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Student voter signups The Hazleton branch of American Association of University Women will be registering Penn State Hazleton students to vote on Thursday in the community room of the cafeteria from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The students will be able to register to vote locally in the Hazleton area or ELECTION register for their own state district and also apply for an absentee ballot. Hand-out sheets will contain Internet resources to check on state registration and election issues as well as a website for students from out of state to register in their home state and apply for an absentee ballot. There will be free refreshments and an opportunity to share their concerns on issues. Sue Nasrani, the policy chairperson of the local branch and Karen Graziano, local AAUW president have coordinated this effort with Penn State and with the Luzerne County Election Board, which provided voter registration and absentee ballot application forms.




Area lawyer indicts FEMA’s actions He said he is tired of FEMA’s Mike Cefalo says government people from cleaning up and renovating their flood-damaged “constant barrage” on West Pittagency could ruin the ston. properties. borough of West Pittston. On Aug. 16, FEMA anHe said rumors that property By BILL O’BOYLE

WEST PITTSTON -- Like many victims of last year’s flooding, Mike Cefalo is waiting for answers to questions that could determine his community’s fate. Cefalo, 72, an attorney and lifelong resident of West Pittston, sent a letter to public officials asking them to put an end to rumors that are discouraging

owners will be required to raise their homes or move their heating units to the second floor have people concerned and cautious. “How are people supposed to do that?” Cefalo asked. “And more importantly, how are they supposed to pay for it?” The response he most anticipates will come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, answering his questions about rumors that, if true, Cefalo said, could kill his town.

nounced a Dec. 1 deadline for the community to correct all flood plain management violations and program deficiencies. The deficiencies included failure to manage flood plain development in accordance with FEMA’s flood plain program and lack of adequate record keeping. According to FEMA, if the borough fails to make progress by the deadline, it could be susSee CEFALO, Page 7A


Attorney Michael Cefalo talks about the letter he wrote condemning FEMA and certain elected officials.

Living with history is group’s goal


Ruffed Grouse dinner The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will host its second annual Conservation and Sportsmen’s Banquet on Sept. 26 at the Rodeway Inn and Conference Center, 1151 Bulldog Drive, Allentown, beginning with a social hour at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. Spokesman Ron Kistler said individual membership and dinner tickets are $50. There is also an optional family membership package for $90 that includes two dinners. Additional family dinners are available at $25 each. For more information and/or tickets, contact Kistler at 610-3980361, or by e-mail at FORTY FORT

Missing teen event set On Saturday from 8 to 9:30 a.m., Balance Yoga and Wellness, 900 Rutter Ave., Forty Fort, will host a special yoga class to raise funds and awareness for missing 14-year-old Briyanna Miles, of Wilkes-Barre, who has been missing since Aug. 21. An emailed press release said the event will include a donation-based vinyasa yoga class with donations going toward The Briyanna Miles Reward Fund for those supplying information about her location. For more information on this and other events and classes at Balance, contact 714-2777 or log onto For more information on Briyanna Miles, “like” the Facebook page “Help Find Briyanna Miles.” HARRISBURG

State police promotions Thirty-five members of the Pennsylvania State Police have been promoted to the rank of sergeant, Commissioner Frank Noonan announced. Following is a list of area newly promoted sergeants, new assignments, their previous assignmentsand their year of last promotion: James F. Graham, III, of Wapwallopen, is promoted to sergeant and will be assigned to Troop L, Reading. He was previously assigned to Troop P, Shickshinny. Graham and was promoted to corporal in 2004. Kevin F. Mahoney, of Clarks Summit, is promoted to sergeant and will be assigned to the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards. He was previously assigned to the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards. Mahoney was promoted to corporal in 2005. John G. Richards, of Edwardsville, is promoted to sergeant and will be assigned to Troop L, Reading. He was previously assigned to Troop P, Shickshinny. Richards was promoted to corporal in 2003. Martin M. Ritsick, Sr., of Mountain Top, is promoted to sergeant and will be assigned to Troop N, Swiftwater. He was previously assigned to Troop T, Pocono. Ritsick was promoted to corporal in 2003.

Shawnee Cemetery Preservation Association picnic raises funds. By STEVEN FONDO Times Leader Correspondent


Jordyn Colao, Miss Pennsylvania, goes over her talent routine with her coach, Candice Miscavage, at the David Blight School of Dance in Wilkes-Barre.

She’s got the beat Miss Pa. takes heart message to dance floor


It happened when she was 15, and 19 and 21. Three times Jordyn Colao lost one of her grandparents to heart disease. “Each time the loss was horrible,” she said. Colao, 22, uses her grief as motivation and her position as Miss Pennsylvania to educate people about ways to stave off cardiovascular problems. Her message to young people, which she likes to deliver at schools, is simple: Exercise. “Everybody has become so sedentary with video games and TV,” she said. Colao, who hopes to eventually become a physician’s assistant, is definitely not sedentary. She proved that last week as she spent hours working on tap dancing with Candice Kennedy Miscavage at the David Blight School of Dance in Wilkes-Barre. The title holder could be working

with a choreographer in her native Erie; in State College, where she recently earned an undergraduate degree in behavioral health, or in New York or Philadelphia, where she has also taken dance lessons. But she has been working with Miscavage during periodic visits to Wilkes-Barre because “nobody is quite the choreographer Candice is.” Proof of Miscavage’s success in coaching contestants lines the walls of her dance studio in downtown WilkesBarre. “They’re all right here on the wall,” she said, pointing to portraits of Linda O’Boyle Zaneski, Judy Fitch, Katerina Sitaris, Darlene Deeley, Michelle Kline and Shannon Doyle, all of whom won the Miss Pennsylvania title and competed in previous Miss America Scholarship Pageants. Could Colao win the national title in Las Vegas during the January 2013 pageant?. “I have high hopes,” Miscavage said. “She has good feet.”

PLYMOUTH – A group of local history buffs packed their baskets and blankets Sunday for the third annual Old Tyme Family Day Picnic at the Shawnee Cemetery. The annual fundraiser is sponsored by the Shawnee Cemetery Preservation Association for the upkeep of the historical burial ground. Association officials say American war dead from all of the U.S. conflicts dating back to the Revolution are interred in the cemetery. Sunday’s event featured old-fashioned picnic fare, a slate of guest speakers, patriotic music and a presentation by members of Gravestone Paranormal group. Shawnee Vice President Steve Kondrad conducted a guided walking tour of the grounds. “It was a Victorian tradition to hold picnics in cemeteries,” said association President Tom Jesso Sr., who founded the group in 2007. “We wanted to honor that tradition and at the same time, showcase the cemetery.” Jesso said the association is an allvolunteer organization that just received its non-profit status from the state this year.

Jordyn Colao, Miss Pennsylvania, looking regal with her crown.

Colao has high hopes, too. This has been a dream of hers for a long time, since she grew up watching the annual pageant with her two sisters, her mom and one of her grandmothers.


Albert Dragon of the Plymouth Historic Society is dressed in period attire Sunday at the Shawnee Cemetery picnic. For Clicks, see Page 1C.

Who should be voice of Luzerne County’s recycling program? HAZLETON RESIDENT Kathy Dobash criticized public service announcements about Luzerne County’s recycling program during last week’s county council meeting because the radio messages were delivered by the council chair, first Jim Bobeck and then Tim McGinley. Dobash described it as “self promotion,” saying the readings should be made by the county manager or another staffer. County commissioner chairs read the announcements under the prior government. Councilman Rick Morelli said coun-


is nearing a decision on the selection of eight division chiefs required by the home rule charter, sources say. • County election board solicitor Mike Butera said he has reviewed the L U Z E R N E C O U N T Y B E A T law and advised the board to remove a public opinion question in Harveys cil should vote if one council member Lake from the Nov. 6 ballot. A borough council majority sought will be publicly speaking on its behalf. the question to obtain voter input on Councilwoman Elaine Maddon the proposed police station relocation Curry said she has no problem with the commercials because they help the to Little League Road. The election board added the question to the ballot public and the council chair is the pending Butera’s review. “ceremonial leader.” Borough Councilwoman Michelle “If you get to do a recycling comBoice said the question removal will mercial, I won’t be jealous,” she said be “a big disappointment” to residents to McGinley, prompting Dobash to who “wanted their voices heard on yell in opposition to her statement this most important issue.” from the audience. • The county’s Accountability, Con• County Manager Robert Lawton

duct and Ethics Commission will publicly meet at 4:30 p.m. today in the council meeting room on the first floor of the courthouse. The commission is set to discuss suggested ethics code revisions for council and the status of mandatory signatures from employees agreeing to follow the new code. • Some county union employees have said they didn’t sign the ethic code compliance form because their union contracts may conflict with disciplinary penalties not yet added to the county personnel code. Lawton sent a letter to council last week advising omission of penalties from the code so management doesn’t See BEAT, Page 7A

Times Leader 09-17-2012  

Times Leader 09-17-2012

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