell, who spent the past six seasons leading the Bulldogs, is reportedly a finalist to be named head coach and athletic director at Wahconah Regional in Dalton, Mass., the school where the 41-year-old coached before coming to Pennsylvania. News broke Saturday morning that Campbell has resigned his post at Berwick, according to a handful of web sites that report on high school sports. Berwick athletic director Tim Honeywell refuted their stories. “He has not tendered a resignation at this time,” Honeywell said. “He is still with Berwick.” Also, several sources said that Campbell was in charge of team members Saturday at a lifting competition held at Northwest. The Central Berkshire Regional School District has set its next school board meeting at Wahconah on Thursday at 7 p.m. Campbell is 46-25 in his six seasons leading the Bulldogs, having taken over the program from the legendary George Curry, who, for comparison, was 4024-1 in his first six years at Berwick. Campbell won a District 2 Class 3A title in 2008 and an Eastern Conference crown in 2011, and has a 7-4 postseason record with the Bulldogs. Soon after the EC championship in December, the Berwick school board explored opening Campbell’s position. The board chose to retain Campbell and freshman coach Scott Dennis, who had reportedly been dismissed. Action started after a meeting of the Berwick Athletic Com-

mittee earlier the same day of the December board meeting. School board member Lori Campbell Dennis, Scott’s wife, and a teacher and coach in the Greater Nanticoke School District, is on the committee. Berwick superintendent Wayne Brookhart pointed to Campbell’s turnaround of this year’s team as reason enough he should return as head football coach. The Bulldogs began the year 1-3 before winning eight consecutive games to capture the Eastern Conference championship. "From my position, anyone who starts 1-3 and rallies the troops to win eight in a row, shouldn’t be let go," Brookhart said in December. "Also, we were 7-3 this year and that almost always gets you into districts." If Campbell does leave Berwick -- one of the nation’s winningest programs -- he will do so fourth on the school’s career wins list, trailing Curry (36274-3 from 1971-2005), Junie Bream (54-28-8 from 1928-37) and Joe Coviello (48-14-1 from 1938-42). “Gary did have high hopes for this year,” Honeywell said. “If he goes that route, I wish him well. He’s going to be a loss for us.” Honeywell could not say if the next head coach would simply be promoted from within, or if a search for someone outside the program would take place if Campbell departs. “We’ll have to advertise the position,” Honeywell said. “We have some long-time assistants who will continue the summer program. Andy Mihaly has been here 30 years. Keith Seely … Mike Bennett, they will continue working with the players. “But that’s once it happens. Nothing has happened yet.” Campbell could not be reached for comment.


Norfolk sweeps Marlies for title The Associated Press

TORONTO — Tyler Johnson and Mike Kostka each scored twice and the Norfolk Admirals won their first Calder Cup title, beating the Toronto Marlies 6-1 on Saturday to sweep the American Hockey League final. “We played hard, got the bounces and it’s just unbelievable to finish it out this way,” Johnson said. Richard Panik and Pierre-Cedric Labrie also scored, Johnson added two assists, and Cory Conacher had four assists. Dustin Tokarski stopped 18 shots. “The guys got so much character, heart, discipline and passion for the game,” said Tokarski, who finished the playoffs with a 1.46 goals-against average, a .944 save percentage and three shutouts. “It’s been a won-

derful year. I’m lucky to be on this team.” Mike Zigomanis scored for Toronto. The Admirals are the Tampa Bay Lightning’s top affiliate. The Marlies are the Toronto Maple Leafs’ farm club. “It’s not by accident Norfolk won all these games in a row,” Marlies coach Dallas Eakins said. “That is an excellent team that is not only skilled, but they check well and they’re healthy.” Alex Picard scored only six goals in 42 regular season games, then had nine in 18 games during the playoffs to take home playoff MVP honors. “There’s no words for it,” Picard said. “It’s just a great group of guys and we’ve been playing for this all season. It’s just a dream come true.





YMCA’s top swimmers

The Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA swim team had six swimmers qualify for the Eastern District championships. Front row: Madison Weiss, 10, Mountain Top, girls U10 50 backstroke, 39.50 seconds; Colin Wroebeleski, 11, Mountain Top, boys 11-12 50 breaststroke, 40.30; Christopher Cabonilas, 9, Nanticoke, boys U10 50 breaststroke, 44.68. Back row: Margaret Walting, 9, West Nanticoke, qualified in girls U10 50 freestyle, 100 IM, 50 back and 50 breast, competed in 50 backstroke (36.38) and 100 individual medley (1:17.82); Corinne Smith, 12, Mountain Top, girls 11-12 50 backstroke, 34.48; coach Suzanne Youngblood; Adam Mahler, 11, Mountain Top, boys 11-12 50 butterfly, 33.85.

Golf tourney set for today

St. Joseph Marello Parish will be hosting its 18th annual golf tournament at Wilkes-Barre Municipal Golf Course today at 8 a.m. One of the corporate sponsors is Uncle Joe’s Pizza and Subs, soon to be located in the new Walmart Plaza on Route 315. Golfers will have an opportunity to win a new car lease from Coccia Ford. From left: Emory Guffrovich; Ken Augustine; Fr. Joseph Sibilano, pastor; Kristene Sciandra, Uncle Joe’s Pizza and Subs; Charlie Sciandra; Frank Sciabacucchi.

Benefit golf tourney Friday

McGlynn Learning Center will sponsor a golf tournament Friday at Sand Springs Golf Course. The tourney benefits at-risk children living in low-income housing developments. Two gas grills were donated by Walmart for a raffle. For more information, call 824-8891. Pictured: Sr. Miriam Stadulis, director of McGlynn Center; Heather Hetrick, Walmart human resource manager; Sr. Elizabeth Brody, assistant director of Mineral Springs site; Darrin Rudy, Walmart quality assurance manager.

Sem honors standouts

Wyoming Seminary recently announced its award winners for winter sports. In boys basketball, Seth Callahan (freshman, Hanover Township), Blue Knight Award; Joshua Lefkowitz (senior, Kingston), Gold Award. In girls basketball, Anne Romanowski (senior, West Pittston) team MVP; Jane Henry (senior, Shavertown) Coaches’ Award. Romanowski, Henry and Haley Karg (senior, Pittston) also received Gold Awards. In girls ice hockey, Olivia Barragree (junior, Billings, Mont.), Most Improved Player; Katie Marsman (senior, Wantagh, N.Y.), Coaches’ Award; Kristina Yannotta (senior, Edwardsville) Gold Award. In boys ice hockey, Craig Skudalski (junior, Wyoming) and William Power (sophomore, Hollidaysburg) Offensive Coaches Award; Brett Magnus (junior, Quebec City, Que.) Defensive Coaches Award. In girls swimming, Amy Shick (senior, Mountain Top) Coaches Award. In boys swimming, Gavin Gagliardi (junior, WilkesBarre) Coaches Award; Eric Cholish (senior, Exton) and Alex Kolessar (senior, Shavertown) Gold Award. In wrestling, Tyrel White (sophomore, Bomoseen, Vt.), Most Improved Wrestler Award; Michael Johnson (freshman, Kingston) Most Team Points Scored. Dominick Malone (senior, Granby, Conn.) and Logan May (senior, Dallas) Gold Award.

JCC senior champs honored

The JCC Wednesday night Senior Men’s League concluded with the crowning of Tulpehocken Spring Water as champs with an 88-79 victory over Rosenberg Funeral Chapel. Tulpehocken was led by Bobby Baird’s 31 points followed by Cory Sabulsky with 20. Rosenberg Funeral Chapel, the first-half champions were led by Rob Gronski Jr. with 27. Tulpehocken Water, from left: Bill Buzza, JCC recreation director; Bobby Baird; Shawn Sabulsky; John Battista; Evan Greenberg; Cory Sabulsky; John Berlyn; Rachel Pisarz, scorekeeper.

Rutkoski named All-Academic Patla competes in show

Lightning qualifies for nationals

The Luzerne County Lightning eighth grade girls basketball team qualified for nationals beginning July 3 at the ESPN Zone in Orlando, Fla. First row: Asdone Hooper, Savanna Robinson, Amber Grohowski, Alaena Lloyd. Second row: Haley Bobos, Giannia Roberts, Mandy Scarcella, Miranda Pace, Cassie Schinski, coach Curt Lloyd.

Morgan Christine Patla, 9, participated in the Borrowdale Acres Inc. open horse show recently. Palta won overall reserve champion in the mini stirrup walk and trot division (U10). In addition, she placed first in the mini stirrup equitation class, second in the mini stirrup pleasure class and third in the mini stirrup hunter class. She is the daughter of Ed and Krista Patla of Harveys Lake.

Tigers’ Howell nets 1,000th assist

Tunkhannock’s Randy Howell had 57 assists, including the 1,000 of his career, in a match against Lake-Lehman last month. Shown is Randy Howell and his father, Scott Howell, after the milestone.

King’s College softball standout Kayla Rutkoski, a Northwest grad, was named to the Capital One/College Sports Information Directors of America District 4 All-Academic Team. To be nominated, student-athletes must maintain a minimum 3.30 grade-point average and be at least a sophomore in class standing. A junior second-baseman, Rutkoski posted a teamhigh and career-high .394 batting average with seven doubles, one home run, one triple, 20 RBI and 27 runs. She also registered a .964 fielding percentage.

Giving Back 5K a success

MetroCast Communications of Berwick hosted its first “MetroCast Giving Back 5K Run/Walk” recently at the Summerhill Fire Company in Berwick. Thousands of dollars were raised from the event that will be directed to local organizations that assist residents in need in the region. Pictured from left: Wade Joline (third place male), Shane Martz (second place male), Mike Lisnock (first place male), Kelly Maze (first place female), Ann Sick (third place female). Absent from photo: Kerry Zawadski (second place female).

Wyoming Area teams take titles

Two teams representing Greater Wyoming Area (GWA) Girls Youth Basketball participated in a number of tournaments and won championships in the Wilkes-Barre CYC Youth Basketball League. Team SWISH (grades 3-4) went 11-2 and won tournaments at Wyoming Area Catholic, the Wilkes-Barre CYC and Wyoming Valley West. The GWA Warriors (grades 5-6) went 12-1 and won the championship in the Wyoming Area Catholic tournament. In addition to the championships, the two teams also played in an exhibition game prior to the Harlem Globetrotter’s appearance at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township. Picture at left, Team SWISH: Sidney Maguire, Nicole Silinskie, Erika Holweg, Emma Granahan, Brianna Pizzano, Cassidy Orzel, Ellie Glatz. Picture at right, GWA Warriors: Olivia Kopetchny, Julia Kopetchny, Megan Dillon, Aleah Kranson, Kristi Skok, Sarah Holweg, Gwen Glatz, Annie Karcutskie, Addison Orzel.


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Baltimore Orioles’ Adam Jones takes off his helmet as he heads home to score after his game-winning home run on Saturday.

Phils can’t keep up with Orioles’ Jones MIAMI — Ben Zobrist homeBALTIMORE — Adam Jones red twice and drove in four runs hit a two-run homer in the 12th to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a and the Baltimore Orioles won 13-4 victory over the Miami their eighth straight extra-inMarlins on Saturday night. ning game, beating the PhiladelJose Molina and Elliot Johnphia Phillies 6-4 Saturday and son had three RBIs each for the Rays, who have won three spoiling B.J. Rosenberg’s major straight. league debut. Jones ended a season-worst Giants 5, Rangers 2 0-for-18 slump with a single in SAN FRANCISCO — Ryan the ninth, then launched a drive Vogelsong pitched a season-high over the outstretched glove of 7 2-3 innings and won his fifth center fielder Shane Victorino. straight decision, Nate SchierChris Davis drew a leadoff holtz hit an RBI triple and the walk in the 12th from RosenSan Francisco Giants bounced berg (0-1) and Jones followed back from their first shutout of with his 17th home run. the season to beat the Texas Yankees 4, Mets 2 Rangers 5-2 on Saturday. NEW YORK — Mark Teixeira White Sox 10, Astros 1 hit a go-ahead homer and Phil CHICAGO — Chris Sale Hughes won his third straight decision, sending the New York pitched eight shutout innings to Yankees to a 4-2 victory over the earn his fifth straight win and Adam Dunn had a grand slam Mets on Saturday night. and five RBIs Saturday to lead Curtis Granderson also connected and Alex Rodriguez had the Chicago White Sox to a 10-1 an early RBI single for the surg- victory over the Houston Asing Yankees (33-25), who go for tros. Sale (8-2) sailed through a Subway Series sweep Sunday Houston’s lineup on an 87with Andy Pettitte on the mound against Jonathon Niese. degree afternoon. The 6-foot-6 left-hander allowed four singles, Nationals 4, Red Sox 2 struck out seven and walked none while throwing 101 pitchBOSTON — Gio Gonzalez es. pitched 6 1-3 effective innings, Adam LaRoche hit a solo homer Angels 11, Rockies 5 and the Washington Nationals DENVER — Albert Pujols spoiled Daisuke Matsuzaka’s homered and singled to drive in return from reconstructive four runs, Mike Trout had three elbow surgery by beating the hits, including a two-run single, Boston Red Sox 4-2 on Satand Dan Haren pitched effecurday. tively into the sixth inning to Ian Desmond had a two-run lead the Los Angeles Angels to single and Michael Morse addtheir eighth straight road win, ed an RBI double during a 11-5 over the Colorado Rockies three-run fourth for Washington, which has won the first two on Saturday. of a three-game interleague Padres 5, Brewers 2 series. MILWAUKEE — Ross OhlenTigers 3, Reds 2 dorf had a string relief outing and the San Diego Padres CINCINNATI — Prince Fielstrung together four consecder homered before driving in utive singles in a sixth-inning the tie-breaking run with a rally to beat the Milwaukee two-out single in the eighth Brewers 5-2 on Saturday. inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 3-2 victory over the CincinCardinals 2, Indians 0 nati Reds on Saturday. ST. LOUIS — Kyle Lohse Brennan Boesch started Deallowed three hits in 7 2-3 introit’s two-out rally against Sean Marshall (1-3) with a double off nings to outduel Justin Masterson, and Carlos Beltran hit the wall in center field. his National League-leading Braves 5, Blue Jays 2 17th home run in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2-0 victory over the ATLANTA — Tommy Hanson shut down another AL East Cleveland Indians on Saturday team, Dan Uggla hit a three-run night. homer and the Atlanta Braves Pirates 5, Royals 3 beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 PITTSBURGH — Neil Walkon Saturday for their seasoner drove in the go-ahead run best sixth straight win. with a groundout during a Braves rookie shortstop Anwacky fourth inning and the drelton Simmons hit his first Pittsburgh Pirates rallied to beat career homer off Drew Hutchithe Kansas City Royals 5-3 on son (5-3) in the seventh. Saturday night. The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Trevor Plouffe had a double, a homer and four RBIs and Scott Diamond pitched six scoreless innings to lead the Minnesota Twins to an 11-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. Rays 13, Marlins 4






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SEATTLE — A day after getting no-hit by the Mariners, the Los Angeles Dodgers rebounded to beat Seattle 8-3 Saturday as Jerry Hairston Jr. had a career-best five RBIs and Clayton Kershaw struck out a season-high 12.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE Friday's Games Pittsburgh 4, Kansas City 2 N.Y. Yankees 9, N.Y. Mets 1 Philadelphia 9, Baltimore 6 Cincinnati 6, Detroit 5, 10 innings Tampa Bay 5, Miami 1 Washington 7, Boston 4 Atlanta 4, Toronto 3, 10 innings Minnesota 8, Chicago Cubs 7, 10 innings Houston 8, Chicago White Sox 3 Cleveland 6, St. Louis 2 L.A. Angels 7, Colorado 2 Arizona 9, Oakland 8 Seattle 1, L.A. Dodgers 0 Texas 5, San Francisco 0 Saturday's Games Minnesota 11, Chicago Cubs 3 Baltimore 6, Philadelphia 4, 12 innings San Francisco 5, Texas 2 Atlanta 5, Toronto 2 Washington 4, Boston 2 Detroit 3, Cincinnati 2 Chicago White Sox 10, Houston 1 L.A. Angels 11, Colorado 5 St. Louis 2, Cleveland 0 Pittsburgh 5, Kansas City 3 L.A. Dodgers 8, Seattle 3 N.Y. Yankees 4, N.Y. Mets 2 Tampa Bay 13, Miami 4 Oakland at Arizona, 10:10 p.m. Sunday's Games N.Y. Mets (Niese 4-2) at N.Y. Yankees (Pettitte 3-2), 1:05 p.m. Tampa Bay (Shields 6-4) at Miami (A.Sanchez 3-4), 1:10 p.m. Kansas City (B.Chen 5-5) at Pittsburgh (A.J.Burnett

5-2), 1:35 p.m. Philadelphia (Cl.Lee 0-3) at Baltimore (Hammel 6-2), 1:35 p.m. Toronto (R.Romero 7-1) at Atlanta (Teheran 0-0), 1:35 p.m. Washington (Zimmermann 3-5) at Boston (Lester 3-4), 1:35 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Dempster 1-3) at Minnesota (Liriano 1-6), 2:10 p.m. Houston (Harrell 5-4) at Chicago White Sox (Humber 2-3), 2:10 p.m. Cleveland (Jimenez 6-4) at St. Louis (Kelly 0-0), 2:15 p.m. L.A. Angels (E.Santana 2-7) at Colorado (Friedrich 4-1), 3:10 p.m. Texas (Ogando 1-0) at San Francisco (Lincecum 2-6), 4:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Billingsley 3-4) at Seattle (Beavan 3-5), 4:10 p.m. Oakland (Blackley 0-1) at Arizona (J.Saunders 3-4), 4:10 p.m. Detroit (Smyly 2-2) at Cincinnati (Bailey 4-4), 8:05 p.m. Monday's Games Washington at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. Boston at Miami, 7:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. L.A. Angels at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. NATIONAL LEAGUE Friday's Games Milwaukee 9, San Diego 5 Saturday's Games San Diego at Milwaukee, 4:10 p.m. Sunday's Games San Diego (Bass 2-5) at Milwaukee (Gallardo 4-5), 2:10 p.m.


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ab r h bi Span cf 5 2 2 1 Revere rf 5 1 2 1 Mauer c 4 1 3 2 Butera c 1 0 0 0 Wlngh lf 4 1 2 1 Mstrnn lf 1 0 1 0 Mornea 1b 2 2 2 0 Parmel 1b 1 0 0 0 Doumit dh 5 1 1 1 Plouffe 3b 4 2 2 4 Dozier ss 4 0 1 1 JCarrll 2b 2 1 0 0 Totals 38 311 3 Totals 38111611 Chicago............................ 000 000 120 — 3 Minnesota........................ 020 612 00x — 11 DP—Chicago 1. LOB—Chicago 8, Minnesota 7. 2B—Re.Johnson (4), Span (15), Mauer (13), Doumit (7), Plouffe (6). HR—A.Soriano (12), Plouffe (9). CS—Dozier (2). IP H R ER BB SO Chicago Samardzija L,5-4..... 32⁄3 9 8 8 1 1 C.Coleman............... 12⁄3 6 3 3 2 1 Asencio .................... 12⁄3 0 0 0 1 0 Corpas...................... 1 1 0 0 0 0 Minnesota Diamond W,5-1 ....... 6 7 0 0 0 5 Gray .......................... 2 3 3 3 0 1 Manship.................... 1 1 0 0 0 1 WP—Samardzija 2, Gray. Umpires—Home, Paul Emmel;First, Scott Barry;Second, Jerry Meals;Third, Gary Darling. T—3:00. A—39,309 (39,500). RJhnsn lf SCastro ss Cardns ph-2b DeJess rf K.Hill c ASorin dh JeBakr 1b-rf Mather cf Clevngr c-1b Barney 2b-ss IStewrt 3b

Braves 5, Blue Jays 2 Toronto

Atlanta ab r h bi ab r h bi Lawrie 3b 4 0 0 0 Bourn cf 4 1 3 1 Rasms cf 4 1 1 0 Prado 3b 4 0 0 0 Bautist rf 3 1 1 2 McCnn c 3 1 0 0 Encrnc 1b 4 0 1 0 Uggla 2b 3 1 1 3 KJhnsn 2b 4 0 1 0 Heywrd rf 4 0 0 0 YEscor ss 3 0 1 0 FFrmn 1b 4 0 1 0 RDavis lf 2 0 0 0 Smmns ss 4 1 1 1 McCoy lf 1 0 0 0 Constnz lf 3 1 2 0 L.Perez p 0 0 0 0 Hanson p 2 0 0 0 Mathis c 3 0 0 0 Kimrel p 0 0 0 0 Htchsn p 2 0 0 0 YGoms lf 1 0 0 0 Totals 31 2 5 2 Totals 31 5 8 5 Toronto............................... 000 002 000 — 2 Atlanta ................................ 003 000 20x — 5 LOB—Toronto 3, Atlanta 5. 2B—Bourn (13). HR— Bautista (17), Uggla (11), Simmons (1). SB—Bourn (16). CS—K.Johnson (1). S—Hanson. IP H R ER BB SO Toronto Hutchison L,5-3....... 61⁄3 7 5 5 1 7 L.Perez..................... 12⁄3 1 0 0 1 2 Atlanta Hanson W,7-4 ......... 8 5 2 2 1 4 Kimbrel S,18-19 ...... 1 0 0 0 0 1 WP—Hanson. Umpires—Home, Dan Bellino;First, Chris Conroy;Second, Jerry Layne;Third, Hunter Wendelstedt. T—2:34. A—32,819 (49,586).

Nationals 4, Red Sox 2 Washington

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ab r h bi Nava lf 4 0 0 0 Pedroia 2b 4 0 1 0 AdGnzl rf 4 0 0 0 Ortiz dh 4 0 1 0 Youkils 1b 4 0 0 0 Mdlrks 3b 3 1 0 0 Aviles ss 4 1 1 0 DMcDn cf 1 0 0 0 Sweeny Espinos 2b 3 0 0 0 ph-cf 1 0 1 0 Ankiel cf 3 0 1 0 Shppch c 2 0 0 0 Sltlmch Flores c 3 0 0 0 ph-c 2 0 1 2 Totals 31 4 5 4 Totals 33 2 5 2 Washington ....................... 010 300 000 — 4 Boston ................................ 000 000 200 — 2 E—LaRoche (4), G.Gonzalez (1), Harper (4). DP— Boston 1. LOB—Washington 1, Boston 7. 2B—Morse (3), Ankiel (9), Ortiz (19), Sweeney (17). HR—LaRoche (10). SB—Aviles (7). IP H R ER BB SO Washington G.Gonzalez W,8-2.. 61⁄3 3 2 2 2 5 Stammen.................. 0 0 0 0 1 0 Mic.Gonzalez H,1 ... 2⁄3 1 0 0 0 1 S.Burnett H,10 ........ 1 0 0 0 0 0 Clippard S,7-8 ......... 1 1 0 0 0 0 Boston Matsuzaka L,0-1...... 5 5 4 4 1 8 F.Morales................. 3 0 0 0 0 3 Aceves ..................... 1 0 0 0 0 2 Stammen pitched to 1 batter in the 7th. WP—G.Gonzalez. Umpires—Home, Dana DeMuth;First, Alan Porter;Second, Paul Nauert;Third, Doug Eddings. T—2:53. A—37,534 (37,067). Lmrdzz lf TMoore ph-lf Berndn lf Harper rf Zmrmn 3b LaRoch 1b Morse dh Dsmnd ss

Giants 5, Rangers 2 Texas Kinsler 2b Andrus ss Hamltn lf Beltre 3b MiYong 1b

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San Francisco ab GBlanc lf 5 Theriot 2b 4 Sandovl 3b 4 Posey c 4 Pagan cf 3

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N.Cruz rf 3 0 0 0 Belt 1b 4 0 0 0 DvMrp rf 1 0 0 0 Schrhlt rf 4 0 2 1 Napoli c 3 1 1 1 BCrwfr ss 4 1 0 0 Gentry cf 2 0 0 0 Vglsng p 3 1 1 0 Feldmn p 1 0 0 0 JaLopz p 0 0 0 0 R.Ross p 0 0 0 0 Romo p 0 0 0 0 Uehara p 0 0 0 0 A.Huff ph 1 0 0 0 Morlnd ph 1 1 1 1 Hensly p 0 0 0 0 Schprs p 0 0 0 0 SCasill p 0 0 0 0 BSnydr ph 1 0 0 0 Totals 30 2 5 2 Totals 36 510 5 Texas.................................. 000 000 011 — 2 San Francisco.................... 001 011 20x — 5 E—Hamilton (3), Kinsler (7), Uehara (1). DP—San Francisco 1. LOB—Texas 7, San Francisco 8. 2B—Hamilton (13), Pagan (12), Schierholtz (2). 3B—Schierholtz (4). HR—Napoli (11), Moreland (9). SB—Theriot (4). CS—Andrus (2). S—Feldman. IP H R ER BB SO Texas Feldman L,0-5 ......... 51⁄3 4 3 2 1 7 R.Ross ..................... 2⁄3 1 0 0 0 0 Uehara ..................... 1 4 2 2 0 1 Scheppers ............... 1 1 0 0 0 1 San Francisco Vogelsong W,5-2 .... 72⁄3 3 1 1 3 3 Ja.Lopez .................. 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Romo ........................ 1⁄3 Hensley .................... 2⁄3 1 1 1 1 0 S.Casilla S,16-17.... 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 Ja.Lopez pitched to 1 batter in the 8th. HBP—by Vogelsong (Gentry). WP—R.Ross. PB— Napoli. Balk—Feldman. Umpires—Home, Tony Randazzo;First, Brian Gorman;Second, Todd Tichenor;Third, Larry Vanover. T—3:00. A—41,704 (41,915).

Angels 11, Rockies 5 Los Angeles

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Tigers 3, Reds 2 Detroit

Cincinnati ab r h bi ab r h bi AJcksn cf 4 0 0 0 Cozart ss 5 0 0 0 Boesch rf 4 1 1 0 Heisey cf 4 1 2 0 Berry lf 0 0 0 0 Votto 1b 2 1 1 0 MiCarr 3b 3 0 0 0 BPhllps 2b 3 0 0 0 Fielder 1b 4 1 2 2 Bruce rf 4 0 1 0 DYong lf 4 0 0 0 Ludwck lf 3 0 0 0 Benoit p 0 0 0 0 Frazier 3b 4 0 1 2 Valvrd p 0 0 0 0 Hanign c 4 0 0 0 RSantg ss 4 1 2 1 Arroyo p 2 0 1 0 Laird c 4 0 1 0 Negron ph 0 0 0 0 Worth 2b 3 0 1 0 Marshll p 0 0 0 0 Verlndr p 1 0 0 0 Ondrsk p 0 0 0 0 Villarrl p 0 0 0 0 Cairo ph 1 0 0 0 HPerez ph 1 0 0 0 D.Kelly lf-rf 1 0 0 0 Totals 33 3 7 3 Totals 32 2 6 2 Detroit................................. 010 100 010 — 3 Cincinnati ........................... 000 200 000 — 2 DP—Detroit 1. LOB—Detroit 6, Cincinnati 8. 2B—Boesch (11), Heisey (7), Votto (26), Bruce (15). HR—Fielder (10), R.Santiago (2). S—Verlander. IP H R ER BB SO Detroit Verlander ................. 6 6 2 2 3 9 Villarreal W,2-1 ....... 1 0 0 0 2 1 Benoit H,15.............. 1 0 0 0 0 2 Valverde S,11-14.... 1 0 0 0 0 0 Cincinnati Arroyo....................... 7 5 2 2 0 4 Marshall L,1-3 ......... 2⁄3 2 1 1 1 0 Ondrusek ................. 11⁄3 0 0 0 1 0 WP—Villarreal 2, Ondrusek. Umpires—Home, Tom Hallion;First, Angel Hernandez;Second, Ed Hickox;Third, Mark Carlson. T—3:06. A—42,443 (42,319).

White Sox 10, Astros 1 Houston

Chicago ab r h bi De Aza cf 5 2 4 1 Bckhm 2b 5 2 3 3 A.Dunn dh 4 1 2 5 Konerk 1b 2 0 1 0 Lillirdg 1b 1 0 0 0 Rios rf 5 0 2 1 Przyns c 5 0 0 0 AlRmrz ss 5 1 2 0 JrDnks lf 5 2 2 0 EEscor 3b 3 2 1 0 Totals 33 1 6 1 Totals 40101710 Houston ........................... 000 000 001 — 1 Chicago............................ 000 051 04x — 10 E—M.Downs (2), Altuve (8). LOB—Houston 6, Chicago 10. HR—Lowrie (12), A.Dunn (19). SB— Jor.Danks (1). CS—De Aza (5). SF—A.Dunn. IP H R ER BB SO Houston Lyles L,1-2 ............... 41⁄3 7 5 4 3 0 X.Cedeno................. 11⁄3 3 1 1 0 2 D.Carpenter............. 11⁄3 1 0 0 0 2 6 4 4 0 0 R.Cruz ...................... 2⁄3 Lyon .......................... 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 Chicago Sale W,8-2 ............... 8 4 0 0 0 7 Z.Stewart ................. 1 2 1 1 0 2 HBP—by Sale (Altuve). Umpires—Home, Laz Diaz;First, Mike Everitt;Second, Paul Schrieber;Third, Lance Barrett. T—2:44. A—22,880 (40,615). Altuve 2b Bixler lf Lowrie ss JDMrtn dh Maxwll cf Wallac 1b CSnydr c MDwns 3b Bogsvc rf

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r 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

h bi 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Cardinals 2, Indians 0 Cleveland

ab 4 4 4 3 4 3 2 3 2 1 0

r 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

h bi 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

St. Louis

ab r h bi Furcal ss 3 0 0 1 Beltran rf 4 1 3 1 YMolin c 3 0 1 0 Craig lf 4 0 0 0 MAdms 1b 3 0 0 0 Freese 3b 3 0 0 0 Descals 2b 3 0 1 0 SRonsn cf 3 1 1 0 Lohse p 2 0 1 0 Rzpczy p 0 0 0 0 Chamrs ph 0 0 0 0 Motte p 0 0 0 0 Totals 30 0 3 0 Totals 28 2 7 2 Cleveland ........................... 000 000 000 — 0 St. Louis ............................. 001 000 01x — 2 E—Freese (4). LOB—Cleveland 5, St. Louis 5. 2B—Beltran (7), Descalso (3), S.Robinson (5). HR—Beltran (17). CS—A.Cabrera (3), Y.Molina (1). S—Chambers. SF—Furcal. IP H R ER BB SO Cleveland Masterson L,2-6...... 7 5 1 1 0 6 Accardo .................... 1 2 1 1 1 0 St. Louis Lohse W,6-1 ............ 72⁄3 3 0 0 2 4 Rzepczynski H,7 ..... 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 Motte S,11-14.......... 1 0 0 0 0 0 Umpires—Home, Mark Wegner;First, Wally Bell;Second, Brian Knight;Third, Mike Winters. T—2:14. A—41,694 (43,975). Choo rf ACarer ss Kipnis 2b CSantn c Brantly cf Damon lf Ktchm 1b Chsnhll 3b Mstrsn p Duncan ph Accard p

Pirates 5, Royals 3 Kansas City AGordn lf YBtncr 2b Butler 1b Mostks 3b Francr cf Hosmer rf B.Pena c AEscor ss Mazzar p KHerrr p CRonsn ph Crow p

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r 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

h bi 0 0 1 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0


ab 5 3 3 3 0 0 1 2 3 3 4 1

Hanrahan S,17-19 .. 1 0 0 0 0 0 Resop pitched to 2 batters in the 6th. Mazzaro pitched to 4 batters in the 4th. HBP—by Mazzaro (Tabata). Umpires—Home, Jim Wolf;First, Derryl Cousins;Second, Ron Kulpa;Third, D.J. Reyburn. T—3:14. A—39,312 (38,362).

N AT I O N A L L E A G U E Padres 5, Brewers 2 San Diego

Milwaukee ab r h bi ab r h bi Venale rf 4 0 1 1 Hart 1b 5 0 0 0 Forsyth 2b 5 0 2 1 Aoki rf 5 1 1 0 Kotsay lf 3 0 0 0 Braun lf 5 0 1 0 Denorfi ph-lf 2 1 1 0 ArRmr 3b 4 0 2 0 Headly 3b 4 1 3 0 RWeks 2b 4 0 1 1 Alonso 1b 4 1 2 1 Ransm ss 2 1 0 0 Maybin cf 4 0 1 0 Morgan cf 3 0 1 0 JoBakr c 4 1 2 2 Mldnd c 2 0 1 1 ECarer ss 4 1 1 0 Kottars ph-c 1 0 0 0 Cashnr p 1 0 0 0 Fiers p 0 0 0 0 Ohlndrf p 2 0 0 0 Conrad ph 1 0 0 0 Grgrsn p 1 0 0 0 MParr p 0 0 0 0 Thtchr p 0 0 0 0 Green ph 0 0 0 0 Thayer p 0 0 0 0 CGomz ph 1 0 1 0 Street p 0 0 0 0 FrRdrg p 0 0 0 0 Totals 38 513 5 Totals 33 2 8 2 San Diego .......................... 001 012 100 — 5 Milwaukee.......................... 100 100 000 — 2 DP—Milwaukee 2. LOB—San Diego 8, Milwaukee 11. 2B—Venable (13), Denorfia (10), Ar.Ramirez (17), R.Weeks (9). SB—E.Cabrera (5), Aoki (4). S—Fiers 2. IP H R ER BB SO San Diego Cashner ................... 21⁄3 2 1 1 2 5 Ohlendorf W,1-0 ..... 41⁄3 5 1 1 2 4 Gregerson H,7 ........ 1 0 0 0 0 2 Thatcher ................... 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Thayer H,1 ............... 1⁄3 Street S,5-5 ............. 1 0 0 0 0 0 Milwaukee Fiers L,1-2................ 6 10 4 4 1 6 M.Parra .................... 2 2 1 1 1 2 Fr.Rodriguez ........... 1 1 0 0 0 2 Thatcher pitched to 1 batter in the 8th. HBP—by Gregerson (Morgan). WP—Cashner 2, Fiers, Fr.Rodriguez. Umpires—Home, Mike DiMuro;First, Jim Joyce;Second, Jim Reynolds;Third, Vic Carapazza.

F R I D AY ’ S L A T E B O X E S Mariners 1, Dodgers 0 Los Angeles

h bi 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0

Presley lf Walker 2b AMcCt cf GJones 1b Resop p Slaten p McGeh 1b PAlvrz 3b Tabata rf Barajs c Barmes ss JMcDnl p Hague LColmn p 0 0 0 0 ph-1b 2 1 0 0 Giavtll ph 1 0 0 0 JHughs p 0 0 0 0 GHllnd p 0 0 0 0 Mercer ph 0 0 0 0 Hanrhn p 0 0 0 0 Totals 37 3 9 3 Totals 30 5 6 4 Kansas City ....................... 002 100 000 — 3 Pittsburgh .......................... 000 500 00x — 5 E—B.Pena (2), Resop (2). LOB—Kansas City 9, Pittsburgh 8. 2B—Hosmer 2 (11), McGehee (6). HR—Y.Betancourt (3). SB—A.Gordon (2), Butler (1), Presley 2 (5), Walker (5). CS—Mercer (1). IP H R ER BB SO Kansas City Mazzaro L,2-1 ......... 3 3 4 3 4 4 K.Herrera ................. 2 2 1 0 1 0 Crow ......................... 1 0 0 0 0 2 L.Coleman ............... 1 1 0 0 0 1 G.Holland ................. 1 0 0 0 1 0 Pittsburgh Ja.McDonald ........... 4 5 3 3 2 2 Resop ....................... 1 3 0 0 0 0 Slaten H,2 ................ 2⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 J.Hughes W,2-0 1 0 0 0 2 H,5 ............................ 21⁄3

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h bi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Braves 4, Blue Jays 3, 10 innings Toronto

ab 3 5 4 4 4 3 4 3 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0

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h bi 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


ab r h bi Bourn cf 5 0 3 0 Prado 3b 5 0 2 0 McCnn c 3 0 0 0 Uggla 2b 1 1 0 1 Heywrd rf 5 2 2 1 Hinske 1b 2 0 0 0 M.Diaz ph 1 0 0 0 Venters p 0 0 0 0 JFrncs ph 1 0 0 0 OFlhrt p 0 0 0 0 Kimrel p 0 0 0 0 CMrtnz p 0 0 0 0 JWilson ph 0 0 0 0 Smmns ss 3 0 0 0 Beachy p 2 1 2 0 Durbin p 0 0 0 0 D.Ross ph 0 0 0 0 FFrmn ph-1b 2 0 0 0 Constnz lf 4 0 0 0 Totals 34 3 5 3 Totals 34 4 9 2 Toronto ......................... 000 002 010 0 — 3 Atlanta........................... 001 002 000 1 — 4 One out when winning run scored. E—Arencibia (4). DP—Toronto 1. LOB—Toronto 9, Atlanta 10. 2B—Encarnacion (11), Bourn 2 (12), Prado (17), Heyward (9), Beachy (1). HR—Bautista (16). SB—K.Johnson (7), R.Davis 2 (14), Heyward (10). CS—Bourn (7). S—Y.Escobar, J.Wilson. IP H R ER BB SO Toronto Drabek...................... 5 6 3 3 4 0 L.Perez..................... 1⁄3 0 0 0 1 0 Beck.......................... 2⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 Villanueva ................ 1 1 0 0 2 1 Oliver ........................ 1 0 0 0 0 1 Frasor ....................... 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 Cordero L,1-4 .......... 1⁄3 Atlanta Beachy ..................... 5 3 2 2 5 6 Durbin....................... 1 0 0 0 0 0 Venters H,12 ........... 1 0 0 0 1 1 O’Flaherty BS,3-3 ... 1 1 1 1 0 0 Kimbrel ..................... 1 1 0 0 0 2 C.Martinez W,3-1.... 1 0 0 0 1 2 Beachy pitched to 3 batters in the 6th. Drabek pitched to 2 batters in the 6th. WP—Frasor, Beachy. Balk—Beck. Umpires—Home, Hunter Wendelstedt;First, Dan Bellino;Second, Chris Conroy;Third, Jerry Layne. T—3:53. A—42,488 (49,586). Lawrie 3b Rasms cf Bautist rf Encrnc 1b KJhnsn 2b YEscor ss Arencii c RDavis lf Drabek p L.Perez p Beck p YGoms ph Villanv p Oliver p Cooper ph Frasor p Corder p

Rangers 5, Giants 0 Texas

San Francisco ab r h bi GBlanc lf 4 0 1 0 Theriot 2b 4 0 0 0 Pagan cf 4 0 0 0 HSnchz c 4 0 1 0 Pill 1b 3 0 0 0 Arias 3b 3 0 1 0 Schrhlt rf 3 0 0 0 BCrwfr ss 3 0 1 0 Zito p 1 0 0 0 Burriss ph 1 0 1 0 Loux p 0 0 0 0 A.Huff ph 1 0 0 0 Edlefsn p 0 0 0 0 Totals 38 514 5 Totals 31 0 5 0 Texas.................................. 100 111 001 — 5 San Francisco.................... 000 000 000 — 0 E—Arias (5). DP—San Francisco 1. LOB—Texas 13, San Francisco 4. 2B—Mi.Young (11), N.Cruz (15), Gentry (4). HR—Kinsler (7), Hamilton (22). CS—Gentry (3). S—M.Harrison 2. IP H R ER BB SO Texas M.Harrison W,8-3 ... 9 5 0 0 0 4 San Francisco Zito L,5-3.................. 6 9 4 4 2 2 Loux .......................... 2 3 0 0 1 1 Edlefsen ................... 1 2 1 1 2 0 WP—Zito. Umpires—Home, Larry Vanover;First, Tony Randazzo;Second, Brian Gorman;Third, Todd Tichenor. T—2:33. A—41,163 (41,915). Kinsler 2b Andrus ss Hamltn lf Beltre 3b MiYong 1b N.Cruz rf Torreal c Gentry cf MHrrsn p

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r 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0

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Twins 8, Cubs 7, 10 innings Chicago

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ab r h bi ISuzuki rf 4 1 3 0 Ackley 2b 3 0 1 0 Seager 3b 3 0 1 1 JMontr c 4 0 1 0 Smoak 1b 4 0 0 0 MSndrs cf 4 0 1 0 Jaso dh 4 0 1 0 Carp lf 2 0 0 0 Figgins lf 1 0 0 0 Kawsk ss 3 0 0 0 Ryan ss 0 0 0 0 Totals 26 0 0 0 Totals 32 1 8 1 Los Angeles....................... 000 000 000 — 0 Seattle ................................ 000 000 10x — 1 E—Furbush (1). DP—Seattle 1. LOB—Los Angeles 3, Seattle 10. SB—I.Suzuki (9). S—Loney. IP H R ER BB SO Los Angeles Eovaldi ..................... 6 5 0 0 2 6 Elbert L,0-1.............. 2⁄3 2 1 1 1 2 Lindblom .................. 11⁄3 1 0 0 0 1 Seattle Millwood ................... 6 0 0 0 1 6 Furbush .................... 2⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 Pryor W,1-0 ............. 1⁄3 0 0 0 2 1 Luetge H,4 ............... 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 League H,3 .............. 2⁄3 Wilhelmsen S,3-4 ... 1 0 0 0 0 0 Pryor pitched to 2 batters in the 8th. Umpires—Home, Brian Runge;First, Ted Barrett;Second, Marvin Hudson;Third, Dale Scott. T—2:48. A—22,028 (47,860). DGordn ss EHerrr 3b Ethier rf JRiver dh Abreu lf Cstllns pr-lf HrstnJr 2b Loney 1b A.Ellis c GwynJ cf

Minnesota ab r h bi ab r h bi 5 1 2 1 Revere cf 4 1 3 0 JCarrll Campn cf-rf 0 0 0 0 2b-3b 6 0 2 1 SCastro ss 5 2 2 2 Wlngh lf 5 1 2 1 DeJess rf-cf 4 1 2 1 Mornea dh 4 0 1 1 ASorin dh 5 2 3 3 Span pr-dh 0 0 0 0 LaHair 1b 4 0 1 0 Doumit c 5 1 2 1 Mather cf-lf 5 0 2 0 Parmel 1b 3 1 1 0 Clevngr c 5 0 0 0 Plouffe 3b 3 2 2 1 ACasill Barney 2b 4 0 0 0 pr-2b 1 0 0 0 IStewrt 3b 4 1 2 0 Dozier ss 5 1 1 1 Mstrnn rf 4 1 2 2 Totals 41 714 7 Totals 40 816 8 Chicago ........................ 200 030 020 0 — 7 Minnesota .................... 010 112 101 1 — 8 One out when winning run scored. E—I.Stewart (5). DP—Chicago 2, Minnesota 2. LOB—Chicago 6, Minnesota 12. 2B—J.Carroll (7), Plouffe (5). 3B—S.Castro (5), I.Stewart (2), Morneau (1), Mastroianni (1). HR—S.Castro (5), A.Soriano 2 (11), Doumit (6), Plouffe (8). SB—Revere 2 (8). S—Revere. SF—DeJesus. IP H R ER BB SO Chicago T.Wood..................... 5 6 3 3 3 3 R.Wells BS,1-1........ 2⁄3 4 2 2 1 1 Asencio .................... 2⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 Russell ..................... 12⁄3 2 1 1 1 1 Camp L,2-3 BS,2-2. 11⁄3 4 2 2 2 1 Minnesota Walters ..................... 5 8 5 5 1 2 Swarzak ................... 2 1 0 0 0 0 Perkins BS,2-2 ........ 2⁄3 3 2 2 0 1 Al.Burnett ................. 11⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 Capps W,1-3 ........... 1 2 0 0 0 1 Umpires—Home, Gary Darling;First, Paul Emmel;Second, Scott Barry;Third, Jerry Meals. T—3:37. A—38,014 (39,500). RJhnsn lf









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Orozco edges Leyva for US crown

LSU women, Florida men win NCAA titles

Americans have solid tandem in place for next month’s Olympic Games in London.

acleanrunonthestillrings.Heand stepfather/coach Yin Alvarez celebrated after Leyva stuck the landing, figuring his14.550 was enough to earn Leyva a second straight national title. The ever hyper Alvarez leapt into the air three times and clapped repeatedly before joining his stepson in a warm embrace. One problem. Orozco wasn’t quite done yet. Thesoft-spokenkidwhogrewup in a gritty New York City neighborhood has been dubbed the “Silent Ninja” by his U.S. teammates because of his ability to sneak up on the competition. Moving fluidly through his 45-second floor routine, Orozco channeled a breakdancerwhiledoingaseriesofflares — the only thing missing was a headspin — and looked cemented to the ground at the end of each tumbling run, not a misstep in sight. Orozco stared anxiously at the scoreboard for the results to be posted. When the 15.500 came up, it didn’t immediately register. It did in the stands. While his father, Willie, took pictures of the leaderboard, his mother shrieked with joy. Only when teammates and coach Vitaly Marinitch began offering congratulations did Orozcoseemtogetit.Meanwhile,Leyva quietly put on his warm-up outfit, disappointed but hardly displeased. After all, if he and Orozco can duplicate their scores in London, the U.S. is a legitimate threat to reach the top of the podium for the first time in 28 years.

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer

ST. LOUIS — John Orozco rallied to win the U.S. men’s gymnastics championships on Saturday, edging defending champion Danell Leyva on the last rotation to give the Americans a potent onetwo punch at next month’s London Olympics. The 19-year-old from the Bronx trailed Leyva by two points with two events to go before putting together a pair of spectacular routines on high bar and floor exercise to lift the three-time U.S. junior champion to victory. Orozco finished with a tworoundtotalof184.850,barelyahead of Leyva’s184.800. LeyvaandOrozcocanbooktheir flights across the Atlantic as the leaders of perhaps the deepest American team since1984. Sam Mikulak, Jonathan Horton, Jake Dalton and Chris Brooks also secured automatic bids to the Olympic trials in three weeks. Brandon Wynn, Paul Ruggeri, David Sender and Alex Buscaglia were awarded trial spots based on a points system developed by USA Gymnastics officials. The five remaining trial berths will come by invitation from the selection committee. Orozco led throughout the opening round on Thursday before Leyva slid past him with a thrilling parallel bars routine in the waning moments to take a 0.05 lead into the finals. Leyva’s advantage blossomed to 2.05 points through the first four eventsonSaturday,buoyedbyelec-


John Orozco competes in pommel horse during the men’s senior division at the U.S. gymnastics championships Saturday in St. Louis. Orozco took first place overall in the competition.

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OUTDOORS With tournament season upon us, this is the time to hit some of the local events and try to claim some prize money


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Bass anglers hit the river during last summer’s Wednesday night Suskie Bassmasters tournament at Nesbitt Park. The club is holding its weekly tournament again this year.

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The opening day of bass season has become paralleled with the start of something else in recent years: the beginning of the bass tournament season in the area. Several clubs host bass tournaments during the summer in virtually every public waterway that is home to smallmouth and/or largemouth bass. Places such as Harveys Lake, Lake Jean and the Susquehanna River to name a few. And they all carry a lucrative cash prize, giving anglers an added incentive. Perhaps the most lucrative tournament, when it comes to cash awards, is the open buddy event held by the Columbia County Bassmasters on June 23-34 on the Susquehanna River. The tournament, now in its third year, is based at the boat launch at the Berwick Test Track and 42 miles of river – from Nanticoke to Danville, are eligible for the event, giving anglers plenty of room to spread out. Like most tournaments the format is simple – the heaviest fish wins. But in this tournament, that means $5,000 for first place and a total of $12,500 paid out for the top-nine finishers. The prize money is funded by the Columbia County Tourism fund and the top-50 finishers from the first day go on to compete for the cash prizes on Sunday. And there’s more. A $500 lunker prize is awarded each day, a $100 prize is handed out to the child bringing in the heaviest fish plus gift certificates for the second heaviest fish each day. “It costs $140 per boat, which is two anglers, to enter the tournament, which isn’t bad for a chance to win the kind of money we’re putting out,” tournament director Chuck Monico said. But there’s more than money that draws people to the tournament. The Columbia County Bassmasters partner with the Columbia/Montour Visitors Bureau and Berwick Borough to hold a Family Fun Festival in conjunction with the tournament. The festival, which is also located at the Test Track Park, features food, entertainment, prizes and train rides to Lime Ridge and back. One of the highlights of the festival is the daily weigh-in at the boat launch, which gives people a chance to see what anglers are catching in the

Story update Updating last Sunday’s story on the possibility of an otter trapping season, the Pennsylvania Game Commission will begin its otter study this winter. Work will involve collecting scat for DNA analysis. No otters will be handled or tagged. The river otter plan will be completed during the fiscal year 2012.

Upcoming area bass tournaments (if you would like your tournament to be listed, email Tom Venesky at PA BassCasters will host an open buddy tournament at Harveys Lake on Sunday, June 24 at the state ramp. Boat check is at 4:15 a.m. with the start at safe light. Weigh-in will be at 1 p.m. at the state ramp. For more information, call Dan Davis at 762-1469. The Nanticoke Conservation Club will host its annual bass tournament on the Susquehanna River on Saturday, July 7, at the Union Township boat access. The tournament runs from 6 a.m. to noon and registration opens at 5 a.m. Cost is $50 per boat with an optional $10 lunker. For more information, visit The Suskie Bassmasters will host a Wednesday tournament each week on CLARK VAN ORDEN/THE TIMES LEADER the Susquehanna River beginning June 20 to Sept. 12. The tournament will be Chuck Monico, tournament director and Bill Dent, president of Columbia Coun- held at the boat launch in Nesbitt Park ty Bassmasters, are shown at Test Track Park in Berwick, the site of an upand registration begins at 4:30 p.m. coming bass tournament June 23-24. Launch is at 6 p.m. and weigh-in is at 9 p.m. For more information, visit LICENSE COUNTS A Wednesday night tournament will be Fishing license sales are up 11 percent already one of the most popular sportfish held at Harveys Lake each week beginning June 20 at the public boat launch. from last year, according to the Penntargeted by anglers. Because last year sylvania Fish and Boat Commission. As a was unseasonably cool and wet, we think The tournament will begin at 6 p.m. with result, the agency is expecting a surge in anglers are even more anxious to get out weigh-in at 9 p.m. at the launch. Regisactivity when bass season opens on this year and make up for last year’s lost tration is at 4 p.m. There is a $15 entry fee and payouts for first and second days.” Saturday, June 16. place. A championship round with a The season runs to Oct. 31 for lakes and Through June 4, anglers had purchased Sept. 30 for rivers and streams. Minimum $1,000 payout will be held in September. 683,031 licenses, an increase of 67,389 For more information, call John at 814size is 12 inches with a creel limit of six. from the same time last year. 4986 or Duke at 991-0080. “We’re very happy that license sales have For more information on catch-andrelease waterways and other regulation continued to increase,” PFBC executive THE COLUMBIA COUNTY Bassmaschanges, visit director John Arway said. “Bass are ters Open Buddy Tournament will be held on June 23-24 at the Test Track Park on South Eaton Street in Berwick. There is a 100 boat limit and registrations will be and spreading them out,” Monico said. accepted up to the first day of the tourriver. Still, the weekend event hasn’t been nament. For more information, call Chuck “We try to bring the two events without challenges during the first two Monico at 753-3223. together and it is unique. The festival

gives the public something to do while the guys are fishing and they’re waiting for the weigh-in,” said Ingrid Podgurski, director of marketing for the visitors bureau. “It all ties into getting kids interested in fishing and the outdoors.” The tournament itself also takes steps to make sure that the fishery isn’t impacted. Monico said there’s a minimum size limit of 15 inches, which reduces stress on the smaller, more numerous bass in the river, and all fish caught are released back through the entire stretch via two aerated tanker trucks. “Basically we’re re-stocking the fish

years. The first year drew 83 boats, while last year the number dipped to 54. Podgurski said rain has hampered previous turnouts, and fluctuating river levels have jeopardized the tournament. “We have tons of interest in it, but we often don’t know until last minute if we’ll have the anglers because they wait to see what the river is going to do,” Podgurski said. Monico said locals have been catching and releasing bass in the 3- to 4-pound range, but last year’s flood did change the makeup of the river in places. Podgurski added there is talk that

funding for the tournament will be cut next year, making it self reliant. If that happens, Monico said his club will probably take it on, but the prize money may be reduced. Regardless, Monico and Podgurski are both optimistic that the joint event will continue and evolve into a tradition linking the community and bass anglers. “This really gives a lot of people an opportunity to see what’s in the river and how well it’s doing,” Monico said. “You don’t have to go out of the area to find some of the best bass fishing.”

OUTDOORS NOTES The Red Rock Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is once again preparing for its annual Hunting Heritage Banquet/ Auction. This year, the event was moved from February to July and to a new location. This year’s event will be held on July 14 at Konefals Grove on Chase Road in the outdoor facility, complete with a picnic style dinner, casual dress and relaxing atmosphere. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and attendees will have a chance

to visit and play the raffles before dinner. Once again this year several guns will be auctioned, including a Milnium .40 cal., a Mossberg .308 Night train and several others. A women’s table, silent auction and the live auction and sportsman raffle will also be held. Cost for the event is $60 per person which includes one meal and membership, $85 per couple which includes two meals and one membership. A sponsor price is also available. If you cannot attend and would

like to renew a membership, you may also do that. For more information, contact Chris at 6962406 or Donations are also being sought for ads for the program, underwrites and items to be used as door prizes, for the silent auction or the women’s table. Money raised at the event goes toward preserving our hunting heritage, scholarship program, JAKES events, planting projects for wildlife and much more.

Hickory Run State Park naturalist Megan Taylor will host a hike on the Shades of Death and San Spring Trails Loop in Hickory Run. The 2.5-mile hike will be held June 27. The hike will begin at 9 a.m. and is considered difficult due to some steep, rocky areas that may be wet. Highlights include beech/ maple forests, a creek crossing and the stunning cascades along Sand Spring Run. For more information, contact Taylor at or 403-2006.

boat accident on Oneida Lake in New York earlier this year almost put an end to a local bass fishing tradition in Luzerne County. The accident occurred during a bass tournament hosted by PA Basscasters. One of the victims of the accidents attempted to sue tournament director Joe Kosloski, who is from Plymouth, because his club held the tournament. The lawsuit faded away, but it lasted long enough to send a scare through the local bass tournament community. It was enough to make RJ Marine owner Bob Makaravage put an end to his Wednesday night tournament on Harveys Lake – an event that has annually been one of the most popular in the area for the last five years. Makaravage said he has insurance to cover such incidents, but if something did happen it would’ve forced his rates to go up. “It’s a shame. I didn’t make anything on the tournament, I did it to keep that opportunity going for anglers,” Makaravage said. The Wednesday night tournament attracted an average of 65 anglers each week, Makaravage said, and more than 100 participated at some point in the summer. Bass tournaments at Harveys Lake have always been popular, dating back to the Thursday night events that Warren Gensel ran from 2000-07. It’s a perfect place for a tournament. A large, paved public boat launch provides plenty of access and the state’s largest natural lake is home to a thriving smallmouth and largemouth bass fishery. But with the start of bass season less than a week away, it wasn’t looking good for the Harveys Lake tournament tradition. Saving the day There would be no more swarms of bass boats launching onto the water every Wednesday evening, and the excitement of the 9 p.m. weigh-ins under the lights would be a thing of the past. Even worse, the 60-plus anglers who relished the combination of bass fishing and competition would now have to take their boats elsewhere. At least that’s how it appeared until John Niezgoda just couldn’t bear the thought of not having tournament on Harveys Lake this summer. Niezgoda has been fishing bass tournaments on Harveys Lake and other waterways in the northeast for 10 years. The Dallas resident fished the lake tournament loyally, every Wednesday night, and developed a strong passion for not only the competition, but the comraderie that is a main part of the Harveys Lake event. “I just couldn’t see this go away,” Niezgoda said. “A lot of guys didn’t want to see this tournament disappear. “It’s a tradition, it’s affordable and it gives anglers something to do in the middle of the week.” All are valid reasons for keeping the tournament going. But what about the risk of a lawsuit should an accident occur? Niezgoda said he will get insurance for the tournament in addition to having all anglers sign a waiver releasing him and his partner, Duke Bally, from responsibility. Still, it’s a shame that simple, goodtime event like a catch-and-release bass tournament has become caught in the messy web of lawsuits and insurance. Niezgoda feels that the threat of a lawsuit and the cost of insurance will put an end to some bass fishing clubs. “It’s going to affect a lot of clubs and some of the smaller ones might go obsolete because they’re not going to want to spend the money on insurance,” Niezgoda said. “It’s just the age that we’re in, I guess.”


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Germany wins on borrowed time “Clearly, Miroslav was going to come in at that moment, but Mario scored the goal then,� LVIV, Ukraine — Moments before he was supposed to leave Loew said. “We waited a few the game, Mario Gomez headed more minutes.� Gomez was the Bundesliga’s in the winning goal for Germatop scorer over the past two ny. seasons and had 12 goals in the The Bayern Munich striker Champions League this season made a surprise start Saturday to help Bayern Munich reach against Portugal at the Europethe final, where it lost to Chelan Championship and knocked sea on penalties. in a deflected cross from Sami Germany was the better team Khedira in the 72nd minute to Saturday, but found it hard to give the Germans a 1-0 victory break down a defensive Portuin Group B. Gomez, who had created little gal. The Germans, seeking their first title since 1996, are considbefore the goal, was due to be replaced by Miroslav Klose, who ered one of the favorites of the tournament despite being in the was already waiting on the touchline on his 34th birthday. And toughest group along with the Netherlands and Denmark. Gomez nearly scored another goal before Klose came on in Denmark 1, Netherlands 0 80th. KHARKIV, Ukraine — Den“I have two successful seasons mark secured the first huge behind me but it was a hard road for me,� Gomez said about surprise of the European Championship with a 1-0 victory over usually being second choice to Klose. “I am very happy that the the Netherlands on Saturday in coach had confidence in me and Group B. And it was Michael Krohnwith the goal I could pay someDehli that provided the lethal thing back. finishing that the Dutch in“The ball was deflected and explicably lacked. landed exactly on the front of Krohn-Dehli scored against my head. It wasn’t that diffithe run of play when he picked cult.� up a loose ball close to the penDespite indicating before the alty area in the 24th minute, left match that he would start the veteran Klose as striker, Germa- two defenders standing and shot ny coach Joachim Loew went through the legs of Maarten with Gomez. Stekelenburg from a tight angle. The Associated Press

It was something Premier League top scorer Robin van Persie never got close to as he came to symbolize Dutch futility with a couple of bad mistakes. Denmark goalkeeper Stephan Andersen made several clutch saves to secure the most important Danish victory over the Netherlands since the Euro 1992 semifinals. �It was the only dangerous action of Denmark,� Dutch captain Mark van Bommel complained. �I’m speechless, because these 3 points are very important.� The Dutch had their best chance of the match when Andersen gave away the ball to Arjen Robben just outside the area in the 36th minute, but the Bayern Munich winger curled his left-footer onto the far post and out of danger. �Five of us had chances, once we hit the post, so many good opportunities,� said Van Bommel. The frustration came to symbolize the sticky night in eastern Ukraine and leaves the World Cup runners-up with two clutch games against top-10 ranked teams, Germany and Portugal. Late in the match, a penalty appeal for handball was denied when the Dutch were running out of time as Lars Jacobsen appeared to touch the ball with his upper arm in the box.

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Boomers’ experience can be an asset By CAROLE FELDMAN Associated Press


Hector Sanchez picks cherries at Rutledge Farms in Lodi, Calif. Farmers in California’s San Joaquin County say they are having trouble finding workers to harvest crops.

Farms face shortage of workers

Think changing jobs is difficult? It can be even harder if you’re a baby boomer. Although there are federal laws against age discrimination, some employers may be reluctant to hire older workers, concerned about how long they’ll stay and the higher salaries they may demand. But the traditional retirement age of 65 is fading, just as the 77-millionstrong, baby-boom generation begins hitting it. The idea of lifetime job tenure, in which people stay in one

job for their entire career, is also disappearing, and that can be good news for those looking to make a move. Companies that are more thinly staffed than in the past may well be “looking for someone who can come in and do the job,” without needing a lot of training or supervision, said John Challenger, CEO of the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Workers in their 50s or older can bring that added value, he said. With the aging of the baby boomers — the generation born between 1946 and 1964 — the percentage of

workers 55 and older in the labor force is expected to jump from 19.5 percent in 2010 to 25.2 percent by 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For those contemplating new jobs, Challenger said it’s easier to change industries than to change functions. “If you’re a salesperson in a professional services firm, you can go do that in a banking organization,” he said, as an example. That’s also important if you’re trying to maintain the same level of inSee BOOMERS, Page 2D


President Sandy Insalaco Sr. shows the bottling area of Nature’s Way plant in Jenkins Township.

Wave of opportunity Growth spurt at Nature’s Way By ANDREW M. SEDER


ENKINS TWP. – Some companies make small ripples in their business plans now and then. At Nature’s Way Purewater Systems, changes this

year have been more like a tidal wave. In the first half of 2012, the company in the Grimes Industrial Park has signed an agreement to buy millions of gallons of water from a spring in Lackawanna County and informed its first customer, Wal-Mart Stores, that it would no longer produce its Great Value brand spring water. And that’s not even the big news. In March, the company signed an agreement with Talking Rain, a Washington state-based company that will make Nature’s Way the East Coast bottler of its car-

bonated, zero-sugar water product. The deal led to a $3 million investment for equipment needed to produce and bottle the beverage and the hiring of up to 30 new employees, which will bring the company’s workforce to 80, according to Dawn Dumas, human resources director. The company will now use 150,000 square feet of space, three times what it did a decade ago when it opened. But the announcements won’t mean company president Sandy See NATURE’S, Page 2D

Some of the different waters that Nature’s Way bottles.

NATURE’S WAY PUREWATER What: Contract bottler of spring water under various brand names President: Sandy Insalaco Sr. Location: Grimes Industrial Park, Jenkins Twp. Employees: 80 Web:


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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Kevin Steward has spent more than a quarter-century in agriculture, much of that growing grapes for wineries. He’s always been able to rely on seasonal workers to tend the vines and bring in the year’s harvest. But this year, workers are harder to come by. “I could use 30 men,” Steward said. “We’ll get ’er done, but I can’t find anybody.” Growers throughout California’s fertile Central Valley are wringing their hands as they struggle to find the manpower they need. Anti-immigration laws and policies, an aging population, and even a raging drug war south of the border all are contributing to a slowdown in the pipeline of Mexican workers that for so long have fueled the farm industry, experts say. “We’re just not seeing the number of people we (usually) see this time of year,” said Bryan Little, director of farm labor affairs at the California Farm Bureau Federation. Steward, president of the Sacramento County Farm Bureau, said he has only a fraction of the 40 workers he depends on to tend the 1,000 acres of vineyards he manages in California’s Amador and San Joaquin counties. “I’ve never seen it this bad,” he said, though he’s heard that there are “a lot of good workers who are busy picking cherries.” But cherry growers say their labor situation is only marginally better. “I hope what we’ve seen is an aberration,” Bruce Blodgett, executive director of the San Joaquin County Farm Bureau, said of the labor shortage. California growers hope so, too. Early crops such as asparagus, blueberries and cherries are in, but soon will come more stone fruit, strawberries and the salad bowl crops -- carrots, lettuce, mushrooms and peppers. All of them are crops that need hands in the soil. California Farm Bureau officials say that as many as 225,000 workers toil on the state’s farmland, a number that typically grows to about 450,000 by the heavy harvest season in September. Farm labor contractors saw warn-



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Here’s a nice offer from Bath & Body Works for fans of their antibacterial soap: Get five for $15 or seven for $20. They’re regularly up to $5.50 each. There are some exclusions, so ask the store for details. This offer is good today and tomorrow only and single items will be sold at regular price. Head to Weis, grab some Lysol products, three to be exact. Plenty of the cleaners are on sale two for $4. There’s a $3 rebate form in today’s coupon inserts you can send in if you buy three Lysol products. Get three at Weis for $6 and get $3 back. That comes out to $1 an item if you choose wisely. Or is that Weisly? Andrew M. Seder, a Times Leader staff writer, may be reached at 570-829-7269. Follow him on Twitter @TLAndrewSeder and if you know of any local steals or deals, send them to

he drumbeat of news from the financial sector has been consistent the past few years. JP Morgan embarrassed by a $2 billion trading loss in “sophisticated” investments; Bank of America struggling under the weight of a diseased mortgage portfolio left from its 2008 acquisition of Countrywide; AIG still majority-owned by taxpayers who bailed it out. It’s enough to make the title “banker” on par with “bank robber” in many people’s minds. The executives who run these “toobig-to-fail” institutions complain now and then about being mischaracterized, but mostly they quietly go about their business, pocketing millions in salaries and bonuses in good years and bad, seeming never to suffer while their customers watch their savings shrink and taxpayers kick in billions for bailouts. Bob Snyder, president of Luzerne Bank, feels the sting of being lumped in with the bad actors of banking. “Unfortunately through this recession and bailout of huge banks it seems all banks got painted by the same broad brush,” he said. And as depositors have suffered with artificially low interest payments in recent years, small banks that did nothing wrong are paying higher fees to regulators, cutting into profits that would otherwise be invested in their communities. Most of us accept the need to stabilize the system; we just question if the burden is being shared consistently. How deeply does the cynicism run? As a doctor’s visit wound down earlier this week the conversation turned to the economy. My physician, a highlevel specialist who, I’m sure, is wellcompensated, expressed his concern that for big banks, “profits are private but bailouts are public.” That is, giant financial institutions enjoy the rewards of success but are shielded from appropriate penalties for failure. Think about it — executives of major banks can make tens of millions a year in good times and a little less in bad. None have been indicted or even pursued for their firms’ losses, except in a weak “clawback” of some bonuses. But is making $10 million a year instead of $20 million a hardship or a slap on the wrist? One phrase being tossed around these days is “too big to manage,” as in the half dozen or so major financial institutions like JP Morgan that have their fingers in an international stew of investments they may not really understand. My late father-in-law, a staff auditor at banks in Connecticut, cautioned against that decades before the financial collapse of 2008. Bankers didn’t know how to handle risk, he warned, eerily predicting the post-mortems on JP Morgan’s costly fiasco. That’s why it’s refreshing to talk to someone like Bob Snyder. Here’s his description of Luzerne Bank: “We accept deposits, we make loans.” Or as Matt Prosseda, president of First Keystone Community Bank put it, “we make our money on the spread” between the rate paid to depositors and what’s charged to borrowers. That’s the way it was for decades, even at big banks. No synthetic derivatives, no currency swaps, no bets on the direction of oil prices. Big banks aren’t inherently evil and they are needed in a global economy. But it’s hard to see their risky investments —often bets against the common good — as a benefit to anyone but their executives and shareholders. “Community banks have been the economic pillars of their communities,” Snyder says with more than a little pride. One has to wonder if the world economy would be better off if big financial institutions saw their role the same way. Ron Bartizek, Times Leader business editor, may be reached at or 570-970-7157.


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Q: On our recent appraisals, everyone on my team received a lower rating than last year, despite the fact that our level of performance hasn’t changed at all. We

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ing signs as early as last year’s grape harvest when a late season stretched the labor supply to the limit, said Guadalupe Sandoval, managing director of the Sacramento-based California Farm Labor Contractor Association. “Things didn’t ripen until late so everybody needed workers at the same time,” Sandoval said. “There weren’t enough crews out there. That was our canary in the coal mine.” Reasons for the brake on Mexican immigrant labor are many. Prices asked by the “coyotes” who smuggle workers across the border continue to rise — as high as $7,500, Sand-

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oval is told. And, he said, “There’s no guarantee of getting across. The coyotes may take your money. Maybe your life, as well.” Jeff Passel, a senior demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center in Washington, D.C., said surveys tracking the Mexican labor force “show a huge drop in the number of people setting out from Mexico. It’s not surprising that that’s having an effect on agriculture.” Mexico’s demographics are changing, too, said Little, of the California Farm Bureau Federation. Families are getting smaller and the population is aging, shrinking the number of workers crossing the border to follow the crops, Little said. “That gigantic overlay of young people in the 1970s and 1980s — it just isn’t there anymore,” he said.

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Paul Arvay, mortgage consultant; Frank Cimino, Kingston branch manager; Susan Colborn, Peckville branch manager; Lesley Culkin, loan operations manager; and Richard Healey, retail services manager, have been promoted to assistant vice presidents. Promoted to bank officer positions were Melissa Sadaka, mortgage underwriter; and Debra Alimenti, executive administrative assistant.

Ryan Barhight has been promoted to vice president, credit analyst supervisor. Barhight is a graduate of Pittston Area High School and Wilkes University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a concentration in finance. Midge Garvey-MacArthur has been promoted to vice president, regional manager. MacArthur is a graduate of South Catholic Central High School and attended Marywood University. Walter C. Rosiecki has been promoted to vice president, relationship manager. He is a graduate of Valley View High School and Susquehanna University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He is also a graduate of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association School of Commercial Lending, holds a diploma of commercial lending from the American Institute of Banking, and is currently working towards certification through the Risk Management Association. Brenda N. Sacco has been promoted to vice president, budgeting and forecasting officer. After graduating from

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Q: I supervise three technicians in a busy medical clinic. These employees recently complained to management that I belittle them, show them no respect, and occasionally cause them to leave work in tears. I was told that they greatly admire my clinical skills, but find me to be intimidating. My boss has said that I must resolve this communication issue so the technicians will feel comfortable bringing me their problems. I need to know how to interact with these employees in a way that does not seem threatening. By the way, none of them has ever given me this feedback directly. A: At the risk of stating the obvious, employees who feel threatened by their boss are unlikely to provide any face-to-face criticism. Going to your manager felt like a much safer way to express their concerns. I assume that you have no desire to terrorize the technicians, so you must lack a fundamental understanding of what it means to be a leader. In your current role, relationship skills are just as important for success as technical skills. Leadership is all about motivating people to do their best, but demeaning comments will only motivate them to leave. To begin building bridges with your employees, meet with each one individually, explain your desire to become a better supervisor, and ask how you can be more helpful and supportive.



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LEBANON VALLEY COLLEGE Dr. Lewis Evitts Thayne, a native of Kingston, has been named the 18th president of the college. Dr. Thayne graduated from Wyoming Seminary, earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Rutgers University and went on to receive his doctorate at Princeton University in comparative literature.

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Sandy Insalaco Sr., right, talks with Andrew Gibbs of AEG Industrial Designs, the company installing the new production line.

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Insalaco Sr. will slow down and be satisfied with the company’s growth. He’s working on a contract with another national beverage company that could also mean big bucks and more work for his business, though he declined to give the company’s name. It will not be a soda-making operation, Insalaco said. Water is the way “There’s quite a push to get everybody off carbonated sugar beverages,” he said, referencing the proposal by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to limit sugary soft drinks to no larger than 16 ounces. Insalaco said the tide is turning away from soda. “We don’t want to do soda. The industry’s getting away from soda. It’s the wrong direction,” said Insalaco, 72, of Jenkins Township. The new product his company will produce for Talking Rain “is unreal. It fills that void,” Insalaco said. He said water is where it’s at. Specifically, enhanced water, water infused with fish oil, sugar-free water, mineral waters and flavored waters, though old fashioned spring water tastes and sells just as good. When he opened the business a decade ago, Insalaco employed eight and used about 50,000 square feet of space. On board came Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club, soon followed by Starbucks. One by one more companies contracted with Nature’s Way. But it wasn’t an easy climb. “You don’t get big accounts until you establish yourself. And you don’t establish yourself without a big account,” In-

salaco said. “It’s a Catch-22.” Today, Insalaco believes he and his company have established themselves. As the largest water-beverage maker in the Northeast, he said the company’s success starts with the employees and their hard work. The company began with purchased water from a spring in White Haven, eventually buying the spring outright. This year it struck a deal with Lackawanna College to purchase water from a spring on college-owned property in Covington Township, near Daleville. The money Nature’s Way pays for the water will go toward the college’s environmental education center on that property. Looking forward, Insalaco believes the springs the company uses have capacity to provide the millions of gallons the company will need as it grows. Asked how much water the company uses each year, Insalaco thought about it and could only come up with “a lot.” Job growth When the new contract was signed, Insalaco envisioned the need for about 30 workers. Dumas said more than 300 applications were received in response to help wanted ads. Among them were

two from former employees at Cinram in Olyphant who lost their jobs in 2010 during a round of layoffs at the maker and distributor of DVDs and CDs and have been unemployed since. Faith Morgan, 49, and Sandra Shrader, 50, both of Scranton, worked at Cinram for more than two decades. They remained friends and both applied when they saw the ads. For Morgan, it was one of nearly 100 ads she’s responded to in the past two years. But she was hopeful. They were both hired and started last week, working four 10-hour days on late night/early morning shifts. And they’re both thrilled and excited to not only have jobs but to be working together so they can car pool. Plus, Shrader noted, the company “is growing, which is completely the opposite of what every other company is doing.” Insalaco, who repeatedly credited his employees with the success of the company and its growth, said he enjoys coming to work each day and seeing the process of turning ingredients into pallets full of water bottles of every shape, size and color. “I like creating job opportunities for people and seeing the business grow. It’s very rewarding,” said Insalaco.


career as a special education teacher 10 years ago, it was a stretch from the career in advertising that she left after her children were born. But it was a logical next step from the teacher’s aide position she took when they were teenagers, she said. So she got a master’s degree in education at age 50 and was one of five teachers hired together by the same department. She was considerably older than the others. It wasn’t so much her age that worried her, she said, as it was that she was doing something new. But looking back 10 years later, “You just have to decide to do it. You come with a lot of experience and a lot of knowledge.” Like other workers, many boomers are looking for a job that “gives them room for growth, is challenging and

meaningful,” Challenger said. He said people shouldn’t stay in a position that makes them unhappy. But what makes them unhappy isn’t always the type of work they’re doing. “Often when people look at it more closely, it’s actually the people and the culture of that organization,” he said. Marc Freedman, author of “The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife,” said boomers often will switch careers to areas that have social impact, including education and health care. “In their 50s and 60s, people’s priorities change,” he said. “They realize that the road doesn’t go on forever. I think it causes a lot of people to reevaluate what kind of job they want to do, what kind of life they want to lead.”

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come. “If you go to something brand new, you’re not going to hold income,” he said. When writing resumes, boomers should highlight their accomplishments over the previous five or 10 years, even if it takes more than a single page. And networking is critical, he said. This is the time for baby boomers to join civic, community, charitable or other organizations, and get to know new people. It’s through these relationships that people find jobs, Challenger said. When Barbara Brochstein, 60, of Wantagh, N.Y., decided to begin a new

CHAMBER MIXER: Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., River Street Jazz Café, 667 N. River St., Plains Township. Free for Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber members; nonmembers $10. Call 823-2101, ext. 1 13 to reserve. EMPLOYEE WELLNESS BREAKFAST: Friday, 7:45-10:30 a.m., Woodlands Inn & Resort, Hwy. 315, Plains Township. Presented by the NEPA Logistics & Transportation Industry Partnership. Featured speaker will be Joanne Namey of the PA Dept of Health. Free. SHRM’s HRCI pre-approval is in place for 2.0 recertification hours. Pre-registration is required; more information at IMPORTING & EXPORTING 101 SEMINAR: June 20, 6-8 p.m.,

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EMPLOYMENT LAW AND SOCIAL MEDIA: June 27, 1 1:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Comfort Inn & Suites, Rt. 29 S, Tunkhannock. Presentation of law as it pertains to the use of social media for hiring as well as termination employment policies. Free for Wyoming County Chamber members; others $10. For reservations, email or call 8758325. Send announcements 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.












MarketPulse STILL SKEPTICAL Financial analysts guessed too low on companies’ first-quarter profits. Unperturbed, they’re getting even more conservative about their second-quarter forecasts. Analysts expect S&P 500 companies to report 4 percent growth in second-quarter earnings per share. That’s down from their forecast of 7 percent growth at the end of March. One reason is the dropping price of oil. After ending March at $103 per barrel, crude lost $20 in about two months on worries about weaker demand. That means analysts expect energy companies’ earnings per share to fall 16 percent, compared with earlier forecasts for an 11 percent drop.

Outlook for commodities and resources InsiderQ&A

Neil Gregson Who he is: Manager of the JPMorgan Global Natural Resources fund (JGNAX). What he suggests: The decline in commodities prices has created potential long-term investment opportunities to buy when asset prices are relatively inexpensive.

It’s been rough going lately for investors in stocks of companies that produce oil and gas, and extract resources such as minerals, gold and timber. Over the past 12 months, losses of 20 to 30 percent have been common for stock mutual funds specializing in those industries. They’ve been hurt by reduced expectations of global economic growth, particularly in China. Neil Gregson is a former mining engineer who specializes in stocks of commodities and resource companies globally. The London-based fund manager explains his belief that those segments offer strong longterm investing opportunities. What’s your assessment of the investing environment now? I’ve been in the resource commodities and stocks space for well over 20 years, and there’s never a sort of Goldilocks period when everything is just right. Things either blow hot or cold. Now it feels sort of like sub-zero. This sector is the first stop when investors panic, and want to get out. There are plenty of things for people to be negative about. If it’s not Europe, it’s China. If it’s not China, it’s the U.S. As a fund manager, has the recent negativity made it difficult to operate? We are seeing money flow out. Not sizable, just a dribble every day. To buy something, we have to sell. If everything is being sold off so aggressively, everything looks cheap. How should investors think about resources and commodities stocks? In this segment, usually the best time to invest is when it feels like the worst time, and that may be now. Overall, the sector is in fairly good shape, in terms of balance sheets and profit margins. What’s one segment of the markets that you like? Gold mining stocks. Relative to history, they’re extraordinarily cheap. We invest with a 2- to 3-year horizon. So it’s difficult, because the situation can change very quickly with gold-mining stocks, depending on the global economic outlook. What’s another area of interest? Oil and gas. There’s a lot happening globally on the exploration and development side. You’ve got the fascinating situation in the U.S. with the development of shale gas. I think that has a long way to go, both in the U.S. and Canada. And there are also other countries exploring shale gas potential, like China, Poland and Argentina. There also have been a lot of recent discoveries of gas and oil fields offshore from West Africa. What’s one of your favorite current stocks? Fortescue Metals, an Australian iron ore producer. There will be iron ore supply issues globally for the next 4 to 5 years, and Fortescue is growing its production significantly. Answers edited for content and clarity. AP

STILL OPTIMISTIC The eighth-worst May in history for the S&P 500 index has many investors feeling gloomier. But Barry Bannister, a strategist with Stifel Nicolaus, is undaunted. On May 29, he raised his year-end forecast for the S&P 500 to 1,600 from 1,400. Over the next three days, the S&P 500 tumbled 4 percent to 1,278. He nevertheless is sticking with his forecast, which would mean a 27 percent rise for 2012 and the index’s best year since 1997. He expects investor optimism to improve as Europe moves to preserve the euro and China offers more stimulus to help its economy.

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are domiciled abroad, but they have giant markets in North America and the U.S. in particular.” That’s why you shouldn’t panic. Take Diageo. It is BBH Core Select’s thirdlargest holding, and is the liquor company behind such brands as Johnnie Walker and Tanqueray. Although it’s based in London, Diageo generated 42 percent of its operating profit in North America during the last six months of 2011, more than any other region. Many of the European companies held by U.S. stock funds are listed in the U.S. Ingersoll Rand, for example, is based in Ireland, but its U.S.-listed shares are in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index. So S&P 500 index funds also own European stocks.

The European debt crisis is an ocean away, yet it may have more of an impact on your portfolio than you think. That’s because domestic stock mutual funds have an average 3.6 percent of their assets invested in European stocks alone (even more in other parts of the world). So you probably own some European stocks, even if you don’t invest in any international stock funds. Consider BBH Core Select (BBTEX). Morningstar classifies it as a U.S. large-cap blend stock fund. Three of its six biggest holdings are European stocks, or 13 percent of the portfolio. “If we look under the hood, we find companies like Novartis and Diageo,” says Shannon Zimmerman, associate director of fund analysis at Morningstar. “They

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Investors weary from the market’s big swings should consider their stocks’ beta. This measure shows how volatile a stock is relative to the rest of the market. A stock with a beta of less than 1.0 swings less than the market, whereas a stock with a beta above 1.0 is more volatile than the overall market. Low-beta stocks tend to be from more staid industries, such as utilities, and can seem boring to investors looking for growth. But Nomura strategist Michael Kurtz highlights several stocks that he calls “growth defensives” — stocks with low volatility but potential for big gains. These stocks all have betas of 0.7 or less, but financial analysts expect earnings at each to grow more than 15 percent this year and next. Dollar General, for example, is benefiting from shoppers looking for bargains, and the retailer said last week that its first-quarter earnings per share rose 40 percent from a year ago. Its stock has also risen steadily through the year. Data through June 6



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Treasury yields remain low, dragging down rates on everything from mortgage loans to certificates of deposit. The average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage fell to 3.67 percent last week from 3.75 percent. It was the sixth week in a row that mortgage rates fell to a record, according to Freddie Mac. A year ago, the average 30-year rate was 4.49 percent.

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LARGE WALLOP Stocks are certainly lower now than a month ago, so is it time to buy? Not necessarily, says Scott Chronert, a smalland mid-cap stock strategist at Citi Investment Research. The Russell Midcap index tumbled nearly 7 percent last month, its second-worst May on record. But in the 21 past instances where the index fell by that much, the index fell another 0.5 percent in the ensuing month, on average. The numbers look better when looking three months out from the tumble: The index has risen an average of 3.5 percent over that time.

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A ham-handed solution to a non-problem BILL INTERNICOLA had to show his papers. He received a letter last month from the Broward County, Fla., supervisor of elections informing him the office had “information from the state of Florida that you are not a United States citizen; however, you are registered to vote.” So Internicola had to prove he is an American. He sent the county a copy of his Army discharge papers. Internicola is 91 years old. He was born in Brooklyn. He is a veteran of the Second World War. He earned a Bronze Star for his part in the Battle of the Bulge. We learn from reporter Amy Sherman’s recent article in The Miami Herald that this is part of a campaign by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, to weed noncitizens off the rolls of the state’s voters. Initially, Florida claimed 180,000 were possible non-citizens. That number was eventually whittled way down to about 2,600 people. In Miami-Dade County, where the largest number of them live, 385 have been verified as citizens. Ten --10! --- have admitted they are ineligible or asked to be removed from the rolls. The Herald analyzed the list and found it filled with Democrats, independents and Hispanics. Republicans and nonHispanic whites were least likely to have their rights challenged. Voter suppression? Intimidation? No way, says Florida Republican Party Chairman Lenny Curry. He blasted Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson for criticizing the effort. Nelson, he said, “asks our public servants to ignore the threat to electoral integrity.” But the “threat” is very nearly nonexistent. Tova Wang, an expert in election law, told U.S. News and World Report in April that the number of people who have been prosecuted successfully for voter fraud is “ridiculously low.” A 2006 report from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law found documented examples of voter fraud to be “extremely rare” and likened it to one’s chances of being killed by lightning. Earlier this month, the Justice Department weighed in, ordering the state to stop this voter purge. The Feds say that, among other failings, the policy violates the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The idea that voter fraud is epidemic stems from the occasional high profile exception and from stunts such as GOP activist James O’Keefe’s sending some guy into a polling place to vote under the name of Attorney General Eric Holder. But stunts and high profile exceptions do not disprove ---- nor even address --- the statistical reality Wang and the Brennan Center describe. The demographic trend lines are clearly against the Republican Party. But rather than work to broaden the party’s appeal, some GOP leaders have chosen instead to narrow the other party’s base under the guise of addressing a problem that does not exist. Thus, you get a campaign to gut the aforementioned Voting Rights Act of 1965. Thus, you get restrictive new Voter ID laws. Thus you get Florida culling its voter rolls of noncitizens and somehow, apparently by sheer happenstance, targeting those who are most likely to vote for the other party. Thus, you get Internicola being asked for his papers. Yes, he provided them. But how many people, in a nation where voter turnout stands at a measly 45.5 percent, are going to make the effort? How many, when repeated obstacles are placed between them and the polling place, are going to give up in frustration? And that, of course, is the whole idea. This is a thumb on the scales. It is a blatant use of the machinery of government in the cause of voter intimidation and suppression. Internicola happens to be --- what are the odds? ---- a Democrat. He was “flabbergasted” to learn the state did not consider him a citizen. He called the county office and asked: “Are you crazy?” But in the end, Bill Internicola had to show them his papers. For that, the governor and his party should be deeply ashamed. Leonard Pitts Jr. is a columnist for the Miami Herald, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, FL 33132. Readers may write to him via email at

THE SUNLIGHT FOUNDATION, a Washington group that pushes for government transparency, is subjecting lawmakers who scored at low grade levels to kidding from their peers and ridicule in other quarters. The study took lawmakers’ floor speeches since 1996, as published in the Congressional Record, and ran them through the Flesch-Kincaid test, which links longer sentences and more complex words with higher grade levels.

Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C. (grade 7.9)

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. (grade 8)

Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii (college sophomore, grade 14.2)

Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wis. (college sophomore, grade 14.2)

Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Calif. (college senior, grade 16)

Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech (grade 9.4)

Dumb Congress or dumb study? By JAMES ROSEN McClatchy Newspapers


to speak clearly and concisely then it is to just ramble aimlessly.” Lungren, a nine-term Republican from Long Beach, Calif., isn’t apologizing for his ranking as the most eruditesounding pol in Washington, however. “It was kind of flattering to see that,” he said. “I very much am a student of the spoken word. I started as a debater and a competitive speaker in high school. I had outstanding teachers who challenged us to try to learn to communicate and to use the right words. As a legislator, I’ve tried to ensure that we pay attention to the words we put in statute.” The perspectives of Lungren and Mulvaney illustrate the current political divide within the Republican Party. Mulvaney is among the 87 House Republicans elected to Congress in 2010 for the first time, many of them on the wings of plain-spoken, tea party-inspired campaigns. In the Sunlight Foundation study, all but three of the 25 lawmakers with the lowest grade levels of speech are Republicans, and 13 of those 22 Republicans are freshmen. Among the 25 with the highest grade levels, 14 are Republicans, but only two -- Reps. Rodney Alexander of Louisiana and Mark Amodei of Nevada -- are in their first terms. Mulvaney gently mocked a 62-word sentence from a recent Lungren floor speech that Mulvaney read online: “This Justice Department, in my judgment, based on the experience I’ve had here in this Congress, 18 years, my years as the chief legal officer of the state of California and 35 or 40 years as a practicing attorney tells me that this administration has fundamentally failed in its obligation to attempt to faithfully carry out the laws of the United States.” That’s the kind of talk, Mulvaney says, that he and his fellow freshman

ASHINGTON -When he speaks on the floor of the House of Representatives, Rep. Mick Mulvaney talks at just below an eighth-grade level, lower than any of his 534 congressional peers. Rep. Dan Lungren, by contrast, has spoken this congressional term at a “20th grade” level, the highest level in Congress and roughly like a Ph.D. candidate defending a dissertation. Does that make Lungren brilliant and Mulvaney dumb? Mulvaney, a freshman Republican from South Carolina, laughs at the suggestion. “Folks back home think I’m an effective speaker and an effective writer,” Mulvaney told McClatchy Newspapers. “I try to write and speak in a conversational style. I have people thank me every week for at least making an effort to explain complex things in a comprehensible fashion.” A new study by Sunlight Foundation, a Washington group that pushes for government transparency, is subjecting Mulvaney and other lawmakers who scored at low grade levels to kidding from their peers and ridicule in other quarters. The study took lawmakers’ floor speeches since 1996, as published in the Congressional Record, and ran them through the Flesch-Kincaid test, which links longer sentences and more complex words with higher grade levels. Mulvaney’s thoughts on that method can be summed up with a simple word: hogwash. “I don’t think anyone seriously equates sentence length with intellect,” Mulvaney said. “If that was the case, then the kids who write run-on sentences would be the smartest kids in school. In fact, you could make a strong argument that it’s much more difficult See CONGRESS, Page 2E

H OW M E M B E R S O F CO N G R ESS RA N K BY G RA D E L EV E L A recent analysis by the Sunlight Foundation assigned grade levels to all 535 members of Congress based on their House and Senate speeches since 1996. The method equates simple words and short sentences with low grade levels. Here are the five lawmakers with the highest grade levels and the five with the lowest, along with other key ratings for comparison: U.S. Constitution (college master’s student, grade 17.8) Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Calif. (college senior, grade 16) Declaration of Independence (college junior, grade 15.1) Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, DCalif. (college junior, grade 14.9) Rep. Jim Gerlach, R-Pa. (college sophomore, grade 14.2) Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wis. (college sophomore, grade 14.2) Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii (college sophomore, grade 14.2) Typical newspaper article (high school graduate, grade 12.5) Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address (grade 11.2) Average member of Congress (grade 10.6) Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech (grade 9.4) Average American (grade 8.5) President Barack Obama’s 2012 State of the Union speech (grade 8.4) Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark. (grade 8.1) Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis. (grade 8.1) Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. (grade 8) Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga. (grade 8) Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C. (grade 7.9)



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Performance is all part of the package ALL THE world’s a stage, all right, and never so much as when presidential politics are in play. But reality transcended metaphor Monday when crooner in chief Barack Obama hit Broadway. Joining him on stage was one of the greatest actors of our time --- Bill Clinton. No longer playing the role of political antagonist, Clinton is now Dean Martin to Obama’s Frank Sinatra. No one understands better than Clinton the value of connecting with voters through the universal language of music. His saxophone performance on late-night TV when he was a presidential candidate in 1992 wowed his audience and transformed the election --- and all of them since. Ever after, it seems, those who aspire to the presidency have to be musical as well as athletic. Obama has proved himself capable of carrying a tune and has sung publicly at least twice, including at a White House blues festival, where, incidentally, Mick Jagger also performed. And, let’s be honest, Obama warbling Al Green’s “I-I-I-I’m so in love with you” has a different je ne sais quoi than, say, Mitt Romney reciting “America the Beautiful.” Speaking of metaphors ... We know these things don’t matter ---- or they shouldn’t – but they do. Optics. Staging. Performance. Audience chemistry. They’re all part of the packaging. Americans used to ask themselves with whom they’d rather attend a beer summit, or something like that. Now they wonder: But can he sing? “Barack on Broadway” was perhaps inevitable for the man who accepted his party’s nomination under the stars on a stage that featured rows of Roman columns. Thus, Obama and his new sidekick appeared at the New Amsterdam Theatre, wrapping up a three-stop night of fundraisers that had included a gala at the Waldorf-Astoria and a fundraiser at the home of hedge-fund billionaire Marc Lasry. From the stage, they dazzled an audience of about 1,700, including various Broadway stars. This week, Obama returns to New York for a fundraising party at the home of “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker. OK, so there’s nothing new to see here. Hollywood likes Obama. Who didn’t know? Some like him so much that they recently ponied up $40,000 a plate for dinner with the president at George Clooney’s house. And, yes, clearly Clinton has changed his own tune. Where once he referred to Obama’s potential “fairy tale,” he’s now a genial warm-up act. So goes politics, especially when your wife is being mentioned for another presidential run in 2016. Destiny imposes certain adjustments. Still, it becomes increasingly difficult for the Obama campaign to insist that the president is fighting for the little guy against the evil rich when no one is so rich as the company he himself keeps. It must be tough to play second fiddle to the man who defeated your wife (and kept you out of the White House in the starring role of First Husband). But Clinton is nothing if not a party animal, and holding Hillary’s place trumps personal pride. Moreover, it can only help Obama to share a spotlight with Clinton. Despite peccadilloes that seem quaint compared to more recent scandals, Clinton remains not only popular (67 percent favorability), but also preferable to both Obama (56 percent favorability) and Romney (48 percent). It is widely assumed that Romney’s campaign will outspend Obama’s, but whatever the gap, it will be minor to folks accustomed to trafficking in billions. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party’s demonization of the rich won’t wash as long as the president shares the stage with Hollywood and such billionaires are deemed acceptable. Ain’t that a kick in the head? Kathleen Parker’s email address is


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rabble-rousers campaigned against. “I love Dan, but he sounds like every other politician for the last 20 years,” Mulvaney said. “We’re trying hard not to sound like politicians.” Lungren and Mulvaney have similarly impressive education credentials: The Californian has an English honors bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame University and a law degree from Georgetown University; the South Carolinian has an international economics honors bachelor’s degree from Georgetown and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Sunlight Foundation ran some cornerstone U.S. political speeches and documents through the same test. The Constitution came in at grade 17.8, about the level of a master’s degree student. The Declaration of Independence hit15th grade, akin to a college junior. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address scored at the 11th-grade level. The Rev. Martin Luther King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech reached the ninth grade. The average member of Congress speaks at a 10.6 grade level, down from11.5 in 2005. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address to Congress in January clocked in at an 8.4 grade level. That’s almost exactly the 8.5 grade level at which the typical American speaks.

David Perlmutter, a political communications professor at the University of Iowa, found the Sunlight Foundation study to be --well, pretty sophomoric. He noted that Ernest Hemingway wrote short sentences with simple words and William Faulkner employed long sentences with complex words, yet both are considered great writers. “I don’t buy the method, I don’t buy the conclusions and I don’t buy some of the analysis,” Perlmutter said. Lee Drutman, a political scientist at the Sunlight Foundation who oversaw the study, doesn’t disagree. “What some will interpret as the dumbing-down of Congress, others will see as more effective communications,” Drutman said. That’s all well and good. But some members of Congress who were pegged as speaking at relatively low grade levels weren’t pleased. Brenda Jones is an aide to Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and former civil rights leader with a long-standing reputation as an eloquent speaker. She took issue with the study’s findings that he’s spoken at less than a ninth-grade level since 1996, the 17th-lowest in Congress. Jones noted that Lewis has received five honorary degrees from prominent universities in the past two months, including Harvard and Brown. “Certainly these esteemed institutions of higher learning see no paucity in his ability to speak, to take action or inspire,” Jones said.







Iconic ‘napalm girl’ photo turns 40 By The Associated Press

The Vietnam War had been raging for years. On June 8, 1972, a single photo communicated the horrors of the fighting in a way words could never describe, helping to end one of the most divisive conflicts in American history. Huynh Cong “Nick” Ut heard the little girl’s screams and couldn’t turn away. In the time of film and darkrooms, the 21-yearold Vietnamese photographer didn’t know the power of the image he had just taken, but he knew what he had to do. He drove the badly burned child to a small hospital. There, he was told she was too far gone to help. But Nick flashed his American press badge, demanded that doctors treat the girl and left assured that she would not be forgotten. In the Pulitzer Prize-winning image, children run screaming from a burning Vietnamese village. The little girl in the center of the frame, Kim Phuc, is naked and crying, her clothes and layers of skin melted away by napalm. “I cried when I saw her running,” said Ut, whose older brother was killed on assignment with the AP in the southern Mekong Delta of Vietnam. Now, four decades later, Nick Ut and Kim Phuc remain close. “I knew in my dream that one day Uncle Ut could help me to have freedom,” said Phuc, referring to him by an affectionate Vietnamese term.


In this June 8, 1972 file photo, crying children, including 9-year-old Kim Phuc, center, run down Route 1 near Trang Bang, Vietnam after a napalm attack on suspected Viet Cong hiding places. In this March 29, 2012 photo, Associated Press photographer Huynh Cong ’Nick’ Ut visits Cao Dai temple near the place he took his famous Pulitzer Prize winning photograph 40 years ago in Trang Bang, Tay Ninh province, Vietnam. ’

“Most of the people, they know my picture, but there’s very few that know about my life,” Kim Phuc said. “I’m so thankful that ... I can accept the picture as a powerful gift. Then it is my choice. Then I can work with it for peace.” “Today, I’m so happy I helped Kim,” said Ut, who still works for AP and recently returned to Trang Bang village. “I call her my daughter.”

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BILL PASSED Wednesday in the state House and sent to the Senate shows just how warped the priorities of some of our lawmakers are: An amendment to the bill would prohibit payday lenders from locating too close to a horse-race track. Apparently, the bill’s sponsor, Chris Ross, wants to protect the customers of one of the state’s favorite-son industries – the industry that was the very reason for Harrisburg to legalize gambling – from the damaging effects of high-interest-rate predatory loans. Such lenders would also not be allowed in slots parlors. So if you’re partaking of state-sanctioned gambling, you’re in good shape. The rest of us, not so much. By removing a 24 percent interest-rate cap on loans, Ross’ bill would allow payday lenders into the state to prey on primarily low-income consumers who need a short-term

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Using synthetic marijuana can have real consequences IT SOUNDS relatively harmless. Synthetic marijuana. Like pot for people who don’t want to get arrested. For a while, that’s kind of how it worked. Hiding under the guise of “natural” herbal ingredients, with labels such as “organic” and “herbal incense” and “fake weed,” the substance was able to spread from its European beginnings to a worldwide product, dispensed right out in the open. Gas stations sold it. Smoke shops. Party stores. You could use it and still pass a drug test. The problem is, there’s nothing fake about what fake weed does to some of its users. And now that we know it, we must stop it. Reports of psychotic behavior, violence and hallucinations should make every potential buyer beware. Side effects linked to seizures and anxiety attacks should too. And the fact that synthetic compounds are being used to make this stuff, changed and switched as if part of a mad scientist chemistry lab, should leave any potential customer running for the hills. But the problem isn’t just the buyers. It’s the sellers. Now, I could understand this with your standard issue drug dealers. They are hard to identify, they slip into the shadows, they work street corners and backrooms. But the culprits in the synthetic marijuana story are often convenience stores, gas stations, smoke shops – easily found places of business that presumably need a license to operate and, most glaringly, someone to order the inventory. So what’s the problem? If the same person who checks off the cigarette, potato chip and

COMMENTARY MITCH ALBOM Pepsi orders is the person unpacking the Spice, K2 or other versions of this newest poison, why can’t they be identified? I doubt gas stations have a separate Shady Drug Purchasing Officer. When a Troy, Mich., district court judge, Kirsten Nielsen Hartig, filled up with gas recently, she decided to see how easy buying the dangerous substance could be. “I asked for it, and the clerk really didn’t want to talk about it,” she said. “He reached down, grabbed a box and it had 15 different kinds to choose from ... “He said, ‘I don’t even know what it is. Just take your pick and I’ll ring it up.’” When he did, Hartig said, it was rung up under “tobacco.” That’s one very dangerous smoke. States such as Michigan are taking rapid action to prohibit the sale of this stuff, which has been linked to deaths all over the country, frequently young people who, under its influence, grow inexplicably violent or express urges to do damage. The fact that some people claim it is now the third-most popular substance among high school-age kids should really make us shiver. So should this: While many of these synthetic marijuana substances were made illegal in the last two years, there’s a huge loophole. “It’s a very complex compound,” said Hartig. “All the manufacturers have to do is change just one of the compounds ... or the amount of that compound ... to circumvent

The fact that some people claim it is now the third-most popular substance among high school-age kids should really make us shiver. the law and make it legal again. “So basically the drug dealers, the drug pushers, are one step ahead of the law.” When I asked why the manufacturers couldn’t be pursued, Hartig said on 15 different packets she examined, none had a name of a maker on it. “We think that it’s coming from India and China mostly,” she said, “but we have no idea what’s in it.” When I asked the obvious question – “who is ordering this stuff?” – she replied, “That’s a good question.” It needs to be answered. And it needs to be stopped. Michigan is doing a good thing by encouraging businesses to display signs that say they are not carrying any of these products, and urging customers to stay away from establishments that do. Meanwhile, the authorities should crack down on the latter. If we would chase down a drug dealer in a schoolyard, why wouldn’t we pursue a store that keeps a clearly dangerous product under the counter, and rings it up falsely under tobacco? It sounds relatively harmless. Synthetic marijuana. But do a little research. Then sit your kids down and tell them the truth. It isn’t. 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

Lemmond was there, quietly working across party lines BOB CASEY was no longer governor. Following his two terms as Pennsylvania’s chief executive, 1987 to 1995, Casey was succeeded by Congressman Tom Ridge of Erie. Four months prior to Ridge being elected the commonwealth’s 43rd governor, Casey signed bills associated with his last state budget in my Wilkes-Barre district office. It was July 1, 1994, and Casey was in town for an unprecedented announcement of significant economic importance. Years of passionate persuasion, intense justification and affectionate nudging were over. In the midst of an enthusiastic crowd, peppered with news media outlets from throughout the region, Gov. Casey declared that an arena would be built “on this spot” in Wilkes-Barre Township. Gov. Casey presented me a check representing the $19.2 million that had been legislatively approved, earmarked and authorized to help construct our arena on that site. We were on our way. Or so I thought. Similar to the Hundred Years’ War, the Punic Wars and Wars of the Roses, The Arena Wars of 1995, ’96 and ’97 erupted throughout the land. Like many conflagrations throughout history, the unnecessary Arena Wars leave almost everyone wondering what in the name of Tux, lord of all Spheniscidae, was the purpose. Nevertheless they occurred, making everything more difficult, nearly impossible (like spinning a dozen porcelain plates on

under a new Republican administration, I visited Charlie in person. He always was kind and effective. The Ridge administration never touched our arena funding nor IN THE ARENA that of Exit 168. Subsequently, when Gov. Ridge called needing a vote for his 1997 increase in gas sticks, continuously) so families might taxes to repair our bridges and highways, he experience the joys such facilities provide. did not have to ask me twice. It was the Yet this is not one of a thousand arena right thing to do. stories, as much as I now enjoy telling Later when I needed an additional $2 them. Rather it is about public service, million to put some modern finishing touformer state Sen. Charles Lemmond and a ches on the arena, Charlie brought three time when politics was the exciting passhigh-ranking officials from the Ridge adminport to governing – when governing meant getting good things done for the people and istration to the arena so I could show them what we had done and what we needed. state we represented. It was a time when Republicans and Dem- One official called it a model for redevelopment assistance projects throughout the ocrats would cooperate, consult, comprostate. Thanks to Charlie, the additional mise and not only cross the aisle, but also funding arrived. traverse the rotunda in support of a good I retired from the Legislature in 2006, as idea. did Sen. Lemmond and fellow former Sen. Lemmond, a Republican from the House members Tom Tigue (D), George Back Mountain, did not hesitate to pick up Hasay (R) and Gaynor Cawley (D). Togeththe phone to gauge support for an imporer it is the regional Class of 2006, and we tant issue in the House. We helped each occasionally would meet for lunch at area other. Such was my wonderful relationship restaurants to reminisce and discuss the with Charlie Lemmond. pressing problems of the day. Charlie rarely By the first anniversary of Gov. Casey’s missed, and there were few issues we could arena decision, it and its expensive internot solve. state Exit 168, completely dependent upon Honestly, there was a time before broken, arena construction, were hanging by a dysfunctional government when Democrats thread. My friend was no longer governor. Newly and Republicans could consult, compromise and cooperate. And we are all so fortunate elected Republican Gov. Tom Ridge was that Sen. Charles D. Lemmond was there. now in charge and while predisposed to respect community projects already apKevin Blaum’s column on government, life and proved by a fellow governor, insurance in politics appears every Sunday. Contact him at such matters was only prudent. When it came to protecting the arena



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Will eliminating retirement income send seniors back to chicken coops? IN 1947, a retired public school principal from California named Ethel Percy Andrus discovered one of her retired teacher colleagues living in a chicken coop, struggling to survive on a meager pension, in poor health, with no means to obtain heath care. The discovery shocked Andrus to take actions that would serve to improve the lives of all older Americans for decades to follow. An active leader in her California Retired Teachers Association, Andrus reached out to the handful of other state retired school employee organizations that then existed, including the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (my employer), and united our organizations to form the National Retired Teachers’ Association (NRTA). Collectively, we lobbied our states and the federal government to enact laws to improve the condition of retired public servants, and we combined the buying power of our individual mem-


benefits provided by Social Security. The advocates of replacing defined benefit plans with individual retirement accounts and of privatizing Social Security are one and the same: ultraconservative, libertarian organizations seeking to dismantle any and all government-run programs. They include the Commonwealth Foundation in Pennsylvania, funded by Wall Street entities seeking to profit from managing our retirement savings. At what point do we say no to Wall Street and demand that our elected representatives work to strengthen the systems that enable us to obtain secure sources of income in retirement? The advocates for eliminating pensions and privatizing Social Security enjoy scaring us with incomprehensible numbers – billions in unfunded public employee pension liabilities, trillions in Social Security shortfalls. The news media love to fuel controversy with stories about outrageous pension amounts that only a select few receive, most notably the benefits collected by retiring legislators who voted themselves far more lucrative

pensions than what the typical state or school employee can receive. All this is intended to convince us that pensions and Social Security benefits are too generous, unsustainable, and need to be eliminated. Really? The facts are that the average annual pension for a retired public school employee in Pennsylvania is $23,500, and the average annual Social Security benefit is $14,500. These are hardly overly generous amounts, considering that the average personal income for Pennsylvania residents is more than $41,000 per year. Eliminating all guaranteed sources of income in retirement, including pensions and Social Security, would only assure greater profits for Wall Street and a return to the chicken coops for our nation’s seniors. Richard C. Rowland is executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, a voluntary membership organization consisting of nearly 50,000 retired teachers, administrators and school support personnel. For information, visit its website:

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e recently got a shocking letter from Capital One Credit. We purposely never applied for a card from it, mostly because of its interest rates. Imagine our surprise when we got a letter from the company telling us that it had purchased Best Buy’s HSBC. Even worse, we were informed that it shares customer information and there seemingly is nothing that we can do about it! Is that legal? Is there a consumer protection advocate somewhere to protect us? I am absolutely appalled with the situation. J. Gumina Nanticoke

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f you would like to get a Social Security statement, which provides estimates of your future benefits, it is available online at In addition to helping with financial planning, the online statement provides workers with a convenient way to determine whether their earnings posted to their Social Security record are accurate. If

the information is incorrect, the person might not receive proper benefits. To get a personalized online statement, you must be age 18 or older and must be able to provide information about yourself that matches information on file with Social Security. In addition, Social Security uses Experian, an external authentication service provider, for further verification. Social Security will not share your Social Security number with Experian, but the identity check is an important part of this new, thorough ver-

ification process. You can create a “My Social Security” account with a unique user name and password to access your online statement. Your online statement includes links to information about other online Social Security services, such as applications for retirement, disability and Medicare. For more information, please visit Nick Krutz Social Security manager Wilkes-Barre

Don’t give up pet for apartment


n response to Marie Reczkowski’s letter to the editor this spring, “Apartment living should include pets,” I, too, can understand why landlords do not want pets in

apartments due to damage. Their premise makes sense. And as a renter with three cats, I agree that landlords should be more understanding of good potential tenants who might come with some furry friends. Not all pet owners are messy and not all pets are destructive. However, pet owners do not need to give up their pets in order to find a good home for themselves. First, renters with pets should simply try harder to find a landlord who will allow pets. Even if the ad says, “no pets allowed,” it does not hurt to ask. The landlord might be willing to reconsider after meeting you. Maybe she or he would like to meet your pets, too. Second, if a landlord is on the fence about allowing pets, perhaps you could write a short agreement saying you

will be responsible for any damage created by your pets. Offer to have this agreement notarized. Third, you could volunteer veterinary records or references from previous landlords. Vet records would show you take good care of your pets; references would give additional information about your character and cleanliness. Finally, keep looking. Be willing to pay a pet deposit, either up front or added on to your monthly rent. Having pets is a big commitment, and you must consider their wellbeing when searching for a new home. That new home is for all of you, and you should do everything you can to keep your furry family together. Liz Brobst West Pittston


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I have watched with growing alarm the demise of defined benefit pension plans in the private sector and read the mounting body of evidence proving R I C H A R D C . R O W L A N D that the vast majority of people who now have a 401(k) plan and Social Security will accumulate nowhere near bers to entice companies to produce products and services that individuals enough to pay their basic living exneed during their later years, including penses in retirement. I saw my own retirement account lose half its value health insurance for persons over age twice in the past 10 years, first when 65, which did not exist previously. the entity managing my funds was By no means were school retirees implicated in an accounting scandal the only ones living in chicken coops and again when the money managers in 1947. As word of NRTA’s successes for retired educators spread, increasing on Wall Street wrecked our financial numbers of older persons who did not system by bundling and betting on bad mortgages. I witnessed the devastation work in the public schools turned to that occurs when a person outlives NRTA for help. his/her retirement savings, as I helped In 1958, led again by Andrus, we helped establish the American Associ- my mother sell everything she owned to pay her nursing home expenses. ation of Retired Persons (AARP). The current drive to eliminate the What followed were a series of imdefined benefit pension plans for Pennprovements in Social Security, the establishment of Medicare, elimination sylvania’s retired public employees is being advocated by the very same of age discrimination in our laws and groups and individuals who promoted practices, affordable benefits and services designed for seniors and millions the elimination of corporate pensions and who have been seeking to privof older Americans moving out poveratize and eliminate the guaranteed ty.

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Wisconsin was Waterloo for public-sector unions JUNE 5, 2012, will be remembered as the beginning of the long decline of the public-sector union. It will follow, and parallel, the shrinking of private-sector unions, now down to less than 7 percent of American workers. The abject failure of the unions to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker – the first such failure in U.S. history – marks the Icarus moment of governmentunion power. Wax wings melted, there’s nowhere to go but down. The ultimate significance of Walker’s union reforms has been largely misunderstood. At first, the issue was curtailing outrageous union benefits, far beyond those of the ordinary Wisconsin taxpayer. That became a nonissue when the unions quickly realized that trying to defend the indefensible would render them toxic for the real fight to come. So they made the fight about the “right” to collective bargaining, which the reforms severely curtailed. In a state as historically progressive as Wisconsin – in 1959, it was the first to legalize the government-worker union – they thought they could win as a matter of ideological fealty. But as the recall campaign progressed, the Democrats stopped talking about bargaining rights. It was a losing issue. Walker was able to make the case that years of corrupt union-politician back-scratching had been bankrupting the state. And he had just enough time to demonstrate the beneficial effects of overturning that arrangement: a huge budget deficit closed without raising taxes, significant school-district savings from ending cozy insider healthinsurance contracts, and a modest growth in jobs. But the real threat behind all this was that the new law ended automatic government collection of union dues. That was the unexpressed and politically inexpressible issue. Without the thumb of the state tilting the scale by coerced collection, union membership became truly voluntary. Result? Newly freed members rushed for the exits. In less than one year, AFSCME, the second largest public-sector union in Wisconsin, has lost more than 50 percent of its membership. In Wisconsin, Democratic and union bosses (a redundancy) understood what was








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COMMENTARY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER at stake if Walker prevailed: not benefits, not “rights,” but the very existence of the unions. So they fought and they lost. Repeatedly. Tuesday was their third and last shot at reversing Walker’s reforms. In April 2011, they ran a candidate for chief justice of the state Supreme Court who was widely expected to strike down the law. She lost. In July and August 2011, they ran recall elections of state senators, needing three to reclaim Democratic – i.e., union – control. They failed. And then, Tuesday, their Waterloo. Walker defeated their gubernatorial candidate by a wider margin than he had two years ago. The unions’ defeat marks a historical inflection point. They set out to make an example of Walker. He succeeded in making an example of them as a classic case of reactionary liberalism. An institution founded to protect its members grew in size, wealth, power and arrogance. A half-century later these unions were exercising essential control of everything from wages to work rules in the running of government – something that, in a system of republican governance, is properly the sovereign province of the citizenry. Why did the unions lose? Because Norma Rae nostalgia is not enough, and it hardly applied to government workers living better than the average taxpayer who supports them. Most important, however, because in the end reality prevails. As economist Herb Stein once put it: Something that can’t go on, won’t. These public-sector unions, acting, as FDR had feared, with an inherent conflict of interest regarding their own duties, were devouring the institution they were supposed to serve, rendering state government as economically unsustainable as the collapsing entitlement states of southern Europe. It couldn’t go on. Now it won’t. All that was missing was a political leader willing to risk his career to make it stop. Because, time being infinite, even the inevitable doesn’t happen on its own. Charles Krauthammer’s email address is

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Flow of corporate cash threatens our democracy THE FIRST concrete effects of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision became evident and it is not good news for our democracy. The huge, largely anonymous money that poured into the recall election of Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin was eclipsed on Tuesday by $50 million spent by tobacco companies in California in an attempt to stop a proposed $1 per pack tax. The tobacco companies wasted their money, because the tax was popular among voters; but the simple fact that corporations can now flood an election with huge money is frightening. In fact, the Walker election and the tobacco tax initiative are probably not good examples of the potential danger of this new system of purchasing power. Walker retained his seat, in part, because many voters, like me, are not fans of recalling an elected official just

JOHN WATSON COMMENTARY because we disagree with him. Walker’s attack on collective bargaining is despicable, but that’s why we have legislatures and hold elections. There are other ways to skin a cat. Similarly, the tobacco tax in California was popular because voters on the “Left Coast” realize that the state needs the money and even smokers are willing to cough up another buck for a pack. Heck, in Seattle, they are $9 a pack – a far cry from the “three for a nickel” at Henny Meade’s in Avoca when I started on the little devils. No, the most pernicious effects of Citizens United won’t be felt in the big, important elections as much as they will on state and local elections. President Obama, for example, should be able to hold his own with the power money behind Mitt Romney. The handwriting, however,

is on the wall. Corporate cash can now take aim at state, regional and local governments where its purchasing power is magnified. Polluters will find their money well spent on state legislature elections where most regulations are written. Also, expect labor laws to come under serious attack. Citizens United also should propel the Republican Party into a more dominant position. The richer “the 1 percent” gets, the more it can sponsor legislators of its liking. With the tax cuts and elimination of programs contained in the budget proposal of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, for instance, you can expect him to have a huge “super PAC” behind him. The GOP is already in a strong position and Citizens United could enhance the party’s dominance. In 2010, there were 3,941 Republican state legislators throughout the country, the most since 1928, when there were 4,001. We can expect that number to increase as super PACs target state legis-

Citizens United also should propel the Republican Party into a more dominant position. The richer “the 1 percent” gets, the more it can sponsor legislators of its liking. lature elections. Sadly, as we watch billions of dollars being spent on the procurement of political power, UNICEF recently reported that 23.1 percent of American children are now living under the poverty level. And across the country we are cutting funding for schools and social programs. In an impassioned dissenting opinion on the Citizens United case, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens warned that the court’s ruling threatened to “undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the nation.” The undermining has begun. John Watson is the former editor of the Sunday Dispatch in Pittston. He lives in Seattle.

With the world in tumult, who would want the job of being president? AS THE November elections approach, one question jumps to mind: Why does anyone want to be president? Taking the rudder of the United States has never been anything but an enormous challenge. The difficulties confronting the winner of the next election will prove no exception. I’m not referring to the state of U.S. politics and the way the two major political parties have suddenly decided they cannot work together, or about the giant economic dilemmas that loom in the American horizon. I’m simply looking at the warning signs rising from the other side of the Atlantic. (I’ll leave the Pacific for another day.) It’s enough to take your breath away. Consider, for a small sample, what has transpired in the world in only the last few days. In the course of a single week, the European Union, America’s principal global ally, inched closer to the edge of economic disaster. We know Greece is standing at the brink of the precipice and already has seen many rocks slide out from under its feet. But Greece is a small country. The really frightening troubles are becoming visible in Spain, where banks are groaning under a mountain of bad real estate debt. This is not the result of too much government generosity. It’s

COMMENTARY FRIDA GHITIS the product of an economic collapse that sucked the air out of the real estate property market. If Spain falls, Europe might not be able to avert disaster. The United States will not be able to build a sea wall tall enough to keep out the tsunami. But Europe is hardly the only danger ahead. Egypt, the most populous country in the Middle East, recently held its first free presidential election – and produced a most disappointing result. Instead of choosing one of the relatively moderate candidates, voters chose the two extremes. The top two vote-getters will face off in a runoff next month, and the outcome of that election is sure to give heartburn to whoever lives in the White House in the coming years. The next president of Egypt will be either Mohammed Morsi, a hardline leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, or Ahmed Shafiq, a former general who served as Mubarak’s last prime minister. Whether Morsi or Shafiq wins, the future for Egypt looks like a confrontation waiting to happen between the military and the Brotherhood. Nobody,


An Egyptian flaunts fliers supporting presidential runoff candidate Ahmed Shafiq while standing by a ransacked campaign headquarters in Cairo.

by the way, seems to be standing for the liberal principles that guided the young, secular activists of Tahrir Square. Egypt could become the first postArab Spring country whose government is completely dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, or it could erupt into Muslims versus military clashes, or it could end up with a military takeover. The way ahead looks as clear as a sand storm. And we’re talking about the Middle East – the most unstable region of the world even before the new wave of revolutions started last

The president’s briefing on Iran was probably interrupted by news from Syria, where the regime is intensifying its slaughter of anti-dictatorship protests. Now an Iranian general has let it slip that Iranian Revolutionary Guards are helping forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad put down the rebellion. Pressure is growing for intervention in Syria, but Russia, in particular, has given Assad cover. Syria is becoming a proxy for the battle between Iran and its Arab, Sunni and western adversaries. Regardless of what unfolds in Europe, and how the American economy fares in the coming months, the danger from the continuing crises in the Middle East will occupy the days of the man who wins in November. And it is sure to occupy some of his nights, as well, with a few 3 a.m. emergency calls to wake him. With the world changing at such a dangerous pace, it would be nice if he could count on a Congress and an opposition party with a strong sense of loyalty, and on an economy strong enough to provide more freedom of action. Yet it’s all but certain that those luxuries, available to some of his predecessors, will remain absent for the winner of the next election.

year, and lest we forget, the source and transit point of much of the world’s economic lifeblood: oil. As Egyptians voted a few days ago, western powers met with representatives of Iran, hoping for progress in efforts to stop the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. The meeting in Baghdad achieved nothing, except an agreement to meet again this month. Every few weeks we hear more evidence from United Nations nuclear inspectors, who say Iran is enriching uranium to higher Frida Ghitis writes about global affairs for levels and appears to be preparing to The Miami Herald. Readers may send her email at “militarize” its nuclear operations.


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Compassion helps grieving family


ur family thanks everyone for all the cards, letters and compassion we received after the passing of our grandson Dominick Liguori on May 11. Dominick served in the U.S. Army and had two tours in the Middle East. Thank you for your thoughts and kindness during this sad time. Sam Liguori and Sandy Liguori Forty Fort

N. W-B parish seeks dialogue


s a longtime parishioner in the Scranton Diocese, it pains me to see the condition of the churches and parishes of North Wilkes-Barre. My parish has tried every avenue that it considered reasonable to open a dialogue with the priests of our combined parish and with the diocese representatives – only to be met with silence. As you might know, the community of North WilkesBarre has a long and proud history, starting with our immigrant roots and our ancestors’ desire to open churches to serve their families needs. Over the years, North Wilkes-Barre’s churches have been vital and thriving places of worship for thousands of families, who collectively have donated tens of thousands of dollars to Catholic charities and to the diocese. I would pray that officials in this diocese would open up their hearts to our situation and allow us the dignity to have some involvement in our parish and its future. We are not a radical group looking to harm the church or its administrators; we are devoted Catholics who have real love and passion for our church and its community. We are reasonable people from all walks of life who can understand the current economic realities in the diocese, but ask only to be part of the solution. I ask the church and its representatives to please let us have a real meeting with a representative of the bishop to tell our story, work out what is best for the North WilkesBarre Catholic community and allow us to begin the healing process so that our combined parishes can grow and thrive.

friends and associates needs to be thoroughly investigated in order to uphold the integrity of our most sacred political institutions. Aaron Perhach Forty Fort

What has become of Wilkes-Barre?


n a relatively short time Wilkes-Barre seemingly has devolved from a once-proud, working-class town, sophisticated just enough to sustain itself and take care of its citizenry, to a morally deficient, apathetic wasteland, where faint whispers of progress die in silence in a vacuum of cynicism. When did this happen? And how? Attempting to place this moment and the exact reasons only wraps the mind in turns. It’s a futile exercise in abject name-dropping and circumstantial finger pointing – poisoned by political allegiance, perceived friendships and an inherited isolationism (be it racial, denominational, economical, etc.). Simply ask the following question and see how swift and varied the flood of answers and excuses flow: What has become of this city? The apathetic blame it on political corruption. The educated blame the uneducated. The wealthy blame the poor. Small business blames WalMart. Democrats blame Republicans (and vice versa). Some blame the president. Legals blame illegals. Boomers blame the flood. The religious blame those who “ain’t.” Some blame 9/11. Some NAFTA. Everyone blames New York, New Jersey and Philly.

Yet none blame themselves. In truth, the answer lies in a muddled combination of all aforementioned possibilities, but that’s not exactly the problem. When it comes to any sort of movement toward reform or progress, we retreat behind that comfortable shield of blame and mistrust, where we can direct attention to perceived faulty parties without the slightest concern for public scrutiny or the fear of opposition. Because enduring so much allows for the possibility, however slight, of being proven wrong. In all, what we suffer from and wherein we can trace the root of all our problems in this city is a deficiency of courage. We lack confidence. We’re afraid. The very act of reform requires concession, and it is that which terrifies us most. We’ve come to believe that if we budge, just a bit, from our original position(s), we will inevitably be perceived as weaker than we once were. Coincidentally, history proves that this is rarely the case. Being too proud, holding on to irrelevant historical grudges, remaining “true” to party or political philosophy, doing things one way because they have always been done that way – all are ideologies of a different time that, in effect, can no longer serve us. Just as times change, so do the solutions to the problems that plague us. So where do we begin? How can we, such a diverse and staunchly rooted community, begin to take those first steps in the direction of change? Therein lies the answer. We might never completely solve all of our societal problems, but we will certainly never even come close if we

don’t take those crucial first steps – literally. It must begin with us: the people who live and work in this city, who shop and dine downtown, who were brave enough to make a go of it and open shops and restaurants, who have come here from somewhere else to make a new start, who are trying to climb back up. This city belongs to us. Change belongs to us. Let us take those first steps. In fact, take them this weekend. Enjoy a nice walk. Go downtown. Check out the riverfront. Walk around your block. Greet your neighbors. They just might surprise you with a friendly hello, a smile, perhaps a pleasant little conversation. They just might assure you that there is little reason to be afraid, that maybe we can save this city if we are willing to forget petty differences and forgive past grievances. They just might show you that there is still something left in this city for which it is worth fighting. J.W. Davies Wilkes-Barre

Egg legislation would benefit all


ow often do you hear people say “That’s a great idea!” about things happening in Congress? Probably not that often. But one of the most recent bills introduced in Congress is something to support if you eat at least one of the 76 billion eggs America’s hens produce each year. The proposed law, (H.R. 3798 and S.B. 3239), is an amendment to the four-dec-

ade-old Egg Products Inspection Act. The bill would require the gradual replacement of conventional cages for egg-laying hens with new housing that provides nearly twice the space per hen, as well as other enrichments such as perches, nesting boxes and scratching areas. The bill would eliminate the duplicative and conflicting state laws that are confusing to consumers, grocers, restaurateurs and farmers. This sensible approach is supported by egg farmers like me, 10 animal protection groups including the Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and consumer groups such as the Consumer Federation of America. The bill also has bipartisan support in Congress, with more than 65 Republican and Democratic co-sponsors – a notable achievement in today’s political climate. This bill will preserve jobs in our state and provide the egg farmers with stability in the future. Farmers and egg companies would have confidence in our future, and could fuel $4 billion of investments in new or improved farm infrastructure over 18 years. This investment will bring new manufacturing, construction, transportation and installation jobs to hundreds of rural communities such as ours. Congress has only to look at Europe to see what could happen in the United States without passage of this egg bill. The European Commission’s single compliance deadline for egg farmers there has caused reports of egg shortages and higher prices for

European consumers. The gradual phase-in period and specific housing guidelines outlined in our legislation will assure the U.S. marketplace of a stable egg industry and supply. This legislation is an excellent idea for consumers, farmers, grocers, restaurateurs and hens. Let’s hope Congress sees it that way, too, when it votes on it later this month. Paul Sauder President, Sauder’s Eggs Lititz

Rejection of bill a ‘war on girls’


he measure known as the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act was defeated in the U.S. House of Representatives on May 31. Under suspension of the House rules to permit consideration of the bill more quickly, approval of the measure was subject to a two-thirds majority; it fell 30 votes short of passage. The vote on the bill was 246-168, mostly along party lines. Twenty Democrats voted for the ban and seven Republicans voted against it. The Democrats keep saying there is a “war on women.” What happened with this vote is the real war on women, the “little women” in the wombs of their mothers. What about their civil rights? How far have we fallen as a country when we would allow our precious little daughters to be aborted, just because they aren’t sons? God have mercy on our country! Barbara Yanchek Jermyn

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Writer: Obama leaves ‘bribe’ trail



resident Obama’s longtime mentor and pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, reportedly was offered $150,000 in “hush money” to keep quiet until after the 2008 presidential campaign. This shocking and disturbing revelation was made public as a result of an interview conducted with Rev. Wright by Edward Klein in preparation for his new book: “The Amateur.” Were this only an isolated incident, it might be easy for some to dismiss Rev. Wright’s story as a desperate attempt to regain some attention. Sadly, this is not the first time we have read stories of bribery committed by members of President Obama’s team. In 2010, when former Congressman Joe Sestak was challenging Arlen Specter for the Democratic nomination for U.S. senator, Sestak was offered a job in the Obama administration in return for dropping out of the race. Sestak gave this information to Philadelphia news anchorman Larry Kane. Additionally, a congressman from Colorado, Andrew Romanoff, told reporters that he was offered three different jobs in the government by the Obama team in return for dropping out of his own primary race. Bribery is a very serious federal offense. This disturbing pattern of behavior committed by Obama’s closest








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Chris and Rhi Wallace, owners of Psychic Unicorn Tattoo Shop in Kingston, hope to set a good example in the community through not only their artwork but their charity efforts.

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The Beach Boys at the beach: Bruce Johnston, Al Jardine, Brian Wilson, Mike Love and David Marks, here at a Malibu beach house in February, are taking their reunited show on the road this summer.

50th-anniversary tour showcases wave of hits By BRAD PATTON


or more than a decade if you wanted to see all surviving original members of the Beach Boys,

you had to go to three separate concerts.

The group’s resident genius, Brian Wilson, who masterminded most of the songs and classic albums such as “Pet Sounds,” was touring as a solo artist. Lead singer Mike Love was touring with a band called The Beach Boys that included only himself and Bruce Johnston, Wilson’s mid-1960s replacement (when Wilson left the touring group to focus on writing and recording), and a host of other replacements. And Al Jardine was fronting a band with his sons and members of Wilson’s family billed as “The Beach Boys Family & Friends.” But all that changed on December 16, 2011, when Wilson, Love, Jardine, Johnston and David Marks (who replaced Jardine in 1962 while the original member was attending dental college) announced


IF YOU GO The Beach Boys, now regularly selling out venues as they travel the world on their 50th-anniversary tour, have two upcoming shows within driving distance for Northeastern Pennsylvanians: ••• When: 8 p.m. June 16 Where: Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, N.J. Tickets: $25 to $150 Visit: ••• When: 7:30 p.m. June 17 Where: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, N.Y. Tickets: $31.50 to $153 Visit:

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As part of its 50th anniversary reunion tour, the Beach Boys rolled into the freshly minted Sands Event Center in Bethlehem on May 17. For the first time in more than a decade, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston – along with “almost” original member David Marks, who had replaced Jardine for a few years while Jardine attended dental college and played on the group’s first wave of hits – were on the same stage at the same time. And it was everything a Beach Boys fan could have hoped for and more. Coming to the stage with “Do It Again,” a song from 1968 that was the first glimpse of the newly reunited Beach Boys when a new version was released online a few months ago, the show was off to a glorious start. Over the next two hours, the group, augmented by 10 additional musicians and singers, took the sold-out crowd on a whirlwind tour of 46 Beach See REVIEW, Page 5F

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“Tattoo artists” is just one way to label Rhi and Chris Wallace, and when it comes to their Kingston business, A Psychic Unicorn, there’s much more than meets the eye. “We do tattoos, but we’re also an art gallery,” Rhi said. “There’s a lot that we do here.” Outside of work the couple, both 31 and of Larksville, also are big proponents of giving to local charities. Their artistry dates to their childhoods, early starts on a road that eventually would lead to a business that celebrates art in all its forms, provides a safe hangout and gives back to the community. ••• • Did you have any formal art training? Rhi: In high school I took all the art classes, and I went to college for it. I went for graphic design with a concentration in illustration at Edinboro University. Chris: I’m a bit more rustic in my training. I basically ran the photography department in high school, then went to college for photography, which gave me a lot of compositional tools. I learned the painting and drawing on my own. • What defines your artistic style? Rhi: I really like pop art. I like things that are bright and to the point, not so much texture. Chris: I really like the art-nouveau movement, everything that came from the middle to late 1800s that kind of paved the way for what we consider “psychedelic art.” If you look at concert posters for the ’60s and ’70s it’s all art-nouveau influenced. • Any particular colors you gravitate toward when painting or tattooing? Rhi: Oddly enough, black. You may want something that’s just bright, but you can’t get that bright without the black. To me it’s the most useful color because without it the other colors don’t work. I also really like Japanese pink, a very bright pink, to accentuate the black. Chris: I come from the complete opposite; my favorite color to use is white. If you know how to use white properly and take the time to get the techniques down you can define so much with it. • What’s it like to have a piece of your art just walk out the door when you’re done with it? Rhi: I never feel satisfied after a tattoo is done because you only have so much time with one person; you can’t keep fiddling with it. You get three hours and they go away, and then I’m looking at the picture of it saying “I wish I had another minute here.” It’s not like they’re bad pieces, but it keeps you growing and wanting more. Chris: It makes you honest as an artist. I also think it’s a cool thing because you can hang a painting up and it See UNICORN, Page 4F


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ARIES (March 21-April 19). In your opinion, excessive flirting just looks ridiculous. You know exactly how thick to lay on the flattery and attention. You’ll like what comes from using your talent for flirting appropriately. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your ability or inability to accomplish something is defined solely by your will. If you want something enough, you will do what it takes to get there regardless of the obstacles you encounter. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your sign mate Walt Whitman said, “Keep your face always toward the sunshine — and the shadows will fall behind you.” Given your optimistic mood, that will be an easy thing to do now. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Socially conscious, you’re worried about making things all about you or pulling too much focus from the rest of the group. But don’t worry. You’re supposed to be the central character in today’s story. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The day features lingering feelings and a tendency to go over (and over) the recent past in your mind. It will benefit you to stop rereading this chapter of your life so you can start writing a new one. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). If it seems too good to be true, that’s probably because you just haven’t worked out in your head what’s in it for the other person. Realizing all the other person has to gain will impact your decision. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Perhaps no one will throw a parade for you if you take time to do simple things the right way. But there’s a certain sacred elegance in adhering to your own quiet method. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Your day is best summed up by the French expression c’est la vie. In other words, that is just the way life is. Acceptance is key to staying emotionally even, which is the most powerful way to be. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Contrary to the saying, you absolutely can judge a book by its cover. You won’t know the story, but you’ll certainly know the sensibility of the publisher and author. Trust your first impression. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Your solid earth-sign nature keeps you cautiously guarded against the wave of change, a wave that is going to crash regardless of how you feel. The prospect is either exciting or scary. Or both. Definitely both. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The future is knitted together out of the yarn of the present. So by being and interacting fully in the present, you are forming the future. A playful, joyful present equals a future of the same feeling. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The compassion you give to yourself is the most precious kind. You’ll have the sense that all is forgiven. Truly you can let bygones be bygones and begin anew at any moment. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (June 10). An important gain is made in the next 10 weeks. This is what you’ve been working toward, and it’s finally happening for you! Family bonds are strengthened with the help of friends and outside counsel. You’ll travel in a tight group through September. There’s a financial win in October. Aquarius and Taurus people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 19, 24, 15 and 28.

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Couple shy to confess living arrangements Dear Abby: My fiancee, “Jenny,” and I are being married next year. Jenny is a devout Catholic and is having a difficult time coming to terms with the fact that we’re living together. We recently moved out of state as a result of job transfers and — for purely economic reasons — moved in together. Now that we’re about to be married, Jenny is beside herself with what to tell her new parish priest because she’s afraid he will refuse to marry us if she reveals that we’re living together. Abby, I love Jenny very much, and I’m concerned that this is going to cause problems between us. She’s considering not telling the priest that we live together because she feels he wouldn’t understand. I’m inclined to agree. Before we moved, we were living separately. Any advice would be helpful. — Living in Sin in St. Louis



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visit or write to him. They never send a greeting card for any occasion. The only time he hears from them is when they want something. He says that since they don’t care about him while he’s living, they won’t care when he dies. I feel torn about this. Only a few members of his family like me. I don’t want to cause more hard feelings. Were my husband to die next week, I would be hard-pressed to obey his final wish. I would want to notify those few family members who would be hurt if I didn’t. Please print this. Perhaps his children will see it and change their ways. But please don’t mention my name or town. — Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Dear Living In Sin: I don’t know what the policies are in St. Louis, but some dioceses will not marry couples who cohabitate unless they first separate. You and your fiancee should go to the priest, explain the entire situation, including the economic reasons for your living together, and tell him you would like to be married. It may not be as bad as Jenny fears. The alternative, starting married life with a lie, is worse than separating temporarily.

Dear Between: While I understand your husband’s desire that his children, who show no concern for him, not be notified in the event of his death, I do not agree that they should not be told of their father’s passing. People who feel the need to mourn should be allowed to work through their grief and achieve closure. Failure to notify them will only fuel the fire of resentment they already feel for you. In spite of their inattentiveness, the children should be notified, whether there is to be a funeral or not. If you wish to have a memorial service of some kind to enable you and those you care about to grieve, you should be entitled to have a private one. His children can hold their own service if they need the closure.

Dear Abby: My husband of many years has asked me to promise him that I won’t inform his family and adult children when he dies. He wants no funeral or obituary — nothing to mark his passing. I am concerned because his health isn’t good and I must decide soon if I can make that promise. His adult children and their families rarely call,

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The Beach Boys – from left, Bruce Johnston , Al Jardine, Brian Wilson , Mike Love and David Marks – are steaming up summer on their reunion tour.

The reunited group will be on the concert trail through Aug. 25 and already has played sold-out shows in Bethlehem and Atlantic City. still-record 36 Top 40 hits, and garnered a Lifetime Achievement award from the Grammys and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. Brian Wilson also was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000 and received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2007. The reunited group, which released its new album, “That’s Why God Made The Radio,” on Tuesday, will be on the concert trail through Aug. 25 and already has played sold-out shows in Bethlehem and Atlantic City. Two more shows within driving distance are approaching: Cam-

den, N.J., on June 16, and Bethel, N.Y., on June 17. “Last year, Mike Love and the guys called me and asked if I wanted to get together for a reunion tour and album,” Brian Wilson said recently in a phone interview from California on an off day. “And I said yes.” Wilson, notoriously press-shy and always a challenging interview, kept his answers short and to the point. He said the set lists for the shows are mostly dictated but the band will introduce new tunes, including additional songs from the new album, from time to time.






At the recent show in Bethlehem, for example, the band played 46 songs in about two hours on stage, and most were the big hits you would expect. The following show in Atlantic City had pretty much the same set list with a few minor changes. Wilson said the new album took about five months to put together and should be considered a collection of songs, not an album with a unifying theme. Some of the songs, including the title track, which has been released as the first single, date to 1998. But he also composed a new clutch of songs with a varied group of lyricists, including Love, who famously sued his cousin over songwriting royalties and writing credits in 1992, winning $13 million in 1994. “It was fun to write with him again,” Wilson said. “He is a great writer; he really is.” Wilson didn’t have much to say about another collaborator on the new album, Jon Bon Jovi, who is listed among the credits with Wilson and Joe Thomas on album closer “Summer’s Gone.” “I wasn’t there when they did it,” he explained. As for the harmonies, Wilson said they came back with hardly any effort. “They fell right into place,” he said. “Just as good as they were 50 years ago; can you believe that?”

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sits somewhere, but a human being is a walking canvas for everyone to see. It’s exciting. • What do you hope to bring to the area with your artwork? Rhi: We want to open it up a little bit. Years ago painting and doing art wasn’t really a part of tattooing, but it’s become that way. We also want people to know we aren’t just tattoo flash artists; we do all mediums, not just people’s skin. Chris: One thing that’s missing now, that was present in the 1950s, is that you would drive down Main Street and see “Walter’s Hardware” or “Mary’s Tailoring,” and we want to bring that personal diversity to the community. I like the fact that even though we do tattoos and artwork, we have people that hang out here who don’t get tattoos. They just like the vibe and community sense that we have. • You also do charity work. Chris: We’ve done events with Soldier’s Angels. Rhi: We just donated $600 to the local MS Walk, about a month ago. We had a day where 100 percent of the proceeds from the tattoos we did went to that. Chris: I’m also part of an


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The nature of evil, from its origins to how it manifests itself in society and thrives, is a time-honored theme of the mystery genre. Evil kept at arm’s length through the prism of films or novels is horrifying enough. But evil that establishes itself up close and personal can freeze the heart. That battle with the invasion of evil is the foundation of the gripping and chilling “Bloodman” by Canadian author Robert Pobi. “Bloodman” expertly combines the hardboiled novel with the psychological thriller for a strong plot that is terrifyingly real. While a sense of the supernatural permeates the story, Pobi’s skillful plotting makes this aspect as believable as his realistic look at the alienation of a family. Jake Cole is a brutal man, a former addict turned FBI consultant. He always is on the verge of destroying himself, but he had “turned a poisonous past around and built ... for himself ... something beautiful.” His salvations are his wife and 3-year-old son and his uncanny ability to find killers. But Jake doesn’t just hunt ordinary murders; he hunts monsters, who, if he acknowledges it, have too much in common with him. He has returned home to Montauk, Long Island. Jake’s father, Jacob Coleridge Sr., is in the hospital after nearly destroying his home and himself in an Alzheimer-fuelled rage. Jake’s hatred of his father has kept him away for 28 years. Jake plans to stay only long enough to put his father in long-term care. That changes when Jake agrees to help the local sheriff investigate a horrific murder in a beach-front house. Pobi briskly moves to a shocking finale, although a pending hurricane is a device this otherwise strong story did not need.

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Boys songs, mostly big hits but also some deep catalog cuts and a brand-new song. Pretty much every song was a highlight. Some, such as “Catch a Wave,” “Surfin’ Safari” and “When I Grow Up (To Be a Man),” sounded exactly like they should, and others, such as “Cottonfields” and “Marcella,” reminded the audience that Beach Boys music goes much deeper than just surf and car songs. Jardine’s highlight came early

Bissinger finds his son on the open road


his is not a book that’s going to generate negative reviews. It took courage to write. Any parent reading it will feel blessed that they cannot empathize.

It’s the story of a road trip from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. Buzz Biss-

inger, the author of “Friday Night Lights,” is driving. His 24-year-old son, Zach, is the co-pilot. But they aren’t your typical cross-country tourists. Zach Bissinger was born three minutes later than his twin brother and 131⁄2 weeks premature. “You can boil an egg in three minutes,” writes his dad, and “you can determine the very course of a life in three minutes.” In those three minutes, Zach’s brain was deprived of enough oxygen to cause permanent damage. He’ll never drive or live alone or have kids. What he does have is an astounding memory for facts and dates, few social inhibitions and a savant’s knack for navigation. So off father and son go to revisit the places they’ve lived together. They visit the Chicago Tribune building where dad worked from 19891992, the school outside Milwaukee where Zach attempted to attend public kindergarten and Odessa, Texas, for a reunion with tragic football star Boobie Miles. “Friday Night Lights” fans may be surprised to learn just how dysfunctional the relationship between Bissinger and Miles has become. The tone throughout “Father’s Day: A Journey Into the Mind & Heart of My Extraordinary Son”

is unflinchingly honest. Bissinger isn’t fishing for sympathy. “He is not the child I wanted,” he writes. But as the miles unroll and the shared experiences mount, Bissinger comes to appreciate his son’s always-in-the-moment approach to life, the “failure to forget” that allows him to forge connections and stay grounded. A little more than midway through the book, there’s a touching scene at Six Flags near St. Louis. Father and son agree to ride something called Dragon’s Wing, a tandem bungee jump from a crane hoisted 153 feet in the air. Bissinger describes the free fall: “Zach and I merge into one, arm around arm, shoulder against shoulder, the press of his body against mine. I never had that when he was an infant in the hospital. He was almost always attached to the tube of that ventilator. ... But now he is my lifeline, and I am his. If we let go of each other, both of us will surely shatter.” That’s as good a description of paternal love as you’ll ever read and reason enough to pick up this book for the father or son in your life.

“Father’s Day: A Journey Into the Mind & Heart of My Extraordinary Son” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), by Buzz Bissinger

in the show with his great version of “Cottonfields,” which was a big hit for the band in 1970 everywhere but the United States. That was followed by Johnston’s showcase, his “Disney Girls (1957)” from the underrated1971 album “Surf’s Up.” Backing musician Jeff Foskett, Brian Wilson’s right-hand man for the past couple of years, filled in on most of the late Carl Wilson’s parts, including a scrumptious lead on “Don’t Worry Baby.” The first set then came to a close with the audience on its feet and a collection of car songs, including “Little Deuce Coupe,”

“409,” “Shut Down” and “I Get Around.” The second set began about 25 minutes later with the absolute highlight of the show: the five Beach Boys gathered around Wilson’s piano doing some glorious harmony on “Add Some Music To Your Day.” If that was the only thing offered for the entire show, the crowd still would have gotten its money’s worth. After a second Jardine lead on a nice cover version of “California Dreamin’,” the barrage of hits started with “Sloop John B” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.” The show also included some very touching video tributes to

the fallen Wilson brothers, first Dennis (who died in December 1983) on his signature piece “Forever.” The live band backed Dennis on the song, while film and still-photo images of the only member of the group who actually surfed filled the giant video screen. When it came time for Carl’s tribute, Love set the stage with the following words: “No one could do it as beautifully as he did, so we’re not even going to try.” A 1980 film of Carl Wilson (who died in February 1998) singing “God Only Knows” then filled the screen as the band and

Joan Rivers’ tongue is as sharp as her plastic surgeon’s scalpel, and she holds nothing back in her latest book, “I Hate Everyone ... Starting With Me.” Few have worked as long and hard at show business as Rivers, who turned 79 on Friday stars in two TV shows, runs thriving jewelry and beauty businesses, and still finds time to travel, perform and write. Comedy’s grand dame wrote best-selling memoirs long be“I Hate Everyfore publishers began one ... Starting dispensing celebrity With Me” (Ber- book deals to anyone kley), by Joan strolling a red carpet. Rivers Her new book is a series of humorous observations about people and circumstances that annoy her. Rivers’ signature sarcasm starts on page 1 (she dedicates the book to Son of Sam killer David Berkowitz and O.J. Simpson) and carries through to the insulting end acknowledgments. The vitriolic tone of the book is so over the top, it could only be satire, but some jabs cross the line and may make readers cringe instead of cackle. Rivers uses her pen as an automatic weapon, firing jokes on the page, with little prose in between. The zingers are packed so tightly, you have to wonder if she’s getting paid by the punch line. While many clever musings succeed (“If God wanted me to cook, my hands would be made of aluminum”), others feel tired, and after a few chapters, the unrelenting negativity becomes tedious. Rivers is at her best when she commiserates about experiences that irritate us all. Who doesn’t hate double dippers, nose pickers, annoying parents and people who talk during movies? Clearly not mellowed by age, Rivers stays relevant. Her use of foul language and raunchy, graphic descriptions of genitalia belie her grandma-inChanel-suit persona. (Many of the funniest quotes are too obscene to print here.) The book is also chock-full of contemporary pop culture references, with digs at everyone from Snooki to the Kardashians to cougars. “I hate women who date much younger men. I don’t ever want to wake up in the morning and wonder, “Is this my date or did I give birth last night?” When Rivers says she hates everyone, she means it. She fearlessly mocks third rail historical figures including Ghandi, Anne Frank and Jesus. At points, she overreaches and may lose even the most politically incorrect readers. Her wrath — aimed at traditionally off-limit targets like cancer survivors and 9/11 victims — isn’t amusing, it just feels mean. Defenders may say she stays true to her art by pushing buttons. What’s missing here is balance. In previous works, Rivers combined her caustic approach to life with honesty and vulnerability. We know she’s as tough as her gel-manicured nails, but she’s written about her painful struggles as a pioneer comedian, working mother and widow after her husband’s suicide. Her human side inspires and empowers fans to survive challenges through laughter. “I Hate Everyone” lacks that compassion. She’s asking readers to swallow a bitter pill with this book. She’d better hope they don’t choke.

background singers joined in live and Carl’s brother Brian sat motionless at his piano and silently watched his brother on the screen. The audience was just as moved as his brother, giving the video of Carl’s sublime performance a standing ovation. The band followed the Carl video with a rendition of its latest single, “That’s Why God Made The Radio,” which also will serve as the title track of the group’s new album. Love noted they sold about 17,000 copies of the thenunreleased album the previous day in an hour on QVC. The barrage of hits continued with “Good Vibrations,” “Califor-

nia Girls” and “Help Me, Rhonda,” and the second set ended with a fantastic version of the group’s first big hit, “Surfin’ U.S.A.” The Beach Boys then did a three-song encore, beginning with the late-career No. 1 “Kokomo” followed by “Barbara Ann” and “Fun, Fun, Fun” with Brian Wilson moving from his seat at the piano to center stage holding a bass guitar. For many of us, it was the first chance to see all of the remaining original members of the Beach Boys at the same time. If it was the final opportunity, it was truly one to remember.


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Dozens of reasons to stop in Three Forks When traveling, don’t pass up this Montana city By SUSAN GALLAGHER

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HREE FORKS, Mont. — An elegant, century-old hotel, an authentically Western town center and easy access to limestone caves and historic landmarks make this southwestern Montana burg worth a stop on a drive between Yellowstone and Glacier national parks. With the park-to-park trip covering 370 miles, it can be driven in a day. But Three Forks, just off Interstate 90 northwest of Bozeman, is too good to pass up, and the Sacajawea Hotel is practically irresistible, whether travelers are not long out of Yellowstone about 100 miles to the south, or have driven the 300 miles from East Glacier Park in northwestern Montana.



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IF YOU GO Sacajawea Hotel: 5 N. Main St., Three Forks, Mont.; or 406-2856515. Rooms $109 to $199, suites $219. Headwaters Heritage Museum: 202 St. Main St., Three Forks, Mont., or 406-285-4778. Regular season,

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park has interpretive programs. Trails beckon hikers and bicyclists, and there are picnic areas. Another destination reached easily is Madison Buffalo Jump State Park, about 14 miles southeast of town. In prehistoric times, buffalo incited to stampede tumbled off cliffs and Indians then procured the meat and hides. Besides providing information about that drama, Madison Buffalo Jump offers sweeping views of the Madison River valley in return for a hike on the rocky prominence once pounded by hooves. After a visit to a park, or more

than one of them, dinner at the Sacajawea awaits. The menu includes a variety of beef entrees, ale-braised bison, peppered duck breast, pistachio-crusted scallops and vegetarian corn crepes. For a memorable twist on the before- or after-dinner cocktail, arrange to ride in the hotel’s 1969 Checker stretch limousine to the old mining town of Pony, population about100. The driver will deliver passengers to its bar, described by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle as Pony’s living room, and get them back to hit the Sac for the night.

Shown is the lobby of the Sacajawea Hotel in Three Forks, Mont., where dark wood dominates the decor. A sculpture of Sacajawea, the Shoshone woman who became a guide for the Lewis and Clark expedition, occupies space on a counter.


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Built in 1910 to accommodate Milwaukee Railroad passengers, “the Sac” underwent major rehabilitation in 2009-10 after Dean and Hope Folkvord, business leaders in the town of about 1,800 residents, bought the place and set about putting it in shape for its second century. The hotel advertises “rustic luxury,” including a spa, fine dining and a full bar. The 29 guestrooms were redesigned with modern amenities but retain historic features, including some clawfoot bathtubs. Chairs on the wraparound veranda invite lounging after a stroll through town or a ride on one of the hotel’s fat-tire bicycles. In the lobby rich with dark wood and leather, there’s a bronze of Sacajawea, the young Shoshone woman who was an interpreter and guide for part of the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804-06. Out of the hotel’s front door and down the steps, it’s an easy walk to Main Street attractions. A former bank that is on the National Register of Historic Places houses the Headwaters Heritage Museum. Its holdings include a log cabin from the 1860s, a dugout canoe used in a TV documentary about the Lewis and Clark expedition and old dental equipment sure to inspire gratitude for the modern care of teeth. There’s also a collection of barbed wire in its many forms. Down the street, the scent of tanned leather drifts from a saddlery, and petunias grow in a cat-

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LEGAL NOTICE TO: UNKNOWN FATHER RE: ADOPTION OF L.J.L. Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas Orphans’ Court Division No: A-16-2012 A Petition has been filed asking the court to put an end to all right you have to your child, L.J.L. The Court has set a hearing to consider ending your rights to your child. That hearing will be held in the Lackawanna County Courthouse, Scranton, Pennsylvania, in a courtroom to be assigned by the Court Administrator, July 13, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. You are warned that even if you fail to appear at the scheduled hearing, the hearing will go on without you and your rights to the child may be ended by the court without your being present. You have a right to be represented at the hearing by a lawyer. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. If you do not have a lawyer or cannot afford one, go to or telephone the office set forth below to find out where you can get legal help. North Penn Legal Services Scranton Electric Building, 3rd Floor Scranton, Pennsylvania 18503 (570) 342-0184 Pennsylvania Lawyer Referral Services Lackawanna Bar Association 338 N. Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor Scranton, Pennsylvania 18503 (570) 969-9600 PUBLIC NOTICE SOUTH MAIN STREET REVITALIZATION PROJECT CITY OF PITTSTON The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittston is implementing a revitalization project known as the South Main Street Project. The Project is focused on the area bounded by South Main, Spring, Kennedy and Charles Streets. The Authority is selling a major cleared parcel of land situate at Spring and South Main Streets known as 40-46 South Main Street. A significant new commercial development will be developed on this site by PizzMar Development Inc. The developer requires additional land fronting South Main Street to make the new development feasible. Two contiguous parcels of land on South Main Street owned by Reilly Building, L.L.C. and identified as 3638 South Main Street are needed for the new development. These parcels are currently being used by Reilly Associates for parking. The Authority has purchased two (2) parcels of land situate at 19-19 ½ Kennedy Street and 21-23 Kennedy Street and PizzMar Development, Inc. will be transferring to the Authority for $1.00 a portion of the property located at 8 Spring Street so that the new South Main Street commercial development project can proceed. In addition, Reilly Building, L.L.C. will transfer to the Authority a portion of its 36-38 South Main Street property in exchange for a portion of the property located at 1919½ Kennedy Street, the property located at 21-23 Kennedy Street and a portion of the property located at 8 Spring Street. This land does not have any frontage on South Main Street, but is intended to be a reasonable substitute property suitable for parking close to South Main Street. The Authority is also transferring to PizzMar Development Inc.: (1) the Authority’s land situate at 40-46 South Main Street in exchange for fair market value; (2) a portion of the 36-38 South Main Street property; and (3)a portion of the property located at 19-19½ Kennedy Street, for the new commercial development project. LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE OF REAL PROPERTY IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS OF LUZERNE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Pittston, at a meeting to be held on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at 7:00 P.M. prevailing time in Council Chambers, City Hall, 35 Broad Street, Pittston, Pennsylvania will consider for second and final reading the following Ordinance (of which this is only a summary). The following Ordinance was approved on First Reading at the Regular City Council meeting held May 16, 2012. “AN ORDINANCE” FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 8 {2012} Mandatory Design Standards for Pittston City Business District: Purpose of Ordinance is to provide design standards that will enhance the appearance, pedestrian character and safety, and economic viability of the Business District of the City of Pittston. This Ordinance shall become effective immediately after final reading. The full text of File of Council No. 8 {2012} is available for public inspection at the office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 35 Broad Street, Pittston, Pennsylvania, during regular office hours of 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. prevailing time Monday thru Friday except Holidays. Joseph Moskovitz, City Clerk City of Pittston


CARLOS V. OPINION and AGNES A. OPINION Defendants NOTICE TO: CARLOS V. OPINION and AGNES A. OPINION NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE of Real Property (real estate) on Friday, August 10, 2012 at 10:30 O’clock A.M. in the Luzerne County Courthouse, 200 North River Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711. THE LOCATION OF THE PROPERTY TO BE SOLD is: Lot(s) 12 of TH Subdivision of Eagle Rock Resort f/k/a Valley of the Lakes Subdivision in the Township of Hazle, County of Luzerne, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. BEING the same premises heretofore conveyed to CARLOS V. OPINION and AGNES A. OPINION by Deed dated July 9, 2005, and recorded in Luzerne County Recorder of Deeds Record Book 3005 at Page 232577. SUBJECT to the same exceptions, reservations, conditions, restrictions and covenants as contained in prior deeds or other instruments forming chain of title to the aforedescribed premises.


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Jeep Cherokee ‘98 Sport. 4 door 6 cylinder, auto, 4WD. $2,850 Chevy Lumina ‘97 4 door, 6 cylinder 89,000 miles. $1,850. Current Inspection On All Vehicles DEALER


Beige, V8 engine, 74,600 miles. $3,500. FWD, loaded. 570-693-2371


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SUZUKI ‘06 SWIFT RENO 4 cylinder. Automatic. 4 door. $4,800 (570) 709-5677 (570) 819-3140

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THE P.I.N. NUMBER OF THE AFOREDESCRIBED PREMISES IS: U5S12001012. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all claimants and parties in interest, that the Sheriff will, for all sales where the filing of a schedule of distribution is required, file the said schedule of distribution not later than thirty (30) days after the sale, in his office, where the same will be available for inspection and that distribution will be made in accordance with the schedule, unless exceptions are filed thereto within ten (10) days thereafter. SEIZED AND TAKEN IN EXECUTION at the suit of Eagle Rock Resort Co., L.L.C. vs. CARLOS V. OPINION and AGNES A. OPINION. Sheriff to collect $54,595.48 as reflected in the Writ of Execution, plus costs, expenses and attorney’s fees. LORINE ANGELO OGURKIS, Esquire Attorney for Plaintiff 1031 Valley of Lakes Hazleton, PA 18201 (570) 384-1377

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Stk# P14677, Automatic, Power Windows & Locks, A/C







Stk# S1625C, Automatic, Power Windows, Power Locks, CD







14,499* 2006 DODGE DAKOTA QUAD CAB 4X4 $14,899* 2012 SUZUKI SX4 CROSSOVER AWD $15,499* 2007 NISSAN FRONTIER CREW CAB SE 4X4 $15,499* 2008 HONDA ACCORD EX-L SEDAN $17,699* 2009 TOYOTA RAV 4 4WD $ 18,499* 2009 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT $ 18,999* 2011 SUZUKI KIZASHI SLS AWD $ 18,999* 2012 MITSUBISHI LANCER RALLIART AWD $ 19,699* 2009 JEEP WRANGLER UNLIMITED 4X4 $ 19,999*

10,499* 2008 NISSAN ALTIMA SE SEDAN $ 10,999* 2006 BUICK RENDEZVOUS AWD $ 11,599* 2009 SUZUKI SX4 CROSSOVER AWD $ 11,799* $ 2008 DODGE CALIBER SE 11,899* 2005 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LAREDO 4X4 $ 11,999* $ 2006 CHEVY IMPALA LTZ 12,799* $ 2010 HYUNDAI SONATA 12,799* 2012 SUZUKI SX4 CROSSOVER AWD $13,799* $ 2006 HYUNDAI TUCSON AWD 13,799* Stk# P14654, Alloy Wheels, Power Windows & Locks, CD, Auto


Stk# S2198A, Power Windows & Locks, CD, A/C


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Stk# P14668, Bin Pkg, Ladder Rack Pkg, V8









Stk# S2064A, Automatic, A/C, Tonneau Cover



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Stk# S2078B, Leather, Navigation, Sunroof, Chrome Package

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Stk# P14679, Sunroof, Heated Leather, Alloy Wheels, All Wheel Drive!

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Stk# S1993A, Only 442 Miles! Automatic, Alloy Wheels, PW, PL

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Stk# S2046A, Rare 3.0L V-6 R, Leather, Navigation, Alloys, PW, PL


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2011 SUZUKI EQUATOR CREW CAB RMZ-4 4X4 $ Stk# S1996A, Navigation, Alloy Wheels, Automatic, Off Road Pkg.

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Stk# S1996A, Navigation, Alloy Wheels, Automatic, Off Road Pkg.


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Stk# S2100A, Power Windows & Locks, Alloy Wheels, Automatic







1,899* 1995 CADILLAC DEVILLE $ 1,799* 2003 ISUZU RODEO 4X4 $ 1,899* 1992 TOYOTA CAMRY SEDAN $ 1,999* 2002 SATURN L300 SEDAN $ 3,399* 2002 FORD ESCAPE XLT 4X4 $ 3,499* 2002 CHEVROLET TRACKER 4X4 $ 3,499* 1994 LINCOLN MARK VIII COUPE Stk# S2057A, Leather, Auto, Pearl White


Stk# S2079B, Power Windows & Locks, Sunroof, Leather

Stk# P14669, Automatic, Power Windows & Locks

Stk#S2088A, Sunroof, Auto, Power Window & Locks

Stk#S2105A, Automatic, Power Windows & Locks, Alloy Wheels

Stk#P14647A, Power Windows & Locks, Automatic, CD

Stk# S2020A, Automatic, Power Windows & Locks

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Lease price based on a 2012 CTS Sdn with All Wheel Drive $40,360 MSRP. $269 per month plus 9% PA sales tax total $294 per month. 39 Month lease 10,000 miles per year. 39 Monthly payments total $11,466 $.25/mile penalty over 32,500 miles. $2000 down payment plus $269 first payment plus tax and tags due at delivery. Total due at delivery $2474 plus tag fees. MUST BE A CURRENT LESSEE OF A 1999 OR NEWER NON-GM LEASE. Leasee responsible for excessive wear and tear. Must take delivery by 7/2/2012. Requires ALLY Bank Tier S or A credit approval. Please see sales person for complete details.

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AUDI S5 CONV. Sprint blue, black / brown leather int., navigation, 7 spd auto turbo, AWD 08 CHEVY AVEO red, auto, 4 cyl 07 FORD FUSION SE Red, 4 cyl, sunroof 07 BUICK LACROSSE CXL, black, V6 07 CHRYSLER PT Cruiser black, auto, 4 cyl 07 BUICK LUCERNE CXL, silver, grey leather 06 TOYOTA SCION XA silver, auto, 4 cyl 06 LINCOLN ZEPHYR grey, tan leather, sun roof 06 MERCURY MILAN PREMIER, mint green, V6, alloys 04 NISSAN MAXIMA LS silver, auto, sunroof 03 AUDI S8 QUATTRO, mid blue/light grey leather, navigation, AWD 02 FORD ESCAPE SE red, auto, 4 cyl 01 VOLVO V70 STATION WAGON, blue/grey, leather, AWD 00 CHRYSLER CONCORDE LXI gold, tan leather, 1 owner 78k miles. 00 ACURA TL black, tan leather, sunroof, auto 99 SUBARU LEGACY LTD Burgundy, AWD 73 PORSCHE 914 green & black, 5 speed, 62k miles, $12,500


07 JEEP COMPASS LT Olive green 4 cyl., auto, 4x4 07 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN SXT Blue, grey leather, 7 passenger mini van 06 NISSAN PATHFINDER SE off road, 4x4, silver, V6 06 INFINITY QX56 Pearl white, tan leather, Naviga tion, 3rd seat, 4x4 06 JEEP COMMANDER white, 3rd seat, 4x4 06 DODGE RAM 1500 QUAD CAB, Black, V8, 4x4 truck 06 FORD EXPLORER XLT, black, 3rd seat, 4x4 06 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LTD blue, grey leather 4x4 06 NISSAN TITAN KING CAB SE white, auto 50k miles 4x4 truck 06 CHEVY TRAILBLZAER LS, SILVER, 4X4 05 BUICK RENDEVOUS CXL 3rd seat AWD 05 DODGE DURANGO LTD Black, grey leather, 3rd seat, 4x4 05 JEEP LIBERTY RENEGADE Blue, 5 speed, V6, 4x4 05 CHEVY EQUINOX LT red, V6, AWD 05 DODGE DAKOTA CLUB CAB SPORT, blue, auto, 4x4 truck 04 NISSAN XTERRA XE blue, auto, 4x4 04 CHEVY TAHOE LT 4x4 Pewter, grey leather, 3rd seat 04 MERCURY MOUNTAINEER red, tan leather, 3rd seat awd 04 HYUNDAI SANTA FE GLS, silver (AWD) 04 CHEVY AVALANCHE Z71, green, 4 door, 4x4 truck 04 DODGE RAM 1500 QUAD CAB SLT SILVER, 4 door, 4x4 truck 04 FORD FREESTAR, blue, 4 door, 7 passenger mini van 04 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE OVERLAND graphite grey, 2 tone leather, sunroof, 4x4 03 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY LTD white 7 passen ger mini van 03 CHEVY TRAILBLAZER LTZ, blue, two tone leather, V6, 4x4 03 FORD EXPEDITION XLT, silver, 3rd seat, 4x4 03 FORD EXPLORER SPORT TRAC XLT, 4 door, green, tan, leather, 4x4 02 FORD F150 SUPERCAB XLT silver, 4x4 truck 01 FORD F150 XLT white, super cab, 4x4 truck 01 FORD F150 XLT Blue/tan, 4 door, 4x4 truck 00 CHEVY SILVERADO XCAB, 2WD truck, burgundy 99 NISSAN PATHINDER gold, V6, 4x4 89 CHEVY 1500, 4X4 TRUCK

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White with beige leather interior. New tires, sunroof, heated seats. 5 cd player 106,000 miles. Excellent condition. $4,600. OBO 570-451-3259 570-604-0053

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#Z2661, 4.6L V6 A uto., C loth Seats, PW , PD L, A ir, C ruise, Tilt, 2nd Row C apt.C hairs, 49K M iles


17 900* ,







#12594A , A utom atic, A ir C onditioning, Pow er W indow s, #12036A ,2.4LdualVVT A utom atic,A ir C onditioning,PW , Pow er D oor Locks, C ruise C ontrol, A M /FM Stereo C D , PD L,C ruise C ontrol,A lloy W heels,C ruise C ontrol,Red,Sunroof FrontBucketSeats, 1 O W N ER, O N LY 15K M iles

$ 18 974* 17 999* CHEVY CO LO RADO 2008 LINCOLN M KX AW D 2007 LT CREW CAB $

#12662A , V6, A T, A /C , Pow er O ptions, Leather, A lloys, Parking Sensors, Privacy G lass, Low M iles, Fog Lam p





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19 995* ,

2009 D O DG E RAM 1500 Q UAD CAB SLT


21 499* ,


#12242A , V8, A T, A /C , PW , PD L, C ruise, Tilt, Tow ing Pkg., A lloys, Bedliner, Running Boards, 41K M iles


#11879A , 5 C yl., A uto., A ir, PW , PD L, Tilt, C ruise, C hrom e W heels, A ssistSteps, C loth Buckets, H ard Sliding Tonneau C over, 44K M iles

22 900* ,


#12648A , 5.3LV8 A uto., PW , PD L, A ir, Pow er H eated M irrors, Rem ote Keyless Entry, Pow er Slide W indow , 20” A lum inium W heels, Fog Lam ps, Tow ing Pkg., H D Trailering Equipm ent



22 999* ,



#12343B, 3.6L A uto, Traction C ontrol, D VD N avigation, Parking Sensors, Rem ote Start, Keyless Entry, 1 O W N ER


29 999* ,

#12519B, V8 A utom atic, A ir, A llPow er O ptions, Leather, Rem ote Starter, A uto Ride Suspension, 6 D isc C D , Bose Stereo, Pow er H eated Seats, O nly 48K M iles


30 999* ,

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TIMES LEADER 412 Autos for Sale

412 Autos for Sale

CHEVROLET `06 IMPALA Former police car,

CHEVY ‘02 CAVALIER LS 4 door, 4 cylinder,

low miles. $5,500,OBO (570)436-4311

TOM FOOD TRUCK 8 position steam

412 Autos for Sale

automatic, PW, PL, 76k, clean, runs well. $4,195 DEALER 570-868-3914

‘08 ACCORD CHEVROLET `97 CUS- HONDA 4 door, 4 cylinder, auto Price reduced


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

CHEVY ‘04 MONTE CARLO Silver with Black

tables & much more.$13,900 (570)709-5525

$15,695 WARRANTY MAFFEI AUTO SALES 570-288-6227

Leather, Sunroof, Very Sharp! $4,995 Call For Details! 570-696-4377

412 Autos for Sale

412 Autos for Sale

412 Autos for Sale

412 Autos for Sale


412 Autos for Sale

412 Autos for Sale


FORD 01 FOCUS CXS 2 door. 4 cylinder,

Alloy wheels, heated seats, CD player, rear spoiler, 1 owner, auto, air, all power, great gas mileage, priced to be sold immediately! $6,995 or best offer. 570-614-8925

automatic, Power windows, PL, 70K. Sunroof. Looks and runs well. $4,495 DEALER 570-868-3914

Low miles - 54,000. V6. FWD. Leather interior. Great shape. A/C. CD. All power. $6,900. Negotiable New inspection & tires. (570) 760-1005

Let the Community Know! Place your Classified Ad TODAY! 570-829-7130

Sedan, auto, all power, low miles. $4,595 (570)702-6023

412 Autos for Sale

412 Autos for Sale

412 Autos for Sale


Special Purchase! 1.9% APR



2012 Chevy Impala LT • LTZ

Starting At Only



412 Autos for Sale


JEEP ‘11 LIBERTY SPORT 7,000 miles, show-

LX SEDAN. 162k miles. New battery, excellent condition. Auto, single owner, runs great. Upgraded stereo system. 4 snow tires and rims & after market rims. Air, standard power features. Kelly Blue Book $7800. Asking $6800 570-466-5821


MOST EQUIPPED WITH: • 3.6L SIDI V6 6 Speed • Automatic Transmission • Dual Zone Air Conditioning • AM/FM CD • Power Windows • Power Door Locks • Rear Spoiler • Power Mirrors